Places to go, things to do

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Health and wellness: Free classes on health and wellness subjects will be hosted by Humana Inc. at the Tacoma Mall in the main concourse by Macy’s. The schedule in March includes: • On March 12: 10 a.m.:, crafting; 11 a.m., losing weight; 12 p.m., relief from seasonal allergies; 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., healthy eating • March 19: 10 a.m., crafting; 11 a.m., protein;  12 p.m., healthy snacks; 1 p.m., positive thinking; 2 p.m., bingo. • March 26: 10 a.m., crafting (picture frames); 11 a.m., diabetes; 12 p.m., March birthdays social; 1 p.m., sugar; 2 p.m., bingo.

“Living Well With Diabetes:” March 20, 2 p.m. at Iora Primary Care-Renton, 64 Rainier Ave. S. Tips on being and eating healthy and staying active with diabetes. RSVP: 425-970-9348.

“Aging into the Future: Pierce County 2020-2030:” Conference for seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families, service providers, and business owners on topics such as aging in place, housing, transportation, long-term healthcare, and financial security. Free admission. March 23, 9 a.m. to 1 pm. at McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. in Lakewood. Hosted by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. Information and free tickets: or 253-798-4600. Donations of non-perishable food for the Nourish Pierce County food banks will be accepted.

Aging-related topics: Pierce County Library System hosts discussions of elder law, Medicare and other information related to aging during the following free presentations at library branches: Sound Outreach and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) answer questions about Medicare March 9, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Fife branch (6622 20th St. E.), March 23, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Buckley branch (123 S. River Ave.), and April 20, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Key Center branch (8905 Key Peninsula Hwy. NW. in Lakebay); Wisdom Cafes on March 12 and April 9, 2:30-4 p.m. at the University Place branch (3609 Market Place W.), and March 20 and April 17, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Gig Harbor branch (4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW.); Elder law, power of attorney and guardianship, presented by Adam Shelton from Evergreen Law Office and co-hosted by Brookdale Puyallup South on March 13, 2-4 p.m. at the South Hill branch (15420 Meridian E.).

“Smoothie Making:” March 29, 1 p.m. at Iora Primary Care-Federal Way, 144 S. 324th St., suite B-207. Class on making healthy smoothies. RSVP: 253-220-3121.

“Giving Care, Taking Care:” All-day caregiver training conference June 3 includes 18, speakers and resources/displays at Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila. Advance registration required. Information, including registration, a May 13 early-registration fee, and brochures at 1-800-422-3263, 360-725-2544 or Hosted by Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Human Services.

Computer classes: Hands-on instruction in regularly scheduled classes and a drop-in program at Federal Way Senior Center. Information: 253-838-3604, and 253-927-6974.


“Make Believe: Magic of your Mind:” Tacoma Arts Live presents two performances at Theater on the Square (April 13 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) by Spidey, an international hypnotist, mentalist and magician who has been feature on NBC’s “Today Show,” TMZ, “Rachael Ray” and in his Netflix series, “Brainchild.” Tickets and information: 253-591-5894 or 1-800-291-7593,, and 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District.


Jacobsen Series: Voice, piano and strings performances of music of composers from all eras and styles. April 12, 7:30 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall on University of Puget Sound campus. Tickets and information:, 253-879-3100.

Puget Sound Piano Trio Series: University of Puget Sound faculty ensemble-in-residence featuring violin, piano and cello. May 3, 7:30 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall on UPS campus. Tickets and information:

Tacoma Banjo Club: Performs music from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s at retirement and senior care centers, fairs and private events. Information: Gary Hauenstein at 253-586-2413.

Memorie Singers: Rehearsals are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. in Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Weekly performances at retirement homes and community centers. Must be 55-plus. Information: 253-576-0362. Bookings: 253-473-6742.

Sing: Meet at 10 a.m. every Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland to rehearse for performances at retirement homes and nursing homes. Information: 253-535-9736 or 253-582-3848.

Puyallup Valley Community Band: Rehearses at First Christian Church, Ninth Avenue Southwest and Seventh Street Southwest. Information: Bob at 253-535-2868.


Exploration Speakers Series: Free monthly talks from Humanities Washington speakers and experts.  Sponsored by Friends of Steilacoom Library and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. All events will be at the Steilacoom High School Library, 54 Sentinel Dr., Steilacoom. The schedule: “Critically Endangered Species in the Pacific Northwest,” March 8, 3 p.m.  Earthjustice, a non-profit organization, shares information about local endangered species and how to help save them.


Orting Valley Senior Center: Open house/membership drive on May 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch, entertainment and senior information fair. Information: 360-893-5827.


Spana-Park Senior Center: All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $5 on the third Saturday of each month, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the center, 325 152nd St. E. Benefits senior center programs. Information: 253-537-4854.


“August: Osage County:” Latest free screening in Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources’ series related to caregiving. March 9 at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma, 605 Fawcett Ave. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and the film will start at 10:45. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Advanced Home Care. Free tickets must be obtained in advance at or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600. The 2014 movie stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts as a cancer patient and her stressed-out daughter, respectively.


“Jeffrey Gibson — Like a Hammer:” Seattle Art Museum exhibit from Feb. 28 to May 12 features artist’s exploration of his heritage as a citizen of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians through paintings on rawhide and canvas, beaded punching bags, sculptures, wall hangings, and video. Information:, 206-654-3100.

Tacoma Art Museum: Free admission on third Thursday of each month, 5-8 p.m. 1123 Pacific Ave. Information: 253-272-4258.


Sew Friends on Monday: Free. Meet twice a month (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at University Place branch of Pierce County Library at 35th and Bridgeport. Bring projects and tools. Cutting table, iron, sink and microwave are provided. Next meetings are Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

The Nimble Thimble Quilters: Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. at Wheelock Library in Tacoma’s Proctor District. No lessons, just share tips, sew a little and have a good time.

Loving Hearts: Charitable group makes hats for chemo patients and the backpack program for children, baby items, and blankets, wheelchair/walker bags and fingerless gloves for veterans. Accepts donations of yarn and knitting supplies. Information: or call Virginia at 253-884-9619.


Tacoma Older LGBT: Non-profit group’s community events include Mature Gay Men’s Potluck on the third Tuesday of each month, Happy Hours twice a month for the LGBT community, a women’s dance five times a year, and the Gay Men’s Coffee Klatch twice a month. Information:, 253-271-8185.


“Colorful Cooking Made Easy:” Educate individuals and families about cooking skills and nutrition and promote food banks’ fresh produce items through a live cooking demonstration on-site. Hosted by Hunger-Free Pierce County VISTA, United Way of Pierce County and food banks. Information: Yushan Tong at United Way of Pierce County, and 253-597-7498.

Retired and Volunteer Senior Program (RSVP) in Pierce County:  Four hours a week to help the community in meaningful volunteer opportunities. Information: Nancy McFarland at Lutheran Community Services, 253-722-5695 and

American Lake/VA Golf Course: Earn free golf by volunteering for grounds crew one day a week (call 253-589-1998) or checking in golfers  (253-219-8691).

McChord Thrift Shop: Military community-focused thrift and consignment store always needs volunteers 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday. Flexible scheduling. All skill sets needed. Located in Building 717 on corner of Fourth and Battery Road at JBLM. Information:  253-982-2468,

Alzheimer’s support group facilitators: Needed for Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups in Graham.  One-year commitment. Information: Linda Whiteside, director of com-munity support, at 1-800-848-7097, 206-529-3875,

Senior Media Services: Immediate openings for a delivery driver for Senior Scene in Tacoma and University Place-Fircrest. Other opportunities throughot Pierce County and part of King County. Deliver the newspaper once a month. Drivers use their own vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage. Information: 253-722-5687 or

Meal sites: Host/hostess, cooking aide, dishwasher, kitchen aide for Catholic Community Services meal sites. Information: 253-474-1200.

Lake Spanaway Golf Course: Earn free golf as a volunteer course marshal. Information: 253-531-3660.


American Prisoners of War: Tacoma chapter potluck/meeting, Amvets Hall, 5717 S. Tyler, Tacoma; second Monday of month, 11:30 a.m. Information: 253-565-0444.

WWII Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge: First Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. in Gig Harbor at Round Table Pizza, 5500 Olympic Dr. Information:  206-783-0212, 360-871-320, 253-566-7665.


Black Diamond Museum: 32527 Railroad Ave. in Black Diamond. 360-886-2142.

Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 360-479-6226.

Lakewood History Museum: Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. In Lakewood’s historic Colonial Center, 6211 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW. Free admission.

Nordic Heritage Museum: 721 Pine St., Seattle. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m., closed Monday. Free on first Thursday of each month. 206-789-5707.

Pioneer Farm Museum: 7716 Ohop Valley Road E.,Eatonville. Information: 360-832-6300.

Puget Sound Navy Museum: Free. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m., closed Tuesday. 251 First St., Bremerton. Information: 360-627-2270.

Steilacoom Historical Museum: Free admission. 1118 Rainier St. in Steilacoom. Open every weekend (excluding holidays) 1-5 p.m.

Tacoma History Museum: 919 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma, 11-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission free; donations welcome. Information: 253-472-3738.

Washington State History Museum: 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Free third Thursday each month. Information: 253-272-9747.

White River Valley Museum: 916 H St. SE. in Auburn. Free admission first Thursday and third Sunday of each month. Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m. first Thursday of each month. Information: 253-288-7433.


Third Tuesday Book Group: Discussion group meets on third Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m., Buckley branch of Pierce County Library System, 123 S. River Ave., Buckley.

Beacon Book Club: 415 S. 13th Street, Tacoma; 12:30 p.m. Information 253) 591-5084.


Conversation Group: Varied topics. Face-to-face conversation, second Thursday of each Thursday at 1 p.m. at Puyallup Senior Center. Information: 253-841-5555.

Socrates Cafe: Discussion group uses the Socratic method to solve world’s problems and create new ones. First Monday of the month, in Puyallup. Information: 253-845-1043.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium: Free for seniors 65-plus and disabled persons, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16. Information:, 253-404-3800.
Woodland Park Zoo: $2 discount on regular admission for seniors 65-and-up. Information:, 206-548-2500.


Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society: Monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bates Technical College’s South Campus, Building E, at 2201 S. 78th St. in Tacoma.  In between presentations, there is a short business meeting along with a social time and light refreshments. Information:


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the basement of Parkway Presbyterian Church, 714 138th St. E., Tacoma. Men and women. Private weekly weigh-ins before the meeting starts. Dues are $5 a month, plus annual membership fee. Non-profit. Information: 253-875-4647 or 253-537-4842.