Places to go, things to do

Events and activities are updated or changed monthly at and in print editions of Senior Scene as a free service. Submit new or revised items by e-mail at, by phone at 253-722-5687, or by postal mail at Senior Scene, 223 N. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98403.


University Place Garden Tour: May 18-19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors, Grassi’s Boutique, Chirp and Co., Portland Avenue Nursery, Morrison House/Sotheby’s. Proceeds benefit Curran House at Curran Orchard Apple Park. Information:

AAUW Puyallup Valley Garden Tour: June 22 Proceeds benefit American Association of University Women programs for students. Tickets and information: 

Powellswood: Private garden in Federal Way, 430 S. Dash Point Road. Tours April 1-Oct. 31. Information:, 253-529-1620.

Lakewold Gardens: 12317 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. in Lakewood. Information: 253-584-4106,


Gardening: Classes hosted by Pierce County Library System at branch locations include small plot and community garden planning‒Washington State University Pierce County Master Gardener May 15 at Graham branch, 9202 224th St. E.. Information and registration:

Business entrepreneurs: Classes at Pierce County Library System branches about funding, where to start, and how to develop a business model, in partnership with Business Impact Northwest. Registration and information: Classes include: “Funding a Vet-Owned Venture,” May 6 and July 22, 6-8 p.m., Lakewood branch, 6300 Wildaire Road SW. What is real and what is myth when it comes to finding money to start or grow a veteran-owned business. “Square One,” May 7, 6-8 p.m., South Hill branch, 15420 Meridian E., and May 15, 6-8 p.m. at Gig Harbor branch, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. The first steps in starting a business. “Hashtag Toolkit,” June 6, 6-8 p.m., University Place branch, 3609 Market Place W. Navigating social media sites for business. “Planning Toolkit,” June 25, 6-8 p.m., Parkland-Spanaway branch, 13718 Pacific Ave. S.  Develop a new business model or document an existing one.

ASL Medicare workshop: With an ASL interpreter, May 23, 10 a.m. at Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center, 621 Tacoma Ave., suite 505, Tacoma. RSVP at or 2534-292-2211. Presentation by Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors on enrollment, financial resources and anti-fraud tips.

Wellness events: Free. Hosted by Humana at the Tacoma Mall the second and fourth Tuesday of every through November. Topics include nutrition, crafting, diabetes education, and fitness demonstrations. Information: 1-800-781-4203.

“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.


Pierce County Parks and Recreation: Trips and tours. Information and registration:, 253-798-4141.

Auburn Senior Activity Center: Trips, tours, outings. Information: 253-931-3016,


Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club: Season begins in May at Wright Park in Tacoma, includes two six or seven- week sessions for beginners. Information:


“Yesterday Once More:” The Memorie Singers’ annual show, June 8 at 3 p.m. at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave. in Tacoma. Tickets ($13 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and active or retired military members with ID cards) are available from any Memorie Singers member, at the door, or 253-576-0362.

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.


Diabetes screening: May 21, 12 to 2 p.m., Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore.  Reservations: 253-756-0601.


“Escape from Prison Island:” June 14, 3 p.m., at Steilacoom High School library at 54 Sentinel Dr., Steilacoom. Sponsored by Friends of Steilacoom Library and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. Colleen Frakes’ story in comic book form of growing up on McNeil Island. Learn the history of McNeil, including haunted trees, escape attempts, con artists and a resident sea monster.


Bingo de Mayo: May 24, 6 p.m. at Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE. in Lacey. Bingo, raffle, full bar. Proceeds benefit Senior Services for South Sound, a non-profit organization. Information: 360-407-3967.

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.


Caregiver Film Series from Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources: Free screenings of movies at Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., films begin at 10:45. Schedule includes “Intelligent Lives” on June 8  (tickets available May 13). Free tickets must be obtained in advance at or by calling Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.


“Jeffrey Gibson — Like a Hammer:” Seattle Art Museum exhibit through 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: 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.

Rainbow Center Lunch Bunch: Third Friday of each month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 2215 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. For LGBTQ individuals 50 and older. Information:


Morse Wildlife Preserve: Work parties, docent duties and guided tours at preserve in Graham. Information:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs): Specially trained volunteers serve as advocates for children in the foster care system who have suffered abuse and neglect. CASAs meet with children, families, and their support systems to make recommendations to courts about a child’s best interest. Information: Pierce County Juvenile Court volunteer coordinator Carrie Appling at or 253-798-3837.

“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: Delivery drivers for Senior Scene throughout Pierce County and part of King County. 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.


Library book clubs: Find clubs at Pierce County and King County library branches at and

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.