Places to go, things to do

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SPEAKERS/LECTURES

“Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State.” Humanities Washington speaker Feliks Banel discusses how storms and frightening weather can bind communities for protection and to share resources and commiserate. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. at the Steilacoom High School Library, 54 Sentinel Dr., Steilacoom. Sponsored by Friends of Steilacoom Library and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association.

 

 MUSIC

“Sounds of Brass:” 21st annual concert, with guest pianist and former Grammy nominee Duane Hulbert, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Tacoma Comm. College (Building 2/auditorium). Fourteen-member ensemble will perform music of Delibes, Holst, Bernstein and John Williams and an original piece by Hulbert. Admission free, donations accepted.

Puget Sound Piano Trio Series: University of Puget Sound faculty ensemble-in-residence featuring violin, piano and cello. Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall on UPS campus. Tickets and information: tickets.pugetsound.edu.

Jacobsen Series: Performance of chamber music by 20th and 21st-century African-American composers Florence Price, William Dawson and George Walker. Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall on University of Puget Sound campus. Tickets and information: pugetsound.edu/Jacobsen, 253-879-3100.

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.

     

SEMINARS/CONFERENCES/EXHIBITS/CLASSES

Early-stage memory loss: Jan. 11, 1-4 p.m. at United Church, 3912 Grandview Dr. W. in University Place. Basics of dementia, strategies for coping and communication, and planning. Presented by Alzheimer’ Association. Advance registration required. Information: Kenna Little at 206-529-3868.

Maximize Your Social Security: Jan. 19, 3 p.m. at Solstice Senior Living at Point Defiance, 6414 N. Park Way, Tacoma. Planning for Social Security and long-term care. RSVP at 253-759-8908.

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

 

FUND-RAISERS

Lutheran Community Services Northwest:: Lunch and program March 3 at 1:30 p.m. at STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St. in Tacoma. Benefits programs for seniors, caregivers, refugees and immigrants. RSVP by Feb. 17 at lcsnw.org/event/sps-luncheon. Information: 253-298-9170 or jmalloy@lcsnw.org.

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.

 

KNITTING/SEWING

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: lovingheartsonkp@gmail.com or call Virginia at 253-884-9619.

 

SOCIAL

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: www.tacomaolderlgbt.org, 253-271-8185

      

VOLUNTEER

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 nmcfarland@lcsnw.org

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, www.mcchordspousesclub.com/thirft_shop.html

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, lwhitesi@alzwa.org.

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 pjenkins@lcsnw.org.

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.

 

MILITARY VETERANS

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.

 

BOOKS

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.

 

DISCUSSION GROUPS

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.

 

MUSEUMS

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.

 

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

 

GENEALOGY

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: www.tpcgs.org

 

WEIGHT LOSS

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.

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