Places to go, things to do

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Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement: June 13–Sept. 8 at Seattle Art Museum. 150 works from Birmingham Museum of Art, many never shown previously outside the United Kingdom. Information:

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


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.


Hosted by League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County: Peninsula Metropolitan Park District, July 10, 6:30 p.m., Sehmel Pavilion at 10129 78th Ave. NW., Gig Harbor;  Port of Tacoma commissioners at 9 and 9:45 a.m., Tacoma School Board at 10:30 a.m., and Tacoma City Council at 11:15 a.m. at Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.; Orting School Board, July 15, 6:30 p.m. at Orting High School Performing Arts Center, 320 Washington Ave. N., Orting; Lakewood City Council, July 16, 6:30 p.m. at Pierce County Library System Lakewood branch, 6300 Wildaire Road SW. DuPont mayor, July 17, 6:30 p.m. at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Dr.; Bonney Lake city council, July 18, 6:30 p.m., council chambers at 9002 Main St. E.


Cruise Nights: Free; food bank donations accepted. Godfather’s Pizza in Spanaway, 15709 Pacific Ave., every Wednesday night June through September. Mrs. Turner’s restaurant in Puyallup, 701 E. Main, every Friday night June through August. Sunrise Village in South Hill, 10507 156th St. E., every Saturday June through August  and at 9 a.m. on  Aug. 17. Walmart in Covington, 17432 SE. 270th Place, every Friday May through September.  

Summer Cruise-Ins: Les Gove Park in Auburn, 4-7:30 p.m. July 18, Aug. 11, Aug. 15.


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,

Metro Parks Tacoma: FAB trips and tours. Information:, 253-305-1030.


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.


Auburn: Sundays through Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Les Gove Park. Information:, 253-933-3043.

Des Moines Waterfront: Saturdays through Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesdays July 10-Aug. 21, 4-8 p.m. 22307 Dock Ave. S. Information:

Enumclaw Plateau: Thursdays through Sept. 28, 3-7 p.m., 1600 First St. Information:

Federal Way: Saturdays through Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1701 S. 320th St. (former Sears parking lot at Commons shopping mall). Information:, 253-261-0207.

Gig Harbor: Thursdays through Aug. 29, 1-7 p.m., Skansie Brothers Park, 3211 Harborview Dr. Information:, 253-514-0071.

Kent East Hill: First and second Saturdays of each month through Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.., Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 SE. 248th St. Information:

Lakewood: Tuesdays through Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 6000 Main St. SW. Information:, 253-983-7758.

Orting: Fridays through Sept. 27, 3-7 p.m., North Park. Information:, 360-872-6836.

Puyallup: Saturdays through Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pioneer Park. Information:, 253-840-2631.

Renton: Tuesdays through Sept. 24, 3-7 p.m., Piazza Park, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South. Information:, 425-430-7214.

Tacoma: Broadway, Thursdays through Aug. 29 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Sept. 5-Oct. 31 (10-2), 901 Broadway; Eastside, Tuesdays through Aug. 27, 3-7 p.m., 3501 McKinley Ave.; Point Ruston Sundays through Sept. 29 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), 5104 Grand Loop. Proctor, Saturdays through Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North 27th St. and North Proctor Street. Information:, 253-272-7077.


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 “About Schmidt” on July 13. Free tickets must be obtained in advance at or by calling Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600. Other films tentatively scheduled are “The Age of Adaline,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “5 Flights Up,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Upside,” “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “On Golden Pond,” and “Harold and Maude.”


  • Auburn: 4th of July Festival, July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Les Gove Park. Free (wristbands for $5 for unlimited activities). Information:
  • Federal Way: Red White and Blues Festival, July 4 at 4 p.m. at Celebration Park. Free admission. Live music, family and children’s activities and games. Fireworks show at 10:15 p.m.
  • Gig Harbor: Community Hot Dog Social: July 4, Gateway Park in Gig Harbor. Information:
  • Tacoma: Freedom Fair, July 4, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Ruston Way waterfront. Information:
  • Eatonville: July 3, fireworks show at dusk at Eatonville Elementary School. July 4, town parade at noon and picnic-barbecue at Eatonville Eagles hall, 1:30 p.m. Information 360-219-5879,


1980s Big Hair Bingo: July 12, 6 p.m. at Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center (6757 Pacific Ave. SE.). Benefits non-profit Senior Services for South Sound. Come with your  beehive or teased hairdos and ’80s outfits for costume contest. Must be at least 21. Options for purchase: meals, full-service bar, raffle, special game tickets, and daubers. Information and table reservations: 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.


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:

Free movie-memoir: Memory Community films 50-plus age groups to preserve and share their legacy with family, friends, and younger generations. Participants get DVDs and ongoing screenings No charge; donations welcomed. Information: DeYoung Zhou at 360-850-9850 or


New group forming: Knitters, crocheters and sewers interested in making hats and blankets for oncology and dialysis patients can join a new chapter of the Loving Hearts  group in Tacoma. A meeting is scheduled for June 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tahoma Vista Village Apartments, 1512 S. Mildred St. (across from Tacoma Community College and behind James Center). Information: 253-370-9238.

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.


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.


Buckley Summer Series: Free. All shows at 6:30 p.m. at 251 River Ave. S., next to Youth Activity Center. July 11, The New Blues Brothers. July 18, Megs McLean (country). July 25, Got ‘90s? Aug. 18, The Coats (a capella). Aug. 8, Wally and the Beaves (‘60s and ‘70s). Information:, 360-829-1921.

Curran Apple Orchard Summer Concert Series (University Place): Free. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Curran Apple Orchard Park, 3920 Grandview Dr. W. Information:

Des Moines Concert Series: Free, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Des Moines Beach Park. July 10, Free Rain. July 17, Buzz Brump (dance). July 24, Paoli Mejias Jazz Quintet. July 31, Elena Maque. Aug. 7, Ethan Tucker (blues). Aug. 14, Kim Archer (rock). Aug. 21, Whitney Monge (soul). Information:, 206-870-6527.

Kent Summer Concerts: All shows at 6 p.m. at Kent Station. July 17, Darren Motamedy (smooth jazz). July 24, Afrodisiacs (disco). July 31, Shaggy Sweet (pop, rock). Aug. 7, Stonesy (Rolling Stones tribute). Aug. 14, Folsom Prism (Johnny Cash tribute). Aug. 21, Petty Differences (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac tribute). Aug. 28, Swingin’ Sixties Orchestra (Frank Sinatra tribute).

Jazz Under the Stars (Parkland):  Free, 7 p.m. at Mary Baker Russell Outdoor Amphitheater at Pacific Lutheran University. July 11, David Deacon-Joyner Trio. July 18, Dmitri Matheny Group. July 25, Dan Duval Good Vibes Quartet. Aug. 1, Eugenie Jones. Aug. 8, Nancy Erickson. Aug. 15, Vianna/Begeron Brazilian Quarter. In bad weather, shows are moved indoors to Lagerquist Concert Hall. Information:

Music in the Park (Fife): Free. All shows at 6:30 p.m. at Dacca Park, 2820 54th Ave. E. June 20, The Funaddicts. June 27, Leroy Bell and His Only Friends (R&B, blues, rock). July 11, The Not-Its (children’s dance). July 18, Amber Sweeney (blues). July 25, The Coats (a capella). Aug. 1, 80 Proof Ale (country rock).

Music Off Main (Sumner): Free, all shows on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Park. July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Information:

Puyallup Concerts in the Park: Free. All shows at 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park unless noted otherwise. July 11, Crème Tangerine (Beatles tribute); July 18, Harmonious Funk; July 25, Randy Hansen (Jim Hendrix tribute); Aug. 1, Darci Carlson Band (country); Aug. 8, The Coats; Aug. 15, Washed in Black (Pearl Jam tribute); Aug. 22 at Bradley Park, Whiskey River (Lynrad Skynard tribute). In bad weather, shows are moved indoors at the Pavilion. Information: 253-841-5457,

Second City Chamber Series (Lakewood): Shows at 7:30 p.m. at Lakewold Gardens. July 12, “Music of Spain and Latin America” (guitarist Hilary Field). July 26, “Russian Expansion” (classical). Information: 253-572-8863,

Second Sunday (Tacoma): $3 suggested donation, all shows at 1 p.m. at Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park. June 9, Clover Creek Ramblers (country, Celtic, classic rock). July 14, Kareem Kandi (jazz). Aug. 11, Cara Francis (jazz). Sept. 8, Joe Contris. Nov. 10, Castletown (Celtic folk rock). Information:, 253-404-3975.

Summer Sounds (Federal Way): Free. All shows at 7 p.m. at Steel Lake Park, 2410 S. 312th St. July 17, Unified Culture (reggae). July 24, No Rules (classic rock). July 31, Shakespeare in the Park. Aug. 8, Chrome Molly (classic rock). Information:

Summer Sounds and Cinema (Auburn): Free, 7 p.m. at Lea Hill Park, 31693 124th Ave. SE. July 26, Crème Tangerine (Beatles tribute). Aug. 2, The Marlin James Band (country). Aug. 9, Joanie Leeds (kids) and Nate Botsford (country rock). Movies follow the music. Information: 253-931-3043.

Thursdays at the Lake (Kent): Free, all shows at 7 p.m. at Lake Meridian Park. July 11, Culture Shock (Latin America). July 18, Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints (swing, rock). July 25, Aaron Crawford (country). Aug. 1, Stacy Jones Band (blues). Aug. 8, Sundae & Mr. Goessi (vintage). Aug. 15, Mile Twelve (bluegrass). Information:, 253-856-5200.

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.


McCarver School: Annual picnic Aug. 14, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Fircrest Park. Water, soda, plates, utensils and napkins provided. Bring an entrée, salad or dessert and a comfortable chair. Information: Andy Artz 253-208-4180 or Carolyn Walker 253-389-0165.


“Powerful Tools for Caregivers:” Free classes on Thursdays through July 18 (except July 4), 10-11:30 a.m. at the South Hill branch of Pierce County Library System at 15420 Meridian E. Classes run from June 6 through July 18, but there is no class on July 4. Limited to 15 participants, must commit to attend all six sessions. Topics include taking care of yourself, reducing stress, communicating feelings and needs, challenging situations, learning from emotions, and mastering caregiving decisions. Registration and information: Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources, 253-798-4423 and 253-798-4600.

“Job Hunting for Mature Workers:” Free class for workers concerned about issues such as over-qualification or career changes. Hosted by Pierce County Library System. Registration required at The schedule: July 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sumner library branch, 1116 Fryar Ave.; Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Gig Harbor library branch, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW.

Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference: Aug. 7, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (registration at 8 a.m. or in advance at Free. Topics include physical, mental and spiritual aspects for patients and survivors. Information:,

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,”  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. 

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.

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.


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.

Active Valley Seniors: Over 65. Meet fourth Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at Puyallup Public Library. Information: 253-677-1871.

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:


“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.


Washington State Senior Games: Competition and opening ceremonies in July. Information and registration:, 360-413-0148.

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

Morse Wildlife Preserve: Free admission to private nature preserve, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on second Sunday of each month, 25415 70th Ave. E. in Graham. 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,


Rebuilding Together South Sound: Skilled craftspeople for projects in Pierce County. Information:, 253-238-0977.

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.


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.


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.