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 at, 253-722-5687, or Senior Media Services, 223 N. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA 98403. Listings are for non-profit groups.


“Into Existence:”  Through June 28 at Seattle Art Museum, solo exhibition of mixed-media works by Aaron Fowler, winner of the 2019 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize. Information:

“A Cultural Legacy: Paintings from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection:” Through July 2020, from the collection of the late Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist. 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.


“Dementia Reimagined:” Dr. Tia Powell discusses her book and its perspective on understanding dementia, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at The Forum, 1119 Eighth Ave. in Seattle.

Pierce County READS: Explore the life of Constance Kopp, the country’s first female sheriff, in bestselling author Amy Stewart’s “Girl Waits with Gun,” the Pierce County READS book selection for 2020 by Pierce County Library System. The countywide one-book reading program will culminate with an event featuring Stewart March 28 at 1 p.m. at McGavick Conference Center on the Clover Park Technical College campus in Lakewood.

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.


“Five Wishes:” Free presentations on advance and end-of-life planning. Presented by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and Fir Lane Memorial Park on Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex in Tacoma (2401 S. 35th St.), Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Graham branch of Pierce County Library System (9202 224th St. E.), and Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Spanaway (924 176th St. E.). Information: 253-798-4600.

Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center classes and presentations: Shamrock pins March 2 at 10:30 a.m., rock painting March 3 at 10:30 a.m., beginning drawing on Thursdays starting March 5 at 10 a.m., writing first and third Fridays starting March 6 at 1 p.m., wind chimes March 9 at 1 p.m., music with Janet Mustered (piano) second Wednesday of the month at 11:10 a.m., gardening with Master Gardener Carol Heeren March 11 at 12:30 p.m., fiber fun with Tacoma Weavers Guild on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m., caregiver support group on the third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m., Norway March 18 at 10:30 a.m., grief support group third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. All free. Advance registration required for craft classes. 4716 N. Baltimore, 253-756-0601.

Gardening: Pierce County Library System, Washington State University Master Gardeners, and Pierce Conservation District will host a series of free classes for gardening enthusiasts. The schedule includes Garden Soil 101, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Graham library branch, 9202 224th St. E.; Fruit Trees, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Parkland-Spanaway library branch, 13718 Pacific Ave. S.; Gardening and Climate Change, March 18 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the University Place library branch, 3609 Market Place W.; Soil and Early Planting, March 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Tillicum library branch, 14916 Washington Ave. SW. in Lakewood; Build Healthy Soil and Make Better Compost, April 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the South Hill library branch, 15420 Meridian E.; Container Gardening, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sumner library branch, 1116 Fryar Ave., and April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Parkland-Spanaway branch, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. Information:

“Ingredients for Longevity:” Advice for aging gracefully and living a healthy, active lifestyle. March 12 at 10 a.m. at Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St. Presented by Living Well Alliance/Pacific Medical Center. Registration: 206-878-1642.

“Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Fraud:” Presentation by AARP Fraud Network March 24 at 7 p.m. at Fircrest Presbyterian Church, 1250 Emerson St. in Fircrest.

Digital skills: How to use cellphones, tablets, laptops, and smart devices. Free. Feb. 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.

Fitness and crafts: Hosted at the following Iora Primary Care practices. Open to the public. Information: The schedule: Renton—Silver Sneakers Flex, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Federal Way–SilverSneakers Circuit, Mondays at 11 a.m. Puyallup—Silver Sneakers Strength and Balance, Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

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.

Support U: Classes for anyone caring for an adult. Information: Lutheran Community Services Northwest, 253-722-5682,


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.


Destiny City Film Festival: 34 independent films, including an Oscar-nominated short, Feb. 28-March 1 at Blue Mouse Theater in Tacoma. Information and tickets:

Images of Aging: Film series sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Free Screenings are on the second Saturday of the month at Grand Cinema in Tacoma, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. Next screening is “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” March 14 at 10:45 a.m. Doors open at 10:30. Free tickets must be obtained in advance at or Aging and Disability Resources at 253-798-4600.

“French Pleasures: The Films of Eric Rohmer:” Seattle Art Museum and Alliance Française de Seattle celebrate writer-director Eric Rohmer with screenings of his films on most Thursdays through March 12. Series tickets:, at the museum or 206-654-3210).


Citizens for a Healthy Bay: Non-profit, Tacoma-based environmental organization’s annual dinner and auction, March 27 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, 705 Dock St. in Tacoma. Information: 253-383-2429 and

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 welcome. Information: DeYoung Zhou at 360-850-9850 or


“Roaring ‘20s Week:” Artifacts from the Fife History Museum will be on display at the Fife branch of Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E., March 9 through March 14. Special events will include: March 10 at 5  p.m., a screening and discussion of “The Great Gatsby” for adults; March 11, 6-8 p.m., the history of the ballroom and dance marathons that lasted for days (for adults); March 12, 1-2 p.m., Mickey Mouse stories, songs, play and crafts (for preschool ages); March 13, 4-5:30 p.m., create flapper style headband (adults and teenagers); March 14, 12-2 p.m., learn about old-time radio and make a simple radio to take home (elementary school ages). Registration required:


Gifts of the Heart: 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. 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.


Presidential politics: Presidential historian Mike Purdy and political scientist Michael Artime on politics, campaigns, and the 2020 race. Series Feb. 6, March 19, June 18, Sept. 17 and Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at McIntyre Hall at University of Puget Sound will include time for audience questions, comments and conversation. Free. Information:


Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters: Unit meetings September through May. Schedule: Tacoma unit on second Thursday of month, 1-3 p.m. at North Tacoma Police Sub-station, 5140 N. 26th St.; East Pierce unit on second Saturday of month, 10 a.m.-12 at Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian; Merrill Gardens unit on third Thursday of month, 1-3 p.m. at Merrill Gardens senior community, 7290 Rosemount Circle, Tacoma; Gig Harbor-Key Peninsula unit on third Saturday of month, 10:30 a.m.-12 at Heron’s Key retirement community, 4340 Borgen Blvd., Gig Harbor.


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.


“American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith:” Exhibit of artifacts, images and interactive experience from the Smithsonian Institution about American democracy. Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, April 25-Aug. 16. Information: 206-324-1126,

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

DuPont Historical Museum: 207 Barksdale Ave., DuPont. Information:, 253-964-2399.

Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum: 705 Dock St., Tacoma. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 253-272-2750,

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 5917 S. 196th St., Kent. Information: 206-764-9453.

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.

Lewis Army Museum: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma. Information: 253-967-7206,

Museum of History and Industry: 860 Terry Ave., Seattle. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission first Thursday of each month. Information: 206-324-1126.

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.


University of Puget Sound School of Music: The following free concerts by organist Wyatt Smith are scheduled on the UPS campus in Tacoma: March 13 at 12 p.m., Organ at Noon Series (all-Bach) at  Kilworth Memorial Chapel, April 24 at 12 p.m., Organ at Noon Series (music by Franck, Saint-Saens, and Boellmann) at Kilworth Memorial Chapel.

“Sounds of Brass:” 13th annual Pops concert featuring trumpet soloist Morris Northcutt and a 16-member brass and percussion ensemble under the direction of John Falskow, dean of arts for Tacoma Community College. April 26 at 2 p.m. at the college auditorium (building 12). Free admission, donations accepted. 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.



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:


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:


Alzheimer’s / dementia / brain injury

Alzheimer’s Association Adult Children Caring for Parents with Memory Loss-Lakewood: Third Monday of each month, 5:30-7 p.m. at Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW.  Information:  253-798-4090.

Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver group-Key Peninsula: Third Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m.-12 at Crandall Center, 9016 154th Ave. Court KPN, Lakebay. Information: 253-820-2213.

Alzheimer’s Support Group-downtown Tacoma: First Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cascade Park Active Day, 232 St. Helens Ave. Information: 253-627-9990.

Alzheimer’s resources-University Place: Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver group, first Tuesday of each month, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at United Church of University Place, 3912 Grandview Dr. W. Information: 253-279-0754.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group-Tacoma: Care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia. First Wednesday each month, 10 a.m.-12 or 1-3 p.m. at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way. Information: 253-922-3221.

Alzheimer’s Association Young-Onset Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group: Early-stage memory loss (65 years or younger) and their care partners. Second Monday each month. Information: 206-529-3868.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group-Tacoma: Third Wednesday of month, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community, 1301 N. Highlands Parkway. Information: 253-572-2875.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group-Lakewood: Third Saturday of month, 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW., Lakewood. Information: 253-508-2626.

Brain Injury Support Group of Kitsap County: Monthly meetings in Silverdale and Bremerton. Information:

Pierce County Memory Cafes:  Monthly social gatherings for people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and hosted by Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Third Wednesday at Mrs. Turner’s Restaurant, 701 E. Main St., Puyallup, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (hosted by Homewell); and fourth Wednesday at Elmer’s Restaurant, 7427 S. Hosmer St., Tacoma, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Information: 253-722-5691.

Widows / widowers

WICS (Widowed Information and Consultation Services): Weekly Tacoma-area meetings for widows and widowers, 10 a.m.-noon. Information: 253-973-6594.

Widow/Widower Support Group: Sponsored by MultiCare Health System, second Tuesday of each month, 6-9 p.m. Information: 253-697-4899.


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,


Project Linus: Local chapter (Tacoma) of national non-profit organization that provides handmade blankets to children in crisis. Information: and 253-212-0234.

Friends of Lake Kapowsin: Opportunities include lake restoration, Lake Kapowsin Day, and a stewardship committee. Information:,

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.

Job Carr Cabin Museum: Volunteer as a greeter or for events at Tacoma museum. Information:

“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,

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.