Places to go, things to do

CORONAVIRUS ADVISORY: Some of the following events and activities could be affected by closures or restrictions caused by the pandemic. Contact information for updates is provided as much as possible.

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.



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


The Outlet Collection: Cascade Regional Blood Services will be at the shopping mall in Auburn (1101 Outlet Collection Way, Suite 1268) March 17-19 for a three-day drive. Information: 1-877-24-BLOOD,


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.


Social Security Disability Insurance: Online presentation by a Social Security representative to explain qualification criteria for the benefit and the application process. April 7 at 4 p.m. Advance at Participants can also join by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099. Webinar ID: 957 3135 8238. Hosted by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Information: 253-798-4600.

“On Dementia:” Series of conversations with authors and lleaders in elder care, presented by Frye Art Museum, Aging Wisdom, and the University of Washington Memory and Brain Wellness Center. Each program is free and via Zoom. The schedule: April 8, 12-1 p.m., featuring Susan McFadden, author of “Dementia-Friendly Communities: Why We Need Them and How We Can Create Them,” Keri Pollock of Aging Wisdom. May 13, 12-1 p.m., featuring Anne Bastingauthor of “Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care,” and Mary Jane Knecht of Frye Art Museum. Information and registration: 

“Dotting the i’s and Crossing the t’s: Providing Legal Peace of Mind:” Series of workshops  about the “why” and “how” of documents such as powers of attorney, healthcare directives, wills and trusts. Hosted by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. The schedule: April 8 at 6:30 p.m. on durable powers of attorney; April 15 at 6:30 p.m. on healthcare directives and living wills; April 22 at 6:30 p.m. on wills and probate; April 29 at 6:30 p.m. on trusts and trust administration. Advance registration at Join by phone at 253-215-8782. Webinar ID: 998 6576 3911. Information: 253-798-4600.

Edible Gardens: Series of online workshops about vegetable gardening. Hosted by Pierce County Environmental Educators and Pierce Conservation District. Registration: or 253-845-9770. The schedule, all 10 to 11 a.m.: March 27, Garden Planning and Seed Starting. April 3, Garden Soil 101. April 10, Your Summer Garden: Planting, Watering, Weeding. April 17, Garden Bugs, Diseases and Non-Toxic Alternatives. April 24, Container Gardening. July 10, Fall and Winter Gardening. July 17, Composting and Putting the Garden to Bed.

Virtual dementia education and caregiver support: Community education webinars are available from the Alzheimer’s Association at to learn more and register. The sessions are live and include time for questions. Information: April Scott at 206-529-3875 or Christin Peter at 206-2012002.

Pierce County Library System: Virtual online services and classes for all ages, including book discussions and English classes. Information:

King County Library System: Virtual classes and discussions on subjects such as art and small-business management. Information:

Tacoma Public Library: Virtual presentations on various topics. Information:

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.

Job and Business Center: Free help developing technology skills, improving job marketability, and starting or growing a small business. Services include certifications in more than 30 programs, including expert-level certifications in Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate, Adobe, and QuickBooks, templates and guidance for crafting resumes, and writing business plans. Information:

Online classes: For seniors and their families, January through May. Hosted by Comfort Keepers. Topics include caregiving, aging in place, nutrition, and downsizing. Registration and information:, 253-945-1400.

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


Park planning: Help shape the future of Half Dollar Park, proposed by Pierce County Parks and Recreation for the South Hill community. Virtual workshop open until April 15 at Hardcopy materials available from Tiffany Odell, senior planner, at 253-798-4254 or


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.


Spring Fair: Drive-through–step-out event at Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. April 7-11 and April 14-18. Animals and attractions, food, shopping. Tickets per carload are $30 Wednesdays -Thursdays, $35 Fridays-Sundays, at Information: 

Tacoma Moon Festival: Virtual celebration of immigrant communities. Presented by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, starting Oct. 1 and remaining online permanently. Information:


Fieldhouse Flea Market: Hosted by University of Puget Sound Women’s League in support of student scholarships. Online event. Bidding March 19 at 6 p.m. through March 28 at 6 p.m. Information and registration:

“A Night at the Theatre:” Tacoma 8 Rotary Club auction, April 30-May 1. Information:

Lutheran Community Services Northwest: Support for agency’s programs benefitting seniors. Donate at

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.


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,

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden: 2525 S. 33th St., Federal Way. Information:, 253-838-4646.

Pacific Bonsai Museum: 2515 S. 336th St., Federal Way. Information:, 253-353-7345.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory: Wright Park in Tacoma, 316 S. G St. Information:, 253-404-3975.


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


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.


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.


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

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

Fife History Museum: 2820 54th Ave. E., Fife. Information:, 253-896-4710.

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.


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.


American Legion: Auburn Post 78,, 253-939-5789. Burien Post 134, 206-244-4319.  Kent Post 15,, 253-859-9905. Puyallup Post 67,, 253-200-429. Tacoma Post 222, 253-475-4970. Parkland Post 2, 253-536-6999. Lakewood Post 187, 253-589-0187.

AMVETS: Tacoma Post 1,, 253-472-2552. Tacoma Post 2008, 253-232-7324. Tacoma Post 5, 253-564-2781.

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.

VFW: Spanaway Art Drexler Post,, 253-222-0839. Tacoma Sandstrom Post, 253-272-1405. Federal Way Charles Ralls Post, 253-927-1615. Burien Highline Post,, 206-218-6764. Kent-Meridian Post,, 206-650-8329. Maple Valley-Black Diamond Post, Puyallup Valley Post,, 253-841-5650. Gig Harbor Post, 253-858-7569. Renton Post,, 425-255-9010.

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 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).

“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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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,

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

Paint Tacoma Beautiful: Free house painting (exterior) for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners. Organized by Associated Ministries, which provides supplies and paint, including face masks and sanitizer. Information/application: or 253-999-3417. 

Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources Advisory Board: Members meet every other month to help county program mprove community-based services for older adults and adults with disabilities. Information: 253-798-2739,,

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

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

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

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


TOPS-Puyallup: Meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Puyallup Community Baptist Church, 1318 Ninth Ave. SW. in Puyallup.  Men and women. Private weekly weigh-ins before the meeting. Dues are $12 a quarter, plus annual membership fee. Information: 253-864-8585 or 253-230-0089.

TOPS-Tacoma: 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: Information:, 253-404-3800.
Woodland Park Zoo: $2 discount on regular admission for persons with disabilities. Information:, 206-548-2500.