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.



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.

“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.

“Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness:” Through Nov. 8 at Seattle Art Museum, featuring photographs and large-scale photographic wallpapers from the South African visual activist’s self-portrait series. Confronts global politics of race, gender and representation. Information:, 206-654-3100.


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.


Carstar Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car and Truck Show: 17th annual, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept.  21 at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S. in Spanaway. Free admission for spectators. Raffle proceeds benefit Pierce County Parks and Recreation youth programs.

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.  


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.


Washington State Fair: Aug. 30-Sept. 22 in Puyallup. Tickets and information:, 253-841-5045.

Nordic Festival: Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 3505 122nd Ave. E. in Edgewood. $2 admission (children under 12 free). Traditional music, arts and crafts, food. Hosted by Daughters of Norway. Information: 253-370-0730,


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 through next June at Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., films begin at 10:45. Schedule includes “I’ll See You in My Dreams” Sept. 14, “5 Flights Up” Oct. 12, “Driving Miss Daisy” Nov. 9, “The Upside” Dec. 14, “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” March 14, “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” April 11, “On Golden Pond” May 9, and “Harold and Maude” June 13. Free tickets must be obtained in advance at or by calling Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600. 


Tai chi chih: Relaxation, heighten energy, body balance.  Seated. Wear comfortable clothing and socks. Sept. 8, 16, 22, 29 at 3 p.m. at Amvets hall, 5717 Tyler St. S. in Tacoma. Cost: Donation. Information:

Parkinson’s Exercise Group: Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Harbor Place at Cottesmore, 1016 29th St. NW. in Gig Harbor. Free group exercise designed for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Light lunch provided. RSVP: 253-853-8466.


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


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. 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.


Kent Summer Concerts: All shows at 6 p.m. at Kent Station. Aug. 28, Swingin’ Sixties Orchestra (Frank Sinatra tribute).

Free outdoor concert: Sept. 11, 6 p.m., at Harbor Place at Cottesmore, 1016 29th St. NW. in Gig Harbor. Featuring the Blue Grass Minstrels.

Second Sunday (Tacoma): $3 suggested donation, all shows at 1 p.m. at Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park. Sept. 8, Joe Contris. Nov. 10, Castletown (Celtic folk rock). Information:, 253-404-3975.

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.


Medicare: Aging Smart educational workshop Sept. 3, 4:30 p.m. at Harbor Place at Cottesmore, 1016 29th St. NW, Gig Harbor. Information: RSVP: 253-509-2340.

Dementia series:  Sept. 3, Sept. 17, Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore. Types of dementia, progression of the disease, community resources. Free. Registration at 253-756-0601.

Line dancing: Six-week classes at Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center (4716 N. Baltimore) starts Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Fee: $20. Registration: 253-756-0601.

Living wills: Sept. 5, 1 p.m. at Auburn Senior Activity Center. Free. Presented by Comfort Keepers. Registration: 253-931-3016.

Tap dance classes:  Starting Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. at Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore. Free. Registration: 253-756-0601.

Moving or downsizing: Sept. 10, 10 a.m. at Kent Senior Activity Center. Free. Presented by Rightsizing for Seniors.

“Aging and Memory: What’s Normal and What’s Not:” Sept. 11, 10:15 a.m. at Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE. in Tacoma. Free. Presented by Comfort Keepers and Pinnacle Senior Placements. Registration: 253-404-3900.

“Ten Dementia Warning Signs:” Sept. 16, 6 p.m., Woodmont branch of King County Library System, 26809 Pacific Hwy. S., Des Moines. Reservations (not required, but suggested) 1-800-272-3900. Hosted by Alzheimer’s Association.

Make an emergency notebook: Sept. 18, 12:30 p.m. at SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave. S. Free. Presented by Comfort Keepers.

Fall Prevention Day: Presentations and community resources Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Morgan Family YMCA in Tacoma (1002 S. Pearl St.). Hosted by Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition and Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.

“Living Well with Arthritis:” Sept. 24, 10 a.m. at Kent Senior Activity Center. Free. Presented by Outpatient Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services.

Skin cancer: Sept. 24, 12 p.m. at Harbor Place at Cottesmore, 1016 29th St. NW. in Gig Harbor. Tips on prevention, detection and treatment. Presented by Dr. Justin Piasecki of Harbor Plastic Surgery. Free. Lunch provided. RSVP: 253-853-3354.

“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: Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Gig Harbor library branch, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW.

“Diseases of the Aging Eye:” Sept. 25, 10 a.m. at Burien Community Center. Free. Presented by Evergreen Eye Center. Registration: 206-988-3700.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference: Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bellarmine Prep, 2300 S. Washington St. in Tacoma. Free. Programs and exhibitors for memory care facilities, legal services, care management, medical sources and information. Refreshments provided. Registration: 253-798-8787. Information: Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.

“Social Security Retirement 2020:” Oct. 21, 4-5:30 p.m. at location to be announced. Sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the Social Security Administration. Questions and answers about benefits and Medicare. Information: 253-798-4600.

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:


Steilacoom Speaker Series: Hosted by Pierce County Library System, Friends of Steilacoom Library, and Steilacoom Historical Museum Association at Steilacoom library, 1801 Rainier St. Free. The monthly schedule, all at 3 p.m.: Sept. 13, author/broadcaster Harriet Baskas on odd and Innovative transportation Ideas from the Pacific Northwest; Oct. 13, Patrick Hughes Sr. and members of the Greater Puget Sound chapter of the National Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (Horse) Calvary Association on buffalo soldier; Nov. 8, Tames Alan on the Elizabethan era. Dec. 13, historian David Buerge on Chief Seattle. Information:

Doctors Without Borders Traveling Speaker Series: Tacoma Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.), Olympia Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Olympia Center (222 Columbia St. NW.). Aid worker discusses and answers questions about her experiences around the world. Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization.



Tennis: Free community event Sept. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. at Galbraith Tennis Center, 1680 S. Mildred St. in Tacoma. Food, refreshments, play. 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 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 Saturday of the month at the Harvester Restaurant, 5601 Soundview Dr., Gig Harbor, 3 to 4:30 p.m.; 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 or

Support U Caregiver Support Group: Meets second Tuesday 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Leo’s Church Parish Library, 710 S. 13th St. (across from downtown Tacoma Bates Technical College). Information: Kathy Hitchcock at 253-564-3785,

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,


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,

Alzheimer’s Association: Facilitators needed for family caregiver support groups in Graham. One-year commitment. Information: April Scott at 206-529-3875 or,

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.