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.



“Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum:” At Seattle Art Museum through Jan. 26, 2020, featuring 40 Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures from the collection of one of the largest museums in Italy. Information: Information:, 206-654-3100.

“Bart (Simpson) at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family:” At Tacoma Art Museum through Dec. 31. Art and process of animation. 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.

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


Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community Holiday Bazaar: Nov. 15-16, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 1301 N. Highlands Parkway, Tacoma.

Christmas Bazaar: Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Evangelical Reformed Church, 7435 S. Madison St., Tacoma.

Fircrest Holiday Bazaar: Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 24, 10-4 at Fircrest Community Center. 555 Contra Costa Ave. Information:

Collins Grange Christmas Bazaar: Nov. 16, 10-4 at Collins Grange, 3404 E. 120th, Tacoma.

Fall Rummage Sale:  Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE. in in Lacey. Proceeds benefit Senior Services for South Sound. Information: 360-407-3967.


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.


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.


MakerFest: Free-admission event Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Agriplex at Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Sponsored by Pierce County Library System. Exhibitors showcasing arts and crafts, technology, robotics, homesteading, health, upcycling, emergency preparedness, and science. Information:


Tacoma: Proctor district, Saturdays through Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North 27th St. and North Proctor Street. Information:, 253-272-7077.


“Too Soon to Forget:” Documentary about detecting and getting medical advice for Alzheimer’s, will be shown six times in November at Pierce County Library System branches and one other location. The schedule for the free screenings, which will be accompanied by discussions of the subject, is Nov 4, 12:30 p.m., Lakewood branch at 6300 Wildaire Road; Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., Pierce County Sound View Building at 3602 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma; Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. at Key Center branch, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy. NW. in Lakebay; Nov. 8, 1 p.m. at South Hill branch, 15420 Meridian E.; Nov. 9, 11 a.m. at Parkland-Spanaway branch, 13718 Pacific Ave. S.; Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. at University Place branch, 3609 Market Place W. Sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Information: 253-798-4600.


Beginning Pilates: Weekly classes on Tuesday and Thursday (starting on Nov. 5 and Nov. 7) at 12:30 p.m. at Eastside Community Center in Tacoma. Information: Instructor Chris Lunn at or 253-863-6617.

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:


Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center: Nov. 14, 4-8 p.m. at Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante, 2207 N. Pearl St. in Tacoma. Percentage of food sales will benefit the senior center. Reservations recommended, 253-761-5555. Information from senior center: 253-756-0601.

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


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.


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.

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 Fall Concerts: Free. On-campus at Schneebeck Concert Hall unless noted otherwise. Nov. 8, jazz orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, chamber music, 2 p.m. Nov. 22, symphony orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, chamber music, 2 p.m. Dec. 5, wind ensemble/concert band, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Winterfest: Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Dec. 9, clarinet ensemble, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, percussion ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Chorale and Dorian Singers, 7:30 p.m. at Kilworth Memorial Chapel. 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.


Alzheimer’s Town Hall in Tacoma: Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave. S. Discussions of legislation and public policy related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Information:, 206-363-5500.

Warning signs of dementia: Differences between typical age-related memory changes and Alzheimer’s will be the subject of presentations in Kent and Anderson Island. The schedule: Nov. 9 in Kent, 10 a.m. at Open Doors for Multicultural Families, 24437 Russell Road; Nov. 16 in Anderson Island, 10 a.m. at Anderson Island Community Center, 11319 Yoman Road. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association.

“Food Justice Strategy:” Conversation among community members, grassroots organizers and advocates about food justice, including Hilltop Urban Gardens, Springbrook Connections, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Just and Healthy Food Systems. Nov. 16, 2:30-4 p.m. at Lakewood branch of Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road SW.

Alzheimer’s Town Hall in Seattle: Nov. 20, 1-2:30 p.m. at Phinney Center Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Discussions of legislation and public policy related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Information:, 206-363-5500.

“Eating Well to Reduce Fatigue:” Nov. 21, 1 p.m. at Auburn Senior Activity Center. Free. Presented by Pacific Medical Centers. Registration: 253-931-3016.

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.


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:


“Sticky Subject: The History and Culture of Sugar”: Presented by Humanities Washington, sponsored by Pierce County Library Foundation. Anthropologist Julia Harrison on the consequences of sugar’s rise as a dietary staple. Nov. 8, 4 p.m. at DuPont branch of Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr.

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.: Nov. 8, Tames Alan on the Elizabethan era. Dec. 13, historian David Buerge on Chief Seattle. 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:


“Tellabration:” Local stortytellers; for ages 10 and up. Nov. 9,  7:30 p.m. at Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 Pearl St., Tacoma. Free. Information 253-983-9114.


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 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,

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.