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 by e-mail at, by phone at 253-722-5687, or by postal mail at Senior Scene, 223 N. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98403.



Messiah Sing-Along/Listen A-Long: Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 82ll  112th St. SW., Lakewood. Professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists. Free. Donations of non-perishable food items for food banks encouraged. Information: 253-582-0331,

Federal Way Symphony: “The Messiah,” Dec. 2 at Federal Way Performing Arts Center. Information and tickets: 253-252-2693, 253-835-7010.

Holiday harpist: Susan W. Haas will perform harp music for the holidays (and for all ages) at four Pierce County Library branches. The schedule: Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m. at the South Hill branch, 15420 Meridian E.; Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. at the Steilacoom branch, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd.; Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m. at the Lakewood branch, 6300 Wildaire Road SW.; Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m. at the University Place branch, 3609 Market Place W.

Second Sunday: 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park in Tacoma (suggested donation $3). Nov. 11, Sweet Mary. Dec. 9, The Loving Tunefuls. 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: 253-984-1881. Bookings: 253-472-1208.

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.



Spanaway Lake High School Holiday Craft Fair: Nov. 3 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Nov. 4 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the school, 13405 168th St. E. in Spanaway. $3 admission, kids under 6 free.

Bit of Norway: Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, S. 168th and Ambaum Boulevard, Burien.

Evangelical Reformed Church Christmas Bazaar: Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fellowship Hall,2735 S. Madison, Tacoma.

Danish Sisterhood Bake Sale and Bazaar: Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Scandinavian Cultural Center on Park Avenue (on Pacific Lutheran University campus). Free admission. Proceeds support student scholarships. Information: 253-858-8819.

Christmas bazaar: Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Collins Grange, 3404 E. 120th, Tacoma. Free admission.

Fircrest Holiday Bazaar: Nov. 17 (10-5) and Nov. 18 (10-4) at Fircrest Community Center, 555 Contra Costa Ave., Fircrest. Free admission.



Senior Media Services: Immediate openings for a delivery driver for Senior Scene in Tacoma and University Place-Fircrest. Deliver the newspaper once a month to locations in the Federal Way, Des Moines, Normandy Park and Auburn areas. Drivers use their own vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage. Deliveries are made approximately the first week of each month. Drivers set their own schedule. Information: Pat Jenkins, program director and editor, at 253-722-5687 or

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 at 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,

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

Support group facilitators: Needed for Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups in Graham.  One-year commitment. Information: Linda Whiteside, director of community support, at 1-800-848-7097, 206-529-3875,



SAGE Table Tacoma: A mix of generations (including older adults 50 and up) for conversation about meaningful connections in communities. Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Korean Women’s Association (KWA), located at 123 96th St. E. in Tacoma. RSVP at 253-798-8787 or Hosted by KWA, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources, and Tacoma Older LGBT.

ASL Emergency Preparedness: Free workshop for the deaf and hard-of-hearing about safety and communication plans, emergency kits, exits and shelters. Nov. 16, 1-2 p.m., 621 Tacoma Ave., suite 505, Tacoma. RSVP: or 253-292-2210. Sponsored by Pierce County Emergency Management and Washington State Independent Living Council.

“Conversations on Family Caregiving:” Free discussions for the public on caregiving at home. Hosted by Pierce County Aging and Disability at branches of Pierce County Library System. The schedule: Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Key Center branch (8905 Key Peninsula Hwy. NW.), Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Eatonville branch (205 Center Street W.), Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewood branch (6300 Wildaire Road SW.), Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. at the University Place branch (3609 Market Place W.), Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Hill branch (15420 Meridian E.), Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Summit branch (5107 112th St. E.), Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Sumner branch library (1116 Fryar Ave.). Information: 253-798-4600, 800-562-0332).

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.



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.

Community Connection Place: Princess Tea Party Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Curtis High School cafeteria in University Place. $40 per mother and daughter, $10 for each additional family member. Tickets: 253-564-1992, online through Evensi, and at Community Connection Place (2534 Grandview Dr. W. in University Place).



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,


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


Tacoma Older LGBT: Non-profit group’s 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.



Tacoma: Proctor Farmers Market, Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Dec. 15 (North 27th and Proctor).



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.; Call (253) 591-5084 for more information.




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.


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.



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.


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.