Places to go, things to do

NorthWest Apple Pickers: Learn computer hardware and software. Lakewood Library 2nd Sun, 3-5 p.m.;

Rebuilders: Widows/widowers potluck/activities, Puyallup Senior Center; 4:30-8:30 p.m.; (253) 841-5555.

Narada Theosophical Society: Study where religions come from and why. Point Defiance/Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore St. at 2:30. Call for info. John at 253-304-0958.

Vasa Swedish Order of America: Norden Lodge #233, 1st Sun., 2 p.m.; Call Fritz Grahn at (253) 446-7703

Widowed, Divorced, Separated?: Olympia; 7 p.m.; Together a peer group works through the 6 stages of grief to rebuild our lives. Call (360) 790-0863 for location.

Alzheimer’s Support Group: A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7410 S 12th St in Tacoma. Contact Chuck Benefiel at 253-584-3267.

AXPOW (American Ex-Prisoners of War): Tacoma chapter potluck/meeting, Amvets Hall, 5717 S. Tyler, Tacoma; 2nd Mon, 11:30 a.m.; (253) 565-0444.

Ballroom Dance: Mondays 12:30-3:00 pm Live 3 piece Band Cost $ 5.00 each. Mid-County Senior Community Center 10205 E. 44th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98373 Call 253- 531-8412 .

Second Legislative District Democrats of Pierce County : Graham Public Library, 9202–224th St. East. 3rd Mon. at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Call Robert Chamberlain at 253-445-5485 for info.

Sisters of Hope/Brothers of Faith: A cancer support group for people of color.  Provides a safe, comforting environment for cancer survivors, family members and friends.  Meetings occur 1st Mon from 6:30 to 8:30 at  the Breast Cancer Resource Center, 3502 South 12th St in Tacoma.  Contact them at (253) 572-2683/(253) 203-8879 or  Website is

Tai Chi: Mon & Wed at Active Retirement & Senior Club of Gig Harbor. 10 a.m. beginning, 11 a.m. for ongoing. Call Joyce at (253) 502-4670

Tai Chi: 7-9:20 p.m., Titlow Lodge, 8425 6th Ave. (253) 591-5297.

TOPS Chapter 1376 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 9:30-11 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1316 S. Stevens.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group: A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia, 1st Tues at South Tacoma Library, 3411 S. 56th in Tacoma. 1-3 p.m. Contact Jacquelyn Whalen at (253) 922-3221.

Computer Basics: AdvantageTech offers classes (10 hrs total) on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Sign up ASAP for next class at UP Senior Center call: 253-564-1992.

Christian Writers Group: morning; call for location, Margie at (253) 472-1532

Eatonville Writers Workshop: 7 p.m.; Don McCrae (360) 832-8667.

Daffodil Ramblers: Good Sam RV Chapter monthly meeting on 3rd Wed. and monthly group camping trips. Call (253) 875-0015 for info.

Good old days ballroom dance: Shine up your shoes and come dance. First time free. Every Tues 12:30 to 3 p.m. $4 per person. Milton Senior Dance at 1000 Laurel Street in Milton. (253) 922-6586

Learn to Line Dance: South Park Community Center, T, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Cost is $36 for 6 weeks. Call 305-1030 to register.

Mingling of Minds: Discussion group. 2nd Tues., 7 p.m. Meets at Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian. Call (253) 845-5639

National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE): Tacoma Chapter 163. AMVETS Hall, 5717 S. Tyler; 3rd Tues. at 11:30 a.m. (253) 473-6307.

Point Defiance Zoo: Free to 62-plus and people with disabilities; 3rd Tues; (253) 591-5337.

Puget Sound Civitan: A service club that volunteers to help people with special needs in south Puget Sound. Meets at TACID; 2nd Tues. at 6 p.m. Call (253) 861-2431 for info.

New Foundations Bible Study: Set Free Ministries & Chapel, 4102 110th Suite D, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tues. & Fri. 10 a.m.; Sun. service 10:30 a.m. (253) 582-2639

Reader Theater Group: What is Reader Theater you ask? Small groups getting together to read stories aloud as if they were doing a play. No need to memorize lines. You will read from the script. No auditions! Being a ham is perfectly acceptable! Don’t want to act? You can also be involved in staging, rehearsal and the performance. How about helping set up the stage or designing, painting or costuming? Reader’s Theater meets on Tuesdays from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. No acting experience necessary. Call Willow for more information 591-5080.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary: Silvercrest Senior Apts, 4103 9th S.W., South Hill; 2nd Tues, 11:45; lunch will be served; (253) 847-7127.

Tacoma Amputee Support Group: meets at TACID 2nd Tues 6-8 p.m. to help amputees reclaim their lives Certified peer counselor. Group open to all ages. Contact Crestina Marez at 272-5397 or Jay Williams at (253)414-5116/(253)507-7532.

Tacoma Historical Writers: 2nd and 4th Tues, 1:30 p.m.; call for location; (253) 752-7722.

The Tacoma Orchid Society: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 E. 38th St, Tacoma. 4th Tues. at 6:30 p.m.; No meetings July or December. More info at or call (253) 537-3829.

Tacoma Stamp Club: Special programs 2nd Tues, 8 p.m. Stamp Auction 4th Tues; 8 p.m. The Collectors Nook; 213 North I Street; (253) 272-9828

Tacoma Writers Club: Poetry Critique Group, meets 2nd Tues, 2-5 p.m. South Tacoma Library, 3411 S. 56st St., Tacoma. Call Carl for info, 253-566-0821 or email

Tobacco Cessation Program: Tues., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Hospital, 11567 Canterwood Blvd., NW in Gig Harbor. For more information call (253) 223-7538 or (253) 426-6746 or

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Tuesday evenings at Parkway Presbyterian Church (downstairs), 714 138th Street E., Tacoma, WA 98445. Private weigh-ins are from 6 to 6:45 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m.  : Initial membership is $28 to join (includes a magazine) and $5 per month for club dues. TOPS offers many incentives and lots of encouragement to lose weight. Very friendly and fun group, includes both men and women of various ages. Take charge of your weight loss and get a new and better life. For more information, call (253) 537-4842.

TotemAires: Auditions for the Tacoma Barbershop Harmony Chorus will be held at VFW Wild West Post 91, 2010 S. Union Ave. 7 p.m. Call (253) 565-7322

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group: 3rd Tues, 6-7:30 at Cascade Park Active Day, 232 St. Helens Ave in Tacoma. Call Nancy Huseman at (253) 572-0383.

Puyallup Valley Community Band: Rehearses at First Christian Church, 9th Avenue Southwest and 7th Street Southwest. Call Bob at 535-2868 for info.

Widowed, Divorced, Separated?: Christ Episcopal Church, 5th and Pioneer, Puyallup; 7 p.m.; Together a peer group works through the 6 stages of grief to rebuild our lives. Call (360) 872-0511 or (253) 752-2760.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group: A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia , 3rd Weds at the Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd, Tacoma. 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Linda Whiteside at (800) 848-7097.

Alzheimer’s Support Group: 1st Wed 6:30-8p.m. at 232 St. Helens Ave (Cascade Park Active Day)

Battle of the Bulge Monthly Luncheon (Ardenns Campaign): 1st Wed, Round Table Pizza at Olympic Village in Gig Harbor; Chuck McGuire: (360) 710-4341; Doris Rogers (206)242-9028; Lois Wick (253)566-7665.

Gentle Jazz Dance: Thurs at 10 a.m. at the Active Retirement & Senior Club of Gig Harbor. Call Joyce at (253) 502-4670 for more information.

Night of Delight : Out to dinner club. 2nd Wed; 4 p.m; (253) 841-5564

Quilting: The Nimble Thimble Quilters meet Wednesday (in the large meeting room) from noon to 3:00 at the Wheelock Library in the Proctor District.

Bring a sack lunch and some hand work and join us. Please note that we are not giving lessons, we are just getting together to share tips, sew a little and have a good time.

Our “Rules & Regulations” are….No Rules, No Minutes, No Officers, No Meetings, No Dues, No Bylaws, No Whining!

Socrates Café: 2nd Wed 7 Puyallup Library meet nice people for philosophical discussions 360-893-8870 or 253-845-1043

Tai Chi: Mon & Wed at Active Retirement & Senior Club of Gig Harbor. 10 a.m. beginning, 11 a.m. for ongoing. Call Joyce at (253) 502-4670

TOPS Chapter 1283 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Lighthouse Senior Activity Center, 5016 S A St., 8:45 a.m.; (253) 475-8979.

WICS: Widowed information and consultation service meets at Creek Ridge 4420 Verde SE, in Lakewood on Wed from 10-noon. Call for details 253-973-6594.

Book Club: 3rd Thurs. at 1:30 p.m.; Puyallup Senior Center, 212 W. Pioneer; Trudi Bocott: (253) 841-5555.

Community Caregiver’s Support Group: 2nd Thurs of each month. 6:30-8 p.m. at Auburn Regional Medical Center, 202 North Division St, Auburn

Craft Guild: South Park Community Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way; 10-Noon, Free (253) 591-5299.

Crazy Quilters of Federal Way: The Crazy Quilters of Federal Way, a large, South-end quilt guild since1986, meets bimonthly for fun, education, networking, and charity projects on the 2nd (Programs) & 4th (Business and “Show & Tell”) Thursdays (except Nov. & Dec.) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Emeritus Assisted Living, 31002-14th Ave. South, Federal Way, WA. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Guests are most welcome! For further information, see website, e-mail: or call (253) 833-8302.

Exchange Club of Tacoma: Alterra Villa at Union Park, 2010 Union Ave., 7 a.m. breakfast. (253) 565-2574 or (253)752-1381.

Fern Hill Craft Guild: Southend Neighborhood Center, 7802 S. L St. Sept-May, 9-1; Classes, luncheon and trips. Call Shirley at (253)472-2285.

Helping Hearts Potluck: The Neighborhood Church, 2802 Bridgeport Way W., University Place; Last Thurs at 1 p.m., (253) 752-3183.

Live Successfully With Low Vision:  a monthly free support group for those with impaired vision sponsored by the Gig Harbor Lions Club on 2nd Thurs.10 to 11:30 a.m.  at United Methodist Church, 4700 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor.  Meetings usually feature an hour-long program ranging from the latest in medical advances to tips and techniques for coping with limited vision and the aging process.  Time is devoted to discussion and sharing of ideas.  For more information call 253-858-8109.

Museum of Glass: 1801 E. Dock Street, Tacoma; 3rd Thurs. free, 5-8 p.m.; (253) 284-4750.

NACCCA Chapter 64: Moore Library, 215 S 56th Street; 3rd Thurs, noon-2: 45 p.m.; (253) 472-6612.

NorthWest Apple Pickers: Learn computer hardware and software. Lakewood Library; 1st Thurs, 7-9 p.m.;

Sing: Do you sing (we need tenors especially!) or need a performance?We get together at 10 a.m. every Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland to rehearse a wide variety of music and then perform at retirement homes and nursing homes throughout the area all school year. Contact us at (253) 535-9736 (Director Sandy Freisheim) or (253) 582-3848 (Scheduler DeAnne Bennett).

South Kitsap Conservative Republican Women: 1st Thurs 10:30 a.m. at Clubhouse Restaurant, 5155 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard. The public is encouraged to join us as we seek to invigorate our conservative roots. Call Marj Pearsol to reserve a seat. (253) 857-7102.

The Tacoma Rose Society: 3rd Thurs 7:30 p.m. No meetings July, August or December. Meet at Life Manor Activity Center, 1601 S. Union Ave in Tacoma. For info call (253) 537-2564 or

Tobacco Cessation Program: Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital, 34515-9th Ave. S., Federal Way. For more information call (253) 223-7538 or (253) 426-6746 or

Tobacco Cessation Program: Thurs., 7-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, 1717 S. J Street, Tacoma. For more information call (253) 223-7538 or (253) 426-6746 or

Tacoma Art Museum: 1123 Pacific Ave. Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm; 3rd Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with free admission 5 p.m. -8 p.m.; (253) 272-4258.

Tacoma Photographic Society: Pierce County Library Admin. Building, 112th and Waller Road; 1st and & 2nd Thurs, 7 p.m.; (253) 952-6553.

Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans: Meets 3rd Thursdays at 11:30 am – Joeseppi’s Restaurant (21st and Pearl). Buffet $10 – Guest Speakers. ARA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and all retired union members are welcome!

TAD (Tacoma Association of Deaf): TACID, 6315 S. 19th Street, Tacoma; 2nd and 4th Thurs, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Third Thursday Art Walk: Downtown Tacoma; 5 p.m.

Worship service and lunch for seniors: Praise Covenant Church, 3501 S. Orchard St., Tacoma. 1st Thurs. 11:00 a.m. A complimentary lunch follows in the Heritage Room. All are welcome. Call Pastor Doug Stave at (253) 564-8563.

Adult Health Services: Health checks, info and referral. East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Public Safety Building, 18421 Old Buckley Hwy, Bonney Lake; 8:30-10:30 a.m.; free; (253) 863-1800.

Beacon Book Club: 415 S. 13th Street, Tacoma; 12:30 p.m.; (253) 591-5084.

Bonney Lake Senior Center Craft Sales: 2nd Friday of each month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Purchase handmade crafts from local artisans.

Book Discussion Group: Weatherly Inn, 6016 N. Highlands Pkwy., Tacoma; 1st Fri, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; (253) 752-9447

Merry Mixer Dance Club: Every Friday at 12:30- 3 p.m. at the Collins Grange: 3404 120th St. E., Tacoma, WA. 98446 (location is between Puyallup and Parkland off 112th St E.). Music by the “JUST US” Band. Most bring potluck to share. Cost $5, however 1st timers are free. Lots of fun and great friendly folks. Info 253-219-2522

Soup Group: Come join us for chatter and a bowl of hearty soup! Every 3rd Fri., 11:30 to 1:30 now thru May. Open to church neighbors, members and friends, van transportation available, free-will offering, soup served until 12:30. 1315 North Stevens in Tacoma. Call (253) 752-3571.

Tacoma Banjo Band: Meet every Fri from 10 a.m. to noon at South Park Community Center.

Valhalla: Swedish Order: Tacoma Club founded in 1892; call Diana Nelson at 253-564-7638 for info.

Women’s Bible study: 4102 110th Suite D, Lakewood, 10 a.m. (253) 582-2639

Celebration Recovery meetings: at Set Free Ministries & Chapel, 4102 110th St SW, Ste E in Lakewood on 1st & 3rd Saturdays @ 5:30 P.M. Call 253-582-2639 for information.

Lunch with a Friend: Peace Lutheran Church, 214 E. Pioneer, Puyallup; 11 a.m.; free; (253) 845-8819.

Writers Group: Hosted by Pacific NW Chapter of the National Writers Union. 3rd Sat from 11 to 12:30 at King’s Books (218 St Helens Ave., Tacoma) Contact 253-627-6860 or

Asian-Pacific Sr. Day Care: Korean Women’s Association, Pacific Villa, 121 E 96th Street, Tacoma; Tues, Wed, Fri; fee; (253) 538-9387.

Books on Tapps: The Friends of the Bonney Lake Library will hold a free discussion group on “Jonathon Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach on Aug 30 at 7 p.m. at 18501 90th St. E. in Bonney Lake.

Caregiver Support Group: If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia, you are not alone.  Meet with family members and caregivers who share your story and may have new or firsthand experience as they help their loved ones live a quality life while learning to live with Dementia.  Join us for our Monthly Caregiver Support Group with a complimentary lunch provided at Garden Courte Memory Care Community, 626 Lilly Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98506.  Sept. 18, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.  For more information call Garden Courte @ 360-491-4435

Combat Infantrymen’s Association: National organization has recently formed a company in Washington. Call James Bourgeois (253) 224-0817 for info.

Habitat for Humanity: Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity serves local families in need. Together with our staff, community partners, and volunteers we are able to make the dream of homeownership a reality for families in need. The most important part of this equation is our volunteers. We simply cannot serve these families without volunteers working in our Habitat Store, on the construction site, in our office, or even preparing snacks for hungry volunteers on the build site. If you, a group you are involved with, or somebody you know may be interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to help us in our mission to eliminate substandard housing in Pierce County please call and join us. Our Volunteer Services department can be reached by calling 253-627-5626 Tuesday–Saturday. We cannot wait to have you as part of our team.

Harbor Hounds Walk the Town: September 15th Harbor Hounds Walk the Town – bring your pooch and enjoy the 10th annual dog walk in the harbor from 10am-3pm.  Registration required.

Karpeles Manuscript Museum: “Spiritualism” and “World War II” exhibits are currently showing at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum.  The Spiritualism exhibit includes manuscripts from Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes detective novels and manuscripts from the magician, Harry Houdini.  “World War II” includes the Japanese flag captured at the Battle of Okinawa and the navigator’s flight log of the Enola Gay at the time of its dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  Both exhibits run from May 1 to Aug. 24.  The museum is located at 407 S. G Street in Tacoma (across from the Seymour Botanical Conservatory.  Hours are Tues thru Fri from 10 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free. Call (253) 383-2575 for more information.

Kent Senior Center Bluegrass Jam & Concert: Every third Saturday at 600 East Smith Street Kent, WA (1-1/2 blocks east of Central Avenue). The doors open at noon and the concert usually begins at 1 p.m. and ends around 5 p.m. We accept donations to support the cause and serve pie and coffee for nominal donations as well
We invite any and all lovers of traditional (especially Bluegrass) music to bring their guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, ukulele, stand–up bass, autoharp or other, and jam with us. We are a friendly group and invite beginners through advanced players of any age to come play music with us. The facility offers over 6 separate rooms for as many separate jams and in our main room we feature a concert with at least three bands per event. We have some amazingly talented amateur players from around our region that play at each of these events so anyone that likes acoustic music will enjoy themselves.
For more information please feel free to contact Bob Jones at (253) 939-3305

Learning Is ForEver: Classes range from serious such as “Predicting the 2012 Election” to artistic “The Tomb of Tutankhamen to the fun “Christmas Carol Trivia”.  For more information go to or contact Laura Stewart – / (253) 241-4166

Low-impact aerobics: South Park Community Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way; Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. from 10-11 a.m., $28 a month (253) 591-5299.

Low-impact water aerobics: For senior and disabled. Clover Park Pool, 112th & Gravelly Lake Dr., Lakewood; Mon.-Fri. 11-Noon; $5 adults, $4 seniors per session. Punch cards available. (253) 537-8872 Bob.

Memory Community: Use 5 minutes or so to tell the most memorable story from your life, the lessons that were learned, and the wise words you want to pass along to your children/grandchildren. Compensation: a DVD in which you are the leading character, and a free upload to our website Please send a brief description of your story and a little introduction of yourself to Or call Deyung at 253-8582445 for scheduling a meeting.

Narada Theosophical Society, Tacoma: Meets twice a week with lectures and discussions on alternative medicine, ancient, mystical warrior adepts, spirituality, religious comparisons etc…Sun 2:30 p.m. and Thurs 7 p.m., Free, 423 N ‘J’ St., for info call (253) 572-9199

National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) #057: Call for an appt., Marion Wilson (253) 531-4514.

Out-to-Lunch Bunch: Pick-up is at the Puyallup Senior Center, 212 W. Pioneer. Sign up at the center, or call Trudi Bocott at (253) 841-5548.

SAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) Exercise Class: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Life Manor, 1609 S. Union Ave, 2:45pm, free, (253) 779-3800

Seasoned Saints Buffet Breakfast:  Bible study and hymns.  Free event.  Sept 7 at 8 a.m. at Peoples Retirement Community, 1720 E 67th St. in Tacoma.  (253) 474-1741.

Senior Moment: An AA meeting for seniors. 10 a.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. “J” St, Tacoma, WA 98403. Contact (253) 474-8897.

Tacoma Area Literacy Council: Imagine not being able to read street signs, use the telephone book, fill out an application, or read your child a bedtime story. You can volunteer to make a difference in someone’s life. Tacoma Area Literacy Council provides free assistance in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults through the use of volunteer tutor. Potential tutors need not be professional teachers. To sign up as an adult learner or to register for tutor training call (253) 272-2471 or register online at

Tacoma Banjo  Club: Birthday Bash, free on Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. at Peoples Retirement Community, 1720 E 67th St. in Tacoma.  (253) 474-1741.

Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau: Volunteer in Tacoma. Provide information to conference attendees and visitors. Get more information (253) 284-3275.

Volunteer: Franciscan Health, If you have a few hours per week to sew, hold hands, listen to life stories, make phone calls, play cards or work puzzles, we have a need for your compassionate presence. Volunteering with Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care is life giving and life changing. Call (253) 534-7050 or log onto to learn more.

Waterlilies: a senior women’s group who meet to workout, meet great women and have fun, East Side Pool, 3524 E. L St., Mon. & Wed. from 8-9a.m. Call Joan at (253) 759-8161 for more info.

Wellness Class: St. Luke’s, 3615 N. Gove Street, Tacoma; Mon., Wed., Fri., 10:30 a.m.; Nominal Charge; (253) 756-6279.

Working Waterfront Maritime Museum: Explore history of Tacoma’s working waterfront, see collection of wooden boats. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 12-5; 705 Dock St. (253) 272-2750.