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.



Pierce County School Retiree’s Association: Next meeting/lunch Sept. 20 at noon at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma. Program will be the new Washington State School Retirees president and a membership benefits representative. Information:, 253- 759-3951.

“Maximize Your Social Security:” Free presentation on planning for Social Security and long-term care, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. at Solstice Senior Living at Point Defiance, 6414 N. Park Way, Tacoma. RSVP at 253-759-8908.

Pierce County Falls Prevention Day: Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Dr. SW., Lakewood. September is National Fall Prevention Month, to raise awareness fall-related injuries among older adults.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference: Sept. 29,  9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rainier View Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Road, Tacoma. Free. For caregivers, family and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Advance registration: 253-798-8787 or Hosted by Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County.

“Oh My Gosh – Now What?” Six-part series of discussions for Alzheimer’s/dementia patients, families and caregivers and others. Hosted by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources from 6 to 7 p.m. at Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup. Free. Dates and topics include Oct. 1 (“What is dementia? What are the warning signs?”), Oct. 8 (“How does the disease progress? What should I expect?”), Oct. 15 (“How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”), Oct. 29 (“What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”), Nov. 5 (“How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?”), Nov. 19 (“Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”). Information: 253-798-4600. 

Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters: Monthly unit meetings in Tacoma, Steilacoom, Puyallup and Gig Harbor. Information:, 253-272-1495.



Medication management: Presented by a nurse, a pharmacist and Comfort Keepers. Free. Sept. 11, 10 a.m. at Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St., Des Moines.
Aging and Memory — What’s Normal and What’s Not: Sept,. 19, 1230 p.m. at SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave. S., Seatac.
Fall Prevention and Screening: Sept. 28, 10 a.m. at Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE., Auburn.



Washington State Fair: Aug. 31-Sept. 23, Puyallup. Information:

MakerFest: Free, all-ages event for building, creating, crafting and coding through displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Hosted by Pierce County Library System. Information:


Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Bremerton Sept. 8, Tacoma Sept. 15, Seattle Sept. 29. Information:, 1-800-272-3900.



Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club: Wright Park in Tacoma through Sept. 30. Tuesday,Thursday,,Friday, 6 p.m. to dark, and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All equipment supplied, $10 walk-on fee. All ages welcome. Information:   E-MAIL CONTACT: Gene Ankli



Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car and Truck Show: Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway, 14824 C St. Information: 253-798-4000.



Pierce County Parks and Recreation trips and tours: For 50-plus adults. Aug. 9, Seattle’s FBI tour. Aug. 23, Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Sept. 8, Kitsap Live Steamers in Port Townsend. Sept. 20, Rhodes River Ranch. Sept. 29, Roslyn. Information and registration:, 253-798-4141.

Auburn Senior Activity Center: Trips, tours, outings. Information: 253-931-3016,

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,


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.



Puyallup Farmers Market:  Every Saturday through Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pioneer Park. Information: 253-840-2631.

 Federal Way Farmers Market: Saturdays through Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Commons Mall parking lot. Information:, 253-261-0207.

Orting Valley Farmers Market: Fridays 3-7 p.m. through Sept. 7 (North Park, 101 Washington Ave. N.).

Gig Harbor: Farmers Market-Peninsula Marketplace, Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through Sept. 22 (5503 Wollochet Dr. NW.), Waterfront Market (Thursdays 1-7 p.m. through Aug. 30 (Skansie Brothers Park).

Lakewood Farmers Market: Tuesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Sept. 11 (6000 Main St. SW              .).

Kent Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Sept. 29 but closed on July 14 (Second Avenue and Smith Street, next to Kent Library).



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.



Lost ‘80s Tour: Iconic 1980s pop and rock bands A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Farrington and Mann (original voices of When in Rome UK), Naked Eyes and Animotion, Sept. 3 at Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Part of the fair’s concert lineup. Information and tickets: and 888–559-3247.

Second Sunday: 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park in Tacoma (suggested donation $3). July 8, Kareem Kandi Trio. Aug. 12, Good Vibes Trio. Sept. 9, Clover Creek Ramblers (blue grass). Oct. 14, The Happy Sinners. Nov. 11, Sweet Mary. Dec. 9, The Loving Tunefuls. Information:, 253-404-3975.

Second City Chamber Series: Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Annie Wright School. Information: 253-572-8863,



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.


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.