Tacoma Nature Center and and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has two summer programs aimed at helping children and adults learn more about Puget Sound’s beaches and the creatures that live there.

The Nature Center will host the second of its 2012 “Tiptoe through the Tidepools” on July 3 from 10 to 1 p.m. at Titlow Beach, 8425 Sixth Ave. The zoo’s “Explore the Shore” programs are set for varying times on June 21, July 2, July 31 and Aug. 29 at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park.

All are timed to take best advantage of the low minus tides that reveal many of Puget Sound’s most interesting shoreline creatures.

The events and programs are free and open to the public and reservations are not required. Bring sunscreen and wear shoes and clothing appropriate for walking on rough beach terrain.

All programs have meet-up times so participants can get a brief introduction to the day before the walk begins. They’re designed to last about two hours, though people may want to explore the beach for a longer time.

For more information about Tiptoe Through the Tidepools call 591-6439 or go to www.metroparkstacoma.org.

For more information about Explore the Shore, go to www.pdza.org.

Tacoma @ TAGRO
2201 Portland Avenue, Gate 6
June 9, 10-Noon: Garden Bugs: The Good, the Bad, and the Slugly
July 14, 10-Noon: Planting and Planning Your Fall Garden
July 26, 6-8 p.m.: Recycled Arts and Crafts for the Garden

Gig Harbor @ Sehmel Homestead Park
10123 78th Avenue NW
June 19, 6-8 p.m.: Garden Bugs: The Good, the Bad, and the Slugly
July 21, 10-Noon: Planting and Planning Your Fall Garden
July 31, 6-8 p.m.: Recycled Arts and Crafts for the Garden

Puyallup @ WSU Master Garden Demonstration Garden
2606 West Pioneer
June 12, 6-8 p.m.: Garden Bugs: The Good, the Bad, and the Slugly
July 10, 6-8 p.m.: Planting and Planning Your Fall Garden
July 17, 6-8 p.m.: Recycled Arts and Crafts for the Garden

To give us an idea of how many students to expect,
please call or e-mail Kristen McIvor to put your name on the list
(253) 363 1846

For more information, go to www.growlocaltacomapierce.com

Good eye health doesn’t just happen. Good eyesight is an important part of well-being and a significant factor in retaining independence and quality of life.  Vision loss does not need to be an accepted part of life.  Vision can deteriorate for many reasons.  Even when loss is associated with the aging process, many interventions are available.
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center and Pacific Northwest Eye are sponsoring “Can You See What I See,” a free informational workshop for all ages.  Find out what can be done when vision does change, what options are available, and how consumers can evaluate those choices. Topics include cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, diabetes, glaucoma and eye surgeries.  No RSVP is required.  It will be repeated four times:
· June 4 –12:10-12:50 p.m.
County-City Building, 7th Floor Rainier Conference Rm., 930 Tacoma Ave S., Tacoma
· June 12 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Merrill Gardens at Tacoma,7290 Rosemount Circle, Tacoma
· June 18 – 12:10-12:50 p.m.
Pierce County Annex, Main Conference Room, 2401 35th Street, Tacoma
Dr. Victor W. Chiu, M.D. will be speaking about a variety of eye conditions that people of any age must consider: cataracts, macular degeneration, blurry or double vision, diabetes, glaucoma, LASIK, surgeries and more.  Dr. Chiu is on the staff of Pacific Northwest Eye.  He is board certified in ophthalmology.  His memberships include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
All three presentations of the workshop are free and open to the public.  No RSVPs are necessary.  For more information contact the Pierce County Aging & disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

If you’re looking for something beyond barbecue and parades for the Memorial Day weekend, Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory is hoping you’ll consider honoring our fallen military men and women by participating in one or more of the tributes being held at their location at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW in Lakewood.

There will be events throughout the weekend beginning with a dove release and music from a bagpiper at noon on Saturday, May 26, in the Veterans, Military, New Veteran and Responders Gardens.  At 2 p.m., a Tribute to Veterans Service will feature a keynote by Tommy Carson, a 21-year Army veteran of two wars.  A patriotic concert by saxophonist Darren Motamedy and ice cream social follow the service.

On Sunday, May 27, highlights will include a 7 p.m. concert by Denver’s Queen City Jazz Band, followed by refreshments and a rousing fireworks display.  A bagpipe and dove release will precede the concert in the Veterans, Military, New Veteran and Responders Gardens from 5 – 6 p.m.

On Monday, May 28, a flyover by McChord Air Force Base will lead the 2 p.m. Veterans Memorial Day Service. Major Reynold T. Muranaka, will keynote the service, which includes a special tribute to Gen. Shalikashvili and MSGT Llwellyn Chilson.  A bagpiper and dove release concludes the day.

Flowers will be onsite for purchase and free flags and grave location services will be available all weekend.  All events are free and open to the community. For more information, call 253-584-0252, or visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com.