By Cara Cross
Don’t miss this year’s Tour de Pierce with a new rest stop and special refreshments. This year’s June 30 date will include 30 and 50 mile marked routes. The 12 mile route is designed for families or for those new to biking. All routes include maps and cue sheets, a rest stop with refreshments, and rest rooms. The ride starts and finishes at the Washington State Fair Grounds Gold Parking lot, S Meridian & 9th Ave SE, Puyallup. The pre-registration fee by June 12th is $14 per person or $42 for a family of 4 from the same household. Pre-ordered Sport Tek® Competitor Tees are $15. For an application call 253-798-4177 or on line at www.piercecountywa.org/parks.
By Shirley Skeel
TACOMA – University of Puget Sound’s Class of 2013 will be presented with their college degrees at the liberal arts institute’s 121st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19. The ceremony, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Baker Stadium, is open to everyone. Tickets are not required.
LAKEWOOD, Wash. — On Saturday, May 18, the Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA) is hosting the Lakewood International Festival honoring South Korea. The festival is 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.
The New Tacoma Cemetery will host an All Makes, Models & Years car show on Sunday, June 16 (Father’s Day) from 10 am-3 pm in the Chambers Creek Chapel Parking Area, 9221 Chambers Creek Rd W. Admission and food are free. Bring your dogs (leash required). $200 awards for: “People’s Choice”, Best Pre 50’s and Post 50’s vehicles & Best Bike. For more information call 253-564-1311.
By Diane Formoso
Caring for Kids, last August, helped 2,801 kids in need in our community get a great start with school by providing school supplies, hygiene products and a host of other amenities. We are taking over Carr’s Restaurant on Tuesday May 21 from 4 to 9 p.m. to raise the funds to again support these three Ready to Learn Fair events. The events are held at Lochburn Middle School, Springbrook Park in collaboration with Lakewood First Lions and Tillicum Community Center. In Clover Park School District 58% of the kids are on free lunch and 13% of the kids are on reduced lunch with 8 schools over 90%.
By Cindy McKitrick
Twenty three business members of the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce participated in the organization’s first ever Trade Show on Wednesday. From 4:30 until 6:30PM, the community was invited to the free show at Oberlin Church where Chamber businesses, many home-based, displayed wares and services and met directly with neighbors, friends and potential clients. Each business provided an item for a raffle which was held throughout the event. Refreshments were provided by The Bair Bistro.
By Kim Prentice, Director of Community Relations
The Clover Park School District (CPSD) and Clover Park Education Association (CPEA) recently set the 2013 -14 school year calendar. Dates for parent teacher conferences and professional development half days will be determined at a later date.
The 2013-14 school year calendar is posted on the district’s website and information will be sent to families through each school. Dates for parent teacher conferences and professional development will be added to the calendar as they become available.
Have you been following the preparations to launch the Delta IV Heavy rocket next week? It is thought that this rocket, (originally designed by Boeing to meet the needs of the U.S. military) might be able to propel humans into a low orbit of the Earth.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash — Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host its annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day event Friday, May 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hangar 9, building #1166, on JBLM McChord Field. Event officials are expecting approximately 2,000 military beneficiaries to attend. Military Retiree Appreciation Day events include:
Molina Healthcare is hosting a free yoga class for all ages that is open to the public (Tacoma Mall at Macy’s Entrance, 4502 S. Steele St., Saturday, May 18 1-2:30 pm) and is designed to make yoga fun and exciting for people who have never tried it before. Instead of the slow, meditative music most people associate with yoga, this event will have a DJ mixing popular music and an energetic yoga instructor teaching some basic poses designed to get your heart rate up while calming your mind.
By Mary Getchell, Communications Director, Pierce County Library System
Talented teenage artists and writers demonstrated their creative skills through original poetry, short story, drawing and photography in Pierce County Library System’s Teen Writing & Art Contest – Our Own Expressions.
“Students dazzle us each year with their amazing writing and art,” said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library. “It is a joy and an honor to encourage these promising teenagers to share their talents and continue their creative efforts.”
STEILACOOM – Cindy Peak, founder of Frolicking Home, LLC, was awarded the 2013 Christian Choice Book Award for her First Book, “The Little Star that Shines for Jesus.” It’s a charming retelling of the Christmas story from the Star of Bethlehem’s perspective; suitable for ages 3 through 12.