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.
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.
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
Thousands of people throughout Pierce County have been participating in the community one-book program, Pierce County READS, for the past two months. To culminate the free program, meet this year’s featured writer, New York Times best selling author Paula McLain at McGavick Conference Center @ Clover Park Technical College, in Lakewood, on Friday, May 17, 7 p.m.
By Chelsea Lindquist, Communications Specialist, Bates Technical College
TACOMA, Wash. – The City of Olympia Fire Department’s Assistant Chief of Operations Pat Dale will deliver the keynote address at Bates Technical College’s seventy-third commencement exercise, held in the exhibition hall of the Tacoma Dome on Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m.
By Jen Willey, Annie Wright Schools
Dr. Laura Kastner, a clinical psychologist and nationally renowned expert on teen behavior and development, will speak about Tweens + Teens: New Strategies for Wise-Minded Parents, on Tuesday, May 21, at Annie Wright Schools Kemper Theatre. This event is part of ParentMap’s lecture series in which national thought-leaders share insights, advice and inspiration on current parenting topics.
Story & Photos – Joseph Boyle
My title, “Evening With Art”, is a little confusing to me. I thought to myself, “Evening With Art?”, as I read my title the day after writing it. Then it happened. I was overcome with a pleasant flashback.
Art was my father-in-law’s name. I loved my father-in-law. For one thing, Art let me marry his lovely daughter.
By Robin Rego, President
The Lakewood United group meets at 7 AM every Thursday at Burs Restaurant, which is located at 6151 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood. The events for the next four weeks are as follows:
- May 16, 2013 – Tacoma Rainiers: A Look at the Ballpark and the 2013 Season – Joe Corona, Corporate Sales Manager (John Huber – MC)
- May 23, 2013 – “Reflecting Back on Seven Years as President of Clover Park Technical College” – John Walstrum, President (Steve Smith – MC)
- May 30, 2013 – “Lakewood’s Connections to the American Civil War” – Nick Adams, Local Author/Historian of the American Civil War (Pamela Maddess – MC)
- June 6, 2013 – “What To Do to Make It through a Catastrophe?” – Kristin Tinsley, Pierce County Emergency Management (Robin Rego – MC)
By Meagan Kula
TACOMA – On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Downtown On the Go will be holding a free Brewery Walk from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. led by Michael Sullivan, local Historian with Artifacts Consulting. The walk, sponsored by Union Bank, will highlight the history of Tacoma’s Brewery District along a 1.5 mile route starting at the top of the UWT stairs at S. 19th & Jefferson. After the walk, participants are invited to enjoy a beer at one of Tacoma’s local breweries, the Harmon Brewery & Eatery. There is no need to pre-register for the event, simply join us at the meeting spot.
At its May meeting Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will hear about the Library’s National Medal award and Innovations Initiative proposals. The Board will also discuss a policy about naming buildings and areas and review other issues. The Board of Trustees will meet at the Library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma, on Wednesday, May 15, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
By Nancy Covert
George Rybolt, creator of the renowned Steilacoom birdhouses, was among the plant shoppers on May 11 in downtown Steilacoom. He was spotted busily loading plants into a car trunk on Saturday morning.
Dozens of local gardeners descended Saturday to the Bair Store lot to scoop up as many clippings, cuttings, pots, bouquets, birdhouses and more at the annual Steilacoom Garden Club plant sale.