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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 4:13 pm NEW REPORT GIVES SNAPSHOT OF FUTURE WORKFORCE http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
The national headlines tell the story. We all know a problem exists with the skills gap - a widening gap between the jobs available and the skill-sets of the workers seeking jobs. But how do we solve it?
WorkForce Central has some ideas in a new report just published this summer, the "Force of the Future." This report examines the current state of the workforce within Pierce County and aims to understand the balance between workforce supply and industry demand.
"In an ideal world, the skill, expertise and quantity of the workforce closely aligns with the needs of industry," stated Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central. "Understanding the potential misalignments is crucial to shaping our region's workforce and economic development policies, strategies and investments."
The first section of the report is a brief overview of the labor market in Pierce County. The following sections dive deeper in to what makes up the Pierce County labor force supply, looks into the youth pipeline, and reviews what skills and talents are in demand.
"The real keys to success lie in the partnerships formed around workforce, community, and economic development," continued Nguyen. "No one sector can do this work alone. It is a balance of public and private partnerships between business, education, labor, government, and community that can achieve globally competitive businesses with access to world-class talent; thereby, increasing employment opportunities for all Pierce County residents."
The report is very accessible through a series of infographics highlighting each topic. The information for these graphics draws on the many national and local economic, educational, and community resources and data available. Through review and analysis, the "Force of the Future" helps connect the dots to more effectively develop talent for the needs of our local industries.
To review the report online, go to workforce-central.org and look under WorkForce Happenings. To receive a copy of the report, contact Marta Gronlund, communications director at WorkForce Central, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 448-8282.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 4:12 pm TACOMA'S ROADS WILL BE GREEN ROADS http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Tacoma City Council has signed a resolution - the first of its kind in the nation - directing the city manager to create a green roads policy and program. The effort will outline how Tacoma's roads and transportation facilities can become models of environmental, economic and social stewardship through sustainable design, construction and maintenance.
The City has four existing Greenroads Certified projects, which established Tacoma as a national leader.
"This is a great step for more sustainable transportation in Tacoma. We're very proud of Tacoma and that this resolution originated from within the City as a result of their successful projects," said Jeralee Anderson, executive director of Greenroads Foundation. "The formal commitment to green road practices and explicit goals for certification show not only that Tacoma is being proactive about their community's concern for sustainability and climate change, but are willing to prove it. The City's resolution is a great example for other local agencies that want to build better transportation projects, enhance quality of life, and improve the environment within their communities, too."
Tacoma's experience so far has proven that the approach combines environmental benefits with reduced costs over time.
"Because it's new and perceived as higher quality, people assume it's more expensive," said Public Works Director Kurtis Kingsolver. "That's not necessarily true. But as we develop the policy and program, we will weigh community benefits, operations costs and other factors to find the right fit for Tacoma."
The policy's aim will be to achieve Greenroads Gold-Certification on large projects, plus one certified example of a residential block, alley and trail to complement the four existing projects. City staff will also attempt to apply the same practices, though not full certification, to all new and reconstructed road projects.
For residents, the policy should also make a difference providing healthier opportunities for those who choose to use the pedestrian and bicycle facilities that will be included as a part of future improvements, plus a host of other possible benefits.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 3:47 pm MAYOR URGES PUBLIC COMMENT ON JBLM JOB REDUCTIONS http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Mayor Marilyn Strickland urges Tacoma residents and business owners to participate in the U.S. Army's public comment period on potential job reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Army is in the process of scaling back its forces, and recently published a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) analyzing how installations, including JBLM, could be affected by job reductions. The SPEA projections estimate a loss of up to 16,000 military and civilian jobs.
"The men and women who serve our country out of JBLM are vital to our community," said Strickland. "They are valued members of our neighborhoods, and customers of our businesses. They generously volunteer for charities, have families to support and are caregivers. These job reductions could result in negative impacts to our schools, the housing market, and local economy. The community of Fort Polk, Louisiana mobilized over 4,000 public comments and lost only 250 personnel. We're facing drastic cuts, so it's imperative that the people of Tacoma and Pierce County make our voices heard in this process."
The U.S. Army's Public Comment period closes on Monday, Aug. 25. Get more information and submit public comment online at jblm-growth.com or write to: U.S. Army Environmental Command; ATTN: SPEA Public Comments, 2450 Connell Rd., Building 2264, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam, Houston, TX 78234-7664.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 3:45 pm Cheney Stadium hosts Military Career Fair http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
The US Armed Forces are downsizing and Joint Base Lewis-McChord is no different. Officials at JBLM estimate they will transition 6,000 to 9,000 warriors out of service a year for the next four years. Many of these will stay in the area and need civilian jobs. WorkForce Central, partnering with the Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club, is providing the means for transitioning military personnel, veterans and their families to meet employers offering jobs at the 2nd annual Boots2Work Military Career Fair on Wednesday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cheney Stadium.
Over 50 businesses with available job openings plan to attend the event. Currently exhibitors include both large and small organizations from United Parcel Service, MultiCare Health System, ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NW/TMX Aerospace and Walmart to General Plastics Manufacturing, Gordon Trucking, Starbucks and Wilcox Family Farms. Also several educational institutions will attend including Pierce College, Commercial Driver School and DeVry University.
"We are very happy with the response of employers so far, but we still have great exhibitor opportunities available," stated Shellie Willis, event organizer and Workforce Development Manager for WorkForce Central. "We anticipate over 500 participants interested in various industries and levels of employment. We are putting every resource we have into this." This year Men's Wearhouse, Dress Barn and Gene Juarez have teamed up to sponsor a Spotlight on Fashion segment of the career fair. Models will exhibit how men and women accustomed to fatigues can easily dress for success at job interviews and on the job. "With the economy picking up, employers are eagerly looking for workers," continued Willis. "Our goal is that transitioning service members, as well as veterans and their families, have every opportunity to find a job with growth potential and a living wage."
Boots2Work has also caught the eye of many of the area's elected officials. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will visit to speak with the participants around 11:30 a.m., while the mayors of Lakewood and Bremerton also plan to stop by, along with Representatives Denny Heck, Graham Hunt, Laurie Jinkins, Derek Kilmer, Larry Seaquist and Hans Zeiger, Senator Jeannie Darneille and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson.
Businesses interested in exhibiting at the career fair can contact Linda Helenberg, Business Services Specialist, at email@example.com or (253) 254-7651.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 3:37 pm GIMME SHELTER' EVENT TO BENEFIT HOMELESS VETS http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
House of Matthew and La Stella Foundation, two non-profits and Washington charities, are joining forces to produce "Gimme Shelter" on Saturday, Aug. 23 to benefit homeless veterans. The event is being sponsored by the Lakewood Walmart and will take place in their parking lot at 7001 Bridgeport Way W. in Lakewood between noon and 5 p.m. A day of family fun is promised with a classic car show, miniature golf, live music, arts and crafts booths, activities for kids and an assortment of delicious food.
A special concert performance will be made midday by international recording artist Tony La Stella, who has appeared in concerts, television programs and motion pictures around the world. The event is free to the public. Come out and support this great cause while having a day of fun-filled activities. All proceeds will go to House of Matthew to benefit homeless veterans. Learn more about House of Matthew at http://www.thehouseofmatthew.org.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 3:21 pm TV Tacoma to broadcast Dr. Klatt Memorial http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The memorial service for Relay for Life founder Dr. Gordon Klatt, which will be held Aug. 24 at Mt. Tahoma High School, will be televised live by TV Tacoma starting at 1:30 p.m. TV Tacoma is carried on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click! TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma city limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not carried on the Comcast system in University Place.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 1:15 pm Make a Scene: Hilltop street fair set for August 23 http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Among many signs that the new Hilltop Street Fair may not be your typical Tacoma block party: organizer Tom McCarthy dressing up as a 10-foot-tall razor clam.
"That's part of an original performance called 'Mossyback & the Gossiping Clams,' which is based on a Native American legend about how clams got buried in the sand," McCarthy explained. The piece - written by local author Phoenix Milligan - is part of Giant Puppet Theater and will be performed in the morning at Street Fair, which will take over a stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, between 9th and Ernest S. Brazill streets, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.
"I worked with Phoenix for years, and we just really wanted to do something for the community, and this was just a great way to do it," McCarthy, a Hilltop resident, said. "This is just one example of the heart that the community is putting into this."
Organizers say Hilltop Street Fair was inspired by Music & Murals, a popular festival that revolved around Hilltop's People's Park for several years. Like that event, the new festival is meant to celebrate the transformation of a once maligned neighborhood. Hilltop was once known for gang violence. But, in recent years, Tacomans have come to associate the neighborhood with some of the city's hippest hangouts - Hilltop Kitchen, Peterson Brothers 1111, 1022 South, the Broken Spoke - and they anticipate the expansion of Tacoma Link light rail to Martin Luther King Way.
"Hilltop Street Fair is going to be the big coming out party for the success that we've had in the last two or three years," McCarthy said.
"For 10 years, I've just seen these great aspects of Hilltop, but they're kind of in pieces," he said. "This is an opportunity to bring them together into the framework of a street fair that everybody fits into. The energy's there. People are really hungry for this event - not just for Hilltop, for Tacoma. For so long, Tacoma's image has been linked to Hilltop. That's still gonna be the case, but we're gonna link it to a different narrative of Hilltop rising."
Street Fair will feature three main areas focus. At one end, the People's Park Stage will feature 10 hours of family-friendly activities and performances, including gospel, puppet shows, skating clinics, Samoan dance, spoken word, vintage cars and more.
People's Park is also where the inaugural Hilltop Crop Swap will take place. "If people have a lot of vegetables in their garden, they can bring 'em in and trade them for vegetables they don't have," explained Street Fair producer Mario Lorenz, the star of Mario's Variety Show, which will go on at 10:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, the 1111 stage will showcase some of the Tacoma's hottest bands at MLK Way and 11th Street, the likes of Hilltop Rats, True Holland, Wildberries, Fun Police, Deathbed Confessions, Blanco Bronco and the F---||ing Eagles. There will be a beer garden and stunt cyclists will perform gravity defying stunts on a half-pipe built by Broken SpoRead more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 1:08 pm Arts & Entertainment: PLU hosts U.S. premiere of art exhibition inspired by Norwegian Constitution's http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - An exhibition celebrating the Norwegian Constitution opened on May 17, 2014 (the constitution's 200th anniversary), at the Eidsvoll Center in Norway - and now that same exhibition will come to PLU.
The exhibition, "1814-2014: Red White and Blue-Norwegian Constitution, American Inspiration," is made up of works by 10 renowned Norwegian modern artists. Together, it's a visual exploration of themes ranging from freedom and stability to the struggles facing democracy and globalization. Each of the 10 chosen artists submitted several works: bold, colorful graphics; subtle ink drawings and photographs; and oil paintings, sculptures and mixed media.
"The U.S. premiere of these specially commissioned artworks at Pacific Lutheran University's Scandinavian Cultural Center is a particular honor," said Dr. Elisabeth Ida Ward, director of the SCC. "We have a deep historic connection to Norway here at PLU, but this exhibition is also about looking forward to create a more inclusive democracy today. We think it will resonate with students and the public."
Accompanying the show is a scholarly volume of essays by leading authorities on the history and importance of the Norwegian constitution. (The book, also titled "1814-2014: Red White and Blue," is available at Garfield Book Company at PLU.) Trond B. Olsen of ArtPro, Norway, curated the exhibition and the publication, and the U.S. tour is supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate.
The ceonsul of Norway in Seattle, Kim Nesselquist, facilitated the exhibition's Tacoma premiere. "The relationship between Norway and the United States is very strong and continues to be critical for Washington state," he said. " It was important we get the exhibition here."
The exhibition opens to the public at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, and runs through Sept. 28. After it closes at PLU, it will move to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where a scholarly symposium on the relationship between the constitutions of Norway and the United States will be held.
The Scandinavian Cultural Center is located on the ground floor of the Anderson University Center. Admission is free. For further information visit http://www.plu.edu/scancenter.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 12:27 pm Our View: All eyes focus on pot decision next week http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
With a marijuana industry trade show at the Tacoma Dome, a handful of pot shops now open in the city and a spattering of lawsuits about halted business openings in Fife, Lakewood and Pierce County working their way through the court system, people interested in the growing business will have their eyes on a small Superior Court courtroom on Aug. 29. There, Judge Ronald Culpepper will hear summary judgment arguments on a Fife case that gets to the heart of much of the legal clouds surrounding the retail sales of marijuana products in the state following the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.
The owner of the Fife Gallery wants to sell marijuana at a storefront in Fife. City officials have not issued a business license because the sale of marijuana would run afoul of federal law. Washington and Colorado voters, however, passed initiatives to decriminalize marijuana use for recreational purposes and established state laws to govern their retail sales. Two-dozen states are leaning toward doing the same after passing state laws that allow marijuana use for medical reasons.
Fife, Pierce County and Lakewood officials argue that federal law stating marijuana is an illegal drug trumps the will of state voters to allow for its legal sale in regulated pot shops. For its part, Department of Justice lawyers stated last year that federal prosecutors would continue to enforce federal priorities regarding preventing sales of marijuana by criminal enterprises, preventing drug-related violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana and would rely on state officials to enforce laws to support those priorities. Agents would largely remain hands off regarding marijuana users and growers who are not otherwise linked to other crimes unless states fail to keep criminal activity separate from retail marijuana sales.
"The Department of Justice expects that states and local governments that have enacted laws authorizing marijuana-related conduct will implement effective regulatory and enforcement systems to protect federal priorities and the health and safety of every citizen," federal lawyers stated last year. "We are emphasizing comprehensive regulation and well-funded state enforcement because such a system will complement the continued enforcement of state drug laws by state and local enforcement officials, in a manner that should allay the threat that a state-sanctioned marijuana operation might otherwise pose to federal enforcement interests."
Washington's retail marijuana licensing and enforcement system is too young to determine if it is robust enough to pass federal review, but all indications are that the Department of Justice has taken a wait-and-see approach.
The state Attorney General's office and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined the legal fray on the side of upholding the will of state voters to decide what business activities are permitted within the state, regardless of federal law.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 12:26 pm Tacomans rally in solidarity with Ferguson protests http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - About 100 parents, grandparents, children and twenty somethings held a solidarity rally at Pugnetti Park at the corner of Pacific Avenue and 21st Street Tuesday night in support of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo.
Holding signs of "Don't Shoot" and "Stop Killing our babies," protesters wanted to raise awareness of institutionalized racism, police brutality and called for justice and to show support for fellow protesters against injustice in Ferguson. A similar protest occurred on Saturday. Both ended without incident.
Pugnetti has become the center of protest in recent years because of its high-profile location and size. It was redubbed "Occupation Park" in 2011 when the local offspring of the "Occupy Wall Street" took over the site for four months and 11 days with a makeshift encampment that later disbanded over health and safety concerns.
"Support Ferguson" rallies have sprung up in cities around the country as the protests in the Missouri town continue after the shooting death of an unarmed African American teen, Michael Brown, at the hands of a police officer on Aug. 9. Shows of force by police, Missouri Highway Patrol and National Guard soldiers and clashes with protesters have been constant on Twitter, Facebook and newscasts ever since. Brown's death is now being investigated by the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder is personally part of the investigation.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 9:13 am Nightlife http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Friday, Aug. 22
JAZZBONES: Daniel Kirkpatrick & The Bayonettes, Kara Hesse, Whitney Monge (rock) 8 p.m., $10
B SHARP COFFEE: LAZ (spoken word) 7 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Grinder (dance) 9 p.m., NC
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
MAXWELL'S: Lance Buller Trio (jazz) 7 p.m., NC
STONEGATE: Rockbot (live band karaoke) 9 p.m., NC
THE SWISS: Kry (rock covers) 9 p.m., $5-$10
TACOMA COMEDY: Kermet Apio (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $15
UNCLE SAM'S: Law Dog Productions presents nine bands (rock) 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23
JAZZBONES: Randy Hansen (Jimi Hendrix tribute) 8 p.m., $10
B SHARP COFFEE: Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Champagne Sunday (folk, pop) 9:30 p.m., NC
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Grinder (dance) 9 p.m., NC
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
PEOPLE'S PARK: Hilltop Street Fair featuring Peace Lutheran Choir, Deathbed Confessions, Dockyard Derby Dames and more (eclectic) 10 a.m., NC, AA
STONEGATE: Real Time (dance) 9 p.m.
THE SWISS: The Hipsters (pop covers) 9 p.m., $5-$10
TACOMA COMEDY: Kermet Apio (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $15
UNCLE SAM'S: Abate Luau featuring The Motors (rock) 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
TACOMA COMEDY: Emo Phillips (comedy) 8 p.m., $20, 18+
DAWSON'S: Tim Hall Band (open jam) 8 p.m., NC
NEW FRONTIER: 40 Grit (bluegrass jam) 3 p.m., NC
THE SPAR: Anni Piper (blues) 7 p.m., NC
Monday, Aug. 25
THE SWISS: Crazy Texas Gypsies (blues) 9 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Creative Colloquy with Lucas Smiraldo (spoken word, literary) 7 p.m., NC, AA
GIG SPOT: Monday Mash-Up open mic and trivia, 8 p.m., NC, AA
JAZZBONES: Rockaroke (live band karaoke) 11 p.m., NC
NEW FRONTIER: Open mic comedy, 9 p.m., NC
Tuesday, Aug. 26
JAZZBONES: Ha Ha Tuesday with host Ralph Porter (comedy) 8:30 p.m., $5
ANTIQUE SANDWICH CO.: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., $3, AA
DAVE'S OF MILTON: Jerry Miller (blues, rock) 7 p.m., NC
NEW FRONTIER: Open mic, 7 p.m., NC
STONEGATE: Leanne Trevalyan (acoustic open mic) 8 p.m., NC
Wednesday, Aug. 27
JAZZBONES: The English Beat, The Georgetown Orbits, DJ Dubmatix (ska, rock, pop) 8 p.m., $25
DAWSON'S: Linda Myers Band (open jam) 8 p.m., NC
STONEGATE: Dave Nichols' Hump Day Jam, 8:30 p.m., NC
TACOMA COMEDY: Comedy open mic, 8 p.m., NC, 18+
TOWER BAR & GRILL: Michelle Beaudry (jazz guitar) 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28
THE SWISS: Barleywine Revue (bluegrass, country) 9 p.m., NC
CHARLEY'S: Blues jam with Richard Molina, 8 p.m., NC
DAWSON'S: Billy Shew Band (open jam) 8 p.m., NC
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
NEW FRONTIER: Crater (rock) 9 p.m., $5
TACOMA COMEDY: Gabriel Rutledge (comedy) 8 p.m., $10, 18+
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 9:06 am Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Museum of the Week:
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock St.
Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
The mission of the Foss Waterway Seaport is to celebrate Tacoma's rich maritime heritage past, present and future. Located on the waterfront in a century-old wooden wheat warehouse, built for cargo arriving by rail and departing by sail ("where rails met sails") during the early years of Tacoma. The Foss Waterway Seaport is Puget Sound's premier maritime heritage, education and event center where families, students and entire communities come to discover, explore, work and play. The development partners of this project, the Foss Waterway Seaport and the Foss Waterway Development Authority, are dedicated to creating a venue that will continue to bring the downtown waterfront to life as a place for everyone.
This week's events:
All About Steam Weekend
Sat., Aug. 23 - Sun., Aug. 24
This weekend event will feature the Seaport's wonderful "steam" exhibit and is geared to area families and steam enthusiasts. The Northwest Steam Society will bring a collection of their steamers to moor at the Seaport's dock. The boat owners plan to share their steamers with museum guests. They will demo and explain how steam engines work, and be available to answer questions. The numerous steam whistle sounds coming from the event are sure to attract the curious. If you have never seen these delightful boats, now is the time to come to the Seaport. The group plans to race their boats on the Thea Foss Waterway (time TBA). Guests will also be able to go for a short cruise. For the younger generations, plan to purchase a steamboat kit. Build it and race it in our large pond located in the Seaport's parking lot. We will have many steam activities for kids of all ages.
Peek into Our Attic and Share Our Dream
The Seaport is a place where stories are told with artifacts gathered on extended loan. Our hands-on activities blend the history of our region's working waterfront with the science of Puget Sound's waterways. Many of our new exhibits will be linked to schools' social studies, history, science and economics curricula and state standards.
Balfour Dock Building Exhibit
Our building is the last remaining intact section of a continuous heavy timber frame warehouse that defined Tacoma's waterfront for almost a century. The Balfour Dock Building Exhibit is a key exhibit in our permanent collection. The exhibit showcases the history of our building complete with a piece of the heavy timber truss that supported the original wharf. Learn more about our building's history while viewing this amazing structure.
Boats for all Occasions
See our wonderful collection of classic recreational boats in an exhibit called "Boats for all Occasions," which includes original Andrew Foss rowboats; Willits canoes: Faith, our Columbia gillnetter outfitted for youth boater education; hand-built small craft for cruising lRead more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 9:02 am Arts & Entertainment: One Day, Three Festivals http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Seriously, what is the deal with Tacoma and festival planning? Last month, locals had to put their party plans together with Art on the Ave, Tacoma Pride and the Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival all going on at the same time; and last weekend heads were spinning with the possibilities again with Music and Art in Wright Park, the Opera Alley Block Party and McKinley Hill Street Fair all falling on Aug. 16, to name just a few. Fortunately, Tacoma Weekly managed to catch these three, and here's some of what we saw for those of you who didn't manage to clone yourselves over the weekend. Find a larger version of this gallery online at http://www.tacomaweekly.com.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 9:01 am The Things We Like http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - ART QUILTS
American Art Company (1126 Broadway) is currently hosting the 12th annual Northwest Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibit. See a wide selection of quilts in many different styles and themes, all of which are intricate works of art amazing to behold. Show runs through Oct. 4.
Tacoma Ministerial Alliance presents its annual Family March on Aug. 30 in conjunction with the TMA Gospel extravaganza. Starting point is at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 23rd Street at New Covenant Pentecostal Church. March begins forming at 9 a.m. and will commence at 10 a.m. Ending point is People's Park, 900 MLK Jr., Way. Sponsored by Pacific Lutheran University Office of Admission. Bring the kids and come walk to build stronger families. Info: Rev. Dr. Purter at (253) 381-4549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, in partnership with Tacoma Little Theatre, presents its 12th annual festival Summerplay 2014: A Festival of New Works, Aug. 22-30, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Summerplay 2014 is directed by Pavlina Morris and features world premieres each performance such as "Luck of the Irish" by Charlie Birdsell, "Life-Changing Email" by John C. Davenport, "Spring Cleaning" by Scott Gibson and more. Performances will be at Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. 'I' St. All tickets $14. For reservations, call (253) 272-2281 or purchase online at http://www.tacomalittletheatre.com.
LeMay-America's Car Museum (ACM) will host its third annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival, "The MEET at ACM" Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held on ACM's Haub Family Field, The MEET is expected to attract 450 vintage motorcycles and scooters from owners across the nation and will feature pre-1981 motorcycles; judged classes with an awards ceremony; used Bike Corral and Swap Meet; vendors offering apparel, bike accessories and restoration services; motorcycle brands offering new motorcycles for test rides; observed trials demonstration (motorcycle balance and control through varied terrain) by the Puget Sound Trialers Club; precision group formation demonstrations by the Tenino Motorcycle Frill Team; and more. The festival continues with a 70-mile, three-hour scenic ride for vintage and modern motorcycles and scooters that begins at ACM on Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. (registration opens at 8 a.m.) and finishes back at the museum with a barbecue lunch. Cost for participants is $15.
COURT C MEGASALE
A full weekend mega-sale will be happening at Court C Studios Aug. 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Aug. 24 from noon-4 p.m. featuring fabric, art, yarn, kimonos, painted furniture, books, jewelry, Mexican folk art, supplies, vintage stuff, art dolls, quilts, frames, clothing, and Fibers Etc. will be having their annual yarn sale. Address is off the corner of 7th Street and Opera Alley in downtown Tacoma between Broadway and St. Helens.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 9:00 am Stupid criminal of the week http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
An important part of growing up is realizing that your parents aren't the only ones that make the rules. An underage criminal caught shoplifting on 72nd Street on Aug. 17 found this out the hard way. After being caught trying to steal $7 worth of items, police questioned the suspect asking why they couldn't get a hold of her mother. The criminal responded that she no longer lived with her mother, because she had to follow rules in that scenario, not quite realizing that rules also exist in the outside world, oftentimes with more serious consequences. The criminal was transported and booked into Remann Hall.
It should be clear to most people that police officers are different from your buddies who sit around smoking marijuana in your basement, but one criminal traveling on Schuster Parkway on Aug. 15 didn't quite get this distinction. After police attempted to pull the suspect over for more than a mile, the officer approached the driver's side window and immediately smelled both alcohol and marijuana. During the stop, the man continuously laughed, smiled and made jokes with the officer, while admitting he had both consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana earlier in the evening. After conducting DUI tests, the driver was arrested and booked into Fife Jail.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 8:59 am Puyallup Tribal Police arrest fugitive http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Puyallup Tribal Police arrested a Washington's Most Wanted fugitive early Saturday morning, Aug. 17. Derek Oatman had been on the run from King County Sheriff's deputies since he was featured on WMW July 2. The 26-year-old had five warrants for his arrest for drugs and having a stolen car. One of those stemmed from an incident on Jan. 28, 2013 when Kent police responded to a 911 call about a man asleep with food in his hands inside a Burger King. Officers found Oatman in the driver's seat of a car with the engine running and a small child in a car seat in the back. Oatman agreed to a field sobriety test, which he failed. Officers said they found a prescription bottle in his jacket containing 3.5 grams of black tar heroin. When asked about it, police said, Bateman laughed and said, "That' ain't mine. I found it." He then said that he "bought it from some guy at Winco. He told me it was chocolate." A blood test came back positive for heroin, morphine, benzodiazepines and opiates.
Oatman was arrested again the next month by Renton police for possession of meth and heroin with intent to distribute. Three months later, Renton police again arrested him for illegally having 20 tablets of Xanax. He also was accused of having a stolen motorcycle from Federal Way after crashing it and running from the accident.
Puyallup Tribal Police received information on Oatman's whereabouts from a bail bonds agent, took him into custody and booked him into the Pierce County Jail. "I'm glad we could help apprehend this dangerous criminal," said Joe Duenas, chief of the Puyallup Tribal Police Department. "It's nice to have the help of outside agencies, including bail bondsmen who also work hard to help apprehend some of these folks."
Be sure to watch "Washington's Most Wanted" Fridays at 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX and 9:30 p.m. on Joe TV.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 8:57 am Firemen vs. police at Cheney Stadium http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Join friends and family at Cheney Stadium for the 1st Annual First Responders softball game featuring local firefighters versus local policemen on Thursday, Aug. 28. Rainiers will present a trophy to the winning team. Tickets for the game are available for purchase the day of the event at the gate ($10) or for free after purchasing a first responders premium or regular ticket for the Tacoma Rainiers vs. Iowa Cubs game on Aug. 27. All ticket purchases will have $5 donated to the charity of choice of the firefighters side and the police side. Visit http://www.TacomaRainiers.com for Aug. 27 tickets.Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 8:51 am Celebrating Military Service http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Military personnel and those who support them took to the streets on Saturday, Aug. 16, for the second Celebrating Military Service Parade put on by the Daffodil Festival in conjunction with the City of Tacoma.
Pierce County serves as home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of the largest joint bases in the country, as well as one of the most prominent employers of the county, with more than 44,000 active military members on base. With the local veterans organizations and families of soldiers adding onto the military population of Pierce County, there are plenty of men and women worth celebrating in the community.
Hence, the parade: a call to action, away from the casual philanthropy of supporting a cause from your couch cushions, to celebrating these men and women up close and personal on the streets of Tacoma.
Previous to last year's inaugural Celebrating Military Service Parade, nearly 60 years had divided the downtown celebration from the area's last military service parade. As last year's efforts proved to be a resounding success, such a positive response from the community warranted a repeat of the festivities this year.
While the crowd didn't swell to the size parade organizers might have liked to have seen, the presence of the parade in Tacoma was still enjoyed by all those who attended, with what police estimate to be about 2,500 to 3,000 attendees gathered at the heart of the parade.
The parade began at 6 p.m. at South 17th Street near Tollefson Plaza, traveling along Pacific Avenue, towards South 10th Street. Armored vehicles from Joint Base Lewis-McChord intermixed with convertibles touting celebrated officers, including this year's parade grand marshal Brigadier General Oscar Hilman. Hilman retired from active duty in 2005 after 37 years in the military. As the third Filipino service member to advance to the rank of general, his last assignment was commanding the 81st Brigade, based at Camp Murray, south of Tacoma. Just 10 years ago, in 2004, he was responsible for taking the brigade to Iraq in the largest deployment of Washington National Guard troops since WWII. After leading so many, leading a parade proved to be pretty easy.
Featuring around 70 military units from around Western Washington, the parade shined a spotlight on those both in notable active duty, as well as retired military personnel, be they conveyed in marching units, community floats, bands, convertibles, motorcycle units, and military vehicles.
The Daffodil Festival Queen's Float, normally used to display Daffodil Royalty through the annual Grand Floral Parade every Spring, was instead decked out in red, white and blue, and transporting a very different set of VIPs: servicemen and women who have been wounded in the line of duty.
2014 Daffodil Festival Queen Marissa Modestowicz joined several members of her Court in the parade; however, their attendance wasn't heralded by a flashy float, the likes of which they're used to arriving in. Instead, they carrRead more...