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Museum of Glass Celebrates 15 Years

July 6, 2017 marks the 15 year anniversary for Museum of Glass, Tacoma’s contemporary art museum dedicated to glass. The opening of Museum of Glass came at a time when Tacoma was looking for a way to revitalize its fading downtown. When Museum of Glass opened its doors in 2002, it joined Washington State History […]

Lacey Celebrates 50th years!

Lacey officially became a city December 5, 1966, though it had been a community since the 1850’s and the area was dubbed “Lacey” in 1891 when they needed a name for the post office.  The official date of the city began fifty years ago.  Such a momentous occasion calls for a great celebration! The year […]

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

At Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, the public can view and enjoy the exhibit “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea.” The art exhibit features sculptures of various sea animals, all made of trash. Examples are Chompers the Shark, Sebastian James the Puffin, and Octavia the Octopus. All sculptures are by Angela Haseltine […]

Something’s Brewing at South Puget Sound Community College

Unprecedented growth in the craft beer, cider and spirits industries has increased local interest in these trades. Washington state, which provides an ideal location for further growth, has become known as a national and global leader in these businesses. This has led South Puget Sound Community College to work with the community and a board […]

Straight From The Heart

The Straight from the Heart dinner and auction on January 28 drew 330 guests to benefit Thurston County families. Guest emcee Nancy Leson worked the crowd, and Chef Micheal Kim demonstrated the fine points of making gnocchi from scratch. The evening’s proceeds of $180,000 will go toward helping children and youth learn and succeed, promoting […]

Broadway Center Star Chefs

The 11th Annual Star Chefs on Broadway: Magic & Mischief amazed 300 guests on March 26 at Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater. It was an evening filled with fine dining, entertainment and wonder. This year’s festivities raised $355,000 for Broadway Center’s Arts Education Programs, which reach 40,000-plus learners annually with some of the most diverse and […]

discover unforgettable summer camps

Summer is approaching fast with warm weather, sunny days and an abundance of summer camp options. The possibilities are nearly endless, but here are a few camps that will no doubt excite and educate children all summer long. America’s Car Museum Summer Camp in Tacoma July 24-28, seventh through ninth graders will not only learn […]

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Beginning Saturday, April 22, at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, the public can view and enjoy the exhibit “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea.” During the grand opening weekend, there will also be many activities along this theme. Educational games will include a scavenger hunt, a matching game about the effects of […]

12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

Dozens of boats wait patiently at the starting line to dig their oars into the water. Crowds of people watch them, their patience thinning quickly from all the excitement. The dragon boat race is seconds away from commencing. St. Martin’s University will host the 12th annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, April 29. The free […]

Immortalizing a Beloved Friend

In 2012 the world lost a beloved gorilla known famously for decades. The gorilla, named Ivan, was 50 when he died, but his memory has been immortalized in a bronze statue at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Neither Ivan nor any gorilla ever set foot in the park’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. But the […]

Breaking the Mold: Black Violin

When one thinks of hip-hop, violins don’t usually come to mind. Black Violin, however, not only has merged classical music with hip-hop, but has done so successfully. Florida natives Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”), who plays the violin, and Wilner Baptiste (“Will B”), who plays the viola, have toured extensively across the nation and overseas, bringing […]

The Experience at S.P.S. Community College

Over 400 community leaders, businesses and individuals gathered for an evening of innovation and excellence at South Puget Sound Community College’s largest fundraiser. This year’s event featured a social hour with highlights of several college programs, an aerial performance, gourmet dinner, interactive desserts, an after party with entertainment and 100 student volunteers. The Experience raised […]

Ladies Night Out

Ladies night out in Olympia drew 250 community-minded women to Hotel RL by Red Lion. Shoppers enjoyed the offerings of local merchants and artisans, plus great cuisine and holiday cheer. Chris Anderson provided entertainment. The evening’s proceeds totaled $533,262 to benefit Providence St. Peter Foundation and Providence programs: SoundCareKids, Providence St. Peter Sexual Assault Center […]

Tacoma Art Museum: Prestigious Portraiture

We have all seen portraits—but wait until you visit “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” at Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibit is composed of 43 innovative works from a Smithsonian competition. With a dazzling variety of media, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media, the portraits explore powerful themes and challenge imaginations. The museum […]

Breaking the Mold: Black Violin

  When you think of hip-hop, violins typically don’t enter the line of thinking. Tuesday, March 28, Black Violin will merge classical music with hip-hop at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. The Florida natives Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”), who plays the violin, and Wilner Baptiste (“Will B”), who plays the viola, have toured […]

Beer, Wine & Coffee lovers listen up!

Beer, Wine and coffee this exhibit includes something for every adult!   Now open and running through Sunday, April 23, at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is showcasing its newest exhibit, Steins, Vines & Grinds: Washington’s Story of Beer, Wine & Coffee. Steins, Vines & Grinds documents the long history of beer, wine […]

LIV ON Starring Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Amy Sky

Three superstars team up for LIV ON, a concert experience with the power to heal heartache with hope and gratitude. Grammy winner Olivia Newton-John, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Canadian singer/songwriter Amy Sky team up for the inspirational concert at the historic Pantages Theater on February 17, at 7:30 p.m.  LIV ON is built […]

Commencement Bank Celebrates 10 Years

  “In 1977, I began my banking career with a savings bank located in downtown Tacoma at 1102 Commerce Street,” says Hal Russell. “Today, as the president of Commencement Bank, my office remains in Tacoma and, ironically, is located in the same building on Commerce Street. As a young trainee, I could not have imagined […]

America’s Automotive Trust

The Future of America’s Automotive Heritage “It’s important that vintage and modern collectible vehicles continue to be restored, driven and enjoyed,” says David Madeira, CEO of the new not-for-profit America’s Automotive Trust. The work of AAT, which was announced this summer, will be to ensure that “our nation’s automotive legacy is celebrated” and that the […]

Homeless Backpacks

Here’s how the seed of an idea blossomed into massive results that benefit thousands of students throughout the South Sound. “A group of friends and I were having dinner, and someone brought up an encounter with a homeless person,” recalls Kelly Wilson, a founding board member and chairwoman of Homeless Backpacks. “Then the conversation turned […]