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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 […]

Skating into a Brighter Future

Skateboards twist in midair, landing with a crash. Smiles, hollers and 400 youth fill the space each month, an old ware-house across from Tacoma’s popular Opera Alley. Welcome to Alchemy Skateboarding & Education Center. It’s so much more than meets the eye. Alchemy Skateboarding is a nonprofit dedicated to “providing opportunities for youth to learn […]

West Coast Debut of 30 Americans

The critically acclaimed, nationally traveling exhibition 30 Americans made its West Coast debut at Tacoma Art Muse-um this fall. Featuring 45 works drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami—one of the largest private contemporary art collections in the world—30 Americans will be on view through Jan. 15, 2017. The exhibition showcases paintings, photographs, installations, […]

Hands On Children’s Museum

The Hands On Summer Splash! Gala celebration was a fundraising event with nearly 600 attendees who came to party with a purpose. Thanks to over 60 sponsors and enthusiastic Gala donors, the museum raised critical funds for free & reduced admission programs. Gala attendees also celebrated the magic of childhood and raised their paddles to […]

Zoobilee 2016 – Octopus’s Garden Gala

Over 600 guests tasted amazing small bites from local restaurants and sips from local craft brewers and a winery during the Gala and Twilight Stroll. This year’s event focused on the role that Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium plays in the world of conservation locally and globally. Entertainment was provided by Animate Objects, including a […]

West Coast debut of 30 Americans

The critically acclaimed, nationally traveling exhibition 30 Americans makes its West Coast debut at Tacoma Art Museum this fall. Featuring 45 works drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami—one of the largest private contemporary art collections in the world—30 Americans will be on view from Sept. 24, 2016, through Jan. 15, 2017. The exhibition […]

TwinStar Credit Union in Pierce County

It began as a teachers credit union in Olympia in 1937, and after a series of mergers from the 1980s to recent years, TwinStar Credit Union now serves the greater community in Washington state and even into Oregon. In Pierce County, TwinStar currently has branches in Parkland and Lakewood. “One of our core values at […]