Toytopia: Play Your Way Down Memory Lane

Rekindle the wonder and delight of your favorite childhood moments at Toytopia at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The new exhibition is on view until June 10. What was your favorite childhood toy? A jump rope, a board game or Space Invaders? An Easy Bake Oven or a Slinky? You’ll find your favorites […]

New Aquarium Showcases Local Artists

Starting this summer, visitors to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will be treated not only to a new state-of-the-art marine experience when the new Pacific Seas Aquarium opens, but also to breathtaking art installations featuring two Pacific Northwest artists. The $51.6 million project, led by Metro Parks Tacoma, is funded by the One Percent for […]

USO Northwest Welcomes New Center

Northwest military members and their families have another great option to access services and programs: the new USO Camp Lewis Center. The center opened in November on Joint Base LewisMcChord in a space donated by and shared with America’s Credit Union. Ken Leonard, CEO of ACU, donated the 1,911-square-foot space and also presented the USO-NW […]

South Sound Success Story: Mud Bay Pet Stores

Pet lovers across Pierce and Thurston counties are familiar with the locally owned Mud Bay Pet Stores for their all-natural food, toys, and health products for our furry friends. But are you familiar with how it all got started? Back in 1988, Elsa Wulff bought a tiny, struggling farm store known as Kellerman’s Corner in […]

Providence Ladies Night Out

Providence St. Peter’s 30th annual Christmas Forest raised $672,000 to benefit the Providence mission of providing compassionate and excellent health care. In celebration of the sixday-long event, guests attended Ladies Night Out, which featured a night of shopping with local vendors and merchants, and entertainment by the talented local singer Chris Anderson. The event is […]

The Experience at SPSCC

425 guests enjoyed a social hour with tastings from Sandstone Distillery and Heritage Distillery. The evening’s program highlighted SPSCC’s Health & Wellness Center, Culinary Arts, and the Art Gallery exhibition. A delicious dinner was the collaborative effort between the executive chefs at Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel and the SPSCC culinary program, providing an amazing […]

St. Martin’s University Gala International: China

560 guests attended the St. Martin’s Gala featuring James Beard award-winning chef Ming Tsai, host of “Simply Ming” on PBS. Throughout the evening, Tsai offered culinary demonstrations of the five-course gourmet dinner at the stage kitchen. The evening’s program included a live auction and the much-anticipated Feed-a-Mind paddle raise aimed at generating scholarship funds for […]

Tumwater’s Brewing Legacy Moves Forward

To understand the rapidly changing nature of the craft brewing and distilling industry, consider these statistics: First, a new craft brewery opens in Washington State every week. Second, Washington ranks third in the nation for the number of craft distillers. Finally, Washington State is the number one craft cider producer in the country. In fact, […]

Lowriders at America’s Car Museum

  America’s Car Museum (ACM) is cycling 11 lowriders, a couple of lowrider-themed bicycles and various artwork into its Route 66 display to celebrate America’s lowrider pastime. As one of ACM’s rotating exhibits, Route 66 regularly undergoes change-outs and modifications to tell a variety of stories that define different aspects of America’s motoring heritage – […]

Suquamish Tribe Welcomes New CEO

The Suquamish Tribe is pleased to announce the selection of Samuel Askew as the new Chief Executive Officer of Port Madison Enterprises (PME). “After an extensive search, we chose Samuel Askew for his experience and vision. We look forward to future growth and success with Samuel at the helm of our daily operations,” said Port […]

Whole Trade Roses for Valentine’s Day

  Give Back with Whole Trade Roses for Valentine’s Day As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, roses make their big appearance. Did you know you could give roses to a loved one and give back to farmworkers? At Whole Foods Market, this is what happens when shoppers choose Whole Trade® flowers as Whole Trade® growers work with Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade […]

A Modern Storyteller- Brian Reed

Brian Reed at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Podcasting was birthed in the 1980s but didn’t gain traction until 2004. Since then, thousands of podcasts have premiered and gained international attention. From the producers of Serial and This American Life, the podcast S-Town premiered on March 28, 2017, quickly taking over thousands of […]

22nd Annual Model Train Festival

Welcome to a journey through the miniature world of model trains! The Washington State Historical Society’s 22nd Annual Model Train Festival chugs into town December 22, 2017 and is open through January 1, 2018. The festival takes place at the History Museum in Tacoma. The state’s largest permanent model train layout is always featured at […]

Get your glow on

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose now is a perfect time to bundle up and head outside to enjoy the frosty weather with family and friends for a special holiday escapade featuring traditional and new Tacoma attractions. First, lace up your skates and glide across the ice at the new Frozen Fountain Ice Skating […]

Tacoma City Ballet Has a New Home

Tacoma City Ballet has officially become the resident dance company of the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. The change of venue for the ballet, welcomed by Federal Way, means that The Nutcracker of Tacoma will now be in Federal Way. “I’m happy moving to Federal Way,” Ceragioli said. “The stage is bigger […]

Washington College Savings Plans

Washington parents will have a new way to save for college this year. The state is opening DreamAhead, a type of 529 plan offered by many other states. 529 college savings plans help families save for future higher education expenses—making college more affordable and thus more accessible. Parents may also pay tuition in advance at […]

Creative Forces Celerates 5 years

Promoting and honoring local artists, Creative Forces Gifts & Sundries is celebrating five years in business. Owner Carolyn Osborne believes that people come back to Creative Forces because they enjoy the variety, they know the importance of local and they know that she loves promoting the art of every one of her artists. “They also […]

The Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia hasn’t lost its focus—the students—since it began 18 years ago. SOGO Executive Director Krina Allison recalls the beginning: “Two young teens, Ted and Jeff, came knocking on our door and wanted to talk to my husband and me about starting a youth orchestra organization where the young musicians had input. […]

YWCA 2017 Women of Achievement

YWCA of Olympia recently celebrated these amazing women in our community as leaders in eliminating racism and empowering women. Karama Blackhorn: Karma’s work centralizes around antioppression education to build community and empower leadership through culturally responsive and celebratory spaces. She believes in the power and wisdom of people to lead and help their own communities […]

Music Spans Generations And Builds Community

Music can evoke powerful emotions. It might make you dance with joy, shed tears of sorrow, feel comforted in difficult times or sing out loud (and maybe off-key). Above all, music can bring people together and can cultivate a sense of connection and community. In Tacoma, the Community Music department at the University of Puget […]