Back On the Road to Success With ACU

It is pretty common knowledge that every job application has a list of qualifications and requirements that an applicant is expected to meet. Some are particular to the job, but there are always the basics–years of related experience, education, and dependable transportation.

Without a way to get to and from work, it can be almost impossible for an applicant to gain employment or to hold onto it. Financial guidance organization Sound Outreach’s Andre Jimenez says, “One of the main barriers for our clients, seeking financial wellness, is the ability to secure reliable transportation. In the past, that barrier prevented clients from accepting high wage jobs.” Because of this, Sound Outreach and America’s Credit Union (ACU) have partnered to find a solution for those in need through the ACU’s Auto Concierge program. 

The partnership started a little over a year ago and has proven quite successful. How it works: A Sound Outreach counselor works with their client, teaching them better financial practices. when they have gone through their educational process, they contact ACU where their application is reviewed. After qualifying, ACU’s Auto Concierge finds them a reliable car, negotiates a fair price with a local dealership, delivers the vehicle, and helps establish proper insurance coverage. ACU has helped many people through several programs, but this new auto program goes the extra mile. According to ACU’s Community Development Manager, Paul Miller, this program gives an individual look at every person’s case, considering the whole financial background story, not just the credit score. 

Currently, the new Auto Concierge Program is the main focus of the partnership between ACU and Sound Outreach. “The whole concept is to help people buy an automobile that is more reliable for the foreseeable future,” says Miller. “The key is helping these people who are trying their best to move forward.” by Natalie Benson


Interview-Paul Miller- ACU Community Development Manager

Interview-Andre Jimenez- SO Development and Communications Manager

Best of 2019

Join the party as ShowCase Magazine celebrates the BEST that Puget Sound has to offer at the 2019 Best of ShowCase Magazine Party, August 16th, 6pm-8:30pm at the Museum of Glass. We congratulate organization’s in categories from services, cuisine, health, shopping to destinations and more.

The excitement began in March of 2019 when readers submit online votes for their favorite organizations.. The votes were tabulated and top nominees are featured in the year’s most highly read issue -August’s Best of ShowCase Magazine – where we announce the 2019 nominees.

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K9 Security Program at MultiCare

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital has launched a new K9 security program to provide an added level of safety for patients, visitors and staff. 

“Emotions can run high in hospital settings,” said Sharon Oxendale, President/COO of MultiCare Tacoma General/Allenmore Hospitals. “Having a K9 presence is sometimes all you need to diffuse emotional situations that sometimes occur in emergency rooms.”

At the center of the program is a three-year-old German Shepherd named Officer Ben and a K9 security officer named Brian Phillips. 

During a three-month pilot program, they helped reduce the number of assaults by 33 percent when compared to the same 90-day period in 2018.

“We interacted with hundreds of staff members, patients and visitors and I can’t remember a single person who had a negative reaction to Ben,” said Phillips. “A lot of people refer to him as a ‘rock star’ and are clearly happy to have him around.”

In addition to helping de-escalate more than 60 incidents during the pilot program, Ben also provided inspiration and comfort to some of the hospital’s patients, including young children that were facing stressful situations.

“It was really gratifying to see Ben interacting with some of the kids – and really a lot of adults too – who were facing tough situations and just wanted some down time to hang with Ben,” said MultiCare’s Regional Director of Security Services, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Radford Garrison. “Animals like Ben can have a calming effect and can help bring smiles to kids who might otherwise feel overly emotional.”

MultiCare is looking to add another dog to the canine unit by the end of this fall with patrols at both Auburn Medical Center and Covington Medical Center. Leah Grout

Wesley Opens Bradley Park location

Wesley is observing its 75th year with the grand opening of its third senior-living community, Wesley Bradley Park in Puyallup. The public is invited to enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and prize drawings at the celebration on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. 

“We are excited about the opportunities to develop relationships throughout the area,” says T.C. Fraser, campus administrator. “Our residents have been highly active in various community activities. This has really opened the door to many others who now call Wesley Bradley Park their home.” 

The 19-acre property on South Hill features a range of residential options. The Lodge, five stories high, includes 99 independent living residences. For assisted living–like services, there is The Commons, with 50 apartments. The Brownstone offers 32 condo-style homes. The memory care neighborhood, called The Arbor, will open with 17 apartments once state licensing has been approved. 

At the grand opening, guests are welcome to tour the community. They will see Wesley’s style of senior living, one that is full of choices. Wesley is known for its network of services. These include independent and assisted living, in-home care, skilled nursing, memory care and rehabilitative therapies. This means residents can live with as many or as few supportive services as they need. 

In addition to living and health services, Wesley Bradley Park residents have access to amenities that were developed with a wide range of interests in mind. These include a fully equipped health and wellness center, a learning center/theater, multiple dining venues, a creative arts center, a wood shop, a chapel/auditorium, a beauty salon, a club room and a library.

Fraser adds that the Wesley Bradley Park community will continue to grow and expand. An additional Brownstone apartment building is in the plan, as is a state-of-the-art post-acute rehabilitation center.

by leah grout

707 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374


OBEE Opens at Fern Hill and Provides Freebies

O Bee Credit Union is introducing its second unique, pub-style branch to Pierce County with a week of free giveaways. O Bee’s Grand Opening party takes place on Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the new branch, located at 8002 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408. The party will feature free Fisher Scones, prizes, free raffles and special guests, the Rainier Grazers and the Berenstain Bears! The week before the opening, O Bee will sponsor free giveaways around town to “pay-it-forward” and encourage folks to visit local businesses in the Fern Hill area. The schedule includes:

Monday, July 15th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am Yummies Donuts – 8042 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

One free donut per customer while supplies last

Tuesday, July 16th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Little Caesars Pizza – 828 72nd Street E, Tacoma, WA 98404

One free carry-out pizza (cheese or pepperoni) per customer while supplies last
Wednesday, July 17th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Paradise Lanes Entertainment Center – 12505 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444   One free game and shoe rental per customer – first come, first served 

Thursday, July 18th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dairy Queen – 1925 S 72nd Street, Tacoma, WA 98404

One free small ice cream cone per person while supplies last

Friday, July 19th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Anthem Coffee & Tea – 3609 Market Pl W #101, University Place, WA 98466

One free medium non-alcoholic beverage of choice per person while supplies last

A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, Forbes recently ranked O Bee #1 in Washington State on its 2019 list of “America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions.” O Bee continues to change the banking game to members’ surprise and delight.
O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is celebrated in the design of the “Pub-Style” branch. Local brewery taps and brass railings are featured along the teller line and historical brewery images complete the décor along with a chalkboard menu with “specials.” “It’s exciting,” said James Collins, CEO. “We look forward to bringing our unique brand of banking to Fern Hill. The word is spreading; we are the best credit union in the state and we’re ready to celebrate,” he added.

Visit the branch at 8002 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

Schooner at The Hands On Children’s Museum

The Hands On Children’s Museum will open the new “Megan D” schooner exhibit this summer after the vessel’s renovation is completed on-site at the museum.

In June, the Museum closed the southbound lane of Marine Drive to transport the 56’ vintage wooden vessel from its renovation site at the Port of Olympia Swantown Boatworks to the Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center. A giant Snell Crane lifted the vessel from the roadway and sent it flying over the Museum’s trike loop to float it into its new foundation as part of the Puget Sound Beach exhibit in the Museum’s outdoor space.

Last fall, the Museum saved the Megan D from the Port of Olympia where it was due to be scrapped. Although it was a daunting project, a team of talented retired carpenters from FORMA Construction stepped forward to lead the renovation that will turn the vintage schooner into one of the most unique children’s museum exhibits in the nation. Since that time, dozens of community businesses and skilled trades have stepped forward to contribute to the special project.

“We often say that the fingerprints of the entire community are on this Museum and the Megan D is a shining example of that generosity,” says Museum Executive Director Patty Belmonte.

The new exhibit will give children the chance to scale a 6’ rope climb to the top deck, navigate the ship’s ladder to explore the boat’s hull, climb into the crow’s nest, learn about wind power and even walk the plank. As the newest addition to the Museum’s Puget Sound Beach exhibit, the Megan D will be a touch-point for learning about Northwest maritime history when schooners carried fish and timber up and down the west coast. 

Visitors can watch the final stages of the renovation including painting, mast and rigging installation, propping progress throughout the summer. The new exhibit is expected to open in August.

For more information visit:

Hands On Children’s Museum 
414 Jefferson St. NE | Olympia, WA 98501

Dune Penninsula Opens to the Public

The transformation from a Superfund wasteland that influenced a seminal sci-fi novel into a world-class waterfront park is nearly complete.

After three years of construction, Metro Parks Tacoma opened the Wilson Way bridge and Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park on July 6, 2019.

The 40-acre project, which includes other amenities such as a series of slides down a 60-foot slope, is destined to become one of the most photographed places in the South Sound.

“Dune Peninsula is so serene, so beautiful, and so fun that being there feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life,” said Aaron Pointer, president of the Board of Park Commissioners. “And the views from the Wilson Way bridge are spectacular. This park provides the full scope of the beauty of our environment — from Puget Sound and the Olympics to Mount Rainier and the Cascades.”

The park district is working on plans for a community celebration in September that will be connected to the annual Downtown to Defiance event.

“Depending on which direction you’re going, this site is an extraordinary gateway to Point Defiance Park and to the Ruston Way waterfront,” said Metro Parks Executive Director Shon Sylvia. “After the park opens in July, we will still have some work to do, such as installing permanent signage, and we will count on the community’s patience and gentle touch as our maintenance crews learn to care for the nascent landscape in this incredible park. This is a very special place.”

Metro Parks was the lead agency on the highly complex effort to build the pedestrian bridge and convert the peninsula created by toxic slag from the ASARCO copper smelter into a safe, welcoming park. The work involved moving 400,000 cubic yards of dirt – that’s 22,000 truck-and-trailer loads – and installing a woven geotextile cap. All of this work was managed by general contractor Atkinson Construction under the watchful eyes of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

It’s considered the largest project in Metro Parks history as the park district and the numerous partners guided a multi-faceted approach to enhance the park experience and honor its character. The new features include:

·         Wilson Way bridge: The 605-foot-long bridge is the missing link between Point Defiance and Ruston Way. The bridge, which towers above a new parking lot for park users and boat trailers, includes a section in the middle that designers call “The Moment” because visitors can’t help but stop and take in the expansive views. The Park Board named the bridge after Jack C. Wilson, who retired in 2016 after 17 years as executive director of Metro Parks.

·         Slides: Affectionately described by staff as a real-life “Chutes and Ladders” experience, this series of six slides next to the east end of the bridge is the fun way to quickly get down to the marina complex below. Each slide has a set of stairs next to it for those who prefer a slower route.

·         Dune Peninsula: Eleven acres of the peninsula created by ASARCO slag were covered with tons of dirt and the artificial cap, and then beautifully sculpted and landscaped. The results speak for themselves: the Cambia Event Lawn for concerts and other events, as well as raised “sail mounds” for spectacular views, and lots of benches and tables to take in all of that nature. A small pavilion features restrooms and rentable space.

·         Frank Herbert Trail: This paved pedestrian trail, named for the Tacoma native and famed author of the groundbreaking science fiction novel “Dune,” loops around the peninsula and connects to the Ruston Way Waterwalk as well as the trail that crosses Wilson Way and heads into Point Defiance Park. Medallions containing Herbert and “Dune”-based quotations will be embedded in the path later this year.

“The theme in ‘Dune’ of a world destroyed by environmental catastrophe drew in part from Frank Herbert’s life experiences in Tacoma, which in the 1950s was one of the nation’s most polluted cities,” said Park Board Commissioner Erik Hanberg, a sci-fi author himself who pushed for the park name to reflect Herbert’s legacy. “The characters in the novel have a goal to ‘terraform’ their planet back to its inhabitable origins. That’s what we’ve done here. We have terraformed a polluted wasteland into a beautiful environment for all to enjoy.”

Construction began in June 2016. The $74.8 million cost was shared in the following ways: $36.6 million from Metro Parks’ voter-approved park bonds, $25.4 million from the EPA, $5 million from the state Department of Ecology, $4 million from the state Recreation and Conservation Office, and the remaining $3.8 million from the state Department of Transportation, the City of Tacoma, the Asarco settlement fund, and the Tacoma Yacht Club.

“I’m very pleased with how beautiful the project turned out!” said Metro Parks Project Manager Roger Stanton, “people will see this destination and they will be able to enjoy this public space. ”

Oly Third Thursday includes a Block Party

Downtown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of Olympia’s unique culture, art, food, music and shopping. The summer Third Thursdays — May through September — will also include block parties featuring live music and beverages from Northwest Beerwerks Beer Truck.

The June 20 block party, located in the US Bank parking lot on the corner of 4th and Washington, will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will open with music by Winehouse, followed by Broadway Olympia Productions and Tsunami Pinata.  A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase and enter to win a prize! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game. Challenge Game prizes in June are from Three Magnets Brewery, Hot Toddy & Compass Rose.

Summer Camps & Kid-Friendly Activities


Summer camp offers children an experience all their own without Mom or Dad supervising their every move or decision. Yes, camp counselors are keeping a close watch. But kids away from home become more resilient and learn how to do more things on their own. Summer camp helps kids have enriching experiences, be a part of a special community, form new relationships and grow. For parents, the best part is watching the kids become more confident because of activities they were doing at camp.

A summer full of memories, growth, experience, and friends—what could be better?

Camp Fire Orca

Cascade Christian THRIVE

Coding with Kids

Harbor WildWatch

PenMet Parks

Pierce County Park Camps

Salvation Army Camp Arnold

YMCA Summer Day Camp

YMCA Camp Seymour Overnight


If summer camp isn’t your thing, or you prefer to spend time as a family, there are plenty of activities, programs and classes to keep you busy this summer. Choose from a wide range of recreational activities for all ages and abilities—early childhood, youth, adult or people with disabilities. Whether sports, fitness and wellness classes, or other activities, there is plenty of fun for everyone!

Auburn Kids SummerStage

Hands On Children’s Museum

Kindermusik at Kiddos & Kin

Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm

Museums & Nature Centers

Music Off Main

Open Arts Studio

Puget Sound Estuarium

Star Center

Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

Tunes @ Tapps


“Night Out” – Kristina Kuzmic

Everyone needs an evening of laughter and inspiration once in a while, especially parents. On Friday, July 26, the comedian Kristina Kuzmic will share her experiences as a mother and overall cheerleader for her family. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma.

Kuzmic has gained millions of followers on YouTube and Facebook through videos about raising children, being an immigrant and more. Her videos are hilarious and inspirational at the same time. They provide viewers with a sense that they’re not alone, while also letting them laugh.

Since her first video in 2011, Kuzmic has received critical acclaim for her videos on the Huffington Post, People magazine, Cosmopolitan, and the San Francisco Globe. Video topics include parents’ relationship with their children, breastfeeding in public and why she’s “totally cool” if her children are upset with her. In 2011 she was chosen from 15,000 applicants as the winner of “Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” Kuzmic went on to have a reality show, The Ambush Cook, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Now she’s ready to share her parenting advice and comedy with a live audience. Her Hope and Humor Tour is taking her throughout the U.S. The comedian considers this a “night out” show. According to her website, Kuzmic “might wear actual pants or she might be in week-old dirty pajamas, depending on the intensity of motherhood that week.”

A self-described “sanitation engineer, chef, chauffeur, and conflict resolution guru” for her three children, Kuzmic says she struggles with parenting just as much as anyone. With wit and charm, she works hard to help parents and others know they’re not alone.

Tickets for the Pantages event range from $29 to $39. A VIP package for $75 includes a meet-and-greet with Kuzmic before the show.


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