Tacoma City Ballet’s Dracula

Tacoma City Ballet’s Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet tells the legendary romantic tale of Vlad the Impaler, notably recognized as the infamous Transylvanian Count Dracula. An original Tacoma City ballet production, Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet is filled with brilliant dancing, a lush haunting musical score with live orchestral music conducted by Maestro Bernard Kwiram, opulent scenery, and extravagant costumes. Appearing for its second consecutive season by popular demand, Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet is destined to become a Halloween tradition.

Vlad the Impaler is a brutal yet tragic character who has suffered the loss of his beloved wife, Elisabeta. His rage over the Church denying her entrance into Heaven because of her suicide caused him to renounce his faith in Almighty God and embrace the immortal curse of the Vampire.  Mixing historical fact with mythical lore, four-hundred years pass and Vlad goes to London to seek out Mina Harker who he believes is the reincarnation of Elisabeta. His intention is to bite Mina turning her into a Vampire so they can be together for all eternity, as he and Elisabeta were meant to be. Dracula captures Mina and returns to Transylvania. However, his love for Mina prevents him from completing his plan, and instead of inflicting the “immortal bite” on her, he allows her to thrust his sword into his heart finally sending his spirit to eternal rest.

Presented in the beautiful Pantages Theater, which lends an ornate gothic feel to the production, Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet is suitable for audiences of all ages, and the perfect addition to your celebration of Halloween. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. 

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Rhapsody in Blue: Symphony Tacoma 2019 Gala

Two hundred and fifty attendees were decked out in 1920s attire for this event featuring Centralia native Charlie Albright.

The gala event raised $185,000 to benefit Symphony Tacoma’s education and concert programs.

An Evening with Taj Mahal Quartet

One of the most prominent and influential musicians of blues and roots music brings heart and soul to the stage. Taj Mahal Quartet will perform at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

A self-taught singer and songwriter, Taj Mahal plays the guitar, banjo and harmonica, among other instruments. His decades of recording and touring have nearly singlehandedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues. He has accomplished this with the infusion of exotic sounds from around the world. His global fusion approach weaves in reggae, Caribbean, Cajun, R&B, West African folk, jazz, calypso, traditional country blues and Hawaiian slack key.

At the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards, the two-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.

“What inspires me most about my career,” says Mahal, “is that I’ve been able to make a living playing the music that I always loved and wanted to play since the early ’50s. I am extremely lucky to have fans who have listened to the music I choose to play and have stayed with me for 50 years. It’s very exciting, to say the least.”

As in ancient culture, he adds, the people are as much a part of the performance as the music. “Live communication through music—oh yeah, it’s right up there with oxygen!”

JESSICA CALDWELL

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

360.753.8586

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Oly Fed CEO is ‘Here for You, Here for Good’

“I believe every team member plays a critical role and everybody contributes to our success,” says Lori Drummond, president and CEO of Olympia Federal Savings, or Oly Fed for short. She should know. She has the unique perspective of starting as a receptionist and working her way through several positions during her 35 years with the company. “It’s given me insight into how every role in our organization is vital to creating an exceptional customer experience.”

After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in business, Drummond was encouraged by her father to apply for employment at Oly Fed. Initially, she says, she wasn’t excited about a receptionist position because she felt that it didn’t put her degree to work. But her dad, who was a banker, told her she’d be fortunate to work at a bank like Oly Fed. She got hired.

Drummond now oversees eight branches in Thurston and Mason counties, 120 employees, more than $675 million in assets, and a 113-year mutual savings and loan tradition. She explained that a mutual institution promotes thrift, homeownership and community involvement. There are no stockholders—“no one looking over our shoulder asking for a return on their investment,” she says. “Instead, we are accountable to employees, customers and our communities.”

Culture and reputation have always been paramount to Oly Fed. “When our culture is healthy and alive,” says Drummond, “our customers feel it and business thrives. We build a culture of entrepreneurship so that our employees take personal ownership for our business and growing it in meaningful ways. When our business grows, so do our community contributions.”

In 2018 Oly Fed won the Business Philanthropy Award from South Sound Partners for Philanthropy. Under Drummond’s guidance, Oly Fed’s charitable giving ranges from 10% to 20% of profits. Last year, that equaled nearly $450,000 in financial support and thousands of hours of volunteer service supporting approximately 300 local organizations.

It seems that under the direction of Lori Drummond, Oly Fed is living up to its community motto: “Here for You, Here for Good.”

EMILY HAPPY

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Olympia Federal

360.754.3400 or 800.865.3470

olyfed.com

A Rich Array of Cultural Selections This Fall

Musical legends. Shakespeare in the theater. Christmas with Sherlock Holmes. These are just some of the live music and theater offerings that abound in the South Sound this fall.

A lineup of musical legends and tribute performances will get you out of your seats and dancing in the aisles. October begins with the awe-inspiring production We Will Rock You. Based on the songs of Queen, the story follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock-and-roll in a post-apocalyptic world (Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, Oct. 1.)

After thousands of rollicking performances and the global success of La Bamba, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity (Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 1; Federal Way PAEC, Oct. 5).

A Roy Orbison tribute band, The Lonely, will be celebrating the timeless hits of The Traveling Wilburys and Everly Brothers(Washington Center, Nov. 8).

Cool days will stay hot with great American jazz, blues and folk. The Simon and Garfunkel Story chronicles the journey of the legendary folk-rock duo. The nostalgic and immersive concert-style theater show includes a full live band (Washington Center, Oct. 10).

The Duke Ellington Orchestra celebrates the legacy of one of the most influential musicians in American music (Pantages Theater, Nov. 2). And Taj Mahal brings his heart and soul to the stage with traditional country blues and Afrocentric roots music (Washington Center, Nov. 20).

South Sound theater lovers can choose from a wide range of selections this fall. Tacoma Arts Live will present Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the hit movie about the Bard’s quest to overcome his writer’s block (Theater on the Square, Oct. 13 to Nov. 7).

Evil Dead: The Musical includes both scares and laughs—and musical numbers such as Ode to an Accidental Stabbing (Tacoma Little Theatre, Oct. 25 to Nov. 10).

A new twist for the holiday season is Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, by Seattle writer, director and playwright John Longenbaugh (Harlequin, Nov. 27 to Dec. 10).

Rounding things out for a holiday to remember are the Herdmans invading Lakewood for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Lakewood Playhouse, Nov. 29 to Dec. 23). And Elf: The Musical, the adaptation of Will Ferrell’s cinematic twist on Christmas, will be performed at Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Nov. 29 to Dec. 22).

HILLARY RYAN

Pierce College Earns Spot on National Honor Roll

Cue the Pomp and Circumstance! At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., Pierce College Fort Steilacoom was awarded top honors—the 2019 Aspen Rising Star Award for Community College Excellence. The Rising Star designation is accompanied by a $100,000 cash award.

The national award is in recognition of leadership in several distinct, significant categories: dramatically improving student outcomes, improved student retention and completion, a commitment to equitable outcomes for students, service to military and their families, and a dedicated focus on helping all students overcome obstacles.

“Many of our students are nontraditional,” says Pierce College Chancellor and CEO Michele Johnson, Ph.D. “They’re the first in their families to go to college, and they often face financial and unique challenges. We are committed to helping each and every one of our students reach the finish line and receive an education that can change the trajectory of their lives.”

Johnson notes that the college’s completion and transfer rate is nearly 20 points above the national average. “This award represents hard work that’s being done every day across Pierce College to help students reach their goals.”

Pierce College serves 16,000 students annually on two campuses, at Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood and in Puyallup. The college also operates a teaching center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Evening college courses are also offered at Graham-Kapowsin and Spanaway Lake high schools in partnership with the Bethel School District.

“Our progress in improving student outcomes would not have been possible without the incredible work from everyone at our college and from our board of trustees,” said Deidre Soileau, interim president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. “Our employees have been willing to ask hard questions, use data to inform change, and to create new possibilities for students.”

“At every turn, Pierce College identifies and lifts barriers that stand in students’ way,” said Joshua Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “By enacting comprehensive reforms—and measuring impact every step of the way—Pierce has improved student success at a remarkable rate.”

EMILY HAPPY

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Pierce College

pierce.ctc.edu

Corks & Crush

Dr Vinay & Krystal Malhotra, Bill Robertson, Dr Needham Ward, Monica Hurley, Chris Bredeson

Good Samaritan Foundation hosted its swanky Corks & Crush fundraising gala at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. More than 440 community members attended the annual VIP event and enjoyed a gourmet dinner catered by X Group Catering and took part in wine tasting from 18 wineries.

Princess Lindsy, Lynn Dennis, Kim Swieringa

The event raised a record-breaking $1,030,000 to support MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in caring for patients with cardiac and vascular needs, closer to their families and support systems, when time is especially precious. The funding goes to a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room at Good Samaritan.

Dr. Needham & Diane Ward, Karyn & Jake Sterino

A hybrid OR is twice the size of a standard operating room allowing for all necessary equipment and medical teams to work with patients in the same space at the same time. This OR allows for less invasive surgeries, less radiation exposure for patients and providers, shorter recovery times, and more lives saved.

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

Sources:

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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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

253.435.8100

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