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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summer Camps & Kid-Friendly Activities

DAY & OVERNIGHT CAMPS 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 […]

“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 […]

McMenamins Elks Temple to Start Making Magic in Tacoma

Tacoma had been holding its collective breath in anticipation. The long-awaited McMenamins Elks Temple finally opened for business in April. It is the only McMenamins hotel property in the South Sound. Yes, it’s a 45-guest-room hotel, but so much more is at the heart of the enchanting experience you’re sure to have. The 700-personcapacity Spanish […]

Summer “Wow” At Lakewood’s SummerFEST

Glowing hot air balloons. 30 food trucks. Beer garden. Live music. Classic cars. International Festival. Aerial motocross. Circus acts. Local vendors. Art. Pony rides. Triathalon. Pop-up skate park. Seahawks Beast Bus. There really is something to “wow” the whole family at Lakewood’s SummerFEST. For 22 years, SummerFEST has entertained and engaged community in Lakewood. On […]

Community Center Brings Tacoma’s Eastside Together

A new addition to Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood has been stirring up a lot of excitement. On Oct. 20, Metro Parks Tacoma welcomed the community to the newly constructed Eastside Community Center. Within the first month, more than 2,200 people became pass holders to access the 55,000-square-foot facility. The center includes a multiuse gymnasium, sound recording […]

A Day of Pampering at Point Ruston

Situated on the picturesque Commencement Bay waterfront, Point Ruston is the perfect place for a day of pampering for your mom, your girlfriends or just yourself. Whether you have a special day to celebrate or just need a day to kick back and relax, you’ll find everything you could need nestled together in this growing […]

Savings Made Simple: WA College Savings

In today’s world, where the price of a bachelor’s degree can rival that of a single-family home, having a 529 college savings plan can offer young parents peace of mind. It’s easy to enroll, either on your own or through a financial adviser, and once you’re signed up you can set up automatic contributions to […]

Tacoma Art Museum’s New Wing is in Full Bloom this Spring

If you listen carefully you can almost hear the flowers opening on the life-size glass trees by Debora Moore that recently debuted at the Tacoma Art Museum. Commissioned last January for the opening of the new Benaroya Wing, these majestic art pieces are a fitting representation of the museum’s new and bold expansion embracing the […]

Ladies’ Night Out – Providence Christmas Forest

The Christmas in the Forest Gala Dinner and Auction drew 300 attendees. Guests enjoyed the auctioneer John Curley, who is the co-host of the Tom and Curley Show on KIRO radio and former host of KING 5’s Evening Magazine. More than $280,000 was raised during the Funda-Need portion of the gala, benefiting Providence hospice services. […]

St. Martin’s University Gala International: Hawai`i and Pacific Islands

More than 600 alumni and friends attended the St. Martin’s Gala featuring chef Roy Yamaguchi, known throughout the world for his beautiful restaurants. Throughout the evening, chef Roy offered culinary demonstrations of the five-course gourmet dinner at the stage kitchen. The menu included hamachi crudo with yuzu kosho aioli and white balsamic prawn burrata crostini; […]

50 Years of BMW Northwest

From a young age, Manfred Scharmach learned about work ethic and building a business from his father, Werner. “I started out playing around the repair shop on Saturdays,” recalled Scharmach. “As I got older, he put me to work with a broom and later washing cars.” The elder Scharmach, who was reported to be the […]

A Half-Century of High-Performance

For almost 50 years, Desco Audio and Video has been a one-stop shop for high-performance audio and video. Based in Olympia and serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor and surrounding areas, DescoAV provides custom home entertainment and smart home solutions. DescoAV is a second-generation family-owned business. In 1969, two friends, Dick Scott and Gene DeRousie, discovered a […]

Exposing Children to Arts With a Matinee

What began as bringing kids to matinee performances at Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center turned into a program dedicated to children engaging in art, called Arts 4 Youth. “School-day matinées for students are quite common in performing arts centers,” says Kate Dorr, arts education coordinator for PAEC. “So it was a natural fit. […]

Doing Business with a Philanthropic Heart

Philanthropy isn’t as simple as monetary donations. At the core of philanthropic acts is a desire to improve the human condition—to make the world a better place. In Thurston and Mason counties, you need look no further than Olympia Federal Savings to find a local business with a philanthropic heart. Oly Fed, as the financial […]

HOC’s, Summer Splash!

Summer Splash guests mixed and mingled throughout the night at the Hands On Children’s Museum. They enjoyed signature cocktails and gourmet bites while bidding on exceptional silent auction packages. They played like a kid again inside the museum, silk-screening koozies and T-shirts, tasting liquid nitrogen ice cream, and capturing memories in the photo booth. And […]

The Center Stage Awards & Gala

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts had a record 232 guests for its third annual Center Stage Awards & Gala. Guests enjoyed a staged street-side cocktail hour with live music in anticipation of the big reveal inside the Main Stage. One of the many highlights of the evening were the awards for Excellence in […]

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