Pierce County Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Pierce County including Tacoma, Puyallup, , Lakewood and beyond.

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Exceptional Families Network Parent Workshop @ Children's Museum of Tacoma
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Returning October, Second Thursdays (October 11, November 8, December 13)
Description: The Children’s Museum of Tacoma, together with the Exceptional Families Network’s support group and SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, hosts a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs.
Registration information: Advance registration through SPECIAL Families of Pierce County is required for admission of all children into the museum on workshop nights. Parents will need to complete an online intake form for each child they plan to bring. To request an intake form and register your child, please contact SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at specialfamiliestacoma@gmail.com.
Cost: Pay as you Will

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Holiday Community Health Fair @ Lincoln High School
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us Saturday, December 15, 2018!

Come learn about various community resources and services. Have questions about health insurance? Navigators will be present to answer questions and do Apple Health enrollments. Food, door prizes for kids, gift basket raffles, and childcare will be available.

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The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington @ Harbor History Museum
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Harbor History Museum is lucky enough to host a second Humanities in the Harbor lecture in December as we are joined by writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa.

In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese goods, and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered.

Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes. Most Seattle Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, and when they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs.

How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred? The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 is in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.

Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She also edited two books on pioneer Asian American artists: They Painted from their Hearts and Turning Shadows into Light. Tsutakawa received her master’s degree in communications and her bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. Her graduate thesis is one of the few documents to research pre-war Japanese American newspapers. Tsutakawa also was manager of grants for the Washington State Arts Commission and previously directed King County’s arts and historic preservation programs.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington! Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Admission is FREE, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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ParentMap South Sound Preschool, Camp, & Family Resource Fair @ Charles Wright Academy
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

ParentMap’s Preschool, Camp & Family Resource fairs create vital in-person connections between parents seeking the best preschools, camps and learning resources for their child.

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México Diverso @ The Pantages Theater
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm

Celebrate the diversity in our community as the Northwest’s most celebrated Ballet Folklorico company, Bailadores de Bronce, joins Trío Guadalevín in a celebration of Mexican culture. From the well-known dances and mariachi of Jalisco to the Afro-Mexican traditions of Veracruz and the Zapotec indigenous language of Oaxaca, the night will be packed with brilliant energy, mesmerizing movement, and compositions crisscrossing traditional styles.

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