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Archives: June 2011


Happenings around the Sound in the next 7 days


Puyallup Meeker Days is no small-time festival. Billed as the largest street fair in Pierce County, it has four live entertainment stages, two food courts, almost 200 craft, commercial and nonprofit vendors, as well as antique-tractor displays, classic car shows and inflatable rides. It will take over downtown Puyallup this weekend from noon-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Go to


See some of the Northwest’s best impersonators at the annual Until the Fat Lady Sings … Again benefit show for the AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma at 7:30

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Arts and comedy in Downtown Tacoma tonight


Tacoma ArtWalk free admission to museums, galleries open late, 5-8 p.m. tonight, Downtown Tacoma. Free.

Awards ceremony and celebration in honor of the sixth annual “In the Spirit: Northwest native Arts Exhibition.” Native artists provide “artist talks,” inviting guests to dig deeper into the meaning of the artworks while getting their first look, 6 p.m. tonight, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Free. (888) 238-4373,

Also part of ArtWalk, Community Cinema Tacoma – Two Spirits film screening, 6 p.m. tonight, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Free. (888) 238-4373,


Book Launch:

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Free outdoor concerts all summer long in Kent

Local favorites Vicci Martinez and Leroy Bell are just two of the performers at this summer’s free concert series in Kent. The Summer Concert Series will range from Latin jazz and folk tunes to bluesy rock and juggling with 17 events at three outdoor locations.

Tuesday noon concerts and Thursday evening concerts will be for adults while kid events (including Recess Monkey and Caspar Babypants) are held Wednesdays at noon.

In addition to music outdoor movies will be shown at Town Square Plaza.

Click on “more” for the full schedule or view online at To request a brochure, call 253-856-5050 or e-mail

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Tonight’s happenings

Take advantage of some free computer classes:
Computer Class – Word 2007 for Beginners II 5:30-6:30 p.m. tonight, Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E, Fife. Free,
Computer Class – Job Search Resources 5:30-7 p.m. tonight, University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., University Place. Free,
Learn all about cheeses:
Cheese Class with Julia for Father’s Day find the perfect cheese for your pop or, better yet, bring your dad and let him pick, We’ll be talking about six different cheeses ranging from fresh through blue and learning what snacks and drinks

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Comic Brian Regan coming to the Pantages Aug. 26

Comedian Brian Regan will perform at Tacoma’s Pantages Theater on Aug. 26.

The hard working performer is constantly on the road and will bring his tour to Tacoma for a 7:30 p.m. show

Tickets are $45 and go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. at,, at the Broadway Center box office or charge by phone at 253-591-5894.


New Frontier show benefits victims of local tragedy

Local musician Sean Lund contacted me the other day to tell me about a benefit that his band, The Lund Brothers, is having for the two young victims of a local tragedy.

Lund’s longtime friend, Amy Erwin, was killed in a homicide-suicide in May. Lund’s band will play a benefit show for her two children on Friday at the New Frontier Lounge in Tacoma. Erwin worked at Victor Falls Elementary School as a teacher.

Lund said Erwin was known for breaking into song and the benefit will reflect her personality. “The spirit of this show will be like that of

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