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Archives: Sep. 2011


Today at the fair: Half-off rides, military appreciation day

A couple good reasons to head to the Puyallup today: It’s Monday Madness, with 50 percent off rides, games and select food. And it’s Military Appreciation Day, with free admission for active, retired and reserve military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans with a valid military ID.


Dennis Lee & Band, 12:30, 2:45, 5 p.m., Fountain Plaza Stage

Floral Demonstrations, 1 p.m., Floral Building

Big Aerial Show, 2, 4, 6 p.m., Blue Gate Plaza

Draft Horse Driving Demonstrations, 2, 3:30 p.m., W.H. Paulhamus Arena

Police K-9 Demonstrations, 6:30 p.m. Loading Area

Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship,

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This weekend at the fair: Rodeo, kids free, 9-11 tribute

The first weekend of the Puyallup Fair looks to be a sunny one. If that’s not enough reason to go, it’s BECU Kids’ Free Weekend. Coupons available here.

Here’s some of what’s going on Saturday and Sunday.


Mutton Bustin’, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 p.m. Green Gate Area

Giant Pumpkin Carving, 11 a.m., Pavilion Overhang

Kids Fishing, noon, NW Outdoors Go Play Outside

Puyallup Rodeo, 1, 6:30 p.m., Grandstand

MBS Mountainboards Big Air Show, 3, 5 p.m. Blue Gate Plaza

Ricochet Concert, 9 p.m. Grandstand


Let’s Pretend Farm Time, noon, 2, 4, 6, 7:30

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Today’s fair schedule: Parade and cattle drive kicks off the Puyallup this morning

The traditional Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive marks the start of the Puyallup Fair in downtown Puyallup this morning, starting at 9:50 a.m. Meridian Street will be closed from West Main Street to Seventh Avenue from 9:50-10:50 a.m. due to activity along the parade route.

Highlights from today’s schedule:

Billy and the Hillbillies, live music, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Showplace Stage

Danny Vernon Illusion of Elvis, 1, 3:30, 8:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Stage

Puyallup Rodeo, 1, 6:30 p.m., Grandstand

Kids Tractor Pull, 1, 2:30, 4, 6 p.m. Green Gate Area

Joe Nichols Concert, 9 p.m. Grandstand


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Things to do for the next 7 days

The Blues for Food Fest mixes organic gardening, community gardens and food banks with classic blues to provide an alternative to the big holiday music festivals. The festival will feature bands such as the Randy Oxford Band, Junkyard Jane and Kim Archer. Proceeds benefit the P-Patch Trust, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent hunger by promoting community gardening in Seattle and supporting programs that distribute food to those in need and help people grow their own food. Hours are noon-9 p.m. at Magnuson Park, 6344 N.E. 74th St., Seattle. Tickets are $10-$20 at For more information,

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Chihuly – the man – in Tacoma September 18

He may have grown up in Tacoma but Dale Chihuly doesn’t make many public appearance in his hometown. But you can get a chance to meet the man and hear him speak on how Tacoma and the Northwest influenced his art and career on September 18.

Chihuly will speak at 3 p.m. in Philip Hall at The University of Washington Tacoma when the Tacoma Art Museum brings the glass super-artist to town. The event will be followed by a book signing at TAM.

Advance registration is required. General admission is $20, $15 for TAM members and $10 for students. For

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Things to do tonight


Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Comedy Show 8 p.m. tonight, Varsity Grill, 1114 Broadway, Tacoma. $10-$20,
Open Mic Night 8:30 p.m. tonight, Comedy Underground – Tacoma, 100 S. Ninth St., Tacoma.

Book Events

Fireside Bookstore Book Group join in a discussion of “The Widow Clicquot” by Tilar Mazzeo, 7 p.m. tonight, Fireside Bookstore, 116 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.
Zine Reading: Joshua James and Alexis Wolf, celebrate the release of new zines from two local writers 7 p.m. tonight, Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia. free. 360-352-0123,

Music Nightlife

Phil Slater playing oldies favorites, 6-9 p.m.

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