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Glass conservatory, community holiday fest, historical open house, benefit concert and more happenings today

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Dec. 3, 2011 at 8:00 am |
December 2, 2011 4:50 pm
W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park, Bruce Kellman/The News Tribune

Discover the beauty of the W.W. Seymour Conservatory, 316 S. G St., Tacoma and get in the holiday mood at the Victorian Holiday Celebration. It’s at 10 today. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in Victorian costumes and answer questions, serve refreshments and take donations of socks, mittens and/or cash for the Tacoma Rescue Mission Family Shelter.

Celebrate and get in the holiday spirit at the The Proctor District Holiday Festthat includes a free pancake breakfast and free showing of “Santa Claus 2.” Admission requests are canned food or cash donations to NW FISH Food Bank. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the Blue Mouse Theater, 2611 N. Proctor St., Tacoma. 253-761-8888,,

Learn about the diversity, distribution, care and selection of orchids with master gardener Fred Shelton at the free talk “Orchids are Everywhere Except Antartica.” 10 a.m. today at Sehmel Homestead Park Pavillion, 10123-78th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor.

Learn “How to Bring a New Puppy Home for the Holidays,” presented by Deborah Rosen, puppy expert from Good Citizen Dog. Noon today at the Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave. E., Fife. Free. 253-905-3685,

Discover the Prairie House Museum at the free Spanaway Historical Society Christmas Open House today. The 1890 farm house is all decked out with the tree trimmed and all the lamps lit. There are new displays to be seen and lots of cookies to eat. The museum is at 812 176th St. S. in Spanaway.

Enjoy some great local music and help out a good cause at the Friends of the Holidays Benefit concert A 100 percent volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meal support for low-income families during the holiday season, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, The Swiss Tavern, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma.

Auburn’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Main Street in Downtown Auburn, 25 W. Main St., Auburn. Free. 253-931-3043,

Kent Christmas Tree lighting sponsored by the Kent Lions, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Kent Town Square Plaza, Downtown Historical Kent, Free.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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