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Rescue a dog, see decorated homes, flowers in the Conservatory and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Dec. 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm with No Comments »
December 9, 2011 4:46 pm

Kira McGregor, 5, of Olympia, waits with her pound rescue dog, "Titan"

If you’ve been considering bringing a new dog into the family, you’ll want to check out the Canine Christmas Extravaganza Adoption Event on Sunday. Hosted by Pawsitive Alliance, there will be about 20 rescue organizations from around the state with dogs and puppies just waiting for a new forever home from noon-3 p.m. at Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, 7339 26th St. E., Fife. Animals will be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and temperament-tested. Adoption fees are $150-$250 depending on the rescue group. Entrance is free, but a donation of pet food or toys is appreciated. Learn more at

Get an inside look at beautiful, decorated Gig Harbor area homes at the HarborFest Holiday Tour of Homes from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Altrusa Foundation and will start at the Boys & Girls Club, 8502 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor. Visitors will get a map of homes for the self-guided tour. Tickets are $25 and support the foundations charitable projects. Call 253-858-7699 or go to ­

It’s a story about rural women planting trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment that grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy. This work brought Wangari Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Tacoma Community Cinema brings you her story with the documentary “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” Thursday at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. The free movie begins at 6 p.m. Call 253-272-9747.

Today–Dec. 31
Enjoy a treat of fragrant paper whites, exotic amaryllis and more at the Poinsettia Show at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory, 316 S. G St., Tacoma. The historic glass conservatory features a distinctive twelve-sided central dome with 3,000 panes of glass. It’s a great getaway without leaving the city. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Dec. 31. Suggested donation is $5.

Today–Dec. 31
You might have thought reindeer were only in holiday lore, but you can see the real thing at the Reindeer Festival. Meet Santa’s teams, sit in his sleigh, enjoy elf storytime, wander through the magic forest and feed treats to Santa’s animals at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today through Dec. 23 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 26-31. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 children. For directions and more details, go to

With a good-size swing band, you’ll hear traditional holiday fare and hilarious fun when the Seattle Men’s Chorus performs “Cool Yule: The Big Band Theory” at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. The popular event sells out quickly. Tickets are $42 and $56. Call 253-591-5894 or 800-291-7593, or go to

At age 5, Tori Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University having already composed instrumental pieces on piano. She was expelled at age 11 for – in her own words – insisting on playing by ear and because of her interest in popular rock music. She has since sold 12 million albums worldwide and has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. She’ll perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $49. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

Folk artists will give it their all at the Seattle Folk Festival this weekend. See groups such as Anna & Elizabeth, The Canote Brothers, Northern Departure, Laura Love & Orville Johnson and Pharis & Jason Romero. The events kicks off from 7-11 tonight at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle ($10-$15). On Saturday, the event runs from noon-6 p.m. at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle ($15-$20). From noon-7 p.m. Sunday, head down to Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, when the Public Room turns into a continuous jam-session headquarters. Performers and audience members will join in, so bring your instruments ($15-$20). A full weekend pass is $40. For a complete lineup and schedule, go to

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