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Snow shoe walks, burlesque, steel drums and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Dec. 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm with No Comments »
December 23, 2011 3:47 pm
A park guide leads snowshoe walk for novices near Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. February 7, 2010 Peter Haley / Staff photographer

Looking for a winter outing for the family? Join the Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks at Mount Rainier National Park, where you can learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions. Walks are at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. daily except Christmas Day, and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; groups are limited to 25 people, and participating children must be at least 8 years old. The walk covers approximately 1.5 miles in 2 hours. Sign-up an hour before walk times at the Jackson Visitor Center information desk; all hikers must be present at sign-up. Admission to the park is $15 per vehicle; the walk is a $4 donation.

Learn about the amazing history and culture of the steel drum and gain a new appreciation for resourcefulness and re-purposing at Recycalypso with Ian Dobson’s Pan Leggo Steel Drums. This free community event is a concert and a workshop combined where kids of all ages can explore creative ways to turn items that they think of as garbage into musical instruments. It’s all happening at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tacoma’s own Gritty City Sirens will bring a little heat to the holiday season when they perform the classic burlesque show “Tikis and Tannenbaum-Shells” tonight at Grit City Comedy Club, 445 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Tickets are $11.72-$13.72 for the 8 p.m. show. Call 253-961-4262.

Today–Jan 1
It’snot too late to take in some of the biggest and brightest holiday lights displays in the region.Zoolights and Fantasy Lights are blazing through Jan. 1. Each display features thousands of lights, moving displays and plenty to “ooh and aah” about. Walk through Zoolights between 5-9 p.m. daily at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5600 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. (Closed Saturday for Christmas Eve.) Admission is $7-$8.25. Or drive a carload of relatives through Fantasy Lights between 5:30-9 p.m. daily at Spanaway Park, 152nd Street and Pacific Highway. Admission is $13 per vehicle.

Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Music” is both serious and swinging, a reverent and hip body of jazz composition, written late in his career for jazz big band, vocal and instrumental soloists, gospel choir, and tap dancers. You can see it performed by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, guest vocalists Everett Greene and Nichol Eskridge, the Northwest Chamber Chorus, and special guest tap-dancer Alex Dugdale at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $15-$34. Call 206-547-6763 for more information.

You may more readily recognize ;Woody Allen; for his movies, but his musical side is being highlighted when the clarinetist brings his New Orleans Jazz Band to the Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle. The band’s sound is firmly rooted in the music that Allen has loved since his childhood, legendary artists such as Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $45.75-$85.75 and available by phone at 877-784-4849 or online at

Breaking into the music world as lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, Aaron Lewis has since made a left-turn into country music, releasing a debut solo album, “Town Line”; this year. He’s putting on a 7 p.m. concert Thursday at the Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $40-$105 and available through Ticketmaster.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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