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Bon Odori, chalk art with TAM, outdoor movies, pro rodeo and more events this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Aug. 4, 2012 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
August 3, 2012 2:16 pm

Courtesy photo Last year's Bon Odori festival brought Japanese folk dances, traditional attire and an assortment of food to Tacoma Buddhist Temple.

Summer is in full swing with all kinds of community events; here are a few happening this weekend:

Tacoma Bon Odori–
The annual summer favorite features Japanese dance, drumming and food in the street. Scores of dancers – most clad in colorful kimonos, yukatas and happi coats – will perform Japanese folk dances. Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s Fuji Taiko and Seattle Buddhist Temple’s Matsuri Taiko will perform on taiko drums. Concessions will include a beer garden, teriyaki chicken bowl, chili rice bowl, cold somen noodles, spam rice cake, shave ice and more. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 4, Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. Free. 253-535-3705,

Free Summer Community Festival: Best of the Northwest– Enjoy an array of art experiences in different media. At 3 pm, join us across the street in Tollefson Plaza to compete in a chalk art challenge against local chalk artists. Cast your vote for the deserving winner of the Iron Artist Chalk Competition, or challenge a friend to a 15-minute Quick-Draw Chalk-Off! Festivities will continue in Tollefson Plaza after the museum closes at 5 pm. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Museum admission and activities free all day,

University Place Festival– enjoy the entertainment, food and vendor booths, participate in activities and play sports! Click! Cable TV is sponsoring a showing of the Disney Pixar movie “Up!” at dusk. 10 a.m. Aug. 4, Cirque Bridgeport Park, 7250 Cirque Drive W., University Place.

CinemaGig Outdoors Movie Night– “Disney’s Earth.” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, Skansie Brother’s Park, Jerisich Dock, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor,

Family Nature Walks: Titlow Park– 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 4, Titlow Park, 8425 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Free. 253-591-6439,

ArtRageous – Artists in Action Fair– a free fine-arts experience in an outdoor festival setting and provides a wide breadth of art mediums that allow the public (especially adults) to have hands-on learning experiences alongside professional artists. The event also features an art market, entertainment, and food. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 4, Main Street in downtown Auburn, 25 W. Main St., Auburn. Free. 253-931-3043,

15th Annual PSKC Young Koi Show–
Participants travel from Eastern Washington and Oregon as well as throughout the local area to show AKCA Judges from across the US their extradinary and beautiful koi in hopes of being selected best in show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4-5, Hoshi Koi, 5002 44th St. E., Tacoma. Free. 253-370-1989,

Enumclaw Pro Rodeo–the final two days of hard-riding cowboys in the arena. Saturday is Armed Forces Night, Sunday is Family Day, the gates open at 6 p.m., rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 4-5, Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw. $10. 425-677-4064,

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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