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Living History Day, Chihuly appearance, Buffalo Soldiers, a powwow, Olympic gymnastics and more happenings this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Sep. 22, 2012 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
September 23, 2012 12:17 pm
Connor Levin, age 7, Jacob, age 4, and Maclean, age 2, siblings from Gig Harbor check out the rifle of 4th Infantry corporal Josh Van Vleet of Renton during the second annual Historic Fort Steilacoom Living History Immersion Event. (Lui Kit Wong/The News Tribune)

It’s a wide variety of events to choose from this weekend, here are some you might want to check out:


At the Living History Day, Fort Steilacoom will come alive as reenactors live and work as soldiers, officers, their wives, children and friends. Learn how the early settlers lived. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Historic Fort Steilacoom is located at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Saturday’s event is free. 253-582-5838,

Chihuly in the Hot Shop celebration of the 10th anniversary, special one-day appearance, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23, Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma. 253-284-4750.

Buffalo Soldiers Explore their history, service and contributions with members of the local Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1 p.m. Sept. 22, Orting Pierce County Library, 202 Washington Ave. S., Orting. Free,

Minter Creek Water Quality Event learn hat local professionals know about water quality in the watershed, what affects water quality in your area, how you can maintain and improve water quality and more, 1-5:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Minter Creek Elementary School, 12617 118th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor. Free. 360-337-7157.

Spotlight Players bring to life Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow” on stage at the Meridian Habitat Park Community Center, 14422 Meridian E, Puyallup. Showtimes are 7 Saturday plus Sept. 28 and 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Tickets are $12 to $15. 253-251-1930,

Immerse yourself in native culture at the Annual Cowlitz Pow Wow featuring drumming, dancing, vendors, raffles, free salmon dinner and more. It’s from noon tp 10 p.m. Saturday at Toledo High School, 1242 State Route 505, Toledo. Free admission, donations accepted for dinner.

Continue the high of the London Olympics when the Kellogg’s Tour Of Gymnastics Champions comes to KeyArena, 305 Harrison St. Seattle. The performance is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25-$65 and available through Ticketmaster.

Local theater is back in the mix. Check out “Sherlock’s Last Case,” Lakewood Playhouse’s newest production running through Oct. 14. Sunday’s showtimes is 2 p.m. Additional performances are 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse is located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Tickets are $21-$24.

Saturday and Sunday
Fall Free For All community arts festival that offers more than 50 music, dance, drama, film, and children’s events and activities. noon-11 p.m. Sept. 22, 1-9 p.m. Sept. 23, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Free. 253-591-5894,

Make it a weekend to explore our local museums. Here are some open this weekend:
Children’s Museum of Tacoma New location with interactive exhibits, play programs, weekly education events and more. Members received discounts, special admission hours and free parking. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, third Thursdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Pay-as-you-will admission. 253-627-6031,

Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage Museum Exhibits: Jerry Meeker exhibit, Puyallup Native American, who was instrumental in the history of Browns Point and Dash Point; restored 1903 classic keepers’ cottage, furnished with antiques; history museum with hands-on displays, boathouse maritime exhibit with Coast Guard surf boat, antique tools, original fog bell. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Browns Point Lighthouse Park, 201 Tulalip St. N.E., Tacoma. Free. 253-927-2536,

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Explore a 19th-century fort, learn about the Hudson’s Bay era. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 3; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Sept.30. $6; $5 seniors, military and students; $4 ages 4-17; free for ages 3 and younger, except when noted. 253-591-5339,

Harbor History Museum Ongoing: Featuring interactive exhibits on the maritime history of the area and a restored Norwegian rowboat. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. $4-$6. 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-858-6722, ­

LeMay-America’s Car Museum Featuring a nine-acre campus with a four-story museum as the centerpiece, designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture, will house up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the LeMay collection. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Memorial Day, Admission: $14 adult, $12 senior (age 65)/student/military, $8 age 5-12, child (younger than 5) free.

LeMay Family Collection at Marymount Open year-round for guided tours. The collection showcases more than 500 vintage vehicles in several buildings, primarily American-made cars, trucks, buses, fire engines, motorcycles and more. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. LeMay Family Collection, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. $5-$15.

Museum of Glass “Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra” through Jan. 6; “Made at the Museum: The Visiting Artist Collection,” a rotating selection of finished vessels and sculptures created by visiting artists during their residencies in the museum’s hot shop. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays through Memorial Day, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. $5-$12. 866-468-7386.

Tacoma Art Museum “The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry” through Sept. 23; “Marie Watt: Lodge” through Oct. 7; “Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection” through March 2013. Ongoing: “Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist.” Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. $8-$10, free 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 253-272-4258.

Washington State History Museum Exhibits: “Mason and the Mummy” through June 2013, “Click Classic Photographs from Washington” “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression” through Nov. 4. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Sundays through Sept. 2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays Sept. 5 through Memorial Day. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. $6 students and military, $7 seniors, $8 adults. 888-238-4373,

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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