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Orting pumpkin fest, photo walk, ciderfest, reptiles and exotic pets, music and more this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Oct. 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm with No Comments »
October 12, 2012 2:58 pm

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Enjoy a good old-fashioned harvest festival at the Orting Pumpkin Fest on Saturday. There will be food and beverage booths with pumpkin specialties, live entertainment for all ages on two stages, a rod and custom car show, salmon barbecue, games and amusements for kids from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Orting City Park, 110 Train St. Go to

If you happen to be out and about in downtown Tacoma, Gig Harbor’s waterfront or Olympia’s downtown Saturday, you might notice groups of photographers snapping photos. Don’t worry, it’s not the paparazzi, and probably no celebrities. It’s the Worldwide Photo Walk where thousands of photographers around the world converge in local cities to socialize, take photos and share experiences. In its fifth year, the event is sponsored by Scott Kelby to promote unity and shared experiences with photographers around the globe. Some photos will be submitted to be shared online within a few weeks after the event. Go to

Though known for their ballads such as “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady,” the Commodores mainly recorded funky, driven dance-floor hits that include “Brick House,” “The Bump” and “Fancy Dancer.” The group has continued to perform around the county, and will play at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $30-$70 through Ticketmaster.

It’s all about apple cider – both fresh and hard – along with harvest festival traditions at Vashon’s CiderFest on Saturday. The Vashon Island Fruit Club will demonstrate cider pressing and have an apple crisp sale. The Northwest Cider Society will have a hard cider tasting. And plenty of activities will keep kids busy. An old-fashioned Barn Dance completes the day. The fun begins at 10 a.m. at 17141 Vashon Highway SW. Admission is free. for more details, go to

Check out scaly, cold-blooded and unusual pets this weekend at the Seattle Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth St. S.E., Puyllup. Information and vendor booths will be set up. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for a one-day pass or $12 for two days. Ages 10 and younger get in free. Call 425-861-7964.

Musical percussion isn’t just about the kettle drums, cymbals and triangles of an orchestra; the Broadway show “Stomp” is out to show you how. The high-energy, foot tapping, floor-rumbling performance features talented artists using every household item that can make a rhythm. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $25-$76 at They also will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Comcast Arena Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Tickets are $29.50-$49.50 at

Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Dylan has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. His recording career is impressive, but what has been considered his greatest contribution is his songwriting. He perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle Center. Mark Knopfler will join him in concert. Tickets are $47-$86.50 through Ticketmaster.

Today–Nov. 17
Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, “Wicked” is one of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters. It’s back at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. It runs through Nov. 17. The story of two girls who meet in the land of Oz long before that girl from Kansas arrives, makes for a complete and satisfying story set to music. Tickets are $40-$105. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

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