Help support the fundraising effort organized by law enforcement agencies throughout the state at the Special Oympics Polar Plunge at 9 a.m. today. You can join the plunge or just come and watch, donations will be accepted. It’s all happening at Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Raise $50 or more and receive a t-shirt and earn prizes. Call 206-362-4949 for more information.
If you’re a fan of Japanese animation, then you’ll want to check out the free Chibi Chibi Con festival, now in its 13th year, held on the campus of The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia. There will be anime, cosplay, and more, go to chibichibicon.net for all the details.
Enjoy art, dancing to music by Touché, literary readings, performances by the ballet, screenings of short films and artist installations at the Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree on Saturday hosted by Tacoma City Ballet. Don your mask and head to the Merlino Arts Center, Jan Collum Ballroom, 508 S. Sixth Ave., Tacoma. The 21-and-older soiree kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 253-272-4219.
Join aviation enthusiasts at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show to check out what’s new in the industry. The event brings pilots, mechanics, aircraft owners and their families together for two days of seminars, presentations and more than 300 exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Admission is $5 for adults; ages 17 and younger get in free; parking is free. Call 866-922-7469.
Learn how and where to get gold and gems locally, cash in your unwanted jewelry, buy, sell and trade gold silver and gems at the annual Gold, Gem and Mineral Show today and Sunday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, admission if $5, 13 and younger get in free. For more
information go to washingtonprospectors.org.
Check out the Seattle Home Spring Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. The show is billed as the Northwest’s largest consumer home show with everything for the home – indoors and out. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with admission of $3-$12. Parking is available at CenturyLink Field Event Center Parking Garage, CenturyLink Field North Lot and Safeco Field Garage. Vehicles with four or more occupants can take advantage of “Four or More Park Free” in designated parking areas. Receive free parking when purchasing your tickets online; seattlehomeshow.com.
Come out for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s Shotakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at a 2:30 p.m. concert. It will feature guest conductor Sarah Ioannides, a candidate for the position of music director. The performance will also feature Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, as well as a rarely-performed piece featuring the double bass. Tickets are $24-$62 and you can get yours by phone or online; 800-291-7593, tacomasymphony.org.
Maybe you aren’t a Hollywood star but you can still enjoy the glamour of the 2013 Academy Awards at the local Academy Awards Party and Fundraiser starting at 4 p.m. today. Get “red carpet” decked out and enjoy dinner, drinks and the award show all on the big screen or just come for the show. Tickets are $70-$80 for the full dinner experience or $30-$35 for the award show. It’s all happening at Theatre On The Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma and helps support The Grand Cinema. Call 253-591-4474 for all the details.
Touring the country under the sponsorship of Childcare Worldwide, the Ugandan Orphans Choir will present a program of traditional song, dance and story in Olympia at 5 p.m. Sunday. The children, ages 8 through 12, tour to raise awareness and seek support for children in orphanages and schools in nine developing countries. They will perform at The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. SE. Donations are requested at the door.
For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar