Get all the information on what’s new, trade tricks, ideas and classes at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo this weekend. With more than 100 seminars daily, hands-on workshops, a variety of style shows, and 400 plus booths exhibiting the latest fabrics, tools, and supplies there will be something for every sewing enthusiast. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Admission is $10-$15 at the door.
Head out to the Greater Tacoma Convention Trade Center to discover services, products, companies and agencies that address sustainability needs in our community at the South Sound Sustainability Expo. Learn about transportation alternatives, green construction, energy conservation, waste minimization and recycling, alternative energy sources, global climate change initiatives and how to be economically efficient. It runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Admission is free. Go to southsoundsustainabilityexpo.org for more details.
With something old and something new, the Tacoma Concert Band will perform “Shades of Blue” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. The evening features jazz, pop and guest soloist Melanie Vail, the winner of the 2013 Tacoma Concert Band Student Soloist Competition. Tickets are $16-$34. Call 253-591-5894 or go to broadwaycenter.org.
Discover what lives and thrives in our local waters at two nature events tonight
The Pier Peer around Tacoma will be at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive. Join experts from 7:30 to 9 tonight. It’s $8 per person, 253-591-6439.
Join naturalists in Olympia for the Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina, 312 73rd Ave. NE. They will be meeting at 8 p.m. tonight, it’s $10 per adult, 360-754-7371.
Join local food lovers for a traditionally prepared Japanese meal at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple Sukiyaki Dinner. The one-pot meal of beef, noodles, tofu and veggies is a generational favorite. The menu will include chicken teriyaki, teriyaki beef kabobs, veggie kabobs, mochi cupcakes and mochi ice cream. It’s from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. Admission is free; menu items are $1-$12.
Discover the exacting, detailed world of miniatures at the Seattle Dollhouse and Miniature Show at Seattle Center. It’s not a kid’s toy, but painstaking works of detailed re-creations. Displays have been worked on for up to several years. Check out vendors, exhibitors and learn about miniatures at the show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday in the Northwest Rooms at Seattle Center. Admission is $15 at the door or $13 for tickets purchased at Safeway. Go to nwminiatureshow.com.
Come and learn all about the brass family and enjoy a pirate and sea-themed musical adventure as the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet performs at a 2:30 p.m. concert today. It is at University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall, North 14th Street and Union Avenue, Tacoma. Tickets are $5 children, $7 adults.
Discover the talents of young musicians of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association as they perform “Arabian Nights” at a 3 p.m. concert today. The youth symphony has grown to an internationally recognized youth orchestra organization comprised of more than 500 students from all over Western Washington. The concert is at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. For more information call 253-627-2792.
Join in supporting the IPC/Habitat for Humanity International Guatemala Build at a special Blues Vespers Concert tonight. Grammy-nominated for Best Blues Album 2013, Bill Sims Jr. with the Mark Riley Trio will perform at 5 p.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., Tacoma. Donations will be accepted.
For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar