Take a moment to recognize Memorial Day at the Arlington Northwest Memorial on display at Cummings Park, 2201 Ruston Way, Tacoma. The collection of symbolic grave markers will be hosted by Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 of Tacoma. It will also include recognition of civilian deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as suicides of American servicemen. Admission is free to the public from dawn to dusk. Sponsors of the display created it as a nonpolitical display intended to inspire consideration on who pays and who profits from wars.
Learn how to reap a harvest without a vegetable garden when Marianne Binetti presents Ornamental Edibles & Crops in Pots workshop. It teaches how to use berries, fruits and veggies as part of a landscape and incorporate herbs in with your flowers. Also create tomatoes and veggies with flowers as well. The class is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Windmill Gardens, 5816 162nd Ave. E., Sumner and it is $5. Go to windmillgarden.com/events for more information.
Join a “treasure hunt” at the Gig Harbor Street Scramble starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. The hunt directs participants to 30 locations on a map. Find as many checkpoints as you can or please before time runs out. After the hunt, enjoy refreshments, music, interactive booths and awards. Registration is recommended with the first 200 registrants getting free T-shirts and it’s free. Go online to ymcapkc.org/tom-taylor-family-ymca/street-scramble for the details.
Hyrdoplanes have a rich history in the Puget Sound region and you can join in at Hydro Fever Open House from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, 5917 S. 196th St., Kent, is open where you can tour the gallery featuring such vintage unlimited hydroplanes as Slo-Mo-Shun V, Miss Bardahl, Miss Wahoo, Atlas Van lines, Oh Boy! Oberto, Hurricane IV and Miss Budweiser. Casper model hydro races for the kids takes place all day and admission is free. Call 206-764-9453 for more information.
Make a day trip to Vashon Island for the annual Kite Day at Point Robinson Lighthouse Park. Bring your kites, take tours of lighthouse by Capt. Joe and enjoy music by Geordie’s Byre. Bring the family, have a picnic and fly those kites. As many as 200 kite flyers have been to the event in the past. It’s 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the park, 3705 SW Point Robinson Road and it’s free. Go online to vahsonparkdistrict.org for the details.
Enjoy the talents of local and regional jazz and blues artists at the annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival starting at noon Sunday. Daytime venues, noon-6 p.m., are the blues stage at Harmon Brewery & Restaurant, 1937 Pacific Ave.; the big-band stage at The Swiss Pub & Restaurant, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., and both venues are free. The evening stage/main event is Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Orchestra with legendary jazz trumpeter Mike Vax from 8 p.m.-midnight at Stonegate Pizza & Rum Bar, 5421 South Tacoma Way, with a cover charge of $5. For a complete schedule go to tacomajazzandblues.org.
It’s the final day of the Kitsap Harbor Festival and you might not want to miss the family-friendly activities on Bremerton’s Boardwalk and Waterfront Park and Port Orchard’s Waterfront. The marina fills up with boaters, the USS Turner Joy, the Historic Tug Comanche in Port Orchard or Bremerton as well as a good view of all the aircraft carriers that are in port. There will be live entertainment, kids’ activities, sea gull call and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For a schedule of events go to kitsapharborfestival.org.
Get your hands and feet wet at the Tip Toe Through the Tide Pools event while exploring the low tides at Titlow Park, 8425 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Bring the family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have fun. Meet with naturalists from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, the event is free.
Car enthusiasts of all ages can join in or just watch the annual LeMay Engine Valve Cover Races this weekend at LeMay Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. The concept is simple: get an engine valve cover, add wheels, decorate it and race it. Awards will be given for best-decorated and speed. It’s 1-3 p.m. Sunday. While you’re there, check out the LeMay Family Collection, which includes more than 1,500 vintage vehicles. The races are free, admission to the museum is $5-$15 with tours beginning at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 253- 272-2336.
Explore Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, as it opens it doors for Memorial Day. Visit the remaining four buildings from the first American military presence in the Puget Sound region and discover local history. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Sunday and admission is free.
Join in celebrating Gospel Music Legends award ceremony at Allen AME Church, 1223 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. There are 13 award winners this year being honored for 20 years or more of community service through gospel music. Learn about and honor local talent and community leaders at the 3 p.m. event. For more information call 253-572-2637