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Urban coop tour, free family fun festival, milk carton derby, Old Town blues festival, Rhubarb Days and more events this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on July 13, 2013 at 6:30 am with No Comments »
July 12, 2013 10:15 am



If you have you been thinking of keeping urban chickens and are wondering where to start, then the Tacoma Urban Coop Tour is for you. Sponsored by GardenSphere, the tour explores several local chicken coops where you can learn about coops, raising hens and what is involved from those doing it now.
The self-guided tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Get tickets — $5, kids 12 and younger free — at GardenSphere, 3310 N. Proctor St., Tacoma. For more information call 253-761-7936.

The free Family Fun Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday is filled with family-friendly activities. See The Rowdy Referees, Roberto the Magnificent, Kalele Hula Dancers, The Bubbleman, The Reptile Man, enjoy music by Billy Farmer, see Pierce County Sheriff dog demonstrations, Miracle Ranch archery and paintball, Discovery Village obstacle course and interactive kids area, Master Gardeners’ kids gardening projects, lots of food and craft vendors, fire engine tours, and a complete Kids Zone full of inflatables, carnival games, and water balloon launcher.
It’s all happening at Homestead Park, Sehmel Drive Northwest and 78th Avenue Northwest in Gig Harbor. Call 253-858-3400 for more information.

Get a jump on Seafair and take in the 43rd annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby. Nearly 100 colorful milk carton boats of all shapes and design will compete for prizes and bragging rights on the waters of Green Lake, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle.
The Derby is highlighted by a full day of competition as children, adults, families and businesses build milk carton watercraft for show and racing. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with plenty of activities on shore as well, including interactive displays and exhibits, food booths and picture opportunities with the Seafair Clowns, Seafair Princesses and SeaGals.

Enjoy the music of some the areas best blues and rhythm bands at the Annual Tacoma Old Town Blues and Rhythm Festival from noon to midnight Saturday. It’s being held in the Old Town Park, The Spar Café, The Mountaineers Club, The Slavonian Hall and Treos. Bands include Johnny Long, Steve Cooley and the Dangerfields, Rafael Tranquilino, Sweetkiss Momma and others. The headline band will be DoctorFunk for the evening show. Performances in the park are free, check online for tickets at the other venues; tacomaold


Rhubarb, with its gigantic leaves, looks practically prehistoric. Join in celebrating the tart plant at the free Sumner Rhubarb Days this weekend.
Check out a variety of vendors, food, live entertainment and activities at Heritage Park, 906 Kincaid Ave., Sumner. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Billed as a best-loved Seattle neighborhood tradition, Ballard Seafoodfest celebrates its fishing heritage as well as the unique community mix.
The free event is all about fun, great music, local beers, kids’ activities and arts and crafts. And don’t forget the pounds of seafood. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday in the heart of downtown Ballard at Market and Ballard streets. Go to

It’s going to be all about the bears at McCleary Bear Festival at Beerbower Park, North Summit Road and Veterans Way, McCleary.
The annual festival includes a kiddie and grand parade, carnival, car show, a petting zoo, games and bear stew. That’s right, bear stew. This is your  chance to find out what it tastes like. It’s the final day of the festival, hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Call 360-495-3667, ext. 8.

Having recorded so many successful songs for film sound-tracks, Everett native Kenny Loggins was referred to as “King of the Movie Soundtrack” for songs such as “Meet Me Halfway” from “Over the Top,” “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun” and “Footloose.”
He also performed and produced as a solo act with hits including “I Believe In Love,” “Whenever I Call You Friend” and “This Is It.”
Loggins will play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Mountain View Plaza, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE Northbend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $30-$60 through Ticketmaster.

Enjoy the jazz sounds of The Gail Pettis Quintet at the Jazz Live at Marine View concert series. The free performance is at 5 p.m. Sunday and geared for the whole family.
Head out to Marine View Presbyterian Church, 8469 E. Side Drive NE. Tacoma. For more information call 253-229-9206.

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