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Lots of free family events including Art on the Ave, Pride Festival, rhubarb, carnivals and more this weekend

It’s a weekend full of community festivals. Here are some happening all around the Sound.

Annual Pride Celebration noon-5 p.m. July 14, Pierce Transit Park, Broadway, Tacoma. Free. 253-383-2318, Read our story about the event at:

Art on the Ave Tacoma’s annual art festival featuring a mobile glass Hot Shop, live music, artist vendors, “grub crawl” and much more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday on Sixth Avenue between Pine and Trafton streets. Admission is free. Read about the event at:

PowellsWood Storytelling Festival featuring local and national story tellers, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today. Free

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Soap Box Derby returns to Fircrest Saturday

It’s a flashback to an old tradition, Soap Box Derby. It’s been revived right here and will take over Electron Way tomorrow for Fircrest Derby Days.

It’s the group’s second year putting on the family friendly race that challenges kids to build and race their own gravity cars. Check out all the work, including elaborate paint jobs, car design and good old-fashioned competition starting at 10 a.m.

Electron Way, between Alameda and Spring, will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. to set up the course. Parking is on the surrounding streets. There will be a minimum

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Tacoma Children’s Museum to launch preschool in September (plus a downtown Tacoma parking tip)

Whenever I walk by the new location of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma I’m amazed at all the kids and parents coming and going there. Now, some of those younger kids will have a place to call home in September.

On Sept. 11 the museum will open a preschool at 1501 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma.

The museum said the effort is “Inspired by the best in early learning childhood education” and the preschool will “celebrate the power of play.”

The facility inside the museum will serve children ages 3-5.

Below is more from the announcement. But

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Puyallup’s Spring Fair starts on Thursday

Music-making and NASCAR are the themes of two new attractions at this weekend’s vernal version of the Puyallup Fair which swings open its gates at 2 p.m. Thursday.

While some of the action is happening only Friday through Sunday there are still plenty of reasons to head over on Thursday. First: admission is free all day to anyone 18 or younger. The Fair just asks that you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Puyallup Food Bank.

Up for a good scare? The Extreme Scream is only $7.50 on Thursday ($3 off the usual $10.50 price.) Top it all off

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Elmo will be making music in Tacoma May 11-13

It’s monsters making music when Sesame Street Live brings “Elmo Makes Music” to Tacoma May 11-13. Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and their “Sesame Street” friends will be in town along with a new feature: the Play Zone. Tickets are now on sale.

Sesame Street itself comes alive when The Play Zone opens one hour before the shows. It allows your young “Sesame Street” fan to sit in Big Bird’s nest, hang out in Oscar’s trash can and have other “Street” experiences.

What: Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” in Tacoma
When: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 11

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Bands: Prepare to do battle

It’s going to be band versus band next month when the Boys & Girls Clubs hosts a local music competition.

Entries are now being accepted at the Cheney Family Boys & Girls Club in Gig Harbor for Battle of the Bands on January 28. The grand prize will be a three song demo CD recording session at Tacoma’s Pacific Studios.

The event is open to the public with doors at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.
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Centerstage Theatre puts on rousing ‘Pinocchio’ pantomime

Bob De Dea as Gepetta, left, and Daniel Goodman as Pinocchio in Centerstage Theatre's "Pinocchio." (PHOTO: Centerstage Theatre)

English pantomimes have an image problem. Mention the term to the average person, as I recently did, and you get two responses “What’s that?” or “You mean mimes?”

I didn’t know what one was either until Alan Bryce started producing them at Federal Way’s Centerstage Theatre several years ago.

First, let’s get that word, pantomime, out of the way. There is no miming or wild gesturing. This is a musical mash-up of fairytale, song, jokes, dancing and audience participation. You’re never quite sure if you’re watching a kids’ show or adult content. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Just check the “All of the above” box and enjoy it.

That’s what I did when I attended Centerstage’s latest pantomime, “Pinocchio,” now playing through Dec. 23. Directed by Vanessa Miller, it was a rollicking, fast paced farce centered around the Pinocchio tale.

There were plenty of kids in attendance but plenty of humor was geared for an adult audience. It’s a cliché, I know, but this is really a production the whole family can enjoy.
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Fort Nisqually goes to the ghosts

Celebrate Halloween like they did in the days before scary movies: listening to ghost stories around a bonfire.

The Fort Nisqually Foundation is putting on “Bonfires, Beaver Pelts & Bogeymen,” 7-9 p.m October 28 and 29. Participants will follow a trail of glowing jack-o-lanterns to a bonfire in the meadow beyond the fort’s walls. The evening begins with gentler tales appropriate for all ages. After a break for complimentary cider and cookies the stories will get increasingly scarier.

Organizers remind you to dress accordingly and to bring chairs or blankets but not bring umbrellas. Seating begins at 6:30

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