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Archives: Nov. 2010

Nov.
30th

Lakewood holiday festival set for Friday

The city is inviting residents to the 15th annual holiday festival on Friday.

The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

It includes a short parade from Starbuck’s to the front of City Hall, lighting of the Christmas tree, free children’s crafts, holiday music, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Children who tell Saint Nicholas what they want for Christmas receive a candy cane.

Residents are encouraged to dress warm. They are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item to benefit the Emergency Food Network.

For more information, call Lakewood

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Nov.
25th

Let the countdown begin! Shoppers already camping out for Black Friday bargains

Thanksgiving Day shoppers trickled into Sears at Tacoma Mall and Kmart on Sixth Avenue this morning, hunting for pre-Black Friday bargains.

But the real die-hard shoppers-to-be were huddled in tents snugged up against the side wall of the Best Buy store, dreaming of the electronics bargains they plan to snatch up at 5 a.m. Friday.

Stadium High School seniors Julian Lugo, 18, and Sara Hedglin, 17, emerged from their red-and-tan Wenzel Eagle’s Point tent around 9 a.m.

Each, dressed in relatively thin sweatshirts, shivered in the 32-degree-snow-still-on-the-ground cold.

They pitched their tent and set up camp around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

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Nov.
24th

Fife City Council picks Yakima official as new city manager

The Fife City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to hire Yakima’s assistant city manager as city manager for Fife.

Some council members wanted to wait and take more time, but the majority picked Dave Zabell from two finalists.

Mayor Barry Johnson said he wanted more time to select a new manager to succeed Steve Worthington, who has announced his resignation. The council interviewed five finalists Nov. 13, and then trimmed the field to three. On finalist dropped out last week.

“The process moved quickly,” Johnson said. “I would have preferred to have a little bit more time.”

The council directed City Attorney Loren Combs to work out a contract with Zabell, including salary.

The other remaining finalist was Bryan Harrison, administrator for Pacific County. Bill Pugh, public works director for Sumner, removed himself from the pool of three finalists last week.

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Nov.
24th

Zoo, park light up holidays with annual displays

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Spanaway Park come alive this week with the glow of thousands of holiday lights, fashioned into elaborate displays of animals, landmarks and scenes of the season.
Fantasy Lights opens Thursday; Zoolights opens Friday. Both run through Jan. 2.

Here are the details on the popular displays.

FANTASY LIGHTS

What: A two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake, featuring more than 300 displays using thousands of lights spaced around the park. The 16th annual event is sponsored by Pierce County Parks and Recreation. You’ll see “bears flying kites, snowboys kicking field goals, penguins sliding down an igloo, Santa sailing a ship, frogs jumping on lily pads, reindeer leaping over your car,” and a Wonderland Train Station, according to the Fantasy Lights website. As you drive, you can set your radio to 93.7 FM for holiday music performed by a local high school.

Where: Spanaway Park, 15602 Pacific Ave. S.

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. nightly, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Admission at the gate: $13 per passenger vehicle; $28 per mini-bus (16 to 24 people); $45 per bus

Discount admissions: $10 admission per passenger vehicle available at Lakewood Community Center, Sprinker Recreation Center and Garfield Book Co. at Pacific Lutheran University.

Be prepared for long lines: Waits can be an hour on busy Friday and Saturday nights, according to the website. The display is less busy Sunday through Thursday.

More information

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Nov.
19th

Tiger watch: Mali on ‘road to recovery’

Good news today from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium:

Female tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo is on the road to recovery

Tacoma, Wash. – Mali, one of two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, continues to show major improvement and is no longer in serious condition after undergoing surgery on Monday.

Zoo head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf is thrilled with the significant progress the five-month-old cub continues to make every day. “Mali is exceeding our expectations in every way,” she said. “This morning, she was quite rambunctious.”

Mali is now walking, standing

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Nov.
18th

Tiger cub Mali showing ‘signs of improvement’

Here is the latest condition report on tiger cub at Point Defiance:

Female tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo continues to show significant improvement

Tacoma, Wash. – Mali, one of two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, continues to show steady signs of improvement but remains in serious condition after undergoing surgery on Monday.

Zoo head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf is pleased with the significant progress the five-month-old cub has made over the past 24 hours. “Mali has made huge leaps forward but still has a long road ahead of her,” she said.

Mali

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Nov.
17th

Tiger cub still in critical condition

The latest on Mali’s condition from Point Defiance zoo:

Female tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo remains in critical condition two days after surgery

Tacoma, Wash. – Mali, one of two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, is showing signs of improvement but remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery on Monday.

Zoo head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf upgraded her prognosis from “grim” to “grave” but cautioned that the five-month-old cub is still very sick. “Mali is making steady progress but we’re still very much in a wait-and-see mode,” she said.

Mali is waking

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Nov.
16th

Celebrate school in Bonney Lake

You’re invited to a dedication ceremony and open house Wednesday Nov. 17, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Victor Falls Elementary School, 11401 188th Ave. Ct. E., Bonney Lake. The school is celebrating completion of its modernization project. The open house includes a performance by a student choir directed by Mark Edgbert.