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Category: Happenings


Meet Tien, Tacoma’s newest clouded leopard

Six-week-old Tien, an endangered clouded leopard cub is held by staff biologist Kadie Burrone, during his afternoon feeding time. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer) See more photos of the cub in our gallery.

The clouded leopard cub born last month at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium now has a name and can be seen by visitors to the zoo.

Tien, (pronounced Tea-n), was named by zookeepers for the Thai word meaning strong, stable and steady, though it’s not a direct translation, according to staff.

He was born to mother Chai Li and dad Nah Fun May 1,

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LeMay holds November food drive, offers discounted admission with donations

LeMay – America’s Car Museum started a month-long food drive today to support Northwest Harvest, Washington’s only statewide nonprofit food bank distributor.

The museum will collect non-perishable food items in its lobby between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 30.

Anyone who donates two or more items will get $2 off admission to the museum. Kids 12 and under will get free admission with two or more canned goods.


Concert Aug. 12 will help 9-year-old girl pay for cancer treatment, classmates held lemonade stands last month

A concert Sunday, Aug. 12 will support 9-year-old Maari Dickerson, whose third-grade classmates from Washington-Hoyt Elementary School held lemonade stands last month to help raise money for her cancer treatment.

The event will be from 3 p.m. to midnight at the Swiss Tavern in Tacoma, and will feature live bands and both a live and silent auction.

Dickerson is scheduled to begin $90,000 proton therapy in late August, which will beam protons the diseased tissue of her aggressive form of cancer.

Her insurance company denied coverage for the treatment, saying it’s experimental, friends of the family said.

She is

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Students hold lemonade stand to support classmate battling cancer

When 9-year-old Maari Dickerson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last week, her school decided to rally to help raise funds for her family.

Her third-grade class at Washington-Hoyt Elementary School will host a lemonade stand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Proctor Farmers Market, at North 27th Street and North Proctor Street.

“We’ve kind of gone with the theme, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,’” said Megan Gibson, Dickerson’s teacher.

Dickerson’s family has been keeping the community informed of her condition via Facebook posts, Gibson said.

She has started a 40-week cycle of

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Tacoma Relay for Life also donated more than 5,000 pounds of food

If you can believe it, this weekend’s Relay for LIfe in Tacoma did even more than raise $575,000 for cancer research.

Event co-chair Lori Duester emailed this morning to report that the relay also donated 5,627 pounds of food to the Emergency Food Network. The food came from a change this year to the annual luminaria ceremony. Instead of filling the luminaria bags with sand, canned food formed the base and held the candles.

“We had over 5,000 Luminaria Bags lining the track” at Mount Tahoma High School, Duester wrote. “We are so thrilled to also be able

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Tacoma Relay for Life raises about $575,000 for cancer research

Cancer research got a $575,000 boost this weekend at the Tacoma-born Relay for Life.

The 24-hour event affiliated with the American Cancer Society wrapped up Saturday evening at Mount Tahoma High School. It began in Tacoma in 1986, and co-founder Pat Flynn said Saturday that the relay now happens in 5,200 communities across the U.S., as well as 22 countries.

“It’s the single largest health-related fundraiser in the world,” she said.

Brooke Longacre, with the ACS, said the Tacoma event was a smashing success, raising more money than last year.

“I was a little worried about the weather, but

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Spotted: A Tacoma man on this season’s The Bachelorette

A Tacoma native will be one of the 25 men competing on the 8th season of ABC’s “The Bachlorette,” which premieres next week.

Doug Clerget, 33, is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and a commercial real estate broker with regional firm Kidder Mathews. According to his bio there, he is a member of the Franciscan Health Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for Spring Valley Montessori School.

A report in the Tacoma Weekly in March detailed a charity he founded with his cousin called Dollar Per Month.

Users of Dollar Per Month can choose

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Big bike swap this Saturday in Tacoma; all of Pierce County – and beyond! – are welcome

Pierce County residents who want to buy a bike, or have one to sell, should mark calendars for this Saturday.

The fourth annual Tacoma Bike Swap begins at 10 a.m. at the University of Puget Sound. Here’s what you need to know, from a news release issued by the City of Tacoma:

The fourth annual Tacoma Bike Swap springs into gear on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse (North 11th Street and Union Avenue). Vendors will be selling bikes and bike parts for all types of riding and for

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