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Category: Happenings

April
23rd

Adult film stars Ron Jeremy and Dylan Ryder to make appearance in Tacoma

This event could be the most talked-about news at a South Tacoma shopping center since Lowe’s closed its store in the middle of the night.

Tacoma’s Hustler Hollywood will host adult film stars Ron Jeremy and Dylan Ryder this Thursday for a two-hour appearance, according to a news release.

Listen, I like my job, so I’m not going to enter those names into a search engine.

But according to the news release announcing their appearance, one of Ryder’s DVD film titles is “This Ain’t Two and a Half Men XXX” (I sense Charlie Sheen would approve). The other can’t

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April
16th

Youth and adults mark Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and 73 Washington communities are using Town Hall meetings to raise awareness and mobilize efforts to prevent underage drinking.

A youth-led event, “It’s Only Fun If You Remember It,” is scheduled for 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. April  27 at Mel Korum YMCA, 302 43rd Ave. S.E., Puyallup. It is sponsored by Trauma Trust of Tacoma. For more information, e-mail kim.nygard@multicare.org.

Other organizations listed as awareness month participants include Safe Streets of Tacoma (contact: mwilson@safest.org) and Orting Standing Together on Prevention. (contact: heather@ortingstop.com.)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, underage drinking cost the

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April
14th

Northwest Trek’s six-millionth (yes, million) visitor could arrive this weekend and win all these fabulous prizes

Since Northwest Trek opened on July 17, 1975, people have travelled to the 723-acre park to see native animals in their habitat – bison, elk and moose; cougars, wolves and bears.

I dare you not to say “oh my.”

The Pierce County tourism attraction plans to celebrate all those visitors by recognizing Visitor No. 6 million, who, according to park calculations, should show up this weekend.

Admittedly such milestones are arbitrary, but they’re still fun. According to a news release yesterday from park officials, the lucky visitor will receive a prize package worth more than $600. It will include:

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March
27th

Volunteers sought for community planting at Chinese Reconciliation Park

Attention, green thumbs.

The City of Tacoma is looking for volunteers for a community planting Thursday at Chinese Reconciliation Park.

The event is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the waterfront park, 1741 N. Schuster Parkway.

The Tacoma Garden Club donated $1,500 worth of plants. JA Brennan and Associates, which donated $2,400 to the project, has created a landscaping plan for the park.

Plants, fertilizing soil, irrigation materials and equipment will be present for participants.

The community planting was organized by the Tacoma Garden Club and the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation.

Oct.
27th

Big trucks, tractors on display at Saturday event

The city of Lakewood will hold the sixth annual Truck and Tractor Day starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The main attraction is the opportunity for kids to climb aboard trucks and tractors of all different sizes, including a cement truck and fire engine.

Activities for the whole family include hayrides, pumpkin decorating and face painting. A moonlit hayride around the park starts at 6 p.m. and costs $1; the evening’s final ride leaves at 9:30 p.m.

Each child will receive a free hard hat while supplies last.

The park is located at 8714

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July
4th

Edgewood woman crowned 2011 Miss Washington

The 2011 Miss Washington has been crowned, and it’s Brittney Henry.

The ceremony was Saturday night in at Lindbergh Senior High School in Renton. Henry’s talent was the fiddle, and her platform was “promoting higher education for low-income families.” She’ll represent the state in January at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas. First runner-up was Miss Tahoma, Nicole Erhardt.

A tipster tells us that Henry is an Edgewood resident, after graduating from California State University, Sacramento in December 2009. The tipster also says Henry is a 2005 Puyallup High School graduate.

I’ve left a message for Henry and

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Aug.
6th

Pool and poker events benefit grieving mom

Staff writer Danny Serna reports:

A fundraiser is set for this weekend at a local pool hall to help a grieving mother pay her late son’s medical expenses.

In June, four-year-old Payton John Barkley fell through a protective screen and out a second-story window at the new Sumner home of his 26-year-old single mother, Tera Frydenlund. The boy died after a few days in a coma.

Not a week later, Frydenlund came home to a $300,000 bill for medical expenses. It’s still uncertain how much of that will be covered by insurance, but Malarkey’s Pool & Brew, 445 Tacoma Ave.

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June
3rd

Harbor History Museum reopens in September with new building, new name

The Harbor History Museum is reopening mid-September at a new facility in downtown Gig Harbor.

The museum has been closed since 2008 while the new 15,000 square foot building was under construction. When it opens its doors Sept. 18, its official name will be the Sehmel Family Harbor History Museum. The Sehmels have donated $1.5 million to the museum, officials announced Wednesday.

The museum, established in 1973, aims to raise $500,000 in the next four months.

In September’s free-admission grand opening, visitors will be able to view the 65-foot fishing vessel Shenandoah, the historic Thunderbird Hull #1 and the one-room,

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