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Embrace winter while looking ahead to spring with Pierce County Parks & Recreation

Winter is here and spring will soon follow. Parks & Recreation’s winter/spring activity guide has been released and now is the time to register for your favorite programs.

Pierce County Parks & Recreation offers a broad and diverse selection of programs and events for all abilities and ages, from toddlers to teens, and active adults too. Browse the latest issue of the online program guide and pick your favorite events and programs to participate in.

Class descriptions, schedules, along with registration instructions and forms, are in the winter/spring activity guide. You can also request a hardcopy.

Signing up is easy! Register online or call 253-798-4177.

Thanksgiving Dinner is Over. Now What Should We Do?


When you need a break from football and shopping this Thanksgiving weekend and beyond, you have lots of choices for fun activities and quality family time in Tacoma + Pierce County.

Here are some suggestions for local holiday fun when the dinner leftovers are put away. Grab gloves and a coat—some of these activities are perfect for #OptOutside on Black Friday.

Drive through Spanaway Park to enjoy the dazzling displays of the annual Fantasy Lights.

Drive through Spanaway Park to enjoy the dazzling displays of the annual Fantasy Lights.

  1. Put a twinkle in your eye at the holiday light displays. You can drive the 2.5-mile Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park, Nov. 24 to Jan. 1 from 5:30-9 p.m. Or, walk through the animal-themed displays at Zoolights inside Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Zoolights is open Nov. 25 to Jan. 1 from 5-9 p.m.
  2. Glide through the afternoon at the CHI Franciscan Polar Plaza outdoor ice skating rink in downtown Tacoma. Rent skates on-site and don’t let bad weather stop you—the rink is covered and partially surrounded by a tent. Open through Jan. 1.
  3. Enjoy Sumner’s small-town heritage with self-guided tours through its historical landmarks and artwork. The historic Meeker Mansion in Puyallup is decked out for the holidays and offers self-guided and guided tours (groups of eight or more).
  4. Walk where pro golfers played last year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course. The more than 3 miles of paved trail at Chambers Creek Regional Park includes small hills and beautiful views of the Puget Sound.
  5. Ogle at muscle cars, NASCAR legends and all sorts of work-related vehicles at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. See more landmark vehicles and car memorabilia from Harold LeMay’s collection at Marymount in Spanaway.
  6. Escape gray skies with an overload of color. Hundreds of poinsettias and other winter blooms fill the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory from Dec. 2 to Jan. 8. Or enjoy a free art walk with the brightly colored pieces that make up the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
  7. Paint small rocks and hide them around town as part of the Tacoma Rocks! movement. Or keep your eyes open on a walk around town and you might discover cheerful rocks someone left for you to find!

Giving Tuesday

I had to look this up ….. from Wikipedia

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hook activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).[1][2]

Well – there you go.  What a great opportunity to support local youth organizations.

The most important 6-1/2 hours of a child’s day


Submitted by James Leet, Lakewood’s Choice

As you may know a school day is about 6 1/2 hours long, depending on the grade. What you may not know is what needs students have and what resources are available to them. For our November CHOICE coalition meeting on November 2 (1 pm) , administrators, school resource officers and others from the school community will share what they know best.

Lakewood's Choice

The location of the meeting has changed to the Clover Park School District Administration building, room 6B.

Calling all Students: Launch Your Own Company


TACOMA, WA — Time is running out! The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber offers local students, grades six through 12, an opportunity to develop their own business concept with mentor support, gain investor funding, launch their company, and compete for scholarship dollars to further their education.

chamber-yeaIf you know a student that is a great candidate for this program, encourage them to apply immediately, before it’s too late! The DEADLINE is November 2, 2016; the online application is available here:

Last year’s graduate, Maxx Stewart, took the national title of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR, WINNING A $30,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. He earned the opportunity to pitch his business, Spyder Grypz, to a national audience in Washington, DC. He competed against 6 other entrepreneurial startups and presented to a panel of national business leaders serving as judges. Check out his website by

Another YEA! success story is 15-year-old Rachel Zietz from Boca Raton. Rachel pitched to the Sharks in May and at the time had sales of $300,000 and now have sales approaching the $3M mark!

Help ensure that local youth have an opportunity to realize their dreams – entering the Academy as students – graduating as CEOs. Share this opportunity and consider being an investor to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs.