Community Events


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However, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce assumes no responsibility for omissions, errors or changes  in  the material. 
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Jan 31-Feb 1, 2015   (503) 282-0877

America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show

Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup

Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.  The largest Antique & Collectible Show in the Puget Sound happens twice a year with 400 booths of all vintage items. Unique finds include vintage clothing, estate jewelry, furniture, decorative items, pottery, costume jewelry, glass repair, clocks, watches, kitchenware, art deco, dolls, toys from the 1880s to 1970s, vintage tribal art, Parrish & Fox prints, rare books and much more.  $6 adults, children 12 & younger free.


Feb 3   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "Development of Horseless Carriages (1886-1915)"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

6pm.  In the late 1800’s and early 1900's, it was the dawn of the automotive age, and there were lots of automotive innovators experimenting with the development of what became known as “horseless carriages”.  Made by dozens of manufacturers and in a variety of styles, these early horseless carriages certainly have a rich history. Come listen to Marymount docent and horseless carriage connoisseur, Dennis Laine, discuss these storied vehicles!  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 4, 11, 18, 25   (877) 24-BLOOD

Bridgeport Center at St Clare Hospital Community Blood Drive

St Clare Hospital Parking Lot, 11315 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood

Wednesdays.  1:30-6pm.   Support your community by donating blood.  Cascade Regional Blood Services  has proudly provided blood to MultiCare Health System and Franciscan Health System, including St. Clare Hospital, since 1946.  Give blood, save lives.


Feb 5   (253) 582-9400

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon & Chili Cook-Off

McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood

11:30am.  Fundraiser for school scholarships.   Reservations required.  $20 members pre-paid, $30 at door.  $35 non-members.


Feb 6-7   (425) 282-5237

WIAA Girls State Bowling

Narrows Plaza Bowl, 2200 Mildred St W, Tacoma

Call for additional information.


Feb 6-8

Charity Choice Gymnastics Invitational

Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma

Charity Choice Invitational is honored to have been chosen as part of the USA Gymnastics’ Nastia Liukin Cup Series, the 2015 Charity Choice Invitational will be qualifying a gymnast to participate in the Nastia Liukin Cup. The Nastia Liukin Cup is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and is intended to provide a competitive opportunity for some of the USA’s top Junior Olympic gymnasts.


Feb 7   (253) 383-3900

Asia Pacific Cultural Center Monthly Tea Experience Featuring the Philippines

4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma

10am.  Come and learn about different teas and customs of the vibrant cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  $10/person.


Feb 7   (253) 279-9777

Caring For Kids "Happy Hearts Dinner Auction"

McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood

5pm.  As an all-volunteer organization we help thousands of kids in need in our community. Every day we are asked to provide clothing, school supplies, food, hygiene products and a host of other needs. Caring for Kids is now asking you for your support.  $35/person.


Feb 7   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "Collecting, Saving, Hoarding: How to Convince Your Family You’re Not as Nuts as the People on Reality TV"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

12pm. At Marymount, we celebrate the spirit of collecting, whether the collection is cars, radios, or hose nozzles! However, sometimes  collecting can turn into hoarding, and some hoarders and their habits have become immortalized thanks to reality television. If you're a collector, or an aspiring collector, learn the ins and outs of collecting without sounding crazy from Eric LeMay - and maybe you'll convince your family to love your collection just as much as you do!  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 7   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "Outstanding Outboards"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

3pm.  From Evinrude to Champion, Johnson to Mercury, learn about outboard motors of the past! For those who remember when Martin, Champion and Scott-Atwater were familiar names and enjoy boating, or even if it’s your first time dipping your toes in out boarding, this presentation about vintage outboards will be perfect for you! The presenter will be Larry Stevenson, an outboard motor connoisseur who has collected hundreds ofoutboard motors over the years (and he has donated several dozen of his personal collection to be displayedby the LeMay Family Collection). Whether you don't know the difference between a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke, or you're a lifelong lover of outboards, come and learn something new from a true expert!  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 7   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "Cars and Trucks Anyone Can Afford to Collect: Toys of Yesteryear"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

11am.  Not all of us can afford a vintage car collection like the LeMay Collection, but vintage toy cars are another matter altogether! Learn the basics of collecting vintage toys, and how to judge the quality and value of your next acquisition in this workshop with vintage toy collector and antiques dealer, Joe Reasoner. He’ll have plenty of examples on hand to demonstrate, too, so you won’t want to miss this!  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 8   (253) 964-2399

DuPont Historical Society Presents Captain Ethan Allen Powerpoint Presentation

DuPont Community Presbyterian Church, 502 Barksdale Ave, DuPont

2pm.  The DuPont Historical Society will host Capt. Ethan Allen's power point presentation "The Shipwrecks ofthe Nisqually Reach."


Feb 9   (818) 318-4612

America's Got Talent Open Auditions

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

We are looking for the latest and greatest acts, of all ages and any group size! This will be a great opportunityfor people to showcase their talent which can lead to the chance to compete for the $1Million Dollar prize andgain national exposure. If possible please share this information with your Network/Contacts so they don't miss out on the opportunity.


Feb 14   (253) 383-3900

17th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration Featuring Pakistan

Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 E "D" St, Tacoma

11am-6pm.  APCC invites you to this family-friendly event; see traditional dances, food, demonstrations, and booths from Asia and the Pacific Islands!  Free admission.


Feb 14   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "The Sound of Music: Victrolas"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

11am.  In the age of the phonograph, the Victor Talking Machine Company designed the Victrola - a phonograph inside of a wooden cabinet, created with aesthetics in mind, as well as sound quality. This demonstration will give you the chance to see and listen to real Victrolas! Experts Darrel Winter and Victor LaFrancouer will also give a short history of the Victrola and phonographs.  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 14   (253) 582-5838

Historic Fort Steilacoom "Valentine Tea"

Quarters 2, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood

2pm. The tea will feature a display of "Godey’s Ladies Prints" and a theme of friendship.  There will be a "Fancy Fair" silent auction. Ladies of the Fort will be in period dress. Come wearing your own period fashion if  you wish.  $15/person.  Reservations required.


Feb 14   (253) 564-1623

West Pierce Fire & Rescue CPR & First Aid Course

Station 20, 10928 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood

9am-5pm.  Lessons include CPR and airway management for one person, how to control bleeding, splinting, bandaging, first aid for burns, sprains, strains, poison control and more.  $40/person.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.


Feb 14-15   (253) 591-5337

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium "Love at the Zoo"

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma

10am-3pm.   Feel the love as Zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and enrichments. $6.75-$17, kids 2 and under free.


Feb 14-16   (360) 832-6117

Kids 'n' Critters at Northwest Trek

11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville

11am-3pm.  Enjoy crafts, activities, and trailside encounters. Up to four children (12 and under) admitted free with every full-paying adult.  $8.25-$9.25, kids 12 and under free.


Feb 18   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "History of Automotive Engines"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

6pm.  : From the horseless carriage to the modern car, engines have changed significantly.  Steve Herron, a former Ford engineer, will explain how engines have changed over the years - and some ways they haven't.  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 18   (253) 582-9400

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours "Deals Ashore"

Great American Casino, 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood

4:30-6:30pm.  Come enjoy a fabulous sampling of delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages!   Remember to bring lots of business cards ... there'll be plenty of time for networking with our friendly members!  $5 members, $15 non-members.


Feb 19-Mar 15   (253) 588-0042

Lakewood Playhouse "The Miracle Worker"

5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood

Helen Keller, who has been unable to speak, hear, or see since childhood, is increasingly difficult to educate,and her parents find Annie Sullivan to do the job. Although she is new to teaching, it is through Annie's strongwill and unshakable faith that Helen discovers how to survive and thrive in the world through the eyes and ears of others.  $24 general, $21 senior/military, $18 under 25 years. 


Feb 20   (253) 584-4622

Carr’s Catering Bridal Tasting at Lakewold Gardens

12317 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood

6-8pm.  Carr’s Catering Open House is a great way to sample and taste, while collecting information on Carr’s event services.


Feb 20   (253) 272-2336

CEM "Time to Buy or Time to Sell: Evaluating Your Position in the Current Collector Car Market"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

7pm.  For all the car collectors and would-be car collectors out there, this one is for you! Whether you have one collector vehicle, or a full garage of cool cars, it’s natural to wonder: “Should I buy now? Should I sell now? How can I get the most bang for my buck?” This presentation by industry insider and collector car dealer, Evan McMullen, will help you understand current trends in the collector car market, and how you can make the most of it.  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 20-21   (425) 282-5237

WIAA Boys State Swim and Dive Championship

King County Aquatic Center, 650 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way

Call for additional information.


Feb 20-21   (425) 282-5242

WIAA State Gymnastics

Tacoma Dome, 2727 E D St, Tacoma

Call for additional information.


Feb 20-21   (425) 988-6155

WIAA State Wrestling (Mat Classic)

Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St, Tacoma

9am.  $15 adutls, $11 students/seniors.  Call for additional information.


Feb 21   (206) 362-4949

2015 Polar Plunge

5605 N Owen Beach Rd, Tacoma

Check-in 9-11am, Contest 11:15am, Polar Plunge 12pm.  Raise $50 or more, receive a t-shirt (unisex), earn prizes and take a dip in the frigid waters! Take a dip in the icy waters and be a part of the "Coolest" event of the year! Join the fun and help raise funds for Special Olympics Washington.  Raise $50 or more, receive a t-shirt (unisex), earn prizes and take a dip in the frigid waters!


Feb 21   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "100 Years of Fashion: Vintage Fashion Show"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

3pm.  OK, ladies, this one is for you! For an out-of-the-ordinary experience, join us for this Golden Oldies Fashion Show featuring over 100 years of stylish do’s and don’ts. Highlighting a century of fashion highs and lows, from Victorian lingerie to over-the-top psychedelic flower power suits, from haute couture to knicker-bockers, the Golden Oldies provide an entertaining and educational look at the world of women’s fashions. The show will last about 1 hour and includes authentic originals and appropriate fashion accessories. After all, no stylish woman from the 1920’s would be without her foundation support, bloomers, dark silk stockings, “Bob” hat and gloves. An extensive vintage car collection to accompany the display of vintage fashions makes  this show a unique experience and a real treat!  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 21   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "Vintage Radios: Open House, Demonstration & Q&A"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

11am. See our new radio room at Marymount, listen to music on vintage radios, and learn a little about the history of radios!  Richard Heggen, a lifelong radio enthusiast who donated hundreds of radios to the LeMay Family Collection, will be hosting the demonstration and highlighting radios throughout the 20th century.  $15 suggested donation.


Feb 21   (253) 565-1960

Free SOUP-tacular Lunch at Bridgeport Place: A Senior Living Community

5250 Bridgeport Way W, University Place

12-1:30pm.  A tasty social outing for seniors. Join us for chef's soup-of-the-day, bread-sticks, beverages, & dessert.  Free admission.


Feb 21   (253) 502-8900

The Click! Family Flick "Ghostbusters"

The Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Ave, Tacoma

10am.  Free family movies every 3rd Saturday at the Grand Cinema. Seating is limited so come early. Hosted by Click! Cable TV, your local choice for cable, Internet and broadband services.  Free admission.


Feb 22   (360) 520-3134

WSWA Folkstyle Championships

Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St, Tacoma

Call for additional information.


Feb 24   (253) 383-9463

Port of Tacoma’s Free Bus Tour

3600 Port of Tacoma Rd, Tacoma

10am. 75 minute tour.  Join us for free, 75-minute guided bus tours of the Port and learn how our operations are connected to more than 113,000 jobs across Washington state.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Children age 6 and over are welcome. Photo identification is  required for passengers over 17 years of age.


Feb 26-Mar 1   (866) 554-8559

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup

Thurs-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-4pm.  Welcome to the 30th Anniversary of the Sewing and Stitchery Expo. Don’t  miss this very important celebration of the sewing industry. See more than 265 vendors in 450 booth spaces and over 100 seminars and six style shows each day. You will receive a 30th Anniversary tote bag when you arrive (while supplies last), sponsored by Coats and Clark and the Expo. This is a onetime occurrence so you  will not want to miss getting yours.  $14 adults.


Feb 28   (253) 272-2336

CEM "Behind the Ropes and Under the Hood: LeMay Restoration Shop Open House and Q&A"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

3pm.  The LeMay restoration shop has moved to the Marymount campus, and you're invited to check it out! Learn about the vehicles our shop has restored in the past and ask questions about the restoration process and other restoration tips and tricks. Tom Towers, the LeMay Restoration Shop foreman and master restorer, will be hosting this open house, and he’s quite the storyteller, so you won’t want to miss this fun experience. $15 suggested donation.


Feb 28   (253) 272-2336

Collection Education Month "Vintage Hat Show"

Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma

1pm.  Toques and boaters, berets and cloches - the Golden Oldies will be showcasing them all!  This entertaining and educational show will highlight vintage hats in a variety of vintage styles.  After all, it wouldn't do to be caught without your hat!  $15 suggested donation.