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Sunday, May 1

Vintage Hickory Invitational

9:00 am

Live the history of golf at the Vintage Hickory Invitational. Play the classic 100 year old Meadow Park Golf Course with vintage turn of the century golf clubs from Scotland.All participants are encouraged to dress in early 1900's style attire ... More

Wednesday, May 4

Trip Talks
Learn about upcoming Fifty And Better trips and tours. Information and pictures of all the upcoming destinations will be presented, and all your questions answered.This is also a chance for you to offer your FABulous ideas for future Fifty And ... More
Walk Tacoma

5:15 pm

Join Downtown On the Go for the 2016 Walk Tacoma series. The walks are scheduled on the 1st Wednesdays of the month, from April through October. Explore and learn about the different areas of downtown Tacoma through the 1.5 – 2 ... More
Common Threads: The Story of Kantha

6:00 pm

Join us for this special talk with Cathy Stevulak on Kantha Embroidery. Kantha is a textile art form from South Asia that uses patterns and symbols to tell stories. This talk coincides with the Hilltop Artist glass installation Common Threads.$... More

Friday, May 6

Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More
Family Movie Night: Big Hero 6

7:30 pm

Bring the family for a free evening of fun! Big Hero 6 will be shown on a large indoor screen at Portland Avenue Community Center. Popcorn, drinks, and folding chairs will be provided. You are welcome to bring bean bags, game chairs, pillows, e... More

Saturday, May 7

Half-Price Moms' Day
Bring your mom to the Zoo for a special day that will make her smile. All moms will receive half-off general admission. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium5400 N. Pearl St.Tacoma 98407591-5337,  pdza.org More
Rhododendron Society Annual Plant Sale
Many types of rhododendrons and azaleas (evergreen and deciduous) will be for sale with proceeds going back into the Rhododendron garden.  Rhododendron society members will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on rhododendron car... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area and wetland every first Saturday.Our Habitat Steward Luis Yanez is a highly qualified citizen taking on the restoration of Ryan's Park. When he was a Lead for the Washington Conservation Corps (... More
Spring Native Plant Sale

9:00 am

Landscape your yard with plants that are native to our area.  Planting natives ensures the conservation of our precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects.   www.tacomanaturecenter.org. ... More
Cinco de Mayo 5k

10:00 am

Cinco de Mayo 5k Saturday, May 710 amKids Dash + 5k, Wright ParkLEARN  MORE More
Tiptoe through the Tidepools

11:00 am

Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Free! Meet at Titlow Beach. Wear shoes ... More
Crafts of the Past -- A Visit with Letitia Work Huggins

11:00 am

Dana Repp brings to life Letitia Work Huggins and her needlework skills. Letitia, who lived at Fort Nisqually during the 19th century, is one of the women featured in the new exhibit that opens to the public this weekend, “In Her Shoes: T... More
In Her Shoes: The Women of Fort Nisqually

11:00 am

Join us for opening day of the new exhibit at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. It will be marked by a visit from one of the 19th century ladies of the Fort, Letitia Work Huggins.  “This is a family-friendly exhibi... More

Sunday, May 8

Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. This month's featured artist is Gina Belliveau (Singer/Songwriter, Folk).The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music i... More

Monday, May 9

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Regular MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Wednesday, May 11

Capital Improvement Committee
The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the di... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.This month featuring Linnea in Monet's Garden by Christina BjorkTheme: Gardens in Art and Literatur... More

Saturday, May 14

Relax and Renew

9:00 am

Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation among the flowers. No experience necessary, accessible to all.Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. Suggested donation $10. To reserve your spot call (253) 591-5330.W.W. ... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will p... More
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will... More
Bear Camp

9:30 am

Learn about some of the most powerful mammals in North America at Bear Camp!Living with bears is part of the great outdoors experience in the Pacific Northwest, so there will be demonstrations of how to keep campsites safe for both bears... More
Family Nature Walk-Titlow Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More
Crafts of the Past -- Sheep to Shawl

11:00 am

Heather Kibbey and Mickey Pederson have each been spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and tatting for more than 40 years. Guests will see them at work and have the opportunity to try their hand at using drop spindles or weaving on a loom. ... More
Family Nature Walk-McKinley Park

1:00 pm

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More
Cinderella Ball

1:00 pm

The Cinderella Ball is a formal dance that provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to experience a unique event of style and glamour.Participants will have a prom-like experience, including donated dresses, an honor guard and... More

Sunday, May 15

Bear Camp

9:30 am

Learn about some of the most powerful mammals in North America at Bear Camp!Living with bears is part of the great outdoors experience in the Pacific Northwest, so there will be demonstrations of how to keep campsites safe for both bears... More
Crafts of the Past -- Sheep to Shawl

11:00 am

Heather Kibbey and Mickey Pederson have each been spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and tatting for more than 40 years. Guests will see them at work and have the opportunity to try their hand at using drop spindles or weaving on a loom. ... More

Monday, May 16

Committee of the Whole
Committee of the Whole meetings are normally held at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Mondays of each month. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Session.' (no public comment).Me... More

Wednesday, May 18

Eastside Community Center Open House

6:00 pm

Get a look at the latest schematic designs for the 55,000-square-foot Eastside community center at an open house on May 18. The public is invited to ask questions and comment during the two-hour session, which starts at 6 p.m. ... More

Thursday, May 19

Third Thursday at the Conservatory - CANCELED for May 19th
Third Thursday at the Conservatory is canceled this month due to a wedding.  We apologize for the inconvenience. The Conservatory will instead have special extended hours until 7pm on Thursday, May 26th. W.W. Seymour Conservatory316 ... More

Friday, May 20

Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More
Cleveland Scoring Clinic

5:00 pm

Are you ready for lower scores?Did you know that 2 out of every 3 shots occur from within 125 yards of the hole? The key to scoring is learning the secrets from 125 and in. Join Doug Gullikson, PGA and Cleveland Golf for a Scoring Cli... More

Saturday, May 21

McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we ... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every third Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting... More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every 3rd Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Wate... More
Endangered Species Spotlight

9:30 am

Learn about endangered species represented at the Zoo and how to protect their wild counterparts. Free with admission. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium5400 N. Pearl St.Tacoma 98407591-5337 pdza.org More
Point Defiance Marina Spring Swap Meet

10:00 am

SHOP Pick up some gently used sporting and boating equipment.SELL Clean out lockers or garages of tackle and gear others may really need! BoothsRegister now for a 10x10 space for $15 (tenants get $5 off). Covered spac... More
Queen Victoria's Birthday 2016

11:00 am

Join the Festivities A merry mood envelopes the Fort on this occasion. Both children and adults play games, and many of the Fort’s ladies and gentlemen will be dressed in their finest, 1850s style, at Queen Victoria'... More
Crafts of the Past -- Mid-Century Music with Suzanne and Jim

11:00 am

Suzanne Jaroszynski and Jim Hale’s mid-19th century music will fill the air during the Fort’s celebration of Queen Victoria’s Birthday. The California duo designs performances from research into archived collections of histori... More

Sunday, May 22

Endangered Species Spotlight

9:30 am

Learn about endangered species represented at the Zoo and how to protect their wild counterparts. Free with admission. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium5400 N. Pearl St.Tacoma 98407591-5337 pdza.org More
Crafts of the Past -- Native American Basketry with Judy Bridges

11:00 am

Judy Bridges, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, will demonstrate basketry techniques such as plaiting, twining and coiling. Guests can examine baskets under construction and handle raw materials. Bridges is descended from five fur traders a... More

Monday, May 23

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Regular MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Wednesday, May 25

Capital Improvement Committee -Canceled
The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the di... More

Thursday, May 26

Special Extended Hours
Visit the Conservatory during special extended hours until 7pm.   This is also the last day to view the Hilltop Artists "Common Threads" glass art installation. Free W.W. Seymour Conservatory316 S. G St.... More

Friday, May 27

Guided History Tour

11:00 am

Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry.Please note this event was erroneously advertised for Sat., May 28. The correct date is Fri., May 27."Tacoma's Great Pride." That was the headline of the Tacoma Daily Ledger on ... More
Family Nature Hike-Point Defiance Park

4:30 pm

Explore Point Defiance Park during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they are adapted to live in this habitat. Not recommended for strollers or children under 3. Pre-registration is recommended.Free! ... More

Saturday, May 28

Wapato Park Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces. All ages OK. Bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide litter bags and tools. Wapato Park is ... More
Relax and Renew

9:00 am

Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation among the flowers. No experience necessary, accessible to all.Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. Suggested donation $10. To reserve your spot call (253) 591-5330.W.W. ... More
Crafts of the Past -- Historical Illustration with Alan Archambault

11:00 am

Alan Archambault has been creating historical illustrations for more than 50 years. Before the advent of photography, images of places and events were often created by artists. Such illustrations are an important resource for historians. Archam... More

Sunday, May 29

Crafts of the Past -- Historical Illustration with Alan Archambault

11:00 am

Alan Archambault has been creating historical illustrations for more than 50 years. Before the advent of photography, images of places and events were often created by artists. Such illustrations are an important resource for historians. Archam... More
Guided Garden Tour

2:00 pm

Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s core gardens.Tours begin at the Visitors Center.Tours held on these Sundays: May 29June 5, 12, 19 (no tour Ju... More

Monday, May 30

Committee of the Whole- Canceled
Committee of the Whole meetings are normally held at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Mondays of each month. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Session.' (no public comment).Me... More