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Saturday, August 30

Get Out of the Rut
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration this Labor Day weekend. Learn all about the exciting rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animal... More

Sunday, August 31

Get Out of the Rut
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration this Labor Day weekend. Learn all about the exciting rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animal... More

Monday, September 1

Get Out of the Rut
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration this Labor Day weekend. Learn all about the exciting rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animal... More

Wednesday, September 3

Zoo/Trek Authority Board Meeting

5:30 pm

The Zoo/Trek Authority was established in 2001 to oversee disbursement of sales tax revenue to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.  Meeting Location: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumTime: 5:30 pm More

Thursday, September 4

Summer Rose Pruning

4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending ... More

Friday, September 5

Ethnobotany Exhibit Artists' Reception

6:00 pm

Meet the artists that venture into the world of ethnobotany through recycled material, wood, textiles, glass, metal and ceramics in this new exhibit at the Conservatory that runs through October 12.Ethnobotany is the study of the relationships ... More

Saturday, September 6

Pooch Pool Party
Dogs rule the pool at the Pooch Pool Party!Dog owners can treat their furry friends to a swim in Stewart Heights Pool from 10 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 6. Four-legged friends will have the opportunity to paddle around with other dogs... More
Crafts of the Past -- Millinery (bonnet making) with Dana Repp

11:00 am

Dana Repp makes period replica bonnets based on examples in museum collections, period illustrations, and photographs.  During the weekend, she will display examples of the types of bonnets worn during the 19th century and... More

Sunday, September 7

Crafts of the Past -- Millinery (bonnet making) with Dana Repp

11:00 am

Dana Repp makes period replica bonnets based on examples in museum collections, period illustrations, and photographs.  During the weekend, she will display examples of the types of bonnets worn during the 19th century and... More
Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More

Monday, September 8

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 Metro Pa... More

Tuesday, September 9

Landscape Design Made Easy!

6:30 pm

LANDSCAPE DESIGN MADE EASY! Join us at this informative workshop. Tues., Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30 pm andSat., Sept. 13, 10 am-NoonTitlow Lodge – register at (253) 798-4708 or wburdsall@tpchd.org More

Wednesday, September 10

Capital Improvement Committee

5:30 pm

This 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 district. The public is invited to attend. ... More
Conservatory Lecture: An Edible Garden Lifestyle

6:00 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition, "Ethnobotany: An Artists' Study of Plants" which runs September 5-October 12, the Conservatory is presenting an onsite lecture series on topics including urban horticulture, Pacific Northwest ethnobotan... More

Thursday, September 11

Summer Rose Pruning

4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending ... More

Saturday, September 13

Relax and Renew
Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation & gentle movement. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. Suggested donation... More
Landscape Design Made Easy!

10:00 am

LANDSCAPE DESIGN MADE EASY! Join us at this informative workshop. Tues., Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30 pm andSat., Sept. 13, 10 am-NoonTitlow Lodge – register at (253) 798-4708 or wburdsall@tpchd.org More
Tradin' Past to Present

11:00 am

Bartering was an everyday occurrence at this Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, and the Fort’s re-enactors bring this reality to life. This event provides a special opportunity to see what the possibilities are when this “... More
Zombie Run and Tag

4:30 pm

Bring your friends to participate in a run/walk and Zombie chase through Wright Park followed by prizes, refreshments specials and more.Includes the movie ParaNorman, rated PGCost: $10-$35 per personLearn More and Sign Up Wright Park... More

Sunday, September 14

Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More
Crafts of the Past -- Tin Whistles with Steve Ricketts

11:00 am

Music has long been a part of Ricketts life. He learned to play the clarinet in his youth and went on to play saxophone in the Port Townsend Community Orchestra for 27 years. When Ricketts began volunteering as a re-enactor at Fort Ni... More
Second Sunday Concert Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month.The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to appeal to audiences of all ages and sensibilities.Most of th... More

Monday, September 15

Committee of the Whole

5:30 pm

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).Metro Park... More

Tuesday, September 16

Build and Maintain Healthy Soils Gardening Workshop

6:30 pm

Learn smart and healthy gardening  and landscaping techniques to protect you and Titlow Creek.Tues., Sept. 16, 6:30-8:30 pm and Sat., Sept. 20, 10 am-NoonTitlow Lodge – register at (253) 798-4708 or wburdsall@tpchd.org More

Wednesday, September 17

Wounded Warriors Fishing Trip

7:00 am

Free fishing trip & barbeque for wounded warrior veterans and their family hosted by boathouse tenants.August 20, September 177 am-2 pmPoint Defiance Marina5912 N. Waterfront Dr.Pre-registration required, call the marina for information: 25... More
Conservatory Lecture: The Winter Harvest

6:00 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition, "Ethnobotany: An Artists' Study of Plants" which runs September 5-October 12, the Conservatory is presenting an onsite lecture series on topics including urban horticulture, Pacific Northwest ethnobotan... More

Thursday, September 18

Destination Point Defiance - 3rd Thursday Community Dialogues

5:30 pm

Want to learn more about Point Defiance Park? Come to Destination Point Defiance – 3rd Thursday Community Dialogues about both near-term and long-range plans. The Pagoda in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. Learn more at... More

Friday, September 19

Tacoma Open Golf Tournament
Amateur and Professional golfers are invited to participate in the inaugural Tacoma Open, held September 19-21 at Meadow Park Golf Course. This experience of a lifetime pairs amateur golfers with the b... More
United Way Day of Caring

9:00 am

Each year, the United Way challenges corporate groups and individuals to get involved in local community projects on the 3rd Friday in September.  Metro Parks Tacoma hosts or co-hosts sites in order to improve our natural spaces and ... More

Saturday, September 20

Tacoma Open Golf Tournament
Amateur and Professional golfers are invited to participate in the inaugural Tacoma Open, held September 19-21 at Meadow Park Golf Course. This experience of a lifetime pairs amateur golfers with the b... More
Run Wild
Choose from a 5k or 8k run or a 5k walk and explore Northwest Trek's unique race setting.Your registration fee helps support Northwest Trek programming and conservation efforts. Registration includes park admission. All runners and walker... More
Elephant Birthday Party
Come to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for a 2 ton birthday party as we celebrate Suki's 50th birthday! FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org; 591-5337 More
Dock Fishing Derby
Join us for a day to fish with others who have a passion for dock fishing. Compete to win 3 winnable categories: Flounder, Sculpin, Coolest Catch.  A photographer will be on hand to get pictures of you and your catch! Do... More
Point Defiance Beach Clean Up

9:00 am

Get hooked on helping at these clean up 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. Waterfr... More
Community Day of Service

9:00 am

Join other members of the community as they give back and help spruce up local parks.   SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER BY CONTACTING: Richard Madison (Metro Parks)chipin@tacomaparks.com(253) 202-5978 More
Become a Stream Team Monitor

9:00 am

Learn smart and healthy gardening  and landscaping techniques to protect you and Titlow Creek.Sat., Sept. 20, 9 am-NoonTitlow LodgeRegister with isabelr@piercecountycd.org More
Build and Maintain Healthy Soils Gardening Workshop

10:00 am

Learn smart and healthy gardening  and landscaping techniques to protect you and Titlow Creek.Tues., Sept. 16, 6:30-8:30 pm and Sat., Sept. 20, 10 am-NoonTitlow Lodge – register at (253) 798-4708 or wburdsall@tpchd.org More
Crafts of the Past -- Cyanotypes with Victoria Anderson

11:00 am

Anderson had her first experience with making a cyanotype photographic print as a child with a kit she got from a science store. As a college student, Victoria explored the process more deeply, learning to make her own photo-sensitive pap... More

Sunday, September 21

Tacoma Open Golf Tournament
Amateur and Professional golfers are invited to participate in the inaugural Tacoma Open, held September 19-21 at Meadow Park Golf Course. This experience of a lifetime pairs amateur golfers with the b... More
Crafts of the Past -- Cyanotypes with Victoria Anderson

11:00 am

Anderson had her first experience with making a cyanotype photographic print as a child with a kit she got from a science store. As a college student, Victoria explored the process more deeply, learning to make her own photo-sensitive pap... More
Conservatory Lecture: Tacoma Loves Coffee

10:00 am

In conjunction with the exhibition, "Ethnobotany: An Artists' Study of Plants" which runs September 5-October 12, the Conservatory is presenting an onsite lecture series on topics including urban horticulture, Pacific Northwest ethnobotan... More
Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More

Monday, September 22

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 Metro Pa... More

Wednesday, September 24

Capital Improvement Committee
This 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 district. The public is invited to attend. ... More

Thursday, September 25

Eastside Community Center Meeting

4:30 pm

Please join us for a community planning meeting for a proposed community center and pool on Tacoma's Eastside.Thursday, September 25 4:30 to 6 pmPortland Avenue Community Center3513 Portland Ave., TacomaThis will be a meeting for government, no... More
Couples Thursday Night Golf & Social

5:00 pm

This new golf and social activity is a monthly favorite at Meadow Park Golf Course. Come enjoy a lightly competitive round of golf with a spouse or golfing companion. After golf, enjoy Foley on the Green's specialty appetizers and beverage spec... More

Saturday, September 27

Relax and Renew
Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation & gentle movement. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. Suggested donation... More
Fall Garden Festival
10am-5pmPoint Defiance Pagoda, 5400 N. Pearl St, TacomaThis FREE event will feature bus tours of Point Defiance Park, lectures, educational & vendor displays and kids activities.Join us as we celebrate and inspire horticultural excell... More
Free Fort Nisqually Admission on 'Museum Day'
On Saturday September 27, 2014, Fort Nisqually will open its doors, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visito... More
Crafts of the Past -- Garden Crafts with the Fort Nisqually Gardening Guild

11:00 am

Members of the Fort Nisqually Gardening Guild will demonstrate traditional garden crafts such as making cedar hurdles and wattle fencing and cloches. The craft demonstration on Saturday complements the Fall Garden Festival, ta... More
Pier Peer: Date Night on the Docks

7:30 pm

Bring your special someone for an aquatic night-time adventure to explore mysterious marine life forms below the docks. Start the night with wine and dessert at Anthony’s and then Peer into the water below with your ... More

Sunday, September 28

Crafts of the Past -- Garden Crafts with the Fort Nisqually Gardening Guild

11:00 am

Members of the Fort Nisqually Gardening Guild will demonstrate traditional garden crafts such as making cedar hurdles and wattle fencing and cloches. The craft demonstration on Saturday complements the Fall Garden Festival, ta... More
Downtown to Defiance
Bike, walk, run, roll from Point Defiance Park to Downtown Tacoma Help celebrate our waterfront trail system connecting downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance Park to downtown Taco... More
D2D Duathlon
Join us during Tacoma’s Downtown to Defiance for the 1st annual short-course duathlon event. The course is a run-bike-run format: Run 2 miles Bike 15.5 miles Run 2 miles.Run out and back along the promenade at Owe... More
Sensational Sea Otters
Join us in celebrating some of our favorite marine mammals: our playful sea otters!Discover how sea otters play a vital role in the near-shore ecosystem. Learn about their behavior, their natural history and conservation issues they face.... More
Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More

Monday, September 29

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).Metro Park... More