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Saturday, May 2

Rhododendron Society Annual Plant Sale
Support the Point Defiance Park Rhododendron garden at this annual plant sale. Location: Point Defiance Park Pagoda5400 N. Pearl St., TacomaTime: 9 am-5 pmLearn more about the Rhododendron Garden More
Vintage Hickory Invitational
Have the 1915 Hickory Experience at this Meadow Park Golf Course Centennial Event!Celebrate history and the game of golf by playing with century-old hickory clubs from Scotland. Experience a small piece of the game's classic tradition. Particip... More
Wild Wonders Show & Budgie Buddies Opening
Come to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for a weekend jam-packed with grand openings to kick off this amazing summer!Race on down to see Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure, the live animal show at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.Flutter over ... More
Point Defiance Ling Cod Derby

6:00 am

Join us for our 7th annual Ling Cod Derby!  Lucky anglers will catch a tasty fish and a chance to win cash and prizes. What a great way to kick off the bottom fishing season and have a chance to collect a good pay day.All Fish and Wildli... More
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. Here is a list of available plants. ... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area and wetland every first Saturday.Our new 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 (WC... More
Cinco de Mayo 5k

10:00 am

Cinco de Mayo 5k Saturday, May 210 amKids Dash + 5k, Wright ParkLEARN  MORE More
Cleveland Scoring Clinic

10:00 am

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 Scori... More
Crafts of the Past -- Leather Tooling with Jerry Kempe

11:00 am

Jerry Kempe has been tooling leather for several years. Tooling includes cutting, carving and stamping leather to create an image in relief. In the 19th century, tooling was used on all manner of personal and household goods. Visitors will be a... More
Family Nature Walk-Titlow 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

Sunday, May 3

Wild Wonders Show & Budgie Buddies Opening
Come to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for a weekend jam-packed with grand openings to kick off this amazing summer!Race on down to see Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure, the live animal show at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.Flutter over ... More
Crafts of the Past -- Leather Tooling with Jerry Kempe

11:00 am

Jerry Kempe has been tooling leather for several years. Tooling includes cutting, carving and stamping leather to create an image in relief. In the 19th century, tooling was used on all manner of personal and household goods. Visitors will be a... More

Monday, May 4

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. Plus additional dates if necessary. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Sessi... More

Thursday, May 7

People's Pool Groundbreaking Celebration

3:30 pm

Let's dive in together! Join us for a community celebration to kick off construction. Anyone who attends the celebration will be eligible to win a pass for one month of free, drop-in swim access to the new pool after it opens and a ... More

Friday, May 8

Island Lake Family Fishing Derby
Bring the entire family to enjoy this fishing Derby beginning with dinner, speaker, fishing instruction, casting derby , and evening camp fire on Friday. Saturday is a trout fishing derby, weigh in, followed by breakfast, and lunch at which... More

Saturday, May 9

Island Lake Family Fishing Derby
Bring the entire family to enjoy this fishing Derby beginning with dinner, speaker, fishing instruction, casting derby , and evening camp fire on Friday. Saturday is a trout fishing derby, weigh in, followed by breakfast, and lunch at which... More
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
Renew Yourself

9:00 am

Learn ways of relaxation and methods of how we can take better care of ourselves. Chair massages, healing botanical teas, and guided meditation will happen throughout the day.Suggested Donation $5The Healing Garden Plant Exhibit runs March 31-M... More
Julia's Gulch 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 w... 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 pro... More
Family Nature Walk-McKinley 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
Spring Fling at STAR Center

10:00 am

Fun for the whole family! A free celebration of spring with entertainment, games, fitness fun, cooking demos and free health screenings!• Fitness Class Demos• Cooking class demos• Family fitness fun• Metro Arts Demos• ... More
Crafts of the Past -- 1850s Textile Arts with Synthia Santos

11:00 am

Synthia Santos has been practicing various textile arts — including sewing, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet — for 40 years. As a long-time volunteer at Fort Nisqually, she has become knowledgeable about mid 19th century patterns and... More

Sunday, May 10

Crafts of the Past -- 1850s Textile Arts with Synthia Santos

11:00 am

Synthia Santos has been practicing various textile arts — including sewing, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet — for 40 years. As a long-time volunteer at Fort Nisqually, she has become knowledgeable about mid 19th century patterns and... 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 ... More
Second Sunday Music 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, May 11

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 13

Capital Improvement Committee-cancelled
This meeting has been cancelledThe 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 project... More
Story Hour at the Conservatory

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for monthly storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants through stories and crafts.Suggested donation: ... More

Saturday, May 16

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! ... More
Point Defiance Marina 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
Oak Treek 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 di... More
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 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
Point Defiance Marina Swap Meet

10:00 am

Visit Point Defiance Marina to pick up some new gear, or clean out lockers or garages of tackle and gear others may really need! Pre-register by May 5 to reserve your 10X10 foot space and sell your gently used sporting and boating goods or rela... More
Queen Victoria's Birthday

11:00 am

A revealing look at Victorian fashion – including a peek at corsets and petticoats – will be part of the annual celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. ... More

Sunday, May 17

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
Tiptoe through the Tidepools

10:00 am

Tiptoe through the TidepoolsAll ages, FreeBring 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! Wear shoes to protect you from the rocky beach and bring plenty of wa... More
Crafts of the Past -- Butter and Cheesemaking with Judy Phelps

11:00 am

Judy Phelps brings the Fort’s dairy cattle heritage to life with demonstrations of butter and basic cheese making. Visitors will get a chance to churn, paddle, and mold butter and watch Phelps make cheese in the 19th century kitchen a... More
Homemade Cleaners

1:00 pm

Informative workshop on homemade natural and herbal cleaners. Participants will leave equipped with recipes, resources and have the opportunity to make theeir own cleaning product to take home.Pre-Register at (253) 591-5330The Healing Garde... More

Monday, May 18

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 ... More

Thursday, May 21

Third Thursday at the Conservatory

10:00 am

Stop by the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory during extended evening hours and tour this beloved icon from Tacoma's past. Free admission.Exotic Tropical plants and floral displays await you at the conservatory in Wright Park. This historic g... More

Saturday, May 23

Crafts of the Past -- Native American Basketry with Judy Bridges

11:00 am

Judy Bridges, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is descended from five fur traders and their Native American wives. Her baskets use both traditional and modern materials. She took up basketry in the early 1990s, studying with both native an... More

Sunday, May 24

Crafts of the Past -- Native American Basketry with Judy Bridges

11:00 am

Judy Bridges, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is descended from five fur traders and their Native American wives. Her baskets use both traditional and modern materials. She took up basketry in the early 1990s, studying with both native an... More
Mtn Biking Work Party at Swan Creek

10:00 am

In honor of bike month, Tacoma Mobility and 2nd Cycle are going to rally at Swan Creek.  Join us on Sun May 24 and help us fix up a few trouble spots and potentially build some cool upgrades. Start time: 10am. Show up a little e... More

Monday, May 25

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 27

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 district. Th... More

Thursday, May 28

Master Plan Open House

5:00 pm

Several years ago, we began working with the community to shape the future of Point Defiance Park. With citizens’ help, we’ve spent the first months of 2015 working to complete the process. On May 28, planners will present an update... More

Friday, May 29

Grand Opening of Jellies Exhibit

9:30 am

They move in undulating waves. They're mesmerizing, mysterious, colorful. Learn more about the amazing world of jellyfish in this new interactive exhibit!pdza.org More

Saturday, May 30

Grand Opening of Jellies Exhibit

9:30 am

They move in undulating waves. They're mesmerizing, mysterious, colorful. Learn more about the amazing world of jellyfish in this new interactive exhibit!pdza.org More
Crafts of the Past -- Metal Engraving with Steve Baima

11:00 am

Steve Baima follows in the tradition of the 18th and 19th century gun makers who turned their firearms into works of art, embellishing them with metal engraving. Tiny chisels are driven through metal with small “chasing” hammers or ... More

Sunday, May 31

Grand Opening of Jellies Exhibit

9:30 am

They move in undulating waves. They're mesmerizing, mysterious, colorful. Learn more about the amazing world of jellyfish in this new interactive exhibit!pdza.org More
Crafts of the Past -- Metal Engraving with Steve Baima

11:00 am

Steve Baima follows in the tradition of the 18th and 19th century gun makers who turned their firearms into works of art, embellishing them with metal engraving. Tiny chisels are driven through metal with small “chasing” hammers or ... More