GET OUT: Family nature hikes, Children's Dental Health Day, LGBT wedding expo, TSO, Blues Vespers and more this weekend

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 22, 2014 


Discover urban nature at the free Winter Wonderland Family Nature Walk. Explore Tacoma’s McKinley Park, 799 Upper Park St., on the free naturalist-led walk and learn about the plants and animals that live in the park and how they adapt in the different seasons.
It is not recommended for wheelchairs, strollers or children younger than 3 years old. It’s from 10-11 a.m. Saturday and registration is requested. Call 253-591-6439. 

Take advantage of the Pierce County Dental Society’s annual Children’s Dental Health Day from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at South Hill Mall in the center court. Children from infant to age 18 can get dental screenings, fluoride varnishes and mouthguards — all free. In addition, there will be gifts, face painting to keep children entertained.
Medical Teams International will have a dental van in the mall’s parking lot for children who need further dental care and meet qualifications. For more information call 253-274-9722 or go online to pcdentists. org.

If you’re a fan of indoor motorcycle and quad racing, then you’ll want to head out to Mickey Fay’s NW Extreme Flat Track Racing championship Saturday. The race, a culmination of the season starting last October, starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the gates opening at 4:30 p.m. at the Paulhamus Arena, Washington State Fair Events Center, 19 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Don’t miss out on the excitement; admission is $10, kids six and younger get in free.

Ani Difranco, a Grammy-Award-winning singer, guitarist, poet and songwriter, has released more than 20 albums. She also is a feminist and received the Woman of Courage Award from the National Organization for Women for her work. Difranco will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $35-$4 and available by phone or online; 877-784-4849,


Get all the latest ideas, meet with vendors and start working on your wedding plans at the Annual LGBT Wedding Expo from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by Same Love, Same Rights, the day is designed to help couples plan their ceremony. It’s all happening at the McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4650 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Admission is free. For more information, go to

Get your taste buds ready to enjoy the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, a showcase for wine and food in the Northwest. The event will include gourmet foods and snacks, plus wines, spirits, coffee and doughnuts to sample and purchase. It’s being held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 350 Harrison St., Seattle. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Sunday, tickets are $55 and available through

Join the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Harvey Felder conducting a program of selections from Aida, Il Trovatore, Nabucco and La Traviata plus more at the Verdi & Friends Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Guest baritone Kenneth Overton will be joining the orchestra’s resident chorus on stage at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets start at $19, call 800-291-7593 or 253-591-5894.

Enjoy an evening of music at Blues Vespers featuring The Duffy Bishop Band with Henry Cooper.
The free concert is at 5 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., Tacoma.


Collectors will have a lot to check out this weekend at the Washington Arms Collectors Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave., S.W., Puyallup. Vendors and collectors will gather from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9, members get in free. Call 425-255-8410 or go to

For all the pilots, aviation enthusiasts and aircraft owners check out the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup.
There will be more than 75 hours of presentations and 350 exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday with admission of $5 a day; kids 17 and younger are free. Call 253-845-1771 for more information.



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