GET OUT: Earth Day celebration, Living History Day, Pow Wow, train excursions and more this weekend

Tacoma News TribuneApril 19, 2014 

STOCK: Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma March 27, 2014.

PETER HALEY — Staff photographer Buy Photo


Experience springtime in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Sewing to Sowing: A Living History Day.
Join in hands-on activities, see demonstrations in early cooking, spinning yarn, blacksmith work and one of the earliest sewing machines. It’s a family-oriented day of learning local history. The fort is located in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Admission is $5-$8, children 4 and younger are free. Call 253-531-5339 for more information.

Join in family Earth Day activities from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Learn about the Earth and how to keep it healthy, meet special guest Don Ehlen with his Insect Safari collection. The event is free, call 253-591-6439 for more information.

Visit any state park Saturday for free at the Spring Free Day. A Discover Pass will not be needed to explore and enjoy state parks. Here are a few local parks to check out:

  • Mount Rainier National Park, 55210 238th Ave. E., Ashford.
  • Dash Point State Park, 700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way
  • Penrose Point State Park, 321 158th Ave. KPS, Lakebay
  • Manchester State Park, Highway 16, Port Orchard.
  • Millersylvania State Park, 12245 Tilley Road South, Olympia
  • Potlatch State Park, Stevens Road, Shelton
  • Kopachuck State Park, 11101 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor.

Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, original guitarist Al Anderson and original keyboardist and background singer Tyrone Downie have united along with a group of handpicked musicians to honor the history and integrity of Marley’s music with The Original Wailers. They will be performing in a 7 p.m. concert at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $19.99 and available by phone or online; 253-396-9169,

Experience Native heritage at Tacoma Community College’s Native American Student Union’s annual Pow Wow at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. The free event with MC Arnold Littlehead and arena director Anthony Bluehorse will feature food, festivities, music, singing, dancing and crafting. It’s being held in the Student Center on the TCC campus, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. Bring out the family to enjoy the Pow Wow, an annual ceremony that honors Native graduates and helps maintain their legacy.


Celebrate more than 50 years of public programs at the Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie. Hop on an excursion train ride and experience antique railroad coaches as it travels through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Trains operate Saturdays and Sundays through October. Make it a fun family excursion and discover history and enjoy the scenic views. Trains depart starting at noon, tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and $10 children, kids younger than 2 years old are free. For all the details go to trainmuseum. org.

Experience the wind in the sails of the Schooner Adventuress at the Tacoma Public Sail at 3 p.m. Sunday. Sound Experience in connection with the Adventuress provides educational opportunities and community involvement. It is offering the three-hour sail from the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma. Cost is $55 adult, $25 youth, $38.50 adult member guest and $17.50 youth member guest. Go online to register at

See Lakewood Playhouse’s current production of the classic play, “The Odd Couple,” playing now through May 11. Showtimes are 2 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. The theater is located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Tickets are $19-$25. For more information call 253-588-0042.

With a career that has spanned more than five decades, the Temptations had four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles, fourteen R&B No. 1 singles, three Grammy Awards and was the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award. See them in a 7 p.m. concert Sunday at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $20-$50 and are available through Ticketmaster.

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