Get Out: Plant sales, Bike Swap, choral concerts, Historic Homes Tours and more

Tacoma News TribuneMay 3, 2014 

The dining room of the Fitch House, owned by Jeffrey Sturtecky and Jon Douglas Rake. The home will be a stop on the Historic Homes of Tacoma tour. April 21, 2014.



It’s all about the yard and garden with a variety of events to check out.

  • Pierce County Master Gardeners is holding free clinics to help with home gardener questions and plant problems. Bring your questions from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday to the Gig Harbor Farmers Market, 5503 Wollochet Drive NW. Bring samples of plants or pests to help with diagnosis.
  • The Native Plant Sale is at Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Available plants include ground cover, shrubs, trees and more. The sale is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 253-591-6439.
  • Check out Pierce County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There will be a selection of native plants, vegetables, perennials, annuals, succulents, trees and shrubs. Head out to Allmendinger Conference Center at WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, 2606 W. Pioneer Way, Puyallup.
  • Take in the Master Gardener Clinic at Home Depot, 5120 Borgen Blvd. NW in Gig Harbor. The free clinics is designed to help with your gardening and plant problems from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Discover beauty and designs when you see the Puget Sound Bonsai Association Spring Show at Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way. The show features a wide variety of member trees in full spring growth (some blooming), plus materials for sale. As a bonus, visitors can enjoy Viewing Stones V, an exhibit of extraordinary stones discovered in local rivers, beautifully prepared and displayed. It is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and admission is free.
  • As part of National Bike Month, all cyclists and recreational riders will want to check out the Annual Tacoma Bike Swap at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse, North 11th Street and Union Avenue, Tacoma, will be transformed into the place to buy and sell new or used bikes. There will be vendors, information and everything to do with cycling and bikes. Admission is free.


  • The annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour, supporting the Tacoma Historical Society, will feature four historic homes with and a reception at Central Lutheran Church, 409 Tacoma Ave. N. It is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $20 and are available at Pacific Northwest Shop, Stadium Thriftway and two Columbia Bank branches: North 21st and North Pearl streets, and South 23rd Street and Union Avenue. For more information go to


  • If you’re out and about early Sunday morning, don’t be surprised if you find runners all around Tacoma. The Tacoma City Marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. and features a half marathon, a marathon relay and a 5K. The course starts at the Tacoma Narrows Airport and will run across the Narrows Bridge, through North Tacoma and Point Defiance Park before finishing downtown. Come out to cheer and be careful as you drive, keeping an eye out for runners.
  • Enjoy the Sounds of Brass Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday with vocal soloist Melanie Stevens. She will be featured in music from “Chicago” and a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. The band also will play selections from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Home Alone” and a Duke Ellington medley. The free concert — donations are accepted — is at Tacoma Community College Auditorium, Building 2, 6500 S. 12th St., Tacoma. For more information go to Enjoy the sounds of choral music at two concerts Sunday:
  • The South Sound Classical Choir will be performing its Spring Show at 3 p.m. The free concert is at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St. W., Tacoma. Go to for more information.
  • The Tapestry Singers will perform their Dearest and Best Spring Concert at 3 p.m. See them at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 10510 136th St. E., Puyallup. A $5 donation is suggested at the door. For more information go to ­
  • Members of the Broadway Center Conservatory’s Spring Music Class will be performing “Damn Yankees,” a culmination of their work in class. “Damn Yankees” is the ageless story of good versus evil and that family, honesty and having “miles and miles and miles of heart” are the most important things in life. New this year, the conservatory has partnered with the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association to perform the music for the play. Discover the talents of young artists in this production. Head to Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma for a show at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$14.75 and are available by phone or online; 253-591-5890, ­ For more ideas of events and happenings this weekend go to Online Events Calendar

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