GET OUT: Mother Earth News Fair, Vegan Chili, music from jazz to choral all happening this weekend

Tacoma News TribuneMay 31, 2014 

River Birch Farms' curious Kinder goats make new friends with children of all ages at the Mother Earth News Fair. LAURA PERKINS/Courtesy photo

LAURA PERKINS — Courtesy photo


Sustainability, renewable energy and more at weekend event
It’s all about sustainable and renewable energy at the Mother Earth News Fair this weekend. There will be workshops on organic gardening, green building, modern homesteading, plus speakers including actor and green advocate Ed Begley Jr. It’s all happening at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 for one day and $30 for two days; kids 17 and younger are free. Go to for more information.

Vegan chili is highlight of fundraiser in Lakewood
Chow down on some good food while supporting a cause at the South Sound Vegan Chili Throwdown. Join the South Sound Vegans to benefit the Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood. Taste all kinds of vegan chili and vote for the favorite. It’s at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McGavick Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Admission is $5-$10. Call 401-644-8716 for more information.

Vicci Martinez to play at Jazzbones Tacoma
Singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez was a local celebrity before she made it to national prominence on the first season of “The Voice.” She’s coming home to play in an 8 p.m. concert Saturday at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $18 and available by phone or online; 253-396-9169,

Join volunteer habitat work at Salishan Green Days
Dig out your work gloves and join in cleaning up and restoring First Creek as part of Salishan Green Days. Spend the morning, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, taking care of this community watershed. Stick around after for a light lunch and fun giveaway items. Interpreters will be provided for Spanish- and Russian-speaking community members. Meet at First Creek, East 39th and T streets, Tacoma for the free event. Call 253-383-7425 for more information.

Community jazz band to play at Lakewood Library
Dance or listen to the Lakewood Community Jazz Band’s free 1 p.m. concert Saturday. The 18-piece band plays styles including waltzes, mambos, cha-chas and other rhythms with vocalists. They will be at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildair Road SW, Lakewood. For more information, call 253-548-3302.


Seattle Storm plays Tulsa Shock at KeyArena
Take in a WNBA game when the Seattle Storm takes on the Tulsa Shock in a 6 p.m. game Sunday. Head up to KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle for some basketball. Tickets start at $19 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Volunteer and learn at the Hilltop House Orchard in Tacoma
Learn while you work at the Hilltop House Orchard at 1 p.m. Sunday. Bring your work shoes and gloves and join in learning about pest and disease management, mulch, thin fruit and help out at this community orchard. It’s located at South 19th Street and Yakima Avenue. Parking is limited, for more information call 253-468-3749.

Rainier Ringers perform in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Enjoy the music of bells at the Rainier Ringers “Dancing with the Bells” concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert features music from early dance forms through classical ballet to waltzes, rumbas, boogie woogie, and modern disco. It’s at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 E. 38th St., Tacoma. A donation of $10 for adults, $8 students and seniors or $25 for a famly is suggested.

Local choirs and choruses join for concert of favorite hymns
Forming a mass choir, the Pierce College, Olympic College, Tacoma Symphony Chorus and local churches are coming together to perform an evening of “Great Hymns of the Church II.” With individual choir performances plus combined pieces, favorite hymns will be performed on a grand scale at Lagerquist Concert Hall on the Pacific Lutheran University campus at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance. Call 253-535-7411 to get yours.

Little Bill and the Bluenotes at Johnny’s Dock in Tacoma
If you’re looking for a more intimate musical experience then head out to Johnny’s Dock Restaurant, 1900 E. D St., Tacoma where Little Bill and the Bluenotes will be performing from 5-8 p.m. Sunday.

For more event information go to Online Events Calendar

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