Celebrate the slug at Northwest Trek’s Slug Fest
Slugs may not be the most appealing icon of the Pacific Northwest, but Northwest Trek Wildlife Park makes it fun at the annual Slug Fest. Learn all about that iconic slimy symbol, join in be fun family activities and more. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. Activities are included with admission: $19.75 adults, $18.25 seniors, $12.25 youth ages 5-12, $9.25 tots ages 3 and 4 and free for 2 and younger. Pierce County residents receive a discount, go online to nwtrek.org for the details.
Hawaiian and reggae are featured at concert in Tacoma
With a fun, island feel Hawaiian band Kolohe Kai features singer/songerwriter Roman De Peralta along with a group of talented musicians. They will be playing in an 8 p.m. concert Saturday with Two Story Zori, a local island reggae band out of Seattle, bringing the full island experience to the stage at Cultura Event Center, 5602 S. Washington St., Tacoma. Tickets are $25 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Cooking in the 1850s explored at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Discover what it was like cooking in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s What’s Cooking, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The smell of campfires, sizzling bacon, and simmering stews will greet visitors as the fort’s re-enactors prepare 19th-century dishes as they battle for the coveted “Golden Skillet.” Guests can watch the competition, play games, and visit with dozens of re-enactors. Activities are included in admission to Fort Nisqually, in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma; $5-$8 with kids 4 and younger free. For more information, go to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
Free veterans resource fair at Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall
For veterans and their families integrating into the community, the Veterans Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will provide a variety of information and resources to make that transition. It’s being held at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma and will provide information on community services, legal/veterans benefits services, reintegration, health, homeless services, financial education and resources, female veterans, housing and home ownership, education and jobs, apprenticeship, training and vocational opportunities. The event is free. Call or go online for more information; 206-802-5578, theveteransresourcefair.us/index.html
Nordic Fest at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn
Delve into the Nordic heritage at the Nordic Fest at Messiah Lutheran Church, 410 H St. NE, Auburn. There will be vendors, food and craft demonstrations, bake sale, lunch, cultural displays, children’s activities and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, craft and food items are for sale. For more information call 253-350-6634.
Dolls and teddy bears take over Washington State Fair Events Center
There doesn’t need to be an age limit to enjoy dolls and teddy bears. If you are a fan, head out to the Crossroads Doll and Teddy Bear Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SE, Puyallup. Collectors and the curious will find antiques, miniatures, doll-making supplies, and furniture, plus the main attraction - dolls and teddy bears from antique to modern and some acclaimed artists. It’s the final day with hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $7 adults; $4 children younger than 12 and children are free on Sunday.
Explore downtown Tacoma on the Tacoma History Hike
How well do you know the history and culture in your own backyard? Find out by joining the Tacoma History Hike. It’s an all-ages urban scavenger hunt that takes participants to landmarks throughout Tacoma. Compete for 90 minutes or 3 hours to find as many clues you can then join a live band karaoke, refreshment and free Washington History Museum admission before and after your hike. It all starts at 2 p.m. Sunday from the history museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $10-$50, go online to tacomahistoryhike.org for the details.
Concerts and comedy come to Northwest venues for summer series
It’s summer concert season with big-name acts coming to the area. Here are a few happening today:
• As part of the ZooTunes concert series at Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, Mavis Staples and Marc Cohn will be playing in a 6 p.m. concert Sunday. Mavis Staples, having started her career in 1950 with her family, The Staple Singer, has continued her career in R&B over the past 50 plus years. Tickets for the concert are $32.50 and available online at zoo.org/zootunes.
• Country legend Merle Haggard will be joined with Emmylou Harris for a 7 p.m. concert at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $49.50-$85 and are available through Ticketmaster.
• Take in the comedy of Joan Rivers when she comes to Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets for her 7 p.m. performance are $35-$65 and you can get yours through Ticketmaster.
Join in work party and learn basics of summer pruning
Join in the Orchard Work and Learn Party at Hilltop House Orchard, South 19th Street and South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma. Learn basic summer pruning with a local arborist, and help out a local nonprofit. Come prepared in work clothes, shoes and gloves. Call 253-468-3749 for more information. Parking is limited, carpooling encouraged.
Italian style dinner supports local Lutheran volunteer group
Help support the Lutheran Volunteer Corp at an Italian style evening meal, “Oodles of Noodles” from 5-7 p.m. Sunday. It’s being held at Peace Lutheran Church, 2105 S. Cushman Ave., Tacoma. The event will include a cake walk, live music, and trivia with prizes. Lutheran Volunteer Corp is a nonprofit organization that connects full-time volunteers with organizations that work for peace and justice in 12 cities across the U.S. including Tacoma and Seattle. A suggested donation of $5-$20 is being collected. Call 253-468-3749 for all the details.
For more event information go to our online events calendar