Choices for Memorial Day
It’s Memorial Day weekend and here is a roundup of services taking place in the South Sound.
New Tacoma Cemetery: Veteran’s Memorial Garden, featured speakers are Aaron Boyle, Dan Harris Jr., chaplain Joe Miller and Bob O’Neal. 11:30 a.m. Monday, 9212 Chambers Creed Road W., University Place, 253-564-1311.
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Tacoma’s War Memorial Park: Services are sponsored by the Tacoma Historical Society, 11 a.m. Monday, Sixth Avenue and McArthur Street, Tacoma, 253-472-3738.
Puyallup Memorial Day Observance: Co-sponsored by VFW Post 2224, with music by Five Star Brass Quintet, The U.S. Navy Band Northwest and the Clan Gordon Pipe Band. 1 p.m. Sunday, Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 253-770-3370
Fir Lane Memorial Services: Co-sponsored by Spanaway Historical Society, featuring music and parade of flags, 1 p.m. Sunday, 924 176th St. E., Spanaway, 253-531-6600.
Valve Cover Races return
Whether you’re a car enthusiast or just enjoy watching, the annual LeMay Engine Valve Cover Races are back at LeMay Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. It is free to participate, get an engine valve cover, put some wheels on it, decorate it and race. If you just want to observe, there is plenty of action starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. While you’re there, check out the LeMay Family Collection, which includes more than 1,500 vintage vehicles. The races are free, but admission to the museum is $5-$15. For more information, call 253-272-2336 or go to lemaymarymount.org.
Run under the lights
Filled with colors, neon, dancing and electronic music, the Electric Run isn’t for the shy. Billed as the ultimate nighttime 5k run and walk adventure, there will be immersive “lands” of light and sound creating an electric wonderland. Participants are encouraged to dress the part in bright colors, costumes, lights and join in the fun at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. The run begins in waves starting at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, and the finish line celebration continues to midnight. Registration is $45 per runner for teams of four or more, $49.50 for individuals. Find all the details at electricrun.com/seatac/event-details.
Asian night at Emerald Queen
It’s going to be a night of Asian entertainment Sunday at Emerald Queen Casino’s Asia Fest. The free concert will feature Luong Tung Quang, Bao Han, Ho Le Thu, Ky Phuong Uyenn, Lam Anh and Tam Doan. The 21-and-older only performance is at 8 p.m. Find out more at emeraldqueen.com.
Friday (May 22)—Monday
Folklife returns to Seattle
Kicking off the music festival season, the Northwest Folklife Festival will take over Seattle Center for three days of music, workshops and dance performances. Powered by volunteers and the nonprofit organization, it brings all types of folk and ethnic traditions to the community for the free festival. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday (May 22)-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Find a complete schedule at nwfolklife.org/festival2015.
Barry Manilow’s back
Known as a powerhouse performer with iconic hits including “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow has been performing for more than 50 years. He has won numerous awards including an Emmy, Tony, American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. See him in a 7:30 p.m. concert Wednesday at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Tickets are $35.75-$125.75 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Shrimp season on Hood Canal
With a nod to its seafood roots, the Hood Canal ShrimpFest is in its 22nd year. Come out to see belt-sander races, live music, arts and crafts booths, carnival games, beer garden and, of course, shrimp. It’s at Yelvik General Store field in Brinnon. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For all the details, go to brinnonshrimpfest.org or call 360-796-4456.