Wednesday (Oct. 7)
Art of Quilt exhibit on display at Gig Harbor Library
We may remember sleeping under Grandma’s quilt, but “The Art of Quilt” highlights how much quilt making has become an art form. The quilting group STITCH has sponsored the quilt exhibit at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW, to share the beauty of their work. It will be on display through November for free, during regular library hours. For more information call 253-548-3305.
Johnny Mathis performs benefit concert at Pantages
Come out for a night of great music and support local arts education when the iconic Johnny Mathis performs in a benefit concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Even at the age of 80, Mathis continues to sing and perform entertaining audiences across the country. Known for hits including “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth of Never,” “It’s Not For Me to Say” and so many more, his is one of only five recording artists to have Top 40 hits spanning every decade since 1955. Tickets are $89-$169 and you can get yours by phone or online; 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org
Museums off the beaten track
Buffalo Soldiers Museum Learn about America’s history from 1866-1944 and the Buffalo Soldiers. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1940 S. Wilkenson St., Tacoma. Donations accepted. 253-272-4257; buffalosoldierstacoma.org.
Fox Island Museum and Historical Society Displays include period rooms of pioneer homes, a store and post office, a log cabin built in 1908, a large exhibit devoted to former Fox Island resident Gov. Dixy Lee Ray, farm equipment, and maritime artifacts. 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday-Sundays. Group tours available. 1017 Ninth Ave., Fox Island. $1. 253-549-8140, foxislandmuseum.org
Karpeles Manuscript Museum ”Russia” exhibit includes items on Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and John Paul Jones through Dec. 30. Original and historic papers on display in 50 cases showcasing American history and heritage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Fridays. 407 S. G St., Tacoma. Free. 253-383-2575.
White River Valley Museum “Service Ink: Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories” through Nov. 15. Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sundays. 6-8 p.m. first Thursdays. 918 H St. SE, Auburn. $5 adults, $2 children and seniors. Free first Thursday and third Sunday of the month. wrvmuseum.org