Our blog turns ONE this month and we're ready to celebrate! We've found two events for our film buff friends, an opportunity to find a locally crafted gift for your Valentine, a couple ways to up your fitness game (including an evening where your pup can join!), and again a great way to drink for a cause. As always, leave a comment letting us know which activity from our list you're looking forward to and you'll be entered to win a $10 Orca card from Pierce Transit. A name will be drawn at the end of the month. See you out there!
What better way to celebrate love than hand-in-hand on a chilly 5K run! Join fellow Valentines around Tacoma for an easy out and back chip-timed run along Ruston Way, starting at the beautiful new Dune Peninsula park. Strollers, walkers, and leashed pups are welcome to join. The race starts promptly at 8am (the sun will have been out for a whole 30 minutes prior!) and registration includes a race day t-shirt. Let’s keep those resolutions rolling!
Route: 10, Take trail to Dune Peninsula Park.
February 8th & 9th
Tacoma is for Lovers: Artist Craft Fair
Would your Valentine (or you!) appreciate a gift hand-crafted locally with love? Luck you for you, Tacoma is for Lovers has gathered over 20 talented vendors with loads of passion to share. King’s Books will be lined with local artists offering a variety of prints, purses, pottery, and pretty jewelry - all handmade! Items range from peculiar and interesting to pleasant and classy, so don't fret! There will be little bit of something for every Valentine.
Put on your finest gown or your fanciest tux and get ready to walk the red carpet because the Oscars are coming to Tacoma! The Grand Cinema is hosting their annual Film Award Party, where you can get snapped by the paparazzi photo booth, enjoy some local treats and drinks, and of course watch the Oscars LIVE! Take a chance and fill out your own Oscar ballot for an opportunity to win a free year of movies at The Grand. If you are feeling a bit more on the daring side, come dressed as your favorite character from one of the nominated films for a chance to win the Move Costume Contest (prizes to be announced!). Get your tickets now, as this event tends to sell out. Premium tickets that include parking, a $20 food voucher, and coat check are also available.
Route: 1, 28
Come share the love with furry and scaly friends at the Point Defiance Zoo! All Valentine’s weekend the PDZA staff with be providing special treats and enrichments to mammals and amphibians alike. There will be heart shaped enrichments for the lagoon fish, icy salmon love for the polar bears, watermelon Valentine’s specially carved for the elephants, and the long-awaited debut of Chiquita, the baby tamarind! Keepers will be providing the treats mostly during the Keeper Chats, so be sure to check the schedule for times. If you come on Saturday, you may even catch the shark feed!
Pier Peer in Tacoma: Fabulous Fish
Experience the nighttime sea-life of the Puget Sound! Tacoma Nature Center and Outdoor Adventures (MTP) are hosting this family friendly event where you can learn about the sculpin, herring, and other sea creatures that live under the marina docks. Be sure to bring a flashlight and a warm coat because these Tacoma nights are dark and chilly. Once you’ve finished your exploration of life below the marina, warm up with a cup of cocoa and share with others explorers about the fish and wildlife you spotted! Register here.
Getting a good work-out in can be “ruff”. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if your K9 companion was there to cheer you on!? Join Wet Noses Dry Paws and Pure Barre Tacoma for a paw-some 50 minute work-out followed by Yappy Hour ($1 off beers!) in the dog park. All proceeds from the event go towards the needs of Wet Noses Dry Paws foster pups, keeping them fed, healthy, and vaccinated. So grab your four-legged BFF and your gym shoes and get ready for an im-paw-sibly good time!
Mardi Gras @ McMenamins Elks Temple
Nola is coming to T-town! Kick-off Fat Tuesday with live music, food & drink specials, and a festive costume contest, all conveniently located in The Spanish Ballroom at McMenamin’s Elk’s Temple. Starting at 2pm a four band line up will be rocking the ballroom, concluding with the 9pm headliner Breaks and Swells. The event is free and open to all ages. Be sure to wear your fanciest beads and most colorful garb as there will be a photo-booth open from 3pm – 6pm. Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! (Let the good times roll!)
Route: 1, 28
February 28th – March 3rd
Film fanatics, unite! Tacoma’s 7th Annual Destiny City Film Festival will be kicking-off their festivities on February 28th and running all through leap-year weekend. Enjoy some local brews and live music from the Happy Sinners on opening night and be sure to check out the schedule of films through the weekend. Films range from few minute shorts to 96 minute features with over 30 films in total. The collection features film makers from right here in the Puget Sound along with features from around the world. Enjoy some words from the Women in Film Panel on the 29th and stick around for the closing festivities on March 1st at Peaks and Pints. You can purchase single day passes, full weekend passes, or passes for individual films. Come support this volunteer run event as well as the local film artists. Find tickets here.
Route: 13, 16
What better way to spend leap year than leaping back to the 90s! I know many of us aren’t ready for the harsh reality that the 90s are technically 30 years ago, so why not just embrace it? This live musical evening will have you getting down to some N*SYNC, letting loose to Salt-n-Peppa, and getting angsty with Alanis Morrisette. Local cover band, Got 90s?, will be gracing the stage at 9pm and there will be a $10 cover charge at the door. While you won’t find Zima on the menu, a full bar of local beers and other spirits will be available per usual.
Route: 1, 28
People’s Community Center is hosting a fun way to keep our kids and our community healthy. This event is geared at celebrating National Children’s Health Month and National Heart Health Monday by providing free dental cleaning, free blood pressure screening, free haircuts, and more! Of course, no carnival is complete with out food, fun, and games, so be sure to bring the whole family and invite others in your neighborhood to join! A live DJ will be keeping the festivities going until 4pm and don’t forget to pick-up your free t-shirt!
As always, we have found another way to have a tasty beverage and support an amazing non-profit at the same time! Vino Aquino will be hosting a benefit wine tasting in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Days for Girls (DFG). Days for Girls is a non-profit organization that increases access to menstrual care and education globally. It’s no secret that menstruation is a taboo subject in many cultures, including our own. Without proper care and education, girls don’t go to school, women are excluded from society, and females in general suffer physically and emotionally. By providing DFG Kits (check them out!) and proper education, DFG hopes to remove the stigma and obstacles that young girls and women face, to allow them to live healthy and successful lives, as well as pass that support on to others. So, enjoy a glass of wine, play some informative games, and hear about how Days for Girls is turning periods into pathways. Find tickets here.