Walk Tacoma!

This is a series of walks that help you explore the city we all love, Tacoma.  Walks are classified from “History Walk” to “Power Walk”.  Each walk is lead by experts in the subject and no RSVP is necessary.  Walks are typically during the work week, so take a longer lunch break and stretch your legs, or use this as an alternative to the park for the kids.

Contact DOTG for more information at 253-682-1739.

Wright Park to Stadium District Walk
April 4, 2012,
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(walk at noon)
Walk with: Melissa McGinnis & Erik Hanberg, Metro Parks or Paige Van Der Vliet, Tacoma Living Fit. Kick-off with theAmerican Heart Association andMetro Parks on National Walking Day. Sign up for the Heart Walk and get healthy living tips. Meet by the Wright Park white lions on 6th Ave. Sponsor: The Hub
Brewery District to South Downtown Walk
April 20, 2012,
12 – 1 p.m.
Walk with: Michael Sullivan, Local Historian or Janet Bissell, Metro Parks. Meet in front of the Swiss Building. Sponsor: AHBL  
South Waterfront to Tacoma Dome Walk
June 6, 2012,
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Walk with: David Schroedel, Metropolitan Development Director or Tani Loomis, YMCA. Meet at the base of the UWT stairs and return via the Link. Sponsor: TrueBlue  
North Waterfront to Theatre District Walk
June 22, 2012,
12 – 1 p.m.
Walk with: Rueben McKnight, City of Tacoma or Debra Schneider, Fitness One. Meet at the corner of Broadway & 9th.Sponsor: Paladina Health  
Downtown to Hilltop Walk
August 1, 2012,
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Walk with: A local poet or Liz & Matt from Expand Yoga. Join us as we write about what we see on this Walk Poetic. Meet in front of the historic Woolworth Building on 11th & Broadway. Sponsor: DaVita  
New Route!
August 17, 2012,
12 – 1 p.m.
Walk with: Dale Wirsing, Tacoma Historical Society or Morgan Blackmore, Tacoma Strength. Meet in Tollefson Plaza. Sponsor: TWO KOI Japanese Cuisine
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Shred Event

Many of us receive credit card offers in the mail and will manually tear them up before throwing out. Some of you are lucky enough to have a shredder at home. With tax season upon us, it’s a good time to re-visit best practices when dealing with your own sensitive data.

It’s so easy to steal someone’s identity. A few pieces of information from your Facebook page, your twitter timeline or your LinkedIn profile and most of your passwords are cracked.

In the physical realm, think about the piles of mail that you get everyday. We call it junk mail, identity thieves call it opportunity. Opportunity to take the credit card offer and open the card, in your name, for themselves. Opportunity to steal account information from your existing credit card bill, (Don’t fool yourself, the ‘hidden’ numbers will only deter the laziest if thieves. Sophisticated thieves will already know the beginning 4 digits because they are designated by your institution) Then there are all those years of tax documents with social security numbers send other personal identification. (Keep at LEAST 7years tax records, you never know WHEN the IRS might come knocking) It’s overwhelming to say the least!

Well LeMay has a solution for us! Shredding is a simple, effective way to protect yourself from identity fraud. ID theft costs Washington state residents nearly two billion dollars a year.

To make it even easier to shred, you can bring up to three grocery bags of your old documents to a FREE shredding party. Check out the list below for a location near you!

April 7
Tyee Educational complex parking lot
The City of SeaTac Recycling program
4424 South 188th Street
Seattle, WA
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 7
First Federal Savings
1603 East 1st Street
Port Angeles, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 14
Miller Insurance Group
7995 SW Seneca Street
Taulatin, OR
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 17
JBLM-McChord Field Commissary
577 Lincoln Blvd.
McChord Field, WA
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

April 18
JBLM-Lewis Main Exchange
Bldg 5280 41st Division Drive South
Joint Base-Lewis McChord, WA
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

April 20
Safeway parking lot
2930 Ocean beach Highway
Longview, WA
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

April 21
West Van Transfer & Recycling Center
6601 NW Old Lower Road
Vancouver, WA
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 21
Central Transfer Station
1411 Tower Avenue
Centralia, WA
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

April 21
Harborstone Credit Union
4720 Center Street
Tacoma, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 21
First Federal Saving
1321 Simms Way
Port Townsend, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 21
Silvermark
16398 NE 85th Street
Redmond, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
For Commercial Clients Only.

April 21
Tapco Credit Union
6312 19th St W
Tacoma, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 21
Timberland Bank
7805 South Hosmer Street
Tacoma, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Donations accepted for Rotary 8 Community Projects

April 21
Windermere
2312 Pacific Avenue
Olympia, WA
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

April 22
Gaiser Hall-Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA
12:30 – 4:30 PM

April 23
Timberland Library
1100 South Silver Street
Centralia, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 27
Pierce County Crime Stoppers
Cheney Stadium Parking Lot
2502 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA
3:00 – 7:00 PM
Donations accepted for Pierce County Crime Prevention

April 28
Oregon City Police
320 Warner Mine Road
Oregon City, OR
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cell phone recycle and drug turn in day

April 28
Albertson’s
2800 Milton Way
Milton, WA
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

April 28
City of Puyallup
Cornforth Campbell Parking Lot
302 2nd Street SE
Puyallup, WA
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

April 28
City of Sumner
822 Alder Street
Sumner, WA 98390
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Old Red Apple Parking Lot

April 28
Finley-Sunset Highway
6801 SW Sunset Highway
Portland, OR
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 28
First Federal Savings
1201 West Washington Street
Sequim, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 28
McDonald McGarry
630 Main Street
Edmonds, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cell phone recycle and drug turn in day

April 28
O’Bee Credit Union
400 Cooper Point Road SW
Olympia, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 28
Tapco Credit Union
5303 112th Street East
Tacoma, WA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 28
Linden Grove Health
400 29th Street NE
Puyallup, WA
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Special Event at the Tacoma Childrens’ Museum

Oops, the previous version of this post mentioned the event was at Children’s Museum of Tacoma, it is actually in Seattle. The post has been updated to reflect that.  The Tacoma Children’s Museum is always a fun time too and we always have a fun time there!

HINT: Ride the 590 bus to Westlake Center then hop the Monorail to the Seattle Center.  It costs a little more maybe than to park for a car full of people, but children have cheaper rates on the monorail, and its a great experience!

From the Seattle Children’s Museum Website

Tomorrow, the Museum of History and Industry bring special programming to The Children’s Museum each month, providing great fun to our visitors. From learning about life on the Oregon Trail to exploring Kitchen gadgets through history – there is always fun to be had when MOHAI goes Mobile!

Next Visit:

Saturday, March 31
10:00am – 12:30pm
Program: Curiosities from the Kitchen!

Free Kids Concert at McCaw Hall in Seattle

This Saturday on March 31st, you can take the kids to see the Seattle Mens and Womens

Chorus for FREE!  Also, Villiage Theaters are joining in the fun with approximately 20 of their Kidstage participants who will be joining the choirs on stage!!

Prior to the event, at 1pm and at 1:30pm (for 30 minutes), Kidstage will host two hands-on workshops for ages K-5.  See more details here!

Saturday from 2-5pm ***RESERVATIONS are required by calling

McCaw Hall 
321 Mercer Street
Seattle 206-388-1400

Looks like fun, if anyone can have a ‘moisture festival’ it’s Seattle!

Seattle Pockets

Update: Wed, 3/28 get 1/2 price tickets for tonight’s show at Hale’s Palladium by using promo code word rubberband. Click here for tickets.

When was the last time you were aware of your face hurting because of smiling & laughing for hours?  Treat yourself to a night of quality and diverse entertainment: open your calendar right now to find a date to catch The Moisture Festival, before it disappears after April 8th. You’ll still be smiling when you take the time to come back to this blog to thank me.

The Moisture Festival takes the stage in three venues this year: Broadway Performance Hall, Georgetown Ballroom and Hale’s Palladium (grab a pretzel and a beer before you take your seat).  Now in it’s nineth year, The Moisture Festival stays true to its mission “to enrich the community by presenting an affordable annual festival showcasing the art of live comedy/…

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