Second Saturday at Pierce County Libraries Near You

The Pierce County Library has a great 2nd Saturday program.  From gardening with your kids to flying a kite.  Below are some that seem like a particularly cool way to entertain your young ones this weekend! Sat October 13th

Fetch with Ruff Ruffman

DuPont  1:00 PM
Ages 6 and up.
Event audience: Children, Tween (ages 9-12), Teen/Young Adult

The Zaniac Comedy Show

Buckley  11:00 AM
Milton Edgewood  2:00 PM

All ages.
Event audience: Family

Watch amazing feats of juggling! See why two-time Guinness World Record holder Alex Zerbe was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic

Horrorgami –  Halloween origami: spooky paper folding!

Steilacoom  1:00 PM

Event audience: Family

Get Geeky! 

Lakewood  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ages 7 and up, accompanied by an adult.   Event audience: Family

Calling all geek dads and moms! Learn by doing fun, geeky projects for the whole family to complete together, inspired by the “Geek Dad” books by Ken Denmead.

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Hike-a-Thon — Washington Trails Association

Hike-a-Thon — Washington Trails Association

I don’t care for the Discover Pass fee. I have been vocal about this on twitter. There are too many local, free areas to access nature walks, beaches and out of the way places. But, I do believe that if you use a resource, you should pay for it. So this is a great fundraiser for a great organization, the Washington Trails Association.  You can sign up as a team and raise money, or you can sponsor a group that is already walking. 

This months Summertime Challenge is a hike near Snoqualmie on Sunday the 19th. Look at that, before the last week of the month!  We are getting better!  Whoo hoo! I am not hiking enough to warrant registering the family for the hike, but please do what you can and support a great organization.  I know I am!Image

Introducing STARFIRE SPORTS SKOTS Program : Macaroni Kid

Introducing STARFIRE SPORTS SKOTS Program : via Macaroni Kid

ImageIn Tukwilla, the Starfire sports fields has a pro-rated, soccer class that lasts the whole summer.  Each class is $12.50-$14.50 per class (usually 1 class per week) for up to $145 for a 10week session.  The Starfire clubs mission is to “help youth develop as players and community members through participation in soccer. The classes feature fun, interactive and cooperative games that promote problem solving and teamwork” Wow, now I want to join!

Classes run from June 2nd through August 10th, depending on the day you choose and fees are pro-rated.  If you click the link above, you can get a discount as well!

Starfire Sports: 14800 Starfire Way Tukwila, WA 98188 206-431-3232

Razor Clamming Digs

The article below was taken from the WDFW website with excerpts from the March 10th weekend removed. Of you like to eat clams, then this is a great opportunity to enjoy some outdoor fun, and add some yummy nibbles to the freezer pretty inexpensively.

March 6, 2012

Via: Dan Ayers, WDFW

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers approved a morning razor clam dig at four ocean beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

The dig, scheduled at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, marks the first time this season that clam diggers will be allowed to harvest razor clams on morning tides. No digging will be allowed after noon at any of those beaches.

“This is the first in a series of multi-day morning digs tentatively scheduled in the coming weeks,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “A lot of people wait all year to dig razor clams on morning tides.”

Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach about two hours before low tide for best results.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have a 2011/2012 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licensing options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, which can be purchased on WDFW’s website (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov) and from license vendors around the state.

Shellfish managers have also tentatively proposed two other morning digs through early April, although final approval will depend on the results of future marine toxin tests. Proposed beach openings, along with morning low tides, for those digs are:

March 24, Saturday (8:25 a.m., +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
March 25, Sunday (8:59 a.m., +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
April 7, Saturday (7:36 a.m., -1.2 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 8, Sunday (8:23 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 9, Monday (9:11 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch
Updated information on razor clam seasons is available on WDFW’s toll-free Shellfish Hotline at (866) 880-5431.

Free Home and Garden Workshops

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Tacoma Public Utilities has several FREE Home and Garden workshops at the EnviroHouse. The EnviroHouse is located at the Tacoma landfill, 3510 S. Mullen. Many of these classes have limited space so, registration is REQUIRED by clicking on the link or calling 253-573-2426.

March 10 at 10:30am – Pruning Basics, keep your trees and shrubs healthy over the summer or ask questions about how to keep your plants safe in another ice storm.

March 17th at 10:30am – Residential Lighting and Design, get ready for those Sunday Family BBQs

March 17th at 1:30pm – Backyard Chickens, keep bugs down in the garden and have fresh eggs to boot! Just make sure your Homeowners Association allows chickens where applicable.

March 24th at 10:30 – Planning a Food Garden: Soil and Seed. Can’t wait to get great info on planning my vegetable garden this year and best fertilizer to use. I see lots of TAGRO in my future.

March 25th at 1:30 Rain Barrels: How to make & maintain, capture our own, free from the sky wet stuff to water your flowers and veggies during the hottest months and save even

more money!

March 31st at 10:30 – Greener Cleaners: Make, Store, Use, this is a great way to save money and help your home environment, especially if you have little ones or pets at home. Chemicals are everywhere and they don’t necessarily need to be.

In April, many of the classes repeat and include new ones like:
April 14 at 10:30 – Yard Waste & Worm Bin Composting, From the TPU mailer, you will be allowed to put food scraps, some not all, in your yard waste bin soon. Or, after this class, you can compost yourself and create really awesome fertilizer for your garden next year!

April 21 at 10:30 – Solar Power: How it Works & Incentives, this is great. There are so

 

many great options these days and ways to take advantage of the technology, AND reduce your winter heating bill!

April 28th will bring you Rain Gardens and Porous Pavers: Pavers, Patios, and Driveways at 10:30 and 11:30 respectively.