Renaming Bethel High School’s Mascot

By Marianne Lincoln BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — On June 8, 2021, the Bethel School Board unanimously voted to appoint a Bethel High School Mascot Committee. The purpose of the committee was to follow a new State of Washington law that passed the State House 90-8 and the Senate 40-9 and was signed by the Governor…

Community input sought for aging and disability services

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division is initiating a survey to gather community input for the two-year update to the 2020-2023 Area Plan. As the designated Area Agency on Aging for Pierce County, ADR must develop and oversee long-term services and supports for older adults and adults…

5 Ways Recent Immigrants Can Embrace Their New Community

[Guest Post] By Meredith Jones 5 Ways Recent Immigrants Can Embrace Their New Community If you’re a recent immigrant to the United States, you may feel overwhelmed as you try to adjust to your new lifestyle. Even though you likely miss your family and your hometown, you’re probably excited about experiencing everything the US has…

Corrections Celebrate the Holidays Too

[Editor note: From 1990 to 1993, Editor Lincoln was an instructor for Tacoma Community College at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. She taught computer operating system and software courses at the institution. She also helped start the Purdy Prison Chapel Project which, in 1995-96, funded, built and dedicated a chapel for the women at…

Swedish Traditions – kids participating in Lucia Event at PLU

In the weeks ahead of the Christmas season, the Scandinavian Cultural Center holds rehearsals for young people to participate in the Sankta Lucia event held there each year. Sankta Lucia is a Christmas tradition in Sweden and with Americans of Swedish decent. Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 27. There is also a chance for a student…

Training- Marijuana Trends

BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — High In Plain Sight, is a training to inform adults on current marijuana trends and what to look for with youth. This training is great for school staff, nurses, youth serving organizations and the general public. Register here.  August 13th 9-3:30 a.m., Pioneer Park Pavilion, Puyallup 330 S Meridian, Puyallup WA…

Norwegian Heritage Festival

On Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Anderson University Center at PLU, the Scandinavian Cultural Center (SCC) will present the annual Norwegian Heritage Festival. The event includes, music, cultural foods, dancing, rosemaling, art, weaving, Viking reinactors and more! This year, the SCC will have several events around the Spring calendar….

Disabilities Easter Egg Hunt – March 31

[Updated with photos] The Prairie House Museum in Spanaway is the location of the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children with Disabilities. This event is hosted by the Spanaway Lions Club and will take place at 10am on March 31st. The Prairie House Museum is location at 812 176th St East, Spanaway. From the Lions…

Sankta Lucia Celebration – Dec 3

A Swedish Sankta Lucia Celebration will be held December 3rd at PLU’s Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Sunday, December 3rd at 2:30 PM – 6 PM. (Also known as the Eastvold Auditorium) The event his hosted by the Scandinavian Cultural Center. The event consists of singing and dance. Young people rehearse for several weeks…

Collecting warm kids coats

Message from the Lemay Collections at Marymount : We are in urgent need of boys and girls size 8 coats! LeMay cares about our community, and once again we are collecting warm coats, and toys, for local children in need. From infant sizes to adult xl, we need NEW coats of all sizes. Toy donations must…

Bethel Offers Free Summer Lunch Program for Kids

Bethel School District #403 announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children.  Lunches will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. Lunches will be provided at the following open sites from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 26 through August 18,…