Fife, Orting, Roy, Sumner, Tacoma, and University Place

[From the County Council] If you live in one of these cities, use the online tool to report illegal firework use Residents in Fife, Orting, Roy, Sumner, Tacoma, and University Place can report the illegal discharge of fireworks online at FireworksReport.com between 6 p.m. Friday, July 1 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.  July 4 is the single…

Sunday, May 29, Memorial Day Service at Fir Lane

Fir Lane Memorial Park will hold a Memorial Day Program on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, WA 98387. The public is invited. An Honor Guard from JBLM will be present to pay tribute to those who served and gave their all.

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue hosting Santa visits

Many of us remember Santa riding on a fire truck through our streets for days before Christmas, passing out candy canes to children who spotted him. The fire district has grown significantly since then and the task is time consuming. Our firefighters have found a solution. They will tour Santa on specific routes in each…

Fantasy Lights Tickets are online only this year

This year tickets will available online only, not at the event! The largest drive-through holiday light display in the Northwest is back: Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park kicks off Nov. 26, but you can get your tickets online starting Monday, Nov. 1. This year’s event runs Nov. 26, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022 and tickets…

Get Tickets for Haunted Headlights in Graham

PIERCE COUNTY PARKS — After a successful first year in 2020, the Haunted Headlights drive-through experience returns to Frontier Park for four days of family-friendly Halloween fun. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and must be purchased in advance online. No tickets will be sold at the event. Haunted Headlights participants will remain in their…

Firework use will be limited in unincorporated Pierce County starting in 2023

PIERCE COUNTY, WA — Starting in 2023 the discharge of fireworks in Pierce County’s unincorporated areas will be restricted to July 4 and Dec. 31 only. That’s according to new legislation passed this week by the Pierce County Council. Additionally, starting in 2023 the Pierce County Fire Marshal will have the authority, in consultation with…

Increased Air Force aircraft activities due to local airshows

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Due to the Tacoma Freedom Fair Air Show and the Gig Harbor Wing and Wheels Air Show, there will be increased Air Force aircraft activities in the South Puget Sound region from July 1-5, 2021. The C-17 West Coast Demo Team and the F-35 Lightning II Demo Team are scheduled…

Festive and Fun! Our holiday lights

Christmas lights are a cheerful product of the season. While Earthlings in the Northern Hemisphere are going through the shortest days of the year, the bright and cheerful lights help brighten both the darkness and our moods. The Frederickson area has a very special computer software engineer whose delight turned to programming Christmas lights at…

Holiday lights on?

Spanaway Park Fantasy Lights have been taking up space and locking the south gate of the park for years now. Since it is the only public park in Spanaway, the County leaves the north entrance open for daytime use, but closes it just before dark. If you are there around 3:00 p.m., you can watch…

Let’s help neighbors for the holidays locally…

By Marianne Lincoln Several events are occurring this week before Thanksgiving through the Christmas season in 2020 to help other local folks struggling through this difficult year. These are the events and dates you can help out locally with toy, clothing and food drives for the holidays. Each has further information as you read through…

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…