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Tacoma Is Proposing To Develop Youth Outreach Center

drop-in-center_wgo@TACOMADOTFM – The City is hosting three community outreach meetings to discuss its proposal to develop 5401 S. Tacoma Way into a center for youth and young adults who are experiencing a housing crisis to access services.

The meetings will at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way on Thursday, November 3rd and Thursday, November 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

The drop-in center is intended to function as a day center where youth and young adults will receive service navigation assistance, access to employment, and also education opportunities.

During its non-operating hours as a day center, it will serve as an emergency overnight shelter serving young adults between the ages of 18-24.

Tacoma EnviroHouse Is Celebrating It’s 10th Anniversary

tacoma_envirohouse1@TACOMADOTFM – The EnviroHouse is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by inviting Tacoma customers to an open house from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on October 22nd.

During the open house, there will be hourly guided tours of the gardens and landscape displays, healthy harvest snacks, prizes and more.

The open house will also feature the Photovoice art exhibit. The artwork, created by community members, teachers and students, highlight the importance of the Puyallup River Watershed through striking photographs and stories.

The EnviroHouse, located at 3510 S. Mullen St., is a permanent model home showcasing green building and natural landscape ideas, materials and techniques for inside and outside the home. The house offers more than 40 free workshops and is open for visitors Wednesday through Sunday throughout the year.

For more information about the EnviroHouse, visit

Tacoma Monday Mixer Tomorrow Focuses On Maker City

logo@TACOMADOTFM – Join the City of Tacoma for the next Monday Mixer networking event held at 1120 Creative House (1120 Pacific Ave., 2nd Floor) on Monday, October 17th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

On the heels of this year’s Etsy Maker City Summit, this networking event will focus on Tacoma’s Maker community. Are you an artist, a manufacturer, an inventor, a tinkerer, a designer or someone else creative who makes things?  Then you are a maker and are encouraged to attend this mixer designed to be an informal way to meet other makers, content experts, government representatives and interested parties to share information and build community.

“Tacoma is built on a rich history of innovation and manufacturing,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland.  “Now we are poised to advance our position as a Maker City again by strengthening opportunities for our local talent to thrive. Much like Brooklyn, where the Etsy Maker City Summit was held earlier this year, we have a thriving artisan community that takes great pride in their work.”

At this event, participants can meet Stephen Jones from Tacoma Manufacturing Company and Tim and April Norris from Tim+April who were the forces behind Tacoma’s invitation to participate in the Etsy Maker City Summit.  As a result of this summit, these makers are launching a “Made in Tacoma” initiative. Makers are invited to visit and fill out a short survey.  “We want to know who all the makers are in our community so we can strengthen our network and together, identify ways to build and grow as a creative economy,” said April Norris.

In addition, there will be representatives from mixer co-host Spaceworks Tacoma, Fablab, IDEA (the Industrial Design Engineering Art high school), co-working and maker spaces, the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality plus hundreds of fellow makers.

Monday Mixers are free to attend and open to all. Visit for more information.

Tacoma Prepares For Record Breaking Wind And Rain

bucket-truck-orig1_002@TACOMADOTFM – The National Weather Service has issued a heavy storm warning for Western Washington through the weekend. During a heavy rain event the City of Tacoma’s stormwater system could get overwhelmed and some city streets and low areas could flood.

Storm drains clogged by fallen leaves are one of the biggest causes of street flooding, and one of the easiest to prevent. Residents can help prevent potential flooding issues by disposing of leaves and yard waste properly and by keeping streets and storm drains free from debris. The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities are standing by to assist, but we can all help.

What to do about a clogged storm drain causing street flooding:

  • Use a rake, broom or stick to try to clear the blockage
  • Do not wade into large puddles of water
  • If you cannot clear the blockage, or you see a storm drain that is not working properly, please report flooding problems to (253) 591-5585.

The City’s surface water crews work to keep Tacoma’s 22,000-plus storm drains functioning properly. However, residents can make a big difference in preventing street and property flooding due to clogged storm drains by picking up fallen leaves and keeping storm drains clear.

For more information, visit or call (253) 591-5585.

Tahoma Audubon Society Hires A New Executive Director

tas%20logo%2c%20horizontal_small@TACOMADOTFM – Tahoma Audubon Society’s  search for a new Executive Director began in early March, 2016  when the previous executive director announced her decision to leave the position.  The search committee was pleased with the response to the job positing, and by the end of July had invited Dr. Emily Kalnicky to visit the area and meet with board members and staff.

A native of Madison, WI, Kalnicky’s most recent role was Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA.  In that position she supervised and trained a team of seasonal, full-time and part-time individuals, successfully increasing program offerings and revenue.  Last year she received the 2015 Pittsburgh Business Times “Fast Tracker” award for her accomplishments in that job.

Kalnicky brings with her a wealth and breadth of experience in education, research, and administration spanning over 15 years focused on connecting people and nature.  She received her B.S. in Zoology, Psychology, and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she did her independent project on stickleback fish.  She earned her M.S.  in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois—Urbana, where her thesis was on zoo-based environmental education.  She got her Ph.D. in Ecology at Utah State, where her dissertation involved human interaction with an invasive frog in Hawaii.  Her projects on fish, zoos, and frogs are all centered on human interrelationships in connecting people with nature.

Jerry Broadus, Board President, remarked, “Emily stood out from all the others. The search committee was impressed with her history of forming community partnerships.  I, for one, was especially envious of her success in recruiting new members, volunteers, and funding sources.  We are glad she accepted the position and expect to see exciting innovations in the future.”

With Tahoma Audubon approaching 50 years as an organization in 2019, Kalnicky shared her excitement for joining the organization with this milestone on the horizon.  “The organization has established itself as a leader in conservation and is poised for continued growth in conservation, education, recreation and research.  With the 50 year anniversary of the organization on the horizon, I am excited to be able to help set the strategic direction to advance the mission as we reach this important milestone.  I also think there is a really talented staff and enthusiastic board of directors and volunteers that I will learn a lot from and will enjoy working with.”

Tacoma Will Honor National & World Wasted Food Days

just-eat-it-logo-400x400px@TACOMADOTFM – The City of Tacoma, as part of the Preventing Wasted Food campaign and in honor of National and World Food Days, will offer a free screening of the film “Just Eat It.” The family-friendly event is from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on October 20th at the University of Washington Tacoma’s Carwein Auditorium @ 1754 Commerce Street.

“Just Eat It” explores our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes and reveals that wasted food is having devastating consequences around the globe.

The film looks at food waste from farm, through retail, to the back of your fridge. After food lovers Jen and Grant catch a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food tossed into the garbage each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food.

A brief discussion will follow the film, and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Project Specialist Emily Campbell at (253) 591-5172 or email her at

The City Of Tacoma Is Getting Ready For Winter Driving

snow-plow@TACOMADOTFM – Residents could see snow plows operating throughout the city on Wednesday, Oct. 19, between 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the City of Tacoma’s effort to be prepared for winter snowstorms. During this time frame, emergency snow vehicles will be dispatched so crews can experience operating these vehicles along snow routes and around the traveling public.

During a snowstorm event City crews plow and de-ice streets on a priority level, beginning with primary arterial streets, followed by secondary and auxiliary routes. The time required to clear these routes depends on the intensity of a particular snowstorm and how much snow or ice accumulates. Residents can prepare for winter weather now by equipping vehicles with good tires, windshield wipers, chains, sand and emergency supplies, plus researching public transportation options.

For more information on winter preparedness, visit the City’s inclement weather page


Willits Canoe Rendezvous This Saturday & Sunday @ Foss

cid_image004_jpg01d21f0d@TACOMADOTFM – The Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sound’s maritime heritage, education and event center, will officially welcome and host the Willits Brothers Canoe Rendezvous, Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th. FREE for all visitors with paid admission to the Foss Waterway Seaport.

Foss Waterway Seaport Executive Director, Wesley Wenhardt said, “We are delighted to invite and welcome Willits canoe owners, enthusiasts and visitors to the Seaport and tell the intriguing story of two brothers who built some of the finest canoes ever made, and give the public the opportunity to reengage and reconnect with the Tacoma waterfront.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday, noon to 4pm. Admission: free for Seaport members, $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Children (5 +), Students, Military, and Seniors (62+), $25.00 for a Family Pass (up to 2 adults and 4 children) Parking is available adjacent to the Seaport. Public moorage is available with power and water, and is within walking distance of restaurants, museums and downtown.

For more information visit

City Issues Call To Artists For Prairie Line Trail Projects

plt-overview@TACOMADOTFM – The City of Tacoma invites artists and/or artist teams who reside in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia, to submit qualifications for one of four $55,000 commissions to create artwork along a segment of the Prairie Line Trail in downtown Tacoma. Each artwork will provide historic interpretation for an important location or theme along the trail in an artful way. The application deadline is midnight on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

“We are excited to see how artists interpret the significance of this historic corridor in an engaging and dynamic way,” said Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight. “It will be a great opportunity to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds, while connecting people with the unique history of Tacoma.”

Selected artists will be encouraged to represent less told stories along the trail, and artists with diverse cultural perspectives are encouraged to apply.

The Prairie Line is historically significant as the west coast terminus of the Northern Transcontinental Railroad. The former BNSF Railway traveled the line through the Brewery District, University of Washington-Tacoma campus, past Tacoma Art Museum, and down to the Thea Foss Waterway – strengthening an important connection between downtown and the waterfront.

Once completed, this rail to trail conversion of the Prairie Line Trail will create a linear park and active transportation gateway to the waterfront; build on downtown Tacoma’s natural, historic, and cultural assets; and become an integral component of the vision of an attractive, livable, and revitalized downtown.

For a complete prospectus, visit or contact Public Art Specialist Rebecca Solverson at or call (253) 591-5564.

TPD Holding A Public Event Tomorrow To Share Data

open-data_tpd-wgo@TACOMADOTFM – During a public event, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM October 5th at the Evergreen State College – 1210 6th Ave. in Tacoma  the Tacoma Police Department will release its first data sets in support of the White House Police Data Initiative.

These data sets will include officer involved shootings since 2012 and complaint allegations with findings since 2015.

The event follows a successful series of Project PEACE conversations designed to build trust, relationships and understanding between community members and Tacoma Police Department officers.

Historic Tacoma Annual Meeting & Coloring Book Launch

cid_430b9ab8-bb16-4855-ba70-fb8095675841click-network@TACOMADOTFM – On November 10th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM come hear about Historic Tacoma’s accomplishments and goals from Board President, Gary Knudson.

Get a real ”before” of the building that will become 14 units of artist work/live loft spaces and learn from the developers, Eli and Amber Moreno, about the adaptive reuse of this building and others they have in Tacoma.

Plus Historic Tacoma will have a wonderful new Coloring book for sale at the event featuring 20 of their favorite historic buildings in Tacoma.

This Coloring Book, a gift from a couple of their Board Members, will help raise money to carry out their goal to promote, conserve and enhance Tacoma’s architectural characterizing three strategies to accomplish this goal – education, advocacy, and preservation.

The event will be held at 3524 McKinley Ave. Tacoma 98404, the old police precinct station soon to be artist lofts!

Final Walk Tacoma Event For This Year Is Wednesday

14361250_1287023411341720_5603896282843682078_o-300x193@TACOMADOTFM – This Wednesday, October. 5th will be the final Walk Tacoma event of the 2016 season, which began in March with monthly hosted walks through points of interest throughout Tacoma. 

Join Historian Michael Sullivan during your lunch hour, noon to 1, as he explains the past, present, and future of the Prairie Line Trail. The 1.2 mile route will start at the base of the UWT stairs at South 19th & Pacific Ave.

Come and learn more information on the development of the next phases of the Prairie Line Trail and the Brewery District in downtown Tacoma.

For this walk, we are collaborating with Feet First for their Walktober campaign. Check out their events calendar for more foot powered events throughout Washington in October.

Tacoma City Council Gets A Brand New Home On Tuesday

citycouncil@TACOMADOTFM – The City Council Chambers Improvement Project is in the final stages of the construction timeline. The first City Council meeting held in the renovated chambers at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., 1st Floor) will be this Tuesday, October 4th @ 5 PM.

“The improvements to the City Council Chambers are a long time coming,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “Now that the chambers have been updated to have more aesthetic appeal and the audio visual updates are in line with modern technology, this space will enhance the community engagement experience.”

This is the first complete update of the chambers in almost 40 years. Aesthetic enhancements include new carpeting, reupholstered chairs, updated wall finishes, a resurfaced dais and updated podium.  Audio visual updates include an improved microphone and speaker system and upgraded cameras.

“These Council Chambers improvements are part of a continued effort to promote engagement between citizens and their City government,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “The upgrades will enhance the viewing experience for those that attend a meeting in person or watch at home on TV Tacoma.”

The chambers serve as the main meeting facility for the public to engage with Council as they conduct official City business. These upgrades will also serve to provide for a secondary use of the room as meeting space for committee meetings, City department meetings and Hearing Examiner sessions.

Visit the City Council Meetings site to view upcoming agendas or for more information contact the Customer Support Center by dialing 311 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else.

Jazz & Blues Legend Dr. John In Tacoma October 7th

drjohn@TACOMADOTFM – A legend of jazz, Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. He’s heading out on the road with his band The Nite Trippers, headlining a string of US and international dates.

Dr. John just won Best Blues Artist from Jazz FM and he helped to induct What a Wonderful World at the 2015 Songwriters’ Hall of Fame gala. This tour includes both Nite Tripper gigs featuring classic Dr. John hits reaching all the way back to his legendary albums Babylon and Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, his critically acclaimed Louis Armstrong tribute album.

Catch him @ The Pantages on Friday, October 7th at 7:30 PM.

Tacoma Welcomes The Historic Schooner Adventuress

adventuress@TACOMADOTFM – The Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sound’s maritime heritage, education and event center, will officially welcome and host the historic schooner Adventuress. Entry to the ship will be FREE for all visitors with paid admission to the Foss Waterway Seaport.

Foss Waterway Seaport Executive Director, Wesley A. Wenhardt said, “We are delighted to welcome visitors to the schooner Adventuress and give them the opportunity to re-connect with the Tacoma waterfront, Puget Sound and the maritime history of our region, in anticipation of the 2017 Festival of Sail – Tall Ships in Tacoma, scheduled for June 15th – 18th, 2017.

Sound Experience Executive Director, Catherine Collins, says “Tacoma’s public has a special passion for tall ships and we can’t wait to invite folks aboard.”

The 133’ National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress—now underway for her 103rd sailing season, offers Public Sails on Sunday October 3 at 3:00 pm. All ages are welcome and no sailing experience is required. During these 3-hour sails, participants are invited to raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and learn more about emerging issues in Puget Sound.

Tickets for Public Sails are $65/Adult and $35/Youth (under 18). Sound Experience Members sail free on all Public Sails.

For Public Sails and overnight programs, register online at or call 360-379-0438 x1.

Tacoma.FM Is Under Construction And Growing In 2017

thanks@TACOMADOTFM – As Tacoma.FM gets ready to celebrate our 7th anniversary in 2017, we’re planning some exciting new projects to grow local radio for Tacoma.

Tacoma.FM founder Ken Moultrie says “It’s hard to believe that Tacoma.FM will be 7 years old on February 10th, 2017. We are working now behind the scenes on several new things for the new year including a brand new broadcast studio located in the heart of downtown Tacoma, new apps for mobile devices to provide easy access to our live and on-demand audio and video streams, closer relationships with Tacoma’s rapidly growing diverse music and arts community, and a much more interactive social media presence.”

All of these changes will allow Tacoma.FM to provide an even more diverse and progressive line-up of locally produced music and informational programming – so stay tuned!

In October Tacoma Celebrates Local Arts & Culture

untitled@TACOMADOTFM – October 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages, taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

“The arts are a vital part of Tacoma’s soul. They entertain, inspire, and provoke, and they drive our economy; the arts make Tacoma a livable city,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “Tacoma Arts Month provides us with an opportunity to celebrate, investigate, and participate in the depth and diversity of our artists and arts organizations.”

Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the Tacoma Arts Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. More information about the Tacoma Arts Challenge is available at

The community is invited to attend a free celebration on September 29th from 6 – 9 PM at Asia Pacific Cultural Center @ 4851 South Tacoma Way. Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2016 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and Christopher Paul Jordan. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, and hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

The community is also invited inside the working studios of 57 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This free, family-friendly, self-guided tour will run October 15th and 16th from 11 AM – 5 PM and covers 34 locations around Tacoma.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

A complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport is available at

Applications For 2017 Art Project Funding Now Available

art@TACOMADOTFM – The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2017. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on November 7th, 2016.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of neighborhood festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; visual art exhibits; and literary events.

Funded events must take place between January 1st and December 31st, 2017.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; and educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.

Organizations interested in applying for Arts Projects funding can find out about past funded projects, download the guidelines, and access the online application form at  Application guidelines are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held October 13th, from noon to 1:30 in Tacoma Municipal Building @ 747 Market Street, 9th floor, Visibility Center conference room.

Celebrate Tacoma Green Day Saturday October 1st

oct1@TACOMADOTFM – Residents, businesses, community groups and individuals are invited to celebrate Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day, on Saturday, October 1st, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  These events are the perfect opportunity to learn more about urban forests across the city through fun, educational activities and restoration projects.

Green Tacoma Day is an annual celebration of the Green Tacoma Partnership’s work to restore 1,881 acres of urban green space, while Arbor Day celebrates the planting, growing, and caring of Tacoma’s trees.  This day of service offers great opportunities for the Tacoma community to get to know each other and their local green spaces. All are welcome and no experience is necessary.

There are a number of activities available to choose from that each highlight a different way to support the city’s urban forests and green spaces. Restoration activities will range from removing weeds and invasive plants to planting native trees and shrubs at nine locations across Tacoma. Learn how to plant a tree and help increase Tacoma’s tree canopy with a large tree planting at Titlow Park. Participants can also help transform a paved median into a green space on South Thompson and South Yakima avenues at South 46th Street for the Depave project.

Anyone interested in keeping Tacoma green in their own backyard as well as in local green spaces is encouraged to check out the Tree Coupon Program. Saturday, Oct. 1, marks the kickoff for the fifth season of the program open to Tacoma and Pierce County residents. For more information, visit

Having access to healthy parks and urban trees is vital to our cities and quality of life. Eight cities including Kent, Everett, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila and Puyallup make up the Green Cities Network, collectively working to restore and maintain over 7,500 acres of publicly owned urban natural areas and forests. Each Green City has partnered with Forterra to establish a community-based restoration program that brings together local non-profits, community groups, city agencies, neighborhood leaders, and local businesses to support healthy urban green spaces for the future of our region. People can learn more about this partnership at

This Arbor Day, Tacoma celebrates 22 years as a Tree City USA community and Tacoma Public Utility’s 12th year as a Tree Line USA utility.

Green Tacoma Day partners include City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Forterra, Citizens for a Healthy Bay and Pierce Conservation District.

Project sites include Browns Point Playfield, Franklin Park, Garfield Gulch, Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands, Julia’s Gulch, McKinley Park, Oak Tree Park, Ryan’s Park, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Nature Center, Titlow Park, Wapato Hills Park, Wapato Lake Park, and the Depave event on South Thompson and South Yakima avenues at South 46th Street.

Visit to find event details and sign up for a site near you. Registration is not required, but is encouraged.

Free Bike Parking Is Available For Tacoma Businesses

bikes@TACOMADOTFM – You may have noticed more bike racks popping up all over Tacoma. The City of Tacoma currently has a bike rack program and can provide free racks for its businesses or employers to meet the needs of cyclists.

Join the many local businesses that provide their bike-riding patrons a safe place to park their bike. City staff will evaluate the proposed area and work with the business or property owner to come up with an appropriate location for the racks. They must be located in the public right-of-way and not interfere with pedestrian or ADA mobility.

If you are interested in having a free bike rack installed at your business, contact Diane Wiatr Bike corrals may also be available depending on demand, business district interest and location.

Tacoma Maritime Fest Is Coming

maritime2016#TACOMAFM – Make plans to drop by this years annual Tacoma Maritime Fest happening July 16th and 17th.

Tacoma Maritime Fest is the only annual celebration of Tacoma’s most important asset – its waterfront!

Join us at this all-ages event and be part of this valued maritime tradition that honors Tacoma’s rich maritime history, the trades that defined its past, and the activities and industry that shape it now.

Admission to Maritime Fest is FREE, and so are our activities, which include visiting the Foss Waterway Seaport museum, boarding the boats, making toy boats, painting our community mural, going out on FREE boat tours of the Foss Waterway and the Port of Tacoma, watching live music, and so much more.

Find out more about this years event here


Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Or Not?

tmall#TACOMAFM – The City of Tacoma is currently working to develop a Subarea Plan for the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood that focuses on the vision, goals and strategies for the area. During outreach for this effort, there has been community interest in whether the current name is the best representation of the neighborhood.

The City is asking for feedback from members of the community about a possible rename of the neighborhood by filling out a short survey at

Over the past year, residents have expressed support for changing the name as a way to capture a vision of positive change, to rebrand the neighborhood, and to more fully represent the larger geography. The outreach process has brought suggestions for a name change as well as support for keeping the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood as the accepted, long-standing name of the area.

The survey will help to gauge community response and interest to a possible name change as well as give a list of prospective names for the area. If a name change is chosen it would appear in official City discussions and documents.

Visit and complete the survey by Wednesday, July 20. For more information, contact Associate Planner Elliott Barnett at  or call (253) 591-5389.

Get Ready To Walk Tacoma Tomorrow

td#TACOMAFM – The next “Walk Tacoma” event is happening tomorrow afternoon, July 6th beginning at 5:15 and will tour many of the great museums around Downtown Tacoma.

The Walk Tacoma series includes seven 1.5 – 2 mile walks in downtown Tacoma on the first Wednesday of the month tomorrow through October 5th.

Here is the Walk Tacoma schedule,

Wednesday, July 6th (5:15 – 6:30 PM) Museums

Wednesday, August 10th (4:30 – 7:00 PM) Tollefson Plaza 

Wednesday, September 7th (5:15 – 6:30 PM) Hilltop

Wednesday, October 5th (12:00 – 1:00 PM) UWT

Find out more about where to meet and join the Walk Tacoma series here

Methanol Plant Public Meeting Moved

Plant#TACOMAFM – In order to allow for more community participation at the public scoping meeting for the Northwest Innovation Works proposed methanol plant, the Tuesday, Feb. 16 meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center ballroom @ 1500 Broadway. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for speaker sign-up and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of this public scoping meeting is to provide community members with an opportunity to comment on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. The draft Scope of Work is available for review at

More information is available through Project Manager Ian Munce at or (253) 573-2478.

Tacoma’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year#TACOMAFM – The City of Tacoma has partnered with business owners and other community leaders in the Lincoln International Business District to host the 2016 Lunar New Year Celebration this Saturday, February 13th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. convening around Yakima Avenue and South 38th Street in Tacoma.

Event attendees will enjoy world-class global cuisine while taking in performances from lion dancers and other cultural groups. The celebration supports the City Council’s broader goals to promote an economically thriving business district that is an inviting and accessible destination area for eating, shopping and gathering.

The Tacoma Murals Project Underway

art#TACOMAFM – In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement painted outdoor murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 14, 2016.

“The strength of the Tacoma Murals Project is its ability to reflect the diverse voices of our community while creating beautiful artworks that can be catalysts for change,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “These murals help create a sense of place and identity, and provide a welcoming entry into our many unique neighborhoods.”

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist or artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located in areas without a good representation of public art and/or that are highly visible to the public.

It is tentatively projected that five mural sites will be selected for 2016.

Twenty-seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. Photos of these murals are available on the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. Additional information is available from Naomi Strom-Avila at or (253) 591-5191.

#IHeartTacoma 2016 Design Contest

plu#TACOMAFM – In February the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is inviting residents to show their love for Historic Preservation by competing in the #IHeartTacoma2016 slogan design Contest. This contest is not a solicitation for professional design work; it is open to all ages and levels of expertise.

To participate, post a Tacoma Historic Preservation inspired design and/or slogan idea to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #IHeartTacoma2016. The contest will run through the month of February and the most “liked” idea will be used on Historic Preservation promotional pieces, including a bumper sticker, and debuted during the May 2016 Historic Preservation Month festivities.

To have your positive and appropriate for a general audience design and/or slogan idea posted, send them to Lauren Hoogkamer at, call (253) 591-5254 or for more information, visit

Tacoma’s Possible Bike Share Program

bikes#TACOMAFM – The City of Tacoma is holding a Bike Share Open House on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Campus of The Evergreen State College – Main Hall (1210 6th Ave.

This open house is part of the City’s planning study for a possible bike share program and pilot project. Attendees will learn about the types of systems that may work for Tacoma and give their thoughts on potential system goals, station locations, and technology types.

A bike share system represents a unique opportunity for the City to increase the use of bicycles for relatively short-range travel, reduce the negative impacts of single occupancy vehicles and encourage a shift to healthier and other more sustainable modes of transportation.

For more information, contact Active Transportation Coordinator Diane Wiatr at or call (253) 591-5380.

Tacoma Methanol Plant Public Meetings

Plant#TACOMAFM – Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:30 PM, a meeting was held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway.  The transcript and recording of this meeting are posted below.

Scoping Meeting Transcript (January 21, 2016)

Scoping Meeting Recording Part 1 Intro (January 21, 2016)

Scoping Meeting Recording Part 2 (January 21, 2016)

Scoping Meeting Recording Part 3 (January 21, 2016)

Additional meetings will be held, as follows.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 6:30 PM, at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 5th Floor, 1500 Broadway.  The doors will open at 5:00 for speaker sign-up and the meeting will begin at 6:30; speakers will be called upon in the order of sign-up.  The draft Scope of Work will be available for review by February 5 and will be posted here, so that comments may include a review of the scope of work.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:30 PM, at Meeker Middle School, 4402 Nassau Avenue NE.  The doors will open at 5:00 for speaker sign-up and the meeting will begin at 6:30; speakers will be called upon in the order of sign-up.  The draft Scope of Work will be available for review by February 5 and will be posted on this web page, so that comments may include a review of the scope of work.  This meeting is being scheduled to make it easier for Northeast Tacoma residents to attend.

The purpose of the public scoping meetings is to provide information about the proposed project and to provide an opportunity to make oral comment on the scope of the EIS.  Additionally, written comments will be accepted at the meetings.  Comment forms will be available.

All submitted comments will be entered in the proposal’s environmental review record as scoping comments.  Written comments are due no later than Friday, March 4, 2016, 5:00 PM.  Comments may be submitted at the above-mentioned scoping meetings or e-mailed to

Northwest Innovation Works, Tacoma, LLC (NWIWT) proposes to develop and operate a natural gas-to-methanol production plant and export facility on approximately 125 acres in the Port of Tacoma. The project objective is the manufacture and shipment of methanol to global markets for use as a feedstock for manufacturing olefins used in the production of plastics and other materials.

Through ongoing engineering efforts, NWIWT has identified design features that allow for greater volumes of water to be reused throughout the methanol production process. These design features mean water usage at the facility will be reduced by approximately 28 percent to an estimated 10.4 million gpd. This is a decline from earlier preliminary estimates of 14.4 million gpd.

The City of Tacoma is the Lead Agency for the purposes of completing environmental review pursuant to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Under state regulations at WAC 197-11 and Tacoma Municipal Code 13.12, the City will be issuing a Determination of Significance and requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS is not a substitute for permit review. It is a process that develops information that is used to support permit review and development of recommended mitigation measures related to potential impacts to matters such as transportation, fire, health and safety.

Key permits for this project include the City of Tacoma Shoreline Substantial Development Permit, Department of Ecology Water Quality Certification, the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Hydraulic Project Approval, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sections 10 and 404 permits, and a Notice of Construction air contaminant permit from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The federal permits will likely involve a thorough review of waterway operations by the US Coast Guard.

Fort Nisqually LHM Joins Museum Day Live

museum#TACOMAFM – Tomorrow, the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum will be part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live!

Fort Nisqually will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open its doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

In addition, the Fort is offering free admission on the same day to all Tacoma residents with proof of residency required.

Museum Day Live! coincides with the final day of the Fort’s 2015 Crafts of the Past series. Victoria Anderson will be demonstrating how to make cyanotypes. Cyanotypes use ultraviolet light (e.g. sunlight) to create a photographic image and were one of the earliest forms of photography. Guests will have the opportunity to make their own prints of leaves, buttons, or lace.

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound where visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory.

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 2015 Museum Day Live!, the largest event of its kind. Over 1,300 museums are participating.

Visit to learn more and download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Each ticket grants the ticketholder, and one guest, free access to the Fort on September 26. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.

For more information contact Chris Erlich, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum or call 253-591-5339.