Japanese dance, drumming and food at Tacoma Bon Odori on Saturday

Enjoy Japanese folk dancing and drumming in the evening twilight at the Tacoma Bon
Odori street festival on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The annual celebration features dancers wearing colorful cotton yukata and other
traditional garb performing under hanging lanterns outside the Tacoma Buddhist
Temple. Everyone is encouraged to join the easy-to-follow dances.

The free festival
also marks the return of two crowd favorites: drum groups Fuji Taiko, of
Tacoma, and Matsuri Taiko, of Seattle.



Vashon Island Art Studio Tour Press Release

Vashon Spring Art Studio Tour Brochure Cover

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour - Spring 2014


May 3-4 & 10-11, 2014,  10am to 5pm



Vashon Island artists throw open their studio doors to share an exceptional array of artwork in this free, self-guided tour.


The Spring 2014 Vashon Island Art Studio Tour is held for two consecutive weekends, May 3-4 & 10-11.  Studios will be open from 10am-5pm.




Enjoy Japanese food this Sunday at 52nd Annual Sukiyaki Dinner


The Tacoma Buddhist Temple will cook up a mix of traditional and contemporary Japanese food at the 52nd Annual Sukiyaki Dinner on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The fundraiser’s headline dish is sukiyaki, a one-pot meal of thinly sliced beef, saifun noodles, tofu, green onions and other veggies, all lightly sautéed in a flavorful broth.  Temple members prepare the sukiyaki to order within view of diners.



Battle against sex trafficking takes center stage at Wilson High School

Teenage girls in the Greater Tacoma area experience a higher risk of being manipulated into prostitution by savvy sex traffickers than girls in other parts of the state, according to a Tacoma police officer who served on a federal task force.

Now, Shared Hope, an international organization that battles sex trafficking, will present a free short documentary film screening and follow-up discussion March 5 at Wilson High School.



Free flu shots for children this Saturday


Protect your family and loved ones against the flu. Children and youth can get a free flu vaccination this Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Hill Mall in Puyallup near the Old Country Buffet entrance. A parent or guardian’s permission is required.

Flu vaccination is free for children from ages 6 month to 18. Flumist and flu shots will be available. Adult vaccine will be available for $30.



Seabury School presents national gifted ed expert

Dr. Dan Peters

The Fourth Annual Seabury School Speaker Series presents national gifted education expert Dr. Dan Peters on "Parenting Your Gifted Child for a Successful School Year (and life)."

The free event will be Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. For reservations: www.seabury.org/seminars/

Parenting is a challenge and parenting a gifted child can even be more challenging. What will our children need to be successful in school and life? Good grades, achievement, and academic excellence? Independence, perseverance, and problem-solving abilities?

Peters will encourage participants to focus on the these important questions in order to guide their parenting plan and interactions with their gifted child. His talk with focus on parenting with the goal of raising engaged, resilient kids who face life's ups and downs with resolve and grow into adults with meaningful lives. Specific topics include:

• Parenting focused on the growth mindset (genuine mastery motivation, intellectual fearlessness) versus the static mindset (grades, awards)
• Parenting focused on nurturing innovative thinking versus perfectionism
• Parenting focused on modeling healthy life balance versus anxiety habits

Peters is a licensed psychologist who has devoted his career to the assessment, consultation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in gifted and twice-exceptional clients. He is passionate about helping parents and teachers engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life so that they can realize their full potential. Peters is cofounder and executive director of the Summit Center. He is the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fear and Raising Creative Kids (co-authored with Dr. Susan Daniels). He serves on the California Association for the Gifted (CAG)advisory board, the Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) editorial board, the advisory board for the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, and as cochair of the Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).



Seabury School holds open house Sunday

Seabury student learns to write in cuneiform

Does your child learn something new at school everyday?

The faculty and staff at Seabury School believe that is the right of every child, even those who are intellectually advanced, says head of school Sandi Wollum.

The independent school in Tacoma, which serves gifted children from prekindergarten through eighth grade, is holding an open house for prospective families on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Tour classrooms, meet teachers and learn more about the program at the lower school campus, 1801 53rd St. NE, 98422.




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