Community Events Calendar

Indoor Playground Pre-school Drop In program at the Gymnasium at Les Gove Park @ Gymnasium at Les Gove Park
Jan 10 @ 9:30 am – Mar 31 @ 11:00 am
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Indoor Playground
Pre-school Drop In program at the Gymnasium at Les Gove Park

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | January 10-March 31
9:30-11am | $2 per child, membership pass also available. Enjoy fun in the gym with riding toys, bikes, balls, climbing toys and more, all while meeting and playing with new friends. Masks must be worn by everyone 2 years and older who attends program. No Playground February 21.

‘Artists at the Center’ Offers Unique Music, Dance and Theater Performances this Winter
Jan 19 @ 6:40 pm – Mar 26 @ 7:40 pm

Artists at the Center, a year-long slate of performances featuring up-and-coming artists to celebrate the opening of Climate Pledge Arena, offers unique and varied performances during the first three months of 2022.  The new program will add to the vibrancy of Seattle Center this winter, entertaining visitors every step of the way.

Visitors will encounter surprising and delightful arts and cultural experiences as they make their way through Seattle Center, while on the way to a Climate Pledge Arena event, pop by for a Seattle Center Festál festival, head to a resident organization production, stroll through Seattle Center, or visit businesses in the surrounding Uptown neighborhood.  From classical music and poetry to modern dance and rap—and everything in between, Artists at the Center will have something for everyone to enjoy.

Scheduled performances include*:

Black Stax | January 29 at Northwest Courtyard
206 Zulu | February 19 at Northwest Courtyard
El Sueno | February 20, 2022 at Seattle Center Armory
Gender Tender | February 27, 2022 at Fisher Pavilion Roof
Sumayya E. Diop Dance & Drum | March 1, 2022 at the Monorail
Alfonso Cervera Dance | March 5, 2022 at Northwest Courtyard
Das Biest  | March 25, 2022 at Fisher Pavilion Roof

Orquestra Northwest  | March 26, 2022 at Seattle Center Armory

Seattle Center, the Seattle Office of Arts & CultureClimate Pledge ArenaUptown Arts & Culture Coalition, and Seattle Kraken partnered to create Artists at the Center. The program features free pop-up performances on Seattle Center grounds through September 2022. It hosts music, dance, theatre, and multi-disciplinary performances, presented by individual artists and performance groups based in the Puget Sound region.   

For performance schedule, details and to learn more about the artists, visit Artists at the Center. To learn more about virtual and in-person activities at Seattle Center this month and beyond, visit or call 206 684-7200.

* Scheduled performances subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions or conditions.  Check our website for latest information.


About Artists at the Center 

Artists At the Center is a multi-year collaboration between Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Center, with support from Uptown Arts & Culture Coalition and the communities adjacent to Seattle Center campus. The project is made possible by a 10-year grant from Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Kraken. Join us as we introduce emerging and established artists and celebrate their talent on a newly revitalized Seattle Center campus. The program provides artists with a performance opportunity, allowing them to connect with new audiences, display their talents and advance their careers. Visitors to campus and the surrounding neighborhood benefit from surprising and delightful pop-up performances throughout the year. Each year, artists are selected through an open application process with an equity and social justice lens, ensuring equitable representation for underserved and emerging artists. Artistic genres include music, dance, theater, demonstrations, and multi-disciplinary work.

2022 Horizons Economic Forecast
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber invites you to join us for the 2022 Horizons Economic Forecast happening January 26th from 9 to 11:30 am. This virtual event highlights South Sound’s economic well-being. You will hear insights on the local, regional, and national aspects of the economy. This an invaluable event for local businesses who want assistance in determining their business outlook. At the Horizons Economic Forecast, we will help you decipher trends so you can make better informed business decisions. Labor, income, retail, housing… they are all included in the Pierce County Economic Index, a local/regional forecasting report. In addition, leading economists will discuss their forecasts for the national economy. For enterprises that want assistance in determining their business outlook, Horizons 2022 is a not-to-miss event.


Horizons Economic Forecast Presenters (More to be announced next week):



  • Bruce Dammeier, County Executive, Pierce County


  • Derek Kilmer, U.S Representative, WA 6th District
  • Marilyn Strickland, U.S. Representative, WA 10th District


  • Jeff Robinson, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Tacoma
  • Betty Capestany, Director of Economic Development for Pierce County
  • Tom Pierson, President and CEO, Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
  • Bruce Kendall, President and CEO, Economic Development Board Tacoma- Pierce County


I hope you can attend our economic forecast!  If you have any questions about registration or sponsorship let me know.

Thank you and happy 2022!

UW Drama shines a light on Rosalind Franklin, scientist who unlocked the secrets of DNA @ UW School Of Drama The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Theatre
Jan 27 – Feb 5 all-day

UW Drama shines a light on Rosalind Franklin, scientist who unlocked the secrets of DNA

Come see Anna Ziegler’s award-winning play Photograph 51

Jan. 27 – Feb. 6, 2022

The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Theatre

4045 University Way NE, Seattle

Tickets: $5-$20

SEATTLE — Rosalind Franklin knew that she would face resistance as one of few women scientists in her field. And yet, she did her work anyway—unlocking the secrets of the DNA molecule and forever changing the study of molecular biology and genomics. It’s a story that captivates Amanda Rountree, second-year MFA director at the UW School of Drama. This winter, Rountree directs Photograph 51, a play inspired by the remarkable scientist.

“Franklin chose to be bigger than the negative voices in her way, even when she was excluded from dining with male colleagues, even when people condescended her in unimaginable ways. She still showed up to work in these male-dominated spaces as a woman—as a Jewish woman, in fact.”

Almost 70 years after Franklin’s discovery in London, women scientists in both the United Kingdom and the United States still face major barriers. Women comprise approximately half of the workforce in both countries, yet make up only 26-27 percent of STEM workers.

The UW Girls in Science program, Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE), as well as Decolonizing Science (a podcast created by PhD biology student Ashley Paynter) are just a few efforts happening in the University of Washington community to address systemic inequities in science.

At the UW School of Drama, students are preparing to contribute in another way: illuminating a story that’s about science, but important for anyone with DNA. Only Franklin’s male colleagues received credit for deciphering the density structure of the DNA molecule for many years. Only after Franklin’s death did her work become more widely known.

“I think that there are, and have been, many Rosalind Franklins in the world—unsung women and untold stories,” Rountree said. “It’s great to see her story getting more attention and recognition.”

Imagine Van Gogh the ORIGINAL Exhibition in Image Totale©
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am

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December 18-January 30

Tacoma Armory

1001 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma

253.591.5894 | 

Imagine Van Gogh, the ORIGINAL Exhibition in Image Totale© has sold more than 500,000 tickets across Canada this past year and is looking forward to opening in Boston and Tacoma later this year. The exhibition features more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings.

Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, renowned for their work at Cathédrale d’Images in Les Baux-de-Provence, France, are the Artistic Directors behind the creation of the Imagine Van Gogh. The unique exhibit brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid, spectacular way: the audience will truly enter the artist’s world of dreams; visitors are literally transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

  • All admission to Imagine Van Gogh in Tacoma is by timed-entry. Online reservations are encouraged!
  • The exhibition starts on time and late arrivals may be admitted only during a suitable break.
  • Each ticket is valid for one person and there is no re-entry.
  • Please choose your date and time carefully.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Change of date or time requests are subject to availability and will incur a $6 per ticket fee.
Art Classes & Workshops
Feb 2 – Apr 27 all-day
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  • Acrylics | Ages 16 & over
  • Wednesdays, Feb 2-Feb 23 | 9a-12p | 56229
  • Wednesdays, Mar 2-Mar 23 | 9a-12p | 56230
  • Wednesdays, Apr 6-Apr 27 | 9a-12p | 56231

Watercolor | Ages 16 & over

  • Wednesdays, Jan 26-Mar 2 | 2-4p | 56236
  • Wednesdays, Jan 26-Mar 2 | 6:30-8:30p | 56237
  • Wednesdays, Mar 23-Apr 27 | 2-4p | 56238
  • Wednesdays, Mar 23-Apr 27 | 6:30-8:30p | 56239
Auburn @ Play Youth Events
Feb 3 – Apr 15 all-day
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Register now for winter programs and activities with
Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation

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View the Winter 2022 Recreation Brochure online

View the 2021 Year in Review

Save the Date! Summer Camp 2022 registration opens March 3.

Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation continues to serve the community with various opportunities and experiences. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook at Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation or subscribe to our Auburn@Play newsletters to see what we are up too. You can also visit for updates, registration information and a full listing of opportunities this winter.

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation maintains its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Auburn residents and playing a significant role in shaping the character of the City through our services. The Department manages 600+ acres of park land including 32 parks with unique playgrounds, athletic fields, trails and picnic shelters as well as the Auburn Community and Event Center, the REC Teen Center, Auburn Golf Course, White River Valley Museum and historic Mary Olson Farm, Mountain View Cemetery, Auburn Ave Theater, Auburn Senior Center, Auburn Farmers Market as well as numerous award winning community events. We truly offer something for everybody. During 2021, we continued to navigate the challenges of a pandemic and successfully adapted, pivoted, modified, and re-tooled as needed to bring programs, activities, events and public projects to the Auburn community. Check out all the 2021 highlights with our Year in Review.

We are looking forward to our upcoming endeavors and hope to see you very soon.

Play safe!
Your Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Team

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PRIVATE PIANO | Ages: 6-12 | 20 minute lesson slots

  • Wednesdays, Mar 2-Apr 6 | 3:35-6:25p | 56379
  • Thursdays, Mar 3-Apr 7 | 3:35-6:25p | 56381
Hip Hop Orchestra transforms concert music with Pacific Northwest Tour
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Oakland based Hip-Hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj will bring works from their Hip Hop Orchestra Experience to Washington Center for the Arts (Feb 3), Tacoma Arts Live (Feb 5), Hult Center for the Arts (Feb 8) and Edmonds Center for the Arts (Feb 10) prior to their world premiere at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Aug 2022. Featuring magnetic scores by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, and riveting rhymes by MC Sandman backed by a chamber orchestra, EMN makes you realize how much room there is in hip-hop—sonic room, conceptual room—that it’s a language that after more than 40 years remains in flux (Pitchfork).

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Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm

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February 3, 7:30pm

Washington Center

512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

360.753.8586 |

Led by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates Meta Music by sampling principles of both hip-hop and classical.