New Neighbors Guide for Pierce County – Summer/Fall 2022

Communities & Neighborhoods

Welcome to Pierce County

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar Opens in Tacoma’s Brewery District

Life in Pierce County

The Harbor History Museum

Free Summer Ballet Immersion Week


Enrolling in School in Pierce County

Giving Back in the 253

Giving Back in the 253

Your Home

Making Your House a Home

Getting Settled into a New Home

Olympic Landscape—Heart for Community


Shopping Guide

Dining & Entertainment

The Negro Motorist Green Book

Crumbl Cookie Brings Decadence to Pierce County with New Tacoma Location

Farmers Markets in the South Sound

Health Care

Pediatrics Northwest—6 Tips for Winning Over Picky Eaters

Service and Convenience at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

Physical Therapy with Fun and Family

Senior Living

Warm-Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors

GATHER at Tacoma Art Museum 27 Years of Hilltop Artists

The newest exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum is a collection of work from 21 alums of the Hilltop Artists program. On exhibit March 26 through September 4, 2022, GATHER: 27 Years of Hilltop Artists features over 30 pieces of art in a variety of media.

Challenging the status quo by questioning who an authentic artist is and who has value in museum spaces, GATHER primarily features artists of color. It also highlights the outcomes and reach of the Hilltop Artists program while shining a light on opportunity gaps faced by these artists, many of whom have not yet been included in exhibitions on this scale.

According to TAM’s executive director, David F. Setford, “This is an inspiring exhibit with an outburst of passion by artists we haven’t heard much about before now.”

Artists like David Rios are featured with his work Ofrenda, a spectacular display of orange blown glass flowers mixed with elements of a traditional ofrenda including salt, conchas bread and personal images. “I grew up in a Mexican American home where an ofrenda was part of life following the passing of a loved one. This display reflects that part my life,” said Rios prior to the opening of the exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum.

Other works in the exhibit, curated by Trenton Quiocho, Hilltop Artists alum (2008) and current Teaching Artist and Hot Shop Manager, include more glass works, but also paintings, sculptures and even a melted fax machine that is surprisingly gorgeous, by artist Zane Scott.

Co-founded by Dale Chihuly and Kathy Kaperick in 1994, Hilltop Artists was developed as a community organization that provided a creative space for “at risk” youth from the Hilltop neighborhood to assist well-known artists in producing their works.

Exhibiting Artists in GATHER are Douglas Jan Burgess II, Nancy Burgess, Candida Delgadillo, Edelmira Jimenez Gallegos, Daria Hembree, Jessica Hogan, Dani Kaes, Cassandra Kuring, Emily Martin, Jason McDonald, Shayne Nutter, Trenton Quiocho, David Rios, Luis Sanchez, Samantha Scalise, Evan Schauss, Zane Scott, Ellye Sevier, Jesse Sorgenfrei, Tony Sorgenfrei, Jack Spitzer, Edgar Valentine, Keiko Wesley and Jacob Willcox.

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Winners of Reel Life 96 Revealed

During a gala and screening event held on Saturday, March 19 at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood, winners of the first annual Lakewood Film Festival were announced. Reel Life 96 was a fun, short film competition for filmmakers of all ages and experience levels.

Participants wrote, shot, and edited five-minute films in just 96 hours.

A number of films were selected to honor the recently celebrated 25th anniversary of the City of Lakewood in 1996. The event kicked off on February 10 at 5pm when 38 entrants received their starting email that contained the three elements every film would need to incorporate into their story. The story had to show a dance (action), a lit candle (prop) and a line of dialogue “sometimes you have to be happy for what you don’t get.”

Following the screening of each film throughout the six-hour festival, an awards ceremony recognized thirteen award categories and eleven different teams of filmmakers. Categories ranged from Best Use of Elements (Blind Duet by Oly Film) to Best Actor (Kevin Leung for Reverse by Empower Films) and Best Actress (Sheila Luong for Reverse, also by Empower Films). Reverse continued the sweep by being selected for the Audience Choice Award.

Linda McDermott, Director of Reel Life 96 and Chair of the Lakewood Arts Commission, recently laid out the reasons for the festival this way.

“The thing about Reel Life 96 is that it is not just a great community event that brings people together from different backgrounds and experiences to tell their stories, it is the place where some filmmakers will find their inspiration to begin a lifelong career in filmmaking, that may one day propel them to the heights of their profession. Everyone gets their start somewhere in life and we would like to do our part to grow independent filmmaking in the South Sound. Films have the ability to inspire us, to connect us with characters outside our own experience, to make us laugh and to make us cry; Reel Life 96 is where audiences and filmmakers meet to share the joy of film.”

Reel Life 96 was made possible through the generous support of Twin Star Credit Union, the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, and NWEtch.

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Reel Life 96


Tacoma Arts Live – VIVID

Rosheida Meyers, Tanisha Jumper and Alison Beason Photo by 1000 Words Events

Tacoma Arts Live’s first in-person fundraiser in two years, VIVID: A Fundraiser for Arts Access & Education, took place at Tin Can Alley on Saturday, March 26, 2022 with almost 200 guests in attendance. The arts – especially when they convince people to all come together – are essential to community cohesion, connection, peace, joy, and optimism. That is the work of Tacoma Arts Live – bringing the community together, day after day.

The evening featured a hands-on mosaic activity with Mauricio Robalino and live performances with dance and music provided by Tacoma Arts Live’s teaching artists and community members.

Dave & Tiffany Harmon, Gini Sommers, Kelly Lane, Khash Dehghan

VIVID event sponsors and partners included Artistic Plastic Surgery, Boeing, Davies Pearson, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, KeyBank, LeRoy Jewelers, University of Washington Tacoma, Georgio’s Catering Company, Heritage Distilling Co., L’Ecole No. 41, PJ Hummel & Co., and Stoup Brewing.

Antonio Gomez (Tacoma Arts Live), Mike Cole (Kingsmen Studio/Cole’lition),
Erin Guinup (Tacoma Refugee Choir), Michael Cole, Sr. (Cole’lition), Fahren
Johnson, (Greentrike), Venalin Aguilar, (Greentrike), Elvin Bucu (Foundation
for Tacoma Students), John Anthony Cole (Cole’lition)

VIVID raised $200,000 to benefit Tacoma Arts Live’s Arts Access & Education Programs, including providing more community access, free events, student scholarships and more than $100,000 in free tickets.

The Press Room: A Wedding Venue Where History Was Made

For nearly 13 years, Linda Dagley wanted to create, own, and operate an event venue. It would be a natural fit, after all, for a successful catering company like Jonz Catering, owned by her and husband Chef David Dagley since 2007.

According to David, “Whenever Linda would find an interesting space, I would typically tell her it just didn’t pencil out financially. But then in 2019, she found this space and I was immediately ready to sign the lease.”

The space that David is referring to is a wonderful historic building in Tacoma’s Theater District on Opera Alley called The Press Room. From 1914 to 1971, the space housed the printing presses for the Tacoma Daily Ledger and the Tacoma News Tribune.

Now the space has been newly renovated using reclaimed items including a gorgeous 30-foot bar on the main floor made from the building’s former cargo elevator doors. Multiple levels and unique small and large spaces give the rustic venue an eclectic, cool vibe not found in many spaces near or far from Tacoma.

There is a huge main floor with a floating wall that brings Opera Alley into the event space and an expansive mezzanine level that houses a second bar. Fun and funky antiques, posters and art fill the 7200 square feet of space that can accommodate seating for 200 guests or 300 in a cocktail-style event. Unique small spaces throughout the venue serve as VIP Bride and Groom areas, plus other conversation spaces.

One of those spaces is home to an original oversized photo of the Narrows Bridge in 1940 as it swayed in a windstorm before plunging into Puget Sound. Another spot at the bar features a book bound with all the newspapers printed during an entire quarter year.

History and rustic ambiance hit you as soon as you walk in. “Good feelings are everywhere in this space,” said David.

Included in the newly climate-controlled venue’s rental fee are tables and chairs complete with beautiful linens. A two-hour rehearsal during the week prior to your event is also incorporated into the fee.

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The Press Room


American Heart Association fundraising luncheon

Virgina Mason Franciscan
Andrea Engfer

The Westin was wrapped in red as Go Red for Women supporters from across the Puget Sound joined the American Heart Association for the annual fundraising luncheon. Over 150 guests attended the event which raised over $290,000 that day, bringing the campaign total to $1.1 million. The 2022 event chair was Claire Verity, President of Regence BlueShield.

Orting resident Andrea Engfer, a 2022 Go Red for Women Real Woman, shared her inspiring stroke recovery journey. Engfer suffered a stroke just five days after giving birth to her daughter, Emma. The event also shined a spotlight on the Association’s ongoing work to address nutrition security including its tie to mental well-being.

The funds raised from the annual luncheon support the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women movement which is dedicated to furthering our understanding of heart disease and stroke in women.

Harlequin’s Hedwig will punk rock you!

Harlequin Productions presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, June 24 – July 30 at the State Theater. Artistic Director Aaron Lamb will direct. Honoring Olympia’s status as a punk rock center, every weekend will feature a different local band opening the show with a 45-minute set.
The place: The State Theater. The time: The early-mid 90s. The opening act: local bands including Sugar and the Spitfires, Keven James HoffmanGolden Ruins, and Smelly Cat. The Berlin Wall is down. Gender is a construct. Just try and tear her down. This is Hedwig in punk rock Olympia, WA.
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Hedwig will take you by storm!
Since its howling debut at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998, Hedwig has received countless conceptual reimagining’s. Harlequin’s production aims to take the show back to its roots. Set in the “early-mid 90s”, director Aaron Lamb’s staging recalls the era when the Capitol Theater’s backstage (one block from the State Theater) was a center for the riot girl movement and hosted international punk rock music festivals. Bringing in local bands to open the show is a part of this vision.
Lamb was there for the show’s first off-Broadway run, though he didn’t know it at the time. As he recalls, “I was a young, arrogant actor in NYC in 1998, in town for auditions. I found a room from the back of the Village Voice. It was the Jane Street Hotel in the middle of the Meatpacking District. Every night for two weeks, I came back to an obnoxious band playing very loudly in the basement of this dirty, rat-infested hole. I walked by every night with my nose in the air. That was the original production.”
With the passage of 30 years of relative global stability, the edge and danger of the period just after the fall of the Berlin Wall seems far away. Or does it? The war in Ukraine and rising violence in our own country are bringing back glimpses of that darker, more dangerous time when punk rock served as an outlet for global tensions and fear.  
Says Lamb, “The more I delve into Hedwig’s story, the more I see that she was ahead of her time in 1998, and she may once again be ahead of her time today.”

Tickets are available online at

Spring 2022


Saint Martin’s Gala, with Legend Jacques Pépin, Raises $2.7 Million for Student Scholarships

Brewery Park Discovery Center to Preserve Rich Tumwater History

Providence St. Peter Christmas Forest

The Answer Guy: Darrell McQuiston

Women that Give in the South Sound

Sweet Life Boutique Now Open in Point Ruston


Grand Glass Gathering

Primo Grill: Farm to Table Mediterranean Food

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar Opens in Tacoma’s Brewery District

Home & Garden

Working with an Architect – Building Your Dream Home


The TOP Wedding Trends of 2022

Adorned in Grace Bridal & Formalwear

Unique Wedding Venues That INSPIRE


LEAP into the Latest Spring Fashion

Gentry’s Footwear: Stylish Footwear for Wellness


Evergreen Eye Center Offers the Latest MIGS Procedures

American Heart Association Profile: Andrea Engfer

Say Goodbye to Your Grandma’s Exercise Routine

The Happiest Song at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre in partnership with University of Washington-Tacoma and Toy Boat Theatre, present The Happiest Song Plays Last, by Quiara Alegría Hudes, and directed by Marilyn Bennett. 

In a barrio living room in North Philly, an activist-turned-music-professor moonlights as the local soup kitchen queen, cooking free rice and beans for any hungry neighbor. Halfway around the world, her cousin relives his military trauma on the set of a docudrama that’s filming in Jordan. With the Egyptian revolution booming in the distance, these two young adults try to sing a defiant song of legacy and love in the face of local and global unrest.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of The Happiest Song Plays Last features Maria-Tania Bandes B. Weingarden as Yaz, Katie Jones as Shar, Jesús Villegas as Agustin, Wade Hicks as Lefty, Terence Mejos as Elliot, and Shailendra P. Jain as Ali.  Live on-stage music will be provided by Anand Landon and Storm Tucker.    

The Happiest Song Plays Last will run Friday, April 29, 2022, through Sunday, May 15, 2022.  Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  The Happiest Song Plays Last is recommended for ages 12 and up.  There will be an ASL interpreted performance on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:00pm. 

Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.  TLT currently requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door for all audience members and masks will also be required while inside the building.  For our most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols please visit

New Neighbors Guide for Thurston County – Winter/Spring 2022

Communities & Neighborhoods

New to Thurston County?

Living in Thurston County

Oly Fed CEO


Enrolling in School in Thurston County

Giving Back in Thurston County

Giving Back in Thurston Co.

Community Spotlight:  Heidi Duncan

Your Home

Making Your House a Home

The heART of the home: Cabinets by Trivonna

Getting Settled into a New Home


Holy Lamb Organics – Natural Bedding Made Locally

Shopping Guide

Celebrating More Than 70 Years—Panowicz Jewelers

Capitol City Honda: Reputation is a Family Tradition

Dining & Entertainment

Explore the Hands On Children’s Museum

Discover Your New Go-To Restaurant

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness Close to Home

Babies Born During a Pandemic

Service and Convenience at Light Dental

Tumwater Eye Center

Find Your Place – Find Your Y

Senior Living

Northwest Winter Safety Tips for Seniors