Summer Nights Outdoor Concert Series

Set up lawn chairs or throw down a blanket and enjoy live music at Fort Steilacoom Park! Lakewood’s outdoor concerts follow the farmers markets on Tuesdays this summer. Bring a snack from the market, claim your spot, enjoy a great performance, and “cut a rug” on the dance floor. These live concerts are family-friendly, and they feature a variety of musical genres.

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.

For Additional Information
Reel Life 96
cityoflakewood.us/film96

LYNN CASTLE

Lakewood Farmers Market

Enjoy fresh produce, creative products, unique vendors, delicious food truck treats, and family-friendly games at the Lakewood Farmers Market. Now held on Tuesday afternoons, the market features dozens of shopping and dining options, not to mention a selection of produce booths. The market will accept EBT/SNAP benefits for the first time this year.

Lakewood’s 25th Anniversary Celebrated Saturday

 The City of Lakewood will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this Saturday, Sept. 25 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will commemorate a quarter-century of Lakewood with music, dance, performances, art, history, food trucks, and speeches.

Performances will represent Thailand, Mexico, Korea, and Guam. Art will be displayed from the 25th Anniversary Art Contest and from Clover Park High School students. Live R&B music from “Chapter 5” will conclude the event.

Food trucks will serve donuts, poke bowls, burritos, kettle corn, elephant hears, Jamaican food, shaved ice, Mexican food, Italian soda, barbecue, and more. A beer garden will also be onsite.

The Lakewood Historical Society will debut an exhibit featuring the artwork of Ivan the gorilla, a former resident of the B&I Public Marketplace in Lakewood.

City of Lakewood 25th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
6108 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Summer Synergy: Run/Walk + Yoga

People doing yoga outdoors

Have you been interested in launching your meditation practice, but don’t know quite how to get started? Have you been curious about group meditation? These topics have been on the cover of Newsweek and Time magazines, so come see why they’re trending! Join us for the South Sound’s biggest group mediation in a beautiful outdoor setting.

This is a chance for our own community to come together around peace, compassion and healing in a group setting to positively influence the community in which we live. On a personal level, the practice of mindfulness and meditation helps you manage stress and bring about positive outcomes in your life. Experts in the field of mindfulness and mediation will guide you every step of the way.

Start the morning with coffee from our coffee truck or frozen yogurt drinks from JoeFroyo, and then go for a peaceful walk or run around Waughop Lake. Robyn Beckman, an expert in mindfulness, will lead a trail walk for those interested in “mindfulness in nature.” Those interested in staying at the main stage will experience aerial yoga demonstrations, Buti Yoga, MixxedFit and Zumba.

Then hop on your mat for a 75-minute yoga flow class set to upbeat music and led by Alicia Barrett from Tuladhara Yoga Studio. This is for all levels, so don’t worry if it is your first time or your hundredth.

At this point you will be ready for the relaxing 25 minutes of soul-reviving meditation led by Erin Josse from Source Yoga. Register today—the cost is $20 all-inclusive!

July 15, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Fort Steilacoom Park 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98499

Register today: http://www.tuladharayoga.com/event/summersynergy/

Schedule:
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Check In, Drop Your Bag & Grab Coffee
Arrive early to sign in, drop your bag. Set up your yoga mat, and head to the  1.5 mile run/walk starting line. Or stay at the main stage for some upbeat MixxedFit and Demos!
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Pre-Run Stretch at the Main Stage
Start with a dynamic warm-up at the main stage led by our enthusiastic run leader Marc Chung.
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM OR Stay at the Main Stage for MixxedFit, as well as other FUN activities to move your body!
1.5 mile run or walk
Start with a dynamic warm-up lead by our run leader.
10:00 AM – 11:15 PM
Yoga:
Hop on your mat for a yoga flow class led by amazing Alicia from Tuladhara Yoga set to upbeat music.
11:15am – 11:45 pm
Meditation:
25 minutes of soul reviving meditation led by professional instructors to teach you the fundamentals of a great meditation practice and to lead you through a guided meditation
11:45 PM – 12:30 PM
Drop Grab Lunch or Chill. Dance at the main stage, get a massage, explore vendors.
Cost for the event is $20 if you register by July 13!
Cost for the event after July 13th is $25

Summer Synergy At Fort Steilacoom Park

Questions contact: Sally Martinez smartinez@cityoflakewood.us