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Lakewood Announces Fall and Winter Community Event Schedule

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Ellie Chambers-Grady
(253) 983-7834

Krista Hildebrand
(503) 467-4686

Lakewood Announces Fall and Winter Community Event Schedule

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (July 15, 2011)

The City of Lakewood, well known for its wide variety of community events, is already looking forward to the days when the leaves change, school starts again, and the weather turns to clouds and rain. Live theater, history exhibits, garden showcases and a multicultural festival are just a few of the activities that both visitors and locals can choose from when pursuing all-ages fun in the coming months.

September

  • Fuchsias through the Years at Lakewold Gardens (Sept. 9 – 11)

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors at Lakewold Gardens will be delighted by the colorful and historically themed display of fuchsias, courtesy of a partnership between Lakewold Gardens and Tahoma Fuchsia Society. Come talk to the experts and learn about caring for these exotic flowers from fuchsia society members from around the region who will be answering questions and giving presentations daily at 1 p.m. Admission is $7 for general admission; $5 for students, seniors or military members; and free for children ages 12 and under.

  • Historic Fort Steilacoom Living History Day (Sept. 17)

This free event features period actors recreating historic fort life as it was for soldiers, officers, and families in the mid-1800s. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this is a great opportunity for families to learn about the military history of a city that is host to one of the nation’s largest military bases.

  • Lakewood Playhouse Performances (Sept. 2011 – Feb. 2012)

Theatergoers will be delighted by Lakewood Playhouse’s fall and winter lineup of plays and musicals, including:

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (Sept. 23 – Oct. 16, 2011);
  • Oliver! (Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2011); and
  • Play It Again, Sam (Jan. 19 – Feb. 12, 2012).

Non-musical play productions are $23 for general admission, $20 for seniors and military discount, and $17 for guests under 25 years of age. Musicals are $25 for general admission, $22 senior and military discount, and $19 for guests under 25 years of age.

  • Lakewood Sister City 12th Annual International Festival (Sept. 24)

This amazing free festival, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, will honor Lakewood’s Friendship City of Danzhou, China, and feature live acrobats, among other entertainers. Hosted by the Lakewood Sister Cities Association, the festival will also feature food and arts and crafts vendors as well as children’s activities. Funds raised during the festival will go to support cultural, educational, tourism and trade exchanges between the City of Lakewood and its international partners.

October

  • City of Lakewood’s 65th Annual Truck & Tractor Day (Oct. 15)

This hands-on, pre-Halloween country fun event at Fort Steilacoom Park is not to be missed! Open to the public starting at 3 p.m., there will be giant trucks and tractors for climbing, hayrides, a costume contest and pumpkin decoration, all for free. For those with the competitive spirit, there will be a one-mile Mini Monster Mash Dash ($10 to participate) at 4 p.m., and a 5K Monster Mash Dash ($15 to participate) at 5:30 p.m.

November

  • 12th Annual Beautiful Tables Showcase at Lakewold Gardens (Nov. 3 – 6)

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this celebration of the art of entertainment will welcome visitors to the Wagner House to derive décor ideas from more than 20 themed table settings. The fiery fall foliage of the gardens will be on display to lure visitors to walk the grounds and enjoy the crisp autumn weather. Admission fees are $7 for general admission; $5 for students, seniors or military members; and free for children ages 12 and under.

December

  • Christmas at Fort Steilacoom (Dec. 10)

From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the fort’s period actors will host special, historic candle-lit Christmas celebrations as well as children’s activities in each of the four remaining officers’ quarters. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 per child, and $10 for an entire family. The gift shop will also be open for special Christmas shopping.

For more information on the Lakewood area and other local events and attractions, visit www.cityoflakewood.us or call (253) 589-2489.

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the fifteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 1,100 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2010, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fourth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.