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Rain or Shine, Lakewood Hosts a Variety of Events This Fall and Winter

The City of Lakewood highlights many new and recurring family-oriented events for the coming Fall and Winter season. With a variety of plays at the Lakewood Playhouse, to seasonal events such as the Christmas tree lighting festival, there will be plenty of fun for all.

  • September

    • “Arsenic & Old Lace” at the Lakewood Playhouse (September 13 – October 13)

      Last seen at the Playhouse in 1997, this comedy has a little extra “something.” On his wedding day, a drama critic learns that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family along with a fondness for arsenic-spiked elderberry wine. Productions will take place at the Lakewood Playhouse (5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd) and admission is $18- $25. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

    • Living History Day (September 28)

      Fort Steilacoom will come alive at the historic Fort Steilacoom (9601 Steilacoom Boulevard SW) as reenactors live and work as soldiers, officers, wives, children and friends during Living History Day from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Donations accepted. For more information, visit: www.historicsteilacoom.org

    • Dash for Disabilities 1K-5K-10K Fun Run and Walk (September 28)

      Come kick off National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a 1K-5K-10K run and walk at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Avenue SW) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CenterForce is putting on this event and is a private non-profit agency dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities to gain employment.

  • October

    • 2013 Women of Influence (October 2)

      The City of Lakewood recognizes outstanding female leaders in the South Puget Sound at Clover Park Technical College’s Sharon McGavick Conference Center (4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW) at 5 p.m. Honorees are selected for their achievement in the community, business, government, military and non-profit sectors.

    • Donate Blood to the St. Clare Hospital Drive (October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30)

      Support the community by donating blood at St. Clare’s Hospital parking lot (11315 Bridgeport Way SW) on Wednesdays 1:30 – 6 p.m.

    • Basic Candle Making Classes (October 5)

      Join the fun with easy step by step instruction for making basic container candles. Groups are welcome as well as kids ages 12+ with parent/guardian. Classes take place either the first Saturday of the month, October 5th at 11 a.m., or by appointment at Swans Candles (8933 Gravelly Lake Drive SW).

    • Emergency Food Network “Hunger Walk” (October 6)

      Join in the Hunger Walk to help raise money for hunger relief in the Lakewood community and abroad. Registration begins at 12 p.m., the 5K begins at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 1:30 p.m.

    • Friends of Lakewood Library Book Sale (October 10)

      Bring books to donate and a bag stock up on books at the Lakewood Library Book sale. Members may check in beginning at 4 p.m. but early check-in is not necessary. The sale will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. There is a limit of 25 items per member and cash or checks only, please, as credit and debit cards are not accepted. 6300 Wildaire Road SW.

    • Culture Heritage of the Nisqually Indian Tribe (October 15)

      The culture and heritage of one of the major Indian tribes in the South Puget Sound will be presented by tribal representatives. There is no fee for admission and people of all ages are invited. The event will take place at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (10630 Gravelly Lake Drive SW) from 7 to 9 p.m.

    • Super Hero 5K (October 19)

      Take part in Lakewood’s first Super Hero 5K and Kids Fun Run at Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Avenue SW) beginning at 9 a.m. $30 for pre-registration or $25 day of race. Celebrate after with a costume contest and then Truck and Tractor Day!

    • Truck and Tractor Day (October 19)

      A fun and family friendly event for kids of all ages. Climb through giant trucks, decorate a pumpkin and take a hayride – all for free! Truck and Tractor Day will take place from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Avenue SW).

    • Annual Meeting & Program on Herbert Hunt (October 20)

      Beginning at 2 p.m. in Quarters 2 at the Historic Fort Steilacoom Association (9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498-on the grounds of Western State Hospital), Walter Neary portrays the Tacoma News Tribune editor and talks about the history of Tacoma. Donations accepted. For more information visit: http://www.historicfortsteilacoom.org/

    • Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Boo Bash Trade Show (October 23)

      Peruse through the myriad of vendors for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Costumes are optional, but encouraged. At the Great American Casino, 10117 South Tacoma Way from 4:30 -7 p.m. Admission is free to the public, and attendees must be 21 and older.

    • Beautiful Tables Showcase (October 24 – 27)

      The Beautiful Tables Showcase, in Lakewold Garden’s Wagner House (12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW), evokes the gracious spirit of entertaining while offering the visitors ideas to continue the tradition at home. Admission fee is $7 for Lakewold members and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit: www.lakewoldgardens.org/index.html

    • Annual Radio Show: “The War of the Worlds,” (October 25 & 26)

      The 6th annual live radio show makes its appearance for two days at 8 p.m. at the Lakewood Playhouse (5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd). Tickets are $25.

    • Make a Difference Day (October 26)

      Join in the largest community service effort in the nation alongside millions of Americans doing volunteer projects to improve their communities and help neighbors in need. The Lakewood Youth Council is coordinating projects throughout Lakewood in celebration of this event. If interested in volunteering for the event or you would like any additional information, contact: Dennis Higashiyama, Youth Council Advisor, at (253) 983-7835.

    • Emergency Food Network “Abundance Dinner & Auction” (October 26)

      This year’s event will take place at McGavick Center (4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW) from 6 – 10 p.m. and feature a delicious dinner, exciting live and silent auctions and a meaningful opportunity to give back to the community. Proceeds will provide emergency food for low-income children, adults and seniors in Pierce County. Prices are $75 per person and $750 for a table. Call (253) 584-1040 for more information.

  • November

    • “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen (November 8 – December 1, 2013)

      Last seen at the Playhouse in 2001, sparks fly when the spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich and proud Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? The production will take place at the Lakewood Playhouse (5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd) and admission is $18 - $25. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

    • WIAA High School State Volleyball Championships (November 15-16, 2013)

      Perce College & Lakes High School 2A girls compete for state champion in volleyball from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday. Admission Fee: DAY PASS: $9 adult / $7 senior and student. FULL TOURNAMENT: $15 adult / $10 senior / $10 student. For more information, call: (425) 687-8585.

    • You Are There (November 17)

      Civil War veterans who served at the fort will be interviewed at 2 p.m. in Quarters 2 at the Historic Fort Steilacoom Association (9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW-on the grounds of Western State Hospital). Donations are accepted. For more information, visit: http://www.historicfortsteilacoom.org

    • Buffalo Soldier Legacy, Society Annual Meeting (November 19)

      Jackie Jones-Hook, director of the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, will present the fascinating history of soldiers who served in the 9th and 10th Calvary Units. The annual meeting will be held to elect Society Board members, to present an overview of the accomplishments of this past year, and recognize volunteers. The meeting will be at St Mary's Episcopal Church (10630 Gravelly Lake Dr SW). There is no fee and the public is invited. For more information, visit: www.lakewoodhistorical.org

  • December

    • Donate Blood to the St. Clare Hospital Drive (December 4 , 11 and 18)

      Support the community by donating blood at St. Clare’s Hospital parking lot (11315 Bridgeport Way SW) on Wednesdays 1:30 – 6 p.m.

    • Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Auction & Dinner (December 5)

      The annual Christmas auction and dinner is a great opportunity to network with others in the community. The auction and dinner will run from 5-8 p.m. at the Great American Casino (10117 S Tacoma Way). Reservations are required. For members, $25 pre-paid and $35 at the door. $40 for non-members.

    • Christmas Tree Lighting Festival (December 6)

      Santa Claus is coming to Lakewood! All Lakewood residents are invited to the 18th annual holiday festival beginning at 4 – 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). The festivities include a Kiddie Parade, the Lakewood Christmas tree lighting, free children’s crafts, holiday music, refreshments and a visit with Santa.

    • Jingle Bell Rock 5K (December 7)

      The course starts at 9 a.m. and begins and ends at the round-a-bout in front of Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). This is great fun for all members of the family including the furry ones. Stay after for a rockin’ after party that will include refreshments, music, crafts and fun for the kiddos. Dress for the weather, this 5K will run – rain or shine!

    • “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis (December 12 – 22, 2013)

      Following the success of last season’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the Lakewood Institute of Theater returns with a beautiful presentation of the wondrous adventure about a lion, a witch and a wardrobe. The production will take place at the Lakewood Playhouse (5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd) and admission is $15. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

    • Christmas at Fort Steilacoom (December 14)

      Reenactors will present Christmas of 1863 in the four historic houses at Historic Fort Steilacoom Association (9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW-on the grounds of Western State Hospital). Cost is $5 for adult tickets, $3 for children and $10 for a family. For more information, visit: http://www.historicfortsteilacoom.org

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