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Edible Garden Workshop Begin This Month

WHAT: Edible Gardens: "Grow it, Eat it, Preserve it" Workshop Series
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., one day each month, March through October
WHERE: Room 1E, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW

Explore the basics of successful vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest – from seed to table. This series is designed as a basic introduction to the whole adventure of gardening, and it’s FREE! Whether you are trying to revive some garden beds in your backyard of just joined a community garden in your neighborhood – we hope you will join us!

All workshops are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall in Lakewood Towne Center, 6000 Main Street SW.

Instructors are from the Tacoma-Pierce County Community Gardens, a program of Pierce Conservation District and Pierce County Public Works & Utilities Environmental Education.

Here is the schedule of classes:

  • March 12: Starting from Seeds
  • April 9: Garden Soil 101
  • May 14: Planting and Maintaining Your Summer Vegetable Garden
  • June 11: Garden Bugs, Plant Diseases & Non-toxic Alternatives in the Garden
  • July 9: Summer Harvesting then Planting & Planning Your Fall Garden
  • August: No Workshops
  • September 10: Composting Basics
  • October: 8: Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter

RSVP – Pre-registration is not required but is helpful. Online: . Voice Mail: (253) 798-4133.

Hobby Lobby Opening Update

Hobby Lobby is scheduled to open this month at 5319 100th Street SW in Lakewood.

As the picture depicts, the sign is up. Racks are scheduled for installation this week, which will allow the company to load the store. Planned opening date: March 21.

The company is not accepting applications at this time, according to its website. Still, you can apply in person for available positions after the Grand Opening. For more information, visit


The City put this announcement out on its Twitter page, and @HobbyLobbyStore mentioned us, along with more information about its grand opening events:

Official Hobby Lobby ‏@HobbyLobbyStore 3h

@CityofLakewood Thank you for the warm welcome, Lakewood! We are excited about our #GrandOpening events tentatively set on March 24 at 9 am!

Seahawks Jermaine Kearse to Visit Lakewood Verizon Wireless Store on Tuesday

Bowl hero and Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse will be appearing at the newly renovated and expanded Verizon Wireless store in Lakewood, Wash.

The store was recently redesigned to bring the future of retailing to life with new, cutting-edge connected devices for mobile, auto, home, health and fitness to help customers experience a “connected life.” The new, larger “smart design” Lakewood Verizon Wireless retail location contains space dedicated to teaching consumers wireless basics, solving problems and Wireless Workshops.

Verizon is excited to invite media, friends and neighbors to see the store and meet Jermaine Kearse.


Remodeled, Expanded Verizon Smart Store Grand Opening featuring autographs and photos with Seahawk Jermaine Kearse.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Verizon Wireless Lakewood Store
5700 100th Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

City Celebrates Outgoing Raider Brigade

On Feb. 21, the City of Lakewood celebrated its longstanding relationship with 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division , its Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord .

The event was a held at Thornewood Castle, where owners Deanna and Wayne Robinson have been longtime supporters of the Raider Brigade. It has been the site of several celebrations in honor of 4-2's return from deployment. Col. Jody Miller and wife Stacy honored Deanna with a special painting.

This month, the Raider Brigade is scheduled to deactivate, and JBLM will assign the City of Lakewood a new connector brigade. Still, the relationship with 4-2 is one that Lakewood will always remember.

The community continuously showed an outpouring support for the soldiers, which they said they always appreciated. When the Raider Brigade lost a soldier, we mourned as a community. And when they came home this year, we celebrated by throwing one of the largest parades the community has ever seen.

"It has been an honor," Mayor Don Anderson told the 50 or so people who attended.

Visit our Facebook page to view photos of the event.

Police To Hold Blood, Bone Marrow Drive March 17

Have you heard about Tyler Seddon? Lakewood Police did and we’re busy signing cards here at the station. We invite our fellow first responders such as West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the surrounding area Police Departments and Fire Departments to join us in making sure this little guy’s birthday wish far exceeds his hope!

Tyler’s story also reminded us that there is a very real, and great, need for bone marrow donors all across the country, including right here in Washington State. Since we can’t make it to Rhode Island, the Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drive to find a match for Tyler, and hopefully others, as well.

Please join us here at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW, on Monday, March 17, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Questions about the Blood/Bone Marrow Drive on March 17th? Please contact Joanna Nichols at or (253) 830-5004.

For questions regarding blood and/or bone marrow donation, please contact the Puget Sound Blood Center at (206) 292-2543, 800-DONATE-1 ext. 2543 or visit their website at .