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Truck and Tractor Day

Don’t miss Truck and Tractor Day this Saturday– a fun, FREE, family event presented by the City of Lakewood, on Saturday, October 19 at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave. SW) from noon – 3pm. Last year over 500 people joined us for these Fall festivities. Join us this year for the greatest event yet!

This annual event features many activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Hay Ride, Pumpkin Decorating and just added this year Pumpkin Chunkin’. The main attraction of the event includes lots of trucks and tractors of all different sizes including a cement truck and a fire engine. Children will have the opportunity to climb on these big rigs and see what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Each child will receive a FREE hard hat (while supplies last).

For More Information, Please Call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983 – 7887 or Visit Us at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com.

Public Hearing - Prop 1. Opposition

Notice of Public Hearing - Prop 1. Opposition

Subject: The Lakewood City Council will conduct a Public Hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.

The Lakewood City Council is opposed to any action which results in Lakewood residents paying an increased Tacoma utility tax to repair Tacoma streets, without the affirmative vote of a majority of Lakewood residents.

Place of Meeting, Date, & Time:

October 21, 2013 7:00 PM.

Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers

6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499

Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk at the address listed below or emailed to :

Alice M. Bush, MMC
City of Lakewood
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

The Lakewood Playhouse Celebrates 75 Years of Community Theatre

The Lakewood Playhouse Celebrates 75 Years of Community Theatre

Anniversary celebration is September 13 with the start of 75th season

The Lakewood Playhouse, located in the heart of the city, is celebrating 75 years of performances with over 400 plays and musicals and one million volunteer hours contributing to the theater’s success.

Three times the age of the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood Playhouse first opened in 1938 and has evolved with the city since its incorporation in 1996. An intimate theater seating 167 audience members, the Lakewood Playhouse is the oldest “black box” theater in Washington state. The black box theatre environment concentrates on the theatrical performances with minimal sets and parallels the Playhouse’s focus on community.

“Theatre is created through the relationship between performers and their audience. Theatre is like a family and we look forward to many more generations of designers, actors, directors and audience members who will join ours for years to come,” says Lakewood Playhouse Managing Artistic Director, John Munn. “We can’t wait to share this momentous anniversary and 75th season with the community.”

Over the last 75 years, the Playhouse has flourished due to the Lakewood community’s involvement and love of the performing arts with volunteers donating over one million hours as designers, actors, directors and front of the house staff. Additionally, the Lakewood Playhouse Institute of Theatre offers an education program to build confidence and theatrical skills. More than 4,500 children and young adults have graduated from the program over the last 15 years.

The 75th anniversary celebration is Friday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. in Lakewood. Other than the performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace,” the evening festivities are free and includes the following schedule:

4:30 p.m. – Ribbon cutting with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce with special guests Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Councilwoman Marie Barth.

5:30 p.m. – Proclamation of “Lakewood Playhouse Day” from the City of Lakewood.

6:00 p.m. – Silent auction and wine and cheese reception generously donated by 21 Cellars Wine and hor d’oeurves from Carr’s Restaurant.

8:00 p.m. – Performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace.”

9:00 p.m. – Live auction and raise the paddle to support the Lakewood Institute of Theater and the building endowment. Auction items include glass artwork, signed memorabilia from Broadway shows as well as memorabilia from Dustin Hoffman and Jerry Lewis.

“Our community is fortunate to have a cultural gem for the performing arts such as the Lakewood Playhouse,” adds Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We’re looking forward to the 75th season and to someday celebrating the Playhouse’s centennial anniversary.”

This season’s productions were chosen exclusively by the Lakewood Playhouse’s audience and community that participated in a five month poll with over 1,300 votes shared. Below is a list of upcoming shows that will be running through next summer including three from the Playhouse’s history and three shows never before seen at the theatre.

“Arsenic & Old Lace” by Joseph Kesserling, Sept. 13 – Oct. 13, 2013

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.

“Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen / Adapted by Marcy Rodenborn, Nov. 8 – Dec. 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?

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee, Jan. 10 – Feb. 2, 2014

A Playhouse premiere, George and Martha face off as one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee’s hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They are joined by an unwitting young couple invited over for an unforgettable night of cocktails and crossfire.

“12 Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, Feb. 21 – March 16, 2014

Justice can sometimes be blind when a 19-year-old man stands trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the 12 jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. This is a classic and tense American drama about the very human part of the judicial system.

“The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, April 18 – May 11, 2014

Last seen at the Playhouse in 1967, Felix and Oscar are an extremely odd couple. Felix is neurotic, precise, and fastidiously clean. Oscar, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: sloppy and casual. Can they share an apartment together?

“Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” by Eric Idle, June 12 – July 12, 2014

A first at the Playhouse, the production with music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez was lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the motion picture, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways, beginning with women slapping men in the face with fish. This musical comedy won a 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Bonus Shows

“The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis, Dec. 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 the adventure about a lion, a witch and a wardrobe.

Annual Halloween Radio Show: “The War of the Worlds,” Oct. 25 & 26, 2013

The celebration of the Lakewood Playhouse 75th anniversary will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the broadcast that panicked America on Oct. 30, 1938. The show will open with another twisted episode from the iconic radio show “Lights Out.”

About The Lakewood Playhouse

The Lakewood Playhouse was founded in 1938 and has established itself with theatre that is both intimate and epic. The theatre is located within the Lakewood Towne Center, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, Wash. 98499. For further information about 75th Anniversary Celebration, please contact the box office at the Lakewood Playhouse or call (253) 588-0042 or send e-mail queries to John Munn, Managing Artistic Director, at .

City of Lakewood's "Raider Return" Celebration

City of Lakewood’s “Raider Return” Celebration Announcement

2,000 Soldiers, 11 Strykers to march in Lakewood parade celebrating the unit’s return from Afghanistan

The City of Lakewood is hosting a community-wide celebration on Sunday, September 15, 2013, for the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (4-2 SBCT). This unit is our city’s military “Community Connector” partner at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The events of the day focus on the theme “Raiders Return,” as the unit—known as the Raider Brigade—just completed a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, where they provided security force assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces.

2,000 Soldiers and more than a dozen of the unit’s military vehicles, including 11 different variants of the Stryker, and the I Corps Band will march in a parade departing at 9:00 a.m. from Lakewood Police headquarters and ending at City Hall. There, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the 4-2 SBCT Commander, Colonel Michael Getchell, will provide brief remarks. After the conclusion of the parade, all are invited to a community festival at Fort Steilacoom Park, which will begin at noon and run until 6:00 p.m. The festival will offer food, musical entertainment, games, a petting zoo, car and motorcycle shows, military and emergency response vehicle displays, and more.

Lakewood has been 4-2 SBCT’s “Community Connector” since 2006. The City’s elected officials have maintained strong relationships with the Brigade’s leadership, and soldiers and their families have received broad support from residents, businesses, city staff, and other community members. The Lakewood-Raider ties became especially close-knit starting in 2007, when the unit made its first deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Community members sent care packages to the unit while they were overseas, checked in on their families, hosted holiday events, and provided comfort kits for single Soldiers in their barracks rooms upon redeployment.

4-2 SBCT holds the distinction of being the last combat brigade conducting offensive operations to leave Iraq, which occurred during its second deployment to the region, from 2009-2010. In the fall of 2012, it also became the last Stryker Brigade Combat Team to deploy from JBLM to Afghanistan.

In June 2013, the Department of the Army announced that 4-2 SBCT would inactivate as part of the Army’s plan to complete post-war downsizing and force restructuring by the year 2020. 4-2 SBCT’s transition is slated to begin later this year.

Please join Soldier partners and their families on this special day to commemorate the “Raiders’ Return,” and to honor 4-2 SBCT’s brief but storied history as it prepares to permanently case its colors.


Tourism Industry Wins Bid to Host International Tourism Conference

Tourism Industry Comes Together and Wins Bid to Host International Tourism Conference in February 2014

2014 Go West Summit comes to Pierce County thanks to industry collaboration; Washington state to benefit

A coalition of public and private entities collaborated to secure the 2014 Go West Summit in Pierce County, an exciting tourism and economic development opportunity for the area and Washington state. The four-day conference, scheduled for Feb. 24-27, 2014, will bring more than 150 international and domestic tour operators and 200 tourism suppliers from the western United States, plus media and U.S. Embassy delegates. Five experiential tours during the Go West Summit called Adventure Day tours will highlight key attractions in Pierce County.

According to a Go West Summit survey, over $14.5 million worth of contracts were signed on the show floor during this year’s conference in Fort Worth, Texas and the conference is expected to bring more than 6.2 million visitors over 18 months.

“Collaboration with statewide partners helped Pierce County secure Go West 2014,” said Bennish Brown, president and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau (TRCVB). “This is an incredible opportunity for the local and state economy and travel industry to emphasize the assets and amenities of the Pacific Northwest.”

Cities within Pierce County such as Tacoma and Lakewood will prepare for the Go West Summit over the next six months. The TRCVB is working with area restaurants, attractions and surrounding cities to plan evening receptions and experiential activities for conference attendees such as the five Adventure Day tours that will highlight Mount Rainier National Park and the glass art and collector vehicle culture in Tacoma.

“As the second largest city in Pierce County, Lakewood is thrilled to welcome Go West to the region,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “The county has so much to gain from hosting the Summit, particularly within the international travel industry.”

The TRCVB partnered with the City of Tacoma, Greater Tacoma Convention + Trade Center (GTCTC) and Hotel Murano to submit a proposal to host the 2014 Go West Summit in Tacoma. Eleven tourism organizations attended a welcome dinner for representatives to differentiate Pierce County as a host destination and showcase Washington’s support of the conference. Tourism organizations that attended the dinner included the TRCVB, Hotel Murano, Olympia Peninsula, Washington Tourism Alliance, Washington State Destination Marketing Organization, Visit Seattle, Visit Spokane, Visit Rainier, Visit Vancouver USA, Seattle Southside and Yakima Valley.

Media interested in attending the Go West Summit can register online at: www.gowestsummit.com/registration.cfm .

About Go West

Go West Summit is a marketplace that brings together the highest quality suppliers in the western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Summit provides international and U.S. based tour operators a venue to meet with suppliers to generate tourism business into the western United States. The Summit is regarded by participating tourism and travel professionals as a premier conference, among the best of its type, as well as an efficient and economical mechanism for booking international business. For more information, visit: www.gowestsummit.com .

About TRCVB

The TRCVB is the official destination marketing organization for Tacoma and Pierce County, Wash. As a leader in tourism, the TRCVB promotes and packages the destination to attract and meet the needs of meetings and conventions, group tours, special interest groups and the leisure traveler. For more information, visit: www.traveltacoma.com .

About Lakewood, Wash.

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,800 businesses. Lakewood is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. The city offers numerous recreational and cultural activities for locals, day-trippers and weekend travelers seeking hidden treasures in the Northwest. Lakewood is a sought after destination for vacationers looking for outdoor fun, foodies craving international food and dog lovers traveling with canine companions. For more information, visit: www.cityoflakewood.us .