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City of Lakewood's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 5. Mayor Don Anderson will lead the lighting at 6:15 p.m.
  • WHERE: In front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW
  • WHAT ELSE:  Free entertainment and fun Christmas crafts

Join us for Lakewood’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! We have quite a festival planned. The tree lighting’s new time also gives parents getting off work plenty of time to pick up their kids and head over.

The children will have plenty to do—pictures with Santa, Minute to Win It games and fun craft projects. We also have a dance performance from the YMCA, and the Lakes High School choir will sing Christmas carols.

Winter’s Here. Are You Ready For It?

Temperatures are dropping, roads are icy and snow is a real possibility.

The City of Lakewood wants to remind residents to be prepared during extreme wintery conditions this year. Whether it’s at home or on the road, ice and snow can catch anyone off guard.

Download High Resolution Snow and Ice Response Map

Conditions could get treacherous this year if a major snow or ice storm hits Lakewood. The City will prioritize the most-traveled roads first in terms of its de-icing efforts, including Bridgeport Way, Steilacoom Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive. For a map of the City’s Snow and Ice Response Priorities, visit: .

Residents can prepare for a snow emergency themselves by stocking up on:

  • Food
  • Warm clothes and blankets
  • Flares
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries

It’s also a great idea to keep a cell phone handy.

During extreme conditions, the best tip, according to the Lakewood Police Department, is to stay off the roads if you don’t have to drive. However, if residents are going to get behind the wheel, here are a few tips:

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination
  • Give yourself plenty of driving distance between your car and the one in front of you
  • Make sure your tires, wiper blades and brakes are working properly, and fill up on windshield washer fluid
  • Consider using studded tires or carry tire chains
  • Keep a full tank of gas in case you’re stranded and need to run the heater in your car, as well as have a good car battery
  • Carry a folding shovel and bag of kitty litter for traction if you get stuck. Have snacks, water, blanket and cell phone available.
  • Do not abandon your vehicle unless directed by law enforcement, or if the vehicle is legally parked off the roadway and the driver/passengers have a ride from someone else.

Did You Know?

The City's fleet of vehicles that can help with snow and ice removal consists of:

  • Two, 5-yard dump trucks with plows and salt spreaders
  • One F-350 pickup truck with plow and salt spreader
  • One F-550 pickup with plow and salt spreader
  • One F-250 pickup with salt spreader
  • One F-450 pickup with 500-gallon brine spreader system
  • Three portable brine tote system spreaders (which can be mounted on various City trucks)
  • 18 backup totes (275 gallons each) are available for local brine storage

This Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center 12/1/14

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the SAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at -253-798-4090 to RSVP for events. Registration for the Winter 2015 courses opens Jan. 2. However, an oil painting class and a number of short exercise courses open in December, and you can sign up at any time.

Monday, Dec. 1

  • Oil Painting for Fun, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
  • All skill levels welcome!
  • Lessons continue Mondays, Dec. 1-March 2. Pick either the morning or afternoon class.
  • Members: $56, Non-members: $62
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.
  • Lean basic and advanced steps, techniques and choreography. Partner suggested, but not required.
  • Lessons continues Mondays, Dec. 1-29
  • Members: $25, Non-members: $29
  • Movie Monday, 5 p.m.
  • Good People: Discovering a cache of cash in their dead tenant's apartment, a couple in debt take the money and find themselves the target of a deadly adversary-the thief who stole it.
  • This will be the last Movie Monday for awhile, so make it count!
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.
  • For beginners or the experienced. Traditional yoga poses with a mix of Tai Chi and Pilates will be taught with alternatives to accommodate mobility issues. Yoga mat suggested, but not required.
  • Lessons continue Mondays, Dec. 1-29
  • Members: $20, Non-members: $23

Tuesday Dec. 2

  • Cake Day, 10 a.m.
  • A day for fun, friendship and a delicious treat!
  • Free
  • Mah Jongg, 1:30 p.m.
  • Open to everyone.
  • Free
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.
  • Grab your friends and exercise your body and mind by dancing to lively, upbeat music.
  • Free

Wednesday, Dec. 3

  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.
  • Drop in and learn knitting basics or share your talent and techniques.
  • Lessons on Dec. 3 and Dec. 17
  • Free
  • Workshop Wednesday-Coaster Set, 1 p.m.
  • Unfortunately, registration is closed.

Thursday, Dec. 4

  • Cribbage, 10:30 a.m.
  • Have a cup of coffee and enjoy a game or two with new friends.
  • Free
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.
  • Grab your photos and supplies and join your friends for an afternoon of scrapbooking.
  • Free

Friday, Dec. 5

  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Anyone over 50 is free to drop in and use the computers


Canceled: Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

The 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K, originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, has been canceled.

During a final planning meeting, the City determined enrollment for this year’s event was low, given the amount of employee and volunteer time necessary to make the event a success. Refunds will be processed to participants who were already registered.

Despite the 5K’s cancellation, however, Lakewood’s holiday spirits will continue to run high, as the City will hold its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 5. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The new time (the event usually starts an hour before this year's scheduled time) is intended add flexibility to residents busy holiday schedules. There will be plenty to do, including arts and crafts, “Minute to Win It” games and, of course, pictures with Santa. For more information, visit .

Black Friday Special: Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Sweater 5K

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s third annual Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Sweater 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Stay afterward for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • COST: (BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL) $20 per person, which is a $5 savings! Runners can sign up online here ( or call (253) 983-7887. Registration includes a free, commemorative t-shirt!
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear 'em.

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them.

But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

Warm up your holiday spirit with the whole family - even pets - on Dec. 6 at Lakewood City Hall. Dress for the weather, as this 5K will run, rain or shine.

Participants who register for the race this Friday will pay a discounted rate of $20 - a $5 savings off the regular price!

It’s going to be another cold one, so remember to rock your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to keep in the body heat and express your holiday sense of humor. The best way to celebrate this ridiculous but beloved holiday tradition? With hundreds of other people, of course.

So dig out that old sweater that you haven’t donned since the Christmas your grandparents gave it to you. Better yet, get together with your friends and decorate your own holiday fashion disaster, er, masterpiece, and wear it on the day of the 5K.

The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell.

And don't forget - registration includes a free, commemorative t-shirt! (Shown here)

"It’s about everyone out there having fun in their Christmas sweaters,” said Arielle Carney, Lakewood Parks and Recreation Coordinator. "What screams 'Holiday Fun' more than that?"