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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.

Fort Steilacoom Playground, Shelters Closure

Eight years after the community came together to build the Fort Steilacoom Park playground, volunteers and project coordinators will gather again for a weeklong work party to complete restoration projects to the playground equipment. The FSP playground and two shelters will be closed while the projects are completed from Wednesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Please note these closure dates on your calendar so your family is not disappointed during a park visit while construction and restoration are active. If you have questions, please call the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983-7887.

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!

2015 U.S. Open Parking at Fort Steilacoom Park

The USGA’s transportation plan for any U.S. Open event is extensive and meticulous.

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council voted to allow Fort Steilacoom Park to play a small part in that plan when the 2015 U.S. Open comes to Chambers Bay Golf Course.

The Lakewood City Council voted to approve a $40,000 agreement that will allow the USGA to use a portion of Fort Steilacoom Park for off-site parking during the week of June 15-21, 2015.

Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director for the City, said the USGA can now determine exactly how Fort Steilacoom Park – one of many regional parking sites during the tournament - will be used to shuttle people to the University Place course.

The USGA has been looking throughout the region for parking locations. Along with studying routes and methods of transportation (bus, boat, train and car) to get visitors to the event, it is studying how to distribute parking locations for the estimated 245,000 people who will attend (plus 4,500 volunteers and 2,000 media contacts).

The City met several times with members of the USGA logistics team to assess Fort Steilacoom Park, as well as to discuss ingress, egress, traffic patterns and other transportation and site impacts. The USGA is looking to park approximately 5,000 cars each day at this site. Large buses would take the event attendees from the park to the golf course.

Following Monday night’s vote, the USGA and the City will look at specific routes in and out of the park, citywide transportation impacts and how they can minimize the effect on regular park visitors and neighbors.

“This was just the first step,” Dodsworth said of the agreement. “The USGA has an excellent track record of planning for the U.S. Open, and we’ll do our best to reduce impacts to our park visitors.”

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.