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Coffee with the Mayor - June 8, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speaker will be Lieutenant Steve Mauer who will give a presentation on the Community Safety and Resources Team (CSRT) annual report.

If you have any questions, please contact Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

Plenty to Do in Lakewood This Summer

Community event calendar features 38 events

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (June 1, 2012) — If you are daydreaming about what to put on your Northwest summer “fun” calendar, you can find inspiration from the recently-posted City of Lakewood 2012 Summer and Fall Events listings (see attached). The list highlights a majority of the events from June through September.

Lakewood provides entertainment for the whole family. Dog-lovers, art enthusiasts, garage-sale devotees, nature admirers, and history-buffs have lots to choose from.

“Our community partners are always creating fun events for our residents and for visitors. We’re encouraging people to combine activities for a full day of adventure, or just make it a weekend,” notes Economic Development Manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady. “We have a number of family and dog-friendly places to spend the night and plenty of shopping and tasty eating spots.”

Some of the favorite Lakewood events include:

  • Summer Activities Fair (June 7)
  • Lakewood SummerFEST (June 30-July 1)
  • Lakewood Farmers Market (Tuesdays, July 10-August 28)
  • Junk in the Trunk – Community Garage Sale (July 21, August 18)
  • Dog Dayz (August 25)
  • American Lake Concert series (Tuesdays, July 3-August 14)

For those out of the area looking for new experiences, the city is suggesting a few day trip itineraries.

  • Culture, Cotton Candy and Corn on the Cob - Saturday, June 30

Eat breakfast at the award-winning Moonrise restaurant then sample traditional Samoan culture at the 2nd Annual Samoa Cultural Day. Head to the Lakewood's annual summer festival, SummerFEST, where the kids can burn off afternoon energy at the Kidz Zone inflatable area. Everyone can dance to live music on two stages, hang out at the vintage Car Show, wander through the public market, and stuff yourselves silly at the many food vendors.

  • Markets, Gardens and Stars – Tuesday, July 17th

Visit the new Farmers Market at City Hall for fresh flavors, arts and entertainment. Take a short five-minute drive over to the famous Lakewold Gardens. There you can stroll the grounds and relax with a picnic on the terrace. Enjoy a wine tasting at Stina’s Cellars, and end the evening with the exciting competition of “Lakewood’s Brightest Star Finals” at American Lake Park or if you prefer take in a live theater performance at The Lakewood Playhouse.

  • Dog Lovin’ Day – Saturday, August 25

Grab a cup of coffee at and take your pooch to visit the Fort Steilacoom Dog Park, voted the “Best Pet Park” according to South Sound magazine. On August 25, the park will host Dog Dayz, a fun-filled festival to celebrate our four-legged friends. After wearing your beloved pal out, you can stop for dinner at one of our many family friendly restaurants to wind down before the ride home.

Look for more fun summer time activities happening in the City of Lakewood by routinely checking on www.cityoflakewood.us .

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.

Lakewood’s Own Moon Rise Café Wins Best Breakfast in the South Sound

In a fierce and tasty competition, Weekly Volcano readers casted their vote

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (May 30, 2012) — The City of Lakewood is home to a restaurant gem recently ranked as one of the best breakfast spots – Moon Rise Café . According to the Tournament of Breakfast Championship, the Moon Rise Café competed against other local breakfast favorites within the South Sound region. A local publication, Weekly Volcano, sponsored the competition.

“We’re very happy that a local family-run business won this honor,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager of the City of Lakewood. “This a great representation of the many wonderful restaurants and shops in Lakewood.”

The competition started with online voting and finished with live ballot voting at a local venue. Moon Rise Café was in the lead by 7,000 votes it took the win at the voting party at Meconi’s Tacoma Pub and Eatery in Tacoma, Wash. Other competitors included Cicada Restaurant and Alfred’s Café.

Christine Curren and her daughter Samantha Syverson have owned the Moon Rise Café since 2006. Breakfast is a most popular mainstay and offerings include the Salmon Lovers Scramble, a Moonrise Benedict, homemade sausage gravy, and breakfast classics like French toast and pancakes. Beyond breakfast, the Curren and Syverson pride themselves on creating lunch and breakfast using organic products and the option of gluten-free bread. They make dressings, soups, jam, hash browns, biscuits and bread from scratch.

For more information on Moon Rise Café, visit www.themoonrisecafe.com . Alternatively, look for great ideas for things to do in Lakewood at www.cityoflakewood.us/community/visiting/tourist-attractions .

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/1/2012

June 1, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • Lakewood Relay for Life: Dozens of city staff members, their families and supporters will participate in the American Cancer Society’s 18-hour Relay for Life on June 1st and 2nd. The walk will begin at 6:00 pm Friday at Clover Park High School and there will be entertainment and concessions. The City’s relay team is dubbed “Team Emmett” in honor of Emmett Moore a past community development department employee.
  • Special Olympics Torch Run: The 2012 Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held on Friday June 1st. LPD will be picking up our torch from the Military at Ft. Lewis North Gate and running it to the Lakewood Police Station. This will occur some time around 2:00 PM -3:00 PM. The final leg of the run starts at the Station and ends at McChord AFB. About 100 runners will participate in this last leg.
  • Recent PSRC Action: This week the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board certified Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan update, including amendments through 2010. The certification action recognizes that the plan conforms to state requirements for transportation planning in the Growth Management Act and is consistent with the Multicounty Planning Policies and the regional transportation plan. Certification is an important element of the transportation grant process.

First-Ever Lakewood Farmers Market Blooms This July

Local vendors will sell produce, homemade treats, flowers and crafts every Tuesday

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (May 31, 2012) — Starting this summer, fresh locally grown produce, live entertainment and arts and crafts will be featured at the first-ever Farmers Market in the city.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Tuesday, from July 10 to August 28, 2012, the Farmers Market will be open on the City Hall plaza, located at 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, Wash.

“We are hoping for 30 vendors,” said Mary Dodsworth, parks, recreation and community services director of the City of Lakewood. “We have a list confirmed, but we need additional participants. It’s not too early or too late to sign-up.” Potential vendors and entertainers can download applications at /farmersmarket .

The city is spearheading the pilot project in partnership with a community leadership team. The purpose of the market is to create a sense of community and celebrate Lakewood’s unique assets. Providing fresh, healthy food choices for local residents is another benefit of the project.

“The new Farmers Market will provide a place in the city center for citizens to meet, greet and buy fresh foods and crafts in a casual and festive environment,” said City Manager Andrew Neiditz.

Look for more fun summer time activities happening in the City of Lakewood by routinely checking the city’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us .

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.

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