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Model Train Festival at Washington State History Museum

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December 21, 2012 - 10:00am to January 1, 2013 - 5:00pm

Just in time for the holiday season, the Washington State History is holidng its 17th Annual Model Train Festival, extended through Christmas for the first time and offering new attractions. Held at the history museum, located at 1911 Pacific Avenue, the festival will take over every floor to create the largest permanent model train layout in the state.

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Plunge into the New Year with the Polar Bear Plunge

Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound!

Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers at the Polar Bear Plunge on January 1 at Point Defiance Marina.

 

Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit and go knee high, waist deep or take the full plunge! The Cub Plunge, for youth under 10 years of age, begins at 11:30 am, followed by an Adult/Family Plunge at noon. Costumes are welcome but not required.

 

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By Order of the Mayor: December is Zoolights Month in Tacoma

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has proclaimed December Zoolights Month in Tacoma.

The proclamation, issued during a recent City Council meeting, recognizes the holiday-season lights festival as a “Tacoma community treasure” that has drawn more than 2 million visitors since it began in 1988.

“Tacoma is a brighter, more family friendly place because of this 25-year tradition,” the proclamation reads.

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Zoolights Brighter and Bigger than Ever

Zoolights, a Tacoma holiday-season tradition since 1988, opens the day after Thanksgiving at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to bring light to the night and a warm glow to visitors’ hearts.

The 25th annual edition of Zoolights is unmatched in the Puget Sound area. No other outdoor event boasts more than 80 lighted zoo-animal figurines and multiple-piece scenes, half a million lights and a quarter-century of dedication to providing families from across Washington with affordable, holiday-season family entertainment.

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City of Destiny Awards nominations accepted now

Nominations for the City of Tacoma’s 27th annual City of Destiny Awards, which spotlights exceptional volunteers who have worked to drive Tacoma forward, are being accepted now through Jan. 18, 2013.

Eligibility requirements for the nine award categories are available on the 2013 nomination form, which is available in hard copy at the various Tacoma Public Library branches, the City Clerk’s Office at Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 220 and the City Manager’s Office at Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 12th Floor. 

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Meet the Midwife! A special screening of Call the Midwife

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November 13, 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Meet the Midwife! Calling all Puget Sound Area Moms-to-be, Mothers, Midwives, and those interested in Midwifery! Group Health Cooperative is hosting a special screening of the newest most successful drama series on BBC, Call the Midwife. The series has been more successful that Downtown Abbey in the UK and was just recently introduced in the U.S.

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Flu season and you: Avoid getting sick with the flu shot

Why should the flu matter to you? Influenza is an important public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, the flu causes between 3,000 and 50,000 deaths nationally, depending on the severity of the season, it can cause approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and billions in medical costs and indirect costs such as lost wages. 

But closer to home, there are some things you can do to prevent the flu or minimize its impact if you do get sick.

  

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Vashon Island Holiday Art Studio Tour 2012

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December 2, 2012 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Holiday 2012 Vashon Island Art Studio Tour will be held on two weekends, December 1st and 2nd and 8th and 9th, 10-4 each day. It’s a free, self-guided event with 38 participating studios, shops and galleries. Follow the numbers designated on the Studio Tour map which is available online at www.VashonIslandArtStudioTour.com, and at most island businesses.

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