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Metropolitan Market Proctor’s Chocolate Festival, Oct. 7 to 11
You may call it pandering, but this is well worth meandering: Starting Wednesday this neighborhood supermarket tempts Tacoma chocolate lovers for five blissful days, but Sunday Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s downright cocoa loco!
Plans to convert Kandle Park into an urban playland have taken a big step forward, with a new Draft Master Plan, featuring a beach-entry pool, sprayground, spray pool and skate park. Under the plan, Kandle would also get an all-new playground and keep the popular community garden space as well as a large open area for sports practices or other open ended uses.
Tacoma has plenty of fabulous Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese grub, but very little in the way of worthwhile Chinese restaurants. Shanghai House, which opened this spring on Commerce, is a refreshing deviation from this trend. It may not sport the fanciest of menus, but the restaurant is already doing a brisk business in affordable, quick lunch dishes not soaked in syrupy sauce or scooped up out of steam trays.
The Federal Way Community Center has a killer "leisure pool," not unlike the Stewart Heights aquatics center in Tacoma--except it's indoors, and they're running on a special schedule this week (3/30-4/5/09) for kids on spring break! The young 'uns I went there today, where the kids were excited to see a huge water slide, a "lazy river," a water playground, etc.
Last week, we took advantage of the extra time off from school and checked out the new Foss Waterway Seaport Museum (formerly the Working Waterfront Museum) on Dock Street. We had a great time at the latest addition to Tacoma's museum lineup, making wooden boats and checking out the science-y "Finding Your Way" exhibit on loan from the Exploratorium.
The Hands on Children's Museum rocks. We should have checked it out years ago, but I seldom get further South than Lakewood, unless a ride magically appears the way it did yesterday morning when a friend called and suggested the field trip.