Reconnecting kids with nature: Author of "Last Child in the Woods" to speak at Pierce College

Parents who worry their kids take more delight in watching TV than hunting for bugs or playing on the beach will want to hear author Richard Louv speak.

Louv wrote the best-selling “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.” The book sparked an international movement to reconnect children with nature and introduced the term "nature-deficit disorder."

Local audiences have a rare opportunity to hear Louv speak at 7 pm Thursday, May 2, at Pierce College Puyallup in the Arts and Allied Health Theatre.

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Learn how to raise courageous citizens at Bates’ annual Brain Series Tonight

Raising courageous, respectful and responsible children can be tough if you’re not equipped with the right tools. At Bates Technical College’s Brain Series, learn how to use brain science to infuse these qualities and more in your children. 

The free annual event will be held tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the college’s South Campus, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma. 

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Tacoma Bike Swap at UPS This Saturday

Cyclists of all levels can enjoy the 5th annual Bike Swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27 at University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse, North 11th Street and Union Avenue.

The free event features vendors selling bikes, bike parts and accessories. Highlights include low-cost helmet fittings, map masters bike route guidance, flat repairs, and a free children’s bike rodeo.

Individuals who want to sell up to two bikes may bring them to the free Bike Corral, which includes a new section for children’s bikes and trailers.

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National Infant Immunization Week: Protect your children against preventable diseases

This week is National Infant Immunization Week, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants parents to understand the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Winning entries in the City's annual Earth Day art contest announced

More than 150 Tacoma students entered this year’s EnviroChallenger/EnviroKids Earth Day art contest. Elementary students illustrated ways they practice earth-friendly activities at home, outside, at the park or while playing/watching sports and other positive environmental behavior that they’ve learned from the City’s EnviroChallenger educators. View the winning works of art at www.envirochallenger.com.

Earth Day art contest winners
Grades K-1 Division

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Lucas Smiraldo selected as Tacoma's 2013-2015 poet laureate

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced the selection of Lucas Smiraldo as Tacoma's 2013-2015 poet laureate.

Over the next two years, Smiraldo will participate in and host public poetry readings, workshops and other community events. He will also participate in Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month each November, and will help produce the 2015 Tacoma Poet Laureate Ceremony to announce the next poet laureate.

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Portion of Ruston Way to be closed Saturday morning

The southbound lane on Ruston Way from Point Ruston to North McCarver Street will be closed from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 to accommodate the Ruston Way 5K race.

Alternate routes include North 30th Street, North I/North 21st Street and Pearl Street.

For more information on this road closure, call (253) 591-5932.

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I-5 Southbound 38th Street Closure for Three Months

On Saturday, April 20, crews will close the southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street in Tacoma. The ramp will remain closed for three months through July. During the closure, crews will demolish the existing ramp and build approaches for a new ramp. 

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