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Dec. 10, 2009 at 3:01pm

(Blue) for the 4 families

Sonja has a fundraiser!

Sonja Silver (Sonja Clothes to Live In) had a great idea for an auction to raise money in memory of the four fallen Lakewood police officers.  She enlisted her friend Heather Valtee to set up a cyber auction site which is now up and running:
All donations will be given to the Lakewood Police Indepent Guild Charity Fund.
To bid on an item, please leave a comment with your name and bid amount.  If you are not a friend of Sonja or Heather please leave some type of contact information also. 
The auction ends at midnight December 20th, 2009.  To pay your donation and retrieve your item please visit Sonja at Sonja Clothes to Live In, 2701 North 21st Street, Tacoma.  (253) 272-1565. (cash or check please!)

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Nov. 6, 2009 at 6:41am

Transportation in Tacoma for the 21st Century

Brown Bag Lunch & Interactive Discussion with Tacoma's Transportation Policy-makers

from my inbox:

Community Stewards
Building the Network to Advance The Cascade Agenda
Dear Community Stewards:
Please join us for a discussion of the future of our transportation system, co-hosted by CLC, the city, and our other partners. Bring your friends!

Time: November 13, 2009 from 12pm to 1pm
Location: Simpson Room, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
Organized By: Andrew Austin, Transportation Choices Coalition

Event Description:
“Transportation in Tacoma for the 21st Century”
Brown Bag Lunch & Interactive Discussion with Tacoma’s Transportation Policy-makers

Tacoma and the South Sound face many tough decisions as we plan for the future of our transportation system. How do we extend the Tacoma Streetcar system? How do we reshape Pierce Transit’s bus system? How do parking policies affect the city’s goal to activate the streets with people?

Please join Transportation Choices Coalition, The City of Tacoma, The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and others. for an engaging conversation with Tacoma’s transportation policy-makers.

Lynn Griffith, Pierce Transit CEO
Eric Anderson, City Manager of Tacoma
David Hiller, Advocacy Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club
Ric Ilgenfritz, Planning Director Sound Transit

Hosted by: Transportation Choices Coalition, The City of Tacoma, The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, Cascade Bicycle Club, Cascade Land Conservancy, Tacoma Wheelman, The Cross District Association, The Cascade Land Conservancy, Futurewise, and more!

See more details and RSVP on Community Stewards:
About Community Stewards
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It would be great to have a big turnout.  Hope to see you there!



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Mar. 18, 2009 at 5:28pm

Goodbye friend

I met Debbie 15 years ago at work at the Caterpillar dealership where we worked.  We quickly formed a friendship over shared breaks smoking and joking (and my dad would say) complaining about men, work, and the joys and hardships of single motherhood.  Luckily both of us (much to our amazement) married wonderful, kind, and patient men and we both felt blessed.  I ended up leaving the dealership after marrying my husband who is now the service manager, and Debbie ended up working for him as a service clerk so we never really lost touch.  It was a shock to Paul and I to get the call this morning that Debbie passed away last night.  We're not sure what the cause was, and it's not really important to know why --  we just that we've both lost a dear friend.

Debbie never did any half-assed -- she was one full-on, get out of my way or join me, energetic little ball of fire.  She loved crafting, cooking, eating, and her cigarettes.  She knew every corny joke in the book.  She had a smoke and whiskey kind of husky voice, and a deep down belly laugh that we never tired of hearing.  We considered ourselves fortunate to call her our friend. 

It's still sinking in that she's gone.  We've cried off and on throughout the day.  Tonight I think we'll sit down over a glass of something and toast our friend who is gone too soon, but not soon forgotten.

We miss you Deb.


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Jan. 7, 2009 at 6:54pm

It's raining and I'm thankful

I'm thankful I was able to contact my brother.

I'm thankful my brother found where they evacutated my mother.

I'm thankful I have a warm dry place to welcome them to.

Most of all I'm thankful they just walked through my front door.

Stay safe and warm.

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Dec. 26, 2008 at 12:00am

Hi Jack: A Performance

I just can't say no to Lynn.


Hi, Ann? It's Lynn. Say I was wondering if you are free to come meet with some people about an idea I have for First Night...

And so it begins. I don't know why I can never say no to Lynn. Maybe it's the thrill of trying something in front of lots of people even though you're not sure it will work, but somehow it always seems to. Or it could be the joy of seeing why that little part you play comes together with everybody else's little parts and all of a sudden you're part of this big spectacle. Either way, I'm always glad when she calls to see if I'm interested, and I'm always glad I say yes.

What's her idea this time? Well, you'll have to go to First Night to see. My little part? Well, bring an instrument you've made out of recycled material, or just bring a plastic and/or tin container and make an instrument on site. I'll be the one in a Jester hat.

Oh, yeah -- and don't forget the toast.

And now for the official announcement:


WHAT: First Night is an alcohol-free outdoor offering of arts events in Tacoma from 7:30 - midnight. HI JACK is a performance art event designed for community involvement.

WHEN: HI JACK: From 8:30 until 10 the community is invited to create musical instruments using recycled plastic vessels, tin cans, sticks and gravel- which we will provide. At 10 pm a live performance will include a dancing duo, a railroad barker, a freight container, recorded music, costumed actors and a giant puppet springing from a jack-in-the-box if the drumming audience makes enough noise (music). 2009 mystery objects will be launched at the finale, providing souvenirs for spectators.

WHERE: Between 7th and 9th on Broadway in Tacoma Washington.

WHO: Created and produced by the Figure Head Roll team (leader Lynn Di Nino), Pacific Fusion Productions, L & M Artworks, and Exit 133.

WHY: Tacoma loves a spectacle, and as artists, we can't resist creating one, involving our arts community of over 100 volunteers and countless musical-instrument-making audience members.

WHAT WE ASK OUR AUDIENCE TO BRING: A homemade/recycled musical instrument and a piece of toast.

SPONSORS: The Gintz Group, The News Tribune, David Sweet, REI, The Port of Tacoma, David Mackey, Solid Waste Management and Frank Terrill.

  Photography:  Dan Hill

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Aug. 14, 2008 at 1:48pm

I am Hunger

A Lime Green Yard Sale

Last year Lynn Di Nino along with James Ceccanti, Jori Adkins, Elayne Vogel, Rick Semple, Jennevieve Schlemmer, and Claudia Reidner masterminded the I AM CURIOUS yard sale which featured the color yellow, and helped raise over $600 for Habitat for Humanity.


This year Lynn and Jennevieve bring you I AM HUNGER, a yard sale being held at the Glass Roots Arts Festival on the 24th of August benefiting the Emergency Food Network, and the color lime green.

Lynn’s email began with Dear Champions of community spirit. Now how could you not want to join in the fun?



WHAT: I AM HUNGER is the artist event taking place August 24th noon- 6 pm as part of the Glass Roots Arts Festival at 11th and Market Streets in Tacoma.

This is a one-day event, a “yard sale” to raise awareness about all of the objects that come in and out of our lives. Give new life to an object that might otherwise go to a landfill! All objects will be priced at a $5 suggested donation with all proceeds to benefit the Emergency Food Network.

Each person finds three found or gently used objects with interesting shapes—they must be larger than a bowling ball, yet small enough for one person to carry. Please don’t bring junk- we want these items to sell!! Absolutely no computers nor components. Paint the objects lime green, which you can have mixed in quarts at a paint or big box store. There is no generic pre-mixed color. (Last year when we asked for off-the-shelf Sun Yellow most items that arrived were in many shades of yellow, and they still looked great collectively, so this time we’re letting you decide what lime green looks like). Home Depot carries a spray lime green. The whole object must be painted lime green. Do not add any other colors. Glass and mirrors are ok to leave unpainted as long as rest of object is lime green.

Deliver items to the site (11th & Market Street) before 11:30 the day of the event. We hope you will hang out with us but it is not required. We know this will be a fantastic photo-op and hope you help us spread the word.

This spectacle will only work graphically if we generate a lot of lime green volume. The space we have picked out is large enough for hundreds of pieces!

  • Send this email to 5 friends you think would participate.
  • Create your lime green paint (find at Home Depot, Lowe's, paint store or mix yourself).
  • Schedule a painting party with some of your friends!!
  • August 24, 11:30: Deliver your work to be part of the spectacle!

Each item will sell for $5 and we’ll also collect donations to benefit the Emergency Food Network.


Okay, now you don't HAVE to bring three items in order to buy an item at the yard sale, but wouldn't it be more fun?  Hope to see you on the 24th! 

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Jul. 20, 2008 at 7:38pm

We're going to Doyles more often!

Urban Art Fest was a fun, excruciatingly hot day.  Afterwards we decided to head over to Doyles (hadn't been there for a while) for a cool brew and the hummus plate -- yum!  Later that day my hubby noticed his wallet was gone so we did the cancellation thing, replaced the ID's, the whole works. 

Fast forward a few weeks, and our credit card company conferences a call from a lady who found the wallet.  Turned out the lovely bartender from Doyles (sorry don't know her name) found the wallet and was calling in to find the owner.  When my husband went to pick up the wallet, and give a little $$ something to thank her for the effort she declined, AND the wallet still had all the cards, ID, and money inside. 

Such a lovely surprise.  So thanks pretty, petite, blond-haired bartender for your honesty and effort to make sure my husband and wallet were reunited.  We'll be seeing a lot more of you!!

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Jul. 20, 2008 at 7:34pm

Summertime Yum

Oh, yeah.  I feel a brain-freeze coming on for my Mudslide!



Now that was good!

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Jun. 29, 2008 at 7:14am


How long do grape tomatoes take to ripen?

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Jun. 26, 2008 at 7:24am

It's my anniversary!!

Viewer warning: this post may contain mushy sentiments

Today is my wedding anniversary -- nine years, thank you very much. We don't celebrate in any big way -- usually just a nice meal and good company, no presents or party. So I stumble out of bed, make my way to the kitchen for a nice cup of tea and this is what greets me:

I love this man.  And this year, you're getting your anniversary card blogger-style:

For making sure the garbage is taken out each night, and the toilet seat is always in the down position, I'm thankful for you.

For making sure there's always gas in the car, and a bottle of water for me to drink, I'm thankful for you.

For making sure there's always my favorite treat in the cupboard, and my favorite wine to drink, I'm thankful for you.

For letting me experience the lives of your wonderful children, and giving my son the only father figure he's known, I'm thankful for you.

For falling for me because I'm an independent, opinionated, "big-boned", loud person, and then never once trying to change me, I'm thankful for you.

Thank you for marry me.

Thank you for sharing your life.

I love you very much!

Happy Anniversary Paul! Love, Ann

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