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New Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum

27 Dec

2912_513376418008_7974946_nJoin a New Years at Noon celebration with the little ones on December 31, from 10 am – 5 pm at the Children’s Museum in downtown Tacoma. At noon, there will be a children’s parade through the museum. Kids can stay busy all day long making noisemakers, “sparklers”, and sharing their favorite things of 2012 on a collaborative board. Open to the general public from 10 am – 5 pm with Pay As You Will admission. See the museum’s programs for 2013, below!

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Member Power Plays
Saturdays from 9 – 10 am

Every Saturday, kids can enjoy a facilitated play experience in one of the museum’s five playscapes. No preregistration required. This regular event is for members-only. Free.

January 5Scavenger Hunt on Voyager: Grab a scavenger hunt list and get set to take a closer look and find items near and on Voyager!
January 12Experiments with Ice in Water: We’ll push up our sleeves and don aprons for some chilly fun as we explore the properties of ice in Water’s still tank.
January 19Bubble Painting in Becka’s Studio: Using a straw, air power and some soapy paint, we’ll create fun, bubbly art prints.
January 26Journey Mapping on Voyager:  We’ll ponder where we’d like to travel on Voyager then create a map to get us there!

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Wee Ones Weekly
Fridays from 9:30 am – 11 am
January 11, 18, and 25
Drop in and enjoy thematic and musical programs perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups. Program participation includes 30 minutes of exclusive play in the museum. No preregistration required. Cost: members free; $15 per family of 4, $5 for additional siblings.

Exceptional Families Parent Workshops
January 10 from 6 – 8 pm
Children’s Museum of Tacoma, together with the Exceptional Families Network’s support group, SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, will host a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs. Continue reading

Lolo – free documentary screening this Saturday!

27 Dec


What: Lolo, a documentary film by Ronald J. Lagman
Where: Evergreen State College – Tacoma campus. 1210 Sixth Avenue, Rm. 218
When: Saturday, December 29 at 1 pm
Cost: Free

This Saturday, at the Tacoma campus of Evergreen State College, filmmaker Ronald J. Lagman will screen his short documentary film, Lolo, about the heroic and forgotten Filipino-American soldiers who fought World War II in the Pacific. This event is free and open to the public.

Lagman immigrated to the US from the Philippines in 1997, at age 27. “When I was in film school at Seattle Central Community College’s film and video program, in 2003, I stumbled upon a news article about WWII Filipino-American soldiers who had served under General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific when the Philippines was a commonwealth, much like Guam and Puerto Rico.”

He discovered that after fighting in the war, “the US government took away the soldiers’ military benefits. I was shocked and deeply bothered.” Lagman was disturbed not only because this chapter of American history wasn’t widely known, but because he had “enlisted in the US Air Force and [was] just waiting to graduate to leave for basic training. I thought to myself, ‘If they can do this to them, what’s stopping the government from doing this to me someday – cut my military benefits when I’m close to retirement…

“I don’t recall having immediate family members that fought in the war; however, my great-grandmother (when she was still living) shared with me personal family stories of the short Japanese occupation of Manila.”

Lagman started stitching together the stories of five Filipino veterans in 2003-2004. He filmed his 22-minute narrative documentary entirely at the International Drop-In Center in Seattle, a non-profit center that assists the elderly. He also located historical footage through the National Archives. The Tacoma filmmaker hopes to distribute Lolo “to WWII Filipino-American groups in the US so that they can use it for educational purposes….

“Many years from now, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will be forgotten,” he warns, and the men and women who fought it may be lost to history also. “We as a nation, as a people, should not let this grave injustice happen to our heroes.”

This project was funded in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission’s  Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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