The Metropolitan Park District and a number of community and park user groups are planning a yearlong birthday
party for Point Defiance's centennial. Here are some upcoming events:
Aug. 27, 7 p.m. “Two Brothers,” the story of twin tiger cubs separated from their parents and each other, will be presented at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. A $4 donation is suggested. Food service will be available.
Call 253-404-3657 or go to www.pdza.org.
Sept. 3: Explore the Point Hike and Salmon Bake, Owen Beach. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and hike begins at 9. A self-guided 5.6-mile hike and salmon bakewill raise money for maintaining the 10-mile trail network that winds through the park.
The $25 cost includes a T-shirt and the salmon lunch. Pre-registration deadline is Friday.
For more information or to register, call 253-272-5461 or go to www.explorethepoint.com.
Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Labor Day celebration, Fort Nisqually.
A 1930s-style festival featuring carnival games, a vintage automobile display and food booths.
The event will honor the community service that led to moving two buildings of the 1855 Hudson’s Bay Co. outpost to Point Defiance in 1934.
A flag ceremony featuring a band from Fort Lewis is scheduled at 2 p.m.
Entertainment throughout the day will include the Jet Cities Chorus of the Sweet Adelines, John Salicco and people in period costumes.
Regular admission fees will be charged.
Oct. 7 and 8, 7-10 p.m.: Candlelight tours of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
The annual event, which features volunteers in period clothing, has special meaning this year, the fort’s 150th anniversary.
Visitors will pass through the restored Hudson’s Bay Co. outpost with only candles and campfires to light the way.
Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. You must buy in advance. Prices are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and teens; and $5 for children 5-12.
Call 253-591-5339 for information and reservations. Or go to www.fortnisqually.org for more on the fort.
* Dates and details are subject to change
For more event information go to Tacoma Metro Parks at www.metroparkstacoma.org.
If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see in the Point Defiance centennial coverage, contact team leader John Henrikson at email@example.com or 253-597-8651.