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  • Ferry is back on schedule, as of 7:40 am this morning, 24 October 2014

Tacoma Food and Gift Festival - Wednesday - Sunday, 22-26 October 1014

Every year we travel the country to find unique and interesting products for the show. With over 550 booths we are the largest show of this kind on the west coast. Visit the Show Preview to see some of the products represented at the show.

The Entertainment Program is located in the main Tacoma Dome arena stage in the South East corner. Special performances by Dance Theatre Northwest, Eatonville Dance Center, Youth Choirs, quartets, strings and more take place all 5 days of the show.

Tacoma’s Cooking for the Holidays program returns this year! Enjoy daily demonstrations hosted by Mark Christopher from KCTS 9 Cooks and Amanda Westbrooke from TV Tacoma. Chefs from the South Sound’s finest restaurants and culinary schools will share favorite holiday recipes and techniques sure to impress your holiday guests.
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Christmas At The Orr Home - Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 November 2014

A Child's Vision of Christmas "...turn backward, oh time in your flight, Make me a child again, just for tonight..."

What does a child want for Christmas? Most likely the list for 21st century kids includes electronics, computers, Mutant Ninja turtles, Transformers... you know. Just not new clothes!

But, back "in the day" kids asked "the jolly old saint" for dolls, doll carriages, hobbyhorses, trains, sleds, skates, and things such as jacks, balls, and checkers. "A Child's Vision of Christmas" at the 1857 original home of Nathaniel and Emma Orr and their eight children will recreate the aura of a 19th Century holiday in Steilacoom. Each room in the Orr Home is decorated by volunteers or members of the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association (SHMA). Of special note this year are antique dolls from a unique doll collection. An added feature is daily demonstrations by local Steilacoom artisans. Local musicians will perform seasonal music throughout the event.

From 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, there's a special "Members Only" evening. Public participation hours are 10-4 p.m. on Nov. 15 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Admission to the public event is $10 for adults and $15 for families; tickets are available at the door.

Visit this historic Steilacoom landmark at 1811 Rainier Street this year. Phone 253-584-4133 or visit for more information.

Pierce College Science Dome Spook-Tober - Entire Month of October

Soon the skies will be dark and rainy, a tell-tale sign of fall in the Pacific Northwest. If you are looking for some indoor fun, head on over to the Pierce College Science Dome this October where the skies are always clear! You can catch a host of new programs, videos and even an eclipse (or two!) during the Spook-tober line up.

  • *New* Children's Show: Haunted Night Sky
  • Blood Moon with video Chasing the Ghost Particle
  • Stellar Graveyard with video Flying Monsters
  • Dark Skies with video Sea Monsters
  • Astronomical Doomsday with video Experience the Aurora
  • Dark Skies with video Flying Monsters
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Heath and Heather Plants Presentation - Wednesday 05 November 2014

Interested in learning more about heaths and heathers?

The Steilacoom Garden Club invites the broader community to join them for an educational presentation on heaths and heathers. Karla Lortz, owner of the Heath and Heathers Nursery near Shelton and President of the North America Heather Society, will share information on the many varieties available and will also talk about how to care for and properly prune these plants. We'll also have time for Q&A. Her nursery sells more varieties than anyone else in the US and they have one of the largest collections in the world. They also have over 2,000 plants in their display garden which is well worth visiting.

Date/time: Wednesday, November 5th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Steilacoom Historical Museum (lower level) located at 1801 Rainier St.

Heath and heather plants will be available for purchase following the presentation. For more information, contact Mary La Tourelle at 588-5956 or

Red Ribbon Bazaar at Steilacoom High School - Saturday 06 December 2014

Your support of this events helps students, clubs, athletic teams, the music program, and special school traditions to mention a few. How can you be involved?
  • You can become a vendor for a very small fee. We love home crafted art, décor, and gifts and so do the hundreds of people that frequent our annual event. Some vendors have been with us since our first bazaar 17 years ago!
  • You can share holiday cheer with a performance be it choral, solo, or instrumental. School and family choirs are a welcome sight and sound at the bazaar.
The SHS community hopes that students can count on your good ole' home town support this holiday season.

For more information: Tati Stowers; RRB 2014 Coordinator; 253.583.6675; Facebook

Box Tops for Education & Campbell's Soup Labels

Help Steilacoom's schools by saving and turning in the Box Tops for Education and/or Campbell's Soup labels at any school.

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We Love Steilacoom Association Food Pantry

The Association operates a food bank for low-income individuals and families. Additionally, the Association provides need-based assistance for utility payments and, to the extent funds are available, scholarships for Steilacoom High School students with preference given to those attending a 2-year college or vocational school.

Food distributions are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Oberlin Congregational Church. Food donations may be dropped off at the Community Center or at the Food Bank during operating hours.

Financial contributions for any of the programs, including the scholarship program, may be dropped off at the Community Center. A separate check, made payable to the Association, may also be sent in with your utility bill.

For more information, contact Paul Loveless at 581-1912 or Sharon Cornett, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 581-1076.


You will meet great new friends and have fun!
  • For activities at the Community Center, contact Pauline Monk at 983-2599.
  • The Steilacoom Food Bank always welcomes volunteers. Contact Paul Loveless at 983-2074
  • We have a very active volunteer Parks Group. Contact Nancy Henderson at 584-7284
  • The Citizens Fireworks Committee is preparing for this year's 4th of July. Contact Danny Lopez at 582-4995.

Steilacoom Museum Association Annual Events
  • Ice Cream Social located on the Museum patio on Rainier Street.
    During the Town-Wide 4th of July Celebration, Noon - 4 p.m.

  • Salmon Bake on the shores of Puget Sound at Sunnyside Beach.
    Last Sunday in July, Noon - 4 p.m.

  • Colonel Don's World Famous Secret Salmon Sauce  -  Click Here

  • Apple Squeeze
    Festival of the apple with 20 presses for cider squeezing; apple products for sale.
    1st Sunday in October, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Christmas At the Orr Home
    253 584-4133 for more information
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Steilacoom's Main Street, a route through Puget Sound History - By Nancy Covert

Come Memorial Day 2014, national and state flags will ripple from the lamp posts lining Main Street that are accented with colorful, flowering baskets that remain in place until after Labor Day.

That's the way Steilacoomites celebrate the spring/summer seasons in its waterfront town, a place that once had sincere aspirations to become: state capitol, terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad, summer resort destination, and a few other things... after it was founded in the 19th century. Tacoma, i.e., "the City of Destiny" and, later, other cities, eventually took over those roles.

Instead Steilacoom, a 2.1 square mile town, became a Bedroom Community. But that's OK with its residents, who take pride in the 160-year history that it marks this year. This summer, while visiting the Town on the Sound, take time to enjoy its popular Farmers Market and Concerts in the Park: two of the town's most enjoyable summer activities.

Although Main St. is technically the second major arterial in the Town of Pink Flowers-Steilacoom's Main Street also is one rich in history about the first town in the state-founded 160 years ago this spring. Since this year also marks Washington State's 125th Anniversary, it's a dual opportunity to learn more about the city's role in early state history.

For those who haven't already visited Steilacoom Historical Museum on Main Street or the Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center and Museum on Lafayette Street, consider stopping by these local repositories of community history. Both sites offer overviews about why this area was settled first in the state-160 years ago.

The steep route-3/10th of a mile, from the top of Main to the waterfront below, bypasses a community center, public safety department, Immaculate Conception Mission Church, as well as Steilacoom Historical Museum, Orr's wagon Shop, Town Hall, and terminates at the Bandstand in Pioneer Orchard Park, with a marker for the site of the town's first school, plus a spectacular view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains.

Just around the corner from the intersection of Lafayette and Main streets, is Chambers Bay Road: the route to the 2015 USGA tournament at Chambers Bay. Enjoy your summer-whether it's shopping at the Market or enjoying the music in the Park-very few places compare with Steilacoom.

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Pederson & Sons Contractors

Full service, licensed, bonded, insured general contractor. Home improvement, repair, remodeling company specializing in residential and commercial projects. Will beat any written estimate and help you design your project to work within your budget.
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916 1st Street
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Town of Steilacoom Annual Events
Garden Club Plant Sale - Second Saturday in May
Steilacoom Farmers Market - June, July, August - Every Wednesday
Concerts In The Park - June, July, August - Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Old Fashioned, Hometown, Independence Day Parade, Street Fair, Fireworks
Salmon Bake - Last Sunday in July, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Garage Sale Saturday - Second Saturday in August, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Apple Squeeze - First Sunday in October, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Christmas At Town Hall - First Friday in December
Rowdy Woods

Custom, rustic woodworking. Corbels, beams,
columns, mantles, arches, doors, gates, purlins,
signs, cat houses, doghouses, bird houses,
log shelters, animal sculptures, tikis, and
ornamental crosses.
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