Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pierce County News

Workshop targets scams, ID theft and personal fraud
Being smart is not enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating fraud, or devious identity theft. The more invincible we think we are, the more likely we are to fall victim to the tricks of an unscrupulous trade.

“Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will enable participants to recognize the simple and sophisticated activities used to trick people out of their money. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn what to do if they fall victim to these ploys.

Crooks use the Internet. They call on the phone. They stand in front of stores. They come knocking on doors and use the mail. At every twist and turn, they are plotting to take advantage of anyone, regardless of age, occupation or economic status.

“The ground had not yet stopped shaking in Japan before scammers were plying their trade to lure trusting donors into making impulsive contributions,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care. “These days everyone is a target,” he added.

“Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will be offered at four different times and locations:

• June 13 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Conference Room, 2401 35th St. in Tacoma
• June 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Soundview Building, 3611 S. D St. in Tacoma
• June 14 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County City Building 7th Floor Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave. in Tacoma
• June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harborplace at Cottesmore Retirement Community, 1016 29th Street N.W. in Gig Harbor.

The workshop is free and no reservations are necessary. It is provided as a service of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information, contact the ADRC at 253.798.4600.

Public invited to hear update on flood hazard plan
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities will host four public meetings in June to present information about the projects and programs that will be recommended in the Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan.

The plan will address flood hazard issues on Pierce County's seven major rivers. It will include policies, programs, and projects designed to reduce risks and property losses associated with flooding and channel migration.

Pierce County staff will provide an update on the planning process and information about how the plan will be completed and implemented. This is the final round of public meetings focused on the plan before the draft is released in fall 2011.

All meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

June 15 - Orting Middle School, 111 Whitehawk Blvd. NW, Orting
June 20 - Fife High School, 5616 20th St. E., Fife
June 23 - Eatonville High School, 302 Mashell Ave. N., Eatonville
June 28 - Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW, Lakewood

County staff will be available to listen to comments and answer questions. An activity table will be provided for children and attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a free emergency radio.

Learn more about flooding and flood safety at www.piercecountywa.org/flood.

Get to the ArtWalk on the Art Bus
Art by Gregory Fricker
Why walk when you can ride? Purchase Art Bus tickets from 253Collective member artist Dionne Bonner and receive 10 percent discount on a piece of art by Dionne on display at the collective.

Tacoma Art Bus is a tour of Tacoma art exhibits during the Third Thursday ArtWalk. This month, the walk falls on June 16.

Purchase Art Bus tickets for $10 by June 14. Contact member artist Dionne Bonner at 253.468.2514 or email info@253Collective.com.

Then, ride the bus to ArtWalk night June 16 and visit the 253 Collective showroom and retail gallery, located at 1901 S. Jefferson. The 253 Collective will be open from 3-8 p.m. during ArtWalk night.

More about Art Bus
The Art Bus is a tour of local art exhibits in downtown Tacoma. Some of the galleries provide free food and beverages along the way. This tour is inspirational and a lot of fun for people of all ages. Rider buttons are created by a different local artist each month. Collect them all! For more information about ArtWalk visit http://www.theangelajossy.com/artbus.htm.

Room Reservations @ Bates

Wednesday, June 1
Preschool Training, 8:30 a.m., SC Auditorium
Fire Service Info Session, 1 p.m., SC A209

Thursday, June 2
KBTC Manager’s Meeting, 9 a.m., MC Conf Room
Cooperative Preschool Treasurers Workshop, 9 a.m., SC Auditorium
Truck Driving Info Session, 1 p.m., SC A209
Health/Sciences Info Session, 2 p.m., DT Auditorium

Friday, June 3
KBTC Development Meeting, 8 a.m., MC Conf Room
Tacoma School of the Arts – Robotics Club Ceremony, 4 p.m., DT Auditorium
Delta Digma Sorority Business Meeting, 6:30 p.m., SC E103/Auditorium

Saturday, June 4
First Aid/CPR, 8:30 a.m., SC Auditorium