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School's Out for Summer!
As area high schools let out for summer break this month, make sure your kids aren't tempted to lounge in front of the TV and play video games 24/7. Help avoid this scenario and keep your summer relaxing and fun for both you and your offspring. Check out these fun events and activities:

• Listen Live at Lunch, Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 18, First Lutheran Church/Wright Park
It's time to head outdoors and listen to live music at the third annual Listen Live at Lunch, sponsored by First Lutheran Church at 524 S. I Street. Head to Wright Park every Thursday from noon-1 p.m. to check out local talent performed inside the church. The sound system will be set up to direct music into the park, so if you walk the park during your lunch break, Thursdays will be especially easy on your ears. For more information, visit http://www.firstlutherantacoma.com/index.php/events/37/listen_live_at_lunch/.
• Tour Terry's Berries, Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Terry's Berries is an organic berry and produce farm located on the edge of Tacoma in the Puyallup Valley. Go and tour the farm, feed their chickens, and pick some fruit and produce. Learn more: http://www.terrysberries.com/
Farmer's Markets
Fairs and Festivals
Taste of Tacoma, June 24-26, Point Defiance Park

Four-month bridge closure on 176th St. East starts June 22
Starting June 22, motorists will no longer travel across the Tacoma Rail Overcrossing in the Frederickson area, also known as the 176th Street East Bridge. The bridge is being closed for four months so it can be replaced with a five-lane concrete bridge, complete with sidewalks.

This closure segment also includes the portion of 176th Street East from 38th Avenue East to Canyon Road East. The closure is expected to be in effect until early November, subject to weather conditions and unexpected delays.

Travelers should use detour routes on 192nd Street East or 200th Street East, or plan an alternate route. Drivers should be prepared for delays and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

"By closing the bridge for four months, we save taxpayers up to $1 million in construction because we don't need to build a temporary structure to keep traffic open in both directions," said project engineering manager Ramiro Chavez of Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. "It also allows the work to be finished sooner, meaning less traffic impacts overall."

The bridge closure is part of the three-year facelift 176th Street East is undergoing to make room for travel growth in the area. When the project is done, 176th Street East (from Waller Road East to 51st Street East and from Canyon Road East to Gem Heights Drive East) will have 5 lanes, new sidewalks, street lights, and traffic signals.

The projects were financed with property taxes, real estate excise taxes, grants from the state, and municipal bonds. The work on these portions of 176th Street East are anticipated to be completed in late fall 2012.

For more information on all of the 176th Street East improvements, visit www.piercecountywa.org/fredericksonarea.

Kids fly free at Young Eagles event
Has your son or daughter expressed an interest in aviation? Parents and guardians can sign up students ages 8 to 17 for a free flight session at the annual Young Eagles rally on Saturday, June 25 at the Pierce County Airport (Thun Field) near Puyallup.

Volunteer pilots from Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 326 will take students into the skies in hopes of fueling students' enjoyment of flying.

Space is limited and participants are encouraged to reserve a time slot in advance. To make a reservation, visit www.eaa326.org/ye.htm and click on "Online Scheduling for 2011." The event is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Young Eagles will get a short ground school course and safety briefing before they go up for their 15- to 20-minute flight. Each participant should plan on being at Thun Field for about an hour and a half. A parent or guardian must be on the premises during the event. All general aviation planes are FAA-registered and flown by licensed pilots.

"Come out and join us," said David Fritzsche, Young Eagles coordinator. "You will be sure to see a lot of smiling kids!"

The Young Eagles program was created in 1992 to introduce young people to the world of aviation. EAA volunteer pilots have taken more than 1.6 million participants on free flights since the creation of this worldwide program. More information about the program is available at http://www.youngeagles.org/

Pierce County Airport (Thun Field) is operated by Public Works and Utilities. More information about the airport is available at www.piercecountywa.org/thun.

Tacoma Narrows Airport hosts ‘Wings and Wheels’ on July 3

Attend the Freedom Fair Wings and Wheels event at the Tacoma Narrows Airport and get warmed up for the Fourth of July on Sunday, July 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

This event will feature aircraft displays, fly-bys, helicopters, motorcycles, a custom bike show, race cars, a bicycle rally and hot rods.

Visitors will see a B-17, a B-25, an AV8-B Harrier Jump Jet and a DC-3 Stearman, among others. Bud and Ross Granley, pilots of Yak-18T and Yak-55, and Tim Weber, pilot of the Geico Extra 300, will be available for autographs and photo opportunities.

If you want to sign up to fly aboard the B-17 Sentimental Journey or the B-25 Maid in the Shade, email rides@azcaf.org or call 480.322.5503 for availability and prices.

There will be several food booths and, for those ages 21 and older, a beer garden. Enjoy live music by Shambala (Three Dog Night Tribute), Big Squeezy, and Wings & Things (Paul McCartney Tribute).

You can ride your bike to the event as part of the bicycle rally, but if you prefer to drive, free parking is available on the street and at the south end of the airport. Signage and volunteers will direct drivers.

Admission for the event is $12 for adults and $5 for children (ages 7 to 17). Ages 6 and under get in free. You can also purchase tickets in advance and get more information at http://www.freedomfair.com/.

Residents around the airport can expect some air noise during the event because of fly-bys and fly-ins. The airport will remain open for normal operations, with the exception of a 30-minute airspace closure. A Federal Aviation Administration NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) alert for aircraft operators has been requested and is anticipated to be published in advance with the exact time of the airspace closure.

This is the first year the Tacoma Narrows Airport will host Wings and Wheels. Tacoma Narrows Airport (designator TIW) is located at 1202 26th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor. It is a 644-acre general aviation Pierce County-owned airport, purchased in 2008.
The Tacoma Events Commission is seeking volunteers for this event. If interested, contact Joanne Smith at 253.507.9357, email staff@freedomfair.com or fill out the online volunteer form at www.freedomfair.com/volunteer-application.html.

Wings and Wheels is part of Tacoma Freedom Fair, which takes place July 1-4.

Student Outreach & Recruitment Events

If you're interested in promoting your program at these events, please contact Patricia Chase, x7302.

Tuesday, June 21
Woodbrook Tour, South Campus, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Friday, June 24
Heroes at Home II Kick-Off Event, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Room reservations

Saturday, June 18
Building Bridges class, 9 a.m., SC Auditorium

Monday, June 20
Set-up for Bendix Training, 8:30 a.m., SC Auditorium

Tuesday, June 21
Bendix Training, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium
Leadership Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m., DT Auditorium
General Info Session, 1 p.m., SC A209

Wednesday, June 22
Bendix Training, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium

Thursday, June 23
Bendix Training, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium
KBTC Manager’s Meeting, 9:30 a.m., MC Conf Room
High School Orientation, 10:30 a.m., SC A209
Board of Trustees Meeting, 3 p.m., DT Clyde Hupp

Saturday, June 25
NICET Testing, 7:30 a.m., SC A318