Community Notebook: JazzWalk, Sustainability Expo, Hilltop Forum

South Sound Sustainability Expo March 4th

The community is invited to attend the 10th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway) and Tollefson Plaza (1548 Pacific Ave.).

This free event allows participants to discover services and products from over 90 companies and nonprofits that address sustainability needs in the local community. Participants will explore a variety of topics, including local food and gardening, transportation choices, energy conservation, green construction, habitat stewardship and other ways to engage in green living. The event will also feature workshops on such topics as electric vehicles, tiny houses and mason bees.

Returning this year, with a new twist, is the Book-Movie-Music & Seed Swap. Bring in old books, music, movies and seeds to trade for new items. A beautiful new Bring Your Own Bag design will be available to attendees that bring a T-shirt, shopping bag or other fabric item to screen print. Kids’ Corner and expanded children’s activities will be on hand to educate and engage all ages.

The 10th anniversary celebration is bringing the fun outside to Tollefson Plaza. Highlights include a tiny house, 25-foot long Fin the Chum Salmon, live music, food trucks, an urban forest and electric vehicles. Special cupcakes will be available for the first 500 who make sustainability pledges.

The South Sound Sustainability Expo is presented by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability, with support from Tacoma Public Utilities, Pierce County, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, Pierce Transit and the Port of Tacoma.
– City of Tacoma

Jazz Walk March 4th

The second annual Tacoma Jazz Walk is also happening March 4th in Downtown Tacoma, with several venues in the downtown area presenting some of the best jazz artists in the Pacific Northwest including: The Tall Small Band with Pete Christlieb and Linda Small Christlieb, Pearl Django, the Tracy Knoop quartet, the Johnaye Kendrick quartet, The Kareem Kandi Band, Bobby Medina, Gary Shutes, the Lance Buller quintet, Cara Francis, the David Deacon-Joyner trio, the Rich Wetzel quartet, Chris Symer, Jeff Busch, Craig Hoyer, Mack Grout, Ryan Donnelly, Adam Kessler, Tim Kennedy, Jacques Willis, Julian MacDonough, John Hansen, Derrick Polk, Max Wood, Tim Kennedy, Tim Malland, Chuck Deardorf, Mack Grout, Ray Ohls, Max Wood and Greg Williamson.

Presenting venues include: B Sharp Coffee House, Sanford and Son Antiques – 3 Floors and 20 shops!, Urban Grace, The Downtown Church, Good Karma (Center for Joy), Stink – Cheese & Meat, Matty Photography, Serenity Spa, Tacoma City Ballet, Ledger Square Law, P.S., and Union Salon.

It’s going to be a great night of music, and all proceeds from the evening go to support the performances and educational workshops that the TacomaJazzAssociation presents throughout the year. Tickets / wristbands give you access to all venues and performances: Adult – $20 in advance, $30 at the event; Youth (under 15) – $10 in advance, $15 at the event. Tickets can be purchased at
– Tacoma Jazz Association

Hilltop neighborhood forum March 16 at the People’s Community Center

TACOMA- District 3 Council Member Keith Blocker will host a community forum in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood on Thursday, March 16, from 6 – 8 PM, at the freshly updated People’s Community Center (1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Way). The event will provide community members with an opportunity to discuss any issues of importance to them and ask questions of City of Tacoma staff.

“This is a great chance for community members to come out and personally connect with some of their neighbors as well as their public servants,” said Blocker. “It is very important to me that the diverse perspectives of our community members are heard, and we hope to see a good turnout as we continue our efforts to try and engage more of our community members we don’t hear from as often.”

City staff members from the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, Community and Economic Development Department, Planning and Development Services Department, the Tacoma Police Department and the Tacoma Fire Department will be in attendance.

– City of Tacoma