Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year's Celebration in Downtown Tacoma

Celebrate New Year's with us at the annual First Night festival in the downtown Tacoma theater district. This celebration is an affordable, alcohol free event that gives families an option to ring in the New Year with fun shows, events, and activities. Click here to check the band listings.

A First Night admission is $10 found online here or ($14 Day of Event) and children under the age of 10 are admitted free of charge. A First Night admission ticket also provides free access to skate rentals at Franciscan Polar Plaza, Tacoma Art Museum, as well as the Children’s Museum.

The main event starts at 6 PM with a parade of marching bands, costumes, and giant puppets. Following will be 20 stage events of music, fire dancers, then at midnight we celebrate together at the outdoor main stage to wish well the New Year. Click here to check the schedule of events.

The theme this year will be the Year of the Ram so watch out for how the featured activities, and local artists from the community utilizing the theme throughout their work! Hope to see you there to celebrate 2015 together starting it out right by supporting local artist’s downtown Tacoma.

Monday, December 22, 2014

UW Tacoma and YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties Student Center Grand Opening in Downtown Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma is excited for the grand opening of the new University of Washington Tacoma campus expansion, the University Y Student Center at the beginning of the New Year. This expansion was made possible by the partnership between the University of Washington Tacoma and the YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties.

This new recreation facility was created with the community and student input that includes a 73,000 square-foot multi model space for a full-size gym including weight and cardio equipment, basketball court, indoor track, and space for fitness programs, and student events.

The University Y Student Center will serve the YMCA’s growing membership to UW Tacoma students, faculty and staff, as well as all Y-members. It will not be replacing the YMCA health facility on Market and 16th Street, or any of the other seven facilities throughout Pierce and Kitsap Counties. It was built with the intension of adding another convenient location for the YMCA members and allowing for more space for an expanding membership through the South Sound region.

The grand opening will take place on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m. through 8 p.m., at the University Y Student Center, located at 1720 Market Street on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. There will be facility tours, light refreshments, and other special offers available. We are excited to see the new fitness facility built in downtown Tacoma and make a healthy lifestyle more accessible to our residents.

For more information on membership rates click here.