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Puyallup Events (Jan 23-29)

It’s a new week in Puyallup. Check out the different events happening in the community! 

Sportsmen’s Show

It’s where the great outdoors comes indoors! Western Washington’s only Sportsmen’s Show features over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” camp cooking demonstrations, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, the “Head & Horns” competition and much more. This event is family-friendly and also good for those who want to be a bit more adventurous in nature. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality. We live in an amazing area of the world where the great outdoors is very accessible. Areas of interest include hunting, fishing, camping, guides and outfitters, resorts & lodges from western US, Canada & internationally, boats, RVs, 4×4’s, wildlife art, pack equipment, hunting dogs, 3D archery, horse and mule packing, and casting pools. If you love the outdoors, this event is not to be missed! The event begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday evening!

Hours: Wed – Fri, 12pm – 8pm; Sat, 10am – 8pm; Sun, 10am – 4pm
Location: Sleep Train ShowPlex – Enter at Blue Gate
Website: http://www.thesportshows.com

Feed My Starving Children- Mobile Pack

FMSC is a global Christian hunger charity that donates nutritious, dehydrated MannaPack meals to missions running orphanages, schools, clinics, and feeding programs in nearly 70 countries. MobilePack program connects volunteers from across the United States to children across the world. We invite you to participate in these events by packing food or donating funds. This is a great way to give back and help those less fortunate.
Hours: January 27 at 12:00 pm to January 28 at 6:00 pm
Location: AgriPlex – Enter at Green Gate

Website: https://give.fmsc.org/puyallup/events/1701-246me-puyallup-wa-greg-cyndi-helle-mobilepack/e98262

Puyallup Public Library

Check out the calendar of Puyallup library events. This week the library is hosting:

24 -Tuesday
25 – Wednesday
26- Thursday
27- Friday
28- Saturday

High School Winter Sports

With the cold winter months in full swing, indoor winter sports are a great way for students to stay active and busy. Check out the different schools and teams and go out and support a student you know in the community. You can find the different sports, teams, and times here on the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) website.

Pinot’s Palette 

Painting and wine in one relaxing evening. Spend an evening at Pinot’s Palette in the Sunrise Village located on South Hill. Pick your evening here!

South Hill Mall 

Brawl at the Mall

Friday, January 27th 7 pm

Come out and support Rogers High School Rams Wrestling Team as they compete against Kentridge High School. Bring your canned food to help the Puyallup Food Bank restock after the holidays.

 

Cascade Regional Blood Drive 

Saturday, January 28th, 10am-2pm

Donate Blood on the Cascade Regional Bus located near Applebee’s!

Weather update

Have you enjoyed the warmer weather or do you miss the cold temperature and clear sky? With the temperature rise, it’s time to get back outside again! Check out local parks and trails to stay active in the winter!

That’s all for Puyallup this week! Follow us on Twitter or Follow us on Instagram @puyallupwashington. Check in next week for what’s happening in Puyallup! Make it a terrific week.

 

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Different ways to decorate with pumpkins for Halloween

Puyallup Halloween Decorating & Carving

It’s that time of year again! Time to head down to your local Puyallup pumpkin patch or farm to pick up a pumpkin for Halloween decorations. We have some great pumpkin patches in the area like Spooner Farms and Picha’s Pumpkin Patch so check them out.

Carving pumpkins is one of the best parts of celebrating Halloween and every October people all over the U.S. adorn their homes, front porches and doorsteps with carved jack-o’-lanterns. Puyallup is usually lite up with pumpkins during October. The art of carving or decorating pumpkins goes back centuries and originates from Ireland based off the classic folktale of Stingy Jack. The story tells of a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack” who managed to cleverly trick the devil twice into not being able to claim his soul. Finally, when Jack died, God did not want him in heaven because he was an unsavory character and the Devil was still upset about the trick that was pulled on him so Jack wasn’t allowed into hell either. The Devil sent Jack away with only a burning coal to light his way which he then put into a carved out turnip. Jack has been roaming the earth ever since and the Irish referred to his ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern.” When people from Ireland and Scotland began to immigrant to the United Stated they brought the idea of carving potatoes or turnips with their own interpretations of Jack’s lantern and putting them on their doorsteps to warn of Jack and a host of other wandering evil ghouls, ghosts and spirits.

There are many fun and creative ways to use pumpkins around your house to set the Halloween holiday mood. Here are a few creative ways to utilize pumpkins to decorate your Puyallup home in a truly unique way!

Pumpkin Decorating with Lace

Although carving pumpkins can be fun, for some people it can be a huge mess or the patterns are too complicated and take a lot of time. There are a lot of options outside of carving a pumpkin that are beautiful and unique ways to carve a pumpkin. Using pieces of lace or a doily and some liquid starch, you “glue” the lace patterns onto the pumpkin.

Washi Tape Pumpkins Tip

Another option if you wish to not carve a pumpkin is to paint your pumpkin with black, white or silver paint and then use Washi tape running vertical on the pumpkins to give it a gothic style. Washi tape is a decorative masking tape from Japan that comes in all different kinds of patterns and colors.

Another option, instead of Washi Tape, use a sequin ribbon for a little bit of glamour. Sometimes, keeping it simple can be the most striking. Glitter pumpkins are easy to make and look glamorous in any home. Use a smaller paintbrush to coat white glue over the surface of a small pumpkin. Hold the pumpkin over a plate and then sprinkle glitter powder all over the pumpkin.

Pumpkin drink holder with ice
Pumpkins can also provide for practical decorations around the house. You can cut a large pumpkin in half and dig out all the guts, put some ice and some drink into it and you have a pumpkin ice bucket.

You can use pumpkins to help light a walkway. Use oversize heirlooms pumpkins in a variety of autumnal shades to line a front path with hurricanes in a carved out space in the middle of the pumpkin. You can also use dug out pumpkins as flower vases inside or flowerpots outside. You can use flowers like succulents or brightly colored asters to add some color. Dig out the inside of a pumpkin and make sure to make the hole large enough to accommodate for a vase or a flowerpot.

Succulent Pumpkins

Carving a pumpkin well can be quite a skill. You can download any number of complex patterns online to challenge your skills that can only be completed if you have the patience and the essential tools. Some people just buy the cheap tools at the super market that just end of breaking after one use. Thinking outside the box when it comes to pumpkin carving tools can help to create a pumpkin carving work of art. A linoleum cutter can be used to carve with greater accuracy and detail. You can also buy miniature saws that are small yet sturdy. You can use these blades to carve irregular shapes that require more precision. Using a keyhole saw can slice through the tough shell of the pumpkin with ease. It is great for carving the lid of the pumpkin or for carving curved shapes on the pumpkin. A very useful tool for carving pumpkin is a power drill. This is a pretty common tool that most people have around them homes and it makes creating allover patterns or small holes easy. Another common household tool that helps with pumpkin carving are cookie cutters. You can hold the cookie cutter up to the pumpkin and tap it with a rubber mallet or hammer until it slices through the skin. All these tools will help to create an intricately, well carved pumpkin that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Halloween is such an enjoyable time of year and decorating for it can be fun and creative. Not everyone likes the mess and hassle of carving a pumpkin but since pumpkins are such an integral part of the Halloween experience it is good to know other options are available. Give your house the Halloween treatment that it deserves with these decorating tips and enjoy your Halloween!

Cars & Trucks, Puyallup

Where to find a car in Puyallup?

Puyallup new used cars

There are many places to buy a car in Puyallup – Both New and Used

There are so many car dealerships both new and used in Puyallup; there is no need for you to go outside the city to find a deal on a car. The downtown area on River Road has so many dealerships that your head will spin. Most of the dealerships have websites and they do stay current with their inventory. Having purchased several cars in Puyallup I have found the fastest and easiest way to search is to simply go online. You’ll cover the most ground this way and it will be so much easier to compare their prices. Craigslist is also good and will save you time.

What to consider

How to find the car that will exactly suit your needs for years to come can be a big job but just takes a little research and planning. You will first need to select price, locate and then take a test drive of the car that you think is best for you. You then need to decide if you want to buy a new car, lease a new car, or buy a used car.

Practical

As much as you and others do, dream about what you want in a car, it is best to be practical about what you need – not just at present, but also in the future. Here are a few practical considerations to think about:

• How many people or passengers will you need to carry?
• Will you be doing any towing?
• Will you be using Children’s car seats?
• How much garage or parking space do you have?
• How much will you drive daily?

Financing

Unless you are going to pay cash for your car, you will need to think about financing your purchase or leasing. How much can you really afford for a monthly car payment? There is a general rule that no more than 20% of your monthly take-home pay should be the amount of your car payment. Puyallup has a lot of credit unions in the area and they typically offer the best financing rates. If you’re pre-approved, you won’t have to deal with the financing department at the dealerships. The rates at the dealerships are typically higher.

Not cheaper in big cities

Many might think that they could get a better deal in one of the bigger cities but that is not really true. Another question to ponder is the fact if you buy a car in Puyallup, you will be so much closer to where you need to go to have your car fixed. The City of Puyallup has auto repair businesses everywhere. You can just drive up and down the main road (Meridian) to view them all.

Negotiating & car research

There are several websites where you can get advice about what you need in a car and places to go to look at used cars and the value you can find in one. No matter what brand name you are looking for you will find a dealership to help you. There are some services online that will negotiate the sales price for you. I know some buyers don’t want the confrontation of negotiating so you can have a pro do it for you. Also review the Kelly Blue Book value, however, so you know what the vehicles true value really is.

Edmunds is a good car resource

The website Edmunds.com has a total listing of all the local car dealerships. You can find the best deal on your next car with an online discount price quotes on cars, SUVs, trucks and minivan models. Having the capacity to compare prices on used and new vehicles in Puyallup and Edmunds.com makes this process of buying a new or used car and makes that process cost-effective and very convenient. You can search for car dealerships in Puyallup, Washington with our comprehensive network of dealerships and avoid all the common hassles that can be linked to car shopping.

Things to consider

So, no matter what you are looking for, you should be able to find a new or used model for the brand you are looking for. At the end of the day remember to think about your situation as well. Do you work at home? There are many people who are only using their car in bad weather. Do you walk where you want to go or take the Sounder Train to work? So how much you want to spend on a car and how much usage can be other elements to consider with your new or used car purchase. Good luck!