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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.

 

Farmers Market, Puyallup

Farmers Market Weekend!

Farmers Market in Puyallup Washington

If you live in Puyallup then you know just how great our downtown farmers market really is. It’s a great time for the community to come together and gather all kinds of goodies. I personally love all the fresh fruit and organic vegetables. However, they have flowers, crafts, and smoked fish/meats as well. You’ll also see non profits and some kind of entertainment happening. Booths are everywhere. Their hanging baskets are pretty amazing! The farmers market downtown is a 30+ year tradition in the City of Puyallup.

A couple years ago they build a spray park and kids are really enjoying that right now. If not, there is a big toy and playground.

This is fun attraction downtown you certainly don’t want to miss. While you’re there grab a hamburger or some corn on the cob. They usually have a pretty good selection of food vendors.

Puyallup’s farmers market runs this Saturday starting at 9am and ends at 9pm. It’s in Pioneer Park right in front of the public library. While you’re there enjoy some music and take a look at the Ezra Meeker’s statue. The vendors also spread inside the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Don’t forget the dog! I would say this is definitely the best farmers market in the sound end.

2016 season begins in April and runs through mid October. Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm at Pioneer Park and Pavilion.

Next month is the super sized farmers marketing – Meeker Days. We’ll be talking about that a lot on Puyallup.com.
I can’t wait – we have some great events coming soon.

Pioneer Park
330 South Meridian
Downtown Puyallup
Google Map

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Puyallup Public Library

Puyallup Public Library

Education is a powerful thing. It is one of the most important things Ezra Meeker, our Puyallup pioneer, valued highly. The power of education not only enhances literacy, it creates inspiration and imagination. It can not only inspire yourself but help inspire others.

Before Puyallup was even a city, there has always been a library. Before the land cut down to a manageable level by Ezra Meeker, his wife Eliza Jane was lending out books from Puyallup’s Pioneer Park. She always knew the value of acquiring knowledge and that is why she would lend the books out of her cabin. Puyallup was growing fast, however, and the process of her lending out the books was becoming more difficult. Soon after several businessmen (8) got together with funds of $5,000 to form the Puyallup Library Association. They expanded the book lending efforts greatly. This new enhancement allowed them to hire their first librarian, Francis McCoy, who was paid $25 per month.

The first Puyallup Library was created by a grant that the City Council applied for. The City Council was persuaded/pushed by the local citizens to apply for it. During the beginning of the century about 3,000 Carnegie Libraries were built. Millionaire Andrew Carnegie was financing many of the public libraries during that period. This grant was one of the those opportunities and Puyallup was eventually successful. The initial library cost $12,500 and the City Council had to pledge $1,250 annually for supporting the new Puyallup Library. With the permission from Ezra Meeker, the library was built in the now Pioneer Park we all know today. Ezra donated the Pioneer Park with the agreement that it would only be used as a park, thus his permission was required before the library construction could be started. In 1913 the 4000 sq. ft. library opened and continued to serve the community for 50 years. Eventually, it just couldn’t support the growing community and the building was wearing down. The weight of the books were struggling to support all the books and it was declared unsafe.

A new building was proposed. Voters approved a new bond and with that a new library would be built. The cost was $210,000 and 11,622 square feet. The building was bigger, better, and much more modern. Puyallup’s population continue to grow rapidly it went from 12,450 to 30,740 people and the library items continued to grow as well. In 1962 it was more than just books now. The Puyallup library had computers, DVD’s, cd’s, and talking books. The rooms were always occupied with students and business meetings. In short, the library needed to grow to meet the demands of the city, students, rental items, and the growth of the city of Puyallup.

Another bond was presented to the voters and it passed on Sept. 14th 1999. The new building would be 39,500 sq. ft. Crowds came from all over Puyallup to witness the new opening of the library. It was a celebration and the people were anxious to experience it. The new Puyallup Public Library we know today has lots of space. It supports enough space for 150,000 books, 150,000 books, 20,000 videos, 12,000 talking books, and 10,000 cd’s. The also have computers which help and supports the process of finding more knowledge not only in the library but via the Internet. They have book meeting rooms and also studying rooms which can be used by students. Throughout the building you’ll find lots of tables for studying and friendly helpers. In 2009 during their first 4 months, the library lent out approx. 41,000 items per month.

The Puyallup Public Library is a must visit being a resident of Puyallup. It offers so much to the community. Not only the knowledge it provides but events as well. In Oct 2015, they have readings, public movie events, and award winning authors who you can meet in person.

Some of their programs include the Puyallup Festival of Books program. They have a full calendar of events on their site which are quite popular. On Oct 23rd and 24th 2015, they have the third annual Memories of Valor event. The Library has adult programs where you can get a guide to understand the communities history better. Volunteers help with this effort by using old photographs, year books, and other information which dates all the back to the 1900’s. There are also computer classes available for both adults and younger students. Kids’ Programs are available which focuses on making learning fun. More is available here but one of the more recent programs is called STREAM which stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math. The program is hands on with the goal of using activities to make it fun to learn. Other kid events include a Mad Scientist Library Lab, Chain Reactions, and Technology Exploration. They also have children authors who visit and storytelling events. The kids have a great time and love the activities. These events change all the time so you’ll want to check back on their website often to see what is new at the Library. Lastly, the Puyallup Library has weekly programs for teens throughout the school year. These include movie days, creative art events, comic book events, the Anime Club, gaming, and crafting events.

The Puyallup Public Library offers online tools also to help Puyallup residents find the information they are looking for 24/7. You can search by keyword, book, or author to get the information you’re looking for at the comfort of your home.

Address: 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 (in Pioneer Park)
Phone:(253) 841-5454
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The park which includes the library is known as Pioneer Park. It features the statue of Ezra Meeker and the ivy location where the Meeker’s cabin once stood. Puyallup’s concert in the park is held here each year. The community really comes together for the musical events (Thursday nights). They bring lawn chairs, dance, and eat from many of the food vendors. The Park also holds the Pioneer Pavilion. The space is often used for the Famer Markets and also rented out for Weddings or special events. The newest attraction is the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park.

Concert Stage in Pioneer Park Puyallup

Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup

Farmers Market, Puyallup

Puyallup Farmers Market

Puyallup Farmers Market

The Puyallup Farmers Market is one of the best places to get fresh organic vegetables.

If you like fresh organic grown vegetables and fruit then you need to check out the Puyallup Farmers Market which is another attraction that you just can’t miss. I usually go for the food, however, they have crafts and music as well. You’ll find the Farmers Market right in Pioneer Park. The same park where Ezra Meeker’s statue and cabin once stood.

2015 Season

The 2015 season starts in April and runs through mid-October – every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm at the Pioneer Park and Pavilion. In the same area you’ll find the Puyallup Public Library and concert stage. If you want to sell your vegetables you will need to get a 2015 market application which can be found on the Become a Vendor page.

Sponsored by Sound Family Medicine

The present farmer’s market sponsor is Sound Family Medicine whose generosity helps to make this event possible.

Something new

This year a midweek market is being opened. The Puyallup Main Street Association or PMSA is going to launch a Sunset Market on Wednesday evening’s downtown beginning on May 29th with the market hours being 3 pm to 7 pm.

Coordinator

Shawn Edwards who is the PMSA coordinator for the farmers’ market said that this market will have a very different feel to it than the market on Saturdays and they are hoping families will make an evening of it. Families will be able to walk around, grab a bite to eat, do the shopping and then sit on the lawn and enjoy some music.

The Sunset Market will not be as large as Saturday market, with a cap of only 60 vendor booths being available. The focus on this evening market will be on the fresh produce and food with less on arts and crafters. Another change will be that the Sunset Market will be completely outside, not in the Pioneer Park Pavilion. If you are worried about the weather, the market’s frame of time from the end of May through August captures the best summer evenings of the year.  Dogs are welcome on a leash of course.

Make a family event

Anyone who lives near the Puyallup downtown area knows that the downtown corridor is extremely busy with train services and commuters at this time of day and these are the people they are hoping to capture the interest of while making their way home.

They have asked that you ‘like’ the PMSA Sunset Market on Facebook and come for all the downtown fun on Wednesdays beginning on the 29th of May and running through the 28th Aug. this first summer.

Federal Food Assistance benefits

While farmers markets are everywhere and are known for the seasonality, freshness and high quality of the food brought by the farmers there is a segment of our community that do not know about these activities so more and more markets are trying to ensure that this tasty and healthy food is available to everyone regardless of income.

The WSFMA (Washington State Farmers Market Association) is currently working with markets across the state to help expand farmers’ and markets’ abilities to sell food to low income shoppers by letting them use their federal food assistance benefits. Often those who have the most need for fresh products are the very ones who can less afford it.

Resources

Operating a farmers market is one tough job in America and it requires multitude of skills that don’t come naturally to all people and little education is available to get the training that is needed. Being a member of the WSFMA can help as they strive to provide many valuable resources to help its Member Markets. Many of these tools are on their website and can be very valuable.