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Puyallup Events (Jan 3-8)

Welcome to January 2017! We hope you had a memorable Christmas and New Year holiday. With a new year in full swing, it is a time for resolutions, a fresh start, and new opportunities. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ending, the Puyallup community has events to keep you busy and entertained.

Are you looking to update your home this year? Whether you are looking to sell your home or just want to improve the ambiance, remodeling can seem tedious and overwhelming. If you are curious how to get started, the Washington State Fair is hosting a remodeling fair this weekend. Check out the Puyallup Home and Remodeling show this Friday and Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday from 10am-5pm.

If you are looking for a new place to workout and fitness is one of you New Year goals, you should check out Vie Athletics in downtown Puyallup. A gym focused on women and run by women; this has become a popular place to break a sweat. Check out their website to see what workouts look like and how to get involved.

The Puyallup Public Library is hosting events this week for younger ages. Check out their calendar to see if any events interest you! This week events are best suited for those eight years old and younger.

Many after Christmas sales are taking place right now. Want to spend your gift cards or holiday cash? Check out the discounts at the South Hill Mall, Watson’s Greenhouse, and Sunrise Village. You’re sure to find some great deals!

If you are feeling like painting and drinking wine during the weeknights, Pinot’s Palette is hosting a few different events this week. Sip some yummy wine and create a piece of art– sounds like a fun and relaxing evening to me!

The Wedding Expo is at the Tacoma Dome this weekend. If you or someone you know got engaged over the romantic holiday season, this is a perfect event to check out different vendors and get inspired for your big day! There will also be a gown sale; you might be saying yes to the dress.  This event is taking place Saturday: 9:30 am to 4 pm and Sunday: 10:30 am to 4 pm.

With the cold weather, ice, and bits of snow you might want to check out some indoor fun this week. For family or friend fun, why not go rollerblading at Tiffany’s Skating Rink, or test your bowling skills at the Daffodil Bowl. These are two great ways to get active while staying warm! If you are looking for something more low-key, the movies are always a great option! Have you seen the new Star Wars yet?

It’s going to be a chilly week! Bundle up and stay warm out there. With Puyallup students and staff back in school, we hope you have a terrific New Year! That’s all for events in Puyallup this week, check in next week to see what’s on. Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on community happenings.

 

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Puyallup Events (Dec 26-Jan 1)

We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas! Did you spend time with family and friends, eat some yummy food, and open presents? The holiday season is not quite over! We still have to celebrate New Year’s Eve. It’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolution and what you want this fresh start to look like! A New Year is the chance to be a new you! Is this the year that you start learning a new language? Take a trip to a new place? Work on your health and fitness regime? Whatever your goals are for the new year, we hope that you can put those plans into motion!

New Year’s Eve is this Saturday. Do you have plans? Check out larger events happening in the Seattle-Tacoma area on New Year’s Eve. With New Year’s Eve falling on a Saturday night, we hope that you get to stay up and countdown to the New Year. For an alternative New Year’s Eve, you might want to check out First Night in Tacoma.

If you are someone who likes to stay in on New Year’s Eve or you have kids at home, it’s always fun to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Sometimes it’s fun to decorate your home, grab some horn blowers, New Year’s decorations, and sip on some Martinelli’s sparkling cider. Turn on the tunes and get a dance party going. New Year’s doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to make it memorable and fun! Check out these creative ideas for a New Year’s Eve at home!

As always, the South Hill Library is hosting some events this week along with the Puyallup Public Library.

After the busy holiday season, Puyallup is feeling a little sleepy this week. Rightfully so, as many people are back to work after the rush of a busy previous week. We hope you take the week to recoup and get back into the swing of things after a very busy time of year. We are very excited for 2017! Cheers to the New Year! That’s all for Puyallup Events this week. Tweet us to share you New Year’s Eve moments.

 

 

 

 

 

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Puyallup Events (Dec 19-25)

Hello Puyallup Community, Christmas is only several days away! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also a very hectic week for many. Are you feeling the anticipation that creeps in as Christmas day approaches? Last minute shopping trips, late nights wrapping presents, baking yummy treats, meeting up with family and friends, and getting ready for whatever this holiday season holds for you! Check out what is happening in the Puyallup community this week. Some of these events might help ease the load you carry during the holiday season.

If you have not made it to The North Pole at the Fair, this is your last week to do so. Check out Santa’s office, library, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, Santa’s workshop, and Santa’s media den. These events will get your kids excited to leave a treat for Santa on Christmas even. You can also explore the Elf Village with a variety of interactive activities. If they are enjoying the activities at the fair, take it to the next level and check out the live reindeer at Watson’s Greenhouse in Puyallup. Your kids will not forget these Christmas experiences. Will your kiddos be able to hear Santa on the rooftop this year? Will you be tracking Santa as he makes his way around the world?

Feeling stressed about wrapping gifts? The South Hill Mall has gift wrapping stations where you can get this done. If you feel like making good use of your time and giving to a good cause, stop by and get your gifts wrapped. This service runs through Christmas Eve.

If you need last minute gifts, check out this gift guide. Check out the deals and promotions at the South Hill Mall. Another great place to find gifts or to spend a family day out is at Sunrise-Village on South Hill. They have many restaurants and shops to explore.

Check out the Job Club at the South Hill Public Library Friday, December 23, 20161:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Learn from other job seekers in this casual yet informative group. Get employment tips and support in your job search. This event is sponsored by WorkSource.

As you are rushing around finishing last minute errands, keep an eye out for food collections at local grocery stores. They are always looking for donations around this time of year. Those who are less fortunate and don’t have the extra money to spend will be thankful for your donation. With so much abundance around this time of year, it is always important to keep a healthy perspective and help others where you can.The South Hill Mall has a whole section devoted to giving back on their website. Click here to see where and when these are. The Fish Foodbank is also accepting donations.

With the rush of the holiday season, we hope that you enjoy time with loved ones. The smell of fireplaces, apple cider, hot chocolate, Christmas trees, the sound of soft and cherry classic holiday tunes in as background music, driving past lights that are hanging from houses, impressive tree decorations, the race from the car to the door to escape the chilly weather. All of these things remind me of Christmas. Whether you are staying local or traveling afar, we hope you have a very Merry Chrismas and joyous holiday season. For more about events happening in Puyallup check in with us next week!

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Halloween Happenings in Puyallup

Puyallup Halloween Events

Halloween is upon us this weekend and it’s time to celebrate a wonderfully spooky way to have fun with friends and family. Now that everyone has his or her Halloween costume (and if you don’t check out our last post about last minute DIY Halloween costumes) it’s time to find local event in Puyallup to show off that Halloween costume and get some treats. Here is a list of local events happening in the Puyallup and surrounding areas this weekend.

For some of the younger children ages 1-3, trick or treating isn’t really an option. Instead, the Puyallup Public Library hosts a “Toddler Treasures Storytime” Join Miss Carol for stories, song and rhymes to help entertain the young ones on October 30th at 11:15am. This is a free event that happens every Friday until November 21st. If you have any questions please feel free to call the library at (253) 841-5454.

Looking for a safe place to take the kids on Halloween for some trick or treating? The Puyallup Main street Association has the “Boo-allup in Puyallup Trick or Treat” experience in the downtown area of Puyallup. A ton of local businesses will be handing out candies and treats from 3-6pm on October 31st. Don’t miss this fun event for the whole family!

The South Hill Mall also provides a safe trick or treating environment for kids on October 31st from 4pm until 7pm. Participating merchants will provide candy while supplies last. Also bring a can of food to help support the Puyallup Food Bank. The donation center for the food bank will be located in the center court. October is also anti-bullying month so Captain McFinn and Friends will be at the mall from 3-5pm in the center court to help teach kids about the effects of bullying and how to stop it. To learn more about Captain McFinn and Friends and their mission please visit www.captainmcfinn.com.

The Cobweb Carnival a fun and festive carnival that includes games, bounce houses and a family friendly Halloween setting for kids in Puyallup. The event takes places on October 31st from 3 until 6pm and is located in the Pioneer Park Pavilion. This event runs in conjunction with the B”oo-allup in Puyallup Trick or Treating” event in Downtown Puyallup. This event is hosted by the city of Puyallup and is completely free to kids and their families!

For a more adult oriented night out, Wayne’s Inn Bar and Grill is having a Halloween Costume Party on October 31st. The doors open at 10 pm and people in costume get in free. There will be $4 Fireball whiskey shots, $1 Jello shots, and $500 in prizes for the best couples costume, the sexiest costume and overall best costume. Come dressed to scare or impress and potentially win some money!

For people looking for a fright this Halloween, there is no better place the Wild Wave’s Fright Fest. Fright Fest includes over 20 amusement rides, 2 haunted houses and BOOVILLE for children 12 and under. The two haunted houses featured are “The Chamber of Souls” and the “Play Ground Haunted House” in 3-D. Please note that the haunted houses are rated PG-13 so no children under 13 are allowed to enter. BOOLVILLE is a scare free zone that offers Halloween fun for children that includes the Monster Music Factory, a giant inflatable slide, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting a much more!

Maris Farms offers all different kinds of fun fall activities on their 5+ acre farm. They have an animal barn, a corn maze, pedal carts, a giant jumping pillow, a large pumpkin patch and much, much more! Maris Farms also has the Haunted Woods, which is sure to bring frights and delights to all who dare to visit. The Haunted Woods offers a creepy quest through the corn and the forest that is a fun and scary for people who dare to accept the challenge. Maris Farms is open through this weekend.

For a truly scary experience, check out the Fright Factory Haunted House. Open on October 29th and 30th from 7pm until 11pm and on Halloween night from 7pm until 12pm, the Fright Factory is sure to provide an awesomely scary experience that is very realistic and horrifying. General admission is only $12.00 and make sure to bring cash because credit and debit cards are not accepted. If you bring a canned food donation for the local food bank you will receive a dollar off the general admission price. They also have food and beverage vendors onsite along with parking. If you are ready for a truly scary and frightening Halloween experience, The Fright Factory should be one of your stops this weekend.

Make sure you have a wonderfully scary and safe Halloween this weekend. If you have any other suggestions of places to visit, please let us know on Twitter at https://twitter.com/puyallupcom. We look forward to hearing about any recommendations you might have!

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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

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Amazing Pictures of Puyallup’s History

We found these amazing pictures of Puyallup’s history. You must see them and share with your friends. Oh how times have changed in Puyallup downtown. What do you think?

Clearing trees in Downtown Puyallup.  1889
Clearing trees in Downtown Puyallup. 1889
Downtown Puyallup in 1883
Downtown Puyallup in 1883. Town Shops.
This view of Puyallup, taken from Central School's tower.
This view of Puyallup, taken from Central School’s tower.
Puyallup's Train Station.  1888
Puyallup’s Train Station. 1888
Downtown Puyallup 1890
Puyallup in 1890, Meridian St. looking South. Photo from Beta Womens Club Collection, Puyallup Public Library.
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Places To Visit Today in Puyallup

Places to visit in Puyallup

The weather today in Puyallup is amazing and that means you need to get out of the house and have some fun. If you’re new to Puyallup or just moved here – then give these main places to visit a try. It’s a short list but covers all the big places you must see and what better time then now to go see them!

Puyallup Fair
People come from all over to see the semi-annual Puyallup Fair! It was voted to be one of the Top 10 fairs in the entire U.S.! Find out more about the fair at TheFair.com!

Recently the Puyallup Fair changed its name to the Washington State Fair. The change was due to branding and to draw bigger events and crowds to the area.

Puyallup Library
Read more about the new Puyallup Library! The library offers a variety of classes and programs. The Library is fully updated and remodeled. They have rooms available for special events and/or can be reserved. From books, dvds, fast computers you can find almost everything at the Puyallup Library downtown.

Meeker Mansion
Meeker Mansion is a historical site and former home of Puyallup’s founder, Ezra Meeker. He was the first mayor and the one who named the town Puyallup, meaning “generous people”. Find out more about the mansion at the website MeekerMansion.org.

Karshner Museum
A fun place for kids to learn about history and other cultures. Everything from dinosaur fossils to Indian tipis are on display. Programs for children are also offered. Go there! I remember visiting as a child and smelling the big elephant foot. The Karshner Museum is a popular student destination.

Mount Rainier National Park
This enormous 200,000+ acre park is ideal for climbing, skiing, camping, or just photographing the beautiful wildlife! Find out more by visiting the Mount Rainier Park website. One of the great things about living in Puyallup is that if you want to visit the snow it’s not too far away.

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Puyallup Library 2002 Construction

Old Puyallup Library 2002

Address: 324 South Meridian, on the south end of Pioneer Park.

Hours: 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday
10am to 6pm Friday
10am to 4pm Saturday.
The Library is closed on Sunday

Our New Library Opens August 30th, 2002!
*See photo’s of the new Library Construction from the air! below*

Photo’s from the Ground….
The Library phone number is 841-5454 and their fax is 841-5483

Story Hours:
This is a terrific way for your child to experience a book, sitting amongst peers sharing a journey through the words spoken by the librarian. The smell of old books in the air, wide eyed children listen to the words, while others struggle to remain quiet. It’s a great experience.
Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Friday’s
1½ to 3 years – 10am
3½ to 5 years – 11am
*registration for story hour is required*

Volunteering:
Yes, the library would love you to volunteer. You might find yourself re-shelving some books, and find that perfect book to read on a rainy weekend. Give the library a call, they would love your help. # is 841-5454.

Puyallup Library construction 2002

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