This is the last eNewsletter and communication from my office due to election year black-out rules.  Please know you can still contact me if you have anything I can help with regarding Pierce County Government issues.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The month of May marks the 51st anniversary of the “Older Americans Act.” As “Baby Boomers” enter their golden years, education and resources are key to growing old gracefully and safely. Recently, Pierce County has been awarded $370,985 from the Department of Justice to support a comprehensive approach to addressing elder abuse. The Prosecutor’s Office, which secured one of nine nationwide grants, will team up with local law enforcement agencies and victim service organizations to increase and strengthen training, form a community response team and access to victim services. I have listed some of those resources below.

In this month’s newsletter you will also find information for Mother’s Day events, Memorial Day gatherings, Joint Base Lewis McChord Armed Forces Day - free family activities that are open to the public and more.

Please remember, if there is anything in Pierce County government that I can assist you with or if you would like to share your concerns and ideas, my staff and I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,


Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet - May 7, 2016

9:30am – 11:00am
Puyallup Activity Center
210 W Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA 98371


1:00pm- 2:30pm
Poodle Dog Restaurant,
1522 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA 98424

This will be a great opportunity to hear about new projects in your neighborhood and weigh in on the issues concerning Pierce County Government.  

Lahar Warning

Monthly Lahar Siren Test

The Lahar Warning Siren in Puyallup Valley will be tested at 12 p.m. on May 2nd.

Pierce County Emergency Management will test the siren equipment and monitor sound coverage throughout the Puyallup River Valley. The warning sirens will be heard for up to two minutes.

Learn more about Mount Rainier Lahar Warning Sirens

Marijuana Prevention Conference

Youth & Parent Marijuana Prevention Conference

Join other members of your community as we learn about the psychological impacts of marijuana and answer the question "What's Your Natural High?" as we explore healthy alternatives to illegal marijuana use by kids and teens. 

Register Here
DATE: Saturday, May 7th
TIME: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Clover Park Technical College
                     McGavick Conference Center
                     4500 Steilacoom Blvd, Building #23
                     Lakewood, WA 98499
WHO: Youth & the Parents/Guardians of youth ages 12 - 19. *We also welcome members of after school, community and faith-based youth groups.  
DETAILS: All Youth & Parent/Guardian attendees will receive a $25 gift card and FREE Breakfast & Lunch. 

Resources for early stage memory loss

County offers resources for early stage memory loss

Individuals and families dealing with memory loss or facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s are typically filled with anxiety, fear and confusion. It’s a time when the sky can seem to be falling in. But there is hope, there are resources and there are people who can help.
Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) is hosting “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” a six-part series of discussions for families and individuals. The series will be led by Kris Sawyers-Dowling and Jessica Gerrard, two case managers with Aging and Disability Resources who specialize in providing practical help to families coping with memory loss. The focus will be on the initial journey of memory loss through Alzheimer’s and other Dementias and covers the warning signs and symptoms, managing behaviors, the disease progress, legal concerns, financial issues and local resources. 
The schedule for “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” is:

May 9 – “How do I start the conversation?  How do I cope with the shock?”
May 23 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors?  How do I manage them?”
June 6 – “How do I pay for care?  What are the legal things I should do?
June 20 – “Where can I turn for help?  What are the resources I can rely on?”

All sessions will be held Monday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW in Lakewood. Sessions are free and open to all. People can attend any or all of the discussions. No RSVP is required. 

Films on aging highlight Older Americans Month

Movies can be our window on the world and windows into our own lives. In observance of Older Americans Month, the Pierce County Library system and Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources are showing three remarkable films that explore the significant experiences and contributions of older adults who still want to be a part of the world and contribute to their community.
Showings are free and open to the public. Each film will be followed by a brief 15-minute discussion on aging as portrayed by the films’ characters.
Summit Branch Library, 5107 112th St. E. in Tacoma

May 3 at 1:30 p.m. “Mr. Holmes”
May 9 at 6 p.m. “Young@Heart”
Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Ave. in Sumner

May 10 at 6 p.m. “Mr. Holmes”
May 19 at 1:30 p.m. “Young@Heart”
University Place Branch Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100 in University Place

May 18 at 1:30 p.m. “Young@Heart”
May 21 at 1:30 p.m. “Wild Strawberries”
May 25 at 6 p.m. “Mr. Holmes”
Click here for more information.


Additional Elder Resources

Elder Resource Guide
Pierce County provides assistance with Case Management, Family Caregiver Support, Long Term Care Ombudsman, and the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Elder Abuse Signs
Learn about warning signs of elder abuse and what you can to help stop financial and physical abuse.

Aging & Disability Plan
Community Connections 2016-2019 Area Plan- Executive Summary

Mount Rainier

Free admission to state parks on Mother’s Day!

Sunday May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day is one of the State Parks Free Days,
so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of these 140 Washington State Parks.


Spaghetti Feed & Auction

Honoring Vietnam Veterans and all who served.

The Pierce County Council and Executive passed a resolution Honoring Vietnam Veterans and Proclaiming March 29, 2016, as "Vietnam Veterans Day," in Pierce County, Washington.

Watch the Reading of the council’s proclamation.
(Starts at 2 min. 24 sec.)

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day Saturday May 21st from 10 am to 6 pm

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lewis-Main, will open its gates to the Puget Sound community for the installation's annual Armed Forces Day celebration Saturday May 21st from 10 am to 6 pm.

Open to the Public! Take I-5, Exit 119. The general public must use the DuPont gate and will be shuttled to Cowan and Memorial Stadiums. Valid ID cardholders can use the other gates.


Pioneer Park

Annual Puyallup Memorial Day Program

Sunday, May 29th at 1 p.m. in the Pavilion in
Pioneer Park, Puyallup.

Guest Speaker: Councilmember Joyce McDonald
Presented by The Puyallup Valley VFW Post 2224

For more information contact:

City of Sumner Cemetery

City of Sumner Memorial Day Event

May 30th 10am Ceremony

City of Sumner Cemetery
12324 Valley Avenue East, Puyallup, WA 98372

Tankfest Northwest

Tank Fest NW

May 30, 2016
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Flying Heritage Collection
3407 109th St SW
Everett, WA 98204

Bring the family out to enjoy tanks, military vehicles and artillery weapons at this festive annual event, which includes driving and firing demonstrations of tanks and artillery. There will also be a Puget Sound Military Vehicle Collectors Club parade.

This family event features remote control tanks, reptiles, food, and fun.

Doors open at 10 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Free admission for veterans and children under 5.

Discounted presale information can be found at Brown Paper Tickets. http://tankfestnw.brownpapertickets.com

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