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Feel Good Friday: An Unveiling, a Festival, and a New Initiative

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A Work-Study Summer

As the summer comes to a close, 150 students are celebrating a productive summer. They earned high-school credit through Tacoma Public Schools while obtaining meaningful and paid workforce experience. Summer Jobs 253, an initiative preparing students for the workforce, wrapped up this year’s school-work semester with double the usual amount of students. Learn more about the program here

Visit a Legendary Octopus

You voted and they listened. After 7,100 votes and six names to choose from, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has announced the name of its new giant octopus. Gaining 36 percent of the public vote, the name is — drum roll, please — Gertie! The name, an ode to the fabled mega-octopus occupying the remains of the Narrows Bridge ready to snatch a lone sailor, means the giant octopus has a giant reputation to live up to. Read more about Gertie here

Wine for a Cause 

The Auction of Washington Wines raised more than $2.2 million during the 34th annual celebration of Washington’s wineries. The proceeds from the auction will go toward the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology research program. The Auction of Washington Wines also announced the winner of the 2021 Industry Grant Program is Vital Wines, an initiative to aid winemakers and workers. 

Litter Picker-Uppers

The streets of Tacoma don’t clean themselves. With help from 60 volunteers, Oscar’s Enemies, a Tacoma-based litter clean-up group, managed to make the city streets sparkle as volunteers picked up more than 375 pounds of trash on South Sprague Avenue and marked storm drains on Sixth Avenue. If you want to get involved by volunteering or donating, learn more about Oscar’s Enemies by visiting @oscarsenemies on Instagram. 

Olympia Harbor Days Festival 

Anchor at Percival Landing and Port Plaza next Friday for a weekend on the water. Olympia’s Harbor Days Festival celebrates the Sound both onshore and in the water. Cheer on vintage tug boats as they race through the chilly Washington water, head-nod to the sounds of local live music, and choose from a variety of local art and food vendors. Learn more about the festival here.


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