6-Pack of Things To Do: Friday June 4 2021
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LANTERN PADDLES: Let there be light! The Tacoma Ocean Fest’s first-ever Lantern Paddle will light up the Thea Foss Waterway tonight. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. with the Pacific Lutheran University Steel Pan Ensemble and aerialist Deanna Riley at the Foss Waterway Seaport on Dock Street. At 9 p.m., Ocean Fest encourages paddlers to grab an LED and float the waterway to bring awareness to the threatened marine species due to issues such as pollution, climate change, and species extinction. It’s also cool to wave your LEDs in the air like you care from land. 7-10 p.m., Thea Foss Waterway, Tacoma, photo by Callum Snape/Oru Kayak
BEER FLIGHT: For the last five years Peaks & Pints has hosted the Tournament of Beer bracketed beer competition pitting 64 themed beers against one another in frothy head-to-head matchups voted online by craft beer enthusiasts. Every February, Peaks and Pints asks our patrons and the public to seed the tournament — meaning we poll people for their favorite beer under a certain theme, and thus determining seedings and matchups in the knockout bracket. The top 64 vote getters — the cream of the hops — compete at tournamentofbeer.com (forwards to peaksandpints.com) in April. Through online voting, craft beer drinkers pick daily winners until the best beer is crowned. It’s just like March Madness, only with way more alpha acids. The next Peaks & Pints Tournament of Beer will feature 64 American lagers brewed in Washington and Oregon battling in April 2023. In the meantime, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of winners from each of the Tournament of Beer competitions — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Tournament of Beer Winners On the Fly.
GLASS ART: Nineteen years is a helluva long time to keep a fire going. That’s how long the Museum of Glass Hop Shop has been operating — ignoring the pandemic. The Museum of Glass is home to the world’s largest hot shop, where artists create glass pieces before your eyes. Visitors are so fascinated by the glassblowing process that they often spend hours in the hot shop, which is located inside a 90-foot stainless steel cone. During museum hours, the hot shop is streamed live online. If you’re a lover of glass, pay a visit and thank these pioneering artisans for their 19 years as keepers of the flame. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, $5-$17, photo courtesy of Ingrid Taylar
ZOO TOUR: Ever touched a moon jellyfish? Seen baby jellies through a giant microscope? Fed an anemone? Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is bringing back its popular behind-the-scenes experience inside the Pacific Seas Aquarium that lets you do all this and more. The fascinating tour through the backstage areas takes you to places only aquarists are allowed to enter. Guests can even see the shimmery world above Baja Bay- spotting green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and eagle rays, and discovering how they are fed. The shorter jellyfish tour begins today with the larger tour launching tomorrow. Noon to 12:30 p.m., Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, $100 per member group, $150 per non-member group, with up to 5 single-household participants per group, includes Zoo admission, photo courtesy of pdza.org
MARKET DAY: The Lakewood Farmers Market is back at Fort Steilacoom Park every Friday night. More than 55 vendors will offer apples, asparagus, berries, bouquets, cherries, chocolates, decorations, desserts, eggplants, elephant ears, food trucks, free parking — they have all the alphabetized goods in a fun and safe environment for the whole family. 2-6:30 p.m., Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood
FILM: The Grand Cinema screens Super Frenchie, an intimate look at the life of professional skier and BASE jumper Matthias Giraud, who stops at nothing to pursue his passion for adventure. The film follows Matthias as he dares ever more dangerous stunts while simultaneously falling in love and starting a family. The story takes a turn when Matthias suffers a catastrophic crash just days before the birth of his first child. After miraculously surviving, Matthias struggles to get back to the sport he loves while grappling with the effects it has on his young family. Ultimately he must decide if his passion for BASE jumping is worth the risk and how far he is willing to go to pursue it. 3:30, 5:30, and 7:45 p.m., 606 S. Fawcett, Tacoma, $6.50-$11, photo courtesy of Exit Point Productions