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PODCAST: If you have a hankering to support local independent media, please consider subscribing to Channel 253. Serving Tacoma and Pierce County, Channel 253 produces podcasts about our community, including Gimme the Mic — a podcast featuring different voices in the Tacoma community. Listen in as Diane Tilstra sits down Miriam Barnett, CEO of the YWCA Pierce County, and Erin Guinup, artistic and executive director of Tacoma Refugee Choir, to discuss the pandemic, diversity, equity, inclusion, and more.
CHRISTMAS BEER FLIGHT: Every December — while the bartenders close down our Proctor District craft beer bar, bottle shop and restaurant for the night — Peaks & Pints co-owner Pappi Swarner grabs three holiday beers, heads upstairs to his office, cranks his computer speaks to an 11 and watches holiday Youtube videos. Obviously, he can’t perform his holiday tradition this year … and Peaks & Pints. No, his holiday hell now takes place inside his home, much to the chagrin of his wife and daughter. In the spirit of giving, we offer you the chance to share his joy. Today, he pairs the three Christmas season beers below with three holiday Batman clips. Enjoy Peaks and Pints To-Go Christmas Beer Flight: Batman. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma
CHRISTMAS TREES: Strap it on! A tree to the roof of your car, that is, or take advantage of free delivery and set-up. GardenSphere in Tacoma’s Proctor District, just north of the Proctor Bridge, has Noble firs, Nordmann firs, Fraser firs, Niles firs (just kidding), Grand firs, and Douglas firs in a variety of sizes. The toy store for green thumbs will, indeed, deliver the tree for free because the ownership and staff are ridiculously friendly. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 3310 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Just because your grandmother is addicted to Yankee Candle, there is no need to subject yourself to that store’s olfactory assault. Dana Broadnax makes her Cascade Candle Company candles from her local home with such scents as Cranberry Woods, Evergreen, and Winter. Broadnax joins 20 or so other local handmade craftspeople selling goods online at The Village 253 Handmade Marketplace through Dec. 8.
TACOMA READS: The Tacoma Public Library’s Tacoma Reads is a city-wide reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text, specifically immigrant authors this year. Tonight, as part of the program, Tacoma Public Library and Write253 present “Tacoma Reads” Conversation and Reading with Poet José Olivarez.” After local hip-hop artist Ayrton Ibarra kicks off the night with a performance, Kristin Sierra, Tacoma Public School teacher-librarian and founder of Lincoln High School Project Lit Book Club, will guide the conversation with Olivarez. 5-6:30 p.m., Tacoma Public Library Zoom Room, registration required
FILM: For Day With(out) Art today, Visual AIDS will premiere a program of seven newly commissioned videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States, which can be found via a link in The Grand Cinema’s Virtual Screening Room. Titled Transmissions, the video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda). Free streaming