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Evergreen alumna poet celebrates first book

South Sound poet and The Evergreen State College alumna Tammy Robacker will celebrate the release of her first book of poetry, “The Vicissitudes,” with a party and reading from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bellaballs Art Studio at 747 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma.

The 2009-10 Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma, Antonio Edwards Jr., will emcee the poetry event, which is free and open to the public. Live music will be performed by the jazz duo Sidewalk Symphony. Free cake and refreshments will be served.

Robacker’s collection of poetry was made possible through funding by the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant awarded to her this past year by the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Arts Commission. The author has partnered with Tacoma’s King’s Books, and the book is being sold there (218 St. Helens Ave.) and at www.kingsbookstore.com/robacker.html.

Bellaballs studio owners Lesli Jacobs-McHugh and Diane Hanson have designed and hand-blown a collection of limited edition “Vicissitudes” bellaballs for the release party.

Robacker studied creative writing and poetry at Evergreen, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1993. Now involved in the South Sound poetry community as a poet, a freelance writer and a volunteer, Robacker also serves as secretary of the board for Puget Sound Poetry Connection and secretary of the board for Exquisite Disarray Publishing, a nonprofit literary arts organization that publishes Northwest writers. In 2009, she co-edited a Tacoma poetry anthology with former Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma Bill Kupinse called “In Tahoma’s Shadow: Poems from the City of Destiny.”

WHAT’S HAPPENING

TODAY

SciFiFest: 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Adults and teens can dress up as their favorite science-fiction characters and enjoy readings, presentations and music. Free. Call 360-352-0595.

Olympia Zomprom 2009: 8 p.m. to midnight at The Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way, Olympia. Diehard zombie enthusiasts can dress up in their undead best and dance the night away while helping the local food bank. Tickets are $8 with a food donation or $10 without. All ages are welcome. For more information, go to www.zombiewalk olympia.com.

SUNDAY

Swedish Pancakes for Mother-in-Law Day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Ford’s Prairie Grange, 2640 Reynolds Ave. W., Centralia. Treat your mother-in-law to real Swedish pancakes served with lingonberry butter or hot strawberry preserves, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. All-you-can-eat for $6. Call 360-330-0969.

Fall Fun

The Thurston County Scare: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October, Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey. A spooky walk around the fairgrounds haunted by shadows and ghouls. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and younger. Call 360-786-5453 or go to www.thethurstoncountyscare.blogspot.com.

Halloween Family Fun Carnival: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Olympia Downtown YMCA, 510 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. This free event is open to the public and features games, prizes, face painting, arts and crafts and family swim time. Costumes are welcome. Donations of canned food will be accepted at the door for the Thurston County Food Bank. Call 360-918-0270 or go to www.southsoundymca.org.

Halloween Dance with costume contest presented by USA Dance Olympia chapter: Cha Cha lesson at 7 p.m., dancing to live music by The Michael Crain Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Public, all ages, singles and couples welcome. Call 360-561-4872.

Today in History

In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln.

In 1901, widow Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

In 1939, nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.

In 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect. On this date in 1949, construction began on the U.N. headquarters in New York.

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