Art Reception July 23rd:

Local photographer Gerald Wiley

Now through September

I am a Washington state native, born in Sunnyside. Our family moved often to different towns in eastern Washington. Part of those years were spent living on a farm where I developed a love of animals. During my teenage years I had some interest in photography having a darkroom for developing and printing black and white photographs. After graduating from high school I joined the Navy attempting to become a photographer. Unfortunately, I was trained in the rate of Intelligence Specialist, where I analyzed photos taken of Soviet vessels and of merchant shipping in Asia. Looked at lots of photography but none taken by me.

After my Navy years I found employment with the Postal Service and have worked there for over 30 years. I pursued other hobbies and except for the occasional vacation, put my interest in photography on hold. Approximately seven years ago my wife asked if I could take some pictures of our cats. I purchased a pocket sized 6 megapixel camera and my interest in taking pictures was reborn. Years and several better cameras later I am an avid photographer who almost always carries a camera and takes lots of photos. My favorite subject is still animals although I will capture images of anything that catches my interest.

I enjoy taking photos for other people, who seem to like my work, and as I am nearing retirement hope to devote more time in that endeavor. I especially like taking pictures of people with their pets.

Visit Gerald's photostream on Flickr

Join us for an art reception on Wednesday, July 23rd from 5pm-7pm

Local photographer Gerald Wiley will be displaying his beautiful photography - for viewing or purchase. Enjoy wine, snacks, and art with community friends!


Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood

Saturday, July 26th 9am-2pm

The Humane Society's Walk for Homeless Pets: join more than 1,000 other animal advocates and their four-legged friends for Washington's biggest dog walk -- the 24th annual Dog-A-Thon!  Held at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, this fun, family event has something for everyone:  A one-mile stroll or a four-mile hike, dozens of pet-related booths, demonstrations, contests, entertainment, a barbeque, and much more!  Best of all, the walk benefits homeless animals at the Humane Society.  Last year, the Dog-A-Thon raised $220,000 for our furry friends, and we need your help to raise even more in 2014.  More info here.


Todd Field at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma

Saturday, August 2nd

The Dugan Foundation will present the eighth "Woofstock," which will feature lots of musical entertainment and nearly 200 pets looking for homes.

The event at Todd Field on the campus of the University of Puget Sound is free. Last year nearly 100 animals found homes in six hours.

More than 30 rescue and shelter organizations will will be at Woofstock. To be sure you get the right fit, there will be fenced meet and greet areas where everyone (including pets) can meet and play with adoptable animals. 

In addition to the dogs, cats, bunnies, birds and ferrets up for adoption, there will be pet related shopping and services. 

Proctor Arts Fest

North 26th & Proctor Streets in Tacoma, WA

Saturday, August 2nd from 10am-5:30 pm

Come & enjoy live music and local entertainment, purchase original artwork or a craft piece from its maker, browse through the juried art show and let the children create their own original “art”. A great way to get to know your neighbors and practice building your community.

More info here.

Hounds on the Hill Charity Dog Walk & Street Fair

Bradley Lake Park, Puyallup

Saturday, August 23rd

Hounds on the Hill will benefit Puyallup Parks and Recreation and Puyallup South Hill Rotary. More info here. This is a family friendly event, there will be vendors, dog contests, face painting, a raffle, demonstrations and more!

Tacoma's Farmers Markets

6th Avenue

May through September, Tuesdays 3-7pm


May through October, Thursdays 10am-3pm


Happening NOW, Saturdays 9am-2pm

South Tacoma

June through September, Sundays 11am-3pm