Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hilltop’s L. Lisa Lawrence is a Fiery Gal

We had a chance to catch up with our neighbor, L. Lisa Lawrence, this weekend for one hot show. She’s been practicing spinning poi for several months and has recently added fire to her mix.

L. Lisa adds tricks and original choerography to each of her fire dancing routines.

L. Lisa’s performance was hot. She commanded the poi and exhibited her mind over matter fire tricks with ease. Some of her tricks brought the flaming poi just inches from her skin. . . and her fiery red hair. We felt the heat of the orbs and a bit of fear as we gazed at her skill in awe.

We had the opportunity to see three of L. Lisa’s fire spinning numbers Sunday night. The routine she did to Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” was especially heated, as she brought the fiery poi super close to us, making the hair on our arms stand on end.

L. Lisa also danced to “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”  She practices much lately, after dark, as she prepares for scheduled performances next month. Her show is going to be fantastic.

For more information on L. Lisa’s fire spinning and other activities, visit her website. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Neon Tape Art in the Alley

We spotted this tape art piece in an alley along 12th Street between MLK & J Streets.

Hoping for More Sunny Days

A blue slug bug, ready for sunny play days, parks at the Hilltop Community Center.

Farmers Market Delights for WIC Clients

Mary Bridge’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is offering its clients an opportunity to shop local farmers markets this season. Clients ages one year and older are eligible to receive a $20 check to spend at the markets. The maximum allowable amount per family is $40. WIC clients will be able to use these funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from market growers.

Throughout June, Mary Bridge will have a WIC booth at three Tacoma markets. Checks will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

WIC clients can pick up checks on Tuesday, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, between 3 pm and 6:30 pm at the 6th Avenue Farmers Market. It is located on the corner of 6th Avenue and North Pine Street in Tacoma.

Checks will also be available at the Broadway Farmers Market on Thursday, June 9, 16, 23, and 30, between 10:30 am and 3 pm. Broadway Farmers Market is located in Downtown Tacoma on Broadway between 9th and 11th Streets.

On Saturday, June 11, 18, and 25, checks will be available at the Proctor Farmers Market between 9 am and 1 pm. Proctor Farmers Market is located in North Tacoma at the corner of Proctor and North 27th Streets.

In order to receive checks from the Mary Bridge WIC Program, clients must bring their WIC appointment folders to the booths. If all funds are not distributed in June, WIC will distribute its remaining checks at the Mary Bridge clinic in July.

Mary Bridge’s WIC office is located at 316 North L Street in Tacoma. For more information regarding its farmers market booths, call (253) 403-1349. For more information on 6th Avenue Farmers Market and Broadway Farmers Market, check out the Tacoma Farmers Market website. You can also find information about Proctor Farmers Market, here.

Brightly Colored Cranes on a Gloomy Day

Yesterday we were feeling gloomy from hours of being stuck inside due to rain, so we traveled down the road to Pho King for lunch. While it was dark and wet outside, it was warm and joyful inside the restaurant. We find it is always happy at Pho King.

On our way out the door, we noticed two glass containers on the counter we had never seen before. Each was full of brightly colored origami cranes.

Hundreds of origami cranes fill two glass vases on the counter at Hilltop's Pho King.

Cranes symbolize many different things in many different cultures, including hope, peace, longevity, immortality, and joy. Last month, University of Puget Sound students collaborated to create a mobile made of 1000 paper cranes to send to Japan following its March 11 earthquake and tsunami. You can read about their project in the Tacoma Weekly’s article.

Though small, hundreds of colorful origami cranes are quite a sight to behold, even when confined to a jar.

All Summer in a Day

Bienniel money plants reach for the sun before Saturday evening's rain.

Bloom at Tacoma Power’s Hilltop Substation

Each spring the blossoming trees shade the path between 11th and 12th Streets.