September 2019

Puyallup Festival of Books

Come welcome authors Maria Semple and Karl Marlantes on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2, 2019 at Puyallup’s Festival of Books. At 6:00 PM each day there will be a reception with light refreshments and a cash bar serving beer and wine.  Author talks begin at 7:00 PM.  

Maria Semple - Friday, November 1, 2019

Puyallup Public Library
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Talk with book signing to follow

Maria Semple is a Seattle-based novelist and screenwriter.  She is the author of several novels, including This One is Mine and Today Will be Different.  Her New York Times, best-selling comedy novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette was released in August 2019 as a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett.  Her work as a screenwriter includes Beverly Hills 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live and Ellen.  If writing ability has a genetic component, Maria has that angle covered.  Her great uncle, Philip Barry, wrote The Philadelphia Story and her father, Lorenzo Semple, Jr. wrote the pilot for the TV series Batman.  Holy screen credits, that's impressive!  

Karl Marlantes - Saturday, November 2

Puyallup Public Library
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Talk with book signing to follow

Karl Marlantes is a native of Oregon and currently resides in Washington State.  While serving in the Marine Corps, Karl Marlantes was awarded multiple medals for his actions in Vietnam, including a Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Matterhorn, exploring the lives of soldiers in the Vietnam War.  The New York Times said that Matterhorn is "one of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam". Marlantes also consulted on the Ken Burns 10-part documentary The Vietnam War, where he reflects on his war experiences. His latest novel, Deep River, spins a historical family saga of Finnish settlers in Oregon logging country from 1893 to 1932.

Bee City USA

Community outreach and information-sharing is a large part of Puyallup’s Bee City USA designation. In furthering this objective, a display has been created at the Puyallup Public Library to highlight not only our bees, but crucial lesser-known pollinators, and ways for the community to become involved in conserving these important creatures! Community members can view ways to create pollinator-friendly gardens and habitats, the current pollinator endangered species list, local businesses offering safe bee removal, and learn about better pest management options. Handouts and resource lists are available at the library front desk. Take a moment to check out the display for yourself – it will be up through the rest of October!

Bee City

Puyallup’s Downtown Economic Development and Safe School Routes Plans Gain Exposure

Puyallup's Downtown Economic Development Plan & Safe Routes to School Plan will be shared at the American Planning Association’s Washington Annual Conference in Tacoma on October 16th.

On October 16th, a panel that will include Puyallup Senior Planner Katie Baker will explore how to develop Safe Routes to Schools Plans based on the particular characteristics of the population being served. The session will address how racial and economic disparities affect transportation needs and thus must be considered while developing solutions to those needs.

Also on October 16th, Puyallup Development Services Director Tom Utterback will participate in a panel to showcase the City’s recently-adopted Downtown Economic Development Plan. The City’s partner on this project, Berk Consulting, helped facilitate community buy-in on a plan that incorporates policy changes and encourages strategic investments to spur growth and desired development.

More than 1,300 professional planners, attorneys, planning commissioners, architects, and consultants belong to APA’s Washington state chapter. APA works to strengthen and enhance communities across the state, and its annual conference offers opportunities for its members to learn from and collaborate with each other. 

Youth Sports

Indoor Soccer - The youth indoor soccer league is for boys and girls, kindergarten-3rd grade. There is a total of 6 teams for the Pee Wee (kindergarten/1st grade) division and 6 teams for the Micros (2nd/3rd grade) division. Practices are held on Saturdays at the Recreation Center and began on September 14th. The first games were held on October 5th. All games are played on Saturdays at the Recreation Center.

Flag Football – The youth flag football league is for boys and girls, 3rd-6th grade. There are 4 teams for the NCAA (3rd/4th grade) division and 4 teams for the NFL (5th/6th grade) division. Each team has one weeknight and one Saturday game per week. Practices began on September 21st and are held at Clarks Creek Park North. Games will start Saturday, October 12th. 

Toddler Campus Preschool

The 2019-2020 school year started for 40 preschoolers at the Puyallup Recreation Center.  The preschool class and the pre-kindergarten class will spend the next nine months learning about classroom expectations, appropriate play with their friends, and academic preparedness for kindergarten.  Ms. Shannon and Ms. Roxy have great projects, field trips and special events planned throughout the school year.  Both programs are at max capacity with requests for information on the 2020-2021 school year already being received. Registration for 2020-2021 will open in March!

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the City of Puyallup will be participating in the Purple Light Nights Campaign this year to help raise awareness. This campaign focuses on remembering those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, supporting those who have survived domestic violence, and offering hope to those still living with abuse.

During the month of October, you will notice purple lights lit in front of Puyallup City Hall and in Pioneer Park along with banners to remind us all that “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” and that there is no place for Domestic Violence in our community.
Did you know:

1) 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
2) 20 people per MINUTE are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.
3) 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year in our country and 90% of these children are eye witnesses to the violence. 
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is a phone call away. 1-800-799- SAFE (7233)

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Puyallup Activity Center Events

Thunder Dome Car Museum. The Puyallup Activity Center offered a trip to Enumclaw’s newest attraction, the Thunder Dome Car Museum.  The Thunder Dome opened its doors in May of 2019, with the objective of bringing the community together to enjoy a fantastic collection of cars in a uniquely designed facility.  Participants had an opportunity to walk around 50 classic cars in mint condition including Enumclaw’s first ever fire truck.  This trip was a blast from the past as stories started flowing with happy memories while trip goers walked around the facility.  The tour guide pointed out specific cars and gave a wonderful tour of the facility.  
Car Museum
Cattle Drive. Around 30 participants from the Activity Center signed up to volunteer for the Annual Washington State Cattle Drive and Rodeo Parade.  On September 6th the volunteers lined the streets of downtown Puyallup, armed with colored flags to help keep parade goers from getting too close to the streets during the parade and the running with the bulls.

Police Officer Accomplishments

Recruit Officer Nestor graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Criminal Justice Training Commission on September 23rd.  
During the ceremony, Officer Nestor was awarded the Patrol Partner Award. This makes three in a row for Puyallup PD!  

Officer Nestor's graduation ceremony was particularly exciting for him and our department as he started with PPD as an Explorer, served as Captain of the Explorer Post, went on to be a 10+ year Reserve Officer, and then served nearly a year as a Provisional Officer for PPD last year. Officer Nestor will now fully join our team! 

Congratulations Officer Nestor!

Officer Nestor