8/24: Mark Monlux, Wish I were here

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Mark Monlux updates us on how the CLAW Artists’ Guild and other artist collectives have adapted to virtual meetings, lessons, and group drawing sessions. Interview begins at 8:31.


  • King County’s health officer is noting that growing COVID-19 cases in King County are being traced to people hanging out with friends, going to parties, and camping without masks or social distancing.
    • As with state and other county health officers, he urges everyone to interactions and wear a mask.
  • The Quinault Indian Nation has closed its reservation to visitors through at least September 6th to stem COVID-19 infection among residents.
    • Access to the Quinault Indian Reservation is now restricted to village residents, Quinault tribal members, essential government employees and Quinault Indian Nation Enterprise personnel.
  • Clover Park Technical College is hosting a drive-thru information event on Wednesday afternoon, August 26th from 4:30 to 6:30pm on its Lakewood Campus in the parking lot between buildings 10 and 14.
    • Attendees will receive a bag with resources and will be directed through a campus tour from their vehicles.
    • Details can be found on Clover Park’s facebook page, or by calling (253) 589-5800.
  • PenMet Parks is distributing 100 free activity packs for kids on August 26th at 5pm at Sehmel Homestead Park Pavilion located at 10123 78th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA
    • The campout-themed adventure boxes include crafts kits, scavenger hunt guides, coloring pages, and a sports ball to encourage children to stay engaged and active
    • Kids MUST be present in the vehicle to receive more than 1 bag. Otherwise, we will be limiting 1 bag per vehicle.
    • More details can be obtained by calling 253.649.0350
  • The City of Kent will be distributing masks, hand sanitizer, and food boxes on Friday, August 28th starting at 10am in the ShoWare Center parking lot.


  • The Tacoma Urban League’s Black Parents Alliance will host a virtual meeting on Sunday, August 30th at 3:30pm focused on programs and resources to help families start the school year strong and navigate community supports.
    • See the Tacoma Urban League’s facebook page or contact the Urban League at (253) 383-2006 for meeting details and links
  • Laptop distribution for students in Tacoma’s middle and high schools began today.
    • The distribution schedule for each school is posted on the Tacoma Schools website, and is available by calling students’ school offices.
  • Tacoma’s Rainbow Center Advocacy team will be distributing fresh boxed meals, non-perishable food boxes, masks, and hygiene and sanitizing supplies on Thursday, August 27th at 11:00 AM at 2215 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
    • Call 253.383.2318 for more info.


  • There are numerous free testing sites in our region:
  • For Pierce County locations, visit TPCHD.org/covidtest.
    • Tuesday, August 25th at Regents Park in Fircrest and at PLU in Parkland, 10am-3pm.
    • Wednesday, August 26th at Stewart Heights Park in Tacoma and at Roy Elementary School in Roy., 9:30am-3:30pm
    • Thursday, August 27th at Graham Fire and Rescue 9-3, and at Tacoma’s Peck Athletic Field 9:30-3:30
    • Friday, August 28th at the Lakewood Community Center and at Orting Middle School, 10-3
    • Saturday, August 29th at the University of Puget Sound in North Tacoma, 9:30-3:30, and at Charles Wright Academy in University Place, 10-3
    • No ID is required for Pierce County mobile testing events, and tests are free and open to anyone regardless of symptoms.
  • Patients can also call their health providers for tests.