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Walk Tacoma

Dates: April 1Walk Tacoma 20155 - August 5, 2015
Cost: Free

Join us for this CHI Franciscan Health sponsored series of walks, in downtown Tacoma. The walks are one and a half - two miles and led by local experts. No registration required.

Times and Locations: April 15 - Brewery Walk, 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Meet at base of the UWT stairs on S. 19th and Pacific Ave. and walk with Michael Sullivan of Artifacts Consulting; Social following the walk at the Harmon Brewery and Eatery

May 6 - Waterfront Walk, Noon - 1 p.m.
Meet at Fireman's Park on S. 9th and A St. and walk with Wesley Wenhardt with Foss Waterway Seaport and Carola Filmer from Port of Tacoma

May 20 - Military History Walk, 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Meet at Tacoma Armory on S. 11th and Yakima Ave. and walk with Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr., JBLM Commander; Social following the walk at the Odd Otter Brewing Company

June 3 - Public Art Walk, Noon - 1 p.m.
Meet at People's Park on S. 9th and MLK Jr. Way and walk with Amy McBride with the City of Tacoma

June 17 - Architecture Walk, Noon - 1 p.m. and 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Meet at Wells Fargo Plaza on S. 12th and Pacific Ave. and walk with David Boe, Architect / Deputy Mayor City of Tacoma; Social following the evening walk at The Forum

July 15 - Museum / Family Walk, Noon - 1 p.m.
Meet at Children's Museum of Tacoma on S. 15th and Pacific Ave. and walk with Robert Thoms, Tacoma City Council Member

August 5 - Scavenger Hunt, check-in 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and return by 6:45 p.m. Walk and take public transit through downtown to find the answers to the clues. Bring a camera and meet at the WA State History Museum Plaza on S. 19th and Pacific Ave.; Social and awards following the event at Anthem Coffee & Tea from 6:45 - 8 p.m.

Lakewood Farmers Market presented by St. Clare Hospital

Date: TuesdLakewood Farmers Marketays, June 2 - September 15, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Lakewood City Hall
6000 Main St. S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98499

Cost: Free

St. Clare returns as presenting sponsor as you say hi to your best health! Enjoy fresh food, arts and crafts and entertainment! Stop by the St. Clare table for free blood pressure checks and more.

Blood Drive
Walk-ins are welcome!

Date: FridBlood Cellsay, June 5, 2015
Time: noon-5 p.m.
Location: Lagerquist Room B
St. Joseph Medical Center
1717 S. J St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

Help us save lives by giving the gift of life. Come by during your lunch or before or after your shift. It’s easy and fast, and you even get a snack. We need donors. We need YOU! Sign up in advance by calling 1-877-24-BLOOD. CHI Franciscan Health & Cascade Regional Blood Services appreciate your support.

Register button9th Annual NAMIWalk: 3K and 5K

Date: JuNAMI walksne 6, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. - noon
Location: Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive
Kirkland, WA 98033

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online

If you or someone you love has been touched by someone with mental illness, join CHI Franciscan Health sponsored 3K and 5K walk to raise funds and awareness that people can recover with the right treatment from mental illness. CHI Franciscan is a Silver Sponsor of this event.

Maritime Gig Festival

Dates: SatuMaritimerday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7
Time: All day
Location: Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA

Cost: Free

Mark your calendar for this year’s Annual Gig Harbor Festival an exciting, community event. On Saturday, start the day with breakfast, a Fun Run and the Yo Ho Harbor Grande Parade. Come see us march in the parade or feel free to join us! Afterwards, stay for the food and entertainment including a children’s fair. And, the fun continues into Sunday!

Register buttonLighten you Heart’s Load: Managing Coronary Artery Disease
Joel Tañedo, MD

Date: JJoel Tañedoune 9, 2015
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Somers Auditorium
Highline Medical Center
16251 Sylvester S.W.
Burien, WA 98166

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online or call toll-free 1-888-825-3227
Seating is limited and registration is required.

Heart Disease may be America's number one cause of death, but it's also the most preventable. Learn how to take charge, alter your lifestyle and reduce your risk of heart disease. Dr. Tanedo is an expert in preventive measures to increase your ticker's stamina and longevity. Even if you already have heart disease, learn how to keep your heart healthy to reduce your risk of worsening your symptoms and increase your capacity to enjoy life!

Register buttonTrends in Joint Replacement
Michael Miller, MD

Michael Miller, MDDate: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Elizabeth Hospital
Rainier Conference Room
1450 Battersby Ave.
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online or call toll-free 1-888-825-3227
Seating is limited and registration is required.

Join board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Michael Miller, MD, as he discusses current trends in total hip and knee replacement and options for managing your pain. A former flight surgeon and orthopedic surgeon for the United States Air Force, Dr. Miller focuses on teaching and advocating for his patients, believing that the best outcomes are achieved when a patient is informed and fully engaged in his or her own care.

Summer Sounds at Skansie

DatSummer Soundses: June 16 - August 18, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Skansie Brothers Park
3211 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Cost: Free

The annual Summer Sounds at Skansie event, proudly sponsored by St. Anthony Hospital, returns every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., June 16 to August 18 at Skansie Brothers Park. Hear live music and enjoy restaurant delivery service to the park by many of Gig Harbor's favorite downtown eateries. The full line-up: June 16 - The Coats; June 23 - Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band; June 30 - 133rd Army Band; July 7 - Hook Me Up; July 14 - Michael Anthony Pratt; July 21 - Beatniks; July 28 - Sarah Gerritsen with Bradford Loomis; August 4 - Ranger and the Re-Arrangers; August 11 - Austin Jenckes; August 18 - Funaddicts

Register buttonPeripheral Vascular Disease Defined
Dr. J. Greg Roberts

Date: JuGreg Roberts, MDne 25, 2015
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Smalling Family Education Room
St. Anthony Hospital
11567 Canterwood Blvd. N.W.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online or call toll-free 1-888-825-3227
Seating is limited and registration is required.

Your vascular system is the plumbing that delivers nutrients to all parts of your body. Without that rich energy flow from life-giving oxygenated blood, your body may suffer. This little known system is no less important to your overall health than your heart and lungs. With Dr. J. Greg Roberts, gain information to help you identify possible vascular issues that may lie undetected, but building to major health challenges.

Tacoma History Hike

Date: Sunday, June 2Tacoma History Hike8, 2015
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.; walk-up registration starts at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Cost: Kids ages 6 - 17, $10 for WSHS member or $15 for non-members; Adult, $20 for WSHS members or $25 for non-members; Family*, $40 for WSHS members or $50 for non-members; *family price is for teams with at least one child 12 and under.

What do you know about Tacoma's history? Explore downtown Tacoma as you collect the answers to historical trivia in a race against time! Proudly sponsored by St. Joseph Medical Center, the annual Tacoma History Hike involves your entire family in learning more about our area in an effort to enjoy exercise and community-building. The hike begins at the Washington State History Museum and leads you to a variety of checkpoints within a 1.5-mile radius, allowing you to walk, run, or bike the course. Each checkpoint provides the answer to a question of Tacoma-related historical trivia. Collect as many as you can in the time allotted, and return to the Museum for music, awards, goody bags, and free admission to the museum. It's a fun way to spend the day with family and friends, rain or shine.

Register buttonMiles for Meso

Date: SMiles for Mesoaturday, July 4, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Federal Way Community Center,
876 S. 333rd St.
Federal Way, WA 98003

Cost: prior to April 30: $20; price increases after this date. Kids 17 and under: $15

Registration: Register online or at the FWCC.

The Mesothelioma Foundation and the Federal Way Community Center host the fourth annual Miles for Meso Washington Memorial 5K Run/Walk for mesothelioma awareness and research. St. Francis Hospital is a contributing sponsor of this event.

Register buttonSummerFEST Triathlon
presented by St. Clare Hospital

Date: SatuLakewood SummerFEST Triathlonrday, July 11, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: American Lake
Ft. Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Ave. S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498

Cost:  Free

Registration: Register online

For the third straight year, St. Clare Hospital will serve as the presenting sponsor. Whether as individuals or teams, all CHI Franciscan Health employees, family members and friends are invited to participate. This fun and competitive sprint triathlon takes place in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years of age and older. The course consists of: * ½ -mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park * 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County and * 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park. The race will start along the shore of American Lake and will end at Fort Steilacoom Park.

We are also seeking volunteers to be part of this event! To sign up to be a volunteer, contact Vanessa Gathen via email at

Relay for Life 2015

SRelay for Life 2015upport the American Cancer Society and those you remember and love by participating in the 2015 Relay for Life. CHI Franciscan Health is a Gold Sponsor of the 2015 ACS Relay for Life events listed below. Raise $50 and receive a FREE CHI Franciscan Health t-shirt!

Click on a team link below for information or to register. Not interested in walking but would like to participate? Teams will welcome your gift of support to the American Cancer Society.

Federal Way: May 29 and 30
noon start
Team CHI Franciscan Federal Way

Gig Harbor: June 12 and 13
6 p.m. start
Team CHI Franciscan Gig Harbor

Tacoma: June 6 and 7
noon start
Team CHI Franciscan Tacoma

Lakewood: June 12 and 13
6 p.m. start
Team CHI Franciscan Lakewood

Burien: June 12 and 13
7 p.m. start
Team CHI Franciscan – Highline

Bremerton: June 27 and 28
noon start
Team CHI Franciscan – Harrison


Enumclaw: July 11 and 12
noon start
Team CHI Franciscan – Enumclaw

CHI Franciscan Health Relay for Life event flyer

2015 Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference

Date: WednCancer Survivorship Conferenceesday, August 12, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St.
Tacoma, WA 98416

Cost: Free

Registration: Opens May 16, 2015; email or call 253-207-5155
Seating is limited and registration is required.

Join us for the annual Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference at the University of Puget Sound in August. Connect with other survivors, experts and caregivers to learn about the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the cancer journey.