All Events and Health Talks

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 1.5 - 2 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.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Dates/times: May 2, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; May 9, 8 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Harrison HealthPartners Family Medicine & Dermatology
9927 Mickelberry Road
Suite 131
Silverdale, WA 98383

Cost: Free
Schedule: call toll-free 1-866-844-WELL

As the sun rises, so does your risk for developing skin cancer. Start with an ounce of prevention and register for one of two FREE screening events being held in recognition of skin cancer awareness month. A team of board-certified dermatologists will provide these timely screenings as well as offer helpful tips to reduce your risk.

Each year more than five million people are treated for skin cancer and it is growing each year. One in five people will be treated in their lifetime. Screenings are an important tool to help detect skin cancer early when treatment is less invasive and more successful.

March of Dimes, March for Babies

March for BabiesDates:
Saturday, May 2, 2015 (Kitsap County)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 (Pierce County)
Time: registration begins at 8 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m.
Kitsap County - Haselwood Family YMCA
3909 N.W. Randall Way
Silverdale, WA 98383

Pierce County - Wilson High School
1202 N. Orchard St.
Tacoma, WA 98406

Cost:  Fundraiser

Take part in America's favorite walking event and help support educational programs that reduce premature birth and promote healthy babies!

Raise $50 and you will receive a FREE CHI Franciscan Health t-shirt!

CHI Franciscan is a Gold sponsor of the March of Dimes, March for Babies Kitsap County event and a Platinum sponsor of the March of Dimes, March for Babies Pierce County event. Mary LaFalce, Associate Vice President of Franciscan Women's and Children's Services is the Chair of the Pierce County event.

Join one of three Kitsap County teams via one of the links below:
Harrison Medical Center - Silverdale (Kitsap County)
Harrison Medical Center - Baby Mamas (Kitsap County)
Harrison Medical Center - Nursing (Kitsap County)

Join our Pierce County team via the link below:
Franciscan Health (Pierce County)

Register buttonWest Seattle 5K

Date: SundaWest Seattle 5Ky, May 17, 2015
Time: 8 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Alki Beach, West Seattle

Cost: Varies, see registration page

Registration: Register online

Participants will enjoy a beautiful, five kilometer course along Alki Avenue SW. The course begins at the Alki Bath House and then proceeds east along Alki Avenue SW. At Anchor Park, runners return to the starting point. This is a USATF-certified course. More information can be found on

Register buttonAdvancements in Joint Replacement
John Jiganti, MD

Date: ThurJohn Jiganti, MDsday, May 21, 2015
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Allenmore Golf and Events Center, Lodge Hall (Elks)
2013 S. Cedar St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

Cost: Free

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

If joint pain is keeping you from the sports and fitness activities you enjoy, this free talk could get you back in the action. John Jiganti, MD, will discuss treatment options ranging from minimally invasive hip surgery to total and partial knee replacement. His personalized approach takes into consideration each patient's unique needs and expectations for orthopedic surgery.

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.

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

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

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.