Frederickson News – Bethel to open Learning Center amid a flurry of community events

By Josh Magill

Though temperatures are dropping and it seems fall is upon us, events and meetings in the Frederickson and Spanaway areas have not gone into hibernation.  Just the opposite is happening due to some planning and dedications.  Ironically, it all starts on a fascinating date we will not see for another one hundred years – 10/11/12.

The action kicks off Wednesday afternoon as the Frederickson-Clover Creek Community Council will hold its bi-weekly events committee meeting at Ricky J’s restaurant.  The meeting will be led by committee chairwoman and Ricky J’s owner, Kate Lowry, starting at 4:00 p.m. to continue preparation for 2013 events such as the free family movie night and the annual Freddy Fest.  The meetings are always open to the public.

In an effort to raise funds for these events, the F-CCCC has entered the ‘ACU Charity Challenge’ hosted by America’s Credit Union located in Fort Lewis, WA.  The challenge is an online voting contest by residents for which registered organization they feel best serves the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community.  The contest, which runs from October 8 through October 22, shows the F-CCCC in second place after two days with 27 percent of the vote.  Santa’s Castle leads the contest with 70 percent of the vote.  To vote you can visit

Also on Wednesday, the Frederickson Land Use Advisory Commission will gather at its monthly meeting to discuss an agenda related to land issues and concerns raised by residents and businesses.  The nine-member panel currently has two open seats, but will soon lose two more as one member reaches term limits and another is expected to step down due to health concerns.  Dean Absher, the commission chairman, says it is important for concerned citizens to get involved now.

“This is an important panel to be a part of,” states Absher.  “We are losing some good people and must have at least four members to make a quorum.  I will be coming off next year also because of term limits so we need to add new commission members now.”

The F-LUAC meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. at the BethelSchool District building on 176th Street in Spanaway.  The public is welcome to all meetings.  If you are interested in joining the commission visit the Pierce County website at

On Saturday, October 13th, the Bethel School District will host its annual “All Bethel Community Day.”  The event, shortened to ABC Day, is held jointly by BSD and members of the community and co-sponsored by the Bethel Area Council of PTAs and Bethel Commu­nity Services.  Last year, about 2,000 people were treated to entertainment, food, and many booths and activities.  This year’s event will be held at a new location – Bethel High School in Graham – and the festivities will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Organizers have added a car show, wagon rides and a 5K community walk to benefit the PTA.  Walk registration is available at

Other features of ABC Day include an open house at the newly renovated Shining Mountain Elementary and a Civil Air Patrol flyover at 10 a.m, weather permitting.  Also, a Political Candidates Meet and Greet at Bethel High School will start at 10:30 a.m.

To coincide with ABC Day, the new Bethel Learning Center just across the street will be dedicated in a 9:30 a.m. ceremony held in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and Bethel Recreation.  The ribbon-cutting will be preceded with a light breakfast served by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs Teen Chefs program at 9 a.m.  The learning center is the first step in a multi-phase project, which has been designed to meet the needs of the district and the community. 

Most events surrounding ABC Day and the BLC dedication are free of charge and open to the com­munity.  Food and other items will also be available for purchase.

The Friends of Stan and Joan Cross Park will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, October 15.  The meeting to discuss ways to bring a park to Frederickson is always held at the Central Pierce Fire Station at 176th Street and 22nd Ave starting at 7:00 p.m.  You can now donate to the park with contributions to the United Way.  To learn more, visit

Another dedication will take place on Tuesday, October 16th, for the Pierce County Skills Center will hold a dedication ceremony for Phase 2A.  This new $5.7 million project will allow the PCSC to offer new programs this year in aerospace composites and technical trades.  Additional classrooms for Digipen robotics/mechatronics and Digipen game design are also part of the new facility.  The ceremony will be held at noon in the Olympic Building lobby located at 16117 Canyon Road in Frederickson.  Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved an additional $4.8 million for phase 2B, which would complete the Olympic Building’s modernization.  Work on that project will begin later this year.  Future classes may include aerospace machining/fabrication and automotive technology.  For more information about the Pierce County Skills Center, visit

Then, just before Halloween, the F-CCCC will meet for their monthly meeting on October 20.  Held at 9:00 a.m. each month at the Christ Community Baptist Church on 176th Street in Frederickson, the council welcomes all members of the public. 

 ©  2012  Josh Magill

Josh Magill

Editor’s Note:  The Mountain News regrets that some of this information may be dated by the time of its posting.  Our apologies to Mr. Magill and the Frederickson community.

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