Feel Good Friday: COVID Relief, Pride Promotions, and Wildlife Reopening

ArtsFund Provides Pandemic Relief

After the severe blow to arts, culture, and community organizations during the pandemic, recovery looms on the horizon. ArtsFund and the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded 702 nonprofits statewide with $10.78 million in relief grants. The Nonprofit Community Relief grant program aided organizations hit hard by pandemic economic stress by awarding more than 91 percent of total funds requested by nonprofits in need. Read more here.

Tacoma Businesses Celebrate Pride

Pride doesn’t end at the start of July — Tacoma festivities are only beginning. More than 100 businesses and organizations will be Points of Pride on Saturday, July 10, in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Businesses — paired with the Rainbow Center and the Tacoma Pride Festival — will offer discounts, special events, and freebies while donating profits. Learn more about the local promotions here.

Activities Reopening at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is celebrating the summer by fully reopening. For the first time since the pandemic began, visitors are able to interact with animals. No need to travel to the countryside or hit the beach — PDZA offers goat feeding, stingray petting, and anemone touching. The carousel, playground and splash pad, and theater also will be open to visitors. Learn about zoo hours, face-covering requirements, and more.

Northwest Trek Reopening

Ring in the new month with summer adventures — Northwest Trek Wildlife Park fully reopened yesterday. It will offer daily Keeper Adventure Tours, Zip Wild zipline activities, and chats with keepers. Three in-person summer events also will be scheduled for upcoming weekends, including Pride Weekend, Zookeeper Academy, and Feeding Frenzy. More about hours and face-covering requirements here.

Summer Brings Scholarships

The North Thurston Education Foundation awarded $181,500 in scholarships to 46 North Thurston Public Schools graduating students. The scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $14,000, came after the resilient graduating seniors spent their final year of high school learning online. Read more about the graduating seniors here.

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