Poets of the Pacific Northwest, Session 1

October 8, 2020 — If you’re interested in learning about the Poets of the Pacific Northwest, please join us for these classes. Wednesday, October 14 Poets of the Pacific Northwest, Session 1 In this 2-class series (October 14 & 28) presented by Tacoma’s Poet Laurette Abby E. Murray, we’ll explore the Puget Sound’s resident poet population, beginning with a... Read More

Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction Class

September 4, 2020 — Are you interested in learning how to write non fiction?  Join our Senior University class on Wednesdays, September 9 & September 23. Join Jesi Vega for this 6-week course from September 9 – November 18. In this class, you’ll work on one or more pieces of creative nonfiction, combining your own subject matter expertise with... Read More

Medicare Basics Class

September 4, 2020 — Are you interested in learning about the basics of Medicare.  Join the ZOOM on-line class at 2pm on September 9th presented by Laurie Casas, Only Senior Options.  This class will be repeated on September 15th at 4:30pm.  Class description: Whether you are new Medicare, getting ready to turn 65, or already enrolled in a Medicare... Read More

Pierce County 2020 Alzheimer’s Conference

August 12, 2020 — A Free On-Line Community Event Live presentations with Q and A at 1:00 p.m. September 3 Isolation During the Pandemic September 10 Dementia Friendly Activities September 17 Handling Challenging Behaviors September 24 Legal and Financial Planning Advance Registration Free at attend Register in Advance at: or call 253-798-4600 Watch Online or Listen by Phone... Read More

Grads, Dads, Summertime Parade

June 16, 2020 — We are excited to announce that we are hosting a Grads, Dads, Summer Family Drive By Parade will be held June 18th (weather dependent) at 2:00 p.m.  The last FTJ parade in April was so much fun, we are looking forward to hosting another one!  We will be honoring FTJ team member and resident family... Read More

FTJ Family Springtime Parade

May 6, 2020 — On April 17 we hosted a Family Parade and it was so much fun!  During this time of no visitors, families were invited to drive our parade route so they could set eyes on their loved ones while still staying socially distant.  We lined the parade route with 200 colorful flower pinwheels, and gave our... Read More

AARP Tax Preparers at the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center

February 10, 2020 — It’s tax time again and the volunteer AARP tax preparers will once again be offering their services for no charge at the Senior Center on Fridays and Saturdays starting in February.  Fridays are reserved for appointments only; however, Saturdays may offer some walk-in availability.  At the time of this writing, it was undetermined whether Saturdays... Read More

Performing Arts Series: Music- Mapping Latino Musical Migrations

February 10, 2020 — From mariachi to mambo, rumba to reggaetón and tango to tamborito, we will explore the incredible variety of Latino heritage music in the U.S. and across the globe. In this interactive musical experience, we will learn stories about the people and places that shaped music and dance across the Americas – and discover how Latin... Read More

Living History Performance: Women of Destiny*

February 10, 2020 — 1889 was quite a year for Tacoma. Washington achieved statehood. Rudyard Kipling visited the “City of Destiny” and declared it was “literally staggering under a boom of the boomiest.” And three remarkable women arrived in town: businesswoman Thea Foss, artist Abby Williams Hill and visionary philanthropist Franke Tobey Jones. Each of them left their own... Read More

Happenings at the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center

February 10, 2020 — Happy New Year to All!  I am still in shock that 2019 is gone and that I’m now working on February’s calendar in 2020.  But, with a new year comes new possibilities so let’s get started! AARP Tax Preparation:  Our tax preparers’ join us again this year starting in February.  They will be here every... Read More

All Campus Open House – January 25th

January 7, 2020 — If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to tour our new Care Center, Bristol View Independent Living Apartments or refreshed Lillian Pratt Assisted Living building, or would like another look, please join us on Saturday, January 25th from 10am to 2pm. It’s a perfect opportunity to see up close and personal our beautiful buildings, learn... Read More

Celebration of Life

January 7, 2020 — Please join us as we celebrate and honor our beloved Franke Tobey Jones residents who passed away in 2019. Date:     Saturday, January 18, 2020 Time:    3:00 PM—4:00 PM Place:    Franke Tobey Jones Lillian Pratt Parlor Ribbons will be available to write a special message for the Remembrance Tree. Words will be shared by the... Read More