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Fun Holidays in October


Remember your favorite buddy?  The first Teddy Bear was made by Morris Michtom, inspired by and sent to President Teddy Roosevelt.  Upon getting permission to use the president’s name to market the bears in 1902, the stuffed animals became so popular, they are now considered a part of every child’s upbringing.  Don’t forget your stuffy friend today.



October 17:  Wear Something Gaudy Day

Need an excuse to wear that ugly sweater with the dancing poodles?  How about that hat with the fur trim?  Mix and match your most gaudy clothes into an outfit that stands out.



October 17:  National Pasta Day

Noodles are a part of many cultural dishes, whether from Europe or Asia.  You can enjoy your favorite Thai, Chinese, or Italian dish to celebrate, just to name a few.  Of course, there is also the college student’s dietary staple, ramen.



October 18:  National Chocolate Cupcake Day

First appearing in Eliza Leslie’s cookbook in 1796, cupcakes have become a treat that need no holiday as an excuse to enjoy.  But today you have one more reason to partake of your own individual sized treat.



October 23:  Boston Cream Pie Day

French-American Chef Sanzian baked the first of these famous chocolate cream pies at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1856.  While called a pie, it is really a sponge cake, filled with custard, and topped with chocolate.



October 25:  Sourest Day

Take some time to indulge in the sour things in life.  Enjoy some citrus fruit, or some of your favorite sour candies.  Not every day needs to be sweet.



October 25:  International Artist Day

Founded by artist Chris MacClure to remind us to support our local artists.  This is a good day to visit the museum or art gallery, or take some time to be artistic.




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Raider Cheer Squad marches in Puyallup Rodeo Parade


The Washington State Fair begins annually with the Western Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive.  On September 9th, Pierce College cheerleaders and volunteers showed their school spirit, walking and handing out candy to children along the parade route.  The merry procession included marching bands, cowboys, and equestrian riders.

Linda Buzbee, from Pierce College Marketing and Communications, organized the attendees who marched for the school.  “Pierce will be celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to our communities, and we'll be in full 50th gear for the parade.”    “This is a great opportunity for the college, and our program, to get some really good visibility in the Puyallup community.”

After the parade, the Washington State Fair, commonly known as the Puyallup Fair, was open for free entry with the donation of school supplies to Communities in Schools. 

Students Danced while able to catch Pokemon Go

A flood of handheld game followers met to dance and catch ‘em all


Since it’s release in July, 2016, Pokemon Go has invaded all aspects of our culture.  Reports show that the game has had 500 million downloads as of late September, and has peaked at over 25 million active users.  The game has become a social phenomenon, bringing people together to be active in public while playing a video game.

Morgue Anne Morrighan, Seattle's only Burlesque Super Villainess, has taken this to the next level by combining Pokemon Go with dancing with Pokemon Party at the Mercury.  While she spins the tunes from the DJ booth, dancers are throwing Pokeballs on their mobile devices.

When asked how she came up with the idea, Morgue Anne replied, “Well I had the preexisting Tabletop Gaming Night and have been slowly building it up as more of an all-over ‘Nerd Night.’ That is to say, I tried to push away from the traditional goth music that is played every other night (including my other nights) and explore the music I really enjoyed in my own time and know there is a market for however small - the Chiptunes and other video game music. Short answer is: I'm a nerd myself, and I was just as excited about Pokemon Go as anyone could be. The first time I went to the Mercury after the game was released, I discovered that there were 3 Pokestops that you could reach from just standing in the DJ booth. It was admittedly hard to focus on my work that night. So combining the idea of Pokemon into my preexisting night was a no brainer. I did a ton of research on the music of Pokemon (a lot of which I already had), invested some money in buying in-game currency to make sure the lures stayed up all night, and bought a set of Badge replicas. Some nights I even bring Pokemon coloring pages and crayons.”  At midnight, the attendees who catch the highest Combat Power Pokemon at the event win a Pokemon Gym Badge or other prizes.

Morgue Anne is a local native, and has been performing professionally for six years in Seattle.  “Becoming a DJ became a great way to build up a whole world just by playing with the atmosphere of a space.”

Pokemon Party is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in combination with Ghoul’s Night Out tabletop game night.  Sometimes it is also on the second Wednesday with As You Like It all request night.  For details, follow www.Facebook.com/MorgueAnnePresents.

The Mercury @ machineworks, located at 1009 E Union Street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, is a 21+ private dance club.  Though most nights require a membership, Morgue Anne sponsors in visitors for Pokemon Go nights.  The dress code does not allow for jeans. 

(Note:  Photos are actual in game pictures, photo credit to Morgue Anne Morrighan)





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