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Celebrate the Opening of Eastside Community Center

General, Swimming, For the Family, Community Event, Calypso, Reggae, Latin/Salsa, World, World Dance, Urban/Hip Hop, Rap/Hip Hop, Other

Celebrate the opening of the landmark, 55,000-square-foot Eastside Community Center. The activities: music, dance, samples of local culinary delights, a giant birthday cake, fitness demonstrations, free swimming, building tours, hands-on art experiences, recording studio demos, and a lot more. The day begins with the Eastside Families Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. in the Salishan neighborhood. The event formally begins with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting. Keynote speaker is Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. After that, the center will come alive with hands-on, free activities. Highlights include the dedication of a time capsule and a host of performers including: Obe Quarless, a steel pan virtuoso whose specialties are soca, calypso and reggae Pachanga Alert!, presenting blend of music from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia Ballet Folklorico de First Creek Middle School presenting regional dances of Mexico Vision Step Team, performing traditional step dance arrangements The League, from the Iconic Arts Complex, doing hip hop The Movement, showcasing young rappers and singers Hearts for Kids, performing traditional and modern dancing from the Pacific Islands Once the activities wrap up around 2 p.m., the center will be open for guests to stay and play free of charge for the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday. And at 6 p.m. Saturday, Eastside Community Center staff will present a free indoor movie and open up the gym for basketball. The center features a large pool with party rooms, lap lanes, diving board, climbing wall, water slide and hot tub/spa. Amenities include a multi-use gymnasium, sound recording studio, social hall, culinary kitchen, weight room and cardio-fitness areas.