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Hilltop Street Fair

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11am – 7pm, Tacoma’s Hilltop Street Fair will expand from 9th St to 13th St and MLK Way. More arts! More music! More fun!

  • 3 music stages
  • Hilltop film competition
  • Talent show, dance, art, spoken word
  • Car show
  • Bike fun
  • Kids’ activities & entertainment
  • Sidewalk chalk-off
  • Beer garden
  • Food/arts & craft vendors
  • Free kids’ books
  • Free health & dental screenings

Location

Hilltop
MLK Jr. Way from 9th to 13th
Tacoma

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Meet David Alger

Editorial Note: The article below was written by an Associated MinistriesNext Move intern in conjunction with two other Next Move interns. Associated Ministries was pleased to host three students from the Tacoma Public Schools. This students added to our agency with their new ideas, creativity and passion. The interns, Amaya Fox, Ella Banken and Tyreke Wilbanks were an integral part of helping write stories, research historic documents and add to our photo library to help us tell the story of Associated Ministries. Their final project, which was conducted as a joint interview, was with long-time Executive Director, Reverend David Alger. We hope you enjoy their work!

Reverend David Alger Interview by Amaya Fox

Reverend Dave Alger is a man who needs no introduction around Tacoma and Pierce County. As the former Executive Director of Associated Ministries for nearly thirty years, Alger has created a lasting impact on not only Associated Ministries, but also on the Tacoma community.

In his time as Executive Director, Alger was instrumental in the founding and development of many programs that sought to build a better Tacoma such as the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, the Moments of Blessing services, interfaith meetings, and the Hilltop Action Coalition.

Alger and interns 2I, along with fellow interns Ella Banken and Tyreke Wilbanks, was lucky enough to sit down with Rev. Alger for an hour and talk to him about his time as Executive Director and how AM was vital in the development of Tacoma, specifically the Hilltop community.

We discussed the idea of interfaith and the true meaning behind it, as it has been, and still is, such a prominent aspect of what is done at AM. In Alger’s perspective, the essential things necessary to effectively become an interfaith organization are “time, energy, and a willingness to accept the validity of other groups.” He goes on to say how, especially as Executive Director, he had to learn how to “roll with various religious customs and deal with the radical differences.” To him, interfaith means nothing without “honest, trusting relationships,” which is exactly what he strove to create in his time as Executive Director.

The Moments of Blessing are another effective service brought to Tacoma by Alger. He originally got the idea from a similar movement happening in Indianapolis and took it into his own hands; crafting it into a moving and spiritually uplifting program. In short, a Moment of Blessing is a service designed to reclaim a space where a homicide has occurred. It has become one of AM’s most effective and well-known programs to date. Alger strived to “work to involve people and show people how to be involved,” with such a rare opportunity to touch people’s hearts. “They are very, very moving and powerful times of healing.”

To begin getting involved in the Hilltop community, Alger made the decision to relocate AM right into the middle of Hilltop, in a time where gang violence was no stranger to the community. The move in his eyes “was a statement that we were committed to the city” and the building of a safer Tacoma, although the move initially did raise many safety concerns. This controversial decision was one of many that paid off immensely for AM and Hilltop, bringing the two together in a way that could not have been done otherwise.

Reverend Dave Alger, I’ve learned, is one of those people whom you could just sit down with for as little as ten minutes and think to yourself, “wow, I should be doing more to help the community.” He is an inspiration to many and a motivator for all. He encompasses the mission behind AM and all that it stands for in a way that no other person quite has, and for that Tacoma and Pierce County are forever thankful.  

7th Annual Hilltop Healthy Kids & Family Carnival

You’re invited to the 7th Annual Hilltop Healthy Kids & Family Carnival! 

Celebrating:

  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Heart Health Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • Black History Month

Featuring:

  • DJ Supa Sam, Kube 93 FM
  • Free T-Shirts
  • Free Food
  • Fun Games, Toys & Prizes
  • Bicycles & Gift Cards Raffle
  • Free Dental Cleaning for Adults & Children
  • Free Blood Pressure Screening for Adults & Children
  • Free Haircuts
  • Live Music + Lots of fun! 

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Literacy on the Hilltop

Learn more about family literacy resources, opportunities for after school learning, free library programs and resources, and news from the Hilltop Library Planning Committee at this free community fair. Additionally, there will be face-painting, crafts activities, snacks, a young poetry workshop, storytelling and animation / digital design demonstrations.

Keynote speaker for the free event is Dr. Gloria Burgess who explores the rich, beautiful heritage of spirituals and poetry from the African-American tradition in I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn through Poetry and Spirituals. Her program is presented by Tacoma Public Library in partnership withHumanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Literacy on the Hilltop is sponsored by the Hilltop Library Planning Committee, Communities in Schools, Child Care Resources, Tacoma Public Schools and Tacoma Public Library.

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