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DIY Fest: Bring out your best!

Hosted by Pierce County Library

Enjoy a hands-on Saturday at DIY Fest. Photo courtesy Pierce County Library

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In recent years, the phenomena of DIY and life hacks have been rising in popularity. Much of their success can easily be linked to the abundance of skill sharing among the Internet community. At any given moment, you are just one YouTube video away from knowing how to install a toilet or giving yourself a haircut. In the spirit of celebrating Do-It-Yourselfers, Pierce County Library is hosting a festival whose purpose is to help you actualize your latent skills and broaden your horizons as well. DIY Fest.

Now in its third year, DIY Fest is being held at Pierce College's Puyallup campus. On Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m., the fun begins in Pierce College's Puyallup College Center Building. This exhibition event offers a seemingly endless array of skill-building opportunities and useful ideas from masters and enthusiasts.

"We're definitely expanding what DIY means this year," said Jamie Prothro, customer experience manager at Pierce County Library. "Expect to find experts covering topics from gardening and handcrafts to hula dancing and tarot card reading. We have a lot of new exhibitors who will be selling goods at the event."

People who enjoy using their hands to create will find a wealth of information at DIY Fest. Moreover, DIY Fest will feature a series skill-share presentations on a wide range of interests from balloon-animal sculpting to how to install rain barrels. Also, keeping with the motif of sustainability, there will be presentations on how to maintain a chemical-free household, and urban container farming. For those wanting to edify themselves with art skills, there will be exhibitors demonstrating jewelry construction, origami, drawing and many other forms of artistic media.

"There will be at least four rooms with presentations going simultaneously throughout the day. We're also having a food drive to support the Emergency Food Network as part of the event," added Prothro. "This is a really cool event because it's free and there's something of interest for all ages."

Beyond the presentations, many community partners such as the Children's Museum of Tacoma, Tacoma Water and Goodwill will be present giving out useful information and available to answer your questions. Workshops at DIY Fest will give you the chance for interacting and collaborating with others to get that ever-valuable feedback on your newly attained skills.

DIY Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, Pierce College Puyallup College Center, 1601 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup, Free,

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