Federal Way To Do List

A podcast to help you figure out what to do in Federal Way, WA. We keep you current on events, help you discover hidden gems, get tips from the locals and basically try to get you out and about.
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The show about everything fun in Federal Way, WA!

Nov 16, 2016

Cue the confetti cannon - we've got some announcements for ya! It's short, it's sweet, it's newsy.

Nov 2, 2016

Together again! The FWTDL host team is reunited behind the mics and it feels so good. We've seen the future of early November and we're excited - not just because campaign season is over either. Listen up and you'll be excited too. Fair warning though: Kieran has an air horn app and he's not afraid to use it.  Dates covered: Nov. 1 - 15, 2016. Highlights: Rush to stand still, get your face in a concert movie, mini maker fair(e), international comedy, secret nutcrackers, get some learning', fireside fun without the fire, plus bonus PSAs from Kieran. Voting, time changing, winning!

Sep 29, 2016

It's the time... of the season... when fun runs high. Excuse me? That's a deep cut, but we promise that finding local stuff to do that's high in entertainment value this October is much easier than understanding that reference. Still lost? Leaf it to us. Because it's fall, and leaves... Dates covered: Oct. 1 - 15, 2016. Highlights: Cross-dressing bingo queens, international piano king, free harmony, steppin' out, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum, comic genius or comic crusaders, Tffffff, tweens and robots, wisdom - we're for it, hamster Elvis. This show is more fun than a pile of leaves!

Sep 14, 2016

Are you ready to move Federal Way? Oops, we mean move, Federal Way. That comma makes all the difference. No? Let us explain...

This bonus edition of "Interviewing People" takes you inside the Federal Way Community Center with fitness phenoms Gail Cuthbert and Hannah Thayer. They'll let you in on all the classes, activities, events, entertainment and flat out fun to be had by us all at this state-of-the-art facility. If you've never set foot in this place, or if you've only dropped by for one or two offerings, you may be surprised by all the cool "to-dos" they've managed to fit under one roof.

Once we uncover the inside track on FWCC, we'll head outside for Gail and Hannah's brainchild, "Let's Move Federal Way". It's a little fitness and a ton of fun packed into a Saturday morning and it's freeeeeee!

The music on this episode is "The Great Break-off" by The Insider, licensed under Creative Commons.

Learn more about FWCC and Let's Move Federal Way at

Sep 1, 2016

Hi ho, it's Kieran the host, going it alone on this one. While Amye's busy in the background, he's trying some show hacks, including a new drop day, shorter length and his own puns. Feedback welcome! Dates covered: September 1 - 15, 2016. Highlights: Summer denial, carnies, wizards, Bowie and Digi, small biz and space biz, beer gardens, rain gardens, free gardens. Mmmm, September is tasty good - even the lite version.

Jul 28, 2016

Are you Pokémon Go-ing somewhere? You can listen to this show and catch ‘em all, all at once! There are some other fun things you can multi-task that we’re dying to tell you about. So, let’s do that. Dates covered: August 1 - 15, 2016. Highlights: Coming to America, Bollywood you rather, easy to be green, is a family cult classic a thing? Batman, Superman, OJ, scavenger hunts, the woods formerly known as Weyco, squirt gun fight!!! Enough said.

Jul 12, 2016

So a guy walks into a Federal Way bar...and laughs ensue! Huh? Look, we’re trying to tell you that finally and at last, stand-up comedy has come to our town, live and in your face. In fact, there’s a bunch of stuff going on that is new, different, off the beaten path and out of the ordinary - just ask Winston. He’s also new and unusual. Dates covered: July 16th - 31st, 2016. Highlights: Get pumped, stories for grown-ups, trivi-amazing, come sail away, fun for kids with swords and electricity, hip hop and chibi art, Hawaiian Kermet and FW gets roasted. The suspense is killing you, right?

Jun 27, 2016

Hello again, fellow F Dubbinses! Like a watermelon full of fireworks, we’re bursting with fun ideas to make the most of early July. Not that we’re suggesting you blow up a watermelon. If you do, that’s on you. And everyone within 100 yards. Dates covered: July 1st - 15th, 2016. Highlights: This FW Life, Go ‘Merica, hike ‘n paint, oldster speedsters, the many voices of Kieran, dance fever, hunting for treasure - and ghosts. Oh my!

Jun 23, 2016

It's sort of summer in Federal Way and the big question is: are you beach ready? Well, the nudibranchs are and they're calling your name. So are the jellies, the sea stars, the octopus and all of the marine life you can meet face to face at MaST on the Redondo Pier.

What IS MaST? How can you wrangle an octopus playdate? How do you pronounce nudibranch? All of these questions and more are answered in this  interview with MaST Manager Rus Higley and Volunteer & Citizen Scientist Coordinator Jillian Meyer.

The music in this episode is "Watery" by Ton, licensed through Creative Commons.

May 16, 2016

Yep, that's right: we're smooshing half of May and half of June into one month's worth of show. Why? Because graduation, mainly. Since this episode has to tide you over for awhile, we're treating you to TWO interviews. Congrads! Dates covered: May 16th - June 15th, 2016. Highlights: Senior brain fever, save the earth with sharing, Fed Factor frenzy, DNAbling, tech balancing, ten minutes to hero, octopus graduation. A little more show, a little more fun!

Apr 25, 2016

Welcome to our first ever show sponsor, South King Fire & Rescue. Yeah, that's right, the firefighters. Kind of makes you look at us differently, doesn't it? Okay, even if it doesn't, you want to listen in to find out what's good at the fire station this month. Dates covered: May 1-15, 2016. Highlights: Well, obviously fun with firefighters, also Morticia vs. Elvis, classical vs. folk, help for the Mother's Day challenged, dare to dream and be in a documentary, May Day Triple Play and a Sesame Street flashback. Stop, drop and roll with us, won't you?

Apr 19, 2016

What do you get when you mash up graffiti, grit, tradition, magic, nature and tiny trees? That's Decked Out: From Scroll to Skateboard, premiering at Federal Way's own Pacific Bonsai Museum this month. It's probably the biggest concept art exhibition ever created around here and it's going to be crazy cool.

This bonus episode is an exclusive interview with PBM Curator Aarin Packard and Seattle street artists Angelina Villalobos and Sam Wallis, all part of the ridiculously creative team bringing this exhibit to life. We talk origin stories, sacred scrolls, lanky trees with crazy tendrils and a time when being a number is a good thing.

Thanks to Aarin, Angelina, Sam and PBM for their time and generosity.

Our music for this episode is by Kyoto Connection and Flex Vection and licensed under Creative Commons.

Apr 11, 2016

Can a little ole town like Federal Way be the home of world class art? Umm, yeah it can! We’ve got the interview to prove it, so there.  Dates covered: April 17 - 30, 2016. Highlights: Earth Day early adopters and the rest of us, D-D-D-Día fiestas, spray paint + scrolls + tiny trees = cool interview, captain my captain, listen to my poem, all the business ladies. Our apologies to Beyoncé.

Mar 28, 2016

Open the fun gates, Federal Way, because we've got so many cool things happening that we've had to do some flood management. Huh? It just means there's more great stuff for you to do this April than you might expect. Hope you can swim.  Dates covered: April 1 - 16 (overflow, we'll explain), 2016. Highlights: teen free sprees, carbon cake, the writing life aquatic, swimmin' & cyclin' & pixies & pirates, a different kind of Dub, puppies on motorcycles (maybe). Peace!

Mar 16, 2016

Hear ye, hear ye: this episode is now in session. First order of business: local March fun!  Dates covered: March 16-31, 2016. Highlights: Olympia comes to Federal Way, are you talking about what we’re talking about, mini-sized interviewing people, Dash Point dash, Salish geek, tricks for tweens and a nauseating amount of eggs. All in favor? Aye aye!

Mar 1, 2016

Monsters, aliens, death and taxes - March is going to be super fun! It really is though. Really. We’ve found the fun versions of all of those things. Except taxes. We don’t need to explain that, do we? Dates covered: March 1 - 15, 2016. Highlights: Sasquishies, UFO bill of rights, teen seeking job, choose your own (musical) adventure, poison play, uncorked and unplugged, death and taxes. Such good times ahead. You’ve got to believe us!

Feb 9, 2016

Is this episode early, or right on time? Depends on whether you ask Amye or Kieran. Tell you what it definitely is: jam packed with good times to take you through this extra long February! Dates covered: February 16 - 29 (leap year!). Highlights: Tool Time, South King Edition, the slightly creepy craft salesman, why Federal Way doesn't have a slogan, cake or pie, 2/27 is what's happenin', baby. Grab that handful of fun, folks!

Jan 25, 2016

Just because we looooove you so much, we've gathered up ten - count them, ten - great ideas to help you celebrate Valentine's Day this year. Some are even free. You can always count on us for that. Even if you can't stand this mushy gushy lovefest, listen anyway. There's something for you in this show or your money back! Dates covered: February 1 - 15, 2016. Highlights: The Blob and Godzilla, but weather, girls just wanna have fun, red carpet treatment for school input, ten kinds of valentines. Just think of all this as ear candy. Heart-heart-rainbow-flowers-smiley-face-with-heart-eyes!

Jan 11, 2016

Welcome to our first episode of 2016 - the future is now! Or it will be in just a moment... Look time is on our minds, and it's definitely time for you to listen to this show. Dates covered: January 16 - 31, 2016. Highlights: MLK in Federal Way, pull yourself together - one way or another, not your typical ring of fire, spotlight on story time, hit the discovery trail. Join us, won't you?

Dec 16, 2015

You read that right - it's a year-end-new-year mashup show. Why? Because we're headed out for the holidays and don't want to leave ya'll hanging! Dates covered: Dec 16, 2015 - Jan 15, 2016. Highlights: lights, candles, action, a solstice yule love, crafternoon, Chicago steppin' and fiery first night, taking the plunge, Whovians, and Benedict and Martin. Happy Holidays, Merry New Year and Muchas Gracias!

Dec 9, 2015

Oh, the weather outside is soggy, and the view is grey and foggy, so if you've no place to go - to the show, to the show, to the show! See what we did there? It is winter, it is pouring rain and we DO have show that you don't want to miss.

Forget Scrooge and the Grinch and all those bah humbuggers. Meet Amahl! Well, first meet Laird Thornton. He's the Artistic Director of the Federal Way Chorale, and he's the one we're talking to on this bonus episode of our beloved and aptly name "Interviewing People" series. He's got Amye all giddy over opera and she wants you to get giddy too. So listen!

Nov 30, 2015

Here we are, last month of 2015. That means plenty of holiday cheer, but it also means science, computers and light sabers. Also, we have a new round of Interviewing People! Dates covered: Dec. 1 - 15, 2015. Highlights: One MILLION lights and Sparky the Wonder Dog, never too old to code, three wise men (there will be crying), turn yourself into Jabba the Hutt in 1100 minutes, broom ball nuns are tough. Don't wait to listen to this one - we know a secret to get into Wild Waves for free, and we're telling!

Nov 12, 2015

The fall holidays are ramping up and we don't want you to miss out on any of the fun - so listen up! Please. And thank you. Dates covered: Nov. 16 - 30, 2015. Highlights: stage shows with soul, artsy, craftsy and booksy, a dystopia we can all enjoy, running with the turkeys and Holy Beakers, Batgirl! Plus, our first ever mini-editorial. Wake up and smell the pumpkin spice, Federal Way!

Oct 28, 2015

Amye's voice was stolen by a cold, so Kieran is all alone on the microphone. Don't worry about him though. He's got hipster jokes and grandpa voice. He can totally handle it. Dates covered: Nov 1 - 15, 2015. Highlights: the statistics of joy, teens flipping out, comedians on sale, man talk, slimy and squiddly. Or is it squidgy? To each his own.

Oct 14, 2015

Oooooo, it's almost Halloweeeeeen! Pretty scary, huh? No? No problem. We're in the fun business, not the fear business. You're not afraid of a little fun, are you? Dates covered: October 16 - 31, 2015. Highlights: Women are geeks too, comics are books too, but are zombies people too? Murder most foul, eyelashes and love, fun without combustion, spooky tunes for teens, all they scare is hunger, full on foliage, fear on the pier and a pumpkin patch (duh!). 

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