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March 2, 2013 at 8:02am

5 Things To Do Today: The Green, Urban Adventure Course, St Helens Ave Mercantile, comedy and more ...

THE GREEN: The band's back from the 808 and ready to kill it in Tacoma.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2 2013 >>>

1. Reggae fans and bands are nearly everywhere - even in Hawaii. It's not hard to understand the music's appeal. In addition to its infectious grooves, reggae lyrics typically present a fantasy life to listeners, one in which positivity and love always win out and smoking large amounts of pot is a good thing. The latter reason seems to be the key to why audiences for reggae and jam rock have largely merged into one baked body. We don't know the baking habits of The Green, but we do know the Hawaiian reggae band takes the genre to a new level, incorporating R&B into its music, and adding energy to its shows. Catch the band with Stay Grounded and New Kingston at 7 p.m. inside Jazzbones.

2. Today marks the grand opening of STAR Center's Urban Adventure Course, which is an obstacle course that teaches kids age s6-12 physical and cognitive skills while being safe and inclusive. Throw your kid into the adventure from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enjoy the extra grand opening events such as live entertainment, refreshments and watch kids run around like maniacs.

3. Today also marks the grand opening of the St Helens Ave Mercantile - the home of the Tea Works, The Blue Octopus Art Gallery, Wolf Bear Treasures and the OCD Candy Company at 753 St. Helens Ave in Tacoma's Triangle District. Now, under one roof, you may shop for organic and loose leaf teas, art, oracle readings, energy enhancing crystals, nostalgic candies, healing stones, steampunk accessories, aromatherapy incense and much more. Celebrate the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and get in on the prizes, candy, art demonstrations and raffle.

4. The Oakhouse Restaurant & Bar hosts The Canadians Are Coming, a comedy show featuring Greg Kettner, Dennis Lintonqua and Ed Hill. Kettner has opened for Norm MacDonald and performs more than 300 shows a year. Hill tweeted this Feb. 22: "I just burned 500 calories in 30 minutes with a slice of pork chop and a microwave." The show begins at 8 p.m.

5. Guitarist and self-proclaimed man about town Vince Brown teams up with bassist Steve Luceno to celebrate a jazz duo that rolled like a winning pair of dice: bassist Ron Carter and guitarist Jim Hall. Brown and Luceno will channel the talented jazz legends, filling Swing Wine Bar's cozy space with the musical conversation between Hall and Carter, a fragile duet from 9-11 p.m.

PLUS: The South Sound Sustainability Expo in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: Saturday, March 2 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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