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December 2018 Gig Harbor Living Local

December 2018

LIVING LOCAL

In Focus

A Race to Tokyo

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the Night

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DECEMBER 2018

VOLUME 5 NUMBER 12

features

Holiday Entertaining Made Simple

Tips and tricks for the season

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Give the Gift of Memories

Unique gift ideas that last a lifetime and don't

break the budget

Celebrate the Holiday Season

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT

OUR MISSION AT LIVING LOCAL IS

SIMPLE. It is to impact the communities

we serve in a positive way by creating

content that will connect the community

with one another. It is an approach that

has made us one of the most unique and

trusted publications in the community

and is something in which we take pride.

We also realize it would not be possible

without our clients and those in the

community who have supported us along

our journey.

You have likely noticed that our

publication is full of GOOD NEWS. It is

here where you will find heartwarming

stories of those people, organizations and

businesses who are working to make this

community a place people love to call

home. Here you will not find anything

political or controversial; those stories are

for others to print.

We love to bring stories that are

unique; ones you will not find in other

publications. In a world that finds

many struggling, we enjoy bringing

to the forefront the work of nonprofit

organizations that work tirelessly to bring

blessings to those who may be facing

challenges in life.

Our goal is to not only connect people

in the community but also to inspire one

another, perhaps provide ideas of how

each one of us can give of our time and

talents to make our home an even better

place.

As another year closes, we at Living Local

reflect on how fortunate we are to connect

with amazing people in the communities

we serve. Thank you for sharing your

stories with us as we continue to strive to

connect and inspire one another!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and

many blessings.

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Executive Director

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THE HARBOR IS AGLOW WITH THE

BRIGHT LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS and the

sounds of holiday cheer, while families decorate

their homes to reflect the spirit of Christmas.

'Tis the season to gather 'round with family and

friends to share smiles and laughter while creating

new memories. This is the time of year we all look

forward to. May the rest of your 2018 be joyous,

and cheers to a blessed 2019.

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Contents

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20 Get Featured

Join our Facebook group Gig Harbor Living for a

chance to get your photos, recipes, ideas and much

more featured.

24 Essentials

The latest tips and trends in your area

33 Life & Community

Light Up the Night!: 5th Annual St. Lucia’s Festival:

Connecting community, history and tradition

34 Good News

Paddle Your Dragon: Local club mixes fun and

competition

38 Business Spotlight

HarborDog: Guiding families and their pets

through life

40 Gig Harbor In Focus

A Race to Tokyo: Local sailor pursuing

Olympic dream

52 Business Spotlight

Gig Harbor Film Festival: Educating, entertaining

and inspiring

56 Health & Lifestyle

Tips and informational articles about living a healthy,

active lifestyle

66 Feature Story

My MS: Coping with multiple sclerosis has reflected

the rest of my life

92 Travel & Leisure

Quiet Season on Orcas Island: The perfect antidote to

all the holiday commotion

99 Food & Drink

Discover Gig Harbor's tastiest recipes

and restaurants

46 Living Local

Historic Boatyard Provides Tangible Link: The people

and heritage of the Gig Harbor waterfront

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104 Arts & Entertainment

Calendar of great local events, music and shows

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Tiny Moments …

STORY AND PHOTOS BY BRETT MARLO DESANTIS

We were huddled up on the turquoise and

grey checkered linoleum floor leaning our

bodies toward the wood-burning stove in

an attempt to warm ourselves. I look up at

the exposed turquoise-washed wood ceiling and over at

the heavily troweled orange-sherbet tinted kitchen wall; it’s

strikingly adorable and also uninsulated.

The small mid-century cabin, three times the size of my tiny

house, felt larger than life at that moment. As we inched

closer and closer to our only heat source, my dear friend

turned her gaze away from the fire just long enough to ask

me what my most memorable moment was this year.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the sudden introspection,

however, I was unprepared. It’s mid-November, and we were

saying goodbye to her cabin for the year.

As I attempt to marinate on her thoughtful question, I am

stuck in that present moment. My girls are playing cards

from their sleeping bags on couches that still look as they

did half a century ago. I listen to the wood crackle, the girls’

giggles, and I realize it is these tiny moments in these small

spaces that I have grown to truly treasure.

This year we said goodbye to the typical American home, and

we opened ourselves to a new lifestyle, fully and completely.

We challenged ourselves to follow our hearts; giving up lots

and lots of stuff, learning an abundance about ourselves and

others, and gaining experiences and insights along the way.

Suddenly I realize just how important and life altering this

year has been.

Luckily we aren’t the only ones being open minded about

new ways of living and being.

In an effort to bring life and fire safety to tiny building

practices, exactly one year ago in December of 2017, the

International Code Council (ICC) approved the new

Appendix Q for Tiny Houses for the 2018 International

Residential Code (IRC). Co-Authors Martin Hammer,

Andrew and Gabriella Morrison, along with advisor David

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These tiny moments ... I have

grown to truly treasure.

Eisenberg, crafted this code-change proposal to respond to an urgent

need to address common safety concerns such as safe access, egress

and loft ceiling heights.

Tiny House Appendix Q creates codes for those wanting to live in tiny

houses (400 square feet or less excluding lofts) as fulltime residences,

also known as single-dwelling units. To establish occupancy, a

residential dwelling must provide permanent provisions for sleeping,

cooking, eating, living and sanitation. A dwelling by definition,

no matter the size, is a primary use and a permanent, habitable

occupancy.

To be clear, this appendix is for tiny houses on foundations, not tiny

houses on wheels, and this assumes that local zoning laws don’t have

minimum square-footage requirements that would make living tiny

impossible at that location.

Appendices are not automatically adopted as part of the main

codes; they are optional and must be specifically adopted. Adopting

jurisdictions can modify the appendix by local amendment if they

think something problematic enough that it needs to be changed.

Once adopted, the appendix will become part of a state’s IRC building

code.

This means that where the appendix is adopted, builders can go to

their local building department with plans that meet the code, and

once the project is completed successfully, a Certificate of Occupancy

will be issued.

Idaho was the first state to adopt the Tiny House Appendix statewide,

then the states of Maine, Oregon and multiple counties in Colorado.

In jurisdictions where the appendix has not been adopted, it may still

be employed on a project basis by using the IRC entitled Alternative

Materials, Design and Methods of construction and equipment.

For years, building officials have been receiving tiny house questions,

unable to respond without written codes in place. Now thoughtful,

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affordable adaptable alternative housing

reasonable codes exist, and with adoption,

compliance will follow and safety risks will

lessen. In addition, building codes allow for

meaningful conversations within our cities and

counties regarding local zoning changes.

It’s difficult not to become enamored with the

romantic notion of a cozy space with less stuff,

less cleaning, maintenance, bills and lower

energy use. And while it’s not for everyone,

there are a growing number of people who are

embracing this way of living.

When we open our minds and our hearts to

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With the holidays in full

swing, our attention at

home naturally turns to

the kitchen. The center of

our homes, the kitchen is often the busiest

room in the house. So it’s only natural that

if we look to make any home improvements

this time of year, our first thought is that our

kitchens could use a little “sprucing up.”

So many people are redoing their countertops

these days. Granite and even quartz

countertops are growing more affordable,

and their durability can’t be beat. However,

I often caution people against adding new

countertops if their cabinetry is in sad shape,

as eventually the cabinets will have to be

replaced as well, and it just does not make

sense to spend the money on counters if their

cabinetry will not last for at least another 10

years. If this is the case with your kitchen,

then my advice is to wait, do it properly and

save for both new cabinets and countertops.

You will not regret spending the extra money

to have a whole new kitchen, even if it means

a year or two longer with the old one!

However, if the cabinetry is solid and still

functions properly (i.e. doors and drawers

open and close nicely and the overall layout

is acceptable), then a countertop upgrade

is merited. If the cabinets still function and

are solid but appear worn or dirty, then

sometimes it can be a good idea to have them

painted or refinished. However, if they are in

good shape and clean but just “dated,” often

just the addition of pretty hardware is all

that’s needed to bring the cabinetry up to our

current standards.

Another upgrade option might include

cabinets and laminate countertops that are

still in relatively good shape but a worn,

water-stained wood backsplash that we find in

so many houses from the ‘80s and ‘90s. In this

case, an easy fix would be to remove the old

wooden splash and replace it with some great

hard-wearing tile that doesn’t break the bank

and ties the whole look together. A qualified

tile installer can have this done in as little as

a day or two with minimal disturbance to the

rest of the kitchen.

Flooring works especially hard in a kitchen,

taking a beating from spills, dishes dropping,

trash going in and out, dish water, etc. There

are some great new LVP (Luxury Vinyl

Plank) products out there that can go right

over existing sheet vinyl, worn hardwood or

even tile, that can add a layer of durability

and beauty to any decorating scheme. They

usually go in quickly and easily, and this is an

upgrade that can be done in as little as a day!

My advice: Take stock of your kitchen, look

around honestly and ask yourself what needs

to be replaced, what can stay and what needs

a little tweak to make it just right for you and

your loved ones this holiday season. And

always, if in doubt, contact a professional.

Most of us are trained to take stock of what

you already have while taking your wish list

into account and come up with a game plan to

make your dream kitchen a reality.

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Only 50 percent of Americans have stocked

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DAILY ACTIVITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

By Deborah Olive

A

lumberjack, a botanist and a monk walk into a forest. What

do they see? The botanist sees plants to study, the lumberjack

sees trees to chop down and the monk sees the miracle of

existence. Three people and three different perspectives on

reality. How you walk through the world is unique, and much of it is

based on how you perceive the world.

What’s your perspective on the holidays? What comes to mind? Are they

magical or overwhelming? Do you look forward to participating or are

they emotionally draining? Do your holidays feel like a never-ending todo

list? You may experience any or all of these perspectives—depending

on the day.

When I was a kid, the holiday season was magical. The adults in my

life intended to make them special—and they did. This season was

filled with meaning, rich stories, traditions, gifts, decorations, seasonal

gatherings and special meals. Today, it’s not up to someone else to create

the magic. Instead, I realize that my perspective shapes my experience of

the holidays. As an adult, and a business owner, I have an opportunity to

create a bit of magic for others. Of course, that’s my perspective and my

intention. What’s yours?

This is a season of giving.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, the businesses that give more

value than they receive are the businesses that thrive. For example, an

accountant who prepares taxes for $1,000 and saves their client $5,000

gives more than they receive. The client is pleased with the value delivered

by their accountant and tells others. Word of mouth, Facebook and Yelp

reviews are powerful tools in growing a thriving business.

How do you give more than you receive? It’s not always financial. In fact,

many times it’s not. It’s how your client feels after interacting with you.

Have you added a little magic in their day? Do your clients or customers

feel welcome? Have you eased their pain? Solved a problem? Are your

interactions personal? In a world that’s busier every year than the last,

a personal touch can be powerful—for both of you. What value do you

deliver? Do you provide more than expected?

When you set the intention to give and you see the world from the

perspective of a giver, you become one of the people who creates a bit of

magic, and you can offer even more during this giving season. Here are a

few ideas that you can work into your daily activities that won’t break the

budget—but they do create a little magic:

1. Smile. When you share a genuine smile and intentionally want

someone to feel welcome, you can make their day.

2. Intentionally create an experience. I recently attended an open house

filled with conversation, laughter, hot beverages, prizes and opportunities

to admire the wares of the business owner. It was a “win” for everyone.

3. Select your favorite charity and give back to the community.

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4. Offer an unexpected compliment and start a

conversation.

5. Give a gift personalized to your recipient.

For example, give a gift with “their” logo on it,

rather than yours.

6. Give a note of appreciation, sharing

specifically what you appreciate about that

person.

7. Provide the gift of patience. In the hustle

and bustle of the season, giving someone the

time they need can be more welcome than you

know.

8. Provide a drawing for a grab bag (the

drawing can build anticipation for the gift over

time) or a gift to a charity on someone’s behalf.

9. Extend an invitation to a special event or

meet someone there.

10. Tap your creativity.

Your perspective and how you walk through

the world makes all the difference in what you

create during this giving season. You decide.

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BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTO COURTESY OF LIZ PEDERSEN,

HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM

Celebrations abound this time of year

in Gig Harbor. And there is one

particular event that you won’t want

to miss! Join the Harbor History

Museum Friday, December 14, 5 to 6:30pm, for

the fifth annual Light Up the Night: St. Lucia’s

Festival.

“From the Swedish farmers of Crescent Valley

to the Norwegian fishermen and Finnish

grocers, Gig Harbor has a rich Scandinavian

heritage,” says Zachary Sokolik, marketing

and events coordinator for Harbor History

Museum. “Light Up the Night: Harbor History

Museum’s Annual St. Lucia Festival offers a

fun, family centered opportunity to connect

community, history and tradition; it is truly

unlike anything else in Gig Harbor.”

The evening will begin with the St. Lucia

Procession and will be followed by an

assortment of fun, Scandinavian-themed

activities, crafts and games taking place inside

the Museum. Guests will also enjoy traditional

Scandinavian treats, photo opportunities, story

time and caroling.

“Light Up the Night continues to grow every

year, and as more people learn about the event,

we have more and more families wanting to

participate,” says Zachary. “Last year we set a

record for attendance, and we are expecting

another great turnout this year.”

Children and adults alike will explore

Scandinavian traditions and discover the story

of St. Lucia while paying homage to a unique

part of Gig Harbor history. “Light Up the Night

is a festive and fun evening that offers both an

educational experience and an opportunity to

feel a part of our unique community. What

a great way to kick off the holidays!” adds

Zachary.

Join the community in celebrating Gig

Harbor’s Scandinavian heritage. This family

friendly event is just $3 for all ages and is free

for Harbor History Museum members and

their families. Tickets are available now and

can be purchased at the front desk or online at

HarborHistoryMuseum.org.

“This event would not be possible without

some wonderful museum volunteers,” says

Zachary. "We want to thank them for all their

efforts and for helping make this event a reality

for Gig Harbor.”

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Paddle Your Dragon

Local

club mixes

fun and

competition

BY COLIN ANDERSON

PHOTOS COURTESY OF GIG

HARBOR DRAGON BOAT

CLUB

Sharon Byrne Shaffer wants to get you

excited about Dragon Boat Racing. The

current president of the Gig Harbor

Dragon Boat Club can’t say enough about

how much fun she had as she recalled her first

experience on the boat.

“I competed with a novice team from my Rotary

Club. Novice means that we knew nothing. I didn’t

even know how to hold the paddle,” she said. “I

was beat up by the end of that race and exhausted.

But, being in that boat with friends, I was instantly

in love with dragon boats and wanted it here for

our community.”

Dragon boat racing dates back more than 2,500

years to an area in Southern China. A vessel

features paddlers working in unison, a steering

operator and a drummer, whose beat helps

synchronize the paddle strokes. Today, the U.S.

is one of 74 nations that are members of the

International Dragon Boat Federation.

Started just four years ago by the Canoe and

Kayak Club, the Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Club

now boasts more than 70 ‘Dragons,’ the majority

of which practice year round. With help from

The Gig Harbor Marina, PenMet Parks and many

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

others, a 20-person boat was secured and the

group was off and running.

“We operate as a true team, building our power

together, supporting each other with common

goals, welcoming all newcomers, building

relationships, building muscle memory, sharing

responsibility. It’s kind of like the very best of

kindergarten all over again!” explained Sharon.

It quickly became popular, and last year two

smaller 10-person boats were added, allowing

the team to expand. The combination of fun,

camaraderie and competition is appealing to

many.

“We have a ton of fun together. We work hard

in the boat; we tease each other and toss a bit of

smack talk around. Beyond our shared travel to

regional competitions, we gather for seasonal

parties that are actually epic,” Sharon said.

The Dragons dressed up for Halloween, and on

December 15 you’ll find them dressed in holiday

costumes paddling through the harbor singing

merriment and spreading holiday cheer.

Training is done five days a week in 90-minute

sessions. Members can choose how often they

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want to paddle, but Sharon warns that once

you try it you will be hooked. During the

winter months, the training is scheduled

around building up endurance. During the

spring and summer season, it’s on to race

readiness: race strategy, best form, race

transitions, synchronicity and power.

While much of the team is competitive, you

can also choose to be a recreational member.

A youth program is also in place for ages

12 through 17, where skills are honed and

teamwork is learned.

While some are just in it for recreation, a few

paddlers have joined up with Washington

Area Maters (WAM) to compete even more

vigorously. Last year two went to world

competitions in Hungary. Four more are

working to qualify for international WAM

team competitions.

“So, we are recreational, we are competitive

in regional, national, international, and we

are proud,” said Sharon.

In just four short years, the group has already

taken home nine medals at regional races.

Recent competitions include: Olympia,

Tacoma, Lake Meridian at Kent, Seattle

at Lake Union, False Creek in Vancouver

and Victoria, B.C., and Flathead Lake in

Montana.

While the podium is always a welcomed

accomplishment of the hard work put it,

it’s the beautiful sunrise and sunset paddles

around their local harbor that many find to

be the very best part of being a Dragon.

“We have fun together on the water, we work

hard together, we take care of each other

and we challenge each other,” said Sharon.

“Amazing people and dang good workouts

in this gorgeous harbor of ours.”

Whether recreational or competitive, goals

are regularly set by all members. Goals

might be to nail the start, to smooth out a

transition or to be perfectly synchronized.

On personal levels, each has form and stroke

pieces that are worked on individually.

“Right now my personal goal is to nail the

catch in my stroke and use my legs and core

for most power,” said Sharon.

As the group grows, it continues to be actively

engaged in the community by partnering

with the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak team

for their Paddlers’ Cup. Members help them

on the Dragon Boat race day by training the

novice teams comprised of local businesses

for a friendly day of competition.

In March, the second annual Dragon Flea

Market will be held at the old Peninsula

Gardens site. Money raised goes to covering

boat and moorage expenses. All items are

donated by team members and friends,

and any items not sold are donated to local

charities.

“Honestly, I have never been involved with

a more wonderful bunch of folks,” said

Sharon.

For a free introductory paddle, you can

call Sharon at 253.208.4353. The Dragons

provide both the portable flotation device

and paddle. You’ll find the group gathering

at the Pavilion at Skansie Brothers Park and

boarding boats at Jerisich Dock.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

Dawn Barnes

BY COLIN ANDERSON

“The best learning is

that which engages

students, helps them grow

academically and creates

positive memories about

learning,” said Dawn.

Dawn Barnes knows firsthand

that not all students learn at the

same pace. December’s teacher

of the month is the Title I and

Learning Assistance Program (LAP) reading

specialist at Minter Creek Elementary. Title I

is federally funded while LAP is a state-funded

program established by the Washington

State Legislature in 1979. The object of both

programs is to accelerate the achievement

of students performing below grade level by

providing supplemental academic support.

Dawn’s students visit “the barn,” her name for

the special learning space, four days a week to

focus on reading skills. She brings a variety of

learning lessons and techniques to boost young

children’s confidence and is most happy when

she sees the enjoyment her lessons bring to her

students.

“The best learning is that which engages

students, helps them grow academically and

creates positive memories about learning,” said

Dawn. “I know the next time they come to

work and learn with me and my team, they’ll

be excited because of the memories they have

created prior.”

Dawn has been teaching in the district for

14 years and has been influential in the lives

of hundreds of students. She adds that she

especially enjoys getting to know the families

behind her students.

“Knowing that, through the years, you can

build a bond with a family that leads to trust

is so valuable. To put it simply, I have become

a person that this family can rely on and count

on to put the best interest of their children

first,” she said.

As her lessons continue to get more challenging

for students, Dawn always tries to keep things

fun and positive. Kindergarteners especially

don’t want to stop and want to keep learning

through play. While the lessons vary, one

constant Dawn always preaches is for her

students to give it their all, and she will even

bring her own personal trials and triumphs

into the classroom.

“I love to bake and decorate cakes, cupcakes,

cookies and cake pops. I share some of my

successes and failures with my students but

always give the precedent that I tried my best,”

said Dawn.

Getting struggling readers up to speed with

their classmates is never an easy task, but

Dawn takes the challenge head on by making

sure kids are having fun while learning, trying

their very best and keeping parents informed

and involved in the progress.

“It takes a team to support the magic that is

learning, and having the support of families is

crucial,” said Dawn.

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Growing up in a competitive dog show home, Shelah Frey was raised

with a love for animals by her mother—her mentor. Shelah learned

from a young age how to care for, train and manage dogs in their

multi-dog home. Her mother mentored her into the competition ring,

where her hobby became her career.

An independent professional dog trainer and handler since 1999, Shelah

made the decision to shift her focus from professional dog show handling in

2013 and immerse herself in family dog training. “After many years working

with animals, I realized this is a passion and loved helping families work

through issues with their pets. This has been a rewarding experience.”

As one of the top breeders of Labrador Retrievers (Mainland Labrador

Retrievers) in the world, Shelah has a long devotion to one of the best family

pets. “I start training my puppies at four days of age. Along with excellent

temperaments, they are beautiful pets. Many of my dogs go on to be therapy

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Born and raised on Mercer Island, Shelah has truly enjoyed

living in the great Pacific Northwest. With many of her family

and friends relocating to Gig Harbor, Shelah decided to follow

her heart and move to Gig Harbor in 2016 and launch her own

canine coaching program through HarborDog Boarding and

Training, LLC. December 2018 she celebrates her business’s

second anniversary!

At HarborDog, you will find an intimate boarding kennel where

Shelah generally takes in less than eight dogs at any given time.

Here they believe a strong canine coach can assist any family

through the stages of a pet’s life. And training doesn’t end with

‘puppy basics.’ “We are here to provide a guide wherever your pal

is in their life,” says Shelah. What makes HarborDog unique from

other similar businesses is that they offer in-home or excursion

lessons to stimulate training needs. Personalized schedules are

made depending on your dog’s individual needs and/or issues.

They also offer a three-week boarding and training program,

which includes private lessons; these lessons can be done in the

client’s home.

For those interested in competitive events for their canine

athlete, Shelah and her staff have decades of experience to help

you and your furry friend find that winning edge.

When it comes to what Shelah finds most rewarding about the

work she does, she says it’s helping families love their pets. “When

an animal becomes part of the family, it really has a responsibility

and we want to trust that pet. Family coaching brings everyone

to a great understanding of each other’s needs.”

Welcoming a new family member into your home is an important

life decision. With her expertise and dedication, Shelah is ready

and willing to implement a personalized training program that’s

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

A RACE TO TOKYO

LOCAL SAILOR PURSUING OLYMPIC DREAM

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Imagine if the Super Bowl, NBA Finals or

World Series were only held once every

four years. Now imagine those household

names and sports icons weren’t paid to

play and instead went to work each day like

you and me, and spent their evenings and

down time training and competing for a

once-in-a-lifetime chance at a championship.

This is the reality that most of our Olympic

hopefuls face. No mega contracts, multimillion

dollar endorsements, private charters

or personal chefs, just a love of their sport

and determination to complete for a chance at

their own athletic glory.

The 2020 summer games are in Tokyo, Japan,

and Gig Harbor sailor Hanne Weaver’s lifelong

dream is to take on the world’s best and bring

home a medal for her country.

“I have always had the dream to go to the

Olympics,. To win and represent my country

will be an honor,” she said.

Hanne was just 8 years old when she learned to

sail on Wollochet Bay with the Tacoma Yacht

Club’s Learn to Sail program. Her grandfather

was the first to take her out on the water, and

from that first experience, her lifelong passion

was born.

“He took me sailing when I was little. I guess it

runs in my blood,” said Hanne.

Hanne picked up the sport quickly and started

competing in youth events and finding early

success. As her skills improved, she sought out

even more competitive events, taking home

wins regionally and nationally. Winning at the

highest level helped prove to Hanne that she

has a real shot of competing for her country

and also has helped shape the woman she is

today.

“I have been so many different places and have

experienced so much with becoming a sailor.

Sailing has taught me so much about being

independent, reliable and a strong female,” she

said.

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As with any sport, team or individual, to be

the best you have to fully dedicate yourself to

your craft. For Hanne, this means long days

and nights in the gym, constantly being on

the water even in less than ideal conditions,

and not having as much time with friends as

your typical young adult would.

Hanne keeps her calendar close by and each

week it’s packed, even when there isn’t a

competition going on. She’s in the gym five

days each week, sometimes six. She trains on

the water three to four days each week as well.

She says she is very thankful for the support

of her sponsor, CHI Franciscan Health, which

helps her out with expenses. But like most

other Olympic hopefuls, Hanne works a job

as well. You’ll find her at the LOFT in Uptown

when she’s not in the gym or on the water.

Hanne’s friends know that sailing always

comes first, and they are behind her in her

quest for the Olympic Games.

“It’s hard to choose between all of it, but

when you love it as much as I do, you will do

anything to get out on the water.”

One of the many things that makes the

Olympics so unique is the world is introduced

to sports they might not be familiar with.

Though her style of racing is done in more

than 120 countries, 2020 is an opportunity for

Hanne to bring more awareness to the sport

she loves so dearly here in the states.

While there are various sailing events, Hanne

will be competing as an individual in the

Women’s Singlehanded event. Her boat is a

Laser Radial 14-foot dinghy. Hanne is only

about six inches off the water as she constantly

adjusts her sail and course. To the uninitiated

it might appear that she is just holding the sail

and letting the wind do the work, but there is

so much more at play.

“Laser sailing is a very physical sport. It looks

easy, but sailing has a lot going on. The wind

doesn’t always come from the same direction,

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"SAILING HAS TAUGHT ME

SO MUCH ABOUT BEING

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not each wave is the same, then there is the current and obstacles in the

water, too,” she explained.

Being so close to the water, Hanne is being splashed and also needs to be

fully aware of the other boats around her. Similar to competitive golf, sailing

is a self-governed sport, which means that each competitor is responsible

for himself or herself. But sailors can protest each other if they break any

rules. With 80 or so boats out on the course at a time, there is a lot to be

aware of.

As the calendar flips to 2019, there are more events on Hanne’s schedule

leading up to her big Olympic qualifiers. In January, she will be competing

in the Miami World Cup, a regatta she qualified for earlier. She will continue

to challenge herself with these races, and, in 2020, the two biggest races of

her life will take place.

“There will be one in Florida and one in Australia. Whoever places with the

lowest points at both competitions wins the spot for the Olympics,” she said.

There is only one spot available, so competition will be fierce as other sailors

around the country are also hoping to see their Olympic dreams realized.

Hanne continues to train and sail out of Shilshole Bay Marina. And despite

her incredibly busy schedule, she still finds time for fans and to help out in

one of the places that helped her become the sailor she is today.

“I still see my old coaches and young sailors that look up to me. I always love

giving back to my community, and when I grew up sailors did that for me, I

want to do the same for them,” she said.

Hanne has accomplished many of the goals she set for herself at a young age

and continues to strive for her ultimate goal of making the U.S. Olympic

team. She was third in line for the Rio games, and just missing out is a

motivator to come out on top as this opportunity only comes around every

four years.

You can follow Hanne’s journey on her website WeaverSailing.com. A

lifetime of training for a chance to compete in one race; something very few

are willing to put the work into but not Gig Harbor’s Hanne Weaver, your

local Olympic hopeful.

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the honor roll through middle school and

continues that in her first year of high

school. And when it comes to diving, Shaye’s

commitment has already paid off, showing

promise for an amazing career ahead of her.

“I was previously a gymnast, which helped

me transition to dive,” says Shaye, who in her

first year of diving in the WIAA (Washington

Interscholastic Activities Association),

placed fourth overall at the Division 3A State

Finals.

2018 was the first year Shaye took part in the

USA Diving competitions, and she finished

strong, placing in the top 15 for the 14-to-15-

year age group in the platform event at the

Zone E Championship—a national qualifier

championship composed of 12 states from

the Northwest and Midwest regions.

With a lot of time to still decide on posthigh

school plans, Shaye is certain she would

like to continue to dive in college. But as she

pursues her athletics, she says she is primarily

focused on academics. “My only plan for the

time being is to continue working hard on

my studies,” she says.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHAUN O'BERRY AND GIG HARBOR BOATSHOP

About a dozen brave souls recently braved the cold night and

frigid waters along shoreline of Gig Harbor to lie belly down

in the mud as part of the effort to salvage steel for a second set

of tracks to restore the marine railway that helped transport

commercial fishing boats for one of the last commercial shipyards on the

West Coast.

Volunteers from the nonprofit Gig Harbor Boatyard Foundation got

their hands, arms, legs and most of their bodies dirty to help preserve

the rich heritage of boatbuilding, repair and commercial fishing that has

become synonymous with the waterfront community.

“This is what we do. It’s what we’re all about,” explained Allison Bujacich,

the community development director for the 501c3 located in the Eddon

Boatyard on Harborview Drive, a few boat lengths away from the Austin

Estuary Park. “We (the foundation) are dedicated to preserving the

traditional uses of one of the most wonderful parts of our community

that make Gig Harbor truly unique.”

The nonprofit was created after residents realized the working waterfront

that has supported the community for more than a century was being

replaced by high-end residential developments.

Residents of the community voted to tax themselves to preserve

the waterfront as a self-sustaining workplace that could enrich the

community through educational programs focused on the commercial

fishing fleet.

“There is something here for everybody,” Bujacich said proudly. The

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for wooden hulls to musical performances that feature local artists.

Other course offerings include Useful Knots 101 and Diesel Engine

Maintenance.

One of the most popular, Bujacich said, is the weekend family

boatbuilding workshop that guides family members through the steps

needed to launch their own seaworthy skiff.

“Families complete the workshop with a boat they can enjoy together for

many years to come,” the director said with a wide smile. “It is a thrill

to watch three generations, and sometimes four, come together to build

something tangible they will be able to enjoy as a family in the same way

families in our community have come together for many years.”

Guy Hoppen, the founding director of the nonprofit board, remembered

being inspired to take action in 2003 when he saw an artist’s rendering

of the waterfront that illustrated high-end residential developments

squeezing out the boatyard.

“I was moved to take action when I read an article in the local newspaper

that described plans for our waterfront that would have eliminated the

Eddon Boatyard,” Hoppen told Living Local. “The boatyard is at the

heart of connecting people to the waterfront.”

For families that do not have an entire weekend to dedicate to building

their own boat, Bujacich said would-be sailors can set out at the helm of

their own craft after being fitted for lifejackets and only a few minutes

of instruction. The fleet of watercraft available to rent at the boatyard

includes two electric-powered boats, two row boats and a classic Willits

Brothers canoe. Many of the boats can be rented for as little as $10 per

hour.

The boatyard has expanded its offerings to the community to include

internships for high school credit and paid positions for students

enrolled at local colleges. The schedule includes classes on diesel repair

and the popular children’s story hour where young people gather to hear

stories read by fishermen based in the harbor.

“Technology and screen time are no substitute for stories from the people

who have lived the adventure,” said Bujacich. “We are surrounded in

this place by the history of the people who have lived and worked these

sacred grounds.”

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Some offerings, including a seminar on nautical navigation for women,

have become so popular the foundation has stopped advertising some of

the courses.

The mother of two small children emphasized the Eddon Boatyard is not a

museum. It is base for a fleet of commercial fishing boats and a living link

to the history of the waterfront. The boatyard is also home to the 63-foot

1926 Skanzie fishing boat Veteran as well as the temporary home to some

vintage Chris-Craft mahogany runabouts currently being restored as part

of a maritime mentor program.

Rides on the restored fishing boat provide one of the few sources of

revenue for the nonprofit organization. Bujacich said passengers have

shared their own experiences of fishing the waters of the Sound. Others

have recounted their own memories of being part of the crew on the

Skanzie.

“THERE IS SOMETHING HERE FOR

EVERYBODY,” BUJACICH SAID PROUDLY. THE

ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM WORKSHOPS ON

HOW TO VARNISH AND WOOD BENDING FOR

WOODEN HULLS TO MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

THAT FEATURE LOCAL ARTISTS. OTHER

COURSE OFFERINGS INCLUDE USEFUL KNOTS

101 AND DIESEL ENGINE MAINTENANCE.

The Eddon Boatyard is as much as much a part of the rich history of Gig

Harbor as the seals and sea gulls that thrive in the waters of the busy

harbor.

But it took volunteers from the Gig Harbor Boatyard Foundation to

turn the memories and artifacts from almost 100 years ago into a living,

breathing part of the community to enrich the lives of the next generation

of residents who have made Gig Harbor their home.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo, Washington. He was

a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic waste crisis and

has received acclamation for his work regarding sustainable energy. He

is the author of three books that document colorful periods of history in

Washington. He can be reached at directly da@dajournalist.com.

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Enriching Cultural and

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Gig Harbor Film Festival: Educating, Entertaining and Inspiring

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTOS BY TOM COLLINS

Gig Harbor Film Festival

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 72

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JANUARY 2019. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR

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Since 2007, Gig Harbor Film Festival’s mission has been to cultivate a

community of filmmakers and film lovers who celebrate the power of the

cinematic arts to educate, entertain and inspire.

Through events such as the annual Gig Harbor Film Festival, 72 Hour

Filmmaking Competition, Annual Summer Fundraiser and Monthly Movie

Nights, the Gig Harbor Film Festival has continued to enrich local community

life—for more than a decade—by making unique film and social experiences

accessible for all. Looking to the future, “We’re excited about expanding further

with programs that engage local youth,” says Melanie Kerr, communications

coordinator. “It’s very rewarding to give young people new opportunities to

learn, grow and express themselves creatively.”

Gig Harbor Film Festival is currently working with local Peninsula School

District media arts teachers and other community partners to create a rewarding

and fun summer Youth Filmmaking Camp in hopes to empower students to tap

into their imaginations and express their creative voices. They currently have a

Crowfunding campaign, in which they hope to raise $20,000 for the summer

camp, with contributions to be matched by an anonymous donor.

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Executive Director Jenny Wellman manages the operations of the

organization seamlessly, from the big-picture planning to the most

minute—and countless—details. “And she tackles it all with masterful

skill and professionalism,” adds Melanie. The organization would not be

possible without Jenny, in addition to the dedicated volunteer board of

directors (who contribute their time, skills and enthusiasm) and devoted

team of staff and volunteers who work endlessly to make GHFF the

incredible organization that it is.

“As a nonprofit, we rely heavily on the support of our generous sponsors

and donors. We could not do what we do without them,” Melanie says.

The three-day Gig Harbor Film Festival is a premier event held each fall

and is host to more than 80 visiting filmmakers, screening more than 100

films of various genres at the luxurious, state-of-the-art Galaxy Theatre in

Uptown. As the festival continues to emerge as one of the top destinations

on the independent film festival circuit thanks to the unwavering local

hospitality, in addition to enjoying the many films, festival goers have

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festival parties and events.

GHFF was recently awarded a Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals

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on FilmFreeway. “This ranking is especially rewarding because it came

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The GHFF Monthly Movie Nights are offered on the last Wednesday of

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Mark your calendars for the 72 Hour Filmmaking Competition in March

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Whether you're a film buff or filmmaker, you'll find what you are looking

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Do Your Homework

Know what your fitness or nutrition coach’s credentials really mean

By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS

YOU MAY HAVE READ MY RECENT ARTICLE REGARDING THE

IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A COACH to help you achieve your fitness

and nutrition goals. But did you know that the fitness and nutrition industry

is one of the worst when it comes to qualifications?

Literally, in less than a few hours, you could look up and find an online

certification, skim through their material, pass their online test and call

yourself a trainer. You could buy insurance and hang up the sign on your

personal training studio by this afternoon.

Compare that to our brothers and sisters in body mechanics and physical

training. Physical therapists require three years of specialized school in

addition to their initial college degree. Chiropractors are similar.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, but those are medical professionals,

trainers are just trainers.”

Right, and that mindset and situation is exactly how we’ve gotten to the place

we are in. Trusting that a trainer or coach knows what they are doing has

gotten a whole lot of people hurt. An exercise professional should lie on the

continuum of health and wellness professionals, not be an outlier.

Where an orthopedic surgeon makes repairs to the body via surgery and

manually returning things back to the way they should be, a physical therapist

establishes corrective movements and manual therapy externally to restore

proper range of motion and pain-free function to those joints. A qualified

exercise professional should continue that path and strengthen those parts,

allowing them to be used optimally and prevent further injury.

Outside the context of rehabilitation, this continuum still exists, but the

starting point differs. In my field, we should be evaluating “healthy” people

to make sure they are in fact moving in ways that will provide them the best

vehicle for success long term, fixing the things that fall within our scope of

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practice, like limited range of motion, strength

imbalances and glaring weaknesses, then

leading a person down the path toward their

best physical version of themselves.

Unfortunately the state of affairs and regulation

within fitness and nutrition does not allow for

the professional coach to be differentiated from

the trainer. The online trained coach is seen on

the same plane as the pro who has been through

schooling and has legitimate credentials.

How are you as the consumer supposed to

navigate that landscape to ensure you don’t end

up in the wrong hands? You just need to do your

homework.

If you are interested in hiring a fitness or

nutrition coach, you should:

• Interview them, ask them questions. You’ll get

a feel.

• Do your research on their credentials. Just look

up the letters or credentials they have listed on

their website.

• Do your research on their experience. You

don’t want to be their crash-test dummy. Make

sure they’ve done this before.

• Ask around. Reputations can tell you a lot.

*A quick note on credentials, certifications,

UNDERSTAND THAT XXX

NOT ALL FITNESS

AND NUTRITION

COACHES ARE

EQUAL, THAT IT’S

UP TO YOU DO TO

YOUR HOMEWORK,

AND THAT IT’S TIME

TO DEMAND MORE

FROM THE PEOPLE IN

THIS INDUSTRY.

seminars, etc. There are a ton of fantastic

weekend certifications out there. That’s

somewhat the nature of this industry. These just

require an objective eye. Understand that there

are two sides to that story. One side is that they

spent about 16 hours learning something that

they may or may not use as a tool. That’s good.

The other side is that it was really only 16 hours

and that one of those should really just be one

of their tools. I tend to be skeptical of the onetrick

ponies, where they’ve only got a series of

certifications from one body. It’s important to

be well rounded and know other approaches to

fitness.

On a similar note, another way to look at this

industry is as a self-guided post-graduate

program. Someone who has taken a class on

Shakespeare does not mean they are qualified

to instruct you on how to be a playwright.

However, if someone took the initiative to say,

“Hey, there really isn’t an established way to do

that, so I’m going to do it on my own by taking

as many courses and reading as many books

as I can,” that’d be someone you might look to,

respect and value their opinion.

The takeaway from all of this is to understand

that not all fitness and nutrition coaches are

equal, that it’s up to you do to your homework,

and that it’s time to demand more from the

people in this industry.

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KNOW

BEFORE

YOU GO

We answer your most

asked questions about

Botox

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

Many

women, and

men, are

surprised

to find

how simple,

quick and

easy a Botox

treatment is.

A

recent study conducted by Allergan,

the pharmaceutical company that

produces Botox, found that 100

percent of women, aged 26 to 55, are

aware of Botox Cosmetic. It’s pretty fascinating

when you think about the fact that every single

woman in that age group is aware of a single drug

that is used to treat wrinkles. What many of the

women in that same group did not know, however,

is how the drug works, how much it costs, how

long it lasts and what to expect during a Botox

treatment.

Many women, and men, are surprised to find how

simple, quick and easy a Botox treatment is. Below

we answer some of the most frequently asked

questions.

How exactly does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking the synapse that sends

the message from the nerve to the muscle to

contract. Because that communication circuit

has been broken, the injected muscle is not able to

contract, which in turn causes the wrinkles to relax

and soften. Over the next three to four months,

new nerve connections are naturally created

within the treatment area, and the muscle slowly

gets movement back.

Are Botox treatments painful?

No. A very small needle is used to inject Botox.

Many clients find the treatment to be very well

tolerated and do not experience any discomfort.

A typical treatment only takes a few minutes and

involves superficial injections of the Botox into the

desired treatment area. Numbing cream can be

applied prior to your treatment if discomfort is a

concern.

How long does Botox last?

Botox takes two to 14 days to become effective and

lasts three to four months on average. Many clients

find that with continued treatments they can go

longer between appointments.

Is there any social downtime after Botox

injections?

No. Most clients leave the office with small bumps

at the injection sites, and they go away in 10

to 15 minutes. It is possible that you could get a

small bruise, but unlikely. Many clients do their

treatment on their lunch break and return to work

immediately. You need to avoid vigorous exercise

the day of your treatment, and do not massage

your face for eight to 12 hours after your treatment

(use very gentle pressure while washing your face).

How much does Botox cost?

The price of Botox varies from practice to practice.

On average Botox is $11 per unit. The amount of

Botox a person needs also varies from person to

person. Generally, the area between the eyebrows

(frown lines) requires 20 units, the forehead 10

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8 TOOLS TO REDUCE

STIGMA ABOUT HEARING

LOSS

HELPFUL HINTS FROM HEAR FOR

LIFE AUDIOLOGY

Teach the people in your life

how to best communicate

with you so that you can

hear clearly. Your hearing

difficulties can be as

challenging for them as

they are for you.

Stigma exists in your external

environment, but it also manifests

from inside of you in the

messages that you tell yourself.

Consider making changes in your life to

reduce stigma by committing to at least one of

the following tools:

1. Take responsibility for your hearing loss.

Accept your hearing loss. Resist the urge to

deny it. In most cases, your hearing loss is not

the secret you think it is. Commit to wearing

your hearing aids every day to hear better.

Visit your audiologist for adjustments to

ensure that your devices work well.

2. Create and adopt new messages about

your hearing loss. Get a better understanding

of how internal and external stigma manifests

in your life. Which voices in your head belong

to you—and which ones belong to other

people? Focus on what you can control. If

you feel “less” because of your hearing loss,

try changing “I can’t” statements to “I can.”

Accept that a hearing loss is one part of you—

but not all of who you are.

with. Teach the people in your life how to

best communicate with you so that you can

hear clearly. Your hearing difficulties can be as

challenging for them as they are for you. For

example, remind them to face you when they

speak. Ask speakers to repeat their point in a

different way. Remember, humor goes a long

way to increase comfort for everyone.

7. Connect with others who also have

hearing loss. People who live with hearing

loss understand the challenges and how to

overcome them. Connect with other people

in your life who also have hearing loss. This

can help you be yourself and learn from

others who understand the impact of living

with hearing loss.

8. Set realistic goals. Living well with hearing

loss requires change and adaptability. Change

happens slowly and requires commitment.

Make a commitment to a meaningful and

achievable goal.

Article summarized by permission from The

Hearing Journal, September 2018.

3. Make a list of difficult listening situations.

Reflect on each day of the week. Make a list

of challenging listening situations at home,

work and public places. Be specific. Note

what you feel—uncomfortable, vulnerable,

embarrassed or ashamed.

4. Talk about your hearing loss. Your family,

friends and co-workers might not know

about your challenges with hearing speech

clearly. It takes courage to accept your hearing

loss and no small amount of bravery to talk

about it. Plan what you want to say. Consider

practicing out loud with someone you trust.

Kay Frallic, M.A., Audiologist

5. Ask for accommodations. Technology

is ever changing. Educate yourself about

assistive listening devices and request what

you need. Other people may not know what

is appropriate for your condition. Become the

expert, then ask.

6. Communicate effectively. How you handle

your hearing loss will have a direct impact on

the people you closely and regularly interact

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CHEMOTHERAPY

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For those who are receiving

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Some of those effects are hair loss, nausea,

fatigue, depression, loss of appetite, chronic

pain, insomnia, peeling skin, skin rashes and

a weakened immune system. Your doctors

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There are other therapies that can help alleviate

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by your medical team, can have an even

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Bringing a newborn home for the first

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for new parents. But it can also be

overwhelming, even frightening. There

are so many questions that can only be answered

through experience: How much should my baby

eat? How often should I change him? How long

will she sleep?

Bathing and taking care of your baby’s skin

undoubtedly falls somewhere on this list. While

delicate, a newborn’s skin actually does not

require much maintenance. Rule of thumb: Less

is more. The following tips will help you keep

your baby comfortable and healthy.

First few weeks

You may notice peeling skin. This can be expected

since your little one has been soaking in your

belly for months. Before the belly button cord

falls off, simply use a towel or sponge to gently

cleanse your baby—that’s all that is needed. The

belly button cord usually falls off in the first one

to three weeks.

Leaving the belly button cord behind

Once the belly button cord falls off, bathe your

baby as needed, based on how much she sweats

and spits up. Generally, I recommend a bath

every few days. Babies do not need daily baths at

this time and may end up with dry skin if bathed

too frequent.

Baby skincare products

There is a dizzyingly large variety of skincare

products, just like the number of strollers

and cribs you’ve already had to navigate. It is

difficult to say whether your baby will have skin

sensitivities. Typically, products without added

scents or colors tend to be less irritating, so look

for these.

Other common skin concerns your newborn

may experience include:

• Baby acne is small red bumps or pimples that

can appear anywhere on the face. It is likely an

inflammatory response to maternal hormones

and should self-resolve after a few months.

Gently clean only as needed.

• Cradle cap appears as yellowish flakes on the

scalp but may spread down to the eyebrows and

ears. Washing baby’s hair with a mild shampoo

may help remove the flakes, but be careful to

avoid getting it in his eyes! If the flakes seem to

be more stubborn, using a natural oil (such as

olive oil) or a thick moisturizer (such as Vaseline)

along with brushing with a soft toothbrush can

help lift them.

• Milia appears as small white or off-white dots

on the nose or elsewhere on the face. It is the

result of natural secretions on the surface of

baby’s skin and will self-resolve in the first few

weeks.

These tips should help you care for your

newborn’s skin so that you can focus on enjoying

skin-to-skin snuggles.

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You’re More than just

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Mr. Charles M. Schulz, creator of “The

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said: “Christmas is doing a little

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Simple, yet lovely. We like to think that doing that

extra something for someone also includes the

extra something just for you. It may seem a little

selfish, but it’s not. Your loved ones rely on you

to take the best care of yourself because you are

indispensable to them. That includes your dental

health.

It is odd to think that the care of your teeth has

such a profound effect on the rest of your body, but

yet, it does. Poor dental health is nothing to ignore.

It can have an unfortunate and serious domino

effect that can not only compromise the beauty

of your smile but can also diminish the quality of

your life. Your mouth is the window to the rest of

your body. Oral cancer, reflux, diabetes, breathing

disorders, cardiovascular and inflammation are

some of the issues that can be detected during your

routine dental exams. Take good care of yourself.

Do that little extra something just for you. You

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Fitness Challenges

Equal Lifelong

Changes

IT’S ALL IN THE APPROACH

BY JENNIFER WIGGLESWORTH

If fitness challenges create lifelong changes, why do we find

the same people joining these challenges time after time?

When thinking of a fitness challenge, most believe it to be

a competitive drive of will against other competitors. The

reality, however, is it’s a competition within themselves. When

joining a fitness challenge, one typically sacrifices certain food

cravings, favorite treats and possibly even social situations to

stay “on top.” Workouts tend to be “brutal,” maintaining the

mindset that whatever needs to be done can be done to get to

the ultimate goal. But then, what? With the challenge complete,

one may have gained achievements of strength, possibly weight

loss, but what has been given up in the process? And, more

importantly, are these changes sustainable over time?

Think of today’s “yo-yo” dieting—a most popular cliché that

is pertaining to a society of people continuing to entertain

one diet or fitness challenge after another, only to achieve

short-term results. Quick weight loss is great, at first. Building

muscle is great, if it’s sustainable. Eating better is great, if it

makes sense with your lifestyle. Of course, the error in all of

these lies in the fact that the body is ultimately not changing

long term. Instead of challenging our bodies to truly change,

one changes for a time to go back to where they started.

Every time one begins a new challenge, thoughts of that one

being the life changer occurs. More often than not, whether

it is two weeks, two months or two years, one usually diverts

back to right where they were. Whether weight loss, muscle

gain, mental awareness or a number of other goals are present,

lifelong change can only occur with a shift in approach.

How does one begin to shift their approach when society’s

pressure dictates quick fixes? In order to re-focus one’s

attention on long term, one must retrain the brain to think

long term. Although seemingly unnatural initially, developing

new skills and “listening” to the body will provide the future

gains one desires.

Rather than opting for a quick fitness and/or weight challenge

that promises quick results, focus on ways to change things

simply and slowly. For example, instead of working out two

times a day, seven days a week on a strict macro-based diet,

for eight weeks, take a look at your lifestyle. Does weighing

out everything one eats and working out multiple times a day

fit into your current life schedule? Is it practical to achieve

ultimate goals within an eight-week time frame? If not, rethink

it. Maybe work out once a day, three to five days a week, over

the course of a year, on a health-focused eating plan, instead.

There are a multitude of options. The point lies within shifting

the mindset to think long term and setting goals that make

sense with one’s personal lifestyle.

Fitness challenges can create lifelong changes. The operative is

within the approach. The good news is everyone gets to decide

that for themselves—quick fix now for short-term results or

re-focused approach for long-term gains. It’s like we say in

barre, “Your body. Your workout. Your change.”

Rather than opting for a quick fitness

and/or weight challenge that promises

quick results, focus on ways to change

things simply and slowly.

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My

MS

Coping with multiple sclerosis

has reflected the rest of my life

BY DAN AZNOFF

My first impulse was to slug the doctor.

Not because he had just diagnosed me with the chronic

disease known as multiple sclerosis. It was his bedside

manner and an apparent lack of compassion.

My neurologist was probably being practical when he suggested that

my wife and I stop on our way home to buy a cane and insisted that we

purchase as much life insurance as possible “while I still could.”

This could not be happening to me. Not now. I had just started to live my

dream. Susan and I had two beautiful children. We had just completed

the construction of the home of our dreams nestled in the woods.

I can remember carrying my infant son down the stairs and holding the

rail to steady myself from what I assumed was pure exhaustion. I needed

two hands to grasp the container as I poured milk into his bottle. But it

was the trip back up the stairs (pun intended) that worried me most. I

remember literally crawling up the stairs to keep my infant son and his

bottle above the carpet.

After Joshua was fed and safely tucked back into bed, I found my way

back under the covers. It was not cold, but my body shivered as if I were

standing outside naked in a snowstorm.

After I reluctantly admitted that something was wrong, Susan (as she

has done a million times since) jumped into action. In a time before the

Internet, she spent Sunday researching doctors and gathered information

to cope with my unknown ailment.

By the time we got home from the doctor on that Monday morning, she

had a dietary regiment that eliminated processed foods, reduced carbs

and practically eliminated all sugar. Susan also ended my “pity party” by

urging me take an active role in protecting my health for the sake of our

family.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system by

blocking messages from the brain to every part of your body. It can cause

vision problems, muscle weakness, issues with coordination, numbness

and lapses with memory.

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However, I seemed to be an exception to the rule. The vast majority of

individuals diagnosed with MS are women. Most of these women spend

their youth in areas in higher longitudes, like the Pacific Northwest, the

upper Midwest or Scandinavian countries. My wife and I both grew up in

Southern California. We did not move to Washington until I was 25. Our

son was born when I was 30.

Doctors diagnosed me with the relapsing/remitting form of MS, which

meant my body would suffer exacerbations and (theoretically) get

back about 80 percent of the senses and capabilities that had been lost,

presumably over two or three weeks. When my symptoms subsided after

my first episode, I was left with zero balance and had lost my ability to

type. The senses that disappeared came back very slowly.

My writing for the past 30-plus years has been done with two-finger,

hunt-and-peck. The running joke has been that I have the ability to type

at 24 words per minute, per finger.

The one thing that was clear from the start is that MS impacts each person

differently. For me, my left side was left completely numb, and my slurred

speech made many people presume I had imbibed in too much alcohol.

Reality struck over the next few years after I was convinced to sell my

beloved bicycle and abandon my routine of playing tennis three to four

times per week. I had made my way through college playing competitive

tennis, so it was a major blow when I finally agreed to sell my rackets at a

garage sale. (I did keep my first racket. There is only so much one person

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At first, I tried to hide my physical limitations

from employers and colleagues. But I have

since learned to accept my situation as the new

normal. Friends accept the fact that I may not

be able to join them on aggressive treks, but I

can still enjoy a relaxed stroll.

We love to play games in our house, so I have

been relieved of my turn to shuffle a deck of

cards or pick up small tokens from a smooth

surface.

Over the first several years, my exacerbations

hit me every four years like clockwork. Usually

during times of high stress, like when I started

a new job, when relatives flew in to celebrate

my son’s Bar Mitzvah and when my wife

surprised me by flying in my buddies from

college to celebrate my 40th birthday.

Gratefully, multiple sclerosis has been on the

cutting edge of medical research. I was selected

by lottery to receive the first medication

available. However, my insurance company was

hesitant to cover the cost of the first medication

that promised to reduce the frequency and

severity of exacerbations. It took my doctor to

get on the phone with the insurance company

to explain they could choose between covering

the cost of the injections or be forced to pay

for repeated expensive trips to the emergency

room.

I am still not sure how my lovely wife

maintained her demeanor a few years later

when a representative from the insurance

company made the decision to no longer cover

the $6,500 monthly cost of my medication

because I had not had an episode. Calmly and

logically, she explained to the paper-pusher

that the medication could be responsible for

the lack of relapses.

My coverage was renewed.

Over the years, my doctors have prescribed

three separate injectable medications for me.

I’ve been on Copaxone since 1999 after a major

exacerbation left me unable to walk. Despite

the temporary disability, I refused to buy a

This could

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had just started

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Gratefully, multiple

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of medical research.

I was selected by

lottery to receive

the first medication

available.

cane. But I did use an old baseball bat to help

me get around the house.

Truth is, I am luckier than most. Unlike most MS

sufferers, I am still able to drive. I am not able

to work 40 hours every week, but I am still able

to maintain a major portion of my professional

duties and my domestic responsibilities. That

is probably because I work at my computer at

home and not in a factory or on a construction

site. When driving, I always carry a small card

in my wallet next to my driver’s license that

explains to law enforcement officers that my

erratic driving may have been caused by a

chronic brain disorder. Thank goodness I have

never been forced to pull out my “Get out of jail

free” card because I cannot walk a straight line

even on my best days.

Thanks mostly to my wife’s ability to cover

the major portion of our income and secure

health care through her employer, finances

have never been a major concern. Susan made

certain our health care was covered last year

when she created her own consulting firm. We

are not looking forward to dealing with the

bureaucracy when it comes time to transition

to Medicare.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis

Society, there are 2.3 million people worldwide

who suffer with MS. Research has been unable

to determine any cause for the disease, and

there are no cures. Medical advancements in

the last few years have helped patients cope with

symptoms, but there has been little progress

toward reversing the loss of myelin around the

nerves that transmit messages from the brain.

Many people have symptoms that are not

identified as MS for many years. In fact, until

the widespread acceptance of MRI imaging,

the method for diagnosing the condition was

the elimination of other conditions through a

series of brutal tests.

For myself, I can think back to a time in

college when I was even clumsier than normal,

dropping my books, stumbling and forgetting

important dates. Doctors hospitalized me at the

age of 19 for a spinal tap to determine the cause

of my awkward lack of balance. The diagnosis

at that point was a pinched nerve. But those

warning signs were quickly forgotten in a few

weeks when I appeared to find my equilibrium.

Many people are quick to dismiss some of the

early warning signs, like the feeling of pins and

needles in your feet similar to when your legs

are crossed too long or being tired all the time.

Naps are a good thing, and I’ve learned to listen

to my body and enjoy losing my eyes in the

afternoon. But that is not by choice.

Issues with speech and swallowing are also

common symptoms that people do not suspect

as being a symptom for something more

serious. For me, damaged portions of my brain

have caused slurred speech. Ironically, my

degree is in broadcast journalism. I would have

been on disability 20 years ago if my career had

taken me into radio or television.

A speech therapist taught me to slow my speech

to help me enunciate. She also taught me to

speak louder to help me articulate. But that

did not work because people thought I was just

yelling all the time.

Pain is a common complaint of people with

MS. One lady I knew through a support group

actually thought of having her legs amputated

to eliminate the constant pain. Thankfully she

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car keys. I have also given up attempting to

calculate the proper amount needed for a tip.

Many of my fellow patients have utilized

prescriptions from their doctor to return to

the altered state of mind they enjoyed during

the ‘60s. Now that cannabis is legal, the thrill is

gone but high times remain the norm.

My wife has always accused me of not being

able to multitask, but I honestly cannot say

if that is a result of MS or just not being very

detail oriented. Lists have become an important

part of my daily life, from a Honey-do list for

chores around the house to simple trips to the

grocery store.

There was a time that I would stand up

on tables to voice my opposition to social

injustice. Now I cannot trust myself to stand on

the table or climb a ladder. My loss of memory

is something else that can be blamed on either

age or MS. Or both.

There have been numerous times when my

daughter will blame my MS for my lack of

control over my emotions. I’ve tried to explain

to her that I am just a mean old man.

Anybody who knew me before I was diagnosed

has not been surprised when I have tried to

make light of the bleak prospects for my future.

For example, I take great pride in the fact that I

do not get seasick anymore. When I am aboard

a boat filled with people turning green at the

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In one way I am

thankful to MS. My

wife and I made the

decision to travel

while I am still able to

get around without a

wheelchair. That has

been a blessing.

gills, I simply welcome them to the world that

I live in every day. After my initial diagnosis,

I realized that I could reach into a boiling

pot of water to drain pasta without any pain.

However, I forgot to realize that my skin would

still turn red and form blisters.

When the director of the Washington Chapter

of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society

approached me and a friend about establishing

monthly meetings for a self-help group, I was

reluctant to participate until we agreed to

name our little group the No Whiners. We now

meet once a month at a local hospital to hear

speakers who help us enhance the quality of

our lives.

In one way I am thankful to MS. My wife and I

made the decision to travel while I am still able

to get around without a wheelchair. That has

been a blessing.

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When my doctor explained that a majority of

my sensory losses would occur in the first five

years after my diagnosis, I went out that day

and purchased a sports car with a five-speed

transmission. That was an expensive mistake.

When it came time to buy a new house when

the kids were in high school, Susan and I limited

our search to homes with a master bedroom on

the main floor. Since then we have moved to a

home filled with stairs and grandkids.

Modern medicine has limited the progression

of my disease and healthy habits have given

increased my chance to lead a long (and

somewhat normal) life.

More importantly, I have been surrounded

by an incredible support system, beginning

with the self-help group organized by the

National MS Society, understanding friends,

compassionate children and a loving wife who

never fails to amaze me. And I never did buy

that cane.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for

a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic

waste crisis and has received acclamation for

his work in the areas of sustainable energy and

the insurance industry. He is the author of three

books that document colorful periods of history

in Washington. He can be reached at da@

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simple

Tips and tricks for the season

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING MADE

BY TROY LOUIS CHANDLER

As I hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time, something came over me. A slight

chill that was not emitted from the “white noise” fan that I keep on at night to quiet life’s

random choir of neighborhood noises. I peered out of my bedroom window and noticed

that it was slightly open and that all of the trees outside are naked. It is winter. I shut the

window, grabbed my cozy robe, put on a pot of coffee, sat back and let the warmth of

holiday cheer take over. This is my favorite time of year as a chef and as a house dad. This

is the time for holiday entertaining. Holiday entertaining can be a chaotic and stressful time,

but it does not have to be. I have come up with seven holiday tips to guide you through

your holiday entertaining.

• Keep It Simple, Go Nuts

Most modern grocery stores have amazing bulk food sections. Visit these bulk

food aisles to gather various roasted nuts. Mix your holiday bounty and place

into a decorative bowl accompanied with a few nut crackers. Stand back

and watched your friends and family gather ‘round, cracking and enjoying

roasted nuts and talking about this holiday season. This has become a

wonderful tradition at my house that is easy and inexpensive.

• Mulled Wine

I like to keep this holiday libation on the kitchen counter in a crockpot

on a low setting just enough to fill the house with holiday “spirit.” As

guests come over, they are greeted with a little holiday goodness! Here is

an easy recipe that will kick off all of your holiday soirées.

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“This is the time for

holiday entertaining.

Holiday entertaining can be a

chaotic and stressful

time, but it does not

have to be.

Ingredients:

4 cups apple cider

1 bottle of red wine

1/4 cup honey

2 Mexican cinnamon sticks

The juice and zest of one orange

4 cloves

3 star anise

Method:

Place all into a stainless steel or non-reactive

pot and bring to just before a boil. Turn down

to warm and watch the magic begin.

• Holiday-Themed Movies

There is no shortage of great holiday movies out

there. I gathered my favorites and put them on an

external hard drive so that I can have them play on a

loop. You can stream them to your TV from a laptop.

My top picks are A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf,

Christmas Vacation and … It’s a Wonderful Life.

• White Elephant Gift Exchange

Most of us have experienced this phenomenon at work.

But trying it at home is more fun than a bag full of

ferrets. Invite your friends and family to join you in

your freshly holiday-decorated abode for a new

comedy-packed tradition. A fun touch is to add

in a ridiculous gift that can be passed on year

after year. You can also give awards for best

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gift, worst gift, funniest gift, etc. A good friend of mine wanted to win the

worst gift category so he gave a card that read, “Your gift is a classic car.” The

recipient was awarded with an old junker that they had to figure out what

to do with. Funny?

• Be Cheesy

A great way to impress holiday guests is with a cheese platter. This

is an easy way to “wow” your friends with little effort. Grab four to

five types of cheese. Cut some into cubes, slice some and crumble

some. Arrange them on a tray and place strands of grapes for

garnish. On a separate tray, arrange various crackers to pair with.

Don’t be afraid to throw that weird holiday red almond cheese ball

in the mix as a centerpiece.

• Potluck

Why slave away in the kitchen this year? Let your guests know

of the masterpiece that you are going to create and then allow

them to create everything that will go with it. So that you don’t

end up with 12 types of artichoke dip, make a list of items that you

would like your guests to bring. You can create a group email and

check items off as your guests accept each challenge. As an added

bonus to your genius, you will have a week’s worth

of awesome leftovers!

• Be Entertained

All right, all right, you have been the host of many

holiday get-togethers. It just might be time for you

to be holiday entertained. It’s time that you finally

accept that offer to go to the neighbor’s or a coworker’s

house or … a family member’s house for

the holidays. Make your favorite dish, show up and

just have a nice time. As a chef, I am going to take

this advice, let someone else drive the bus and have

a great holiday season. I will see

you at your house!

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GIVE THE

GIFT OF

MEMORIES

Unique gift ideas that last a lifetime

and don’t break the budget

By Patty Hutchens

The Christmas season is a joyful time full of family, fun and

joy. But the reality is, that for many, it also brings with it a

great deal of stress. “How will I afford to buy all these gifts for

the people on my list?” It makes one dread what is supposed

to the season of hope. So why not try something new this year? Instead

of watching your credit card balance increase over the holiday season,

why not think of creative ways to provide a gift to someone on your

list that does not cost much—or possibly nothing at all. Purchase just a

small gift that also provides an opportunity to spend valuable time with

one another. Shared experiences are something that will last a lifetime,

unlike toys that will soon be forgotten, or even broken.

As adults, how often do we find ourselves “spring cleaning” no matter

what time of year. We get tired of the clutter and seek to rid ourselves of

the abundance of things we have in the hope that it will help not only

our physical environment but also our emotional well-being. “Cleaning

house” externally can help calm us internally.

So, the gift of spending time with someone or providing an experience

to them makes sense when it comes to gift giving to the adults in our

lives. But it is not just adults who benefit from time spent together;

shared experiences are important for children, too, as it helps contribute

to their psychological development. Those children who spend time

sharing experiences with others have been found to have a stronger

sense of identity, higher rates of academic success and a greater sense

of security. Grandparents and grandchildren who spend time together

also can learn a great deal from one another’s generation.

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Here are a few suggestions for

those who may be on your list

this year.


Homemade gift certificates

can be a wonderful way

to tailor a gift for that special

person in your life, whether it is a child

or an adult. Make a gift certificate to take

that person to their favorite restaurant

for some special one-on-one time.

This way, the recipient can

choose the place and you get

the opportunity to share time

with that special person.

Spending time as a family is

something that is increasingly difficult

in this day and age. Both parents often work

outside the home and kids’ schedules are packed

with extra-curricular activities and homework.

So, consider giving gifts to your children that can help

facilitate a family game night. Buy one game for each child

this Christmas and increase your game collection. Then, set

aside one night each week to gather as a family and spend time

interacting with one another and trying out the new games!

Do your children enjoy working with their hands and creating new things? A

“craft bucket” full of supplies is a wonderful gift for them (and you!) to explore

their creative side. Fill a bucket with scissors, paper, glue, painting kits and more to

inspire them. If you are particularly crafty, take the time to teach your child your

special skills.

For seniors on a fixed income, it may be especially difficult to make ends meet over

the holidays. After all, often times they have the largest list of all with children and

grandchildren to buy for. Instead of purchasing gifts, why not offer your children the

gift of babysitting your grandchildren so your child can enjoy some time with their

spouse. And you get to spend that cherished time with your grandchildren as well!

feliz the

Dads. They are frequently much more difficult to buy for, especially when it comes to

gifts of experience. Does your dad or husband enjoy a particular hobby? Home beer

brewing has become increasingly popular over the last several years, and more and

more men (and women) are creating their own concoctions at home. It’s something

people can do together, and both can learn a new hobby as well. Visit a local home

brew store to investigate what supplies and ingredients are necessary.

Does your dad enjoy outdoor activities? Plan a spring or summer camping trip for

entire family (as the best camp sites must be reserved months, if not a year, in

navidad

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Homemade gift certificates

can be a wonderful way

to tailor a gift for that

special person in your life,

whether it is a child or

an adult.

advance) and let him know he’ll be enjoying the

outdoors again soon enough. Even better, his

Christmas gift will carry over into the new

year, and he’ll cherish the opportunity

to spend time with his family creating

memories.

Moms are typically much easier

to shop for when it comes to

giving the gift of an experience.

Pampering gifts are especially

popular, whether it is a

massage, pedicure or simply

time alone to soak in a hot

bath while Dad takes the

kids out for a movie or sweet

treat.

For a man seeking to give

the gift of an experience to

his wife, simply planning

a date night and making

all the arrangements,

including the babysitter,

will go a long way. Women

often are the ones who

schedule and plan all the

family’s activities, so this

will truly be one you want to

repeat for special occasions!

Whatever you choose to

purchase or create for those

on your “nice” list this year, it is

important to remember the true

meaning of Christmas and to carry

the spirit of Christmas in your heart

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the Holiday Season

Gig Harbor Style

The holidays are a magical time of year, and Gig Harbor is bringing unique

opportunities for local families to get out and enjoy the Christmas season

with some wonderful community activities. Mark your calendars for these

events you won’t want to miss!

St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar

Join St. Anthony Hospital (11567 Canterwood Boulevard Northwest) as

they once again host the St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar Friday, December

7, on the hospital's ground floor. Avoid the busy shopping malls and shop

local, 9am to 4pm, in a casual and friendly atmosphere. It's the perfect

place to browse and buy unique holiday gifts for those you hold dear, as

the Holiday Bazaar provides local and surrounding city crafters, jewelry

makers and artists the opportunity to sell and display their hand-crafted

and creative merchandise to the public. And ... admission is free for all

who attend. Don't miss out and get some of those names crossed off your

Christmas shopping list.

Holiday Hayrides with Santa

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is putting on the Holiday Hayrides

once again December 7 and 8. Families, couples or whomever else who would like

a ride can meet at the Timberland Bank on Judson Street beginning at 4:30pm both

evenings. Rides are free for everyone and provided by Miracle Ranch. While you wait

your turn, you are invited inside the bank for cider and cookies! Once on the hayride,

children will be in awe as they take in the sights and sounds of the waterfront, as it has

been transformed into a Christmas wonderland! This is an event you’ll want to make a

tradition year after year.

It's a Wonderful Waterfront & Deck

The Harbor

Downtown Gig Harbor comes alive with Christmas spirit each December as busy

holiday shoppers look for those perfect one-of-a kind gifts and visit their favorite

restaurants and coffee shops with their out-of-town guests. Waterfront merchants

are ready to welcome you in with great holiday specials and treats, and some will

offer extended shopping hours Friday, December 7, through Sunday, December 9!

Shoppers are sure to enjoy all of the lights, decorations and displays adorning the

storefronts, as the annual Deck the Harbor decorating contest is in full swing. Shop

the harbor, enjoy the displays as you stroll the streets and be sure to cast your vote

for the People’s Choice award for your favorite window. Voting continues through

December 16.

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Peninsula Marketplace

Holiday Show

The Peninsula Marketplace Holiday Show is a holiday extravaganza you

won’t want to pass up! Held at 5503 Wollochet Drive Northwest, the

event kicked off November 30 but continues December 1, 8, 9 and 15. The

community is invited to shop 9am to 3pm each day, where they will be

treated to a variety of handcrafted goods, festive décor, unique treasures

and more from dozens of incredible vendors. From authors and artists,

knitters, potters and bakers, to jewelry and toy makers, metal crafters

and fishermen, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. There’s

even greenery and plants! Attendees will enjoy live music on Saturdays.

Rachel Morgan Perry takes the stage December 1 and 15 with her unique

sweet country sound, and David Hannon will be performing a blend of

contemporary and soft rock with a creative twist December 8. Admission

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Lighted Boat Parade

Presented by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, the annual Lighted Boat Parade

returns to Gig Harbor Saturday, December 8. This is an event you don’t

want to miss, as beautifully decorated and brightly lit boats—from fishing

vessels to pleasure boats to kayaks—make their way down the harbor

starting at 5pm. It’s sure to put a smile on your face and brighten your

night. If you’re looking to get out on the water and participate in the

parade, rather than watch from ashore, all area boaters are welcome to

participate, whether or not you are members of Gig Harbor Yacht Club.

Register online at GigHarborYC.com or by sending your name, boat name

and length, and email address to ghyclightedparade@gmail.com.

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Hark the Harbor

Bundle up and gather with family and friends under the Pavilion at

Skansie Brothers Park (3207 Harborview Drive) starting at 5:30pm on

Sunday, December 9, where you can join the community in caroling while

waiting in anticipation of the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship. Family

entertainer and accomplished musician Sharon Stearnes will lead carolers

with joyful holiday carols. Songbooks and candles will be provided to those

in attendance. The event concludes around 7pm. The event is a wonderful

way for both young and old to spend an evening with the Gig Harbor

community and share in the Christmas spirit.

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A Glimpse Into Our History

The Point Fosdick Antique Airplane Hangar is a culmination of research, experience, and

the hard work of many people. Master mechanics and restorers like Bob Johnson, with 40

years of experience, and William Hill, with over 50 years, have made this antique airplane

hangar possible. Their dedication and passion to quality workmanship and the pursuit of

aviation excellence allows these works of art to grace modern day skies with their presence.

This collection has been brought as close to the original appearance as possible allowing

the visitor to experience the majesty of each plane as it left the factory.

Bob and Bill Juranich opened the doors at KTIW to educate and inspire the public with their

collection of antique airplanes. They hope to ignite a passion in each visitor who comes to

experience the aircraft of a bygone era.

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Quiet Season on

Orcas Island

The perfect antidote to all the holiday

commotion

STORY AND PHOTOS BY

MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

You know you have stumbled upon a hidden gem when the guests, finding out you are

a travel writer, ask you not to write about the location because they don’t want anyone

else to discover this special experience. So shhh, don’t tell anyone about the Smuggler’s

Villa Resort on Orcas Island; it will be our secret. You will want to visit sooner rather

than later as rumors abound on the island about Oprah’s recent extensive real estate purchases on

the island.

Mike Stolmeier has managed the property for almost 30 years and is also an owner. The resort has

individually owned townhouses that are offered as vacation rentals. “We get a lot of regulars. I am

now seeing kids who I watched take their first steps now bringing their own kids here. This is a

place of firsts—first step, first time swimming or making s’mores. That’s what makes my day here,”

he said. “We say we like kids and tolerate adults.” The resort is very family friendly.

Quiet season is a special time in the San Juan Islands, and Orcas Island is a perfect location to

unwind before or during the holiday season. “Guest coming here love there are no malls. Families

will visit to do holiday baking and spend time enjoying each other’s company,” said Stolmeier. “One

of the popular things we do each night is our fire pit. Typically there are three shifts which begin at

sunset. The first is parents with younger children, followed by families with older kids, and then you

will get adults sitting around the fire until 1 or 2 in the morning.”

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THE GIFT

OF WARMTH

It may be the warmest gift you give.

It’s called Project HELP.

Project Help serves our members who need a hand to

pay their winter heating bills. It’s a partnership between Peninsula Light Co.

and Key Peninsula Community Services.

Your contributions go entirely to the fund—no administrative costs are

taken. Contributions are tax deductible and Peninsula Light Co. matches

every donation, dollar for dollar, so your gift goes twice as far.

We hope you will give generously to help warm the hearts—and homes—

of those in need.

For more information, contact the Member Services

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YOU KNOW YOU HAVE STUMBLED UPON A

HIDDEN GEM WHEN THE GUESTS, FINDING

OUT YOU ARE A TRAVEL WRITER, ASK YOU

NOT TO WRITE ABOUT THE LOCATION

BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE

TO DISCOVER THIS SPECIAL EXPERIENCE.

Located on the North Shore of the island, the pebble beach affords

breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and lovely

sunsets. The outdoor swimming pool is unheated but open year round.

Many guests try a European spa experience by jumping in the icy water

and then getting into the hot tub or sauna. Kids will love the menagerie

of animals from parrots and guinea pigs to aquariums. Cuddles, a super

friendly bird, greets everyone with a hello when they pass by her cage.

The resort also has a marina and kayaking, and fishing charters or whale

watching tours are available adjacent to the villas.

As the quiet season slips on to Orcas Island, the summer crowds fade

away and some businesses close. Make sure to visit the Orcas Island

Chamber of Commerce website (see The Specifics). Each week they post

a “Blast” which gives you a schedule for all the activities taking place

on the island, and they also have a listing of what is open. A must see

during your visit is the little town of Eastsound with its quaint shops and

restaurants. You can walk from Smuggler’s but it is about a mile or so.

This time of year it is easy to find parking in town. Stop at Brown Bear

Baking for good coffee, fresh pastries and hot-out-of-the-hearth bread—

all baked daily. The baking kitchen is open so you can watch the masters

at work. With a very friendly staff, you will find yourself a regular during

your stay on the island.

Plan to spend a day on the other side of the island. Moran State Park

with its pristine lakes and lush forests is the jewel of Orcas Island. It is

much larger than you would expect and is actually the fourth largest

state park in Washington. Drive up to the top of Mount Constitution,

which rises nearly a half mile above Orcas Island, or plan to park and

hike up. There are a couple of options for shorter or longer hikes. At

the top of the mountain is a watch tower, constructed by the Civilian

Conservation Corps in the 1930s. From the top of the tower is the best

view of the San Juan Islands. Locals call it one of the top water views in

the world. Although that is not verifiable, it is pretty incredible. On a

clear day you can see Mount Baker and Mount Rainier and all the way

into Canada.

After spending time in the park you are sure to have worked up an

appetite. The Rosario Resort is not far away and is a beautiful location

to enjoy a late lunch at the Mansion Restaurant. (Note this time of year

lunch is only Friday through Sunday.) The restaurant is in the historic

Moran Mansion in what was once the veranda overlooking Cascade

Bay. The hotel also has a free museum with information about the

historic mansion and the Moran family. A former mayor of Seattle and

a shipbuilder, Robert Moran donated much of the land, which became

Moran State Park, to the State of Washington.

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GETTING THERE

For peace of mind, make a ferry reservation and

note that you will need to make a westbound and

eastbound reservation. Make sure to arrive 30

minutes prior to departure or you will lose your

reservation. TakeaFerry.com

VISITOR INFORMATION

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce -

OrcasIslandChamber.com

Visit the San Juan Islands - VisitSanJuans.com

WHERE TO STAY

Smuggler’s Villa Resort - Smugglers.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Brown Bear Baking Company -

Facebook.com/BrownBearBaking

Boat House Ciderworks - BHCider.com

THINGS TO DO

Outer Island Excursions - OuterIslandX.com

The Rosario Resort - RosarioResort.com

Moran State Park - MoranStatePark.com

Quiet season is a special time in the

San Juan Islands.

If you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, you can experience the

unique performance by musician Christopher Peacock. He regales the

audience with tales of the mansion’s history interspersed with musical

interludes on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano and the 1914 Aeolian organ

with 1972 pipes and a slide show of historic photos. The grand finale is

the original silent film version of “The Phantom of the Opera” featuring

Lon Chaney in the title role. The silent movie is accompanied by Peacock

on the organ. It is mesmerizing. The presentation is free and takes place

at 4pm on Saturdays.

The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway has a portion on Orcas Island. This is

a great way to explore and points out all the highlights of the island. The

self-guided drive begins at the Orcas Island ferry landing in the cute little

Orcas Village. There is an eclectic market with upscale groceries, a few

shops and Boathouse Ciderworks. It will take two to three hours to drive

around the island. The byway will take you through small hamlets and

scenic bays. The views really open up this time of year after the fall foliage

is gone. Deer Harbor has a nice public sandy beach which is worth a visit.

For more information on the byway, check out the Visit San Juan Islands

website (See The Specifics).

Orcas Island really shines in the quiet season where one can relax and

unwind without the crowds of the summer. Winter weather is very mild

with average temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit and a lot less

rain than the mainland—in December you are likely to see a sunny day

during your visit! After touring the island, enjoy some downtime at the

Smuggler’s Villa Resort. Disconnect from technology and reconnect with

your family or friends. Stroll the quiet beach or take a private charter

with Outer Island Excursions located on site. You can schedule a fishing

charter or go see some of the lighthouses from the water. Bundle up,

throw some steaks on the grill and enjoy the views from your deck.

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In the Olympic Medical Plaza

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• Paninis & Sandwiches

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through an integrative and comprehensive care approach. Being

your primary care provider involves treating the entire patient, starting with

overall physical health while also considering other significant factors such

as family, emotional, social and environmental health.

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DRUNKEN PRAWNS

Courtesy of Chef Troy Louis Chandler

Not too long ago, I stopped going out on New Year’s Eve,

although I have had as much fun as the next guy, I think. I came

to a point in my life where the thought of being in all of the

chaos, traffic, Ubers and, oh yeah, the overly intoxicated masses

just wasn’t as appealing as it once was. Now I enjoy ringing in the

New Year with my family and whatever ball-dropping special is

on the tube. Or to have a few friends over to have a nice evening

and talk about the events good and bad of the quickly fading

year that was that will now only be with us in memories. Here is a

fun appetizer for New Year’s Eve.

INGREDIENTS - prawns

• Prawns - about 3 per person (I like Mexican wild prawns,

but any will do. For the size, u-15s are my favorite. 16-

20s will work just as well. See note below about prawn

sizing.)

• 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs (dill, tarragon, parsley, etc.)

• Olive oil

• Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

• Coat your prawns in olive oil and season with

salt and pepper and set aside.

*Prawn sizing.

Prawns/shrimp are sized by the pound. So a u-15 means

there are about 15 prawns in a pound. 16-20s means

there are about 16 to 20 prawns per pound. The lower

the number, the larger the prawn. Salad shrimp are

anywhere from a 77 to 99 count. I feel that most prawns

that are larger than the u-15 can be tough or chewy, so

bigger isn’t always better and is always more expensive.

INGREDIENTS - sauce

• 1 medium shallot minced

• 1/2 cup dry champagne

• 2 tbsp. champagne vinegar

• 1/2 cup heavy cream

• 1/2 stick cold unsalted butter cut into small

pieces

• Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

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• Combine shallot, champagne and vinegar in a

saucepan on medium heat.

• Stir and cook until it reduces by about half.

• Add the heavy cream, stir and cook until slightly

thickened, enough to coat the back of a spoon.

• Whisk in butter until butter is melted. Season and set

aside. (You can return the pan to a low burner to melt

any stubborn pieces of butter, but be careful. Too

much heat will break your sauce.) A good way to hold

this sauce is to place it in a bowl over hot water.

• In a sauté pan on medium high, add your prawns

and let them cook until they turn color on the pan

side. Stir them and sauté for another minute. Plate

the prawns and drizzle your sauce over them. Garnish

them with fresh chopped herbs.


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LUNCHBOX LABORATORY

This “funkadelic” restaurant boasts the world’s best burgers

and shakes, features a wide range of eclectic burgers, as well

as rotating experiments. Also on the menu are handcrafted

shakes, a variety of crazy experimental cocktails and patio

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American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the

harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, takeout

menu available. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11am-8pm, Fri.-Sat.

11am-9pm, Sun. 11am-8pm.

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HARBOR GENERAL STORE

The Harbor General Store is a gourmet market, cafe and

gift boutique, where the community comes to get supplies

and gifts and feel connected. They sell goods that are

quality and made in America and are passionate about the

environment, creating jobs and supporting artisans. Open

Mon.-Sat. 7am-7pm, Sun. 8am-5pm. Drive thru opens at

6am Mon.-Fri.

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GREEN.HOUSE RESTAURANT

Come and try their delicious new additions and nightly

specials at the Green.House Restaurant, offering lunch,

twilight, dinner and happy hour. Try the three-course

twilight dinner for $24 all night on Sunday. Their small and

bigger bites menu offers fun, deliciously shareable plates.

Open Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun.

11am-8pm.

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MOCTEZUMA’S

$5 Menu

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

for 2015! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

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MILLVILLE PIZZA CO.

Located along the historic Downtown Gig Harbor

waterfront, Millville Pizza Co. serves artisanal wood-fired

pizza Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm

and 4:30 to 9:30pm.

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our outdoor deck, both with serene waterfront views of

the Gig Harbor light house and Mount Rainier. Join us for

cocktails, premium beers and an extended wine list and

make The Green Turtle one of your most memorable dining

experiences. To make a reservation please call:

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OCCASIONS COFFEE & CREPES

Gig Harbor’s home for coffee & crepes! Located in the

heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical Building,

Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers premium, hand-crafted

espresso drinks, smoothies, fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh

made deli sandwiches, soups and of course made-to-order

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Spread the holiday cheer

across waters!

ENTERTAINMENT

Holiday

Cruise

SPIRIT OF SEATTLE BRINGS

CHEER TO THE SOUND

BY COLIN ANDERSON

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARGOSY CRUISES

For more than 70 years, Argosy Cruise’s

Spirit of Seattle has been bringing

Holiday cheer all throughout the

season, and you can be a part of

this time-honored tradition all month long.

Decorated in hundreds of twinkling lights, the

official Christmas Ship sets sail each evening

cruising by upwards of 65 Puget Sound

communities. Choirs on board entertain

guests, and there are several ways individuals

and families can partake in the festivities.

The Lead Boat cruise is onboard the Spirit of

Seattle, and guests are also joined by Santa

Claus. The boat slowly makes its way through

the Sound over the course of about three hours.

There is a special reading of “‘Twas the Night

before Christmas,” photos with Santa and kids

holiday arts and crafts.

The Follow Boat experience is in another

decorated vessel in the fleet and follows closely

behind the Spirit of Seattle. You also get a

photo with Santa, and children receive their

own holiday craft bag. Both cruises offer a full

bar and box meals for an additional charge as

well as contests to win great prizes.

Those who are unable to get on board can still

be very much involved. Viewing parties are

held each evening as the boats pass by, park and

the choir’s performance is broadcast to shore.

Each performance lasts about 20 minutes, and

there will be a community bonfire, lighting or

other special event each evening.

Don’t miss the chance to see the Argosy

Christmas Ship in person right here in Gig

Harbor, as it will make its way to Skansie

Brothers Park December 9 at 6:15pm.

Onlookers will also enjoy a live performance

by the Olympia Youth Chorus Cantabile.

For a list of pricing, availability and onshore

party schedules, you can visit ArgosyCruises.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DEC

07

St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar

The Holiday Bazaar is an opportunity for local and surrounding

city crafters, jewelry makers and artists to sell and display their

unique, hand-crafted and creative merchandise. Held on the

ground floor of St. Anthony's Hospital 9am to 4pm, admission

is free.

DEC

07-08

Holiday Hayrides with Santa

You can find Santa and his wagon in front of

Timberland Bank on Judson Street 4:30 to 7:30pm

on December 7 and 8 for Holiday Hayrides with

Santa. While you wait your turn, step inside the

bank, where there will be cider and cookies.

Hayrides are provided by Miracle Ranch.

GigHarborWaterfront.org.

DEC

08

Lighted Boat Parade

Presented by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, the annual

Lighted Boat Parade is an event you won't want to

miss, as beautifully decorated and brightly lit boats

including fishing vessels, pleasure boats and kayaks

make their way down the harbor starting at 5pm. All

area boaters are welcome to participate, whether

or not you are members of Gig Harbor Yacht Club.

Register online at GigHarborYC.com or by sending

your name, boat name and length, and email

address to ghyclightedparade@gmail.com.

DEC

08

Winter Wonderland Pancake

Breakfast

The annual Winter Wonderland Pancake Breakfast

is free for the entire family and benefits FISH Food

Bank (everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable

food item to donate). Held at Gig Harbor High School,

breakfast, a performance from Vaughn Elementary’s

Choir, holiday crafts and a visit from Santa and Mrs.

Claus are on the menu! There will also be a holiday

beverage table hosted by Saint Nicholas Catholic

Church youth group. All are welcome. Visit Facebook

for additional information.

DEC

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Peninsula Marketplace

Holiday Show

Find handcrafted gifts, festive decor, unique

treasures, seasonal greenery and more! Live music,

more than 40 local vendors including authors,

artists, knitters, jewelry makers, potters, fishermen,

bakers, toy makers, metal crafters, concrete

sculptures, plants and more makes this an exciting

shopping destination. Admission is free. Peninsula-

Marketplace.com

Hark the Harbor

Gather with family and friends under the Pavilion

at Skansie Brothers Park starting at 5:30pm, where

you'll enjoy community caroling while waiting in

anticipation of the arrival of the Argosy Christmas

Ship. Family oriented entertainer and accomplished

musician Sharon Stearnes will lead carolers with

joyful holiday carols. Songbooks and candles will be

provided. GigHarborWaterfront.org

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DEC

14

Light Up the Night: 5th Annual St. Lucia

Festival

Join the Harbor History Museum Friday, December 14, 5 to 6:30pm, for the fifth

annual Light Up the Night: St. Lucia’s Festival. The evening will begin with the

St. Lucia Procession and will be followed by an assortment of fun Scandinavianthemed

activities, crafts and games taking place inside the Museum. Guests

will also enjoy traditional Scandinavian treats, photo opportunities, story time

and caroling. HarborHistoryMuseum.org

DEC

15

Sundae & Mr. Goessl: Home

for the Holidays

Come listen to the music as Morso hosts Sundae +

Mr. Goessl Saturday, December 15 starting at 8pm.

Seattle's premier vintage duo features Kate Voss

on vocals and Jason Goessl on guitar. The intimate

venue is perfect for listening to these amazing

performers. Tickets are $20 each. Seating is limited,

so call 253.530.3463 to get your tickets today.

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DEC

19

Christmas Jazz Concert

The bells are ringing and the jazz singers are singing!

Join Ocean 5 in the Salish Lounge 6 to 9pm for for

a Christmas Jazz Concert featuring the O5 Trio and

special guest singer Jennifer Ivester! It's sure to be

a great night of live music, wine, food and dancing.

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DEC

21

Live Music with Jessica Lynne

Join Olalla Winery Friday, December 21, 6:30 to

8:30pm, for a live musical solo performance by Jessica

Lynne. The show is free, and you must be 21 or older

to attend. As seating is limited to just 35 people, guests

must register to get on the list. For more information,

call 253.851.4949. Register online at OlallaWines.com.

DEC

22

Jewel Box Nutcracker

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3rd Annual Noon Years Eve

Party

Harbor Dance invites the community to join them as

they present their very first Jewel Box Nutcracker.

The dancers have been working hard to bring this

time honored, traditional ballet to Gig Harbor!

Held at Peninsula High School, audiences have two

opportunities to see the show: 3:30 and 6:30pm.

General admission tickets are on sale now at TutuTix.

com/HarborDance.

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11:30am to 1:30pm. This family friendly event to celebrate

the new year with a balloon drop and bubbles/sparkling

cider toast at noon. Also enjoy a light lunch, family dance

party, cookie decorating station, Lego station, photo booth.

Space is limited, so get your tickets early. Call MarKee at

253.649.4122 for more information.

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