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December 2018 Tacoma Living Local

December 2018

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10 Get Featured

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a chance to see your photos, recipes, ideas

and more!

14 Essentials

The latest tips and trends perfect for your

home and lifestyle

20 Life & Community

Light up the Night: Zoo a glow for the season

22 Good News

Paddle Your Dragon: Local club mixes fun

and competition

26 Business Spotlight

Connections Fine Jewelry: Making special

moments extraordinary

28 In Focus

A Race to Tokyo: Local sailor pursuing Olympic

dream

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32 Health & Lifestyle

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

38 Features

Holiday Entertaining Made Simple: Tips and

tricks for the season

44 Experience Proctor

Proctor’s Chalet Bowl: An enduring labor of love

50 Travel & Leisure

Quiet Season on Orcas Island: The perfect antidote

to all the holiday commotion

56 Food & Drink

Christmas and New Years is around the corner!

Check out these holiday recipes great for entertaining

60 Arts &

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Taking Stock of Your Kitchen

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

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.

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Often just the addition of pretty

hardware is all that’s needed.

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

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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

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Consider how these five life stages can be important times to seek

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be astronomical, but of course most parents want to provide their children

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help decipher the best methods for helping make that happen.

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American Payroll Association. But even if you're nearing 50 and have

a minimal amount in your retirement fund, it’s not too late to start

building wealth for your future. Whether you plan for lifetime income via

an annuity or opt for another savings vehicle as part of your retirement

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Your parents are aging or ill - Caring for an aging or ill parent is tough

emotionally. Elder care is an expensive business, and planning how to

use your folks’ money to ensure they get the best possible care can be

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You're undergoing a life transition - Marrying, divorcing, starting a

family or dealing with the death of a loved one can impact your finances

as well as your emotions. But in times of great change or strife, budgets

and bills may be an added burden you’re not prepared to address. That’s

when a session with a financial professional may ease your mind and

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You want to start investing - Finding a financial professional who

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Light up

the night

Zoo a glow for

the season

BY COLIN ANDERSON

PHOTOS COURTESY OF POINT

DEFIANCE ZOO & AQUARIUM

The zoo

glows bright

each night

now through

January 6.

For kids, a trip to the zoo is a day

not soon forgotten. A trip to the

zoo at night will create memories

that last even longer. Point Defiance

continues this season with one of the area’s

favorite winter traditions—Zoolights.

The zoo glows bright each night now through

January 6 courtesy of the 700,000 lights

strung up for the special occasion. Holiday

lights decorate walkways, trees and plants,

and you’ll be amazed at the larger-than-life

animals lit up in the night’s sky. Keep your

eyes peeled for the giant octopus, rock crab,

polar bear, tiger’s head and a few more new

surprises this year.

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Once inside, experiencing the lights is

just the beginning of all the fun to be had.

Children ages 3 and older can go for a camel

ride while little ones feed goats and introduce

themselves to the zoo’s family of meerkats.

The antique carousel is also operating at

night, and snacks and warm beverages

will keep everyone happy on chilly winter

evenings.

Zoolights tickets are available at the door for

$12, or you can purchase them in advance for

just $10 at local Fred Meyer’s or at PDZA.org.

Zoo member prices are $6, and kids ages 2

and younger get in for free. Senior Discount

night is December 4, and there are military

discount nights throughout December as

well.

If you plan on visiting the zoo during the day

you can purchase a combo pass. This allows

you to stay inside the zoo after 4pm close and

be some of the first people into Zoolights

when it opens at 5pm.

A fun evening stroll through an amazing

display will leave you and your kids with

lasting memories. Don’t miss this totally

unique and unforgettable experience.


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Paddle

Your

Dragon

Local club

mixes fun and

competition

BY COLIN ANDERSON

PHOTOS COURTESY OF

GIG HARBOR DRAGON

BOAT CLUB

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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 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 want

to paddle, but Sharon warns that once you try it


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“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.”

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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Making Special Moments Extraordinary

GIVE A GIFT THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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TAD AND TOM FIND THE JEWELRY

BUSINESS TO BE “A HAPPY

BUSINESS,” AS JEWELRY IS

SOMETHING PEOPLE WANT,

RATHER THAN A NECESSITY,

MAKING IT AN ENJOYABLE

EXPERIENCE FOR BOTH THE

OWNERS AND THE CUSTOMERS

EACH AND EVERY TIME.

In the heart of Tacoma’s Proctor District lies a gem—Connections Fine

Jewelry. Since 2015, this Tacoma jewelry store has been providing exceptional

service and superior products to the community thanks to owners Tad Kraus

and Tom Donnelly.

Both Tad and Tom are not new to the jewelry business and are experts in their

fields. Tad ran Kraus Diamond Specialty in Lakewood for two decades with his

brother. Beginning in 1999, Tom ran his business, Connections Fine Jewelry, out

of Tad’s store. When Tad and his brother retired from the business in 2006, Tom

moved Connections to the Hess German Bakery in Lakewood. Five years later, in

2011, Tad decided to come out of retirement, and he joined Tom at Connections

Fine Jewelry. At that time, they relocated the business to the 6th Ave Business

District. At the start of 2015, they decided to make the move to its current location

in the Proctor District.

“No more moving,” says Tom. “We are very happy in Proctor.”

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Whatever you are looking for, whether it be a one-of-a-kind engagement

ring or wedding band, estate jewelry or pre-owned Rolex watches,

Tad and Tom are ready to serve you. If you’re looking for an honest

business that will give you a fair price for pieces you’re looking to sell,

Connections Fine Jewelry is the place to go.

“We focus on quality jewelry but with lower markup,” says Tom. “We

also will trade customers’ unwanted jewelry for new jewelry.”

Tad and Tom find the jewelry business to be “a happy business,” as

jewelry is something people want, rather than a necessity, making it an

enjoyable experience for both the owners and the customers each and

every time.

When it comes to what the business partners and friends find most

rewarding about the work they do, it’s being a part of their clients’ joyous

occasions, from engagements and anniversaries to birthdays and other

life events that are made that much more special with a beautiful new

piece of jewelry.

Tom and Tad value each one of their customers who walk through their

door, treating them with respect and kindness; the same way they like to

be treated. This is one of the key factors into what has led to continued

success of the business. As Tad says, “Treat people the way you want to

be treated.” The rest all falls into place.

Stop in Connections Fine Jewelry Tuesday through Friday 10am to

6pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. Tad and Tom are ready to provide

exceptional service, an unforgettable experience and a piece of jewelry

that will last a lifetime.

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TACOMA IN

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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

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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.

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

Gig Ahrbor 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,

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

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“SAILING HAS TAUGHT ME

SO MUCH ABOUT BEING

INDEPENDENT, RELIABLE

AND A STRONG FEMALE.”

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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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

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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, 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 one-trick 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

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BY JULIE YEH, MD, FAAP, PEDIATRICS NORTHWEST

Bringing a newborn home for the first

time is one of the happiest moments

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.

Other resources:

HealthyChildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/

bathing-skin-care/Pages/Your-Newborns-Skin-

Birthmarks-and-Rashes.aspx

HealthyChildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/

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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 to 12

units and the crow’s feet 12 units/side. Men typically

need more Botox than women to have the same

effect. Botox can also be used in other areas of the

face. Consult with your aesthetic provider to discuss

other common treatment areas.

Is Botox safe?

Botox Cosmetic received FDA approval in 2002

and is approved for use in over 75 countries. There

have been more than 500 peer-reviewed articles in

scientific and medical journals, and it is the most

widely researched and studied treatment of its

kind. There were over 7 million Botox Cosmetic

treatments performed last year alone, and the

medical community considers it to be low risk and

safe.

When done conservatively and dosed appropriately,

Botox can help to soften wrinkles and prevent

deep lines from forming, without making you

look unnatural or frozen. Consult your aesthetic

provider to discuss if Botox Cosmetic is right for

you, and learn how you can look refreshed, youthful

and rested.

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BEFORE

YOU GO

We answer your most

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Many women, and men,

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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 co-worker’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.

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.

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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!

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

a year, in 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

feliz

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 all year long!

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Experience

PROCTOR

CHALET BOWL

By Anneli Fogt

Washington’s oldest continuously operating bowling alley sits on North

26th Street in Tacoma’s Proctor District. Sandwiched between an

investment company and a sports retailer, Chalet Bowl is a family owned,

12-lane bowling alley that has been in operation since 1941. It’s had

multiple names over the years, including Proctor Bowl and North End

Alleys, and has changed hands a few times, but the Frederick family’s three

decades of ownership have come to define the establishment.

Tacoma native Reggie Frederick has owned the business longer than any

of his predecessors and stakes claim to not only the alley but the building

and land it occupies. It’s been a passion project of Reggie’s—who has always

loved bowling—since he and his late wife Nancy, took on the neighborhood

business with two young children in tow in 1984. The couple didn’t take

home paychecks for years but have now built a thriving family business—a

rarity in today’s world. With both of their sons now grown, one has taken

over ownership and operations of the alley along with his own wife. Now,

they’re working to preserve and sustain the beloved space that Reggie and

Nancy built.

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Proctor’s Chalet

Bowl

An enduring labor of

love

By Anneli Fogt

Reggie Frederick was 8 years old the first

time he went bowling. “I bowled a 32 at lane five in 1960,” he

recalls. He didn’t know it at the time, but rolling that large

rubber ball down an oiled lane at Tacoma’s North End Alleys

would come to define the rest of his life.

Reggie now owns that bowling alley in Tacoma’s Proctor

District—the oldest continually operating alley in the state.

Its name has since been changed to Chalet Bowl and the

space has been modernized, but nearly 60 years after that

first game, Reggie’s love for the sport remains at the heart of

everything he does.

A Tacoma native, Reggie grew up less than 2 miles from the

Proctor District in a home at the corner of South Washington

and South 17th streets. It was there that he would watch

bowling on television. “I got hooked on ‘Championship

Bowling’ back in the late 1950s,” he told Bowling Center

Management’s magazine in September 2017. “I would get

a ruler and a pencil and make scoresheets while they were

bowling. Then I’d take my set of plastic pins and balls out to

the garage and try to bowl like the guys on TV.”

By the time he was in high school, Reggie was working at

local bowling alleys. He went on to study physical education

at Washington State University, where he was a member and

coach of the university’s bowling team. He regularly bowled

100 games per week and was named an All-American in

1973—a title reserved for the top 10 collegiate bowlers in the

nation. But despite his busy schedule in Pullman, he made

the five-hour drive back to Tacoma often to work at Chalet

Bowl under former owner Jim Stevenson. “I was making

$2.75 or $3 per hour,” he recalls. “When I came home for

break, even if it was only two days, I’d work.”

He even has bowling to thank for his love life. In September

of 1971, he went on a blind date with a girl named Nancy.

They bowled at the WSU student center where Reggie scored

244. Nancy got 12 gutter balls. “I [darn] near laughed my

butt off,” Reggie recalls. The couple married two years later,

right around the time things began to click for Reggie. By

the time he was 23, he knew he wanted to be in the bowling

industry. “I loved it. I loved the people,” he says. Seeing

guests enjoy themselves, that’s the high for me.”

So, when Jim called in 1983 to let Reggie know he was

selling Chalet Bowl, Reggie took the opportunity to

return home. With his late wife, a 5-month-old son and a

4-year-old son, Reggie walked into Chalet Bowl on May

1, 1984, as the establishment’s owner. He began making

improvements—adding lights to brighten up the dark space,

purchasing bumpers to fill the gutters as children’s birthday

parties became more popular, and, most recently, installing

a new scoring system and new lanes. “It’s been quite the

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This commitment to staying

current and being flexible might

just be why, in a time when small

neighborhood businesses are

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bowling center is thriving.

transformation,” he says. Not surprising as he has been at the alley’s helm

for nearly 35 years, longer than any previous owner.

Today, Reggie’s son Billy, who was 4 years old when he first entered Chalet

Bowl, and his wife Alyson are the majority owners and handle Chalet

Bowl’s day-to-day operations. The two took over in 2012 after moving

back to Tacoma from San Diego where Billy was a wildland firefighter

and Alyson worked in accounting for Hyatt Hotels. They are “the future”

of Chalet Bowl, Reggie says, and are responsible for keeping the space

modern.

This commitment to staying current and being flexible might just be why,

in a time when small neighborhood businesses are disappearing, the

family owned bowling center is thriving. As bowling has changed over the

years from an exclusively league sport in the 1980s to the entertainment

activity it is today, the center’s intimate 12-lane space has lent itself well to

hosting events for the surrounding community. Reggie has also remained

committed to having the newest equipment—in 2011, the center closed

for 10 days to install new pinspotters and an automatic scoring system.

He says roughly 1,000 people come through Chalet Bowl’s doors on North

26th Street every week, and the center hosts up to 500 special events each

year, including end-of-the-year parties for local schools and roughly 40

holiday events. It’s all done with a staff of eight that sometimes includes an

appearance by Reggie, who still enjoys helping out where he can.

“If I knew at 25 that this is what I’d be doing full time, I would have

majored in hospitality management,” Reggie says with a laugh. “I learned

it all by the seat of my pants, but I got into bowling because I loved it.”

As for Billy and Alyson, Reggie says he let them learn through their own

experiences as well. Now, with years of operating the center behind them,

Billy told Bowling Center Management’s magazine last fall that they hope

to build on what Reggie and Nancy started. “This is a special place in the

community, and Alyson and I hope to keep it that way for a long time,”

he said.

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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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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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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.

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The Speci f ics

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

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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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Spirit of Seattle brings cheer to the Sound

BY COLIN ANDERSON

PHOTOS 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.

Special events throughout the season include a Kids Cruise, The Parade

of Boats on December 14, the 21+ Follow Boat Experience and the Grand

Finale. A portion of all Christmas Ship Festival proceeds are donated to

The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

For a list of pricing, availability and onshore party schedules, you can visit

ArgosyCruises.com.

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Champagne & Chocolate

A NEW YEAR’S TREAT

COURTESY OF CHEF TROY LOUIS CHANDLER

With the guilt of holiday meals and the apprehension of a

grand resolution, I say that a New Year’s treat should be at

least 1,000 calories a bite. That being said, here is a simple

treat that is interactive and fun.

Place a tablecloth on your table and a decorative bucket

full of ice along with a bottle of Champagne. Add the

proper amount of Champagne glasses. Next have a bowl

of strawberries. These are to drop into your Champagne

and also for your fondue.

Fill a basket or container full of skewers. Set up a fondue

pot or chocolate fountain if you have one. For this fun

treat, I have suggested strawberries but don’t let me stop

you from adding anything that is dipping worthy. Dried

crickets anyone?

Ingredients:

• 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

• 3/4 cup honey

• 1/4 cup evaporated milk

• Strawberries

• Pound cake

• Rice Krispy Treats

• Anything your heart desires

method:

• Melt chocolate chips over medium heat in a fondue

pot.

• Stir in honey. Add evaporated milk and stir. If mix is

too thick just add a little more evaporated milk.

tip

Set up a table in a good location, that

also has access to an electrical outlet, for

your guests.

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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.


The Polar Bear

Plunge

CHEF TROY LOUIS CHANDLER

Winter Warm Up

21+

Well, that went by fast! It seems like just a year ago we were talking about resolutions that we may or may not have kept. We

were all excited to ring in the New Year and equally excited (meaning terrified) to take the polar bear plunge. 2018, you were

an excellent year, but it’s time to put you in the books.

To ring in the New Year I have come up with a cocktail called “The Polar Bear Plunge.”

INGREDIENTS:

• 1-2 oz. Sparkling wine

• 1 oz. Vodka

• 1 oz. St. Germain liquor


• 2 oz. Meyer lemon simple syrup (1

part Meyer lemon juice to 1 part sugar,

heated until sugar is dissolved then

chilled)

METHOD:

1

2

This is a fun cocktail that looks like a pond frozen over. To do this, use a large

rocks glass (bucket glass). For the ice, freeze water in a ramekin or anything

you can find that will create a circle that will fit in your glass. You can also

purchase ice ball molds online that would work well.

Place the ice into your glass.

3

4

5

Fill a shaker with ice, add vodka, St. Germain, Meyer lemon simple syrup

and shake for 30 seconds.

Pour onto your ice pond.

Top off with the sparkling wine and … Take the plunge!

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the holidays the easy way—ordering

online from a retail giant or grabbing

a stack of gift cards on their way out

of the grocery store—those who want their gifts to be

truly memorable are always in search of something

unique and local. If this is what you are after then

make sure your holiday shopping days include a trip

through the annual Holiday Show.

The Gig Harbor Farmers Market’s Peninsula

Marketplace is the perfect backdrop for this event.

While closed for the season, the Marketplace opens

back up in December and you’ll find more than 40

local vendors and artisans with booths for you to

wander.

There is no cost for admission and, once inside, you’ll

find wide-ranging gifts, decorations and other holiday

flair. Authors and artists, jewelers, metal crafters and

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of the folks you’ll encounter. Rachel Morgan Perry

and David Hannon will be providing live music as you

shop. This is truly one of the best places to shop and

support local businesses and artisans, and the variety

is sure to help you check many gifts off your to-do list.

The Holiday Show is open December 1, 8, 9 and

15 from 9am to 3pm. You’ll find the Peninsula

Marketplace at the corner of Wollochet and Fillmore

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wanting more information can visit Peninsula-

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Take the little extra effort this season, skip the gift

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Mark your calendars! You may just discover a new holiday tradition!

REFLECTIONS OF LIGHT

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE A SITE TO BEHOLD

BY PATTY HUTCHENS | PHOTOS BY MIKE MANDICK

DEC. 15

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are fortunate to experience the beauty

of Christmas in ways many people cannot. With snow-capped mountains

and the beauty of the Puget Sound, it certainly is picture- perfect setting.

Add to that boats decorated with the beauty of Christmas lights reflecting

off the water and it is truly something to behold.

On December 15 at 6pm, the Lighted Boat Parade will depart from the

Point Defiance Docks next to Anthony’s with the procession traveling

down to the Foss Waterway. The boats will begin to line up from 5:30, so

you will not to be sure and get there early!

Leading the procession will be the Sea Scout Boat, Charles N. Curtis.

The Charles N. Curtis is 78-feet and 9-inches long, 14-feet and 8-inches

wide and was one of six sister Coast Guard patrol boats constructed in

June of 1932 in Southern Ship Yards in Newport News, Virginia, to chase

down Prohibition-era rum runners off the East Coast. All six ships were

transferred to the Pacific Coast in June of 1937 where the Charles N. Curtis

remained until 1942 before returning permanently to Tacoma in 1945.

With so much history, the boat is certainly something you will want to see.

There are currently approximately 20 boats signed up to participate, and

there is no fee to join in the parade.

If you want to participate in the parade, boat slips can be arranged through

Dock Street Marina, located at 1817 Dock Street in Tacoma. Their phone

number is 253.250.1906 or you can email them at info@dockstreetmarina.

com. You can also arrange for slips through Delin Docks at 1616 E D St. in

Tacoma. They can be reached at 253.572.2524 or info@delindocksmarina.

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Looking to find the best place to watch the parade? Organizers recommend

Ruston Way and Foss Waterway.

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ZOOLIGHTS

December 1 - January 6

See the Zoo transformed into a colorful

winter wonderland with more than a

half-million sparkling lights. The holiday

spirit comes aglow in this magical world

of dazzling 3D animal light displays at

the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Zoolights runs nightly through January

6, 2019, 5 to 9pm. For more information

and to purchase tickets, visit PDZA.org.

MAGNIFICENT WITCHES &

WIZARDS HOLIDAY BALL

December 8

Held at Hotel Murano, this event is for

Harry Potter fans ages 6 and older. Guests

will enjoy live music from guest Wizard

Rock Bands, entertainment, dancing and

hor d’oeuvres buffet. Come comfortable

or wear your dress robe or finest gown

and participate in the Best Dressed Witch/

Wizard content. Tickets are $35 for ages

6 to 12, $50 ages 13 and older and can be

purchased online at WeekendOfWizardry.

com.

3RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY

HAUL CRAWL

December 8

Join in the fun of this year’s annual

Holiday Haul Crawl. Held in

Downtown Tacoma 10am to 10pm,

enjoy a full day of events, giveaways

and holiday specials at local boutiques

and restaurants. Support local

businesses while getting a bit, if not all,

of your holiday shopping done. Find

the event on Facebook to see a list of

participating venues and deals.

4TH ANNUAL WHITE

CHRISTMAS MARKET

December 5

Join the Weatherly Inn, 6016 North

Highlands Parkway, 3 to 7pm for their

annual White Christmas Market. Sip on

hot cocoa, get in some Christmas shopping

and listen to holiday tunes performed by

Chris Anderson. This is a great event for

the entire family, as Santa will be there

ready to take a free photo, and there will be

live reindeer! Enjoy the spirit of the season!

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SANTA RUNS TACOMA

December 8

2018 marks the 10th year of this Tacoma

tradition! Santa Runs Tacoma includes the

Donner and Blitzen 21k (half marathon)

and relay, The Scrooge 10k, Frosty’s 5k and

the Tiny Tim’s 1k kids run. Registration

online at SantaRunsTacoma.com. Race

tee and a finisher medal are included in

the cost of registration. Receive a family

discount when registering four or more

family members. Email info@tcmaevents.

com to receive a discount code before

registering.

DOWNTOWN TACOMA

MARKET: HOLIDAY EDITION

December 9

The Downtown Tacoma Market is back

with their Holiday edition! This funfilled

day takes place at the beautiful and

historic Court House Square in Downtown

Tacoma! Stop on by 11am to 4pm to shop

for unique gifts from 40 local makers

and vintage dealers. Enjoy brunch and

cocktails from en Rama and The OutPost

Kitchen, coffee and sweet treats from Lift

Bridge Coffee and music by Josiah French

and James DjSemaj Sochor. And Santa will

be there for photos! Visit EventBrite for

more information.

SANKTA LUCIA CELEBRATION

December 11

Hosted by Scandinavian Cultural Center,

join them in their Sankta Lucia Celebration

6:30 to 8pm. For more than 60 years,

Pacific Lutheran University has been

celebrating Sankta Lucia. This year, the

tradition continues on Tuesday, December

11 in the Scandinavian Cultural Center.

For more information about the event, call

253.535.7349 or email scancntr@plu.edu.

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SHOWING IN DECEMBER

12/05- CATVIDEOFEST 2018

12/06- THE MERCY

12/08- GREMLINS

12/12- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

12/15- A CHRISTMAS STORY

12/15- HEAVY TRIP

12/19- BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE

12/21- MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

INDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

December 14

The STAR Center invites the

community to be entertained by a free

indoor movie! December’s movie night

features The Polar Express on the big

screen. Gather the kids and be sure to

bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to

relax on. (The STAR Center will provide

chairs for those who don’t have their

own.) And don’t forget to bring some

popcorn! Admission is free. Children

must be accompanied by an adult. For

more information, call 253.404.3939.

WINTERFEST

Start the morning of this day of frozen fun with breakfast

with Santa and photos. There will be ice skating under

a snowy filled sky (indoors), sepcial effects lighting and

an on-ice DJ mixing holiday tunes. Enjoy a snowball

toss with your friends, fruitcake bowling, ugly sweater

contest, gingerbread house building and more! For more

information, visit PierceCountyWA.gov/Winterfest.

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

December 15

Saturday, December 15, The Center at Norpoint will host

Breakfast with Santa. For just $10 in advance or $15 at the

door, you will enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, holiday arts

and crafts, pictures with Santa and more! There will be two

sessions: 8:30am and 10am. Space is limited, so be sure to sign

up in advance at MetroParksTacoma.org. Tickets can also be

purchased in person at the Center at Norpoint or by phone at

253.404.3900.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

December 15-23

Join Tacoma Musical Playhouse as CampTMP’s Honor Program

presents the award-winning 1965 CBS special, A Charlie Brown

Christmas. This play, based on the classic holiday TV special

is sure to be a hit for audiences of all ages. Show dates and

times are as follows: December 15, 11am; December 16, 6pm;

December 21, 7pm; December 22, 2pm; December 23, 2 and

6pm. For more information, call 253.565.6867. Tickets can be

purchased online at TMP.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan.10 - March 4 - Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually

Jan.12-20 - Tacoma Musical Playhouse Presents Stinky

Kids the Musical

Jan.15 - The Wizard of OZ: The Broadway Musical at

Pantages Theater

Jan. 17-20 - Tacoma RV Show at The Tacoma Dome

Jan. 19 - Benaroya Wing Opening at Tacoma Art Museum

Jan. 21- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Greater

Tacoma Convention Center

Jan. 24 - 27- Tacoma Home + Garden Show at Tacoma

Dome

Jan. 26 - 2019 Right to Play Gala for Children’s Museum

of Tacoma

The Nutcracker

December 21 & 22

Children’s Dance Theater and Prestige Dance Studio proudly

announce the seventh annual production of The Nutcracker.

Show times are 7:30pm December 21 and 2 and 7:30pm

December 22. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and

can be purchased online at AuburnChildrensDanceTheater.

com or PrestigeDance.net. Held at Columbia Junior High

School, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

JINGLE BELL RUN AT WRIGHT PARK

December 24

Head to Wright Park Christmas Eve day, 10 to noon and noon

to 2pm, for the annual Jingle Bell Run. Don your best and

most festive holiday attire, join the community and spread

Christmas cheer. All ages are encouraged to participate in this

fun 3-mile run or walk. Registration is $10 per person per

run. MetroParksTacoma.com

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