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With the holidays in full swing, our attention
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have to be replaced as well, and it just does not make sense
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BY COLIN ANDERSON
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DEFIANCE ZOO & AQUARIUM
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.
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
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
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.
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF
GIG HARBOR DRAGON
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
“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
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
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
“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
“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
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
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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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
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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.”
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
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.
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
“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
“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
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
Being so close to the water, Hanne is being
splashed and also needs to be fully aware
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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
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
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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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of practice, like limited range of motion, strength
imbalances and glaring weaknesses, then leading a
person down the path toward their best physical version
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
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
• 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.
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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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SKINCARE FOR NEWBORNS
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
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
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
These tips should help you care for your
newborn’s skin so that you can focus on enjoying
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
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
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
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
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
When done conservatively and dosed appropriately,
Botox can help to soften wrinkles and prevent
deep lines from forming, without making you
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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.
“This is the time for
Holiday entertaining can be a
chaotic and stressful
time, but it does not
have to be.
4 cups apple cider
1 bottle of red wine
1/4 cup honey
2 Mexican cinnamon sticks
The juice and zest of one orange
3 star anise
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
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.
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.
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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.
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
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!
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
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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
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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
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,”
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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. 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
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.”
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
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.
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.
The Speci f ics
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
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce -
Visit the San Juan Islands - VisitSanJuans.com
WHERE TO STAY
Smuggler’s Villa Resort - Smugglers.com
WHERE TO EAT
The Brown Bear Baking Company -
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.
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
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
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Magic In Manette - Dec. 7
Bremerton WinterFest - Dec. 8
Bainbridge Island Winter Wonderland
Port Gamble Country Christmas
Dec. 8 -9
Port Orchard Lighted Boat Parade
Poulsbo Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
& Visit Father Christmas - Dec. 8
Bloedel Holiday Village ~ Bainbridge
Island - Dec. 14
Gig Harbor Light Up the Night - Dec. 14
Poulsbo Lighted Boat Parade - Dec. 15
Bremerton Yacht Club Lighted Boat
Parade - Dec. 14 & 15
Hop aboard a beautiful WA state ferry
or cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for
a scenic ride to the Kitsap Peninsula!
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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
• 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 3/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup evaporated milk
• Pound cake
• Rice Krispy Treats
• Anything your heart desires
• Melt chocolate chips over medium heat in a fondue
• Stir in honey. Add evaporated milk and stir. If mix is
too thick just add a little more evaporated milk.
Set up a table in a good location, that
also has access to an electrical outlet, for
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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
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs (dill, tarragon, parsley, etc.)
• Olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Coat your prawns in olive oil and season with
salt and pepper and set aside.
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
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 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
CHEF TROY LOUIS CHANDLER
Winter Warm Up
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.”
• 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
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.
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!
Deck the halls!
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The Gig Harbor Farmers Market’s Peninsula
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While closed for the season, the Marketplace opens
back up in December and you’ll find more than 40
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of the folks you’ll encounter. Rachel Morgan Perry
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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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LIGHTED BOAT PARADE A SITE TO BEHOLD
BY PATTY HUTCHENS | PHOTOS BY MIKE MANDICK
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.
Looking to find the best place to watch the parade? Organizers recommend
Ruston Way and Foss Waterway.
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
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.
3RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY
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
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!
SANTA RUNS TACOMA
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.
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MARKET: HOLIDAY EDITION
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
SANKTA LUCIA CELEBRATION
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
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SHOWING IN DECEMBER
12/05- CATVIDEOFEST 2018
12/06- THE MERCY
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
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.
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.
Check out TacomaLivingLocal.com
for more events and information!
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
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
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
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.
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
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
Jan. 26 - 2019 Right to Play Gala for Children’s Museum
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
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
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