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MAY 2019

VOLUME 6 NUMBER 5

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Making Lifelong Memories

Summer camp benefits youth for many reasons

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THEY ARE THE FIRST EYES WE

LOOK INTO and the one person who

loves us unconditionally. Our mothers play

many roles—caretaker, cook, chauffeur,

nurse and so much more. And in today’s

world, most mothers also work outside the

home, leaving little time for themselves.

This month we celebrate Mother’s Day,

a time set aside to honor those who have

sacrificed so much to give their children

all they can. While there are many ways to

celebrate and gifts we can give, there are

other unique things we can do that will

mean much more than flowers.

Think about all that your mother has done

for you and write her a note of thanks.

But more than that, be sure to mention

important life lessons she has taught you.

Did she teach you compassion? Did she

demonstrate a strong work ethic which has

influenced you?

If you are able to spend time with your

mother on Mother’s Day, bring along

photos that portray some of your most

special memories with your mom. Better

yet, make a photo collage or go online to

create a unique ceramic tile of a special

photo.

While many of us are blessed to have

wonderful relationships with our mothers,

not everyone is as fortunate. If you have

a strained relationship with your mother,

maybe extend some grace and pray for a

glimpse of happiness and focus on what

happy times there have been.

Lastly, remember those who have been a

mother figure to you. Extend your gratitude

to them as well.

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very happy Mother’s Day.

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Contents

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16 Get Featured

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chance to get your photos, recipes, ideas and much

more featured.

20 Essentials

The latest tips and trends in your area

26 Life & Community

Trap Shooting for Vets: Event funds

groundbreaking programs

28 Good News

Future Scientists: Local girls heading to STEMspecific

summer camp

40 Living Local

Camp for All: Camp Stand by Me continues

a special mission

46 Business Spotlight

United Real Estate Puget Sound West: True,

responsive experiences

50 Health & Lifestyle

Tips and informational articles about living a healthy,

active lifestyle

60 Feature Story

On Final Approach: Determined and resolute,

trans-Pacific rower continues his quest

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32 Business Spotlight

Ms. Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine: A taste of Vietnam

in the harbor

34 Gig Harbor In Focus

Gig Harbor could see New Indoor Recreation Facility:

PenMet Parks conducting feasibility study

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82 Travel & Leisure

Coro Mendocino - A Chorus of Winemakers in a

Bucolic Setting

86 Food & Drink

Discover Gig Harbor's tastiest recipes and restaurants

92 Arts & Entertainment

Calendar of great local events, music and shows

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HARD-SURFACE FLOORING

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It’s time to start thinking about summer remodel

projects. For many of us, the long winter months spent

indoors have left us feeling like our homes could use a

little sprucing up. One place to start is with new flooring,

but there are so many types to choose from. Following is an

overview of some of the options available on the market

today.

One of the newest and most popular flooring on the market

is LV (luxury vinyl). LV products typically come in modular

planks or tiles that click together, much like a traditional

laminate floor. This type of flooring includes a waterproof

top layer, followed by a composite core and a backing of

some kind. Oftentimes, the backing is a pad made out of a

waterproof rubberized product, or sometimes cork, but it

can also simply be hard plastic. This product is growing in

popularity because it is durable and highly water-resistant,

and it can be made to look like virtually any wood, tile or

even stone on the planet.

With the advent of luxury vinyl products, laminate flooring

(sometimes known by the brand name of Pergo) has certainly

lost some of its prior popularity. However, this flooring

choice still leads the pack for DIY-ers, as it is relatively easy to

install and durable. Though laminate design options are more

limited than LV products, it is still the most economical of all

plank flooring options. It’s a good choice for those looking to

upgrade from carpet without spending a fortune on flooring

and remains popular with builders and contractors due to its

durability and ease of install.

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One of the newest and most popular

flooring on the market is LV (luxury vinyl).

is a little ironic, considering it’s been around

longer than any other type of flooring, short of

stone and earth! There are two basic types of

manufactured wood floor: solid and engineered.

Solid wood is just what you think it might be—a

solid plank of wood finished with some type

of sealant. These floors are what I hear people

referring to as “real wood.” However, engineered

woods are also “real wood.” However, they

typically include a veneered wear surface over

a secondary wood substrate. This allows the

customer to get the look of solid hardwood

without some of the issues that can be associated

with it. Engineered woods offer additional

tensile strength through the use of cross layering

and other manufacturing techniques that have

been specially designed for the longevity of the

product.

While both luxury vinyl and laminate

products can successfully be installed by nonprofessionals,

as long as the manufacturer

instructions are strictly followed, I highly

recommend allowing a professional to install

wood floors. They will have the tools and knowhow

to make sure that your wood floors last a

lifetime.

Any flooring upgrade is an investment, and

being educated in the strengths and weaknesses

of each type of hard surface will help ensure you

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Kids Just Want to Have Fun!

MAXIMIZING YOUR KIDS’ SUMMER SCHEDULE IN A TWO-HOME FAMILY

By Felicia Soleil, JD

Summer is fast approaching. As a divorced or

separated parent with kids, have you figured

out your summer schedule yet? In a flexible coparenting

relationship, summertime offers up

plenty of opportunities to maximize your non-work

hours with your children and help them experience the

freedom and fun that childhood summers should be.

Often, the residential schedule (parenting plan) that

you and your co-parent initially created revolves around

developing a structured schedule to maximize success

for your children during the school year. A good plan

often minimizes transfers between households during

the school week and has the kids settled down and

prepared on Sunday nights before the new school week

begins. They know when they will see each parent,

whether for a dinner visit, overnight or to chaperone

them to their practices and events that week. They know

their homework will be completed and on time, and in

which home their uniforms, instruments and sports gear

are kept.

However, the summer schedule can provide a welcome

release from all this structure for everyone if both

parents can be flexible and communicate with one

another, and value creating a laid-back summer of

childhood memories for their kids. I always recommend

getting together in early May to start this planning so

each parent can share in memorable vacations and

hopefully enjoy extra time with their children where

circumstances allow.

Many families have a predictable time when they take

vacation each year, and some parents are dependent on

the policies of their employer and need to request time

off early in the year for the summer. Ideally, parents

will work together to accommodate employer-related

vacation restrictions of the other party. If overlap of

requested vacation is unavoidable, parents can alternate

who gets first pick on vacation times each year. (For

example, Mom gets first pick even-numbered years and

Dad gets odd-numbered years.)

Additionally, avoid back-to-back vacations. It is not a

competition as to who will have the greater adventure,

and exhausted kids don’t make for fun vacations. Kids

need unstructured time at home with each parent as

well. Swimming, fishing, bike-riding, camping in the

backyard and just hanging out with friends without

the demands of homework and early bedtimes can be

enjoyed even more when children don’t have to worry

about a tight parenting schedule. Can you and your coparent

agree on letting your “kids be kids” during this

time?

As long as both parents agree on any needed supervision

for the children during work hours, such as day camps,

extended families, fun teenage babysitters, etc., parents

who mutually agree that summer break should be a

special time for their kids can depart from a structured

school schedule. With a little advance planning, you can

enhance not only your children’s summer schedule but

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T R A P

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By Colin Anderson | Photos Courtesy of Permission to Start Dreaming

When Leslie Mayne lost her son to an overdose in 2009,

she grieved heavily as any parent would. Her son Kyle

was an infantryman in Iraq and at 27 years old he died

just a day after being released from the VA hospital. In

honor of her son’s service to his country, Leslie started the Permission

to Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation to bring hope and healing to

veterans and foster ‘Post Traumatic Growth.’

Her Race for a Soldier run each September draws thousands of supporters

and has spurned additional events throughout the year in which you can

participate. Trap shooters are encouraged to sign up for the annual Pull

for a Soldier event, with the 2019 event taking place Friday, May 17, at

the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club.

Teams of five will compete to see who can hit the most clay targets.

Registration is open to those 18 years and older, and shells and clay are

included with your registration fee. There is a morning session and an

afternoon session available, and each group is given a safety briefing

before competition begins. Each shooter gets two rounds of 25 targets

per round.

Lunch will be provided, and there will be a beer garden for those 21 and

older once they have completed their shooting for the day. Awards are

given to the top three teams as well as the ‘Best of the Worst’ prize.

The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation has given more than

$300,000 since its 2011 inception, and participating in Pull for a

Soldier will have a direct impact on Northwest veterans dealing with

Post Traumatic Stress and combat trauma. Volunteer and sponsorship

opportunities are available, and you can register yourself or team at

PullforaSoldier.org.

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Future Scientists

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

LOCAL GIRLS HEADING TO STEM-SPECIFIC SUMMER CAMP

By Colin Anderson

Photos Courtesy of

AAUW - Washington

Roughly 150

girls from

across the

state will be

invited to

attend a Tech

Trek camp

this summer.

Today more than ever, women are entering

the professional workforce armed with

college degrees and a willingness to do

all it takes to succeed. There are more

female CEOs than at any other time in our nation’s

history, and working mothers are commonplace at

most businesses big and small. While this trend is

encouraging, it’s not to say that all things are now

equal. According to the American Association of

University Women (AAUW), Washington women

make 78 cents to every dollar men make at the same

position, ranking 35th in the country when it comes

to pay equality.

AAUW is a national charitable nonprofit organization

that works to change the climate for women and girls.

This is done through education, research, advocacy

and philanthropy. One of the organization’s most

successful programs is its summer Tech Trek camp

for girls who’ve just completed the seventh grade.

“Girls are traditionally underserved in STEM

opportunities and careers,” said Gig Harbor AAUW

Chapter President Barbara Schmit. “Tech Trek

provides an outstanding educational opportunity for

young women that opens their eyes to possibilities

and develops self-confidence in making meaningful

choices for their futures.”

Tech Trek got its start in California more than 20

years ago when AAUW member Marie Wolbach

decided to use recently acquired grant money to

open a week-long math and science camp for girls

on the Stanford University campus. The success

prompted an additional 10 camps in California

alone, and in 2013 the organization decided to take

the program nationwide. Ten states now have at

least one Tech Trek including Washington, which is

adding a second camp this summer.

Roughly 150 girls from across the state will be invited

to attend a Tech Trek camp this summer at either

Pacific Lutheran University in mid-July or Eastern

Washington University in late-July/early August.

Girls completing seventh grade who have shown an

interest in science and math are nominated by their

teachers for the program.

“Math and science teachers may nominate up to

five seventh grade girls based upon their interest,

aptitude and the benefit that they would receive from

this amazing opportunity,” said Schmit.

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Nominees then complete an application including an essay. Based upon

the nomination information and the application, students go through

an interview with Tech Trek AAUW Gig Harbor Committee. After the

interview in all of the middle schools, girls are selected and notified of

their selection.

If selected, the girls in the Gig Harbor area are responsible for only a

$50 registration fee as the remaining $950 cost for Tech Trek is covered

by AAUW through donations, sponsorships and scholarships. The Gig

Harbor chapter of AAUW will be helping to send 11 of those girls to

camp this summer. This is the seventh year Gig Harbor AAUW will be

sponsoring girls to go to camp.

Once at camp, the goal is for young girls to be able to see themselves

as future scientists, mathematicians, engineers and computer specialists.

This is done through hands-on learning from professionals in multiple

fields as well as previous campers who have continued their interest

in fields of technology. One day the girls might be building and

programming robots and the next they are learning about cyber security

and coding computer and phone applications. They learn chemistry, how

to extract DNA and dissect marine life. They get a grasp of physics by

studying the effects of roller coasters on the human body, learn medical

skills and even crime scene investigation techniques.

“These opportunities are few and far between. Having such an outstanding

experience in our area for local girls is amazing,” said Tech Trek/STEM

Program Chair Claudia Thompson.

AAUW has 35 branches across the state of Washington but also reaches

out to areas where they don’t currently have a group. In fact, in 2018, 11

girls came from parts of the state where AAUW does not currently have

a branch.

Students come back from camp with new skills and confidence. AAUW

gets to hear feedback and is always happy to hear about the impact Tech

Trek is having on these young minds:

“This experience has let me know of other options for me to pursue in my

life.”

“I loved everything that I learned and I made so many great friends.”

“It was great to learn so much and to stay on a college campus! It gave me

some idea of how it will be to go to college.”

“Best experience of my life!”

The Pacific Lutheran Camp runs July 14 through the 20, and the Eastern

Washington University Camp runs July 28 through August 3. AAUW

is seeking volunteers for both camps in several areas. The girls will be

staying in campus dorms so dorm monitors age 21 and older are needed.

Health aides and student counselors are also needed as well as teachers

and workshop presenters. Financial donations that go toward paying the

girls’ camp costs are also always welcomed. You’ll find an easy ‘donate’

link on the organization’s website at AAUW-WA.aauw.net.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Rashelle

Pratz

First grade teacher at

Artondale Elementary

According to our May Teacher of

the Month, first grade is where

the magic happens. An educator

for 24 years, Rashelle Platz

finds an incredible amount of joy teaching

young students at Artondale Elementary.

Her first graders learn everything from

reading and writing to math, science and

social studies, all while

becoming more socially

active. A one-time

kindergarten teacher,

Rashelle got the unique

experience of moving

up from kindergarten

to first grade with the

same student group,

something she’ll never

forget.

“We hit the ground

running in the fall with all parent-teacher

relationships already in place, as well as

student relationships,” she said.

A Gig Harbor native, Rashelle knows

the school district quite well having

attended Discovery, Purdy, Goodman and

graduating from Peninsula High. It wasn’t

long after moving away to become a teacher

that she found herself right back in the

community that raised her.

“I feel so lucky that I was able to move back

home and raise my own children here,” she

said.

First grade is a time when students begin

to be challenged academically while also

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continuing to learn social skills. Instead of

playtime, young students are finding new

challenges of the mind; something Rashelle

enjoys seeing each and every day in the

classroom.

“The greatest gift is watching these students

grow and discover their own love of

learning,” she said.

Even in the early

stages of learning and

development kids

have dreams and goals

of what they want to

accomplish and what

they want to be when

they grow up. Rashelle

encourages all of her

students to be passionate

about their dreams and

to continually put in the effort to make it

happen.

With 24 years leading the classroom,

many of Rashelle’s students are not only

graduating high school but college and

starting families as well. Teachers are

often one of the greatest impacts on young

children after Mom and Dad, and Rashelle

is happy to not only carry that responsibility

but have a lasting impact in her students'

lives. She is able to happily go to class each

day knowing she chose the right profession.

“If you love what you do, you will never

work a day in your life!” she said.

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Gig Harbor Home

to New Vietnamese

Restaurant

A TASTE OF VIETNAM IN THE HARBOR

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA ELISE TILLMAN

MS. SAIGON VIETNAMESE CUISINE

5160 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW, Suite C101

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.649.0915

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When it comes to the menu, guests will find

everything they could want when it comes to

Vietnamese food, and it’s delicious and served

fresh. LeLe and her staff strive to create an

authentic, traditional taste of her homeland of

Southern Asia to serve to each and every guest.

It’s another beautiful day in the harbor, and there’s reason to celebrate,

as Ms. Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine opened its doors last month to

eager diners ready to take a seat at the table and discover the flavors

of Vietnam.

Dza Thao Le, known to many as LeLe, is the woman behind the restaurant.

And she certainly is not new to the industry. Through hard work, dedication

and the support of those around her, she opened her first restaurant in

Tacoma’s Hilltop Neighborhood in 2001. Over the last 17 years, LeLe

opened three more restaurants, making Ms. Saigon her fifth.

At Ms. Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine, the comfortably modern and

sophisticated atmosphere seats 20 to 25 patrons indoors, offering outdoor

seating for as many as 16. A large black-and-white mural of Vietnam

from days past adorns the wall, accompanied by other beautiful Vietnam

photographs.

Ms. Saigon is a family affair, with three generations working in the restaurant:

LeLe's two teenage daughters work the register, her brother assists in food

plating and presentation, her sister is a waitress, and her mother helps prep.

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When it comes to the menu, guests will find everything they could want

when it comes to Vietnamese food, and it’s delicious and served fresh. LeLe

and her staff strive to create an authentic, traditional taste of her homeland

of Southern Asia to serve to each and every guest. All items are made to

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order with the freshest ingredients, and their love and passion for what

they do is poured into every dish they prepare. They offer an extensive

menu of small plates, Vietnamese sandwiches, salads and entrees, and

guests have the option to have many of these dishes prepared vegetarian,

vegan or gluten free.

Small plates include a variety of items, from the Garden Roll with pork,

prawns, rice noodles, celery, bean sprouts and garden-fresh herbs rolled

in rice paper and served with their house peanut sauces; Crab Rangoon,

a crisp wonton dumpling filled with cream cheese and crab, served with

their house-made sweet chili sauce; and Ms. Saigon Wrap of grilled

marinated chicken or tofu, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, sliced carrot and

sriracha aioli, wrapped in a flour tortilla.

All Bahn Mi, their Vietnamese sandwiches, include French baguette,

pate, mayo, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeno

with your choice of grilled pork, beef, chicken, combo of cured pork,

sliced jambon and head cheese, or vegetarian ham.

Entree selections include items like the Bo Ne, a Vietnamese sizzling

marinated flank steak served on a skillet with white onions, pate and a

fried egg, served with a side salad and french fries, bread or rice; and

Sweet and Sour Salmon sautéed in their house sweet and sour sauce,

pineapples, bell peppers and onions, served with a side of rice.

Additional menu items include Calamari, Honey Chicken, Tofu Cake,

Honey Walnut Prawns and a variety of salads—like the Papaya Salad

made with green papaya, Thai basil and peanuts mixed in lime vinaigrette

and served with grilled pork.

Ms. Saigon is the only restaurant in the harbor that makes fresh pressed

juices! The menu is complemented by a variety of fresh house-made

drinks: fresh coconut drink, hot or iced tea, fruit smoothies, refresh tea,

milk tea and a variety of fruit teas. Try the Uji Matcha, a blend of organic

matcha with vanilla ice cream and Boba or coffee jelly.

LeLe is living the American dream. At the age of 21, she and her parents

left everything behind to come to the United States as South Vietnamese

refugees, leaving their home of Saigon—thus the name of the restaurant—

and made a new life in Tacoma. It is there that LeLe met her husband, and

together they have four children.

LeLe and her family relocated to Gig Harbor, calling it home for the past

decade. LeLe truly appreciates this peaceful community, the kind, caring

people within it and the support they have shown her over the years.

LeLe invites you to dine at Ms. Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine and take in

the flavors, atmosphere and authentic hospitality. They are open daily

from 11am to 9pm.

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

GIG HARBOR COULD SEE

NEW INDOOR RECREATION

FACILITY

PENMET PARKS CONDUCTING FEASIBILITY STUDY

BY ANNELI FOGT

For the past six months, residents

of Gig Harbor have been without

an indoor recreation center. But

the Peninsula Metropolitan Park

District is working to change that and is in

the midst of determining the feasibility of a

190,000-square-foot indoor recreation facility

that would replace the Performance Golf

Center on 14th Avenue Northwest.

If the project is given the green light after the

feasibility study’s expected conclusion in mid-

September, the new facility would contain

a soccer field, flag football field, pickleball

and tennis courts, a walking track, indoor

playground, and 12 multipurpose classrooms

for community activities. But Peninsula

Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks)

Interim Executive Director Glenn Akramoff

is careful to note that the project is far from

finalized.

“Should we? Can we? And will we? Those are

the questions we’re looking to answer with this

study,” he says. The study is also addressing

preliminary designs, permits and establishing

a budget—which is currently $25 million, but

could change as the process continues.

Earlier this year, under former Executive

Director Richard Fink, PenMet Parks signed

a purchase-and-sale agreement for the current

Performance Golf Center property at 2416

14th Avenue Northwest. According to a

February 2019 News Tribune article, voter

approval of a levy lid lift in 2017 gave the

district the money to purchase the property

for about $4.3 million. It’s a site the district

has been eyeing for some time, Akramoff said.

As a newly formed district in 2006, PenMet

Parks considered the location for a park, as

it was already zoned for recreational use, but

it was too ambitious of a project for the new

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entity. Nine years later, the district returned

to the golf center site with revived interest.

Then, PetMet Parks’ Indoor Soccer Center—

which served an estimated 65,000 residents

annually—closed in November of 2018. The

closing of that facility left not only a void for

local soccer enthusiasts who have to travel

to Bremerton or Tacoma for an indoor

facility, but it also left multiple PenMet Parks

employees without offices. An August 2018

News Tribune article reported that staff were

working out of portables at Sehmel Park until

a new administrative space was found.

“That’s what really created some energy to

get moving on an indoor facility,” Akramoff

said, explaining that the center could also be

used for large community gatherings. “We

are trying to fill the needs that are out there

right now.”

The soccer center off 36th Street Northwest

was owned by Tacoma Screw and leased

to PenMet on a year-to-year basis, former

PenMet Executive Director Terry Lee told the

News Tribune in January of 2018. “At some

point they are going to want to use that site

for distribution,” he said in the 2018 article.

That time came last fall, and the district’s

lease expired in November.

Since then, the district has considered

multiple locations for a new recreation

facility, including the PetMet Parks-owned

Peninsula Gardens property, the Boys & Girls

Club of Gig Harbor, and Performance Golf

Center. After a feasibility study completed

on the three locations in late-2018, district

staff determined that the Peninsula Gardens

site was too expensive for development and

would not deliver adequate amenities for the

investment. The Boys & Girls Club facility

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Proposed 10’ Indoor Wide Running Track Recreation Center

Main Entrance Building

Restrooms, Concessions,

Admin/First Aid Station

ALL RENDERINGS ARE PRELIMINARY, AND ALL COMMUNITY

FEEDBACK IS BEING TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

Tennis Courts

18’ x 75’

(2) Batting/Pitching Cages

Storage Area Behind Curtain

90’ x 120’

Youth Football

and

Indoor Soccer

120’ x 120’

Entrance Plaza with Playground

& Indoor Picnic Area

106’ x 110’

Multipurpose Training Turf,

Casual Play Area

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with Sideboards

Storage Area Behind Curtain

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A SOCCER FIELD,

FLAG FOOTBALL

FIELD, PICKLEBALL

AND TENNIS

COURTS, A

WALKING TRACK

AND INDOOR

PLAYGROUND.

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presented challenges with space-sharing, PenMet Parks as well Community as a high cost of Recreation initial investment. Center Since

December of 2018, all eyes have been on the Preferred Performance Sport Golf Court Center Layout property.

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Plan

But the district has seen two executive directors since the decision to purchase the golf facility.

Richard Fink left the district earlier this year and told the News Tribune in February that the

district was working “fairly fast” on the new recreation center. He said the golf facility would be

torn down and the remaining building would be remodeled this summer and open by fall of

2019 with classrooms and programs for the public. Fink told the Tribune the recreation facility

would be constructed and “hopefully available to the public by spring 2020.”

April 22, 2019

But Glenn says that since the district doesn’t even own the golf property yet and no decisions

about the buildings or their future have been made, the district is “looking to provide a lot of

opportunities for public comment.”

Those opportunities include a May 8 meeting at the Gig Harbor Civic Center at 6:30pm.

Information about the facility and recent updates can be found at PenMetParks.org/

recreationcenter. Residents can call or email Chuck Cuzzetto, PenMet Park District's marketing

specialist, with questions or concerns at 253.888.0645 or ccuzzetto@penmetparks.org.

The feasibility study is expected to be complete by September 13. If the project is deemed

possible—the property is suitable for the proposed facility, planned improvements are

permitted and the cost of the project is within PetMet Parks’ means—the board will move

ahead with the purchase of the property.

“We want to make sure to listen to everyone’s feedback,” Akramoff says.

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“It’s taught me that trying new things really

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She has played soccer and softball all four

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“As starting point guard, I helped my

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In addition, Anna has been enrolled in eight

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Since 1974, Camp Stand by Me has been dedicated to providing a genuine

summer camp experience to both kids and adults with disabilities.

Located in Vaughn, the camp is operated by Easterseals Washington,

part of a national organization that offers help and hope to millions of

children and adults who are on the autism scale or have other special

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The Washington Chapter was founded in 1947 and has been providing

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Young children can take part in the Make the First Five Count program

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The group also offers child-development centers as well as specialized

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During the weeklong sessions, campers snack on s’mores, learn to swim

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“The friendships many of these campers make at camp result in them

staying in touch throughout the year,” she said. “We have even had some

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often point out that it isn't just being able to have respite that

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According to the 2015 State of the States in Developmental

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During the school year, families can come up for the weekend

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The camp is flooded with positive feedback from caretakers who

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usinesses in the area, according to Mel, is that they are a 100 percent

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“This is a great company! Being associated with United Real Estate has

been more enjoyable than I could ever have imagined! The people at all

levels, other owners as well as home office staff and senior management,

are more than helpful and genuine,” smiles Mel. “Furthermore, real estate

brokers that are associated with our firm have the opportunity to make

more money. They can then reinvest it into their own business to build

it up and become more profitable or spend it on making their lives’ and

families’ lives more enjoyable.”

Mel personally takes care of his associated brokers the same as all of his

clients. “My slogan is: ‘When people ask what you do, I tell them whatever

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it takes.’ My goal is to become friends with every single one of clients. I

find a way to make their dreams come true by making their deals happen.

That is my reward and the personal gratitude I then receive.”

Mel’s community involvement tells a story. He belongs to The Gig Harbor

Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor where he has

been a member for 12 years. He has served on various committees such

as the Star Awards, Rotary Women’s Prison program as an instructor,

The First Tee of South Puget Sound, and was president for the 2017-2018

Rotary year.

“We believe that we have a duty to be a positive contributor to the people

and institutions that are the fabric of the communities we serve,” says

Mel. “As this business grows, we as a company will focus our efforts in

areas that we as a group can make a measurable impact.”

If you are in the market to buy, sell or invest, the team at United Real

Estate Puget Sound West is ready to put their expertise to work for

you. Call them today. Likewise, if you are that Broker who wants to be

associated with a very well-respected national real estate firm and keep

more of your hard-earned money, you, too, should call them today.


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NEW LEAF HYPNOSIS

At New Leaf Hypnosis Center, they help people

reduce anxiety and stress, conquer fears and

phobias, heal past painful experiences, quit

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CUSTOM PRINTS NW

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Call or email for a free design consultation

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Our approach is to discover a design that

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Save time and let them do the booking for you.

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HARBOR VIEW DENTISTRY

At Harbor View Dentistry, they are a

neighborhood dental office in the heart of

downtown Gig Harbor where they spend

the time and energy to get to know YOU as a

person while providing state-of-the-art dental

care. They do this simply because they care

and see you as a part of their family. If you are

looking for friendly quality dentistry at a fair

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They are a specialty business offering

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programming. The equipment based studio,

through professional instruction, structures

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and functional health, sports conditioning

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VALONA PAINTING COMPANY

They are your paint and specialty contractors

that provide not only interior and exterior

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GREAT CAR CARE CENTER

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SEED CYCLING

Balance Hormones Naturally

By Jarett Jackson, Co-founder, Elli-vated Goods

EVERY WOMAN WHO IS LIVING IN TODAY'S ENVIRONMENT

DEALS WITH A BOMBARDMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS

that are driving hormones crazy. It is not just the environment, however, that

is driving hormones bonkers—it also could be your lifestyle. Chronic stress,

use of birth control pills, a diet high in refined sugar and a lack of exercise

are all participating factors for problems with hormonal balance, and these

imbalances are leading to an extreme version of PMS called Premenstrual

Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). PMDD comes with the physical symptoms

of PMS but with a more severe emotional component that can include

symptoms like severe mood swings, irritability, and depressive and suicidal

thoughts that recur monthly.

Researchers are still investigating the exact mechanism of PMDD but have

generally accepted that it is caused by a drop in levels of the neurotransmitter

serotonin, causing a shift in mood. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter

in the brain that is responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness.

Many doctors and members of the medical community would recommend

using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which may be

appropriate in some severe cases. However, naturopathic doctors are starting

to promote more of a holistic approach to balancing hormones. One, in

particular, that has piqued a lot of interest within the health and wellness

community is a method called seed cycling.

Seed cycling is a natural method to support your hormones during the

two stages of your menstrual cycle utilizing the nutrients found in seeds.

By increasing estrogen in the first phase and progesterone in the second,

seed cycling can help relieve PMDD, PMS, increase fertility, ease pain

from conditions like ovarian cysts, endometriosis and PCOS, and regulate

irregular cycles. It can be effective for women who are menstruating, premenopause,

postpartum and post-menopause.

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About one cup of red grapes a day can help suppress the abnormal

cell formation that leads to most types of breast cancer, according

to a recent study in Cancer Prevention Research. Resveratrol, a

natural compound found in grapes, grape juice and red wine, may

prevent estrogen from reacting with DNA molecules, which can lead

to cells becoming cancerous, scientists say.

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Follicular Phase begins on the first day of

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Estrogen levels start low and steadily increase

to prepare for ovulation. To keep estrogen levels

in balance, we cycle with flax seeds that contain

phytoestrogens, which adapt to the body’s

estrogen needs during this phase. If estrogen

levels get too high, the lignans in flax seeds can

bind to the excess so it can be eliminated from

the body. We also cycle with pumpkin seeds,

which are high in zinc to support progesterone.

Pumpkin seeds have a ton of tryptophan in

them, which helps support healthy serotonin

levels.

Luteal Phase begins the day after ovulation.

This phase is brought on by a sudden drop in

estrogen right after ovulation. Progesterone

levels begin to steadily rise to thicken the uterine

lining. Estrogen also increases here to prepare

for the menstrual cycle, but if estrogen gets

too high, PMS symptoms and painful periods

can occur. Progesterone is the hormone that

keeps estrogen in check, so the focus here is to

encourage the body to make progesterone.

During this phase, we cycle with sesame seeds,

which are high in zinc and selenium and block

excess estrogen, all essential for hormone

balance. We also cycle with sunflower seeds,

which are high in vitamin E and selenium to

support progesterone levels.

In addition to the seeds, the following herbs and

adaptogens are recommended during both of

the luteal and follicular phases of the menstrual

cycle:

Nettle: Nettle is a blood-purifier because it

supports the liver and kidneys while gently

detoxing the body. Nettle helps to decrease heavy

menstrual flow by making your period lighter

and reducing the severity of cramps. It increases

milk supply for nursing women, supports the

adrenals and supports the thyroid gland.

Ashwagandha: Everyone knows the lovely

symptoms associated with PMS! Ashwagandha

helps to boost mood and prevents fatigue,

irritability, mood swings and anxiety by

nourishing the adrenals and thyroid.

Holy Basil: Holy basil contains iron, which

can help lower stress. It may also help improve

circulation, reduce inflammation, bloating,

irritability and reduce anxiety. It also may help

control blood sugar levels.

Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast is chockfull

of B vitamins, which help reduce stress,

nervousness and PMS symptoms.

Himalayan Salt: We are all too familiar with

the salty food cravings associated with PMS.

Therefore, the nutrient-dense pink Himalayan

salt is recommended because it is rich in trace

minerals potassium, calcium and iron, helping

the body rid itself of the excess water retention

associated with PMS symptoms.

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MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS

Dizziness and giddiness

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

When we were children, we enjoyed

spinning until we dropped. We

giggled, held our head in our

hands and fell on the lawn as we

looked up to watch the clouds, treetops and the

faces of our playmates above us churning like the

spin cycle of a clothes dryer. Unfortunately, to

many people, this sensation can feel sickening and

can surprise us when it happens out of the blue

or after an unfriendly event such as a head injury,

whiplash or a medical condition.

Eleven years ago, I was very congested and blew my

nose a bit too hard, and the next thing I felt was that

same kind of spinning after being on the teacup

ride at the fair. I became nauseous and fell to my

knees. I became clammy, and cold sweats took over

my body as I crawled to the edge of my bed to hold

on to something I knew wasn’t moving. I prayed for

God to stop the spinning.

As soon as I could get an appointment, I saw an

ear and balance specialist who made the diagnosis

of Perilymph Fistula. I have had a few mild

occurrences since then but have learned to manage

the condition well. However, this event changed

how I respond to roller coasters and swings (which

I used to love). It even made me more sensitive to

the acceleration and cabin pressure in airplanes—

mostly in smaller commercial aircraft.

The inner ear structures involved in balance and

vertigo symptoms belong to the vestibular system,

which is located below the eyes. There are more than

25 adult vestibular disorders, but children can also

suffer from vestibular dysfunction, and the leading

type is due to concussions. In this short article, we

will only briefly discuss the most common type

of adult vestibular disorder, Benign Paroxysmal

Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV occurs when tiny

calcium carbonate crystals are jarred out of their

permanent place in the vestibular system.

BPPV is defined and described as follows:

Benign: not life-threatening

Paroxysmal: comes on suddenly

Positional: certain positions or movements will

trigger symptoms

Vertigo: the sensation of spinning—not the fun

type!

BPPV treatment involves proper assessment to

determine where those dislodged ear crystals

traveled to within the tiny labyrinth and

surrounding spaces, then reposition them with

quick head movements (called maneuvers) to lead

them back to home base. Clinicians who perform

these maneuvers have taken extra courses to learn

how to assess and administer them appropriately.

Occupational therapists (OTs) are experts in

returning patients back to their pre-injury roles

utilizing therapeutic solutions for the skills of

living. They will add functional tasks to treatments

after the repositioning maneuvers; teach patients

symptom management; and teach adaptive body

mechanics to keep them independent with their

self-care tasks because bending down during selfcare

tasks can provoke debilitating symptoms.

If you or someone you know have experienced

dizziness without the “giddiness” and would like

to read the full version of this article, please visit

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5775 Soundview Drive Suite A-103

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MAY IS “BETTER HEARING

MONTH”

DO YOU HAVE UNTREATED

HEARING LOSS?

BY KAY FRALLIC, MA, AUDIOLOGIST

HEAR FOR LIFE AUDIOLOGY

UNTREATED HEARING LOSS IS

A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE.

HEARING LOSS IS THE THIRD

MOST COMMON CHRONIC

DISEASE CONDITION IN THE U.S.

Kay Frallic, M.A., Audiologist

Hearing loss is an invisible handicap

that gradually sneaks up on many

of us. Because of its normally

painless and gradual onset, hearing

loss is easier to ignore or minimize than

other physical conditions. Many of us who

suffer from hearing loss do not seek advice

until the problem creates undue stress for

those who communicate with us. Our family

members and friends may bring up our hearing

problem many times over many years, trying

to convince us to take some action. Not until

it creates unbearable relationship conflict and

embarrassment do we reluctantly agree to a

professional hearing evaluation. Then after

finally receiving confirmation of our hearing

loss we may continue to procrastinate more

until we eventually accept help. By then it has

become a major issue in our lives and in the

lives of those who desire to stay connected with

us.

How common is the problem? Untreated

hearing loss is a major public health issue.

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic

disease condition in the U.S. It affects 12 percent

of children and about 15 percent of all adults.*

In groups over 60 years of age, prevalence rates

increase dramatically. Hearing loss affects a

quarter of those aged 65 to 74. Half of all people

in the U.S. over age 70 have disabling hearing

loss. **

What are the known consequences of

untreated hearing loss? Untreated hearing loss

impacts mental functioning. A recent study

shows that adults with untreated hearing loss

performed more poorly on cognitive tests and

were more than twice as likely to have mild

cognitive impairment, suggesting that hearing

loss could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s

disease or dementia. Poor or ineffective

communication increases frustration and

irritability, leading to anxiety and depression.

Impaired communication leads to social

isolation, loneliness, avoidance or withdrawal

from social situations. Social isolation increases

the risk of mortality by 30 percent, similar to

the risk of smoking and obesity. In children,

hearing loss causes delayed speech, delayed

language and poor academic performance.

to improved quality of life and health outcomes.

Optimal management requires early detection

and individualized treatment. Modern hearing

technology, when fitted correctly by hearing

health-care professionals, improves auditory

ability, speech intelligibility and supports

better health outcomes. Improving hearing

has positive effects on anxiety, depression,

health status and quality of life. *** Researchers

postulate that early identification and treatment

of hearing loss might lead to reducing the risk

of cognitive decline (Fields, 2017). Hearing

well keeps the auditory brain stimulated,

helping overall mental functioning. Being

more in touch with our surroundings promotes

connection and well-being.

*BetterHearing.org/hearingpedia/prevalencehearing-loss

Prevalence of Hearing Loss. Better

Hearing Institute.

**NIDCD.nih.gov/health/statistics/quickstatistics-hearing

Quick Statistics About

Hearing. National Institute on Deafness and

Other Communication Disorders.

***Karger.com/Article/FullText/448352

Manrique-Huarte R, et al. Treatment for Hearing

Loss among the Elderly: Auditory Outcomes

and Impact on Quality of Life. Audiol Neurotol

2016;21(suppl 1):29-35

(Fields, 2017) Fields, T. Self-reported hearing

loss, cognitive performance and risk for mild

cognitive impairment: Findings from the

Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention.

2017. University of Wisconsin.

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What are the benefits of treating hearing loss?

The use of hearing devices is positively related

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SHOE BOX

DOES THE SHOE FIT?

By Darcie Miller, Balance In Light Reflexology

A Holistic approach

to improved health

If these are familiar phrases for you, “My

shoes are killing me” or “I can’t wait to

get these shoes off my feet,” I encourage

you to please, remove them from your

precious feet and never wear those shoes

again. And, if they are new shoes, return them

for a refund or exchange. Shoes that fit your

feet correctly do not have to be broken in, and

if someone offers to stretch them for you, try

another size or brand.

Last month, I talked about your feet and how

important they are in your overall health

and well-being. Wearing shoes that do not

fit correctly can create conditions such as

blisters, bunions, hammertoes, claw toes,

corns and plantar fasciitis. You may also find

yourself fatigued and more tired during the

day.

Wearing the wrong size shoes can be harmful

to you; they create friction, which causes a

negative response on reflex points. If your

shoes are too tight or small, they can squeeze

reflex areas and may be the cause of headaches,

knee, hip and low back pain, elevated blood

pressure from the pain or discomfort as well

as anxiety and tension. It is not much fun to

miss out on an enjoyable activity because your

feet and body hurt too much from your shoes.

Here are some tips for optimal shoe fit:

• Toes fit into the toe box comfortably and are

not squeezed together

• Heal fits snuggly without rubbing or sliding

up and down

• Arch is supported but still able to flex as you

walk

• Shoes stay on your feet when you walk with

no effort

• Your body and feet feel good when you put

them on

• Wear the appropriate shoes for the activity.

Please do not wear flip-flops for a hike or to

ride a bike.

• Your shoe should look like the shape of a

foot.

• Do not buy a larger size to accommodate

your toes fitting comfortably in the shoes.

Look for a different width.

• Have your feet measured; they do change in

size as you grow older.

A trained and licensed reflexologist can

measure your feet and make suggestions for

the type of shoe and fit that would be optimal

for you. Reflexology is also helpful with any

foot pain from plantar fasciitis or other foot,

ankle, leg, hip, knee, back, shoulder and neck

pain you may be experiencing.

Each session is tailored to meet your goals

and expectations. All systems of your body

can be worked through reflex points in your

feet, hands or ears.

Wearing shoes that do not fit properly can

also affect your posture and how you walk.

Stay tuned for more fascinating information.

Available Sessions:

• Reflexology

• Reiki

• Reiki Training, for Kids Ages 5-12

• Reiki Training, All Levels

• Continuing Education Credits

• Vibrational Sound Energy

• Conscious Breathing Classes

• Vocal Toning

• Private Tibetan Bowl Healing

Darcie Miller

253-720-1400

6625 Wagner Way Suite 260B

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

darcie@lightinbalance.com

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Your most useful tool, your brain

needs to be challenged just like

your muscles do to stay strong.

Especially as we age, it’s important

to keep the mind sharp and active—studies

have shown that an active brain can ward

against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Here are

some fun ways to keep your noggin in shape.

Play! Many teens are loath to hearing that

playing video games kills brain cells and are

bad for our health. But what if that wasn’t

exactly true? Recent studies show some

video games challenge the brain and promote

healthy aging. Playing an active video game

like Nintendo Wii not only offers physical

benefits but it can increase attention span,

sharpen reflexes and improve your ability to

quickly process information.

Board games, puzzles and card games have

similar benefits for the brain. The National

Institute on Aging says that certain games

stimulate brain cells, keeping neural pathways

in shape. Find a game requiring plenty of

concentration, reasoning and memorization

such as Yahtzee, Scrabble, Pinochle and

Sudoku. Once you’ve mastered one, learn a

new one to keep your brain on the move.

Read! Reading isn’t just a peaceful way to

spend an afternoon. Studies show it can help

delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

In fact, many people of all ages find that

reading the newspaper daily at a set time,

over coffee or breakfast for example, will keep

you informed and educated about the world

and improve your brain health. Another

great way to keep your nose in a book is to

join a book club. The scheduled reading will

keep you on track, and you’ll enjoy the added

benefit of socializing with fellow readers.

Learn! It’s never too late to learn something

new. Push your boundaries and try

something different. Whether it’s learning

to Skype to stay connected with far-away

family or learning a new recipe from a friend,

challenging yourself yields many benefits.

Studies show that learning as we age helps

reduce cognitive decline associated with

aging and promotes a healthy self-image.

Many colleges encourage older adults to sit in

on classes and “audit” them, giving you the

benefits of learning without the added stress

of exams.

Angie Frantz is the executive director for

memory care community Olympic Alzheimer’s

Residence in Gig Harbor, Washington. To

learn more about the community and awardwinning

memory care program Expressions,

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THE TRUTH

ABOUT

DENTAL

IMPLANTS

Are they right for you?

By Rhonda Savage, DDS,

Uptown Dental Gig Harbor

IMPLANTS ARE A

MAN-MADE ROOT.

THEY’RE VERY

STRONG, HASSLE

FREE AND STATE

OF THE ART.

Fourteen years ago, Kevin came to my dental

office worried about his front teeth. He

wanted a nicer looking smile, but there

were complications from orthodontic

care he’d received when he was young. His front

teeth had very short roots and cavities. Kevin was

entering the working world and was worried about

the appearance of his teeth. We talked about three

options: implants, bridgework or splinting his

upper front teeth together on the tongue side and

placing veneers.

With short roots, some dentist would feel that

implants would be the best. It certainly was a good

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Kevin came back after the 14 years. He’d had an

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If you’re considering implants, technology and

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On Final

Approach

Determined and resolute,

trans-Pacific rower continues

his quest

BY DAN AZNOFF

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JACOB HENDRICKSON

Off course and months behind schedule, Jacob Hendrickson

continues to propel his custom-made row boat toward what

he hopes will be a triumphant landfall in Australia.

The former Air Force pilot began his marathon journey in

July 2018 for what had been charted to be a 9,150-nautical mile journey

from Neah Bay in the northwestern corner of Washington state to Perth

on the west coast of Australia. He has admitted the schedule was an

optimistic view of a daunting physical and mental challenge for one

man to accomplish alone.

Hendrickson has been tracked by a team on the mainland who have

stood by in case the adventurer ran into forces of Mother Nature that

threatened his survival. He also had an emergency beacon stowed in

his protected cabin that connected to a satellite operated by the Federal

Communication Commission.

Early entries in his weekly blogs at JacobAdoram.com allowed anybody

to keep up with his observations and growing doubts about the

magnitude of the challenge he had taken on. His initial blogs allowed

followers to share his sea-level observations and his musing about the

journey he had undertaken.

He has rowed his custom-built 28-foot Emerson with prevailing

currents and often against unpredictable weather patterns that threw

him hundreds of miles off course. As of mid-April, Hendrickson

was meandering east of the Solomon Islands and true north of New

Caledonia with a 10.7 mile-per-hour wind at his back.

The aviator was forced to make a decision last December at the fivemonth

point of his crossing that he later described as “not really a

decision at all.”

He had lowered his sea anchor due to a low-pressure system that was

apparently passing north of the Hawaiian Islands. He waited and drifted

before contemplating the safe choice of turning back toward Hawaii

because he was running low on provisions.

“Should I continue past Hawaii as planned? We already know it's not

as planned; I'm a couple of months behind schedule. Should I continue

past Hawaii even though I'm short on food? That's the real question.

“We also know there is no question, I'll continue.”

But that’s when Hendrickson also showed his first signs of doubt.

“The wheels haven't fallen off yet, or the rudder, or the rudder drive that

sounds like imminent death (I'm working on it). Pending catastrophe

between here and Hawaii, I'll continue.”

He welcomed a visitor to his solitary journey on Day No. 189 when a

blue-footed Booby checked out the unusual craft before finally coming

in for a social call.

“The Booby is interested in Emerson,” Hendrickson wrote. “Between

passes low in the troughs, he hesitates directly above the boat, eyes

darting left and right. The tail feathers spread, the wings broaden, giving

the Booby an extra few seconds of reconnaissance before slipping back

into a trough.

On the next pass, the Booby commits—it’s time for a landing. Emerson

is 28-feet long, with plenty of flat surfaces. This Booby instead decides

to land on the thin edge of the raised hardtop, about 3 feet from my face.

“He ignores me entirely.”

The solo sailor admitted having an extended conversation with the

unusual sea bird, admitting to the Booby that he was rowing and not

paddling like a bird on the surface of the water.

The conversations with himself evolved into trite observations of his

surroundings.

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“I don't have cup holders anywhere, with the

exception of makeshift devices constructed with 550

parachute cord. It's just a thin rope, so the improvised

cup holders only hold until about 35 degrees of roll.

After which, I have a projectile coffee mug on my

hands.”

That was the same day that the native of Austin,

Texas, faced the reality that he would no longer be

able to update his Garmin map because the device

had caught fire through what was an apparent short

in the charging cable.

“Well, it was more of a red, smoldering, smoking,

rubber dripping situation,” he wrote. “Everything is

under control, just no more text messages.”

The fighter pilot spent as many hours as he could

observing and supervising the construction of his

custom-built rowboat at Schooner Boatworks in

Portland, Oregon. Hendrickson flew A-10 Warthogs

in Afghanistan while he saved up enough money and

recruited sponsors to pay the hundreds of thousands

of dollars he estimated would be needed for the solo

crossing.

The boat was the concept for the ocean-going

rowboat, the last boat designed by the legendary

boat designer Eric Sponberg before his retirement.

Hendrickson’s boat was featured in an article on

the famed designer authored for an issue of “Boat

Builder” magazine.

Sponberg was so proud of the craft he designed for

the Air Force pilot, he included it on his personal

website. For his safety, Hendrickson has worn a

four-point harness to prevent him from being tossed

overboard in rough seas. His 28-foot boat weighed

only 22 pounds before being stocked with provisions

for the voyage.

The would-be captain was on hand to be part of the

testing of the boat while under construction. The

innovative design of the craft allowed it to right itself

even if it was toppled over by high waves.

“I sat in the boat with the four-point harness when

the boat was flipped during a test run,” he recalled.

“My head was under water for only a few moments

before the boat righted itself and I was vertical again.”

The safety precautions went beyond the design of

He has rowed his

custom-built 28-foot

Emerson with prevailing

currents and often

against unpredictable

weather patterns that

threw him hundreds of

miles off course.

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By the time

Hendrickson made

his decision to forge

ahead on that fateful

afternoon, imagination

had become his best

form of entertainment.

the craft. Hendrickson said the row boat was

equipped with the latest in electronics to guard

him against any unforeseen situations. He

described the high-tech safety measures his

own Risk Management Plan.

By the time Hendrickson made his decision

to forge ahead on that fateful afternoon,

imagination had become his best form of

entertainment. That included many lengthy

conversations with himself.

Early entries in his blog were focused on the

physical challenge, including descriptions of

the aches that riddled his body.

“Physically, I'm holding up well,” he wrote

on December 5 of last year. “I'm not taking

medications for any ailments, so I'd say that's

excellent. I'm still working through various

joint and muscle pains, but nothing worth

complaining about.”

By Day No. 230 on March 6 of this year he was

much more philosophical.

“I can't think of anything I know with certainty.

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Not even 1+1=2 works anymore, since

apparently on the quantum scale 1+1 doesn't

just mean 2. It seems we don't need absolute

certainty to survive, since we are all here. The

stories of our ancestors say we don't need

certainty, we need something called faith. Faith

isn't knowing either, it's something else.

“As far as I can tell, nobody truly knows

anything. It's obviously terribly unproductive

to just declare nobody knows anything.”

The images and impressions that he had held

inside for so long as a cadet at the Air Force

Academy and being ordered to deliver deadly

weapons against unsuspecting enemies that

were only specs in the sand when he flew sorties

in Afghanistan had suddenly become vivid

images that surrounded him on his small craft

in the middle of the Pacific.

“I know there are some things in life that

improve my situation, and others that are

detrimental, and sometimes I get it wrong,” he

wrote in his blog on one especially dark night.

“I know feelings influence my decisions in

some manner even if I don't understand how

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or why. I know there are certain ways to act

that are acceptable, and I know I've gotten that

wrong too.

‘It's like a self-correcting sine wave,

overshooting certainty, oscillating closer and

closer to some semblance of knowledge, but

never truly arriving. Maybe somewhere in that

narrowing oscillation lies wisdom.”

Hendrickson had hoped his experience as an

aviator together with his working knowledge

of navigation would allow him to take on

the challenge many said was impossible. The

currents and the winds at sea level, he said,

present a different range of challenges than

flying Mach 1.0 at 30,000 feet.

“The currents can act like the wind, but that’s

where the similarities end,” he explained.

“For a journey of this length, I had to make

considerations as to the types of freeze-dried

foods I could take along, how much toothpaste

to pack, how much butane I would need to boil

water, what type of music would inspire me

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When he passed into the Southern Hemisphere,

the Milky Way and other familiar constellations

were no longer in their usual place in the night

sky. Hendrickson began his journey with a

full complement of electronic equipment to

help guide him across the lonely stretches of

ocean. But he continued to rely on his sextant

and his compass to remain true to his desire to

duplicate the efforts of sea captains who sailed

the uncharted seas centuries ago.

“I've determined I'm unable to visualize how

the earth is oriented within our galaxy using

casual observation. I keep looking at the band

of Milky Way rotating above our heads, then

imagine that we are also in that Milky Way,

then imagine the earth spinning and orbiting

within some arm of the Milky Way, but unsure

where I am relative to the band of stars above,”

he wrote. “Up, down, north, south, all that gets

confused in my head, mainly because I'm not

sure if there's a north for the galaxy?”

Then his thoughts passed from philosophy to

physics.

“Is the location of where we think the Big Bang

took place, the cosmic north? How have I not

figured this out before?”

And then beyond the Earth sciences.

The images and

impressions that

he had held

inside for so

long as a cadet

at the Air Force

Academy.

“The sound rushes back in. Awake again.

The sensation of waking always fascinates

me. Especially the sound. It's the conscious

awareness that sound is again available for

sensory input that is peculiar. It feels like a

forgotten crescendo found an opening back

into space and time.”

He wrote that he was certain that he would

run out of the pre-packaged, high-protein

meals he had stored below deck. Hendrickson

contemplated eating less but eventually utilized

the fishing gear he had brought along to catch

some fresh meat.

Hendrickson was realistic about the degree of

difficulty he had created for himself before he

made his first pull on an oar. He was aware that

his physical limitations or forces beyond his

control could force him off course enough that

he could miss his ultimate goal altogether.

“Odds are that I very well may end up in

Hawaii or California,” he confided with

friends. “Wherever my journey ends, it will be

a valuable learning experience for my life.”

At his present rate and direction, Hendrickson

could make landfall on the Solomon Islands or

the tiny atoll of Vanuatu before he reaches his

ultimate goal of Australia.

Regardless of where he sets foot on dry land,

the solo navigator told friends he is looking

forward to sitting down at a table for a meal

of food that is not dehydrated and not freezedried.

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Making Lifelong

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It’s what childhood memories are made of. Summer camp for many is a time to try new activities, meet new friends and gain some

independence from Mom and Dad. But the benefits extend far beyond that and can teach children values that will help guide them

through life.

One of the most important things to realize is that it is not easy for some children to make friends, and the bonding that occurs in a

camp setting is far different than when one is in school or engaged in athletics. At overnight camp in particular, kids are living together and

experiencing life without distractions. In this setting, they can really forge a bond unlike any other friendship. With counselors present to

make sure all are included, it can put a parent’s mind at ease wondering if their child will fit in and be accepted. While it may be hard to send

your child to an overnight camp, you may want to start out with a camp that isn’t so long, and I’m sure by the end they will be asking if they

can stay longer next time.

Technology in today’s world has exploded exponentially, making it harder than ever to become “unplugged.” Unfortunately, connecting oneon-one

and in person has become less frequent. Taking a break from technology is something we all should do, but rarely act upon. Allowing

your child to do so will allow him or her time to connect with others, learn from positive role models such as camp counselors and gain a

greater appreciation of nature, outdoor activities and things that keep their mind and body engaged. And hopefully the break from

technology will translate to less screen time away from camp as well.

A child who has attended camp is likely to develop a sense of independence earlier than those who may not attend

camp. The growth of a child can be amazing when the parent or parents are actually absent (but under other

adult supervision). And it doesn’t stop there. Most people who have sent a child to college have remarked how

much the young adult has “grown up” after only one semester away from home. With that independence

also comes a sense of empowerment—something that will serve them well in life.

Living together for a period of time at camp can also teach children the concept of teamwork. Whether it

is working together on a project, helping one another solve challenges or simply turning to one another

for advice, living and experiencing each day together can build a strong bond and give a child, who may

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to be a team player will give them the tools they need to build good

and long-lasting relationships throughout their lives.

Trying new activities and finding things they enjoy is a great way

to build a child’s self-confidence—something that will definitely

benefit them as they go through life. It is natural for a child to feel

more pressure with his or her parents watching, so camp is a great

opportunity to explore various activities. A child’s first time doing

anything, whether it is paddling a canoe, swimming or riding a horse,

can be activities that may push them out of their comfort zone, but

doing these things while being supported by camp counselors, in a

safe environment, can do much to build their self-confidence.

There are so many different kinds of camps that it is important to

explore what one is right for your child. Do they want to learn more

about a particular activity or sport? Investigate what camps are

available that will help teach your child more about these skills or

topics.

For children with special needs or who may have special medical

needs such as diabetes, going to a camp that caters to those needs can

open a whole new world to them. It can help them realize that they

are not alone in their world. Connecting with other kids who face the

same daily challenges they do can provide a newfound confidence.

And for those who have suffered a major loss in their lives, many

hospice organizations provide a camp for kids who are grieving.

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Camp can be expensive, but there are ones available that provide

scholarships or even payment on a sliding scale. Don’t let cost be a

deterrent to providing lifelong memories for your child.

While there are countless long-term benefits to sending your child to

overnight camp, it can be tough on both kids and parents. Some ways

to make the transition easier is to visit the camp prior to attending.

Many offer open houses or will gladly provide a tour to families who

are interested.

It is also helpful to sign your children up to attend camp with a

friend, sibling or other relative. It’s always nice to see a familiar face,

especially if you are feeling a bit homesick.

Lastly, go the old-fashioned route of sending letters to your child. In

your correspondence, be sure to not include things that may make

them feel homesick. Avoid details of the “fun” things going on at home

or how much you miss them. Instead, make the letters encouraging

and inquire about their activities.

Whatever you decide, know that sending your child to camp is

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ummer is nearly here, and unless you plan on keeping the kids busy every day on

your own, it’s time to register for summer camp. Camp offers kids of all ages a chance

to meet new friends, develop skills, learn something new, find a lifelong hobby and

allows Mom and Dad a bit of breathing room as well. There are thousands of camps

across the country focusing on a variety of interests.

Sports Camps

If your child is moving on from learning how to play a sport to a competitive team, athletic

camps are a great way to improve their skills during the off-season. In summer, many universities,

community colleges, high schools and AAU groups put together weeklong camps. Instructors are

typically current coaches and players, and children get advice and coaching from those who are

dedicated to the sport. If your child is serious about pursuing top-tier competition during high

school and looking at furthering a sports career upon graduation, it’s best to get them in front of

team representatives at an early age. There are also plenty of camps out there for kids who just want

to learn to play golf or tennis, improve their ice skating or try out a new sport.

Art Camps

An unfortunate reality for many schools across the country is the slashing of funding for the arts.

Kids being able to express themselves through drawing and painting, acting and theatre, or music is

vital to helping create a well-rounded individual. Art camps focus on bringing out the creative side

in a young mind while also helping kids break out of their comfort zone. Theatre camps work on

acting and performing skills in a group setting and, at the end of the week, campers put on a show

in front of a live audience. Practicing an instrument alone all summer isn’t ideal, but music camps

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Those who like to draw, paint and sculpt can learn

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Spiritual/Religious Camps

Churches were some of the first organizations

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children, realizing that learning about faith in an

environment that also allows kids to burn off some energy, meet new friends

and be without Mom and Dad for a few days was highly beneficial. These camps

are all a little different but most incorporate teaching of the faith in dealing

with everyday situations. There are Bible study camps that are typically more

faith-driven and outdoor recreation camps that tend to encourage children to

meet and interact with new kids of a similar faith. Check with your church as

even if they do not offer one there is likely a regional faith-based camp they

can put you in touch with.

Wilderness/Outdoors Camps

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts aren’t the only campers who can experience the

great outdoors. Many communities have summer camps with lodges in the

wilderness or on the shores of a lake. Kids can swim and learn to fish or canoe.

Campers can practice archery, arts and crafts, and learn to build a fire as well

as other wilderness survival skills. The YMCA is a great resource for weeklong

day camps that again focus on building new relationships, skills and

confidence. Many of these camps are also cell-phone free, so kids learn how

to put the phone and video games down for awhile and communicate face-toface

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allowing them a better chance at success. College-prep

courses are often offered as well, and students can study

for Advanced Placement tests that, if passed, can often

knock out a couple of college credits while they are still

in high school.

While these camps are all tried and true, there are also

hundreds of unique experiences out there for those

looking at a new challenge or something a little more

out of the box.

NASA offers Space Camps at the Kennedy Space Center

in Florida and also at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center

in Huntsville, Alabama. Here students learn robotics

and get to speak directly with astronauts who have been

to outer space.

Microsoft is offering free summer technology classes at

all of its local stores. DigiGirlz Coding is offered to girls

11 through 18 and is taught by professional women in

the tech industry. Kids ages 6 and older can learn basic

coding of games like Minecraft and Harry Potter Kano.

And if you thought summer camp was only for kids, don’t

worry—there is a place for grownups too! Adults-only

camps are beginning to grow in popularity as grownups

look to relive some of their favorite childhood memories

now with other adults and a different perspective on the

world. These include all your favorite camp games, crafts

and activities often mixed in with a few adult beverages

as well.

No matter the camp, giving your child an opportunity to

meet new friends, challenge themselves and be on their

own for a short while will be something that will likely

stick with them for years to come.

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Regional Camps ABOUND

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Make this summer one your kids will remember for years to come by signing them up

for one of the many day or overnight camps the area has to offer—from life on the

ranch to exploring the wilderness. Fun and new friends await.

CAMP SEALTH

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Located on Vashon Island, the property features more than 350 acres of pristine

forest and 1.5 miles of private beach on Puget Sound and miles of hiking

trails. With dozens of sessions throughout the summer, camps include Classic

Camp for grades first through 12th; Horse Camp for grades three and up,

where campers will jump in the saddle building confidence and new skills in

a safe, structured program; Adventure Camps with backpacking, hiking, rock

climbing, rafting and more for those grades seven through 12; Specialty Camps,

such as archery, for grades five through 11; and Leadership Camps, where those

grades nine through 12 will have the opportunity to learn and develop new

leadership skills. CampFireSeattle.org

CAMP SEYMOUR

Adventure awaits at Camp Seymour. Looking for your child to spend countless

hours this summer enjoying positive outdoor recreation, games and activities

while meeting new friends and making lifelong memories? Camps are open to

those who will be entering second grade through teens entering their senior

year of high school, and campers will experience activities like archery, water

sports, boating, kayaking, wall climbing, performing arts, marine science and

more. Camp Seymour also offers day camp and family camp. For additional

information and to register, visit CampSeymour.org. For help choosing a

program that fits best for your child, call 253.884.3392 or email lmclain@

ymcapkc.org. CampSeymour.org

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CAMP STAND BY ME

Camp Stand by Me has been dedicated to providing a genuine summer camp

experience to both kids and adults with disabilities for more than four decades.

Located in Vaughn, the camp is operated by Easterseals Washington. With

dedication to maintaining low staff-to-camper ratios and an on-site registered

nurse, they can serve children and adults of any ability level. With campfires,

boating and fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor education and

recreation—all in a safe and supportive environment—smiles and laughter are

abundant by all who attend. There are six-day and eight-day sessions offered

June through August for different age groups. Children’s camps are for ages 7

to 21; teen/young adults are ages 15 to 35; and adult camps are for those 22 and

older. Easterseals.com/Washington

CAMP FIRE'S SPECIAL

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Designed for children and adults with special needs and their entire families

to enjoy a camp experience in an inclusive, supportive environment, Camp

Fire's Special Family Camp takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25

through 27. Open to all ages, families are sure to enjoy camp activities like

archery, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, hiking, marine touch tanks, adaptive

bikes, pony rides, and more in a beautiful outdoor setting on Vashon Island.

Here campers and their families can set the pace for an action packed or

relaxing weekend all in an uplifting and positive environment. To find out

more, call or visit CampFireSeattle.org.

CURIOUS BY NATURE

SCHOOL CAMPS

According to the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation website, "CBNS (Curious

by Nature School) camps are a combination of nature play and exploration,

STEAM topics, make and take crafts, stories and, of course, fun!” There are six

camp sessions available to choose from: Wetland Detectives (July 8 through

11), Habitat Builders (July 15 through 18), Animal Olympics (July 22 through

25), Forest Theater (July 29 through August 1), Wilderness Skills (August 5

through 8) and Nature's Market (August 12 through 15). All camps go from

9am to 1pm and offer a two-day or four-day combo. Campers must dress for

the outdoors, bring a water bottle, mid-morning snack and a sack lunch daily.

Camps are open to children ages 2 1/2 to 10 years old. GigHarborFoundation.

org/camps

SUMMER CAMP AT GIG

HARBOR ACADEMY

Camp designed for children entering preschool (must be at least 3 years of

age) through sixth grade, Gig Harbor Academy's Summer Camp offers those

who attend camp course options to include everything from woodworking and

robotics to international cooking, soccer, introduction to ukulele and more.

2019 offers three camp sessions with a variety of age-appropriate courses to

choose from: June 24 through 28, July 8 through 12 and July 15 through 19.

Course sessions are either 9am to noon or 12:30 to 3:30pm. For additional

information, call 253.265.2150. Camps are filling up fast, so register today

online at GigHarborAcademy.org/summer.html.

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Coro Mendocino

A Chorus of Winemakers in a Bucolic Setting

Travel a little further for an authentic experience

By Marguerite Cleveland

Photos Courtesy of Kevin Brutocao, Visit Mendocino and The Testa Ranch

There is a scene at the end of the movie “A Walk in the Clouds” when a horrific fire destroys a family’s

vineyards. All is not lost with the discovery of an old root which the family will use to reestablish the

vineyards. For this wine tour of Mendocino County, the focus is on some of the original families,

the roots of the wine industry in the area. These are the fourth and fifth generations of Italian

immigrants, many growing grapes for more than 100 years. With names like Brutocao, Graziano, Parducci,

Barra and Testa, their wines reflect this heritage.

Mendocino County is a climatically diverse region bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, redwood forests

to the north and split by the Coastal Mountain Range. Within these extremes are warm valleys with lots of sun

perfect for growing grapes.

If you are a red wine lover, one of the best ways to experience Mendocino wine is with Coro Mendocino. This is

the first wine in the United States to brand itself similar to a European appellation with their strict rules. Each

wine passes through four blind tastings before it is declared worthy of the Coro Mendocino label.

“Coro was established to show off our world-class grapes and the innovative people associated with them;

generations of family farming that has since brought new farmers and ranchers to this great agricultural

community we call Mendocino County,” says Hoss Milone, winemaker for Brutocao Cellars. “Zinfandel makes

Coro unique. Cabernet is grown all over the world, but only California has Zin and only Mendocino County

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“CORO WAS ESTABLISHED TO SHOW OFF OUR

WORLD-CLASS GRAPES AND THE INNOVATIVE

PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THEM; GENERATIONS

OF FAMILY FARMING THAT HAS SINCE BROUGHT

NEW FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO THIS

GREAT AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY WE CALL

MENDOCINO COUNTY."

has a Zin blend that is Coro. Currently our 2015 vintage is for sale.

Every summer is when we release. Our next release event for the 2016

Coro is on July 16, 2019, with 11 wineries offering tastings of their own

individual Coros at the Mendocino Music Festival in the iconic Village

of Mendocino on the coast.

“The establishment of Coro started over 15 years ago when a group of

Mendocino county winemakers got together to discuss a project that

could define what Mendocino winemaking was all about. We started

with Zinfandel, but the beauty of the project has been the Old-World

varietals that are such an important part of each unique blend, and it

showcases the diversity of the grapes grown in this county,” says Steve

Brutocao, president and CEO of Brutocao Family Vineyards.

For a very authentic stay, choose the Testa House as your home during

your visit. This lovely craftsmen-style three-bedroom farmhouse was

built in 1927 by the original Italian immigrants who farmed the land.

This vintage home is filled with original features and old Testa family

photos yet has all the modern conveniences for a comfortable stay.

“Staying at our Testa House is truly something special. It is a place to get

away and relax but still feel right at home. You wake up and have your

coffee to the waterfront view and end the day with a glass of wine on

the back porch overlooking the vineyard. At Testa you are surrounded

by 106 years of history, beautiful vineyards, a working winery, old rustic

barns and our Tasting Room, which is just steps from the house. There

is truly nothing else like it," says Maria Martinson, a fourth-generation

winemaker and owner of the Testa Ranch.

Begin or end your wine tasting day at the Testa Tasting Room. At each

stop of your tasting journey, be sure and try the Coro Mendocino; these

red blends are a work of art with each winemaker showcasing their

skills. It is interesting to taste each winemaker’s Coro Mendocino and to

compare the differences. Not far from Testa are Barra of Mendocino and

Parducci tasting rooms. If you prefer to picnic at the wineries, plan to

swing by the Redwood Valley Market, a cute little local store with a deli.

After your first round of tastings head into Ukiah to School Street, which

has local boutiques and a bookstore. For lunch visit Schat's Bakery for

fresh soups, sandwiches and salads or to pick up some treats for breakfast

at the Testa House. The Bottle Shop is very popular with locals. This deli

makes great sandwiches, and don’t forget to add the Mendo mustard.

They have a variety of pasta salads and other grab-and-go items to pack

a picnic.

In the afternoon head to Hopland for some more wine tasting. Another

fourth-generation run vineyard and winery is Brutocao Cellars. “Our

long history of grape growing and winemaking goes back 75 years

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The Speci f ics

VISITOR INFORMATION

VisitMendocino.com

WHERE TO STAY

TestaRanch.com

The Wineries

TestaRanch.com

BrutocaoCellars.com

BarraOfMendocino.com

GrazianoFamilyOfWines.com

Parducci.com

WHERE TO EAT

BroilerSteaks.com

PatronaRestaurant.com

Schats.com

THINGS TO DO

SkunkTrain.com

VichySprings.com

FortBragg.com

RedwoodHikes.com/Montgomery/

Montgomery.html

when my grandfather, Irv Bliss, first bought the

property that is now fondly called the Bliss Ranch.

Every bottle has family involvement, from my

brother Len growing the grapes, to my brother

David helping to make the wine, to myself and my

nephews Ryan and Kevin marketing and selling the

finished product. It all starts in the vineyard, and the ground is sacred

to us. This is the same land that our grandpa fell in love with; that our

mom helped pick grapes on; that our dad saw the vision and potential of

and expanded our business; that my brothers and I have continued that

passion and that our children will after us,” says Steve.

Also in Hopland is the Graziano family of wines. This is another old

Italian family with the fourth generation working in the company.

Graziano has a very good Coro Mendocino and four separate labels for

their wines.

For dinner a must is The Broiler Steak House in Redwood Valley. It has

been around since 1966 serving juicy steaks, seafood and other yummy

dishes. This is where the locals go for a nice meal or family celebration.

It’s just unpretentious and good. Another restaurant getting a lot of buzz

is Patrona Restaurant and Lounge. Owned by wine chefs Bridget and

Craig, the two are passionate about their community, and the menus are

based on what is available from local purveyors. Their award-winning

wine list is heavy on Mendocino County wines, which are all kept in a

temperature-controlled wine room.

There are so many unique activities available to see and do while in the

area. Head up to Willits and catch The Skunk Train. The two-hour Wolf

Train Turn will take you into the Redwood-rich Noyo River Canyon

where you will see the giants Redwoods from the comfort of a train.

Montgomery Woods State Park is another location to see the Redwoods

while enjoying a nice hike.

For a more relaxing experience visit the Vichy Hot Springs and buy a

day use pass which includes the use of the famous "champagne" Vichy

Mineral Baths, Olympic-size swimming pool (in season), Hot Pool and

private 700 acres of walking and hiking trails. Picnic tables are available

throughout the grounds for guests' enjoyment. There is a waterfall onsite,

and it is spectacular this year due to all the recent rain. The Testa

House is pretty centrally located. If you wish to go further afield, Willits

is an interesting town to visit. From there you can head west to Fort Bragg

for a nice day trip to the coast.

To get to Mendocino County, fly into the San Francisco International

Airport. It is a two-and-a-half hour scenic drive that takes you over the

Golden Gate Bridge. It is about an hour further than Napa or Sonoma but

well worth the drive.

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FRESH SPRING CHEESE

BOARD WITH A SPARKLING

GRAPEFRUIT TONIC

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn

@marinagunn | MarinaGunn.com

INGREDIENTS:

1 box of crackers

2 salamis of your choice (1 thin sliced and 1 thick sliced)

2 wedges of your preferred cheese (We chose a soft brie and a

mild gouda, but choose any cheese you prefer.)

1 stem of grapes (about ½ cup)

1 roma tomato, halved

½ cup strawberries, halved

½ cucumber, sliced

⅓ cup raspberries

¼ cup cherry tomatoes

¼ cup almonds

SPARKLING GRAPEFRUIT TONIC:

Grapefruit juice

Tonic Water

METHOD:

• Assemble platter by first washing and slicing all fruits and vegetables.

• Add crackers in a small section, then begin adding in your larger

items first such as cheese and salami.

• Continue by adding all elements of the cheese board onto the

platter. We used an elongated wooden board to serve. Begin with

small quantities on the board and refresh during the event so all

produce and salami are fresh for your guests.

• For the sparkling grapefruit tonic, fill a glass with ice. Pour 1 part

juice to 2 parts tonic water. Stir and serve.

• Serve your fresh spring cheese board with a refreshing grapefruit

tonic and enjoy!

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Fine Dining with Endless Views

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Walk-Ins & Reservations

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Cocktails ~ Premium Beers ~ Extended Wine List

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LUNCHBOX LABORATORY

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

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

as rotating experiments. Also on the menu are handcrafted

shakes, a variety of crazy experimental cocktails and patio

dining when the weather allows!

4901 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.432.4061

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MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

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

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

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

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

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MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

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

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

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GREEN.HOUSE RESTAURANT

$5

Come and try their delicious new additions and nightly

specials at the Green.House Restaurant, offering lunch,

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

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

bigger bites menu offers fun, deliciously shareable plates.

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

11am-8pm.

4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW #400 | Gig Harbor

253.514.6482 | GreenHouseGigHarbor.com

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GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

4747 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite 600

Gig Harbor | 253.649.0921

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GREEN TURTLE RESTAURANT

The dining atmosphere has always been considered

one of Gig Harbor's favorites with a quaint dining

room and our outdoor deck, both with serene

waterfront views of the Gig Harbor light house and

Mount Rainier. Join us for cocktails, premium beers

and an extended wine list and make The Green Turtle

one of your most memorable dining experiences. To

make a reservation please call:

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& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

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Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like

your soup mild or spicy, they'll prepare it just the way you

like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available as

well. Even better, the prices can't be beat, and there's plenty

of parking. Also available for take-out. Open Monday

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ENTERTAINMENT

pray for a safe and

bountiful catch

MARK YOUR

CALENDARS

MARITIME GIG FESTIVAL

APPROACHING

BY COLIN ANDERSON

PHOTO BY JULIE REED

One of Gig Harbor’s favorite yearly

traditions is right around the corner.

The annual Maritime Gig Festival will

take place June 1 and 2, and you’ll find

plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy. Kiwanis

members will kick off the event with a pancake

breakfast beginning at 8am with fresh flapjacks

served until 10am. You’ll find them out in front of

7 Seas Brewing.

The U.S. Bank Kids Dash and Family Fun Run

also take place early Saturday morning. The

shorter distance kids dash begins at 8:30, and

those choosing to run the 5k will start at 8:45. The

course loops around Gig Harbor as you’re cheered

on by friends and neighbors setting up for the big

parade.

The Yo’ Ho’ Harbor Grande Parade really cranks

up the excitement as around 100 floats and

organizations make their way through a crowd of

thousands. The route meanders down Harborview

Drive eventually ending on Judson Street.

When the clock strikes noon, food, music and

business booths all open up. Here you can grab

food and drink, listen to a wide range of musicians

rotating about every hour, and connect with local

businesses and organizations. There is also a

special section of the fair designated for children.

Be sure to come back on Sunday for the Wheels on

the Water car show. You’ll find all makes, models

and generations lined up on Harborview from

Rosedale to Pioneer. Trophies are handed out in

several categories like make, decade, pre-war and

people’s choice.

Another can’t-miss event is the Blessing of the

Fleet. The Saint Nicholas Catholic Church Knights

of Columbus and parish priest process from the

church to Skansie Park with the “Our Lady of the

Harbor” icon, and a service is held to honor those

lost at sea and to pray for a safe and bountiful

catch. The priest then circles the fishing fleet,

blessing each boat and crew with holy water.

For a detailed schedule of events, check out the

festival Facebook page or GigHarborChamber.net.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MAY

04

Relay for Life

"May the Cure Be With You." The community is welcome to participate

in this year's Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,

10am to 3pm. Held in Uptown Gig Harbor, the event is free for anyone

who would like to attend. There will also be plants for sale, live music,

dog entertainment "Bark for Life," activities for all ages and a free meal for

cancer survivors and their caregivers at 10:30am.

MAY

04

2019 Cinco de Mayo Bash!

Join the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation as they

host the 2019 Cinco de Mayo Bash at Ocean5. Held

6 to 10pm, it's time to celebrate at one of the South

Sound's largest Cinco de Mayo-themed events and

help raise important funds for our community on

Cuatro de Mayo! Each ticket includes Taco Bar, drink

ticket, live music and dancing, salsa dancing lessons,

opportunities to play and win and much more!

Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.com.

MAY

04

AAUW Fundraising Luncheon

& Garden Party

The Gig Harbor Branch of the American Association

of University Women (AAUW) host their spring

fundraising luncheon for Tech Trek Saturday, May 4,

at the Canterwood Clubhouse. The featured speaker

will be Marianne Binetti, Northwest gardening

expert. Please mark your calendars and invite all

your gardener friends to attend! Tech Trek is a weeklong

camp at Pacific Lutheran University for girls

going into eighth grade. Purchase tickets online at

EventBrite.com.

MAY

4, 11,

18, 25

Peninsula Marketplace

Maker's Market

This indoor makers market is held each Saturday 9am

to 3pm through September and hosts local artists,

crafters, food processors and others who showcase

and sell unique and quality products directly to the

community. From plants, seafood and fresh flowers to

artists, crafters, jewelry makers and more, don’t miss

out on the opportunity to support local. Admission is

free! Peninsula-Marketplace.com

MAY

MAY

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Pull for a Soldier

This annual event, held at the Gig Harbor Sportsman

Club, features 32 five-person teams shooting trap—

clay targets shot from a machine—with shotguns

to compete for prizes donated by the community.

Participants include community members, members

of the Sportsman club, veterans, active-duty

military members and first responders. All funds

from the event go back to the Permission to Start

Dreaming Foundation and the programs it provides

for soldiers, first responders and their families.

For additional information and to register, visit

PTSDFoundation.org.

Family First 20th Anniversary

Family First Adult Family Homes is celebrating

20 years of providing quality care for the seniors

in our community. They invite the community to

celebrate with them with a champagne greeting,

appetizers and no-host bar at Canterwood Golf and

Country Club Friday, May 17, 4 to 7pm. Please call

253.853.2033 to RSVP.

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18

Veteran and First Responder Appreciation Day

Saturday, May 18, from 12:30 to 2:30pm, Harbor Life Chiropractic

wants to celebrate veterans and first responders. To show their

appreciation, Harbor Life Chiropractic invites veterans, those

currently serving in the military and first responders to stop in

for complimentary care, 15-minute chair massage, giveaways

and prizes, savory food and sweet deals. Call 253.858.5152 for

more information.

MAY

18

The Green Gig Locally Grown

With a focus on sustainability, The Green Gig

Locally Grown dinner is designed to showcase the

region's agricultural and culinary prowess. Now in

its ninth year, the one-of-a-kind dinner, prepared

by Chef Michael Monzon, provides guests a magical

farm-2-fork experience, replete with live music

by Rob Rigoni of Budapest West, heartwarming

stories, and original collaborative artworks created

with local artists, unique experiences and more on

auction. Purchase tickets online at EventBrite.com.

MAY

18

Storywalk Grand Opening

MAY

18

St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary

Fashion Show

Held at Canterwood Golf and Country Club, you are

invited to attend St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary

Fashion Show Luncheon 11:30am to 2:30pm. Enjoy

an afternoon to include a gourmet lunch, fashion

show, a raffle and door prizes. Proceeds benefit St.

Anthony Hospital’s Anthony’s Closet and future

needs of CHI Franciscan Health’s St. Anthony

Hospital. For additional information, contact Jayne

Dempsey at jaynedempsey@yahoo.com.

MAY

25

Gig Harbor Street Scramble

MAY

18

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

The Gig Harbor Beer Festival is a fundraiser

benefiting the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Foundation.

Join in the excitement noon to 5pm at Uptown

Gig Harbor Pavilion. Tickets are $30 online and at

the door and include a 5 oz. taster cup, eight taster

tokens and a program. In addition, the Beatniks will

be performing at this year's event. Don't miss out.

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Held at the Sehmel Playground and in partnership

with Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, PenMet

Parks is excited to offer the first Storywalk at Sehmel

Homestead Park! The community is invited to join

them for their Storywalk Grand Opening 10am to

noon and read, dance and sing to the book "How

Do You Wokka-Wokka" by Elizabeth Bluemle as you

walk around the trail. Crafts, snacks and a ribboncutting

ceremony round out the event. Reach out

to Kelly Darling at kdarling@penmetparks.org with

questions.

The Tom Taylor Family YMCA is the place to be Saturday, May 25,

10am to 1pm for the Gig Harbor Street Scramble. The scavenger

hunt-style event is for families, teens, friends, runners and cyclists,

with participants visiting up to 30 points on the Gig Harbor map. Once

you've found each of the clues, return to the finish line before your time

is up! Enjoy refreshments, music, interactive booths and awards. To

find out more, contact Marcus Henderson at 253.534.7860 or

mhenderson@ymcapkc.org.

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