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Map Your Trip

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Adventure the Pacific Northwest

Road trips & festivals throughout the Pacific

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PUBLISHER’S

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SUMMER ADVENTURES - MAKE THE

MOST OF THE SEASON

It's finally here! The kids are finishing up

school, the warm weather has arrived and

we are delighted at the arrival of summer! It

goes by quickly, so I encourage you to take

some time, before it is too late, and plan

some summer adventures. Next winter, as

you cozy up by the fire, you can look back

at some wonderful memories made with

family and friends.

We at Gig Harbor Living Local want to help

you make the most out of your summer,

so be sure and check out our tips in this

issue on unique places to stay and things

to do in the upcoming months. Also in

this issue, we offer tips for when traveling

with children and planning a vacation on

a budget. Whether you choose to fly off to

somewhere exotic or enjoy a “staycation”

right here in our own community, you will

want to make the most of your summer.

When planning your summer getaways,

make a commitment to “think outside the

box” this summer. Choose a place on the

map that you have never been to and set

out to explore. Whether it is a day trip, a

drive across the mountains or across the

Canadian border, make it something new

and adventurous.

And how about trying a new summer

activity? Water sports are abundant and

there is something for everyone.

Remember, adventure and expensive do

not have to go hand in hand. With options

for hiking, going to the beach, bike trails

and more, there is so much to do and so

many beautiful places right here in our

own backyard to do it!

From all of us at Gig Harbor Living Local,

we hope you enjoy whatever summer

adventure you choose to set out to do!

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Contents

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16 Get Featured

Join our Facebook group Gig Harbor Living for a

chance to get your photos, recipes, ideas and much

more featured.

20 Essentials

The latest tips and trends

26 Life & Community

It’s time to Party in the Park! PenMet Parks

celebrates 15 years

28 Good News

A New Senior Center is Born: Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation & Gig Harbor Senior Center have joined

forces to create senior center

32 Business Spotlight

Family First Adult Family Homes: Celebrating 20

years serving the community

40 Living Local

Wanna Trade? Free plant swap keeps gardens growing

48 Health & Lifestyle

Tips and informational articles about living a healthy,

active lifestyle

58 Feature Story

Chasing Failure: How Tacoma’s Richard Kresser uses

defeat as motivation

82 Travel & Leisure

Budget Travel: How to plan a summer vacation on

a tight budget

86 Food & Drink

Discover Gig Harbor's tastiest recipes and restaurants

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34 Gig Harbor In Focus

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COUNTERTOP OVERVIEW: THE BASICS

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

Let’s talk countertops. One of my favorite upgrades in

any kitchen or bathroom often starts with countertops.

Nowadays there are so many options out there you can

choose almost any look, but all countertop surfaces are

not created the same!

Stone countertops are very popular. Stone ranges in all kinds of

looks and colors, from super-simple Absolute Black, to classic

Carrara Marble, to swirly-twirly Typhoon Bordeaux. As well, the

surface of stone can be polished, honed or even leathered, creating

options within options, which can be even more daunting when

it comes to the selection process. However, I will say this: Often

when it comes to natural stone, and granite in particular, my

clients experience something akin to love at first sight—they’ll

see a slab and just know that that is the rock they want in their

house.

Stone is quarried all over the world. Natural stone is dug out of

the quarry, then split into manageable slabs, then sent to local

distributors and then purchased by the fabricator, who cuts

it to size, adds details like edging and specific cuts, and then it

is installed. It is a tedious process that is all the more difficult

because the fabricators are working with massive slabs that weigh

thousands of pounds and can break easier than you might think!

Quartz is fabricated roughly the same way as granite, but it is

a man-made substance, not pure stone like granite. It’s called

quartz because the manufacturers take quartz rough material,

grind it down finely, and mix it with binders and pigments to get

an end product. It can look wild with lots of variation, or subtle

with little to no variation, and can go with a variety of interiors.

Many people labor under the misinformation that quartz is more

durable than granite, but often times, that is not the case as it

can be more brittle and heat-sensitive. Because it is man-made,

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There are so many options out there

you can choose almost any look.

the material is only as good as its manufacturing

process, and different manufacturers have

different processes. A good fabricator or sales

center can help you determine the right quartz

brand for you, as they often have their favorites

that they have good working history with.

There is also tried-and-true laminate, which has

come a long way since the glossy blue marbled

look of 1985! The new laminate materials from

Wilsonart and Formica are gorgeous—some of

them look very close to natural stone, and others

looking sleek and ready for an uber-modern

interior. Edging has also improved. Gone are the

days when wood or laminate tape was the only

option for countertop edging. Integrated Corian

edges look fantastic, and some places can do

seamless rolled edges as well.

In addition, there are new composites like Dekton,

which works for both indoor and outdoor use

and is very dense, and fun, environmentally

friendly options like compressed paper, which

comes in a variety of colors and looks like stone

or even leather.

I’ve done Terrazzo countertops, concrete

countertops and even natural Linoleum

countertops. All of them are different and all of

them have pros and cons. Bearing that in mind,

do some research and then ask questions of your

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Transformation through Transition

YOUR DIVORCE IS MORE THAN A SPREADSHEET

By Felicia Soleil, JD

I

recently had the opportunity to experience two

diverse philosophies during an introductory

meeting between myself, another attorney and

our respective divorcing clients. The philosophical

approaches to the divorce process were between myself

and the other attorney, whom I greatly respect. However,

I had to pause when that attorney presented an approach

that suggested we handle the dissolution of the marriage

“like a business.”

This is where the divergence occurred. While I agree

there is certainly business to attend to, such as segregating

assets, liabilities, and analyzing income, expenses and

overall cash flow, I countered that the parties may

also want to consider a more holistic approach to this

major life transition than merely reducing the demise of

their marriage to nothing more than spreadsheets and

financial records.

For starters, we could talk about the meaning for each of

them behind the numbers. We could identify each party’s

needs and wants and interests underneath potential

ideas for asset and income distribution. We could seek

to support the importance of their successful track

record in co-parenting their children by introducing

different perspectives on financial support. There was an

opportunity here to treat this transition as more than a

superficial business transaction—if they wanted.

My approach was not meant to discredit the other

attorney’s approach in any way but instead was founded

on the premise that we need to take the stigma out of

getting divorced and stop pretending that feelings

don’t matter—particularly very deep-seated feelings

and beliefs that may have guided them through their

marriage when things were better. Focus on what the

parties have done well and apply those strengths to

tackling the myriad challenges involved in disentangling

their marital financial life.

When parties, and often their lawyers, seek to rush

through the mechanics of the divorce process, it is

often fueled by the parties wanting to avoid difficult

conversations and minimize their discomfort with what

is usually a very painful decision by one or both of them

to significantly alter their relationship. Why prolong it?

Shouldn’t a financial settlement be fairly easy to achieve

if one attempts to take the emotion out of it? Yet, this

is exactly where the issues arise, when ignored and

suppressed emotions often come to light once the parties

see the numbers of their life reduced to a spreadsheet

and a residential schedule for their children reduced to a

detailed ‘Parenting Plan.’

It is also easier for lawyers to “treat it like a business”

because, unlike therapists, they usually aren’t

professionally trained to deal with the emotions of

multiple clients at once. Distancing oneself in this way

from clients is often an attempt to avoid the inevitable

burnout divorce lawyers will experience otherwise.

However, there are many lawyers who appreciate the

need for continued education in the areas of client

counseling, conflict resolution, conflict coaching and

negotiation skills inspired by something other than

traditional position-based bargaining.

For couples and individual clients who tell me they

want to maintain their integrity, move through this

very difficult time with grace and dignity while allowing

both parties to obtain an outcome that meets their

own respective definitions of “fair,” they should be

offered a divorce process that provides the space for a

transformation of their relationship to something they

can hopefully feel honorable about when they are done.

A spreadsheet is only a glimpse into their story.

Felicia Soleil helps her clients in achieving a resolution that

fosters both a compassionate ending to their union and a

healthy new beginning for them and their families so they

can focus on moving on, rather than simply moving out.

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P A R T Y

In The Park!

PENMET PARKS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

By Jillian Chandler | Photos Courtesy of Chrissy Dorsey Photography

Sehmel Homestead Park is the place to be Saturday, June 15, as

PenMet Parks hosts Party in the Park, a celebration to mark its

15th anniversary serving Gig Harbor residents.

“As we embark on our next adventure of celebrating 15 years as

the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks), this is a time

of reflecting on the amazing support that has come from the Greater Gig

Harbor area; a time of celebrating collaboration, community, volunteers

and staff,” says Chuck Cuzzetto, PenMet Parks marketing specialist.

“As someone who grew up here, the District has provided more to

the community than ever imaginable. From breathtaking parks and

waterfront access, to youth and adult recreation, PenMet Parks has fit the

needs of the community in so many ways.”

The festivities kick off at 11am (and conclude at 4pm), and the event

is free to attend. Smiles are sure to be on the faces of all who attend, as

Sehmel Homestead Park comes alive with live entertainment, kids stage

and kids adventure zone, and corn-hole tournament. Bring some cash, as

there will be food trucks dishing up tasty fare, and to quench your thirst,

a root-beer float garden and beer garden on-site. While there, it’s also a

great time to make a donation to support in the efforts of PenMet Parks

and all they do for the Gig Harbor community.

“We would like to thank the community, businesses and organizations

for their dedication and continued support,” says Chuck. “As we look

toward the future of promoting health and wellness in our area, we truly

could not ask for a better community to serve.”

Join the community 11am to 4pm for an event for friends, families and

fun!

With activities, beautiful scenery and staff on hand to answer questions,

have some fun and … party on PenMet!

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A New Senior Center is Born

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

GREATER GIG HARBOR FOUNDATION & GIG HARBOR SENIOR CENTER HAVE

JOINED FORCES TO CREATE SENIOR CENTER

By Jillian Chandler &

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THE GREATER

GIG HARBOR

FOUNDATION HAS

ENTERED INTO A

FISCAL SPONSOR

ARRANGEMENT

WITH THE NEWLY

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HARBOR SENIOR

CENTER.

Since its inception more than nine years ago,

The Senior Club has been housed in Gig

Harbor’s Boys & Girls Club, but with the

recent sale of the building to the Peninsula

School District, the seniors have now been

displaced. With a move-out date set for June 20, area

seniors would have nowhere to go. Fortunately, the

tides have turned, as it was recently announced at

an update meeting on May 3 that the Greater Gig

Harbor Foundation has entered into a fiscal sponsor

arrangement with the newly formed Gig Harbor

Senior Center (formerly the Senior Club), which

gives the organization the benefit of a 501 (c)(3),

among many other features.

The Gig Harbor Senior Club (GHSC) joins the

roster of Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s (GGHF)

half dozen projects and programs. Dr. Julie Ann

Gustanski of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

shared GGHF received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit

determination from the IRS in 2006, explaining

the process an organization undergoes to become

a nonprofit. The ability to offer fiscal sponsorship

to community initiatives consistent with GGHF’s

mission and within 501 (c)(3) regulations enables

GGHF to provide an expedient pathway to becoming

a nonprofit organization while fulfilling its mission to

build, bridge and enrich our community. Gig Harbor

Senior Club can operate as a nonprofit organization

under the Foundation’s umbrella.

The officers of the newly formed GHSC board were

introduced and include Joyce Schultz, president;

Betty Lilienthal, vice president; Marc Avni,

treasurer; Betty Ringlee, member at large; and Claire

Predergast, secretary.

Panelists Dr. Gustanski, along with Jeni Woock, City

of Gig Harbor councilmember; Missy Hill, PenMet

Parks Board president; and Joyce Schultz, Gig

Harbor Senior Center president, shared how their

organizations fit into the equation of the future of

the Gig Harbor Senior Center.

Avni, panel moderator, stated, “It is no longer the

Senior Club, it’s now the Gig Harbor Senior Center.

Without the connection to the Boys & Girls Club, we

could not raise or accept funds or write grants, which

is why Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski from the Greater Gig

Harbor Foundation is here today.”

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“I FELT SO LOST AND LONELY (WHEN MY HUSBAND

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“I HAVE BEEN ATTENDING INSTRUCTOR BETTY LILIENTHAL'S

COMPUTER CLASSES FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND

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AND LEARN NEW SKILLS.” - M. BUJALSKI

Woock explained that the city provided approximately $250,000 to the

Boys & Girls Club for the Senior Club’s operating expenses when it

opened nine-and-a-half years ago. The city and the Boys & Girls Club

are currently in negotiations on the amount that will come back to the

GHSC.

“At the last Park District meeting, Betty and Joyce brought a list of needs

to our Board. The Board took the requests seriously, and we think we

have a possible location that may fit a senior center’s needs,” said Hill.

Schultz reported that Harbor Covenant Church has offered space on

Mondays and Wednesdays during the summer months, adding “Our

relationship with the Catholic Community Services hot lunch and foot

care programs remains intact, as well as other activities. The church’s

generosity enables us to continue our search for a long-term temporary

home while we hunt for a permanent solution. It is necessary for our

exercise programs to move to various locations. We are grateful to all of

the churches and organizations that have been contacted in the pursuit of

a home. When one door closes, another opens.”

She thanked Gustanski for “providing the opportunity through the

foundation for the senior population of the greater Gig Harbor area to

find a place to call their own and to continue providing the ‘welcoming

and caring home away from home’ they have enjoyed for the past nineand-a-half

years.”

The Task Force group includes members from PenMet Parks, City of Gig

Harbor, Pierce County, Boys & Girls Club and the Seniors.

Schultz and Lilienthal met with the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Board. The Chamber invited GHSC to participate in the Maritime Gig

Festival, where they collected “Signatures of Support” for the continuance

of a viable senior center.

“Many seniors benefit from membership in the center,” Joyce noted.

“When a senior walks through the door and returns, it is claimed as a

victory for the center.” Lilienthal added, “Seniors who have nowhere to go

find new friendships and become involved in their community.”

Todays’ seniors are redefining the quality of life and healthy aging. They

wish to maintain their independence and sense of purpose while having

the opportunity to learn and play together for the benefit of all. The Gig

Harbor Senior Center fulfills this requirement.

For those interested in helping the Gig Harbor Senior Center,

which benefits the seniors in our community, email ghseniorctr@

gigharborfoundation.org or call 253.514.6338 ext. 107.

About the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) is the only community

foundation specifically working to meet the diverse needs of our greater Gig

Harbor and Key Peninsula communities. The nonprofit organization has

invested more than $7 million in grants, scholarships, land, equipment and

volunteer labor over its 12-year history. Through the support of its donors,

volunteers and fundholders, the Foundation has been able to address

some of the community’s most pressing needs. For more information, visit

GigHarborFoundation.org.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Joy

Stanford

PENINSULA SCHOOL

DISTRICT

We can all remember back to

the days when our teacher

was going to be out and

we would be having a

substitute for the day. A little breakup in

the routine would make things interesting.

Maybe we’d get to watch a movie instead of

studying for a quiz or doing our fractions.

Great substitute teachers who keep kids

on point are something

every district strives to

attract, and luckily for

PSD they have done just

that.

Joy Stanford doesn’t

always know what

tomorrow will bring,

just the fact that she’ll

be leading a classroom

somewhere across

the Peninsula School

District. She’s been

subbing on and off since

2014 and has made it

to just about every school in the district.

Her ever-changing role means she must be

able to relate to young children as well as

teens; no easy task. Her favorite subjects to

teach are history and art and music classes;

however, she must be prepared to lead a

class on just about every subject.

Having experienced many levels of learning,

she’s found there are different nuances at

each age, but there is one thing Joy brings

to each and every classroom: honesty.

“Having honesty and real conversations

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with the kids [is crucial],” she says. “This

generation is so smart and tech savvy. They

will be our future leaders.”

Gaining respect from a classroom that

knows you might only be there for a day or

two isn’t always easy, but being honest and

direct with her students is a technique Joy

uses to keep them focused on their studies.

One of the other unique

aspects of the substitute

is meeting new kids

every day and never

quite knowing what’s

going to come out of

their mouths.

“I have the kids refer to

me as Ms. Joy. One day

a student asked me, ‘Is

your first name Ms. or

Joy?’ I thought this was

the funniest things any

of the kids had ever

asked me,” she recalled.

While Joy might only have a few hours or

days to make an impact, the lessons she

instills are ones she hopes stick with the

young minds she works with. These include

encouraging kids to keep trying and keep

working even if they aren’t successful on

the first try.

“I want kids to be fearless. However we

get them there we must remind them the

failure is success, because it means you have

not given up,” said Joy.

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Family owned, Family First Adult Family Homes

has been serving Gig Harbor and surrounding

communities for 20 years, a testament to the

unwavering commitment they have for all who

come through their doors.

Aging is a part of life. There will come a time when someone we

love can no longer live independently and will rely on others in

order to live the rest of their days in the best, most comfortable

way possible.

Family First Adult Family Homes offers unmatched high-end care, with a

goal to enhance the quality of life for their residence while striving to give

family members the ability to have quality time with their loved one without

the stress of caregiving.

Family First consists of six adult family homes in the Gig Harbor area; each

home state licensed to care for up to six people and offering 24-hour care.

Some of the medical needs they specialize in are dementia, Alzheimer’s,

Parkinson's, stroke, diabetes, special diets and hospice care. When a resident

lives at Family First their medical and social needs are met by qualified

staff members including CNAs, RNs, activity director, quality assurance

manager, administrative staff and hands-on owners.

“We were inspired to get into this business when both our grandmas needed

care,” says Julie Thomson, who co-owns Family first with husband Chris.

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in Family First's home setting with the heartfelt attention they deserved.”

Family First is very unique as they have created a small setting that offers

high-end care. Many facilities have a much higher caregiver to client ratio.

In addition, Family First is fortunate to have longevity when it comes to

their staff, with many having worked for them for five to 16 years.

Family owned, Family First Adult Family Homes has been serving Gig

Harbor and surrounding communities for 20 years, a testament to the

unwavering commitment they have for all who come through their

doors. Julie and Chris have worked hard to surround themselves with a

wonderful team that believes in their mission to help others and provide

loving care. “The support of our family, community and dedicated staff

has allowed us to continue to survive and thrive in this ever-changing

and challenging industry,” says Julie.

For those looking for a home away from home for their loved one to live

out their final time to the fullest, Julie and Chris invite you to call and

schedule a tour.

“We take pride in being a resource to our community, helping them

navigate through this difficult time and giving resources to help families

make the right decision for their situation,” Julie says.

Julie and Chris were both born and raised in Tacoma. They were high

school sweethearts and moved to Gig Harbor in 1993. With parents and

family also in the area, this is where they wanted to raise their own family

and are grateful they did. They are blessed to live in Gig Harbor and to be

a part of this wonderful community.

In addition to the work they do through Family First, they enjoy being

involved in the community in many ways. Chris coached youth sports for

many years and currently serves as vice chair on the board of directors for

the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Julie is on the board of directors

for the nonprofit organizations Alliance of Woman Owned business

(AWOB) and Aging Smart.

“Our annual fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association is a big focus

for us, and our Family First team members are very involved in this event

each year,” says Julie. “Our team name is Family First Fighting Angels,

and we encourage you to go tour website, FamilyFirstAFH.com, click on

the purple arrow and join our team to fight this disease.”

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

TRAVEL WITH THE CHAMBER

THIRD ALL-INCLUSIVE TRIP GOES FAR

FROM HOME

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Traveling across the U.S is fairly easy

and straightforward. You don’t

need immigration papers to cross

state lines, currency is consistent

throughout the varying time zones, and

you will have no trouble communicating

in English. As you cross the seas, however,

traveling on your own can become a bit

more challenging, especially if you want to

visit many parts of Asia. English is not nearly

as prevalent, local customs are often much

different, and trying to read non-Latin based

language street signage is near impossible.

This is why many U.S. travelers who want

to see distant lands choose a guided tour,

and there is one such tour that’s leaving later

this year that promises an unforgettable

experience where you can focus on the sites

and memories instead of the logistics.

The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce has

just a few spaces left on a 10-day tour of China

that leaves Seattle on October 30. This is the

third trip hosted by the Chamber; something

that just a few years ago wasn’t really on their

radar.

“We kind of avoided it because it was usually

the larger chambers that were taking these

trips,” recalled Gig Harbor Chamber President

and CEO Warren Zimmerman.

It wasn’t until several members started asking

Zimmerman about group travel with the

Chamber when the idea started gaining some

traction.

In 2017, Zimmerman took a group to Tuscany

on an all-inclusive guided tour. Soon after the

trip had concluded, many of the attendees

began asking about what the trip was going

to be the following year. It was decided to go

back to Italy again and tour the coastline, and

after a second successful and well-received

trip, a yearly offering is now likely to continue.

When Zimmerman attended a chamber

conference for the Washington and Oregon

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egion, he came into contact with a company

that specializes in all-inclusive group tours

to China. “This trip was originally set up

under the George H.W. Bush administration

as a way to take federal government workers

to China to establish relationships,” said

Zimmerman. The program was expanded

to include U.S. private sector business

owners as a way to encourage commerce and

partnerships between the two nations, and

Chambers are an ideal fit.

Each year the travel company now brings

about 600 to 1,000 Chamber members to

China, and Gig Harbor members have the

opportunity to experience this adventure.

While the trip started as business oriented,

this offering is really geared toward tourism

and seeing some of the most famous sites

in one of the oldest countries in the world.

Zimmerman and his wife decided that before

committing the Chamber to the trip, they

would experience it firsthand.

“My wife didn’t have a lot of interest in

traveling there but she eventually decided to

go, and she’ll tell you it was one of the most

interesting trips she had ever taken,” he said.

The package is all-inclusive, meaning all

of your airfare, taxes and fees are taken

care of. You are provided three meals a day,

deluxe bus tours, fluent English-speaking

guides and entrance fees for attractions.

Accommodations are all 4- and 5-star

properties that if booked on your own might

cost just as much by themselves as Chamber

members will pay for the entire trip. The cost

is $2,299 for Chamber members and partners

and $2,499 for others. The only additional

expenditures is a flat gratuity and any

additional shopping, dining or entertainment

outside of the tour you would like to partake

in. While the schedule is quite full, there are

still several times and opportunities to go out

and explore on your own. “We went to the

Chinese Circus and it was amazing, I would

highly recommend it,” said Zimmerman.

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Travel begins with a flight from Seattle to Beijing. Here you will visit

Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world, as well as the Forbidden

City and its 9,999 rooms. While in Beijing for three full days you will also

see gardens and lakes, markets and see the exteriors of the biggest venues

from the 2008 Summer Olympics including the National Aquatic Center

and The Bird’s Nest, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.

On day six, travelers board a plane to Shanghai where your experiences will

be a mixture of past and present. You’ll get to see a centuries old gardens and

silk factories, as well as plants that manufacture Apple phones and Samsung

TVs. Watch how pearls become jewelry and tour a tea plantation and a silk

rug factory across Shanghai and Hangzhou.

Chamber members who have an interest in learning more about

Chinese goods and the import/export process are also able to arrange

meetings with Chinese commerce officials to learn more about potential

trade opportunities. “You can make some good in roads with Chinese

counterparts, and we can pair you with a type of business of your choice so

you can talk about different requirements,” explained Zimmerman.

While seeing all the incredible sites and centuries of history, it was some

of the simple observations that stick with Zimmerman when he recalls the

journey. “We had a large amount of interaction with Chinese citizens. Just

watching their daily routine was very informative. They wanted to talk with

us, take selfies and were very friendly toward us.”

There are a few things travelers do need to be prepared for if they are visiting

a non-democratic country for the first time. You won’t have access to

Google or Facebook and will find that China is more technologically savvy

in the ways of banking and Internet in comparison to the U.S. Zimmerman

recommends downloading ‘Google Translator’ for easy interactions

at shopping areas and cafes. He also says that despite the restrictions on

personal freedoms, guides are quite open to talk about their life experiences

living in China. “They are willing to discuss any topic honestly and are

truthful about questions of intrusion of privacy and losing rights,” he said.

Cutoff to register for the trip is June 30 and the group will max out at about

30 travelers as to not be an overwhelming number of people to wrangle.

Travelers should be physically fit enough to walk upward of 5 miles per day

when exploring vast gardens, the Great Wall, and large temples and other

structures. Once you’ve registered, the Chamber will take care of providing

all your necessary travel documentation to the travel company so you are

approved to be on the group travel visa.

If you would like more information on the trip or would like to be a part of

it, contact the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce at GigHarborChamber.

net or call 253.851.6865.

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has accomplished both athletically and

academically over the last four years.

Hanna received a varsity letter in basketball

her freshman year and lettered in soccer

four years and in track for three. She was the

captain of the high school soccer team and

was all-league MVP, first team all-league for

three years and all-state first team one year

for soccer.

“I was a member on the soccer state title

team. I have won the state title in the 400 two

years, 200-meter state title, 4x100 state title,

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These accomplishments are impressive for

anyone, but when you consider the fact that

Hannah was diagnosed with rheumatoid

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remarkable.

“I have had to learn how to communicate

my physical limitations with my coaches,

manage day-to-day joint pain and push

myself to perform at the highest level,”

said Hannah. “As this is a lifelong disease,

I continue to learn I have to have faith and

understand I do not walk this journey alone.”

In the fall Hannah will attend Louisiana State

University where she will run cross country

and track while pursuing a career as a speech

pathologist. “It would be a privilege and an

honor to give someone a voice,” she said.

Hannah shares that Coach Eager has been

an important influence and has imparted an

important life lesson she plans to carry on

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The senior has participated in both

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“But that motivated me to work hard

throughout the next year, and I was able to

take fourth,” he said, adding that the best

part about wrestling is that he enjoys being

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In football, he helped lead his team to the

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At Montana State Northern, Isaac plans

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Isaac is grateful for the many lessons he has

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While some dread weekend yard work, gardeners look

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and unique life-filled space around their yard. Those

who do it as a profession or a hobby are always making

adaptations to their gardens and plants that no longer fit the look or need

to be scaled back and often find themselves in a garbage can. However, a

couple of like-minded ladies have found a solution to keep these plants

alive and appreciated.

Master Gardener Cheryl Hart was purchasing plants from Ann Lemieux,

and the pair found plenty to talk about in their love of plants and

gardening. During the conversation Ann ended up inviting Cheryl to

the Green Elephant Plant Swap in Redmond; an invitation she accepted.

“The excitement of getting all the free plants was just amazing, and on the

car ride home we both thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to drive

an hour and 20 minutes to do this?’” said Cheryl.

It wouldn’t be long until their conversation turned from idea into a

quarterly Gig Harbor event. Once a season you’ll now find gardeners

from all over town parked in the parking lot of the Uptown Gig Harbor

Shopping Center. The swaps are held in January, April, June and October

to coincide with the growing seasons. The swap works very simply:

Gardeners pull up living plants that they either no longer want or don’t

want taking over their backyard.

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tools, books and plenty of knowledge. “Each swap I get that feeling

of excitement like a kid on Christmas morning. I really can’t think of

anything that compares,” she laughed.

While much of the swap is seasoned gardeners, those new to planting or

wanting to learn more are welcome to participate as well. Those without

plants to swap can bring inexpensive seeds, or at the very least cookies

and donuts to keep up with the theme of everyone bringing something

to the event.

While the swap itself attracts dozens of participants each time, Anne

and Cheryl’s ultimate goal was to develop a community of people who

are plant lovers. They’ve done this largely through the Gig Harbor Plant

Swap Facebook page, which at the time of print had 530 members. The

page is an open forum where members can share upcoming classes,

presentations and events, give advice, and help solve both common and

unique problems.

“All the time we get people posting pictures and asking what exactly is

growing in their yard and if they should rip it out or let it grow. People

are quick to offer friendly advice, and there is a ton of knowledge and

experience here, and everyone just jumps in to help each other out,” said

Cheryl.

October will mark the group’s second anniversary, and organizers are

hoping to create more interactive events for members. Cheryl envisions

taking field trips to gardens around the area, and a local Bonsai expert

has already offered to show off his work and answer questions about one

of the most detailed gardening methods in the world.

Each swap has seen increased visitation. Despite pouring rain all

morning, 45 vehicles pulled up for the April swap, and everyone had

a great time. Cheryl is hoping to see that number increase to 60 for the

June sale.

If you are interested in attending the Gig Harbor Plant Swap, you’ll find

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NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART

Things to know to avoid running injuries

By Ryan Egan, Licensed Joint and Movement Specialist

As we approach summer, mud boots are swapped out for trailrunning

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Unfortunately, most runners are severely under equipped for

the miles they seek, leading to an onslaught of running injuries and overuse

issues. Everything from plantar fasciitis and IT band syndrome to knee pain

and low back issues, running is not for the faint at heart!

My mentor, who trains the world’s elite soccer clubs, says, “You don’t run to

get in shape, you have to be in shape to run.” Albeit a bit cheeky but very true,

since nearly 80 percent of people getting their miles in this spring will sustain

some sort of injury.

There are, however, some simple, easy changes to employ if you want

to upgrade your running performance and decrease the likelihood of

unnecessary and very common injuries.

First thing is to ditch the heel strike and begin landing on the mid foot with a

slightly positive shin angle. Heel striking dramatically increases forces when

landing and essentially acts upon the body like a brake. Heel striking also

limits the loading potential of the powerful lower leg. Landing on the heel is

also a huge contributor to shin splints as the toes “slap” down when fatigue

sets in.

Second, ditch the fancy footwear. Your shoes are not the issue, your foot and

ankle are. Finding a slightly more low-profile shoe can give you better feel,

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lower your ankles’ center of gravity—which can

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of sore paws. This is a classic example trying to

obtain fitness without the necessary foot and

ankle health to withstand the mileage it takes to

“get fit.”

Third, practice some running skill work.

Running is a single-leg activity, meaning that all

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force absorption, and energy recycling, is also

done on one leg. So learning to be balanced, and

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injury-prone movement flaws.

Lastly, practice smarter movement-based

warmups that engage the entire body, and better

strength training, learning key strength-training

exercises to strengthen the hips, knees, ankles,

feet and the core. These can be done during nonrunning

days and can really aid in unnecessary

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One thing to keep in mind is that a single strike

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POST-CONCUSSION

SYNDROME

Light Sensitivity & Vision Changes

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

One of the missed and undertreated

symptoms of Post-Concussion

Syndrome (PCS) is light sensitivity,

trouble reading and driving at

night—especially when only whiplash has been

diagnosed. This symptom can last from months to

years following an undiagnosed concussion. The

National Center for Biotechnology Information1

(NCBI) reports on the prevalence of misdiagnosis

and the serious physical and psychological

consequences for undiagnosed individuals.

In PCS, people may experience a change in visual

acuity almost instantly, and if they report this to

the emergency room staff or their physician, they

have a greater chance of being properly diagnosed

with a Functional MRI. But because this is often

unreported at the time of injury, it is important

to watch for any unusual sensory disturbance

even weeks after because the injury can cause an

accommodative convergence center in the injured

mid-brain or brain stem, which causes double

vision or be attributed to premature presbyopia.

A neuro-ophthalmologist is specialized in proper

diagnosis of head injury-related visual changes.

They perform visual field testing, ocular motility

testing and other cranial nerve tests to provide

the appropriate corrective or accommodative

treatments. Specialized tests include visual evoked

potential (VEP), which tests the optic nerve, and

the electroretinography (ERG), which tests the

function of the retinal cells. This includes the

photoreceptors, inner retinal cells and ganglion

cells.

Occupational therapists (OTs) are the allied

health professionals who become specialized

in neurologic visual dysfunctions following a

head injury, stroke or due to a disease process

such as MS (multiple sclerosis), diabetes and

other conditions. They work with patients

whose neuro-ophthalmologists have prescribed

special prisms or colored lenses to correct the

dysfunction. Unfortunately, this medical specialty

is so limited in practitioners (our nearest neuroophthalmologist

is in Federal Way). Because of

this, OTs often work in schools to help children

with impaired reading, attention and lightsensitivity

issues that are affecting their learning

capability in school and at home.

In my practice, I primarily treat light sensitivity

as one of several post-concussion symptoms. I

trial special lenses and colored film overlays to

accommodate or correct the visual disturbance

that interferes with a patient’s activities of daily

living such as reading, driving, attention and

symptom management. The Irlen Method3

is the only method outside of wearing special

prism lenses that is effective in treating visual

impairments due to brain injuries. A therapist

must be certified to screen and administer Irlen

colorED overlays.

It is important to be a strong self-advocate because

many health-care practitioners are too quick to

dismiss what they are not trained in. For now, we

have a choice in who we choose as a health-care

provider, and it is up to us to find a good match for

us as our partner in our health and well-being. A

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SUDDEN HEARING

LOSS

IS IT AN EMERGENCY?

BY KAY FRALLIC, MA, AUDIOLOGIST

HEAR FOR LIFE AUDIOLOGY

HEARING LOSS OCCURRING

WITHOUT ANY KNOWN REASON

MAY SEEM TEMPORARY, BUT

IF LEFT UNTREATED, IT CAN

QUICKLY BECOME PERMANENT.

Kay Frallic, M.A., Audiologist

If you woke up one morning and found you

couldn't see out of one eye, odds are you'd

call the eye doctor immediately—or even

go to the emergency room. Unfortunately,

we don't tend to treat our ears with the same

sense of urgency. When sudden hearing loss

occurs, people often think it's due to earwax

and tend not to get it checked out right away.

But sudden hearing loss is far more serious than

an ear plugged with wax, and quick treatment is

crucial. (1)

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL)

is also known as sudden deafness. It occurs

when you lose your hearing very quickly,

typically only in one ear. The nerve pathways

connecting the inner ear to the brain are

damaged. (2) Hearing loss occurring without

any known reason may seem temporary,

but if left untreated, it can quickly become

permanent. Sudden hearing loss should be

tested immediately by an audiologist—the

very next day if possible. The audiologist will

make certain that you see an ear doctor right

away if needed. Effective treatment of sudden

hearing loss begins immediately if the loss is to

be reversed.

Causes

The exact cause of sudden hearing loss is

unknown. Nevertheless, we do know that

circulation in the inner ear is reduced during

sudden hearing loss. There are dozens of

possible causes such as Bell’s Palsy, viral

infections, circulatory disorders, metabolic

disorders, blood clots, autoimmune diseases,

whiplash, head trauma, measles, mumps,

meningitis, multiple sclerosis, and occlusion

of the inner ear’s vessels. Ototoxic drugs like

aspirin, cisplatin, quinine, antibiotics like

streptomycin and gentamycin are causes.

Sometimes the problem proves to be high

platelet count or blockage in the cochlear artery,

which carries blood from the heart to the ear. In

the vast majority of cases sudden hearing loss is

idiopathic, meaning doctors cannot determine

the cause. (3)

occurring instantly or over just a few days.

Typical symptoms may include one-sided

hearing loss without a recognizable cause,

the absence of an earache, dizziness, loss of

sensation in the outer ear, ear pressure and

tinnitus. (3)

Treatment Outcomes

A sudden hearing loss should be assessed by

a specialist on an emergency basis. (4) Do not

waste precious time getting an appointment

with your primary physician—go directly to

an audiologist or ear doctor. Oral steroids have

often been shown to help patients recover, and

for patients with medical conditions that make

taking steroids inadvisable, physicians may

inject the medication directly into the ear's

tympanic membrane to limit potential effects

on the rest of the body. Chances of recovery

are increased the earlier treatment begins. The

chances of full hearing recovery are smaller for

patients with severe loss when accompanied

by vertigo (50 percent of cases). If symptoms

persist for an extended period of time, hearing

aids can provide effective relief in 30 to 70

percent of cases. SSHL usually strikes adults

aged 30 to 60 years, though it can happen to

anyone. The younger the patient, the greater the

likelihood of a full recovery. Among untreated

cases, spontaneous recovery sometimes occurs,

usually within the first two weeks. (4)

1 Rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/

sudden-hearing-loss

2. Healthline.com/health/sensorineural-deafness

3 Hear.com/hearing-loss/sudden

4 Hear-It.org/Sudden-Hearing-Loss

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Symptoms

Symptoms occur at once or within a few days

and vary in severity. Earache is not a common

symptom of sudden hearing loss. Ear pressure

and tinnitus are typically the first signs. The

main indication is muffled sound in one ear

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WALKING TALL

CORRECT YOUR GAIT WITH PRACTICE AND MINDFULNESS

By Darcie Miller, Light in Balance Reflexology

A Holistic approach

to improved health

If you have been following along for the

past two months, I talked about your

incredible feet and their structure. They

are your foundation. Next, I talked about

shoes and the importance of wearing shoes

that not only fit well but also wearing the

appropriate shoes for your activities, as these

help support your foundation.

Let’s put your foundation and support

together and look at how both affect your

posture, over all health and well-being. Below

are some examples of walking styles and how

they may affect your health.

Slouching - Hips are thrust forward, shoulders

hunched and head pulled down. This can lead

to neck, shoulder, hip, knee, hump back, back

pain and poor digestion. You may also shuffle

when you walk.

Marching - Your legs move up and down. It is

difficult to get a full stride and walk through

on each step if you are marching when you

walk. This can lead to hip, knee, lower back

pain and poor digestion. When you take a full

step using your whole foot and stride, your

diaphragm moves up and down, and your

digestive system get a nice little massage.

Bow legged - You walk and weight bear on

the outside of your foot. This puts a lot of

strain on your hips, knees and lower back and

can leave you off balance, which may result in

falls. Remember we talked about your center

of gravity and the optimal alignment of your

foot when taking a step.

Knee knocking - Your knees bend inward

and the inside of your feet turn inward,

which leaves the outside of your foot and heel

unsupported. This can lead to hip, knee, ankle

and lower back pain. In older people it is often

associated with rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.

We learn to walk from watching our parents;

you may see an entire family that has the same

gait. Rest assured, you can correct your gait

and how you walk by becoming aware of your

posture and how it affects your stride and,

more importantly, how you feel when you are

walking tall.

Try standing in a mirror and notice what

your profile looks like. Do you slouch, lean

forward, lean back or bend over? Try standing

with your feet squarely planted on the floor

with your shoulders back and see if you notice

a difference in how you feel all over. If you are

not walking tall, I have good news! With some

practice and mindfulness, you can change

your gait.

If you have suddenly developed bowed legs,

knock-knees or have begun to slouch, it

might be a good idea to call your health-care

provider for an evaluation.

A trained and licensed reflexologist can help

you with your tired and sore feet, back, legs,

hips and pain associated with poor posture as

well as other health challenges you may have.

Your reflexologist can assess your gait and

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Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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EAT RIGHT AS YOU AGE

THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY DIET FOR SENIORS

BY ANGIE FRANTZ, OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Maintaining a healthy diet is

a great way for seniors to

stay active and energized

and can also help reduce

the risk of common chronic conditions

like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes,

osteoporosis and more.

However, many seniors can find it challenging

to follow a healthy, satisfying diet. According

to the International Council on Active Aging

(ICAA), only 11 percent of older adults

incorporate enough fruit and vegetables into

their diets.

Some seniors may need modified or

specialized diets to help counteract some of

the common changes that come with age.

For example, older adults often have a slower

metabolism, which means they don’t need

as many calories to maintain their weight.

Though typical nutrition recommendations

are based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet,

a doctor can review factors such as age,

gender and level of physical activity to help

determine the right amount of calories for

your loved one.

For most older adults, a healthy meal should

include:

• Lean protein, such as lean meats, seafood,

eggs or beans

• Fruits and vegetables, especially those that

are orange, red, green or purple

• Whole grains like brown rice or wholewheat

pasta

• Low-fat milk and other dairy alternatives

Studies have shown that a Mediterraneanbased

diet may contain a number of health

benefits for most people, and particularly

aging adults. In a Mediterranean diet, meals

typically include fruits and vegetables, whole

grains, beans and seeds, and lots of extra

virgin olive oil for cooking, dressing or

dipping. Fish is another major staple, though

other lean meats are only eaten occasionally,

and in smaller portions.

Researchers have found that people who

consistently followed this pattern of eating

were about 40 percent more likely to age

without developing chronic diseases and

memory or physical problems, compared to

those who didn’t eat as well. Other recent

studies have shown that older adults who

followed a Mediterranean-based diet had as

much as a 35 percent lower risk of cognitive

impairment.

What’s more, an analysis of hundreds of the

world’s centenarians—those who live to be

100 years old—found that their diets consist

mostly of plants and eat meat only rarely.

These centenarians, who live in communities

with high concentrations of healthy older

adults, follow more traditional diets that

incorporate local ingredients.

No matter what diet plan you follow, try to

avoid items that are high in added sugars,

sodium or salt. And remember that water

is an important nutrient as well. Seniors

especially should drink small amounts

of fluids throughout the day to avoid

dehydration, which can contribute to other

health complications.

Some older adults may struggle to afford

healthy, nutrient-dense foods. Luckily, there

are programs available to help. According

to the National Council on Aging, millions

of low-income adults over age 60 use the

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

(SNAP), formerly known as the federal Food

Stamp Program, to help afford healthy food.

The average senior enrolled in SNAP receives

more than $100 per month for food.

However, three out of five seniors who

qualify for the program do not participate—

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on benefits. Enrolling in SNAP can help an

older adult afford a variety of healthy, whole

foods. To find out if your loved one is eligible

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PHOTO-

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What it is and how you

can protect your skin

from it

By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician

AFTER BEING COVERED

UP ALL WINTER IT FEELS

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or medications you take can cause photosensitivity.

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causes it and how to avoid it.

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Photosensitivity is an extreme sensitivity to

ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other light

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There are many causes of photosensitivity.

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It is also important to pay attention to ingredients

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prolonged sun exposure.

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The best way to prevent symptoms of

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who are photosensitive—everyone should wear

sunscreen daily. Also, wear a wide-brimmed hat,

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always more intense at higher altitudes, so if you’re

heading to the mountains keep this in mind. If

you are a sun lover and know you will be exposed

regularly, you may consider putting those retinol

products on the back shelf for the summer. After

all, getting a sunburn is counterproductive for antiaging.

The fall is a great time to add these products

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CHASING

FAILURE

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motivation

BY ANNELI FOGT

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICHARD KRESSER

Richard Kresser stood outside a café in Bend, Oregon,

devastated. He cried as he spoke to his girlfriend over the

phone. “The trip’s over,” he told her.

His bicycle, and the 80 pounds of highly specialized gear

that had been attached to it, was gone: stolen by a passerby in the

less than 10 minutes he had been inside grabbing breakfast. It was

early July of 2018 and Richard was nearly halfway through the Tour

de Volcanoes—a human-powered, mostly self-supported challenge

he dreamed up that would see him bike to and summit the 16 active

volcanoes between Mount Lassen in California and Mount Baker

in Washington. In total, he would cover 2,400 miles on his bike and

gain 127,000 feet of elevation. On foot, the 16 summits would add

up to 180 miles with nearly 80,000 feet of elevation gain.

It was the most recent of the extreme adventures thought up by

the Tacoma-based Army veteran and ultrarunner from Iowa who

seeks out chances for failure and finds joy in overcoming it. His

motto: “If you’re not scared, it’s not a big enough goal.” He had been

planning Tour de Volcanoes for years and had already summited

six volcanoes before he found himself at that cafe with only the

clothes on his back, journal, phone and helmet. He was admitting

defeat. It was uncharacteristic … and painful.

“At that point, there’s anger and then there’s quickly acceptance,”

Richard recalls of coming to the realization his bike was stolen.

“Even if I got the bike, all the gear that I had for my very particular

style of climbing would have taken so long and been so expensive

to replace that it was that final sigh of … ‘I’ll just catch a flight and

come home.’”

But Richard found motivation in his impending defeat and, after

saying goodbye to his girlfriend, found a convenience store with a

surveillance camera nearby. The employees there had seen a bike

in the alleyway. It was his, but more than half of the gear on it had

been stolen. “Now I had my bike and it was that acceptance of ‘I do

have to keep going, and now I have even more of a hurdle of how to

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replace the gear,’” he says.

He took a day to regroup before picking up where he left off and

riding 40 miles west to the Three Sisters. He summited all of them

that day—36 hours after nearly scrapping the tour.

Sixty miles north was Mount Jefferson: a technical climb that

Richard, who was summiting all of these volcanoes solo, was going

into blind on a day with questionable weather. “I hadn’t seen the

route,” he says. “Not knowing what I was getting myself into was

really concerning, but taking a weather day would severely delay

me. That day was a gray area where winds were decently strong, but

they were not terrible. I was thinking, ‘I could maybe do it, but it’s

taking a lot of risk.’”

Richard recognized that while he wanted the summit, things could

go awry quickly. So he forced himself to take a rest day and wait for

better weather.

“That was such a moral conundrum,” he said. “Right after having

taken 36 hours off for the bike being stolen, all I wanted to do was

go, and having the reins pulled on me was so hard. That was the

only day I took off.”

He summited Jefferson the next day and encountered the steepest

snow he’s ever climbed without a rope. Richard admits “it was

pretty hairy,” but everything went well. After that, he knew the

hardest parts were over.

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“Then it was just like, ‘OK, don’t mess up now. You

know all the rest of them,” Richard recalls.

Over the next 13 days, Richard biked to and climbed

up Mount Hood, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams,

Mount Rainier, Glacier Peak and Mount Baker

without a hitch. Back at the trailhead after summiting

Mount Baker on that last day, he stopped the clock

on the Tour de Volcanoes 25 days, nine hours and 58

minutes after first setting off up the slopes of Mount

Lassen more than 2,000 miles south.

Success.

*****

The snowfield Richard was standing on continued

upward in front of him at a 70-degree angle. It was

2am and the light from the full moon lit his path up

to Mount Rainier’s summit. Looking down, he could

see the headlights of cars making their way up the

winding roads inside the national park.

“It was that moment when I knew I needed more of

this in my life,” Richard says.

Born and raised in Iowa, the 21-year-old college

student had never seen a mountain. Now, he was

more than 1,700 miles from home on the side of one

of the tallest in the contiguous United States. And he

was elated.

While Richard grew up in a family that spent time

outdoors, most trips consisted of car camping and

bike riding. “I knew nothing of adventure sports,” he

says. So, when he picked up a magazine at the age of

11 and saw a person rock climbing on the cover, he

was immediately intrigued. Seven years later, when it

came time for him to go to college, he chose to study

civil engineering at Iowa State University and joined

Army ROTC with the hope that the military could

help him get to the wild, natural spaces where he

could climb.

It did. During the summer between his junior and

senior years, he and the rest of the cadets in his

class were sent to Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-

McChord) for a three-week camp where Richard saw

mountains—and Mount Rainier—for the first time.

“Just walking out on the drill grounds and seeing this

His motto:

“If you’re not

scared, it’s not

a big enough

goal.”

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OVER THE NEXT 13 DAYS,

RICHARD BIKED TO AND

CLIMBED UP MOUNT HOOD,

MOUNT SAINT HELENS,

MOUNT ADAMS, MOUNT

RAINIER, GLACIER PEAK AND

MOUNT BAKER WITHOUT

A HITCH.

massive mountain right there, it was amazing,”

he recalls. “We never were allowed to leave the

base, so I didn’t really get to experience it, but I

was exposed to that.”

He returned to the Iowa State campus that

fall with a newfound desire to return West.

And he wasn’t the only one. A few classmates

he knew from being involved in the school’s

outdoor recreation program sent an email later

that semester asking who would be interested

in a two-week road trip west the following

summer to climb some of the Pacific Northwest

volcanoes, including Rainier. Richard jumped

at the chance.

“We failed on every mountain in those two

weeks except for Rainier,” Richard says. “I was a

total [disaster], I had no idea what I was doing.”

But he was hooked. “That trip, hands down,

changed my life,” he says.

He graduated in 2009 and was set to begin his

four-year term of service with the U.S. Army

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in Fort Hood, Texas. In a stroke of luck, he

switched with another soldier who wanted to

go to Texas and Richard ended up back at Fort

Lewis. “I moved out here and then just went

down the rabbit hole,” he says.

During his four years at Fort Lewis, the

marathon runner started climbing and

summited all the major mountains in the area.

By the time he completed his military service

in 2013, he was looking for a challenge that

would truly test his physical prowess. He had

completed 50-mile running races before and

always felt at the end that he “had more in the

tank,” he says. He decided to return to Iowa for

the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across

Iowa (RAGBRAI)—a weeklong, 420-mile ride

from the Missouri River to the Mississippi

River. But he wouldn’t be biking, he’d be

running. “I wondered if I could run 400 miles

in seven days in the Iowa heat,” he says.

In July of 2013, he became the first person to

run the RAGBRAI route and immediately

began thinking up his next challenge. Back

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in Washington, while working ski patrol at

Steven’s Pass, he concocted a plan for a brutal

trip he coined Dick’s RASH. He would go up,

down and around Rainier, Adams, St. Helens

and Hood—230 miles with 71,000 feet of

elevation gain—in seven days.

Traditionally, a trip of that scale would take

three times as long, and as he planned, Richard

began to understand the magnitude of the

undertaking. By his calculations, Rainier alone

would take one day to summit and then two

days to run around the 93-mile Wonderland

Trail. “That’s half my time on one mountain.

That was so intimidating,” he says.

After two years of training, Richard took on

the RASH in the summer of 2016. He started

at Rainier where he summited and descended

the glaciated 14,411-foot volcano in under

12 hours before heading straight for the

Wonderland Trail where he went 43 hours with

no real sleep, a sore throat and got caught in a

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“Morally, I was done,” Richard recalls in a

blog post for the Mountaineers about that last

day on the Wonderland Trail. “How could I

continue in weather like this, already with a

sore throat? ‘Just keep moving,’ I told myself.

‘You never know what will happen.’ After many

hours, I finally made it to the van. I was in

horrible shape and sure I wouldn’t be able to

finish, but I couldn’t come up with an excuse

to quit. I could still walk, the sore throat was

bad but I could still eat, and I had no idea if

weather was going to be bad or good the rest of

the week. Well, got to try at least, right?”

He did more than try. Richard completed the

ascent, descent and around-the-mountain run

of Adams in just over 18.5 hours and Saint

Helens in 14.5 hours. After five days, only

Hood was left, but Richard was done—“wore

down,” as he recalled in the blog post.

“On the drive down I-5 to Hood, I cried. Just

bawled,” Richard writes in the post. “About

nothing, about everything. It was the first time

in days I was stationary and didn’t have anything

else to think about. All of the emotions from

the previous three mountains flooded over

me, all the positives and all the negatives. And

“It kept getting

closer and

closer. I was

crying again. It

was so beautiful.

I was at the

summit.”

to think I was only one mountain away from

being done. So close ….”

Richard’s 14-hour run around Hood was rough,

but he kept moving forward and, after a threehour

nap, he set off for the summit with skis

on his back—determined to make this descent

fun. But the ascent was hard. Richard found

it hard to move uphill. “All my reserves were

spent,” he writes. “Slowly, but surely, I made

progress up Hood. It kept getting closer and

closer. I was crying again. It was so beautiful. I

was at the summit.”

In the parking lot after skiing what he calls

“some of the happiest turns” of his life six

hours after setting off for Hood’s summit and

one week after beginning the RASH, there was

no fanfare for Richard’s feat. “I was just walking

back to my car after having just finished this

big achievement. No one around me knew

what I’d just did,” he said.

But that’s just how he likes it. For Richard,

these feats are not about gaining recognition or

setting records. They’re about acknowledging

the possibility of failure, using it as motivation,

and overcoming. “It’s an internal feeling—that

quiet satisfaction of being able to do something

I set out to do—that’s why I do it,” he says.

****

Professionally, Richard is a firefighter for the

City of Everett, works for Steven’s Pass Ski

Patrol in the winters and organizes Skimo—

uphill ski touring— events in Washington state

through the company he founded, Snow Goat

Skimo.

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Point Defiance Park will host the wildly popular event, now in its

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world. Here you can choose your own adventure or pre-purchase

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August 3 - 5, 2019, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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Kirkland Summerfest

July 26 - 28, 2019, Kirkland, Washington

This three-day music and arts festival returns to the picturesque

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all over the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the 4,000-seat capacity

venue. Intimate in its setting, attendees can choose to bring

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Planning ahead for delays can help alleviate stress.

If you are traveling by plane, be sure to pack extra

snacks and activities for the kids to do in the event of

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For older kids, one thing that can help keep them

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their laptop. It’s a way they can document their trip,

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quickly realize this is not realistic. When planning

your trip, strategize as to where you can stop for

breaks and allow your children to get some activity.

Perhaps pack a picnic lunch and eat in a park where

they can run around, play on a playground and let

out some of that stored up energy.

Equip your car for anything that may come your

way! Be sure to bring a lot of Ziploc baggies and a

marker to label them. These can come in handy in

a multitude of situations, especially snacks! Even

if your child is potty trained, be sure to pack some

wipes in the car. Whether it’s that spilled juice on

the car seat or cleaning a messy face, you will be

glad you brought them along. Also be sure to pack

a little first aid kit for cuts and scrapes. Don’t forget

to include medication—you never know when an

upset stomach could sabotage your journey! If your

children are little, also include painter’s tape and use

it to cover outlets in hotels. It’s easy to use and is not

damaging to surfaces the way masking tape can be.

Depending upon the age of your children, consider

bringing a paper map along. While we have come

to rely on Siri and our car’s navigation systems for

directions, it can be fun for kids to follow along

with the route and may possibly keep them from

asking you, “How long until we stop?” Books on CD

can also help make the trip go faster for everyone!

Choose something that will engage your child. If you

have satellite radio, there are several choices for kids’

channels as well. And when all else fails, be ready to

break into song and have everyone else sing along!

Family vacations are fun, and they don’t have to be

stressful. Just remember, plan and pack accordingly

and involve the kids as much as possible from the

start. They’ll feel more invested, and that goes a long

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Budget Travel

How to plan a summer vacation on a tight budget

By Marguerite Cleveland

Summer is upon us, and it is time for that annual rite of passage—the summer vacation. It can be an

expensive extravaganza or you can choose a more frugal option. Some of my best memories of family

vacations are the ones that were the least expensive. With a little planning and creativity you can have a

fun vacation that won’t break the bank.

Staycation. The staycation is the ultimate budget vacation, but you have to make some rules first to ensure it is

a vacation. The rules are: Decide the length of the vacation, determine a budget, stick to it and lastly no work.

This last one is tough and must be agreed upon by all parties. No family yard work, no house projects and no

working from home.

Plan activities for each day and visit local attractions. Maybe invest in a family membership that you can use all

summer at a local aquarium, museum or pool. Turn your backyard into a summer playground with fun yard

toys. It’s low tech, but running through a sprinkler never gets old. Rent an outdoor movie screen for summer

movies under the stars and purchase movie candy from the dollar store. The key is to spend time together as a

family and just have some fun.

At the end of the week, invest in a night at a waterpark hotel. For a family of four the cost is about the same as a

day at a waterpark. Many hotels will let you check in early to use the waterpark and stay later the next day after

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ROAD TRIPS ARE ONE OF THE MORE

ECONOMICAL WAYS TO TRAVEL

WITH A FAMILY VERSUS THE HIGH

COST OF PLANE TICKETS TO A

DESTINATION.

you check out to swim some more. Make sure to bring snacks to save

money, as nothing builds an appetite like swimming.

Summer Road Trip. Road trips are one of the more economical ways to

travel with a family versus the high cost of plane tickets to a destination.

The first rule of thumb is to plan how far you want to drive. For a

weekend trip plan no further than a three- to four-hour drive. If you are

planning for a weeklong trip, venture out about a seven- to eight-hour

drive. Consider more scenic routes and research fun stops along the way.

Next decide if you want to go to multiple destinations or make a base

at one location. The more relaxing route is to pick a location and then

venture out from there.

When traveling with family, a cabin or vacation rental can save you

money. You may pay slightly more than a hotel room but you can cut

costs by cooking some of your meals. For budget lodging check state

parks or campgrounds for low-cost cabin rentals. Websites like AirBnB.

com or VRBO also offer options for economic vacation rentals. Spend

some time researching your options and look for any specials at your

destination. Often resorts will offer a free night if you stay for a certain

number of days.

Plan to eat breakfast at your lodging, have your big meal at lunch at a

restaurant where lunch prices are less than dinner, bring back leftovers

and supplement with other foods for an easy dinner. Purchasing local

favorites or specialties makes a fun meal. Plan easy cookouts. You can

also cook and freeze meals to bring with you. This allows the cook in the

family to vacation without spending lots of time in the kitchen. For the

car pack a snack box and a cooler with cold drinks. During the summer

heat, beverages can quickly add up in costs if purchasing on the road.

For savings on lodging, some surprising places offer deals. Groupon is

a go to for local deals, but did you know they offer travel deals as well?

Rakuten.com (formerly Ebates.com) offers cashback on hotels and

vacations. A quick search revealed offers from 3 to 10 percent cashback

on hotel websites, and discount sites like Expedia and TripAdvisor. You

can double dip by going through Rakuten to access Groupon. You will

get cashback on your Groupon discounted purchase—a win all around.

Also, when searching for lodging, check the pricing on different dates.

For example, in big cities with lots of business travel, rates are often

more expensive during the week, and they offer specials on the weekend

whereas a resort area is more costly on weekends than on weekdays.

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Summer Cruise. A cruise is a more expensive

endeavor, but if you are willing to wait until the last

minute there are deals to be had. VacationsToGo.

com is one of the best websites for discount travel.

Although prices may be the same on other sites,

they often have onboard ship credits and other

perks available only through VacationsToGo. The key to making a cruise

a good deal is you must be able to drive to the port, and the ship needs

to start and end at the same port. Last-minute airfare for a family of four

defeats the cost savings of booking last minute. At the time this article

was written, the site had many Alaska cruise deals out of Seattle and

Vancouver for as much as 79 percent off. This deal offered a price of $749

(not including taxes) per person for an ocean-view cabin with a brochure

price of $3,498—and also threw in a $175 per cabin onboard credit. The

less expensive cabins sell first, so oftentimes last minute you can pick up

a great deal on an ocean-view or balcony cabin. One offer was less than

$400 (not including taxes) a person for a seven-day Alaskan cruise.

Once you are on your cruise you can save additional money by taking

the time to plan your trip. Take advantage of all the things your cruise

includes. Plan your shore excursions so that you eat all your meals on

the ship. Shore excursions in Alaska are pricey, but by researching the

ports of call you can save money. Many Alaskan ports are walkable. You

can spend your time in port seeing quite a bit on your feet. One thing to

be aware of if you book an excursion through the cruise line: They will

make sure you are back or will wait for you if it is delayed when the ship

is due to depart. You do not have this guarantee when you book a shore

excursion through another business.

When shopping look for unusual options for souvenirs to reduce your

costs. In Sitka, the Russian Orthodox Church had a wonderful gift shop

with very good prices; many under $10. When on the ship, look for deals

that can save you money. Drinks can be pricey, but one cruise line offered

a pub crawl through all the areas on the ship that served mixed drinks for

not much more than the cost of one drink. At each stop you received a

cocktail or shot themed for that stop. Some ships will offer wine tastings

for a set price.

When planning a budget vacation, the Internet is your friend. Research,

research, research. This is the key to finding great deals. Read forums on

websites. Facebook has travel pages and groups for every interest. The

website for your destination is also a wealth of information. Send away

for free area guides. Do a web search for coupons for an attraction you

want to visit. Use Groupon for the destination you are traveling to for

discounts on food, activities and even spa treatments. If you are willing

to put the work in beforehand, it will pay off by lowering the cost of your

vacation.

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BLISTERED PEPPER +

ARUGULA CHICKEN SALAD

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn

@marinagunn | MarinaGunn.com

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups arugula

5-7 sweet peppers

1/2 red onion (sliced thinly)

2 chicken breasts, shredded

2 tbsp. dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. of dried dill or 1-2 sprigs of fresh dill

juice of 1 lemon

pinch of salt

1-2 tbsp. olive oil

METHOD:

• Place sweet peppers in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil on

medium high for 5 to 6 minutes until crisp. Flip and cook for an

additional 2 to 3 minutes, so that both sides are golden brown.

• While the peppers are cooking, place arugula in a bowl and top

with thinly sliced red onion and chicken; it’s the perfect addition

to the salad. Also substitute fish or even a cooked egg!

• In a small bowl, whisk dijon mustard with dill, lemon juice and a

pinch of salt. Once combined, slowly add the olive oil while still

whisking to allow the oil and mustard to emulsify and combine

for a creamy dressing.

• Once the peppers are cooked, top the salad with the dressing and

peppers. Enjoy!

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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!

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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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GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

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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.

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PHO EVER WOK

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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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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ENTERTAINMENT

Summer blooms are

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The flowers have bloomed, and now is

your chance to explore seven of the area’s

most beautiful gardens during this year’s

Gig Harbor Garden Tour.

The 2019 tour features four gardens between Gig

Harbor and Olalla, with the other three in Gig

Harbor. Each garden on display has its own unique

story to tell, each one a reflection of the gardener.

Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Garden Tour

Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit

organization dedicated to promote literacy in the

Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula, the event raises

approximately $30,000 each year for this cause.

Patti McFerran, Gig Harbor Garden Tour Board

vice president, master gardener, garden writer and

photographer, looks forward to the event year after

year. “I’m an avid gardener and enjoy seeing the

gardens and talking to the gardeners,” she says.

“We’re so appreciative of them to give up their

gardens for a weekend, and it’s very rewarding to

know the profits from this tour go to such a good

cause.”

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Tickets are $25 each ($20 for groups of 10

or more) and can be purchased online at

GigHarborGardenTour.org or at one of the

following ticket outlets in Gig Harbor: Ace

Hardware, The Garden Room, Rosedale Gardens

Nursery, Tickled Pink, Wilco Farm Store and Wild

Birds Unlimited; Sunnycrest Nursery and Floral in

Lakebay; Garden Sphere Nursery in Tacoma; and

Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors in University

Place.

Once you purchase your ticket at one of the ticket

outlets, you will receive a booklet that will include

descriptions of each garden and directions to their

locations. Those who purchase their tickets online

will be mailed a ticket booklet. Tickets allow

admittance to both days.

The tour dates and hours are Saturday, June

29, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, June 30, 10am

to 4pm. For additional information, visit

GigHarborGardenTour.org or email info@

gigharborgardentour.org.

Whether you are an avid gardener or novice, these

gardens are sure to inspire.


SHOP

SIP

Enjoy your

Uptown Life!

Take a break from the ordinary, the expected.

Treat yourself to the easygoing Uptown style.

EVENTS

CONCERTS

STROLL

Gig Harbor Plant Swap

June 8 th 10am-11am

Summer Sidewalk Sale

July 12 th - 14 th

Cruise the Narrows Car

Show

August 3 rd 9am-3pm

Gig Harbor Film Festival

September 26 th - 29 th

Gig Harbor Plant Swap

October 12 th 10am-11am

July 11 th

Flor de Luna Latin

July 18 th

The Shy Boys, Rock

July 25 th

The Dark Horses, Country

August 1 st

Wounded Mic, Rock

August 8 th

Indigo Jazz Band, Jazz

August 15 th

The Michael Crain Band, Rock

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Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JUNE

06

Waterfront Farmers Market Opening Day

The Waterfront Farmers Market begins their fifth season on June 6. The

Market is open every Thursday, June through August (with the exclusion

of July 4th), 1 to 7pm. Located on Gig Harbor's beautiful downtown

waterfront at Skansie Brothers Park, visit the market for the freshest, local

produce, flowers, food products, hand-made body products, and local art

and crafts. There will also be live entertainment and activities for all ages.

GigHarborWaterfront.org

JUNE

07

Adventure Awaits

JUNE

08

Boatyard Swap Meet

JUNE

13

Comedy Night at Ocean 5

Don’t miss this evening of fun and merriment

in support of Gig Harbor Film Festival. Held at

Canterwood Golf and Country Club, the festivities will

kick off with a hosted cocktail hour featuring some

spectacular silent auction and raffle items. A seated

dinner will be served, followed by a dessert dash, live

auction and raise the paddle. GigHarborFilm.org

The Boatshop's annual Swap Meet is set for June

8, 9am to 2pm, at Second Wave. This event, in

celebration of National Marina Day, will be a fun

day of swapping good stuff, trading a few boating

and fishing stories and enjoying some food and

music while you browse. Find out more online at

GigHarborMarina.com.

Regional finalist of NBC "Standup" and national

touring comedian Susan Jones will be headlining

Comedy Night at Ocean5. Doors open at 6pm, with

two guest performers opening the show at 7pm.

Prepare for humor overload! Tickets are $10 and can

be purchased online at EventBrite.com.

JUNE-JULY

JUNE

14-06

15

Disney Newsies

Party in the Park!

Paradise Theatre presents Newsies. Inspired by the

true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, Newsies is an

ebullient, joyful and entertaining musical capturing

the strength that young people have when they join

together and stand up against injustice. Newsies is

a classic with the power to inspire. Performances

are Fridays and Saturdays at the Dragonfly

Theatre in Port Orchard. Get your tickets today at

ParadiseTheatre.org.

Join PenMet Parks as they celebrate 15 years as a

Park District! Bring the family, grab a friend and come

celebrate the start of summer at Party in the Park

at Sehmel Homestead Park. Don't miss the family

friendly fun 11am to 4pm, with live music, kids stage,

kids adventure zone (featuring rock climbing wall,

obstacle course, bounce houses and more), cornhole

tournament, beverage garden, root beer float garden

and food vendors. PenMetParks.org

Upcoming Events - July

06

9TH ANNUAL GIG

HARBOR WINGS

& WHEELS

08

SWING FOR A

SOLDIER AT

CANTERWOOD

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13 WOMEN'S

WELLNESS EXPO

16 SUMMER

SOUNDS

AT SKANSIE

BROTHERS PARK


JUNE

16

Father's Day Car Show

Bring Dad out to the vineyard for a day of fun! Join Olalla

Vineyard & Winery Sunday, June 16, 1 to 5pm, for Father's Day

in the vineyard. Muscle cars will be on display by Mopar Mafia

of Port Orchard, and live music will fill the air with Ten Strings

and A Box. Delicious foods by Grillside Mobile BBQ will also be

available for purchase. There is a $20 entrance fee per carload.

Register at OlallaWines.com.

JUNE

19

Cocktails & Fishtales

Phill Dionne, research scientist with Washington

Fish & Wildlife, will be discussing forage fish at Gig

Harbor Brewing Co. Taproom 5:30 to 7pm. Forage

fish include herring, anchovies, smelt and sand

lance—all fish that are important prey for marine

predators. Doors open at 5:30pm; presentation

is from 6 to 7pm with time for a short Q&A after.

HarborWildWatch.org

JUNE

23

Gig Harbor Climb Out of the

Darkness

Join Perinatal Support Washington in its annual

climb to spread awareness of perinatal mental

health at Sehmel Homestead Park 10am to 1pm.

The walk is stroller and family friendly. Walk, run, or

talk and stroll as you enjoy the company of others

spreading the word! Individuals and teams raising

donations will help support continued education for

professionals and programs in the community. Find

out more on Facebook.

JUNE

25

Summer Sounds at Skansie

Summer Sounds at Skansie returns for the 2019

season June 25 featuring Mark Hurwitz and Gin

Creek. This outdoor music concert series takes place

every Tuesday 6:30 to 8pm through August 13 and

is free to attend, thanks to sponsors CHI Franciscan

and Harbor Hill. See the upcoming lineup at

GigHarborGuide.com/music.

JUNE

29

Summer Kick-Off Party

JULY

04

Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show

The Kids' Dentist Gig Harbor invites the community

to join them in kicking off the summer Saturday,

June 29, 10am to 1pm. The morning of fun includes

a game truck, bounce house, food and more. And

... the event is free to attend. So gather the kids and

join your friends and get the summer started off

right. For more information, call 253.329.5437.

Held at Tacoma Narrows Airport, this event has repeatedly been

recognized as one of the top July 4th Celebrations in the United States!

This event has it all: multiple stages with national and regional music

acts, air show, huge fireworks presentation, Camp Patriot with military

displays, classic car show, funtastic kids park, more than 200 arts

and crafts vendors and delicious international food courts and beer

gardens, and more. FreedomFair.com

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GUIDED NATURE

GIG HARBOR

WALK AT

SUMMER ART

JOEMMA BEACH

FESTIVAL

STATE PARK

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VINEYARD &

WINERY’S’DINNER

IN THE VINEYARD

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HEARTS & SOUL:

A BENEFIT FOR

HEARTWOOD

HAVEN


LOW-tide

beach walks

with harbor

wildwatch

Get Y our

JUNE SCHEDULE

Feet Wet

15 Sunnyside Beach

Park at 10 a.m.

16 Titlow Beach

Over 600

Education Park 11 a.m. Programs with

photo workshop

Annually

17 Belfair State Park

• at Guided 11 a.m. beach, wetland,

and estuary walks

30+ walks

in July &

August!

• Citizen science

monitoring and training

opportunities

• Live dive underwater

experiences

Full schedule onLINE

• Cocktails & Fishtales

science Get to socials know for the 21+

unique creatures of

• seaStars & Beyond youth

naturalist the intertidal training zone program with

biologists at more than

12 • Hands-on beaches in exhibits the south in

Downtown Puget Sound. Gig Harbor Free

(donations appreciated)

and great for all ages!

HarborWildWatch.org

(253) 514-0187

HarborWildWatch.org

(253) 514-0187

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