June 2019 253 Lifestyle Magazine

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June 2019 253 Lifestyle Magazine

ISSUE NO. 06

JUNE 2019

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

EXPERIENCE THE NORTHWEST FLAVORS

AND ENTERTAINMENT THIS SUMMER

Q&A WITH SCOTT HATTEBERG

WASHINGTON STATE ALUMNUS, MAJOR LEAGUER

AND GIG HARBOR RESIDENT

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PUBLISHER’S Picks

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Executive Director

Summer in the 253

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.

In this issue, we’ve found some great summer music, food and drink

festivals happening here in the Pacific Northwest and surrounding area.

It’s time to start planning your summer adventures.

This month’s feature story is sure to inspire the adventurer in you, as we

highlight Richard Kresser and his daring and rigorous undertakings, and

the obstacles he encountered yet overcame.

Discover the true Tacoma gem that is McMenamins—just opened this

past April. Stop in for an afternoon of exploration, great food and drinks,

or make a staycation out of it, and book one of their rooms for a family

weekend of fun.

Our Travel and Leisure article is all about traveling on a budget, where

you’ll find great tips on how to get the most out of your travels without

breaking the bank. Cruise anyone?

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!

And of course, you’ll want to find out what former MLB player Scott

Hatteberg has been up to these days in this month’s Q&A.

From all of us at 253 Lifestyle Magazine, we hope you enjoy whatever

summer adventure you choose to set out to do!

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CHASING FAILURE: How

Tacoma’s Richard Kresser uses

defeat as motivation

A WONDERLAND AWAITS:

Seven stories of art, eating

and entertainment

Q&A WITH SCOTT

HATTEBERG: Washington

State Alumnus, Major Leaguer

and Gig Harbor resident

SUMMER FESTIVITIES:

Experience the

Northwest flavors and

entertainment

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About the cover

On this month’s June issue of 253

Lifestyle Magazine we are excited

to feature Gig Harbor resident and

former Major League Baseball great

Scott Hatteberg. Find out what he’s

up to these days by reading this

month’s Q&A, which you can find

on page 30.

Cover photo taken by Samantha

HOME 12

Countertop Overview - The Basics:

They are not all created equally

TRENDING 16

Summer Festivities: Experience the

Northwest flavors and entertainment

this summer

TACOMA 24

A Wonderland Awaits: Seven stories

of art, eating and entertainment

Elise Tillman.

Q&A 30

Q&A with Scott Hatteberg: Washington State

Alumnus, Major Leaguer and Gig Harbor

resident

HEALTH

The latest in keeping your body healthy

and cared for

FEATURED

Chasing Failure: How Tacoma’s Richard

Kresser uses defeat as motivation

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Discover your local art scene and never miss

an event near you!

TRAVEL

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Budget Travel: How to plan a summer

vacation on a tight budget

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Home

Countertop Overview: The Basics

THEY ARE NOT ALL CREATED EQUALLY

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 and often go with the rustic interiors we favor here in North Idaho. 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, but there are several talented fabricators and sales centers right here in

Washington. 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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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 sales person!

They can be a wealth of information and can help you find the

right product for your home.

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Experience the Northwest

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Compiled By Colin Anderson & Jillian Chandler

Food & Drink

Taste of Tacoma

June 21 - 23, 2019, Tacoma, Washington

Point Defiance Park will host the wildly popular

event, now in its 34th season. More than 40 regional

restaurants and food truck operators will give your

taste buds a trip around the culinary world. Here

you can choose your own adventure or pre-purchase

‘Taste It’ tickets, which include tickets for food

tastings as well as five beer or wine tasters as well.

The two 21+ beer gardens also include wine and

craft cocktails from Heritage Distilling. Admission

is free. Once inside you’ll find a kids carnival, chef

competitions and more than 100 live music acts

throughout the weekend. TasteofTacoma.com

CRAVE!

July 11 - 13, 2019, Spokane Valley, Washington

Spokane continues to grow, and so does the food

scene. CRAVE! brings together the top regional

chefs from Eastern Washington and North Idaho for

a three-day culinary experience. There are several

“Top Chef ” contestants and James Beard winners

and nominees who will serve up a variety of samples.

There is a different theme for each session; fire and

smoke, seafood, and around the world, to name a few.

Admission gets you unlimited samples of both food

and drink from local brewers, distillers and vintners.

The schedule includes cooking demonstrations

from expert chefs, and you can vote on your favorite

dishes. Tickets for single sessions and all weekend

passes are available. CraveNW.com

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it also brings in some of the top

international brands and some of the

most crazy experimental brews you

won’t find on any shelf

Seattle International Beer Fest

July 12 - 14, 2019, Seattle, Washington

Not only does this annual beer lovers mecca include the best

of the city but also brings in some of the top international

brands and some of the most crazy experimental brews you

won’t find on any shelf. You won’t get to them all as there will

be more than 200 taps pouring. Sours, fruit beers, double

IPAs, barley wines and ‘wild’ ales can be found alongside

more traditional styles in seven different tents spread out

across the festival grounds at the Seattle Center Pavilion.

Tastes are 4 ounces each and run anywhere from $1 to $7,

with most in the $1 to $2 range. Food is also readily available

inside the festival. SeattleBeerFest.com

Taste of Coeur d’Alene/Art on the Green

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

While technically two separate events, the proximity

between them makes this an annual pilgrimage for many

in the Inland Northwest. Close to 200 artists from all over

the region set up booths featuring paintings, photography,

metal sculpting and more on the lawns of North Idaho

College. Just a beachside walk over to downtown’s City

Park will bring revelers to the Taste of Coeur d’Alene, where

they will find a wide range of food on-site, served up foodtruck

style. Local chefs serve up their favorites, and there

is a beer garden featuring local brewers. The main strip of

downtown is also closed for pedestrians where another 250

or so vendors are set up selling a wide range of crafts, gifts

and, oh yes, food. ArtontheGreenCdA.com

Arts & Entertainment

Kirkland Summerfest

July 26 - 28, 2019, Kirkland, Washington

This three-day music and arts festival returns to the

picturesque shores of Lake Washington for its eighth year

offering the perfect environment for the artists, musicians

and fans to enjoy an incredible summer weekend filled with

music and art. During Summerfest, attendees will be treated

to dozens of live performances, outdoor entertainment

venues, delicious food, local beers and wines, street fair with

more than 200 vendors, Create Zone, Rotary Duck Dash and

KidZone. Though the event is free for those wandering the

streets, there are festival passes that get you into the main

stage events and KidZone passes available for purchase.

This is Kirkland’s signature event of the year with more than

40,000 attendees. Don’t miss out! KirklandSummerFest.com

Summer Meltdown

August 1 - 4, 2019, Darrington, Washington

Summer Meltdown offers a weekend “where the music

meets the mountain.” People gather from all over the West

to attend this four-day music, camping and adventure

festival held at Darrington Bluegrass Park in Darrington,

Washington. The annual festival prides itself as offering a

“vibrant” community setting that welcomes all ages. From

the live performances, dancing and kids zone to relaxing

and socializing in the beer garden, this is a festival the

whole family will enjoy. This year’s lineup includes Tipper,

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT

Umphrey’s McGee, Gramatik, Nahko and Medicine for the People,

The Polish Ambassador, CloZee, G Jones, along with three dozen

more acts. All general admission tickets include optional tent

camping. Discounted weekend passes are available for youth ages

9 to 15, and kids 8 and younger are free. SummerMeltdownFest.

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Festival at Sandpoint

August 1 -11, 2019, Sandpoint, Idaho

Enjoy eight nights of incredible entertainment featuring a

variety of genres under the stars and overlooking the water in a

breathtaking setting at War Memorial Field in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Now in its 37th year, The Festival at Sandpoint has played host to

incredible entertainers drawing people from all over the Pacific

Northwest to enjoy the 4,000-seat capacity venue. Intimate in its

setting, attendees can choose to bring in their own food and drink

or enjoy some of the fabulous food and beverages provided onsite.

This year’s lineup includes Nathaniel Ratecliff & The Night

Sweats, Walk Off The Earth, Jackson Browne, Lake Street Dive,

The Avett Brothers, and Kool & The Gang, as well as the Family

Concert featuring The Festival Community Orchestra and Studio

One Dancers and Grand Finale featuring the Spokane Symphony.

FestivalAtSandpoint.com

Watershed Music Festival

August 2 - 4, 2019, George, Washington

This country music festival is one you won’t want to miss. Enjoy

a weekend of camping and live musical performances by some of

the top country artists around. Held at The Gorge Amphitheatre

overlooking the Columbia River (just 10 miles northeast of

Quincy), this year’s lineup features Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown

Band, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Brothers Osborne, Chris

Young, Maren Morris, Midland, Kip Moore and many more. The

Gorge Amphitheatre offers some of the most spectacular views

in the world from any music venue and seats more than 20,000,

including the lawn area. Country fans from all over the Pacific

Northwest continue to flock to Watershed—the biggest threeday

country and music festival in the Northwest—year after year.

WatershedFest.com

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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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Tacoma

A WONDERLAND

AWAITS

MCMENAMINS TRANSFORMS

TACOMA’S ELKS TEMPLE INTO SEVEN

STORIES OF ART, EATING AND

ENTERTAINMENT

By Jennifer Preston Chushcoff

Photos Courtesy of Kat Nyberg/McMenamins and

Jennifer Preston Chushcoff

Tacoma’s historic Elks Temple has been transformed

by McMenamins, opening its doors to the public in

April. It took an impressive $34 million to renovate

and 18 months to finish.

Purchased in 2007, the long-awaited restoration is complete.

Weeks after its opening, the place was still packed on a

Saturday afternoon as I plunged past long lines of patrons

eager to try lunch at one of the restaurants. I was hungry too,

but I had a mission: explore the space.

I quickly found myself in the company of fellow, curious

locals. We resembled a safari expedition stalking halls,

ascending stairs, winding ourselves to the top and then

back down again. Chins up, we marveled at the massive

chandeliers, gorgeous glass pendant lights and stained glass

throughout. One-of-a-kind art is everywhere you turn.

Walking the Elks Temple is like visiting an art museum, one

in which you can drink local beer and eat tater tots.

Renee Rank Ignacio, McMenamins director of marketing,

commented about the community’s response. “Everyone has

been so excited and welcoming. I love seeing people walk

through the doors for the first time with big wide smiles on

their faces, looking around, up and down, trying to take it all

in. Their excitement is contagious!”

The original Elks organization was a fraternal club, open only

to white men. In fact, it didn’t allow women until 1993. In

a strange ruling, the Utah Supreme Court granted the Elks

the right to stay “men only” but said they’d revoke their

liquor license, as it required state regulation, which could

not violate the Utah State Civil Rights Act. Apparently, booze

was more important than staying male-only, and ladies were

finally allowed.

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Now, diverse voices are celebrated and emphasized. Note the Elks star on the

ceiling medallion over the hotel rooms. Nearby dangle lanterns representing

many cultures, and rooms line up named after underrepresented people who

played a role in the area’s past.

The present Elks Temple is a visual representation of this history. From the street,

the imposing white building appears austere and formal, but come inside and

it explodes with joyful color and ornament. Upon entering, you step inside the

largest, most dazzling jewel box on earth.

“From design to construction to researching the history and the artwork to

preparing the menus and drinks, we’ve looked at every detail and are so proud to

have opened our doors for all to see,” says Rank Ignacio regarding the thoughtful

restoration.

Bold artistic gestures circulate throughout the seven floors where graffiti art joins

whimsical paintings and fantastical chandeliers created by many artists. Velvet

upholstered chairs are tucked into each nook, inviting you to sit and sip. Every

square inch is considered. Bold, metal Mediterranean-style pendants mix with

meticulously beaded floor lamps. Funky murals and vintage photographs adorn

the walls. Even the elevators sport playful art.

Using their signature jewel-toned colors,

McMenamins incorporates modern

touches whilst honoring the Temple’s

original structure and civic use over the

years.

There is a story behind everything. The

Spanish Bar features an antique bar

shipped to the Elks Temple from Long

Beach, Washington. As it was being

restored, a metal plaque was discovered

with the words: Made in Tacoma.

Somehow, miraculously, it found its way

home.

Did you know

that McMenamins

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coffee, distill

their own spirits

and make their

own beer, wine

and cider?

As for eating and drinking, options

abound! Did you know that

McMenamins roasts their own coffee, distill their own spirits and make their own

beer, wine and cider? Food at the Elks Temple looks thought-out as well.

The inventive menus for the three restaurants are overseen by Michael Jordan, the

executive chef of the Elks Temple. Before coming to McMenamins, he was chef

at Bellevue’s El Gaucho restaurant and taught at the Seattle Culinary Academy.

His ambitious choices will excite the culinary-minded. He’s hoping to add fresh

local produce once the farmers markets open, especially to the tapas-style menu

of the Spanish Bar.

The family friendly, 250-seat pub restaurant will also serve breakfast Monday

through Sunday, featuring crunchy French toast, biscuits and gravy, several

varieties of benedicts, scrambles and, my favorite, huevos rancheros.

The Old Hangout is a tiki-style restaurant with a massive bar in the center of

the room surrounded by cozy booths. Bamboo, exotic-looking masks and ship

lanterns all gather under the watchful eye of “Terrance the Terrible,” a massive

wooden dragon head. A corner waterfall, firepit and soft ambient lighting offer a

seductive atmosphere.

The Brewery Tasting Room and Bottle Shop has 16 taps, hundreds of bottles and

McMenamins merchandise available for purchase. You can also order espresso

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drinks here. The on-site brewery will provide small batch and seasonal beers

accompanied by Hammerhead, Terminator and Ruby, the perennial standbys.

Draped along the north side of the Elks Temple are the elegant Spanish Steps, built

in 1916 and modeled after Rome’s Scalinata di Spagna. Patrons of the Spanish Bar

can dine al fresco at bistro tables in the plaza.

After spending time at Doc’s bar with its pool tables, shuffleboard and pinball

machines, I planned on exploring the Spanish Bar, but that will have to wait until

next time. Seven floors is a lot to take in!

The Spanish Ballroom is a stunning, 700-person capacity event space, which will

host speakers and live music throughout the year. Its walls feature ambitious, twostory

murals depicting Wagner’s Ring Cycle. (Also, there’s another bar.)

For guests who’d like to prolong their visit, 45 hotel rooms are tucked away upstairs

with private bathrooms (unusual for a McMenamins, and a welcome change!) with

views of either the interior courtyard or Tacoma’s spectacular Commencement Bay.

The Elks Temple was originally built in 1916 by È. Frère Champney, a graduate of

Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

As the community helplessly watched the beautiful Beaux-Arts (‘fine arts’) building

fall into disrepair, the McMenamin brothers arrived and made a deal with the city

to transform it into one of their unique spaces. Unfortunately, that was when the

market crashed. Though Tacoma waited almost 10 years for the restoration to begin

in earnest, it was worth it. The building has been resurrected and transformed into

a luxurious, playful space for gathering with friends, families and, of course, outof-town

guests.

The initials “B.P.O.E.” above the entrance stands for “The Benevolent and Protective

Order of Elks.” Given their charitable projects, the Elks used to joke that it meant

“The Best People On Earth.” Perhaps, after you visit the McMenamins Elks Temple,

you’ll begin to think of it as “The Best Pub On Earth,” which is now located at 565

Broadway, Tacoma.

The brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin are based in Portland where they

operate a collection of 55 pubs, restaurants and historic hotels in Washington

and Oregon. For more information about the Tacoma Elks Temple, visit

McMenamins.com/elks-temple.

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Scott Hatteberg started his baseball career at Washington State University playing catcher for

the Cougars. His success led to a Major League Baseball career that spanned from 1995 to 2008.

Today, he is most known for his role in the 2011 movie “Moneyball,” where he was played by

Chris Pratt. His signing with the Oakland Athletics is portrayed in the movie, and he was signed

because of his high on-base percentage and hitting ability. Because of an injury which affected

his throwing ability, he had to convert from catcher to first baseman.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS

TODAY, HE IS MOST

KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE

IN THE 2011 MOVIE

“MONEYBALL,” WHERE

HE WAS PLAYED BY

CHRIS PRATT. HIS

SIGNING WITH THE

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

IS PORTRAYED IN THE

MOVIE, AND HE WAS

SIGNED BECAUSE OF

HIS HIGH ON-BASE

PERCENTAGE AND

HITTING ABILITY.

Q. What is your current profession since retiring

from MLB Baseball?

A. I am the special assistant to Baseball

Operations. Basically it’s one of those umbrella job

titles that involves a range of duties. I spend most

of spring training on the field as a coach, and then

after that my focus turns to scouting for the MLB

draft. Overall it’s kind of a hybrid gig, splitting time

between front office and on-field stuff. Definitely

keeps me busy. I helped coach the high school

baseball team for a while after I retired and also

ran some Little League clinics. But once I started

back up on the pro side, I wasn’t able to find the

time, just too much travel. Definitely hope one day

to get back into the high school coaching scene.

Q. You are now a soccer dad with three daughters

who play the sport. Looking back on the early

days of your baseball career, who provided

that support to you? Any new appreciation for

them now that you are juggling three different

calendars with your daughters, carpools, snacks,

uniforms and all that entails?

A. My parents were by far my biggest supporters.

They drove my brothers and I all over creation for

sporting events. Now having three girls all deep

into the club soccer world, it’s apparently payback.

Carting them around has been a near full-time job.

Not sure how my folks did it without Waze. I’d be

lost. And unlike baseball, soccer games don’t get

rained out. I’ve looked like an arctic explorer at

some of these matches. Oh, and did I mention one

of my kids also shows a horse? I will stop there; not

sure I have the strength to explain that schedule.

Q. You hit one of the most storied homers in

baseball on September 4, 2002, that gave the

Oakland A’s a 12-11 win over Kansas City to land

an American League Record—20 victories in a

row. How did you handle the stress and pressure

of a situation like that? Any life lessons from that

experience?

A. Hitting that home run was definitely a huge

thrill but, in the actual moment, it was the

furthest thing from my mind. The guy I was

facing had absolutely filthy stuff. Plus he was

about as physically imposing as they get and, to

make matters worse, threw nothing but 98 mph

bowling-ball sinkers. Basically in my mind he was

Darth Vader. So really the hardest thing becomes

controlling the emotion and treating it like the

thousands of at bats you’ve had prior. Once you’re

able to get into that mindset you can then move

onto game planning, which is where you need

to be. And then, who knows? Maybe it all comes

together and you are able to take Vader down

Skywalker style.

Q. Gig Harbor is such a quaint small town. What

drew you to settle there and raise your family?

A. My wife and I are both Northwest lifers. She

grew up in Tacoma and I kind of bounced around

Oregon and Washington as a kid. We knew we

would land somewhere in those two states but

weren’t sure where exactly. But once we ventured

across the Narrows Bridge for the first time and

explored the harbor, I knew it would be the perfect

spot to raise a family. It’s a very cozy community,

and the setting is absolutely gorgeous. It was an

easy choice. Plus once you have the fish n’ chips at

the Tides Tavern, you’ll never leave.

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Health

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, trail-running and

road-running shoes are swapped for mud

boots. As trails dry out from mud season,

summer mountain exploration begins!

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 lowprofile

shoe can give you better feel, lower your ankles’ center

of gravity—which can reduce ankle sprains—and help you

change to a more appropriate mid-foot strike. Honestly, fancy

shoes were made so people could run farther and bypass the

natural feedback loop 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 singleleg

activity, meaning that all of the work is being done by one

leg at a time in alternating fashion. On the other side, all the

force absorption, and energy recycling, is also done on one leg.

So learning to be balanced, and equal, by engaging in running

skill work can help you not run like you have one flat tire.

Fourth is joint mobility work. Most people lack the simple

foot, ankle and hip prerequisites to hurdle themselves through

space one leg at a time. Limitations in and around the foot are

the biggest contributor to faulty mechanics and 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 running woes.

One thing to keep in mind is that a single strike of a person’s

running stride can carry nearly six times their body weight in

force. Meaning a 150-pound person creates nearly a half-ton

of force each strike. It’s no wonder injuries are so prevalent.

nearly eighty percent of people getting

their miles in this spring will sustain

some sort of injury

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Your shoes are not the issue, your

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Health

Moringa: Miracle Tree

REGAIN YOUR HEALTH WITH THIS ANCIENT PLANT

BY JOETTA COOK AND ROSIE ZORKO, LIPOMELT STUDIO

One of the most talked-about health trends for 2019 is

moringa powder, which is said to be one of the most

nutrient-rich plants in the world. It contains nearly three

times the iron of a cup of raw spinach and a sizeable amount

of vitamin A, making it great for those suffering from fatigue. Moringa

also boasts a litany of other benefits, such as helping with immunity,

muscle growth, bones and stress.

Moringa is one of the very few plant sources that contain all nine

essential amino acids and all three omegas. Even in small portions,

moringa provides adequate amounts of protein nutrients for everyone,

including healthy or medically compromised individuals, children,

senior adults, lactose-intolerant individuals, vegetarians and people

with soy allergies. And, unlike soy, it is not genetically modified or

altered by humans. It is considered to have the highest protein ratio of

any plant so far identified.

Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world.

Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain lots of

vitamins and minerals when dried, moringa is used in India and Africa

in feeding programs to fight malnutrition. The immature green pods

(drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds are

removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like

nuts. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach, and they are also

dried and powdered for use as a condiment.

It is commonly referred to as the “Miracle Tree” and it contains proteins,

vitamins and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells

from damage.

6 health benefits of moringa oleifera that are supported by scientific

research:

1. Very nutritious. Moringa leaves are rich in important nutrients

including protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and iron.

2. Rich in antioxidants including quercetin and chlorogenic acid,

moringa leaf powder can increase blood antioxidant levels.

3. May lower blood sugar levels. Studies have shown to reduce blood

sugar levels by 13 to 21 percent.

4. May reduce inflammation. Moringa has been shown to have antiinflammatory

properties.

5. Moringa can lower cholesterol, potentially reducing the risk of heart

disease.

6. May protect against arsenic toxicity.

In addition, according to the USA’s National Institutes of Health (NIH),

moringa has been used to assist in the treatment and prevention of over

300 diseases and medical conditions including: weight management,

circulatory system support, blood pressure regulation, arthritis and

joint pain relief, pain relief, cancer prevention, skin cuts, rashes and

diseases, gastric ulcerations, malnutrition, nervous-system disorders,

menopausal-related hormonal issues, gout, anemia, urinary tract issues,

prostate issues, digestive issues, liver disorders, build and maintain

muscle mass and many, many other issues or conditions.

If you’re not much of a coffee person but still like to start your day with an

energizing morning beverage, then moringa might be just what you’re

looking for. You can buy it in tea form at health food stores. Moringa

has a sweet, earthy flavor not unlike snap peas. There’s no caffeine in it,

but frequent moringa drinkers claim it’s energizing nonetheless.

The Discovery Channel’s documentary, “The Miracle Tree,” provides

insight into the most nutrient-rich botanical on planet earth—moringa.

As with any type of nutrient, you want the highest quality possible. Your

best bet for getting high-quality moringa is through Zija International at

ZijaInternational.com. Zija moringa has been added to the Physicians’

Desk Reference, commonly used to support prescribing decisions and

inform physicians about innovate health products.

At LipoMelt Studio, we recommend this product to our clients who are

looking to regain their healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

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SUMMER TRAVEL

BEAUTYTips

Easy ways to keep your skin

looking flawless BY PAMELA DAWNE BOLADO

Travel can be great for the soul but tough on your skin—especially during the summer

months when the sun is beaming and the water is cool (and highly chlorinated).

Your skin has numerous reasons to act up from the bacteria you breathe on the airplane to

fluctuations in climate, routine, sleep patterns and, not to forget, increased sun exposure.

So how do you keep your skin happy while living that travel and beach life? The answer is more

than just applying your sun protection.

Improve your airplane hygiene! Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Cleanliness is so important, especially when dealing with recycled air on a plane. The first step is

to wipe down the seat and armrests before you sit. People leave behind bacteria and oils on the

seat, which is why sometimes people can develop body acne, especially where skin is exposed.

You can also apply that rule to your phone!

I love facial hydrating mists. If you have that ‘I don’t care’ attribute, like myself, wear a

hydrating sheet mask on your overnight flight to combat dry cabin air!

Drink lots of water! Staying hydrated is so important. If caffeine is a must, opt for

green tea to give you a boost rather than getting the dehydrating effect of coffee.

Healthy Hotel Habits!

During the summer, many of us are prone to breakouts due to excessive sweating

and sometimes using new products. Always travel with your own products.

Hotel toiletries, even the most lavish, can give your skin trouble if you’ve never

tested them out. If your favorite products don’t have travel sizes available, it’s

a good idea to invest in mini travel bottles to fill them to go.

Protect! Protect! Protect!

Did I mention sun protection? Those UV rays are for real! And never

underestimate them when it’s cloudy. Even if you rarely to never burn,

you are at risk of skin cancer when you remain outside unprotected. Here

are my favorite SPF options:

• Cotz Prime & Protect SPF 40

• Coola SPF 30

• Elta SPF 30

• ZO Skin Health SPF 50

A minimum of SPF 30 should always be applied and re-applied! Make

sure to apply a whole-body sunscreen before leaving for the day—and

bring it with you. It’s important to reapply every few hours and more if

you are swimming.

Adjust Your Skin-care Routine Accordingly.

Knowing your skin type is key! The summer heat can be good for

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SO HOW

DO YOU

KEEP YOUR

SKIN HAPPY

WHILE

LIVING THAT

TRAVEL AND

BEACH LIFE?

people with dry skin, especially if there’s humidity. For those

with oily skin types, the heat can pose a challenge. I’ve spoken

to many clients who skip the moisturizer because they’re

worried it will make their skin more oily, however, dry and

cracked skin makes it easier for bacteria to get in and cause

acne—and that dryness is causing the skin to produce more

oil. Keep your skin routine simple by starting with cleansing

and ending with moisturizing. I highly recommend using

a toner and serum. That’s when a visit to your MedSpa can

help, by prescribing the best products for your individual skin

needs.

Here are a few suggestions for a summer skin routine:

• Dry sensitive skin should use a creamy cleanser, and for

those with oily skin I recommend using a water-based cleanser

in the morning and then a foam cleanser in the evening. It’s

always a good idea to gently exfoliate a few times a week to

keep your skin glowing.

• I suggest applying a toner after cleansing, which aids in

‘establishing’ the PH back to the skin. If you have oily skin,

then you may want to use a serum before applying sun

protection. For dry skin, use a light water-based moisturizer

after toning and before SPF.

• Always pack some aloe in case you end up getting a little

more sun than you intended—a tried-and-true remedy for

sunburn and wound healing.

Bottom Line … Plan Ahead!

Pack your carryon with your essentials, including your

re-application sunscreen. I always keep one in my glove

compartment!

Even after the exhausting traveling days, always prioritize

your night routine by washing and moisturizing your face and

body before bed—and in the morning! With a simple routine,

you can have an enjoyable vacation and still keep your skin

glowing and healthy!

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LMS, Oncology Trained LME

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Chasing

Failure

HOW TACOMA’S RICHARD KRESSER USES

DEFEAT AS MOTIVATION

BY ANNELI FOGT | PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICHARD KRESSER

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Feature

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

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HIS MOTTO: “IF

YOU’RE NOT

SCARED, IT’S NOT

A BIG ENOUGH

GOAL.”

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 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

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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

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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.

“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

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

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involved in the school’s outdoor recreation program

sent an email later that semester asking who would be

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summer to climb some of the Pacific Northwest

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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 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 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.

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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 surprise rainstorm

20 miles from the finish line.

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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 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 three-hour 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

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Still I Rise

GAGE ACADEMY OF ART OFFERS 7 ATELIER PROGRAMS DEDICATED TO

BOTH THE CLASSICAL AND MODERN TRADITION

By Joanne Levy, Director of Integrated Marketing and Community Engagement at Gage Academy of Art

We want to dedicate this June art

issue to two graduating students

whose art and stories inspire, teach

and honor us.

Grace Flott (GraceAthenaFlott.com) transitioned

to art after she was severely injured in an apartment

fire; the language of realist art became a way of

storytelling, and the meditative process of painting

was instrumental in her healing. She will be

graduating this June from the Aristides Classical

Atelier after four years in the full-time program.

Her “Still I Rise” series explores loss, memory and

disability, inspired by her experience as a burn

survivor. At the age of 20, Grace was trapped in

an apartment fire and jumped four stories to the

ground in order to escape flames. Her injuries

left her temporarily dependent on a number of

medical devices including a wheelchair, back brace

and crutches.

“When I lost my mobility at a young age, I was

forced to reckon with a new physical reality as

well as cultural stereotypes surrounding ability/

disability,” Grace says.

The paintings are sparse in order to direct the

viewer’s attention to the lone objects and the

emptiness of the space. The human presence is

felt, not seen, and opens the door for the viewer to

GRACE FLOTT

reflect on their assumptions about what it means to

rely on such symbolic equipment.

“Although my own dependence on these objects

was filled with grief and isolation, it is important

that these paintings communicate a sense of hope

and agency,” Grace says.

The glittering light that illuminates each scene

is her way of honoring what these objects make

possible for the folks who need them. The lack of a

visible human subject allows the viewer to see the

objects as both apart from, but also integral to, the

identity of the individual.

“The self-portrait begins the current narrative

GRACE FLOTT

moment. Recovery from severe trauma is lifelong;

however, people with visible burn scars experience

daily reminders of our injury when we look in

the mirror or when others reflect or comment on

our ‘unusual’ appearance. Such moments force a

reckoning between the past trauma and the present

healing, the past and present selves or the internal

and external selves,” says Grace.

Paul Rosiak (PaulRosiakArt.com, @paulrosiakart)

is a classically trained full-time visual artist and

teacher, focusing primarily on drawings and

still life, portrait, figure and floral paintings. He

discovered his calling to be an artist while in the

process of searching for meaning after developing

a rare neurological disability that causes chronic

pain. He moved to Seattle to join Juliette

Aristides’ Classical Drawing and Painting

Atelier at Gage Academy of Art and has only

come to love drawing and painting more each

year.

“Creating art for me is an affirmation of life; it

cuts through everything that gets in the way

of deep connection to others, to ourselves,

to nature and to an awareness of what’s most

essential in life.

“I work entirely from life, and much of my work

is figurative and realistic. One of my goals is to

GRACE FLOTT

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UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF JULIETTE ARISTIDES,

AND SHE RESPONDED: “JULIETTE HAS PASSED

ON HER DEEP LOVE OF LOOKING. … SHE’S

TAUGHT ME THAT PAINTING CAN ELEVATE THE

ORDINARY TO THE SACRED AND, IN DESCRIBING

THE THING IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU CAN PASS

ON THIS LOVE TO THE VIEWER. SHE SHOWED

ME THAT LITERALLY EVERYTHING IN LIFE CAN

BECOME EXPRESSIVE OR BEAUTIFUL IF YOU

WANT TO PAINT IT THAT WAY.”

GRACE FLOTT

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find and convey the beauty in often-overlooked everyday

things, and to affirm the dignity and value of human life

and uniqueness of each individual person. Working from

life for me is integral to this process, as the connection

and focused attention of a human spirit in an age of speed,

distraction and the virtual is one of the things I wish to

maintain and give to the viewer.”

PAUL ROSIAK

The community is invited to come see Atelier work at

the upcoming Best of Gage Art Show, which marks the

end of the academic year at Gage and highlights these

extraordinary students and now artists.

Even as spring ends, we still have available spring classes,

weekend and weeklong workshops available. Students

enrolled in the Atelier program dedicate themselves to

study with a specific artist instructor and a cohort of

students for several academic years. If you or someone

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call 206.323.4243.

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more than 75 artists and makers selling handmade items, along

with food trucks on-site. Shop for great finds just in time for Father’s

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community. Choose from the state’s oldest 12k or the fast and

challenging 5k routes. After the race, enjoy vendors and live music.

For more information and to register for the 47th Sound to Narrows,

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Sabor Flamenco Annual

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the rich flavors of Cuba and Spain combined in this onsemble

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Second Sunday Music

live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the

second Sunday of every month at W.W. Seymour Conservatory, 1 to

2:30pm. Performances offer a variety of musical tastes, with music

intended to appeal to audiences of all ages. This month’s musical

performance is by Clover Creek Ramblers. There is a suggested $3

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Tacoma Ocean Fest

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and dessert. James Donaldson will be the keynote speaker at the

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Tacoma June Houseplant Swap

The Tacoma Houseplant Club is hosting a houseplant plant swap

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accessories. Register to attend this free event online at EventBrite.

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Great Race at Marymount

This multi-day day time-speed-endurance rally is for vintage cars 1974

and older that starts in Riverside California and ends in Tacoma. Local

dignitaries and fans will welcome the teams across the day eight finish

line with a full day of activities, 3 to 9pm, including a Show & Shine

Car Show featuring local car clubs, music, beer garden, food trucks,

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Tacoma Freedom Fair &

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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

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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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