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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
Q&A WITH SCOTT
State Alumnus, Major Leaguer
and Gig Harbor resident
Northwest flavors and
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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
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up to these days by reading this
month’s Q&A, which you can find
on page 30.
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Countertop Overview - The Basics:
They are not all created equally
Summer Festivities: Experience the
Northwest flavors and entertainment
A Wonderland Awaits: Seven stories
of art, eating and entertainment
Q&A with Scott Hatteberg: Washington State
Alumnus, Major Leaguer and Gig Harbor
The latest in keeping your body healthy
and cared for
Chasing Failure: How Tacoma’s Richard
Kresser uses defeat as motivation
Discover your local art scene and never miss
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Budget Travel: How to plan a summer
vacation on a tight budget
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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
I’ve done Terrazzo countertops, concrete countertops and
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and all of them have pros and cons. Bearing that in mind, do
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right product for your home.
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Taste of Tacoma
June 21 - 23, 2019, Tacoma, Washington
Point Defiance Park will host the wildly popular
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restaurants and food truck operators will give your
taste buds a trip around the culinary world. Here
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‘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
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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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
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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Transformation through Transition
YOUR DIVORCE IS MORE THAN A SPREADSHEET
By Felicia Soleil, JD
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
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’S ELKS TEMPLE INTO SEVEN
STORIES OF ART, EATING AND
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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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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TODAY, HE IS MOST
KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE
IN THE 2011 MOVIE
HE WAS PLAYED BY
CHRIS PRATT. HIS
SIGNING WITH THE
IS PORTRAYED IN THE
MOVIE, AND HE WAS
SIGNED BECAUSE OF
HIS HIGH ON-BASE
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
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
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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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
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
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
foot and ankle are.
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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
6 health benefits of moringa oleifera that are supported by scientific
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
5. Moringa can lower cholesterol, potentially reducing the risk of heart
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.
Joetta Cook & Rosie Zorko are the owners of LipoMelt Studio,
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Easy ways to keep your skin
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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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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
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
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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HOW TACOMA’S RICHARD KRESSER USES
DEFEAT AS MOTIVATION
BY ANNELI FOGT | PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICHARD KRESSER
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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
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HIS MOTTO: “IF
SCARED, IT’S NOT
A BIG ENOUGH
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
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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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.
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
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
“We failed on every mountain in those two weeks
except for Rainier,” Richard says. “I was a total
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[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 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.
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 surprise rainstorm
20 miles from the finish line.
“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.
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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
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
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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
“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
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
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
“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
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WE ASKED GRACE WHAT WAS THE MOST
IMPORTANT LESSON SHE LEARNED STUDYING
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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.”
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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.”
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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For additional information about Gage Academy of Art,
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Whether you are a curious newcomer or a professional artist, a
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anyone interested in learning. In addition to welcoming adults,
Gage gives kids hands-on art experience working with talented
instructors in fully-equipped art studios while having fun too!
We also provide scholarships and financial aid to youth and
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Tacoma Spring Fest
Support local by attending this year’s Tacoma Spring Fest Saturday,
June 8, 11am to 6pm at Point Ruston. This is an opportunity to browse
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
Day, wedding gifts, housewarming presents, handmade jewelry and
clothing, decor for your home, organic body and skin-care products,
and more! UrbanCraftUprising.com
Kick off the summer with the South Sound’s favorite race, Sound Enjoy
to Narrows, which supports healthy children and families in our
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,
Sound to Narrows Military Run
Sabor Flamenco Annual
You won’t want to miss the Sabor Flamenco Annual Showcase
at Alma Mater, which takes place 6 to 8:30pm. Get ready to enjoy
the rich flavors of Cuba and Spain combined in this onsemble
flamenco performance. Sabor Flamenco will be dancing the paleos
of Alegrias, Tarantos, Tientos and many more to predominantly live
music. This is a family friendly event. Purchase tickets, $20, online at
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
Tacoma Ocean Fest
Celebrate. Learn. Protect. The Tacoma Ocean Fest returns to Foss Waterway Sunday, June
9. This free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront brings together arts, sciences and water play
to celebrate our ocean, tell about its threats and inspire us all to protect it. 10am to 5pm,
enjoy interactive art, music, dance, eco-booths, hands-on science, OceanX talks, food
trucks and so much more! TacomaOceanFest.org
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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
Father’s Day Car Show
5th Annual Crab Feed
The Tacoma Waterfront Association invites you to attend the fifth annual all-you-can-eat Crab
Feed at Foss Waterway Seaport. The event takes place Tuesday, June 18, 5:30 to 9pm, where you
can enjoy all of the Dungeness crab you can eat, corn on the cob, salad and bread. Tickets sell out
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restaurants and vendors, craft and commercial goods vendors, 90+ live bands and entertainment,
cooking demos and chef cook-off battles, craft beer and wine tasting, outdoor beer gardens, the
Funtastic Carnival, sponsor activities and more! TasteOfTacoma.com
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YMF Annual Fundraising
Purchase your tickets today for a rare chance to enjoy a waterfront
dinner in the historic boatshed on the Foss Waterway. Catch a
glimpse of the works and accomplishments of the Tacoma Youth
Marine Center, enjoy passed appetizers, wine, spirits and beer, dinner
and dessert. James Donaldson will be the keynote speaker at the
event. The event will be held 4:30 to 7:30pm. Contact Monique at
253.572.2666 with questions.
Tacoma June Houseplant Swap
The Tacoma Houseplant Club is hosting a houseplant plant swap
for houseplant enthusiasts in the Puget Sound region 1:30 to 3pm.
Bring plant clipping or whole plants, pots and/or plant-related
accessories. Register to attend this free event online at EventBrite.
com. There will also be a raffle and houseplant Q&A, and be sure to
stick around to socialize at the plant social, where you are invited
to chat, drink and eat 3 to 5pm. For additional information, email
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,
vendors and more! To find out more and to purchase tickets, visit
Tacoma Freedom Fair &
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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The Venardos Circus
Held at Wright Park, the Venardos Circus returns June 26 through July 7. This unique,
family oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years
and was recently featured on CBS “Sunday Morning”! This animal-free circus features
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HOW TO PLAN A SUMMER VACATION ON A TIGHT BUDGET
BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
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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.
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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
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
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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