October 2019 253 Lifestyle Magazine

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October 2019 253 Lifestyle Magazine

ISSUE NO. 10

OCTOBER 2019

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

ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY TO HELP

OTHERS, ONE BUDGET AT A TIME

Q&A WITH MEL SANTOS

OWNER, UNITED REAL ESTATE PUGET SOUND WEST

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The Crisp Fall Days Are Upon Us

IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR WE START PREPARING FOR THE COLD

WINTER MONTHS. But, in the meantime, now is the time to enjoy

the autumn season and all the beauty that abounds during this time

of year.

In this issue you’ll find some great ideas on how to spend the fall

months with family and friends. From hiking in nature while taking

in the beautiful fall foliage, to picking your own pumpkin from a local

pumpkin patch or apples from that local orchard, this time of the

year is unlike any other, so take advantage of it.

October marks Tacoma Arts Month, when the city comes alive with

all mediums of art—from theatre performances, lectures, workshops,

art exhibits, an extensive studio tour, readings and film screenings.

And the best part of all is that the community and visitors alike can

enjoy all of this for free! We are so fortunate to call Tacoma home.

For this month’s Q&A we had the privilege to speak with Mel Santos,

owner of United Real Estate - Puget Sound West. He shares with

our readers the philosophy behind the business, as well as his

commitment to our local community outside of the office.

Any time of year is the perfect time for travel, and our October travel

story takes you to Asheville, North Carolina. If you’re looking for a

little adventure this season, Asheville is one of the most beautiful

places in the country during the autumn months—especially during

October. Here you will find the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the

most scenic roads in America, as well as the Biltmore Estate built by

George Vanderbilt. Set on 8,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains,

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Fall … there’s nothing like it. Get out and enjoy all the season brings.

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Q&A WITH MEL SANTOS:

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Asheville: Featured in this month’s travel article Pg.60

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“I’m so glad I live in

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- L.M. Montgomery

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INSIDE

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About the cover

OUR OCTOBER ISSUE OF 253

LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE features

owner of United Real Estate Puget

Sound West, Mel Santos. Find

out more about the business and

Mel’s involvement in the local

community on page 30. This

month’s cover photo was taken by

Samantha Elise Tillman.

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HOME

Heavy Metals: How to mix and match

metal finishes in your home

TRENDING

Your Fall Activities Bucket List: Family

Friendly Fun Awaits

TACOMA

A Season for Celebrating Creativity:

October is Tacoma Arts Month

Q&A

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30

Q & A on Mel Santos, Owner, United Real

Estate Puget Sound West

HEALTH

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

FEATURE

Making a Financial World of Difference:

One woman’s journey to help others, one

budget at a time

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Discover your local art scene and never

miss an event near you!

TRAVEL

Asheville: Gilded Age culture and fall

foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Home

heavy metals

HOW TO MIX AND MATCH METAL FINISHES IN YOUR HOME

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

One of the more common questions I get asked as a designer is how to mix metal finishes. And though it

seems like a fairly straightforward question, it doesn’t really have a straightforward answer. The rule is

typically to mix no more than three metal finishes in any given room, and even go so far as to say in any

given home. However, something I strongly believe is that rules are meant to be broken!

One of the coolest new trends in lighting and hardware is a matte black finish. And while this finish looks great all

on its own, it also looks fantastic paired with a cool satin nickel or stainless steel finish, or even with a warmer brass

finish. I’ve also paired black with weathered copper to fantastic effect, which looks great in more rustic or industrial

interiors.

When choosing new hardware for your kitchen, however, it can be tricky to pair new finishes with existing light

fixtures or other elements. For cabinetry, one thing to keep in mind are your hinges. You might switch out your old

boring shiny brass drawer pulls for sleek new stainless steel models, but if your hinges are exposed and stay the same

shiny brass, the effect is lost and all of a sudden it looks like a bit of a mess instead of the modern new look you

wanted. In this case, what I might do is either switch out the hinges too, or, if that’s not an option, replace the old

pulls with updated brass pieces for a more modern look that still works with the existing hinges.

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When it comes to lighting, finish is very important. I don’t

know if you’ve ever walked into a home and looked up at the

ceiling to spy a gold and crystal chandelier proudly declaring

that the house was built in 1987, but I sure have! Replacing

light fixtures can have a huge impact on how your house looks.

But choosing a finish can be tricky. One thing that might help

you choose a finish is your door hardware. If you have satin

nickel doorknobs, then you know a satin nickel fixture would

look right at home in your house. Should you want to branch

out and choose on oil-rubbed-bronze (ORB) fixture, go ahead!

Just make sure that it’s not the only ORB element in the house,

so it doesn’t look out of place.

One thing I try to stay away from is specialty finishes. For

example, in the early ‘90s there was a textured granite finish

that was very popular for light fixtures. This short-lived trend

immediately dated any house that included this strange breed

of light fixture, and the homeowners were then forced to

replace it or simply ignore it once it went out of style.

For that reason, I opt to go for classic metals and finishes.

Oil-rubbed-bronze, patinaed brass and copper, satin nickel,

stainless steel and simple black are fairly timeless and will

stay up-to-date looking for far longer than their trendier

counterparts. You can generally combine any two to three of

these in any given room and still have them looking great now

and for years to come!

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ACTIVITIES

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The leaves are changing to hues of deep

reds and golden yellows, and the days

and nights have turned cool and crisp.

Fall has arrived here in the Northwest,

and with it an abundance of activities that are

sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

The autumn months may be a bit chilly, but

these activities are sure to warm the hearts of

every family member both young and old.

As the leaves slowly make their way down to

the ground, it calls for some yard cleanup.

But instead of just raking up those leaves and

throwing the piles into a garbage bag—the

festive pumpkin trash bags are most certainly

the way to go this time of the year—let the kids

have some fun! There’s nothing like jumping

into a big pile of leaves, throwing them in the

air or at one another, and just lying in them and

daydreaming the day away. Who needs snow

angels when you can make leaf angels? And

this makes for a prime time to snap some great

action-packed photos of the kids. And Mom

and Dad, don’t forget to join in the fun. All

work and no play was never good for anyone.

The many varieties and colors of the leaves can

also make for a fun afternoon art project. Have

the kids gather a dozen or so of their favorite

leaves and let their imaginations soar as they

create their own unique fall leaf art projects. I

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Looking for a little adventure? Rather

than going to your local supermarket to

pick out your pumpkins—whether they be

for carving or cooking—plan a trip to a

local you-pick pumpkin patch.

over the leaf, peeling the wrapper off of the crayon, then

rubbing the crayon onto the paper to make the outline of

the leaf and all of its veins and stem.

You don’t have to look to your own backyard to enjoy the

leaves. As the fall foliage could easily make the season one

of the most rich and colorful of the year, take the family out

for a walk in nature, or even a drive, to take in the sights that

this season blesses us with.

Looking for a little adventure? Rather than going to your

local supermarket to pick out your pumpkins—whether they

be for carving or cooking—plan a trip to a local you-pick

pumpkin patch. Here the kids can roam around outdoors

and in the fresh air and choose their very own unique

pumpkin to carve just in time for Halloween. In addition,

select your own pumpkins and other squash available for

purchase to decorate your front porch or create an autumn

centerpiece for your dining room table. And don’t forget,

grab a few extra for those pumpkin pies, baked pumpkin

seeds, squash soups and more. And let the kids help in the

meal preparation. There’s nothing like preparing meals,

farm to table, with your family by your side.

Another exciting, and tasty, outing is to head to that local

apple orchard. Be sure to bring the wagon and get picking.

Many orchards allow you to taste the different apple offerings

so you can choose your favorites before picking. The kids are

sure to get a workout running about, climbing ladders and

picking the apples. As a treat, once you’ve arrived back at

home, make caramel apples and let the kids decorate with

candy. Make homemade apple chips and applesauce—

what kid doesn’t love applesauce? And plan on preparing

and canning some of the apples for those warm, delicious

homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas pies. Your guests

are sure to be impressed.

Fall is the time for corn mazes and haunted houses. Running

through a corn maze, getting “lost” or finding oneself at

a dead end, offers a thrill for most children. And as long

as you go during daylight hours, it’s sure to leave them

smiling once they make their way out. Most children love

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excitement, and a haunted house provides just that. Just be sure

that the haunted house you enter is age appropriate for your child,

as there’s no fun in having your child leave in tears.

Many towns hold fall festivals and carnivals, where you can

experience a little bit of everything “fall” including delicious fall

foods to warm you up, autumn décor for sale, entertainment,

hayrides and more. Get in the spirit and make sure to attend one

and support your local community and businesses.

Many think of springtime when it comes to gardening. But the

best time of the year to plant bulbs is in the fall, six to eight weeks

before the first hard frost makes its appearance. Bundle up the

kiddos, break out the gardening gloves and tools, and make an

afternoon of fun which all will be rewarded in the spring with a

yard full of beautiful, colorful tulips and daffodils. The kids are

sure to be proud of the part they played when they see the first

blooms of spring.

From hayrides and apple picking to playing in the leaves, there

is nothing like the fall. Now is the time to fall into fall and take

advantage of all of the outdoor opportunities that come but once

a year.

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OCTOBER IS TACOMA ARTS MONTH

By Jennifer Preston Chushcoff

Photos by Chevi Chung

As the leaves begin to fall and the ripe colors of autumn

spread across the landscape, we are tempted to cozy

up in our homes. But in Tacoma, October summons

us from our nest for more than that one spooky day of

dress-up. It is a busy month for South Puget Sound art lovers.

The 18-year-old festival known as Tacoma Arts Month celebrates

artists alongside the community that supports them with a

bundle of free activities including: theatre performances, lectures,

workshops, art exhibits, an extensive studio tour, readings and

film screenings. Attending all events is free thanks to the generous

donations of sponsors.

It all kicks off with the celebratory Kaleidoscope opening party

(October 2, 6:30 to 9pm) at the Eastside Community Center where

you can sample a wide variety of the local art scene. Along with

a visual art display to peruse, there will be live performances,

including music by the popular Kareem Kandi World Orchestra,

the Lincoln High School Drumline, dancing by both the BareFoot

Collective and Ballet Folklórico de Tacoma, and a reading by

Tacoma’s Poet Laureate, Abby E. Murray.

The Kaleidoscope party is wheelchair accessible with parking

available directly adjacent to the Eastside Community Center.

Limited parking is available in the center’s parking lot, and guests

are encouraged to carpool or take public transport.

Chevi Chung, the community programs specialist for the Office of

Arts & Cultural Vitality, shared with me what makes the Tacoma art

scene so special, pointing out the massive community support for

creatives, both emerging and established, with local organizations

offering many opportunities for growth. “Tacoma is small enough

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The second weekend of October features the Tacoma Studio Tour

(October 12 and 13, 11am to 5pm). It is a family friendly self-guided

tour where 96 artists throw open the doors to their workspaces and

invite the public in to see how they create. All 56 studios will have

demos of the artists’ process or hands-on activities for visitors.

Guests are encouraged to take time to observe, connect and ask

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Many of the participating artists will have art available for sale at

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is surprisingly affordable and helps sustain the vibrant artist community

that this area is known for. Art also makes an excellent, thoughtful gift,

and the holidays are just around the corner. When the gift budget is tight,

I’ve purchased a handful of small prints, postcards or greeting cards and

framed them, as they usually fit into a 4x6 or 5x7 frame, some even signed

by the artist.

“I’m especially excited to see the growth in artists participating and

collaborating together, the varying assortment of art forms …,” says

Chung. “This is exhilarating growth to see both new and returning artists

share their work and space with us this year. Twenty-nine new artists are

participating on the Studio Tour who work with various media inclusive of

book arts, painting, metal work, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, music,

performance art, pottery, risograph, sewing and photography, to name

some of their art forms.”

With so much to see, plan ahead and map your tour itinerary at

TacomaArtsMonth.com, where you will also find a downloadable Studio

Tour Booklet. Printed versions of the booklet can be found at local coffee

shops and community organizations. With 56 open studios, it’s important

to plot your course ahead of time.

Within the booklet is the Studio

Tour Passport, which is your

ticket to winning prizes. Pick

one up at any studio location

during the tour or print it out

from the website ahead of time.

Have the passport stamped at

each studio you visit. Once you

collect seven stamps, mail, email

a scan or take a photo of your

completed passport and send it

in for a chance to win a piece of

art from one of the participating

artists. Go to the event website

to learn more and get a sneak

peek of the prizes.

At the Art Stop located within

LeRoy Jewelers, pick out a handcrafted

pet bowl at the Arfs and

Craft exhibit and silent auction.

Proceeds benefit the Prison Pet

Partnership program and the

Assistance Dog Club of Puget

Sound (October 22 through 26).

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to get to

know the arts

beat and big

enough where

one can find

their own arts

niche.”

Also happening during Tacoma Arts Month is the fifth annual Creative

Colloquy Crawl, known as C3 (October 1, 6 to 9pm). This arts organization,

led by Tacoma’s literary matriarch and maven, Jackie Casella, meets once

a month for readings by featured authors and open mic. Their annual

Crawl is something to behold with its genre-bending performances. The

community is invited to attend these free literary-based events hosted at

six locations, from bars to bookstores.

Once again, C3 offers a variety of acts: screening films at the Grand

Cinema, a baseball-themed reading at Doyle’s Public House that invites

participation, multiple poetry readings exploring race and justice, a

dance/theatre/storytelling mashup at Anthem Coffee and a storytelling

showdown at King’s Books. These eclectic live performances never fail to

energize and bestow a sense of connection within the community. Join in

the wrap party at King’s Books to rub elbows with local authors and fellow

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October is a good time to duck inside out of the blustery weather and visit the local

museums. Washington State History Museum is curating a show titled Little Black

Dress: A Fashion Evolution (August 31 through November 24). It illustrates how

social values can dictate design, from Victorian mourning gowns to contemporary

cocktail dresses. Each dress is paired with work by women artists.

The museum is also hosting A New Moon Rises (August 31 through December 1),

showcasing 51 stunning images of our moon taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance

Orbiter Camera. The photographs feature Apollo landing sites, mountain ranges

cloaked in darkness and impact craters alongside evidence of recent volcanic activity.

Gaze at moon rocks gathered by “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong whilst learning

about what it was like to visit the moon with 3-D models of its surface.

Just down the street is the Tacoma Art Museum with a lineup of family friendly

activities so extensive you’ve got to visit their site and take notes. Neighborhood

Nights features evenings full of art demos and art making, especially appealing to

children. Happy hour specials on food and drink are available in the TAM café to

keep you fueled.

Metro Parks Tacoma is offering a host of workshops and educational experiences,

from audio engineering, like learning how to DJ, to classes on portraiture and how to

become more confident in the kitchen with chef classes. (Sneaky tip: I’ve discovered

that when kids help prepare their meals, they are much more apt to eat them—even if

it involves food outside their comfort zone!)

If there was anything beyond Halloween to coax me from my warm, cozy nest, it

would have to be Tacoma Arts Month. As Chung says, “It’s a great time to be energized

about the arts and reignite one’s passion for the arts.”

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Mel Santos is an experienced real estate professional who was recruited by

the national firm of United Real Estate to bring to the state of Washington the

United Real Estate basic platform of 100 percent commission payments to its

brokers. Gig Harbor happens to be the first location in the state. He is honored

to bring this platform to Washington, which will allow brokers to keep more of

their earnings.

Mel is an active member of the local community and devotes many volunteer

hours with the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. When not working or volunteering

you can find him either on the golf course or on the water exploring the

beauty of the area.

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POSITIVE WAY.”

Q. Can you tell our readers a little bit about

your experience with the Rotary Club’s Women’s

Reentry Program where you were one of the

original organizers?

A. I was chairperson of the Vocational Service

Committee back in 2012 when a fellow Rotarian

had the idea of starting a reentry program for

the women at Purdy Prison. At that time our

committee approved seed money to get the

program off the ground. I personally had the honor

of being the first instructor, along with another

Rotarian, of the first class back in 2013. The classes

are for a six-week period. As you can see, not a lot

of time to change an attitude, personality, etc. for

a woman incarcerated for years now reentering

society. However, I feel we did make a difference

and did change a few lives.

Rotary has afforded me the opportunity to do

great things in my community! I value that very

much, as I love helping people and knowing

something I have done individually or with others

can and will help improve and or change a life in

a very positive way. The Rotary Women’s Program

definitely holds a top spot in my heart. I will never

forget the gratification I received personally for my

participation in the creation and later teaching in

this program.

Q. This area has a very competitive real estate

market. Why is it important to have a real estate

professional help you find your dream home?

A. What I strive for in building my company is

recruiting good-quality God-loving persons that

are ethical and strive to be the best at what they do.

I offer my 35-plus years in the real estate industry

to all my associated brokers. As we all really know

experience and expertise more than not helps to

create the best opportunity for a successful real

estate transaction. A seller or a buyer can entrust

a United Real Estate Puget Sound West broker to

be ready, willing and able to deal with all necessary

parts of the transaction to guarantee a successful

closing. So, for the average individual or couple

that may only experience a sale or purchase of

a home only three to five times in a lifetime,

makes it imperative to entrust a qualified broker

representing them.

Q. You have lived in the South Sound area since

2004. What are some of your favorite ways to

enjoy the stunning outdoors we have in this area?

A. Being born in California and relocating here

in Gig Harbor, Washington, in 2004, I have found

this area to be absolutely magnificent! I love the

great outdoors, and the beauty here is endless

regardless of the season. When I’m not in the office

or with clients, I spend my spare time with family

when I can (Jason and Katrina, my daughter, and

also Gwen, my granddaughter, all live in Austin,

Texas.), playing golf, fishing, discovering the

beauty of the Puget Sound, just being anywhere on

the water or just being outdoors in general.

Q. With mortgage rates at a near-historic low,

many homeowners are considering refinancing

their home. As a real estate professional, what

are some things they should consider before

refinancing their home?

A. The current interest rate environment being at

unbelievably low rates affords many opportunities.

One may elect to refinance, sell or even purchase

a new or larger home. All of those options can be

very beneficial depending on the goals and dreams

of the client. Also, things such as income, credit

worthiness, property value all play a part in the

process. All of us here at United Real Estate Puget

Sound West continually counsel our clients on

what’s best for them. We take pride in providing all

necessary facts needed to make the right decision.

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Health

FALL BACK INTO HEALTH AND WELLNESS

TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE NEW SEASON A HEALTHY ONE!

BY MINDY MURRAY, OTR/L

I

t’s time to welcome back the short days, crisp air and

colorful leaves of fall. Though the season is beautiful,

it does require a bit more of an effort to keep yourself

healthy and happy than summertime. When you factor

in less daylight and the upcoming seasonal gatherings, it’s easy to

fall short of healthy living.

Fall brings time for change. Come 2am Sunday, November 3, we’ll

have to turn our clocks back an hour, which means it will be getting

dark earlier. Getting darker earlier brings safety issues with being

outside. In our little town we have the gift of easy access to walking

and biking. Stay safer by crossing the roadway at lit intersections.

Carry a flashlight when walking or a bike light and reflectors when

biking. Despite the law requiring drivers to stop at all intersection

crosswalks, marked or not, some still do not follow those rules.

Make sure to make eye contact with the driver prior to crossing the

road by bike or foot.

Keep motivated: It is easy to stay a bit longer under the warm covers

when the weather starts to get a bit cooler. It is important to find your

motivation. What fall sports get you moving? Choose something

you’ll enjoy doing and will be likely to keep up, whether it’s jogging,

skiing, hiking with a friend, working with a trainer, walking your

dog or taking part in a yoga class. Creating a challenge for yourself

will motivate you, as will encouragement and accountability.

Injury prevention: I am just as excited as the rest of you when it

comes to the holidays. I love the decorations, the traditions, the

big meals and more. I see an increase in the number of injuries

associated with the season. I have come to find out that most of

these seasonal injuries can be prevented, so here are some tips.

While you are cleaning up leaves, use the power of your legs by

pulling the rake toward your body. You want to avoid bending and

straining your lower back. Do not twist and bend together, as this

is likely to cause injury. Save your lower back by lifting with the

larger muscles of the legs, and avoid using the smaller muscles of

the low back. When picking up large, heavy or bulky items (like

the Christmas tree), bend your legs in a squat-like fashion and then

straighten them to lift. It is important to keep the object as close to

your body as possible, and avoid holding objects at arm’s length.

Eat wisely: It is easy to overindulge with food and drink during the

holidays. Here are a few good eating habits to carry you through the

season. Before a holiday party, eat a small protein-packed snack, like

a boiled egg or apple slices with peanut butter, which will help you

not to overindulge. Distance yourself from the food table; that will

make it harder for you to mindlessly take from the table. I also find

that putting a piece of gum in my mouth helps me to stop eating.

With these tips we can enjoy what really matters: being healthy and

happy with our family and friends all season long.

Distance yourself from the food table;

that will make it harder for you to

mindlessly take from the table.

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Health

FLUID IN MOTION

YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

BY DARCIE MILLER, LIGHT IN BALANCE

What is your lymphatic system? The simple

definition is that it is the clear liquid, which

surrounds all of the cells in your body. With the

exception of your nails, hair, brain and cartilage,

everything else is covered in lymph. And, it is your secondary

circulatory system.

It is colorless, and its primary purpose is to move cellular waste

such as lactic acid, acetic acid, carbon dioxide, ammonia and

urea from your body. It is made up of 90 percent water and 10

percent protein, hormones and cellular waste. Here are some

other interesting and important facts about lymph and your

lymphatic system:

• You have more than 10 liters of lymphatic fluid in your body.

• It maintains the balance of fluid between blood and tissues.

• One third of the lymph nodes in your body are located in your

neck, and you have over 600 lymph nodes throughout your body.

• It is connected to your immune system via your gut. Did you

know that 70 percent of your immune system comes from your

gut? Lymph plays a crucial role in your body’s ability to fight

infections from bacteria.

• It promotes the absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients in

your digestive system.

• The thymus, spleen, tonsils and adenoids are part of your

lymphatic system.

There are numerous reasons why your lymphatic system may

not function at its optimum. You can be born with a lymphatic

problem that causes lymphedema; this is referred to as hereditary

or primary lymphedema. It may also result from a variety of

complex genetic conditions.

You can also develop lymphedema from complications related to

a disease or injury. This is called secondary lymphedema and is a

common side effect of cancer treatment.

Autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid

arthritis, systemic lupus, edema, fibromyalgia, MS, IBS and

Crohn’s disease, certain skin conditions and allergies as well

as chronic fatigue are also affected by your lymphatic system.

And since your lymphatic system is connected to your immune

system, anything that affects your immune system may also affect

your lymphatic system.

Lymphatic dysfunction is a chronic condition for most people;

there are many options available to help you manage those affects

and find relief.

Some of those are exercise, compression stockings or sleeves,

skin care, lymphatic massage and lymphatic reflexology.

A trained and licensed reflexologist will perform a very specific

reflexology lymphatic drainage or RLD technique on your feet or

hands by using gentle manipulation. He or she will work all of

the reflex points for your lymphatic and its supporting systems

located within your feet and hands by encouraging the flow of

lymph fluid. Results are often seen by the end of your session.

Don’t give up; options are available to help you manage your

symptoms. You may wish to try one or more to find a system that

works best for you.

Don’t give up; options are available to

help you manage your symptoms.

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Feature

Making a Financial

World of Difference

ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY TO HELP OTHERS,

ONE BUDGET AT A TIME

BY ALISON HENSLEE | PHOTOS COURTESY OF KUMIKO LOVE

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When a person goes to college and gets a

degree, they typically learn a great deal

about their chosen field, hoping to find

a good job, make a lot of money and live

the perfect dream life. For one Spokane, Washington,

woman though, going from point A to point B has already

happened in her 30-some years, but with a fascinating, and

life-changing, twist.

Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor and

the creator of The Budget Mom, was raised on a farm in

Chewelah, Washington, and lived a normal farm-girl life.

She grew up, went off to college where she obtained a

business administration degree—majoring in finance and

accounting and minoring in economics. She got a job right

out of college with an independent financial company in

Spokane and worked for seven years as an administrative

assistant and accredited financial counselor, helping other

people wisely spend and save their money.

She also did traditional life things: got married and had

a child. And then the not-so-planned life things: got a

divorce and became sole financial provider for her then

2-year-old son, which was a challenge in itself, and then

factor in substantial student loan debt, credit card debt and

a new vehicle loan, all adding to her single mom level of

stress.

Miko found herself going to work feeling embarrassed

because, as she puts it, “How am I supposed to tell these

people how to manage their money when I can’t even

manage my own?!” She had the knowledge, she knew the

steps, but a long-time struggle with self-esteem issues

made retail therapy a thing in her life, and it served as an

antidote for her feeling of no self-worth. The more she

struggled with that issue, the deeper in debt she went.

Being a mom was so meaningful to her, Miko knew she

had to take steps to work on her personal self-development

so she could be the best parent to her son. The pivotal

financial turning point happened when she finally faced

her debt. Writing it all out on paper and seeing her real

debt numbers—almost $78,000!—in black and white was

all the motivation she needed.

Pulling from every bit of knowledge she had, Miko became

her own best client. Debt reduction became her number

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She sold belongings that she didn’t need or use and

scraped together every penny she could to go toward

lowering those balances.

one focus, and she challenged herself to try different budgets but was unable to find one that

completely worked for her.

Her solution? Dig through all the budgets that she had tried and pick out the pieces in each of them

that had worked for her. Then Miko carefully compiled those pieces and rolled them together until

she created a budget worksheet that finally worked for her. Her paycheck system allowed Miko to

outline her spending based on the money she was going to earn, and then she always knew exactly

where her money was going ahead of time.

Miko found the new budget worked and did everything she could to stay on course, using tools like

a vision board and colorful debt payoff trackers to keep track of every single dollar she put toward

paying down her debt. Every line she colored in on her payoff trackers represented not only another

goal met but also a lot of hard work.

She whole-heartedly advocates using a visioning board to track one’s financial goals. Her first board,

started way back in 2011, simply had a photo of a really nice backpack that she wanted to save up

for. Now, literally every single piece of her financial life is on multiple visioning boards above her

desk, and she marvels at how many financial “wishes” have already become realities—starting with

that long-ago backpack!

Another thing that worked for Miko was following her own advice, “If you can’t reduce

spending, you need to increase income.” After combing through and cutting out as

much unnecessary spending from her monthly budget as she could and still coming

up short, Miko then considered her options. She could go find an additional job, but

then she would be putting her son in additional daycare, so there would be an extra

expense. She weighed out that option and decided it wouldn’t be worth the money or

time away from her son.

So then Miko looked at her favorite hobbies, wondering if there was something that

she loved to do that could bring in additional

money. And so she decided to fine-tune her

love of photography. After watching countless

hours of YouTube videos and reading on the

subject, she used that talent and found work as

a real estate photographer to supplement her

income. It was perfect because it was something

she could do on her time off and take her son

with her. She worked hard, stayed focused and

scraped together every penny she could to go

toward lowering those balances.

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She began to see progress but, deep down inside,

she was bursting at the seams with what she

was learning and with every accomplishment,

every bill paid, every line colored in—Miko just

wanted to shout her knowledge out to other

single moms. She knew there were other moms

out there who understood exactly where she

was coming from and knew what it felt like to

be in her shoes; women who could benefit from

what she was learning to do the same thing: get

out from under those mountains of debt. She

wanted to share it with everyone!

So one night, not able to stay quiet one second

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typing. Her first post flowed into a steady stream of posts;

she began sharing the tools she was using: the colorful

tracking charts, cash envelope system and her paycheck

budget binder.

Though her blog, newsletter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest,

Twitter, even Amazon accounts, Miko shares her best tips,

ideas and tools that have worked for her, and dedicates

herself to holding true to the purpose that she believes she

was put on earth—to do something great. Helping people

is her passion, and Miko throws herself at it with all of her

heart. Every bit of communication is answered personally

by her and, now, her assistant. They have posted a video on

Instagram every single day for a year-and-a-half now.

“Everything we do here, every single day, is we want to

inspire hope,” Miko shares. She believes the most effective

motivation for anyone is to invoke feeling, adding that “…

every article we share or video we post is done with the

thought, ‘Is this going to invoke feeling?’ Because without

provoking feeling, there’s not going to be action, and people

take action because they feel something.”

Miko has definitely evoked feeling. Her fans clamored for

more, so she began offering free resources and marketing

her tools: colorful cash envelopes and trackers, worksheets,

planners and her Budget by Paycheck workbooks that are

now being sold around the world.

Miko was shocked when she went viral. Her fan base is

growing rapidly—she adds about 1,000 followers per day,

and she has nearly 65,000 subscribers on YouTube. Google

“The Budget Mom” and you’ll find her story goes on for

pages. She’s been featured on “Good Morning America”

and other talk shows, her story told in endless articles, and

currently she’s planning her first speaking event in Spokane

Valley (October 23 at the CenterPlace Regional Event

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“I had no idea The Budget Mom would ever be this big, that

so many people wanted to change their financial lives,” Miko

says of her newfound status as a financial influencer, “but it

helps me pursue my passion of helping people every day,

which makes me happy!”

When asked what makes her different than other financial

bloggers, she believes there are two things that have made

her successful:

One, sharing her real numbers since day one. Miko believes

in teaching from experience, not by example, so she’s

completely transparent about her entire debt story. And

two, having a personal connection with her fans. People are

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surprised when she responds to their correspondence,

but that’s her way of making an impact, which she feels

also keeps her relatable. Miko especially loves hearing

how her advice helps people find their way out of debt,

saving relationships and lives—because her advice

works.

Remember that $78,000 in debt she was buried under?

Miko paid it off in full four years later, the bulk of it in

eight months after her Budget Mom business started

growing. As of last year, she and her business are 100

percent debt-free. Her current goal? Saving enough

money to buy her first home with cash. And yes, that

means she’s still practicing what she preaches and living

very frugally!

Sometimes it’s challenging to make that sacrifice when

you want something now, but Miko advocates the

rewards that come from being a patient spender. Her

goal of paying cash for a home will hopefully then allow

her to travel and spend more time with her son, and

without a mortgage to deal with, Miko can entertain the

thought of retiring early.

Miko’s biggest message to those struggling under a

mountain of debt is to take that first small step and the

next one and just continue to stick with it. She encourages

people to keep their motivation in front of them, to not

lose heart at having to do without, especially because

this isn’t going to be their permanent way of living.

Per Miko’s own experience, the sacrifice you’re making

today is going to be worth it when you are finally getting

to live the life you really want and be able to do whatever

you would like.

She might be small in stature but Miko Love is making a

really big impact in the world, generously dispensing her

budgeting and living frugally knowledge so that others

can live debt-free lives also, one carefully saved (and

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Gage Arts Season StARTer!

TAKE A CLASS OR SHARE A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE ON OCTOBER 5

TO KICK OFF THE ARTS THIS FALL!

By Joanne Levy

Always in search for inspiration, we traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico,

where art is literally everywhere and the high-desert landscape is a

mesmerizing experience. Our executive director, Stefano Catalani,

had the pleasure to visit Anthony (Tony) Ryder’s studio and immerse

himself in the deep appreciation of his work. Between 1983 and 1985, Tony

studied painting and drawing under Ted Jacobs and anatomy and drawing as

well as perspective under our own Gary Faigin, co-founder of Gage Academy

of Art, at the Art Students League in New York City. Since then he has taught

at many schools in the United States, as well as in France and the Netherlands.

In 1998 he wrote and illustrated “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure

Drawing.” In his studio, Tony spoke with passion of his Form Painting method

as a “direct” method of painting “wet into wet.” We also talked about his

meticulous process for drawing the human figure for which he is admired as an

artist and teacher: from the block-in, which is the foundation upon which the

drawing will be built, to the contour, to the tonal progression. In his block-in

approach, “conventional shapes, such as eggs, cylinders and cones, are not used

as building blocks since they introduce a mechanical quality into the drawing.

“Our interest,” Tony says, “is to develop a drawing with character: the specific,

undiluted character of the model.”

For Tony, gesture is also

fundamental: “Gesture is life

and movement. It is the energy

inherent in the form of the

model … This isn’t called life

drawing for nothing. We must

literally and figuratively draw upon our own living energy, and that of the model,

when we draw the figure.” We are super excited to share that Tony Ryder will be

teaching two weeklong workshops at Gage this December: Figure Drawing in

Pencil: From Block-in to Expressing the Fullness of Forms, and Portrait Drawing

in Pencil: Block-in Boot Camp Drawing. Do not miss the opportunity to learn

from a master and an amazing human being: GageAcademy.org/weeklong.

Santa Fe means Georgia O’Keeffe. As expected, our visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe

Museum did not disappoint. O’Keeffe (1887-1986), recognized as the Mother

of American Modernism, is best known for her paintings of flowers, New York

skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. There is an undeniable emotional

intensity that transpires from her work: The vibrant colors and the simplified

images deliver a sense of soothing awe. Her loyalty and dedication to the

American landscape spoke to me from the gallery walls with pieces such as the

luscious Trees in Autumn, 1920/1921; Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out

Back of Marie’s, 1930; and Machu Pichu I, 1957.

One of our favorite paintings was In the Patio VIII, 1950. The picture exists at

the threshold of interior and landscape painting, figuration and abstraction and

yet, despite ambitious in its goal, it appears so effortless! Stefano was also very

pleased to see in person one of her early works: Untitled - vase of flowers, 1903-

05, watercolor on paper as it provided

context for her passion for color as well as

a visual point of departure for her future

work.

Watercolor, with its exacting nature, is

also one of the most rewarding media.

Riley Doyle

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Arts &

Entertainment

Life Size Drawing Exhibition, featuring large works by the students of

Gage Atelier Instructor Geoff Flack

Saturday, October 5 | 1 to 5pm

Steele Gallery, Gage Capitol Hill

1501 10th Avenue East, Suite 101

Seattle, Washington 98102

(Exhibition opening during the Gage Fall Arts Festival)

Students of the Flack Core Drawing Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, under the

instruction of master artist Geoff Flack, are showcasing “larger than life”

drawings from a live model class session they completed last spring. Standing

at over 6 feet tall, these pieces display the fine artistry and impressive talent

of Flack’s core drawing students. As you walk through the gallery, you will

meet the gaze of the same tall gentleman, drawn from contrasting angles and

perceived through various views. Each drawing focuses on the same subject, but

you will notice just how different each canvas looks artist by artist.

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Jim Phalen

If you feel inspired by O’Keeffe, Gage offers the opportunity to study with three

Pacific Northwest master instructors: Tom Hoffmann’s Beginning, Intermediate

and Advanced Watercolor classes are almost full, so make sure you register/call

today if you want to study with one of the most dedicated instructors I know.

Botanical Watercolor: Autumn Cornucopia with Kathleen McKeehen is one of

the most rewarding classes you could possibly take. Kathleen’s ability to “unpack”

the elements of botanical watercolor is legendary. Hamid Zavareei’s Watercolor

Landscape will introduce students to the exhilarating process of painting sky,

landmasses, trees, etc. by using washes, glazes, spatters and other techniques.

Treat yourself to the conversation orchestrated within the galleries of the O’Keeffe

Museum by curator Ariel Plotek between O’Keeffe’s work and the work of sculptor

and accomplished graphic artist Ken Price (1935-2012).

Tiffany Dae

The spectacular topography of the high-desert hills and cliffs surrounding his New

Mexico studio found expression in his sculptures as well as his small works in

acrylic and ink. Works such as The Hermit’s Cave, 2008, or Desert Architecture,

2005, combine the exactness and flatness of illustration with the atmospheric

depth of the New Mexico’s sky captured in ink, leaving me with an uncanny and

otherworldly feeling. These pieces are all about the cloud formations and the

hues of the sky at different times of day. For all those of you who are interested in

learning illustration, the Illustration Program with Brian Snoddy is a perfect way

to be introduced to such a versatile art form.

Finally, Gage Academy of Art is opening their doors on October 5 for a fall arts

community event! It is our “Gage Season Arts StARTer”! Bring your families,

friends and artists in the making! We will have fun kid activities such as face

painting and a bouncy house, then mug decorating to put some pumpkin spice

latte into for fall! We also have a big works exhibition by Geoff Flack and his

atelier, plus our instructors will be available to give you a tour of the school and

membership opportunities will also be available!

For additional information about Gage Academy of Art, visit GageAcademy.org,

Facebook.com/GageAcademy, instagram @gageacademy, email info@gageacademy.

org or call 206.323.4243.

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Gage is an innovative and accessible contemporary

art school, based in personal mentorship and

skills-based studio instruction. Whether you are a

curious newcomer or a professional artist, a working

creative or a retired passion-seeker, Gage is open to

anyone interested in learning. Gage gives both adults

and kids hands-on art experience working with

talented instructors in fully-equipped art studios. We

provide scholarships and financial aid to families and

youth that need it most. Gage is a 501c3 non-profit

dedicated to building a vibrant creative community.

artwork by instructor Tiffany Dae

REGISTER

Atelier Programs

Adult Classes

Studio Art Intensive

Register Now at: gageacademy.org

Gary Faigin Geoff Flack Tenaya Sims Juliette Aristides Kimberly Trowbridge

ADULT PROGRAMS

Gage offers numerous weekend and weeklong workshops as

well as five-week classes in drawing, sculpting, painting.

PROGRAMS FOR TEENS & KIDS

Youth programs for kids at Gage inspire young artists with

challenging and fun opportunities for creative expression.

Apply now at: gageacademy.org/adult-programs/

Apply now at: gageacademy.org/teens

EVENTS

Gage Season

StARTer Event

Oct. 5th, 2019

Drawing Jam

Dec. 7th, 2019

GALA

May 2nd, 2020

Drink & Draw

Every 2nd Thursday

Masterpiece Dinner

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WORKSHOPS Enroll Now

ENCAUSTIC PAINTING

with Hamid Zavareei

www.gageacademy.org

COLOR THEORY & COLOR MIXING

with Larine Chung

@gageacademy

PAINTING THE CLOTHED FIGURE IN PASTEL

with Terry Furchgott

ALLA PRIMA PORTRAITS IN OIL

with Aaron Coberly

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Eat & Drink

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SPICY RED THAI CURRY

Recipe Courtesy of Jennifer Johnson, Happy Belly

YIELD: 4 HEARTY ENTRÉE SERVINGS

4-STAR HEAT, GLUTEN-FREE

NOTE: CONTAINS SHRIMP PASTE/SHELLFISH IN THAI RED CURRY PASTE

INGREDIENTS:

Liquids and Spices:

1 1/2 cups coconut milk, canned. Shake can well before opening.

3/4 cup water

2 tsp. powdered veggie stock

1/4 cup peanut butter (Adam’s Organic preferred)

1 tbsp. red curry paste (Thai curry paste contains shrimp paste.)

2 tsp. garlic puree (from a jar)

1 tsp. ginger paste (from a jar)

3 tsp. curry powder

2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 cup chopped raw unsalted peanuts

Vegetables:

2 ½ cups raw carrots, sliced on bias 1/8-inch thick by 1 ½-inch long

(peeling carrots is unnecessary, but if desired, use peels in blender)

1/4 cup jalapeños, fine dice (fresh preferred or canned)

1 cup water chestnuts, roughly cut

1 cup white or yellow onion, ½-inch square dice

1/2 cup green onion, white part, cut on bias 1-inch long. Retain

green part of onion for garnish.

4 cup red bell pepper (green cap/stem/core removed), cut into

1-inch squares (2 cups reserved for blending)

METHOD:

• Mix together all liquids and spices. Add vegetables to the liquid/spice

blend.

• Stir well, frequently, while cooking for 1 to 1 1/2 hours on medium to

medium-high heat, or until white onion and carrot are al dente. (A

crock pot can also be used.)

• Scrape walls of pan with rubber spatula throughout cooking process.

• Once curry is cooked, use a slotted spoon and put 2 cups of curry

veggie chunks into blender and reserved 2 cups raw red bell pepper

and any vegetable trimmings (onion bits, carrot peels, etc.) with 1

cup liquid curry sauce. Blend until semi-smooth (30 to 60 seconds).

• Add blended matter back to curry pot and stir well to incorporate.

• Serve over fresh spinach and one 8-ounce scoop of brown rice or

preferred cooked grain.

• Garnish with peanuts and green onion or your desired garnish

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October

19

Local is Best!

NORTH PEARL WINE WALK RETURNS

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTO BY LILT

2019 marks the second annual North Pearl Wine Walk, and it’s an event you

most definitely do not want to miss.

“The goal of the North Pearl Wine Walk is all about getting the community

out to talk with local businesses and each other,” according to Juel Lugo, event

committee chair. “Most of the business owners that support the wine walk live

locally and want to see the area grow in vitality. The Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business

District, which is an independent nonprofit, officially organizes the event.”

They are excited to be able to offer local ciders from Dragon’s Head and Cockrell

this year, along with the local wines for tasting. Having expanded this year’s Wine

Walk to include North 46th to North 51st streets, as well as increasing the number

of ticket sales, they will be bringing some new features such as a bike bus courtesy

of Party Cycle, which fits approximately 20 people.

As October is Tacoma’s Arts Month, local artists will also be displaying their art

throughout the district, and there will be entertainers as well. “The Wine Walk also

partnered with the Tacoma Arts Collective as part of the Tacoma Creates, Art at

Work month,” says Juel. “The art will be on display and for sale as part of the event.”

Additional funds raised beyond costs will go back into funding next year’s Wine

Walk and for the beautification of the business district.

The fun takes place Saturday, October 19, 2 to 6pm. To purchase tickets, which

are $25 in advance ($30 day of), visit ExploreNorthPearl.com/Wine-Walk or find the

event at EventBrite.com.

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

October

17-20

37th Annual Holiday

Food & Gift Festival

Get an early start on your holiday shopping at the Tacoma Dome

Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20. 2019 marks its 37th

year with more than 550 exhibits in two buildings, including more than

250 new displays with unique one-of-a-kind gifts and specialty foods,

handmade arts and crafts, seasonal decorations and gourmet foods.

There will be specialty performances by Tacoma Baptist High School

Choir, Susan Burke Celtic Trio, Sonor Women’s Choir and pianist Ken

Young, as well as Tacoma’s Cooking for the Holidays program, where

you will find many of your South Sound’s finest restaurants! To find

out more and purchase tickets, visit HolidayGiftShows.com.

October

18

Zoo BOOze & Bites 2019

Looking for a fun evening out? Dress in your best Halloween attire

and come support The Zoo Society in an evening of fun, great sips

and bites 6 to 9pm at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Delight

your senses with unlimited signature bites from local restaurants,

plus wine, whiskey and beer tastings. Live music, games, raffles and

more round out the evening to make this autumn event at the zoo

a night you’ll never forget. This event is for ages 21 and older. Don’t

wait! You can purchase your ticket online today at PDZA.org.

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OCTOBER

03-

10

OCTOBER

TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL

03 - 10

Showtimes Vary

The Grand Cinema

TacomaFilmFestival.com

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MISS!

12 OCTOBER

2019 FESTIVAL LATINX

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04-

06

OCTOBER

58TH TACOMA GREEK FESTIVAL

04 -06

11:00AM TO 9:00PM / 11:00AM TO 9:00PM / 11:00AM

TO 6:00PM

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

StNicholasTacoma.org

12

OCTOBER

FALL IN TACOMA

12

7:00 to 9:00pm

The Merlino Art Center

TacomaCityBallet.com

05

LADY 12 FASHION SHOW:

GLITZ & GLAM

12

MILLENNIAL MIXER: LATE NIGHT

AT THE MUSEUM

OCTOBER 05

6:30 to 10:30pm

Mercedes Benz of Tacoma

Purchase tickets at EventBrite.com

OCTOBER 12

9:45pm to Midnight

Tacoma Art Museum

TacomaArtMuseum.org

11-

14

OCTOBER

35TH ANNUAL TACOMA RV SHOW

11 - 14

Doors open 11:00am each day

Tacoma Dome

TacomdaDome.org

26

BATTLE OF THE BURGER FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 26

1:00 to 6:00pm

Cheney Stadium

EventBrite.com

DON’T

MISS!

12

THE DEFIANCE 50K, 30K, 15K

& RELAY

OCTOBER 12

8:00am to 4:00pm

Owen’s Beach, Point Defiance

Defiance50k.com

26-

27

OCTOBER

JET CITY COMIC SHOW

26 & 27

10:00am to 6:00pm / 10:00am to 5:00pm

Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

JetCityComicShow.com

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Asheville

GILDED AGE CULTURE AND FALL FOLIAGE ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

PHOTOS COURTESY OF EXPLORE ASHEVILLE

AND THE BILTMORE COMPANY

Not many people realize that one of the founders of modern forestry in

the United States was a Vanderbilt. The Biltmore Estate was cobbled

together from George Vanderbilt’s land purchases in the Asheville

area. Many were farms where the land was considered worn out.

Fredrick Law Olmsted (design Central Park), who was hired to landscape the

property, was not impressed with the 125,000 acres which were in a deplorable

condition. Vanderbilt hired Gifford Pinchot to manage the forests on the estate, and

he later became the first Chief of the United States Forest Service. Later on, the first

school of forestry in North America, The Biltmore School of Forestry, was operated

on the estate by Dr. Carl A. Schenck. After Vanderbilt’s death, around 86,000 acres

of the estate were sold to the United State Forest Service to establish the Pisgah

National Forest, one of the first in the Eastern United States.

Most fall foliage destinations tend to have a peak week when hordes of people

descend upon the area to see autumn flora at its best. The wooded areas surrounding

Asheville, North Carolina, and the forests observed from the Blue Ridge Parkway

have one of the longest and most diverse fall foliage seasons in the world.

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The wooded areas surrounding

Asheville, North Carolina, and

the forests observed from the

Blue Ridge Parkway have one of

the longest and most diverse fall

foliage seasons in the world.

The Biltmore Estate

With its history of forestry, the Biltmore Estate is the perfect destination for a

fall foliage trip, and you can stay right on the estate. The Village Hotel provides

a casual-style stay and is close to the winery and other shopping and dining

activities. But for a true Biltmore experience you need to step it up and stay

at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. It is luxurious with interiors that make you feel

like you are a guest in the Biltmore House. Enjoy rooms decorated like Gilded

Age visitors enjoyed. The staff is outstanding and provides warm Southern

hospitality without any stuffiness. There are a variety of dining options on the

estate with the ingredients for many dishes grown or produced right on the

estate.

During your stay in Asheville, make sure to allow plenty of time to tour and

experience all the estate has to offer. Your admission includes a self-guided tour

of the historic Biltmore House and access to the grounds. There are a variety

of optional add-on tours. The Audio Guide to Biltmore is well worth the $15

extra cost with its music and description of what life was like when the home

was first built. The Legacy of the Land Tour gets you behind the scenes on the

estate while you learn more about the history of the land. Visit the Outdoor

Adventure Center to book fun outside activities, many you won’t see anywhere

else. Enjoy a ride with Belgian draft horses pulling an elegant carriage, or try

your hand at falconry and learn how to interact with a hawk or falcon. You may

have been to many wineries before, but the Biltmore Winery is really special

with its self-guided tour and many tasting options. The winery is the most

visited in the country and produces about 150,000 cases annually.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in America. With fall

foliage peaking in October, the parkway is a wonder to behold. It meanders for

a total of 469 miles following the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains leading to

stunning views. The parkway utilizes a milepost system which makes it easier

to track where you are on the parkway. Before heading out to the parkway, grab

a picnic lunch from the Well-Bred Bakery & Café, which prides itself on fresh

sandwiches, salads and bakery treats.

Heading south from Asheville on the parkway, stop at milepost 382 and tour

the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center for information, maps and a movie

about the area. Here you’ll also find the Folk Art Center for demonstrations and

eclectic local folk art.

Plan to hike Mount Pisgah while exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoying

the views from the loggia at Biltmore House you can see Mount Pisgah in the

distance. The estate once stretched all the way to this peak. The 5,721-foot

summit can be accessed from milepost 407.6 on the parkway. The moderate

2.6-mile round-trip trail will take you to an observation platform which affords

stunning views of the mountains and, on a clear day, Asheville is visible.

Asheville

Allow a day to spend time exploring Asheville, a funky mountain city with

a rich architectural history. Its many Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical

buildings are now home to locally owned shops, more than 30 art galleries and

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an exciting culinary scene. Throw in some live music and you have a special

destination which will draw you back again and again.

A fun way to tour the city is to experience the Urban Trail, which is essentially

the city’s outdoor history museum. The tour is 1.7-miles long and has 30 stations

that highlight the city’s historic and cultural stories. At each stop you will find a

bronze plaque and a piece of art. Learn about notable characters, many whom

you may recognize such as Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald and O. Henry.

Start at the front of Pack Place on Asheville’s Park Square for Plaque #1, “Walk

Into History.” Set aside a couple of hours to complete the tour while allowing

plenty of time to have lunch and shop.

Another unique Asheville activity is to book a foraging tour with No Taste Like

Home. This interesting tour will take you out into the forests near Asheville to

forage 12 to15 edibles. It also includes a cooking demonstration and tasting.

Later head to a local restaurant to enjoy an appetizer made from what you

foraged. Three days before the tour you will receive an email with your meeting

location based on the weather and what foods are available to forage.

For a truly spectacular meal, dine at Vue 1913 in the historic Omni Grove Park

Inn. This is a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant and consistent winner of the

Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. The menu is a haute cuisine take

on Southern favorites with plenty of rustic, local ingredients. With beautiful

views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Art-Deco dining room is stunning. It is

well worth the splurge.

Fall is a peak time to visit the Asheville area, so plan accordingly and book

reservations not only for lodging but also for restaurants and activities. If

possible, plan to visit on weekdays when you will experience less people. The

Explore Asheville website is an excellent tool to plan your visit. There are many

posts that highlight local small businesses and the people that make Asheville

such a great place to visit. It also has an interactive fall color map and fall leaves

schedule to help you plan the perfect time to visit.

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