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December 2019 Gig Harbor Living Local

DECEMBER 2019

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, 2019 | 9AM - 3PM

We will be working with the Gig Harbor

Chamber of Commerce and doing a toy drive

of new unwrapped toys that will be donated to

Santa’s Castle.

Toys will go to the children of Army, Air Force,

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and reserve families.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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DECEMBER 2019

VOLUME 6 NUMBER 12

inside

To Give Instead of Get

LASTING JOY FROM MEANINGFUL

HOLIDAY GIVING

Big Things Come in Small Boxes

GIVE THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCES

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Picking the Perfect Tree

WHICH VARIETY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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Merry Christmas!

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

Celebrate the Season

THE END OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING—and

anticipated—times of year. Tables were

surrounded by loved ones, both family and

friends, sharing beautiful meals prepared

with heart, as Thanksgiving took to the

stage. Now, as December has arrived, there

are the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah

and Kwanzaa that all look forward to.

Celebrations of our cultures and beliefs,

passed down from generation to generation,

are truly fulfilling in themselves. It is

important to not focus on the secular aspect

of these holidays but the meaning behind

each and their importance to you and your

family.

In this issue, we offer ideas of how you can

focus on giving rather than receiving, and

the joy that true selflessness can bring to

both young and old alike. From assisting

your neighbor with their outdoor holiday

decorating or simply purchasing that cup of

coffee for a stranger, your act is sure to leave

a smile on their face. If you’re struggling on

finding the perfect gift for your child, we’ve

compiled a list of wonderful experiences you

can gift them. From music lessons to theater

tickets, a weekend getaway and more, give

a gift that will allow for memories to be

made and the soul left fulfilled. You will

also find some wonderful activities taking

place around the community, filled with the

season’s spirit. Attending one of these family

friendly events is a great way to spend time

together during the holidays. And if you’re

in search for that perfect Christmas tree, it’s

time to get out to that local tree farm or lot!

As this time of year can be joyful, albeit

stressful, our travel story takes you to warm

and sunny Arizona—the perfect retreat

from the cold and to recoup from all the

holiday excitement.

Happy Holidays to all of you from our

Living Local family. May blessings abound

not only this season but always.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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DECEMBER MARKS THE OFFICIAL START

TO WINTER, accompanied by holiday cheer,

lights and events. As the days continue to grow

shorter and the cold sets in, now is the time to

take advantage of this magical season by spending

time with your loved ones. Whether sipping hot

chocolate by a crackling fire, searching for that

perfect Christmas tree or giving the gift of service to

those in need, 'tis the season of sharing and giving.

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GET FEATURED

Join us on Instagram @GigHarborLiving

for a chance to get your photos, recipes,

ideas and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life.

LIFE & COMMUNITY

A Memorable Morning of Food and Fun:

December 7 is Breakfast with Santa!

GOOD NEWS

Therapy at Play: Kids focus on fun in

unique therapy setting

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Uptown Dental & Wellness Center: Your

smile is important

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34 FEATURE STORY

Giving Back: The Chelsea

Paige Foundation

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LIVING LOCAL

GigHarborLivingLocal.com

Holidays in the Harbor: City hosts

dozens of events this month

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Porto Cucina Harbor Kitchen & Bar:

Experience and passion

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

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Riding Shotgun: Tacoma man had

front-row seat on first successful crosscountry

automobile trip

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Arizona: A warm-weather winter

getaway that’s family friendly

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Calendar of great local events, music,

sports and shows!

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Quality Vs. Quantity

THOUGHTFUL AND CREATIVE WAYS TO UTILIZE SMALLER SPACES

BY DEANN HAMMER, BROADWAY DESIGN | PHOTOS BY BRETT WAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

As the saying goes, “Size matters.” That doesn’t mean,

however, that something large matters most. In the

1980s, Gig Harbor real estate boomed, and everything

was larger than life. Big hair, big earrings, big parties

and, of course, big houses. Forty years later, Gig Harbor is left with

a massive inventory of what some call “mini mansions.” But does a

large home make us happy?

Space is great. I love it—when I am outdoors. However, grand

interior spaces, on the inside, come with a handful of challenges.

The effort to clean, repair, furnish and renovate a large home can

be draining—on your wallet and your time.

In my design business, I have worked on homes so large its owners

needed walkie talkies just to carry on a conversation. And as you

well know, every inch you have somehow gets filled up by the

clutter fairy with things you don’t really need.

The buzzword “downsizing” doesn’t mean you have to live in a

minivan or a mini house on wheels. It doesn’t mean you have to

give up all of your luxuries like storing wine, and you don’t have to

start washing your dog in your kitchen sink. It just means that we

need to start thinking more cleverly about how to multitask our

precious space in a more creative and thoughtful manner.

The cost to clean can be off-putting, not to mention the cost to

properly remodel one of these great whales. There are many in the

harbor that are now grossly outdated. I meet many people who are

completely in the dark about the true cost of a remodel per square

foot. They see unrealistic TV shows in lower property value areas

and are not told that all the furnishings are on loan and the labor

is thrown in for free. The larger the house, the higher the cost to

renovate.

So why do so many of us feel we need all that space weighing us

down? Does luxury come in a one-size package? Which would

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The larger the house, the

higher the cost to renovate.

you rather have, a home with five outdated baths or only

two that are perfectly appointed? The next move is to use

less … of everything—space included.

In comes the topic of quality. What does that look like?

And how do we attain it? In a nutshell, try to buy the best

you can, in a smaller package. Ask yourself how you can

use your space better by making the room you have do

double duty, like putting a sleeper sofa in a den for guests.

Are you only truly living in 50 percent of your home now?

Are you ready to let go of the other half you don’t use so

you can have a better-appointed home to have a view of

the water or mountains instead of the back wall of your

formal living room? Or to have that kitchen or bath you

have always dreamed of?

Let’s let go and start thinking outside that great big box.

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The Gift of Peace

IT EXISTS IN SEPARATION AND DIVORCE, IF YOU ALLOW IT

By Felicia Soleil, JD

you for reducing my anxiety. I feel so much

better.” “Thank you for your kindness. I know we

weren’t easy to work with.” “Thank you for your

“Thank

compassion, grace and humor. I don’t know how

we would have gotten through this without it.”

These are recent expressions of gratitude I have been humbled to

have received from recent divorce mediation clients … and this

isn’t about me. Although I deeply appreciate their expressions of

gratitude, what I find most meaningful is that they have found

peace in their hearts through a life transition that is otherwise

known for tearing their hearts apart.

Kindness. Grace. Humor. Respect. Compassion. All characteristics

that may have been forgotten in times of marital turmoil yet all of

these clients value. All characteristics that can lead them back to

peace.

Every client I see has a choice in how they handle their separation

and divorce. That choice can be “having it done with them, or

having it done to them.” In other words, when choosing to separate,

does the couple want to work together with the same planning and

give-and-take they used in creating their union, or do they want to

now turn into adversaries and rely on their egos and hard feelings

to fight about limited resources and parenting? I give great credit

to those who can get past their pride and situational conflict to

envision the bigger picture—a redefined relationship with their

individual dignity intact while often wanting the same for the other

partner.

Most of my clients initially present to me as not wanting to have

a stressful and expensive fight with their spouse. They are caught

up in the present conflict and just want to be able to sleep at night

and not worry. Conflict often raises physical symptoms which

they aren’t comfortable with and just want resolved as soon as

possible. These clients don’t realize at the outset that, not only are

they seeking a process that will hopefully provide them a peaceful

interlude from start to finish but, if done successfully, will reward

them with peaceful hearts at the conclusion. This is a precious gift

they give themselves without realizing it.

By joining together to tackle the challenges created by their

separation, they have given themselves permission to be open to

the idea they can still respect each other’s humanity. Good-hearted

people who, despite hard feelings and disruption in their private

relationships, allow themselves to be vulnerable to work together

with their spouse in mediation to create agreements around their

financial lives and parenting issues while disentangling their

intimate partnership. Good people in bad moments in their lives,

moments which should not define them as they move forward.

An experienced mediator can hold that hopeful outcome for them,

even when they don’t believe it is possible. We are charged with

“bringing peace into the room,” as a title from one of my favorite

dispute resolution books suggests, and tasked with holding

that space until the clients can hopefully see it for themselves.

The importance of this work is really about faith in our clients’

inherent desire for peace in their hearts and their willingness and

tenacity in doing the work to get them there. By choosing a nonadversarial

process such as mediation or collaborative law, and

using experienced professionals who support those philosophies,

they are actually giving themselves the gift of peace.

Felicia Soleil is a family law attorney and mediator. She helps her

clients in achieving resolutions that foster 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. Felicia can be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are

strictly confidential.

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• Legal

separation

and divorce

• Parenting plans

• Child support

• Prenuptial

agreements

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A

M E M O R A B L E M O R N

I N G

OF FOOD AND FUN

DECEMBER 7 IS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!

By Jillian Chandler | Photos By Chrisy Dorsey Photography

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to start your holiday

season off right, as the 10th annual Breakfast with Santa returns

Saturday, December 7, 9 to 11am, to Goodman Middle School.

“This year our recreation team has really outdone themselves,”

smiles Chuck Cuzzetto, marketing specialist for Peninsula

Metropolitan Park District. “We are talking live reindeer with Santa's

sleigh, amazing crafts, and when you write a letter to the North Pole,

we will make sure you get a letter back!”

There will also be photo opportunities with Santa to remember this

special day for years to come.

Space is limited to just 300 attendees, and as the event sells out each

year, families are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Tickets are $8

each (free for children 2 and younger) and include breakfast along with

a morning of fun! You can order your tickets online at PenMetParks.

org/breakfast-with-santa.

“With this event being designed toward families, we want to make

sure everyone shares in the magic of the season,” says Chuck. “We

encourage families to celebrate with us, reflect on all the fun we have

had this year and really come together as a community to provide a

magical experience.”

What makes this event truly special every year is the community,

volunteers and the memories had by all, according to Chuck. “Our

staff pours into this event with all hands on deck, singing our favorite

holiday songs late into the night, preparing for this perfect event,” he

says. “From the littlest kids to kids at heart, this is sure to be an event

that families will hold in their hearts for years to come!”

A delightful morning for all, you won’t want to miss Breakfast with

Santa!

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Therapy at Play

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

KIDS FOCUS ON FUN IN UNIQUE THERAPY SETTING

By Colin Anderson

Photos Courtesy of

Alex Lopiccolo

ALEX HAS FOUND

THAT ORGANIZED

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

IS ONE OF THE BEST

WAYS TO HELP HIS

PATIENTS, AND

HE’S BRINGING

THOSE TREATMENTS

INTO LIVING

ROOMS ALL OVER

THE SOUTH SOUND.

Alex Lopiccolo is a certified therapist, but for

those who see him in both a clinical setting

and in their homes, he’s really an expert in

play. Alex specializes in helping kids with

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a condition in

which information is sent to the brain but does not

get organized well enough to create an appropriate

response. Challenges like rough play, anxiety, mood

swings, hyperactivity and poor body control or

awareness are some of the signs a child might be

battling SPD.

Working with kids and teens for the past 10 years,

Alex has found that organized physical activity is one

of the best ways to help his patients, and he’s bringing

those treatments into living rooms all over the South

Sound.

When a patient comes in to see Alex, he introduces

them to an obstacle course of pulleys, swings, slides,

ropes, monkey bars and other unique features. “What

we do in the clinic is so powerful and I thought, ‘Why

can’t we do this at home too?’” said Alex. He realized

that kids enjoyed it more than other more ‘boring’

forms of therapy at home, so he’s become an expert at

creating home sensory gyms for families where kids

can benefit from the multiple challenges his gyms

present.

“The intense movement helps with balance, confidence

and muscle definition,” said Alex. “A lot of children

aren’t willing to fight through life challenges, so if you

can do it in a play environment then they become

more willing to take on more challenges in life.”

Alex works with young children up to teenagers, and

each home sensory gym he builds is tailored to meet

the challenges the individual is facing. Those with

hyperactivity or poor coordination might see a very

physically active space where others who might need

a place of tranquility will have a hammock or swing

in a darkened corner to let their mind and body relax

and focus. “When I design a space, I want them to

grow into it,” said Alex. “Three years later they might

be ready to step up to bigger challenges or different

needs might arise.”

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ALEX WORKS WITH YOUNG

CHILDREN UP TO TEENAGERS, AND

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BUILDS IS TAILORED TO MEET THE

CHALLENGES THE INDIVIDUAL

IS FACING.

room or sometimes a bedroom. You don’t need a ton of space to get

going, and although Alex prefers the gym stay up most of the time, it can

be taken down in just a few minutes if you are expecting company. “You

can always change it up and make new challenges, make a game out of it

like a hot lava obstacle course, timed race or how long you can hold your

balance,” said Alex.

He instructs parents to have their children use the course shortly after

they wake up in the morning. He’s found that doing so helps kids dealing

with SPD be better focused at school and exhibit fewer negative behaviors.

After school is another time for physical activity. Before bed, quiet time in

the hammocks and swings with slower movements helps shift the brain

from an alert state to a more relaxed one, allowing children to fall asleep

more easily with less fight when it’s time for bed. An additional benefit

from having a home sensory gym is playdates with other children who,

once they see the course, can’t wait to come back. “I’ve talked to families

that now all the friends want to come over to their house and play. It helps

create confidence for the child as now they get to be the leader,” he said.

In March 2020, Alex will be hosting his first Sensory Gym Certification

Course, a two-day event with therapists flying in from all across the

world. His hope is to share his success with other therapists and see home

sensory gyms become a standard in the treatment of SPD. While greatly

effective with children, Alex also sees the elderly as a population that

can benefit from this type of therapy. “Seniors battling dementia, ALS or

Alzheimer’s can benefit from soothing visuals, deep-pressure relaxation

and adding in movement exercise as well,” he said.

Alex is one who practices what he preaches, creating a large gym in his

own home so he can play and exercise with his kids as well. “I use it

all myself too," he said. "Sensory feedback alters your overall alertness

and physical self, and the neurological system’s left brain and right brain

interaction."

Prices for a home sensory gym typically start around $1,500 depending

on the scale. Often Alex has family give him a call around birthdays or

holidays to buy an additional piece as a gift to add to their gym or that of a

family member. The play devices double as exercise equipment for neurotypical

children and adults as the TRX straps can hold up to 300 pounds

and be used for strength and conditioning, balance and even aerial yoga.

Alex says his work is especially rewarding knowing that something as

simple as fun play can have a dramatic effect on the life of a young child.

“Something like this can change a kid’s whole lifestyle and way of living;

it’s cool to see them change for the positive.”

If you think your child might be exhibiting signs of SPD, you can reach

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Heather

Whyte

Harbor Ridge Middle School

Our December Teacher of the

Month is well-known to those

who have long called Gig

Harbor home. Heather Whyte is

approaching her 30th year in the profession

and has made a lasting impact on almost

too many students to count. Each year, Gig

Harbor Living Local calls upon our readers

to vote in the Gig Harbor’s Finest annual

awards. These awards are given out to

businesses, organizations and individuals

that make meaningful and impactful

contributions to the greater Gig Harbor

community.

When all the votes were

tallied, Heather came

away as our recipient

for Teacher of the Year.

Her dedication to her

students, not just in

subject matter but in

helping them grow as

individuals, was one

of many factors our

readers recognized

when honoring Heather

with the award.

Earlier this fall, Gig Harbor Living Local’s

marketing manager, Cassie Riendeau, had

the honor of surprising Heather with the

award at Harbor Ridge Middle School,

much to the delight of her students and

administrators in attendance.

Heather is one of the first people students see

each morning. She is one of the PrimeTime

(homeroom) teachers before she begins

seeing seventh and eighth graders for

English class throughout the day. When

“WATCHING MY

STUDENTS GROW INTO

AMAZING ADULTS

WITH CAREERS AND

FAMILIES OF THEIR OWN

IS REWARDING BEYOND

WORDS."

asked to reflect on some of her favorite

memories and experiences over her career,

Heather says it would be nearly impossible

to put it all back together, but one thing

remains constant. “Watching my students

grow into amazing adults with careers and

families of their own is rewarding beyond

words,” she said. “It is especially fun to see

those who become teachers.”

From seeing students at a stage in their

lives when so many changes are occurring

to seeing them as grown adults with

professions and even families of their

own is something not

every educator has

the privilege of seeing.

“Honestly, the best thing

about teaching is being

a part of kids’ lives and

hopefully making a

positive impact,” said

Heather.

In addition to grammar,

punctuation and

sentence structure

lessons, Heather pushes

her students to never quit, even when

they face the most difficult of challenges.

She believes each of her students can

accomplish whatever they desire by

following a very simple principle: “You are

capable of anything you set your mind to.

Don’t let anyone, not even yourself, tell you

that’s not true,” she tells them.

Congratulations to Heather Whyte of

Harbor Ridge Middle School; our 2019 Gig

Harbor Living Local’s Finest Teacher of

the Year.

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“Families experience and enjoy the knowledge and friendliness of

our team.”

Dr. Savage gives her patients more than one reason to smile. Owner

of Uptown Dental & Wellness Center in Gig Harbor since 2003, she brings her 30

years’ experience in the dentistry field, providing her patients the best in cosmetic

and general dentistry.

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While working as a young dental assistant and front desk team member in Southeast

Alaska, where she had grown up, Rhonda fell in love with helping patients and

providing clinical dentistry. She had thought about pursuing a path as a dental

hygienist, “but at that time, all hygienists could do was clean teeth, and I felt I’d be

bored,” she recalls. “Becoming a dentist is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!”

A general dental practice, Uptown Dental focuses on sleep apnea and neuromuscular

dentistry. They help patients who are experiencing migraines, TMJ issues

and headaches to be pain free and off medications. Patients will enjoy same-day

crowns, sedation, cosmetic dentistry and specialty care. Implants, gum grafting and

wisdom teeth removal are provided in a sterile environment and using state-of-theart

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“Our practice is unique,” says Dr. Savage. “Our focus is on neuro-muscular dentistry

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eliminate or reduce pain and symptoms related to headache, migraine and

TMJ. We address issues related to your bite, sinus, muscles, nerves and

TMJ joint. Our team also helps patients sleep better through management

of snoring and/or sleep apnea.”

The technology implemented at Uptown Dental provides effective and

sound diagnostics, with the use of CT imaging, joint audiology, muscle

mapping and more.

Dr. Savage is joined by their wonderful specialist, Dr. Lena Arvidson.

Dr. Arvidson is a 1995 graduate of Marquette University of Dentistry in

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and holds a Master of Science degree from Wilford

Hall Medical Center, specializing in periodontics. She currently provides

periodontal treatment as an independent contractor for general dentistry

practices—including Uptown Dental. Dr. Arvidson recently completed 24

years of active duty in the Air Force and a total of 30 years in the military.

Continuing education is another important aspect to Dr. Savage and her

team. “We’re continuously learning and updating technology so we can

provide the best care possible for our patients,” says Dr. Savage. “Most

importantly, what drives my passion and feeds my soul is the relationships

that we develop with our patients. I love helping patients feel great about

the appearance of their teeth and to be a healthier person.”

Dr. Savage has served as the president of the Pierce County Dental Society

as well as president of the Washington State Dental Association. She has

been on the Board of Directors for the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium,

and she and her Uptown Dental team have volunteered at the zoo,

providing dental care to the animals including polar bears, snow leopards,

monkeys and the nearly extinct red wolves.

They’ve contributed donations and dental care to U.S. veterans, “a cause

I’m passionate about because I served in the U.S. Navy, attached to the

Marine Corp, during the time of Desert Shield/Desert Storm,” states Dr.

Savage.

It is important to Dr. Savage and her team to also support the community

by participating in the Maritime Parade, the Scarecrow Festival and Relay

for Life, among others. They’ve provided free dental care for children in

grade school who do not have the resources to take care of cavities or pain.

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you suffer from headaches or

TMJ? Does your sleep need improvement? If so, Dr. Savage and her

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

GIVING BACK

THE CHELSEA PAIGE FOUNDATION

BY RACHEL KELLY

PHOTOS BY STACEY GENDREAU OF LAUREN OLIVER

PHOTOGRAPHY, USED WITH PERMISSION BY PAIGE SCHULTE.

It was her turn, and she had forgotten her

lines.

She was in sixth grade, and she had

practiced every day for weeks. Not just

on the stage with her teachers and peers; but

everywhere else. In front of the mirror. On the

bus. The words were in her head as she went

about her classes and in front of her eyes as she

drifted to sleep.

When the day came for her first performance,

she felt confident that she knew her lines

backward and forward; the only thing left to

do was to get up there. To do it. And now she

was here. And there were so many people!

And the microphone made her voice so loud!

And everyone was looking at her! Her stomach

turned and she froze. She had forgotten all her

lines! From down in the crowd the principal

called out softly, “You can do it!” Taking a deep

breath, she remembered all the times that she

had done this already, all the hard work and

time spent in dedication to this one moment.

She could do it. She would do it. And she did

do it.

“We just gave her space,” recalls Paige Shulte.

Space to try, to reach, to fail and to succeed. It’s

experiences like these that make Paige’s yearly

contributions to the Peninsula School District

worth it. The cost is so much less than the prize.

Most recently, Paige’s nonprofit, the Chelsea

Paige Foundation, was able to contribute a grant

of $4,000 toward the performing arts. This grant

was part of a larger contribution of $20,000,

which is the largest of the yearly contributions

thus far.

That might seem like a lot of money to come

from one source, but the Chelsea Paige

Foundation didn’t start out that way. Paige’s first

contribution to education was to fund a handson

in-school safari assembly. This first assembly

was made possible by the contributions of just

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10 moms; moms who on their own might not

have thought they could do something great—

but together they did.

This year’s contribution of $20,000 will go to

a variety of hands-on in-school programs like

Sky Dome, Bricks for Kids and Mobile Safari.

Those are just three such activities, but the

Chelsea Paige Foundation isn’t limited to just a

few. The only requirement for activities is that

they are “hands-on” education. While in-school

activities and assemblies are preferred (this way

all students present at school have access), the

foundation even occasionally funds after-school

activities. Contributions are also given to the

Peninsula Education Foundation and Peninsula

Hands on Art. There really is no limit to the

hands-on opportunities available to children

through this foundation. Where funding would

normally be limited, or nonexistent, the Chelsea

Paige Foundation steps over the red tape to

bring increased access and opportunity to the

entire district.

The Chelsea Paige Foundation was able to

contribute $4,000 toward performing arts

programs in local schools, which is not a huge

sum, but helps to accomplish a lot. A thousand

of that is used for equipment for performances,

ensuring that a student’s hard work isn’t spoiled

by a faulty microphone. What’s incredible is

that $4,000 is all that stands between children

and these opportunities. Schools are even able

to turn the contributions into a profit that goes

back into education through ticket sales. The

possibilities are enormous.

Paige’s only problem is in convincing schools that

her business is legitimate, and that the programs

offered are completely free. Unfortunately,

schools are not used to receiving contributions

and support from local businesses. The

foundation certainly offers something unique.

I imagine receiving a call from Paige offering

awesome hands-on experiences in her direct

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off-hand way would come as quite a surprise. "You really want to come to

our school and do that cool stuff for us?"

Thankfully that was not the case with the Peninsula Schools Education

Foundation, which opted to receive the performing arts grant at this

year’s fundraising breakfast. The breakfast, which was held in October, is

the only fundraiser for the year. Galaxy Theatres has taken to giving an

annual donation to the foundation in an ongoing effort to fund educational

opportunities not covered by the school’s annual budget. Grant recipients

are resources and programs that are requested directly by teachers. Projects

receiving the grants offer a diverse range of education aimed at inclusivity

of all students and schools. Previous grants have covered projects such as

hands-on art, African drums, jewelry making, science innovations and A

Voice for All Students. This year’s up-and-coming grant recipients will be

announced June of 2020.

Paige doesn’t think of her yearly contributions as being unique, or even

surprising. She simply thinks that giving back to her community is the

most human thing to do; a natural by-product of being alive. Her real estate

business is firmly established in the community, and to her community

her business gives back. Proceeds from every transaction are given back

to the community through the Chelsea Paige Foundation, allowing Paige

to contribute to where her passion lies. In schools. In providing hands-on

resources where so few exist. To fueling the dreams and creativity of kids. To

growth. To culture. To pushing through nervousness to build a foundation

of self-confidence and resilience.

thriving community can only benefit itself; every bit given finds its way back

in that it contributes to the overall health of the entire whole. A community

that gives back from what it receives only expands and thrives. There is no

downside to the equation.

To look at the inspiring actions of the Chelsea Paige Foundation is to look

at oneself and say, “What am I passionate about seeing happen?” Especially

when taking into consideration its humble beginnings; 10 moms who got

together and brought in new opportunities for their kids. So much can be

done with so little. One never knows how personal actions will ripple out

and affect others.

At the end of the day we are forced to acknowledge that we are small people

with small businesses living in a small community. Our future is defined

by these small things that we do for each other, actions that make a greater

impact simply because the recipient is someone you know. It’s a child that

you love.

So we are forced to ask: What is it about our community, what is it about our

business, what is it about ourselves, that makes us human? Whatever that is,

it is certainly worth giving to.

She would say that everyone has the ability to give in some way, especially

local business. One only has only to find their passion. Contributing to a

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myself without worrying about anything

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A junior at Peninsula High School, Keyvyn

is both a varsity tennis and lacrosse player.

He and his doubles partner recently won the

SCC doubles championship and advanced to

the tennis district tournament. The recent

victory is something that Keyvyn says he’ll

remember for a long time. “My partner and I

were down a set in both our first and second

matches and ended up coming back and

winning in the third set for both our quarter

and semifinals matches. We overcame this

deficit by continuing to fight and staying

collected even though things were not

looking hot.”

With tennis season winding down, Keyvyn

will soon turn his attention to the lacrosse

field, where he is a starting midfielder and

coming off a season in which the team won

the Olympic Conference championship and

advanced to the state tournament. While

tennis provides him with one partner,

lacrosse offers a bigger team setting,

something he really enjoys. “I love being

on the field fighting my hardest for my

teammates, and we all put our bodies on the

line for each other—and that's what I play

for,” said Keyvyn. “Obviously I love to win

and play the sport, but what comes out of it

is what I enjoy the most.”

Losing a tough matchup in the state

quarterfinals last season provides Keyvyn

even more motivation to be better this

upcoming season and take on a leadership

role within his team. “Sports have helped

me grow as a young man,” he said, “and they

have taught me how to be a leader that listens

more than speaks and leads by example.”

Keyvyn has his eyes set on the University

of San Diego, where he plans on pursuing a

career path in one of many fields of interest:

biomedical engineering, psychology and

even business/finance. “I like the idea of

helping people and engineering, so using

engineering for medical purposes is really

interesting for me. I also enjoy talking with

people and giving advice, so becoming a

psychologist or personal financial advisor

are all the jobs that are enticing to me.”

Keyvyn hopes to play club lacrosse at the

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THE MONTH

CHLOE YEREX

Gig Harbor High School

Though only 16 years old, Chloe

Yerex’s volleyball career has

already taken her coast to coast.

The Gig Harbor High School

junior has been on her varsity team the past

three seasons and co-captained this year’s

team, which made the state tournament.

When not competing for her high school,

Chloe travels with an indoor club, which

has brought her to junior national

championships and tournament trips to

Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida.

Chloe also played two years competitive

beach volleyball with Dakine Beach Club,

taking her to tournaments across California,

Florida and Oregon.

Through the years she’s honed her skills and

also learned that she plays best when having

fun. “One of the most important lessons

my high school coaches have taught me

is to always do things with a purpose,” she

explained. “When games get really intense

and I start getting competitive, they tell me

to have fun and relax, because that is when

we all play our best.”

Chloe says her current team at Gig Harbor

High School is the closest group of girls she’s

been with and praised the coaching staff

for helping create such a tight-knit group.

“In all my years of playing, I have never

been a part of a team that made me feel so

supported and so happy every moment that

I was with them. Being so close to each other

and spending a lot of time together makes

competing and playing the game so much

more fun.”

Having fun wasn’t always the top priority

for Chloe, as she admits that not being so

hard on herself was a big step in helping her

improve as a player. “Accepting failure has

always been very hard for me, but I have

learned that making mistakes can actually

be a good thing, as long as you learn from

them,” she said.

Chloe will take this message to some of the

younger players on her team as she prepares

this offseason for her final season in a Gig

Harbor uniform next fall. “I try to stay as

positive as I can and not be fazed by my

errors on the court, to both play my best

game and set a good example for my other

teammates,” she said.

Chloe’s goal is to extend her career at

the Division I level after graduation. She

currently carries a near 4.0 GPA, is a National

Honor Society member, volunteer tutor, and

president of M.A.D. (Make a Difference)

club. She hopes to eventually enter the

medical field because she enjoys helping

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CITY HOSTS DOZENS OF EVENTS THIS MONTH

BY ANNELI HARALSON

It’s December. The sun rises at 7:30am and sets just after 4pm. The

temperatures remain below 50 degrees most days. Clouds, fog and

rain have come to stay, and finding light can be a challenge, even

during the holiday season.

Thankfully, the City of Gig Harbor, Chamber of Commerce, Waterfront

Alliance and PenMet Parks offer a wide variety of events to help residents

and visitors alike feel the warmth of the holiday spirit. From baking

cookies with Mrs. Claus and meeting Santa to taking in a lighted boat

parade or hayride, the weekends this month are full of events. Read on

to find out more.

The month’s festivities begin on December 7, the first Saturday of the

month. Start the day at PenMet Parks’ 10th annual Breakfast With Santa

from 9 to 11am at Goodman Middle School. There will be a pancake

breakfast provided by the Gig Harbor Kiwanis, holiday music, arts and

crafts, and the chance to write a letter to Santa. Tickets are required

and cost $8 per person ages 2 and up. Register to attend online at

PenMetParks.org/breakfast-with-santa.

After breakfast, head to a Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop. From 1

to 4pm at Rosedale Hall, PenMet Parks will provide seasonal foliage,

berries and dried accessories needed to create a one-of-a-kind holiday

wreath. Snacks and drinks are provided. The cost for the class is $65, and

interested residents can sign up through the PenMet Parks website.

The last Peninsula Marketplace Holiday Show of the year will also be

held on Saturday. From 10am to 3pm at the Gig Harbor Farmers Market,

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the weekends this month are full of events

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more than 30 vendors will gather their goods for holiday shoppers to

browse. There will also be live music.

The Central Kitsap Food Backpacks 4 Kids Program will also host a

Holiday Craft Fair. The fourth annual event will feature more than 50

vendors at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds’ Van Zee Building from 10am

to 4pm.

Santa and his sleigh will be available for photos at Patrick Kelly State

Farm from 10am to 3pm. Bring your own phone or camera.

After the sun sets, head to the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

at 5pm at Skansie Brothers Park. The event is free, and there will be live

music, hot cider and cocoa, cookies—and a fire truck! The Gig Harbor

Downtown Waterfront Alliance will also host an ugly sweater contest.

Finish the festive day off by listening to the Peninsula Community

Chorus at its Christmas Concert. The free event begins at 7pm at Harbor

Ridge Middle School. The Kopachuck Middle School Advanced Chorus

will also make a musical appearance.

Festivities continue on Sunday, December 8, with a Santa Brunch at

Table 47. From 9am to 2pm, enjoy a brunch buffet, photos with Santa,

and 100 credits to spend in the game room. See the menu and make

reservations at T47.com.

There will be more opportunities to get a free photo with Santa at

Tickled Pink. The man in the red suit will visit the downtown shop from

11am to 2pm.

Then, at 6:15pm, head to Skansie Brothers Park for the annual

community caroling event Hark The Harbor.

Then, on Friday, December 13, head downtown for the first day of

Holiday Hayrides with Santa beginning at 4pm. The free event begins

at Timberland Bank on Judson Street. While downtown, stop in for

caroling at Tickled Pink happening from 4:30 to 7:30pm.

On Saturday, December 14, Holiday Hayrides and caroling happen

again, and the historic Eddon Boatyard transforms into Santa’s BoatShop.

From 10am to 4pm., children are invited to build and paint model boats.

The cost is $15 for the first child and $10 per additional child in the

same family. The boat building and painting process takes about an hour.

Advance registration is recommended. Visit GiHharborBoatShop.org.

Drop in to PenMet Parks' Cookies With Mrs. Claus event at Sehmel

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It’s not the good life,

it’s the best life!

Welcome home

to Harbor Place!

From morning to night,

you’ve got friends to

meet up with, activities

to share and a beautiful

environment around you.

From fine dining, to sunny

courtyard lunches, our

chef prepares meals

meant to be savored.

Choose from a range of

active living options that

complement your personal

requirements and lifestyle.

Independent Retirement &

Assisted Living Community

1016 29th Street NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.853.3354

HarborPlaceRetirement.com

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Homestead Park for a mid-morning snack. From 10 to

11:30am, children will enjoy cookie decorating, a holiday craft,

warm beverages and holiday music. Mrs. Claus will also read a

story to the children. The fee is $7 per child.

The day ends with Gig Harbor Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat

Parade from 5 to 8pm. Watch dozens of festive, illuminated

boats cruise the harbor from Arabella’s Marina along the

western bay to the City Dock.

The city’s holiday-themed events end on Thursday, December

21, with a festive edition of PenMet Parks’ Kids Night Out.

Parents who need to finish up last-minute holiday shopping or

prepping can drop their children off at Rosedale Hall at 5pm.

There will be four hours of activities, including a movie night

featuring “Elf ” complete with dinner and popcorn. The event

is open to children ages 5 to 12 and the cost is $35. Register at

bit.ly/2zcNYv8.

For more about any of these events, visit GigHarborChamber.

net, GigHarborWaterfront.org, GigHarborGuide.com and

PenMetParks.org.

...baking cookies with

Mrs. Claus and meeting

Santa to taking in a

lighted boat parade or

hayride...

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Experience

& Passion

The people behind the magic

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PORTO CUCINA HARBOR

KITCHEN & BAR

3108 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.851.9200

PortoCucina.com

The warm and inviting atmosphere

treats guests to delicious housemade

Italian cuisine, which

utilizes Pacific Northwest sourced

ingredients. The restaurant offers

a full bar serving up some of the

best cocktails around, and there is

a private dining room available to

reserve for that special occasion.

Cucina Harbor Kitchen & Bar was created as a place to highlight

the amazing place we love and not only provide delicious food and a

delightful, intimate ambiance but also jobs for our community. We see

“Porto

Porto Cucina as our opportunity to give back to a community who’s

given us so much!"

In January 2019, Kym Sorensen and John Gorst purchased Spiro’s restaurant in Gig

Harbor, and this past summer—July to be exact—they rebranded it as Porto Cucina

Harbor Kitchen & Bar. The duo was inspired to get into the restaurant business from

their desire to provide locally sourced food to the community, as well as jobs and an

inviting place to bring friends and family.

Located at 3108 Harborview Drive, the warm and inviting atmosphere treats guests

to delicious house-made Italian cuisine, which utilizes Pacific Northwest sourced

ingredients. The restaurant offers a full bar serving up some of the best cocktails

around, and there is a private dining room available to reserve for that special occasion.

Locally owned and operated, Porto Cucina Harbor Kitchen & Bar is already making a

name for itself, with its fresh and creative menu executed by their chef, Jack Thomas,

who brings more than two decades of experience to the table.

“Chef Jack is working diligently to create a menu that highlights the bounty of the

Pacific Northwest and that can accommodate those with dietary restrictions,” says

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Shawnee Scott, front of house manager at Porto Cucina. “In addition, all

of our sauces, dressings, breads and soups are made in-house!”

To accompany the food, their inventive and delicious cocktails, executed

by their excellent bartending staff, are sure to delight all.

Porto Cucina’s lead bartender, Marty Liquigan, started out in the

restaurant industry as many young people do—as a busser. “One night

the bartender got really busy, and he asked me to help him wash the dirty

glasses, as we didn’t have a dishwasher,” recalls Marty. “He told me he’d

train me to learn how to tend bar.” And he did.

In 1996, at 22 years old, Marty would begin his career in bartending at

Spiro’s. When ownership changed hands earlier this year, and Spiro’s

reinvented itself as Porto Cucina, Marty was asked to stay—and he was

happy to do so.

He has enjoyed his career bartending, as it has allowed him the opportunity

to meet a variety of customers from all walks of life, with many of the

regulars becoming friends. When it comes to Marty’s specialty, he says

he can—and is happy to—create anything a guest requests. And he loves

doing it!

When it comes to what Marty enjoys most about being a part of the Porto

Cucina family, he says, “Our regular customers and my co-workers, and

of course I love working for John and Kym!”

When it comes to what Kym and John find most rewarding when it

comes to their endeavor, it is supporting local vendors and artisans while

also seeing generations of families who used to come to Spiro’s now

enjoying Porto Cucina. They also attribute the success they’ve seen “to

the community and our dedicated employees who strive to make Porto a

warm and inviting place for all,” says Shawnee.

Kym and John believe in the importance of giving back to the community

which has shown its strong support of Porto Cucina, participating when

and where they can. They enjoy hosting nonprofit organizations for

events and meetings, as well as providing donations for local fundraisers.

Kym, John, Shawnee, Jack and Marty, along with the rest of the Porto

Cucina team, invite you to dine with them Tuesday through Thursday,

4 to 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 2pm and again 4 to 10pm; and

Sunday 11am to 2pm and from 4 to 9pm. Or take a seat at the bar Tuesday

through Thursday, 2 to 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 10pm; and

Sunday 11am to 9pm.

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CUSTOM PRINTS NW

Gig Harbor’s premier shop for screen printing,

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Call or email for a free design consultation

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Our approach is to discover a design that

reflects you and your way of living. We are a full

service design company that can satisfy your

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CRUISE PLANNERS

TRAVEL SERVICES

A customized itinerary your way, Cruise

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HARBOR VIEW DENTISTRY

At Harbor View Dentistry, they are a

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the time and energy to get to know YOU as a

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They are your paint and specialty contractors

that provide not only interior and exterior

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GREAT CAR CARE CENTER

With four service centers, they provide a

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INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS AND YOUR OVERALL HEALTH

The Wellness Wheel

By Scot Fleshman, ARNP, FNP - BC, Owner, Rainier Family Medicine

In this month’s segment on the Wellness Wheel, we discuss how

intellectual health can impact overall wellness. The Wellness Wheel is

the idea that a person’s health is comprised of multiple facets that each

play a crucial role in overall wellness.

Intellectual wellness, as defined by the University of California - Davis,

encourages us to engage in creative and mentally stimulating activities.

These activities should expand your knowledge and skills while allowing

you to share your knowledge and skills with others. Intellectual wellness

can be developed through academics, cultural involvement, community

involvement and personal hobbies. As intellectual wellness develops, you are

able to develop personal resources that work together with the other realms

of wellness in order to achieve a more balanced life.

Essentially, intellectual wellness is keeping your mind active by engaging

mentally with the world around you. Whether reading a book, exploring new

music, doodling, pondering the cosmos or any other contemplative activity,

an active mind is a healthy mind. These pursuits are not limited to the world

of academia. There are many ways to promote intellectual health. In general,

we shouldn’t allow our minds to grow stagnant, regardless of the means

employed to achieve this end. By engaging our minds we are exercising our

brains. A person who is artistically gifted might express intellectual wellness

through art media, while a person who is mechanically inclined might

rebuild an engine. A person who excels in written word might pen a story.

These are just a few examples of ways to engage your brain and maintain

intellectual health.

Intellectual health is not limited to leisure-time activities. One might engage

in intellectual pursuits to grow in our personal and professional roles. For

many of us our professional endeavors are continually evolving. We can

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With the holidays comes added stress. Between shopping,

cooking and entertaining, be sure to take time for yourself

to rejuvenate. An evening walk, unwinding with a good book

or taking a relaxing bubble bath are sure ways to reset your

mind and body so you have more energy to focus on the

ones you love.


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pursue improvement of processes, expand our

knowledge of workflows and know that we

are supporting our intellectual health at the

same time. At times, we may find ourselves

no longer happy in our current employment

situation and decide to pursue a different path.

Writing a resume, learning new skills and even

interviewing for a new job are all ways that we

can flex our intellectual muscles.

The ability to evaluate facts on a topic and develop

an opinion based on the available information is

an important function of intellectual wellness.

The greater sign of intellectual wellness is the

ability to evaluate the opposite perspective

with an open mind, evaluating these facts

and reserving judgment despite one’s own

preconception of the subject. This capacity for

assessment of a topic from various perspectives

and the ability to entertain evidence contrary to

our own viewpoint allows the mind to sustain a

fluid state—enabling continual growth.

An important aspect of intellectual health is

setting goals for growth. Whether the goal is to

learn a new language, read the literary classics,

expand our vocabulary or complete the Sunday

crossword, goal setting helps to focus our energy

and motivates us to achieve. Once we achieve our

goals, we develop a sense of accomplishment.

This sense of accomplishment increases our

positive view of ourselves and the world around

us. This positivity feeds our mental health and

encourages further intellectual growth. Positive

responses from our accomplishments drive us to

continue with goal setting and creates a feedback

loop. This supports an increased self-worth,

encourages a healthy mental state and nurtures

our mental health. Critical in developing plans

and achieving goals is our ability to assess

scenarios and draw logical conclusions from

the available data; being able to think critically,

investigate information and process facts; and

the ability to apply that information to a specific

situation and manipulate it where possible to

achieve the desired outcome.

Much in the way that we need to continually

engage our muscles to maintain our physical

health, it is essential to the promotion of

intellectual health that we continually engage

our minds in mental endeavors. To support

intellectual wellness, it is important that an

individual occupy their minds with topics

of interest, activities that promote thought,

and challenge themselves with ideas and

opinions that are outside of their comfort

zone. Fortunately, as we actively promote our

general health, we promote our intellectual

health consequently. Just another reason to be

deliberate about your own health advocacy!

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Across the street from the Gig Harbor Library

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(253) 432-4437

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TECH FATIGUE

Give your mind a break!

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

Let’s face it, most of us are “plugged-in”

daily, and some of us are plugged-in for

most of our waking day because of work,

news on tap from our smartphones and

social connectivity. We wake up to a cell phone

alarm, check texts and emails as we get ready for

work, even taking our device into the bathroom

to listen to podcasts or music. We drive to work

listening to podcasts or satellite radio, get to the

office and log in to our computers while operating

our cell phones on the side. We go to meetings

where we have our phones either on the table

or on our lap for discreetly checking texts and

emails while looking interested in the speaker.

We check in with our spouses, elderly parents,

nannies, teenagers, etc. throughout the day and

get bombarded with notifications from Facebook,

Messenger, YouTube and Instagram.

We are living with the internet of everything, and

our brains are turned on non-stop—which was

not how our brains were designed to operate.

We are often not being mindful due to being

connected constantly to newsfeeds and social

media while waiting in line or at events. We are

outsourcing our intelligence to the internet on

our phones, pads and computers, and constantly

receiving huge loads of visual and auditory static

in the process. Blue light and moving pixels of

color in images and text create a hectic working

environment in our brain’s processing centers. It’s

no wonder so many people complain of headaches

and eye strain at the end of the day!

Fortunately, there are easy changes we can make

to reduce the overload of sound, blue light and

tech-neck posture:

• Take tech rests for eyes and for posture.

• Use blue-blocker lenses for computer use, set a

filter from your monitor settings or download

a screen filter app.

• Exercise your visual focus by looking away

from your screen and focus on objects or signs

at least 20 feet away for 30 seconds several

times a day.

• Use the speaker option on your cell phone, a

headset or earbuds whenever possible.

• Give your mind a sound break by turning

off all music or audible output from devices

for 30 minutes a few times a day to give your

brain a rest and to tune into natural sounds

around you.

• Get an alarm clock and don’t sleep with your

cell phone in your bedroom.

• Schedule an ergonomic assessment by an

experienced occupational therapist.

If you are experiencing blurred vision after taking

eye rests and doing the focus exercises, see your

optometrist. If you have headaches, neck and

shoulder pain, see a therapist who is experienced

with finding the cause and solutions to your

condition, who will not only relieve your pain but

also teach you self-care techniques for eliminating

or managing tech-neck and eye strain.

Occupational therapists are specifically trained

to address how to help people return to their full

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CHRONIC HEAD, FACE, JAW AND

NECK PAIN

IS YOUR BITE PART OF THE PROBLEM?

BY RHONDA R. SAVAGE, DDS, UPTOWN DENTAL & WELLNESS CENTER

The last straw for Susan was after she

was forced to stay in bed all day with

an ice pack on her head, unable to go

to work or play with her daughter.

She took over-the-counter medications and

prescription medication when the pain got

really bad. She'd tried everything: massage,

chiropractic treatment and physical therapy.

These treatments were somewhat effective,

but the headaches continued. Dealing with

the headaches was a constant struggle; she was

starting to get depressed.

According to the National Headache

Foundation, more than 45 million Americans

endure recurring headaches; from this group,

23 million suffer from migraines. Research

suggests that up to 80 percent of headaches

result from dental force-related problems.

A staggering number of people don't know

why they're in pain. Many are unaware that

dental force-related issues, either related to

their mouth or as a result of trauma (like a fall,

sports injury or whiplash) can be the root of

their pain.

Using a computerized bite analysis, Dr.

Rhonda Savage can evaluate your range of

motion and bite imbalances. Specialized

tools and techniques, such as ultrasound,

micro-current technology, cold-laser therapy

and manual muscle massage, reduce pain

and inflammation. The treatment promotes

healing of the muscles and nerves, then the

bite is balanced after inflammation is reduced.

Drug free, needle free and painless, the

treatment is aimed at the underlying causes of

chronic headaches: the pain and discomfort

caused by improper muscle forces in the

mouth, head and neck area.

Some people who live with constant headaches

for years become resigned to the condition.

They give up, thinking, "I guess this is how it's

going to be." With a 92 to 93 percent success

rate, Dr. Savage can help cure the pain of

migraine and other headaches, tinnitus, TMJ

and vertigo.

Many headaches are triggered by stress,

are hormone-induced or alcohol-induced.

Nighttime headaches can also be triggered

by a bite imbalance, as well as lack of oxygen

at nighttime. Sleep issues and headaches are

often tied together for many patients.

Chris suffered from headaches since a serious

car accident. Broadsided by another vehicle,

he had major medical care but still had

headaches. After beginning treatment, he was

amazed that he was headache free. Chris said,

"It's such a simple, easy, painless process."

Dull, nagging, constant headaches: Do you

wake up with these daily? Headache and

migraine pain has to do with the muscles of

the head, neck and jaw, and the way that teeth

come together. Forces imbalanced by the way

the teeth come together send a biofeedback

loop to the brain that causes pain through the

brain stem.

Working in conjunction with medical

professionals, Dr. Rhonda Savage can make

a difference. Sarah said, "I didn't realize how

many headaches I was having until I stopped

having headaches!"

You can make an appointment today

with Dr. Savage by calling 253.857.0835.

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STOP!

DROP THE WEIGHT

By Ryan Egan, Licensed Joint & Movement Specialist

NOW OPEN

IN GIG HARBOR!

The fitness world can be incredibly

confusing, and it's understandable.

Before we get into the discussion

of context, intent and ultimately

prerequisites, I’ll clarify my honest position

about how most people have no business

doing the things they are doing to their

body to get in shape. I say this lovingly, and

objectively, from the first-hand experience

of the thousands of assessments I have

personally completed.

Last month, I quickly enumerated three areas

that are common to most fitness endeavors:

weight lifting, high intensity interval training

and yoga, which are common fitness pursuits

that have shown to actually create problems

and cause injuries.

Health is not rocket science but is still very

much science. Unfortunately, fad diets, fitness

trends and novelty win out where biology

should reign supreme. You are a wildly

complex biological organism; to ignore the

basic scientific tenets required to make your

organism healthy, fit and sexy is stupid—not

to mention makes you very unsuccessful,

ultimately killing all motivation and hope,

and imprisons you in a body you know deep

down can be better.

The CDC showed that one out of two people

hurt themselves exercising, and based on

the surgical rates, your weightlifting is

accelerating arthritis.

After all, getting injured exercising, then

going to the physical therapist to get exercises

to heal your exercise injury, is the definition

of insanity; let alone getting a knee replaced

because you wore it out “gettin’ in shape bruh.”

Here are a few reasons why you should reevaluate

the weights you are lifting:

First, it’s likely you lack the requisite joint

range of motion needed to load your body

in positions that the joints involved should

move. You need to assess whether you have

the joint range of motion prerequisites before

you introduce the challenge of load.

Secondly, it’s vital to know why you’re doing

the exercise you’re doing. Furthermore, intent

and context are crucial to knowing how to

load a specific joint, or movement, before

assuming that it’s good for you. A peanut to a

person who has a peanut allergy is deadly, and

knowing whether or not the exercise you have

chosen is good, or bad, for you could make or

break you.

Lastly, body control. I find it odd that people

who can’t touch their toes think doing

deadlifts is good for them, or putting an

abnormal amount of weight on their backs

for squats, when they can’t even squat down

to look under the sink, will end up positively.

It’s vital you understand the fundamental skill

components to elicit the benefits of what you

are doing to create the adaptations you seek.

Even running has fairly tame prerequisites,

yet seven out of 10 people get hurt trying to

get into shape running, simply because they

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This can also be a challenging

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Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

1. Keep it short and simple: Attend or

host holiday events whenever possible, but

consider being with smaller groups and

shortening the length of stay. Be prepared

to leave a holiday event early if you see your

family member getting stressed or agitated.

2. Celebrate life stories: Persons with

dementia can often tell you about events

from long ago. Write down highlights of your

family member’s life such as occupation,

family, awards, hobbies or special talents.

Since it’s the holiday season, take special note

of holiday traditions. Did your mom have a

favorite cookie recipe? Did your family come

from the south and eat black-eyed peas on

New Year’s Day for good luck? These holiday

stories, along with other memories, support

opportunities for reminiscence and can be an

essential tool when your family member has

in-home help, attends a day center or moves

into residential care.

3. Embrace meaningful activities that foster

connection: Ask your mom to help you

wrap presents. Tactile skills like tying a knot

or holding down the ribbon on a package

often remain late into dementia. Use a simple

activity to ask Mom for an opinion—do you

prefer the red bow or the green bow? Asking

Mom for her opinion, even a simple one,

helps her feel valued.

Most of us enjoy doing something for others

during the holiday season. Consider spending

time with your family member baking dog

biscuits for family dogs (or the local shelter),

making cookies for family members or first

responders, creating nice decorations for a

holiday table or writing holiday cards and

notes together. These meaningful activities

can bring a sense of purpose to your loved

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4. Celebrate the spirit: If your family

member belongs to a faith community,

this can be a time to enjoy favorite spiritual

readings, prayer or spiritual music. Attend a

holiday service, perhaps one during a time

of week or day that is less crowded. Even

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including music and art, time spent out of

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Attend a support group. Consider asking

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your family member while you take a short

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HYPERPIGMENTATION

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but is most common on the face and hands.

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conditions with this characterization. They are

similar in look yet can be caused by different

conditions, one even being a symptom of the

other. Let’s break them down and learn the ways

to decrease and even eliminate their effects.

Hyperpigmentation is when the body is triggered

to produce more melanin, thus causing the

skin pigment to darken. It can be caused by

prolonged sun exposure, skin injuries, acne scars,

inflammation and some skin-care products or

medications. Darker skin tones are more prone to

hyperpigmentation. It is harmless, yet annoying to

most people, even causing insecurities about one's

appearance. Some aesthetic treatments—chemical

peels, laser treatments, microneedling and even

some facials—can lead to hyperpigmentation if

the skin is not properly accessed. Your skin-care

provider will talk to you about your skin type and

ethnic background to determine what treatments

are right for you.

This leads us to melasma. More commonly

called the pregnancy mask, it is defined as brown

patches, larger than those caused by sun damage,

typically on the cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip

and chin. It is believed to be caused by hormonal

changes and sun exposure. It is more common in

women and appears for many during pregnancy

and when starting a new form of birth control.

Hyperpigmentation is a symptom of melasma.

Melasma is a frustrating condition as its causes

are difficult to determine and avoid.

Hyperpigmentation and melasma can be treated,

but it will require some patience. Although

some skin-care treatments pose a risk for

hyperpigmentation, if used properly, many of

the same treatments will lighten pigment over

time. For example, a series of chemical peels,

microneedling with platelet-rich plasma or laser

treatments, along with a good home-care regimen

and limited sun exposure, can do wonders

for lightening discolorations. Incorporating a

lightening agent into your routine will make

a drastic difference! Some lightening agents

include hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid,

niacinamide, and bearberry extract.

Melasma often fades after pregnancy or when a

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of treatment with your health-care provider if you

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RIDING

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BY DAN AZNOFF

The concept of driving across the country today is no small

undertaking. It can take weeks of planning, stacks of road

maps and an unquenchable thirst for the road.

The first passage by automobile more than a century ago—

in 1903 to be exact—was a challenge to both the vehicle and the brave

individuals who tested the limits to travel from sea to shining sea.

A bicycle racer who made his home in Tacoma, Washington, was half

of the duo to successfully make the first journey by motorcar across the

country more than 115 years ago. His name and the vehicle he and his

partner drove have been featured in documentaries and honored with a

display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in

Washington, D.C.

But Sewall K. Crocker is almost unheard of in his adopted hometown.

Crocker was born in 1883 in Walla Walla, Washington, and lived in

Tacoma until he was invited to join doctor and businessman Horatio

N. Jackson on the historic drive starting from San Francisco on a

transcontinental trek across the continent to New York.

The 29-year-old self-taught mechanic first met Jackson when the doctor

approached him with hopes of receiving instructions on how to drive a

horseless carriage. The cross-country quest was the result of a $50 wager

($1,200 today’s dollars) the doctor accepted after a lively conversation

with fellow members of the San Francisco Gentlemen’s Club. Jackson

accepted the challenge to traverse the expanse of America by automobile,

in part, to prove the automobile was “more than just a mere toy.”

The drive was only part of the challenge. The 31-year-old doctor was an

auto enthusiast who did not know how to drive and did not even own an

automobile. Without any mechanical experience of his own, Jackson was

convinced to hire Crocker to serve as his travel companion, mechanic

and relief driver.

The doctor invested $8,000 of his own money in the venture, the

equivalent of more than $200,000 in today’s dollars.

The daring duo left the shores of the California coast on May 23, 1903,

in Jackson's Winton, loaded down with coats, rubber protective clothing,

sleeping bags, blankets, canteens, an axe, a shovel, a telescope, tools,

spare parts, cans for extra gasoline, a Kodak camera, a rifle, a shotgun

and a pair of pistols.

COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY, NATIONAL

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

At the last minute, they wisely decided to stow a block and tackle in the

vehicle to use in the eventuality they had to pull the automobile out of

ruts and muddy spots along the way.

What they did not have with them were any maps to help chart a proper

route.

Without any published material to study and without any qualified

individuals to provide personal recommendations to help Jackson

and Crocker determine an actual route across the vast continent, the

mechanic advised his partner against following a southern route for fear

the pair may become stranded or lost in the desert.

Jackson agreed to follow dirt roads and wagon trails that paralleled trails,

rivers, mountain passes and crossed alkali flats on a course that roughly

followed the route forged by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

The two drivers planned to pass through the Sacramento Valley and

followed the Oregon Trail to avoid the highest passes through the Rocky

Mountains. Crocker was primarily responsible for making the necessary

repairs of the vehicle during the trip, which broke down frequently,

especially on the harsh, unpaved roads of the West.

The Drive

The pair quickly became national celebrities as news of their quest made

the pages of newspapers across the country.

The trip got off to an ominous start when the Vermont, the name given

to the Winton by Jackson in honor of the state where he was born, blew a

tire only 15 miles after they had off loaded from a ferry that carried them

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY,

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

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and their vehicle on the first leg of the journey across

the San Francisco Bay to Oakland. Crocker replaced

the tire with the only spare they brought along. That

one spare was reportedly the only tire they could find

in the entire city of San Francisco.

The second night out Crocker stopped in Sacramento

to remove the side lanterns after both men agreed they

were too dim. The lamps were replaced with a single

spotlight mounted on the front of the vehicle. It was

at that point of the trip that a pair of bicyclists offered

Jackson road maps. The maps were crude, but Jackson

and Crocker decided the basic maps were better than

making the drive without any sort of written plan.

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MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Unable to find a new tire for the Winton, the pair

decided to purchase some used bicycle inner tubes

in case of an emergency before they left Sacramento.

Noise from the road and the engine were apparently so

loud that neither Crocker nor Jackson noticed that all

of their cooking gear had been tossed from the Winton

at some point along one of the bumpy roads.

The pair entertained the locals in the California town

of Alturas with free rides in what was described as a

carnival atmosphere while Jackson and Crocker waited

for three days for replacement tires. They made the

seemingly misguided decision to go ahead without

the spare parts when the shipment did not arrive as

scheduled.

Somewhere near Caldwell in rural Idaho, Jackson

fulfilled his desire to have a dog join them for the ride.

Various stories reported that that pit bull named Bud

was either stolen or purchased for the sum of $15.

Jackson wrote to his wife that he had wanted a dog

since he had left Sacramento.

The round expression of the small dog became the face

of the well-publicized adventure. Bud’s face appeared

on magazine covers from coast to coast.

In early June, the men were forced to ask a cowboy to

tow the car after a fuel leak had drained their gas tank.

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF

AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

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of their quest

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the country.

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COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF

AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Crocker was forced to rent a bicycle (which had its own flat tire) while

they waited for replacement parts and peddled 25 miles to purchase four

gallons of gasoline for the “outrageous” price of $20.

At one point of the trip, the crew of the Vermont ran out of supplies and

went 36 hours without food. They were rescued by a farmer who fed them

stew while Crocker convinced the generous man to give them the wheel

bearings out of his mowing machine for an emergency repair.

The good news is that newspapers across the country had made the

motorists into national celebrities. Local newspaper reporters greeted

them at virtually every stop.

Sometime in mid-June, Jackson’s coat, along with every penny of their

cash, fell off the Winton. Jackson was forced to wire his wife to send them

more money.

The pair followed the sage advice of locals in Mountain Home, Idaho,

to avoid a stretch of the Oregon Trail and changed course through the

Sawtooth Mountains. In Hailey, Idaho, Jackson agreed to wire the Winton

Company for more spare parts.

The list of lost items continued to grow. While using the block and tackle

to cross a river, Jackson lost the new money his wife had wired to him

as well as his glasses. It was at that point that a greedy landowner forced

them to pay $4 ($105 now) to cross, as Jackson described the acreage as

“bad, rocky, mountain road.”

Crocker’s ingenuity came in handy when he used rope to wrap around

the wheels when they suffered another flat tire.

The trip became much easier beginning on July 12 when they reached

stretches of paved roads beginning in Omaha, Nebraska. The only

recorded mishap from that point of the trip reportedly took place just

outside Buffalo, New York, when the Vermont hit a “hidden obstacle” in

the road and threw Jackson, Crocker and Bud out of the moving vehicle.

The trio arrived in New York on July 26, crossing the country in a

respectable 63 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes to claim the title of the first

automobile to go coast-to-coast. The Vermont had consumed 800 gallons

of gasoline along the way.

Following the hero’s welcome at the end of their adventure, Jackson joined

his wife for the drive home while Crocker headed West. Newspapers

reported that the Vermont broke down again shortly after Jackson was on

the road without a mechanic and that the car’s drive chain snapped at the

threshold of his own garage.

The drive chain was one of the few parts that had not been changed over

the two-month drive across the country.

More importantly, Jackson scoffed at the reality that he was never able to

collect his $50 wager.

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The Man

Despite his acclaim as a national celebrity,

Crocker returned home to Tacoma in relative

obscurity. There were no parades, no newspaper

reporters or magazine photographers lined up

at his door like Jackson had when he returned

to New England.

Following the adventure, Crocker attempted to

capitalize on his newfound fame by launching

a search for sponsors for an around-the-world

auto tour. With his fame and his health failing,

Crocker finally settled down in Tacoma where

he died just two weeks after he turned 30 years

old. Newspapers at the time reported that the

once famous mechanic died of depression after

suffering a nervous breakdown.

Not only was he not honored by the residents

of Tacoma, he died without any family or

many friends at his bedside. The people in his

hometown quickly turned their attention to the

latest news of the day.

More than a century later, his name has not

been used for the name of a street or any

public venue associated with his pioneering

achievements. To some people, like former

The trio arrived in

New York on July 26,

crossing the country

in a respectable 63 days,

12 hours and 30 minutes

to claim the title of the

first automobile to go

coast-to-coast.

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, that is a fact that

still needs to be corrected.

A film by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns

was produced to mark the 100th anniversary of

the historic crossing during the time Baarsma

served as mayor. In addition to his duties as

mayor, Baarsma had hoped he could use his

elected position to raise the image of the city’s

forgotten luminary.

“He was lost in the pages of history,” Baarsma

reflected when contacted for this article.

“Renaming a street in his honor on his birthday

(April 7) would be a fitting and proper way to

recognize his remarkable accomplishment.”

One possibility, he said, was the small road

from I-5 that leads to the LeMay - America's

Car Museum. The former mayor said Crocker

would be a more appropriate name than its

present name, East D Street. Mike Bush, the

newest spokesperson for the auto collection,

was confident that Renee Crist, the curator of

the museum, would support the name change.

“It is amazing to me that we have nothing in the

Museum that recognizes Crocker as a resident

of Tacoma,” said Bush. “In fact, I am not even

sure we have a Winton in our collection. You’d

think we would have something that honors the

triumph of a local citizen who contributed to

automotive history.”

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving

the stories of our generation. He was a finalist

for a Pulitzer Prize and has received acclamation

for his work regarding sustainable energy. He is

the author of three books that document colorful

periods of history in Washington. He can be

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TO GIVE INSTEAD

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As we approach the

holiday season, the

opportunities for giving

are all around us. We

have charities getting our

attention, food drives,

fundraisers and more.

But how do we prioritize? We know that “to

give is better than to receive,” but how do we

know what to give?

Give the gift of time

To many of our closest friends and family

members, our own time is much more

meaningful than anything a stocking or a

box under the tree could contain. We can

share our time with our kids by building a

snowman together or driving around looking

at Christmas lights. Consider the things

you find yourself saying, such as “This year,

we have to …,” and ask your kids if they are

looking forward to the same things. Giving

the gift of time will probably mean a sacrifice

of some of our own preferences, but that is

probably one of the things that will make

it the most meaningful to the recipient.

Because honestly, what kid looks forward to

being dragged to the mall only to stand still

forever and then sit on a stranger’s lap while

manufacturing a fake smile?

Well-spent family togetherness

Spending time with family is likely the thing

that is most long-lived, long-lasting, but it’s

not always easy to accomplish a peaceful gettogether.

Often, the stress of the details of

keeping traditions alive can leave everyone

feeling drained. Make a point of practicing

some of these suggestions as a family, as well

as turning the focus outward. Take the time

to work together volunteering in any number

of ways. Many food banks need volunteers to

sort donations, stock shelves, load food to be

delivered and distribute these goods.

Take the time to sing some unsung heroes

Instead of buying your kids’ teachers a candle

or mug, take a moment to write a heartfelt

note expressing your appreciation. This is

one of those things that it is easy to claim we

don’t have time to do, yet we would easily

spend a minimum of 10 minutes, if not more,

shopping for a gift. And honestly, if you were

the one devoting your time to a classroom

full of demanding students, knowing that

you were making a difference in even one

of their lives would be an unforgettable gift

to receive. This could be applied to your

pastor, coworkers, boss or employees, family

members and friends. Think about ways your

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life is better with them in it—and

tell them. List things you appreciate

about their personalities and point out

the things they do that help make the

world a better place.

Lend a hand to help a neighbor

Of course, shoveling snow for neighbors is an obvious way to help

out physically, but what about some less obvious ways to lend

a hand? We might only think to assist the elderly or those with

physical limitations, but there are all kinds of opportunities that

surround us each day. Maybe you aren’t into inflatable Santas, and

you don’t set up mechanical reindeer or a sleigh in your yard every

year. Or perhaps you don’t have the means to line every roofline

of your house with icicle lights, especially once the electric bill is

factored in, but you love that the neighbors do so much to brighten

up the neighborhood. Why not offer to help set it up and/or break

it down with them?

Perform random acts of kindness

There are a variety of ways to show kindness to others, and really,

there is no wrong way. You could do just about anything for it to be

a random act of kindness! One way that is a lot of fun is to choose

someone in a store (randomly!), follow them to the checkout,

and then tell them that you would like to pay for their purchases.

An alternative to this is buying things and handing them out to

strangers. Either way, kids love a good surprise and generally have

so much fun getting to participate in random acts of kindness.

The possibilities are endless, ranging from covering someone’s

baggage cart at the airport to paying for someone’s coffee at the

drive through or meal at a restaurant, even covering the cost for

someone’s cart full of gifts in a department store. The sky’s the limit!

Operation vicarious kindness

Studies reveal that the pleasure centers in the brain show more

activity when giving a gift than when receiving a gift. So, if I want

to make someone happy, why not give the gift of gift-giving? Again,

it could be someone random, and you could do this with your

kids: Give cash to the person with the instruction to spend it on

someone other than themselves, and then talk about how it went.

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PICKING

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1.

SCOTCH PINE

If vacuuming needles is your least

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the home, consider a Scotch or Scots

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holds its needles longer than most

and is also sturdy enough for heavy

ornaments and long light strings.

Longer needles make hanging

ornaments easier. This type of tree

does not give off a strong smell

when compared to most fir trees. Its

color is typically a very bright green,

and they are very full so the main

trunk will hardly be visible once

fully decorated. Scotch Pines are

also on the more affordable end of

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WHICH VARIETY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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The focal point of just about any indoor

holiday decorating is the Christmas

tree. Most are put up shortly after

Thanksgiving and don’t come down

until right around New Year’s Day. They

can be pint sized for apartments or

grand spectacles in homes with vaulted

ceilings. How you decorate says a lot

about your family, and there is truly no

wrong way to do it. When picking out

the perfect tree there is more that goes

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time to settle on your family’s tree.

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Most consider the Noble Fir the

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really really big house). The Noble

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and are sturdy, again allowing for

heavier ornaments without creating

too much of a sagging look. Evenly

spaced branches and short needles

allow for the decorations to really

stand out. This tree grows very

symmetrical and, when given

enough water, will hold needles well

through the entire holiday season.

Its fresh cut smell is not offensive

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blue-green but also very shiny.

Grand Firs tend to run thicker

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give off an even stronger smell

for longer than some of its

counterparts. Hanging heavy

objects is also usually not

a problem, and trunks also

tend to be very straight in this

classic Christmas tree.

Many will scoff at this, myself

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their inception. They are

made to mimic all the popular

varieties of trees, and if you

invest in a quality product,

many look exactly like the

real thing—from a distance.

People use artificial if their

tree is styled to match a room

while others simply enjoy the

convenience of easy setup

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sensitivity to smell or who are

unfortunately allergic to certain

trees can also enjoy the holiday

spirit this way.

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If allowed to grow, Douglas Firs

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unique in that it is typically more

uniform and can even take up the

appearance of a pyramid. It gives

off one of the strongest, albeit

pleasant, scents of any tree, so

if you enjoy that fresh cut smell

throughout the holiday, this is

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SHOP LOCAL

You can get your tree from a

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big box stores. While there

is convenience in this, we

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Search for a local scout group

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EXPLORE THE FOODIE TRAIL

A warm-weather winter getaway that’s family friendly

Story & Photos By Marguerite Cleveland

Phoenix and Mesa are the perfect holiday location for a winter getaway. Mild temperatures and resort

hotels that are destinations in themselves and a short flight via Alaska Airlines (so you can utilize the

free bag check for a case of Arizona wine) make this an easy trip to enjoy. This is foodie heaven with

an up-and-coming wine region, farm-to-table restaurants, year-round fresh produce and agritourism

attractions.

Where To Stay

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a desert oasis with a 4-acre waterpark that makes it a great choice for

families. Room options are all suites, which gives families more room to spread out. Casitas with one or two

bedrooms are also an option. There is a kids’ camp, giving parents with younger ones a childcare option. They

have dinner sessions so you can have a date night on your vacation. Amenities abound with a full-service spa and

multiple dining options.

For more economical options, consider lodgings in Mesa like the Residence Inn by Marriott, which has larger

accommodations with kitchens—a great way to save money while traveling. A substantial breakfast is offered each

morning and included in the room rate. If money is no object, you can step it up to the super luxurious AAA Five

Diamond Phoenician Resort, which has a three-story spa. The resort began an extensive renovation in 2016 that

was recently completed. It is lovely with a fresh, contemporary vibe throughout the resort.

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THE FOODIE SCENE IN MESA AND PHOENIX

HAS REALLY EVOLVED WITH LOCAL

RESTAURANTS SERVING FARM-TO-TABLE

FOOD INSPIRED BY THE VIBRANT CULTURAL

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Where To Eat

The foodie scene in Mesa and Phoenix has really evolved with local

restaurants serving farm-to-table food inspired by the vibrant cultural

diversity in the area. The Bario Café is s smaller restaurant, so be sure

to make a reservation. Chef Silvana Salicido is a five-time James Beardaward

nominee. Her food is authentic traditional Mexican food and

utilizes local producers as much as possible. It is subtle little things

like adding pomegranate seeds to a fresh simple guacamole made from

avocados left in big chunks, tomatoes, red onions, a hint of cilantro

and lime that turns this dish into something special. Chiles En Nogada

is a roasted stuffed poblano pepper filled with chicken, apple, pear,

dried apricots and pecans covered with a delicate almond cream sauce

garnished with cilantro, pomegranate seeds and queso fresco. It is an

unusual dish packed with flavors that just meld together. Perfection.

On the other end of the spectrum is Jalapeno Bucks, a dive joint built in

old shipping containers nestled in the midst of an orange grove. Don’t

wear good clothes because you are here to try the ooey, gooey, extremely

messy peanut butter and jelly brisket sandwich. OMG! So good. Words

can’t describe how something that sounds so strange can be so delicious!

Don’t miss the excellent salsas concocted by Buck. It’s how he started and

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order a bag of chips, served in a paper bag. The medium was grocery-bag

sized! The mango salsa is a favorite and has a sweet and slightly spicy

taste the goes well with the freshly made tortilla chips.

What To Do

The Fresh Foodie Trail is a great way to spend a day or two traveling

to urban and rural destinations for those who love food. There are 11

stops on this culinary journey, and each will give you an insight into how

food is produced. Visit everything from a vertical urban farm at True

Garden to the Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms. The Windmill

Winery is one of the furthest stops and is in the town of Florence. The

drive gets you out in the Sonoran Desert with lots of old growth Saguaro

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After the drive through the desert, it feels like an oasis. Most grapes are

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The plants come from deserts all over the

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Plan your day to arrive when the gardens

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The Musical Instrument Museum is an

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YUM

Your local Dining Guide

RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS

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Traditional and Contemporary

Vietnamese Coffee, Milk Tea and Boba

5160 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite C101 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335 | Hours: Every Day, 11am - 9pm

253.649.0915 | mssaigongigharbor.com

Experience the Flavor

Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine

Serving Traditional Taste

Family Owned and Operated Since 2001

4747 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 200 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Hours: Every Day, 11am - 9pm | 253.514.6382 | lelegigharbor.com

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THAI YELLOW

CURRY SOUP

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Lesa Lebeau

This is a very comforting winter soup, and a

protein such as chicken may be added!

Serves 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. oil

1/2 cup Mae Ploy yellow curry paste

3 cloves of minced garlic

2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger

2 tbsp. minced lemongrass

4 tbsp. fish sauce

3 tbsp. sugar

2 cups cubed butternut squash

2 cups chopped carrots

2 cups cubed gold potatoes

1 large white onion, sliced

2 15-oz. cans of Mae Ploy coconut cream

3 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)

TO GARNISH:

Chopped cilantro

Toasted pumpkin seeds

Toasted coconut

METHOD:

• In large stockpot, add oil and heat on medium high. Sauté

curry paste for 5 minutes to open up spices.

• Add onion, garlic and ginger plus one cup of stock. Simmer

8 minutes.

• Add fish stock and sugar. Now add remaining stock,

vegetables and simmer 10 minutes.

• Add coconut cream and simmer soup 45 minutes.

• Garnish with cilantro, coconut and pumpkin seeds.

• Serve and enjoy!

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

4700 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Ste 109

In the Olympic Medical Plaza

253-851-2576

• Paninis & Sandwiches

• Build Your Own Crepes

• Salads & Soups

• Forza Coffee

• All Recyclable Packaging

& Utensils

• Gift Cards Available

Check out

Clay & Cloth

Designs!

MUSHROOM

LEEK

& BRIE CREPE

www.occasionscoffeeandcrepes.com

Find

Great Gifts

& More!

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BBQ2U

There’s nothing like a plate of pure Southern comfort.

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Point Fosdick Drive NW | Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

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

harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out

menu available. Monday through Thursday 11am to 8pm,

Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.

8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C | Gig Harbor

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

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

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

CASSIE RIENDEAU

Director of Sales and Marketing

Contact me today!

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GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

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

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

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

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite 600 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0921 | GertieAndTheGiantOctopus.com

PHO EVER WOK

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

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like

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

like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available as

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

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

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

to delicious, serving up food that feels as good as it

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

through Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am

to 3pm.

5247 Olympic Drive, Suite A | Gig Harbor

253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW #109 | Gig Harbor

253.851.2576

OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes.com

Merry

Christmas

FROM OUR FAMILY

TO YOURS.

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PORTO CUCINA HARBOR

KITCHEN & BAR

Porto Cucina serves up familiar classic Italian dishes like

Eggplant Parmesan, as well as newer ones like Salmon

and Sweet Potato Risotto. The restaurant offers a little

something for everyone with a range of vegetarian, glutenfree

and dairy-free options. In the bar you will find a great

selection from local breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday and

Saturday 11am to 10pm.

3108 Harborview Drive | Gig Harbor

253.851.9200 | PortoCucina.com

LELE'S RESTAURANT

When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will

be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of

culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from

11am to 9pm.

4747 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite 200 | Gig Harbor

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

everyone, with a menu that includes grain-free, vegetarian

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

April, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to the Gig

Harbor dining scene. Open daily 11am to 9pm.

5160 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite C101 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com

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gig harbor

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on in Gig Harbor this

month!

DECEMBER 2019

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WWW.OLALLAWINES.COM

253.851.4949

h o m e s t y l e i t a l i a n k i t c h e n & b a r

• your ideal place for intimate gatherings

• private rooms available

• enticing catering menus

• gift cards available

Join Us

FOR LUNCH & DINNER

porto cucina harbor kitchen & bar

3108 harborview dr. | 253.851.9200 | portocucina.com

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ENTERTAINMENT

DEC

07

The Joy of the Holidays

Annual Tree Lighting brings community together

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTO COURTESY OF TERRY AND DEBBIE GRAHN

COMMUNITY IS AT THE CORE OF GIG HARBOR, and events abound throughout the

year—especially during the holiday season. One special event that brings everyone

of all ages together is the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, with this year’s event

taking place on Saturday, December 7.

Last year, more than 1,500 were in attendance for the evening of holiday cheer, as

the bright lights shone on those young and old, bringing smiles to all.

“Santa will be arriving via Fire Truck to help Mayor Kit Kuhn ‘light’ the tree,” says

Mimi Jansen, interim tourism and communications director for the City of Gig

Harbor. In addition, she says there will be a Santa House with photo opportunities

with Santa himself. “Our Santa is actually a professional Santa who is sought all

over the country! In fact, he’s in New York until after Thanksgiving!”

Kids can explore the firetruck; enjoy hot cocoa, cider and cookies in the Skansie

Netshed courtesy of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance; and take in the wonderful

sounds provided by the Spectrum Youth Chorus.

Directly after the tree lighting, according to Mimi, Harbor WildWatch will have their

Pier Into The Night Live Dive on the Welcome Plaza at Skansie Brothers Park. As of

press time, they still hadn’t confirmed whether Tacoma Rainiers’ Rhubarb would be

joining in this year’s festivities.

“This is a family friendly and family must-do event!” smiles Mimi. She encourages

everyone to attend because of “the sense of community and joy in seeing the tree

light up, along with the holiday festivities feel.”

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

The fun kicks off at 5pm. Don’t miss out!

DEC

06

St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar

St. Anthony Hospital is holding its annual Holiday Bazaar Friday, December 6, 9am

to 4pm, on floor G at the hospital. The Holiday Bazaar is an opportunity for local and

surrounding city crafters, artists and jewelry makers to sell and display their unique,

handcrafted and creative merchandise. Be amazed at the wide array of gift items

for sale! The Holiday Bazaar is the place to go to find that "perfect" gift for everyone

on your list! Admission is free. For further information, contact Kathy Gores at

253.530.2260.

DEC

13

Light Up the Night: 6th Annual Saint

Lucia Festival

Harbor History Museum invites the community to come celebrate Gig Harbor’s

Scandinavian heritage at this year’s annual Light Up the Night: St. Lucia Festival

on Friday, December 13, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Families will enjoy crafts, games and

traditional Scandinavian snacks. Admission is just $3 for all ages, while Harbor History

Museum members and their families get in free! Tickets can be purchased online at the

Harbor History Museum's “Buy Tickets” page or at the front desk. For more information,

contact Robin Harrison at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN JANUARY ...

POP UP EVENT: LYNN-

04 FIT OPEN HOUSE

PIER INTO THE NIGHT

04 LIVE DIVE

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09

OCEAN5 COMEDY NIGHT

11

BEACH MONITORING -

SUNRISE BEACH PARK


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

/ December

08

DECEMBER

2ND ANNUAL SANTA BRUNCH

& PHOTOS

08

9:00am to 2:00pm

Table 47 at Ocean5

For reservations, visit T47.com/reservations

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DECEMBER

COOKIES WITH MRS. CLAUS

14

10:00am to 11:30am

Sehmel Homestead Park

PenMetParks.org

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DECEMBER

HARK THE HARBOR

08

6:15 to 7:15pm

Skansie Brothers Park

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DECEMBER

HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP

15

2:00 to 5:00pm

Fox Island Brewing Tap-IN

Visit Facebook for additional information

13-

14

DECEMBER

HOLIDAY HAYRIDES WITH SANTA

13 & 14

4:00 to 7:00pm

Timberland Bank on Judson Street

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DON’T

MISS!

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2ND ANNUAL PICTURE

WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER

DECEMBER 19

9:00am to 3:00pm

The Kids' Dentist Gig Harbor

Call 253.329.5437 for details

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DECEMBER

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT

MAKING WORKSHOP

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12:30 to 2:00pm

Tom Taylor Family YMCA

For more information, email

sphelps@ymcapkc.org or call 253.534.7898

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CONCERT: TWOMACS

AND FRIENDS

DECEMBER 27

6:30 to 8:30pm

Olalla Vineyard & Winery

Purchase tickets at OlallaWines.com

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DECMEBER

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

14

5:00 to 8:00pm

Gig Harbor Bay

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DECEMBER

2ND ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S

EVE CELEBRATION

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4:00pm to 12:00am

Ocean5

Purchase tickets online at EventBrite.com

DON’T

MISS!

UPCOMING EVENTS IN JANUARY ...

JANUARY

16 WEDDING TASTING

17

TEEN ROCK’N

ROLL BINGO

BLACK AND

22 WHITE CARDINAL

MUD BAY

26 ADOPTION EVENT

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Pier into

the night

with

live dive

Jerisich Dock in

Gig Harbor

Take a journey underwater

without getting wet!

Watch a live video stream

of SCUBA divers exploring

underneath Jerisich Dock

and Port Orchard Marina

while staff biologists narrate

and identify animals.

Saturdays in

2019 & 2020

December 7 at 5 p.m.

January 4 at 5 p.m.

February 1 at 6 p.m.

March 7 at 7 p.m.

(253) 514-0187

HarborWildWatch.org

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IF YOU ASK SANTA

FOR A “SOLD” SIGN

HE CALLS US!

HANNA THE ELF, LISA VEITENHANS, JOE SANCHEZ,

DENA SKODINSKI, LYNN MACGOUGAN, DENNIS QUINN

Happy Holidays!

Joe Sanchez & Associates

Coldwell Banker Bain

Real Estate Broker Team

Coldwell Banker Bain

253-853-2262 | ForJoe.net

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“We Sell Homes.

We Build Relationships.”


You’ll feel right at home.

3520 Kitsap Way, Bremerton

360.377.5582 | arnoldshomefurnishings.com

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Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the

Kitsap Peninsula and beyond for more than 68 years.

We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs,

lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

our quality and superb customer service, Arnold’s can

help you select your new furniture, mattress and home

furnishings purchase on any budget.


2020 SUBARU OUTBACK

Come celebrate with us, it’s our 18th anniversary!

YOUR LOCALLY OWNED SUBARU DEALER.

JOHN DIONAS | President-Owner

Come meet Duke!

Peninsula Subaru in Bremerton, WA, treats the needs of each individual customer

with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car

dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each

and every time. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!

Located in Bremerton, only a 20-minute drive and lower sales tax!

800.458.5808 | PeninsulaSubaru.com

3888 W. St. Hwy. 16, Bremerton, WA (between Bremerton & Port Orchard)

CLOSED ON SUNDAY FOR FAMILY DAY

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