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THE END OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS
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important to not focus on the secular aspect
of these holidays but the meaning behind
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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
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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harbor that are now grossly outdated.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
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you rather have, a home with five outdated baths or only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?
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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
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
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
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
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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.
“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
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
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Therapy at Play
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KIDS FOCUS ON FUN IN UNIQUE THERAPY SETTING
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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
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
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
“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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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
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
out to Alex at 720.236.7543 or through his website, SensoryDigest.com.
TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Colin Anderson
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
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
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
STUDENTS GROW INTO
WITH CAREERS AND
FAMILIES OF THEIR OWN
IS REWARDING BEYOND
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
In addition to grammar,
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
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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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
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have always been my
outlet to overcome personal
challenges in life, to escape
everything else and just be
myself without worrying about anything
else,” says Keyvyn Rogers.
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
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
next level but, for now, his focus remains
on the tennis court and on the field for
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
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
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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CLEAN CALM CONSTANT
The people behind the magic
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The warm and inviting atmosphere
treats guests to delicious housemade
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best cocktails around, and there is
a private dining room available to
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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 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
Shawnee Scott, front of house manager at Porto Cucina. “In addition, all
of our sauces, dressings, breads and soups are made in-house!”
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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
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regulars becoming friends. When it comes to Marty’s specialty, he says
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When it comes to what Marty enjoys most about being a part of the Porto
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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 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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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
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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
• 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
• 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.
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CHRONIC HEAD, FACE, JAW AND
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
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
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
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DROP THE WEIGHT
By Ryan Egan, Licensed Joint & Movement Specialist
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
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
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
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
lack the basic fundamentals key to joyful,
injury-free running. After all, you don’t run
to get in shape, you have to be in shape to run.
Stay tuned for next month’s spicy dismantling
of high intensity interval training.
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The holiday season can be a time of
joy for many families, filled with
reunions, gift giving and parties.
This can also be a challenging
time for families involved in dementia care.
Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence shares five
tips for caregivers who are navigating the
holiday season with a person living with
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
one, and that can go a long way.
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
people who don’t identify as religious are
often touched by broader spiritual activities
including music and art, time spent out of
doors in nature or time spent with children
5. Give yourself a holiday present: As the
famed Alzheimer’s researcher and writer
Dr. Tom Kitwood once said, “Caregivers are
physicians of the human spirit.” Take some
time this holiday season to practice self-care.
Attend a support group. Consider asking
friends and family for a gift of time, to be with
your family member while you take a short
trip or day to visit old friends.
With some creativity, planning and some help
from family and friends, the holiday season
can still be a time for meaningful activity and
celebration. Bob Hope, legendary entertainer,
made many holiday-themed movies and
often entertained the troops over the holiday
season. He said that his idea of Christmas
and the holiday season was “… very simple:
loving others. Come to think of it, why do we
have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
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unspots, age spots, liver spots,
ruddy complexion, pregnancy
mask; all are terms used to
describe any darkening of the
skin. It can appear on any part of the body
but is most common on the face and hands.
Hyperpigmentation and melasma are two
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
woman switches her birth control method. The
same type of treatments and lightening agents
used to treat hyperpigmentation will also help
with melasma. Make sure you discuss any course
of treatment with your health-care provider if you
are nursing or become pregnant.
Minimizing your sun exposure and wearing
a proper SPF daily is your best bet for avoiding
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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
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.
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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
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 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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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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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
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.
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of their quest
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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
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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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
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
“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
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As we approach the
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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
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shopping for a gift. And honestly, if you were
the one devoting your time to a classroom
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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
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.
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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
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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!
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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.
This could potentially have a profound impact on the way they
understand their ability to make someone happy.
Think of someone in your life who has told the same story over and
over, from when they were a child, newly married, or some other
past era. Do they have a fond memory of helping their mother bake
a particular Christmas Eve meal or dessert? Ask other relatives until
you find the exact recipe, then collect ingredients and incorporate
as many details as you can into recreating the experience for them.
Did your dad take your mom to the Nutcracker every year but has
recently passed away? Team up with your siblings to all take your
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At the end of it all, we should also remember to be thankful. Saying
“thank you” is usually automatic when we receive something, but
we should also be grateful for the joy that we get when we give.
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stand out. This tree grows very
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enough water, will hold needles well
through the entire holiday season.
Its fresh cut smell is not offensive
and will last for many weeks. Noble
Firs are also popular choices in
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The Grand Fir has a few
differences from its relatives,
mostly within the needle
coloring—which tends to be
more yellow-green instead of
blue-green but also very shiny.
Grand Firs tend to run thicker
than Noble Firs, but they also
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
included, but artificial trees
have come a long way since
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
and takedown. Those with
sensitivity to smell or who are
unfortunately allergic to certain
trees can also enjoy the holiday
spirit this way.
If allowed to grow, Douglas Firs
can reach heights of over 300
feet! They grow well in many
climates, making them one of the
most common varieties across the
nation. The shape of a Douglas is
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
likely your best bet.
You can get your tree from a
number of places including
big box stores. While there
is convenience in this, we
encourage you to support local.
Search for a local scout group
or organization selling trees as
a fundraiser, or stop by some of
our favorite local spots and grab
a tree raised and cared for by a
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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
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.
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.
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
earned the nickname Jalapeno. Pick the size salsas that you want and
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
Cacti. The farm is beautifully landscaped with a lovely wine tasting room.
After the drive through the desert, it feels like an oasis. Most grapes are
The Speci f ics
WHERE TO STAY
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
The Residence Inn Mesa
WHERE TO EAT
The Bario Café
WHAT TO DO
Fresh Foodie Trail
The Phoenician Spa
Desert Botanical Garden
Musical Instrument Museum
sourced from Wilcox, Arizona, but owner
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his farm. Arizona currently has two AVAs,
and the quality of the wine is very good.
A case of Barbera can fly free if you fly on
The Desert Botanical Garden has more than
50,000 desert plants on five thematic trails.
The plants come from deserts all over the
world, and the unique displays are so lovely.
Plan your day to arrive when the gardens
open so you can enjoy strolling before
the heat of the day. For great views of the
mountains, the gardens and Phoenix, you’ll
want to hike to the top of the Sonoran Desert
Nature Loop Trail. There are two shops, one
a garden shop and the other a gift shop, that
are worth a visit. A grow-your-own cactus in
a box makes a perfect souvenir or gift.
The Musical Instrument Museum is an
unexpected treasure. Rather than just statically display the more than
6,800 musical instruments that come from all over the world, the
museum uses state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies to enhance
the experience. Each visitor is given a headset with an audio tour; as you
step up to each display you begin to hear a musician performing with
the instrument and can observe the video as well—a truly immersive
experience with incredible performances. Visit the Experience Gallery
for a hands-on opportunity to play instruments from around the world.
Music buffs will love the Artist Gallery with icons such as Elvis Presley,
Johnny Cash, John Lennon and more modern artists such as Maroon 5.
A spa day at the Phoenician is a luxurious experience that will have you
relaxed for days. Treatments are available for both men and women in the
new three-story building which is home to the spa. Soothing music and
soft lighting helps set the mood before your treatment. Arrive at least 45
minutes before your appointment so you can indulge in the Personal Spa
Ritual, a 30-minute hot-and-cold contrast hydrotherapy which improves
the benefits of your treatment. There's no need to rush after your spa
treatment, as you'll want to take advantage of all the amenities such as an
adult-only pool deck, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch.
The greater Phoenix and Mesa area will have you feeling relaxed and
refreshed after a nice winter break. Infusions of vitamin D from all the
sunshine will chase away your winter blues. With amenity-filled resorts,
an eclectic food and craft beverage scene, and tons of family friendly
activities, it is the perfect destination.
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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
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)
Toasted pumpkin seeds
• 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
• 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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right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like
family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open
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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.
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At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown
Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to
a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet
affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,
Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully
prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with
them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.
4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite 600 | Gig Harbor
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PHO EVER WOK
Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look
no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional
Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like
your soup mild or spicy, they'll prepare it just the way you
like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available as
well. Even better, the prices can't be beat, and there's plenty
of parking. Also available for take-out. Open Monday
through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.
4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor
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
5247 Olympic Drive, Suite A | Gig Harbor
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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
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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
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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 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
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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.”
The fun kicks off at 5pm. Don’t miss out!
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
Light Up the Night: 6th Annual Saint
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.
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