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Creating Comfort This Winter
IDEAS TO WARM UP YOUR HOME AND SPIRITS
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Oh baby, it’s cold outside is an understatement as we
bring in the new year.
After the holidays are over, it is easy to start feeling
a bit low as the sun disappears behind unrelenting
cloud cover. The days are short, the ground is hard, and we all
start hoping spring will come quickly.
During these colder months, it is important to concentrate on selfcare.
Here are some tips for creating a warm, comfortable space
inside to bundle up and stay healthy until the spring bulbs emerge.
As sunlight is scarce during winter months, we need to substitute
it with interior lighting that is warm in color. Swap out cool LED
lights for a warmer color, or go for a halogen bulb in areas where
you spend most of your time.
Candles create a soft glow and have a powerful relaxing effect on
the mind. Battery operated candles on a timer are an easy and safe
way to create a mood. Set the timer to start at dusk to keep the
interior of your home feeling alive. Put them in the powder room,
near the entry of your home and in your primary living spaces so
you are constantly illuminated in a calm, glowing light. The larger
candles with D batteries last the longest.
Clean your fireplace and make sure you have a nice stacked wood
pile that is easily accessible to the house and is covered and dry.
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remove the front panel and clean the glass and screen so it gives
the best light effect throughout the winter.
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Homes become musty in the winter months. Buy a spray
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Spritz your house to your heart's content.
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pillows and cozy throw. Home Goods has many wonderful
options. For very little money it will make you feel like your
home is refreshed.
Fresh flowers always liven up a space. Treat yourself! Visit
your local florist or grocery store for affordable, fresh and
Pull out a small heating blanket and leave it on low on your
sofa. The electrical waves create an amazingly calming effect
for both you and your pets. Faux fur blankets are also cozy.
Refresh them regularly in the dryer on the sanitize setting.
Removing the holiday decorations sometimes leaves our
Live plants generate oxygen, and we all could use more of
that in the wintertime with the windows and doors shut
tight. A few small house plants will do the trick. Ceramic
containers are the best and will protect the floors from
moisture. Water regularly and use a spray bottle with a fine
mist to mist the leaves to protect them from drying out with
your heater on full time. If you have the room for a fiddle
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A Radical “Letting Go” In The New Year
FORGIVING IN YOUR DIVORCE … WITHOUT FORGETTING?
By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator
It’s a new year, and that usually brings with it setting new
goals, planning to acquire something like a new house or a
new car, implementing strategies for making more money,
or increasing your family. Likewise, resolutions can include
things to have less of, like losing weight, paying off debt or
downsizing a household.
In addition to resolutions focused on the tangible and measurable,
what about including goals for the new year focused on emotions
and feelings? More specifically, what about including goals focused
on what you can release? Ask yourself, “What no longer serves me
moving into the new year that I can let go of now?”
If the answer to that question involves transitioning out of a major
relationship in your life, such as with a spouse or life-partner,
you know how difficult the year ahead may feel for both of you.
Or perhaps the previous year involved your breakup and you are
finding it difficult to feel good about starting the new year with a
What is this nagging feeling inside that hinders your ability to move
on? In my almost 30 years as a family law attorney and divorce
mediator, I find the difficulty with both moving ahead and closure
frequently involves the inability to forgive an intimate partner’s
actions, emotions or behaviors that either tore them away from you
or laid the groundwork for you to initiate the separation yourself.
What can it feel like if you include in your New Year’s resolutions the
gift of letting go through forgiveness? We often think of forgiveness
in terms of accepting someone’s apology, which also sometimes
implies the request, “Can we forget this ever happened?”
But what if the forgiveness can begin with you, for your benefit?
And does the other person even need to know about it? And what
if you simply can’t entertain the notion of sweeping the offending
experiences under the rug in an act of “forgetting”? Is there a
different approach that allows us to forgive so we don’t continue
to drag around the chains of blame and resentment? What does it
really mean to forgive, even if you don’t want to forget?
Anne Lamott defines forgiveness as “giving up all hopes of having
had a better past.” I’ve heard this described as “a radical letting go,”
if you will. C.S. Lewis said, “Getting over a painful experience is
much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point
in order to move forward.”
How about trying this one, courtesy of renowned California
mediator and conflict expert Kenneth Cloke: “Forgiveness is
releasing yourself from the burdens of your own false expectations.”
Crucial steps to doing this work—and it’s hard work—turn
forgiveness on its head by asking you to try the following:
• Identify the reasons why you should not forgive the other person,
or yourself, and identify the expectations that were not met.
• Choose to release yourself from each of those reasons and
• And identify what it is going to cost you to hold onto them if you
Begin the new year with new perspectives on allowing forgiveness,
and you may find this your best year yet.
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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DON’T LET YOUR HOME’S
Ways you can be proactive now to eliminate problems later
By Nicole Betcher, ServPro Gig Harbor/North Tacoma
As we come into colder winter
temperatures, we are all at risk of
our pipes freezing, and that can
lead to pipes bursting. We have
suggestions if you find that your pipes may be
frozen and list of suggestions on preventing
pipes from freezing.
One of the first signs that you have a problem,
and even possibly a frozen pipe, is no running
water coming out of your faucets when you
attempt to turn it on. If this does happen,
check to see that your home’s water supply is
still turned on and that there are no obvious
leaks anywhere. If your search concludes that
your pipes are more than likely frozen, but
not yet burst, we recommend calling your
local plumber to help thaw your pipes. This is
a good path for those who are unsure if they
can safely thaw pipes themselves, are unaware
of where the frozen pipes are located or can’t
access the area of the house where the pipes
But we also want to help prevent frozen
pipes, so be proactive and follow these
• Make sure all pipes that are exposed to
the extreme temperatures are drained. This
includes, but not limited to, swimming pool
and exterior sprinkler system supply lines.
• Disconnect any hoses from the exterior of
your house. Drain the hoses and store them in
• Insulate the area around light fixtures,
vents and exterior faucets. This helps prevent
freezing temperatures from gaining access to
• Open cabinet doors that have plumbing
running in them. This helps the warm air
to circulate around the pipes, keeping them
• Allow your faucets to drip cold water on
the coldest days. The movement will make it
harder for the water to freeze inside the pipes.
• Never let your thermostat fall below 55
degrees Fahrenheit in your house. Whether
night or day, make sure that your home’s
temperature never dips below freezing. This
is one of the leading causes of frozen pipes,
as people do not want to pay for heating their
homes when they are not at home. But, turning
your heater off could lead to a risky game of
frozen pipe roulette.
• Check all exterior seals on windows, doors,
garage doors, etc., and complete any necessary
repairs to make sure no heat is escaping your
Frozen water pipes and the damage they can
cause are a serious risk for people in areas
where the temperatures dip below freezing,
especially for an extended time period.
With the holidays out of the way, now is an
inconvenient time for there to be a burst
pipe or added expense that isn’t planned or
budgeted for. Unfortunately, that is when these
things tend to happen. So, be sure to take some
time to walk the perimeter of your home and
look at and investigate your pipes to prevent
what could happen.
We know that, living in the Northwest, our
weather is not the most predictable; the next
freeze can be anytime.
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Colin Anderson
Goodman Middle School
Students roaming the halls of
Goodman Middle School have
almost certainly had interactions
with Debra Kaiser. Our January
Teacher of the Month has been teaching
leadership classes to sixth, seventh and
eighth graders for the past 21 years.
These include beginning and advanced
leadership, service leadership and
Many years ago, Debra said she stumbled
upon a quote that outlines
her philosophy on teaching
as it also reminded her of
how she was taught by her
“Come to the edge,” I said.
“No, we’re afraid.”
“Come to the edge.”
“No, we’re afraid. We’ll fall.”
“Come to the edge,” I said
And they came.
And I pushed them.
And they flew.
“This quote defines me because I teach
students that in order to overcome their
fears, they need to ‘spread’ their wings and
fly. I want them to treat themselves and
others with kindness and respect, become
a positive influence for good, to always
show gratitude, to get out of their comfort
zone, and to believe in themselves and their
dreams,” said Debra.
"IT GIVES ME SO
MUCH JOY TO
KNOW THAT I WAS
PART OF HELPING
THEM DEVELOP THE
TRAITS ... "
One of her favorite aspects of class is seeing
the amount of care her young students put
toward those in their community who are
struggling, whether that be through food
and clothing drives or animal adoption
programs, she is always impressed. “To
observe students develop the qualities of
empathy, caring and compassion and then
put those traits into action to help others
gives me confidence that the future of the
world is resting in the hands of these,” said
Debra’s assistance in
helping usher in the
leaders of tomorrow is
not just a job but a lifelong
passion. In her more than
two decades teaching,
she’s seen thousands of
students grow and mature
from their first day of
sixth grade to the day they
move on to high school.
She is thankful that so
many of her students
keep in contact with her
and credit her leadership classes for helping
shape their life’s journey.
“It gives me so much joy to know that I was
part of helping them develop the important
life traits of caring, respect and empathy in
becoming future leaders in our community
and society at large,” she said.
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I E R I N T O
T H E
I G H T
AN INTRODUCTION TO YOUR AQUATIC NEIGHBORS
By Jillian Chandler | Photos By Carly Vester
It’s winter in the harbor, and though the holidays have past, that
doesn’t mean there still isn’t excitement to be had and new things
Mark your calendars for the first Saturday of January, February
and March, as Harbor WildWatch holds its Pier Into The Night Live
Dive at Jerisich Dock.
“Most people in this community don’t have a good idea of what kinds
of wildlife live in our waters. Though there are plenty of people in
the community that have waterfront property or who spend time
at the shore, it’s not often we come across someone who has a good
familiarity with all the amazing animals that live here,” says Rachel
Easton, education director for Harbor WildWatch. “We like to think of
our programs as ‘an introduction to your aquatic neighbors.’”
Harbor WildWatch’s Live Dive program is an easy way for children
and adults, locals or visitors, who are curious about the underwater
world, to see what’s down in the waters without getting wet (except for
when it’s raining of course). Described as a virtual SCUBA dive, Pier
Into The Night is held October through March, as water visibility is
the best in the colder months, with less sunlight to fuel the growth of
plankton, which clouds the water, according to Rachel.
Attending a dive is easy. Just show up! There is plenty of room on the
dock, and the screen is large, with the live stream projected for all to
“Each dive is unique; we never know what we will encounter,” smiles
Rachel. “Maybe something as big as a harbor seal or a school of squid,
or a feisty crab or even a shark might swim into view. There is no
predicting what will show up. Attending one of these programs is a
great way to get familiar with some of the amazing animals who live
here, as well as hear from the HWW staff how to protect this vital
habitat and its inhabitants.”
Harbor WildWatch is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are
greatly appreciated. The suggested donation is $2 per person. Harbor
WildWatch hosts other events throughout the year, which can be
found on their website, HarborWildWatch.org.
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GREATER GIG HARBOR FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO PUT “BOOTS TO DIRT”
By Rachel Kelly
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PEOPLE WHO MAKE
UP THE GREATER
GIG HARBOR AND
The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is a
boots-on-the-ground, hands-in-the dirt
sort of community foundation. This is
both a literal statement (the foundation
donates a large majority of its funds toward parks and
environment) and a figurative one. Along with being
a foundation that writes checks (provides community
grants), the community foundation implements
programs according to community need. The
everyday people who make up the greater Gig Harbor
and Key Peninsula communities are represented face
to face; actively involved with the people who make up
the foundation and its board of trustees.
Community Spirit Grants are a wonderful example
of the foundation’s commitment to directly engage
with their community. The grants were started
four years ago by an anonymous donor, who hoped
to bring people-powered ideas to life, sparking
positive community initiatives and involvement. The
parameters for recreational events that receive the
grants are simple: community partnerships, volunteer
involvement and fun. With parameters as broad as
these, you can imagine the variety of events that have
been sponsored over the past four years!
Applicants for this year’s Spirit Grants applied with
the aim to fulfill one of the five core values held by
the foundation: arts and culture, education, parks and
environment, recreation, and social capital. These five
cores are the guiding principles behind the different
grant programs to which the foundation allots yearly
donations. The Community Spirit Grants are just one
of seven such programs and, as large as these grants
may seem, are only a small portion of the yearly
The greater portion of the Greater Gig Harbor
Foundation’s funds are allocated into programs
that continue to illustrate their core values. Under
education there are four grant programs: Students
of Distinction Grants, Stewardship Grants, Gateway
Grants, and the Coach Joel Wingard Grants. These
grants are awarded to students showing exemplary
scholarship, experiencing a lack of access to programs
due to finances, adults who need further training to
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sports. Fulfilling the parks and environment core value is the Lu Winsor
Grant. Funds from these grants are given to local programs that support
parks and environmental care in the memory of Lu Winsor (a former
park ranger and community leader). There’s also the Community
Recreation Fund that fulfills the core value of recreation; funds are given
to community organizations that facilitate positive change in recreation
catering to youth. Lastly there is Community Harvest, which fulfills
the social capital core value of the foundation. Community Harvest is
focused squarely on addressing hunger across the community. Food and
funds are raised to provide wholesome, healthy meals to low-income
families in need around the holidays and throughout the year.
The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation gives and gives, its umbrella for
grants covering a vast portion of community activities. Because the
foundation is an organization that hears its people with its “boots on
the ground,” the community allotments and grants continue to grow to
encompass community need. Activities like bike rides, Fourth of July
events, the purchase of large pieces of land for the park district, and
boundless playgrounds (the first in all of the PNW). Contributions over
the years have been, and continue to be, allocated toward programs
like the YMCA’s Camp Seymour, the Humane Society’s Scoop the Poop
project, Basket Brigade, and Harbor WildWatch’s Get Your Feet Wet.
More recently the foundation accepted the community’s new senior
center under its umbrella and is working to increase activities available
to our aging citizens.
The width and breadth of the foundation is felt by our disabled children
to those in school. From our youngest to our oldest. From our hungry
to our full. From all over the community, the contributions of the
Greater Gig Harbor Foundation are personal. Kept alive and vital by its
volunteers and many community engagements. However, I don’t think
it is an exaggeration to pinpoint the Community Spirit Grants as the
recognizable face of all eight of the grant programs. Perhaps it’s because
the grant sponsors activities that bring us together, or maybe it’s because
it’s fun. Whatever the reason, this year’s activities are sure to be a blast!
This year's winners, announced at the end of December, are: the Key
Peninsula Historical Society, Key Peninsula Parks, Peninsula Early
Learning Coalition, and the Rattle Dem Bones community event. The
Key Peninsula Historical Society plans to hold its annual STREAM night,
where students are taught the history behind the valentine and given an
opportunity to make a vintage one of their own. Key Peninsula Parks will
use its funds for its annual Fourth of July hot dog social, which is held
on July 4 from 11am to 2pm and is free to the community. Peninsula
Early Learning Coalition will host an Early Learning Jamboree and
Kindergarten Fair this January. Lastly, the Rattle Dem Bones community
event is vastly becoming a favorite around Halloween, where the whole
community is invited to ride their bikes from one side of the peninsula to
the other. Awards are given to the best costume!
However you decide to get out into the community this year, there’s
enough going on that I’m sure we can’t help but run into each other soon!
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Jill Wambold has been a familiar face at Harbor Fit Studio, where she’s
enjoyed participating in their various class offerings. Over the years,
she recognized the immense potential of this “hidden gem” along the
Downtown Gig Harbor waterfront. So, when the opportunity presented
itself, Jill purchased the business. Today she is the proud owner of Harbor Fit
“I have always been incredibly focused on health and fitness. Working at the
big community fitness center on the hill as well as in small intimate locations,
I knew that when I had the chance to buy Harbor Fit that this was the perfect
spot for me,” says Jill.
What makes Harbor Fit Studio unique compared to other similar establishments
in the harbor is the intimate class size offerings paired with the incredible
location—on the water with an amazing view of Mount Rainier, birds and
wildlife that will keep you coming back. Whether it’s cycling, yoga, barre or
Strong by Zumba, class sizes consistently stay around a dozen members or so,
which provides a more personal and engaging experience for all in attendance.
What Jill finds most rewarding when it comes to her business is
seeing members not only improve their health in the studio but the
relationships that are created and extend outside of the studio. “While
you get an awesome workout you also enjoy great relations with people
in our community who become your friends,” affirms Jill. “I think the
community that is created as a result of our class size makes this location
truly special. Oh, and you can’t forget the view!”
Jill is thankful to the original partners for having the inspiration to start
Harbor Fit and for entrusting her with the baton on this leg of its journey.
“It’s a ton of fun and hard work, but I am enjoying every minute of it,”
she smiles. “I couldn’t do this without my amazing instructors and the
support of my husband and family! From website design to bike repair to
the best food provided at events (my husband) and fun stories to share
about life, they have given me the support to jump in with both feet and
have a blast.”
Unlike many other fitness facilities, at Harbor Fit Studio, there is no
requirement to sign up and be locked in for a year at a time or to become
a member. Instead, you can opt to purchase a single pass, five-class pass,
10-class pass or a one-month unlimited pass. This allows flexibility for
all clients at Harbor Fit Studio to purchase the plan that best suits their
individual lifestyles. Walk-ins are welcome, and the first class is free!
Bring a friend and get a $10 gift card.
Jill is proud to be a business owner in the city where she was born and
raised—and a community that she has never left! “I’ve been here my
whole life,” she says. “I was even awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement
Award of Never Having an Address Outside of 98335’ at my Gig Harbor
High School 20th Year Reunion in 2006,” she laughs.
With the new year here, there’s no time like the present to grow in your
personal health and fitness. And you’re sure to develop some new and
lasting friendships along the way. Let Jill and her experienced instructors
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GIG HARBOR REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK
BY SANDY JONES
The Gig Harbor area has had several
years of above average economic and
home price growth, as well as local
employment growth due to expansion
in our area. However, we have also had low
home inventory during this time.
As I write this article during the fourth quarter
of 2019, we are still experiencing a seller’s
market, multiple-offer situations, high buyer
demand and low mortgage rates.
Year in Review
2019 mid-fourth quarter housing statistics for
Gig Harbor, Fox Island and the Key Peninsula
show home sales were down 16 percent due to
low inventory; however, home sale prices were
up 6.1 percent year-to-date, with a median
sales price of $520,000. That is $30,000 higher
than the previous year’s median sales price. The
average number of days it took to sell a home in
2019 was 56 days, which was only 10 days more
than in 2018.
Currently, the absorption rate for our area is 2.3
months. Absorption rate provides insight on the
rate at which houses are selling. It is the rate at
which available homes are sold in a certain area
during a given time and is calculated by dividing
the average number of sales per month by the
total number of available homes in that area.
A buyer’s market is when there are more than six
months of inventory available based on closed
sales, and a seller’s market is when there are
less than three months of inventory available. A
neutral market is between three and six months
of inventory based on closed sales. Based on the
above statistics, the Gig Harbor area is now in a
While we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have
Windermere Real Estate's chief economist,
Matthew Gardner, to provide valuable insight
on the real estate forecast for this area. Although
his 2020 Market Forecast Report had not yet
been published at the time this article was
written, Gardner says he “expects home prices
to continue appreciating as we move through
2020, but the pace of growth will continue
to slow.” Based on the 2019 housing market
and record low interest rates, if these trends
continue, our housing market will continue to
experience solid growth.
Affordability issues in Seattle and the Eastside
are driving buyers further out from these
population centers. This is leading to a rise in
population in areas such as Gig Harbor, Key
Peninsula and Fox Island and resulting in
above-average price growth.
Gardner also “expects to see a significant
increase in residents between 25 and 44 years of
age as well as over 65” in the Gig Harbor area.
This rise in population can, in part, be attributed
to our beautiful surroundings, our amazing
community, as well as the reputation of our topnotch
schools. Gig Harbor was recently ranked
in the top four cities in the nation to retire as
well as the No. 1 place to retire in Washington
According to loan officer Debbie Mishko
with American Pacific Mortgage, “The Gross
Domestic Product is actually flat-to-good,
which is why the Fed recently cut rates three
times, resulting in a positive yield curve causing
rates to move up from their lows of a few
months back. Furthermore, we do not expect
the Fed to cut rates again anytime soon as the
economy is plugging along at a very decent
clip, unemployment is still very low, whereby
rates are trending up as 2019 comes to a close.
Rising mortgage rates are not necessarily bad
for the housing market, as a healthy, vibrant
economy is generally better for the housing
market, as compared to low interest rates and
a slow economy or even a recession. With that
said, rates are still very low, and even though
they have moved up slightly and may actually
continue to move up minimally, the long-term
prognosis is a potential slowing of the economy.
If this happens, we could see a decline in interest
rates and a slowing of the economy in 2020.”
First Time Buyers
There are a variety of options in our marketplace for first-time buyers. Many
potential buyers are confused about required down payment amounts and
purchasing options, causing them to stall their home search. We always
encourage a potential first-time buyer to consult with a mortgage broker to
see if the timing is right for them to make a move into their first home. They
are often surprised that now is a good time for them to buy.
The National Association of Realtors statistics show that homeowners are
staying in their homes longer than in the past, and oftentimes remodeling
rather than relocating, thereby paying off their mortgages and increasing
their home equity. Utilizing the equity in your home to purchase a second
home is an excellent investment option while interest rates are still low.
With the steady growth of home values in our area, many Gig Harbor
homeowners have no idea how much equity they currently have in their
home. Your real estate broker can prepare a market analysis for you to give
you an idea of your financial position and ideas on how to leverage that
Changes to Washington State Real Estate Excise Tax
Starting in January 2020, owners of residential real estate will see some
significant changes in their Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) obligations when
they decide to sell, due to the passage of Senate Bill 5998.
As it stands today, excise taxes are calculated at a flat rate of 1.28 percent,
with municipalities adding their own tax on top of the state tax. The current
excise tax for home sellers in Gig Harbor is 1.78 percent. The newly passed
legislation changes this to a tiered system as follows:
• 1.1 percent if the selling price is equal to or less than $500,000 (1.6 percent
• 1.28 percent on the portion of the selling price that is greater than $500,000
but equal to or less than $1,500,000 (1.78 percent total*)
• 2.75 percent on the portion of the selling price that is greater than $1.5
million but equal to or less than $3 million (3.25 percent total*)
• 3 percent on the portion of the selling price that is greater than $3 million
(3.5 percent total*)
In general, most home sellers will not be adversely affected by this change,
as homes priced at or below $1.5 million will benefit from a tax cut; the
increases primarily impact high-end home sellers. Given current home
values in Gig Harbor, a majority of home sellers are expected to receive a
tax cut on the sale of residential real estate in our area.
2019 was an extraordinary year for our Gig Harbor real estate market, and
as we ring in the new year, we look forward to a strong start in 2020!
Clearly many variables will impact our local real estate market in 2020,
including upcoming elections and the economy. However, I hope this Gig
Harbor current housing market overview will help you in making betterinformed
real estate decisions.
For further questions or for information about our housing market, you can
contact Sandy Jones, Windermere Real Estate Gig Harbor/Downtown, at
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Senior Maeve Griffin is someone who
gives 100 percent effort, no matter
what. This is evident from both her
efforts on the volleyball court and in
the classroom. Maeve carries a 4.0 GPA while
taking a challenging schedule of Advanced
Placement classes. She was selected to the
National Honor Society both her junior and
“One of the biggest challenges in the sport of
volleyball for me has been finding the right
balance of time between school and sports,”
As far as volleyball players go, Maeve is
an area standout. Her leadership skills
earned her the title of captain while only
a sophomore, a distinction she’s carried
through her junior and senior seasons.
Maeve was named 1st Team All-League
(2017), Peninsula’s Offensive Player of the
Year (2017), Peninsula’s Defensive Player of
the Year (2018), League MVP (2018) and
All-State Team (2018). 2019 awards will be
handed out once the state tournament is
completed, and we’ll most likely see Maeve
She says she enjoys volleyball for the
camaraderie and competition. “My favorite
thing about volleyball is the people and
friendships that it has brought me and the
intense competition that each game brings,”
When her time at Peninsula High School
comes to a close this spring, Maeve will be
traveling quite a way for the next chapter in
her life. She will be attending the University
of Alabama at Birmingham to play for the
school’s beach volleyball team. She plans to
study biomedical engineering.
Focus, drive and maximum effort in
everything she does have lead to many
accomplishments for this high school senior.
Maeve’s efforts will most certainly make
her successful at the next level both in the
classroom and on the beach!
Gig Harbor High School
For junior Zachary Toglia, juggling
sports and academics can be a real
challenge, but Zachary puts forth
the same effort whether in practice,
competition, the classroom or homework.
“I want to do the best I can in everything
that I do, and sports takes a lot of time out
of my day to get to work on my classroom
assignments. But, I make sure that I get
everything done well and on time, because
I believe how you perform in the classroom
reflects how you play on the field/court,” he
Zachary’s commitment to hard work is
evident in what he’s already accomplished.
His GPA is just a couple ticks under a 4.0
while taking Advanced Placement classes.
He is now in his third year playing on the
varsity basketball team and earned 2nd Team
All-League in the SSC Conference at the end
of his sophomore year. Zachary suited up
for the varsity baseball team his sophomore
year, earning 1st Team All-League, a thirdplace
finish in the State Tournament and the
Silver Slugger award. He plans on honing his
baseball skills again this spring as well.
Zachary plans on attending a four-year
university and will be working hard to
impress schools enough to offer him a
baseball scholarship. Future careers might
be something either in the business world or
engineering. “I have always been interested
in the math and science involved in order to
become an engineer, as well as the concepts
in the business field,” he explained.
But there is still plenty of this season left, an
upcoming baseball season on the horizon
and his entire senior year yet to play out. For
now, Zachary says he is continuing to enjoy
each moment. “I just love the chance to
compete at a high level with all of my closest
friends and really grow closer together into
While competing against some of the best
athletes in the region, Zachary says he’s
learned to focus on what he can control and
to not get caught up in the things he can’t. “A
bad call from a ref or the outcome of a game
cannot be controlled, but the things that you
can control such as your work ethic, time
management and sportsmanship is what can
help you progress into a better player and a
better person,” he said.
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The Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing team is nationally
renowned. Each year, the team sends members to national and
international events, and championships and medals always
seem to come home with them. While the youth and adult
levels, individuals and teams continue to dominate, it’s in the Master’s
Class that you find one of the more incredible stories on this team.
It’s the offseason, so Bee Dietz is in the gym three times a week training
for the upcoming race season, with her eyes set on another trip to
nationals. Bee is a multiple medal winner in the Master’s Class Sprint
Kayak series despite not picking up the sport until 2013—and at the age
of 75. Having just celebrated her 83rd birthday, Bee is really in a class of
her own, often competing against paddlers 30 to 40 years younger than
she. Having lived an adventurous life alongside her husband Bob (88),
Bee found paddling to be a way to keep active, compete, and also be
Bee developed a spinal condition and after meeting with surgeons was
informed that surgery would do her no good and physical therapy would
be the only route. “I thought to myself, I would much rather do a sport
than go to a clinic,” Bee recalled. About the same time, Bee was taking
her granddaughter to paddling practice on Lake Washington. She asked
the coach if she could join the team, and he happily obliged. Like anyone
learning a new skill, paddling in open water was a challenge for Bee.
“They were all so fast. I would stick to the shoreline because it would
eventually get dark and someone would have to circle back and come
show me the way in,” she said.
While one might think that paddling a sprint kayak would only inflame
her spinal condition, a month in Bee was already improved without ever
having to step into a clinic. “By the end of the month my back was better,
the pain had dissipated, and I felt better,” she said.
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BEE IS REALLY IN A CLASS OF HER
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The Dietzs have lived in Western Washington for more than 30 years.
They moved here from New Jersey for the specific reason of joining the
Seattle Mountaineers Backcountry ski club. The couple taught people
how to telemark ski and traverse the backcountry of the Cascades. While
they don’t hit the backcountry any longer, last winter they were still
cruising the slopes of Snoqualmie Pass and cross-country skiing. This
winter they plan on snowshoeing as well as they continue to enjoy the
outdoor passions that lead them West in the first place.
The Dietzs decided to make Gig Harbor their new home in 2016, and it
was again a sport that drove the move. “We moved to Gig Harbor so I
could join the team here; that’s absolutely the reason,” laughed Bee. “Bob
thought it was crazy to be doing this kind of retirement plan, but we
both love it here.”
Bee joined the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team in 2016 and
has been competing ever since. Locally, she often competes against
women of all ages, and at regional and national events the Master’s Class
usually starts at age 40 or 45. Outside the challenge of facing off with
competitors sometimes half her age, Bee has been battling rheumatoid
arthritis since her late 20s. She calls her hands “awful” but says the
technique of paddling is such that she can still use them. Between visits
to the gym and training on the water, Bee is definitely proud of her
physique at 83. “Getting old, it’s wonderful to have strong muscles. I have
great abs and biceps, and can’t tell you how nice that is,” she said proudly.
As she prepares for the upcoming season, Bee doesn’t have any set goals.
“I just want to go out and paddle as fast as I can for as long as I can and
go like hell while I’m doing it,” she laughed. Bee will be competing both
as an individual and as a team in a K2 boat with fellow Master 60-yearold
Heidi Rowntree. In the tandem event, the person in the front sets the
pace and the person in the back paddles strong, according to Bee. They
have their eyes set on medaling at national’s this July. Bee will also be
doing distance events of 5k and a few up to 10k.
While still immensely active for their age, Bee and Bob say they’ve
reached a point to know what they can do safely. Cross-country skiing
and snowshoeing are still in play, but it’s likely they’ve taken their last
downhill runs. “We’re so lucky that Bob and I have enjoyed the same
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have always enjoyed helping others. Whether through my job or in my
community, I get great satisfaction in helping those in need of help.”
In August of 2019, Chris Maharry started Harbor Family Law, which
opened its doors to the Gig Harbor community this past November. “I
am very excited to bring my family law practice across the bridge to Gig Harbor. I
am proud to be a business owner in the town in which I live and raise my family,”
says Chris. “Gig Harbor is a special place, and I look forward to being of assistance to
anyone who may need my help.”
At Harbor Family Law, you will find a hard-working and dedicated staff. Chris brings
16 year of Pierce County family law experience, including 13 years spent working for a
larger firm. He is joined by paralegal Tracie Romeo, who brings decades of experience
in the area of family law. Tracie is dedicated to the clients they serve and the work they
do at the law practice. “She does so much for the business, and we simply could not
exist without her support and commitment,” says Chris.
Chris’ wife Kelli Maharry has also been instrumental in the creation and success of
Harbor Family Law. As the firm’s operations and marketing manager, Kelli has worked
tirelessly getting their systems in place to make sure the practice functions efficiently
to best serve their clients and getting the word out about the business’ opening. “She
wears many hats for the business, and I never could have got our business off the
ground without her,” affirms Chris.
From simple uncontested cases to highly litigious multimillion-dollar cases, Chris
ings skill and dedication to the job and has a reputation as both a strong
advocate and a problem solver. “While I am willing to fight hard for my
clients, I feel I have an obligation to never make matters worse, which
can sometimes happen with an overly aggressive approach to a family
law matter,” says Chris. “I take pride in being able to be versatile in my
approach and tailor my practice to each individual case.”
Family law legal services offered at Harbor Family Law include divorce,
legal separation, child custody, visitation and parenting plans, child
support, spousal support, rights of unmarried parents, parenting plan
modifications, child support modifications, property and debt division,
paternity matters, grandparent visitation, prenuptial agreements,
postnuptial agreements, domestic violence protection, domestic
partnerships and committed intimate relationships, adoption and
“Most often, the people who need my help are going through one of the
most difficult times of their life. This is a heavy burden and one I do not
take lightly,” states Chris. “People trust me to help them when they are at
their most vulnerable. To be able to help guide people through the process
and put them in the best position possible to move forward in their lives
is very rewarding. I take pride in being able to guide people through these
tough times, giving them a sense of calm and the knowledge that a better
tomorrow is ahead.”
Having grown up in Port Orchard, Chris attended college at Western
Washington University in Bellingham, followed by law school at Seattle
University, after which he began his law career in Tacoma. He continued
to live in Seattle until meeting his wife Kelli and deciding to start a family.
“My wife and I both have family in Gig Harbor, so when we decided to
start our own family, moving back to the peninsula was an easy decision,”
says Chris. “We love Gig Harbor and feel so lucky to get to raise our
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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 financial
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.
Given the time of year, I thought it would be appropriate, and hopefully
helpful, to examine financial health this month. It may seem funny to include
financial well-being into the Wellness Wheel. After all, what does money have
to do with a person’s health? It turns out there is a strong correlation between
money and wellness. It would be easy to focus on what role money plays on
access to health care. While we will dive into this a bit, we will also focus on a
few of the less obvious ways that financial wellness affects our overall health.
Financial wellness involves short- and long-term financial goals; being able
to pay your bills today, pay off debts and repay student loans, for example.
It also includes planning for retirement, establishing a college fund and
making other decisions for a sound financial future. There are many aspects
to financial health. A financially healthy individual educates themselves on
the risks and benefits of financial situations, from the basic how to balance a
checkbook to the more advanced financial skills like balancing an investment
portfolio and everything in between. Financial wellness doesn’t necessarily
mean having a lot of money. It can mean knowing how to manage what you
have to work with.
If a person is not financially healthy, it can add a level of challenge to many
aspects of life. We may not be able to contribute to our preferred religious
institutions, participate actively in our community events, be as physically
active or achieve our intellectual goals. The elephant in the room is access
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Wellness where finances are concerned certainly
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Individuals cannot teach their children what
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The health-care system is difficult to navigate—
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A financially unhealthy individual is often
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wellness are more likely to take part in risky
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By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L
In my lifetime, I have known people who
came down with a condition that was hard
to understand or treat effectively, and I have
joined their ranks more than once. In the
absence of answers, we are told, “You will have to
live with it and take medications to manage the
symptoms as best you can.” It takes a certain type
of person to respond to that advice with defiance
and resolve to find a solution or an advocate. As a
clinician and strong patient advocate, I say, “Don’t
give up or give in!”
There are many ways to solve a problem, and in
my opinion, functional medicine is the most
logical approach to wellness because it does not
address the problem with pharmacology as the
first approach. Functional medicine recognizes
that a person is made up of more than the part of
their body that is showing dysfunction and feeling
Science is now beginning to understand the gutbrain
connection and that food can either make
us ill or heal us. The human body has basic needs:
clean air, water and food; sunlight, physical
activity, mental stimulation, healthy sleep cycle
and protection from exposure to harsh weather.
When any of these needs are not met or purposely
denied, we repress or decrease wholeness, then
disease or dysfunction is the outcome.
The human body is only as resilient as the brain
that controls it. Program it for self-healing
and seek out health-care professionals who
are problem solvers, door openers and success
facilitators. There are health-care professionals for
every type of patient. Everyone must define what
type they are and seek their health-care match.
There are people who seek out treatments that will
“fix” them without having to put effort into the
process. There are people who will accept a poor
prognosis and give up feeling powerless. Then,
there are people who refuse to accept defeat and
will look for alternative therapies, “experimental”
and non-traditional treatments to defy the odds.
At Integrative, most of our patients have tried
traditional therapies that did not give them longterm
solutions or relief. Many times, they have
already exhausted their benefits but refuse to
“live with it”—such as Meniere’s disease, frozen
shoulders, neck kyphosis (hump) and pain,
poor balance, post-concussion conditions, light
sensitivity and visual processing disorders, etc.
These conditions are not insurmountable when
a clinician takes time to listen, can visualize the
dysfunction and cares to solve the problem as a
January is a new start and the right time to
resolve conditions that have interfered with living
your best life. If you are the type of person who
does not like being told to “live with it” and like
being proactive, don’t wait to integrate your
life. Solutions are possible with occupational
therapists because we are trained to be functional
clinicians. You have a choice in where you go for
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ARE YOU CHEATING SLEEP?
WHY DO WE NEED SO MUCH SLEEP?
BY DR. RHONDA R. SAVAGE, DDS, UPTOWN DENTAL & WELLNESS CENTER
Honestly, think about what you
could accomplish if you didn’t
need to take time to eat or sleep!
When I was in college, a young
colleague said, “I only have enough time for
one meal a day! Where do you expect me
to get time to eat more?” I thought, “Wow!
Eating is pretty important!”
All that aside, he was quite slim. I didn’t ask
him about his possible snacking habits. Hey,
did you know that snacking can lead to more
cavities? But let’s get back to the topic of
sleep and why sleep, or lack of it, might be of
concern to your dentist.
Did you know that if you snore, you can be
more prone to gum disease? Sleeping well
is rejuvenating. It’s when your body heals
and repairs itself. If you have periodontal
disease (disease of the gum and bone around
your teeth), you can’t heal well from the
You’re also more prone to an increase in
cavities. Dry mouth, stickier plaque, more
cavities! Do you ever wake up at night with a
As mammals, we live and die based on
circadian rhythms. Our body is set to sleep
and wake on a 24-hour cycle. The timing is
controlled by the brain. You can fight it, but
we need sleep to survive. Sadly, there have
been many articles in the news regarding
abnormal behavior due to lack of sleep, which
can include suicide, insanity and serious
Did you know that if you live to be 90 years
of age, you’d have slept 32 years of your life?
Our sleep cycles change as we age. Younger
people need much more sleep. Older patients
experience much lighter sleep, less REM sleep
and tend to nap during the day.
As dentists, we get concerned for patients who
don’t sleep well due to other causes, not the
circadian rhythm. When you relax at night,
the tongue can fall back against the back of
your throat. This can cause obstructive sleep
apnea, affecting your oxygen intake at night.
Why does this happen?
• Neck size
• Fat deposition
• Airway resistance syndrome
• Size of the tongue
• Shape of your palate and dental arch
• Tonsils or adenoids
• Genetics: family predisposition
• Medication use
I personally don’t like being told that as I get
older, menopause can affect my sleep. You
probably also don’t want to know that your
tongue can get fatter. Nothing stays the same:
muscle tone, sagging throats. Really? What
can you do? Throat lifts are external only.
While they look good (and I’d do it too!), it
won’t help you sleep. Men, you’ve always
been at more risk for sleep apnea. Ask your
physician about sleep if you’re feeling tired
during the day or if your spouse complains
about his or her quality of sleep.
Come into see me and visit our website at
UptownDentalGigHarbor.com. You have
options. We can refer you to a board-certified
sleep physician, decrease cavities, improve
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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE
Did you know the word dementia
is not a disease but an umbrella
term used to describe a group
of symptoms caused by other
conditions? Dementia is marked by the loss of
cognitive function including remembering,
reasoning and thinking. This includes
behavioral abilities that can interfere with
everyday activities such as language skills,
memory, visual perception, problem-solving
and self-management. While dementia is
more common as people grow older, it is not
a normal part of aging.
The causes of dementia can vary depending
on the types of brain changes that take
place. There are over 400 types of dementia,
with Alzheimer’s disease being the most
common. Other types of dementia include
vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and
frontotemporal disorders. Additionally, it’s
common for people to have mixed dementia,
which is a combination of two or more types
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for between 60
and 80 percent of all dementia cases, and it is
marked by a progression of three stages: early
stage, middle stage and late stage as symptoms
worsen over time. The most common early
symptom is difficulty remembering newly
learned information. This happens because
Alzheimer’s disease typically begins in the
part of the brain that affects learning. As the
disease progresses, so does the severity of the
symptoms that may include disorientation,
mood or behavior changes, confusion about
events and more serious memory loss, to
name a few.
Vascular dementia is considered the second
most common cause of dementia, accounting
for 5 to 10 percent of cases. It is caused by
conditions that reduce or block blood flow
to various areas of the brain, depriving them
of nutrients and oxygen. Symptoms are
generally most obvious when they occur after
a stroke that has caused vascular damage,
or multiple small strokes that affect blood
vessels and nerves deep in the brain. The
symptoms include confusion, disorientation,
trouble speaking or understanding speech,
difficulty walking or poor balance. Experts
believe both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular
dementia is underdiagnosed, even though it’s
recognized as common.
Lewy body dementia is a term used to
describe dementia with Lewy bodies and
Parkinson’s disease dementia. Lewy body
dementia is a type of progressive dementia
where Lewy body protein deposits form
clumps inside the areas of the brain that
control memory and movement. This causes
neurons to work less effectively, also affecting
the activity of certain brain chemicals,
resulting in damage to the brain and a decline
in ability. In addition to dementia symptoms
and cognitive fluctuations, another symptom
includes visual hallucinations.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s
disease. If you or a loved on are experiencing
memory loss, you should see a doctor as
soon as possible. Early diagnosis can help
determine if the symptoms are truly due to
Alzheimer’s disease or something that might
be a treatable condition. If there is a diagnosis
by a medical professional, early detection may
give you access to a treatment plan including
clinical trials that may lessen the symptoms
for a period.
Robina Gaines is the Executive Director for
memory care community Olympic Alzheimer’s
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LEMAY-AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUM
If you’ve meandered through one of the many car shows of the
Northwest, you’ve probably seen some pretty cool rides. It’s a great
way to get up close to a piece of history. The common vehicles
featured in most of these shows are mid ‘50s to late ‘70s Americanmade
automobiles. Some shows have rules as to how old the car must be
to be shown, what condition it is in or where it was made. While these
shows can be a lot of fun, especially for those who grew up driving one of
these muscle machines, being able to see a wider variety of automotive
history is a more difficult thing to find. Lucky for us, North America’s
largest continuous “car show” can be found right in our backyard. And
if you’ve never been, you are sure in for a treat.
LeMay - America’s Car Museum is a bucket-list trip for those serious
about automotive history but also a great time for those who know little
to nothing about vehicles of the past or even how a car works; and that’s
the beauty of this place.
“It’s truly multi-generational,” said Ashley Bice, National Strategic
Initiatives Officer with America’s Automotive Trust, a nonprofit
organization aimed at preserving America’s car heritage. “Everyone
walks away with a great experience.”
The ACM collection includes some 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles
inside the 165,000-square-foot complex, with vehicles spanning more
than a century. “It’s all about the celebration of America’s love affair
with the automobile, not one particular vehicle or brand,” said Bice. The
collection varies from some of the earliest models ever made to some of
the newest in luxury, high speed or concept on the market today.
The museum came to be when Harold and Nancy LeMay had amassed
the largest privately owned collection of vehicles and memorabilia in
the world. When asked about his collection, the late Harold LeMay said,
“I don’t go for just the dollar value car. If it is unusual, I like it. So, I am
kind of a maverick, since I am not a dyed-in-the-wool Chevy, Ford or
Duesenberg man. I see it, I like it, I buy it.”
After amassing such a large collection, and seeing the sheer enjoyment
of guests at their annual car show and open house at the couple’s
homestead, the LeMays made the decision that instead of seeing their
collection scattered and auctioned off to private owners, it would be
better served as a piece of history that all could enjoy. After more than
a decade of planning, grant writing, fundraising, ups and downs, and
surviving the economic downtown, ground was broken in 2011, and
the museum saw its doors open for good in June of 2012. Since then,
thousands of visitors from all 50 states and 47 countries have passed
through the doors to admire this truly one-of-a-kind collection.
First-time visitors are amazed almost instantly as they walk through the
doors. Most museums typically display only a small portion of their
collections, as many of the rare artifacts are kept in storage and away
from the public eye. Rather unique to LeMay - America’s Car Museum
is that the collection is held in an “open air” setting. Vehicles that aren’t
currently on display in one of the numerous exhibits are still open for
easy public view in the center lower levels of the complex.
While the LeMays are the primary donors to the museum, other cars,
trucks, motorcycles and unique pieces of automotive history have
come from many different sources. According to Bice, two-thirds of the
vehicles on display come from private donors—not just from the area
but across both oceans.
“We had a 1941 Buick go to China for an exhibition and then back to the
museum. Our 1927 La Salle that is currently on display competed in the
2011 Mille Miglia in Italy,” she said.
It’s a unique opportunity for collectors as they have a safe place to display
their car where thousands more people will get to see and experience it
than at a regional car show. It also helps the museum
continually bring in new pieces of history to share
as the exhibits rotate often and showcase different
brands, eras and styles.
“You don’t have to be a ‘car guy’ to enjoy this place,
but if you are, there is definitely a lot of eye candy to
enjoy,” said Bice.
Getting the unique autos is often a two-way street.
Sometimes the museum is made aware of a special
car or vehicle that would make a great fit for an
upcoming exhibit, making a request to the owner; and
other times, the vehicle’s owner is made aware of the
museum and wants to be part of sharing its history
The museum recently wrapped up displaying one of
the more unique collections on the planet. While many
donate a single vehicle or maybe a couple, Brown M.
Maloney loaned LeMay 125 Honda motorcycles from
multiple decades. Maloney was highlighted in the
2019 Master Collector’s Exhibit, which is reserved for
“dedicated enthusiasts whose passion for cars knows
no bounds.” A new Master Collector will be featured
later this year.
The collection at LeMay includes just about anything
you can think of, along with several vehicles and
artifacts you might not have known to exist. One
exhibit might include the earliest Cadillac, Model Ts
and Model As, and around the corner you’ll find a
display of British-made automobiles. Muscle cars and
family wagons, high-end ultra-fast sports cars and
even the foot-powered “Flintmobile” from the 1994
Flintstones movie are on display for guests’ enjoyment.
One of the more popular exhibits is Route 66, which
includes a rotating interactive collection of cars and
memorabilia to celebrate America’s iconic roadway.
This exhibit is dedicated to the heyday of American
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automobile travel and helps a younger generation see
what a family road trip on this iconic highway looked
like in the 1950s and ‘60s.
First-time visitors should set aside some time to visit
Lucky’s Garage to learn about Harold LeMay, his
passion for automobiles, how he came to own so many
and his decision to put them on display for all to enjoy.
This is a permanent exhibit paying tribute to those who
made it all possible.
Though initially popular in the south, NASCAR’s
following has grown not just nationwide but has spread
to a worldwide audience. Two-hundred mile per hour
super cars dominate the tracks today, but this sport
got its humble beginning from southern moonshiners
tuning engines for a few extra horsepower in order to
avoid the law while running their illicit alcohol. In the
Legends of Motorsports: The NASCAR story you’ll not
only learn about how the sport began to blossom but
see the evolution of race cars, many of which you’ll
recognize from popular drivers throughout its history.
If you want to take your racing experience up a notch,
be sure to stop by the Speed Zone. Here you are strapped
into a state-of-the-art CXC racing simulator so you can
get the feel of track and slot car racing.
One of the most exciting new exhibits at LeMay
is Saleen: From the Heart of a Racer to America’s
Supercar. The incredible display was unveiled this past
fall with Steve Saleen in attendance. Visitors are treated
to a unique display of Saleen’s rich automotive history
spanning over four decades. You can enjoy a variety
of historic vehicles on display, including his personal
racing machines, early Saleen Mustangs, the Saleen S7
(considered America’s first supercar), and examples of
the company’s new Saleen 1 mid-engine turbocharged
sports car and recently unveiled Saleen 1 GT4 concept
Other exhibits include the opulent rides of the 1930s
and a wing of all British-made autos.
There is no shortage of vehicles to see, but there are also
great opportunities to get hands on and interactive as
“We have dedicated spaces for kids and families to
really experience automobiles,” said Bice. These include
the photo car where you can have your picture taken
with a 1923 Buick touring car. There is also the Family
Zone which has multiple interactive pieces for kids
to explore. Here they can study how a car works by
looking at an exposed chassis, build and race pinewood
derby cars, get behind the wheel of a Mustang, and
design their own car.
Many school groups have come through the museum,
and there are also family-focused programs as well
as adult-only programs on the calendar. What’s truly
amazing is the museum is run almost entirely on a
volunteer basis. These folks handle everything from
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While many of the museum’s collection will
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be brought to California in late spring and
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The cars will be making stops at famous points
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HOME GYM ESSENTIALS FOR 2020
BY TAYLOR SHILLAM
The beginning of a new year is, for most of us, synonymous with a
fresh start. It’s a symbolic hit of the “reset” button in areas of life
like mindfulness, home improvement, education and, of course,
You’ve seen it happen year after year: January hits and gym memberships
surge, with New Year’s resolutions driving the masses to revamp their
fitness routines with full force.
If fitness is on the forefront of your New Year's resolutions, but sweating
your days away in a crowded gym is not, it might be time for a change
of scenery. With the right equipment, your fitness goals can be reached
within the comfort of your own home.
Resistance bands - You can quite literally start small in terms of your
home fitness equipment with resistance bands. They’re space-efficient
and highly portable; for frequent travelers, the bands will pack easily
into your suitcase, and for those working with limited space, they can
be tucked in a drawer when not in use. The elastic bands add an element
of dynamic strength training to a workout, with the additional level of
challenge depending on the size and stiffness of the band. Smaller, thicker
bands can be set around the knees and ankles during dynamic warmups
and lower body work, while longer, looser bands can be used to
strengthen and stretch the upper body. The small bands provide a long
list of opportunities to diversify your workouts.
Jump rope - Don’t underestimate the power of the jump rope. The jump
rope packs a huge cardiorespiratory punch in a small package, and
all you need for an effective workout with one is the right amount of
space. According to ACE Fitness, jumping rope can help improve your
coordination, as it requires you to keep a cadence as you move. Creating
intervals by alternating quicker cadences with slower cadences drives
your body to work hard to adjust, maximizing your effort and burn in
a shorter amount of time. This also encourages cognitive function as the
communication between your brain, wrists and leg muscles keeps your
entire body moving. A study by the Cooper Institute reported that 10
minutes of jumping rope can have the equivalent benefits of a 30-minute
jog, and who wouldn’t want to make that trade?
Suspension trainer/TRX bands - Suspension training is low impact,
highly adjustable and allows you to build strength while perfecting
posture simply by using your body weight. All you need is an anchor
point with the TRX Home System, and nothing works the core muscles
you didn’t know you had like this does. Using your body weight to balance
and stabilize against the anchor point engages your deep core muscles
every step of the way. You can plank, squat, lunge, row, even incorporate
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yoga sequences into your TRX training, taking each to the next level
as the support from the straps allows for increased intensity when you
simply change your body angle. Find new workout inspiration in the
TRX app, which releases new workouts regularly and is often included
for one year with your purchase of the bands.
Medicine ball - Revive your athleticism and demonstrate your power
with the medicine ball. They can be thrown, caught and slammed,
allowing for the explosive movements that will get the heart pumping
and improve overall functional performance. Available in varying
weights and sizes, you’ll have plenty of options—choose a weight that
will undoubtedly make you notice the additional effort with each move
but won’t compromise your form. You can add the medicine ball into
almost any move, including cardio (hold and press it up in jumping
jacks), core work (weighted V-ups and Russian twists) and dynamic
strength (in a push-up, place one hand on the medicine ball as you push
and engage the core). Have fun with it and play an adult fitness version
of wall-ball or grab a partner for a strengthening game of catch. This lowimpact,
high-power tool is a must.
Dumbbells - It’s proven that strength training is the type of workout
that continues burning the most calories long after the workout ends,
due to the higher metabolism associated with increased muscle tone.
However, you don’t need the big machines at the gym to build and tone
muscle. Instead, invest in a pair of dumbbells. Dumbbells allow you to
strengthen every part of the body, keep the muscles guessing and push
past fitness plateaus with the hundreds of different exercises they make
possible. Because they allow for a wider range of motion, they provide a
deeper stretch to the muscle, more room for functional movement and
the ability to isolate more specific muscles to reach your unique goals.
Start with one pair that challenges you but allows you to work through
your desired rep range with good form, then work up in weight from
Sliders - Maybe you’ve never associated doing lunges with “gliding,” but
it’s also likely you’ve never considered incorporating sliders into your
fitness routine. These small discs add a whole new dimension to your
workout, increasing intensity by adding an element of instability that
instantly requires your core to work in sync with the rest of your body
and stay engaged the entire time. Place them under your feet or hands to
increase the work in body-weight moves like planks, mountain climbers
and lunges, taking them to the next level for plank jacks, moving pikes
and three-way side squats. You’ll immediately notice the extra pull in
hard-to-target areas like the lower abs. The discs are budget friendly,
compact and designed to work on both flooring and carpet, allowing
you plenty of room to glide your way into total-body toning.
Yoga mat - If you’ve ever practiced yoga regularly, you know it doesn’t
take long to notice the benefits. It’s a long list including enhanced
flexibility, relaxation, mental clarity, muscle tone and better posture.
Yoga rounds out a great fitness regimen as a form of moving meditation
that strengthens while relieving tight muscles and keeping your nervous
system (including that fight-or-flight mentality) in check. The term
yoga encompasses a wide variety of flows, from the more challenging
and strength-based Power Vinyasa, and there are classes available online
in formats from power yoga to simple stretching. To access online yoga
courses at any time, check out sites like Gaia or Glo that categorize
workouts by skill level, time limit, fitness goals and more. Having a yoga
mat around will provide support in other elements of your workout as
well, from TRX training to ground-based core work.
If your 2020 goals are calling for you to skip the gym and take your
fitness into your own hands, start with these seven items. Get creative
and keep yourself motivated with the endless amounts of workouts you
can build with these seven essentials, all while staying within the space
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BY ABIGAIL THORPE
The Pacific Northwest is the land of outdoor adventure, but
when you aren’t hitting the slopes or on the water paddleboarding,
there’s plenty more to keep you active—whether it’s a
morning yoga session, CrossFit or the good old gym. Wellness
has increasingly become more of a lifestyle choice than a stand-alone
event in our day-to-day lives, and as working out becomes a central part
of our every day, so too do the clothes we do it in. Leggings aren’t just
for the trail or the studio anymore, and our trainers don’t come off the
moment we walk out the gym door.
According to Allied Market Research, the global activewear market is
experiencing an annual 6.5 percent growth rate and expected to reach
$547 million by 2024. Celebrities like Kate Hudson, Beyoncé and Khloé
Kardashian have created fitness fashion empires of their own and taken
to social media, promoting athletic wear as more of a statement piece
and less an outfit reserved only for the gym.
Whether you’re on the mountain, in the yoga studio or out running
errands this new year, here’s a quick trip down the 2020 runway of
workout fashion trends.
Athleisure and Multifunctional - Workout clothing no longer fits only
one specific need or occasion. Men and women alike are looking for
pieces you can wear on your morning workout and out to run errands
or meet friends for coffee. As lines between the workplace, home and
social spaces become increasingly blurred, activewear has to fit many
purposes—and look good doing it. The birth of athleisure—activewear
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Expect this trend to continue into the new year, with new
design and tech innovation transforming the way we wear our
workout clothing. Bold colors, sleek design and eye-catching
details mean those leggings aren’t just meant for the studio—
they’re making their way into everyday activities, and even
occasionally an evening out.
Retro: Bold and Bright - Everything comes back around, and
workout fashion is no exception to the rule. Expect 2020 athletic
wear to run full force into the ‘90s trend that’s been spreading
across the fashion industry. We’re talking bright neon colors,
statement pieces like matching tracksuit ensembles and big
bold logos. Rebirth of brands like Reebok, Champion and Fila
are part of this flashback to the ‘90s, with original logos front
and center—a fashion statement on and off the track. Despite
the winter chill, midriff exposure continues to flaunt its face;
don’t expect those crop tops to go anywhere.
Sustainable - It may be a flashback to a previous decade
style-wise, but athletic wear is taking a forward-thinking
step when it comes to sustainability. Traditionally, activewear
incorporates a lot of nylon and spandex—materials that take
a lot of energy to produce and don’t break down easily in their
afterlife. Consumers are more aware of the products they
purchase and increasingly look for a company’s sustainability
practices—both in its material and waste use, and its approach
to fair wage and labor practices. Brands like Patagonia and
Athleta are responding in kind, offering new options for the
environmentally and socially conscious consumer. Eighty
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fabrics; Athleta offers their “supersonic” leggings made of
recycled nylon fabric; and Adidas' Ultraboost shoe features
material made from recycled plastic found in beach and coastal
Animal Print - Don’t hide your wild side—if it’s spotted or
striped and looks like a wild animal, it’s runway approved.
Animal print, like zebra and leopard, is hot in the fashion world
this year, and athletic wear is living up to its hype as a wearanywhere
statement genre that keeps up with the times. Maybe,
just maybe, those zebra print leggings will help you run a little
Technologically Innovative - Pretty is as pretty does, but it
needs to function well too. Multifunctionality is key to workout
clothing these days, which means it needs to hold up as well
at the gym as it does on the couch and seamlessly bridge
the transition between performance and comfort. Athletic
brands have increased their tech performance immensely over
past years, and 2020 is all about innovation. Look for highperformance
fabrics that keep you cool (or warm) and have
sweat-wicking properties for comfort in and out of the gym.
Ultra-sculpt leggings help to define muscle, while no-seam
technology makes that transition from workout to hangout
(literally) seamless. Running and training shoes are sleek and
light—and pack more of a punch when it comes to comfort for
your feet. And of course, don’t forget the actual inclusion of
tech into your gear. Whether it’s hidden pockets for your phone
or built-in tracking, workout fashion is all about making your
life a little easier.
Body Positive - The activewear world is finally catching on that
fit comes in all shapes and sizes. As athletic fashion grows in
popularity, companies are trending toward a more inclusive,
extensive offering that caters to all body types. Established
brands like Nike are increasing their size offerings, while
smaller labels like Good American or Girlfriend Collective are
actively promoting fashion inclusivity and body positivity in
their activewear, ensuring everyone a good fit in their fitness
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BY JILLAN CHANDLER
Our bodies and minds work best when they are fueled by healthy foods, but with the busyness of everyday life,
it can be difficult incorporating the right foods into our meals. We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help make
2020 a successful year filled with delicious and wholesome meals—and make it easy for the entire family!
PLANNING & PREPPING
It’s easy to find oneself scrambling about when it comes to mealtime—
especially dinner. Pizza or takeout anyone? Instead of that drive-through
window or reaching for your phone to call in your order, what if you had
all the prep work done for that next family meal? Allot one day a week
where you set aside time to plan out your meals for the week, making a
list, shopping for those items then prepping them all so they’re ready to
go when it comes time to cook. By doing this, dinner will be a breeze,
as all you have to do so pull everything you need, ready to go, from the
fridge straight to the stove or oven.
PREPARE & FREEZE
It’s Sunday night, and you’re making a delicious lasagna for the family
to enjoy together. Why not make two, freezing one for another night?
Homemade always beats store-bought and allows you to cater the meal
precisely to your family’s taste. Incorporate lean meats, vegetables like
spinach, zucchini and bell peppers, and anything else you desire! While
you’re at it, plan on making a homemade marina to layer and top it off
with, storing the rest either in freezer bags or by canning it. Now you
not only have another lasagna ready to pop in the oven whenever you
choose, you also have fresh sauce to use for another evening meal.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
When shopping for the family, you can’t forget the snacks. Be sure to
choose easy to eat foods that are also great for on the go—but not the
pre-packaged ones! Instead of opting to buy that sugar-laden applesauce,
why not go for the fresh apples? Let’s skip the chips and cookies and
instead select other fruits like bananas and oranges, which all make for a
great snack on the go. And don’t forget the veggies! Celery, carrots and
mini bell peppers are great choices. Raw nuts and trail mix are also great!
But be sure not to buy the sugar- and salt-coated kind. Raw nuts and trail
mixes that have natural dried fruit (sorry, no chocolate chips or M&M’s)
make the best choice. String cheese is another great option!
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Children are more prone to eat healthy meals that they helped prepare!
Not only will dinner become more relaxing, as the kids will be more than
excited to eat what they have made, but it’s a wonderful way to spend
uninterrupted quality time together as a family. Choices are always good.
Start with letting them choose what vegetable to have, then let them do
the cutting, whether it’s lettuce for the salad, broccoli or green beans.
For the protein, give them the option of chicken or steak, then let them
help in selecting the seasonings to flavor the meat with. Mashed potatoes
anyone? Let them do the mixing. The options are endless.
It is quite alright to indulge in something sugary and sweet on occasion.
Instead of purchasing that cake or cookies from the grocery store, why
not invest in a healthy dessert cookbook (there are lots to choose from
these days!) and let the kids pick one to prepare together each week. It’s
amazing the wonderful treats that you can make that can be healthy for
you too! Substituting organic honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar for
the staple white sugar is one of the first steps. And, it’s always good to
use a bit less than the recipe calls for. Desserts that incorporate fruits
like bananas, apples and blueberries are always a good choice. There’s
nothing like the smell of something baking in the oven on a cold winter’s
DON’T FORGET THE WATER
Water is extremely important for all ages and lifestyles. It is said that eight
8-ounce glasses of water a day per person is ideal, though that number can
fluctuate greatly, depending on weight. The more accurate measurement
of water one should consume each day is their body weight, divided by
two, in ounces. If you are a 150-pound person, you should be consuming
a minimum of 75 ounces of water each day. Many times, when one feels
hunger, it is dehydration they are experiencing. By drinking the right amount
of water that your body requires, this can help curve desires for unnecessary
snacking or overindulging at mealtime. And the more water you drink,
the less you’ll desire sugary, calorie-filled choices. It’s a wonderful, simple,
healthy habit the entire family can incorporate into their daily routine.
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Make a trip to West Yellowstone this season
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When the winter snows blanket the town of West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park, the summer
crowds dissipate, making this the ideal time of year to visit. West Yellowstone makes the perfect base
for exploring all the area has to offer in the winter months and is the closest park entrance to the Old
Faithful Geyser. Surrounded by three National Forests, plenty of trout streams and lakes, it makes
getting back to nature easy. There is a surprising number of things to do from snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing to winter fly fishing. The town of West Yellowstone is right outside the West Entrance to the park and,
although it is closed to cars in the winter, it is open for licensed tour operators for snowmobile and snowcoach tours.
Where to Stay
The Yellowstone Lodge has a great location for your base during your time in the area. It is only one block away from
popular attractions, restaurants and shopping, and just three blocks away from the West Entrance to Yellowstone
National Park. The hotel is one of the newer properties in West Yellowstone. It has decent sized modern rooms, and
there is even a family suite option if you need more space. Amenities on the property include an indoor heated pool
and hot tub. The included continental breakfast is substantial with a nice variety. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Where to Eat
Most restaurants in the area are heavy on the Western theme. Think hearty steaks, burgers and comfort food. While in
town make sure to try an elk or bison dish. Madison Crossing Lounge is in an old school. The first West Yellowstone
school was built in 1918 and now houses commercial businesses including the restaurant. This is a wonderful place to
NO TRIP TO THE AREA IS COMPLETE
WITHOUT A TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE
NATIONAL PARK. ALWAYS STUNNING, IT
WILL BLOW YOU AWAY WITH ITS BEAUTY
DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.
dine. They work hard to source locally as much as possible to support the
local economy and offer a very well-rounded menu with nightly specials
and several elk and bison options; think delicious bison meatloaf or elk
tenderloin medallions with a blueberry-tarragon reduction.
The Slippery Otter Pub is a rowdy, casual pub with good service and tasty
food. Try a bison burger or jalapeno wontons with huckleberry sauce.
The Book Peddler is a coffee shop tucked in the back of a store. This is
where the locals grab coffee. The baked goods are house made, and the
blueberry scone is light and delicate, and pairs perfectly with a cup of
What to Do
No trip to the area is complete without a trip to Yellowstone National
Park. Always stunning, it will blow you away with its beauty during the
winter months. Mounds of snow contrast with steaming geysers, and
wildlife viewing is at its peak. If you are going to splurge on anything
during your trip, make it hiring Yellowstone Guide Amy Beegel, Easy
Tours Yellowstone, LLC to guide your snowmobile trip into the park.
Certified guides are required in the winter months, and Amy is a pro.
Super fun and so knowledgeable about the park, she will curate your
tour to fit the interests of your group. A great guide makes or breaks a
trip, so contact Amy first and she will help you arrange the snowmobile
rentals. Plan for a full-day adventure. Local outfitters also have snowsuits,
gloves and boots available for rent. Be aware when making any kind of
reservations that there is no cell phone service outside of town, so many
outfitters will get back to you in the evening after they have returned
from day tours.
You won’t be able to spot a bear in Yellowstone National Park in the winter
because they hibernate, but the bears that live at the Grizzly & Wolf
Discovery Center don’t hibernate. The center gives you the opportunity
to explore the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves as well as the new
River Otter Exhibit. Each exhibit has warm buildings so you can observe
the animals both inside and outside. The center has also acquired a
world-class exhibit BEARS once it completed its tour of the country. It
is interactive and explores the ways bears have captured our attention
The Speci f ics
WHERE TO STAY
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WHERE TO EAT
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through myth, art, literature, history and
folklore. It is well worth a visit. The animals
that live at the center can no longer return
to the wild for a variety of reasons including
being orphaned, a nuisance animal or
suffered injuries. This is not a typical tourist
attraction but an education center, and you
will learn so much about the wildlife in the
area. Your ticket is good for two days, so
don’t be surprised if the kids ask to go back
The Yellowstone Giant Screen and Trading
Post makes a nice stop if the weather is not
cooperating. It opens in the afternoon for
shopping, and movies start at 3:30pm. The
Yellowstone Movie shows every day and
provides a good overview of the history of
Yellowstone National Park. A current movie
is also shown each day. Check with the
theater for current listings and times.
You’ll want to schedule in time to explore West Yellowstone by foot. It is
a cute walkable town with a “Wild West” feel about it.
If you want a special adventure, head out to Big Sky for a dogsled
adventure with Spirit of the North. Unlike many companies, with Spirit
of the North you will receive hands-on instruction and have the thrill of
driving a sled dog team. If you’ve never been around an Alaskan huskies
dog team, you are in for a treat. The dogs are high energy and love to run.
They are friendly and enjoy receiving lots of petting. The trips take place
1 mile about the Mountain Village at the ski resort in what is known
as Moonlight Basin. You’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery along the trail
including views of Lone Mountain and the Spanish Peaks.
Located around 30 miles outside of West Yellowstone, the historic 320
Guest Ranch offers evening sleigh rides. This magical ride takes you
along the Gallatin River on a sleigh pulled by draft horses. On a clear
night, being so far out of town, the stars are so bright in the night sky. The
sleigh ride takes you to Mountain Man Campsite where you will enjoy
wild game chili, a variety of snacks and hot beverages, with the option
of adult beverages. Listen to ranch stories by the bonfire before heading
back. The trip lasts about an hour. You can also arrange for a private
West Yellowstone is truly special during the wintertime. When planning
for your trip, prepare for extreme weather and pack layers and warm
clothing. Before heading out each day, check the weather forecast so you
don’t get caught in an unexpected storm. For more information, visit
DestinationYellowstone.com and YellowstoneDestination.com.
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350 calories (average)
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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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those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning
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At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown
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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
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Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look
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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
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Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello
to delicious, serving up food that feels as good as it
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Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes! Located in
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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.
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When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will
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work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their
guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of
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Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to
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April, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to the Gig
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Paradise Theatre Ready to entertain audiences in 2020
By Jillian Chandler
Paradise Theatre has been entertaining audiences since opening
their doors in 2000. Two decades later, and now in its 20th season,
despite several moves—the most recent relocation moving the
theatre company’s home from Gig Harbor to Port Orchard’s Dragonfly
Theatre—Vicki Richards, executive artistic director, and husband Jeff
Richards, managing director, have continued to bring the stage alive
and engage audiences of all ages through live theatre.
A nonprofit theatre organization serving the Puget Sound area, and
Gig Harbor’s only live theatre, featuring some of the best local talent,
Paradise Theatre produces year-round theatre from September
through August. From comedies and dramas to thrillers, musicals and
children’s shows, Paradise Theatre offers something for all ages to
The next performance that Paradise Theatre had yet to be announced
as of press time, though the dates have been set for January 10
through February 1. Additional upcoming something include
Forbidden Broadway, February 28 through March 21; show still to be
announced, April 3 through 25; Shrek, June 19 through July 11; and
Pirates of Penzance, August 7 through 29.
Vicki and Jeff, who are both passionate about theatre and serving
the community, operate Paradise Theatre primarily with a budget
provided through tickets sales and donations. Community support is
at the heart of keeping Paradise Theatre up and running and allowing
them to continue to provide Broadway-style theatre to the Puget
In addition to Paradise Theatre featuring the best in local talent in all
of its productions, the organization also offers a variety of classes.
Acting, singing and dance classes, along with a two-week acting camp,
which is held each summer for local students, are available for those
interested in the performing arts.
For anyone interested in donating to Paradise Theatre, a nonprofit
501(c)3 organization, and helping to support its mission of bringing
quality theatre to local communities, please feel free to visit
ParadiseTheatre.org and click on “Donate.” They are currently trying
to raise funds to purchase the Dragonfly Theatre, so any donation,
large or small, is greatly appreciated. For additional information
regarding auditions, performances, classes and more, you can select
“Contact” on the website to email, or call 253.851.7529
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On Saturday, January 4, don't miss an evening filled with shopping,
music, food, beer art and, the best part of all, community! This
month's Gig Harbor Night Market takes place at 7 Seas Brewery (3006
Judson Street, Suite 110). Start the new year off right and join in the
festivities. This event is free to attend and is open to all ages! Come
celebrate community and the arts at the Gig Harbor Night Market,
held the first Saturday of each month from 4 to 9pm. To find our more
about the Gig Harbor Night Market, email gigharbornightmarket@
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PAINT & SIP NIGHT
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Nothing pairs better than sipping wine while painting that new
masterpiece on a cold January day. Whether you're just a beginner
or an experienced artist, this is an evening all are sure to enjoy. Join
Ocean5 on Tuesday, January 14, for their January Paint and Sip
Night. During this month's class, participants will paint a replica of
Vincent Van Gogh's "Vase with Twelve Sunflowers." Tickets are $45
(available on EventBrite.com) and include all painting supplies, stepby-step
instructions by local artist and Table 47 team member Kelly
Allard, and one 4-ounce glass of wine. Additional food and beverages
will be available for purchase.
TALES AT THE BOATSHOP
3 to 4pm
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Families are invited to join the Gig Harbor BoatShop for an exciting
story and activity time for children. Held Sunday, January 19, from
3 to 4pm, kids will learn about what water critters do in the Pacific
Northwest during the winter. Tales at the BoatShop includes stories,
science, crafts, songs and snacks. This family program is geared to
children ages 4 through 8, who must be accompanied by an adult
(younger siblings are welcome too). There is no cost to attend and
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