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January 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

January 2020

y New Year!

LIVING LOCAL

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Community

Spirit Grants

Continuing to put "boots to dirt"

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The 2020

GIG HARBOR REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK

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DECEMBER 2019

VOLUME 6 NUMBER 12

JANUARY 2020

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1

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Take Fitness Into Your Own Hands

Home gym essentials for 2020

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Workout Fashion Trends for the New Year

From the home to the gym, step into your New

Year’s resolution in style

Eating Right!

Healthy tips for the entire family

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New Year

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

Cheers to a New Year!

OVER THE COURSE OF 2019, WE

LIVED, LAUGHED AND LOVED. There

may have been struggles we overcame and

reasons for celebration.

2020 has arrived. A time of renewal, a new

year marks a new start. Starting January 1,

anything you hope to accomplish and aspire

is in your grasp. You just need to believe it

and do all in your power to manifest your

goals for the year. It is up to you to make

your life the one you want.

In our first issue of 2020, you’ll be inspired

with articles on health, fitness trends for

workout fashion, those at-home workout

essentials to help take your fitness into your

own hands on your own schedule and much

more.

This month's feature story highlights

LeMay - America's Car Museum in Tacoma,

Washington, the nation's top car museum

where automotive history abounds.

As winter is in full swing, some opt for

warmer climates, while others choose to

embrace the colder elements of the season.

Explore West Yellowstone in our January

travel story, where winter activities and

exploration flourish.

And, as you flip through the pages of this

month’s issue, you’ll once again be treated

to many of the local businesses who make

our community so special. As the new year

has arrived, make a point to revisit those old

favorites and stop in those you might not

have visited before. You’re sure to find some

truly unique businesses with caring owners

who are proud to be part of this community.

From our Like Media team, Happy New

Year! May 2020 abound with blessings.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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right here in Gig Harbor. We found it so fitting

to feature a healthy and delicious treat on our

cover to signify fresh starts and better/healthier

living in this new year! Healthy eating never

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THANK YOU FOR THE STELLAR YEAR

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life.

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Pier Into The Night Live Dive: An

introduction to your aquatic neighbors

GOOD NEWS

Community Spirit Grants: Greater Gig

Harbor Foundation continues to put

“boots to dirt”

16 BUSINESS IN THE 34 FEATURE STORY

SPOTLIGHT

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IN FOCUS

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Harbor Fit Studio: Live Stronger

~ Live Longer

2020: Gig Harbor Real Estate Outlook

LIVING LOCAL

Master Class: Gig Harbor paddler in a

class of her own

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

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Harbor Family Law: Successful resolutions

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From Model T to GT4: Exhibits continue

to wow

TRAVEL & LEISURE

A Winter Wonderland: Make a trip to

West Yellowstone this season

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Calendar of great local events, music,

sports and shows!

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Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the

Kitsap Peninsula and beyond for more than 68 years.

We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs,

lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

our quality and superb customer service, Arnold’s can

help you select your new furniture, mattress and home

furnishings purchase on any budget.


Creating Comfort This Winter

IDEAS TO WARM UP YOUR HOME AND SPIRITS

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

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.

Light

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.

Candlelight

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.

Fire

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.

Keep a wood rack near the fireplace stocked daily. Houzz.com

has some gorgeous modern models. If you have a gas fireplace,

remove the front panel and clean the glass and screen so it gives

the best light effect throughout the winter.

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It is important to

concentrate on self-care.

Fresh Scents

Homes become musty in the winter months. Buy a spray

bottle with a fine mist and fill with a few drops of essential

oils and water. I love sage, lemon and lavender combined.

Spritz your house to your heart's content.

homes feeling dreary. Freshen up your space with a few new

pillows and cozy throw. Home Goods has many wonderful

options. For very little money it will make you feel like your

home is refreshed.

Greenery

Fresh flowers always liven up a space. Treat yourself! Visit

your local florist or grocery store for affordable, fresh and

stunning stems.

Accessories

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

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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

leaf fig tree or a messy, temperamental ficus in a large pot,

Watson’s in Puyallup has a nice selection.

So bundle up tight and enjoy this winter with your friends

and family!

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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

fresh outlook.

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

expectations.

• And identify what it is going to cost you to hold onto them if you

don’t.

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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Changing the Face

of Family Law

For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped

families in Gig Harbor and Pierce County transition

through divorce with an emphasis on reducing and

alternative to dissolving a marriage. Considering

divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on helping

people move on, not simply move out.

Divorce

Mediation &

Collaborative

Law

Legal support,

education &

case management,

from simple

to complex:

• Legal

separation

and divorce

• Parenting plans

• Child support


Prenuptial

Prenuptial

agreements

Agreements

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DON’T LET YOUR HOME’S

PIPES FREEZE?

Ways you can be proactive now to eliminate problems later

By Nicole Betcher, ServPro Gig Harbor/North Tacoma

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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

are frozen.

But we also want to help prevent frozen

pipes, so be proactive and follow these

recommendations:

• 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

the garage.

• Insulate the area around light fixtures,

vents and exterior faucets. This helps prevent

freezing temperatures from gaining access to

your home.

• Open cabinet doors that have plumbing

running in them. This helps the warm air

to circulate around the pipes, keeping them

warm.

• 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

house.

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

Debra

Kaiser

Leadership Teacher,

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

community leadership.

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

own mother:

“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

again.

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

IMPORTANT LIFE

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.

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.

Thank You

to our local teachers!

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LIVE DIVE

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

to discover.

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

see.

“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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Community Spirit Grants

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

GREATER GIG HARBOR FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO PUT “BOOTS TO DIRT”

By Rachel Kelly

Photos Courtesy of

the Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation

THE EVERYDAY

PEOPLE WHO MAKE

UP THE GREATER

GIG HARBOR AND

KEY PENINSULA

COMMUNITIES ARE

REPRESENTED FACE.

TO FACE

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

donations.

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.

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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

Studio.

“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,

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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

help guide you. To view all available classes that Harbor Fit Studio has to

offer, visit HarborFitLLC.com today.

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

2020

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

seller’s market.

Market Forecast

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

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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

state.

Mortgage Outlook

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.”

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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.

Home Equity

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

equity.

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

total*)

• 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.

In Closing

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

sandyjones@windermere.com or 253.514.1988.

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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

senior years.

“One of the biggest challenges in the sport of

volleyball for me has been finding the right

balance of time between school and sports,”

she said.

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

honored again.

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,”

said Maeve.

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

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THE MONTH

ZACHARY TOGLIA

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

explained.

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

a family.”

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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MASTER CLASS

GIG HARBOR PADDLER IN A CLASS OF HER OWN

BY COLIN ANDERSON

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

therapeutic.

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 found paddling to be therapeutic

PHOTO BY CATHY KASPERBAUER

BEE IS REALLY IN A CLASS OF HER

OWN, OFTEN COMPETING AGAINST

PADDLERS 30 TO 40 YEARS

YOUNGER THAN SHE.

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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sports together since we were young. it’s been such a

huge part of our lives,” she explained. Their passion for

outdoor recreation is carried on through their children

and grandchildren, who love the outdoors, have done

kayak competitions, professional Ski Patrol, and taught

cross-country ski lessons as well.

For Bee, it’s never focusing on what she might not

be able to do but finding life’s next challenge and

adventure; something she hopes more people would

take up, no matter their age. “If you yearn to do

something, just do it,” she said.

For Bee, it’s never

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Successful

Resolutions

Local firm guides families through

challenging situations

By Jillian Chandler

Photos By Samantha Elise Tillman

HARBOR FAMILY LAW

2615 Jahn Avenue NW, Suite E7

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

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"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."

PHOTO BY PAT THOMAS, GIG HARBOR PHOTOGRAPHY

“I

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.”

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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

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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

collaborative law.

“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

children in such a wonderful community.”

Chris sits on the Advisory Council at the Tom Taylor YMCA and says

he is honored to support their mission. “They do so much for our

community and the children of Gig Harbor, and I am honored to be

able to help that cause.” Kelli sits on the Board of the Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation’s Curious By Nature School, which their children attend. Kelli

is proud to support the one-of-a-kind program, which brings kids closer

to nature in a way that supports their discovery of the world we live in.

The GGHF is instrumental at closing the early childhood learning gap in

our community by providing scholarships and grants to those who would

not otherwise be able to provide their children with a whole-child early

learning environment.

If you are experiencing a difficult situation and are looking for a local

family law firm to help guide you to a successful solution, Harbor Family

Law is here to help.

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FINANCIAL WELLNESS AND YOUR OVERALL HEALTH

The Wellness Wheel

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

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

to physical and mental health care. It is true no matter how we look at it—

the better our financial health, the more options we have when seeking

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FOR YOUR VOTES!

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health care. This can mean increasing our

access to better health insurance or being able

to pay medical bills when we obtain service.

Your financial health plays a significant role

in increasing your access to more options in

general.

Wellness where finances are concerned certainly

impacts our overall health in many ways, but

the converse is also true. Illness in the financial

aspect of health can play a significant role in our

general wellness. Money is often a significant

source of stress, which affects other aspects

of our health, not least of all, our mental and

physical health. Decreased financial wellness is

linked to various factors contributing to overall

diminished health. For example, access to health

care is often limited or entirely unavailable

in lower socioeconomic areas. This includes

transportation to health-care facilities and to

jobs that pay for quality medical insurance.

Additionally, persons in lower income areas

often have a lower health education level than

those in wealthier communities. Like other

aspects of socioeconomic disparities, health

education is often a generational problem.

Individuals cannot teach their children what

they, themselves, are unaware of.

The health-care system is difficult to navigate—

even for those with intimate knowledge of the

system. It is nearly impossible for individuals

lacking a compass in their journey to obtain

health-care resources amongst a myriad

of convoluted directions and roadblocks.

A financially unhealthy individual is often

faced with barriers when locating affordable

resources, as well as advocating for themselves

in a very difficult environment. Moreover, for

various reasons, persons with impaired financial

wellness are more likely to take part in risky

activities, such as use of alcohol and tobacco

products, further complicating their physical

and mental health statuses. Combine these

factors with housing crises, ever-increasing

cost of living and other daily struggles, and it

becomes easy to see the major influence that

financial wellness plays on the health of the

individual.

From being able to afford healthy nutrition

options to health insurance and other healthcare

costs to the peace of mind that economic

stability affords, financial health is a vital

component of our overall health. Like all the

pieces of the wellness wheel, financial wellness

is interdependent on each other section of our

overall wellness. Therefore, we must not forget

to nurture this aspect of our health, just as we

do the others.

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WHEN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

TELL YOU TO “LIVE WITH IT” …

Should you?

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

pain.

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

wellness partner.

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

therapy. Choose to partner with an experienced

and board-registered occupational therapist who

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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

inflammation.

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

dry mouth?

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

depressive behaviors.

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?

• Age

• 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

• Menopause

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

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

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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

of dementia.

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

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clumps inside the areas of the brain that

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neurons to work less effectively, also affecting

the activity of certain brain chemicals,

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give you access to a treatment plan including

clinical trials that may lessen the symptoms

for a period.

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BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF

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

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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

with others.

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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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

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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

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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

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Other exhibits include the opulent rides of the 1930s

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There is no shortage of vehicles to see, but there are also

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the photo car where you can have your picture taken

with a 1923 Buick touring car. There is also the Family

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as adult-only programs on the calendar. What’s truly

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doing general maintenance and upkeep on the

collection.

While many of the museum’s collection will

likely never see outdoor roadways again, that

isn’t to say you won’t soon see and hear some

of them rumbling the streets of the Northwest.

“Our Drive Home program takes vehicles from

the collection and gets them out on the road

driving from one point to another,” explained

Bice.

In fact, part of the collection will take a unique

journey later this year. To recreate the iconic

American road trip, vehicles from LeMay will

be brought to California in late spring and

driven across the country, eventually landing

in Detroit for the American Auto Show in June.

The cars will be making stops at famous points

of interest and National Parks along the way.

“We really want to keep the hobby alive, and

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this is a great opportunity to get people to see

these cars up close, outside, and appreciate the

history,” said Bice.

While any time of year is a great time to visit,

those wanting an even more unique experience

will want to mark their calendars for the

evening of March 13. Each year, the museum

hosts a yearly party called Drive the Blues Away.

This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas.” Guests

can still wander throughout the museum, but

you’ll also be treated to food, drink and live

music as you peruse the collection. Tickets will

be going on sale soon for this exclusive event.

When the weather turns brighter and warmer,

you’ll find even more fun outside the museum

walls with Cruise Ins and Drive-In movies

featuring a 40-foot screen. Take a Spin will put

you in a moving car, which could be anything

from a Packard to a vintage fire truck.

There is always something new to find at

LeMay - America’s Car Museum. New visitors

are astonished by the sheer scope of the place,

while members continue to find new details

they might have missed on previous visits.

Nowhere else can you find a collection of such

variety, all thanks to the incredible generosity

of Harold and Nancy LeMay.

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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.

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WORKOUT

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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

you can be athletic in and wear for leisure—has caused the explosion of

athletic-wear consumerism.

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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;

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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

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recycled nylon fabric; and Adidas' Ultraboost shoe features

material made from recycled plastic found in beach and coastal

communities.

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

faster.

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

lifestyle.

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EAT RIGHT

healthy eating tips

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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GET THE KIDS INVOLVED

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.

HOMEMADE “TREATS”

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

day.

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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A WINTER WONDERLAND

Make a trip to West Yellowstone this season

By Marguerite Cleveland

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

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NO TRIP TO THE AREA IS COMPLETE

WITHOUT A TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE

NATIONAL PARK. ALWAYS STUNNING, IT

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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

coffee.

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

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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

again.

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

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Yellowstone National Park. A current movie

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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

sleigh ride.

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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NUTRIENT PROFILE:

350 calories (average)

24 grams of protein

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup fresh organic blueberries

2-3 fresh organic strawberries

¼ cup Zola Acai Purée

¼ cup water

2 scoops of GRAND Vanilla Protein Drink Mix

2 scoops of GRAND Wild Berry Formula 1

ice

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• Pour blueberries into a 16-ounce cup, then add two to

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in blender.

• Add Zola Acai Purée and water to blender.

• Add GRAND Vanilla Protein Drink Mix and GRAND Wild

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• Blend on low speed, increasing speed as mixture

allows. Blend for approximately 2 minutes.

• Pour into a bowl of your choice, add desired toppings

and serve. Suggested toppings include sliced banana,

granola, coconut shavings, peanut or almond butter,

chia seeds, goji berries, pistachios and more!

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

4700 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Ste 109

In the Olympic Medical Plaza

253-851-2576

• Paninis & Sandwiches

• Build Your Own Crepes

• Salads & Soups

• Forza Coffee

• All Recyclable Packaging

& Utensils

• Gift Cards Available

Check out

Clay & Cloth

Designs!

MUSHROOM

LEEK

& BRIE CREPE

www.occasionscoffeeandcrepes.com

Find

Great Gifts

& More!

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JUNE 20, 2020 | CHAFE150.ORG

EARLY REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 15, 2020

Sandpoint Rotary presents the 13th Annual

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo, named one of the

top charity rides in the US! CHAFE offers

magnificent routes of 100, 80, 40, 25 and a

Family Fun ride, awesome ride support and

a fabulous after-ride party in Sandpoint.

Ride proceeds support after-school reading

and literacy programs of the Lake Pend

Oreille School District and other Rotary

youth and educational programs. Register

January 15 at chafe150.org.

BBQ2U

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

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Point Fosdick Drive NW | Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

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

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

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

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

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

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

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

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

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

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

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

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

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

253.649.0921 | GertieAndTheGiantOctopus.com

PRESENTED BY

OUR SPONSORS MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE THANK YOU!

PLATINUM SPONSORS:

GOLD SPONSORS:

PHO EVER WOK

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

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like

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

like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available as

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

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

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

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

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

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

to 3pm.

5247 Olympic Drive, Suite A | Gig Harbor

253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

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

253.851.2576

OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes.com

PORTO CUCINA HARBOR

KITCHEN & BAR

Porto Cucina serves up familiar classic Italian dishes like

Eggplant Parmesan, as well as newer ones like Salmon

and Sweet Potato Risotto. The restaurant offers a little

something for everyone with a range of vegetarian, glutenfree

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

selection from local breweries, wineries and distilleries.

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

Saturday 11am to 10pm.

3108 Harborview Drive | Gig Harbor

253.851.9200 | PortoCucina.com

Healthy

that tastes good!

Smoothies

Acai Bowls

Oatein

Herbal Tea

Tea Bombs

Meal Planning

Nutrition Coaching

LELE'S RESTAURANT

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

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

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

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

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

11am to 9pm.

4747 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite 200 | Gig Harbor

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

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

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

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

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

5160 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite C101 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com

253.649.5123

5247 OLYMPIC DR, SUITE A

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

GrandNutritionCo

GrandNutritionGH

grandnutritionco.com

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gig harbor

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on in Gig Harbor this

month!

JANUARY 2020

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World Class

Wines

TASTING ROOM • EVENT VENUE • CORPORATE RETREATS

OLALLAWINES.COM • 253.851.4949

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

• your ideal place for intimate gatherings

• private rooms available

• enticing catering menus

• gift cards available

Join Us

FOR LUNCH & DINNER

porto cucina harbor kitchen & bar

3108 harborview dr. | 253.851.9200 | portocucina.com

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INSPIRE

NURTURE

Paradise Theatre Ready to entertain audiences in 2020

By Jillian Chandler

ELEVATE

January-February

10-01

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

enjoy.

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

Sound.

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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04

JANUARY

GIG HARBOR NIGHT MARKET: JANUARY EDITION

4

4 to 9pm

7 Seas Brewing | TacomaNightMarket.com

HOTTEST HAPPENINGS

/January

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JANUARY

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JANUARY

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@

gamil.com or visit TacomaNightMarket.com.

PAINT & SIP NIGHT

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6 to 8pm

Ocean5 | Tickets at EventBrite.com

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

19

3 to 4pm

Gig Harbor BoatShop | Call 253.857.9344 to register

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

participate in Tales at the BoatShop. Pre-register today by calling

253.857.9344 or emailing info@gigharborboatshop.org.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us at

Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7 365 days a year!

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Pier into

the night

with

live dive

Jerisich Dock in

Gig Harbor

Take a journey underwater

without getting wet!

Watch a live video stream

of SCUBA divers exploring

underneath Jerisich Dock

and Port Orchard Marina

while staff biologists narrate

and identify animals.

Saturdays in 2020

January 4 at 5 p.m.

February 1 at 6 p.m.

March 7 at 7 p.m.

(253) 514-0187

HarborWildWatch.org

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IMAGINE

A BETTER VIEW OF LIFE

WHAT YOU IMAGINE,

WE MAKE HAPPEN.

Joe Sanchez & Associates

Coldwell Banker Bain

REALTORS®

“We Sell Homes.

We Build Relationships.”

253-853-2262

JSAssociates@CBBain.com

www.WaterfrontGigHarbor.com

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LIKE MEDIA IS EXPANDING!

FULL-TIME

EMPLOYMENT

POSITION AVAILABLE

FOR TACOMA

& GIG HARBOR AREA

• Sales & Marketing

Professional

• Outgoing person with great

people skills.

• Works well independently & in

a team environment.

• Like Media hires for

personality & will train for skill.

Please send in your resume to

Jobs@like-media.com

to apply for the position.

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2020 SUBARU LEGACY

Happy New Year from your friends at Peninsula Subaru!

YOUR LOCALLY OWNED SUBARU DEALER.

JOHN DIONAS | President-Owner

Come meet Duke!

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

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

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

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

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

800.458.5808 | PeninsulaSubaru.com

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

CLOSED ON SUNDAY FOR FAMILY DAY

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