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it, this month’s issue marks our home and
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inspire that green thumb, with information
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with smaller spaces to work with as well as
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outdoor garden space but freshen up the
indoors as well, we’ve compiled some great
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GIVE NEW LIFE TO AN OLD PIECE WITH PAINT
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
Sometimes the best option for creating something new is
by using something old or recreating something that we
already have. One of my favorite ways to give something
new life is by giving it a coat of paint. I have painted
cabinetry, furniture and even textiles in this way, and have nearly
always been happy with the results.
My dad was a very talented carpenter and craftsman, and one
thing that he always stressed was using the right tool for the job.
This is especially true with paint. To try to paint something like a
table or chair using wall paint is just setting yourself up for failure.
It doesn’t have the right consistency and staying power—and will
not last. (Read on to find out which paints I’ve had the best luck
Dad also stressed the importance of proper preparation for
any project. For painting furniture, this means taking off any
upholstered parts, such as seat pads, and cleaning the wood
thoroughly with a product like TSP, which removes any residual
grease or other buildup that would otherwise affect the paint
adherence. Primer is optional for most pieces, depending on the
paint, so be sure to read directions.
For cabinetry, the prep phase is a little more involved. It’s not
fun, but you must remove the doors, drawers and any hardware,
including hinges. Use the TSP (no need to strip surfaces with a
solvent), then sand with a fine-grit sandpaper, making sure the
surface is dust-free by wiping with a clean microfiber or cotton
cloth. Next, even if the paint you have chosen says that primer is
not required, add a coat of primer anyway. Make sure your primer
coat somewhat matches the tone of the paint you are using. If
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available at home improvement or paint stores.
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project is key. There are a variety of alternative “furniture”
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of topcoats, which are amazing. I especially love their matte
finish topcoat, which has very little sheen to it but does an
amazing job of protecting any painted surface. I have also
had great luck with Dixie Belle’s line of paints.
Home Depot sells a Behr brand of chalk paint that I used to
paint my piano. Though the texture was not nearly as good
as the Dixie Belle, it can be tinted to match any color in the
store, and I wanted the piano to match my wall color, which
it does, but not without a lot of work (five coats!).
Should you choose to go out on a limb and paint upholstery,
please note that chalk paint is your best option for this. But
you must water it down substantially! I used the aforementioned
Annie Sloane brand of paint to do this, and
I watered it down by 50 percent, and then applied the
paint in thin coats. This worked but of course completely
changed the texture of the fabric. The piece wasn’t nearly
as comfortable as it had been pre-painting, so it eventually
found its way out of our home and into the donation center.
That said, some projects are just destined not to be as
great as we see them in our mind’s eye. For something
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option, please be sure you use the prep methods outlined
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Lifting You Up or Putting You Down
CAN YOU REALLY DIVORCE WITH DIGNITY?
By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator
and “Divorce.” Two words you might not
expect to be used together. Is it really possible to
get divorced with your dignity intact?
Webster’s defines dignity as “the quality of being worthy, honored,
respected.” I suggest that you not only hope to be treated as such by
your soon-to-be former intimate partner, but also by the process
in which you participate and the professionals you employ to assist
you through that process.
Let’s start with process options to obtain a divorce. You can elect
to work through a process together using a neutral professional
in mediation or using two collaboratively trained lawyers in
collaborative law. Or you can hire lawyers and negotiate your issues
without ever being in the same room together with your spouse.
What matters is how you feel you are treated by all the players.
Here’s what dignity can look like in mediation. You and your
spouse meet with a trained professional who warmly welcomes
you, provides you positive encouragement for the fact that you are
agreeing to face a difficult situation together, makes you feel at ease
and less anxious and overwhelmed. The mediator clearly spells
out the steps you will need to take from start to finish, lets you
know what potential challenges you can anticipate and provides
reassurance that everything can be resolved.
Dignity is apparent in collaborative law when each attorney
acknowledges the other party’s needs and provides validation to
both parties’ perspectives. Also, the attorneys treat each other
with respect and demonstrate how to disagree and share different
perspectives and legal opinions with collegial discourse.
When opting for two independent attorneys outside of a joint
meeting-based process, dignity can be applied in the tone of
correspondence between both attorneys with regard to how they
refer to each party, and in legal pleadings and in the courtroom,
where the attorneys agree to not personally disparage each other
or their opposing party. They focus on the legal issues and options
for generating solutions, even if a solution has to be involving the
court, but avoid personalizing the case.
Family law is ripe for disparaging personalization. It is often up
to the professionals to set the tone when faced with parties going
through an emotionally difficult transition in their personal lives.
However, you can be instrumental in setting the tone if you feel
your chosen professionals are crossing the line into disrespectful
treatment of you or your spouse. On several occasions, I have
had new clients come to me after discharging a prior professional
because they were uncomfortable with that professional’s
demeanor and “strategy.” There has already been enough hurt to go
around, and they don’t want the professionals to add to it. They are
often worn down and want to get through it with their collective
Clients often initially come in stating things like, “We want to
remain friends, we just don’t know how to do this,” or “We don’t
want the process to make things worse. We’re not ready to be
friends yet, but we want each of us to be treated with dignity while
we separate.” Looking into your post-divorce future, you probably
won’t remember the details of the outcome, but you will most
likely remember how you were treated by the process and the
professionals you chose as your guides. Dignity matters.
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.
Changing the Face
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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.
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Be aware of the potential hazards they can cause
By Nicole Betcher, Owner, SERVPRO of Gig Harbor/North Tacoma
In my line of work, we see smoke and fire
damages frequently. At one point we had
two jobs with the same style home—
an A-frame. What’s an A-frame-style
home? Picture a capital A. Now put a door on
it and ta-da! That’s an A-frame-style home.
Sometimes they are cabins and sometimes
they are permanent homes. Not every home is
a perfect layout, nor can they be preventive of
any type of damage.
Here are some things to be aware of with an
• The roof can be an energy siphon if it is not
• It is an expensive roof replacement.
• It can be susceptible to termite damage due to
the wooden framing.
• They are not built to withstand strong winds.
Let’s look at the above in a little more detail.
One, it can be an energy siphon. What does
this mean? When you need to heat your
home, it could be a continuous stream of
heat that escapes through the roof and walls.
It’s escaping while you’re trying to heat your
home, resulting in you paying more in your
It can be a costly roof replacement when the
time comes. Consider it. The roof doesn’t really
expand in different directions; it juts down at
a steep angle. This could take more time and
care when the roofers are replacing it.
Termites. One of their food resources is wood.
The A-frame home is mainly constructed by
wood. This could be a future problem if you’re
A-frame isn’t taken good care of or if it is a
vacation home and not occupied every day—
another reminder of how important it is to
check the perimeter of your home monthly if
Up here in the Northwest, we are not always
prepared for strong gusts of winds. Down in
Southern California they have consistent Santa
Ana winds, and they can sustain those on a
regular basis. In the Pacific Northwest, we have
dense tree coverage, and when we get strong
winds from Alaska, we suffer multiple power
outages. I look at the A-frame home as two
playing cards leaning against each other and
if someone were to blow on them how long it
would take for it to fall. The roof line is a large
surface area for that wind to hit, meaning it
could be a potential hazard to fall in on itself.
If you love an A-frame-style home, here are
some pro points for having one:
• Steep sloped roofs make snow fall off easier
for winter cabins.
• They are affordable.
• They are quick to construct. They have
prefabricated kits that you can build yourself.
• They are good for minimalists.
Whether you are for or against an A-frame
home, you have some very handy information
in case you should need to know. If ever you
run into any structural damages (wind, snow,
water, fire, etc.), please call a restoration
specialist, and they can help you with your
TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Colin Anderson
Second Grade Teacher
Harbor Heights Elementary
As Tina Jacobsen approaches her
30th year as an educator, she
still finds the rewards of being
a teacher the same as when her
career first began. “Witnessing children
finding joy in learning and realizing that
they are smart and talented in their own
special way brings me immense pleasure,”
Currently a second grade teacher at Harbor
Heights Elementary, Tina has bounced
between grades over the years but has
always focused on young
minds, be it kindergarten
through sixth grade. She
knows firsthand that you
can’t set a lesson plan and
expect each child to pick
it up the same, so she
continues to work hard on
developing ways for each
child to learn in accordance
with their skills set and
personality. “Teaching is
not a one size fits all. I enjoy
the challenge of striving to
create differentiated learning
experiences which meet
individual student’s needs,” she said.
Tina enjoys seeing the “ah-ha” moments
when students grasp a new concept or
realize they are capable of doing something
that was previously a big challenge. She
equates this to being a learning facilitator
or “guide on the side,” in which she allows
the student to take responsibility for their
own learning. She is especially pleased
when examples of this come back from
“IT IS A PRIVILEGE
FOSTERING A LOVE OF
LEARNING, AND NOTHING
IS MORE REWARDING THAN
TO GROW AND DEVELOP
outside of the classroom. “They begin to
bring in stories they’ve written at home,
research they can’t wait to share with their
classmates, projects they created, strategies
they want to teach their peers, or names of
new authors they’ve discovered,” said Tina.
Seeing students’ confidence grow and
the pleasure they get from sharing their
learning with their classmates is something
that always puts a smile on Tina’s face. She
wants her students to always understand
that the classroom is a place where
everyone learns and
grows from one another.
Tina hopes her students
leave her class with more
than just book smarts: “I
would like my students to
be open to what life has to
teach them in everything
they do and experience,”
she said. “Along the way I
hope they remember to be
kind, use good manners,
learn something new
every day, be curious, ask
questions, make mistakes,
learn from those mistakes,
don’t be afraid to fail and most importantly
find joy in everything you do.”
Seeing each group of students grow
throughout the year is something Tina
will never grow tired of. “It is a privilege
fostering a love of learning, and nothing
is more rewarding than inspiring children
to grow and develop academically and
socially,” she said.
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ANNUAL FUNDRAISER A FOOD-FILLED FUN TIME
By Colin Anderson
It’s not often that most of us need an excuse to eat, but if you do
want to feel good about expanding your waistline a little, be sure
to attend the 29th annual Taste of Gig Harbor. Not only does
the event bring together many of your favorite area restaurants
and chefs, but proceeds from the event go to help the local Gig
Harbor Rotary Club continue its many projects that improve areas all
throughout the city.
This year’s taste will be held on Saturday, March 14, at the Point
Fosdick Antique Airplane Hangar (located at 1108 26th Avenue NW).
Festivities begin at 5:30pm and are scheduled to run until about 10pm.
Once inside you’ll find numerous booths, each offering a taste of their
favorite menu item or perhaps something special they’ve cooked up
just for this event. Mexican, Asian, barbecue, seafood and more will be
paired up with local and regional wines, beers and spirits.
As you mingle about the delicious food and drink offerings, you can
check out the silent auction items up for bidding, generously donated
by local businesses, rotary members and community members. There
will also be an exciting live auction paddle raise featuring anything
from vacations and stay-and-play packages to hard-to-come-by event
tickets and one-of-a-kind experiences.
While everyone is welcome, state law dictates that this event is
invitation only. If you know a rotary member, you’ll want to reach
out to them for an invitation; otherwise, visit TasteofGigHarbor.com
for ticket information. The Rotary is currently accepting donations
for live and silent auctions, and sponsorships are also still available.
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LOCAL ROTARY AWARDS COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR EXEMPLARY COMMUNITY SERVICE
By Rachel Kelly
CHOSEN FOR THEIR
THEY ARE PEOPLE
WHO DEVOTE A
LARGE PART OF THEIR
PERSONAL TIME AND
THEIR VENTURE OF
On February 7, the local Gig Harbor
Rotary clubs recognized members of the
community that exemplified the rotary
club ideal of “service before self.”
Each individual club nominated non-rotary members
who personify a devotion to others before self.
Nominees are chosen for their reckless attitude
toward giving; they are people who devote a large part
of their personal time and effort toward their venture
of choice. Nominees are also capable of becoming a
Paul Harris Fellow through donations made in their
honor to the Rotary Foundation.
This year the North, Morning and Midday Rotary
clubs each presented a nominee. From the North
Club, Ken Kieffer; from the Morning Rotary, Tom
Taylor; and from the Midday Rotary, Doctor Sherwin
Ken Kieffer is distinguished by his service to the Make
A Wish Foundation, having fulfilled over 400 wishes
to date. He also volunteers for the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society (LLS), Breast Cancer Awareness,
Special Olympics, Tibetan Nuns Project, the Lupus
Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, is a volunteer
for hospice care, and can be seen in Romania (if you
happen to be there) assisting at an orphanage. There’s
more, but I’ve run out of breath! It may seem like a lot,
but Ken continues to be undaunted. “I think, ‘What if
this was my child or grandchild? What would I do?’”
says Ken. He truly embodies the “golden rule.”
When asked as to his inspiration for his (now) fulltime
job as a volunteer, Ken refers to the candle he
keeps in his car. It’s from his daughter’s wedding.
He looks at it every time he gets in and is reminded
that “it is better to light one candle than to curse the
darkness.” Ken is out to light that candle.
Tom Taylor is distinguished by his fierce dedication
to developing programs toward a healthy community
through the nine community-wide YMCAs. In Gig
Harbor alone, the YMCA boasts of 21,000 members,
supporting 7,000 non-members beyond that. When
Tom first joined the YMCA back in 1971, there were
only 500 members. That number quickly exploded to
10,000 once the YMCA on Pearl street was built. Tom
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is proud of the Y’s dedication to include all members of the community
regardless of age, religion, race, income or social status.
If you can make it to the Y, you’re welcome. Within the Y there are a
variety of programs meant to provide relief and social support, such as
the Shower Pass. The Shower Pass grants the use of the gym showers
to anyone in the community, including the homeless. This allows for a
greater chance of getting a job and also contributes to the overall health
of all community individuals. Community support, however, doesn’t
stop at the Y building. The Gig Harbor YMCA also provides before-and
after-school care for working parents throughout the Peninsula and has
created the YMCA Youth Legislature. Tom is currently excited for an
aggressive project to increase community sports facilities. The YMCA
has partnered with the city to build two community soccer fields with
artificial turf. Tom’s inspiration? For his life to be a benefit to the world,
to give something to future generations. To build a legacy for a better
Lastly, Doctor Sherwin Shinn is distinguished by his collaboration of
a nonprofit called World Wide Smiles. The inspiration for World Wide
Smiles came from the fulfillment of a childhood dream: Sherwin went
to the Himalayas. Sherwin’s last day of vacation was interrupted by the
cry of a child; it was unusual enough to elicit his investigation. What
he found was a little girl swollen from temple to armpit from a tooth
infection. It became immediately apparent to Sherwin that the girl would
die if left untreated. He immediately had her transported 2,000 feet up
the mountain to the nearest medical facility. Faced with inadequate tools,
no running water and minimal sanitation, Dr. Shinn performed the
removal of the infected teeth with his pocket knife. Thankfully there was
It was this experience that ignited Sherwin Shinn’s passion for preventive
care. He would come back to the Himalayas several times; partnering
with schools to pass out toothbrushes and address tooth health. It wasn’t
long after that he was asked to go to other countries as well. The effort
eventually expanded to become its own nonprofit. Today, the nonprofit
establishes clinics all over the world, enriching the local economy by
training and equipping locals for the work. Sherwin’s inspiration comes
not only from kids who have the opportunity to grow up because of the
efforts of the nonprofit, but from his personal passion for enhancing the
lives of others. Dentistry is his vehicle for giving unconditionally.
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condition. The rotary nominates its community members because they
are personally inspired and challenged by what they see happening. I
think it’s safe to say that it’s inspiring for us all.
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The Paradise Theatre company has
resembled a band of gypsies since
it first presented the musical “West
Side Story” with a live orchestra in
the open-air amphitheater on Peacock Hill in
After staging musicals, comedies and dramas
for almost two decades, the nonprofit
theater company could have its final encore
this summer—and as of press time, event
sooner—despite their continuous efforts to
find a permanent location to call home. The
current fate of Paradise Theatre is still yet
undetermined, which saddens both Jeff and
Vicki Richards and their faithful audiences
who have supported the troupe since its debut.
The only community theater company with
roots in Gig Harbor has staged productions at
four locations in just the past two years, from
downtown to PenMet Parks, Key Peninsula
Civic Center to the Dragonfly Theater in Port
Members of Paradise Theatre are committed to
move ahead with four productions this spring
and summer in what may be their last year
together if a new home cannot be found. But as
Vicki, Paradise’s artistic director says, “Unless
something magical happens, we may have
to close after our next show, though we are
committed to move ahead and see the season
through if it is at all possible.”
They opened the season with the stage version
of “The Addams family” as a celebration of
their 20th anniversary, and it was also the 50th
anniversary of the show. “It was one of our
favorite shows that we had done,” says Vicki.
“We even had some of the same cast members
from before. It was a really fun show.”
Performances of their current show,
“Forbidden Broadway,” are scheduled to run
until March 21.
“If we have to go, we’re going out with a bang,”
says Jeff, who serves as managing director at
The 2019-2020 lineup included the ambitious
staging of “Newsies,” “All Shook Up” and
“Mamma Mia.” The light-hearted “Shrek” is
scheduled to take centerstage from June 19
until July 11. In what could be the company’s
last show, the Paradise ensemble has scheduled
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four weekends of August for the upbeat musical
“Pirates of Penzance.”
Silent auctions to raise funds to keep Paradise
Theatre alive have been scheduled during a
special benefit performance on closing night of
Vicki proudly boasted that the Paradise
company has produced seven shows per year
over the past 20 years, not including the special
programs the company stages for children. She
says plans for what could be the company’s final
indoor performance will mirror the cabaretstyle
productions when the troupe raised the
curtain on its first performance.
If the final curtain comes down on the Paradise
Theatre this season, it will not be for lack of
effort. Vicki recounted how actors, technicians
and theater patrons filled the Gig Harbor
City Council chambers in 2019 to plead for
financial assistance after Vicki admitted she
had “exhausted every effort to find a permanent
The presentation to the council by actors in full
costume from “The Music Man” was supported
by dozens of subscribers who crowded the
council chambers to underscore how much
community theater can enrich the cultural side
of the city. Jeff came clad in costume as the
Mayor from the musical.
“We asked the council for rent credits of $50,000
over 10 years to help us afford to keep our
doors open in Gig Harbor,” says Vicki. “We
left with virtually nothing.” What they offered
was the upper level of the Masonic Temple,
but it was uninhabitable and would require
nearly a $100,00 investment into the space. “It
didn’t make sense for us financially and was not
feasible for us to take on,” says Vicki.
Paradise Theatre reached out to and partnered
with PenMet Parks for a few smaller shows,
which allowed the Paradise company to stage
smaller shows until March of last year.
After exhausting their efforts in Gig Harbor,
Jeff and Vicki had the choice to close the doors
April 2019 or try out Port Orchard, an idea their
patrons liked and gave them the green light to
pursue it. “We moved to Port Orchard to test
drive the old movie cinema (Dragonfly) in April,
as it had been for sale for more than seven years.
One of our regulars kept sending the listing to us
while looking for a place in Gig Harbor,” says Vicki. “While renting it and
working on raising the down payment to purchase, the building was red
tagged, putting us out of business once again at that location. We quickly
packed up and moved again to Southpark Village in Port Orchard while
continuing to negotiate on the Dragonfly. We remain at Southpark until the
end of March and will be out of a home again.”
Jeff did admit there are several spaces in Gig Harbor that could provide
enough space to stage productions with adequate storage room for
costumes, sets the company requires and seating for 100 theatergoers. But
the price point for space in Gig Harbor, he says, is beyond anything the
company could even consider.
The managing director says the company could survive with a space as
small as 4,500 square feet to comfortably seat at least 100 people. He would
prefer to find a stage in Gig Harbor so elderly season ticket subscribers
would not be forced to drive on dark highways after a night performance.
“The country roads on this part of the (Olympic) peninsula can be
treacherous on a dark and stormy night,” says Jeff. “A significant portion of
our season ticket subscribers are elderly. That is a situation none of us want
to see for our loyal patrons.”
Even though Paradise Theatre has played to sold-out audiences over the
years, he admits the lack of a permanent space has caused attendance to
drop and confusion for many of the longtime Paradise supporters. “Since
we left Gig Harbor, it’s been hard,” adds Vicki.
“We will continue to host our popular Haunted House every Halloween
and have a fireworks stand for the Fourth of July, but those fundraisers and
ticket sales are simply not enough to stage shows on the scale our audiences
have come to expect,” says Jeff. “Especially with the price of commercial real
estate in town.”
He adds, “This is our hometown. We’ve received numerous donations
from our subscribers and from residents of Gig Harbor who realize the
importance of theater and what it brings to a community.
Despite the setbacks, Jeff, who has his masters in theatre with an emphasis
in directing, is optimistic that a solution will be found before the final
curtain comes down on the Paradise Theatre this summer.
“We have invested 20 years in Paradise Theatre,” says Vicki. “It’s sad to us
that we haven’t been able to find a permanent home. You can only do what
you can do.”
With a little help from the Gig Harbor community, and beyond, Paradise
Theatre will be able to take to the stage to entertain audiences for years to
come, and the show will go on.
Be sure to get your tickets to see “Forbidden Broadway” playing through
March 21 at 1731 Village Lane SE, a hilarious parody of your favorite
Broadway shows! As Vicki says, “This may be our swan song unless an
‘Angel’ comes forward.”
If you are interested in finding out more about Paradise Theatre, you can
contact Vicki Richards at email@example.com or Jeff Richards at
253.851.7529 (call or text). If you would like to make a donation to Paradise
Theatre, visit ParadiseTheatre.org/donate.html.
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For many, bowling is a fun way to
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Since the time he could first pick up a
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knowing that I always strive to put my best
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Your solution to beautiful brows
By Janae Peterson
If you have ever picked up an eyebrow pencil, chances are you have at
least considered semi-permanent makeup to simplify your morning
makeup routine. Microblading is a great option to give you beautiful
brows every day, without any effort. We answer all your most asked
What is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique to give the illusion of
fuller, more youthful eyebrows. Pigment is scratched into the skin using a
hand tool, in short strokes resembling natural eyebrow hair.
What is the treatment process?
After finding a trained professional, your artist will decide the best eyebrow
shape for you based on your face shape, bone structure and features. The
correct pigment color will then be chosen while carefully considering your
hair color, skin undertone and natural eyebrow color. After the eyebrows are
properly sterilized, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area to
ensure little to no pain during the procedure. Instead of using a traditional
tattoo gun, your brow artist will use a freehand tool to gently place small,
feather-like brush strokes with the chosen pigment color. You will leave your
appointment with a thin layer of medical ointment on your eyebrows. A sixto
eight-week follow-up appointment will be required. At this appointment,
the process is repeated to achieve full results.
What is the healing process?
Days one through three your eyebrows will be darker and bolder than you
anticipated. They will also be tender. Days four and five your eyebrows will be
dry, flaky and, for some, itchy. Days six through 14 your eyebrows will appear
lighter in color, as well as patchy. You’re welcome to fill them in at this time
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if needed. Weeks two through six your eyebrows
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the fine hair-like strokes will appear. Weeks six
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How long does treatment take?
The process can take between one to three
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THE IMPORTANCE OF PURPOSE AND
FUNCTION AS THERAPY
BY MARIEL C. KRAUS, OTR/L
As an occupational therapist (OT), I
am used to having to explain that
occupational therapy does not
mean I give people “work therapy”
or help them find a better job. Readers of my
articles know that occupational therapy is a
uniquely diversified allied health profession
that rehabilitates people of all ages, and in
all areas, of functional activity. Our training
varies by our schools but, overall, OT is
more than just physical rehabilitation. We
have roots in psychiatry and our education is
strong in neurosciences. We are human skills
specialists who address “occupations” that fall
into these areas:
• ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) -
fundamental tasks of self-care/IADLs -
activities to support ADLs within the home
• Work/Industry Ergonomics and “Hardening”
• Mental/Behavioral Health - communitybased
and in-patient settings
• Leisure/Play (This is fundamental to
child development physically, socially and
• Aging Safely at home and community
• Social Participation
OTs must master knowledge of human
anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology and
psychology to provide physical and mental/
behavioral rehabilitation to people who have
lost the ability to perform the tasks that fall
into the above areas after an injury, illness
or progressive disease. It is easy to take for
granted how many systems are involved in
just tying one’s shoes until it is impacted by
Down’s Syndrome, a stroke, ALS, traumatic
head injury or arthritis. OTs have a variety
of clinical skills that allow us to work in
several treatment settings and populations.
We utilize our hands, use multiple types of
tools and methods to mitigate pain, teach
independence, improve movement and
facilitate optimal function.
OTs are easily found in hospitals, neuro
and physical rehabilitation centers, state
mental hospitals, schools, pediatric clinics,
community mental health services, home
health, hand therapy and work hardening
clinics. OTs also specialize in niche therapies,
such as workplace ergonomics, home
modification for aging in place, functional
movement clinics, vision therapy, driving
rehabilitation, high-tech orthotics and
prosthetics, art and music therapy studios,
wellness and telehealth practices. The
possibilities are virtually endless!
OTs would be best referred to as functional
therapists because of the misunderstood
term of “occupations” as activities of purpose.
When asking for a referral for OT, don’t be
surprised if your physician refers to us as
“PT” or what we do as “physical therapy”
because they think of it as a verb, but PT and
OT are like brands of physical rehabilitation;
the difference between the two can be briefly
explained by a short list and a long list. The
short and well-understood list is that PT
is focused on walking and gross motor
movement (sports medicine, athletic injuries,
joint replacements, and walking after injuries,
strokes and birth defects). The long OT list is
more diverse and therefore more complicated
to explain, but we are “whole-person” and
community re-integration oriented. Despite
similarities and differences, OT and PT
disciplines are rehabilitation allies and include
SLP (speech and language pathologists, aka
If you are not living your best life after an
injury, degenerative condition, pain or
dysfunction, find an OT specialized in your
condition, and request a referral from your
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THE INVISIBLE GORILLA IN THE ROOM
SLEEP APNEA AND CHILDREN
BY RHONDA R. SAVAGE, DDS, UPTOWN DENTAL & WELLNESS CENTER
“Snoring is totally natural. In fact, in the
caveman days, it scared away wild animals!”
after we know how our
beliefs and intuitions are
flawed, they remain stubbornly
resistant to change,” wrote
authors Chabris and Simons in the famous
psychology experiment titled “The Gorilla in
the Room.” One example, which we know to
be false but many still believe, is this: Driving
down the road on the cell phone, we believe
we’re paying attention to the road.
My question is: “Do you believe that snoring
in adults or children is normal?” I personally
believe, with regard to wild animals, it would
be better to be quiet and silent! But that’s me.
Not everyone feels the same way, and we’re
all entitled to our beliefs. But, if you go to
YouTube and watch videos of children with
sleep apnea, it’ll break your heart.
Why should you be concerned? Sleep apnea
• Affect children’s growth hormones
• Cause the child to be incorrectly diagnosed
• Cause changes in facial structure and lower
• Affect children’s learning abilities in school
Why should a dentist be concerned about this
issue? Because people, including children,
can suffer from silent acid reflux due to sleep
apnea and/or snoring, causing more cavities.
With adult patients, we see gum disease
because lack of sleep causes an inability to
resolve gum inflammation.
What kind of inflammation can plague a
child? Asthma-type symptoms, fluctuation in
blood sugar levels, irritable bowel symptoms
and severity of Crohn’s disease.
Sleep apnea is when a person partially or fully
stops breathing at night during sleep.
Did you know that the brain needs oxygen
all the time? It’s hungry for O2. Brain cells
die without sufficient oxygen, and we don’t
grow new brain cells. It should be clear that
treating children with sleep apnea and adults
In my dental practice, I asked a little 4-yearold
to say “Ahhh” to check his airway, and I
was stunned! I looked at his dad and said,
“Wow! Does he snore at night?”
His dad said, “All the time. He’s a wild snorer.”
The little guy had no airway due to huge
tonsils and adenoids. I recommended he see
his pediatrician and an ENT specialist. The
next time he came in for a checkup, I asked his
dad how he was doing, and the dad said, “He’s
a different child!”
What should you look for?
• Children who sleep with their mouth open
• Retruded lower jaw
• Long, narrow face
• Moving all around the bed
• Up frequently at night
• Not doing well in school
• Too much energy and/or irritability
• Bed wetting
Our beliefs and intuition used to tell us that
only overweight people had sleep apnea. This
is absolutely not true. Weight does play a
significant role in the severity of sleep apnea,
but even children and fit people can suffer
from disordered airway breathing.
EXERCISING THROUGH AGE
THE SECRETS TO A LONG, HEALTHY LIFE
BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER'S RESIDENCE
Staying active at every age is one of
the secrets to a long, healthy life.
But, despite best intentions, it can
be difficult to motivate yourself into
beginning—and sticking to—a regular
exercise routine. Physical constraints or
a busy schedule may create a barrier to
getting adequate exercise, but it is important
to prioritize physical activity into your
schedule, especially as you age and your
It’s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle
and reap the benefits of active aging. Even
light daily exercises can improve your
body’s wound-healing process, prevent
disease, foster greater independence and
even increase your mental capacity. The
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
suggests that individuals age 65 and older
try to incorporate at least 150 minutes of
moderate exercise into each week. While this
may sound like a lot, breaking it down into
10- or 15-minute chunks of exercise two or
more times a day can make it much more
manageable—and enjoyable! Think about
finding a simple way to exercise right when
you wake up, before or after you eat lunch,
and again before you get ready for bed.
Exercising doesn’t need to take place in a gym
or even outdoors. A great way to keep in the
habit of healthy movements is to incorporate
small exercises into your otherwise inactive
moments during the day. Do you need to
reach to retrieve a glass from your cupboard?
Grab the glass, return it to the cupboard, and
repeat the action with your alternate arm.
Are there stairs where you live? Challenge
yourself to use them instead of a ramp or
elevator. Do you regularly watch TV? Try
to get up from your chair and walk around
the house during commercial breaks. It’s
these little daily actions that can make a huge
positive impact on your health in the long
If you prefer staying active outdoors, going
on a light stroll, gardening, raking leaves
and fishing are all excellent activities. Or, if
you like participating in your community,
becoming a volunteer at local events is
another great way to stay active while
making a difference in the lives of others. It’s
Even these seemingly small acts can make a
big difference in improving and maintaining
your health. Performing daily exercises
slows the loss of muscle, strengthens bones
and reduces joint problems. Keeping up on
exercise also greatly improves your balance,
which reduces your risk of falling and
suffering a serious injury like a fractured hip
or head trauma.
The key to incorporating exercise into your
life is to develop a routine that fits your
wishes and needs. What works for one
person may not work for you—and that’s
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works for your body and schedule is always
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WASHINGTON USES HOMEGROWN HOPS IN EVERY PINT; IDAHO
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BY DAN AZNOFF
With the number of small and boutique breweries rising faster than the head on a stout porter, craft beermakers in Washington
have opened the tap to new customers in an increasingly thirsty market.
According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB), production almost doubled in terms of barrels per year at
many breweries on the western side of the mountains over the past decade. For example, demand at Pike Brewing Company in
Seattle jumped from 17,401 to almost 43,000 barrels in the five-year span, an increase more than 245 percent.
The state board reported that almost two dozen craft breweries have opened for business over the past two years.
As any of the beermakers will tell you, there are more than hops, barley and water that go into the making of a great craft beer. The craft beer industry
has grown in terms of both variety and sophistication. Like a fine wine, brewmasters are pairing craft beer with food to bring out the subtle tastes
and the differences infused into every brew.
“The craft beer industry in Washington is changing. It’s a different animal,” said Ken Nabors, who has been brewing African Amber at Mac & Jack's
Brewery for 26 years. “When we first started there were a total of 26 breweries in the state.
“Now there are 417.”
Nabors emphasized that the majority of craft brewers in the state produce less than 2,000 barrels per year.
Founders Mac and Jack still own and run the brewery with their team of dedicated beer lovers in the Warehouse District of Redmond behind
“We’re still listening to our customers, still learning how to do it better and still laughing about it,” Nabors said with a smile.
Mac & Jack’s does more than produce beer. It also serves as a training ground for a growing armada of craft brewers.
When childhood friends Dick Mergens and Shawn Dowling decided to make a full-time commitment to their hobby of making beer, the pair made
a commitment to learn all they could about the business side of brewing before they opened Crucible Brewing in an Everett retail strip mall in late
Mergens quit his day job at a home improvement
center to take a job at the Mac & Jack’s Brewery to learn
the business. He worked his way up to the brewhouse
before moving to another Redmond brewery—Hi-Fi
During his time at Mac & Jack’s, Mergens worked
with American Brewing head brewer Adam Frantz
to understand the intricacies of how to be an efficient
brewer in a commercial brewhouse. Mergens
described Mac & Jack’s as “The Academy.” His
education was apparently a success. Crucible recently
opened a second tasting room in the heart of wine
country in Woodinville.
“You get worked to death over there, but you learn a
lot,” said Mergens. “Shawn and I continue to tinker
with our formulas to offer even more choices for our
While IPAs and ales are the most frequent pours from
taps across the state, the different styles of beer and
the diverse patrons who consume the effervescent
beverage are as different as the weather on each side
of the Cascades.
Craft beermakers have developed subtle differences in
the mixture of ingredients and distribution methods
that reflect each region of Washington.
A prime example are the numerous craft breweries
that sprung up in Spokane during the ‘90s to serve
the thirsty college students from Gonzaga and nearby
Eastern Washington University in Cheney. The
smaller breweries formulated and served pale ales that
have become known as “Spokane-style” beers that are
meant to be enjoyed with friends.
No-Li is a template for the style of beer that still
dominates the nightlife in Spokane. The pale brew
can race its beginnings to five of the pubs at the heart
of the U District scene that have opened since 1993.
Each pours a version of the light beer to go well with
food and an evening out on the town.
Founded in 2011, Iron Goat Brewing Company joined
the party in 2011 from its trendy location in the
historical district on Second Avenue. The pub offers
its standards like Paul’s Pale Ale, Goatmeal Stout,
Bleating Red Ale and the nasty Trashy Blonde.
For those in an adventurous mood, the brewmaster at
Iron Goat serves an aggressive India Pale Ale, a Head
Butt IPA and the Impaler Imperial IPA.
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The dark varieties served down the block at Perry Street Brewing
and the field-to-tap pilsner from Big Barn Brewing Co. are just two
more of the unique offerings to be discovered as you drink your way
through the core of downtown.
Founded in 2015 by longtime Gig Harbor resident and beer
enthusiast John Fosberg, the Gig Harbor Brewing Co. is home to five
regular pours, four seasonal brews and four specialty formulations.
The founder’s favorite is the Sturdy Gertie® Double IPA with 7
percent alcohol by volume.
“It’s not super hoppy,” Fosberg said with a proud smile. “But it has a
dark malty taste, high alcohol content and is a delicious beer.”
Unable to find warehouse space large enough to accommodate his
fledgling operation, Fosberg opened the first Gig Harbor Brewing
Co. facility in Tacoma on South Tacoma Way. He was talked out
of changing the name of his new business by some of his investors.
“They told me to just make my beer,” he said. “They will find you.”
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And they did. Fosberg credits his brewmaster Mike O’Hara for his
efforts to develop many of the trademark brews, including his best
seller, the Giggly Blonde Ale. O’Hara spent eight years perfecting
his talent as the brewmaster at Georgetown Brewing in Seattle
before he brought his talents to Gig Harbor.
Fosberg opened a tasting room next to Skansie Brothers Park on
Harborview Drive when the right space became available. His beers,
he said, have quickly gained a reputation around town for their
traditional easy-drinking style.
Founded by four local beer enthusiasts, the proprietors of Wet Coast
Brewing Co. believe that there is much more to operating a brewery
than simply producing a quality craft beer. The people behind Wet
Coast want their patrons to “experience their beer, to celebrate life
and to rejoice in all things wet.”
Wet Coast utilizes a 3.5-barrel brewing system at its facility at 6820
Kimball Drive to provide a selection of Northwest-inspired craft
ales in an on-site taproom where patrons can enjoy a pint of cream
ale and a Mexican lager.
The year-round varieties available from Wet Coast range from the
Brass Rail Pale Ale to a Bottleman Brown Ale with hints of nut and
chocolate. There are also two IPAs with alcohol volumes from 5 to
Not to be left out of the action, the Gem State has more to offer
drinkers than potatoes for vodka. Idaho is the nation’s third largest
producer of hops, and the state’s capitol in Boise has developed its
own style of craft beer.
Former Boeing engineer Mike Francis pours the results of his
experimentation at Payette Brewing. His Twelve Gauge Imperial
Stout is aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months, which he said
introduces hints of vanilla and oak to go along with tastes of
chocolate and coffee.
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namesake mountains is made with water from glacial runoff that
has been naturally filtered for 500 years through limestone. The
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Despite a reputation that would defy the image
as a hub for craft breweries, the northern
portion of the state has established its
reputation for natural, hand-crafted craft beers
served at family friendly breweries.
Mickduff ’s Brewing Company in Sandpoint
was established in 2006 by two brothers with
a passion for brewing their own style of craft
beer and living year-round in their idea of
The tap handles at Mickduff ’s include a
Huckleberry Blonde Ale made with fruit
puree for a zesty flavor. The local brewery’s
version of a Black-and-Tan is made with
equal parts of Tipsy Toehead Blonde and
Knot Tree Porter.
Down Highway 2 in Bonners Ferry, the
Kootenai River Brewing Company features
the dark McGregor Scottish Ale as well as
the award-winning Hoptic Blast IPA that
visitors seem to either love or hate, according
to Jeremiah Holes, the lead server in the
Each batch of beer, he explained, is distinctive
because each is made with the best available
hops from local farms. Overall, the beers at
Kootenai tend to be a little more “hoppy.” That
includes the bourbon barrel-aged porter made
with coffee from a roaster right in Sandpoint.
“Depending on the day, I’ll usually have
a Grizzly IPA or one of our popular beers
flavored with local huckleberries,” said
Holes. “Our brewmasters tend to get creative
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By Abigail Thorpe
It may have been an awfully grey winter, but with spring just
around the corner, we’re all getting a little anxious to get outside
and start prepping our gardens for the warmer months—or at
least to start thinking about it.
Don’t let the size of your outdoor space discourage you from
planning your own spring garden. Whether you have a full
backyard or just a porch, there are many ways to add a little color
to your space. Here are some tips for creating a welcoming garden
retreat, no matter the space you’re working with.
Stack and layer. Pots of every size are your friend if you’re working
with a small space. If you can’t go out, go up, recommends Anne
Gibson of The Micro Gardener. Stack and layer pots in tiers, on
steps, terraces or even just a small deck or patio to add some
dimension to your space and create growing room for veggies
Work with your space. If you have a long, narrow space, then
choose a planter that mirrors that shape and still allows room
for you to work around. You can even utilize an outdoor table
to build a small tabletop garden, or install brackets to plant a
window box if space is very limited, says Gibson.
Think ahead. Succession plant, so you can enjoy fruits, veggies
and flowers on a rotating basis, suggests Gibson. For example, if
you have a large plant that takes time to mature and spread out,
like zucchini, utilize the space around to grow something that
matures at a faster rate and can be enjoyed in the meantime, like
“cut and come again” lettuce.
Pair plants from the same family that you may not want alongside
other veggies or plants—like bulb onions, chives and shallots—in
a pot or small growing space. Opt for plants that can perform
multiple functions, like lavender, sunflowers and chives.
Mini size it. If you don’t have the space for a full-sized fruit tree,
opt for dwarf fruit trees that will still produce but take up much
less space and can even be planted in a pot. Many varieties of
veggies, herbs and shrubs or bushes also come in dwarf varieties,
like miniature roses.
Raised garden beds are a wonderful option if you don’t have a
ton of space but still want a small garden to supply your kitchen. Think
about the seasonality and maturity time of what you plant so you can
succession grow to make the most of your space.
Go vertical. Use height to create privacy. Varieties of creeping vines can
cover trellis or existing fences, or you can use ladders, pallets and shelves
to create a living wall that can give your small space some privacy while
providing a beautiful backdrop and growing space for your backyard,
porch or deck.
It’s in the details. Even the way you place your pavers can have a big
impact on how large a space feels, advises David Domoney, a British
horticulturist and TV personality. Pave on the diagonal to make a space
appear larger, and include trees, even in a small space, to add height and
also create more privacy.
Keep it bright! Brightly colored flowers will help lighten a small space
and make it appear larger. If you’re including outdoor furniture in your
space, make sure it is size appropriate, and don’t overcrowd the space.
Compact furniture like a small bistro table and chairs can offer seating
options and add to their surroundings without taking up precious space
or looking out of place.
Uniformity. Larger spaces can accommodate various styles and
materials, but in a small space it’s key to keep it simple and uniform,
recommends The Spruce. Limit the hardscape materials to a limited
scheme that compliments its surroundings.
Start small. Make your garden space personal. If you’re trying to decide
where to start, choose a spot that will compliment your home, add a pop
of color, and that you will enjoy on a daily basis, such as the entry-way to
your drive, or a plot by your front door or back patio.
Merge garden and home. Utilize the placement of your home and yard
to plan your garden. Plant up against the home to help compliment the
architectural characteristics of your house and save space, and utilize the
perimeter of your yard to help define the space and still preserve an open
grass area. Some bright pops of color surrounding your home and yard
can add some beautiful detail and space for growing fruit, veggies and
flowers while not taking up valuable space to entertain or play.
Design with purpose. Plan your garden space with a specific purpose in
mind. Create a focal point that draws the eye, suggests The Spruce, like a
water feature, flower bed or garden island.
Little Tips: Use vertical, upright plants instead of those prone to spread
out to save space. Look for veggies that reproduce fast, like “cut and
come again” greens that require minimal space and have a high yield.
Have a fruit tree in a pot? Plant an edible living ground cover like thyme
around the base that will act as a mulch for the tree and provide some
herbs for your table.
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By Taylor Shillam
As we enter another spring in the Northwest, so begins the
preparation to revitalize our landscapes, lawns and gardens.
Whether the spring of 2020 will find you starting from scratch or
breathing new vitality into an existing landscape, there are many
simple ways to increase the sustainability of your efforts.
With the goal of avoiding an excess use of resources, and allowing the
local climate to naturally thrive, eco-friendly landscaping is growing in
both popularity and practice.
Increasing the sustainability of your residential landscape or garden
contributes to reduced energy waste, maintaining the cleanliness of
the water and air, a healthier regional wildlife population, minimized
atmospheric greenhouse gas and upholding a solid foundation for future
generations to be able to experience the same benefits.
Reducing your environmental footprint and turning toward sustainable
landscaping may seem like a daunting task—but it doesn’t need to be.
At the heart of a thriving garden are greener practices that take just a
little bit of extra care but, when done routinely, add up to a significantly
Both novice gardeners and experienced green thumbs can easily
implement a few tweaks to contribute to a more eco-friendly landscape
this spring. Here are a few ways to reduce the environmental impact of
your landscape practices while maintaining a landscape you love.
Green landscaping starts early on with the actual selection of your plants.
Including plant life in your landscaping provides a unique diversity to
the look, smell and feel of your yard or garden. Beyond their aesthetic
contributions, plants enrich the environment by providing shade, clean
air, temperature regulation and a habitat for valuable organisms, among
many other valuable functions.
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Choosing plants appropriate to the local climate also reduces the risk of creating an
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and promotion of healthy pollinators and beneficial microorganisms.
You can easily learn more about the selection of plants native to the region with
online resources like the NWF Native Plant Finder and the Wildflower Center
Native Plant Database.
Another factor to consider: Annual plants require the most water to maintain,
making perennials and grasses the most efficient choice for water use.
Efficient Water Use
As we head into summer and temperatures begin to creep up, intentional and
efficient water use becomes critical. The most significant impacts of your “greener”
efforts will be related to water conservation.
Up to 60 percent of the average residential use of water is for landscaping, so finding
ways to cut back can reduce your spending while reducing water waste.
The use of hardscapes in your landscape design (hardscapes being any selection of
rocks, pavers, decks, etc.) allows you to diversify the look of your outdoor space
and create interest while reducing the required amount of water to maintain the
aesthetic. Hardscapes can be incorporated into pathways, stepping stones, fire pits
and patios, providing more ways to enjoy your outdoor space while reducing the
need for water.
At the heart of a thriving garden are greener practices
that take just a little bit of extra care.
Healthy soil is a critical foundational element to a sustainable garden or landscape.
According to Landscape for Life, healthy soil will remove pollutants, cleanse water
and restore atmospheric carbon, along with the functions we’re most familiar with,
such as water storage and plant nourishment.
In sustainable gardens, soils are healthy, living ecosystems, protected by vegetation
or mulch, and best allow plants to thrive. Heavily mulching in plant beds can
protect gardens from weeds, pests and disease. Mulch provides a protective layer to
insulate roots and cover soil, which can reduce water evaporation and moderate soil
Using organic mulch in garden beds and surrounding trees helps to provide
nourishing minerals when the mulch decomposes and can improve water retention.
Inorganic mulches like crushed stones and rubber chips are best placed in hardscape
With a healthy landscape in place, it’s important to remember that maintenance
practices are just as critical to ensuring the health of that landscape’s environmental
footprint. Thoughtful maintenance practices work with nature, not against it, for a
process that is more time-efficient, economically wise and environmentally friendly.
One simple example is your choice of lawn mower. Compared to a gas-powered lawn
mower, an electric lawn mower will emit significantly lower levels of air pollution.
Pesticides are another important consideration. The U.S. Environmental Protection
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to keep in mind the non-chemical options that are available.
Organic fertilizers (such as compost) and non-chemical pest
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supply, reducing the possibility for the multitude of negative
health effects that have been associated with toxic pesticide
With a goal in mind to choose the least chemically laden, most
naturally derived pest-control products you can, you’ll find with
a bit of research, there are a good amount of available options.
Often these choices will use Neem, a plant known for its inherent
pesticide qualities. More natural options will better target the
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beneficial insects, like traditional pesticides so often do.
Regardless of your level of experience with gardening, landscaping
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It used to be putting a room together or remodeling involved
hiring an expensive design specialist or doing the guesswork
yourself. What might have looked good in your mind turns into
something you don’t particularly love once completed. This can
be a costly endeavor, and not being comfortable in your own
home is something no one should have to feel. Today, there are
plenty of ways to eliminate the guesswork and allow you to play
around with your room before setting out for paint, furnishings
and design help.
PAINT ON THE WALLS
Paint is the easiest and most cost-effective way to spruce up a room. While ultimately
it’s always a good idea to buy a sample and see it on the wall, you can do a lot of
narrowing down by using several paint brands’ visualization services. Behr, for
example, has all its colors and shines available to see on the company’s website. You
can then select a room from the ‘Visualizer’ service that looks similar to the room
you are updating, whether it is a bedroom, living room or other space in your home.
You can apply your selected color to the walls to see how it will appear once applied.
This is especially useful if you are looking at pairing colors together. Here you get
a nice visual to see if the colors clash or decide if you should go a shade lighter or
darker. You can often find these programs in the paint aisle at major retailers as well.
Havenly.com is changing the game for those on a budget. The site offers
professional design help for packages of $79 or $129. When you sign up for their
services, you give the company your room dimensions, what you want to see
updated, and set a budget on how much you want to spend. You can even let the
service know what pieces of furniture you already have that you don’t want to
eliminate from the remodel, and they will be included in the final visual layout.
You are given visuals to choose from which you rate on a simple scale to
give your designer an idea of what styles you like. The designer takes all the
information and puts together a to-scale visual of your room with new pieces
based on the information you provide and your budget. The full package also
allows for more collaboration with the designer. The site makes money off
commissions from purchases you make from the room you are given, but you
are under no obligation to buy any of the pieces the designer includes in your
layout. Other sites like Decorilla.com and Modsy.com offer similar services and
If you are having a hard time finding exactly what you are looking for in an end
table, bookcase or wine rack, build it yourself! While professional CAD software
can set you back financially, there are alternatives that are very user friendly and
quite affordable. SketchUp.com has as free basic 3D modeling program easily
installed on your home computer. More advanced subscriptions cost as little as
$119 per year. Here you can dream up exactly what you are looking for and come
out with the exact dimensions and specifications for making it happen. If you are
uncomfortable with operating power equipment, you can present your design to
a furniture maker who can assemble your custom piece for you. When friends
come over and compliment your piece, it’ll be even more rewarding telling them
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Wayfair is quickly becoming a behemoth in the home
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home. Its Room Planner 3D program allows you to
enter the specific dimensions of whatever room you
are looking to redecorate, including paint colors and
window and door placements. Once you’ve created a
room that resembles your own, you can start adding
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Small town Sandpoint, Idaho, boasts epic experiences, on and off the mountain
By Abigail Thorpe
Drive across the long bridge from the south, and you get your first view of Sandpoint, Idaho, nestled along
the shores of Lake Pend Oreille between the Selkirk and Cabinet mountain ranges. Whether the sun is
peeking over the mountain tops or fog is slowly creeping through the mountains onto the lake, the view is
never short of breathtaking.
With a population of only around 8,000, Sandpoint is home to a tight-knit community of skiers, hikers, bikers and other
outdoors enthusiasts who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. “What sets Sandpoint apart from other little towns is the
kindness of the people. I noticed it the first time I visited here and felt included immediately,” says Brooke Deccio, owner
of Azalea resale shop in the Downtown Sandpoint Shopping District.
The shores of Lake Pend Oreille make Sandpoint a popular summer destination for visitors and second-home owners,
while in winter locals and visitors alike flock to the local Schweitzer Mountain ski resort for epic views and slopes, with
Even shoulder season has something to offer in this town; as the crowds thin out, the colors and foliage start to change
(or come alive), and outdoor activities like biking, fishing and hiking abound.
Where to Stay
Sandpoint offers many options aside from the standard hotel stay, and many include the unique Northwest style and
charm that visitors come to expect from North Idaho. If you are coming for the skiing or mountain biking, Schweitzer
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Mountain Resort has a variety of options, including its ski-in, ski-out
Selkirk Lodge nestled right in the village, White Pine Lodge apartments
and condos, and multiple on-mountain condos that vary in size, and
often offer ski-in, ski-out access. “Winter or summer, the outdoor pool
and hot tubs are a treat for soaking those muscles after a day of skiing or
mountain biking,” says Dig Chrismer, marketing manager for Schweitzer
For lakeside seekers, Dover Bay Resort is nestled where the Pend Oreille
River meets Lake Pend Oreille 3 miles from town and is a peaceful
waterfront resort that offers vacation rentals both on and off the water
to sleep two through 10. Nine miles of walking trails, 9 acres of parks, a
waterfront restaurant, gym and hot tub, and marina with available boat
rentals make this a perfect spot for those looking to enjoy spring, summer
or fall on the lake. The resort also offers one-bedroom apartment rentals
at the downtown marina for those wanting to stay right in town.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, located about 30 miles northeast of town,
offers rustic stays in log cabins or the main lodge. The fifth-generation
dude ranch is open year-round, with horseback riding in the summer,
and sleigh rides and nordic trails in the winter. All-inclusive stays with
gourmet country meals make this the ideal spot to unplug and get away
for a few days.
Go Sandpoint (GoSandpoint.com) Vacation Rentals provides homes for
rent from the shores of Lake Pend Oreille to Schweitzer Mountain Resort
and beyond. They are the preferred booking agent for the exclusive
development and golf course at The Idaho Club, where beautiful homes
are nestled along the fairways of the Jack Nicklaus designed course.
Where to Eat
Stop by the original Evans Brothers Coffee location in the Granary Arts
District for a cup of their famous locally roasted coffee. When you’re
ready for a second cup, or an après ski drink, head over to newcomer The
Longshot, a local cafe with a retro coastal vibe that serves coffee and tea,
a selection of interesting beers and natural wines, and a rotating menu of
breakfast and lunch items.
Local winemaker Pend d’Oreille Winery’s tasting room is housed in the
old brick furniture store downtown and is a must-stop for wine-lovers.
Pair a glass of its beloved Meyer Reserve Cab Sauv or distinct Deadhead
Petit Verdot with one of the flatbread pizzas—you won’t be sorry.
For lakeside dining, head over to Forty-One South, situated just south
of the long bridge along Lake Pend Oreille in the Lodge at Sandpoint. A
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Housed in an old wood building on Cedar
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personal beer steins hanging from the wall, and
layers of bottles covering the rafters and window ledges. Stop in for a
beer and some comfort food, and catch one of the live music shows.
Dollar beer day is Thursday and never fails to bring a crowd in, offering
pints of $1 beer until the keg runs out.
For beer lovers, Sandpoint offers several breweries, including Matchwood
Brewing, Utara Brewing, MickDuff ’s Brewing, and Laughing Dog
Brewing out in Ponderay. If the season permits, hop on a bicycle and
make it a bike and brew day.
What to Do
For spring skiing, hit up the 2,900 acres of slopes at Schweitzer
Mountain. The resort has a local, down-to-earth vibe, and the lines are
rarely long. “Schweitzer is an unpretentious, uncrowded destination with
views you’ll never forget of Lake Pend Oreille, three states and Canada,”
says Chrismer. “We strive to offer a true mountain experience, where
guests feel immediately at home.” If downhill is not your style, there are
32 kilometers of nordic trails, and some delightful restaurants in the
village to stop and rest your legs while you enjoy some light repast at
Gourmandie, Chimney Rock or the more laid back Pucci’s Pub.
In summer, the mountain opens its slopes to mountain bikers and hikers,
with lift service to the top. It’s worth the trip up just for the view. Whether
you’re driving—or biking—down from the mountain, sparkling Lake
Pend Oreille lays just below. Come summertime the lake comes alive
with boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders, with options like Tack Boat
Rentals for local rentals if you’re looking to get out on the lake.
Downtown is easily walkable, and a jaunt along the local shopping
district is a must do. “If visiting, you can't miss a matinee or performance
at the historic Panida Theater, getting a coffee from the Longshot, making
your rounds at consignment and gift shops La Chic Boutique and Azalea,
or joining a Monday evening run coordinated by Jenny at Outdoor
Experience,” says Deccio. Stop for an ice cream at Panhandle Cone &
Coffee along the way; their fresh huckleberry is a summer favorite.
Turn the corner on Bridge Street, and head under the overpass out to City
Beach to enjoy some fun in the sun along the beach, stroll the winding
paths or take a photo with the iconic Sandpoint Statue of Liberty—the
town’s own miniature Lady Liberty.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, Sandpoint has much to offer and is an
easy weekend’s drive to escape the city crowds and enjoy the natural
beauty and small-town charm its locals love it for.
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4747 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 200 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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IRISH BREAD & BUTTER
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Lynn Gertrude Brown
Yield: One 9x13” Pan
½ cup melted butter
1 medium-size loaf white bread or Brioche
½ cup raisins or dried fruit
¼ cup Irish whiskey
1 cup heavy cream
1 ½ cups whole milk
8 oz. cream cheese
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
• First things first, your raisins need to get drunk. Place the raisins in a
bowl and add the whiskey to cover them. Let sit at room temperature for
at least two hours, but the longer the better.
• Preheat your oven to 325°F. While the oven is heating up, use melted
butter to coat a 9x13” baking dish.
• Cut the bread loaf in 1-inch thick slices, and generously butter both
sides. Place bread in the prepared pan by either cutting into cubes, or for
a bit of a fancier approach, shingle in the whole slices in a single layer by
overlapping the slices.
• Place the pan into the oven for 7 to 10 minutes to lightly toast the bread.
• While your bread is getting a glorious tan, place the milk, heavy cream
and cream cheese into a saucepan. Slowly stir over a medium-low heat
until the cream cheese is melted and combined.
• In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and cinnamon. Once the
milk mixture is ready, slowly add to egg mixture a little at a time, mixing
well before each new addition.
• Once the milk and egg mixtures are fully combined, pour two-thirds of
the amount into the pan over the toasted bread. Set aside for 15 to 20
minutes to allow the bread to absorb the custard mixture.
• Remember those tipsy raisins? Strain out the raisins, being sure to save
the whiskey. Sprinkle the raisins over the bread and custard mixture.
• Pour remaining custard over the raisins. Place pan into the oven and
cook for 1 hour until the custard is puffed up and set. The top should be
slightly browned as well.
• Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
Serving options: Top with fresh whipped cream or use the drunken raisin
whiskey to make a delicious caramel sauce!
Coffee and Crepes
Coffee and Crepes
4700 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Ste 109
In the Olympic Medical Plaza
• Paninis & Sandwiches
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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
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American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and
chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to
Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the
harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out
menu available. Monday through Thursday 11am to 8pm,
Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.
8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C | Gig Harbor
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
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1501 10th Ave. East, #101
Seattle, WA 98102
GERTIE AND THE
At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown
Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to
a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet
affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,
Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully
prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with
them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.
4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite 600 | Gig Harbor
253.649.0921 | GertieAndTheGiantOctopus.com
PHO EVER WOK
Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look
no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional
Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like
your soup mild or spicy, they'll prepare it just the way you
like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available as
well. Even better, the prices can't be beat, and there's plenty
of parking. Also available for take-out. Open Monday
through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.
4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor
Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello
to delicious, serving up food that feels as good as it
tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai
bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal
planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday
through Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am
5247 Olympic Drive, Suite A | Gig Harbor
253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com
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
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
that tastes good!
When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will
be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they
work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their
guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of
culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from
11am to 9pm.
4747 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite 200 | Gig Harbor
253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com
Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to
everyone, with a menu that includes grain-free, vegetarian
and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in
April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to
the Gig Harbor dining scene. Open daily 11am to 9pm.
5160 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite C101 | Gig Harbor
253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com
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Annual Film Fest Returns
By Colin Anderson
Big time Hollywood movies can take years to complete. For an
upcoming film festival here in Gig Harbor, filmmakers will have a total
of three days to write, direct, shoot and edit a finished piece of cinema.
The 72-Hour Film Competition, put on by the Gig Harbor Film Festival,
is both hectic and incredibly rewarding for its participants.
There will be approximately 35 entries in this year’s competition. Age
categories are 13 and younger, 14 to 18, and 19 years of age and older.
In early March each participant gets a crash course in basic filmmaking,
as well as helpful information and instruction from local film industry
professionals. When the clock strikes 6pm on Thursday, March 12,
each group is given their instructions, and the 72-hour countdown
begins. Organizers will reveal to each group certain elements that
must appear in their film, and all production elements need to be
completed by the deadline of 6pm on Sunday, March 15.
Once the films are all submitted, local filmmakers can take a deep
breath while judges begin reviewing each film. The most fun day of
the event is a week after submission when each of the films will be
shown on the Galaxy Gig Harbor IMAX screen. The public is welcome
to join and view the films, which are scheduled for screening from 9am
to noon on Sunday, March 22.
After the films are shown there is a brief intermission in the theater
lobby where refreshments will be served. Guests are then invited
back in and the winners are awarded. Categories include: Best Film,
Best Actor and Best Ensemble in each age category. There is also an
award and $500 cash prize for the best overall winner. As a bonus,
winning films will be included in the Fall Film Festival and shown
alongside award-winning independent films from around the world.
For additional information, visit GigHarborFilm.org and click on
EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER
11 am to 2 pm | Chapel Presbyterian Church
FOR MORE EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.
This year’s Empty Bowls event takes place 11am to 2pm at Chapel
Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Avenue, in Gig Harbor. Potters
from the region have worked all year to create beautiful soup bowls
while a dozen or more local restaurants (including BBQ2U, Table 47,
Morso, Sunset Grill, Devoted Kiss Cafe and Lunchbox Laboratory)
prepare their signature soups to serve. The community then comes
together to purchase a bowl, receive a simple meal of soup and bread,
and know that their purchase will help feed thousands of meals to
hungry kids next summer when local schools are out. Find out more
online at AltrusaGigHarbor.org.
PENINSULA MARKETPLACE OPENING DAY
9am to 3pm
The Peninsula Marketplace is a makers market that hosts local artists,
crafters, food processors and others who showcase and sell unique
and quality products directly to the community. Located at 5503
Wollochet Drive NW, opening day is March 21 and will be open to
the public from 9am to 3pm. From plants, seafood and fresh flowers
to artists, crafters, jewelry makers and more, as well as live music,
don’t miss out on the opportunity to support local. The market will be
held weekly through September 19. Admission is free! For additional
information, visit Peninsula-Marketplace.com.
THE GREEN GIG LOCALLY GROWN
DINNER & AUCTION
6 to 9pm | Gig Harbor Yacht Club
Get your tickets today for the 10th Annual The Green Gig Locally
Grown fundraising dinner and auction. Held Saturday, March 28, 6
to 9pm, at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, this is an annual locally grown
tradition featuring an evening of food, drinks, silent and live auction,
and community to support Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Curious
by Nature School and outdoor early childhood education. This oneof-a-kind
dinner provides guests a magical farm-2-fork experience,
replete with live music, heartwarming stories and bidding for unique
experiences. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online
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Sandpoint Rotary presents the 13th Annual CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo,
named one of the top charity rides in the US! The 150-mile route is a
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and a Family Fun ride, awesome ride support and a fabulous after-ride
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