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CELEBRATING OUR FREEDOMS
ife has been
at times frightening,
heartbreaking, during recent weeks—for us
all. With new “normals” put in place to battle
COVID-19 and keep our communities safe,
and the addition of protests that began in
late May, our world has been turned upside
down. But at the end of the day, as we ponder
the lives we’ve been able to build here in the
United States, we can’t take for granted all
of the freedoms that come with our great
country. Through all the hardships, we are
able to raise our voices and demand to be
heard. Through our voices, we are able to
lift others up while they may be silenced.
We live in a country like no other and are
proud of the communities in which we live.
Despite the difficulties, we always come out
stronger, and more united, than before.
On July 4, friends and families will once
again gather to commemorate America’s
independence. Though celebrations may
be a bit different this year, and smaller,
people will still come together to celebrate
our great country—the place we all call
home. If we continue to love our fellow man
and want for them the same freedoms and
opportunities we desire for ourselves and
our own children, our communities, states
and nation will only become that much
Take this time to reflect on all the blessings
you and your loved ones have been bestowed,
and focus on what we, as individuals and
whole communities, can do to support each
other. Our strong, hardworking families and
communities are the backbone of this great
I ask you to take a moment to recognize
the great privilege we have as Americans,
and the great work we have done and will
continue to do, in building this place we call
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of social isolation, when Americans are enjoying their homes' outdoor
spaces more than ever. Outdoor work may require some extra sweat and
elbow grease, but these big jobs are a welcome break right now, keeping
people busy and outside—and helping them truly appreciate their well -
-tended green spaces.
For many, outdoor work is a satisfying endeavor, allowing homeowners
to take pride in their home and yard, along with the work they put into
it, which shows in what people are searching for, posting and sharing
online. For example, Pinterest Insights saw an increase of 89 percent in
backyard renovation ideas on their website, along with a whopping jump
of 658 percent in DIY small patio ideas on a budget, and an impressive
528 percent increase in budget garden inspiration ideas.
Ready to get started on your summer to- do list? Consider adding these
big but worthwhile tasks to your roster.
Start a "victory garden"
Given all the questions brought about by COVID-19, many Americans
are re igniting the WWII practice of growing their own fruits, vegetables
and herbs to give themselves more control over their food supplies.
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Your Comfort Zone
FRIEND OR FOE?
By Felicia Soleil, Divorce Mediator and Attorney
comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever
grows there.” Anonymous
This quote popped up on my TV screensaver in the
midst of our Stay Home, Stay Safe orders this past spring. My
first reaction pertained to my immediate circumstances of trying
to work from home while fighting daily enticements to just do
nothing and relax into complacency. “It’s too hard,” I whined. “It
will all be over soon anyway,” I hoped.
I immediately recognized that this type of thinking would leave
me, as well as my clients, in a non-productive limbo. I also recalled
that one of my frequently used motivators with my divorce clients
is, “Get comfortable with your discomfort.” For it is in that place
of unfamiliar circumstances and doing the hard work to navigate
them that we can master the skills to move forward and expand
The temptation to lounge on the couch and “do nothing” feels good
and has its place, certainly in times of stress and rest. However,
this is not a long-term solution if we need to address significant
change in our lives, whether that change is thrust upon us when
we don’t want it or we are voluntarily seeking change. In either
circumstance, avoidance through embracing our comfort zones
So what did I do? I implemented a plan to “get comfortable with
my discomfort” in the same manner I ask of my clients going
through their marital transitions. First, I identified the issues. For
me, those included technology, financing and mastering the art
of virtual communication in a profession where attention to inperson
nuances is key. Highest on my priority list for my clients
has always been confidentiality, ease of use and a sense of personal
the most efficient service at the best cost and provided the best
support when I needed assistance? Which platforms had the best
document-sharing features? Most importantly, which platforms
would allow me to interact with my divorce clients, through both
individual consultations and multi-party mediations, in ways that
would allow me to maximize personal service while also allowing
for ease of use for all of us?
After weighing all the options, I made my choices of providers,
received all the training I could and began implementation with a
request for feedback from my clients.
I also went even further and ultimately obtained certification as
an Online Family and Divorce Mediator. As a professional who
highly values my personal relationships with clients I, like many
in the family mediation field, have long resisted the idea of serving
clients through online portals. The mere idea of losing that inperson
interaction was almost unthinkable. Let’s just say I am now
an enthusiastic convert to this newly valuable service for clients
during a time when an office visit might not be a convenient option.
Was this easy? Not in the least. Did I have some sleepless nights
thinking to myself I could never pull this off? Most definitely. But,
just like my work with divorcing couples, I broke the situation
down into manageable steps following the tried and true path to
problem-solving: identifying the issues, determining and collecting
the information needed to address those issues, analyzing the
information and weighing all options, implementation, and
feedback on whether those choices meet expectations and
determining whether adjustments should be made.
My greatest wish in all this is that if you ever become my client,
you will receive the same care, compassion and competence from
the other side of your computer screen as you would have from the
other side of my conference table.
Second, I identified and obtained the information necessary to
address those issues. For example, learning how to relocate office
equipment and connections to my home, subscribing to electronic
payment and electronic signature applications, and watching
endless tutorials about how to conduct virtual meetings.
Once I had acquired enough information to help me make good
decisions, it was time to explore options. Which platforms gave me
Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located
in Gig Harbor. 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
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Changing the Face
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For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped
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PLANTING SEEDS OF
To experience real, powerful change, I have to begin
By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team
In the song “Revolution,” John Lennon
pushes back against the idea that
important changes only happen after
people join larger movements. Revolution
begins, Lennon suggests, with a shift in our
own thinking. I agree. Transformation will not
happen around us until it happens inside us.
When we choose to be intentional about
personal growth, we plant a seed of
transformation within ourselves. That’s the
first step. True transformation comes when
we invest in that process every day. Shifting
our thinking, doing new things, is hard. It
feels easier to look at the world and expect it
to change around us. Even if the world does
change, if we don’t invest in ourselves, we
experience the world with the same limits to
our thinking and awareness we had before.
Continuing transformational work inside
ourselves takes courage to embrace the
unknown and faith in the future we are creating
for ourselves. When we put action behind our
vision, cultivating that seed, we are more aware
of the potential within us and within others.
This kind of transformative vision is magnetic.
Other leaders will be drawn to that energy,
and those leaders will begin to experience
transformation in their own lives. This is the
key difference between knowing how to lead
and being a transformative leader. When we
choose to be transformative leaders, no matter
what context we’re in, we bring life and energy
with us to invest in every conversation, every
idea, every enterprise and every solution.
When we make it a point, every day, to take
in knowledge, wisdom and inspiration, this
will work in us to create shifts in our thinking,
our mindsets and our actions, transforming
who we are and also what we do. This is why
cultivating a seed of transformation in one
leader causes that transformation to begin in
other leaders. We may teach what we know, we
reproduce who we are.
Planting that contagious, transformational
seed begins with who we’re inviting to invest
in our own lives. Are we choosing thinking
partners who are transformative in their
mindset and actions? Do they know what
they’re doing and why they’re doing it? Do
they have a contagious vision? Do they get
buy-in from other leaders who are excited to
be part of what they’re doing?
These are the people who help us cultivate the
seeds of transformational leadership in our
own lives. They lead because they love people
as much as they enjoy leading them. These
leaders challenge us to continue to invest in
personal growth, to never believe we have
“arrived,” so, together, we continue connecting
with the transformative energy that inspires
real, positive change.
When we make these choices, act on these
intentions and connect with thinking partners
who inspire us to continue growing, no matter
what stream of influence in which we work,
we will inspire other leaders around us to step
up, invest and be transformational. When
we develop seeds of transformation within
ourselves, leaders around us will catch that
vision and share it with others. As John C.
Maxwell says, “If we want to bring change, we
have to be changed.”
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WILDWATCH PROGRAMS GO ONLINE
By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Harbor WildWatch
As Harbor WildWatch is classified
as a museum, it unfortunately
cannot open up its doors to guests
until the county enters Phase
3 of the Washington phased re-opening
plan. According to Harbor WildWatch
Communications Specialist Carly Vester,
the organization is creating a plan for a safe
opening in the future that minimizes risk to
both guests and the volunteers they depend
on in order to operate.
Despite the closure, there is a great amount
of fun and informative programs that you
can take part in from your computer, tablet
or phone. Since the closure, volunteers and
staff have continued to produce weekly STEM
workshops, educating kids and adults alike
about the environment around the harbor
both above and below the surface.
The sessions are broadcast on Facebook Live
and typically run for about 30 minutes to
an hour. In many cases, kids can participate
in hands-on learning using common items
found around the house. Lists of needed
lesson materials are available in the event
calendar, and instructors will help kids with
their experiments via video.
If you miss the live interaction or would like
to go back to other lessons you might have
missed, all STEM programs are posted to the
Harbor WildWatch YouTube channel as well.
Also coming up in July is another Cocktails
and Fishtails event. This BYOB monthly
online discussion will happen at 6pm on
Wednesday, July 15. The Pierce Conservation
District will present live on Facebook about
Puget Sound nearshore processes, including
beach formation and erosion, and how
human development influences the complex
processes that build and erode beaches,
impacting habitats and ecosystems. This
emerging science on bulkheads can better
help assess their impact on salmon and orcas.
Despite the restrictions, Harbor WildWatch
hopes to continue to spread knowledge to
the community while providing a sense of
community to those who enjoy frequenting
the interpretive center.
Follow Harbor WildWatch on Facebook or
visit the online calendar at HarborWildWatch.
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events both in-person and virtual.
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CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY
TIMES CALL FOR THE SIMPLE TRADITIONS
By Jillian Chandler
It continues to be a common theme not only in Gig Harbor
but across the state and country; large community events and
gatherings continue to be halted as a result of the continued
safety concerns amid COVID-19. Though there won’t be any
parades making their way down the streets as adults and children
alike line the roadways wearing their red, white and blue and waving
their American flags proudly, and the bright sights and booming
sounds of fireworks won’t be taking over the night skies in honor of
our independence, there is still much to rejoice in—even if this means
a smaller, more intimate celebration.
There’s nothing like a good ol’ Fourth of July backyard barbecue.
Whether it’s with your spouse and kids or a gathering among friends,
spending a warm summer day outdoors—especially on Independence
Day—calls for some grilling and cool beverages. Make it a potluck,
and have everyone bring one of their favorite dishes. This is a fun time
to share those traditional family recipes that you grew up enjoying to
help celebrate the holiday.
Add in some fun backyard games, like three-ring toss or horseshoes,
cornhole and table tennis, and everyone, no matter their age, is bound
to take part in some good old-fashioned friendly competition.
Spending a day out on the water is the norm here in the harbor,
but it’s always that much more meaningful to get out on your boat,
paddleboard or kayak, feeling the breeze across your face as you
freely glide across the open waters—that feeling of freedom is truly
indescribable. And while on the water, you’re sure to meet up with old
friends while making new friends as well!
With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, you can always opt for a
quiet holiday and take a mini road trip, and be sure to pack a patriotic
picnic for the road!
However you choose to celebrate this Independence Day, it’s up to
you to make it one to remember. And the most important way is by
celebrating with the ones you hold most dear. Happy Independence
Day, Gig Harbor!
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CREATING A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND THE
BEST PLACE TO GROW OLD
THE MUSTARD SEED PROJECT … HELPING SENIORS TO AGE SAFELY IN PLACE
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HAVE ALLOWED US
TO SERVE SENIORS
AND TO ADAPT TO
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seniors in the Key Peninsula and Western Washington,
providing a variety of services and programs to best
allow them to age safely in place in their own homes, in
a healthy and happy way.
“When Edie Morgan founded the Mustard Seed, the
focus was almost exclusively on programs to support
people to age in place,” says Eric, who has been the
executive director for just shy of two years. “Those
programs grew and developed, and in 2016 we were able
to move into our current building, the Crandall Center.
After much investment in the building, we now have
a quality senior center that has spaces for our classes
like yoga and SAIL, both of which aim to keep seniors
fit and socially connected to others, as well as art and
monthly informational forums ranging topics from
Medicare enrollment to estate planning.”
The Mustard Seed Project does this through their
wonderful staff and many volunteers; from their
transportation program, providing seniors a safe ride
to doctor’s visits or the grocery store, to a volunteer
network who are ready and able to assist with yard
work, minor home repairs and light chores; and even
friendly visits to check in on local seniors and simply
engage in conversation. The information and referral
program ensures that seniors can easily access resources
and enrichment programs that keep them engaged with
each other and their community.
As the coronavirus has affected everyone, especially
the elderly, The Mustard Seed quickly adapted in
order to keep them connected and active during this
difficult, and sometimes lonely, time. Their enrichment
programming can now be found online on YouTube,
allowing seniors to stay active through yoga and SAIL,
dancing, gardening videos, painting classes, story time
and more! They even provided DVDs of the classes for
those seniors who do not have access to the internet.
They implemented a bagged lunch meal delivery,
which began in late March. As of the end of June, the
organization had delivered nearly 700 meals to seniors
throughout the community and hope to continue this
service even after the pandemic has passed.
“That’s really been something that’s remarkable, the
meal numbers, service, the video views. There have
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been hundreds of views; we’re actually maybe touching more people
than when people were coming to the center,” says Eric. “Our adaptations
have allowed us to serve seniors continuously and to adapt to current
needs while keeping clients and volunteers safe.”
Eric stated that the needs of seniors continue, regardless of the pandemic,
which include financial, assistance with meals and in-home care, home
safety, accessing resources and staying connected to community to avoid
For those seeking support or who know of someone who could benefit
from the services provided by The Mustard Seed, there are several ways
to reach out: Call 253.884.9814, email info@themustardseedproject.
org, message them directly through their contact form on their
website at TheMustardSeedProject.org/contact or via Facebook.com/
TheMustardSeedProject. “Staff and volunteers are always here ready
to help,” says Heather Anthony, program manager. “We go above and
beyond … and if it’s beyond us, we make sure to provide them with the
In the last five years alone, The Mustard Seed Project has served 2,231
seniors, with 8,056 instances of service. Volunteers have given more than
14,095 hours of their time and have logged 161,000 miles through their
For Eric, he finds his ability to make a difference in the lives of others the
most fulfilling. “I have a spot in my heart for seniors,” he smiles. “I have
parents, grandparents. We all get old, and we all benefit when seniors are
treated well and living in a healthy way. It gives me a lot of joy.”
“I feel the same way,” adds Heather. “I feel drawn to help these seniors
who live in our community, for them to be seen, heard and taken care
of. Seeing them smile or receiving a hug is the best reward —I’ve gotten
some amazing hugs over the last couple of years.”
There is exciting news for not only The Mustard Seed Project but for
seniors of the Key Peninsula, as Eric says they are close to securing
construction loan financing for their new 30-bed assisted living facility
in Key Center. “We’ve raised and secured over $3.4 million toward our
project and hope to break ground (permits are secured) either this late
summer or next spring.” Once they break ground, Eric estimates the
project will take about a year to complete.
The facility will be built just across the street from the Crandall Center
in Key Center and will “become a hub of activity when in operation.”
Currently, there is no assisted living on the Key Peninsula. This results in
seniors having no other option but to leave their community when the
time comes for supportive care (and they are no longer able to remain in
their homes safely). “We will provide an alternative,” says Eric.
Each day, the team has a goal: to make the Key Peninsula an even better
place to live; to make it the best place to grow old. “That’s really the
vision,” says Eric. “We have an opportunity here to create a really good
example of how to take care of our seniors and respect them and make it
a wonderful place to grow old.”
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“We love contributing to the community and doing our little part,”
The Harbor History Museum is
filled with artifacts, photos and
items covering Gig Harbor’s earliest
settlers up through modern times.
It celebrates the Puyallup and Nisqually tribes
who originally inhabited the area as well as
the many Croatians, Swedes, Norwegians and
others who helped to shape the community
A quick search of Gig Harbor’s history might
land you on the town’s Wikipedia page. Here
you find a story of famed explorer Captain
Charles Wilkes, who, supposedly on his own
in 1840 and during a heavy storm, rowed his
Captain’s Gig (small vessel) into the harbor for
protection. The site states that when Wilkes was
completing the map of the Oregon Territory,
he named the bay that he sheltered in Gig
Harbor. While quite the unique tale, Harbor
History Museum Director Stephanie Lile says
it isn’t entirely accurate and has evidence of the
real story around the naming of Gig Harbor.
While Wilkes gets credit for the discovery, Lile
states that it was actually a group of his sailors
completing a survey who should be credited
with discovering the area.
“While we might wish for a more elaborate and
romantic story, these men were surveyors with
thousands of miles to chart. They set out in
long boats from their ships because the smaller
boats allowed more agility and accessibility
(much like zodiacs off cruise boats these days).
Having rowed the shoreline myself, it’s much
easier to see how a gig would find the harbor
opening than a large ship under sail,” said Lile.
Lile references author Murray Morgan’s Puget's
Sound: A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the
Southern Sound as one of the best records
when it comes to the naming of Gig Harbor:
“On pages 51-52, where it notes that the
harbor was spotted by midshipman Sanford
and named by Lieutenant Sinclair, who did the
actual surveying of the area. These notes are
based on accounts of the expedition held at the
National Archives and referenced by Morgan
in the back matter,” she said.
An amazing number of documents are stored
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within the National Archives, and a look further
into Wilkes’ expedition produced further
proof. The following is documentation found
in the Journal of the United States Exploring
Expedition, which was led by Wilkes.
In Chapter XII, Wilkes writes that he’d sent
Lieutenant Case to survey Hood’s Canal and
Lieutenant Ringgold to survey Admiralty
Inlet. Case completed Hood’s Canal and was
headed off to survey Puget Sound when an
"eye piece" was reported missing. This object
(probably a telescope) was of sufficient value to
the expedition that Wilkes sent a replacement
for Case while Case backtracked to find the
eyepiece. Long story and voyage short, it was
“So, despite the tongue-in-cheek cartoon by
Don Snowden (in our collection) that shows
Captain Wilkes in a gig headed into Gig Harbor
(rowed by his crew—ship’s gigs were not at all
a one-man rowing boat), Wilkes was actually
anchored at Nisqually on the USS Vincennes
writing up orders and probably wining and
dining with the Chief Factor at Fort Nisqually,”
In Appendix XI of that same journal, Wilkes
writes orders for Lieutenant Commander
Ringgold and Lieutenant Case, stating:
Surveying Operations, 11 May 1841
Survey of Admiralty Inlet, below the Narrows,
passing into the channel on the east side of
Vashon’s Island; thence north, examining and
surveying all inlets, and the shores of both sides
of the straits, particularly all those bays etc. that
afford shelter for vessels, not only as harbours, but
for temporary anchorage.
From those orders, Ringgold sets off in the
USS Porpoise from Nisqually Harbor on May
15, 1841. Wilkes makes note that the findings
of Ringgold and Case are reported in the
Hydrographical Atlas (Hydrography Volume
XXIII). But the citation is short and sweet, and
Gig Harbor is noted only in the short section
on The Narrows: “Opposite Point Defiance is
Gig Harbor, which has a sufficient depth of
water for small vessels." They note its latitude
and longitude in the back matter appendix, but that’s it. The chart (map
#155) shows depth soundings and a strange double spit (redrawn on later
maps). This chart is on display at the Harbor History Museum. Gig Harbor
is named for the first time as such on the Wilkes' Expedition’s Navigation
The replica long boat Porpoise, built for the Washington Centennial in
1989, is currently on view at the Harbor History Museum.
Also at the museum is a collection of information on some of the town’s
earliest families. It was in 1867 a rowboat containing three fishermen—
Samuel Jerisich, Peter Goldsmith and John Farrague—ended up in the area.
Stories vary whether they found the harbor or were blown in by weather,
but ultimately decided to set up residence. Samuel and Anna Jerisich
were joined by others who included: Peter Skansie (who married Melissa
Jerisich), Burnham (who charted the town), Babich (Spiro married Julia
Skansie, the daughter of Melissa and Peter), the Goodmans (Lucy was a
longtime school teacher), Uddenbergs (grocers) and the Novaks.
The museum is home to nearly 30,000 artifacts that include everything
from meeting minutes, letters and scrapbooks to maritime tools and
photographs, which help tell the story of the people, places and events along
the Peninsula. When the museum is open to the public, the permanent
exhibit is a great introduction to the region’s history. Those wanting to dig
even deeper into the roots of their town or family can ask for research access
to documents held at the museum as well.
Stories can find themselves lost or reshaped over time, just as the story of
Captain Wilkes sheltering from a storm by himself in Gig Harbor when
properly researched can be proven untrue. With the museum hoping to
open in July, why not make time to discover a little bit more about the
community you call home. While the European discovery and settling of
the area can be traced back to just a few individuals, countless others have
made an impact in growing Gig Harbor into what it is today. You’ll find
their stories and many more at the Harbor History Museum.
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PenMet Parks will continue to see more visitors as restrictions continue
to loosen. Under Phase 3, playgrounds are open with a capacity of
50 percent. Organized group practices and pickup games can move
from groups of five to groups of up to 50. Restrooms will also open
up at PenMet facilities and will be regularly disinfected, according to Executive
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to keep those who clean the restrooms safe as well,” he said.
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When visiting a park, you will find signage in regard to current regulations
as well as protocols the Parks Department hopes all visitors adhere to. Nelson
expects large crowds at many of the popular parks and recommends bringing
alternate activities in case places are filled up. “If you planned on playing basketball,
bring a frisbee or soccer ball in case the courts are full,” said Nelson.
The Parks Department also wants people to know that if the parking lot is at
capacity, it’s probably best to find another park, which is pretty easy to do. “It’s
a great time to go to a park you haven’t been to before and to get out of our
Parents will be relieved to hear that youth camps will begin on July 6 and are
scheduled to run through the remainder of the summer. This was delayed
slightly but Nelson says the department wanted to be sure they had everything
in order so they could provide both a safe and fun time for kids.
Sports teams and leagues can continue to practice in larger groups, but games
and tournaments are most likely still a ways off. “At this time we are looking at
late August or early September as far as that goes,” said Nelson.
With conditions continually changing and new rules coming out of the governor’s
office and Department of Health, it’s always best to check with PenMet
Parks for the latest information before your visit. Staff members are answering
phones and emails, and the park website and social media channels are updated
frequently. You can contact PenMet Parks at 253.858.3400, email at info@
penmetparks.org, or go directly to the website PenMetParks.org. “The community
has been very successful so far, and we hope everyone will continue to
recreate responsibly,” said Nelson.
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While most members of her community used their federal
stimulus checks to pay rent and buy a few necessities,
one Gig Harbor woman turned her payment from the
government into trays of homemade lasagna as her own
delicious message of hope during a difficult time.
Michelle Brenner was inspired to cook dozens of her thick, rich and
gooey homemade goodness in her own kitchen when she returned home
from a shopping trip to the local grocery store.
“After being furloughed from my job (as a retail manager) in March, I
offered to pick up some essential items for a few of my neighbors,” she
recalled. “I was shocked to learn that many of my neighbors had had
frozen lasagnas listed as part of their regular diet.
“As an Italian and somebody who loves to cook, I knew there had to be a
better way by simply doing something that I love to do.”
Her first order of business was to post an offer on the local Facebook page
to bake lasagnas for any of her neighbors. She started her endeavor with
the $1,200 she had received as part of the first relief program approved
“I did not charge anything for the lasagnas, and donations were not
required,” she said with a smile. “But that did not stop people from
dropping off cards, balloons, flowers and even bottles of wine as their
way of saying thank you.”
One grateful person even left her a T-shirt that identifies her as the
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"I knew there had to be a better way."
After dipping into her own savings to continue baking dozens of
lasagnas and leaving them on the porch of her home each day, friends
encouraged her to initiate a fund she could use to provide the cash she
would need to continue to prepare six- to eight-pound trays of her nowfamous
Her initial request on social media raised more than $5,000.
Brenner’s original goal was to bake 1,000 lasagnas. As of mid-June, she
had received more than $20,000 in donations and blew past her original
“These are not simple dishes or diet food,” she explained. “These are big,
full, rich lasagnas.”
She told a reporter from a local television station that she cautions people
not to get on the scale the day after they sample one of her creations.
After the number of requests outpaced the capacity of the kitchen in her
home, one generous business owner arranged for Brenner to have access
to a commercial kitchen.
Her positive attitude is as bubbly as one of her signature dishes. The Gig
Harbor resident said she plans to continue making her lasagnas as long
as there are people in her community in need.
“This is my very small way of spreading some positive energy … and
extra calories,” she said, noting that she has received orders from hungry
people in every county in the state as well as from people who have
driven from as far away as Oregon and Idaho to pick up their dinners.
According to the chef, her lasagnas have been dropped off for essential
workers at police departments, fire stations and health-care facilities as
far away as Edmonds in Snohomish County, a delivery of more than 60
So far, Brenner has resisted suggestions that she open her own restaurant.
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She has also declined suggestions that she is a hero or
that she should run for mayor of Gig Harbor.
“After working long hours and weekends (in retail), I
have never felt as satisfied as I am right now,” she said.
“Working full time has left me very little time to get
involved in any way with my community or be part
of any local clubs. Baking lasagnas has given me the
chance to make a difference in my own community and
have more of an impact on people’s lives.”
The mother of one grown daughter hopes her efforts
will ease the financial burden that the statewide
shutdown has created for many of her neighbors. She
is especially concerned about the welfare of the elderly
members of her community.
“What started out as just the offer to pick up a few
groceries for my neighbors has grown into something
fulfilling that I truly never expected,” she concluded.
“My lasagna is one way that I can give back and make
Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo,
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“A client will bring in a piece of
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will sit down together and come up
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Last month, after much anticipation, Dennis Arneson was
officially able to open the doors of Water Edge Gallery and
Framery on June 9. Though the business has been a staple in
Gig Harbor for the past 27 years, Dennis purchased the space
back in February, dedicating his time to renovating and polishing
up the interior before reintroducing it to the public as his own.
Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and Dennis’ excitement in his
new business venture turned to dismay, as his doors would remain
shuttered and he unable to provide his services to the community.
Fortunately, life is slowly beginning to return to normalcy, and
Dennis is thrilled to finally be able to welcome eager customers
inside, share his expertise and assist them with their custom framing
needs. He is ready to carry the torch and continue the success Water’s
Edge has achieved for nearly three decades.
One day last winter, while he and his wife were walking through
Downtown Gig Harbor, Dennis had been pondering the idea of
working part time. They passed by Waters Edge, and as Dennis recalls,
“I thought, ‘What the heck?’ and went in to see if the owner may
need some part-time help framing.” The owner was not interested in
hiring Dennis, but he was in fact looking to sell his shop!
“I told my wife about it, and we put our heads together, and she said,
‘Buy it! Jump outside the box and go for it!’ I surf, and I know that
when I have been in the water and I see a pretty large, scary wave
coming at me in a clean-up set, I have a choice: either paddle around
it, duck dive out of the way, or turn around and go for it. I guess I
considered the opportunity a clean-up set of sorts, so I thought about
it and decided to turn around and take off.”
Today, Dennis is the proud owner of Waters Edge Gallery and
Framery, centrally located on Pioneer Way and Harborview Drive. In
addition to being a custom framing craftsman, he is also a published
commercial illustrator and painter (you can view his work online at
ArnesonIllustration.com). Being an artist himself, he says, “I have a
feel for art and what it means to a client.”
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Dennis lived in Southern
California and at one time worked managing the high-end frame shop
Gallerie in Westwood. “I sat with clients, many of them celebrities
(Raquel Welch, Stephen Stills, Shawn Cassidy, Bobby Darin, to name
a few), who were very particular about how their art was framed
and how it looked, and high profile athletes such as Kareem Abdul-
Jabbar,” he says. “I learned my framing chops at this gallery.”
At Water Edge Gallery and Framery, Customers will find a beautiful
selection of artwork highlighting local, regional and national artists
in the gallery. Small gift items are available, such as magnets, funny
metal characters built around wine bottles, greeting cards and little
4x4 tiles with characters on them; perfect souvenirs for both visitors
and locals who make their way into the shop. And then there is
the beautiful custom framing work that Dennis is most proud and
passionate to provide his clients.
“A client will bring in a piece of artwork they want framed, and we will
sit down together and come up with the best solution for the piece,
making sure the frame doesn’t overwhelm the art,” says Dennis. “The
frame is there to enhance and show off the art, not detract from it or
make the art ponderous.”
He finds fulfillment in the path he has chosen, witnessing the smile
on people’s faces when they see what they’ve created together.
Dennis is grateful for the life he continues to build here in Gig Harbor
with his wife since moving here in 2016. “I thank Creator every
day for the gift of my life and the family we have,” Dennis smiles.
He’s witnessed over and over again the Gig Harbor community
coming together and supporting one another, and shares that
“The community and business community seems to have the same
heartbeat and works together.”
Dennis looks forward to working with you, whether it’s that treasured
painting or old family photo that deserves a frame worthy of their
value, he will guide you in the process of choosing the perfect frame,
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COMMON BEAUTY MYTHS
True or false? We solve your most common questions
By Bri Williams, RN, BSN
We all want to look our best, and the beauty industry is full of
information, products, tips and tricks to help us do just that.
But what information out there is true, and what is a myth?
Below we break down some common misconceptions and
set your beauty record straight.
Botox and filler will make me look unnatural and “done.”
False. Botox and filler are wonderful tools for helping you to age gracefully
and continue looking like you! But you need to find an aesthetic provider
who shares the same vision and approach. The technique used to place the
product, the type of product used and the amount of product all plays a
role in your outcome. Do your research before choosing a provider. Look
at their before and after photos and schedule a consult before treatment to
ensure that you are on the same page. When done well, “work” should be
undetectable. You should still look like you, only refreshed.
Junk food can cause breakouts.
True. High sugar and high fat (particularly hydrogenated fat) diets can
increase the body’s sebum production, which then creates inflammatory
responses in the body—sometimes in the form of acne. Further, overindulging
in junk food can increase your chances of becoming deficient in skin-healthy
nutrients found in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. It is best to keep junk
food to a minimum and stick with nutrient-dense foods to help ward off
I do not need to wear sunscreen because there is SPF in my foundation.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR HAIR!
We all remember to use that SPF to protect our skin and to drink
plenty of water to hydrate our bodies, but one thing we tend to
forget about during the summer months is our hair! The heat and
sun, along with chlorine, can take a toll on your hair, so be sure
to use clarifying shampoo to wash out that chlorine, product
and sunblock, followed by a conditioning treatment to add that
moisture back in.
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False. The amount of protection provided in
your makeup is not enough to protect you
from UV damage. According to Dermatologist
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the normal amount of foundation and 14 times
the normal amount of powder to get the sun
protection factor on the label.” It is important
that you wear a dedicated sunscreen under your
makeup. Look for one that is labeled “broad
spectrum,” meaning it protects from UVA and
Department store skin care is good because it
False. The high price tag on department store
beauty counter goods can fool you into thinking
it is high quality. Big price tag must mean
high quality, right? Wrong. While some may
be better than drugstore brands, they still do
not have to meet criteria set forth by the FDA
to prove efficacy. They fall under the category
of “cosmetics,” meaning that they are only
“considered to make people more attractive.”
Medical-grade skin care, on the other hand, falls
under the category of “drugs,” meaning that the
product has been proven to change the structure
or function of the skin. So, when a medicalgrade
product claims to diminish fine lines for
instance, it has been scientifically proven to do
So why the higher price tag with department
store brands? Advertising and packaging,
whereas medical grade is more expensive
because of research, blind clinical trials and FDA
approval. Which would you rather pay for?
It is important to do your research when it comes
to your health and beauty routine. It is easy to
get caught up in mainstream hype, celebrity/
influencer advice and big marketing, but look to
your professionals for the facts.
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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IS
PERSONALIZED THERAPY PLAN WITH CLIENT-CENTERED GOALS
By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L
At some point in our lives, we have
experienced services that made us
feel like we were given the same
answers, treatments and products
as everyone else. It is common sense that no
two patients are the same, and it would be
wonderful if treatment plans were uniquely
designed for each patient at every clinic.
Unfortunately, the current health-care model
has become more interested in the bottom
line (referred to as “productivity”), and this
forces therapists to look for the fastest, easiest
treatment plan so they can either hand over
their patient to a number of assistants or get
to the finish line having met simple goals for a
When the first scenario happens, the patient
will not have continuity of care because they
won’t always have the same therapist, so it’s
like starting over again each time, having to
explain why they are in therapy. When the
latter happens, patients may believe there
was nothing more that could be done to
achieve full rehabilitation, and that can lead to
hopelessness, dependency and depression over
the loss of quality of life.
I often get calls from people who have
completed more than one round of post-acuity
rehabilitation, inquiring if there is a possibility
for more recovery of a lost function. These
phone calls turn into mini consultations that
many therapists would either not take or
charge as a telehealth service. But answering
these inquiry calls have great value. They help
the potential patient feel heard and validated.
It determines if my practice skills are a good fit
for the caller and starts the process of building
trust and rapport. People will often tell me,
“This is the first time I feel I’m being heard.”
Occupational therapists (OTs) build their
treatments on the unique story that each
patient brings. We glean gems that create a
personalized therapy plan with client-centered
goals that are met by engagement in purposeful
activities that have meaning to them. The OT
profession started during the Arts and Crafts
movement of the early 20th century and
changed the mental illness asylum culture to
one of mental health and wholeness.
OTs with a well-rounded education are
required to take classes in the arts and in
fabrication of adaptive equipment so we
can facilitate therapeutic crafts that help the
patient find a part of their lost selves after a
stroke, injury or even clinical depression. OTs
must justify the therapeutic activity (art/craft)
by a clinical activity analysis.
OTs have the most incredibly diversified
profession, but it often goes unnoticed because
rehab organizations like to compartmentalize
interdisciplinary teams and, too often, new OT
grads will fall in line with what their employer
demands of them without any thought of
advocating for our profession or the patients
they are serving. People are not made from
cookie-cutter templates and neither should
their therapy plans. It is not what health
care or rehabilitation was meant to be, but
as consumers, we need to know we have a
choice in where we go for our health care and
For more information, please visit
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LIVING FROM THE HEART
FINDING BALANCE IN SUMMER’S ACTIVITY
BY JEFF PUFNOCK L.AC. PH.D. AND JESSICA YOUNGS L.AC.
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We find ourselves in the midst
of summer, the time of full
expansion and expression
resulting from winter’s deep
rest and spring’s active growth. Summer is
the manifestation and luxurious abundance
of all that has been growing this year. As we
see nature clearly expressing this process
through the radiance of the flowers and the
abundance of the farmers’ market, there is
also an opportunity to recognize this process
occurring within our own physiology and
behavior. We are constantly being invited to
find more active participation with the world
around us: to rise earlier, to smell the flowers,
to play in the sunshine and to take in the starry
nights. In summer we are called to shine forth
all of which is most beautiful within ourselves;
all that was hidden by winter and growing in
In Chinese medicine, health is the expression
of a harmonious balance between activity and
rest, and this balance should be tailored to
agree with the energy of each season. Summer
is the most difficult season in which to find
balance between activity and rest and between
the expansion and containment of our
energy. It is common to try to fit in as many
exuberant summer activities as possible, while
many of us are supposed to be on vacation.
Finding this balance is critical for our health
because if our activities are too outwardly
focused in summer, our energy stores are not
replenished and we quickly become depleted
internally, allowing for illness and disease in
the upcoming colder seasons.
Summer also corresponds to the heart in
Chinese medicine, which invokes a time of
sharing ourselves from our hearts with our
communities. The summer holds plentiful
invitations to connect with our communities
and to share in the abundance surrounding
us all. Especially after this time of isolation
and quarantine, there may be a tendency
to respond with exuberant togetherness.
However, it is also necessary to find balance
in our social interactions, as too much
outgoing energy can make us feel scattered,
tired and anxious. Balance is also suggested
because we still may be vulnerable in many
ways after COVID-19, and we must integrate
our enthusiasm to connect with others with
attentiveness to our own resilience and the
immune systems of others.
Summer Dietary Recommendations:
• Quickly and lightly prepare a wide
assortment of local fresh produce: steam,
blanch, saute, simmer.
• Avoid greasy, creamy or fatty foods that
are counter to the freshness of the season, as
these promote sluggishness.
• Avoid foods that are overly drying, such as
baked goods, chips and crackers.
• If you have any digestive issues, avoid raw
foods and iced beverages, which require
excessive energy from the stomach to digest
and therefore weaken the stomach’s digestive
• When feeling hot, focus on eating
cooling, fresh foods such as salads, sprouts,
cucumbers, apples, watermelon, lemons and
limes. Also try eating calming bitter greens
such as endive, escarole, romaine lettuce,
radicchio, asparagus and dandelion.
Jeff Pufnock and Jessica Youngs are the owners
of Embodied Virtue Acupuncture & Herbal
Medicine in Sandpoint, Idaho. To find out
more, visit EmbodiedVirtue.com.
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FINDING THE PERFECT HOME
HOW TO CHOOSE A MEMORY CARE COMMUNITY
BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE
Choosing a memory care
community for yourself or a loved
one is one of the most important
decisions you will make. With no
shortage of options, you’ll need to ensure
that you are asking the right questions
and prioritizing your loved one’s needs
throughout the entire process. While we
understand that the process of searching for
and choosing a memory care community
may be overwhelming, we are here to help.
These few tips will hopefully ease your
worries during the process and help you find
the perfect community for your loved one.
Start the process early. When searching
for a memory care community, it is very
important to focus on your loved one’s
input. If able, talk to them about the type of
environment they would prefer, the location
of their preferred community and the types
of activities they would enjoy participating
in. As their condition worsens, these inputs
may later become your guide when making
decisions on their behalf.
Understand their needs. It is very important
to understand the level of care your loved one
will need. With most cognitive impairments
like memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s
being progressive, meaning that they will
unfortunately get worse over time, it is
important to find a community that can
meet the needs of your loved one both now
and in the future.
Before touring any communities, we suggest
sitting down with your loved one or family
members to make a list and prioritize the
type or level of care your loved one will need.
Take a tour. Touring a memory care
community will not only give you an idea
of their atmosphere but will also give you
a chance to see or interact with staff and
residents. Be sure to pay close attention to
the community’s engagement levels with
residents as well as the types of activities
and therapy they offer. Olympic Alzheimer’s
Residence (OAR) is currently offering virtual
Compare activities and programs. You’ll
want to make sure the community you
choose offers all the activities and programs
your loved one will need to stay engaged.
Every community offers different programs,
so it is important to understand each one
individually. For example, OAR offers our
award-winning memory care program,
Expressions. This program is designed to
make our residents feel accepted, important
and comfortable while focusing on the wellbeing
and enrichment of those we care for.
Ask questions. In addition to a tour, you’ll
want to speak with the staff. Just as we suggest
creating a list of care needs before your tour,
we also suggest creating a list of questions.
Questions related to staff certifications
and training, security and safety measures,
on-site transportation, communication
methods, and additional fees/services are all
Narrow down your choices. Before making
a final decision, narrow down your options
to the top two or three communities to
review with your loved one. If you still have
questions or concerns, always feel free to
reach back out to the staff. There is nothing
wrong with requesting a second tour or
following up with additional questions after
narrowing down your options. Also be sure
to check out reviews of the communities you
are considering online.
At OAR, we believe that our residents’ wellbeing
is directly related to how they feel and
interact with the world around them, which is
why our Expressions memory care program
is designed to nurture mind, body, heart
and soul. Throughout everything we do, we
strive to foster a sense of independence and
Call our community at 253.851.5306 or
visit PrestigeCare.com to learn more about
our memory care program or to schedule a
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Fourth of July’s Bright Moment
BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE
INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
Every year as Independence Day approaches, we anxiously await the festivities: parades, barbeques, three-legged races and an abundance
of watermelon. But the moment that has always captured American’s focus are the fireworks. Every year we wait for the moment the first
explosion hits the night sky. It’s become synonymous with freedom, and the main attraction of every Fourth of July event.
Part of the magic is perhaps that we can’t see the process taking place—the brightly lit sky and colorful patterns feel almost magical. But
behind the scenes there is a whole lot of work and planning that makes the show possible, and decades of science that date back to ancient China.
Historians believe fireworks’ precursors date back to the second century B.C., when the Chinese would throw bamboo stalks into the fire to produce a
loud pop and explosion, thought to ward off evil spirits. Somewhere around 600 to 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists mixed potassium nitrate, sulfur and
charcoal to produce the original “gunpowder.” They would then pack this powder into hollowed out bamboo stalks—which would later become stiff
paper tubes—and light them on fire, forming the very first man-made fireworks.
It wasn’t until the 13th century that gunpowder started making its way into Europe and Arabia. It was quickly adopted for military purposes, but also
gained a popular use in fireworks used to celebrate military victories and mark celebrations and ceremonies. In medieval England, the first skilled
fireworks professionals were known as “firemasters,” and their assistants were “green men,” aptly named because of their caps made of leaves to protect
their heads from the sparks.
Italians in the 1830s were the first to incorporate trace amounts of metals and other additives to the powder to produce the colorful, vibrant modern
fireworks that we know today. Fireworks came with the first
colonists to the Americas and were a popular part of colonial life.
The day before the Declaration of Independence was adopted by
the Continental Congress, John Adams memorably predicted in
a letter to his wife the significant role fireworks would hold in
celebrating the independence of the United States.
“The day will be most memorable in the history of America,” he
wrote. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding
generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be
solemnized with pomp and parade … bonfires and illuminations
[fireworks] … from one end of this continent to the other, from
this time forward forevermore.”
And so it would be—since its inception, the United States has
used fireworks to mark its independence, with shows taking place
in large cities and small towns alike throughout the country.
But our beloved fireworks displays don’t just happen every year.
In fact, planning for them often starts the previous year, says
Heather Gobet, president of Western Display Fireworks out
of Oregon. “There's so much that goes into one of these,” adds
Gobet. Fireworks for the shows need to be ordered over a year in
advance, and there are a lot of permits, paperwork and state and
national laws that have to be taken into consideration.
The process of planning a fireworks show begins with a
preliminary evaluation of the site through Google Earth.
There has to be adequate room for a display, and the space will
determine the size and types of fireworks that can be used. “If
you're using smaller caliber multi-shot boxes, you may only need
100, 150 feet,” says Gobet. But the large shells require 1,000 feet
in every direction.
“There's kind of two major components of designing a fireworks
show,” explains Gobet. “The first one is safety. There are state
and federal laws that dictate how much area you have to have
open around the launch site.” After evaluating the site on Google
Earth, Gobet’s team will talk to the sponsors about their goals for
the show, their budget, and the context of the event the fireworks
are being used for.
This initial conversation sets the stage for early planning of the
show, and at this point, the pyrotechnics company will go out to
the site in person to understand the logistics of the launch area.
Once the show is designed and a contract put together, it gets sent
off to the customer for approval. “There may be some back and
forth,” says Rich Vaughan, district manager and show designer in
Spokane, Washington, for Pyro Spectaculars.
Once it is approved, permits are filed and the process begins.
“I take the show design itself, and depending on the size of the
show, I do the choreography and how the show will be laid out,
since its inception, the United
States has used fireworks to
mark its independence, with
shows taking place in large
cities and small towns alike
throughout the country.
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how it will be fired. We make sure we have a good crew that is
experienced,” adds Vaughan.The majority of Western Display
Fireworks’ crews for the Fourth of July shows are between six and
12 people, says Gobet, and shows start out at $15,000 to $20,000
at a minimum and go up from there. The process of getting
permits and approval is fairly laborious, and there are different
laws in each state pyrotechnics companies have to know and
work with. “We have so many entities that we have to answer to,”
Once the permit is received from the fire department, the physical
planning for the event starts. “On Lake Coeur d’Alene [in Coeur
d’Alene, Idaho] we have to sign up barges and tug boots, file a
marine permit to be on the lake,” explains Vaughan. “When I
design the show, all the paperwork goes to California, they pack
the shows and then they ship them up, and we have a storage
facility where everything goes.” Setup for the show usually starts
the day before, but often the fireworks arrive the day of the show,
since you have to have 24-hour security and house the fireworks a
certain distance from any inhabited building, says Gobet.
Equipment like forklifts and cranes will often be used to move the
fireworks and mortars around on site. “For every single firework
that goes up in the air you need a tube to launch it,” she adds.
If you have an electric or computer firing system that actually
launches the fireworks, then you need a preprogrammed script.
While small shows can still be hand fired, the majority are fired
electrically. Anything on the water is electrically fired. “We can
shoot in just about any weather,” says Vaughan. “What will shut
us down is wind. The wind is really bad.” In addition to wind,
dangerous fire conditions can also halt a fireworks show. But the
rain—and even snow or below zero temps—isn’t enough to stop
The second component of designing a fireworks show is
presentation, says Gobet. Multiple zones, water features, themes,
color combinations and the type of event all play a part in
determining the design of the show. “One of the things we pride
ourselves on is the artistic value of what we do,” says Vaughan.
There are 2,500 different types of effects you can use to put a
program together in conjunction with or without music, says
Gobet. A lot of times there are scripted shows that don’t have
music, so the fireworks are the show. If there is music involved,
fireworks can be planned and timed in conjunction with the
music. “In virtually every case that we're involved in, when
somebody's purchasing a show, they're not just purchasing a
show,” says Gobet. They’re purchasing everything involved—the
design, the planning, the presentation, the equipment and the
day of show.
“I take a look at what I have available to me, and then I try and do
color scenarios,” explains Vaughan. “When you get into really big
production shows you do what they call scenes. What you don't
want to do is shoot the same stuff over and over again, it gets
repetitive. If they have the same budget, I don't just pull up last
year's show and repeat it. Everything I do is custom designed.”
When it comes to pyrotechnics companies, the majority are
family companies that have been in the business a long time.
“The crazy thing is, virtually every major fireworks company in
the U.S. is a family business. I'm the fourth generation, my kids
work here, they're the fifth,” says Gobet.
“Almost, without exception, the fireworks production companies
are people who are born into it,” she says. The pyrotechnicians
come from all walks of life, but a large number are people who
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were born into it or who have loved fireworks
since they were kids.
It’s what makes the pyrotechnics industry
special. “The family nature of this business and
the fact that some of the customers we're
dealing with go back to doing business
with my parents and grandparents,” says
Gobet. Despite—or perhaps because of—
its smaller size and family roots, Western
Display Fireworks brings professionalism
and excellence to every show they put on.
“We would go up against the biggest shows
that anyone in the country could do,” she
adds. “We made a conscious effort to not
change the geographic area where we
operate or that small-company feel. We've
traveled the world and seen the best of the
best, and then we try to apply that to what
Vaughan’s story with fireworks began in
1984 when he was a young adult. A friend
of his father’s worked in the fireworks
industry. Vaughan got roped into helping with
a show, and he was instantly hooked. “I did
that show and I told George this is the coolest
thing ever; I want to do this for a living. I was
banging on his door every time I heard there
people who are
born into it.”
was a fireworks show,” he laughs. He worked
for free in the evenings after he got off from his
regular day-time job, and when George retired
in 1989, Vaughan took over the business.
Last year alone, they worked on 180 firework
shows. “You stay busy all the time,” he says.
This year fireworks companies have been hit
hard by the virus. “Everyone’s sales are down
tremendously,” says Vaughan. As many cities
and towns across the U.S. cancel or postpone
their Fourth of July and other fireworks events,
it’s been a tough time for the companies that
rely on the business. But they’re hopeful when
COVID lifts, things will rebound and be even
busier than before.
It’s not an industry for the faint of heart, but it
is one that holds a lot of passion. People are in
it for the long haul. So this time, when those
bursts of magic reign down this Fourth of July,
we can all appreciate just how much time—
and work—went into our favorite display of
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MAKING AN IMPACT IN THEIR COMMUNITY
People making a difference in our hometown
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
ig Harbor is a unique place. Anyone
stopping through can sense the difference,
and there’s a reason for that. It’s a warm,
open, proud and caring community.
Generations of families have lived here,
and those who moved from other places
came because they love what the Puget Sound has to offer: the
beauty, the outdoors, the opportunity, and most importantly,
Despite the lovely beauty that surrounds us, and the outdoor
opportunities that beckon, it’s the people in our community
who make it truly amazing to live here. Walk into your local
library, visit a local store or restaurant, or join a community
meeting, and odds are you’ve run into them. The kinds of
people who give so much to benefit their community and ask
for nothing in return. Their reward is to see a thriving, closeknit
community that cares for its people.
James and Elsie Turner started providing delicious barbeque
meals to their neighborhood in Gig Harbor, and the next thing
they knew were opening a restaurant on North Harborview
Drive. “We built so many customer friendships that still
exist today,” says Elsie. “The restaurant was a springboard
for joining the Chamber of Commerce and the local
Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, the couple
moved to California in 1975, and then to Seattle
10 years later, needing a change from the fast pace
and wanting a better community to raise their
family. After 10 years in Kent, where James served
as a firefighter for the Port of Seattle and Elsie
was a coordinator for several Japanese homestay
organizations, it was time for another change. They
visited Gig Harbor—and were hooked.
After 25 years in the town, the Turners have become
known for their amazing barbecue, and their
incredible kindness and giving. Their restaurant,
JT’s, came about as a result of encouragement from
the community, who saw the need in Gig Harbor for
some good “que.” It also provided an opportunity for
James’ brother, a struggling Vietnam veteran, to have
a promising career.
“We volunteer whenever possible including catering
events with substantial discounts for service
organizations,” says James. “One of our first events
was a big spaghetti feed for our son's GH High School
football team in 2003. Seventeen years later we are
still supporting the high school through fundraising
with their sports booster club.”
The couple also participates in local food and wine
festivals and Sip and Stroll events. “We love the fact
that we have made lifelong business constituents and
casual friendships here,” says James. “Everyone is
exceptional in their willingness to help. In spite of
the growth, Gig Harbor has maintained its quaint
persona and small-town charm.”
When the restaurants were open—and now as
owners of JT’s Original Louisiana Bar-B-Que Sauce
which sells exclusively online and in retail stores—
the Turners make a point of hiring local residents,
particularly Peninsula and Gig Harbor high school
“Everyone is exceptional in their
willingness to help. In spite
of the growth, Gig Harbor has
maintained its quaint persona
and small-town charm.”
“We were restaurateurs in the harbor for five
years, and five years on 6th Avenue in Tacoma,
but our presence is still felt as we remain active in
the community,” shares Elsie. The couple and their
impact on the local community remains felt to this
day, both in the amazing food they share with the
community and their strong desire to give back.
“Being a part of the community is at
the very foundation of Texas barbecue,
so it's just a part of who we are,” says
Gary Parker, who moved to Gig
Harbor 23 years ago. Growing up in
Central Texas, barbecue was a way
of life for him. He grew up making
fires and cooking with his dad from a
After retiring from Intel in 2018,
Gary opened BBQ2U in Gig Harbor.
“As a business, we get many requests
to support fundraisers and youth
organizations,” he says. “We make it a
policy to do as many as we can.”
In addition, they support the Tacoma
Rescue Mission by supplying fresh
ground hamburger made from the
brisket trimmings, sponsor a Little
League baseball team, and partner with
the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation to
provide meals to homebound seniors.
“During COVID quarantine we were
among the first to deliver meals to the
medical workers at the local hospital,”
Gary adds. As BBQ2U starts to reopen,
they’ve started a program to spotlight
other local businesses in the lobby
of the restaurant. “We have chosen
to do this as we believe the value of
helping others get going again is more
important than anything a lobby full of
tables would achieve.”
Just one example of the way Gary
centers his life—and business—around
supporting others and the community.
“Gig Harbor is a beautiful, quiet,
highly diverse community,” he reflects.
“In general, the rule here is still to
know and help your neighbor. It's a
great place to raise kids and grandkids.
I think when you look at Gig Harbor
and compare it to other places, you can
really see that it's a place that everyone
wants to be a part of.”
A town is only as strong as the people
in it, and we have some incredible
locals who make a lasting impact on
Gig Harbor. Take a moment to meet
the people behind the scenes who
make this town what it is—like James
and Elsie Turner and Gary Parker,
among many others.
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How locally owned businesses contribute to a thriving community
BY TAYLOR SHILLAM
may be “small” by definition, but when it
comes to small businesses, the word only
applies to the technicalities. The profound
impact of small businesses is multi-dimensional and often
underestimated. Now more than ever, it’s time to rally in
support of shopping small.
Can you imagine what your neighborhood or town would
look and feel like without any of its locally owned businesses?
Each small business adds a bit of value, culture and diversity
to their surrounding community in a way that larger chains
simply don’t have the ability to. Economically, the impact of
small businesses on both local and national levels is critical,
and only expected to grow.
The exact definition of “small business” can be difficult to
articulate. Most often, small businesses are defined within a
specific range of assets, revenues and employees.
The federal government sets the definition by trade; for
example, having less than 100 employees as a wholesale
company, less than 500 employees in manufacturing,
and generating less than $6 million in the retail and
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HOME OF THE SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS
Each small business adds a bit of value, culture and
diversity to their surrounding community in a way
that larger chains simply don’t have the ability to.
Economically, the impact of small businesses on both
local and national levels is critical, and only expected
Consumers may define “small business” as their favorite local
boutique, the corner restaurant or bar they frequent, or the locally
owned fitness studio where their mornings begin. With some
reflection, it isn’t difficult to identify the small businesses that have
become a major part of your daily life.
It’s largely because of this, small businesses becoming so ingrained
into the daily lives of many, that they have also become a major
lifeblood of their local economy. Of their revenue, a significantly
larger portion is recycled back into the community compared to chain
stores. According to G1VE, one Chicago study found that $68 from
every $100 spent at a local business will stay within that community,
compared to $43 from $100 spent at a chain.
On a national level, the United States Small Business Administration
found that small businesses generated 44 percent of the country’s
economic activity from 1998 to 2014, an impressive feat when up
against the immensely larger chain establishments and Fortune 500
companies. Today, over 50 percent of sales made in the U.S. come
from small businesses.
Sales provide the need for increased staffing and job opportunities.
More than half of the United States’ jobs in the last 25 years have
been created by small businesses. There are over 30 million small
businesses in the country, and as that total continues to rise, so does
the potential for more people to be hired.
Beyond their economic impact, many small business owners cultivate
an experience within their establishment that transcends outward
into the community. Passionate business owners who pursue their
ideas and share their talents while achieving financial independence
are often, deservedly, a source of inspiration. Times that are difficult
and uncertain call for leaders like these; consumers often look to
them for comfort, certainty and motivation, just as owners look to
consumers for the continued support to stay operational.
The relationships between small-business owners and their customers
is truly something special. The care an owner puts into the business
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level of care they take with their customers, and that
can be felt throughout the “shop small” experience.
Being locals themselves provides small-business
owners a greater ability to foster deep connections
with shoppers, community members and fellow
owners, promoting an environment of collaboration
and support. Knowing exactly who is behind a
business provides a level of personal relationship and
investment to both sides.
Small businesses impact their local community and
economy in ways that are unmatched. They stimulate
economic growth, diversity and innovation within
their communities, both locally and nationally, all
while touching the lives of the patrons who walk
through their doors.
Right now, the importance of supporting small
businesses has become more critical than ever.
With uncertainty being a constant presence
throughout the last several months, businesses and
consumers alike have drawn on creative solutions
to stay afloat during trying times. Making cuts
and adjustments to everything from operational
procedures to the presence of staff, business owners
face difficult decisions every day while navigating an
unprecedented period of crisis.
Although supporting your favorite small businesses
may look different today than it has in the past, there
are still ample ways to show your support in 2020.
Some of the most simple ways include ordering
takeout and delivery, shopping online and buying
gift cards. A supportive gesture doesn’t have to cost
anything; it’s also as easy as pausing (rather than
canceling) a membership or subscription, and
promoting your favorite establishments through
word-of-mouth and social media.
Every purchase and each demonstration of support
makes an impact. For the business, it contributes to
keeping their doors open and their people employed.
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It’s easy to feel like you need to do something big and important in order
to make a difference, but often the opportunities to make an impact on
your community are right in front of you; all it takes is the first step. It’s the
small things that often make the most difference. Here are some great ways to
positively impact your community today.
Tips for making a difference right
where you’re at
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
1. Use your skills to fill a gap in
You don’t have to go through extensive training to find a way you can make
a difference. The best way to give back to your community is to use skill sets
and talents you already have. Take something you do well and enjoy, and find
a gap in your community you can help fill—even if it’s something that’s not
readily apparent. Whether it’s a talent for numbers and accounting, a love for
cooking and baking, or the ability to unite and lead a group, there’s a perfect
opportunity where you can do what you do best.
2. Mentor someone.
We are the people we are today because along the way individuals took the
time to take us under their wing, teach us something new, guide us and share
their wisdom or advice. It’s our turn to give back. Find an opportunity to help
someone younger than yourself, or to teach someone a skill or ability that will
help them achieve their goals. We’re not all on this road alone; every mentor
and teacher we have along the way is the secret to our success. You can be that
person who made a difference in someone’s life.
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When it comes to giving back, start right in your own community.
Focus on how you can make a difference locally. This starts with
your daily habits—choose to shop locally and support local
businesses. When was the last time you went to a community
meeting? Part of giving back to the community is knowing what’s
going on in your town, finding ways you can contribute and using
your voice to make sure change is for the better.
4. Start a club, team or group.
Have you ever thought, “It would be nice if there was a group or
club for that”? Be the one who starts that book club, cooking group
or event fundraising team. Sometimes the lack of something is
simply an opportunity to step forward and take up the helm. You’ll
contribute something to the community, provide a space and outlet
for people who share a common interest, and grow as a leader in the
process. And who knows, you may just make some new friends and
learn something new along the way.
There are so many organizations that depend on volunteers for their
survival. From helping animals to feeding the hungry, cleaning
up streets, building trails or working with kids, there are a ton
of opportunities to give back to a local volunteer organization or
event. Choose an area that you feel passionate about, and make a
commitment to volunteer once a month to start. It won’t take that
much time out of your schedule and will make a big difference in
the lives of others. Nonprofit organizations are the backbone of
serving a community, and it just takes your commitment to lend a
6. Random acts of kindness.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day bustle of life, but you
can completely change a person’s day through one random act of
kindness. Take a moment out of your day to take your neighbor’s
trash out, buy a coffee for a stranger or leave a generous tip for your
server. Maybe someone needs a helping hand to cross the street or
help carrying bags to her car. It won’t throw your day off track, will
brighten someone else's day (you never know what someone else
is going through), and just the process of doing something nice for
someone else will boost your mood and give your day purpose.
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YOU CAN IF YOU LIVE IN PIERCE COUNTY
By Marguerite Cleveland
Photos Courtesy of Travel Tacoma
Have you ever been challenged while planning a vacation? Some in the group want outdoor fun while others want
the cultural experiences only found in a city. Tacoma and Pierce County is a destination sure to appeal to everyone
in your group. It’s only 42 miles from a saltwater shoreline to the peak of a glacial volcano with an art-focused
downtown in between. Discover exhilarating outdoor activities at Mount Rainier National Park. Learn about art
glass in Downtown Tacoma and see why the art form really shows off the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Then throw in a bonus
by visiting Gig Harbor, the Maritime City, because who doesn’t love time spent by or on the water. For this staycation you can
visit each area on a day trip or spend the night so you can immerse yourself in your hometown.
Every now and then you stumble upon a unique lodging that is incredibly special. The Paradise Village Lodge is just such a place. Lovingly
renovated to look like a Ukrainian village, owner Anatoliy Zaika has created a cozy inn with comfortable touches from the old country. He
and his family run the lodging, restaurant and coffee shop in the town of Ashford, the gateway to Mt. Rainier. Make sure to try the galushki,
Ukrainian gnocchi which is a rich and hearty dish. What really brings people to stay here is the Instagram-worthy Cannibal Hot Tub. A
giant cauldron is heated over a wood fire to create the most unusual soak you will ever have.
To get the most out of your time at Mt. Rainier, book a Discover Nature Tour with Diann Sheldon. She has degrees in ecology and
evolutionary biology and is truly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the park. With many years of experience exploring Mt.
Rainier, she knows the ins and outs of the crowds and how to plan a day which will have you experiencing the best the park has to offer.
Before each tour she speaks with you to plan a day based on your interests. A tour is only as good as the guide, and Sheldon is engaging and
never boring. In July, wildflowers will start peeking out in lower elevations and will peak at higher elevations in August. Well worth seeing.
After a day in the park, stop at the Wildberry Restaurant. You can’t miss it with Buddhist prayer flags adorning the building and courtyard.
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SEA ALL IN ONE DESTINATION.
It is owned by Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, who holds the world speed record
by summiting Mt. Everest from base camp to the top in 10 hours, 56
minutes and 46 seconds. He has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest
15 times and Mount Rainier 95 times. The restaurant is decorated with
memorabilia of his exploits. Now his wife, Fulamu, shines as the chef
of the restaurant serving up Nepalese favorites from home as well as
American pub fare.
Tacoma has all the big-city amenities with a small-town charm. The
Silver Cloud Tacoma Waterfront has one of the best locations in town.
Every room has a waterfront view and it is just 2 miles from the Museum
District and 3 miles from Point Defiance. You can easily walk from the
hotel to numerous restaurants along Ruston Way on the waterfront urban
trail that connects to Point Ruston, where you can find restaurants, shops
and a movie theater.
You can’t go to Tacoma without seeing artwork from the most renowned
glass artist in the world, Dale Chihuly. You can see his work at two
museums, the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum by crossing
over the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a public art installation. Purchase a
three- or seven-day attractions pass at Travel Tacoma to save on city
To really appreciate what Tacoma has to offer, take a tour offered by Pretty
Gritty. “Tacoma is a beautiful and honest city. It's a city of entrepreneurs
and innovators. From craft breweries, to restaurants, to experiences,
most businesses here are owned by passionate and local owners, so you
get an experience or flavor that is wholly unique to the area,” said Chris
Staudinger, owner of Pretty Gritty Tours. “Our ‘Get to Know Tacoma’
tour is a crash course in the art, food and history of the area and prepares
you to launch into the city proper.”
African American business owner Terry Waller has created a Victorian
wonderland at her Olive Branch Café and Tea Room located at
Freighthouse Square. A master of upcycling, she has transformed this
warehouse space into an oasis. From the time you walk in the door, are
greeted with a hug and hear Brian playing the grand piano, you know you
are in for a treat. Reservations are a must, and order one of the specialty
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teas so you can try all the deliciousness the
Olive Branch Café has to offer. Make sure
to check out the hat room for a jazzy hat or
fascinator to wear while you enjoy your tea.
For a more intimate “sea” experience, head
across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Gig
Harbor, a maritime city. You will want to
head to the waterfront, which is known
as downtown. Plan to stay at the Maritime
Inn Gig Harbor. This cute boutique inn is
located across the street from the harbor
and centrally located so you can walk
Rather than your typical harbor cruise, book
a trip on the Gig Harbor Gondola. Owner
John "Cinque" Synco will serenade you as
you float through Gig Harbor. Reservations
are a must, and you can order appetizers or just stop by the Harbor
General Store to pick up your own and a bottle of prosecco, an Italian
Gig Harbor is well known for its many great restaurants, but Brix 25˚
really stands out. This is one of the pricier places to eat but well worth it.
The food is outstanding, but they really shine with the craft cocktails. All
the ingredients are fresh or made in house. Classic cocktails are updated
and reimagined with a Brix twist. Each season a new cocktail list is
created so there is always something new to try.
The Gig Harbor BoatShop has classic boats you can rent to take out on
the harbor. If you have more time, book a family boat building workshop
over a weekend. Over two days you will build your own rowboat which
you can take home with you.
No visit to Gig Harbor is complete without a visit to Heritage Distilling.
What started as a small, local business now has multiple locations
throughout Washington and Oregon. Their signature Brown Sugar
Bourbon has won “World’s Best Flavored Whiskey” by Whisky Magazine’s
World Whiskies Awards in both 2018 and 2019. It really is that good and
put this company on the map. There is a tasting room in Downtown Gig
Harbor and in Uptown Gig Harbor is the distillery.
There is so much to see and do in Tacoma and Pierce County—even if
you live here! Visit Travel Tacoma for more ideas and itineraries so you
can explore mountain, city and sea all in one destination.
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1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Lemon cookies (see recipe below)
Coconut cream (see recipe below)
FOR THE LEMON COOKIE
3/4 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup Erythritol sweetener
Zest of 1 lemon
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
Juice from one lemon
1 tsp. pure lemon extract
1 3/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tsp. baking powder
• In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, cream the butter and
sugar. Add lemon zest, egg, yolk, lemon juice and extract and mix
thoroughly. Add almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder and
mix until all ingredients are combined.
• Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes.
• Scoop 1 tablespoon-sized cookie dough into your palm and roll
into balls. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches
• Bake at 350˚F for 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool entirely before serving.
FOR THE COCONUT CREAM
1 (13.5 oz.) full fat canned coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla
• Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for up to at least 4
hours. Chill a medium glass bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
• Open your can of coconut milk and scoop out all of the cream into
the bowl. Reserve liquid for another recipe like a soup or smoothie.
• Using a hand mixer, fluff up the coconut cream for one minute. Add
vanilla and mix for another minute until creamy.
• Use the coconut cream right away or store in a glass jar with a fitted
lid for up to one week.
LAYERING THE PARFAIT
• Using a pint-sized mason jar, layer parfaits in this order: lemon
cookie, cream, blueberries, lemon cookie, raspberries and then
cream. Repeat each layer. Each jar should hold 4 total layers. On the
top layer use both raspberries and blueberries.
• Serve immediately or keep chilled in the refrigerator for up to
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At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown
Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to
a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet
affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,
Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully
prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with
them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.
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Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look
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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 takeout. Open Monday
through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.
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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 Dr. NW, Ste. A | Gig Harbor
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Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes! Located in
the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical
Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers
premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,
fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,
soups and of course made-to-order crepes!
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When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will
be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they
work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their
guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of
culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from
11am to 9pm.
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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.
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MANY SUMMER EVENTS
By Jillian Chandler
There’s nothing like summertime in the harbor, as the beautiful
weather and scenery draw the community outdoors to
experience all Gig Harbor has to offer. From the wonderful
array of dining destinations, breweries and distilleries, to the
unique shops and boutiques, to all of the outdoor activities we are
blessed with, there are always new flavors to explore and new sites
to see. And … you can’t forget about all of the big annual community
events that both young and old wait in anticipation for all winter long!
Though summer is in full swing, these next couple of months will feel
a bit different than years prior, as coronavirus is still affecting our
way of life and how we are able to safely interact with others in our
community. This means, unfortunately, that some of Gig Harbor’s
much-loved summer events have been canceled for 2020.
For the first time in more than its three decades, the Peninsula Art
League's Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival will not be returning to
Judson Street, where they showcase more than 100 artists and
their works over two days; and the always enjoyable, family friendly
Summer Sounds at Skansie weekly outdoor summer concerts will not
be heard throughout the park as it has in years past.
But instead of canceling all together, some annual events have
only been postponed until later in the summer, so be sure to
mark the dates on your calendar! Permission To Start Dreaming’s
annual Swing for a Soldier has a new date of August 10 starting at
noon at Canterwood Golf & Country Club (SwingForASoldier.org),
while the Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Air Show will now take place
September 12 and 13, with tickets currently available online at
There’s still much to look forward to, not only this summer but next
summer as well, as our favorite events return home to the harbor.
RACE FOR A SOLDER VIRTUAL RACE
FOR EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.
Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation invites the community
to join them for the Race for a Soldier Virtual Race on Sunday, July
5 (you may also complete your run by July 30)! Race for a Soldier
has gone virtual to offer an experience to run miles while raising
money to support the PTSD Foundation. All proceeds go to the
foundation, with every mile logged supporting local veterans
and first responders in the Pacific Northwest. Choose your race
distance: 5k, 10k, 10 or 13.1 miles, or even make your own Race
for a Soldier distance! Go online to RunSignUp.com and search
Race for a Soldier Virtual Race Experience to register for the
event, which is $30, no matter which distance you choose to run.
COCKTAILS & FISHTALES ONLINE: SHORELINE
Join Harbor WildWatch and the Pierce Conservation District
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Shoreline Management. The discussion will take place via
Facebook Live from 6 to 6:30pm, with a focus on Puget Sound
nearshore processes, including beach formation and erosion, and
how human development influences the complex processes that
build and erode beaches, impacting habitats and ecosystems. This
emerging science on bulkheads can better help assess their impact
on salmon and orcas. To learn more about Pierce Conservation
District, visit PierceCD.org.
It's the day they've been working toward for the past 13 years—high
school graduation. And on July 25, Gig Harbor and Peninsula high
school seniors will walk the stage to receive their diploma (8:30
and 11am respectively). The district is working to ensure safety is
at the forefront. Seniors will sit 6 feet apart on the turf field at the
Peninsula High School Roy Anderson Field, face the grandstand
and proceed in and out of the ceremony at safe distances. Given the
size of PHS and GHHS graduating classes, there will not be enough
room for students to have guests attend the ceremony. Instead, the
ceremony will be live streamed for all to watch safely from home.
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