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July 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

JULY 2020

LIVING LOCAL

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TOWN'S NAMING & SETTLEMENT

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JULY 2020

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 7

Inside

Making a Difference In the Community

People making a difference in our hometown

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The Importance of Local

How locally owned businesses contribute to a

thriving community

How Can You Positively Impact

Your Community?

Tips for making a difference right where you’re at

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

CELEBRATING OUR FREEDOMS

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ife has been

unpredictable, and

at times frightening,

frustrating and

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

more united.

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

nation.

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

home.

Happy Independence Day!

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Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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Contents

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GET FEATURED

Join us on Instagram @GigHarborLiving

for a chance to get your photos, recipes,

ideas and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Celebrating Independence Day: Times call

for the simple traditions

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36 FEATURE STORY

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GOOD NEWS

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The better Mustard place to Seed live Project: for our seniors Creating a

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE 52

BUSINESS IN THE 34

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

SPOTLIGHT

Coast Movers: Time for a move? We have

you covered

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History of the Harbor: Museum details

town’s naming and early settlement

LIVING LOCAL

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Waters Edge Gallery and Framery, LLC:

Enhancing Your Artwork with the Art of

Custom Framing

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Gig Harbor’s Lasagna Lady: Providing trays

of comfort food to friends, neighbors and

essential workers

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Pyrotechnics: Fourth of July’s Bright

Moment: Behind the scenes of

America’s favorite Independence Day

event

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Mountain, City, Sea: Can you really

enjoy all three in one staycation?

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

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ARTS &

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ENTERTAINMENT

All the events and summer fun that you

don't want to miss out on!


SHOP SHOP

SHOP

Enjoy your Uptown Life!

Take a break from the ordinary, the expected.

Treat yourself to the easygoing Uptown style.

SIP

SIP

STROLL

AT&T • Ben & Jerry’s • Blazing Onion Burger Co. • Frankie Boutique

Blue Agave Mexican Grill • Brittain & Co. • Chico’s • J. Jill

Cutters Point Coffee • Eye Candy Optical • Bloom Denim

Galaxy Theatres & IMAX • Green.House Restaurant

Gertie and the Giant Octopus Bistro & Wine Bar • Loft

HomeGoods • Jasmine’s Spa & Nails • Jos. A Bank • Talbots

Kitsap Credit Union • Lele Thai Vietnamese Cuisine • Massage Envy

Marshalls • Panera Bread • Pearl Tea • Pizzeria Fondi

Silver Soleil Tan Studio • Soma • Sports Clips Haircuts

Teaching Toys, Too • Studio Six: The Salon & Spa • The Garden Room

van der Veen Jewelers • Sugaring NYC • 9Round

DINE

DINE

DINE

Check out UptownGigHarbor.com for upcoming events!

DISCOVER

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From Victory Gardens to Garage Greatness

5 BIG JOBS TO TACKLE FOR SUMMER

(BPT) - SUMMER IS HERE, AND THAT MEANS IT'S TIME TO

TACKLE THE BIG OUTDOOR TASKS.

The importance of getting work done is especially true in this season

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.

Many produce varieties are easy to grow, and cultivating them at

home can ward off unnecessary shopping excursions. "Americans are

turning to gardens for food access, food security, food safety and food

affordability," confirms gardening exec Jim Feinson on GardenResearch.

com.

Beef up your landscaping

Look over your landscaping layout and determine which parts need

trimming, filling in, fertilizing or replacing. If you're in doubt, many

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Summer is here, and that to-do list

won't take care of itself.

garden centers can draw up plans demonstrating changes or additions

that might look more eye -catching. Before getting started, invest in

easy- to-use equipment that will make the heavy-duty labor less grueling.

Northern Tool + Equipment's Strongway Steel Jumbo Garden Wagon

can handle tough jobs like hauling rocks, pavers or bags of cement; in

fact, it can capably pull up to 1,400 pounds of supplies.

Revamp your deck

Does it just need a good power washing, or is it screaming for a repainting

or re-staining too? Either way, your work will go faster with Northern

Tool's Powerhorse Gas Cold Water Pressure Washer, which has the 2.5

GPM and 3100 PSI you need to effortlessly blast through mud, dirt and

debris on your deck, siding, fence, patio or driveway.

Get your garage in gear

Reclaim your space by getting rid of junk you don't need, power washing

your floors and establishing dedicated space for the tools and equipment

you regularly use. New cabinets, bins, racks, shelves or pegboard panels

can go a long way toward keeping everything handy and easy to find.

You may even want to create a mancave vibe by installing a TV, mini

fridge and casual seating.

Tackle your gutters

It can be a hefty job, but built-up debris must be cleaned out at least twice

annually to avoid wet basements, interior leaks, mold growth, rodent

infestations and/or displacement of the gutters themselves. Use a sturdy

ladder to safely access the edges of your roof, then use a trowel or gutter

scoop to remove refuse. Flush out the system using a power washer or

a garden hose with a spray attachment. Check for cracks, rust or paint

damage and missing attachments, ensure all sections are sloped enough

to drain stormwater and replace any sections that can't be repaired.

Summer is here, and that to-do list won't take care of itself. Plan now

to take on the tasks that will help you and your family make the best

possible use of your outdoor spaces in the warm weather.

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EXCEEDING

EXPECTATIONS

Gig Harbor Cabinets is focused

on providing high-quality

products and customer

satisfaction. We will do

everything we can to exceed

your expectations.

» All plywood boxes

» Soft-close doors and

drawers with dovetail

drawer boxes on all styles

» Wide variety of styles

» DeWils

» J&K Cabinetry

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gigharborcabinets@gmail.com

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8803 State Route 16

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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Your Comfort Zone

FRIEND OR FOE?

By Felicia Soleil, Divorce Mediator and Attorney

“A

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

our opportunities.

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

equals stagnation.

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

connection.

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

at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential. Video

conferencing is welcome.

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Changing the Face

of Family Law

For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped

families in Gig Harbor and Pierce County transition

through divorce with an emphasis on reducing and

alternative to dissolving a marriage. Considering

divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on helping

people move on, not simply move out.

Divorce

Mediation &

Collaborative

Law

Legal support,

education &

case management,

from simple

to complex:

• Legal

separation

and divorce

• Parenting plans

• Child support


Prenuptial

Prenuptial

agreements

Agreements

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PLANTING SEEDS OF

TRANSFORMATION

To experience real, powerful change, I have to begin

with myself

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.”

You can connect with Trish Buzzone at

TrishBuzzone.com, Linkedin.com/in/

trishbuzzone or Facebook.com/trishbuzzone.

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VIRTUAL HARBOR

WILDWATCH PROGRAMS GO ONLINE

By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Harbor WildWatch

Grads!

GRADUATION SPECIALS!

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.

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hopes to continue to spread knowledge to

the community while providing a sense of

community to those who enjoy frequenting

the interpretive center.

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L I F E

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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

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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

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

By Jillian Chandler

Courtesy photos

“OUR ADAPTATIONS

HAVE ALLOWED US

TO SERVE SENIORS

CONTINUOUSLY

AND TO ADAPT TO

CURRENT NEEDS

WHILE KEEPING

CLIENTS AND

VOLUNTEERS SAFE.”

“I

wish there was one in every community,”

affirms Eric Blegen, executive director of

The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula.

Founded in 2006 by Edie Morgan, The

Mustard Seed Project has been devoted to serving

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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“I HAVE PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS. WE

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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

isolation.

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

proper resources.”

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

transportation program.

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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Despite the ups and downs many business owners have experienced

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stay busy. No matter what is going on around us, there will always be

people on the move. And Coast Movers is there to help!

“Fortunately for me and my crew, COVID didn’t affect business,” says Coast

Movers owner Jonathon Sheridan. “People still need to move, and we’re there to

make the process as seamless and stress free as possible.”

Averaging 30 to 55 jobs per month, sometimes three to four in one day, Jonathon

and his crew continue doing what they love. “Everything is up, never down,”

affirms Jonathon. “Our numbers are still on track, and we are still growing. We

really want to do 100 jobs per month; that’s the goal.”

Jonathon has been in the moving industry for the past 15 years and started his own

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and Jonathon employs only dedicated professionals to transport your

belongings with the utmost care and compassion. The Coast crew is

made up of hardworking, honest, reliable people who will provide you a

service unlike any other.

He, along with his current crew of nine (Jonathon employs anywhere

from six to 10 employees at a time), take pride in what they do, valuing

the important role Coast Movers plays in ensuring a smooth move for all

of their clients. “I’ve always just loved the fact that we’re helping people

relocate. It’s a stressful time for that person, and we try to make it as

joyful and peaceful as possible; our goal is helping the process rather than

hindering it or creating added stress. I’m glad I can be a part of that.”

Gig Harbor is where Jonathon and his wife have planted their roots and

are raising their three young children. They feel blessed to call this place

home and to be a part of this special community. “I’ve made a lot of great

friends, new friends, through my business and by networking around the

community,” says Jonathon. He finds it imperative to support your local

community businessmen and women, working together, supporting each

other, recommending each other and using each other’s services. “It’s all

about community and networking; we’re all here to contribute and be a

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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

early on.

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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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

HISTORY OF THE HARBOR

MUSEUM DETAILS TOWN’S NAMING AND

EARLY SETTLEMENT

By Colin Anderson

Photos Courtesy of Harbor History Museum

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

never recovered.

“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,”

said Lile.

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

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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

Chart #155.

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

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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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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

normal habits.”

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.

Parents will be relieved to hear that

youth camps will begin on July 6 and are

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GIG HARBOR’S

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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

by Congress.

“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

Lasagna Lady. It is a moniker that she wears proudly.

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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

comfort food.

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

target.

“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

miles.

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

a difference.”

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo,

Washington. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his

coverage of the toxic waste crisis in California and has

received acclaim for his work in the areas of sustainable

energy and the insurance industry. He is the author of

three books that document colorful periods of history in

the history of Washington.

"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."

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Enhancing Your

Artwork with the Art

of Custom Framing

Gig Harbor’s custom framing expert

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA ELISE TILLMAN

WATERS EDGE GALLERY AND

FRAMERY, LLC

7808 Pioneer Way

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.858.7449

WatersEdgeGallery.com

“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."

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

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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,

and enhance your artwork with the art of custom framing.

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They are your paint and specialty contractors

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CLASSY CHASSIS

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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

breakouts.

I do not need to wear sunscreen because there is SPF in my foundation.

HEALTHY TIP

DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR HAIR!

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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

Leslie Baumann, MD, “You need seven times

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

UVB damage.

Department store skin care is good because it

is expensive.

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

just that.

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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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

“successful” discharge.

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

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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.

Independent

Family Practice

Clinics in Gig Harbor

Michael Wingren

MD, MPH

Julia Cathcart-Chang

Physician Assistant-Certified

Comprehensive Physicals

Treatment of Acute Conditions

Management of Chronic Diseases

Prevention and Wellness

Geriatric Care

Women’s and Men’s Health Care

Immunizations

Weight Loss

Dermatology (Skin)

Commercial Driver License Exams

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Labor & Industries Claims

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

spring.

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

process.

• 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.

6718 144th Street NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.857.6166

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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

tours.

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

helpful.

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

belonging.

Call our community at 253.851.5306 or

visit PrestigeCare.com to learn more about

our memory care program or to schedule a

virtual tour today.

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PYROTECHNICS:

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE

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BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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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

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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,

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since its inception, the United

States has used fireworks to

mark its independence, with

shows taking place in large

cities and small towns alike

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12 people, says Gobet, and shows start out at $15,000 to $20,000

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Once the permit is received from the fire department, the physical

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since you have to have 24-hour security and house the fireworks a

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dangerous fire conditions can also halt a fireworks show. But the

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fireworks can be planned and timed in conjunction with the

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design, the planning, the presentation, the equipment and the

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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.

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dealing with go back to doing business

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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

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operate or that small-company feel. We've

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best, and then we try to apply that to what

we do.”

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

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thing ever; I want to do this for a living. I was

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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,

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ig Harbor is a unique place. Anyone

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for joining the Chamber of Commerce and the local

restaurant association.”

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, the couple

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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

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day, both in the amazing food they share with the

community and their strong desire to give back.

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“Being a part of the community is at

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Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the

Kitsap Peninsula and beyond for more than 68 years.

We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs,

lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

our quality and superb customer service, Arnold’s can

help you select your new furniture, mattress and home

furnishings purchase on any budget.


OVER 50 PERCENT OF SALES

MADE IN THE U.S COME

from small businesses.

they’ve poured their heart and soul into will be the

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.

For the community, it contributes to keeping

diversity and innovation thriving, and the spirit of

entrepreneurship alive.

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H O W

CAN YOU

POSITIVELY

IMPACT

YOUR LOCAL

community?

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

your community.

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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3. Focus on local.

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.

5. Volunteer.

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

helping hand.

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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MOUNTAIN, CITY, SEA

Can You Really Enjoy All Three in One Staycation?

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.

Mountain

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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EXPLORE MOUNTAIN, CITY AND

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.

City

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

museums.

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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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

Paradise Village Lodge - ParadiseVillageLodge.com

Silver Cloud Tacoma Waterfront

SilverCloud.com/Tacoma

Maritime Inn Gig Harbor - MaritimeInn.com

WHERE TO EAT

Wildberry - RainierWildberry.com

The Olive Branch Café and Tea Room

OliveBranch-Cafe.com

Brix 25 - HarborBrix.com

WHAT TO DO

Tacoma Visitors Information - TravelTacoma.com

Discover Nature with Diann Sheldon

TourMtRainier.com

Pretty Gritty Tours - PrettyGrittyTours.com

Tacoma Attraction Pass

Explore.TravelTacoma.com

Gig Harbor Gondola - GigHarborGondola.com

Heritage Distilling - HeritageDistilling.com

Gig Harbor Boat Shop – GigHarborBoatShop.org

Photo By Marguerite Cleveland

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.

Sea

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

everywhere.

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

sparkling wine.

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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FOURTH OF JULY PARFAITS

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of

Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP NHC

INGREDIENTS:

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

METHOD:

• 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

apart.

• 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

METHOD:

• 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

24 hours.

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

JULY CREPE SPECIAL

Fresh Strawberry & Whipped Cream

Be sure to check out Clay & Cloth Designs!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109, Gig Harbor, WA

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BBQ2U

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

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

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

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

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

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

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

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

for 2019! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

Celebrate life every day.

info@ladybughouse.org

www.ladybughouse.org

1215 4th Ave. Suite 1200

Seattle, WA 98161

GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

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

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

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

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 600

Gig Harbor 253.649.0921

Facebook.com/GertieAndTheGiantOctopus

PHO EVER WOK

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

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you

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

you like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available

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

plenty of parking. Also available for takeout. Open Monday

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

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

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

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

to 3pm.

5247 Olympic Dr. NW, Ste. A | Gig Harbor

253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109 | Gig Harbor

253.851.2576

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LELE'S RESTAURANT

Healthy

that tastes good!

Smoothies

Acai Bowls

Oatein

Herbal Tea

Tea Bombs

Meal Planning

Nutrition Coaching

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

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

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

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

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

11am to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 200 | Gig Harbor

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

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

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to

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

5160 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. C101 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com

EAT FRESH

EAT LOCAL

253.649.5123

5247 OLYMPIC DR, SUITE A

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

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ENTERTAINMENT

What's happening

in July!

JULY 2020

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OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

Today’s assisted living is a departure

from nursing homes of the past.

We love Bingo too, but we also love

senior rodeos, ladies night out,

and other exciting activities that you

won’t want to miss.

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your virtual tour of our community today!

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FINE ART, HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS, HOME DECOR

• A distinctive collection of Northwest art by over 70 Northwest artists

• Framed Art • Prints • Original Paintings

• Metal Sculpture • Bronzes • Pottery • Jewelry • Home Decor

SPECIALIZING IN INNOVATIVE CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING

• Over sixteen years of framing experience. No project too big or too small.

• Custom Framed Mirrors • Canvas Stretching • Art Hanging Services

• In-stock ready made frames in standard sizes

• Fastest project turn-around time in Gig Harbor

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WAITING

IN

MANY SUMMER EVENTS

BEING POSTPONED

By Jillian Chandler

ANTICIPATION

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

GigHarborWingsAndWheels.com.

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.

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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

MANAGEMENT

Join Harbor WildWatch and the Pierce Conservation District

on Wednesday, July 15, for this month's Cocktails & Fishtales:

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.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES

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.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

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

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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

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