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his summer has been one to
remember, though possibly
one many would like to
forget. As our wonderful
community events continued to be canceled
left and right for the concern of our health
and safety, it almost felt as if we had been
stripped of what makes summertime here
truly memorable year after year. But, maybe
this could be a blessing in disguise for so
many of us. Summer is still here, and now
more than ever we have the opportunity to
spend more quality time with our families
THE FINAL DAYS OF SUMMER
Despite the uncertainties, we continue to
work and play in this place we call home—
even if that means finding new ways to get
outdoors and take in the beauty and unique
opportunities our town has to offer. Don’t
let another day pass you by without seizing
those moments and creating memories with
those most dear to you by your side.
Before we know it, the long days of summer
will be behind us, and it will be back to
routine—whatever that may look like, as so
much is still unknown. The kids will be back
in school, whether that be in a structured
school setting or in the comfort of your
own home via remote learning. Sports will
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amongst the players—and their audience.
Life will continue, and we will continue to
adapt to the changes and challenges that
come with it.
Despite all that is going on around us, we
can take comfort in knowing that our
community remains strong, and together,
we will survive and once again thrive.
As you read through the August issue of Gig
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of the wonderful place we live and the
incredible people who surround us daily.
We are truly fortunate, and it is a reminder
to be grateful for the gift we’ve been given
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SETTING UP YOUR SHORT-TERM RENTAL
By Nikki Luttmann, Interior Designer
So many people are falling in love with our area and purchasing
a second home here. If that is you, congratulations! If, instead,
you are from here and decided to take advantage of this boom we
are experiencing and rent out your home for short-term rentals
(STRs), congratulations! If you just live here and don’t have a second
home, still—congratulations! We live in a beautiful area that people love
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high-dollar rentals. Part of the issue is the pressure from social media.
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Curb appeal is important as well. That first glimpse of the home when
people pull up really begins their experience. If you do not live here full
time, make sure that you have a landscaper or someone maintaining
the lawn and front garden beds. Hot tubs are a plus, but of course, not
necessary, as are fire pits. However, it is a good idea to leave your renters
with instructions for both! Instructions for any unusual or high-end
appliances are also a good idea and may prevent unwanted mishaps.
For furnishings, the focus is usually on beds. “How many does it sleep?”
is a common question in the world of STRs. However, this question
should be addressed within reason. Bunk beds are a plus, but not always
necessary. Sometimes queen-sized beds in each bedroom work just as
well, as family members can double up if needed, including kids. Pullout
sofas are also recommended, but again, not always necessary. If you’d
like to focus on quality instead of quantity, that is certainly acceptable.
As well, I’ve worked on STRs where instead of a huge room of beds we’ve
placed good-quality sleeping bags on the floor of a bonus room, and the
kids have had a great time, treating it like a campout!
Interior decor should be simple, tasteful and area specific. Signs reading
“Welcome to the Beach” or “Relax, You’re at the Cabin” are welcome.
Family photos and other personal memorabilia are not. People love
their vacations to be beautiful and fun, but not stressful. Your STR is
not the place for your grandmother’s china or pristine antique dining
table. Items need to be somewhat affordable and replaceable, just in
case an accident occurs. A short-term vacation home is a place where
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A Drama-Free Zone
AN OPTION FOR A PEACEFUL PATH TOWARD DIVORCE
By Felicia A. Soleil, Attorney/Mediator
am as close to changing my life as my current positive
thought.” -Louise Hay
After several months (and counting) of COVID-19
restrictions limiting our abilities to “normally” work, educate and
socialize, we have all had a lot to think about while staying so close
within our homes. Have we let our thoughts evolve into negative
and sometimes fear-based anxiety, or have we learned how to think
from a different perspective on how to handle these unfamiliar
challenges being thrown at us, particularly in our relationships?
with a professional to move forward in steps that you and your
spouse can handle emotionally, financially and methodically, with
support you can feel good about without dread or drama.
If you are facing separation or divorce from your significant other,
you can choose to allow the negative emotions, such as anger
and hostility, guide you. Or you can choose to recognize those
triggers for what they are, set them aside (notice I’m not suggesting
suppressing them or pretending they don’t exist) and commit to a
peaceful pathway through the difficult road ahead.
As a divorce mediator and non-adversarial family law attorney,
I have certainly heard from clients who have been stretched too
thin in their personal lives of late. However, one phenomenon has
come to the forefront. A common phrase I’m hearing is, “We need
to make a change, but we don’t want any drama. We’ve agreed we
don’t want our legal process of separating to add to this stress. Is
The answer is a resounding “Yes!” If you do your homework and
select the right professional and process to assist you, you can
move forward in a more positive and peaceful way.
During the early summer, as restrictions eased and potential clients
called me to explore mediation, I heard numerous comments
regarding these parties speaking with other professionals “who
were not the right fit.” Common complaints included those
professionals “wanting to tell us what to do,” “wanting to position
me against my spouse” and “asking me why I haven’t kicked my
spouse out of the house,” all contrary to the intentions of the couple.
Time and again, and I learned of clients continuing their search for
professional help during “Stay Home” restrictions, but not at the
expense of creating more hard feelings. “It’s just too much during
these challenging times” is a frequent refrain.
Divorce and family mediation has its roots in self-determination.
Your separation and divorce should go at your own pace, crafted
How do you do this? Aside from an empathetic attorney or
mediator, a good therapist can often be very helpful with sorting
through the emotional versus practical aspects of your transition.
Understanding there is a difference between compromising your
integrity and values and compromising your ability to “give
and take” to help move along an equitable asset distribution or
residential schedule for the kids may be key. If counseling isn’t
your thing, there are plenty of helpful books and articles to provide
information and education, and uplifting reminders to keep you
on your positive path.
You also benefit greatly from doing your research about legal
process options and interviewing professionals until you find the
process and professionals that best resonate with you. Remember,
your separation and divorce is a major life transition for you, your
spouse and your family. If you don’t want drama, don’t hire drama!
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 and can be
held either in-office or by video conferencing.
Changing the Face
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For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped
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through divorce with an emphasis on reducing and
alternative to dissolving a marriage. Considering
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WHY I VALUE THINKING
Trusted people who encourage a higher level of awareness
increase our capacity to think clearly, to act intentionally,
and to lead effectively
By Trish Buzzone | Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team
As we all transition into a world
indelibly changed, much of the
conversation around us is about
“living in the new normal.” Should
we expect more of the confusion and chaotic
energy that has permeated much of the past
few months? Or will we have a foundation of
awareness and understanding to build on?
Whatever the answers to these questions are,
I want to thrive in that environment. I want
to think and act in a way that encourages me
to be the person who will do the things that
create the life I want to live, and I want people
I care about to have the tools to do the same.
This is why, over these past few months, I have
separated myself from things and people who
invite the chaos and confusion, and I have
chosen to focus on those guiding principles I
know to be true: fundamental, foundational
beliefs not subject to my circumstances. I
have also chosen to invest time with thinking
partners I trust, people who know me, who
understand and support my vision, who will
help me stay focused, and who will engage in
ongoing conversations that encourage a higher
level of awareness.
What is a Thinking Partner?
While the term “thinking partner” is often
used interchangeably with “mentor,” there
are important differences. In a mentor
relationship, one person is seeking a higher
level of understanding the other person has
achieved. There is a distinct master-student
dynamic, rather than a peer relationship.
especially in times of uncertainty and
confusion, we put ourselves in the position to
view our situation from a different perspective,
which often reveals opportunities or issues
we might not have seen. This kind of limited
vision is common even in less-stressful times,
because as we grow accustomed to “what’s
working,” we get stuck in the loop of our own
comfortable inner monologue, and we fail to
explore other, potentially better, ideas.
A trusted thinking partner brings a fresh
perspective that helps us build on what we
already have or helps us create a whole new
approach. Thinking partners challenge our
thinking in a way that draws us out of our
comfort zone; reveal faulty assumptions,
leading to shifts in how we think about ideas,
view challenges and approach solutions; and
instigate innovation, creativity and inspiration.
As we let go of preconceptions and assumptions
and allow the mutually beneficial listening and
sharing to work, these interactions lift the lid
on our limited thinking and reveal unexplored
ideas and opportunities we may otherwise
miss. In this way, my thinking partners
continue to help me maintain focus, be
positive and stay strong as we all move forward
together. Who are your thinking partners, and
how have they helped you?
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While both thinking partners and mentors are
trusted friends who challenge our thinking
and encourage a higher level of awareness,
thinking partner interaction is more of a twoway
street. Each person contributes wisdom
and perspective, actively listens for limited
thinking, and offers ideas that help us think
bigger and see more clearly. Because of this,
each person benefits from the counsel and
encouragement of the other.
The Value of a Thinking Partner
When we choose to engage honestly and
intentionally with a thinking partner,
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HARBOR WILDWATCH SHOWS ONLOOKERS WHAT’S
By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Harbor WildWatch
Despite the continued closure of The
Skansie Visitor and Interpretive
Center, Harbor WildWatch has
put out 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
The sessions are broadcast on Facebook Live
and typically run for about 30 minutes to an
hour. In many cases, kids can do 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.
Back again this month is the Low Tide Beach
Walk. Organizers are keeping the specific
beaches a secret but say it will be a few new
locations that might include Port Townsend
and Seattle, and also some familiar favorites.
Moon snails, crabs and sea stars are just some
of the creatures you might encounter, and who
knows what else! You can tune into Facebook
Live at 10:30am Monday, August 17, through
Thursday, August 20, to follow along. For the
latest info and links, visit the events calendar
Another fun virtual event is the monthly
Cocktails & Fishtales talk. This will be held on
Facebook Live Wednesday, August 19, from 6
to 7pm. Adam Obaza, marine biologist and
co-founder of Paua Marine Research Group,
will join the discussion on rockfish research.
Paua Marine Research Group is dedicated to
furthering biological knowledge of coastal
habitats and protected species to promote
effective management and conservation
activities. They are passionate, collaborative
and effective in performing field research and
developing high-quality project deliverables.
They aim to become a regionally recognized
name in marine research, capitalizing on a
consistent need for data and analysis. Their
goal is to get out on the water, answer difficult
research questions and have a good time
For the latest on potential reopening dates
and to access the many digital programs, visit
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.
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By Jillian Chandler
COURTESY OF JASON THOMAS
Cool rides and hot dogs will once again make their way to the
Gig Harbor Eagles Club Saturday, August 15, for the Hogs,
Dogs and Rods fundraising event to benefit the Northwest
From noon to 5pm, the community is invited to join in an afternoon
complete with beautiful rides (both cars and motorcycles), hot-off-thegrill
hot dogs and fresh, warm pretzels, live music and more, all for a
Now in its third year, this fundraising event features a car and
motorcycle show complete with pinup girls, and be sure to vote for your
favorite—rod, hog and girl! Trophies, sponsored by Eagle Tire, will be
awarded in three categories for both cars and bikes: Best Custom Car/
Harley, Best Original Car/Harley and Best in Show. And don’t forget
the pinup/pageant girls, as one lucky and deserving participant will be
awarded a trophy. This is always a highlight of the afternoon.
Jim Hines is scheduled to MC the event, and it’s sure to be a fun time
as he announces the pinup girls, each with her own pageant name
and creative “made-up” story. Live music by the Big Bear Band will
also be included in the day’s festivities. The event, which is open to
both members and non-members alike, is free to attend, though all
donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the Northwest
One member of the Eagles Chapter 2809, Scott Wolinski, is a kidney
recipient himself, making the importance of funding for kidney
research touch that much closer to home for the Gig Harbor Eagles
Northwest Kidney Center provides those with kidney disease excellent
care and vital support through their dedicated team, researching to
find better ways to treat and prevent kidney disease. Through your
support, you help make it possible for the team at Northwest Kidney
Centers to provide treatments for those with kidney disease, educate
those at risk and support kidney research.
Attendees can rest assured that when attending Hogs, Dogs and Rods
that event organizers will be following the current COVID-19 safety
guidelines. Last year’s event raised roughly $3,800 for the Kidney
Center, with proceeds going toward anything from research to dialysis
to kidney transplants. This year they hope to raise more than $5,000.
If you are unable to attend this year’s event, you can donate online
at JustGiving.com/fundraising/michelle-thomas58, or drop off a
donation in person at the Eagles (4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor,
WA 98332 ATTN: Donation to Hogs, Dogs and Rods). To find out
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PADDLERS EXCITED AS ANCICH
NEW PLAN SAVES LARGE SUM
PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW
By Colin Anderson
THE DOCK WILL BE
OPEN AND AVAILABLE
BOARDERS AND ALL
OTHER FORMS OF
With Ancich Waterfront Park nearly
complete, all that remains of the project
is water access for non-motorized craft.
“Anything you want to do (develop) on
the waterfront is hard, and it should be, but it’s a nice
feeling to be almost there,” explains Gig Harbor Canoe
and Kayak Race Team (GHCKRT) Founder and current
board member Alan Anderson.
Anderson and the organization have been with the
project since its conception in 2012. After the city
purchased the undeveloped waterfront property, it
began surveying the community about what it would
like to see included. High on the list was a place for
paddlers to have a dock with easier access to the
waterfront. “With fishing boats, yachts, rentals lined up
to launch at Jerisich Dock, the need is very evident,” says
A stroll down to the Ancich today and you will find
a beautifully landscaped park with picnic benches
to take in the view. At the water’s edge there is beach
access, and just above the beach is the brand new boat
storage facility. As part of an agreement with the city,
GHCKRT will lease about 60 percent of the storage
space, effectively making it a new home base for the
nationally recognized team. “We’ve been looking for a
waterfront home for the 18 years that I’ve been here, and
it’s great that it’s not just us, but this is about the whole
community having access to the water,” says Anderson.
The dock will be open and available to kayakers, dragon
boats, stand-up paddle boarders and all other forms
of non-motorized water sports. In fact, this will be the
only place on the harbor that is open to the public that is
solely for use of human-powered watercraft. While the
Canoe and Kayak Team boasts national-champion and
Olympic-caliber athletes, the area will also be used as a
training ground for those new to the sport, and is a safer
place for beginners to get out on the water. “Dodging
fishing boats and yachters if you are a rookie can make
you a little nervous,” Anderson says. Ancich Park will
provide a place for paddlers of all levels to launch safely,
and its location away from the busiest parts of the
harbor make it a prime place for beginners and visitors
to the area who might be unfamiliar with the layout of
While original plans for the Paddlers Dock called for
the building of a brand new large dock with the ability
to float up and down with the tide, new developments
have drastically changed the original design. The City of
Gig Harbor, which owns and maintains the park, is in
final negotiations with the Jerkovich family, who owns
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the dock adjacent to Ancich Park. Under the new plan, a new build of a
floating dock would be scrapped, and the Jerkovich family dock would
instead be renovated. Fishermen will still utilize the east side of the dock,
but non-motorized craft would launch to the west.
“The original plans called for two 80-foot piers and a lot of overwater
coverage,” explains Mayor Kit Kuhn. “This plan will make the harbor
look cleaner with less overwater coverage and a more attractive view.”
Kuhn also touts the savings in the new plan. The original floating
dock was budgeted at $1.2 million. The projected cost of renovations
and permitting for the Jerkovich family’s dock will come in closer to
$400,000. GHCKRT initially planned on fundraising more than half a
million dollars for the project but now will need only a small portion of
that—if any at all.
If the agreement goes through at the August 10th meeting, the city would
cover the cost of making the now public portion ADA compliant, as well
as replacing a few floats, moving a security gate and some older poles.
GHCKRT is behind the new plans and is confident it can accomplish its
goals while also seeing the benefit to other interested parties.
“It’s a win for everyone. Taxpayers save money, the Jerkovichs get their
dock rebuilt, and we still get safe water access,” affirms Anderson. “This
change is perfectly fine with us, and we can make it work.”
Mayor Kuhn also stressed the added safety with the user-friendly launch
area. “There is increased safety for the kayakers and paddle boarders
because there will be more distance between them and the fishermen.”
GHCKRT is excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully
soon be able to use the dock that’s been near a decade in the making. It
will probably be 2021 before the project is finished, but, once completed,
a fully functioning city-owned park with water access will be available to
all to use.
While the Canoe and Kayak Team will take up several of the storage
places, about 40 percent of the availability will be available for individuals
and day users to place their watercraft. Daily and monthly rates and
availability is still being worked out by the city but should be available
upon the completion of the project. There is ample public parking around
the park, a rinse station to wash off your craft, and the area is all ADA
compliant, which allows everyone to enjoy the park.
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Homes, owners Chris and Julie Thomson have an unwavering commitment to
all who come through their doors. Caring for people is behind every action,
and the work they do stems from a place of love, empathy and experience.
For the past 21 years, their purpose has been to enhance the quality of life for
their residents while striving to give family members the ability to spend quality
time with their loved one without the stress of caregiving. The Thomsons strive
to make the last few years, months, weeks and days for those in their care as
good as they can possibly be.
Family First consists of six adult family homes in the Gig Harbor area; each
home designed specifically with the intention to offer specialized personal 24-
hour care. Each home is state licensed to care for up to six people. Some of
the medical needs they specialize in are dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's,
stroke, diabetes, special diets and hospice care. Those who reside at Family
First have their medical and social needs met by qualified staff members
including a visiting physician, RN, CNAs, activity director, resident care
manager, administrative staff and hands-on owners.
Chris’ experience as a medic in the Navy and working as an assistant
in geriatric physical therapy would shape and provide training for work
in caretaking—long before the idea ever crossed his mind. His unique
training, combined with personal experiences he encountered with his
own aging family members, led to the realization of the gaping need for
quality care for the aging. His response? To fill the gap. The result was
Family First Adult Family Homes.
Julie puts her effort in managing the operations, including staff and
communication as needed for each resident. This allows Chris to invest
his time where it matters most—the people. The staff is essential to Family
First homes, and Julie has worked tirelessly to create a unified network of
relationships between the staff, management, doctors, residents and the
public. “The support of our family, community and dedicated staff has
allowed us to continue to survive and thrive in this ever-changing and
challenging industry,” she says.
Family First is not a job for the Thomsons—it is their life. Each day they
are listening to the needs and worries, fears and joys of those who’ve been
entrusted in their care.
During these past several months, Chris, Julie and their Family First
team continue to provide a small, safe setting for their residents. They
continuously stay up to date on all the current regulations, implementing
extensive precautions while still maintaining balance to keep their
residents engaged and connected with their loved ones. They are grateful
that their homes have remained COVID-free.
The Thomsons are passionate about those they care for in their homes as
well as their community as a whole. Chris is the chairman of the board at
the Chamber of Commerce, while Julie sits on the board of two different
nonprofits, the Alliance of Woman Owned Business and Aging Smart (a
nonprofit providing education and resources on aging wisely).
For those seeking a home away from home for their loved one, a place
in which their final time will be lived to the fullest, surrounded by
a compassionate team, Julie and Chris invite you to call and schedule
a tour. If you or someone you know is in need of their services, don’t
hesitate to reach out. They are offering virtual tours and outdoor window
tours; masks are required.
From the beginning, the Peninsula
Emergency Preparedness Coalition, or
PEP-C, has been dedicated to making
schools safer, neighborhoods more
equipped for emergency, and the community
surrounding Gig Harbor more empowered
with education and resources.
Through the years, the PEP-C has teamed
with fire departments, educators, state patrol
officers and the like to provide effective
training for personal preparedness in a case of
emergency or disaster.
The coalition’s website describes its mission
as helping “neighbors, neighborhoods and
communities prepare to survive major
earthquakes like the Cascadia Subduction
Zone (CSZ) Earthquakes.”
Washington state has experienced a major
earthquake every 300 years in recent
geological time. A clock counting down since
Washington’s last 9.0 earthquake looms on the
PEP-C website, reporting the count to be 320
years and five months. “We could experience a
major earthquake today!”
The coalition’s transparent dedication to their
cause has taken them through decades of
progress and success.
Three community members have stood out
as dedicated advocates for the mission behind
PEP-C. Dave Watson, Don Lee and Hugh
McMillan each have incredible stories from
their extensive involvement as local firefighters
who served in the coalition for nearly 20 years.
Watson was born in Seattle and spent most of
his life in Washington. For four years in the
Navy, he worked in the repair, maintenance,
arming and handling of many different types
of nuclear weapons as part of the Nuclear
Following his time in the Navy, Watson became
a teacher and principal before joining his local
fire department as a volunteer. During his time
working for the school district, he found his
passion for ensuring emergency preparedness
Watson went on to be an EMT and captain for
26 years, taking aid calls even during his school
days as a principal. When he moved to Gig
Harbor, he was in the first class of EMTs. He
was also part of the launch of the PEP-C, which
he says all started with earthquakes. With other
locals who were engineers, firefighters and exmilitary,
he worked to involve the community
in emergency preparedness initiatives and took
DECADES DEDICATED TO COMMUNITY SAFETY
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Photos Courtesy of Hugh McMillan and PEP-C
leadership within neighborhoods to encourage
The first members of the PEP-C performed
assessments of local schools, spent weekends
preparing the schools for escape needs and
assembling emergency kits, ensuring each of
the 15 local schools were equipped with enough
food and water to take care of the kids for three
Watson would later become president of the
PEP-C for almost 20 years, through ups and
downs, major successes in neighborhood
trainings, and more challenging times of seeing
volunteers and agencies disperse as life went on.
He worked closely with the other two key figures
in the history of PEP-C, Hugh McMillan and
Lee grew up in California, where his father was
a miner and taught him at an early age how to
handle dynamite. He was in the Navy in the
late 1950s and didn’t move to Gig Harbor until
after college in 1970, where he worked for the
county superintendent while volunteering as a
Lee has dedicated many of his years to helping
others, as he became a full-time firefighter,
then battalion chief, while maintaining his selfdescribed
status as a repairman for people in
In the late 1990s, Lee became involved in the
PEP-C when his fire chief couldn’t make it to the
organization’s monthly meeting and sent Lee in
According to the PEP-C, Lee went on to serve
as president for two years beginning in 2016, at
a time when the coalition’s Preparedness Fairs
took success each year, gathering hundreds to
thousands of people to educate themselves about
preparedness strategies and local resources.
Today, Lee is a shelter manager for the Chapel
Hill Church, the largest shelter on the Gig Harbor
Peninsula. He maintains his dedication to help
educate and prepare the community through
an extremely effective preparedness system at
the church. The church’s emergency power has
only been needed for minor emergencies, and of
course, the hope is to keep it that way.
Hugh McMillan, an ex-operations officer,
retired after 27 years with the CIA and
immediately immersed himself into the
community. He always believed in cohesion
within the community; working to encourage
community members to come together as one
to face whatever the planet has in store.
After retiring from the CIA, he joined the Key Peninsula Fire Department.
He went on to become a fire commissioner for 14 years, four of those
years as part of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association Board
“All of that exposed me to things that are emergencies,” McMillan told the
PEP-C of his experiences. Before living in Gig Harbor, he spent several
years living in Japan, where he experienced several minor earthquakes and
saw firsthand the impact earthquakes could have.
Through the years, McMillan has used his community involvement, media
influence and recruiting skills to build awareness for the PEP-C.
“I’ve tried to keep our name in front of the public as much as I could
because I think it’s so important,” he told the coalition.
From alerting local radio and television stations to holding intimate
preparedness briefings in his own home, McMillan has worked through
the years to impress on locals the importance of preparation and has stayed
dedicated to change the ingrained mindsets of those who think there’s
simply nothing they can do.
In March 2019, the community recognized McMillan with a Plaque of
Thanks, demonstrating a collective gratitude for his efforts in the community.
At the Lions Club Banquet, his award was commemorated with a bronze
plaque outlining his decades of service and many accomplishments. It was
noted that community members joined with local firefighters to make the
Because of dedicated members like the three men, the coalition itself is an
Their Emergency Preparedness Fair, most recently at Gig Harbor High
School, brings local educators, businesses and community members
together to share information in seminars and tabletop displays.
The PEP-C website alone is an abundant resource. A hub for discussion and
information related to emergency preparedness, you can learn everything
you need to know about earthquakes as they pertain to Washington state
and the Pacific Northwest from the PEP-C website’s “Prepare” tab.
The Resources page lists links to valuable information, with topics including
sheltering in place, prepping for pets, fire safety, first aid, regional hazards,
technological hazards, school violence and more. The page serves to provide
an accessible wealth of information about potential disasters. Articles listed
under each link outline proper responses to disaster, tips and strategies for
personal preparedness, even a 12-month e-prep plan for the home.
Community members can contribute to the PEP-C as a volunteer. The
PEP-C has several teams of volunteers including the Materials Team,
Membership Team and Training Team.
The coalition is currently recruiting volunteers to serve various roles: to
gather and inspire members, develop materials and events, create Saturday
meetings, contribute to fundraising initiatives and more.
Currently, the coalition meets virtually on the second Wednesday of
each month, with the exception of August. All are welcome to attend the
meetings and can contact the PEP-C chairman through its website to RSVP.
Visit PEP-C.org for full details regarding the coalition’s volunteer
opportunities, meeting information and the wealth of information the
coalition so readily provides.
In a time when safety and community have become more critical than ever,
it’s organizations and people like the PEP-C members who stand out. The
coalition and its impressive pioneers working together for the safer, more
protected community, is an inspiration and a reminder that we are far better
equipped to face hardship when we come together.
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There are 10 underwater parks in the Washington parks system,
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average of 25,000 visitors each year. Designated as a Marine Preserve
and Sanctuary in 1970, the underwater park includes multiple
man-made features that attract marine life to the area. Located just north
of the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Terminal, about half of the underwater park’s
27 acres have a developed trail system and features for divers and snorkelers
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City of Edmonds to ensure that no fish are harvested from the preserve and
that it remains a protected area for all to enjoy. The WDFW uses Brackett’s as a
study ground for monitoring fish spawning numbers, population and size, and
can compare to other similarly surveyed areas that are open to fishing and harvesting.
These studies allow for better conservation methods in all our waters.
As you arrive at the park, you will find interpretative maps that show you the
2.5 miles of designated trails, which will help keep you oriented underwater
and get you to the features you most want to see. A series of rope is anchored to
the bottom allowing visitors to easily find their way and stay on the trail. One
of the most popular features that divers seek out is the 325-foot-long sunken
dry dock. The De Lion Dry Dock was sunk back in 1935 to create a buffer zone
around the ferry terminal. After 80 years of submersion, the structure is now
brimming with life. Divers can get inside the structure, giving them a very
Other popular structures include numerous sunken vessels. A 92-foot tug boat
named Alitak was sunk in 1972, and three additional large vessels have followed
over the years including the Fossil in 1982, the Molly Brown in 1996 and
the Triumph in 1999. It is interesting to take note of how each vessel looks as
they have all spent a varying amount of time submerged. Each year, volunteers
sink about two wooden boats, which eventually need replacing as the wood
tends to disintegrate in just a couple years.
Besides getting to explore old vessels and structures, what divers and snorkelers
really come here for is the abundance of marine life. With a maximum
depth of only about 40 feet at high tide, and the relatively protected water,
creatures big and small frequent Brackett’s Landing. According to the Washington
Fish and Wildlife, you can expect to see enormous lingcod, cabezons,
spotted ratfish, greenlings and rockfish, seaperch, gobies, sculpins, flounders,
sole, eelpouts, Dungeness, red rock, geoducks, scallops, heart cockles, moon
snail, giant Pacific and red octopus, sea stars, urchin and nudibranchs. Various
sea birds, seals and sea lions also frequent the area.
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Just 5 miles off the shores of Gig Harbor in the middle of the Puget
Sound lies the small, picturesque slip of land called Fox Island. At
just under 6.5 square miles, it’s not a large place, but it has a unique
history in the Puget Sound and a proud and enthusiastic group of
locals dedicated to making sure that history is preserved.
Before the first white settlers arrived, the island was home to native
tribes like the Puyallup and Nisqually Indians. During the Puget Sound
War in the mid-1850s, the island had a darker history—it served as the
internment camp for Indians displaced from their homes by the U.S.
Years later in 1888, A.J. Miller purchased a large tract of land on Fox Island
and relocated his family from Grinnell, Iowa. Many of his neighbors
followed to occupy the area that was then known as Sylvan, and in 1896
the residents scheduled the first annual meeting of the Sylvan Historical
Society for the following year.
Following the Fox Island School’s closure in 1961, a collection of
artifacts detailing the history of the island were gathered by Cecil Fassett
for display in the school. In 1974, a building site was donated to the
Historical Society by George and Lois Miller, and three years later Dick
and Addie Chapman donated a log cabin from their property to be used
as a main exhibit. The cabin once belonged to the Acheson family, whose
daughter Lila Acheson Wallace would become a significant donor to the
Fox Island Historical Society and the museum that would follow from
the first collection of artifacts.
“The mission of the Fox Island Historical Society is to enrich the
greater community through the discovery, preservation and sharing
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in the museum throughout its history.
of knowledge about the history of Fox Island,” write Gail Jones, Karen
Kretschmer and Virdie Golliher, board members of the Fox Island
The current museum that houses Fox Island artifacts and serves to
preserve the area’s history wasn’t built until 1980, but it has since served
as a key social and educational hub for the island.
Together the Fox Island Museum, Acheson Log Cabin and the nearly
complete Barn make up the museum exhibits, in addition to a state-ofthe-art
collection facility. “We actively seek to acquire items that relate
directly to Fox Island history,” share the board members.
“Volunteers have been a crucial part in the museum throughout
its history,” they add. “It continues to be an all-volunteer nonprofit
In addition to the exhibits in the main museum and the Acheson cabin,
which remains mostly original and is open for tours, there is a Museum
Store and Book Nook inside the main museum.
“The museum and all that it contains provides a cohesiveness to the
residents of Fox Island,” say Jones, Kretschmer and Golliher. “It is a place
where individuals can drop by to relax and chat with volunteers, browse
the books and enjoy the warmth of belonging to this community.”
The store focuses on items directly related to the history of Fox Island, and
the Book Nook sells used books, providing a popular local hangout for
residents and visitors. The Barn, which is currently under construction,
will primarily be used to display agricultural items and help educate the
public about Fox Island’s agrarian history.
“The Island residents look to the museum whenever they need
information regarding an historic property recently purchased or in the
process of selling,” explain the board members. “The museum retains
historical information that highlights many properties. It also functions
as a research center for those wishing to know about this area.”
The Fox Island Museum is more than just a local museum for visitors—
it is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike and hosts several
anticipated events throughout the year. One of the most memorable is
the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, which is followed by a ceremony
at the Fox Island Cemetery, which local Scout Troops participate in.
Throughout the year the museum also hosts an All-Island Garage Sale,
the Boat Cruise Around Fox Island, which charters an historic vessel and
offers a two-hour narrated tour of the island, and the beloved Santa Visit
on the first Saturday of December.
“With the population of Fox Island just under 4,000, we are able to
maintain a sense of the quintessential small-town feel for our major
events,” shares the board. “By far the majority of volunteers live on Fox
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The museum shares a strong environmental
commitment with the community, and actively helps
promote events to highlight this—from Arbor Day
celebrations to beach clean-up on Shark Day, and
partnering with Harbor WildWatch for the annual boat
The museum is typically open Wednesdays, Saturdays
and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, although current
COVID-19 restrictions have limited capacity of the
Book Nook and Museum Store, and temporarily closed
If you’ve never taken the opportunity to head over to
Fox Island for a day of learning about the area’s history,
take some time to explore and enjoy an educational
adventure. You’ll meet welcoming, friendly docents
and learn about a slice of Puget Sound history.
To find out more, and for updates and current closure
or hours, visit FoxIslandMuseum.org.
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Living in the Northwest, a region surrounded by beautiful
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Those who are already in their dream homes but are looking at an
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siding, entries and gates, place wood beams, and create a detached
garage or outbuilding, just to name a few.
Creativity and customization is something that the builders and
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all their builds. In the 30 years since opening its doors, Caribou Creek
has created hundreds of unique structures—everything from estates,
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“Quality and value is the reason 75 percent of our business comes
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Four weeks after my son was born, I planned my first post-baby treat
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Here is some medical background on why we may be more sensitive during
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Estrogen is responsible for collagen production, hydration, thickness and
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around your period, your skin might be predisposed to pain and sensitivity.
The same reasoning can apply to postpartum women. Estrogen levels also
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Schedule your more sensitive beauty treatments
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The brain is compartmentalized by lobes, but
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manipulate small objects very well; or severely,
when they can no longer hold their arm up or
Some stroke survivors have difficulty speaking
and swallowing; loss of recognition of
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time and place. Others may have eyes that no
longer work in unison or may have lost part
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part of what is on a plate in front of them.
When eyes do not work in unison, there are
spatial and depth perception dysfunctions that
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Recovery from an ischemic stroke begins when
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severity of the stroke. Some people opt to go
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As we head back into fall, there is a
lot of thought and discussion about
the well-being of our youth. Many
questions just do not seem to have
the answers that bring adequate clarity and
certainty. Yet, as we walk through challenging
decisions, I think we can all agree that the
health of our kids will always be deserving of
The younger ones in our community have
been affected strongly by many of the changes
this year as schools were closed and parents
stayed home a great deal of time. Interestingly,
our school-age children have also been the
group that was least affected by the viral
infections that have concerned many of us.
When asked for guidance on what support to
offer our young ones right now so that they
remain healthy, I find myself encouraging
many of the things we already know drive
wellness. From eating well to being active, I
reinforce that lifestyle and diet go a long way
toward optimizing well-being.
There is no substitute for a whole-food,
nutrient-dense meal that leans toward lots of
vegetables, quality sources of protein, clean
fats and some fruit. What this means though is
that two things get put lower on the list—stuff
made from flour and sweet snacks or drinks.
For some, eliminating gluten and dairy will
also be important.
Yes, it is the same old story—do not feed
kids anything more than small amounts of
sugar and processed foods. This is important
for a well-balanced and responsive immune
system. The trick is these are the foods that
taste good and are fun to eat. So, I completely
understand the challenge.
Sleep is at the top of my list as well. This means
more sleep than we as adults typically need. A
regular pattern and routine can be supportive
and give the immune system a chance to do its
work, repair what is needed and clean up the
bits and pieces our body does not like. A dark
room with regulated temperatures can help,
along with some ambient background noise
like a fan or sound machine.
It’s the same for us as adults.We need restful
sleep and high-quality food to function well.
It is best to get most of the nutrients and
compounds we need from what we eat. But
I do find there are some things we need to
Probiotics, vitamin D and Omega 3s are three
nutrients that encourage a healthy immune
system and can protect school kids during
challenges. I do also like the idea of taking
a high-quality multivitamin that has some
active forms of B vitamins, antioxidants and
chelated trace minerals.
When one of our kids does get sick, there are
additional compounds worth considering—
like elderberry, vitamin C, mushrooms,
echinacea, propolis and curcumin. And even
Kids are very resilient. Still, I think it is
important that we support our children to
thrive in regard to well-being and prepare
their bodies to fight off infections when they
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EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA
RECOGNIZING COGNITIVE DECLINE
BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE
According to the World Health
Organization (WHO), around
50 million people are living with
dementia and nearly 10 million
new cases are diagnosed every year.
While dementia affects each person in a
different way depending upon the impact
of the disease, the signs and symptoms of
dementia can be understood in three phases:
early stage, middle stage and late stage. In
this article, we will be highlighting warning
signs associated with dementia in the early
Memory trouble related to dementia in the
early stage tends to be subtle and involve
short-term memory. An individual might
be able to recall events that happened
years ago but have difficulty remembering
what they did that morning or even a few
moments earlier. Other changes include
forgetting where an item was left, struggling
to remember what they are doing in the
moment or forgetting daily tasks and
Changes in Mood / Loss of Interest
A noticeable or sudden change in mood
could be an early sign of dementia. If your
loved one is typically very engaged and active
but is suddenly too depressed to participate
in regular activities, it may be time to seek
help. This early sign holds especially true for
individuals with no history or underlying
cause of depression.
Repeating daily tasks, such as watering the
plants, is common for those living with
dementia. Early symptoms of dementia also
include repetition in conversation, such
as asking or answering questions multiple
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feelings is another common early sign of
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a conversation with others. Forgetting names
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is also common.
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personal grooming, hygiene, social situations
The early stages of dementia are often
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to progress. If you notice signs of cognitive
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THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ADAM WEST
BY JOHN J. RASPANTI
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JONATHAN GRANT
SOMETIMES A CAREER STARTS WITH A DREAM.
When he was a young boy growing up on a farm in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam West, born William West Anderson, went to the movies
every Saturday afternoon. He loved it, spending all day caught up in the fantasy world of cowboys and Indians. He knew this mythical place called
"Hollywood," where the movies were made, was where he wanted to be someday.
West knew a little about the place from his mother, a pianist and opera singer, who had gone to Tinseltown on a scholarship. She gave up her career
when his brother was born. West never forgot how different she was when she came back to the farm after his brother's birth. Depression drove her to
drink. As a result, he vowed to make it in the world she couldn’t.
West’s father worked the farm with no illusions of grandeur. When the teenaged West, who was class president of his high school, and a star athlete,
told his father what he wanted to do with his life, his father disapproved. No matter. West had made up his mind. Needing a backup plan in case he
failed, he delayed his trip to Hollywood and enrolled at Whitman College in Walla Walla, graduating with a degree in Literature in 1951. That same
year he married Billie Lou Yeager and picked up work as a disc jockey at a local radio station before moving to Northern California and enrolling at
Stanford University for a little over a month. An audition led to work for a newspaper chain where West did voice work and wrote shows.
Drafted into the military, West served his time producing U.S. Army television shows. When his two-year service ended, he went to New York and
worked days as a milkman and nights as a master of ceremonies. At this point in his career, his deep smooth voice was his biggest asset. The Gypsy
life continued when West moved to Hawaii, working in theater, television, commercials, and directing TV shows. After appearing in a production
of “Picnic,” a Hollywood agent contacted him. West’s dream had never been far from his thoughts. He had divorced and remarried and was the
father of two young children. He had a friend take a picture of him sitting on a ragged old horse, dressed as a cowboy. He sent the photo to Warner
Brothers who, after receiving it, called him to come to the studio. After finding a place for his family to live, West went to the Warner lot in Burbank,
California, and did a reading. The studio immediately signed him
to a one-year contract. West, 31, was ecstatic. It had been a long
road to Hollywood, but now he was working at the same studio
that made the classic film “Casablanca.”
Growing up on a farm served as training for the actor now
known professionally as Adam West. Cast in numerous westerns,
very popular at the time, West was skillful on a horse and looked
good in fights and shootouts. He co-starred in such hit television
shows as “Lawman,” “Sugarfoot,” “Colt.45” and “Cheyenne.” He
had a recurring role (as a different character) in the two popular
series “77 Sunset Strip” and “Maverick.” All in all, West appeared
in 15 different television programs along with debuting in the
film “The Young Philadelphians.”
Things were going well, and then, they weren’t. Warner Brothers
declined the option for a second year on West’s contract. So he
freelanced, appearing on television in “Bonanza,” “The Rifleman”
and “Perry Mason” before landing a regular role on “The
Detectives.” West showed up in “Bewitched” and then played it
straight alongside The Three Stooges in the feature “The Outlaws
Is Coming” in 1965. West was now a working actor making good
money. But stardom seemed remote until a commercial changed
his life. West was Captain Q, selling Nestle Quik in a parody of the
James Bond films. He was amusing and nonchalant. Apparently,
executives at ABC saw the 30-second spot and thought West
would be perfect in a new television series they were set to make.
The name of the show was “Batman.”
West, who as a kid, loved reading about the character’s exploits
in comic books, was sent a script. He loved it but was concerned
that he could be typecast. His agents suggested he do it, so West
signed on the dotted line. Burt Ward was cast as Robin. West
decided he’d play the title character with his tongue firmly in his
cheek. His deadpan delivery was perfect.
At first, the producers weren’t thrilled with West's performance.
They wanted an edgier Batman but came around after viewing the
rushes. West still wasn’t sure what to expect. The show premiered
January 12, 1966. “Batman” took off like a rocket, an overnight
ratings smash and culture phenomenon. "Bat-mania" was
everywhere. A Batman movie soon followed with West and Ward
taking on an all-star cast of criminals led off by Frank Gorshin's
Riddler. West even recorded a song as his Batman alter-ego.
Hollywood veterans wanted to be part of the show. The lineup of
guest stars was impressive—including Vincent Price as Egghead,
Roddy McDowall as Bookworm, Julie Newmar as Catwoman,
Burgess Meredith as the iconic Penguin, George Sanders as icy
Mr. Freeze and Cesar Romero as The Joker. Rumor has it that
even Frank Sinatra wanted to play a villain on the show. Elizabeth
Taylor, Gregory Peck and Sinatra asked to be guests in scenes
“Batman” took off like
a rocket, an overnight
ratings smash and
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role would damage his career.
By season two, the show was losing steam. West was frustrated.
The program was expensive, and West heard it was losing money.
He couldn’t convince the producers to accept his suggestions. He
considered quitting, tired of fighting for better scripts. But he still
loved playing "Bat." A new character, Batgirl, was added to try
and improve the ratings. It didn’t help. "Bat-mania" had morphed
into "Bat-fatigue." ABC canceled the show after 120 episodes.
A fourth season looked possible when NBC contacted the
producers, but the sets had already been dismantled. The cost to
rebuild them made the decision easy for NBC. No more Batman.
A few months after the show was axed, West played a soldier of
fortune in “The Girl Who Knew Too Much.” The film bombed
with critics and moviegoers. West’s worst fear was coming true.
He was being typecast because of Batman. He couldn’t escape it.
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George Reeves, who played Superman in the classic 1950’s
television show, faced the same problem. After Superman’s
cancelation in 1957, Reeves found it virtually impossible to get
hired for another role. Reeves had been working in Hollywood
for almost 20 years. His most notable role, though a small one,
was in “Gone with the Wind.” He’d worked with James Cagney,
Tyrone Power and Burt Lancaster, but none of that seemed to
matter. He was Superman. Reeves was forced to don the red cape
and make public appearances at fairs to make a living. He died
West faced a similar dilemma. He was still working, but the roles
were small and barely paid the bills. Things might have been
different if West had accepted a chance to play James Bond in
1969, but he was wary of the role because the character is British.
The role eventually went to Australian George Lazenby. A year
later, West was taking almost every acting gig thrown his way,
and like Reeves, started making public appearances dressed as
Batman. He played the character again in a couple of animated
programs. His lowest point was likely when, dressed as The
Caped Crusader, he was shot out of a canon.
Racked by self-doubt, West found solace in alcohol. Perhaps he
remembered his late father telling him Hollywood was a dirty
place. By 1980, he accepted a role in a terrible film called “The
Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood.” Needing a fresh start, West
moved his family to a ranch in Ketchum, Idaho, in 1985. The
house was surrounded by mountains with a stream nearby. West
loved it there.
When Hollywood decided to make a new Batman movie in 1989,
West was excited. He wanted another crack at the character. He’d
even written a script. Michael Keaton landed the role instead.
Disappointed, West realized that this was a “new” version of
the character. New wasn’t him. Christopher Nolen created a
Batman animated series a few years later. West played an outof-work
actor who had once played a superhero. He resented
being typecast. West likely recognized how closely the character
resembled his own life—but not completely. West was working
pretty steadily. His work ethic, inherited by example from his
father, never failed him. The younger crowd in Hollywood was
finally seeing that he was more than just a guy who had once run
around on TV in tights, a cowl and a cape.
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More work came his way. He appeared in
numerous television shows, sometimes playing
himself. His old standby, his voice, made him
very employable. He did voice-over work for
cartoons: “Johnny Bravo,” “The Fairly Odd
Parents,” “Robot Chicken” and “The Simpsons.”
He even voiced author Ernest Hemingway.
And most importantly, he found peace with
the character who had, as he said, been a
two-edged sword. West had gained a new
generation of fans. Being seen as only Batman
had been tough, but overall, the role gave him
fame, money and recognition. He also loved
showing his versatility.
One of his biggest fans was writer and actor
Seth McFarland. They met while working on
an animated series. They clicked comically.
McFarland wrote a pilot for West that wasn’t
picked up, but when his series “Family Guy”
became a hit, McFarland created a role for
West. He would play a character called Adam
West—the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island.
The part was offbeat, quirky and hilarious.
Many would describe West in the same
manner. In 2012, West, with his wife and four
children standing proudly alongside him,
was given a star on Hollywood Boulevard,
but as always, he didn’t take himself seriously,
commenting that, "Now people can walk all
60 years, with
over 50 films
and TV shows.
Shortly before he died in 2017, at the age of
88, West returned to his childhood home in
Walla Walla to sign the door to his room. A
few months later, a new street sign, Honorary
Adam West Way, was unveiled near his old
house. Hollywood showed its respect for
West by shining the Bat signal from City
Hall. His career had spanned 60 years, with
appearances in over 50 films and TV shows.
Not bad for a boy who once upon a time sat
in a darkened theater and dreamed of being
in the movies.
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Although it seems so far away at the height of summer, the fall season is
right around the corner. Autumn often brings with it a breath of crisp,
fresh air and a promise of new beginnings. The change of the season
holds ample opportunities to grow and evolve.
One of the easiest ways to embrace a new season and step into an opportunity for
change is by refreshing your look. This fall, new beauty trends offer the chance to
both play with boldness and speak volumes with simplicity.
From colorful makeup trends to subtle hair accessories, the fall of 2020 will
certainly bring its opportunities to refresh your routine when it comes to makeup,
hair and skin care.
According to Vogue, the makeup forecast for fall 2020 is largely bold, bright
and exuberant. This year’s runways saw glitter, sparkle and shine with attentiongrabbing
colors, as well as darker, moody nods to the era of grunge. Here are a few
of the most prominent upcoming trends:
Color pops - This year, as temperatures start to cool, it doesn’t have to mean cooling
off the intensity of your look; bright color is certainly on trend. Keep the heat up
with eye shadows in bright pink and orange, or a bold, red lip. Pick an area to
focus on, and embolden yourself to go for more: a flashier, fluorescent mascara or
a color-blocked eyelid are right on par with fall runway looks.
Shadow play - If you’re looking to draw attention up to your eyes, trendsetters are
all for bright shadows this season. From glamorous golden tones to bright orange
or blush, a statement shadow can be worn “like jewelry,” according to Harper’s
Goth and punk-inspired - Color isn’t everything this fall; those who lean more
toward a darker look are in luck. Black eyeliner is very much on-trend and can be
made even edgier with a healthy smudge. Even better news: This type of look (a
thick swipe of eyeliner with full, dark mascara) takes hardly any time and is perfect
for moments when you’re pressed for time. Take this look up a notch at night with
a darker, bolder winged liner applied with brushed liquid eyeliner, paired with a
nude or matte lip.
Textured updos - This fall wants to see your texturized pony and those playful,
pinned-up curls. Start with texturizing powders and beach wave sprays that add
a healthy, easy bounce. Pin your waves back in a tousled, romantic updo or a
youthful scrunchie. The more texture and character, the better.
Small, subtle details - Tiny, barely-there braids or subtle accent accessories woven
into your updo will bring a subtle accent to your everyday look this fall. Play
up your ponytail by weaving in tiny pins or ribbons—even a darker ribbon that
matches your hair color will add dimension while keeping your overall look more
This fall, new beauty trends offer the
chance to both play with boldness and
speak volumes with simplicity.
A “less is more” approach to accessorizing - Headbands and hair
accessories are coming back for the fall of 2020. Trending styles
will be minimal, with accessories aimed at accentuating, not
overshadowing, the look. Trending headbands will be thinner,
wiry, and laced with small jewels or pearls. Don’t overthink it—a
small, simple hair clip or jeweled bobby pin is all you need to pull
this trend off.
Hair color - With the way this year has gone, many are still
awaiting their chance to sit in the hair colorist’s chair. When you
finally get that long-anticipated appointment, keep in mind fall’s
most predominant hair color trend: caramel highlights. Keeping
your roots darker while bringing softer caramel tones to the
lower lengths will prepare you to warmly welcome fall with just
the right amount of contrast.
Skin care is ever evolving, with many trends crossing over from
the realms of dietary wellness and nutritional science. A few new
ways to care for our body’s largest organ will surely interest both
the health-conscious and the environmentally aware consumers.
Going plant-based - We often hear about the power of plants
in terms of what we put in our body, but what about what goes
on our skin? As plant-based beauty has grown in popularity, a
few trends to watch for this fall include: vegan and cruelty-free
claims, “nature-identical” ingredients that, like they sound, have
their original form in nature as a plant or mineral, and Halal
beauty, indicating products that are cruelty-free, alcohol-free and
free of animal products.
Taking bacteria beyond the microbiome - The power of probiotics
to promote a balanced gut isn’t a new, trendy conversation; but
expect to see that conversation shift to include more beauty
and skin products this fall. Everything from pre- and probioticpacked
deodorants that feed the right odor-fighting bacteria, to
bacteria-based scalp serums, will be headed our way this fall.
Going environmentally conscious - Trendsetters are predicting a
step up from recycling this fall with upcycling, which encourages
the repurposing of items to extend the lifespan of their usability
and avoid adding more waste to overflowing landfills. Brands
are paying more attention to what their products’ containers are
made from to allow buyers to continue using the containers in
creative ways long after the product is gone, with possibilities
ranging from on-the-go storage to a home for succulents.
You can recreate your look and skin-care routine at any time,
whether it’s by starting small with a subtle accessory, or going
bold with a bright new eye shadow.
There may be no better time to take a small risk and approach
something new than in the fall, when everything seems to
be primed for change. This fall, don’t be afraid to be bold,
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It seems like every time you open your email
or turn a corner there’s another new ad
for some wonder product that will make
you more beautiful, younger, healthier or more
photo-ready. “Get that natural glow,” “ramp up
the dramatic look,” “reduce wrinkles,” “use five
different products,” “try this one-product miracle
worker.” Every woman—and at times man—has
been through the expensive, tiresome journey of
trying to find her perfect beauty go-tos, and she
probably has the drawer of trial and reject items
to prove it.
When it comes to beauty, however, it's just as
important to pay attention to what we put on our
skin as what we put in our body. The ingredient list
of most beauty products is almost too long to read
and often includes harmful products like mineral
oil, parabens and siloxanes that can irritate your
skin, lead to hormonal imbalances or pollute the
Here are some natural beauty companies from our
own Northwest home that are working to change
the beauty industry, one product at a time.
Ohmygaia. This Coeur d’Alene-based company
produces deodorant, fragrance oils and beard
oils that are free of aluminum and other harsh
chemicals—and that actually work! Their
deodorants inhibit the growth of odor-causing
bacteria to keep the stink at bay, and all products
are made using only organic, vegan, aluminumfree
and paraben-free ingredients. The cherry on
top? Each of their scents is absolutely amazing.
Finally, a natural deodorant that lasts the entire
Herbivore Botanicals. Founded in a Seattle
kitchen in 2011, Herbivore Botanicals lives up to its
name. They ethically source raw, fine ingredients
from around the world to formulate treatments
that combine essential vitamins, minerals and
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They don’t use fillers of any kind, using only ingredients that
are safe and non-toxic—every ingredient is there for a purpose.
Choose from a variety of face and body masks, scrubs, oils and
Hippie Chic Cosmetics. This skin-care and beauty line started
out of Jess Bontrager’s home in Sandpoint, Idaho, with the goal
of making women feel beautiful. It offers a variety of natural
skin-care products including cleansers, moisturizers and toners,
but also produces an organic line of makeup products as well
that are good for your body—and look great on. They recently
introduced a Beach Bum shampoo and conditioner set, and
the versatile company also makes body sunscreen, natural
deodorant and even doggy deodorant!
Mad Hippie. Mad Hippie was born out of a couple’s desire for
simple, naturally based, effective products with clean ingredients
that could serve their fellow adventurers, explorers and
dreamers. They are champions of caring for the environment
and donate $1 of every web sale to conservation efforts—
the mark of a company that believes beauty, health and the
environment are stronger when they work together to achieve
results. In addition to skin care, the Portland-based company
offers naturally based makeup products as well, like their cheek
and lip tint, concealer and mascara, and you can find them at
nationally based stores like Whole Foods and Ulta.
French Girl. A collective of passionate individuals working
together to create natural, sustainable skin-care products that
feel good, this female-owned company operates its studio out of
Tukwila, Washington, utilizing plant-based, old-world formulas
to create their totally new-world products that will make you—
and the planet—look and feel good. They offer everything from
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health and prosperity of their local waterways, actively participating in
events and giving a portion of sales to the organization.
Teadora. Co-founder Val grew up in Brazil, where she learned early
on to value the importance of natural remedies and the power of the
Amazon rainforest. Now living in Portland, she and her husband started
Teadora as a way to bring the power of the Amazon to their hometown.
Each product is natural and organic, made from unique and sustainable
ingredients sourced from the rainforest. The couple is passionate about
using their business for good—of both the people and the environment.
They are on a mission through Teadora to replant one million trees and
preserve 75 thousand acres in the Amazon rainforest in an effort to
preserve the Amazon and do their part to help halt climate change.
Veque. This Seattle-based nail care company was started by the daughter
of Vietnamese immigrants. The family of nail artists that make the Veque
brand has over 100 combined years of expertise, both as teachers and
students. Their colorful line of clean vegan and cruelty-free nail polishes
are formulated to mimic the lasting effects of gel nail polish. “Veque is a
celebration of our life's work and the heritage that came to be. It is our
humble privilege to be the keepers of this artisan legacy,” they write.
Island Thyme. This botanically based skin and body-care company
has been making small-batch products from its farm and apothecary
studio in the San Juan Islands of Washington since 1996. Founders Eliza
and Chris Morris are passionate about aromatherapy and the healing
properties of plants, and mix each formula in the studio they built by
hand overlooking the farm. They offer everything from body skin care to
natural deodorant, face care and hand sanitizer.
If you're on the hunt for a new serum, moisturizer or even healthy makeup
or deodorant, make these companies your first stop. Your skin (and
body) will thank you, and you'll help make the planet a better place along
the way. Whatever your beauty routine may be, there's always room to go
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by ABIGAIL THORPE
Life doesn’t slow down in summer, and between work, family and appointments, it can be difficult
to keep feeling fresh and ready to make the transition from work to happy hour without the dreaded
Here is everything you need to keep your beauty game on point from morning till night. And the best
part is you won’t need to haul your entire beauty routine with you. Each item easily fits in a purse or
bag, ready and at hand for whenever the moment calls, so if you don’t have time to put your face on
in the morning, don’t sweat it.
A good moisturizer is key, and being able to reapply later in
the day as your skin needs is essential. Add in a light tint, and
you don’t need to worry about foundation for the day—it does
double the work. If you want even fewer steps and a true allin-one
skin saver, find a tinted sunscreen that also moisturizes.
Choose one that is light and wears well throughout the day—
some sunscreens can make your skin extra oily, which can
make you feel more like you’re melting than glowing at the end
of the day.
This seems like a no brainer to have in your bag, but the truth is
it’s easy to forget to throw one in. Do yourself a favor and pick
up a compact brush that takes up little to no room in your purse
or bag, and just leave it in there for those moments you need
to freshen up between meetings, or when the wind (or kiddo)
does an extra number on your hair.
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Nothing gets the job done like a blush stick or highlighter stick.
These powerful beauty must haves can transform your look in
minutes and add a healthy glow at the end of a long day. The
best part is you don’t need any brushes or makeup sponges.
And they’re not just for your cheeks. Brush a little blush over
your eyelids for a barely there shimmer, or use a highlighter on
the bridge of your nose to add a dewy glow.
We’ve all been there—long week and no time or energy to mess
with washing, drying and styling our hair. Good thing we have
dry shampoo. Carry a mini version in your bag and you’re set
for that moment your hair decides to go from a stylish beachy,
natural look to the third-day flats. It adds instant volume and
cuts the shine, so you can even forgo the ponytail. Opt for a
more natural dry shampoo that won’t add too much buildup to
your hair or harm its natural shine and health.
LIP BALM OR GLOSS
We all love a good lipstick, but they do a number on lip
hydration, and even the longest wearing one can start to fade,
smudge and drift from its original perfect outline by the end of
the day. Enter the tinted lip balm or hydrating gloss. Your lips
will stay healthy and hydrated, and you’ll still get that touch
of color and glam with half the work. Plus you won’t have to
worry about carrying lip liners, primers, color and gloss with
you when you go out.
These are the true heavy hitters of a long day. Make sure to pack
some cleansing wipes that can double as a blotter for those
times you need a face refresh but don’t have the time to go
home. Choose wipes that are small and compact, and that can
remove makeup when you’re in a pinch. Some skin types are
sensitive to certain products that can be used in wipes, so make
sure to find one that works well with your skin type and won’t
add to your skin irritation throughout the day.
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At 28-miles long, it is perfect for social distancing
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With the COVID-19 pandemic dragging on much longer than anyone expected, it can be challenging to find a safe place
for a getaway. The Long Beach Peninsula in Washington state, with its many wide-open spaces, is perfect for a less risky
vacation. The 28-mile-long beach is an ideal destination for social distancing. You can drive on the beach and remain
in your car or just stroll for miles. Shops and restaurants are open and following state rules regarding safe distancing
and wearing masks. The main drag has lines painted 6-feet apart on the sidewalk to aid keeping the recommended distance. During these
chaotic times you may not want to leave your pooch behind. The Long Beach Peninsula is super dog friendly, so bring him along.
Safe Distancing Activities
Go fly a kite. This is a perfect activity for social distancing. Head out to the beach for miles of accessible space to fly your kite. The wind is
always kicking, making it easy for your kite to find its way up into the sky. The World Kite Museum is worth a stop—if it is open. The gift
shop has a great selection of kites for sale in all shapes and sizes. Make sure to check out the Bald Eagle flag. It is very impressive.
Pack a picnic and head to either end of the peninsula to explore a Washington state park. Cape Disappointment State Park is at the southern
end and has a variety of activities as well as two lighthouses to hike to. It is also part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical
Parks and highlights the westernmost terminus for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Make sure to check out Beards Hollow at both the
scenic overlook and down below on the trail. The area was once a cove and is now marshy land. At the northern tip of the peninsula is the
Leadbetter Point State Park, which has 7 miles of hiking trails. The park has beach frontage on both the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay. This
park is not well known, so chances are you will find a place all to yourself.
The paved 8.5-mile Discovery Trail is well maintained and perfect for bike riding or pushing a stroller. It starts in Downtown Ilwaco and
ends on Long Beach at an 18-foot bronze tree. There are displays and sculptures along the way, as well as great beach views. It is relatively
flat except for the portion going through Cape Disappointment State Park, which is hilly. The half-mile Long Beach Boardwalk is not what
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you would expect for a beach boardwalk. There are no food stands or
rides but instead you have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a
bird’s-eye view above the sand dunes.
There are six little towns that comprise the peninsula, each with its own
charm. Visit Ilwaco, Long Beach, Nahcotta, Ocean Park and Seaview
to enjoy their shops and restaurants. Oysterville is an 80-acre National
Historic District and is a lovely place for a stroll. Purchase fresh oysters
and other local products at Oysterville Sea Farms. Profits from the
Willabay brand help to preserve Oysterville’s last oyster buildings. You
won’t find fresher Willabay oysters and clams; these are harvested the
Where To Stay
Boardwalk Cottages is Adrift Hospitality’s newest property. The 13 cute
cottages each have their own unique charm and size. The location in
Downtown Long Beach is perfect for a quick walk in the morning to
grab coffee and pastries at the Cottage Bakery & Delicatessen. You will
be blown away by the choices. There are lots of cute shops nearby as well.
You also have access to the amenities at the Adrift Hotel and Spa, which
include a heated pool, barrel sauna, and beach cruisers to rent. Also
located at the hotel is the Adrift Distillery, a fun place to tour and imbibe.
Pet-friendly rooms are available.
In the fishing village of Ilwaco, At The Helm is its newest lodging. Just
steps away from the marina, this lovely bank building has been lovingly
repurposed into an eco-friendly boutique hotel and restaurant by owner
Marcene Miller. You can see the love, care and hands-on work she put
into each choice during the renovation. Rooms are named after the
owners’ fishing vessels they had throughout the years. Staying here allows
you to bask in luxury not normally found in this area, and all the extra
amenities make you feel special. It begins with a complimentary glass of
beer or wine at check-in, breakfast delivered to your room, and a basket
of snacks to enjoy during your stay. So worth the splurge. Take time to
look at the interior décor, as there are so many interesting touches and
artwork to observe. Note: This hotel does not have pet-friendly rooms,
but they are welcome in the outdoor seating area of the restaurant.
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WHERE TO STAY
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WHERE TO EAT
The Cove Restaurant
Waterline Pub (in At The Helm)
WHAT TO DO
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What To Eat
A surprisingly good place to eat is at
the Peninsula Golf Course at the Cove
Restaurant. It is also one of the most petfriendly
places I have ever eaten at. Popular
with the locals, the Cove menu has many
country-club favorites such as a Prime Rib
dinner available Thursday through Saturday
and is heavy on the local seafood with great
burgers, sandwiches and salads as well.
Where it really shines is the nightly specials,
where the chef can flex his cooking chops.
A recent special was Halibut, Scallops and
Prawns served over rice with a curry sauce.
Very flavorful with just a hint of spice. The
cooking staff has competed and won local
food competitions. Make sure to try the
award-winning Tiramisu Cheesecake with a
caramel drizzle. Yummy.
The Peninsula Golf Course is one of five in Washington state that allows
dogs on the course. At the Cove Restaurant your pet is welcome at the
outdoor seating. They even offer a Patio Pup Menu with Haida’s Turkey
Bites, named after a pooch who frequented the patio. A big water bowl
is offered for the pups as well. The menu features a variety of fish, turkey
and beef that is sure to please even the most finicky dog.
The Waterline Pub in At the Helm has incredible food. You can choose to
dine indoors, which is adorned with reclaimed wood, or outside on the
patio overlooking the marina. The menu is heavy on the local seafood,
which comes right off the fishing boats in the marina. Everything is
delicious, but you must try the Seafood Nosh Board—not your typical
charcuterie. This is loaded with fresh crabmeat, prawns, oysters, grilled
Brie cheese, olives, house-made sauces and served with grilled bread. The
crab is served plain, and its sweet freshness with a squeeze of lemon is
delicious. With good, quality ingredients you don’t have to do much to
highlight it. The chef does a variety of chowders, stews and specials each
day. Well worth a stop—and pets are welcome on the patio.
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wish to eat in, as seating is limited. Enjoy more outside activities and get
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HUCKSTACHIO ICE CREAM
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP
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2 1/2 cups huckleberries
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
5 organic eggs, whipped
4 cups heavy whipping cream
13.5 oz. can full fat coconut milk
4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
1 cup sea salted pistachios
• In a small saucepan over medium heat, reduce huckleberries and
lemon juice until juice is thickened.
• Use the back of a fork to break down berries. Remove from heat
and set aside to cool.
• In a large bowl, whisk eggs until scrambled. Mix in whipping
cream, coconut milk, vanilla, salt and pistachios.
• Poor mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the
manufacturer's directions. When the ice cream is firm, place in a
freezer-safe container and chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
Coffee and Crepes
Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!
AUGUST CREPE SPECIAL
Fresh Strawberry & Whipped Cream
Be sure to check out Clay & Cloth Designs!
4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109, Gig Harbor, WA
253.851.2576 | f @OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes
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
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American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and
chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to
Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the
harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out
menu available. Monday through Thursday 11am to 8pm,
Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.
8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C | Gig Harbor
Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine
for 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
Located in Uptown
4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 100
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
GERTIE AND THE
At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown
Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to
a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet
affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,
Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully
prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with
them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.
4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 600
Gig Harbor 253.649.0921
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
Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello
to delicious, serving up food that feels as good as it
tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai
bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal
planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday
through Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am
5247 Olympic Dr. NW, Ste. A | Gig Harbor
253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com
Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes! Located in
the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical
Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers
premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,
fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,
soups and of course made-to-order crepes!
4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109 | Gig Harbor
that tastes good!
When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will
be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they
work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their
guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of
culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from
11am to 9pm.
4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 200 | Gig Harbor
253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com
Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to
everyone, with a menu that includes grain-free, vegetarian
and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in
April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to
the Gig Harbor dining scene. Open daily 11am to 9pm.
5160 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. C101 | Gig Harbor
253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com
5247 OLYMPIC DR, SUITE A
GIG HARBOR, WA 98335
OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE
A VIRTUAL SINGING CONTEST!
Prestige Senior Living is proud to host
“Prestige Sings,” a virtual singing contest for
our amazing residents and team members!
We’re recognizing all the talent at Prestige,
but we need your help to make it happen!
to view our video submissions and vote
on your favorite performances in all three
categories—resident, staff and group.
We will be narrowing down the contestants
each week, so be sure to check back to cast
your vote for the finalists.
Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence
3025 14th Ave. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
B i r d n e s t Gallery
& Custom PiCture FraminG
Downtown Gig Harbor
3202 Tarabochia St. 98335
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
BirdnestGallery.com • 253.857.6341
ASIA PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO THE
ANNUAL POLYNESIAN LUAU – A VIRTUAL EVENT
By Jillian Chandler
The Asia Pacific Cultural Center has been serving the Tacoma
community and beyond since 1996. Though housed in
Tacoma, the cultural center serves statewide and is recognized
both nationally and internationally.
APCC prides itself in representing more than 47 countries and cultures
of the Asia Pacific Rim, where more than 100 languages and dialects
are spoken, with the arts and cultures of these people offering unique
diversity, history, traditions and spirit. The Tacoma-based center is
the one place where immigrant and non-immigrant communities can
come together in celebration, education and exchange.
August 29 will mark Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s 23rd Annual
Polynesian Luau. In years past, the luau has provided a fun-filled
afternoon event for the entire family, with cultural dances representing
various islands; a delicious Island menu of roasted pig, Hawaiian
macaroni, sapasui, banana poi, panipopo, steamed rice, teriyaki
chicken and fresh island fruits; cultural booths from the different
islands; Island desserts for tasting; and live music!
This year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event has gone
virtual, but it will still offer a wonderful experience for all of those who
would like to join in the festivities via Facebook Live or YouTube from
the comfort of their own homes—and don’t forget to come prepared
with an island cocktail in hand. The event is free, but those who would
like to donate to support the APCC programs are encouraged to do so.
Text the code APCCLUAU to 44-321 to donate or donate online at Bit.
According to Faaluaina Pritchard, Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s
executive director, the live stream event will be held 6 to 7:30pm and
will include authentic entertainment, including cultural music and
dances from the islands of Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Hawaii, New Zealand,
Samoa and Guam; fire knife dances (win an Alaska Airline ticket
voucher) and raffles for great prizes!
To read more about Asia Pacific Cultural Center, visit
AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.org. For the Polynesian Luau live stream on
Facebook, log onto Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter or Bit.ly/
APCCYouTube on Saturday, August 29, at 6pm.
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SWING FOR A SOLDIER
The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation will once again
hold its annual Swing for a Soldier golf tournament Monday,
August 10. The event kicks off at noon, as participants enjoy an
afternoon of golf at Gold Mountain Golf Club (7263 West Belfair
Valley Road) in Bremerton. Register your team of four or sponsor
a veteran or first responder to golf this year. In the unfortunate
circumstance the event is canceled, you have the option to donate
your entry fees, roll your entry fees over to next year or receive a
full refund. For up-to-date information, visit SwingForASoldier.
org. Swing for a Soldier is sure to be one of the best rounds of golf
you will ever play in a charity tournament.
HOGS, DOGS & RODS
Show your support for the Northwest Kidney Center by attending
the third annual Hogs, Dogs & Rods car and motorcycle show.
The fun takes place Saturday, August 15, from noon until 5pm
at the Gig Harbor Eagles Club, 4425 Burnham Drive. Attendees
will enjoy a car and motorcycle show, as well as pinup girls and
an awards ceremony. There will be hot dogs and pretzels for your
enjoyment as well. Event organizers will be following the current
COVID-19 safety guidelines. There is no cost to attend, though
donations are appreciated. For those unable to attend the event
and would still like to donate, you can do so online at JustGiving.
TACOMA NARROWS HALF MARATHON
2020 marks the 13th annual Michelob Ultra Tacoma Narrows Half
Marathon and 5k. Participants have the opportunity to run one of
the most unique courses in the PAcific Northwest, taking runners
across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, through Cheney Stadium and
a downhill finish into the heart of Downtown Tacoma. In addition,
runners can choose the 5k, joining in at the last 3.1 miles of the half
marathon course. Registration for each race includes a race T-shirt,
finisher medal and free photos. For up-to-date information and to
register, visit TacomaNarrowsHalf.com.
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