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September 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

SEPtEMBER 2020

LIVING LOCAL

GIG

HARBOR'S

pg.68

Fall Fashion

Trends

Old favorites make their return!

FINEST

TOP 3

pg.98

KEEP ‘EM SMILING

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SEPTEMBER 2020

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 9

inside

Fall Fashion Trends

Old favorites make their return 68

Experience the Traditions of Fall

How to make the most of sweater weather 72

Fall Cocktails

A few for your consideration 78

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EDITORIAL

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Jillian Chandler | jillian@like-media.com

STAFF WRITERS

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DESIGN

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LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Darbey Russo

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Kennedy Pew

DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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OPERATIONS

MANAGING PARTNER | Kim Russo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Steve Russo

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Rachel Figgins

CONTRIBUTORS

Nikki Luttmann, Felicia Soleil, Nancy Harris,

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so long

sweet summer

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

THE NEXT CHAPTER OF 2020

HAS ARRIVED

I

t seems as though summer

comes, and before we’ve had

our fill, it quickly begins its

departure, as the long, hot

days soon are traded in for early sunsets

followed by chilly nights. Seasons are

constantly changing, as is life, and it’s up

to us to focus on the present and prepare

ourselves best for what is to come.

of fall activities the whole family can enjoy!

And, we’ve compiled some tasty cocktails to

make at home—perfect for the cooler fall

weather.

To complement the chillier weather, this

month’s recipe features a Dutch-Oven Fire-

Roasted Chili. And it’s up to you whether

you’re looking for mild or spicy!

September brings with it the beginning of

a new school year. Though this fall, schools

will look quite a bit different than years prior,

we must prepare our children for success,

and help them along their journey, guiding

them through whatever hurdles they may

face. It may seem a bit intimidating—for

both parents and children alike—but by

working together, we can accomplish the

task at hand.

As fall begins easing its way in, take the

time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

In this month’s issue, prepare for fall with

everything from fall fashion tips to a variety

If you’re looking for a fall getaway and

prefer traveling by car, our travel story takes

readers on a road trip to Kalispell, Montana,

and Glacier National Park, where visitors

are sure to fall in love with the scenic and

breathtaking views.

The next chapter of 2020 has arrived. Let’s

fill it with heartwarming memories and

aspirations for tomorrow.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

SEPtEMBER 2020

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Fall Fashion

Trends

Old favorites make their return!

LIVING LOCAL

GIG

HARBOR'S

FINEST

TOP 3

pg.98

KEEP ‘EM SMILING

Tides Tavern presses forward

ABOUT THE COVER

AS SUMMER COMES TO AN END AND

THE LEAVES BEGIN TO CHANGE and

ultimately make their way to the ground,

there is nothing like autumn in Gig Harbor.

This month's cover photo, taken by Samantha

Elise Tillman, features NetShed No. 9—a

local, family owned restaurant located along

the Downtown Gig Harbor waterfront. Photo

by Samantha Elise Tillman.

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GET FEATURED

Join us on Instagram @GigHarborLiving

for a chance to get your photos, recipes,

ideas and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Engaging the Community: PenMet Parks

continues to provide special activities for

all to enjoy

16 IN FOCUS

36 FEATURE STORY

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GOOD NEWS

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Keep presses ‘em forward Smiling: Tides Tavern

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE 52

BUSINESS IN THE 34

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

SPOTLIGHT

Harbor Health and Apothecary & Hop

Pharm Taproom: Coming winter 2020

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Creating Strong Families and Building

Engaged Communities: Children's Home

Society of Washington

LIVING LOCAL

Pigeon Racing: Local man shares

fascinating hobby

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Pearl Tea: Boba tea and dessert shop

opens in Gig Harbor

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From Passion Project to the Family

Business: Black belt professor

establishes Bonners Ferry as world Jiu-

Jitsu Destination

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Fall in Love with Kalispell, Montana:

Glacier National Park and more

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Events and fun that you don't want to

miss out on!

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From Paint and Furniture to Bedding and Lighting

CHILDREN’S ROOM MAKEOVER 101

By Nikki Luttmann, Interior Designer

There are two camps of people when it comes to decorating a

child’s room. In the first camp is the person who allows the

child to choose everything from wall color to bedding, creating

a very personalized, though perhaps not terribly attractive,

space. In the second camp is the person who does not allow the child to

personalize anything except perhaps their teddy bear. This is a space that

might be thoughtfully arranged and beautifully furnished but not reflect

the personality of the actual tiny person who lives there.

My daughter, Leina, is at the age (she’s 9) where suddenly her “baby”

room no longer suits her. She has started forming her own opinions

about style and fashion, and now wishes to transform her room to

reflect her interests and personality. That said, she wants to create a

bedroom according to the theme “Rainbow Galaxy Party”—whatever

that might be! I’m more than happy to help her create the ultimate coolkid

bedroom—within reason.

First of all, it is important to set boundaries with kids when it comes to

wall color. With my kids, I’ve asked them what basic color they want

(pink, blue, etc.), and then I give them three or four acceptable options

to choose from. This eliminates the issue of a color being too bright, too

garish or too dark, which may be difficult to paint over later. If you’re

OK with bright colors but don’t want to opt for a whole room color, it’s

perfectly alright to paint just an accent wall, as long as the rest of the

walls are neutral or white, as this keeps the color from overwhelming

the space.

For furnishings, I find that a fresh coat of chalk paint can freshen up

older pieces like dressers or headboards and give them a completely new

look. Kids can be hard on furniture, so reusing older pieces might be a

great option in a younger child’s room. As well, you can try consignment

shops or even Craigslist for items that might be easy to spruce up. For

newer furnishings (and more careful children), an option might be to

invest in some flexible pieces that could also be used as the child gets

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A fresh coat of chalk paint

can freshen up older pieces.

older—or used somewhere else in the house later on. This way, you can

invest in a few quality pieces that will stand the test of time and fill in the

holes with more inexpensive items.

For bedding, I tend to choose quality comforters that can be covered

with a duvet, which is good for frequent washings. When it comes to

sheets, I allow my daughters to choose, as these are typically covered

with the comforter during the day (if they remember to make their

beds), and they can pick something fun and colorful. Character-themed

bedding is not my favorite (too much of a commitment), but a throw

blanket or pillow based on the child’s favorite cartoon is just fine.

Lighting is particularly important in a child’s room. Make sure you have

appropriate task lighting for reading, choosing clothing, rummaging

around under the bed looking for lost Legos, etc. Good ambient lighting

is important as well, as with any other room in the house, to make sure it

is comfortable for general tasks. For younger kids, I find it is important

to have some kind of night light as well. It may not always be required,

but they can be nice to have if someone has a nightmare or is not feeling

well.

Artwork is something that can add an element of fun and reflect the

child’s personality. If they are artistic, a fun option is stringing a laundry

line or even a string of Christmas lights and letting them hang their art

from it with clothespins. Magnetic bulletin boards are another great way

for kids to display their own art, notes, etc. Posters and other themed art

can be fun as well, but try framing them for a more finished look.

With kids, the sky is the limit when it comes to colors and styles, but

do try to keep the overall look somewhat cohesive with the rest of the

house. If you favor soft colors and pastels throughout, then choose

somewhat similar hues for your child’s room to keep the whole house

flowing together. Remember, though they are only little once, it’s still

your home, and parents (or grandparents!) should have the ultimate say

in how the home looks!

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With kids, the sky is the

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Stay Out of the Weeds

CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON NEGOTIATING YOUR DIVORCE

By Felicia Soleil, Mediator and Attorney

It’s mid-July as I write this, and my garden beds are finally

showing signs of promise after an off-putting May and June of

cool and wet weather. Come September, if my garden history

serves me well, I’ll be relishing the abundance of beans,

carrots, tomatoes, and the dreaded zucchini, along with more

dahlias than I have vases for.

That long stretch of “extended spring” weather was good for one

thing, however. Weeds!

In years past, my garden has always been my source of solace and

calm, a place where I can regain my sense of self and centering after

a week of challenges as a divorce lawyer and mediator. This past

summer, during COVID stay-at-home restrictions, I was looking

forward to having the garden of the decade! Yet, weeds were all I

could see.

Yet, my greenhouse transplants were settling in and my direct

sown seeds were germinating ever so slowly. Eventually, leaves

multiplied and, if I searched enough, I finally discovered the first

cucumber hiding under a tangle of vines, a zucchini peeking out

from its leafy blanket, and my first pumpkin forming in a patch of

crabgrass outside the bed.

How does my garden relate to my work with separating and

divorce couples? This is a reflection on perspective. On choosing

your battles. On cost-benefit analysis. On seeing your glass half full

when you could so easily get lost in the weeds.

In my work with separating and divorcing couples, I find that a

client’s perspective makes all the difference as to how they might

emotionally—and financially—hold themselves up as they

navigate such a significant life event. Too many times I see clients

successfully negotiating through the “big stuff,” like residential

time for the kids, their child support payments, and who gets the

house (the “fruits of their labor” so to speak), only to get “lost in

the weeds” about rigid pick-up and drop-off times, how to split the

cost of school supplies and who gets the lawnmower.

Back to my garden analogy, I could have spent big bucks on

chemical weed killers, expended enormous physical labor on

pulling weeds or simply chosen to continue to dwell on their

appearance while overlooking the equal abundance of my growing

flowers and vegetables. I could have just as easily gotten caught up

in the “here and now” and dug in to fighting a hopeless battle for

the sake of the fight, forgetting that my garden would be entirely

different in September than it was in June.

In other words, focusing on my big payoff—the eventual harvest—

and what really matters while waiting—careful tending and

cultivating—will see me through the rough patches of dandelions

and crabgrass until I get there. Dwelling on weed eradication will

amount to nothing other than constant frustration and negativity.

See where I’m going here?

I came to the subject for this essay by realizing how many times I

seemed to be counseling clients to avoid “getting lost in the weeds”

once they successfully navigated the major components of their

divorce settlement and gained some goodwill, followed by their

raising minor thorny issues based on “principle.” It’s almost as if

they needed something to hang on to for “the win” after successfully

compromising on their major issues. Sure, it feels good to uproot a

dandelion, but what’s the payoff in the scheme of things?

How much do you really want to spend on “eradicating the weeds,”

whether time, money or energy? Or can you overlook those things

as merely a distraction and appreciate the harvest, an outcome that

reflects your concentrated focus and attention and care? The weeds

will always be there. That’s why they’re weeds.

Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located

in Gig Harbor. She helps her clients in achieving resolutions that

foster both a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy

new beginning for them and their families so they can focus on

moving on, rather than simply moving out. Felicia can be reached

at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential. Video

conferencing is welcome.

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Changing the Face

of Family Law

For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped

families in Gig Harbor and Pierce County transition

through divorce with an emphasis on reducing and

alternative to dissolving a marriage. Considering

divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on helping

people move on, not simply move out.

Divorce

Mediation &

Collaborative

Law

Legal support,

education &

case management,

from simple

to complex:

• Legal

• separation

Legal separation

and and divorce divorce

• Parenting

Parenting plans

plans

Child support

• Child support

Prenuptial


agreements

Prenuptial

Agreements

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an inspiring, life-changing experience. When

I heard that—and then the incredible list of

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We worked together for a few weeks, planning,

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The team at PenMet Parks is continuously dedicated

to finding new and innovative ways to engage the Gig

Harbor community through special events and activities.

The impact of COVID-19 has encouraged Special Events

Coordinator Kelly Darling and the PenMet Parks team to think

outside the box to bring a special event unlike any other held in the

Greater Gig Harbor area.

In August, PenMet Parks introduced Drive-In Movies after taking

notice of the trend in Parks and Recreation across the nation. “Drive-

In Movies were a perfect fit for our district,” smiles Kelly, “and we can

easily comply to COVID guidelines and procedures.”

PenMet’s Drive-In Movie series kicked off last month at the former

Performance Golf Center driving range, which is currently being

developed into PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center (located

at 2416 14th Avenue NW). “This has been a great opportunity to

showcase what is to come at this site and how PenMet Parks fit the needs

of our community,” affirms Chuck Cuzzetto, marketing consultant for

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District. Kelly adds that they are looking

forward to hosting a Halloween-themed Drive-In Movie this October,

with the date and movie title to be announced soon. “Kids will enjoy a

snack pack and Halloween-themed crafts they can easily create in their

cars or at home,” she says. Admission is $20 per vehicle.

“Adventure in a Box” was another idea wonderfully executed by

Kelly and the PenMet team to help keep kids active and engaged.

“Adventure Boxes included camping-themed activities, a Park

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says Kelly. One hundred boxes were distributed via drive-through at

Sehmel Homestead Park. In addition, in order to help families better

be prepared for at-home learning, families were provided with all the

basics to start the school year strong. “Thanks to our sponsors Paige

Schulte - Windermere and Rainier Family Medicine, we were able to

provide 500 School Supplies Bags to the community.”

“Providing safe social outlets to engage emotionally and unique

parks and recreational experiences are an incredibly vital component

to our District goals,” states Chuck. He is excited to announce that

the community can also look forward to the Miniature Golf Course

opening this month!

“Even though fall and winter events will look a little different, we are

working hard to continue our tradition of providing our community

with memorable events and experiences,” says Kelly.

For those who would like to submit their feedback and ideas to

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KEEP ‘EM SMILING

TIDES TAVERN PRESSES FORWARD

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

By Colin Anderson

Photos Courtesy of

Tides Tavern

THE TIDES IS

A MAINSTAY IN

THE HARBOR—

AND IT

ALMOST NEVER

HAPPENED.

“I

don’t know how he did it, I don’t think he

knows how he did it, everything just sort

of happened,” said Dylan Stanley. From the

roof of the 110-year-old building, the Tides

Tavern owner can take a breath during the always busy

day to take in the astounding views of the Puget Sound,

see his staff running orders out to boats docked just

outside his doors, and the lovely flowers that Gail takes

care of throughout the year. The Tides is a mainstay in

the harbor—and it almost never happened.

The building that still stands was built in 1910 and was

originally a general store. In the decades to follow it

served as several businesses and taverns, which included

ownership by “Three Fingered Jack” in the late ‘60s to

early ‘70s. After 60 years the building had fallen into

disrepair and was about to be condemned. That’s when

a recent college graduate and some friends decided to

take a chance and see if they could keep the place alive.

“He was out of school, needed something to do, and he

liked drinking beer,” laughed Dylan.

That graduate was Dylan’s father, Peter Stanley. In 1973,

alongside a couple of friends, he decided to purchase

the old building in hopes of keeping the good times

rolling. They spent six months getting it back into

shape and up to code in order to allow visitors in again.

The Tides Tavern was opened on “Harbor Holidays”

weekend. “When you first start a business, you are doing

everything,” said Dylan. “They were continuing to make

improvements and work on the building while serving

customers too.” The Tides was so popular off the bat that

when Dylan was born you could often find him sleeping

in his bassinet behind the bar during lunch hours (back

when it was allowed).

While Dylan grew up around the tavern, he initially

decided to take a different path. He worked in several

industries running businesses but ultimately decided to

come home to the Tides in 2012. “Dad lost his GM and

wanted to figure out what to do next. He wanted me in

the role, I accepted, and I’ve never left,” said Dylan.

Now in its 47th year in operation, The Tides Tavern

looks much the same as it did the day it opened in 1973.

A kitchen remodel was done in 2009, and the docks out

front were replaced in 2012, but most everything else is

behind-the-scenes maintenance in keeping a more than

century-old building flourishing.

The Tides is lined with old photos of the building and

surrounding waters. Their T-shirts are always for sale,

and if you snap your photo wearing one in a unique

locale, there’s a chance you will be put up on the walls

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AS HE SITS ATOP THE 110-YEAR-OLD

BUILDING AND CONTINUES TO

REFLECT, DYLAN IS STILL ASTONISHED

AS TO WHAT THIS PLACE MEANS TO

SO MANY PEOPLE.

as well. “We have fighter pilots from the view of a refueling plane, the

Himalayas and Nepal, people skydiving, on board Coast Guard ships;

they’ve really been all over the world,” said Dylan. A frequent traveler

himself, he says it’s rare he goes on a trip and doesn’t see a Tides Tavern

shirt or have someone comment on his shirt, no matter where he is.

While the atmosphere is of great importance, Dylan believes the food

is also what keeps people coming back to the Tides. Their chowder and

multi-award-winning Fish & Chips are immensely popular, but they

are also committed to serving up high-quality pizza, burgers and other

handhelds. With a chef of Hawaiian descent working the kitchen this

summer, Dylan says the Ahi Poke has been extremely popular.

There is a full bar, so you can have your favorite cocktail mixed up, and

the selection of local beers includes a unique relationship with 7Seas

Brewing, which makes several beers exclusively for the Tides. “I’ve

known Mike for a long time, and 7Seas is near and dear to us,” said

Dylan. “I believe we bought their first keg when they started, and it’s been

a great partnership since.”

As with all other restaurants, The Tides Tavern has had to alter its

approach for 2020. Online ordering was something that was planned for

the near future, but the pandemic forced them to incorporate it earlier.

While the tavern still brings in daily diners, Dylan says many fans have

appreciated the to-go options as well.

While Dylan knows they have the right building, and the right location,

he believes strongly that the restaurant would not have lasted so long

without the right group of staff whose goal is to make the guests smile

and have a great overall experience.

As he sits atop the 110-year-old building and continues to reflect, Dylan

is still astonished as to what this place means to so many people. “Every

day people come in to talk about how important this place is to them, one

way or another. People have met their wives here, and others have [had

celebrations of life for] the loss of a loved one here too.”

On any given day you’ll find business meetings taking place alongside

road crews who are just finishing up their day. The Tides is a place for

everyone, and Dylan and his staff are committed to keeping it that way.

“The Tides will continue as it has and hopefully do it for another 47 years.”

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Excitement For

Winter 2020

Two new businesses to call Gig

Harbor home

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

HARBOR HEALTH AND APOTHECARY &

HOP PHARM TAPROOM

3216 Judson Street

Gig Harbor, Washington, 98335

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“Our model is built on personal

relationships. Our pharmacy

wellness center is built around the

needs of the patient. We are driven

by seeing our patients obtain and

maintain their healthiest life.”

Two new businesses will soon open their doors to the

Gig Harbor community! Set to open this winter, Harbor

Health and Apothecary will provide the community with a

compounding pharmacy and wellness center for humans and

animals to live their healthiest life. And right next door you’ll find the

Hop Pharm Taproom; the perfect place to sit back and enjoy time with

your Gig Harbor neighbors.

The practice of pharmacy was built on the art and science of

compounding medications toward the individual patient,” states Nick

Wyatt, Chief Pharmacy Officer. “Over the years, many things about the

practice of pharmacy have changed. With these changes, pharmacies

became more about retail and less about community. In pharmacy, the

community matters—the relationships matter. And I promise, Harbor

Health is going to be everything that was great about the 'old school'

community pharmacy with a 'new school' wellness center twist.”

Founded by Conrad Esser, Chief Executive Officer, and Nick Wyatt,

Chief Pharmacy Officer, Harbor Health and Apothecary is their

solution to the shortcomings of the current health-care model. They

believe that patients deserve better—and this includes animals too!

“More and more, our health-care model seems to be trending toward

transactional relationships where the focus is more on profit versus the

need of the patient,” says Conrad. “Harbor Health and Apothecary’s

model is built on personal relationships. Our pharmacy wellness center

is built around the individual needs of the patient.”

Harbor Health and Apothecary is excited about becoming your trusted

resource for compounded medications and nutritional supplements.

They will carry an exclusive professional line of supplements, called

Cell Code, and an IV drip therapy program, called Cell Code Hydrate,

whose products focus on supporting your immune system and overall

foundational health.

The two were inspired by family members and the recent COVID

pandemic to create a facility focused on health, wellness and immunity.

Conrad, a graduate of Pepperdine University with a business degree,

was inspired to pursue the health and wellness field by his wife Gillian, a

graduate of the University of Southern California Medical School, who

is a gynecologist for Women’s Health and Wellness. Nick’s mother-inlaw

is a pharmacist, with Nick following in her footsteps and graduating

with his pharmacy degree from the University of Washington.

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Housed in a newly renovated 3,500-square-foot facility, located in

Downtown Gig Harbor at 3216 Judson Street, quality and safety will be

at the forefront. The sterile and nonsterile compounding labs exceed

industry standards, in turn providing patients, humans and animals,

access to the safest and highest quality compound products. Exam/

consultation rooms allow pharmacists and providers to have private

conversations about a patient’s health. These rooms also provide specialty

providers with access to offer services to the community that may not be

available.

When it comes to what they find most rewarding in this path they have

chosen, both Conrad and Nick agree it is the opportunity to be servants

to their community and the ability to educate people on taking the steps

to achieve ultimate health: “Seeing people take charge of their health, get

their health back on track and live their healthiest life,” affirms Nick.

In addition to the wellness center, the duo is excited for the opening of

Hop Pharm, located next door.

“Here is the answer to the question everyone keeps asking: A pharmacy

and taproom, how did that combination come about?” Nick grins. “When

Conrad and I were designing the space, the Hop Pharm space was set

aside for a conference room—but we did not need that much space.

“While walking the space with our architect and discussing design needs,

we mentioned the conference room being used for community education

events. The rest is history, and the Hop Pharm Taproom was created.”

The Hop Pharm will provide a welcoming space for the community to

enjoy. It will also provide a space for Harbor Health and Apothecary to

hold community education events.

Nick and Conrad agree that “Gig Harbor is an amazing community. It

is a great feeling to be welcomed by the community and other healthcare

providers." They are looking forward to working with naturopaths,

physicians, nurses and dietitians.

“There is something for everyone in downtown! Books, coffee,

restaurants, beer, wine, whiskey and cider. What is not to love?” smiles

Conrad.

You will have to wait until construction completes in winter 2020 to

experience it for yourself.

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Children are one of a community’s

most precious resources, and it

is up to all of us to do our part in

helping to ensure our children

reach their full potential. Serving children and

families at more than 18 sites throughout the

state, Children’s Home Society of Washington

(CHSW) is dedicated to ensuring children

reach their full potential.

children and families to access various services

that meet all their needs.

Gina Cabiddu joined Children’s Home Society

of Washington - Key Peninsula more than six

years ago, where she worked her way from

an intern and volunteer to family educator

and now, in her current role, as community

manager for the Key Peninsula site.

Children and families are connected to

Children’s Home Society of Washington

through ongoing community partner

engagement, which provides referrals,

website and social media engagements,

community events, and word-of-mouth efforts

built through the long-standing, trusting

relationships with the families and community

members they serve.

Founded in 1896, Children’s Home Society of

Washington is the oldest and largest family

prevention services provider in the state. With

a mission to develop healthy children, create

strong families, build engaged communities,

and speak and advocate for children, CHSW

focuses on providing comprehensive services

to children from birth to age 12, providing

an efficient and unified support system for

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“I was drawn to CHSW because of my passion

for prevention-based services, the statewide

presence of the organization, and the multitiered

level of impact the organization has,” says

Gina. Her passion for social work and serving

with Children’s Home Society of Washington

stems from her own experiences of growing

up in the foster-care system and being raised in

the Key Peninsula community.

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“CHSW has been a leader in child and

family services for nearly 125 years because

of our commitment to quality service for the

children and families we support,” affirms

Gina. “Our organization emphasizes statewide

programming and operates as one organization

while possessing the capacity to address the

specifications of each community’s unique

needs and resources.


GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

CREATING STRONG FAMILIES

AND BUILDING ENGAGED

COMMUNITIES

CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON -

KEY PENINSULA

By Jillian Chandler | Photos Courtesy of Children's Home

Society of Washington

“Coupled with a nimble ability to evolve and

reimagine success in challenging times, we are

afforded the opportunity to continue as a leader

in the industry with a common vision to help

children and families thrive.”

The children and families served span across

the Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor, and Pierce and

Mason counties. Each family CHSW works with

is required to complete a one-page Welcome

Form for CHSW to learn more about the family

and their culture, and to more easily address the

immediate needs they seek relief for. In addition,

CHSW can offer resources that can promote

long-term stability and goal attainment.

The people CHSW serves are vast—they come

from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, gender,

family size, education, career and income levels.

There is no fee nor income requirements for any

service offered to the families that Children’s

Home Society of Washington serves.

Serving families that are prenatal through end

of life, those with or without children, single

parents, multifamily households, guardianship

or parental custody status, and more, “CHSW

provides a comprehensive continuum of care

to 39,000 children and families each year in

early learning, family support, out-of-home

care, child and family counseling, adoption and

advocacy,” says Gina.

Working with families while acting as an

extension of their family and advocate for their

needs, CHSW supports families in a number of

ways: rent/mortgage, utility assistance, food and

gas cards, school supplies, clothing as needed

(when available) and more. “Community

members are aided in navigating complex

systems with support as CHSW can sign families

up for food stamps and health insurance and

also navigate family court, juvenile court,

mental health and substance use treatment, and

more with our case management services and

referrals,” affirms Gina.

The Key Peninsula has a team of just seven

who serves more than 1,200 different people

every year with over 5,000 services annually,

“which leads to so many humbling journeys

we get to be part of,” smiles Gina. She recalls

one such journey: “One comes from our Little

Buddies, Big Buddies program. Several years

ago, we had a high school girl volunteer as a

mentor for younger students in our academic

and recreational mentoring program. She so

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enjoyed it, her high school aged brother became a mentor with her, and

their elementary school brother continued in the program. Fast forward

to 2020, the high school girl has now graduated from the University of

Washington with a degree in social work because she was so empowered

by the impact she made with CHSW in her community. The high school

brother graduated Peninsula High School and received a scholarship

bolstered with the community service on his resume as a Big Buddy. Last,

the elementary school brother aged into becoming a Big Buddy as a middle

school volunteer to mentor elementary youth just as his siblings had before

him.”

The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including

important organizations like Children’s Home Society of Washington.

But fortunately, they were able to quickly mobilize their teams across

Washington state and shift to a virtual format for as many services as

possible. This allowed them to continue providing support with minimal

disruption at a time when families need help more than ever. According to

Gina, CHSW’s Key Peninsula branch has always operated with a focus on

literally meeting clients where they are at—whether that be at their office,

in schools, at community sites, through home visits, phone calls, emails and

more.

When it comes to what Gina and the rest of the Children’s Home Society

of Washington team find most rewarding, it is the knowledge that they are

changing the lives of children and their families for the better. “The most

rewarding part of the work we do are the breakthrough moments in seeing

the positive impact our work has on the children and families we serve,”

says Gina. Preventing a family from becoming homeless by paying their

rent after medical bills stacked up after an unforeseen medical incident.

Seeing a sixth grader testify in Olympia to legislators about how she wants

CHSW’s elementary girls’ empowerment program to go statewide because

it’s given her the skills and confidence to pursue a career that will help her

support her family. Helping a veteran who is a single dad of several youth

get his rent paid and utilities taken care of so he doesn’t have to worry about

where his family will be sleeping, and him being able to choose new clothes,

toys, and food and gas cards from the holiday program so he can go beyond

meeting the basics with dignity. Seeing a grandparent who is caring for a

child, whose parents cannot do so safely because of substance abuse, have

a partner to help them in attaining guardianship to prevent the kids from

going into foster care.

“Every day, we get to be part of alleviating family suffering, celebrating their

triumphs and growth, and breaking cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty

with resources and support for families and community members,” reflects

Gina. “Our entire team is invested because we grew up here, raised our

families here, and these are our neighbors. When we all are supported,

we have a strong community that can accomplish amazing things. I am so

honored to work with such a heartfelt, talented and committed team in such

a caring and generous community.”

To find our more, whether you or someone you love is in need of help,

call 253.884.5433 or visit ChildrensHomeSociety.org/pierce. For those

interested in volunteering with the organization, you can email Donna

Verretto, community engagement officer, at donna.verretto@chs-wa.org.

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A big part of going back to school is getting into a new routine as a family and

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introducing a similar school schedule weeks before school starts, so parents are

able to help children adjust and make changes as needed.

"Having kids practice what is expected of them with these new guidelines will

help them feel more prepared when it's time for school to start," says Gilboa.

"Whether it's packing their backpack or starting the morning with structured

activities such as reading or coloring, having this routine will help kids

transition better into the school year."

Don't underestimate a child's stress

Research shows that most elementary school children report some symptoms of

nerves or anxiety around returning to school each year. In these unprecedented

times, those numbers are expected to rise dramatically. According to Gilboa,

the biggest signs of stress to look out for in kids include behavior, sleep and

appetite changes, difficulty with normal communication, or not enjoying

things they normally do.

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"Kids will pick up on their parents' stress

leading up to the school year, so it's important

to remember to manage your stress and

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Parents can start by encouraging kids to share

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today?" or "Tell me about a moment you wish

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This school year will feel overwhelming,

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PIGEON RACING

LOCAL MAN SHARES FASCINATING HOBBY

BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICK MORRIS

While most of us might see pigeons as a troublesome bird

hovering over our parks and homes, Rick Morris sees

them as athletes, pets and part of the family. “They’re

actually quite clean birds, and we’ve been living in close

proximity with them for thousands of years,” he said.

Egyptians housed and cared for an almost immeasurable amount of

pigeons during the dynasty, and nobility across Europe also used the birds

as a status symbol and as message transporters. More than two dozen

carrier pigeons have received wartime medals for their efforts during the

First World War in transporting messages that helped save hundreds of

lives. While our ability to communicate has changed vastly, champion

bloodlines are still highly sought out—now for racing purposes.

A resident of Gig Harbor for nearly 15 years, Rick remembers growing

up in Southern California and being introduced to the sport of pigeon

racing around the age of 9. “The anticipation of waiting and then

watching them fly home was a lot of adrenaline; I was hooked,” he said.

Rick has always been fascinated by birds, but as a tradesman typically

working 60 hours per week, he didn’t have time to fully commit to

training birds. Now retired, he has the hours, and caring and training his

flock is now part of each day. Rick has approximately 20 to 40 birds at any

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each bird has a unique personality

given time. They are given very comfortable lofts in his backyard where

chickens, dogs and cats also roam. “Nobody messes with anybody back

here,” laughed Rick.

During the breeding season, the birds reproduce every 28 days. Rick

handles the newborns from birth, so they grow very accustomed to him

while also building great trust. What makes pigeons so unique in the

vast world of ornithology is their extremely strong instinct to return

home, even from unthinkable distances. By creating a safe loft where

they are well taken care of, fed, and free of predators, Rick creates a home

base where the birds will always return to.

Training begins around six to eight weeks old. Rick will take the new

bird or birds about a mile from his home and release them. At first it

takes a little time, but when the birds begin to beat Rick back home,

it’s time to go further, this time about 5 to 10 miles out. When they’ve

conquered that distance, Rick will next drive them upward of 100 miles

from his home and release them. “Eventually they will beat me home

from there, and that’s pretty amazing,” he said.

The pigeon’s instinct to return home is boosted by their uncanny abilities

to navigate by using the earth’s magnetic field, sense different pressures

and hear frequencies that humans do not. Much like a team of athletes

or a family group, Rick says his flock is often jockeying for position, and

each bird has a unique personality. “I had a 17-year-old bird named Mr.

Wilson. He ran the place, would always be first in the cage. They will line

up in order for the bath. It’s really fascinating,” he said.

Much like greyhound and thoroughbred horse racing, a big part of

training is keeping the birds healthy. When they are at their peak, Rick is

ready to race. While it might be a bit under the radar, these events draw

many participants and big money. Rick has seen racing pigeons with

desired bloodlines sell into six figures and prize pools swell to $60,000

or more.

In order to race, an aerial distance scan is done to ensure each

participant’s birds are flying the same distance back to their respective

homes. Each bird is fitted with a band, and each band is an entry fee.

The birds are released simultaneously, often a thousand or more, and

whichever birds make it home the quickest take home the biggest prizes.

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Races can be anywhere from 100 to 400 miles, and

the birds are traveling at speeds of more than 65 miles

per hour, with the fastest ever clocked at a whopping

92mph. “The adrenaline of waiting, then seeing them

fly right into their loft, and when you remove a band,

it’s just awesome,” said Rick.

Being a unique community, Rick says some of the nicest

people he’s ever met have been pigeon people, while

simultaneously stating that there are some extremely

competitive bird owners as well. There are 700 clubs

across the country including the Tacoma Pigeon Club,

which has been in operation since 1934.

When not racing, Rick is discovering additional

opportunities for his birds to make their mark. More

people are taking notice of the beauty of a bird release

for special occasions like opening days, business grand

openings, birthdays or weddings. While it can be costly,

Rick believes that this is a unique hobby that can be

enjoyed by many if they are willing to put in the time.

“If you are into hounds or horses, it’s a sport like that,

but all in the safety and comfort of your own backyard.”

There are 700 clubs across the

country including the Tacoma

Pigeon Club, which has been in

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Relax. Taste. Enjoy.

Boba tea and dessert shop opens in

Gig Harbor

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTOS BY ROGER RIVERO

PEARL TEA

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Jackie could not be more thankful

to have been afforded this

opportunity and credits it all to her

mother LeLe. “Without her, Pearl

Tea would have never existed."

Though just 16 years old, Jacqueline Tran is proudly following in her

mother’s footsteps, and she couldn’t be happier!

The daughter of Dza Le (LeLe), the successful woman behind LeLe Thai

Vietnamese Cuisine, Jackie is taking the helm at the family’s newest

endeavor—Pearl Tea. After initial plans to open this past March were delayed due

to COVID-19, Jackie was more than ready to open the doors to the community on

July 22, when they hosted their soft opening.

Opened for just more than a month, and already finding themselves with “regulars,”

Pearl Tea is a bubble tea shop offering a wide variety of drinks from the traditional

Taiwanese milk teas and fruit teas to blended smoothies and slushies. In addition,

customers will also find a delicious selection of Asian-inspired desserts. “We are

so excited that we can finally share a taste of these yummy treats with the people

of Gig Harbor,” says Jackie.

Gig Harbor’s first boba shop, the space offers adorable décor along with a beautiful

flower wall, making for ample photo opportunities for their guests who stop in.

“We are most definitely one of the cutest boba shops in Washington, no question

about it!” says Jackie proudly.

She and her mother have traveled to Taiwan and attended training classes to learn

the art of making bubble tea and have aligned with the most delicious suppliers

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straight from Taiwan! “I have tried many different bubble teas all across

Asia and even America,” Jackie states. “I take my experiences from that

and combine them into Pearl Tea’s drinks to make them even better and

to sculpt them the best they can be to serve to the customers.”

Their premium tea leaves are brewed fresh every four hours, cooking

their tapioca pearls every four hours as well. This process allows for

customers to get the best taste and experience when taking a sip of Pearl

Tea’s delightful drinks. And you can’t forget the desserts, like the Hong

Kong bubble waffles, Korean shaved ice, Japanese taiyaki and mochi

ice cream. While most boba locations do not serve desserts, Pearl Tea

does! Dairy-free options are available, including dairy-free boba—just

make your request when ordering. And while many boba shops only use

powders and syrups for their blended drinks, Jackie takes pride that they

use fresh fruit in a majority of their drinks. When ordering your drink,

you can also request what level of sweetness you prefer, and they will

accommodate you.

Jackie could not be more thankful to have been afforded this opportunity

and credits it all to her mother LeLe. “Without her, Pearl Tea would have

never existed,” she affirms. “My mom really loves and cares for me.”

witnessed her mom’s strong work ethic in full force. Jackie would spend

time every day after school, on the weekends and on holidays helping

where she could. From bussing tables and washing dishes to serving and

customer service, she has learned her way around the ins and outs of

running a successful business.

“I’ve seen how hard my mom works to provide for our family,” reflects

Jackie. “She is such a strong and independent woman and has created so

much by herself. I think it’s my time to give back to her and make Pearl

Tea very successful.”

For Jackie, customer satisfaction is her number one goal, sharing that

it warms her heart seeing happy families and friends enjoying the

atmosphere, food and drink they have created at Pearl Tea. “Having

regulars coming in almost every day and seeing their excitement every

time makes me happy that people love my shop,” she says, “and seeing

how much hard work can pay off feels very rewarding.”

Jackie invites you to take a seat at Pearl Tea, which is open for the

community’s enjoyment 10:30am to 9pm Monday through Friday and

10:30am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday.

Jackie was practically raised in her mother’s restaurant, where she

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HYDRAFACIAL®

An efficient, result-producing treatment for all skin types

By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician

It is probably the most common question in the aesthetic community: Is

there a treatment that is quick, painless, and has no downtime? I’ll be

honest, this has made me chuckle over the last few years. I’ve worked

with a few different modalities in my aesthetic career: lasers, radio

frequency, intense pulse light (IPL), different strengths of chemical peels.

They are all effective, wonderful options, producing great results. But I have

been hearing about this certain treatment for several years and have finally

experienced it for myself, and I’m choking on my proverbial chuckles. It

works, it's relaxing, quick and painless, and there is no downtime! Drumroll

please … The HydraFacial®.

Developed in Southern California in the late ‘90s, the HydraFacial® Company

has become the leading aesthetic device manufacturer. Similar in theory

to microdermabrasion, the HydraFacial® resurfaces the top layer of skin

cells, but uses water to exfoliate those layers of skin, creating a less abrasive

treatment, suitable for all skin types. The basic three-step process cleanses,

exfoliates and extracts dead skin cells (that’s right, it removes blackheads

without squeezing, pinching and poking!), while “bathing” the skin in

hydrating, antioxidant and peptide-packed serums. The process is referred

to as “hydradermabrasion,” a dermatological procedure which combines

simultaneous dermal infusions of medicinal products and crystal-free

exfoliation (Wikipedia). The device and procedure, while not new, have

been regularly upgraded and streamlined since its creation, making for a

surprisingly efficient, result-producing treatment.

What is so special about this treatment?

Other than the ease of treatment and zero downtime, the HydraFacial® is

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What is the treatment like?

The signature HydraFacial® is broken down into

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STROKE AFTERMATH

Part II

LATE EFFECTS

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

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In last month’s intro, I presented a brief

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now, let us return to the rehab and medical

vernacular of how strokes are addressed after

the acute phase. Any residual symptoms that

were not resolved shortly after the event or

rehab outcomes that were not retained are

called “late effects” and may be treated weeks,

months or years after having a stroke under

insurance coverage. Unfortunately, many

survivors believe their unresolved issues are

permanent after they are discharged, which

may not be the case, but how does one know?

We have heard the saying, “If at first you don’t

succeed, try, try again!”

Stroke survivors must be discharged from inpatient

or out-patient rehab when clinicians/

therapists cannot document the continuation

of progress. But instead of seeing it as a

plateau needing to be challenged, most believe

the patient has reached their “maximum

rehab potential.” In-patient rehab is optimal

immediately after a stroke due to daily

therapies, however, when a patient returns

home and back to a familiar environment,

they are able to achieve better quality sleep

and nutrition, which helps the brain heal

tremendously. Morale can be better at home,

provided they have family/caregiver support.

A positive mental state is what facilitates

continued progress, and brain cells can

regenerate (“neurogenesis”) in the absence

of stress and with the optimal environment.

Our brains are always seeking “homeostasis”:

internal balance and stability.

A stroke may affect vision in many ways

depending on the area of the brain that was

injured because our visual cortex takes up

a lot of brain space. For example, field cuts

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Other visual disturbances include:

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• Moving images

• Dry eye and sensitivity to light

When stroke affects the areas of your brain

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• Judging depth and movement

• Recognizing objects and people

• Visual hallucinations

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especially when there are greater deficits. This

is when specialized rehabilitation is warranted.

But often people, not knowing where else to

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discharged, and the potential is missed. Please

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When the decision is made to

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newborn. The spare bedroom gets a fresh

coat of paint and becomes the nursery; ample

new baby gear is purchased; and soon-to-be

grandparents are ready and waiting. However,

the mother’s body, the primary environment

that baby will grow in, is often neglected

besides supplementation with prenatal

vitamins and routine checkups.

In traditional wellness practices, there is

no such thing as preparing for conception

or optimizing fertility. This is because for a

woman’s entire life her body has already been

cultivated and supported to have vibrant

health and therefore abundant fertility, as

fertility is simply the fullest expression of our

health and vitality. Our culture stands in direct

opposition to this, as women are expected to

work a demanding schedule, maintain the

home, and are commonly sleep deprived

and overfed yet undernourished. Suddenly,

it’s time to make a baby without the proper

preparations in place in baby’s first true home,

and a soon-to-be mother is scouring Google

and blogs for all the answers.

This lack of preparation sets the stage for

fertility issues, anxiety during pregnancy

and postpartum depletion. Only if the body

is well nourished pre-pregnancy will she be

able to sustain new life both during pregnancy

and postpartum during breastfeeding. Not

only is this preparation supportive for a vital

pregnancy and postpartum period, but also

for an easier birth and a robust newborn.

Modern science graciously parallels this

ancient wisdom with the discovery that both

the egg and sperm require three months’ time

to develop in the potential parents. With this

knowledge, it becomes essential that both

parents consider their health, diet, lifestyle,

and exposure to trauma and toxins—especially

during this preconception window. Healthier

eggs and sperm inherently mean a healthier

child from the moment of conception onward

through the rest of their life.

In Chinese medicine, the philosophy of health

and longevity is rooted in the concept of a

well-tended garden. We must regularly see

to the garden of our health with the depth of

care that a devoted gardener would provide,

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tending to our earth in preparation for

planting and for the future fruit that garden

will bear. The best soil has been tended to for

years before sprouting its first seed.

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• Gauge your current health and wellbeing:

How stressed and how well-rested

are you? How well do you eat? Do you have

an established self-care practice?

• Recognize your surroundings and

support systems: Who is available to

support you through this time? Who

can help you ensure you get the rest and

nourishment you need?

• Connect with your fertile feminine body:

What is the quality and health of your

monthly cycles? How well attuned are you

with your fertility?

• Seek well-informed support: Chinese

medicine supports the mother-to-be

through acupuncture, herbal medicine and

lifestyle changes to help ensure a vibrant

pregnancy, an abundant mama and a

nourished baby.

Jeff Pufnock and Jessica Youngs are the owners

of Embodied Virtue Acupuncture & Herbal

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DEMENTIA CARE TODAY,

HOPE FOR TOMORROW

Q&A WITH DAVID TROXEL, MPH

BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

David Troxel, MPH, is an author,

dementia care expert and

consultant who was the executive

director of the Santa Barbara

(California) Alzheimer’s Association from

1994 to 2004. Troxel lives in Sacramento,

California, and together with his writing

partner, Virginia Bell, MSW, developed the

Best Friends approach to dementia care.

Troxel discusses dementia and Alzheimer’s

care of today and tools developed in

collaboration by him and Virginia Bell to

enhance the well-being of those living with

memory loss and cognitive impairment.

Q. How would you summarize what we

know about Alzheimer’s disease and

dementia as we know it today?

A. The famous opening sentence of Dickens’

“A Tale of Two Cities” captures the state of

dementia care today: “It was the best of

times, it was the worst of times ….”

It’s the worst of times, because we are still

struggling to find an effective, diseasealtering

medicine for dementia. Fifteen years

have come and gone since the most recent

FDA-approved drug entered the market.

Today, dementia not only is the sixth leading

cause of death but the only one in the top 10

with no effective prevention or treatment—

and the most expensive disease an American

can have.

It’s the best of times, however, in that

awareness is growing and there is much

we can do to improve quality of life for

people with dementia, particularly those

living in community-based environments

such as memory care communities. The

right blend of people, programming and

environment add up to what we call a

therapeutic environment—an environment

that contributes to spiritual, physical and

emotional well-being.

For 30 years, Virginia Bell and I have worked

to create therapeutic environments that

benefit people with dementia. In our view,

this kind of dementia program embraces

meaningful and innovative activities, good

communication, skilled problem-solving

around behaviors challenging for staff, and

excellent staff training.

Q. What are some tools that you

recommend for creating a therapeutic

environment?

A. Our number one recommendation is to

pull out the resident’s “life story.” Gaining

knowledge of a person’s personal preferences,

interests, history and motivations allows

you to start conversations about things

that are important to them. It's a great way

to establish rapport and create a social,

emotional and physical environment that

feels like home for them.

That knowledge also gives the person security

because, even when they don't remember

something, you can still provide relevance

to them, creating a sense of familiarity. How

would you feel if someone brought you

apple juice instead of orange juice, or coffee

instead of tea? Develop and use the life story

to say aloha to a resident who lived in Hawaii

(evoking smiles and happy memories) or to

sing a resident’s favorite Louis Armstrong

tune to lift their spirits.

Secondly, emphasize socialization. Focus on

relationships and activities that fill the days

of a person with dementia. Structure the day

with several meaningful interactions with

those around them. Group activities and

programming that allow them to interact

with other residents, the team and their

families is extremely important. No matter

how far the disease has progressed, they

desire a feeling of self-worth.

We’ve learned much from the power of

creating a caring community in which

everybody—residents, staff members and

families—thrives. Residents with dementia

respond well to this caring and loving

culture, rich in relationship and activity.

The result will be a reduction in behavior

challenging for staff and an increase in the

staff ’s experience of success.

David Troxel is the dementia program

consultant for Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence

in Gig Harbor, Washington, and for Prestige

Senior Living. He contributed to the

development and launch of award-winning

memory care program, Expressions, and

we will be hosting a webinar with David on

September 22 at 10am PST. To learn more,

please visit PrestigeCare.com/Expressions.

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FROM PASSION PROJECT

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BLACK BELT PROFESSOR ESTABLISHES BONNERS FERRY

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BY DAN AZNOFF

PHOTOS BY JON BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

AGE IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.

For Sam Brown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, the age of 39 is just a number.

“I still train regularly and compete when I can,” he explained with a quick smile. “Just not quite as much as when I was younger and

healthier.”

In 2015, Brown opened his small studio in Bonners Ferry. His dream was to eventually grow into a larger facility where he could

combine his personal experience working in traditional gyms with the Jiu-Jitsu training they were already doing.

That vision became reality seven months ago when Brown opened the doors to, what he described as, “a different kind of gym.”

His overall plan had always been to provide world-class martial arts instruction with alternatives for fitness workouts in a family

friendly environment.

Shortly after opening five years ago, Brown found himself searching for another—much larger—site where he could offer more than

just Jiu-Jitsu. His time and dedication eventually resulted in the grand opening of his dream, the APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym.

In the short time since the unique fitness center began to welcome students to the facility built to his exacting specifications, the martial

arts gym has expanded to include separate areas for boxing and grappling in addition to family oriented workouts. His wife, Diana,

also teaches Zumba.

Sam and Diana first met in New Hampshire—where Sam is from and where Diana was attending college on a student visa from Bogota,

Colombia. The couple were married while they were still in New England before they traveled together to visit her in her hometown

of Bogota.

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Last Stop

Prior to meeting his spouse, Brown had traveled to Rio De

Janeiro, Brazil. This is where his Jiu-Jitsu journey began and

his love for the art started.

“I could have lived there forever,” he said. “Beautiful city.

Beautiful people.”

Brown said he stayed in Brazil “until he could not afford to

stay any longer.”

He returned to New England, met and married Diana and

started to search for an American city where he and his bride

could establish their first home. The idea to visit the town of

Bonners Ferry—more than 2,500 miles from where he was

born and raised—was based on a recommendation from his

father, who had been impressed with the small town when

he had visited the area years before.

Brown admitted the charming rural community where he

has chosen to live is “night-and-day” from the crowded

cities of the South American country that his wife grew up

in and the busy East Coast where he had spent his younger

years.

Professor

Known in his gym as “Professor,” the second-degree black

belt explained that he had achieved the title, which is earned

one year after getting your black belt if you’re teaching Jiu-

Jitsu.

“It is considered an honor,” he explained. “A teacher is a

revered position in the Brazilian culture. The position I hold

as the head of my team is not one that I take lightly.”

Having a family and a business in the small-town

environment is something that Brown has enjoyed

thoroughly—and he never plans to leave. He often expresses

the wish that he had been born and raised in this area and

loves the fact that his kids will grow up in such a beautiful

and friendly town.

Brown explained that the decision to move West was made

not long after the birth of their daughter.

Sam and Diana have three children who all began training

in martial arts before their fifth birthdays. Their 13-yearold

daughter Sofia has taken part in Jiu-Jitsu competitions

for more than six years. She has “won many competitions,”

according to her proud father.

The couple’s two boys—Sam Jr., 8, and 6-year-old Solomon—

are currently training and competing in Jiu-Jitsu as well as

refining their skills on the finer points of Taekwondo.

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“They are both super athletic,” Brown said with a wide smile.

“But I think they really enjoy the finer aspects of kicking and

screaming.”

The design, equipment and layout of the interior of the

APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym, he said, would fit in

with some of the most respected facilities in any big city. All

of the equipment is state of the art. One wall is covered with

a 40-foot canvas mural that spans the mountain ranges from

the peaks that loom over the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro

to the Rockies and the Bitterroot Mountains that dominate

the skyline over Montana and Idaho.

The same mural that hangs proudly inside the APEX also

honors the legacy of the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu with images

of the individuals who helped establish the art’s unique

moves and techniques.

The images on the wall also depict illustrations of his friend

and mentor, Sylvio Behring. Mestre Sylvio Behring is a

world-class fighter from Brazil who has established Jiu-Jitsu

training centers around the world. Each of Sylvio’s training

centers is staffed with black- and brown-belt athletes who

teach in the style of the Jiu-Jitsu Master.

Pedigree

Behring is the son of ninth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grand

Master Flavio Behring. The entrepreneurial son holds an

eighth-degree red and black belt in Jiu-Jitsu as well as a black

belt in Judo.

Widely regarded as one of the top grappling instructors of

his generation, Sylvio began his career training under the

tutelage of ninth-degree Grand Master Alvaro Barreto. He

advanced quickly to become one of Barreto’s top students.

Sylvio has also been credited with the development of Jiu-

Jitsu in diverse regions of Brazil from Sao Paulo to Porto

Alegre. His late brother, Marcelo Behring, has also been

recognized as an important pioneer in the evolution of the

martial art. Brown took a moment from admiring the mural

on the wall of the APEX studio to appreciate the years of

dedication the images represent. “It is really cool to just step

back and appreciate the artistry and the history that went into

the mural,” Brown proudly. “It could really be considered the

Mt. Rushmore of Jiu-Jitsu.”

Home Base

The mountains of Idaho displayed on the murals also played

an important role in the second-degree black belt’s decision

to establish a Jiu-Jitsu center in what seemed like an unlikely

location for the American center for instruction.

For a year, when Brown first moved to Idaho, he said he

would make the 70-minute drive to Sandpoint, Idaho, to

teach. At that time, the gym in Sandpoint did not have a

black belt in residence.

“After a year, I decided to open up a school in Bonners

Ferry so I could stop making that long drive,” he laughed.

“Once the school turned out to be successful, my plan was

underway.”

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done.”

In the days before COVID, Brown explained that Sylvio had visited with

American students in the Idaho town on a regular basis to lead seminars

for a growing number of students who made the long drive to learn from

the master. The Jiu-Jitsu team based in Bonners Ferry, said Brown, draws

on students of the sport from as far away as Sandpoint in Idaho and the

towns of Troy and Libby in Montana.

the outskirts of town. He explained that he could have selected a smaller

space, which would have required less buildout. But in the end, he chose

a bigger project knowing that it would allow him to bring his vision from

the drawing board to reality.

“This is my ideal situation. I spend my days in the gym that I built, where

I am able to share the knowledge and the skills that have been passed on

through the efforts of some of the grand masters of the sport that I love,”

said Brown.

“Master Sylvio is like family. I do not think

the people of Bonners Ferry realize that a

legend in the world of Jiu-Jitsu is coming to

their town twice every year to train with our

students,” said Brown.

“Personally, I have been extremely grateful

for all of his help and the investment that he

has made in me over the years.”

Finding the right space for a world-class

facility in Bonners Ferry was a more complex

challenge than Brown had imagined. He

toured several prospective sites before

accepting the challenge to build the gym he

had always envisioned.

The search for an expanded gym took him

inside several abandoned buildings and to

“I am doing

it all in this

unbelievably

beautiful place.

This is my

dream.”

“And I am doing it all in this unbelievably

beautiful place,” he concluded. “This is my

dream.”

More information on the APEX Fitness and

Martial Arts gym on Main Street is available at

ApexFitGym.com.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for a

Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic waste

crisis in California and has received acclamation

for his articles on energy and the plight of

homeless seniors. Aznoff is the author of three

books that document colorful periods of history

in the history of Washington state. He can be

reached directly at da@dajournalist.com.

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by TAYLOR SHILLAM

With the leaves beginning to turn and

temperatures making their way back down,

the arrival of fall invites a breath of fresh air

and a feeling of renewal in many aspects of

life. The closet is no exception.

In 2020, the season’s trending looks will invite old favorites back

into the spotlight with a new twist. Tailored silhouettes, familiar

patterns and new takes on classic pieces will bring a sense of

comfort alongside the newness—in a year marked by uncertainty,

many of us could use a bit of both.

From bold accents to fresh colors, the fall fashion of 2020 invites

you to choose your level of change from your usual attire. Read

on to discover the season’s top trends.

Glitzy Metallics. This season, give a few of your staple items a new

twist with a touch of heavy metal. Pieces like collared blouses,

cardigans and purses will find their edge with accents of metallic,

sequins and sparkles, many toeing the line between daywear and

playwear. The metallic trend can be played up or down; embrace

the look with a full-metal sequin dress, bodysuit or button-down

top, or simply add a pop of shine with a shimmering accessory.

Gold and silver chains are dominating the spectrum of accessories

this season, from jewelry to bags and belts, so pick your level of

metal and bring some shine to your autumn.

Fur Fantasy. While the weather patterns are always unpredictable

as the year comes to an end, one trending item this fall will

have you prepared for the lowest of temperatures. Major fur is

making its way into stores this season, with statement coats and

shearling of all sizes and shag levels dominating the outerwear

departments. The bigger, the better is this year’s mantra when it

comes to fur, and designers have become more creative than ever

with crafting options for animal-friendly faux substitutes.

Back to School. Going back to school will be in style for all ages

this fall, with a renewed appreciation for collegiate-inspired

attire. Tailored blazers, classic sweaters, thin stripes and argyle

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Sweater Vests. An extension of the academia-inspired trend, a major player in this fall’s complete wardrobe is the sweater vest. With jewel-toned knits

and fresh patterns emerging, the sweater vests of 2020 will be a step up from those of the past.

Lots of Leather. Does leather ever really go out of style? Though a familiar classic, the leather trend is expanding to include more than the classic biker

jacket this fall. Keep your staples, but don’t be afraid to level up your leather with head-to-toe options including leather trousers, tops and lengthy

trench coats.

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to try something new with this always-fashionable medium, take your chance this season. Go for versatile pieces

in neutral black or nude, or mix and match with a statement color, such as this year’s on-trend rich burgundy.

Glamorous Gloves. This year’s statement accessory is the glamorous full-length glove. Here for any occasion through the end of the year, the longsleeved

glove will be highly available in a variety of hues, ready to add standout sophistication to your event wear.

Statement Suits. From fitted skirts to equestrian ensembles,

the suit is here to stay for fall. You can opt for the full twopiece

set with the skirt suit, highlighting a flattering silhouette

with a swingy skirt and matching cropped jacket, or take the

equestrian-inspired look by matching a fitted blazer with

trousers tucked into riding boots.

Just as easily, you can take the trend one piece at a time, rounding

out a complete outfit with a statement blazer. This year, blazers

will be available in both neutral tones and color-popping hues,

with options ranging from oversized to fitted, providing options

just as stylish in a single piece.

Color: Less is More. The fall runway shows saw timeless color

palettes this year, with many looks opting for just one single

color throughout an entire outfit.

Primary colors were prominent, including deep burgundy reds,

vibrant, bold blues and muted, almost green-yellows bringing

crisp pops of color. Neutral tones will be embraced more than

ever, with deep, asphalt grays, creamy beiges and warm toffee

browns holding their own in versions of these classic hues that

are anything but boring.

When shopping for your fall wardrobe, create the perfect balance

of versatility and functionality with items in each category. Play

with dimension by mixing various fabrics and shades of color,

pairing colored pieces with denim or leather, and accessorizing

with bold belts and bags.

Flat Boots. Taking a turn from the platforms of the past, this

year, flat boots are having their moment. With trending styles

including low-maintenance and slouchy to the straight and

sturdy riding boot, put a little ease in your step with shoes that

keep you lower to the ground.

This fall’s trends provide ample opportunity for change, creativity

and self-expression. While fashion trends come and go with the

seasons, true style maintains. With so many of this year’s fall

fashion trends emphasizing the timelessness of favorites like

leather, deep colors and tailored silhouettes, take this season as a

chance to reimagine your look with a bit of ease, and hopefully,

a bit of fun.

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Experience

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September is here, and we can already feel that slight nip in the

air at night that says fall, and all of its beloved activities, is not

far away. While you’re still enjoying the last vestiges of summer

weather and boating life, here are some exciting experiences to

get you excited for sweater weather. From apple season to pumpkin

patches, beautiful autumn drives and home baking adventures, there are

safe and fun experiences for the entire family, even if your local fall fest

isn’t happening this year.

Visit a pumpkin patch. No fall is complete without a visit to the pumpkin

patch to find that perfect future jack-o-lantern. Better yet, it’s typically an

outdoor adventure, so it’s easy to stay socially distanced. Stop by family

favorites (be sure to call ahead for hours) like Hickey Farms north of

Sandpoint, Idaho, Prairie Home Farm in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and

Patterson’s Farm Market in Gig Harbor, Washington, for some seasonal

family fun, where there's more than just pumpkins to explore.

Go apple picking. There’s nothing quite like biting into a ripe, juicy apple

freshly picked from the tree to signal fall’s arrival. Orchards throughout

Washington and Idaho have fresh-picked apples available from August

through October, and many even offer you-pick. Explore the various

Green Bluff Growers just outside Spokane, Washington, or head to

Butler’s Farm in Gig Harbor for some goodness fresh off the tree. If you

want the experience of harvesting your own, check to make sure an

orchard is you-pick before visiting.

Join a fall fun race. Celebrate the healthy way with a fall fun run or

harvest race. It’s the perfect weather for running, the colors have started

to change, and you usually end the race with some treat to honor the

season. Many races have been canceled or gone virtual this year, but you

can still head out on your own 5k with close family and friends or search

your area to see if any events are still happening. Enjoy the brisk fall air,

treat yourself to a pumpkin beer or cider after the run, and give yourself

a pat on the back for getting out.

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View the changing leaves. Scenic drives are spectacular during this time

of year. From Gig Harbor to Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene,

there are many opportunities to experience the autumn foliage. Head to

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington on scenic state

routes 542, 20, or toward Leavenworth by way of the Steven Pass Scenic

Byway to see the colors unfold in Eastern Washington.

The Selkirk, Cabinet and Purcell Mountains in North Idaho offer some

stunning opportunities to view the changing colors. Drive through the

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge or along the Pend Oreille National

Scenic Byway to take in the views. If you don’t have the time for a day

drive, wander local parks or gardens like the Finch Arboretum in Spokane

on foot for breathtaking color and foliage right outside your back door.

Visit a cidery. Where there are apples, there is cider. Stop by one of the

many cideries in Washington or North Idaho to sample some of the

region’s finest creations. Various cideries in the growing region of Green

Bluff are a short drive from Coeur d’Alene, or stop by the local North

Idaho Cider company in Coeur d’Alene to sample ciders ranging from

traditional fresh apple to more adventurous flavors like Hoppy Mango or

Strawberry Lemon. Nearby Seattle and Gig Harbor, visit Finnriver Farm

& Cidery for some fresh organic draft ciders that provide the best of what

the season has to offer.

Make a pie. With fewer public events and activities taking place, now is

the perfect time to hone your pie-baking skills. Grab a friend or family

member and learn how to make the perfect apple pie. Even if baking isn’t

your forte, there are many online or print resources that can help. Now

might be the perfect time to take a pie-baking class like those offered by

the Farm Pie School of Lil Punkin Pie Co. out of Coeur d’Alene. Whether

you stay home or head to the farm to learn, this could be the year you

master the art of pie making—and have some fun with someone special

along the way.

Experience a fall fest. Whether it’s Oktoberfest or Autumn Leaf Fest, fall

festivals have added some seasonal fun spirit to each of our communities

for years. This year may look a little different, and many festivals are

canceled or postponed, but keep an eye out to see if some local favorites

may still be happening. Fall Fest at Schweitzer Mountain is an annual

Sandpoint tradition that brings visitors in from all over. Enjoy some

brews outside, take in the scenery and celebrate the season. Or make

it an overnight trip and head out for somewhere like Leavenworth,

Washington, where the Bavarian style makes the perfect place for its

annual Oktoberfest and Autumn Leaf Festival.

Attend a soup cook-off. Each year Sandpoint restaurants and cooks vie

for the Golden Ladle at SoupTember, where the best soup wins the day.

While many public chili and soup coo-offs may not be happening this

year, you can still host your own with close friends and family outside

(socially distanced), or unite the neighborhood for a contact-free soup

share, where you each surprise someone with a tasty fall dinner.

Whatever your fall plans may hold, we hope you get outside, enjoy the

autumn breeze and take some time to experience the changing of the

season.

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FALL

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A FEW FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

by COLIN ANDERSON

Mulled Wine

• 1 bottle red wine (shiraz, merlot, pinot noir)

• 2 cups apple cider

• ½ to 1 cup brandy

• cinnamon sticks

• 1 orange cut into slices

• 6-8 whole cloves

• 8-10 peppercorns

Pour all ingredients into a large pot or slow

cooker. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove cloves

and peppercorns from the mixture. Pour into

coffee mugs and garnish with an additional

fresh orange slice.

You don’t have to break into the cellar for this

concoction, as the spices and brandy will add

delicious flavors to even mid-level red wines.

Feel free to add additional spices and fruits to

really kick the flavor up a notch.

Patron XO Coffee/

Hot Chocolate

• 2 oz. Patron XO Café Liquor

• 5 oz. coffee or hot chocolate

• dash of cinnamon

• whipped cream (optional)

Pour ingredients together in a ceramic mug,

stir, top with whipped cream and sprinkle

with cinnamon.

People add all kinds of mixtures to coffee,

but this moderately priced liquor is a

great blend to any warm drink. Patron

Silver Tequila is blended with coffee and

chocolate to create a warming sensation

with a bit of zip.

Late Summer Fizz

• 2 oz. rye whiskey

• ½ oz. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup liquor

• ½ oz. sweet vermouth

• club soda

• ½ tsp. allspice

• ½ oz. apple cider

• squeeze of lemon

• pinch of sea salt

Add rye, cider and Pimm’s in a shaker over ice

and shake vigorously. Pour into old-fashioned

glass and add a splash of club soda. Float the

vermouth on top and follow with allspice,

lemon and salt.

This recipe is taken from “Whiskey Cocktails”

by Warren Bobrow. Pimm’s Cup No. 1 is

a British liquor that combines gin with

botanicals, caramelized oranges and delicate

spices. Serve over a large ice cube as not to

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Fall means it’s time to pack away the hard seltzers and clear liquors in favor of

deep-colored ales and amber-colored spirits. To give ourselves a little comfort

on a chilly afternoon or night, a warm cocktail or malty beer can be the perfect

pour for a quick relax. Here are just a few of our favorites for when the days get

shorter and the nights just a little colder.

Mint Julep 3 Fall Beers to Try Non-Alcoholic

Beer Option

• 2 oz. bourbon

• ¾ oz. simple syrup

• 2 large sprigs of mint

Combine sugar and half the mint in the

bottom of the glass and muddle gently. Add

bourbon and lots of crushed ice and gently stir

together. Top with additional mint leaves and

drink through a straw.

OK, so this isn’t truly a fall drink, but with

The Kentucky Derby being held in September

instead of May, let’s keep the tradition alive.

Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of

the derby, but any high-end bourbon will do

just fine.

Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Kettlehouse

Brewing. Available year-round but a favorite

of fall and winter outdoor enthusiasts,

this traditional Scotch ale has a cult-like

following amongst those who’ve experienced

it. You could describe it, but most just say,

“Man that’s good!”

Pecan Porter, Laughing Dog Brewing. This

imperial porter checks in at 8.1% ABV—so

be careful. The pecan flavor is very evident

without being overly sweet. A 4 malt

combination makes it a very unique beer.

Punkuccino, Elysian Brewing. One of

Seattle’s best-known brewers pumps out

many different varieties of pumpkin beer

each fall. This 6% medium-bodied ale

combines Stumptown Coffee with pumpkin,

and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Night

Owl and The Great Pumpkin are two other

seasonal favorites.

• 4 parts Ritual Whiskey Alternative

• 1 part Bittermilk Bourbon Barrel

Aged Old Fashioned Mix

There are many non-alcoholic beers and

wines available, and now several companies

are also mimicking spirits as well. Ritual’s

take on alternative whiskey contains allnatural

flavors of American oak, cane sugar,

Madagascar vanilla and Mesquite smoke,

all in a 10-calorie alcohol-free serving. Add

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FALL IN LOVE WITH

KALISPELL, MONTANA

Glacier National Park and More

By Marguerite Cleveland

Photos Courtesy of Discover Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana, has a lovely small-town feel with its historic downtown but also has all the modern amenities you need for a

fall getaway amid a pandemic. Centrally located, Kalispell is in the heart of all you want to see and do in the area.

Where to Stay

When booking lodging during the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness and safety are tops on the list for evaluating a hotel. The

Homewood Suites in Kalispell follows the Hilton CleanStay program. Rooms are sealed to indicate they haven’t been accessed since they

were cleaned, and extra disinfection takes place on the top 10 high-touch areas such as doorknobs and light switches. You can also check

in and out with their digital key. Another thing to consider is having a place to stay that has more room and a kitchen. It is nice to have a

table you can sit at to enjoy takeout meals, and the kitchen is helpful for preparing a picnic lunch for a day in Glacier National Park. This

hotel is located near numerous restaurants and shops, as well as being a good central location for exploring the area.

Where to Eat

Western-themed food is the prominent style in the area. Think anything grilled or smoked and try meats other than beef. Elk and bison

are common on many menus around town. Food portions tend to be generous, so plan to share some items. Here are a few local places

worth checking out:

The Desoto Grill is a local family owned treasure of barbecue and hotrods. Housed in an old blacksmith shop, The Forge, and named

after the owner’s Grandpa Art’s 1954 Desoto, this place rocks. From a rowdy, fun atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating to its

outstanding food, it is worth making a visit. Make sure to order the Combo Platter, which gives you the choice of three meats and three

sides. There is a huge variety to choose from, and the cornbread is terrific. Choose a “Mac” as one of your sides. A yummy macaroni

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THE STATE PARKS IN MONTANA ARE THE

EQUIVALENT OF NATIONAL PARKS WITH

SUCH STUNNING SCENERY.

and cheese can be jazzed up with bacon, a spicy grilled sausage or other

options. All sides are house made, which really makes a difference in the

quality of the food.

Hop’s Downtown Grill is a chef-owned restaurant in the historic

downtown. It is known for some of the best burgers in Montana including

beef, bison, elk and yak. The rest of the menu is eclectic with a variety of

comfort food options. Since we weren’t eating in, I went next door to

Brix Bottle Shop to purchase some local beer. They sell bottles and cans

individually, and the clerk helped me select some good regional choices.

Great service and a knowledgeable staff housed in a historic building.

My family loves breakfast, and on our trips we love to find that great diner

popular with the locals. Julie’s Center Street Café is just such a spot and

relatively undiscovered by tourists. It is the friendly type of place where

you will see people eating alone who come in for the company. Allow

plenty of time as the meals are cooked to order. The food is outstanding,

and the presentation is a nice surprise for a diner. My frittata came with

a sliced tomato arranged in a design on top, and the hash browns are

cooked flat for a nice crispy exterior and then rolled like an omelet, so

you get that crunch in every bite.

What to Do

People come to this area to visit Glacier National Park—and rightly so.

But there is so much more to see in the area. The State Parks in Montana

are the equivalent of National Parks with such stunning scenery and

much less crowded than Glacier National Park. Make sure to allow time

during your visit to explore other areas.

Glacier National Park is considered the crown jewel of the continent for

its stunning natural scenery and many glaciers. Due to COVID-19, you

can only enter the park on the west side. The Going-To-The-Sun road is

a highlight of any park visit and is currently open to Rising Sun, which is

a total of 43 miles. The park is extremely popular, so plan to get an early

start from Kalispell. I would be on the road no later than 6am. There are

limited facilities in the park, so be sure to pack a picnic and bring extra

snacks.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Homewood Suites by Hilton - Hilton.com/en/hotels/

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WHERE TO EAT

The Desoto Grill - DesotoGrill.com

Hop’s Downtown Grill - Facebook.com/HopsDowntownGrill

Brix Bottle Shop - BrixBottleShop.com

Julie’s Center Street Café - Facebook.com/pages/Julies-

Center-Street-Cafe/119968968018781

WHAT TO DO

Glacier National Park - NPS.gov/glac

Polebridge Mercantile - PolebridgeMerc.com

Northwest Montana Adventures

NorthwestMontanaAdventure.com

Lone Pine State Park - StateParks.MT.gov/lone pine

Whitefish Mountain Resort - SkiWhitefish.com

A less visited area of the park can be accessed through

the Camas Entrance. Exit the park here and then

take the gravel road to the Polebridge Mercantile.

This cute emporium is known for its great baked

goods including the famed Huckleberry Bear Claw.

From this area you can hike the Transboundary

Flathead River Interpretive Trail or continue past

Polebridge to the North Fork entrance to Glacier

National Park.

The Flathead National Forest has excellent views

of the Canadian Rockies, the Whitefish Range

and Glacier National Park. One of the best ways

to explore it is on an off-road all-terrain vehicle.

Try a Can-Am or Polaris rented from Northwest

Montana Adventures near Olney, Montana. They

have a variety of vehicles that will seat two to six

people. Based on the amount of time, the staff will

recommend where to go with maps provided. The

company, which is open year-round, also rents

snow machines in the winter.

For a less crowded experience, visit Lone Pine State Park. There are 7.5

miles of hiking trails that lead you to overlooks for stunning views of the

Flathead Valley and distant mountain ranges and lakes. Along the trails

are plenty of places to stop, relax and enjoy the peaceful environment

of the park. Picnic tables are available, and they are all nicely separated

for social distancing. The Visitors' Center is newly remodeled and has

information on the history of the park and the ecology and wildlife of the

area. This is a beautiful park that is relatively undiscovered by tourists.

Both Kalispell and Whitefish have quaint walkable downtown areas with

cute local shops, galleries and restaurants. It’s a nice way to spend an

afternoon.

The Whitefish Mountain Resort has a variety of fun summer activities

that remain open on weekends in September. Take a one-way scenic

lift up the mountain and hike down. Other activities include mountain

biking, ziplining, an aerial adventure course and many more.

September is a great time to visit this area with the mild weather. Visit

DiscoverKalispell.com for more information.

Do your part not to spread COVID-19 while traveling. Wear a mask

and practice social distancing. Do not travel if any of your party shows

symptoms of the coronavirus or has had recent exposure to someone who

has the illness. Plan outdoor activities and picnics, and utilize takeout

options at restaurants to decrease your risks.

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DUTCH-OVEN FIRE-ROASTED CHILI

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. avocado oil

1 lb. elk or beef burger

1 lb. ground hot sausage

1 medium red onion, chopped

4 large ribs of celery, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted tomatoes

6 oz. can tomato sauce

4 oz. can chopped green chilis

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

4 tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cumin powder

2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. smokey paprika

2 large dried bay leaves

METHOD:

• In a medium-sized cast-iron Dutch oven, heat avocado oil over

medium heat. Add burger, sausage, onion, celery and garlic.

• Cook until meat is done and vegetables are tender.

• Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 15

minutes.

• Reduce heat to a simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

• Serve warm and top chili with your favorite toppings like

cheddar cheese and scallions.

*Note: You can make this chili really spicy by adding hot peppers

or keep it mild by choosing mild peppers and/or leaving the

cayenne out.

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Nutrition Coaching

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

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

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

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

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

11am to 9pm.

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

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

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

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

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

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

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ENTERTAINMENT

What's happening

in September!

SEPTEMBER 2020

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Join us for a FREE presentation, hosted over Zoom,

by noted author David Troxel, MPH

Tuesday, September 22

10:00–11:00 a.m.

TOPIC: When Is It Time To Make A Move?

We are pleased to welcome David Troxel, MPH author of

six notable books, including his newest, A Dignified Life:

The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care – Guide for

Care Partners.

David is recognized as a leading expert on Alzheimer’s disease

and dementia. In this webinar, David will discuss the changes

that take place for those living with dementia and help loved

ones determine “When is it Time to Make a Move?”

Navigating the

Journey Through

Memory Care

To sign up for this FREE webinar, please visit

www.PrestigeCare.com/Expressions

Olympic Alzheimer’s

Residence

3025 14th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 851-5306 www.PrestigeCare.com

Established 2002

B i r d n e s t Gallery

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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

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RAISE FUNDS,

FIGHT CANCER

GIG HARBOR RELAY FOR LIFE IS GOING VIRTUAL

By Abigail Thorpe

SEPTEMBER 12

Every year, more than 2,500 Relay for Life events take place

across the country, as community members come together

to support and celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers,

remember each life touched by cancer, and raise funds to

fight cancer.

This year’s Relay for Life Gig Harbor will continue as planned, but

virtually, due to COVID-19. The event will be held September 12, from

10am to noon, via Facebook Live, and attendees can look forward to

streamed live music, a special luminaria ceremony dedicated to loved

ones whose lives have been touched by cancer, an online auction, and

a car parade with a prize for the best decorated car.

The live-streamed relay will include a drive-through hot dog stand,

a celebratory pizza party at Fondi, and prize drawings. The virtual

event will provide cancer survivors, their caretakers and families an

opportunity to connect with and support one another in the fight

against cancer.

Relay for Life events are dedicated to making sure that no one faces

cancer alone, and the money raised from each event goes to help fund

the American Cancer Society’s groundbreaking research and patient

care programs.

Whether you start a team or join the event individually to raise money,

or choose to support someone financially on their Relay for Life

journey, every dollar helps Relay for Life Gig Harbor meet its goal of

$125,000 to help make a change in the lives of the local community.

To find participants and teams, learn more about the upcoming

virtual event, or donate to the cause, visit Secure.acsevents.org/site/

STR?pg=entry&fr_id=95650. You can also follow the Gig Harbor Relay

for Life event on Facebook at Facebook.com/GHRelayForLife.

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/SEPTEMBER

FOR EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.

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Race for a Soldier, which was originally scheduled for Sunday,

September 13, has transitioned into a virtual event for current

public safety and health concerns. This year's race will feature a

virtual half marathon, 10-miler and 5k. Though the platform may

be different this year, its purpose stays the same: This is a race run

for hope, for support and a better future for the men and women

that serve our country and our communities. There is a suggested

start/finish line at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA, 10550 Harbor

Hill Drive. To register, visit PTSDFoundation.org/events/race-fora-soldier.

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RACE FOR A SOLDIER 2020

VIRTUAL WEEKEND

HISTORY ROCKS 2020

Mark your calendars for this three-day online fundraiser to

benefit Harbor History Museum! Held September 17 through 19,

Harbor History Museum will once again present History Rocks!

This online benefit auction will feature at-home fun for everyone,

including auction, raffle, retro recipes, concert by Cadillac and

more. Save the date and plan to celebrate the museum's 10-year

anniversary. To find out more about this year's fundraiser and how

you can participate, visit HarborHistoryMuseum.org/events.

CIDER SWIG: DRIVE-THROUGH EDITION

The Cider Swig returns for 2020, drive-through style. For two days,

September 26 in Tacoma at America’s Car Museum and September

27 at the Imax Theatre parking lot at Uptown Gig Harbor, you can

drive through and pick up your Cider Swig To-Go tasting kits,

as well as delicious meal options to accompany your take-home

festival. And, to round out the experience, sounds of area bands and

musicians that would have otherwise played live at the festival will

set the backdrop. Pickup at both locations will take place between

noon and 4pm. For more information, contact the Festival Chair,

Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski, at 253.514.6338 ext. 102 or jgustanski@

gigharborfoundation.org. For additional details and to purchase

online, visit CiderSwig.org.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take

place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility

that event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure

to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

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SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

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

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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


JULIE REED

Washington Executive Director

Julie@like-media.com | 253.273.8524

Creative Marketing Made Simple!

Contact me today!

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YOU VOTED, AND HERE ARE YOUR FINEST...

Top Three!

IN

NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

Anti-Aging

• Bayview Plastic Surgery

Gig Harbor Aesthetics

• Nouveau MedSpas

Artist

• Gretchen Giese Artworks

• Nikki Brook - Mood Studios

• Hushed Revelry Photography

Auto Repair & Services

• Mackert Automotive

• Graffs Automotive Repair

• Parkers Automotive and Service

Brewery

• 7 Seas Brewing

• Wet Coast Brewing Co.

Gig Harbor Brewing Co.

Builder

• Ambrose Lobato Design/Build

• Brett Marlo Design Build

Harbor Rock Construction

Burger

• Blazing Onion Burger Co.

• The Gourmet Burger Shop

• Tides Tavern

Chiropractor

Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage

Harbor Life Chiropractic

• Maritime Chiropractic

Customer Service

• Dolly Mama Boutique, Home & Gallery

• Timothy Lopez American Family Insurance

Harbor Place at Cottesmore

Dentist

• Zachary J. Lester, DMD

• Uptown Dental Gig Harbor | Dr. Rhonda Savage

• The Kids’ Dentist Gig Harbor

Dining

• Green.House Restaurant

• Brix 25

• Devoted Kiss Cafe

Drinks

• Table 47

• Heritage Distilling Company

• Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Gym

• Tom Taylor Family YMCA

• Better Gym

• 9ROUND

Hair Salon

• Rebel’tude Salon & Spa

• Air Blowout Bar

• Salon Riviera

Happy Hour

• El Pueblito

• Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

• Anthony’s at Gig Harbor

Health Care

• Rainier Family Medicine

• Peninsula Natural Health Center

• MultiCare Women’s Health & Wellness Center

Insurance Agency

• Timothy Lopez - American Family Insurance

• Tyler Martindale - Farmers Insurance

• Patrick Kelly - State Farm Insurance Agent

Jeweler

• Ken Walker Jewelers

• van der Veen Jewelers

• Clark’s Jewelers

Mortgage Lender Services

• American Pacific Mortgage

• Evergreen Home Loans

• Northwest Mortgage Services

Nonprofit Business

Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish Food Bank

• Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

Harbor WildWatch

Pet Store/Pet Care

Gig Harbor Kennel Groom & Board

• Lucky Dog Outfitters Gig Harbor

• Green Cottage Pets

Pizza

• Pizzeria Fondi

• Millville Pizza Co.

• MOD Pizza

Place to Stay

• Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites

• The INN at Gig Harbor

• Maritime Inn

Realtor

• Westmoreland Properties

• Sandy & Gary Jones, Windermere Real Estate

• Joe Sanchez & Associates Coldwell Banker Bain

• Sievers Real Estate Team

Retirement Services

Harbor Place at Cottesmore

• Heron’s Key at Gig Harbor

• Family First Adult Family Homes

Small Business

• Hey, Darlin’, The Shop

• Escape Hour Gig Harbor

• Frankie Boutique

Spa Services

• Blue Moon Massage & Wellness Spa

• Greer Massage

• Jax Salon and Spa

Shopping Experience

• Uptown Gig Harbor

• Tickled Pink

Harbor Greens LLC

Take OUT!

• Kinza | Teriyaki Japanese Restaurant

• Thai Hut

• The Marketplace Grille

Teacher of the Year

• Hannah Jay, Purdy Elementary

• Jessica Fabiani, Artondale Elementary

• Maggie Anderson, Gig Harbor High School

Person of the Year

• Stephanie and Coby Sagle

• Brett Marlo

• Troy Alstead

• John Hogan

Choose the FINEST from your voted top

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