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September 2020 253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO. 21

SEPTEMBER 2020

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

Fashion

funds the fight

CANCER CARTEL SUPPORTS THE FIGHT

AGAINST CANCER

Q&A WITH JOYCE TAYLOR

ANCHOR, KING 5 EVENING NEWS

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The Next Chapter of 2020 has Arrived

IT 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.

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 scary—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, we prepare you for fall with this

year’s fall fashion trends! 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!

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Our September Q&A features six-time award-winning journalist

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The next chapter of 2020 has arrived. Let’s fill it with heartwarming

memories and aspirations for tomorrow.

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CANCER CARTEL SUPPORTS THE FIGHT

AGAINST CANCER

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About The Cover

Joyce Taylor has become a

household name here in Tacoma,

earning a reputation for being a

well-respected and highly valued

journalist. With 30 years in the news

industry, you can find her anchoring

the evening news on KING 5—and

on this month’s cover of 253

Lifestyle Magazine. Read more

about this award-winning journalist

in our September Q&A, which can

be found on page 28.

Photo by Samantha Elise Tillman

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ISSUE NO. 21

Fashion

funds the fight

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

SEPTEMBER 2020

Q&A WITH JOYCE TAYLOR

ANCHOR, KING 5 EVENING NEWS

HOME

From Paint and Furniture to Bedding and

Lighting: Children’s room makeover 101

TRENDING

Fall Fashion Trends: Old favorites make

their return

TACOMA

Fashion Funds the Fight: Cancer Cartel

supports the fight against cancer

Q&A

Q&A with Joyce Taylor, Anchor, KING

5 Evening News

HEALTH

Tips and informational articles about

living a healthy, active lifestyle

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Home

From Paint and Furniture to Bedding and Lighting

CHILDREN’S ROOM MAKEOVER 101

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

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here 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

cool-kid 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 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.

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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. Characterthemed

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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FALL FASHION

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Old favorites make their return

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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

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Tailored blazers, classic sweaters,

thin stripes and argyle accents

made their way across runways

this year.

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 accents

made their way across runways this year, making way for a return

to school-girl chic. Reach for fitted items in navy, white and

gold, or layer with a tailored collared jacket, collegiate sweater or

cardigan to throw an instant prep in your step.

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 long-sleeved 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 two-piece set

with the skirt suit, highlighting a flattering silhouette with a

swingy skirt and matching cropped jacket, or take the equestrianinspired

look by matching a fitted blazer with trousers tucked into

riding boots.

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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 lowmaintenance

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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CANCER CARTEL SUPPORTS THE FIGHT

AGAINST CANCER

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Photos Courtesy of the Cancer Cartel

There’s nothing like a cancer diagnosis to make

you look in the mirror. Literally and figuratively.

For Kerry, Katy and Shelly, facing cancer on

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is, and was, a balm. A tiny bit of normalcy in a world

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Kerry Solmonson was diagnosed with skin, cervical,

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Working from the ground up, the two sisters and dear friend

developed and launched a plan to sell designer goods to fund

unseen cancer expenses. There are funds for a cure, funds for

medical bills and funds for many of the more obvious cancer

expenses. But anyone who has struggled with cancer before knows

that the cost of cancer is more than medical. A life-threatening

illness puts a strain on all the everyday moments, and the cost is

exorbitant. There’s the birthday presents that go unbought, because

rent was only barely paid. There’s the cost of all the food eaten

out, rather than at home. The cost of gas to and from the clinic or

the hospital. The $20-a-day hospital parking expenses. The new

clothes. The loss of a job. One after the other, the everyday expenses

pile up. Having had experience with all these new expenses, the

ladies of Cancer Cartel decided to give 100 percent of their profits

toward all the little things that weigh on our minds. All the little

things that a life-threatening diagnosis highlight.

When Cancer Cartel received federal nonprofit status, Kerry, Katy

and Shelly started out by going into a cancer treatment center and

handing out $100 gift cards to patients. That’s the kind of giving

they love to do—a gift directly to the people who need it most.

Now they’ve adapted to handling referrals through their website.

They have also developed relationships in hospitals and treatment

centers so that they can keep giving on an ongoing basis. Since

then, they’ve hosted fundraisers through community awareness,

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But the ladies of

Cancer Cartel will tell you that their biggest and easiest “ask” is highend

clothing (though monetary donations are also appreciated).

They’ve partnered with the Give Back Box, where a $15 label can

ship up to 70 pounds of luxury items to the nonprofit. Brands like

Rag & Bone, Alice & Olivia or something from a couture boutique

can all be shipped. Even small items go a long way. Every bit helps!

They also do well with designer denim, or high-end brands found

in locations like Nordstrom, by selling through pop-ups. Cancer

Cartel then turns that donation around to sell at a significant

discount on their website, donating 100 percent of net proceeds.

Their second ask is for awareness. Sharing through your online

community or podcast audiences are an incredibly helpful boost.

And thirdly, they ask that if you’re ever in the market for designer

products to consider buying from their nonprofit.

Supporting their nonprofit is easy, which is probably why they

are making such incredible headway in their community. Their

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Cartel hope to give away $11 million in grants. They also have ideas for

co-branding with larger fashion brands. Can you imagine a Chanel Cancer

Cartel bag? I can. And so can they.

Because 100 percent of funds go toward the people who need it most, the

Cancer Cartel is also looking for a benefactor to handle overhead expenses.

Because, like any nonprofit, there is overhead. With a desire to do something

different, they will not budge in their dedication to donate 100 percent of

profits. And yet, still, there are expenses. They are looking at their nonprofit

differently, through a lense that works from personal experience rather

than just through generosity. Handling expenses and donations separately

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In 1988, Tacoma native Joyce Taylor

returned to the Pacific Northwest after

landing her dream job at KING 5, the news

station she had watched her entire life.

After more than 30 years in the industry, she

now holds the evening anchor chair, following in

the footsteps of iconic female newscasters Lori

Matsukawa and Jean Enersen. She serves the

local community as a member of the Resource

Board for Rainier Scholars, a 12-year academic

program that offers a pathway to college for

low-income students of color. Taylor graduated

from Western Washington University and serves

on their Foundation Board. Western recognized

her as one of “100 Outstanding Alumni of the

Century.” She is the vice president of the Seattle

Association of Black Journalists and also serves

on the Advisory Committee for the Plymouth

Housing Group, which seeks to prevent

homelessness.

The six-time award-winning journalist has

covered a variety of newsworthy stories including

the Seattle Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win, the

death of Princess Diana, the Inauguration of

President Trump and the Women’s March in

Washington D.C. During her career she has had

the opportunity to meet iconic legends across a

variety of fields such as Walter Cronkite, Michael

Jordan, President Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem,

John Denver and Eartha Kitt. Currently with

KING 5, she is covering two stories which could

end up being the most important of her career.

Both the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide

movement that is striving to change racial

inequality in the United States are new stories

which will be looked upon by future generations

as history.

Q. You are a Tacoma native. What was it like to

move back to the area and work at your local

news station?

A. I distinctly remember flying over the Cascade

Mountain Range on my trip home after three

years in North Carolina. Washington state never

looked more beautiful. There truly is no place

like home, which is why we decided to raise our

own family here. As a Tacoma native, KING 5

is our family’s favorite local news channel. I feel

blessed to still be working in my dream job since

my school days at Wilson High. Go Rams!

Q. Dorothy Bullitt was the founder of the King

Broadcasting Company and the first woman in

the United States to buy and own a television

station. At a time when few women had such

positions of power in the industry, what was it

like to be hired by such an iconic role model?

A. The legendary Mrs. Dorothy Bullitt was still

at the helm when I was hired in 1988. She retired

shortly after I arrived, but her commitment

to community is still very much a part of who

we are and what we do. I was fortunate to be

surrounded by other amazing women: Jean

Enersen, the first female lead anchor in the

nation ... and legendary reporter Julie Blacklow,

still a dear friend today. Women have long

been part of the KING 5 legacy. I don’t see that

changing.

Q. Women of our age grew up with Princess

Diana and watched her life’s ups and downs

over the years. Did you find it challenging to

cover her funeral for King 5?

A. Like millions of others, learning of the death

of Princess Diana was devastating. I was seven

months pregnant with our first child when I

flew to London to cover her death. Watching

her young sons say goodbye to their mother was

heartbreaking. It was the same year I gave birth

to our boy—who is now 22. It was two weeks I

will never forget for so many reasons ... especially

what it showed me about a country’s love and

loss.

Q. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the

recent protests of racial inequality, our country

seems more divided than ever. Do you think

the news media can play any role in helping to

heal our country?

A. At KING 5 we stand for TRUTH. and the

truth is, we ALL have a role in helping to heal

our country. Every single one of us. We MUST

face the truth about systemic racism, identify it,

call it out and put in the REAL work to fix what

is broken to create equity for ALL of us.

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Jeans are not only a closet staple but a piece of clothing

you can wear year-round here in the Pacific Northwest.

Denim styles tend to cycle around and go in and out

of fashion through the decades. No matter the cut or

style, everyone has at least one pair of jeans in their closet.

Here are some denim styles you need that are rising in the

trend reports.

High Waist: Just in case you haven’t jumped on the highwaisted

denim band wagon yet, they are back! Growing

up with low-rise denim, I think that high-waisted denim

are the comfiest jeans I’ve ever worn. High-waisted denim

usually has a rise of 8-plus inches and hits either at your

belly button or above. As a bonus, they also keep the

stomach area tight.

Paper Bag Waist: This new trend has made a more recent

debut. Paper bag waist jeans are almost always high waisted

and feature an extra ruffle layer of denim at the top. It is

supposed to resemble the top of a paper bag if you crumpled

it in your hand. Most also have belted waist ties but some do

not. With this style of denim it looks best to tuck in the top

you are wearing so the paper bag waist details can be seen.

Button Fly: Button fly jeans are a cute trend featuring four

to five buttons where the zipper usually is. Sometimes they

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Colored denim is

a great way to add

some color to your

outfit with neutral

tops. Some popular

denim patterns right

now are camouflage

and snakeskin print.

are faux buttons with the zipper still on the inside,

and sometimes they actually button. Sure, it’s a

little more work to get in and out of them with

all those buttons, but the buttons give some extra

detail! This style looks great with a shirt French

tucked on the front.

Bell Bottoms: Bell bottoms are also back on

trend, and this is my personal favorite denim

style. Bell bottoms were first worn by sailors in

the 1800s. Yep, they were around long before the

‘70s. Sailors wore them because it made it easier to

grab a man if he fell overboard. Bell bottoms flare

out starting at the knees. These are usually long,

so you’ll want to pair them with a heel or platform

sandal so they don’t drag on the ground.

Colors & Patterns: Colored denim is making a

comeback, and I’m loving the pastels showing

up in stores. Colored denim is a great way to add

some color to your outfit with neutral tops. Some

popular denim patterns right now are camouflage

and snakeskin print. Dark green camouflage

looks great with a white top.

Get out of your comfort zone and grab a new style

of jeans. You never know, it may become your

new favorite!

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I

t 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

unique in its ability to treat all skin types. Other than a few contraindications,

this treatment can target problem areas for all ages. Everything from fine

lines and wrinkles, elasticity, skin texture, discolorations from sun damage,

enlarged pores, congested and acne-ic skin issues can all be treated with

the HydraFacial®. It is great for teens experiencing hormonal breakouts,

men with enlarged pores, and mature skin with a loss of elasticity. What

I love most about this treatment is all skin concerns can be addressed

with slight modifications in the treatment. I’ve now treated clients from

preteens to women in their 70s and can produce great results with each!

What is the treatment like?

The signature HydraFacial® is broken down into three steps: 1. Cleanse

+ Peel: resurfaces the outermost layers of the epidermis which holds on

to dead skin cells and debris; 2. Extract + Hydrate: removes those debris

(remember what I said about painless removal of blackheads?) with

suction while simultaneously nourishing the skin; 3. Fuse + Protect:

pumps all the good stuff back into your skin including hyaluronic acid,

antioxidants and peptides for the ultimate glow factor!

Enhancements called boosters can be added on to a signature treatment

to target specific concerns, keeping with the same ease of treatment,

and adding only a few minutes to your total treatment time. Boosters

target and enhance those conditions which need, well, an extra “boost”:

stubborn sun or age spots, pesky fine lines, and the use of growth factors

for collagen production. Other quick add-ons include the HydraFacial®

Perk for the eyes and lips; plumping the lips and refreshing the eyes.

There are so many great treatments out there. Choosing what is best for

you is a conversation you should have with your aesthetic provider based

on your skin concerns. I still have many favorite treatments which I will

continue to use on myself and my clients, but if your life is too full to carve

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Health

DOES YOUR DENTIST CARE ABOUT DIABETES?

The connection between diabetes and oral health

BY DRS. KARLA BLOOMQUIST AND CHIARINA IREGUI, SOUNDBRIDGE

DENTAL ARTS AND SLEEP THERAPY

According to a recent study, 50 percent of the American

population will be considered obese by the year 2030.

What does this mean to our health as a nation? As you

can imagine, obesity leads to a mirage of health issues. In

this article we will focus on diabetes and how a lack of control over

your body’s blood sugar can affect oral health, as well as how a lack

of quality/quantity of sleep can increase your chances of becoming

diabetic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

predicts that by the year 2050, as many as one in three Americans will

have diabetes. To add, the International Diabetes Federation predicts

that diabetes will increase by 54 percent worldwide by 2030!

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and

Kidney Disease, type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of

diabetes, has a strong link to obesity. If you suffer from a lack of oxygen

while you sleep, which is often caused by obstructive sleep apnea, you

increase your chance of being overweight. Your body responds to this

lack of breathing by going into a “fight or flight” response. This increases

the stress hormone, which then encourages your body to store fat.

The other physiological response to suffering from sleep apnea is the

poor regulation of the hormones that make you feel hungry and the

hormones that make you feel full when you eat. Consequently, there is

a proverbial cycle of poor sleep, increase in weight due to more food

intake, and an increase in the chance that diabetes occurs.

What does this mean to your oral health? There are a number of oral

manifestations from diabetes, with gum disease being one of them—

and the most common. One third of people with diabetes have severe

periodontal (gum) disease, and there has been evidence to suggest that

changes in the gum tissue are the first clinical signs of diabetes. These

changes in the health of the gum tissue occur because the lack of sugar

control in the bloodstream leads to an exaggerated response by the

body to the bacteria in the mouth. Dentists and dental hygienists see

this first sign as gingivitis or bleeding during regular dental cleanings.

In addition to this inflammation of the gum tissue, diabetes can

present itself in the oral cavity in a variety of other ways. Constant bad

breath, dry mouth, oral yeast infections, burning mouth syndrome,

tooth decay and geographic tongue can all present as a consequence

of diabetes. Yet another link is people with diabetes are twice as

likely to have depression. Although not a direct systemic correlation,

depression is key in how well people manage their disease and care for

their oral health in general.

Dental visits are key in keeping up with not only your oral health

but legitimately getting ahead of your systemic health. Dentists can

screen for sleep disordered breathing, evaluate the health of your gum

tissue and teeth, address any issues with oral tissue abnormalities, and

even notice if your tissues are looking dry. By putting together the

big picture, your dentist may know you are developing poor glucose

control before you do, in addition, making sure that you are getting

good quality and quantity of sleep, as we know they are all factors tied

into one another.

There are a number of oral manifestations from

diabetes, with gum disease being one of them—and

the most common.

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Family business changes direction to keep their doors open

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA ELISE TILLMAN

As local businesses continue to adapt in order to succeed despite the difficult

circumstances that have surrounded us for months now, one Tacoma business is

changing their focus—at least temporarily—in order to keep their doors open and

their employees working, while also satisfying the appetites of eager diners.

The Tacoma Comedy Club has been a staple in the community for nearly a decade, originally

opening in October of 2010. Owners Adam Norwest and his wife Bree, and Kevin and Renee

Fandt (who are also Adam’s parents), shifted gears last month, debuting Tacoma Burger Company

on August 7, 2020.

Gourmet burgers are the focus at this American fare establishment. You can pair your meal with

a cocktail or brew from the full bar, and make a note to stop in during one of their fun weekly

events! There’s Netflix and Chill Mondays, where each week, starting at 5pm for those 21 and

older, patrons can enjoy stand-up comedy specials on the projector at 6 and 8pm. During this

time, buy a burger, get a beer for $1! For “geeks who drink,” Wednesday Night Trivia kicks off at

7pm. There is no entry fee, and prizes are awarded for the top three!

The Tacoma Comedy Club owners evolved into what is currently Tacoma Burger Company as a

way to survive during COVID. “It was extremely important to us to keep our staff employed and

able to feed themselves and their families,” states Adam.

Over the years, as a comedy club, the owners have strived for three things: treat the staff

great, treat the customers great, and treat the comedians great. They believe that these three

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goals ultimately created the path in becoming—and

maintaining—a thriving business. “We figured, if we

did those three things, we would be successful,” says

Adam. “As Tacoma Burger Company, we think we will

be successful by having our customers from the past 10

years support us through this (temporary) transition.

I think having quality and consistent food and good

service will also help us be successful right now.”

The spacious space and layout of the building allowed

for them to easily offer their guests socially distant

dining.

“Our slogans right now are ‘Buy a Burger, Save the

Arts’ and ‘Socially Distant and Delicious Dining,’” says

Adam.

Despite the many uncertainties, Adam’s current plan

is to re-introduce stand-up comedy once Washington

state enters Phase 4—and he, along with his co-owners,

hope to keep Tacoma Burger Company around and

involved in some way moving forward.

When not busy running their family business, you can

find the Norwests and Fandts volunteering their time,

including fostering, with various dog organizations.

“We also raised money through online benefit shows

and a raffle during the first part of quarantine,” smiles

Adam, “and were able to donate over $20,000 to No

Kid Hungry.”

Community support is truly important during this

time to help our local businesses stay alive. And who

doesn’t love a big juicy burger and cold brew? Stop in

at Tacoma Burger Company for a great meal while

supporting a local family business.

“OUR SLOGANS RIGHT NOW

ARE ‘BUY A BURGER, SAVE

THE ARTS’ AND ‘SOCIALLY

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DINING,’” SAYS ADAM.

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FROM PASSION PROJECT

to the Family Business

BLACK BELT PROFESSOR ESTABLISHES BONNERS FERRY,

IDAHO AS WORLD JIU-JITSU DESTINATION

BY DAN AZNOFF

COURTESY PHOTOS

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.

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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.

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.

“A TEACHER IS A REVERED

POSITION IN THE BRAZILIAN

CULTURE. THE BADGE OF

PROFESSOR IS ONE I WEAR

PROUDLY.”

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Each of Sylvio’s training centers is staffed with

black- and brown-belt athletes who teach in the style

of the grand master.

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-year-old 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.

“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,”

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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.”

Brown said he was honored to have Mestre Sylvio Behring

present for the APEX grand opening in February. He

described the seven months leading up to the grand

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opening of the new APEX location as “some of the hardest

work we have ever 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.

“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

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HIS VERY BUSY LIFE

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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 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.

“And I am doing it all in this unbelievably beautiful place,” he

concluded. “This is my dream.”

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BEYOND

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SEPTEMBER 26-28

By Jillian Chandler

If you’re looking for a fun, safe event the whole family can enjoy,

then look no further than Beyond the Backyard! Set to take place

Saturday, September 26, through Monday, September 28, this

quarantine-friendly scavenger hunt is a great way to get outside

while raising funds for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.

“Essentially, it’s a scavenger hunt that is part Amazing Race and

part double-dog dare,” says Beth Brooks of Tacoma/Pierce County

Habitat for Humanity.

Teams of three to eight people will race to complete 24 challenges

in and around their own neighborhoods, submitting photo/video

proof to race HQ along the way. The team who completes all 24

challenges first is deemed the winner.

“It’s a great way for a quarantine pod to shake things up and

have some fun—and it funds affordable homeownership in our

communities!” smiles Beth.

How It Works:

• Comprise a team of three to eight people. (Bonus points if your

team comes up with a creative and catchy team name!)

• Each member of the team needs to register to participate.

Registration is $25 per person and includes race entry, an event

T-shirt and use of the race app. Entry fees are also applied toward

your team’s fundraising total.

• Together your team will fundraise to unlock the 24 challenges

(custom created for Beyond the Backyard in compliance with all

local pandemic regulations)—with a collective goal of $1,200.

Like a walk-a-thon or any charitable race, the money you raise

not only enables your participation but also helps house families.

• On event day, challenges are delivered via the app. As you

complete each task, be sure to submit photos and/or videos to be

validated by race HQ.

Check out the promo video online at YouTu.be/qYKx9YNcCS0. For

additional details and to register, visit TPC-Habitat.SalsaLabs.org/

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Wheels & Heels Gala goes virtual! Join America’s Automotive Trust

Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 7pm, as they live stream their

“Mechanics in Motion” Virtual Gala and Live Auction. Guests will have

the ability to interact with the auctioneer and host, David Silverman,

bid for live and silent auction items against other participants, and

be introduced to America’s Automotive Trust honorees. You’ll also

learn more about the programs their collaborating nonprofits serve

and the lives positively impacted. For more information, including

registration, online bidding instructions, view auction items and bid,

visit AmericasCarMuseum.org.

TACOMA OCEAN FEST

SEPTEMBER 13

Celebrate. Learn. Protect. You are invited to be a part of this year’s

Tacoma Ocean Fest, which will take place online on Sunday, September

13, from 10am to 5pm. Tacoma’s free ocean festival of arts, sciences and

water fun returns for the third year in online format. Art installed at the

Foss Waterway Seaport, music and dance video premieres, underwater

film, the Youth Story Contest, OceanX Speaker Zooms, artist livestreams,

virtual Eco-Booths and a brand-new Ocean Action game will bring the

community together to celebrate the ocean, learn about its threats and

protect it. All content will be available at TacomaOceanFest.org.

CIDER SWIG: DRIVE-THROUGH EDITION

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27

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

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Eat & Drink

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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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Fall in Love with

Kalispell, Montana

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK AND MORE

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DISCOVER KALISPELL

AND MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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Travel

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.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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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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