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October 2020 253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO.22

OCTOBER 2020

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

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YOUTH ARTISTS SHOW US THAT

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AS FAMILIES HAVE BEGUN THE TRANSITION INTO FALL WITH

THE RETURN OF SCHOOL, FALL SPORT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES,

many of our neighboring communities are yet again struggling with

new hardships, as fires have come in fiercely. From California and

Oregon to Washington and Idaho, our safety is once again being

threatened.

As devastating as this is, it again reminds me of the true heroes that

surround us daily; those battling the fires first-hand, sacrificing their

safety for the welfare of us all, as well as the officers ensuring that

those who are forced to evacuate from their homes do so safely. And

then there are those in the community who have opened up their

homes for those who have lost theirs; sharing what they have with

those who have lost so much.

Each day comes with blessings as well as hardships. We have seen

this more during the recent months than we have in a very long time.

But our communities are strong, and no matter the battle, we will

prevail and come out with a new hope and a strength that we didn’t

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the positive that can be found around us, even when in the midst

of crisis. As you flip through the pages of this month’s issue and read

our uplifting stories, we hope that you are inspired by the people

and organizations we highlight, while also showing your support to

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Lifestyle Magazine each month. We pray that despite the negativity

that you see through to the positive that can be found.

Each day is a blessing, and it is up to us to move forward and focus

on—and create—a brighter future for ourselves, our families, our

friends and neighbors.

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CONTENTS

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HOME

Home Prepping for Winter: Keeping your home

warm and cozy all winter long

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TRENDING

The New Face of Dining Out: How Northwest

restaurants are redefining the face of traditional

restaurant dining

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TACOMA FOCUS

Hilltop Artists: Youth artists show us that we’re

stronger together

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Q&A

Q&A with Gene Juarez, Founder of Gene

Juarez Salons

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ARTS

Virtual is the New Live: Tacoma Arts Live to

present The Muse Hour: a four-event virtual

series this fall

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The latest tips and trends about living a healthy,

active lifestyle

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sneak peek into October ...

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ISSUE NO.22

OCTOBER 2020

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

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FEATURE

Ride 4 Relief: PTSD survivor advocating for the

health and support of his peers

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ENTERTAINMENT

The events and autumn fun that you don’t want

to miss out on!

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FALL RECIPE

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Get Away with a Fall Visit to Lopez Island: The most

rural of the three major San Juan Islands

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Hilltop

Artists

YOUTH ARTISTS SHOW US THAT

WE’RE STRONGER TOGETHER

Q&A WITH GENE JUAREZ

FOUNDER OF GENE JUAREZ SALONS

About The Cover

On this month’s cover, we are excited and honored to

feature Gene Juarez, a local business icon and visionary

behind Gene Juarez Salons. With humble roots as a

mom-and-pop salon, Juarez would turn it into a Pacific

Northwest empire, also becoming the official salon and

spa sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks Dancers. Read more

about his commitment to his work, the community and

environment in our Q&A with Gene Juarez on page 28.

Photo by Samantha Elise Tillman

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Home

Home Prepping for Winter

KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM AND COZY ALL WINTER LONG

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

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utumn

has always been my favorite time of year. I love the changing of the leaves, the deep reds and golds that brighten up

our landscape, and the thought of spending time indoors beside a warm fire. This year, it seems that the signs are pointing

to a cold and rainy winter season. Berries are heavy on the trees, the squirrels are extra busy stashing nuts and seeds, and

it sounds like La Nina might be showing her face this winter, meaning frigid temperatures for us in the Pacific Northwest.

When it comes to home maintenance, we can take a lesson from nature. Preparedness is the key to staying warm, cozy and worry-free all

winter long. The following checklist is a good refresher for those of you who are long-time Washington residents, and a must-do for those

of you who are new to the area. Though I’m an interior designer, I’ve seen my fair share of damage caused by winter cold and storms. I’m

often brought in after the fact to help restore the home to what it was, but often the damage could have been prevented with a little prep and

some elbow grease (yours or a professional’s) before the onset of winter.

1. If you have a crawl space, be sure to close your vents. This prevents your plumbing and other utilities under the house from freezing.

It’s also a good idea to double check any insulation you might have in your crawlspace and attic. Pests have been known to gnaw away at

insulating material around pipes and openings, creating a space where cold air can get in and do damage.

2. Check your gutters. Having your gutters cleaned not only keeps water flowing away from the house, where it should, but also keeps ice

and other material from clogging them further, creating a hazard that can damage your roof.

3. Have a professional check your heating system, especially if you are dependent in any way on wood heat for the winter, this is a must.

Creosote can build up in your flue, causing a possible fire hazard that many of us are unaware of.

4. Have your exterior plumbing drained and turned off. Exterior plumbing issues, such as frozen pipes, can cause interior and exterior

damage when the weather gets very cold, due to burst pipes when the ice expands inside.

5. If you leave for the winter, do not turn off your heat completely. I realize that many people do this, but you are much better off turning

the heat to 55 degrees and leaving it there for the winter. Freezing temperatures inside a home can damage drywall, flooring, cabinetry,

plumbing, even the framing of your home. Leaving the heat on at a low temperature keeps your finishes from suffering damage and makes

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for a happy homeowner in the spring when you return!

6. If you live in a location where power goes out frequently, it is a good idea to

invest in a generator. This ensures a safe and warm winter should the power

go out for an extended time.

7. Have your septic tank pumped before winter sets in. Not only is it very

difficult to locate and open a septic tank when it is under snow, but a full septic

tank is also more likely to back up in early spring when the ground is saturated

and more difficult to percolate the discharge into the drain field.

8. Check your windows and doors for a good seal. Poor seals on doors and

windows are a leading cause of utility bill creepage in the winter months. After

all, it’s expensive to heat the outdoors!

9. If you have a basement with a sump-pump, do make sure the pump is in

working order. There is nothing worse than coming down the stairs to your

basement and finding it flooded. I’ve re-done countless basements where the

water table is high after a failed sump-pump led to a flood situation. These are

never fun!

10. Finally, check the trees around your home. Trees can do major damage if

they are not in good health. Have dead branches removed, as well as any trees

that are deemed a hazard. I can only imagine the devastation and terror that

would accompany a tree coming down through someone’s home. While this

is not always preventable, proper maintenance at least limits the possibility of

this tragedy occurring.

While the above list may not be the most fun aspect of home ownership, these

are certainly necessary items to cross off your to-do list. While I love working

with people on remodeling their homes, I’d like it to be on their terms, not

because of an insurance claim or the wrath of Old Man Winter!

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How Northwest restaurants are

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If COVID-19 has altered many things in our

day-to-day lives, perhaps one most noticeable in

our social lives is the restaurant scene. New laws

and concerns over protecting the health of both

patrons and staff have completely changed the way we

dine out, perhaps forever. But this doesn’t mean the

changes are all for the worse. To face the challenges

of the times, restaurants have had to adapt—in many

ways just to stay alive, but also to redefine and expand

what we traditionally think of as “going out.”

In many ways it has blurred the lines between

cooking at home or dining out. From more spacious

dining rooms to expanded outdoor seating, creative

dining concepts and food trucks, our Northwest

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out. Here are some of the ways they’ve brought

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ingredients and groceries, and “diners” could jump on zoom to

learn how to prepare the meal together. The meal kit trend has

continued, and they still offer a Chef ’s Choice Five Course Dinner

at Home option.

But it’s not just family or five course meal kits that are hitting the

menu—make-at-home cocktails kits have become standard for

many restaurants in the Northwest, particularly as restaurants

experience early closing hours or limited on-premise dining and

alcohol consumption.

Food Trucks

Food trucks have been having a moment for a while, and COVID

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a naturally socially distanced outdoor environment, food trucks

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Even drive-up food truck options became the solution for fair

food lovers looking to get their fix in face of a canceled North

Idaho Fair: Fair Food Fix allowed visitors to drive-up to all of their

favorite fair food vendors for a safe fill of their once-a-year fix.

Drive-Through Concepts for Fine Dining

In many areas, fine dining establishments had to change their

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positive. Canlis in Seattle shut down its dining room in March—

recognizing fine dining was not what Seattle needed. Instead,

they offered drive-through bagel and breakfast sandwiches in the

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Merged Dining Concepts

A new concept of dining that benefits a local nonprofit is taking center

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Outdoor Expansion

Outdoor dining is having a moment—a big moment. From expanding

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particularly in establishments currently not offering indoor dining.

At places like Matchwood Brewing in Sandpoint, patrons came to

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food to still flow while indoor seating was still closed. With winter

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Takeout and Delivery

Takeout and delivery are here to stay. They’ve become a staple in our

diet, and even restaurants that didn’t used to offer takeout options

now offer some type of take-home, even if the menu is more limited

or ever-changing.

The dining experience we knew before has changed—and still is

evolving before our eyes. But with all of the chaos, change and

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our stomachs full and our hearts happy, one way or another.

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YOUTH ARTISTS SHOW US THAT WE’RE

STRONGER TOGETHER

By Rachel Kelly

The world never just stops. Even if on the outside

all the hustle and bustle of the public world

seems to decrease, the world behind our doors

only expands. For some the colors get brighter,

and the sounds become crisper. For others, everything

seems a bit dimmer as they struggle through this season

alone. Artists help us bridge that gap between sight and

expression, putting emotion into our hands. Making

sense of it all for us. For Hilltop Artists, “making sense” of

today’s obstacles means providing youth with the power

of self-realization through art. Ensuring that no one

struggles alone. One furnace or torch at a time, Hilltop

Artists brings a little light to Tacoma.

Hilltop Artists was originally founded through a

partnership between artist Dale Chihuly and gallery owner

Kathy Kaperick, as well as a slew of community donors

and world-renowned artists. Hilltop Artists has always

been a community supported nonprofit. The importance

of these community partnerships is especially apparent

now when youth are at a loss for something to do and a

place to go. During this pandemic, students have created

art that they have been able to enjoy outdoors—keeping

kids active, safe, socially distant, but still connected to

their communities. Through a partnership with Alchemy

Skateboarding, students have taken their art to the streets

through the creation of their own skateboards.

Not only has Hilltop Artists brought their art to the streets,

but they’ve also brought art into homes. Adjusting the

nonprofit to the needs of their participants, Hilltop Artists

has been delivering art kits with instructions and quality

equipment. They then meet virtually with Arts Connect

and Team Production students to discuss what they’ve

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made or to deliver online instruction. Staff has also been hard at

work to create tools and mechanisms for creating glass art without

blowing in preparation for a return to their hot shops. It’s obvious

that the staff at Hilltop Artists are well connected to their students,

meeting them where they’re at, providing mentorship, resources

and activity. The core of what they do is art, but the product of

what they do is relationship.

It’s within this ebb and flow of relationship that participants find

their voice, their confidence, and their incredible capacity for

doing something worthwhile. Glass making, specifically, is a very

team-based activity. Making glass requires learning a variety of

roles; roles that require decision making, compromise, critical

thinking, conversation and failure. Failure is a big part of the

process, since glass is a fragile medium. It’s in failure that students

learn the essential task of acceptance and forward movement. That

when something breaks, it’s not over.

Art is unique in that it provides a snapshot into the soul and a

sight into emotion. Talking about projects, and collaborating

with each other to make projects, opens up opportunities for

conversation. The staff at Hilltop Artists are then allowed into the

everyday lives of their students. For instance, they know if one of

their students is ageing out of the foster care system. They know

about their student’s struggles with housing, food insecurity,

and transportation.

They might slip in a

bus pass, a gift card, THE CORE OF

or connect students

with outreach services

WHAT THEY DO

when delivering

their activity kits.

Hilltop Artists may IS ART, BUT THE

not be in the trenches

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for community

WHAT THEY DO IS

progress. They are

about prosperity.

What Hilltop Artists RELATIONSHIP.

does saves lives, by

connecting youth to a

better future.

This dedication to high quality art for youth has made Hilltop

Artists unique—they are the only middle school glass blowing

program in the U.S. Allowing youth to access a normally expensive

medium catapults youth toward a higher quality of work. Glass

is a collaborative art medium, kinesthetic. It requires the artists

to shape their work, forming their thoughts into something

with their hands. Glass provides vocational training for realworld

applications—many students have graduated toward new

opportunities in colleges, universities and community programs.

Hilltop Artists have been so successful that they recently started

an alumni program for students who want to pour their skills back

into their community after aging out at 21. It took a generation

for the nonprofit to evolve to where it is today: a solid community

resource that garners results. The job of Hilltop Artists now is to

ensure that its programs continue into the future.

This is why they have transformed their programs to meet student

needs during the COVID-19 pandemic; youth cannot afford

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to go without Hilltop Artists for what has been a six-month

life upheaval. Currently, students over age 18 are hard at work

creating glass art for their annual Better Futures Luncheon, which

this year is the Better Futures Celebration Week. This is their

largest yearly fundraiser, and this year it goes virtual. On October

13 through the 16, community donors will have the opportunity

to bid on student artwork. The event will kick off on Zoom on

the afternoon of October 13. The bidding will continue through

8pm on the evening of the 16th. Last year, so many people were

encouraged by the youth stories shared at the luncheon, that 50

people signed up for the monthly giving membership program

called the Murrini Club. Youth stories will still be a big part of

this year’s event. Community members can sign up as “Table

Captains’’ if they want to advocate for community support and

organize team bidding. Or, if you wish to sign up for Zoom

testimonials and the online bidding store only, you can visit their

website at HilltopArtists.org and sign up as a guest.

With community support, our youth will continue to thrive

under the watchful eye of Hilltop Artists and their community

partnerships. One by one, organizations come together to form

a support system for our youth that is bolstered by collaborative

projects such as The Arts and Culture Coalition of Pierce County,

the Youth Serving Agencies Network of the Pierce County

Juvenile Court System, and Tacoma Public Schools. Through

collective action and individual efforts, Hilltop Artists can offer

new opportunities and hedge out brighter futures for youth left at

a loose end, proving the old adage that “many hands make light

work.” Together we make light work of today’s obstacles, and we

are stronger for it.

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If you wanted to write a Great American

Success Story, it would be Gene Juarez.

He is the youngest of six children to

Mexican farm laborers. In his early days,

his parents followed the crops before

settling down in Wapato, Washington, a small

town in Eastern Washington whose main

industry is agriculture. “My dad’s fondest wish

was that I would have an indoor job when

I grew up,” says Juarez. “I think he meant a

warehouse job.” He fulfilled his father’s dream,

but it was not to be in agriculture. Juarez had

two things going for him: He was great with

people and excelled at art and design classes in

high school. He wanted a job where he could

combine both skills, and hair was a perfect

profession for him. A scholarship helped

launch his dream. He eventually owned his

own mom-and-pop salon that turned into a

beauty empire in Seattle and Tacoma. When

he sold his company in 2006, there were eight

Gene Juarez Salons and Spas with revenues

around $75 million. Juarez is still actively

involved with the company as a consultant. For

more than 49 years, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas

have provided beauty and wellness services to

the local community, a legacy his father is sure

to be proud of.

Q. Gene Juarez Salons & Spas has a long

history of supporting the local community.

Why is this important?

A. I am very proud of being a Hispanic

hairdresser, and the key to my success is a great

staff who is like family and all the people I’ve

worked with. I am incredibly grateful to all the

support that helped me take a mom-and-pop

salon and turn it into a successful business

model. Giving back to the community and

sharing our success is important. Currently

each Gene Juarez Salon provides support to a

local charity by providing volunteers, raising

money and awareness for that nonprofit. Recent

partnerships include The Ruby Room, Olive

Crest, HOPEcrew Outreach, YouthCare, Seattle

Humane, Union Gospel Mission, Night to Shine,

Treehouse, Bridge of Promise, Mary’s Place,

Wishing Well, St. Baldrick’s and Bloodworks

Northwest. The home office also provides over

200 community contributions a year.

Q. Can you share with our readers about your

commitment to the environment?

A. Commitment to the environment has

always been one of our company’s core values.

Our world is one we can destroy quickly, or

we can work to save our environment. Gene

Juarez Salons are part of the Green Circle Salon

movement. We are a Certified Sustainable Salon

and work to protect the planet by collecting our

beauty waste, which includes hair clippings, used

foils, color tubes, excess hair color and much

more. This waste is shipped to Green Circle

Salons, who works with their partners to turn it

into new products or clean energy. Since the start

of this program we have reduced our service

waste by 95 percent.

Q. Can you share how your hair salons help

improve the self-esteem of your clientele?

A. I honestly believe in this time of COVID-19

that we are an essential service based on the

response when we reopened. We were slammed

once the salons were able to reopen, and we had

lots of clients asking if we could do services at

home. We help people nonverbally project who

they are on the inside. A stylist actually has a

license to touch. Our training is extensive and

includes learning about infectious diseases.

Q. Gene Juarez Salons & Spas are the official

salon and spa sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks

Dancers. Are there any special challenges,

especially with Seattle’s notorious weather,

getting the dancers game-day ready?

A. The dancers come to our salons to get gameday

ready. The key is choosing a type of makeup

that doesn’t run. Each woman has a different

hair texture. You must respect the texture of the

hair to pick the right style and product for each

person. Gene Juarez Salons is proud to be the

official beauty and wellness sponsor of the Seattle

Seahawks Dancers. Our stylists make sure their

hair, nails and skin always look great for game

day.

Q. Can you share with our readers your

philosophy on hairstyle?

A. I look at hair as an accessory to fashion.

I studied fashion, and our partnership with

Nordstrom over the years helped me keep

up with the trends. Just like hems go up and

down and fashion changes, so does hair. It

was important to me to be able to forecast the

direction of fashion and how our hairstyles

will complement those styles as an accessory. I

was able to achieve this by traveling to fashion

centers such as New York City and attend the

runway shows during Fashion Week. I also had

access to trade publications and the Conde Nast

forecast, which were both helpful.

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Arts

VIRTUAL IS THE

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Tacoma Arts Live to present The Muse Hour: a four-event

virtual series this fall

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As the South Sound region begins to transition into the fall

season, the leaves turn hues of fiery orange, and pumpkinspice

everything creeps onto shelves and menus, and we all

begin the search for entertainment and kinship as we cozy

into hibernation.

While just about all live events are on hold due to government

mandated safety measures from COVID-19, virtual is the new live

for events in 2020. To fill the cavernous void of social connection as

empty as our theaters, audiences can experience a bit of reality and

humanness in these virtual experiences, from the safety of their own

homes.

Tacoma Arts Live presents The Muse Hour, a four-event virtual series

bringing artists and audiences together like never before. Each event

will stream online and feature a live conversation with artists followed

by a moderated Q&A session with patrons.

The first event will be streamed on Saturday, October 17, at 7:30 pm,

with Karamo Brown from Netflix’s “Queer Eye.” This three-time

Emmy Winner and Culture Expert is known as a “sympathetic talk

therapist wrapped inside a life coach and zipped into a fast fashion

bomber jacket ...,” according to The New Yorker. In this virtual event,

he’ll explore topics of anxiety, toxic masculinity, racism, gun violence,

substance abuse, intersectionality and more.

On Sunday, November 8, at 7:30 pm, Grammy and Latin Grammy

Award-winning singer-songwriter Lila Downs will perform multilanguage

songs that bridge traditions from across the Americas,

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VIRTUAL EVENTS OPEN

UP AN ENTIRELY NEW

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DIRECTLY WITH THE

ARTIST, AS THE SHOWS

CAN BE STREAMED FROM

ANYWHERE IN THE

WORLD.

with influences ranging from the folk

and ranchera music of Mexico and

South America to North American folk,

jazz, blues and hip-hop. In addition to

her musical performance, she will be

discussing issues around social injustices

and human rights of Latinx communities

across the world.

Americana-musician Rhiannon Giddens

pairs with Italian jazz-trained multiinstrumentalist

Francesco Turrisi for

a musical conversation on Sunday,

November 22, at 7:30 pm. The duo

recently released a collaborative album

named “There Is No Other,” which

explores sounds and rhythms from

African, Arabic, European and American

music traditions.

The final event of this four-part series

features members of Portland-based

“mini orchestra” Pink Martini, as they

perform a holiday concert on Saturday,

December 12, at 7:30 pm. The evening will

offer inclusive and nondenominational

songs to celebrate the spirit of being

together. Bandleader and pianist Thomas

Lauderdale and vocalist extraordinaire

China Forbes will share festive music

from around the globe.

Virtual events open up an entirely new

way to connect directly with the artist, as

the shows can be streamed from anywhere

in the world. David Fischer, Tacoma Arts

Live executive director, says, “This season

might be a little unusual, but we are keeping a spark of hope focused on bringing live performance

back to our community.”

The Muse Hour virtual events are free to Tacoma Arts Live Members at the Grit City Network level and

above. Tickets are $11.50 per show (including fees!) and are on sale now to the general public. Once

registered, audience members will receive a link and password the day of the event to access the live

stream. To purchase tickets or become a member, call Tacoma Arts Live Box Office at 253.591.5894 or

visit TacomaArtsLive.org.

As a nonprofit organization, Tacoma Arts Live is recognized for presenting world-renowned artists

and thinkers, for providing one of the largest performing arts education programs in the western

United States—serving over 50,000 students, teachers and parents annually in the South Sound—and

for preserving and activating Tacoma’s Historic Theater District, and Tacoma’s Historic Armory.

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Health

DERMAPLANING

All your questions, answered

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

W

hen it comes to spa services, we all want to get the

most out of our treatment and leave feeling relaxed and

recharged, but we also want to see a difference when we

look in the mirror. If you are looking for a quick, easy

and affordable treatment that can help to improve the health of your skin,

you should consider dermaplaning. Below we answer your most common

questions!

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation, or skin resurfacing, using a

sterile surgical blade that gently sheds the top layer of dull, dead skin, as

well as temporarily removes fine peach fuzz hairs. This activates the skin

cells beneath to renew and freshen. The result is an immediately smoother,

brighter, healthier, glowing complexion.

The procedure works particularly well for smoothing the skin of those

with dry or coarse skin, for lessening acne scarring or uneven skin tone,

and for removing the buildup of dead cells for those with mature or

damaged skin.

After dermaplaning, the skin-care products you use at home can penetrate

deeper, making them more effective. Dermaplaning can be done on its

own, or added to other treatments like HydraFacials, chemical peels, light

therapy and more.

How much does dermaplaning cost?

Dermaplaning ranges in price depending on where you receive the

treatment. On average it is $30 to $100.

How long will my dermaplaning results last?

You will love your results immediately after your treatment and will notice

a decrease in fine facial hair (peach fuzz) and a glowing complexion for

approximately one month. A lot of clients choose to repeat this treatment

every month to keep a healthy cell turnover and see long-term results such

as a decrease in fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and scarring.

How long will my appointment take?

Your treatment will take approximately 30 minutes.

Will dermaplaning hurt?

No, not at all. Most clients report it feels very relaxing.

Is there any prep for this treatment?

Dermaplaning cannot be done on sunburned skin, open wounds, rashes

or active acne. You should discontinue the use of any retinols seven days

before your treatment. Other than that, it is a great treatment for everyone,

even pregnant and nursing mamas!

Is there any downtime or recovery?

There is no downtime after dermaplaning. It is important you wear

sunscreen after your treatment as you are more susceptible to burn, and

it is recommended you avoid any retinols for three to four days after your

treatment.

Are there any products I should be using at home?

Your results can be prolonged, and the health of your skin improved, with

the use of high-quality skin-care products at home. As mentioned above,

it is also important you apply sunscreen after your appointment, as you

have a fresh layer of skin that is more susceptible to burning. Consult with

your aesthetic provider to find out what skin-care products would be best

for your skin type and concerns.

Dermaplaning is a great way to treat yourself, and your skin, at the spa!

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation,

or skin resurfacing ...

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Health

YOUR ORAL HEALTH AND CANNABIS

What you need to know

BY DR. KARLA BLOOMQUIST AND DR. CHIARINA IREGUI

With the growing prominence of cannabis products

in many forms, you will likely see that dentists

incorporate questions about patterns and types of

cannabis use in your medical history. As oral healthcare

providers, we are very aware of the effects of cannabis on your oral

and general health. We feel that you should be too.

Medicinal usage of marijuana is the main reason we have seen such an

increase in cannabis options. In 2019, pharmaceutical cannabis held

the leading revenue share of 71.9 percent. Severe medical conditions

such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, neurologic conditions, arthritis

and chronic pain are only a few medical conditions that are finding

benefit from cannabis use. 1

Despite what some feel are health benefits of regular marijuana use,

a report published by the American Dental Association, updated

July 12, 2019, raises concerns for oral health in those using cannabis.

Significantly higher rates of periodontitis (gum disease) were observed

among frequent users compared to non-users. These patients showed

significantly higher numbers of gingival pocket depths (4+ millimeters

in depth) as well as attachment loss and/or gum recession. 2

The use of cannabis, particularly in the tobacco form, is associated

with poor oral health that is complicated by associated factors such as

tobacco use, alcohol consumption, other types of drug use, poor oral

hygiene practices and infrequent visits to the dentists.

Cannabis use leads to dry mouth. When saliva production is decreased,

the teeth are more prone to decay. THC, an appetite stimulant, often

leads users to consume cariogenic (cavity-causing) snack foods. This,

combined with decrease in saliva production and poor oral hygiene,

is a recipe for dental disaster. Smoking marijuana is also associated

with chronic inflammation of the oral tissues that can lead to red-andwhite

mixed lesions, ultimately resulting in malignancy. A synergistic

effect between tobacco and cannabis smoke may increase the oral and

neck cancer risk for people who smoke both. A currently intoxicated

(“high”) user may present several difficulties for the dental practitioner.

Increased anxiety, paranoia and hyperactivity may heighten the

stress experience of a dental visit. Increased heart rate and other

cardiorespiratory effects of cannabis make the use of epinephrine,

which is a component of local anesthetic used by dentists, potentially

life-threatening.

How does marijuana affect sleep? The verdict is still out as to whether

marijuana is beneficial or detrimental as a sleep aid. There are people

who use forms of cannabis in order to improve their ability to fall

asleep. The issue with marijuana as a sleep aid is that the body does

eventually become used to the dose it receives and will continue to

require a higher dose for the same effect. Due to the many forms of

cannabis, there has not been a substantial amount of studies done

that can help the medical profession determine a concrete answer to

the effect marijuana has on sleep quality. There is evidence that the

quality of sleep is detrimentally affected due to the amount of time

that a person will spend in deep sleep and/or REM. At this time, the

American Academy of Sleep Medicine does not promote the use

of marijuana for the purpose of sleep or for the treatment of sleep

disorders.

Ref: Kelly John Walker, DOCS education, Science and Health Education

and Economics, Cannabis and Dentistry, Part 1, July 27, 2020.

1. MaristPoll.Marist.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/

UPDATED_NPR_PBS- NewsHour_Marist-Poll_USA-NOS-and-

Tables_1912131159.pdf#page=3

2. ADA.org/en/member-center/oral-health- topics/cannabis

The use of cannabis, particularly in the tobacco

form, is associated with poor oral health.

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“NO SHORTCUT TO QUALITY”

Your home remodeling experts

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

job is not complete until our customer is 100 percent satisfied.”

If you are looking to ensure you receive the best when it comes to your next roofing, siding,

“Our

window, patio covers and porch enclosures home remodel or kitchen remodel, look no further

than Rob Chatham of Ampro Builders LLC. An exterior home improvement contractor with more than 50 years of

experience, Ampro Builders products carry a lifetime manufacturer warranty.

A graduate of San Diego State University followed by time in the Navy, Rob was in the market for a job—and he

knew construction. “I’m a third-generation builder,” he says. “It’s in my blood and something I knew how to do

since I was a kid. It just came naturally.”

After having established and maintained a successful business in California for many years, Rob was looking for a

change and wanted to experience the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Drawn to the greenery and landscape of the area,

he relocated to Tacoma in 1985, and as he says, “I love it here!”

Rob opened Ampro Builders in April of 2009 and has been dedicated to providing his clients the best when it comes

to customer service and quality work. If you’re in the market for a new roof, windows, doors, siding, patio cover,

sunroom, deck or a kitchen remodel, Ampro Builders is proud to have the opportunity to be your home remodeling

expert.

You can trust that you—and your home—are in good hands, as Ampro provides an experienced business owner,

knowledgeable consultants and superior customer service. At Ampro, Rob has taken the extra steps to ensure that

they are licensed, bonded and insured to protect both the company, their customers and Ampro’s reputation within

the community that they serve. All projects are managed by Ampro employees and in-house managers.

Ampro Builders is a proud member of the Washington Roofing Contractors Association and has Better Business

Bureau Certification. They are certified and accredited by Hardie Siding; certified to install Builder Products

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and Malarkey Roofing Products; and Master Shingle

applicators for CertainTeed. Ampro is a preferred

contractor with Owens Corning roofing products and

also holds the IKO ShieldPRO Plus certification.

Rob and his associates are in the “problem-solving”

business; finding solutions for homeowners. Rob is

proud to be in a business in which he has the ability

to take an old house the owners are not happy with,

put his skills to work, and have them overjoyed with

the final results and loving their “new” home! “I like

helping people and converting their wants, needs and

dreams into beautifully finished products, and seeing

them happy with the end result,” he smiles.

The Ampro Builders Business Model:

• A centralized point of communication between the

customer and the project manager

• The assigned project manager provides all estimates

• Seek out and utilize the talents of highly trained

craftsmen and train them to Ampro’s high standards

and manufacture guidelines

• Recognize and appreciate that a good reputation is

earned and to never take that for granted

• Ampro Builders team members are to display a

professional standard at all times. Safety is their top

priority, and they abide by new COVID standards.

The success of Ampro Builders can be attributed to

years and years of experience, attests Rob. “My job

has taught me that there is no problem we can’t find a

solution for. I firmly believe that there is ‘no shortcut

to quality.’ The more you put into the project, the more

the customer gets out of the project. It’s common

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RIDE 4 RELIEF

PTSD SURVIVOR ADVOCATING FOR THE HEALTH AND

SUPPORT OF HIS PEERS

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

“PTSD IS NOT THE PERSON REFUSING TO LET GO OF THE PAST, BUT THE PAST REFUSING TO LET GO OF THE PERSON.”

Imagine a condition that continually brings pieces of your most traumatic experiences into your everyday life. For many individuals whose careers

place them in the line of crisis, that is the reality.

It’s estimated that 30 percent of first responders will develop behavior health conditions, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The daily duties

of their positions often require them to face traumatic stressors and situations that place them at high risk for both PTSD and ASD (Acute Distress

Disorder). Just as often, they are left unsure of how to recover and regain their lives following a traumatic incident.

At times, it can require a person who has experienced and recovered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to be able to fully recognize and support

the condition in others.

One man has made it his cause to reduce first responder suicide and increase wellness support for police and fire fighters suffering from PTSD across

the country. Using the mode of transportation that brought him therapeutic relief throughout his own battle with PTSD—riding his motorcycle—Jeff

Shepard has taken his cause to cities across the country in a growing movement to raise awareness and support for his peers.

Ride 4 Relief is the movement. Organized by Shepard, a retired officer and PTSD survivor, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to generating a wide

community of support for first responders (including paramedics, firefighters, police and corrections officers) who have faced PTSD.

As his efforts have gathered more and more publicity, Shepard has partnered with charities, media outlets and various sponsors to highlight precincts

throughout the nation as they nurture the health and wellness of their teams. He has worked to connect first responders with the necessary support,

education and relief for their PTSD symptoms, while sharing his own story of recovery.

At the beginning of Ride 4 Relief, Shepard visited police and fire departments during the months of June (PTSD Awareness Month) and July, steadily

building momentum, recognition and awareness for his cause along the way. Shepard embarked on his first tour in 2017 and later followed up with

the larger 35-state tour.

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Taking a close, intimate approach at each department and

precinct along his journey, Shepard used his mounting

publicity to connect the media with members of the

police and fire departments. Working to shed light on the

experiences faced by real-life first responders, Shepard

used his platform of press conferences and media coverage

to further advocate for PTSD support. With his own set of

hardships brought on by PTSD, Shepard has taken every

measure to have his message heard, and he has been nothing

but the ideal advocate for a cause hitting so close to home.

Shepard first experienced PTSD following his involvement

in an ambush shooting in 2012, while working at a Seattle

area police department. He had been a police officer for 10

years and a firefighter for eight.

At the time of the shooting, Shepard was attempting a

simple stop of a subject walking down the street, when the

subject pulled out a shotgun and began to fire while Shepard

remained in his patrol car.

While he wasn’t physically injured in the shooting,

the incident took a significant mental toll on Shepard,

immediately impacting his sleep patterns and emotional

well-being. Days later, Shepard was diagnosed with PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition

triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying

event. According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms often include

flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable,

recurring thoughts about the event. Additional symptoms

can include negative thoughts, hopelessness, detachment

and depression.

Many traumatic events will result in a difficult, but

temporary, adjustment period—but when symptoms get

worse or persist for extended amounts of time, the cause

is likely PTSD. Taking the right coping mechanisms and

emphasizing self-care are critical in order to keep symptoms

at bay and keep day-to-day function improving.

Shepard went to therapy for his symptoms for almost a

year before returning to work. He was then able to focus

on achieving his lifelong goal of becoming a motor officer.

From the moment Shepard began working for the police,

his dream had been to work in the traffic unit and turn his

passion for riding motorcycles into his full-time career.

In 2015, Shepard passed the challenging two-week motor

officer training—an experience he has claimed to be one of

the most challenging feats of his life. At the time, he had

returned to a good place mentally, excited for the future and

looking forward to returning to work each day. However,

Shepard’s battle with PTSD was not yet over.

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SUICIDE AND INCREASE WELLNESS

SUPPORT FOR POLICE AND FIRE

FIGHTERS SUFFERING FROM PTSD

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Organized by Shepard, a retired officer and PTSD survivor,

the nonprofit organization is dedicated to generating a wide

community of support for first responders who have faced PTSD.

Just three years after returning to work and two months after becoming a motor officer,

everything changed once again. While on duty on July 4, 2015, Shepard was the target of

an explosive device. The explosive struck his right leg before exploding, leaving him with

a ruptured eardrum, burn injuries across his face and body, and the return of his PTSD

symptoms.

After another year of therapy and doctors’ visits, the incident eventually led to his medical

retirement.

“This had been a really hard time during my life, and I have really felt like my identity

was taken from me,” Jeff wrote in a statement for Ride 4 Relief. “I have spent a lot of time

thinking about my condition. I knew that there were so many other police officers, soldiers

and first responders dealing with the same issues.”

Shepard realized that utilizing healthy outlets had made all the difference in his progress

toward recovery from PTSD. Riding his motorcycle had become a form of therapy, a way

to distance himself from the stressors and triggers that could arise in everyday life. Shepard

has since made it his goal to bring that same feeling of peace, relief and healing to first

responders across the country.

The idea first came to him at an event, where participants were creating dream

boards that would help them visualize their goals coming to life. Immediately,

Shepard saw a motorcycle at the center of his vision for the future. He also quickly

recalled a recent meeting with Leslie Mayne, founding director of the Permission

To Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation.

The PTSD Foundation is a registered nonprofit that supports alternative therapy

programs to aid soldiers in overcoming symptoms of the condition and once

again reach a life beyond the service they provided their country. When Jeff met

Leslie, he was quickly moved by her story and the purpose behind her foundation.

It all came together the moment he was tasked with creating his dream board, and

the seeds of inspiration were planted. Shepard knew he wanted to build on his

connection with Leslie to organize a ride to support others who had suffered from

PTSD. The ride would reach first responders, soldiers, police officers, firefighters,

and those who were dedicated to assisting

them.

Ride 4 Relief was organized, and Shepard

set out to educate communities across the

United States. He also sought to highlight

the police and fire departments who were

“doing good things” on a national level, in

terms of supporting their team members’

health, well-being and resiliency in the

face of trauma.

Ignited by the idea and fueled by

his experiences, Shepard took to his

motorcycle on a nationwide tour to

accomplish his goal to gather leaders and

generate advocacy for PTSD support.

“That’s what our main goal is,” Jeff

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stated in an interview with the Toledo, Ohio, Fire

Department, “raising awareness and support for the

men and women putting their life out on the line

every day for their community.”

Eventually making worldwide news, Shepard

took his ride to the streets in June, during PTSD

Awareness Month, stopping in major cities from

Seattle to Virginia to share his story.

His longest ride, through June and July of 2019,

took him to 35 states around the nation, covering

major cities in Washington, Idaho, Montana,

North Dakota, Minnesota, Mississippi, Florida and

more, and included stops in New York City and

Washington, DC.

All proceeds from the ride would benefit the

Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation; the

organization that inspired Shepard to start it all. The

foundation’s mission is providing hope and healing

to those who serve by finding the best tools and

training to enhance the minds, bodies and spiritual

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well-being of the nation’s first responders, veterans

and their family members.

Founded in 2011 and based in the Pacific Northwest,

the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has

supported local organizations offering alternative

therapies to help soldiers and families readjust to

life at home. Their goal is to provide answers and

solutions that promote healing through hosting

events, creating connections and growing a

community of compassionate allies and citizens.

The foundation has designed and delivered

workshops, leadership summits and retreats that

focus on growth and stress recovery following PTSD.

Foundation leaders hold monthly huddles to “create

a life of meaning, consequence and joy” through

fostering lasting relationships. Led by foundation

members with first responder, law enforcement and

military experience, and always directed by a mental

health professional, the monthly meetings are meant

to be a safe environment to share experiences and

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To aid in supporting future efforts by Jeff Shepard and the Ride 4 Relief

movement, donations can be provided directly to the Permission To Start

Dreaming Foundation online at PTSDFoundation.org.

When he’s not riding in support of his cause, Shepard acts as the founder of

Down Range Baby, a manufacturer of tactical diaper bags for dads. Boasting

the popular taglines “Strong enough to go to war” and “Bottles to bullets,”

Down Range Baby gear is manufactured in a U.S. facility that specializes in

manufacturing products for the military.

Shepard’s success as both an advocate and company owner have led to

features in publications, television shows and worldwide news. He uses his

continued publicity to provide greater support for his peers whose lives

have been affected by PTSD, ASD and depression.

Above all, Shepard wants those suffering PTSD to know that they are not

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HALLOWEEN AT A

DISTANCE

PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES TO KEEP UP TRADITION

By Colin Anderson

With restrictions on gatherings still in place, many people

will be choosing to celebrate Halloween at home or at a

distance this season. While the packed costume parties

might not be part of the equation this year, that isn’t to

say you still can’t have a great time with the kids or your close inner

circle.

Instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating, consider making some

of your favorite Halloween candies at home. If you have leftovers

still stashed from last year, try adding them to a batch of chocolate

chip cookies or brownies. There are also plenty of recipes online to

recreate favorites like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers or even

gummy worms.

If you want to give out candy without contact, make up a fun

obstacle course or leave trick or treaters clues on where to find the

secret stash of candy on your property. Hiding candy in Easter eggs

around your yard would also be an option. If you feel like getting out

of the house you can also put on your favorite costume, bring a big

bucket of candy, and leave pieces at the driveway of families in the

neighborhood.

Many families enjoy driving around their communities looking at

Christmas lights; this year why not seek out the most creatively

decorated Halloween homes? Create a homemade BINGO card for

the kids with items like pumpkin, skeleton, spider web, witch, etc.

For each space they cross off they can choose a piece of candy from

your own supply.

Finally, perhaps it’s time to get reacquainted with some of the

classic horror, slasher or supernatural movies. Turn the lights down,

pop on your favorite streaming service and find something that will

give you a good scare. A Halloween-inspired cocktail (for the adults)

might help calm any nerves. Happy Halloween!

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creating glass art for their annual Better Futures Luncheon, which

this year is the Better Futures Celebration Week. The organization’s

largest yearly fundraiser goes virtual for 2020. The event will kick off

on Zoom on the afternoon of October 13, and community donors

will have the opportunity to bid on student artwork. The bidding will

continue through 8pm on the evening of October 16. Community

members can sign up as “Table Captains’’ if they want to advocate for

community support and organize team bidding. Or, if you wish to sign

up for Zoom testimonials and the online bidding store only, you can

visit their website at HilltopArtists.org and sign up as a guest. The muchloved

youth stories will once again be a big part of this annual event.

Additional details can be found at HilltopArtists.org.

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4pm, there will be several vendors on-site, and kids will be sure to enjoy

the drive-through trunk or treat from 1 to 3pm! Families will drive

through the estate, viewing classic cars decorated in Halloween themes

staged along the path. A goody bag filled with candy will be distributed

to vehicles as they exit the property. The bazaar will be an outdoor event,

adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions. Visit LeMayMarymount.org for

details and contact information.

* 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

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APPLE CRISP AND HOMEMADE VANILLA

BEAN ICE CREAM

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

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APPLE CRISP INGREDIENTS:

10 cups apples, peeled and sliced (Granny Smith, Pink Lady or

MacIntosh)

Juice from 1 lemon

1/2 cup Lakanto Maple Syrup or liquid sweetener of choice

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup Lakanto gold sweetener (brown sugar substitute)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup melted ghee (clarified butter)

METHOD:

Apple Filling:

• Wash, core, peel and slice apples into a large bowl.

• Add lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and

xanthan gum to the apples and mix well.

• Pour apple mixture in a 9x13 baking dish.

Crisp Topping:

• In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the almond meal, oats,

pecans, Lakanto sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and

baking powder.

• Add melted ghee and mix until crumbly using a fork.

• Crumble the topping mixture over the apples in the baking dish.

• Bake in a 350˚ preheated oven for 45 minutes. Topping should

be golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before

serving warm.

VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM INGREDIENTS:

5 organic eggs, whipped

4 cups heavy whipping cream

13.5 oz. can full fat coconut cream

1/2 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener

5 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

3 whole vanilla bean pods

METHOD:

• Slice the vanilla beans in half using a sharp knife lengthwise.

Using the tip of the knife, scrape out all the vanilla bean. Set aside.

• In a large bowl, whisk eggs until scrambled. Mix in whipping

cream, coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla, salt and vanilla bean.

• Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the

manufacturer’s directions.

• When the ice cream is firm, place in a freezer-safe container and

chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving over your warm apple crisp.

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Get Away with a Fall Visit

to Lopez Island

THE MOST RURAL OF THE THREE MAJOR SAN JUAN ISLANDS

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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The minute you board the Washington State Ferry in Anacortes heading toward Lopez Island, your stress begins

to slip away. Lopez Island is less visited than its larger neighbors Orcas and San Juan Island. Rolling farmlands,

woods and open spaces with views for miles draw visitors to the island who want to disconnect and relax. It is

known as the friendliest of the San Juan Islands, with a local custom of waving to passing cars. There are less

restaurants, shops and businesses on Lopez Island, but the tradeoff is worth it for less people. Plan to spend your time taking

quiet walks with public access to beaches and forests, or just reading and relaxing.

To get to Lopez Island, take a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, Washington. Make sure to make a ferry reservation—

and note that you cannot make a reservation for your return trip. Plan to allow time on your last day to wait in the ferry line.

Weather in the fall can be anywhere from warm and sunny to wet and cold, so be sure to plan accordingly.

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Grab a coffee and wander through

the shops in this waterfront hamlet at

a leisurely pace. Everything seems to

just slow down on island time.

Where to Stay

The best place to stay on the island, with the most amenities, is the Lopez Islander

Resort, which overlooks the scenic Fisherman Bay. The on-site restaurant offers

waterfront dining and is known for its prime rib and fresh seafood dishes. There is

a variety of lodging options from hotel rooms to vacation home rentals. Camping

is available at the resort as well as a full-service marina. All have access to the

heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. If you decide you don’t want to drive your

car, you can park it in the resort’s parking lot and walk or bike onto the ferry.

You can arrange a complimentary shuttle pickup with the resort. The location

is convenient to Lopez Village, which is home to most of the shopping and

restaurants on the island.

Where to Eat

There are a limited number of restaurants on the island, and the summer of 2020

was a tough one as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on their peak season. The two wellknown

restaurants in Lopez Village only offer takeout at this time. The Islander

Bar and Grill at the Lopez Islander Resort is open for dine-in or takeout, and is a

good option if you prefer a sit-down meal.

One restaurant that has adjusted is Ursa Minor. “When our dining room was

forced to close in mid-March, we knew that our survival depended upon our

immediate action. We quickly pivoted our business model depending on what

our customers needed at that exact moment in time. We soon realized that our

business would never be the same,” said co-owner Nova Askue. “Beautifully

plated conceptual dishes just didn’t seem appropriate at the time, so we launched

‘Comfort Food To-Go’; comforting meals for uncertain times. Something we had

thought would only be temporary lasted 16 weeks, and to this day we are still

serving up fried chicken to-go.”

They have also paired with Holly B’s Bakery, using her sweet corn cookies with

their Ursa Minor house-made ice cream to create the ultimate ice cream sandwich.

They strive to source locally and support island farmers as much as possible.

Haven Kitchen and Bar has a lovely waterfront view from its location in Lopez

Village. It is known for its imaginative menu filled with a variety of dishes to

include local ingredients and fresh seafood with international influences. They

also offer fresh in-house baked goods.

What to Do

Lopez Village is the commercial heart of the island and has a grocery store,

pharmacy and an organic grocery. There are some cute shops, galleries, a coffee

shop and a bakery. Grab a coffee and wander through the shops in this waterfront

hamlet at a leisurely pace. Everything seems to just slow down on island time.

Before you head out to Lopez, call and book a time to pick up some local wine at

Lopez Island Vineyards. At this time, the tasting room is closed, but you can see

the grounds when you pick up your wine. Owner Brent Charnley is one of the

original pioneers of Washington wine. The first winery in the San Juan Islands,

he and his wife Maggie have organically grown grapes on their land for over 30

years. Don’t miss the Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe varietals, both estate

grown. In 2017, the Madeleine Angevine made The Seattle Times list of the top

50 wines of the year.

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You can’t visit the island without planning to spend some time outside. Lopez is

popular to cycle, as it offers some of the easiest terrain in the area. Think sloping

country lanes with no traffic and wide-open spaces. In the fall, you will need to

bring your own bicycle, as no rentals are available outside of the summer season.

Hiking is a joy with so many options. In addition to a state park, there are a variety

of local parks. One must-do hike is the Shark Reef Sanctuary. It is tucked away on

the west side of the island. The 1-mile round-trip hike begins in a forest before

opening on a bluff overlooking a rocky shoreline with absolutely stunning views.

Seal and sea lion sightings are common. It is well worth the short trek.

Another great outdoor space is the Watmough Bay Preserve. Park in the lot and

follow the trail leading right to the beach. The protected natural bay is calm and

secluded with a smooth, rocky beach surrounded by natural stone cliffs. What

strikes most people when they visit is how quiet it is. It is a lovely space to explore,

even on a rainy day.

Referred to as “The Heart of Lopez,” Lopez Hill is a Pacific Northwest rainforest

that gives you a sense of being isolated from civilization though just a short

distance to homes and roads. There are 4 miles of primitive trails with limited

signage, but it is pretty easy to keep on the trail. It is the place locals visit to renew

their spirits.

When traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to have safe

practices during this time. Make reservations for everything you can. Check the

Visitors’ websites for your destination for updates. Call your lodging a day or two

before you travel for specific information as well as any business on your “must

see” list. Wear a mask and wash or sanitize your hands often. Travel with a few

extra provisions in case the situation changes so you will have something to ear.

Lastly, spend what you can to help these small local businesses survive.

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