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October 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

OCTOBER 2020

GIG HARBOR

LIVING LOCAL’S

2020

Your 2020 winners

ANNOUNCED

Ride 4 Relief

PTSD survivor advocating for the

health and support of his peers

PNW

Restaurant Tour

Some of the most unique and

delicious dining experiences

Honoring Our

Veterans

3rd Annual Veterans’

Day Celebration

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SERVING GIG HARBOR

Pharmacy . Full Service Repair . Home Delivery . Exceptional Patient Care

Olympic Pharmacy and Healthcare Services has grown into a leading provider of medical supplies and

equipment to the Puget Sound area. Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest quality products,

exceptional customer service and to be an active participant in our patients’ healthcare and well being.

We believe that offering exceptional patient care is a collaborative effort. Our trained and knowledgeable

staff understand that every patient is unique and strives to promote a warm and caring environment

where our patients feel comfortable.

Because We Care.

4700 Pt. Fosdick Drive Northwest

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

(253) 858-9941 . Fax: (253) 851-9942

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YOUR WORK-FROM-HOME SANCTUARY AWAITS!

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entertaining decks and finished lower level office. The fully equipped attached apartment with separate entrance is perfect for guests

as is the detached 1277 Sqft.,1 car garage, 3 bay carport, game room/bar/half bath and two large rooms upstairs.

CAROLYN WESTMORELAND

Broker/Owner

JENSEN WESTMORELAND

Broker

carolyn@westmorelandproperties.net

Mark Wambold

NMLS ID 248580 State Lic. MLO-248580

Direct: 253.225.3352 | mwambold@fairwaymc.com

www.wamboldhomeloans.com

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Caring for a loved one

with dementia can

you’re not alone.

We understand. We’re caregivers too.

Our compassionate team is uniquely trained to care

for those living with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other

cognitive impairments. Call today for support,

resources or other information (253) 830-5107.

• 24-hour compassionate caregivers

• Short-term respite stays available

• Service plans designed to meet individual needs

• Outstanding memory programming and activities

• Enclosed outdoor courtyard with walking

path & seating


Assisted Living apartments

7083 Wagner Way

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

www.thelodge-gigharbor.com

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Call today to schedule a tour!

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Gig harbor

gig harbor

Real Estate real

Resource

estate resource

median sales price:

average days on market:

highest sale in 3rd quarter:

$672,653

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$3,100,000

anch | SOLD

s $910,000

Fox Island | Sold

$1,950,000

Downtown | SOLD

9 Days $2,100,000

n Sales Price:

.

e Days On Market:

st Sale in 3rd Quarter:

$672,653

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$3,100,000

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Live Life Smiling

Dr. Brian Dansie

Pediatric Dental Specialist

Accepting New Patients!

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

WITH DR. BRIAN DANSIE AND HIS STAFF.

3316 56th ST. NW, STE 100 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335 | 253.329.KIDS (5437)

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Independent Mortgage Broker with lower rates and costs.

Not the high interest rates of retail institutions.

“GREAT PEOPLE AND GREAT SERVICE! I BOUGHT MY HOUSE WITH

THEM AND THEN REFINANCED A FEW YEARS LATER! THEY SAVED ME

HUNDREDS MONTHLY AND GUIDED ME THROUGH THE PROCESS,

LISTENING TO MY CONCERNS AND DESIRES.” - MARK GIG HARBOR

LOCAL VETERAN-OWNED

INDEPENDENT MORTGAGE SERVICES

Abel Hernandez

MLO # 1718944

Loan Officer

abel@northwestmortgageservices.com

Jeff Carr

MLO#102392

President

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OCTOBER 2020

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 10

inside

PNW Restaurant Tour

From Gig Harbor to Sandpoint 68

Restaurant Trends Sweeping the PNW

Alternatives to traditional restaurant dining 72

Halloween Treats

Six treats to make at home that are perfect for Halloween 78

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You’ll feel right at home.

3520 Kitsap Way, Bremerton

360.377.5582 | arnoldshomefurnishings.com

Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the

Kitsap Peninsula and beyond for more than 68 years.

We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs,

lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

our quality and superb customer service, Arnold’s can

help you select your new furniture, mattress and home

furnishings purchase on any budget.

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Virtual chat with our design team,

on the house. 253-376-7935

GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM

MARKETING

WASHINGTON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie Reed | 253.273.8524

julie@like-media.com

WASHINGTON DIRECTOR

Cassie Riendeau | 360.798.3061

cassie@like-media.com

EDITORIAL

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Jillian Chandler | jillian@like-media.com

STAFF WRITERS

Colin Anderson | colin@like-media.com

Abigail Thorpe | abigail@like-media.com

DESIGN

CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Maddie Horton

LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Darbey Russo

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Kennedy Pew

DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Whitney Lebsock

OPERATIONS

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Rachel Figgins

CONTRIBUTORS

Nikki Luttmann, Felicia Soleil, Nancy Harris, Conrad Esser,

Nick Wyatt, Mariel Kraus, Bri Williams, Robina Gaines, Taylor

Shillam, Marguerite Cleveland, Tina VanDenHeuvel

Let’s talk while you show us your space.

We specialize in small spaces & big dreams.

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Dreaming Foundation

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Green Cottage Pets

See what a difference a good diet will do for your pet.

A Health Food Store for Dogs & Cats

Doing Business Since 2002!

Featuring Human Quality Foods,

Treats and Supplements

3028 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, Washington

253.851.8806

greencottagepets1@gmail.com

www.greencottagepets.com

Ariel, an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, loves visiting for

treats. She has that look of, “I know you have more treats

in your pocket!” She is a happy, beautiful puppy.

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ENJOY THE COLORS OF

fall

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

A POWERFUL COMMUNITY

A

s 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.

Here at Like Media, we are fortunate to

share with our readers all 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 our

advertisers, who help make it possible for us

to bring you Gig Harbor Living Local 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.

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 know we had.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

OCTOBER 2020

Ride 4 Relief

GIG HARBOR

LIVING LOCAL’S

2020

Your 2020 winners

ANNOUNCED

PNW

Restaurant Tour

PTSD survivor advocating for the

health and support of his peers Some of the most unique and

delicious dining experiences

Proud To Partner

Honoring Our

Veterans

3rd Annual Veterans’

Day Celebration

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ABOUT THE COVER

IT’S FALL HERE IN THE HARBOR, which

brings with it the cooler days that continue to

become shorter, paired with the vibrant colors

that can be found everywhere you look. And

… our annual Gig Harbor Living Local’s Finest

Awards! 2020 marks the fourth annual Finest

Awards, honoring local businesses chosen by

those in the Gig Harbor community. You can

find the 2020 Finest award recipients in this

issue of Gig Harbor Living Local!

Would you like to receive this issue and future issues

in your inbox? Visit GigHarborLivingLocal.com and

sign up for our FREE Digital Edition.

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INSURANCE BUILT FOR THE FUTURE.

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a downtown condo that matches your cosmopolitan dreams,

I’m here with advice and resources to help you in your journey.

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Let’s talk about your plans, and how I can help you protect them.

Whether it’s a new minivan that fits your growing family or

a downtown condo that matches your cosmopolitan dreams,

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Let’s talk about your plans, and how I can help you protect them.

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Honoring Our Veterans: 3rd Annual Veterans’

Day Celebration scheduled for November 11

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GOOD NEWS

Foundation to Resume Capital Campaign:

Community Campus inching toward reality

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Ampro Builders LLC: “No Shortcut to Quality”

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IN FOCUS

Welcome to Our City! Gig Harbor offers

something for everyone

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Georgia Madrid and Audrey Hale

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LIVING LOCAL

Education. Support. Relationships.: Local

organization encouraging women in business

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Harbor Place at Cottesmore: Celebrating life,

comfort and excellence

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sneak peek into October ...

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FALL IS IN THE AIR

PNW restaurant tour, restaurant trends and

Halloween treats

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FEATURED RECIPE

Be a chef at home with our monthly seasonally

inspired recipe!

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE STORY

Ride 4 Relief: PTSD survivor advocating for the

health and support of his peers

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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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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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GIG HARBOR'S FINEST

Your 2020 winners have been announced!

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Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM AND COZY ALL WINTER LONG

By Nikki Luttmann, Interior Designer

Autumn 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.

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.

Insurance underwritten by Farmers Insurance Exchange and other affiliated insurance companies.

Life insurance is issued by Farmers New World Life Insurance Company, 3120 139th Ave. SE, Ste.

300, Bellevue, WA 98005. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own insurance. Visit

farmers.com for a complete list of companies. Not all insurers are authorized in all states. Not all

products, coverages, and discounts are available in all states. See agent for details.

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Preparedness is the key to staying warm, cozy

and worry-free all winter long.

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 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 four feet of 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.

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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EXCEEDING

EXPECTATIONS

Gig Harbor Cabinets is focused

on providing high-quality

products and customer

satisfaction. We will do

everything we can to exceed

your expectations.

» All plywood boxes

» Soft-close doors and

drawers with dovetail

drawer boxes on all styles

» Wide variety of styles

» DeWils

» J&K Cabinetry

253.858.3005

gigharborcabinets@gmail.com

www.gigharborcabinets.com

8803 State Route 16

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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“Mediator Up!”

A NEW TAKE ON A WORN SLOGAN

By Felicia Soleil, JD, Divorce Attorney and Mediator

“My spouse wants a divorce, so I figured I better

‘Lawyer Up’!” As a family law attorney and

mediator, I cannot tell you the number of times I

have been presented with this mandate since this

expression became popular. To be frank, it puts me off every time.

As a professional, I think of “Lawyering Up” in terms of someone

wrongly accused of a crime and needing excellent defense counsel or

being caught up in a high-stakes civil lawsuit and thereby needing a

team of excellent litigators. I personally think it has no place in the

dissolution of the ordinary couple and family transitioning through

separation and divorce.

In fact, my response is usually, “Why don’t you ‘Mediator Up’

instead?”

I understand this alternative expression does not have nearly the

panache of the original slang. However, until we, as a society,

can consider resolving intimate partnership conflict in terms

of something other than a game with winners and losers, and

understand the meaning behind the law’s intent for an outcome that

is “fair and equitable,” people will be misled by their expectations of

lawyers and the legal process in family matters, while overlooking

the powerful benefits of choosing mediation to navigate through

their divorce.

When I suggest parties “Mediator Up,” my first thought is that both

parties should seek a neutral professional who will act as a guide

through their separation and divorce process. Parties should seek to

understand a mediator’s role and ethical responsibilities, and be able

to trust that professional will maintain both of their interests as a

guiding light.

That does not mean a mediator will “rubber stamp” each party’s

wishes. On the contrary, a good mediator will be able to assist

each party with working through their respective requests (and/or

demands) by educating and informing them about the pros and cons

of their positions; weigh their legal leverage if someone tries to tow

a hard line and with empathy yet directness; and help each party to

change their minds (and often save face) while developing a viable

and legally enforceable settlement that hopefully resonates with both

parties.

The aftermath of separation and divorce should leave each party

feeling they were treated fairly and respectfully by not just the

process but by the mediator as a professional. Did each party have the

opportunity to present their perspectives in an open and encouraging

format? Did each party feel they were provided the information they

needed in a supportive way, and in a time frame that allowed for

appropriate weighing of options and outcomes? Was inter-spousal

conflict managed appropriately when differences of opinions arose?

Finally, after all relevant information is gathered, all options for

settlement weighed and all legal components considered, was

self-determination encouraged or did the mediator self-impose

outcomes? (By the way, it is a very small percentage of family law

cases that actually see the inside of a courtroom, whether parties

have “Lawyered Up” or not.)

Exploring whether you and your spouse would benefit most from

individual attorneys or using a mediator is well worth the time and

effort to do your research. Just because you have conflict or feel

uncomfortable in the same room with one another does not mean

mediation is inappropriate for your case. To the contrary, mediation,

in the right professional’s hands, might be the best choice under

those circumstances because your disagreements can be “managed”

on the way to resolution, rather than exacerbated and multiplied

under a “Lawyering Up” scenario.

When presented with the possibility of divorce, to “Lawyer Up”

might initially sound smart and savvy. However, intelligent clients

know that exploring all professional options and reality testing their

expectations is the sound way to go. “Mediator Up”anyone?

Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located in

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

a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy new beginning

for them and their families so they can focus on moving on, rather

than simply moving out. Felicia can be reached at 253.853.6940. All

consultations are strictly confidential. Video conferencing is welcome.

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Building Better Solutions for Clients

With almost 30 years experience serving families in Gig Harbor and Pierce

County, Felicia Soleil provides more constructive alternatives to dissolving a

marriage outside of a courtroom. In addition to her family law practice, she

also provides mediation services, offering legal support, education & case

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Wendy

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Employment, Training and

Transition (ET&T) and Special

Education Program

Peninsula High School

Wendy Christiansen is in

her fourth decade as an

educator and still finds

her work plenty enjoyable.

Wendy cherishes the connections

made with students and her coworkers

and is dedicated to creating inclusive

environments throughout the community.

“Inclusion is my passion. I work hard

to build communities that celebrate

differences and create opportunities for

inclusive practices to grow,” she said.

Wendy teaches juniors and

seniors at Peninsula High

School. Subjects include

Employment, Training and

Transition (ET&T) and

Special Education Program.

As part of her inclusion

mission, Wendy has helped

develop several annual

programs and events. “This

year's Unified Basketball

season was definitely a

highlight. Seeing our

community recognize and

celebrate students of all

abilities always brings a

smile and a feeling of hope,” she said.

Other fun events include the yearly ET&T

and CTP Talent Show in February, end-ofthe-year

senior family celebration at the

Gig Harbor City Park, and the Community

Inclusion Peninsula Club. These events and

activities help Wendy coach and mentor

her students while they create learning

experiences and build leadership skills.

“INCLUSION IS MY

PASSION. I WORK HARD

TO BUILD COMMUNITIES

THAT CELEBRATE

DIFFERENCES AND CREATE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR

INCLUSIVE PRACTICES

TO GROW,"

In order to keep up a sense of normalcy

while distance learning, Wendy has set

up zoom meetings to stay connected and

develop relationships. The pacing of remote

learning and the required technology

skills can be difficult for students. “We

approach the technology glitches and

pacing challenges with life lessons such

as ‘be patient with yourself ’ and ‘take a

break, but don't give up,’” she said. Since

students are limited in the ability to learn

through community-based instruction,

teachers are setting up real-life scenarios

with school-based jobs,

such as a mock student

store. “Problem-solving

has always been a part of

teaching, and one I enjoy.

Working with others,

staying positive and

tapping into resources

remains a critical part of

teaching, no matter the

circumstances,” she said.

Wendy instills in her

students that they will

always encounter hiccups

and bumps in the road,

but when one door closes or is stuck, find

another one to try. She tells her class to not

be afraid of mistakes or missteps because

it is how they will learn. She also believes

in times like this it’s important to lean on

those closest to you for encouragement.

“You have people who love and care about

you (family, teachers, friends) that will be

there to support you as you stumble and

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L I F E

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C O M M U N I T Y

HONORING OUR VETERANS

THIRD ANNUAL VETERANS’ DAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 11

By Jillian Chandler

Here in Gig Harbor, we are fortunate to have so many

veterans living in our wonderful community who

continue to give of themselves time and time again. To

show the community’s appreciation for what they have

done for both our country and for our community, The Gig Harbor

Veterans Recognition Committee is honored to present a program to

both entertain and honor these veterans.

The third annual Veterans’ Day Celebration is scheduled to take place

Wednesday, November 11, at the Uptown Shopping Center in Gig

Harbor. From 11am to 1:15pm, the event aims to honor Gig Harbor

area veterans and their friends and families in a 1940s radio-style

format and will include a Flag Ceremony, Color Guard and music,

interview and speakers, snack lunch and goodie bag, which you can

enjoy from the convenience and safety of your car.

Those wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP online at Bit.ly/

GigHarborVeteransDay2020. The event is free to everyone who

attends but you must RSVP, and space is limited to 140 cars in the

Uptown parking lot (in the back next to Home Goods). For those who

are unable to attend in person, the show will be available live on KGHP

89.9FM and 105.7FM, and on Facebook and YouTube.

Gig Harbor Councilmember Robyn Denson will be the MC and

interviewing the guest speakers, which include Col. Erin Stain-Pyne,

USAF, Wing Commander at JBLM; and Captain Richard G. Rhinehart,

Commanding Officer, Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton. There will be

several others who plan to speak live or pre-recorded. Highlights of the

event include live music as well as inspiring speakers representing all

branches of the military, according to Pat Schmidt of the Gig Harbor

Veterans Recognition Committee and organizer of the event. “Our

veterans appreciate the recognition of what they have given during

their years of service. And they appreciate the community’s efforts on

this special day.”

This year’s primary sponsors are PenMet Parks, the Kiwanis and Rotary

Clubs of Gig Harbor, Uptown Shopping Center and the Permission To

Start Dreaming Foundation. No additional financial support sponsors

are needed for the event, but according to Pat, they would love to have

items for their goodie bags to show your support of the program. (They

are anticipating 300 veterans to be in attendance.) Bags, hats, flags,

water, snacks, clip chips, pens; anything useful to our veterans are

appreciated. You are asked to email GigHarborVeteransDay@gmail.

com if you are interested in providing items.

“We know that the community of Gig Harbor supports our veterans,

so even though you might not be a veteran, please listen to our

program on KGHP-FM 89.3 or Livestream on Facebook and YouTube

to hear about these remarkable men and women,” encourages Pat. “It

will make you proud!”

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FOUNDATION TO RESUME CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

COMMUNITY CAMPUS INCHING TOWARD REALITY

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

By Colin Anderson

"A PLACE WHERE

WE WILL BE

ABLE TO GROW

OUR PROGRAMS

AND SHARE

THEM WITH THE

COMMUNITY"

Like all other organizations regionally and

across the country, the Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation (GGHF) hit a roadblock in March,

just when it was about to launch its Capital

Campaign in hopes of completing the much-anticipated

Community Campus. Despite the snag, wheels continue

to churn, and the group is anticipating opening its new

digs by the time school starts again in the fall of 2021.

“The overarching vision is to have a place where we can

continue the work that we do as an organization, ensure

our school will have plenty of space, and a place where

we will be able to grow our programs and share them

with the community,” explained CEO and founding

member Julie Ann Gustanski.

Julie has seen the organization expand greatly in the

15 years she’s been a part of it. What started as one

project to purchase 19 acres for a community park has

expanded into multiple annual projects, a nature-based

school, senior center and EnviroCorp program. In 2019,

GGHF provided more than 10,000 hours of community

service through 630 volunteers and invested $891,000

in capital into the community as well.

As the foundation continues to grow, its current

headquarters is bursting at the seams. Where once it had

18 acres to utilize, due to long foreseen development it

is down to just 2—not including the park across the

street. Julie explained that a chance meeting put them

in touch with a landowner, when their dream of a new

home began to take shape. “He’s a fourth generation Gig

Harbor resident but had moved out after college and

then decided to retire here,” she explained. The resident

had just purchased 32 acres in the Artondale area most

known as the “Graham Ranch,” which had been in the

same family since the 1950s. Through several years of

discussions, it was agreed that the Greater Gig Harbor

Community Foundation’s Community Campus would

be built on 6 of those acres.

Renderings were created and permitting was done, and

the Capital Campaign was just about to kick off when the

shutdown happened. There have been a few additional

hiccups along the way, but most have been resolved.

GGHF has secured funding from Pierce County, the

legislature and several private donors, and plans to

launch the Capital Campaign again this November. The

goal is to raise approximately $300,000 over the next 12

months in order to complete the project, so the early

education center can welcome kiddos at the start of next

school year.

Much of the project will center around restoration of the

property, which includes old buildings and the grounds

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“BUILDING, BRIDGING AND

ENRICHING ARE THREE OF OUR

MAIN PRINCIPALS, AND THIS

CAMPUS WILL BE A PLACE TO

FULFILL EACH OF THOSE."

themselves. Existing residence buildings as well as the garage, barn and

carport area will be transformed and repurposed to provide office areas,

meeting space, and educational/classroom spaces for environmentbased

educational programs, summer camps and research. Volunteers

are in the process of restoring natural vegetation and habitat areas as

well as wildflower meadows and a trail system. “This isn’t just a place for

us to have offices and run our programs but a place where people in the

community can come and connect with nature,” said Julie.

The Curious By Nature School will be a big part of the Community

Campus. The school is a one-of-a-kind nature-based early childcare

center designed for children ages 2 through 6. On top of the standard

curriculum, students spend a majority of their time learning outside rain

or shine. The curriculum promotes opportunities for children to learn

about seasons, plants, animals, ecosystems, weather, habitats, people

and cultures. With the expanded natural spaces, gardens, orchard,

foliage and pond, the school can expand on its mission of immersing

children in nature. “Building, bridging and enriching are three of our

main principals, and this campus will be a place to fulfill each of those,”

said Julie. GGHF sees tons of opportunities for experimental education

and growth for the school at this location.

Many hands make light work, and with a loyal group of volunteers,

many projects are underway, but that’s not to say GGHF couldn’t use a

few more hands to help out. The bulk of the building restoration and

planting of local plants and grasses will be done by volunteers. There are

many opportunities if you would like to help out, which you can find

out by visiting GigHarborFoundation.org or emailing current Chief

Operating Officer, and Julie’s daughter, Ariel Gustanski at agustanski@

gigharborfoundation.org.

For more than three years, the Community Campus has been in the

planning stages, and organizers are excited to finally see light at the end of

the tunnel. The foundation realizes it still has significant money to raise

but is confident the community will help step up to create a place for all

to enjoy.

“We are an engaged organization that constantly works together to

enhance the lives of residents of the greater peninsula region,” said Julie.

“Bringing our community together is what this campus will be all about.”

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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 thirdgeneration

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 inhouse

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 and Malarkey Roofing Products; and Master Shingle

applicators for CertainTeed. Ampro is a preferred contractor with

“I like helping people and converting their wants, needs and

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

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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,

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The success of Ampro Builders can be attributed to years

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I firmly believe that there is ‘no shortcut to quality.’ The

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WELCOME TO OUR CITY!

GIG HARBOR OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Our small city boasts an impressive

amount of outdoor spaces to

adventure, take in the beauty of the

area and celebrate what makes Gig

Harbor the incredible place to live and visit that

it is. Fall in particular is the best time to capture

the unique spirit of the city and its parks, while

taking in the beautiful changing colors.

“As we round out the summer and the leaves

begin to light up our sky, the Gig Harbor area

is the perfect backdrop to enjoy the change

of season,” says Chuck Cuzzetto, marketing

specialist for Peninsula Metropolitan Park

District. “Whether it’s bundling up and heading

downtown to visit the local merchants or taking

in the fresh autumn air in one of PenMet’s parks,

you can really escape in your own ‘backyard’ to

explore the sights and sounds of the season.”

From skateboard parks and volleyball courts

to incredible views and secret, tucked-away

parks by the waterfront, there are so many

adventures to explore. Grab an adventure buddy

or fur friend, and head out to explore all that Gig

Harbor has to offer.

The Sand Volleyball Courts on Vernhardson

Street by the entrance of Crescent Creek into

the Harbor offer the prime opportunity to get

some exercise while enjoying some healthy

competition. The two courts are free to use

and do not require reservations, and there are

restroom facilities nearby.

If BMX riding is more your style, it’s just right

next door at Crescent Valley Drive. The BMX

Park near Crescent Creek Park offers trails for

riders of different skill levels and is open dawn

to dusk seven days a week. Or grab your board

and head over to the skatepark across the harbor

on Grandview Street, where you can drop into

the large concrete bowl for that adrenaline rush,

or try your hand at the climbing wall.

Next door to the skatepark sits the Civic Center

Green, a large grassy space where families can

play or picnic while downtown. It’s the original

location of Harbor Heights Elementary School,

and in addition to the skatepark and climbing

wall, offers a tot lot for kids to play.

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For a lesser known secret adventure perfect for

families, head over to the viewing platform at the

Tacoma Narrows Airport and watch planes take

off and land while you enjoy the cool breezes

off the water. Then head on down for a stroll

at nearby Narrows Park. “The leaves changing

at that park against the water are breathtaking,”

says Cuzzetto. “After all, it’s not often one can see

folks take to the sky and then hop down to sea

level for a stroll on the beach.

“For couples, grabbing your favorite hot

beverage from a local coffee shop and heading

downtown is always fun,” he adds. “You can

walk from one end of the harbor to the other in

no time at all while stopping along the way to

read a little about the history of Gig Harbor.”

While you’re downtown, don’t miss the Finholm

View Climb across from Anthony’s Restaurant.

The half-mile, 100-stair climb offers the view

of a lifetime from the top, with view landings

along the way. Enjoy panoramic views of Mount

Rainier from the top—and don’t forget your

camera!

Just a stone’s throw away from the Finholm View

Climb is the Bogue Viewing Platform on North

Harborview Drive. This mini-park urban plaza

offers excellent views of the harbor and even won

the American Public Works Association Project

of the Year award in 2006 for its innovative,

environmental design and use. While you’re

there, stop in at the Harbor History Museum for

some background on Gig Harbor.

For shoreline access, wander down to Austin

Estuary Park along the waterfront, which is

the former location of the Austin Mill. Almost

one-and-a-half acres of developed uplands and

over 7 acres of open space tidelands make this a

beautiful spot to explore the harbor, and you can

even walk the gravel path that extends under the

bridge to Donkey Creek Park.

For a more remote, peaceful setting, head inland

to the Adam Tallman Park on Wagner Way. This

almost 12-acre natural park consists of wetlands

and wildlife, with interpretive signs and viewing

platforms scattered throughout its trail system.

Take some time to explore via the trail that loops

through the park, or stop and relax for a bit and

take in the sights and sounds of nature.

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Back down at the waterfront, the Old Ferry Landing marks the spot

ferries used to dock to pick passengers up until the landing closed after

the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed “Galloping Gertie,” fell in a

windstorm in 1940. The area now serves as a scenic viewing spot at the

entrance of Gig Harbor, offering 180-degree views of the sand spit, Colvos

Passage and Mount Rainier.

Outside of downtown, Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park offers

a family friendly recreational space with a variety of facilities including a

baseball/soccer field, half-court basketball court, a play structure and

picnic facilities. The park is named after a local resident who fought in the

marines in WWII, and the park is home to a monument honoring local

residents who gave their lives in service to their country during the war.

Whether you’re exploring downtown waterfront parks and learning the

area’s history, wandering the trails of the many inland parks or enjoying the

more than 6 paved miles of the Cushman Trail system, there are a multitude

of options to get out and enjoy fall in Gig Harbor.

“I would venture to say getting outdoors is one of Gig Harbor residents’

favorite pastimes,” says Cuzzetto. “PenMet’s mission is to enhance the

quality of life in our area, and we accomplish this in many ways. But by

providing gorgeous park settings with wonderful topography through our

parks system, we have something for everyone.”

Active outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking and other water sports (if

they’re willing to brave the colder temperatures and have the appropriate

gear) or find a more challenging trail system to explore.

“If you’re looking for a more leisurely pace, take a walk on the Cushman

Trail system. This hard-surface trail is great to take a brisk autumn stroll

while waving to any passerby,” adds Cuzzetto. “No matter what you choose,

our area has something for everyone. It’s a true gem in and of itself.”

For a full list of area parks and recreations, visit PenMetParks.org or

WA-GigHarbor.CivicPlus.com. PenMet Parks and the City of Gig Harbor

are always happy to help you plan your next adventure. Visit their website or

reach out to PenMet Parks at info@penmetparks.org or 253.858.3400, and

the City of Gig Harbor at 253.851.8136.

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STUDENTS OF

BY COLIN ANDERSON

“I love to draw and use

my imagination to make

new designs. It is really

fun for me. It helps me

express myself."

It’s not the good life,

it’s the best life!

Welcome home

to Harbor Place!

GEORGIA MADRID, FOURTH GRADE

Vaughn Elementary School

From morning to night,

you’ve got friends to

meet up with, activities

to share and a beautiful

environment around you.

From fine dining, to sunny

courtyard lunches, our

chef prepares meals

meant to be savored.

Choose from a range of

active living options that

complement your personal

requirements and lifestyle.

Independent Retirement &

Assisted Living Community

1016 29th Street NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.853.3354

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Starting up a new school year is always

exciting no matter the age. New

teachers, subjects and classmates

make for a fun first few weeks, and

though students are still learning from a

distance, both educators and kids are doing

their best in this tough situation.

One such student who’s staying positive and

upbeat is 9-year-old Georgia Madrid. Georgia

is a fourth grader at Vaughn Elementary

School and also a proud member of the

Girl Scouts. Georgia was nominated by her

teachers for her great attitude and positive

impact on her classmates. Like others in her

district, Georgia wishes she was in school

with her friends and teachers and is hopeful

a time will come soon when that will again

be possible. “I have a hard time not being in

school with my friends and teachers. I know

that this time will pass and we will be able to

go back when it is safe for everyone,” she said.

Though still in elementary school, Georgia

is already setting in motion plans for her

future. She loves to express herself through

drawing and hopes to one day attend college

and become a fashion designer. “I love to

draw and use my imagination to make new

designs. It is really fun for me. It helps me

express myself,” she said.

Georgia’s interests don’t end at drawing. She

loves to sing, which makes her very happy,

but she also enjoys the challenges of math and

science. “In STEM you get to be creative and

learn about new and interesting stuff. Math

is fun for me; I have fun trying to solve the

puzzle,” said Georgia.

Georgia has enjoyed her time at Vaughn

and has great things to say about each of her

current and previous teachers. “Every teacher

I have had has made a positive impact on

my life. If I had to name one it would be Ms.

Hasenkopf because she is very very kind and

caring and made me happy every day,” she

said.

Schooling continues, and though it’s an

environment that’s new and challenging to

students and teachers at all levels, positive

thinkers and doers like Georgia help bring a

sense of normalcy and a few extra smiles to

the classroom.

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THE MONTH

AUDREY HALE, JUNIOR

Gig Harbor High School

Though only in the midst of her

junior year at Gig Harbor High

School, October’s student of the

month, Audrey Hale, will be

graduating this spring. Audrey has been

taking a full load of classes at Tacoma

Community College on top of her high

school education, which has put her on

track to graduate high school in just three

years instead of four. In order to achieve

this Audrey sought advice from both her

high school guidance counselor and college

advisor.

“Graduating early requires a lot of

preparation and double-checking. Before

I started with my plan, I did not have an

extensive knowledge of which classes I need

to graduate and how college courses translate

to high school credits,” she said.

It’s not just about the academics for Audrey,

as she also enjoys playing the piano and

taking part in competitive kayaking events,

which have taken her both around the

country and internationally. Always a fan of

math, she’s taken those skills into the design

and coding world, something she hopes to

pursue in the not so distant future.

“After I graduate this year, I am planning

"I have always admired the

way that stories are able to

be told in games and would

love to have the opportunity

to do that as a career.”

on taking a gap year to enter a couple of

boot camps to improve my coding skill and

experience. I plan to go to college majoring

in computer science with a minor in the

Chinese language,” she said.

Audrey is also part of the STEAM (Science,

Technology, Engineering, Arts and

Mathematics) club at Gig Harbor High,

and she recently qualified for national

competitions in several events including

board game and fashion design. As a fan

of games and coding, she hopes that upon

graduating college she can start a company

with her sister to create, develop and publish

a variety of games.

“Ever since I was a little kid, games have

always been really captivating to me. I have

always admired the way that stories are able

to be told in games and would love to have

the opportunity to do that as a career.”

Though her favorite subjects are English and

math, it’s a recent history class and teacher

Audrey credits for challenging her views.

“My sophomore year U.S. history teacher Mr.

Whitesell taught me how important history

is. He taught history in a really engaging

way that educated my classmates and I on

historical events but also reinforced the

lessons that came with them. I really don't

think I would see history classes like his the

same way had I not taken his class.”

Like her peers, the current learning

environment is a challenge for Audrey, but

she gets through it by checking for work each

day, taking notes and emailing teachers when

they are available. Graduating high school in

three years is no easy feat, but through her

dedication Audrey will accomplish this goal

and is ready to tackle the next phase of life.

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EDUCATION.

SUPPORT.

RELATIONSHIPS.

LOCAL ORGANIZATION ENCOURAGING WOMEN

IN BUSINESS

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

This past April, the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses

celebrated its 10-year anniversary. A nonprofit membership

organization, AWOB was founded by business owners Julie

Tappero (previous owner of West Sound Workforce) and Cheri

Johnson (senior managing director at Strategic Wealth Advisors), who

had a vision: to create a community of learning and support for their

peers. What started with just a handful of supporters, a committed task

force and entrepreneurial spirit, the organization was formed as a 501c6

serving Kitsap, Pierce and Mason counties. In 2013, Thurston County

was added.

“The organization began as a small group and has evolved into an

organization of upward of 100 members from the greater Puget Sound

region,” says Jessica Hopkins, owner of Rainier Family Medicine in Gig

Harbor and AWOB member since 2017. “Our content has evolved in that

we aim to provide programming that is relevant to the current business

climate and relevant to the needs of our members.”

The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses is not a networking group

but focuses on education, support and relationships; fostering business

knowledge, expanded skills and confidence, and creating lasting

connections as they engage with their expanding community of women

in business. “AWOB envisions growing in strength through individual

and collective impact while providing members involvement and

leadership opportunities,” states Jessica.

AWOB members bring a variety of professions together—such as

financial advisors, life coaches, senior living facilities, employment

agencies, health care, real estate and much more—allowing like-minded

people to share ideas, solve challenges and bring women owned business

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Surround yourself with positive people

to the next level. The result? Successful women owned businesses

working together to make each other better.

“Surrounding yourself with positive people that help you learn and grow

is important in all aspects of life,” shares Julie Thomson, owner of Family

First Adult Family Homes. “As a woman business owner, having people

in the same space that I can trust and respect is essential. We help each

other work through challenges and share resources that allow us to focus

on our passion and successfully delegate the rest.”

Julie has been a proud member of AWOB since 2011 and has served on

the board of directors for the past several years. A big support of women

and equal rights, she says, “AWOB’s encouragement and educational

opportunities for women business owners helps bring business to the

next level.”

The volunteer board drives their mission, directs development,

coordinates meetings and offers activities to the business community to

support the interests and needs of women business owners.

Each month, the organization hosts two events: Power Series, held the

second Wednesday of each month, offers well-respected speakers who

cover various topics to enhance your business. Topics range from best

financial practices for your business, marketing in today’s culture to

how to build a productive team. The last Tuesday of every month they

offer their more informal event, WON—Women Owned Nights. Here,

conversations are had between members about a particular topic, and as

Julie can attest, “Great relationships are formed, and we all learn valuable

information from each other.”

In addition to their monthly programs, AWOB offers mentoring

programs, business highlight opportunities and programs to give back to

the community. Most recently, AWOB developed a scholarship donation

program to support young women entrepreneurs.

The current pandemic has had its effect on the alliance, but they are

evolving and adapting in order to continue their mission. “We have

mastered Zoom!” laughs Julie. “We miss seeing each other in person,

but getting together this way has allowed speakers and guests to join us

from anywhere, and that has been the silver lining.”

In addition, she says members of the AWOB are there to give support

and advice to those who are going through challenges. “We have new

and seasoned business owners. We have sole proprietors and business

owners with many employees. The variety of entrepreneurs in this

organization is part of what makes it so resourceful. We reach out to

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each other often and have a website with contact

information and a members Facebook page to help

keep us connected.”

The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses is a

supportive and welcoming organization. Though their

focus is on supporting women owned business, men

who support their mission are encouraged to join

AWOB as well. For those of you thinking of opening

your own business or have owned a business in the

past, AWOB is for you!

“I feel inspired when I see

strong women and men fight for

each other and support each

other’s successes."

“We currently have around 100 members, and you

will hear many of them say, ‘This is the best $125 a

year I have spent!’ The education received and quality

friendships formed are priceless,” smiles Julie.

If you are interested in finding out more about the

Alliance of Women Owned Businesses, and are

interested in becoming a member, you can visit

AllianceofWomenOwnedBusinesses.org.

“For me personally, this organization represents the

importance of equal rights for women. We have come

so far, but this fight, it is still far from over,” states Julie.

“I feel inspired when I see strong women and men

fight for each other and support each other’s successes.

With the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the

forefront of all of our minds, we are reminded how

important it is that we stand up and support each other.

It may seem like baby steps, but one person’s actions

can make such a difference.”

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Celebrating Life,

Comfort and

Excellence

Welcome home to Harbor Place

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

HARBOR PLACE AT COTTESMORE

1016 29th Street NW

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.853.3354

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“Our warm, caring associates are

dedicated to creating a community

you will be proud to call home,

and we are available to provide

personal assistance when you

need a helping hand.”

When it comes time to retire, there’s no place like beautiful

Gig Harbor to live your life to the fullest. And if you’re a

senior looking for a wonderful place to call home, look

no further than Harbor Place at Cottesmore!

Cottesmore has been in Gig Harbor for more than five decades, building

Harbor Place in 2006 to expand the range of services available. Harbor

Place at Cottesmore is a premier independent retirement and assisted

living community located on the Cottesmore campus. They’ve created

an active environment that keeps residents healthy and happy, tailoring

their programs to ensure that every resident's interests and needs are

met.

Moving from one’s own home to a retirement or assisted living community

can be challenging; there are sure to be questions and apprehensions

when searching for the ideal community to best suit your personal needs.

By scheduling a tour, you will have an opportunity to visit the community

and see all that it has to offer. And more importantly, they will meet with

you and your family to guide you in your personal transition, provide

helpful resources and answer any questions you may have.

Harbor Place offers monthly leases without a buy-in investment required

for new residents to join their community.

“It’s an honor to serve our seniors and give them many opportunities to

thoroughly enjoy their retirement years. We take care of the cooking and

cleaning, freeing up their day for adventure!” says Sue Wilhelm, campus

sales and marketing director.

With the truly unique lifestyle it offers, residents are quickly impressed

by their new environment and carefree schedule doing the things they

enjoy. Offering numerous opportunities, both social and educational,

residents can choose activities like swimming, joining an exercise class

or participating in group activities like outings, book club, card games

or craft and chats. “We’re constantly creating new activities and ways

of doing things to remain active and safe,” affirms Krissy Rehberger,

lifestyles director.

Harbor Place offers residents something truly special and unexpected.

The upscale decor adds elegance with a home-like feel. The hallways are

adorned with art on the walls complemented by the residents' special

touches at their doorways.

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The residents dine in style, and enjoy delicious chef-prepared,

restaurant-style meals with an extensive all-day fine dining menu.

Housekeeping services and scheduled transportation are also

provided. No detail is overlooked at Harbor Place.

People come first, and the team at Harbor Place at Cottesmore is

dedicated to creating an enriching lifestyle for their residents and

a rewarding work environment for their valued associates. “We are

a family,” says Stacy Hooper, executive director. “Our warm, caring

associates are dedicated to creating a community you will be proud to

call home, and we are available to provide personal assistance when

you need a helping hand.”

Everyone who calls Harbor Place home is treated as an individual with

special attention given to any range of needs they have. Skilled nursing

and rehabilitation services are offered on campus, which enables the

residents of Harbor Place to easily access out-patient therapy services

to help them work through life’s unexpected obstacles.

healthy and safe! This has been accomplished through the diligence

of our incredible staff, patience and participation of our residents,

and cooperation of our residents’ families,” according to Hayley Britt,

resident care director. “I’m so proud of our nursing team, who has

been recognized for excellent care in achieving seven consecutive

years of deficiency-free state surveys.”

In addition to delivering excellence in service and care to their

residents, members of the staff are proud to participate in various

groups to include the Gig Harbor Rotary, Health Care Providers

Council of Pierce County, Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition,

Aging Smart Network of Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor Chamber of

Commerce and Chamber Board of Directors. “We love serving the

greater Gig Harbor community,” smiles Sue.

It’s time to live your retirement years to the fullest. Welcome home to

Harbor Place at Cottesmore. Please feel free to call anytime, as they

would be delighted to share their community with you!

“During the current pandemic that has swept across the country,

Harbor Place’s number one priority remains keeping our residents

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only passionate about hair but enjoys meeting new clients, the relationships

that are formed and having the ability—and opportunity—to make people feel

beautiful! Open 9am to 9pm Thursday through Saturday, first-time visitors to

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other plant life on your property. Services include

general tree services, tree health and tree risk

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5 REASONS WHY

You need to partner with your community compounding pharmacy

By Conrad Esser, CEO and Nicholas Wyatt, CPO, Harbor Health and Apothecary

So, you are probably asking yourself the questions: What is a

compounding pharmacy? And how can I benefit from partnering

with my community compounding pharmacy?

Your medicine cabinet looks like a pharmacy.

Did you know the average number of prescriptions per individual in

the United States is 10? Did you know the total number of prescriptions

prescribed for 2019 was 4.38 billion?!

Use of multiple medications increases the risk of polypharmacy. Polypharmacy

is the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by a single patient for one or more

conditions. Studies show patients taking two concurrent medications have a

13 percent risk of an adverse drug interaction, rising to 38 percent for four

medications and 82 percent for seven or more medications. Compounding

pharmacies have pharmacists who will work with you and your provider to

organize and help you understand why you are taking your medications.

You have allergies and sensitivities to the fillers and dyes used in

manufactured drugs.

Drug products are made up of active pharmaceutical ingredient(s) and

inactive ingredients. The average oral product contains nine inactive

ingredients. These inactive ingredients can serve a range of purposes from

masking taste to increasing absorption. But inactive ingredients can also

cause problems.

Have you ever heard of FODMAP? It stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides,

Disaccharide, Monosaccharides And Polyols. These sugars are found in

certain foods like dairy and can be difficult to digest, leading to symptoms

such as gas, bloating and diarrhea. Researchers found that 55 percent of all

oral medication contains at least one FODMAP, with lactose being the most

common.

A great resource for looking up inactive ingredient information is on a

National Institutes of Health website called Pillbox (PillBox.NLM.NIH.gov). If you

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HEALTHY TIP

A HEALTHY HALLOWEEN?

It's October! And that means ... Halloween! To save your

kids—and yourself!—from overindulging, be sure to fill up

on a healthy dinner or snack before trick-or-treating, so when

it comes time to enjoy the goodies, you enjoy just a small

amount, rather than the entire bag. You can also do your part

by handing out non-sugary treats, like all-natural fruit snacks,

granola bars, trail mix or pretzels!


have allergies and sensitivities to medications,

work with your community compounding

pharmacy and the trained pharmacists and

technicians who are able to make medications

without all the unnecessary inactive ingredients

like fillers and dyes.

The family pet needs medications.

A lot of families have pets, and those pets are

like family to us. So, when they get sick or have

an ailment, we want to do everything we can

to make them feel better. And sometimes that

"feel better" therapy consists of medications

made specifically for pets. The community

compounding pharmacy will handcraft your

pet’s medication to meet your pet’s specific

needs. Dog, horse, bird, cat or whatever pet

you may have, the compounding medication

specialists are your answer to getting your

loved one better. Anyone who has ever tried to

medicate a cat knows what I am talking about!

You require a medication handcrafted to meet

your individual needs.

There will likely be a time in your life that will

require you to take a medication that will not

be available. This could be due to the drug

not currently being manufactured or a drug

shortage. Currently, there are 263 active drug

shortages! Just one drug shortage can affect

millions of patients. In 2019, over 100 million

prescriptions were written for the medication

used to treat hypothyroidism. When there is a

thyroid hormone medication shortage, it affects

millions of people. During a shortage like this,

COMMUNITY

COMPOUNDING

PHARMACIES

HELP BRIDGE THE

GAP BETWEEN

MEDICATIONS THAT

CURRENTLY EXIST AND

MEDICATIONS THAT

YOU NEED BUT DO

NOT EXIST.

your compounding pharmacy can handcraft

medication on drug shortage to meet your

specific needs.

Community compounding pharmacies help

bridge the gap between medications that

currently exist and medications that you need

but do not exist. Areas like hormone replacement

therapies for women and men, dermatology,

ophthalmology, fertility, hospice and many more.

Your community compounding pharmacy will

help create handcrafted medications that meet

your specific needs.

You buy your supplements from a "Big Box"

retailer.

The supplement industry is regulated by the

FDA under the Dietary Supplement Health

and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. The

federal regulations state that the supplement

manufacturers are responsible for the safety

of their products. In other words, they selfregulate,

which most do not do. Professional line

supplements differ from retail supplements by a

quality assurance program that tests products

for potency, purity, absorption, and backs the

use by evidence-based science.

The current COVID-19 conditions have made

immunity support a focus. In order to ensure

you are getting the best supplement therapy

at the right dose, right time and right price, it

is important to partner with your community

compounding pharmacy. The pharmacists will

ensure that your supplements are best fit for you!

LIVE YOUR

HEALTHIEST LIFE

We are excited to

welcome the Gig Harbor

Community to our

GRAND OPENING,

WINTER OF 2020!

COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

CELL CODE SUPPLEMENTS

3216 Judson Street, Gig Harbor

360.473.6337 | info@harborhealth.net

Conrad Esser CEO & Nicholas Wyatt CPO

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STROKE AFTERMATH

PART III

WEAKNESS AND PARALYSIS

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

Primary Healthcare

for All Ages!

Accepting New Patients

Services:

Family Medical Services

Annual & Sports Physicals

Preventative Care

Immunizations/Flu Shots

Well Woman & Child Exams

Same-Day Sick Visits

Health Education & Management

Acute Illness Treatment

Referrals

in Healthcare

Located in the

Gig Harbor Corporate Center

Across the street from the Gig Harbor Library

In last month’s installment, “Late Effects,”

I presented visual disturbance (aka

visuomotor deficits). Readers may know

that our eyes are a part of our brain and

controlled by four of 12 cranial nerves and

they are: CN2-Optic (visual acuity); CN3-

Oculomotor; CN4-Trochlear; and CN6-

Abducens, which control the position of the

eyeballs. In Part III of this series we address

weakness and paralysis on half of the body due

to a stroke on the opposite side of the brain,

called a hemisphere. We will begin from the

top affecting the face, down to arm, hand

and the foot. In rehab, we refer to weakness

and paralysis as hemiparesis and hemiplegia

(respectively).

Hemiparesis is a slight weakness—such as

mild loss of strength—in a leg, arm or face. It

can also be paralysis on one side of the body.

Hemiplegia is a severe or complete loss of

strength or paralysis on one side of the body.

When a stroke survivor is left with face palsy,

the eye is often affected as is speech and

chewing. We can know that cranial nerve 5

(trigeminal) is involved, so a neuro-rehab OT

will work on facial muscle control, visuomotor

tracking and symmetry exercises. A speech and

language therapist (SLP) will address clarity

of speech (articulation), voice volume and

swallowing issues (dysphagia and aspiration of

food and liquids).

In cases of shoulder to hand hemiparesis and

hemiplegia, occupational therapists (OTs) are

skilled at rehabilitating shoulder weakness

that may cause the shoulder to dislocate

(subluxation), and fine motor control in the

hands for functional tasks such as grasping and

releasing objects and manipulation of utensils

as necessary for independence in self-care:

from self-feeding, hair and face grooming and

hygiene, dressing and bathing, and toileting.

Sometimes stroke survivors outgrow their

wheelchairs after returning home from

rehab discharge. A poorly fitted wheelchair

can not only halt progress, but it can cause

musculoskeletal damage and skin breakdown—

which become permanent injuries. When

walking is no longer an option, either OTs or

PTs may work with a wheelchair vendor to

provide an insurance-funded wheelchair, and

it is most often a standard folding, manually

propelled wheelchair. If the person gains

weight or if the seat is too high, the user is too

weak to operate it independently.

OTs are focused on functional mobility

training, which means standing to transition

from one surface to another such as from

wheelchair to toilet, sofa or bed. It may include

walking short distances, especially where the

wheelchair is in the way, such as in a tight

bathroom space when they need to access the

toilet, tub or shower. OTs are also specialized

in recommending self-care aids (also called

durable medical equipment—DME) such as

a tub transfer bench, toilet rails and grab bars

strategically placed for independence.

At Integrative Therapeutic Solutions, we

help “late effects” stroke survivors resume

rehabilitation even three to four years after

their injury. We take our time to reassess and

redesign the plan of care to stimulate and

facilitate new neurorehabilitation because

we treat the whole person in body, home

and community. Don’t wait to rehabilitate;

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What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation,

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blade that gently sheds the top layer of dull,

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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

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skin, for lessening acne scarring or uneven

skin tone, and for removing the buildup of

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After dermaplaning, the skin-care products

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How much does dermaplaning cost?

Dermaplaning ranges in price depending on

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How long will my dermaplaning results last?

You will love your results immediately after

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Your treatment will take approximately 30

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Dermaplaning cannot be done on sunburned

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STAYING ACTIVE AT ANY AGE!

ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOUR MIND AND BODY ENGAGED

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

As social distancing and selfisolation

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due to COVID-19, it is important

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toward staying connected and engaged, even

if we can’t be near others.

While social isolation is difficult for many,

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According to the Centers for Disease

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Everyone can benefit from staying active and

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To reduce loneliness and keep the mind and

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Bake and Cook

Maybe you have a family recipe you enjoy

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From chopping and mixing to washing the

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Taking a light stroll around the block, raking

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and even putting away the dishes are all

great ways to keep your body moving. If you

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and socially distance when around others.

And as always, consult your doctor before

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RIDE 4 RELIEF

PTSD SURVIVOR ADVOCATING FOR THE HEALTH AND

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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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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 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

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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 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 camaraderie. Free to attend

and open to the community, the huddles are

held monthly in Gig Harbor, Washington, with

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“That’s what our

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and support for

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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

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Variety is familiar to the Pacific

Northwest. The changing seasons

inspire adaptation throughout the

year, with Northwest residents

welcoming the change in routine, activity, attire,

and of course, cuisine.

Washington and Idaho are home to restaurants

that embrace the flavors of the ever-changing

Northwest, from its lush vegetation to the beautiful

landscapes that provide memorable mealtime

settings. Among countless Northwest-owned

restaurants, there are a few innovative menus,

breathtaking waterfront views and carefully

crafted atmospheres that stand out among the rest.

Foodies who thrive when eating local and making

each meal an experience can take in the full flavor

of the Northwest with these unique restaurants.

Gig Harbor, Washington

BRIX 25. Highlighting seasonal flavors, Brix 25

defines its menu as “rustic and refined,” with an

ever-changing Northwest-based menu guided

by the expertise of chef and owner Thad Lyman.

With an intimate space, the restaurant values

experience, invention and variety. Its stunning

waterfront views allow visitors the opportunity

to enjoy its unique selections and handcrafted

cocktails while taking in the peacefulness of the

harbor itself. HarborBrix.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE. Marketplace Grille

is a hidden gem with Caribbean flare and cuisine

you won't find anywhere else. Here, guests will

enjoy exceptional service and small dining

complemented by a view of Mt. Rainier and the

head of the bay. If you're not looking closely,

you may actually walk past it and miss it the first

time! This is a great local haunt with amazing

personality. Come as you are because all are

welcome by co-owner Carlene from Trinidad.

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OCCASIONS COFFEE AND CREPES. If crepes

is what you desire, look no further. Tucked into

the Franciscan Medical Building, these owners

know how to feed your sweet or savory side! At

Occasions Coffee and Crepes, don't miss their

seasonal Northwest specials paired with one of

their hand-crafted espresso drinks. Take it to go

to enjoy on the waterfront or to your favorite spot

in Gig Harbor. And don’t forget to browse the

selection of unique gifts in the shop while waiting

for your order. OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes.com

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

MIDTOWN BLUEBIRD. A locally owned restaurant with a bistro flair,

offering creative farm-to-table brunch, lunch and dinner, the Midtown

Bluebird is a favorite in the heart of Coeur d’Alene’s rising Midtown

neighborhood. With menu items ranging from Cougar Gold mac n’

cheese and tater tot poutine to po’boys and burgers, the Bluebird is a

warming, inviting hotspot perfect for enjoying a comforting meal or

even a morning mimosa, if you happen to catch their holiday weekend

brunch. MidtownBluebird.com

315 CUISINE. Central to Coeur d’Alene’s downtown core, the 315

occupies the main floor of the Greenbriar Inn, listed on the National

Registry of Historic Places. Restored since its build yet maintaining an

elegant antique feel, the setting provides space for guests to enjoy the

best of all seasons, with a deck overlooking a patio and garden for the

summer months and fireplaces maintaining warmth throughout the

winter. Highlights of a visit to the 315 often include a beverage from its

unique martini bar, enjoying a meal in a private garden setting, and a

menu fit for varying levels of appetite, featuring rich tapas, entrées and

salads. 315Cuisine.com

Sandpoint, Idaho

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH. Pair a prime waterfront location on the

shores of Lake Pend Oreille with fresh, full-service dining and you have

Trinity at City Beach. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and

dinner, Trinity provides experiences ranging from prime rib and filet

mignon in a private dining room to fish and chips and poutine in the

lounge, which often hosts live music and community events. With a full

bar overlooking their lakefront vista, Trinity provides ample opportunity

to take in the lake while enjoying a meal, a crafted beverage and live

entertainment. TrinityatCityBeach.com

41 SOUTH. Another option to dine alongside the gorgeous Lake

Pend Oreille is located in the romantic Lodge at Sandpoint. A fullservice

restaurant, bar and lounge with lakefront dining, wood-burning

fireplaces, an extensive wine list, Forty-One South prides itself on quality

and hospitality. Patrons can take in the sunset while enjoying cuisine like

chicken marsala, filet mignon, quinoa pilaf or shrimp risotto. With a

full bar and lounge, guests can treat themselves to a fun cocktail and a

memorable experience. Those taking a full day on the lake can feel free

to dock up before dining—the restaurant offers over 20 boat slips in the

summer months. 41SouthSandpoint.com

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

TWO TONE'S CAFÉ. This casual upscale restaurant can be found in

Bonners Ferry, just 30 minutes south of the Canadian border. At Two

Tone's, owner Tony Fleck, a veteran of the United State Marine Corp,

holds true to their motto to "love people, love food, love life." A world of

flavors abounds here, including those Northwest flavors so many love.

Think Huckleberry Crispy Chicken (huckleberries are Idaho's state

fruit!) or the Chipotle Barbecue Salmon.

Guests can choose to dine indoors, where each table features a different

local/national/international theme under the glass tops; or outside in

"The Secret Garden" on the patio, adorned with white lights hanging

overhead and koi pond with water fountain, where live music plays

weekends during the summer months, as well as the occasional outdoor

movie. The added touch of heaters allows for diners to enjoy a meal

outdoors throughout the fall and spring months. And if you didn't think

you could love this place any more, they offer a 10 percent discount for

veterans, law enforcement and school teachers. TwoTonesCafe.com

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The New Face of Dining Out

HOW NORTHWEST RESTAURANTS ARE REDEFINING THE FACE OF

TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT DINING

by ABIGAIL THORPE

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 restaurateurs

have redefined the experience of eating out. Here are some of the ways

they’ve brought positive change to an industry that is currently facing so

many hurdles.

MEAL KITS - When restaurants completely closed down to dine-in

options during the pandemic, many responded with creative takehome

meal kit options for individuals and families to prepare meals

(or cocktails) at home. Addo in Seattle sold sought-after tasting menus

(booked in advance) before COVID-19. Owner and chef Eric Rivera

quickly pivoted to an innovative new meal kit delivery program: He’d

deliver the 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 cocktail 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

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while, and COVID has only stoked that fire. With limited guest/staff

interaction and a naturally socially distanced outdoor environment,

food trucks provide the perfect option to dine out of home, typically

on the cheap. You can find them springing up everywhere throughout

towns and cities in the Northwest—like Prairie Pavilion in Coeur

d’Alene, Idaho, an outdoor food truck court where customers can

source everything from burritos and coffee to tacos, pizzas and

healthy eats.

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

offerings, and fast. But the results in many cases were (and still are)

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 morning, and burgers, salads and ice-cream in the afternoon

and evenings.

Today, you can find family meal kits available from the beloved finedining

establishment, along with the Crab Shack—an outdoor restaurant

in their parking lot featuring buckets of crabs and “copious amounts of

hand sanitizer.”

PRE-ORDER AND MOBILE OPTIONS - Mobile has completely

transformed the way we transact business at restaurants—from mobile

ordering apps for everything from your favorite local coffee (think

the Joe Coffee app for all you Evans Brothers fans) to full dinners, it’s

never been easier to order food to go in advance. Even as restaurants

have started opening in-house dining, the mobile trend has carried

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into the establishment. Rather than waste paper menus

that have to be thrown away after each use, many

restaurants—like Pend d’Oreille Winery in Sandpoint—

are opting for digital barcode menu options people only

need a smartphone to access.

MERGED DINING CONCEPTS - A new concept of

dining that benefits a local nonprofit is taking center

stage in Spokane: Bark, a Rescue Pub was opened by

the owner of Nectar Catering and Events. Patrons can

enjoy a meal and a cocktail while meeting their future

best fur friend at the world’s first concept combination

restaurant with a pet adoption service, in partnership

with the Spokane Humane Society. This concept of

merging dining experiences with other experiences is

something people look for more and more: not just a

night out, but a unique experience.

OUTDOOR EXPANSION - Outdoor dining is having

a moment—a big moment. From expanding seating

into parking lots and vacant lots, to adding new outdoor

spaces, restaurants are looking for ways to keep the

experience outdoors—particularly in establishments

currently not offering indoor dining. At places like

Matchwood Brewing in Sandpoint, patrons came to

expect (and love) the large outdoor space that allowed

the brews and food to still flow while indoor seating was

still closed. With winter approaching, many restaurants

are finding ways to keep the outdoors alive: from

covered patios to heat lamps and igloos, and everything

in between.

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 uncertainty, one thing is for sure:

Restaurants will find a way to keep our stomachs full

and our hearts happy, one way or another.

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Halloween Treats

THE SPOOKY SEASON SHINES THROUGH IN THESE EASY-TO-MAKE CREATIONS

In October, yards begin to brown and creepy decorations begin to pop up as the end of the month draws

closer. Many families look forward to creating a spooky environment both inside and out during the

Halloween season. Your treats, dinners and snacks can also be seasonally adjusted, giving some of the most

basic staples a Halloween twist.

by COLIN ANDERSON

Cookie Monsters

If you prefer cookies to caramel apples,

then creating your own cookie monsters

can be equally as fun. Sugar cookies are

probably the easiest if you want to draw

spooky faces in icing, but don’t be afraid

to think outside the box as well. Try

making a cookie sandwich with melted

chocolate forming a mouth and candy

corn for teeth. Add a couple of google

eyes to the top cookie, and you’re sure

to get a smile out of someone when

you start passing around these little

monsters.

Mummies in a

Blanket

What kid, or adult for that matter,

doesn’t enjoy the occasional pigs in a

blanket for breakfast, or lunch … or

dinner? The simple comfort food recipe

can be easily tweaked for the Halloween

season. Wrap your sausage or hot dog,

leaving a small amount of the meat

showing at one end. Place a tiny dab

of cream cheese or frosting to serve

as the eye socket and peppercorns,

chocolate chips, raisins or other small

round objects for the eyes. The kiddos

are sure to smile when you inform them

mummy is on the menu tonight.

Caramel Apples

Fall is apple season across our region,

and whether you get them from the

store or pick your own at one of the

many family friendly orchards, there

are countless ways to turn this tasty

fruit into a decadent dessert. A fun

afternoon with the kids involves setting

up a creation station of sorts. Lay

out the caramel and/or chocolate for

them to choose, then let them proceed

to the decorations. Crushed nuts,

spices, sprinkles, frosting, gummies

and ground-up candy bars can all be

applied. As these last many days, kids

can make several at a time and share

with family—or at least spread out the

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Mini Pumpkins/

Gourds

Sometimes overlooked, smaller

decorative pumpkins can also serve a

unique purpose other than a simple fall

decoration. Choose a mini-pumpkin

or gourd of your liking, one still large

enough to carve a face or decoration

into. When your mini jack-o-lantern

is complete, use it as a home office

decoration, seasonal pin cushion or pen

holder, or even pop the top off its head

and use it as a secret stash of your own

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Mummy Crackers

If you need a slight break from the

sweets, take that charcuterie board up a

notch with these fun mummy crackers.

Use a background of pepperoni or other

cured meats, even a pepper jelly, on top

of your favorite party cracker. Use a

white or lightly colored cheese and layer

it on the cracker to look like bandages,

then melt them slightly. Finally, use

blueberries, olives or peppercorns

for the eyes and you’ve got yourself

one gourmet mummy. This method

can also be done if you make your

own homemade pizza, with each slice

serving as an individual mummy.

Slasher Cakes

For many, Halloween is the only time

of year where you gain enough courage

to sit through a classic slasher movie.

To help get you through, how about a

few mutilated cupcakes to help ease the

tension? Harkin your inner bad guy and

carve up that light colored frosting with

streaky red marks. Outline Jason’s mask

or Freddie’s fingers, the Texas chainsaw,

or Sidney Prescott’s stalker. As you dim

the lights and sit a little closer to that

person next to you, these little treats

will serve as a bit of comfort before the

scares start.


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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

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.

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 well-known restaurants in Lopez Village only offer takeout at this time. The Islander Bar and Grill at the Lopez Islander

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Referred to as “The Heart of Lopez,” Lopez Hill

is a Pacific Northwest rainforest that gives you a

sense of being isolated from civilization.

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 coowner

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

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The Speci f ics

For more information, visit the San Juan Islands

Official Visitors’ site, VisitSanJuanIslands.com

or the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce site,

LopezIsland.com for updates on COVID-19 and what

is open. Typically, many restaurants and some

businesses are closed early in the week. Make sure

to verify hours and make reservations for hotels and

restaurants.

WHERE TO STAY

Lopez Islander Resort - LopezFun.com

WHERE TO EAT

Ursa Minor - UrsaMinorLopez.com (take-out only)

Haven Kitchen and Bar - LopezHaven.com

WHAT TO DO

Lopez Island Vineyards - LopezIslandVineyards.com

Lopez Hill - LopezHill.org

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.

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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APPLE CRISP AND HOMEMADE

VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

Recipe by Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS: APPLE CRISP

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.

INGREDIENTS: HOMEMADE VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

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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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

OCTOBER CREPE SPECIALS

Mushroom & Brie and Pumpkin Cheesecake

Be sure to check out Clay & Cloth Designs!

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

253.851.2576 | f @OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes

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BBQ2U

FIRST WORKOUT

FREE!

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

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

Making Members

Stronger in 30 Minutes,

Physically and Mentally

Full-Body Workout

Workout Changes Daily

Trainer Always Included

- NO CLASS TIMES -

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

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

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

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

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

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

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

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

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

Located in Uptown

4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 100

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 514-6670

www.9Round.com/GigHarborWA

@ 9RoundGigHarbor

GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

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

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

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

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 600

Gig Harbor 253.649.0921

Facebook.com/GertieAndTheGiantOctopus

PHO EVER WOK

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

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you

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

you like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available

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

plenty of parking. Also available for takeout. Open Monday

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

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

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

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

to 3pm.

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

253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

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

253.851.2576

Facebook.com/OccasionsCoffeeAndCrepes

LELE'S RESTAURANT

Healthy

that tastes good!

Smoothies

Acai Bowls

Oatein

Herbal Tea

Tea Bombs

Meal Planning

Nutrition Coaching

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

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

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

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

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

11am to 9pm.

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

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

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

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

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

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

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

253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com

EAT FRESH

EAT LOCAL

253.649.5123

5247 OLYMPIC DR, SUITE A

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

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What's happening

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Join us for a FREE webinar, hosted over Zoom,

with dementia expert Teepa Snow

Thursday, October 15

12:00–1:00 p.m.

TOPIC: Learning the Art of Being an

Advocate and Partner

Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another

form of dementia? We are here to help you navigate

the memory care journey.

Caregiving as

an Advocate

and Partner

This webinar will address the role of family caregivers and

Power of Attorneys and help those caring for loved ones

with dementia make appropriate care decisions.

Visit www.Prestigecare.com/Expressions

to sign up for this FREE webinar today.

Olympic Alzheimer’s

Residence

3025 14th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 851-5306 www.PrestigeCare.com

Established 2002

B i r d n e s t Gallery

& Custom PiCture FraminG

Downtown Gig Harbor

3202 Tarabochia St. 98335

FINE ART, HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS, HOME DECOR

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

• Framed Art • Prints • Original Paintings

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

SPECIALIZING IN INNOVATIVE CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING

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

• Custom Framed Mirrors • Canvas Stretching • Art Hanging Services

• In-stock ready made frames in standard sizes

• Fastest project turn-around time in Gig Harbor

BirdnestGallery.com • 253.857.6341

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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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MORE THAN A TRUNK OR TREAT

Escape Hour Gig Harbor is throwing its first More Than A

Trunk or Treat! From 5:30 to 7:30pm on Saturday, October 2,

the parking lot of Escape Hour Gig Harbor will be transformed

into a spooky, candy-filled Halloween extravaganza! Each trunk

will be decorated and themed after each of the Escape Hour

experiences, and there will be buckets and buckets of candy, free

popcorn and hot cider, giveaways, a free raffle, and a pre-sale event

for the upcoming Christmas Experience. There will also be photo

opportunities with your favorite characters, so come dressed up

for the festivities! Tickets are available at EscapeHourGigHarbor.

com and select "Book Now."

LIVE 2 LEAD

Now is your chance for an incredible opportunity to connect, learn

and grow together, as you are invited to join leaders from around

the world for a live virtual leadership event on October 9. During

this live During this live simulcast Live 2 Lead event, you will

hear from incredible leaders including John C. Maxwell; former

CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally; COO and President

of Focus Brands, Kat Cole; and immensely talented entertainer

and entrepreneur, Steve Harvey. Experience Live 2 Lead from the

comfort of your own home or office while taking the opportunity

to make local, national and international connections you never

would otherwise. Secure your seat or set up a watch party for your

team at TrishBuzzone.com/streaming-leaders.

ALL HALLOWS EVE CELEBRATION

Held at Volunteer Park, Key Pen Parks presents their All Hallows

Eve Celebration: Spooky Drive-Thru on October 17 from 6 to 8pm.

Free to the public to participate, enjoy this spooky drive-through

pre-Halloween event. Guests of the event will enter Volunteer Park

in their vehicles and drive through a long section of (decorated)

parking lot and up a small hill where they will be turned around

to make their way to the exit. Treat bags will be available to kids

upon exiting the park (all are asked to remain in their vehicles) and

will be given out while supplies last. Costumes are encouraged!

Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves for guests' safety.

KeyPenParks.com

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

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

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

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

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

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

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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

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Congratulations

GIG HARBOR ‘S FINEST

Winners

Anti-Aging

Gig Harbor Aesthetics

Artist

Gretchen Giese Artworks

Auto Repair & Services

Graffs Automotive Repair

Brewery

7 Seas Brewing

Builder

Harbor Rock Construction

Burger

Tides Tavern

Chiropractor

Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage

Customer Service

Harbor Place at Cottesmore

Dolly Mama Boutique, Home & Gallery

Dentist

Uptown Dental Gig Harbor | Dr. Rhonda Savage

Dining

Devoted Kiss Cafe

Drinks

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Gym

Tom Taylor Family YMCA

Hair Salon

Salon Riviera

Happy Hour

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Health Care

MultiCare Women’s Health & Wellness Center

Insurance Agency

Timothy Lopez - American Family Insurance

Jeweler

van der Veen Jewelers

Mortgage Lender Services

Northwest Mortgage Services - Abel Hernandez and Jeff Carr

Nonprofit Business

Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish Food Bank

Pet Store/Pet Care

Green Cottage Pets

Pizza

Pizzeria Fondi

Place to Stay

Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites

Realtor

Joe Sanchez & Associates Coldwell Banker Bain

Sievers Real Estate Team

Retirement Services

Family First Adult Family Homes

Small Business

Escape Hour Gig Harbor

Spa Services

Blue Moon Massage & Wellness Spa

Shopping Experience

Harbor Greens LLC

Take OUT!

Kinza | Teriyaki Japanese Restaurant

Teacher of the Year

Maggie Anderson, Gig Harbor High School

Person of the Year

Brett Marlo

Congratulations

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