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December 2020 253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO. 24

DECEMBER 2020

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

NOURISH

PIERCE COUNTY

LOCAL FOOD BANK INSTILLS HOPE

Q&A WITH DAWN MORRIS

TEACHER, MOTHER, AUTHOR, BUSINESS OWNER

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Executive Director

Farewell to a year of hardship

and perseverance

DECEMBER MARKS THE FINAL MONTH OF 2020—a year that has

most certainly changed us all, and ultimately has made us stronger.

Stronger individuals. Stronger families. Stronger employees.

Stronger members of our communities. As we reflect on this eventful

year filled with what, at the beginning of 2020, would have seemed

unimaginable, we must not focus our attention on what was, but

what is and what will be.

This month marks a joyous time of year; the birth of our Lord. For

Christians, no matter their denomination, it is a time of hope and a

faith in a brighter future. This year, more than ever, as we celebrate

His birth, may we remember His life was one filled with sacrifice

and hardship. Take solace in knowing that we do not know what the

future holds, but that we can make the most of even those most

difficult trials.

As we celebrate the Christmas and holiday season with our loved

ones—though this may look different than years before—take the

time to acknowledge, and appreciate, all that you have truly been

blessed with. It is all too easy to put our attention to the negative;

make it a priority to instead dedicate your thoughts and actions to

the positives.

In our December issue of 253 Lifestyle Magazine, you will once again

be reminded of how fortunate we are to call this place home. There

is no other place we would rather be. Look around at the beauty that

surrounds us year-round, and those people in our community who

brighten our days. We are blessed. Our team at Like Media is truly

grateful to you for embracing us, and the work we do, through 253

Lifestyle Magazine.

Blessings to you this Christmas, and may they continue through the

new year.

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NOURISH PIERCE COUNTY:

LOCAL FOOD BANK

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CONTENTS

sneak peek into December ...

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ISSUE NO. 24

DECEMBER 2020

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HOME

The Warmth and Love of Tradition: Old favorites

spark happy memories

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TRENDING

Holiday Entertaining 101: Bring some excitement

into your home this season

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TACOMA FOCUS

Nourish Pierce County: Local food bank

instills hope

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Q&A

Q&A with Dawn Morris: Teacher, mother, author,

business owner

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THE ARTS

Welcome the New Year in Comfort and Safety:

Celebrate the arrival of 2021 at home

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The latest tips and trends about living a healthy,

active lifestyle

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BUSINESS PINPOINT

Epic Health: Discovering the root of the problem

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FEATURE

Memories from His Youth: The images of Pearl

Harbor lived on for Navy veteran

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ENTERTAINMENT

The seasonal events that you don’t want

to miss out on!

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NOURISH

PIERCE COUNTY

LOCAL FOOD BANK INSTILLS HOPE

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

Q&A WITH DAWN MORRIS

TEACHER, MOTHER, AUTHOR, BUSINESS OWNER

About The Cover

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE INSPIRED, which is exactly

what this month’s Q&A with Dawn Morris, teacher,

mother, author and business owner is certain to leave

you. From the death of her daughter to her spiritual

journey, you can read more about Dawn on page 28.

Cover photo by Samantha Elise Tillman.

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Home

the warmth and love of tradition

OLD FAVORITES SPARK HAPPY MEMORIES

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

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hat a year this has been. As I write this, my family and I are in quarantine due to COVID-19, which struck

our household, kids and all. This year, I’ve written several articles on the importance of home as a place of

shelter and respite in our hectic lives. At no time has that been more evident than in 2020, with the pandemic,

wildfires, murder hornets and the contentious presidential election. Whoa. Many of us may be feeling too tired

to celebrate, which is understandable, but I believe a little celebration is in order. It’s time to celebrate our families, our community

and the possibility of a fresh start that 2021 brings.

Christmas decorating and traditions have always been a bit of a passion of mine. As children, my sister and I always had new crafts

going, encouraged by our artistic mother to create gifts for people, ornaments for our tree and décor for the house. We spent hours

beading, drawing, creating (one year even doing stained glass) in preparation for the Christmas season. As I got older, I’ve loved

collecting things that help my kids see the holiday through the lens of family tradition and the meaning of togetherness. However,

this has always been tempered by my designer instincts, as I like things to look a “certain way.”

One of my first experiences with decorating on a massive scale was at a destination ski resort, where I somehow got put in charge of

doing the Christmas decorations for the village and lodge lobbies. I was thrilled! I carefully chose oversize baubles and bows, colors

carefully coordinated with the theme of each hotel, and dutifully set up trees, tied ribbons, hung wreaths and placed pre-wrapped

packages under each tree. It was beautiful—magazine worthy even. But, it lacked soul. It didn’t have the joyous, family centric,

haphazard feel that embodies the spirit of the holiday season.

I love it when the stockings hung by the fireplace with care are well worn and have been loved for many past Christmases. When the

ornaments on the tree each tell a story or prompt a remembrance. When the Christmas cookies are displayed proudly on a chipped,

but well-loved, inherited tray. These details are what make a house a home, especially at the holidays.

Now, that doesn’t mean that we can’t invest in some new pieces—I’d never say that; I’m a designer, after all. Changing things up is

in my blood! But, keeping some traditions alive while bringing in a new faux-fur throw or spectacular lamp is always a good idea.

Mixing the old with the new is how we balance out our lives and our homes.

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For our family, celebrating means a warm glow in the fireplace, lights on

the Christmas tree and having good friends over for treats and toddies. This

year, I’ve talked about forgoing our usual traditional Christmas ornaments

and investing in something different. I’d love to do all white Christmas décor,

simplifying the look to make it more understated and elegant. However,

I know the girls will want to bring out their tried-and-true favorites; the

ornaments that make us smile and the colorful stockings that speak to their

personalities. These are our Christmas traditions, and while they may not

always be the most beautiful, they certainly are the ones that warm our hearts

this time of year.

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So, this Christmas, when it comes to decorating, don’t aim for perfection.

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Christmas is about coming together as

friends and family to celebrate, find joy in

the holiday and enjoy time with the ones

we love. This year holiday entertaining will

look a little different than normal. We will forgo the

large parties and events for more intimate gatherings

and dinners, but that doesn’t mean a little planning

and preparations can’t go a long way.

Tammi Barber of TLB Events and its new brickand-mortar

lifestyle and celebration boutique Frills

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tips and tricks for throwing the perfect holiday

celebration—be it a dinner, brunch or dessert and

gift exchange. And this year, it’s time to step out of

the box with bright colors, whimsical décor and allaround

fun! Build memories with surprises this year.

Go the extra mile …

“I always say some of the top things are going to

be making things as warm and inviting as possible,

and because you are spending time with family and

friends, don’t eliminate the possibility of surprise and

going that extra mile to make it special,” says Barber.

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Remember small details. Sometimes

it’s the small things you do to

make people comfortable that make

a gathering memorable.

No matter how small or large your gathering is, focus on making it

an experience for your guests.

• Table settings are the perfect opportunity to add a little extra

flair to your entertaining. “It’s the perfect opportunity to show

them how much you love them by putting the extra time into that

table setting,” explains Barber. Spend some extra time thinking

about what will make your table delight guests and reflect the

season, keeping with tradition while pairing with some fun and

not-so-traditional elements. And don’t be afraid to mix colors and

patterns. Celebrate the day by bringing out Great Great Grandma’s

heirloom toasting glasses; a piece of tradition to pair with your

fun, modern wares.

• Gift thoughtfully. We all have plenty of stuff. A gift doesn’t need

to be large or expensive. Make it a treasure that person will keep—

and maybe even pass down. And don’t forget the packaging of the

gift. A beautifully wrapped gift makes the recipient feel special and

shows the effort put into making the outside as important as what’s

on the inside.

• Don’t keep your guests waiting. Be ready with something as soon

as they walk in the door, be it a warm drink, a snack or some activity.

This helps relieve the sometimes awkward opening moments

when people aren’t quite sure what to do with themselves, explains

Barber. And don’t forget to have toys or some type of activity ready

if kids will be present.

It’s in the details ...

As Barber says, “Memories are made of those extra details.”

• Make it a magical and unforgettable experience. When

your guests step through your door, welcome them into your

holiday wonderland, with no detail left unturned. Incorporate

bold colors—like a pink Christmas tree—to pair with your

monochromatic tones. Instead of a classic green tree, try a pop of

color in the room. You can spray paint a flocked tree any color you

wish. Rather than using that ordinary star or angel, try different

materials for a tree topper. When decorating the mantle, opt for

repeating patterns while also bringing out colors you already have.

• Place cards. We may think they’re old fashioned, but place cards

help alleviate awkward moments when people are trying to figure

out where to sit or place their glass. “Sometimes things people also

forget are beautiful napkin treatments—things that spruce up a

table that don’t have to be extensive,” adds Barber.

• Family traditions are essential for a family gathering. “What are

those things you can bring out that people are going to be excited

to see again, especially since holidays of past years are going to be a

bit different than this year?” asks Barber. Or perhaps you can start

a new tradition that will be continued in years to come. “Especially

now, time is so precious, and people are really finding that life is

not going to go on forever. Capitalize on the parts that are most

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Plan ahead …

Holiday entertaining can be a stressful event, and everyone knows

things always take longer than you expect. Plan ahead of time so you

can enjoy the evening. “If you’re hosting, be able to be host,” says

Barber. “A lot of time people don’t remember that, and they get all

of these people to their house and they don’t see them; they’re doing

something the whole time.”

• Do whatever you can ahead of time so that when your company

arrives you can be present with them and not stuck in the kitchen.

Find time-savers that will keep you away from the kitchen as much as

possible. Not every place setting needs glass or china, explains Barber.

There are lots of beautiful disposable options that will save time on

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by eliminating the cleanup and storing of these items once the fun has

ended.

• If there is gifting involved, make sure your gifts are all wrapped ahead

of time so you’re not darting off to get things ready while company

is there. Better yet, wrap your gifts as you buy them to make things

stress free later on. Barber puts a note on the bottom of each wrapped

gift to remember what it is, then just quickly removes it when it comes

time to gift. Also, make a point to wrap gifts using the same color

tones to create a visual under your tree that is truly special.

• Don’t forget photos. Make it part of the tradition to take family

photos right as guests arrive and are fresh, that way you don’t forget.

“Remembering photos is one of those things that people just forget

about,” explains Barber, “but they are so important for marking family

occasions and remembering those who have passed later on.”

Whatever your holiday entertaining plans may bring, just remember

to plan ahead, make it magical and be present and enjoy the moment.

“Think of all the things that can make your guests feel comfortable

and welcome, and they will linger,” says Barber. The sign of a perfect

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It’s easy to look at the ugly side of things. To bypass

hope; to descend into the dark winter. It’s obvious to

everyone, especially as we approach the end of this

year, that this has been a year of unique challenges.

One of those challenges being hunger. In response to a

greater than average need, local food banks have risen to

the challenge. And they have done so with limited staff

and fewer resources. Ironically, there has also been a

shortage of food. The challenges of this year were no less

difficult for Nourish Pierce County, a local food bank. In

normal months, Nourish serves 7 percent of the Pierce

County population. In May and June, Nourish provided

enough meals for over 1 million meals—a 50 percent

increase from the same time last year, making it the

highest number of families and individuals to show up at

their food banks in the history of their nonprofit. This is

especially impressive, since they were founded in 1982. It

would be easy to let the story end there, but there’s more

to tell.

This year has marked an increase in need, but it has also

been characterized by the quality of our community.

At Nourish Pierce County, one of their volunteers

commented, “We’re not just giving out food, we’re giving

out hope and kindness.” That, in a nutshell, summarizes

the intentionality and flexibility of Nourish Pierce

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Compassion is seen in their volunteers, many of whom are or were

recipients of food from Nourish. The nonprofit has 25 locations across

Pierce County, with only a paid staff of 19. Nourish heavily relies on its

1,000 dedicated volunteers to help out with the day-to-day operations.

This dedicated response from community volunteers shows just how

vital Nourish is in the community. A lot of these volunteers reside in the

high-risk category, so they have been sheltering in place. Thankfully, the

National Guard has stepped in to fill the shoes of the absent volunteers.

Nourish looks forward to the return of their volunteers soon. And if

that is not possible, they hope that healthier community members will

be able to fill in the gap come January. It takes a community to serve a

community.

Nourish Pierce County also strives to restore dignity to a process usually

enshrined with shame. Because food is a basic need that we partake

in several times a day, the lack of it makes us feel incapable. Devoid of

comfort. Worthless. These feelings often follow those who walk into food

pantries, and it increases as they are asked to divulge their ID or proof of

income at the door. Do they really need help? Are they truly destitute? At

Nourish, the process of receiving food is different. It’s one of dignity. At

Nourish Pierce County, everyone is given a shopping cart, just like in the

grocery store. Clients are allowed to choose the food that fits within their

cultural, dietary or religious needs. Such a simple thing: choice. Often

taken for granted, it is a luxury that has the power to restore confidence.

And, as Nourish intimately understands, is deeply tied to dignity.

Nourish Pierce County

shows respect by their AT NOURISH,

personal approach to every

client. A personal attendant

guides each shopper through THE PROCESS OF

the “grocery store-style food

bank,” highlighting the ins

RECEIVING FOOD

and outs of what and how

much. Put simply, Nourish

gives everyone around them IS DIFFERENT.

the time of day, instilling

in every member a sense

of worth; a sense of worth IT’S ONE OF

that is so often stripped

away by life’s burdens. From

DIGNITY.

one person to another, we

pass on feelings of worth,

strength, grace, joy and care.

Nourish Pierce County is

remarkable in that they recognize that exchange and are intentional to

see it through, tying together compassion, dignity and respect is this idea

of accessibility.

Nourish Pierce County powers seven brick-and-mortar locations

throughout the community, with two mobile food banks that travel to

areas where food is difficult to access. Places where grocery stores are few

and junk food is aplenty. Having heard that college students are at a high

risk for malnutrition due to low income and busy schedules, they also

serve on college campuses. They serve at Mary Bridge Children’s Center,

taking some of the pressure off of families with health complications.

Nourish Pierce County breaks down barriers that keep families from

accessing nutritious food by going where they’re asked and by giving

where they’re needed.

And there has certainly been need this year. The pandemic has made

a lot of their programs look different. Thankfully, their long presence

in the community puts them in a prime position to help and adjust.

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Now, instead of shopping, clients drive up with their vehicles

to receive a box of food from National Guard volunteers. They

also have fewer volunteers, so their capacity for connection is

minimal. Time with each family and individual is short, which

makes giving all the more intentional. Every box is a lifeline and a

show of hope; everyone will eat. With every box, Nourish Pierce

County reinstalls the hope that we are capable, that we will move

through this, and that we may even flourish!

Just like other nonprofits, Nourish Pierce County has also had

to be flexible in this year’s fundraisers. Luckily, the community

has once again come through. Last month, Frugal’s sold a Gouda

burger in their honor, with proceeds donated to the pantry.

Community members have donated their stimulus check.

Donations have been coming in from Amazon Smile. And more.

There are lots of easy ways to give to Nourish Pierce County,

especially through volunteering. From small businesses to large

businesses alike, money for Nourish Pierce County has come in

when our community need is at its highest. This month, Nourish

Pierce County is promoting a “Tis the Season, Hunger’s the

Reason” food drive. And they are in need of hosts! The need may

be great, but our community has and will show itself to be greater.

Just like the rest of us, Nourish Pierce County isn’t sure what the

future holds, so they are keeping themselves open and flexible.

Whatever comes they will rise to meet it. Serving community

with community. Giving out hope with every box of food, and

every full belly. Ensuring compassion, dignity and respect to all

who come to them in need. No matter the background. No matter

the circumstance. Nourish Pierce County welcomes you.

If you would like to find out more or make a monetary donation

to Nourish Pierce County, please visit NourishPC.org.

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“I’VE FOLLOWED JESUS FOR 40

YEARS NOW, THROUGH MANY

TRIALS AND HARDSHIPS. HE’S

ALWAYS BEEN FAITHFUL. ALL

THROUGH THAT DARK TIME

OF WALKING THROUGH THE

DEATH OF OUR DAUGHTER,

GOD CONTINUALLY PROVIDED

ALL OF OUR NEEDS. I HAVE

PEACE BECAUSE LINDSEY

LOVED JESUS.”

Dawn Morris could aptly be

called a renaissance woman.

She served her community as a

teacher, owns her own business

and is an author whose work

is inspired by her own faith journey, all while

raising five children.

Q. You have been both a teacher and a

homeschool mom. Can you give our readers

some tips on how to navigate homeschooling?

A. Give yourself grace. Chances are, as a parent,

you didn’t have homeschooling “modeled”

for you. Homeschooling doesn’t have to look

like a classroom. You have an advantage over

a teacher because you know and love your

child. You’ll know when your child really

doesn’t “get” something or when they’re not

doing their best. My children were highly

motivated to be able to go and play outside, so

they typically finished their assignments before

lunch. Homeschooling means more time to be

a kid—and no homework! You have time to

“dive deep” into subjects your child is interested

in and have fun learning together! Expect

conflict. View it as an opportunity to address

character issues in yourself or your child. Both

my husband and I would regularly have “state

of the union” discussions where we would share

concerns or encouragement about how we were

relating to each of our children. Being quick to

ask forgiveness was a high priority as we raised

our five kids. If you are a single parent, I think it

is important to have regular conversations with

someone you trust. We all need a soundingboard

as we navigate parenting—especially when

adding a big responsibility like homeschooling

during a pandemic.

Q. How does one go from being a teacher to

owning a salon?

community, we decided the Bishops Cut and

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We believe that stylists and barbers are artists

who make us look good! Our store is a positive

environment where our staff are all valued as

unique individuals. At Bishops University Place,

our foundation rests on customer service, taking

pride in our craft, and creating a space where

everyone is accepted.

Q. You lost your daughter in a horrific

motorcycle accident. Many of us are suffering

the loss of loved ones during the COVID-19

pandemic. Can you share with our readers

how your faith helped you cope with such a

devastating loss?

A. Death is terrible, and even though it’s a reality,

it’s unnatural and wrong. I believe that’s why

Jesus wept just before raising Lazarus from the

dead. The worst thing I’ve ever had to do was to

drive to my husband’s work and tell him that our

daughter, Lindsey, had been killed. I’ve followed

Jesus for 40 years now, through many trials and

hardships. He’s always been faithful. All through

that dark time of walking through the death of

our daughter, God continually provided all of

our needs. I have peace because Lindsey loved

Jesus. So, I have confidence that she’s not gone,

she’s only gone ahead.

Q. Not only are you a business woman owning

your own hip fusion barbershop/salon, but

you are the author of The One Series, a set

of books with fictional characters living in a

world based on your interpretation of the Book

of Revelation in the Bible. Many think of the

Bible as only a spiritual book. As an English

minor in college, can you share how the book

is also a great work of literature?

It is a book which holds many themes that begin

in Genesis and end in Revelation. I used to be

an atheist but became a Christian after listening

to a pastor teach Revelation verse by verse. The

perfectly fulfilled prophecies of the first coming

of Jesus Christ convinced me of the accuracy of

the Bible as a whole. As a writer, and a minor

in English, I was fascinated with the structure

of Revelation. Little in the book is actually new

information! There are over 800 allusions and

direct quotes from the Old Testament. The

book of Revelation puts those prophecies in

sequential order. When writing the One series,

I used the structure of the book of Revelation

as the “spine” of my storyline. As I wrote, I tried

to imagine what those prophecies coming to

pass in our day would look like. The characters

changed and developed as they learned how to

cope with incredibly frightening situations and

supernatural experiences.

Q. Growing up in the Bible Belt where whole

cities just shut down on Sunday mornings so

people could go to church, what was it like to

move to a more secular area of the country?

A. My husband and I have moved to a new house

17 times in 35 years of marriage—two of those

times to other countries which are very secular,

so it really wasn’t a shock moving to this area.

I was shocked at how many churches there are

and how many people are involved in a variety

of ministries. There are organizations who care

for the homeless, that care for victims of sex

trafficking, children who are in Child Protective

Services, help people learn new skills. … It’s truly

amazed me how the community does try and

care in so many ways for other people.

A. [My daughter] Lindsey was a stylist but

stopped doing what she loved because it’s not

always a great working environment. … So,

when we decided to open a business in the

A. The Bible is unique as far as religious literature

goes. It’s actually made up of 66 books, written

by 40 authors over a period of about 1,500 years.

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It’s generally accepted by the medical profession that social connection

is essential for our well-being. While the basic human needs are

met by access to food, shelter and water, the psyche thrives on

socialization, expression and sense of accomplishment, collectively

forming the basic elements of our humanity. Psychological health and

physical health are linked. At a young age, children are taught to connect:

share, build relationships and create as a team. Engaging through social

connection during a pandemic has been challenging, as access to arts and

culture has evaporated due to the vital restrictions for health. How can we

use the arts to stay connected in the midst of pandemic?

The internet and social media platforms have made communication

instantly accessible. The interactions with and support for the community

by local agencies during the stay-home orders have resulted in new

experiences and opportunities that highlight the resourcefulness and

imagination of arts organizations.

As distance learning flooded home device screens, Tacoma Arts Live’s

education team quickly adapted their arts programs to find new ways to

continue teaching positive social skills for students, families and adults,

while maintaining the government’s health and safety protocols.

Tacoma Arts Live is intrinsically a community-serving group, but during

a global pandemic, we are forced to find creative solutions for providing

services. When quarantine first began, Tacoma Arts Live partnered

with Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to offer emergency

day camps to students whose parents work as first responders, healthcare

professionals or other essential roles. This program supported

these families by teaching students positive coping skills through arts

expression. This type of social-emotional learning is an extension of the

existing Tacoma Whole Child initiative, which gives students access to

expanded learning opportunities that focus on building relationships and

skills before, during and after school.

Each spring, arts students and families await the announcement of play

and musical titles to be performed by the Youth Conservatory Summer

Camps.The pandemic halted these summer programs, and the arts

educators of Tacoma Arts Live pivoted into adapting summer camps for

distance learning. This summer’s camps

were streamed via interactive video calls and

included both on- and off-screen creative

time. Subjects covered included artistic

skills like costuming, storytelling, puppetry,

among others. For some students, it was the

most interaction they had all summer due

to the stay-home order in Washington state.

At the end of one class, a student made the

comment that being in this class with their

peers “makes [them] feel like [they’re]

not alone.” Teaching artists were able to

open up a safe space for students to work

through their emotions during isolation

while still socializing with peers and having

fun making art.

In addition to having a safe space to connect,

students were able to learn positive ways to

heal, cope and communicate. The LENS

Project, standing for Learning Empathy,

Negotiation and Self, is a program created

by Tacoma Arts Live that uses the arts to

explicitly teach social-emotional skills. The

program serves grade-school students and

their families in Bethel, Tacoma, Franklin

Pierce and Clover Park school districts.

In the afterschool program, students dive

deeply into learning how to approach

conflict in a healthy manner. The Family

Art Series is an extension of LENS and

consists of using theater performance and

visual arts activities to bond families in a

creative way. Family activities reflect on

behavior, emotion management, and ways

to overcome challenges as a family unit.

Using a variety of art activities to teach

positive social skills, participants learn to

work through emotions and find healthy

ways to resolve conflict. Through the arts,

the program empowers individuals and

inspires change in communities.

Additionally, The LENS Project is

presented to military adults and families

through a partnership with Joint Base

Lewis McCord and Art Therapy NW. The

fall 2020 programming featured some in-person, physically distant family programming at JBLM’s

Exceptional Military Family Member facility, part of the Ready and Resilient Division of the Army.

The arts activities for these military members aim to identify, name and begin to shape personal stories

and aspirations, culminating in a presentation of their stories with the support of a group of actors.

Tacoma Arts Live’s education department is one of the largest Education through the Arts programs in

Washington state and includes several programs that serve the South Sound region and beyond. The

nonprofit arts organization focuses on creating equitable and accessible experiences, ensuring that no

student is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.

The culture of a region relies on the people within the community to interact, build relationships,

find ways to support each other, express creatively and collectively cope with challenges. These socialemotional

skills are not just learned from the family structures but from within the community itself.

The pandemic has made it all the more important that these arts and culture programs persist for

youth and community at large.

To learn more about Tacoma Arts Live’s Education through the Arts programs, visit

TacomaArtsLive.org.

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Health

MASSAGE

More than just a feel-good treatment

BY SARAH SHUPE, CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT

W

hen we hear the word massage we think of relaxation,

self-care and a spa day. While a massage feels great and

helps you transport to a relaxing oasis, it can also have

health benefits. Below we break down different types

of massage and the added health benefits from this incredibly soothing

treatment.

What are the different types of massage?

When it comes to scheduling a massage, it is important to know that there

are different modalities that offer a completely customized experience.

Let your massage therapist know what you are hoping to get out of your

treatment, any problem areas or soreness, and any pre-existing health

conditions.

Deep tissue massage is sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to

target the inner layer of your muscles and connective tissues. This massage

can address chronic pain within the body while aiding in relaxation. Many

clients refer to this type of massage as a “hurt so good.”

Swedish massage helps to relieve stress and aid in relaxation. This massage

is a combination of long strokes with light pressure, and extra attention is

given to the hands, feet and scalp.

Prenatal massage reduces pregnancy aches and pains while easing stress

and muscle tension. You are placed in a side lying position and supported

with pillows to make you and your bump comfortable. It is important

that you see a massage therapist who has training in prenatal massage to

ensure yours and baby’s health.

What are the health benefits of massage?

Myofascial release is a gentle technique in massage that targets pain

arising from the fascia. Fascia are fibrous connective tissues that weave

throughout the body, attaching, separating and supporting muscles,

bones, ligaments and internal organs. When the fascia is healthy, it is

supple, allowing smooth, pain-free movement. When it is unhealthy, the

fibers become tight, limiting mobility and causing stiffness and pain.

Lymphatic drainage is a technique that stimulates natural drainage of the

lymph system, which helps to eliminate waste from the body. The goal

is to move the fluid out of the tissues and into the lymph nodes, where

bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms are destroyed.

Lymphatic drainage aids in strengthening your immune system, helps to

reduce cellulite and improve your mood.

Quicker recovery from workouts is at the top of every athlete’s list.

Massage increases circulation to muscles and connective tissue, allowing

you to bounce back more quickly from difficult workouts. It can also be

helpful in alleviating pain from muscle strain.

Massage is all about feeling refreshed, relaxed and recharged; releasing

endorphins to help our bodies deal with stress and pain, aiding in making

us a better version of ourselves. Schedule a massage with a certified

massage therapist to explore the health benefits of taking care of your

body and spirit.

Massage is all about feeling refreshed,

relaxed and recharged.

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Health

MANAGING STRESS IN TURBULENT TIMES

Simple, science-backed tools for self-care

BY SARAHLYNN M. ETTA, LMT, CMLDT, E-RYT

Take a moment to notice your body. Are your shoulders elevated,

jaw clenched or breath shallow? Pause and take several deep

breaths. What do you notice? Has anything changed? This very

simple process can interrupt the stress response, calm the nervous

system and help prepare you to respond to life’s stressors.

Stress is simply the body’s reaction to changes, challenges and the perceived

loss of control. In small quantities, stress is beneficial, providing the energy

needed to react quickly and avoid danger. When stress is chronic, or when

we lack the tools to manage it, it becomes problematic. Signs of chronic

stress include muscle tension, headaches, digestive problems, inflammation,

difficulty concentrating and anxiousness.

Evidence suggests that it is not the intensity of stress or the number of

stressors that are most indicative of outcomes, but rather our perceptions of

it and reactions to it! Learning to respond to acute stressors in the moment,

as well as building skills to cope with ongoing stress, can help support our

mental, emotional and physical health.

What can you do in the moment?

Pause. The simple act of breaking the pattern of response is powerful,

interrupting the stress cycle and allowing a moment to calm the mind. Try

a simple practice like counting to 10.

Have a little more time to invest?

Practice meditation. Frequent meditators show improved mood, resilience

and emotional intelligence, as well as the ability to work more effectively

under stress. Regular meditation may also help shore up the body against

the deleterious effects of long-term stress.

Get moving, preferably outdoors. The benefits of exercise, including

improved energy, stamina and heart health, also help protect the body

from the effects of chronic stress. Spending time in nature has benefits

for physical, mental and emotional health, so take your exercise outside

whenever you can!

Learn a mind-body practice. Yoga and tai chi share the benefits of physical

exercise, but also include meditation and focused breathing! These practices

have been shown to improve mind-body awareness, boost mood, improve

overall sense of well-being and alleviate the symptoms of stress, anxiety and

depression.

Get a massage. Massage therapy improves sleep, alleviates the symptoms

of anxiety and depression, and lowers heart rate and blood pressure. Ask

your massage therapist to incorporate music or aromatherapy that you find

relaxing, increase/decrease the warmth of the room or table, or incorporate

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sensation of your breath.

Smile. Even if you fake it! Smiling releases feel-good chemicals in the

brain that relax the body, boost mood, lower heart rate and decrease blood

pressure.

Use affirmations. Make a positive statement in the present tense, such as

“I am calm and relaxed.” Affirmations work through neuroplasticity—

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Maintain your social connections. Cultivating and maintaining positive

social connections improves the ability to cope with stress, alleviates the

symptoms of anxiety, and is correlated with overall improved mental health

and higher self-esteem. Do what you can to safely stay in touch with others,

using technology to your advantage.

Sarahlynn is owner, massage therapist, movement educator and meditation

enthusiast at Maitri Movement & Massage and is committed to helping

people live their happiest, healthiest lives. To read the full article, see

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Restoring health from the inside out

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

Washington native and Gig Harbor resident Kristen Barrett is on a mission to restore health in our local communities.

With a passion for helping others live healthier, happier lives, she decided to pursue a path in the health and

nutrition field. She enrolled in an intensive program studying holistic nutrition, continually developing her

knowledge and nurturing her talents, and today is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.

She is the proud owner of Epic Health, which she launched in 2018. “My business and I are going three years strong, and I’m just

getting started,” she smiles.

Kristen strives to give her clients the tools they need to move forward in their health journey by being a “health detective” who

uncovers the root causes of dysfunction happening in their body. She also educates and empowers them to make the right

decisions for themselves.

Her focus is seeing clients one on one, evaluating them through functional lab work and creating highly customizable health

programs and protocols based on their personal results.

Offering three- and six-month packages, Kristen guides her clients in creating sustainable change and a healthier way of living,

ultimately leading to health. And it all builds by working on health from a foundational level.

“I primarily focus on gut health and functional lab work within the gut,” she says. “I also build my protocols and recommendations

with people based on diet, lifestyle and stress management.

“I treat the whole person.”

Kristen finds the current health-care system broken, noting that by the time one actually seeks help from the doctor, they have

been sick for a very long time, as symptoms are the very last thing to show up. In today’s world, most doctor’s appointments allow

minimal, if any time at all, for patients to truly explain to their medical provider what they—and their bodies—are experiencing. The

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esult? The symptom is addressed, usually with a new

prescription, while the underlying cause is yet to be

explored, or discovered. The symptom may disappear,

but the root cause of dysfunction remains and, over

time, more ailments will present themselves, with

doctors chasing the symptoms around the patient’s

body as the root cause is never being addressed.

For those in the nutritionist world, most still follow the

standard American diet, whereas Kristen throws away

the playbook and makes all of her practices highly

customizable, taking into account that everyone has

different gene expression, lifestyle and financial needs.

“The status quo isn’t cutting it anymore, and it’s never

been more obvious than it is today. We have to change

the way we approach health in this country. We can no

longer manage our sickness. We have to create health.

I want people to understand that it is not normal to

be sick. I want to teach them the things they didn’t

learn about proper nutrition and educate them. I

want to help them rebuild health from the inside out,”

confirms Kristen. “What can we remove? What can we

add in? Where can we go from here?”

Food can be the most destructive thing or the most

rewarding, according to Kristen. “Food is medicine;

we know this to be true. It can be such a healing ritual.”

She finds it truly rewarding to have the opportunity—

and privilege—to guide her clients on their journey to

health. “I am overwhelmed with joy when someone

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For those wanting to restore their health through

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MEMORIES FROM

HIS YOUTH

THE IMAGES OF PEARL HARBOR LIVED ON FOR

NAVY VETERAN

BY DAN AZNOFF

Charles Baggarley made the long flight from the West Coast

one last time in 2011 to join the scores of other Pearl Harbor

survivors who gathered to mark the 60th anniversary of the

Japanese attack on the American naval stronghold in the middle of the

Pacific Ocean.

The Navy veteran relived the pain of that horrendous morning as he

walked past the same checkpoints he had known as an active member of

the U.S. Navy six decades earlier. His last visit to the base at Pearl Harbor

confirmed his conviction of how close he had come to becoming one of

the first casualties of the war on that sunny Sunday morning.

The memories were amplified by his own mental images of his survival

of a second early morning surprise attack weeks later while stationed at

the Australian base in Darwin.

The Japanese raid on the quiet seaside town began with a sound he was

far too familiar with.

The chief petty officer was enjoying the morning sun on the upper deck

of the “Willie B” docked in quiet waters of Darwin Harbor when he heard

the distinct drone from Japanese warplanes as the enemy approached the

waterfront along the farthest northern point on the coast of Australia’s

Northern Territory.

The surprise attack by Japanese forces on the American fleet in Pearl

Harbor had forced the U.S. Navy to regroup its resources to the small

port town in Northern Australia. Darwin Harbor had become the

primary base for Allied Forces to launch B-17 bomber raids to slow the

enemy’s relentless march across the Philippines.

“Willie B” was the nickname given to the USS William B. Preston (DD-

579), a small destroyer that served as the gathering place for American

sailors and aviators stationed in Darwin. The Preston was smaller than

most of the other destroyers in the fleet, and woefully unprepared for the

aerial combat that had become commonplace in the Pacific with only

4-inch guns mounted fore and aft.

The airmen stationed in Darwin Harbor, he recalled, lacked the basic

training on how to load and operate the guns. The radio operator took

it upon himself to train his flight mates as the enemy planes swooped

overhead.

The emphasis on the swift, powerful retaliation ordered by President

Roosevelt against the Japanese had left the remainder of the 7th Fleet

vulnerable to attack from enemy forces poised to invade the islands of

Timor and Java to the north and northwest of the Australian port.

When the enemy finally struck, the Japanese pilots launched their

attacks from airfields in the Dutch East Indies. Many of the enemy pilots

were from the same Japanese First Fleet that had led the attack on Pearl

Harbor. The solo pilots who swooped over the Australian inlet on the

morning of February 19, 1942, found 13 Australian and U.S. warships,

45 merchant vessels and a hospital ship anchored in Darwin Harbor.

“Why now?” Baggarley thought to himself. “I survived ‘The Day That

Will Live in Infamy.’ All this only to perish in an attack that would be

nothing more than an asterisk in the journals of war?”

The first wave of A6M Zero fighters, D3A dive bombers and B5N torpedo

bombers swooped over the Australian coastline just before 10am.

And just like in Hawaii, the surprise Japanese attack on the Australian

outpost had left little time to organize any defense of the naval station.

There was not enough ammunition nor an adequate number of

personnel trained to operate the 18 anti-aircraft guns that had been

hastily installed to protect the township.

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The air raid sirens in Darwin did not sound until the Zeroes had

begun to strafe ships in the harbor. Eight ships were sunk in the

first wave of the attack, including the American destroyer USS

Peary and a seaplane tender, the USS William B. Preston.

Japanese bombs decimated the wharf, the airfield, dozens of

aircraft and the Army barracks. Well-placed bombs turned

storage tanks filled with oil and aviation fuel into blazing

infernos.

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The surprise attack that morning sank a total of 11 ships and

damaged 25 others. American and Australian forces reported

a total of 243 dead.

Baggarley could feel the destroyer shudder each time a

dive bomber made a direct hit to the hull of the Preston. He

remembered how the crew desperately maneuvered the crippled

ship to escape the confines of the harbor.

“That’s when a crewman I recognized came in,” he remembered.

“He was naked, an odd yellow color and not a hair on his body.

His clothes had been burned off by the flash. His wide-open

unseeing eyes were staring directly ahead.”

The injured crewman begged for somebody to help him to

sickbay. Once he was led away by another sailor, Baggarley went

aft in a frantic attempt to help others but was turned away by the

harsh words from a corpsman who screamed the warning, “Get

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The enemy bombers delivered a critical blow to the integrity of

the USS Preston when the Mahan-class destroyer took a direct

hit from a torpedo dropped by a Zero during the first wave of

the attack.

Bridge officers followed orders to take the destroyer east along

the North Coast of Australia.

Shifts were short that day. Baggarley was on watch that afternoon

when he reported the approach of a single Japanese plane.

The airman tracked the aircraft as it appeared on the horizon.

He observed the solo pilot drop his torpedoes in the water

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Temporary repairs were made to the steering mechanism of

the Preston before the sun set that evening. The ship stopped

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“I have often thought that [the probability] that [if] I had been aft at the machine gun station that I would

[have been one of the bodies] over the side that night in a blanket,” he reflected. “Or I could have been left

in small bits in Darwin Harbor.”

After struggling to overcome a score of mechanical challenges before finally reaching a friendly port,

Baggarley and many of the wingless airmen disembarked onto the tranquil docks in the port of Perth in

early March. The grounded crew made their way back to San Francisco aboard the former passenger liner

George Washington, which had been painted grey and renamed the USS Mount Vernon.

Back to Pearl

In December of 1941, Baggarley was the radio operator with VP-22, a PBY flying boat reconnaissance

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amphibious aircraft used primarily by the Navy during World War II for maritime patrols, reach and

rescue missions, and occasionally as bombers.

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and what was left of the destroyer Shaw that had erupted

into a ball of fire in dry dock across the harbor.

Crew members mounted machine guns from the

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Civilians appeared on the base to push the broken

fuselages of planes off the runway.

“The harbor was full of ships in various stages of

destruction. Every usable 30- and 50-caliber machine

gun from our own planes were manned and firing at the

dive bombers pulling out of their dives.”

Stopping to catch his breath, Baggarley remembered he

saw the battleship Nevada make its way down the channel

to escape the “man-made hell.” Her 26-inch guns could

hurl a one-ton projectile more than 20 miles but were

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Fort MacHenry (McHenry).”

“Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave o’er the

land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Baggarley concluded his written commentary about that

horrific morning with the two-word phrase, “You bet!”

When Baggarley’s thoughts returned to his own actions

on the morning of December 7, 1941, he realized how

much more tragic the day could have been if the Japanese

had been successful in their repeated attempts to sink the

Nevada in the channel, blocking the only escape route for

the scores of ships and thousands of servicemen.

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HIS WAS

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“She survived to fight again.”

After bearing witness to events that would be known as “The Day That Would Live in

Infamy,” Baggarley spent the night in a hangar on the far side of the base. He was recruited

the next morning to join the crew of a Sikorsky amphibious reconnaissance patrol.

The hulking aircraft had been designed without any armament, so each member of the

crew was given a rifle with two bandoliers of ammunition before being sent out to scout

hundreds of miles of open ocean for any Japanese ships in the waters east of Hawaii.

“They flew the patrols but saw no Japanese.”

The quiet sailor from farmlands of Washington took in a deep breath when he heard the

pilot’s subdued words: “Nothing here. Back to Pearl.”

The words of the pilot echoed in his head, even more poignant after he had survived a

second brutal attack weeks later while stationed at the Allied base in Darwin.

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DEC

ZOOLIGHTS

WELCOME THE NEW YEAR

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Tacoma’s annual holiday light extravaganza returns with new dazzling

displays and safety protocols. Step back into the Zoolights tradition

you know and love: your Zoo, transformed into a colorful winter

wonderland with more than 700,000 LED lights. See magical 3D animal

light displays and feel the holiday joy. A very limited number of timed

online tickets are now available at PDZA.org/Zoolights. Aquariums,

goat area and the carousel will be closed during Zoolights to keep

Online timed tickets, which are priced $5.50 to $15, are required for

Zoolights. Children 2 and younger are free. And parking is free.

CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF 2021 AT HOME

By Jillian Chandler

As events are once again put on hold and large gatherings

are discouraged, it’s time again to think outside of the box

and explore new ways to bring in the new year—at home!

Just because you won’t be leaving the house to attend a glamorous

New Year’s Eve party doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up for

the occasion. Get in the spirit by donning your best attire—men,

women and children—to help set up the festive occasion. It will

certainly help put the whole family in a wonderful mood and ready

to celebrate!

Be sure to purchase those fun and sparkly party favors to brighten

the mood, from hats and beads to party blowers and noisemakers.

Balloons and streamers will help add to the mood, as well as lively

music to set the mood.

Opt for your family’s—or roommates’—favorite finger foods and

beverages, and make a spread on the countertop, dining room table

or coffee table.

Have a dance party, play board games. When’s the last time you

belted out some karaoke?

Have everyone in the house write down some of their hopes for

2021, create a vision board, or a scrapbook, so you will always

remember this year’s unique celebration.

If you’re looking to have a more relaxed night, have a pajama

party and stream your favorite movies over popcorn and movie

treats. If you have young children, while Mom and Dad enjoy the

celebratory glass of champagne, create a hot chocolate station

with marshmallows, chocolates, candy canes and more. It gives

excitement to something ordinary.

No matter how you choose to welcome 2021, as long as you spend it

safely with the ones you love, it’s sure to be memorable.

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It’s the most RUNderful time of the year, as we see the return of Santa

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the organization is excited to announce that under the guidance of the

Washington state COVID-19 reopening requirements for Phase 2 for

outdoor races, they will be offering a limited in-person Santa Runs

Tacoma 5k. Participants will receive an embroidered beanie, large

commemorative coffee mug and finisher ribbon. The race kicks off at

8am with staggered start times. In the event the race is canceled, the event

will be virtual. For up-to-date information, visit SantaRunsTacoma.com.

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

The Tacoma Yacht Club is excited to announce that the Lighted Boat

Parade, which they host and organize each year for the community

to enjoy, is a go for 2020! On Saturday, December 19, beautifully and

brightly decorated and festive boats will set sail from the Tacoma Yacht

Club around 5:30pm, parading along the Ruston Waterfront, safely and

from a distance. The community is invited to watch the bright and lively

parade of boats, which will be concluding at 8pm. This event is sure to

brighten the spirits of those of all ages.

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

planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility that event schedules

may change or events canceled completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up

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PEPPERMINT CHIP ICE CREAM

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

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INGREDIENTS:

5 eggs, whipped

1 13.5 oz. can heavy coconut cream

4 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener

3 tbsp. peppermint extract (I like Cook’s brand)

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 2.8 oz. dark chocolate bar, shaved (I like Lily’s brand)

METHOD:

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

heavy whipping cream, sweetener, peppermint, vanilla and salt.

• Using a potato peeler, shave the chocolate bar into pieces. Add to

the ice cream mixture.

• 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.

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Village Shines Bright in

Leavenworth, Washington

STUNNING LIGHT DISPLAY WILL GO ON

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

The holidays will be different this year due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. And although the

annual Christmas Lighting Festival is canceled for 2020, you will still be able to enjoy the stunning

light display that the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is known for. The village has been described as

living in a snow globe, and it really does have that quaint old-fashioned feel to it.

“In order to maximize safety for both our residents and our visitors to Leavenworth, the Leavenworth Chamber

Board of Directors are taking a series of carefully considered measures that will decrease density in the downtown

core while still delivering the magical holiday experience that only Leavenworth can provide,” said Troy Campbell,

executive director of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. “Our hope is that this will encourage visitors

to enjoy Leavenworth and the Village of Lights display throughout the week and the season, and online,

as opposed to drawing large groups together around festival events on those few weekends (in

December),” he said.

Where to Stay

The Icicle Village Resort, a short walking distance from downtown

Leavenworth, has a variety of accommodations perfect for any

size family. Stunning views of the Cascade Mountains from

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Plan to spend some time after dark

exploring the light display in the

Christmas Lights transform the

“town each year.

village. More than a half a million

the resort and its German architecture really make it feel like a getaway. Their

pet-friendly rooms are not carpeted, which makes for a more sanitary stay when

traveling with your furry friends. Dog bowls are provided as well as a toy, a treat

and waste bags. Breakfast is included in the room rate. On site is the Alpine

Spa which has COVID-19 procedures in place to ensure a safe visit. During the

month of December, children will love the “Elf on the Shelf ” event. Five elves are

located on the resort grounds. Take an “Elfie” with all five and receive a treat from

the Front Desk.

Where to Eat

There are a variety of restaurants to pick from while in Leavenworth, but at this

time due to health and safety protocols, seating is extremely limited—so plan to

eat where you can make a reservation. With the Bavarian theme of the village,

there are many opportunities to enjoy German food. Locally made products like

cheese, sausages and house-made cured meats abound. Try the locally brewed

beer, the array of wineries and a craft distillery.

The Yodelin Broth Company offers fresh healthy food while causing no

unnecessary harm to the environment. Choose from noodle bowls with savory

broth, Pacific Northwest rice bowls, as well as a good selection of sandwiches.

For a less crowded experience, JJ Hills Fresh Grill, located in the Icicle Village

Resort, serves up Bavarian favorites with a Northwest twist. Seasonal food and

drink specials, as well as holiday meals, are available. The outdoor balcony has

views of Tumwater Canyon, Icicle Ridge and Leavenworth.

The village has some great choices for dessert, with bakeries serving up German

specialties or Christmas Stollen. Schocolat is worth a stop to try the delectable

handmade chocolates, made fresh daily in the classic European style. Made with

fresh ingredients and in small batches, you can really taste the difference. The

smell of cinnamon-infused waffle cones baking draws you into the WhistlePunk

Ice Cream Shop. The ice cream and waffle cones are all made from scratch using

all-natural ingredients. The ice cream is not super sweet, so you really taste the

add-in flavors. Try their hot chocolate float for a winter treat.

What to Do

To get in the holiday spirit, plan a visit to the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, a

family owned business. Make a reservation online to see these amazing creatures.

COVID-19 procedures limit the group sizes for each tour, and there is space

for social distancing. This year, Santa will remain in his sleigh with a specially

designed clear COVID-19 mask. Photos may be taken standing next to the sleigh

to keep Santa and his visitors safe. The gift shop is super cute, with a variety of fun

reindeer-themed gifts.

The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club has lots of opportunities to enjoy the

outdoors this winter. The alpine ski area has two rope tows and a ski jumping hill.

Explore the 26 kilometers of Nordic Trails. The tubing hill is super popular. Bring

sleds if you have them, as there are lots of spots in and around town to get that

adrenaline rush roaring down a hill. Stevens Pass Ski Resort and Mission Ridge

Ski Resort are both driving distance from Leavenworth.

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For a unique experience, book a snowshoe tour of the Leavenworth National

Fish Hatchery—which was the largest in the world when it was built in 1940.

The Grand Coulee Dam completely blocked fish passage to the upper Columbia

River when it was built; the hatchery’s mission was to produce salmon to make

up for that impact. The snowshoe tours are offered through the Wenatchee River

Institute for $12 and include snowshoes. Tours meet at the hatchery. You must call

ahead to book your spot at 509.548.0181.

There is nothing quite like a festive sleigh ride through the snow. Leavenworth

Sleigh Rides is only offering private sleigh rides this season, with several different

sizes of sleighs seating up to six, 12 or 16 guests. Each ride, which lasts about 50

minutes, takes its guests through scenic open meadows and forests to a barn stop

for hot cider around a roaring fire. For safety reasons, you will want to bring your

own blankets. No pets are allowed on the sleigh ride.

Plan to spend some time after dark exploring the light display in the village. More

than a half a million Christmas Lights transform the town each year. Front Street

(the main street in downtown Leavenworth) is closed to vehicle traffic for more

social distancing. Shops will be open but limited to 30 percent capacity, so you

may have to wait to enter. Try to support the local businesses during your stay, as

many rely heavily on tourism for their livelihood. Hours vary with shops closing

between 5 and 8pm.

The holiday season in Leavenworth will still be festive despite cancellations and

changes. When planning your visit, traffic the first three Saturdays of December

will be very heavy, even with the Lighting Festival canceled. If possible, visit during

the week, when you will experience less people than on the weekends. Before your

trip, verify hours and reservations for activities, lodging and restaurants. With

the ongoing pandemic, everything is subject to change if cases begin increasing.

Weather is unpredictable this time of year, so be prepared with warm clothes and

carry chains for your car.

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