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December 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

DECEMBER 2020

LIVING LOCAL

Embracing the Spirit

of Christmas

Local shop offers abundance of

gifts and decorations

Shop Local

Your dollars go further when you

support local businesses

The Warmth and

Love of Tradition

Old family favorites spark

happy holiday memories

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Peace on Earth

Happy Holidays from the Westmorelands to YOU!

CAROLYN WESTMORELAND

Broker/Owner

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DECEMBER 2020

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 12

inside

2020 Holiday Gifting Guide

Unique gift ideas to consider this December 68

Holiday Entertaining 101

Bring some excitement into your home this season 72

Ways To Shop Local This Christmas

Your dollars go further when you support local business 78

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Live Life Smiling

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

FAREWELL TO A YEAR OF

HARDSHIP AND PERSEVERANCE

Family First offers

compassionate,

quality, 24-hour care

in a comfortable home

setting.

• Caring and experienced

medical team.

• Home physician and

transportation to medical

appointments provided.

• Entertaining activities for

residents.

• Serving Gig Harbor and the

surrounding community

for 20 years.

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 Gig Harbor Living

Local, you will once again be reminded of

how fortunate we are to live here in this

maritime city. For all those who 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 Gig Harbor

Living Local.

Blessings to you this Christmas, and may

they continue through the new year.

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Blessings to you this Holiday Season

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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

Christmas Spirit: Local shop offers abundance

of gifts and decorations

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GOOD NEWS

A History of Promoting Peace, Prosperity,

Gladness and Hope: Gig Harbor Eagles Club

continues to inspire and serve

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Frills by TLB Events: New lifestyle boutique is

opening soon in Gig Harbor

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IN FOCUS

Nourish Pierce County: Local food bank

instills hope

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Recognizing the bright youth in our community

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LIVING LOCAL

Can Anything Stop Kenny? Local paddler now

three-time U.S. record holder

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Bright Day CBD: Hemp-derived products for

you, your family and your pets!

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sneak peek into December ...

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HOLIDAY GIFTING GUIDE

Unique gift ideas to consider this December

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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

Bring some excitement into your home this season

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE STORY

Memories from His Youth: The images of Pearl

Harbor lived on for Navy veteran

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SHOP LOCAL

Your dollars go further when you support

local business

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Village Shines Bright in Leavenworth,

Washington: Stunning light display will go on

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FEATURED RECIPE

Christmas in a bowl! Enjoy this homemade

treat sure to please your palate!

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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The Warmth and Love of Tradition

OLD FAVORITES SPARK HAPPY MEMORIES

By Nikki Luttmann, Interior Designer

What 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 up 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.

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We are excited to offer a 12-day advent calendar

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experiment or craft 12 nights in a row leading up

to Christmas. Register by December 7th.

• LETTERS TO SANTA

Write a letter to Santa and receive one back before

Christmas! Mailbox locations: Skansie Park and

Sehmel Homstead Park Pavilion. Send your letter

before December 14.

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“I love it when the stockings hung by the fireplace with care are

well worn and have been loved for many past Christmases.”

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.

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 triedand-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.

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

Instead, celebrate the past that has made our today possible, with all its

imperfections. And by all means, let’s welcome 2021 together!

The following is one of our family’s favorite Christmas cookies: Lonnie’s

Raspberry Roll-Ups.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter

8 oz. cream cheese

2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

raspberry jam

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Blend room-temperature butter and cream

cheese until smooth. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Chill dough for at least

30 minutes. Roll out on a floured surface to ¼-inch thick. Cut into 2-inch

by 4-inch triangles and place a dollop of jam on each, before folding the

ends of the triangle in, forming a loose roll. Place on a cookie sheet, cover

loosely with foil, and bake until golden (10 to 12 minutes).

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EXCEEDING

EXPECTATIONS

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The Gift of Grace

SIMPLIFY AND REST INTO THE BEAUTY BEHIND THE HOLIDAYS

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

This time of year, I am usually writing about how to establish

new holiday traditions for recently divorced couples and

two-home families. I’m sure no one, including me, wants to

consider “new traditions” in 2020. So let’s skip that, shall we?

Instead, let’s take a pause and consider this. If you are in a newly

separated family, how do you cope during the holidays this year

without feeling like you are adding even more layers of stress? Perhaps

it’s time to peel back some layers and give yourself permission to

accept the gift of grace.

One of the many meanings of “grace” as defined by Merriam-Webster

is “a temporary exemption: a reprieve.” The archaic version of this is

“mercy or pardon.” In other words, give yourself a pass on thinking

you have to throw the “Best Christmas Ever” to overcompensate for

adding a separation or divorce to this year’s list of life challenges.

Another definition of “grace” is “a disposition to or an act of kindness,

courtesy or clemency.” Why can’t we apply all three of these elements

to ourselves when making decisions about children’s residential

schedules, what to buy for gifts and decorations, and with whom to

socialize this year (and especially granting clemency to oneself if those

decisions involve health and safety over peer or family pressure)?

One thing I’ve learned from this year’s pandemic is how much stuff I

don’t need. I’ve also learned, as a former frequent traveler, how nice

it actually can be to stay at home for longer than a couple months at

a time. I didn’t realize how complicated things may have been until I

was forced to have them removed. My pre-pandemic Marie Kondo

versions of “simplifying” were just a ruse. Simplicity now seems to be

a resonating theme.

And you know what? It’s OK. Actually, it’s better than OK. You don’t

have to be the perfect parent this year (or the perfect family member,

or the perfect friend). Give yourself permission to cut back, calm

down and rest into the beauty behind the holidays. Your kids will get

through it just fine if you and your co-parent can recognize this year

is just “different.” You don’t have to make it “better," and you probably

shouldn’t label it as “worse.” It’s just “different.”

One of the best Christmases I ever spent as an adult was the year I

was going through my own divorce. I was far away from family and

had little money. The thought of my first Christmas alone after 12

years of marriage was further complicated by the fact our wedding

anniversary fell on December 27.

After a few weeks of dread, I thought, “Why do this to myself?” I went

out and bought a cheap tree, decorated it with dried flowers and other

things I found in nature (rather than using the memorable ornaments

I’d collected during my marriage) and spent Christmas Eve quietly

alone on the couch with tree lights and candles burning and read “The

Night Before Christmas.” Corny? Maybe. But quite therapeutic!

The next morning, I made myself a mimosa and called my parents so

we could open the gifts we had sent each other while on the phone

together. (This was before FaceTime and Zoom existed). I had no

pressure to cook or socialize and took a leisurely walk with a promise

to not feel sorry for myself or what I might be “missing.” It was so

miraculously relaxing. And I remember it with great fondness to this

day almost 30 years later.

In retrospect, I realize I gave myself the gift of grace back then. I gave

myself permission to be kind to myself, to simplify, to declutter the

space that is the holidays, and in turn, I gave myself the gift of a great

memory during what had otherwise been a horrendous year in my

life.

Allow grace to inform your holiday experience this year. Who knows?

Maybe grace will also become a new holiday tradition in years to

come.

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 encouraged.

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TAX PLANNING TIPS:

Life Insurance

Courtesy of Nancy Harris, CMFC, CDFA

President, Financial Planner, New Foundation Wealth Group

BUILDING SOLID

FINANCIAL FOUNDATIONS

We develop & review strategies,

plans & solutions, as well as

work to create a safe & caring

environment where everyone can

discuss their financial concerns,

dreams & goals.

Understanding the importance

of life insurance is one thing.

Understanding the tax rules

is quite another. As insurance

products have evolved and become more

sophisticated, the line separating insurance

vehicles from investment vehicles has grown

blurry. To differentiate between the two, a mix

of complex rules and exceptions now governs

the taxation of insurance products. Here are

some life insurance tax tips and background

information to help you make sense of it all.

Keep in mind that you can't deduct your

premiums on your federal income tax return.

Because life insurance is considered a personal

expense, you can't deduct the premiums you

pay for life insurance coverage.

Your life insurance beneficiary probably

won't have to pay income tax on death

benefits received. Whoever receives the death

benefit from your insurance policy usually

does not have to pay federal or state income

tax on those proceeds. So, if you die owning

a life insurance policy with a $500,000 death

benefit, your beneficiary under the policy will

generally not have to pay income tax on the

receipt of the $500,000.

If your policy has a cash value component,

that part will accumulate tax deferred.

Unlike term life insurance policies, some life

insurance policies (e.g., permanent life) have

a cash value component. As the cash value

grows, you may ultimately have more money

in cash value than you paid in premiums.

Generally, you are allowed to defer income

taxes on those gains as long as you don't sell,

withdraw from or surrender the policy. If you

do sell, surrender or withdraw from the policy,

the difference between what you get back and

what you paid in is taxed as ordinary income.

You may be able to exchange one policy

for another without triggering tax liability.

The tax code allows you to exchange one life

insurance policy for another (or a life insurance

policy for an annuity) without triggering

current tax liability. This is known as a Section

1035 exchange. However, you must follow the

IRS's rules when making the exchange.

When in doubt, consult a professional.

The tax rules surrounding life insurance are

obviously complex and are subject to change.

For more information, contact a qualified

insurance professional.

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative

and Investment Adviser Representative of

Equity Services, Inc. (ESI). Securities and

investment advisory services are offered solely

by ESI,​Member FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport

Center Drive, Suite 270, Newport Beach CA

92660, 949-836-7809. New Foundation Wealth

Group is independent of ESI. Nancy Harris

does not offer tax or legal advice. For advice

concerning your own situation, please consult

with your appropriate professional advisor.

TC117636(1020)1

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President, Financial Planner

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4423 Point Fosdick Dr., Ste. 208-2, Gig Harbor, WA

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative and Investment

Advisor Representative of/and offers securities and investment

advisory services solely through Equity Services, Inc., member

FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport Center Dr., Ste. 270, Newport Beach,

CA 92660. ESI operates as Vermont Equity Services in CO, MO,

NH and WI. New Foundation Wealth Group is independent of

Equity Services, Inc. unless otherwise noted. TC116196(0820)1.

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Watch out for cash withdrawals in excess

of basis—they’re taxable. If you withdraw

cash from a cash value life insurance policy,

the amount of withdrawals up to your basis

in the policy will be tax free. Generally, your

basis is the amount of premiums you have

paid into the policy less any dividends or

withdrawals you have previously taken. Any

withdrawals in excess of your basis (gain) will

be taxed as ordinary income. However, if the

policy is classified as a modified endowment

contract (MEC) (a situation that occurs when

you put in more premiums than the threshold

allows), then the gain must be withdrawn first

and taxed.


TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

David

Aston

For 25 years, David Aston has

helped young students burn off

some of the energy of youth while

at the same time teach them

multiple physical and mental health skills

that can help them in many areas of their

lives. David is a physical education teacher

at Voyager Elementary. He loves seeing

children’s skills improve with practice and

their confidence grow as they age. “It is so

rewarding to watch their

development and hard work

turn them into healthy

young people with a healthy

respect for the essentials

of health and fitness,” he

said. Equally enjoyable for

David are the relationships

he is able to build with the

students’ families, as he is

often a big part of their daily

lives throughout elementary

school. “The relationship

with the families helps my

connections with students.

These strong connections

help motivate students to

work hard and grow. I love

it.”

Even after students leave Voyager, David

is often still in touch with many of them,

as well as their families. Some of his young

students have developed physical skills

that have lead to athletic scholarships. He

preaches hard work and loves seeing the

moment something clicks. “That brings

such joy to kids and to me, to see the light

bulb turn on when a student’s brain clicks

“IT IS SO REWARDING

TO WATCH THEIR

DEVELOPMENT AND

HARD WORK TURN

THEM INTO HEALTHY

YOUNG PEOPLE."

Physical Education

Voyager Elementary School

and a skill is finally learned,” he said.

The online learning environment is

challenging for sure. As a PE teacher,

teaching movement-based skills online

is challenging. “Zoom feels like a filter

between myself and the relationships I

enjoy with my students. I miss the ability

to connect with kids in a way that builds a

long-term relationship,” said David. He and

his colleagues believe kids will work hard

for teachers they trust and

have a connection with,

and who are committed

to working very hard to

build those relationships,

which are critical for

student success. “We have

become a very strong

team which helps us build

a program for students

that meets diverse needs

and connections with our

students,” he said. “I am

grateful for my team.”

During tough times and

tough situations, the

easy way out is giving up

or quitting. David will continue to make

sure his students learn that through hard

work you can accomplish anything, and

that doesn’t just apply to gym class. “Work

hard to be your best self; work hard to be

a servant leader; work hard to contribute

to your community; work hard to employ

good sportsmanship; and work hard to give

grace when needed. Hard work is tough, so

are we,” he said.

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L I F E

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C O M M U N I T Y

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LOCAL SHOP OFFERS ABUNDANCE OF GIFTS AND DECORATIONS

By Colin Anderson

For more than 50 years, The Beach Basket and Christmas

Shop have provided an abundance of unique holiday gifts—

and 2020 is no exception. If you want an ornament that

will commemorate 2020, you’ll find Old World Christmas

glass bottles of hand sanitizer. Perhaps a Santa ornament donning

a facemask is more your sense of humor? These are just two of the

almost too numerous to mention unique items found at one of Gig

Harbor’s longest standing family businesses.

The building that houses the Beach Basket once served as the Austin

and Ericksen Sawmill. In 1969, the Schmidtke family saw the potential

in the building, made the purchase and transformed it into a gift shop.

Over the years, the store has expanded its footprint, and the selection

of unique items within continues to grow. Members of the family

continue to run the store to this day, and there are employees who’ve

also been around for more than a decade, helping turn the shop into a

must visit for both locals and visitors alike.

The year-round Christmas shop adjacent to the Beach Basket was

once the three-level home of the sawmill co-owner. Today you’ll find

decorations to fit every style, handmade local crafts and other items

you simply can’t get at the big box stores or online retailers.

The Christmas Shop is one of the few places in the Northwest where

you will find imported nutcrackers from Germany. Rounding each

corner of the shop you will discover different themes and beautifully

decorated trees. Other gifts include nautical-themed items, women’s

sportswear, jewelry, bags, gardening items and Gig Harbor souvenirs.

The staff is always on the lookout for the most unique items they can

find, meaning every year there is something new to see.

The Christmas Shop has seen travelers from all around the world

enter its doors, and luckily for local holiday shoppers, this one-of-akind

shop is right in their own backyard. Make a point to visit your

local retailers and businesses this holiday season, and by doing so help

preserve what makes Gig Harbor such a truly unique place.

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A HISTORY OF PROMOTING PEACE, PROSPERITY,

GLADNESS AND HOPE

GIG HARBOR EAGLES CLUB CONTINUES TO INSPIRE AND SERVE

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

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Before his passing a little over a year ago,

Eric Asplund was the last surviving Charter

member of the Gig Harbor Eagles Club Aerie,

and had just received his 75 Charter Member

pin: 75 years of working with the Eagles to bring joy,

fun and service to the Gig Harbor community, from the

time the Aerie members first met in a basement to its

current location on Burnham Drive.

In a history of the club, Asplund writes of how two

carpenters and members of the Port Orchard Aerie—

Joe Veitenhaus and Frank Thompson—were the

inspiration behind the Gig Harbor Fraternal Order of

Eagles Aerie No. 2809. Efforts began to start the first

Gig Harbor Aerie, which was established in 1948, and

of which Veitenhaus would later serve as president from

1974 to 1975.

Signups were held in the basement of the old Shoreline

Café, initiation of members took place at the old VFW

Hall, and the very first meetings were held in the

basement of the Pastime Building, now Windermere

Realty.

Asplund was there through the various phases of the

club’s life, and even served as president for a time. The

club went through several different locations, until

the lot it currently sits on was purchased in 1956, and

three used prefab houses were erected with help from

Aerie and Auxiliary volunteers. A three-day celebration

followed this first building, when it was dedicated on

the 10th anniversary of the Gig Harbor Aerie.

Almost 15 years later, an all-volunteer group added

to the building, creating the old lounge, old entry and

meeting/bingo room. During an additional construction

phase in 1983, the Eagles Club gained a lounge, dance

and dining room, kitchen and restrooms that made it

the lively gathering place it is today.

The club is home to regular weekly dinners, dances,

bingo nights, Sunday morning breakfasts and game

watches, and karaoke nights. It’s “the greatest place

in Gig Harbor to socialize,” says Bette Asplund, Eric’s

widow and the last surviving Charter member of the

Auxiliary, which is the women’s only component of the

Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

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THE EAGLES ARE STILL DEDICATED TO

PROVIDING A SPACE GIG HARBOR CAN

COME TOGETHER, HAVE FUN AND

SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY.

“94 years young,” is how Kathy Black, Aerie Chaplain and former

Conductor with the Gig Harbor Eagles Club, describes Bette. Bette has

always been a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Gig Harbor History

and the Eagles Club, explains Black.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international nonprofit organization

that “unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality,

to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting

peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.”

They regularly support the Children’s Hospital, NW Kidney Foundation,

American Diabetes Foundation and the American Cancer Society, in

addition to many other local charities and community causes.

The Gig Harbor Eagles’ first fundraiser was a dance at the former

Horseshoe Lake Pavilion to raise funds for the stage curtain at Peninsula

High School. They raised $500 through the event—a large amount for

the time.

Throughout the year the Eagles have several annual benefits, and in

addition to supporting national charities, they donate to local community

fundraisers and nonprofits, provide scholarships, and contribute to civic

projects that help make Gig Harbor a wonderful place to live, work and

raise a family.

Their first civic project was Gig Harbor City Park, where they proved

instrumental in having the deed reverted from the school district to

the City of Gig Harbor. Every year, the Eagles host a much anticipated

Christmas Party, Halloween Party and Easter Egg Hunt, and throughout

the year there are dances, bingo nights, karaoke nights and other special

events at the Eagles Club for the community to enjoy. Proceeds always go

to a certain charity or cause.

The pandemic has made this year slightly different, but the Eagles are still

dedicated to providing a space Gig Harbor can come together, have fun

and support the community. “We always have a calendar full of events

and social fun, [although] we have to wait for the pandemic to get under

control now,” says Bette.

Bette, who has been a Charter member for 75 years now, welcomes people

to come in and visit the Eagles Club. Once a month, the club initiates new

members into the Aerie or the Auxiliary, and there are now more than

1,200 members who have joined.

Although Bette is now in a care facility, the same welcoming attitude and

passion for touching the community can be felt through many others

who have continued on the legacy of the Gig Harbor Eagles Club. It is a

community of like-minded people, eager to provide a place of celebration

and fun, and committed to making Gig Harbor an even better place to

call home.

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Celebrating

Life’s Most

Special Moments

New lifestyle boutique is opening

soon in Gig Harbor

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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“Our world today, and always,

needs more joy! This is at the

core of what we will spark within

our city and around the world.”

TLB Events, LLC, an event production and décor design company, has

been operating for more than 15 years, and owner Tammi Barber

is excited to introduce her newest endeavor—Frills by TLB Events,

which will be “unwrapped” to the community's delight this month!

At this lifestyle and celebration boutique you will find everything from gifts,

celebration essentials, home décor, fresh florals and plants, custom décor

installations and art, to personal accessory pop-up shops. It is truly a one-of-akind

space unlike any other in Gig Harbor.

With a passion for events and storytelling using all five senses, Tammi strives

to bring these same experiences into the community through a mix of her new

brick-and-mortar shop combined with an online presence. “We had always

planned on having a retail arm to TLB Events, and COVID-19 gave us the

unique gift of time,” says Tammi. “We decided now more than ever, we wanted

to find a way to stay engaged within our community and give people a reason

to stay excited to celebrate all of life’s moments.”

Tammi started in the event industry more than two decades ago, bringing joy to

this community—and around the world—through the art of guest experience.

Customizing design to fit each client’s personality, style and culture, “It’s the

little details that create the big picture,” explains Tammi.

“We at Frills by TLB Events will bring the art of guest experience into our store

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as well as your home. We want to take our knowledge of special events

and show the community how to create similar opportunities in their

own spaces.”

Tammi and her team will provide inspiration and education as well as the

products you will need to make any day worth celebrating. Interactive

design stations can be found in the store, as well as the opportunity to

consult with one of Frills’ event experts via TLB Events, LLC for all your

planning and décor design needs.

“There is such power in the human connection, both in person for a

celebration of life’s most special moments as well as through the giving

of gifts,” shares Tammi. “Making people smile, feel loved and cared for is

essential. All of our products either have a great social impact story, pay

it forward in some way or will simply just make you happy.”

When it comes to what Tammi finds most rewarding about the work she

is able to accomplish through TLB Events, and now the addition of Frills,

Tammi shares, “It is bringing joy to those we have had the privilege of

working with as well as the guests that they are entertaining. We absolutely

delight in creating experiences that are worthy of remembering. Whether

we are inspiring traditions that can come back year after year or designing

a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, we adore seeing the smiles, hearing the

laughter and capturing the moments that are a part of their legacy.”

Gig Harbor is truly “home” to Tammi, as she has lived in the community

since just 4 years of age. “I grew up here and chose to raise my family here

as well. We love this community!” she says.

“I have loved getting to know many of the talented individuals and

businesses that we have had in this community over the years as well as

the new ventures moving into town. I look forward to working together

to support each other with unique collaborations as we get open.”

Tammi finds it equally important to give back to her community, and

being active in community projects has been a large part of TLB Events,

LLC since its inception. Tammi has served on the board for Support

Services for the Developmentally Disabled for more than 20 years, as well

as multiple event committees. Through TLB Events, they have offered

in-kind services along with their time and talents.

“Our world today, and always, needs more joy! This is at the core of what

we will spark within our city and around the world.”

Every day is a day worth celebrating, and with the holiday season of

giving and sharing upon us, Tammi invites you to explore all the fun and

unique items and in-store experiences once Frills is officially unwrapped.

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NOURISH PIERCE COUNTY

LOCAL FOOD BANK INSTILLS HOPE

BY RACHEL KELLY

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

County to respond to this season. Regardless of

this year's circumstances, Nourish has held fast

to their mission. That mission being all the more

important under pressure: to provide nutritious

food to those in need with compassion, dignity

and respect.

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,

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

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

personal approach to every client. A personal

attendant guides each shopper through the

“grocery store-style food bank,” highlighting the

ins and outs of what and how much. Put simply,

Nourish gives everyone around them the time of

day, instilling in every member a sense of worth;

a sense of worth that is so often stripped away

by life’s burdens. From 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-andmortar

locations throughout the community,

with two mobile food banks that travel to areas

where food is difficult to access. Places where

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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. 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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STUDENTS OF

BY COLIN ANDERSON

“Coach Eager helped me

shift my priorities and realize

that appreciating and

enjoying the sport is the

most important thing.”

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Gig Harbor High School senior

Cameron Gabe certainly keeps

himself busy. He’s involved in

athletics, music and Advanced

Placement classes, and is just about ready

to publish an academic research study on

coping with stress as part of one of his

favorite classes—AP research. “It is a course

that guides us through a year-long process of

designing and performing our own research

experiment to produce a thesis-type research

paper,” explained Cameron. “I thought this

class was really cool because, in my eyes, it

was an hour out of my day that I got to learn

whatever I wanted to learn about.”

The course has helped inspire Cameron on

some future goals, including the study of

psychology or neuroscience, once he decides

on what college or university he would like to

attend. “I would like to be able to do my own

research and make my career into learning

about things that I’m interested in that may

be able to help people,” he said.

Cameron is also very passionate about music.

He plays the alto saxophone, is the section

leader of the wind symphony and jazz 1,

and has been since his sophomore year.

His band has traveled as far as Chicago for

competitions. He also plays in community

jazz bands in the area, and you’ll often see

him at local swing dances.

Athletically, Cameron grew up playing soccer.

He decided to step away before high school

because he felt like the coaches he had at the

time were only interested in winning. He

decided to go out for track and found success

and motivation from his coach, Mr. Eager.

“Coach Eager could not have been more the

opposite; he is the most caring coach I have

ever had. He helped me shift my priorities

and realize that appreciating and enjoying the

sport is the most important thing.”

Mr. Eager’s style definitely had an impact.

Cameron’s relay team took first his freshman

year and a close second his sophomore year.

Junior year was canceled due to COVID. He

placed in the top three for time at several

distances as a freshman and has the seventh

fastest 400m time for a sophomore in school

history.

Cameron carries a GPA just a tick under

4.0, impressive considering the amount of

Advanced Placement and UW in high school

courses he takes. He is undecided on a school

for his future but wants to stay on the West

Coast and continue all the things he enjoys

in life. “I am interested in smaller out-of-state

schools where I can have close instruction

from professors like I have received at Gig

Harbor. I would like to be part of an involved

music department and participate in sports,”

he said.

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THE MONTH

Mia is excited for what’s to

come and also thankful to

those who’ve been there for

her over the years.

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Peninsula High School senior Mia

Anderson, like her peers, is hoping

that 2021 will bring some renewed

hope and a bit more normalcy to

life. “I am most proud of being a PHS varsity

cheerleader for the 2020/2021 school year,

and I really hope we get a chance to cheer at

some games!” she said.

Mia continues to be active at her school

despite distance learning. Outside of

cheerleading she is also part of the school’s

Community Inclusion Program (CIP). CIP

is a club that assists with planning activities

for youth of all abilities along with fun

friendship events. Students serve as mentors

as they build relationships, appreciate

everyone's gifts, support one another, receive

leadership training and learn to be selfadvocates.

Mia also really enjoys singing and is

participating in the school’s concert choir,

marking her fourth year in a row. “Mrs. Ellis

has made it a safe place to be, and we are all

like a family,” she said of the class. Mia also

enjoys art and other creative opportunities

the school provides. “My other favorite class

that I have taken at PHS is batik with Mr.

Hall. I took that class twice because it was so

fun making colorful art for our house,” she

said.

Mia is also part of the district’s Community

Transition Program (CTP). CTP supports

young adults as they transition to life

after high school in achieving the greatest

degree of independence and quality of life.

The program takes into account student

needs, strengths, preferences, interests,

work experience and desired post-school

outcomes. For Mia that means likely taking

some college courses and potentially working

with youth in the future. “I hope to get a job

someday working with children; maybe an

assistant at a daycare,” she said.

Mia is excited for what’s to come and also

thankful to those who’ve been there for her

over the years. “My ET&T teacher, Wendy,

has really helped me as I’ve become an adult.

She is patient and is super funny. It will be

hard not to see her every day when I go to

CTP,” she said.

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CAN ANYTHING

STOP KENNY?

Local paddler now three-time U.S.

record holder

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Kenny Kasperbauer began his career on the water kind of on

a whim. In 2011, a good friend’s sister was part of the Gig

Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing team, and Kenny’s buddy

encouraged him to come along for a development camp. “I

wasn’t sure at first, but I went and almost instantly fell in love with the

sport,” he recalled. Within days Kenny was all-in and would soon devote

his young life to single-man sprint canoe (C1) racing. Being around

decorated athletes in the club motivated Kenny, and he set a goal of

making the U.S. team by the age of 15. His first goal was achieved, and

before he was driving a car he was on his way to the Czech Republic to

compete against the best 15- to 17-year-old paddlers in the world. “It was

frightening at first,” said Kenny. “Seeing these huge Latvians, Lithuanians,

Czechs, all lined up with me and realizing, 'Whoa! This is real now.’”

Kenny did well in his first taste of international competition but wanted

to do better. He left playing soccer to devote his time to becoming the

best paddler he could be. He continued to train and work out at an

incredibly high level all throughout high school. He was in his absolute

prime when he received news that would completely alter his world.

“They discovered a life-threatening benign tumor on my pancreas, and

that cut my final high school season short,” he said. Kenny would have

to go under the knife. He lost 25 pounds while also having to relearn to

walk. “I couldn’t even do a push-up or sit-up,” he recalled. A situation

where many might give up on their dreams and goals, Kenny took the

other route, determined to come back stronger than ever. Getting back

to a competitive level took Kenny nearly three years of intense physical

therapy and training. “The recovery was the darkest time of my life, but

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"I told myself I deserve to be here, I’ve

worked hard."

I pushed through, and that made getting the record even more sweet,”

he smiled.

The record he refers to is his time of 41.14 seconds in the C1 200m World

Championships held this past September in Hungary. Kenny previously

set the junior and senior level U.S. records, and with his time in the

under-23 qualification round, he now holds all three. Kenny finished

third in the heat, which qualified him for the A-Final. “I was jumping

around and screaming,” Kenny said. “Others were looking at me strange,

but it was a goal I had worked so long and hard for. It was just amazing.”

There are factors that vary with each race, from water depth and

temperature to wind speed. There was a headwind on the course up until

about 30 minutes prior to the heat, but that changed to a tailwind, and

Kenny knew this might be his only shot at setting a new record time.

Last year Kenny qualified for the B-Final and ended up finishing in 16th.

This year he finished ninth out of nine in the A-Final and saw himself

in a similar position to his first international competition. “Looking left

and right and seeing my role models, Olympic and European champions,

people I’ve looked up to, there was a little bit of imposter syndrome I was

feeling, but I didn’t let that get to me. I told myself I deserve to be here,

I’ve worked hard. I might not medal this time, but I’m definitely catching

up,” he recalled.

From learning to walk again to becoming a three-time American record

holder, Kenny’s journey has been amazing—but he’s not done. He was

dealt another blow when his event was taken out of the next Olympics,

now scheduled for 2021 in Japan, but is hopeful it might return to future

games in Paris or Los Angeles. In the meantime he wants to make

sure his name stays atop the record book. “I want to make this record

unbreakable, make another A-Final, and place in the top six in the

championships in Copenhagen, 2021,” said Kenny.

Kenny’s training schedule varies by season but includes on-water

exercises, time in the weight room, and equally important sessions of

recovery, stretching and flexibility. He eats healthy, sleeps eight to 10

hours per night and takes naps, which he believes are just as important

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as the intense physical training. “You can work out

seven days a week, but if your body isn’t able to recover,

you’ll never really improve,” said Kenny.

When asked about his commitment and achievements,

Kenny happily shares his experiences, especially with

kids who might just be starting their athletic journeys.

"Every NFL player or NBA superstar once stood in

the same shoes you will stand in when trying a new

sport! And for intermediate athletes, the best quote I

ever heard while growing up is: ‘Nothing easy was ever

worth doing.’”

“I want to make this record

unbreakable, make another

A-Final, and place in the

top six in the championships

in Copenhagen, 2021.”

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and Your Pets!

South Puget Sound’s community resource

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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“We enjoy spending one-onone

time with each customer.

We see ourselves as the

community resource.”

“It has been so rewarding to help so many of our customers!”

Sisters and business partners Lisa Tompkins and Gina Erni introduced

Bright Day CBD to the South Puget Sound in June 2018. The brickand-mortar

shop provides customers—and their pets—with highquality

hemp-derived products for those looking for a more natural approach

paired with education on the products offered.

When you walk through the doors at Bright Day CBD, customers will experience

a comfortable environment and a knowledgeable team to help find the right CBD

product for their particular needs, including a broad range of tinctures, oils,

capsules, topicals, spa products, and edibles, as well as oils and treats for dogs and

cats.

Bright Day CBD is unique in that a big part of what they do is share information

and educate each customer on the products they sell, including the subtle

differences between full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate; milligrams per

bottle/per dropper; and how each individual is their own testing ground when it

comes to figuring out the right amount of CBD for them. “We enjoy spending oneon-one

time with each customer,” shares Lisa. “We see ourselves as the community

resource.”

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In addition to helping people figure out which products might work best

for them, the sisters find it rewarding when customers return for more

product and share their personal stories about their results. “I have heard

stories from customers whose lives have literally been changed, both

physically and mentally,” smiles Lisa.

The two were inspired to start their venture after seeing first-hand the

struggles of a family member dealing with multiple autoimmune diseases

and the positive effects and benefits of high CBD/low THC products—

those taken both internally as well as topically—from marijuana

dispensaries. “We had heard that CBD from hemp was eventually going

to become legal and knew that when it did, we would want to be a part

of that in some capacity,” recalls Lisa. “Opening a retail store was the

direction we chose—and it was a great choice! It has been extremely

rewarding to help so many of our customers!”

Lisa and Gina have deep roots in the local community. Military brats, the

sisters, along with their parents, moved to Bremerton when their father

retired after serving 20 years in the Marine Corp. (Bremerton is also

where their parents met back in 1955.) Lisa and her husband moved to

Gig Harbor in 1987, and their kids attended preschool in Tacoma “many

years ago,” Lisa says. “I have always felt a connection with Tacoma.” As for

Gina, she and her husband, who is retired Air Force, moved to Lakewood

in 2005 and truly love their community and being part of the broader

Tacoma area.

“We are grateful for the networking with other local businesses,

medical professionals including physicians, naturopaths, chiropractors

and physical therapists, and so many others that have embraced and

welcomed us into the community,” Lisa shares.

In addition to assisting their Bright Day customers find relief from

a variety of health conditions, Lisa and Gina are proud to support the

Children’s Miracle Network, and they appreciate the fact that their

contributions stay in the local community to help children in need.

If you are seeking a natural alternative to help aid in your current ailments,

they invite you to stop in their store 9am to 5pm Wednesday through

Saturday, or shop products online on their website, BrightDayCBD.com,

and have them delivered straight to your door.

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YOUR SUPPLEMENT LABELS

10 Important Things You Should Know

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

Have you ever purchased a supplement, read the label, and asked

yourself what information should I care about? Supplement

labels can be a bit like User Agreements, confusing and rarely

ever completely read. We are going to attempt to lessen the

confusion by organizing the supplement label into the 10 most important

things you should know.

1. Serving Size

The serving size tells you the number of tablets/capsules you will need to take

to obtain the amount per serving values stated in the label. It is important to

pay attention to this area of the label because serving size will differ between

products. For example, Cell Code’s multivitamin requires you to take two

tablets daily, other brands could require you to take up to six units for the

same amount per serving.

2. Amount per Serving

The amount per serving tells you the total amount of ingredient available

per each serving size. Like the serving size, the amount per serving can

differ greatly between products and is important to review when comparing

products.

3. Units of Measure

The unit of measure is one of the most confusing parts of a supplement

label, and because it is confusing it can have the potential to be harmful

if misunderstood. The most common units of measure are grams (g),

milligrams (mg), micrograms (mcg) and international units (IU).

Interestingly, the international unit is due to be phased out and replaced with

the metric system units of measure by January 2021.

4. The Daily Value

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your sanity--and your health--to try and relax. Don't let the

joy of the holidays be consumed with the negative effects

of stress! Instead, remember to focus on the happiness this

season brings for you and your family, and let that guide you in

taking the time to enjoy the holidays and those you hold dear.


The daily value or percent daily value was

created and implemented in 1994 by the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration for labels on

foods and supplements. The DV is based on two

sets of references: daily reference values (DRVs)

and reference daily intakes (RDIs).

5. Single or Double Asterisks

Ever wonder what the single or double asterisks

in place of daily values (DV) listings mean?

Single or double asterisks mean that DVs have

not been established by the FDA for these

nutrients.

6. Other Ingredients

If you have sensitivities or allergies, it is

important that you pay attention to the other

ingredients listed. Common fillers include

starch, calcium, cellulose, magnesium and

sugars. Small amounts of fillers are necessary for

the appropriate manufacturing of the product.

Fillers can prevent the product from cracking or

crumbling. Some fillers to avoid include wheat,

gluten and artificial dyes. If coloring is used,

then it should be natural coloring from fruits

and vegetables. If you have sensitivities to fillers,

your local compounding pharmacy can work

with you and your provider to compound a

prescription nutraceutical that does not contain

the filler you have a sensitivity to.

7. Directions/Alerts

The direction and alert section provide

information to help the consumer safely

obtain the maximum nutritional value from

the product, and it serves to warn consumers

of potential adverse effects the supplement

could present to individuals. This section also

contains information regarding how to store the

supplements.

8. Manufacturer’s Information

The manufacturer’s information section gives

contact information about the company

producing the supplement. This section may also

contain quality marks like Good Manufacturing

Processes (GMP), United States Pharmacopeia

(USP) or National Science Foundation (NSF).

These marks are associated with the highquality

supplement products. These marks will

not always appear on the label due to lack of

label space but should appear on the product

information page located on the company’s

website.

9. Expiration Date

The expiration date is the date by which the

supplements in the bottle will have degraded to

the point that the percent of DV listed on the label

is no longer accurate. Consuming supplements

past the expiration date is never recommended

since the full nutritional value is not received

by the consumer, and some ingredients could

degrade into harmful products.

10. Lot Number

The lot number is a number that identifies the

specific manufacturing batch that the product

was a part of. The lot number is useful in

the event that the product is recalled by the

manufacturer due to an integrity issue with the

product.

The expiration date and lot number may be

either on the label or printed directly on the

bottle.

In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and

diet, supplements are an important part of

maintaining optimum health. Before starting

a new supplement, it is important to consult

with a knowledgeable health-care practitioner

or pharmacist. And if you should ever have

any questions about supplements, our team at

Harbor Health and Apothecary and Cell Code

Supplements would love to help.

Conrad Esser is CEO and Nick Wyatt is Chief

Pharmacist of Harbor Health and Apothecary

in Downtown Gig Harbor. Opening in

January 2021.

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HEALTHIEST LIFE

We are excited to

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Take a moment to notice your body.

Are your shoulders elevated, jaw

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Stress is simply the body's reaction to changes,

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small quantities, stress is beneficial, providing

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Signs of chronic stress include muscle tension,

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Evidence suggests that it is not the intensity

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What can you do in the moment?

Pause. The simple act of breaking the pattern

of response is powerful, interrupting the stress

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Try a simple practice like counting to 10.

Breathe. Conscious breathing calms the

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Smile. Even if you fake it! Smiling releases feelgood

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Learn a mind-body practice. Yoga and tai chi

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These practices have been shown to improve

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Get a massage. Massage therapy improves

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pressure. Ask your massage therapist to

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meditation or progressive relaxation.

Maintain your social connections. Cultivating

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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.

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What are the different types of massage?

When it comes to scheduling a massage, it

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MEMORIES FROM

HIS YOUTH

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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.

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 back inside! We don’t

want anyone else hurt."

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 about 100

yards behind the "Willie B." The deadly projectiles, he wrote, missed

their targets by a wide margin.

Temporary repairs were made to the steering mechanism of the

Preston before the sun set that evening. The ship stopped briefly for a

solemn ceremony on the evening of February 19 to commit the bodies

of 11 crew members to the sea. Ten of the dead were with the ship’s

company. The other was an Australian naval officer from the Sydney

suburb of Redfern.

“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

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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 squadron based on Ford Island in the

middle of bustling Pearl Harbor. The PBY aircraft were twin engine

amphibious aircraft used primarily by the Navy during World War II

for maritime patrols, reach and rescue missions, and occasionally as

bombers.

His unit had returned from two weeks of live depth charge training

on Midway Island late on Friday evening. Charles had returned to his

barracks at 0330 with hopes for a good night’s sleep after a brief visit

to some of his favorite “watering holes.”

The 20-year-old Navy aviation mechanic was awakened just before

0800 by what he first thought were flyovers by some of the hotshot

fighter pilots stationed on one of the carriers based at Pearl.

He knew the planes overhead were not part of a drill when he saw

the rising sun painted on the tail of each plane, and later learned the

sounds were from the second wave of Japanese bombers to strike the

base that morning.

“We never thought the Japanese would attack,” he told a reporter

several years later. “We never even talked about the possibility.”

Baggarley witnessed the devastation as he stood in his bare feet on

shards of broken glass with several of his shipmates at the front door

of his barracks that had been blown out by the concussion of the

repeated explosions.

Utilizing the survival skills he discovered as a young man on the farm

in the Goodnoe Hills community of Washington near the Columbia

River, Charles sprinted across the open field toward the hangar where

his plane had been parked. Instinctively, he dove for cover in the

ditches that had been dug along the dirt path as Japanese planes raced

over his head.

Baggarley was the first member of the squadron crew to reach the

hangar. He stood in silence as other members of the PBY squadron

gathered around him, where the doors to the hangar had been, to

survey the damage inflicted to the 13 aircraft.

The only evidence of his own plane were two wingtips he found jutting

out of the floor of what remained of the makeshift structure. There

was no sign of his flight log or his beloved leather flight jacket.

“All around us a war was going on,” he wrote.

The radioman distinctly remembered that he was able to see the

bottom of the battleship Oklahoma in the channel 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 destroyed planes to

use against waves of enemy planes. 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

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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 useless against enemy fighters at close

range.

Charles looked across the harbor and watched

helplessly as he silently prayed for the Nevada

as she steamed toward open water at the end of

the channel.

“We so wanted that ship and its gallant crew to

survive and win.”

The sight of bombs splashing in the water all

around the huge ship with every gun on its

deck pointed skyward made Baggarley think

about the events that “inspired Francis Scott

Key to write the words for the Star Spangled

Banner as he watched the bombardment of

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.

“The Nevada was not sunk in the channel,” he

wrote. “She made it past Ford Island, and the

crew beached her on the mainland of Oahu.

“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

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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.

In his later years, Charles realized the lessons

he learned protecting the skies over the Pacific

from the Bering Strait to the tiny islands near

New Caledonia served him well during a

lifetime of taking on challenges, overcoming

obstacles and walking away to fly another day.

His was a life well lived.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington. This article was taken

from the content of his book "Soaring With

Eagles" based on the numerous notebooks

compiled by Mr. Baggarley over the course of his

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Amazon or at da@dajournalist.com.

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Q&A

2020 HOLIDAY

Gifting Guide

This year, the holiday spirit has returned with ease, welcomed

with open arms by a world ready to embrace some cheer.

As the end of the year quickly approaches, shoppers are fully

engaged in their quest to gather their gifts and plan their

celebrations. The way that 2020 has upended many routines and

traditions may present the same challenges to the holiday season,

but with those challenges comes opportunity.

If there was ever a time to try something different or new in the

way holidays are celebrated and gifts are shared, 2020 is that year.

It’s a time to prioritize meaning and simplicity over glitz and

grandeur. Joyful, meaningful experiences are truly at the heart of

the holiday season, and this year, consider planning your gifting

traditions around them.

Consider the following gifts to reframe your mindset—and your

routine—this holiday season.

Gifts That Focus on Quality Time. Quality time is a gift that can’t

be purchased, replaced or given a dollar value. Gifts that provide

an experience and a long-lasting memory have an inherent value

that remains long after the holiday season ends, and forgoing

objects in favor of a shared experience is a simple way to reframe

your gift-giving this year.

It can be as simple as placing your focus on activities the family can

share with puzzles and games. There’s nothing quite like a snowy

winter day indoors with the family, huddled around a brand-new

board game, and today’s games are nothing like those of the past.

The trending games of 2020 are a mix of strategy and hilarity, with

top picks including Codenames, The Hot Seat, and new editions of

old favorites like Clue: The Office Edition.

For the adventurers and travelers in your life, providing an

experience can be as simple as a travel voucher or airline gift card;

or, dive deeper into their interests with something more specific

like a wine tasting trip or ticket to one of next year’s live shows. An

annual pass to the National Parks costs just $80, offering access to

all 59 parks across the country and provides unmatched outdoor

experiences that soared in popularity this year.

Gifts that Enhance Home Comfort. Many of us have spent more

time at home this year, and likely will continue to do so into the

new year. From the parents who are now juggling multiple roles,

to the social friends adjusting to the work-from-home lifestyle,

there are likely many members of your circle who could use a bit

of added comfort in their daily lives.

Gifts that bring a sense of ease will be welcomed this holiday

season. Enhance the comfort of the experience of staying home,

including home entertainment, a bit of pampering, and ample

ways to stay cozy.

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pillows; or new, more high-tech options like rechargeable hand warmers

and temperature-control mugs will make staying in and staying warm

that much easier and more enjoyable.

Shoppers can opt for service subscriptions to popular streaming services

like DisneyPlus, HBO Max or Spotify—gifting subscriptions can reduce

shoppers’ stress while bringing months of use to the recipient. Pack an

extra punch by providing a way to enjoy the services like a speaker or a

Roku system for a gift that continues to entertain throughout the year.

Gifts that Educate. Virtual learning experiences can easily spice up the

stay-home routine and appease a need for mental stimulation. Sites like

MasterClass and Udemy can sharpen the mind with classes taught by

some of the best of the best in cooking, acting, writing, and so much

more; and shoppers can easily gift anything from a single class to an allaccess

subscription.

For a tailored, more comprehensive educational experience, give a class

that fits your loved one’s particular interests. For example, sites like

SpiritedHolidays.com offer classes from world-renowned bartenders

offering their inside tips on assembling a premium cocktail, a perfect gift

for those who enjoy imbibing on a date night in.

Gifts that Promote Health and Wellness. This winter, self-care is more

accessible, and more essential, than ever before. Give your loved ones

the gift of starting the new year feeling strong and ready to take on their

health goals with a fitness-focused gift that sets them up for success.

Consider gifting a monthly membership to a local gym or a voucher to

that boutique studio they’ve always wanted to try. For those opting to stay

in, a subscription to apps like Peloton or ClassPass can provide endless,

flexible options for virtual workouts.

For a health-supportive gift to place under the tree, add to their collection

of home fitness equipment with small, gift-able items like dumbbells,

resistance bands or a yoga mat to easily and quite inexpensively provide

the tools needed to jump-start a new fitness regimen.

Gifts that Give Back. This year, consider using some of the free time

spent at home to gather the family and spread holiday cheer that extends

beyond the walls of the household.

From cooking an extra holiday meal to donate, to adopting a local family

to shop for, a bit of extra time can go a long way in making someone’s

holiday—especially during a time when everyone could use a bit of extra

love.

Look to local schools, hospitals and charity organizations to get a better

idea of how you can extend your holiday gifting to community members

in need. Local food and toy drives are excellent, accessible options, and

opportunities to easily make the entire family part of the process, whether

it’s picking the gifts or helping to prepare the meal.

In a year unlike any other, we welcome 2020’s festive season and

everything that comes with it: giving, gathering (safely) and spreading

joy. However different this year’s holidays may look from years past,

those key components remain the same; and by embracing change, we

can bring about new gifting traditions that change our perspectives and

provide new, memorable experiences.

This holiday season, challenge yourself to embrace the chance to try

something new; whether it’s an entirely new tradition, a thoughtfully

planned gift or one small gesture outside your usual celebratory routine.

It could be exactly what you need to end the year with a joyful spirit and

high hopes for the new year.

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by ABIGAIL THORPE

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 brick-and-mortar lifestyle and celebration boutique Frills in downtown Gig Harbor, Washington, shares

some 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 all-around 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. 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

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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

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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 important.”

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

dishes. And why stop there? With numerous options available to rent,

such as chairs, table linens, flatware and dishware (courtesy of Cort

Party Rental) for special gatherings like these, make it easy on yourself

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 event

is guests leaving with the thought: “That was fun!”

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by COLIN ANDERSON

WALK IN THE FRONT DOOR

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Businesses are open! It’s been a trying year for many small businesses, and

the holiday season is a chance for many to recoup revenue lost over the

summer. With fewer visitors than normal, local shops won’t be as packed

as previous years, allowing for a more calm shopping experience on busy

weekends. Downtowns are easy to walk, even if the weather turns. Retailers

carry a wide range of gifts from simple to elegant. Make a plan to visit a new

storefront or one you’ve not previously visited, as you never know what you

might find!

SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS

One of the most unique gifts you can give is from a local artist. These can

include anything from paintings and murals to sculptures, statement pieces

and reading material of local photography. Local artisans often handmake

one-of-a-kind pieces, ensuring your gift will be unlike any other out there.

Find a local photographer to snap some updated family photos or help create

unique Christmas cards. Consider hiring a local musician to play for your

company party, birthday or even background music on a special anniversary.

These unique finds will show the extra thought you put into your loved ones

this season.

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Small business is the life blood of our communities. Locally owned companies employ residents and help fund

important community projects, organizations, youth activities and more through business taxes as well as

time and monetary donations. While ordering gifts from a massive national retailer might offer convenience,

dollars you spend locally stay local and help keep alive the thriving communities found throughout the region.

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If you like getting the bulk of your shopping done in a single trip, seek out

one of upcoming community holiday markets around the region. Here you

will find local vendors offering a range of handmade and unique items. The

Gig Harbor Farmers Market will continue to operate its Saturday market

through December 19. The Peninsula Marketplace is open from 9am to 3pm

each Saturday and brings in vendors with all sorts of foods, crafts, arts and

other gifts. It’s located at 5503 Wollochet Drive NW.

TAKE OUT

When out shopping, it is easy to get caught up in a hurry and grab a quickbite

burger, sub or taco, but instead of hitting the fast food chains, seek out

a local, family owned dining destination. A midday lunch break can help

you refocus on who you’ve checked off and where else you might need to

go in the afternoon. You might not want to cook after a hard day shopping

either, so let your local chefs do the work for you. Make life easy during

the busyness of the holidays by ordering takeout or delivery. Take advantage

of no grocery store line, cooking or cleaning! Make life a little easier on

yourself this season so you can spend time on more rewarding tasks.

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CURBSIDE PICKUP & DELIVERY

If you prefer to not mingle with larger crowds, many local retailers can still

accommodate you in the way of delivery or curbside pickup. If you know

what you would like, call ahead, and the store will be happy to bring out

your purchase when you arrive outside their doors. It doesn’t hurt to inquire

about delivery as well. Many websites and store social media pages can also

give you an update on their latest inventory, allowing you to shop from the

comfort and safety of your own home.

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could be said during this holiday season. Nothing helps infuse a struggling

business with needed cash better than paying for a gift card. An influx of

cash around the holidays can help businesses make it through the traditional

slow retail months of January through March. They are practical and also

ensure the recipient will get what they want—and might actually spend more

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

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

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THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED

AS LIVING IN A SNOW GLOBE, AND IT

REALLY DOES HAVE THAT QUAINT OLD-

FASHIONED FEEL TO IT.

German food. Locally made products like cheese, sausages and housemade

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 addin

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

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

Icicle Village Resort - IcicleVillage.com

WHERE TO EAT

Yodelin Broth Company - YodelinBroth.com

JJ Hills Fresh Grill - IcicleVillage.com/JJ-Hills.php

Schocolat - Schocolat.com

WhistlePunk Ice Cream - WhistlePunkIceCream.com

WHAT TO DO

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm - LeavenworthReindeer.com

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club - SkiLeavenworth.com

Snowshoe Hatchery Tours - WenatcheeRiverInstitute.org

Leavenworth Sleigh Rides - LeavenworthSleighRides.com

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.

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

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PEPPERMINT CHIP

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Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

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.

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according to the manufacturer’s directions. When the

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MARKETPLACE GRILLE

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, takeout

menu available. Monday through Thursday 11am to

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

8pm.

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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

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horchata, blueberry lavender, cookies and cream, maple

bacon, raspberry and more! Also enjoy Italian sodas and

Olympia Coffee. Takeout only. Stop in Mon.-Wed. 8am-

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

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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.

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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

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fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

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LELE'S RESTAURANT

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.

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Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible

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

vegetarian and vegan options. Celebrating their grand

opening back in April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and

welcome addition to the Gig Harbor dining scene. Open

daily 11am to 9pm.

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HOLIDAY FUN

COURTESY OF PENMET PARKS

MAKE THE FINAL DAYS OF 2020 THOSE TO REMEMBER

By Jillian Chandler

PenMet Parks is hosting three holiday events during the

month of December that are sure to bring delight to families

in the area.

Register online by December 7 to receive the 12 Days of Christmas

Advent Kit, which features 12 days of activities (experience a new

holiday themed game, experiment or craft 12 nights in a row leading

up to Christmas). Geared toward children ages 5 to 12 years old, this

is sure to be a fun and magical way to count down the days until

Christmas.

PenMet Parks is also Partnering with Night Owl Bakery for their

Mrs. Claus Cookie Kit to decorate cookies at home! Each kit will

include 12 cookies, three icing bags and four sprinkle bags. Plus,

enjoy hot cocoa and holiday craft/activity pages. Registration closes

December 16, with kits to be delivered to your home on December

21.

And lastly there's the Letter to Santa. Mailboxes have been stationed

at Sehmel Homestead Park and Skansie Brothers Park for families

to write a letter to Santa and receive one back before Christmas!

(Be sure to include your child's name, age, what they would like

for Christmas—and if they’ve been good!—along with a return

address, so Santa knows where to send his letter! Be sure to mail it

by December 14.

“Although the holiday season might look a little different this year,

here at PenMet Parks we are working hard to bring a smile to the

faces of the greater Gig Harbor Community,” says Chuck Cuzzetto,

marketing specialist for the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District.

“The support from the community has filled our hearts throughout

the year, and we want to do everything we can to provide an

amazing experience as we close out 2020. After all, as the story goes,

this is the most wonderful time of the year, and we strive to continue

that tradition.”

Registration for the 12 Days of Christmas Advent Kit and Mrs. Claus

Cookie Kit can be found online at PenMetParks.org/News/Special-

Events. If you are dropping a letter off at one of the mailboxes,

enjoying an activity kit or visiting PenMet parks, they ask the

community to please take a photo and share with them using the

hashtag #penmetparks or by tagging them on social media.”

“The recreation team wishes our community a very Happy

Holidays!” smiles Kelly Darling, special events coordinator.

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PASSPORT TO THE HOLIDAYS

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Don't miss the final days to participate in Gig Harbor's Downtown

Waterfront Passport to the Holidays. It’s a great way to support

downtown businesses, shop local, shop early and have a little

extra fun while doing so! The event, which kicked off November

9, features 40 participating downtown waterfront businesses.

Shop and spend $25 at four different businesses and complete

their passport for a chance to win one of five very special prize

baskets, valued at over $600 each. On December 14, winners will

be drawn via Facebook Live at noon on the Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance Facebook page. Thank you to all participating

shops and restaurants for creating safe and enjoyable places to shop

and dine downtown. Remember to wear your mask, and social

distance when shopping. To find our more, including participating

shops, visit GigHarborWaterfront.org/passport-to-the-holidays.

WINTER WARM-UP VIRTUAL CRAFTS FAIR

For more than a decade, the Key Peninsula Civic Center has

been kicking off the holiday season with their annual Winter

Warm-up Crafts Fair. Though the usual large gathering isn't

possible this year, a virtual version of Winter Warm-up is being

offered online from now through the end of December! Look

for the familiar snowman logo when you visit KP News online

(KeyPenNews.org) and click the link to view a variety of products

available for sale—all of which are handcrafted and locally made in

the Key Peninsula. Shop local this holiday season and help support

your friends and neighbors!

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT HOME

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 to help set up the festive occasion. 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. Have a dance party, play board games, sing karaoke. If you’re

looking to have a more relaxed night, have a pajama party and

stream your favorite movies over popcorn and movie treats. 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.

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

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

event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure to visit

event websites to stay up to date with current information.

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