April 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

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April 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

APRIL 2021

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Living Local

REAL ESTATE

EDITION

» How to Land Your Dream Home

in a Hot Market

» Find Your Match in a Realtor

» To Sell in a Seller’s Market?

PADDLERS

CUP TO

RETURN

IN 2022

Celebrating 50 years

OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

How local branches of the organization are

adapting in 2021

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Fox Island | Sold

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Up $14,880 from February

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Down .6 days from February

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ys On Market:

e in 3rd Quarter:

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Living Local

APRIL 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 4

inside

Land Your Dream Home

Come prepared, do your research,

and find the right agent

Find Your Match in a Realtor

Tips for hiring an agent to help you

navigate the housing market in 2021

To Sell in a Seller’s Market?

Many factors to consider in today’s

white hot market

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"

E aster is meant

to be a symbol of

hope, renewal and

new life.

"

"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and

not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

-Isaiah 40:31

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A SEASON OF PROMISE

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ast month we said goodbye

to winter, welcoming

spring with open arms and

happy hearts. As we bask

in the sunlight and warmth of the season,

it reminds us that this is a time of renewal,

of growth, of hope, of promise.

This coincides beautifully with Easter,

April 4 this year, as this celebration of

Jesus’ resurrection reminds us of God’s

promise of eternal life. When reflected

upon, especially in these times of

continuing uncertainty, we all can find

hope and strength in that promise.

It can be easy to lose hope when you

feel alone in the world. And with so

much illness and isolation still being

felt across the country, it is important to

remember to share God’s grace with those

around you.

One of the best ways we can show the

love of God to others is through our

actions, giving the gift of hope to others. I

encourage you to connect with others who

may feel lost in their lives; who may find

themselves hopeless. This year, in addition

to your yearly Easter traditions, do what

you can to inspire hope in others. Share

God’s love with those around you, and you

too will feel renewed.

As nature around us comes alive, the trees

budding and the flowers beginning to

break through the soil up toward the sun,

take a moment to breathe in the fresh air,

take in God’s beauty, and embrace this

season of hope and change.

A blessed and joyful Easter from all of us

at Like Media.

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Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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REAL ESTATE

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» How to Land Your Dream Home

in a Hot Market

» Find Your Match in a Realtor

» To Se l in a Se ler’s Market?

PADDLERS

CUP TO

RETURN

IN 2022

Living Local

Celebrating 50 years

OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

How local branches of the organization are

adapting in 2021

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SHOT FROM ABOVE ARABELLA’S LANDING

MARINA, capturing a rare—and exquisite—sunny

morning as the harbor is just waking up. Light patches

of pink from blossoming trees greet us with promises

of spring. Peeking behind in red, you can spot the

beautiful Ship to Shore building and, to the left, Brix

25. There's nothing like spring in Gig Harbor.

Cover photo by Nate Graves of In-Gear Media.

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CONTENTS

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44

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Paddlers Cup to Return in 2022: One of the

community’s most anticipated events postponed but

not forgotten

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GOOD NEWS

Beautifying Your Home on the Outside: Creating

aesthetic appeal for your outdoor space

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38

IN FOCUS

32

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Family First Adult Family Homes: Where family is

always first

Shenandoah Inching Closer to Completion: Grants

continue to drive project forward

42

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Help us celebrate the bright young minds in

our community!

44

LIVING LOCAL

Quite The Following: Local teen turns downtime into

huge online presence

50

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

50

Go Sandpoint Vacation Rentals: Making dream vacations

a reality

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sneak peek into April ...

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102

106

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60

FEATURE

Celebrating 50 Years of the Special Olympics: How

local branches of the organization are adapting

in 2021

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DREAM HOME

How to Land Your Dream Home in a Hot

Market: Come prepared, do your research, and

find the right agent

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LOOKING FOR A

REALTOR?

Find Your Match in a Realtor: Tips for hiring an agent to

help you navigate the housing market in 2021

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THINKING OF SELLING?

To Sell in a Seller’s Market? Many factors to consider

in today’s white hot market

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Endless possibilities for the

perfect getaway

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GIG HARBOR LOCAL GUIDE

Navigate where to stay, what to do, where to shop

and more in this easy-to-follow business directory

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

102

FEATURED RECIPE

A Delicious Spring Breakfast: Caramelized

Onion and Shiitake Frittata with Havarti Cheese

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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A Before and After Affair

EMBARKING ON YOUR HOME TRANSFORMATION

By Deann Hammer, Broadway Design

Gig Harbor has seen an unprecedented rise in housing

costs as many people flee to less populated suburban

areas. During the COVID pandemic, many residents have

chosen to stay put and renovate. Low interest rates have

also stimulated the trend, as homeowners now have access

to low-cost loans to complete their ultimate home projects.

As I wander through the home improvement stores, I see a plethora of

people glassy eyed and utterly confused about where to begin. Most have

no idea how many decisions they are making over the course of their

project, or how much it will cost to get to the finish line. They wander

around the store with one tile sample in hand and think, “I got this.”

Here are some things to plan for when embarking on a home

transformation:

1. Have an overall design plan. Look up photos of completed projects

on Houzz.com or in magazines. Be very clear about the overall feel you

would like to accomplish. Do not focus on one room at a time. Your

goal is to create “flow” between rooms so that they all connect within the

overall design theme.

2. Make sure your design goals will not be out of trend or become

outdated in the next five to 10 years.

3. Focus on the exterior architecture of your home, and attempt to keep

the design style that exists on the outside to coordinate with the design

style on the inside. There is nothing worse than a 1970’s split level with

a coastal cottage interior. Don’t do it! Remember to keep a consistent

theme from the front of the driveway to the end of the backyard.

4. Know your budget limitations. Don’t have grandiose ideas that you

simply cannot afford. Do your homework and know the cost of each task.

Don’t spend all of your money on a super high-end jacuzzi tub if your

kitchen is 30 years outdated.

5. Kitchens and master baths are always the best place to start renovating

for resale if you are in doubt.

6. Always think about the next homeowner. If you like pink, that’s great!

But buy a pink scarf—don’t paint your living room pink! Pillows and art

are great ways to add pops of color with little commitment. Let’s face it,

life can throw us curve balls, and a home is often the largest investment

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TRANSFORM

YOUR WORLD

Your goal is to create “flow”

between rooms

We excel at listening and

implementing each client’s wants

and needs to successfully reach the

finish line.

in our portfolio. Keep up your home’s resale value with a timeless, uniform design that works for

all who may come to live there.

7. A design professional will help you avoid making costly mistakes like installing hardwood

flooring that your dog’s feet will quickly dent, or a paint color that makes you look sickly. Every

improvement costs money, so take your time. The cost of the item isn’t always the most important

factor if it won’t fit through the front door or is out of stock. Interior designers can save you money

on your investment by measuring accurately, sourcing wholesale items, avoiding material selection

mistakes and accurately planning for furniture within the space under renovation.

Deann Hammer is the owner of Broadway Design, a boutique interior design firm in Gig Harbor. She

and her team craft spaces that are tailored to each client's personality and lifestyle, while mindful of

their budget, creating a perfect harmony between aesthetics and function. BroadwayDesign.net

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V A L U

I N G Y O U R S E L F - W O R T H

A Page From a Realtor’s Playbook

By Jennifer “Taz” Vazquez

Jennifer Vazquez

Life Coaching

I help you discover what

sets your soul on fire ...

Rediscover your creativity,

beauty and power!

Let’s create how you want to

show up in this world!

Ask a realtor, and they will tell you

the top things you can do to add

value to your home so it’s priced to

sell are: Choose the right realtor.

Keep the house clean and decluttered. Add

curb appeal and handle any repairs. Lastly,

know what it is worth.

As I look around my home and reflect on the

opportunities in my life, it got me thinking

… the way we increase the richness of our

lives is a lot like the way we increase the value

of our homes.

If we’re not intentional about doing the

periodic home maintenance and upkeep,

they become larger issues. If we ignore the

issues, a home will likely sell under market

value or simply won’t sell at all.

Similarly, if we are not intentional about our

own self-care, we end up with much larger

issues impacting our health and well-being,

which devalues the quality of our lives.

So how can we avoid feeling our lives are a

“fixer upper gone wrong” reality show? Take

time to do an honest appraisal of what you

value in life and a little regular TLC. How?

By taking a page out of a realtor’s playbook.

Ask yourself, “Who has my best interests

at heart?” There are some amazing realtors.

However, there are also realtors who do not

have their client’s best interests in mind.

Choose to surround yourself with those who

respect and value you (for who you are) and

fuel your soul.

Ask yourself, “What limiting beliefs and

disempowering thoughts are cluttering

your mind?” As HGTV home buying and

organization shows highlight, homes are

much more likely to sell when clean and

decluttered. An added benefit is we feel

better too. Choose to take some time to do a

little mental decluttering. Shift your mindset

from what isn’t working to what is. We have

so much more energy when we do.

Ask yourself, “Does your life need a little

more TLC or support by qualified experts?”

When a homeowner takes pride in the

outside of their home, the house appreciates

in value. It also reflects how the owner

cares for the inside of their home. Choose

to take care of you. Instead of letting stress

and overwhelm dictate your life, find more

balance, peace and joy in life.

Some home maintenance repairs, or

remodeling, require reaching out to

community resources for a referral to

a trusted expert. When feeling stuck or

overwhelmed by life, choose to ask for

help from your support system, a therapist,

chaplain or coach. A trusted advisor will

empower and provide you with the tools to

get back on track and/or maintain your goals.

Ask yourself, “Am I valuing my true selfworth?”

The market value of a home depends

on several factors; some subjective, such as

what a buyer is willing to pay or what other

homes have sold for.

Choose to love yourself, first. Basing your

self-worth on negative perceptions of

yourself, or subjective views of others, does

not give you an objective value of your

intrinsic self-worth or who you are.

All of our lives have the potential to be our

“perfect home”—but only if we don’t neglect

them. Would you want to buy or invest in the

life you have created? If not, then to do an

honest appraisal of who is in your life, how

happy you are, regular self-care and believing

in yourself.

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To Sell or Not to Sell

OPTIONS FOR THE FAMILY HOME IN DIVORCE

By Felicia Soleil, Divorce Mediator and Attorney

One of the most common issues in separation and divorce is

what to do with the family home. Since our local housing

market is booming right now, and it is a popular time to

sell, I thought I’d go through the pros and cons of options

available so you can make a wise choice.

Option 1: Sell Home Immediately

Couples frequently choose this option if neither can afford to remain

in the home and buy the other out of their portion of the equity. (And

contrary to popular belief, you do not have to wait until your divorce

is final to sell your home.)

The most obvious benefit to an immediate sale is providing cash to

both parties. The infusion of immediate cash may pay off debts to

allow for better cash flow, establish a nest egg to provide emergency

funds, or even to be used as a down payment on a new home.

Drawbacks for an immediate sale may include having to move sooner

than you were prepared for (especially given the current housing

market with quick sales), and not being ready, whether financially

or emotionally, to uproot yourself and your children from familiar

surroundings while going through a major life transition.

Option 2: One Party is Awarded Home and Owes the Other Equity

One party may genuinely want to retain the home but needs to buy

the other out of some equity. If a “buyout” can’t be done by trading

other assets, then it is usually done through a cash-out refinance.

The payment to the other party can either be negotiated to occur

immediately after the divorce is final (most lenders won’t close on the

loan until then) or at a date established in the future.

Benefits to an immediate “cash out” refi puts money in the pocket of

the person not being awarded the home, while providing security of

ownership to the one remaining in the home without feeling like they

still “owe” the other party.

One drawback is having to establish a hypothetical market value for

the home and hoping neither is getting a windfall at the expense of

the other if the valuation is skewed. Also, if the person remaining

in the home is not able to qualify to refinance and/or afford the new

payments right away (because the amount owed to the other party is

added to the existing mortgage, which usually increases the monthly

payments), the other party will have to wait for their money. The

money owed is then usually secured by a lien with interest to be paid

by a date certain in the future established by agreement of the parties

or the court, which date can be months or years.

Option 3: Both Parties Remain Co-Owners

This option is often chosen by parties when they want to jointly

maintain the home for an established period of time for the benefit of

their children. Sometimes it may be considered a shared investment.

Or it may be they have not established sufficient equity to offset the

costs of sale. In these situations, the parties will often agree to share in

the costs of maintenance, upkeep and major repairs, while one of the

parties has the temporary right to reside there and pay the monthly

mortgage (essentially, “renting” from the partnership).

The major benefit to this option, besides maintaining the children’s

primary residence, includes both parties sharing any increase or

decrease in equity resulting from unpredictable market swings.

Another benefit is potential affordability while each party gets in a

better position to afford a new residence on their own.

Drawbacks include having to share financial responsibility with a

former spouse after divorce, potential disagreements over needed

repairs, and having to wait several months—or years—for funds until

the home is sold or either party buys the other out.

It is important to recognize that you have options when it comes to

how to derive the biggest overall benefits from your home during

a separation and divorce, benefits both tangible and intangible.

An experienced divorce mediator or lawyer can provide valuable

assistance as you sort through what makes the most sense for you and

your family.

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 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

and currently conducted by appointment via videoconference or phone.

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Building Better Solutions for Clients

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

County, Felicia Soleil provides more constructive alternatives to dissolving

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

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

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Facing a divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on reducing and resolving

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PAY NOW OR ROLL OVER TO A

TAX-DEFERRED PLAN

What is the most tax-efficient way to take a distribution

from a retirement plan?

Courtesy of Nancy Harris, CMFC, CDFA

President, Financial Planner, New Foundation Wealth Group

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We develop & review strategies,

plans & solutions, as well as

work to create a safe & caring

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discuss their financial concerns,

dreams & goals.

If you receive a distribution from a

qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k),

you need to consider whether to pay taxes

now or to roll over the account to another

tax-deferred plan. A correctly implemented

rollover avoids current taxes and allows the

funds to continue accumulating tax deferred.

Paying current taxes with a lump-sum

distribution

If you decide to take a lump-sum distribution,

income taxes are due on the total amount

of the distribution (except for any after-tax

contributions) and are due in the year in which

you cash out. (Special rules apply to Roth

accounts.)

The advantage of a lump-sum distribution

is that you can spend or invest the balance

as you wish. The problem with this approach

is parting with all those tax dollars. Income

taxes on the total distribution are taxed at your

marginal income tax rate. If the distribution

is large, it could easily move you into a higher

tax bracket. Distributions taken prior to age 59

½ are subject to a 10 percent federal income

tax penalty.

Deferring taxes with a rollover

If you don’t qualify for the above options or

don’t want to pay current taxes on your lumpsum

distribution, you can roll the money into a

traditional IRA.

If you choose a rollover to a Roth IRA, you

must pay income taxes on the total amount

converted in that tax year. However, future

withdrawals of earnings are free of federal

income tax after age 59 ½, as long as the five-tax

year holding requirement has been met. Even

if you are not 59 ½, your distribution may be

tax-free if you are disabled or a first-time home

purchaser ($10,000 lifetime maximum), as long

as you satisfy the five-year holding period.

If you elect to use an IRA rollover, you can

avoid potential tax and penalty problems by

electing a direct trustee-to-trustee transfer; in

other words, the money never passes through

your hands. IRA rollovers must be completed

within 60 days of the distribution to avoid

current taxes and penalties.

An IRA rollover allows your retirement nest

egg to continue compounding tax deferred.

Before you decide which method to take for

distributions from a qualified retirement

plan, it would be prudent to consult with a

professional tax advisor.

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.

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President, Financial Planner

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

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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

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Kayla

Frank

When middle school teacher

Kayla Frank first started

adapting to distance

learning, she watched a bit

of YouTube. She noticed that many of the

more popular videos were of people who

brought a lot of energy to the environment.

She decided to mimic that energy and,

each day, sought to bring

that sort of enthusiasm to

the Zoom meetings. As a

second-year teacher, she’s

also collaborating a lot with

her peers at Kopachuck

Middle School and enjoying

this school year like she

would any other. “Being able

to work with my colleagues

and for my students gives

me so much energy and

brings me so much joy and

happiness; I couldn’t do this

without them!”

While middle school can

be a time of hesitance

to speak up and instead

follow the crowd, Kayla

has been pleased by many

of the open conversations

she’s witnessed between her students. “I

love when I am able to take a step back

and simply facilitate while my students

talk to, and learn from, each other. In

these moments not only do I get to see my

students bravely sharing their thoughts,

ideas and experiences, but I also get to see

“I LOVE WHEN I

AM ABLE TO TAKE

A STEP BACK AND

SIMPLY FACILITATE

WHILE MY

STUDENTS TALK TO,

AND LEARN FROM,

EACH OTHER."

6th & 7th Grade Teacher

Kopachuck Middle School

them learn from one another and broaden

their own perspectives,” she explained.

Seeing that confidence and bravery out of

her students brings Kayla great pride, as she

herself sees life as a continuous adventure.

Kayla believes that in life’s adventures

there will be times when we have to go

through the hard parts of

learning like falling down,

feeling defeated, feeling

frustrated, and wondering

why on Earth we are

here. At those moments

she believes it is okay to

feel those feelings, but it’s

important not to dwell

on them and let them

define us. “The hard parts

of life and learning can

make us sink into a life

of complaining, anger or

perpetual fear—or we can

let them refine us into the

person we are called to

be,” she tells her students.

Kayla hopes that instead

of falling into the habit

of dwelling on negative

thoughts her students will instead strive

to find beauty in the lessons. “Choosing

to find beauty, joy and contentment in all

circumstances will propel us to the end of

our adventure with joy and satisfaction,”

she said.

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L I F E

&

C O M M U N I T Y

PADDLERS CUP TO RETURN IN 2022

One of the community’s most anticipated event

postponed but not forgotten

By Jillian Chandler

An event that brings together community members, local

organizations and businesses, and paddling enthusiasts

from across the Pacific Northwest, the Gig Harbor Paddlers

Cup is truly a one-of-a-kind event here in the harbor.

Each year, since 2012, come April, those in the community and beyond

(the Paddlers Cup draws paddlers from across Washington, Oregon,

British Columbia and even from as far away as California) begin to

feel the excitement as the event draws near. The ninth annual Paddlers

cup had been scheduled for 2020, and postponed until later in the year

(October) but eventually canceled. As hopes were high to be able to

host the event in 2021, it was ultimately decided that it would be in the

best interest of both participants and spectators to postpone the event.

“We could have had it (for individual races), but it just didn't seem

right to move forward without the Dragon Boat racers,” says Kathleen

North, Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team board member. “The

event has been a great coming together of paddlers. We did not want

to do the event without them, as there is a great synergy between the

two groups.”

The ninth annual Paddlers Cup plans to return for 2022, with dates set

for Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24.

An event that features paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, stand-up and

prone paddleboards, outriggers and para-canoes, and dragon boat races,

no matter your age or skill level, there are paddling events—individual

and group—suited for all. If you’ve thought about participating but

haven’t yet taken the leap, let 2022 be your year.

Proceeds from the Paddlers Cup benefit the Gig Harbor Canoe &

Kayak Racing Team.

“All of the Paddlers Cup sponsors who were committed to the cancelled

2020 event stayed on for the 2022 event. Not one backed out!” notes

Kathleen. “All of those sponsors continue to be noted prominently on

the website, and when the event happens, the sponsors will be featured

on the popular, one-of-a-kind and always sold-out event T-shirt.”

To find out more about the Paddlers Cup, view the list of sponsors,

register to become a sponsor or participant for the 2022 event, visit

GigHarborPaddlersCup.com.

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BEAUTIFYING YOUR HOME ON THE OUTSIDE

CREATING AESTHETIC APPEAL FOR YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE

By Jillian Chandler

IT IS IMPORTANT

TO FOCUS

ON TACKLING

PROJECTS THAT

WILL LEAVE

US FEELING

REWARDED—AND

OUR HOME MORE

VALUABLE—AT

THE END OF

THE DAY.

For most of us here in Gig Harbor, our home

is our sanctuary. The place we go to retreat

after a busy day, whether that be from work,

school, activities or errands. It’s the place

we’ve invested our hearts and souls in, as well as

our hard-earned money. It’s where memories are

made and time is cherished. Over time, we make the

necessary upgrades as they are needed and changes

to reflect our current style.

This extends to the outside of the home as well,

from replacing our roofing, decking or driveway to

updating the yard and garden space.

As the much-anticipated summer months are

edging closer, now is the perfect time to get to work

outdoors, planning and preparing your outside

sanctuary for the long summer days of enjoyment

and entertaining.

Everything we put into our home is done so with love

and care, and of course a lot of time—and money.

So, it is important to focus on tackling projects that

will leave us feeling rewarded—and our home more

valuable—at the end of the day.

There are many benefits gained from focusing on

creating an eco-friendly outdoor space. If you're

looking to cut down on the amount of space covered

by lawn, you can create a look encompassing a

small lawn space—and cut down on water use—by

planting native plants or covering with mulch, rocks

or crushed oyster shells.

Mulch can be used in your garden beds or around

plants, and, if you're opting for organic mulches,

there are options ranging from hardwood and

softwood chips, bark and cocoa bean hulls to

evergreen needles, leaves, grass clippings and more!

Because organic mulches decompose, please note

that they will need to be replenished on a regular

basis. Benefits include stifling weeds (less time spent

weeding!), retaining moisture (less watering) and

keeping the soil cool. Especially in areas where there

are water restrictions, mulching is a great option.

Another possibility is the use of rock, stone or lava

rock. You can choose various sizes and colors to best

complement your space and purpose.

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IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE—AND

AESTHETICALLY ATTRACTIVE—WAY TO

UPDATE THE OUTDOORS OF YOUR HOME,

WHETHER THAT BE YOUR DRIVEWAY,

VEGETABLE GARDEN, PATHWAYS AND

MORE, THERE’S A TREND THAT’S GROWING,

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If you are looking for a unique—and aesthetically attractive—way to

update the outdoors of your home, whether that be your driveway,

vegetable garden, pathways and more, there’s a trend that’s growing, and

it’s environmentally friendly. Did we mention it’s gorgeous too?

Mark and Julie Soboil spent the summer of 2020 renovating their

property on Bainbridge Island, deciding to incorporate oyster shell

into their landscape design. Finding themselves unable to source any

shell locally, Mark seized the opportunity—and his knowledge and

relationship with local oyster farmers—to source and supply oyster

shells to the Pacific Northwest. And Shellscapes was born.

“Our oyster shell is sustainably harvested, and the majority of the

materials arrive from within 50 miles of any home along the Puget Sound,”

shares Mark. “It provides excellent drainage, and its porous quality allows

rainwater to permeate into the ground. It also acts as a natural fertilizer,

enriching the soil with naturally occurring calcium carbonate found in

the oyster shells, helping to neutralize acidic soils.”

Oyster shell also offers the benefit of keeping away garden pests including

moles and slugs, while also minimizing weed growth.

According to Mark, crushed oyster shell is natural, beautiful and

functional—“and connects us to the ocean.” He recommends the use

of crushed oyster shell in areas where you would normally apply gravel,

concrete, pavers or small stone. “Courtyards, pathways, driveways, fire

pits, outdoor kitchen, and around the perimeter of raised garden beds,

are a few places where crushed oyster shell works well,” he says. “Its clean

look and feel create stunningly unique landscapes guaranteed to beautify

your home and increase value.”

For those looking for a way to beautify their driveways or pathways,

crushed oyster shells, when properly laid, can last a long time and require

very little maintenance. “Site preparation is important; topsoil and excess

debris are removed at a depth of between two to three inches, the area is

graded, and the shell is compacted depending on desired specifications.

The crushed shell is permeable, however, it also contains natural binding

properties making it ideal as a driving or walking surface.”

To add visual appeal and value to your home, all it takes is a little research

and time to discover what avenue works best for you and your dream

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Where Family

is Always First

People caring for people

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

FAMILY FIRST ADULT

FAMILY HOMES

4700 Point Fosdick Drive, Suite 312

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.853.2033

julie@familyfirstafh.com

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Their purpose has been to enhance

the quality of life for their residents

while striving to give family members

the ability to spend quality time with

their loved one without the stress of

caregiving.

Choosing the right care setting can be confusing and overwhelming,

although we are very fortunate to have some excellent options here in the

Gig Harbor area. The industry is made up of a tight-knit community of

individuals who work together to ensure those in their golden years find the best

option possible for their unique situation.

For the past 22 years, Chris and Julie Thomson, owners of Family First Adult

Family Homes, have lived life dedicated and impassioned to their life’s calling.

Since first opening Family First Adult Family Homes, their purpose has been

to enhance the quality of life for their residents while striving to give family

members the ability to spend quality time with their loved one without the stress

of caregiving.

“My husband Chris and I have owned Family First Adult Family Homes for over

20 years. We have six locations in the area and are extremely grateful to have a

team of providers that continually look out for our residents' best interests.”

With six adult family homes in the Gig Harbor area, they provide high-end 24-

hour care for individuals diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's,

CVAs and various other medical conditions.

When a resident lives at Family First, their medical and social needs are met by

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director and other administrative support staff. Their goal is to provide

excellent care and enhance the quality of life for every one of the residents

they’ve had the privilege to care for. “We strive to remove the burden and

stress of personal caregiving so that family members and their loved ones

can enjoy their time together,” affirms Julie.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, their approach at Family First

Adult Family Homes was grounded in recommendations put forth by the

Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health officials.

That guidance—along with the diligent support of all Family First staff—

was crucial to keeping all Family First residents COVID-free throughout

the pandemic.

Over the past year, Chris, Julie and their Family First team continue to

provide a small, safe setting for their residents. They continuously stay up

to date on all the current regulations, implementing extensive precautions

while still maintaining balance to keep their residents engaged and

connected with their loved ones. Staying updated with the latest changes

was crucial in keeping residents and staff safe in order to provide the best

care possible to all who placed their trust in them. Chris and Julie are

grateful that their homes have remained COVID-free.

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“I would like to extend a special thanks to all Family First staff for their

commitment and care for our residents during this hard time,” says

Chris, adding, “We are very grateful to all first responders and frontline

workers, and a special thank you to Dr. Darshana Chadda, our in-home

doctor who closely monitored all Family First residents’ physical and

mental health throughout the pandemic, and Dr. Kathy Polo and Dr. Judy

Rueben, who helped to administer the vaccine to Family First residents

and staff very early in the rollout. We are humbled by their contributions

to our community and more specifically, to our elderly population.”

As the year progresses and restrictions ease, Julie, Chris and their team

are looking forward to the day when residents can begin visiting with

families again. “The next round of tears will be for joy, not emptiness or

sorrow,” shares Chris. They will be for happiness—and most importantly,

for hugs, not iPads.”

For those seeking a home away from home for their loved one, a place

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IN

SHENANDOAH INCHING CLOSER

TO COMPLETION

GRANTS CONTINUE TO DRIVE PROJECT FORWARD

BY COLIN ANDERSON

The Harbor History Museum is full of maritime treasures

that give visitors a glimpse of what life was like when

Europeans first settled in the area. While it continues to

wow with its rotating exhibits and unique artifacts, the museum’s

showstopper, the FV Shenandoah, just received some muchneeded

additional grants that will keep the massive restoration

project on track.

The Shenandoah is a 65-foot purse seiner, which was donated

to the Harbor History Museum in 2000. Since the donation, a

team of volunteers have been painstakingly restoring the fishing

vessel, which was owned by Tony Janovich, who donated it to the

museum shortly after his retirement. “One of the last remaining

examples of the fishing boats built at Skansie Shipyard between

1912 and 1940, the Shenandoah is truly one boat with three lives,”

explained Museum Curator Stephanie Lile. “When launched, she

was a tender bound for Alaska. She was converted for seining in

the 1930s and fished most of her career in the San Juans. Once

complete, she will be a teacher of historic preservation and

stewardship of our natural resources.”

While most restorations on the vessel have been funded through

grants and generous community donations, in order to protect the

vessel from the weather, a massive enclosure would need to be

constructed. The Harbor History Museum decided to apply for

a grant through the Washington State Heritage Capital Projects

Fund. The Washington Heritage Capital Project Coalition was

formed by the organizations that are undertaking projects

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FOCUS

recommended for funding by the grant review

panel for the Washington State Heritage

Capital Projects Fund. The coalition works to

help ensure that the $9.161 million in capital

funds that are recommended to support its

36 projects make it into the 2021-2023 state

budget. The Shenandoah project earned the

number one ranking on the list and is line for a

grant of $450,000 once the legislature approves

this year’s budget. The Harbor History Museum

was thrilled by the news, and Stephanie believes

they made an excellent case for funding. “I

think they really appreciated that we are not

only preserving our maritime history but also

preserving what we preserve by enclosing the

Shenandoah.”

Projects featured here have gone through a

rigorous review process and have been ranked

in order of funding preference by the coalition.

The goal is to ensure that all approved projects

receive funding, but even if a few are cut from

the budget, it’s highly unlikely the Shenandoah

will be—considering its top ranking.

“Our total project budget is just over $2 million,

so getting this grant is an important step

toward completing the project,” said Stephanie.

The museum has to match every state dollar,

however, with $2 in private and in-kind funds,

something that many in the community are

stepping forward with. “We’re very grateful for

donors such as Jim and Carolyn Milgard and

Dr. Jon Kvinsland, who stepped up to support

the project early on.” The museum still has to

raise a minimum of $25,000 by June 1, 2021,

in order to make the cash match obligation for

this grant.

The Harbor History Museum recently received

even more great news when it learned of

approval of additional grant money through

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the Save America’s Treasures program, which falls under the umbrella

of the National Parks Program. While the State Heritage Capital Projects

Fund will complete the enclosure surrounding the vessel, this grant will

be enough to complete the final restoration projects on Shenandoah itself,

assuming the museum can again raise the matching funds, which stand

at about $130,000. “While we’ve had donations of $50,000, $100,000

and $200,000, even the $25 contributions are much appreciated. Every

donation really does make a difference,” said Stephanie.

The Shenandoah was built in 1925 at the Skansie Shipyard for Pasco and

Mattie Dorotich and their son John. The Dorotichs came to Gig Harbor

between 1900 and 1910 from the Croatian community in Port Guichon,

Canada. Pasco had left the old country when just a boy. Stephanie

believes the boat was named after a dirigible, a large propelled blimp

that circled Puget Sound in October 1924, just months before she was

launched. That airship, The USS Shenandoah, was a marvel of technology

and innovation, a reflection of the dreams that built her namesake. It’s

just one of the many fun facts and features the museum hopes to share

with visitors once it’s completed and guests are allowed to board the

vessel and see it firsthand.

Much of the restoration has been completed, and the new grant money

will provide the funds needed for the final finishes on the Shenandoah.

A team of 10 volunteers, many of which are retired woodworkers, some

who’ve been with the project since its beginning, continue each day to

bring the Shenandoah back into its original form. Current focuses are

restoring the deckhouse and creating a new traditional wooden mast

that the Shenandoah would have had in 1925. The team is also removing

wood rot and where there is too much damage replacing the type of wood

with wood that matches the original.

The Atlas engine is also being restored with a grant from the RPM

Foundation. The grant also provides a scholarship opportunity for

someone to work alongside a retired marine merchant engineer and gain

firsthand knowledge of these unique engines. Applications are available

soon, and you can contact the museum directly for more information.

The Shenandoah is on display in the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Maritime

Gallery, and with the museum now open again, visitors can get right up

close, and even interact with the restoration crew. Right now there is a

special exhibit going on as well called ‘Treasures from the Shenandoah.’

It includes items found on board by the restorers like old toys, cigarette

boxes and other unique artifacts. The team found all sorts of interesting

tidbits when searching the cracks and crevasses, many more than 70

years old.

The Harbor History Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from

11am to 4pm. Admission is free thanks to a grant from the City of Gig

Harbor. Outside visiting hours, you can also see the Shenandoah from

the Donkey Creek Trail, which runs directly behind it.

While a few matching funds are still needed, Stephanie is confident the

Shenandoah will be completed just in time for a very special day. “April

2025 we’ll have everything done, just in time for its 100-year launch

anniversary,” she said.

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Competitive sports have been a big part of

Chloe’s life, and those will continue for her as

she has verbally committed to play Division

I college volleyball at Texas A&M in Corpus

Christi, Texas. While her commitment and

dedication to the sport helped her earn

this prestigious honor, many would say

she’s equally as passionate when it comes

to working with her peers and making Gig

Harbor an even better place. Chloe is part

of the National Honors Society and also vice

president of the school’s Make a Difference

Club. “I tutor my peers, provide service to the

community and help lead others in making a

positive difference throughout Gig Harbor,”

she said. Chloe is part of Young Life and a

youth group leader in her church for middle

school students as well.

In the classroom, Chloe has challenged herself

by taking Advanced Placement college-level

courses. “Mrs. Hupper, who taught my AP

Seminar and AP Research courses, has helped

me grow the most over these past couple of

years by never failing to push me to new levels

and constantly reminding me to focus on

what really matters in life,” she said thankfully.

Chloe describes herself as having a very

analytical brain. Math and science have always

been her favorite subjects because she loves

being challenged and applying knowledge to

problem solving. At Texas A&M she plans

on majoring in kinesiology and potentially

entering the medical field. “I am looking

at naturopathic or chiropractic medicine

because I am passionate about helping others,

but I am more interested in preventative

rather than reactive medicine.”

Chloe continues to work hard each day

leading up to graduation. While she’ll be

far from home for the first time in her life,

she credits many positive figures in her life

for helping guide her toward this new and

exciting time. “I have been blessed with

amazing teachers, parents, coaches and role

models all throughout my life who have

helped me get to the point where I am today.

I always appreciate the honesty, support and

dedication of these people in my life,” she said.

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Though he doesn’t get to see everyone and

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Gig Harbor High School junior Cole Rushforth can remember

the initial excitement in March 2020, when talk of being out

of school for a time started to become more of a reality. “I’ll

never forget, I was in sixth period math when they made their

announcement,” Cole recalled. “At first everyone was excited because it

sounded like Spring Break was going to be six weeks long. Little did we

know.”

A year later, Cole is finally back to the classroom, if only for a couple

of days each week. He’s wrapping up football season and will transition

right into track to round out one of the strangest years he’ll experience.

While not always a fan of distance learning, Cole kept working hard to

maintain a high GPA, put up a weight set in the garage to stay in shape,

and worked at keeping friendships together from a distance. When he

found a little extra time, he started dabbling in the emerging social media

platform TikTok. “All my friends had it, so I thought I’d give it a try.”

Just one year after he started posting seriously, Cole’s following has

swelled to nearly 2 million people worldwide, and his videos have been

viewed many millions of times over. This puts him in the top 1 percent of

all accounts on the platform.

Cole with the Facts, as he is known in this realm, is an account where

Cole posts 30-second to minute-long videos on topics ranging from

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I hit a million and thought, “‘How did this happen?’” he laughed.

people have survived, creepy things caught on camera, or sports facts

you probably don’t know. Cole, like many of his generation, grew up in a

social media world. He signed onto Instagram in fifth grade and recalls

watching a lot of YouTube videos when it was just getting popular. “I

would watch and think how cool it was to have millions of views and

thought, “‘Could I do that?’” Cole started posting on YouTube, but his

videos were mostly watched by family and friends. Still, he took note of

the videos that were popular, and what he thought would interest him

and others. This past June, and now on TikTok, Cole started laying out

his facts with his small audience. “When I first started, I had a couple

hundred followers, which I thought was pretty cool. By November, I hit

a million and thought, “‘How did this happen?’” he laughed.

At the time of this interview, Cole has 1.8 million followers, and 31.2

million likes. Some videos have tens of thousands of views, while others

have gathered in the millions. ‘Things that are bigger than you would

think’ is a post Cole believes really helped to grow his presence. His

videos aren't high budget. He sets himself up with the microphone

in his headphones and places still photography over the post while

he’s narrating. He does a lot of research before posting to make sure

everything is credible and continues to seek out uncommon information

that he hopes his followers find fascinating, informational, gross,

intriguing or helpful. Despite the added pressure, Cole tries to look at it

the same as when the followers were in the hundreds. “It really doesn’t

feel like there are more people watching me. I go about it the same and

don’t view it much differently; it’s just a bigger number on the screen.”

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“SCHOOL COMES FIRST, THEN

SPORTS, THEN TIKTOK. IN SPORTS I

HAVE TEAMMATES AND COACHES I

JUST CAN’T LET DOWN.”

At 17 years old, Cole could conceivably make posting his top priority,

create a career out of it and do quite well for himself, but that’s not what

he’s currently focused on. “School comes first, then sports, then TikTok.

In sports I have teammates and coaches I just can’t let down,” he said.

With Zoom calls from 8:30am to 2:30pm, twice-a-week in-person school,

and two-and-a-half hour practices after school, Cole doesn’t have the time

to post that he had just a few months ago, and for him that’s totally okay.

As he’s taken to internet fame, he’s worked to make sure it’s just a part of

his life and not his purpose. Cole was hesitant to tell his friends about the

success, but being on social media and in a small town, most figured it

out after a while. And while having millions of people anticipating your

next post can be exciting, Cole is happy to just have a sense of normalcy

to end his junior year of high school. “Honestly, I’m just excited to see

people. There are friends I haven’t seen in person for over a year, and it

will be nice to see them again.”

Once accounts amass the following that Cole has, advertisers take notice.

He’s been contacted by several and will occasionally slip in a product

that he feels comfortable with. He wants to go to college and is saving

up those dollars to help pay for his education. “It’s kinda weird to think

about college when we’re just getting back to school,” he said. “Hopefully

senior year will be more normal.”

As far as TikTok goes, Cole will ride it out and see how large he can grow

it. He’s done a few “Thank you” posts to his followers for helping him

gain such a large following. “Just gonna take it one step at a time,” he said.

You can check out Cole’s videos at TikTok.com/@colewiththefacts.

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WHAT IS A COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

PART II

By Conrad Esser, Chief Executive Officer, and Nick Wyatt, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Harbor Health

In our first article, we discussed what a compounding pharmacy is, and

how it differs from a traditional retail pharmacy. As Harbor Health

and Apothecary has now officially opened, we wanted to revisit this

topic.

Personalized Medicine

Have you ever thought about how your health would change for the better

if your care were personalized to your needs? Traditional medicine focuses

on a global approach to disease treatment versus an individual approach.

Compounding pharmacies work with you and your provider to formulate

medications that meet your personalized needs. Active pharmaceutical

ingredients, or APIs, are used to formulate dosage forms that are not

available, or dosage forms that are available but have an inactive ingredient

that could cause adverse reactions. Compounding pharmacies have a team

of specialists who are experts in solving complex medical problems for you.

Compounding pharmacies also specialize in veterinary medicine

formulation. There may come a time when your pet family member

needs a medication to treat an illness. There are not a lot of medication

formulation options for pets. The compounding specialists are trained in

veterinary medicine formulation. They can work with you, your pet and

your veterinarian to formulate a medication for your pet that meets their

specific needs.

Your Health Advocate Partner

The specialists at compounding pharmacies are your health advocate

partner. They believe in building programs that support your health

goals versus the traditional model of treating symptoms. They work with

your health-care providers and you to develop a program that meets

your individual needs. These programs use a combination of health

and nutritional coaching, natural health products and compounded

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SUPPLY AND DEMAND

HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN PERSONAL INVENTORY

BY JENNIFER MILLER

Independent

Family Practice

Clinics in Gig Harbor

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MD, MPH

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Prevention and Wellness

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You’ve probably heard talk about our

local real estate market. Currently,

demand is high and inventory is at an

all-time low. This lack of inventory

causes stress on buyers and real estate agents

alike. I imagine it’s difficult to provide your

clients with a positive and smooth home

buying experience when there isn’t a home to

be found.

So what do we do when the demand on our

bodies and minds is high and our personal

inventory is at an all-time low? How do we

make our life run smoothly when we are last on

our own priority list? First, let’s explore what

the “demand“ is that depletes our inventory.

The demands we put on ourselves day to day

are what cause our inventory to drop to those

unhealthy levels. The feeling that every day is

Groundhog Day and the 60-plus hour work

weeks that are marketed as “the hustle.” Let’s

toss a global pandemic in there, and we’ve got

ourselves a pretty low inventory.

All that work and constant stress takes a toll

on your body. Your stress level goes up, which

causes overeating or not eating at all. Your

occasional glass of wine turns into two every

night. Couple that with the fact that the last

thing you want to do at the end of a very long

day is go for a run or do any kind of exercise.

Inventory check equals a big fat zero.

The demand will always be here, so how can we

build up the inventory to ease the side effects of

that demand? First of all, and I truly believe the

most important, is find that work/life balance.

This is especially important to those of us who

are working from home. It’s hard to find that

distinction when work is home and home is

work. I find that having a dedicated workspace

is helpful in separating work life from home

life. View it as “going to the office” and leave

work there at the end of the day.

As for exercise, start viewing movement as a

gift to your body, not a punishment. Bodies are

not made to be sedentary, so any movement

at all is a welcome habit. The experts say 30

minutes a day is what you need to stay healthy.

So, whether it’s a walk with your favorite pup

or an online Zumba class, find something you

love to do and make an effort to give yourself

that gift every day.

I could go on and on about ways to fill up your

personal inventory, but what’s most important

is digging deep and finding out what works

best for you; whether it’s a weekly therapy

session, meditation, a strict morning routine

or a weekly coffee date with yourself (yes, take

yourself on a date!). As the saying goes, you

can’t pour from an empty cup.

The demand on ourselves (or our local real

estate market) isn’t going away anytime soon,

so make the time to add to your inventory.

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WORRIED ABOUT FALLING?

ASSESSING THE RISKS AND ADDRESSING PREVENTION

By Dave DiTommaso, Community Relations Director, Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence

As we get older, physical and cognitive changes can lead to

everyday activities becoming a little more difficult. Those

changes can render something as common as getting up

and walking to the kitchen to gradually become dangerous

for seniors, as falling becomes more of a concern. It can be particularly

acute for those dealing with memory loss—individuals living with

dementia are five times more likely to fall than older adults living

without a cognitive impairment.

Overall, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention, one in three Americans 65 and older falls every year, and

2.8 million injuries from falls are treated in emergency centers annually.

At Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence, we understand the risk factors that

can lead to falls, as well as preventative measures to keep your loved

ones safe.

Understanding Risk Factors

Of all the things we think about in a day, walking around may be

something we take for granted. However, as we age, we become more

prone to falls. They can come from a variety of factors—weakened

muscles, worsening eyesight, underlying health issues and much more.

For seniors dealing with memory loss, additional risk factors include

difficulties in finding their way around, processing and responding to

situations, and communicating their concerns.

A Team Effort

It’s important to talk to your loved one’s doctor about how their health can

impact their risk of falling. In addition, any changes to their medications

could cause physical or cognitive side effects that increase the possibility

of suffering a fall. Polypharmacy—taking four or more prescriptions at

the same time—can also cause side effects that can lead to falls.

At Prestige Care, we have Health Services directors who can run

medication reviews, helping our residents and their families understand

how their prescriptions work in combination with each other.

Here to Help

At Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence, fall prevention is always top-ofmind.

Studies show that regular exercise improves balance, muscle

strength and flexibility; all reducing the risk of falling. To that end, we

run our Energize Exercise program, featuring three levels:

• Activate: Stretch & Strength Class

• Invigorate: Strength & Balance Class

• Energize: Brain & Body Class

Our team can help guide your loved one into the program that best suits

their needs and risk factors.

For more information on our programs and tips for staying active

and healthy, please contact our community at 253.851.5306, or visit

PrestigeCare.com and search Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence.

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LOOKING TO IMPROVE

YOUR SKIN?

GIVE YOUR SKIN A FRESHER, MORE YOUTHFUL LOOK WITH

MICRONEEDLING

BY SERINA JONES, LME, GIG HARBOR AESTHETICS

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is also known

as “Collagen Induction

Therapy” because—yes, you

guessed it—it induces collagen! According

to a 2019 study, patients who had four

microneedling treatments had a 400 percent

increase in collagen and elastin six months

after completing the series.

Microneedling is a non-surgical breakthrough

skin treatment for reducing acne scars,

wrinkles and fine lines. It creates thousands

of microchannels that stimulate your body’s

natural wound-healing process, while

minimizing cellular damage. This rejuvenates

your skin from the inside out. The result is

effective remodeling of scar tissue, while

keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.

Microneedling Benefits:

The treatments of microneedling not only

help reduce the appearance of fine lines and

wrinkles but also have a positive effect on

uneven skin tone and acne scars—improving

the skin’s overall appearance to give you a

fresher, younger look.

Some of the many benefits from

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• Wrinkle reduction

• Texture and tone improvement

• Softer, younger-looking skin with fewer

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• Acne scar and traumatic scar improvement

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• Overall skin radiance

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Most people can return to their normal,

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pink one to three days afterward. You might

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE

SPECIAL

OLYMPICS

HOW LOCAL BRANCHES OF THE ORGANIZATION

ARE ADAPTING IN 2021

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

Since its beginning as a backyard summer camp in 1962,

the Special Olympics has come a long way.

Dedicated to changing the lives of people with intellectual

disabilities all across the world, the Special Olympics is

now internationally recognized and has immeasurable impact on

the lives of its athletes of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. An

organization created to bring about inclusion now embodies the

word in every sense.

Harnessing the power of sports, the Special Olympics empowers

people with intellectual disabilities to continuously develop their

strengths, skills and abilities. The organization’s mission is to

provide opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate

courage, experience joy, and build strong bonds with family,

friends and community members.

The Special Olympics operates through the calendar year and

provides sports training and large-scale athletic competitions in a

variety of sports for children and adults.

The organization’s beginning dates back to the early 1960s, when

Eunice Kennedy Shriver wanted to change the public’s perception

of people with intellectual disabilities.

Shriver was the director of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation,

an organization whose efforts focused on reducing the societal

neglect of people with intellectual disabilities. Being part of the

Kennedy family and having a sibling with special needs gave

Shriver the power and the passion to support her cause.

In 1962, after concerned parents approached Shriver about how

difficult it was to find summer activities their children with special

needs could participate in, her response was simple: “Enough.”

Declaring “enough” was a starting point, Shriver’s first big step

in paving the way for change. She started Camp Shriver on

her Maryland Farm for special needs children from her area,

recruiting local students to act as counselors.

Camp Shriver focused on interaction and engagement. The

children played, flourished and simply had fun. The camp quickly

became a success and gained attention from community members

and public officials.

By the summer of 1968, day camps similar to Camp Shriver

were providing summer activities for more than 7,000 children

with intellectual disabilities, and the next summer saw the first

International Special Olympics Summer Games, held in Soldier

Field, Chicago.

That year, Special Olympics became officially incorporated, and

it was pledged that another Special Olympics would be held in

1970 and every two years thereafter. Their growth hasn’t slowed

since; in the last several decades, the Special Olympics has gained

momentum through worldwide growth and recognition.

Millions of athletes are now part of the Special Olympics

movement, and it’s grown to be much more than summer camps

and sports training. The organization provides health screenings,

fundraising events, and chances for everyone to get involved,

including local leaders, celebrities, law enforcement, businesses

and more.

The organization holds thousands of events across the world each

year and has created a program to advocate for inclusive health—

meaning the ability of people with intellectual disabilities to take

full advantage of the same health services as people without

disabilities.

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The Special Olympics’ health programming focuses on

improving the well-being of people with special needs

physically, socially and emotionally by increasing their

access to health and wellness services. In fact, they are

the world’s largest health-care provider for people with

intellectual disabilities.

Even with its undeniable impact, the Special Olympics

was not immune from the effects of the COVID-19

pandemic. Taking a look closer to home, the Special

Olympics branches of Idaho and Washington states have

each had to adapt significantly over the course of the last

year. Components of the organization that have been

most affected include athlete engagement, fundraising

and sponsorships. When it became impossible to hold

in-person events, it required tough decisions, quick

adaptations and an increased difficulty in matching the

level of fundraising success seen in years past.

On April 20, 2020, Special Olympics Idaho made the

difficult decision to cancel their Summer Games and

all community-based programs for that year. “This

was the first time in Special Olympics Idaho history,”

said Director of Special Events Kristi Kraft, calling the

cancellations “devastating” to their athletes, many of

them who depend on Special Olympics for critical pillars

of health like physical fitness and social interaction.

The effects of canceled events were felt across the

organization.

“It’s hard,” stated Jaymelina Esmele, vice president of

marketing and communications for Special Olympics

Washington. “Going to events in person is a big social

outlet for people who are already in social isolation

because they are different.”

She recalled other barriers that arose when events

turned virtual. “Not everyone has access to the internet

or technological devices at home.”

Despite their best efforts in creating online challenges,

virtual events and increased social media support, there

would still be athletes the organization just couldn’t

reach through the internet. Even still, the organization

has met the pandemic’s challenges head-on, by boosting

their social media campaigns, encouraging continued

participation at home, enlisting virtual coaches and

partners, and sending training kits to provide athletes

with the necessary equipment to keep up with their

physical fitness from home.

Thanks to donors’ support, Special Olympics Washington

distributed 5,000 at-home training kits to athletes across

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in the last several

decades, the Special

Olympics has gained

momentum through

worldwide growth and

recognition.


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the state earlier this year. The kits contained items to

keep athletes active, including a pedometer and fitness

DVDs—items that didn’t require an internet connection

for use. The organization will be mailing another wave

of kits later this year.

The impact of the Special Olympics has been called

transformative, speaking to its ability to develop

confidence and improve health on physical, mental and

emotional levels. The achievements reached in a Special

Olympics event translate into real achievements and real

change in the rest of the world.

“Our athletes inspire people in their communities and

elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human

talents and potential,” the organization’s website reads.

There are as many as 200 million people with intellectual

disabilities across the world, and the Special Olympics

wants to touch the lives of them all. “The power and

joy of sport shifts focus to what our athletes can do,

not what they can’t,” the organization states. “Attention

to disability fades away.” Replacing that attention is

acknowledgement of what they can do—their talents,

how able they are to accomplish major feats, and the

heart of who they truly are.

It’s with this same grit and determination that the

organization strives to stay engaging and successful

throughout the pandemic.

Organizations like the Special Olympics are strong

in their values and in their accomplishments, but in

difficult times, even the strongest need support. There

are many ways community members can contribute to

the causes that drive the Special Olympics.

“Like many nonprofits, last year was very taxing on us

financially,” Kraft said.

“We always look forward to community support

through virtual volunteering and donations,” Esmele

said, grateful for the support the organization continues

to receive from community members.

Online donations are accepted through the

organization’s websites or through Facebook’s donation

pages. Amazon Smiles is an option that allows Amazon

visitors to set up a charity as they shop. If they choose

Special Olympics Idaho or Washington as their charity

of choice, a percentage of their purchase will be donated

to the organization.

Even before in-person events fully make their return,

community members can still volunteer with the Special

Olympics as a virtual coach or partner. These virtual

mentors are paired with athletes to check in and offer

critical support through their time training at home.

Community members can even show up as virtual

Fans in the Stands, sharing their support by sending in

an uplifting message, photo or video. This allows fans

and supporters to cheer on Special Olympics athletes

electronically, from wherever they are in the world.

The hope for more in-person events sustains into 2021.

A few annual events remain on the horizon—along with

the usual air of uncertainty during this time.

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Special Olympics Idaho is currently in the

training process for regional Summer Games.

“We have taken many precautions to keep our

athletes safe by offering non-contact sports

and regionalized competitions to limit the

number of people at the event,” Kraft said.

Later this year, Special Olympics Idaho will

host three regional “Night of Champion” Galas

(in person), including one in Coeur d’Alene

on September 23. The galas will celebrate 50

years of accomplishments and hopefully raise

much-needed funding.

Across the border, Special Olympics

Washington’s annual events remain virtual

until further notice. They are currently in

preparation for the launch of a six-week

run/walk event. The event will encourage

participants to run, walk, roll and stay active

throughout the spring, and will also serve as

a fundraiser. Participants can register online,

obtain a miles goal for movement throughout

May, and meet their mileage goal by June.

Anyone and everyone will be welcome to join.

Full details will be released this April on their

website at SpecialOlympicsWashington.org.

Special Olympics Washington’s fall fundraiser,

typically a five-course dinner with a featured

chef, wine pairing and both live and silent

auctions, went virtual in 2020. This year, they

hope to offer a hybrid option, with a virtual

component to stay within guidelines and

provide options to those staying home.

While events and fundraisers remain virtual,

Special Olympics Washington will continue

their online training options, including virtual

workshops, interactive game nights and

challenges for charity to keep both athletes

and community members engaged. They even

hosted a virtual Polar Plunge and series of

Winter Games to welcome 2021.

“Although we’re all home and staying safe,

not getting together in person, there’s a lot

The impact of the

Special Olympics

has been called

transformative,

speaking to its ability

to develop confidence

and improve health on

physical, mental and

emotional levels.

of work we’re doing to keep athletes engaged

at this time,” Esmele said, emphasizing the

importance of maintaining social connection

for their athletes.

This year, stay connected with the stories

and athletes of the Special Olympics as

they celebrate their 50th anniversary. The

organization will feature an athlete’s profile on

social media each Friday for 50 weeks. Look

for their celebrated athletes on their social

media accounts and on Vimeo.

For more information on participating in

virtual events, fundraisers, galas or athlete

engagement, contact Kristi at kristi@idso.org

or visit SpecialOlympicsWashington.org.

The Special Olympics began as a way for

people with intellectual disabilities to be

included—to play, grow, to connect, and to

use their abilities to the fullest.

An organization that focuses on what can

be accomplished is certain to do just that in

2021: accomplish big, life-changing things

despite the necessary adaptations that have

come with the past year. With support from

the community, Special Olympics athletes can

continue the physical training, social support

and emotional growth they depend on into

2021 and beyond.

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FIND YOUR DREAM

HOME

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“Be prepared to move quickly toward negotiations and, if

possible, be physically onsite to view property."

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LAND YOUR

DREAM

HOME

in a hot market

Come prepared, do your research, and find the right agent

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

For anyone looking to purchase a home in the current market,

most people have discovered just how fast things move and how

difficult it can be to land your dream home—but that doesn’t

mean it’s impossible. The market may be moving fast with relatively low

inventory, but there are still opportunities to find a property or home that

fits your needs, as long as you do your homework and come prepared.

Start a relationship with a local agent.

In this market, having a real estate professional working for you is key.

Find someone who you feel comfortable with and start a relationship

before you even start looking for property. “No matter what price point

you're looking in, the market is magnificently competitive, and you'll

want to have an ally and advocate working on your behalf,” explains

Raniel Diaz of Our Town CDA, Professional Realty Services Idaho. Get

referrals from friends and family, and do your research to find the right

realtor for you. They will be key in not only helping guide you through

the process but in networking in their local area to find you a good fit

that might not even be on the market.

Come prepared.

It’s no secret the market is competitive. Sellers won’t wait for you. “Be

prepared to move quickly toward negotiations and, if possible, be

physically onsite to view property,” advises Jackie Suarez, associate

broker at Century 21, Riverstone in Sandpoint, Idaho. Determine your

financial capabilities, and if you’re not able to purchase with cash, get

pre-qualified. “While it is great and fun to go out looking at homes, it is

no fun to fall in love with one only to find out it is just out of your range,”

adds C.J. Tuma, owner/broker at Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty in

Bonners Ferry, Idaho. “Get pre-qualified first, then the fun of starting to

look can happen.”

Also, be prepared to increase your offer if need be. “Cash offers tend to

take priority in this market, and ‘escalation clauses’ are common. Sellers

need to know that they are negotiating with well-qualified buyers,”

explains Suarez.

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Do your research.

Research the area to determine your target locations. Local geography,

employment opportunities, services, schools, etc. will all play a role

in your decision of where to buy. “Your best decisions can be made

when good judgement balances your emotions, and knowledge is key,”

says Suarez.

Once you’re pre-qualified, talk with your agent about your parameters,

discover what your payments will look like with taxes and insurance, and

make sure it’s a comfortable fit. It’s better to know from the beginning

what your limitations are.

Accommodate the needs of the seller.

Sellers want to know a buyer isn’t going to waste their time. “The less

perceived risk a seller sees associated with your offer the better,” explains

Diaz. Your best chance of landing the property you want is to know what

the seller is looking for. “Learn what will be the best-case scenario for

the seller. If you can accommodate their timelines and needs, consider

structuring your offer to be the best fit possible,” advises Suarez.

Determine your needs.

Know your needs versus your wants before you go into the buying

process—and set limitations. What is absolutely necessary? And what

can you be flexible on? This will help you move quickly when the time

comes and lets you know when you should keep looking. But make

sure your list of “non-negotiables” isn’t too long, or it could hurt your

search. “In this market, plan to learn, be humble and flex when possible,”

says Diaz.

Get your credit in order.

Set yourself up for success when it comes to getting pre-qualified. Make

sure your debt-to-income ratio is healthy, and talk to your lender about

your options. They can even help guide you on what to pay off to help

improve your credit and buying power. If you’re in the market for a home,

don’t take on any new large debts like a car payment or maxing out a

credit card, advises Tuma, as this could end up hurting your approval

odds in the end and jeopardize your home search.

Have a plan.

Lastly, be prepared. Have a plan in place before you start making big

moves. “If you're preparing to sell to buy your next home, try to make sure

you have a solid plan before that sign goes in your yard,” recommends

Diaz. Network with friends and family to let them know you’re looking to

buy, and don’t rush headlong into the process without getting your things

in order and setting a timeline, so you’re ready when the moment comes

to make that offer.

The ins and outs of the real estate market can be difficult, especially in

a market like the current one. But with a trusted agent at your side and

the right planning, it is more than possible to find a new home you love.

Remember, at the end of the day, sellers are human beings after all, and

your unique story matters. “Some of my clients' beautiful success stories

(also known by us as ‘Real Estate Miracles’) have been hinged on their

ability to present their story in a compelling way that opened the door to

their perfect home,” encourages Diaz.

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find your match

in a realtor

Tips for hiring an agent to help you navigate the

housing market in 2021

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

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This year, with the demand for homes

looking astoundingly high, it’s more

critical than ever to find the right

realtor to partner with.

the

most important relationships in life are built

on trust, open communication and mutual

respect. The relationship with your real estate

agent is no different.

According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of

recent buyers used a real estate agent or broker to purchase their home.

This year, with the demand for homes looking astoundingly high, it’s more

critical than ever to find the right realtor to partner with. Houses are moving

quickly, and prices have increased significantly. Whether you’re buying or selling,

you want to get the most out of your experience—and that’s where your real

estate agent comes in.

Buying or selling a home is an endeavor most of us can’t take on alone. Choosing

the right real estate professional to help you navigate a market saturated with

buyers will be well worth your time in 2021.

While choosing a realtor is as personal as any important relationship can be,

there are steps you can take to make the most informed decision. Start with

these tips:

1. ​Consider what’s most important to you.

Each person’s wants and needs are different. Deciding on the qualities that

are most important to you even before you start looking is key. Consider the

communication style you prefer, the amount of flexibility you need, and the

degree of trust you want to put in your agent. Do you expect them to take the

reins for you, or do you want to be more hands-on?

While the most important qualities of an effective real estate agent can differ

according to who you ask, it's important to define these standards for yourself.

A few qualities are generally non-negotiable: professionalism, current licensure

in the state, market knowledge. Experience as a realtor isn't everything, but it's

certainly something to consider.

Agents who have been in the market for a while have had time to build their

professional networks and are more likely to have inside knowledge on what

will be hitting the market soon. Regardless of experience, many great agents are

willing to negotiate, strategize, effectively use their resources and take initiative.

Decide what you need most from your agent, and look for someone whose

communication style, knowledge base and level of professionalism can best

match your expectations.

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2. Ask the right questions.

According to research by Zillow, 61 percent of seekers only contact

one agent. By talking with multiple realtors and asking the right

questions, you’ll be able to find the fit that works best for you.

Approach each meeting or phone call in the same way you would

interview someone for a job. Assemble a set of questions to ask

each realtor to effectively compare answers and narrow down the

options based on your needs.

The most helpful questions will be unique to your individual

situation, but helpful information can be collected from questions

like: Do you primarily work with buyers or sellers? Are you part

of a team? How do you help buyers compete in this market? How

many active clients do you work with at a time? How many are you

working with right now? What type of communication should I

expect from you?

3. Do your research.

Find out which real estate agents or teams are active in the area

you’re looking to buy or sell in. Pay attention to local marketing

efforts, signage, and agencies actively represented in the area, and

check sites like Realtor.com and Zillow, which allow buyers to see

which agents have been active most recently.

A professional who has sold in the area recently will be the

most familiar with the local housing market inventory, and

neighborhood details such as nearby schools, traffic patterns and

any concerns related to the neighborhood.

4. Don’t underestimate referrals.

Previous buyers can be one of the most important assets in your

search for an agent. Referrals from people you trust are powerful,

so start there by asking the people you trust: family, friends

and coworkers.

Personal experiences provide valuable insight that can be much

more telling than what you’ll find online. It’s also likely that

they’ve stayed in touch with their agent and can help you make the

initial connection.

5. Seek out good chemistry.

When it comes down to your final decisions, even a candidate with

glowing reviews and top-notch referrals still may be the wrong fit

if you just don’t click. Just as important as a realtor’s referrals and

qualifications are the way they make you feel and your ability to

communicate with them openly. This partnership is a critical piece

of your home buying or selling experience, so it’s critical to choose

someone who can support you in reaching your goals—and who

you’ll be excited to work with!

You’ll be spending a lot of time together throughout the process

and likely communicating often, so trust your instincts when

choosing the agent you want to spend that time with.

Buying or selling a home is a meaningful milestone—and the

expert guidance of the right real estate professional can make all

the difference in the success of your experience. The time invested

early on in finding the right fit in a realtor can save you invaluable

time and stress throughout the rest of the process.

Just like in any important relationship, it’s in your best interest to

choose an agent you can trust, who will prioritize your needs and

make you feel at ease. Finding your best match will make it all the

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TO SELL IN A SELLER’S

Market?

MANY FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN TODAY’S WHITE HOT MARKET

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Plenty of people enjoy the Northwest lifestyle. And plenty more from all around the country are finding

out they also enjoy the lifestyle and are making the move to our communities, both big and small.

With professionals able to work remotely, record-low interest rates, and city dwellers seeking smaller

communities, home prices have soared. At the same time, fewer people are listing their homes for sale,

which is creating a hot seller’s market. Is now the right time to move or upgrade if you own a home? There

are several factors to consider before putting up the “For Sale” sign.

Your Current Home

1

You chose the home you are currently in for a reason. Perhaps it’s location, the

school district, character, yard, square footage, any number of factors. Depending

on where you are in life, some of those priorities might have shifted. While your

home’s value might be the highest it’s been, in a seller’s market it’s likely you

won’t find all the features you are looking for in your next home as desirable

properties are going off-market in weeks—if not days. Analyze what it might cost

to do all the improvements you desire in your current home to what a similar

home in your market is currently going for.

Home Equity

2

One way many people are creating their dream homes is freeing up cash by

refinancing and utilizing the equity in their home for remodels, upgrades and

expansion. A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is credit you take out based on

the current value of your home compared to what you owe. Depending on when

you purchased, you might qualify for tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

With rates typically coming in under 4 percent, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to

do large-scale investments in your home, which will likely lead to a higher resale

value if/when you do decide to sell.

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Costs vs. Improvements

3

If you’re considering a sale, and will likely make a profit, don’t disregard the

amount of money you’ve put into your home over the years. How much did the

upgraded HVAC system cost? The new deck/patio? Did you just drop $5,000 on

new appliances? If you’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars of work into

the home but have lived in it five years or less, you likely won’t be recouping

maximum value for your investments. A good idea is to have an experienced

realtor assess your home in its current state. They can identify areas of the home

that if updated might bring up the price and others which are not likely to bring

additional value. Remember to factor in closing, improvements, staging and

realtor costs of roughly 10 percent of the total sale price when doing your final

profit calculation.

Finances/Financial Freedom

4

A home is often the biggest financial asset for a family. Generally speaking, the

longer you stay in a home, the more it gains value and the quicker you’ll be able

to completely eliminate mortgage payments. If you have enough equity in your

current home to pay cash for your next property, wonderful! If you are instead

looking to use the proceeds for a down payment on the next home with another

30-year mortgage, know that you are greatly extending the amount of time you’ll

be making those payments. Ask yourself at what point in life would you like not

to be making those payments?

Afford to Upgrade

With prices soaring and competition fierce, are you able to afford your dream

home? While your home value might be at an all-time high, so are most others.

Even with low interest rates, finding a step up from the starter or family home

to custom or executive home might come with some pretty big sticker shock.

Before committing to move in this market, you’ll need to be ready to jump on a

property quickly—and often go above asking price. Find the maximum you are

comfortable at and see what kind of homes are currently available in that range.

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Build Your Dream Home

6

For those who have some flexibility and patience, a custom build might be the

way to go. While builders are slammed with work, you can often still get more

customization craftsmanship and quality from a custom home for less money

than settling for something on the market. If you need to use the equity from

your home sale to buy a piece of land to get going, be prepared to have your life in

boxes for a while, as well as a rent higher than your previous mortgage payment.

Still, many would take a year of rent and likely a little chaos to build the home of

their dreams in which they’ll not need to ever worry about moving again—well,

hopefully.

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OREGON’S ADVENTURE COAST

Endless possibilities for the perfect getaway

By Marguerite Cleveland

Oregon’s Adventure Coast truly is an adventure. From the excitement of exploring Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area by ATV

or storm watching the epic waves along the coast, there is something for everyone. The charming maritime towns of Coos Bay and

North Bend border each other and overlook the bay, while quaint Charlestown is a sleepy fishing town. Explore the bounty of the

area on the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail and learn about the rich culinary heritage of the region.

Where to Stay

The Mill Casino Hotel has a lovely boardwalk overlooking Coos Bays with 200 water-view rooms. It is a perfect base for your visit to the

area. There are a variety of rooms from your basic hotel rooms up to luxury suites. Splurge on a Tower Balcony Suite, which has a huge

bathroom with a jetted tub and a bay view. The private balcony opens up to panoramic waterfront views and lovely sunrises. The hotel offers

some pet-friendly rooms.

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THE PRIVATE BALCONY OPENS UP TO

PANORAMIC WATERFRONT VIEWS AND

LOVELY SUNRISES.

Where to Eat

There is such a diverse variety of food on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

Check out the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail for some ideas of where to

eat. It highlights the local food on Oregon’s South Coast and helps to

support the producers and crafters that grow and use local ingredients.

The following can all be found on the Food Trail.

The 7 Devils Brewing Co. specializes in Northwest-style ales, with most

ingredients grown in the Pacific Northwest. Their public house offers

some great food featuring locally sourced ingredients. Make sure to

try the line-caught fried 7 Devils beer-battered Albacore Tuna with an

amazing lemon caper aioli.

Tokyo Bistro combines traditional Japanese cuisine with local fresh

seafood and produce to create food that is fresh, healthy and delicious.

This is a convenient stop on the way to the Cape Arago Loop. Dine in or

grab some takeout to enjoy at one of the parks on the loop.

Bayside Coffee is in the small fishing town of Charleston. This is a nice

stop either before or after visiting the beaches, as it can get chilly with

the wind, and a cup of coffee certainly hits the spot. Bayside offers

organic fair-trade coffee and a variety of fair-trade gifts.

Serving brunch daily, the Shark Bites Café is a cute little place decorated

with coffee sacks, coastal driftwood and surfboards. It is famous for its

fish tacos and other fresh local seafood, and is one of the best seafood

cafes along the Oregon coast.

Lastly, although not on the Food Trail, The Pancake Mill Restaurant

and Pie Shoppe is an excellent choice for breakfast and a favorite with

locals. Each day they offer a breakfast, lunch, pie and drink special.

Order off their Mill specialties, which offer international favorites. The

Dutch Baby or the Apple Pancake take an extra 30 minutes—but they

are definitely worth the wait. With that extra time, you can try the fresh

baked muffins or cinnamon rolls while you wait.

Things to Do

Head to Spinreel Dune Buggy & ATV Rental to spend some time at

the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. After a safety briefing,

detailed instructions and an overview of the map, you will head out for

some high-energy exploration of the dunes and the beach. Spinreel’s

Razr ATVs are state of the art and worth the rental cost. The Oregon

Dunes are incredibly special. It is the largest expanse of temperate

coastal sand dunes in the world. Islands of trees, the dunes and the

Pacific Ocean form a beautiful topography often shrouded in mist. Offroading

gives you the ability to cover a lot more ground than on foot.

The drive to the beach is about 20 minutes. Make sure to pay attention

to your location and look for landmarks as you head out. It is amazingly

easy to get disoriented.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Mill Casino Hotel - TheMillCasino.com

WHERE TO EAT

THE WILD RIVERS COAST FOOD TRAIL - WRCFOODTRAIL.COM

7 DEVILS BREWERY CO. - 7DEVILSBREWERY.COM

TOKYO BAY - TOKYOCOOSBAY.COM

SHARK BITES CAFÉ - SHARKBITES.CAFE

BAYSIDE COFFEE AND TEA - BAYSIDECOFFEESHOP.COM

WHAT TO DO

Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rental - RidetheOregonDunes.com

Coos History Museum - CoosHistory.org

If you prefer to explore on foot, the Oregon Dunes

Day Use Area is closed off to off-road vehicles. There

are accessible viewing platforms to take in the great

views of the dunes or Pacific Ocean. The Oregon

Dunes Loop Trail is paved for the first half-mile, then

you have a few options. The 2-mile round trip out to

the beach and back is mostly level and the trail is hard

packed sand. For a longer hike you can add a 1.5-mile

beach walk before exiting through the dunes to loop

back. The trail is marked by large post markers.

The Cape Arago Loop will take you from Charleston

to local beaches, overlooks and three state parks. The

rocky coastline of Southern Oregon is where you go

for epic storm watching with waves that crash against

the cliffs and soar into the air. It is so impressive. If you

have time for just one park, make it Shore Acres State

Park. Begin by viewing the craggy sandstone cliffs,

where the ocean waves slam into the rocks creating

beautiful rock formations. There is a fully enclosed

observation shelter you can watch the waves from if

the weather is bad. The park was once the estate of

timber baron Louis J. Simpson, and you can visit a

formal garden with plants and flowers from all over

the world. There are two rose gardens and a Japanesestyle

garden with a lily pond. There is something in bloom almost every

day of the year. Past the garden you’ll find a trail leading to a secluded

ocean cove. You can also follow a trail along the cliff ’s edge.

Insider Tip: Make sure to stop at the Simpson Reef Overlook—and bring

binoculars. From this vantage point you can see out to Shell Island, which

is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. These reefs are

breeding grounds and rest areas for a variety of sea birds and marine

mammals. From this vantage point, depending on the time of year, you

can see Northern Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Gray Whales

and an array of sea birds.

Make sure to visit the Coos History Museum. It is located not far from

your hotel, so you can stop in for a visit at the beginning or end of your

day. The museum focuses on life in Coos County as well as Oregon’s South

Coast. The first floor is the Main Gallery and has permanent exhibits on

the Uplands and the logging industry; the Tidewater, which focuses on

shipbuilding and the bounty of the local waters; and the Seashore focuses

on the rough seas and shores. The exhibits highlight the natural history

and the human history of the area. The second floor Mezzanine gallery

has changing exhibits. The current museum collection includes more

than 50,000 objects and more than 250,000 images. Make sure to visit

the outside interpretive signs that share the cultural and natural history

of the area.

For more information on the area, visit OregonsAdventureCoast.com.

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Jerisich Dock • Marina

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Small half acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown that provides transient moorage for boaters and features a seasonal pump-out station, water

and power. Restrooms, showers and life jacket loaner station are available onsite. Boats moored past 8pm must register at kiosk. Maximum stay allowed is

three days in a 10-day period. First come, first served.

Lakebay Marina Resort Marina 253.884.3350 - 15 Lorenz Rd. NW, Lakebay, WA 98349

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Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch

3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.851.8136 • CityofGigHarbor.net/535/Eddon-Boat-Park

Historic boat yard listed on the Gig Harbor Register of Historic Places that includes the Gig Harbor BoatShop, a nonprofit organization that provides

traditional shipwright educational classes and programming to the public as part of the city’s commitment to preserving the community’s maritime

heritage. Restrooms, pier, float and kayake launch and life jacket loaner station are available for public use.

Horsehead Bay Public Boat Ramp Boat Launch - - 10999 36th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Fox Island Public Boat Ramp Boat Launch - - 203 3rd Ave., Fox Island, WA 98333

Joemma Beach State Park Boat Launch 253.884.1944

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20001 Bay Rd. SW, Lakebay, WA 98459

Vaughn Boat Launch Boat Launch - - 17999 Hall Rd. NW, Vaughn, WA 98394

Home Boat Launch Boat Launch - - 1922 A St., Lakebay, WA 98349

Wollochet Bay Boat Ramp Boat Launch - - 37th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Purdy Boat Launch Ramp Boat Launch - - 7726 WA-302, Gig Harbor, WA 98329

Gig Harbor Public Boat Launch Boat Launch 253.305.1000 - 8723 Randall Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Longbranch Boat Launch Boat Launch - - 15603 72nd St. SW, Longbranch, WA 98351

SHOPPING

No Dearth of Books Book Store 253.853.3355 NoDearthofBooks.com 7803 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Chalet in the Woods Boutique 253.851.8678 ChaletintheWoods.com 9406 74th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Clothing &

Tickled Pink Accessories 253.858.1751 TickledPinkStores.com 3026 Harborview Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Clothing &

Treasures 4 Humanity Accessories 206.250.6563 Treasures4Humanity.com 7811 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Clothing &

Sharon’s Resale Boutique Accessories 253.851.3550 SharonsResaleBoutique.com 7620 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak

Boating

Merchandise 253.858.6090 ShiptoShoreMarine.com 3403 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Clothing &

Dolly Mama Boutique Accessories 253.851.5113 DollyMamaBoutique.com 7700 Pioneer Way #103, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Beach Basket Gift, Clothing & Christmas Shop Gift Shop 253.858.9639

Facebook.com/Beach

BasketGiftShop

4102 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

The Garden Room & Home Gift Shop 253.514.6033 TheGardenRoomStore.com 4729 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Maritime Jewelers Jewelers 253.853.4579 MaritimeJewelers.com 3116 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Clark’s Jewelers Jewelers 253.851.5395 ClarksJewelers.com 6946 Kimball Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Ken Walker Jewelers Jewelers 253.851.6516 KenWalkerJewelers.com 4912 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

van der Veen Jewelers Jewelers 253.514.8478 VanderVeenJewelers.com 4711 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall Mall -

Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall

4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.851.4557 • UptownGigHarbor.com

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LandingMall

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Over 35 shops, specialty stores and restaurants all located within walking distance in a charming outdoor shopping center. Shoppers can choose from a

mix of national retailers and local merchants offering the latest fashions, or enjoy a bite at a wide selection of fine-dining or quick takeout restaurants and

cafes.

For the Love of Spice Spice Store 253.858.0272 LoveofSpice.com 3104 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

THINGS TO DO

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Event

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup Event Spring - GigHarborPaddlersCup.com

Easter Egg Hunt at Sehmel Homested Park Event Spring -

PenMetParks.org/Parks/Sehmel-

Homestead-Park

The Green Gig Event Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

Madrona Links Golf Course Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.5193 MadronaLinks.com

Gig Harbor Golf Club Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.2428 GHGolfClub.com

Gig Harbor Gondola Water Activity Spring / Summer / Fall 253.432.0052 GigHarborGondola.com

Uptown Gig Harbor Summer Concert Series Event Summer - UpTownGigHarbor.com

Food Truck Feast At Sehmel Homestead Park Event Summer - PenMetParks.org

Summer Sounds at Skansie Event Summer - GigHarborGuide.com

Duffy Electric Boat Rentals at Gig Harbor Yachts • Boat Rental • Summer

3419 Harborview Dr. (Dockside), Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.358.3491 • GigHarborYachts.com/Electric-Boat-Rentals.html

Hire an experienced skipper or captain the boat yourself aboard one of these all-electric boats. You’ll enjoy a memorable experience on the water while

you take in the sights. Don’t forget to grab a coolor and picnic basket for the ride, and head aboard with family and friends for the ultimate relaxing

harbor cruise.

Lee’s SUP & Kayak Rentals Water Activity Summer 253.858.7341 LeesSUP1.com

Pier into the Night Event Winter - HarborWildWatch.org

7 Seas Brewing Brewery Year-Round 253.514.8129 7SeasBrewing.com

Galaxy Luxury Theatres Movie Theater Year-Round 253.851.8300

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TOP TEN THINGS TO DO

Explore by Water

Whether by sail, powerboat, kayak, SUP or electric boat,

much of the city’s charm and natural wonders are best

seen from the water.

Have a Ball

Entertainment options abound, from Galaxy’s IMAX

theaters or arcade games, duckpin bowling and a laser tag

venue at Ocean5 to creative art classes with AR Workshop.

Support Local

Gig Harbor’s independent boutiques, artists and specialty

shops dot the harbor—visits to the Westside and Uptown

business districts are a fun excursion as well.

Make Friends

Events and live music are a cornerstone of the harbor’s

year-round calendar. From live music in the park to family

movies, fall fun runs and cultural fundraisers, there’s

always a gathering to suit any interest.

Tip a Glass

Brewery, winery, distillery—take your pick. Many favorites

were born here in the harbor, and tastings are a great way

to preview local libations. Drop in for a cocktail at Heritage

Distillery, or try a local brew from favorites 7 Seas Brewing

or Wet Coast.

Share a Plate

Inventive eateries vary from casual grab-and-go spots to

fine dining and top-rated seafood shacks.

Take a Look Back

Gig Harbor has a rich maritime history, showcased

through gems like the Harbor History Museum or guided

tours on the harbor’s Prohibition days.

Tee Up

Hit the greens at several courses, including Madrona Links,

the Canterwood Golf & Country Club or the Gig Harbor

Golf Club.

Walk on the Wild Side

Grab a set of wheels and glide on the Cushman Trail,

which winds through the harbor and connects to the

Narrows Bridge. Nearby Sehmel Homestead Park offers

hiking trails, play areas and gardens to explore.

Capture the Moment

In one of America’s most picturesque towns, photography

options abound—choose from an array of backdrops: a

lighthouse framed by Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound,

sailboats dotting the harbor, or a beach set against the

Narrows Bridge.

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OTHER SERVICES

Mackert Automotive LLC Auto Repair 253.851.3307 MackertAutomotive.com 3416-B 57th St. Ct., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Peninsula Light Co. Electric Utility 253.857.5950 PenLight.org 13315 Goodnough Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Coast Movers Moving 888.546.6820 CoastMovers.com 3621 Hunt St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Family First Adult Family Homes • Senior Care & Family Living

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. #312, Gig Harbor, WA 89335

253.853.2033 • FamilyFirstAFH.com

Family First Adult Family Homes has been a staple in the Gig Harbor community for the past 21 years. Here you can find 24-hour care with hands-on

owners, experienced caregivers, in-home doctor visits, semi-private and private rooms and family atmosphere.

PARKS

Adam Tallman Park

6811 Wagner Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

City Park

Passive-use wildlife park with walking trails and wetlands offering interpretive

signage and viewing platforms. No restrooms. On-site parking.

Ancich Waterfront Park

3525 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Austin Estuary Park

4009 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Bogue Viewing Platform

8763 N Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Crescent Creek Park

3303 Vernhardson St., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Cushman Trail

Borgen Blvd., Hollycroft St., Grandview St.

Donkey Creek Park

8714 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Eddon Boat Park

3805 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Maritime Pier

3003 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Skansie Brothers Park

3207 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Skate Park

3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Jerisich Dock

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

City Park

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Viewing platform with grand staircase leading from the platform down to a lowerlevel

plaza with picnic tables and public restrooms. An ADA lift can transport those

with disabilities down to the water level.

City park with a picnic table and human-powered watercraft landing access. Public

trail extends under the bridge and connects with Donkey Creek Park. No restrooms.

Street parking only.

Waterfront mini-park with an urban plaza and shoreline viewing offering panoramic

views of Mount Rainier. Seating and tables available for public use. No restrooms.

Street parking only.

Previously known as “City Park,” a large open-air structure with covered kitchen, play

structure, swings, climbing structures, basketball and tennis courts, and baseball field

with bleachers are open to the public. Picnic tables and seating available, call to reserve.

Paved 6.2-mile trail that features seating, picnic tables, restrooms and parking

at points along the trail. Three trailheads are accessible within the city at Borgen

Boulevard, Hollycroft Street and ​Grandview Street.

1.3-acre natural park with large grassy open area. Bordered by salmon-bearing Donkey

Creek, with a trail that connects to Austin Estuary Park alongside the Harbor History

Museum. Benches and restrooms provided for public use. Street parking only.

Historic boat-building park with water-access offering landing for human-powered

boats, public pier and float, and up to 2-hour moorage at no fee. The brick house

provides a kitchen, and there is access to a sandy beach. Street parking only.

Pier and 12 x 40 foot load/unload float for mixed use, as well as load/unload facility

for commercial vessels. Year-round pump-out. Life jacket loaner station available.

Restrooms and seating. On-site parking.”

Large waterfront open space offering a covered pavilion, and featuring an historic

netshed and home adjacent to Jerisich Dock that helps celebrate and preserve Gig

Harbor’s maritime heritage. Restrooms on site. Street parking only.

Park includes large concrete bowl for skaters, kids’ climbing wall, play structures,

benches and trails with video surveillance. Restrooms available at Grandview Forest

Park (adjacent). On-site parking.

Public dock offering welcome plaza with restrooms, featuring seasonal splash pad/

water feature, and an accessible viewing deck with picnic tables. Free for day use;

water and power available. Boats moored past 8 p.m. must register at kiosk.

Harbor Family Park

6620 32nd St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

PenMet Parks

18.7-acre wooded park open to the public and accessible via primitive trails. No

picnic areas or restrooms.

Narrows Park

1502 Lucille Pkwy NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Rosedale Park and Community Hall

86th Ave. NW & Rosedale St.

Sehmel Homestead Park

10123 78th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

35-acre park offering over 1,000 feet of Tacoma Narrows shoreline access, excellent

fishing and views of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. Picnic area and non motorized boat

launch available. Features a gazebo, paved pathways and two viewing telescopes.

Rosedale Playfield offers a combination fenced grass youth soccer field, a grass 200-foot softball

diamond, two outdoor tennis courts and a half-basketball court. Rosedale Hall is located adjacent

to the tennis courts and can be rented for community and organizational events.

Large 98-acre park that includes a Boundless Playground, artificial turf soccer field, football,

lacrosse and softball fields, the Boeing Mariners Care baseball field, tennis and basketball

courts, a 1,500-person amphitheater and a pavilion, in addition to picnic areas and more.

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Key Pen Parks

72-acre park featuring plenty of parking, restrooms, play areas for all ages and a

large pavilion. Trailhead to popular 360 Trails.


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RECIPES

LOCAL FLAVOR

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ANTHONY’S

Seafood | Curbside Pickup

253.853.6353 | Anthonys.com | 8827 N. Harborview Dr.

LOCAL

EATS

BBQ2U

Texas-Style BBQ | Takeout

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com | 4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

BRIMSTONE

BBQ | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.2709 | BBQBrimstone.com | 7707 Pioneer Way

DEVOTED KISS CAFE

American | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.0055 | DevotedKissCafe.com | 8809 N. Harborview Dr. Ste. 203

EL PUEBLITO

Mexican | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.9077 | ElPueblitoRestaurant.com | 3226 Harborview Dr.

FONDI

Italian | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.6666 | Fondi.com | 4621 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

HARBOR GENERAL STORE

American Cafe | Takeout

253.358.3241 | HarborGeneral.com | 7804 Pioneer Way

HY IU HEE HEE

American Pub | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.7885 | JPSBars.com | 4309 Burnham Dr.

IL LUCANO

Italian | Takeout

253.514.8945 | IlLucanoRistorante.com | 3119 Judson St.

MARKETPLACE

Grille

MARKETPLACE GRILL

American | Takeout

253.858.3487 | 8825 N. Harborview Dr. # 3C-D

takeout & delivery guide

TASTE OF

PERU

MILLVILLE PIZZA CO.

Pizza | Takeout & Delivery

253.514.8626 | MillvillePizzaCo.com | 3409 Harborview Dr.

MOCTEZUMA’S

Mexican | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com | 4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

MORSO

American Bistro | Takeout

253.530.3463 | MorsoWineBar.com | 9014 Peacock Hill Ave. Ste. 100B

TASTE OF PERU

Peruvian | Takeout & Delivery

253.313.5198 | TasteOfPeruOnline.com | 5500 Olympic Dr. D101

TIDES TAVERN

American Pub | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.3982 | TidesTavern.com | 2925 Harborview Dr.

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BBQ2U

There’s nothing like a plate of pure Southern

comfort. BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors

of Texas-style barbecue right here to our

backyard. Patrons are treated just like family

and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere.

Open seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair.

The best fish and chips and clam chowder

in Gig Harbor! Located next to Anthony’s

Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of

the harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer

and wine, take-out menu available. Monday

through Thursday 11am to 8pm, Friday and

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

8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C

Gig Harbor

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South

Sound Magazine for 2019! Since 1978,

Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of those

seeking authentic Mexican food and awardwinning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig

Harbor location and enjoy their Tequila Bar

for daily happy hour specials and an array of

delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

PHO EVER WOK

Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're

looking for, look no further than Pho Ever

Wok, where their traditional Vietnamese pho

is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like

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

the way you like it, and vegan and vegetarian

options are available as well. Even better,

the prices can't be beat, and there's plenty

of parking. Also available for takeout. Open

Monday through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes!

Located in the heart of Gig Harbor at the

Franciscan Medical Building, Occasions Coffee

and Crepes offers premium, hand-crafted

espresso drinks, smoothies, fresh salads, hot

paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches, soups

and of course made-to-order crepes!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109

Gig Harbor

253.851.2576

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MILKVUE HANDCRAFTED

DONUTS + COFFEE

Experience inspirational donut creations and

the "happiest" customer service! Known for

fresh mochi donuts, raised, filled, fritters and

cake donuts, enjoy a variety of unique flavors

including horchata, blueberry lavender,

cookies and cream, maple bacon, raspberry

and more! Also enjoy Italian sodas, Bubble

Tea and Olympia Coffee. Takeout only. Stop

in Mon.-Wed. 8am-5pm, Fri. 7am-5pm, Sat.-

Sun. 9am-5pm.

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Check out our featured recipe on page 102!

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CARAMELIZED ONION AND SHIITAKE

FRITTATA WITH HAVARTI CHEESE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. butter, divided

1 medium sweet onion, sliced in thin rounds

1 1/2 cups shiitake mushrooms, roughly chopped

12 large eggs

5 oz. creme fraiche

3/4 cup shredded Havarti cheese

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

fresh parsley

METHOD:

• Preheat oven to 350˚F.

• In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium

heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes.

• Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until all liquid has evaporated

and onions have turned golden brown, about 10 minutes.

• In a large bowl, whisk eggs and creme fraiche together. Mix in Havarti

cheese, salt and pepper.

• Increase heat to medium and add 2 remaining tablespoons of butter

to the skillet, making sure the edges are nicely coated with the butter.

Pour the egg mixture over the onions and mushrooms. Cook without

stirring for 5 minutes.

• Transfer skillet to oven. Bake frittata until golden brown and center is

set, 25 to 30 minutes.

• After removing from the oven, allow to cool and serve at room

temperature. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

APRIL CREPE SPECIALS

Asparagus & Smoked Sockeye Salmon

Fresh Strawberry & Whipped Cream

Be sure to check out Clay & Cloth Designs!

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Ludlow

5

Snohomish

2

Port Ludlow

5

Snohomish

104

104

5

Snohomish

9 9 9

Monroe

9

Monroe

Quilcene

Lynnwood

104 104

522 9522

522 203

Monroe 203 203

Quilcene

104

Lynnwood

101 101 101

307 307 307

Quilcene

104

522 203

Lynnwood

101

307

104

522 203

Bothell

101

307

Bothell

Poulsbo

Poulsbo

Bothell

305 305 305

Poulsbo 305

Brinnon

Redmond

305

Brinnon

Redmond 520 520 520

Brinnon

Seabeck

Brainbridge

Redmond

520

Seabeck

Brainbridge

Island

520

Seabeck

Brainbridge

Island

SEATTLE

Island 304 304 304

SEATTLE

Bremerton

90 90 90

SEATTLE

Bremerton 304

90

Bremerton 304

405 405 405 90

Issaquah

101 101 101

3 3 3

160 160 160

Issaquah

405

101

3

160

Renton

Issaquah

405

160

509 509 509

101

3

Renton

Belfair

509

Sea Sea Sea Tac

Tac

Renton

Tac

Belfair

16 16

509

16

Vashon Island

Sea Tac

Belfair 16

Vashon Island

Sea Tac

16

Vashon Island

Kent

18 18 18

Kent 18

Allyn-Grapview

Kent 18

Allyn-Grapview

Federal Way

Way

Allyn-Grapview

Federal Way

Federal Way

3 3 3

3

Tacoma

169 169 169

Tacoma

169

3

167 167 167

Tacoma

167

169

Puyallup

167

Lakewood

Puyallup

512 512 512

Buckley

Lakewood

512

Puyallup

Buckley

Lakewood

5 5 5

512

Buckley

5

5

8 8 8

Olympia

8

8

Olympia

Tumwater

Olympia

Tumwater

510 510 510

Tumwater

510

510

507 507 507

507

507

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FAIR FUN WITH SAFETY

IN MIND

SPRING FAIR OFFERS DRIVE-THROUGH

EXPERIENCE FOR 2021

By Jillian Chandler

Events are slowly but surely beginning to make their way back,

and both children and adults alike are filled with excitement

as the fun returns—with a focus on safety at the forefront.

Washington state’s Spring Fair is on for 2021 and will take

place April 7 through 11 and April 14 through 18.

What is being described as a “unique hybrid, drive-through and

step-out Spring Fair experience,” the Spring Fair may look a little

different this year, but it’s sure to provide 10 fun-filled days jampacked

with things to do, one-of-a-kind experiences, entertainment

and … you can’t forget the fair food!

This year, jump in the car with friends and family—be sure everyone

safely fits and wears a seat belt—then sit back and enjoy the fun,

entertainment, sights and sounds of the Spring Fair. All tickets are

valid for one vehicle admission, one time through, with no re-entry.

Tickets, which are on sale now, are priced $30 to $55 per carload,

depending on what day you plan to attend; $55 per shuttle bus.

There will be timed entry starting at 10:30am, with the last entry

at 7:30pm (with most experiences closing at 9pm). Tickets for this

year’s fair must be purchased in advance online at TheFair.com.

All carload tickets include: farm animals, fair food for purchase,

Brad's World of Reptiles, strolling entertainment, Daffodil Festival

displays, entry to the Mattress Firm ShowPlex for shopping, and

entry to Agriplex to purchase grab-and go treats.

Additionally, each carload may choose one of the following

experiences (one per carload): Racing Pigs, DockDogs or Bingo.

Add-on experiences to include monster truck rides and fun buckets

are also available for an additional fee and must be purchased online

in advance; and stand-alone events such as the drive-in movie and

ride bundles. Ride and game tickets can be purchased and used as a

stand-alone or added on to your Spring Fair experience.

With spring in full swing, what better way to spend a weekend than

at the Spring Fair, where smiles and laughter are sure to abound.

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2021 DAFFODIL FESTIVAL

The beloved Daffodil Festival is back, although with a new look!

Harkening back to the daffodils that grew in the Puyallup Valley

over 80 years ago, the annual celebration links one generation to

another in the tradition of decorating floats with fresh-cut daffodils

to celebrate the arrival of spring. This year the parade will be

stationary and will include floats, bands, clowns and, of course, the

beloved princesses. This year’s theme is Reach for Your Star, so head

on out to the Washington State Fairgrounds, and experience a host

of beautiful flowers and floats celebrating spring’s favorite cheerful

flower. Tickets required. To reserve tickets and learn more, visit

TheDaffodilFestival.org

KIDS NIGHT OUT ICE CREAM SOCIAL

It’s time for a kids night out (and a parents night off)! PenMet Parks

is throwing a special ice cream social event for kids 5 to 12 years

of age, venturing back in time to the ice cream socials and soda

shoppes of yesteryear. On April 10 from 5 to 9pm, kids are invited

to play games, enjoy seasonal crafts, watch a move and enjoy dinner

and popcorn—and of course the ice cream social. The event will

be held at the Rosedale Hall in Gig Harbor and costs $40 per child.

PenMet Parks is following strict guidelines provided by local health

authorities to provide a safe and healthy environment. Don’t forget

to bring a sleeping bag, blanket and pillow for the movie, and get

ready for a fun night for the kids, while the parents enjoy a night

kid-free! To learn more or sign up, visit PenMetParks.org.

SPRING SWING GOLF TOURNAMENT

The first golf tournament of the season is here! Get ready to hit the

course, network and make new friends while you have fun and enjoy

the beautiful private course at the Canterwood Golf and Country

Club in Gig Harbor. The tournament will have a four-person

scramble format, and cost includes games, a cart, team photo, lunch,

post player reception and dinner (pending COVID restrictions).

Grab your friends and team up, or sign up solo, for the Spring Swing

Golf Tournament—and get back in the swing of the game. Teams

cost $600, individual players cost #150. Visit GigHarborChamber.

net/spring-swing-golf-tournament to sign up or learn more.

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

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

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

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

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

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

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

Early registration starts March 24th

This one-day bicycle ride with 150-, 100-, 80-, 40- and 25-mile

routes is presented on September 11, 2021, by the Sandpoint

Rotary Club to benefit literacy and after-school reading programs

for the Lake Pend Oreille School District and other Rotary

community service projects. The 150-, 100- and 80-mile routes

incorporate a newly paved route through Montana, alleviating

traffic congestion on the customary routes leading into Clark

Fork, Idaho.

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