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April 2021253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO. 28

APRIL 2021

Keeping Up With A

THRIVING MARKET

PIERCE COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE

Q&A WITH

STEVE MIGS

WRESTLER, MUSICIAN AND CO-HOST OF

BJ & MIGS, MORNINGS ON 99.9 KISW -

THE ROCK OF SEATTLE

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A SEASON OF PROMISE

LAST 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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KEEPING UP WITH A

FEATURED

THRIVING MARKET: PIERCE

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MARKET UPDATE

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Q&A WITH STEVE MIGS:

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AND CO-HOST OF BJ &

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CONTENTS

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HOME

A Before and After Affair: Embarking on your

home transformation

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TRENDING

How to Land Your Dream Home in a Hot Market:

Come prepared, do your research, and find the

right agent

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TACOMA FOCUS

Keeping Up With a Thriving Market: Pierce County’s

real estate market update

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Q&A

Q&A with Steve Migs: Wrestler, musician and cohost

of BJ & Migs, Mornings on 99.9 KISW - The

Rock of Seattle

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THE ARTS

25 Years of Community Service: Asia Pacific

Cultural Center

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The latest tips and trends about living a healthy,

active life

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BUSINESS PINPOINT

Time for a Move?: Coast Movers ensures a

smooth transition

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sneak peek into April ...

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ISSUE NO. 28

APRIL 2021

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FEATURE

Celebrating 50 Years of the Special Olympics:

How local branches of the organization are

adapting in 2021

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ENTERTAINMENT

Events in April you don’t want to miss!

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Havarti Cheese

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

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Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Endless possibilities for the

perfect getaway

The Struggle to Keep Up With

A THRIVING MARKET

PIERCE COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE

Q&A WITH

STEVE MIGS

WRESTLER, MUSICIAN AND CO-HOST OF

BJ & MIGS, MORNINGS ON 99.9 KISW -

THE ROCK OF SEATTLE

About The Cover

RADIO PERSONALITY, MUSICIAN, WRESTLER, FAMILY

MAN AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTER, you can find

Steve Mig’s featured on this month’s cover of 253

Lifestyle Magazine. Read more about Steve in our Q&A

on page 28.

Cover photo by Samantha Elise Tillman.

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Home

A Before and After Affair

EMBARKING ON YOUR HOME TRANSFORMATION

BY DEANN HAMMER, BROADWAY DESIGN

During the COVID pandemic, as many people flee to less populated suburban areas, 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.

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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 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

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Trending

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Come prepared, do your research, and

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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.

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Know your needs versus your

wants before you go into the buying

process—and set limitations.

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 prequalified

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.

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.

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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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BY RACHEL KELLY

When it comes to the Pierce County real

estate market, I think we can all breathe

a sigh of relief.

Last year (as I’m sure you’re aware), we

went into full lockdown. The housing market, which could

only be described as “hot,” was expected to drop. As was

everything. This spelled bad news for much of the middle

class, whose one and only future investment is their house.

Thankfully, in a time of uncertainty, some things just don’t

change. In fact, sometimes, they get better.

As society switched from meeting in person, to meeting

online. From in the office, to at home. From with to without.

There were many businesses that couldn’t make the switch.

Income dwindled. For struggling farmers, we did co-ps.

For restaurants, we showed up for restaurant rallies. For

the April 2020 housing market, things really slowed down.

Buyers and sellers were waiting to see what the market

would do. It looked like it was to be a lean year.

“I don’t think anyone could have predicted the year we’ve

had,” says Joe Sanchez of Coldwell Banker Bain of the

Pacific Northwest. “This has been one of our best years.”

Surprisingly, COVID has been good for homeowners.

Especially here in Pierce County.

This surprising turn of events can be explained by an

imbalance of supply and demand. There are a lot of buyers

coming from just about everywhere, but simply not enough

houses. The Pacific Northwest has that rare combination

of a fantastic quality of life coupled with affordability.

Pierce County is especially desirable because it’s so close to

the much more expensive Seattle, and yet not far enough

away to be entirely different. This has resulted in a swelling

home value. This comes at a time when interest rates are at

a record low. Once a home goes on the market, there are

usually several offers within the week at or above the asking

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This is partially due to a change in perspective. The pandemic has

altered the way we do work. Many companies have switched to doing

work remotely, from home, and found that it actually works! Areas

centered around tech jobs, like the Seattle area, are especially amenable

to working from home. Many people living and working in larger cities

have been told they may never come back to the office! Even as we return

to normality, the shift to working from home is expected to continue.

This has resulted in a mass exodus from places like California, Texas

and Seattle. People are simply looking for a higher quality of life with an

affordable price tag. Apparently, what we’ve known all along, the rest of

everywhere is now finding out. The secret is out: It’s awesome here.

If you own a home, and you’re looking to move, now is the time to do it.

Interest rates are at an all-time low, which means that most homeowners

are finding that they can afford to go where they please. However,

because there’s a shortage

of available homes,

make sure you have a

contingency plan. It may THE SECRET

take a bit to find what

you’re looking for.

IS OUT: IT’S

The market is good for us

here in Pierce County. In

fact, it’s healthy. Which

AWESOME

is a bit of a shocker,

considering the year

that the world has had.

“Our needs went from HERE.

walkability and commute

times to sprawl space and

outdoor amenities,” says Jennifer Hawkins from Hawkins-Poe Real

Estate services. On the upside, the pandemic has shifted our focus

inward. Instead of traveling the world, we’re traveling from the sofa

to the kitchen. The value of home, family and the outdoors has been

elevated in our minds. We rest, exercise, work, vent and create at home.

It’s important that home is a good place to be. That outside is a beautiful

place to explore.

With such an unpredictable shift in the market, many may be asking,

“What’s next?” Our friends at Coldwell aren’t seeing changes anytime

soon. “In my opinion, we’re not seeing anything change until after

COVID,” says Sanchez. It takes quite a bit of time to shift to a more

consistent market. Homes aren’t opening up anytime soon, and buyers

aren’t backing down. If anything, the flux is still underway. Be prepared

to settle in for a low-interest, high-value home market for the time being.

However, the market is not expected to stay this way forever.

Some brokers have differing opinions on what might happen next.

Hawkins feels that “our country’s spending to stimulate the economy

during the pandemic will need to be paid back. That money will most

likely come from rising interest rates.” There are lots of feelings and

predictions about the future; this season has taught us that sometimes

the future is unpredictable. Regardless, brokers know from experience

that interest rates are not always consistent. They fluctuate according to

environmental factors. Right now, we can celebrate low interest rates,

even if later they may go up again.

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Regardless of if this is news to you or not, I

think we can all take a rest. If you own a home,

your investment is safe. If you want to move,

you’ll most likely make money selling. If you

want to buy, interest rates are low. The only bad

news is for the house buyer who needs to buy

now. With so few houses on the market, it’s

definitely a waiting game.

But if you already live here, you don’t have

to worry about all that. Just bask in this new

spring sun, secure in the knowledge that things

(at least some things) are looking up. You

already live here, the place where the sun rises

in view of a snow-capped mountain. It’s setting

rays glitter on the water. Sigh. It’s no wonder

that with all the distractions stripped away that

more people want to be a part of what we have

here. And it’s not just nature, it’s community.

Instead of stripping our neighbors down, we

come together. For the misrepresented and

unheard, for the quiet and the loud. For those

that we agree with, and those we don’t. Here,

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“HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THIS

STATION, I WOULD HAVE

NEVER MET MY WIFE SYDNEY.

... WITHOUT MEETING MY

WIFE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER

BEEN SO BLESSED TO HAVE

OUR DAUGHTER, TATUM,

WHO JUST TURNED 1 YEAR

OLD IN DECEMBER.”

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intentional, but it is a cool visual that there is

all of this hair flying on stage—and then there

is me and my bald head in the background on

the drums! Most importantly though, I get to

play music with four of my favorite musicians

in Travis Bracht, Glenn Cannon, Jeff Rouse

and JT Phillips. I am a very lucky fella!

Steve Migs is a true renaissance man. He is a

radio personality, drummer for the band

Bruiser Brody and a pro wrestler. Quite the

resume. This expat moved to Washington from

Brooklyn, New York, after graduating from college.

He was drawn here by the Pacific Northwest music

scene. He fell in love with the area and after 20 years

considers it his home.

Q. KISW just celebrated its 50th

anniversary. Can you tell our readers the

importance of KISW in your life?

A. I am typically not a person that gets

caught up with nostalgia, [but] it was great

to hear them remind all of us how lucky we

are to work at a station with such history …

and how important this station has been for

me. Had it not been for this station, I would

have never met my wife Sydney. She is truly

my best friend and supporter; she has made

me a better person. Without meeting my

wife, I would have never been so blessed to

have our daughter, Tatum, who just turned

1 year old in December. And to say that this

has been the best year of my life would be

an understatement.

KISW has introduced me to some of my

best friends, and so many memories I’ll

forever cherish. I am a drummer, and a

couple years ago we interviewed members

of the band Stone Temple Pilots (one of

my absolute favorite bands). During the

interview I mentioned how much of a

musical influence they have had on me

and my band (Bruiser Brody), and they

invited us to join them on stage to play a

song. My bandmate, Glenn Cannon, and I

joined them on stage to perform in front

of over 15,000 screaming fans at White

River Amphitheater for KISW’s Pain In The

Grass festival.

Q. I have to ask. What is it like to be the

clean-shaven guy in a band with some

pretty impressive hair and beards?

A. Ha-ha! This is the best question ever.

Bruiser Brody started when my good

friend Glenn Cannon and I started

talking about doing a fun project that our

listeners (we do a podcast together called

the MigsCast) could follow along with

from its inception to our first show. We hit

up some of our good friends and favorite

musicians to be a part of it. As we started

writing and recording, we realized that

we had something special with our band,

but it wasn’t until after our first show and I

looked at some of the pictures taken that I

realized that I am in a band surrounded by

some dudes with incredible hair! It wasn’t

Q. Music is an important part of wrestling,

with many wrestlers having a theme song,

but it is rare to see a musician who is also

a wrestler.

A. I started wrestling just a few years ago

when I turned 40. I figured I needed a

mid-life crisis after all, so why not get body

slammed in a ring in my free time!? It’s one of

the most challenging things I have ever done,

which is part of why I love doing it. There is

something amazing about showing up to a

venue, meeting your opponent, and together

creating something that will get a room full

of people to get lost in the match and suspend

all disbelief. It’s like creating an action

movie scene for people to watch in person.

The combination of physicality, improv

performance and crowd interaction is what I

especially love about being a wrestler.

Q. Can you elaborate on your charitable/

nonprofit work with your wife Sydney?

What causes do you support? And why is it

important to give back?

A. One of the charitable causes that we feel

strongly about is animal rescue, as we have

donated to and partnered up with Motley

Zoo Animal Rescue over the years at KISW.

In fact, I just recently learned that Wicked Pie

Pizza (an awesome restaurant in Puyallup) is

naming a pizza after me. The pizza is being

called “The Migs,” and proceeds from sales of

the pizza will go to Motley Zoo!

Also, through KISW, we have partnered with

Operation Warm and the Washington State

Council Of Firefighters for our “Coats For

Kids” program. We raise money to help put

brand new coats on kids in need during the

winter season … and in the last three years

we have raised over $145,000! Last year

KISW partnered with Mary’s Place for a few

fundraisers, including our “Kicks For Kids”

program. We raised over $36,000 to get kids

in need brand new shoes of their choice. For

the last 10 years, I have partnered with the

Seattle Thunderbirds (junior hockey team)

and their Hockey Challenge fundraiser for

the Ronald McDonald House. In 22 years,

the Thunderbirds have raised over $6.6

million. For me, all these charitable causes

and partnerships are no brainers—a chance

to help kids, and animals.

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Asia Pacific Culture Center was founded in 1996 from

the vision of a small group of citizens representing three

generations of Americans from Asian and Pacific Islanders

heritage. With the powerful mission to bridge community

and generations through art, culture, education and business, APCC

has been focused on helping their community for the past 25 years.

According to the executive director of Asia Pacific Cultural Center,

Faaluaina Pritchard of Lakewood, “Our organization serves as an

interactive cultural crossroads between local and international

communities. While APCC is well known for the arts and

entertainment we use to showcase our cultures, it is so much more

than just an entertainment organization.”

A visit to Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s Facebook page illustrates how

culture and community are central to the organization with postings

of all their past programs and events. This organization does so much

for the South Sound community, but it was especially evident during

the recent pandemic.

Located at the 4800 block on South Tacoma Way in the historic

South Tacoma Business District, APCC was busy throughout 2020.

From hosting free COVID testing in their parking lot every other

Wednesday for months, to providing free food giveaways from the

Tacoma Farmers Market weekly in the summer, APCC was laserfocused

on doing whatever it could to help. Whether it was giving away

thousands of masks and sanitation tools to citizens and businesses or

school supplies to kids as virtual school started up, APCC worked to

assist everyone in the community.

“Helping our community is part of our core values. It is what Asian

Pacific Islanders do every day, but it was especially important during

the recent crisis,” said Pritchard.

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Throughout the months of the crisis, Pritchard and her team worked with several organizations to touch

as many people as possible. A great example was the COVID-19 Assistance for Families program, which

partnered APCC with the Pierce County Connected Fund to give away $75 grocery store gift cards in late

December—when struggling families needed help the most. Just days before, APCC hosted a toy giveaway

with local Kiwanis chapters and free lunch from NW Share.

APCC worked with the Pierce County Management Team and Tacoma Pierce County Health Department

for free flu shots as well as regular COVID testing. Recently, they worked with the same organization to

implement COVID-19 vaccinations at the center. To assist the business community, staff at APCC continue

to extend assistance in applying for government-funded small business loans in various languages.

And also important is all the work that APCC’s Promised Leaders of Tomorrow team continues to do for

at-risk youth in 17 schools in the Tacoma, Clover Park, Franklin Pierce and Bethel school districts through

virtual learning programs, providing support wherever it is needed. The team adjusted to weekly virtual

meetings, they delivered food boxes to students and families in the program, completed safe at-home visits

when needed and implemented a Youth Taskforce for Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. APCC

is very proud of the 95.9 percent graduation rate among the 225 students in this program.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center represents 47 countries and cultures, offering programs and services honoring

their distinct artistry, business protocols, history and social practices. During 2020, APCC presented 63 live

events (pre-pandemic) and 109 virtual events (post-pandemic) with nearly 300,000 people served. From

the 10th annual Samoa Cultural Day to the 23rd annual Polynesian Luau and the fourth annual Korean

Chuseok Festival, APCC worked to keep the community culturally connected. That work continues into

2021 with the upcoming Korea Day celebration on May 1 and the celebration of Asian American and

Pacific Islander Heritage month activities throughout the month of May.

More information about Asia Pacific Cultural Center can be found on their website at

AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.org. To view many fantastic programs, including the recent New Year Celebration,

visit Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.

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Health

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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 microneedling include:

• Wrinkle reduction

• Texture and tone improvement

• Softer, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging

• Acne scar and traumatic scar improvement

• Stretch mark improvement

• Overall skin radiance

How do I find a professional microneedling treatment?

Do your research. There is only one FDA-cleared microneedling

device on the market that ensures the highest level of safety while

delivering consistent results. Request a consultation prior to booking

a microneedling service so you can ask how much experience the

provider has and how the treatment is performed.

In addition, when you properly space treatments that are overseen

by a professional, the procedures can be administered year-round.

What to expect after your microneedling treatment:

Most people can return to their normal, daily activities immediately

after their microneedling treatment. The total healing time depends

on the emphasis of the treatment. On average, the skin might be pink

one to three days afterward. You might experience slight redness and

a small amount of peeling 24 hours post treatment. Most patients

will see immediate results with improved skin texture, brighter

complexion and overall more radiant skin.

So, does microneedling work?

Yes! Microneedling can provide incredible results to those who

utilize it as a regular skin-care practice. Just be sure to discuss your

options with your skin-care provider so they can walk you through

the unique benefits and challenges that your skin may experience as

a result.

New collagen production significantly improves the look of your

skin, combatting the effects of years of sun damage.

Visible changes in the skin can develop over the course of a few days

or several weeks after the treatment. Results continue to improve for

up to six months after original treatment, as collagen production

continues over time.

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Health

WHY IS MEDITATION SO HARD?

And what I discovered to make it easy

BY JESSIE PURYEAR, OWNER, URBAN FLOAT UNIVERSITY PLACE

It was 2004, I was a newly Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy. I

had just reported to my first Command as an Officer. I found that

there were situations in which I felt overwhelmed, to the point of my

hands shaking, my mind becoming locked, unable to think, literally

stuck. I immediately began to seek out something that would help me

work through those situations. I knew that I was not interested in taking

medications. I wanted to find a holistic method; I felt meditation could

help me. I read the research and knew the benefits it provided would help.

So, I bought a book, I took it home and read it, cover to cover, and tried

to follow the instructions. I tried and tried and tried. With every ounce of

determination, I could not get my mind into a meditative state, not even

a little. Everything distracted me, every noise, shadows on the wall, cars

driving by outside, the cat, my thoughts … I mean everything! So, for one

of the few times in my life, I gave up.

Flash forward to 2015, I was sitting in a symposium, its purpose to teach us

how to be better leaders, and how part of being a good leader is taking care

of ourselves. There on one of the PowerPoint slides was the word “floating.”

Immediately curious, I Googled it. I was intrigued. I then Googled floating

near me. I made an appointment for my wife and I to try it out.

It was amazing! For the first time ever, I was able to get my mind into a

meditative state. In the float tank, there were no distractions from light,

or sound, and once I learned to quiet my mind it was the most relaxed I

had ever felt. But the benefits did not stop there. As my body relaxed, my

back pain subsided. It was complete relaxation at an unrealized level. The

more I floated, other benefits became more obvious. When I found myself

in stressful situations that would have triggered my anxiety, I now stayed

calm, my mind engaged, I was able to work through the situation, calmly.

It raised my confidence and ability to push myself. The ability to quiet my

mind and body in the chaos, on demand, became my superpower.

In that moment I knew what I wanted to do after I retired from the Navy. I

wanted to share this wellness method with the people of the South Sound.

In November 2018, I opened an Urban Float location in University Place.

Floating is a great way to practice meditation and exercise being present.

In fact, without any external stimulation, it can be difficult to do anything

but live in the moment while your sense of self melts into the water and air

around you.

So this year, do yourself—and your loved ones—a favor. Treat yourself

not just to a pleasant and relaxing experience, but form that meaningful

connection with who you are deep down. Go for a float, become one

with the nothingness you are surrounded in, and come out ready to give

everything you’ve got to those who need it. With the way this past year has

been, it is more important than ever to look out for each other, and that

starts by looking out for yourself.

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Despite the ups and downs many business owners experienced over the

past year, one local moving company has continued to stay busy. Despite

the pandemic, and no matter what else is going on around us, there will

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“Fortunately for me and my crew, COVID has not affected business,” says Coast

Movers owner Jonathon Sheridan. “People still need to move, and we’re there to

make the process as seamless and stress free as possible.”

Jonathon and his crew continue doing what they love. “Everything is up, never

down,” affirms Jonathon. “Our numbers are still on track, and we are still growing—

that’s the goal.”

Jonathon has been in the moving industry for the past 16 years and started his own

business more than a decade ago at the age of 26. Coast Movers is a privately owned

company, and Jonathon employs only dedicated professionals to transport your

belongings with the utmost care and compassion. The Coast crew is made up of

hardworking, honest, reliable people who will provide you a service unlike any other.

Clients have continued to be impressed with Coast Movers, sharing their experiences

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every request and need of the customer, and they

are always polite. I would recommend using Coast

Movers for your next move!”

Another satisfied customer, Edie S., states,

“Outstanding workers. … The team was very detailed

and careful with everything, making sure they didn’t

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Wish we’d had them for our other moves. Can’t go

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Jonathon, along with his crew, takes pride in what they

do, valuing the important role Coast Movers plays in

ensuring a smooth move for all of their clients. “I’ve

always just loved the fact that we’re helping people

relocate. It’s a stressful time for that person, and we

try to make it as joyful and peaceful as possible; our

goal is helping the process rather than hindering it or

creating added stress. I’m glad I can be a part of that.”

Gig Harbor is where Jonathon has planted his roots

and is raising his three young children. He feels

blessed to call this place home and to be a part of this

special community. “I’ve made a lot of great friends,

new friends, through my business and by networking

around the community,” says Jonathon. He finds

it imperative to support your local community

businessmen and women, working together,

supporting each other, recommending each other and

using each other’s services. “It’s all about community

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If a move is in your future, look no further. Providing

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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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 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.

Organizations like the Special Olympics are strong

in their values and in their accomplishments, but in

difficult times, even the strongest need support. There

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

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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.

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

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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 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

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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

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AISLES OF JUNKIN’ TREASURE

THE GREAT JUNK HUNT RETURNS THE WEEKEND OF APRIL 23

By Jillian Chandler

With spring in full swing, what better way to

spend a weekend than at the Washington State

Fairgrounds, where visitors will find treasures

galore being sold by a variety of curated vendors.

Shop items that can’t be found anywhere else!

This event has been created for curators and shoppers who love the

thrill of the hunt for vintage, upcycled and one-of-a-kind items.

Shoppers will discover everything under the sun, from farmhouse,

industrial, vintage, repurposed and handmade goods, and much

more, at the 2021 Great Junk Hunt.

The Great Junk Hunt has been voted the top traveling vintage market

in the U.S. by Flea Market Style magazine, named one of the Top 15

Flea Markets in America by Romantic Homes Magazines and listed

as a Top 5 Flea Market in America by Flea Market Décor magazine.

The weekend of fun wouldn’t be complete without cocktails and music.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance at TheGreatJunkHunt.

com/tacoma-puyallup-wa-vintage-market. Early Bird tickets are

available for Friday, April 23, from 4 to 9pm, offering entrants first

pick of the fabulous items available. The 4pm entry time has already

sold out, but tickets for 6pm are still available ($15). Early Bird entry

is also available Saturday morning from 8 to 10am ($12). General

admission is $8 to $10, with entry times spread out throughout the

day starting at 10am and on the hour every hour, with last entry at

2pm. Sunday April 25, admission is $8 for those entering at 8, 10 and

11am, with a $5 Happy Hour price offered for those attending noon

to 4pm.

Those interested in attending, please note: The Great Junk Hunt is

taking safety measures by adding time to the normal event hours

and introducing additional ticket types/times to maximize social

distancing. Attendees are required to purchase tickets online prior to

the market. Additional measures that will be taken to ensure a safe

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Tacoma on 25th Street starting on April 9 at 11am and closing April 11

at 5pm. The open market will feature a host of local vendors, creators

and other small businesses to browse while you enjoy dine-in options

from food court vendors. While you’re shopping and enjoying some

good bites, stop in the Rainier Room for a food and cash drive to support

the local shelter. Presented by Freighthouse Marketplace Events, the

market promises to be a great welcome to spring and the return of

some normalcy to the Tacoma area, so head on out and support the

community! Social distancing and masks are required. To learn more,

visit Freighthouse Marketplace Events online at

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WASHINGTON STATE SPRING FAIR

The Spring Fair may look a little different this year, but it’s sure to

provide 10 fun-filled days jam-packed with things to do, one-of-akind

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. 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, and entry to Agriplex to purchase grab-and

go treats. Choose one of the following experiences (one per carload):

Racing Pigs, DockDogs or Bingo, and add-on experiences like monster

truck rides and fun buckets, and drive-in movie and ride bundles for an

additional fee. Tickets for this year’s fair must be purchased in advance

online at TheFair.com. $30 to $55 per carload, depending on what day

you plan to attend; $55 per shuttle bus.

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 April 7 through 11 and 14 through 18 to 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.

* 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

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CARAMELIZED ONION & SHIITAKE

FRITTATA WITH HAVARTI CHEESE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

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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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.

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.

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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. Off-roading 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.

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

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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

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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

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in bloom almost every day of the year. Past the garden you’ll find a trail leading

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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.

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