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Keeping Up With A
PIERCE COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE
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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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THRIVING MARKET: PIERCE
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A Before and After Affair: Embarking on your
How to Land Your Dream Home in a Hot Market:
Come prepared, do your research, and find the
Keeping Up With a Thriving Market: Pierce County’s
real estate market update
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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How local branches of the organization are
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A THRIVING MARKET
PIERCE COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE
WRESTLER, MUSICIAN AND CO-HOST OF
BJ & MIGS, MORNINGS ON 99.9 KISW -
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RADIO PERSONALITY, MUSICIAN, WRESTLER, FAMILY
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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
Deann Hammer is the owner of Broadway Design, a boutique
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HOW TO LAND
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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
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.
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
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,”
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Keeping Up With A
PIERCE COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE
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
price. Many brokers and agents are scrambling to keep up.
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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
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,
we’ve got it all.
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“HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THIS
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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
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Steve Migs is a true renaissance man. He is a
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He was drawn here by the Pacific Northwest music
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considers it his home.
Q. KISW just celebrated its 50th
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A. I am typically not a person that gets
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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
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
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. 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,
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LOOKING TO IMPROVE
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.
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
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
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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
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.
Urban Float is open six days a week, and in addition to floating offers infrared
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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
for others interested in their services:
As Nick H. shares, “Coast Movers is great! The moving crews are always respectful
and thought out. They make sure to cover every little detail so the move goes as
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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
bump corners, brush walls or drop anything. I couldn’t
have been happier! A well-directed group by the man
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Wish we’d had them for our other moves. Can’t go
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
and networking; we’re all here to contribute and be a
part of it.”
If a move is in your future, look no further. Providing
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to get moving with Coast Movers.
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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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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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WE’RE DOING TO KEEP
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
firstname.lastname@example.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
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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
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
and successful event can be found on tthe website.
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Celebrate the start of spring while you support local businesses and
vendors at the Freighthouse Marketplace Spring Open Market in
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
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
* 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!
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Eat & Drink
CARAMELIZED ONION & SHIITAKE
FRITTATA WITH HAVARTI CHEESE
Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel
You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
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
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
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 Japanese-style 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.
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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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