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AN

EPIDEMIC

OF

HOPE

HOME BUILDING

EDITION

» Building Trends for 2021

» To Build or to Buy

» Find the Right Fit for Your Needs

and Budget

BORN AGAIN

Olalla resident breathes new life into

community centerpiece

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MAY 2021

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Building Trends for 2021

Architecture evolves alongside changes in the

modern lifestyle

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To Build or to Buy

What to know when you are looking for a new home 74

Find the Right Fit for Your Needs and Budget

A few things to consider when selecting a contractor 80

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

THE IMPORTANCE OF A

strong foundation

Family First offers

compassionate,

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• Caring and experienced

medical team.

• Home physician and

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appointments provided.

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• Serving Gig Harbor and the

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Our lives are made up of many

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components—from our family

and friends, our employers and

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These people are pillars in our lives, helping

us to sustain a strong foundation in which

we build our lives upon.

Just as a contractor lays out plans before

beginning construction on a new home,

we, ourselves, are the ones who will first lay

down the foundation for which our lives

are built. This requires strategic planning,

the right knowledge and tools, patience and

dedication. There will, of course, be those

situations (some within our control, others

which are not) that throw us from our path,

and we sometimes find ourselves having to

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same final destination in mind.

As with all things in life, we must start from

the ground up. If our foundation is weak,

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on that foundation. If we find ourselves

struggling and questioning ourselves,

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and soon things begin to shift, become

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If the past year has taught us anything,

it is how to adapt to new, ever-changing

situations. If we reflect on ourselves and

our lives, and how much they have changed

in the past year, I am sure that everyone of

us can agree that we found a strength and

perseverance we didn’t know we had. Our

foundation has become stronger, we have

become closer—even if from a distance—to

those in our lives. Though what the future

has in store for each one of us is uncertain,

we can—and will—take strength from our

core to create a future that will withstand all

hardship, standing tall, proud and strong.

A Happy Mother’s Day to all of those strong

women who are the foundation of their

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ABOUT THE COVER

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unmatched, and to have the opportunity to own a

home in the harbor certainly makes one grateful. The

home featured on the cover of this month’s edition of

Gig Harbor Living Local is a listing with Hawkins-

Poe Realty Key2See Team.

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BORN AGAIN

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CONTENTS

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32

60

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

A Celebration of an Unbreakable Bond: Greater Gig

Harbor Foundation’s Julie and Ariel Gustanski

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GOOD NEWS

An Epidemic of Hope: Permission To Start Dreaming

Foundation starts Warrior PATHH program

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IN FOCUS

Born Again: Olalla resident breathes new life into

community centerpiece

38

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

RCW Construction LLC: A passion brings more

than 30 years of building and remodeling experience

to Pierce County

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Help us recognize the bright young minds in

our community!

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LIVING LOCAL

The Tanglewood Lighthouse Project: Restoration

nearing completion

50

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

50

Key2See Team with Hawkins-Poe Realty: Pairing

innovation with communication

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sneak peek into May ...

84 102

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60

FEATURE

Local Nonprofit Choosing Unity Over Division:

Compassion Connect

70

2021 BUILDING TRENDS

Architecture evolves alongside changes in the

modern lifestyle

70

74

TO BUILD OR BUY

What to know when you are looking for a new home

80

THE BUILDING PROCESS

Who to Hire: A few things to consider when

selecting a contractor

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Exploring the Nation’s Newest Scenic Byway –

Washington’s Cascade Loop: The Ultimate Summer Road

Trip, Part I

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GIG HARBOR LOCAL GUIDE

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

and more in this easy-to-follow business directory

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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FEATURED RECIPE

Cooking Delicious but Light: Pan-Seared

Halibut with White Wine Mediterranean Sauce

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Punch it Up!

THE ART OF DESIGN IS NOT A LINEAR PATH

By Deann Hammer, Broadway Design

With the surge of spec builder housing developments

arising in the harbor, it is important to make your

mark and captivate design character in your home.

No two homes are meant to look alike, and the

people who live in them should attempt to let their

personality shine through.

One of the best ways to add personality and warmth to a home is to

wallpaper. I know—it can be scary. But the industry has changed, and

wallpaper options are now limitless. Gone are the printed floral Grandma

papers of yesterday, and here to stay are bold geometrics and natural

textures.

Peel-and-stick papers give homeowners the option of a do-it-yourself

quick transformation, or you can hire a pro to install a more permanent

version. Often homes have too much drywall, and it’s a pleasant relief to

cover it up and add texture and pattern to a room.

If you have box-beamed ceilings, papering the ceiling with a textured

paper can also have a dramatic effect.

Patterned carpets are also a fun way to jazz up a space. I love to add

patterns on a staircase runner or a living room carpet. Pattern in carpet

adds life to an often passed by space and hides more dirt from foot traffic

with a pattern underfoot.

False beams are a new trend that makes a huge impact on the feeling of

a room. They are constructed out of Styrofoam, are incredibly light and

easy to install. (Just attach a 2x4 to the ceiling, and the beam attaches to

that.) They look incredibly real and add definition to the “fifth wall” of

a room. Most can easily be purchased online. They look terrific in living

rooms, bedrooms, kitchen and dining areas.

Window treatments were so overdone in the ‘80s and ‘90s, it took me

quite a while to bring them back. The current trend is to lose the heavy

fabric “drapery” and add a textured roller shade with a valance on all

windows. Continuity is the name of the game, so create a color/texture

theme—and stick with it. Roller shade valances are made from the same

fabric as the shade, and they soften the window opening, creating a

terrific backdrop for your furnishings.

If you feel you need that extra layering of drapery, keep it light, fresh and

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Here to stay are bold geometrics

and natural textures.

TRANSFORM

YOUR WORLD

We excel at listening and

implementing each client’s wants

and needs to successfully reach the

finish line.

simple with a solid linen or sheer panel in a neutral color. Typically, each side of most windows will

accommodate two panels from an average retailer.

Accessories should be of the correct scale/size. Larger is often best with fewer pieces. Stick to a

theme and strive for quality.

Large plants (real or faux) in a simple decorative pot that is a minimum of 30- to 34-inches tall is a

terrific way to add dimension to the corner of a room and add visual appeal. My favorites are fiddle

leaf fig, mother-in-law tongue (a.k.a. snake grass) and any kind of yucca. Stay away from ficus, as

they are messy and drip sticky droplets onto your floor.

If you need help punching up the look of your home, Broadway Design can help you get to the

finish line!

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S T O P P I N G B R A I N

F R E E Z E

5 tips to easier decision making

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The other day, I was having fun

driving around town and noticed

all the homes being built. I took

a moment to think about the

hundreds of decisions an owner has to make.

From budget, hiring contractors, permits/

plans, plumbing, electric, to all the design

details, and landscaping ... oh my!

It got me thinking of the potential challenges

when faced with having so many options.

It can lead to feeling overwhelmed, tired,

dissatisfaction, fear of making a mistake,

worry if the “right” choice was made,

procrastination, or even decision paralysis

(a.k.a. brain freeze).

Interestingly, being able to make decisions

is an essential aspect of being able to feel

confident and self-sufficient in life. At the

same time, having a lot of choices isn’t always

a good thing.

Psychologist Barry Schwartz calls this “The

Paradox of Choice.” His research shows

increased choice allows us to achieve better

results. However, if you’re surrounded by too

many choices, you also end up with increased

anxiety, uncertainty and less satisfaction with

your final decision.

Where in your life have you felt overwhelmed

or experienced brain freeze due to available

choices? What can you do to bypass the

negative impacts of all the options available to

you? Try these five tips to simplify choices and

make decision-making easier:

1. Know and trust yourself. What are your

core values and what do you believe in?

Asking if your choice is in alignment with who

you are will help guide you. When doubt or

self-criticism kicks in, remind yourself of your

past successful decisions. If you are feeling

overwhelmed, step away and do something

you enjoy, then come back. You will likely see

more clearly when coming from a place of

calm or creativity.

2. Eliminate the worst options. Usually, it is

easier to figure out what it is you don’t like.

Eliminating options helps you refocus energy

on the other remaining choices.

3. Good things come in three. Narrow it

down to the top three options. This enables

you to see new possibilities and/or get more

creative ideas. Rarely are life decisions either/

or ones.

4. Know when good enough … is good

enough. Instead of over researching an option,

ask what is the 70 to 80 percent solution. Also

notice the difference between big or small

decisions. The level of energy between big

and small decisions will be different. Ask if

the choice will impact you in a year; or what

is the worst that could happen? Also consider

setting a time limit, so the decision process

does not become all-consuming or fill up all

your free time.

5. Ask for help. Reach out to your support

system or referrals you trust. List pros and

cons with them and ask questions from a place

of curiosity. You’ll gain more clarity and feel

more energized.

It is fascinating that our access to so much

information often leads to a greater fear of

making the wrong decision, which in turn

leads us to feeling like a hamster in the wheel;

easy to become overwhelmed and go round

and round on what to choose—resulting in

decision brain freeze.

If you want to get off (or avoid) the hamster

wheel and feel more confident in your

decision-making, then use these tips to

simplify your choices. Focus on one goodenough

decision, and don’t obsess over the

many decisions you could have chosen.

Happy decision-making y’all!

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Good Faith Agreements

ARE THEY POSSIBLE DURING SEPARATION AND DIVORCE?

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

“If we agree on something before we are divorced, do we

need to put it in writing?” This is one of those cautionary

questions often asked of me when couples are separating or

divorcing. As you can imagine, the answer is, “It depends.”

I work as both a lawyer personally advocating for individual clients,

as well as a mediator providing neutral professional assistance to

couples who are transitioning out of their marriage. Some of their

most common reasons for choosing mediation include not only the

obvious cost savings and staying out of court, but also wanting to

minimize feelings of animosity and hostility, learning how to be better

co-parents, and being more efficient and productive by controlling

the process themselves, rather than relying on lawyers to do so. A

common theme among these clients is the importance of remaining

non-adversarial while obtaining the neutral guidance and support

that mediation provides.

It is often these couples who, in an effort make some headway toward

settlement on their own, come to me with “agreements” they have

discussed. A common question is, “If we have agreed on 75 percent of

the issues among ourselves, can you just help us with the remaining

25 percent?” This is also where things could easily undermine their

intent to keep conflict at bay.

The challenge as a mediator is to honor the parties’ intentions of

reaching agreements, while at the same time informing them about

other options (options that might be more beneficial than what they

had initially imagined), along with educating them about the legal

components of those issues in a neutral and non-threatening way. I

often ask, “If you had all the information available before you reached

that agreement, would you still have agreed?” A lot of times, the

answer is “No.”

The secondary issue then becomes whether any of those agreements

are enforceable if they were reduced to a signed written document

prior to seeking input by a professional. If either party seeks legal

counsel after the fact, they will probably be told the agreement can

be undone because it was reached without being fully informed. But

what about agreements that you and your soon-to-be-ex reach in

good faith and that make sense to your particular situation?

This is where I always talk about the meaning of good faith. Are you

capable of making a tentative agreement in concept, without the need

for it to be in writing, pending a thorough review of all the facts with

the help of a mediator or legal counsel? Can the intention of wanting

to be perceived as cooperative, keeping an open mind and flexible,

be the defining characteristic as you move through your negotiations,

rather than holding tight to the hard and fast terms of the agreement

itself?

However, if you have made an agreement that makes sense for all

involved, whether with respect to living arrangements, financial

terms or parenting, can you abide by that agreement until it can be

further vetted through professional assistance without the other party

worrying that upheaval will ensue in a moment of hurt or anger,

resulting in that “agreement” being “off the table”?

In my professional experience, there are a multitude of agreements

that are made and kept while being bound only by good faith. Hence,

the term “good faith agreement.”

“Good faith” is an undervalued resource when it comes to working

with a lawyer or mediator. And while it means keeping your word, it

also means having the ability to alter those “good faith agreements”

once all relevant information is considered and options are weighed.

Any good faith agreement that still stands after that process is, indeed,

an agreement that deserves to be memorialized in writing and signed

by both parties.

Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located in

Gig Harbor. She helps her clients in achieving resolutions that foster both

a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy new beginning so

they can focus on moving on, rather than simply moving out. Felicia can

be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential

and currently conducted by appointment via videoconference or phone.

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

County, Felicia Soleil provides more constructive alternatives to dissolving

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

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

management - from simple to complex - for separation and divorce, parenting

plans, child support and prenuptial agreements.

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

conflict, helping you transition by moving on, not just moving out.

Felicia A. Soleil, Attorney at Law and Mediator

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A NEW CHAPTER FOR RETIREMENT

Do you know what your retirement plan looks like?

Courtesy of Nancy Harris, CMFC, CDFA

President, Financial Planner, New Foundation Wealth Group

BUILDING SOLID

FINANCIAL FOUNDATIONS

We develop & review strategies,

plans & solutions, as well as

work to create a safe & caring

environment where everyone can

discuss their financial concerns,

dreams & goals.

John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the

law of life. And those who look only to

the past or present are certain to miss the

future.” This is certainly true of preparing

for retirement. If we continue to expect that

the ways of the past will see us through to our

futures, we will be left behind.

Today’s companies are rewriting the retirement

rules for working Americans. Traditional

pension plans, which gained prominence in the

20th century, are rapidly disappearing because

of the high costs involved in funding them.

Some corporations have at-risk plans.

To help protect employees with corporate

pensions, the federal government enacted laws

requiring employers to meet a 100 percent

funding target for their defined-benefit plans.

Companies that sponsor pension plans are also

required to pay higher insurance premiums

to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

(PBGC), which was created by Congress in

1974 to help protect American workers from

the risk of pension default.

Because of these costly requirements, it is

becoming less and less attractive for companies

to provide traditional pensions to retirees. As a

result, it is likely that more companies will offer

defined-contribution plans like the 401(k) to

attract new employees and to help employees

fund their own retirements.

Thus, it is important to be aware that you may

have less help from your employer and will

probably have to rely more on your own savings

and investments to fund your retirement.

The government has tried to help by raising

contribution limits to most employersponsored

retirement plans. You can contribute

money to these plans on a pre-tax basis. Your

contributions and any earnings accumulate on

a tax- deferred basis. Of course, remember that

distributions from most employer-sponsored

retirement plans are taxed as ordinary income

and, if taken prior to reaching age 59 ½, may

be subject to an additional 10 percent federal

income tax penalty.

A number of companies are taking steps to

help workers fund retirement. Many have

instituted automatic enrollment in their

defined-contribution plans to encourage more

employees to participate. Some are enhancing

the benefits of their plans by increasing the

amount they contribute to employee accounts

and/or enhancing matching contributions.

Many companies that still have traditional

pension plans should be able to pay their

promised benefits. But in light of recent

trends, it would be wise to consider all possible

sources of retirement income when reviewing

your retirement strategy. With the changing

retirement landscape, there may be no better

time than now to size up your current situation.

Your company-sponsored retirement plan will

be just one piece of your retirement funding

pie.

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative

and Investment Adviser Representative of

Equity Services, Inc. (ESI). Securities and

investment advisory services are offered solely

by ESI,Member FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport

Center Drive, Suite 270, Newport Beach CA

92660, 949-836-7809. New Foundation Wealth

Group is independent of ESI.

Nancy Harris does not offer tax or legal advice.

For advice concerning your own situation, please

consult with your appropriate professional

advisor.

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President, Financial Planner

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

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Advisor Representative of/and offers securities and investment

advisory services solely through Equity Services, Inc., member

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

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

NH and WI. New Foundation Wealth Group is independent of

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

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Tami

Bradford

While it can be tempting for a

teacher to be a “best buddy”

to each of their students,

experienced educators

know that sometimes it takes a little tough

love to get the most out of the learning

environment. Pioneer Elementary School’s

Tami Bradford has spent 13 years in the

classroom with students ranging in age

from kindergarten to eighth grade. She can

recall a time in her first year teaching when

she intercepted a note between students,

which complained about

how hard her class was. “My

first instinct was to dismiss

it, but the more I thought

about it, I realized it did

hurt,” she recalled. “At some

level, I wanted students

to like me and the subject

I taught. However, I also

thought further about the

letter and realized that even

though student happiness

was important, I also valued

my ability to challenge

and push my students into

becoming more than they

thought they could be.”

Tami embraced the letter

and now strives to not

only make her classroom a

welcoming and enjoyable

one, but to continue to challenge her young

students for the betterment of their future.

“I can’t only focus on an environment

where they are temporarily comfortable, I

must provide them with the life-enriching

challenges that will make them successful

"CHOOSING TO FIND

BEAUTY, JOY AND

CONTENTMENT IN

ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

WILL PROPEL US

TO THE END OF

OUR ADVENTURE

WITH JOY AND

SATISFACTION.”

Pioneer Elementary

Kindergarten/First Grade

Blended Classroom

for their future, even if I don’t always get to

be the ‘fun teacher,’” she said.

In wrapping up a unique year teaching

a blend of kindergarten and first-grade

students, Tami is thankful to continue to

watch young minds develop. Each week

she sees kids grow big ideas, overcome

fears and create. Though an experienced

educator, Tami admits that her students

continue to have a lasting impact on her

life as she learns from them as well. “My

presuppositions are

often challenged by my

students, and I find myself

learning from them as

much or more than they

learn from me.”

Tami wants to see her

students’ education as

part of the adventure of

life. There will be times

when they will have to go

through the hard parts of

learning like falling down,

feeling defeated, feeling

frustrated. “At those

moments, it’s okay to feel

those feelings, but it’s

important not to dwell on

them and let them define

us,” she tells them. “The

habits we choose to foster

in the small moments will be amplified

when we face bigger and more difficult

moments. Choosing to find beauty, joy

and contentment in all circumstances will

propel us to the end of our adventure with

joy and satisfaction.”

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L I F E

&

C O M M U N I T Y

A CELEBRATION OF AN UNBREAKABLE BOND

GREATER GIG HARBOR FOUNDATION’S JULIE AND ARIEL GUSTANSKI

By Jillian Chandler

From upstate New York to Scotland, Thailand, Pennsylvania,

Minnesota, Switzerland and Washington … and a few places

in between, Julie and Ariel Gustanski have always been—and

continue to be—a team.

“Since a young age, it has been my mum and I,” recalls Ariel, a longtime

Gig Harbor resident and chief operating officer for the Greater Gig

Harbor Foundation. She is the daughter of Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski,

a founder, president emeritus and CEO of the organization. The bond

of a mother and daughter is uniquely its own, and Julie and Ariel are a

true testament to the unwavering, and inspiring, connection between

a mother and child.

The two are grateful to live and work in beautiful Gig Harbor, which

affords them endless opportunities to share experiences and contribute

to their community. “Not only do I get to be her unrivaled, biologically

pre-programmed cheerleader in life, but I get to work with her and

share her achievements in supporting our community, too,” Julie says

proudly.

The way the pair speaks of one another reflects the love and admiration

they hold for each other. “I am in awe of her strength, independence,

her ‘boss female’ charisma, her huge heart, her genius mind and so

much more,” Ariel says of her mother.

Julie shares her sentiments toward her daughter, describing their

relationship as extradimensional. “It’s an anthology of love in its

many forms. It is friendship, it is nurturing, mutual understanding,

it is a house of wisdom and sharing, connection, profound affection,

an undulation of complex emotions—peppered with laughter and

nuanced eye rolls.”

Just prior to the pandemic, Julie’s mother, Gayle, relocated to Gig Harbor,

and has made a home with Julie on her 7-acre property. “I genuinely

appreciate the deep connection and unwavering commitment each of

us has to one another,” smiles Julie, “and I am thankful that Mum was

so open to making the move—a pretty big move to make at 80.”

Though neighbors and work colleagues, Ariel and Julie enjoy their time

together, whether on the squash court, on a boat at sunset, kayaking or

cooking together—most Sunday dinners are spent together.

“Listening, celebrating her successes, sharing time, communicating

openly and honestly, and assuring Ariel that no matter what I will

always and forever have her back are the important rules I learned from

my mother—and tenets I have practiced in building the relationship

with my daughter.”

Three generations of women who exemplify that beautiful bond

between mother and child. A blessed Mother’s Day to all the “mums”

in Gig Harbor.

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AN EPIDEMIC OF HOPE

PERMISSION TO START DREAMING FOUNDATION STARTS WARRIOR PATHH PROGRAM

By Abigail Thorpe

THE PERMISSION

TO START

DREAMING

FOUNDATION HAS

BEEN SELECTED

AS THE NINTH SITE

OF 20 AROUND

THE COUNTRY

TO OFFER THE

WARRIOR PATHH

PROGRAM.

“I

think we’re going to create an epidemic

of hope rather than discouragement,”

says Leslie Mayne, founding director

of the Permission To Start Dreaming

Foundation (PTSDF). Since its first event in 2011,

Mayne has been working to help veterans and first

responders access effective, long-term solutions

to transform post-traumatic stress into posttraumatic

growth. Their vision? For every veteran,

first responder and their families to live a fulfilled

life within reach of their dreams, and for every

American to have the will to make it a reality.

In 2013, Mayne was in Bluemont, Virginia, and

saw a beautiful sign and arch for the Boulder Crest

Retreat Program for combat veterans. The program,

which has since grown into Warrior PATHH,

approaches post-traumatic stress in an alternative

way, through training that cultivates and facilitates

post-traumatic growth in combat veterans and

first responders, enabling them to transform their

struggle into strength.

Many combat veterans and first responders have been

through exceptionally traumatic circumstances, and

they have deep-seeded trauma that becomes a daily

struggle in their lives. “We know for those who serve

and protect their country, most of them don’t ask for

help or they don’t feel like they’re in a position to

raise their hand,” explains Mayne. For many, there

is a stigma around mental health and wellness that,

unfortunately, is often perpetuated by communities

and available health resources. “What’s so beautiful

about the Warrior PATHH program, by the end of

the week, that stigma has been broken,” she adds.

Mayne started the Permission To Start Dreaming

Foundation after her son, an Army Private First

Class who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom,

died from an overdose after struggling with posttraumatic

stress and traumatic brain injury. For

Kyle, the treatment was psychotropic drugs. But

there’s another approach, and Warrior PATHH is

forging the way.

The 18-month program begins with a seven-day

intensive initiation, followed by 18 months of

support and training that helps veterans and first

responders place their trauma in its rightful place to

move forward to full and successful lives. “You really

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PARTICIPANTS LEARN VALUABLE TOOLS

LIKE MEDITATION, EXPLORE THEIR FAMILY

OF ORIGIN, LAY DOWN THEIR BURDENS,

AND PARTICIPATE IN A VARIETY OF

ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO RELEASE

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are cleansing your mind, body and spirit of those things that have really

locked you in a negative space,” says Mayne.

Now, the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has been selected

as the ninth site of 20 around the country to offer the Warrior PATHH

program to veterans and first responders. Before, the foundation sent

veterans to other locations to participate in the program, but now they

look forward to making it a blessing to the Pacific Northwest through

their partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Avalon

Network.

“This Warrior PATHH program is absolutely working, the data is showing

that it’s working,” says Mayne. “They can learn to take these invisible

wounds and truly transform them into their strengths.”

Any combat veteran or first responder dealing with processing extreme

trauma can apply for the program, including active servicemen and

women, and there are a series of phone conversations to determine

eligibility. “The only requirement is that you want to do the work, you

want to get better, you want to put that trauma in its rightful place behind

you,” adds Mayne.

In the seven-day intensive on-site initiation, participants learn valuable

tools like meditation, explore their family of origin, lay down their

burdens, and participate in a variety of activities designed to release

trauma and teach healing, coping and growth. During this time, they are

nurtured with amazing food and opportunities for true rest.

For the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, a national mobile

training team came on-site to help train and start the Warrior PATHH

program in the area. The foundation is currently in the process of hiring

their own team, including a program director, who will train virtually in

June and July, and start to run their own Warrior PATHH program at the

end of July.

Throughout the rest of the year, they plan to offer seven PATHH programs,

with monthly program offerings starting in 2022. “This program is saving

lives, and its saving marriages, and its saving families and communities,”

explains Mayne. The PATHH program and other offerings from the

Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation are designed to help veterans

make peace with the past. “If we can make peace with it, we can move

forward with hope and purpose and love,” she adds.

The Warrior PATHH program is free for participants, but it takes the

entire community to help make it possible. “I just think it’s incumbent

upon us as a community and civilians to do whatever we can to lift them

up and help them in whatever way,” encourages Mayne. “Really, if they

get strong ... that only strengthens our communities.”

Throughout the year, Permission to Start Dreaming hosts events like Pull

for a Soldier, Swing for a Soldier and Race for a Soldier that help fund

the Warrior PATHH program, with help from donations, volunteers and

community support.

“We're still doing our events, and we hope they will be as big and bold as

they can be, because that’s our source of fundraising, and it does take a lot

of money to put this on,” says Mayne.

For the men and women who go through Warrior PATHH, it’s life

changing. The difference between a life of hope and one of despair,

and each of us in the community can be a part of helping make that

transformation possible. “They come out of this program reminding

themselves that their best days are ahead,” notes Mayne. “In these

past two weeks, I personally witnessed six women and eight men’s

remarkable transformation after participating in WP. They are now ready

to experience stronger and deeper relationships, new possibilities, an

increased sense of gratitude in life, spiritual growth and a renewed sense

of personal strength. They will go forward and continue to serve their

communities and country. I am a believer.”

To learn more about Warrior PATHH and the Permission to Start

Dreaming Foundation, visit PTSDFoundation.org.

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Not Just a Job

A passion brings more than 30 years of building and remodeling experience to Pierce County

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

RCW CONSTRUCTION LLC

3106 80th Avenue Court NW

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.405.8109

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More than 30 years ago—November 9, 1990, to be exact—Robert

“Chris” Wise would turn his passion into what would become his

lifelong career. The owner and founder of RCW Construction LLC,

Chris uses his skill, knowledge and passion during each home building or

remodeling project he pursues.

“It’s a passion, not a job,” Chris shares. “It’s who I am, not what I do.”

Growing up, Chris looked up to—and admired—his father and grandfather,

who were both general contractors in the family. Seeing their enthusiasm and

dedication to a job well done, Chris was drawn to the field of construction,

and he started his career working for his dad at 12 years old.

Chris recalls that his mother had a different career path in mind for her son,

coming up with ways to dissuade him. But many years later, she would be the

one to inspire her son to quit his job in construction and get his contractor’s

license—as she had seen some of the work he had done and wanted him to

build her new home. “I think she thought that she had a lifetime warranty on

the house if I built it,” Chris laughs.

Years later, Chris would build his own family home. When his father came

to visit, Chris observed his father walking around the space, very quiet,

examining every detail of the home. While at the dinner table that night, he

told his son, “You built your family a perfect home. I can’t find a flaw inside or

out, not anywhere. You are such a better contractor than I ever was!”

Building beautiful homes and remodeling stunning spaces, the design and

build general contractor, based in Gig Harbor, serves Pierce and Kitsap

counties.

“What makes my business unique is that I have been in this business for more

than 30 years—all right here in Gig Harbor,” Chris says proudly. “Gig Harbor

is a great place to live and have a business.”

The reputable custom home builder and licensed general contractor offers

comprehensive home remodeling services, and Chris and the team at RCW

are well-versed in everything from custom home builds, kitchen remodels,

bathroom remodels and whole house remodels, to man caves and more.

As a proud member of esteemed industry organizations to include the

National Association of Home Builders, the Master Builders Association

of Pierce County, and the Building Industry Association of Washington,

you can trust the professionals of RCW Construction to get the job done

in the most organized, professional and cost-efficient way. Their expertise,

experience and confidence allow them to complete remodeling projects of

any size successfully. A company with attention to detail and commitment to

quality and a focus on 100 percent customer satisfaction, they are committed

to delivering home remodeling projects on time and within budget—you will

not endure any costly surprises.

When it comes to where Chris finds fulfillment in the work he does, it is the

relationships that are developed with vendors and clients, and the beautiful

jobs that they do. “It’s a real team effort,” he affirms.

Earlier this year, RCW Construction was honored by being chosen as one of

the 10 Best General Contractors in the Tacoma area by General Contractors

Magazine, which celebrates the best in residential and commercial

construction.

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For a recent RCW project, Kristie Ladd of Kristie Ladd Designs, an interior

design firm in Gig Harbor, was hired to provide her expertise in realizing the

client's vision. “As a designer, rather than imposing my style on others, I can

bring their style to fruition,” she says. “I love seeing the smiles on my clients’

faces when their vision comes to life! It starts with a 3D animation, and then it

happens again as the project’s complete. I have had clients tell me that after their

remodel they finally have a space that they are proud of!”

Need a custom home builder? Want a general contractor for a home remodeling

project? If you are looking to create the home of your dreams from the ground

up or by updating your current space, RCW Construction ensures satisfying

results with their quality craftsmanship that passes the test of time. Chris invites

you to give him a call today. And if you are in need of an interior designer to

customize your living space, Kristie is ready to help marry the clients’ tastes with

current design trends and functionality.

“What makes my business unique is

that I have been in this business for

more than 30 years—all right here in

Gig Harbor. Gig Harbor is a great place

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IN

BORN AGAIN

OLALLA RESIDENT BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO

COMMUNITY CENTERPIECE

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Founded by Scandinavian immigrants, the community of

Olalla was once a thriving locale, thanks to its prime location

on the water. At the close of the 19th and early 20th century,

the Olalla lagoon helped the timber, farming and shipbuilding

industries shape the Puget Sound and beyond. At one time, more

than a dozen businesses stood near the bay including a hotel,

blacksmith, post office, shingle mill and a store. When the Narrows

Bridge went up, many of the buildings began to come down in

Olalla. Today, residents enjoy a quiet, rural life and cherish the

few remaining historical reminders of the area’s heyday. One such

place is Al’s Butcher Shop and Grocery, which has stood for more

than 120 years and has carried the name Al’s since 1959. Countless

visitors have made a stop here, and it’s been a community gathering

place for more than a century. Despite its history and popularity,

the store closed last year and had been sitting vacant and for sale,

leaving a big void within the tight-knit community.

Gregg Olsen has called Olalla home for nearly 30 years. He has

written more than 30 crime novels, and his name has appeared on

the #1 best sellers list of The New York Times, Amazon, Washington

Post, USA Today and Wall Street Journal. His home sits just up the

road from Al’s, and after it closed up, the idea that it might be gone

for good inspired him to take the first step into breathing new life

into the store.

“I was pumping gas one day, and a former employee of Al's called

over to me and said, ‘Gregg, you guys should buy it.’ I went home

and told my wife, ‘Hey maybe we should buy it.’ She thought

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about a half a second and said, ‘Let's do it.’ We made the offer the

next day.”

Despite the monumental task of updating the more than 100-yearold

building, while keeping its original character, Gregg was simply

not going to let the piece of living history go by the wayside. “I

always have said that a community can't exist without a gathering

spot—and that's Olalla Bay Market & Landing,” he said. Because

of its shoreline location, there are a bevy of ordinances, rules and

permits that need to be addressed. However, a recent meeting with

the county gave Gregg enough confidence to undertake the project.

One of the first items of business was to rebrand and rename the

market. Before becoming Al’s in 1959, the store was previously

known as Charlie Nelson’s General Store, and then Greggerson’s

Market. “In all those various incarnations, each owner sought to

serve the Olalla community in the best way possible. We plan to do

that, too. A new name signals a fresh start,” Gregg explained.

Also included in the purchase of the store was the adjacent building

that served as the post office. Both buildings are currently being

renovated and will serve different purposes. The former post office

building is being renamed The Landing, and Gregg and his family

envision a public gathering space with multiple uses. “We intend to

have it be the home base for our Positive Olalla Projects group, host

classes, workshops and meetings. One feature we are developing

will be a history wall that will tell our town's story. We are all about

honoring the past while bringing people together in a new, fun

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way.” Gregg also intends to seek satellite post office status and offer mail

boxes to the community within the 110-year-old building.

The market is well on its way, despite the usual setbacks and permitting

issues with a project of this magnitude. During the remodel, workers

removed the hanging ceiling and were surprised to find beautiful old

tresses and beams. Exposing them will give the market a completely

different feel, while highlighting the original build as well. It’s a balance

of old and new that Gregg is working hard to maintain. “Think of the

reimagining of the store and its amazing location as taking the best of

what it was and amplifying those attributes and services,” he explained.

Once the kitchen is up and running, the market will specialize in pizza

and sandwiches, with an emphasis on regional beers as well. Gregg won’t

divulge the rest of the menu, only stating that they are working on a few

surprises they’re not yet ready to reveal. You won’t find a full-scale grocery

store, but there will still be a unique selection of snacks and soft drinks

to go, as well as more outdoor space for customers to relax and enjoy the

views. The gas pumps are also being removed to open up the parking lot

for more parking and more environmentally friendly landscaping.

While a grand opening date is yet to be announced, Gregg is hopeful

to have the doors open sometime this summer. There are challenges on

all fronts, but he and his family are committed to getting through each

obstacle with their ultimate goal of preserving the central gathering

point for this close-knit community. “We were a young family when we

arrived and fell immediately in love with the people, the place, and the

role community plays in our lives. The boat ramp park, the beach, and of

course the store, all play a role in bringing us together; we simply can’t

lose this place.”

While change can be difficult, Gregg says he is greeted daily with support

of the project from all walks of the community. Friends and neighbors are

pitching in, and all are excited to be nearing the finish line. “My family is

simply overwhelmed with the support and is humbled by the great faith

folks have in what we are doing,” said Gregg.

The Olalla Bay Market website and social media channels are up and

running. Gregg posts frequent updates and blogs here so anyone can

follow the progress. There are a few items up for sale as well including

T-shirts, stickers and coffee mugs. The Always Olalla brand pays homage

to AL’s in yet another reminder of the location’s history.

Always the storyteller, Gregg is also producing a documentary during the

project. He’s gathering interviews from some of Olalla’s most interesting

residents. “Olalla is the home of genuine characters. Our people are

fascinating, caring and, very often, they march to a different drummer.

That's the part of Olalla that I love as a storyteller.”

With a few more steps to go, the reality of the Olalla Bay Market opening

its doors is beginning to set in. For the Olsen family, the hard work

will all be worth it, and they are excited to keep the store’s legacy alive,

as it has truly become a community project. “You cannot imagine the

outpouring of support we have received from the community. Everyone

seems to be rooting for us—and helping us in big and small ways to get

where we need to go.”

For the latest updates, visit OlallaBayMarket.com or find them on

Facebook.

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she prepares for the next chapter in her life. She

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since November of her freshman year. In her

role, the 18-year-old conducts numerous

video and print interviews, handles design

and graphic work for social media, designs

and edits print material such as the district’s

newsletter, The Compass, and various other

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STEAM Club, where we compete with other

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Having her hand in story writing and

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The current residents of Tanglewood Island are busy—as so

many have been during the shutdown of the past year—with

their own gardens and home improvement projects. But they

have also aroused their neighbors’ interest and attention to a

labor of love they commenced last fall—their renovation of the iconic

Lighthouse that rises 40 feet above the tidal beach on the north end of

the island.

There are now four families who make their home on Tanglewood. The

island has been privately owned since the end of the 19th century, when

a mortician from the Tacoma area bought it as a vacation retreat. Four

decades later, a Tacoma physician, partly out of concern about “juvenile

delinquency,” bought the island and created his Camp Ta-Ha-Do-Wa For

Boys. After another 40 years or so, around 1980, four families with ties

to the Puget Sound, then living in Southern California, decided to come

back here to live—and they bought the island together. (And one of those

four families still resides on Tanglewood.)

The history of the Lighthouse begins with the construction of Camp Ta-

Ha-Do-Wa. Its facilities were built mid-20th century over a period of

years until the island resembled a rustic resort, with cabins, maintenance

buildings, a ball diamond, swimming pool and that amazing Lodge, the

walls of which rested directly on the seawall. The Lighthouse was built to

stand out in the water at flood tide and near water’s edge at the ebb, and

was connected to the Lodge by two bridges at the first- and second-story

level. The masonry of the Lighthouse is in remarkably good shape today,

presumably because it was built by professional bricklayers who were

available at the time because of a masons strike in Tacoma.

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The history of the Lighthouse begins with the

construction of Camp Ta-Ha-Do-Wa.

in their youth, they attended proms, graduations or recreational events

held there. Some remember the skating on the Lodge’s open second

floor—open because the enormous roof trusses obviated the need for

pillars. Some remember the heated salt-water swimming pool just inside

the seawall, which was an early “infinity pool” when the tide was high.

And others—usually older men—can’t help but smile as they recall the

time they smuggled illicit contraband (often packaged in bundles of six)

onto the island the day before a chaperoned high school dance.

Sadly, the beautiful Lodge was built with two fatal flaws: The foundation

for its exterior walls was subject to undermining by the action of the

tides on the outside of the seawall upon which it rested, and the floor of

the Lodge had been built on fill dirt, the elevation of which was about

18 inches too low. The extreme tides of almost every winter flooded

the Lodge’s first floor, and when that water drained out, it undermined

the foundation of the seawall from the inside. In spite of efforts to shore

it up, the seawall on the northwest side settled, cracked and splayed

open several years ago, which threatened the integrity of the two-story

structure resting precariously over the breach. That, combined with

other “causes incident to age,” led the county to prohibit any further

public use of the Lodge.

The Lighthouse also had become rundown over the years, inside and out.

But because the structure itself was sound, the families of Tanglewood,

led by the one with the longest residence, decided last year to clean it

up and, eventually, to restore it—to dry it in first and then, over a longenough

period to budget for the work, to renovate the interior. The work

of paint prep and drying in, replacing the top deck and cupola and the 12

broken windows, is what began in the latter half of 2020.

Another of the island residents—a civil engineer by profession—had

been interested in restoring the Lighthouse ever since the Lodge was

condemned, but he passed away a few years ago. So, in tribute to his

departed friend, one of his fellow engineers is now supervising the work

(and doing much of it, rather like a player/coach). And as they can, the

island residents are contributing their own means, might and main to

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get the work done. The walls have been cleaned inside and out, and the

exterior, painted white long ago, is now free of decades-worth of moss

and lichen overgrowth, and appears almost dazzling on the sunny days

now becoming more frequent in our spring prelude to summer.

When temperatures turn reliably warmer, the repainting can begin and,

when that is done, the new windows will be installed. The 12 replacement

window frames are replicas of the arched originals which pivot at the

center (as opposed to being hinged on one side or other) and are built

out of "period" wood that was milled by the islanders into planks from

150-year-old cedar logs, and then sawn, planed, sanded and put together

by the supervising engineer who, in addition to his day-job construction

skills using steel and concrete, is also an accomplished woodworker.

The motivations for this restoration, naturally, are somewhat varied, and

you’ll get a different answer from each person contributing to the work

as to what they most enjoy about it. But whether it’s the contribution of

handyman skills, the covering of the cost of materials, the time taken to

discuss and refine the finish details or the pleasure of cleaning off years’

worth of green, gray and black accretions and seeing the surface shine

again, all the Tanglewood residents agree that there’s a deep feeling of

satisfaction in preserving an icon that is, literally, a beacon in this part

of the Puget Sound—a beacon seen not only from kayaks, paddle boards

and boats plying the water of Hale Passage but also from cars crossing the

Fox Island bridge or driving the shoreline on Cromwell Drive, and even

from planes flying to and from the nearby Tacoma Narrows airfield. And

the encouraging comments posted recently on social media expressing

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In 2002, daughter Jennifer Hawkins would join the family business,

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“I also love talking to clients years after their purchase or sale to hear

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REDUCING STRESS DURING SPRINGTIME

Important vitamins and supplements to assist your body in lowering your stress level

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

We have all had to deal with life stressors at some point in

our life. Factors related to stress include job pressure and

deadlines, personal financial situation and relationships,

just to name a few. Stress can be acute or chronic and

can lead to ailments like fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, sleep issues,

diabetes, irritability and anger.

There are daily activities that we can participate in that help reduce stress.

These activities include good nutrition and diet, exercise and yoga, and

obtaining adequate sleep. In addition to these activities, there are several

vitamins and supplements that can also assist your body in reducing stress.

Melatonin: We live in a society that prides itself on how little sleep we often

get. One of the best ways to combat stress is getting adequate amounts of

quality sleep. The U.S. National Sleep Foundation recommends getting at

least seven to nine hours of sleep. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates

your body’s sleep-wake cycle. The production and release of melatonin

increases with darkness and decreases with lightness. One of the most

common sleep hygiene mistakes many people make is not securing their

screen time 30 minutes prior to going to bed. The light from the device’s

screen reduces our body’s production of melatonin. This in return can

make it difficult to fall asleep. Even with the practice of good sleep hygiene,

melatonin supplementation may be required to obtain optimum sleep. It is

best to start with a low dosage in the evening before going to bed and work

your way to a higher dosage if necessary.

Magnesium: Magnesium deficiency is the third most common deficiency

in the U.S. Low magnesium levels, hypomagnesemia, are highly associated

with increased stress levels. Studies have shown that magnesium does

play a role in reducing stress by playing an important role in regulating

neurotransmitters. Selecting the correct form of magnesium can be

confusing, as there are many forms that exist. Choose the wrong form

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THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR

As the running season has arrived, all of those months of training

are ready to be put to the test! Whether it's your first 5k or your fifth

marathon, be sure you’re prepared. Continue to alternate between easy

and hard days, tapering off before the race. Always take the time to

properly warm up and cool down. Hydrate and fuel your body. And most

importantly, listen to your body. If it's telling you it's tired, then it’s time to

rest. Adequate sleep is essential—especially while training.


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HEALTHIEST LIFE

One of the best ways to combat stress is getting

adequate amounts of quality sleep.

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and your stress level might go up due to the

common side effect of diarrhea. This common

side effect can usually be reduced by using

the glycinate form as well as taking your

magnesium supplement with calcium.

Valerian Root: Valerian root has long been

used as a mild sedative for the treatment of

stress. Prior to drugs like diazepam (Valium),

lorazepam (Ativan) and other benzodiazepines,

valerian root was widely used to treat symptoms

of stress-related ailments such as anxiety,

depression and insomnia. Valerian root helps

to regulate a neurotransmitter known as

gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA, promoting

relaxation.

CBD (Cannabidiol): There is much confusion

about CBD. CBD is one of hundreds of

phytocannabinoids found in cannabis. THC

(delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is another

phytocannabinoid found in cannabis and is

best known for its psychoactive properties

that produces the feeling of being “high.” The

Hemp Farming Act of 2018 removed low-

THC cannabis, defined as less than 0.3 percent

THC, from regulation under the Controlled

Substance Act. This paved the way for CBD

products produced from low-THC cannabis

plants to be legally sold. CBD studies found

evidence that “strongly support” that CBD

can reduce your anxiety levels. CBD binds to

multiple sites of action in the brain, activating

multiple pathways to produce feelings of

relaxation. It is important if you are taking

CBD or are interested in trying CBD that you

purchase a product that has undergone quality

assurance testing. Another thing to consider if

you are contemplating starting CBD is finding

a health-care professional knowledgeable about

CBD to partner with.

B Complex Vitamins: These vitamins help

play an important role in metabolism by

transforming the food you eat into usable

energy. B complex vitamins are also essential

for heart and brain health, and these vitamins

may improve mood and stress by lowering

your homocysteine levels. Make sure your

multivitamin has a good daily percentage of

B vitamins in the capsule or tablet; if not, you

may want to take a separate daily B complex

vitamin with a higher daily percentage value.

We hope that you try to reduce some of your

stress and live your healthiest life. Please do

not hesitate to visit us at 3216 Judson Street in

downtown Gig Harbor, your trusted experts on

compounded medications and supplements.

Conrad Esser is CEO and Nick Wyatt is

Chief Pharmacy Officer at Harbor Health &

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WHAT IS WELLNESS?

AND WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE IT PART OF YOUR SELF-CARE ROUTINE

BY JESSIE PURYEAR, OWNER, URBAN FLOAT UNIVERSITY PLACE

Independent

Family Practice

Clinics in Gig Harbor

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MD, MPH

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Wellness is defined as the state of

being in good health, especially

as an actively pursued goal.

I highlight “actively pursued

goal” because I think that is the part of wellness

most people forget. We eat healthy sometimes,

we start a workout routine every year, which

seems to fall by the wayside around the end of

the month. We all have the best intentions, but

life gets in the way. Jobs, kids, spouses, homes

all require continuous attention, and the easiest

part to take time away from is ourselves.

I want to share a secret with you: Putting

yourself first makes all the other commitments

you have easier. What if all it took to feel better

mentally and physically was one hour a week?

Float therapy involves floating effortlessly in a

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salt. The solution is heated to the temperature

of your skin, so you lose sensation of being in

water. The suites are sound and light isolated,

but you can always leave the lights on, or even

play relaxing music while you float.

Researchers have discovered that in this

environment, the amygdala—the part of your

brain that signals you are in a stressful situation

and starts all the alarms ringing in our body

to prepare the response to anxiety, stress, fight

or flight—turns off! Here is what all our clients

report to us, when they are in situations that

would have caused them stress or anxiety in

the past—they do not get stressed or anxious.

They stay calmer, their minds stay focused,

they do not get the adrenaline rush and are

able to work through the situation with a clear,

calm head. How much would staying calm in a

situation that would have resulted in stress or

anxiety improve your life? Not to mention the

physical benefits to your mind and body from

decreased adrenaline and cortisol releases,

which over time reduces your risk from heart

attack and strokes.

And the best part, if you use float therapy

on a regular basis as part of your wellness

routine, this happens without any input from

you. You do not have to remember to perform

a breathing exercise or remind yourself to

stay calm. It happens naturally. A regular

float therapy routine tapers down the stress

response. We all say we put our family first.

Putting your wellness first is truly putting your

family first. Are you worth one hour a week?

Urban Float in University Place can help you

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NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S

NURSING HOME

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

BY DAVE DITOMMASO, COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR, OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

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Across the street from the Gig Harbor Library

Have you ever been watching a

singing competition on television

and wondered what it would be

like to be one of the judges? Maybe

you’ve thought about sitting alongside Katy

Perry on the set of "American Idol" or taking

your spot next to John Legend in one of the

iconic red chairs on "The Voice."

Prestige Senior Living can’t quite make those

Hollywood dreams come true, but we have the

next best thing: Prestige Sings.

Our second annual singing competition gives

our senior living residents and staff a chance

to show off their pipes as they belt out their

favorite tunes—and the public gets to help

decide a winner. Visit PrestigeCare.com for

more info and to start casting your ballots

when the competition starts in mid-May.

Prestige Sings is just one way that Prestige

sets itself apart—with a unique and alwayschanging

schedule of activities and events, we

are not your grandma’s nursing home.

Wellness Comes First with Expressions

Science has shown that when we sing or listen

to music, it releases endorphins in the brain, the

chemicals that help us feel uplifted and happy,

and can motivate us to accomplish new goals.

That includes those living with memory loss,

and it’s why we offer a varied series of events,

like Prestige Sings, to our residents. Even those

living with memory loss can be taken back to

a special moment in their life, or remember

a loved one, with a familiar song at just the

right time.

At Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence, it’s our goal

to unlock their potential and allow them to enjoy

the best of what senior living has to offer. Our

award-winning program, Expressions Memory

Care program, uses innovative care techniques

and life-enrichment programming to provide

people with dementia and their families an

environment in which the individual can live

a productive and active life and be treated with

dignity and respect.

Living Life to the Fullest with Prestige

We strive to offer our residents a wide variety

of activities to both help us get to know them

better and keep them active and engaged.

Whether it’s through exercise, singing, dancing,

gardening, painting or any of the other activities

we run, keeping our memory care residents

active benefits both their physical and mental

well-being, promoting longevity and health.

It’s one of the reasons we love Prestige Sings—

ultimately, it’s not about crowning a winner,

but creating special moments for our residents

and staff, growing connections and learning

about their lives. Those bonds help us deliver

industry-leading care through the Expressions

program.

If it’s time to consider memory care for a

family member, visit PrestigeCare.com and

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KYBELLA! KYBELLA! KYBELLA!

Everything you ever wanted to know about Kybella, the fatdissolving

wonder treatment for under-chin fat

By Laura Jane Brougher, R.N., Aesthetic Nurse and Owner at Gig Harbor Aesthetics

If you are one of the people who have

stubborn under-chin fat, regardless of

how lean you get, you may be the perfect

candidate for a Kybella treatment. Kybella

provides a treatment option for patients who

are interested in addressing the fat underneath

their chin but are unwilling to consider more

invasive plastic surgery procedures, such as

liposuction.

What is it?

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable

that effectively destroys fat cells in the

treatment area under the chin to improve your

profile. Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid, a

prescription medicine. Deoxycholic acid is a

naturally occurring molecule in the body that

aids in the breakdown of fat. When precisely

injected into the area of fat beneath the chin,

Kybella destroys the fat cells.

Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

Kybella may be right for you if you are

bothered by or self-conscious of stubborn fat

under the chin. Many people complain that

this extra bit of submental chin fat makes them

look older or heavier than they are. Kybella is

for people who want the fat reduced but do

not want to have the surgery. People who have

reduced their weight and exercise but still have

stubborn fat are good candidates. Kybella is

definitely best for people who do not want to

have plastic surgery.

What can I expect?

The area under your chin is mapped out, and

your injector will usually put a grid marking

in the area to be treated. Each tiny dot is

injected with a small amount of Kybella. There

may be a sting or slight burning sensation.

The injections are done in a few minutes; the

whole treatment takes about 30 minutes. Your

provider will have you ice the area afterward

for increased comfort. You can expect

swelling in the area for two to three days, and

sometimes for more than a week.

How many treatments will I need? How

often?

Most people will require a minimum of two

treatments, spaced about four to eight weeks

apart. Sometimes, two to four treatments are

necessary to get to the desired result, which is

dependent on how much fat is in the area. If

you are planning for a special occasion, make

sure you give yourself plenty of time for the

results. As with any treatment, an individual's

response and results may vary.

What is the cost?

The cost of Kybella is generally $1,200 to

$1,800 per treatment (two vials average),

depending on where you live.

The best thing to do is to make an appointment

with your trusted skin-care provider to discuss

the best plan for treatment and an estimate of

the cost.

At Gig Harbor Aesthetics, we like to have a

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CHOOSING UNITY OVER

DIVISION

COMPASSION CONNECT

BY RACHEL KELLY

When asked about the guiding principle of their

work with Compassion Connect, Christine Gilge

and Kawehi Marshall of Compassion Connect

Puget Sound quoted their inspiration from Jesus:

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the

same way I loved you, love one another. This is how you will be

recognized as my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-

35 (MSG).

The command to “love on another” is repeated three times.

Apparently, Jesus thought his followers might forget! And it’s true,

sometimes they did. Sometimes they do. Compassion Connect

was founded with the intention to combat that apathy through

unity, so that the command to love one another is not forgotten.

In fact, Christine and Kawehi had several answers. They quoted

verses of unity in the church. Oneness in Christ. “God is light.

In him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5). Which they take

to mean that light should be a part of their regular everyday

interactions, infused into their work and their conversation. They

talked about many hands making light work. All their inspiration

seemed to be about devotion to love. Love that they have felt from

God, and love that they were interested in passing along. It is the

kind of love that won’t let others feel isolated. Love that inspires

connection.

Simply put, the drive of Compassion Connect is to equip

community members to shine a light into dark corners. To see

those who may feel unseen. To connect with the unconnected. To

choose “unity over division and compassion over complacency.”

Their base is in Portland, Oregon, but Compassion Connect

functions in Washington, Idaho and Arizona as well.

Practically, for Compassion Connect, this means bringing

churches together to serve their neighbors in tangible ways. The

idea being that churches, and people as a whole, are united by the

commonality of their ancestry. Churches are united by a belief in

Christ. The community is united behind the intrinsic value of the

human being. No matter where their beginnings, no matter where

those beginnings seem to be headed. While not everyone may

share the same religion, most can agree that people are important.

Compassion is essential. Compassion Connect ignites these

common values to address two common community struggles:

accessible health care and sex trafficking.

Compassion Connect partners with churches, law enforcement,

the FBI, and nonprofits in the area to bring a whole solution to

each community. In this way Compassion Connect is a larger

resource, not just one part of the whole answer. Health care and

sex trafficking require resources from all different corners of the

community, and Compassion Connect works to see that happen.

Organically, by relationship. In this way no one part of the

community is left on its own without support. The community

is the ultimate benefactor of the partnerships that Compassion

Connect creates.

One of the ways in which Compassion Connect helps their

communities serve their neighbors is through community health

care. Several local churches in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and

Arizona unite to offer a free Compassion Health Clinic. They

address a variety of health needs such as dental, physical therapy,

nutrition, optometry, wellness and prayer. They even provide a

tent with games and activities for children whose parents are in

their various appointments. Health-care workers, nurses, social

workers, food pantries and doctors from the churches in the

community come together to offer these services, free of charge.

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The most recent Compassion Clinic was hosted in

Tacoma, Washington. Congolese and Kenyan refugees

were brought by bus from Seattle, and cheerily greeted

by the wide smile of the head social worker for the clinic.

She rode with the refugees up and down from Seattle,

busily occupying herself with connecting to the refugee

individuals and families, bringing comfort. Then she

would begin her rounds with questions such as, “Do

you need a translator?” or “How do you feel today?”

Refugees and community members are then met by the

next round of people who guide them through various

paperwork, signatures and triage, where their overall

health is examined. They then wait to be treated by the

various clinics within the church, according to their

need.

Compassion Connect has several volunteer doctors,

nurses and medical assistants to oversee the various

clinics, as well as a medical team lead. They have

special chairs and tables for physical therapy, and all the

various equipment for fitting their patients with glasses.

Thanks to generous donors, Compassion Connect also

has a large amount of dental equipment, which can be

transported from state to state according to need. An

entire dentistry chair and sanitized tools is rolled up into

one unit the size of a large toolbox. They have several

such “toolboxes” that they unpack for one clinic. It is

quite the event!

At this most recent Washington Compassion Clinic, the

co-founder of Compassion Connect, Milan Homola,

attended along with the director of the Idaho branch,

John McGee. In 2014, in Caldwell, Idaho, area churches

held their first Compassion Connect community health

clinic. Caldwell area churches are now expanding their

resources to additional communities. The director and

staff from the Idaho branch were visiting the Washington

clinic to connect and learn from the providers there. As

the Compassion Connect staff from South Sound in

Washington welcomed the leaders and staff from the

Idaho branch, their camaraderie was apparent. They

wanted to share, to show and to support. Compassion

Connect really does choose unity over division.

The second need that Compassion Connect helps

communities tackle is more difficult to address. Sex

trafficking is a business that flourishes strictly because it

does not often see the light of day. Its victims go unheard.

The missing youth and women of our communities

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disappear quietly because they are alone. They are

unconnected, with few advocates. Finding them, hearing

them, takes more than just a few people. Addressing

trafficking requires not only the unity of the church, but

the involvement of the whole community. Compassion

Connect seeks to end sex trafficking by doing just that:

spurring involvement. Bringing the unseen and unheard

to the forefront.

The anti-trafficking aspect of the Compassion Connect

ministry is called Adorned In Grace. Each local

Adorned in Grace ministry is run by local directors and

volunteers, and addresses their communities according

to their need. Anti-trafficking can be either preventive

or proactive. This assures for a grass roots approach to

each community; ears and eyes that directly connect to

the present need. Adorned in Grace is then subdivided

into two parts, the bridal boutique and the ministry

center. The Adorned in Grace bridal boutique sells

gently used bridal and formal wear at a discounted

price. The boutique, along with church presentations

and the website, offer opportunities for awareness

and community involvement. All proceeds from the

boutique then go to the larger ministry of prevention

and restoration.

From talking with Christine Gilge and Kawehi Marshall,

who work within Adorned in Grace Puget Sound,

the resources that prevent trafficking are often those

that also offer restoration. Adorned in Grace Puget

Sound works within the G.R.A.C.E. model, which is an

acronym for Gospel, Resources, Activity, Community

and Education/Employment. Each man, woman or

child who comes into the ministry offices are assessed

with a G.R.A.C.E plan, to see where their practical and

spiritual needs lie.

Practical needs are, of course, addressed first. Needs such

as housing, food, safety and medical care are provided for

through a network of larger community partners (such

as community shelters). Unfortunately, these needs are

extremely pressing and present. Christine receives at

least one to two calls a month of rape, a missing child

or suicide that have to do with sexual predators and

violence. Some are more vulnerable than others, but

safety is a concern for every child. Every woman. Every

family.

This is why prevention is so key to the administration of

Adorned in Grace Puget Sound. They do this through a

variety of community efforts, including the arts! They

showcase ballet and painting events that tell the stories

of victims, bringing awareness for its prevention. Art

is not just an effective mode for communication, but a

healing balm for storytellers. They also hold classes and

workshops to teach Power Over Predators, deal with

societal pressures and combat isolation. A specific group,

The Trophies of Grace, works with teenage boys. They

even partner with a ranch to teach survivors practical

life skills for future employment. Being on the ranch

promotes healing, community and involvement. This

brings safety and opens up avenues for conversation.

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Unfortunately, even with prevention, there

are many people who slip through the cracks.

This is where the need for restoration comes

in. As mentioned above, it’s the practical first.

But afterward, once the pressing physical

needs are addressed, the trauma done to

the emotions and spirit of the survivor

also need restoration. This part is all about

“trust, connection and conversation.” This

is where the tools for prevention also bring

about restoration. Painting, dance, cooking

classes, employment, empowerment classes,

counseling and community involvement.

Simply put, Adorned in Grace connects

women and children with their communities,

with safe professionals and compassionate

care. This promotes a place of safety, allowing

each person an opportunity to process, heal

and move forward.

As our communities deal with an

unprecedented time of isolation, Compassion

Connect has not once closed its doors. If

anything, their call toward action has only

increased. While they have been cautious (the

medical community is always gloved, sanitized

and masked), inaction was simply not an

option. Division is simply not a part of their

mission. In all of their efforts, Compassion

Connect has relied on the passion and the

dedication of their neighbors, volunteers and

community. This has been especially valuable

in the midst of these difficult times.

The gap in quality medical care toward the

unrepresented has only widened throughout

the pandemic. The Compassion Health

Clinics have worked to close that gap this

year, though hampered by fewer resources.

Though

hardships may

grow, access

to hope does

not diminish.

Meanwhile, isolation has agitated the already

pressing problem of sex trafficking. This year,

Adorned in Grace has continued to bring

attention and community action toward

prevention and restoration. Their classes

have not stopped (though some have moved

online), their phones have not been turned

off, and their contact with shelters and other

various community resources have not been

severed.

We are all very aware of this year's hardships,

of the pressure that our communities have

withstood. As we look forward to a future

of promise, we can still look back and be

grateful. Grateful that there are, and always be,

organizations like Compassion Connect that

never cease to shine a light into dark places.

Though hardships may grow, access to hope

does not diminish. Compassion Connect

shows us that we too can find common

ground to choose unity over division. We too

can look into the eyes of others and see the

human. The person. We can, and do, choose

compassion over complacency.

For more information and how you can get

involved, please see CompassionConnect.org.

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Building Trends

for 2021

ARCHITECTURE EVOLVES ALONGSIDE CHANGES IN THE MODERN LIFESTYLE

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Trends in architecture and design naturally evolve alongside

the lifestyle shifts that dictate how those unique spaces are

used. As times change, the way we build must do the same.

The residential and commercial builds of 2021 have common

qualities rooted in sustainability, open spaces and versatility. This year’s

major building influences include a renewed closeness to nature, care for

the environment and lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic.

Whether you’re looking to build, buy or rent property this year, noting

the newest building trends can help refine your search. As you define the

needs for your own living and working spaces, keep an eye out for the

following building trends in 2021:

Multi-purposed spaces

After an emergence of open floor plans replacing the formal dining and

living rooms of the past, multi-purpose rooms are shifting the focus

into bigger, more diverse uses of a single space. Today’s homes are being

designed to accommodate lifestyles that are steadily becoming more

fluid, adaptable and open to change.

Multi-purpose spaces are here to stay, with large dens, great rooms and

combined rooms becoming increasingly popular. Unique, customized

combinations will be seen, with trends toward high vaulted ceilings

providing the possibility to enhance the all-encompassing nature of a

great room.

Layered kitchens

Even with the popularity of open and versatile rooms, there remains

value in leaving something to the imagination. New homes are testing

layered kitchens, with an open living and dining zone separated from a

hidden working zone, to encourage a cleaner culinary display.

Layered kitchens can provide a larger, private storage space, while leaving

major food prep and cleanup to be completed out of sight. A clean display

for guests brings the focus to enjoying the dining experience.

Comfortable outdoor spaces

Outdoor gatherings are on the rise, with elaborate outdoor rooms and

patios becoming the new at-home hot spots. Functional outdoor spaces

used for intimate gatherings or solitary moments of serenity are being

created with specialized flooring material, creative enclosures and

carefully chosen lighting to create an oasis experience just outside the

home.

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To get more use from them throughout the changing seasons, patio heaters have taken

many forms, including increasingly stylish and versatile fire pits, heat lamps and more.

Using infrared light, gas, wood-burning fires, propane, electricity and more, outdoor

spaces are more comfortable and common than before.

Natural influences

With technology being an essential component of working and staying connected for

many, more homes will reflect the desire to unplug throughout the day. Touches that

promote a reconnection to nature while staying close to home are becoming more

common, such as small balconies and terraces that make a breath of fresh air easily

accessible. Trending “glass curtains” allow a full opening of a space at any time.

Architectural technology is developing to invite more natural light from the sun, using

carefully chosen layouts, materials and a building’s available space in an effort to reduce

the need for artificial lighting.

A focus on sustainability

To respond to changes in the environment, including climate change, environmental

regulations, and how and where people spend their time and resources, architecture is

adapting to increase sustainability.

Climate change continues to be a hot topic with many industries jumping on board to

support more sustainable practices. Architecture is no exception, with the demand for

carbon neutral buildings in both residential and commercial settings on the rise.

Carbon neutrality related to architecture refers to the intention to reduce the carbon

energy used by a building, starting with its construction and continuing through its use.

Using more environmentally friendly materials encourages a variety of materials to be

used within the home. Architects are incorporating sustainable innovation by adopting

new building technologies and new methods of designing environmentally friendly

structures. New strategies include green buildings created of a sustainable material

palette, designed to use local materials and reduce costs related to energy consumption

and transportation.

Minimalism

2021 is seeing designers and architects go back to basics, leaving behind large framing

and heavy detailing to focus back on the simpler, core elements of design. Supporting

the trend toward sustainability, minimalist design takes the essentials and leaves the

rest, with simplicity that uses modern, high-quality materials to promote efficient

heating and insulation.

Inside newer buildings and homes, expect to see more white interiors highlighted with

neutral black and gray tones.

Advanced stay-home amenities

Newer building designs are prioritizing the ability to do more while staying home, with

designated spaces to work and exercise. With restricted access to gyms and studios, the

implementation of home gyms is especially on the rise.

The gyms of 2021 aren’t just a tucked away corner of a spare room or garage. Many

will focus on complete wellness—a space to truly prioritize health. This can look like

a complete exercise studio, a home sauna, or a meditation room with carefully chosen

lighting, foliage and décor to match.

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Architecture continues to evolve alongside changes in the modern lifestyle. This year,

look for the top building trends that focus on values rooted in health, the environment,

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TO BUILD OR TO BUY

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE

LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME

by ABIGAIL THORPE

The current housing market is unprecedented

and fast, to put it mildly. If you’re in the market

for a home in Northern Idaho or Eastern or

Western Washington, you’ve probably had personal

experience of how quickly the market moves, and how

fast expenses can add up. If you’re wondering whether

you should build or buy, you’re not alone. But there are

some key questions you should ask yourself before you

make the jump.

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Time, needs and budget in most cases are going to

determine whether you should build or buy. So, before

you make a decision, ask yourself, “What’s my timeline?”

“What am I looking for?”and “What is my budget?” At

the end of the day, it’s possible to find something that

will work for you, but if you have no idea of what you

really need, it’s going to be a difficult process.

Should you build?

“The obvious benefit of building is that everything can

be customized to your liking,” says Kristen Madden of

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EVERYTHING

CAN BE

“It can be very difficult to find a pre-built home that actually

checks off all of the boxes in a buyer's wish list.”

As a buyer, you’re going to have to prioritize your needs

and wants, and unless you’re building your own home (and

sometimes often then based on cost and availability), you’re

going to have to settle on some things.

If you have very specific requirements, you’re looking to

build an estate on a larger property, or you’ve inherited

some property and want to build, then building will

naturally be a good fit, explains Dennis Cunningham of

ActiveWest Development and Building in Coeur d’Alene,

Idaho. But be prepared to wait ... and pay.

“The most important question would be your timeline.

New builds are averaging two years start to finish based on

county backlogs and understaffing,” says Jennifer Hawkins,

Managing Broker of the Key2See Team with Hawkins-Poe

Realty in Gig Harbor, Washington. “The other question

is budget. Due to COVID, building materials across the

board are massively inflated from closed borders and shutdown

plants.”

Building is a commitment, it takes time, money and

patience, especially now with rising building costs, lack of

available contractors and subcontractors, and high market

demand. “We always want to make sure people simply

understand the time commitment,” adds Hawkins. “It

really is like taking on another job. Partnering with and

interviewing several builders will help you understand if

it’s a good fit.”

Do your homework.

CUSTOMIZED

If you decide to build, make sure you do your homework.

Be prepared for it to cost more and take longer than you

expect—if you’re looking to save money, building probably

isn’t the best option (unless you already own your land or

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“Usually, to go out and build new, it’s going to take longer, it’s probably

going to have some additional costs that you might not be aware of,”

explains Cunningham. Plus, if you’re new to the market, it’s going to be

especially difficult to find a contractor, subs and even an architect who’s

willing to work with you or has the time.

That’s where doing your homework comes in. Make sure you have

reliable, good experts to work with. Check out their references, their

licenses, their previous work and any reviews. In this market, you often

don’t want to go with the first person available.

What about buying?

Well, you guessed it, this is a difficult market to purchase your dream

home as well. But it’s possible to find a home—you’ll just, most likely,

have to make concessions. “Most of the time the buyer has to prioritize

their desires and, unfortunately, must settle or sacrifice on some of

them,” says Madden. “Benefits of buying a home include the fact that

it is already set up and hopefully move-in ready,” she continues. This

typically means you won’t have to get permits, install utilities or drill

for wells and septic.

“If you want what the majority wants, we can likely find it in a resale

with moderate enhancements you can make to personalize [the space],”

adds Hawkins. “However, if your specific design style or layout is not

common ... building may be your best bet!”

The benefits to buying a new or existing home are time and cost, but

you may have to sacrifice something on your wish list. With new builds,

however, there is a chance to determine some custom features—as

long as you get in early enough. If you purchase a new build before

construction, you could have the opportunity to determine things like

countertops, colors and more, explains Cunningham. A lot of builders

are willing to do semi-custom, but you need to contact the developer

before they even start construction to see if they have new builds

available with semi-custom options.

If you’re considering an existing or older home, often the best question

to ask yourself is how are the bones of the house. It’s much easier to

update and refresh things like paint color, cabinets and flooring than

to change a layout. If you find an older home with a sturdy structure

and potential at the right price, it might be worth considering making

some renovations to achieve your dream home instead of building

from scratch.

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find the right fit

FOR YOUR NEEDS AND BUDGET

A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A CONTRACTOR

by Colin Anderson

For those wary of dipping their toes into a sizzling hot real estate market, improving your existing home can be a

nice alternative to getting into a bidding war for a new home. A new kitchen, bathroom, home office, outdoor patio

or deck can breathe fresh air into your home. There are plenty of contractors out there willing to do the work. Some

are excellent, others not so much. Whether it’s a project big or small, it’s important to do plenty of research before

hiring someone that will be making changes to your biggest investment.

Multiple Bids

While it can be tempting to just go with the first person you meet, you might end

up overpaying or with someone who might not be the right fit for your project.

A lot of factors go into a contractor’s bid for a job like materials, time, crew, and

the quality of the finishes. While one professional might use cabinets from a big

box store, another might only use locally made products. You don’t want to get

stuck overpaying for similar work, but if someone comes in quite lower than other

bids, that’s a red flag as well. Get several bids, analyze them carefully, and go with

your gut.

Licensed, Bonded,

Insured

Like other professionals that need certifications, there are required licenses

contractors must have in order to run their business. Cities and counties vary in

the permitting process, but your contractor should be familiar with all permits

needed to begin work on your project. If a permit is missed and a building

inspector takes note of the project, it could have to be demolished if it’s not up

to code—and you might also be stuck with a large fine. Make sure the contractor

carries insurance that covers themselves and any other workers who will be on

your property.

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Who is Doing the

Work?

Whether it’s a few days, a week or a months-long project, whoever you hire

will be inside your home and interacting with you and your family for an

extended period of time. Will the contractor be working alone? Or do they

have a steady crew of employees who will accompany them? While you might

be comfortable with the contractor, will you be seeing a lot of sub-contractors

in and out of your home? And are you comfortable with that? Make sure the

contractor is clear about exactly who will be entering your home.

Previous Projects/

References

The gold standard for any business is to have a client give a recommendation

and referral to a trusted relative or friend. If you’ve had people in your life

recently complete a renovation, ask them about the experience and if they

would hire the contractor again. Have the contractor supply photos of jobs

they’ve recently done so you can see the finished work and that it’s up to your

personal standards.

Contract

When it comes time to sign on the dotted line, how big of a hurry is the

contractor in to get started? Is there a reason they can start right away? Also,

be wary of anyone requiring a large down payment or insisting you pay cash.

If they don’t offer a contract, walk away. It’s important to have everything that

will be done on the job in writing, with pricing clearly laid out for all work

performed. The contract should include a schedule of tasks being performed,

confirmation of the business’ address, and all licenses and permits needed for

the job.

Price vs. Quality

For some, price is no object, but for the majority of us, you want the best quality

materials, finishes and craftsmanship your budget will allow. Be upfront about

your budget during the bidding process. A good contractor will be honest when

it comes to wants and expectations but can also find cost-saving measures. If

they give you a quote, ask for a few ways they could cut costs without cutting too

many corners. If doing some of the demolition yourself allows you to upgrade

from laminate to hardwood, perhaps it’s worth getting your hands dirty to save

a little extra to re-invest in your project.

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THE NATION’S NEWEST SCENIC BYWAY

– WASHINGTON’S CASCADE LOOP

The Ultimate Summer Road Trip, Part I

By Marguerite Cleveland

With the weather warming up, thoughts are turning to summer vacations and what to do with the COVID-19 Pandemic

still holding on. A summer road trip is a great way to travel with plenty of outdoor activities and easier social distancing.

Washington’s Cascade Loop is now the nation’s newest scenic byway, and it is an epic journey taking you to coastal islands,

highlights of aviation history, the Cascade Mountains, gorgeous lakes and a plethora of charming small towns. This trip is a loop, so it is easy

to access whether you are beginning in Idaho or Washington. So, gas up your vacation vehicle and let’s get going.

Your journey begins crossing on to Fidalgo Island and the charming town of Anacortes. Cute shops and restaurants abound. It is also a

gateway to the San Juan Islands. You can take a side trip by walking on a Washington state ferry to spend a day in Friday Harbor on San

Juan Island.

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THE STUNNING LANDSCAPE OVERLOOKING

THE PUGET SOUND OFFERS SOME INCREDIBLE

HIKES ON THE BLUFFS, BEACHES AND

THROUGH HISTORIC FARMLAND.

Whidbey Island

One of the highlights of this area is the Deception Pass bridge. It is a very

scenic drive and one of the most iconic in Washington. Once you cross

the bridge, take time to stop at Deception Pass State Park. Head to the

parking lot by the water, where you can get a great view of the bridge for

a photo opportunity. The park is on both sides of the bridge with some

great hikes.

Next head to the darling town of Coupeville, and make it your base

for a day or two. Stay at the Fort Casey Inn in the historic quarters,

which were built for Army officers before World War I. The cottages

are comfortably furnished while keeping their historic charm. They are

just a short walk to beaches, trails and a bird sanctuary. For a vintage

experience, plan to see a movie at the Blue Fox Drive-in Theater. There

is something about watching a movie under the stars.

If you have been watching CNN’s "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy,"

this is the stop for you. The first episode focuses mainly on Neapolitan

Pizza and Enzo Coccia. Surprisingly, in Coupeville you can visit Ciao, an

Italian market and restaurant. Chef Mark Laska apprenticed under Enzo

Coccia and is certified by the Italian Minister of Agriculture to make

authentic Neapolitan Pizza. The pizza is good, but the cannoli are to die

for. Laska settled in Coupeville because of its proximity to the Ebey’s

Landing National Historical Reserve and access to heritage farms. You

may not be able to go to Italy this summer, but you can replicate the

experience on Whidbey Island.

Take some time to explore the Ebey’s Landing National Historical

Reserve. The stunning landscape overlooking the Puget Sound offers

some incredible hikes on the bluffs, beaches and through historic

farmland. Many of these heritage farms are seeing new life with young

families starting farming businesses.

Oak Harbor is a tiny hamlet with a one-block downtown area. The

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum tells the story of how this small

island town played an important role in World War II with the building

of the Naval Air Station and the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft, which was

one of the best search-and-rescue bombers of its time.

Langley is a cute waterfront town. My favorite site is the Whale Bell

Park overlooking the Saratoga Passage that has a giant bell. If you see a

whale, you ring the bell, letting everyone in town know there has been

a sighting. You can easily observe gray whales in the spring right from

shore. Orcas and humpbacks are seen throughout the year. It is exciting

to see that telltale spout. In town is the Langley Whale Center, where

you can get more information. Stop into Saltwater Fish House and

Oyster Bar for a great meal, or purchase road trip provisions from their

Seabiscuit bakery and small market.

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WHERE TO STAY

The Fort Casey Inn - FortCaseyInn.com

WHERE TO EAT

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Saltwater Langley - SaltwaterLangley.com

First and Union Kitchen - FirstandUnionKitchen.com

WHAT TO DO

Blue Fox Drive-in Theater - BlueFoxDrivein.com

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve - NPS.gov/ebla

Boeing Future of Flight - BoeingFutureofFlight.com

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum - FlyingHeritage.org

Langley Whale Center - Facebook.com/LangleyWhaleCenter

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum - PNWNAM.org

Take the ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo. Stretch your

legs at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park and check out

some of the waterfront restaurants.

Everett

Much of the history of aerospace technology took

place in Everett, the home of Boeing, a pioneer in

aviation and the birthplace of the 747. The Boeing

Future of Flight will take you on a tour of the

factory—the largest building in the world by volume.

It is fascinating seeing these behemoth planes come

to life. Not far away is the Flying Heritage & Combat

Armor Museum, where you can see a vintage aircraft

from the earliest days of aviation, as well as a great

collection of tanks.

Snohomish

This darling historic town is known as the “Antique

Capital of the Northwest.” There are more than 175

antique dealers all within a six-block area. Downtown

is also bustling with visitors checking out the

boutiques and great local restaurants. There are also

six wine tasting rooms all within walking distance of

each other. Take some time to walk along the river

and come back up into the residential area filled with vintage Victorian

and the PNW staple—the Craftsman-style homes.

Make sure to have brunch at the First and Union Kitchen, which also

has a great bakery onsite. The food is Pacific Northwest style, and you

will usually find wild edible mushrooms foraged from local forests.

Grab some bakery treats for snacks on your road trip. They have a lovely

courtyard you can eat in if you are lucky enough to snag a seat. Arrive

early, as it gets terribly busy on weekends.

One of the nice things about a road trip is you can pack more convenience

items in your car. Some road trip essentials include a cooler and picnic

basket with drinks and snacks. Pack lunches for the more isolated legs

of the trip. To reduce plastic waste, bring a refillable water bottle for

each person. Portable chairs are nice to have, especially for stargazing. A

coated tablecloth is essential for covering picnic tables, and you can wipe

off any messes. Don’t forget trash bags, as many places require you to pack

your trash out. Plan for the extreme weather changes along the Cascade

Loop. The mountain regions and the coastline can be chilly, even in the

summer while Eastern Washington receives extreme temperature highs.

For more information on the Cascade Loop, visit CascadeLoop.com. You

can order a guide to the Cascade Loop, and the website has maps and

ideas of where to stay, what to do and where to eat. The individual towns

and destinations also have their own sites with more detailed information

listed on the aforementioned website.

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In Honor of

our Heroes

The Kenneth Leo Marvin

Veterans Memorial Park is

located at 3580 50th Street

Court in Gig Harbor. This

5.57-acre neighborhood park was

named in honor of Kenneth Leo

Marvin, a local resident who joined

the Marine Corps in 1939 and fought

in World War II. The park provides a

variety of active recreation facilities

and open spaces, including baseball/

soccer fields with bleachers, halfcourt

basketball, play structure,

wetland trails, covered picnic area

with tables, and more. You will

also find the World War II Veterans

Memorial Monument, which honors

community members who lost their

lives in World War II in service to

our country. The monument was

relocated to the site from Harbor

Ridge Middle School during park

construction.

As you watch your children play

freely, happily enjoying this beautiful

space, it's a gentle reminder of

all who have fought for the many

freedoms we enjoy and many times

take for granted.

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The Westwynd Motel

6703 144th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Pleasure Craft Houseboat Rentals

3215 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Fleet Suites

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.857.4047

WestwyndMotel.com

253.549.6639

PleasureCraftRentals.com

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

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Aloha Beachside B&B

8318 State Route 302 NW., Gig Harbor, WA 98329

Beachside Bed & Breakfast

679 Kamus Dr., Fox Island, WA 98333

888.256.4222

253-549-2524

BeachsideBB.com

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Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Guest House

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

HEALTH & BEAUTY

$$$

Sugaring NYC - Gig Harbor Beauty 253.853.7847 SugaringGigHarbor.com 4779 Point Fosdick Dr. Unit 400, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Rebel’tude Salon Hair 253.514.6164 RebeltudeaSalon.com 6659 Kimball Dr. #B200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Air Blowout Bar

8811 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.514.6389 • AirBlowoutBar.com

Stylish blowout bar offering blowouts, dry styling and hair treatments, as well as supporting products to help maintain your style at home. From Brazilian

blowout split-end treatments and braids, to treatments to help rejuvenate, moisturize and repair your hair, Air Blowout Bar offers it all. Monthly memberships

available.

Salon Rivera Hair 253.858.2820 Salon-Riviera.com 8809 N. Harborview Dr. Ste. 201, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

A Prima Salon & Extensions Hair 253.509.0726 APrimaSalon.net 2609 Jahn Ave. NW. Ste. F-6, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Sport Clips Haircuts Hair 253.514.6404

HaircutMenUptown

GigHarborWA.com

4641 Point Fosdick Dr. Bldg. 15, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Aesthetics Skin Care 253.514.6766 GigHarborAesthetics.com 3226 Rosedale St. Ste. 100, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335

Studio Six the Salon & Spa Hair & Spa 253.432.4219

StudioSixtheSalon

andSpa.com 4779 Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Ste. 200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Sweet Angel Sugar & Lash Studio Lash & Beauty 206.486.6415 SweetAngelSpa.com 11515 Burnham Dr. NW. Ste. 102, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Lash Nirvana Lashes & Brows Lash & Beauty 253.260.5031 LashNirvana.com 7512 Stanich Ln. #5, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Mia Lash • Brow Lash & Beauty 253.313.5906 MiaLashandBrow.com 4949 Borgen Blvd. Ste. B-105, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Cascade Eye & Skin Center Medical Aesthetics 253.848.3000 CascadeEyeSkin.com 4907 Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Ste. E700, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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REAL ESTATE

Joe Sanchez & Associates Coldwell Banker Bain 253.853.2262 joesanchez@cbbain.com

ForJoe.net

WaterfrontPugetSound.com

Jennifer Hawkins Hawkins-Poe Real Estate Services 253.229.1414 jennifer@key2see.com Key2See.com

Jennie Wetter • Infinity Real Estate, LLC

5775 Soundview Dr. Ste. B202, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.225.5602 • jennie@infinityrewa.com • JennieWetter.com

Gig Harbor’s local real estate professionals, led by owner and broker Jennie Wetter. Infinity Real Estate is dedicated to meeting clients’ needs, whether

they are looking to sell or buy. Jennie and her dedicated team of professionals are committed to putting the client first, providing 100 percent dedication

and care from start to finish.

Infinity Real Estate Team Infinity Real Estate, LCC 253.693.4940 info@infinityrewa.com TheBoutiqueAdvantage.com

Pat Mercado

Properties Northwest

of Gig Harbor

253.851.2511 patrick.mercado@propertiesnw.com PropertiesNW.com

Shelly Manada RE/MAX Exclusive 253.313.4794 shelly.manada@remax.com GigHarborMax.com

Gretchen L. Allen • RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

4411 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 207, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.620.0028 • gretchen@homesbygretchen.com • HomesByGretchen.com

With 25 years as an experienced Realtor in our local real estate market, Gretchen takes great pride in working with her sellers and buyers consistently each

and every day. Your real estate business is her top priority! She provides a clear focus combined with personal care in understanding your most important

needs and with the highest level of integrity – second to none, delivers exceptional results!

Jennifer Sievers Sievers Real Estate 253.569.6681 jsievers@kw.com SieversRealEstate.com

Carolyn Westmoreland Westmoreland Properties 253.961.5596 carolyn@westmorelandproperties.net WestmorelandProperties.info

Tiffany Place Windermere 206.849.5425 tiffanyplace@windermere.com TiffanyPlaceRealEstate.com

Joe Sanchez & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bain

2801 Hollycroft St, Ste A, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.853.2262 • JSAssociates@CBBain.com • ForJoe.net

Joe Sanchez & Associates, the No. 1 Broker Team at Coldwell Banker Bain in Gig Harbor, specializes in waterfront, view and luxury properties. Delivering

top-quality client service and expertise to buyers and sellers at all price points, this fun, caring and hard-working real estate team was voted Gig Harbor's

Finest Real Estate Agents in 2020.

MARINAS & BOAT LAUNCHES

Arabella’s Landing Marina 253.851.1793 ArabellasLanding.com 3323 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Marina 253.858.3535 GigHarborMarina.com 3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Jerisich Dock • Marina

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

cityofgigharbor.net/187/Jerisich-Dock

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

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

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

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

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Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch

3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joemma Beach State Park Boat Launch 253.884.1944

Parks.State.Wa.Us/524/

Joemma-Beach

20001 Bay Rd. SW, Lakebay, WA 98459

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHOPPING

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

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak

Boating

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

Clothing &

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

Beach Basket Gift, Clothing & Christmas Shop Gift Shop 253.858.9639

Facebook.com/Beach

BasketGiftShop

4102 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall Mall -

Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall

4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.851.4557 • UptownGigHarbor.com

Facebook.com/Harbor

LandingMall

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

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

cafes.

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

THINGS TO DO

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Event

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

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Cooling System Flush & Fill

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5500 Olympic Dr., Olympic Village, WA

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Established 2002

B i r d n e s t Gallery

& Custom PiCture FraminG

Downtown Gig Harbor

3202 Tarabochia St. 98335

FINE ART, HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS, HOME DECOR

• A distinctive collection of Northwest art by over 70 Northwest artists

• Framed Art • Prints • Original Paintings

• Metal Sculpture • Bronzes • Pottery • Jewelry • Home Decor

SPECIALIZING IN INNOVATIVE CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING

• Over eighteen years of framing experience. No project too big or too small.

• Custom Framed Mirrors • Canvas Stretching • Art Hanging Services

• In-stock ready made frames in standard sizes

• Fastest project turn-around time in Gig Harbor

BirdnestGallery.com • 253.857.6341

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Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup Event Spring - GigHarborPaddlersCup.com

Easter Egg Hunt at Sehmel Homested Park Event Spring -

PenMetParks.org/Parks/Sehmel-

Homestead-Park

The Green Gig Event Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Sounds at Skansie Event Summer - GigHarborGuide.com

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

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

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

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

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

harbor cruise.

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

Pier into the Night Event Winter - HarborWildWatch.org

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

Galaxy Luxury Theatres Movie Theater Year-Round 253.851.8300

GalaxyTheatres.com/Movie-Theater/

GigHarbor

Heritage Distilling Company Distillery Year-Round 253.509.0008 HeritageDistilling.com

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO

Explore by Water

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

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

seen from the water.

Have a Ball

Entertainment options abound, from Galaxy’s IMAX

theaters or arcade games, duckpin bowling and a laser tag

venue at Ocean5 to creative art classes with AR Workshop.

Support Local

Gig Harbor’s independent boutiques, artists and specialty

shops dot the harbor—visits to the Westside and Uptown

business districts are a fun excursion as well.

Make Friends

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

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

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

always a gathering to suit any interest.

Tip a Glass

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

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

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

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

or Wet Coast.

Share a Plate

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

fine dining and top-rated seafood shacks.

Take a Look Back

Gig Harbor has a rich maritime history, showcased

through gems like the Harbor History Museum or guided

tours on the harbor’s Prohibition days.

Tee Up

Hit the greens at several courses, including Madrona Links,

the Canterwood Golf & Country Club or the Gig Harbor

Golf Club.

Walk on the Wild Side

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

which winds through the harbor and connects to the

Narrows Bridge. Nearby Sehmel Homestead Park offers

hiking trails, play areas and gardens to explore.

Capture the Moment

In one of America’s most picturesque towns, photography

options abound—choose from an array of backdrops: a

lighthouse framed by Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound,

sailboats dotting the harbor, or a beach set against the

Narrows Bridge.

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253.380.7554

www.YardsByPacific.com

Find us on Facebook!

WilliamsTreeAndStump.com

We Specialize In:

Pruning, Tree Removal,

Stump Grinding, View Enhancement

Dead Wood Removal, Wind Sail Reduction

253.229.4119

24-Hour Emergency Storm Work

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OTHER SERVICES

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

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

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

Family First Adult Family Homes • Senior Care & Family Living

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

253.853.2033 • FamilyFirstAFH.com

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

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

PARKS

Adam Tallman Park

6811 Wagner Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

City Park

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

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

Ancich Waterfront Park

3525 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Austin Estuary Park

4009 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Bogue Viewing Platform

8763 N Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Crescent Creek Park

3303 Vernhardson St., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Cushman Trail

Borgen Blvd., Hollycroft St., Grandview St.

Donkey Creek Park

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

Eddon Boat Park

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

Maritime Pier

3003 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Skansie Brothers Park

3207 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Skate Park

3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Jerisich Dock

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

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

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

with disabilities down to the water level.

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

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

Street parking only.

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

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

Street parking only.

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

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

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

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

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

Boulevard, Hollycroft Street and ​Grandview Street.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restrooms and seating. On-site parking.”

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

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

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

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

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

Park (adjacent). On-site parking.

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

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

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

Harbor Family Park

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

PenMet Parks

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

picnic areas or restrooms.

Narrows Park

1502 Lucille Pkwy NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Rosedale Park and Community Hall

86th Ave. NW & Rosedale St.

Sehmel Homestead Park

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

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Key Pen Parks

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

large pavilion. Trailhead to popular 360 Trails.


TURCO’S AUTOMOTIVE

Reliability and quality service comes standard

SPRING IS HERE

Get your car checked with us

Offering services for foreign & domestic, scheduled

maintenance, brake service, oil changes & more for the

spring adventures that await you!

VISIT OUR WEBSITE & READ OUR REVIEWS,

OR SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY

253.851.0500 | TurcosAutomotive.com

3523 57 th St. CT NW, Gig Harbor

We don’t just care about your car - we care about you!

Located in the Westside Business Park down from Fred Meyer.

Ask about our Military & Senior Rewards

for generations, haven of rest has been

helping families achieve peace of mind

through pre-planning their funeral

and cemetery needs. call today to plan

for yourself or your loved one.

We now offer Aquamation, a new and

eco-friendly alternative to cremation!

253.851.9991

www.HavenRest.com

8503 State Route 16 NW., Gig Harbor, WA

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YUM

your local dining guide

RECIPES

LOCAL FLAVOR

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ANTHONY’S

Seafood | Curbside Pickup

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

LOCAL

EATS

BBQ2U

Texas-Style BBQ | Takeout

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

BRIMSTONE

BBQ | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.2709 | BBQBrimstone.com | 7707 Pioneer Way

DEVOTED KISS CAFE

American | Takeout & Delivery

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

EL PUEBLITO

Mexican | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.9077 | ElPueblitoRestaurant.com | 3226 Harborview Dr.

FONDI

Italian | Takeout & Delivery

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

HARBOR GENERAL STORE

American Cafe | Takeout

253.358.3241 | HarborGeneral.com | 7804 Pioneer Way

HY IU HEE HEE

American Pub | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.7885 | JPSBars.com | 4309 Burnham Dr.

IL LUCANO

Italian | Takeout

253.514.8945 | IlLucanoRistorante.com | 3119 Judson St.

MARKETPLACE

Grille

MARKETPLACE GRILL

American | Takeout

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

takeout & delivery guide

TASTE OF

PERU

MILLVILLE PIZZA CO.

Pizza | Takeout & Delivery

253.514.8626 | MillvillePizzaCo.com | 3409 Harborview Dr.

MOCTEZUMA’S

Mexican | Takeout & Delivery

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

MORSO

American Bistro | Takeout

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

TASTE OF PERU

Peruvian | Takeout & Delivery

253.313.5198 | TasteOfPeruOnline.com | 5500 Olympic Dr. D101

TIDES TAVERN

American Pub | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.3982 | TidesTavern.com | 2925 Harborview Dr.

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BBQ2U

There’s nothing like a plate of pure Southern

comfort. BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors

of Texas-style barbecue right here to our

backyard. Patrons are treated just like family

and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere.

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

4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair.

The best fish and chips and clam chowder

in Gig Harbor! Located next to Anthony’s

Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of

the harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer

and wine, take-out menu available. Monday

through Thursday 11am to 8pm, Friday and

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

8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C

Gig Harbor

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South

Sound Magazine for 2019! Since 1978,

Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of those

seeking authentic Mexican food and awardwinning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig

Harbor location and enjoy their Tequila Bar

for daily happy hour specials and an array of

delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

PHO EVER WOK

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

looking for, look no further than Pho Ever

Wok, where their traditional Vietnamese pho

is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like

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

the way you like it, and vegan and vegetarian

options are available as well. Even better,

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

of parking. Also available for takeout. Open

Monday through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes!

Located in the heart of Gig Harbor at the

Franciscan Medical Building, Occasions Coffee

and Crepes offers premium, hand-crafted

espresso drinks, smoothies, fresh salads, hot

paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches, soups

and of course made-to-order crepes!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109

Gig Harbor

253.851.2576

Facebook.com/

OccasionsCoffeeAndCrepes

MILKVUE HANDCRAFTED

DONUTS + COFFEE

Experience inspirational donut creations and

the "happiest" customer service! Known for

fresh mochi donuts, raised, filled, fritters and

cake donuts, enjoy a variety of unique flavors

including horchata, blueberry lavender,

cookies and cream, maple bacon, raspberry

and more! Also enjoy Italian sodas, Bubble

Tea and Olympia Coffee. Takeout only. Stop

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

Sun. 9am-5pm.

253.432.4529 | Instagram.com/MilkVue

Facebook.com/Milkvue-Handcrafted-

Donuts-Coffee-114242959995704

EAT FRESH

eat local

Check out our featured recipe on page 102!

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Private chef • Private in-home cooking classes

Contact Sue Anderson Today

suestable1028@gmail.com • 253.651.9724 • SuesTable.com

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PAN-SEARED HALIBUT

WITH WHITE WINE MEDITERRANEAN SAUCE

OVER HERBED CAULI RICE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

For the White Wine Mediterranean Sauce:

3 tbs. avocado oil

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

3 large cloves garlic, finely minced

3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half

1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

For the Halibut:

1 tbsp. avocado oil

2 tbsp. butter

1 1/2 lbs. fresh halibut, cut into 4 fillets

salt and pepper to taste

For the Cauli Rice:

2 tbsp. olive oil

4 cups frozen cauliflower rice, thawed

2 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

METHOD:

For the Cauli Rice:

• In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil. Add

cauliflower rice and Italian seasoning and salt. Stir until cauliflower

rice is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Remove pan from heat and

set aside.

For the White Wine Mediterranean Sauce:

• Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add crushed red

pepper flakes and garlic, and sauté for 1 minute, or until garlic is

fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until

they're soft and blistering, but still hold their shape, 9 to 12 minutes.

• Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a gentle

simmer. Reduce heat to low.

• Stir in the kalamata olives, basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and

pepper, and cook for 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

For the Halibut:

• Heat oil and butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Pat the

halibut dry with paper towels. Then season both sides of the halibut

with salt and pepper.

• Place halibut in the oil and butter and cook until golden brown, about

4 minutes. Carefully flip the halibut over and continue cooking for

another 4 to 5 minutes, or until it's cooked through.

To Serve:

• Place 1 cup cauliflower rice in the center of the serving plate, place a

slice of halibut on top of the cauliflower and pour Mediterranean sauce

over the halibut. Repeat for additional servings. (This recipe serves 4.)

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GIG HARBOR BOATSHOP’S

10TH ANNUAL AUCTION

WEEKLONG ONLINE FUNDRAISER

KICKS OFF MAY 27!

By Monica Veles

Support Gig Harbor’s working waterfront traditions and

the historic Eddon Boatyard from the comfort of your own

home!

Gig Harbor BoatShop invites the public to experience the

BoatShop’s 10th Annual Auction—Online Edition. This free, weeklong

event will take place May 27 through June 4. Proceeds from

this critically important fundraiser help continue the BoatShop’s

mission to perpetuate working waterfront skills, uses and traditions

at the historic Eddon Boatyard and aboard classic vessels of Puget

Sound through delivering programs that focus on boat restoration,

repair and boat use.

In previous years, the BoatShop’s highly attended annual auction

took place at the Eddon Boatyard. To adapt to COVID-19, the event

has moved to a virtual auction for the second year in a row. While

the in-person auction was a one-day event, the online auction

gives participants a week to bid to win on items and support the

BoatShop from their computer, smartphone or tablet.

From unique artwork, apparel and nautical décor, there is a variety

of appealing items to bid on. Perhaps the most exciting item is the

lapstrake pram. The boat was constructed by a team of BoatShop

volunteers led by the BoatShop’s boatwright and small craft boat

builder Tom Regan. It is an Alan Buchanan design known as a Lilliput.

At 6' 6" with a beam of 3' 7", the Lilliput is extremely lightweight.

The boat’s planking is Sitka spruce on oak frames, transoms are

yellow cedar, and fastenings are copper and bronze, making it both

a quality and eye-catching boat. Suitable as a small yacht's tender

or perhaps as decoration for a living room, only one winning bidder

will get to decide how to showcase the handsome Lilliput!

Get ready to bid starting at 5pm on Thursday, May 27, and enjoy a

unique auction experience! Explore the item catalog and register for

the auction at CharityAuction.bid/GHB2021.

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MAY

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The 2021 Virtual Northwest Green Home Tour is here! This virtual

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sustainable, green homes, remodels and energy retrofits throughout

the Pacific Northwest. Learn about choices for water conservation,

indoor air quality, environmentally friendly materials, energy saving

and much more. Experience green home projects by registering at

NWGreenHomeTour.org to custom design your tour today! The

show runs for three consecutive Saturdays—May 1, 8 and 15—with

different projects on each day. Registration is free, though donations

are greatly appreciated.

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

Spoil Mom with a Mother's Day brunch at Olalla Vineyard &

Winery, where you will enjoy brunch in the vineyard at 11:30am.

Lora from Lora’s LeGarmache will be creating her amazing Mother’s

Day Brunch again this year! Menu includes: Fried Pickles and Pork

Belly Bites, Creme Fraiche and Fig on Baguette Lavender Scones

with Lemon Curd, Coffee Cake, Fresh Fruit Granola Parfaits, Sweet

Potato Hash, and Smoked Salmon Strata with Hollandaise. Cost is

$75 per person, and attendees must be 21 or older. Reservations

are also available for a table of six or eight. Visit OlallaWines.

com to reserve your table online. For additional information, call

253.851.4949.

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES ONLINE

Hosted by Harbor WildWatch the third Wednesday of each month,

join them virtually from 6 to 7pm for Ocean Sunfish, A Mysterious

and Absurd Denizen of the Deep. Learn about the Mola Mola,

or Ocean Sunfish, an ocean-roaming fish of epic (and absurd)

proportions. Liz Schotman, Surfrider's Washington regional

manager, will discuss the life history of this strange creature,

describing what it eats, where it lives, threats it faces, and other

fun sunfish facts about what makes this un-charismatic critter so

interesting. An engaging and interactive way to learn about the

environment, and bringing together eco-enthusiasts from the

local community and beyond, questions and interaction are highly

encouraged.

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

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

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

visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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& THE CRAFT OF WOODEN BOAT BUILDING

Our mission is to perpetuate working waterfront

skills, uses and traditions at the historic Eddon

Boatyard and aboard classic vessels of Puget Sound.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE!

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