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June 2021Gig Harbor Living Local

JUNE 2021

gigharbor

Living Local

CELEBRATING

THE

SUMMER

GET OUTSIDE

» Adventuring Close to Home

» Practice that Swing!

» Fun on the Water

OLYMPIC DREAMS

Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team

and the 2021 Olympics

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Living Local

June 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 6

inside

Adventuring Close to Home

Unforgettable outdoor experiences await in Gig Harbor’s backyard

Practice That Swing

Summer brings players of all skill levels to the golf course

Fun on the Water

Summer water sports adventures

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out on the water for a day of boating, now is

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This month also marks Father’s Day (June

20), that one day a year set aside to honor

and celebrate our fathers, and those men

in our lives who have been our unwavering

father figures.

“Father” isn’t just a name or a title, but a

role; a figurehead of the family. He is a man

who is not just present but engaged in the

life of his family. Now more than ever, we

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being, or at least appearing, “put together.” It

is nearly impossible, yet, every day, men are

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and lifelong commitments, though most

rewarding—that of fatherhood.

Thank you to those men who sacrifice for

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meaning of this day while celebrating those

strong, hard-working, determined, loving

men who are always ready and willing to

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JUNE 2021

CELEBRATING

THE

SUMMER

OLYMPIC DREAMS

Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team

and the 2021 Olympics

Living Local

GET OUTSIDE

» Adventuring Close to Home

» Practice that Swing!

» Fun on the Water

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ABOUT THE COVER

THIS MONTH MARKS THE OFFICIAL ARRIVAL

OF SUMMER, which means there is no time like

the present to get outside to discover all the outdoor

activities that readily await us in our own backyard, or

at least just a short drive away. This month's cover of

Gig Harbor Living Local captures a cool action shot of

a skateboarder as he takes advantage of Gig Harbor’s

Skate Park (which can be found at 3510 Grandview

Street). Open sun up to sun down, it’s a great spot for

all ages and skill levels.

Photo By Nate Graves of In-Gear Media.

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Waterfront Farmers Market: The market returns

‘safely’ for the summer season

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GOOD NEWS

Senior Living in Gig Harbor: Living Life to its Fullest

at Every Age

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Shellscapes: Enrich your landscape with

crushed shell

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IN FOCUS

Olympic Dreams: Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak

Racing Team and the 2021 Olympics

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Help us recognize the bright young minds in

our community!

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LIVING LOCAL

Celebrating the Summer! Coming together at this

year’s summer events

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Gig Harbor Yachts: The ultimate luxury

yachting experience

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sneak peek into June ...

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE

Notorious Nuptials: Wedding bells ring out stories of

empty cameras, broken zippers and a drunken road

trip to Mexico

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GET OUTSIDE

Adventuring Close to Home: Unforgettable

outdoor experiences await in Gig

Harbor’s backyard

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ON THE GREEN

Practice That Swing: Summer brings players of all skill

levels to the golf course

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ON THE BLUE

Fun on the Water: Summer water sports adventures

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Washington’s Cascade Loop: The Ultimate Summer

Road Trip, Part II

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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: Detox Salad

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Come on Baby Light My Fire

WAYS TO WARM UP THE OUTDOORS

By Deann Hammer, Broadway Design

The Pacific Northwest has an abundance of nature at our

fingertips. We love to be outdoors and enjoy the water,

mountains, and singsong of birds.

However, when the sun goes down, temperatures drop—and

it gets chilly. There are a number of options for outdoor heat

that can help us warm our souls both inside and out.

Gas Lanterns

Gas lanterns were a staple in New Orleans and the South, and have

now made an entrance on the West Coast. These charming fixtures are

beautiful on a front porch or back deck, as they have a living fire inside

of them and add warm light to any space. You will need to plan ahead

when installing them, as they require a gas line to be installed inside of

your walls.

Built-In or Free-Standing Outdoor Fireplaces

You can buy a cinder block kit to build the fireplace structure to

accommodate a real wood-burning fire, or you can plumb it for gas for an

easier gas log set. Look at the shipping cost, as these blocks are concrete

and are delivered on pallets that are very heavy! These units will typically

need to be faced with a ledgerstone or brick. Sometimes they are covered

with plaster for a more Spanish or modern look. MutualMaterials.com

sells stone cladding.

Outdoor Gas Fireplaces

There are gas outdoor fireplace units you can purchase from a fireplace

shop that can be framed in with wood, but make sure they are protected

from the rain/elements, preferably under cover, as the water will damage

your pilot light. After framing, these gas prefab units are then covered

with stone surround to emulate the fireplaces we see inside a house,

adorned with glass doors or a glass panel.

Stone Fire Pits

Stone fire pits are the easiest way to roast a marshmallow or burn wood

in open air. Kits can be purchased at Morrison Gravel with a metal ring

inside in various sizes. Make sure to measure your space first so that

there is enough room to walk around the fire pit while also being able to

accommodate a few Adirondack chairs.

Pre-Made Metal or Stone Chiminea-Type Wood-Burning Units

There are various options available online for small metal wood-burning

free-standing units. I have found that the front opening of the unit needs

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There are a number of options for

outdoor heat that can help us warm our

souls both inside and out.

to be fairly small, or you will get a horrible back draft of smoke spewing at your face. The best units

have small front openings to end the smoke up through the flue and out of the way.

Propane Heaters

Propane heaters are a terrific way to heat up a space. There are tall units that sit on the ground (with

wheels for ease of mobility), or if you have a covered porch, installing ceiling heating units are very

effective. These are typically hung between 6- to 8-feet apart and have a metal shield on top that

deflects the heat downward toward your seating area. They can be hard wired in on a thermostat,

which allows you to have more control over your heat than a free-standing unit that can easily be

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These can come with a built-in space for a propane tank under the table, or a hose that leads to a

gas hookup on your house. Fire pit tables are a quick and easy way to add fire to a dinner party.

You can enjoy the outdoors long into the cool evenings with a little fire. It’s up to you to decide

which works best for your space and lifestyle.

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

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

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Z O O M F A T I G U E ?

Recharge Outside

By Jennifer “Taz” Vazquez

Jennifer Vazquez

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Rediscover your creativity,

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Let’s create how you want to

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Have you ever felt tired, irritable,

had difficulty concentrating,

or were tapped out in your

interactions with others because

of the time you’ve spent in virtual meetings? If

so, you are not alone!

While there are obvious benefits to the virtual

world, such as enabling safe and accessible

ways to connect worldwide, it comes at a cost.

Zoom fatigue (a.k.a. virtual fatigue) happens

because of the increased energy spent trying

to communicate with others. Our brains must

work harder to understand the verbal and

non-verbal ques we give and receive online.

Additionally, seeing ourselves repeatedly can

lead to self-criticism and negative feelings. We

are forced to sit still for longer periods. We

are expected to be “on” and meet a variety of

virtual situations. Lastly, we have to contend

with home reality (kids, pets, interruptions,

noise, distractions, etc.).

How can you counter Zoom fatigue? You

could skip a meeting, turn off your camera,

take more breaks and minimize multitasking;

however, summer is a perfect time to get

outside and recharge. Try these three simple

tips: meditating, grounding and/or walking.

Meditating. A mind-body practice to help

you relax. You can do this outside or by an

open window in your home (or your parked

car). Start by closing your eyes. Breathe in and

out three times, focusing your attention on a

longer exhale. Next, tune in to your senses.

What do you hear? What do you smell? Now,

open your eyes. What do you see? Look

about for color, variation and patterns. What

is something that catches your eye and why?

Close your eyes again and breathe in and out

three times. Open your eyes and notice how

you feel.

Grounding. A tool to reorient your mind,

body and emotions into the present moment,

be aware of your surroundings, and help you

to feel less anxious. You can do this outside

or inside. Try using your senses to list things

you notice around you. For example, list five

things you hear, then four things you see, then

three things you can touch, two things you

can smell and one thing you can feel (such as

warmth of the sun on your face). Describe the

various sounds, colors, textures and scents.

Tune in and notice how your mind and body

start to relax.

Walking. Mindful walking can be done in

a variety of ways to help us remain present

and focused on the sensations and rhythms

walking provides. Start by tuning in to the

natural rhythm of your breathing, and then

your body alignment as you walk (your arm

swing, your feet placement, etc.). Next focus

your attention on using your senses to notice

what is going on internally and then around

you. Repeat this cycle for as long as you are

walking. When you are done, take a few deep

breaths. You will feel more focused as you get

back to your day.

It is too easy to get caught up in the daily

demands of life, and virtual meetings have

become a new normal. If you want to counter

Zoom fatigue, step outside more often and

try meditating, grounding or walking. You’ll

feel more calm, clear-headed, rejuvenated and

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There is so much beauty all around us if we

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Working It Out

CAN YOU FIND MIDDLE GROUND WHEN TRANSITIONING OUT OF A MARRIAGE?

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

to see it my way. Do I have to keep on talking ‘til I

can’t go on? While you see it your way, run the risk of

knowing that our love may soon be gone.”

“Try

Fortunately, these lines from the famous 1960’s-era Beatles’ hit

culminate with the hopeful phrase, “We can work it out. We can work

it out.”

Obviously, in my work as a divorce lawyer and mediator, when parties

come to me exploring separating from their spouse, there are usually

more disagreements between them than they can handle. They are

often entrenched in their own narrative of who is “right” and who

is “wrong.”

In fact, there are those who so longingly and unflinchingly need to be

validated in their “rightness” that they are the ones who most often

end up in front of a court commissioner or judge, desperately seeking

validation by someone in authority. (Actually, I think they are really

seeking validation of the other person’s “wrongness.”)

They learn the hard way that most professionals helping them,

whether therapists, lawyers, mediators or judicial officers, are not

vested in endorsing one side’s opinion over the other. Instead, those

professionals are more interested in reaching global resolution for the

parties and their families (i.e. “working it out”). Go into any family

law courtroom, and you will probably hear the judicial officer say

more than once, “There are two sides to every story, and I’m sure the

truth lies somewhere in the middle.”

A good family law lawyer or mediator will, of course, want to hear

and understand your perspective. However, the validation should

pertain primarily to how you feel about the matter and not necessarily

endorse one narrative over the other as “fact.” (Factual validation is

the result of collecting evidence that supports itself.) No one should

ever discount how any disagreement makes you feel emotionally. But

that doesn’t mean there is only one perspective.

My point is this: It is a very expensive, and often futile, lesson to

expect a legal professional to tell you what you want to hear (that

you are “right” and the other party is not). How does that benefit you

within the context of resolving your property settlement and spousal

support disputes, and, if children are involved, the development of a

residential schedule and child support?

In mediation and the collaborative law setting, the goal is always to

have a sharing of all perspectives, so as to increase each other’s level

of understanding. Many times, it takes professional intervention to

help a couple to stop circling their respective wagons and see that they

can both be “right.” Often, this revelation is the catalyst to get them

to resolution.

In the ‘70s there was a hit song by Dave Mason called “We Just

Disagree” that also always comes to my mind in these situations. The

key lyric being “There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy. There’s

only you and me and we just disagree ….”

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

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

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

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

be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential

and currently conducted by appointment via videoconference or phone.

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Building Better Solutions for Clients

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

County, Felicia Soleil provides more constructive alternatives to dissolving

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

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

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

253.853.6940 • FamilyLawResolutions.com • 7191 Wagner Way, Suite 303, Gig Harbor, WA

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wealth group

WASHINGTON STATE LONG TERM

CARE TRUST ACT

Attention Washington residents who earn W-2 income or know

someone who does!

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.

Do you understand the Washington

State Long Term Care Trust

Act? How your income could be

impacted? How to opt out? If not,

you are certainly not alone.

What is it?

The Long-Term Services and Supports Trust

Program (Trust Program) is established to

provide long-term services and supports

benefits to persons who have paid into the Trust

Program for a specific amount of time and

who have been assessed as needing a certain

amount of assistance with activities of daily

living. Beginning January 1, 2022, employees

in Washington shall be assessed a premium of

0.58 percent of their wages.

Upon becoming an eligible beneficiary, a

person may receive approved services through

a benefit unit model. A benefit unit is the

equivalent of up to $100, adjusted annually

by no more than the Consumer Price Index,

that the DSHS pays to a long-term service and

supports the provider for providing approved

services to an eligible beneficiary. An eligible

beneficiary may receive up to 365 benefit units

over the course of the beneficiary's lifetime.

What could this look like for me?

• Money will be deducted from your paycheck;

for example, a household with income of

$100,000 will pay about $580 per year.

• In order to qualify for benefits, you must have

paid into the system for 10 years.

• In the example above, a $5,800 pay-in to

the fund will yield about $35,000 of longterm

coverage.

• If you never use the benefit, there is no refund

to your estate.

How can I opt out?

You can opt out of the plan by setting up your

own private insurance to cover long-term care

by November 1 of this year.

Who can I contact for more information?

At New Foundation Wealth Group, we can help

you understand private insurance options to

cover long-term care. We develop strategies,

plans and solutions to help build solid

foundations so you can better support your

financial life—addressing the expected and

unexpected.

Contact your tax advisor, attorney, insurance

professional or employer for more information.

References: House Bill Report 2SHB 1087; King 5

News, April 30, 2021

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative

and Investment Adviser Representative of/and

securities and investment advisory services are

offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member

FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport Center Drive, Suite

270, Newport Beach CA 92660, 949-836-7809.

New Foundation Wealth Group is independent

of Equity Services, Inc.

TC120719(0521)1

NANCY HARRIS

President, Financial Planner

253.318.4446 | NewFoundationWG.com

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

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative and Investment

Advisor Representative of/and offers securities and investment

advisory services solely through Equity Services, Inc., member

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

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

NH and WI. New Foundation Wealth Group is independent of

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

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MONEY MANAGEMENT

101

Digital tools can help kids

build safe money habits

(BPT) - THE EARLIER KIDS START

LEARNING BASIC FINANCIAL SKILLS,

THE BETTER THEIR FINANCIAL HEALTH

IN THE LONG RUN, ACCORDING TO

RESEARCH.

When it comes to teaching kids about money,

caregivers are asking for help. In fact, 32 percent

of parents are uncomfortable speaking about

finances with their own children, and 46 percent

are looking for additional resources to help

encourage good financial habits, according to

a Chase survey of parents across the U.S., with

children aged 8 to 14.

Traditionally, kids learn about money from

shopping with adults and having related

conversations. While discussions are an important

part of learning about finances, online shopping

has changed how kids experience spending.

"Families are juggling so many more

responsibilities today than ever before, so it's

understandably more complicated to find

opportunities to teach financial wellness to

children or to find hands-on purchasing moments

to talk about the value of money," said Anastasia

Morgan-Gans, an executive focused on family

financial health at Chase.

Fortunately, new tools are helping meet the

changing needs of parents and their children. For

example, the free Chase First Banking account is

designed to help families develop healthy financial

habits by putting parents in control and giving

kids and teens the freedom to learn how to earn,

spend and save money.

Through the Chase Mobile app, parents can assign

chores and provide allowance, set amounts and

locations of where kids can spend money using

a debit card, and help children reach savings

goals. Kids interact with the app on their end, too,

checking off assigned chores when completed and

seeing when their allowance is paid. They can also

see how much they can spend and where, as well

as their savings goals.

This type of digital tool makes financial literacy

discussions easier and brings family money

management into the digital age, engaging kids in

meaningful ways. In addition to adopting useful

tools, it's important to have ongoing conversations

about finances. Morgan-Gans suggests starting

with some rules for a family “contract” when it

comes to having access to an account:

• I will spend responsibly and discuss what are

acceptable purchases with my parent.

• I will make a savings goal, discuss it with my

parent, and work toward it.

• I will not use my debit card on websites or at

stores my parent does not approve of.

• I will always keep my card in a safe place and

discuss the best place to keep it with my parent.

• I will not share my PIN number or account

number with anyone.

• I will not post pictures of my card or app on

social media or share them with my friends.

• I will never go to an ATM alone and will only use

ATMs inside a bank.

"These tools can help guide parents, so they have

the confidence to teach kids about bank accounts

and spending—it’s like an account with training

wheels," says Morgan-Gans.

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L I F E

&

C O M M U N I T Y

WATERFRONT FARMERS MARKET

THE MARKET RETURNS ‘SAFELY’ FOR THE SUMMER SEASON

By Jillian Chandler

It’s that time of year we welcome with arms wide open, as area

farmers, artisans, food producers and more bring their goods to

the waterfront for the community to explore and shop. The 2021

Waterfront Farmers Market kicks off Thursday, June 3, at Skansie

Brothers Park. From 1 to 5pm, the community is invited to stroll and

browse the vendors to explore all that is available.

“The market has an active, vibrant atmosphere and breathtaking views

courtesy of the waterfront,” shares Heidi Gerling, market manager.

When the market opens, it will be required that both vendors,

volunteers and those in attendance follow current Health Department

COVID regulations (masks, social distancing and one-way foot traffic).

As of press time, there will be no events, live music or activities. “We

will be monitoring all changes as they are allowed, and when permitted

we look forward to once again offering live music and other events,”

smiles Heidi.

This year the market celebrates its seventh season bringing the best

in local offerings along the waterfront. There will be approximately

25 to 30 vendors onsite, including numerous farms offering local and

regional produce, flowers and shellfish. “Processors will offer items

such as coffee, pickled vegetables, sipping vinegar, body products

and more,” says Heidi. The market will also feature local artisans and

crafters, as well as prepared food.

For those who would like to assist on market day, volunteers are

always welcome! You can find information for volunteering online at

WaterfrontMarket.org/volunteer or by contacting Heidi directly at

marketmanager@ghwwwa.org or 253.514.0071.

The Waterfront Farmers Market takes place weekly on Thursdays

all summer long, with the final market of the season scheduled

for September 9. You can read more about the market online at

WaterfrontFarmersMarket.org.

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BOOKLOVERS

Shop our wide selection of books, either

online or at our store.

Visit our Ordering FAQs page

for more information!

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The stage is set, the singers are ready,

and now we need your help.

Sings

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SINGING CONTEST!

Prestige Senior Living is proud to host the

second annual “Prestige Sings!” competition

for our talented residents and team members!

Prestige Sings! is a virtual singing contest, and even

if you can’t carry a tune, your voice can still be heard.

Visit www.PrestigeCare.com/PrestigeSings

to view our video submissions and vote on your

favorite performances in all three categories—resident,

staff and group. We will be narrowing down the

contestants each week, so be sure to check

back to cast your vote for the finalists.

Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence

3025 14th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 851-5306

www.PrestigeCare.com

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SENIOR LIVING IN GIG HARBOR

LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST AT EVERY AGE

By Rachel Kelly

THESE SMALL

COMMUNITIES AND

HOMES ENSURE

CARE FOR YOU OR

YOUR LOVED ONES

THROUGH THE

VARIOUS STAGES

OF GROWING OLD,

ALL IN THE HEART

OF THE BEAUTIFUL

SOUTH SOUND.

With stunning waterfront views, a

developed downtown, a diverse

set of parks and a close-knit

community, it’s no wonder that so

many people choose Gig Harbor as the place they

call home. Here, our community is versatile enough

that a family can raise their children and then grow

old surrounded by them. Gig Harbor is home to an

array of various independent living, memory care

and assisted living homes that reflect the natural

amenities of our home. These small communities

and homes ensure care for you or your loved ones

through the various stages of growing old, all in the

heart of the beautiful South Sound. Highlighted

here are four residences for senior living, each

one as different and versatile as the needs of

our community.

Founded and owned by Chris and Julie Thomson,

Family First Adult Family Homes began from a

place of experience in caring for loved ones. As such,

each home is organized to create an atmosphere of

family. It is a residence truly run by heart first, with

an engaged staff and founder. To create such an

atmosphere, each home houses only six individuals.

Family First Adult Family Homes give high-end

around-the-clock care for needs such as stroke,

diabetes and Alzheimer’s. They also specialize in

comforting and quiet care for elderly entering into

hospice care, in an environment that is anything

but a hospital. Care is proficient and personal, with

owners who treat their residents like family.

At Family First Adult Family Homes, residents

celebrate birthdays, foster quality friendship and

live out a quality of life in a setting that is more like

independent living. They truly set the bar high for

individualized care for specialized needs in homes

that truly do become home.

Olympic Alzheimer’s began in 1991 and was the

first in private Alzheimer’s residencies in the

Northwest. Just a half mile away from the Narrows

waterway means accessible activities on the water

with serene surroundings. Residents are close to

Jerisich Park dock and have regular access to Gig

Harbor’s downtown and Point Defiance Park. Their

community offers the award-winning Expressions

Memory Care Program, which strives to make

the everyday meaningful. In Expressions Memory

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HARBOR PLACE REGULARLY

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rate does not change regardless of the level of care. Heron’s Key offers

resources throughout all the different transitions of aging, providing

security and consistency in a time of life fraught with change.

Care, focus is on the person and not their disease. Olympic Alzheimer’s

Residence has the most experience providing private memory care for

our community, that experience is reflected in their residences. As such

you can be sure that your loved one is treated with dignity and respect

while they live an active and productive life. In the Olympic Alzheimer’s

Residences, care is structured to provide full-body wellness. As such,

they regularly provide creative classes such as art and culinary skills,

curriculum-based classes, access to technology and regularly scheduled

outdoor fun. Care is personalized to their residents, and not the other

way around.

For independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing,

rehabilitation care and general medical care all in one place, look no

further than Heron’s Key. There is no reason for lengthy transportation

to various places throughout Gig Harbor, as everything essential is

onsite! They even offer guest suites for visiting family and friends. They

also offer farm-to-table meals, a thriving community, off-site activities,

and onsite presentations and lectures. Heron’s Key focuses on social,

emotional, spiritual, environmental, vocational, physical and intellectual

health. They seek to engage the whole person. What’s more, the monthly

Harbor Place at Cottesmore is the place to enjoy flexible living in luxury.

It is a community in and of itself. The campus in Gig Harbor provides

both independent and assisted living with a range of different types of

residences tailored to fit your needs. Included on campus is a pool and

hot tub, fitness room, salon and spa, bistro and coffee shop, a billiard

room and a computer room. Harbor Place regularly organizes Sunday

services, concerts, personal training, bridge clubs, outings, shopping and

more. To top it off, the food is exceptional. Making the move here is like

moving to a mini city within Gig Harbor, resulting in a well-rounded

natural community. Like any good neighborhood, Harbor Place is whole

in and of itself, with a wonderful array of daily choices. Whether you

want to sit with your coffee over a good book, or meet up with friends,

Harbor Place creates space for activity.

From personalized care to active lifestyles. From quality one-on-one

relationships to thriving communities. From consistency to flexibility.

From stability to excitement. Here, in Gig Harbor, we have it all. Each

highlighted living facility provides something different for your needs

and the needs of your family. It’s apparent that life just gets better from

here on out!

Wherever you come from, and wherever you’re going, Gig Harbor has

the choices and the amenities to live life to its fullest. Whatever stage of

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Functional. Natural. Beautiful.

Enrich your landscape with crushed shell

By Jillian Chandler

Born and raised in the beautiful seaside destination of Cape Town, South

Africa, Mark Soboil recalls the beauty of nature being an extension

of his family home. After moving to the U.S. and attending graduate

school for marine science in New England, where he met his wife, Julie, Mark

was drawn to the classic Cape Cod look of crushed seashell used on driveways

and walkways.

“When we moved to the Pacific Northwest, we wanted to install something

similar on our property that complements the aesthetic landscape designs of

the Pacific Northwest but could not source any shell locally,” he recalls.

Julie encouraged him to use his knowledge in marine biology to find a way

in which he could bring the classic look of crushed seashell to the Pacific

Northwest. Mark’s vision became a reality in the summer of 2020 with the

launch of his company Shellscapes, which supplies locally sourced, sustainable

crushed shell for landscaping projects.

In partnership with local oyster farms, Mark decided to reduce, recycle and

reuse the discarded shell and develop a locally sourced product that can be

used on paths, patios, courtyards and driveways. The oyster shell is locally

sourced and environmentally friendly.

Oyster farming is iconic to the Pacific Northwest, as Native Americans

harvested oysters for thousands of years, using shells on paths to provide

permeable and sturdy passageways. Commercial oyster farming in the Puget

Sound began in the mid-1800s; it is now one of the largest producing areas

in the U.S.

Sustainable crushed oyster shells are natural and functional. “There is nothing

more dramatic than the contrast that seashells can provide against the lush

Pacific Northwest landscape,” states Mark. Shells are washed thoroughly and

dried out over several seasons so there is no smell. Its slate-like quality means

it flakes, so after proper installation and compaction, the path, courtyard or

driveway becomes a solid flat surface that is not only safe but comfortable for

feet, according to Mark.

Unlike gravel or crushed stone, these crushed shells break into smaller pieces

as they are walked on or driven over, disperse evenly—filling in on itself as the

shell breaks down—and create a stable surface. This prevents ruts and holes

while also providing excellent drainage for rainwater. Ideal for commercial

and residential use, crushed shell has become a sought-after landscaping

material. In addition to being functional, beneficial for the environment and

aesthetically beautiful, crushed shell is a natural deterrent for many garden

pests including moles and slugs.

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“Weeds and garden pests are an omnipresent threat to the health and

appearance of gardens,” says Mark. “The high density of the crushed shell

means that weeds are restricted by access to sunlight and therefore don’t grow.

Crushed shell ground covering also helps prevent new weeds from growing

on top of it. In addition, if your garden suffers from acidic soil, the minerals

from the shell can help neutralize it and maintain the PH level.”

Crushed oyster shells can even be mixed with other aggregates (such as pea

gravel) to create alternative hues and textures to your hardscape designs. It

can also be used without concrete or a setting agent, as the shell flour itself

acts as a stabilizer.

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In addition to its many benefits, shell paths and driveways are virtually

maintenance free. “With proper installation and compaction, it will only require

periodic replenishment,” Mark affirms. After installation, there may be residue,

but this can easily be washed away by rain water or spraying it down with a

garden hose.

BEFORE

“Once the shell has been installed, we love sharing the excitement and delight of

the beautiful landscapes with our clients knowing that it is a natural product that

is supplied from a sustainable source,” Mark smiles.

If you are looking to revamp your landscape or hardscape, and function,

sustainability and aesthetics are equally important, Mark invites you to reach

out today to start discussing your shell-scaping goals. Shellscapes offers a variety

of services including delivery, installation and maintenance.

AFTER

“Once the shell has been installed, we love sharing the

excitement and delight of the beautiful landscapes with

our clients knowing that it is a natural product that is

supplied from a sustainable source.”

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IN

OLYMPIC DREAMS

GIG HARBOR CANOE AND KAYAK RACING TEAM AND

THE 2021 OLYMPICS

BY RACHEL KELLY

Maybe it’s something to do with the water, or maybe it’s just

because it’s hard, but the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak

Racing Team does a fantastic job at training athletes for

the Olympics.

“This sport gives nothing back,” says coach Aaron Huston of

Team USA. Achieving excellence in canoe and kayaking takes

perseverance. When you fall in the water it’s cold, and there’s no

shortage of falling. It takes up to a year to master just simply staying

in the boat. There’s no doubt about it though, these athletes make

it look easy.

The Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team coasts through the

water at an average of 13 miles per hour, sometimes breaking 19

mph. They consistently “sprint” in this way, back and forth across

the docks off Skansie Park. Each paddler is semi-seriously out

to beat their teammates’ times, or to hold their speed as a faster

paddler tries to overtake their lead. These sprints add up to 10 to 16

meters a day, which is quite a distance; though, not as far as many

coaches push their athletes. Regardless, there’s no argument that

the methods of the coaches here in Gig Harbor are working.

The Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team has trained many

athletes who went on to win National Championships and is

currently training six athletes with goals for the Olympics. Nevin

Harrison, who recently became the first American to win a World

Championship gold medal in the canoe at 200 meters, trained with

this same team for two years before switching coaches for personal

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FOCUS

reasons. She is now a major contender for the 2020 (now 2021)

Olympics in Tokyo. If Nevin wins, she will be the youngest female

champion to win gold in an Olympic canoe or kayak event.

If more positions open up for this year’s games, 18-year-old Alena

Wolgamot is up for the challenge. Though Alena won her races,

open positions are highly unlikely. Positions for kayaking and

canoeing in the Olympics have to be won for and granted; they

are not held open here in the U.S. The sport is just not supported

here in the states as it is in Europe. Up until recently, U.S. women’s

canoe/kayaking athletes were simply not thought to be up for the

challenge. Although, watching Alena kayak, it’s obvious that she is.

Alena moved from Bellingham to train in Gig Harbor this year, the

pandemic giving her the flexibility that she needed to excel both

in her sport and her education. She began kayaking when she was

11 at a summer camp and has since never looked back. This next

year she plans to pursue a degree in engineering at the University

of Washington, which has the benefit of being close to the water. If

she doesn’t enter into this year’s Olympics, Alena will contend for

the 2024 and 2028 games.

Alena isn’t the only one with her eye on the future of the Olympics.

Jonathan and Sarah Grady are both on the Gig Harbor racing team,

with an older brother who also previously raced. Both got involved

with the sport through their family and are supported by their

parents as they juggle school with a major competitive sport. Sarah

is only 17, the youngest on the team, and has been on the water

since she was 8. Competing with her brothers has pushed her to be

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etter, but the racing team has also been a place where she’s found her

closest friends. They both train twice daily around their school and jobs,

and look forward to the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.

Jasper Caddell and Andreea Ghizila met through events geared at getting

canoe/kayak clubs together. Jasper has spent this year as sort of an

“off year,” where he’s done his schooling online and traveled. He went

backpacking with Andreea and eventually found himself in Washington

for the year, training in Gig Harbor. Jasper keeps a watch latched to his

boat. When he breaks his previous fastest time, he yells it out to Coach

Huston, who congratulates him before asking him to race to the docks.

Jasper also has his eye on future Olympics but sees himself in the water

for life whether he wins or not.

Andreea started out as a cross-country skier and got into paddling

sports to stay in shape for the summer. From her first time in the

water, she was in love. She never went back to cross-country skiing. In

last year's Olympic trials in Europe, Andreea was recovering from a

major back injury. But this year she is back and feeling strong. She also

juggles work and school along with her sport, and she is looking to the

2024/2028 Olympics.

Lastly we have Kenny Kasperbauer, who is training in Georgia, along

with Nevin Harrison (who is no longer on the team). Kenny is a threetime

American record holder, and would have been in this year’s

Olympics. However, his event was taken out of the 2021 Olympics due

to the pandemic. This hasn’t got him down though! He looks forward

to the Olympics in the future and is still training to break more records

this year.

Nothing seems to get this team down; they seem to overcome every

obstacle. And for them, there is a lot. Both Kenny and Andreea have

had to overcome major physical injury. Most of the team juggles work

and school, working in their practices around their busy schedule. The

coaches work with them and communicate often to support them as they

seek after their goals, while working around full-time jobs themselves.

They also hurdle the lack of financial support for their sport. Since the

U.S. has yet to make their mark in kayaking and canoeing sports, there is

no international Olympic financing. All their travels and hard one places

in the Olympics are achieved through winning their races. They get to

those races through fundraising and a small scholarship fund started by

the GHCKRT. Their parents and their jobs also keep them afloat. On top

of all that, all their equipment is bought by them from Europe.

It is only through their local community that these young Olympians are

able to succeed in such high-stake games against better financed, older

and more experienced paddlers. The people behind the team, including

founder Alan Anderson, are people who are passionate about seeing

their athletes succeed in their pursuits. Even though the sport seems to

take more than it gets—the water is cold, the rain doesn’t stop in the

winter, and the equipment is expensive—the athletes and coaches on this

team are in it because they love it. It’s because of this dedication that

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CELEBRATING

THE SUMMER!

Coming together at this year’s summer events

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Congratulations! You did it. Whatever happened this year, and

whatever you’re doing, Fourth of July and all the summer

sunshine is just around the corner. For Washingtonians

everywhere, it’s time to celebrate our successes. Whatever you

feel most comfortable participating in, whether it’s a masked Fourth of

July event or a socially distanced picnic, this summer’s list of events has

something for you.

For celebrations in the summer with just your immediate family,

consider going to a local park or beach with a blanket in hand. During

the day, pack a lunch! Dust off your propane barbecues and settle in.

Kayak rentals and lessons are also still available this summer until

October, which is a naturally socially distant event. If you end up on the

water or at the park all day, don’t pack up. At night, download a star app.

Use your device to explore the constellations, or pick a family movie to

snuggle up to under the stars. For a socially distanced movie experience

with the community, PenMet Parks presents Movies in the Parks on the

warm August weekends. However, there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy

our parks now as soon as the weather perks up. I’m no forecaster, but it’s

looking lovely out there.

For kids’ activities throughout the summer, there are a variety of camps.

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For every age and every interest, there’s

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For children older than 5 the activities open up even more. There are

STEM camps, a variety of sport camps, art, dance and more. Many

of these camps begin right after the Fourth of July, so sign up soon!

For more information on camp costs, dates, and details check out

PenMetParks.org for their summer events guide.

For adults looking for some safe community fun, there is always the

outdoors. It’s time to play like the mountain is out! Also, because the

mountain is out. So is the water, the wildlife and the trees. Those are

out too. The trails are always open, as well as the parks with all their

amenities. Parks can still be reserved for small outdoor events. For those

who want to hike with others, PenMet Parks is also offering a 10-weeklong

walking club. Every week is a different trail. This event kicked off

in late May and continues on through late July. Throughout summer,

PenMet Parks is also offering a variety of adult classes. For more

information, feel free to check out their summer events guide. For those

of you who are wondering, all events will follow state guidelines.

For families and individuals who are ready to get out and about to

participate in events that resemble traditional celebrations, July will also

be host to two major events—the kind of events that went sorely missed

last year. Presented by Freedom Fair on July 3 and 4 we have the 10th

Annual Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and state mandates, this will be a drive-in

event. However, things are changing on a regular basis as information

changes, so flexibility is recommended. Keep a close watch on this event

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come ready to play! This event is hosted by PenMet Parks, Kiwanis Club

of Gig Harbor, and Gig Harbor Young Professionals. This event is for

adults 21 and older, and reservations are required. Social distancing will

also be expected. Things are looking a little different this year, but they

are happening. So sign up soon and don’t miss out!

As we move forward together this year, we might find ourselves looking

back. Every holiday from Halloween to Easter has come regardless of

the circumstances. Last July, fireworks could still be seen throughout

the city as neighbors celebrated with those closest to them. Through the

love and support of our neighbors, everything was made possible. This

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Achieving the Yachting lifestyle

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in 2015. After two decades as a successful group health

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Amy soon discovered the joy of both living and working in Gig

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Joining Gig Harbor Yachts was as fortuitous for Amy as it was

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yachting industry. From the moment Amy set foot in Gig Harbor

Yachts’ waterfront office, she established a new standard of yacht

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“Amy is a force of nature,” shares Scott Alprin, managing broker

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second to none. Amy’s total commitment to her clients’ success

and satisfaction is something rarely found in most industries—

especially ours.”

Even during the COVID pandemic, Amy worked tirelessly

assisting her yachting clients sell and purchase yachts. In just

the past 12 months she has successfully brokered six 50’ yachts;

including a 58’ Ocean Alexander, a 58’ Carver, a 58’ Forbes Cooper,

a 52’ Ocean Alexander, a 50’ Selene Europa and a 50’ Beneteau

MC5. Currently, she has two 50’ yachts in transaction ready to

be enjoyed by their new owners. Amy has also been instrumental

in Gig Harbor Yachts’ new Ranger TugShare program, where five

boating families own and enjoy a common Ranger Tug.

“Guiding everyone through the entire process to assure a pleasant

buying and selling experience is extremely rewarding to me,”

says Amy. “My attention to detail every step of the way creates

success for all involved, and that has allowed me to build strong,

meaningful relationships. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be part

of this wonderful community, assisting my boating neighbors

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TUMMY TIME

By Molly Radonich, LAT, ATC

It’s not just for babies

Eighty-six percent of Americans sit for their jobs all day. Then we

go home and sit at the dinner table, followed by sitting to watch

TV. We sit a lot, and generally most of us don’t sit up straight

either. This leads to forward head posture, curved shoulders and

a rounded spine. This can tighten up the muscles in the front of our body

and makes the muscles in the back really weak.

The muscles in our back help with posture and the ability to move our

spine. If we let those become weak and stiff, we are predisposed to having

back pain and other issues.

So, what can we do about this? When babies are growing and developing,

we have them do “tummy time” to help strengthen their back muscles

and encourage proper development of the spine. Though adults are done

growing, it is still beneficial to be in positions in which we are on our

stomachs. This position is good to help encourage extension of the spine

and strengthen your posterior muscles.

"How should I do this at home?" There are several ways to safely perform

prone strengthening and stretching exercises.

The first thing to try is what physical therapists call “prone on the elbow.”

To perform this motion, start on your stomach, and prop yourself up with

your elbows directly under your shoulders. Let your glute muscles (the

muscles on your sit bones), relax and take deep breaths. If you feel sharp or

radiating pains, discontinue exercise and seek medical advice. This exercise

will help with low-back and mid-back extension and help strengthen your

posterior neck muscles.

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Though adults are done growing, it is still beneficial to

be in positions in which we are on our stomachs.

to a cobra pose. This pose is very similar, but

you will be actively moving up and down. For

this pose, you will start on your stomach as

well, and place your hands underneath your

shoulders. Keeping your elbows tucked in at

your sides, lift up and leave your hips on the

ground. For this exercise, make sure you inhale

on your way up and exhale on your way down.

This exercise helps to strengthen your back and

neck muscles while stretching out the front of

your body. Make sure you are keeping your

glutes relaxed. Stop if you feel pain or radiating

symptoms down your back, and seek medical

advice.

Once you feel confident with those two poses,

you can move onto the Superman pose. This

strengthens many of your posterior muscles

including hamstrings and back muscles. To

perform this pose, start on your stomach. Lift

your head, arms and legs off of the ground,

leaving just your hip bones and stomach on

the floor. You can inhale up and exhale on your

way back down, or you can hold this position

for 30 seconds and repeat three times. Make

sure your head is in a neutral position and you

are not straining to look up or down.

If you spend a lot of time at a computer or a

desk, I would encourage you to spend some

time on your stomach to promote extension

of the spine. A rounded spine is very hard to

correct once muscles have gotten accustomed

to a slouched position—and can lead to pain

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Having these detoxification pathways running

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Ever wonder why you are sluggish, or

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Toxins, even seemingly low levels of toxins, can

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Boost energy levels. The sluggish feeling we

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Support digestion and weight management.

Detoxification can also help with long-term

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Reduce inflammation. Diet is an important

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Promote healthy skin. Diet and environmental

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Strengthen your immune system. After your

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Improve your mood. Toxins and free radicals

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Boost your metabolism. Your liver is largely

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SCARLET RF MICRONEEDLING

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Scarlet RF Microneedling is a brandnew,

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Stimulating collagen production

The combination of precise depth and the

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As you may know, collagen production slows as

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Am I a good candidate for Scarlet RF

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Unlike many laser procedures, Scarlet RF can

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The procedure takes about 20 to 40 minutes

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What results can I expect?

Results include tighter and toned skin with

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Is there any downtime?

There’s no downtime associated with Scarlet RF

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Scarlet RF is known as “the non-surgical

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NOTORIOUS

NUPTIALS

WEDDING BELLS RING OUT STORIES OF EMPTY

CAMERAS, BROKEN ZIPPERS AND A DRUNKEN

ROAD TRIP TO MEXICO

BY DAN AZNOFF

Author’s note: The following collection of anecdotes are excerpts from an

upcoming book tentatively titled "Notorious Nuptials." Each of the stories

have been sourced with members of the wedding party. Be advised: Some

of these wedding stories date back more than 50 years.

Weddings are the source of memories that can last

a lifetime.

Every marriage ceremony is unique in the collective

reminiscences of the people who were involved. They

generate emotions ranging from the father of the bride, who reluctantly

gives away his little girl, to the maid of honor, who stands aside as she

loses her best friend to a man that she has slowly come to accept as part

of her own extended family.

Emily Norgaard of Mukilteo, Washington, can still remember the words

of caution that her father uttered when the two most important men in

her life faced off in the aisle during her own wedding procession.

“My father horrified by my soon-to-be-husband when he warned him

that he was giving the bride away,” she remembered. “He (my father)

made it clear that his store did not offer an exchange or return policy.”

If the shoe fits

The ring bearer forced Delores Dobson of Anaheim, California, to

delay her ceremony while the mother of the 6-year-old boy rushed out

on a Sunday morning to buy her son dress shoes that actually fit his

young feet.

“How does a 6-year-old who wears a child’s shoe fit into a size 13 men’s

shoe?” the bride asked rhetorically. His mom had to buy a new pair.

“That was not a simple task on a Sunday morning,” explained Delores.

“Our wedding was 45 minutes late.”

Inevitable

Young people were responsible for the mess at the reception for Carlotte

and Rob Larson at the home of the bride’s parents. They agreed the

mishap was the result of a critical error in judgement.

“All the tables were taken up with food, drinks and gifts,” said Carlotte.

The bride explained that lack of table space eventually forced the punch

bowl to be moved to a low coffee table in the living room, just out of

sight of the adults in the room.

“So, it was not a surprise when the small children washed their hands in

the punch bowl,” she remembered.

Her new husband was more understanding.

“It was all okay. It was something we all should have expected,” Rob said

with a heavy sigh.

No Rx for dumb

As a medical professional, Dr. Larry Johnson thought he had anticipated

“every possibility that could go wrong” prior to his “very expensive”

wedding at the posh Beverly Hills Hotel in 1968.

Larry wanted every aspect of his wedding day to be perfect. That

included contracting with a professional photographer to document

intimate moments during the ceremony and at the lavish reception.

But the doctor was ready to seek legal help when he realized the socalled

professional had forgotten to load film into his camera. The good

doctor wanted to file legal action against the vendor.

“I wanted to sue,” Johnson said after some reflection. “But my ‘brilliant’

father-in-law said not to sue.

“He was wrong!”

Lost in translation

The third time was supposed to be the charm for Amber Palms,

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California, resident Joe Morris when he flew his fiancé and

the entire wedding party to Acapulco for a romantic seaside

ceremony in April of 2000.

The destination wedding seemed to be “muy bueno” until it

came time for the bride and groom to exchange vows. That

was when Morris looked down at the words he was expected

to recite.

“My wedding vows were all written in Spanish,” he remembered

with a sinister laugh. “I could not understand a word of what I

was supposed to say.”

Quick drink

A quick visit south of the border was also part of the

wedding story provided by Tom Margitan, who also resides

in Arbor Palms. An impromptu road trip became part of

the wedding plan when Tom realized his bride needed to

visit Mexico together with her soon-to-be-ex-husband for a

quickie divorce.

According to Tom, the husband agreed on the condition they

could stop for “a drink” along the way.

According to Tom, “a drink” to his wife’s former spouse really

meant a stop at every cantina and watering hole along the

highway. The threesome eventually made their way to Mexico

and back across the border into Nevada, where Tom was

legally able to marry his bride in Las Vegas.

Don’t mess with Mother Nature

The unpredictable weather in Seattle sent a spiritual message

to the bride and groom during the wedding of Joel and

Sharon Hoerner.

Their wedding day began on an ominous note when the

flowers for the ceremony were mistakenly delivered to the

wrong church, which caused the ceremony to be delayed

for more than an hour. As a result, Sharon’s sister Carlotte

and Joel’s sister Beth were prepared to walk up the aisle

empty-handed.

As it turned out, the missing flowers were a lucky twist that

gave the attendants a free hand because the formal dresses that

had been ordered were all too long.

“The bridesmaids each walked up the aisle with one hand

holding their bouquet and the other holding up their dresses,”

Sharon remembered in vivid detail. “The bridesmaids were

the so-called

professional

had forgotten

to load film

into his camera.

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hunched over during the procession and then up four steps.”

That was when Mother Nature decided to get involved in the

April wedding by pelting the chapel with sheets of rain, sleet

and hail.

“At one point the hail hitting the roof was so loud we could

barely hear each other reading our vows,” Joel remembered.

The weather, however, did not take away from their happy day.

“The sun eventually broke through, and we had bright

sunshine all within the time of the wedding,” Sharon said with

a smile.

Ever the romantic, Joel accepted the changes to the weather

as a blessing.

“God was sending us a message that our marriage could

survive any storm.”

Looking back at his wedding day, Joel admitted that staging

a wedding in Seattle during April was probably not the

best plan.

An exclusive

The author of this article was a reporter in Los Angeles when he

contracted with an award-winning newspaper photographer

to document his own wedding in Newport Beach, California.

The problem was the photographer had never “covered” a

wedding before. The result was that the so-called professional

documented the wedding like a news event, which meant

every photo included the bride and groom.

“You would have thought we were the only people in

attendance,” said Dan, able to laugh about the blunder 41 years

after the fact.

Faux tropic

After living together for eight years, Greg Elwin and his fiancé

Stephanie decided that if they ever did get married, they

would exchange vows with their toes in warm tropical sand.

However, the former police chief made the practical decision

to save his money for the honeymoon by inviting their closest

friends and relatives to a clambake at Sunset Beach near the

Hood on the Puget Sound.

With their toes buried in some of the 200 pounds of pure

white sand imported for the occasion, the happy couple were

married by a close friend who had received his ordination

over the internet. Stephanie’s daughter, Ashley, served as the

official photographer as part of her junior high school class

assignment.

Note: Greg and Stephanie saved scoops of the white sand and

have it spread near their hot tub to preserve the memories.

Missed it by that much

Melinda Cavalleto of Old Town Mukilteo can still recall

glancing over her shoulder during her ceremony long enough

to see her brother and father with their arms outstretched

prepared to catch her maid of honor as she swayed back and

forth. The officiant, she remembered, had apparently not

recovered from drinking too much at the rehearsal dinner the

night before.

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“She ran up the middle aisle of the church and

threw up just as she was running out of the

church,” Melinda remembered, before adding,

“And yes, she is still my best friend.”

Double-crossed by the old double switch

Mary Smith can still laugh when she recounts

the series of blunders that took place with the

keys to her car following her wedding to her

beloved Richard at the Atwater Baptist Church

in Los Angeles in 1958.

“When we were ready to leave, my husband’s

friend had his car. That is when my husband

remembered that he had the keys to his friend’s

car that was parked in front of the church,” she

said with a huge smile. “The best man was left

holding a second set of car keys as he watched

the newlyweds jump into his car and drive

away.”

Mary went on to explain what the best man

did not know was that some pranksters from

the wedding party had already fiddled with

the car that was normally driven by the bride

and groom.

“When his friend jumped into our car, it

would not start because another friend had

disconnected the necessary wires.”

Measure twice, zip once

After refusing to be measured for his tuxedo,

retired teacher Julius Aznoff was not surprised

when the tuxedo pants reserved for his fatherin-law

were too narrow in the waist to fasten

when he arrived on the day of his daughter’s

wedding at the elegant Huntington-Sheraton

Hotel south of Pasadena in 1976.

When the father-of-the bride threatened to not

walk his daughter down the aisle, the groom

was ready with his response.

“The hell you’re not,” Julius snapped. “Pull

them up, button your coat and get out there.”

The stunned father turned to one of the

groomsmen to confide that he could not pull up

his zipper. With a smile, he was reminded that

his daughter’s wedding was not an appropriate

time to brag about the size of his anatomy.

Mary Smith can

still laugh when

she recounts the

series of blunders

that took place

with the keys to

her car following

her wedding to her

beloved Richard.

Picture perfect

What could have been an emotional disaster for

a young bride in Harbour Pointe, Washington,

developed into a picture-perfect wedding day

that created memories she will cherish for

a lifetime.

Stephannie Stumpf admitted to being a “photo

fanatic” who wanted to document every

moment of her wedding day 24 years ago.

The image she envisioned suddenly went out

of focus two days prior to the wedding when

the groom’s father suffered a heart attack that

left him in the hospital when the couple were

scheduled to exchange their vows.

To guarantee a picture-perfect day, Stephannie

got on the phone with the hospital and received

special permission to take her wedding photos

at the hospital with the entire wedding party,

including her father-in-law dressed in his

tuxedo.

“So, our wedding party and the photographer

drove to the hospital before our wedding to

take the formal photos,” she remembered

lovingly. “I will forever be grateful that we had

that chance.”

Everybody has a wedding story, and there is still

time to add your story to "Notorious Nuptials."

Please send your funny, heartwarming or

romantic contributions to da@dajournalist.com.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington.

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UNFORGETTABLE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES AWAIT IN GIG HARBOR’S BACKYARD

by Taylor Shillam

The Pacific Northwest is home to endless opportunities for outdoor adventuring. While this is no secret to the region’s residents

or visitors, the areas surrounding Gig Harbor are home to several hidden gems that could be overlooked by even the most active

locals.

Local skaters, climbers, adrenaline junkies, and those simply seeking a new experience, can find what they’re looking for while staying close

to home, with a selection of big adventures just a small distance away. Top-quality local venues await, ready to take guests to new heights with

zip lining, ropes courses and treetop adventures.

Outdoor Adventure Center

Washington’s Outdoor Adventure Center invites you to choose your adventure. “We exist to provide training, environments, experiences and

resources that lead people, especially youth, in exploring the outdoors,” the outfitter states—and they are in no shortage of outdoor adventure

opportunities for those in the Seattle area and beyond.

With activities including river rafting, kayaking, camping, sunset kayak tours and family rafting trips, guests can choose from just a couple of

hours to an adventure spanning multiple days, then choose urban or wilderness, hiking, biking, kayaking or paddling—the list goes on and

includes opportunity for all ages. Larger groups can opt in for company picnics and team-building experiences, even a wedding venue.

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ig adventures just a small distance away

Lee’s SUP

Come to Lee’s ready to paddle! Open seven days a week, Lee’s SUP is home to paddleboard rentals, kayak rentals and lessons

for your next water adventure on the harbor.

Lee’s SUP offers experienced instructors and some of the top brands of Stand-Up Paddling available for two-hour rental, fullday

rentals or an hour-long lesson. Double kayaks are also available if bringing a friend! With a private dock at their location

on 8829 North Harborview Drive, they will be open through the end of September with pandemic safety precautions in place.

With no reservations required or accepted, Lee’s SUP invites you to come down to the harbor to check out their impressive

selection of inventory. LeesSUP1.com

High Trek Adventures

Everett’s High Trek Adventures is home to everything from zip lines and ropes courses to axe throwing, mini golf and outdoor

laser tag! Designed to accommodate all ages and skill levels, the High Trek experience is for those ready to try things they’ve

never done before.

With over 60 challenge elements color-coded according to difficulty, the activities at High Trek offer a chance to watch your

skills improve. At heights of 15, 30 and 45 feet above the ground, the courses offer enough variety to create your own experience,

taking different routes or repeating and mastering any of the elements you choose.

“The only thing here you’ll find to be impossible is containing your enthusiasm and sense of accomplishment,” High Trek

promises.

Their experiences include night course climbing, day or night zip lining, as well as kids’ summer camps and opportunities for

larger groups and team building. HighTrekEverett.com

Canopy Tours Northwest

Northwest Canopy Tours’ award-winning zip lines are located on Camano Island’s Kristoferson Farm.

“A zip or a stroll through this sustainably managed forest really is a breathtaking experience,” their website promises. The farm

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to sustainable stewardship and agriculture. A small lake, hillside barn and

lush forestry complete the 231-acre property that the Canopy Tours zip

lines call home.

Guided tours of the farm include six zip lines, trail hikes, a log bridge,

and a ride in a 1963 Unimog off-road vehicle, culminating in a 47-foot

descent kept to a smooth downward float by a constant velocity device,

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Gig Harbor Skate Park

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Grandview Street and equipped with a climbing wall and nearby trails, the

whole family can find a bit of close-to-home adventure here.

Mica Moon Zip Tours & Aerial Park

Located in Liberty Lake, those visiting the east side of the state can

enjoy Mica Moon Zip Tours, the home to famous zip line tours and “the

Northwest’s best aerial park,” that guarantees excitement for nearly every

age group and occasion.

Each three-hour zip line tour takes guests along Mica Moon’s signature

course through forests, across the company’s private valley, and through a

bit of history as it passes camps where moonshine was produced during the

prohibition era. The tour includes two short hikes and a bird’s-eye view of

some Northwest scenery and wildlife, with guides leading the way.

Mica Moon describes their aerial park as a treetop wonderland full of

obstacles with varying degrees of difficulty.

“Think Ewok village, but better,” their website reads. The feel of an Ewok

village combines with the opportunity to unleash your inner Ninja Warrior

with varying height-defying challenges to choose from, including a wine

barrel bridge and high-rise tight ropes.

Ages 6 and older are welcome to participate in Mica Moon’s zip line tours,

treetop adventures, or a combo tour, with packages available for youths,

adults and seniors, along with group discounts and additional opportunities

for team building, corporations and date nights.

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“We will offer night tours, fall color tours, even enchanting twilight tours

… that take advantage of intimate, panoramic, red-streaked sunsets,” Mica

Moon states, welcoming guests for any occasion.

With so many adventures close to home offering new ways to enjoy the

breathtaking Pacific Northwest, this summer could be your chance to try

a new adventure. Whether it's in the trees, on a paddleboard, or in the

whitewater rapids, that adrenaline rush you’re seeking is waiting for you,

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Practice That Swing!

SUMMER BRINGS PLAYERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS TO THE GOLF COURSE

by COLIN ANDERSON

It’s the great unconquerable game that we both love and

despise. A slight twist in the hips, movement of the head or

proximity to the ball and your shot might be heading for the

woods, the drink, or the beach. Still, when you line everything

up just right, strike the ball cleanly and smash a perfect drive

down the fairway, or watch your approach shot land softly just

feet from the pin, there really is no feeling like a great golf shot.

Whether you’re a weekend duffer, retiree playing with friends,

scratch player, or just getting started with the game, every round

of golf is a challenge.

With the most stable weather of the year, summer is when the

courses see, by far, the most visitors. The weekend warriors come

out of hibernation, typically cruising in a power cart and taking

down several nerve-calming beverages throughout their round.

The final tally isn’t always what’s important to these golfers,

rather the camaraderie amongst friends after a long week of

work, coupled with enjoying a great Northwest day outdoors

having fun instead of tackling yard work.

Still, others seek the serenity of a quiet round just after sunrise.

In the calm of the early morning, the crack of a tee shot seems

to linger longer, and getting in a quick 9 before most have even

started their day gives a great sense of pride to early risers.

No matter your skill set and the experience you hope to achieve,

you are very likely sitting just a short drive from a course that

can provide what you are looking for. If it has been some time

since you last swung a club or if you are new to the game, there

are a few things on the to-do list that will help ‘get you in the

swing of things’ for prime summer rounds.

Anyone who has kept an eye on the PGA Tour over the past 20

years has seen a pretty dramatic shift in player appearance.

Gone are most of the rail skinny and overly husky

players, and most pro players today take their

fitness seriously. Even if making a tour isn’t

your ultimate goal, treating golf like an

athletic event will almost certainly help

improve your game. While it’s tempting

to pull up to the course, practice a

few puts then head to the #1 tee box

and swing full speed,

a proper warmup

is key to setting

yourself up for

success.

Stretch out your

entire body. Roll

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Once you are on the course, know your

skill level and choose the proper tee box.

If you aren’t a low handicap, don’t hit

from the Championship tee box. While

you don’t want to feel rushed, pace of

play is important to everyone having fun.

Chambers Bay,

Pierce County, WA

your neck and shoulders, and take time to stretch hip flexors,

quads and calves. If you have time to hit the driving range before

your round, remember to start with wedges and low irons, work

your way up to the middle irons, and take just a few shots with the

woods and driver.

Between rounds, a day or two of yoga or stretching sessions

is immensely beneficial for flexibility. Simple bodyweight

movements like push-ups, crunches, squats and lunges will help

balance all the muscles utilized in your golf swing. For those who

want to get serious, there are many personal trainers out there

who can design a routine specific to golfers.

Once you are on the course, know your skill level and choose

the proper tee box. If you aren’t a low handicap, don’t hit from

the Championship tee box. While you don’t want to feel rushed,

pace of play is important to everyone having fun. If your ball goes

out of bounds, spend just a minute or two searching for it and, if

it can’t be found quickly, take a drop and move on. If the group

behind you is moving quicker, stop at the next tee box and let them

play through.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take advice from an expert. Sometimes

the smallest of adjustments can make a world of difference.

Trained PGA professionals at almost every course can recognize

flaws in your swing, which, when corrected, will help you hit

straighter, longer, and lower your score.

It’s a wonderful time of year to be outside, and for many, 18 holes

is the best way to spend it. Remember to be conscious of those

around you, and also relax and enjoy the game. You’re there to

have fun, right?

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A Couple Courses to Try:

Chambers Bay

The home of the 2015 US-Open is a bucket-list course

for golfers across the country. Links-style courses feature

rolling terrain, a natural open layout with few trees, and

a rough area of natural grasses. You’ll get all this plus

amazing seaside views of the Puget Sound throughout

your round. It is truly rare to find a public course that

so beautifully mimics the links found in Scotland, the

birthplace of the game. Tee times are available up to 90

days out and vary greatly based upon season, time and

day of the week. There are discounted rates for locals

as well.

Madrona Links

A fixture in Gig Harbor for more than 40 years,

Madrona Links keeps golfers coming back thanks to

well-maintained greens and relaxing atmosphere. The

par-71 course covers nearly 5,200 yards from the white

tees, and you’ll find mature trees lining most of the very

straight fairways. Rates are very affordable; you can

even play twilight after 3pm for just $18 when walking.

Hacker’s Bar and Grill is a popular spot for a post-round

beverage, and there are dinner specials each night.

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We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs,

lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

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water

Fun on the

SUMMER WATER SPORTS ADVENTURES

by ABIGAIL THORPE

The sun is out, summer is here and the water is calling! Few things beat

enjoying the summer weather while out playing on the water, and lucky

for us we’re surrounded with opportunities to get out, adventure and make

new memories offshore. Whether you’re looking to get your toes wet, or an

experienced water lover looking for a new adventure, there are plenty of

activities to keep you busy all summer long.

kayaking

swimming

The perfect way to explore nature from a different point of view is from a kayak, when you’ll

have the time and peace to take everything in while enjoying a healthy adventure on the water.

Kayaks can be used on any body of water, which make them ideal for exploring those hard-toget-to

spots your powerboat can’t go. There are many different types of kayaks ranging from

whitewater and recreational to inflatable, so visit your local outdoor adventure or watersports

store to find the right fit for you, and consider borrowing or renting first before you invest

your money.

The most foundational water adventure doesn’t require anything extra. Sometimes the best

part of summer is simply enjoying water the old-fashioned way, with a good old swim! Take

the opportunity to develop your swimming skills this summer by jumping in—it’s a great

workout and the perfect way to cool down. Just remember, even lakes and rivers can have

dangerous undercurrents or swells, particularly during storms, high winds or rainy weather,

so make sure it’s safe before you take the plunge. And for the kiddos, don’t forget those life

jackets or floaties!

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oating

Power boating is a big part of our summer life on the water, and it's a great way to explore

more distant reaches, or head out on a day-long adventure to various marinas, waterfront

restaurants and great swimming holes. But boats are a big investment, and they take some skill

and experience to operate. Boating safety courses are a great way to make sure you’re safe out

there on the water—both for yourself and for other boaters around you. BoatUS Foundation

offers free boating safety courses as well as additional education, and there are a variety of local

organizations and businesses that can help you get started.

paddle boarding

Paddle boarding is becoming an ever more popular summer sport, and for good reason. It’s

simple, fun, a good workout and relatively inexpensive to get into. Hop on your board and

paddle out for some scenic views and a great core and upper-body workout.

Great as a solo sport or with friends and family, paddle boarding is easy to pick up if you’re a

first timer, and there are a variety of board options to choose from, including inflatable boards

that make storage and transportation super easy. Not sure if paddle boarding is for you? Rent

one to try it out before you spring for your own board—most

sailing

local water sports, outdoor and

boat rental companies will have them available.

fishing

Letting the wind carry you is one of the most incredible (and peaceful) boating experiences

you'll have. If you’re new to the sailing world, consider hopping on with a friend to learn, or

take some lessons before you invest in your own boat. There's quite a bit of experience and

knowledge that goes along with rigging out a sailboat, let alone sailing it. Get involved with a

sailing crew to learn the ropes—many are happy to take on new members. You'll get firsthand

experience, plus be able to start racing and meet a ton of people who will support you in your

sailing career.

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Throw a line in from the boat or shore, and enjoy the rush when you get that first bite or

land the big one. If you’re looking for a true adventure, sign on for a fishing charter or fly

fishing class—there are a wide variety of options ranging from multi-day trips to scenic boat

tours into remote rivers or lakes. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and have

an experience you’ll never forget. If you are headed out this summer to throw in a line, don’t

forget fishing rules and license requirements change depending on where you are, so make

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WASHINGTON’S

CASCADE LOOP

The Ultimate Summer Road Trip, Part II

By Marguerite Cleveland

Part II of the Ultimate Summer Road Trip begins by heading through farmlands toward the jagged peaks of the Cascade Mountains,

where you will make your first of two crossings. Highway 2 follows the Skykomish River in an area known as the Stevens Pass

Greenway, which is a National Scenic Byway as well. This drive passes through the charming small towns of Sultan, Gold Bar, Index

and Skykomish, each with its own local flair. A must stop for coffee is the cute Espresso Chalet, which is the home of Harry, the endearing

sasquatch from the movie “Harry and the Hendersons.”

Other must stops include Wallace Falls State Park and a hike to Bridal Veil Falls. Once you are past Skykomish the road begins to narrow

and climb up to Stevens Pass with its incredible views. There are stunning overlooks and picnic areas on the river throughout this drive,

so plan to take lunch with you to enjoy some time outdoors. After crossing Stevens Pass continue along Highway 2 through the stunning

Tumwater Canyon to Leavenworth.

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CRUISE THE 25-MILE PAVED LOOP THAT

CIRCLES THE RIVER AND CROSSES TWO

BRIDGES FOR A BEAUTIFULLY SCENIC RIDE

Leavenworth

Leavenworth is a cute Bavarian-themed town, which will make you feel

like you are in Germany or an Alpine village. There is so much to see

and do in town. Try some German food or pop into one of the many

tasting rooms for local wine or cider. With a main street closed to traffic,

it is a wonderfully walkable town. Schocolat offers handcrafted Belgian

chocolates that are a luxurious taste not to be missed.

The Leavenworth Reindeer Farm is a fascinating place to learn about

Caribou as well as the opportunity to feed them. Leavenworth is

also known for all of its outdoor recreation. Enjoy a tube float on the

Wenatchee River or hike on more than 800 miles of trails.

Plan to stay the night here at the Icicle Village Resort and Spa. It is close

enough to walk to everything in town but away from all the noise. The

onsite restaurant JJ Hills Fresh Grill has some Bavarian favorites as well

as a Northwest-themed menu. The outdoor patio has great views of the

Cascade Mountains.

Wenatchee

Wenatchee sits at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers.

Visit the downtown National Historic District with plenty of boutiques,

galleries and restaurants. The Pybus Public Market is located on the

Columbia riverfront. Rent bikes at the market and cruise the 25-mile

paved loop that circles the river and crosses two bridges for a beautifully

scenic ride. Head into the market for local farm goods, artisanal foods,

restaurants and shops. Select some refreshments and either dine in or

pick up a picnic to enjoy in the Wenatchee Riverfront Park.

Chelan

Lake Chelan is a popular summer vacation destination for Western

Washingtonians looking for summer sun. The stunning lake is

surrounded by orchards and vineyards. In recent years, the area has

become known for wine as well. The Lake Chelan AVA is known for its

unique terroir due to ice age glaciers and the “lake effect,” which creates

mild temperatures with a longer growing season. There are more than

30 wineries and tasting rooms.

For a unique adventure take the Lady of the Lake ferry from Chelan to

Stehekin. This darling hamlet can only be reached by boat, helicopter or

hiking. It makes a perfect day trip, or you can stay overnight. There are a

lot of hikes, including the lovely Rainbow Falls. No trip here is complete

without a stop at the Stehekin Pastry Company with its wide selection

of delectable treats and breakfast or lunch offerings. They even have a

cabin for rent.

Beebe Springs Nature Area

As you leave Chelan make sure to stop at the Beebe Springs Nature

Area just north of the Beebe Bridge. The park overlooks the Columbia

River and has 2 miles of ADA-accessible trails that weave around the

marshy area where Beebe Creek flows into the Columbia River. The

park is adorned with metal sculptures created by artist Virgil “Smoker”

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The Speci f ics

The Cascade Loop - CascadeLoop.com

WHERE TO STAY

The Icicle Village Resort - IcicleVillage.com

WHERE TO EAT

Espresso Chalet - Facebook.com/Espresso-Chalet-687251244640139

Schocolat - Schocolat.com

Pybus Public Market - PybusPublicMarket.org

Stehekin Pastry Company - StehekinPastry.com

Old Schoolhouse Brewery - OldSchoolhouseBrewery.com

THING TO DO

Twisp Works - TwispWorks.org

Winthrop Tubing - WinthropTubing.com

The Stevens Pass Greenway - CascadeLoop.com/Stevens-Pass-Greenway

Marchand, a member of the Lakes Band of the

Colville Confederated Tribes. Dominating the park

is his 3D sculpture of “The Chief ” on horseback

with a feathered headdress hoisting aloft a Columbia

River salmon over his head. Also look for the “Root

Diggers.” His work can be found throughout the

Cascade Loop.

Methow Valley

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Before turning on Highway 153 and starting the

climb over the North Cascades, stop at the little

town of Pateros. There is a cute riverfront park with

incredible views. You’ll want to see the art installation

by Marchand, commemorating the Native peoples

who originally lived on this land. Pateros is a good spot to gas up and

stock up on snacks.

Once you turn onto Highway 153 you will see the Cascade Mountains in

the distance. The terrain will gradually change from high desert hills to

wooded areas filled with Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. The first stop is

the quaint artist community of Twisp. Over 100 artists call the Methow

Valley home, and you can see some of their work in the art galleries of

Twisp. You’ll also find live music, theater and maybe even a poetry reading

on a street corner. When you head into town you will see the campus of

TwispWorks, which helps local businesses get established. Stop at their

Methow Valley Goods store and shop over 70 artists, makers, producers

and creatives.

The faux western town of Winthrop is very well done. With its wooden

boardwalks you really feel like you are in the Wild West. Spend some time

exploring the town. To add to the western experience, book a horseback

ride or go tubing on the Methow River. Downtown offers a variety of

restaurants, shops and breweries. If you want to support a hyper local,

make a visit to the Old Schoolhouse Brewery. The beer is made using

unfiltered North Cascades water and local hops. Local ranches supply

lamb and beef for their burgers, while all dressings and sauces are made

in house. The patio beer garden overlooking the river is the perfect place

to enjoy this bounty. Before you leave town visit the Homestream Park,

which also has sculptures by Marchand on an interpretive trail.

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North Cascade National Park

The route takes you through Mazama before climbing into the North

Cascades. The Cascade Loop Travel Guide recommends the eastern

approach to Washington Pass for its superior views. This portion

of Highway 20 is known as the North Cascades Scenic Highway. It

traverses the North Cascades National Park. You will be surrounded by

glaciers (there are more than 300 in the park), jagged mountain peaks

with several above 9,000 feet in elevation. Keep your eyes peeled for

mountain lakes and waterfalls. Ross and Diablo look stunning, as their

turquoise-colored water stands out among the forested mountains. The

North Cascades National Park Visitor Center is located near Newhalem,

where you can get information from park rangers about local conditions,

trails and viewpoints. This park is one of the less visited in the National

Park System where you can enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery of a Glacier

National Park but without all the crowds.

Skagit Valley

Heading down from the mountains you will pass through the darling

towns of Marblemount and Concrete. The terrain will now turn into

rolling hills before you begin to see the acres of farmland that span the

Skagit Valley, where you will finish your trip.


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Skansie

Brothers Park

This 2.59-acre park, named

after four Croatian brothers

(the Skansie brothers),

is located in the heart of

Gig Harbor. It has truly become a

community gathering place, as it has

played host to a variety of annual

community events over the years to

include the Maritime Gig Festival and

Holiday Tree Lighting.

But during the summer months, the

park comes alive with two can't miss

event series—the weekly Summer

Sounds at Skansie concerts Tuesday

evenings (July 13 through August 31)

and Friday night Movies in the Park

(July 16 through August 27).

Don’t miss the family fun all summer

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The Inn at Gig Harbor

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3212 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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Waterfront Inn

9017 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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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

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Air Blowout Bar

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

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

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

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Studio Six the Salon & Spa Hair & Spa 253.432.4219

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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

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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

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MARINAS & BOAT LAUNCHES

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

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Jerisich Dock • Marina

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

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

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

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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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Cooling System Flush & Fill

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5500 Olympic Dr., Olympic Village, WA

102 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, WA | 1515 334th St. Federal Way, WA

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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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

SUMMER IS HERE

Get your car checked with us

Offering services for foreign & domestic, scheduled

maintenance, brake & A/C services, oil changes & more

for the summer road trips ahead of 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

Coming Soon!

Sue’s Table Signature Caesar Salad Dressing

More exciting news to come! Gift cards available.

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GET IN TOUCH TO LEARN MORE

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DETOX SALAD

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

1 small avocado or half medium

1 tbsp. hemp or olive oil

1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/2 cup celery, diced

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup broccoli slaw mix (broccoli and carrot)

1/2 cup Daikon radish, grated

1/2 cup golden beet, grated

1/2 cup microgreens

2 tbsp. mixed raw seeds (pumpkin, hemp and sunflower)

pepper to taste

METHOD:

• In a medium-sized bowl, mash avocado with oil and salt

using a fork.

• Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until avocado and oil

have coated all the vegetables.

• Add pepper to taste, and enjoy!

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AWARD-WINNING

Mexican Restaurant

2014 - 2018

Voted #5 Best Mexican

Restaurant Bar in America!

GIG HARBOR

LIVING LOCAL’S

2020

WINNER 2014 - 2020

The Place To Go For Mexican!

TACOMA | SOUTHCENTER | GIG HARBOR | SILVERDALE

www.MOCTEZUMAS.com

Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

JUNE CREPE SPECIAL

Fresh Strawberry & Whipped Cream

Be sure to check out Clay & Cloth Designs!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109, Gig Harbor, WA

253.851.2576 | f @OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes

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LIVE MUSIC IN

THE PARK

SUMMER SOUNDS AT SKANSIE RETURNS

FOR THE 2021 SEASON

Summertime! One of our favorite times of the year here in the

harbor. And what pairs better with summer than live musical

entertainment held outdoors at one of our favorite parks!

One of the most beloved warm-weather events in downtown Gig

Harbor returns to Skansie Brothers Park this month—Summer

Sounds at Skansie. The outdoor summer concert series, situated

on the scenic waterfront near the mouth of the harbor, invites the

community and visitors alike, encouraging concert goers to bring a

blanket and snag a seat on the lawn—socially distanced of course.

The concerts are also accessible by boat, kayak or paddleboard for

those who prefer to enjoy the music with a “seat” on the water.

Usually kicking off late June, this year the series will make its debut

on July 13 and continue through the end of August. Each week on

Tuesday night, enjoy energetic and fun live performances from

local musicians and well-known bands. The music kicks off at 6:30,

wrapping up around 8pm; each concert is free of charge to attend.

With its waterfront and downtown setting, Skansie Brothers Park

is the perfect backdrop to enjoy a relaxing evening with family or

friends—or solo—whether you’re just beginning your night out or

wrapping it up. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and

drinks, but please remember that the park is both alcohol and

smoke free.

This summer, seize the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of

musicians during these warm summer nights at Summer Sounds at

Skansie.

The 2021 summer lineup features: Surf Wax America (Weezer cover

band) July 13; Sweet T and Justice July 20; Mark Hurwitz and Gin

Creek July 27; Sounds Like Dolores August 3; The Beatniks August

10; Flock of Beagles August 17; The Paperboys August 24; and

closing out the season with Nate Botsford August 31.

For up-to-date information about this year’s performances, you can

visit GigHarborGuide.com.

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JUNE

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WATERFRONT FARMERS MARKET

If you are in the market for fresh, local and delicious, then look no

further than The Waterfront Farmers Market, which kicks off its

2021 summer season the first Thursday in JuneJune 3—starting

at 1pm. The Market is open every Thursday, June through August,

1 to 7pm, and September 2 and 9 from 1 until 6pm. Located on

Gig Harbor's beautiful downtown waterfront at Skansie Brothers

Park, visit the market for the freshest, local produce, flowers, food

products, hand-made body products, local art and crafts, and more!

Find out more online at WaterfrontFarmersMarket.org.

VIRTUAL SOUND TO NARROWS WEEK

The South Sound's favorite race returns for 2021, going virtual to help

keep the community safe and healthy. The longest-standing running

event in the state of Washington, Sound to Narrows supports healthy

children and families in the community through MultiCare's Center

for Health Equity and Wellness. This year, participants of all ages are

encouraged to run or walk the race. Choose from the 12k or 5k, Fit

for Sound to Narrows 2k (School Program), 2k Junior Shuffle (Kids

Run) and Diaper Dash (for those 4 years and younger). Additional

information for this year’s virtual race, along with links to register,

can be found online at SoundtoNarrows.org. With a commitment to

promoting health and friendly competition, Sound to Narrows race

officials look forward to seeing racers at the start line for their 50th

anniversary in 2022.

FATHER DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT: A KNIGHT

TO REMEMBER

Calling all knights and their princesses! You are invited to PenMet

Parks' Father Daughter Date Night. Enjoy themed mini golf, games

and crafts, a photo station and refreshments. Whether you choose to

dress up or casually, this is a night that you and your daughter will

remember for years to come. You have three opportunities to take

part in this wonderful event, which will be held at the Community

Recreation Center (2416 14th Avenue NW in Gig Harbor): Friday,

June 18, 6:30 to 8:30pm; and Saturday, June 19, 3 to 5pm or 6:30 to

8:30pm. Registration, which is $12 per person, is required for both

dads and their daughters. Registration closes Friday, June 11. Masks

will be required. Visit PenMetParks.org/events to register for the

select date and time you would like to attend.

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

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

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

visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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