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July 2021 253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO. 31 JULY 2021

Q&A WITH

DEAN BURKE

PRESIDENT AND CEO

TRAVEL TACOMA – MT. RAINIER

Cheney

STADIUM

WELCOME BACK TO

THE STADIUM

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VALUING OUR FREEDOMS

WHEN WE THINK OF THE FOURTH OF JULY, ONE OF THE FIRST

THINGS THAT COMES TO MIND IS FIREWORKS—of course! Then

there’s the paid day off from work for many, and a day spent at the lake,

beach, river or park, or even a celebration spent relaxing and socializing

in the backyard with a barbecue.

But many people often forget why this is a day of celebration for us here

in the United States. What is the significance of July 4? Let’s freshen up

on some history.

July 4 marks an incredibly significant day for us Americans, as it

commemorates the day the United States officially became its own

nation, as the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4,

1776—and America was born.

Although the Fourth of July has been celebrated each year since 1776, it

didn’t become a federal holiday until nearly a century later, in 1870. And

it wasn’t until 1941 that it became a paid holiday for federal employees.

As we celebrate our independence this July 4, we must not forget all of

those who have fought for this nation and those who continue to fight

each and every day to ensure our freedoms and safety. Those who serve

the greater nation as active-duty military (and our veterans), and those

who serve closer to home as firefighters and policemen and women;

they all have a significant role to serve and protect. May we never forget

that these men and women sacrifice daily so that we may live our lives

knowing that our families, our friends, our communities, our nation,

are being protected every second, every minute, every hour of every

day—all because of those who have dedicated their lives to ensuring the

greater good for each person in our nation.

We at Like Media want to say, “Thank you.”

As we celebrate Independence Day, remember that there are those

on the front lines who instead of spending time with their loved ones

on this holiday are in uniform ready to protect at any moment. Let’s

remember to honor them this July 4.

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CHENEY STADIUM:

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WELCOME BACK TO

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Q&A WITH DEAN BURKE:

PRESIDENT AND CEO TRAVEL

TACOMA – MT. RAINIER

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CONTENTS

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HOME

Beach-Lover’s Paradise in the Northwest: Furnishing

a charming waterfront home in Coopers Point -

Olympia, Washington

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TRENDING

Supporting Our Veterans: Local organizations

that honor and support those who fought for

our freedoms

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TACOMA FOCUS

Cheney Stadium: Welcome back to the stadium

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Q&A

Q&A with Dean Burke: President and CEO Travel

Tacoma – Mt. Rainier

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THE ARTS

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Samoan Community to Celebrate:

Intergenerational celebration scheduled for July

25 through 31

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The latest tips and trends about living a healthy,

active life

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BUSINESS PINPOINT

Joe Sanchez & Associates of Coldwell Banker

Bain: Gig Harbor’s real estate experts


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sneak peek into July ...

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ISSUE NO. 31

JULY 2021

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Q&A WITH

DEAN BURKE

PRESIDENT AND CEO

TRAVEL TACOMA – MT. RAINIER

Cheney

STADIUM

WELCOME BACK TO

THE STADIUM

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FEATURE

Keeping Our Waterways Clean: Small actions see

big solutions when it comes to our waterways

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ENTERTAINMENT

Events in July you don’t want to miss!

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Jamaica! Safely navigating a trip to the caribbean

About The Cover

DEAN BURKE, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF TRAVEL TACOMA -

MT. RAINIER, makes his debut on the cover of the July issue

of 253 Lifestyle Magazine. Read more about Dean, his love for

his community and his passion for the environment, orcas,

shoreline transformation and more in our Q&A on page 28.

Cover photo by Samantha Elise Tillman.

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Home

Beach-Lover’s Paradise in the Northwest

FURNISHING A CHARMING WATERFRONT HOME IN COOPERS POINT

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON

BY DEANN HAMMER, BROADWAY DESIGN

Broadway Design recently furnished a charming waterfront home in Coopers Point in Olympia, Washington. The homeowner is

a single woman in her mid-30s, who is bright and talented, and owns her own mortgage company. The client requested a coastal

theme with a “Serena and Lily Co.” feel. Deann Hammer, owner of Broadway Design, was ready for the challenge.

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he

woodwork was gorgeous but a bit too heavy, so we had the balusters on the stairs painted Sherwin Williams high reflective

white to lighten things up. The walls were originally yellow, so we cooled things down by painting all the walls Sherwin

Williams Rhinestone. It is a lovely color that plays well off of the water and contrasts the white trim nicely.

The kitchen was previously updated by the former owner, although the dining banquette needed a refresh. Our designers selected new

bench seat cushion fabric in Sunbrella Grey Ticking, added custom decorative pillows, and punched up the seating area with three

large woven grass light pendants that give the space warmth and drama. A solid walnut modern single-pedestal dining table was also

added to set the stage.

The great room is quite large, so we added a 6x4-foot tall wide custom framed octopus art piece above the mantle and an extra-large

woven round mirror over the TV to play off of the extra high ceiling height. Two seating areas were created to break up the large

expanse. The chairs by the fireplace are from Palacek, with custom performance fabric (wet bathing suits are okay!), and they are

flanked by solid brass drink tables. A free-standing bar cabinet rests near the fireplace for a refreshing cocktail after a day in the sand.

The large sectional is custom made in a performance fabric as well to handle dogs and beach life. The coffee table is made from ground

seashells and is called the “Clamshell Lava Table” by Palacek. It is cast in a polymeric plaster with crushed up shells on the top, giving

it a lustrous shimmer to the finish.

Upstairs, the loft is adjacent to the client’s open office area and is a wonderful place to sit and watch the sea life swim by. We placed a

large sectional with a limestone coffee table so she can put her feet up and relax without having to worry about scratching a table or

leaving water marks on her table.

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The upstairs guest rooms are darling with twin end-to-end built-in beds

in one room, and a queen bed in the other. The themes are timeless,

with custom-made art and oars hanging on the wall with a gentle nod

to the sea without overwhelming the space with nick knacks and shells

in glass vases, typically seen in a beach motif.

There is a sitting area in the second bedroom with ottoman and floor

lamp for private guest lounging, and a coffee bar in the hall outside

that room for easy access from the office for a quick pick-me-up while

working, or for guests.

Our team at Broadway Design was truly blessed to be a part of this

special home.

Deann Hammer is the owner of Broadway Design, a boutique interior

design firm in Gig Harbor. She and her team craft spaces that are

tailored to each client’s personality and lifestyle, while mindful of their

budget, creating a perfect harmony between aesthetics and function.

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Local organizations that honor and support

those who fought for our freedoms

By Taylor Shillam

As we rejoice Independence Day, many will

take extra care to recognize our veterans,

those who fought for our independence

and the freedoms we celebrate. This month, we can

show our support alongside the local organizations

dedicated to preserving our veterans’ connections to

the community and overall quality of life.

Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation

Dedicated to providing hope and healing to those

who served in the military, Gig Harbor’s Permission

to Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation focuses on

enhancing the mind, body and spirits of veterans and

their families. Serving veterans and first responders

throughout the Pacific Northwest, they strive to

provide effective, long-term solutions for growth and

overcoming post-traumatic stress.

Born out of Leslie Mayne’s grief from losing her

son Kyle to an overdose following treatment for

Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress,

the organization serves to honor Kyle’s memory and

service as an army veteran. The foundation seeks better

outcomes for veterans of today and the future through

bringing hope, peace and healing from the past.

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“A place for growing food, community, and each other,” the Growing

Veterans Nonprofit Farm was established in 2012 and seeks to break

down the feeling of isolation experienced by so many veterans.

“We believe they should be provided the very best programs that

help restore their lives and overcome the trauma they face while

serving their country and communities,” the organization states.

They offer strength-based programs including post-traumatic

growth workshops and retreat, designed to help every veteran, first

responder and family member live a fulfilled life.

The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation holds monthly

meetings to provide an inclusive environment that fosters

connection through sharing of experiences and working through

trauma. The facilitated huddles are designed to cultivate a positive

growth mindset while building community. They meet for an

informal dinner on the last Wednesday every month in Gig Harbor,

with plans to expand and reach more locations.

They offer several annual events, including Race for a Soldier, and

Pull for a Soldier, a competitive trap shoot event in partnership with

the Gig Harbor Sportsman Club. Community members interested

in signing up to run, compete, or volunteer with the organization

can visit PTSDFoundation.org.

Growing Veterans

“A place for growing food, community, and each other,” the Growing

Veterans Nonprofit Farm was established in 2012 and seeks to break

down the feeling of isolation experienced by so many veterans.

Founded by a combat-wounded USMC veteran and mental health

counselor turned farmer, Growing Veterans uses organic farming

as a catalyst for making an impact on the health of veterans

around the region and around the world. Their holistic approach

is grounded in camaraderie, authentic connections and enhancing

mental health through time in nature.

The food growth comes from an organic farm located in Lynden,

Washington, and an outpost farm on Greenback Whidbey Island,

hosting volunteers three days a week and donating a majority of

the food grown to the Bellingham Food Bank and North Whidbey

Help House. Their organic hops, peppers, summer vegetables and

more can be sold at wholesale prices for other businesses, garnering

further support for their mission.

Volunteers on the farm receive “Dirt Therapy,” based on the belief

that feeling soil on your hands while hearing a friendly voice

delivers a positive experience. The farms also deliver Peer Support

Training to staff members and interns, where they are taught how

to be a support system to the veterans they serve.

The organization’s community growth occurs through building

connections for veterans. Working in partnership with other local

businesses, groups and individuals throughout the region, Growing

Veterans seeks to strengthen the bridge between veteran and civilian

communities with outreach events, farm tours, collaborations and

volunteer days.

Growing Veterans takes pride in the variety of veterans and civilians

alike who come together on the farm, “to simply be with one

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on growing things with our hands rather than destroying.”

To get connected or get involved, visit GrowingVeterans.org.

VFW 1263

Located in Renton, the VFW Post 1263 is a center for military

and veteran outreach that supports service members from active

duty, through discharge and after their return.

They welcome both veterans and active service members to take

part in their programs, available resources and veteran outreach,

especially aiming to provide continued support and community

for veterans suffering from PTSD.

“There has never been a more important time to take a stand

and do something to support our veterans,” the organization

states in their mission to fight against the number of veterans

lost to suicide.

Part of their veteran outreach program includes their “Buddy-

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and encouraging private, yet open, discussions to talk through

their experiences.

The VFW 1263 offers a long list of benefits and services for

veterans, including health-care benefits, long-term care, and

family support. Because their ultimate goal is to keep veterans

from feeling alone and to help those who are struggling, the

VFW maintains a veteran crisis hotline available through phone,

text and online chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net. More information

on Post 1263 and its resources can be found at VFW1263.org.

Many of the veterans who have fought for our freedoms don’t stop

fighting after they return home. The organizations that honor and

serve our veterans recognize the weight of their service and aim

to give back through values rooted in community and inclusion.

On this month’s holiday and beyond, veterans can be celebrated

through these local organizations offering opportunities and

support for those who sacrificed so much in the fight for our

country’s freedom.


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Tacoma Focus

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BY RACHEL KELLY

It’s time to step back into the limelight with Cheney

Stadium. In person. Live. The smell of wet grass and

fried food. The roar of the crowd. The crack of the

bat as it echoes through the park. Cheney Stadium,

we’ve missed you! Last year on July 3, the stadium made

its support and presence known by firing off July fireworks

for our community. Since they were the only fireworks

last year, it was a gift seen and felt. With our community

laid out on the grass, distanced but together, each burst

of light was a beacon of hope. It reminded us of what we

had to look forward to. This summer we’ve been invited

back, and we won’t have to watch from the sidelines. With

a spectacular lineup, fireworks every Friday, promotions,

and theme nights tailored to our community, it’s time to

get back in the action.

As of June, the Tacoma Rainiers made all 48 remaining

home game tickets available for purchase. If that alone

is not enough to get you into the stadium, there’s also a

variety of promotional nights. Thirsty Thursday at the R

Bar is serving $3 Michelob ULTRA cans. The party in the

bar continues over the weekend with discounts on cocktails

on Friday, $5 Seltzer Saturday, and $5 Rosé on Sunday. For

fans of all ages, families can snag the Chick-Fil-A “Bring

the Herd” promotion. Forty-four dollars gets you all fours:

four reserved tickets, four Chick-Fil-A sandwich vouchers,

four ball-park meals, and four exclusive Rainier hats. Also,

as of July 5, the stadium will be hosting BECU’s Monday

Mondays. Fifteen dollars gets you a signature Rainiers hat,

a reserved ticket and a ballpark meal. If you flash your

BECU debit card in the Team Store, you receive 10 percent

off your purchase. The best promotion, however, has got

to be the Friday night game fireworks, reserved for home

games. If a promotional night falls on a Friday, what’s not

to love? There really is no downside here, fun for families

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Along with the regular promotions that are happening week to week,

there are also theme nights. R Tacoma is playing host to one-of-a-kind

nights meant to honor the value of our local businesses, the diversity of

our people, and the beauty of our service to each other. Four nights this

year, the Rainiers will play as La Familia de Tacoma, as part of Copa de La

Diversion to celebrate Latin culture. Every “Copa” game, fans will enjoy

Latin-inspired music, food, entertainment, and specialized gear in the

Team Store. Proceeds will benefit our local Centro Latino. In August is

Tacoma Public Utilities Night. $20 buys a package that includes a T-shirt,

ballpark meal and a reserved ticket; $5 of each package purchased goes

to local charity. Also in August is the R Back to School Day Game, First

Responders Night, and Pink at the Park. The back-to-school game is

held on a Sunday afternoon, so as not to keep the kiddos up on a school

night. First Responders are honored on First Responders Night, and The

Pink at the Park game

is a partnership with

Carol Milgard Breast R TACOMA IS PLAYING

Cancer. During Pink

at the Park, Tacoma HOST TO ONE-OF-A-KIND

Rainiers will be wearing

one-of-a-kind pink

jerseys, which will be

auctioned off live-field

after the game. Proceeds

will be donated for

cancer awareness and

research. In September,

R Tacoma has two

nights dedicated to

our local students and

alumni. On September

10, Cheney Stadium is

calling all Huskies to

Paint the Park Purple,

NIGHTS MEANT TO HONOR

THE VALUE OF OUR LOCAL

BUSINESSES, THE DIVERSITY

OF OUR PEOPLE, AND THE

BEAUTY OF OUR SERVICE

TO EACH OTHER.

and on September 11 the Washington State Cougars are to Color Cheney

Crimson. After the game on both nights there will be live auctions of

themed jerseys, benefiting scholarships for UW Tacoma students and

the WSU Alumni Association respectively.

New to this season in July, Cheney Stadium is hosting “Aces in the

Outfield,” presented by the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel. Each fan

who enters the park on that day will receive a playing card displaying a

traditional card suit. Prizes are then offered to the lucky fans whose card

coincides with the play at hand—which means every inning, pitch, swing

and play corresponds to a prize. The grand prize winner will receive a

weekend getaway to Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel, along with Rainier

swag and Summit Club tickets. Win or lose, it’s a gamble worth taking!

As we gradually move toward a completely open summer, Cheney

Stadium has your safety in mind. All vaccinated fans will enjoy an unsocially

distanced reserved seat, with more tickets available for purchase.

Non-vaccinated fans will receive extra space with their reservation and

will be required to wear a mask. Regardless of your status on vaccinations,

the stadium wants to make space for you and your peace of mind. Food

will be served in individual packaging, and all food service employees

will be required to double mask. Hand-washing stations and sanitizer

will be available. The seating and service is looking a little different, but

the game is the same. Thankfully, that doesn’t change.

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If there ever was a year to be taken out to the ball game,

this is it. Who would have known that packing yourself in a

stadium like so many sardines would be something to miss?

But it was missed. It’s not just the hot dogs or local brews.

It hasn’t just been the excitement, the screams of the fans,

or the flash of the stadium lights. It’s more than that. It’s the

opportunity to get out. To jostle a stranger without that stab

or fear, or stress of repercussion. To just feel normal. And

what’s more normal than a ball game?

Welcome back to We R Tacoma. It’s gonna be a blast.

For more information on safety details, and on specific

promotions (like dates and times), there’s more to see online.

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PLACES AS I CAN.”

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When Dean Burke was 4 years

old, he saw a family friend’s

vacation photos of Oregon and

Washington. He couldn’t believe such a

beautiful place existed, and it became a

goal of his to live in the Pacific Northwest.

He achieved that goal and has now lived in

Tacoma for 26 years with his wife, and his

two sons were born in the area. For someone

with such a love for the area, his position as

president and CEO of Travel Tacoma – Mt.

Rainier is a perfect fit.

Q. You are an avid paddleboarder and had a close

encounter with a pod of orcas. Was that a lifechanging

moment for you?

A. I’ve had many close encounters with orcas,

humpbacks, gray whales, dolphins and more. When

you spend enough time on the water, it’s going to

happen, especially in an eco-system like the Salish

Sea. Naturally, it has a pretty profound impact on

you. I’ve been alone many times, far from shore

with no one in sight, and had whales approach me.

It’s a very personal experience. Anyone who’s been

around whales will tell you, the encounters where

you and the whale exchange looking one another in

the eye … that’s the stuff that re-wires you on the

inside.

And while those encounters by themselves have

a fantastic and whimsical appeal to them, the

importance of telling them is the why. For a natural

whale encounter to happen, you first have to have

clean access to the sea. And sometimes people lose

sight of the fact that for almost a century, there

was almost no access to the sea via Tacoma’s main

shoreline. When people around here wanted to

seek those experiences, they loaded up and drove

elsewhere to have it.

Through the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Ruston Way and Foss

Waterway shoreline of Tacoma had seen a shift in

its economy, and in its wake, had left a toxic legacy.

Tacoma had the first EPA Superfund water site in

the U.S. and then went on to claim eight Superfund

water sites in Commencement Bay in total. Today,

that number is back down to just one (on the

Hylebos Waterway). And thanks to the efforts of a lot

of people, today we have almost 9 miles of accessible

shoreline with some 11 locations of access; five of

those with walk-in access. For someone like me, that

unlocked the potential for big wild experiences to

happen. I don’t want to lose sight of those efforts it

took to get here.

Q. What is it like to give a TED talk? Do you get to

choose your topic?

A. TED was a really great experience. It opened

a lot of doors to talk in front of some amazing

audiences. I also spoke on THE WILD podcast

by KUOW/ NPR at McCaw Hall in Seattle in

2019, and a dozen other podcasts and outlets.

When TEDx team first approached me, the ask

was simple: “Tell us something about Tacoma we

might know, but probably forgot.” And they left

it at that. I knew I wanted to tell the story of our

shoreline transformation, and the idea that because

of shoreline access, an everyday guy like me could

have a massive life-altering experience with orcas in

the wild seemed like a good fit.

Q. You describe your travel style as off-grid

and at-sea. Can you have any of those types of

experiences in Tacoma?

A. People invest a lot of time and money to find

places where they put a little distance between

themselves and the next person in the outdoors.

Having access to the Salish Sea and the waters of the

southern Puget Sound sector grants access to a lot of

space. It’s also 600-feet deep in the bay. The weather

can get real. Whales happen. So yes, you can find

yourself having some pretty big experiences while

still in view of an urban skyline.

Tacoma also serves as the launching point for an

epic race called the SEVENTY48. It’s a humanpowered

only (no motors, no sails and no support)

race from Tacoma to Port Townsend; 70 miles and

you have 48 hours to complete it. SEVENTY48 is an

experience that draws competitors from all over the

world. So yes, you can definitely have those kinds of

experiences here.

Q. What community causes or nonprofits are

your passion?

A. My philanthropic and volunteer efforts mostly

point toward human-powered access on shorelines.

Clean access where a person can carry their canoe,

kayak, paddleboard, or just walk in for a swim.

When you create that access, lives change. My own

experiences are a testament of the efforts of those

before me. So, I move around a lot, helping in as

many places as I can. I give time to a lot of parks

boards, paddle or rowing clubs, nonprofit water

events. I give talks and slide shows to students

from grade school all the way up to University of

Washington.

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Traditionally, July marks the month when Asia Pacific

Cultural Center celebrates the heritage of the Samoan

people. This year’s weeklong celebration will draw on

some old traditions and some new ones using in-person

events that will be broadcast on APCC’s Facebook page.

Beginning on Sunday, July 25, the 11th Annual Samoa Cultural

Week’s theme is Tatou Galulue Faatasi—Let’s Work Together—which

will continue throughout the week and conclude on Saturday, July

31. The week will be filled with presentations on Samoan culture

and include topics on spiritual guidance, self-improvement, Samoan

entertainment and fashion and, of course, food.

When asked about the importance of Samoan Cultural Week, High

Chief Leota passionately spoke about the strength of family. “We

start with family first,” he said. “By bringing together all the youth

to teach the same way of life, the Samoan way of life, they learn to

respect each other, honor their parents, and make their education a

priority,” HC Leota added.

One session during the week, led by local Samoan leader Lydia

Faitalia, is focused on empowering youth. With University of

Washington student participants, Faitalia will facilitate conversations

to educate people about the varied and plentiful academic resources

available to students. The session is designed to enrich the lives of the

youth and promote a broad education platform.

Enriching the lives of their Samoan community is vital for many

in local leadership roles. According to Faitalia, “In many ways, this

Samoan Cultural Celebration is a gathering of our village. It is an

intergenerational celebration used as teaching moments for our

elders to hand down cultural values to our next generation.”

The building blocks of the Samoan culture is spirituality and a deep

belief in God. “Our culture reminds us to be good human beings,

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and it helps us make connections to other cultures. It is healing, and it is renewing,”

added Faitalia.

Samoa is a group of islands, located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand

just south of the equator, with two political systems. American Samoa is under the

political arm of the United States, while there is the independent nation of Samoa with a

Commonwealth membership that is made up of the two larger Samoan islands.

“Back home in Samoa, celebrations are expected,” said Isaia Vimoto, another local

Samoan leader, when asked about the importance of the annual Samoan celebration.

“Now that we are away from our Mother Land, it helps us maintain our culture, and it

brings our people together.” And then he added, “It is especially important for those born

outside of the islands to make that connection when our community is brought together.”

The week of events is open to the entire community, not just Samoans. It allows people

of all backgrounds to learn what Samoans are about and understand what their culture

brings to the community. The expansion of events to span across an entire week provides

even more accessibility and shows how the various cultures and generations can continue

to work together.

All events can be attended in person or watched on APCC’s Facebook Live page, except

Tuesday’s presentation, which is virtual only. Fun door prizes will be awarded throughout

the week.

To learn more about the lineup of events and presentations featured during the 11th

Annual Samoa Cultural Week - Tatou Galulue Faatasi, please visit the APCC Facebook

Page at Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center is a not-for-profit formed in 1996 with the mission to bridge

communities and generations through art, culture, education and business. It serves as

an interactive cultural crossroads between local and international communities. For

more information about APCC, visit their website at APCC96.org.

“Let’s Work Together.” - Tatou Galulue Faatasi

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If hours at the gym and a restrictive diet have left you with

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EmSculpt Neo launched in fall 2020 and is a next-generation, FDAcleared

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This results in more fat reduction and muscle growth, with clinical

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in muscle in the treated area. Below we break down frequently asked

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This nonsurgical treatment can tighten, tone and strengthen the

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Four 30-minute treatments one week apart are recommended.

The reduction in fat is permanent if your weight stays within 20

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EmSculpt Neo is a non-invasive procedure that requires no recovery

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after a hard day at the gym.

What does EmSculpt Neo feel like?

The treatment feels like an intense workout with a warming sensation

in the treated area. You can lay down and relax during the treatment.

How much does Emsculpt Neo cost?

The cost of EmSculpt Neo varies from region and practice location.

According to Real Self, an online directory for cosmetic procedures

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Who is a good candidate for Emsculpt Neo?

Clients with a BMI up to 35—higher than most other nonsurgical

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Contraindications to EmSculpt Neo include metal or electronic

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Health

CREATE AMAZING, HEALTHY HABITS

It’s as easy as these three simple steps!

BY MISSI BALISON

The beauty of summertime is that our schedules can relax

a bit! With longer days we can be rejuvenated with more

daylight time to do the things we love (hiking, boating,

gardening). But, there can be one drawback to this relaxed lifestyle:

People tend to let their good habits slip a bit.

Today I am going to teach you the simple steps that go into creating

good habits so you can implement them this summer and not lose

ground on bettering your health! Here are the three simple (and

scientific) steps to creating a solid new habit!

Step 1: Break that habit down into a smaller step.

If drinking more water is a habit you want to maintain this summer,

try breaking it down into a manageable size. For example, drinking

a gallon of water can be a daunting task, but when you break the

day into four sections (6 to 9am, 9am to noon, noon to 3pm, 3 to

6pm) and commit to drinking just 32 ounces every three hours,

that task becomes more “doable.” Better yet, if you break that down

into an hourly goal of 10 to 11 ounces every hour ... this you can do!

Step 2: Create a “trigger” for these mini steps.

It is key to create a trigger to remind you to do the task. Make sure

the trigger is something that happens consistently without fail so

there is no opportunity to forget. When your brain connects the

good habit to a trigger, it will become an automatic response—and

creating a new habit has just become that much easier. Basically,

this takes the brain work out of the equation and serves as an

automatic reminder.

If you have a mini goal to drink 10 ounces of water every hour,

simply set an alarm on your phone to remind you it’s time to take

a swig (or 10). Other trigger examples can include: 10 pushups

before bed (you go to bed every day); squats every time you brush

your teeth; posture check every time your phone rings or a text

comes in (whatever happens often throughout your day).

Step 3: Reward yourself!

This part is actually the most important step of creating a new

habit—so do not skip it! Every time you perform the mini step, I

want you to “celebrate” your accomplishment with a little reward

(not ice cream sundaes). Give yourself a fist bump, a happy dance,

and air high five … whatever makes you feel happy!

Something magical happens when you reward yourself for

completing the habit. The magic is called dopamine! Dopamine is a

powerful brain chemical that is produced when you do something

that is exciting. Your brain loves dopamine and will want to do that

“thing” again and again. Celebrating the completion of the mini

step will make your brain excited for that next fist bump when your

alarm goes off and you chug down that water.

Soon these mini steps, triggers and dopamine hits will culminate

into amazing, lasting healthy habits!

Apply these steps to anything that you are either trying to create or

a habit that you want to make sure you don’t slip up on throughout

the dog days of summer.

If you want to dive in a little deeper, some of my favorite books

about habits are: Atomic Habits by James Clear, Tiny Habits by BJ

Fogg, The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins.

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KEEPING OUR WATERWAYS

CLEAN

SMALL ACTIONS SEE BIG SOLUTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR WATERWAYS

BY RACHEL KELLY

We live on the beach. Sand, water, sunbathing,

picnics and boating ... we’ve got it all. Every

summer, or sometimes all year round, there’s

a rush to the waterways. The boats, jet skis and kayaks all

come out to play. Which is something wonderful! Living

where we live, it’s a privilege. As locals, we get to enjoy

the beauty of living in the pristine Pacific Northwest all

year. It’s a well-kept secret (or is it?) that we live in some

of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. But with

the pristine waters, the open space and the snow-capped

mountain ranges comes a certain weight of responsibility.

Sometimes even frustration.

“Where there’s people, there’s trash,” says Weston

Cedarblom of Coeur D’Love, a conservation organization

founded to help keep trash out of our waters. That’s the

reality of living by major waterways: It’s the place to be.

Locals and visitors alike come to appreciate the beauty.

However, during the rush, often it’s the locals who are

stuck with the backend of the pollution. It’s no wonder

that we rate preservation to be of high importance around

here. Pollution always ends up in the water, and here with

our rivers, lakes and oceans, we can see it. It’s a shame to

see something so lovely go to waste.

Comments in response to seeing trash in our waterways

on social media include lots of negativity (go figure).

In between the threats and general disappointment,

there’s actually a lot of ideas. Should we up the ante on

punishments for litter? But then, who would enforce it?

Maybe there should be a special litter police. Or, maybe

we can be more proactive in speaking out when we see

someone littering. But then ... there are just so many

people. Can we really be in every park, by every waterway,

to point our fingers at the litter bugs? Some people are just

all for giving up. It’s destroyed, might as well stop trying!

Ultimately, all this negativity doesn’t bring about solutions.

Finger-pointing feels good, but it doesn’t pick up trash. “If

you love something, you take care of it,” says Weston.

When it comes to the trash that often comes along with

the summer season, the solution is simple. What you

take in you pack out! While you’re at it, pick up a little

extra. When it comes to the health of our towns, cities and

waterways, there’s no time to play the blame game. We’re

all in this together for the sake of what’s ours.

And that’s just it, isn’t it? This place is ours. At the end of

the day, we love where we live. It’s up to us to take care of

it, a euphemism that’s easier said than done. It might seem

complicated, but Weston boils it down to two common

commodities: time and money. If you don’t have money,

then give your time. And if you don’t have time, give your

money. There are plenty of products out there whose

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profits go toward conservation. Coeur D’Love is just

one such organization that sells products, as well

as actively encouraging community participation.

Giving one of two basic commodities is simple

enough—and something that most people can get

behind.

The decisions that we make today don’t just

encompass us. Today’s pollution is greater than our

generation. Keeping our waterways clear ensures

clean drinking water, fishing and recreation for

future generations. Water is life. Without it, where

would we be? To clean it up we need a game

plan. This is why research-backed information

to support keeping our watershed pure is so

important. Research confirms a solid direction for

preservation efforts, fuels advocacy, and highlights

specific opportunities for community involvement.

Nonprofits like the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

provide that research, and are, not surprisingly,

greatly reliant on their volunteers. Other city

organizations, like the Tacoma Center for Urban

Waters, also rely heavily on community support to

keep our waterways clean. Just as water is connected,

and knows no boundaries, so must our connections

reach across barriers to ensure its preservation.

The connection between waterways is also

illustrative of its greater connection to all life. Water

makes up 70 percent of the Earth’s surface for good

reason; through it we are all connected. In fact,

we can often determine the general health of our

waterways by keeping tabs on the local wildlife. The

suffering of wildlife is often a precursor to what we

have to look forward to. If the wildlife is healthy,

we have a future of health to look forward to, and

vice versa. In the Puget Sound, salmon has steadily

been declining at an ever-increasing rate. Salmon is

a keystone species, which is another way of saying

that it is an essential part of our ecosystem. All

manner of life depends on the health of the coho

salmon. Orca, birds of prey, bears and seals eat

salmon. In turn, a vast number of other species

suffer if those predators decline. And on and on and

so forth. Without salmon, the whole of the land, and

all the species living in it, die or suffer. This is why

the decline of salmon is so alarming.

Water is life. Without

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To clean it up we need

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Researchers from the Center for Urban Waters, the

University of Washington, and the Washington State

University published in 2020’s Science magazine

an unlikely culprit for the death of our salmon:

car tires. Vehicle tires shed tiny particles of rubber,

which get washed down the storm drains in the rain.

Specifically, chemicals within the “dust” from the tires

are causing harm to our waterways. These chemicals

are, understandably, more present in major urban

areas with more roadways. It’s the rubber and the

chemicals from the tires that ultimately kill the Coho

Salmon. Since many of Washington’s largest cities

are on waterways, understanding the ins and outs of

stormwater pollution is especially important.

This ground-breaking research was only just

published in 2020, but the idea of preventing

pollution through the protection of our drains is not.

“Prevention of stormwater pollution applies equally to

all cities, regardless of whether they have a separated

sewer and storm water system,” says Sarah Norber,

an environmental specialist for the Center for Urban

Waters. It’s not widely known that car tires specifically

are a key part in stormwater pollution, but it is widely

known that cars are major pollutants. In light of new

and old research, using public forms of transport

can go a long way in preserving our waterways.

Other ways to preserve our waterways include riding

bikes, fixing car leaks, using commercial car washes,

limiting the use of pesticides and practicing the

proper disposal of chemicals. All roads lead to water,

and all drains eventually end up in our oceans.

When we analyze the challenges facing our waterways,

the problem can seem too overwhelming to solve. It’s

a difficult prospect to take on the responsibility for

our actions, as well as those of others. Anger takes

precedence over that of service. The temptation to

throw in the towel and move on is understandable.

But we can find encouragement in our successes.

What we do does matter, and what we’re doing

together will work. Thea Foss Waterway is just one

such example.

Located in Tacoma, Washington, the once thriving

Thea Foss Waterway was characterized in the 1980s

by oil sheen, tar deposits and dilapidated buildings.

The people and wildlife in the area were laboring

under the consequences of over a century of

environmentally insensitive practices. There was even

a resurgence of the Black Plague in the area in the late

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the pollution was generational. Having spanned over a century, it seemed like things would continue to go along as they always

had. If it were not for a deep respect and longing for something better, things would have gone along as they always had.

However, in 1994, the city came together to aggressively clean up the waterway. This involved hundreds of soil samples to identify

exactly where the contamination was coming from and resulted in the addition of several new shoreline habitats. The city,

businesses, grantees and community members from all over gave their time and money, a total of $105 million in funds. Keeping

the storm water drains clear of contaminants was an especially important community effort that required very little money or time,

and yet has resulted in big positive outcomes. Over a decade ago, in 2006, the cleanup was completed. It is the reason that locals

can play, live and work safely by the waterway today. Wildlife to the once desolate area has returned. Since 2006, efforts have been

focused on capping off other sources of pollution and keeping the waterway clean. It has absolutely paid off. Later this year, the

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the city is heaving a collective sigh of relief. The people, and the land, are at rest.

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we’re everyday people, with everyday goals. We just want the

opportunity to jump in the water when it’s hot, raise our kids

someplace where they can enjoy the outdoors, and grow old in

peace. Big projects take big people, who have big connections,

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BREW FIVE THREE TO-GO

A TOAST TO THE ARTS IN TACOMA

By Colin Anderson

As local musicians, dancers, directors and choreographers continue to get back to their pre-pandemic routines, fans of the arts are eagerly

awaiting the live performances they’ve come to love. Putting on a full-scale show or performance takes plenty of rehearsal time, which is

why the live show schedule is beginning to fill up this fall and winter.

The arts were one of the hardest hit industries during the peak of the pandemic, and it will take renewed support and appreciation to keep the

Tacoma arts scene thriving and alive once more. One way to help out is through a monetary donation that, as an added bonus, comes with a few

delicious beverages.

Tacoma Arts Live is putting on a beer tasting event which benefits the artists and venues the organization promotes. Brew Five Three To-Go will

take place on Friday, August 6, and Saturday, August 7. Once you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll be rewarded with a selection of local or regional

craft beers to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. There are several packages available depending on what you’d like to try:

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• NEW! The Bold & The Beautiful - Features eight cans/bottles of bold IPAs and beautiful sours

• The Sasquatch Route Kit - Features 12 cans/bottles of unique Pacific Northwest brews

The Sasquatch Route Kit is $100, while the other three options are each $50. No matter which you choose, your kit comes with a commemorative

pint glass as well as some other fun goodies. Also included with your ticket is a Zoom invite to a tasting with a cicerone (the sommelier of beer!)

and a Q&A session with the brewers at Wet Coast Brewing. To purchase your tickets and for pickup times and locations, visit TacomaArtsLive.org.

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FREEDOM FAIR AIR SHOW

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With a 50-year tradition of producing the Tacoma Freedom Fair and

other great events for the citizens of our region, the Tacoma Freedom

Fair will present Wings & Wheels with the Freedom Fair Air Show on

the weekend of Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, 2021. Top Gun

military jets and demo teams will be featured performers alongside

historical aircraft for spectacular performances all weekend long. Two

daily shows will be presented (a morning and afternoon performance)

on both days. Air show viewing at Tacoma waterfront is limited, so get

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COMMUNITY FARM DAYS

Each week, the community is invited to Franklin Pierce Farm in

Tacoma for Community Farm Days. From 1 to 4pm each Tuesday,

volunteers come together to help accomplish every part of farm work,

from planting seeds in the greenhouse to pulling weeds and washing

carrots. There is a job for everyone, so all ages and abilities are welcome.

At the end of each day, everyone is invited to take home fresh produce at

the end! Email estrong@fpschools.org with any questions. The produce

grown on the 2 acres is given back to the community, grown to share

with students and families. Find out more at PierceCD.org.

APCC’S SAMOAN COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

This weeklong, intergenerational event will celebrate the heritage of

the Samoan people, drawing on some old traditions and some new

ones using in-person events that will also be broadcast virtually on

Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s Facebook page. The 2021 theme is Tatou

Galulue Faatasi—Let’s Work Together—which will continue throughout

the week and conclude on Saturday, July 31. The week will be filled

with presentations on Samoan culture and include topics on spiritual

guidance, self-improvement, Samoan entertainment and fashion, and,

of course, food. Find out more online at APCC96.org.

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup tart cherry juice

1 oz. 44 North Rainier Cherry vodka

1/2 lime juiced

1/2 cup tonic water

5 oz. champagne

Fresh cherries for garnish

METHOD:

• In a cocktail shaker, pour in the cherry juice, vodka, lime juice and a handful

of ice. Pop on the shaker top and shake vigorously for a few seconds.

• Pour into a fluted champagne glass. Top with tonic water and champagne,

and gently stir.

• Garnish with fresh cherries.

Yields 1 cocktail

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JAMAICA!

SAFELY NAVIGATING A TRIP TO THE CARIBBEAN

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

Venturing out on an international trip can be a bit intimidating amid the continuing pandemic, with

testing requirements and each destination with its own rules. Once I received both doses of a COVID-19

vaccine and waited the requisite two weeks, I was ready to travel. I chose Jamaica for this trip due to their

Controlled Entry Program Protocols. For tourists, the Government of Jamaica has established resilient

corridors. You choose an approved accommodation within the corridor and then you can visit COVID-19 approved

protocol-compliant attractions within the “Corridor.” There is an extensive set of measures to ensure health safety that

approved accommodations and attractions have all received training on. These are a strictly ensured set of protocols

and standards. The most important thing to know as a visitor is you must remain in the Resilient Corridor during your

stay at your designated accommodation. You may leave your resort to visit any tourist attraction that is certified by the

Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 Resilient licensed tourist attraction.

Pre-travel

Prior to your travels, get familiar with the travel requirements at the official Visit Jamaica website. When I traveled

in May, seven days prior to travel you are required to fill out an online travel authorization form, which is instantly

approved, and you must print and bring it with you to Jamaica. You must have travel insurance which covers medical

expenses. Some resorts include this coverage. You must also have a COVID-19 test done no earlier than 72 hours prior

to your flight. There is a calculator on their website to determine when you can take it. It is important to check back

frequently as requirements do change. Currently a negative COVID-19 test is required to return to the United States.

When making your travel arrangements, plan how you will get this test. Many resorts offer COVID-19 tests onsite.

Insider Tips: Book Club Mobay. This service has a representative who will greet you at the gate when you arrive in

Jamaica and whisk you through expedited lines through security. Well worth the expense, especially if multiple planes

arrive. You can also book it for departure, in which you’ll have access to a lounge with food and beverages while

waiting for your plane to depart.

Travel

I found the best way to maximize your time in Jamaica is to take a red-eye flight from Seattle arriving at an East Coast

hub city such as Atlanta or Miami, and then get on the first flight to Jamaica. With all-inclusive resorts, you pay the

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same rate whether you arrive in the morning or late in the evening. It is better

to arrive early so you can enjoy all the meals and activities you paid for. For

my trip we splurged on First Class and felt it was well worth it—especially as

on both legs of our trip the plane was fully booked. Masks are still required in

airports and on the airplane.

Upon arrival in Jamaica, we were met by the Club Mobay representative.

Your temperature will be taken at the first screening point. The Club Mobay

representative escorts you through the whole process, even helping with

your luggage. Once through security, she escorted us to the Sandals Lounge.

You also have the option to go to the Club Mobay arrival lounge to wait for

transportation to the resort you are staying at.

Sandals South Coast

I chose Sandals South Coast for our visit because it is located near a nature

preserve and is the only hotel on the beach in this area. It is about a 90-minute

drive from Montego Bay but well worth the long drive. With the COVID-19

pandemic, it felt safer to be at a more isolated resort. When selecting a place

to stay, make sure your resort offers plenty of amenities—since you will be

spending most of your time on the resort. I was familiar with the Sandals

Brand, having stayed at other properties before. When they say all-inclusive,

it really is! There are nine restaurants, multiple bars, and lots of great activities

and a world-class spa. There’s even scuba diving! The only thing you spend

money on is shopping, spa treatments and any of the resort excursions.

To make the most of a Sandals’ vacation, spend time on the website and review

everything that is included. There are 21 different types of rooms at Sandals

South Coast within three categories: Luxury, Club and Butler. All categories

have access to all the resort has to offer, but some do have more perks. We

opted for the new “South Seas Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite with Private

Pool Sanctuary” and then fulfilled a bucket list item for me by staying in an

“Over the Water Butler Honeymoon Bungalow” for one night. These stay

fully booked, and we lucked out with one night being available. Our Rondoval

suite was so luxurious. These round cottages sit amidst secluded lush gardens

surrounded by a river pool. The deck also had a private plunge pool with a

waterfall that was so relaxing. It was so nice when staying on a large resort to

have this quiet space to retreat to.

This trip truly was a wonderful escape from all that 2020 threw at us. The

tranquil ocean breezes, blue green Caribbean waters and white sandy beaches

had my husband and I relaxed in no time. One of the things I love about the

Sandals brand is the staff. They are warm and welcoming, providing incredible

service. The butler experience was worth the extra expense. From the reserved

lounge chairs by the pool or beach with coolers of beverages to being picked up

each night and escorted to dinner, I loved being spoiled.

I felt very safe with the health and safety protocols at Sandals. The company

provides COVID-19 tests a few days prior to your departure as well as the

mandatory travel insurance. Everything was spotlessly clean, the staff all wore

masks, and the use of hand sanitizer was required when entering public spaces.

The Over the Water Bungalow

Wow! What an incredible experience. This luxury retreat sits at the far end

of the resort with a private deck overlooking the sea. The sunset views were

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stunning. Once we checked into this room we didn’t leave until the next morning! The enhanced room service for these exclusive suites even

had filet mignon on it. The deck was fully equipped with loungers, an outdoor shower and bathtub, as well as a box full of snorkel gear and

lifejackets. Each bungalow also has a beach cabana.

We booked a candlelight dinner, which we had served on the deck while watching the sunset. So romantic and a great way to end our Jamaica

getaway to Sandals South Coast.

Insider Tips: There are official Facebook groups for each Sandals resort, and it is a wealth of information from guests who have stayed at

the resorts, with Sandals providing moderators to ensure the information is correct. It had been almost 10 years since my last visit to the

Caribbean, and I had forgotten how truly relaxing a beach vacation is. It was the perfect antidote to 2020. We booked a visit to Sandals in

Barbados for next year. If you reserve at the resort, you receive a 10 to 12 percent discount on your next visit. Sandals also offers military and

first responders a 10 percent discount, which can be combined with other discounts.

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