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July 2021 GigHarbor Living Local

JULY 2021

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Living Local

KEEPING

OUR

WATERS

CLEAN

GIG HARBOR NORTH

A Place for Growth

Q&A WITH

JOE LUCERO

Gig Harbor Resident, Fire Lieutenant,

Army Veteran

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Living Local

JULY 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 7

inside

Q&A with Joe Lucero

Gig Harbor resident, fire lieutenant and Army veteran

Supporting Our Veterans

Local organizations that honor and support those who

fought for our freedoms

Saying 'Thank You'

Ways to show service men and women you care

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hen we think of the Fourth

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river or park, or even a celebration spent

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July 4 marks an incredibly significant day for

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nation, as the Declaration of Independence

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Although the Fourth of July has been

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become a federal holiday until nearly a

century later, in 1870. And it wasn't until

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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

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that these men and women sacrifice daily so

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KEEPING

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WATERS

CLEAN

GIG HARBOR NORTH

A Place for Growth

Living Local

Q&A WITH

JOE LUCERO

Gig Harbor Resident, Fire Lieutenant,

Army Veteran

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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

July is National Park and Recreation Month: And

PenMet Parks will be celebrating its 17th anniversary!

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GOOD NEWS

Gig Harbor North: A place for growth

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Lisa, MagosND Natural Medicine: Start your

healing journey today

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IN FOCUS

A New Place to Call Home: FISH building

on schedule

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SEASONAL TIP

Navigating Fire Season: Summer forecast: hot

and dry

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LIVING LOCAL

Ending Homelessness in Pierce County: The Key

Peninsula unites to end homelessness

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Stay Waterfront Gig Harbor: Epic waterfront getaways

for your ideal relaxing vacation

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sneak peek into July ...

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE

Keeping Our Waterways Clean: Small actions see big

solutions when it comes to our waterways

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LOCAL VETERAN

Q&A with Joe Lucero: Gig Harbor resident, fire

lieutenant and Army veteran

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FREEDOM ISN'T FREE

Supporting Our Veterans: Local organizations that honor

and support those who fought for our freedoms

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GIVING BACK

Saying ‘Thank You’: Ways to show service men and

women you care

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Jamaica! Safely navigating a trip to the caribbean

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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

A Drink to Celebrate: 44 North Cherry Sparkler

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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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.

The 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 freestanding

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.

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

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TRANSFORM

YOUR WORLD

The themes are timeless, with custommade

art and oars hanging on the wall

with a gentle nod to the sea

We excel at listening and

implementing each client’s wants

and needs to successfully reach the

finish line.

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

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W H A T D O

C O O K I E S A N D S A C R

HAVE IN COMMON?

I F I C E

BEING OF SERVICE AND SUPPORT IN OUR COMMUNITY

BY JENNIFER “TAZ” VAZQUEZ

Jennifer Vazquez

Life Coaching

I help you discover what

sets your soul on fire ...

Rediscover your creativity,

beauty and power!

Let’s create how you want to

show up in this world!

Have you heard about the “Cookie

Girl?” Sophina Lindquist, a

12-year-old from Minnesota,

made chocolate chip cookies

with her mom (several days a month) and

delivered them to police departments, fire

stations and ambulance companies in the

St. Cloud area (for three years, y’all)! Her

mom said she wanted to thank everyone

who protected and served the community.

When Sophina couldn’t deliver cookies due to

COVID, they spent 300 days outside waving,

smiling, and sharing a positive message of

thanks and love. Her mom described how

people’s faces were literally transformed as

they passed by. The simplicity of giving from

a place of gratitude, or willingness to share a

smile and positive message, got me thinking

about the importance of sacrifice, service

and community.

What does the word “sacrifice” mean to you?

A martyr? Surrendering? Doing something

you don’t want to do but feel you should? The

modern definition of sacrifice means giving

up something valued or sacrificing oneself, or

one’s interest, for others, a cause or ideal.

Being of service is an example of sacrifice.

When we do something to help others,

without expectation, it benefits us in several

ways: It helps us clarify our values and what is

important to us; it helps us grow as a person

and create meaning in our lives; it is good

for our mental health and emotional wellbeing;

it helps us connect and build stronger

communities; lastly, it can also help us be more

successful in life. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The

best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in

the service of others.”

Are you curious on how you might give back?

Acts of service can be accomplished in a

variety of ways via your time, ideas, talents,

resources or even a financial donation. Giving

back is a way of sharing the gifts we each have.

For example, one of my passions is fitness and

kickboxing. Three years ago, I saw a Rock

Steady Boxing (RSB) class at our local YMCA.

RSB is a non-contact boxing class for those

with Parkinson’s disease that helps slow the

progression of the disease. I wanted to help

and became a volunteer RSB coach. The head

coach and I even moved RSB online and have

taught classes as volunteers during COVID.

We love supporting the boxers! Think about

your gifts and interests, then explore ways to

match those talents to help someone else. The

key is genuine giving without expectation.

I want to point out one cautionary note of

service (or sacrifice). When it is begrudging,

an expectation of return, exclusionary, or

at the expense of ourselves, it can lead to

burnout, a loss of authentic connection, or

even resentment. So, take a little time to

define your boundaries and determine when

you say yes, how often, and when you have

to focus elsewhere in your life, in order to

maintain balance.

Being of genuine service creates a ripple

effect when aligned with who we are and

what we want to create in life, because it

shapes our positive choices and intentions—

helping to create more positive possibilities

and opportunities for us, others and

our community.

If you want to lead a more successful and

fulfilled life, consider sharing your gifts and

give back. Your life will feel more meaningful

because of it.

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One Year Later

THE BENEFITS OF “VIRTUAL” DIVORCE MEDIATION

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

If anyone had told me I’d be writing about the virtues of this

subject a year ago, I never would have believed them. And yet,

here I am about to advocate for, and fully endorse, the benefits of

online “virtual” divorce mediation.

In my practice as a divorce and family lawyer and mediator, I’ve always

been a huge proponent of in-person dispute resolution models. I have

never been a fan of separating couples into different rooms when

working with them to mediate their divorce or parenting plan issues.

While “shuttle diplomacy” has its place, I find moving between two

parties in separate rooms—only because parties don’t like being in

the same room together—does not help resolve their communication

problems. Obviously, this also results in increased costs.

It was always important that some of those clients become “comfortable

with their discomfort” while having difficult conversations around

finances, parenting, and their separation in general, particularly when

couples are needing to learn to co-parent better. In fact, many clients

were grateful for this guidance.

So, I was naturally dreading using Zoom video-conferencing during

the COVID restrictions as a substitute for in-person mediation

sessions. However, while this new model has certainly put my skills

(and the clients’ skills) to the test, I’ve found that it makes little sense to

return to the pre-pandemic model of in-office, in-person mediations.

The benefits to online video mediation are many. Clients can be

separate while together, either from separate rooms in the same house

or from their separate residences. This allows us to have three-way

conversations at the same time, while providing that “separateness”

that many clients prefer.

Successful mediation begins with each client’s comfort level. What

can be more comfortable than attending to your difficult divorce work

from the privacy and comfort of your own home? I’ve seen parties

curled up on plush couches, sitting at their kitchen counters, and even

sometimes propped up on pillows on their bed. Whether that’s for

comfort, privacy, or both, it sure beats sitting in a lawyer/mediator’s

conference room.

Clients also don’t have to get dressed up for those meetings anymore.

It’s the rare client who doesn’t appear in my virtual mediation sessions

wearing sweatshirts and other comfortable casual wear.

Another “plus” to comfort (and also to a few welcome lighthearted

distractions) has been how clients’ pets have literally entered the

picture. Whether it’s been a dog with his squeaky toy, or a cat prowling

across a keyboard on camera (or expelling a hairball), many clients

have had the benefit of their animal companion’s presence during our

sessions.

And there is no commute to my office! My client base has widened

geographically since clients no longer need to drive to Gig Harbor

from the other side of the bridge, pay tolls, and take extra time away

from work or home by a commute. I work with a lot of clients who

prefer to schedule their mediation sessions as late in the day as possible

so as not to lose work, and the lack of commuting has certainly shaved

off valuable time for them, as well as made those late sessions much

more productive because clients aren’t stressed from feeling rushed or

caught in traffic before we meet.

Lastly, for those clients with children, video-conferencing from home

for mediation can reduce the need for childcare during the sessions.

Most parties have been successful with getting their kids settled in

another room and then attending to their mediation. That’s not to

say there haven’t been some delightful interruptions (“say ‘Hi’ to the

nice lady on the computer!”), but I’ve never had a mediation session

detrimentally affected by parties’ children popping in to ask for

something.

Overall, the work has taken on new meaning by allowing clients to

better engage in divorce mediation on their own terms, so I’ll be

offering and encouraging virtual video-conferencing mediation for

the foreseeable future, with or without the pandemic.

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

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

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

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

be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential

and currently conducted by appointment via videoconference or phone.

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

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Some life insurance issuers offer life insurance with a long-term care rider available for an

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By Jillian Chandler

July 4 marks our nation’s independence, but did you know that

July is National Park and Recreation Month? And, even better,

this is also the month that PenMet Parks will celebrate its 17th

anniversary!

According to Chuck Cuzzetto, Peninsula Metropolitan Park District

(PenMet) marketing specialist, the theme of National Park and

Recreation Month for this year is Our Park and Recreation Story.

For July, PenMet Parks staff will be at Sehmel Homestead Park every

Thursday to give out PenMet Parks swag and provide information on

our District. They will also have “Parks Passports” on hand for friends

and families to discover new parks, answer questions and turn their

completed passport in at the end of the month to be entered to win

some awesome prizes.

“More than anything, we want to share with our community the joy of

parks and recreation,” shares Chuck. “Our staff truly do focus on the

joy of being active, healthy and engaged.”

To celebrate PenMets’ anniversary, they have two great events in store

for the month as well. Party in the Park, a 21+ event, will be held July

10 from 6 to 10pm, where attendees can enjoy live performances by

local bands, lawn games and a photo station. 7 Seas Brewing will be

onsite with beer, and wine will also be available! (Tickets to the event,

which are $20 each, are still available online at PenMetParks.org/event/

party-in-the-park-21, so don’t wait, and get yours today!) For families,

they are bringing back Family Fun Fest, scheduled for July 31. This

is a family friendly festival of fun for all, where kids of all ages can

enjoy live music, food trucks, art activities, hands-on learning, and

more! Both events will be held at Sehmel Homestead Park (10123 - 78th

Avenue NW & Sehmel Drive NW).

“Hosting these events comes with our District’s passion of providing

diverse park and recreation opportunities to our community,"

according to Chuck.

You can also look forward to some great happenings as we head into the

second half of 2021.

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GIG HARBOR NORTH

A PLACE FOR GROWTH

By Rachel Kelly

WITH ITS

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NORTH IS NOT

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HOUSES. THEY ARE

HOMES.

Gig Harbor has always been a place

of growth. The story of Gig Harbor’s

growth was widely associated with its

close association with Tacoma. Because

Tacoma was growing, Gig Harbor was also expected

to grow. However, Gig Harbor, throughout history,

has continually established itself as having its own

distinctive feel. Gig Harbor has always been unique.

With beginning industries such as logging, fishing

and world-class ship building, Gig Harbor bustled

with its own activity. Town centers grew around its

ferry docks, and everyone in town owned a boat.

That changed once a successful bridge was built after

WWII, which made owning a car more practical.

Gig Harbor has only since expanded.

While the major industries that formed downtown

no longer exist, the character of Gig Harbor still

remains. People still fish, people still own boats, and

people still know their neighbors. And even though

tourism has replaced its historical industries as

a regular part of Gig Harbor’s economy, it doesn’t

feel at all touristy. Today we have a new part of

town, aptly named Gig Harbor North. The story of

its conception, development and expansion is the

story of the preservation of Gig Harbor’s history

and character. Because of the innovative Gig Harbor

North, Gig Harbor is still distinctly Gig Harbor.

Their story begins over 30 years ago. In 1990,

Washington state passed a new law to prevent

urban sprawl, called the Growth Management Act.

The underlying principle behind the law was that

land is a finite resource. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

There’s no more. Forests and farms were falling,

only to be replaced by illogical subdivisions that

would or would not prove to be successful. The

Growth Management Act directed any growth and

new subdivisions toward current cities, preventing

unincorporated turmoil. However, the law was

vague. For the next 10 years, the courts warred over

how the law was to be interpreted.

Meanwhile, while the courts battled and debated,

Gig Harbor was thinking ahead. Gig Harbor was

to accept new growth, according to state law, but

was interested in doing so on their own terms. How

was Gig Harbor to handle the influx of families,

while preserving its unique character? Gig Harbor

North would be the place that the city directed their

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IT’S A PLACE THAT HAS GROWN TO

INCLUDE A GREATER COMMUNITY,

ONE THAT FIRMLY ESTABLISHES ITS

INDEPENDENCE FROM ITS LARGER

SURROUNDING CITIES.

the Pierce Transit Trolley, which connects Gig Harbor North to the

historic downtown.

growth, while keeping in mind the goal of making it an integral part of

Gig Harbor’s heart.

Planning for Gig Harbor North (more than 700 acres) began in the late

1980s and became a reality when the area was annexed to the city in

1998. It provided an area to direct growth, while preserving the character

of Gig Harbor’s downtown. In 2001, construction began on the Target,

Albertsons and Home Depot. The largest project in the newly annexed

area is Harbor Hill’s 320-acre mixed-use development, which was owned

at the time by Olympic Property Group, a subsidiary of Pope Resources.

Contrary to the usual way of doing things, it didn’t just start with

houses. Gig Harbor North began with neighborhoods. “We brought in

the YMCA, partnered with the school district, and built two parks,” says

Raydient Places + Properties Vice President Jon Rose. From the YMCA,

the schools, and the parks came homes for families. Each neighborhood

built was then connected by a series of trail systems. The trails connect

the homes to all the amenities of its neighborhood, continuing a

Pacific Northwest tradition of safe access to its outdoors. Gig Harbor

North furthered its accessibility by connecting transit, specifically

Today, Gig Harbor continues to increase in orderly growth. With Gig

Harbor North has come a host of essential city businesses. Gig Harbor

no longer has to cross the Narrows for basic services. What’s more, the

downtown is preserved. Gig Harbor has not diminished in its growth. If

anything, Gig Harbor’s character has only been expounded upon.

“People love the neighborhoods,” says Jon Rose. And it’s no wonder! With

its connectivity, accessibility, and neighborhood feel, Gig Harbor North is

not just a group of houses. They are homes. However, there is still one last

development to build. Gig Harbor North is soon to begin construction

on its crowning jewel: Village Center. Building Village Center begins

with its anchor tenant, a grocery story. The grocery store will fill a hole

in providing for a basic need in the community, from which the rest of

Village Center will expand. After the anchor tenant comes other various

shops and restaurants, all further connected by a network of trails.

Walkability is a high priority for Gig Harbor North.

And so this story has a happy ending. Gig Harbor is not just a place for

owners of historic homes within walking distance to downtown. It’s not

just a place for tourists to visit. It is not just a picturesque little town

with all the character that comes with the title. Gig Harbor is more. It’s

a place that has grown to include a greater community, one that firmly

establishes its independence from its larger surrounding cities. Gig

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A Natural Approach

Start your healing journey today with Dr. Lisa

By Jillian Chandler

“I

had wanted to be a doctor since I was a little girl, but I never

thought I was smart enough,” Dr. Lisa Ballantyne recalls. Though

she tried many professions throughout her life, she always found

herself drawn to, and dabbling in, health of one kind or the other.

“When I was running a lodging business, there was a feral kitten that I fell

in love with,” she beams. “She had respiratory issues that conventional

medicine couldn’t help with, so I started researching herbal medicines

that I could give her. She started getting better, and although she was

never healed completely, she went from a kitten they said wouldn’t live

one year to one that I just recently lost at 13 years of age. It was at that

moment, with my sweet little kitten, that I decided I needed to go to

naturopathic medical school. I found that not only was I smart enough,

if you want something bad enough, you can do anything.”

Lisa moved to Washington to attend school and started a residency

in Port Orchard. "I soon realized that an insurance-based model was

not something that was sustainable for me, and I decided to leave that

practice and open my own in Gig Harbor," she says. "I believe in using

whatever I can to help a patient, and with insurance my hands were

often tied."

In 2018, she opened Dr. Lisa, MagosND Natural Medicine in Gig

Harbor, and she is excited to share that she has moved her business to a

more centralized location, right here in the harbor! Doors are now open

at 3007 Judson Street, where Dr. Lisa, MagosND Natural Medicine will

continue to provide superior naturopathic medical care, specializing in

regenerative medicine as well as hormones, thyroid, adrenal and gut

health.

Through regenerative medicine, Dr. Lisa offers orthopedic pain

management using nutrition, supplementation, strength training and

injection therapies such as prolotherapy, neural prolo, PRP (Platelet-

Rich Plasma) and ozone therapy. In addition, she offers sexual health

PRP for low libido, erectile disfunction and incontinence, as well as

aesthetic PRP facelifts and microneedling facials with PRP.

Dr. Lisa shares that she was drawn to regenerative medicine for a

couple of reasons: “The first, I had prolotherapy on my knee, and it

made it so I could run again. But, more than that, my dad had two hip

replacements—one that went well and one that didn’t. He ended up with

multiple infections that he fought for years, and I believe was actually

the cause of his early death.

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“My goal is to help as many people as possible avoid joint replacements

for as long as possible and to help them live with a higher quality of life

than they are able to with pain.”

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Lisa follows the following principles

when guiding her patients in disease prevention and restoration: the

inherent healing power of nature; identifying and treating the cause;

first do no harm; treating the whole person; doctor as teacher; and

prevention.

When not helping her patients on their journey to healing, Lisa enjoys

working out at Better Gym. In addition to having PRP and prolotherapy


injections herself, getting strong has been key to her own journey in becoming pain

free. “Susan Moore is a master at helping people do this in a safe and effective way,”

Lisa affirms.

She surrounds herself with those she loves: her partner, and their many animals: Red,

her horse, two dogs Moki (10 months) and Chloe (3 years old), and cat Eliot (9). “We

love to be outdoors going for walks, exploring farmers markets, listening to live music

and going on adventures,” she smiles. “We love hanging out with friends and family, as

well as traveling.”

Dr. Lisa has also established a 501c(3) nonprofit called Wild Roots Wellness

(WildRootsWellness.org) to help people who otherwise would not be able to afford

naturopathic medical care.

For those who prefer a more natural, holistic approach to healing and wellness, Dr. Lisa

welcomes you to call her today to get started on your road to health.

Doors are now open at 3007 Judson Street, where Dr.

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IN

A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME

FISH BUILDING ON SCHEDULE

BY COLIN ANDERSON

When Jan Coen married a Navy man, she would be

quickly introduced into what it was like to live within

the greater military family. Service members are often

moved around station to station or deployed for long periods

away from their families. During this time, military families band

together and help each other out with whatever they can in order

to make life easier.

Jan and husband Ron saw firsthand the power of what a small

community helping each other through difficult times can do to

boost moral or alleviate a bit of weight and stress off one’s shoulders

through simple deeds and assistance. After retiring from the Navy

in 1975, the couple moved back to Gig Harbor, and Jan wanted to

continue her drive to help and be of service to others. “I was looking

around through local church groups and learned that there was no

short-term assistance in the area,” she recalled. Jan brainstormed

with other community members and, within a year, she had 15

volunteers and was providing what help she could to those in need.

By the 1980s, the opportunity to operate a food bank became

available, and the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank was

born. Jan, Ron, board members and countless volunteers have

since provided a leg up to thousands of individuals and families

in the area. “It’s amazing how this community cares about those

suffering,” said Jan.

As more funds and donations come in, so have the services FISH

provides to its clients. While it continues to provide food for those

in need, it also tackles transportation assistance, help with rent and

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FOCUS

utilities, referrals for other services and even funds to help young

people further their education in college or by attending trade

school. As the organization has grown, its building (four homes

cobbled together plus an old theater, as Jan puts it) is being pushed

to the max of its limits. Food donations are stored off-site, meaning

it takes volunteers a trip from the store to a storage unit, then

another trip from storage to the food bank once there is room for

it. The organization has been looking for a more efficient home for

the better part of a decade and, as it turns out, their dream location

was just a few steps away.

Just 376 feet from the current location will be the brand-new

build, a 10,000-square-foot facility that will not only be beautiful

and modern, but also help streamline its operations. Instead of

food being stashed all over town, the new facility will have a fullscale

warehouse in which drivers can pull up with donations, and

other volunteers can organize and categorize them. Under current

protocols, clients of FISH pull up to the facility, and volunteers

bring them a box of food. Once things return to normal, the food

shopping area will also be greatly expanded, as will the selections

and nutritional options.

Instead of having cramped spaces for other services, the new

location will have dedicated rooms for expanded clothing and

household goods area, offices for staff, a conference room for

groups, and private offices to provide a place for confidential

client meetings.

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“Gig Harbor has a strong tradition of taking care of our neighbors, and

this new facility will ensure that the tradition will continue for generations

to come," said Ron Coen, GHP FISH Board president.

While not currently under construction, all signs point to the project

getting approval from the city. Both a builder’s representative and

architect have provided what is needed, and the City of Gig Harbor

Design Review Board approved that design earlier this year. An initial

building permit was issued, and the organization has hit all items on its

checklist thus far. It shouldn’t be too much longer now until they receive

final approval from the city, in which case construction would begin this

fall. If all goes to plan, the bulk of the work will be done throughout the

winter, with final touches added in the spring of 2022. A grand opening

celebration will take place shortly thereafter.

A project of this magnitude could not have gone forward without the

hard work and dedication from those in the community. “When we

started, we just wanted to be of service to the community. We’ve found

that people are just so good hearted and want to help, and it’s amazing

just how much this has grown,” said Jan.

The building will come in at a cost of roughly $8 million. There’s also

an endowment of $500,000 set up. The land is leased for the next 99

years at a cost of $1 per year. FISH believes that the efficiency of the new

building will make it more affordable to operate despite being larger than

its current home.

Another advantage of a new home is the presentation for those utilizing

the services within. Entering into a professional building and having

private locations in which to discuss aid needed will be a boost to those

seeking help. It’s a sign that the community cares enough about them to

not just provide food but to create a location that’s warm and welcoming.

While Jan is eagerly awaiting the construction of her new home, the daily

thank you cards and stories of success are what continue to give her the

most pride. She’s encountered countless examples of the impact FISH

has had on the community and sees those who they’ve helped keep the

cycle going. “We had a woman come in the other day and say, ‘I was

hungry in the ‘80s and you helped me; it’s my turn to give back.’” Another

community member recently pulled up and popped the back of her car

vehicle open with an entire Costco run, just because she wanted to do

her part.

While the wait for the new building goes on, the need in the community

does as well. The number of families and individuals in need that peaked

during the height of the pandemic has subsided, however, FISH is still

providing thousands of dollars in aid and food each month to those in

need of assistance. Drivers are still needed to pick up food donations from

local stores and grocers, and others to sort through household goods.

Just a few hours a week can have a great impact on the community. “It’s

an incredible community, and the support has been overwhelming,” said

Ron. “When COVID hit especially, this community really came out to

help their neighbors.”

The new build is further proof of that support. Once it’s completed, it

will help volunteers give even more assistance and help FISH continue its

mission for generations to come.

“Instead of just giving out fish, we want to give our clients a fishing pole,”

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Summer is the best time to get out and enjoy the wonderful hiking, biking

and camping spots that the Northwest is famous for. While more and

more people are finding the beauty and serenity of these special places,

carelessness with fire could lead to devastating consequences. The National

Interagency Fire Center is predicting an above average fire season for much of

the West with increased awareness for Southeastern Washington, the Cascades,

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blown electrical pole or other cause out of our hands, but as evidenced throughout

recent history, carelessness with a campfire, running engine, fireworks or cigarette

can also lead to catastrophe.

There are simple precautions to take as to not be the cause of a fire.

One of the leading causes of wildland fires is campers not properly extinguishing

their campfire. If your fire is lit in a primitive site, be sure you have at least a 10-foot

circumference away from any fuels that could be ignited by sparks leaving your fire

ring. Keep fires small and only burn clean, dry tinder and never burn garbage that

could be lifted away by the wind. If your campsite is in a designated campground,

be sure to only light a fire within the fire pit or ring. A common mistake when

extinguishing a fire is to just dump a bottle of water on it until the flames are out.

While water is a good start, be sure to mix in dirt with a shovel and mix thoroughly.

Your fire is extinguished only when you are able to place the palm of your hand on

it without needing to pull back.

If you are simply going for a day hike, be conscious of where you park your car. A

hot engine parked over dry grass can spark a fire, and you could lose your vehicle

in the process. The same is true for off-road vehicles. Stay on designated trails, and

be conscious of your surroundings.

Finally, pay attention to the current fire danger and fire restrictions of the forest

you are visiting. If fires are not allowed, do not start one. When conditions are

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TO END HOMELESSNESS

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to call home

BY RACHEL KELLY

Your landlord went bankrupt and didn’t tell you. The only

reason you found out is because you were served an

eviction notice, and you have to be out by the end of the

week. Already on the brink of your funds, you need time to

save up for a deposit for a new place. With rent being high

in the area, you also need time to find a new roommate. You pack your

things into the car and find yourself in the shelter for the night. You place

all your important belongings into a locker (keys, phone and wallet …)

and hop in the shower. When you get out you discover that someone has

broken the lock and taken off with your stuff. By the time you get a hold

of the bank, using someone else’s cell phone the next morning, half your

income is gone. Just like that, what would have been a couple of weeks on

and off the streets has become several months. You’re homeless. An easy

hole to fall in, but a hard one to dig out of.

Homelessness can be a long journey coupled with a feeling of invisibility.

Getting out is an uphill battle against prejudice, poverty, abuse and

loneliness. Pierce County, however, is determined to make progress

toward health, and sustainable living. By the end of 2021, Pierce County’s

goal is to end homelessness.

The first order of business in combating homelessness in the area is to

understand the structures and situations that contribute to it. To provide

this much-needed information, Pierce County has developed the “point-

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By the end of 2021, Pierce County’s goal is to

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in-time” count. The point-in-time count is “a one-day snapshot that

captures the characteristics and situations of people living here without

a home.” In other words, Pierce County workers are not attempting

to solve homelessness from an office. They are actually getting up and

getting out to count and converse with the homeless in our community.

The most recent point-in-time count surveys the situations of 1,897

people experiencing homelessness. Of those 1,897, 47 percent have at

least one source of income. Twenty-two percent are chronically homeless,

36 percent female, 6 percent are unaccompanied youth, 8 percent are

veterans, and 16 percent are adult survivors of domestic violence. Also,

even though people of color make up only 27 percent of our population,

they make up 47 percent of our people experiencing homelessness.

Surprisingly, not everyone sleeps outside. Forty-six percent sleep in

shelters, with 31 percent in a car or abandoned building and 9 percent

in transitional housing. Seventeen percent live in a tent or on the street.

Contrary to popular knowledge, the majority of people experiencing

homelessness lived in Pierce County before becoming homeless, with the

rest of the majority living within Washington. Only 6 percent surveyed

lived outside of Washington before becoming homeless; meaning that

homelessness is our problem, in our community, rather than a far-off

problem meant to be solved elsewhere.

In 2019, Gig Harbor and the greater Key Peninsula participated in the

point-in-time count for the first time. Previously, the number for people

experiencing homelessness in the Key Peninsula was 1.5, which is far

from accurate. Nine volunteers stepped up to survey the homeless in our

community, and found 49 people experiencing homelessness. Of those

49, 24 were in Gig Harbor. While the PIT count fluctuates, and in 2020 inperson

counts were severely restricted, having a general understanding

of homelessness is intrinsically valuable. The results of the Key Peninsula

PIT echo those that are mirrored in the larger Pierce County, but it is

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people who need help here too. Our voice is part of the solution.

To address these issues, Pierce County has formed a coalition made up

of more than 200 members. The Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End

Homelessness is further subdivided into 13 action committees that are

meant to address issues head-on. The committees establish housing,

steering (support), safe encampments and employment opportunities.

Essentially, the coalition is a team made up of faith-based organizations,

nonprofits and city resources (including the police department and

social services). “We feel that any communication between nonprofits,

government representatives and community leaders is positive,” says

Daniel Johnson of Harbor Hope Center. The Harbor Hope Center helps

teens who are experiencing homelessness here in our community, but they

are also actively involved in the dangers of Fentanyl that specifically affect

our area. Harbor Hope Center continues to increase their involvement

with drug counselors as a result. On-the-ground firsthand knowledge,

such as what Harbor Hope Center offers, is exactly why the Coalition to

End Homelessness was formed. No one understands the challenges that

our communities face more than those that experience it and see it.

The issue may be vast, but the resources are broad. What’s more, now these

resources are unified, accessible, and ready to go. Ending homelessness

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Home Away from Home

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By Abigail Thorpe

Nestled along the Sound shoreline sit some of Gig Harbor’s

best luxury waterfront vacation rentals. Boasting fantastic

views, direct water access and prime locations, Stay

Waterfront Gig Harbor’s homes offer visitors a one-of-a-kind stay

for the price of a hotel. Visitors enjoy their own private waterfront

access in upscale Gig Harbor residences where guests enjoy all the

amenities of a home, with space for up to 14 people in the largest

rental.

David Baumgardner and Ann Jolie started the company in 2016

with a mission to share their love of staying right on the water with

others. “The most rewarding part of this business is seeing guests'

reaction to their accommodations,” says Baumgardner. “We love

sharing the properties with others and occasionally meeting some

of our guests. We have met guests from around the world, and many

have returned.”

Stay Waterfront Gig Harbor offers five different rental properties

with water views. Four of the properties sit directly on the water

and have a private beach. Guests can expect an actual room and

comfortable bed to sleep in—Baumgardner and Jolie take care to

make sure sleeper couches and multiple beds crowded into rooms

are not part of the experience.

The company has received only 5-star reviews since its start and

prides itself on its quick, reliable and open communication with

guests. Gig Harbor is a short drive for inlanders looking for a

weekend getaway, and all of Stay Waterfront Gig Harbor’s homes

provide a clean, unique and relaxing opportunity for families

and individuals to enjoy a weekend on the water, whether they’re

coming from far, or simply enjoying a relaxing staycation.

Travel restrictions and health concerns still may be present, however,

things are starting to open up to allow for people’s summer travel

plans and into the fall and winter. A local vacation (or staycation)

anytime of year is always a treat at the Stay Waterfront Gig Harbor

properties. “More locals are now enjoying these waterfront getaways

without having to travel far,” says Baumgardner. There are no other

places in Gig Harbor that offer these “on the water” experiences.

Each rental offers kayaks and canoes free of charge, and some even

have fire pits to enjoy the crisp harbor evenings. Each home is

thoroughly cleaned after each use, so guests can rest assured of a

safe, healthy place to spend time with family and friends with all

of the privacy they need—complemented by the most spectacular

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Baumgardner was born and raised in North Tacoma and got

involved in real estate at the early age of 17. He and Jolie, who is

originally from California, have lived in Gig Harbor for the last

several years, developing a deep love of the community and its

waterfront offerings and gorgeous views.

The couple works to give back to the community both locally and

internationally. “We have a clean and sober transitional house

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Corrections,” says Baumgardner. They are also involved with a school of 800 students

in Liberia, work with the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community

Services, and participate in other local and national nonprofits including the Rescue

Mission. During the COVID-19 health crisis, they offered their homes at no charge

to health-care workers and first responders who could not return home due to the

virus.

For Baumgardener and Jolie, it’s all about providing guests with an unforgettable

experience like no other—a true vacation in every sense of the word.

Accommodations are often priced equal to what it would cost the same number of

guests to stay in a hotel, and each vacation rental is specially situated to provide the

best access to water and local attractions, as well as breathtaking views of the Sound.

Your dream summer vacation is waiting on the shores of Gig Harbor, where the entire

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SHIN SPLINTS

And how to beat them!

By Andrew Mason, PTA

If you’ve ever had a burning pain in your shins forcing you to cut a

run short or take a break from your workout, chances are you have

encountered shin splints. Shin splints are painful and can show up

at the most inopportune times—affecting runners and other highly

active individuals alike. In this article, we will cover what shin splints are,

what causes them and what you can do to prevent and treat them.

What are shin splints?

The term shin splints refers to what is medically known as medial tibial

stress syndrome. As this name suggests, the tibia (the long bone on the

front of your shin) and its surrounding structures can become stressed or

overworked, causing irritation that is typically felt as a burning pain along

your shin.

What causes shin splints?

Though the pain you feel in your shin may seem sudden, shin splints rarely

show up overnight. Shin splints are generally a result of repeated stresses

that develop into the pain we are familiar with. These repeated stresses

occur when we push our bodies harder or faster than they are accustomed

to. Over time our bones and muscles can become overworked and unable

to deal with landing impacts or quick directional changes.

Here is a list of some of the most common causes of shin splints:

• Inadequate warm-up period prior to exercise

• Excessive training

• Muscular weakness, imbalances or tightness

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Shin splints are generally a result of repeated stresses

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• Training on sloped or uneven surfaces

• Unsuitable footwear

• Flat feet (also known as fallen arches)

What are the best treatment options for shin

splints?

While the best and easiest way to deal with

shin splints is to prevent them in the first place,

traditional shin splint treatment involves a

period of rest (a few days to a couple weeks)

from the aggravating activity and periodic

icing for the inflammation. While taking a

few weeks off training is extremely frustrating

and the last thing you may want to do, it is

necessary to allow the overworked tissues time

to repair. Unfortunately, however, without

proper diagnosis and appropriate exercise

modifications, shin splints may reappear as

soon as you restart your training, putting you

right back where you started.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent or get

rid of shin splints:

• Stretch your calves and shin muscles

• Warm up before you begin your exercise

• Strengthen your core and leg muscles

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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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physiologist and Certified Precision Nutrition

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Did you know the word dementia

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conditions? Dementia is marked by the loss

of cognitive function including remembering,

reasoning and thinking. This includes

behavioral abilities that can interfere with

everyday activities such as language skills,

memory, visual perception, problem-solving

and self-management. While dementia is

more common as people grow older, it is not

a normal part of aging.

The causes of dementia can vary depending

on the types of brain changes that take

place. There are over 400 types of dementia

with Alzheimer’s disease being the most

common. Other types of dementia include

vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and

frontotemporal disorders. Additionally, it’s

common for people to have mixed dementia,

which is a combination of two or more types

of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for between 60

and 80 percent of all dementia cases, and it is

marked by a progression of three stages: early

stage, middle stage and late stage as symptoms

worsen over time. The most common early

symptom is difficulty remembering newly

learned information. Vascular dementia is

considered the second most common cause

of dementia, accounting for 5 to 10 percent

of cases, and is caused by conditions (such

as stroke) that reduce or block blood flow to

various areas of the brain, depriving them

of nutrients and oxygen. Symptoms include

confusion, disorientation, trouble speaking

or understanding speech, difficulty walking

or poor balance. Lewy body dementia is a

term used to describe dementia with Lewy

bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia, and

is progressive. Lewy body protein deposits

form clumps inside the areas of the brain

that control memory and movement, causing

neurons to work less effectively, affecting the

activity of certain brain chemicals, resulting in

damage to the brain and a decline in ability;

visual hallucinations is another symptom.

Identifying Signs of Dementia

It might start small—maybe your mom or

dad forgets a birthday, or the cable bill goes

unpaid for a month. It might seem like the

type of thing that can slip anyone’s mind.

But soon it progresses to more consistent

forgetfulness. Maybe they go for a walk and

then can’t remember how to get home. Maybe

their spending habits change, and suddenly

more purchases are showing up at the door

that they don’t remember buying. As their

cognitive ability continues to deteriorate, they

may struggle with getting dressed, or coping

with new situations, or they may not recognize

familiar faces. Before long, they receive a

diagnosis that may not be surprising but is still

devastating—Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

It’s an all-too-common reality for many

seniors in America, as well as their loved ones.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association,

over 6 million Americans are currently living

with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. As the

baby boomer population continues to age, that

number will certainly continue to rise.

A diagnosis of a cognitive condition means

that often the adult child has to assume the

role of parent, as they care for their loved one

who may not be able to live alone anymore.

The demands of taking on that responsibility

are stark—from worrying about nighttime

wanderings to managing their finances, it

might become a second full-time job on top

of one they might already have. If you find

yourself in that position, know that you’re not

alone. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates

there are over 11 million Americans currently

providing unpaid care to people living with

Alzheimer’s disease or dementia; in other

words, family members or spouses who have

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If hours at the gym and a restrictive diet

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What areas can EmSculpt Neo treat?

This nonsurgical treatment can tighten, tone

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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

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money. There are plenty of products out there whose

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.

Researchers from the Center for Urban Waters, the

University of Washington, and the Washington State

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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 1970s. Though that particular example is

interesting, it may be partially unrelated. Regardless, it

does highlight just how bad things had gotten. So bad that

in 1983, the Environmental Protection Agency identified

the waterway to be a part of the larger Commencement

Bay Superfund site. This means that Thea Foss Waterway

was one of the most polluted places in the nation. The

kind of contamination that Tacoma, and Washington as

a whole, was tasked with cleaning up was staggering. As

a major waterway connected to the ocean, this pollution

was especially distressing. What’s more, 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

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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

Environmental Protection Agency plans to

remove the waterway from its list of Superfund

sites. It’s an understatement to say that the city

is heaving a collective sigh of relief. The people,

and the land, are at rest.

A little bit goes a long way when we’re talking

about the whole of our community. It’s true

that one person can’t fix the larger problem of

pollution, but a lot of us can. The truth is that

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

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.

have big connections, with big organizations,

and big pockets. But those organizations, our

home, is made up of us. Nothing will move, and

nothing can change, if we’re not emboldened to

do so. Taking responsibility for what we put

down the drain is just one example of a small

everyday act that makes significant changes

to wildlife, neighborhoods, and the health of

thousands of people.

As a whole, we are individuals with limited

means. Our acts of heroism are confined to the

every day. The little acts, like picking up trash

that we didn’t throw, or taking the bus, are acts

of significance. The pride that we take in our

waterways impacts the lives of those who live

and breathe in our environment. The way that

you personally approach the world affects the

larger picture. When it comes to water, our

decisions flow out to bigger and bigger places.

The overall problem may seem overwhelming,

but the solution is straightforward. If you see

it, pick it up. If you drink it, keep it clean. It’s

a mindset that, if it catches on, makes a big

difference. But, it starts with you. It starts with

us. When it comes to our waterways, we’re all

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Q&A

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GIG HARBOR RESIDENT, FIRE LIEUTENANT AND ARMY VETERAN

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Joe Lucero grew up in the country, in a small, rural town in Texas—

with real cowboys! When he and his wife Jenn married, they

agreed that they wanted to provide the same experience for their

children; for them to be able to experience a bit of Americana.

“There are no cowboys in Gig Harbor, but real down-to-earth genuine

folks,” smiles Joe.

The couple moved to the area in July of 2001—this month marking their

20th anniversary of being a part of the wonderful Gig Harbor community.

A US Army veteran, Joe has been a professional firefighter for 29 years,

and is currently a lieutenant on an engine company that services the

beautiful city of Bellevue. As someone with a heart for people and desire

to help others, this is the role he was destined to play.

Q. What inspired you to pursue this line of work?

A. After my brother-in-law, a professional firefighter, told me about

firefighting, I knew that was the job for me! Wearing a helmet and

helping others in their time of need! I felt like I could make a difference

in people’s lives in their time of distress. I hope to always be in the service

of others. I was there for the innocent people of Korea, the Middle East,

and now helping people in my own country. What greater reward than to

possibly lay my life down for another!

Q. Besides “putting out fires,” what emergencies/responsibilities do

firefighters deal with on a regular basis?

A. We respond to a lot of medical emergencies. We treat and transport

patients that range from mental emotional traumas to people who require

an OR (Operating Room) and an entire staff of professional doctors and

nurses. We are also involved in fire prevention activities to stay ahead

and prevent any possibility of fires. Sometimes we just give someone a

ride home who may be carrying a heavy load (car battery) or someone

caught walking in a torrential downpour.

One of my favorites is talking to young adults about how my profession

can enhance their lives, like it did mine! It is an honorable profession,

always giving back!

Q. How would you describe the relationship between you and your

comrades in the firehouse?

A. I respect and admire the uniqueness of my team members. They have

a heart for their profession, their families and the people they serve. They

keep me moving in the right direction! Even though we are different in

our own ways, we are much closer together than we are apart. My team

members are awesome, and I am proud to be serving alongside them.

Q. Is there any one experience as a firefighter that stands out that you

will never forget?

A. One of my first calls, a 3-year-old boy who died from choking on a

piece of apple. We worked hard at saving his life, but he did not make

it. I remember riding in the back of the engine watching kids play and

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people living their lives, daily unchanged routines, clueless to the

death of a child. We carry these kinds of tragedies with us, the

tragic events we deal with that go unnoticed, unknown to the rest

of the world.

Q. Prior to becoming a firefighter, you served in the military.

Can you share more about this with our readers? Did your

time serving the country help prepare you for your role as a

firefighter?

A. I served my country for four years in the US Army. I served

at Ft. Lewis, now JBLM. I helped fight the Yellowstone fires,

was based and ran patrols on the demilitarized zone in South

Korea, and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the

82 Airborne Division, America’s Guard of Honor based out of Ft.

Bragg, North Carolina, as a paratrooper. I achieved the rank of

Sergeant in a bit over two years and loved being on call and on

mission for the entire world.

The fire service is similar but in other ways nothing like the

military. The military life is difficult, extremely difficult! Difficult

on you personally, your family and your friendships. It’s hard on

anything that resembles relationships. But, it is also there that I

learned what it’s like to serve along brothers willing to give their

life for you and for others. I never feared death; sounds weird, but

it’s true. You just focused on the mission, always. Helping innocent

souls live lives just like you and me back stateside. There are good

people there too. Innocent, hardworking families, just striving to

make the best for their families. I have never experienced that

kind of camaraderie I did with soldiers I served with. The men

and women in the fire service are a close second.

Q. As July marks Independence Day, what are you most

thankful for when it comes to our county’s freedoms you have

fought for?

A. The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday! I love being free

and desire that for all humans on the planet! I am thankful my

parents raised me to love God and my country! I hope I have

instilled that in my children. Our country is awesome despite the

mistakes of our past and present. It is one of the only countries

on the planet that people will endure horrible experiences to

get into and, unfortunately, a country that the unfree world is

trying to tear down! It’s the place where freedom from color, race,

gender, religious beliefs and endless opportunity can be achieved.

I believe in what our Founding Fathers believed when they wrote

the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be

self-evident that ALL men are created equal, endowed by their

Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Q. When you’re not working, how might those in the

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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

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veterans

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OUR FREEDOMS

by Taylor Shillam

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.

“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

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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.

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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 another, share

stories, laugh, and interact in a way that is centered 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-Buddy”

program, connecting veterans through shared trauma 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.

“THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE

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Fun on the

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Ways to show service men and women you care

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Our service men and women give a lot of themselves, and often see the

ugliest sides of our communities. They do this so that we can flourish

in our everyday lives. So as you see them go about their everyday life,

which often involves many late nights, consider taking a moment to

acknowledge all that they do. Reminding them that what they do and

what they’ve done is worthwhile, by simply pausing in whatever you’re

doing to say, “Thank you.” Reminding them that they are seen.

ACTS OF KINDNESS.

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They may not have literal groceries that they need help with, but the

point is that those who serve in our communities have regular chores

and lives that they have to attend to. Often it’s those regular everyday

needs that suffer when they take time to help with the more pressing

or urgent needs within our community. Because of their often pressing

schedules, they may struggle with taking the time to sit down with their

families. Or, they may not have had a chance to enjoy a solid meal.

Whatever it is, it’s the little things that count. If you personally know

someone who does or has served, consider stepping in to help with

something that they haven’t had the time to do themselves. Buy them a

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LENDING AN EAR.

Good friends are like a healing salve, especially when dealing with a lot

of stress. Service men and women often spend a lot of time listening

to others, and so it is nice if someone is interested in hearing how they

are. Whether that means taking a moment to have a chat with the police

officer on their late-night shift, or asking your regular doctor about their

day. If you work in a clerical or in a therapeutic capacity, your advice and

support may be especially helpful. We all need to be heard and seen, even

the strongest of us.

4Being out in nature is known to have a rejuvenating and curative effect,

especially here in the Northwest. This year consider supporting them as

they get some time out of doors, whether that means lending them your

kayak or buying their ticket to a mud run. If you teach yoga, consider

offering your services for free to your local firehouse. Buying gift cards

for relaxing physical activity, or simply including them in non-work

based community activities, goes a long way.

TICKETS TO THE OUTDOORS.

FINDING SOMETHING

THEY’VE MISSED.

Often, those who serve put aside things they love to do for what needs

to be done. They are often on call, which means that they often miss

out. As you think of ways to show your appreciation, think of something

that they might have missed out on this year. As sports venues and

events open up all over the state, consider buying them a ticket to see

a comedian or hear a musician. Perhaps all that they’ve missed this year

is time to engage in their favorite hobby. For those who serve, there’s

always something.

SURPRISE THEM WITH A NOTE.

As summer is here, and school is out, get the kids involved! Have your

3-year-old draw or paint a picture, while the older kids draft notes filled

with words of encouragement and thankfulness to those first responders

in our community. Have them help bake up a batch of goodies (or buy

some from your favorite local bakery) , package them up nicely with the

notes and pictures attached, and drop them off at your local firehouse or

police station. This simple, thoughtful gesture is sure to brighten their day

and remind them of the important role they play in our community—

and that they are appreciated.

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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

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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.

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 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.

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The Speci f ics

Sandals South Coast - Sandals.com/south-coast

Travel Requirements for Jamaica - VisitJamaica.com/travelauthorization

Club Mobay - VIPAttractions.com/mobay-info

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 worldclass

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 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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It was November 23, 1938, when

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It would

open to the public less than two

years later—on July 1, 1940; this

month marking its 81st anniversary.

Much more flexible, lighter and

smaller than other bridges built

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suspension bridge in the

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Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch

3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joemma Beach State Park Boat Launch 253.884.1944

Parks.State.Wa.Us/524/

Joemma-Beach

20001 Bay Rd. SW, Lakebay, WA 98459

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHOPPING

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

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak

Boating

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

Clothing &

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

Beach Basket Gift, Clothing & Christmas Shop Gift Shop 253.858.9639

Facebook.com/Beach

BasketGiftShop

4102 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall Mall -

Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall

4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.851.4557 • UptownGigHarbor.com

Facebook.com/Harbor

LandingMall

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

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

cafes.

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

THINGS TO DO

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Event

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Lube Oil Filter starting at $25.99

Call store for details

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

Sue’s Table Signature Ceasar Salad Dressing

Available at Harbor Greens (University Place & Gig Harbor), Local Boys, Tacoma

Boys (Tacoma and Puyallup, Owens Meats, Fardell Farm’s & other grocery stores!

More exciting news to come! Gift cards available.

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44 NORTH CHERRY SPARKLER

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

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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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!

JULY CREPE SPECIAL

Smoked Sockeye & Asparagus

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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HOW ABOUT A

CIDER?

GET AN EARLY TASTE OF CIDER SWIG

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Cider Swig is an event many look forward to—with tickets

selling out—each and every year. With the ongoing

challenges of large gatherings and the logistics of organizing

an event with thousands of attendees, it was decided that

this year’s Cider Swig would be moved back a bit. If all goes to plan,

the eighth annual event will happen on September 25, but if you

simply can’t wait that long, they’ve got something to quench your

thirst in the meantime.

Summer Swig will give event fans a literal taste of the Cider Swig,

but in a to-go setting. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 10,

and Sunday, July 11. Summer Swig will include all the tasty ciders

you’ve grown to love but in a to-go kit for you to enjoy wherever you

would like.

There are three different kits available: Swig Micro Kit with seven

cans/bottles ($45); Meso Taster Kit, 10 cans/bottles ($80); and the

Drinkin’ with Kin Macro Kit, which includes 13 cans/bottles ($130).

Each comes with two commemorative 9-ounce stemless glasses

and some small items from participating cideries. These aren’t just

tasters either, as “samples” will be in the form of 12-ounce can, or

16.9-ounce and 22-ounce bottles. You’ll get to try from some of the

best the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and you might even find

a surprise or two with each kit. A great barbecue sandwich from

BBQ2U can also be added on to complement your tastings. You’ll

find the kits ready for pickup at the Uptown Gig Harbor Home Goods

Parking Lot. Volunteers onsite will then bring you your kit, and you’ll

be all set!

Not only do you get a wonderful array of regional ciders, but you

are also helping out your local community. Proceeds benefit several

grant programs, which provide area schools and organizations

within the KGI watershed assistance for projects focused on

water quality, environmental education, watershed health, and

conservation and restoration activities.

You can purchase your to-go kits at CiderSwig.org. Follow them on

social media for all the latest news.

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

JULY

FOR EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.

JULY

AUGUST

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SUMMER SOUNDS AT SKANSIE

Music returns this summer with outdoor summer concerts in

Skansie Park, one of the most beloved warm-weather events

in downtown Gig Harbor. Situated on the waterfront, near the

mouth of the harbor, the park is accessible via boat, kayak or

paddleboard, or concert goers can bring a blanket and snag a seat

on the lawn. Each Tuesday night throughout the summer, concerts

go from 6 to 8pm. July music lineup includes: Redemption on

July 2; Surf Wax Amercians on July 13; Sweet T & Justice July 20;

and Mark Hurqitz and Gin Creek july 27. And be sure to mark

your calendars for Friday Movie Nights in the Park, with this

month's dates set for July 16, 23 and 30. For the latest info, visit

VisitGigHarborWA.com.

FREEDOM FAIR AIR SHOW

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 your tickets today. It's as easy as going

online to FreedomFair.com.

GOLFERITAVILLE CHARITY TOURNAMENT

On Friday, July 16, Golferitaville will kick off its 18th year with a

shotgun start at 10am at McCormick Woods Golf & Country Club.

Known as The Most Popular Charitable Golf Event of the South

Sound, more than 160 golfers and over 100 sponsors/contributors

will come together on and off the course. This is a full day of fun

with a relaxed round of golf, contests and raffles with a chance

to win huge prizes, snatch up giveaways, drink up Margaritas

and Bloody Marys, eat delicious snacks, lunch and dinner, play

games, hug the inflatable flamingos, and more! Sponsored by

the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Mid-Day, register online today at

Golferitaville.com.

* 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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OUR

LINEUP

St. Paul & The Broken Bones with The Dip | Jake Owen with Colby Acuff | Young the Giant

Shakey Graves with Tré Burt | Keb’ Mo’ & Band | Gladys Knight | REO Speedwagon

Family Matinee “Music from the Movies” with Spokane Symphony & Whitney Claire Kaufman

Grand Finale with Spokane Symphony & Whitney Claire Kaufman

Visit our website for more information!

THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT ~ JULY 29 - AUGUST 8, 2021

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

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