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August 2021Gig Harbor Living Local

AUGUST 2021

gigharbor

Living Local

TAKING

SUMMER

STYLE INTO

FALL

UNSTOPPABLE

The story of Adrian Jones

Locals Answer

the Call to Save our

Waterways

» Small actions effect change in

our greater world

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Living Local

AUGUST 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 8

inside

Taking Summer Style into Fall

Top fashion pieces for the transition to a

new season

Beautiful and Natural

How to maintain that fresh-faced sans-makeup look

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74

Style Tips on a Budget

Looking glam on a plan

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THE SUN IN AUGUST IS ESPECIALLY

WARM

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Embracing the final Weeks

of Summer

I

t’s hard to believe that August

is upon us, and before you

know it, it will be time to start

back up on a daily routine—no

more sleeping in—and heading out for the

annual back-to-school shopping trip. But …

summer is not over yet! There are still plenty

of long days and sunshine to enjoy, so take

the time to embrace each day, filling it with

thoughtful actions and intentions, creating

many more memories along the way.

It’s time to soak in what’s left of summer!

Whether it’s meandering through town,

patronizing your local shops and restaurants;

spending a day out on the water kayaking,

paddle boarding or boating; attending a

community concert or event; or relaxing in

the yard with family and friends; there’s no

wrong way to enjoy these long, warm days.

And before we know it, the leaves will be

turning and the temperatures dropping.

As the fun-filled days wind down, sit back

and relax with another wonderful edition

of Gig Harbor Living Local. There are so

many wonderful things happening in our

community, and we continue to be honored

to share what we’ve discovered for you, our

readers, to enjoy. As you read through the

August 2021 issue, you will once again be

reminded of the wonderful place we live, the

businesses that help our community thrive,

and the incredible people who surround us

daily. We are truly fortunate to be a part of

such a caring community.

Memories are ready to be made, and Gig

Harbor is the perfect place to create them.

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AUGUST 2021

TAKING

SUMMER

STYLE INTO

FALL

UNSTOPPABLE

The story of Adrian Jones

Living Local

Locals Answer

the Call to Save our

Waterways

» Small actions effect change in

our greater world

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ABOUT THE COVER

PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD, AND

HERE AT HOME, are continuing to do

their part to protect our most important

assets: our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.

Be sure to read this month's feature article

to see what waves some Washington

organizations are making to protect our

valuable waterways.

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CONTENTS

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32 50

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

30

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Run the Bridge: Galloping Gertie offers three distances

32

GOOD NEWS

Hidden Creatures: Mythical beings hiding around

the harbor

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36

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Coast to Coast Kangen Gold Water: Change your

water, change your life

38

IN FOCUS

A Culture Where Art Thrives: The arts are alive and

well in the harbor

42

SEASONAL TIP

Keep ‘em Busy: Still plenty to do before school starts

44

LIVING LOCAL

Unstoppable: The Story of Adrian Jones

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Gig Harbor Primary Care : An unwavering commitment

to excellent patient care

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sneak peek into August ...

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102

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60

FEATURE

Locals Answer the Call to Save our Waterways:

Small actions effect change in our greater world

70

FALL FASHION WATCH

Taking Summer Style into Fall: Top fashion

pieces for the transition to a new season

70

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NATURAL BEAUTY

Embrace the Natural: How to maintain that fresh-faced

sans-makeup look

80

ECONOMIC BEAUTY

Style Tips on a Budget: Looking glam on a plan

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Enjoy a Vibrant Downtown, Riverwalk and

World-Class Beaches: Charming Wilmington,

North Carolina

88

GIG HARBOR LOCAL GUIDE

Gig Harbor's local gems all laid out for you in

one place!

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98

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

102

FEATURED RECIPE

Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon: A sure way to

spice up your next party

106

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Tread Lightly

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RUG FOR YOUR HOME

By Deann Hammer, Broadway Design

Carpets are the foundation of our home. With summer in full

swing, many of us are shoe-free, and not only do carpets

visually impact the appearance of our home, but foot feel

and durability is of great importance as well.

Carpets should be taken seriously and purchased for

longevity, and many are considered fine art. With the popularity of

hardwood over the last decade, area rugs have taken center stage—and

are here to stay. Carpets provide an opportunity to add pops of color

and create a design theme that is unique to you. If you are interested in

decorating your home to the next level, a quality rug is a great first step

toward a room transformation.

When selecting wall-to-wall carpet, you want to look at the fiber content.

Nylon or wool is still the best choice. There are many other options, but

olefin, and other new-to-market fibers, easily crush and soil, and are not

made to last. I personally prefer a cut and loop for wall to wall. Some

fibers are looped like a Berber, mixed with cut fibers, giving the carpet

a nice visual appeal. I like low pile wall-to-wall carpets in multicolor so

that it gives the look of texture and hides foot traffic. The cut fibers in a

cut and loop also prevent the carpet from “running.” If a yarn gets loose

in a vacuum, it will not pull through the whole run like a Berber will.

Large, patterned carpets are fun in an office, bonus room or master

bedroom to add some character to a space. I also like to use patterns on

stair runners for interest.

There are staggering differences in the quality of area rugs. One of the

largest mistakes people make when purchasing an area rug is that if they

have a busy household, they think a less-expensive rug will be a better

choice, as it can be tossed when it wears out, or easily cleaned. This is

not the case! A high-quality wool rug will be much easier to clean and

will save you money in the long run, as it will last for many, many years.

The best quality wool rugs will have longer fibers that will not shed and

will maintain their pile height (not flatten with foot traffic). An average

cost for a “better” rug will range between $1,500 to $5,000 for an 8x10-

foot rug. They can top the charts at over $10,000, and if it is vintage, a rug

can be $10,000 to $20,000 for estate sized (larger than 8x10 feet).

Retail rugs sold online (like Pottery Barn), that sell for around $800 or

less, are typically made with short fibers and shed like crazy—steer clear

from those! When purchasing, try to run your fingers across them to see

if they shed. Shedding carpets are awful. They make a mess of your home

and really bother those with allergies.

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Carpets should be taken seriously and

purchased for longevity, and many are

considered fine art.

I love silk rugs. They are ultra luxurious and can last lifetimes. The colors are more vivid, but they

are very expensive. I paid $7,500 for a 4x6-foot rug more than a decade ago. But I love it! It is truly

a work of art and looks exactly the same as the day I purchased it.

Consider color. An area rug is a great opportunity to add life to a room. Handmade rugs are the

best, as they are not stiff, have natural dyes that are rich and luxurious, and have a nice “flop,”

meaning they bend and move and are not stiff. When you run your hand over a high-quality

handmade wool rug, it should feel almost like silk.

Machine-made rugs are here to stay as well if your budget does not allow for a real handmade

wool or silk rug. These are often made from recycled soda bottles and have a flatter feel to them.

The current trend is more muted colors and traditional “burned out” or vintage-looking styles. An

average cost for a polypropylene rug is around $400 to $600 for an 8x10-foot rug. Make sure to

buy a premium pad to place beneath your rug as well. I use a felt pad with a rubber back that stops

the carpet from sliding on the floor, while adding that extra cushy feel under foot. These pads cost

between $150 to $300 for an 8x10 and will extend the life of your rug, as they allow the carpet to

lift up off of the floor and maintain its pile height.

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

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

their budget, creating a perfect harmony between aesthetics and function. BroadwayDesign.net

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P E R F E C T I O N I S M I S I N S E C U R I T Y

WITH LIPSTICK ON

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A MAKEOVER

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!

The other day while reading, I came

across the statement, “Perfectionism

is insecurity with lipstick on.” It

made me chuckle, pause, and got

me thinking …

I so used to wear an unflattering shade of

“Insecurity” lipstick! I owned it (snap, snap),

and walked … okay, tripped on … life’s

catwalk. I fully believed my inner critic’s (my

designer diva’s) repetitive negative comments

of, “You are not good enough” and “Mistakes

are bad.”

How about for you? Where in your life have

you worn an unflattering “Insecurity” shade of

lipstick; or felt the brand “Perfectionism” was

the only designer label you would wear?

Perfectionism stems from wanting to feel

in control, and/or to be liked, loved and

accepted. It can lead to a fear of disapproval,

a need to seek approval and a lack of trust.

It can cause us to be overly critical and have

unrealistic standards. We end up seeing

failure in anything short of absolute perfection

(which does not exist). This mindset impacts

our quality of life, relationships and work. It

leads to unhappiness, insecurity, depression

and anxiety.

So, what can you do to make over your inner

perfectionista? Try these four tips:

1. Set Your Intention. Visualize what you

want to accomplish and feel it. How would

it feel, what would you see, how would you

be? Let go of the expected outcome and trust

it will work out. Letting go builds trust and

confidence, helps you to be more creative, and

open to new possibilities.

2. Awareness. Mindfulness can help you

tune in to what your inner critic is negatively

repeating and notice how it is causing you to

feel insecure or fearful of making mistakes.

Once you are aware of the thoughts; notice

and name the feelings associated with those

thoughts. Also observe where and how those

feelings show up in your body. Next, ask what

memory is associated with the thoughts and

feelings. It is important to do this from a place

of nonjudgmental curiosity, and a willingness

to hold space for the thoughts, emotions and

memories that come up.

3. Resistance Check. Take a moment to check

in with your inner designer diva. Notice if

there is any resistance coming up around

your intention? If yes, be curious, explore,

and gently challenge the fear and negative

messages that are coming up. This will help

lower the resistance and help you move

forward.

4. Take Action. What’s one small step you

could take toward your intention, even if

imperfect? Then do it, celebrate, and repeat.

Small steps make it easier to continue, and

celebrating is fun. Be sure to take time to

enjoy the process and see success in moving

forward toward your intentions. It is the

process of being, becoming, and doing that

can lead to even more positive possibilities

and opportunities.

There will be times when the resistance

kicks back in. It is okay; just know you have

the tools to work through it and to keep

moving forward.

If you want a more joyful, creative and colorful

life, follow these steps to make over your

inner perfectionista. As I made over my inner

perfectionista, I switched to a flattering shade

of “I am Enough” lipsticks. I even started a

new “Self-Love'” ready-to-wear collection

titled, “Imperfect is Fun.” Gotta tell y’all ... I’m

loving my makeover!

Here is to your authentic beautiful self, inside

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Children Learn What They Live

SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING YOUR CHILD’S RETURN TO SCHOOL WHILE

IN A TWO-HOME FAMILY

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Family Mediator

When I was growing up, I had a poster hanging in my

bedroom with the words of the poem “Children Learn

What They Live” by Dorothy Law Nolte. That poem

simplifies, in the best way, encouragement for parents

who want to raise strong and thoughtful children, especially during

challenging times.

Now that many kids are looking forward to returning to a more

traditional post-pandemic school schedule of in-person learning, how

do you help them adjust to yet another transition if you are recently

separated or divorced? What kind of example do you want to set to

show your kids that life’s challenges can be handled in a positive way?

Like many parents who created two homes during the last year as the

result of a marital split, your residential schedule for your children

most likely revolved around working from home while juggling

supervising remote schooling. In other words, your parenting schedule

had to adapt to temporary circumstances and was not intended to be

the best version of a parenting plan.

For those of you wondering, “What do we do now?”, here are

some tips.

In my family law and mediation practice, many clients tell me they

want “50/50 custody.” As an aside, the first thing I encourage is to

drop the term “custody” and replace it with “residential schedule.”

While there are occasions where it makes sense to name a “primary

residential parent,” the term “custody” is outdated and does not reflect

the wide expansion of available options now for co-parenting.

When parents request equal residential time, there are certain factors

that will set your children, your co-parent and you up for success.

First and foremost, any residential schedule will be much better

managed if your conflict is managed. Low levels of conflict and

skillful handling of negative emotions will go a long way in producing

positive experiences when other helpful practical considerations may

be lacking.

What are those practical considerations? Ask yourself the following:

1. How close do you want to live to one another? Proximity is

important. (However, while I’ve had clients literally living in the same

cul de sac so their kids could ride their bikes back and forth and raid

each other’s freezers for popsicles, many parents might find that too

close for comfort.) Measuring drive times between homes and school/

daycare is helpful in an effort to reduce the time your children spend

in a car transitioning between homes and school. Expecting a child

to wake up early and spend a long time in a car before school in the

morning does not set that child up for success.

2. How can you maximize spending time with your children

during their “awake” hours that coincides with your “time off

work” hours? More and more, parents are not working the traditional

Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm workday with only weekends

off. Medical professionals, airline pilots and flight attendants, law

enforcement officers and firefighters, restaurant workers, and retail

or manufacturing jobs entailing shift work are commonplace and

require creative thinking when it comes to working together with a

co-parent to create a schedule that starts from fairly allocating days

off for parenting time, and then ends with which home is easier for a

child to sleep on any given night.

3. How flexible can you be when the unexpected work conflict,

doctor’s appointment or school activity arises? Communication

and equally sharing responsibilities are the keys to flexibility. And

flexibility among parents is the key to a child’s adaptation when

living in a two-home family. Rigidity serves no purpose here, as you

probably experienced during the challenges of the past year.

There are numerous resources available to help if you get stuck,

whether it’s books and online articles, your family therapist, a good

mediator well-versed in the workings of parenting plans, or a legal

professional if conflict is heightened. Hopefully, your child’s return

to in-person school and expanded activities will be a smooth and

welcome transition for all. You and your co-parent can support your

child’s success by giving consideration to the above tips and, if needed,

seeking professional guidance for additional support. Remember,

“children learn what they live.”

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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Many of them go through their lives

simply hoping that they won’t ever need

it. Unfortunately, in the event that you or a

loved one does need long-term care, hope

won’t be enough to protect you from potential

financial ruin.

Self-insurance as an option

To self-insure—that is, to cover the cost

yourself—you must have sufficient income to

pay the rising costs of long-term care. Keep in

mind that even if you have sufficient resources

to afford long-term care now, you may not

be able to handle rising future costs without

drastically altering your lifestyle.

The Medicaid option

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program

that covers medical bills for the needy. If you

qualify, it may help pay for your long-term

care costs. Unfortunately, Medicaid is basically

welfare. In order to qualify, you generally have

to have few assets or will need to spend down

your assets. State law determines the allowable

income and resource limits. If you have even

one dollar of income or assets in excess of these

limits, you may not be eligible for Medicaid.

To receive Medicaid assistance, you may have

to transfer your assets to meet those limits. This

can be tricky, however, because there are tough

laws designed to discourage asset transfers

for the purpose of qualifying for Medicaid. If

you have engaged in any “Medicaid planning,”

consult an advisor to discuss any new

Medicaid rules.

Long-term care insurance

A long-term care insurance policy may enable

you to transfer a portion of the economic

liability of long-term care to an insurance

company in exchange for the regular

premiums. Long-term care insurance may be

used to help pay for skilled care, intermediate

care and custodial care. Most policies pay for

nursing home care, and comprehensive policies

may also cover home care services and assisted

living. Insurance can help protect your family

financially from the potentially devastating cost

of a long-term disabling medical condition,

chronic illness or cognitive impairment.

A complete statement of coverage, including

exclusions, exceptions and limitations, is found

only in the policy.

Long-term care riders on life insurance

A number of insurance companies have added

long-term care riders to their life insurance

contracts. For an additional fee, these riders

will provide a benefit—usually a percentage of

the face value—to help cover the cost of longterm

care. This may be an option for you.

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SCHOOL YEAR APPROACHES

Teachers, students, parents anxious for ‘normal’ year

By Colin Anderson

As life continues to return to normal,

local school kids are hoping the

same will hold true for the upcoming

school year. While teachers all

across the country did their best to keep their

students not just on track academically, but

socially, it is simply not possible to replicate the

in-person school experience from afar. While

some students did well with the responsibility

of remote learning, others struggled to stay

on task.

Parents, especially those with young children,

are also eager to see a return to a more normal

school year. Balancing work, often from

home, with staying up to date on their child’s

learning and finding time to take care of the

other important aspects and daily tasks of

life, was overwhelming at times. The school

day provides a sense of routine in which both

students and their parents can appreciate, and

was something that might have been taken for

granted previously.

As we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year,

we take a moment to reflect and say thank

you to the educators and administrators who

worked tirelessly to adapt to ever-changing

direction and protocol from local, state and

federal officials. We heard from numerous

teachers about their students’ resilience in the

face of such adversity, and how they are coming

out of the experience not just as adaptable

learners but more compassionate toward each

other, and more confident having undergone

such a chaotic school year.

Very soon the sound of whistles blowing,

helmets smacking and soccer balls being

struck will again fill the after-school air as high

school sports return. The ring of the bell and

the ensuing commotion as younger children

scramble outside of school, looking for their

bus ride home or their parent’s minivan,

there to meet them at the end of a full day.

Even the sound of music, as bands and choirs

reassemble in preparation of filling their school

auditoriums with beautiful music in front of a

packed house.

As much of life has returned to pre-pandemic

normal, school districts are still subject to more

restrictions than most settings. Administrators

are finalizing plans as they make final

preparations to welcome students back full

time, and if there was ever a year to keep up

to date on the latest information, it is this one.

Immunization, class size, cleaning procedures,

masking and social distancing vary greatly from

district to district, and even from elementary

to high school. Visit your district’s website

frequently so both you and your child are best

prepared for what is to come this school year.

As summer closes, kids can look forward to

being in a classroom, instead of in front of

a screen. High fives and hugs can replace fist

bumps and air slaps, and an upcoming school

year that will hopefully resemble something we

can call normal.

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L I F E

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RUN THE BRIDGE

GALLOPING GERTIE OFFERS THREE DISTANCES

By Colin Anderson

Runners of all skill levels can once again enjoy one of the

area’s favorite and most scenic runs. Registration for the

annual Galloping Gertie is currently open, and organizers

are hoping for another great turnout after missing out on

the run in 2020.

The race, whose namesake comes from the dubious nickname of the

previous Tacoma Narrows Bridge that collapsed back in November of

1940, will traverse across the newest section of bridge, the eastbound,

which opened back in 2007. No matter if you choose the half marathon,

10k, or 5k, each run will send you across the iconic bridge that holds

spectacular views of the Puget Sound, Olympics and Mount Rainier.

The starting line for all three distances is the Tacoma Narrows Airport.

The 5k course will depart from the airport, catch Stone Drive and then

move onto the bridge. Runners will go about halfway across then turn

around and go back the same route. The 10k is a similar route, however,

runners will go all the way across the bridge before their turnaround.

The half marathon adds several additional miles, including a pass

through some beautiful old-growth forest. The course is now flatter

than in previous years, so faster times can be expected.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 7, which is also when you’ll

receive your race packet. Be sure to pick up your bib and packet no

later than 7:45am, as the first run goes off at 8am. There are aid stations

and porta-potties located along each course, and each participant will

receive a tech race shirt, complimentary downloadable race photos, a

finisher’s medal and entrance to the after-party.

You can register in advance at Galloping-Gertie.com. Volunteers are

also needed for the event, and you can sign-up at the race homepage as

well. The event is sponsored by the Gig Harbor Rotary, and proceeds

from the Galloping Gertie will help fund many community-centric

projects like Food Backpacks 4 Kids, Children’s Home Society and

Communities in Schools Peninsula.

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By Colin Anderson

HIDDEN CREATURES

MYTHICAL BEINGS HIDING AROUND THE HARBOR

SEARCHING FOR

THESE LOST

CREATURES IS

SOMETHING

ANYONE OF

ANY AGE AND

ABILITY CAN

TACKLE.

There are rumors swirling about Gig

Harbor of mythical creatures hidden in

plain sight, all hoping to be found by local

adventurous souls. In fact, Qwannyth

the Grand Dame of the Underplace, Mistress of

the Impossible, Keeper of the Realm has shared

this message, which the local Gnombassador has

translated:

“Dear Human, Go forth and seek my Little Gnomies.

Bring them thither, and thy reward shall be great

indeed. For each gnome located, you shall receive

100,000 CS (Crumples Sterling) or the equivalent in

another form of payment that shall enrich your life.

Find my Internet Gnomes to me and enjoy the Fruits

of the Web forever … but if they cannot be found … I

fear a terrible period of sickness, strife and far worse—

boredom—may be upon us all. Therefore seeker, tarry

no longer, but sally forth on your quest to return my—

Gnomes Away From Home.”

The local Gnomebassador is Justin Teerlinck, a

fun-loving Gig Harbor resident and community

mental health and wellness occupational therapist.

After a year of people cooped up, Justin wanted to

do something that not only brought the community

out and together, but also would help support local

businesses and general well-being of the town he

loves so dearly.

“My aim is to foster the health and well-being

of the entire community by promoting play and

encouraging people to think, feel, move, explore,

and connect with each other,” he explained. For

many, play is often viewed as childish, immature,

and even detrimental to aspects of adulthood. Justin

holds a quite different perspective on the matter. “I

see play as integral to an intrinsic sense of awe and

wonder, fulfillment, and the ability to see the world

in novel ways—which can actually aid us in our

work lives, if you consider the need for productivity

and the intelligence required for complex

problem-solving.”

While many treasure hunts are designed specifically

for children, searching for these lost creatures is

something anyone of any age and ability can tackle.

A wide range of people have already discovered

several of the gnomes after following clues from the

Gnomebassador found at GnomesAway.com.

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“PEOPLE HAVE TOLD ME THEY'RE

NOT EVEN THAT INTERESTED IN

WINNING A PRIZE; THEY JUST WANT

TO HUNT FOR THE GNOMES, AND

THEY LOVE READING AND SOLVING

THE RIDDLES AND CLUES.”

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Some of the clues are more general, while others are very specific.

According to Justin, the more general clues are harder to solve, because

they will guide you to the vicinity of the gnome, but not directly to the

gnome. The more specific clues will guide you directly to where the

gnome is hiding. “I use a range of difficulty so that everyone gets the

'just right' challenge, so it's not surprising that some of the gnomes with

more specific clues are found within hours of hiding them, and the more

difficult ones can take a week or longer.”

Interestingly, this is actually not just guesswork, but a specialized skill

called "activity grading" that Justin was trained in as an occupational

therapist. “It helps me meet the needs of people of every ability level, so

that everyone can participate in the activity without feeling left out or left

behind,” he said.

Once a gnome is discovered, blog and social media followers are alerted.

The person who discovers the hidden gnome receives a gift card to a

locally owned business, and the cards are funded by a Creative Endeavor

Grant through the Arts Commission of the City of Gig Harbor.

Within five days of launching the website, there were already 200 people

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following the Gnomebassador and eagerly awaiting the next series of

clues. As word continues to spread, you’ll see more and more gnome

hunters out and about in search of the remaining few lost gnomes.

“People have told me they're not even that interested in winning a prize;

they just want to hunt for the gnomes, and they love reading and solving

the riddles and clues,” said Justin.

If you are ready to embark on this quest, visit GnomesAway.com. Click

on the image of the gnome you want to search for, and you’ll see a map

as well as clues that will help get you pointed in the right direction. The

Gnomebassador wants to remind people that all gnomes are hiding on

public property, and you will never need to dig, hop a fence, climb or

disturb any ground in order to find them.

While there are only a few gnomes left, once the last one is located a

new quest will begin. Justin has in his possession eight gold medallions

attached to lanyards that will be hidden around Gig Harbor. Just like

the gnome hunt, people will need to decipher clues to find them. Each

medallion will have a word written on it, and once all eight are found, the

words will form a scrambled phrase. Justin will publicly post the words

as they are found, and the first person to put them in the correct order

will win a prize.

The Gnomebassador’s quest has been more successful than he even

thought possible. “When I see the pictures that parents send me of their

families and children proudly holding up a gnome, I feel like I've won my

own grand prize. Every smile is a victory for me. I want everyone to have

a good time searching, whether they find a gnome or not.”

There is still time, but others are out searching right now. Can you figure

out the clues first? Or will another beat you to it? Your quest begins today.


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Change Your Water, Change Your Life

Say hello to Kangen Water®

By Jillian Chandler

John A. Sheridan wants to share something with the Gig Harbor

community; a discovery he made personally that has changed his

life, and that of his family’s, for the better.

“The beauty of this product is rapid cellular hydration, which hydrates

your body more quickly,” shares John.

Coast to Coast Kangen Gold Water, which is veteran owned, offers home

and commercial ionization systems. John shares that these systems are

wonderful for people who are interested in their health—especially

athletes. Water is essential to life, and rather than having to constantly

purchase bottled water—which is an entirely different issue—consumers

can purchase this system, attach it to the water system in your kitchen

sink, and consistently be delivered some of the best tasting water you can

find. “It’s by far the best water in the world!” John attests.

The machine is an investment, but as John reminds us, “What is your

health worth?”

John has called the Northwest home since the Navy brought him here

back in 1983. After 30 years in the Military—10 years active-duty Navy,

10 years U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and 10 years U.S. Army Reserve—he

retired in 2019. Years filled with not the most nutritious of diets, and

bouts of heat stroke and dehydration during his many deployments

in the Middle East, left John feeling the years of wear on his body—

especially his colon. Then, in December of 2019, he would discover a

life-changing remedy.

John was introduced to Enagic’s Kangen Water® through a good friend

of his and, within a few weeks, bought a Kangen Water® machine of his

own. “After drinking it for a few months, this water detoxified me. I

felt better, and my symptoms had diminished. I can’t even explain how

drinking this water has changed my life,” he attests.

He decided he wanted to share the benefits of this product first with

his family, expanding to his friends and now his local communities. He

began doing business as Coast to Coast Kangen Gold Water, representing

Enagic’s Kangen Water®, in early 2020.

“As I’m not a scientist, the simplest way to explain how this water system

works is to say that it plugs into your sink faucet, creates a negative and

a positive charge in the water, and puts electrolytes into the water. You

can choose a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 for drinking. Through this technology,

it creates the water we’re supposed to be drinking, free of chemicals

and toxins.”

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This water ionizer machine produces healthy alkaline water and,

through its electrolysis process, the technology in the Kangen machine

produces a sanitizing pH 2.5 and also a pH of 11.5 for cleaning. “My

wife thoroughly enjoys the beauty water at 6.0, while our youngest

grandchild drinks the 7.0, reaping the benefits of this micro-clustered

electrolyte water.”

John is excited, and feels blessed, to be able to share this product

with others. “[Pursuing this business venture] is about people—and

relationships,” shares John. “Life is about relationships.

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“The most rewarding part of this journey is my opportunity to share it with those around

me. Since retirement from the Military, I’ve started a new chapter in my life. I’m majoring

in business law and minoring in organizational leadership. For me, to talk about the water,

and share my personal experience, is another fun thing to do and something I enjoy.”

If you are looking to feel your best, John is ready to help you on your journey. He invites

you to give him a call today at 360.801.5872 to set up a meeting, and he will come to you

and share more about Coast to Coast Kangen Gold Water and how Kangen Water® can

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IN

A CULTURE WHERE ART THRIVES

THE ARTS ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN THE HARBOR

BY RACHEL KELLY

Gig Harbor isn’t just the gateway to the Peninsula, it’s also

a nexus of talent. Maybe it’s in the water, or maybe it’s

the gorgeous landscape. Whatever it is, Gig Harbor is a

sanctuary for art. From galleries, artists open studios and outdoor

events, there are a lot of ways to experience something new

and beautiful this year. Outdoors and in, there’s plenty to look

forward to.

“A lot has been cancelled because of COVID. But as this year goes on,

there’s a lot to look forward to,” says Bill Wachtler of the Peninsula Art

League and the Ebbtide Gallery Cooperative. The Peninsula Art League

has served as a meeting and gathering place for arts in the harbor.

They are a group of photographers, painters, sculptures, designers,

calligrapher and just plain old art-lovers who gather together in one place

to support each other, creating a culture where art thrives. They host up

to four events and nine meets a year, in normal years. Their website,

PensinsulaArtLeague.com, also hosts artist websites where their art is on

sale. The league is an open community that welcomes new members. To

get involved just contact them online.

As the harbor opens up, the Peninsula Art League is looking forward to

starting up their events again. The Summer Art Festival will be hosted

online this year, which began in July and continues through August, as

it was organized as such before the official opening. However, coming

up in September is the Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, which draws

guests from throughout Washington. The event is exactly as its name

describes: a tour of the studios of the masters. Artists Donna Trent and

Kathy Johnson are just two of many accomplished artists who will be

featuring their work in the place where they create it. If you choose to

spend more time in these studios, some artists (including Trent) hold

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FOCUS

regular classes in their master craft. Information on joining classes

can be found online on the artists’ websites, or on the Peninsula Art

League website. For more information on the Gig Harbor Open Studio

Tour, your best bet is to follow the event on Facebook for new and

changing information.

But art doesn’t begin and end with painting, photography or sculpture.

For do-it-yourself projects, there is the AR Workshop in Gig Harbor. The

workshop is a combination of retail and workspace, where anyone can

get their project done. It combines the practicality of everyday use with

a beautiful expression of what makes a project “you.” Offered through

the workshop are do-it-yourself kits, summer camps, group sessions, and

instructor-led one-on-one courses that center around home décor and

practical-use home crafts.

Weekly art classes for homeschoolers, after-school art, weeklong summer

arts camps, adult workshops, weekend gatherings and parties are all

offered through Peacock Paisley Art Studio. With mediums to include

watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing, pottery, hand lettering, art

journaling and crochet, Peacock Paisley Art Studio prides itself as being

a place to connect and create.

If you're looking for a studio offering private classes and art parties, look

no further than Art By Tami, with artist Tami Figliola. Catering to groups

of six to 20, Tami enjoys sharing her passion for her craft with others.

For truly dynamic art that’s available year-round, there are several

distinguished galleries throughout Gig Harbor. The Water’s Edge Gallery

on Pioneer Way hosts a variety of artists, as well as provides custom

framing (for all those works of art you created during the COVID year).

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The gallery also hosts the widely appreciated Gig Harbor Art Walk every

first Saturday of every month, providing regular support for the arts

throughout the year.

The Ebbtide Gallery Artist Cooperative is a gallery dedicated to

showcasing the incredible talent available here in the South Sound.

Artists apply for membership in the cooperative, with new applications

for membership being accepted now. The gallery regularly showcases

new and emerging artists, as well as featured artists. The gallery does the

hard work of seeking out new and visionary local art.

The Birdnest Gallery and Custom Framing has been serving the South

Sound on the Gig Harbor waterfront since 2002. For experience and

selection in both frames and art, the Birdnest Gallery can’t be beat. This

gallery also offers items such as pottery, woodwork, glass art, jewelry,

cards, windsocks and Norwegian rosemaling. The Birdnest Gallery

displays the roots of Gig Harbor, showcasing an impressive array of

nautical art.

Gallery Row showcases incredible talent and celebrates artists everywhere.

In operation since 1988, the gallery changes out its collection every

month. Priding itself as a destination gallery, Gallery Row represents the

work of 16 local artists. Mediums include oil, watercolor, acrylic, stained

glass, fused glass, and much more.

Also happening very soon is the Maritime Gig Festival. The much

beloved celebration of the rich history, traditions and vitality of Gig

Harbor is happening provisionally on August 21 and 22, once the harbor

is fully reopened. But planning is underway for a festival of fun, which

includes parades, music and community celebration. The Peninsula Art

League is also working with the Chamber of Commerce to showcase

art! Outdoor demos are still underway and in the planning stages. For

more information, follow the Maritime Gig Festival and the Chamber of

Commerce, and gear up for a celebration.

Whether indoor or outdoor, online or in person, in our homes or in the

galleries, art is alive and well in the harbor. What better way to ease into

opening than with the beauty and emotion that only art can bring to

the forefront? What better way to explore the newness of events than

with our community? Together, we struggle, and together, we open up.

Together, we try something new. Together, we create.

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KEEP ‘EM BUSY

Still plenty to do before school starts

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Summer is a blast for kids. As we move into August it can start to weigh

on parents who might be running out of ideas on how to keep the little

ones active while still getting some work done. While TV and video games

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do), there are several opportunities during August for kids of all ages. Weekly

trail running is offered by USA Track & Field certified coach Susan Larson from

Great+Full Running. The goal of the class is to promote physical fitness through

trail running in a supportive, empowering environment. Susan focuses on

gratitude and teamwork while teaching efficient running techniques and building

strength and speed. Group mentors will cheer you on as you reach your goals.

There are separate boys (Trail Stompers) and girls (Trail Divas) sessions available.

Both experienced and novice runners are welcome to join.

Middle and high school ages can learn the lifelong game of tennis with weekly

afternoon camps going from 1 to 4pm. Players meet up at Rosedale Park and

are split into age groups. In the 12- to 13-year-old group, players build athletic

fundamentals by learning proper footwork and racquet mechanics. At this level,

players will be able to use a full-sized court and net. Instructors focus on teaching

the basics of rallying, serving and keeping score. Ages 14 through 18 will continue

to work on fundamentals but also positioning and tactics used during both singles

and doubles play. An added bonus is that Tennis Camp is part of the Pierce County

“Kids Need to Play!” program. This means 70 percent off registration fees, which is

automatically applied at registration.

There are a couple of upcoming fun family oriented events as well. On August 20,

you can lay out your favorite picnic blanket or lawn chairs as well as snacks and

drinks and watch Jurassic Park with other eager outdoor movie-goers. A big screen

will be set up at Sehmel Homestead Park, and the show gets going at 7:30pm.

You can also enjoy part of your Labor Day weekend finding out who the best putter

in the family is as the Kiwanis Club and PenMet Parks are excited for the return of

the Mini Golf Classic. Cost is $50 to register your foursome, and all ages welcome.

The 18-hole family friendly course is located conveniently next to Highway 16 at

the PenMet Community Recreation Center. Proceeds from the event will go to

the Kiwanis Club service fund to support children in need specifically and our

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Nothing says summer like a YMCA camp—day or overnight. There are just a few spots left

in the late August day and overnight camps, so register now!

Day Camp is held at Lake Helena in Port Orchard. Kids will spend the day outside playing

camp games, learning to paddle kayaks and canoes, honing in on their archery skills and

making crafts. Bonding with other kids their age is always a fun experience and is also great

preparation for the upcoming school year.

For an even more in-depth experience, kids can do overnight camp at Camp Seymour. Many

of the same activities will take place, but kids get the added experience of nights away from

home. There are expanded outdoor adventure and water sports, as well as fun evening and

nighttime activities. Performing arts are also included during their time.

For more information or help registering, call the YMCA at 253.884.3392.

If you are still struggling to find openings, perhaps summer camp can be held in your own

backyard. Gather your children’s friends and neighbors and, as the work day closes, the fun

can begin. There are thousands of easy-to-follow DIY craft projects available online after a

simple search. Set up a table or two and start creating! Have the kids plan an outside dinner

and, depending on age and experience, why not let them set up, cook and clean for Mom

and Dad. As a reward, you can set up the tent in the backyard for a campout at night. Check

with your local fire district, but if small backyard cooking fires are still allowed, bust out the

chocolate bars, marshmallows and graham crackers for the kids’ favorite summertime treat.

If you missed out on registering for summer activities, don’t let the same thing happen for

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It’s April in Tampa at the United States Dragon Boat Federation

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“I looked over to see the National Team paddling, and these guys

are 60-plus and in incredible shape. In sync. And I have to unseat

one of them to get on the team. I didn't have a prayer,” says Adrian,

the previous Olympian competitor and National Club Crew champion.

So when it came time for the 300-meter timed trial, Adrian was more

than a little nervous. He had performed relatively well on the rowing

machine test, but not overly so. In the trials, up to this point, he had

performed average at best. He needed to be at the top.

It was a different setup for the 300 meter, with a new vessel, and in the last

group of the day. Adrian was considerably off kilter. So, when a paddler

was late, he took the extra few minutes to do a little practice. When the

late-comer arrived, Adrian was far from confident. When the race began,

other paddlers were quick to start. They pulled ahead. Adrian started

slow and even—and was dead last. It was then that something clicked,

and it all fell into place. His vision tunneled, and his body came into sync.

Muscle memory and his continuous training kicked in; Adrian was in the

zone. Through consistency he held his speed and pulled ahead. Against

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Adrian pulled ahead and won by far. The seemingly insurmountable

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He was happily whiling away his retirement

golfing four days a week.

challenges were overcome, and Adrian Jones finished third for

overall time.

Adrian has a long history in professional athletics. It took him seven

years to qualify for the Olympics in 1980, which unfortunately were in

Russia, and therefore boycotted by the United States. He kept himself

in good shape throughout the years, as a natural athlete generally

does. Then, four years ago, Adrian and his wife Anita moved to Gig

Harbor from Vancouver, Washington. He was happily whiling away his

retirement golfing four days a week. It was then that he was introduced

to members in the community who wanted him to join the local Dragon

Boating team, Gig Harbor Dragons. Reluctant to dedicate any time away

from golf, he agreed to try it out when he wasn’t on the green. It was

love at first try. That day, Adrian went out and bought all the equipment.

Over the past four years, Adrian began to look for greater and greater

challenges.

Ramping up his training required him to drop his beloved nightly pint of

Ben and Jerry’s! However, the hard work and great sacrifices were to pay

off; Adrian joined the WAM (Washington Masters) dragon boat club.

With his team he won the National Championships in Colorado, earning

a berth in the World Championships in France in 2020. Unfortunately,

he was once again denied competition due to COVID cancellations. It

was becoming a pattern.

Not yet discouraged, Adrian set his sights on the USDBF Team USA

Dragon Boat Team. He was to go to further trials (after April), but it was

postponed to August. Now that may not even happen. Hong Kong, the

host of this year's races, is still suffering from the impacts of COVID-19.

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To allow for the races, they are enforcing strong restrictions on their

athletes. So much so that the United States may not compete and is

looking into the possibility of changing the location of the races. It’s all

up in the air.

In the meantime, Adrian continues to train in the firm hope that the races

may happen. If they do, he wants to be ready. And if he is once again

denied competition? There’s always the WAM Club Crew Nationals in

October. Once again, his team, the Gig Harbor Dragons, hope to requalify

for the 2022 World Club Crew Championships. Beyond that, Seville in

2023. Barring that, there’s always the drive to stay in shape and live a

quality life during his retirement years. Hitting 62, Adrian isn’t getting

any younger. If he’s not to do what he loves now, then when? Adrian Jones

is living his best life, every day.

Adrian’s stepfather, who just celebrated his 100th birthday, is watching

his son in anticipation. Adrian trains for him, so that if he wins his dad

is here to see it. He trains for his wife, Anita, a dragon boat coach and

loyal support. He trains for his son and daughter-in-law, who live in Gig

Harbor. He trains for his team, who have quickly become his adopted

family. He trains for his community, whose dragon boating team is fairly

new and yet is garnering national attention. Adrian Jones trains for

himself and his own health, but more than that, he is training for others.

We are what gives him his drive. We are his motivation. We are the reason

why he keeps going, regardless of restrictions and cancellations. Adrian

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An Unwavering Commitment to

Excellent Patient Care

Gig Harbor's premier primary care provider has a new name!

By Jillian Chandler

The office of Rainier Family Medicine has changed their

name! The clinic will now be called Gig Harbor Primary

Care. Same great clinic, same patient-centric health care.

What sparked the name change? According to Jessica Hopkins, “We

wanted the clinic name to better reflect the services that we offer, as

well as our ongoing commitment to the local community.”

The community can rest assured knowing that though the name

has changed, Gig Harbor Primary Care has not changed ownership

or management, merged with another group or brought on

new partners. “We are still the exact same clinic: same provider,

same staff, and same unwavering commitment to patient care,”

smiles Jessica.

Gig Harbor Primary Care opened its doors in Gig Harbor in 2016,

and for the past five years, owners Scot Fleshman, ARNP, FNP-BC

and wife Jessica Hopkins have been providing superior primary

care to the Gig Harbor community—with a holistic approach.

“Our clinic offers a truly patient-centric and holistic approach to

health care,” affirms Jessica. “We love being able to empower our

patients with the tools and resources they need to optimize their

health. We like to consider ourselves a part of each patient’s healthcare

team.”

Scot knew early on in his health-care career that he would eventually

open his own practice, as he noticed a drastic shift away from

patient-centric care that he was not willing to accept. “I witnessed

decisions often made based on finances rather than the quality of

patient care being provided,” he shares.

When it comes to what Scot finds most rewarding about the work he

does through his practice, it is knowing that he has his patients’ best

interest in mind when treating them. “I get to put in as much time

with a patient as needed, and I can carve time out of each day to do

things that are crucial to a patient’s success,” he affirms. By provider

and patient working together as a team, they are able to develop a

plan the patient can follow to reach their health-care goals. “That is

why I got into medicine, and I will do whatever it takes to provide

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As a primary care provider (PCP), Scot is not limited in the services

he is able to offer for primary care. And as an independently owned

clinic with an extensive referral network, they have more freedom

with their referrals than if they were part of a major medical group.

“We can refer to the specialist who is going to be best for our

patient’s needs, rather than being mandated to ‘keep the referral

within a specific system,’” says Scot.

Scot is a Gig Harbor native, while Jessica moved to Gig Harbor as

a child. Despite residing in various cities during young adulthood,

they always knew they would return home to Gig Harbor. “There

is no community like it anywhere else in the world,” smiles Jessica.

“The sense of connection and support is palpable and invigorating.”

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As a practice, Gig Harbor Primary Care is involved in numerous community

fundraisers, drives and events throughout the year. “We are strong supporters of

schools and education and will support those efforts in any way possible,” says

Jessica. Scot sits on the board of the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation and

volunteers as a provider at the Key Free Clinic on the Key Peninsula, while Jessica

currently holds two board positions; one with the Harbor Montessori and the other

for the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses.

Gig Harbor Primary Care is currently welcoming new patients and can accept most

major medical insurance. Scot and Jessica understand that some patients may be

nervous when making the decision to switch to a new primary care provider, thus

they offer a no cost “meet and greet” for potential new patients to chat with Scot

prior to making the decisions to switch.

Gig Harbor Primary Care has not changed ownership or

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PICKLEBALL

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By Molly Radonich, LAT, ATC

The fastest growing sport in America … What’s your guess? If

you said pickleball, you would be correct! According to The

Economist, pickleball participation grew by 21.3 percent from

2019, while the average activity level remained constant.

Pickleball was invented just next door in Bainbridge Island, Washington. It

is a combination of tennis, wiffleball and badminton. It was made official

in 1972, and there are now over 4 million pickleball athletes. You can play

singles or doubles, and there are 11 points in a game, but you must win

by 2.

Pickleball athletes move through multiple planes of movement to

successfully compete in this game. This requires successful movement

patterns that require mobility, motor control and sports-specific

movements. Both the upper and lower body are highly involved in this

sport and require many muscle groups.

There are growing numbers of new patients who suffer injuries from this

popular and growing sport. There are several different injuries which result

from this loved sport. The most common are sprains, Achilles’ tendonitis;

shoulder, neck, back pain; muscle strains of the quads and hamstrings, as

well as wrist; pain and fractures. Depending on the injury, it could take a

few weeks to heal, and others may take much longer. There are several ways

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A proper warmup is key to help prevent injuries. If muscles don’t get

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There are now over 4 million pickleball athletes. You

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your risk for a muscle strain greatly increases.

Warming up helps to lubricate the joints,

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Wearing the right footwear will help to prevent

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The right footwear consists of a shoe with

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KEEP COOL!

AS THE TEMPERATURES RISE, PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST HEAT EXHAUSTION

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Summer is in full swing, and as the

summers here are short, you’ll want to

get outside and enjoy as much of it as

you can!

But when you are out hiking, gardening,

biking, or out doing any of the amazing

things the Pacific Northwest has to offer, you

want to be careful that you don’t succumb to

heat illness.

A heat illness happens when your body is

unable to dissipate heat effectively, the balance

of salt and water in your body becomes

unbalanced, and your temperature rises.

Sweating fails to keep you cool.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to a

high loss of the water and salt, usually through

excessive sweating. Often those most prone to

heat exhaustion are those who are elderly, have

high blood pressure, and those working or

exercising in a hot environment.

It can be easy to step into heat exhaustion when

you’re out and about having a good time or

focused on a project in the yard. Be sure to pay

attention to the symptoms before they sneak

up on you.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

• Headache

• Nausea

• Dizziness

• Weakness

• Irritability

• Thirst

• Heavy sweating

• Elevated body temperature

• Decreased urine output

What to do:

• If medical care is unavailable, call 911.

• Remove yourself from the hot area and get

liquids to drink.

• Remove unnecessary clothing, including

shoes and socks.

• Cool yourself with cold compresses or wash

your head, face and neck with cold water.

• Take frequent sips of cool water.

Heat stroke is the most serious of heat injuries,

so you definitely don’t want to take symptoms

of heat stroke lightly. The main problem with

heat stroke is that your organs can be damaged

by prolonged high body temperatures.

Signs of heat stroke:

• High body temperature

• Altered mental state or behavior (Confusion,

agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium,

seizures and coma can all result from

heatstroke.)

• Nausea or vomiting

• Flushed skin

• Rapid breathing

• Headache

• Altered sweating (Skin may be hot and dry to

the touch, or you may start sweating abnormal

amounts.)

What to do:

• Find a shady spot.

• Remove excess clothing.

• Place cold rags in these areas: back of neck,

groin, armpits. And if you have access to a hose

or cold packs, use those to cool down.

• Find a fan or breeze to help your body

cool off.

• When feeling cooled off, head to a clinic

or emergency room for medical evaluation

and treatment.

Get out there and enjoy this beautiful

weather—but it is imperative that you keep an

eye on things and listen to your body.

Missi Balison is a personal trainer, exercise

physiologist and Certified Precision

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FINDING ENGAGEMENT IN SENIORS

WITH COGNITIVE DECLINE

READING, PUZZLES AND MUSIC CAN AWAKEN THE MIND

By Lara Coutu, Executive Director, Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s

disease or dementia, there are many

heartbreaks you endure in the journey

as their disease progresses. One of the

hardest is when their condition takes away

pieces of who that person is: Maybe your

father was a terrific piano player, or perhaps

your mom ruled the local bowling lanes in her

Wednesday night league.

It’s those activities and passions that make up

a big part of who we are, and when they aren’t

available to a loved one anymore, it can be

difficult to process.

If you have a loved one living with cognitive

decline, there are ways to start engaging

with them in new ways to help maintain a

connection. A few options include:

• Reading: If your loved one has a favorite

book, reading aloud to them is a great way

to stimulate their mind. It’s also an activity a

grandchild can participate in by reading to

their grandparent.

• Puzzles: Whether it’s jigsaw puzzles, word

searches or crosswords, puzzles exercise

both sides of the brain and improve spatial

reasoning.

• Music: Sing and dance the day away with

your loved one’s favorite songs. Many seniors

with cognitive decline can still remember song

lyrics, as the part of the brain where they’re

stored is often spared from the disease.

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At Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence, we

understand the emotional and physical toll of

caring for someone with dementia, and we’re

here to help.

Our award-winning Expressions program

is designed to keep our residents living with

Alzheimer’s disease or dementia active and

engaged. Our compassionate caregivers take

the time to understand elements of a person’s

life story so that we can personalize and tailor

each service we provide. We build relationships

with our residents based on trust, empathy,

support and humor, always focusing on them

and not their disease.

If it’s time to consider memory care, you can

learn more about our community by visiting

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You can also book a tour to visit our beautiful

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To learn more or to book a tour, call our team

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If your loved one may need memory care, at

Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence, we believe in

engaging our residents in a variety of different

programming. We have an ever-changing

calendar of activities and events designed to

find ways to keep their minds and spirits open

to both old and new activities.

With that in mind, we’ll be holding a free

webinar with noted Alzheimer’s disease and

dementia expert David Troxel, MPH, on

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If you have a loved one with a diagnosis of

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BOTOX ®

THE MIRACLE TREATMENT FOR WRINKLES

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

According to the American Society

of Plastic Surgeons, over 2 million

Botox® treatments were carried

out in 2019, and that number

has continued to rise. Considered the most

common cosmetic intervention, and with

good reason, this miracle treatment can take

years off your appearance and prevent the

signs of aging in a quick (we’re talking fiveminute)

appointment. With FDA approval to

treat moderate to severe wrinkles in the frown

lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines, and a 92

percent “worth it” rating from consumers, this

treatment may be just what you are looking

for to age gracefully and look as young as

you feel. Below we break down your most

common questions.

What is Botox®?

Botox® is a safe, purified, FDA-approved protein

that relaxes and softens the muscles responsible

for causing frown lines, creases between the

brows, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and worry

lines in the forehead. Years of muscle use in

our faces—from smiling, squinting, stressing—

create what begin as fine lines, and deepen over

time. Botox® can heal that dermal cracking

or can be used preventatively to help deter

their deepening.

How much does Botox® cost?

Botox® pricing varies from clinic and region,

and your total price depends on what areas

you are treating and the number of units each

individual needs. To treat the area in between

the eyebrows (a.k.a. frown lines) is typically

$240 to $300; the forehead is typically $150

to $180; and crow’s feet are typically $300

to $450. It is best to schedule a consultation

with your aesthetic provider to determine

the appropriate dosing and cost for your

individualized treatment.

How long does Botox® last?

You can expect to notice a more youthful,

relaxed appearance within two to 14 days, and

results last three to four months. Some clients

find that with consistent treatments they get

longer-lasting results.

How long will my appointment take?

Botox® appointments are quick and easy. Your

initial appointment will take approximately

30 minutes to review medical forms, discuss

your goals with your provider, and develop

a treatment plan. After your first visit, your

subsequent visits are generally quick and take

only a few minutes.

Does Botox® hurt?

Most patients describe Botox as painless. A very

tiny needle is used to inject Botox® in strategic

muscles on the face, and techniques are used

to make the treatment comfortable. If you are

concerned about pain or discomfort, talk to

your provider prior to treatment to discuss pain

relieving modalities such as topical numbing

cream and/or ice.

Is there any downtime or recovery?

Botox® is generally considered a “no social

downtime” treatment. Most patients leave their

appointment with small pink bumps where

Botox was injected, and these generally subside

in 15 minutes. Bruising is a possibility. Patients

are asked to avoid vigorous exercise and facial

massage for 24 hours after treatment.

When should I start Botox®?

There is not a set age when one should start

Botox®. Once you notice static lines (the lines

that appear on the face at rest), you can begin

to speak to your aesthetic provider about

treatment to soften the lines and prevent them

from getting worse. When treatment is started

early, the static lines can often be reversed.

After they have been present for years, they can

be more difficult to diminish.

Botox® is an excellent treatment option for

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LOCALS ANSWER THE CALL TO SAVE

OUR WATERWAYS

SMALL ACTIONS EFFECT CHANGE IN OUR

GREATER WORLD

BY RACHEL KELLY

There are some things that we can’t do alone. There

are some things that we were made to face together,

as a community, as a state, or as a people. Things like

raising our families, or building safe neighborhoods,

we face together. There are some problems that require a whole

world to come together to ensure success. Large problems

usually involve a lot of people, and it takes a lot of people to

solve them. Problems like global pollution and global warming

are big problems. Problems that we can’t solve on our own. But

together, united by our common humanity, we can.

“It’s important to think about the way we live and its impact

on the planet,” says Tara Galuska of the Washington Fish

and Wildlife. And there are many such impacts. We can

see those impacts locally, on our beaches and especially in

our waterways. We can see the impacts we have on rivers

through the salmon and the residents they support, such as

bears. Another such resident is the Southern Orca, resident

of the Puget Sound and Canada, which survives off of

Chinook salmon. Salmon, in turn, survives off of krill. Krill

survives off phytoplankton. There is currently estimated

to be only 75 Southern Orca left in the whole swath of salt

water that exists from the Washington Sound up to the Strait

of San Juan de Fuca. Their low numbers, coupled with their

dependence on the health of the local waters, makes them an

endangered species.

The declining numbers of Southern Orca illustrates the

circular pattern of the effects of our actions on the world,

beginning with the global rise in temperatures. Scientists

believe this is due to an increase in atmospheric carbon

dioxide. There is still a lot of research being done on exactly

why this is happening, but it is apparent that our world is

changing. This change is affecting our local residents, animals

and humans alike. According to the Southern Resident Orca

Task Force, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has stayed

below 300 parts per million prior to 1950. Since then, our

carbon dioxide has increased to 405 parts per million. This has

caused a one-degree Celsius increase in global temperatures

since pre-industrial levels, suggesting that industrialization

and pollution plays a part in the health of our Earth.

Twenty-five percent of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

is absorbed by the ocean, causing an increase in ocean

acidification. Algae, often seen in freshwater ponds, lakes

and basins across Washington and Idaho, grows plentiful in

order to consume the carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

The ocean’s acidification makes an inhospitable environment

to most species aside from algae, which adapts to grow in the

ocean. Like a fail safe for an imbalance in the atmosphere,

algae grow wild, fed by an overproduction of carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is often present due to various levels of

pollution, from untreated sewage to various inhospitable

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factories. Unfortunately, large amounts of algae are toxic

to all fresh and saltwater species.

The one-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures also

affects our streams and lakes, as snow melt decreases

every year. The re-circulated warm water makes for

warmer winter lakes and rivers, and dryer summer

river beds. Occasionally, a rise in warm winter waters

causes an overabundance of rain versus snow, increasing

sediment flow and mudslides. The increased rain also

runs into our drains, occasionally overwhelming our

water treatment plants. Which means that sewage

dumps into our ocean. More algae grows.

According to scientifically backed collected data of

Washington Fish and Wildlife, major effects from

climate change will be seen as soon as 2030. If conditions

continue as they have been, 2030 through 2052 will see

a 1.5-degree Celsius increase, which will result in the

following conditions: a 67 percent increase in days over

90 degrees, 38 percent decrease in snowpack, 16 percent

increase in winter streamflow, and a 23 percent decrease

in summer streamflow. To lower these temperatures, and

to decrease their overall effects, we must cut our carbon

emissions by 45 percent by 2030.

Our changing rivers affect salmon, who spawn in rivers

in the spring. They lay their eggs in the gravel, from which

alevins emerge one to three months after spawning. Fry

then grow from alevins, then develop into smolt. Smolt

then migrate to the ocean, where they grow into adults

and live for up to four years. All the combined effects

of pollution and carbon dioxide disturb the breeding

grounds of our salmon at all their various developmental

levels. Increased flooding impacts the salmon eggs and

alevins. Reduced spring flows affect the fry and smolt.

The increased algae in our oceans kill the zooplankton

on which the herring and other fish feed, in turn on

which the salmon feed. Salmon is considered a keystone

species, meaning that they are essential for the survival

of a variety of wildlife. As their rate of survival drops, the

underlying food web becomes unstable. This is why the

Orca are showing up less and less in Pacific Northwest

waters, and why the health of our fresh water suffers.

When salmon suffer, we all suffer. And so, our actions

come full circle.

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“It’s important

to think about

the way we live

and its impact

on the planet."


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Our seemingly small actions that we, as a people, do

on the daily affect the greater world. Trash from our

picnics on the beach, the chemicals that we use in our

cleaners, the medications that we dispose of, waste water,

improper drainage and everyday food waste all play a

part in pollution. Individually, our actions are small. But

together, they have a big impact. Everything eventually

ends up in our waterways, and in turn runs into the

oceans. Our Earth is a complicated web of interconnected

pieces, of which we are also a part of.

“What we do as an individual and as a society to reduce

global warming and to improve water quality for these

majestic creatures also supports a better ecosystem for

humans,” says Tara. This means that any movement

toward change is a win-win.

The Orca are especially sensitive to any environmental

changes, as are all endangered species, which is why their

numbers have been in steady decline in our waterways.

Individuals on land and water play a large part in our

Earth’s health, but so do large companies whose ships

produce a lot of emissions. Noting the sensitivity that

Orca and other wildlife have toward our actions in the

water, TOTE Maritime is one company that has decided

to do something about it.

Alaskan fishermen have long begun their spring season

in the southern part of Washington’s Puget Sound, and

still leave every year to fish for the summer season. As

the polar ice melts, and less and less re-freezes every

winter, fishermen and shipping companies are able to

go further and further north. Many ships and fishermen

are advised to be whale wise as they expand their reach

into the northern waters. Ships are advised to keep their

distance from whales, and to steer away from fishing in

their feeding waters. There are even flags that local ships

hoist to alert other ships and boats as to the presence of

whales. In 2010, the coastal waters of North America

were deemed emission control areas. Most companies

simply adhere to the bare minimum, adhering to the

emission controls and occasionally following Whale

Wise protocol.

TOTE Maritime Alaska is one such company that

moves up and down the northern seas. The leader in

the industry in environmental practices, they chose

to respond to the emission controls in a way that went

above the bar for the safety of our coastal species. TOTE

Maritime Alaska invested in liquified natural gas. In

partnership with Puget Sound Energy, which is known

for their groundbreaking and accessible environmental

activism, TOTE Maritime Alaska outfitted its Orca class

vessels to run on liquified natural gas. Liquified natural

gas decreases particulate matter by 99 percent, vessel

sulfur emissions by 98 percent, and nitrogen oxides by

91 percent. These numbers are groundbreaking. Through

decreasing the waste that ships normally dump into

the waters, TOTE Maritime Alaska has made some of

the most environmentally friendly ships in the world,

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showing the world once again just how unique

the Pacific Northwest is.

It is actions such as these that greatly affect our

waters and the sensitive wildlife that live in it.

Large companies, such as shipping and fishing

companies, play a direct part in keeping our

waterways clean by the ways that they choose

to conduct business. TOTE Maritime Alaska

is especially inspirational in their refusal to

go along with the status quo, and the hope is

that other companies will follow suit. In the

face of such incredible effort, we must do the

same. We must allow ourselves the flexibility

of positive change. Maybe not all at once, but

perhaps little by little. Even the smallest steps

can have a big impact. Especially when they

inspire others to make steps as well. Little by

little, greater change happens. There’s no better

example of what a community can do when it

comes together than what we see here, in the

Pacific Northwest.

We can and do reduce the waste that goes in our

waterways, by participating in the reduction of

litter or washing our cars in professional car

washes (that have proper disposal techniques).

We can also conserve the water that we use,

treating it as the precious resource that it is. We

can reduce our carbon footprint by reducing

our car use, from riding bikes to riding public

transport. We can implement the wise use of

our resources, reducing food waste by planning

ahead and composting. Using products with

fewer chemicals not only betters our overall

health but benefits the health of our world.

Individually we are small people, with a small

impact. We live as people of character by our

The leader in

the industry in

environmental

practices, they chose

to respond to the

emission controls in

a way that went above

the bar for the safety

of our coastal species.

individual everyday decisions. Together we live

as part of a delicate web called “community,”

where each impacts the other. As such, our

daily decisions of character make small dents in

what our world looks like as a whole. Perhaps

in our own small way we will inspire others

to go upstream against apathy. It is in these

seemingly small everyday acts that we make big

changes, first changing ourselves until we have

all changed together.

Global impact comes full circle, into our

backyards. Into the realm of personal

responsibility. As much as we want to pretend

that global problems are beyond our reach,

it’s the quality of our local watershed and the

health of our resident species that speak to just

how much we are doing to preserve its health.

When it comes to saving our waterways, we

must answer the call to responsible living. Just

like TOTE Maritime Alaska is doing. Just like

the Southern Resident Orca Task Force. Just

like us, who choose to not go it alone.

It is in this fearless spirit of innovation

that we discover that the world is capable

of change.

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iving in a region with all four of the seasons inspires the need for strategic seasonal

shopping. As the heat of the Pacific Northwest summer begins to fade into shorter, cooler

days, key transitional pieces will become wardrobe essentials.

Light pieces that carry well into fall’s early days are a great way to extend your summer

wardrobe while staying seasonally chic. This month, shop your local boutiques for

summery items with staying power. Here, you’ll find shopping inspiration through a

selection of items to look for as you shop the Northwest’s seasonal styles.

Sweater vests. One of the season’s easiest ways to add a layer is the sweater vest! You’ll

notice sweater vests and sleeveless knits back in style as we come closer to fall. They’re

perfect as easy pieces to wear on their own as a sleeveless sweater, or to layer over a crisp

white button-down as the temperatures drop.

White button-down shirts. If you don’t have that crisp white button-down in your

wardrobe yet, now is the time to add one, as it’s sure to be a staple in the coming months.

Light enough to wear on its own or to layer under a cardigan, jacket, sweater vest or suit

jacket, the crisp white shirt is one of the most versatile pieces you’ll pick up this season.

While temperatures stay hot, mix and match the top with your favorite shorts and skirts

to stay cool.

Crop tops. Don’t put away your summer crop tops just yet! These hot-weather staples can

keep you stylish in the transition to autumn. Keep them to spice up a night out, as they are

easily covered under a jacket in the cooler evening temperatures, or keep them peeking

through light layers for a fun weekend look. Bonus style points for crop tops in fun fabrics

and leathers.

Neutral maxis. Maxi dresses made their comeback this year, and they are here to stay

through the autumn. Keep your neutral-toned maxi dresses for the fall—think creamcolored

shirt dresses paired with knee-high boots, or military-inspired greens with ankle

boots. Maxi dresses are an easy way to add a feminine touch to your autumn days.

Jumpsuits. Similar to the maxi dresses, jumpsuits are an easy way to quickly pull together

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into fall festivities. From satin jumpsuits to dress up a night out, to

military-style jumpsuits making a statement in the daytime, you

can easily layer them over a long-sleeve shirt or underneath a wool

coat on a cooler day.

White baby tees. That little white tee in your closet might be of

bigger value than you realize. Cropped tops have been in style

all year, and that doesn’t stop at T-shirts. Keep your fitted white

“baby tee” as the ultimate base layer, then build an outfit around it

based on your plans. White tees are easily paired with just about

everything: this season’s carpenter pants, trousers, destroyed jeans

and maxi skirts, with additional warmth brought by cardigans,

denim, leather, or suit jackets.

Cropped sweatshirts. Those cropped sweaters you kept around

for the late nights coming home from the beach, lingering around

a bonfire, or the occasional rainy day, are going to be one of the

best pieces to keep around for autumn. Cropped sweatshirts can

range from a simple, solid color, to a retro-inspired statement

piece. Get creative with your layers, and keep them in stock as a

go-to piece this season.

Slouchy jeans. The comfort promised by “boyfriend” jeans and

“mom” jeans alike has been deservedly embraced. These flattering,

yet flexible, jeans are on the slouchier side, making them easy

for the transition not only between seasons, but between day to

night and work to weekend. As they fit well with just about any

selection of shoe, they’re easily taken from sandal weather into

boot weather.

Floral prints. Flowers will continue to color and brighten our

wardrobes well into the upcoming months. Keep your light,

summery florals to add a burst of romantic energy to your fall

outfits. You’ll see florals stay on boutique shelves in the form of

patterned mini dresses, accessories, printed suits and more.

Extra-strappy sandals. Keep your most fun, dramatic sandals in

the rotation this month, as they’re poised to become a fall evening

essential. Dressier sandals with far-reaching straps are set to take

you into autumn soirees, events and dinner parties.

Where to Shop

Pacific Northwest shoppers have a wide

selection of local boutiques to choose

from, from Gig Harbor to Tacoma,

and everywhere in between.

Coastal Washington shoppers

can visit Gig Harbor’s Dolly

Mama Boutique, “a boutique

with a heart,” inspiring joy

in women through quality

items that are a selection of

every woman’s favorite things.

There’s also Dolly Mama Too, its

sister store.

Additional boutiques not to miss

in the Western Washington area

include Frankie Boutique and

Tacoma’s Purpose Boutique.

The transition to cooler days

doesn’t have to be complicated,

especially when it comes to

keeping up with seasonal

fashion. With a few key

pieces from the best of local

boutiques, your move into

autumn will be seamless

and stylish.

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eautiful

NATURAL

HOW TO MAINTAIN THAT FRESH-FACED SANS-MAKEUP LOOK

By Jillian Chandler

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With the busyness of our everyday lives, and

the many activities and adventures we’re

enjoying during the warmer months,

the last thing we want to worry about is

putting on our makeup. How nice would it be to wash your

face in the morning, moisturize, put on a little lip gloss and

head out the door, ready to embark on your day?

There’s no better time than the present to embrace your

natural beauty. Rather than covering up your face with

multiple products, spending too much time contouring

and enhancing, treat your skin to a health and beauty

regimen to keep it glowing and looking great, without the

need to cover it up.

With the help of one of our beauty experts, who has years

in the aesthetics field, we have compiled some simple

ways you can keep your face looking fresh and natural

throughout the summer months and as you transition into

the fall. It’s simple! Get ready to make your daily facial

routine one that is easy and not time invasive. And you’ll

be ready to head out the door glowing! Take a read to help

bring your skin-care and beauty routine to the next level!

From what you put in your body to what you apply onto

it greatly affects your skin, its appearance and glow. And it

starts the moment you wake up. After a long night’s rest, it

is important to cleanse your face in order to remove excess

oil and create a clean canvas for what you put on your skin.

Be sure to pat dry with a clean, dry towel.

Now that you’re fresh faced, the most important must-have

product to apply is sunscreen. You can eliminate makeup—

the concealer, foundation and other products—by

choosing and applying a tinted sunscreen. “This provides

light coverage for a flawless and effortless look,” shares

Bri Williams, RN, BSN at Refined Aesthetics Med Spa in

Sandpoint, Idaho.

“You can use all the best products in a 10-step skin-care

regimen, but if you aren’t protecting your skin, it is all for

nothing,” she shares. “The number one thing you can do for

your skin is wear sunscreen. UV exposure is the number

one cause of premature aging and leads to skin cancer. It is

imperative that you protect your skin by applying SPF daily

and reapply throughout the day.”

She recommends finding a sunscreen that does double duty;

one that not only protects your skin from UV damage but

also packs in antioxidants to repair and rejuvenate the skin.

“My favorite is Total Defense and Repair by SkinMedica,

and it is available in tinted and non-tinted.”

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Treat your skin to a health and

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"

You can use all

the best products

in a 10-step skincare

regimen,

but if you aren’t

protecting your

skin, it is all for

nothing.”

Apply a light coat of waterproof mascara,

and a nude—or colored—lip gloss, and

you’ll be on your way.

You can touch up your look as needed

throughout the day by reapplying sunscreen

in one step with a powdered SPF. Bri recommends

Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by ColorScience.

At the end of the day, no matter how exhausted you

might be, it is important that you wash your face before

bed. Doing this removes pollutants and dirt, and of

course any products you applied throughout the day.

“Your skin cells turnover during the night to regenerate,

and this process is impaired if your face is not clean,”

shares Bri. She adds that there are a number of

beneficial products that can be applied before bed

(from antioxidants, moisturizers and growth factors, to

retinol, pigment correctors and more), but at the very

least be sure to use an antioxidant to protect from the

environmental exposures that are heightened in the

summer and a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

You should schedule two days per week when you plan

to exfoliate your skin with a natural scrub. Exfoliating

aids in a variety of areas, from minimizing pores and

fine lines, to preventing wrinkles, dark spots and

blemishes. Also opt to treat yourself once a week or

every other week to a natural face mask to maintain your

skin’s health.

Other factors that many seem to forget is one’s lifestyle.

It is imperative to drink plenty of water to keep your

body and skin hydrated. Getting enough sleep (yes, eight

hours is ideal) to allow your body the time to repair and

heal itself is also important. Exercise is a must, aiding

in releasing toxins of the body as you sweat. Eat foods

high in vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, which help to

nourish your skin.

When you feel good about yourself, and your body is

healthy inside, it tends to manifest outward—especially

through the appearance of your face and skin.

Obviously, you will not see results overnight. But, as you

continue to care for your skin, following a simple daily

routine that works best for you and your lifestyle, you’ll

soon find yourself with radiant skin, and you’ll have no

reason to want to cover it up.

Let your natural beauty shine, and embrace the face you

were born with.

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Style Tips on a

Budget

LOOKING GLAM ON A PLAN

By Rachel Kelly

As we enjoy the last weeks of summer before the fall months arrive, here are six hard-to-beat tips for making your summer

wardrobe pop. And all on an unbeatable budget to boot.

1

Think Vintage.

You know those crazy thrift stores that are piled high with what some may

consider to be junk? Those places are the worst for looking for specific stuff,

but the best for finding something stylish. Thrift stores are where all the

vintage goodies are. Hidden under grandma’s matching tracksuits and the

moo moos are some original Star Wars custom tees, lace-up heeled boots,

retro skates and silk kimonos. The key is to keep your mind open. Don’t go

in for something specific—go in to discover. Don’t be afraid to jump into the

fray. You will come out with a pile of goodies for ten bucks.

I know, I know, sounds expensive, right? No, actually. Buy yourself something

cheap, just a simple tee for example. Then have it tailored. Most shirts, no

matter the company or expense, are made of pretty much the same materials.

The key is how they fit you. Simple tailor jobs cost $10 to $15, but the results

are one of a kind. Your tailored shirts, pants or dresses will automatically

become your favorite pieces, simply because they fit perfectly. Not only will

you look good, but you’ll feel comfortable. Comfort equates to confidence.

Simple tailoring is the way to go.

2

It.

Tailor

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Buy Color.

3 4

Buying in solid colors is a well-kept style secret for the on-the-budget buyer.

Keeping it simple, in colors that amplify your natural positive features, allows

for mixing and matching. Favorites in solid colors, or muted styles, allow for

a do over with another outfit—no one can even tell that you are wearing it

again. Get your flash of color in your accessories, whether it be those impulsebuy

red boots or that Etsy jewelry piece. Key accessories dress up that simple

black jumper or everyday jeans into a multi-wear fashion-affair.

It.

Switch

When buying on a budget, buy things that you feel comfortable using in all

kinds of situations. Unless, of course, you feel that you’ve found that one-of-akind

piece, go simple when shopping. Buy pieces that are versatile for all sorts

of situations. The yoga pants that double as work clothes. The shoes that go

well with dresses and jeans. The solid green mini dress that works just as well

on the beach as it does for a night out on the town. That eye shadow that you

know would play up your eyes regardless of where you go. Style is every day,

and your clothes and accessories should be too.

5

6

Very few of us can boast about our creative abilities. It’s true that our

grandmothers made their own clothes, but most of us don’t have those skills

anymore. And the time! We’ve got no time. However, did you know that many

homemade beauty products use only three ingredients, are inexpensive,

and work better than your store-bought counterpart? For instance, for

a detoxifying body scrub, use equal parts (used) coffee grounds, sugar

and coconut oil. The coconut oil provides the sheen, the sugar the scrub,

and the coffee the lift. There are tons of simple body-care recipes online.

When it comes to skin and hair care, the best things are often the easiest—

and inexpensive.

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It Up.

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When embracing style on a budget, it’s important that what you buy looks

right and fits well. Don’t buy according to someone else’s style; buy what

fits your body and your look. Know your face type for makeup and jewelry

accents. Buy colors that complement or play up your complexion. Buy

clothing that fits your body type and highlights the parts of you that make

you feel especially confident. What works for someone else may not work

for you, and what works for you may not work for someone else. Style is just

another way to celebrate what makes you unique.

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ENJOY A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN, RIVERWALK AND

WORLD-CLASS BEACHES

Charming Wilmington, North Carolina

By Marguerite Cleveland

Wilmington, North Carolina, is less known as a destination than its more famous Southern neighbors Charleston, South

Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, and that is its charm. You won’t find the hordes of tourists; only those in the know about

this vibrant city on the banks of the Cape Fear River. Just a short drive from downtown Wilmington you will find some

great beaches, each with its own unique vibe.

Where to Stay

Downtown has a variety of places to stay, but you can’t beat the Front Street Inn for its location. It is just a short walk to the shops, restaurants

and lively nightlife that abounds downtown. This cute Inn has onsite parking—a plus when downtown. There are a variety of rooms, and

some are on the smaller size, but there are public spaces you can utilize. This is an historic hotel, so you won’t have all the amenities of a large

chain hotel, but its charm and location more than make up for it. Breakfast is included in the morning.

Another option is the Hampton Inn Wilmington-University Area/Smith Creek Station, which has a great location that is close to both

downtown and the beaches. Rates include breakfast.

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YOU WON’T FIND THE HORDES OF TOURISTS;

ONLY THOSE IN THE KNOW ABOUT THIS

VIBRANT CITY ON THE BANKS OF THE CAPE

FEAR RIVER.

Where to Eat

Wilmington has an eclectic dining scene, with a bounty of local seafood and area

farms providing fresh produce to the city’s restaurants. There is also the Gullah

Geechee influence from the Africans who were enslaved in the area. If you are new

to Southern dining, make sure to try Pimento Cheese. This yummy spread is now featured on many menus as a starter and is served with crisp

lavash crackers. The local oysters are so good they even have their own trail. Shrimp and Grits are a staple of low-country cuisine, and just about

every restaurant you go to has its own recipe.

PinPoint Restaurant is located downtown and is the epitome of farm to table with the freshest bounty from local farmers, fishermen, oystermen and

shrimpers. Their names are on the menu. Speaking of menus, it changes every day to reflect what fresh ingredients are available. You will find a catch

of the day, chicken, beef and pork dishes, as well as a vegetarian entrée. Each one is prepared utilizing the fresh produce and herbs. On the menu

during my visit was hogfish, which must be spear caught. It eats crustaceans, so the meat has a sweet richness to it. Local Carrots was the name of

a shareable plate layered with purple carrot hummus, topped with a variety of carrots, herbs and seasoning. It is a unique dish and highlights the

types of food the chef makes.

The Pilot House is one of the oldest restaurants in the downtown area and has a huge local following. Located overlooking the Cape Fear River, it is

a lovely venue to dine at. The menu is heavy on fresh seafood and traditional Southern dishes, but the chef ’s not afraid to be creative. For example,

the Shrimp and Grits include collard greens, and to keep it from becoming a soupy mess, a fried grits cake is the base of this dish. It soaks up the jus

from the greens, and with the shrimp and other ingredients is such a unique take on this traditional Southern recipe.

Out on the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, make sure to stop at Britt’s Donuts. It has been a beach staple since 1939. The donuts are simple yeast donuts

with a glaze that is not too sweet. They sell so many that your order is hot from the fryer. So yummy! Also in this area is the Fat Pelican, one of the

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The Specifics

Where to Stay

Front Street Inn - FrontStreetInn.com

Where to Eat

PinPoint Restaurant - PinPointRestaurant.com

The Pilot House - PilotHouseRest.com

What to Do

Airlie Gardens - AirlieGardens.org

Wilmington Downtown and Riverwalk - WilmingtonandBeaches.com

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher - NCAquariums.com/fort-fisher

diviest dive bars in the United States. This place is wild

at night, but if you stop in when they first open, you

will have the place to yourself. It is known for its huge

walk-in cooler. You go in and choose your beverage

from canned beers and other alcoholic beverages, and

the bartender will ring you up.

What to Do

Wilmington, with its surrounding beaches, provides

a plethora of things to do. Explore the downtown

area and visit the many local shops, restaurants

and museums. The newly revitalized Riverwalk is a

lovely place to stroll with cute little pocket gardens

and views of the Cape Fear River. A one-hour river

cruise on the Henrietta is a great way to learn a bit

about the history of the area and some fun, local

anecdotes. A must stop is Cape Fear Rum Cakes on

Front Street. This family owned business is kicking

out some seriously good cakes. The rum keeps them

moist and helps preserve the cakes in a vacuum seal

for six months. There are three sizes available, and

the 5-ounce size is enough for one to two people and

makes a perfect gift. Nothing on the shelves is older

than a day or two because they are selling as fast as

they make them.

Plan to spend a full day out at the Fort Fisher

area. In the morning, do a beach hike along the

Basin Trail with views of the ocean before it gets too hot. Then tour

the North Carolina Aquariums with its state-of-the-art exhibits.

The otters are always popular, as well as the sharks in the big tank.

Don’t miss the outside trails with some beautiful artwork. For lunch,

either pack a picnic or dine at the café at the aquarium. After lunch,

explore the Fort Fisher Museum and learn about this Civil War

site. Then walk around the outside exhibits to see the remnants of

the fort.

A beach day is a must while visiting this area. Kure Beach is a quieter

beach popular with retirees and families. Wrightsville Beach is bustling

and more of a challenge to find parking. At Carolina Beach, you will find

the boardwalk with lots of shops and amusement park rides. There is

really something for everyone. Each beach also has fishing piers where

you can rent fishing equipment.

Insider Tip: Make sure to read the parking signs. The side street parking

by shops and restaurants is usually two hours and turns over more

frequently. The lots have all-day parking options. All parking is fee based.

You can download an app to make the process easier. Some parking

meters have swipers for credit cards.

Airlie Gardens is a beautifully landscaped coastal south garden with

67 acres of formal gardens and walking paths. The crown jewel of the

gardens is the Airlie Oak, which is a Southern Live Oak tree almost 500

years old. It sits amidst an expansive lawn surrounded by azalea bushes.

Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure at the entrance. Explore

more than a dozen gardens including the Pergola, Minnie Evans Bottle

Chapel, a seasonal butterfly house and much more.

With its revitalized downtown, Riverwalk, and charming walkable

historic district, as well as the spectacular beaches, Wilmington is the

perfect vacation destination.

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Gig Harbor’s

Historic Netsheds

As you make your way around

Gig Harbor, you can't help

but notice the historic

netsheds found throughout

the town along the water’s edge, and

are best viewed from the water.

Netsheds first appeared along the

waterfront beginning as early as

1910. These simple structures were

used by local fishermen to store their

fishing gear—and nets.

Over the years, as the town grew and

new developments and commercial

marinas appeared, many of these

netsheds were displaced. Though

just 17 remain along the western

shoreline today, Gig Harbor Bay

still boasts the largest inventory

of historic netsheds on the Puget

Sound. Treasured relics to remember

the community's cultural heritage

and economic development, these

netsheds provide an architectural

connection between the community

and what was once one of the most

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Pleasure Craft Houseboat Rentals

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Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Fleet Suites

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Sanchez & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bain

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

253.853.2262 • JSAssociates@CBBain.com • ForJoe.net

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

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

Finest Real Estate Agents in 2020.

MARINAS & BOAT LAUNCHES

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

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

Jerisich Dock • Marina

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

cityofgigharbor.net/187/Jerisich-Dock

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

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

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

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

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Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch

3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joemma Beach State Park Boat Launch 253.884.1944

Parks.State.Wa.Us/524/

Joemma-Beach

20001 Bay Rd. SW, Lakebay, WA 98459

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHOPPING

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

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak

Boating

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

Clothing &

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

Beach Basket Gift, Clothing & Christmas Shop Gift Shop 253.858.9639

Facebook.com/Beach

BasketGiftShop

4102 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall Mall -

Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall

4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.851.4557 • UptownGigHarbor.com

Facebook.com/Harbor

LandingMall

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

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

cafes.

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

THINGS TO DO

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Event

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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The tires you need and the service you can trust since 1987

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Lube Oil Filter starting at $25.99

Call store for details

Cooling System Flush & Fill

A/C Performance Test

Tire Rotation

www.EagleTire.com | 253.857.5558

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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Maritime Jewelers

Estate & Consignment | Fine Jewelry | Custom Designs | Repair |Diamonds & Rare Gems

Exceptional Collection. All at Estate Prices.

Featuring Montana Sapphires and Estate Diamonds

up to half off of other retailers!

Master Jeweler and Graduate Gemologist

Winner

“Voted Finest Jeweler”

253.853.4579 • 866.346.GEMS | 3116 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

CRYSTALS • JEWELRY • REIKI • GIFTS

HealingNatureLLC.net | 7716 Pioneer Way Suite A, Gig Harbor, WA | Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11am - 6pm

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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.


Mosquito Fleet Your Local Award Winning Boutique Winery

Come visit our new & expanded

tasting room and outdoor pavilion

Only 20 minutes away on Hood Canal in Belfair

21 NE Old Belfair Hwy

Fridays 5 - 9 | Saturdays 12 - 6 | Sundays 12 - 5

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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.

Treat your palate!

You are invited to dine and imbide on

the beautiful Gig Harbor waterfront at

Morso. From fresh, light menu items

to savory, rich dishes, you are in for

a delectable treat! We also have the

perfect wines that pair beautifully

with your meal. Must be 21 or older.

Be sure to check out our market and

wine shop for picnics, boat rides and

grab-and-dine options, with plenty

of craft beer, wine and snacks to

choose from.

9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor | 253.530.3463 | MorsoBistro.com

Tuesday - Thursday: 12PM -8PM | Friday - Saturday: 12PM - 9PM

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JALAPEÑO

POPPERS

WITH BACON

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

12 jalapeños

1 8-oz. package bacon, each piece cut into thirds

2 8-oz. blocks cream cheese, softened

6 oz. Mexican-blend cheese, shredded

2 jalapeños, seeded and diced

1 tbsp. cumin

2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

METHOD:

• Preheat your oven to 400˚F. Spray a broiler pan, or cover a

sheet pan with aluminum foil, and place a wire rack on top

with non-stick cooking spray. Set it aside for later.

• Start by prepping the jalapeños using a chef’s knife to cut off

the stems, and cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise. Then, use

a spoon to scrape out all the seeds and the white membrane

inside the pepper. You can discard the seeds once you’re done

or keep a few to add to the cream cheese mixture if you like it

extra hot.

• In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix together the cream

cheese, cheese, jalapeños and seasonings. Fill each jalapeño

with the mix.

• Cut bacon strips into thirds and lay a piece on top of the

cream cheese mix. Once you have filled and topped all the

jalapeños with bacon, place them in the oven and bake for 25

to 30 minutes, or until bacon is done.

• Let cool before serving. Enjoy!

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Moctezuma’s Catering offers a one-of-a kind answer to all of your catering plans.

Our experienced catering team caters events ranging from corporate parties to wedding receptions and other

celebrations. Enjoy the authenticity of what it’s like being at one of our Moctezuma’s – with our decor, food and

attentive staff – in the comfort of your own home, office or private event space.

CONTACT US TODAY FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT!

www.MOCTEZUMAS.com

Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

AUGUST CREPE SPECIAL

Chicken Bacon & Avocado

with Swiss Cheese

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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AN AFTERNOON OF FUN

FOR A GREAT CAUSE

FOURTH ANNUAL HOGS, DOGS AND RODS

MOTORCYCLE & CAR SHOW

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

Saturday, August 28, will mark the fourth Annual Hogs, Dogs

and Rods Motorcycle & Car Show. Held noon to 5pm at the

Gig Harbor Eagles (4425 Burnham Drive in Gig Harbor),

everyone is sure to enjoy an afternoon at this “old-fashion

car show,” featuring cool bikes and cars, pinup/pageant girls, food

and live music—and, of course, community.

“Our community needs to catch up on fun,” smiles Kathy Black,

organizer and creator of the event. “The Gig Harbor Eagles only

hosts two open houses all year long, and this is a chance to see

how much we do as a Fraternity and what we're all about—which

is giving back.”

The event, which is open to both members and non-members

alike, is free to attend, though all donations are greatly appreciated

and will benefit the Northwest Kidney Centers for support,

transportation and education. There will be a membership drive

during the event as well; a great opportunity for the community to

find out more about the organization.

And this event isn’t just for the grownups! “Kids love to dance and

look at Heroes on Harleys and eat warm pretzels from our neighbor

Hy lu Hee Hee, and hot dogs and corn dogs!” shares Kathy. “Kids can

also get their pictures taken next to cool cars and lovely timeless

vintage beauties.”

There will be live music by the Big Bear Band all afternoon to

accompany the festivities.

“Gig Harbor is used to unique, artsy, sassy, and high-energy historic,

wholesome, nostalgic fun,” says Kathy. “We are at full capacity for

bikes and cars, and the vintage-style pinup girls are excited to have

their bios read to the audience.”

To be part of it all, be sure to mark your calendars for August 28 and

head on down to the Gig Harbor Eagles! For additional information,

call Kathy Black at 253.301.9345 or email kathygh13@gmail.com.

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23RD ANNUAL CRUISE THE NARROWS

CAR SHOW

Uptown Plaza is the place to be on Saturday, August 7, as the Cruise the

Narrows Car Show returns for 2021! Held 8am to 3pm at 4735 Point

Fosdick Drive, the Gig Harbor Cruisers Automotive Club is excited to

be able to once again bring this fun family friendly event back for the

community's enjoyment. For those who would like to participate, cost is

$20 per car, with all vintage and special interest vehicles welcome, all years,

makes and models! There is no entry fee for spectators. There will also be

a variety of vendors onsite throughout the day. Proceeds from the event

benefit Gig Harbor Cruisers Scholarship Fund for youth education. Visit

GigHarborCruisers.com for additional details. In adherence with federal,

state and county guidelines, all participants and spectators are asked to be

prepared to wear masks and maintain social distancing while at the event.

ROCKIN' RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL

The Lobster Shop Restaurant presents Gig Harbor's Rockin' Rhythm &

Blues Festival on Saturday, August 14. Held at the Gig Harbor Sportsman's

Club (9721 Burnham Drive NW), enjoy live entertainment from noon to

9pm, featuring Roeman and the Whereabouts, Buckenland3, Kimg Kom

Beau, Billy Shew with Kira Michelle, Rock Cook and Toast, 9, Twang

Junkies, and HD Fusion with Maddy Dullum. You can enjoy nine hours of

music for just $30 in advance ($35 if purchased the day of the show)! Even

better, food and craft vendors will be onsite, along with a beer and wine

garden (ID required). And there’s ample free parking. Ticket outlets include

Harbor Barber, Finholm’s Market and Kimball Coffee House. Children

under 12 are free to attend. All proceeds go to support the Permission To

Start Dreaming Foundation (PTSDFoundation.org). For additional details,

visit RockinRnB.com.

MARITIME GIG FESTIVAL

The annual Maritime Gig Festival, traditionally held in June, returns

this month! The community is invited to join in the two-day celebration

Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22. Saturday's events include

the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Kids Dash, U.S. Bank Family Fun

Run, Yo' Ho' Grande Parade, Children's Fair, business booths, food

vendors, kids’ activities, and live music and entertainment. The fun

continues Sunday, with Skansie Net Shed Foundation activities, Wheels

on the Water Car Show, Animal Adoption Event, entertainment and

concerts, and much more! For additional details and event lineup, visit

GigHarborChamber.net/maritime-gig-festival.

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

place as planned. Due to the continuing pandemic, there is the possibility

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

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

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

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