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Gig Harbor Living Local September 2021

SEPTEMBER 2021

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Living Local

BACK TO SCHOOL

» Getting Back Into A Routine

» Game On

» Tips For Supportive Parenting

WE ALL

NEED

A PLACE

TO HANG

LET'S PARTY

State Fair welcomes back visitors

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Serving Gig Harbor

Since 1961

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leading provider of medical supplies and equipment to the Puget

Sound area. Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest

quality products, exceptional customer service and to be an active

participant in our patients’ healthcare and well being.

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REAL ESTATE RESOURCE

Average Sales Price:

$803,024

up $12,132 from July.

Highest Luxury Sale:

$2,699,000

Average Days on

Market: 6.5

down 1 from July.

data from multiple listing service August 20th, 2021

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Abel Hernandez, was fantastic. He made sure my wife and I were

informed every step of the way, and was very responsive to my calls

and questions. I was seeking a VA Loan, so I had a few extra concerns

on requirements and things to consider, but Abel and his team are

extremely experienced in this aspect as well. The bottom line is they

care about what they do, and who they are doing it for. The only thing

I would have done differently is calling them sooner.”

- James Santos

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Living Local

SEPTEMBER 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 9

inside

Getting Back into Routine

Designing a schedule that works for you and your family 70

Game On

High school athletes take the field 74

Tips For Supportive Parenting

Empower and encourage your child with these six strategies 80

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Live Life Smiling

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Deann Hammer, Jennifer "Taz" Vazquez, Felicia

Soleil, Michael Harris, Molly Radonich, Bri

Williams, Lara Coutu, Marguerite Cleveland, Tina

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Rob Rutherford pg. 64, Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook pg.

102, Marguerite Cleveland pg. 84. Art by Clint Berreth

pg. 44, Peninsula Art League pg. 46, Ebb Tide

Gallery pg. 48

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"By all these lovely tokens, September days

are here. With summer's best of weather and

autumn's best of cheer."

- HELEN HUNT JACKSON

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Note

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surrounding community

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Seasons Change, and

Our Hearts Begin Anew

I

t seems as though, without

fail, that before we really

begin to embrace summer

and take advantage of all the

opportunities that come along with it, the

season abruptly comes to a bittersweet end.

As we slowly ease into fall, accompanied by

the cooler weather and autumn breeze, it is

important to be grateful for the memories

we created while at the same time knowing

there are many more to be made come the

new season.

As the hustle and bustle of the school year

begins, and the carefree days of summer are

but a distant memory, with a new season

upon us, it’s time to let go and gear up for

what’s to come. With an open mind and

heart, welcome the changes that are coming

our way and make the most of each and

every day.

As we send our children out the door to

embark on a new year of learning, may we

take this time to lay out plans for ourselves

when it comes to our own careers, families

and other vested interests. Goals and

aspirations are not just meant to be made at

the start of a new year, but at the beginning

of each new season.

Throughout the year, we are all growing,

learning, improving in our journeys. It’s

always good to reevaluate where you are,

what you have accomplished and what

your next steps look like. Let your children

inspire you to continue to learn, grow and

create. As we encourage our children to try

their best and be the best they can be, let’s

make sure that we take that advice ourselves.

Seasons change, as do our lives. As we say

farewell to summer and welcome fall, let’s

focus on what we can control and do our

part in making the best of what we can’t.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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WE ALL

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A PLACE

Living Local

Living Local

BACK TO SCHOOL

» Getting Back Into A Routine

» Game On

» Tips For Supportive Parenting

ABOUT THE COVER

AS SUMMER COMES TO AN END, there’s no better

way to celebrate than by attending the Washington

State Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds! From carnival

rides, live music concerts and entertainment, to fair

food and the camaraderie of friends and family,

don’t miss this year’s fair, scheduled for September

3 through 26. Check out TheFair.com to discover all

this year’s fair has to offer and for the most up-to-date

health and safety regulations.

TO HANG

LET'S PARTY

State Fair welcomes back visitors

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

30

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Showing Support to Those Who have Sacrificed: The

community will once again reunite for Race For

A Soldier

32

GOOD NEWS

Local Nonprofit Shares Its Legacy of Love: The Toy

Rescue Mission

38

36

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

David Olson: Making a difference in the lives of

our children

38

IN FOCUS

We All Need a Place to Hang: Convenience stores

turned hangouts

42

FISH BOWL

Rivalry Renewed: Anticipation grows for annual

Fish Bowl

44

LIVING LOCAL

Open Art Studio Tour: Local art event is back for

the fall

50

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Gig Harbor Botox Co.: Look as Youthful as You Feel

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sneak peek into September ...

84

102

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60

FEATURE

Pickleball Grows in Popularity: Find out the history

of our nation’s fastest growing sport

70

BACK TO THE GRIND

Getting Back Into A Routine: Making your

schedule work for you

60

74

BACK TO THE GAME

Game On: High school athletes take the field

80

BACK TO SCHOOL

Tips For Supportive Parenting: Empower and

encourage your child with these six strategies

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

A Perfect Fall Getaway: Explore Central Oregon from

the luxurious Brasada Ranch

88

GIG HARBOR LOCAL GUIDE

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

one place!

98

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

102

FEATURED RECIPE

The Perfect First Day of School Delight:

Zucchini Banana Nut Bread

106

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Get Bold!

LUXE ACCESSORIES AND RICH HUES REMAIN ON POINTE FOR DECORATING IN 2021

By Deann Hammer, Broadway Design

Deep rich hues such as teal, and iron ore grays, are hitting

the scene as favorite paint colors this year. These heavy

colors look gorgeous in any decorating mode. They can

be used in modern, craftsman, Danish or coastal design

themes with equal impact.

Bold colors shine either in a large open area such as a large living room

wall, or look just as special when used in powder rooms or accent

walls (ie: behind your master bed). The ceiling is also a great place to

add a super-rich color. I love painting a powder room ceiling to add an

unexpected pop of color to a home.

Make sure to buy high-quality paint so that the pigments are dense, and

you do not have to paint more than a few coats. I recommend Sherwin

Williams Emerald paint. It is also wipeable, which is a super bonus.

As we live in the Northwest, where in winter the light is low, it is

important to balance those dark paint colors with lighter fabrics that add

texture and balance to a room. A popular trend now is to upholster in

pastels. They look super luxe next to a richly colored wall and brighten up

a space. Rose, lavender, coral, light yellow and mint green are all on trend

as fabric choices for chairs, sofas and chaise lounges. If you are not brave

enough to do an entire piece in these colors, you can opt for a neutral

fabric and bring in pastels with pillows, rugs, art and throws.

Reflective metal accessories such as gold or copper add shine. Marble is

also a wonderful natural product found in trays, vases and lamps, and

is timeless and sleek. Be careful not to accessorize in any one material

alone. It is important to add a touch of wood, a little stone, some metal

and glass. It is a balancing act. The softness of pampas grass in a large urn

in a corner or a live tree will help create drama.

I find, when I focus on the details, a project transforms from average

to spectacular. I typically reach for architecturally interesting mirrors in

guest baths where functionality isn’t the focus (ie: applying makeup), and

if you buy a lamp, make it a great one! Don’t settle for the inexpensive,

generic Target or Home Goods lamps. Lamps are art and should be

treated as such. A true test of a good lamp is the actual weight of the

item. It should have some heft to it and not be easy to topple over. A lamp

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Rose, lavender, coral, light yellow and mint

green are all on trend as fabric choices for

chairs, sofas and chaise lounges.

should have a three-way switch, and the shade should be of a quality material, not stark white and

easily dentable.

TRANSFORM

YOUR WORLD

We excel at listening and

implementing each client’s wants

and needs to successfully reach the

finish line.

Grouping vases, candles or other trinkets together and buying art that tells a story or has a history

is also a way to add richness to a room and make it look unique.

Photographs are wonderful but are best in black and white and grouped in coordinating frames.

Keep it simple—and go for quality. Avoid photo frames that are ultra-busy or have sayings all over

them and reek of kitschy farmhouse themes.

And a shoutout to all of you technology lovers: You should never see a television or lamp cord.

Hire a contractor to bury TV cables in the wall, or tuck them behind a basket or large vase. Less

is more, as they say, and chords to digital devices are distracting to the eye and make a space feel

like a dorm room.

The theme for 2021 is go big, or go home. Get bold! And, if in doubt, hire an interior designer to

help you optimize your own special look. Broadway Design is always just a call away.

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

CALL DEANN FOR A

FREE 1-HOUR

DESIGN CONSULTATION

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WHAT THE FALL SEASON AND OUR INTENTIONS

HAVE IN COMMON

LIVING A LIFE OF PURPOSE AND MEANING

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!

Fall is my favorite season. How about

for you? It is a time of sweaters and

scarfs, gathering around fire pits,

and gorgeous Pacific Northwest fall

days. It is also a time to witness the change

of seasons. Observing nature, begin to let go,

shed what isn’t growing or nurturing, and

prepare for the future.

It got me thinking, fall is an excellent

opportunity for us to pause and reevaluate

our lives. Events in life happen, and we can get

stuck or feel overwhelmed. We can encounter

resistance toward new ways of doing or

being, and even become complacent toward

achieving our intentions. Researcher and

author Brene Brown notes living a life full of

purpose and meaning isn’t about the plan you

create, it is about your ability to get back up

and begin again.

How can you get back up and begin again so

you can continue to move forward in your

life? Brown notes there are three components

to beginning again: courage, curiosity and

vulnerability.

Courage. Courage to acknowledge something

didn’t work out or recognize if you fell back

into old patterns. It also takes courage to be

open to letting go of what is no longer helping

or serving you (be it your beliefs, thoughts,

behaviors, actions, profession and/or people

in your life). While it may have helped in the

past, it may be holding you back now.

Curiosity. Curiosity to observe what is

and is not working. It takes curiosity to

non-judgmentally observe what you are

thinking and feeling, and become conscious

of the negative messages you are constantly

repeating. It also takes curiosity to shift your

mindset to treat a situation as an opportunity

to grow and learn; instead of coming from a

place of fear, perfectionism or self-doubt, by

labeling a situation as a failure.

Vulnerability. Vulnerability to be willing to

learn and grow, ask for support, start again,

and take action. Brown says vulnerability

is where innovation, creativity and change

really begins.

Our growth process isn’t linear. Think of it as

a sine wave (or series of ups and downs). The

goal is to put in place wellness practices, tools

and a support system at the top and bottom,

as a buffer, to help maintain balance when

you experience the normal ups and downs.

Without the practices, tools and support,

you’ll tend to experience higher peaks and

lower valleys, leading to unhealthy habits and

relationships, getting stuck, and becoming

discouraged.

When it comes to taking action, focus on

making small, consistent steps forward toward

achieving your intentions. “Atomic Habits”

author James Clear says if you decided to

make just a 1 percent change, daily, for one

year, the compound effect would be 37 times

better than you are now!

If you want to live a life of purpose and

meaning then, like nature, take a little time

this fall to pause and reevaluate what you

want in life. Reflect if you are in integrity

and alignment with yourself. Then have the

courage, curiosity and vulnerability to let go

of what no longer serves you, refocus on your

intentions, and take small consistent action

steps forward.

Taking time to evaluate your life enables you

to recharge, grow, begin again, and move

forward toward what you want to create, or

how you want to be in this world.

I love the lessons the fall season can show us.

How about you?

Contact Me Today!

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Putting Kids First

LEARNING TO THOUGHTFULLY CO-PARENT IN SEPARATION AND DIVORCE

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Family Mediator

In my work as a mediator and attorney helping clients through

separation and divorce, I’m gratefully experiencing a trend in

many clients’ approach to their transition when children are

involved. It seems the catchphrase “healthy co-parenting” is

finally catching on!

Common goals I’ve recently heard include:

“We want our children to feel unscathed by this divorce.”

“We want to focus on what they need, and not necessarily on what

we want.”

“We want a process that will help set us up on the road to success as

co-parents.”

A great example is the couple who were in the common dilemma of

what to do with the house. There was a teenager involved, and the

parents felt they should maintain the house until that child graduated

high school because they assumed the home was important to the teen.

(In other words, it was what each parent wanted.) So many decisions

surrounding the divorce settlement were based on this assumption.

After months of trying to make the financial aspect of this assumption

work, they learned their teen was actually looking forward to a fresh

start for himself and hoped for a new residence in which to do so. This

revelation actually flipped the entire settlement on its ear. The parents

told me that deflecting the focus away from themselves and in support

of the best interest of their child created an entirely new outcome that

they all felt good about as a family.

While this example involved an older child who could provide input,

many situations call for decisions by parents of younger children who

cannot (and should not) be contributing to decision-making. These

families recognize that they (the parents) have an important role

to play in demonstrating how to handle interpersonal conflict and

putting aside individual preferences for the good of the family.

For example, many clients report initially doing “bird-nesting” to

lessen the confusion that may be caused by shuffling children between

different homes before a long-term plan can be developed and

evaluated. Bird-nesting involves the children remaining in the family

home, while the parents obtain a short-term secondary residence

elsewhere that they alternate using when not in the home themselves.

This way they can also try out different “on-duty parent” schedules

without major disruption to the children’s schedules.

On this note, I’ve often suggested to clients to imagine what it must

be like to sleep in two different places every couple of nights on an

alternating basis. Who might be better able to handle work or school

the next day—the adult or the child—during the initial stages of

separation when everything is perhaps an experiment? Short-term

landing spots for parents can be an inexpensive studio apartment,

a guest bedroom of an extended family member’s home, or even

separate friend’s homes.

While bird-nesting is not generally a viable long-term solution,

these parents realize the importance of not disrupting the children’s

schedules until better solutions can be evaluated and implemented,

thus allowing their kids to hopefully enjoy an easier transition between

two homes once more permanent residences can be established.

When the well-being of the children becomes the priority, it can

weave itself as the common thread through all aspects of decisionmaking

in separation and divorce. It is an amazing thing to watch as

a mediator when two struggling parties can find harmony through

putting their children’s emotional, as well as physical, needs ahead

of their own during the family’s transition. Making these decisions

thoughtfully and with intention will establish a solid foundation for

helping children adapt to a two-parent home much more successfully

in the long run.

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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UNWIND WITH ART

A few tips for busy parents

By Colin Anderson

While kids being back to school

offers a little more time to get

things done during the day,

when the school bell rings,

chaos can sometimes creep back into our

lives. Pickup time or meeting the bus, starting

homework, getting dinner together and finding

a few minutes of family time can seem like a

tough balance. One simple way to keep your

kids entertained while also being part of the

activity is to create a place where they can

be creative.

You don’t have to buy up all the art supplies

from your local crafts store. Just keep it

simple with basic art supplies like crayons,

markers, paper, scissors, tape, glue, stickers

and inexpensive journals. From there, your

children’s imaginations are sure to soar.

Choose an area in your home that will work

best for activities, whether it be the living room,

dining area, kitchen island, or a dedicated spot

in a child’s bedroom. The area doesn’t have to

be fancy, and keep all items for art in a basket,

simple plastic tub or small cart.

Art is a wonderful way for children to express

themselves, whether through drawing,

painting, modeling clay (purchasing some new

playdough or making your own is a great idea).

Children will be eager to jump right into a new

art medium or project, get their hands dirty

and start to create.

Although it might be tempting after a long day

of school and extracurriculars to just turn on

their favorite show on the TV or plug in the

video games, creating art with your child can

have benefits for both parties. It strengthens

the bond between parent and child as they

work together, unbothered by the busyness of

the world, to focus on creating a masterpiece—

together—with smiles, laughter and chatter

mixed into the experience.

The kitchen table or living room and a few basic

supplies is all you need to help both yourself

and your children wind down and spend time

doing something fun together. Be sure to check

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By Jillian Chandler

As Race For A Soldier returns for 2021, those involved can

rest assured that the safety of participants, volunteers,

spectators and community is the Permission To Start

Dreaming Foundation’s top priority in providing a quality

community event for all.

Registration is still open for those who would like to participate in the

run, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 19, at the Tom Taylor

YMCA on Harbor Hill Drive. The race is another avenue in which

Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation can help bring awareness

and provide care for the mental health and wellness of those who

protect and serve our country and community.

Participants can choose from the half marathon, 10-mile or 5k. Runners

have the option to participate in person or virtually, with registration

concluding on September 17.

Cost for the virtual race is $40 for all ages, any distance. For those

registering to run in person, prices increase on September 1: $75 for the

5k, $85 for the 10-mile and $95 for the half marathon; for children 13

and younger, cost is $25 for either the 5k or 10-mile distance.

The success of the much-loved annual event relies heavily on the support

of the community and their willingness to give of their time and talent.

There are a variety of ways that you and other community members can

help on race day. From hosting a water station to cheering on runners

and helping with cleanup after the day’s events, the assistance of the

community is deeply appreciated and needed.

Two days prior to the race, Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation

will host its 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast. Gig Harbor’s Chapel Hill

Church will be the location for this “sacred and safe stage” for soldiers

to share their stories. It is a morning filled with hope, inspiration

and courage. Speakers include active duty, military veterans and

first responders, all of whom have served our country with honor

and distinction.

Doors will open at 7am with the program beginning at 7:30am, followed

by a continental breakfast and reception.

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org. And while you’re at it, be sure to mark your calendars and register

to attend Pull for a Soldier, taking place October 1 at the Gig Harbor

Sportsman's Club.

Please note: As of press time, these events were still scheduled to

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LOCAL NONPROFIT SHARES ITS LEGACY OF LOVE

THE TOY RESCUE MISSION

By Rachel Kelly

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Martha Davis, the current president

of the Toy Rescue Mission, met its

founder Karol Barkley through an

auto parts store of all things. Karol

had called the store to see if they would consider

donating several gallons of car paint to refurbish

matchbox cars. Confused by her request, Martha

asked questions back and forth of people who had

talked to her. She didn’t find out much. “I thought

to myself, ‘Who is this crazy person who wants all

this paint for matchbox cars?’ quotes Martha over

24 years later. Not interested in leaving the question

unanswered, Martha finally just called Karol back.

Karol knew the importance of a special toy. When

she was just 10 years old, she received a gift from her

father, who had died 12 days prior. He had ordered it

and arranged for it to be given to her as a Christmas

gift, not sure if he would be around himself to give

it to her. It was a Poor Pitiful Pearl doll. This doll

became a precious possession, even more so when

Karol lost her mother two-and-a-half years later.

When Karol moved to Tacoma, Washington, to

live with her paternal grandparents, the doll came

too. As Karol moved forward in her adult life, the

memory of that precious doll would make a lasting

impact. That doll represented a legacy of love.

It was this story that Karol shared with Martha

over the phone and was the reason behind her

request. This is why Karol was painting matchbox

cars; she was passing on that legacy of love to

other children. Every child deserves the symbol of

comfort that a special toy brings, especially if they’re

feeling uprooted.

“She made me cry! I was hooked from then on.

Twenty-four years later, I’m still here,” says Martha.

The nonprofit began with Karol Barkley. Having

focused on her family throughout her adult life,

when her children moved out, Karol began looking

for a way to give back. Her neighbor asked her for a

little money to buy her child a gift, which she would

pay back later. Karol didn’t have any cash on hand,

but she could go to Goodwill. She found all kinds of

toys and came home with her hands full. Her general

interest in thrift store shopping became a passion, as

she found more and more like-new toys to give to

children. Soon others started donating, and Karol

started running out of room to store everything.

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AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING: TO

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one-on-one attention from volunteers, families receive any number of

things depending on the time of year. Most recently, the Toy Rescue

Mission held a backpack drive. Each family received everything they

needed for the school year, from face masks and backpacks to special

toys and new shoes. Also onsite was a raffle for a table full of supplies for

a large barbecue and various foodstuffs.

Other activities are held throughout the year on various holidays,

especially Christmas. Gifts are like new, and completely outfitted. The

dolls come with clothes and accessories, hand-sewn blankets and cribs.

The remote-control cars come with batteries. The teenager section has

gift boxes full of supplies for a night of pampering, complete with nail

polish and lotion. “We like to put together gifts that we would like to get,”

says Martha. With toys that look like new, shrink wrapped or in their

original packaging, the Toy Rescue Mission certainly achieves that goal.

Eventually a building was donated as a warehouse for “once-loved” toys,

and the Toy Rescue Mission has been there ever since. Karol has since

retired from nonprofit work, entrusting the reins of the Toy Rescue

Mission to Martha. They still share a close friendship today. Today’s

mission is the same as it was in the beginning: to show children and

families love through the gift of a special toy. However, with the help of

thousands of volunteers, the conduit for recycling once-loved toys has

become a well-oiled machine that serves over 12,000 children annually.

Each family is eligible for two years of free toys, after which time they

are asked to donate a certain number of hours toward volunteer service.

When families arrive, they “shop” throughout the toy store. Receiving

The Toy Rescue Mission even has a special birthday store for the exclusive

use of parents. Kids are not allowed, not only to keep the surprise intact,

but so that parents can choose something that is from them; just as if they

had gone to a store or purchased online. The shelves are divided according

to age, and each parent is encouraged to pick out a book, a stuffed animal,

two small toys and one large toy. But what’s a birthday without a party?

With packages full of frosting, cups, plates and cake mix, the Toy Rescue

Mission has that covered too. Again and again, their attention to detail

shows intentional care. There’s really nothing they haven’t thought of.

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Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Children

Get informed; get out and vote this November

By Jillian Chandler

“It is so rewarding, and such a blessing, to serve with such an amazing

school board and district administrative team. Every one of these

amazing people truly cares about this community, our school district

and, most importantly, doing what is best for the kids.” - David Olson

David Olson served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years, enlisting right out of

high school. Upon retirement, in 2005, he and wife Tonia (who is originally

from Washington state) were ready to move closer to home. Parents to four

children at the time, the couple diligently researched school districts and

discovered Peninsula School District—one of the best. Being married to a

teacher, the quality of the teachers, academic success, and reputation of the

Peninsula School District was very important to us as a family. In addition,

what exceptional sports and extracurricular programs we have in the PSD—

many nationally ranked. So impressive! “It was then that David and his

family chose to settle down in beautiful Gig Harbor. “We felt this would be a

wonderful place to raise our family,” he says.

Once the Olsons had settled into their new community, David became

involved with his children’s sports teams. As he traveled with them around

the district to various events, he began noticing that some facilities were in

declining condition. “I started attending school board meetings to see what

was happening about it,” he says. “At the meetings, I saw a strong emphasis

on “all kids” going to college, hearing little about alternate pathways such

as vocational education (CTE) or military options. After a conversation

with family and friends, I decided to run for the school board. I felt my long

background working with youth would be beneficial.”

David was first elected to the Peninsula School District Board in 2013, in

which he served as Vice President, and ran successfully for reelection in

2017, currently serving as the board’s President. “It has been such an honor

to serve on the school board these past eight years,” he shares.

“I have been involved in my community for so many years, and in different

parts of the world. I have seen what education looks like in Korea, Guam,

Puerto Rico, Italy, and other parts of the world, because my family lived

there; I volunteered in the schools there,” reflects David. “As a career military

and having served on numerous community boards in the past, I believe my

success as President is not being afraid to ask difficult questions, working

collaboratively with my fellow board members and District Admin, and

always keeping the focus on what is best for the kids.”

David can attest that “the Peninsula School District is incredible,” adding

that over the past few years, the community has come together and rallied

for the school district. “Passing the levy and bond was such a strong show of

support. The teachers and staff are outstanding and really care about their

students."

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David shares that it has been rewarding, and a blessing, to serve with the

incredible School Board and District Administrative team. “Every one of

these amazing people truly cares about this community, our school district

and, most importantly, doing what is best for the kids. Through the entire

pandemic, this board and district admin team has never wavered or secondguessed

itself. I am honored to serve with them.”

With a lifelong passion for serving others, it is important to David to support

local organizations and causes. “I was raised to give back and to make things

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etter than you found them.” Today he sits on the Board of the Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation; serving on the Education Cabinet and as Chair of the Students of Distinction

Committee; and is a member of the Friday morning Rotary Club. He previously served as

President of the City Club of Tacoma; Vice President of the Hilltop Business Association;

and served on the board of the local FISH Food Bank.

“I care deeply about this community, and I am passionate to make it the best possible

place to live and raise your family. I am committed to working with the Board and various

community stakeholders to make the Peninsula School District the very best in the State.

To provide all students with a pathway to achieve academic excellence and make sure

they have the tools—academically, emotionally, socially—to achieve their unique goals.”

Help David improve education, together. Re-elect David Olson for Peninsula

School Board.

If reelected, David Olson hopes to accomplish the following:

• Continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all students to

achieve their goals

• Complete the new Strategic Plan

• Continue to expand vocational education opportunities providing additional

post-graduation pathways for all students

• Become a nationally recognized Lighthouse school district based on academic

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WE ALL NEED A PLACE TO HANG

CONVENIENCE STORES TURNED HANGOUTS

BY RACHEL KELLY

Many times, they don’t start out looking like anything much:

They were convenience stores, grocery markets, gas stations

or farm stands. But they were in the center of it all, which

made them into something more. When you had nowhere to be, but you

wanted to be out, these places gave you reason to be out. After a bit of

a wander, you might feel like a snack. And while you're getting a snack,

you might as well shoot the breeze with Cheryl, your neighbor. She felt

like going out too, because she also had some stuff to do. Nothing urgent.

Just stuff. The stuff was the excuse, and it probably did need doing. But

she ran into you, and now she might just stick around. In places where

there is no real hurry, small convenience stores become the center of

something else entirely. It’s a lovely little evolution.

Zog’s on Fox Island is one such a place. Back in the ‘60s, the original store

was over by the ferry dock. At some point the store was moved inland. It

wasn’t seen then as a particularly notable event. So, it wasn’t really noted.

“My father acquired the store in 1981. I’m not 100 percent sure when it

was first opened,” says the current owner Andrew Herzog. When or why

it was moved, well, I guess, we don’t know. But it happened. Needless

to say, the details are a bit fuzzy. Regardless, Zog’s did become a place

where people could hang out. Eventually its importance as a center for

community became so apparent that Zog’s expanded.

It was a store. Then it was a deli. After that came espresso. More recently

(2014) Zog’s added a beer garden. “Zog’s started out as a small taproom

concept but has since grown into much more than that,” says Andrew.

Fox Island is small and secluded. It can be hard to meet the neighbors,

especially if those neighbors are new. Zog’s itself is a lovely little gem

for meeting others, with an out-of-the-way sign to the right of the

original deli. Like passing through the doors of a secret garden, and into

an exclusive place all their own, Fox Island residents are greeted with a

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landscaped garden, patio, full-service restaurant, fire pits, various beers

on tap, and a stage for live music. For a little bedroom community like

Fox Island, without even a real town center, Zog’s is exactly what it needs

to be. Not just a bar, but a place to just be “out.”

In Gig Harbor there are several places like Zog’s. The town itself

was founded in the 1800s but didn’t become a destination until the

construction of the Narrows Bridge. Everyone knows the story of

“Galloping Gertie” and its famous collapse, but what people don’t often

consider are the changes within the local economy after the construction

of the bridge. Gig Harbor was once a place of boats, ferries, and their

builders. After the construction of Galloping Gertie in the 1940s, the

local economy changed and boats became less important. Boat building

flagged. However, after its collapse, the evolving economy reverted back

to its previous condition. After a permanent bridge was built successfully

in the 1950s, the current Narrows Bridge, the local traffic picked up. Gig

Harbor already had its little places of commerce; its little convenience

stores and gas stations. However, as the community continued to expand,

these places of convenience expanded. No matter its growth, however,

Gig Harbor will always be a small town. A place to know your neighbors.

As a result, these little convenience stores that were already there, and

some that just sort of appeared, thrived. And they are still thriving today.

Stores like Finholm’s. Established in … forever ago, Finholm’s is

conveniently located along the historic downtown. It’s one of those places

that has changed over time to accommodate its community, providing

everyday needs such as meats and produce. However, they also provide

indoor and outdoor seating for Reeseman’s, the full-service deli, and the

large variety of ciders and beers on tap. And wine! Don’t forget the wine.

There’s a lot of that too.

The local hangouts in Gig Harbor don't just stop at markets; there’s a

fair share of gas stations too. Places like Island View Market, which first

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opened its doors in the 1950s. It’s a gas station, but now it’s not only that.

It’s also a great place to grab last-minute groceries and beer or wine. Or

Rosedale, which started out as a gas station but, under new management,

it also provides espresso, sandwiches, and various odds and ends. These

places are places to gather. To be. Sure, maybe the passerby can get some

gas or whatever, but that’s just a convenient excuse. Gathering doesn’t

really need much encouragement.

Some places, like Artondale Farm, aren’t gathering places by necessity.

For Artondale Farm, gathering evolved through shared resources. Nine

years ago, Jess and Scot Hogan quit their jobs to pursue glass artistry.

They did some gardening on the side. A few years in, they sold their

glass art at the local farmers market, with produce on the side. The

following year, they also sold eggs. Soon the produce and eggs outsold

their glass art, and a full-fledged farm was born! The Hogan family built

for themselves a self-sustaining lifestyle. The knowledge that they picked

up along the way they pass along through a series of classes taught at

Tacoma Community College. Thus, through shared knowledge and

neighborhood involvement, a community is born.

The beauty of connection are the obvious benefits that happen in the

community as a result. These small businesses benefit from their status

as the local watering hole, and as such, they expand. Giving more back.

Zog’s on Fox Island has hosted and helped fund food and clothing drives,

as well as supported the local PTA. Artondale Farm shares their secrets

of sustainability through education. Finholm’s has expanded to fill other

holes in the community, providing a space to rest in the heart of town.

Island View Market evolved from a simple station, to a store that serves

its patrons directly on the water. Like an oasis in a desert. Then there’s

Rosedale, which has kept its expansion simple and its contributions

straightforward—a coffee and a chat.

The importance of these locations are obvious in the way that the

community has cared for them. Like the broken windows at Arletta

Store. When the store was vandalized, the community rallied around

to raise money for their repair. They simply didn’t want to see Bob and

Becky have to shoulder the cost. The fact that these places have continued

to thrive throughout 2020 shows the value of their business. We all need

places to hang. And thanks to these places, we always will.

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RIVALRY RENEWED

Anticipation grows for annual Fish Bowl

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Last high school football season was a bit of a strange one, the most

obvious being it was completed last spring. It was touch and go for a lot

of athletes on whether they would even have the chance for a season.

It ultimately worked out, and as we look forward to fall sports this fall,

students and coaches are hoping this season will resemble something you might

call normal.

One hugely important sign of a return to normalcy is the annual Fish Bowl rivalry

game between Gig Harbor and Peninsula high schools. The game was nearly

canceled but ended up on the spring schedule, without the usual fanfare that goes

along with it.

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“It was strange last year with it being so quiet,” recalled Peninsula High School

Seahawks Head Coach Ross Filkins. “Both teams did a good job of bringing our

own energy, and we were fortunate that both teams had cheer there as well.”

Coach George Fairhart of the Gig Harbor High School Tides was also thankful

they were able to get the game in, despite the unusual circumstances. “I am glad

that our kids had the opportunity to play, but the environment was not the same;

it was very weird,” he stated.

As anyone who has attended a Fish Bowl game can attest, the atmosphere is unlike

any other game throughout the year for both schools. Cross-town rivalry games

bring out the most noise, and this one is no different. “It's the best rivalry game

in the state. Our whole community rallies around the teams, and it makes it

memorable,” said Filkins.

Those without direct ties to either school will come to the game, just to take in the

atmosphere of thousands of fans cheering each team on. “It's a community event,

and it brings out a lot of people who would not normally come to a game. It is a lot

of fun to have such an electric environment to play in, and it's important for our

students' school and the community,” added Fairhart.

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While both coaches will take the “one game at a time” mentality with their players

this season, this game always holds more meaning than others. Both are excited to

see it played again in the fall and in front of a raucous crowd, even if there might

be a few protocols still to follow.

“Each Fish Bowl is unique, and we will certainly appreciate fans back in person,”

said Filkins. “It will be fun to have everyone back in attendance—especially our

student body,” added Fairhart.

The game will be held on Friday, September 17, at Roy Anderson Field, with

Peninsula as the designated home team. While Gig Harbor holds a narrow lead on

the all-time record, Peninsula is looking to make it six in a row, having dominated

the series in recent years. But as in any good rivalry game, anything can happen.

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OPEN ART

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Just in time for fall, the Open Art Studio Tour is back! In

conjunction with the Peninsula Art League, the Open Art Studio

Tour is giving us locals a look behind the scenes to some of the best

art in the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. Held on September

17 through 19, here’s all you need to know about this year's inperson

tradition.

Once a year, locals can enjoy works from close to 40 artists, with over

25 studios. Talent comes from the entire Key Peninsula, including Gig

Harbor, Fox Island, Olalla and Port Orchard. This is a time to meet

artists in their work environments and get a rare glimpse into their

creative process. If you are curious about the process of art, or are simply

looking for something fun to do, this tour is for you. Artists will also be

showcasing and selling original work.

Gig Harbor Open Studio tour continues a tradition established in

1993, where artists who pass through a juried council are supported

in the showcase of their unique talent. There will be explanations and

demonstrations from new as well as known artists.

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At its simplest form, art is beautiful

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new avenues of thought. New ways at looking at the world. A different

way of seeing. At its simplest form, art is beautiful and comforting. It

exhibits and brings emotion close to home. The Open Art Studio Tour is

interested in showcasing artists who do exactly that, through all different

mediums. Though their time spent in the field may be short or long

spent, each artist is of a special caliber.

Of the mediums present this year we have photography, salt-fired

ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, acrylic painting, sculpture (metal and

stone), watercolor, mixed media, ceramics, graphite, textiles, glass,

fiber, woodworking, pastels and oil. All of these various mediums will

be present along with their creators and the space in which they create.

Watching them demonstrate their craft could also give you insight into

your own creativity! It’s like a myriad of free art classes!

Among the artists involved in the tour is the accomplished Donna Trent,

who grew up in Northwest Washington. She has traveled far with her

work, teaching locally as well as in Europe and internationally. Today

she is a part of several art organizations and exhibits her work in several

local galleries in Washington and Oregon. She mainly works with

pastels and oil but also does acrylics. She holds classes for beginners to

advanced students year-round in her well-lit studio, which is located in

the Artondale area of Gig Harbor. Her studio will be open during the

Open Art Studio Tour. If you’re interested in checking her out online, or

booking classes, please see DonnaTrentArt.com.

Also present at this year's studio tour is Cathie Johnson, who is a

“regional watercolor artist whose paintings reflect her love of local bays,

boats and coastlines.” Cathie has been painting for more than 30 years,

exhibiting and selling her work throughout the Willamette Valley and

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the Oregon Coast. In 2009, Cathie retired with her husband and moved to

Gig Harbor. It was, for her, a return to her roots with the water and sails.

She joined the EbbTide Gallery approximately seven years ago, where

she exhibits all her original watercolors. Her contact is ccjohnson0306@

gmail.com.

The Peninsula Art League, with whom a lot of our local artists are a part,

“typically [does] up to four shows a year. But a lot has been canceled

because of COVID,” says Bill Watchler, who resides on the committee for

the league. Once Washington opened up, the Peninsula Art League began

moving toward offering its festivals and workshops again. The Peninsula

Art League echoes how we feel, a scramble to enjoy the summer before

the hot summer turns to a crisp fall. Their Summer Art Festival, usually

held downtown, had to be held online this year (as that’s how it was

organized before Washington opened up). But the league is looking

forward to its future events being in person. Artists within the Peninsula

Art League, such as Bill, are emerging in public once again for long

missed community events, such as the Open Art Studio Tour. The tour is

a celebratory comeback for our community, a sign of forward movement.

And what better way to celebrate freedom of both expression, health and

movement than through art? The art tours are self-guided and intimate,

which means that the tour is short on crowds. All in all, it sounds like a

perfect way to gradually ease into in-person events. For our vulnerable

members in our community, there are still virtual tours available. For

information on local artists willing to showcase their work, studios

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Look as Youthful as You Feel

Now’s the time to let your confidence shine!

By Jillian Chandler

With more than 20 years’ experience in emergency

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confidence and grace with the aging process.

The owner of Gig Harbor Botox, which opened its doors to the

Gig Harbor community in June 2018, Sharon was inspired to

pursue her new journey, as she found herself approaching 50 and

searching for a beauty routine and treatments to help with her own

aging process. “Given my medical degree and ability to own and

operate my business, I was presented with the opportunity to help

women facing similar concerns. Although I specialize in emergency

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At Gig Harbor Botox, Sharon and her knowledgeable team spend

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Providing Botox, Dysport, Dermal Fillers, B12 injections, and

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confident with themselves—which is what Sharon finds most

fulfilling when it comes to the work she does. “I love running into

my patients in the community and seeing them hold their heads

high and feeling confident with themselves.”

Since opening the doors to Gig Harbor Botox two years ago,

Sharon is proud, and grateful, for the success she and her business

have seen. She credits her bachelor’s degree in business as being a

significant asset in her journey to owning and running a successful

business. “My husband Tom and his business partners opened

a restaurant in May 2019, and the learning curve, however great

that was, created a sense of autonomy as a business owner,” she

affirms. “That experience has bridged the gap as a business owner

and understanding what it takes to run and operate a successful

medical spa.”

She and Tom have called Gig Harbor home for the past decade,

where they had the privilege to raise their three (now grown)

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In the last year, Gig Harbor Botox has tripled its growth, despite COVID, and Sharon

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VERTIGO

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What is vertigo?

Vertigo is a symptom, rather than a condition itself. It's

the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is

moving or spinning, even if you are stationary. This can

be very debilitating for one to experience. BPPV and vertigo are often

grouped together, but BPPV is actually one of many conditions that causes

this symptom of vertigo.

So then, what is BPPV?

“Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo,” a.k.a. BPPV, is a disorder of the

inner ear. Importantly, it always occurs with movement of the head: after

lying down, rolling over in bed, or sometimes sitting up quickly. “Spinning”

is the primary sensation but may also include nausea, vomiting, sweating

and abnormal eye movements. The sensations typically are not constant

and generally go away within a minute.

What causes BPPV?

The inner ear consists of three canals which are oriented along the three

different planes of movement. These canals are part of the systems that

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If your vertigo occurs alongside double vision,

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Avoid activities that increase the occurrence

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A physical therapist will perform an evaluation

to determine if your vertigo is in fact a

symptom of BPPV or if it is coming from

another condition. If the physical therapist

determines BPPV is the cause, he or she will

then determine the affected ear and canal,

then take you through a set of maneuvers to

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If BPPV is not the cause, the physical therapist

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Most of the time, people recover from specific

maneuvers, which is performed by the physical

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move the crystals back into place. Research

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Following treatment, it is good to avoid looking

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• Face Drooping: Is one side of the face

drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile.

• Arm Weakness: Is one arm showing signs

of weakness or numbness? When asking the

person to raise both arms, does one arm tend

to drift downward?

• Speech Difficulty: Is the person’s speech

slurred or are they unable to speak and/or hard

to understand?

• Time to Call 911: If the person demonstrates

any of these symptoms (and even if the

symptoms seem to pass), it is imperative to

call 911 and get the person to the hospital

immediately.

When it comes to noticing that someone is in

distress, you should be alarmed if the person

begins to experience discomfort in the chest

and trouble breathing—the most common

symptoms often related to a heart attack.

Warning signs of a heart attack:

• Chest Discomfort: A majority of heart attacks

involve discomfort—uncomfortable pressure,

squeezing, fullness or pain—in the center of

the chest, which last for several minutes or

goes away and comes back.

• Upper Body Discomfort: If the person is

experiencing discomfort in areas of the upper

body, including one or both arms, stomach,

back, neck or jaw, these may be the result of

an ensuing heart attack.

• Shortness of Breath: If the person appears to

be winded and is having trouble breathing

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COGNITIVE HEALTH FOR SENIORS

THE BRAIN-BODY CONNECTION

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

As we age, it becomes more important

than ever to properly take care of

ourselves. Eating healthy, getting

enough sleep, staying in shape—

all of those lifestyle habits we maybe took for

granted in our younger days become vital in

how they contribute to our overall wellness.

That word—wellness—can mean a lot of

things. For most people, the word wellness

conjures up thoughts of their physical health—

the aforementioned acts of staying active,

eating right and getting lots of sleep.

However, the benefits of an active lifestyle

aren’t limited to our physical sides; there are

tangible gains in our cognitive health that

come from physical activity as well. Studies

have shown that cognitive decline can be

slowed by regular fitness. There is a brainbody

connection whereby fitness positively

stimulates our brains and helps keep us healthy

in that realm as well.

Of course, it takes more than exercise to keep

our cognitive abilities intact. Brain games,

puzzles, hobbies, social activity—anything

we can do on a regular basis to activate

our cognitive side—help keep us as strong

mentally as we do physically from exercise.

It’s why, at Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence,

we place an emphasis on overall wellness

in our efforts to keep our residents active

and engaged.

Our commitment to the overall physical and

cognitive well-being of our residents are one of

the driving factors behind an exciting webinar

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to seniors and their loved ones who may be

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stimulation exercises. The webinar will be of

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Our award-winning Expressions program

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL SKIN CARE

TIPS AND TRICKS TO CLEAR SKIN

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

School is back in session, and whether you

are a student yourself or know a student,

most of us can relate to the struggle with

acne and breakouts. Prevention is key

when it comes to a clear complexion, and below

we share some tips and tricks to help students

feel confident in the classroom.

When should I wash my face?

You should cleanse first thing in the morning

and before bed. During the night, your cells

are turning over, and your body is producing

oil, so starting the day with a fresh, clean face

can help to keep breakouts at bay. Cleansing

again before bed helps to remove pollutants,

product buildup from sunscreen or makeup,

and preps your skin to rejuvenate while you

sleep. Additionally, be sure to wash right after

you break a sweat to keep pores clean.

Wash your pillowcase.

Keeping a clean pillowcase on your pillow

can help decrease the number of bacteria and

hair products that your face is exposed to,

which leads to clogged pores, blackheads and

breakouts. Stock up on pillowcases and on

laundry day, when making your bed, apply

three to four pillowcases to your pillow all at

once. Every night either flip your pillow to the

clean side or remove the outermost layer to

reveal a fresh pillowcase. Voila! A fresh spot for

your head to land every night.

Keep it fresh.

Use a fresh washcloth to pat dry your face after

washing, and whatever you do, do not use the

same towel that you wrapped your hair in and

dried off your entire body with! It is loaded

with soap residue and dead skin cells. You do

not want to rub that on your face.

Give it a wipe.

Your cell phone is a petri dish of germs, and

pressing your cell phone to your cheek is a

recipe for breakouts. Use a disinfecting wipe

daily to clean your phone, and avoid allowing

your cell phone to contact your skin.

Do not pick!

When a blemish (or 10) shows up, avoid the

urge to pick at it. Doing so can spread the

bacteria under the skin and on the surface,

leading to additional blemishes and prolonged

healing time. Continue to cleanse and leave the

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PICKLEBALL GROWS IN

POPULARITY

FIND OUT THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION’S

FASTEST GROWING SPORT

BY RACHEL KELLY

no mystery why pickleball is the fastest growing

sport in the nation. The people are welcoming, the

game is fun to play, and it’s suitable for all ages and

“It’s

ability levels,” says 5.0+ pro-rated pickleball player

Bryce Ogren. It may be no mystery as to why pickleball has

exploded across the nation, but most people don’t know that

pickleball was invented here in the state of Washington on

Bainbridge Island by a local family.

The official story is that Joel Pritchard, William Bell and

Barney McCallum invented pickleball in 1965. If put simply,

they developed the game over time for their families’

entertainment. Joel Pritchard and his wife had an especially

invested interest. However, it also sounds like their children

may have had as much a hand in its invention as the adults.

The unofficial story goes that while the adults conversed, the

kids were handed a wiffle ball and told to have fun outside. The

kids didn’t come back, and the adults heard their kids actually

having a blast outside on the badminton court. So, they joined

in, and developed the game from there.

There’s also a version of the story where the adults came home

from golf to find their kids restless and bored, so they set out

to invent a game that would entertain them throughout the

summer. That may be true of course; the game most likely

did entertain the kids (and the whole family) throughout the

summer. The game was so successful in entertaining the three

families, that it soon spread to everyone they knew. Eventually

the net was lowered, the rackets exchanged for paddles, and

the rules developed to be close to what they are today.

At first, in the ‘60s, pickleball was generally only played by the

families who had developed the game. Very soon after though,

this was not the case. Their friends joined in, their friend’s

friends joined in. Then the city. Then the state. It was so fun

that it soon spread far and wide. It only took a few years, but

the Pritchard family knew they were on to something. It was

then that they and their friends formed Pickleball Inc. In the

1970s, newspapers got wind of its growth and spread the word

of the new sport. Since the game can be played on virtually

any hard surface, the materials are inexpensive, and the rules

simple, it is easy to pick up. So once the word spread, so did

the curiosity. Players everywhere were joining in, at first just to

satisfy their curiosity and then because they were having fun.

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By 1984, interest had progressed so much that the

USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) was established.

It was during this time that an official rule book was

developed and circulated. In 2008, pickleball was

adopted into the Senior Games, which are played

nationally. In 2009, the USAPA held the National

Pickleball Tournament with 400 registrants. By 2017,

that same tournament registered 1,300 players. Today,

pickleball has a pro rating system and various leagues.

The paddle of the game went through a similar

evolution. Originally, the Pritchard family was

using ping pong paddles. Using a jigsaw, they made

bigger paddles. These new paddles were easier to

hit the wiffle with. They also reinforced the handle,

making it easier to grip. Eventually, the paddles

were incorporated with a honeycomb construction,

making the paddle lighter. As the game progressed in

popularity through the ‘70s and ‘80s, fiberglass and

Nomex honeycomb paddles were popular. Today,

wood and honeycomb materials are still used to

make paddles. But other materials, such as Polymer

composite and graphite, are also popular.

The name is a bit odd though: Why pickleball? While

a good crisp pickle does sound good right now, there

are no pickles required in the playing. There’s a rumor

that’s gone around (possibly started by some far away

journalist …) that the game was named after the

family dog: Pickles. Apparently Pickles liked to pick

up the ball when it was dead at the net, no doubt from

a desire to be involved. While this version is cute

and funny, it’s not the real story. Pickles the dog was

named after the game, not the other way around.

The real, albeit less fun, story has to do with Joan

Pritchard, who had some experience with rowing.

There’s a term in crew called a “pickle boat.” It’s usually

the slowest boat in the race because it’s derived from

rowers leftover from all the other teams. Just as a

pickle boat picks and chooses from various teams and

goes a bit slower, so pickleball picks and chooses its

rules from various sports. The result is a game that’s a

little slower—but just as much fun. Regardless of the

origin, the game needed a zany name. And pickleball

stuck. And really, if you think about it, what about all

these other racquet sports and their names? Tennis?

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By 1984, interest

had progressed

so much that the

USA Pickleball

Association (USAPA)

was established.


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What does that even mean?

Perhaps the reason why pickleball is so accessible is

because it’s a family game developed by a family. If

the whole family is going to play, it not only has to be

fun and engaging, but adaptive. Surprisingly the game

is not reserved for just families, as it can be quite the

workout. Because the game was created to be adaptive

and fun, it’s also challenging and very competitive at

certain levels. So much so that there are tournaments

and pro leagues across the nation.

“It’s a common misconception that pickleball is very

slow and only for the older crowd,” says Ogren, an

elite gold medal 5.0 pickleball pro in both singles

and doubles. “When played at the higher skill levels,

it requires great overall athleticism, quickness,

agility, hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes and

sound decision making.” Pickleball is making money,

winning sponsorships (Selkirk being one of the

largest) and creating a name for itself. Because the

game can be both played slowly and quickly, most P.E.

classes have even picked up the sport. All skill levels,

even pro-level players, are able to develop their skill

and participate. Regardless, that’s quite the growth in

a relatively short amount of time. Perhaps pickleball is

fated for the Olympics one of these days? Who knows?

Pickleball is a racquet (or paddle) sport derived from

rules from other netted sports, but what is pickleball?

It’s kind of like tennis. Maybe like badminton. All the

best things about racquet and net sports and none of

the bad were adopted and adapted to the game. The

result is just plain fun. The server starts the game and

serves the wiffle ball, underhand, over the net and

diagonally across the court. Like tennis, it must land

within the acceptable perimeter so that the receiver

has a chance to get it. They then return the wiffle,

underhand, and the opposing side volleys back and

forth. However, upon the serve, the receiver must

allow the ball to bounce before returning. The ball

must bounce at least once on each side of the court

before it is allowed to be returned without bouncing.

This prevents players from rushing the net too soon,

which eliminates the server advantage. This results in a

longer play time. Once a side makes a fault, and misses

the wiffle, then that side loses that point and passes the

wiffle ball to the opposing team to serve.

Points can only be made on a serve, for which there is

only one qualifying try. If there are two team members,

if the first server serves a faulty serve, they pass the

wiffle to their teammate, who also has a chance to

make a qualifying serve. If both serves are at fault, the

wiffle ball passes to the opposing team. At no point

in the game is a player allowed to hit the wiffle above

waist level, or with the paddle at an upward angle. It

must be hit underhand and below the waist. Which

means that the ball can be tipped just over the net, but

not slammed downward.

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These rules allow for a longer playing time,

meaning that it’s more fun. Especially if your

skills are moderate. The competition is retained,

however. That means, upon learning pickleball,

a player can still participate and have fun. Even

though they might be losing, or their skill isn’t

“up to par.”

“Pickleball is easier to learn and play than

tennis. It allows a complete beginner to learn

the basics and feel successful early on. That’s

one of the reasons why people keep coming

back for more,” says Ogren. The game is a winwin!

As players progress, they are met with

higher and higher rewards, and even at lower

levels, players are successful. Perhaps this

explains why the game is most often played in

teams of two per team, rather than singles. It’s

naturally a fun group game.

Today, the game is still evolving to allow for

increased access, and to eliminate needless

rules that get in the way of playing longer.

Anything that gets in the way of the fun is

out! This means that the rules are sometimes

adjusted. For example, pickleball now allows

balls that have tipped the net during a serve to

still be playable. In tennis this is called a “let”

and is not allowed on a serve, even if the tennis

ball lands in the acceptable space after tipping.

“Lets” are allowed in the game play, but not

for serves. Pickleball allows the ball to tip the

net at any time, which, if you’ve ever delivered

a stellar serve during tennis only to have it be

“let,” this is quite a relief.

Pickleball also just recently started allowing

the server to drop the ball, bouncing it on the

ground, before serving it. As long as the rules

Perhaps the reason

why pickleball

is so accessible

is because it’s

a family game

developed by

a family.

for serves and paddle height are not broken,

then the serve is acceptable for play. The ability

to throw the ball in the air, and then get it

over the net, is often the result of established

muscle memory. While throwing the ball in the

air usually means a quicker serve, there is no

reason for requiring that type of serve from the

beginning. This is just one of those rules that

allows entrance for all skill levels, as the serve

is often the most difficult part of a net and

racquet sport to master.

As stated above, pickleball is the fastest

growing sport in the United States. But Canada

also seems to be picking up the sport. Just as we

have pickleball venues in every state, Canada

has venues in every province. The game is fun,

simple, accessible and competitive. All the

good and none of the bad, perfect for families

and great for pro players. Rules are changing

to allow for more access, and as it continues to

spread those rules will continue to be relatively

flexible. When it comes to fun, there’s really no

hindrance!

As to where pickleball will go next? Who

knows! From Washington to New York, from

The United States to Canada, there really are no

limits as to where pickleball will go.

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GETTING BACK INTO A

routine

MAKING YOUR SCHEDULE

WORK FOR YOU

by RACHEL KELLY

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Getting a 5-year-old to put on their socks often feels like

negotiating a hostage situation. First you warn them

that they’ll be leaving in an hour. Thirty minutes before

it’s time to leave, you call out an announcement, “Time to get

your socks on!” Ten minutes before go time you start pleading.

They respond by showing you their playdough creation. Then

you bring them their socks. This upsets them. Finally, you’re in

the car, and they’ve forgotten to bring their favorite toy. This is

also upsetting. So you promise them all the playdough. The deal

is struck, and off you go.

In a busy family, getting anything done usually requires bribery

and/or grand larceny. Really though! A family’s needs are wide

and varied. Having an endless list of “to-dos” just means that

you’re out and about, having fun. To help parents and kids get

through the day, sometimes it helps to create a family schedule.

Even if the kids aren’t old enough to stay up to par with the

current times, it helps if parents are at least on the same page.

Here are some versatile tips for designing a schedule that works

for your family.

First and foremost, it’s important to make that schedule visible

to everyone. For parents and older kids, this could mean using

a shared calendar app, where each family member can add

on activities as well as see other activities planned. For little

ones, this could be something simple like a sticker chart. Each

part of the daily schedule that they participate in gets them a

sticker, with small prizes at the end of the week. If you need

something that can be seen throughout the day, by anyone who

passes by, you could put in something big and permanent—

like a chalkboard in the kitchen or hallway, where you list the

day with adjoining meals and activities. Whatever it is, make

it visible. Make it accessible. Make it interactive. In this way,

everyone is heard.

Making a very interactive and dynamic schedule allows for

needs to be consolidated. When everyone knows where they

need to go, and they can see where everyone else is going, they

can plan their activities around what is already being done. If

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MAKING A VERY

INTERACTIVE

AND DYNAMIC

SCHEDULE

ALLOWS FOR

NEEDS TO BE

CONSOLIDATED.

one parent is going to work, they might drop off the kiddos to school. If

another parent needs to hedge in a workout, they might plan to do that

at the same time that the kids have swim practice. If the kids have swim

practice, make sure they go at the same time. Or if one has swim, make

sure that the other has their sport close by near the same time. Mastering

the art of consolidating needs often means that everyone is happy and

busy at the same time, leaving more room for the in-between. Of course,

this also means that you may have to say no to what doesn’t fit into what

your family deems a priority. As you develop a family schedule, keep

those family goals in mind. Consolidate them. Then don’t be afraid to say

no to what doesn’t fit into those goals. No sense in killing yourself over

what you don’t care about.

Third, and last, there’s the issue of rest—which should be a part of

every family schedule. Rest is essential to everyone’s survival, even

for kids who seem to have endless energy. The reality is that unless a

family rests together, there will always be one person (you) who is left

without a moment to breathe. It’s a real part of self-care, something that

our American schedule often doesn’t adopt. A good schedule for the

busy family means scheduling in a collective break. Rest can mean a lot

of things. It could mean a delegated siesta (nap) or quiet time, where

everyone does something that they feel like doing. It could mean a slowing

down period in the evenings. It could mean one day of the week where

nothing is allowed on the schedule (Sunday?). “No schedule” days could

be family days, board game days, movie nights, walk days, or chill days

where everyone does their own thing. Whatever sounds good and feels

right. Scheduled rest times could be eating times, a time where everyone

knows they can gather for food. For a lot of families, this might be an early

or late dinner. But, for others, this time could be breakfast, brunch or

lunch. Rest on your schedule could mean all of the above. Whatever you

decide on for rest, make it sacred. There’s no running around or stress for

anyone during these times. There’s no driving in circles or stuffing food

in your mouth as you run out the door. There is only doing things that

revitalize you, strengthen your relationships, or fill your individual cups.

This might mean that you do things together, or it might mean that you

do things apart. One thing is for sure: There is opportunity. Opportunity

to rest. Opportunity to connect. Opportunity to explore and grow.

At the end of it all, this is your schedule. It should decrease your stress

levels and serve you and your family. It supports your priorities and

increases your communication. As for getting your 5-year-old to get their

socks on? That’s on you.

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GAME ON

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES TAKE THE FIELD

...

by COLIN ANDERSON

Back to school; it means something different to each student. While

some look forward to the routine of the school day, others are

eager to see friends on a daily basis. Moving up a grade means new

challenges, tougher assignments, and often more personal responsibility.

Where summer can be the carefree time of lounging, hanging with

friends or working a few hours a week, the school/life balance is about to

begin again. This is especially true for those who will also be returning to

the field, pitch, course and court this fall.

To say the last few seasons of high school sports have been a challenge

would be a true understatement. Before 2020, a season being canceled

was something that wasn’t even a remote thought in the minds of coaches,

athletes or parents, but all across the country it happened. The graduating

class of 2020 missed out on their final seasons of baseball, softball, track

and field, and golf. And while there are definitely bigger hardships that

have come out of the pandemic, missing out on your final year of high

school competition is something that will continue to sting those athletes

for years to come.

While the class of 2020 has moved on, the classes of ’21 and ’22, and

beyond, were subject to a time of constant changes and challenges,

mandates, rules and safety protocols. Some districts played on while

others postponed seasons. A few traditional rivalry games were lost,

and opportunities to play competition outside the area or the state were

limited—if allowed at all. For some seniors, fall football and volleyball

were held this past spring. When those seasons wrapped up, they hardly

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As fans and

spectators,

let’s

celebrate all

this hard

work and

dedication.

had time to catch a breath before track, baseball and golf started

up to finish out the year. While most will say they are thankful

to have had the opportunity to finish out their career, it was,

again, not an ideal situation.

As we head into the fall sports season of 2021, things are

seemingly heading toward a more “normal” season. Teams

have been practicing and training all summer long, together.

Where virtual meetings and distanced, low-contact practices

were once a mandate, kids are once again working together as a

team, side by side, learning to hone their skills and to overcome

the challenges each day of practice brings. Any coach will tell

you that you can have all the best players, but if they can’t come

together as a team, their accomplishments will fall short of their

expectations. And while kids may loathe the two-a-days, or the

wind sprints, or the constant whistles of a tough day on the

field, everyone going through it as one will produce the bonds

needed to create that team environment that will be key to a

successful season.

Let’s also not forget the benefits that come with being part of a

team. While some athletes are training year-round in hopes of

landing a scholarship to play at the next level, the vast majority,

even some of the very best players you see, will finish their

competitive sports career in high school. And while winning

is important, for many, just being part of a team, trying to get

better, and showing up for your teammates are just as important

as getting the “W.” Team sports help form friendships that might

not have otherwise happened. Younger athletes see how older

members of the team lead and take lessons from the experience

that will translate when it becomes their turn to lead the team.

Coaches might push their athletes hard to be better, and while

the student might not appreciate it at first, they soon realize the

impact that coach’s daily lessons are having on other aspects of

their lives.

Teams have put in the prep, and the season is here. Cross

country, volleyball, soccer, football and others are ready to

compete again. And while we still aren’t back to normal, with

some districts requiring masking in the weight room or of the

coaching staff, most competitors will gladly take a few additional

steps in order to have a full season of competition in the sports

they love so much.

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As fans and spectators, let’s celebrate all this hard work

and dedication. As we prepare to pack the stands again,

let’s cheer a little louder and show how proud we are

of the hard work young athletes put in, no matter the

outcome. Let’s also recognize the times and be respectful

of the rules each district has in place for players and fans

and in no way jeopardize another game or season based

upon actions up in the stands.

The fall sports season is here. Stand up and cheer. A

simple “Great job” or “Keep your head up” can mean the

world to an athlete who will experience both highs and

lows throughout the season. Let’s make this season one

to remember!

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Football Home Opener: Friday, September 10 vs. Bonney Lake

Girls Soccer: Tuesday, September 7 vs. Union

Volleyball: Thursday, September 9 vs. Yelm

Boys Tennis: Thursday, September 9 vs. Yelm

GO SEAHAWKS!

Peninsula High School | PeninsulaAthletics.com

Football Home Opener: Friday, September 3 vs. Bellevue

Girls Soccer: Tuesday, September 7 vs. South Kitsap

Volleyball: Thursday, September 9 vs. River Ridge

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tips for

SUPPORTIVE PARENTING

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Parenting is often considered one of life’s greatest challenges and one

of its greatest rewards. A relationship with a parent is one of the

most influential in a child’s life, and infusing ample love, respect

and support within that relationship can provide a powerful defense against

life’s challenges. Use these six tips to help strengthen the supportive connection

between you and your child:

DEDICATE TIME TO SHARING EXPERIENCES

The older children get, the busier and more complicated their schedules tend to

become. Staying engaged with kids as they continue to grow into their own person

is key for building a strong foundation of support. Whether it’s cheering them

on at their sport, supporting them in a new hobby, playing a game or having a

meal together, designating quality time together throughout the week, no matter

how small, helps to create a stronger bond. In fact, when it comes to shared

experiences, a little goes a long way—it’s often the smallest, most thoughtful

gestures kids remember most.

ENCOURAGE PRODUCTIVE LEARNING

Parents have busy schedules of their own, which can make for a very full plate,

especially during the school year. Busy parents can maintain their responsibilities

while setting the stage for children to succeed in school by setting practices in place

like a healthy bedtime routine and healthy meals. Building strong routines early on

gives kids a sense of stability they will take with them later in life. And by taking the

guesswork out of day-to-day scheduling, kids can more easily make the best out of

their time, whether it’s productivity in school, positive interactions with peers and

friends, or feeling rested enough to engage in the activities they love.

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PROBLEM-SOLVE TOGETHER

Much of supportive parenting is grounded in mutual respect and communication.

When inevitable conflict or misbehavior arises within the household, go beyond

reactivity, discipline and punishment, and instead problem-solve together.

Through open conversation and collaboration, you can find a common ground

and empower your child to make better choices in the future. And in the case

of unacceptable behavior, problem-solving through the cause and motivation

behind that behavior will help kids realize better alternatives, build character

and feel empathy more than a punishment could. The thoughtful conversations

help kids practice engaging in meaningful, productive conversation early on; a

skill that lasts a lifetime.

FOSTER THEIR INDEPENDENCE

When children push for independence, it’s a normal—and healthy—part of their

growth. Human nature draws people to autonomy, starting at a young age. To best

support an increasingly independent child, encourage them to embrace a sense of

self-direction while setting appropriate limits. The keys here are healthy boundaries

and consistency; finding that balance between staying engaged as a parent and

knowing your child’s habits, activities and friends, without micromanagement.

Because children learn very early on how to successfully manage themselves, some

of the best support a child will receive from their parents is the help to establish their

own self-control.

RECOGNIZE THE POSITIVES

It may be harder to see at times, but a parent’s praise truly is important to

kids. Actively encouraging kids to do their best, followed by acknowledging

their achievements and milestones, provides the positive reinforcement kids

crave. No matter how small the child’s win, that recognition from a parent

means a world of difference not only in positively reinforcing the behavior but

motivating them to continue reaching for further achievement. Take the time

to consistently recognize behavior and effort using genuine, specific phrases

(for example, “Great job studying so hard for that test” or “You did great at

soccer practice today”), and you’ll likely notice the positivity reflected in your

child’s behavior.

SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

There is no such thing as perfection when it comes to parenting. Every parent is

learning as they go, and the same concept applies for children. Staying grounded in

yourself as an individual, while recognizing your strengths, weaknesses and abilities

as a parent, can help you set realistic expectations for both yourself and your child.

Remembering certain truths, like you don’t have to have all the answers, and taking

time to fill your own cup, is a key component of showing up as a supportive parent

and can bring a sense of relief as you navigate your very important job.

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A PERFECT FALL GETAWAY

Explore Central Oregon from the luxurious Brasada Ranch

By Marguerite Cleveland

Central Oregon is one of the top destinations in the United States for outdoor adventures. In early fall, you can still enjoy water

activities, hiking, golf and cycling as the weather begins to cool down a bit. There is plenty to do exploring the cities in the area.

Bend is larger with plenty of restaurants, craft breweries and lots of tax-free shopping. The charming small towns of Redmond,

Sisters, La Pine, Prineville, Madras and Warm Springs have a historic vibe with local shopping and restaurants. Whether you

want to be super active or chill on the back porch of your cabin, there is something for everyone in Central Oregon.

Where to Stay

The luxurious Brasada Ranch is a destination resort situated on 1,800 acres of high desert on the scenic Powell Buttes in Central Oregon.

This stunning location has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and high desert. Its location, about 20 minutes from Bend,

makes it a perfect base to explore the area. Much of the property is left in a natural state, and its isolated location adds to the sense of peace

and quiet. Accommodations vary from the adult-only Ranch House suites to the rustic luxury of the one- to four-bedroom Sage Canyon

Cabins. They are fully equipped with everything you need for your stay.

On the resort you will find a world-class golf course and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. They even have Peloton bikes. The ponds below the

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BRASADA TRAILS OFFERS TRAIL RIDES ON

MUSTANGS, DRAFT-CROSS AND WESTERN

PLEASURE HORSES. THERE ARE MORE

THAN 900 ACRES OF HIGH DESERT TO

EXPLORE ON HORSEBACK.

Trestle Bridge are stocked with fish, and spin rods are available for rent. The heated

pools and spas are just stunning, with the Cascade Pool designated for adults only.

Children will love the waterslide. Plan to take a hike on the resort to Spirit Rock to

watch the sunset. It has stunning 360-degree views of the resort and the surrounding area. On site is a Brasada Adventures Concierge, which can

help you plan activities both on and off the resort.

Insider Tip: Book a cabin with an outdoor hot tub. The lighting at the resort is designed to not interfere with the dark skies. The cabins are laid out in

a way that feels very private. During my stay we used the hot tub every night and enjoyed stargazing in the pitch, dark night skies. Truly an amazing

experience.

Where to Eat

With a fully equipped kitchen, you will want to cook a meal or two at your cabin. The resort offers their famous Ranch Platters, which you can order

by 11am for the next day. There are a variety of entrée options, and it includes all the ingredients and detailed instructions to prepare the meals. It

comes with three sides, and you can even order wine to pair with your meal. The resort has two restaurants, as well as dining events, so make sure

to check the website for some culinary opportunities.

If you are going to go out to dine, you need to head to Bend. There are a crazy number of award-winning chefs, and the dining scene is a foodie’s

Mecca. According to “The Huffington Post,” Bend was named one of the top cities with the most eateries per capita. The choices can be overwhelming.

You can go trendy, but the Pine Tavern, a local favorite, has been around since 1936. This darling restaurant actually has two Ponderosa pine trees

growing in the dining room. Dine indoors or, if the weather is nice, outdoors overlooking Mirror Pond. The menu is simple and hearty. If you’re

lucky, there will be prime rib available as a special.

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The Specifics

Information

VisitCentralOregon.com

Where to Stay

The Brasada Ranch - Brasada.com

Where to Eat

Visit Bend - VisitBend.com/food-drink/restaurants

The Pine Tavern - PineTavern.com

What to Do

Smith Rock State Park - SmithRock.com

High Desert Museum - HighDesertMuseum.org

What to Do

Before venturing off the ranch, take advantage of all

the activities. A great fall activity is horseback riding.

Brasada Trails offers trail rides on Mustangs, Draft-

Cross and Western Pleasure horses. There are more

than 900 acres of high desert to explore on horseback.

An experienced guide will pair you up with a horse

based on your ability. In addition to the trail rides,

there are other experiences available throughout the

year.

Insider Tip: Carrots are available at the General Store

to grab to feed the horses.

Smith Rock State Park is the crown jewel of Central

Oregon and, if you do nothing else, is one activity

not to miss. It rivals the Grand Canyon and Yosemite

National Parks for stunning scenery. Plan to get here

much earlier than you think you need to because it is

extremely popular. The park is open dawn to dusk for

day use. Bring plenty of water and plan to do some

hiking. Trails range from easy strolls along the rim

overlooking Smith Rock to epic elevation climbs for

magnificent views. Be aware that, although there is an easy trail down in

the canyon, you will have a steep climb back up at the end, so plan for it.

In addition to the great hiking, the area is popular for rock climbing. It is

so amazing seeing all the people scrambling up the sides of Smith Rock.

The High Desert Museum is such an eclectic destination. You will find

not only art and history but also wildlife. The museum architecture

blends well with the natural setting, and there are indoor galleries as

well as outdoor spaces to explore on the 135-acre campus. There are

such a variety of exhibits. Indoors you can learn about the history of the

Plateau Indian Nations as well as early settlers. Animal exhibits include

the Desertarium and the resident porcupines. Once you head outside,

the trail will take you to a range of exhibits to include the Miller Family

Ranch, which often has living history presentations. The Sawmill is

fascinating as well as the exhibit on the effects of wildfires on the forest.

The otters frolicking in their enclosure are always a hit.

Insider Tip: Silver Sage Trading is the museum’s gift shop and has such a

great variety; a perfect place to purchase souvenirs from your trip, and it

helps support the High Desert Museum.

There are so many cute small towns just a short drive from the Brasada

Ranch. A must see is Sisters, a Western-themed town that is filled with

culture. There are more than 14 art galleries nestled among the Westernthemed

buildings in the Hood Avenue Art District. There is a good local

music scene with the Sisters Folk Festival in early October. Shop the

galleries and boutiques, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Central Oregon is known for its outdoor recreation, but there is so much

more. It is the perfect destination for a fall getaway. There is something

about visiting a destination resort that is so relaxing and helps you to

slow down a bit.

Insider Tip: If you don’t feel like driving, you can catch an Alaska Airlines

flight from Seattle or Spokane to the Redmond Municipal Airport –

Roberts Field.

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The Rainy

Season

Gig Harbor is like a city

scene pulled right from

the movies, with its

picturesque town and

expansive waterfront, unique shops

and restaurants, fascinating history

and friendly people. But don't let

those blue skies and sunshine fool

you, as the town sees its fair share

of dreary, wet days. Gig Harbor

receives an estimated 43.02 inches

of annual rainfall. Rainfall decreases

drastically during the months of

June, July, August and September

(with September seeing an average of

1.61 inches of precipitation). Be sure

to get outside to enjoy what's left

of the drier weather, as the average

rainfall more than doubles starting

next month!

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WHERE TO STAY

WATERFRONT

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SUITES

PETS

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MEETING SPACE

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Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites

6575 Kimball Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.9690

BestWestern.com

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The Inn at Gig Harbor

3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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A cozy, 64-room inn that exudes ambiance and charm, combined with the adventurous

style of the Pacific Northwest. Located just 10 minutes from the heart

of Gig Harbor’s dowtown waterfront dining and activities.

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The Maritime Inn

3212 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.1818

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Waterfront Inn

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

253.857.0770

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The Westwynd Motel

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

Pleasure Craft Houseboat Rentals

3215 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Fleet Suites

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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Aloha Beachside B&B

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Beachside Bed & Breakfast

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3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

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Air Blowout Bar

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

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

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

available.

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

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

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

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

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

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REAL ESTATE

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

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

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

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Gretchen L. Allen • RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

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Joe Sanchez & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bain

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

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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

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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

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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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3202 Tarabochia St. 98335

FINE ART, HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS, HOME DECOR

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• Framed Art • Prints • Original Paintings

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

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• 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.


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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 imbibe 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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ZUCCHINI

BANANA NUT

BREAD

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook,

NTP, NHC

You can follow Tina on Instagram @madebetterforyou

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups grated zucchini

2 1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup sweetener (I use Lakanto brand golden sweetener)

1/3 cup unflavored whey protein powder

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

3 eggs beaten

1/3 cup sour cream

1/4 cup butter melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 overripe banana, mashed

1/2 cup walnut halves

METHOD:

• Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with

parchment paper.

• Wrap the grated zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and

squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Discard liquid and set

zucchini aside.

• In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: almond flour,

sweetener, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg

and salt. Stir with a fork.

• In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: eggs, sour

cream, butter and vanilla. Stir in mashed banana.

• Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Stir in zucchini and walnuts.

• Pour batter into a parchment-lined loaf pan and bake in a

325˚F oven for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool before serving. Slice into 12 slices.

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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!

SEPTEMBER CREPE SPECIAL

Sauteed Mushrooms & Brie

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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Stone Dr. NW

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tacoma narrows

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ENTERTAINMENT

What's happening

in September!

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LET'S

PARTY!

STATE FAIR WELCOMES BACK VISITORS

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Washington’s largest gathering is back as the State Fair

and Rodeo is ready to rock throughout the month

of September. Fire up the deep fryers and grills, and

prepare for the sights and smells that only the fair can

deliver. With an incredible live music lineup, several new attractions,

and the traditional favorites, it’s a place where everyone will find

fun and plenty of memories.

The State Fair and Rodeo kicks off on Friday, September 3, and

runs through Sunday, September 26. The opening weekend begins

with a bang as The Steve Miller Band opens up the fair Friday

night, followed by megastar Carrie Underwood on Saturday and

‘90’s icons Salt N Pepa, Tag Team, and local favorite Sir Mix-a-Lot

rounding out the opening weekend performances on Sunday. Other

acts throughout the month include 38 Special, Sublime with Rome,

Ice Cube, Styx & REO Speed Wagon, Macklemore, and Darius Rucker.

The exhibits are always a fan favorite, and new this year is the Hall

of Heroes. This exhibit is all about superhero lore and features many

interactive pieces. You’ll find a replica of the original batmobile and

bat cave, as well as other rare memorabilia and photo opportunities

for the kids. The little ones can also learn what it’s like to be a farmer

for a day at The Farm at SillyVille. Here they observe cows being

milked, learn how grain is harvested, pick live fruits and vegetables,

gather chicken eggs, and plant seeds for the future.

The ever-popular rodeo takes place September 9 through 12, with

24 competitors in each event vying to win it all. You’ll see bull riding,

bareback riding, barrel racing and several roping events. Each night

you can hop onto the rodeo grounds for the nightly Dancin’ in the

Dirt concerts.

As always, a huge array of food and beverage vendors will be

on hand to satisfy your hunger and thirst. To purchase tickets in

advance, and for current health and safety regulations regarding

the fair, visit TheFair.com.

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HELPING CHILDREN

ONE TOY AT A TIME

Proudly serving Pierce County children in need since

1994, we are a 100% volunteer run organization that

refurbishes and recycles gently-used toys.

Help us continue to serve children by

donating or volunteering today, and by

joining our Ripples of Hope Campaign!

ToyRescueMission.org | 253.460.6711 | martha@toyrescuemission.org

607 S. Winnifred St., Tacoma, WA (across from Tacoma Boys on 6th Ave.)

Join the ride. Make a difference.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

Registration is open!

Learn more at CHAFE150.org

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

ORGANIZED BY:

GOLD SPONSORS:

OUR SPONSORS MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE THANK YOU!

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

September

FOR EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.

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HISTORY ROCKS

Join the Harbor History Museum for this year's History Rocks, the

museum's annual fundraiser. For 2021, they will be celebrating the 20th

anniversary of History Rocks and a decade in their current location. The

evening will include live and silent auctions, delicious food, and music by

the Northwest's own legendary Jr. Cadillac. This is sure to be a night to

remember. Admission will include: individual charcuterie box from Gig

Harbor's Basil & Brie, online auction and special live auction items for

ticket holders, sunset performance by Seattle's Junior Cadillac, behindthe-scenes

museum tours, and two drink tickets. To purchase your tickets,

priced $100 per person, visit HarborHistoryMuseum.org.

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APCC’s Chuseok Harvest Moon Festival will be held on September 18

in Gig Harbor at the Skansie Brothers Park & Netshed from 11am to

4pm. Korean Harvest Moon festivals are a special tradition celebrated

worldwide. The Gig Harbor event will feature various Korean dance teams,

Korean music and food, local vendors, plus special presentations revolving

around Korean culture. The inaugural Chuseok Festival in Gig Harbor will

host special guests Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland and Congressman

Derrick Kilmer, Korean General Counsel Kwon Won Jik, plus Gig Harbor

Mayor Kit Kuhn. The event is free for the entire family. For additional

details, visit APCC96.org.

GIG HARBOR OPEN STUDIO TOUR

Explore. Engage. Experience. The Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour is

happening September 17 through 19, offering the community a chance to

explore, engage and experience the arts throughout the community with

free self-guided tours happening 10am to 5pm each day. Enjoy the latest

works from professional artists at more than two dozen studios showcasing

their talent from Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Fox Island, Olalla and Port

Orchard, where artists welcome visitors into their studios. This is a unique,

once-a-year opportunity to acquire art and meet artists in their working

environment. For additional details about the 2021 Gig Harbor Open

Studio Tour, visit GigHarborOpenStudioTour.org.

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

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

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