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October 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

OCTOBER 2021

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STANDING

TOGETHER

WITH ITS

COMMUNITY

festive

S eason

T H E S E

D R I N K S A R E

a guide

for the

beginning

baker

all the “buzz”

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Serving Gig Harbor

Since 1961

Olympic Pharmacy and Healthcare Services has grown into a

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.

HQAA

ACCREDITED

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Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.9941

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PRESENTING THE ESTATE ON WELCOME LAKE

OFFERED AT $4,950,000 | MLS# 1844253

THE PREMIER LUXURY BROKERAGE

JENSEN WESTMORELAND

Broker

253.240.5514

CAROLYN WESTMORELAND

Designated Broker/Owner

253.961.5596

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REAL ESTATE RESOURCE

Average Sales Price

$815,013

Up $11,989 from Aug

Highest Luxury Sale

$3,602,500

Average Days on

Market: 26

*** Up 20 from Aug***

data from MLS, Sept 21, 2021

WELCOME HOME TO YOUR NEW GIG HARBOR NEIGHBORS...

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AS INDEPENDENT

MORTGAGE BROKERS

we work on YOUR BEHALF with YOUR

GOALS and BEST INTERESTS in mind.

“As a first-home buyer, I was so intimidated by the process, as you

probably are if you are reading this. I’m here to tell you not to worry.

Get in touch with Northwest Mortgage Services. Our loan officer,

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

PROVIDING QUALITY MORTGAGE SERVICES FOR OVER 32 YEARS

Abel Hernandez, Loan Officer

MLO#1718944

abel@northwestmortgageservices.com

Jeff Carr, President

MLO#102392

jeff@northwestmortgageservices.com

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253.851.1687 | 7116 Stinson Ave. Suite A205, Gig Harbor, WA |

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Serving Olympic and Kitsap Peninsula Since 1974

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Subject to credit approval.

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ActivePure Technology is scientifically proven to reduce SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus on

surfaces. ActivePure Technology was tested on live SARS-CoV-2 virus, not proxy or

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indoors. Contact us for a consultation with a

heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

professional.

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Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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Healthy, Glowing, Fashionable?

Self.

Made.

.

new

Get the skin to match.

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WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK & WE’RE GIVING BACK

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AUTO | HOME | BUSINESS | LIFE | HEALTH

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featured content

FOOD + DRINK EDITION

OCTOBER 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 10

70

One-Pot Meals

Delicious meal

ideas you can

make with limited

cleanup and mess

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A Guide for the Beginning Baker

Where to start, basic baking items you will

need, tips to get started and to be a success

80

All the “Buzz”

Simple cocktails

guaranteed to impress

this season

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SEPTEMBER 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 9

Live Life Smiling

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"In the entire circle of a year there are no days

so delightful as those of a fine October."

- Alexander Smith

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Note

PUBLISHER’S

Family First offers

compassionate,

quality, 24-hour care

in a comfortable home

setting.

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appointments provided.

• Entertaining activities for

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• Serving Gig Harbor and the

surrounding community

for 20 years.

Enjoy the Slower-Paced Days

of the Season

T

he smell of pumpkin

spice is in the air. The

leaves are beginning their

transformation, brightening

nature with their deep hues of red and gold

before making their way to the ground for

children to play in—and adults to clean up.

Life has slowed down a bit, as we breathe in

the fresh, cooler air, reflecting on the beauty

of the season.

The days continue to grow shorter, and

our hearts begin to prepare for the holiday

season, when we can once again gather with

our loved ones and reminisce of the many

blessings we’ve experienced during the

course of the year.

It’s time to bundle up and breathe in a big

sigh of relief, as you’ve made it through

three quarters of the year!

In our October issue of Gig Harbor Living

Local, you’ll explore some wonderful stories

sure to brighten these cloudier, darker

days. Our feature article highlights United

Way and its immense impact on the local

communities it serves—including right

here in Pierce County. Learn more about

the Veterans Banner Project, presented by

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront

Alliance, which honors our veterans, active

military and first responders; the fruition of

Echology, a poetry walk along the Donkey

Creek Trail; and the success of Harbor

WildWatch's Make Waves fundraiser! In

addition, our Travel article will take readers

on a wine journey, while our recipe is

perfect for savoring the flavors of the fall

season. And it’s time to get baking! For

those novices, take a read on how you can

become a star baker in the kitchen.

We hope you can take the time to sit back

with your favorite blanket, warm drink in

hand, and enjoy what Gig Harbor Living

Local has in store for you this month.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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AUTUMN CAN BE FELT ALL AROUND HERE

IN THE HARBOR, and it’s the perfect time to

celebrate the season and all the beauty this time of

year brings. On this month's cover of Gig Harbor

Living Local, we feature a festive fall shot, taken at

Pattersons Farm Market. Family owned and operated,

Pattersons has been satisfying loyal customers in our

community for more than three decades.

Cover Photo By Nate Graves of In-Gear Media.

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CONTENTS

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38

44

30 50

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

30

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Honoring Our Hometown Heroes: Gig Harbor’s

Veterans Banner Project

32

GOOD NEWS

An Eye on Nature: Community steps up in support

of nonprofit

32

36

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Minerva Scholarship Fund: Local nonprofit

dedicated to providing scholarships for Gig

Harbor women

38

IN FOCUS

International Success: Local paddlers bring medals

back to the harbor

42

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Recognizing the hard work and dedication of our

community's youth

44

LIVING LOCAL

Echology on Donkey Creek Trail: A poetic reflection

on cycles

50

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation: Community foundation

looks forward to what the future holds

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sneak peek into October ...

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84

54

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60

FEATURE

Standing Together with its Community: United Way

collaborates to bring change

70

EASY FALL COOKING

One-Pot Meals to the Rescue: The secrets of

one-pot cooking

60

74

BECOMING A BAKER

A Beginner’s Baking Guide: Where to start to find success

as a brand-new baker

80

FALL DRINKS

All the “Buzz”: Simple cocktails guaranteed to

impress this season

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Travel and Taste: A food and wine weekend in charming

Woodinville, Washington

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

Savor the Fall Harvest: Pumpkin Bars with

Cream Cheese Frosting and Bacon Maple Bits

106

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Fall Decorating Drama for 2021

KEEP IT LIGHT AND SIMPLE

By Deann Hammer, Broadway Design

As the light turns golden outdoors and the leaves follow, it

is the time of year to begin to look inward into our homes

and prepare for comfort during the cooler months ahead.

Fall decorating has taken on a new twist to coordinate with

the grey, white and softer home colors of today. Ditch the

classic pumpkin colors of heavy oranges, browns and reds for fall, and

opt for a lighter variation of the theme this year.

Floral arrangements that include grasses from your yard that are starting

to seed and dry mixed with larger seed pods and protea (found online

from Hawaiian online sources or at Washington Floral in Tacoma) will

last indoors for many months and add rich natural texture and color to

your decorating theme. Adding herbs from the garden such as large sage

leaves, chive, parsley and dill will enhance the aroma and also add color.

Floral arrangements can be made in large ceramic urns with tree

branches for extra height on fireplace hearths, kitchen tables or foyer

tables. Drying hydrangeas are also nice to add, bringing in soft color to

the mix.

I like to stuff a pomegranate or two into my arrangements for color (wire

them in on a stick), and let them dry in the arrangement until Christmas

when I change themes.

Fall front door wreaths don’t have to be laden with Halloween trinkets.

Go for a more sophisticated fall look with a wreath brimming with

natural elements from outdoors such as thistle, seed pods, grasses and

dried flowers. You can buy them finished online or make your own with

a grapevine wreath base, wire and a glue gun. Add a velvet or textured

ribbon at the top of the piece to hang your wreath. Brass wreath hangers

lay on the top of your door and are also a nice addition, alleviating the

need for a nail in your door.

Light up any room with a glass baby with tea light (always best in groups

of three or more), or use battery-operated candles on timers that turn

on at dusk (average run time is four hours) and turn themselves off.

Battery-operated candles are terrific for hard-to-reach places like the top

of a cabinet, foyers and hallways that are not often traveled, and lighting

for shelves that cannot handle the heat of a regular candle. Avoid any

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Fall decorating has taken on a new twist to

coordinate with the grey, white and softer home

colors of today.

fluorescent or LED blue light bulbs in your home’s light fixtures or lamps in the winter. Warming

up your lighting to look like warm candlelight is the name of the game.

TRANSFORM

YOUR WORLD

We excel at listening and

implementing each client’s wants

and needs to successfully reach the

finish line.

Outdoor lighting is important to expand the view from your home at night. Replace any burnedout

exterior landscaping bulbs and clean solar lights to prepare for winter. String Edison bulbs or

white Christmas lights in your trees for extra outdoor lighting. Battery-operated candles are also

terrific in lanterns by your front door or outdoor seating areas. Make sure they are covered or

brought inside when the rain starts.

Bring in a chunky knit throw for your sofa in neutral colors to add warmth, texture and style to any

room. Faux fur throw blankets are still on trend but in lighter colors this year (ditch the orange and

black cheetah print) and go for snow leopard, white fox or faux shearling.

Bundle up and enjoy the season!

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

253.224.5133 | broadwaydesign.net

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HOW TO REWIRE

OUR BRAIN

WHAT FOOD, A KID’S GAME, AND OUR PERSPECTIVE HAVE

IN COMMON

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!

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Recently, I was enjoying a delicious

meal, overlooking the harbor, and

letting my thoughts float along

as I watched the boats sail by. I

contemplated how do we choose where to

eat given all the options? Some say it depends

based on mood, experiences or perspective.

That led to asking myself, “Can we rewire our

brain to see a more positive perspective?”

Neuroscience, the study of the brain, says we

can by retraining our brain to see differently,

and more positively, which changes how we

interpret an experience. How?

Our brain likes to organize and recognize

patterns so it can process and understand all

the input it receives. Unfortunately, it can often

be in a biased and inaccurate way. It keeps

our body constantly scanning for threats and

presents us with “examples” based on negative

messages we picked up as kids.

For example, a repeated phrase from a parent,

“That’s a good girl/boy,“ followed by a show

of affection (or even withholding affection)

can turn into a limiting belief of, “I have to be

perfect to be loved or accepted.” It becomes

tied to who we are as a person. Unless we

become aware of, and question, the belief, we

assume it to be true. In essence, our brain keeps

us stuck in negative patterns and perspectives,

reinforcing the past negative beliefs.

Our inner critic is the voice inside our head

that repeats these limiting beliefs, usually

subconsciously through negative thoughts,

thousands of times a day! Studies show we

have over 60,000 thoughts a day, of which 95

percent are repetitive, and 80 percent of those

are negative!

If we choose to believe a belief after a negative

experience, it becomes part of a repeated

thought and story we tell ourselves. This

repeated story then becomes a repeated habit

we act on, or respond to, because our brain

shows us “proof ” the original negative belief

is true. It then becomes the perspective we

interpret the world through. Wow! So our

brain believes the perspective we tell it!

In order to change perspectives (and what our

brain shows us), we want to become aware of,

and interrupt, these negative thoughts/beliefs.

One playful way is via a kid’s game, “Red

Light, Green Light.”

When you notice a negative feeling, curiously

ask your inner critic what the thought is. Once

you are aware of the thought, say, “Red Light!”

Curiously ask what is the limiting belief linked

to the thought? Next, ask for example(s) or

“proof ” of what your inner critic is saying

is true. Acknowledge the examples as one

perspective and say, “Yellow Light!” This

keeps resistance down and your brain open to

alternative perspectives.

Now, nonjudgmentally, think of examples

when the opposite is true. Follow it up by

saying, “Green Light!” This allows your brain

to see and look for other perspectives.

The game helps you become more aware of

your negative thoughts and beliefs that may

be keeping you stuck and/or are not serving

you any longer. You’ll also notice how your

brain organizes data and begins to see more

positive perspectives.

If you want to change your perspective, stop

listening to the negative repetitive thoughts.

Instead, focus on repeating positive ones to

create a new thought, a new story, and a new

habit. Create a more positive perspective for

how you view and experience the world by

playing this fun game.

Ready to play? ... ”Green light!”

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Why Can’t We be Friends?

FACING CONFLICT DURING SEPARATION AND DIVORCE

By Felicia Soleil, Family Mediator/Attorney

like us to remain friends when this is over.” As a divorce

mediator, this is a standard refrain I hear when asking

new clients about their goals for the process. Remaining

“I’d

“friends” is always an ideal if moving forward in a coparenting

relationship, and sometimes is rewarding if parties also

share close relationships with each other’s extended family and

other friendships.

However, more often than not, the requirements of the separation and

divorce process itself can present a test to even those most committed

to maintaining a positive relationship. Navigating disentangling the

financial aspects of ending a marriage, coupled with the logistics of

implementing a residential schedule for the children, can create an

unanticipated roller coaster of emotions.

Information has to be gathered, options are generated and negotiated,

and decisions reached that may leave one party upset. Sometimes,

this is due to either or both parties simply being misinformed (or

altogether uninformed) about certain legal aspects of their case, such

as the rules around child support. Other times, it may be philosophical

differences of opinion between the parties that lead to discord, such

as affording a certain post-divorce lifestyle at the expense of the other.

When conflict erupts during mediation, as it often will, one aspect of

my job as mediator is to normalize these reactions (as long as those

reactions don’t rise to the level of abuse). Anger, veiled threats to end

mediation and “go to court,” and emotional withdrawal are frequent

defense mechanisms when faced with an uncertain outcome. A

common response becomes, “I thought we could be friends, but now

I guess not.” Ouch.

At these junctures, I often advise the parties that separation and

divorce are often “two steps forward, one step back.” It takes practice

to make complicated decisions that will impact them for several years

into their futures. Everyone wants to look out for themselves, despite

an earlier promise to look out for the other party as well. Now that

idea of a post-divorce “friendship” is threatened.

These clients are getting divorced for a myriad of different reasons.

But what they all have in common is that their underlying intimate

partnership and “friendship” has been fractured beyond repair. As a

divorce lawyer and mediator (and despite the rampant cynicism in my

profession), I’m always trying to spread optimism that these parties

can use a non-adversarial process, such as mediation or other outsideof-court

intervention, to navigate their financial and parenting issues

without making the situation worse.

Best-case scenarios do include a lasting friendship that honors

their common bonds, such as children and extended families. I’ve

experienced several couples who are successful at this, but it takes

time. In the short term, what if these emotionally conflicted parties

changed their narrative from one of “being friends” to simply “being

friendly” until things calm down, healing can begin, and tough mutual

decisions don’t have to be made?

It’s not an all or nothing proposition. Agreeing to merely be “friendly,”

respectful, civil, perhaps even empathetic, and generally positive

toward one another moving forward may take the pressure off trying

to create a sustained relationship post-separation and divorce that is

otherwise based on hard feelings. Overall, it may actually help build

a healthier and better foundation for a co-parenting relationship into

the future.

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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• Take control of your money. Create a

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Have patience, be willing to ask questions,

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Understand your Social Security benefit.

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• Protect your assets. Identify potential

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Stacy Bigger is more than two decades

into her teaching career. She’s been a

fixture as a second-grade teacher at

Discovery Elementary for the past

16 years and is now part of the inaugural

group of teachers for the newest school in

the district—Swift Water Elementary. “I

am honored to be part of the team that is

working on creating the climate and culture

that will define our school,” she explained.

“What we are all agreeing on as we dream

together is the importance of building

relationships and making

sure every student feels

welcomed, important

and cared about from the

moment they enter our

school every day.”

Stacy and the staff at Swift

Water feel that when

students get that sense

of belonging, that this is

their school, that’s when

the magic happens, when

they are empowered to

become positive members

of the new learning

community. “We are

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year ever!”

Stacy will continue with second graders,

helping them with reading, math, writing,

science and social studies, and also the

social skills that come with advancing each

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“I love when students use their creativity

and imagination on hands-on learning

projects. I am amazed and fascinated with

how young students think; they are the

problem-solvers of the future!”

After spending the first half of last school

year in remote learning, she’s excited to

have her class all together, in person, for

the entirety of the school year. “My second

graders were so excited to return to ‘inperson

school’ in mid-January. For the

rest of the year, every

day, students would say,

‘Mrs. Bigger, guess what

my favorite part of school

is? Everything!’ Oh, my

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love everything about

being together at school,”

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For Stacy, the experience

reaffirmed the importance

of relationships and

connections to foster

the joy of learning. The

excitement of a new class

of students and making

her mark on a brand new

school has her extremely

excited for the school year. While her

lessons are always evolving, she continues

to give students the confidence they need

to thrive, while keeping them mindful of

those around them.

“Always choose compassion and kindness.

They will never steer you wrong,” she said.

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HONORING OUR HOMETOWN HEROES

GIG HARBOR’S VETERANS BANNER PROJECT

By Jillian Chandler

For the past several years, one can’t help but notice the

beautiful banners on a month-long display—in conjunction

with Veterans Day—along the Gig Harbor waterfront. The

goal, each year, is to fill all 40 available downtown locations

with banners honoring those in our community who have served, or

are currently serving, our community and our nation.

While attending a National Main Street Conference several years back

in Kansas City, Missouri, Mary DesMarais, executive director of the

Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, learned of a veterans

banner program in Emporia, Kansas, and she decided to bring the

concept back to Gig Harbor. After presenting the idea to the Alliance

Design Committee and Board of Directors, she received resounding

affirmation to proceed with the program for the downtown waterfront

to honor our military heroes.

The Veterans Banner Project began in Gig Harbor in 2017 as an

opportunity to publicly honor the military service of our community’s

veterans and those on active duty. The project was expanded last year,

in light of COVID, to include first responders, “as they certainly have

been heroes for our communities,” smiles Mary.

Each 22-by-45-inch two-sided vinyl banner features a color photo

of a local hero and includes their rank, service branch and years of

service. The banners are attached to light standards throughout the

downtown waterfront on Harborview Drive, North Harborview Drive,

Lower Pioneer and Judson Street. The cost of each banner is $200, with

proceeds (minus production costs) donated to the Permission To Start

Dreaming Foundation—which supports local veterans, first responders

and their families.

“We limit the number of banners to 40 because, as a project of the

Downtown Waterfront Alliance, we only place them within the state

assigned ‘Main Street’ boundaries, i.e. the downtown waterfront,”

explains Mary. “I have been in discussion with the Chamber of

Commerce about the possibility of expanding the program to other

areas in Gig Harbor should the interest go beyond the 40 banners.”

Though the opportunity has ended to participate in this year’s program,

be sure to make a note to purchase a banner to honor your own local

hero to have it proudly displayed for the community to see. Additional

details can be found online at GigHarborWaterfront.org/Veterans-

Banner-Project.

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AN EYE ON NATURE

COMMUNITY STEPS UP IN SUPPORT OF NONPROFIT

By Colin Anderson

"THIS YEAR,

OVER 100

ATTENDEES

JOINED US

VIRTUALLY TO

CELEBRATE OUR

SUCCESSES AND

CHALLENGES

OVER THE

LAST YEAR."

The tranquility of the harbor and the

amazing amount of natural beauty,

wildlife and marine species is a big reason

so many call Gig Harbor home, and

always will. Below the water is an amazing amount

of biodiversity, and keeping it so is a top priority

of many citizens and community groups. Harbor

WildWatch continues to be a great steward for the

local ecosystems through educating visitors and

locals, adults and kids alike. The nonprofit’s programs

are experienced by thousands each month, and its

digital programs have made their way to screens all

across the globe. The Skansie Visitor & Interpretive

Center in downtown Gig Harbor brings visitors up

close with the biodiversity that is all around them,

providing a truly unique experience. We recently

caught up with Executive Director Lindsey Stover to

ask about Harbor WildWatch’s recent Make Waves

fundraiser, what the support from the community

means, and some upcoming programs that anyone

can take part in.

How did the event go, and what did participants

enjoy the most?

Last month was Harbor WildWatch’s seventh annual

Make Waves benefit to support local environmental

education. This year, over 100 attendees joined us

virtually to celebrate our successes and challenges

over the last year through a mix of live and prerecorded

videos that highlighted our work in the

community. Participants enjoyed seeing videos of all

the virtual programs we delivered at the beginning

of the year, and hearing about our plan for a hybrid

program approach for the remainder of 2021. Many

guests purchased our Salish Sea Gift Box to enhance

their virtual experience, which included salty and

sweet snacks, our 2021 commemorative pin, and

the ingredients for our signature cocktail. They also

enjoyed our behind-the-scenes tour of our studio

location at Ocean5, cocktail tutorial, and virtual

program blooper reel. In total, this event raised

over $20,000 from sponsors and participants who

raised their virtual paddle to support our mission of

inspiring stewardship for the Salish Sea.

How important is this event when it comes to

helping carry out the programs you provide to the

community throughout the year?

This event is incredibly important because it is

our only fundraising event each year. We rely on

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"DONATIONS FROM MAKE WAVES

GO DIRECTLY TOWARD SUPPORTING

THE PROGRAMS WE DELIVER TO

HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS, ADULTS

AND FAMILIES EACH YEAR."

and sharing our content on social media and attending our in-person

events this fall.

the funds raised to help sustain our programs by paying for things that

grants typically don’t cover—like keeping the lights on, paying the phone

bill, staff training, and other essential operational costs. These donations

directly support our three staff members in delivering hundreds of

programs to our community and beyond each year.

Where do the donations and proceeds from Make Waves go, and what

impact does that have in the local community?

Donations from Make Waves go directly toward supporting the

programs we deliver to hundreds of students, adults and families each

year. This includes guided walking tours for the public at the beaches,

wetlands, estuaries and forests; Pier Into the Night SCUBA exploration;

Cocktails & Fishtales presentations; community science monitoring; and

classroom and field STEM workshops. Since January of this year, we have

delivered a total of 233 environmental education programs with over

300,000 minutes viewed across multiple digital platforms from people

all over the world.

If someone missed this event, what are some other ways they can

support your organization?

We accept donations from the community year-round through our

website, Facebook, TikTok, and in person at the Skansie Visitor &

Interpretive Center. You can also support us by following, commenting

What are some of the fun interactive activities Harbor WildWatch has

coming up now through the end of the year?

We are thrilled to bring back our popular Pier Into the Night program

on the first Saturday of the month from October through March. This

program takes participants on an underwater journey of Gig Harbor Bay

at night using SCUBA divers and an underwater ROV. We will also have

in-person salmon tours in November and December to coincide with the

Chum salmon run in Donkey Creek. Finally, you can visit us Thursday

through Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive

Center in downtown Gig Harbor. Here you can touch live marine

creatures in our “touch tank,” examine plankton under a microscope, play

in our augmented reality sandbox, or view our extensive skull collection

of animals from around the world.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

While this was our seventh Make Waves benefit, it was our second year

holding this event virtually. We very much hoped to be back to our inperson

event this year, but we didn’t feel it was safe for our staff, Board or

supporters with Delta surging in our community. We made the most out

of our situation and still put on a stellar program for everyone.

If you would like to view the event in its entirety, you can do so at Harbor

WildWatch’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/HarborWildWatch.

To find out more about Harbor WildWatch, and to stay up to date on

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Encouraging Continued Education

Local nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships for

Gig Harbor Women

By Jillian Chandler

The Minerva Scholarship Fund is celebrating its 30th anniversary

this year. Founded in 1991, the nonprofit has been providing

scholarships for women whose formal education has been

interrupted for at least one year and who reside or work within the

Peninsula School District Boundaries #401.

The nonprofit was established by three women—Colonel Sybil Mercer,

Army nurse; Colonel Florence Casey, Ph.D. economist with the federal

government; and Ruth Taylor, a local school librarian—who were all

members of the Gig Harbor branch of the American Association of

University Women (AAUW). They knew the value of education and

believed deeply in providing support to women in our own community,

which inspired the group to create the fund—first from their own money

(each donating $5,000), with friends at AAUW-Gig Harbor sharing the

vision of the importance of higher education for women and matching

their contributions by raising an additional $15,000. Just two years after

the Minerva Scholarship fund was established, these women were able to

offer the first Minerva scholarship in 1993.

Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula residents, and many others, have

contributed generously to the Minerva Scholarship Fund for over 20

years,” says Patty Nelson, president of the Minerva Scholarship Fund.

“Together they created a fund that has grown large enough to allow

scholarships to be awarded from earnings, while leaving the capital in the

fund undisturbed.”

Donations to the Minerva Scholarship provide support to women within

our community; many who would not be able to pursue their educational

dreams without Minerva’s support. “A Minerva Scholarship not only

improves the lives of the women and their own families, it benefits our

local community as women complete their education and work among us

as professionals,” shares Julie Offner, board member.

Each spring, the nonprofit awards scholarships to deserving women living

and working within the boundaries of the Peninsula School District. “In

the last two years, we awarded more than $100,000 in total,” shares Julie

Buffington, vice president. “What could be more rewarding and gratifying

to know that we, Minerva, are making such a difference in our own

community and in the lives of the women who receive the scholarship?”

Once the qualified candidates are notified, the board holds a reception to

present them with a certificate from Minerva. The stories of these women

are filled with excitement and gratitude as they embark on their quest to

enhance education and their employment opportunities.

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Gig Harbor, Washington 98332

MinervaGigHarbor@gmail.com

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Past recipients of academic support have pursued certificates and

degrees in diverse areas such as environmental science, criminal justice,

gerontology, truck driving, social work and screenwriting. “Many women

concentrate on advanced degrees in the medical field, from radiology to

physical therapy, with previous Minerva Scholarship award recipients

working as nurses, teachers, administrators, musicians and paralegals.

The success of the organization’s mission is due to Minerva scholars,

founders, donors, Board of Directors and the greater Gig Harbor

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LEFT TO RIGHT: DELFINA WHITE, GAIL HENRICKSEN, SARAH WHITMARSH, KRISTIN MAULDIN, KIM SULLIVAN, LORA DUNCAN AND TABATHA HOFFMAN

(NOT PICTURED: BETSY BAKER)

community. The Board is currently seeking local residents, with a strong background

in education or human services, who are interested in serving on the board. “Serving on

the board or donating to Minerva is an opportunity to do something meaningful and

uplifting, with long-term consequences,” Elizabeth Robinson, marketing/communication

chair for Minerva, attests. If you are interested in being considered for a board of directors

position, please email minervagigharbor@gmail.org.

“The women on the Minerva Board of Directors have a sense of ‘belonging’ in the

community. We have worked in the education system, been a part of Rotary, the Gig

Harbor AAUW, the Yacht Club; engaged in civic and political life of the area,” states

Elizabeth. “Even board members who live outside of Gig Harbor have a long history with

the Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor. We enjoy making a difference right here at home.”

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Minerva Scholarship Fund has been offered a

challenge donation of $5,000, with a goal to match or exceed this generous gift by the

end of 2021. For those who would like to donate, a donation form can be found at

MinervaGigHarbor.org/donate, and contributions can be mailed to: Minerva Scholarship

Fund, P.O. Box 2705, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

Minerva Scholarship Fund's next application

period will begin January 1, 2022. Visit their

website, MinervaGigHarbor.org, for

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INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

LOCAL PADDLERS BRING MEDALS BACK TO THE HARBOR

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Alan Anderson remembers the days when the Gig Harbor Canoe

and Kayak Racing Team (GHCKRT) was only just an idea.

“When I started the program, it was just two 11-year-olds, my

son and his friend,” he recalled. This was 2002, and just a couple years

later, in 2004, the team, now consisting of seven members, took home its

first championship.

The success and uniqueness of the sport continued to bring in more and

more young regional athletes and with it more program success and

podium finishes. In 2012, the National Championships were held in

Seattle, and the team took home the title in their own backyard. “It was at

that moment that we really made the commitment to a winning program,”

said Anderson.

While not without some bumps along the way, this team is now year in

and year out a national powerhouse in the sport of paddling, and recent

results show that the training and commitment of its athletes is paying off

at the highest levels.

It was a whirlwind end of summer for the team as it began its travels

with a stop in Oklahoma City for the ACA Sprint Canoe and Kayak

National Championships, held August 21 through 24. Having been

crowned national champions in all but one of the years since the 2012

victory in Seattle, expectations were high once again, and the team did not

disappoint, taking home the team title once again. While many athletes

hit the podium, one race of particular note was the 1000-meter U14 race.

Members of the GHKCRT finished in the top six places in the final, a

sign that things are looking good for the future, and that young athletes

entering the program early are already seeing great success at the highest

levels of competition.

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Next up for the team was a trip to the U23 World Championships held

in Portugal in early September. Of the 23 athletes chosen to represent the

U.S., 11 are from the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team: Sarah

Grady, Aaron Small, Kenny Kasperbauer, Jasper Caddell, Benji Blanck,

Jonathan Grady, Andreea Ghizila, Emma Albrecht, Zoe Libner, Elena

Wolgamot and Weston Hester. Current Head Coach Aaron Huston was

also selected to lead the group at the international championship.

It was 2007, when the team got its first taste of international competition.

“It is a whole ‘nother ball game over there. It (canoe/kayak racing) is like

soccer or baseball here. They really love it,” explained founding coach

Anderson. He says that for years the team sort of “beat its head against

the wall” and didn’t see much success at the international level. It was

then that Anderson decided the team needed a change in leadership

to reach its goals of competing at the biggest world competitions, and

Huston was brought in to bring those goals into focus. “He has been

the biggest difference in our team and athletes. He’s brought a wealth of

experience, and even kids from around the country to Gig Harbor, and he

now operates what I would call a training center,” said Anderson.

Coach Huston brings experience as a top competitive weightlifter and

has also coached highly competitive swimmers before taking the role

with this team. “He’s brought a lot of science and technique and other

tools to the team that they really needed to compete at the world level,”

said Anderson.

A trip halfway across the world for the highest level of competition

during a global pandemic certainly presents a lot of challenges for

young athletes. Raucous stadiums are also something the team doesn’t

always see stateside. Still, coaches prep them far in advance of these

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competitions in order to best prepare them for race day. “We get them

into a routine here at home that they can then carry over when they

compete internationally,” remarked Anderson. “It was really gratifying

to see them handle the pressure of the event and the full grandstands.”

Up against the toughest competitors in the world, the team continues

to see improvements. Several tandems and individuals landed in

‘B’ finals, putting them within the top-20 finishers of the event. One

tandem did make a huge statement for the program, as Jasper Caddell

and Elena Wolgamot teamed up on the mixed gender 500-meter K2

race and captured the silver medal. Their time was just six-tenths of

a second from gold; a truly impressive showing at the highest level

of competition.

Finally, another set of competitors was off to the Olympic Hope Regatta,

September 10 through 12, which was held in Račice, Czech Republic.

Those chosen to represent the U.S. were: Jake Galvan, Conner Peterson,

Peyton Kusche, Sarah Grady, Zella Wells Parkinson, Benji Blanck, Noah

Larsen, Weston Hester, Stella DeSantis, Lana Weigelt, Zoe Libner and

Emma Albrecht. Coach Alyson Morse would also accompany Coach

Huston for the Regatta. These young athletes, again, made their mark,

especially on the women’s side in which DeSantis, Albrecht and Grady

each brought home bronze medals in their events.

While standing on a podium at a national or world championship is

a dream come true, most athletes will attest that doing so during the

Olympics would be a dream truly realized. That dream was realized

in Tokyo for 19-year old Nevin Harrison, a former team member who

shocked the world and took home the gold medal in the Women’s

200-Meter Canoe Sprint, besting a six-time world champion by nearly

a second and becoming the first gold medalist for the U.S. in women’s

canoeing at the Olympics. According to team USA, Harrison’s gold medal

is the first Olympic canoeing medal of any kind for Team USA since Greg

Barton took bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games in the men’s K-1 1000.

And it was the first Olympic medal for a U.S. woman in canoeing—

before 2020, all women’s Olympic events were in kayaks—since 1964. It

is just the fifth Olympic medal for Team USA in a canoe event and first

since 1948.

Anderson says that Harrison’s win has kicked off a rush of interest in

the team, especially from young girls not just in the harbor but from all

around. “We tell these young ladies that the door is definitely opening for

them. It’s a very exciting time, especially for young women, as we look

towards the ’24 and ’28 games.”

Paddling one of these boats is in itself a major challenge. It’s when

paddlers learn the balance and begin to go fast that Anderson feels gives

athletes the hook needed to pursue higher levels of competition. The

team makes it clear that it’s not a recreational league team, and you need

to be willing to put in the work in order to accomplish great things. The

results this summer are proof that the right attitude and commitment

along with buying into the program will put these young athletes on a

path to success.

“If you have a dream and are willing to work hard, you can accomplish

anything. Here you get to challenge yourself against the best in the world

before you’re even 18,” said Anderson. “It’s really something special.”

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COLE RUSHFORTH,

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Gig Harbor High School

Though you might not have heard

of him, Gig Harbor High School

senior Cole Rushforth is probably

one of the most famous figures in

the area. Cole opened an account on TikTok

last year when school was done remotely and

he had a little more free time. What started

as just a few hundred views has swollen to

Cole becoming one of the top 1 percent

most followed people on the social media

giant. “@Colewiththefacts currently has

over 2.1 million followers. I began posting

in June 2020, and have since amassed over

130 million views and over 40 million likes,”

he said.

While clearly a big part of his life, Cole

maintains a strict balance of school, sports,

family and friends, each of which comes

before his TikTok celebrity. He’s currently a

starting wide receiver and linebacker for the

football team and in the spring competes in

various sprints and the triple jump on the

track team. He’s represented the Student Body

as a senator each of his previous three years

and was elected ASB Student Body President

for his senior year.

While he could probably make a wellcompensated

career off his TikTok fame, Cole

will be following a childhood dream of going

to college after he graduates. “Academics have

always been super important to me and my

family, which is why I plan to attend at least

four years of college at a university (currently

narrowing down my top choices). I’m also

planning on playing college football, which is

something that I’ve wanted to do since I was

a little kid.”

At school, Cole’s favorite subjects are history

and Spanish. He feels strongly that learning

a second language is something everyone

should try. “I feel that it’s important to

understand other people and cultures around

the world, and learning a language is one of

the best ways to start! I’ve had some incredible

Spanish teachers in both middle school and

high school that have really contributed to my

love of the subject.”

Outside of school, Cole volunteers at his

church, St. Nicholas, and also enjoys helping

out with the Backpacks 4 Kids program.

While pursuing TikTok further could be a

career path, he can also see himself following

in the family footsteps. “I have a lot of

career interests, but my top one is business/

marketing. My father works in the medical

field as a medical sales representative, so I’ve

also always been interested in helping people

by working in the health field.”


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she said.

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To unwind, Annalis enjoys reading, hiking

and journaling, which she says give her more

joy than anything and also bring her back

down to earth.

ANNALIS PARKER, SENIOR

Peninsula High School

When asked what she wanted

to do after graduation,

Peninsula High School’s

Annalis Parker didn’t

really have a set plan. That’s likely not too

surprising to those who know her, as the list

of subjects, activities and hobbies she has is

quite long.

“Career paths that interest me are either on

the side of helping endangered species and

protecting them from poachers, or on a

completely opposite end, diving into my love

of art and music, and taking on a career of

art director, creating fashion magazines or

planning fashion events,” she shared.

This senior has kept herself plenty busy

at school and in her personal life. She’s

competed on the volleyball team and is

currently choir and ASB president at the

school. She loves music but also other forms

of art like theater, journaling and drawing.

She’s also a very active member of her

church—Chapel Hill. “I am a high school

While she enjoys the creativity of art and

theater, she also enjoys science, English,

history, and anything music related. “I think

these are so fascinating to me because they’re

all so creative, they all work your brain

and you can learn so much about yourself

through all of these subjects,” she explained.

In fact, two of her favorite teachers, Mrs. Ellis

and Mr. Newton, come from vastly different

subjects: choir and science. “I know that if

you asked anyone about the impact Mrs.

Ellis had on their lives, they could go on and

on about her. Her loving, gentle and kind

spirit made her classroom feel like home. Mr.

Newton can make anyone laugh. His ability

to make hard subjects such as chemistry and

physics fun and enjoyable is beyond me.”

Annalis also enjoys the fact that both teachers

treat their students like young adults and not

just another teenager.

As far as finding a future after graduation,

Annalis has her eyes set on moving out of

her comfort zone and heading to a school on

the East Coast. She’s definitely okay with not

having a set plan but wants a big part of her

college experience to be spent learning about

other societies and seeing the world abroad.

“My dream is to travel during college, and

I want to experience different cultures and

immerse myself into what I am studying,”

she said.

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ECHOLOGY ON

DONKEY CREEK TRAIL

A poetic reflection on cycles

BY RACHEL KELLY

With the return of salmon to our local waters, Echology

is here to honor the process through written word.

A combination of the words “echo” and “ecology,”

Echology is a series of plaques that display locally

written poems along the Donkey Creek Trail. Each

poem is written on the subject of cycles, the natural rhythm of nature that

salmon follows as it returns to its birthplace to spawn. While Echology is

meant to honor nature in all its wonders, specifically salmon, the project

is more than that. Echology is an invitation, a reflection on where our

own place in nature lies.

“Donkey Creek was one of the first places that I saw salmon,” recalls

Jennifer Chushcoff. Jennifer was the recipient of this year's Creative

Endeavor Grant, and the creator and organizer of Echology. “It’s quite the

experience to witness the struggle, the drive for that final push upriver

after traveling hundreds of miles. Something has called them home ….”

As she contemplated the use of the Creative Endeavor Grant, her mind

traveled back through her memories to places where she felt most at ease.

The intrinsic mystery of the lifecycle of salmon, the push and pull of life

and death, seemed to ripple into her consciousness. She wanted to create

a space in nature where others could not only experience nature’s healing

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Echology is an invitation, a reflection on

where our own place in nature lies.

She thought she would combine her talents for different mediums

within art, as well as represent the varying voices within our community.

Much like the many salmon that swim in one river, so are we, in many

perspectives, along the same path. “I’ve always enjoyed exploring the

intersection of visual and literary art. The natural world and the way it

shapes us, and in turn, the way we shape it,” and so Echology was born.

For Jennifer, nature is a place of respite, rest and rejuvenation.

Participation in nature is an intrinsic part of being human. Judging by

the sheer number of people who find themselves out in nature at all times

of the year in the majestic Pacific Northwest, it would seem that Jennifer

is right. We are eager to participate in, observe, love and protect the

nature that nurtures us. We recognize the importance of getting in our

regular dose of outdoors, cherishing the habitats and species that make it

possible. A walk through Echology along Donkey Creek Trail seems like

the perfect combination of art, reflection, relaxation and conservation.

There are 10 plaques along the Donkey Creek Trail, nine of which are

filled with selected poems by local authors that vary in their perspectives

and cultures. Authors such as Elijah Brambila, who is a graduating senior

from Peninsula High School. Or Rena Priest, who is a member of the

Lhaq’temish nation. There’s DJ Fowler, who is an award-winning author

and poet. And Brett Marlo, who is best known for Brett Marlo Design

Build. There’s previous Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Edmonds Turner,

and the current Poet Laureate Lydia K. Valentine. Local Whistling Shade

writer Justin Teerlinck, and local photographer and real estate agent

Cathy Warner. Each creative contributes a unique perspective, fulfilling

an important aspect of art. The last, but certainly not the least, contributor

was us. The 10th plaque showcases a community poem.

Jennifer achieved this poem sending out a call to the community for

contributions. The contributions were then combined and edited,

culminating in a poem made of many voices. In this way the trail is

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A WALK THROUGH ECHOLOGY ALONG

DONKEY CREEK TRAIL SEEMS LIKE THE

PERFECT COMBINATION OF ART, REFLECTION,

RELAXATION AND CONSERVATION.

representative of community collaboration, fulfilling vital commonplace

ideals such as discovery and inclusion. Echology on Donkey Creek Trail

is not simply just a project by Jennifer Chushcoff, or a highlight of local

authors. Although both are true. It doesn’t just honor salmon in nature,

although it does do that. Echology is also a project by us; it honors our

place in nature. It is a reminder to us that we’re a part of this whole

complex cycle. Our voices are heard and seen and live eternal through

the legacy that we set in motion as we go along. We survive and thrive in

our community, and as individuals. In observing the salmon, we find that

we are much like them.

As we walk in nature, we seem to find our place. As the river embraces

its now aged salmon, it fosters its young even as the parents lay on the

bottom of the riverbed to rest. Echology reminds us that everything

in nature has its part. As a part of that whole, we too send echoes out

into the world throughout our life. We fulfill a purpose: We nurture, we

relinquish, and we foster. Just as we have been affected, we also affect.

Throughout our lives we participate in the ripples that undulate along the

ocean, and end on the riverbank.

To quote Da Vinci, “When you put your hand in a flowing stream you

touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.”

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Looking Forward. Building. Bridging. Enriching.

Community foundation looks forward to what the future holds

By Jillian Chandler

Now in its 15th year, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF)

has much to celebrate!

Since forming in 2006, the organization’s work across its five

mission-focused areas—Arts & Culture, Education, Environment,

Recreation and Social Capital—has resulted in the distribution and

reinvestment of more than $12 million in assets into the greater Gig

Harbor and Key Peninsula communities. And, unlike many of the more

than 800 community foundations across the nation, GGHF actually

provides direct mission-aligned programs and services through its

Curious by Nature Preschool, Gig Harbor Senior Center, EnviroCorps,

Gig Harbor Basket Brigade, and others—in addition to providing grants

to other area nonprofit organizations, various scholarships supporting

higher education as well as early learning, and helping to raise critical

capital to provide perpetual resources to help meet the critical and

changing needs of the community.

For the past 10 years, the foundation has carried out its work and naturebased

early learning programs from a rented location. Early on, the site

provided access to more than 18 acres of surrounding undeveloped lands,

and, in addition, the nearby Adam Tallman Park provided a rich and

diverse environment for the school. It was always known that use of the

neighboring lands would be temporary.

“The writing was on the wall, as the foundation began an active search in

2017 for a site with sufficient acreage to support its educational programs,

space for learning gardens, and place that would both enable the creation

of a model sustainable ‘community campus’ to connect people and

resources,” says Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski, CEO and president emeritus.

Soon after the search began, much of the land was converted to housing,

while simultaneously the community’s demand for the school’s outdoor

early learning programs exploded. All while GGHF, its other programs

and community needs, grew and changed as well.

In late 2017, quite by accident and fortune, the vision for a community

campus was given a breath of life—and in July 2021, after three years

of work to attain the essential conditional use permit for required site

improvements, the foundation received the green light!

“The munificence of John and Kathy Allen has afforded our community

a matchless opportunity to develop a much-needed forever home for the

foundation that will serve as headquarters to its administrative office, the

school and other programs,” affirms Julie.

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Situated on 6 acres of a larger 32-acre property in the Artondale area of

the Gig Harbor peninsula—known locally as the “Graham Ranch” after

the family that resided there for more than 60 years—the Community

Campus opens an array of possibilities that will enable the GGHF to better

meet community needs and deliver services across its diverse programs,

and offer the community an exceptional outdoor learning space.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Community Campus will

provide the vital space needed to assure the GGHF’s continued ability to

offer the quality programs and services our community needs.

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GGHF is excited and eager for the coming months as they work forward to raise the

essential funding to bring the Community Campus to life.

“The foundation works collaboratively to build, bridge and enrich our great Gig Harbor

and Key Peninsula region by raising funds, advocating for and providing support to

help meet diverse and emerging community needs, and the Community Campus will

enable us to continue to do so and grow our programs to meet community needs,” states

Ariel Gustanski, the foundation’s COO.

The foundation would not be where they are today with the support of the community,

local organizations and businesses, community members, GGHF staff, Board of

Directors, and most importantly, volunteers—all visionaries.

“The most rewarding thing about the work that the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

does is seeing the direct impact our programs, services, grants and events have within

our community, and the Community Campus will enable the growth of such work,”

smiles Judson Morris, GGHF president.

To find out more about the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, and what you can do to

help ensure their mission and manifest their vision, visit GigHarborFoundation.org.

In late 2017, quite by accident and fortune, the

vision for a community campus was given a

breath of life—and in July 2021, the foundation

received the green light!

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING

Exercise both your physical and cognitive well-being

By Maya Nola, Occupational Therapy Student

The American Heart Association recommends that adults get at

least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each

week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week, ideally,

spread out over the week. How we obtain these active minutes

does not need to be complicated. A simple daily brisk walk can help to

promote a healthier lifestyle.

According to the Mayo Clinic, benefits of walking include maintaining

a healthy weight, preventing or managing various conditions, including

heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes,

improving cardiovascular fitness, strengthening your bones and muscles,

improving muscle endurance, improving your balance and coordination,

strengthening the immune system, and reducing stress and tension.

Along with all of these physical benefits, those who walk daily experience

cognitive benefits as well including increased energy levels, improved

mood, cognition, memory and sleep, fewer symptoms of depression and

anxiety, and better quality of life.

Technique and Form

When walking for fitness, it is important to consider technique and form to

prevent injury and get the most out of your stride.

• Keep your head up: Look forward in front of you, not at the ground.

• Relax your neck, shoulders and back.

• Swing your arms freely with your elbows slightly bent.

• Slightly tighten your core muscles and keep your back straight and tall.

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Along with all of these physical benefits, those who walk

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• Walk smoothly, rolling your foot from heel to

toe with each step.

Building a Walking Routine

• Start slow: You may choose to start with taking

a quick five- to 10-minute walk during your

lunch break. Once this becomes a comfortable

routine, you can build to a 20-minute walk after

work. Setting realistic goals for ourselves helps

to set us up for success in the long run.

• Choose the right gear: Wear supportive

shoes that have good arch support and thick,

flexible soles to best support your feet and

protect joints. You also may choose to wear an

activity tracker or pedometer to help track your

progress over time.

• Select your course: Choose an outdoor course

with a smooth, even surface. In the winter, you

may choose to walk indoors in stores or use a

treadmill to avoid icy roads.

• Prepare your body: Maintain a slower pace

for the first and last five minutes of your walk

to act as a “warm-up” and “cool-down.” It is

also important to gently stretch after walking

to keep muscles flexible and strong.

• Enjoy your walk: Listen to music or a podcast

that you enjoy while walking. If you’re enjoying

yourself, it will be easier to build a routine. If

you don’t like walking alone, try walking with

a friend. Having a walking buddy can help to

hold you accountable.

Tips for Adding Walking into Your Day

• Take the stairs instead of the elevator when

possible.

• Walk to local stores instead of driving, or park

further away from your destination.

• Take your dog (or a friend’s dog) for a walk.

• Get off public transport one stop earlier and

walk the rest of your way.

• Walk with friends around town or join a

walking club.

Resources: BetterHealth.vic.gov.au/health/

healthyliving/walking-for-good-health;

MayoClinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/indepth/walking/art-20046261;

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The last thing you want to worry

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you are not there. It’s important to prepare

both your babysitter as well as your children on

how best to avoid an emergency situation, and

how to handle one if it were to occur.

When looking to hire a babysitter, it’s always

a good idea to check with friends and family

members and seek out referrals from there—

if they’re willing to share, of course. There

is also the option of going through a local,

established babysitting/nanny company that

vets out their babysitters and nannies, ensuring

your children will be in the best of hands. And,

when interviewing for the position, it doesn’t

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classes if they are not.

Once you’ve chosen your sitter, now it’s time

to set them up for a successful afternoon or

evening with your kids.

Set Your Sitter Up for Success

• Show your sitter around your home and let

him/her know if there are any rooms/spaces

that are off limits to the children, where things

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• Make sure that your home has been child

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windows, decks and around pools (latched

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of reach).

• Prepare an agenda for the babysitter; make

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ask if that is okay. It is imperative to respect the

babysitter and his or her time—this is a mutual

relationship, and the sitter is an important

extension of your family.

In Case of Accident/Emergency

• Have a place where your sitter can access all

First Aid basics in case of an accident, whether

it be scrape or something more serious.

• Leave the sitter with important contact

information including emergency family

names and numbers, family doctor’s contact

info, the address of your home, home phone

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• Have a printout displaying CPR steps for

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have the steps (with text and images is helpful)

of what to do in the case of a choking baby,

toddler, child, teen or adult, or how to help

a choking special needs person or person in

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• Not only should you have a fire extinguisher

that can be easily found and accessed by your

sitter, but have a printout of the steps showing

how to use a fire extinguisher safely.

Setting up your sitter with a schedule and

everything they need is a sure way to set

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• Leave the sitter with appropriate snacks and

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• Leave the sitter with the schedule of naps for

your kids and expected sleeping routines. (Ex.

Read them two stories before bed, give them a

drink of water, and make sure they have their

special blanket and stuffed animal.)

• Explain bath time safety—number one rule,

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• Let your sitter know when he/she can expect

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GINGER

THE BENEFITS OF THIS TRUE SUPERFOOD

By Jennifer Miller

With fall officially here, there

is more on the horizon than

college football and changing

leaves. Germs. I don’t need

to remind you all the yuckies our kids bring

home from school and sports. We all do our

best to keep them at bay. I am a big believer in

all the vitamins and supplements, drinking all

the water, and doing my best to get a decent

amount of sleep. Like many of you, as a busy

parent, I don't have time to get sick, so I’ll do

whatever I can to up my immune system. I’ve

been so lucky to work in an office that supplies

me with daily ginger shots. The benefits of this

spicy little root are many, and I won’t let a day

go by now without a shot of ginger.

Ginger is a flowering plant that originated in

Southeast Asia. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae

family, which is closely related to turmeric and

cardamom. While its flowers are a beautiful

yellow leafy assortment, it’s the root that is

most commonly used. Ginger comes in many

forms, the most popular being fresh, dried,

powdered or, my personal favorite, juiced.

With a lightly spicy and unique taste and smell

from its most important bioactive component,

gingerol, it’s a popular spice as well as

medicinal. Ginger has a long and deep history

in traditional and alternative medicine. Its

medicinal usage dates all the way back to more

than 2,000 years ago in ancient China. Now its

many benefits are backed by science.

Most commonly, ginger is used for all things

stomach related. It is highly effective in

reducing the effects of nausea and vomiting.

Most commonly it is prescribed to pregnant

women as a safe cure or curb for morning

sickness, and is also a favorite among travelers

for motion sickness. Even just holding ginger

oil up to my nose during a bout of car sickness

works wonders. Ginger is also prescribed to

chemotherapy patients to help reduce its side

effects. It’s also found to help ease the pain of

menstrual cycles due to its anti-inflammatory

properties.

Those anti-inflammatory and antioxidant

properties are the key components in ginger's

immune-boosting properties. Ginger has been

shown to help ward off germs (due to having

antibacterial and antiviral properties), and

stop the growth of E. coli and viruses like RSV.

Adding ginger to your diet, or any other antiinflammatory

food or drink, can help enhance

your immune system. Adding in other key

ingredients like lemon or honey can also help

boost immune response.

My favorite way to get my daily dose of ginger

is through a custom ginger shot, which are

usually available at most local health stores. I

also love to make ginger tea, especially during

the chilly fall and winter months. Using grated

or powdered ginger, I simply add hot water to

honey, half of a fresh squeezed lemon, and a

little turmeric on top for added benefits and

flavor. Stir it all up for a warm drink on these

fall days.

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OUR GUIDE TO SKIN TIGHTENING

COMBINING LASER TREATMENTS, INJECTABLES AND SKIN CARE

BY SERINA JONES, LME, GIG HARBOR AESTHETICS

The newest kid on the block isn’t really

a new kid, but it is the actual cosmetic

approach which is the newly crowned

king of all cosmetic procedures—the

“combination treatment.”

This is where the combined effects of more

than one treatment are harnessed to maximize

treatment outcomes and benefits. At Gig

Harbor Aesthetics, we prefer and perform

combination treatments to achieve optimal

results. Combination therapy is not only more

efficient in terms of time, but more often than

not, the combination naturally allows for

better results compared to each stand-alone

treatment. The combination of injectables,

lasers and skin care has a synergistic effect,

boosting one another for remarkable results.

The idea behind combining modalities is

simple, as we just mentioned, but the bottom

line is that it leads to more effective clinical

results and increased patient satisfaction. Why

let your treatments stand alone when your

treatments can stand together and give you

more efficacy and better results?

What happens to us as we age?

As we age, we lose volume in our skin and

tissue, our texture changes due to past sun

damage, and our overall skin tone dulls while

our elastin and collagen diminish. These

important structures serve as scaffolds, and the

decline of volume leads to our face sagging and

drooping, creating deep folds and lines. Facial

aging typically starts in our 20s and 30s with

the loss of essential volume, and the effects of

past sun damage will appear as brown spots,

facial vessels and textural changes. Simply put,

aging isn’t just a one-dimensional effect, so our

approach isn’t a one-way path. It’s a plan that

includes different techniques to create balance,

brightness, skin tightening and improved

skin health.

Botox, Laser Treatments and Skin Care

We take a synergistic approach to create a

combined plan to reverse damage, smooth out

texture and tighten skin. Sure, it’s great to be

on a progressive home-care routine, but when

you combine that with in-office treatments,

you are getting optimal results with your skin

health. Some of the most popular treatments to

slow down the effects of aging are injectables,

Radio Frequency Microneedling and Broad

Band Light.

Botox/Dysport and Dermal Fillers

Botox and Dysport is a type of a neuromodulator

that has received FDA approval for cosmetic

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the skin to maintain its texture, volume and

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Skin Care

Being on proper skin care for your particular

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STANDING TOGETHER WITH ITS

COMMUNITY

UNITED WAY COLLABORATES TO BRING CHANGE

BY RACHEL KELLY

United Way has a mission to improve lives. They do

this by seeking out the un-touched or un-talked

about problems, using hands-on experience and

research-backed initiatives to solve them. While

United Way is a global nonprofit that functions all over the

world, this doesn’t stop them from being involved personally

within their separate communities. United Way believes

that “to live better we must live United.” Which means that

they don’t shy from working with their neighbors to address

common issues, to ensure the health, education and financial

stability for everyone.

United Way’s worldwide mission is to “improve lives by

mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world

to advance the common good.” They do this by providing

access to basic needs, such as food, shelter and financial

stability. United Way also seeks to tackle transportation needs

that inhibit access to those basic needs. Those resources

additionally provide for health care and address domestic

violence. The reach and scope of United Way as an international

nonprofit is huge, but the focus is small. Funds and resources

donated to a local United Way are distributed locally—to

local organizations and local people. It’s no wonder then that

the United Way in Northern Idaho and Pierce County have

individual local relationships, initiatives and partnerships.

“Most people know United Way as a global organization. What

most people don’t realize is that we are a network of smaller

nonprofits,” says Mark Tucker, the executive director of United

Way of North Idaho. This is especially important, because this

means that United Way is operating according to local needs

heard from local people and organizations. There are larger

consistent methods that United Way in the Pacific Northwest

uses as a whole to assess smaller community needs, such as

ALICE. ALICE refers to the people within any community

that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.

ALICE works as a snapshot that allows each individual United

Way to assess its community needs and address systemic issues

that contribute to any shortages.

“The great thing about a local structure with local volunteers

is that we are able to identify and focus on our community’s

greatest needs,” says Mark. The staff at this locality is relatively

small, but their capacity for impact is increased through

their partnerships. Through the ALICE system as reference,

United Way in North Idaho has sought an understanding of

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their unique community needs. This is the first step

in any United Way venture and is especially true in

the counties of North Idaho. According to ALICE,

41 percent of these communities are struggling to

make ends meet. Through their local partnerships,

they seek real solutions. Using both ALICE and

local connections, North Idaho has been able to

identify their community's greatest unmet need

and proactively tends to that need through working

across sectors. Because their partnerships with local

agencies and providers have brought about a greater

understanding of how to approach the issue, United

Way in North Idaho is in a unique position. Not only

are they able to provide research, but they are also

able to step in with funding.

Right now, North Idaho has identified childcare as

a large unmet community need. Since childcare is

the most expensive item in the budget for a family,

it often is the barrier to getting parents back to work

or working within the job that they prefer. “As we

dug deeper into the issue, we realized that childcare

workers are suffering themselves. Since teacher pay is

so low, turnover is high, and lowering pay is not an

option. With real estate having gone up dramatically,

relocating for expansion is out of the question,” says

Mark. What’s more, providing childcare benefits the

community as a whole. Quality childcare prepares

children for school readiness, which means that

kindergartners are less likely to fall behind. Children

who are not able to keep up in school, that do not

receive the support they need, can often become

delinquent. This, in turn, means that schools lose tax

revenue. Loss of revenue, in turn, limits resources.

Even more urgently, providing quality childcare

supports businesses. When parents have consistent,

affordable childcare, both parents are able to go back

to work. Without this drain on their income, they are

able to use more of their income to prepare for their

future, invest in savings and pay off debt. Employers

consistently see childcare as the top reason for

tardiness or missed work. With the current shift in

the economy and workforce, employers are beginning

to change the way that they see their employees. In

turn, this affects how they do business. With the

current scarcity of employees, employers are looking

to invest into childcare. Providing childcare in North

Idaho helps with recruitment and retention, as well as

fills a community need.

Funds and resources

donated to a local

United Way are

distributed locally—to

local organizations

and local people.

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To move out of the current childcare crisis, United

Way of North Idaho approaches the problem using two

strategies: funding and direct service programming.

Using the Community Care Fund, United Way funds

nonprofits that are already doing phenomenal work

in the community. Direct service programming is a

straightforward approach to address the crisis, where

United Way develops its own services to answer

needs where no services may be available. Examples

include the Ready! For Kindergarten, Bank on North

Idaho Financial literacy training, and the Family

Scholarship program. Of course, United Way also uses

collaboration. The Child Care Committee developed

through $100,000 in funds from United Way in North

Idaho. This committee has developed relationships

with childcare providers, municipalities, educators

and business leaders. Everyone is working together,

focused on ending the childcare crisis.

United Way in Pierce County just celebrated 100

hundred years of local service in their area. They

are as historically a presence in the community as

much as the theatres, train station and harbors.

Celebrations have commenced throughout this

last year, beginning with a food drive and birthday

party in May. The ending celebrations finished on

September 21 with a free virtual rally. The centennial

celebration was part of an $8 million centennial

campaign series. Amanda Westbrook of the CityLine

talk show hosted the celebrations in style, bringing

participants back through the rich history of United

Way and culminating in a look at what’s in store for

the future. Participants were treated to a first look at

the Centennial video, as well as given an opportunity

to learn trivia and win prizes. The spotlight has been

on United Way in Pierce County as they continue to

rejoice in their centennial year, but their everyday

work in the community has not ceased.

United Way’s long varied history in Pierce County

began in 1921 with the Federation of Social Agencies.

Partners in this building included local churches,

the Red Cross and Tacoma Community Housing.

Fundraising for 28 local charities and social agencies

continued throughout the years. In 1951, $318,000

was raised and distributed, with close to $2,500

awarded to the Girl Scouts. In 1956, United Way’s

fundraisers reached $1 million for the first time. In

1976, $2 million was reached for the first time, with

$238,000 donated to its longtime partner The Red

Cross. 1984 saw $4 million raised. In 1994, they broke

$7 million. In 2000, Joanne Bamford introduced early

learning as a community focus. In 2003, ABCD was

established, which provided dental services for lowincome

communities. For several years after this,

United Way established itself as an advocate for early

learning, with $5 million raised specifically for this.

In 2013, 70 percent of United Way resources were

allotted for prevention, such as early learning. They

were able to fund prevention while still addressing

present needs such as food, shelter and clothing.

In 2016, two Centers for Strong Families were

established. The centers continued to raise funds for

services to families throughout the next few years,

with large donations made by the Kaiser Permanente

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Foundation. In 2019, the Center for Strong

Families eventually established Resilient Pierce

County, which focuses on Franklin Pierce and

East Tacoma communities.

Today, United Way in Pierce County has

directed its focus on poverty, which they began

in 2017. This was also the year that United

Way held its first From Poverty to Possibilities

Summit. Using the ALICE approach, a

consistent research approach among all of the

United Ways in the Pacific Northwest, UWPC

has found out some information about present

needs within the community. According to

research, 23 percent of the families in Pierce

County are ALICE families. This number has

risen over the pandemic. That means every

one in five families are struggling to make

ends meet. United Way has done a lot in Pierce

County over its 100-year-long residence,

but recent research has shown that Pierce

County is struggling with a unique shortage

of employment combined with a decrease in

housing. Everything United Way is doing in

Pierce County is focused on addressing this

problem. United Way in Pierce County has

a goal of ending poverty for 15,000 families

by 2028. They will continue to do this by

partnering with local organizations and

nonprofits that provide for community needs,

in the hopes that, together, the community can

break down barriers toward self-sufficiency.

To say that the partnerships are fast and

widespread is an understatement. UWPC has

coordinated efforts in school districts, health

and human services, faith-based groups,

government agencies and individuals with

commitments to research forward action.

UWPC is continuing in its trend to be an active

part in meeting these families holistically,

where they’re at. This has been true for the

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last 100 years, and will continue to be true for

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United Way stands true to its mission to

“mobilize the caring power in communities

around the world.” They focus on education,

health and financial stability. The international

impact of United Way is a vast interconnection

of communities around the world. Their projects

include access to health care in Korea, books

for children in Australia, and financial stability

in Denver, USA. Hundreds of thousands of

people receive these services and financial aid.

Many local organizations receive grants. This

has only been possible through unity. Not only

is the fulfillment seen in United Way’s unified

network of interconnected smaller nonprofits,

who mobilize among themselves, United Way

also creates cohesion in the communities they

serve by pursuing relationships, providing

funding, seeking out research, and gathering

together to hear directly from their community.

Approaches are vast and widespread, and they

are direct and impactful. Whether they are

large or small, personal or from afar, United

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Yummy.

ONE-POT MEALS TO THE RESCUE

The secrets of one-pot cooking

by RACHEL KELLY

Fall evokes a feeling of nostalgia, the perfect sweater weather. With the kids

back in school, we find our schedules cramped with evenings of catchup,

weekends of last-minutes, and a bustle toward bedtime. Fall cooking at

its best is made in one pot with very few dishes. With one-pot cooking, the

cleanup is easy, the product healthy and the cost minimal. Here is a step-by-step guide for

making your own one-pot meals.

Step One: Create your flavor base. Classic one-pot dishes require very little prep and are best slowly

cooked throughout the day. The general soup or stew requires a selection of root vegetables to add depth and

flavor. This is possible because fall plants prepare for winter by storing sugar in their roots. Chopping up and

sautéing root vegetables forces them to release their sugars into the oil, providing a base for a rich and savory

flavor profile. For Italian dishes (think red meat sauce and minestrone), chop up celery, onion, carrot and

garlic. For soups or sauces that are finished with cream, use the same base. For spicy meals, such as curry or chili

(green, red or white), skip the carrots and instead use mild or spicy peppers (seeds removed). As you continue to

experiment with various flavor profiles, you will figure out more and more what you like best. In general, however,

bases of soups and stews are made of carrots, onions, garlic, celery (or celery root) and/or peppers. Choose what you

want, chop up, and sauté in oil until fragrant.

Step Two: Choose your protein. If you’re a meat eater, your protein would be meat. Obviously. But! If you are vegetarian,

this would be beans or quinoa. Of course, there’s no hard and fast rule that restricts you from doing all or none of

these things. There are some basic principles here though that apply

to protein. Beans must be soaked in salt water overnight, but

canned beans can be added right in. When using meat,

choose meats that are fatty and boney—no boring

chicken breast here. Something low in fat that is

simmered in liquid amounts to bland, because

fat is delicious. For meats think ham hocks,

sausage, chicken thighs and T-bone steak.

After you’re done simmering your root veggies

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until fragrant, remove or scoot to the edge of the pan. Then salt your

meat (if needed), and sear in the same pot until brown. The meat

doesn’t have to be cooked through.

Step Three: Now for the liquid. Whatever liquid you add can be twofold,

meaning that it could be both wine (used to get all the brown goop

off the bottom of the pan) and water. Or, you could have both broth and

tomatoes (as seen in minestrone). For stews, make sure that the liquid

only just covers the top, as much will cook off leaving a thick mixture.

For dishes with beans, use a little extra water. Those beans will soak up

all that excess. Use broth if you’re using a protein that doesn’t have a

whole bunch of flavor, such as beans, quick-cooking sausage or low-fat

chicken. Use water when making stews or sauces with proteins that are

packed with flavor, such as T-bone steak, beef tips or ham hocks. After

sautéing your root veggies and separately browning your meat, put it

all in the pot and cover with liquid. Let simmer on low (very low) or

put all ingredients in the crockpot. It’s done cooking when the protein

is cooked through.

Step Four: The finisher. Finishing your dish is done at the end for

things that only take a few minutes to cook. This can be a filler, such

as noodles (five-minute cook time) or rice (20-minute cook time). Or

it can be a garnish, such as rosemary or oregano. Or the finisher can

be added once the heat is turned off, such as a cream or a squeeze of

lemon. Always taste after finishing to see if the dish needs more salt.

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Your finisher will be contingent upon your preference and what you

think tastes best. This is an opportunity for creativity.

With these simple methods as your guide, you are on route to make all

kinds of various dishes. My personal favorite one-pot meals include

White Tuscan Minestrone and Green Chili.

White Tuscan Minestrone starts with sautéing carrots, celery, onion

and garlic. White bean and chicken/vegetable broth are added once

root veggies are fragrant. Also add uncooked sausage here if you want

to liven up the broth a bit. Simmer until beans are cooked through.

Finish with rosemary sprig and a squeeze of lemon.

Green Chili is made by first sautéing onion until soft and sweet. While

the onions sauté, lay out green peppers (pablano, jalapeño, etc.) and

tomatillos (or green tomatoes) on a sheet pan (cookie sheet). Slide

under the broiler. Once blackened, peel off the skin. Set aside. Salt and

sear fatty pieces of pork in the onions as they continue to brown. Then,

chop up skinned tomatoes and peppers. Add onion/tomatillo mixture

to the pot. Cover with chicken broth. Simmer until meat falls apart.

Finish with rice and cilantro. Serve with tortillas or eat by itself.

Now that you have your guidelines, and your examples, get ready to

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A BEGINNER’S BAKING GUIDE

WHERE TO START TO FIND SUCCESS AS A

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by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Beginner’s Baking Guide

It’s autumn, and for many, enjoying a cozy

pastime helps ease the transition to cooler,

shorter days. Aside from the

comforting treats that come

as a result, baking can be a

comforting form of both

mental and physical therapy.

The concentration required

to follow a recipe and carefully

measure ingredients, mixed with

the creativity that comes with a chance

to experiment with flavors, makes baking a

unique activity that is often considered more than just

a hobby.

If you’re new to the realm of baking, there are a few steps

you can take to find success as a beginning baker. Once

you have a few key elements down, including starting with

the right tools and techniques, you’ll feel like an expert in

no time!

Where to Start: Baking Equipment

Set yourself up for success with quality baking tools.

The right equipment will make your road to becoming a

seasoned baker much sweeter, as quality bakeware makes

for easier cleanups and more evenly cooked results.

Invest in quality, non-stick bakeware. A non-stick or

silicone baking mat will help you skip the sticky baking

sprays and endless rolls of parchment paper—plus save you

from cleaning up a sticky mess later. There are non-stick

options for just about every piece of baking equipment,

from muffin tins to cake pans, so if you’re watching

your budget, start by investing in the pieces you’ll use

most often.

Make sure your measuring tools are in order, including

measuring cups, a set of teaspoons and tablespoons,

and a quality liquid measuring cup. A set of dependable,

accurate, easy-to-use measuring tools comes in handy not

just for baking but for recipes of all kinds.

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During those first few recipes,

give yourself plenty of time

and grace.

While your remaining baking equipment will depend on your needs,

tastes and budget, many experts advocate for an investment in a standing

mixer. Compared to a handheld beater, standing mixers ensure an easy,

even blend of your ingredients. It helps you expend less energy and save

time, with the ability to multitask while your ingredients mix away. A

KitchenAid isn’t required—there are plenty of budget-friendly options

that produce similar results.

Use High-Quality Ingredients

Investing in high-quality ingredients where you can will yield a noticeable

difference in taste. For example, there’s a difference between pure vanilla

extract and artificial vanilla extract—the real deal will produce a stronger,

more authentic flavor.

As much as you can, look for high-quality ingredients to produce the best

results. Pure extracts and real spices might be pricier, but a little bit goes

a long way, and the results are guaranteed to be noticed.

Some experts advocate for additional ingredient upgrades like swapping

table salt for sea salt to produce a more complex flavor profile, or using

browned butter for more tender, flaky results. Choose the upgrades that

are best for your specific recipe, baking interests and budget.

Take your recipe with you when shopping for ingredients, so you’ll know

exactly how much you need.

Set the Stage

When your equipment is purchased and your ingredients ready, it’s time

to begin. Set the stage by placing all ingredients on the counter and

thoroughly reading your recipe for key details.

Read the recipe to completion before you pour or mix anything. You’ll

have a better idea of timing, measurements and techniques needed to

complete the recipe.

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Look for the phrase “room temperature”—you won’t want

to ignore that instruction. Temperature is a more critical

component producing your desired outcome than you may

expect. Room temperature supports a proper emulsion,

which promotes an ideal texture in the finished product.

Allow any refrigerated ingredients listed that are called to be

room temperature to sit out on the counter for some time

before you begin.

If your recipe requires any ingredients to be “warmed,” be

careful to keep that ingredient warm—not hot. Mixing in

hot ingredients will often wreak havoc on the quality of the

result and the chemical reactions between other ingredients.

Keep any and all warmed ingredients in the recipe lukewarm

at best.

When you’re ready to start mixing ingredients, follow the

recipe in order. As tempting as it may be to get creative and

experiment, most recipes are trusted for a reason. As you

further develop your baking skills, you’ll have the experience

and knowledge base to successfully experiment in the future.

Take Time to Enjoy the Process

Like any skill, art or hobby, baking takes time to learn. Don’t

rush—allow yourself to be patient and learn from your

mistakes. During those first few recipes, give yourself plenty

of time and grace.

If you’re brand new to baking, you can save yourself a bit

of stress by starting with a simple recipe. Chocolate chip

cookies, brownies and muffins are all straightforward and

give beginning bakers a great starting foundation. Take time

to enjoy the taste tests along the way!

Becoming a skilled, comfortable baker doesn’t happen

overnight. It takes time, and practicing is key. You can keep

baking practice varied and fun, both by trying new recipes

and perfecting familiar classics.

Start simple, and start today—as we head into the holiday

season, you'll be ready to contribute fresh, expertly baked

treats to your family gatherings and festive events. After all,

one of the best, most rewarding aspects of developing your

baking skills is sharing them! All you have to do now is

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Cinnamon Cookie

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

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•1 oz. chocolate milk

Garnish with:

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Serving: 1 serving

•1.5 oz. silver tequila

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Serving: 6 servings

• 1 bottle white wine

• 2 cups apple cider

• 1/2 cup caramel vodka

• 1 orange, sliced

• 1/2 cup cranberries, frozen

• 1 apple, sliced or chopped

Garnish with:

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Pumpkin Spice Martini

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Serving: 1 serving

•2 oz. vodka

•1/2 oz. spiced simple syrup

•3/4 oz. half and half

•1 oz. pumpkin puree

•1 egg white, frothed

Garnish with:

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Pumpkin Spice

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Serving: 1 serving

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TRAVEL AND TASTE

A Food and Wine Weekend in Charming Woodinville, Washington

By Marguerite Cleveland

Amidst the Sammamish River Valley sits the charming town of Woodinville. With over 130 tasting rooms, Woodinville,

Washington, is a wine drinker’s heaven. There are four distinct wine districts each with their own vibe. If you want to learn more

about wine production, head to the Warehouse District for a behind-the-scenes look. For city lovers, the Downtown District

has lots of new tasting rooms, breweries, shopping and restaurants. The West Valley District is situated on the west side of the

Sammamish River and has a slower, more relaxed atmosphere with the tasting rooms spread out. The landmark Hollywood School is where

the Hollywood District gets its name. For a food and wine weekend, Hollywood is where you want to be with a Conde Nast gold-rated resort,

destination restaurants and more than 40 tasting rooms within walking distance.

Where to Stay

For a high-end super luxurious stay, the Willows Lodge is a gold-rated Conde Nast resort on 5 beautifully landscaped acres within walking

distance of the Hollywood District. The private patios overlook the peaceful gardens dominated by old-growth trees. Truly a special place

and worth the splurge.

It can be challenging to find lodging in Woodinville, especially during busy fall weekends. Just a 10-minute drive, the Hilton Garden Inn

Redmond Town Center is more like a boutique hotel with its modern, upscale décor. It is a great option, and if you don’t feel like driving,

there are a variety of transport options on the Woodinville Wine Country website.

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Where to Eat

So many great choices from charcuterie boards at wineries to multicourse fine

dining can all be found in the Hollywood District. For fine dining, The Barking Frog elevates the farm-to-table experience with creative menu items

and gorgeous presentations. Executive Chef Bobby Moore and team are inspired by fresh, local ingredients and the cultural diversity of the Pacific

Northwest. Make sure to try the Penn Cove Mussels in a flavorful curry broth. Divine!

Heritage Restaurant is chef and owner Breanna Beike’s baby. She serves up elevated comfort food moderately priced at this local favorite. Her food

is seriously good. Her Citrus Honey-Brined Half Chicken is a work of art. The roast chicken’s crisp, caramel-hued skin is served with in-season

vegetables, cheddar whipped potatoes and a rich, red wine-enhanced chicken jus.

Foodie nirvana is a wine bar with great food. The Purple Café & Wine Bar offers an extensive wine list. The wine flights are themed small pours of

three different wines; just enough, and you can pair one with each course. The café is known for its Baked Brie, which is a wonder of gooey melted

cheese smothered with apricot, caramelized onions and candied walnuts encased in pastry. It is served with fruit and crackers. The dine-in menu

has a wide variety of starters that are perfect to share with your table and make a meal out of it. This gives you the opportunity to try a variety of

food and wine pairings.

What to Do

Frankly, visitors come to Woodinville to drink wine, so that should be the focus of your visit. With 130-plus tasting rooms, it can be overwhelming.

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Information

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Where to Stay

The Willows Lodge - WillowsLodge.com

Hilton Garden Inn Redmond Town Center - Hilton.com

Where to Eat

The Barking Frog - WillowsLodge.com/barking_frog

Heritage Restaurant - HeritageWoodinville.com

Purple Café & Wine Bar - PurpleCafe.com/woodinville

What to Do

Yoga and Wine - YogaWineatGard.eventbrite.com

Lauren Ashton Cellars - LaurenAshtonCellars.com

Obelisco Estate - Obelisco.com

Dusted Valley - DustedValley.com

so many wineries right next to each other, but it will give

you a much less relaxed experience. Also, with COVID-19

protocols, it is not as easy to just drop in and taste. Research

prior to your visit and make reservations for the places you

want to try to avoid disappointment.

Here are three worth trying. Dusted Valley is a family owned

business creating the American Dream. With a dentist in

the family, wine-stained teeth have inspired the names of

both wines and the Stained Tooth Wine Club Society. Good

wine grows in the vineyards, and Dusted Valley’s sustainable

farming practices are creating excellent fruit. The 2018

Stained Tooth Syrah is a standout with its rich purple hue. It

is a gorgeous wine of 97 percent Syrah with a 3 percent hint

of Viognier.

Lauren Ashton Cellars is in the Apple Farm Village, a

darling collection of historic cottages that are nestled in

beautiful gardens, which give outdoor space to the tasting

rooms. Kit Singh, owner of Lauren Ashton Cellars, is a

gifted winemaker who crafts beautifully nuanced wines

with his own take on the French style of winemaking. Singh makes both

red and white wines, but he produces a greater variety of whites than most

Washington winemakers. For those who love white wine, you will have a

difficult time choosing your favorite. A unique wine worth trying is the

2020 Roussanne, as Singh is one of the few in Washington who creates a

wine from this complex white grape varietal, which is indigenous to the

Rhone Valley of France. Its delicate flavor pairs perfectly with shellfish.

The tasting room for Obelisco Estate is also at the Apple Farm Village.

General manager and winemaker Ken Abbott carries on the legacy of

his uncle, famed winemaker Doug Long, while continuing to work with

Aunt Betsy Long. They are known for their big, bold Red Mountain

(AVA) reds, and you are going to want to take home a bottle of Cabernet

Sauvignon or a red blend to age for a special occasion. Abbott also makes

some unique wines such as a Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is 100

percent juice unlike most Rosés which have water added. The winery

staff have dubbed it the “Brose” due to its big fruit flavor while remaining

dry. It is the “white wine” for red wine drinkers. Another unusual wine is

the Late Harvest Cabernet, which is sweet enough to be a dessert wine. At

the end of the harvest season, Abbott and all the staff pick the final grapes

of the season for this wine.

Before visiting Woodinville, take the time to visit the Woodinville

Wine Country website and view the event calendar. There is usually

something going on every weekend. A fun activity is Yoga and Wine at

Gard Vintners Woodinville. You’ll take a yoga class which is a mixture

of Hatha and Vinyasa followed by a wine tasting flight or glass of wine.

On Friday evenings, check the schedule for happy hours with live music

at a tasting room. If you feel like getting some outside time, walk the

Sammamish River Trail, which, as its name suggests, follows the river.

Insider Tip: If you are new to wine tasting, make your first stop the iconic

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. This gorgeous chateau hosts multiple

tasting rooms and offers a variety of wine experiences and classes which

will increase your wine education.

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Fall at the Farm

As we gaze off at the beautiful

waters that make our

maritime city a true paradise

to call home, it can be easy

to forget that inland you can find

numerous working farms right here

in Gig Harbor!

As harvest season is upon us, and

farmers finish gathering the fruits

of their labors, take a day to visit

one—or more—of these local farms,

patronizing these hard-working

men and women while enjoying a

beautiful fall day outdoors.

From Wild Handful Farm, Pattersons

Farm Market and Crescent Valley

Lavender Farm, to Artondale Farm,

Butler's Farm, FireWater Farm and

more, a visit to one of these farms

will inspire a true appreciation for

the passion these folks demonstrate

to produce a beautiful bounty to

provide for their families and share

with those in their community.

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WHERE TO STAY

WATERFRONT

SPA/SAUNA

POOL

RESTAURANT/BAR

FREE BREAKFAST

KITCHEN/ETTE

SUITES

PETS

FITNESS CENTER

MEETING SPACE

PRICING

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

253.858.1111 • InnatGigHarbor.com

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

MaritimeInn.com

$$-

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Waterfront Inn

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

253.857.0770

Waterfront-Inn.com

$$$

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

253.857.4047

WestwyndMotel.com

253.549.6639

PleasureCraftRentals.com

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

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Aloha Beachside B&B

8318 State Route 302 NW., Gig Harbor, WA 98329

Beachside Bed & Breakfast

679 Kamus Dr., Fox Island, WA 98333

888.256.4222

253-549-2524

BeachsideBB.com

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Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Guest House

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

HEALTH & BEAUTY

$$$

Sugaring NYC - Gig Harbor Beauty 253.853.7847 SugaringGigHarbor.com 4779 Point Fosdick Dr. Unit 400, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Rebel’tude Salon Hair 253.514.6164 RebeltudeaSalon.com 6659 Kimball Dr. #B200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Air Blowout Bar

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

253.514.6389 • AirBlowoutBar.com

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

A Prima Salon & Extensions Hair 253.509.0726 APrimaSalon.net 2609 Jahn Ave. NW. Ste. F-6, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Sport Clips Haircuts Hair 253.514.6404

HaircutMenUptown

GigHarborWA.com

4641 Point Fosdick Dr. Bldg. 15, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Aesthetics Skin Care 253.514.6766 GigHarborAesthetics.com 3226 Rosedale St. Ste. 100, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335

Studio Six the Salon & Spa Hair & Spa 253.432.4219

StudioSixtheSalon

andSpa.com 4779 Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Ste. 200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

ForJoe.net

WaterfrontPugetSound.com

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

Jennie Wetter • Infinity Real Estate, LLC

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

253.225.5602 • jennie@infinityrewa.com • JennieWetter.com

Gig Harbor’s local real estate professionals, led by owner and broker Jennie Wetter. Infinity Real Estate is dedicated to meeting clients’ needs, whether

they are looking to sell or buy. Jennie and her dedicated team of professionals are committed to putting the client first, providing 100 percent dedication

and care from start to finish.

Infinity Real Estate Team Infinity Real Estate, LCC 253.693.4940 info@infinityrewa.com TheBoutiqueAdvantage.com

Pat Mercado

Properties Northwest

of Gig Harbor

253.851.2511 patrick.mercado@propertiesnw.com PropertiesNW.com

Shelly Manada RE/MAX Exclusive 253.313.4794 shelly.manada@remax.com GigHarborMax.com

Gretchen L. Allen • RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

4411 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 207, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.620.0028 • gretchen@homesbygretchen.com • HomesByGretchen.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Sanchez & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bain

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

253.853.2262 • JSAssociates@CBBain.com • ForJoe.net

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

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

Finest Real Estate Agents in 2020.

MARINAS & BOAT LAUNCHES

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

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

Jerisich Dock • Marina

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

cityofgigharbor.net/187/Jerisich-Dock

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

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

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

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

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Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch

3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joemma Beach State Park Boat Launch 253.884.1944

Parks.State.Wa.Us/524/

Joemma-Beach

20001 Bay Rd. SW, Lakebay, WA 98459

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHOPPING

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

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Clothing &

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

Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak

Boating

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

Clothing &

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

Beach Basket Gift, Clothing & Christmas Shop Gift Shop 253.858.9639

Facebook.com/Beach

BasketGiftShop

4102 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall Mall -

Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall

4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.851.4557 • UptownGigHarbor.com

Facebook.com/Harbor

LandingMall

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

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

cafes.

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

THINGS TO DO

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Event

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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FALL has arrived at

dolly mama boutique

New furniture, home decor, gifts, apparel & more!

Shipping • Curbside pickup • Online shopping

Facetime shopping & private shopping parties

Come visit us!

our OCTOBER hours are Sunday & monday: 11-5, tuesday-saturday: 10-6 & By appointment

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B i r d n e s t Gallery

& Custom PiCture FraminG

Downtown Gig Harbor

3202 Tarabochia St. 98335

FINE ART, HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS, HOME DECOR

• A distinctive collection of Northwest art by over 70 Northwest artists

• Framed Art • Prints • Original Paintings

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

SPECIALIZING IN INNOVATIVE CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING

• Over eighteen years of framing experience. No project too big or too small.

• Custom Framed Mirrors • Canvas Stretching • Art Hanging Services

• In-stock ready made frames in standard sizes

• Fastest project turn-around time in Gig Harbor

BirdnestGallery.com • 253.857.6341

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Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup Event Spring - GigHarborPaddlersCup.com

Easter Egg Hunt at Sehmel Homested Park Event Spring -

PenMetParks.org/Parks/Sehmel-

Homestead-Park

The Green Gig Event Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

Madrona Links Golf Course Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.5193 MadronaLinks.com

Gig Harbor Golf Club Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.2428 GHGolfClub.com

Gig Harbor Gondola Water Activity Spring / Summer / Fall 253.432.0052 GigHarborGondola.com

Uptown Gig Harbor Summer Concert Series Event Summer - UpTownGigHarbor.com

Food Truck Feast At Sehmel Homestead Park Event Summer - PenMetParks.org

Summer Sounds at Skansie Event Summer - GigHarborGuide.com

Duffy Electric Boat Rentals at Gig Harbor Yachts • Boat Rental • Summer

3419 Harborview Dr. (Dockside), Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.358.3491 • GigHarborYachts.com/Electric-Boat-Rentals.html

Hire an experienced skipper or captain the boat yourself aboard one of these all-electric boats. You’ll enjoy a memorable experience on the water while

you take in the sights. Don’t forget to grab a coolor and picnic basket for the ride, and head aboard with family and friends for the ultimate relaxing

harbor cruise.

Lee’s SUP & Kayak Rentals Water Activity Summer 253.858.7341 LeesSUP1.com

Pier into the Night Event Winter - HarborWildWatch.org

7 Seas Brewing Brewery Year-Round 253.514.8129 7SeasBrewing.com

Galaxy Luxury Theatres Movie Theater Year-Round 253.851.8300

GalaxyTheatres.com/Movie-Theater/

GigHarbor

Heritage Distilling Company Distillery Year-Round 253.509.0008 HeritageDistilling.com

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO

Explore by Water

Whether by sail, powerboat, kayak, SUP or electric boat,

much of the city’s charm and natural wonders are best

seen from the water.

Have a Ball

Entertainment options abound, from Galaxy’s IMAX

theaters or arcade games, duckpin bowling and a laser tag

venue at Ocean5 to creative art classes with AR Workshop.

Support Local

Gig Harbor’s independent boutiques, artists and specialty

shops dot the harbor—visits to the Westside and Uptown

business districts are a fun excursion as well.

Make Friends

Events and live music are a cornerstone of the harbor’s

year-round calendar. From live music in the park to family

movies, fall fun runs and cultural fundraisers, there’s

always a gathering to suit any interest.

Tip a Glass

Brewery, winery, distillery—take your pick. Many favorites

were born here in the harbor, and tastings are a great way

to preview local libations. Drop in for a cocktail at Heritage

Distillery, or try a local brew from favorites 7 Seas Brewing

or Wet Coast.

Share a Plate

Inventive eateries vary from casual grab-and-go spots to

fine dining and top-rated seafood shacks.

Take a Look Back

Gig Harbor has a rich maritime history, showcased

through gems like the Harbor History Museum or guided

tours on the harbor’s Prohibition days.

Tee Up

Hit the greens at several courses, including Madrona Links,

the Canterwood Golf & Country Club or the Gig Harbor

Golf Club.

Walk on the Wild Side

Grab a set of wheels and glide on the Cushman Trail,

which winds through the harbor and connects to the

Narrows Bridge. Nearby Sehmel Homestead Park offers

hiking trails, play areas and gardens to explore.

Capture the Moment

In one of America’s most picturesque towns, photography

options abound—choose from an array of backdrops: a

lighthouse framed by Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound,

sailboats dotting the harbor, or a beach set against the

Narrows Bridge.

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Maritime Jewelers

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

Exceptional Collection. All at Estate Prices.

Featuring Montana Sapphires and Estate Diamonds

up to half off of other retailers!

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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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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.

Mosquito Fleet Your Local Award Winning Boutique Winery

Come visit our new & expanded

tasting room and outdoor pavilion

Only 20 minutes away on Hood Canal in Belfair

21 NE Old Belfair Hwy

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

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PUMPKIN BARS

WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING AND

BACON MAPLE BITS

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook

You can follow Tina on Instagram @madebetterforyou

INGREDIENTS:

MAPLE BACON TOPPING

2 tbsp. maple syrup (I like Lakanto brand)

1 tsp. butter

4 strips cooked bacon, cut into bits

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

8 oz. softened cream cheese

4 tbsp. softened butter

3/4 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener

2 tsp. heavy cream

2 tsp. vanilla

PUMPKIN BARS

5 eggs

3/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

3/4 cups Swerve brown sweetener

2 cups almond flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

3/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

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METHOD:

MAPLE BACON BITS

• In a small skillet over medium heat, add maple syrup

and butter.

• When butter has melted, add bacon bits and cook until bacon

has absorbed most of the syrup, about 4 minutes.

• Remove bacon from the pan onto a small plate and set aside to

cool completely.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

• In a medium bowl add cream cheese, butter, sweetener, heavy

cream and vanilla. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix

ingredients until fully combined. Set frosting aside.

PUMPKIN BARS

• Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a medium bowl, add eggs, coconut

oil (coconut oil may be warm but not hot, as you don't want the

eggs to scramble by adding the oil), pumpkin and brown sugar.

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine all the ingredients

until smooth. Set aside.

• In another medium bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda,

baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir together and

make sure you get all the clumps out.

• Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well

with a spatula until fully combined.

• Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper to prevent the bars from

sticking to the pan. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 30

minutes. Let cool completely on the counter.

• Spread the frosting evenly over the bars and sprinkle bacon

bits over the frosting. Enjoy!


AWARD-WINNING

Mexican Restaurant

Voted #5 Best Mexican Restaurant

Bar in America!

2014 - 2018 2014 - 2019

Now Offering

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Moctezuma’s Brings

The Fire & Passion This Fall

Our Queso Flameado is the perfect way to fire

up this October! Served in a piping hot

molcajete lava stone and lit aflame tableside

with tequila! Pair this fiery dish with our

popular Passion Fruit-Guava Margarita

and welcome this fall Moctezuma’s style!

Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

OCTOBER CREPE SPECIAL

Pumpkin Cheesecake Crepe

with Crystallized Ginger

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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The Narrows

Stone Dr. NW

Wloe

tacoma narrows

airport

Octopus under the bridge

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021

7AM - 8:30AM

BEST WESTERN WESLEY INN

6575 KIMBALL DR., GIG HARBOR, WA. 98335

FOR TICKETS: HOMESTEADCOMMUNITY.ORG

$40 PER SEAT / $300 PER TABLE

Providing Hope and Home for Youth

THE HOMESTEAD COMMUNITY IS A NON-PROFIT

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LET'S

WRITE

CONFERENCE BRINGS ASPIRING WRITERS,

PROFESSIONALS TOGETHER

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Perhaps you’ve jotted down a story line or have the idea for

the next great “who done it” novel. Putting pen to paper on

your idea can be a challenge not just for aspiring writers but

those who seek to make storytelling their career. Whether

you’re published or just getting started on your writing journey, the

seventh annual Write in the Harbor Conference will have tips, tools,

networking and advice that will help bring your ideas to life.

Put on by Tacoma Community College, the event will once again be

run virtually this year. It will cover two days, Friday, November 5,

and Saturday, November 6. Friday is an evening workshop that runs

from 6 until 8:30pm. Saturday is an all-day event which kicks off at

9am and runs until 4pm.

The keynote speaker this year is Bronwyn Scott, who is celebrating

her 13th year writing historical romances with Harlequin Mills

and Boon, with over 65 books in publication. Her latest release is

a Christmas book entitled Lord Tresham’s Tempting Rival, which

came out October 1, 2021. Among her works are the 2018 Christmas

release Dancing with the Duke's Heir, which was a RITA finalist for best

novella, and her 2019 novella An Invitation to a Cornish Christmas:

Unwrapping His Festive Temptation was a 2020 Booksellers Best

Finalist. She is also a professor of Communication Studies at Pierce

College.

Scott is one of 10 writers and authors scheduled to speak during

the two-day event. Others bring various backgrounds in works of

fiction, short story, humor and fantasy, as well as freelance and

technical writing. Each will bring their unique perspective and style

and will be available for questions throughout the conference.

These presenters all started somewhere and are eager to share many

of the tips and techniques that helped them develop professional

writing skills and become published authors.

Registration is open at TacomaCC.edu. Once you register, you’ll have

access to each session. If you miss one, all sessions will be recorded,

and attendees can access those recordings after the conference

as well.

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HANDS OF HOPE: FALL GIVING CAMPAIGN

Mark your calendars for October 23 through November 5 for Hands of

Hope's Fall Giving Campaign. With community safety in mind, they have

opted to move away from an in-person event to a virtual one, allowing

the community to come together over a two-week period (rather than

just one evening) and join Harbor Hope Center online for inspiring

stories and highlights of how the center, and you, are changing lives of

students and families. The Fall Giving Campaign is mission critical, and

individuals, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to

give generously and make sure there are no neighbors with unmet needs.

To inquire about sponsorships, please email info@harborhopecenter.org

or contact Melissa Starmer, administrative coordinator, at 253.225.1805.

For daily updates, find Harbor Hope Center on Facebook, follow along on

Instagram and visit HarborHopeCenter.org.

2021 HOMESTEAD HOPERAISER

The community is invited to join Homestead Community at their annual

HopeRaiser. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 21, and will

be held at the Best Western Wesley Inn (6575 Kimball Drive) from 7 to

8:30am. Enjoy a morning featuring breakfast and silent auction, with all

proceeds going to provide hope and homes for youth living in foster care.

Tickets, which are $40 each, are now available online at EventBrite.com.

Visit HomesteadCommunity.org and click on "Fundraising Events" for

additional details and for link to purchase tickets.

RATTLE DEM BONES

Scheduled for Halloween day, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation will

once again present Rattle Dem Bones Halloween Group Bike Ride and

Costume Contest at the Kimball Park and Ride in Gig Harbor. There will

be a "staggered start" bike ride, followed by an outdoor party, with music

and prizes for best costumes at the finish line. Casual riders can enjoy a

cruise along Gig Harbor's family friendly Cushman Trail, while those

up for a challenge will not be disappointed by Monster Hills and Son of

Monster loops, which go through downtown Gig Harbor and into rural

Pierce and Kitsap counties. Come in costume and have your picture

taken by their official photographer! Prizes will be awarded in several

categories. All proceeds benefit the Community Recreation Fund, which

helps make participation in sport and recreation programs possible for

all kids. To register, visit GHF.info/RDB2021. For additional details, visit

GigHarborFoundation.org/Rattle-dem-Bones/about.

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

place as planned. Due to the continuing pandemic, there is the possibility

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

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

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