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253 Lifestyle Magazine November 2021

ISSUE NO. 35

NOVEMBER 2021

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

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Q&A WITH MARISSA MEYER

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR COMMITTED TO

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

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BE THANKFUL, TODAY AND ALWAYS

Each November, we are reminded to “give thanks” and to “be thankful,”

as that Thanksgiving feast will soon make its way to our table, where

we’re surrounded by our closest family and friends. Rather than

expressing our gratitude just one day a year, why aren’t we voicing what we

are grateful for on a more regular—even daily—basis?

Our lives are filled with the good and the bad, those ups and downs, times

of prosperity and times of trouble. It is important to focus on all that we do

have to be thankful for—from the very basic yet essential things like having a

roof over our heads, food on the table, and free education for our children—

especially during those times of hardship.

It is all too easy these days to focus on what others have and we lack,

especially with social media and its ever-present access. You can often find

yourself scrolling through while being bombarded with other people touting

their success, whether it be that brand-new car or that “perfect” body.

Though much easier said than done, there is no time like the present to

turn that focus inward, looking at oneself and your own accomplishments

and blessings. A life well lived consists of so much more than material

possessions and outer appearances. Our lives are uniquely magnificent, and

it is up to us to see and appreciate what we do have and continue to sacrifice

so much for.

If you are looking to spread your blessings with others, from volunteering

your time at a local nonprofit this holiday season, to sending in a financial

contribution to that special organization, purchasing a Thanksgiving meal

for a local veteran or family in need, or donating items to make a child’s

Christmas morning truly memorable, know that your actions have an

impact that extends far beyond your reach and may change someone’s life,

even if just for one day.

Make it a habit to count your blessings not just on Thanksgiving Day, but

each day. Happy Thanksgiving!

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CONTENTS

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HOME

Leave it to the Professionals: Five reasons why

you should hire an interior designer

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TRENDING

Small Purchases Add Up: Choose local this

holiday season

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Q&A

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Marissa Meyer: #1 New York Times bestselling

author committed to giving back to the community

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The latest tips and trends about living a healthy,

active life

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TACOMA FOCUS

Mary Bridge Children’s Festival of Trees: A bit

of holiday magic

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THE ARTS

A Bright Future: Asia Pacific Cultural Center

introduces plans for New Building Project

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BUSINESS PINPOINT

Pacific Lutheran University: An experience that allows students’

ambition to blossom into purpose, their skills to sharpen into

tools, and their caring to become a transformative force


FROM EPIC RESORTS TO THE

BEST HIDDEN POWDER

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sneak peek into November ...

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NOVEMBER 2021

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FEATURE

Ski the Northwest: From epic resorts to the best

hidden powder

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ENTERTAINMENT

Events you don’t want to miss!

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Spend Thanksgiving at a Destination Resort: Where the

whole family can sit back and relax

Q&A WITH MARISSA MEYER

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR COMMITTED TO

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

About The Cover

MARISSA MEYER, A #1 NEW YORK TIMES

BESTSELLING AUTHOR WITH DEEP

ROOTS IN THE SOUTH SOUND, shares her

commitment to encouraging young women

through her strong female characters, as

well as her passion to give back to children

and families in our community. You can find

her on the cover of this month’s issue of 253

Lifestyle Magazine, and in our Q&A, which

can be found on page 28.

Photo by In-Gear Media

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Home

Leave it to the Professionals

FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

BY DEANN HAMMER, BROADWAY DESIGN

As it is said, nothing lasts forever. Many homes in this area were constructed between 1970 and 1990, which means that many home

interiors are now coming to the end of their life span of 30 to 50 years and are outdated.

The best approach to protect your home investment, not to mention your optimum enjoyment while living there, is to hire an interior

design professional.

I have viewed thousands of homes where homeowners have “gone it alone” and made decisions for renovations or decorating on their

own—and very few of them have had a happy ending.

There are loads of things to consider during construction, and a renovation or decorating project can be very expensive. So why throw

good money away?

1. Overall design theme. A designer will help you get out of your own head and see the entire project as a whole, creating continuity

and timelessness. Often a client will be obsessed with one thing that they saw in a magazine 10 years ago—and it can possibly be

outdated quickly, or kill the overall theme of the architectural style, resale value or budget of a home.

2. Scale. Designers know what size fits where and why. They draft out your construction or furniture floor plan showing where items

will be placed, and attend to all of the details such as the color of your sofa legs, fabric durability, the depth of your couch, the height of

your chairs relating to the size of your body, the softness of the cushion that you prefer for comfort, the color scheme, and the overall

size of each piece relating to the height of the ceilings, amount of light entering the room, and on it goes. Clicking a button online for

a furniture purchase or walking into a furniture store will not get you the same result. Ever.

3. Experience/relationships with furniture vendors. Wayfair is great … but only if you want to buy something under $2,000. How

do you know if your sofa is made with hardwood versus particle board that will fall apart completely in two years? Quality counts.

Designers know their vendors well. They know how products are made, as they buy in volume. They have service relationships with

their vendors and can remedy any problems that arise. Buy it once, and buy it right. Why buy disposable goods that keep increasing

our landfills? Cheap products look cheap. You deserve better.

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4. It can save you money. Fewer mistakes, less wasted money and time. If

the item is measured properly the first time, it will fit through the door of

your room and not be returned. It will look fantastic, and it will be made

to last. Designers help you make these choices. They also have access to

wholesale trade accounts that have pricing far below retail prices. Often

(and this is what my firm offers) you will not pay a design fee if you buy

over $15,000 in merchandise. Or many designers will charge a design fee

and offer a discount on merchandise. Any way you look at it, you have an

extra added benefit by hiring a pro rather than buying online.

5. Construction design advice. I can’t say how many clients want to bang

away at a remodel and say they will look at furniture later. What a mistake!

Where you build your walls, the colors you paint, the flooring you chose,

ALL impacts how it relates to your furniture selection process. You want

to make sure you have a furniture plan before you start your renovation to

ensure all of your pieces will fit properly, the colors jive, and items will be

delivered in a time frame that will correspond with the end of project, so

you can sit in your newly renovated home rather than lying on the floor.

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

firm in Gig Harbor. She and her team craft spaces that are tailored to each

client's personality and lifestyle, while mindful of their budget, creating a

perfect harmony between aesthetics and function. BroadwayDesign.net

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Choose local this holiday season

By Colin Anderson

Online purchasing has completely

revolutionized how we shop and how retailers

grab our attention. The mall was once the

central gathering point, not just for bored teenagers,

but for shoppers to find everything they needed in one

location. While some still thrive, others have gone by

the wayside as more people turn to the convenience of

online shopping.

It’s tough to blame them. There are no open and

closing times on a website; you don’t have to battle

parking or the elements or other shoppers; and your

purchase eventually shows up right to the front door.

Online shopping can save time and money, two things

just about all families would enjoy more of.

The unfortunate side effect of this bit of convenience

and few minutes saved is what it can do to a local

economy. If consumers shift the entirety of their

purchasing dollars to large corporations and nonregional

chains, the ripple effect is felt not just by local

business owners but the greater community.

Corporations tend to answer to shareholders, and the

better the company does, the better compensated both

the shareholders and executive team are. While this is

all well and good for them, locally owned businesses

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Support your local community by shopping

local this holiday season; the impact in doing

so is greater than most of us ever realize.

answer to themselves and their customers. What they do with the

money they take in is entirely up to them, and the vast majority

will indeed reinvest those funds in livable wages for employees,

purchasing goods and necessities from other local businesses,

and sponsoring youth sports, nonprofits, religious affiliations and

other organizations.

For more than a decade, Like Media has encouraged our readers to

continue to utilize services and purchase goods and gifts from locally

run businesses in their communities. A flip through our pages, you

won’t find anything corporate, but rather highly reputable local

businesses that we are proud to help support in their marketing

efforts. Our staff lives and works in each of the communities in

which we publish and truly enjoys getting to know these businesses

and taking advantage of the many services or unique goods they

offer. This partnership has allowed our company to grow and not

just provide better service to our clients, but to greatly expand the

amount of wonderful stories we highlight in each issue.

Over the past 20 years, despite massive growth in some major

retailers, small business has continued to thrive. According to the

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics, small

businesses created more than 10.5 million jobs between 2000 and

2019. The last two years have been chaotic to say the least, but

if you glance in the window of any local business, you’re all but

guaranteed to see a help wanted sign, meaning even more jobs are

out there than the labor force is currently providing.

Employing locals in your community not only creates opportunity

for those individuals and their families, but the wages provided

tend to stay more local and be reinvested back into the community.

According to the most recent figure from the U.S. Small Business

Association, for every $100 you spend at a locally owned business,

$48 remains in the local economy. Purchases made at a big box

store or national retailer, that number dips to just $14 out of the

same $100 spent.

Not only do these dollars go to employee bank accounts but often

wind up in support of the local organizations that make each of

our communities so unique. Many youth sports teams have the

cost of jerseys taken care of by a local business. These same owners

attend charity auctions, dinners and galas, committing thousands

toward organizations helping youth, the elderly or vulnerable. They

also donate time, goods and services for the betterment of their

communities.

While shopping in your pajamas and hitting “click” over and over

again might save you time in the long run, why not make this

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the year to go out and really support your locally owned

businesses? Those that have sustained the past two years of

chaos could certainly use the boost, as can the thousands of

entrepreneurs who’ve started their own dream businesses

during these challenging economic times.

Small Business Saturday started in 2010 by American

Express as a way to encourage holiday shoppers to

purchase gifts from local retailers during the holiday

season. The idea has blossomed into a movement. A 2020

survey by Union Bank found that 72 percent of Americans

said supporting small businesses was more important than

getting the best deal. An additional 43 percent said they

were willing to spend $20 more on an item to support a

small or local business.

Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 27. This

year, skip the Black Friday chaos and instead find a few local

stores you maybe haven’t been to for awhile or have yet to

walk through the doors. A gift from a local shop is much

more personal than a gift card or getting an unwrapped

cardboard box in the mail. Even small purchases like a cup

of coffee, lunch out or after-shopping cocktail helps keep

those dollars close to home.

Support your local community by shopping local this

holiday season; the impact in doing so is greater than most

of us ever realize.

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MARY BRIDGE CHILDREN’S

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A BIT OF HOLIDAY MAGIC

BY RACHEL KELLY

Welcome to the 2021 Mary Bridge Children’s Festival

of Trees! It has been a much-anticipated yearly

tradition of the South Sound community for over

30 years. This is a true festival to kick off the holiday,

with events and highlights to bring our local communities together.

What’s more, once again, the decadent trees will be decorated and

auctioned off with contributions donated to Mary Bridge Children’s

Hospital. The trees are gorgeous, the atmosphere joyous, and the

gala celebration one of a kind. It really is a bit of festival magic, a

feeling that is palpable from the moment that participants enter

the room.

Last year, the event went virtual, and this year will continue along

the same vein. However, there’s been a lot of changes and new things

added to this year's lineup to encourage the community to come

together this year. To get started, there is even more fun for the

whole family. The festivities start on November 28 with a virtual tree

lighting in front of the Baker Center (316 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

in Tacoma). The community is encouraged to engage virtually (the

lighting will be streamed live via the Festival of Trees Facebook page

beginning at 5pm), but the 40-foot tree can be seen throughout the

season. For the next month the community can tune in with small

group-centered events. One such event is Santa’s Mailbox, which

will be open to receiving letters after the tree lighting. In addition,

Propel Insurance has sponsored the creation of mini trees that will

be distributed to businesses throughout the community. These

trees will be part of a community-wide scavenger hunt. Individuals

or families can download the EventZee app, found at the website

(FestivalofTreesTacoma.org), which they can use to locate and tag

the trees for badges. It’s a little like Pokémon Go or geo-caching for

mini trees. It’s a race to see who can locate them all first! The winner

will also receive huge bragging rights.

On December 4, events reach a peak with an elaborate tree auction.

Each tree is lavishly decorated according to a theme by generous

volunteers, then silently auctioned off and delivered to your

doorstep at the end of the weekend. After the auction, each guest

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is then invited to a private concert featuring Jamie O’Neal, Craig

Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Andrea Pearson and Grammy award-winning

artist Bryan White. All proceeds from tickets and tree sales will go

to benefit the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Network.

Last year the health network helped to decrease obstacles for children

receiving care through Mary Bridge. This year the health network will

contribute funds toward a stand-alone and updated hospital building.

After years of sharing space with Multicare Tacoma General Hospital,

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is getting a new home. Mary Bridge

Children’s is the only Level II Pediatric Trauma hospital in Western

Washington. This new hospital building will increase access to greater

care. not just for hospitalized children in our community, but also to

children who travel to this area for specialized health needs.

The Festival of Trees is a main event, going a long way in raising the

funds needed. “I am always amazed by the spirit of philanthropy that

exists in our community. People simply love giving,” says Kelly Werner,

event manager, of this year's Festival of Trees. The history of the Festival

of Trees certainly attests

to this truth. Over

THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL

the past 35 years of

festivities, Mary Bridge

OF TREES IS THEMED

Children's Hospital

and the Mary Bridge “IT’S A WONDERFUL

Brigade has received

over $38 million in LIFE,” BECAUSE MARY

culminating funds.

Last year, during the

pandemic, the auction

still managed to raise

$1.3 million. Not only

does the community

regularly raise quite

a bit of money, but

local businesses and

volunteers donate so

BRIDGE CHILDREN’S

REALLY DOES MAKE LIFE

BETTER FOR CHILDREN

AND THEIR FAMILIES.

much of their time and energy to see this event happen. From creatives

to business owners, people from all walks of life come together for the

sake of the well-being of our children.

The Festival of Trees has a long history, an even longer history than

35 years. The original festival began in 1887. Local auxiliaries worked

in conjunction with Mary Bridge Children’s to increase children's

access to quality care, raising funding for needs such as transportation

and other various services. Thirty-five years ago, the Festival of Trees

was allocated to Mary Bridge Children’s as an official event benefiting

specific health needs through the health network. But before that, the

event was organized by the Mary Bridge Brigade, which just celebrated

100 years of service to the community. Originally founded by a group

of Tacoma women, the Mary Bridge Brigade began with a desire to

support the children’s hospital. The Mary Bridge Brigade still continues

to be an active and vital partner with Mary Bridge Children’s today, a

partnership that continues throughout the year organizing events that

support the children’s hospital, and a true testament of partnership and

collaboration that has now spanned generations, impacting children of

countless families.

This year's Festival of Trees is themed “It’s a Wonderful Life,” because

Mary Bridge Children’s really does make life better for children and

their families. Not just today, but ensuring their health and wellbeing

throughout their life. Health that continues on to our children’s

children, and so forth. This year's co-chairs for the event are a mother/

daughter duo, Charlene Richardson and Lauren Boulanger. They have

the honor of following in the footsteps of chairs and volunteers before

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them to create a unique and lasting festival event. For over

20 years they have participated in the Festival of Trees as

tree designers, and from 2005 to 2010, they managed the

Mary Bridge Brigade Gift Shop. The Festival of Trees really

is a legacy of the community, with some tree decorators

returning every year since it began under Mary Bridge

Children’s. This means that there are some tree decorators

that have been a part of the yearly festivities for 35 years—

and still going strong. Our community has really embraced

the Festival of Trees as an opportunity for celebrating life

and well-being throughout the year, as well as to spread

generosity during this joyous season.

There are so many ways to get involved with Mary Bridge

Children’s, from the Mary Bridge Brigade to the yearly

events. There are possibilities for sponsorship, partnership,

decorators, members, buyers and participants.

For more information on how to buy tickets, sponsor trees,

decorate trees, or for a link for the tree scavenger app,

please visit their website at: FestivalofTreesTacoma.org.

Also accessible on the same website is information on the

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Marissa Meyer is a #1 New York

Times bestselling author. She also

has deep roots in the South Sound

community with a BA in Creative

Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Meyer

believes in supporting and giving back to the

local community through her work with many

local nonprofits.

Romantics will love her two new books. “Gilded”

is a retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale with

a haunting and romantic edge. It goes on sale

November 2, 2021. “Serendipity” is a collection

of love stories written by 10 of the brightest and

award-winning authors of young adult fiction and

edited by Meyer. In addition to her own writing,

she also mentors writers as the host of “The Happy

Writer” podcast where she shares ways to bring joy

to the writing process.

Q. With the holidays rapidly approaching, can

you share with our readers your work with the

Tacoma Toy Rescue Mission and why has that

become a holiday tradition for your family?

A. When I was growing up, my family had the

holiday tradition of going to the Giving Tree

at the Tacoma Mall, choosing a child from the

tree, and buying a present for them. My husband

and I continued similar traditions after we were

married—sometimes doing the Giving Tree,

sometimes buying gifts for Toys for Tots, and at

one point we started to feel like we could be doing

more. We both have such enchanted memories of

Christmas from when we were kids, and we know

that isn’t the reality for a lot of children.

My husband had the idea that we should go to

Teaching Toys, a locally owned toy store, go on

a bit of a shopping spree, then drive all those

toys straight to the Tacoma Toy Rescue Mission,

which is a fantastic organization that gives toys,

books, games, puzzles and more to local kids and

families—not just during the holidays, but yearround.

These days, the employees at Teaching Toys

help us by pulling everything together and having

it ready for pickup. Plus, our children are now at

an age where we let them pick out some toys to

give as well, continuing the tradition from my

childhood. Pulling up to the Toy Rescue Mission

with a truck packed full of gifts has become one of

the highlights of the whole season for us.

Q. With the COVID-19 pandemic, food

insecurity became prevalent in our area. What

drew you to work with the Food Lifeline?

A. Originally, we had started making donations

to Feeding America—I think we saw a billboard

in Seattle one day and decided to look them up

and were shocked to hear how prevalent food

insecurity is, and particularly how many children

in America don’t have regular access to food. We

immediately felt called to contribute, and not

long after that, we were put in touch with some

wonderful people at Food Lifeline, the local

organization working to end food insecurity in our

area. For all people, being able to feed ourselves

and our family is number one. It’s basic survival.

We can’t expect people to function, much less

thrive, if they’re hungry. And I do believe it’s a

solvable issue. The problem is rarely a lack of food

but more about needing better systems to get that

food to the people who need it. I’m so grateful

that organizations like Food Lifeline and Feeding

America are working to build those systems.

Q. Your books feature strong female characters.

Why do you think it is important to show women

in these roles, especially for your audience of

young girls?

A. I think it’s important to show that strong can

mean a lot of different things. There was a time

in book circles when we would talk about “strong

female characters” only as those who fit the Katniss

Everdeen model—the girls who are fighters, who

are survivors, who have these tough outer shells,

or who had stereotypically “masculine” skills.

And those characters are great—I love Katniss,

and I’ve got a few of them in my books too. But

now we’ve broadened the conversation, and

readers and writers have embraced this idea that

being strong can mean so many different things.

A female character might be strong because of

her intelligence, her creativity, her courage, her

kindness, her willingness to speak her mind or not

apologize for what she wants. I think young girls

need to know that we are all strong in our own

ways—that they are strong in their own way—and

it’s okay to embrace that and be proud of it.

Q. Washington has been the inspiration for

books such as "Dune" and "The Twilight Series."

There are so many unique areas to visit in our

state. Did any become the inspiration for a

setting in any of your books?

A. My new novel, "Gilded," is set in a world

inspired by 16th century Germany, and while I

have been to Germany and drew a lot of inspiration

from that trip, I would be lying if I said that our

own Bavarian town of Leavenworth wasn’t a huge

influence as well! I’ve always loved Leavenworth

for its charming, magical vibe, delicious food,

and that spirit of community, so I was very much

picturing it when I was describing the villages and

cities in the book.

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Arts

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Asia Pacific Cultural Center is celebrating their 25th

Anniversary in 2021, not only reminiscing about their

past accomplishments and successes, but also looking to

the future with a new Building Project for their existing home. The

project will include the rehabilitation of their current 10,500-squarefoot

building on South Tacoma Way and the construction of a new

wing that will add 8,500 additional feet.

Included in the expanded facility will be a gallery space along with

cultural display space, a tea room, a martial arts and dance studio,

a performance auditorium, a small library, classrooms, a gift shop,

and an Asia Pacific garden space. Another exciting addition will

be a culinary kitchen that will be utilized to teach Asian culinary

skills to aspiring students, preparing them to enter the food

industry workforce. APCC will be asking for partnerships with

Bates Technology and Clover Park Technical schools to implement

these programs.

According to APCC executive director, Faaluaina Pritchard, “Our

expanded classrooms will also be used to teach entrepreneurship

courses, which will be led by successful, local API business leaders

volunteering their time to direct the classes and experiences.” She

added, “APCC also hopes to partner with the Pierce County Library

system to stock and maintain our library in the new facility."

Getting the community involved and excited about the new

APCC building has certainly been a part of the design process, as

demonstrated by their vision for the soon-to-be expanded center.

A great example is APCC’s plan to bring API Night Markets, a fun

evening shopping extravaganza, to the new center. APCC would like

to generate community camaraderie and ensure the surrounding

area has a wonderful place to gather and purchase API items.

Located in South Park, within the Metro Parks of Tacoma, APCC

has simply outgrown their existing building. Always striving to

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meet the needs of the community, APCC spent the last two years working with local agencies

and other nonprofits for a multitude of programs, outreach and other service projects, especially

in response to the pandemic. Whether it is COVID testing and vaccinations clinics, or food and

school supply giveaways, APCC is constantly working to lift up the local neighbors in and around

Tacoma and out into Pierce County. The expanded service to the community showcases the need

for more, better designed space.

“To better meet the needs of the community, the entire space will be upgraded and pull in

traditional features and colors from Asian and Pacific Islander cultures,” said Pritchard.

The API Garden will focus on the beautiful florals from the islands and gorgeous trees, fountains

and sculptures from Asia. Large floor-to-ceiling windows will allow natural light to flow through

the building and illuminate the cultural floor displays while creating an inviting museum-like

quality. Much-needed office space will be added to better accommodate the APCC staff and their

storage needs.

APCC will be highlighting the new Building Project during their 25th Anniversary with a

Celebration at the Tacoma Convention Center on Saturday, November 6, from 5 to 9pm. Attendees

will enjoy a wonderful night of socializing, a delicious dinner, music and cultural performances

including a special presentation from South Korea’s Kunjang University. To purchase tickets, visit

Bit.ly/apcc25thanniversaryticket.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center was established in 1996 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to

bridge communities and generations through art, culture, education and business. The center

served more than 410,000 people throughout Washington in 2020 through many cultural, art,

youth, education, and outreach programs and services. The center is located at 4851 South Tacoma

Way in Tacoma, Washington.

To learn more about APCC, visit their website at APCC96.org or check out their Facebook page at

Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.

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Health

SCLEROTHERAPY

An easy solution to spider veins

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

Treating spider veins can improve the appearance of the

skin and help to increase your confidence. With minimal

to no downtime, this safe and effective treatment is an

excellent option to remove spider veins.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an in-office treatment for spider veins, the thin red or

purple veins on the skin’s surface. A provider injects a sclerosing solution

directly into the vein, which irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it

to scar and collapse. This forces the blood to reroute through healthier

veins, while the damaged vein fades away over the next two to six months.

What areas can be treated?

Sclerotherapy is an excellent option for the treatment of spider veins on

the legs, torso and shoulders. Spider veins on the face are better treated

with a laser, such as IPL (Intense Pulse Light).

How much does sclerotherapy cost?

A sclerotherapy treatment generally includes one vial of a sclerosing

agent, which is typically enough to treat a surface area approximately the

size of a deck of cards. The cost varies depending on region and level of

experience but averages $400.

How many sessions are recommended?

Generally, one to two sessions, six weeks apart, are needed to effectively

treat an area. Once effectively treated with sclerotherapy, the results are

permanent. However, new spider veins can form at any time, due to

genetics and lifestyle. Standing for long periods of time predisposes you

to spider veins. You may need additional treatments in the future.

How quickly will I see results?

The veins usually start to fade in two to three weeks, with final results

visible in two to six months. A follow-up visit is recommended at six

weeks to check your progress and assess whether another treatment may

be needed.

How long does an appointment take?

Depending on the number of spider veins that need to be treated, your

appointment can range from 15 minutes to an hour.

Does sclerotherapy hurt?

During your treatment you will feel tiny needle pinches, and occasionally

a slight burning or stinging sensation. Following treatment you may

experience some cramping, which generally subsides in a day or two.

Is there any downtime or recovery after sclerotherapy?

Bruising can occur and can last up to a week. Walking is encouraged.

For a week following treatment, you should also avoid flying, hot tubs,

saunas, hot baths and strenuous activities (like strength training and

high-impact aerobics).

After treatment, compression bandages or stockings are placed on

the legs to prevent the formation of blood clots; these should be worn

continuously for the 48 hours following treatment. After the first 48

hours, you may remove the stockings while you sleep, but they should be

worn during the day for the next 14 days.

If you’re looking to rid yourself of those pesky spider veins, talk to your

provider to see if sclerotherapy is right for you.

Sclerotherapy is an excellent option for the treatment of

spider veins on the legs, torso and shoulders.

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Health

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

One healthy habit at a time

BY MISSI BALISON

As we get ready for 2022, I wanted to share something that will

help you create a game-changing year. It’s so simple, and it

always works!

Have you ever noticed how successful people all have one basic thing in

common? They take small, consistent actions toward their goals … and

they don’t stop.

It’s like the girl who decides she wants to play basketball and sets a goal

to make a specific number of shots a day, every day, no matter what.

(Random fact: Many NBA players aim for 500-plus shots a day.) Or the

student who goes to the library every night for 90 minutes to study. Or

the writer who writes X number of words every day without fail. Or the

business owner who tracks their financials every afternoon.

There’s a saying that the easiest things to do are also the easiest things

not to do. And ironically enough, those are the very same things that

can either drive you to your goals … or prevent you from reaching them.

It’s easy to decide to do a few stretches at night to help you wind down.

It’s also easy to decide not to do them, because you’re too tired or busy.

It’s easy to decide to pack your lunch for work. It’s also easy to decide not

to do that, because there’s a sandwich shop next to the office. It’s easy to

go for an afternoon walk to help beat the post-lunch fatigue, and it’s also

easy to grab a cup of coffee instead.

More often than not, success has very little to do with a huge 10-point

master plan with bullet points and subheadings. It’s small, non-negotiable

habits that help you gain traction and make real progress over time.

But here’s the thing about creating new habits … We often want to

change a bunch of things in hopes that we will get to our goals more

quickly. I mean, it kind of makes sense, right? That is, until you look at

these statistics:

Creating …

One new habit at a time = 85 percent success rate

Two new habits at a time = 35 percent success rate

Three new habits at a time = 10 percent success rate

Keep your habits simple with these simple steps:

Choose the one habit. Once you’ve chosen one habit, you will then

break that habit into its smallest step. For example, if you want to drink

more water, focus on how much you will drink each hour or each quarter

of the day. (Break it down to 25-ounce increments from 6am to 9am,

9am to noon, noon to 3pm, 3 to 6pm, for a total of 100 ounces.)

Set a trigger. What will remind you every day to do the new habit? In

the example mentioned above, it is the time of day. You can set an alarm/

timer to help remind you.

Reward yourself! This is key! The brain likes to repeat what it deems as

fun and beneficial. Do a little happy dance, put a sticker on a chart, or

slide a “rubber-band tracker” up from the bottom of that water bottle.

Start now, creating some simple habits that will make you healthier

before the busyness of the holiday season hits. You’ll be glad you did!

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It’s small, non-negotiable habits that help you gain

traction and make real progress over time.

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An experience that allows students’ ambition to

blossom into purpose, their skills to sharpen into tools,

and their caring to become a transformative force

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

From the classroom to the workforce, Pacific Lutheran University students

are inspired and encouraged to investigate, teach, create, serve, and play—

with and for their neighbors down the street and around the globe.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrants and located in the Parkland

neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU continues the distinctive tradition

of Lutheran higher education. A commitment to experiential learning—

learning by doing—is central in preparing students to make an immediate

impact upon graduating. PLU faculty members seek to educate students for lives

of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care—for other people, for their

communities, and for the earth.

“PLU purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic

engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest,” says PLU President Allan

Belton. “With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty

research opportunities, we help our students discern their life’s vocation

through coursework, mentorship, and internships at world-class Puget Soundarea

businesses and institutions.”

Students come from 40 states and 16 countries, and 33 percent of PLU

undergraduates are first-generation college students. For the first time in PLU’s

history, the majority of the university’s first-year students identify as students

of color.

The majority of PLU courses are offered in person, but the university is

continuously expanding opportunities for blended and online learning. PLU

offers more classes and more majors than most similar-sized private universities.

At PLU, students pick from more than 40 majors (business, nursing, psychology,

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and music—which includes music education—have ranked as

the top four degrees over the past few years) and 50 minors, along

with graduate and professional programs in areas such as business

administration, creative writing, education, kinesiology, marketing

analytics, marriage and family therapy, and nursing.

The university is regularly lauded for its academic rigor, innovation,

and commitment to community, while the faculty and staff work to

create an environment where learners feel heard and valued.

“Professors serve as mentors and collaborators to our students,

encouraging them to consider new ways of thinking, to take risks, and

to grow,” affirms Provost Joanna Gregson. “Our students are engaged,

thoughtful, and ambitious learners. We provide a space for them to

tackle the tough questions and work together to solve problems bigger

than ourselves.”

Students are encouraged to not only rigorously engage in the

classroom, but also understand that their mental and physical health,

social engagement, and recreation are critical elements to a balanced

collegiate experience.

PLU administrators understand the importance of an education,

and recognize how opportunities to learn and engage aren’t always

available to everyone. That’s why the university is leading the way in

making a college education more affordable and accessible to students

who might not otherwise have the means to pursue a higher education.

PLU was recently named the No. 1 university in Washington State and

ninth in the country for financial aid by LendEDU, and was ranked

third in the West for “Best Value” by U.S. News & World Report.

Known for its 253 PLU Bound Full Tuition Scholarship—offered

to students who attend high school in Washington State, have a

minimum 3.30 weighted cumulative GPA and are College Bound

eligible—PLU awards qualifying students full tuition for their four

years at PLU through a combination of federal, state, and PLU grants

and scholarships, in addition to the College Bound Scholarship.

The school also partners with local education nonprofits like Act

Six and Palmer Scholars to help support the enrollment and campus

success of area students who identify as members of historically

underrepresented communities. PLU recently expanded its

partnership with Act Six to create additional scholarship and access

support for students from the Yakima Valley area.

And just last month, PLU announced a Fixed Tuition Guarantee

that will ensure that tuition for the 2022-23 incoming class of firstyear

and transfer students will remain the same throughout their

undergraduate years at the university. “The Fixed Tuition Guarantee

ensures that incoming students’ cost of tuition will be locked in, from

their first day until their graduation day,” affirms Belton.

The university’s PLU Pledge also ensures that once students are

employed post-graduation, PLU will help earners who are bringing

home less than $50,000 per year repay their student (and parent

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“Because of these three initiatives and others, PLU has been widely

recognized for its unconventional and trendsetting financial aid,

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SKI THE

NORTHWEST

FROM EPIC RESORTS TO THE BEST

HIDDEN POWDER

BY COLIN ANDERSON

While there are plenty of Northwest residents who yearn for

the first warm days of spring, others can’t wait to see the first

snowflakes hit the ground. For these folks, it’s not just winter

these next few months—it’s ski season. You’ll find the diehards

up early at Chair 1, eager to catch the opening ride up the lift for first

tracks upon the previous night’s snowfall. For the avid skier or rider, it’s a better

wakeup than any strong cup of coffee or trip to the gym.

Shortly after opening, you’ll find the weekend warriors, the second-tier group

who spends many a weekend on the slopes but at a slightly more casual pace.

They might not catch the first tracks and skip lunch to squeeze in three more

runs, but they are out enjoying their time in nature with family and friends.

By mid-morning, families and the ski-school crowd fill out the mountain. Little

ones get fitted in the rental shop while Mom or Dad go off on their own for a

few runs or simply cozy up in the lodge with a book and a hot drink until the

day’s lesson is done.

It’s a scene that plays out across ski locations all over the Northwest—and

one of the great benefits of the mountains of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and

Montana, and into Canada, is you can find a place and a pace that fits exactly

your experience and enjoyment level. We have resorts where it would take days

to hit every run, and independently owned mountains that few more than the

locals ever experience. Popularity in skiing and snowboarding among youth

continues to soar, and no matter where kids go, instructors are eager to get

them up and confident, and usher in the next generation of skiers and riders.

While most stick to their favorite mountains or check the morning report to see

which got the most powder overnight, it’s also fun to venture out to new places

and explore new terrain. Below are some of our favorites.

May your ski season be blessed with deep powder and bluebird Saturdays!

FULL-SERVICE RESORTS

Whistler Blackcomb | WhistlerBlackcomb.com

About 90 minutes north of Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most

incredible mountain experiences the world has to offer. Whistler Blackcomb

is actually two ski areas connected by a peak-to-peak gondola, which is almost

worth the price of admission on its own.

Outside the breathtaking scenery, this place is massive; over 200 marked

runs, 8,100 acres, 16 alpine bowls, and even three glaciers are found within

its boundaries. If that wasn’t enough the resort also offers onsite heli-skiing

for those in search of untouched powder. Down in the village you can arrange

snowmobile and winter zipline tours, or book a relaxing service from the spa.

You can also find yourself barreling down a sheet of ice in a bobsled at the

sliding center, which was utilized during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Gourmet

restaurants (some 200 options) and vibrant nightlife make for a lively evening,

and ski in/out lodging make hitting the slopes easy each morning.

Whitefish Mountain Resort | SkiWhitefish.com

Once a relatively small “locals” mountain, the perfect snow conditions and

charming community of Whitefish, Montana, have helped grow the mountain

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into a premier resort destination in the Northwest. You

can arrive by car or at the Glacier Park International

Airport, or for a truly unique experience, hop on the

Amtrak train and finish your journey by being dropped

right downtown.

On mountain there is beginner terrain, however, more

than half of the 3,000 acres is designated black or

double black diamond, offering big challenges for thrillseekers.

From its peak you can see into Canada and the

borders of Glacier National Park, as well as the town

of Whitefish and Whitefish Lake. There are a variety of

accommodations to choose from on-mountain, and if

you stay off property you can catch the free S.N.O.W.

shuttle that makes stops throughout town and at popular

hotels throughout the day.

WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Schweitzer | Schweitzer.com

Similar to Whitefish size, stature and terrain, Schweitzer

offers excellent snow, incredible views, and a village for

those looking to do more than just hit the slopes. The

snow is fantastic each year, and those in the know head

straight for the Outback Bowl, where there are dozens of

long, smooth runs and open glades in which to explore.

Two high-speed quads, and a high-speed six-pack keep

the lift lines moving even on the busiest of days.

Grab lunch at the Sky House and, on a clear day, take

in amazing views of Sandpoint, Idaho, and massive

Lake Pend Oreille in the valley below. There are a dozen

restaurants on-mountain, and Sandpoint is also easily

walkable for a night on the town. Kids can enjoy tubing,

and there are also snowshoeing and cross-country ski

tracks in which to explore.

Mount Bachelor | MtBachelor.com

The iconic mountain outside of Bend, Oregon, is the

sixth largest ski area in North America, coming in

at more than 4,300 acres, 100 runs, and 3,300 feet

of vertical drop. If that’s not enough to lure you for a

weekend, you’ll also have the privilege of saying you’ve

One of the great benefits

of the mountains of

Washington, Oregon,

Idaho and Montana,

and into Canada, is you

can find a place and a

pace that fits exactly

your experience and

enjoyment level.

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idden down a volcano. While trees are sparse on

the peaks of most mountains, here you will find an

incredible amount of wide-open bowls in which to

charge hard and really dig into incredible powder.

Bachelor offers guided snowshoe trail hikes with

professional naturalists, tubing and terrain parks, 52

kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails, and

you can even book a dog sledding trip during your

visit. After a day on the slopes, head into nearby

Bend, where you will find some 30-plus breweries

in which to unwind with a tasty pint.

POWDER FORWARD

Lookout Pass | SkiLookout.com

Idaho is indeed not all potatoes and farmland. In

fact, the powder in the north and central parts of the

state is legendary—including that at Lookout Pass

in Kellogg. Saddled on the Idaho/Montana border

on Interstate 90, it’s about as convenient a drive-up

location as you can ask for. While most mountains

are thankful to receive around 300 inches of snow

each season, Lookout regularly sees totals of 400-

plus, including more than 500 inches of snow as

recently as 2018! While it doesn’t boast the terrain

of larger mountains in the area, the light, fluffy

and deep powder more than makes up for the lack

of terrain.

The lodge and single bar are come as you are. Many

kids from Western Montana, North Idaho and

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ski school. A night’s stay in the historic

mining towns of Kellogg or Wallace offers a glimpse

into the past after a memorable day in the powder.

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Another of Idaho’s great powder stashes, Brundage

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game without sacrificing too much of the “local

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from which to draw—being a 2.5-hour drive from

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other regional resorts do. With a peak of 7,800 feet

and nearly 2,000 feet of vertical drop, there is plenty

to explore amongst the 67 named trails as well as

an additional 420 acres of unpatrolled backcountry.

Glades are also a hit here for those who like to get

into the trees in search of the really deep snow.

Nearby McCall offers everything you need

for a comfortable weekend stay. You can rent

snowmobiles or explore miles of cross-country ski

trails. Enjoy the local ice rink or even soak in one of

the numerous nearby hot springs—both primitive

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At first glance, the mountain doesn’t look too imposing. The front

side of “Disco” offers several intermediate and beginner runs that

are perfect for those out for a leisurely day on a lightly crowded

mountain. One look at the backside trail map, however, and you’ll see

why serious skiers and riders from all over try and make an annual

pilgrimage to this relatively small and out-of-the-way locale. The

Limelight Chair puts you on top of some of the steepest chutes you’ll

find without use of a helicopter. While extremely technical, when the

powder is deep, it’s one of the best advanced areas in the West, and after

a day of hard charging, even the most physically fit will be ready for a

long snooze.

Luckily, relaxation is not far away in the quaint town of Phillipsburg,

Montana, and the serene beauty of nearby Georgetown Lake.

Red Mountain Resort | RedResort.com

Fifteen years ago, Red Mountain and the nearby town of Rossland

was a relative unknown, likely due to its location being roughly

three hours from Spokane, Washington, and across the border into

Canada. As interest in exploring British Columbia’s Selkirk Loop

has expanded, so has the number of people who’ve come across this

absolute gem of a ski hill.

Small hotels and bed and breakfasts once were the bulk of the

accommodations, but now you’ll find a massive village with ski-in/

ski-out options and many of the amenities of any world-class resort

destination. Red boasts five peaks and 3,850 acres to explore. Red

Mountain also offers the unique experience of single-run passes for

cat skiing at just $10 per run. There are some long runs here, with the

max vertical drop checking in at nearly 3,000 feet. While it continues

to expand, the resort does work hard at maintaining a local mountain

feel. Book your trip here before even more discover it.

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Where else can you get such a view of several of Washington’s biggest natural icons while strapped into your board or skis? On a clear

day, unobstructed views of Mount Adams and Mount Rainier provide the backdrop for one of the truly beautiful skiing locations in

the West. The views alone will bring you great appreciation for this special place. It’s a great mountain for the whole family, as there

is a lodge onsite as well as childcare available (see latest COVID info for availability) for those little ones not quite ready to hit the

slopes. There is also a tubing hill and guided snowshoe tours. Once off the slopes, there are plenty of opportunities to relax, and short

drives to explore the surrounding scenery are also a great way to take in this special place.

Lost Trail | LostTrail.com

If glitz and glamour and the corporate ski experience are things you loathe, you’ll find the peace and family forward experience you

seek at one of Montana’s best-kept secrets.

Opened in 1938, Lost Trail is still owned and operated by the Grasser family today. Their mission is to continue to operate a small

family oriented mountain where incredible snow can also be affordable. Ticket prices are half the price of most large-scale resorts,

but the dry powder and conditions here are legendary to those who make the trek down Montana’s gorgeous Bitterroot Valley.

There are all kinds of unique places to stay nearby including rustic cabins, bed and breakfasts, and wood-fire warmed yurts found

on the backside of the mountain. While not easy to get to, the experience of minimal lift lines, few frills and wonderful powder is

something that’s getting harder and harder to come by each season, making this a truly unique experience.

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IT’S TIME TO GET SHOPPING AT ONE OF

THESE LOCAL SEASONAL MARKETS!

By Jillian Chandler

the season of holiday markets! There’s nothing like finding

dozens of fabulous vendors all in one place for you to get your

‘Tis

holiday—or just plain any day—shopping accomplished. By

visiting one of these area holiday markets, you’re sure to discover that

perfect gift for those special people in your life.

Set for Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, The Great Junk Hunt

Puyallup invites shoppers to their annual holiday market. Held at the

Washington State Fairgrounds, you’ll find more than 90,000 square feet

of the freshest “junk” around—and some of the best vendors on the

West Coast. In addition to curated vendors selling their best goods,

with aisles of junkin’ treasure (think farmhouse, industrial, vintage,

repurposed and handmade), the two-day event will also have cocktails

and live music onsite. Tickets to attend must be purchased prior to the

event, as tickets will not be sold at the door. For additional details about

The Great Junk Hunt, and to purchase tickets, visit TheGreatJunkHunt.

com/tacoma-puyallup-wa-vintage-market.

Kicking off the same day as The Great Junk Hunt but continuing

through December 19 is the Red Barn Holiday Market. The event

takes place at the Red Barn (14407 94th Avenue East in Puyallup).

Here attendees can shop everything from unique handmade home and

holiday décor to antiques, and new and used items of all kinds. Variety

is a given, as the Red Barn Holiday Market will feature more than 30

crafters and vendors. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there too, along with

a photographer to snap that perfect holiday shot. The fun takes place

each weekend, Friday through Sunday. Hours are 11am to 6pm Friday,

10am to 8pm Saturday, and 11am to 6pm Sunday. For additional details,

visit Facebook.com/puyallupredbarnmarket.

The Tacoma Holiday Market Extravaganza is scheduled for Sunday,

November 21. Held at the Tacoma Mall (4502 South Steele Street) from

11am to 7pm, this full day of shopping will feature 30 local vendors,

giveaways, pictures with Santa, holiday music and more! Hosted by

Washington Shoppers Market, you can find out more by searching the

event on Facebook.

You can "Shop Small" along “The Row.” With more than 25 shops along

Antique Row in Tacoma filled with one-of-a-kind items to make your

own or to gift others, strolling Antique Row definitely beats shopping

at those crowded big box stores. Shopping locally is easy, so head out to

Antique Row, and your other favorite local shopping destinations, on

November 27 in collaboration with Shop Small Saturday. You can show

your love for small businesses, not just on November 27, but every day.

Now … get shopping!

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RISE TO THE RESCUE GALA 2021

Empact Northwest presents Rise to the Rescue Gala Saturday, November

20, at Titlow Lodge in Tacoma. Held 5 to 8pm, the event features dinner,

drinks, live and silent auction, raffle and dessert dash. Empact Northwest

staff and guests will follow all current state guidelines regarding COVID-19

for the night of the event, taking precautions to ensure guests’ safety. Gala

tickets, which are priced at $50 per person and include admission and

dinner, can be purchased online at Bit.ly/RiseRescue2021. Funds raised

will benefit the disaster relief and rescue nonprofit, Empact Northwest, a

registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing immediate disaster

response, rescue training and community preparedness assistance.

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The Tacoma City Turkey Trot is a family affair! Offering a 5k run/walk and

a 1k Kids Run in Tacoma's beautiful Proctor District, this Thanksgiving

morning event is a wonderful way to start the holiday. Both the 5k and kids

1k begin and end at Fleet Feet Sports (3812 North 26th Street), with the 5k

starting at 9am, followed by the 1k at 10:15am. Registration, which can be

done online at TCMAEvents.com/turkey-trot, is priced $55 for adults ($60

November 22 through 24), with the Kids Run, for ages 12 and younger, just

$10. And ... every finisher receives a medal!

ZOOLIGHTS

Zoolights is back at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! From November

26 through January 2 (closed December 24 and 25), this holiday tradition

boasts more than 700,000 colorful LED lights and dozens of dazzling

3D animal light displays. Enjoyable for the whole family, zoo guests

will see their favorite light displays, with all the classics and some new

ones! In addition, zoo guests can walk through two Tunnels of Lights,

as they've added a second tunnel due to its popularity! Hours are 4:30

to 10pm nightly. For additional details, and to purchase tickets, visit

PDZA.org/zoolightstickets.

* 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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RUSTIC

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Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook, NTP, NHC

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. butter

2 cups chopped onions

1 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced (any kind; a mix is best)

2 tsp. dried dill weed

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. coconut aminos

2 cups chicken bone broth

1 can full fat coconut milk

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

ground black pepper and salt to taste

METHOD:

• Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the

onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and

sauté for 5 more minutes. Stir in the dill, paprika, coconut

aminos and broth. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for

15 minutes.

• Whisk the coconut milk and xanthan gum together in a

separate bowl. Pour into the soup and stir well. Cover and

simmer for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

• Finally, stir in the ground black pepper, salt, lemon juice and

sour cream. Mix together and allow to heat over low heat,

about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm. Top with

fresh chopped parsley, and enjoy!

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SPEND THANKSGIVING AT A

DESTINATION RESORT

WHERE THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN SIT BACK AND RELAX

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

Family Thanksgiving dinners are always wonderful affairs with plenty of good food and spending time with

family. But the work that takes place in the kitchen, year after year, to plan, prepare and present these

beautiful meals never ceases to overwhelm. This year, take a break from tradition—and the stress that comes

with it—to head off to a destination resort for a fun holiday … and leave the cooking to the professionals.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana, is the priciest of the bunch, but they specialize in gatherings

for families and received the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award for the past seven years. Luxury accommodations

include farm-to-table meals and a robust year-round outdoor activities program. They will even pick you up from

the Missoula or Butte, Montana, airports if requested. The ranch is nestled in a pristine valley and is a historic 19th

century homestead. It is a guest ranch, but this is not a rustic experience. This all-inclusive vacation is filled with

lavish amenities.

Thanksgiving week at the ranch is bursting with activities. Pick an activity each morning and afternoon during

your stay including cross-country mountain biking, hiking expeditions, horseback riding, archery, shooting, geo

tagging, and even fly fishing on the Blue Ribbon trout stream. Thanksgiving dinner is served in the Granite Lodge.

Chef Josh Drage takes traditional Thanksgiving fare and infuses favorites from Montana’s bountiful harvest into

multiple courses.

Insider Tip: Take a horseback ride or hike to “The Top of the World” at 6,200 feet. The gorgeous views really make you

feel like you are at the top of the world.

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The Alderbrook Resort and Spa

This luxurious resort is set on the banks of the Hood Canal, a natural fjord, and

surrounded by old-growth trees in Union, Washington. It is the perfect basecamp

to explore the Hood Canal area, the Olympic Peninsula and the national park.

This is the nicest resort in the area with updated accommodations and great

amenities. The lovely landscaped grounds make the most of the beautiful trees

onsite, and it feels as if the resort was plunked down amid a forest.

Shinrin Yoku, or Forest Bathing, is a popular activity at the resort. The

phytoncides, or essential oils, found in the woods have healthful effects on your

body. Pick up a brochure at the front desk and then head across the street to the

network of private nature trails. You can hike for miles on these well-marked

paths surrounded by huge trees. In fact, there is even a trail, the Big Tree Loop,

that highlights them. There are plenty of comfortable benches lining the trails

so you can sit and enjoy the natural soothing sounds of nature. The resort also

offers guided fungi walks every Friday with Morgan Scherer, Alderbrook’s

resident naturalist. It is peak mushroom season in the fall, and you can take

home what you forage.

You can enjoy a great meal in the restaurant, but there are also unique

Culinary Adventures you should try—especially if you are with a large family

group (minimum of 10). The Gathering Grove experience begins with a

knowledgeable guide who leads you through an old-growth forest, where you

will learn about local foraging and mushrooms. Enjoy a meal crafted from

the bounty of Washington state and the Alderbrook Resort’s edible landscape.

Another option is to board the Lady Alderbrook, the resort’s private yacht,

where you can enjoy a dinner cruise through the glacier-carved Hood Canal.

The Lady Alderbrook can also transport you to the historic marina 2 miles away

for a Canal Cookout at the Union City Market. The chef and team will prepare

a locally sourced and season-inspired meal for you and your guests to enjoy. A

truly memorable experience.

The Lakedale Resort

The charming Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island, Washington, is super

popular in the summer months and bustling with activity. Beginning in late fall,

after the campground closes for the season, things slow down, and the resort

becomes a peaceful oasis to get away from it all. With 82 acres, there is plenty of

room to roam, and weather permitting, there are 40 acres of freshwater lakes to

fish or paddle upon. It is a great location to explore San Juan Island.

Currently the resort is offering several Fall and Winter Packages that offer 25

percent off lodging and other amenities. For families, the darling log cabins

offer plenty of space and include gas fireplaces and large cedar decks. Plan at

least one outdoor meal with the grill and enjoy a roaring campfire. There is no

cable, but the resort has a DVD library, and each cabin has plenty of old-school

board games. If you are looking for a more romantic getaway, try glamping

at one of Lakedale’s luxury yurts. Situated in a forest overlooking a lake, this

opulent camping experience will have you enjoying a private outdoor hot tub

and then snuggling into a king-size bed with a warm flannel duvet. Though

there’s no kitchen, there is a refrigerator and microwave, as well as an outdoor

grill. The resort also has lodge rooms, though these do not allow children under

age 16.

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When it’s mealtime, you can cook onsite or head into Friday Harbor, the island’s main town, or out to Roche Harbor

Resort for McMillin’s Dining Room’s famed 10-hour roasted prime rib—which has been a mainstay since 1958.

Many local restaurants will have specials for Thanksgiving Day meals. The Coho Restaurant offers a Thanksgiving

feast as well as fall wine dinners. The San Juan Island Thanksgiving Dinner is a local tradition held at the Mullis

Community Center in Friday Harbor with the cost by donation, and you can bring a pie to share. The 2020 event

was takeout due to COVID-19, so visit the website for the specifics for 2021.

The holiday season on the islands is just lovely with all the small towns decorated with twinkling lights beginning

Thanksgiving weekend. It is the perfect time to get in some holiday shopping without all the crowds on the mainland.

The Island Artisans Holiday Market takes place during the holiday weekend at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

This event supports local artisans, and a portion of the proceeds from your purchases goes to the Artists to Island

Artisans, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which has awarded art scholarships to graduating seniors in San Juan County for

over 43 years.

Insider Tip: Make sure to make a reservation for the Washington State Ferry to get to San Juan Island.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is the perfect time to venture out to a destination resort. Make sure to pick one

within driving distance, as air travel for the 2021 holiday season is setting up to be quite challenging with a surge of

demand and not all airlines at 100 percent capacity yet. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a factor, a getaway to the

great outdoors is much more appealing than joining the hordes of people at airports around the country.

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