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December 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

DECEMBER 2021

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GIG HARBOR

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VOTE TODAY!

HOLIDAYS

IN THE HARBOR

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How to Holiday

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PREPARING FOR THE SEASON

SEPTEMBER 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 9

inside

How to Holiday Happily

The best ways to stay organized and stick to a budget 68

Shop Local this Season

Check out these local businesses for your holiday

shopping needs

72

New Year, New Business?

How to form a business plan 74

Future Spending

Think now on your 2022 financial goals 80

A Reason to Smile.

Dr. Brian Dansie and his staff support Food Backpacks 4 Kids

and their mission. This holiday season we are hosting a baking

supplies drive for the 200 local families that Food Backpacks

4 Kids assists each week.

From November to December 10th, drop off

your baking supplies donation to our office:

Items can include, but aren’t limited to: flour, sugar,

baking soda, baking powder and vanilla.

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t’s the most magical time of

year, as the streets and trees,

businesses and houses are

adorned with lights and holiday

décor, creating a feeling of warmth, hope

and excitement!

As you stroll through town, and the

brightness of whites, blues, greens and

reds reflect all around you, look to these

lights as a symbol that amidst the darkness,

and those difficult times we face, there is

a shining glimmer of hope and brighter

future that awaits.

This month, immerse yourself in what’s

around you; take in the joy; engage in the

smiles and the laughter. Despite the chaos

and stress that the holidays can bring, focus

on those simple, small, everyday things that

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During the month, amidst the holiday

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an organization that provides warm meal

to the less fortunate; donating your time

ringing that bell for the Salvation Army;

or by attending a local holiday fundraiser,

where proceeds go directly to benefit those

in your own community.

As we get ready to close this chapter and

open up the next in 2022, count your

blessings, and recognize the blessing you

have been to others, and others to you.

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday

season and joyous new year.

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How to Holiday

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Season

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ABOUT THE COVER

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ALIVE IN THE

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of what this season brings. Taken at the Christmas

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CONTENTS

sneak peek into December...

44

68

30

22

52

102

106

50

58

74

NEW YEARS ADVICE

New Year, New Business: Key points of advice

for starting a new business

22

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

38

42

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Recognizing the hard work and dedication of our

community's youth

58

FEATURE

Decorating for the Holidays: Ancient traditions

bring holiday cheer

80

BUDGET WISELY

Future Spending: Think now on your 2022

financial goals

98

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

30

LIFE & COMMUNITY

The Streets Come Alive with Holiday Spirit: Second

Annual Lighted Car Parade returns December 18

36

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

NeoSpine: Comprehensive Spine Care Closer

to Home

44

LIVING LOCAL

A Safe Haven: Unique rescue offers second chance for

abused animals

68

STRESS FREE HOLIDAY

How to Holiday Happily: The best ways to stay

organized and stick to a holiday budget

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Sunny Palm Springs: The perfect place to chase

away the winter blues

102

FEATURED RECIPE

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32

GOOD NEWS

Make A Wish in the Harbor: Spud makes a wish

38

IN FOCUS

Holidays in the Harbor: Celebrating the

holidays locally

52

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

72

SHOP LOCAL THIS

HOLIDAY SEASON

Check out these local businesses for your holiday

shopping needs

88

GIG HARBOR LOCAL GUIDE

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

one place!

106

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Wonderful local holiday events the whole

family will enjoy

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Cold-Weather Comfort

SIMPLE ITEMS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A COZY WINTER RETREAT

By Jillian Chandler

TRANSFORM

YOUR WORLD

Now is the time to focus on what’s inside, creating

a warm winter oasis that leaves us—and our

guests—wrapped in warmth and comfort.

We excel at listening and

implementing each client’s wants

and needs to successfully reach the

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Our home is our sanctuary, and that could not be truer than

during the long, cold winter months we experience here in

the Northwest. As the coolness of fall has settled in, with the

official start to winter right around the corner, now is the

time to focus on what’s inside, creating a warm winter oasis that leaves

us—and our guests—wrapped in warmth and comfort.

Whether you are on a budget or the sky’s the limit when it comes to your

financial resources, you can create an inviting, warm and comfy space to

beat the winter blues. All it really takes is a handful of items woven into

your current home design style and décor.

One of the first rooms most see when entering a home is the living room

or family room. Here is where one will usually find a sofa, coffee and

end tables, fireplace with mantel, and an entertainment setup with a

TV cabinet, shelving, etc. This is the room that will most likely leave a

first impression and is also the room that gets a lot of use—especially

during these colder months. Warming this room up with throw pillows

to complement the season, such as neutral whites, off-whites and tans,

each showcasing different materials (think furry, soft, fluffy, silky, ribbed,

sequined, etc.) will automatically create a feeling of luxury and comfort,

and you don’t have to break the bank! From inexpensive big box stores to

those unique upscale local shops, throw pillows can be found anywhere

you look. It’s up to you to decide the color and style to reflect what the

winter season means to you while also choosing comfort. And … it’s easy

to have both comfort and style showcased in your throw pillows.

To accompany the pillows, a warm blanket or two will do just the trick. A

throw over your favorite chair or the back of the couch not only adds to

the look of the space with its color and texture, but creates warmth for the

space—and for you when you feel a chill! A great and extremely popular

choice—and a bit glamorous—for the cold season is a faux fur throw.

Other options include wool, fleece and Sherpa blankets. These are also great to keep on hand in

other rooms throughout the house, such as at the bottom of the bed or laid across or folded on

an ottoman.

That brings us to carpeting. As more of us are opting for hardwood, tile or laminate flooring

through our homes, which is great to help keep things cool in the summer months, it tends to be

a bit cold on our feet once the harsher weather has arrived. But there’s a quick—and stylish—fix!

Adding area rugs throughout your home, if you don’t have them already, is just the solution and

adds warmth to our home. Not only are they a great accent piece, they can be changed out to go

with the season. For winter, opt to choose a lush shag rug for your living room and bedrooms. And

be sure it coordinates well with your décor and throws! You can also add runners throughout your

home as well in entryways and hallways.

With a set budget and some thoughtful planning, your home can be transformed into a cozy oasis

you’ll enjoy all winter long.

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PREPARING FOR THE

HOLIDAYS

HOW TO LIVE YOUR OWN HALLMARK HOLIDAY MOVIE

How can gratitude, attitude and

service help us when we stumble

to get up, shake it off and

move forward?

What thoughts and feelings come up when

you think of the holiday season?

For some, the holidays are a time of

excitement and magic: glad tidings in the air;

enjoying the festive music and decorations;

paying kindness forward for someone in need

(or just because); looking forward to annual

traditions; nostalgia thinking of past holidays;

quality time with friends and family; and

taking time to watch a favorite holiday movie!

For others, the holidays are a time folks

would like to fast forward through because

they are: stressful; anxiety filled trying to

find the perfect gifts or be the perfect host;

full of challenging family dynamics or time

missing family; filled with disappointment

or resentment over unvoiced expectations; or

sadness because of past reminders, such as the

loss of a loved one, negative past experiences,

or feeling lonely.

So, let me ask you, if you could live your life

like a Hallmark holiday movie, would you?

In 2019, the Hallmark Network produced 40

holiday movies—and over 85 million people

watched them! What is their secret formula

for capturing the magic of the holidays

that keeps people watching year after year?

Typically, it is because we can predict the plot

and know it will be a happy ending. We also

get to escape from the hustle and demands

of everyday life to relax. Every movie has

recurring themes, such as: an independent,

successful main character moves to or visits

a postcard-perfect small town; the lead

character meets other interesting people; they

learn to listen to their heart, follow where it

leads, and discover their happy ending; and a

storybook romance. Lastly, the movies capture

the thoughts, feelings and beliefs in the magic

of the holidays by tapping into positive

emotions, perspectives and experiences.

While the Hallmark holiday movies are

fiction, there are lessons we can apply in our

own lives. Here are six tips for living your life

like a Hallmark holiday movie to find your

own happy ending this season:

BY JENNIFER “TAZ” VAZQUEZ

1. Set your intention for how you want to

enjoy the holidays. This includes establishing

your boundaries to maintain your health and

wellness. Don’t lose sight of what really matters

to you. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to

practice saying no to people and places that

drain your energy.

2. Honor old traditions and/or create new ones.

It builds connection, comfort, meaning, and

grounds us to our values/principles.

3. Practice gratitude, generosity and having fun.

It makes us feel better and creates a ripple effect

around us (and in our community).

4. Find enjoyable activities that you can do at

little or no cost; and/or ask for donations to

your favorite charities, in lieu of gifts.

5. Take a break when you are feeling stressed

or overwhelmed. A short walk, stretch, exercise,

meditation, or some deep breaths are powerful

tools. They will help you relax, reset, refocus

and reframe.

6. Finally, surround yourself with folks who

support your intentions and boundaries. If

you’re feeling sad, acknowledge your feelings

and reach out for support from family,

friends, spiritual advisor, coach or mental

health specialist.

If you want to live your life like a Hallmark

holiday movie, then take some time to practice

and use these six tips. You’ll be able to tap into

the spirit of what these films inspire and find

your peace, calm, happiness and magic this

holiday season.

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The Gift of Self-Compassion

GIVING YOURSELF A BREAK DURING THE HOLIDAYS IF

SEPARATED OR DIVORCED

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

- Buddha

December’s holidays mark the season of giving, when our

generosity to those we love and those less fortunate is usually at its

height. However, it often seems the question becomes, “How much

can you do for others without giving thought to yourself?”

It’s always a challenge to find balance during this festive season as

you juggle the joys of holiday traditions with maintaining your health

and well-being (basically, your sanity!) so you still have energy left to

enjoy everything yourself. But what if you are recently separated or

divorced? And what if your children are now in a two-home family

instead of under one roof? How do you add these complicated layers

to a time when things may already feel like “just too much”?

These “complicated layers” may not only include the tasks of solely

managing a household (tasks don’t disappear just because it’s

December) and the added end-of-year goals with a job, but also the

heightened emotions of grief, loss, and perhaps even guilt that can

emerge at this time of year.

Here are some strategies to help:

1. Forgive and let go. I’m primarily talking about forgiving yourself

here. Decisions you made to separate and/or divorce had a valid basis

for you at the time they were made. Don’t allow the sentimentality of

the holidays to throw a guilt trip at you.

2. Don’t overcompensate. If you are new to single-parenting for the

holiday, restrain your urge to overindulge your kids with presents

and activities. One of the best strategies I heard in a recent mediation

session between two newly divorcing co-parents was to allow their

kids to “rest into the holiday” before transitioning between homes.

For them, that meant no transitions on December 25 or 26.

By Felicia A. Soleil, Divorce Mediator/Attorney

3. Focus on what you can control. How your kids spend their first

holiday time with the other parent is out of your control. Instead, ask

yourself, “When my kids grow up, what do I want them to remember

about their holiday time with me?” Create new memories so they can

learn family transitions can be done well, in case it happens in their

own adult relationships in the future.

4. Give yourself permission to say “No.” Whether that’s declining

a request for more time-consuming holiday activities from children

trying to play one parent off the other (they’re no fools!) or the wellmeaning

friend who thinks you need one more alcohol-infused night

out (because, hey, it’s the holidays!), learn to say “Yes” to a different

kind of self-indulgence of quiet time and whatever helps restore

your sanity.

5. Take time to rest. It goes without saying that eating right, some

exercise and a good night’s sleep can do wonders for the emotional

post-separation/divorce roller coaster you might be on during this

time. Almost 30 years after my own divorce, I can still remember

the comfort of my first set of flannel sheets my best friend gave me

right before my first Christmas alone. Those sheets got me through

countless December nights of soothing comfort, whether catching up

on much-needed sleep, reading escapist novels, or watching mindless

TV from my new “nest.” Find something simple to gift yourself that

will add to your comfort.

Be kind to yourself. The gift of self-compassion starts here.

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

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

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

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

be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential

and currently conducted by appointment via videoconference or phone.

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

County, Felicia Soleil provides more constructive alternatives to dissolving

a marriage outside of a courtroom. In addition to her family law practice, she

also provides mediation services, offering legal support, education and case

management - from simple to complex - for separation and divorce, parenting

plans, child support and prenuptial agreements.

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SOLUTIONS FOR A PARENT’S

DILEMMA

Saving for retirement

and a child's education

at the same time

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By Colin Anderson

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advisory services solely through Equity Services, Inc., member

FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport Center Dr., Ste. 270, Newport Beach,

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You want to retire comfortably when

the time comes. You also want to

help your child go to college. So how

do you juggle the two? The truth

is, saving for your retirement and your child's

education at the same time can be a challenge.

But take heart—you may be able to reach both

goals if you make some smart choices now.

Know what your financial needs are.

The first step is to determine your financial

needs for each goal. Answering the following

questions can help you get started.

For retirement:

• How many years until you retire?

•Does your company offer an employersponsored

retirement plan or a pension plan?

Do you participate? If so, what's your balance?

Can you estimate what your balance will be

when you retire?

• How much do you expect to receive in Social

Security benefits? (One way to get an estimate

of your future Social Security benefits is to use

the benefit calculators available on the Social

Security Administration's website, SSA.gov.

You can also sign up for a My Social Security

account so that you can view your online Social

Security statement. Your statement contains

a detailed record of your earnings, as well as

estimates of retirement, survivor and disability

benefits.)

• What standard of living do you hope to have

in retirement? For example, do you want to

travel extensively, or will you be happy to stay

in one place and live more simply?

• Do you or your spouse expect to work parttime

in retirement?

For college:

• How many years until your child starts

college?

• Will your child attend a public or private

college? What's the expected cost?

• Do you have more than one child whom you'll

be saving for?

• Does your child have any special academic,

athletic or artistic skills that could lead to a

scholarship?

• Do you expect your child to qualify for

financial aid?

Many on-line calculators are available to help

you predict your retirement income needs and

your child's college funding needs.

Figure out what you can afford to put aside

each month.

After you know what your financial needs are,

the next step is to determine what you can

afford to put aside each month. To do so, you'll

need to prepare a detailed family budget that

lists all of your income and expenses. Keep

in mind, though, that the amount you can

afford may change from time to time as your

circumstances change. Once you've come up

with a dollar amount, you'll need to decide how

to divvy up your funds.

Retirement takes priority.

Though college is certainly an important goal,

you should probably focus on your retirement

if you have limited funds. With generous

corporate pensions mostly a thing of the past,

the burden is primarily on you to fund your

retirement. But if you wait until your child is

in college to start saving, you'll miss out on

years of potential tax-deferred growth and

compounding of your money. Remember,

your child can always attend college by taking

out loans (or maybe even with scholarships),

but there's no such thing as a retirement loan!

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he love Julie Allison has for

music and bringing the joy

of it to others is evident to

anyone who’s had her as an

instructor. A fixture in the Peninsula School

District, Julie is nearing her fourth decade

of teaching in Gig Harbor. “I love sharing

my love of music with students. There is

no feeling that replaces the feeling that

you get when you make music with others;

it's a unique experience

that cannot be duplicated

by anything else,”

she explained.

Julie leads choir classes and

is also a band instructor.

After 38 years in the

profession, she’s seeing

the children of those she’s

previously taught come

through the door and is

thankful for the long-term

relationships she’s built

with many over the years.

“Individual students are

what I remember. Many of

my students are adults now,

and it's very rewarding

to find out what they're

doing now and how music has impacted

their lives.”

Like any subject in school, music comes

easier to some than it does to others. Like

other subjects, music teachers also challenge

you with tougher material as you continue

to progress. Julie makes sure to challenge

her students while also being encouraging

"THE PERSONAL

REWARD IS GREAT.

I LOVE SEEING THE

GROWTH OF SKILLS

AND MATURITY

DURING THE YEARS

THAT MY STUDENTS

ARE WITH ME."

Julie

Allison

Goodman Middle

School Music Teacher

in order to keep music fun. “The energy

it takes (to be a teacher) is incredible, but

the personal reward is great. I love seeing

the growth of skills and maturity during

the years that my students are with me,”

she said.

Being part of a choir or band means

working together. Your section or individual

contribution to the piece of music is

blended with everyone else

to create one continuous

song or performance. Each

individual is responsible

for knowing the notes and

following the conductor’s

lead, but if everyone acts

as an individual, the music

simply won’t come together

right. This is why Julie always

encourages her students

to work with those around

them and think bigger than

themselves.

“Your relationship with

others is the most important

thing in this life,” shared

Julie. “Be really present for

the people in your life and

try to imagine what life looks like from

their point of view. Then ask yourself how

you can make this person's life experience

better, even in a small way. Also, value

yourself! There is no one in the world that

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After proving to be a success in its inaugural year in 2020,

the Gig Harbor Lighted Car Parade will once again

bring magic and excitement to the community this

holiday season.

The idea for a holiday car parade originated late last year when Kimber

Lawrence was inspired by her friend, Stephanie Brooks, who was

organizing a similar event in Home, Washington. “I gathered some of

my friends (Robyn Denson, Melissa Oman and Paula Zenobio), and we

threw the event together in four weeks,” Kimber smiles. “I am fortunate

to be working with the same group again this year.”

In conjunction with the car parade, it was important to Kimber to

hold a food and toy drive to benefit the local FISH Food Bank, and this

year they will be adding Food Backpacks 4 Kids. Kiwanis has offered

their large enclosed trailer for the collection of food and toys, which

the community can drop off anytime between noon and 8pm the day

of the event at Uptown by the Pavilion, and the local Key Club will be

volunteering to collect and pack items into the trailer.

During last year’s event, which proved to be a huge success, 77 cars

participated in the parade, with 3,755 food items and 464 toys collected

for FISH Food Bank, and as Kimber says, “This year promises to be

even bigger and better!”

In addition to the fabulously festive vehicles, the Beast Bus will be

returning this year, with Frosty the Snowman onboard. The Fire

Department will have two trucks, one for each parade route, and Santa

will be riding along. The Grinch will be joining in the fun on his Harley,

and there will be a full-size reindeer-drawn sleigh—which was built by

Kimber’s husband and his friends, with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding

shotgun. “I don't want anyone to think the reindeer will be real, but boy

how I would like that to happen,” Kimber hints.

This year, the parade, which takes place Saturday, December 18, from

4:30 to 6pm, will begin and end at the Multicare parking lot in Uptown,

with both parade routes making their way through downtown this

year. Judson Street and Harborview are the most popular locations for

viewing, as they have ample parking and sidewalk space. At the end,

the festive cars will be parked for everyone to get a closer look and snap

photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For those looking to participate in the parade, arrive at the Multicare

parking lot at 4pm in your creatively decorated car, and you will get

set up on your route. “If being in the parade is not your thing, then

come and enjoy the live musicians walking around playing holiday

music, come meet your favorite Disney princes and princesses, do some

holiday shopping, dine at one of the awesome restaurants at Uptown

and just take in the holiday atmosphere,” says Kimber. “And don’t

forget to wear your best and brightest holiday sweater.”

Those looking for additional details about this year's event, visit

Facebook.com/GigHarborLightedCarParade. For those neighborhoods

or businesses who would like to get involved in the food and toy drive,

you can reach out to Kimber at kimber.lawrence67@gmail.com.

PENMET PARKS PRESENTS

Cookies with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

December 11th • 10am - 2pm Sehmel Homestead Park $10 suggested donation when

purchasing tickets online OR new/gently used toy donation at the door.

Join PenMet Parks as we host Cookies with Mr. & Mrs. Claus!

We are bringing you the very best in holiday cheer as we transform Sehmel Homestead

Park’s Volunteer Vern Pavilion into a winter wonderland.

Participants will enjoy photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, activities,

visiting with vendors and take home a cookie kit to decorate!

Pre-Registration Required. Scan here for tickets

or visit www.PenMetParks.org

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By Rachel Kelly

MEET SPUD:

THE 18-YEAR-

OLD MAKE A

WISH RECIPIENT

WHO IS SO

MUCH MORE

THAN HIS WISH.

MAKE A WISH IN THE HARBOR

Oliver Colglazier, a.k.a. “Spud,” made his

wish with the Make A Wish Foundation

last month here in Gig Harbor. To make

that wish, he walked and he talked, and

eventually drove, his way toward his goal—which is

a miracle in itself. “They told us that he, most likely,

would never talk or walk. The likelihood of him

making it to 2 or 3 was very low. He must’ve heard

them. Because every time someone says he won’t be

able to do something, he does. And here he is at 18,

walking and talking,” says Angelia Colglazier, Spud’s

mother. That, in a nutshell, shows you just what kind

of person Spud is: his own.

Meet Spud: the 18-year-old Make A Wish recipient

who is so much more than his wish. Spud is called

Spud because, well, that’s who he is! It’s on his

medical charts, it’s what his family calls him, and

it’s how he’s known and loved. Spud thinks Sprite is

gold and would camp every day of the week if he

could. He loves to dress up for Halloween and can’t

wait to decorate for Christmas. He loves his gnomes.

He loves jazz, Dr. Seuss, Pixar and Disney. He will

remind you that the “r” word is not a nice word,

and that you should find another one. As his best

SPUD MAKES A WISH

friend and caregiver will say, “If you think you’re

right, Spud will tell you you’re dead wrong. And he’ll

probably be right too.” And more than anything,

Spud loves his family.

When Spud was born, his prognosis was grim, and

the family went through many years of speculation

and respiratory infection. In 2016, Spud was still

undiagnosed and suffered from a series of medical

events. These events led to respiratory failure,

where he was in a coma for nearly a month. His

family nearly lost him. Thankfully, Spud eventually

recovered. Yet he was still without a diagnosis. It

wasn’t until 2018 that he was finally diagnosed by

his neurologist, who would describe it as an “aha!”

moment. As if a light bulb went off in his head, he

knew. Spud has Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1).

Myotonic Dystrophy is a rare genetic disease

characterized by muscle weakness, stiffness, muscle

loss and heart irregularities. Those diagnosed

generally live a shortened life span. But, for Spud,

he’s not about to let that stop him. He has goals. He

wants to drive, for one. It was suggested to Spud’s

family that they call the Make A Wish Foundation to

see if something could be done about Spud’s goals.

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AFTER PICTURES AND HANDSHAKES,

FANFARE AND FUN, SPUD AND HIS

FAMILY SETTLED IN WITH PIZZA AND

SPRITE SURROUNDED BY FAMILY

AND FRIENDS. IT TRULY WAS A DAY

TO REMEMBER!

So, they did. Make A Wish answered.

Driving wasn’t his first wish though! His first wish involved travel.

Which, in this pandemic, was next to impossible. So, Spud moved on

to his next wish, which was to drive, though Angelia said that driving

was definitely “a no.” Thus, a compromise was born. The Make A Wish

Foundation bought Spud a golf cart, complete with accessories from

his favorite Pixar character: Lightning McQueen. One of Spud’s nonnegotiable

requests for the cart was that it had enough seats to carry his

nieces and nephews, because that’s how important they are! The local

police and fire department were called. It took zero persuasion for them

to agree to come out to Spud’s house to see him off on his golf cart in style.

Spud was escorted in true fanfare down his driveway while he drove the

cart for the first time. After pictures and handshakes, fanfare and fun,

Spud and his family settled in with pizza and Sprite surrounded by family

and friends. It truly was a day to remember!

With a quick wit, an uplifting outlook and a loving family, Spud certainly

has a lot going for him!

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Kimball’s Hands On Detailing

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Brewery

7Seas Brewing Co.

Wet Coast Brewing

Locust Cider

Builder

Kelley Home Services

Brett Marlo Design + Build

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As for Spud, what should we expect next? Well. He does have a cult

following on his mom’s Facebook. Maybe there’s something in that, some

future there. If nothing else, the #spudismoftheday is something to look

forward to. A snarky comeback, a different way of looking at something,

are all signs that Spud knows how he feels and thinks and is not afraid

to express it. We could all use a little more comedic gold in our life, and

a little more Spud. Full of wisdom, snark, laughter, and kindness the

#spudismoftheday is the family's way of commemorating the everyday.

Since Spud just turned 18, he’s looking into a program that helps adults

transition into independent living, so Spud may be out on the town soon.

It goes without saying that he’ll definitely be driving that golf cart around,

and that we may be seeing a lot more of Spud. As for exactly where he’ll

go, and what he’ll do next, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Whatever

Spud decides to do, it sounds like he does. Whenever others think that it

can’t be done, he gets it done. I’m sure that the future holds for Spud what

it holds for many of us: surprise and adventure.

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Comprehensive Spine Care

Closer to Home

Your Trusted Guide to Recovery

By Jillian Chandler

The team at NeoSpine has been dedicated to its patients for two

decades. Providing services in the Seattle-Tacoma area for many

years, they have now expanded to service patients closer to

home, as they have added locations and services right here in

Gig Harbor and Silverdale.

With the growing need for medical providers in these communities,

the team at NeoSpine is dedicated to serving a large geographic area by

focusing their growth into the Peninsula. “This is why we, NeoSpine,

will have two dedicated providers in these locations,” affirms Kevin

Hockenson, CEO for NeoSpine.

The NeoSpine group includes board-certified sub-specialty trained

physicians who are all passionate about patient care. The kind, caring,

multi-disciplinary team, which combines medical staff, nursing, advanced

care providers, physician assistants, pain physicians, anesthesiologists and

spine surgeons, is dedicated to providing great outcomes for each and

every patient.

A comprehensive pain medicine and spine surgery practice, the team at

NeoSpine consists of multiple pain and spine surgery doctors based out of

several locations across the area including Burien, Gig Harbor, Kirkland,

Puyallup and Silverdale—with Dr. Alex Mohit and Dr. Neil Batta, who

will be primarily based out of Gig Harbor and Silverdale.

4700 Point Fosdick Drive NW,

Suite 205

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.841.0842

NeoSpine.com

9615 Levin Rd.,

Ste. 300

Silverdale, Washington 98383

253.841.8939

NeoSpine partners with neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons

to develop and manage outpatient spine surgery, interventional pain

care and orthopedic spine facilities. In the evolving world of health care,

neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons are constantly faced with

the challenge of providing the most advanced, highest quality care for

their patients.

“What makes NeoSpine unique is that we offer a comprehensive pain

management and spine surgery service in the same location,” affirms Alex

Mohit, MD. “We can provide care to a large variety of patients and help

improve quality of life and function.”

Dr. Mohit is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine

surgery, who will perform services to include, but not limited to, surgical

management of spinal cord injuries and disorders such as herniated discs,

spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, stabilization, or arthroplasty.

Dr. Neil Batta is board-certified in pain medicine and provides a full array

of pain management services, from medication management, fluoroscopic

(X-ray) and ultrasound-guided procedures, peripheral nerve blocks and

joint injections to nerve conduction studies/electromyography, Botox

injections for migraines, neuromodulation and more.

“Pain medicine is at the forefront of facilitating dialogue between healthcare

professionals and their patients,” shares Dr. Batta. “Learning to get

to know my patients and listen to their issues is what I enjoy the most to

be able to best care for them using a multi-disciplinary approach. I enjoy

educating patients regarding lifestyle changes including daily exercise and

using up-to-date therapies such as spine injections, regenerative medicine

or spinal cord stimulation to help improve quality of life.”

Dr. Batta and Dr. Mohit are grateful to be able to provide a needed service to the

Peninsula and the ability to help with patients to further connect with other health-care

professionals in the area. Both are involved with the Pierce County Medical Society and

Kitsap County Medical Society, as well as the Pierce County Medical Society Board as

trustees to help connect further with local community members.

“Our providers and our incredible community of patients are the reason we are

successful,” shares Hockenson. “We come with the knowledge, years of education and

training, but our patients come with courage to combat their pain and allow us to be a

part of that impressionable chapter of their lives. NeoSpine is a team of diversity, where

we come together creating an incredible environment for world-class care.”

If you find yourself in need of a compassionate and kind spine and/or pain management

specialist, you can rest assured that you are in trustworthy and experienced hands with

doctors Neil Batta and Alex Mohit of NeoSpine—your trusted guide to recovery.

The NeoSpine group includes board-certified subspecialty

trained physicians who are all passionate

about patient care. The kind, caring, multidisciplinary

team is dedicated to providing great

outcomes for each and every patient.

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HOLIDAYS IN THE HARBOR

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS LOCALLY

BY RACHEL KELLY

There are things to do, places to see and memories to make this

holiday season, right here in Gig Harbor. Our community may

be small, but it’s full of holiday enchantment. From parades to

small business events, from lights to hot chocolate, here is your one-stop

summary of all that’s going on in our community this holiday season.

The holiday season officially kicks off with local shopping and community

cheer in Gig Harbor with the annual Tree Lighting. Held on December 5

at Skansie Brothers Park, the mayor will be present with his special guest:

Santa! Acapella entertainment will be available, but not hot chocolate

due to COVID restrictions. However, bringing your own hot beverage

is encouraged! For information, please see VisitGigHarborWA.com and

search under events.

Then there’s the holiday shopping! And there are few better places to

“shop local” than in Gig Harbor, with its exceptional art galleries, gift

stores and artisans. On December 3, from 6 to 9pm, the annual Shop and

Sip will be held at the Paper Luxe for a truly relaxing shopping experience.

More information can be found on UptownGigHarbor.com. In addition,

the Gig Harbor waterfront stores will be open for extended evening hours

on Thursdays in December to allow for a more lengthy and enjoyable

shopping experience. This way all of them can be visited at once at your

leisure. For more information on businesses that are participating this

year, please see GigHarborWaterfront.org.

For another local shopping experience that brings artists and artisans

from throughout the Northwest, visit TideFest. This yearly fine arts and

crafts festival will be held at Gig Harbor High School on December 4 and

5 starting at 11am both days. Over 100 artists gather to sell their glass

art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, clothing, painting, wood products and

leather goods here. Admission is only $5. For more information, please

see TideFest.org.

While local shopping can provide for a one-of-a-kind gift while

supporting our local economy, the holidays encompass a lot more than

just gifts. The holiday season is also a time for introspection, tradition and

for gathering with friends and family for celebration. Local churches and

temples hold their holiday candlelight services, and menorah lightings

for a quiet time of remembrance. Some churches hold holiday bazaars

and meals for more festive gatherings. The holidays are also a time to

check up on our neighbors, and to provide for occasions where someone

may be less fortunate. As a result, there’s usually a lot of opportunities

for giving. This season is no exception. There are more than a couple of

family events that double as ways to give back.

One such giving event, the Lighted Car Parade, will be held at the Home

Goods Parking Lot. The Lighted Car Parade collects proceeds for the

FISH food bank and Food Backpacks for Kids. Not only is the parade fun

to participate in, it’s also fun to watch! It’s a win-win! Paraders wishing

to join the parade can decorate their cars and meet across from Fondi’s

at 4pm. Those wishing simply to attend can watch along the route. For

more information, you can find the event on Facebook at Facebook.com/

GigHarborLightedCarParade.

Speaking of parades, there’s more than one place to enjoy lights this year.

Shows like the Lighted Boat Parade come around every year and are truly

unique to our community. This year’s Lighted Boat Parade will be held

on December 11 at 5pm. Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, the

parade will feature lighted kayaks, pleasure boats, fishing vessels and boats

for a two-time run around the harbor. Whatever floats! To sign up, you

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don’t have to be a part of the Yacht Club, and you certainly don’t have

to be in the club to watch. The parade will start at Arabella’s Marina,

proceed to the city dock, turn inside the harbor entrance, go down the

north harbor, pass Anthony’s and the western bay, and then return to

Arabella’s. In this way the parade is a treat for all in the harbor, young

and old. For more information, please see GigHarborYC.com.

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Earlier that day, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be heading to Sehmel

Homestead Park's Volunteer Vern Pavilion, which will be transformed

into a winter wonderland, on December 11 from 10am to 2pm. Thanks

to PenMet Parks, kids can enjoy Cookies with Mr. and Mrs. Claus,

crafts and activities, and photos with the Clauses! Pre-registration is

required and can be done online at PenMetParks.org, where you can

also find additional information about the event.

Another such family event that is more in line with holiday tradition

and stories is the Galaxy Theatres’ showing of “Polar Express.” Showings

are held on December 11 at 10am and on December 12 at both 10am

and 6pm. Tickets are only $5, with $2 hot chocolate will be available for

purchase. With a toy donation for Toys for Tots, the hot chocolate is free!

If you’re feeling especially festive, the whole family can arrive expecting

a magical experience in matching jams and teddy bears. As they say

in “Polar Express,” “This holiday season … believe.” More information

can be found through Galaxy Theatres at GalaxyTheatres.com/Movie-

Theater/GigHarbor/Movies or on UptownGigHarbor.com.

There are also plenty of free experiences to be had in the harbor. A

walk down the waterfront is always a wonderful experience when it’s all

decorated for the season. And of course, there’s plenty of photo ops to be

had. There’s watching the sunset on the beach, and dancing on the dock.

A harbor holiday event is simply one where those you love the most are

by your side, which makes free events easy to come by.

This holiday season is sure to be special, not just because of special

community events, but because the holidays highlight just how invaluable

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track teams and, in his free time, continues

to run for fun. He enjoys taking his dog for

a walk, getting around to the local shops and

stores in Gig Harbor, and also going for hikes,

both long and short, all over the region.

“I'm also involved with the Harborview

Fellowship youth group. I enjoy landscaping,

working out, spending time with my dogs

and cats, spending time with my family and

hanging out with my friends,” he said.

In school, Michael’s favorite core subject is

history, as he enjoys learning about the past—

both recent and long ago. He also enjoys

electives where he can challenge his mind and

body in different ways while breaking up the

school day. “My favorite electives are band,

“My favorite electives

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a group, and weight

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for running and other

activities.”

because I enjoy playing music with a group,

and weight training, because I like to build

my strength for running and other activities.”

Also at Gig Harbor High School, Michael

enjoys being involved with the Interact Club.

The club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of

Gig Harbor Midday, and its focus is to raise

student awareness about service not only to

their community but around the world. Here

they learn leadership skills, make connections

with local businesses and community

members, and create projects that improve

the high school and the community at large.

Michael says both Mrs. Anderson and Mr.

Swanson have made a great impact on him

as a student. He will continue to keep up

his fitness and academics so he can one day

realize his dream of becoming a firefighter.

Why? “To help people in need—because I

love helping everyone,” he stated.

ALLISON KIMBALL

Peninsula High School

Peninsula High School’s Allison

Kimball is likely to continue her

athletic career once she’s moved on

from the high school ranks. Still

only a junior, Allison has not only starred

for her varsity team but has been recognized

as an All-American twice. Where she will

play Division I is still up in the air, but her

hard work has definitely paid off. Allison

also knows that being part of a team is much

more than a win or loss, which is why she

uses the skills she’s learned to work with

others in the community who might not get

the opportunities she has.

“Outside of the school I am involved with

community service, mainly helping students

with disabilities. My brother has autism, so I

have been able to work with many students

with disabilities during Unified Basketball

and Tim Tebow's A Night to Shine Dance,”

she said.

Allison’s parents also own a local detailing

"I feel that I am making

an impact on many

students because of my

leadership and positive

attitude toward others.”

shop. When she has some free time, she

enjoys helping out at the family business,

whether that’s with office work or

detailing vehicles.

At school, her favorite subjects are English,

history and human body systems. “I love

English and history because I enjoy writing

and expressing myself on paper. I love human

body systems because I like learning about

the body systems and the way we function.”

One of her favorite teachers is Mr. Miranda,

having had him for leadership freshman

and sophomore year as well as history her

sophomore year. “He has taught me ways

to be a leader that I have never thought of,”

she recalled. “Because of being in his class,

I feel that I am making an impact on many

students because of my leadership and

positive attitude toward others.”

As she readies for the spring softball season

and begins narrowing down scholarship

offers from schools, Allison will look to see

which school will be an ideal fit, not just as

an athlete but for her future career interests.

She can envision herself either a physical

therapist or an athletic trainer to keep herself

involved with athletics after her playing days

come to a close. “Being a trainer sounds fun

to me, and I would like to help others stay

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She would eventually pursue a career as a veterinary assistant, and

while doing research after receiving her master’s degree, she began to

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Don’t let the holidays stress you out!

By Missi Balison

While the holidays are an amazing and magical time of year,

it can also bring with it a load of expectations. There’s time

pressure, gift-giving pressure, social pressure and, for some,

the pressure to make it through the holidays with a smile.

Because we live in a colder/darker climate, add this: There’s also less

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many people who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Plus, some of us feel pressure to make the holidays absolutely perfect for our

loved ones, and to recapture the magic we remember from our childhood.

Wow. That’s a lot, right?

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the holidays, and 62 percent said they felt “very” or “somewhat” stressed

during their holidays. Only 10 percent reported no stress. Ten percent!

Researchers found that people reported they were more likely to “behave

in sedentary ways like watching TV, sleeping, eating and drinking to

manage their stress. Many individuals engage in comfort eating and other

unhealthy behaviors to cope with their stress levels.”

Well, I’ve got some other ideas to help turn your mood around—try not to

take them as added pressure but as ways to blow off some steam (or avoid

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EARLY PREP FOR YOUR NEW YEAR’S GOALS

There’s nothing like a change of scenery and fresh air

to shift your perspective.

Turn on some music and move! A solo dance

party will turn cleaning up the kitchen (or

cooking, or wrapping gifts, or cleaning the

guest room) into less of a chore. I like to call it

“cardio cleaning.”

Plus, getting your heart rate up helps your

body release feel-good hormones that’ll boost

your mood.

Get outside. Take a quick walk outside and

enjoy nature—or your neighbor’s decorations.

There’s nothing like a change of scenery and

fresh air to shift your perspective. If it’s a little

cold, then bundle up and get out, even if just

for a short time.

Stay away from social media. If there ever was

a time to cut back on your scrolling time, it’s

now! When you’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to

compare your situation with that of others.

Remember: We all know this, but in the scroll

it is easy to forget that social media is where

people generally show their “perfect” life, not

their “real” life.

lonely time of year for many of them. Give a

sincere compliment and watch how another's

eyes light up—your body will respond with

equally happy hormones that are so good

for you!

Distract yourself! Watch a comedy,

work out, play a game, or even tackle an

unrelated household chore (hello, organized

sock drawer).

Bonus tip: Breathe. Do five minutes of

breathing exercises—all you need to do is

just sit back and focus on your breath. Feel

your belly and chest rise as you breathe in

and sink as you breathe out. This can be an

amazing “reset” for your mood because it helps

relieve anxiety.

An important note: There’s a difference between

stress and feeling true anxiety and depression.

If you’re feeling truly distressed, be sure to

check in with your doctor. There’s no need to

handle all of that by yourself.

Have a beautiful, happy, healthy holiday season.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAYS

TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND

By Jennifer Miller

DIET AND AGING

WHY SUGAR IS YOUR WORST ENEMY

By Bri Williams, RN, BSN

The holiday season is upon us, and

while it is truly a magical time

of year, full of yummy food, gettogethers

and my favorite music

(don’t try to convince me otherwise), it can

be tough for many. Whether you’re trying to

maintain a healthy lifestyle or wanting to get a

jump start on the new year, the holidays don’t

have to send your personal Polar Express off

the rails. Below are my favorite tips and tricks

for not ending up on the naughty list this year!

Manage Stress

High stress levels can influence your sleep

schedule, how much you eat and drink, and

other health factors like blood pressure. It’s

no secret that the holidays can be stressful,

but it can be managed. Don’t overcommit. It’s

tempting to want to be at every celebration

you’re invited to, but remember, it’s okay to

say no. Set the boundaries early, either with

yourself or your family, commit to a certain

number of celebrations or events, and hold

that line. Take time for yourself and what

brings you peace—like watching your favorite

Christmas movie!

Stay Hydrated

Eggnog, mulled wine and seasonal beer,

oh my! During the holidays, most of us

consume more alcohol than normal. But

don’t forget your water! Between each of your

favorite seasonal beverages, drink at least 8

ounces of water. Your body will thank you in

the morning.

Eat Mindfully

Before heading out to a Christmas party, eat

a little something first. Arriving at a party on

an empty stomach leads to overeating. Make

yourself a protein shake at home before you go.

At the party, eat slowly and savor your favorite

holiday foods. That special eggnog coffee

cake your mom makes won’t make another

appearance until next year, so enjoy it!

Eat your Veggies First

When loading up your plate at the holiday

buffet table, make your veggie portion bigger

than the rest. I like to eat my vegetables first,

since they are usually the first to cool down,

and no one wants to eat lukewarm green

beans, right? Also, this will help fill you up so

you’re not as likely to overeat.

Commit to your Movement

Commit to getting your 30 minutes of exercise

daily. With kids home from school and busier

days, it can be difficult but the perfect time to

get creative. Suit up in your rain gear and go

jump and splash in the puddles! Or bundle

up in your snow gear and spend a day on the

slopes at an area ski mountain or sledding

hill. You can’t get to the top of the hill without

walking up it first.

Most importantly, do not forget to enjoy

yourself. The holidays come around once a

year and are meant to be enjoyed with your

family and friends. Don’t be so strict with your

“rules” that you forget to just be in the moment

and delight in the season. Now, please pass

the eggnog!

With obesity rates near 80

percent in America, and the

rate of metabolic disease, heart

disease, dementia and diabetes

climbing annually, there are a lot of reasons

to choose a healthy, whole-food diet. But did

you know that high sugar and processed diets

also contribute to premature aging of the

skin, leading to more wrinkles, sagginess, lost

volume and poor texture? A process called

glycation is to blame, and below we break down

all the details and how you can stop premature

aging, inside and out.

What is glycation?

Glycation is a process that happens on a

cellular level in the body when sugar molecules

attach to either protein or fat molecules. One

of the protein molecules that they attach to is

collagen, the primary structural protein in the

extracellular matrix of the body’s connective

tissue, and together they produce harmful free

radicals called advanced glycation end products

(AGEs). The more AGEs that accumulate from

the sugar consumption, the more collagen

proteins are damaged. Therefore, an excess of

sugar in the body breaks down collagen and

elastin more rapidly than the natural aging

process, resulting in premature aging.

Can glycation be reversed?

Unfortunately, glycation cannot be reversed,

and it is best to prevent it in the first place.

However, if years of high sugar consumption

have left you with loose skin and wrinkles,

you can make some dietary changes to prevent

further damage. Swap out sugary treats for

nature’s dessert of fresh berries, and be sure

to consume enough water (roughly half your

body weight in ounces) daily. Water is essential

for collagen and elastin production, and proper

hydration can improve your body’s ability to

counteract the negative effects of glycation.

Additionally, a diet rich in antioxidants can

help to combat free radicals that break down

collagen. Broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes

and asparagus are just a few foods that help to

brighten the complexion and halt glycation.

What other foods cause glycation?

While sugar is the biggest culprit for producing

AGEs, other foods can also trigger glycation

and premature aging. Meat, especially red meat,

fried foods, vegetable oils and processed foods

also contribute to the breakdown of collagen.

Steer clear of these offenders and opt for lean

white meats, fresh produce and whole foods to

preserve your health and skin.

A diet that helps you to age gracefully on

the outside will also help to preserve your

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DECORATING FOR

THE HOLIDAYS

ANCIENT TRADITIONS BRING HOLIDAY CHEER

BY RACHEL KELLY

The simple beauty of Christmas décor is steeped in

ancient tradition, as well as providing frivolous

beauty. Here in the Northwest, our holiday cheer

and decorations hold special significance because

of our long and dark winters. Though they’re not as cold

as some, the days are certainly short. A little snow goes a

long way toward brightening up the landscape, but in the

meantime, a few evergreen boughs, candles and Christmas

lights bring cheer during the (seemingly) everlasting winter.

It’s thought that bringing evergreen boughs into the home

originated as long ago as ancient times, even dating back to

the Vikings. Before there was electricity, and food was made

in a hearth, the everlasting green of the branches served as

a symbol of hope that spring would come again; that the

sun would shine again in the mornings and evenings; and

that the trees would once again fill with songbirds. It goes

without saying that decorating the home, and decorating

with neighbors, was an excuse to connect with nature and

friends during a time when the weather kept everyone

indoors. Today that tradition lives on in our long ropes of

evergreen, tinsel, and in our rich Christmas colors.

The modern Christmas tree, versus evergreen boughs, came

much later. In the late 1500s in Germany, it was a common

tradition to decorate bare trees with nuts and fruit. The

ornamentation filled up the empty space left by the absent

leaves and was a fun source of entertainment. However,

it wasn’t until 1605 that a fir tree was brought inside and

decorated with paper flowers and treats. The idea spread

across Germany for obvious reasons and flourished for a

couple hundred years. In the 1800s, German immigrants

brought the tradition with them, where it became popular in

the United States. Decorations expanded to include whatever

the decorator had on hand: popcorn, cranberries, streamers

… and often weren’t too extremely extravagant.

Lights were a common theme when decorating the tree and

the home. Long before electric lights came along, trees were

decorated with candles adorned with foil, which was used to

reflect the light around the room. The family would nightly

re-ornament and light the worn-down candles to bring a bit

of cheer to the early evening.

It wasn’t until the 1800s that ornamentation on the tree

became more extravagant. During that time, Hans Greiner in

Germany began making glass “baubles,” which were sculpted

glass balls of various colors. The simple glass ornaments

reflected the light and added a certain flair to the humble

Christmas tree. While popcorn necklaces and cranberries

were still used, the ornament certainly upped the decorating

game. In the late 19th century, F.W. Woolworth brought the

idea to America, and it quickly caught on. The ornaments

were available in department stores across the country.

Eventually the ornaments were injected with molten glass

to make new shapes. At some point ornaments began to

be made with moldable plastic to allow for an even greater

variety of shapes and variations, resembling the ornaments

that we have today.

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Still more of our Christmas décor originates with

Christian and Jewish traditions. The lighting of the

menorah is meant to be a testament of God’s provision,

symbolizing the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight

days instead of one. The menorah is not traditionally

used as a practical light, such as something to read

or write by. It is only ornamental and is placed in

Jewish windows to stand as a reminder of God’s

blessing to the temple and his people. The Christmas

star on the top of the Christmas tree is a symbol of

the star that led the three wisemen to Jesus after he

was born, an event that Messianic Jews also celebrate

in their homes. The very popular candy cane was

originally created as a clever treat that was used to

bribe children to sit during Christmas services. The

simple “J” shape was chosen because it was the shape

of a shepherd’s crook. It was a perfect accompaniment

to the story of Jesus’ birth, whose first witnesses were

shepherds. Originally the candy was made without

stripes or peppermint flavoring, simply being sugar

sticks. It wasn’t until later that the red stripes and

peppermint flavoring were added with the intention

of the red being the color of hope and peppermint

symbolizing cleansing.

Today our ornamental decorations, as well as our

favorite candies, are personal expressions of our

faith, our families and our hopes for the future in

the midst of winter—much like they always have

been throughout history. However, we have the

luxury of being considerably more versatile. Often

glass ornaments commemorate births of loved ones

or wedding anniversaries. Some ornaments might

remind us of special places such as a memorable

vacation, a faraway home, or dear friends that we

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This year, there are all sorts of places to go and memories to

be had in our community. We honor the age-old tradition

of decoration and celebration by venturing out to be with

our neighbors, and coming together to celebrate. There are

a lot of special places to find just what seems right in our

homes, and on our trees. There are some businesses where

“baubles” can be made with family and friends, and some

places where they can be bought. Whatever you plan on

doing, there are some great places to look for things that

serve as reminders of some of our favorite local memories.

This season, may your home be a place where all your

hopes, cheer and joy find residence. As we enter into long

nights, and occasional rough storms, may your home be a

place of respite. May it be a place of lights, baubles, candles,

warmth, comfort, hope and greenery. And when you go

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In Gig Harbor, all the shops along the waterfront

district have extended shopping hours every

Thursday evening throughout the holiday season,

which means that not only can you find just the

right piece to decorate your home, but you can also

grab a hot chocolate as you peruse from store to

store down the boulevard.

A special store to note in Gig Harbor is Frills, which

is dedicated to “living life in full color.” They bring

a smile to any event, including Christmas. They are

also a wonderful place to order floral arrangements

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From seasonal décor to add merriment to your

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HOW TO

holiday happily

THE BEST WAYS TO STAY ORGANIZED AND STICK TO A BUDGET

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Wondering how to keep the holidays happy without breaking the bank? While it can be easy to overdo

holiday shopping, it’s just as easy to implement a few quick tips for staying organized and preventing

excess spending. This season, you can keep both a joyful heart and a balanced budget!

Don’t let your love for the holidays be dimmed by pressure to spend. Here are a few ways to maintain a happy holiday

without breaking the bank.

Know your holiday expenses. The list of holiday expenses can be long, reaching far beyond shopping for gifts. Depending

on your plans for the festive season, expenses can include decorations, food and drink for parties and gatherings, travel

costs, and much more. While you plan your budget, outline every anticipated expense and determine where you can

afford to save or skimp in each category.

If you’re set to host holiday gatherings this year, consider where you

can reuse decorations and get crafty. Save on dining expenses by

suggesting a potluck or keeping your menu light with a happy hour

or dessert-based menu. Take time to consider where you can stretch

your dollar and enlist the help of guests.

Keep your budget simple and realistic. The more clear and simple

it is, the easier it will be to stick to—this statement holds true for

many habits, and creating holiday budgets is no exception. Keeping

your spending expectations clear and concise will make it easier to

meet them.

This may look like setting a specific spending limit per person on

your shopping list or per holiday expense category, using categories

like gifts, travel, food and so on. Staying organized from the start

with parameters that are easy to meet helps ensure you don't stray

from your budgetary goals.

Learn from years past. Don’t let ghosts of holiday shopping seasons

past scare you into repeating the same patterns this year. Before

finalizing your 2021 budget, look back at your spending and gifting

habits over previous holiday seasons.

If you made choices that sent you into an expensive last-minute

spending spree or brought on debt you’re still paying off, make the

necessary changes to avoid repeating the situation.

Think back to the responses you received. Were all the gifts

enjoyed and appreciated? What smaller or least expensive gifts made

the biggest impact, and can you replicate a similar idea this year?

What about last year’s spending could be condensed or changed?

Asking yourself these questions to decide if last year’s spending was

overdone or appropriate can help you create the best budgetary

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Streamline your shopping list. Santa may be responsible for delivering

a long list of gifts, but you don’t have to be. If your giving spirit is

outweighing your budget this year, consider a few ways to shorten your

shopping list.

Suggesting a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange among your

friend group or at a gathering of extended family members is a great way

to engage your loved ones without having the need to shop for every

single one. Often, the memory of the shared gifting experience will

matter more than the gift itself.

Use your planned budgetary limits to create a list of what you plan to

give each person on your list, then stick to it! You can organize this down

to the specific store or site you’ll shop from to streamline not only your

spending but your total shopping time.

Track your spending. Documenting your spending will be key to

staying on track this season! Thanks to mobile banking and free financefocused

apps, tracking your expenses is easier than ever. Download your

specific bank or credit card’s app and set up your account as you begin

your holiday shopping. Keep your credit monitoring turned on to detect

and eliminate any potential fraud right away.

Assess your travel expenses. Traveling for the holidays? Take time to

determine the most budget-friendly ways to get to your destination.

If your trip is drivable, consider the advantages of road-tripping over

flying. You could not only save on the airline costs that tend to skyrocket

during peak holiday times, but additional expenses like rental cars,

checking bags and dinners out.

If you are flying to your destination, take the time budget for the

associated expenses and do your pre-travel research to cut costs where

you can.

Shop smart. As much as you can, shop smart, and shop early! Keep

an eye out for the inevitable sales and deals that lead up to the holiday

itself. If you’re shopping online, put your orders in before the shipping

deadlines so you aren’t scrambling in nearby stores at the last minute.

The more you can get done ahead of time, the more time you have to

relax and enjoy the season.

Consider spending time over money. Think back to the holidays you

most clearly remember. Was it the gifts or the time spent that meant the

most? Sometimes, giving shared experiences can not only save you money

on buying trendy gifts, but can surprise you with a more memorable

outcome. Gift-able experiences include tickets to an event, admission to

a class to learn a new skill, the means to try a new outdoor activity, and much

more. Tailor the experience to what matters most to the recipient, and your

gift will be sure to make a lasting impact this holiday season.

While so much of the holiday season is centered on the theme of giving,

that doesn’t have to bring with it a major financial setback. This season, the

joy of giving can stay joyful—with a little less stress and a little more in your

pocket—simply by implementing a few budget-friendly habits. The key is to

stay organized, plan ahead, and remain focused on what matters most.

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NEW YEAR,

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KEY POINTS OF ADVICE FOR STARTING A NEW BUSINESS

by RACHEL KELLY

A

lot of things have happened over the past few years

that have people re-imagining their priorities:

where they want to go in life, what they want

to do, and what they want to have time

for. As the new year is fast approaching, you may

find yourself brainstorming a new business idea.

Here are some key points of advice for all you

entrepreneurs out there as you consider

starting the new year out fresh.

The first thing to do when starting a new

business is to develop a business plan.

This can often take some time—and

some brainstorming. Do you want

to sell online? Have a storefront?

How do you advertise? Who are

you looking to sell to? Are you even

selling anything? A lot of times the

answers to these questions can be

found by who you know. And if you

don’t know anyone, now is the time

to find your niche of like-minded

people. Knowing other business

owners in similar spheres can help

to find clients, create new work,

develop what you have to offer,

and facilitate advertising. There are

online groups, local business fairs,

clubs, events and galas meant to

facilitate bringing people together.

Use these things to meet people,

connect, and allow for organic

relationships. The people who meet

as a new business owner are the

people who will hold you up if you

make a mistake, and advise you if

you’re not sure which direction

to go.

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Mentors in similar spheres of influence will help you

flesh out your business plan and give you advice as you

venture out into providing concrete documentation.

It’s really quite easy to apply for a business license

through the state, and relatively inexpensive. But!

Before applying for that legal paperwork, you must

decide on a name, one that you won’t be able to change

once you apply for your license. It’s also a good idea

to run this idea through a group of your peers to see

if the name is catchy, simple, showcases what you do,

and communicates what you’re trying to say. A name

can go through many drafts before it’s just right. Once

you have that down, you can go ahead and apply for

your business license.

The next step in this day and age is to establish an

online presence. If your business is online, this may

mean establishing your revenue sources through the

people that you have already connected with. Or this

may mean that you start a web page and open up

various social media accounts. Regular posts mean

more attention to what you do and allows for further

networking. A website gives people somewhere to go

to learn more. You can even make a QR code for free

online and attach it to your website. This makes access

to your website that much easier. Regardless of what

you’re doing, having an online presence makes you

taggable and pingable. This makes your business

more accessible.

Once your ideas have been developed, and you have

all the necessary paperwork, it’s time to put yourself

out there. While you may not have much business

quite yet, it’s important to be confident in your ability

to deliver. This means that you know what you want

and what you offer. You have to be willing to share this

with people and follow through with what you say,

learning along the way as to how to be more and more

efficient. Ultimately, this is where you gain valuable

experience that gives birth to concrete ideas and

growth. Experience will allow you further confidence

as to what you’re capable of and will spur creativity

toward new deliverables. It allows you to gauge what

people want or what they may need, and how you

want to go about providing it. It’s a boots-to-theground

sort of approach, that allows you to be a good

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ONCE YOU HAVE

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LEGAL CONTRACTS

AND TRIED

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You’ll feel right at home.

boss to yourself and a good manager to your employees. You

will know what to do because your experience means you’ve

been there.

Once you have that foundation of peer connection, legal

contracts and tried experience, you have the makings of

a lasting business. From here you can only go up. You can

hire more employees, buy more space, consolidate work and

simplify production. Whatever it is you need for growth, now

is when you go about acquiring it. Or maybe you like where

you are, and you would like to continue in that vein. So you

can. That’s the beauty of starting your own business—its time

on your terms. You can shape your business after what it is

that you want and need, versus readjusting your schedule and

family around the needs of your boss. Whatever you decide

to do here is up to you. Because, after all, it’s your business.

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FUTURE

Spending

Independent Retirement &

THINK NOW ON YOUR 2022 FINANCIAL GOALS

by COLIN ANDERSON

After holiday expenses of meals, travel and gifts, the checking account is often slim, and the credit card balances slightly inflated.

During this annual spending splurge, we can often lose sight of the budgets we’ve worked hard to maintain throughout the rest

of the year. After the dust has settled, it’s a good time to take a look at your financials, see if there are expenses you can eliminate,

and set your spending, saving and payment goals for a new year.

Outline expenses.

Knowing precisely how much you spend each month is a key to both establishing

financial goals and finding ways to save money. Consider creating a simple excel

spreadsheet with all of your monthly expenses. You can divide them into necessities

(mortgage, rent, utilities, insurance, car payment, child care, etc.) and fluctuating

expenses (groceries, entertainment, fuel/vehicle maintenance, dining out, extracurricular

expenses). Add up the totals from each column, combine them with

your after-tax monthly income, and see what you should have remaining each

month. From here you can make adjustments to monthly budgets to suit your

financial goals.

Analyze monthly auto-pays.

It might cost $8 per month for a streaming service, $15 a month for satellite radio

and $30 a month for in-home personal fitness subscriptions. On their own, each

expense doesn’t seem like very much, but when they’re all added up, monthly

auto-pays can turn into a rather large number. Do you really need five streaming

services? Can you downgrade any meal-delivery memberships? Does the gym

membership even get used? Take a look at each of your monthly services and

decide which ones you will continue to use and those you can live without. If you

eliminate just $60 each month in services, you’ll put $720 back in your pocket by

the end of the year.

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Consider a financial planner.

Setting goals on your own is important, but professional financial planners can

help you prioritize what’s important now, in a few years, and on into retirement.

Is it better to pay down $40,000 in remaining student loan debt? Or is that large

monthly payment better off being invested long term? If you have a retirement

age in mind, professional planners can analyze your current savings and, based on

your age, determine how much you should be committing each month in order to

hit your goal. Many can also help answer both business and personal tax situations

or refer you to a tax professional that might save you thousands.

Create a will.

We don’t like to think about our end of life, but it will eventually happen to all of

us. It is never too early to create a will –even if you don’t feel you have many assets

or nothing bad will happen to you. Families squabbling over cash, properties,

heirlooms and other possessions after a loved one’s death tarnish their memory.

Having a clear and concise will allows the estate holder to pass on their assets how

they best see fit. If a life event changes things, or you acquire a new asset, your will

can be altered relatively easily, again as you see fit.

Check your 401(k).

Most working Americans rely upon a 401(k) for their retirement savings. Your

contribution likely comes out of your monthly paycheck and into an account you

rarely monitor. Take a moment to see what your current savings status is. First

and foremost, if your employer offers a match to your contributions, take the

maximum available to you. This is the closest thing to free money you’ll ever find.

If you increase the pre-tax amount you are contributing, you might actually save

money down the line by paying less in taxes and having your funds go to work

in the market instead. Finally, what stage of life are you in? If you are early in

your career, perhaps consider a more risky portfolio. If you are on the verge of

retirement, perhaps it’s best to move into lower-return but lower-risk investments.

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financial goals big or small. If you want to pay down that last $2,000 in credit card

debt, perhaps skip a meal out a week and instead put that $50 toward the principal.

A college savings account for your 5-year-old can start with just $50 per month

contributions that will grow greatly over the next 15 years. Put $100 a month away

in your sock drawer or safe place, and you’ll have $500 to $600 in spending cash

for that summer vacation. Analyze your monthly expenses, find your available

savings, and apply those funds toward your goals.

It’s important to have a balanced plan in which you can handle your current debt

load while also enjoying the lifestyle you would like to live. Be smart with money,

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SUNNY PALM SPRINGS IS THE

PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A

WINTER GETAWAY.

SUNNY PALM SPRINGS

The perfect place to chase away winter blues

By Marguerite Cleveland

Sunny Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a winter getaway. Luxury destination resorts abound with exotic pools and renowned

golf courses. Art and architecture aficionados will love the mid-century modern aesthetic and vibe. This is foodie heaven, with the

agricultural bounty of the Coachella Valley inspiring local chefs. Activities abound, or you can just relax by a pool. It really is the perfect

destination for a winter getaway.

Where to Stay

There are so many beautiful resorts in the area that it can be tough to decide where to stay. These two Marriott properties are very family

friendly, and both recently completed extensive multimillion dollar renovations and upgrades.

The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa celebrates the 10 Days of Esmeralda from December 23 to January 2, 2022. There are special

activities each day for couples, friends and families. Christmas Brunch with Santa on December 25 is a highlight. Gingerbread house

decorating, family fun train rides in the lobby terrace, and cookie decorating at Camp Esmeralda are just a few of the many activities

planned. Adults will enjoy a paint hour, caricature artist and a New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet. When booking, look for the 10 Days of

Esmeralda Package, which includes festive extras the whole family will love.

Indian Wells is a beautiful location for this stunning resort. The refreshed rooms are some of the largest in the Palm Springs area with midcentury

modern design and vivid colors common in the Southern California landscape. The 23-acre grounds include lush Mediterraneaninspired

gardens, waterfalls and lakes. The pool has a beach entry, literally with a sandy beach flowing to the walk-in pool.

The holidays are a special time at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

What makes the resort so unique is it has 18 acres of lakes and waterways. Electric

boats pick you up in the lobby for rides throughout the resort. Look for special Boat

Rides with Santa. Winterland meets the desert in over-the-top decorations sure to

get you in the holiday spirit. The JW takes family friendly to a whole new level with the incredible JW Entertainment Zone featuring an arcade game

room with supersized classic games like Pac-Man. You’ll also find skee-ball, duck bowling and virtual reality games, as well as seasonal activities.

The newly designed resort rooms have a calming aesthetic with hardwood floors and soothing shades of blue, grey and crisp white for the décor.

Plush bedding, quartz vanities and rain-style showers add to the opulence. In addition to golf, there are so many other activities to participate in such

as tennis, volleyball, bike rentals, a variety of lawn games, a putting green and multiple pools.

Pro Tip: When you arrive, make sure to pick up a copy of the Passport Family Activities, which lists family activities held each day at the resort.

Where to Eat

Maybe the question should be where not to eat, because there are just so many options! Wilma & Frieda is located in the El Paseo shopping

district known as the greater Palm Springs area’s Rodeo Drive. Serving up comfort foods with a twist, you will find jazzed-up dishes from your

childhood with a grown-up flare. Where the restaurant really shines is with brunch. Start with a house-made Poptart—which in no way resembles

the cardboard-textured ones of your childhood. Flaky pie pastry stuffed with a triple berry filling then drizzled with icing is a wonder to behold.

Bennies, the restaurant’s take on Eggs Benedict, steps up the game with house-made English muffins and other fresh, local ingredients. Well worth

the stop and super popular, so you will want to arrive early to snag a table.

For a splurge meal, head over to the La Quinta Resort and Club to dine at Morgan’s in the Desert, the resort’s signature dining venue. The restaurant

is beautiful inside with the feel of a hacienda, and outside in the courtyard, the twinkling lights help to create a magical atmosphere. Dine on

contemporary American cuisine sourced from the bounty of the Coachella Valley. Traditional cooking methods highlight the region’s best ingredients

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The Specifics

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and products. Eat a composed dish highlighting

the chef ’s skills, or order your choice of protein

à la carte, add toppings or sauces and pick your

sides for a meal tailored to your taste. The La

Quinta Resort is lovely at night. After dinner,

head over to one of the other venues to enjoy a

cocktail and live music in the Plaza.

Located on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm

Springs, a trendy street in the Uptown Design

District with shops, galleries and sidewalk

cafés, Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge is one

that stays busy. The food is fantastic, but the

presentation adds so much to the experience.

Try the signature Watermelon Gazpacho, a

chilled watermelon soup with piquillo peppers,

lime, garlic, burrata cheese and micro mint.

Poured tableside and so good. Another highlight is the Brandini Toffee

S’Mores Fondue. This is such a delicious dessert. Skewer a house-made

marshmallow garnished with locally made Brandini Toffee and lightly

torched, dip in the decadent chocolate, then roll in crushed graham

crackers. So memorable with the light fluffy texture of the marshmallows.

What to Do

Shields Date Garden is a kitschy ‘50s-style tourist stop which charms

with its vintage vibe. Stroll the date garden to see the vignettes on the

life of Christ. In the Romance Theater, watch the original movie, “The

Romance & Sex Life of the Date,” quite a racy title when it originated in

1953. There is a cute café in a courtyard overlooking the garden, or you

can grab a Date Shake at the soda counter.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must stop while in the area. Take

the rotating tram as it follows the cliffs of Chino Canyon to the Mountain

Station with an elevation of 8,515 feet. Head outside to enjoy the stunning

views and explore the pristine wilderness found in Mt. San Jacinto State

Park, which offers more than 50 miles of hiking trails. Inside are two

restaurants, a natural history museum, two theaters and a gift shop. Note

the temperature is much cooler than the desert below, so bring a jacket

or sweater for your visit.

Even adults will love going to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens; one

of only two zoos in the United States that specializes in deserts. The

newly opened Rhino Savanna is the closest you will get to experiencing

an African safari without leaving the United States. In addition to the

animals, explore the immersive botanical gardens which flow throughout

the zoo. Just gorgeous. The zoo owns 5 miles of private hiking trails into

the desert for use by visitors. Make sure to stop by the San Andreas Fault

line exhibit.

The greater Palm Springs area has so much to see and do—but don’t

underestimate the relaxation factor of nestling into a poolside cabana

and sipping a craft cocktail far away from the winter blues.

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A Community

Centerpiece

It was 1912 when the first known

community tree lighting ceremony

was held in New York at Madison

Square Park by a group that called

itself the Tree of Light to inspire

a renewed sense of community,

which many felt had been lost

during the Industrial Revolution.

It was 19 years later, at the height

of the Great Depression, when the

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

was first erected—which has become

a national symbol as the kickoff to

the Christmas season—televised for

all to see.

Community tree lighting ceremonies

have become a popular tradition in

many towns and cities, both big and

small. And right here in Gig Harbor,

the annual tradition has been going

strong for decades. You can embrace

the spirit of the season with our

Gig Harbor community on Sunday,

December 5. From 5:30 to 7pm, enjoy

live acapella entertainment, an

appearance by the mayor and special

guest Santa Claus, who will be on site

to count down to the official lighting.

Three, two, one …

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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

Studio Six the Salon & Spa Hair & Spa 253.432.4219

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

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

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

COMPLETE

ROOF & CHIMNEY

MAINTENANCE

SERVICES

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

CALL 253-851-1180

• Roof Repair, Cleaning & Free Inspections

• Skylight Repair & Replacements

• Moss Treatments

• 5-Year Certifications

• Chimney Sweep

• Gutter Cleaning

Licensed - Bonded - Insured | LIC#: ROOFSL955N5 | RooftopServicesLLC.com | f

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

Established 2002

B i r d n e s t Gallery

& Custom PiCture FraminG

Downtown Gig Harbor

3202 Tarabochia St. 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

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

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

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Event

Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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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

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!

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

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO

GalaxyTheatres.com/Movie-Theater/

GigHarbor

Heritage Distilling Company Distillery Year-Round 253.509.0008 HeritageDistilling.com

Winner

“Voted Finest Jeweler”

Master Jeweler and Graduate Gemologist

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

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

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.

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.

CRYSTALS • JEWELRY • REIKI • GIFTS

Share a Plate

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

fine dining and top-rated seafood shacks.

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.

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.

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

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Lube Oil Filter starting at $25.99

Call store for details

Cooling System Flush & Fill

Free alignment with purchase of

4 Goodyear Tires - $125.00 Value

Tire Rotation

www.EagleTire.com | 253.857.5558

5500 Olympic Dr., Olympic Village, WA

102 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, WA | 1515 334th St. Federal Way, WA

PARKS

Adam Tallman Park

6811 Wagner Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

Harbor Family Park

6620 32nd St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

Passive-use wildlife park with walking trails and wetlands offering interpretive

signage and viewing platforms. No restrooms. On-site parking.

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.

18.7-acre wooded park open to the public and accessible via primitive trails. No

picnic areas or restrooms.

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.

Gateway Park

Key Pen Parks

72-acre park featuring plenty of parking, restrooms, play areas for all ages and a

10405 State Route 302, Gig Harbor, WA 98329

large pavilion. Trailhead to popular 360 Trails.

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YUM

your local dining guide

RECIPES

LOCAL FLAVOR

LOCAL

EATS

ANTHONY’S

Seafood | Curbside Pickup

253.853.6353 | Anthonys.com | 8827 N. Harborview Dr.

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

takeout & delivery guide

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.

LUNCHBOX LAB

American | Takeout & Delivery

toasttab.com/lunchbox-laboratory-gig-harbor/v3

253.432.4061 | 4901 Point Fosdick Dr b800

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

TIDES TAVERN

American Pub | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.3982 | TidesTavern.com | 2925 Harborview Dr.

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Private chef • Private in-home cooking classes

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

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

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

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!

Gift cards make the perfect holiday gift.

CHECK OUT THIS

TASTY

RECIPE

FLIP THE PAGE!

LUNCHBOX LAB

Experience the world's best burgers and

shakes at LunchBox Lab Gig Harbor. Stop in

for their boozy shakes (using locally produced

ice cream), hand-pressed patties, organic fresh

buns and premium ingredients. And they're

always experimenting with new menu items—

come see their newest creations! Complete

your experience with an eclectic cocktail

from the full bar. Open for lunch and dinner

11:30am to close daily for dine-in, curbside

and delivery; private dining event space and

corporate catering are also available.

4901 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.432.4061 | ToastTab.com/

lunchbox-laboratory-gig-harbor/v3

Facebook.com/LunchBoxGigHarbor

Instagram.com/LunchBox_Lab

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.

4901 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.432.4529 | Instagram.com/MilkVue

Facebook.com/Milkvue-Handcrafted-

Donuts-Coffee-114242959995704

EAT FRESH

eat local

Contact Sue Anderson Today

suestable1028@gmail.com • 253.651.9724 • SuesTable.com

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BOOZY

COFFEE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook

You can follow Tina on Instagram @madebetterforyou

& Tequila Bar

$10 GIFT CARD

$5

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$10 GIFT CARD

When you buy

a $50 Gift Card!

For a limited time only, pick up

a $50 gift card and get a

$10 bounce back.

Offer ends 12/31/2021

Moctezuma’s Gig harbor

4628 point fosdick dr.

gig harbor, WA 98335

www.moctezumas.com

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. instant coffee

1 tbsp. Lakanto or Swerve brand sweetener

2 tbsp. boiling hot water

½ oz. chocolate liqueur

1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk

½ oz. Frangelico (hazelnut) liqueur

1 tsp. dark chocolate, shaved

METHOD:

• To make the whipped coffee, add the instant coffee,

sweetener and hot water to a medium-sized bowl, and whip

on high speed with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks form, about

5 minutes.

• To layer the drink, pour chocolate liqueur into a glass,

add ice then milk and Frangelico liqueur. Top drink with the

whipped coffee and garnish with shaved dark chocolate. Stir

whipped coffee into the drink before drinking.

Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

Holiday Gifts Available

By Clay & Cloth Design and

Other Local Arts

Be sure to try one of our fresh made crepes.

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109, Gig Harbor, WA

253.851.2576 | f @OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes

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SPARKLE IN THE HARBOR

HARBOR

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE RETURNS DECEMBER 11

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, the annual Lighted

Boat Parade will brighten up the harbor on Saturday,

December 11. A tradition that has been in existence for as

long as current members remember—but certainly since the

1960s—the parade shines a light along the harbor to the enjoyment of

both those participating and those on shore.

“It was started simply to put on a show during the dark nights of

December and brighten up the holiday season,” shares John Sasser,

committee chair for the Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade. “At first it was

just Gig Harbor Yacht Club boats, but then others asked to join and

they were welcomed.”

The parade begins at 5pm, as a long line of brightly decorated boats—

including fishing vessels, pleasure boats and kayaks—parade around

Gig Harbor, with the route starting in front of Arabella’s Landing, led

by the Gig Harbor Police boat. “We proceed toward the harbor mouth

but turn before we get there and go all the way down the north side of

the harbor, turning again more or less in front of Anthony’s Restaurant,

and coming back along the south shore to our starting point—and

then we do a second lap,” shares John. The boats can be viewed from

all points along the shore.

Last year’s event drew a record 52 participating boats. “Most years

we've had 25 to 35 boats, but last year, in the height of the pandemic,

I think a lot of people were eager to get outside and enjoy some safe

entertainment. We had over 50 boats in the parade, and they put on

an amazing show,” smiles John. “I think that might stand as a record

for a while.”

All area boaters are very welcome to sail in the parade if they have a

well-lighted boat and a sense of adventure, whether or not they are

members of the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. Skippers can sign up to receive

details and more information by sending their name, boat name and

length, email address and home port or club to ghyclightedparade@

gmail.com. There is no fee and no commitment. “Just come, join the

parade and have fun,” encourages John.

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Gig Harbor High School's annual TideFest returns Saturday,

December 4, and Sunday, December 5. Don't miss out on this winter

tradition, which brings in artists and high-quality artisans from all

over the Northwest. Shoppers will be treated to more than 100 artists

selling everything from glass art, sculpture, paintings, pottery and

wood products to jewelry, clothing and leather bags. Hours are 10am

to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 4pm Sunday. Admission is $5. The

festival raises money for the school's activities and athletics programs,

including the speech and debate team, and the school newspaper. For

additional details, visit TideFest.org.

HERITAGE IN THE HARBOR

Gig Harbor Sister Cities presents Heritage in the Harbor: Celebrating

Norway. Join the Gig Harbor Sister Cities on Friday, December 10, at

the Harbor History Museum from 6 to 8pm for a festive, family friendly

night honoring the culture, history and traditions of Norway. Take this

opportunity to learn about the Sister City proposal with Bodø while

enjoying food and entertainment, and Aquavit craft cocktails from

Heritage Distilling Co., while mingling with other Norwegian families

and community members. There will be door prizes provided by local

businesses. The event is free to attend, and no registration is required.

To find out more, you can follow Gig Harbor Sister Cities on Facebook.

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Don't miss the fun and holiday cheer as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their

way to Sehmel Homestead Park on Saturday, December 11. From 10am to

2pm, join PenMet Parks as they host Cookies with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as

Sehmel Homestead Park's Volunteer Pavilion is transformed into a winter

wonderland. Not only will participants enjoy photos with Santa and Mrs.

Claus, there will be crafts, activities, the chance to visit with vendors, and

a cookie kit to take home to decorate! There is a suggested donation of $10

when purchasing tickets online or a new/gently used toy donation at the

door. Pre-registration is required. Visit PenMetParks.org.

* 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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