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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

gigharbor

Living Local

THIS SEASON

FALL INTO MAKEUP

FALLING IN LOVE

WITH NEW DENIM

THE PERFECT AUTUMN RECIPE

inviting

LIGHT INTO YOUR HOME

&

HEALTH

BEAUTY

PRODUCTS VS. PROCEDURES

HOW TO NAVIGATE COSMETIC

TREATMENTS FOR THE RESULTS

YOU DESIRE

GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL sept/oct 2022

1


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Since 1961

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leading provider of medical supplies and equipment to the Puget

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

quality products, exceptional customer service and to be an active

participant in our patients’ healthcare and well-being.

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gigharbor

Living Local

marketing

WASHINGTON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie Reed | 253.363.8832

julie@like-media.com

editorial

EDITOR

Jillian Chandler | jillian@like-media.com

STAFF WRITERS

Taylor Shillam | Rachel Kelly | Christian Weaner

design

CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Maddie Horton

DESIGN DIRECTOR | Darbey Russo

SENIOR DESIGNER | Kennedy Pew

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Lucy Allen

DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Whitney Lebsock

accounting & operations

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Rachel Figgins

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING | Allyia Briggs

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Steve Russo

MANAGING PARTNER | Kim Russo

contributors

Joshua Nishimoto, Jennifer Hawkins, Felicia Soleil, Christopher

Stadtherr, Kandi Miller, Jennifer “Taz” Vazquez, Laura Brougher,

Marguerite Cleveland

photography

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

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Christi Adams pg. 39, Marguerite Cleveland pg. 100,

Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook pg. 105

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HOW TO NAVIGATE COSMETIC

TREATMENTS FOR THE RESULTS

YOU DESIRE

GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL sept/oct 2022

1

Family First offers

compassionate,

quality, 24-hour care

in a comfortable home

setting.

Meet Steve Russo, Publisher

Executive Director

steve@like-media.com

Welcome Autumn

and the Changes it Brings

• Caring and experienced

medical team.

• Home physician and

transportation to medical

appointments provided.

• Entertaining activities for

residents.

• Serving Gig Harbor and the

surrounding community

for 20 years.

GIG HARBOR

LIVING LOCAL’S

2020

WINNER

GIG HARBOR

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2019

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GIG HARBOR

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And just like that, those

carefree summer days have come to an end.

It’s time to allow the return of routine and

the hustle and bustle of early mornings now

that school’s back in session. Even with the

busyness—and added stress—this time of

year can bring, it also carries with it comfort,

knowing our children have the opportunity

to experience a positive environment for

learning and discovery, surrounded by the

familiar faces of friends, classmates and

teachers, filling in time with sports, music,

theater, and other extracurriculars they

so enjoy.

As the seasons change, and summer turns to

fall, this time of year offers its own beauty and

experiences. Though you might not be getting

out on the water now, there’s still much to

enjoy here in the Northwest. All you have

to do is step outside and take in the natural

changes that are occurring, as the leaves

change color, the air cools, and the sun rises

later and sets earlier. We can slow down just

a bit, as the tourist season dissipates. This

is the time for locals to enjoy the place they

call home without the plethora of visitors.

Take advantage of dining at your favorite

local restaurants, visiting your favorite shops

and galleries, taking the kids to the park or

picnicking on the water.

This fall, don’t fall back into the same old

routines that leave you wanting more. Make

a point to experience things you may have

overlooked during the hustle and bustle of

the summer. Breathe in the fresh, cooler air,

embrace the colors that surround you, say

“hello” to those you pass on the street.

It’s time to welcome autumn and the changes

it brings.

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about the cover

Gig Harbor is home to the largest inventory of historic netsheds

throughout the Puget Sound. Today, these structures remain the proud

reminder of the Croatian immigrants who settled along the waterfront.

On the cover of our September/October issue of Gig Harbor Living Local

is a beautiful photo taken from the Eddon Boat Pier on an early fall

evening, capturing the start of a new season.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

gigharbor

THIS SEASON

Living Local

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Cover photo by In-Gear Media

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Digital Edition.

FALL INTO MAKEUP

FALLING IN LOVE

WITH NEW DENIM

THE PERFECT AUTUMN RECIPE

inviting

LIGHT INTO YOUR HOME

HEALTH

BEAUTY

&

PRODUCTS VS. PROCEDURES


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contents

home & garden

16

CARING FOR OUR TREES

How to identify, prune and remove

32

24

INVITING LIGHT INTO YOUR HOME

New windows to brighten your home

30

REAL ESTATE 101

What does this recession mean to the

housing market?

local scene

32

LAKEBAY MARINA OVERDUE

FOR RENOVATION

Local buyers plan to renovate Lakebay

Marina for community use

40

TEDDY THE THERAPY DOG AROUND TOWN

Bringing smiles wherever he goes

44

A ‘CAMARADERIE OF CREATIVITY’

Gig Harbor Quilters present annual

Quilt Show

40

+ many more ...

feature

48

PRODUCTS VS. PROCEDURES

How to navigate cosmetic treatments

for the results you desire

health & lifestyle

56

START THE SCHOOL YEAR STRONG—

AS A FAMILY

Five ways to keep your family healthy

and happy as you adjust to the new

14

school GIG HARBOR year LIVING LOCAL sept/oct 2022


sept/oct 2022

69

FALLING OR JUMPING INTO FALL?

The ABCs and 123s of habit creation

78

+ many more ...

beauty

70

FALL INTO MAKEUP

The look for autumn

78

FALLING IN LOVE WITH NEW DENIM

Which fall 2022 jean style is right

for you?

your guide to local

105

96

86

ST. NICHOLAS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Forming scholars and saints

88

LOCAL LISTINGS

Everything you need at your fingertips

94

RCW CONSTRUCTION LLC

Building beautiful homes and remodeling

stunning spaces

travel & leisure

96

EXPLORING THE BEAUTIFUL YAKIMA VALLEY

Small towns, farm-to-table restaurants, family

owned wineries, and outdoor adventures

food & entertainment

102

DINING GUIDE

Gig Harbor’s must-try eats

105

THE PERFECT FALL RECIPE

Fall Dutch-Oven Beef Stew

106

CALENDER OF EVENTS

All the events you won’t want to miss

GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL sept/oct 2022

15


CARING FOR OUR

TREES

How to Identify, Prune and Remove

by JOSHUA NISHIMOTO

16 16

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As the leaves fall in autumn

and new growth occurs in

the spring, it’s important to take the

time to inspect your trees and take proper care

and precautions to ensure that not only is your

tree healthy but, within this process, taking

proper precautions to ensure the safety of the

environment for everyone around the tree. This

should be your number one priority.

The first step to ensuring tree health is to inspect

the tree and then prune it. Pruning a tree

removes dead branches, diseased trees, and weak

limbs. When thinning, reducing and shaping

branches and limbs tiny enough to cut with hand

tools, keep in mind that your cuts are going to

encourage new growth. With that in mind, cut

limbs ¼ inch above a bud that faces the outside

of the plant. This will be the direction of the new

growth. Keep your cuts at a 45-degree angle to

prevent water damage and disease.

For thick tree limbs, it’s important to use the

three-cut pruning technique to allow a callus

to form. Properly pruned tree branches form a

callus where the removed branch was. The callus

is important to the health of the tree. Most tree

branches that are cut back to the trunk or the

main branch will require three cuts to prevent

damage to the bark. The first two cuts remove the

weight from the tree branch, and the final cut is

designed for the best callus growth.

When pruning, one must begin the process

as soon as the tree is planted to ensure a tree’s

health lasts the entirety of its lifespan. Diseased,

dead and broken branches should be removed

right away. There is no need to prune until the

first winter after planting. Regular pruning

throughout the tree’s lifespan reduces the amount

of work necessary and the stress on the tree.

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One should be careful

when pruning in the fall.

While there is never a bad time to remove dead limbs from a tree, it’s important to note that one

should be careful when pruning in the fall. Pruning during a cold fall can introduce the tree to

disease. Pruning during a warm fall can encourage new growth, which can be damaged when

temperatures drop.

While there are many symptoms of a dying tree, here are a few that you might be able to spot

on your own: vertical cracks or seams in a tree’s trunk, fallen bark, a leaning tree (possible root

damage), or dead leaves clinging to their branches throughout winter.

What do you do if you spot a dead tree growing in your yard? Before you call your local tree

service company, there are a few visual signs that will help you out, as well as some tests you

can perform on your own. Inspect the tree’s trunk. Identify any cracks or exposed and smooth

surface areas mentioned previously. Trunks with severe damage increase the chances that you

might have a dead tree in your care.

Be sure to look at the base of the tree for any growing fungus. Fungus is often an initial sign that

the tree is dead. Fungus on the trunk usually means that the tree’s internal trunk is rotted out,

signaling that the only living thing in this situation is the fungus itself.

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Your trees will thank you ...

And then there is the scratch and break test. The

scratch test is the easiest way to tell if your tree

is healthy. All you need is a small knife. Use the

knife to scratch or mark the outside of the tree’s

branches. A healthy tree should show lots of green

colors and be relatively moist. Do this test on a

few different spots on the tree. A break test works

similarly, however, instead of cutting open the

tree, you are breaking small branches to check the

condition of the insides of the branch.

Dead trees are a safety risk for you, your family,

or others in your community. A dead tree could

potentially come down on top of your house,

car, or play area, which is why it is important to

properly identify if a tree is dead and if removal of

the tree is needed.

It is generally a good idea to remove a tree if the

following factors are present: 50 percent or more

of the tree is damaged; the tree is located near

hazardous areas, such as telephone poles/wires,

electrical lines, or common areas enjoyed by

people; or removing the existing tree would benefit

other trees or plants in the area, giving those

healthy plants a chance to thrive.

If you have determined that your tree or a tree in

your neighborhood is dead and may need to be

removed, go ahead and contact your local treeremoving

company or contact a certified arborist

for more information about the best way to remove

the tree.

Taking the time to inspect, prune and remove dead

trees will greatly benefit your trees and the human

and plant life around them. Taking the proper steps

to inspect, prune and remove any dead limb or tree

will ensure your tree will open up the canopy to let

light and air filter throughout the entire tree and

allows for increased foliage, while decreasing the

chance of disease. Your trees will thank you for it.

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Inviting

light into

your home

New windows to

brighten your home

by RACHEL KELLY

There’s something about natural light that is

considerably more calming. Maybe it’s because

natural light provides for essential nutrients

for the body, boosting mood and productivity.

Perhaps it’s because natural light is soft and brings

with it warmth. Whatever the reason, we need it. Of

course, the best source of light is outdoors, but weather

doesn’t always permit outdoor activities. The best way

to get natural light indoors is through our windows.

Unfortunately, our windows aren’t always up to the task.

Some older homes were often built with small windows

to conserve heat—and provide little light. Many homes

were originally built with large windows, but they are

often single pane, making them inefficient. Many of our

home’s windows are in severe need of an update. For a

modern look, and a living space that you love to be in,

updated windows are the answer. Here is all you need

to know about updating your windows to get the most

of the waning winter light and best of the summer heat.

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Why to replace.

Windows that aren’t working properly let out valuable heat, leaving

your home improperly insulated. Windows also play a valuable part in

allowing for air flow, making the house easy to cool in the summer. Old

windows, small windows, or badly placed windows make for a hot house

in the summer and a cold house in the winter. This means that your

home will be expensive to heat and cool. Replacing your windows will

save you money in the long run.

When to replace.

It’s often easy to tell when a window needs replacing. Older homes

originally installed with single-pane windows lose heat easily. Homes

with small windows that don’t let in natural light need larger windows.

If the window lets in or out moisture, which allows for the collection of

mold or condensation, that’s a sure sign that the window needs to be

replaced, or properly sealed. If you feel that your rooms are not getting

enough light, your windows are too high up, or if you simply want an

updated look to your home, it may be time to replace your windows.

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Best window options.

The best window options for you may depend largely on the

room that the window resides. For instance, small bedrooms may

need vertical windows for optimal light, and kitchens may need

skylights for overhead lighting. You may choose floor-to-ceiling

windows for rooms that allow for a certain comfort or effect where

privacy is not an issue. Whether the window is fixed or operable

is up to you, and largely depends on whether you have light or

ventilation in mind for its use. Regardless of what you choose,

double-pain windows with locks are a must.

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Window pricing.

Some counties have a rebate program in place to help residents

upgrade or replace windows. Some stores offer deals for

homeowners looking to upgrade their windows, in the hopes of

making a profit off of the bulk of work that needs to be done. As

for window pricing, it’s important to find a trustworthy contractor

to give you an honest assessment of your pricing options. Most

contractors will offer a free assessment in the hope that you will buy

windows through them. An independent contractor is your best bet

for smaller jobs, as they will be able to offer more flexible pricing

with smaller overhead fees.

Design styles.

There are as many different window design styles as there are types

of rooms. There are single and double hung windows, which open

in an up-and-down motion either just from the bottom or both from

the bottom and top. There are arched windows, bow windows and

bay windows (which all curve or stretch outward for effect). There are

windows that open both inward and outward. There are windows

installed for a purpose, such as egress or garden windows. There

are windows that don’t open, such as picture windows or glass block

windows. Whatever your desire, there’s a window to match.

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Real Estate 101

What does this recession mean to

the housing market?

I

would like to start off by saying recession does not equal housing crash. In fact, the 2008-2009 recession is

the ONLY recession that created a housing crash in the history of our country.

It is only natural as most of us still have the sting of the ‘08 recession fresh in our minds (the Great Recession)

to equate it to the largest housing crash of our country’s history, so I am here to set some things straight.

2007

1. Our country had a saturated supply of new homes (3.7 million units to a normal market of 1.2 million units).

2. Lending regulations were nearly non-existent and fraudulently represented.

3. The cash-out refi boom created negative equity in homes.

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This made for a perfect storm for a crash. Too much supply, over borrowing and little to zero equity in

existing homes.

Now let’s compare that to today:

2022

1. Our country has less than three months of supply (620,000 units to a normal market of 1.2 million).

2. Lending programs are now set to clear only the qualified. Stated income is no longer available nor are most

zero down options.

3. The average American homeowner, due to last year’s 24 percent increase in prices, has 50 percent or more

equity in their home. This most recent refi boom, more than 30 percent of people refinanced for the lower rate,

not the cash-out option.

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Lack of inventory

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seller ’ s market.

Lack of inventory still holds us in a seller’s market, however, the uptick of rates has caused an

expected slowing of people buying, leading to homes sitting on the market longer. While homes

are sitting longer, we are not seeing the average sales price come down. The average days on the

market over the last year hovered around six days, while today we are averaging 26 (average

market, 90 days).

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So, I ask again, what does this recession mean to the housing market? Here is my very politically

correct answer: very little.

Real estate is and always will be situational. If it is right for your current situation to sell, sell! If

you have owned your home for north of five years, chances are high you are sitting on a ton of

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equity. People are still downsizing, and families are still growing. If you fit that category, feel very

comfortable in your decision to make that move.

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How this recession is affecting housing is the rate influx in order to curb inflation. The days of

multiple offers and homes going well above list are fewer and far between. Buyers are savvy and

are more in the driver’s seat today than they have been in years. Be prepared to sit tight for a little

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longer, sellers. In today’s climate, buyers today will likely come attached with home inspection,

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closing costs and appraisals.

The Realtor associations nationwide are working with legislature to find ways to get more

inventory on the market—especially more affordable inventory—meaning building incentives

and density adjustments. We are on the forefront of those discussions being involved both on a

local and statewide platform.

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Lakebay Marina Overdue

for Renovation

Local buyers plan to renovate Lakebay

Marina for community use

by RACHEL KELLY

As intertwined as the water and its harbors are

in our local culture, the nearly century-old

Lakebay Marina holds a special place in our

collective hearts. Originally built for small

cargo ships, the marina is more widely known as having

been a service point for the Mosquito Fleet. For those

of us who don’t know, the Mosquito Fleet was a part of

a ragtag group of boats that were used for local needs

and projects from the late 1800s until the late 1920s. At

its height, the fleet comprised over 700 hundred ships

(although the actual number could be higher). They went

anywhere there was water and were invaluable due to

their ability of being small enough to squeeze into hardto-reach

places. Not always in working order, and rarely

easy on the eye, the Mosquito Fleet reliably connected

our greater community by delivering mail, goods, and

people. In 1928 they called Lakebay Marina home.

Due to its central southern location, initially Lakebay

Marina was built for small cargo ships to encourage

trade. However, the Sound, with its changing currents

and shifting waterways, can be difficult to navigate

(especially so far south). Trade ended up being difficult

for those who lived on the further stretches of the Sound,

with the water acting as a gulf between peoples. Most

ships were in regular danger of sinking, exploding, or

being torn to pieces until the arrival of the Mosquito

The existence of

Lakebay Marina is

still a practical

piece of our

culture, community

and connection.

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Fleet. The founding of the fleet, and its marina, led to

the ability of locals to live wherever they liked while still

being connected to their local trade centers and people.

The Lakebay Marina made possible the daily (versus

monthly) connection of people along the lonely stretches

of the Sound. Along with being a harbor for our ragtag

fleet of mosquitos, Lakebay Marina, in its heyday, also

housed an egg cooperative, hosted community dances

and still, until (very!) recently, housed a small waterfront

restaurant. Set in a stunning vista, central to many

different waterways, it seems natural that the marina has

been such a community gathering place. Lakebay Marina

did, in fact, encourage trade as it was built to, although

the trade was more vital and significantly more local than

originally intended.

Today, even in our hyper connected world, the stretches

of water that separate us here in the Sound still create a

worthy obstacle. The necessity of ships, kayaks, canoes,

motorboats, ferries, and various recreational craft is alive

as ever. The existence of Lakebay Marina is still a practical

piece of our culture, community and connection. Not

just for its beauty, but because of its central location here

in the South Puget Sound. It is one of only two public

marine facilities and is one of the few fuel docks this

far south. For public boating, transport and travel, such

a location is essential. Sadly, it has fallen into disrepair.

Three run-down out-buildings have been demolished in

recent years due to disrepair and limited funding.

Thankfully, this is not the end of the story, as the marina

has new buyers. In the future, Lakebay Marina will still

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“Lakebay Marina

is still very much

a community

space, and craft

of all types will

be welcome.”

continue to be a key gathering place for the South Sound.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the

Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW)

purchased the waterfront property from Mark Scott for

$1.776 million. Scott was having difficulty maintaining

the facility, as well as keeping it up to environmental and

structural codes. A local neighbor brought the property

to the attention of the commissioner of public lands.

Funds were raised for the purchase through a boating

facilities state legislature grant, Pierce County, and

private donors.

The funds will go toward the upkeep of the building and

lands to be a place for the community, as well as be a

practical harbor for South Sound boating of all types

(small recreational vessels to larger cargo vessels alike).

“Lakebay Marina is still very much a community space,

and craft of all types will be welcome,” says Bob Wise

of Recreational Boating Association of Washington.

Renovations will be done in partnership with the

Department of Natural Resources, State Parks, and local

boater groups. The DNR will focus on aquatic lands, State

Parks the upland area, and the local boater groups the

marina itself. During the marina’s renovation, facilities

will stay open to the public. The sustainable restoration

of Lakebay Marina is truly a community collaboration in

recognition of its long-time community use.

A changing Lakebay Marina is good for the waterway as

well as the people who use it. For the future of Lakebay

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LYNN SWANSON

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Elementary School for a rewarding

26 years. Lynn was inspired to enter this

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her kindergarten teacher. “My kindergarten

teacher was magical. Her room was bright

and happy and smelled like cookies and art

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brought an inflatable letter friend to class,

called “Letter People.” A Letter Person would

sound itself out, teach its students letter form,

form friendships with other Letter People to

make words and create a work of art. Best

of all though, “each Letter Person had their

own song, which helped us to memorize

the unique characteristics of their letter,”

says Lynn.

Lynn Swanson knew early on that she wanted

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yet know that she wanted to teach music until

she participated in the Washington All-State

High School Honor Band. Jazz trumpeter

Doc Severinson made a speech that year

about sharing one’s love of music with others

as educators. It was then that Lynn switched

her focus from kindergarten teacher to music

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Avery de Maine, Senior

peninsula high school

Avery de Maine has grown up in

the peninsula, attending both

Purdy Elementary and Harbor

Ridge Middle School. This

year she begins her final year at Peninsula

High School.

Looking back throughout her educational

career, Avery has much to be fond of. She

has played her favorite sport, LaCrosse, since

the third grade, and this year looks forward

to being the varsity lacrosse captain. She is

vice president of the Environmental Club,

part of the National Honor Society, and does

community service through a group called

the Interact Club. She earned her varsity letter

in community service through volunteering

100 hours, most of which were volunteered

to SAVE thrift store. This year she will also

be ASB president and hopes to continue to

unite the student body as well as increase

participation in fun school functions such as

assemblies and dances.

Avery has known since she was 9 that she

Avery is, and has always been, supported by

her parents and her younger brother, whom

she is close to. It is hard for her to choose who

has inspired her most while she has grown and

changed in the years she has been in school.

She learned about perseverance from her

elementary school teacher Mrs. Arena, who

encouraged her to keep putting one foot in

front of the other. She developed her love for

history under Mr. Carmody in middle school,

who had a way of making the past come alive.

Under Mrs. Takehara, Avery was encouraged

to explore her creativity, and prefers English

to math because of its opportunities for

exploration. More recently, one of her high

school teachers, Mr. Kendall, has helped

Avery smoothly make the transition from

online to in-person learning. ”I am incredibly

grateful to all my teachers but especially these

four special people for their infinite patience,

wisdom, criticism and support.”

In her personal time, Avery relaxes by

journaling, reading, painting, and watching

Netflix. Each of these skills that she has

acquired throughout her tenure in school,

including the ability to explore and relax,

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Society member.

Throughout her high school scholastic

career, she has displayed a wide range of

interests, eventually narrowing her focus to

physics and law. Her favorite class was AP

physics because the class offered practical

labs with extensive opportunities for handson

learning. Her favorite project within that

class was constructing a fully functional

electrical house with foam board. In

addition, she has also taken leadership every

year of high school. “It is one of my favorite

classes because we get to plan events for the

student body and work to make the school a

better place,” says Anna.

Throughout Anna’s life she has drawn

inspiration from having been around

airplanes, which has expanded her interest

into aerospace engineering. She is also

interested in nuclear and environmental

engineering for the purpose of creating clean

energy for a more sustainable environment.

Anna intends to use what she has learned

and achieved to pursue an undergraduate

degree in engineering and afterward attend

law school. She believes that experience in

both engineering and law can help create

opportunities for a future in the tech world

and government.

To relax and give back, Anna does various

activities. Since kindergarten, She has been

playing piano, which has served as both

a creative outlet and a way to de-stress.

Her piano playing has allowed her the

opportunity to play for an audience and

meet many talented musicians. She has also

volunteered her time to the Gig Harbor

Lacrosse Association by coaching at youth

clinics and helping at other various clubs

and clinics.

Anna has also been inspired by her teachers,

one of which being Mrs. Price. Mrs. Price was

Anna’s teacher at Seabury School for third

through fifth grade. She taught Anna not to

be afraid of failure, as it’s a natural part of

learning and exploring. Mrs. Price’s belief in

Anna pushed her to do her best in a positive

way. She is thankful for that faith as she

has continued to pursue more challenging

academic classes. Anna’s life inspirations

such as her exposure to airplanes, and her

opportunities through advanced classes

in her school, have continued to bolster

her upward. That faith, love, support and

inspiration will follow her as she continues

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TEDDY

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AROUND TOWN

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it for the smiles,” says Stan Stearns,

founder of the Gabriel Institute. His dog,

Teddy (Bear), is well-known around town

for his sweet, slobbery smile and big fluffy St.

“We do

Bernard demeanor. Teddy and Stan visit hospital and care facilities

providing therapy for those who are experiencing illness. Teddy

and his team of volunteer dogs (and owners) are dogs trained by

the Gabriel Institute to provide comfort in times when it is sorely

needed. True treatment isn’t just about medical intervention; it’s

about the mental state of those experiencing treatment. Laughter

and comfort lifts the spirit along with the body, and aids in the

healing process. Teddy and his team are here to bring that joy and

comfort, as only man’s best friends can.

Getting well can be a full-time job on its own, with periods of rest

and recuperation being as important as treatment. The therapy

that the Gabriel Institute provides brings rest and recuperation

in the hospital, where patients need it most. Therapy dogs boost

moods and bolster the immune system. A hospital’s work is to

provide physical care, but in doing so they often run into social,

economic and emotional barriers to health. Therapy such as what

the Gabriel Institute provides, through Teddy and his team, is the

other often disregarded side of health. It is vitally important, not

just because there can be so little of it, but because the body isn’t

just a set of limbs. It is heart, soul and mind. Sometimes those

other parts need the kind of happiness and comfort that Teddy

brings in order to heal physically.

Stan doesn’t just offer his time and resources to providing therapy

for patients. His company, VICI Valco Instruments, was vital in

providing new innovative tools for cancer treatment. Founding

the Gabriel Institute was a natural evolution for Stan, providing

the other side of healing. Stan founded the institute to provide

emotional support for cancer patients after he had spent so many

years offering physical support. Illness, sickness and treatment

can be a trial that is traumatic for the body and the emotions.

The Gabriel Institute fulfills three assets of healing: comfort, care

and cure. To bring comfort they provide training and certification

for canine companions, so that they can provide comfort to the

community. They also care for the dogs they train, and in turn

work with them to provide a deep level of care to the people they

serve. Lastly, the institute, at its core, was founded to do what it

can to seek out a cure for cancer. The therapy they provide goes

hand in hand with the treatment provided by hospitals.

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Prior to COVID, Teddy and his team of specially trained

joy-bringers regularly visited the Texas Children’s

Hospital and the more local Mary Bridge. The joy that

a child experiences through positive experience can

help distract them from their distress and stay positive

throughout the healing process. Teddy and his team

provide an environment for wellness, so that children and

families can receive the psycho-social support they need.

Teddy, specifically, just finished his 600th visit, each visit

generally lasting an hour.

The therapy model of the Gabriel Institute focuses on

making someone’s day a little brighter, one visit at a

time. Volunteers with their privately owned dogs having

been trained and approved by the institute, visit nursing

homes, care facilities and hospitals. While the dogs used

in therapy have received the stamp of the institute, they

are not raised as service animals from puppyhood up.

At the end of the day, they go home to be with their

families. They are happy dogs, with the majority of their

time dedicated to just being the wonderful animals

that they are. Which makes this whole model just that

more beautiful.

More recently, since the pandemic, hospitals and other

care facilities have been on high alert. They don’t often

allow visitors, not even canine ones. Teddy and Stan miss

their vital visits to patients. However, this doesn’t mean

that Teddy has had nothing to do. He is still hard at work

in the community! These days he can be seen at the YMCA

in Gig Harbor most afternoons, bringing joy to children

and families. Teddy and his team are also still visiting

wherever the doors are open, such as at Cottesmore,

which offers assisted and independent living, skilled

nursing, and short- to long-term rehabilitative care.

The daily antics and slobbers of Teddy and his team can

be seen on the Facebook page Toby the Therapy Dog, as

well as online at GabrielInstitute.org. Until they get back

to their regular hospital and nursing home visits, seeing

Teddy more around town has none of us complaining!

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A ‘Camaraderie

of Creativity’

Gig Harbor Quilters

present annual Quilt Show

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

The Gig Harbor Quilters originated with a group of

women who would gather regularly at the local library

to do hand-work and chat. Today, the organization has

more than 100 quilters—and you don’t have to be a

woman. There is one man, whose wife is also a member

of the guild, and as Marylin Colyar, publicity chairman, shares, “He does

beautiful work!”

The purpose of the Gig Harbor Quilters, according to its bylaws, “shall

be the dedication to, and the preservation and promotion of the art of

quilt-making; and to provide a source of inspiration and fellowship for

quilt enthusiasts.”

Membership is open to anyone who loves quilting! The guild meets

monthly at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club on the first Wednesday of the

month. “Each meeting includes a short business meeting and a program,

which usually includes a speaker, an expert quilter who often brings a

‘trunk show’ of her work. The meeting concludes with ‘Show and Tell,’

where members show their recent creations,” says Marilyn. She adds that

some members choose to join the “lunch bunch” for lunch at a local

restaurant prior to the afternoon meeting.

“The most enjoyable part about being a member of Gig Harbor Quilters

is what I call the ‘camaraderie of creativity,’ learning new techniques,

sharing ideas, seeing what other quilters are doing. And besides that,

it is my experience that quilters are genuinely kind and nice people,

and the quilting community is indeed a community! People who enjoy

quilting—and each other,” smiles Marilyn.

The Gig Harbor Quilters Guild will be presenting their “Quilts Ahoy”

Quilt Show, the theme echoing the maritime history and environment

of Gig Harbor. The show will be held at Pioneer School in Gig Harbor

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Saturday, October 15, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, October 16, 10am

to 4pm.

“It’s been two years since our last quilt show, and our quilters are excited

to show the world how they spent these two years in their quilt studios—

in addition to making hundreds of masks!” says Marilyn.

One of the unique features of the show is the boutique, which features

handmade items to include more than just quilts. You will find placemats

and table mats, pin cushions and bags—all which make for wonderful

gifts, for yourself or someone else.

They have added a new feature to the show this year—a featured artist,

who is selected by the Quilt Show committee. This year’s featured artist

is Cathy Stone, current president of the Gig Harbor Quilters. “She is an

award-winning artist, and her original creations are amazing—from

improvisational experiments with color and shape to fabric collage,”

shares Marilyn. “She is an inspiring, gifted artist.”

Marilyn encourages the community to attend this year’s Quilt Show to

experience the inspiring handiwork of the people in the local community.

“The Quilt Show will be an adventure for the eyes and an opportunity to

see the work of some of the community’s most creative people.”

The Gig Harbor Quilters contribute much to the local scene, according

to Marilyn, as Guild members are expected to contribute their sewing

skills to benefit others. One group of quilters has been making quilts

for cancer survivors since 2002, creating more than 2,200 quilts during

those years. Another group makes quilts for foster kids, while yet another

concentrates on making preemie blankets for the NICU at Mary Bridge

Hospital. During Covid, several guild members made hundreds of masks

that were shipped all around the country. Quilts have also been sewn for

wildfire victims and sent where they were needed.

To find out more about the Gig Harbor Quilters and their upcoming

Quilt Show, be sure to visit GigHarborQuilters.org or Facebook.com/

GigHarborQuilters.

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by TAYLOR SHILLAM

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Need to freshen up your facial aesthetic this fall? From athome

products that keep aging at bay to advanced inoffice

procedures designed to restore your confidence

in your skin, the Northwest is home to aesthetic experts

and advanced treatments that can help you reach your

cosmetic goals.

With insight from Northwest-based aesthetic experts and

business owners, you can revive and protect your skin

through the fall months and beyond!

Start with the following tips to enhance the youthful

confidence in your skin.

Schedule Your Consultation

“We always start with a consult,” affirms Sarah Hamilton,

nationally renowned medical aesthetic provider of Sarah

Hamilton FACE located in Liberty Lake, Washington, and

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Aesthetic treatments are highly customized and specific to

each patient. Start by setting up a consultation with your

clinician to allow them time to assess your skin, review your

cosmetic goals, and provide personalized guidance.

“It really comes down to an individualized patient consult and

prioritizing what their biggest concerns are,” shares Brianna

Williams, RN and owner of Refined Aesthetics in Sandpoint,

Idaho. “Actively listening to what they would like to improve

helps me to hone in on what treatments and products will

help them reach their aesthetic goals.”

Bri uses consults to work with patients collaboratively toward

their goals. “Oftentimes, it’s as simple as incorporating a

couple of skin-care products in their regimen, and other

times it may be a comprehensive treatment plan with a

combination of skin care and in-office treatments.”

Because each treatment should be specific to the patient,

“We take the time to evaluate each person individually,” says

Sharon Lemoine, ARNP of Gig Harbor Medical Spa in Gig

Harbor, Washington. “Our approach is to keep you looking

natural and rested during the aging process.”

“Treatments and products go hand in hand. Products should

enhance your procedures and the longevity of your treatment,”

Sarah explains. “A good analogy would be comparing it to

brushing your teeth versus going to the dentist.” Just like you

maintain your oral-health results provided by the dentist, you

can maintain the results and enhance the longevity of your

aesthetic treatments with well-chosen products.

Serina Jones, LME of Gig Harbor Aesthetics, adds to this

sentiment: “Having a consultation with both an aesthetic

injector and esthetician (different providers) is important

because it will give a comprehensive approach to full facial

rejuvenation. The most optimal results happen when you

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procedures. For the best results with your skin, it’s a combination of

custom skin care at home and in-office treatments.”

Top Aesthetic Treatments

This year’s most coveted aesthetic treatments include the everpopular

age-fighters Botox and dermal fillers, along with advanced

therapies that can achieve more specific results.

“Year after year, Botox has been the number one aesthetic treatment

not only in our office, but nationally,” Bri says. “Botox is quick and

effective, and helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles for a more

youthful and relaxed look. Clients love it!”

Trusted treatments designed to minimize the appearance of wrinkles

and fine lines while enhancing select facial features, lip and cheek

fillers are “a great way to boost your appearance and give you more

confidence in your overall look,” adds Sharon.

What’s the difference between the two? Gel-like filler injections are

typically used to add plumping and volume, while Botox injections

are designed to temporarily block nerve signals in the muscles at the

injection site. This restricts movement in the affected area to avoid

the formation of expression lines.

Gig Harbor Aesthetics’ Laura Brougher, RN adds that when it comes

to what’s most popular, it’s Botox/Dysport for frown lines between

the eyes and crows feet, and Sculptra for volume improvement,

balance and skin tightening in the face. “Sculptra can also be used to

help smooth cellulite and droopy skin on the body as well,” she says.

“And lips! Everyone loves a rejuvenated (not too big) and smooth,

pretty lips.”

At Sarah Hamilton FACE, the MOXI + BBL laser treatment combo

has been highly popular as a “filter for your skin.” After gaining

attention for being a Kim Kardashian favorite, the laser treatment

combo has stayed popular for its ability to brighten skin, improve

sun damage, boost texture, reduce fine lines, and banish brown

spots and redness.

“Our aesthetic nurse Brittany actually has trained her Beverly Hills

doctor and his team on how to use laser devices,” Sarah shares. “It

really is like a laser filter for your skin.”

In addition to laser therapy, microneedling is a popular light therapy

for evening out skin tone.

“One of my favorite treatment combinations includes microneedling

with radiofrequency (Morpheus 8) with intense pulse light therapy,”

Bri says. “This combination removes pigment on the skin from age

spots and sun damage, while stimulating new collagen production

for skin tightening. The treatments can be performed during the

same appointment, so there is one healing time, and the results

are impactful!”

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treatment.”

for your skin? Northwest experts are in agreement that every at-home regimen should include

sun protection.

“The trifecta for anti-aging is retinoid, an antioxidant, and sunscreen,” according to Sarah. “Sunscreen in

your makeup doesn’t count—get a physical mineral blocker to protect against aging rays.”

“That trio helps nearly everyone who is wanting to age gracefully and protect their skin from free-radicals

and sun exposure, while also increasing cell turnover to prevent the signs of aging,” Bri confirms. “Sun

protection is imperative to protect the skin from premature signs of aging, as well as skin cancer, and to

protect the investment of in-office treatments like Botox, dermal fillers and laser services.”

Hydrate Your Skin

Often, hydrated skin is glowing, healthy skin. In addition to keeping up with water

intake and hydrating foods, select products and treatments can enhance your skin’s

hydrated glow.

“Skin Media HA Rejuvenating Hydrator is an awesome way to give your skin a drink of water,” affirms

Sharon. “Z.O. Growth Serum reduces fine lines and skin damage. It’s the best overall repair treatment

out there.”

Some spas will offer hydration treatment directly in-office. Gig Harbor Medical Spa offers in-office

hydration systems that can provide patients with a quick pick-me-up during their visit. “We love our

hydration capabilities—we can treat from the inside out!”

Find Your Best Aesthetic Regimen

Cosmetic care is highly customizable to each patient and the results they want to achieve. Both expertly

delivered treatments and thoughtfully chosen skin-care products can help!

Consider your aesthetic goals, time frame, and budget, then consult an expert for guidance toward the

treatments and products that could best benefit you. From Western Washington to North Idaho, the

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Summer has come to an end and a new school year is upon us once again.

A new year means new beginnings for your children, whether they are

heading off to pre-K for the first time this year or entering their senior year

of high school. But a new school year also brings new opportunities for the

whole family to develop healthy rhythms and routines that will define the

next nine months of early mornings, packed lunches and extracurricular

activities.

So, I’d like to make a few suggestions—five, to be exact—that will help your

family stay happy and healthy together throughout this

new school year.

Eat healthy (and local!) together. With the kids off at

school during the day, evening meal times provide an

important opportunity for your family to connect and

create healthy eating habits together.

Studies show that children and adolescents’ eating habits

are largely shaped by their family. One 2017 study from

the International Journal of Environmental Research and

Public Health found that better diet quality and regular

family meals improves overall family satisfaction.

If possible, try to have at least one meal per day where the

whole family can eat together distraction-free.

Also, as parents or guardians, it is essential to model

healthy eating habits for your children. Give your kids

healthy snack options, like fruits or vegetables, that are as

easy to access as other sugary or salty snacks.

For example, instead of having cereal or crackers sitting

around, try leaving fresh apples and oranges on the counter

or placing small bags of carrot sticks in the fridge for kids

to grab when they are hungry.

Another way to support healthy eating habits in your

family is by shopping locally for produce and making

home-cooked meals as often as possible.

Turn OFF the technology. Another helpful routine that

goes hand-in-hand with family mealtimes is reducing

screen time as a family. With the increased use of

technology during the school and workday, kids (and

adults) need a break from media consumption.

According to the CDC, children between the ages of 8

and 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours per day in front of a

screen. It goes without saying that statistics like this have

a myriad of potential negative consequences for children,

including sleep problems, academic struggles and poor self-esteem.

Therefore, choose to make your evenings technology-free, or at least limit

your family’s screen time to two hours or less per day. Turning off your

electronics will help your family connect with one another and learn how to

have fun without needing digital entertainment.

The importance of family fitness. Once you cut back on your media

consumption, your family will have more time for building other healthy

habits together, like exercising every day.

This school year, find time in your family’s daily routine for 30 minutes or an

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like playing tag or hopscotch with your younger children or riding

bikes and shooting basketball with your older kids.

Making time to stay active can help you set and achieve health and

fitness goals as a family. Maybe your family will plan to stay active

this fall in order to run or walk in your local turkey trot race together

in November?

Think of some ideas that might work for your family and be creative!

The important thing is that you, your spouse and your children can

enjoy your time being active together.

Sleep is SUPER important. As I am sure you are already well aware,

a consistent sleep schedule is paramount for increased energy,

creativity and happiness in adults and children alike.

If your family’s sleep habits were stretched or adapted during the

summertime, I would recommend getting back to a normal routine

as soon as possible this school year.

A recent University of Washington article suggests that teenagers

need nine to 10 hours of sleep per night, while school-aged children

require 10 or more. And of course, do not neglect your own sleep

routine either.

It’s tempting to want to stay up late and unwind after the kids go to

bed, but remember that the recommended sleep time for adults is

seven to eight hours. Modeling healthy sleep hygiene is important as

a parent or guardian. Not to mention that the extra shuteye will give

you an added boost to help get you through the afternoon lull without

needing that third cup of coffee.

Make memories that matter. If you have not noticed, most of these

healthy family habits are all correlated and interconnected in one way

or another—and that is on purpose!

Creating rhythms and routines that lead to a healthier and happier

family is not so much about the specific actions as it is about

cohesiveness, support and encouragement. When everyone in your

family is on board with a few simple initiatives like these, everyone

will be encouraged to learn and grow together.

So, my final suggestion to you is simply this: Make memories together.

Whether you are embarking on a road trip for the weekend or enjoying

a family game night, let every moment together be a reminder of the

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Building Bridges

DIVORCE MEDIATION CREATES PATHWAYS TO RESOLUTION

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“Rather than focusing on the obstacle in your path, focus on the bridge

over the obstacle.” - Mary Lou Retton

If I could sum up the overall intent in divorce and family

mediation in one phrase, I think this would be a close one.

Newly separating and divorcing couples can be overwhelmed

with challenges that can leave their heads spinning. Obstacles seem

to be all that are before them. Who moves out of the home? Does it

have to be sold? How do we split retirement accounts? Do they have

to be liquidated? And what about the kids?

A good mediator provides a pathway through the turmoil, a “bridge

over troubled waters,” so to speak.

First, we start with identifying what is important to each party and

identifying those so-called obstacles. Then we prioritize the order in

which those obstacles will be addressed, usually from most urgent

(as determined by the parties) to those needing less immediate

attention. I like to refer to this piece as “how can we help you sleep

at night?”

Next, we need to focus on obtaining all the information necessary to

facilitate a productive discussion of each issue. As can be imagined,

many of these obstacles are emotionally charged, which is not the

place from which we want to seek solutions. We need facts.

When addressing financial issues, “facts” come in the form of

account statements, paystubs, tax returns, pension calculations,

loan and credit card statements, home and car values, various forms

of insurance coverage, and budgets of household expenses. “Facts”

relating to children include school districts and school schedules,

special educational, behavioral or medical needs, geographic

proximity of parents’ homes, and involvement in extracurricular

activities and associated costs.

Using the facts before us, and relying on many of the established

legal standards as a guide (for example, educating parties about

hot-button issues like the difference between community property

and separate property or state child support guidelines), we can

create a methodical transition from a financially entangled intimate

partnership to helping each party see a pathway to independent

financial security, while shining a light on developing a solid coparenting

relationship when children are involved.

With verified facts at our disposal, mediation lends itself to a much

broader exploration of possible options than a one-sided process,

such as litigation. A good mediator will lead parties through not only

reality-checking for each potential solution, but will also hopefully

bring a sense of positivity and encouragement to the process. I’ve

seen countless cases with distressed and overwhelmed parties who

could not see their way through to a mutually beneficial resolution

until they engaged in mediation.

Mediators build bridges.

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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

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Your child has decided on a college,

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According to a survey by College Ave Student

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Between tuition, room and board, and other

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When savings aren’t enough. According to

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How do they plan to afford the cost? About 59

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to help cover some of the costs left after grants

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Some (43 percent) will use 529 college savings

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By now, your family should have completed

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cardiometabolic disease.

Fatty Liver can progress to inflammation,

fibrosis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The majority

of deaths caused by fatty liver, however, are

from cardiometabolic complications.

Dietary Causes

Diet is recognized as a critical factor.

• Simple sugars: sucrose, high fructose corn

syrup, fruit

• Seed/vegetable oils

• Fast food

Fructose, the sugar in fruit, is a major

contributor due to it being metabolized only

by the liver, in which fructose undergoes

conversion to liver fat (triglyceride). Similarly,

alcohol can also cause fatty liver.

The standard of care for treatment of fatty

liver has been weight reduction, aiming for a

10 percent drop, along with decreasing dietary

intake of sweets and saturated fats. Though

somewhat effective, these measures do not

appear to be optimal to reverse fatty liver, as

specific dietary interventions independent of

weight loss are even more effective.

Effective Interventions

• Low-carb high-fat diet

• 5:2 intermittent calorie restriction

• Fructose restriction

• High protein and low glycemic index diet

• Elimination of alcohol

• Elimination of processed foods

A Surprise Finding

There appears to be a benefit from coffee

consumption in protecting against fatty

liver and progression of disease. In fact,

consumption of at least two cups of coffee

per day appears to protect against all forms of

liver disease.

Conclusion

Fatty liver disease is a consequence of insulin

resistance and is driven by excess carbohydrate

intake, especially simple sugars. Thus,

carbohydrate restriction, especially fructose

restriction, is significantly more effective at

reducing fatty liver than calorie restriction or

fat restriction, even with similar weight loss.

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HEALTHY TIP

It’s Time to Shine!

Back to beauty basics

If you’re feeling that your skin, specifically your face, is lacking that glow, it’s time to get back to

the basics and restore your skin.

Wash your face each morning and evening with a gentle cleanser that’s right for your skin, and

make sure to rinse with warm water, not hot. Don’t forgo that daily moisturizer with an SPF.

Though the weather is beginning to cool, and the days are shorter, you still need to protect your

skin. Keep consuming plenty of water to keep your body and skin hydrated. And when sitting

down for a bite, be sure what you’re choosing is healthy, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables,

lean proteins, and avoid processed, oily foods. Last, but not least ... get plenty of sleep! When you

feel refreshed, you’ll look refreshed.

Make the time to properly care for your body and skin, and you’ll exude that shine for all to see.

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School has started, so you probably

spent the summer relaxing and most

recently prepping your kids for school.

This has included lots of shopping

for clothes, school supplies and computers.

Next on the list were dentist appointments,

vaccines, and sports physicals. And, of course,

eye exams.

Wait, you forgot eye exams? But vision is

CRUCIAL for success in school, sports and

life. Oh, your kids haven’t complained?

Hopefully that’s because they’ve been outside

playing, swimming, hiking, biking, not tied to

phones and computers. Even if they haven’t

complained, yearly vision exams are the only

way to protect their sight and give them the

best chance to do well.

Vision is our most important sense—and

irreplaceable once lost. So many diseases

can be found during eye exams, even in

kids who see and feel fine. And remember

myopia, or nearsightedness? Once it starts,

it can quickly get worse—so the child needs

thicker and stronger glasses that are awkward

and uncomfortable, and subject them to

ridicule. It also subjects them to a greater risk

of potentially blinding eye diseases as they

get older.

Myopia is now treatable, and I don’t mean

with contact lenses or glasses. We actually

have methods to slow down and possibly stop

vision from getting worse. Children don’t have

to be reliant on heavy glasses or uncomfortable

contact lenses. The risk of eye diseases later in

life can be greatly lessened by starting your

children on a myopia management regimen

earlier rather than later.

Probably the most popular technique is with

overnight retainers. The patient sleeps in the

retainers that gently reshape the cornea, or

front surface of the eye, changing how light

is focused into the eye. Upon waking, the

retainers are removed, and now glasses or

contact lenses are not needed to see during

the daytime! Pretty darn miraculous! Not only

do these provide freedom from wearing vision

correction during the day, but they have been

shown to radically slow down the progression

of nearsightedness. Your child gets therapeutic

effects, daytime freedom, greater self-esteem

and lowered disease risk. These are great for

all ages; even elementary-age kids can wear

these successfully.

Dual-focus daily contact lenses are another

option. These do not provide freedom from

contact lenses during the daytime but still

provide the therapeutic effects of retarding the

progression of myopia and provide the selfesteem

of not having glasses on the face. These

come as single use, so no cleaning, thinking or

reminding; great for you and your children.

Not ready to put things in the eyes?

Pharmaceutical treatment is fine for younger

kids. One drop at bedtime (or when the child

is asleep), child wakes up and wears glasses like

usual during the daytime.

One or more of these options is sure to be

right for your children, so seek out a myopia

specialist to help you decide.

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FALLING OR JUMPING

INTO FALL?

The ABCs and 123s of habit creation

by JENNIFER ‘TAZ’ VAZQUEZ

Fall is a time of change; from the seasons

to even sports being played. When fall

comes, do you a) look back at what

you’ve accomplished and feel like a kid

that excitedly jumped into the pile of leaves; or

b) feel like a frustrated parent seeing a mess

and overwhelmed at starting again?

What if you could tap into the little kids’

excitement? You can, by relooking at your

habits and taking actions that stick. How? Via

the ABCs and 123s of habit creation.

According to “Tiny Habits” author BJ Fogg,

you can master behavior change via the

formula: Anchor + Behavior + Celebration.

A. ANCHOR. Think of an existing, ideally

daily, routine (like brushing your teeth).

This anchor moment reminds you to do the

new behavior.

B. BEHAVIOR. Do a tiny version of the new

habit you want immediately after the anchor

moment. Make it so easy and obvious you’ll do

it. For example, if I am trying to increase my

upper body strength via 20 daily pushups, then

I do just one pushup after brushing my teeth.

C. CELEBRATE. Do or say something to

celebrate immediately after, such as, “YES!”

and/or a little dance. It empowers us, makes us

feel good, and we’ll want to do more of it.

Over time you add tiny, consistent increases

toward the habit you want. Ready to try it? Ask

yourself, what is your number one habit that

would help you move toward what you want

to be, do, create? ABC it. Did it work? If yes,

celebrate! If no, then neutrally and curiously

1-2-3 it by asking:

1. What went well?

2. What needs work?

3. How/what can you do differently, and what

tiny action will you take today?

When we make a mis-take, which we will if we

want to be successful, Olympic Gold Medalist

and author Lanny Bassham reminds us to

stop the perfectionistic rumination. It doesn’t

help. Instead walk through the 123s and move

forward with how to do it better and what can

you do now. It keeps our brain from a negative

self-talk loop.

If you want a fun way to create habits that stick,

then try the ABCs and 123s of habit creation.

Be that little kid jumping into the leaves,

knowing change is possible. You can recommit

to what you want to do, be, and create in this

world, anytime.

Enjoy jumping into fall, y’all!

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FALL

INTO

MAKEUP

The look for autumn

by RACHEL KELLY

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As the summer

wanes into autumn, and the leaves turn

vibrant colors in a big show before winter’s bare branches, we also change in preparation

for colder weather. Autumn is affectionately coined “sweater weather,” which prompts us to

switch out of our summer dresses and sandals for light sweaters and jeans. With the switch

in clothing comes a switch in our makeup routine. Thicker moisturizers that were heavily

laden with sunscreen are switched to lighter cleansers and moisturizers. Lighter colors,

or a barefaced look, are switched to brighter, more unconventional, shades to combat the

heavier clothing. Some of this year’s makeup trends are not necessarily new, and you’ll be

able to use much of the same techniques that you’ve used before. However, some of this

season’s trends are sure to excite. As always, it’s fun to explore new ways to accentuate your

look and individual style!

The classic cat eye will never go out of style—at least depending on where you’re going.

Along with the cat eye has come bold new color: oranges, pinks, neons, glitter, wet gloss

and shimmering teals. This year’s eye makeup has us looking ready to party, Y2K style. For

darker skin tones, warm oranges and darker pinks set a startling contrast. Shimmering

eyes and neon liners are sure to make your eyes pop. Especially if they follow the dramatic

lines of a drawn-out cat eye. Also in style for eyes are nude colors with black or floral

embellishments that resemble a stamp that surrounds the eyes (or just one eye). The

embellishments are shimmering or dark tones, whatever contrasts against the skin, almost

like temporary tattoos. Meant as a backdrop for creative accentuation, the eyes stand out in

an otherwise unadorned face.

For lips, the ‘90s are back in. Light brown liner with a skin-tone fill brings louder looks

down to earth. Lip gloss over light candy pinks for a wet look accentuates the lips, while

not competing with the bold eyes. Also in are dark purples and even dark blue lipsticks,

without liner to keep the look relatively soft. Those who remember the ‘90s will remember

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Here to stay

is the neverout-of-style

red lip

how difficult it is to get a dark lip to stay throughout

the day. To circumvent this problem, a hydrating

tinted lip balm should keep the lips from drying

out. Also here to stay is the never-out-of-style red

lip, bright and on point for this year’s trends—but

not unfamiliar. On trend this year, when choosing

a bold look for the lips or the eyes, remember to

keep the rest of the face neutral. The bold colors are

meant to attract the eyes to one place, having an

artful effect rather than one that overwhelms. This

means little to no makeup on the rest of the face—

even going so far as to apply primer with little

embellishments to zap the skin tone of its natural

varying intonations.

On par with the ‘90s and Y2K looks are the

shimmering, over-the-top orange and pink blushes

fanned out high on the cheek bones and up toward

the eyes. This look is generally best on darker skin

tones, but icy tones work with varying skin tones.

Soft blue tones fan out from the eyes and feather

out onto the cheeks. Technically the color starts at

the eyes, but since it fans out to the cheekbones, it’s

also kind of a blush. There aren’t many rules this

year. It’s the same technique but bolder colors and a

blurring of the lines. When accentuating one part of

the face, let the colors highlight and the rest blend.

Whatever blends, whatever works, and whatever is

fun is on trend this year.

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For brows, the natural, not overly plucked is what’s

currently popular. This is wonderful because of the

low maintenance. It’s all about minimum product

and maximum shaping. For those who may have

plucked their brows out of oblivion due to past

trends, or maybe your natural brows aren’t full,

then there are brow tints that also contain hair-


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This fall it’s time for fun.

growth serum. For those with already thick brows, focus should be on filling in sparse areas. The look for brows is

easy and straightforward, keeping the morning routine easy—especially if going for a bold, fluffy brow and an overall

nude look.

Fall trends that look less like a party and more for the every day include the full natural brow, pink lip gloss, bright

moisturizers and facial oils, setting sprays, and the occasional body glitter. The focus for this year’s fall is for bright

skin, accentuated eyes, creativity, and a slightly wet look. For easy days, keep the skin neutral, using nothing but a

good moisturizer and a dark lip. This year’s looks aren’t necessarily meant to shine all at once but one at a time—

depending on what you’re wearing, where you’re going, and what kind of activity you have to look forward to. Keep

in mind that when choosing a look for this year, pay attention to what you’re wearing. Neons, pinks, coral, teals and

oranges are flippant and fun when going for a night out in your favorite black evening wear. But for daytime, this

year’s looks are subtle with a pop of color. More than anything though, this fall it’s time for fun. Makeup trends are

not about to fade into the winter.

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH

NEW DENIM

Which fall 2022 jean style

is right for you?

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Few things feel as refreshing as the crisp

arrival of the fall season, and a pair of jeans

that fit just right. This autumn has in

store a new set of denim trends that can

refresh your style, transform your silhouette, and

maybe even reframe your thinking around the

controversial return of low-rise jeans.

For generations, denim has been a closet

staple for all ages. From the first, iconic

introduction of the Levi’s 501 jeans, through

many variations of lengths, rises, fits and

styles from bellbottom to bedazzled, denim

has been evolving for over a century.

Jeans can be comfortable, statementmaking,

or edgy—sometimes all three

at once! They come in many forms,

and this autumn’s jeans styles present

plenty of variety and opportunity to

choose the style that suits you best.

No matter which fall styles you

select, a well-fitted pair of jeans is

a closet staple worth investing in.

Start with these denim trends to

refresh your autumn wardrobe:

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1Wide-Leg Jeans.

High-rise, wide-leg jeans are at the top when it comes to fall

trends. They offer an ideal combination of comfort and effortless

style, and their breathable, loose fit combined with a tailored

silhouette offers a versatility that can easily cross from summer

to autumn. Wide-leg jeans quickly become the focal point of an

outfit to easily tie an outfit together with maximum wearability.

Style tip: Pair your wide-legged jeans with shorter tops to

highlight their flattering, waist-highlighting silhouette. For

example, wear them with fitted, long-sleeved tops and blazers

to maintain the silhouette and contrast their roomy fit. As this

trend encompasses jeans in all levels of “baggy jeans,” you can

choose the level of wide fit that works best for you. If you’re

easing into it, selecting a pair that is simply a bit wider and more

loose-fitting than your traditional straight-leg jean will be a

perfect start.

2Straight Jeans.

While straight jeans have been a classic fit for decades,

they are at the forefront of this year’s denim trends. With a

universally flattering silhouette, straight jeans can work well

for any body type, as they visually lengthen the legs. (Look for

a high-waisted pair to further accentuate this effect!)

These are the jeans that become your closet staple.

They never go out of style and are versatile enough to go with

anything else in your fall wardrobe. It’s a wear-everywhere

denim staple that can be effortlessly dressed up or down,

to look relaxed or trendy. Invest in a pair that fits well, and

you’ll be wearing them all season long. Lean into their classic

quality, and wear a long pair with the loafers or boots that

complete a fall 2022 look.

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3Low-Rise

Jeans.

used to be!

While the term “low-rise” can be trifling when related to

jeans shopping, the low-rise jeans of 2022 are not what they

The new low-rise jeans are more loose, more effortless, and

more comfortable. The tight, revealing versions of the past

have been traded in for new-low rise pants that are more

comfortable and easier to accept. These styles often come up

to just below the belly button for a “low” that isn’t an extreme

drop from what you’re likely used to. Style yours with fitted

tops and jackets that accentuate their low, loose flair.

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4High-Rise Flare

Jean.

fall “flare.”

If you’re not ready to embrace the low-rise jeans, there’s good

news: high-rise jeans aren’t going anywhere! The popular

high-rise denim of recent years is here to stay, with an added

This fall’s high-rise flare jeans are relaxed, comfortable, and a

bit more fun than bootcut styles of the past. Pair them with

tall boots for the ultimate leg-lengthening effect. They also

pair well with layers like an oversized flannel or a vintage tee

and blazer to round out a fresh fall look.


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risk assessments, consulting and recommendations, arborist

reports, pre-construction consulting and tree protection

zones, and eco remediation.

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Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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Forming Scholars and Saints

A calling to serve students and families through

faith-based learning

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

It was 1997 when a prayer group consisting of parishioners from

St. Nicholas in Gig Harbor and St. Gabriel in Port Orchard

recognized that there was a great need for a Catholic School

on this side of the bridge. From there, Holy Family School was

formed. It would later change names to become St. Nicholas Catholic

School when it was incorporated as a parish school within the

Archdiocese of Seattle.

St. Nicholas Catholic School has been serving students in the Gig

Harbor/Key Peninsula area for more than 25 years.

The beautiful school campus can be found just up the hill from

downtown Gig Harbor, where children experience a strong and

consistent academic education infused within a faith-based

curriculum. It is through this Christ-centered environment that

makes St. Nicholas Catholic School unique, helping students make

a difference in their lives to reach their full potential. The teachers

and staff are committed to “Forming Scholars and Saints,” guiding

students to become life-giving members of society who are highly

skilled, tolerant, loving and just.

St. Nicholas Catholic School provides education from preschool

through eighth grade. Both preschool and pre-kindergarten

classes offer both half-day and full-day options with an afternoon

enrichment program—ideal for working parents. In addition, beforeand

after-school care is provided for children in kindergarten through

eighth grade.

Small class sizes allow for a safe space for students to learn. At St.

Nicholas, they believe that school should be an extension of home,

with a strong emphasis on moral values. Grounded in the belief that

a strong family connection contributes to the success of its students,

St. Nicholas emphasizes the importance of family involvement at

school. In addition to providing a strong academic foundation, the

focus is on teaching the whole child—their emotional, social and

spiritual health.

This small school structure allows staff to really know their students

and their families. Individual needs of students are prioritized in

the classroom and on campus. Many of the teachers and staff at St.

Nicholas are also parents of current or former St. Nicholas students.

ST. NICHOLAS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

3555 Edwards Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

StNicholasCS.org

“Teachers and staff have a passion for education, which is apparent

in their attitudes and actions each day,” shares Jenny Schaefer,

advancement director. “Our staff chooses to work in Catholic

education because they feel called to serve families and students.”

All kindergarten through eighth-grade students attend weekly Mass.

Spanish enrichment, music and PE are also provided. Middle school

students are provided electives. There are also opportunities for

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students to participate in activities such as photography, yearbook and ASB. Service

projects and acts of kindness are incorporated year-round in the classroom and

campus wide.

Families who are interested in learning more about St. Nicholas Catholic School are

encouraged to contact the school office for more information. They invite families

to come tour the beautiful campus, learn about the school, and even experience a

day in the classroom.

St. Nicholas strives to make Catholic education affordable to all families, with several

scholarship opportunities available.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Karen Heins, the school’s office

manager, at 253.858.7632 or kheins@sncsgh.org. And be sure to check out the video

on the website and catch a glimpse into a school day at St. Nicholas!

"From the first moment I stepped into the school

courtyard, I felt a peace that this is where my

children belonged. They immediately loved the

school and everything about it! It truly feels like a

family here at St. Nicholas Catholic School, and the

way everyone cares for one another is so special. I

can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else!"

- Margaret LaPlante, parent

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LOCAL GUIDE

WHERE TO STAY

WATERFRONT

SPA/SAUNA

POOL

RESTAURANT/BAR

FREE BREAKFAST

KITCHEN/ETTE

SUITES

PETS

FITNESS CENTER

MEETING SPACE

PRICING

The Inn at Gig Harbor

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

253.858.1111

InnatGigHarbor.com

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$$$

Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites

6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.9690 • BestWestern.com

At this charming family run hotel, the team ensures each guest a memorable

stay. Cozy with stylish design, guest rooms and suites are designed to fit each

traveler’s needs. Pet friendly, amenities include outdoor heated pool and hot

tub, patio with fire pit, and fitness center.

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$$$

The Maritime Inn

3212 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.1818

MaritimeInn.com

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$$$

Waterfront Inn

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

253.857.0770

Waterfront-Inn.com

$$$

The Westwynd Motel

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

Pleasure Craft Houseboat Rentals

3215 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Fleet Suites

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.857.4047

WestwyndMotel.com

253.549.6639

PleasureCraftRentals.com

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

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Aloha Beachside B&B

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

888.256.4222

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$$$

Beachside Bed & Breakfast

679 Kamus Dr., Fox Island, WA 98333

253-549-2524

BeachsideBB.com

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Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Guest House

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

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

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

Gig harbor Aesthetics

3226 Rosedale St. Ste. 100, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335

253.514.6766 • GigHarborAesthetics.com

Gig Harbor Aesthetics believes in renewing your youthful glow. Utilizing luxurious skin and body care services, let their talented team of professionals give

you natural-looking results. Specializing in injectables such as Botox and Dysport, be ready to leave feeling confident inside and out.

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

Harbor Health & Skincare Skin Care 253.314.2618 Harborhealthandskincare.net 4221 Harborview Drive Ste. 101, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

A2 Physical Therapy Health 253.844.4137 A2pt.family 4904 Point Fosdick Dr NW Gig Harbor WA 98335

REAL ESTATE

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

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Jennie Wetter • Infinity Real Estate, LLC

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

253.225.5602 • jennie@infinityrewa.com • JennieWetter.com

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

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

and care from start to finish.

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

Jennifer Hawkins • Key2See Team - Hawkins-Poe

8815 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.229.1414 • jennifer@key2see.com • Key2See.com

Memories begin in the home and are enhanced by choosing a community you will thrive in. At Hawkins-Poe, they are passionate about establishing that

fit. The team’s local knowledge will inspire your process, allowing empowerment for your success.

Gretchen L. Allen • RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

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

253.620.0028 • gretchen@homesbygretchen.com • HomesByGretchen.com

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

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

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

Ed Aro & Team Aro Windermere 360.322.4017 edaro@windermere.com TeamAro.com

Joe Sanchez & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bain

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

253.853.2262 • JSAssociates@CBBain.com • ForJoe.net

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

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

Finest Real Estate Agents in 2020.

Lydia Geline Windermere 253.242.0728 lgeline@windermere.com LydiaGeline.com

Jaclyn Harkson, Windermere Professional Partners

2727 Hollycroft St Suite #210, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.549.3332 • jaclynharkson@windermere.com • www.harksonhomes.com

A Gig Harbor local, Jaclyn has a passion for serving others, is well-versed in the market and delights in sharing her Maritime City. A contractor’s wife, she is

not only devoted to helping people find home but uniquely understands all that new construction entails. Each real estate journey is special, and Jaclyn

seeks to come alongside you throughout the buying and selling process as a genuine friend with professionality and the utmost care.

Joel Davis Neighborhood Experts Real Estate 253.579.2733 joel@neighborhoodexpertswa.com NeighborhoodExpertsWA.com

Tiffany Place • Morrison House Sotheby’s International Realty

3004 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

206.849.5425 • tiffany@tiffanyplacere.com • TiffanyPlaceRE.com

Your Gig Harbor and Tacoma area real estate specialist. Tiffany’s “love of the hunt” for the perfect home, combined with her expert skills in negotiating

and reassuring presence, make her the perfect companion to guide you through the home buying process. Add in her background in design, Certified

Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designation, and Sotheby’s International Realty’s incredible marketing and global reach, you can rest assured that

you are in the absolute best hands!

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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253.380.7554

www.YardsByPacific.com

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Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch

3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joemma Beach State Park Boat Launch 253.884.1944

Parks.State.Wa.Us/524/

Joemma-Beach

20001 Bay Rd. SW, Lakebay, WA 98459

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHOPPING

Harbor General Store

Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak

Home Decor, Gift

Shop

253.358.3241 HarborGeneral.com 804 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Waters Edge Gallery Art Gallery 253.858.7449 WatersEdgeGallery.com 7808 Pioneer Way Gig, Harbor, WA 98335

Clothing &

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

AR Workshop Craft Classes 253.844.3041 ARWorkShop.com/gigharbor 3208 Tarabochia St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Ebbtide Gallery Art Gallery 253.851.5293 EbbtideArt.com 7809 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Boating

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

Clothing &

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

Accessories

Weathered Cottage Home Decor 253.530.0818

Rainy Day Yarns

Mercantile, Yarns,

Classes

TheWeatheredCottage.

square.site

3306 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.514.6890 RainyDayYarns.com 7716 Pioneer Way Ste D, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

Cougarwear Gift Shop 253.851.5395 ClarksJewelers.com 6946 Kimball Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

CS Floors Flooring 253.676.9395 CsFloors.net 8803 WA-16, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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

Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall Mall -

Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall

4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.851.4557 • UptownGigHarbor.com

Facebook.com/Harbor

LandingMall

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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

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

cafes.

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

THINGS TO DO

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Event Spring GigHarborFoundation.org

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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 • Spring/Summer

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

253.358.3491 • HarborKayaks.com

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.

Gig Harbor Kayaks Water Activity Spring/Summer 253.358.3491 HarborKayaks.com

Pier into the Night Event Winter - HarborWildWatch.org

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

Galaxy Luxury Theatres Movie Theater Year-Round 253.851.8300

GalaxyTheatres.com/Movie-Theater/

GigHarbor

Gig Harbor Film Festival 72-hour Film Compitiion Event Spring 253.851.3456 GigHarborFilm.org

OTHER SERVICES

Synergy electric + technology, inc.

253.234.5311 • SynergyElectricTech.com

Synergy electric + technology provides the most professional electrical, renewable energy, and technology services in the Gig Harbor area. Born and

raised in Gig Harbor, owner Matthew Molzan has more than 32 years of experience in the industry. Whether it’s a new construction, remodel, residential

or commercial property, Synergy can install all electrical, solar systems, energy storage (batteries), generators, hot tubs, as well as Smarthome

equipment and home automation systems.

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 98335

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.

Olympic Pharmacy Healthcare 253.858.9941 OlympicPharmacy.com 4700 Pt Fosdick Dr. # 120 Gig Harbor WA 98335

Narrows Cleaning Cleaning 253.495.2844 NarrowsCleaningServices.com 5823 Wollochet DR NW Gig Harbor WA 98335

Harbor Quality Painting Painting Services 253.310.7690 HarborQualityPainting.com 5823 Wollochet DR NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Spec German Auto Services 206.238.0565 SpecGerman.com 3621 Hunt St Gig Harbor, WA 98335

SBI Insurance Insurance 253.858.9988 SoundBiz.net 3309 56th St. Ste 101 Gig Harbor, WA

Family Law Resolutions Attorney 253.853.6940 FamilyLawResolutions.com 7191 Wagner Way, Suite 303 Gig Harbor, WA

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Building Beautiful Homes and

Remodeling Stunning Spaces

Passion turned lifelong career

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

BEFORE

More than 30 years ago—November 9, 1990, to be exact—

Robert “Chris” Wise would turn his passion into what

would become his lifelong career. The owner and

founder of RCW Construction LLC, Chris uses his skill,

knowledge and passion during each home building or remodeling

project he pursues.

“It’s a passion, not a job,” Chris shares. “It’s who I am, not what I do.”

AFTER

Growing up, Chris looked up to—and admired—his father and

grandfather, who were both general contractors in the family. Seeing

their enthusiasm and dedication to a job well done, Chris was drawn to

the field of construction, and he started his career working for his dad

at 12 years old. It would be his mother who would eventually inspire

him to quit his job in construction and get his contractor’s license—as

she had seen some of the work he had done and wanted him to build

her new home. “I think she thought that she had a lifetime warranty on

the house if I built it,” Chris laughs.

Building beautiful homes and remodeling stunning spaces, the design

and build general contractor, based in Gig Harbor, serves Pierce and

Kitsap counties.

“What makes my business unique is that I have been in this business for

more than 30 years—all right here in Gig Harbor,” Chris says proudly.

Gig Harbor is a great place to live and have a business.”

The reputable custom home builder and licensed general contractor

offers comprehensive home remodeling services, and Chris and the

team at RCW are well-versed in everything from custom home builds,

kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels and whole house remodels to

man caves and more.

As a proud member of esteemed industry organizations to include

the National Association of Home Builders, the Master Builders

Association of Pierce County, and the Building Industry Association

of Washington, you can trust the professionals of RCW Construction

to get the job done in the most organized, professional and costefficient

way. Their expertise, experience and confidence allow them

to complete remodeling projects of any size successfully. A company

with attention to detail, commitment to quality and a focus on 100

percent customer satisfaction, they are committed to delivering home

remodeling projects on time and within budget—you will not endure

any costly surprises.

When it comes to where Chris finds fulfillment in the work he does, it

is the relationships that are developed with vendors and clients, and the

beautiful jobs that they do. “It’s a real team effort,” he affirms.

RCW CONSTRUCTION LLC

253.405.8109

chris@gigharborcontractor.com

For a recent project on Fox Island, RCW was hired to complete a kitchen

remodel, which turned into a living room and bathroom remodel.

Clients Mark and Julie experienced such great communication,

collaboration and high level of craftsmanship from Chris and his team,

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BEFORE

AFTER

they kept adding more rooms to remodel! Chris does admit, once the guys start building

and remodeling, the clients fall in love with their work and really enjoy the process.

RCW Construction has so much experience that they are able to help clients see their

vision come to fruition and are also able to give ideas to make things better. During this

particular project, Chris was adamant that Mark and Julie remove a wall and, thank

goodness, he did! Though the clients could not picture the room without the wall, it

made a huge difference in the outcome—and the clients were so thankful.

“Chris saved us in so many ways, from removing a wall to adding features we didn’t

think of,” says Julie. “We were so happy with the kitchen, we added additional projects!”

If you are looking to create the home of your dreams from the ground up or by updating

your current space, RCW Construction ensures exceptional results with their quality

craftsmanship that passes the test of time. Chris invites you to give him a call today!

The owner and founder of RCW Construction

LLC, Chris uses his skill, knowledge and

passion during each home building or

remodeling project he pursues.

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EXPLORING THE BEAUTIFUL YAKIMA VALLEY

YAKIMA

VALLEY

Discover charming small towns, farm-to-table restaurants, family

owned wineries, and outdoor adventures.

by MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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YAKIMA

VALLEY

Here in the Yakima Valley, the climate is semi-arid desert, and there are more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The Yakima River flows through the valley as a life-giving force, providing water to support agriculture and a green

swath of trees and vegetation which lines the banks. It is such a sharp contrast with the semi-arid desert landscape.

Fall is a great time to visit, with local farmers markets running into October and festivals highlighting the bounty

of the season.

Craft beverage fans will love this area. Over 75 percent of the nation’s hops are grown in the Yakima Valley, where

you can enjoy farm-to-beer experiences with Yakima’s craft beer scene. Wine lovers can explore five American

Viticulture Areas (AVAs), including the famed Red Mountain, at more than 90 wineries throughout the valley. This

is where Washington’s wine industry began. The dining scene varies from high-end farm-to-table restaurants to a

James Beard award-winning tamale stop at Los Hernandez Tamales.

INFORMATION

VisitYakima.com

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

TRY OUR

Fresh Strawberry Crepe

with real Whipped Cream

Offering crafted Gifts

By Clay & Cloth Design and

Other Local Arts

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109

Gig Harbor, WA | 253.851.2576

f @OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes

northwest-style fish & chips · clam chowder

cioppino · bouillabaisse · steamers

New Location in Gig Harbor · 7806 Pioneer Way

Learn more and order online at KettleFish.com

Or visit us anytime at our flagship location 3607 NW Byron St, Silverdale · 360-692-9611

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EAT

In the Yakima Valley you are dining straight from the source.

Chances are what is on your plate for dinner was in a farmer’s

field this morning.

You can’t visit the area without dining at Crafted. This farmto-table

restaurant takes the best of the season and crafts

delicious, fresh meals from locally sourced ingredients.

Multiple chefs with different backgrounds and skills develop

the menu each day, creating a unique culinary fusion not seen

in other restaurants. To truly savor the experience, have the

Chef ’s Menu—a multi-course extravaganza. The restaurant is

in the Old North Yakima Historic District, and there is plenty

of free parking in the area.

Caffé 11th Avenue is the place to go for breakfast or Sunday

brunch. Start with their famous feast in a glass, the Monstrous

Mary. Their signature Bloody Mary mix is combined with

vodka and garnished with bacon, ham, cheese, olives, celery,

pickled veggies and more. A unique dish on the menu is the

Breakfast Charcuterie that can easily feed two. Similar to a

European-style breakfast, you’ll feast on meats, cheeses, fresh

fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and Belgian waffles and croissants

served with maple syrup and blackberry preserves. Don’t

miss the delicious house-made sausage fennel gravy served on

tender buttermilk biscuits.

LOS HERNANDEZ TAMALES

LosHernandezTamales.com

CRAFTED

CraftedYakima.com

CAFFÉ 11TH AVENUE

Caffe11thAvenue.com

The Hotel Maison

STAY

This historic Hotel Maison is the perfect place to stay while

visiting the Yakima Valley. Its location in the heart of downtown

makes it easy to walk to shops and restaurants after a day

touring the valley. Built in 1911, this classic Second Empirestyle

building was, at the time, the tallest structure between

Seattle and Spokane. It has been lovingly restored, retaining

the historic details while adding modern conveniences. During

your stay make sure to check out the Hotel Maison historical

exhibit curated by the Yakima Valley Museum Director Peter

Arnold, and Mike Siebol, curator of exhibitions. It shares the

building’s history and prominence in the local community. The

Hotel Maison Gallery showcases local artists’ work through

their partnership with the Larson Gallery. You’ll find photos

and paintings of the local scenery including desert images as

well as the green lushness around the Yakima River.

Downtown Yakima also has a variety of chain hotels including

the Hilton Garden Inn, which is next door to the Hotel Maison.

THE HOTEL MAISON

TheHotelMaison.com

HILTON GARDEN INN

Hilton.com

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There is so much to see and do in

the Yakima Valley. Plan to take

a road trip though the valley and

discover charming small towns with

cute local shops and restaurants.

DO

There is so much to see and do in the Yakima Valley. Plan to

take a road trip though the valley and discover charming small

towns with cute local shops and restaurants. Tour wineries

and breweries. The fall marks harvest time, so visit local farms,

which often have fall events. Explore the beautiful Yakima

Area Arboretum and take a nature walk among trees adorned

with fall foliage.

Take a Canyon River Cruise through the Yakima River Canyon

in a specially designed raft with overhead shade canopies and

bench seats with back support. There is even a table to enjoy

snacks while you sip on some Yakima Valley wine purchased

on your trip. The canyon is just stunning with basalt cliffs

rising more than 2,000 feet from the river and rolling desert

hills. Enjoy a gentle float while keeping an eye out for nesting

eagles, hawks, osprey and falcons. Bighorn sheep, deer, elk,

and other small mammals call the canyon home. You can often

see them in the afternoon coming to the river for water. In the

fall, the canyon erupts into yellow, orange and red when the

leaves begin to change. The water is a great place to observe

the fall foliage.

For more information, check out VisitYakima.com for itinerary

suggestions and detailed suggestions for dining, lodging and

things to do.

YAKIMA AREA ARBORETUM

AHTrees.org

CANYON CRUISE (RED’S FLY SHOP)

RedsFlyFishing.com/pages/canyon-cruise

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YUM

your local dining guide

RECIPES

LOCAL FLAVOR

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Private chef • Private in-home cooking classes

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 gift.

Contact Sue Anderson Today

suestable1028@gmail.com • 253.651.9724 • SuesTable.com

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Dine

Out In

The

Harbor

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

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.

r

neer KETTLEFISH Way, Gig Harbor

Freshly hooked and perfectly cooked!

Opening in Gig Harbor in spring of 2022,

KettleFish is the place to go for fresh and

delicious Pacific Northwest seafood, featuring

Northwest-style fish and chips, clam chowder,

cioppino, bouillabaisse, steamers and more!

Focused not only on preparing a delicious

meal, with seafood sourced from sustainable

resources, their steam kettle cooking process

is extremely energy efficient and fast. To

find out more and to order online, visit

their website.

Fish.com

Byron St, Silverdale · 360-692-9611

7806 Pioneer Way | Gig Harbor

KettleFish.com | 360.692.9611

FKettleFishRestaurant

Instagram | KettleFishRestaurant

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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, handcrafted

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 | F OccasionsCoffeeAndCrepes

4901 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.432.4061 | ToastTab.com/

lunchbox-laboratory-gig-harbor/v3

F LunchBoxGigHarbor

Instagram | 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 | MilkVue

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Coffee-114242959995704


A

fall

TABLE

DUTCH-OVEN

FALL BEEF STEW

INGREDIENTS

For the Meat:

3 lbs. whole boneless beef chuck roast,

cut into 1-inch chunks

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground pepper

2 tbsp. avocado oil

For the Stew:

2 tbsp. butter

3 large carrots

1 14-oz. package frozen petite onions, thawed

2 cups shiitake mushrooms, roughly chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tbsp. fresh thyme

1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

3 tbsp. tomato paste

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

3/4 cup red wine

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

32 oz. beef broth

2 large bay leaves

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen peas

salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

• Preheat the oven to 325˚F.

• Season beef chunks with salt and pepper. Heat avocado oil over

medium high heat in a large Dutch oven or a heavy oven-proof pot,

and sear beef on all sides until nicely browned. Do not fully cook at this

point. (Brown meat in batches to not overcrowd the pan and to prevent

steaming. If you notice that it begins to steam up, remove the excess

liquid and continue browning.)

• Transfer the browned meat to a plate and set aside. Leave the brown

bits at the bottom of the Dutch oven; don’t wipe the pot clean.

• Over medium heat, add the butter, carrots, petite onions,

mushrooms, garlic, thyme and rosemary to the same Dutch oven and

cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste and

Worcestershire sauce, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

• Add red wine, scraping the browned bits from the bottom using a

wooden spoon, and cook until reduced, about 3 minutes.

• In a small bowl, add arrowroot to one cup of the beef broth and stir to

create a roux to thicken the sauce.

• Add roux to the vegetables and stir to coat. Add additional beef broth

and stir. Add the seared beef and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then reduce

to a simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper

at this point, if needed.

• Cover with an oven-safe lid. Finish cooking in the oven at 325˚F for

about 1 hour and 30 minutes—until the meat is tender. Stir in peas 10

minutes before the cooking time is up.

• Remove bay leaves before serving.

• Serve with fresh thyme.

Recipe by Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook, NTP

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calendar

24

SEPT

calendar

of eventsseptember/october

2022

CIDER SWIG RETURNS

FOR ITS BEST YEAR YET!

pg. 108

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Rattle Dem Bones

Halloween Bike Ride & Costume Contest

Gig Harbor, WA October 30, 2022

BIKE RIDE COSTUME CONTEST FOR

ALL AGES SKILL LEVELS

CHOOSE FROM UP TO 15, 22 OR 36 MILES OF FUN

AND

AND

START/FINISH LINE @ KIMBALL PARK N’ RIDE

THANK YOU TO OUR

SPONSORS

GGHF.INFO/RDB2022

THEMED RECHARGE STATIONS EVENT PHOTOS

POST RIDE PARTY & COSTUME CONTEST

PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY RECREATION FUND,

MAKING PARTICIPATIONIN SPORTS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS

A POSSIBILITY FOR ALL KIDS!

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Cider Swig Returns

for its Best Year Yet!

24

SEPTEMBER

Enjoy incredible drink, food,

entertainment and fun

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

we’ve kept in touch with our cidermakers and

worked together to help make cider happen through

“While

‘pick-up events’ over the past two years, there is no

replacement for a live festival where all dimensions of human

connections happen,” shares Julie Ann Gustanski, president

emeritus and CEO for the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.

A&H HIGHLIGHT

Cider Swig returns in-person Saturday, September 24, noon

to 6pm at LeMay - America’s Car Museum. Showcasing more

than 130 Northwest ciders, as well as wine, mead, beer and

other regionally crafted libations, Cider Swig was born out of

a commitment to community and the environment—and the

love for local flavor! Cider Swig is your opportunity to connect

directly with the makers.

Over the years, Cider Swig has grown to become Washington’s

largest one-day cider-centered event—entirely planned and

executed by an all-volunteer team!

The festival also features live music and entertainment,

award-winning curbside cuisine from local food trucks, the

return of the Apple Pie Contest, and new competitions like

Hammerschlagen, Apfelweinkrug (cider-stein) holding, keg

toss, and the Cornhole Pit in the Cider Swig Midway.

This year’s event features an incredible musical lineup: Spare

Thyme, The Apollo Trio, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joint, and The

Shy Boys.

Local food trucks will be dishing up their delicious cuisine

throughout the event: Arnold’s Happy Days, Boss Mama

Kitchen, Pie Bar, Polish Cuisine on Wheels NW, Smokin

Robinson’s BBQ, Starvin Marvins Hot Dogs, and Uncle Mike’s

Filipino Comfort Food.

Get your tickets today to attend the 2022 Cider Swig! Visit

CiderSwig.org.

“Beyond sharing cider and other handcrafted sips with the

masses, Cider Swig highlights our region’s agricultural heritage,

reinforces community friendships, promotes local businesses,

agricultural and environmental organizations, and showcases

regional talent through the day,” affirms Julie.

Proceeds from the Cider Swig have helped to fund more than

$200,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations, schools, and

agencies for environmental education, stewardship, restoration

and conservation programs and projects in the KGI watershed.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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25

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OCT

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Saturday, September 24th • 12 – 6 PM

Haub Field at LeMay - America’s Car Museum

Take home

your favorites

direct from the

makers!

THE CIDERS RETURN FOR THE 9th ANNUAL CIDER SWIG!

30

NORTHWEST

CIDERMAKERS

over

130CIDERS

+ SELECT REGIONAL WINES, BEER, MEAD & MORE

GREAT LIVE MUSIC

FOOD TRUCKS & FUN

CONTESTS & COMPETITIONS

Proceeds support environmental

education, restoration, land

conservation and stewardship

initiatives across our KGI

watershed.

TICKETS & INFO

GGHF.Info/ciderswig

or call 253.514.6338

Each ticket includes festival tasting glass, 5 drink tickets,

live music, access to food trucks, vendors, games and an

awesome time! 21+ event.

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11

SEPT

12th Annual Race for a Soldier

The Race for a Soldier half marathon and 5k will be taking place Sunday, September 11, at the Tom Taylor Family

YMCA in Gig Harbor. Put on by The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, registration is open through

September 10 online. Prior to the race, on September 9, is the foundation’s 12th Annual Prayer Breakfast, an

inspirational lineup of guest speakers sharing stories of hope and courage. You can sign up for the race and/or

register to attend the breakfast at PTSDFoundation.org.

16-

18

SEPT

22-

25

SEPT

Gig Harbor Artists Studio Tour

From September 16 through 18, you have the opportunity to explore, engage and experience during this year’s

Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour. Free self-guided tours are open 10am to 5pm each day, where participants can

enjoy the latest works from professional artists in their working studios. Artists from Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula,

Fox Island, Olalla and Port Orchard will be welcoming visitors into their studios as they showcase their talents.

This is a unique once-a-year opportunity to acquire art and meet artists in their working environment. For

additional details, and map, visit GigHarborOpenStudioTour.org.

Gig Harbor Film Festival

COE

Don’t miss Washington State’s destination film festival! Scheduled for September 22 through 25, the Gig Harbor

Film Festival returns, bringing audiences an intimate, small-town blend of cinematic storytelling. Those

interested in purchasing an all-access pass for the four-day event can email director@gigharborfilmfestival.org.

All the epic parties, events and films are included in the $300 pass. General admission tickets ($40 for all films)

are now on sale at the Galaxy Theatres. Find out more at GigHarborFilm.org.

01

OCT

Scarecrow Festival

You won’t want to miss PenMet Parks’ annual Scarecrow Festival! At this fall celebration, attendees will be treated

to live entertainment and music, farm animals, hayrides, camel and pony rides, carnival games, craft and food

vendors and more! Admission is free, though some activities include a small fee and suggested donation of $2

per child. The fun takes place from 11am to 4pm at Sehmel Homestead Park. For the most up-to-date details,

visit PenMetParks.org.

08

OCT

Autumn Sip & Stroll

Gig Harbor’s Downtown Waterfront Alliance presents the Autumn Sip & Stroll on Saturday, October 8. Enjoy a

fall afternoon touring the beautiful Gig Harbor waterfront while sampling Northwest wines, brews, spirits and

delicious bites, along with shopping, at participating businesses serving as “Stroll Stops.” Participants will receive

a tasting glass, sip tickets and a map to participating venues with ticket purchase. To purchase your tickets today,

visit GigHarborWaterfront.org.

30

OCT

Rattle Dem Bones

Scheduled for the day prior to Halloween, Rattle Dem Bones is a bike ride and costume contest in which

proceeds go toward the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Community Recreation Fund. So, grab your friends,

your significant other, or round up the family and get out to enjoy the crisp autumn air and lots of fun! Join

GGHF at the third annual bike ride on Sunday, October 30, for the family oriented, Halloween-themed bike

rides. Gals, guys, witches, werewolves, monsters and goblins are all welcome! Choose from 12, 22 or 35 miles of

cycling fun. For event times and to register online today, visit GigHarborFoundation.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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YOU’RE INVITED TO

Quilts

Ahoy

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

10AM - 5PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

10AM - 4PM

WHERE

Pioneer School Commons

8502 Skansie Avenue, Gig Harbor

Suggested Donation: $5.00

great things for

a great community

Founded in 1925, Peninsula Light is your member-owned, not-for-profit

electric cooperative, providing reliable power throughout Gig Harbor and

the Key Peninsula. We are dedicated to continually improving the quality

of life in this great community through system reliability, helping you

conserve and use electricity more efficiently and rising to the challenges

of a rapidly changing industry.

FEATURED QUILTER:

Cathy Stone, an award-winning

quilter, will display some of her

original creations.

A variety of quilt styles,

techniques, and sizes will be

displayed. Handmade items

crafted by guild members will

be for sale in our Unique

Boutique.

253.857.5950 | 888.809.8021

13315 GOODNOUGH DR. NW | GIG HARBOR, WA 98332

WWW.PENLIGHT.ORG

GigHarborQuilters.org

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sept/oct 2022

Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the

Kitsap Peninsula and beyond for more than 70 years.

We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs,

lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

our quality and superb customer service, Arnold’s can

help you select your new furniture, mattress and home

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Serving Olympic and Kitsap Peninsula Since 1974

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See dealer for details.

Subject to credit approval.

CALL OUR GIG HARBOR LOCATION (253) 525-4053

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

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Bringing together the best to help

guide you home.

introducing

Joshua Friedman

JS Associates Broker Team

Joshua grew up in Gig Harbor and graduated from

Peninsula High School. He holds a Business Degree

from Central Washington University and has been a

successful Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain for 5

years. JS Associates is proud to team with Joshua. His

extensive experience, market knowledge and great

personality will be a terrific asset to all our clients.

JS Associates Broker Team

Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS®

“We Sell Homes. We Build Relationships.”

253-853-2262

JSAssociates@CBBain.com

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Pictured from left to right: Lisa Veitenhans, Joe Sanchez, Dena Skodinski,

Dennis Quinn, Lynn MacGougan, Joshua Friedman

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GIG HARBOR’S NEWEST LUXURY COMMUNITY

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minutes away!

• Covered outdoor living with Trex

decking

• Quartz countertops throughout

• Plank-style engineered flooring on

main floor & stairs

• Energy-efficient with heat pumps

• Electrical vehicle pre-wire in garage

• Dacor luxury appliances

• And so much more

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TeamaAro.com

2727 Hollycroft Street Suite 210 Gig Harbor, WA

253.677.3500

Dawn James

Sales Manager

NMLS# 487467

2727 Hollycroft St. Suite 360

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.988.0425

dawn.james@caliberhomeloans.com

caliberhomeloans.com/djames

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