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ISSUE NO. 41

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

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

One

Heart,

One

Home

THE

RENOVATION

OF THE ASIA

PACIFIC

CULTURAL

CENTER

pg.30

Start the School

Year Strong

Q&A WITH

MARCUS TRUFANT

FORMER SEATTLE

SEAHAWKS

CORNERBACK,

TRUFANT FAMILY

FOUNDATION

FOUNDER, AND

ENTREPRENEUR

pg.10

CARING

FOR OUR

TREES

PRODUCTS VS.

PROCEDURES

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Welcome Autumn and the Changes it Brings

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.

FOR OUR TREES

10CARING

How to identify, prune and remove

WITH MARCUS TRUFANT

26Q&A

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback,

Trufant Family Foundation founder,

and entrepreneur

42

PRODUCTS VS. PROCEDURES

How to navigate cosmetic treatments

for the results you desire

6

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contents

home & garden

58

10

CARING FOR OUR TREES

How to identify, prune and remove

tacoma focus

18

ONE HEART, ONE HOME

The renovation of the Asia Pacific

Cultural Center

q&a

26

MARCUS TRUFANT

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback,

Trufant Family Foundation founder,

and entrepreneur

health & lifestyle

30

START THE SCHOOL YEAR STRONG—

AS A FAMILY

Five ways to keep your family healthy

and happy as you adjust to the new

school year

10

36

SAY “YES!” TO LIFE!

The positive energy that yes-goodness

brings

38

FALLING IN LOVE WITH NEW DENIM

Which fall 2022 jean style is right

for you?

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september/october 2022

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feature

42

PRODUCTS VS. PROCEDURES

How to navigate cosmetic treatments

for the results you desire

food & entertainment

50

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

See what is happening in this area!

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RECIPE

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travel

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Marcus Trufant, former cornerback for the Seattle

Seahawks, was born and raised in Tacoma. Though this

husband, and father of five, has retired from the NFL,

he’s utilizing the drive and discipline he learned on the

field in his role as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Founder of the Trufant Family Foundation, Marcus is

devoted to eliminating barriers for those seeking higher

education. Read more about Marcus in our Q&A on

page 26.

Cover Photo By In-Gear Media

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CARING FOR OUR

TREES

How to Identify, Prune and Remove

by JOSHUA NISHIMOTO

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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

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ONE HEART,

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THE RENOVATION OF THE

ASIA PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER

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The heart of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center is

family. Through the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, a

rich cultural heritage is freely shared, culminating

in an expansion of unity and community.

“Our work is important because we fight hate through

understanding. Through the Asia Pacific Cultural Center,

we share our community values, talents and love,” says

Faaluaina Pritchard, the executive director of APCC.

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center shares its strong ties to

family and its deep connection to a thriving community.

That’s something that’s good for everyone. The Asia Pacific

Cultural Center has been present in the community for

over 20 years and is truly unique in the Pacific Northwest.

Its programs don’t just touch the Asian and Pacific Islander

communities, but it is a destination throughout the South

Sound and beyond.

Ten years ago, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center entered

into a lease with Metro Parks to rent the former South

Park Community Center. Over the years, the center and

its community involvement has grown—and now has

outgrown the capacity of the aging building. The outdated

design and small size limits the activities and opportunities

of the center. This has led to the closing of the building on

South Tacoma Way that has housed the Asia Pacific Cultural

Center for the past decade. However, that doesn’t mean that

there aren’t hopes and dreams for the future. In partnership

with Metro Parks and the greater community, the APCC is

at the tail end of raising funds to break ground on a new

home that fulfills their needs. The “One Heart, One Home”

campaign has already raised 69 percent of its $9.8 million

goal through government contributions, foundations, as

well as corporate and private donors. They hope to raise

another $3.5 million this season, allowing for the beginning

by RACHEL KELLY

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In partnership with

Metro Parks and the

greater community, the

APCC is at the

tail end of raising

funds to break ground

on a new home that

fulfills their needs.

of construction starting in the new year. In the

meantime, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center is

moving into the Portland Avenue Community

Center through the generous support of Metro

Parks. After construction, the APCC will move

into their new home!

The new and renovated space is planned to be

twice the original size, with two community

entrances. This much-needed additional space

will be well used. The street entrance will enter

into the main lobby, which will display the flags

of 47 different countries. Also accessible from

this entrance will be the café, library, culinary

demonstration kitchen, art gallery and offices.

The art gallery will showcase the cultural history

of the Asian and Pacific Islander peoples as well

as their distinct voices. The café will be attached

to the gallery with a conjoined gift shop, where

snacks and beverages will be offered. The library

will be a cultural resource for all the many people

that the center represents. For the completion of

the library, it is hoped that APCC can partner

with Pierce County Library System to create a

space that is distinct to the Asian and Pacific

Islander peoples. The kitchen will be a space for

all the delectable cultural foods that come from

the Asian and Pacific Islander areas of the world,

as well as a center for job training. The kitchen

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“OUR WORK IS

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FIGHT HATE THROUGH

UNDERSTANDING.

THROUGH THE ASIA

PACIFIC CULTURAL

CENTER, WE SHARE OUR

COMMUNITY

VALUES, TALENTS

AND LOVE.”

is especially important, as it is meant to train

and house entrepreneurs for thriving food-based

cultural businesses.

The second entrance will enter directly into the

space meant for performing arts. This space is

large enough to house various performing arts,

conferences and concerts. It will also be available

to the community for rent for events and local

happenings. The event space, as well as the new and

renovated building as a whole, is sure to be a place

of gathering; a destination for learning, community,

fun, encouragement, empowerment, and cultural

experience. Most importantly, the new Asia Pacific

Cultural Center will be able to reflect the heart and

expression of the thousands of people who attend

and participate in its yearly programs.

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center has a lot on its plate

for the future, accomplishing their goals through

community partnership. The APCC responds to

the distinct needs of their surrounding community,

solidifying their importance to everyone here both

locally and abroad. One such example is APCC’s

Senior Housing Project. In conjunction with LIHI

(Low Income Housing Institute), the Asia Pacific

Cultural Center is building 78 affordable senior

apartments in the Lincoln District. The project

addresses the needs of aging Asian and Pacific

Islanders, and other residents 55 or older. This

includes low income or previously homeless seniors.

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center will be part owner

of the project with LIHI and will provide on-site

support, education and cultural activities.

It is clear that support of the Asia Pacific Cultural

Center is a support for many thriving families and

communities here in Tacoma. It is partly through

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a thriving cultural center that we have a more diverse, tolerant and compassionate community. It is something wonderful to be a part of. In the

renovation of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, we see an act of community, unity and innovation. As a people, we are invited to participate and share

in the rich familial heritage within the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, as well as be involved in the positive impact of the lives that the center touches on

a daily basis.

Since 1996, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center has served the community through art, culture, education and a celebration of diversity. Now we, as a

whole, have an opportunity to give back. If you are interested in donating or supporting the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, you can see more at the One

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“THE REASON THIS IS SO MEANINGFUL IS TO SEE, FEEL

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A

Renaissance man is defined as a

person with many talents or areas of

knowledge. This perfectly describes

Marcus Trufant. This football star

and hometown hero is also a philanthropist,

entrepreneur, and podcast host with his wife

Jessica Trufant. He is a local favorite with

Seattle Seahawks fans, where he had an All-Pro

10-year football career wearing the number 23.

Preseason at the Seahawks Training Camp, he

made the kids from the Monroe Boys and Girls

Club’s day by posing for photos and signing

autographs. That is just the type of guy he is

supporting our youth. The drive and discipline

he learned playing sports is now used in his

role as an entrepreneur. Marcus serves as a

role model mentoring, coaching and advising

people to reach higher levels—in both sports

and life.

Marcus’ role as a philanthropist was enhanced

with the start of the Trufant Family Foundation,

which strives to eliminate barriers for those

seeking higher education. “I believe, together,

we can better our community. As a Pacific

Northwest local, born and raised in Tacoma,

Washington, supporting local youth is near

and dear to my heart. I am blown away by the

opportunity to serve in the same neighborhoods

and communities that encouraged me as

a kid!” says Marcus. With the COVID-19

pandemic, the foundation pivoted to provide

transportation, food delivery and housing

assistance. In addition, the Trufants focused on

assisting front-line heroes by providing meals

to their children.

The Truly Unruly podcast presents Marcus and

wife Jessica’s take on marriage and parenting

five children. They truly are experts with a

12-year marriage that has survived new fame

as an NFL family and endured the challenges

of parenthood as well as the joys. There are

more than 65 unfiltered and funny episodes

on a variety of topics relating to parenthood,

relationships, success and much more. Listen to

episode one to learn how the two met and their

love story.

Q. As a philanthropist, what donation or

action was the most meaningful to you?

A. Giving scholarships through the Trufant

Family Foundation scholarship program. The

reason this is so meaningful is to see, feel and

listen to the impact these scholarships have

on young people’s lives. To listen to them

years later and hear about what they are doing

now is what it’s all about. Giving those who

are underrepresented, and those who have

been left out, an opportunity and exposure to

opportunities they otherwise may not have.

Q. What challenges did you face transitioning

from professional athlete to entrepreneur?

A. For me, it was building the right team and

trust. It can be a scary place to step out of your

comfort zone. Playing sports is something I’ve

done ever since I was a young child. I had put

in the time and energy to call myself a specialist

in that field. Transitioning to business was like

being in kindergarten. I wanted to start from

the beginning, gain experience, then put people

around me that could help me succeed. Sports

taught me that a team can only go as far as its

coach or leader. As the leader, I had to put in

the work.

Q. Why do you feel it is important to support

small businesses?

A. Small business is the backbone of

the community.

Q. Why did you and your wife Jessica start the

podcast Truly Unruly, a show about life, love,

and living with five kids?

A. People have told my wife and me that our

family deserves and needs to be on reality TV.

All the love, fun and crazy that comes with

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activities. Competitive cheerleading, soccer,

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who doesn’t get paid. For us, it’s not about

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them to give max effort and be the best version

of themselves. After that, if the chips fall into

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start the school year

STRONG

—as a Family

Five ways to keep your

family healthy and

happy as you adjust to

the new school year

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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 technologyfree,

or at least limit your family’s screen time to two

hours or less per day. Turning off your electronics will

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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 hour of family play time. Consider some enjoyable family fitness

activities, 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.

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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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At this time in my life, as I am half-a-century

old and lean back on my thoughts in silence

and peace, thinking about the best ways to

look and behave that supports peace and

growth, in those moments, I worry about the

future of generations who will be here when I

am gone, for my children and their children.

I often speak about how we grow as humans

when we rise. I see so many engaging triggers,

judgment, conflict, and hatred, thinking dark

thoughts in life that trap them in an abyss of

unhappiness, and I worry about how things

will be for generations to come.

For this reason, I say “YES” a lot. Yes to

peace, yes to compassion, yes to listening, yes

to disagreeing with politeness, yes to being

sensitive to others, yes to bravery, yes to

humility, yes to challenging myself, yes to joy,

yes to experiences, yes to sharing my life, yes

to being vulnerable if it will help others and

so on.

If we focus more of our life on “YES” and

the energy yes-goodness brings, we spend

less time in no, or “anti” thoughts, actions

and judgements of others that create the

abyss of sadness and darkness our world

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In my own little way, by saying “YES” to the

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• Be For People, Not Against Them.

• Listen with Politeness When You Disagree,

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• Give People a Chance to Be Sensitive to You.

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH

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Which fall 2022 jean style

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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.

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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

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The Anti-Aging Trifecta

What can you do from home to provide daily protection 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.”

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THREE, TWO,

ONE, ACTION!

OCTOBER

06-13

Tacoma Film Festival is back this October

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Celebrating current independent films from around

the globe, The Tacoma Film Festival aims to present

the best in contemporary independent filmmaking

to connect filmmakers and their work with appreciative,

receptive audiences.

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2022 marks its 17th year. What began as a small regional festival

now boasts a welcoming, interactive haven for regional and

international filmmakers, industry professionals, students, fans,

critics, and creative entrepreneurs.

“The Tacoma Film Festival has built a reputation as a low-key

setting where indie film fanatics can meet up-and-coming

creators and witness the future of film,” says David Dinnell,

Tacoma Film Festival director and programmer.

During the course of eight days, October 6 through 13, they

will show more than 125 feature-length and short films that will

include drama, comedy, animation, documentary, music video

and even live performance.

October 6 marks the opening night of the festival, in which

they will be showcasing “Walk Don’t Run: The Story of the

Ventures.” “This will be a special chance to see this 12-years-inthe-making

independently and locally produced documentary

about the Ventures, the legendary instrumental rock group

originally from Tacoma,” shares David. He adds that the film

includes rare raw footage, interviews with the original members

as well as musicians they have influenced, and reenactments

by Tacoma performers (members of the Tacoma group Finley

Mimbles). “Tacoma’s own Isaac Olsen directed this, and the

film was produced by Justin and Rob Peterson, all who will be

in attendance.”

The 2022 Tacoma Film Festival closes its run on Thursday,

October 13, with the award-winning feature debut from Seattle

filmmaker Zia Mohajerjasb—“Know Your Place.” “The film

is a slice-of-life drama set in present-day Seattle and features

first-time actors who deliver incredible performances,” states

David. “For us at TFF, it is hands down one of the best films to

come out of this region in years, and we are excited to share it

with Tacoma.”

According to David, nearly all films are suitable for high-school

age and older. On the morning of Saturday, October 7, TFF

will hold an event presenting highlights from the New York

International Children’s Film Festival, recommended for ages

8 and older. “There will be two programs with different films

including one that is in Spanish. We’ve been presenting this at

the Tacoma Film Festival for several years, and it is great for

children (and their families),” says David.

To find out more about this year’s Tacoma Film Festival, and to

purchase tickets, visit TacomaFilmFestival.com.

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SEPTEMBER

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Washington State Fair

Great food. Great farm. Great fun. You won’t want to miss the Washington State Fair, which kicks off September

2 and continues through September 25. Held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, you’ll find more than fair food,

games and carnival rides. Explore a variety of exhibits, like the Hobby Hall, Washington State Photographers

Exhibition, Agriculture & Horticulture Displays and Floral Exhibit. Fun for the kids includes The Farm at

Sillyville, Expedition: Dinosaur, and Tractor Tracks. Tickets can be purchased online at TheFair.com.

Korean ChuSeok Festival

Join Asia Pacific Cultural Center on Saturday, September 10, for their sixth annual Korean ChuSeok Festival.

ChuSeok, meaning “autumn eve” in Korean, is the name of the traditional harvest festival celebrated worldwide.

Enjoy fun for the whole family from 11am to 4pm at APCC, which includes a fun-filled day of traditional

performances on stage, Korean Kimchi demonstration, taste traditional ChuSeok rice cakes, learn how to

make a Lotus Lantern and write your name in Korean, and face painting of Korean motifs for children and

adults. The fun continues Sunday, September 11, at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor. Visit APCC96.org or

Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.

12th Annual Race for a Soldier

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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 online at PTSDFoundation.org.

OCTOBER

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Oktoberfest Northwest

Mark your calendar for Washington’s largest Munich-style Oktoberfest celebration! In addition to authentic

German food and a variety of German bier, there will be music and dance, Wiener Dog Races, the Stein Dash

5k, Sports Haus, Bavarian Bier-lympics, Root Beer Garden, and the Northwest’s exclusive Hammerschlagen®

Tournament of Champions. Friday and Saturday night, enjoy Puget Sound’s top ‘80’s cover bands. Hours are

noon to midnight Friday, 11am to midnight Saturday, and 11am to 6pm Sunday. All ages are welcome until 6pm.

Additional details, and link to purchase tickets, can be found at TheFair.com.

OCTOBER

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Defiance 50k, 30k & 15k

Registration is open for the 2022 Defiance 50k, 30k & 15k. This scenic race takes runners through the beautiful

trails of Point Defiance, with more than 700 acres of old growth forests and panoramic views of the Puget Sound.

The course is mostly single track, with some hills, and typically dry mid-October. All races start and finish at

Owen Beach, with 50k racers running three loops, 30k running two loops, and 15k participants running one loop.

Registration includes a medal, tech shirt and collective bib. Register online at TCMAEvents.com/Defiance-50k.

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Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival

If you’re looking for the perfect way to get ready for the holidays, you won’t want to miss the 40th annual Tacoma

Holiday Food & Gift Festival at the Tacoma Dome! Held over four days, October 20 through 23, find more than

550 exhibits featuring unique gift ideas, holiday and home décor, handmade arts and crafts, photography, health

and body, clothing, specialty foods and more. Enjoy the Santa area, daily cooking demonstrations, entertainment

and more! Hours are 10am to 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 6pm Sunday. Tickets are $17.50

plus fees, and those 13 and younger can attend for free! Visit HolidayGiftShows.com or TacomaDome.org for

additional details and to purchase tickets.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place as planned. As there is always 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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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.

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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.

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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

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tender buttermilk biscuits.

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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.

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There is so much to see and do

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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.

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