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A Season to Celebrate Those We Love and Remember and Honor Those Lost

As we make our way through spring and into summer, we find ourselves celebrating those important people in our lives, and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for us.

Mother’s Day, always held the second Sunday in May, is May 14 this year, while Father’s Day is June 18, the third Sunday of June. These days are set aside for us all to take the time to truly reflect back on all our parents, or guardians, have done for us—and continue to do. Motherhood and fatherhood can feel like thankless callings at times, but know that your role is so important in your child’s life, and you are raising those who will lead others one day—whether families of their own, a business, a nonprofit. The sky’s the limit, and it starts at home.

On Monday, May 29, we honor and remember those who lost their lives serving our nation in order to keep this place we call home a land of the free. Our families, our communities, our nation, will forever be indebted to those

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In this issue of Gig Harbor Living Local, our team at Like Media continues its mission to share positive news and stories with our readers. And our May/June 2023 edition is no different. In this edition, we highlight Curious by Nature’s school expansion, the Modern Mom, the annual Maritime Gig Festival, the inaugural Local Makers Spring Market & Festival, and other wonderful events making their way to the harbor to close out spring and welcome summer.

From health and lifestyle to home and garden, we discuss topics that are sure to inspire you on your next home improvement project or on your journey to health. And if you’re looking to book an adventure, check out our travel article, which takes you to Suncadia and Sunriver Resorts. Enjoy!

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The Aesthetic Appealof


Which is best for your next home update?

Dorothy said it best: “There’s no place like home.” And, while appearance certainly doesn’t make a house a home, it helps when you’re hoping to preserve and build equity in that home. The style, design and materials of a home should be taken into account when updating it. Whether doing a DIY fireplace restoration or resurfacing an exterior accent, it’s all about the finishes.

Natural stone, brick and various forms of concrete have been used as building materials for thousands of years. As a natural element, stone can lower your heart rate and elicit a sense of peace. The symmetrical lines of brickwork are both artistic and grounding. Concrete brings versatility and unique architectural elements while giving spaces a minimalist, urban-industrial vibe.

Materials like brick, stone and concrete are great options to add texture to a dated or dull area when updating your home’s aesthetic. Deciding which material is right for you depends on your home, project and budget. Here’s everything you need to know when choosing which option is best for your home.

Natural Stone

From the Egyptian pyramids to the Roman Colosseum and the Washington Monument, humans have used stone to build durable, elegant structures for centuries. As a building material, stone is fire resistant, long lasting,

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and able to withstand nature’s elements. As a natural resource, stone connects us to the earth, while the unique beauty and various colors, shapes and sizes of each stone allow for artistic flexibility.

Including stone in your design can drastically upgrade the look and increase the value of your home. While images of quaint English stone cottages might come to mind, adding stone to a fireplace or as an exterior accent may be a more manageable approach—unless you have the urge to start knocking down walls. Additionally, natural stone is extremely heavy and one of the more expensive choices. For that reason, modern designers, builders and homeowners often opt for stone veneer, which emulates the beauty of natural stone without the high cost.

From covering the entire exterior facade with stone to adding thoughtful stone accents throughout the interior or exterior, there are countless ways to use stone in your home upgrade. Stone columns make a porch entryway a focal point, or adding stone siding on just the lower level of a home with some other accents creates a high-end, cohesive look.

Regardless of which you choose—natural stone or stone veneer—there are a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures, all of which will transform the look of your home.

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One of the most popular building materials in US history, even “The 3 Little Pigs” told us brick is a superior building material for homes. Made from combining clay and shale, bricks are extremely durable and resilient to fire and extreme weather conditions. Homes that include bricks provide a feeling of comfort and safety to those within, and the versatile colors and textures allow for unique and detailed architectural designs.

Using brick as a primary structural building material should be considered at the time of construction and completed by a professional brick mason. While bricks tend to be at a lower price point than natural stone, the cost is still quite high. Between the added steps in the brick production process, the heaviness and subsequent transportation difficulty, and the need for professional installation, including brick as

an accent is often a more feasible option. Like stone, a brick veneer is often used for aesthetics rather than structural support. Though not as durable as solid brick, brick veneer is better at keeping moisture away from the exterior wall and tends to last decades longer than traditional siding.

Whether on the exterior of a home or as an interior accent for hearths and fireplaces, brick offers unlimited creativity in addition to increasing your home value. Highlight the details of your home by installing brick on the gable, dormer, and one section of the facade, or build a garden wall around your patio and create a private patio oasis.

Depending on the specifics of your project, you may be limited to either solid brick or stone veneer. Whatever you choose, the design options, visual interest and timeless charm that bricks provide add character to any space.

Brick offers unlimited creativity in addition to increasing your home value.
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Using concrete as a building material is nothing new; in fact, Thomas Edison designed and built the first concrete homes in 1908. Due to the strength, durability and fire resistance, Edison predicted a boost in homes built with concrete. Over 100 years later, homes constructed with concrete are known to have many benefits, including being more energy-efficient, better at controlling temperature fluctuations, minimizing noise, and economically valuable. Concrete-style homes are also the epitome of modern minimalistic design.

The decision to build an entire house with concrete is one to be made prior to construction, but incorporating concrete in different aspects of your home has increased in popularity.

Homeowners are adding concrete inside their homes, installing accent walls, concrete countertops, and embracing concrete floors.

The do-it-yourself ability of concrete combined with the markedly reduced cost has definitely caused an increase in concrete as a building material. No longer limited to the garage floor, for those who love the sleek, modern-minimalist style, concrete makes a statement both interior and exterior.

When updating your home, it’s important to include features that you love. Seeing the changes in and around your home should make you feel proud and want to click your heels like Dorothy.

Homeowners are adding concrete inside their homes, installing accent walls, concrete countertops, and embracing concrete floors.
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Six swoon-worthy color palettes for your home

There’s something about the sun’s direction and intensity as we head into early summer that shines a spotlight on even the slightest hint of drabness. Pair that with the inspiration sparked by the prospect of summer, and you might find yourself staring at a wall of color swatches, considering paint colors.

Updating the paint colors in your home is a relatively quick way to make a huge impact on how your house looks and feels. A couple of coats of paint can hide that gloomy wall color from the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns and turn your space into one that is warm and modern. Updating outdated or weathered exterior paint or adding a bold color to your front door can instantly increase your home’s curb appeal.

The transformation that fresh paint can make is undeniable, but choosing the right colors can be downright dreadful. To help ease that dread, we’ve talked to interior designers and paint color experts at Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams to bring you six color palettes that are sure to revive your home’s color vibe.

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Modern Minimalist

Minimalist styles begin on a neutral foundation, but they’re not limited to shades of white. Natural hues found in wood and stone are a great place to start when considering minimalist colors for the interior or exterior of your home. A neutral base color, such as Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl (2137-60) with White Dove (OC-17) trim, allows you to easily incorporate other pops of color. Add Hale Navy (HC -154) for the kitchen island or monochromatic office and Chelsea Gray (HC-168) for powder room cabinets or to coordinate with brick on your exterior.

Earthy and Grounded

When it comes to Earth tones, gone are the days of dull browns and brassy beiges. Shades like Benjamin Moore’s Baked Terracotta (#1202) in the dining room or on lower kitchen cabinets add color while exuding a feeling of warmth and groundedness. A neutral beige like Manchester Tan (HC-81) as a flow color ties in the terracotta with an emerald sage such as Peale Green (HC-121) in the office. Finish this palette with Sherwin Williams’ White Flour (SW7102) trim and an accent color, such as Warm Brownie (2101-30) for a cohesive wholehouse color palette.

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Warm and Inviting

Traditional colors representing warmth are dark, saturated hues in the red, orange, gold or brown family, but the deepest shades of cool colors can be very comforting. Entryway walls painted with Benjamin Moore’s Yellowstone (HC-10) with Cotton Balls (OC-122) wainscoting invites people in. Adding America’s Heartland (#197) as a flow color extends the warmth from the entry and ties in Nightshade (2116-10) on the kitchen island. Racoon Hollow (#978) in the bathroom or office pulls the interior look together but is also a versatile exterior color option.

Vibrant and Lively

After several years of cool color trends, vibrant colors are making a big comeback. Benjamin Moore’s 2023 color of the year, Raspberry Blush (2008-30), is a bold statement color that energizes a room or front door. Include other rich colors like their Wenge (AF-180) for a moody bathroom or exterior accent color and North Sea Green (2053-30) in the formal dining room for a more balanced feeling. Coupling Stone Harbor (2111-50) for the flow walls or main exterior paint and White Heron (OC-57) for trim helps highlight the vibrant colors without making them seem overwhelming.

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Calm and Relaxing

Hues of green can reduce anxiety, invite harmony and bring the serenity of nature indoors. A fresh green/blue/gray shade like Benjamin Moore’s Hollingsworth Green (HC-141) on lower kitchen cabinets radiates relaxation while adding a deep green like Sherwin Williams’ Billiard Green (SW 0016) in the office or powder room is reminiscent of a peaceful rainforest retreat. Warm white colors like Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee (OC-45) on the walls and crisp white Chantilly Lace (OC-65) on the trim paired with soft charcoal Wrought Iron (212410) accents complement the interior green shades and highlight the colors of nature when used on the exterior.

Classic and Timeless

Finding a color palette that can transcend time and bringing in color with furniture, art or wallpaper is always in style. Sherwin Williams’ neutral greige shades like Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) for walls or cabinets and Pure White (SW 7005) on trim are versatile options that coordinate well with warm or cool tones. A monochrome design in Dovetail (SW 7018) for the dining or powder room adds elegance, while a chameleon hue, like Seasalt (SW 6204), adds depth by appearing to change color depending on the light. Finish this palette with Iron Ore (SW 7069) interior accents or as a dramatic exterior color.

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Buyers Enter Back into the Market!

Spring has sprung, and buyers are feeling the heat!

Spring is seasonally the beginning of an active market here locally, and this year appears to be no different. Open house traffic has exceeded years past for a second month in a row, proving that our spring market is finally here! While it may look a little different than past spring markets, we shouldn’t be surprised. This past year has been temperamental, filled with rate hikes, inflation at record highs, and a constant murmur of a recession.

But we are here with some good news!

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported 7,904 new listings for March. This means we are still very much dealing with inventory woes; however, new listings have doubled from February to March. This surge is making buyers get off their computer search and into the open houses!

Even with the added new listings, that is only six weeks of inventory on an absorption rate. We believe this trend will carry us through the summer (a normal market carries six months of inventory). Something unusual about today’s market is low inventory typically drives up prices; however, home sellers are hesitant to jeopardize their current low-interest rate to purchase and replace with a new mortgage at the highest interest rate in the past 23 years. This hesitance is keeping the supply low, yet the high rates are keeping prices stable but not increasing. For those who are entering back into the market, we are seeing an interesting return on bridge loans and home equity loans. Buyers are securing their new home before selling their current—and using large levels of equity to do so successfully.


The key to success in this “swing” market is appropriately pricing your home. The homes that are priced right are resulting in the pending sales being up from February by 14.5 percent. Wellpriced homes are generating multiple offers, while overpriced homes are sitting and getting stale. The days of throwing out any old high number is gone for now.

Our market continues to be infiltrated by out-of-state buyers feeding the tech and medical industries. If a real estate move is in your future, avoid sitting this one out. We have a feeling it is going to heat up again as soon as rates stabilize.

Make sure to have a good representative by your side to guide you through this swift “swing” market. Once rates and inflation are under control, the handcuffs will come off, giving buyers a small window of opportunity before things possibly get crazy again.

Turning buyers loose into a limited inventory market will put Northwest home buyers back to where they were this time last year, limited inventory, high demand and softening interest rates.

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Curious by Nature

School Expansion

Popular nonprofit school expands in order to serve more students

Early childhood education gives children the foundation they need for long-term success in learning and life. However, preschools often have extensive waitlists, and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s (GGHF) Curious by Nature School was no exception. Their nature-based STEM program with a 100 percent outdoor curriculum is in high demand, with dozens of waitlisted students. When the opportunity came to purchase a second property and serve more students, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation jumped into action.

“After careful review of the purpose designed building and appurtenant 3.5 acres of mostly forested lands along the salmon-bearing Crescent Creek, and evaluation of the business plan developed for the proposed acquisition, while a big decision, it was an easy one for the 11 member GGHF’s Board of Directors,” states Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski, CEO and president emeritus of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.

The Curious by Nature School (CBNS) is a Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) program–a nonprofit

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Students go outside every day, rain or shine, and learn about seasons, plants, animals, ecosystems, habitats, people, cultures and more.

dedicated to bringing impactful resources to the greater peninsula community. The CBNS does that through childhood education, enrichment programs for homeschooled students, and summer camps for children ages 5 to 10. Their one-of-a-kind nature-based early childhood program supports kids’ exploration and discovery of our native environment. Students go outside every day, rain or shine, and learn about seasons, plants, animals, ecosystems, habitats, people, cultures and more.

Serving More Local Students

The school’s first location off Wagner Way was at maximum capacity with more than 30 students on the waitlist—some since 2021. The community-focused GGHF planned to expand the Curious by Nature School, but various obstacles kept postponing that plan. That is until late 2022, when a preschool in the Crescent Valley

area closed their doors and presented GGHF with the opportunity to purchase the property—a 4,780 squarefoot building on 3.52 acres, already built and zoned for early childhood education. Dr. Gustanski recalls, “When I received an email from the owner of the former Arcadia Montessori School, I called her immediately.”

The new campus officially opened on February 2, 2023, and will serve an additional 60 students.

Odette Alina, executive director at the Curious by Nature School, explains that transitioning some existing students and veteran teachers from the Wagner Way campus to the Crescent Valley campus allowed for new programs to be opened at both locations. It also offers more flexibility to families to choose which campus was more convenient for them.

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“With the school’s expansion, we were delighted to welcome families from the waitlist to our spring and fall programs, and we’re excited to offer early education and the opportunity to experience the wonder and joy of learning in an outdoor environment to even more children across several communities.”

Crescent Valley Campus

Easily accessible from Crescent Valley Drive, the new campus is a picturesque image of Pacific Northwest living. A quaint red building is filled with art and supplies, books, a mini-indoor greenhouse, specimen jars and microscopes used to examine findings of their daily explorations.

“It’s truly magical to have the opportunity to explore and have open-ended play,” shares Deborah Toney, head teacher. “We are able to offer real-world learning and cater our curriculum to mirror what’s going on outside—which is very engaging for kids. I’ve been teaching in the classroom for 10 years, but this is a step above to do it in real life.”

Walk outside and you’ll find a butterfly statue where a homeschool enrichment class has planted butterfly-attracting plant seeds. Next to the ADA-friendly entrance is a garden bed, and behind the building is a private wooded area of various native trees and plants, with exploration trails backing up to Crescent Creek. Students are encouraged to dig, get dirty, and ask questions as they investigate.

“We brought the enrichment (homeschool) program to the new campus, and now we can expand that program. Right now they’re studying and exploring the nooks and crannies of the forested area to think critically about ways to use the space without disrupting the native plants,” says Nikki Gant, CBNS teacher.

The proximity to Crescent Creek also offers new possibilities for students. Students recently raised salmon in a tank in the classroom. They tested ammonia and nitrate levels of the water and watched as the eggs grew into salmon chum. Once ready, the chum were released into Crescent Creek, which naturally flows into the harbor and Puget Sound.

The relationship between the Curious by Nature School with the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is unique in that both are nonprofit organizations designed to benefit the whole community. The GGHF has five core areas of focus within its mission: arts and culture, education, the environment, recreation, and social capital. Everything from the school’s indoor/outdoor classrooms and the holistic learning environment to the expansion itself is aimed at benefiting our community.

Curious by Nature School is accepting applications for the 20232024 school year as well as registration for 2023 summer camps. Visit to learn more.

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Library Specialist and Author Goodman Middle School

Jen Nielsen is the library specialist at Goodman Middle School, teaching sixth through eighth grade. Simply put, Jennifer is a librarian. However, the title library specialist seems to better encompass her responsibilities to her students, as well as to the greater school district.

Jen earned her master’s in education in 2004, previously working as a mental health specialist. Once she completed her masters, she would go on to teach English and social studies all over the country. But it was her passion for books and literature, as well as the individual attention she is able to give to students, that turned her focus toward being a full-time librarian.

Jen is currently focusing on Information Literacy, which is teaching students to navigate the wide world of information to find relevant information for their focus or interest. Her other responsibilities include interacting personally with students to find characters and stories that inspire them, making sure students have working apps and devices, repairing old books and acquiring new books. In her work, she is able to interact with students of all grades and backgrounds! She is so proud of her students and actively encourages their aspirations for writing, learning and connecting.

Under her mentorship, students have started their own book club, and several are attending the Cavalcade of Authors Young Writers Conference in May. The minds of students only expand where information is

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accessible, as the students of Goodman have shown under Jen Nielsen’s tutelage.

In her free time, Jen, of course, enjoys a lot of reading and likes to keep up with new authors and award winners. She also writes and recently published a book entitled The Claiming—“An apprentice mage. A faerie princess. And one slight miscalculation.” When outside the classroom, she can be found wearing her “author’s hat” (as Jen dubbed it), where she attends book signings, edits and revises her work, or works on drafting the next manuscript. If ever she gets downtime, she spends it with her family skiing, hiking, biking, boating, or catching a game of pickleball. She loves to be outside with the people she loves most.



If interested in Jen’s work (or if you’d just like to geek out with her!), feel free to visit her website or social media accounts at, or jennifer.a.nielsen.

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“It was her passion for books and literature, as well as the individual attention she is able to give to students, that turned her focus toward being a full-time librarian.”


Jasmine Amelia Grace Lopez is a 17year-old senior at Gig Harbor High School. It is close to the end of the year, but she’s not quite decided on where she’ll go to school after graduation. She has applied to many different universities, and because of her good grades she has been accepted to all of them. She’s stuck deciding between two schools: Linfield University and Whitworth University. They are both offering her equal amounts of financial aid, and she will be making her decision in the coming months based on whichever school is able to offer her the most opportunity.

She may not have quite decided on where she’ll go next, but Jasmine is absolutely sure what she’ll do next. She plans to go to school for nursing and be a traveling nurse starting right after graduation. She has been in and out of the hospital since childhood and has been directly impacted by her nurses. Jasmine wants to provide children with the same comfort that she was given.

Right now, though, she is very busy in school. Her English class offers college credit while she’s still on the high school campus, and she’s busy with her Passion Project. This is an active project in line with each student’s passion that brings about real-world change. Jasmine’s focus is on inspiring the elimination of racial discrimination. Her Passion Project is consistent with her actions throughout her high school career; she started the first Black Student Union in the Peninsula School District as a place of refuge for students of color experiencing racial slurs and hate speech and to allow these students a voice.

Jasmine is also the student board representative for Gig Harbor High School. She uses this position as an opportunity to advocate for her classmates; to make sure that her school environment is one that benefits everyone. “Before I start doing something at school, I ask myself, ‘How will this impact current and future students? Will this make a lasting impact on students’ lives?’”

When Jasmine isn’t advocating or shooting for the stars, she’s expressing her emotion through art. She especially loves doing portraits of her favorite musicians or creating pieces for others. Art for her is an act of love. Going forward, she will carry this love with her.

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Jasmine Lopez, Senior Gig Harbor High School
When Jasmine isn’t advocating or shooting for the stars, she’s expressing her emotions through art.

Peninsula High School

Evanté Heming is a 19-year-old senior at Peninsula High School. Evanté is nearing the end of his final year of high school, which means graduation! And his plans for the future are well underway.

Evanté is currently focusing on his school work, with all the tests and such that require his attention before he moves forward. Performing also consumes a lot of his time, both during and after school, as he is very involved in band and theater. He made state in solo and ensemble and recently performed at CWU (Central Washington University). It goes without saying that performance art requires hours and hours of consistent practice to ensure a smooth performance, and that can be a lot on top of everything else.

Creative expression through music and theater falls in line with Evanté’s plans for the future. “I am interested in taking on a career as a music educator and eventually

becoming involved in music production and performance,” he shared. To achieve this, he will spend his first two years at Tacoma Community College, which will allow him to stay close to home and save money. From there he will transfer to a public university in sunny Florida to complete his four-year degree.

In addition to his performance art class, Evanté enjoys history, as he loves learning about the world and the events that make up its past. Aside from all his responsibilities at school, and his extracurricular activities, Evanté is also hard at work at the Tom Taylor YMCA in the Child Watch Department. When not in school, performing or at work, you will find him singing, reading, writing, and creating art. In all this he is supported by his teachers and school. Most importantly, he is supported by his family.

When asked which teacher was most inspirational to him, he is quick to respond that his mom is his favorite teacher. She taught him in the third grade, when he was in foster care. After she and her family adopted him, his third-grade teacher became his mom. She is now his lifelong teacher and role model.

With the love and support of his family, Evanté feels confident moving forward in the exploration of his art.

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A look at motherhood in today’s world

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In some ways, the challenges of motherhood are the same as the many women who have labored before us. All mothers have felt the sacrifice of motherhood in her body, through her body, and from her body. We have all fought to recover what it means to be both an individual and a plural. Every mother has felt both her child’s pain and joy as if it were her own. Every mother has felt the pull of that first cry.

But every generation of mothers also has its own unique struggles. We struggle with what it means to protect, encourage and bolster our children to be thriving adults in this current environment. We make different decisions and take advantage of new opportunities. Today’s moms have more opportunities to pursue avenues not available to our foremothers. We are moms, yes, but we are also women pushing boundaries in a culture whose societal rules have yet to catch up with our ventures. We are showing our children what is possible.

One such modern woman is Annalee Baimbridge. She began her career in the Air Force, where she met her husband Brandon. Together they share custody of Brandon’s son but eventually decided

it would be a blessing to add another member to the family. After 16 years, Annalee left the Air Force for a job as an airline pilot with FedEx. It wasn’t soon after that she joyfully became pregnant with their daughter. She continued to work and pilot right up until three weeks before the baby was born. Since there was no family leave available, she combined her sick leave and vacation time to take six months off. She used that time to heal, adjust to the addition of a new baby and breastfeed.

As the time approached to go back to work, she steeled herself for having to spend long blocks of time away from home (and home for large chunks of time). She instructed her niece on the care of her daughter, who would also be the nanny while she was gone. “It takes a village,” says Annalee. “If anyone besides my niece was watching her, I would have turned around and gone home.” Thankfully, Annalee had the support she needed—both from her husband, who would adjust his schedule while she was gone, and her niece. She had her village. She was ready to go. Now to figure out the logistics of breastfeeding while flying all over the world.

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and the priorities of her family.

Annalee’s life when not working was pumping and catching the odd hours of sleep. Pump, fly, shower, pump, sleep, fly, eat, pump, eat, fly, sleep … again and again. One of her first trips back on the job from her time at home was a flight to Paris. While in France, she continued to pump on her regular schedule but was informed that she wouldn’t be able to get back through Paris airport security. There would be no liquids at all; breast milk was out. However, throwing away all that “liquid gold” was absolutely not an option. After asking around she found a loophole: She would be allowed to transport the breast milk with a doctor’s note. One of her fellow gentleman pilots (most all airline pilots are male), volunteered to fly for her to give her more time to get her doctor’s note. She had just barely got her note and flew the next flight. However, it ended up being a non-issue because the milk was frozen when they went through security. All that fight for nothing!

Now her daughter is 5 years old, and Annalee has a certain level of seniority at work. There have been many times where she’s had to advocate for herself and the priorities of her family. She shares a calendar with her husband, calls home often, and adjusts her schedule to ensure that she’s home during the important events and milestones—a feat that is much easier as her children continue to grow.

This modern mom has learned to balance everyone’s needs and aspirations, including her own, and relies on the support of those who see, listen and understand her. “I rely on my faith in God and am thankful for my husband, who is the foundation of support for our family,” says Annalee.

Today’s mother may look a little different. She may navigate new challenges and overcome new hurdles, but she’s not alone.

This Mother’s Day, let’s be the children, the men, the friends, and the women who support mothers everywhere. From us to you, Happy Mother’s Day.

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The Maritime Gig Festival is Back!

Local festival returns, bringin g the best of the old and new

Kick off the end of spring and the beginning of summer break right with a celebration of our beautiful city at this year’s Maritime Gig Festival! Miriam Battson, the president and CEO of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, is excited to see the return of the Maritime Gig Festival in Gig Harbor on June 3 and 4. “There are so many fun changes planned for this year!” says Miriam.

The Maritime Gig Festival has been a long-loved tradition. Delicious food, rich maritime history, and the connection of our community will ensure that this year’s festival is better than ever. So that you don’t miss out on the fun (both new and old), here’s the scoop on what we can expect at this year’s fest.

Saturday, June 3, the Maritime Gig Festival starts outside with a hearty pancake breakfast, located in Skansie Brothers Park, just after the parade. This year’s parade theme is “Rock the Boat” in honor of Gig Harbor’s fishing families (you know who you are!). The pancakes will serve as fuel for the Family Fun Run and 5k, as well as the Kids Dash, on Judson Street. There will be a Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration in the harbor sometime after that. Lining the streets there will be food

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trucks (pizza, Mexican, Cajun, shaved ice, frozen yogurt and ice cream, funnel cakes and donuts), vendors and crafts, and a couple of Virginia Mason kid zone activities. Kitsap Union is sponsoring the stage with bands Guilty Pleasure, Kelee Bradley Band, Adam Krum & Highway 65, Kim Archer and Band, and Kalimba.

Sunday, June 4, will see again the presence of all the best food trucks along with local makers and maritime-oriented organizations. Next up is the The Wheels on the Water car show. This year attendees will be given an opportunity to vote on their favorite vehicle. Ballots can be found in the information booth by the main stage, so swing by and make your voice heard!

According to local tradition, the Blessing of the Fleet will be held in the harbor by the St. Nicholas Catholic Church priest for a blessed fishing season. May the fishing be plentiful and everyone come home safe!

Bands will be performing throughout the day on the Kitsap Union stage including Caroline Goodman, Band LeLe, Dixie Dusters, Stacy Jones Band, and the Shy Boys. The end of the day concert and dancing is the best part!

The sun looks promising, and the water is sure to be gorgeous. We couldn’t be more excited to join in on the fun! So grab your running (or your dancing) shoes, bring the kids, come ready to eat, and celebrate the beautiful city that is Gig Harbor.

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Freedom and prosperity have been foundational components of the American Dream for generations, and to many, owning a home is an important milestone in achieving that dream. The feeling of having a piece of land that is yours, four walls, and a roof to hold and protect your family is unparalleled. Reaching the goal of homeownership provides stability and connections to the community and builds financial wealth over time. It’s also one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your lifetime—both in your future and financially.

You want to choose a home that meets the needs of your current lifestyle, stage of life, and any future goals you have for yourself and your family. And the journey to and the process of buying a house is unique for each buyer. A growing family has different needs than an empty nester looking to downsize. A single parent desires vastly different features than a new retiree.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned veteran, the process can be overwhelming. One of the best first steps is finding an experienced Realtor—they have the training and knowledge to walk you through the process, give you the ins and outs of the neighborhood, and get down to the nitty-gritty details to help you make an informed decision. For this reason, Gig Harbor managing broker and Realtor Jennifer Hawkins of Hawkins-Poe key2see Team, real estate broker Jackie Suarez of Century 21 RiverStone and Realtor Ben Geanetta of Elite Realty Partners, both based in North Idaho, provided professional insight to help clear up the sometimes muddy process of purchasing a house.

Most people considering buying a home have imagined their “perfect” house. For some, it’s a brick house with a white picket fence, while others crave a low-maintenance condo in the city—either way, it’s likely you have more non-negotiables than you initially realize. As potential buyers start viewing homes, they can quickly get distracted by the beautiful countertops and professionally staged presentation. Relying on an imagined picture in your head can lead to overlooking


must-have features. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a house only to remember later that you swore you’d never share a closet with your spouse again.

Make a list. Have each person involved in buying the home and who will be living in the home make a list of the features they most want and things they truly need. Then you can review the list—maybe drop the wall-towall trampoline room requested by your 7-year-old—and rank the features by importance. Doing this will help narrow down properties during your search and keep you focused as you visit potential properties.

“Location, location, location” is a common phrase in real estate. Besides being in an area where you want to live, the location is also directly linked to the current and future home value. The features that determine what constitutes a good location differ for each home buyer, but there are some generally accepted objective factors to consider. The location determines which schools your children will attend, how long your commute to work will be, and which community you will be involved with daily. “Do your homework and work with an agent who is an expert in your target area,” recommends Jackie.

Researching an area and working with a knowledgeable Realtor also helps when evaluating neighborhoods. Take a walk in the neighborhood and talk to people who live there. This will help you get a feel for the mood of a neighborhood but can also provide invaluable insight into real-time issues or benefits of the neighborhood.

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Another factor to consider are the future plans for the area. New construction neighborhoods are popping up all over—depending on your needs, you may want to hold out for one of the new builds, or you might not want to buy right next to a future construction site. You should also consider the crime in the area, if there are any benefits such as recreation facilities, and if there are HOA dues that will affect your monthly payment.

Remember, your location also includes the lot on which the home stands. You can remodel and renovate a house to your every specification, but the lot will remain the same. Consider the lot location and size carefully when viewing homes. Does it get enough sunlight? Will the driveway be difficult to navigate when it snows? Is the yard large enough for your kids and dog to run around? Are you prepared for the amount of maintenance needed for this size yard? If anything about the location or the lot seems concerning or feels like a compromise to you, don’t hesitate to walk away. It will be easier to find another property in a better location or lot than to live with frustrations that could’ve been avoided.

Know your budget and the market. While this sounds simple enough, it can be a complex process. You need a clear picture of your finances to determine a down payment amount and the maximum mortgage payment you can afford. Your real estate team can help review various mortgage payment scenarios and point out sleeper costs, including HOA dues, homeowner’s insurance, and property taxes. “Home buyers need to have all their documents in order

and hire a solid team to help them purchase a home. This team will consist of a local, full-time real estate professional, a full-time knowledgeable lender, and expert local vendors,” explains Ben.

The market, interest rates and inventory have been rapidly changing over the past few years, but real estate is cyclical. Depending on your circumstances, now might be a great time for you to buy, but not ideal for others. As Jennifer explains, “This market is healthy, but rates are high. … If you have substantial equity in your home, now is a great time to buy, and there are a lot of options available that you wouldn’t be able to capitalize on when the market is hot.”

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While doing home repairs for a property management company in the 1990s, Pat Kelley was bothered by what he saw. The company did not fix anything properly and used the cheapest materials possible. Pat knew he had more to offer to his customers, inspiring him to open his own repair business.

What began as a one-man repair service 23 years ago has grown to more than Pat could have imagined. Today, Kelley Home Services, LLC is a fullservice construction company, where Pat, his wife Lory, their son Chris, and a group of talented employees and subcontractors provide you with a wide range of home improvement options.

Having the opportunity to help people is what the Kelleys find truly rewarding. “Capturing someone’s vision and helping them create a beautiful place for their family or taking someone’s broken mess and restoring it to a place of peace and safety is very satisfying,” affirms Pat.

At Kelley Home Services, they specialize in providing three divisions of services: Remodels and Renovations (including kitchen, bathroom and whole house renovations), Construction (such as decks, additions, ADAs and custom homes) and Home Repairs (such as structural rot repair, siding, windows, doors, drywall, and water and fire damage).

What truly sets Kelley Home Services apart is the skill depth and integrity of their entire crew. “One of the most common compliments I receive after a project concludes is how much people appreciate the people who worked

on their home,” Pat says proudly. “These are genuinely good people of exceptional skill who take deep pride in their work.”

Pat, Lory and Chris see it as a privilege to be invited into someone’s home—for days or weeks—and everyone on their staff strives to demonstrate the respect and care that deserves. Due to the care of the team and the quality of their work, customer referrals continue to be the greatest contributor to Kelley Home Services’ success through the years.

In addition to the clients they’ve served over the years, the Kelleys appreciate the beauty of the area and the authenticity of the people here in Gig Harbor—the place they’ve called home for the past 32 years. This is the place Pat and Lory have raised their children and now the place to watch their grandchildren grow.

They find the community has a generous and inspiring spirit and are doing their part to contribute to this special place. From engaging with people at church, the FISH Food Bank, Food Backpacks 4 Kids, helping with the high school drama class, and more, the Kelleys are encouraged—and inspired—by the generous and supportive community. “We will be sponsoring FISH Food Bank at the Gig Harbor parade in June,” smiles Lory. “Come down and say hello, and help support a great organization in our community.”

If you’re in need of repairs, a renovation, remodel … or a new custom home, the team at Kelley Home Services is ready to help make your home something special.

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Summer is a time for fun, sun and relaxation, but for parents, it can also be a stressful time trying to keep kids entertained and engaged while school is out. Prepping for summer activities ahead of time can help alleviate some of that stress and ensure that your kids have a summer filled with fun and meaningful experiences.

One of the first steps in prepping for summer activities is to determine what your child is interested in and what they want to do during the summer months. Having a conversation with your child about their interests and ideas can help you choose the right activities or programs to keep them engaged throughout the summer.

Summer camps can be a great option for kids of all ages and interests. There are a variety of camps available, from traditional day and overnight camps to specialized camps focused on specific activities like sports, arts or technology. Many of these camps also offer specialized programs for children with special needs or those looking for a unique experience, like wilderness camps or adventure camps. If your child is interested in sports, there are a variety of summer programs available that can help them improve their skills and stay active. Many local sports leagues offer summer camps and clinics for kids of all ages and skill levels. There are also specialized sports camps that focus on specific sports like soccer, basketball or gymnastics.

Arts and cultural programs can also be a great way to keep kids engaged and learning during the summer months. Many museums, theaters and community centers offer summer classes and programs for children interested in music, dance, theater or visual arts. These programs can help

children develop new skills and explore their creativity while having fun.

Once you have an idea of what your child is interested in, it’s important to start researching and registering for programs as early as possible. Many popular programs fill up quickly, so it’s important to start the registration process early to ensure your child gets a spot. Many programs also offer early bird discounts for families that register early, so it can be a great way to save money as well.

In addition to traditional summer programs, there are also a variety of other activities and experiences that you can plan for your child during the summer months. Family vacations, day trips to local attractions, and outdoor adventures can all be great ways to create lasting memories and keep kids engaged and excited throughout the summer.

To make the most of the summer, involve your child in the planning process. Create a summer bucket list together, and let your child choose activities that they would like to do. This can be anything from trying a new food to learning a new skill. Use the bucket list as a guide for planning summer activities and checking off items throughout the summer.

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Preparing for summer activities also includes ensuring that your child is emotionally ready for the experience. Starting a new program or activity can be exciting but also nerve-wracking for children. Talk to your child about their feelingsand help them prepare for any challenges or new experiences they may face. Encourage them to try new things, but also let them know that it’s okay to feel nervous or uncertain.

In conclusion, prepping for summer activities for kids can be an enjoyable experience for both parents and children. By taking the time to research and plan ahead, parents can ensure that their children have a fun and meaningful summer filled with a variety of activities and experiences. Whether it’s traditional summer camps, specialized classes and programs, or family vacations and outdoor adventures, there are plenty of options available to keep kids engaged and excited during the summer months. By involving your child in the planning process, creating a summer bucket list, and ensuring they have everything they need for their specific program or activity, you can help set them up for a successful and enjoyable summer.

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It’s About Trust


“I’m not upset that you lied to me. I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” - Friedrich

When meeting with a newly separating couple at the onset of their divorce mediation, I often ask them the following: “On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being the least trusting and 10 being the most trusting, how would you describe your level of trust with the other person?”

If infidelity in the marriage was present, the other party very often opens with this: “My spouse had an affair, so I don’t think I can trust them to be truthful with anything now. I’m not sure mediation will work.”

However, rather than allow the parties to accept defeat at the outset, I learned a long time ago in my practice to always include another caveat on the trust scale. I ask them to describe their level of trust to specific areas of their relationship, as opposed to one overall label. Those areas include financial, such as bill paying, accumulation of assets and debts, and disclosure of relevant information pertaining to finances.

I also ask about their level of trust with respect to parenting. How do they feel about the other parent’s ability to stick to a schedule, their timeliness and ability to reliably get a child to school or an activity, and their ability to refrain from alcohol or other substance abuse when with the children?

Not surprisingly, many of these couples report very high levels of trust in their co-parenting relationship, as well as high levels of trust regarding their money, even though the trust level for the intimate partnership aspects of their relationship may be slim to none. Once

we begin to unravel this “all or nothing thinking” by breaking down the various areas of their relationship into categories, the reluctant party can begin to feel more confident about how mediation can succeed.

Measuring trust is a great illustration of the creative use of divorce mediation. It opens the door to gradually rebuilding overall trust, as each party feels safer to more openly negotiate their issues to get to settlement, while helping each party push through their respective vulnerabilities that might be holding them back. The process certainly takes time, patience and accountability, but small wins along the way can help launch both parties to get to an outcome they can feel good about. (A side benefit: The parties can do all this without resorting to telling their stories in publicly accessible court documents.)

Granted, in the words of the wise Lady Gaga, “Trust is like a mirror, you can fix it if it’s broken, but you can still see the crack in that reflection.” The goal in mediation is to normalize the complicated emotions following an affair that leads to a divorce, while not letting them interfere with the practical and common-sense decisions that need to be handled to help each party feel less broken as they begin their next chapter.

Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located in Gig Harbor. She helps her clients in achieving resolutions that foster both a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy new beginning so they can focus on moving on, rather than simply moving out. Felicia can be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential and currently conducted by appointment via Zoom videoconference or phone.


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Retirement Benefits

for Same-Sex Married Couples

What You Should Know

Same-sex marriages are legal nationwide, and these marriages enjoy the same rights and benefits bestowed by state and federal law on traditional marriages. As a legally married same-sex spouse, you’ll want to be aware of several retirement plan rules that apply specifically to married individuals.

Beneficiary rights

If you participate in a 401(k) or similar plan at work, federal law provides that your spouse is automatically the beneficiary of your account in the event of your death. You can name someone else as beneficiary, but only if your spouse agrees in writing.

IRAs aren’t subject to this federal law, although your state may impose its own similar requirements.

Even without a requirement that you do so, naming your spouse as beneficiary is often the best choice. One reason is that a spouse beneficiary has more options and flexibility in terms of post-death distributions than a non-spouse beneficiary. For example, spouse beneficiaries generally may take required distributions from employer plans and IRAs at a later date, and over a longer period of time, than non-spouse beneficiaries.

Your surviving spouse may also have two other options that are not available to other beneficiaries. First, your surviving spouse may choose to roll over inherited IRA or plan funds to his or her own IRA or plan. Second, your surviving spouse may elect to simply leave the funds in an inherited IRA and treat that account as his or her own account. In either case, the potential may exist for significant

estate planning and income tax benefits. This is because your surviving spouse may defer taking distributions of the inherited funds until his or her own required beginning date and may also designate new beneficiaries of his or her choice (your children, for example).

Your right to a qualified domestic relations order

While we all hope our marriages will last forever, unfortunately that’s not always the case. The issue of how retirement plan benefits will be handled in the event of a divorce is especially critical for spouses who may have little or no retirement savings of their own.

Under federal law, employer retirement plan benefits generally can’t be assigned to someone else. However, one important exception to this rule is for “qualified domestic relations orders,” commonly known as QDROs. If you and your spouse divorce, you can seek a state court order awarding you all or part of your spouse’s retirement plan benefit. Your spouse’s plan is required to follow the terms of any order that meets the federal QDRO requirements. For example, you could be awarded all or part of your spouse’s 401(k) plan benefit as of a certain date, or all or part of your spouse’s pension plan benefit. There are several ways to divide benefits, so it’s very important to hire an attorney who has experience negotiating and drafting QDROs. The key takeaway here is that these rules exist for your benefit. Be sure your divorce attorney is aware of them.

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Why overfat, not obesity, is the real concern

Excess body fat is associated with a wide range of cardiometabolic disorders, as well as most non-infectious chronic diseases.

The traditional measure of body composition, Body Mass Index (obesity defined as BMI > 30), however, is notoriously unreliable, as 30 percent of individuals with “healthy” BMIs are found to be metabolically unhealthy. BMI typically underestimates body fat content, and individuals with large muscle mass are often inappropriately categorized as obese.

What is “overfat”?

The presence of excess body fat is more properly defined as “overfat,” which includes the presence of at least one additional risk factor of impaired cardiometabolic or physical health. Excess body fat is measured by increased body fat percentage or waist circumference.

Downstream metabolic consequences of excess body fat are related to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance, such as abnormal glucose, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. Some of the negative effects on physical health include low back pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and reduced productivity.

On the other extreme, underfat is also a relevant problem. In addition to starvationrelated malnutrition, underfat is also prevalent in chronic illness and in eating disorders.

The majority of people are overfat.

It was estimated in 2017 that 91 percent of American adults could be classified as overfat, along with 69 percent of children. Excess body fat in childhood also is a significant risk for overfat status later in life and development of chronic disease. Sadly, and largely due to this overfat pandemic, children now have a lower life expectancy than their parents.

Is “overfat” insensitive?

With the negative stigma in our culture over terminology about excess body fat, in recent years, the health care community has avoided using the term “obese” in favor of euphemisms such as “unhealthy weight.” It turns out, however, that the term “obese” is only more upsetting for non-obese patients, whereas obese patients find the euphemism more upsetting.

Focus on the real issue.

Terminology such as “overweight” can be misleading, due to the fact that it draws attention away from the real cause of disease, focusing on weight rather than fat. Thus, people may believe that weight loss, rather than specifically fat loss, will improve their health.

In order to solve a problem, one must first understand what matters. Weight is mostly irrelevant, whereas fat content is what’s driving chronic disease.

Bottom line: Measure what matters.

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PLAY! healthy tip

Fun with the kids leads to a healthier family

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook the importance of playtime with our kids. As adults, we often get caught up in work, chores and other responsibilities, leaving little time for leisure activities. However, play is not just a fun way to pass the time; it also has numerous benefits for our health and wellbeing. Engaging in play with our children can lead to a healthier and happier family.

Firstly, playtime is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. When we play with our kids, we are able to let go of our worries and focus on the present moment. This can help us feel more relaxed and rejuvenated, which can have a positive impact on our mental and physical health.

Moreover, playtime promotes physical activity, which is essential for good health. Many modern lifestyles involve long hours of sitting and little physical movement. Playing with our children can help us get moving and increase our heart rate, which can improve our cardiovascular health. Playtime also strengthens family bonds and improves communication skills. When we play with our kids, we are creating positive memories and building strong relationships.

Additionally, playing together can encourage us to communicate more effectively and resolve conflicts in a healthy manner.

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It’s Just a Headache

Or is it?

In theory, our eyes work perfectly as a team, pointing together seamlessly at the object you are looking at, each sending identical information to the brain allowing you to see one clear image. Nerves control the six eye muscles and the eye movements, causing them to move in sync together. What happens if they DON’T work together well? If one eye is pointing in a slightly different direction? One eye could be pointing up or down, in or out, so instead of receiving the same info from each eye, the brain receives two disparate images. This confuses the brain, causing the six eye muscles to have to work overtime to relieve the stress on the brain and to keep the brain from seeing two images.

The muscle strain leads to a multitude of symptoms including anxiety, dizziness, difficulty driving, learning and reading issues, and poor concentration. These are mistakenly attributed to being caused by psychiatric issues, traumatic brain injury, dyslexia, MS, or even stroke, rather than the eyes. The patient is mislabeled or put on medications that are not treating the root cause.

I have just described binocular vision dysfunction (BVD), a condition where the eyes don’t work together as a team, and it is estimated 20 percent of the population suffers from it. That is a HUGE number of undiagnosed patients suffering, in pain, unable to drive or do well in school.

The most common symptoms of BVD are headaches or migraines. They often occur in the forehead, temples, or back of the head, are worse in the afternoon or after school, and can occur in all ages. Patients find some solace on the weekends, as there is less need to focus on near work, which requires even more muscle control and concentration. They also seek relief in other ways, most often with drugs, whether pills or injections. Neurologists and headache doctors recommend MRIs to make sure there is nothing scarier involved. They might recommend acupuncture, meditation, and other nonstandard ways to alleviate the pain, all of which cost thousands of dollars and take hours and days away from the patient.

Occasionally an optometrist may be sought to check for a visual component. However, binocular vision dysfunction is not found at a regular vision exam and instead requires detailed testing by a neuro-visual specialist. The patient first takes a questionnaire to check all aspects of symptoms, the neurovisual specialist takes a detailed history, checks external and internal health, takes many measurements to check for an eye muscle imbalance, then prescribes prism-aligning glasses.

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No grit, no pearl!

Recently, I was enjoying some scrumptious oysters in a curry broth. Unexpectedly, I encountered a granule of sand … and everything came to a screeching halt!

Instead of refocusing on savoring the flavors, I hyper-focused on the sand and negatively labeled my entire experience! Have you had a similar “all-or-nothing” reaction to a situation? I laughed at myself; yet, it also got me thinking about oysters, and what we can learn from their resilience.

Did you know an oyster coats an irritant (the sand) with thousands of layers of nacre (mother of pearl), and slowly over time, a strong, resilient and iridescent pearl begins to form? What if we treated life’s situations like an oyster does; just an irritant to calmly face and work through?

Follow these three steps to discover your pearl:

1. Find Your Grit. Grit means strength of character or perseverance forged through facing “irritants.” Start by taking a moment to visualize a situation, curiously and neutrally, as your own pearl being made. It can take the charge out of the fear or anxiety you have toward a situation. It also helps you realize you can handle it.

2. Respond vs. React. An event happens and you can choose how to respond. You choose

to “coat” (acknowledge) it and mindfully observe your thoughts/feelings that come up. Instead of reacting by throwing a tantrum, disrespecting someone, or with worry (based on assumptions, unvoiced expectations, or past patterns), you respond by neutrally and curiously acknowledging the situation. This influences your perception of the outcome and future actions.

3. Face It. Build your “iridescent” resilience by neutrally facing the situation, followed by curiously asking what you can do to address/ resolve it. Then take it a step further and see if you can lean into, and face, a situation with curious excitement and a “Let’s do this!” attitude.

The reality is there will always be “irritants” in our lives. Think about amazing or key events in your life. In order to experience them, you likely had some challenges to face. Doing so made the outcome more enjoyable and memorable.

These steps empower us to handle a situation or obstacle like an oyster (just a tiny “irritant”), an opportunity to learn and grow, keep a more balanced perspective, and make it easier to move forward in a productive and creative way.

What obstacles/challenges are you facing? Ready to create your pearl?

No grit, no pearl, y’all!

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The perfect shoe to complement your style

The right pair of shoes can take an outfit to the next level, and finding the perfect shoes to complete your look can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to decide which shoes will best suit your style and the occasion. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest shoe trends of the season, from bold and daring to classic and elegant. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color to a little black dress, elevate your everyday look with sleek ankle boots, or make a statement with bold metallic flats, our selection has something for everyone. We’ve included shoes that are comfortable and practical for everyday wear, as well as shoes that are elegant and sophisticated for formal occasions. So step up your style game and take a look at our roundup of the perfect shoes to complete your look.

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Bold Animal Print Heels.

Make a statement with a pair of bold animal print heels. Perfect for adding a touch of edge to any outfit, these shoes are playful, stylish and on-trend. Whether you’re dressing up or keeping it casual, the animal print is sure to make a statement. Pair them with skinny jeans and a leather jacket or a midi skirt and a blouse for a chic and sophisticated look.

Timeless Nude Pumps.

Keep it classic with timeless nude pumps. Perfect for any formal occasion, these shoes will add an elegant touch to any outfit. Whether you’re attending a wedding, a business meeting or a fancy dinner, these shoes are the perfect choice. With their comfortable fit and versatile design, you can wear them with anything and everything.



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Slip-On Sneakers.

Keep it casual with comfortable slip-on sneakers. Perfect for running errands or taking a walk, they’re easy to wear and easy to style. With their simple design and neutral color, slipons are the perfect choice for any casual outfit. Pair them with jeans and a T-shirt or leggings and a hoodie for a comfortable and effortless look.

Trendy Platform Sneakers.

Step up your style game with some trendy platform sneakers. Perfect for adding a fun touch to any casual outfit, these shoes are playful, comfortable and on-trend. With their chunky sole and unique design, they’re sure to make a statement wherever you go. Pair them with leggings and a cropped hoodie for a sporty look or with a denim skirt and a graphic tee for a more casual vibe.

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With their chunky sole and unique design, they’re sure to make a statement wherever you go.
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If you’re looking for the perfect addition to any summer outfit, a pair of platfrom sandals are a must. The neutral color goes with everything, and the comfortable design makes them perfect for all-day wear. Whether you’re heading to a dinner date or running errands around town, these shoes will keep you comfortable and stylish. Pair them with a sundress or shorts and a T-shirt for a casual and effortless look.

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Keep it simple with these classic white sneakers. Whether you’re running errands or heading to the gym, these shoes are the perfect choice. With their comfortable fit and simple design, they’re easy to wear and easy to style. Pair them with leggings and a tank top or shorts and a T-shirt for a comfortable and casual look.

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Revitalizing your skin and hair with exosome therapy

In recent years, regenerative medicine has emerged as a groundbreaking field that aims to use the body’s natural healing processes to repair and restore damaged tissues. One of the most exciting areas of research in this field involves the use of exosomes—tiny cellular structures that play a critical role in cell-to-cell communication and tissue regeneration.

Exosomes are small vesicles that are produced by various types of cells in the body. They contain a variety of signaling molecules, including information to regenerate tissue and regulate cell growth. Researchers have found that exosomes can be used to deliver these signals to other cells, promoting tissue repair and regeneration.

One of the most promising applications of exosomes is in the field of aesthetic medicine. Exosomes are being used for skin rejuvenation, hair restoration and antiaging treatments. There are several ways that exosomes can be administered, including through microneedling, microneedling RF and injections.

Microneedling involves the use of a small device that creates tiny punctures in the skin, allowing exosomes to penetrate more deeply and deliver their regenerative signals. Microneedling RF, or radiofrequency microneedling, combines microneedling with the application of radiofrequency energy to further enhance the effects of the exosomes.

Injections of exosomes can also be used to target specific areas of the skin, face, scalp, and anywhere the skin needs rejuvenation. There are many different companies that produce exosomes through donor cells and are generally considered safe and effective. However, it is important to note that exosome

therapy is still a relatively new field, and there is ongoing research to fully understand its potential benefits and risks.

One of the biggest advantages of exosome therapy is that it is a minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no downtime. Patients can typically return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. The exosomes can be applied or injected immediately after a skin procedure to produce faster healing and increase collagen in the skin. Results may vary depending on the individual, but many patients report improved skin texture, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, and when used on the brows and scalp there is increased hair growth.

The cost of exosome therapy varies depending on the brand, specific treatment and the provider, but it is generally considered to be more affordable than many other regenerative medicine treatments. It is also worth noting that exosome therapy is not currently FDA approved, although it is widely used by many practitioners.

In conclusion, exosome therapy represents an exciting and futuristic approach to aesthetic medicine. By harnessing the power of these tiny cellular structures, patients can expect beautiful skin rejuvenation, hair restoration, and achieve a more youthful appearance. While more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and risks of exosome therapy, it is a promising area of research that holds great potential for the future of regenerative medicine.

Gig Harbor Aesthetics is now offering this exciting treatment for increased results for beautiful skin and hair restoration.

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Making Members

A place to feel at home

A Place for Families, Community, Comradery ... and Golf!

Do you ever walk into a place that feels like home? That’s what Gig Harbor Golf Club is for every member.

Gig Harbor Golf Club (GHGC) is more than just a pristine 9-hole golf course that highlights the best parts of the Pacific Northwest. With its towering evergreen trees, views of Mount Rainier, and the occasional wildlife spotting, the course has become a second home for its members. Welcoming both young and old, the club’s various year-round social events further strengthen the ties amongst its members.

The golf course was constructed in tranquil Artondale by fishermen, businessmen and other community leaders in 1954. They were seeking a place to socialize and golf. In 1961, the course was opened on its current 65-acre location. The membership has continued the club’s goal of growing and reinvesting back into the facility.

In 2021, the current Director of Golf Operations, Jake Gregus, was hired. Under his direction, the course has undergone major improvements, including adding a covered bay for the driving range, remodeling the original club house, expanded patio to include a family size fire pit, and resurfacing the driveway and cart paths. The Proshop was recently remodeled and now includes golf attire, hard goods, and a golf simulator for lessons and general practice.

In 2023, members approved new and upgraded course equipment, remodeled tee boxes and a refreshing new look to the members’ bar. Plans are in the making for a redesigned practice area—expanding both the chipping and putting greens—along with enhancements to the course entryway, slated for 2024.

One of the most celebrated upgrades to the club is the redecorated event space within the club house. The remodeled space offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for families to come together. It’s created a meeting point for families to celebrate their children—from first birthdays to high school graduations, weddings, and every other milestone in between.

Orchestrating these milestone events in the members’ lives, you’ll find Jackie Scothorne—the Club House Manager. She and her energetic hospitality team are always welcoming the members with a smile and a drink. Jackie organizes events that strengthen GHGC’s community and highlights that the club is more than just a place to golf. Members meet up for steak nights, card games, trivia contests, billiards and corn hole games. She provides hospitality support to the men’s and women’s club events. Kids get special visits from Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Halloween goblins during the many holiday celebrations. The club hosts an annual Father’s Day fishing tournament for the children, served up with breakfast too. These GHGC community experiences have built GHGC into the family based organization it is today.

Members have access to private lessons from Troy Kelly, former PGA Tour player, and Jared Eacrett, assistant golf professional. Whether you’re a lifetime golfer or just starting out, Troy and Jared can help you develop your skills. Among the many group outings, Jared leads

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GIG HARBOR GOLF CLUB 6909 Artondale Drive NW Gig Harbor, Washington 98335 253.851.2428

the ladies in the summer at the weekly Sip and Chip—a hit in more ways than one. There is a plethora of junior golf opportunities from April to August—expert instruction designed to give your junior golfer a deep love for the game and the abilities to perform on the course. PGA Junior Academy is designed exclusively for kids from ages 7 to 17 years old. Instruction is given to develop the skills of golf, from beginner to advanced proficiency. Jeff Gibson, club president, and Justin Skogen, men’s club representative, along with other members, work with the area high school golf teams in the community.

As the Gig Harbor Golf Club is very competitive within the golf club market, membership is by “invitation only,” meaning a submitted application must be sponsored. If you have any questions about the Gig Harbor Golf Club, please contact Jake Gregus, Director of Golf Operations,, Jackie Scothorne at or

The remodeled space offers a warm and inviting space for families to come together. It’s created a meeting point for families to celebrate their children—from their first birthdays to their high school graduations, their weddings, and every other milestone in between.


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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.


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.

being Salon Rivera Hair 253.858.2820 8809 N. Harborview Dr. Ste. 201, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 A Prima Salon & Extensions Hair 253.509.0726 2609 Jahn Ave. NW. Ste. F-6, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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86 GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL may/june 2023 LOCAL GUIDE The Inn at Gig Harbor 3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.858.1111 The Maritime Inn 3212 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.858.1818 Waterfront Inn 9017 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332 253.857.0770 Stay Waterfront Gig Harbor See our website for four different locations 909.772.8810 Pleasure Craft Houseboat Rentals 3215 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.549.6639 Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Fleet Suites 3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.858.3535 Aloha Beachside B&B 8318 State Route 302 NW., Gig Harbor, WA 98329 888.256.4222 Beachside Bed & Breakfast 679 Kamus Dr., Fox Island, WA 98333 253-549-2524 Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Guest House 3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.858.3535 $$$$$ WATERFRONT SPA/SAUNA POOL RESTAURANT/BAR FREE BREAKFAST KITCHEN/ETTE SUITES PETS FITNESS CENTER MEETING SPACE PRICING
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$$$$$ Health 253.844.4137 4904 Point Fosdick Dr NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 Salon Rivera Hair 253.858.2820 8809 N. Harborview Dr. Ste. 201, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Harbor Health & Skincare Skin Care 253.314.2618 4221 Harborview Drive Ste. 101, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Gig Harbor Primary Care 4423
Dr., Ste. 306, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.432.4437 • •
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Gig Harbor Primary Care offers holistic primary healthcare to women and men of all ages. Being your primary care provider involves treating the entire patient, starting with overall physical health while also considering other significant factors such as family, emotional, social, community and environmental health. All of these play a substantial role in your overall well-being. *Welcoming New Patients* healthcare team. GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL’S 2021 WINNER


Jennie Wetter • Infinity Real Estate, LLC 5775 Soundview Dr. Ste. B202, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.358.2010 • •

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.

Jennifer Hawkins • Key2See Team - Hawkins-Poe 8815 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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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 • •

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!

Jaclyn Harkson, Windermere Professional Partners 2727 Hollycroft St Suite #210, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.549.3332 • •

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.


Jerisich Dock • Marina 3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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.

Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch 3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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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.

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Carolyn Westmoreland Westmoreland Properties 253.961.5596
Ed Aro & Team Aro Windermere 360.322.4017
Arabella’s Landing Marina 253.851.1793 3323 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Marina 253.858.3535 3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Lakebay Marina Resort Marina 253.884.3350 - 15 Lorenz Rd. NW, Lakebay, WA 98349
Infinity Real Estate, LCC 253.693.4940
88 GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL may/june 2023 © 2022 Benjamin Moore & Co., and the triangle “M” symbol are registered trademarks and Paint like no other are trademarks licensed to Benjamin Moore & Co. Visit POULSBO 20530 Viking Way NW 360.779-6995 PORT TOWNSEND 315 Decatur Street 360.379-8025 BREMERTON 5373 Auto Center Way 360.373.5999 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND 937 Hildebrand Lane 206.842-2227 GIG HARBOR 5500 Olympic Drive NW 253.858.6362 REFRESH your colors. Nothing says refresh quite like a fresh coat of paint. Visit us to ensure you get the product that is right for your project. MAIN SIDING: Gray Owl OC-52 Aura® Exterior, Low Lustre; MAIN SIDING: Storm AF-700 Aura® Exterior, Low Lustre; WINDOWS AND DOORS: Witching Hour 2120-30 Aura® Grand Entrance®, Satin; PORCH CEILING: Marblehead Gold HC-11 Aura® Exterior, Satin

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.

89 GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL may/june 2023 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 Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak Boating Merchandise 253.858.6090 3403 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Harbor General Store Home Decor, Gift Shop 253.358.3241 804 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Waters Edge Gallery Art Gallery 253.858.7449 7808 Pioneer Way Gig, Harbor, WA 98335 Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall 4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.851.4557 •
Tickled Pink 253.858.1751 3026 Harborview Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 AR Workshop 253.844.3041 3208 Tarabochia St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Ebbtide Gallery 253.851.5293 7809 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Dolly Mama Boutique 253.851.5113 7700 Pioneer Way #103, Gig Harbor, WA 98335  Weathered Cottage Home Decor 253.530.0818 TheWeatheredCottage. 3306 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Rainy Day Yarns Mercantile, Yarns, Classes 253.514.6890 7716 Pioneer Way Ste D, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Maritime Jewelers Jewelers 253.853.4579 3116 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Cougarwear Gift Shop 253.851.5395 6946 Kimball Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 CS Floors Flooring 253.676.9395 8803 WA-16, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 van der Veen Jewelers Jewelers 253.514.8478 4711 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall LandingMall 3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 For the Love of Spice Spice Store 253.858.0272 3104 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Gig Harbor Beer Festival Event Art Gallery Craft Classes Clothing & Accessories Clothing & Accessories Spring - Cinco de Mayo Celebration Event Spring GigHarborFoundation.orgMadrona Links Golf Course Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.5193 Gig Harbor Golf Club Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.2428 Gig Harbor Gondola Water Activity Spring / Summer / Fall 253.432.0052
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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. Uptown Gig Harbor Summer Concert Series Event Summer - Food Truck Feast At Sehmel Homestead Park Event Summer - Summer Sounds at Skansie Event Summer - Gig Harbor Kayaks Water Activity Spring/Summer 253.358.3491 Pier into the Night Event Winter - 7 Seas Brewing Brewery Year-Round 253.514.8129 Galaxy Luxury Theatres Movie Theater Year-Round 253.851.8300 GigHarbor Gig Harbor Film Festival Event Fall 253.682.9585 OTHER SERVICES Peninsula Light Co. Electric Utility 253.857.5950 13315 Goodnough Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Coast Movers 888.546.6820 3621 Hunt St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Moving Family First Adult Family Homes • Senior Care & Family Living 4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. #312, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.853.2033 • 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 4700 Pt Fosdick Dr. # 120 Gig Harbor WA 98335 Narrows Cleaning Cleaning 253.495.2844 5823 Wollochet DR NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 Harbor Quality Painting Painting Services 253.310.7690 5823 Wollochet DR NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Spec German Auto Services 206.238.0565 3621 Hunt St Gig Harbor, WA 98335 SBI Insurance Insurance 253.858.9988 3312 Rosedale Street #103, Gig Harbor, WA Family Law Resolutions Attorney 253.853.6940 7191 Wagner Way, Suite 303 Gig Harbor, WA Synergy electric + technology, inc. 253.234.5311 • 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.
91 GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL may/june 2023 8803 SR 16 NW, Gig Harbor, WA | 253.853.5833 f Carpet • Laminate • Vinyl • Tile • Stone • Hardwood Financing available Walk on to something BEAUTIFUL GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL’S 2022 WINNER WELCOME HOME TO HARBOR PLACE It's not the good life. It's the best life! From morning to night, you've got friends to meet up with, activities to share and a beautiful environment around you. From fine dining, to sunny courtyard lunches, our chef prepares meals meant to be savored. Choose from a range of active living options that complement your personal needs and lifestyle. 253.853.3354 Call today to schedule a tour! 1016 29th Street NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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ticking with the real estate theme of this issue, the travel story highlights two resorts that you can vacation at—and if you love it can purchase a vacation or future retirement home. Suncadia is a 6,400-acre resort and real estate community located in the Cascade Mountains in Washington. Just outside of Bend, Oregon, the Sunriver Resort is 3,300 acres and has the only private resort airstrip in the Pacific Northwest. Both resorts are iconic Pacific Northwest favorites, with many guests having family histories of their first visits and now introducing the communities to their children.

Suncadia and Sunriver are full-service destinations. Guests will find luxury lodging, spas, pools, golf courses, multiple restaurants, and lots of fun summer activities. All of this can be found in stunning natural scenery offering plenty of space for miles of hiking and biking trails. There is no need to venture from these active communities when there is so much to see and do.

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For the ultimate in luxury, stay at The Lodge at Suncadia, perched atop the Cascade Mountains with stellar views. The lodge offers accommodations from deluxe studios, one- or twobedroom suites, and luxury penthouses. Designed for longer vacations, you’ll find kitchens, washers and dryers, private balconies, and gas fireplaces. The lodge is a central hub with access to several restaurants. For a more intimate stay, The Inn at Suncadia overlooks the lovely Prospector Golf Course and provides a more traditional hotel stay. Also at the resort are the Trailhead Condominiums with one or two bedrooms and large decks. These are perfect for a more extended stay. There are a variety of neighborhoods that have luxury vacation homes for rent. Sizes range from one to six bedrooms, and each is fully furnished.

Sunriver Resort has a variety of lodgings across this large resort including the River Lodge and Lodge Village. These resort rooms all have fireplaces and private decks to enjoy the stunning views. Guests at the River Lodge also have exclusive access to the large outdoor hot tubs. Also available are more than 275 condominiums and vacation homes for rent. For a truly special experience, stay at Forestbrook at Caldera Springs. In addition to access to all the Sunriver amenities, you also have access to those at Caldera Springs including its gorgeous Quarry Pool. Also enjoy complimentary watercraft rentals on the Obsidian or Trailmere Lakes.

Suncadia and Sunriver are fullservice destinations. Guests will find luxury lodging, spas, pools, golf courses, multiple restaurants, and lots of fun summer activities.

Suncadia’s newest restaurant is The Stovehouse, located at The Inn at Suncadia, which focuses on fresh, local ingredients. Executive Chef Taylor Widrig says, “The restaurant’s menu pays homage to Suncadia’s storied past, while celebrating local brewers, farmers and ranchers of today and the immense effort they put into their craft.” Gorgeous golfcourse views make it a perfect alfresco dining spot when the weather is nice. Portals Restaurant in the lodge offers an eclectic Pacific Northwest seasonal menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients. Combined with the panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains, this is one special meal. On the property you’ll find a variety of food and beverage offerings including a market and the Taste of the Cascade Food Truck.

The restaurants at Sunriver Resort also focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Lodge Kitchen is the resort’s signature restaurant and has spectacular views of the Cascade Range. Known for its dry-age beef, this is a true ranch-to-table meal sourcing from local and regional purveyors. The Owl’s Nest is like your cozy neighborhood pub. Enjoy the local craft beer this region is famed for with classic dishes. The grand fireplace offers a welcome respite on chilly days while the outdoor patio has views of the Meadows Golf Course with Mt. Bachelor in the distance.

If golf is your thing, then Suncadia Resort has you covered. Rocky peaks of the Eastern Cascades and pine forest surround the three championship golf courses. If relaxing is more your style, book a treatment at the awardwinning Glade Spring Spa. It is known for its beautiful outdoor features and even offers a private women’s garden that has a sauna and a hot outdoor mineral bath. Summer activities abound with more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails, axe throwing, archery, water rentals and off-site excursions such as fly fishing and river floats.

The Cove Aquatic Center at the Sunriver Resort has families returning year after year to enjoy this waterpark with its indoor and outdoor pool, waterslide, gently flowing eddy, gorgeous outdoor spaces overlooking a lake with mountain views, and so much more. Biking is a safe activity with over 40 miles of paved trails. Golfers will love the four courses with 63 holes of world-class golf. A children’s program allows for adult time at the Sage Springs Club and Spa. You’ll never be bored staying at Sunriver.

After staying at these two incredible resorts, if you find the communities to your liking, then consider purchasing a property. Both resorts have real estate offerings at a variety of price points as well as property management services for vacation rentals.

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101 GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL may/june 2023 We are located in Olympic Square across from Harbor Greens 5229 Olympic Drive, Suite B, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 | 253.432.4008 | Please use this coupon for 20% off your purchase of loose leaf tea or herbal blends. We can’t wait to meet you! Over 300 loose leaf teas, herbals and wellness blends. Ask us about our fun & interactive Tea Blending Classes We are a family run locally owned business that has been serving the Pacific Northwest for over a decade! TEA TO-GO In the mood for a drink? We’ve got tea to-go! Hot and iced! northwest-style fish & chips · clam chowder cioppino · bouillabaisse · steamers Or visit us anytime at our flagship location 3607 NW Byron St, Silverdale · 360-692-9611 Learn more and order online at New Location in Gig Harbor · 7806 Pioneer Way

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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

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Experience the world's best burgers and shakes at LunchBox Lab Gig Harbor. Stop in for their boozy shakes (using locally produced ice cream), handpressed patties, organic fresh buns and premium ingredients. And they're always experimenting with new menu items—come see their newest creations! Complete your experience with an eclectic cocktail from the full bar. Open for lunch and dinner 11:30am to close daily for dine-in, curbside and delivery; private dining event space and corporate catering are also available.

4901 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor 253.432.4061 |

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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.

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At Formosa, located next to the Galaxy Theatre in Gig Harbor, the delicious and creative menus is certain to excite guests. Chef Jin dishes up classic American, traditional Taiwanese and other cultural dishes. Menu items like Seafood Trotolle, Black Pepper Ribeye Steak, and Beef Noodle Soup can be found on the menu, with specials and fresh soups changing weekly. And enjoy one of their expresso drinks or Taiwan Bubble Teas. Open for breakfast (served all day), lunch and dinner, hours are 9am to 9:30pm Tuesday - Saturday, 9am to 6:30pm Sunday.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 600 | Gig Harbor 253.514.6534 |


Open Spring 2022 · 7806 Pioneer 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.

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Sushi at Home!

• Rinse the sushi rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain the rice and add it to a pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed.

• While the rice is cooking, make the sushi vinegar by mixing together the rice vinegar, sugar

• Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and add the sushi vinegar. Use a wooden spoon or rice paddle to gently fold the vinegar into the rice until it’s well combined. Let the rice cool to room temperature.

• Place a sheet of nori seaweed on a bamboo sushi mat or a piece of plastic wrap. Wet your hands with cold water and grab a handful of rice. Spread the rice evenly over the nori, leaving a 1-inch border at the top edge.

• Add a few strips of fish, cucumber and avocado to the center of the rice. Use the bamboo mat or plastic wrap to roll the sushi tightly, tucking in the filling as you go. Press the sushi roll gently to make sure it’s compact and the filling is snugly packed.

• Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients, making three more sushi rolls.

• Use a sharp knife to slice each sushi roll into eight pieces. Serve the sushi with soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi on the side.

• Enjoy your homemade sushi!

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105 GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL may/june 2023 Breakfast • Lunch Dinner • Drinks A fresh take on classic American dishes, while also bringing traditional Taiwanese dishes into the spotlight! Breakfast served all day! 253.514.6534 | NEXT TO THE GALAXY THEATRE 4747 Point Fosdick Drive Northwest, Gig Harbor, WA

Igniting the Creative Spirit of Gig Harbor

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at the Spring Market & Festival

Spring is in full swing here in the harbor, which means there’s no better time to get outdoors and celebrate all this season has to offer. Mark your calendars for May 13 for a new market you won’t want to miss!

The Local Makers Spring Market & Festival, in partnership with the City of Gig Harbor, will make its debut just in time for Mother’s Day. From 10am to 3pm, the community is invited to gather together to celebrate spring and the immense creativity that can be found right here in Gig Harbor.

Held at Gig Harbor’s Civic Center Green (3510 Grandview Street), the Local Makers Spring Market & Festival will feature more than 50 local makers and artisans, as well as “minimakers” (youth entrepreneur makers) showcasing their skills. Discover the diverse array of handmade goods, everything from jewelry and pottery, to skin care, to baked goods—and, of course, a whole lot more!

In addition to the dozens of makers and artisans selling their goods, there will be local food and beverage vendors, DIY creative and pampering workshops, face painters, balloon artists, an aerial artist, and much more! Live music from local performers will fill the air throughout the event. And be sure to

“This event will be one of the highlights of the spring season for residents and visitors alike,” shares Caasi Dickens, founder of Local Makers Gig Harbor. “We’re coming together as a community to ignite the creative spirit of Gig Harbor. It will be a fantastic opportunity to discover unique, locally made goods, support local artisans, and have a great time with friends and family in a beautiful outdoor setting.”

Held the day before Mother’s Day, this is a wonderful event to treat Mom to. “We wanted to create an event that would be the perfect way for families to spend quality time together on this special occasion weekend,” smiles Clare Dunis, Local Makers member and co-organizer of the event. “Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for Mom, seeking inspiration for your own creative projects, or simply want to relax and have some fun, this festival has something for everyone.”

And there’s more good news. The event is free to attend! For more information about the event, including participating vendors, entertainment, activities and workshops, visit or follow the Local Makers Spring Market & Festival event page on Facebook.

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Half Marathon - 10K - 5K

The children’s charities we support are Children’s Home Society Peninsula, Food Backpacks 4 Kids, and Communities In Schools Peninsula. We have also supported a Montessori Elementary School in Guatemala.

Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North.

August 5, 2023

Tacoma Narrows Airport

6:30AM - 7:45 AM - Packet Pickup

Race start times: 8:00AM - Half Marathon Start

8:15AM - 10K Start

8:30AM - 5K Start

12:00PM - Official Timing Concludes

*Please note, there is no advance packet pickup


Scenic course, with all distances running the iconic Tacoma Narrows Bridge!

Well-supported race with multiple aid stations for each distance.

Tech shirt for all runners.

Custom, locally made finisher medal for all distances.

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Taste of Gig Harbor

Taste of Gig Harbor, a dinner and auction fundraiser brought to the community by the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, offers the finest cuisine Gig Harbor has to offer. Since 1991, the Rotary Club has provided the most fun, exciting forum for friends, neighbors and sponsors to come together for this excellent fundraising event to help support their local and international projects. Held at the Gig Harbor Antique Airplane Hangar on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 5:30pm, tickets are priced $100 per person and can be purchased online at

The Community Table Fundraiser

Enjoy an evening under the stars at The Community Table, an event to raise critical funds for local programs working to ensure families’ essential food needs are met. Hosted by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and Uptown Gig Harbor, the event will be held at Pavilion Plaza on Saturday, May 6. Each ticket includes an amazing three-course gourmet dinner, live music, a locally crafted ceramic water glass to take home, and your donation to The Community Table Fund. To purchase tickets to the event, which is limited to just 100 guests, visit

Gig Harbor Beer Festival


The 12th annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival makes its way to the harbor Saturday, May 20! Held noon to 5pm at the Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion, Northwest craft brewers take center stage, offering event-goers a refreshing mix of familiar favorites and new brews to taste. There will also be live music! Tickets, priced $32 each, will include admission to the event, 5-ounce festival pilsner cup, 10 taster tokens, and programs (while supplies last). Proceeds from the event benefit the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club. Find out more and purchase tickets at

Maritime Gig Festival

Presented by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Kitsap Credit Union, join in the merriment Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, to celebrate our beautiful city with others in the community all weekend long. Events over the two-day festival include the Gig Grande Parade, U.S. Bank 5k Family Fun Run, Wheels on the Water Car Show, Blessing of the Fleet, music and entertainment, and more! All are welcome to join in the fun at the Maritime Gig Festival in beautiful downtown Gig Harbor. For additional details, visit

Make Music Day Gig Harbor

Music will be celebrated worldwide on June 21! And Gig Harbor will be right there celebrating too. This live, free musical celebration is held on the longest day of the year and features concerts on the streets, sidewalks, parks and stages across the city of Gig Harbor all day long. Make Music Day brings the community together to celebrate the beauty of music of all genres. Anyone can take part to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers. The entire community is encouraged to attend and/or participate. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this day celebrating music. For additional details about this year’s event, visit For those interested in participating both on and off stage, email

Gig Harbor Garden Tour

A “tour for literacy,” the Gig Harbor Garden Tour is an annual self-guided tour of gardens in the Greater Gig Harbor area, with this year’s tour taking place June 24 and 25. Each featured garden has a unique story to tell that reflects the gardener’s heart and style. The variety, artistry, design and color will inspire you. All profits from the sale of tickets, which are priced $25 each ($20 for groups of 10 or more) to the Gig Harbor Garden Tour are dedicated to improving literacy on the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula. Tickets go on sale Memorial Day weekend. For additional details, to view ticket outlets or to purchase your ticket online, visit

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You’ll feel right at home. article cover image

You’ll feel right at home.

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COE article cover image


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Igniting the Creative Spirit of Gig Harbor article cover image

Igniting the Creative Spirit of Gig Harbor

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Sushi at Home! article cover image

Sushi at Home!

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Dine Out In The Harbor article cover image

Dine Out In The Harbor

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MARINAS & BOAT LAUNCHES article cover image


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REAL ESTATE article cover image


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A Place for Families, Community, Comradery ... and Golf! article cover image

A Place for Families, Community, Comradery ... and Golf!

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HOMETOWN EXPERTS Gig Harbor' s article cover image


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Revitalizing your skin and hair with exosome therapy article cover image

Revitalizing your skin and hair with exosome therapy

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discover LOOK article cover image

discover LOOK

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PLAY! healthy tip article cover image

PLAY! healthy tip

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THE PANDEMIC OF EXCESS FAT article cover image


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Retirement Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples article cover image

Retirement Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

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prepping for summer activities for kids can be an enjoyable experience for both parents and children. article cover image

prepping for summer activities for kids can be an enjoyable experience for both parents and children.

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Get Ready for Get Ready for article cover image

Get Ready for Get Ready for

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FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER OR Seasoned Pro article cover image


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The Maritime Gig Festival is Back! article cover image

The Maritime Gig Festival is Back!

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and the priorities of her family.

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STUDENTS IN article cover image


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teacher in the sp otlight article cover image

teacher in the sp otlight

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Curious by Nature School Expansion article cover image

Curious by Nature School Expansion

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Buyers Enter Back into the Market! article cover image

Buyers Enter Back into the Market!

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Warm and Inviting article cover image

Warm and Inviting

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Six swoon-worthy color palettes for your home article cover image

Six swoon-worthy color palettes for your home

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The Aesthetic Appealof BRICK, STONE AND CONCRETE article cover image

The Aesthetic Appealof BRICK, STONE AND CONCRETE

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A Season to Celebrate Those We Love and Remember and Honor Those Lost article cover image

A Season to Celebrate Those We Love and Remember and Honor Those Lost

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L e t u s t a k e c a r e o f y o u

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