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o a couple years ago, I wrote about getting rid of the old yellowed-oak look of the 90s. Guess what? It’s back! No, no, not the yellowed look of the 90s, but oak is back—only this time, the updated oak look is a painted oak. Cabinet companies are starting to introduce this new painted look, but instead of a satin, smooth surface, designers are liking the textured wood-grain look with matte paint, which really highlights the oak graining of the wood. So, if you’ve been holding on to the oak cabinets in your house because you just didn’t know where to start with updating, now you have a starting point. However, you can’t just paint the oak cabinets you have and expect to have the same results. The wood graining on your existing cabinets is covered in polyurethane or lacquer, so if you paint that, and especially if you use a matte paint, it will highlight any uneven surfaces, and they will end up looking splotchy. Your cabinets will need to be sanded down, possibly wire

brushed to get the graining to stand up a bit, and then you can paint them to get that similar look that’s in style right now. Enlisting a professional painter is probably a must, but if you want to try it, start with the back of a cabinet door to see how good you can make it look before you take off all your doors and have a project you wish you would never have started. Matte is in. Even the countertop companies are doing matte finishes on most—if not all—of their countertops, and if they don’t offer it, the fabricators can change the texture from a high-gloss polished surface to a satin/leathered or honed/ matte finish with a special machining technique. The acrylic companies like Corian also offer a satin or matte finish, and laminates are starting to go that way, too. What does this mean? To me, it means that people must like cleaning off fingerprints. I would not use a matte countertop


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What does a seizure look like? The prodrome or initial stage creates anxiety, irritability and clinginess—often unnoticed by the pet parent. Preictal starts the beginning of the seizure, and within seconds to minutes, the dog becomes “out of it”; he might arch his head and neck during this phase. Ictus is the obvious seizure stage within which loss of bowel and bladder control can occur as well as leg paddling/jerking. It can last seconds to minutes—or longer. The postictal phase follows and is one of the most dangerous for the pet parent because of the confused state of the patient. Dogs often become off balance, temporarily blind and sometimes aggressive.


An epilepsy diagnosis is often determined by “normal” physical findings, labwork, MRI and neurological tests. Interestingly, seizure triggers are essentially unknown—studies point toward stress, bright lights and change in weather as instigators—but the causes are not always well defined. Do seizures cause pain? Likely no, but they certainly create worry for the pet parent. Caregivers no doubt experience stress and discomfort while watching their loved fur balls change behavior, especially during the ictal phase! Because dogs can't speak English, researchers use the human experience to shed light on the subject. Surprisingly, many people report little or no pain or discomfort after a seizure event, merely a bit of sluggishness and vacancy afterward. Epileptic seizure treatments focus on lowering the brain's “seizure threshold,” attempting to decrease the severity and number while minimizing the side effects of medications.


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will also be providing activities and entertainment for the kids as well as live music throughout the feast. A favorite for the kids is their very own Root Beer Float Garden. Here they are served up the summertime favorite, a great cool treat on what will likely be a warm summer day. Those 21 and older can also stop into the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Filling Station at the Food Truck Feast. Proceeds will support the Park District's sports and recreation scholarship fund and the Foundation's Community Recreation Scholarship Fund, which provides annual grants to diverse community sports and recreation programs. Bring your appetite and don’t be afraid to try something new this year as local chefs continue to push creativity in their dishes. Enjoy food, drinks, music and family in a beautiful setting, and start your Father’s Day weekend off right!


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his year’s Gig Harbor Garden Tour poster is a beautiful splash of color called ‘Double Tulips’ by artist Victor K. Andres. A Gig Harbor resident, Andres was inspired by boats and the sea but his floral water colors are what caught the eye of those choosing the art for the poster. Following a lead to check out the website for his paintings, they fell in love with his depictions of flowers. After Andres died in May of 2017 after a long bout with leukemia, his daughters set up the website in his memory and to offer some of his paintings for sale. The proceeds will benefit his beloved wife of 51 years. You can access the website at So many artists have been inspired to paint flowers and gardens: Think of Monet’s water lilies, Van Gogh’s sunflowers or O’Keeffe’s irises. Conversely, many gardeners have been inspired by art, but they use flowers and plants as paint and the landscape as their canvas. It’s obvious to see the beauty in a single flower, but


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When you buy a ticket to see and hear the tales of the beautiful gardens of Gig Harbor and the surrounding area, you are also providing the joy of reading to a worthy child or adult. several truckloads of her favorite Japanese maples and other plants from her huge garden on Fox Island to her new, smaller garden off Reid Road. Norene is an artist, specializing in jewelry, and her talent is echoed in her garden. The other shady garden on this year’s tour is the Osterichers’. They wanted to keep the native plants that were on the property when they moved in. They’ve added subtle touches such as a natural-looking ponds and non-native perennials that blend in beautifully and create a serene habitat for birds and other wildlife. Monet would approve, even though he got in trouble with the local authorities for diverting a stream to create his ponds! A couple of this year’s gardens show the influence of Asian art including a lovely pagoda

with temple bells at Claudia Thompson’s. The Lightfeldts’ hillside garden on Horsehead Bay has many touches of the Orient including places of quiet reflection with maples artfully placed by Yang’s Nursery and garden art including temples and pagodas. There are also homages to their daughter’s favorite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In Carol and Tim Williams’ garden there are views of water and sky framed by a gated archway and many other treats for the artistic eye including rows of colorful alliums marching along in shiny galvanized troughs. So there is (to quote a line from the 2017 exhibit ‘From Monet to Matisse’ at the Royal Academy in London) “a link between the humble trowel and the paintbrush.” When you attend the 2018 Gig Harbor Garden Tour, keep your artist’s eye


open and you, too, will find that link in this year’s gardens! When you buy a ticket to see and hear the tales of the beautiful gardens of Gig Harbor and the surrounding area, you are also providing the joy of reading to a worthy child or adult, as The Garden Tour’s cause is literacy. Last year’s recipients included five elementary schools in the area: Discovery, Purdy, Voyager, Vaughn and Minter Creek. Grants also went to Pediatrics Northwest and to the Harbor History Museum. To find out how to volunteer as a docent or greeter at one of the gardens, please visit and click on ‘participate.’



“There is nothing that cannot be accomplished if you are willing to put in the effort. It is my greatest desire that no student would limit themselves in any way."


here’s an old saying that goes, ‘Those who cannot do teach.” However, Heather Jones has a different theory on her profession. “I would argue that those who teach actually get to do it all and all in the company of incredibly enthusiastic 10-year-old people,” she said. Heather is wrapping up her 15th year in the profession and is currently a fourth grade teacher at Evergreen Elementary School. She enlightens her students in core studies like math, science and social studies while also mixing in language and the visual arts. Like many young people, Heather wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to be when she grew up, but her love of learning eventually landed her on the path to becoming an educator. “I love exploring nature so I thought 'be a biologist;' I loved reading and imagined myself writing adventure stories; I wanted to learn about cultures from all over the world and imagined myself as a roving photojournalist. While in college, going several directions at once, I uncovered a love of the art of education and working with children,” said Heather. Heather is relatively new to the Peninsula School District, having spent her previous 14 years teaching across the country in Kentucky. A move across three time zones is no easy feat, but before embarking on a new adventure in the West, she found that her impact on her previous community will be felt for years to

come. “A class I taught both third and fourth grade to was graduating from high school as I was leaving. A good number of them came back to visit in their caps and gowns to let me know how important our time together was to them,” said Heather. These young adults recalled not just the academics but the relationships they built with friends and their teacher at such a young age. “This reflection with these students reminded me that there is no knowing the far-reaching implications of time spent in the classroom.” Heather’s impact is just beginning to be felt in the Gig Harbor community, and if there’s one consistent lesson she wants her students to learn it’s that life and its rewards are built upon a foundation of hard work. “There is nothing that cannot be accomplished if you are willing to put in the effort. It is my greatest desire that no student would limit themselves in any way,” she said. Heather smiles each day as she watches her young scientists, writers, readers, mathematicians and explorers make their own daily discoveries, many of which will stay with them long after they’ve left her classroom. “In the classroom we are always working on building the skill of perseverance because it is not something you have to be born with; tenacity can be learned!”


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“As direct importers, we personally travel to Indonesia to seek out those unique items that help you build distinction while, at the same time, being mindful of your pocketbook,” says Justin.


ig Harbor became home to Harbor Teak, which offers exotic wood, furniture and home décor items, just this past January, and the community is invited to join them for their Grand Opening Saturday, June 2, during the Maritime Gig Festival. Owners and husband-and-wife team Justin and Patricia Freed relocated to Gig Harbor from Port Orchard five year ago, and in 2016 they began developing the concept for Harbor Teak where today they are actively pursuing their passions; marrying traditional boat building/woodworking roots with their love for quality, hand-crafted teak furniture. They offer high-quality teak furniture and lumber at their Gig Harbor retail storefront. Teak wood, a more expensive wood than others, is ideal for products that require resistance to the elements, such as boats and outdoor furniture. With their exotic wood selection specifically geared toward those seeking a level beyond what can be found in any “big box” store, it is equally important for


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says. "They have some pictures hanging up there of me working on a good-sized Ketch we were building. I think I was 22 at the time."

“As direct importers, we personally travel to Indonesia to seek out those unique items that help you build distinction while, at the same time, being mindful of your pocketbook,” says Justin. Whether you are looking for teak to repair your boat, find an outdoor furniture set or a unique one-of-a-kind piece, there’s no need to look elsewhere—Harbor Teak is the answer.

With their four children now grown, Justin says, “We are at a place and time in our lives where we have the opportunity to pursue our passions and not be constrained by the [responsibilities] we had before.”

As Justin says, “Harbor Teak is a reflection of many years of trial and error, winning some and losing a bit, and generally gaining the knowledge to be able to collect the types of things found here in the store. We offer our knowledge and experience together with great items and pricing [to all who walk into our store].” Additionally, the business is developing an offering of exotic lumber and wood products, which Justin says is simply an outgrowth of his passion for working with wood, boats and tools. "I attended the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building up in Port Townsend way back in 1982!" he

Harbor Teak is the result of two things the Freeds thoroughly enjoy— traveling and shopping. After 30 years of travels back and forth to Indonesia and purchasing furniture for themselves and friends, Justin and Patricia decided to make the dream of Harbor Teak a reality. And each day they look forward to showcasing the quality wood and unique items they have purchased during their travels. When it comes to what the couple finds most rewarding in the work they do, Justin says it’s “having the ability to pursue a goal of starting a small business in a place like Gig Harbor and to enjoy the friendship and neighborly camaraderie, combined with the thrill mentioned above, is truly what we are after.”



he challenge for a maritime resident of the Gig Harbor Marina will be how to explain to himself why in the world he chose to row his custom-made row boat across the 9,150 nautical miles from Neah Bay in Northwest Washington to Perth in Western Australia. Air Force veteran Jacob Hendrickson knows a thing or two about adventure. He has first-hand experience with G-forces over the past 10 years flying combat missions over Afghanistan. He has pushed his reconnaissance jets to speeds that would make most sailors dizzy. Then, during the long hot summer of 2014, he had an epiphany.

“Being an Air Force pilot had turned into just a job,” Hendrickson said with a straight face. “Flying combat missions can sometimes be difficult. But I was surprised when it actually became a bore.”

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To cope with the tediousness routine of his dull life, the former Air Force Academy cadet challenged himself with the idea of propelling himself—alone—across the unpredictable ocean tides and treacherous currents between the West Coast of North America and the Land Down Under.

The estimated eight-month crossing will force the jet jockey to “to experience patience and look inward at myself.”

Weather permitting, he plans to begin his trek in early July but quickly added that he will delay his departure until he gets the eight to 10 days of good weather he’ll need to set a pace and his


His challenge, said Hendrickson, will test his ability to maintain his sanity that allows him “to understand the true definition of the term ‘grit.’”

The time alone with himself will not be a new experience. “I currently live alone aboard a boat in the Gig Harbor Marina,” he said. “I live an isolated life. There will be no wife or kids anxiously waiting for me to walk ashore if, and when, I arrive in Perth.”



Being a realist, the affirmed bachelor knows that his amateur skills at sea-going navigation could mean that he may be end up thousands of miles from his intended destination. “Odds are that I very well may end up in Hawaii or California,” he said. “Wherever my journey ends, it will be a valuable learning experience for my life.” Hendrickson said his experience as an aviator has provided him with a working knowledge of navigation, but the currents and the winds at sea level present a different range of challenges than at 30,000 feet. “The currents can act like the wind, but that’s where the similarities end,” he explained.

“For a journey of this length, I had to make considerations as to the types of freeze-dried foods I could take along, how much toothpaste to pack, how much butane I will need to boil water, what type of music to bring and when I might need to deploy the sea anchor.” He is still undecided on which audio tapes and how much music to bring along to occupy the long days without companionship. He may end up buying an electronic reader so he can have enough reading material, but that is low on his priority list right now. Hendrickson played football at the Air Force Academy and performed with the band in high school. He has made the decision to leave his saxophone behind.


“I still need to decide whether or not I need to wear socks,” he said with a smile. “That’s a question Captain Cook and the early explorers never had to worry about.” The ambitious sailor said his maritime dietary plan was devised as a class project by graduate students in sports medicine at Oregon State University. He will have a specially made water maker onboard to purify seawater for drinking and cooking. The majority of the meals, he said, will be prepacked with macronutrients to provide nutrition and cut down on the payload needed for the crossing. Although the native of Austin, Texas, left the

actual construction of his row boat to Schooner Boatworks in Portland, Hendrickson spent as much time as could spare at the factory to oversee the production. The concept for the ocean-going rowboat was the last boat designed by Eric Sponberg before his retirement. Hendrickson’s boat was featured in an article on the famed designer in a recent issue of Boat Builder magazine. Sponberg was so proud of the craft he designed for the Air Force pilot, he included it on his personal website, “My final boat design was an ocean-going rowboat for rowing solo, non-stop, across the Pacific Ocean. You can read about the history and development of my boat and mast designs on my new website.” For his safety, Hendrickson will wear a four-point harness that will hopefully prevent him from being tossed overboard in rough seas. His 28-foot boat will weigh only 22 pounds before it will be stocked with provisions for the voyage.

The plan includes a satellite connection that will allow his volunteer support team to track the daily progress of the small craft as it crosses more than a dozen time zones. He will also carry a personal emergency beacon that can connect to a satellite system operated by the Federal Communications Commission. So that he is never too far from modern conveniences, Hendrickson will also have unlimited access to texting friends and supporters around the world and access to a global rescue plane, if needed. If the electronics fail, Hendrickson also plans to bring along a sextant, a compass and his watch, “Just in case.” Finances were the largest obstacle to the journey for Hendrickson to overcome. His said his normal duties as a civilian contractor to the Armed Force commits him to two days on and two days off. His typical week over the past two years has been four days on and only one day off in order to build up the $800,000 in savings he estimates the adventure will ultimately cost. The isolation, he said, will be a dramatic contrast to his normally hectic lifestyle.

The would-be captain was on hand to be part of the testing of the boat while under construction. The innovative design of the craft allowed it to right itself even if it was toppled over by high waves.

“This was not an overnight decision,” Hendrickson concluded. “I jumped into this challenge with two feet into water that was over my head. No pun intended.”

“I sat in the boat with the four-point harness when the boat was flipped during a test run,” he recalled. “My head was under water for only a few moments before the boat righted itself and I was vertical again.”

The aviator predicted that his first order of business once he reaches dry land will be to eat a meal “that has not been pre-packaged or freeze-dried.”

The safety precautions went beyond the design of the craft. Hendrickson said the row boat will be equipped with the latest in electronics to guard him against any unforeseen situations. He described the high-tech safety measures his own risk management plan.

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program of the First United Methodist Church of Tacoma. “The original director named the food bank. She had been homeless at one time and needed the services a food bank provides. She relied on her sister to help her out on occasion and said that she could always find what she needed from her sister’s pantry. Once she had stabilized her life, she wanted to give back. The church had quite a bit of empty space that was perfect for a food bank,” said Martha Curwen, who has served as director since 2002. One of the busiest food banks in the Tacoma area, My Sister’s Pantry serves an average of 350 families per month and each year distributes more than 125,000 pounds of food. The group opens three days a month and serves a hot meal. Visitors have the opportunity to receive groceries and clothing. The meal is prepared


with a lot of love and served on tables covered with fresh tablecloths, metal cutlery and china. The china dates back to the 1920s or ‘30s from an old Tacoma church, and there is enough that every person can eat off a real plate. “The favorite meal by far is when the cooks from Christ Episcopal Church come and make biscuits and sausage gravy,” Curwen said. The clothing bank is set up like a store with separate sections for men, women and children. The Pantry is open two evenings and one Saturday a month allowing minimum-wage earners to visit without disrupting their work schedules. Curwen has a wealth of experience that makes her perfect to head My Sister’s Pantry. “I’ve had several jobs over my career that prepared me for being the director. Right after college I

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not required at our food bank. Clients include low-income families and the homeless. Our clientele are veterans, street folk and immigrants just new to the United States, those that are leaving the detention center and those who may have suffered a catastrophe in their lives such as a fire,” said Curwen.

Curwen finds the work she does very rewarding. “One in six Washingtonians relies on a food bank; the people we serve are food insecure,” she said. “While I’m a paid part-time employee of the Pantry, I’ve volunteered with other organizations most of my life. Doing good in the world makes me feel content. I strive to treat everyone with respect because I could be in their shoes, too.”

While some organizations may struggle to find volunteers, the Pantry is fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with local utility companies. On the first Monday of the month, employees from Tacoma Public Utilities volunteer, and on the third Monday of the month, Tacoma Power employees work the shift. On the Saturday opening, various women’s groups and church members volunteer. Throughout the year military from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and local schools also contribute their time. “During the summer months we can use volunteers, as many of our regulars take vacations,” Curwen said.

My Sister’s Pantry fills a need within the community. The typical client served is anyone who has a need for food and clothing. “Proof of need is


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The Pantry has had a huge impact in Tacoma for the food insecure and the homeless population. “We hear from our clients that they like our food bank because we distribute groceries, serve a hot meal and have a clothing bank each time we are open. We also do not restrict the number of times a client can visit,” she said. “Since our three open times are spread throughout the month, we know that clients must seek other resources. Further, clients tell us that we treat everyone with dignity and respect.”

Before dropping off items, be sure to call 253.627.1186 to verify someone is there to receive them. Curwen is generally in the office daily from 10am to 3pm. Also be sure to check their website regularly for needs at My Sister’s Pantry is located at 621 Tacoma Avenue South in Tacoma.

Over the years, My Sister’s Pantry has received many awards including the Ecumenical Service Award from Associated Ministries, the Silver Spoon Award from the Emergency Food Network and the Compassionate Hospitality Award from First Center Tacoma. Curwen encourages people “to recognize something that is important to them and then seek a place to put into action their passions, donating time, talent and resources.”

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• Have a food drive or drop off individual donations, hygiene items for women are always needed • Summer clothing, new socks and undergarments, especially needed are men’s and children’s clothing.


• If you have a summer garden consider planting a row for the Pantry and donating fresh produce. Donors of fresh items need to remember that the Pantry is only open three times per month. Plan perishable food drop-offs based on when they are open. • Volunteers during the summer months as the regular team of workers take vacations. • Watch the website for a restaurant take-over which raises money for the Pantry. • Contribute to or attend the Pantry’s major fundraiser in the fall.





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Put On Your Own Mask First, Then Seek to Assist Others The importance of putting yourself first By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS

IF YOU’VE EVER FLOWN ON A COMMERCIAL PLANE, YOU’VE HEARD THE SAFETY SPEECH REGARDING LIFE JACKETS AND EMERGENCY EXITS. You’ve also heard and seen the demonstration about putting on your oxygen mask. At the end, they make mention that you must put on your own mask before assisting others.

of others before you take on the needs of yourself. In principle, this sounds all altruistic and warm and fuzzy. I mean, if we all just devoted our lives to helping others, wouldn’t we live in an incredible place? I’m not so sure. Think about it. If you’re absolutely elated with your life, are you better or worse in your relationships and interactions with others? I’ll answer for you. You’re better. Everyone is. But isn’t taking care of yourself first selfish? Nope.

It’s interesting that they have to point this out. Shouldn’t it be pretty obvious that if you die or pass out due to lack of oxygen while trying to help others, that you won’t be able to help anyone at all? It probably should be, but I’d bet that nine times out of 10, most people are going to make sure their loved ones are OK before taking care of themselves.

Notice I said, “Take care of yourself first,” not “Ignore everyone else and only serve yourself.” Those are two totally different practices. “But by serving myself first, I’m going to make my spouse and/or family mad at me. I can’t just devote time to getting what I need, then them. I need to continue running at full speed to provide for their needs, then in that last 20

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I can understand that this all sounds great in principle, but execution is much harder. That’s normal. The underlying histories and complications make everything a lot more challenging. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. The best course of action that you can take from here is to get to a place where you are mentally comfortable with taking care of yourself first. Consider all of your choices and actions from the perspective of, “I’ll be better at helping everyone else if I just do this for me first.” Just thinking that way will make you feel a lot better about things. Then start taking small actions toward making those self-care and self-interested things a reality. The underlying bonus here is that when you can do those things without guilt, you will become better at all of the things you were afraid of losing track of or feeling guilty about not fulfilling. You’ll do them with more vigor and energy that all of the people in your life will be much better off than they were when you were seemingly unselfish.


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The number of people who endure recurring headaches is staggering. The National Headache Foundation reports more than 45 million Americans endure recurring headaches; from this group, 23 million suffer from migraines. What many may not know is the source of up to 80 percent of these headaches is a result from dental force-related problems.

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Unfortunately, many who live with constant headaches for years become resigned to the condition. They give up and settle with the fact that it is something they just have to live with. The good news is that many dentists can help cure the pain of migraine and other headaches, tinnitus, TMJ and vertigo. While it is a fact that many headaches are triggered by stress or are hormone-induced or alcohol-induced, nighttime headaches can also be triggered by a bite imbalance as well as lack of oxygen at nighttime. Sleep issues and headaches are often tied together for many patients. A staggering number of people don't know why they're in pain. Many are unaware that dental force- related issues, either related to their mouth or as a result of trauma (like a fall, sports injury or whiplash) can be the root of their pain. Using a computerized bite analysis, a dentist can evaluate your range of motion and bite imbalances. Specialized tools and techniques, such as ultrasound, micro-current technology, cold-laser therapy and manual muscle massage, reduce pain and inflammation. The treatment promotes healing of the muscles and nerves; then the bite is balanced after inflammation is reduced. Drug free, needle free and painless, the treatment is aimed at the underlying causes of chronic headaches: the pain and discomfort caused by improper muscle forces in the mouth, head and neck area. Dentists have reported success from people who have suffered a serious car accident and are then plagued with constant headaches. But after a simple and painless process, those patients are headache free. If you wake up many mornings with a dull, nagging and constant headache, it can likely be caused by the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, and the way that teeth come together. Forces imbalanced by the way the teeth come together send a biofeedback loop to the brain that causes pain through the brain stem. If you are one who has suffered from headache issues, don’t mask the pain any longer. Get to the root of the problem and consider seeing a dentist to treat them.


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ften people with hearing loss and their loved ones believe that their communication difficulties are due only to poor hearing. There are plenty of other factors, however, that can lead to communication breakdowns, such as heavy accents or poor pronunciation, background noise, dim lighting, unfamiliar or unknown topics of conversation, illness, fatigue or cognitive limitations. Even without hearing loss, factors like those above can cause difficulty with communication. Here are some strategies that can be used to help reduce confusion and prevent breakdowns in conversation: • If applicable, tell communication partners that you have a hearing loss. • Ask friends and family to get your attention before speaking to you and to let you know if the topic changes. • When possible, find a quiet, well-lit room and position yourself close (3 to 6 feet) to the person you are trying to hear. • When you realize that miscommunication has occurred, notify your conversation partner. • Saying “Huh?” or “What?” does not always work well to resolve communication issues. Consider asking the speaker to rephrase, or, when asking for repetition, clarify which part of the message you did not understand. • Check what you heard by repeating the message back to the speaker. • When possible, ask the speaker to write down important information like addresses, phone numbers and appointment times. Although it may often seem easier to “nod and smile” and pretend that you have understood what was said, this is likely to increase misunderstandings and has been known to lead to embarrassing situations. It is usually better for everyone involved to proactively address potential communication difficulties using these strategies. Here are some more specific tips you can use when particular problems arise: Problem: The understand.






Answer: Ask the speaker to speak slowly and to look directly at you. Seeing the speaker’s lips and expressions will help your understanding. Seeing facial expressions and using visual cues can increase understanding of speech up to 20 percent, even for a person with no formal lip-reading training. Note: People often believe that speaking louder will help the person with hearing loss understand better, but in fact this is not typically the case. Speaking slowly and clearly is much more effective for most individuals. Problem: Background noise is too loud. Answer: Move to a quieter location. If you can, pick a quieter restaurant and/or go at an off-hour when it will be less noisy. When dining out, select restaurants with soundabsorbing carpets, curtains, linen tablecloths and booths. Avoid restaurants that have hard floors and bare walls. Turn off or move away from noise sources such as radios, televisions or dishwashers. Tip: Some restaurant reviews provide information on noise levels. Make use of these when choosing a restaurant. Problem: You are sick, tired, stressed or distracted. Answer: Be patient with yourself. It is reasonable to ask for short breaks in meetings to prevent listening fatigue. If you are experiencing difficulty with communication, seek out the services of an audiologist to discuss appropriate solutions for your life.


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hat is fibromyalgia? It is the second most common condition affecting muscles and bones. There are so many affected by this syndrome, and the list of symptoms is as long as the levels and varieties of pain. Each day can bring relief or even more pain or continued pain from the previous day. Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose because there are no diagnostic tests to give a clear answer—diagnosis is made from a list of symptoms, which can actually be some of the same symptoms as other illnesses and disease. Not only are the symptoms the same as other illnesses, they can completely disappear only to come back at a later date. As a result, it can take a very long time to make a definitive diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The duration of each symptom varies, and those who suffer with chronic symptoms have good and bad days or even weeks and months. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown; recent studies suggest that changes in the central nervous system—the brain, spinal cord and nerves—may be responsible for fibromyalgia pain. Fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves and may be responsible for the chronic widespread pain and tenderness people feel. Factors, which may cause fibromyalgia to

develop, are autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, family history, trauma, depression, PTSD and lack of exercise. How is fibromyalgia treated? There are many symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and differing degrees of pain and discomfort. Chronic pain from fibromyalgia can also affect a person’s emotional health and well being. Often, medications and other therapies are prescribed to treat pain and other symptoms. Aside from medication, there are other options that may be beneficial in managing symptoms. Options include specialized yoga classes, qigong and reiki, as well as managing diet and exercise. Reflexology can be beneficial by working reflex points that support the central nervous system, spine, emotional balance and pain receptors. Your doctor may also refer you to a pain management clinic. Ask your doctor for recommendations to a local support group. To find the best fibromyalgia support groups in your area, you can also ask other fibromyalgia patients you know about local groups. The Internet has a wealth of information about support groups in your area, as well as local online groups. You can look for local meetup groups. Whichever options you choose to manage your fibromyalgia, know that you are not alone; help is a phone call or web search away.


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hat does it mean to be a “cardio junkie”? It could be that runner who wakes up religiously, every morning at 5am, to get in their daily run. Or maybe it’s that spinner who reserves their spinning bike at the gym, weeks in advance, to ensure they receive their hour of daily spin. Another example might be that swimmer who always takes that extra lap, beyond the hours of training, to simply test their endurance. The examples are endless. Anything that raises the heart rate to challenge one’s body in a cardiovascular way is considered a cardio workout. A cardio junkie is basically one who loves their workout to the point that it becomes a part of who they are—it takes it to the next level. Barre, a.k.a. “the dancer’s workout,” is most commonly known for the power of its isometric strength training. Although this conception is absolutely true, clients are discovering that cardio can also be found during a barre workout. The single repetitions that bring the heart rate from rest to rise in a cardiovascular way are just one of the ways barre workouts are bringing it. High-low interval training with squats, plies and slides are additional ways. Barre workouts most definitely go beyond isometric strength training, but could these workouts be cardio-junkie worthy? To be cardio-junkie worthy, one might say it must position the person within the workout to an almost addictive state. The cardiovascular workout becomes a be-all, end-all, everyday part of one’s life. The cardio workout is something not only craved but also something one can’t get

enough of and for some, as mentioned, begins to define a part of who they are. So, is it possible for those who work out at barre studios to expect to achieve cardio-junkie status? Of course, the answer lies in the one doing the workout, but most of those who have experienced it would answer “yes.” Not all barre studios are the same, but most have developed classes that allow for a more intense cardio portion of class. As mentioned before, sometimes these are the singles sets and other times these are intervaltraining exercises. Depending on the studio, the level of cardio varies. One cannot compare the cardiovascular results of barre workouts against any of the aforementioned ones and expect relatable results, however, one can compare a similar “addiction,” likened to the junkies of typical cardiovascular workouts, to the barre workouts. Barre workouts are becoming popular because they achieve results. And, because they achieve results, barre clients actually have become dedicated “junkies.” All in all, there are cardio junkies at barre. Although not the typical junkies chasing after out-of-breath, repetitive, high-intensity workouts, barre clients are challenged, motivated and resultoriented. Barre provides the high-intensity, lowimpact, cardiovascular workout that many have become addicted to. If it’s not part of a client’s daily routine, it’s definitely part of one’s lifestyle. With this kind of dedication and addiction, there are most definitely cardio junkies at the barre.


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BEAUTY SLEEP Does getting enough sleep really make a difference? BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN


e have all heard the expression, “I need my beauty sleep,” and it turns out there is something to it. The overall length and quality of sleep that you get has a direct effect on your skin’s health and appearance. Sleeping is when our bodies recover and repair at a cellular level, and our skin rejuvenates. While we are sleeping, our skin is healed and toxins are eliminated. When your sleep habits are compromised, so, too, is your body’s capability to perform these vital functions. During the first three hours of sleep, your body begins producing HGH (Human Growth Hormone) from the pituitary gland. This hormone is essential for the preservation of youthful, healthy skin. Without it, your skin cannot be restored from daily damage. During the next couple of hours of sleep, melatonin levels are increased. Melatonin is the hormone that is in charge of regulating your sleep/wake patterns (circadian rhythm). In addition, melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that aids in the protection of your skin from damaging free radicals. Then in the final few hours of sleep (known








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he plight of medically needy orphans around the globe is a crisis few are aware of. In particular, Ukraine upholds antiquated and overburdened systems where developmentally delayed children are institutionalized in state orphanages where they are often neglected and abused. In 2017, UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) reported that 2.7 million children are in residential care (group homes or institutions). Of those, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia had the highest populations of children in this type of care. They estimate that there are 140 million orphaned children globally, some of whom have living parents. It's a crisis that goes unnoticed and is challenging as international adoption laws have created a maze of agencies and applications for families to overcome. But through concerned individuals and certain nonprofits, some of these children are finding homes. Reece's Rainbow is one of those nonprofits. The national organization began in 2006 as a way to promote awareness of orphaned children with Down syndrome and has expanded to include all children with medical needs. They provide information about the adoption process both domestically and internationally. They also provide grants to families adopting and host a fund for donations. The three families featured here decided to adopt children from Ukraine after feeling a bond with a child seen on a social post. All three also came across Reece's Rainbow in their research.

They first became foster parents and adopted their eldest son, Nathanial, and their youngest son, Aiden. Aiden was born with hydrocephalus from which he is mentally and physically impaired. He was 2 ½ months old when they began fostering him; he weighed 7 pounds. When the option to adopt arose, Laura said there was no question. “It was an instantaneous feeling to say ‘yes,’” she said.

The Dales: Room to Love More Laura Dale of Rathdrum, Idaho, has been fundraising to adopt two medically fragile children from Ukraine. She's been fundraising since February 2017 by selling anything from hand-sewn children's clothing to hand-dipped chocolate caramels. But the Dales' story starts more than a decade before when she and her husband, Jonathan, decided to fost-adopt. Their second child, Kya, was born with chronic health issues. She was nonverbal and required constant care, which eventually became normal for the Dales, who had one other child at the time. In spite of their daughter’s medical issues, they wanted to expand their family but struggled with infertility.

“Kya’s health issues became normal,” said Laura. “There were acute illnesses where we went on autopilot, but we got so used to it that we thought about caring for a child like her.”

Later that year in 2011, their daughter passed away from her health condition, but Laura looks back at the opportunities Kya gave them. “Her issues were so complicated … [but] she gave us the tools we needed to help other kids.” They focused on caring for Aiden and raising their two other sons, now adults. With only Aiden, now 7 years old, to care for, Laura again thought about helping children like him. “He will not progress beyond infant status and is not hard to take care of unless he gets sick,” she said.



FEATURE STORY After seeing a video of a medically needy child in Eastern Europe, Laura thought she would advocate. “I wanted to show these kids aren’t scary—they just want someone to love them,” she said. Her research led her to Reece’s Rainbow where she began advocating by posting on behalf of “Clarence,” a 4-year-old boy institutionalized in what’s called a “baby house.” Often, children may be moved to an adult institution as young as age 5, in which case their life expectancy drops to about a year. The Dales watched Clarence's video repeatedly and decided to adopt. “People ask, ‘Why aren’t you adopting domestically?’” Laura said. “In Eastern Europe, kids with special needs are pushed into institutions. Even physicians don’t know how to treat these kids with conditions like malnutrition.” In the midst of their fundraising, her husband fell in love with “Aria” from a video Laura saw on social media. “[Aria] was throwing things around her crib like our daughter had; I sent [the video] to him, and he said, 'When do we get her?'” The cost of one adoption is at minimum $28,000. Adopting Aria will cost $13,000, but the Dales are nearing their goal and hope to visit Ukraine to finalize the adoption this summer. Even once finalized, they are required to return two more times before bringing their children home. “You really expose yourself as a person. Many people don't understand the costs,” Laura said. “It's been important for me to work for it—to take the time [fundraising)]. Some people have

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CHARRISSA BROWNING ECHOED THE SENTIMENT: “ADOPTION IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING.” paid twice what I was asking for, and that helps me get to where I’m going.” The Brownings: Growing a Big Family Charrissa Browning and her husband Phillip, of Port Orchard, Washington, already had a big family when their sixth child, Justus, was born with Down syndrome in 2009. As an infant, he underwent open-heart surgery. Once he had recovered, Charrissa started researching Down syndrome and came across Reece's Rainbow and was immediately drawn to the children listed on the site. “Down syndrome is such a personal thing for us. I read profile after profile and couldn't believe the difference between my child and the photos online,” she said. In June of 2010, the Brownings decided to adopt two children from Ukraine—a boy Maxim and a girl Ivana. Both were around 5 years of age at the time and in the same institution. To raise their adoption fees, Charrissa sold things, fundraised on her blog and hosted a silent auction. They were able to adopt Max just before he turned 6, before he was moved to an adult facility. “It's a place with a mixed population of individuals with mental and health conditions.

Once there, children have an 80-percent chance of dying because of neglect and also abuse from other patients. It's also more difficult to adopt once they're transferred,” Charrissa explained. Their daughter, Ivana, has Down syndrome, and like their son, Justus, had needed heart surgery after birth—except she had never received the proper care. Ivana was born with a hole in her heart and had been relinquished by her parents. It's a miracle she survived the years she did before they adopted her, Charrissa said. “When we met her, her head was shaved, she weighed 20 pounds and wore clothing sized for 18- to 24-month-olds. She was in a laying room where all they did was sleep or lay in a communal crib—like a playpen,” Charrissa said. “When we met the orphanage's director, he saw the difference between our son and the others and even remarked on that.” Ivana was not only suffering from her condition, she was also dehydrated. During their stay, the Brownings were allowed two visits per day and began sneaking her juice and snacks to build her strength. “It was heartbreaking because some of the children realized that ours were coming home,” Charrissa said. “We'll always have a passion; it's


an overwhelming need.” In December 2010, they brought home Max and Ivana, now 13 and 12, and they immediately began to thrive. That first year with three new children with special needs was a difficult one, but they relied on their faith to help them through. “God called us to this. We had to rely on a strength that was bigger than us,” she said. The Wallaces: Fulfilling the Desire to Give a Child a Home Andrea and Matt Wallace always knew they wanted to adopt. Although they already had a large family—eight children with seven at home between the ages of 3 and 17—they had been foster parents in Washington. When they moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, however, the state's foster system did not allow them to continue fostering because of their family size. After the rejection, a friend of Andrea's referred her to Reece's Rainbow. Once she got more involved in the online adoption community, she learned about the plight of orphaned children with medical needs. “It's such an eye opener to see the neglect and abuse that goes on,” Andrea said.

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The Wallace's are days away from hearing whether they are cleared for travel to finalize the adoption. How to Help Not everyone can change a child's life through adoption, but they can still make a difference by supporting organizations and families who adopt. Donations don't have to be financial. Friends can donate time or offer clothes and supplies as they would with a new baby. Or, sponsor a child on social media by posting their story. “There are a lot of kids who are alone in this world,” Andrea said. “If you're religious, pray. If not, think about it. Try to donate or sponsor— think of ways to help.” Charrissa Browning echoed the sentiment: “Adoption is not for everyone, but everyone can do something.”

The Wallaces know that their future son has some developmental delays and a language barrier but are prepared to welcome and care for him.

“We have some special needs in our family and have been researching special services, too. We're also learning about his culture, religion and learning the language, too,” she said. “We homeschool, so I'll work with him. We know he has some delays which might be institutional, but we won't know more until we get there.”


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4700 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Ste 109 In the Olympic Medical Plaza

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Paninis & Sandwiches Build Your Own Crepes Salads and Soups Forza Coffee All Recycleable Packaging and Utensils



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Ray and Jan Wainright, owners of Occasions Coffee & Crepes since 2000, and Gig Harbor residents.

Make your Reservations for Father’s Day & Graduations!

Fine Dining with Endless Views

of Mt. Rainier and the Gig Harbor Lighthouse.

Walk-Ins & Reservations Lunch Mon~Sat 11am to 2pm Dinner Mon~Sat 4pm to close Closed Sunday

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Same-Day Garlic and Rosemary Loaf Ingredients:

Courtesy of Millville Pizza Co. This recipe makes 1 loaf at about 475 grams.

Materials: • Bread proofing basket • Dutch oven • Cooling rack

Bulk Fermentation: 5 hours Proof Time: 2 hours

• 2 ¼ cups white flour (500 grams) • 1 ½ cups water (90°F) (350 grams) • 1 tbsp. salt (scant) (13 grams) • ¼ tsp. (scant) instant dry yeast (0.8 grams) • ¼ cup cut raw garlic (¼ cubes) • 1 tbsp. minced rosemary

Sample Schedule: First mix at 6am, second mix at 6:30am, divide and shape into loaves Method: at 11:30am and bake at 1:30pm.

First Mix - In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 ¼ cups of white flour (preferably 00) with 1 ½ cups water (90°F). Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. Second Mix - Sprinkle 1 tbsp. salt, ¼ tsp. (scant) instant dry yeast, ¼ cup cut raw garlic and 1 tbsp. minced rosemary evenly over the flour/water mix. Mix by hand. Gently stretch and fold dough, working around the bowl so all sides are stretched and folded. After completing one full circle of stretch and fold, pinch dough 6 to 8 times to thoroughly combine the yeast and salt with the flour/water mix. Repeat this step three times. Fold - Stretch and fold twice more over the next 1 ½ hours (see above for stretch-and-fold description). Do not pinch dough after second mix! Cover and let rest at room temp for 3 ½ hours. Shape - Dust one proofing baskets with flour or semolina. Shape dough into a medium-tight ball. Proof - Cover and set dough in a warm area for 2 hours. Remember to begin heating oven 1 ½ hours after proof so the oven is heated at 2 hours. Preheat oven to 450°F with Dutch oven inside from start. Bake - Bake loaf in Dutch oven for 22 minutes. Remove from Dutch oven and bake for additional 12 minutes. Repeat for second loaf.


Millville Pizza Co.

This bread is excellent with a light olive-oil based pasta or as a unique bruschetta with burrata cheese, heirloom tomato and fresh cut basil.

Located along the historic Downtown Gig Harbor waterfront, Millville Pizza Co. serves artisanal wood-fired pizza Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 4:30 to 9:30pm. 3411 Harborview Dr. Gig Harbor, WA 253.514.8626





local ● delicious

fruits & vegetables ● seafood & meat ● eggs ● cheese ● fresh flowers live music ● hand-crafted products ●chef & artist demos

Easy access by foot, car, Trolley and boat! 253-514-0071


LUNCHBOX LABORATORY This “funkadelic” restaurant boasts the world’s best burgers and shakes, features a wide range of eclectic burgers, as well as rotating experiments. Also on the menu are handcrafted shakes, a variety of crazy experimental cocktails and patio dining when the weather allows!

4901 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor 253.432.4061

MARKETPLACE GRILLE American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, takeout menu available. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11am-8pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-9pm, Sun. 11am-8pm.

8825 N. Harborview Dr. Unit C | Gig Harbor 253.858.3487

HARBOR GENERAL STORE The Harbor General Store is a gourmet market, cafe and gift boutique, where the community comes to get supplies and gifts and feel connected. They sell goods that are quality and made in America and are passionate about the environment, creating jobs and supporting artisans. Open Mon.-Sat. 7am-7pm, Sun. 8am-5pm. Drive thru opens at 6am Mon.-Fri.

7804 Pioneer Way | Gig Harbor 253.358.3241 |

GREEN.HOUSE RESTAURANT Come and try their delicious new additions and nightly specials at the Green.House Restaurant, offering lunch, twilight, dinner and happy hour. Try the three-course twilight dinner for $24 all night on Sunday. Their small and bigger bites menu offers fun, deliciously shareable plates. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-8pm.

4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW #400 | Gig Harbor 253.514.6482 |

MOCTEZUMA’S Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine for 2015! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick DR. NW | Gig Harbor 253.851.8464 |


Our name stems from the idea that people connect and create great memories when they gather around the table over tasty food and drink. We welcome you all to Table 47, where every meal is made in-house by our passionate culinary team. We use only the freshest, responsibly sourced ingredients - as local as possible! Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for after work drinks, catching up with friends, or celebrating a special occasion over dinner, Table 47 is your new spot for every outing.


The season of F RESH!



NOW OPEN Gig Harbor’s Waterfront Market … NOW OPEN FOR SEASON



f it’s fresh goods you’re after this summer, the Waterfront Farmers Market is where you will find them. Its location in Skansie Brothers Park allows you to get there by foot, car, boat, paddle, transit and trolley, and a wide variety of fresh foods, artisan crafts, goodies and live entertainment await you. Now in its fourth season, the Downtown Waterfront Market is continuing to gain in popularity. In fact, hours are being extended this year with the market opening up at 1pm instead of 3pm and going until 7pm each Thursday in June through the end of August. “The park has tables, chairs, and benches that are perfect for sitting and eating, visiting with friends, listening to the live music and just enjoying the ambiance of the Market,” said Market Manager Heidi Gerling. As you stroll through the wonderful setting, you’ll notice traditional booths featuring fresh Washington-grown produce and locally sourced fresh catch as well as all-natural meats.


Other vendors will be selling flowers and succulents, salsas and dips, and sweet treats. “There are many new vendors and products to come and check out, such as shellfish, baked goods and much more,” said Gerling. Cash is accepted at all booths with many also taking debit- and credit-card transactions. EBT and SNAP users can also use funds on many of the fresh goods found in the market. There are weekly activities for kids, live musicians, demonstrations from local chefs as well as prepared foods you can snack on while you wander. A relaxing stroll in one of Gig Harbor’s favorite parks is a great weekly summer tradition. You can pick up something fresh for dinner knowing it was grown or sourced not far away, and you might even find new foods to try out in your favorite recipes.

THE GIFT O F WA R M T H It may be the warmest gift you give. It’s called Project HELP. Project Help serves our members who need a hand to pay their winter heating bills. It’s a partnership between Peninsula Light Co. and Key Peninsula Community Services. Your contributions go entirely to the fund—no administrative costs are taken. Contributions are tax deductible and Peninsula Light Co. matches every donation, dollar for dollar, so your gift goes twice as far. We hope you will give generously to help warm the hearts—and homes— of those in need.

For more information, contact the Member Services Department at 253.857.5950 or toll-free at 888.809.8021.



JULY 12th-15th at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley For more event details visit






June 1 vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05pm

June 18 vs. Iowa Cubs, 6:05pm

June 2 vs. Salt Lake Bees, 5:05pm

June 19 vs. Iowa Cubs, 6:05pm

June 3 vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:35pm

June 25 vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:05pm

June 13 vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05pm

June 26 vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:05pm

June 14 vs. Omaha Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05pm

June 27 vs. Las Vegas 51s, 11:35am

June 15 vs. Omaha Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05pm

June 28 vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05pm

June 16 vs. Iowa Cubs, 5:05pm

June 29 vs. Reno Aces, 7:05pm

June 17 vs. Iowa Cubs, 1:35pm

June 30 vs. Reno Aces, 5:05pm



Ride the Trolley

Waterfront Farmers Market Opening Day



The Gig Harbor Trolley is now on route! Hop on the Get Around Gig Harbor Seasonal Trolley for a memorable trip and convenient way to travel around beautiful Gig Harbor. For additional information, contact Karen Scott at 253.853.3554. To find out exact travel times and fare details, visit



Rock Painting at the Farmers Market

4th Annual Swap Meet & National Marina Day Celebration


You are invited to visit the market for locally grown produce picked on market day, freshly caught seafood, farm-raised meat and beautiful flower bouquets. Held at Skansie Brothers Park every Thursday, 1 to 7pm, June through August, you'll want to make this a weekly event.


The Peninsula Marketplace is hosting a free rock painting event, 10am to noon, for children and adults. Rocks and supplies will be provided at no cost. Come and create your own special rock. Mary Jane Harman, wildlife artist, will be on hand to offer tips and advice.

Join Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard Saturday, June 9, 9am to 1pm, for their fourth annual Swap Meet and National Marina Day, where you can browse tables of must-have marine and nautical items, enjoy incredible food from the Trolley @ the Boatyard and listen to music starting at 10:30am featuring outstanding acoustical duo, Sweet Mary. 253.858.3535

Upcoming Events - JULY 09



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Enjoy your Uptown Life! Take a break from the ordinary, the expected.


Treat yourself to the easygoing Uptown style. EVENTS


Gig Harbor Plant Swap June 9th 10am-12pm

July 5th Malo Castro Band

July - August Free Concerts Thursdays 6-8pm


Summer Sidewalk Sale July 13th - 15th

July 12th Budapest West July 19th Porchdog Blues Band July 26th Wounded Mic

Cruise the Narrows Car Show August 4th 9am-3pm

August 2nd The Shy Boys

Gig Harbor Film Festival September 14th - 16th

August 16th Phillip & Fam

August 9th Rachel Morgan Perry

DINE DINE Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm Hwy 16, Exit 10 - Olympic Drive to 4701 Pt, Fosdick Drive Hwy 16, Exit 10 - Olympic Drive to 4701 Pt, Fosdick Drive UPTOWN GIFT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE UPTOWN GIFT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE


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Harbor Heritage: Then and Now Walking Waterfront Tour

The Walking Waterfront Tours return to Gig harbor Saturday, June 9, 10am to 2pm, and will continue to run most Saturdays. Held throughout the summer, these tours are both fun and educational and appeal to both visitors and residents alike. For more details, call 253.514.0071 or visit







Food Truck Feast

Paint & Drink Night: Custom Hats

The Music Man

Unlock your artistic talents by attending Gig Harbor MarKee's Paint and Drink Night! Held Monday, June 11, 5:30 to 8pm, hand paint your very own custom PNW design on a hat. Hat, apron, paint and supplies are included in the price, $35. All ages are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online at

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, Paradise Theatre presents The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family friendly story to be shared with every generation. Purchase tickets online at

Hosted by PenMet Parks at Sehmel Park 11am to 5pm, you’ll enjoy tasty food trucks, local beverages (including a Root Beer Float Garden) and bands! The only food truck event in the greater Gig Harbor area, you won’t want to miss this! Proceeds will support the Park District's sports and recreation scholarship fund!




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21st Annual Gig Harbor Garden Tour

Tour local gardens and enjoy a nursery tour during this two-day event. This year’s Garden Tour features several gardens and speaker events! Event times are Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. The 2018 Garden Tour benefits programs in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula area. Information can be found by calling 253.857.4842 or visiting


Summer Sounds at Skansie Park

Gig Harbor's annual outdoor summer concert series is back! The 16th season kicks off Tuesday, June 26, with the feel-good tunes and relatable lyrics of musician Nate Botsford. Now through August, each Tuesday evening, 6:30 to 8pm, enjoy live music on the Gig Harbor Waterfront. See the lineup at


Wings & Wheels Held at Tacoma Narrows Airport, the eighth annual Wings and Wheels air and car show is a fun and entertaining event for the entire family! Saturday evening, brewers, hosted by the Hub, will be on site. Attendees will enjoy classic cars, airplanes, a jet truck and live music! Sunday, all of this and more will be happening. Don't miss out! Call 253.853.1746 to find out more.




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Come celebrate life on the water. Board the only authentic Venetian gondola in the Pacific Northwest and let the stress melt away.

Gift Certifi cates Available Let Gig Harborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty be the backdrop of your celebration. Visit

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3117 Harborview Drive Gig Harbor, Washington 253.432.0052 f Gig Harbor Gondola




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Registration for our 11th annual ride is open! With a choice between 150, 80 or 30 mile routes, the most beautiful ride in the United States is accessible for all riders of all skill levels. Riders raise money to support students in the Lake Pend Oreille School district, benefit from great ride support, and get to enjoy a fantastic after-ride party!

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Spend a fun and enjoyable evening gaining knowledge about the environment at our 21+ monthly science social events. 3rd Wednesday, February through November at various Gig Harbor locations. This event is free for Steward Club Members. Suggested donation of $5/ person for non-member. Check our website or Facebook for topic and speaker information.


Gallop Gertie for the Children!

Local Children Benefit DONATIONS WILL BE MADE TO:

• Communities in Schools

• Food Backpacks 4 Kids

• Children’s Home Society

• Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program by wear blue

• The Red Barn Youth Center

(run to remember)

Funds raised by this event benefit children in our community. We address the nutritional, physical, educational, and emotional needs of local children.

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June 2018 Gig Harbor Living Local  

June 2018 Gig Harbor Living Local

June 2018 Gig Harbor Living Local  

June 2018 Gig Harbor Living Local