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Gig Harbor Gives Saving lives one drop at a time. By Mike Trittin.

For those of you who read our “Be the Change” story, you are well aware that Gig Harbor is a community that rallies around one another in need. Through word of mouth, Facebook groups and several non-profit organizations, “Harborites” are constantly giving back and lending strong arms of support to those in need. Gig Harbor is often described as generous and rightfully so! We have some big hearts living in our town — and a few of them recently have teamed up to make our community’s generosity a bit more international. They are on a remarkable mission they call “Gig Harbor Gives.” The idea for Gig Harbor Gives began in early 2014 when Scott Harrison, the CEO of Charity Water, an organization based out of New York City, visited Gig Harbor. Following his visit, Gig Harbor Gives was formed as a partnership with Charity Water to be the face and heart of the organization in our community. You may have heard of Charity Water, and you’ve probably seen their yellow “Jerry can” stickers on cars, windows and anywhere else their passionate ambassadors can put them. They are a nonprofit organization unlike any other. Their goal is simple — to provide clean water for people who need it.

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Unfortunately, a huge part of our world’s population does not have clean water available. One in nine of us don’t have access to clean drinking water. That’s 800 million people. This forces women in Africa to walk miles each day, children to drink contaminated water, and countless lives lost due to illnesses — not to mention wars and violence due to lack of water and basic sanitation. This is a problem that Gig Harbor Gives and Charity Water are tackling head on. I had a chance to chat with Susan Bouterse of Gig Harbor Gives— a pediatrician who is leaving her practice to work on the mission full time. The stories she shared were remarkable. With a core team of just three — and several more volunteers — Gig Harbor Gives is on a mission to raise $1 million in order to provide clean drinking water for a community the size of Gig Harbor (roughly 30,000 people). Gig Harbor Gives is different than your average 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Because Charity Water is funded by private philanthropists and donors, 100 percent of funds donated go directly toward clean water. Through top-notch partners worldwide, including World Vision, monies donated go directly to boots on the ground providing clean water for those who

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need it most. Once you’ve donated, they prove it with GPS coordinates of the water source you’ve sponsored. Better yet, Google (yes, the Google) is working on water-monitoring technologies. How cool is that? Gig Harbor Gives hard-launched in January of 2015. You may have seen their Walk for Water on March 22 where 250 people walked a mile downtown carrying yellow Jerry cans. This event was actually the senior project of a Gig Harbor High School student named Hannah who had it on her heart to make a difference. They have a heart to serve — and they are seeking to showcase Gig Harbor as a generous community. Who wouldn’t want to live in a town that gave clean water to a village its size across the Atlantic? Want to get involved? Gig Harbor Gives thrives on community campaigns and utilizes social media. Here are some ideas! Many don’t even require a penny! Families have hosted “wine-to-water” mixers, in-home dinners and more in-home ideas that have raised thousands for clean water. Donate your birthday! If you’re turning 40, ask friends and families to donate $40 (or more if they so choose) for your birthday in lieu of

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Gig Harbor Gives is on a mission to raise $1 million in order to provide clean drinking water for a community the size of Gig Harbor. gifts. Be sure to share your campaign links on social media! Have a contest. A local youth pastor held a contest between “Keep My Hair” and “Shave My Hair” — whichever campaign won, he would honor. The links were flying around Facebook. I saw him last week and was blinded by the shine atop his head. He raised over $2,000.

elementary schools can do — and are doing — campaigns! They don’t cost a dime, yet the impact is incredible. A high school student gave a presentation and found herself invited to do a Ted Talk! If you have a social network and a heart to serve, use your creativity for a great cause! Challenge your co-workers, have office competitions or simply spread the word! Your support is what makes an organization like this thrive here in the Harbor. I verily believe there isn’t a better community to take on a task such as this.

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A Community Property Agreement (CPA) is a unique agreement that can be used in the state of Washington to convert separate property of either spouse to community property. The document is a contract and is mostly relevant in divorces and inheritance situations.

who the beneficiaries of the property are when the owner dies. This is why when both parties of a marriage want the surviving spouse to be the owner of all of the interest in the property they own, both personal belongings and real estate, we use a CPA to make sure that all property passes on to the surviving spouse.

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Additionally, while we obviously can’t always predict if our spouse might become disabled, a CPA might expose separate property to Medicaid or creditors because it has been converted to community property. Speak with your estate planning or family law attorney about the benefits and risks of a CPA to see if it’s a good idea for you. Please be advised that individual situations vary and could cause some of the foregoing legal principles to not be applicable in certain cases. Disclaimer of Liability: This information is only provided to increase awareness of issues surrounding Community Property Agreements. While the information provided is about legal issues, it is not legal advice or legal representation. Richard P. Patrick is a local Gig Harbor Attorney. His office is located at 5358 33rd Ave NW Suite 102, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. 253.858.6800. www.richardpatricklaw.com.

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Moments of Choice

Mike is an excellent executive director and an innovator in his field. He’s an effective leader. He nurtures a culture of collaboration among his team and supports their ability as individuals and as a group to provide excellent client service. But Mike has a problem; the owner doesn’t understand the changing environment and actively resists change. Mike easily connects with the people around him, but his conversations with the owner about the changing landscape fall on deaf ears. Over the weeks and months, Mike’s frustration grows, until he realizes he’s come to a moment of choice. Hoping for a different outcome, he puts off his decision for too long.

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Mike’s story is your story, and it’s my story. How often do you and I sacrifice happiness hoping for a different outcome? “If only.” “I’ll give it another month.” “I understand where he or she is coming from.” “It’s not a good time to _____.” Our inner dialogue persuades us to wait. Soon, weeks or months turn into years, and we feel our dream slipping away.

Indecision In life, indecision delays more than dinner. It erodes trust in our self.

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Latin, “decidere,” meaning to cut away. Decision is a mental shift you make that indicates other alternatives are not an option. Perhaps you’ve been part of a conversation like this: “Where would you like to go for dinner?” “I don’t know. Where would you like to go?” “We could have Thai food.” “Oh, I just ate Thai. How about something else?” “Well, what would you like?” And round and round it goes. In this case, indecision delays dinner.

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Take Back Your Weekends! SIMPLIFICATION BREEDS SATISFACTION. BY SARAH FRIESEN, GIG HARBOR HOME MANAGEMENT. All winter you’ve looked at that garage piling up with stuff. It’s a disaster, so you’ve dragged everything out to the driveway to reorganize, and put it back together again. Not surprisingly, your kids quickly lose interest and start begging for your attention.

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organizing it, cleaning it and storing it. Does the way you spend your time (and your money) reflect what you most value in your life? Are you discontent with how little free time you have available to simply be with those you love? If so, be encouraged. “Discontentment is the greatest seed of change,” Becker states. Maybe it’s time to let go of those household items and make space in your life for what you value most. Simply put, everything has to be dealt with eventually. When would you rather be free of the clutter and the financial burden — now or later? Here’s some practical advice from Becker: 1. Ask yourself, “How could owning less stuff make my life better?” Rather than looking at the “evils” of excess, look at the positives of having less. For example, I’ll have more space, more energy, more time for my passions, more gratitude, more contentment, less stress, fewer responsibilities and more money. 2. Experiment with what “enough” feels like, after all, you’re the one who gets to define this process. “Living with Less” will look different within each family. 3. There are two steps. The first is owning less, and the second is wanting less. This is where true contentment arrives — so look forward to it! For tips on getting started, visit GigHarborHomeManagment.com/blog/

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Make Your Financial Future a Priority.

Roth IRA FOR YOUR RETIREMENT – AND BEYOND.

ARTICLE FOR USE BY EDWARD JONES FINANCIAL ADVISOR ERIN ABRIGO OF GIG HARBOR.

If you’re somewhat familiar with investing, you may know that the Roth IRA is a great retirement-savings vehicle. But are you aware that some of its benefits can also pay off for the next generation of your family? To understand why this is so, it’s necessary to be familiar with a Roth IRA’s features. For starters, when you contribute to a Roth IRA, your earnings have the potential to grow tax free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½ and you’ve had your account at least five years. The amounts you contributed aren’t taxed when withdrawn because you’ve already paid taxes on the money you put in. And the potential for taxfree earnings can continue even when your beneficiaries inherit your Roth IRA, though you’ll need to consult with your tax advisor on this issue. A Roth IRA also offers other features that can help you build resources for retirement while possibly helping your surviving family members. For one thing, you can contribute to your Roth IRA for as long as you have some earned income, up to the contribution limits, and as long as you meet certain income limitations. Even if you’ve officially retired, you might do some consulting or part-time work. So you could put some of your earnings into your Roth IRA. This ability to keep funding your Roth IRA virtually indefinitely can give you more flexibility in managing your retirement income. And, depending on how you manage that income, and what your other objectives may be, you may also end up with more money that could be left to your beneficiaries.

annual required minimum distributions, but they have the option to take the distributions over their lifetime. Keep in mind, though, that your Roth IRA is part of your estate for purposes of federal estate taxes. If you have a sizable estate, you should consult with your tax and legal advisors. When you invest in a Roth IRA, your goal, first and foremost, is to help fund your retirement. In fact, basically all your decisions regarding your Roth IRA — how much to contribute, where to invest the money and when to begin taking withdrawals — should be based on your own retirement goals. However, as a side benefit to investing in a Roth IRA, you may find that you could help out the next generation, or two, of your family. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Gig Harbor, You Walked and Reconsidered CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS THINK OF OUR DOWNTOWN!

BY BRETT MARLO DESANTIS. PHOTOS COURTESY STEVE RUSSO, BRETT MARLO DESIGN AND BUILD AND THE DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT ALLIANCE. In February you were invited to join the City of Gig Harbor and the Downtown Waterfront Alliance in conducting a walking audit of our downtown. We thank you for your participation. There is still a chance to engage in this process. Please review the following observations and recommendations. Let us know if we missed anything. The most important part of the audit process is your participation— we want to hear from you. Walking audits allow members of the community a way to collect vital information for creating and maintaining a pedestrian-friendly environment. The goals of the waterfront walking audit include highlighting public access, identifying underused assets, way-finding opportunities, impediments and safety issues for pedestrians and collecting data to better understand and assist our city in planning and tackling these recommendations. Harborview Drive links all marinas, green spaces and public right of way along the downtown corridor. The walkers were given maps and encouraged to take notes and pictures. We asked that you assess the downtown corridor by describing what works and what is missing or in disrepair. We asked you to comment on public access and signage to the waterfront and amenities and the position and condition of sidewalks, crossings, bike lanes and bus stops.

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Lastly, we ask you to share your thoughts and ideas for future plans. The results of the audits will be put into a report that will support our city planning and create action items that we can tackle immediately as a community. You walked, we listened. Here are our priorities. Walkers love our downtown. Yet there are areas along the waterfront where sidewalks are too narrow. What opportunities do we have to widen where we walk? We can ask local businesses to cut back overgrown plants and work with our city and local businesses to increase the sidewalk width along the Harborview stretch. Hazards such as dog waste were noted, even though there are waste bags provided by the city. Pick up the waste and keep our sidewalks clear of hazards! Downtown is full of amenities, and yet we lack engagement. This

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may indicate a need for signage or understanding, or perhaps an assumption these properties are for private use only. Let’s discuss how we connect our spaces and places together and rethink our approach. Public spaces from the old ferry dock landing at the mouth of the bay to the Russell Foundation, Jerisich/Skansie, Ancich, Eddon Boatyard, Austin Estuary, Harbor History Museum, Donkey Creek and Finholm district offer our community waterfront viewing, and sometimes even beach access. Are we aware of this public offering?

The Results The results of the audits will be put into a report that will support our city planning and create action items that we can tackle immediately as a community. A better way-finding system would include signage such as pedestrian-scale signs at parks and trails identifying public access, direction and walking times. For example, you are a half mile to, or 5 minutes to Harbor History Museum. Interpretive signage perhaps explaining the salmon lifecycle at Donkey Creek would educate our community and visitors. Moreover adding mile marks for walkers, bikers and runners would create another level of interest. Sightlines and safety issues were observed as challenges due to driveway configurations, and gaps in lighting. Some great recommendations: adding night sky friendly lighting, mid-block crosswalks, lowering speed limit and installing pedestrian flag buckets. We design and create a built environment that encourages us to have a positive outdoor experience, develop relationships within our community and connect with the places where we live. As community members, we have the opportunity to weigh-in on these issues. Now is the time. There’s room for improvement, and the people in positions to make change to our city plans and policies have asked for our input. Show our community that you care by engaging. Let’s make great change together! Brett Marlo DeSantis has her Masters degree in Interior Architecture + Design, is a LEED accredited professional specializing in Building Design & Construction. She owns and operates Brett Marlo Designs + Brett Marlo Design Build where she enjoys creating functional, beautiful and healthy spaces.

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Photo by Point of View by Lou Photography.

A Time Honored Tradition THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET.

BY JULIANNA VERBOORT.

The days are growing longer and sunshine glimmers on the sea; commercial fishing season is near. Crews are hard at work preparing vessels for the Blessing of the Fleet, a historic tradition practiced in Gig Harbor for more than 40 years. Saint Nicholas Catholic Parish, Knights of Columbus and the Gig Harbor Commercial Fishermen’s Civic Club collaborate on this annual cultural event held during Maritime Gig Festival.

possible. Everyone is invited to come see the Archbishop and observe the blessing.”

This year’s blessing begins at 1pm sharp on Sunday, June 7 and brings someone extra special to town — Seattle Archdiocese’s Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. “We’re really honored to have him,” said John Moist, a longtime community leader who co-chairs the event with John Oldham. “We are looking forward to making this as spectacular as

City councilperson Rahna Lovrovich reports, “There are 134 commercial fishing permit holders that live here in Gig Harbor. They provide an average of 500 direct jobs, hundreds of indirect jobs and they inject thousands into the local economy each year.”

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Guests also include Mayor Jill Guernsey, Knights of Columbus Washington State Council Deputy George Czerwonka, State Representative Michelle Caldier, the Commodores of the Gig Harbor, Fox Island and Tacoma Yacht Clubs and possibly State Senator Jan Angel.

Lovrovich’s family has lived and fished here for three generations — more than

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100 years. “The Blessing of the Fleet is a special sendoff by the community; it’s a display of our heritage and culture, and it links the community to those ties,” she said. Her husband, Tom, belongs to the Commercial Fishermen’s Civic Club, and his brother Gregg is president; they are full Croatian. “For my husband, it’s also a time to honor his father by illuminating one of his deck lights. If you look at recent pictures of the blessing, you will see it shining.” Each year, a crowd gathered at the century-old Saint Nicholas Catholic Church on Rosedale Street to begin the blessing. Church bells toll, and Father Mark Guzman welcomes everyone. A processional begins to the tune of a bagpiper, led by Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in regalia bearing flags, and more Knights in tuxedos carrying the icon of Our Lady of the Harbor. Special guests are next, then commodores of the yacht clubs, altar servers with holy water, parishioners and citizens. The procession walks to Skansie Brothers Park and Jerisich Dock, both named for historic Harbor fishing families. Distinguished guests will give remarks before Archbishop Sartain leads the service, offering prayers for the safety of captains and crews, for a bountiful catch and for those who have lost their lives in the waters of Puget Sound during the past year.

Tethered just beyond Jerisich dock, a gleaming row of fishing vessels will form a formidable display. At the end of the gangway, several runabouts will be ready. Father Guzman and Archbishop Sartain with the icon, in the lead runabout, will circle the fleet twice, blessing the crews and vessels with holy water and laying wreaths in the water. They’ll continue out into the harbor to bless private yachts, kayaks and others. When they return to the dock, the procession heads back to Saint Nicholas for a celebratory lunch. “For our family, the Blessing starts the countdown to departure as most of the boats will start leaving the harbor in mid June,” shares Lovrovich. “When the time comes, we head down to the dock and watch as my husband starts the engine and the crew unties the lines that hold the Tradition to her mooring spot. After hugs, kisses and well wishes, the boat backs away as we wave. My husband blows the horn three times. We race to the car in an effort to get to the old ferry landing before he does. As he passes beneath us, we wave and he blows the horn again. We remain there waving as he disappears around the point, and we begin to look forward to him coming back around that point safe and sound at the end of the summer.”

Economically Sound There are 134 commercial fishing permit holders that live here in Gig Harbor. They provide an average of 500 direct jobs, hundreds of indirect jobs and they inject thousands into the local economy each year.

BELOW The Archbishop will attend this year’s Blessing of the Fleet. Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Seattle.

For more information about the Blessing of the Fleet, visit the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce web site: www.gigharborchamber.net and scroll down to “What’s Hot.”

The exact origins of the centuries-old practice of blessing the fleet are unknown. In the storyline of one popular legend, a fishing boat was lost in the fog with an oncoming storm, and the crew faced certain death. Suddenly, they saw a glimmering light in the distance. Following the light, they were able to make their way back to shore and discovered that the glimmer came from a medallion of the Madonna del Lume (Mother of Light) in a grotto high on a cliff. Thus the blessings began.

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BOTTOM RIGHT Maritime Festival 2013. Photo by Point of View by Lou Photography.


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STRESS FREE TRANSACTIONS Local auto broker will help navigate the way to your next purchase or sale. By Patty Hutchens. Other than a home, a vehicle is one of the largest investments consumers make. And while we all love the excitement that comes with driving a new vehicle, sometimes the stress involved in the purchase is enough to make us forego the experience. But it does not have to be that way. Whatever side of the sale you are on, Barry Jaroslow, owner of AutoBuyingMadeEasyWA, can represent you through the entire process, taking all the pressure off of you and making it an easy transaction.

In addition to representing buyers and sellers, Jaroslow offers his expertise in the way of group seminars and classes instructing people about the ins and outs of buying and selling a vehicle. The cost? Free. So how is it that Jaroslow came upon his work as an auto broker? As a Realtor for many years, a business he still conducts, Jaroslow realized that the burden of a large vehicle payment was at times a deterrent for people seeking to purchase a home.

Jaroslow is not a salesman; he is a broker. He will handle negotiations for you for a flat fee, something that does not leave his clients wondering if he is steering them towards a specific vehicle like many cars salespeople who work on commission may do. Instead, he represents you and your best interest, whether you are in the market for a new or used car or truck and no matter what the make or model.

Jaroslow explains that often when people purchase a new vehicle, they can get caught up in the moment and make decisions based upon what they want rather than what they need — leaving them financially strapped. Luxury versus necessity can make a big difference in the price of a new vehicle. Jaroslow will ask his clients questions to help determine not only what they need in a vehicle, but also what they can afford.

Jaroslow explains that the process of buying and selling can be emotional for consumers, and they can often be at a disadvantage. By being that objective third party who represents your interests, Jaroslow can prevent buyers and sellers from being taken advantage of no matter what they are buying or selling.

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borrowing one before rushing into a decision. Some of the other benefits of working with AutoBuyingMadeEasyWA include an explanation of how the financing and insurance works, including options of financing through a bank, dealer or a credit union. Customers also receive an honest explanation of the benefits of both purchasing and leasing a vehicle. AutoBuyingMadeEasyWA will arrange test drives for its clients, and if needed will accompany the clients to the dealership and will also help determine whether or not the client should purchase an extended warranty — just one of the many decisions one faces when purchasing a new vehicle. Before you dismiss the idea of purchasing a new vehicle, explore the options from an honest third party who can help you navigate the road to making the right purchase for you.

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Ziggy Norberg continues his training to represent the U.S. in the Paralympics. By Sarah Polyakov. Photos by Cathy Kasperbauer.

Live life without boundaries. That is a lesson that Zibby Norberg, a multi-time national champion in paddling, has inspired others to do. What makes Ziggy unique? He was born with spina bifida. But makes him even more unique is his unbreakable spirit. “I am Ziggy, and I happen to be in a wheelchair”, Ziggy noted. “But being in a wheelchair is not an excuse for not doing anything. In fact, I have a responsibility to show others that I can be so much more than one might think.” Ziggy, 21, became interested in paddling several years ago. With the unwavering support of his mother, Karen, he has been able to compete in paracanoeing competitions both nationally and internationally for the past five years. He was a national team member for the World Championships in Poland in 2012. Over the past few years, Ziggy has become increasingly dedicated to his sport. A dedication that precipitated his move, along with his mother, from the Twin Cities to Gig Harbor in 2014, so he could train with coach Alan Anderson. “I met Coach Alan at one of the paracanoe events. He always took the time to give me pointers. After a cold winter, we decided to move somewhere where I could train on the water year round. The reason we chose Gig Harbor is because of coach and his team.” It was the right move. “He (Coach Alan) has helped me immensely. I have improved my results in races,” said Ziggy who is spending most of his time training, hoping to qualify for the World Championships, to be held in Lake Placid, New York, in July.

ABOVE Ziggy pictured with his mom. TOP RIGHT Coach Alan Anderson looks on at Ziggy in the water.

Still, Ziggy has an even larger goal. Paracanoeing will make its Olympic debut in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. Ziggy is focused on representing the U.S. for this Olympic debut. After the 2016 Olympics, Ziggy will be planning for the future. “I have a standing agreement with my mom that I will return to school”, noted Ziggy who is interested in a teaching career. Ziggy is passionate about politics and advocating for the rights of disabled, saying there are still many issues with accessibility for the disabled. For now, Ziggy is working hard and continues to keep his eye on the prize. He invites everyone to come check out the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team. Coach Alan is doing great things, and many local teammates will go on to represent our country in the Olympics. You may see the team practicing on weekends at Jerisich Dock in downtown Gig Harbor; they welcome spectators and supporters.

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Gig Harbor by the Numbers $150 The cash prize awarded to the

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Farm to Table

Let’s put new meaning into the phrase, “I need to pick up dinner.” For many, this routine involves visiting a local grocery store and perhaps picking up meat that has been sourced from another state and fruits and vegetables that have often been sourced from halfway across the world. So it might be time to rethink our routine and make a point of picking up locally grown and sourced fruits, vegetables and meats.

SPRING IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GET REACQUAINTED WITH YOUR FOOD.

Ancient Chinese medicine stresses the importance of keeping our bodies in harmony with nature. One key component to ensuring bodily harmony is by eating the freshest, inseason organic foods. We are fortunate to have many local, organic farmers in and around our community.

BY SARAH POLYAKOV. PHOTOS COURTESY KATHLEEN ROSE.

When good farming practices are pursued, the carbon footprint can be greatly reduced since food is not being shipped across great distances.”

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Our community farmers each have a story; a fact we may not think about often enough. Thus the food that we buy from them also has a story rooted in the very soil of our community. Kathleen Rose owns a small organic farm near the airport. A master gardener, she has been growing organic produce for about 10 years. Through her work, she has become an advocate for locally produced, organic food sources. Kathleen, who just recently left years of working for large corporations, decided it was time to pursue her passion full time. She notes, “I am passionate about growing organically produced food because it tastes fresher and is more nutritious. Consumers are also able to know their local farmers and their farming

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practices. But the health of our planet is important. When good farming practices are pursued, the carbon footprint can be greatly reduced since food is not being shipped across great distances.” Our community farmers need our support. “There are 16,000 farmers in Puget Sound, and most small farmers make less than $20,000 a year. Still, these farmers do it because they love it. It is a difficult way to make a living, but eating industrial farm products are not good for us. Basically, local farmers do it because they love growing healthy food for the community,” notes Kathleen. There are also food bank driven projects such as the Olalla Giving Garden. The garden produces 7,000 pounds of food for food banks each year. This is truly a Godsend since in Gig Harbor proper, the reduced lunch program is at 30%. It’s great to support our community by supporting these local farmers, and in supporting our community farmers we are making a global impact. First of all, eating locally sourced, organic produce is the very best present we can give our bodies. By fixing meals composed of fresh foods, which are full of essentials vitamins and minerals, we are helping to ensure our long-term health. And in addition to reducing the global carbon footprint, when we buy locally grown produce we are helping to encourage more self-reliance as well as to grow the local economy.

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MAKING LIFE’S TRANSITIONS EASIER Giving back to the loved ones who gave you so much. By Sarah Polyakov. Life transitions are seldom easy. And when they involve an elderly loved one, those changes can be especially difficult. Fortunately for Gig Harbor, Chris and Julie Thomson’s passion and expertise in caring for the senior population has translated into beautiful homes where those who can no longer live independently receive care, compassion and an opportunity to interact with others. Family First, which is owned and operated by the Thomsons, first opened in Gig Harbor over 15 years ago. Over the years, they have continued to expand to meet the needs of our community. Soon they will be opening their sixth location, the Goodman House, at 3512 38th Ave. N.W, providing even more families with peace of mind that their loved one is safe and well cared for. Family First provides care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a private home setting and is a partner with the local medical community when it comes to caring for seniors. Both Chris and Julie Thomson have over 25 years of experience in geriatric care, with Chris’ focus being in the area of physical therapy. However, it is the hands-on experience that the owners provide that truly sets Family First apart from other private home-care

organizations. Often Chris can be seen making homemade soup in the kitchen of one of their homes, doing grocery shopping to ensure superior nutrition for their clients, and even driving clients to medical appointments. Their business reflects how close and personal each resident is to their own hearts. Each resident is given an individualized care plan to best meet his or her needs. Each home is wheelchair accessible, and the private and semi-private rooms in the homes are always bright and cheery. Entertainment and activities are provided to keep the residents happy and engaged. The caregivers are no exception to the compassionate assistance Family First stands for. They excel in all of the areas that are medically necessary to provide your loved one with an excellent quality of life. Family First specializes in, but is not limited to, memory care, dementia, Alzheimer’s and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are provided through home health agencies with whom Family First works closely. Family First also works hand-in-hand with all hospice agencies if the need should arise to provide comfort at the end of life.

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For Chris and Julie, the most heartening part is the reward they receive through the relationships they develop with each and every resident. One story they share is when they cared for a woman who had been married to her husband for over seventy years. Each day, the woman’s husband faithfully came to visit her, even though advanced dementia had robbed her of her ability to speak. When it was time for each of them to go, they gracefully took leave in a way that mirrored the film, “The Notebook.” Family First, a wonderful alternative to a nursing home, is a place where you can be assured that your loved one will receive the best quality of life available. After all, our loved ones have given us so much; it is a gift to be able to give them peace of mind during this time in their lives. For more information, contact Chris or Julie Thomson at 253.853.2033 or visit their website at familyfirstafh.com. FAMILY FIRST 4700 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW, #312 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Cell: 253.732.3292 Office: 253.853.2033 www.familyfirstafh.com

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There are many lessons one can learn from participating in sports. For Joel Jacobsen, he has learned the importance of remaining optimistic. “When faced with challenges on the soccer field, I learned that persistence, effort and being a positive, supportive team player is what made the difference,” shared Joel. While Joel ran cross-country as a freshman, soccer has been an integral part of his life from a young age. He started playing before even entering kindergarten and has been on the Harbor Premier soccer team since he was in the third grade. It has also afforded him unique opportunities for travel — such as a trip to play on the U.S.A. soccer team in the Youth Soccer World Cup in Sweden at the age of 13. In the fall, Joel will attend the University of Washington. “I hope to study mechanical engineering,” said Joel, who holds a 3.8 GPA and takes several AP classes.

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Joel is also a volunteer for the Special Olympics; something he does in part to spend time with his cousin and his cousin’s best friend who both have Down Syndrome. “I’ve learned so much working with these athletes by witnessing them courageously tackling obstacles head on with a positive attitude and a desire to do their best.” Megan Eberhardt Peninsula High School Senior Megan Eberhardt knows what it takes to succeed. As the captain of this year’s track team, she has maintained a 3.8 GPA — something that is not easy to do especially when enrolled in several AP classes and studying the Chinese language. But she has learned to balance it all and succeed not only in school, but in athletics as well. She has made it to districts every year in track and competed as a freshman at the state track meet and also runs cross-country.

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May 5 - Cinco de Mayo. Come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Morso as they serve Shrimp and Pork Tostadas complemented with the house made Sangria and Negro Modelo beer to help quench your thirst. Call 253.530.3463 for reservations.

SHOWS/MUSIC/ARTS Now – May 31 - Lighten Up. Morso’s featured artist this month is Lynn Stevenson presenting “Lighten Up: A Solo Exhibition” by Lynn Stevenson from now through May 31. Lynn is a professional advertising art director and graphic designer. After years of working for ad agencies and corporations in Dallas and Los Angeles, she now freelances from her home in Gig Harbor. Also on display are two oars, painted by Lynn and donated to the Peninsula Art League for a silent auction, which will help raise funds for the Gig Harbor Regional Arts Center May 7 - Music in Poetry, Poetry in Music. Eclectic chamber jazz group Primal Mates performs poems set to music, music set to poems and music by well-known writers who were also accomplished composers, at the Key Center Pierce County Library at 7pm. Visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar for more information. May 9 - Olalla Concert Series. Olalla’s Community Hall, 12970 Olalla Valley Road SE, will host a monthly music series featuring world-class musicians from throughout the U.S. Each evening will begin with a potluck at 6pm for anyone who wants to bring a dish to share and meet the performers. Music starts at 7pm. For information and reservations call 253.438.0078 or visit www.olallahouse.org. May 14 - Art Walk. The second Thursday of every month, from 5 to 8pm, the Art Walk will be held in the beautiful historic maritime community of Gig Harbor. Participating galleries and businesses will have artists on-site with artists’ demonstrations. For more

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Wholly Sustainable NEW WATERFRONT FARMER’S MARKET. BY JULIANNA VERBOORT. PHOTO COURTESY KATHLEEN ROSE. There is an all new farmer’s market taking root at Skansie Brothers Park this summer. Take part in the inaugural season and learn about the tremendous plans in the works for a fresh fish market and so much more! Kick off the season — and the future — on June 4 from 3 to 7pm. Participate in sustainability, local agriculture and the lively downtown scene as you stock up on the freshest of foods! A grassroots project of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, the market brings something new to Gig Harbor. Waterfront Farmer’s Market manager Kathleen Rose and her team looked at how best to meet the goals of supporting local food producers, economic development and fresh food access for all. They developed a nonprofit, community-based, collaborative market model.

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“This is much bigger than just a market with tents and people selling their wares. It is about fresh food access in our community. This is a fresh food program in the shape of a farmers market,” says Rose, who is working with agricultural partners, food growers and fishing families to collaborate on sustainability and protecting our watershed. Rose is also talking with government food programs, aiming to increase access to fresh foods. The market must be in operation for one year before they can welcome WIC and senior nutrition programs; they are working to implement EBT and SNAP later this season. “Our mission is to create a vibrant forum that connects community residents and food producers in a mutually beneficial economic and cultural exchange. We’re adding educational events at the market, for example SEEDS Club where kids learn about sustainability, and artists live-sketching the market. It will be a place to enjoy and learn about healthy living and food culture.” Check weekly market happenings at Waterfront Farmers Market Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ waterfrontfarmersmarketgigharbor. Stop by every Thursday throughout the summer to indulge in Waterfront Farmer’s Market!

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May 9 - The Gig Harbor Beer Festival. The Gig Harbor Beer Festival is a fundraiser benefiting the Gig Harbor FISH Food Bank. The Festival will feature a wide variety of Northwest craft brewers offering eventgoers a splendid mix of familiar favorites and new brews to taste. Uptown Gig Harbor area restaurants will offer patrons a wide variety of food to choose from. Visit www.gigharborbeerfestival.com for more information.

LOCAL music The Gig Spot Open Mic and Trivia Every Monday. 5/08 - Reign of Sun 5/29 - Mission 253 6/20 - Gig Harbor Glow Rave 6/27 - Modern Tribes

information visit: www.gigharborgalleries.org. May 14 - The Muse at Morso. Morso presents The Muse at Morso, a monthly program featuring premier authors and poets. On the second Thursday of each month Morso hosts prominent poets and authors to Gig Harbor then shares work from the community at 7pm. Please call 253.530.3463 for more information.

Forza Coffee Company Trivia Every Wednesday Ladies Night Every Thursday **Ladies Night BUNCO: May 21 Cost: $10 each, please pre-pay at Gig Harbor FORZA

May 16 - RIO CON BRIO. The Gig Harbor BoatShop is proud to present nationally renowned Brazilian mandolin and guitar string duo RIO CON BRIO. These two exceptionally talented artists have come back to the BoatShop this year for more fun. Tickets can be purchased at the Gig Harbor BoatShop or by calling 253.857.9344. For more information visit www.gigharborboatshop.org.

Live Events 7-9pm 5/08 - Charlie Brown 5/09 - Dave Hannon 5/15 - Kurt Lindsay 5/16 - Rick & Ike 5/21 - BUNCO! 6-8pm 5/22 - The Shy Boys! (7-10pm) 5/23 - The Shy Boys! (7-10pm) 5/28 - Wine Tasting @ 6-8pm 5/29 - De Malo Combo 5/30 - Budapest West

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Wednesday Nights are Open Mic Night. Thursday Nights are Ladies Night $2 off Glasses for the ladies. Friday Night are Meet the Winemaker and Distributor Tastings. Saturday Nights are Live Music 7:30-10pm.

May 19 - Film Screening at the BoatShop. The Gig Harbor BoatShop is proud to present two short films by hometown filmmakers that tell the stories of two women, one local and one half a world away, who take unconventional paths to self-sufficiency. Filmmakers Nancy Bourne Haley (Finding Thea) and Cathy Stevulak and Leonard Hill (Threads) will be at the event for questions and answers. Each film is about 30 minutes long and doors open at 5:30pm with the first film starting at 6pm. Call 253.857.9344 or stop by the BoatShop to purchase your tickets.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES May 6 - Introduction to 3D Printing. Learn about 3D printing and see a demo of the library’s new Afinia 3D Printers at the Gig Harbor Library from 6-8pm. No registration is needed. Visit www. piercecountylibrary.org/calendar for more information. May 8 - Sauvignon Blanc Wine Tasting. Sauvignon Blanc is a white-wine grape originally from western France, now successfully grown in wine regions all over the world. Sauvignon Blanc is a hearty variety that can be grown in most of the wine growing areas of the world. Morso has a love for Sauvignon Blanc and thought that with the warm weather around the corner they should do a tasting

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May 10 - Mother’s Day at Morso. Morso is having a great day just for Mom no matter whether they love a great filet or a fresh halibut special. Both will be served with amazing sparkling wine specials. Also Mother’s Day falls on Bartender Special Sunday where they have great $5 glasses of special wines. Stop in with your mother, favorite honey, wife or girlfriend for great Mother’s Day Specials and special sparkling wines. Call 253.530.3463 for reservations.

devoted to only Sauvignon Blanc. Call 253.530.3463 for reservations. May 9, 20 - Quick Start 3D Printing. This is a hands-on class to get started and certified with the Gig Harbor Library’s Afinia 3D Printers. Registration is required and can be done at www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. May 9 – Straw Bale Gardens. Come down to the Sehmel Homestead Park’s Demonstration Garden at 10am as the Pierce County Master Gardeners give a talk on the benefits of a straw bale garden. Straw bales are an inexpensive and flexible way to add raised beds for vegetables, herbs and flowers. For more information contact Kerrie Wilson at 253.798.6943. May 9 - Seattle Doll & Toy Market. Are you looking for a unique and fun way to spend Mother’s Day? The Seattle Doll & Toy Collector’s Club is sponsoring their favorite fundraiser, the Seattle Doll & Toy Market at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE in Shoreline, from 10am-3pm. This show offers a wide variety of antiques and collectables, including action figures, Barbies, American Girls, French fashion dolls, German bisques, paper dolls, doll houses & miniatures, tin toys, teddy bears and more. In addition to the wonderful treasures offered, for a charitable donation of $3 per item, they will have an Antiques Roadshow appraiser on hand to help identify and set a value for that keepsake doll or toy you have always wondered about, as well as doll repair specialists to restring your doll or to lend advice about more extensive repairs. Contact Joy Hill 425.712.1575 or email Trevino746@aol.com for more information.

May 12 - An Edible Garden Lifestyle. Visit the Gig Harbor Pierce County Library as you learn how to infuse an edible garden into your lifestyle while adding color and texture to existing garden spaces, from container gardens to mixed borders. Creative Gardener Sue Goetz shares down-to-earth tips for cultivating successful edible landscapes as well as favorite edible varieties that mingle well with ornamentals. Visit www.piercecountylibrary.org for more information.

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May 10-23 - Support of Survivors of Domestic Violence. In support of survivors of domestic violence, Bartell Drugs is accepting donations for The Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Programs, May 10 through May 23. Donations of any amount can be made with a cashier at 60 Bartell Drugs stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. May 14 - Thursday Night Out. Over forty downtown waterfront businesses will be open featuring special offers, activities, demonstrations, refreshments and fun. Live music and entertainment is being planned at various locations throughout the waterfront. Event will be the second Thursday of every month from 5pm-8pm. May 15 - Brunello/Barbaresco Shoot Out. Come to Morso and meet a couple of the young turks of Montalcino and Barbaresco and decide whose wine reigns supreme, those from Nebbiolo or Sangiovese. Six amazing wines, two amazing Italian personalities. Brought to you by our favorite wine afficiando in the witness protection program, Luca Santori. Call 253.530.3463 for reservations. May 16 - Ladies’ Night Out at Java & Clay Cafe. Join us for Ladies’ Night Out, an evening of painting pottery, sipping wine and laughing with friends! To register visit www.javaclay.com, or call at 253.851.3277. May 16 - Free Mobile Shred Event. Fournier Insurance Solutions partnered with LeMay Mobile Shredding to help you avoid identity theft and have your confidential documents destroyed on-site at their FREE mobile shred event at 3111 Harborview Drive! Free coffee and donuts will be on site as you watch your documents be destroyed. Limit 3 to 5 banker boxes per family. May 16 - Big Sports Gig Dinner and Auction. The community is invited to attend the second annual Big Sports Gig dinner and auction fundraiser, from 6-9 pm, at the Gig Harbor Boys & Girls Club, 8502 Skansie Ave. NW. Sponsored by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the event raises funds to provide scholarships to local youth who might not otherwise be able to afford to participate in recreational sports. The evening’s guest speakers will be Slick and Donald Watts, formerly of the Seattle

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May 14 - 1 Year Celebration! Come celebrate Gig Harbor Living Local’s one year anniversary with us from 4-7pm “Happy Hour” with the option to stay for open mic night at The Hub! This is our way to say thank you for a wonderful first year in Gig Harbor. We will provide hors d’oeuvres and drinks to all that attend. Please bring a friend and come celebrate. We hope to see you there! your situation. Meet at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW, at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Register for event at www.piercecountylibrary. org/calendar. May 27 - Blaine Newnham. At 7pm at the University Place Library, author and sports writer Blaine Newnham will talk about and sign his new book, “America’s St. Andrews: Chambers Bay.” No tickets required. Reserve a copy of the book using Amazon Smile where a portion of the proceeds will benefit Pierce County Library Foundation. University

SuperSonics and Washington Huskies basketball teams, respectively. There will be dinner, adult beverages, a silent and live auction and the evening will include community awards as well. Tickets can be purchased online by to tbsg.eventbrite.com or gigharborfopundation.org/tbsg or call 253.219.8717 or 253.858.7678. May 20 - Bunco at Morso. Every third Wednesday of the month, Bunco is on in the Morso Gallery. Social hour starts at 6pm with dice rolling at 7pm. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation by calling 253.530.3463. May 26 - Preparing for Health Care in Retirement. Determine fixed costs and estimate essentials and discretionary expenses for your retirement income plan. Discover strategies to manage health care costs and how Medicare and the Affordable Care Act may affect

May 29 - Chardonnay Buffet. Chardonnay is here to stay. In spite of some of the press reports speaking of its decline, Chardonnay is still the most planted grape in Washington and California. Morso will be tasting several Chardonnays from France, California, Washington and even Sicily in a buffet style format. Come and enjoy arguably the most popular grape varietal in the world. Call 253.530.3463 for reservations. May 29 - Spanish Wine Tasting. There is something intoxicating about Spanish wines.They are as diverse as the country’s cultural background. Morso will be tasting whites and reds from some of the best wine regions of Spain. Come and see how remarkable these wines are and that they don’t break the budget. Call 253.530.3463 for reservations.

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May 17 Peninsula Community Chorus Spring Concert. Come to enjoy a concert of beautiful music from Mozart’s Requiem to Let’s Fall in Love, a tribute to Cole Porter, at the Fox Island United Church of Christ. Admission is free and a reception offering light refreshments will follow the concert. Visit www.peninsulacommunitychorus.com for more information.

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May 19 - Buried History: Superstitions at Sea. Have you ever given a second thought to the items you bring aboard a boat? For centuries, fishermen have been known to be quite superstitious and rely on a set of traditional guidelines in an attempt to control their fate. Join Nancy H. Jerkovich and Nancy Jerkovich for an evening of familial reminiscing on four generations of fishing with an emphasis on the common belief of superstitions at sea. This program will be held in the historic Skansie Net Shed with a maritime themed happy hour prior to the talk. Visit harborhistorymuseum.org for more information.

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May 31 - Marine Corrosion Protection Workshop. Gig Harbor BoatShop and Washington Sea Grant are proud to be co-sponsoring a Marine Corrosion Protection Workshop for marine professionals and commercial and recreational boat owners. Kevin Ritz is a Certified Instructor in Electrical, Corrosion and Systems andwill take you through various topics. Due to limited space preregistration is required. For more information or to preregister, contact Sarah Fisken at WA Sea Grant, sfisken@ uw.edu, 206.543.1225.

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May 21 - Concert with Marena Lear. Marena Lear is a singer, dancer and poet currently living in Portland, OR. She has performed with her uncle, Alejandro Fleites, since she was about 8 years old, all around the Puget Sound, singing Jazz, Bossa Nova, and Latin American folk songs and ballads. She will be giving her first solo performance at the Harbor History Museum with doors opening at 6:30pm. Visit harborhistorymuseum.org for more information.

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Family Friendly Events May - Tacoma Rainiers. The Tacoma Rainiers provide affordable, top-notch entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere at historic Cheney Stadium. For schedule information please visit www.tacomarainiers.com. May - Shenandoah Restoration Volunteering. Join Harbor History Museum each Friday and Saturday from 10am until 1pm to help restore their 1925 fishing vessel, The Shenandoah. All ages are welcome! Email Michelle Paulus at michellep@harborhistorymuseum.org for more information. May - Gig Harbor Farmers Market. Come to the Gig Harbor Farmers Market at the two great locations! Saturday an indoor/outdoor market will take place at the former Peninsula Gardens, 5503 Wollochet Drive NW, from 9am to 3pm and on Sunday there will be a market in the Gazebo Area of the Uptown Shopping Center from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy the fresh produce, homemade crafts and live entertainment all weekend long. Visit gigharborfarmersmarket.com for more details. May 23 - Street Scramble. Join the community for the 9th annual Gig Harbor Street Scramble starting at Skansie Brothers Park. This free, family event marks the official kick-off for summer and outdoor fun in Gig Harbor. The Gig Harbor Street Scramble is the largest Street Scramble in North America and the only free Street Scramble in the greater Puget Sound region. June 6-7 - Maritime Gig Festival. Your favorite activities and events are back, including the Fun Run, the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, the Grand Parade, the Round Rock Contest. Get ready for music and entertainment, food vendors, historic boat displays, and loads of children’s activities. It’s a jam-packed weekend, with activities all day Saturday and Sunday. For more information www.maritimegig.com. June 19-July 11 - Seussical! Paradise Theatre presents Seussical on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm with an early show on Sunday at 3pm and a special dinner theater at 6pm on the 11th. Visit www.paradisetheatre.org for more information.

GIG HARBOR LIBRARY Now through May 30th - Mini golf tournament. Play golf at the library! Participate in the Pierce County Library Open Mini Golf Tournament for all ages. Balls and clubs will be

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provided. Starting April 25, first rounds will take place at 18 library locations. Semifinals will be at six libraries, culminating with the finals on May 30 at University Place Library. Visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar for more information. May 16 - Mini Golf Tournament Semi-Finals. Come to the Gig Harbor Library where the winners of the Gig Harbor and Key Center Libraries will compete for a chance at the finals. Balls and clubs are provided. Visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar for more information. May 16 - Lego Building Madness. Use the Gig Harbor Library’s Legos, straws + connectors, blocks and more to construct fabulous contraptions! Duplos and other blocks are available for the little ones. Check www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar for more details.

KEY PENINSULA CIVIC CENTER May 9 - 14th Annual Key Peninsula Livable Community Fair. The Key Peninsula Civic Center Association invites you to our 14th Annual Key Peninsula Livable Community Fair on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Connect with the community and learn about nonprofits and resources on the Key Peninsula as you enjoy the fun, familyfriendly atmosphere. Highlights include an emergency preparedness aspect, trout pond fishing, a “Summer Camp” fair with regional recreation organizations sharing about summer camps and tons activities available for kids. Outside you will find Lakebay Fuchsia Society’s 20th Annual Plant Sale, the Key Peninsula History Museum will be open for tours, and the WSU Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all your plant questions. Visit kpciviccenter.org for more information. June 6 - Beatniks. Join us at the Key Peninsula Civic Center at 7pm for a fantastically fun concert fundraiser with the Beatniks! Tickets are are available at Blend Wine Shop, Sunnycrest Nursery and Floral, the Key Peninsula Civic Center, or at the door. Net proceeds benefit the Key Peninsula Civic Center. For more information visit kpciviccenter.org.

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May 23-24 - Family Boat Building Program. Build your own boat in a weekend! Come to the Gig Harbor BoatShop’s next Family Boat Building event where each group is assigned their own Boatwright who will guide them every step of the way through the construction of a 12’, 90-pound Salt Bay Skiff. On Sunday, after a ceremonial launch and row in Gig Harbor Bay outside the BoatShop, the skiff and memories for a lifetime are yours to take home and enjoy forever! The workshop runs Sat. & Sun. from 9am-5pm and allows for 3 groups of 2-5 members each. Visit the Gig Harbor BoatShop website www.gigharborboatshop.org for more information.

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June 12 through Fall - Learn to Sail. Learn the basics of sailing and cruising aboard the historic Thunderbird #2, Pirouette. Dedicate a Saturday to developing or enhancing your sailing skills and enjoy instruction from a knowledgeable Captain and Crew. The basics of sailing, docking, anchoring, and boat handling will be covered during this session. Lunch will be provided and instruction will be catered to your goals for the day. Children must be 13 or older. Visit www.gigharborboatshop.org for more information. McCormick Forest Park from 12 to 4pm and learn the fun sport of Geocaching, the internet based hide-andseek treasure hunting game! PenMet Parks Staff and Pierce County Environmental Educators pair up to teach you how to use a GPS unit and powers of observation to find hidden caches in McCormick Forest Park. You will learn strategies for locating caches in your local area, find out what travel bugs are, how to use online “geo-tools?, and Geocaching etiquette. You can bring your own GPS unit or cell phone with GPS capabilities or they will have some GPS units available for use. Visit www.penmetparks.org for more information. July 11 - 8th Annual Family Fun Festival. This year’s Family Fun Festival is a celebration of Penlight’s 90th Anniversary at Sehmel Homestead Park from 11am to 6pm! Live entertainment, inflatables, slides, petting zoo, climbing wall, games and activities, pony rides, train rides, local food, community vendors, and much more. The festival is a FREE community event though some activities include a small fee and $2 per child suggestion donation for activities. Off site parking with shuttle service every 15 minutes is available at the following locations: Meadow Parking off Sehmel Drive & 70th Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Visit www.penmet parks.org for more information.

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June 4 - Waterfront Farmer’s Market. Every Thursday, beginning June 4th, from 3-7pm vendors will meet in Skansie Park on the downtown waterfront. From fruits and vegetables to artisan crafts shop the local selections as you listen to live music and enjoy various activities for adults and children alike! Visit gigharborwaterfront.org for more information.

adults are invited to decorate the sidewalks of the downtown waterfront. as the Waterfront Alliance provides free chalk along with Certificates of Award in the following categories: Kids, Family, High School, College Students, Adult, Group and Best MaritimeNautical art. Harbor WildWatch will be at Skansie Brothers Park with their touch tanks and face painting will be available. Register on the day of the event from 10am – 2pm at either Skansie Brothers Park on Harborview Drive or the Anthony’s parking area in the Finholm District on N. Harborview Drive. Chalk the Harbor is sponsored by Peninsula Light Company. For more information call 253.514.0071.

Upcoming Events Summer 2015 - PT TROLLEY Returns. Pierce Transit’s Route 101 provides convenient service between the historic downtown Gig Harbor waterfront district and the Uptown shopping district. Trolleys run daily every 30 minutes; see www.piercetransit.org/pt-trolley for details. Trolleys also connect with other routes at the Kimball Drive Park & Ride, including Route 100. June 5 - Drink the Pink. It’s Rose time! Rose wines are perfect for the summer and Morso is beginning it with a bang. They will have roses made throughout the world with different grapes from aglianico, pinot noir, syrah, cinsault, sangiovese. This style of wine makes them the perfect accompaniment to food. Call 253.530.3463 for reservations. June 13 - SolFest. This year marks the introduction of the very first annual SolFest music festival held in Gig Harbor, Washington at the Harbor History Museum. Held on Saturday, June 13th SolFest begins at 2pm and will run until 10pm. During those hours the numerous bands will take the stage to provide entertainment to everyone. In addition to these local talents, various community businesses and organizations will be in attendance to promote the Gig Harbor community including an area with fun activities for the whole family! Tickets include FREE admission into the Harbor History Museum. Visit harborhistorymuseum.org for more information. June 27-28 - Garden Tour for Literacy. Support literacy programs for children and adults by supporting the Gig Harbor Garden Tour. This self-guided tour will be held on the 28th from 10am-5pm and on the 29th from 10am-4pm. For more information visit www.gigharborgardentour.org.

June 16 through August 18 - Summer Sounds at Skansie 2015. Join us on the lawn of Skansie Brothers Park for live music and loads of fun every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8pm. Returning this year is the popular restaurant delivery service to the park by many of Gig Harbor’s favorite downtown eateries. Bring chairs or blankets. No tents, canopies or umbrellas will be allowed. Chairs set up in advance are at owners risk and management’s discretion. No roping off chairs is allowed. All Gig Harbor parks are smoke free.

July 23-25 - Wine & Food Festival. The Wine & Food Festival Weekend kicks off with the all new Waterfront Sip & Stroll on Thursday, July 23rd. Friday evening there will be Winemaker Dinners held at various restaurants around the downtown waterfront and the Grand Tasting on Saturday, July 25th will open at 12pm and run until 4:30pm. Early Bird tickets are on sale from now until May 15th. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Downtown Waterfront Alliance office: 3311 Harborview Drive, Suite 101. For more information call 253.514.0071.

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June 16th - The Coats June 23rd - Uptown Lowdown Band June 30th - 133rd Army Band Ceremonial July 7th - Hook Me Up July 14th - Michael Anthony Pratt July 21st - Beatniks July 28th - Sarah Gerritsen with Bradford Loomis August 4th - Ranger and the Re-Arrangers August 11th - Austin Jenckes

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July 18-19 - The Annual Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival. Saturday ­10am-6pm; Sunday - 1-5pm on Judson Street in Gig Harbor’s historic waterfront district. Artists from throughout the Northwest will be showing and selling their work at this year’s festival. We’ll also have a variety of food vendors, live music and lots of art-making activities for children. And if you’d like to try your hand at some sidewalk art, wander down to the waterfront and “Chalk the Harbor.” Join us for this annual spectacular! www.peninsulaartleague.com/artFest.html.

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DID YOU KNOW? Food tastes different when in flight: Studies show that our ability to perceive salty tastes is weakened by the cabin pressure. For example, tomato juice, which is high in sodium, will actually taste sweet to those who drink it in flight. Control towers: Because those in the aircraft control towers need to be able to see the entire airfield at all times, the glass in control towers is installed at a 15 degree angle to prevent glare and reflection. Flight attendant standards: In the late 1930s, flight attendants had to be under the age of 30 and weigh less than 118 pounds. In fact, there was even a requirement at one time that all flight attendants had to be registered nurses. Meals in the cockpit: On commercial airline flights, the pilot and co-pilot never eat the same meal. The reason for this is in case of food poisoning brought on by a certain food, one pilot will still be well enough to fly.

In this world of pressures, fears and even survival, the enjoyment of life can easily get lost. It seems difficult to find the time to relish in those things that truly give us joy. And in the world of technology, it becomes even more difficult to disconnect from the stresses of life. It is my hope that you will be inspired by my story. You are encouraged to sit back and reflect on one simple question — what in life provides you with the greatest joy? Being in the outdoors, spending time with family, writing that book you have always wanted to write but never found the time? Or maybe it’s a bucket list item: skydiving, skiing in the Alps or taking a cruise. Whatever it is that brings you enjoyment, peace and fulfillment, hopefully you will take the time to do it. For me, I have found that my passion is flying. And the great part is that it is something my wife enjoys as well. Skimming through the air is one of mankind’s greatest achievements

— not for war, not even for fast travel, but in pursuing the dream of man to fly and to see and experience something similar to that of the life of a bird. As a pilot, I really do get to fly! We have already had many exciting adventures and have made it our goal to fly around the world in the next five years. When we are not working, that is. Always wanting to put safety first, I chose to fly our plane to Tampa during the fall months to avoid any potential bad weather that could come with a cross-country flight during the winter months. We later took a commercial flight to Tampa to take advantage of the blue sky flying that the Caribbean brings during the months of December and January. On one segment of our travels, we flew from Tampa, Florida to Colombia, South America and back —traveling through the Bahamas, Antilles and Grenadines with stops in many places along the way. Our flying machine is a bright red 1947 Bonanza with 260 hp,

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round gauges, RNAV (an area navigation that provides more lateral freedom and greater use of available airspace) and an Aera 500 GPS. The plane is relatively light in weight and handles like a sports car. My wife, who is a student pilot (C-152), is my only co-pilot and serves as navigator and pre-flight specialist.

risks. Another concern was that the planned route coming and going was over a lot of water. Unexpectedly, we found Venezuela air traffic control willing to clear us to fly over its north coast and through the restricted areas. That enabled us to avoid flying the over water route to Aruba.

You may not be surprised to learn that a bright red airplane attracts attention everywhere — a red star in a world of white planes! We quickly discovered that people go out of their way to comment on it. The age of the plane also makes it seem attainable to many people working at airports who pose questions such as how much it cost ($27,000), or how it flies. It also opens up a discussion for them to share about the planes they own. A NetJets pilot in Grenada found us at our hotel; he had noticed the plane at the airport and wondered how it got there. He was on his way to Los Angeles, and we were on our way to Colombia. We had a wonderful talk about flying, and I had the impression that if I had offered him a seat, the jet would have remained in Grenada.

Barranquilla was hazy, and we didn’t have the airfield in sight until we were within a few miles. Arriving, we were directed to follow a truck to the terminal where the narcotics police and others visited us. I speak fluent Spanish (I was general counsel for U.S. companies in Mexico for 17 years), so when the search got a bit ridiculous, I told the officials that we were flying into Colombia not out of it. They laughed and it ended the search. Customs and immigration procedures were somewhat challenging — just to find the right people. We did not use a handler, but if you don’t speak Spanish, I would advise to get a handler. A woman named Claudia staffed the airport civil aviation office. She warmly welcomed us and insisted on taking us to her favorite hotel — the Barranquilla Plaza. On the way, we took a detour so she could introduce us to her child and parents.

Part of the joy of flying is in the discovery of new places; cities and towns we never imagined would bring such adventure. Barranquilla, Colombia is one of those places, an unexpectedly cool city that should be included in any Caribbean tour. Grenada is the must-go place, but I am starting with Colombia because it was an unexpected joy. It was with a bit of trepidation that we flew there, but if you are going to be a gypsy you have to take

The hotel was an unexpected pleasure, and we were grateful for Claudia. Had it not been for her guidance, we probably would have ended up at one of the rather sterile international hotels. When traveling, it is always fun, and usually more adventurous, to get the locals’ perspective. The Plaza was a local business, a

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tourist hotel of very good quality. There was delicious food, a swimming pool and they even provided rooftop rumba dancing to a live band. We went up to the roof about midnight, danced and left before closing at 3am. My wife and I can fake anything — even the rumba, and once we got up and danced, we quickly became part of the group, which included the cute waiters and waitresses who were dressed with stylish Cuban hats and clothes. Also at the hotel we enjoyed café con leche — hot coffee and hot milk poured from separate containers in your preferred mix — and a variety of delicious and unique breakfast food. I enjoyed fried platano, a food similar to a banana that was served with chocolate bread rolls and eggs. All of this was included in our room price, which was a mere $78 per night. Barranquilla is a modern and clean city. I encourage anyone who visits to walk everywhere within reach. For the out of reach areas, we hired a taxi driver, Javier who was a local and was very proud of his city. He

“It was with a bit of trepidation that we flew there, but if you are going to be a gypsy you have to take risks.”

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Flying is something we love to do, but it is not for everyone. I encourage everyone to do things they enjoy — even if a bit risky and pushing the economic envelope. gave us the grand tour! There was the tram transporting people out to the spot where the Magdalena River meets the ocean; we saw the colonial section of the city, the outlying areas, and Javier’s favorite — anything to do with Carnival, Colombia’s most important folklore celebration. It begins forty days before Holy Week and includes four days of activities. While Carnival is celebrated in many places throughout the world, Barranquilla’s celebration is one of the largest. Javier shared with us that Barranquilla was a rumba city and the people were “rumberos” (rumba dancers). My wife and I enjoy dancing so is not a surprise that we enjoyed this place so much. Barranquilla is also an industrial city with a solid economic base. I was first there years ago

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when people had revolvers stuck in their belts — that has changed. Now iPhones are in their belts. I have to say, I missed the Wild West feel. A fun side note Javier shared with us was the history behind Juan Valdez coffee. According to Javier, Juan Valdez is a real person who came from humble beginnings. We have all seen the Colombian coffee ads with the man and his burro. That is Juan. His coffee venture went big, and he started the Juan Valdez coffee houses a la Starbucks style. The Juan Valdez coffee houses were nice and served good coffee, so we felt right at home since we are Seattle area people. Good coffee, pastries, Juan Valdez coffee mugs

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Georges, Grenada, another must stop if you travel to the Caribbean. While I love adventure, when we left Colombia, it was with a bit of apprehension that I filed my flight plan to fly direct to Barahona, Dominican Republic. There were gale warnings, and the marine forecast was grim — a semi-perfect storm due to 40 mph surface winds, but the sky was clear for the first 200 miles and then the satellite photos on the Internet showed 150 miles of clouds with low tops. With Visual Flight Rules — a set of regulations under which a pilot operates an aircraft in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to see where the aircraft is going — at 10,500 feet, we hit the clouds just about 200 miles out and flew around a few high tops. We had smooth sailing until my auxiliary tank went dry about 20 minutes early. I was quickly reminded that our lives depended on a running engine. Landfall near the Haiti and the Dominican coast was spectacular. There were mountains and a breathtaking coastline — flying up the coast to Barahona was worth the trip across the

sea. Arriving from Barranquilla, Colombia, we had four different types of officials that looked us over and wanted to look at the plane. I told them that I was honored that they knew we were coming and sent a welcome party to greet us as VIPs. I asked why the president didn’t show up. The formality ended with laughter. One of the officials even gave us a ride to a local hotel, welcoming us to Barahona. For me, this trip was an adventure I will never forget. The earth, water and sky were magnificent, the people were incredibly friendly and the places were very cool to visit. For some reason fewer people are flying. Is it due to cost? We have planes (or access to them) and as such, in a sense, have a privilege that few have. But some have said it is due to fear. I decided long ago not to let fear rule my life, and I am so glad. If I let fear rule, I would not have made the trip either because of flying issues or fear of dealing with entry and exit to and from the countries. I would not have experienced the places and people I was so fortunate to make part of my life’s memories.

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Flying is something we love to do, but it is not for everyone. I encourage everyone to do things they enjoy — even if a bit risky and pushing the economic envelope. I am not saying that we should live just for ourselves — much to the contrary — we should live and do right. A part of what makes the trip through life enjoyable is to live it with at least some activities that make it fun and enjoyable. So go out and enjoy the life you were blessed with!

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COVER STORY STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES Enjoy the simple life by taking summer road trips on your bike. By Sarah Polyakov.

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” – Lance Armstrong Cycling is again a growing recreational trend. It is a unique way to travel and maintain your health, and it provides an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the scenery. Cycling harkens us back to a simpler time when we relied on our legs, rather than our automobiles, to take us from place to place. While it seems that bicycles have been around forever, the earliest one was a wooden scooterlike device called a celerifere. It was invented by Comte Mede de Sivrac of France in 1790. However, it was soon after improved by the Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun in 1816. He made a model with a steering bar attached to the front wheel and named this improvement a draisienne. The draisienne had two wheels but no pedals. This cycle was propelled forward much like a scooter since the rider had to use his feet. In the 1860’s cycles were again improved. These early bicycles, which were called velocipedes, were difficult to operate because they possessed very large front wheels. At the time, cycle designers incorrectly believed that bigger tires equaled more speed. To make them even more cumbersome, early tires were made of wood or metal and solid rubber tires were added much later. In the 1880s air-filled tires were added to

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the bicycle along with a chain with sprockets. The modern derailleur gear system was added relatively recently — in the 1970’s. May is Bike to Work month, so there is no better time than the present to take advantage of the cycling life. Cycling to work has many physical health benefits but also mental health benefits since you are out in nature. Most of all, whether you cycle to work or are a weekend road warrior, cycling allows you to connect authentically to nature and tap into the sheer power of your body. There is nothing better than having the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and breathing fresh air. After a cycling excursion and experiencing the sheer beauty of nature, one is left with a very satisfying feeling.

But the great news is you don’t have to spend any money or travel to exotic locales to partake of adventure travel. You can participate in active travel on your terms literally in your own backyard. There are free, informational websites such as www.bikingbis.com that provide you with information on cycling tours that you can take from Washington State or the United States. This particular website provides a multitude of information on everything that is biking. They suggest various tours that you can take on your own, charity rides, rallies and fun activities related to cycling. There are several large, cycling events to look for

stamina to enjoy cycling. It’s wonderful that everyone in our community has the ability to cycle no matter what age or level of stamina. So many are rediscovering the joys of cycling as a leisure activity, and the number of cyclists is growing. While this is wonderful, it is also a good idea to be aware of the dangers that vehicles present to cyclists. While cycling in groups is generally safer, it is a good idea to follow a few road rules to keep yourself and others safe. While some might think wearing a helmet is the last word in safety for cyclists, it is only the beginning. Every cyclist needs to know how to avoid getting hit by a car. Some common examples of collisions occur when cars are turning right, cars are leaving a parking lot, a cycler rides too close to the side of parked cars, or a cyclist is riding across a crosswalk. While these are only a few common scenarios, approaches for staying safe will help to prevent accidents.

“Active travel is the difference between looking at life and living it.”

Recently, adventure travel has taken off. Travelers are finding that there are too many important experiences to have that cannot be experienced by traveling only by car or on a tour bus. These companies offer tours where one spends the day hiking or biking, depending on the terrain. Vacationers get to experience the pace of life where they are visiting, having time to stop and smell the roses, the mangoes or the coconuts. It is a rare opportunity to immerse oneself in the culture and scenery of a region while being able to pick up on subtle nuances that others may not see. The founder of “Backroads Travel” said it all when he noted, “Active travel is the difference between looking at life and living it.”

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this summer such as Cycle Washington, the Northwest Tandem Rally, Seattle to Portland Biking Classic, RedSpoke and San Juan Ramble Inn-to-Inn. There is no better way to get fit while experiencing the gorgeous scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Still not convinced? Be sure to catch the film “Breaking Away” for some inspiration! The most recent innovation during the past several years has been the electric bike because it allows even those with limited mobility or

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• Wave to make yourself known visually • Avoid headphones or media devices that will cause you to be distracted • Choose slow streets and back roads Finally, the most important tip involves a mind-set. Literally ride as if you were invisible to everyone around you. The reason this is important is because even the most well-intentioned motorists may not see you. Riding as if you were invisible allows you to be proactive since you should never rely on motorists to see you. If you rely on motorists to see you, you put your safety in their hands. Erin O‘Conner once aptly noted that, “Caution is the key to safe cycling. I’m aware that cars are bigger than me, but I feel quite safe. I’m in control, liberated and free, when I’m on my bike.” Make yourself intentionally seen by using visual signals while maintaining the mindset that you are invisible to motorists. Thus, both the invisibility mindset and the proactivity of creating visual signals work together to keep you safe. Heed Lance Armstrong’s advice and don’t sit on the sidelines. Get on a bike and change your life. After all, cycling is a wonderful leisure activity and whether you are on a road bike, a mountain bike or an electric bike, there is fun to be had for all. Whether you are a motorist or a cyclist, be sure to share the road, and let everyone enjoy life at his or her own speed. Don’t forget to wear your helmet!

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BELOW Biking is an activity for the whole family.


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Celebrate You! AS WE AGE, REMEMBER THAT BEAUTY AND LOVE ARE AGELESS.

BY TERESA PESCE.

This column is dedicated to the middle-aged among us, lost in society’s Bermuda Triangle between being young and being “older,” acknowledged only by ads selling them cosmetics to make them look young again and comfort bras to ease the inevitable triumph of gravity. Honestly, when all the physical changes of middle age first appeared, sometimes I just wanted to disappear. Unfortunately, I got my wish! The midlife years usher in another phenomenon for women: the disappearance factor, famously noted in Gail Sheehy’s classic book, “New Passages.” Women find that one day, men don’t see them anymore. As female pheromones fade, women fade from testosterone’s radar. On a subliminal level, the male person “detects,” if you will, the presence of pheromones and responds accordingly. When pheromones are absent, so is the male

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response to the presence of a woman. It’s as if we are suddenly camouflaged to blend into our surroundings. We become chameleons. Men just stop seeing us! Now I know there are some phenomenal middle-aged females out there who still stop traffic without the benefit of a crossing guard sign. But most of us begin to experience the alarming lack of male reaction some time in our 40s to 50s. Men who once rushed over to chat us up, to offer assistance behind counters and at the automotive repair shop, all seem to look through and past us. I was once pursued to the grocery store

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parking lot by a check-out girl, who begged for my phone number on behalf of one of her shy male associates who moved mountains to be at the cash register when I checked out but couldn’t work up the nerve to talk to me. In my new invisible state, I noticed that male checkers no longer even twinkled at me, and, in fact, never made eye contact even when handing me the receipt. I further found that when men were forced to “see” me, it annoyed them. I would ask a male sales associate where an item was, and his eyes would focus on me only reluctantly and his reply would be without a smile. Whereas there used to be a tussle at the car repair shop over which mechanic would get to walk up and greet me, now they stonewalled until one resignedly removed his gloves, plodded up to me as if he was walking the last mile on death row and asked in a resigned monotone, “Can I help you?” On more than one occasion of invisibility, I’ve had the urge to rip open my blouse and bellow, “HELLO!” and see if THAT gets a reaction. But I fear it would only get a restraining order. Comedian Tina Fey took observations of the annoyance reaction a step further. She noted that in casting meetings of sitcoms, the men in the room were quite frank and would veto casting an actress (or fire her if she had been on the show for a while) if they “didn’t want to (have sex with) her.” The words in parentheses

replace a very bad verb. Their decision had nothing to do with the actress’s talent. “Yeah, she’s good but I don’t want to (have sex with) her.” Fey said that if a “non-doable” woman even talks to a man, his disinterested, bored, annoyed reaction clearly states his bafflement. “Why are this woman’s lips still moving? Why is she still talking to me?” Fey concluded that men subconsciously see no point in interacting with a woman they don’t want to have sex with. Of course, she dwells in the hard world of entertainment where even the greatest actresses experience a drop in project offers after their 40th birthday. But still — it does seem that once the pheromones cease to emanate seductively from our skin and hair, men are hardwired to no longer see the point in talking to us, much less listening to us, or stopping for us if our car is in flames by the roadside, or resuscitating us if we keel over in front of them.

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However, all the women I know who have progressed from girl to goddess celebrate their femininity every day of their lives. They live with grace, glamour and freedom. Youth is not ageless. Beauty is. And so is love.

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It’s All About That Base YOUR SMILE, YOUR GUMS, YOUR TOOTH COLOR.

BY DR. RHONDA SAVAGE, DDS.

Meghan Trainor, a young singer, projects confidence and is proud of her looks. I appreciate her energy and enthusiasm for life! I find that women in general can be quite sensitive about their looks. We’re often our own worst critic. We’re especially sensitive about our face! A pimple: Why does it have to appear on an important day? If you’ve watched the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” you’d put Windex on it and move on! My pain: I remember the day keenly. I was going to be inducted as President of the Washington State Dental Association (representing 3800 member dentists), and a blood vessel broke in my right eye. I couldn’t wear sunglasses all day; though I’d have died to have been able to! For many women, our “base” is our appearance, and your smile is the base of your face. The color, shape and desired shape of your teeth. If this is an interest for you, here are options that can fit your time and your budget. Your smile: Do you have gaps in your teeth, or crowded, rotated teeth? Orthodontia or veneers can help. Orthodontics: Invisalign, Clear Aligners, Six Month Smiles and conventional orthodontics are options. It’s important that you are seen by a general dentist in advance to be certain any cavities or concerns are first addressed. Otherwise, these issues can get worse while you’re

straightening your teeth. And while many general dentists can do some orthodontics, it’s important that you’re seen by someone with the experience and excellent credentials. Your gums: Your gums frame your teeth, much like a picture frame frames a picture. Your lips do the same. They frame everything. Your gums must be healthy, or no matter what you do with your teeth or lips, the look won’t be complete. Do you have the aids that you need for healthy gums? The best aids, nowadays, are the Philips Sonicare products (the Diamond Clean and the AirFloss). There’s more to gum health, however. If you have periodontal disease, a great professional cleaning is crucial, but so is a comprehensive exam with your dentist. Your tooth color: In our office, we offer three different ways to whiten your teeth. You need a complete exam, though, as whitening with cavities is not a good idea. The best is the Zoom WhiteSpeed Light system, which includes at home whitening trays. It’s a new system with decreased sensitivity. The second option is the take home Philips NightWhite or DayWhite products. The third system (very affordable) is the Philip’s QuickPro system. It’s pain free, very effective and the price includes two whitening sessions. With your face, it’s all about that base! You deserve the best, whether you’re preparing for your prom, your interview or your life. Smile free, with energy and enthusiasm!

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Seventh Inning Stretch IT IS NOT JUST FOR THE BASEBALL SEASON. BY SUSAN HOFFMAN. Baseball season is often synonymous with the arrival of spring. The actual origin of the seventh inning stretch dates back to 1869 when spectators would get up and stretch their legs to relieve their discomfort from the hard benches. Some say the managers invented it as a way to stall for time as the relief pitcher warmed up. Others believe this time of stretching brings a win for their team the number seven is equated with good luck.

The Mayo Clinic provides tips for proper stretching:

Many already practice healthy lifestyle behaviors by going to the gym for regular exercise, eating a nutritious diet and getting ample rest. However, many do not take the time to stretch before and after exercise, missing out on benefits that include enhanced flexibility and adaptability of your musculoskeletal system — your bones, muscles, and joints.

• Many people use the technique of bouncing when stretching and this can cause micro-tears in the muscle which will form scar tissue as the muscle heals. This can lead to injury and decrease your degree of flexibility.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the top five benefits of stretching are: • Increased flexibility and joint range of motion. • Improved circulation because stretching increases blood flow to your muscles which then become nourished and flush out the toxins and waste. • Improved posture which in turn prevents the muscles from tightening up which can cause discomfort and pain. • Enhanced coordination, a benefit as we age so that we can maintain full range of motion and balance to prevent falls and injuries. • Reduced stress because stretching is a way to relax tense muscles.

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• If your muscles are cold from nonactivity, you need to warm up by walking and pumping your arms or do another form of exercise at low intensity. • A stretch should be held for at least 30 seconds, and it is even better to do it for one minute in order to lengthen muscle tissue safely.

• It is important to breathe as you stretch, and if you do experience any sensation of pain, modify the stretch until the pain has diminished. • Remember to address both sides of your body during your routine of stretching. Many of us are often in a hurry and so we skip stretching because. after all, stretching doesn’t burn that many calories. However, flexible muscles give us full range of motion and protection from injury. In addition to a regular regimen of stretching, it is equally important to seek regular chiropractic care in order to detect, analyze and correct spinal adjustments. Misalignments can cause muscles, ligaments and joints to become damaged and irritate the spinal nerves. Combining stretching and chiropractic visits provides benefits for optimum well-being. Remember, don’t just stretch during the seventh inning, incorporate stretching into your daily routine of a healthy lifestyle.

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Oral Health & Diabetes THE VICIOUS CYCLE. BY GLORIA GILBÉRE, CDP, DA HOM, PHD, DSC, ECOERGONOMIST, WHOLISTIC REJUVENIST, HTMA PRACTITIONER. This is part two of a two part series. Another type of health saboteur connected to diabetes and inflammation originates in your mouth. Open Wide What’s first — diabetes or inflammation? Oral inflammation, like that from periodontal or bacterial infection, decay under a crown or in a root canal, is an invisible health saboteur. Generalized inflammation erodes overall immune defenses, especially in those with insulin resistance or diabetes. If you have an inflammatory disorder, consider what’s going on in your mouth. High blood sugar encourages bacterial growth in your mouth. If you experience the following, see a nutritionally aware biological dentist now: • Dry mouth (not associated with other causes or medications) • Bleeding gums when brushing or eating • Loose or missing teeth • Fungal infection (thrush) • Puffy, sensitive gums or teeth • Inflammatory disorder • Compromised immunity You Need to Know According to Marc Penn, M.D., Ph.D. at the Cleveland Clinic, “Periodontal disease is now considered a medical disease.” Fifty-percent of heart attacks and strokes occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. The key contributor is now targeted at inflammation. We’re finding that traditional periodontal therapy (teeth cleaning and deep scaling) is not enough. Often when inflammation or immune disorders are present, the healthdepleting bacteria released during the cleaning or scaling goes rogue and enters the bloodstream through periodontal pockets and releases toxins. After this, our bodies trigger an inflammatory response to both. Have you ever felt increased symptoms or feel like you have the flu after teeth cleaning? Now you know why. My experience shows that the only way to succeed is to treat early,

effectively, correct blood sugar imbalances and address the microbial burden. I use and recommend dental cleaning via laser because each area is sterilized before, during and after the treatment — reducing risk of infection and bacteria going into your blood system. Oral biofilm is the largest cause of oral inflammation, and oral inflammation is the number one source of generalized inflammation in humans. By addressing oral inflammation and periodontal disease, we can often lower A1c levels more effectively than medications in many diabetic patients. The A1c test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar. HOT Facts “Don’t forget to look at periodontal disease as an important source of inflammation in cardiovascular disease — when walls of coronary vessels get hot, there’s a problem — heart attacks or strokes.” Marc Penn, M.D., Ph.D. Your Body’s Firefighter Consume more water! You must sufficiently hydrate to extinguish the fire of inflammation! It is recommended that you drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces (e.g., if you weigh 160 pounds, you need a minimum of 80 ounces of water daily). You count as water any tea that does not contain caffeine or drinks like lemonade or limeade if unsweetened or sweetened with a natural herb like Stevia. Inflammation and diabetes are complex syndromes but all can be significantly improved or eliminated through personal dietary and lifestyle choices as well as wholistic lifestyle modifications. Dr. Gilbére is Founder/CEO Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation, an acclaimed author (18 books), talk-show host, creator of 8 post-graduate courses and 1,700+ health articles. She consults worldwide via telephone and Skype and in Gig Harbor. Visit: www.gloriagilbere.com or call 888.352.8175.

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It’s not the good life, it’s the best life!

Welcome home to Harbor Place! 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 requirements and lifestyle.

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Craft Beer and Family Fun THE HUB AT GIG HARBOR CREATES DESTINATION SPACES. BY PATTY HUTCHENS. PHOTOS COURTESY OF HARMON BREWING COMPANY.

Great food, local craft beer and builtin entertainment for the whole family! Step into the Hub at Gig Harbor, and you’re immediately taken back by the sight of planes taking off and landing and the western exposure showing off the peaks of the Olympic Mountains. This unique restaurant is located with front row seats on the runway at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, and it’s more than just a dining experience — it’s entertainment for the whole family! The Hub’s menu offers tasty thin crust artisan pizzas and NW favorites like cod and chips, steamer clams, calamari and wild Alaskan salmon; comfort foods like our classic mac and cheese, signature sandwiches, burgers and salads round out the menu. Oh, the sesame crusted ahi tuna is awesome!! They also boast one of the best local craft beer selections on draft as well as a full bar for specialty cocktails. Owned by Pat Nagle and Carole Holder, the Hub has a quality selection of craft beer from Harmon Brewing Company, a company also owned by Nagle and Holder. Harmon Brewing was recently selected to produce and distribute a limited-release Scottish style ale in collaboration with Chambers Bay Golf Course for the upcoming U.S. Open. This commemorative beer, Chambers Bay Summer Open Ale, will be available throughout the

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South Sound, including the new Whole Foods Market at Chambers Bay. As the U.S. Open arrives, the airport expects to host somewhere between 40 to 60 corporate jets loaded with golf ’s well-heeled patron saints. “We plan to offer our visitors championship service and pull out the red carpet,” said Nagle, who adds that players are already starting to show up and practice — offering patrons to the Hub a sneak peak at some of the top golfers arriving at the airport. The Hub at Gig Harbor also offers an amazing happy hour menu (3pm to 6pm and 9pm to close, seven days a week) and many specials throughout the week including $3 Harmon pints or $4 house wine on Mondays, Taco Tuesdays and Wine Down Wednesdays. Live music every Thursday and Saturday is always a really great show. And while the food, drink and atmosphere are amazing, so is the customer service and friendliness of the staff. It is that sense of community that is important to Nagle and Holder. “We create our destination spaces and invite people in to enjoy good food, great beer and the fun atmosphere that our extended family provides,” said Holder. “Just don’t try and stay overnight, we don’t have a hotel…yet.”

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Lunchbox Laboratory Check out some of our favorite local picks!

Home of the world’s best burgers and shakes, Lunchbox Laboratory has 3 locations in Western Washington! High quality ingredients sourced locally. Buns are fresh baked daily, locally made and organic. Stop by for weekly rotating handcrafted burger, cocktail and shake experiments! 4901 Point Fosdick Dr. NW | 253.432.4061 lunchboxlaboratory.com/gigharbor

Whether you are looking for a small plate to a full meal, Gig Harbor has plenty of tasty options to choose from and great locations for beautiful views of the harbor.

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best Fish and Chips and Clam Chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to Anthony’s Restaurant and offers an expansive view of the harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and Wine, Take Out Menu available. Hours Mon-Thurs, 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm, Sun, 11am-8pm. 8825 North Harborview Drive, Unit C 253.858.3487 themarketplacegrille.com

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant

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Satisfy your palate with our amazing gourmet lunch and dinner overlooking spectacular views of the water. Gig Harbor’s best kept secret! Wine list offers a worldwide scope, craft beers on tap, fun food & wine events. Our Morso Gallery provides private dining & a unique experience seeing local & national artists. Live music events feature amazing artists from around the country. Hours: Tue-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 2pm-9pm. 9014 Peacock Hill Ave at N. Harborview Dr. morsowinebar.com | 253.530.3463

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine for 2014! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of those seeking authentic Mexican food and award winning Margaritas. Come visit our Gig Harbor location and enjoy our Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array of delicious appetizers. 4628 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW 253.851.8464 moctezumas.com

GOOD EATS Forza Coffee Company

Gig Harbor FORZA offers hot breakfast sandwiches, burritos, quiche & pastries, lunch, including sandwiches & salads, dinner, including Italian flatbreads, antipasto & caesar salad and more! Try our great selection of wine and craft beer while listening to live music or enjoying trivia! Happy hour daily from 4-6pm. 5275 Olympic Drive NW 253.858.8033 forzacoffeecompany.com

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Great local foods, wine and craft brews, and flat screen TVs. Watch from your table as airplanes take off and land. Monday Trivia Night, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays and Thirsty Thursday’s Open Mic Night with Mike. Now delivering lunch! Experience Fly N Dine for an unforgettable flight over scenic Gig Harbor and combine it with a dinner package. 1208 26th Avenue NW | 253.853.1585 thehubrestaurants.com

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Come and try our delicious new additions and nightly specials! Offering lunch, Twilight, dinner & Happy Hour. Serving a sit down Mother’s Day Brunch and lunch menu from 10am till 3pm. Menu includes Blueberry Crumb Cake and seasonal fresh fruit plate. The patio is ready for sunny days! Also serving a 3 course Twilight Dinner for $18 all night. Open M-Thrs: 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-8pm. 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 400 253.514.6482 | greenhousegigharbor.com

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Yo! G’s Frozen Yogurt

Gig Harbor’s family owned and operated selfserve frozen yogurt store offers ten varieties of yogurt that rotate on a regular basis and over 60 toppings! Included are dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free options. Try one of their delicious flavors today. You’ll be sure to come back for more! 4784 Borgen Blvd. NW, Suite E 253.858.9647

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Graduation Celebration with dipped bananas & 2015 pineapple Edible numbers ®

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food, wine & beer

waterfront resta u ra nt with a rt ga llery

enjoy lunch, happy hour & dinner

2014 OPEN TABLE TOP 100

BEST WINE LIST in America as voted by Open Table Diners

amazing salads · filet mignon fresh fish · great wines · happy hour rotating craft beers · patio seating live entertainment · 21+ tuesday - thursday · 4pm to 10pm friday & saturday · noon to midnight sunday · 2pm to 9pm 9014 Peacock Hill Ave. at N. Harborview Dr. at the head of the bay

253.530.DINE (3463)

online reservations at morsowinebar.com

253.851.3167

Lunch & Dinner Cocktails ~ Premium Beers ~ Extended Wine List

Call now to make your Mother’s Day Dinner Reservation! NEW SUMMER HOURS Lunch Mon~Sat 11am to 2pm Dinner Mon~Sun 4pm to Close

Fine Dining with Endless Views of Mt. Rainier and the Gig Harbor Lighthouse.

Surf & Turf 6oz filet mignon grilled and topped with sauteed onions, button mushrooms and a creamy gorgonzola sauce along with seared scampi in a lemon beurre blanc.

Jazzy Chop Porterhouse pork chop marinated in extra virgin olive oil, rosemary and garlic, oven baked and finished with our creamy goat cheese, spinach, mushroom, Thai chili sauce.

Muscovy Duck Oven baked and topped with our plum and toasted almond sauce.

Ahi Tuna Lightly coated with black peppercorns, seared rare and topped with our roasted garlic / ginger glaze.

2905 Harborview Drive NW Gig Harbor www.thegreenturtle.com

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes Est. 2000

FETA, SPINACH AND MUSHROOM QUICHE See us at the Gig Harbor Farmer's Market on Saturdays!

Brought to you by Litehouse Foods. Servings: 6 Finished in: 50 minutes

CREPES Now Offering Fresh Strawberry Crepes

Gather Ingredients • 9” prepared pie crust • 4 eggs • 1/2 cup milk • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream • 2 cups fresh spinach • 1 small shallot diced • 10 ounces sliced mushrooms • 4 ounces Litehouse Feta Cheese • 1 teaspoon Litehouse Instantly Fresh Poultry Seasoning • 1 tablespoon olive oil • Salt and Pepper

Sweet & Savory Paninis & Sandwiches Salads & Soups

Ray Wainright Owner

Put it Together Lay out the pie crust in a 9” pie plate and bake for 10 minutes. In a large pan, heat olive oil. Add in the mushrooms, shallots and poultry seasoning and sauté until the mushrooms begin to dry out, 3-5 minutes. Add in the spinach and cook for 1-2 additional minutes until the spinach begins to wilt. While the mushrooms cook, combine the eggs, milk and cream in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are combined. Season with salt and pepper.

4700 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Ste 109 Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Pour the spinach mixture into the bottom of the pie crust. Top the mixture with the feta cheese and then pour the egg mixture over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

253.851.2576

Cool and serve.

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DESTINATIONNORTHWEST

Glamping Adventure Get close to nature at Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast. Article and photos by Jessica Herbig. They have huckleberries. They also have tents. Cozy, canvas-walled tents with wood stoves, planked wood floors, screens to keep the bugs out, feather (yes, feather) filled mattress toppers on their queen size beds, campfire sites, extra tent pads, permanent camping kitchens at every site and quaint outhouses. Yep, you read that right. You can’t glamp without an outhouse. You’ll get bragging rights for using the outdoor showers. They’re a thing of beauty. Timothy and Christine Dick, owners of Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast, live an alternative energy lifestyle six miles east of the small town of Clark Fork, Idaho. They live completely off the grid, growing as much of their own food as possible, storing food for winter months and raising and butchering their own meat. The garden produce is available for campers to sample during their stay. They enjoy the fruits of their labor on their land and want to share their lifestyle with those interested, to show everyone it is possible to live, comfortably, I might add, without traditional electricity. Their solar system was purchased a short distance away in Sandpoint, and as you drive up to their main house, you can see the solar panels on the roof of the house and nearby shed. They’re more than happy to invite you into their home to see the battery bank and electrical system housed under the stairs.

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They don’t do without modern conveniences. They have Internet, and maintain a website for their Tent and Breakfast. Just go to www. huckleberrytentandbreakfast.com to check it out. They regularly update their Facebook page with camping conditions and the latest fruits of their labor. They liken it to a modern-day Little House on the Prairie. Not wanting to sacrifice their simple lifestyle led them on their Tent and Breakfast adventure. Christine Dick explained how their business came about as we meandered down the groomed trails to the three tent sites. They are passionate about sharing with visitors why they live they way they do. They bought bare land and began building in 1992, literally bushwhacking a clearing for what would later be their beautiful, landscaped front yard and impressive garden area where you will enjoy your breakfasts as you camp with them. The tent sites themselves are hand-crafted with care by the couple. They are open as soon as the snow melts and stay open into the fall. Next to every tent is an old-fashioned camp kitchen, with everything you need to cook for yourself. There is even a system to heat water for the outdoor shower. From here, you can hike, plan a canoe or kayak trip off-site on the Clark Fork River or Lake Pend Oreille, or just meander through the forest at will, picking wild berries and enjoying some of the most beautiful parts of North

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Idaho. After staying a night at Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast, you might start to yearn for something a little more simple, as you experience the peace and tranquility of nature and go back to a simpler way of life, if even for a short time.

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www.huckleberrytentandbreakfast.com 180 Thunderbolt Dr, Clark Fork, ID 83811

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Providing Our Clients “The Strength of Teamwork with the Reputation for Results” Over 30 Years Experience In The Gig Harbor & Surrounding Areas

ACTIVE - Beautiful Estate style home along the Fairway of Canterwood Golf & Country Club. One level luxury with exquisite details, designed with a separate “Casita” and gated courtyard for guests. State of art décor design detailing in the kitchen, master suite, exterior covered patio, guest suites with private baths and much more! $1,190,000

ACTIVE – Wonderful setting along 2nd Fairway of Canterwood Golf & Country Club. Traditional beauty with architectural elements, southern exposure and exquisite detailing. Master on main, formal living & dining rooms, walls of windows and spacious epicurean kitchen w/granite, SS and oversized island. Impeccable condition! $740,000

Live Where You Play. nty with each Sale or Purchase. Home Warra r a e Y 1 Free

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SERVING GIG HARBOR

Pharmacy . Full Service Repair . Home Delivery . Exceptional Patient Care

Olympic Pharmacy and Healthcare Services has grown into a leading provider of medical supplies and equipment to the Puget Sound area. Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest quality products, exceptional customer service and to be an active participant in our patients’ healthcare and well being. We believe that offering exceptional patient care is a collaborative effort. Our trained and knowledgeable staff understand that every patient is unique and strives to promote a warm and caring environment where our patients feel comfortable.

4700 Pt. Fosdick Drive Northwest Gig Harbor, Washington 98335 (253) 858-9941 . Fax: (253) 851-9942

Because We Care.

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3 Time Five Star Professional Realtor Award

Sandy Jones, Realtor®

Windermere Real Estate Gig Harbor - Downtown | 3111 Harborview Drive, Ste 200 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.514.1988

www.sandyjonesgigharbor.com | sandyjones@windermere.com

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11802 Sorrel Run NW $875,000 Perfect 5 bedroom/4.5 bathroom Craftsman with chef ’s kitchen. Outstanding outdoor living space!

11610 52nd Ave Ct NW $899,900 Fabulous 5 bedroom/4.5 bathroom with gourmet kitchen and covered veranda.

5118 Bridlepath Dr NW $738,000 4 bedroom/3.5bathroom Craftsman with fine finishes and private covered deck!

Debbie Mishko

NMLS 1102863 7191 Wagner Way, Ste 203 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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