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IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE, but summer is coming to an end. It has been definitely been a great one! When we think of autumn, growth and new beginnings are words that seldom come to mind; those are characteristics most often associated with springtime. But growth is exactly what is happening at Gig Harbor Living Local. Since launching our publication earlier this year, we have been embraced by the community and are so honored to be able to share your stories each and every month. Stories of local business owners who are helping the Gig Harbor economy thrive; stories of youth who not only are successful in athletics, but who give back to the place they call home; and organizations that do much to help those who are in need.

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We are looking forward to more growth as we expand into other Northwest communities around the Seattle area. But with growth comes the need for more contributors. We are currently in search of photographers who are interested in expanding his or her portfolio, gaining exposure in the most widely read community magazine in Gig Harbor, or who simply desire to help us tell our stories through photographs. If you are interested in seeing your work published in Gig Harbor Living, please contact our Editor, Sarah Polyakov, at

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Gig Harbor Film Festival brings film and fun to town. By Julianna Verboort.

CANNES, SUNDANCE...GIG HARBOR? That’s right! Our town is home to a successful film festival that draws hundreds of film entries each year. The festival is perhaps the most sophisticated visual arts event in our already culturally-rich enclave. Do you like going to the movies? Do you become absorbed as the story unfolds as it is presented larger than life on the big screen? Do you get swept away by the romance, thrilled by the action, uplifted with comedy, and inspired by heroes? Enjoy all of that and more during the 7th Gig Harbor Film Festival (GHFF), October 16-19 at Uptown’s Galaxy Theater. What’s the story? Although Marty Thacker is the creative powerhouse behind GHFF, she’d be quick to tell you that local Marilyn Owell inspired it. Marilyn’s dream of greater arts access was realized through Marty’s implementation of the film festival, which ended up having many positive ripple effects. The GHFF has raised the profile of Gig Harbor among the broader arts community, increased tourism and retail activity, and provided a scintillating range of films for local enjoyment. Marty gives credit to dozens of passionate volunteers who take on a multitude of tasks, from selling tickets to touring filmmakers around town. “This is one of the most arts-active communities I’ve lived in. The City shows films in the parks, sponsors live music, and festivals. We have participating merchants along the downtown waterfront, a strong Chamber of Commerce, a lot of volunteerism,” says Marty. “People who interact with us respect the festival and know we’re in it for the long haul. We want everyone to learn about the film festival and support it for the benefits it brings to our community.” The Cast Galaxy Theater is an important partner, providing the essential state-of-the-art digital theaters. Galaxy’s General Manager, Adrienne Griffin, and former manager A.J. Witherspoon

have been tremendously supportive; they understood from the beginning how this festival enriches Gig Harbor. As Marty says, “The festival doesn’t belong to one or two people, it belongs to everyone. What would you like your film festival to be? Share with us so we can make the festival what you want it to be.” The community-ownership concept and adaptability are partly why the festival is stronger than ever in its seventh year. Barbara Rankin, Operations Manager, adds, “Gig Harbor Film Festival has listened and responded, keeping community ideas at the forefront, like the 72 Hour Film Competition and updated Kid Fest.” The GHFF team also includes Jenny Wellman in accounting and she ensures operation falls within the 501c3 status guidelines. In the male-dominated film industry, it is a delight to know that this team of women provides the leadership to sheppard and grow GHFF. The Plot Thickens Film festivals are challenging on many levels: fundraising, attracting desirable films, promotion, staffing, and more. One

study reports that a startling 39% of film festivals quit after the first year. There are also considerations to be made for the competition of viewer time and dollars. Add to that the fact that there are approximately 3,000 active film festivals in North America and maintaining a successful film festival is a challenging proposition indeed. But, GHFF has stepped up to the challenge and typically screens a whopping 74 films in three days that include selections that span all genres. Some films from past years are now in broad circulation and on Netflix. This year’s festival also features a panel discussion about how technology has changed animation over the years, led by a visiting professor from Colorado along with local Nic Turrell, a TCC graduate filmmaker. Kid Fest is in the making for Sunday afternoon, led by local author Karen Robbins, with snacks, short films, and a hands-on workshop. Roll Out the Red Carpet For a taste of “Hollywood” lifestyle, don cocktail attire and rub shoulders with filmmakers and directors at the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, October 16. During this fun-filled evening, guests will begin with the opening film at shown at Galaxy and transition to Canterwood Country Club for appetizers, no-host bar, music, entertainment, and photos with filmmakers! Or guests can get the VIP

pass, which includes a Friday afternoon Gig Harbor boat excursion with the filmmakers, plus the Opening Night Gala. Take A Starring Role GHFF also offers an exciting opportunity for you and your friends to get your own film up on the big screen! Their 72 Hour Film Competition invites teams to create and edit a film of 5 minutes or less in just 72 hours. The top 20 submissions will screen on October 19. Learn how to do it at three workshops at Tacoma Community College in Gig Harbor beginning September 3. Registration is found online at Buy your tickets ahead of time at the GHFF office or online at GHFF’s website since tickets are not sold at Galaxy Theater. Typically tickets are for blocks with a short 45-minutes or under and a full feature of 60 to 90 minutes. Further details: Follow Gig Harbor Film Festival on Facebook!

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Home&Essentials GETTING HOT IN HERE How large-scale geothermal projects could eliminate reliance on fossil fuels. By Sarah Polyakov. MOST OF US ARE FAMILIAR with the fact that countries like Iceland that contain active volcanism just beneath the surface have harnessed the clean energy of steam to power their countries. While in the United States we have relied on some solar power and wind systems to create a few and scattered clean power systems, we have not considered the potential for geothermal energy. However, in some areas of the country, such as on the East Coast, our power grid is outdated. Whether we like it or not, we will soon be asked to think creatively to find new sources of energy. Back to the Future In the past, steam was widely used to power locomotive engines. In terms of geothermal energy, the same principle applies. Geothermal heat is used to boil water and this process produces enough energy to power large turbines, which in turn produce large amounts of electricity. Unlike the past, we will not require coal to heat steam, so the steam power of the future will be 100% clean and clean energy benefits us all. The Temperature Is Rising The good news is countries like Switzerland and now Spain are experimenting with geothermal power systems that have the potential to literally end the dependence on fossil fuels overnight. Spain has begun to create an Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) that has the potential to produce 700 gigawatts of power per day. To put this in perspective, power plants within the United States generate about 1,000 gigawatts of power per day to meet the

needs of customers during the summer when usage peaks. A Groundbreaking Idea The earth’s core is just about as hot as our sun, and the heat produced from the earth’s core can be harnessed at relatively shallow depths. For example, on average, enough geothermal energy to power all of Spain could be reached by drilling three miles beneath the surface of the earth. While it may not seem possible to drill to this depth, the technology already exists and is currently in use by petrol companies. In fact, since the minimum temperature required to provide energy for EGS is 300 degrees, such heat could be found at more shallow depths, less than one mile beneath the surface of the earth in some areas. Too Hot to Handle For some countries though, drilling to such depths may not be possible. In this case, other measures of harnessing heat from the surface of the earth are also being developed. While they may not be effective enough to power an entire country, it is probable they could power entire cities. In fact, the energy that could be collected from the earth’s surface without drilling would produce enough power to be equivalent to three nuclear power plants. Finding alternative energy sources and especially clean alternative energy sources, benefit all of us. With a lot of creativity, innovation, and possibly a little luck, clean geothermal energy could be the very thing that both heats your home and keeps it cool.

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Preparing your home for the winter. By Sarah Friessen, owner of Gig Harbor Home Management. EVERY FALL, snowbirds prepare to pack up and head south for the winter. Although they leave their homes in tip-top shape and with the best intentions, they are often unpleasantly surprised after their return. Sometimes they discover just how much can go wrong inside their home where no one can see what’s happening.

dollars in water bills if no one is inside to hear it?

But, even informed snowbirds with the best of intentions may not be aware of all that can go wrong while they are away. In these cases, it is not even random home break-ins that can cause the most damage. Sometimes, the most damage can be caused by even the most well-intentioned motives.

Even if you are aware of all of the above, there are always things that can happen that one might not prepare for, such as a branch falling onto the roof and causing damage during a winter windstorm. Unless someone were to be aware, damage to the roof and subsequently the home inside could go unchecked for months.

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Then, there are issues that are hardly noticeable to even neighbors-- issues such as rats, mice, or raccoons using your home for shelter while you are gone. Once they move in, they often inhabit the walls and chew wiring, which can cause electrical fires.

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Inside your home there’s potential for a variety of issues with pests, water systems, pipes, and furnaces that stop working during freezing spells. A growing number of local residents are seeing the value in hiring a professional for home watch visits, which ensures the safekeeping of their home in Gig Harbor during the winter. Don’t let the thermostat, the water-heater, or the runny toilet spoil your well-deserved time away. You too can gain this same peace of mind by hiring an experienced and professional home manager to regularly inspect the inside of your home with prescheduled visits. That way, you can be one of the snowbirds that is able to put your mind at ease, once and for all, and enjoy a carefree winter in sunny climes.

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Reflect your unique lifestyle by understanding the details that matter. By Sarah Polyakov. THERE IS AN OLD ADAGE that says, “Home is where the heart is”. This adage has staying power because it is absolutely true. Our homes are more than a place where we merely find shelter. While we do find shelter, they are so much more than that and they reflect the lifestyle, the tastes, and the memories made within a family. A comfortable home reflects the heart and minds of the families who live there. Your home should always be a place that mirrors who you are and the uniqueness that only you can give it also gives your house meaning. But, there are also the small details within a home that make huge differences for the inhabitants. For example, let’s consider the matter of bathtubs. Nowadays, when one thinks of a bathtub, there is no longer just one quintessential bathtub. There are fiberglass bathtubs sold at big box home stores, there are shallow garden tubs, there are two person soaker tubs, there are extra deep custom bathtubs, long bathtubs, round bathtubs, bathtubs with jets and aeration. With all this selection, there is bound to be a perfect bathtub for every person. But, more importantly, it is amazing how a simple bathtub can make a difference. For example, in our first home, we had a narrow fiberglass tub that was six-feet long but very shallow. Even though it looked nice, it did not allow for maximum relaxation. In our second home, which was an older custom home built in the 1970’s, the bathtub was a traditional Japanese Ofuro. This two-person tub was oval-shaped, extra

deep, and it had two bench seats at the bottom. We soon found that after a long stressful day, or when experiencing muscle pains, filling the Ofuro to the top and taking a long soak literally solved all the problems in our world. There was no way to leave that bathtub feeling less than fantastic. This experience was an enormous lesson to me that demonstrated the small details in the home make a tremendous difference in one’s life. Now, when I think of bathtubs, I understand that each type delivers a different level of relaxation. Because of that, I do not ever want to have a standard bathtub again. Of course, last year we moved into our third home and this one had a typical American soaker tub. I have used it all of once because it does not deliver even a fraction of the experience that the Ofuro delivered. Though it is beautiful to look at, it gathers dust. Since my husband and I find remodeling projects so fun and rewarding, we will be doing a master bath remodel because we miss our Japanese Ofuro tub. Fortunately, we have found that there is a tremendous amount of talented builders right here in Gig Harbor who genuinely care about helping their customers live well! Because of the personalized customer service and excellent craftsmanship they provide, we have decided that a bathroom remodel is in our near future. After all, what better path to happiness than having your home remodeled in a way that reflects your needs?


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PREPARE YOURSELF For the unexpected.

Article for use by Edward Jones financial advisor Erin Abrigo of Gig Harbor. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month seeks to educate Americans on preparing for natural disasters and other types of emergencies. But you’ll also need to prepare for unexpected events in many other areas of your life — particularly those events related to the financial security of you and your family.

Changes in your life — marriage, divorce, remarriage, children, stepchildren — can drastically affect your estate plans and the type of legacy you want to leave.

Here are some of the most important of these events, along with possible preparations for them: • Unanticipated early retirement – If you encounter a “downsizing” or other occurrence that results in the loss of a job, or even the end of a career, before you expected it, would you be able to avoid major disruptions to your lifestyle? To help prepare for such a loss of income, make sure to fully fund your IRA each year. The maximum contribution is $5,500 per year plus an additional $1,000 for those age 50 and older. • Disability – Even a short-term disability can seriously harm your finances — and a long-term disability could prove devastating. Your employer might offer some form of disability insurance, but it may not be sufficient. So you may need to explore private coverage.

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• Personal liability – If someone were ever injured on your property or due to some action of yours, you could face legal actions demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars. To help protect yourself, consider adding umbrella liability insurance. • Changing family situation – Changes in your life — marriage, divorce, remarriage, children, stepchildren — can drastically affect your estate plans and the type of legacy you want to leave. To prevent unpleasant surprises for your family, make sure you periodically review beneficiary designations on your investment accounts, such as your IRA and 401(k), and work with your tax and legal advisors to update your estate-planning documents — will, living trust and so on — as needed. • Outliving your money – Once you reach retirement, your greatest concern may be that you’ll outlive your money. To help prevent this from happening, create a sustainable withdrawal strategy — that is, determine how much you can take out each year from your investment and retirement accounts, and stick to this amount.

• Need for long-term care – You can’t predict whether you will ever need to enter a nursing home or require the assistance of a home health care worker, but one thing is for sure — these services are extremely expensive. Consider this: The national average for a private room in a nursing home is nearly $84,000 per year, according to a recent survey by Genworth, a financial security company. To help prepare for these costs, you may want to consult with a professional financial advisor, who can suggest appropriate solutions. • Untimely death – Your absence could jeopardize your family’s financial security, particularly if you passed away while your children were still at home. To help ensure that your family could remain in the home and that your children could go to college if they choose, make sure you have adequate life insurance. Your passage through life will be filled with twists and turns and you can’t always see what lies ahead. But, you can ease your journey by preparing yourself for the unexpected.

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What you need to know about protecting your work. By Richard P. Patrick, Attorney.

WITH THE GIG HARBOR Film Festival coming up in mid-October, I got to thinking about Intellectual Property (IP) and how the lines these days are often blurred. Intellectual Property is a blanket terms that refers to product names and logos (Trade Names), inventions (Patents), and original works of authorship, like movies (Copyright). Because this is an often misunderstood area of the law, I wanted to talk about the basics of protecting your work through Copyright registration and Agreement. Copyright gives

Software code, architectural works, musical compositions, and motion pictures are all types of work that can be protected under Copyright. a person the right to perform and display the work publicly, reproduce the work, distribute the work for sale, rent, or transfer its ownership, and generally control the work. Did you know? Software code, architectural works, musical compositions, and motion pictures are all

types of work that can be protected under Copyright. But what comes as a surprise to many authors or originators of a work is that as soon as they complete a work, it has automatically obtained a copyright. In other words, the poor man’s Copyright that is established by mailing the finished work to oneself, is no longer necessary. Options for Protection However, because today’s business world can be a bit complicated, an author or originator of a work would be best advised to register it. For example, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is a quick and easy way to document the date of authorship of your work. This organization accepts registration of all kinds of written ideas intended for television and film, or short stories, novels, and music. Still, another option is to apply for copyright registration through the U.S. Copyright Office (CO) or by going online and applying electronically. Like the Writer’s Guild of America, authors and originators of work can upload it electronically. The benefits of this office include a low filing fee and a fast processing time. The next best registration option is with “Fill-In” forms at the government sponsored copyright office. This office can process these forms much faster than paper forms completed manually. One completes the

form online, prints, and then mails them to the office with the necessary funds. On the other hand, the slowest form of registration is through paper forms sent via the U.S. mail. When There Are Multiple Authors When two or more folks create a work, they are collaborating. In these cases, a written Collaboration Agreement lays out each person’s’ rights. The agreement should specify the percentages of ownership as well as how the work will be used, what conditions it will be distributed under, and how the proceeds of any transaction will be divided. Copyright registration proves to a court that you own the work. It forces any person using your work without your permission to prove that they had a legal right to use it. It can be the legal basis to force them to stop using it without your permission and to pay you for it’s use. Therefore, if you are an originator of any type of media, it is usually a good idea to understand your rights and to take advantage of the protections offered under copyright law. Disclaimer of Liability: This information is only provided to increase awareness of issues surrounding intellectual property. While the information provided is about legal issues, it is not legal advice or legal representation.


Harbor History Museum anchors the harbor and shares the area’s rich history through fun handson exhibitions and experiences. Photo courtesy of Harbor History Museum.



Honoring Harbor History Museum’s founders while building the future. By Julianna Verboort.

HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM (HHM) is a cornerstone in our community, with origins dating back to 1964 when Barbara Pearson and eight other local women founded the Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society. A visit to the museum is one of the most entertaining ways to become familiar with Gig Harbor and the museum is just the right size to explore and absorb in a few hours. With permanent and traveling exhibits, there is always something new. It is an ideal spot to take visitors for an appreciation of the town’s heritage. The fully intact 1893 Midway Schoolhouse is a favorite, and who wouldn’t appreciate a chance to see a massive chunk of torqued steel from the famous Galloping Gertie? Next month, HHM is hosting a special event that you won’t want to miss. For the past 13 years, an annual dinner and auction has been the primary fundraiser for HHM. The gala has turned into one of the harbor’s biggest events and is all the more exciting for 2014 because it is the 50th anniversary of the historical society! Mark your calendars for the History Rocks Dinner and Auction celebration on Saturday, October 4, 6-10pm at the new Tacoma Narrows Aviation Hangar. Arrive in cocktail attire and join your community to socialize amidst the classic black, white, and gold decor during this important anniversary evening. Enjoy 7 Seas Brewery local beer, handcrafted cocktails, local wines, and appetizers as you browse the silent auction. Then sit down to a gourmet plated dinner, catered by Pacific Grill, and get ready for the live auction!

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Baskets and donations line one of the silent auction tables at HHM’s 2011 gala. Photo courtesy of Harbor History Museum.

Jim Borgen has been the auctioneer for years and is a wonderful crowd favorite. Travel down memory lane with a special “look back” presentation and appreciate the accomplishments of the past year. Prepare to compete in the dessert dash, with mouthwatering confections generously donated by local bakeries, restaurants, and bakers. Last year’s auction event raised approximately $190,000 and this year’s goal is $200,000. Funds from the evening are essential to fund the non-profit museum’s community and education programs. These programs include elementary school living history field trips and hands-on traveling shows such as Water’s Extreme Journey - enjoyed by many locals and visitors a few months back. In 2015, to coincide with US open, HHM is planning an exhibition focusing on the rich outdoor and sporting traditions in the harbor. You do not need to be a Harbor History Museum member to attend, though membership to this charming and active museum offers year-round perks.

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History Rocks tickets are priced at three levels and available through the event page at Ticket prices are as follow: $100 for members, $125 for nonmembers, and $250 for the VIP package including a museum membership, dinner, drink tickets, VIP parking, commemorative etched wine glass, and a golden raffle ticket that will let you “jump to the head of the line” for items after bids have closed. Those who are already members and purchase the VIP package will receive a one-year membership renewal. The crown jewel of the auction is guaranteed to thrill... A VIP 2015 US Open Package! Not only does this package include Saturday and Sunday tickets

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(already long sold out), but also a hotel stay and transportation to and from Chambers Bay. Expect some serious bidding around this item! History Rocks co-chairs Mary Grubbs and Anne Kilcup have been working diligently to line enticing auction items to satisfy a range of interests, including a five-night stay in a Sea Brook cottage and a Whistler package among other big ticket items. There are many thoughtful donations from local businesses, gift cards, packages, and baskets from vendors and community partners such as passes to museums around the region, zoos, Northwest Trek and other local attractions. The museum has come a long way since the days of a small group of volunteer women meeting in kitchens to preserve the oral traditions of local history. The museum has lived in several buildings, including a log cabin and a church basement. A capital campaign funded a dedicated building, and the current beautiful facility opened in 2009. HHM anchors our harbor since its exhibitions provide context and a sense of rootedness. The museum reminds us that our rich heritage has carried us forward and it is our role to continue building that legacy so that future generations may benefit. So join in the fun and celebrate the past 50 years while laying the groundwork for the future of the museum, all while having a great time at the gala with neighbors and friends. Event capacity is limited so don’t delay! Stop by HHM or go to for tickets and information.


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Olympic Pharmacy One-of a-kind services, customer focus and active participation in patient care. By Sarah Polyakov. NO ONE WANTS ILLNESS to strike close to home, but when it does, finding the right pharmacy to support an after-care plan can be daunting. For example, during a health crisis, many people suffer conditions that require more than a bottle of Tylenol and bed rest. In many cases, even though prescriptions might need to be filled, practical care items such as wheelchairs, bath aids, walkers, or even ventilators might also be required to compliment the healing process. When so many different items are required in addition to prescriptions, the inconvenience of visiting multiple medical supply stores is an added burden for someone who is already frail after a major medical emergency or surgery. Fortunately, there is one pharmacy, Olympic Pharmacy, which stocks prescription medications and required practical aids to assist in medical recovery, all under one roof. But, the best part is, pharmacy business can be done via three convenient drive-thru stalls. With this convenient option, even those who have become temporarily immobilized have access to convenient care. With its one of a kind services, attention to quality, and customer service, Olympic Pharmacy is so much more than your average pharmacy. Founded sixty years ago in Gig Harbor, it has been locally owned and family operated. Jeff Bond, pharmacist and owner of Olympic Pharmacy since 2011, reassures customers that, “Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest quality products, exceptional customer services, and to strive to be an active participant in our patient’s healthcare and well-being.” Olympic Pharmacy also offers hard-to-find products and services such as custom wheelchairs and wheelchair repairs. But, the pharmacy has even more to offer in their 20,000 square foot showroom. Customers can also purchase many useful items including bath aids, walkers,

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nebulizers, c-pap machines, ventilators, items for urological care, ostomy and wound care. For customers who are not able to visit the pharmacy showroom, Olympic Pharmacy has a program where, on a monthly basis, many items such as incontinence products, catheters, gloves, and enteral feeding products can be conveniently billed to insurance, and shipped to customer’s doorstep. In today’s fast-paced world, finding a very personalized level of customer service, especially when filling prescriptions, is a rarity. Fortunately, Olympic Pharmacy also offers a very customer-oriented fullservice pharmacy where a customer may fill all of their prescription medications. Their pharmacists pride themselves in being able to provide each customer with faceto-face contact so that customers may ask questions of the pharmacist and discuss their prescriptions in detail. With so many different potential side effects and medication interactions with each new prescription, this level of customer-service provided by the pharmacists at Olympic Pharmacy is vital. When it comes to the health of yourself or a loved one, settling for second best just won’t do. As a family owned and operated business, Olympic Pharmacy cares about the needs and

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Gig Harbor

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CIDER SWIG. A Tasty Treat For An Environmental Cause. By Sarah Polyakov. Photos by Julie Gutanski. NOTHING SAYS ‘FALL’ like apple cider. This year’s Cider Swig – the Great Peninsula Cider Festival promises cider sipping, delectable regional tastes, music and great family fun. There will be nearly 50 cider varieties by regional cideries from Washington and Oregon. And, while cider (and perry) varieties infused with flavors as pumpkin, ginger, smoke, habanero chili, or even vanilla, are the focus of the festival, there is so much more to do, taste, and see at this lively event. Take part in the Apple Lunch Competition or experience the beauty of the Glass Orchard, presented by area glass blowing artists. Delicious foods prepared by area restaurants and food trucks will also be onsite. Join community members for tempting tastes of southern BBQ, traditional comfort food, Asian cuisine, Frybread delicacies, and a few South of the border specialties.


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There will also be live music throughout the day by local bands like Budapest West, Spare Thyme Twin Fiddles, and Lobo Del Mar’s Celtic-BluegrassFlamenco fusion, with pipes & Irish Step Dancers! Bring the entire family – there will be something for everyone. Organizers of the inaugural Cider Swig are working hard to make sure this is a family friendly event and the event will include a fun Kid’s Zone. Taking seriously the obligation to ensure all can participate, the Foundation and the Park District joined resources to assure the event is wheelchair accessible and offers other opportunities for persons with disabilities to join in this great community festival. But, the best part is, all of this fun is for a great cause since proceeds from the Cider Swig support environmental education and conservation in addition to other important initiatives headed by the Foundation’s Parks and Environment CAB. So, when you join in the merry-making, you will also be helping to maintain and expand area parks, provide funds for trail maintenance, and protect natural areas around greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsula so that we all may enjoy them for years to come. The Cider Swig is being held in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day – the country’s largest, single-day volunteer effort to benefit our great public lands. If you’re interested in volunteering at the festival, call the Foundation at 253.514.6338 or send an email to

Please join local artists and community members for a free self-guided tour of artist studios in Gig Harbor, Fox Island, and Key Peninsula. Come view the incredible artistic works of our talented local artists, watch their creative processes, and ask them questions about their craft. Take the opportunity to join other art aficionados while viewing locally created photography, oil paintings, pottery, mix-media, watercolors, and so much more. The Open Studio Tour takes place on September 19th, 20th, and 21st. View the creative spaces and original pieces on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm. For more information about this event, which is now in its twenty-first year, please visit The Open Studio Tour is a project that is sponsored by The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, a 50I(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, registered with the Washington State Charities Program as required by law. Art by Jani Freimann.

Event Details: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 from 12pm-5pm. Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave. NW Gig Harbor, WA Tickets are available online at, from the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (253) 514-6338, or from the Harbor WildWatch booth at the Downtown Farmers Market 12:00pm to 2:00pm every Wednesday in September. Admission is free to all festival areas but the Cider Garden & Sales Tent. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as the event is expected to sell out. The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is a charitable 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the communities of Gig Harbor and Key peninsula.

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Family First

Giving back to the loved ones who gave you so much. By Sarah Polyakov. IT’S NEVER EASY when an elderly loved one begins to decline and need long-term care outside of their homes. Family First consists of five (soon to be six) adult family homes that provide a wonderful option for those in need. Family First, which provides 24/7 care in a private home setting, has been recognized in our local medical community for several years. The owners, Chris and Julie Thomson, who have been in business for over fifteen years, have over 25 years of experience in geriatric care. Chris has past experience in geriatric 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 also reflects how close and personal each resident is to their own hearts, since the entire Family First team ensures that the elderly, who are often in vulnerable positions, are well cared for. When they opened their first home, it allowed them to take care of their own grandmothers, which provided them with the peace of mind they needed. The most important people within their business model are obviously the clients for whom they care in a quiet, peaceful homelike setting. 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

FAMILY FIRST “It is called Family First because Family does come First - in compassion, care, comfort, concern and a deep understanding of what it means to entrust the care of your loved one to someone outside of your family.Mom’s move to Family first was everything and more than we could have ever wished for her and our family.” —Ann, Daughter of Viola

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“Expertise you can trust, from people who care” 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 Memory Care, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy through Home Health Stroke Care, Oxygen Administration, Diabetic Management, Nutritional Management, Medication Administration, and Hospice Care. For Chris and Julie, the most heartening part of owning this type of business is the fact that they are rewarded by the relationships that they develop with each and every resident. Most recently, 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.

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Family First is a wonderful alternative to a nursing home 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 and it is a gift to be able to give them peace of mind during this time in their lives. Due to the needs of the community, Family First is expanding and will be opening their 6th home in 2015. For more information, contact Chris or Julie Thomson at 253.853.2033 or visit their website at

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THOSE OF US WHO CALL the Northwest our home know a thing or two about fish. Folks travel from all parts of the globe to sample some of the finest seafood; all which can be found in the waters of Puget Sound. And, as a seafaring town, Gig Harbor is a perfect place to discover all things maritime as well as check out a few historic net-sheds in the process. Perhaps the most famous of all northwest seafood is our salmon. So beloved, that our town celebrates the homecoming of the salmon each year to Gig Harbor. Even though the Chum Festival seems to be just a celebration of salmon, it’s so much more than that. The festival places an emphasis on our environment and resources. It’s about respecting the habitat of native plants and animals. In the words of festival organizers, “The Chum Festival serves to remind us that the quality of our water, and the habitat it supports, connects us all.” This is a much needed message for those of us who know that waterfront living is a

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way of life. Often, we see our waters as a playground or a means of transportation on our favorite vessel, while we forget that it is also home to a plethora of thriving wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the happiest I’ll ever be when I am flying around the sound on a jet ski. On the other hand, it is also imperative for all of us to understand the importance of respecting and improving our waterways. By doing so, we are respecting and improving the homes of countless creatures and the health of the diverse ecosystem that is Puget Sound. That’s what is so great about the Chum Festival since it is a perfect example of what makes Gig Harbor so special. We have a thriving ecosystem and our community gathers together to celebrate the natural resources we enjoy and discuss ways we can improve them together. In ensuring their health, we also ensure our enjoyment of these waterways for generations to come.


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We have a thriving ecosystem and our community gathers together to celebrate the natural resources we enjoy and discuss ways we can improve them together.

The 8th Annual Chum Festival will be held on September 20, 2014 at Donkey Creek Park, the Harbor History Museum, and Austin Estuary Park (4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor). With booths opening at 10am, you’ll find that the Chum Festival is full of fun for the whole family. From 10am to 3pm, you’ll enjoy watching canoe, kayak, and paddle board races and demonstrations. Children’s activities are available from 11am to 2pm and include face painting, a photo booth, Touch Tanks, Pressed Salmon Art, a Salmon Maze and more! You’ll also want to come hungry since the Commercial Fishermen’s Club will be serving tasty “Chum Burgers”. This will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate a very special part of Gig Harbor and learn all things salmon as they return from the open ocean to the protected harbor of our town. You won’t want to miss any of the fun! We look forward to seeing you there! More with Mike: 253.229.3721 |

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We have the highest quality, modern and efficient tree removal equipment that will make your Gig Harbor area tree removal job go quickly and efficiently. Because of this advantage, your tree removal project will be completed in half the time of competitor companies. Zero Impact to your property, our crews provide exceptional cleanup service. Call us today for a free estimate! Gig Harbor, Washington 253.229.4119 f Williams Tree and Stump


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We Love Your Hair. That’s why we specialize in chemical services without ammonia. Owner and stylist Babette McGilvrey enhances your best features with styles personalized to facial structure, hair type and creative placement of color. Visit Amadora Salon’s friendly, relaxing, salon in the heart of downtown Gig Harbor below Timberland Bank. 3105 Judson Street Judson Street, Suite D Gig Harbor WA 98335 253.514.6430 f Amadora Salon

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Don’t replace it! Let us re-upholster it back to life! We have the styles and colors to fit your taste and budget. Whether it’s recovering your favorite old couch or chair, revitalizing your sun-bleached patio cushions or restoring your grandma’s old rocker to like-new condition, we do it all. We also offer free estimates on all your repairs, replacements and refurbishes. Gig Harbor—10024 Burnham Drive NW 253.858.9798

Locally owned and operated by Tracy Hacklin Dennis (MLO-94066) with 16 years of experience! We provide the personalized attention you deserve. Our clients aren’t just customers, they’re our friends and neighbors. Let us turn your dream into a reality. VA Home loan specialist, Jumbo, Purchase, Refi, 2nd home and Non- Owner, get your free no obligation quote. Gig Harbor—7700 Pioneer Way #202 253.224.1408 f/anchorbaymtg

Are you looking for an electrician with years of experience and training? Narrows Electric, with over 26 years of experience, offers the best in residential and commercial wiring, electrical repair and other electrical services to Gig Harbor and the surrounding areas. Whatever your electrical need, call Narrows Electric today! Gig Harbor—3509 57th St Ct NW 253.851.7077 | f Narrows Electric Gig Harbor


With four service centers, we provide a range of high-quality professional services. Tunnel Car Wash with Hand Prep and Dry, Oil Change and other Maintenance Services, Detail Center, Interior & Exterior Detailing and Do-It-Your-Self-Service, 24 HOURS – Six Wash Bays & Vacuum Facility. Get a free wash with every oil change! Gig Harbor—6750 Kimball Drive 253.858.1888

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We are your paint and specialty contractors that provide not only interior and exterior paint services, but also drywall repair, wood work and wood repair, stain and varnish services, furniture refinishing and floor coatings. Whether your needs are residential or commercial, call us today!

We understand the disruption an auto accident can cause in your life. This is why we offer one-stop shopping for vehicle repair - whether it’s a door ding, fender bender or major collision. Our claims experts communicate with insurers, helping you get back on the road. Remember - you have a friend in FIX AUTO GIG HARBOR the collision business! 253-858-3522 • WWW.FIXAUTOGIGHARBOR.COM Gig Harbor—2905 Jahn Ave NW #8 P: 253.858.3522 TF: 866.328.3861


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Now-September 28 - Open Studio Tour Preview. Morso is happy to hold a preview of this year’s Open Studio Tour in their gallery. Morso will display work from many of the local artists participating in this year’s tour. This event is free.

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September 11 - Art Walk. The second Thursday of every month, from 5-8pm, the Art Walk will be held in the beautiful historic maritime community of Gig Harbor. For more information visit

Open Mic and Trivia Every Monday 9/13 - Northern Shakedown & Cavalerie, 8pm 9/20 - Mystery Machines, 8pm

Forza Coffee Company Trivia Every Wednesday | Ladies Night Every Thrusday **Ladies Night BUNCO: Thursday, August 21st Cost: $10 each, please pre-pay at Gig Harbor FORZA Live Events 7-9pm 9/5 - Marc & Joey 9/6 - Rick G. & Ike Sutton 9/13 - Heads out the Window 9/18 - LADIES NIGHT BUNCO! 6-8pm 9/19 - Sound & The Fury 9/26 - Acoustic Transitions 9/27 - Open Mic Night

The Hub at Gig Harbor Open Mic with Mike Every Thursday at 7pm Hub’s Outdoor Patio season is here! There is extra flight deck and runway seating for those sunny days.

The Wine Studio of Gig Harbor Wednesday nights are Open Mic Night. Thursday nights are Ladies Night $2 off glasses for the ladies. Friday nights are Meet the Wine Maker and Distributor Tastings, Saturday nights are Live Music 7:30-10pm.

September 11 - The Muse at Morso presents Tim Sherry. Morso presents The Muse at Morso, a monthly program featuring premier authors and poets. On the second Thursday of each month, Morso presents poets and authors to Gig Harbor then share work from the community. This month’ featured poet is Tim Sherry at 7pm. Please call 253.530.3463 for more information. September 18 - Tea & Tour. The Harbor History Museum presents a Tea & Tour every third Thursday of each month and will feature an in-depth tour of a current special exhibit. Following the exhibit, tea and cookies will be available to participants. For more information visit: September 23 - Peninsula Art League Meeting And Free Demo: Chinese Gongbi Painting. The Peninsula Art League kicks off its new season with a membership drive and nominations for PAL officers and chair positions beginning at 5:30pm in the Gig Harbor United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way. For more information contact Judy Buskirk at 253.857.0543.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES September 6, 13, 20, 27 - Gig Harbor Farmers’ Market. Gig Harbor Farmers’ Market is open 9-3pm, every Saturday from April - December, come rain or shine. Located at 5503 Wollochet Drive NW. September 11 - 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. September 12 - Off the Grid Tasting: Amazing French Wines to Celebrate the Harvest with Georges-Philippe Bouyer. With the fall almost here, we have scoured and have some amazing French wines that are perfect for to enjoy with the bounty of this year’s harvest. Come to Morso between 5-7pm and get off the grid!


September 13 - Harbor Hounds Charity Walk. Enjoy a day of fun with neighbors, family and your furry best friend. This annual event along Harborview Drive in downtown Gig Harbor will benefit the Prison Pet Partnership Program at the





Washington Corrections Center for Women, along with many charities supported by the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club.Go to for more information. September 17 - Bunco at Morso. Here’s a great way to enjoy a little “you time” with your friends…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. They are also collecting non-perishable food to help our local food bank. All donations collected will be delivered to Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank. September 19 - Ladies Night Out at Java & Clay Cafe. Join us for Ladies Night Out, an evening of painting pottery, sipping wine and laughing with friends! Pick your favorite pottery piece off of the shelf, and we’ll supply you with all of the supplies that you need to paint your piece. To register visit www.javaclay. com, or call at 253.851.3277. September 19 - Off the Grid Tasting: Hidden Treasures from Italy with Luca Santoro featuring Chris Zimmerman. Italy has so many wines that are not your favorite yet since you most likely haven’t tried them. Here is your chance. Come to Morso between 5-7pm and get off the grid! September 20 - Shake and Bake: Four Hours at the 360 Trails. 4 Hours at the 360 Trail for the avid cyclers, come out and bring your team for this relay! Funds help to build more trails at our park. This is not a race, it’s a team relay in which teams of 1, 2, or 4 try to complete as many laps as possible in the 4 hours. For more information visit September 20 - Donkey Creek Chum Festival. This 8th annual event will be at Donkey Creek the Harbor History, and Austin Estuary Park. Kayak, Canoe, and Paddle Board Races, Booths, Chum Burgers, Refreshments, “Paint Your Own Salmon” t-shirts, a “Salmon Maze”, touch tanks, and story telling are just some of the activities that will be a part of the event again. For more information visit

September 20-October 5 - Celebrate Oktoberfest at Morso. We will begin celebrating Oktoberfest at Morso on September 20 with Oktoberfest beer on tap. Morso has a keg of Ayinger Oktoberfest beer direct from Germany on tap as they celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest with a German Beer tasting starting at noon.

September 22 - Fall Prevention on the Key Peninsula. Staying Active and Independent for Life can be fun! Join us at Key Peninsula Community Services, Food Bank & Senior Center, 17015 9th St KPN, Lakebay, WA, for our annual Play Day from 10:30-11:30am. This will be a fun hour of safe indoor exercise, games and activities designed for folks over 60. Bring your own lunch if you’d like to socialize afterwards. September 22 - Fall Prevention Awareness Event. The key to fall prevention is balance, which can be achieved through focused training, exercise and practice. Located at Tom Taylor Family Y 10550 Harbor Hill Dr., Gig Harbor, WA from 11-1pm. Contact Camille Haugan, Health and Wellbeing Director, 253.534.7865 or September 23 - Fall Prevention Expo. Come to Harbor Place at Cottesmore, 1016 29th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA, from 11-2pm and consult with professionals who provide a variety of services that can improve your health, strength, and balance to prevent falls and promote well-being! September 22 - SAIL Exercise Class. Located at Brookdale Senior Living, 3213 45th St. Ct. NW, Gig Harbor at 2:45pm. For more information call 253.858.5300. September 25 - Parkinson’s Exercise Group & Lunch. Come join us at Harbor Place at Cottesmore, 1016 29th St NW, from 11:30-1:30pm, for a specialty program designed for those people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Contact Glenn Anderson PTA, Cottesmore of Life Care Rehabilitation Services at 253.853.8466. September 25 - SAIL Exercise Class. Located at Brookdale Senior Living, 3213 45th St. Ct. NW, Gig Harbor at 2:45pm. For more information call 253.858.5300. September 26 - Decoy Wine Tasting. With a reputation for delivering great quality at a remarkable price, Decoy has established a loyal following for its distinctive style, which

emphasizes ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth. Today the Decoy lineup includes a Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that will be showcased at Morso from 5-7pm. September 27 - SAIL Exercise Class. Located at Brookdale Senior Living, 3213 45th St. Ct. NW, Gig Harbor at 2:45pm. For more information call 253.858.5300. September 27 - CIDER SWIG ~ the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival. Ciders from around the region will be arriving in Gig Harbor for the first annual CIDER SWIG ~ the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival. Event proceeds will support environmental conservation and education, and other initiatives of the Foundation’s Parks & Environment CAB, including maintaining and expanding parks, trails and natural areas of the greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas. For more information visit September 27 - Glass Pumpkin Patch. Uptown Shopping Center will have a beautiful array of glass pumpkins on display for your viewing pleasure. For more information visit September 28 - Race for a Soldier. A Gig Harbor half-marathon is more than a run through the scenic Pacific Northwest. When you support this race - whether you run, walk, volunteer, donate, simply watch or all of the above - you are making a difference in the lives our brave soldiers and their families. For more information visit

UPCOMING EVENTS October 4 - Pier into the Night. Have you ever wondered how many creatures inhabit our harbors? Come find out by visiting Harbor WildWatch naturalists as they “Pier Into the Night.” Stop by and discover the wonder beneath. For more information visit October 16-19 - Gig Harbor Film Festival. The Gig Harbor Film Festival is one of the fastest growing independent film festivals in the Northwest. Accepted films for the 2014 Gig Harbor Film Festival will be presented in the award winning, ten screen digital projection Galaxy Theatre. Please visit for additional information or call 253.851.3456. October 31 - Pier Halloween. Join Harbor WildWatch as they celebrate Halloween with the City of Gig Harbor in Skansie Brother’s Park. Visit their booth to get up close with the creepy critters that inhabit the depths of Gig Harbor. Stop by before and after your trick-or-treating for a Harbor WildWatch treat. For more information go to

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Taylor Burdyshaw

PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL. BY MERIDITH HATCH. HEADING INTO HER SENIOR YEAR, Peninsula High School student Taylor Burdyshaw is a true team player. Taylor has played varsity volleyball for Peninsula High (PHS) going on four years and also played PHS tennis her junior year. She was awarded the Best Defense award and Honorable Mention for the South Puget Sound 3A League (SPSL) her junior year. “I love being part of a team,” says Taylor. “It is really fun to have many different personalities come together in order to achieve a common goal.” Her favorite part of playing varsity volleyball at Peninsula is playing against rival Gig Harbor High in the Fishbowl every year. “It is the most exciting game because there is so much energy and so many fans.” Balancing sports and schoolwork has not been easy, but Taylor has risen to the challenge. Recognized as a Scholar Athlete since she was a freshman, Taylor has maintained a 4.0 GPA since she was in 6th grade. She received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence in 2008 and 2011, and has received the SPSL Outstanding Junior Award. With three AP classes under her belt, Taylor will take AP Economics, AP Psychology and AP Calculus this coming year. Taylor looks forward to attending a major university after graduation next year, and is currently weighing her options. “I am


very interested in nursing, particularly being a nurse anesthetist, because it would allow me to help others and be around children.” Taylor explains how lessons learned from athletics will help her in the field of medicine. “Volleyball has taught me to stay calm in stressful situations; in the middle of a game you cannot panic. This is similar to situations in life,” she says. “Being a part of sports in general has taught me how to work with all different types of people. I learned from Coach Ann Lovrovich to make the best of every situation and go with the flow.” Looking forward to this year, Taylor says “I love my teammates and am very

“I love being part of a team,” says Taylor. “It is really fun to have many different personalities come together in order to achieve a common goal.” grateful that I have been able to bond with them for the four years. We have become like sisters and I cannot wait to spend my senior volleyball season with them.” Favorite Food: Mexican Favorite Teacher: “Mr. Swaser. He always comes to class with a smile on his face and wanting to have a good time. He is a very kind and compassionate teacher. I appreciate him very much.”


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Hunter Werner

GIG HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL. BY MERIDITH HATCH. INCOMING GIG HARBOR High School senior Hunter Werner is committed to excellence. A multi-sport athlete, Hunter plays both football and baseball at Gig Harbor High (GHHS), as well as playing baseball on a tournament team this summer. For this upcoming year, he has been elected team captain for both the baseball and football teams. Hunter remarks that, “As any of my friends will tell you, I love to compete in sports. The thrill and adrenaline of working hard, breaking a sweat, and having fun while competing with friends will always be what I love. The competitiveness while playing coincides with the competitive aspect of learning how to prepare to win and work off the field.” His best memory so far was last year’s state playoff game in Wenatchee. “We were lined up on the sideline for the national anthem. Looking in the stands, we saw hundreds of fans who came out to watch us, traveling all the way to Wenatchee in support of our team. It was inspiring to see our community rallying behind us.”

For Hunter, athletic excellence has not come without physical challenges. He has had to miss games due to potentially lifethreatening illness, broken bones, surgery, and the related recovery time. Hunter remained positive and determined, even playing varsity football with a cast on his wrist during his junior year. GHHS football coach Aaron Chantler has helped Hunter learn to respond maturely in tense or emotional situations. “Football is a very emotional sport. The expectations for our team are exceedingly high, which can lead to frustration, anger, and disappointment.” Hunter credits his off season time as captain for helping him mature as a leader and better handle emotionally intense times himself and with his teammates. Yet, he remains academically balanced. Hunter’s 4.0 GPA, is within the top 1% of his class, and recently received an AP Scholar award. He has a high aptitude for math and is interested in studying business and economics. “I’ve been interested in the logistics of our economy and the stock market for as long as I can remember,” says Hunter.


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Threads Empowering impoverished women one stitch at a time. By Sarah Polyakov.

SOMETIMES THE KIND OF POSITIVE change that impacts an entire community is born out of extreme adversity. Sometimes these struggles seem so insurmountable that overcoming adversity would be a long shot. But, sometimes miracles happen and all that which appeared to be unconquerable lays vanquished with only needle and thread. Such is the story of Surayia Rahman who not only single-handedly supported her family, but provided hundreds of destitute women in her community the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. And it all began with the simple tools of thread and needle. Fiber work is as old as time itself. For thousands of years women have sat together threading cloth for shelter, clothing, and warmth. Though it appears to be straightforward, they have been accomplishing so much more than simply providing for life’s necessities. Throughout history, women have been creating a sense of community that transcended the work itself. Though their lives have often been intricately twined and joined to the thread they hold in their hands, little did they know it was to become a redeeming, indeed, a saving element in their lives. In Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and the most densely populated city in the world, the lives of thousands of women have been changed one stitch at a time.

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Surayia Rahman guided hundreds of mothers in Bangladesh for over twenty five years. Photo by Anil Advani and Kantha Productions LLC.

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“Surayia Rahman’s personal design titled Gypsy Wharf. The story that this tapestry tells is based on a famous poem written by Jasim Uddin. The poem recounts a fated love story similar to “Romeo and Juliet” that involves a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. Just as in Shakespeare’s story, both lovers meet an equally terrible demise due to family strife.” Photo by Kantha Productions LLC.

In the documentary “Threads”, Gig Harbor husband and wife team Cathy Stevulak and Leonard Hill explore the life of an unconventional, forward-thinking woman who took the ancient art of Bengal called kantha quilt work in a different direction. Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist who supported her bedridden husband and her children through her own art, changed traditional kantha quilting to take on a new form; a wall tapestry known as nakshi kantha tapestry, which tells traditional stories through very detailed stitch-work. But Surayia did much more than to help bring back a dying art form. She also sowed the seeds of empowerment that eventually led to lifting hundreds of Bangladeshi women and their children out of poverty. The kantha revival began in the early 1970’s. Bangladesh had become independent, but war and natural disasters had left the country’s economy in shambles. During this time, women were still able to patch together basic quilts as necessary; but they could no longer take time to finish ones that were elaborately embroidered. Within this war-torn context, many women were left to head households and it was then that income-generating programs, such as Surayia’s, were born. Stevulak and Hill have meticulously and tirelessly worked for five years to bring this story of empowerment to us. Their company, Kantha Productions LLC, is producing “Threads,” which Cathy wrote.

Filming Surayia at home. Photo by Anil Advani and Kantha Productions LLC.

Prior to 2009, Cathy and Len were posted in Bangladesh where Cathy worked with the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) and Len worked at the United States Embassy. After they moved back to this area, they put their careers on hold when they learned that Surayia was in ill health. In a flash of inspiration, their film was conceived as a way to “save the story that has saved lives.” “We had experienced this place and these resilient people. We were encouraged to make the film. We had to follow this path we were drawn to in order to make it happen,” said Cathy. With no prior experience in film production, Cathy and Len gathered an experienced international team together. They were assisted by the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula communities. Professional filmmakers at the Gig Harbor filmmaker’s monthly meetings and students of the multicultural communications class of Tacoma Community College – Gig Harbor shared ideas with them. The Harbor History Museum and community service organizations invited them to make slide presentations. Members at the community pool asked questions and brainstormed ideas. Citizens of Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula as well as people around the world donated funds to produce the film. Thus, Cathy and Leonard’s greatest hope is that hometown audiences will have the chance to see and to be inspired by the positive and universal message that is presented in “Threads.”

In a flash of inspiration, their film was conceived as a way to “save the story that has saved lives.” Even though “Threads” takes viewers through an intimate journey of Surayia’s life, it also tells the story of her own offbeat path toward independence during an indeterminate era in Bangladesh’s history. Over the thirty-year time-span when Surayia refines her work and revives this ancient art, she is also able personally to see the social fruits of her labor. Through her perseverance and artistic vision, Surayia leaves a legacy of tremendous generational impact: women who were previously without options bought their own land, sent their children to school, established financial security for themselves and their families, and taught other women their skill. The women Surayia employed were part of the lowest rung of society, unable to break the generational cycle of poverty. Though they were unskilled and undereducated, Surayia had a vision and a potential market.

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With artful and traditional stories as her inspiration, she taught her employees how to intricately embroider them and bring them to life. Surayia’s exquisite work can be found hanging in the US Embassy in Bangladesh and at various places around the globe including in the homes of dignitaries and presidents as well as museums. Whether audience members are in Gig Harbor or Dhaka, the message that Threads conveys an inspirational lesson for all viewers. The film allows viewers to get up close and personal with a woman who literally had ‘all the cards stacked against her’ and overcame what appeared to be insurmountable roadblocks. With purposefulness and talent, needle and thread, all became achievable. But, her most powerful triumph was helping women break the cycle of poverty for their own families. Surayia’s story demonstrates to all of us that there is no such word as ‘impossible.’ This “story that saves lives” leaves us wondering what legacy each of us might leave and demonstrates that whatever goal or dream, with perseverance, anything is possible. For more information and to view the film trailer, please visit






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ShopinStyle “I Have Nothing to Wear.” FALL FASHION WEEK PROVIDES SOME STYLISH SOLUTIONS. BY JULIE REED. MANY OF US DEAL with this age old question each morning: “What will I wear today?” But, never fear: Fall Fashion Week has some trendy solutions for the fashionista in all of us. This year, fashions from NYC, London, and France make getting dressed an exciting proposition. Less Is More This fall, go for the tried and true classics and keep it simple since less is more. Then, add a twist to your wardrobe by picking a piece that suits you. Always remember that it is not about trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, so dress for your body type. Take what applies to your style since you do not need to adopt all the new trends in one season to look stunning. Mod Squad London is alive with the vibe of the swag sixties. If you are going for the look of London, fall’s fashion trends feature faux fur in vibrant colors, military jackets with gold accoutrements in shades of navy and green, and tapered-leg jeans paired with ankle boots. Don’t forget pieces from the revival of iconic sixties styles such as black and white plaid tops and wraps. Sneaker Chic New York City always hosts a multitude of new trends which adds to the excitement of fall with work-ready styles. Over the shoulder sophisticated city bags, animal print tops, and high fashion sneakers are on trend in this happening, fast-paced city. These ladies are sneaker freaks since life in NYC travels at the speed of light. Whether they are on the way to the market or a lunch date, six inch heels are out since they no longer suit the lives of these go-getter girls. Je Ne Sais Quoi Parisian women, as always, are the queens of cool, unfettered style. They are masters of being put together without looking as if they tried. How do they do it? “They mix grays with pops of energetic colors”, says new Gig Harbor store owner Michelle Phillips of La Vie Parfaite. According to Vogue and Elle, plaid is the print to be seen, along with heavy knits and layers. In Paris, navy is also a strong color choice that complements the sneaker street style. Ladies, remember to have fun with fashion, if you are confident with your choices no one will question the statement you are making. Most if all, do what is best for your body type and own it! Whether you want to emulate the looks of NYC, London, or Paris, wear the trends that work for you. Always have the confidence to be yourself and above all else, don’t forget to put on your best smile, since this is your most gorgeous accessory of all!

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Bella Kitchen and home is a unique up-scale boutique specializing in the finest European, American made and one-of-a-kind items. We carry dinnerware, flatware, stemware, cookware, linens, candles, lovely gifts and décor pieces. When you visit Bella, you will receive “white glove service”, and our utmost attention and personal service. Gift wrap service available at the Uptown location.

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Sophie’s Touch

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Our store is located downtown Gig Harbor. We work hard to provide quality, stylish and functional merchandise and complete, balanced, natural food and treats. We are proud to showcase many local vendors and craftsmen. Bring your pet in for free goodies! Our hours are Monday-Saturday, 10-6pm and Sundays,10-5pm.

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Located in Uptown Gig Harbor, be enveloped in the colors and scents of the season! Filled with unique garden & home decor items, you’ll find the perfect gift to give or keep for you. Visit our design station where we craft the perfect arrangement for your style. Locally owned & operated.

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The Beach Basket welcomes you to come explore our eclectic gifts, Gig Harbor t-shirt and clothing line, souvenirs, ornaments, women's sportswear and beach themed home décor. You will be pleasantly surprised with the multitude of collections both unique and Gig Harbor specific.

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La Vie Parfaite, an extension of Dolly Mama Designs, encapsulates all things beautiful to bring “the perfect life” to you. Inspired by the sun, sea, nature, and of course the French Riviera, our lifestyle boutique offers an eclectic collection of apparel, jewelry, and accessories for your home or a special gift. We feature local artisans Tami Figliola and Tracy Martin Jewelry, as well as collections from Dolly Mama Designs, Beatriz Ball, Two’s Company, Chez Chanterelle and more. Gift wrap service available.


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Join us for 2nd Thursday Art Walk on September 11th, 5-8pm. An art cooperative of local artists creating beautiful art and gifts. Discover a wide selection of art, photography, jewelry, pottery, fused glass, art tiles, beaded art, and decorative painting in our beautiful gallery. Featured photo is “Fall Reflection,” by Mark Ritchey, September’s featured artist.

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Sea Hags Specializing in the finest European, American made and one-of-a-kind items.

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Sea Hags Fine Art, Gifts and Coastal Decor is a unique experience in art & home décor. With a passion for the unusual, our store is filled with artisans’ creations complemented with unique coastal and cottage décor. We focus on Fair Trade, American Made and Local Art. Stop by and see what’s new!

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Vicki’s Life

8805 North Harborview Drive | Gig Harbor, WA

Vicki Jean bags are handmade leather pieces that are unique, creative and functional. Vicki Jean offers a variety of styles for every season and need. Vicki Jean shoppers are focused on comfort and convenience with an eclectic mix of funk and class. We are Located 1 block from Anthony’s Restaurant.

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Get Back Into Life! Fast life-changing results can make anyone’s body fit. By Terri Rossi.

HAVE YOU STOPPED DOING the healthy activities you used to enjoy because pain gets in your way? The solution is a series of gentle movement sessions that are taught individually or in group format called the Feldenkrais Method®. Feldenkrais is for anyone of — any fitness level — who wants to live a vibrant satisfying life. Whether you want to be more comfortable walking along the waterfront, swinging a club at Canterwood, or hiking Panorama Point, Feldenkrais sessions help you recapture the way you moved and felt decades ago—and probably even do it better now than you

did then. People report many unexpected benefits, from a better tennis backhand to a better marathon placement. And they typically experience more energy at the end of the day to do fun things. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed this form of mind-body retraining in Europe in the early 1980’s. It uses gentle movement and directed attention to increase your ease and range of motion and improve your flexibility and ability for graceful, efficient movement. It’s quite different from other styles of bodywork. Whereas chiropractic manipulates bones, yoga stretches muscles, and Pilates strengthens muscles, Feldenkrais helps the brain communicate better




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It starts with comfortable easy movements that gradually evolve into greater range and complexity done on the floor, chair or therapy table. The Feldenkrais practitioner gives verbal directions and uses gentle hand pressure to move the client’s body in sequences that may mimic common things, for example, walking, reaching or getting up from a chair. The most typical sensation after a Feldenkrais session is one of profound calm. You may realize that you have lived in a background of muscular tension that you had never noticed until it went away. One client remarked that she had been trudging along, stuck in the ‘grime and goo’ of life and now felt alive and free!

The most typical sensation after a Feldenkrais session is one of profound calm.

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Others marvel at the lightness and length they feel in their legs, arms and spine. This can be a powerful, even emotional experience. It may be recommended to reduce your usual exercise routine for a day or two. And each successive session reinforces and trains the body to extend this calm to bring it more fully into everyday life. The Feldenkrais Method is reported to be helpful in dealing with central nervous system conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and stroke. However, anyone—young or old, physically challenged or physically fit—can get benefit. It is often a life-changing experience for those with chronic or acute pain, as well as for healthy individuals who want to be on top of their best game. Get back into YOUR life. Find your way there by taking your first steps in Feldenkrais.

Fall Prevention

Running the risk. By The National Council On Aging. DID YOU KNOW that 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall: Balance and gait As we age, most of us lose some coordination, flexibility, and balance— primarily through inactivity, making it easier to fall. Vision In the aging eye, less light reaches the retina—making contrasting edges, tripping hazards, and obstacles harder to see. Medications Some prescriptions and over-thecounter medications can cause dizziness, dehydration, or interactions with each other that can lead to a fall. Environment Most seniors have lived in their homes for a long time and have never thought about simple modifications that might keep it safer as they age. Chronic conditions More than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition like diabetes, stroke, or arthritis. Often, these increase the risk of falling because they result in lost function, inactivity, depression, pain, or multiple medications. Here are six easy steps you can take to help your older loved one reduce their risk of a fall:

• Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Ask your older loved ones if they’re concerned about falling. Many older adults recognize that falling is a risk, but they believe it won’t happen to them. • Discuss their conditions.



Find out if your older loved one is experiencing any problems with managing their own health. Make sure they’re taking advantage of the preventive benefits offered under Medicare, such as the Annual Wellness visit. • Ask about their last eye checkup. If your older loved one wears glasses, make sure they have a current prescription and they’re using the glasses as advised by their eye doctor. • Notice if they’re holding onto walls, furniture, or someone else when walking or if they appear to have difficulty walking or arising from a chair. A trained physical therapist can help your older loved one improve their balance, strength, and gait through exercise. • Talk about their medications. If your older loved one is having a hard time keeping track of medicines or is experiencing side effects, encourage them to discuss their concerns with their doctor and pharmacist. • Do a walk-through safety assessment of their home. There are many simple and inexpensive ways to make a home safer such as installing proper lighting, stair rails, shower seats, hand-held shower heads, and tub/shower bars. If we partner together, we can prevent falls. To learn more about falls prevention, please visit

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The Problem With Plastic Plastic bottles posing problems. By Susan Hoffman.

MANY OF US BELIEVE drinking bottled water is the healthy alternative to city tap water, but think again. Several recent headlines make us all think about the alleged benefits of bottled water. Consider the following recent headlines: “The Negative Effects of Using Plastic Drinking Bottles”; or “Bottled Water Poisons Your Body One Swallow at a Time”; and finally, “What’s the Problem with Plastic Bottles?” Indeed, what is the problem with plastic bottles? There are a few things to consider in answering this question, but it appears bottled water is not only more expensive than tap water, but research shows bottled water is not a purer alternative to tap water, at least in the United States. In many situations and depending where you reside, the tap water may contain dangerous contaminants. So, why is it that bottled water is not safer is these cases? It is because about 40% of bottled water is nothing but bottled and branded tap water; and you probably paid $1.25 for it, contaminants and all! Then, there is the issue of waste management. This is a worldwide problem as landfills are growing to enormous sizes. Many of us are simply throwing our bottles in the trash and not recycling. When our landfills are full, many degraded plastic particles end up in the ocean and form a 15,000,000 square mile zone of chemical debris and pelagic plastic known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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There are also the health dangers of plastic to think about. Dr. Mercola, on his website provides a list of chemicals we are all exposed to when choosing bottled water:

Plastic bottles pose problems for humans, the environment and the animals on our planet. Life in the ocean is impacted daily from debris caused by humans. The tops of plastic bottles are not recyclable and according to the website www. many animal species mistake such objects for food. “One albatross that was recently found dead on a Hawaiian island had a stomach full of 119 bottle caps.”

*Bisphenol A or BPA is an estrogenmimicking chemical that is possibly linked to serious health problems such as learning and behavioral problems, altered immune system function, early puberty in girls and fertility problems, decreased sperm count, prostate and breast cancer, and diabetes and obesity. *Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy, and liver cancer. *Dioxin is a toxin released into bottled water when it is exposed to the sun which accelerates leaching of the plastic chemicals

There are many things you can do to stop being part of the problem while also taking your own health in hand. These actions include: drinking water from glasses; purchasing a water filter pitcher for your desk; purchasing a BPA-free reusable bottle for life on the go; and finally recycling all of the waste that you generate. Do it for your health and also do it for the health of the planet.

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Lunchbox Laboratory

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

Green.House Restaurant

Under New Ownership! Whether it’s on the patio, in the bar for happy hour, or by the cozy fireplace in the dining room, you’re invited to try our delicious new additions and nightly chalkboard specials with Chef Scott & Gail Fuller. Offering lunch, Twilight, dinner & Happy Hour. Open M-Thrs: 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-8pm. The patio heaters are on and the gas fireplace is ready to go! 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 400 | 253.514.6482


Enjoy lunch, Happy Hour, a comfortable dinner overlooking the water. 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 features amazing artists from around the country. Hours: Tue-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 2pm-9pm. | 253.530.3463 9014 Peacock Hill Ave at N. Harborview Dr.

The Hub at Gig Harbor

Come enjoy great local foods, wine and craft brews, and patio with live music 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. Come enjoy happy hour on our patio! Now delivering lunch! Experience Fly N Dine for an unforgettable flight over scenic Gig Harbor and combine it with Dinner package. 1208 26th Avenue NW | 253.853.1585

Taste of Peru

Taste of Peru offers traditional Peruvian dishes as well as quinoa, vegetarian, and gluten free options. We prepare our meals from scratch and use fresh ingredients offering a lighter and healthier option without compromising flavor. Now serving beer & wine! 5500 Olympic Drive NW, Ste. D-101 253.313.5198

Marketplace Grille

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair, best Fish and Chips and Clam Chowder in Gig Harbor! We are located next to Anthony’s Restaurant and offer an expansive view of the harbor. Family owned and operated. If you haven’t tried us, you are missing out! Serving beer and wine, Take Out Menu available. Hours M-Thursday, 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm, Sunday, 11am-8pm. 8825 North Harborview Drive, Unit C 253.858.3487

Blazing Onion

Locally owned featuring 26 chef inspired burger options, salad creations & more. Fresh, locally sourced produce & natural meats, chicken, buffalo, turkey, & vegetarian options. Visit our sports lounge & enjoy local craft beer. Hours: SunThurs: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm. Sports Lounge: Sun: 11am-10pm, MonThurs: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-12am. 4701 Point Fosdick Drive NW 253.514.6703

Forza Coffee Company

Much more than specialty coffee! Gig Harbor FORZA offers hot breakfast sandwiches, burritos, quiche & pastries, lunch, including sandwiches & salads, dinner, including Italian flatbreads, antipasto & caesar salad and everything in between! Come in and try our amazing 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

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant

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


Morso, more than just wine! There’s always something happening at Morso: • Open Studio Tour Preview, Aug 14-Sept 28 • The Muse at Morso featuring Tim Sherry, September 11, 7pm, FREE • Off the Grid Tasting, September 12 & 19, 5-7pm • Bunco at Morso, September 17, 6pm • Celebrate Oktoberfest, September 20-October 5 • Decoy Wine Tasting, September 26, 5-7pm | 253.530.3463 9014 Peacock Hill Ave at N. Harborview Dr.

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FIRST PLACE AWARDS • American Royal in Kansas City for “Best Hot Sauce on the Planet” • “Taste Masters Choice” Award • The “Fiery Food Challenge” in Dallas • Scovie Award in Chile Pepper Magazine • “All American Barbeque Sauce” in New Mexico • “Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off” Reno, Nevada


Rib Ticklers

Where every day is a picnic. By Julie Reed. AWARD WINNING BARBEQUE in a convenience store? The answer is yes, the best kept secret in Gig Harbor is Rib Ticklers Barbeque located at Valero gas station and convenience store. Mosey on in to the back of the store and you will go back in time to good old fashioned service where everybody knows your name. You may be greeted by the youngest member of the family, Garrett who has the customer service down pat. This young man is the most professional, service oriented, and polite young man you will ever meet! Don’t let the convenience steer you into thinking this is just a barbeque stop bordering on fast food. This is high-end barbeque that has been perfected over the years and passed down from the famous recipe of Willie Harris

(personal chef to Bob Hope). Dennis, Rib Ticklers owner, met the famous Willie when he came back from Puerto Rico when he found what real barbeque was. You can stop in and eat your lunch at the tables or pick it up and take it home for dinner. Even more convenient is the drive thru service. You can drop in while heading home or if you have a specific request, you can always call ahead. Once you try owner’s Dennis Ofsthuns famous Rib Ticklers sauce, you will be back for more. He has been around the country and back again winning awards each time. In 1990, he won the prize for Best Hot Sauce in Kiwanis City Competition sauce category. This recipe contains the same winning ingredients to this day.

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For those of you who consider yourselves locals- do you remember his restaurant in 1988 in downtown Gig Harbor on Stinson? Dennis has been in Gig Harbor since 1972 and has perfected the Award Winning Rib Tickler sauce and his smoking technique. Dennis says, “once it’s on your palette you will come here when you get the hankering”. It is one of those addictive flavors that simply hits the spot every time!

But, Dennis’s secret of success can also be found in the way he prepares the meat. He uses a process that smokes it perfectly, paying close attention to time, temperature, and air regulation. This preparation process creates pork, chicken, and beef that is forktender every time. And then there are the sauce choices and barbeque sauce options that include: Mild, Spicy, and Turbo (extra hot). But, for the brave at heart, Dennis will be offering Nitro (double XX hot) and Thermo (triple XXX) very soon. But, the best part is, they make entertaining for large groups easy since they also cater their award winning barbeque. Fork-tender meats and award winning sauces makes your next event a world-class success. Be sure to stop by often because more sauces are coming soon! Please visit Rib Ticklers Barbeque Restaurant & Catering! OPEN Monday-Saturday Sunday 12-6pm.

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Mt. Rainier

Weekend getaway. By Chris Hoffman. IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN we begin to count down the number of weekends where good weather is still available for outdoor ventures. What better way to enjoy one of these precious weekends than on a trip to our region’s greatest outdoor treasure, Mt. Rainier? While Mt. Rainier National Park is only an hour and a half away, it can be daunting task to plan a weekend trip because there is so much to do and so many places to go. I find it more fun and less stressful to pick two or three activities rather than trying to conquer the whole park. But on that note, it is also important to remember that you don’t always have to go into the park to enjoy your outdoor experience, and great views of the mountain! On a recent trip to Mt. Rainier I decided I wanted to avoid the crowds and stay off the most beaten paths. I wanted to find a place to camp that would be quiet and peaceful, that had basic facilities, and that was near water. I was happy to find Lonesome Lake, a small, three site campground off Highway 410. While I had to drive for about thirty minutes once I got off highway 410 on Forest Service Road 73, the trip was well worth it. I had the place to myself when I arrived and picked a spot next to the small but scenic lake. My site had a picnic table and fire ring, while primitive facilities were just a short walk away. My dreams of a quiet weekend were fulfilled! I fell asleep to the breeze whispering through towering pines and awoke to singing birds. For those that don’t want to drive as far and are looking for more developed campgrounds, there are four campgrounds within the park. Just beware that there are park entrance and campground fees and can make reservations in advance at two of the campgrounds. My activities for the weekend included a strenuous hike on Saturday to Norse Peak and a drive up to Suntop Peak on Sunday. I chose the hike to satisfy my craving for physical activity and the drive for its spectacular 360-degree views. The Norse Peak Trailhead is just off the road to

My dreams of a quiet weekend were fulfilled! I fell asleep to the breeze whispering through towering pines and awoke to singing birds. Crystal Mountain. It can be a little tricky to find but it fit perfectly into my plans to stay off the beaten path. The hike starts off moving steadily uphill, but you are soon rewarded with ever expanding views of Crystal Mountain Ski Area and Mt. Rainier. On my hike I came across a few other small parties and I was soon out in open meadows with small snowdrifts that hadn’t fully melted. After about five miles, I neared the summit of Norse Peak and enjoyed my lunch at almost 7,000 feet, where I also took in unobstructed views at all points on my compass. I was also glad I packed a lot of water because the day was hot and sunny and shade was nowhere to be found after the first couple miles.


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After my Norse Peak climb I was tired of hiking but not of the views. At the top of Suntop Peak breathtaking and abundant views of Mt. Rainier spread out before you. You can leisurely enjoy these views and cool mountain breezes from one of the picnic tables near the summit. Also be sure to check out the fire lookout. Built in 1933, it is one of only two intact lookouts from that era. Suntop Peak is an easy drive from Highway 410 as well. Just head up Forest Service Road 73 and then take a left on Forest Service Road 7315. In six short miles the views will be all yours to enjoy. A mountain as big as Mt. Rainier is best enjoyed during small excursions. You don’t always have to follow the crowd by traveling to the most popular spots to enjoy its views and experiences. But, with fall weather coming, I would advise you to plan trip soon so that you can enjoy this perfect end of summer trip on clear and warm days. Check out websites for more information: for campgrounds and to for hiking trails.

Janet Lee & Brenna Harrington, Brokers The Lee Team | Janet 253-851-7653 | Brenna 253-514-9169 f / GHLeeTeam

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