Fall 2016



Corks & Crush – 10th Anniversary
American Heart Association’s Dinner With Heart
Wheels & Heels, Casino Royale
Take a Journey ‘Into the Deep’
Olympia Federal: 110 Years Strong & Ready For The Next Era
Profile: Rita Moreno
Fall Theater Preview 2016
Twinstar Credit Union in Pierce County


Marlene’s Market & Deli Celebrates 40 Years

Design & Style

Hood Canal Home: Designed With Northwest Sensibility


Escape to Woodinville Wine Country


Care for Skin to Prevent Advanced Wounds

At one-year anniversary, Aurora LASIK


In June, Rhodes had LASIK eye surgery at Aurora LASIK in Lacey.  “My vision is now 20/15. Even as a teenager my vision was never this good. I can actually see the textures on trees.”

As Aurora LASIK has it’s first anniversary in November, its founder, Dr. Jay Rudd, has been impressed by the results seen by his patients over the past year.

“We were the first LASIK surgery center in Washington to invest in the WaveLight Refractive Suite, and it has paid huge dividends to our patients,” said Rudd. “Over 95% are seeing 20/20 vision or better. And more than half are seeing 20/15 or better.”

Rudd said the outcomes of today’s LASIK exceed what many people enjoy with contact lens correction, without the ongoing costs and inconvenience.  “I’ve performed more than 3,700 LASIK procedures,” notes Rudd. “But I’ve never tired of seeing the excitement in people’s faces when they are able to see so clearly without glasses or contacts. It’s a very rewarding procedure for both me and the patient.”

“The WaveLight Refractive Suite bladeless technology provides the most precise mapping and quickest recovery possible, says Rudd. “The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes. And most patients are able to return to work the following day, with much clearer vision.”

A fellowship-trained cornea, cataract, and refractive surgeon, Dr. Rudd has performed more than 15,000 vision correction surgeries since 2000. “Because of our experience with vision correction, we feel confident in also backing our LASIK procedure with our signature Lifetime Enhancement Policy. It’s extra peace of mind for our patients.”

Visit AuroraLASIK.com to learn more about LASIK eye surgery.


fall fashion: texture is all the buzz!

fall-fashionAfter a tremendous marathon of fashion collections and presentations New York Fashion Week has finally come to an end. This upcoming season expect to see a plethora of texture in your local retail stores inspired by designer’s collections showcased this past fashion week. Fabrics such as satin, tweed, velvet, fur, and suede were seen all throughout fashion week touching runways from , Vetements, and Marc Jacobs. This type of material is not only seen in clothing but in shoes and accessories such as chokers, belts, purses, and hats.

Texture has a reputation for being intimidating, especially when figuring out how to incorporate it into your everyday professional wardrobe. The use of these luxe garments are timeless, and are developed with the purpose to be stand-alone products. Texture must be used in moderation, when textiles such as satin and velvet are incorporated into garments they instantly become attention seeking with the purpose to make a statement.

If you’re searching to elevate your style from the office to lunch with your favorite ladies work in a satin blouse. Nothing says versatility and daring than making a statement with trending fabrics along with your average blouse and trousers.

Adding an element of texture to your work wardrobe is cool, creative, and sure to make you feel like the total boss you are. When shopping for winter coats, boots, and pumpkin spice lattes this fall be sure to look out for this massive trend. Remember, if you find yourself staring blankly at your wardrobe looking for versatility, that texture can help bring it back to life. Be up to date with this season’s fashion trends by  adding some textured clothing items to your closet.

Katrina Rembert

Care For Skin to Prevent Advanced Wounds

skincare-webAs we age, our skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity and capacity to retain moisture, and is generally more fragile. But proper care will help prevent common problems including dryness, bruising and infection.

Daily activities to keep skin healthy:
– Check your skin, including the bottom of your feet and between your toes, for dryness, cracks, sores, bruises, reddened areas and blisters.
– Drink an adequate amount of water and eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
– Avoid smoking and sun exposure without proper protection.
– Cleanse your skin with a mild, pH-balanced product. Fragrance-free is best.
– Moisturize your skin within three minutes after taking a bath or shower with a product that contains natural ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin E and aloe.

Sometimes developing a sore or wound is unavoidable. It is estimated that nearly seven million Americans suffer from chronic non-healing wounds. A non-healing wound can cause pain, disability, prolonged hospitalizations and impaired quality of life—and may need specialized wound care.

What is specialized wound care?
A wound fails to heal if the body has stopped providing the necessary requirements of blood flow, oxygen and nutrients. When this occurs, a specialized wound care team can assess the severity of the wound, identify the underlying reasons and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

When should I seek specialized wound care?
If your wound has not completely healed in four weeks, you may need specialized wound care. Seek medical attention sooner if you have health problems that prevent wound healing, such as diabetes, neuropathy, a weakened immune system, venous or arterial insufficiency, significant swelling, compromised nutrition, or an infection.

Talk to your primary care physician and ask if a referral for specialized wound care might be the right option for you.


For additional information:
Advanced Wound Center
601 McPhee Rd, Olympia

Escape to Woodinville Wine Country

Why go out of state when you can enjoy wonderful wine and food right here in the Northwest? Head north to Woodinville and you will be delighted to find a day trip offering a large selection of wineries, all in Woodinville. We recommend the following favorites.

àMaurice Cellars
14463 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE
425.466.2027 // amaurice.com
àMaurice Cellars is owned and operated by the Schafer family, fifth-generation Washingtonians. This boutique winery is known for creating authentic, food-friendly wines.

purple-webPurple Café and Wine Bar
14459 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE
425.483.7129 // purplecafe.com
Purple Café and Wine Bar features a global wine selection coupled with a menu that blends classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients—all in an informal atmosphere. The restaurant was founded by husband and wife Larry and Tabitha Kurofsky. ShowCase lunch favorites include: chicken salad, flatbread and, for a more filling meal, beef sugo with herbed potato gnocchi. The head chef notes, “We pride ourselves in giving our customers more than they expect.”

matthews-webMatthews Winery
16116 140th Place NE
425.487.9810 // matthewswinery.com
The history and heritage of Matthews Winery is deeply rooted in Bordeaux-inspired wines, from rich, opulent red blends to crisp floral whites. Established in 1993, Matthews Winery is home to a production facility, tasting room and to the “Estate House,” an event center and bed and breakfast. It is now doing farm-to-table dinners and is excited to integrate food into the wine experience with an organic garden.

J & A’s Winery
19501 144th Ave NE
206.409.4841 // jandaswinery.com
J & A’s is a cozy boutique winery in the Woodinville warehouse district. Owner Dick Mettler started his wine career when he was 12 years old, helping his father make wine. “Not everything should be a competition,” he says. “Some things should simply be enjoyed. Glasses of wine with good friends, quiet moments with loved ones and the devotion of friendly dogs.”

pondera-webPondera Winery
19501 144th Ave NE
425.486.8500 // ponderawinery.com
Pondera Winery is a family-owned boutique winery located in the Woodinville warehouse district. The winery specializes in the production of high-quality, well-balanced red varietals and Bordeaux-style blends. With a lovely array of art on display, the winery believes that “Wine is art that you drink.”

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Hood Canal Home: Designed With Northwest Sensibility

hood-canal1Just feet from Highway 106, this custom home presents a solid, almost fortress-like face upon approach. One look past the massive front doors, however, and the sea and sky reveal themselves through floor-to-ceiling glass to Hood Canal. On the water side, the home’s foundation forms a seawall with a rear deck cantilevered out over the canal. Clad in cedar board-and-batten siding with a stone base, the house reflects an authentic Northwest sensibility. The interior exposed wood beams and trusses continue the theme inside.

The majestic beachside home was co-designed by architects Sheila Swalling and Bob Slenes. The design concepts started in 2007 and the project was completed in 2009 in collaboration with owners Sharon and Joe Davis, who envisioned a home with a strong connection to the outdoors.

Swalling notes that the floors are reclaimed barn wood from the eastern U.S. and the interior doors are beautifully distressed. “My favorite design elements include the high ceiling and hipped truss and placed light in the bottom chord,” she says. “The use of stone makes this home very special, and the light off the water is so dynamic, really bringing the outside in.”

Sharon Davis says that she and her husband sought out low-bank waterfront. “We started at the Canadian border and worked our way south. It was difficult to find low-bank waterfront. We found Hood Canal after some friends invited us for a visit two summers in a row. We loved the area as it offered what we most enjoyed: a small rural town, scenic area and water with a beach sporting an abundance of oysters, clams and crab.”

The design of this home allows for sweeping views of the Olympics and water that, at high tide, comes completely under the deck, giving the home a “houseboat” feeling, says Davis. “We love the open concept where we can enjoy our many friends and family. This home is my soul. I just love it here.”


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matador-webNestled in the heart of Tacoma, Matador is a suave downtown dining hub that feels just right at any time.

On the menu is made-from-scratch, Northwest-influenced Mexican fare, hearty and healthy, as well as tasty. During lunch and dinner hours you’ll find a cozy noshing nook at one of the big wooden tables or booths in the dimly lit dining room amid soaring exposed-brick walls and handcrafted metallic decor.

There’s often space to share at the circular fire-pit table or at the smart, stylish bar. Colorful light fixtures and eclectic accents enhance the restaurant’s lively, fun and friendly vibe. Service is spot-on sharp with savory recommendations, as well as timely delivery.

But it’s the food and the reasonable prices that draw the crowds, particularly for the fresh drinks and inexpensive small bites at the early and late-evening daily happy hours. These are always shoulder-to-shoulder packed, but if you can squeeze in, you’ll enjoy a selection of ever-changing samples of appetizers and main dishes, most around $5.

House-made margaritas rule as the most popular drinks, but Matador also has a few unique concoctions to try. Ideas: the Jalisco Mule, with Espolon Blanco tequila, lime and ginger beer, served in a copper mug; the Jameson “New” Fashioned, with Jameson whiskey, orange and Bordeaux cherry, served in a coupe glass; and both red and white sangria.

When it’s time to get down to dining, you’ll be pleased with both lunch and dinner menus. The daily fresh sheet includes offerings as diverse as crispy spice-drizzled Brussels sprouts, tangerine chicken salad and traditional chili rellenos. Can’t decide? Go with the mix-and-match lunch, which offers a duo or triad of tacos, soup and salad choices.

For dinner, besides the oft-seen Mexican lineup of burritos, enchiladas, street tacos, fajitas and carne asada—all terrific—the menu includes unexpected outliers such as ceviche, pan-seared mahi mahi, a cheeseburger torta and spicy ancho chile wings.

Whatever the time, table, menu item or companions you choose, you won’t go wrong as long as the place is Matador in Tacoma.


721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

TwinStar Credit Union in Pierce County

twinstar-webIt began as a teachers credit union in Olympia in 1937, and after a series of mergers from the 1980s to recent years, TwinStar Credit Union now serves the greater community in Washington state and even into Oregon. In Pierce County, TwinStar currently has branches in Parkland and Lakewood.

“One of our core values at the credit union is to provide service excellence to all of our members,” says Miae Montanye, manager of the Lakewood branch. “Our promise is realizing financial dreams together. We believe that working together by listening to our members’ needs and helping with all of their financial concerns can improve the lives of the citizens in our communities.” Providing that level of service, she says, means that the staff sometimes has to think creatively to meet members’ needs.

“Part of meeting members’ needs is being able to communicate with a diverse group of people, and in this regard TwinStar shines. Three staff members in Lakewood speak Korean and two staff members in Parkland speak Spanish. These fluencies help the credit union to be of great service in Pierce County,” says Cindy Sims, manager of the Parkland branch.

“We want to help people achieve their dreams,” she reiterates, whether it is purchasing a home or a car, going on a vacation, completing home projects, building a business, or simply seeking financial security.

TwinStar takes community to heart, says Sims. To that end, Sims is involved with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce to build relationships with the business community. “As a chamber ambassador, I get the opportunity to meet new chamber members, welcome them to the area and learn about their business,” she says.

Both TwinStar branches are involved in community events. In Parkland, the credit union is an event sponsor for the community’s Winterfest, which gives back to the children of the community during the holiday season. TwinStar is also an event sponsor for the Lakewood Chili Cook-Off, which provides scholarships to business students from Lakewood schools and Pierce College. Montanye notes that TwinStar also supports Caring for Kids “because we want to support underprivileged students in our community.”

In these and other ways, TwinStar is proud to serve the Pierce County community, providing a financial partnership and helping businesses, individuals and families to reach their dreams.


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Fall Theater Preview 2016

jake-web12 Weeks of Great Performances in the South Sound

This autumn, the lineup of stage shows is both diverse and ambitious, blending classic plays and musicals with new offbeat and adventurous dramas and comedies, concerts, film studies and solo performances. Tip: Get tickets soon, because each year shows sell out sooner than the last—and the 2016 schedule is more in demand than ever. Here’s a breakdown of your opportunities:

music-weIn Tacoma, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts begins its fall season Sept. 7 at the Pantages Theater with modern, eclectic musician Jake Shimabukuro. Coming up at the same venue are Art Garfunkel on Sept. 24, Arsenio Hall on Oct. 1, Rita Moreno’s variety performance on Oct. 1 and the Russian Grand Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty on Oct. 28. Kris Kristofferson drops by on Nov. 10, and then there’s the Vienna Boys Choir on Nov. 13 and the well-attended Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music, with costume contests and prizes, on Nov. 26.

Some of the season’s most entertaining productions will be at Theatre on the Square, where the Film Focus series includes West Side Story on Oct. 2 and Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind on Oct. 23. For Halloween, don’t miss Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales, a comedic take on tricks, treats and ghost stories with full audience participation.

The Rialto Theater also has an exciting schedule of widely varying performances, starting with the Tacoma Opera’s La Bohème Oct. 29 to Nov. 6. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble plays on Nov. 18, followed by the Seattle band Hey Marseilles Dec. 3 and the Seattle Men’s Chorus Dec. 10.

Across the Tacoma Narrows bridges in Gig Harbor, Paradise Theatre has some deliciously talented fall fare in a performance season titled Thrillers, Farces & Romance! Little Shop of Horrors kicks things off Sept. 16 through Oct. 8, in a remake of one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows. The holiday feature is A Christmas Story, based on the motion picture.

Lakewood’s community theater, Lakewood Playhouse, has a terrific set of autumn shows, beginning with a comedy take on Hound of the Baskervilles. There’s also a bonus production of The Wizard of Oz in collaboration with the youth theater program Nov. 4–13. The holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life takes the stage Nov. 25 to Dec. 18.

Olympia’s venerable Washington Center for the Performing Arts starts out with laughter: Northwest Comedy All Stars’ live standup sessions on Sept. 17. The off-Broadway hit Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: Live! is on the Main Stage Sept. 23. Oct. 8 brings songs of love, life and purpose from the Masterworks Choral Ensemble. There’s a treat on Oct. 13: Rita Moreno’s award-winning, multifaceted performance of swing, jazz, Broadway classics, selections from her new Spanish album and some magical storytelling. Swan Lake, presented by the Russian Grand Ballet, graces the stage Oct. 27, followed on Oct. 30 by the satirists of The Capitol Steps, who put the “mock” in democracy.

November brings the musical Once on Nov. 3 and National Geographic’s Between Earth and Sky on Nov. 10. The Seattle International Comedy Competition hits the stage Nov. 17, and the Seattle Rock Orchestra brings David Bowie back to life Nov. 18. Then you can sing along with The Sound of Music, costumes and all, on Nov. 27.

Holiday celebrations begin in December: Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold is on the 1st, and the Masterworks Choral Ensemble performs Jingle: A Christmas Celebration on the 3rd.

Olympia Little Theatre, the oldest in the region, always has an enticing lineup. This fall it starts with Calendar Girls, based on the Miramax movie, running Sept. 11 through Oct. 4. Mysteries play the rest of the fall season, with Unwrap Your Candy, an evening of one-act plays, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1, and The Games Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20.

theater-webHarlequin Productions rounds out this preview with several can’t-miss options for the months ahead. The Last Five Years is an intimate musical running Aug. 18 to Sept. 10. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, a Shakespeare romantic comedy, follows from Sept. 29 to Oct. 22. The always popular Stardust Christmas Dazzle kicks off the theater’s 25th anniversary season, running Nov. 27 through the end of the year.


For Additional Information:
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Pantages Theater,
The Rialto Theater, Theatre on the Square | broadwaycenter.org
Harlequin Productions | harlequinproductions.org
Lakewood Playhouse | lakewoodplayhouse.org
Paradise Theatre | paradisetheatre.org
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts | washingtoncenter.org

Profile: Rita Moreno

rita-webThe legendary, award-winning entertainer performs on three puget sound stages this fall

The whip-smart, spunky 84-year-old is as funny and approachable as your favorite longtime friend. Full of energy, ideas and enthusiasm, Rita Moreno has recently embarked on a triad of new projects: a role as the matriarch on the revamped One Day at a Time, a new album produced by music industry genius Emilio Estefan, and—her favorite—a resurgence of her unique variety cabaret show.

Here are a few excerpts from our telephone interview with the multifaceted performer:

What are you working on now, and why did you choose that as your next step?
First, the current project is a show for Netflix produced by Norman Lear, a reboot of One Day at a Time, except that it’s been reset with a Cuban American family. I play the grandmother— the show will air in January if we are picked up. We also tape it in front of a live audience, and they’re terrific.

Why I chose it? My God, Norman Lear! Are you kidding me? I have always wanted to work with him—and being that I’m 84 and he’s 93, I don’t think this chance is going to come up again!

You also just released an album?
I have an all-Spanish album, Una Vez Más, produced by Emilio Estefan—I am truly grateful for all of these opportunities, and I’m thrilled to be a part of them.

The cabaret shows seem to be a particularly beloved project of yours. Why?
It’s hard to describe my act because it’s a mix of performances. I talk a lot about my life and tell very funny anecdotes. I do all kinds of things. I sing in different styles—it’s all kinds of Broadway. But it’s not at all improvised—I do rehearse, there is a set schedule. And I work with three wonderful musicians during the show.

What’s your secret to a long life, and a happy one, as you’re clearly having?
My secret? I have a feeling—I really believe that happiness makes you a very healthy person. I wake up humming! I think that has something to do with all of the energy I have. It’s also not thinking negatively—when you feel good about yourself, you feel healthy and happy. Genetics are very important, but just being so grateful for everything, I think, makes me all that much more healthy and energetic.


For additional information:

Upcoming cabaret show performances

Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30pm
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington St SE, Olympia

Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:30pm
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Ave N, Edmonds

Sunday, Oct. 16, 3pm
Pantages Theater
901 Broadway, Tacoma