Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami

Folding paper architectureFolding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is the first museum exhibit to explore the evolution of paper folding. Over 140 works by 45 master folders from around the world showcase the power of origami and its modern-day application in mathematics, science, design, and the global peace movement.

Origami, or Japanese paper folding, began centuries ago in Japan, likely in religious ceremonies and as a pastime of court nobles. By the 17th century, much of the population was folding birds, animals, and boxes. Paper folding was also prominent in Europe. In both regions, the practice was regarded primarily as a children’s craft or hobby for adults with nimble fingers. It was not considered “art” until the mid 20th century, when folders around the world began experimenting with different styles, techniques, and materials. Today, origami is a sophisticated international art form worthy of museum exhibition, collection, and scholarship.

Folding Paper showcases contemporary origami by renowned artists from countries as diverse as Japan, the United States, Uruguay, and Russia. It presents them within the context of origami history and examines the many evolving styles of origami today, from representational figures from nature to modular geometric forms and abstract sculptures.

The exhibition also explores the relationship between origami and art, science, and mathematics, and demonstrates its tremendous impact in areas as diverse as space exploration, medical research, fashion design, and even as a powerful tool for world peace. Designed to be an immersive exploration, Folding Paper includes videos, photographs, and books, as well as interactive opportunities for visitors of all ages.

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Spring Trends – Fresh & Refined

spring-trends-thumbAfter another dark, cold winter spent under heavy coats and extra layers, we can now look forward to the fresh trends offered by spring fashion. Spring is a time for upbeat changes and the time to breathe new life into a wardrobe that has spent the past few months hibernating.

As we look ahead to what is new, a few familiar fall items will remain, though revamped for the season. The color palette will become more vibrant, awakening the senses with pastel colors such as minty greens, lilac and baby blues, along with contrasting colors and textures.

Jackets remain an essential staple in a variety of styles. Where the leather moto jacket reigned during the fall, the boxy, cropped jacket will be an essential this season. This style complements an office-ready skirt or your favorite jeans. Another light outerwear essential is the collarless coat. Long and streamlined, it pairs beautifully with a flared dress or tailored trousers.

The essential button-down shirt is back. This staple gets a makeover, sporting collar and cuffs in a contrasting color or texture. If you are seeking a top that is less structured than a button-down but more sophisticated than a T-shirt, the shift blouse promises not to disappoint. Its elbow-length sleeves and boxy silhouette provide an easy fit.

For a complete look that is modern and refined, combine your favorite top or outerwear with another spring trend: wide-leg trousers.

These looks along with accessories and other fresh wardrobe ideas can be found at fine retailers throughout the South Sound—in Olympia at Capital Mall, in Puyallup at South Hill Mall, and in Tacoma at Tacoma Mall.


Where To Get Pampered

pampered1Savi Day Spa
Located at Tacoma’s Hotel Murano, Savi Day Spa is ground zero when it comes to getting pampered in the South Sound. Enjoy the tranquility that this lavish spa has to offer as you indulge in one of its many services. And, with so much to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Attain red carpet status with the “Celebrity” package ($425), or get fabulous for your night on the town ($165). Savi also offers individual services and monthly specials (prices vary).
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma
pampered2Blush Day Span
This derma-minded spa will rejuvenate your skin through customized facials, a variety of peels, sumptuous body wraps and more. But it doesn’t stop there. Achieve goddess status by indulging in one (or several) of the many other services provided, including lash extensions, waxing, manicures and other pamper-centric treatments designed to make you feel flawless.
1707 4th Ave E, Olympia
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pampered3Olympus Spa
Enjoy tranquility and peace as you rejuvenate your body, mind and soul at Olympus Spa. Purchase a day pass ($30) and enjoy revitalizing your body inside and out with full access to the herbal hydrotherapy bath, herbal steam sauna and heated earth synergy rooms. Or get the royal treatment with one of Olympus’ many pamper-perfect spa packages.
8615 S Tacoma Way, Lakewood
pampered4Julep Nail Parlor
More than just nails, Gig Harbor’s Julep Nail Parlor offers guests the opportunity to indulge in facial and waxing treatments too. And, with more than 10 mani and pedi options to choose from, it’s easy to find the ideal treatment for any occasion. Want to pamper yourself more often without breaking the bank? Become a Parlor member and take advantage of discounted rates on nearly all of Julep’s premier services.
4701 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor
pampered5Chardonnay Beauty & Day Spa
As divine as the varietal that shares its name, Chardonnay Beauty & Day Spa provides its customers with a wide selection of premier services from hair care and makeup to massage therapy and much more. Treat yourself to a full-day spa treatment for $375, or a half-day for only $210.
6825 112th St E, Puyallup

Spring 2014



Community Events: Born To Be Wild
Prostate Cancer – Diagnosis, Discovery and Treatment
Ladies’ Night Out
Artist Spotlight: Sarah Ioannides


Mackinaw’s Restaurant
Frenchy’s Cafe and Crepery

Design & Style

Spring Trends – Fresh & Refined
Where To Get Pampered


Saving For Retirement
Healthy Balance Vital For Caregivers

Healthy Balance Vital For Caregivers

caregiversProviding care to a loved one can be both challenging and empowering. Whether that loved one is a spouse who is sick or disabled, an elderly parent or young children, caregivers can often find themselves overwhelmed.

Caring for another individual is a full-time commitment and often requires the caregiver to leave a full-time job or make special accommodations. Caregivers may sacrifice more than just a career; they may forgo social activities and time with friends and even neglect their own health needs. According to Kathleen Boswell-Gregg, chief quality officer at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, a healthy balance is vital for any caregiver. This means asking for help from those around you when you need it.

“Don’t turn down any offer to help,” advises Boswell-Gregg. “If friends or family members offer to run an errand for you or stay with your loved one while you step out for a little while, let them help. This is one of the most important things a caregiver can do to relieve stress.”

Boswell-Gregg also emphasizes the importance of maintaining one’s health. “Whatever it takes to stay mentally healthy—you have to be a whole person to take care of others,” she says. This includes physical and mental health. If leaving the house is too difficult, encourage visits from friends. Even a few minutes of socializing can make a difference in the life of a caregiver. Also crucial, she says, is doing your best to maintain healthy eating habits, as well as getting adequate exercise.

Maintaining financial health, too, is important when acting as a caregiver. Boswell-Gregg suggests speaking with a financial adviser to ensure that financial needs are still being met, to avoid undue stress later on.

Kathleen Boswell-Gregg will be discussing these tips and more at the South Sound Women’s Day on March 22, 2014. For more information please visit


Saving For Retirement

retirementIt’s never too late to start saving for retirement, says Blair Sexton, financial adviser for Edward Jones in Puyallup. He gives this general advice for every client regardless of age or gender:

• Start saving as early as possible.
• Work with a financial adviser.
• Address your risk tolerance.
• Be prepared for market fluctuation.
• Always keep in mind that wealth isn’t created overnight.

For a typical 45-year-old, Sexton says a diverse and healthy financial portfolio would be balanced throughout many asset classes. “What is diverse for one may not be appropriately diversified for another. Every situation is unique and a financial adviser can help you navigate what is right for you.”

Financial advisers Thomas “Blake” Burrill and Greg Lone agree about starting retirement planning as early as possible. “The most powerful tool ever invented is the time value of money,” says Burrill, who has more than 10 years of experience in taxes and four years in the investment and insurance industries. “That being said, if you are 45 and just starting your retirement planning—don’t worry, it’s not too late.”

Lone advises paying yourself first: When you get your paycheck, set aside a percentage that you divide into several areas. Dedicate a small portion each month to your emergency fund to take care of unexpected expenses. Another portion should be put toward medium- to long-term goals such as children’s college or a new house. The bulk of your paycheck to yourself should be put into your retirement investments. Lone, who has 23 years of experience in investment and insurance advising, emphasizes the time-honored adage: No one plans to fail, but so many of us fail to plan.

Burrill and Lone also advise looking at retirement plans offered through your employer. They recommend contributing the maximum amount the company will match. They liken that match to getting a 100 percent return on your money right from the start. Yet they advise against contributing to the company plan beyond what the company matches, saying that many other investment opportunities outside of the company plan usually will better suit your individual investment parameters. Burrill and Lone recommend sitting down with a financial planner who has experience working with clients of a similar age and investment objectives as your own.


Frenchy’s Cafe and Crepery

frenchys 8813 Edgewater Dr SW, Lakewood

If French toast with two slices of locally baked Hawaiian bread, each an inch thick, stuffed with Bavarian cream, bananas and strawberries is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

At Frenchy’s Café and Crepery, decadence is on the menu with such a wide selection of both savory and sweet crepes that it can be difficult to choose only one. Since Frenchy’s opened, it’s developed a following of regulars who have their favorites and also know that owner Lindsey Hubbard will modify them to fit their tastes. Stuffed French toast without bananas? You got it.

It’s also that following of regulars who have helped make Frenchy’s a very community-oriented café. At Christmastime, the tree in the restaurant was decorated with ornaments that customers brought in, and the Christmas village on display was lent by a customer. “It’s important to me that my customers feel like family,” the business owner says. “They are family.”

Hubbard opened Frenchy’s after years of working with her aunt, who owned a crepery and was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in France. Hubbard learned her aunt’s recipes and customer service focus beginning at age 14, and the new café owner has based her menu on that experience. She has updated a few, using local ingredients and updating the flavor profiles, but continues some traditional favorites such as biscuits and gravy, better known as S.O.S.

Hubbard’s family even helps at Frenchy’s now. Her husband does all the shopping, and her best friend since high school, Natasha Bailey, works alongside her with the same dedication to the quality of food and customer service.

Part of that customer service includes actively supporting the community. Whether it’s hosting a breast cancer fundraiser, a ladies’ night, a holiday sock drive for the homeless, or welcoming local entrepreneurial moms into the café every Sunday to promote and sell their products, Hubbard knows that strong local roots are important and can make a big difference not only in her life, but in the lives of those who benefit.

Says Hubbard: “I just want my customers to be a part of this.”


Mackinaw’s Restaurant

mackinaws545 N Market Blvd, Chehalis

Mackinaw’s Restaurant is located in the
heart of historic downtown Chehalis. It’s a quaint little room inside the old hotel, with original brick-and-mortar walls and wood floors complementing classic Northwest décor.

Laurel Khan opened the doors just over seven years ago because, she says, “I found that as a woman I was always asked to make the salad, or craft the dessert. But to move into main courses I had to open my own restaurant.”

Khan has a talent for cooking meat and inventing courses. Mackinaw’s has a new menu every day, with locally sourced fresh food whenever possible, and sauces and dressings made in house.

My date and I started with homemade fondue and a bottle of Italian red. For the fondue, the cheese is shredded into warm beer, seasoned with Worcestershire, ground mustard and garlic, and cooked until it “feels right.” The fondue is served with crusted bread, apples and sausage.

The real treat is dinner itself. My date and I shared two. One was the spare ribs with orange bourbon sauce, scalloped potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts. The potatoes are one of those special creations. Infused with thyme cream, they are uniquely peppery and light.

Our favorite dinner was Khan’s signature dish of “deconstructed” ravioli with chicken, a savory creamy concoction that melted in the mouth. Noodles line the bottom of the bowl, and cream sauce is added with lumps of ricotta, chicken and seasonal vegetables. She makes the sauce every two days, uses a full bottle of sweet Riesling (her favorite is Snoqualmie) and lets it simmer for almost two hours. Superior!

The evening ended down the hall in “The Man Cave,” Khan’s tiny bar with couch and television, where we finished our wine so blissfully full we could barely make conversation. Khan joined us and talked about her goal of creating million-dollar food and service in what she called “her neighborhood.” Patrons chimed in, all part of her extended family, to sing her praises and tell us their favorites.

When you visit, make sure you come hungry. Consider making a day of it and check out the antique shops, Mt. St. Helens tourist spots or even the Chehalis Steam Train before you stop at Mackinaw’s for a meal. It’s well worth the trip.


Artist Spotlight: Sarah Ioannides

sarah-ioannidesAn international search spanning two years and encompassing more than 100 prospects has reached a conclusion with the appointment of Sarah Ioannides as the next music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times described her as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” and her dynamic presence has won praise from audiences and critics internationally, with engagements spanning five continents.

TSO President Dick Ammerman said in a press release that Ioannides’ “spectacular debut” with the orchestra last February made a deep and lasting impression on the board, orchestra and patrons. “We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership that will take the TSO to new heights of artistic vibrancy and community engagement.”

Ioannides was equally effusive about her new appointment. “The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra found a way into my heart in February 2013. The experience we had making music together was very special that week. Not only did I find great chemistry with the musicians, but also felt at one with the audience that evening, and with the entire community during my weeklong visit.” She says she is excited to anticipate her future in Tacoma. “May we be part of the wave that brings music to more and more people’s hearts from all walks of life, and sustain the gifts of music through engaging live performances over the next decade.”

Ioannides says that her love for music started when she was a toddler. Her mother had to encourage her to go outside and play, as she was often glued to her gramophone listening to her favorite pieces.

One of her missions, she says, is to spark that joy and appreciation with other children. Along with her duties as conductor, she will be working to “invigorate the connection” between schoolchildren and the symphony. “The key is to find what sparks the kids’ interest,” she explained. “It’s about using music to bring out what already exists inside and help them to make a connection between their feelings and music.” We want to “convince them of why it makes a difference” to know and live through music, says Ioannides.

Ioannides’ initial contract with Tacoma Symphony Orchestra spans a full five seasons, beginning July 1, 2014. She is already at work with TSO officials in planning her inaugural season, which is slated to open on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
901 Broadway, Tacoma

Ladies’ Night Out

ladiesnight1Ladies’ Night Out was an evening of shopping and entertainment during Christmas Forest, benefiting the mission of Providence St. Peter Foundation in Olympia. The 190 attendees noshed on appetizers while listening to the smooth voice of entertainer Chris Anderson. A special program during the event benefited the Providence St. Peter Sexual Assault Clinic. The Sexual Assault Clinic at Providence St. Peter Hospital provides medical care, support, and resources to meet the needs of families in crisis.