North Shore Golf Course Renovates

To celebrate more than fifty-five years in northeast Tacoma, the North Shore Golf Course is renovating. Don’t worry, though– your time on the green won’t be affected by the process, as the course and clubhouse will stay open throughout the summer.

October 2018 is the completion date for the first phase of construction, which includes a covered driving range and a new Golf Shop to replace the current structures. A beverage counter, golfer check-in, and expanded retail merchandise displays are just a few things to expect from the new, 1,123-square-foot shop. Its new location will allow for more efficient daily operations, and relocated cart paths will create more convenient connections around the course. The putting green will be relocated to allow for the course to remain open during construction.

The second phase will include the construction of a 15,046-square-foot clubhouse, boasting beautiful Northwest architectural design elements, including a grand foyer with expansive views of the golf course and a restaurant and lodge with outdoor seating and concrete fire pits for golfers to enjoy. Also, a new event center featuring a ballroom with multiple sections will provide an elegant multi-use space for events that can accommodate up to three hundred people.

“We are looking forward to the exciting changes coming to North Shore Golf Course,” said General Manager David Wetli. “Our expansions will greatly enhance our guests’ experiences and provide more opportunities for connection, expanding our capabilities not only as a fun and challenging golf course, but a new event venue in Pierce County.”

The local team behind this renovation project consists of North Shore Golf Course owners, the Puyallup Tribe and Marine View Ventures, Korsmo Construction, and Helix Design Group. The anticipated completion date is in 2019, when you will be able to enjoy a new Golf Shop, driving range shelter, and beautiful clubhouse at historic Tacoma’s own North Shore Golf Course.

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Annual Paws In The Park

The Dog-A-Thon at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood is a South Sound tradition. Sponsored by the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, it is the largest dog walk in Western Washington. Now the nonprofit organization is broadening the 28th annual fundraiser to include even more pets. The 2018 event, on Saturday, July 28, is renamed “Paws in the Park featuring the Dog-A-Thon.”

Human and canine participants will still be able to enjoy scenic trail walks around Waughop Lake with water/treat stations along the way. There will still be contests for people to show off their pet’s talents, and there will be delicious eats to sample. Attendees can even adopt their very own Humane Society kitten, dog, or rabbit.

For the expanded Paws in the Park, the Humane Society plans to enlarge the pet resource component by ensuring that every vendor and sponsor has a pet-related product, service, or information.

28th annual paws in the park featuring the dog-a-thon Entertainment will be more robust, with training sessions and demonstrations led by local trainers. KIRO-TV is the media sponsor of the event and will have on-air talent as the emcee.

Paws in the Park remains the Humane Society’s largest fundraising event. This year’s goal is to raise more than $325,000. These funds help the organization care for more than 11,000 animals each year. Donations provide vital support for innovative programming; fostering underage litters of puppies, kittens and bunnies; treatment and rehabilitation for victims of cruelty; veterinary care for injured animals; and many other community services.


For Additional Information:
The Humane Society

Choosing The Right Private School

Puget Sound parents have so many private schools to choose from that it can be tough to decide on just one. Luckily, parents can turn to The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve for guidance. The book’s author is Peg Tyre, a former Newsweek education reporter and also the author of The Trouble with Boys. Tyre spoke to ShowCase about points to consider when evaluating a school.

In preschool, the relationship between teacher and student is key. This connection is more important than any curriculum, Tyre says. Look for a preschool teacher who is very engaged. Have a conversation with a prospective teacher about their current classroom. They should be able to speak about individual students’ strengths and weaknesses and be well-informed about their background, interests, and emotional and academic achievements.

The early years: words, words, words Children should be surrounded with words, especially in the early years, Tyre says. Look for books in the classroom and be sure the class makes regular visits to the library. In the preschool and kindergarten years, be sure the teacher is providing the building blocks for learning to read.

Math cannot be an afterthought. From the first days of school, kids should be exposed to math concepts. Tyre says there is no need to wait until children are older and able to think and speak in more abstract ways. She says that math ability has been measured days after birth and seems to be innate in all of us. In the U.S., parents, kids and even teachers may describe a person as “bad at math.” In other countries where kids perform better in math, however, if a student is not performing well in math, parents, kids and teachers say the student needs to work harder. “Math is not a talent,” says Tyre. “It’s a muscle you develop.”

Don’t focus too much on standardized test scores. Sometimes good test scores can indicate that a school is doing well at educating students, says Tyre, but other times it can indicate that the school is teaching to the test. Standardized tests measure only about one-third of the curriculum that should be taught, so if the school is teaching only the test material, your child is missing out on a lot.

There is no excuse for a school day with no recess. Apart from the obvious physical benefits of exercise, says Tyre, studies have shown that recess also increases cognitive functioning. Kids need a break of at least 20 minutes a day. The same is true for middle-school and high-school students.

Teachers matter, even more than you think. Although not even a “super teacher” can erase the effects of poverty on students, says Tyre, excellent teachers teach more and can accelerate students’ rate of learning. And good schools champion great teachers. Look for schools that provide teachers with mentors, instruction and discussion of best practices.


Introducing Kids To Birding

Birds are the perfect hook for getting kids interested in nature. Children are mesmerized by nature, so a window into that world is all you need to get them started on this lifelong hobby.

Backyard bird feeders are a wonderful place to start. Neighborhood parks also provide endless potential for observing birds, as well as butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, toads, rocks, leaves and more. Many parks also have wetland areas, and since water birds are often large and conspicuous, ponds are enjoyable for beginning birders.

Birding as a Family When kids see an unusual bird or observe its entertaining behavior firsthand, they’ll be thrilled. To get started, consider attending a guided bird walk. Many local bird clubs, nature centers, parks and wildlife refuges offer regular walks. Your local Audubon Center is another treasure trove of information and is a great place to visit.

The younger your budding naturalist, the more important it is to be flexible. Rather than focusing solely on birds, encourage exploration and opportunities to discover something in the natural world. Perhaps the glimpse of a small animal—or something as simple as a caterpillar or pretty stone—becomes a lifelong memory.

For younger children, binoculars may be a bit tricky to master and can be frustrating. To start, skip identification and go on a bird-behavior scavenger hunt without the pressure of pinning down an exact species. Ask kids to watch for specific behaviors, from preening and perching to walking and hopping.
Bird Walks & Nature Trails Few things are more inspiring than exploring nature with children. With over 70 Metro Parks in the region, there are endless opportunities for birdwatching. Nature trails, woodlands or wetlands provide exciting opportunities for exploring nature and wildlife. Some locations offer scheduled guided walks.


Meet Clarus Eye Centre’s Executive Director

When you meet Marta De La Torre, the new executive director at Clarus Eye Centre, you will be impressed by how genuine, courteous, collected and engaging she is. She says with a smile that she has been interested in health care “since she was almost 2”! The New England native has traveled around the world and now calls Tumwater home.

De La Torre says one of the most interesting positions she has held in her career was as a third-party health care administrator for the government of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Health care in that country, she says, was different because of gender inequality. “A male doctor can only work on males and female doctors only on females,” De La Torre explains. She said they also have different entrances to medical facilities.

Perhaps inspired by that experience, De La Torre, a mother of three and grandmother of eight, is interested in mentoring young women. She thinks it is important to build up all people to foster strong community.

What attracted De La Torre to Clarus Eye were the long-term employees at the location. She says employees of such long tenure provide an unparalleled level of expertise. She was also impressed that the practice is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “There is a lot to celebrate!” she says.

One of De La Torre’s working goals is to offer a tuition program for employees who want to go back to school. She also wants to cultivate an optical training program at the local colleges. She aims to help Clarus engage with schools and continue to build its relationship with families and the community.

“This job comes as a welcome challenge and a responsibility,” says De La Torre. She looks forward to giving back to the community and carrying into the next 50 years the legacy of compassionate service that Clarus Eye Centre has become known for.


For Additional Information:
Clarus Eye Centre
345 College St SE, Lacey

The Intaglio Salon Moves To Point Ruston

Spend a few minutes with salon owner Kasey Mendoza and you’ll quickly understand why The Intaglio Salon in Tacoma has received rave reviews about its hair, makeup and skin treatments. “We love all our guests,” proclaims Mendoza. “Our move to Point Ruston allows us to spoil them even more.”

After four years near the Tacoma Mall, The Intaglio Salon recently relocated to newly constructed space along Tacoma’s waterfront. The new, larger location means that the salon can expand its services. Four new stylists are being recruited, and the number of makeup stations and treatment beds has doubled to two each. A color lounge provides a comfortable area for guests to watch television, charge a cell phone or enjoy a beverage while waiting for their hair to color-process.

The salon offers one-stop convenience with a full menu of services. Hair, makeup, waxing, sugaring, lash extensions and express skin care treatments are available. “We especially love anything to do with color and helping guests make big changes,” says Mendoza.

As an Aveda Concept Salon, Intaglio shares Aveda’s commitment to caring about the world around us. The Aveda hair, makeup and skin products that are used exclusively in the salon are created and packaged with natural ingredients. They are never tested on animals.

“At the end of the day, we want to know that we did great hair, but we also want to make a difference in our community,” explains Mendoza. The salon’s past fundraising events have benefited the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, a local organization working to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound.

Intaglio is doing more for the community in their new location at Point Ruston.


For Additional Information:
The Intaglio Salon
Point Ruston, 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma

Senior Nutrition

Do you have a concern about an aging parent’s nutrition and health? A key component, often overlooked, of seniors’ well-being is eating correctly. Good nutrition can help keep them safe and healthy.

Declining eating habits will put seniors at a greater risk of falls, dehydration and poor health. Your mom or dad may no longer have the motivation and energy to plan and prepare nutritious meals consistently. They may just lack the energy to cook for only one or two. Often medication can make food taste different and can make some food textures seem unappealing.

Their solution may be heating a frozen TV dinner in the microwave. But an easy, better solution could be having a family member, friend or in-home care agency come by for a few hours a week to prepare meals. Small, healthful snacks during the day is also a good option. Personalized meal plans can help make meals a positive experience, improving seniors’ quality of life.

Good nutrition and exercise are two factors that prevent falls. For people over age 65, doctors often recommend more calcium, protein and vitamin D. These nutrients can help your aging loved ones maintain muscle mass. And muscle mass helps them maintain strength and reaction response, preventing a fall with serious injuries.

Building a personalized meal plan, shopping for the correct foods, and getting help with meal preparation will help seniors maintain a healthier quality of life. When your mom or dad no longer has the energy for these activities, the use of an in-home care agency for nutritional assistance may be just what’s needed.

SYNERGY HomeCare is an in-home agency that offers this service and is an excellent option to provide support for loved ones.


For Additional Information:
Synergy HomeCare

King County 206.420.4934,  Thurston County 360.338.0837, Pierce County 253.267.0116

Anthem: Community-Centric, Thankful and “Loud”

We all have a favorite coffee shop. For some, it’s a place that offers a quiet ambiance. For others, their favorite is a matter of convenience: A quick fix from the drive-thru before the morning commute. And then there is Anthem Coffee, delivering exceptional service, an energetic atmosphere and pretty fabulous coffee.

Anthem isn’t new to the coffee game. Before launching the brand in 2011, CEO and cofounder Bryan Reynolds and his family spent five years learning the business under the Forza banner, becoming the No. 1 store in the franchise. Once their agreement with Forza ended, the family started their own shop and opened the downtown Tacoma location, followed by downtown Puyallup. Two new stores opened at the end of 2017—Old Town Tacoma and University Place. In June of this year Anthem plans to open its fifth location in Tacoma’s Stadium District.

Its mission is simple—create an environment in the community where relationships can be built. Anthem calls this “heroic hospitality.” “Without community, there is no business,” says Reynolds. “We inspire community. We want to be a part of the customer’s story and fuel people for their journey.”

What about the name? “We are loud. We are different from the normal coffee shop,” says Reynolds. The family felt that Anthem, something that is often loud and unifying, best described what they were trying to create. The name stuck. “When you drink Anthem coffee, you live loud.”

Along with a menu of espresso-based drinks, Anthem offers wine, beer on tap and an impressive food menu, including naan bread pizzas, gourmet sandwiches and appetizers like sweet potato fries.

The Reynolds family appreciates the continued support from communities they serve. “We are thankful for the belief in our brand. We are thankful for every day we get to serve people,” says Bryan Reynolds.

What’s your Anthem?


For Additional Information, location and hours:
Anthem Coffee


a•laf•fi•a \ ah-la-fee-uh \ noun. A common greeting or valediction originating from central Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Alaffia means a state of peace, health and well-being.

One of the most successful fair-trade body-care organizations in the natural products industry is located in Thurston County. Most residents are probably not even aware of this innovative company right here in the South Sound. Most are probably also not aware of the significant, life-changing impact Alaffia is bringing to residents of West Africa.

Olowo-n’djo Tchala was born and raised in the village of Kaboli in the West African nation of Togo. There he shared a single small room with his mother and seven siblings. The boy dropped out of school in the sixth grade when his family couldn’t afford the tuition. In the years after, Tchala worked alongside his mother on her farm.

In 1996 Tchala met and fell in love with a Peace Corps volunteer, Prairie Rose Hyde, while she worked in Kaboli. After her service ended, the couple moved to the United States with a shared goal: finding a way to alleviate poverty in West Africa.

Hyde entered a graduate program at the University of California, Davis. She studied international agricultural development and ethnobotany, the scientific study of relationships between people and plants. Tchala studied English and earned a degree in Organizational Theory. Determined to make a difference in his home country, the native son, along with Hyde, created Alaffia, based in Tumwater.

Alaffia’s success is not measured simply by profit. For this innovative company, success is measured by empowerment, with the goal to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality in Togo. Special projects, including a maternal health clinic, school construction and reforestation efforts, have made a significant impact on Togolese communities.

Doing good business has been an extremely successful model for Alaffia. The company has expanded its product lines from natural body care to hair care products and African home textiles featuring

artisan hand-stamped fabrics. Alaffia’s recipe for success is simple: “helping our communities in West Africa sustain themselves through the fair trade of their indigenous resources. The more each of us can do, the closer we are to everyone working together.”


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Guide To Al Fresco Dining & Water Views

One of the best ways to enjoy dining at a restaurant where the scenery is as fine as what’s on the plate. To greet the official arrival of summer and to serve as a guide from now through the fall, here’s a sampling of our region’s best dining destinations, from casual outdoor seating to high-end dining experiences with stunning views. Bon appétit! -KELLY LENIHAN

Anthony’s Homeport 704 Columbia St. NW
Budd Bay Cafe 525 Columbia St. NW
Dockide Bistro & Wine Bar 501 Columbia St. NW
Waterstreet Cafe & Bar 610 Water St. NW
Anthony’s at Point Defiance 5910 N. Waterfront Dr.
Boathouse 19 9001 S. 19th St
Cliff House 6300 Marine View Dr
Sel 229 St. Helens Ave
The Fish Peddler on Foss Waterway 1199 Dock St
The Social Bar & Grill 1715 Dock St
Chambers Bay Grill (University Place) 6320 Grandview Dr. W.
CI Shenanigan’s Seafood & Chop House 3017 Ruston Way
Duke’s Chowder House 3327 Ruston Way
Fish Brewing Pub & Eatery 5108 Grand Loop
Harbor Lights 2716 Ruston Way
Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern & Eatery 3211 Ruston Way
Lobster Shop 4015 Ruston Way
Ram Restaurant & Brewery 3001 Ruston Way
Wildfin American Grill 5115 Grand Loop
Island View Public House & Market 7102 Ray Nash Dr. NW
JW @ The Boatyard 3117 Harborview Dr.
Morso 9014 Peacock Hill Ave
Netshed No. 9 3313 Harborview Dr
The Green Turtle 2905 Harborview Dr
Tides Tavern 2925 Harborview Dr
Topside Bar & Grill 215 Wilkes St
Sorci’s Italian Cafe & Enoteca 1012 Ryan Ave
Windmill Bistro 16009 60th St E