Anne Burrell: Chef at Saint Martin’s Gala

Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell is bringing her A-game to the popular Saint Martin’s Gala on November 5. “I love making things that feed the soul as well as the body,” says Burrell, whose cooking keeps the attention on simple, seasonal, and flavorful. “Making soulful delicious food feels like a hug from the inside– very satisfying,” she adds.

You might recognize Burrell from her spiked hairdo or one of her many Food Network appearances. She is designing an exquisite five-course menu for the black-tie affair. “When I cook for a small group, I really try to focus on the people I am cooking for and make things that I know that they will love!” says Burrell. Of course, there will be a larger audience at this event, but she remains clear that making interesting, tasty food can still work to please the Gala guests.

Burrell is a chef, passionate teacher, TV personality and author, to name a few of her roles. What does she do when she’s not planning another grand event or filming with Bobby Flay? With great enthusiasm, she confided in a few of her personal pastimes:

“I love to sing karaoke. Like LOOOOOOVE! It’s a great and fun way to blow off some steam! It doesn’t matter if you are not a great singer, you just have to commit to it. My husband and I regularly sing karaoke at home. We have a blast doing it!” exclaims Burrell.

She also shares, “I love to knit. I knit during my downtime, like when I’m watching TV. I always like to keep my hands busy. During the pandemic I started knitting baby blankets for friends. I think I am currently working on blanket 21! That’s a lot of kids!”

“I have two Maine Coon cats that I am absolutely addicted to!” says Burrell. “Their names are Nutty Nancy Crazy Pants and Marcia Marcia Marcia. They are the most loving and entertaining kitties. I can’t imagine life without them! When I travel, I miss them terribly.”

“And lastly, I am a huge New York Rangers fan! I go to a lot of games. I ALWAYS wear a jersey and never ever leave a game early–even when they are losing.

It’s going to be a fabulous and entertaining evening with Chef Burrell.

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Saint Martin’s University


Team RED: Resourceful • Experienced • Dedicated

Results of a recent survey found that nearly one in four seniors felt they could not move, either because they couldn’t afford moving costs or because they didn’t believe they could sell their home. Local Keller Williams Realtor and founder of Team RED, Kathy Kleber, and her team of nine real estate agents have created a plan to tackle issues specifically facing transitioning seniors.

Team RED agents, an acronym for Resourceful, Experienced and Dedicated, offer special services to support seniors. They help with each step of the selling process from getting the senior connected with services in the community and locations for their next home to supporting them in any upgrades their property needs to maximize the selling price.

“Almost every senior specialist I know has come from a senior association, including me,” said Kleber recently. Nearly 20 years ago, Kleber and her parents were facing their own housing dilemma. Kleber’s dad’s health was failing but her mom was very active and social. A move to Wesley Homes, a United Methodist Community for active senior living in Des Moines, became their home. Kleber’s father passed a year or so after the move, but her mom lives there to this day where she is active, travels and serves on the board of everything.

“That experience taught me to understand the journey and love on seniors as they work through this time in their lives,” she said. “And, it became my heart’s work,” she added. Team RED is a family affair with her husband, Kirk Kleber, a founding member, and daughter, Ellisa Greer, as part of the team. Greer’s background in geriatric nursing is a huge benefit to the Team RED organization. Plus, her service in the Army and that of her Dad, Kirk, in the Navy, adds to their concierge-level service for all veterans.

The biggest difference in Team RED’s approach is to get the seniors moved and settled first. According to Kleber, “We always start with the person — where are you going and what are you taking with you?” Once that is settled, then a project manager steps in to oversee necessary renovations by one of their three sets of general contracting teams. Then it is time to stage the home and implement a successful sale.

“Serving with heart, homes for all life’s seasons,” remains Kleber’s motto.

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How To Incorporate Biophilic Design into Your Home

Biophilic design is not just about bringing the outdoors in; the focus is on indoor air quality, natural light, and color schemes grounded in nature.

Indoor Air Quality

Be mindful of the items you bring into your home such as harsh chemical cleaners, scented candles, and other toxic chemicals. Open windows and let the fresh air and sound of nature find the way into your home and your mind. Clear out clutter and change your air filters on a regular basis.

Add Live Plants

They increase oxygen and purify the air and improve your indoor air quality. You want to select plants that are a good fit for the level of care you can provide. If you have pets, make sure you are selecting plants that will not harm them or small children if that is a concern.

If you do not have a green thumb, faux plants may seem like an obvious choice, but they do not provide the same effect. The main disadvantage of fake plants is that they have no health benefits and most are made from synthetic plastic which actually adds the toxins in your air.

Maximize Natural Light

Natural light in a home is always better than artificial light. It bathes your room in a rich full-spectrum hue that light bulbs can only hope to duplicate, and it increases your body’s feel-good serotonin levels. But if you do not have natural light, you can use natural light bulbs providing high-quality light, no eye strain, better focus, and a happier mood. If you work from home, they can enhance productivity.

Incorporate Colors Found in Nature

Most people think of the dark green of leaves, the warm orange of the sunset, and the earthy brown of the mud. But colors do not need to be rustic to be grounded in nature; layers of whites and cream can also feel very tranquil and work well when used as a base. You can add high-contrast neutrals for a more dramatic color scheme. Greens, browns, and grays work well also because they lend a warm cozy feel to your interior environment. We recommend choosing three colors and repeating them throughout. This creates continuity and the combination of almost any three colors will work. You can also add natural materials, shapes found in nature, and large-scale art.

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Alinda Morris Interior Design
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Summer is Here and So are Great Outdoor Events

Summertime is filled with fantastic events, festivals and fairs in the South Sound. Everyone is itching to get out and enjoy some in-person events, so here’s a sampling from around the area.


Enjoy concerts, food trucks, kids’ activities and, of course, fireworks at Lacey’s 2022 Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, July 3 from 4-11 pm at the Rainier Vista Community Park. On Thursdays, July 9 to August 13, enjoy a series of free events from 2-3pm for families featuring unique entertainment, from comedy for kids to fun, family shows at various local parks.


In nearby Olympia, you’ll want to check out Olympia Harbor Days over the Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4. This 48th annual non-profit festival celebrates the maritime heritage of the Puget Sound with a weekend of entertainment, food, art, history, and everyone’s favorite – tugboat races. Entry is free, but you can buy tugboat rides–highly suggested to purchase in advance.


Summerfest is a day loaded with old fashioned Fourth of July fun! Treat yourself to a pancake breakfast, fishing derby, a fun run, followed by games, contests and entertainment throughout the day plus a parade, demolition derby and fireworks. Later in the month, Centralia celebrates their annual Antique Fest in historic Downtown Centralia and the Hub City Car Show returns in August with hundreds of unique cars, a BBQ, prizes, and games.


Love comic books and the Marvel/DC Comics universe? Then you’ll want to check out Summer Con (think Comic-Con in San Diego) at the Washington State Fairgrounds June 17 to 19, then head down the street to downtown Puyallup and Pioneer Park for the Meeker Days Arts & Music Festival on those same days for food, music, kids’ activities, and more. And, of course, the biggest fair in the state is at the Washington State Fairgrounds from September 2 to 25.


Tacoma knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July with two major events. The Summer Blast presented by Metro Parks Tacoma will be held from 11:00am to 10:30pm at Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park. Attendees will be treated to a free family event featuring live music, food trucks, a craft market, and fireworks. And, also on the Fourth of July is the annual Freedom Fair along Tacoma’s waterfront. Enjoy a variety of activities including a fireworks display, an airshow, Camp Patriot dedicated to our military, a car and hot rod show, a children’s area, a beach pole vault competition, and an international food marketplace. And, after a COVID hiatus, the Taste of Tacoma says it will be back in Summer 2022.

Gig Harbor

This year’s Maritime Gig Festival is June 4 and 5 at the Skansie Brothers Park and will feature a fun run, parade, children’s fair, Wheels on the Water Car Show, Blessing of the Fleet and food vendors, plus live music throughout the weekend. After a two-year COVID-induced absence, Gig Harbor’s popular Summer Arts Festival returns. Held on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday July 17, the Festival features juried arts and crafts from over 120 artists and creators.


The Downtown Sumner Association is planning a funfilled summer. The lineup includes a Community Block Party on June 18 from 3-7pm and a weekend of live music, crafts and vendors during Rhubarb Days and the Vintage Market July 9 to 10. In August, check out the Sumner Classy Chassis Car Show happening on July 9 from 10am to 3pm.


Always Something to See at the Thurston County Fair!

Guess who is turning 151 this year?

If you guessed a five-day, fun-packed, family outing known as the Thurston County Fair, then you are right! The dates for 2022 are July 27 to 31. The Fair will have all of the favorites, animals, carnivals, vendors, entertainment and the traditional tasty fair food.

“We have special discount days during the fair week–One Buck Wednesday admission will be $1 with a donation for the Thurston County Food bank and Tuesday is Kid’s Day with $2 admission for all kids under 18,” says Theresa Reid, Thurston County Fair’s manager. “We also serve many military families, so Friday is Military Day when all retired, active and reserve personnel and family members are only $2 per person.”

Located near Long Lake in Lacey, the fair is a pint-sized version of the Washington State Fair held later in September; many of the kids showing off their livestock will compete for a placement that will allow them to enter at state level. From pygmy goats to well-heeled golden retrievers, you can watch as the animals and their handlers strut their stuff in the presentation competitions. Children as young as 5 years old are allowed to enter the animal competition –they are called Cloverbuds. You can also catch the Thurston County Market Animal Sale on Saturday at 6pm.

Entertainment for 2022 includes Professor Bamboozle’s Magic Show, Reptile Isle with the Ring of Torti, and The Grizzly Artwork show and chainsaw carving competition. Community singers, dancers and bands will perform, along with all of the 4-H and FFA exhibitors showing their animals and projects. Other exhibits also on display include Home Arts, Quilts, Hobbies and Crafts, Fine Arts, Photography and Floral. So if you’ve taken up a new hobby since the start of the pandemic, this could be a good opportunity to learn from some award winners.

The Thurston County Fair has a history that goes back over 150 years, and was held at different locations such as the South Bay School and Grange, until settling in at the current fairgrounds in 1958. The Thurston County Fair continues to thrive and gives our community a place to celebrate, educate, create and support our local businesses!

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Thurston County Fair


Summer Camps that SIZZLE

Summer is here and the kids are ready for summer adventures. From hiking to canoeing to coding, summer camp offers many opportunities for adventures and for building new friendships. Programs have been created and adapted for in-person learning environments this summer. Most camps are operating at a limited capacity, so plan ahead and make it a summer to remember.

Day Camps

Cascade Christian Schools
Adventure Day Camp
Worldwide Fun is this year’s fun-in-thesun theme! Wow! Look what’s included in camp: new and exciting themes each week, educational activities like
STEM and reading, nutritional snacks, Sport-tek camp T-shirt, all-district special camp events, weekly field trips, a wonderful and experienced staff, and extended hours.

Hands On Children’s Museum
Grades 1-6
Kitsap Forest Theater, located
approximately seven miles west of downtown Bremerton, is one of the oldest outdoor theaters in the United States. This year’s outdoor summer program features art, singing, drama, play, hiking, exploring the forest, wildlife and creeks — and just plain fun.

Pierce County Parks
Calling all explorers! Join Pierce County Parks for one to four action-packed weeks of outdoor adventures and exploring the natural environments of four unique Pierce County parks. Hands-on activities, exploration, free-play, and outdoor games will be incorporated each day to help
nurture a desire for caring and respect for our natural and human-made environments.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Let’s go to the zoo! Zoo campers participate in lively lessons about animals, ecosystem exploration,
creative crafts, and group games. These camps focus on fostering empathy and respect for wildlife.

Tacoma Little Theatre
Grades 1-12
Students of all ages are welcome to join Tacoma Little Theatre for their four-week camps that focus on learning
about and practicing the process of putting on a musical production and a full show.

City of Olympia
Ages 4-14
Do you want to get on the water? The City of Olympia offers beginning and advanced sailing. In addition, kids can explore multi-media art camp,
yoga camp, and the annual favorite — Camp Olywahoo!

Tumtastic Summer Day
Ages 6–11
Campers will delight in the fun of water play, crafts, special guests, all things nature, fun field trips and two celebration events. Home base for the camp is Peter G. Schmidt Elementary.

Tumwater Trippin’ Teen Camp
Ages 12–17
Join Tumwater Parks and Recreation for a summer packed full of awesomeness and adventure! Teens will visit new places all around the South Sound and explore some of the
area’s most fun spots! Camp home base is Peter G. Schmidt Elementary.

South Sound YMCA
Day camp at the Y is led by
experienced staff and offers nearly all the benefits of overnight camp – new outdoor experiences, skill–building and lasting friendships – while allowing campers to return home each afternoon.

Other Day Camp Options

Annie Wright Schools
Grades 1-6

Metro Parks Tacoma:
Tacoma Nature Center

Ages 4-12

City of Puyallup
Ages 5-12

Overnight Camp Options

For many kids, summer means
attending traditional overnight camp— staying in cabins, singing around a campfire, and making friendships that can last a lifetime.

Tacoma Mountaineers
Ages vary
Campers will learn climbing, hiking, map and compass training, camp cooking, wilderness first aid, fire and
shelter building, and explore local geology and ecology. In addition to day camps, Tacoma Mountaineers also has two overnight camps at Mount Rainier (Tahoma).

Washington State University
Extension 4-H Camps at Panhandle Lake
Campers spend the week enjoying a myriad of activities, including swimming, hiking, arts, music, cooking, and making new friends! Awaken to
birds singing and fall asleep to the stars (or exhaustion).

Olympia Harbor Days: Full Steam Ahead:

Olympia Harbor Days, a waterfront maritime festival, is expected to be a welcome opportunity to reconnect with friends, stroll the beautiful downtown waterfront, and have a whale of a good time. Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend, September 2 to 4. The South Sound Maritime Heritage Association invites you to celebrate the 49th year with festivities for the whole family. We have missed many gatherings over the past two years. Musicians, craft vendors, tugboats, kid’s activities, and much more will vibrate with a joyful energy we have been longing to feel.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Port of Olympia and the Steamer Virginia V. The ship is a National Historic Landmark undergoing renovations but is expected to sail proudly into Olympia for Harbor Days. The Lady Washington, which has also been undergoing restorations, will hopefully arrive as well.

Did you know that Olympia Harbor Days’ tugboat races are a reminder of our past? At the turn of the century, tall ships sailed to Olympia to pick up exports like shellfish and wood. The ships required guidance to navigate into Budd Bay from Boston Harbor. This was accomplished with tugboats, who at that time did not have the luxury of ship-to-shore radio. When a tall ship was sighted, the steam engines were fired up and the tug captains raced out. “The first to arrive got the job!” explains Carol Riley, Olympia Harbor Days event producer. We get to relive the excitement.

Riley is working diligently to offer a fabulous array of vendors and activities. It’s a weekend of art, celebration, history, and also marks the ending of the summer season. The festival, along with all participating vendors, will follow all rules for safety and health protocol and guidelines in place at the time of the event.

“I think it will be a fun time and a great time for people to reconnect,” Riley says. Both residents and tourists are in for an energizing time. You won’t want to miss a thing. “Think great weather,” she advises. Rain during Olympia Harbor Days has been rare. Come to downtown Olympia, celebrate Olympia Harbor Days, and remember one of the many reasons you love the Pacific Northwest.

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Olympia Harbor Days


GATHER at Tacoma Art Museum 27 Years of Hilltop Artists

The newest exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum is a collection of work from 21 alums of the Hilltop Artists program. On exhibit March 26 through September 4, 2022, GATHER: 27 Years of Hilltop Artists features over 30 pieces of art in a variety of media.

Challenging the status quo by questioning who an authentic artist is and who has value in museum spaces, GATHER primarily features artists of color. It also highlights the outcomes and reach of the Hilltop Artists program while shining a light on opportunity gaps faced by these artists, many of whom have not yet been included in exhibitions on this scale.

According to TAM’s executive director, David F. Setford, “This is an inspiring exhibit with an outburst of passion by artists we haven’t heard much about before now.”

Artists like David Rios are featured with his work Ofrenda, a spectacular display of orange blown glass flowers mixed with elements of a traditional ofrenda including salt, conchas bread and personal images. “I grew up in a Mexican American home where an ofrenda was part of life following the passing of a loved one. This display reflects that part my life,” said Rios prior to the opening of the exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum.

Other works in the exhibit, curated by Trenton Quiocho, Hilltop Artists alum (2008) and current Teaching Artist and Hot Shop Manager, include more glass works, but also paintings, sculptures and even a melted fax machine that is surprisingly gorgeous, by artist Zane Scott.

Co-founded by Dale Chihuly and Kathy Kaperick in 1994, Hilltop Artists was developed as a community organization that provided a creative space for “at risk” youth from the Hilltop neighborhood to assist well-known artists in producing their works.

Exhibiting Artists in GATHER are Douglas Jan Burgess II, Nancy Burgess, Candida Delgadillo, Edelmira Jimenez Gallegos, Daria Hembree, Jessica Hogan, Dani Kaes, Cassandra Kuring, Emily Martin, Jason McDonald, Shayne Nutter, Trenton Quiocho, David Rios, Luis Sanchez, Samantha Scalise, Evan Schauss, Zane Scott, Ellye Sevier, Jesse Sorgenfrei, Tony Sorgenfrei, Jack Spitzer, Edgar Valentine, Keiko Wesley and Jacob Willcox.

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Winners of Reel Life 96 Revealed

During a gala and screening event held on Saturday, March 19 at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood, winners of the first annual Lakewood Film Festival were announced. Reel Life 96 was a fun, short film competition for filmmakers of all ages and experience levels.

Participants wrote, shot, and edited five-minute films in just 96 hours.

A number of films were selected to honor the recently celebrated 25th anniversary of the City of Lakewood in 1996. The event kicked off on February 10 at 5pm when 38 entrants received their starting email that contained the three elements every film would need to incorporate into their story. The story had to show a dance (action), a lit candle (prop) and a line of dialogue “sometimes you have to be happy for what you don’t get.”

Following the screening of each film throughout the six-hour festival, an awards ceremony recognized thirteen award categories and eleven different teams of filmmakers. Categories ranged from Best Use of Elements (Blind Duet by Oly Film) to Best Actor (Kevin Leung for Reverse by Empower Films) and Best Actress (Sheila Luong for Reverse, also by Empower Films). Reverse continued the sweep by being selected for the Audience Choice Award.

Linda McDermott, Director of Reel Life 96 and Chair of the Lakewood Arts Commission, recently laid out the reasons for the festival this way.

“The thing about Reel Life 96 is that it is not just a great community event that brings people together from different backgrounds and experiences to tell their stories, it is the place where some filmmakers will find their inspiration to begin a lifelong career in filmmaking, that may one day propel them to the heights of their profession. Everyone gets their start somewhere in life and we would like to do our part to grow independent filmmaking in the South Sound. Films have the ability to inspire us, to connect us with characters outside our own experience, to make us laugh and to make us cry; Reel Life 96 is where audiences and filmmakers meet to share the joy of film.”

Reel Life 96 was made possible through the generous support of Twin Star Credit Union, the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, and NWEtch.

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Reel Life 96


Press Room: A Venue Where History Was Made

For nearly 13 years, Linda Dagley wanted to create, own, and operate an event venue. It would be a natural fit, after all, for a successful catering company like Jonz Catering, owned by her and husband Chef David Dagley since 2007.

According to David, “Whenever Linda would find an interesting space, I would typically tell her it just didn’t pencil out financially. But then in 2019, she found this space and I was immediately ready to sign the lease.”

The space that David is referring to is a wonderful historic building in Tacoma’s Theater District on Opera Alley called The Press Room. From 1914 to 1971, the space housed the printing presses for the Tacoma Daily Ledger and the Tacoma News Tribune.

Now the space has been newly renovated using reclaimed items including a gorgeous 30-foot bar on the main floor made from the building’s former cargo elevator doors. Multiple levels and unique small and large spaces give the rustic venue an eclectic, cool vibe not found in many spaces near or far from Tacoma.

There is a huge main floor with a floating wall that brings Opera Alley into the event space and an expansive mezzanine level that houses a second bar. Fun and funky antiques, posters and art fill the 7200 square feet of space that can accommodate seating for 200 guests or 300 in a cocktail-style event. Unique small spaces throughout the venue serve as VIP Bride and Groom areas, plus other conversation spaces.

One of those spaces is home to an original oversized photo of the Narrows Bridge in 1940 as it swayed in a windstorm before plunging into Puget Sound. Another spot at the bar features a book bound with all the newspapers printed during an entire quarter year.

History and rustic ambiance hit you as soon as you walk in. “Good feelings are everywhere in this space,” said David.

Included in the newly climate-controlled venue’s rental fee are tables and chairs complete with beautiful linens. A two-hour rehearsal during the week prior to your event is also incorporated into the fee.

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The Press Room