The Harbor History Museum

Nestled on the Gig Harbor waterfront where Donkey Creek meets the bay, the Harbor History Museum is celebrating its 12th year of operation. Yet the Museum’s campus has a much deeper history, first as a village site of the sxw babš, or Swift Water People, a band of the Puyallup Tribe. In the early 1900s it bexame the site of C.O. Austin’s log mill and original site of the Peninsula Light Company, formed in 1926. The Museum campus includes the 1893 Midway Schoolhouse and 65-foot fishing boat, Shenandoah. Step through the Museum’s front doors, surrounded by massive logs reminiscent of the trees that were once milled here, and a whole world of culture and tradition welcomes you.

The Museum’s 7,000 square-foot permanent gallery takes you on a journey from the twisted remnants of “Galloping Gertie” (the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge) to the immigrant stories of boat builders, fishermen, farmers, and ferry operators. Look closely and find the first winners of Gig Harbor’s fabled Round Rock Contest and hear the clamor of the crowd as C.E. Shaw’s famous racing roosters take to the track. These roosters were so popular they were featured on New York’s radio show Hobby Lobby 1938, running a demonstration race at Madison Square Garden.

Fans of local boat building will delight in the Willits canoe, the giant wheel from the ferry Defiance, and a purse seiner’s power block—the 1950s invention that changed commercial fishing forever. Loved by many are the Norwegian and Croatian costumes on display from the days of Scandia Gaard, a 1970s local attraction where Nordic heritage was celebrated through music, dance, and folklore.

Visitors may step inside the one-room Midway schoolhouse, the last of its kind in the Gig Harbor area. Restored and set in 1915, the schoolhouse is home to the popular Pioneer School Experience field trip program.

The Shenandoah is 65 feet of wonder. Recently named an American Treasure by the National Park Service, she is being preserved for future generations as the centerpiece of the Museum’s new Maritime Gallery, due to open in 2025. Visitors can see her restoration in action.

Harbor History Museum
4121 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor
235.858.6722
harborhistorymuseum.org

BY STEPHANIE LILE

Why Intentions over Resolutions

 I’m sure you know by now, most new years resolutions fail by the 3rd week of January so “Resolutions” as they traditionally have been talked about, don’t work. In fact, only 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, according to one commonly cited statistic. Resolutions can often leave us feeling inadequate and unfulfilled.  My point is not to discourage you around making improvements in your life, I want to encourage you to really know why those improvements are important to you before making them.

Yoga philosophy is based on the idea that you have everything you need to live your best, happiest life already inside you. Our work is to peel away anything that is getting in the way. Author Danielle Laporte, in her book The Desire Map, speaks to this similar topic. Are we making our goals based on what we think we should want, or are we making our goals based on how we really want to feel. She asserts that if we set goals around how we really want to feel, those intentions will become reality and not feel like “work” because those intentions are innate to us.

What is an intention?

We set intentions before every yoga practice so that our intention will follow us off the mat and into our world. Here are some thoughts about setting an intention:

1. Spend time in quiet reflection. Reflect on topics like, What do you want to do and why? What types of activities make you feel truly satisfied in life and how often do you do them? 

2. Declare your intention. Put your intention out to the universe so it can be returned to you! When you do that, try not to come from a place of “lacking”. Let your intention come from your true nature. For example, if you goal is to have more wealth, then instead of saying, “I’m going to stop spending so much money” maybe your intention would be “I feel a sense of abundance and security”

3. Once you have set your intention and declared it, figure out the “what”. The “what” is actually the small goals that support your intention. What do you need to actually do to make your intention reality? 

4. This is a big one! Put the “what” on your calendar! We live in a busy fast paced life. There are a lot of distractions that can compete for our attention. The activities that will support your intention should be scheduled. Give yourself time on your calendar to check in with your progress and make any adjustments that feel right to you!

5. Research shows that people who have actionable, measurable goals are more likely to succeed than those who don’t. How do you want to measure your success? And does the measurement of that success make you feel good?6. Most importantly, Be Patient! We often let go of our focus on our intention because it doesn’t happen fast enough. You are worth the work and wait. Don’t give up. There are obstacles everywhere and sometimes its the difficulty and discomfort with the process that is our true teacher. A wonderful quote by author Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture says, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” by Alicia Barrett

Lighted Car Parade

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Sat, Dec 18, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
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Uptown Gig Harbor
4701 Point Fosdick Drive Gig Harbor, WA
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Expressions at Olympic Alzheimers

Caring for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can take a toll. From their safety to their ability to relate to people around them, those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia are seeing their worlds change around them, and they are often unsure how to process it.

If it’s time to consider specialized care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence boasts Prestige Senior Living’s award-winning Expressions memory care program. Expressions uses innovative techniques and approaches to turn daily activities into memorable and meaningful events.

By placing an emphasis on community as a vital part of the Expressions experience and fostering friendships among residents, Olympic Alzheimer’s helps residents find value and purpose.

Expressions is founded on five key principles used every day to engage residents’ minds, bodies and souls:

HEALTHY EXPRESSIONS: Exercise and physical activity are shown to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, so the program focuses on regular physical expression, which they recommend twice a day.

TASTY EXPRESSIONS: In addition to nutrition, food also provides a chance for socialization and opportunities to reminisce about favorite foods and recipes. It is a wonderful way to stimulate the senses.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS: Tapping into our creative side is important to a fulfilling life – and the program encourages residents to find their passion in arts, poetry and music. In fact, research has established that those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias often experience a spike in creativity.

EDUCATIONAL EXPRESSIONS: Residents are encouraged to continue their path of lifelong learning. Even those who are forgetful still enjoy the experience of learning.

SPIRITUAL EXPRESSIONS: Residents are provided with activities that develop inner peace through their own spiritual journey, which means different things to different people. It could be through a higher being, or an experience of awe, focused attention, or mental discipline.

If the time is right to consider specialized care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence has the programs in place to provide a comforting and fulfilling life while caring for your loved one’s physical and emotional needs.

Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence is located in Gig Harbor, just one mile from Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Their quiet surroundings provide a peaceful sanctuary for their residents.

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Designed for Gathering: Ocean 5

Opening this November,  Ocean5, has been designed as an innovative gathering destination in Gig Harbor. The 57,000-square-foot building, will be the first of its kind in the region. With a two-story laser challenge arena, exciting game room, ten pin and duckpin bowling and comfortable spaces for gathering. Ocean5 also specializes in private event and party spaces for groups from 5 to over 400, with dedicated event teams and banquet services.

The Ocean 5 concept was developed by long-time Gig Harbor resident Troy Alstead, the former chief operating officer of Starbucks. “Ocean5 has been a vision of mine for 10 years,” Alstead said. “Bringing this space to the community where we live and are raising our children is a huge part of that dream. I’m excited to be giving the South Sound a space where friends and groups have enough elbow room to relax and just have fun, whether they stay for an hour, an afternoon or a night out.”

Ocean5 gets its name from the idea that all five of the world’s great oceans are connected. The company’s goal is to provide a place that inspires connections between people, with the community, and the rest of the world, with the mission to enable and inspire small actions that create a positive impact to the health of our oceans, starting with Puget Sound.

Ocean5 is pursuing LEED certification, and is constructed sustainably with materials such as carpet tiles made of recycled fishing nets and reclaimed wood. The building will be heated and cooled by geothermal energy from over 3 miles of wells under the parking lot, significantly reducing energy use for a facility this size.

Also on the property is Table 47, a casual 300-seat restaurant that responsibly sources it’s ingredients and can be experienced either together or separately from Ocean5. Both businesses are now hiring for all positions. Open roles and applications can be found online at O5social.com/jobs and T47.com/jobs.

This new state-of-the-art facility will be located in the new Olympic Towne Center at 5268 Point Fosdick Drive NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, just off the Olympic Drive interchange of Highway 16. For more information go to O5social.com or find them on Facebook.