Josh Deck New President and CEO at OlyFed

After more than 38 years with OlyFed, Lori Drummond will retire as the bank’s President and CEO on June 30. Promoted from within, like most of the team at OlyFed, Drummond started her career as the bank’s receptionist in 1984 and now leaves a remarkable legacy for the bank to continue to thrive as the go-to financial institution for local families and small businesses.

Named to succeed her as only the eighth President and CEO in the bank’s 115-year history is Josh Deck. Like his predecessor, Deck was promoted from within after serving as EVP and Chief Operating Officer. Deck started his career with the US Department of Treasury serving as a bank regulator, where he traveled the country conducting bank examinations to ensure the safety and soundness of financial institutions. Deck then joined OlyFed in 2011 as VP of Risk and Compliance Management.

“When my wife and I wanted to start a family and put down roots, I realized I needed a job that didn’t have me traveling each week and I wanted to use my skills by working with a community bank that shared my values. The South Sound was home and OlyFed was the perfect match,” said Deck. Attending Franklin Pierce High School in Pierce County, Deck was a standout baseball player who went on to pitch in college at William Penn University. Now, he enjoys golfing and coaching his own young sons’ teams in basketball, t-ball, and baseball in the local community where he lives and works.

According to Deck, “OlyFed has been a stable component of Olympia for over 115 years, investing in the same place our customers are invested. We strive to demonstrate our dedication to our community through volunteerism and philanthropic giving. We want to grow with our community and to continually
help improve our local quality of life.”

As part of their guiding values, OlyFed is committed to lifelong learning and promoting a different kind of business model that uses their resources to serve the needs of Thurston and Mason County.

For Additional Information
Olympia Federal
360.754.3400 or 800.865.3470
olyfed.com

BY LYNN CASTLE

Farmers Markets in the South Sound

Farmers Markets provide access to fresh, local, sustainable food and food products. At most of our local markets, you will find not only fresh fruits and vegetables, but also fresh-cut flower bouquets, garden and landscaping plants, artisan breads, farm fresh eggs and meats, and handcrafted items for gift giving, plus many markets have regular entertainment and dining out options.

Lakewood Farmers Market

Following two successful years at the Fort Steilacoom Park, the City of Lakewood plans to continue using the large park for their Farmers Market on Tuesdays. The 2022 season will begin on Tuesday, June 7 and end on Tuesday, August 30, open from 2 to 7pm.

According to the organizer of the Lakewood market, Sally Martinez, “Farmers markets are a way for the community to gather. It is a family affair where we can get more done as we shop, socialize, play, and eat in a beautiful setting.”
cityoflakewood.us/lakewood-farmers-market

City of Tacoma Farmers Markets

The City of Tacoma hosts three weekly Farmers Markets. Tuesday’s market can be found at 3500 McKinley Avenue from 3 to 7pm beginning June 1 and concluding on August 31. A second market then follows on Thursdays at 9th and Broadway from 10am to 3pm May 6 through August 26. From September 2 to October 28, the hours will be 10am to 2pm. The third market takes place on Sunday at 5105 Point Ruston Loop from 10am to 3pm June 6 through August 31.
tacomafarmersmarket.com

Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market

This market operates on Thursdays at the scenic Skansie Brothers Park. From June 2 to August 25, the market is open from 1 to 7pm. The first two weeks in September, the 1st and the 8th, the market will be open from 1 to 6pm. waterfrontfarmersmarket.org

The Puyallup Farmers Market

One of the largest markets in the Puget Sound, Puyallup is open every Saturday, April through October, from 9am to 2pm at 330 South Meridian. Opportunities to become a vendor or a volunteer can be found on their website. puyallupmainstreet.com

BY LYNN CASTLE

Free Summer Ballet Immersion Week

After a two-year COVID hiatus, Tacoma City Ballet School will once again offer its Annual Free Summer Ballet Immersion Week. Students 11 years of age and up are invited to attend the weeklong program August 15-19. Admission is free and open to all dancers in the region.

According to Miss Erin Ceragioli, Director of the Tacoma City Ballet School, “Free Immersion Week was started to make the study of classical ballet accessible to dancers in the South Sound.”

The entire week will be filled with daily classes from 10am to 5pm. During the two previous Immersion Weeks, more than 80 students of all ages attended the daily classes, some traveling in carpools from around the region. The classes will include Ballet Technique, Pointe, Pas De Deux, Classical Variations, Contemporary Technique, Modern Technique, Choreography and Theater Stage Craft.

“Exposing more people to the art of classical ballet helps to propagate it. Free Immersion Week allows students to enjoy classes taught by master teachers, accompaniment by professional musicians, and a huge, beautiful ballroom in which to dance. Unlike many other summer programs, this exposure is all free,” said Ceragioli who also serves as the Executive and Artistic Director of Tacoma City Ballet.

Enrollment for the Free Summer Ballet Immersion Week is a simple process that includes submitting your name, address, email, phone, dance experience and current school attendance information to tacomacityballet@gmail.com

Celebrating their 67th anniversary this year, Tacoma City Ballet is a non-profit organization that hosts both a ballet school and a performing company. The Ballet School offers classes for students ages 4 years to adulthood, while the Ballet Company produces and presents performance seasons at the Pantages Theater accompanied by the Tacoma City Orchestra.

Since 1983, Tacoma City Ballet has resided in the historic Merlino Art Center where dancers study, rehearse, and perform the art of classical ballet. The Merlino Art Center is also home to The Jan Collum Ballroom Theater, a fully equipped black box theater that doubles as studio space for the school and the company.

Tacoma City Ballet
tacomacityballet.com

BY LYNN CASTLE

10 Ways to Relax in Nature and Stress Less

Here are 10 relaxing nature activities that will rejuvenate your mind, from the simple to the life-changing.

  1. Savor the scenery.
    Movies beaming with CGI on 4K televisions dazzle our imaginations, but you won’t always find the most mind-blowing spectacles on a screen. When was the last time you got up early to watch the sunrise, or ventured to the nearest hilltop to watch it set? The scenery will mentally prepare you for a hectic morning, or help you de-stress after a busy day so you’re ready for the night.
  2. Wander the wilderness
    Walking is good for you, but not all walks are created equal. Cruising the urban streets doesn’t provide the same mental boost as hiking a local trail or feeling the sandy beach between your toes. You don’t have to have a specific destination in mind, either – your goal isn’t to hike a particular number of miles, but to aimlessly immerse yourself in the natural world around you. The Japanese call this “forest bathing” and it can rejuvenate a weary mind.
  3. Meditate on the music.
    And not the kind playing in your headphones. Leave your electronics behind and listen to the melodies nature has to offer: babbling brooks, bird songs, wind whistling through the trees and the scurrying of unseen animals through the canopy. It’s a lot more relaxing than the honking horns and text message alerts you’re used to, and it offers the opportunity to practice some meditative mindfulness in your tranquil surroundings.
  4. Get in shape.
    If you have fitness goals, there’s no better place to work on them than the great outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air while you go for a jog or walk, and reserve the treadmill for rainy days. (Although running on a misty day can feel great, and keep you cool.) Of course, you don’t have to cover a lot of ground to exercise. Many public parks have exercise stations where you can do stretches and calisthenics such as sit-ups or deep knee bends. Or consider tai chi, for exercise that benefits the mind and body.
  5. Pose in paradise.
    Yoga offers many physical benefits, like stretching the body and building core strength. It relaxes you, too. In fact, if you surround yourself with nature’s beauty, research shows you might up the flow of endorphins and take your yoga session to whole new levels. So try skipping the gym and make a park with a view your yoga studio.
  6. Study in the sunshine.
    If you have studying to do, or written material to digest, leave the fluorescent lights behind and read in the light of the blue sky overhead. Natural environments can enhance cognitive abilities, like memory and problem-solving. So if you want to retain more information for that big test at school or figure out how to win that important account at work, you might have a better shot surrounded by birds and trees, rather than fellow students and chatty coworkers.
  7. Pack a picnic.
    Load a basket with your favorite healthy goodies and have lunch among the flora and fauna. Bring some companions along – a picnic is the perfect way to spend quality time with friends and family without the distractions of the modern-day world. And nature makes socializing with other people easier, so it’s the perfect place to build stronger relationships with those you love.
  8. Go fish.
    Fishing puts you outside, near a body of water, and it rewards patience. All of those are good things. Better still, grab a young niece or nephew or grandchild, and teach them how to fish. Even if you don’t catch (and release) anything, you’ll both forge a treasured, lifelong memory. With a little luck, you reel in a perch that will grow into a marlin after multiple retellings of the story at family events.
  9. Look, up in the sky.
    Thousands of people who watch birds as a hobby are on to something: There’s a special thrill when you can recognize a bird by sight, or by its sound. Odds are, your local Audubon chapter offers free birding walks that are open to the public. Or, turn to the internet for free resources to help you identify the birds in your area. Either way, bird watching gives you the perfect excuse to relax in nature, with your head in the clouds. That’s a great way to fend off stress.
  10. Sleep beneath the stars.
    Now you’re getting serious. Why not disconnect entirely for a couple of days and make nature your home? Camping lets you get further away than a simple day trip allows. Or, if roughing it isn’t your style, consider glamping, where you can maintain some of the creature comforts you love, but still be away from it all. If you take your phone, use it for that cool star-gazing app (or emergencies, of course), but not for scrolling social media 24/7. Forget the Fear of Missing Out and try the Joy of Missing Out instead. #JOMO!

It’s great to get out and #movemore outside, but make sure you #relaxmore, too.

  • Start small by scheduling time with a friend to try one of the first three ideas. (They’re easy!)
  • Then, plan a bigger trip with your companions to go on a picnic or even a camping trip, as the outdoors become a bigger part of your life.

It’s time to stop reading and take a deep, calming breath in nature, so you can be Healthy for Good! Content provided by the American Heart Association

Bates Technical College celebrates grand opening of Allied Health Education Center 

Just in time to help fuel the local health care industry with much-needed skilled workers, last week Bates Technical College  opened the new Center for Allied Health Education building in Tacoma.  

Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou said, “The Center for Allied Health Education is more than just a new building. It represents a commitment to the South Sound health care community. With this leading-edge facility, we continue to offer practical, hands-on, and industry-specific education for high demand health care careers, and we now have space to partner with industry and provide professional development opportunities.” 

 “Our newly equipped community health clinics offer an affordable option for dental care. This addition to the Downtown Campus has nearly doubled student capacity for our allied health programs,” said Zhou.  

Event attendees heard from a variety of speakers, including Congressman Derek Kilmer and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier.  

 Students using this new 70,000 square foot facility include future administrative and certified medical assistants, dental assistants and denturists, dental laboratory technicians, occupational therapy assistants, phlebotomists, practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. The community health clinics serve as a hands-on learning experience for students, while providing the community with much-needed low-cost health services. 

“One of our points of pride is offering unparalleled allied health education, and we are thrilled to continue to transform the lives of our students and contribute to our health care industry,” said Zhou.  

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INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference

Registration is now open for the 6th annual Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference to be held virtually on May 12th from 11 am to 3 pm. Hosted by the WCWB, a program from the Center for Business & Innovation, INSPIRE is a day to celebrate women in business.  Open to all, tickets for INSPIRE provide attendees with the opportunity to share experiences, build community and learn strategies to engage customers and thrive in a changing world.

According to presenter and long time WCWB member and mentor, La Vonne Sheilds, “the conference can be a very empowering moment for business owners to understand and learn what it means to be a business owner.”  She added “Many people go into business thinking they need to do this by themselves, and they spend time in some cold, dark places before they figure out there are a lot of resources out there for them.”

WCWB founded INSPIRE to create an inclusive space to talk about resiliency and trust among women, with each speaker bringing their own authentic experience to the table. The focus this year is on Washington women in leadership, technical assistance available, and tips for growing businesses.

The conference will include a variety of breakout sessions and a special panel on Washington State Government Assistance presented by Employment Security Department Commissioner, Cami Feek.  Other topics during the virtual platform will include accounting, marketing, branding, a women-owned business certification workshop and several networking opportunities.

”When women support each other, amazing things happen,” said Sheilds an accountant specializing in helping small businesses for the past 22 years.  Through their educational efforts, WCWB shows women business owners that they can do more and connect with others. 

A virtual presentation is a necessity of the pandemic world, but it also opens the doors for more people to participate regardless of their location or their comfort level in attending a meeting with those they don’t know just yet. To purchase tickets for this SWAPCARD platform, go to: .wcwb.org/inspire/home

Pediatrics Northwest: 6 Tips for Winning Over Picky Eaters

Getting young children to eat a balanced, healthy diet can be a definite challenge. But it’s important to remember that as you help your child learn healthy eating habits for life, the foundation of healthy eating outweighs the challenges by far. Nonetheless, it can still be a difficult phase, so here are some ways to ease you through this trying season.

1. Minimize mealtime distractions.

Turn off the television, clear toys from the dining table, and implement a “no phone at the table” rule to help everyone focus on the family conversation and their food.

2. Set a good example.

Eat together as a family as often as possible and eat a variety of healthy foods yourself. You are your child’s best role model; let them see you enjoying healthy foods and they will follow.

3. Don’t force your child to clean their plate.

Instead, avoid the power struggle by encouraging them to try at least two bites of everything on their plate.

4. Think about how you brand it.

Food becomes more approachable with a fun name attached to it. Think “pinwheel sandwiches” rather than turkey and cheese rolled up in a tortilla, “pink fish” rather than salmon, or “miniature trees” rather than broccoli.

5. Get your child involved.

Encourage them to help you shop for healthy food at the grocery store, then let them help wash and prepare the fruits and vegetables. Being a part of the process makes kids more interested in the end result on their plate.

6. Let your child have a say by giving them choices with limited options.

Ask questions like: Milk or water with dinner? Purple cup or green cup? Superhero plate or Mickey Mouse plate? This keeps your child feeling like their input matters while also keeping the conversation focused.

Pediatrics Northwest
pedsnw.net

BY JOHN APOSTOL, MD, FAAP

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

Life in Pierce County

Vibrant and diverse, Pierce County is made up of over 20 cities, including urban Tacoma, charming Gig Harbor and home of the Washington State Fair, Puyallup. The County is composed of historic structures and buildings, breathtaking waterfront views, lush rural land, quaint and welcoming suburbs, an ever-industrious energy, and is the neighbor to magnificent Mount Rainier. There is so much to explore and safely engage in, even during this time of social distancing.

Health & Wellness

Nonprofits MultiCare and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offer pristine services, top-rated physicians, and have several locations in order to be easily accessible to patients. Try local yoga studios, gym facilities, therapy offices and more. Everything you need to keep happy and healthy is nearby. Be sure to check business hours and number of participants that are allowed in the facility.

Get Some Fresh Air

There are many opportunities to get outside and play in Pierce County’s varied terrain. There are over 5,271 acres of available recreation – trails, golf courses, beaches, skateboard pavilions, parks and more. Remember, Mount Rainier National Park is close by. Be sure to check restrictions and regulations before venturing out and stay home if you are feeling under the weather.

Arts & Culture

Our County is alive with creativity and innovation. Immerse yourself at art museums such as the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass, and Asia Pacific Cultural Center during their new business hours. Support local artisans and makers by visiting small-town art galleries, downtown boutiques, and local breweries. Dine happily at renowned restaurants and cafes, being sure to follow Pierce County safety regulations.

History

The County celebrates so much of its past by maintaining historic buildings and sites and by offering numerous museums relative to each area. Many historic museums have now re-opened to the public. The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, provides visitors with a look at one of the original settlements on Puget Sound.

BY NATALIE BENSON

Welcome to Pierce County!

You’re a new resident of beautiful Pierce County — congratulations! But now there are some important tasks to take care of. Updating personal information is essential in order to become a productive part of your community. Listed below are some of the critical assignments for new residency.

Register to Vote

Get involved in your local laws and government. Register online, by mail, or call for assistance until eight days before an election.
sos.wa.gov/elections/voters

Get Your Furry Friend a Pierce County License

Believe it or not, your pet is considered a member of the community too! Please register your pet as soon as possible after you’ve moved into the County. You can register online or call.
piercecountywa.gov

Learn Your Public Transportation Options

People are definitely going places in Pierce County, and not just with their own vehicle. Look into Pierce Transit, local taxi options and Sea-Tac Airport.
piercetransit.org
portofseattle.org

Update Your Driver’s License

This is possibly the most urgent on the list of things to take care of during a new move. Visit your local DMV within ten days of moving to update your personal information with your new Pierce County address. Be sure to follow County safety regulations. Need more information? Check out details online.
dol.wa.gov

BY NATALIE BENSON