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Gig Harbor Upcoming Public Meetings: The City of Gig Harbor’s city council, boards, commissions and committees meet at the City Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St. For meeting agendas, go online to www.cityofgigharbor.net.
• Boards and Commissions Candidate Review: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16
• Parks Commission: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17
• Hearing Examiner: Thursday, Jan. 18 canceled
• Planning Commission: 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18
• City Council: 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22
Friday, Jan. 19
Family Story Time: The Gig Harbor library hosts Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. For families with young children. Family Story Time also takes place Jan. 26. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Spanish Talk Time: Want to brush up on your Spanish or talk to others in Spanish? Then stop by 12:30 to 2 p.m, and join in with the El Grupo Spanish Talk Time at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive.
Bridge Club: The Friday Bridge Club is looking for new members to play duplicate bridge. They are a friendly, compatible group that meets noon to 3:30 p.m., each Friday near the Narrows Bridge on the Gig Harbor side, to have fun and play cards. Coffee, tea and snacks are always available. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams. Score a Grand Slam for an additional prize. Cost is only $3 per Friday. For information, call Gale Nickel at 253-265-2874.
Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 3
‘Your’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown:’ Paradise theatre presents the perennial family favorite musical 7:30 p.m., Fridays and 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, at the theater, 3114 Judson St. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors and military, $10 students. Purchase tickets online at paradisetheatre.org. For information, call 253-851-PLAY.
Saturday, Jan. 20
Scratch Coding: Youth ages 6-18 are invited to learn coding 6 to 7 p.m., at the Gig Harbor library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. Use online tools like Scratch to learn basic coding and create yoiur own animated program. Registation required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.
Gig Harbor Memory Café: Monthly social gathering for people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and friends and family. Meets 3 to 4:30 p.m., third Saturday of the month at the Harvester Restaurant in Gig Harbor, 5601 Soundview Drive. For information, contact Linda McCone 253-722-5691 or email@example.com.
Farmers Market: The Gig Harbor Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 5503 Wollochet Drive NW. Fresh produce form local farms, as well as arts and craft from regional vendors are available.
Boat Restoration: Gig Harbor BoatShop’s community boat restoration program takes place each week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Eddon Boatyard, 3805 Harborview Drive. Learn through hands-on boatbuilding, restoration and repair from a master boatbuilder as he guides program participants through a boat building, boat repair or boat restoration project. No charge for members, $10 per Saturday for non-members. Open to the public for viewing. Call 253-857-9344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register, or visit www.gigharborboatshop.org for information.
Master Gardener Clinic: The WSU Extension Master Gardeners are at Home Depot, 5120 Borgen Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Master Gardeners are available to help with your gardening questions and plant problems. Bring samples or photos.
Sunday, Jan. 21
Sunday Programs: Peninsula Lutheran Church, 6509 38th Ave. NW, hosts adult education at 9 a.m, and Worship service at 10 a.m. At 4 p.m., Dr. Alan Shore will present “Paul: A Chosen vessel,” a 50-minute play set in the prison where Paul is awaiting execution, and is a recollection of his life and ministry that is completely faithful to the record of the Scripture. Following the play, stay for appetizers and hospitality. For information, visit the website at plcplace.com or call 253-851-3511.
Christian Faith Center Peninsula Campus: Christian Faith Center Peninsula Campus meets at 10:30 a.m., Sundays at Peninsula High School, 14105 Purdy Drive NW. For information, call 253-943-2400 or visit christainfaithcenter.org.
GriefShare Seminar: GriefShare recovery seminar and support groups meet each Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m., at Burley Bible Church, 14687 SE Olympic Drive, Port Orchard. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include, “Is This Normal,” “Challenges of Grief,” “The Journey of Grief,” “Grief & Your Relationships,” “Why,” “Guilt & Anger,” “Complicating Factors,” “Stuck,” “Lessons of Grief,” “Heaven,” and “What Do I Live For Now?” All those who have lost a loved one or friend in death are encouraged to attend. For information, call Barb at 253-858-6667 or Larry at 253-381-7724, or email email@example.com.
Adult Indoor Soccer: Adult co-ed indoor soccer drop-in is hosted 8 to 10 p.m., every Sunday at the Gig Harbor Soccer Center, 2002 36th St. NW. Cost is $5 per player.
Monday, Jan. 22
Baby Story Time: The Gig Harbor library hosts Baby Story Time, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. For ages 0-24 months. Baby Story Time also takes place Jan. 29. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Gig Harbor Jobs Program: If you have ever been un-employed for any length of time, be it a week, a month or longer, then you know what it feels like to try to make it down this pathway alone. Several Gig Harbor residents have experienced and we’ve seen what it can do to others in their journey. A group of volunteers led by Rich Jasper and Dan Lott have come together to help those who find themselves in this place. If you’re a job seeker, looking for some support in this process and willing to bend to the discipline that it takes to find the right job, then this group may be for you. The group meets weekly at the Gig Harbor library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. Meeting times vary and can be found online on the Facebook page at facebook.com/gigharborjobsprogram/.
Senior Tai Chi Seated: Meets 9 a.m. Mondays. This class is especially for individuals with mobility challenges. Try it out and improve concentration, combat stiffness, ease stress and anxiety. Make the commitment to improve your overall health. Member/non-member monthly fee. Active Retirement & Senior Club, 8502 Skansie Ave. For information, contact Joyce at 253-502-4670.
Centering Prayer: Fox Island United Church of Christ, 726 Sixth Ave. FI, shares a spiritual conversation using Lectio Divina followed by a meditation using Centering Prayer, 7 p.m., every Monday. If you have not participated in this type of prayer before, we will teach you. For information, call 253-549-2420 or go online to www.FoxIslandUCC.org.
Adult Indoor Soccer: Adult co-ed indoor soccer drop-in is hosted 8 to 10 p.m., every Monday at the Gig Harbor Soccer Center, 2002 36th St. NW. Cost is $5 per player.
Al-Anon Meetings: Does someone you know have a drinking problem? Help is available, 7:30 p.m., Mondays at Serenity Hall, 2609 Jahn Ave., Suite A-11. Additional meetings and information is at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-762-8094.
Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 22 and 24
Senior Lunch: Senior Lunch program on Mondays and Wednesdays is served promptly at noon at the Active Retirement and Senior Club, 8502 Skansie Ave., in the Boys & Girls Club building. Come early and meet new people while being served a hot and nutritious lunch. Open to all seniors in the community. Sponsored by Catholic Community Services. Cost is $3 donation asked from those ages 60-plus.
Monday and Thursday, Jan. 22 and 25
SAIL Class for Seniors: Stay Active and Independent for Life is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older, that runs 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursday, at Active Retirement and Senior Club, 8502 Skansie Ave. Perform exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness using hand and ankle weights. It is designed for all levels of ability and can be done standing or sitting. Bring own hand and ankle weights. $3 donation asked. Come dressed to participate. For information, call Joyce at 253-502-4670.
Monday through Friday, Jan. 22 and 26
WIC Program: The Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) program welcomes new clients from Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Pierce and Kitsap counties. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that serves families during pregnancy and up through the month of the child’s fifth birthday. WIC Clinics are open Monday through Friday. Call for more details: Port Orchard WIC 360-473-2144 Ext. 2, located at 3200 SE Rainshadow Court, Port Orchard.
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Ham Radio Class: A ham radio entry level technician class will be conducted 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, for 10 weeks. Information on location and registration online at harborworship.com/hamradio. Testing will be provided on the 10th week.
Open Mic at MarKee: Local musicians from around the region converge at Gig Harbor MarKee, 5275 Olympic Drive, next to Harbor greens, and entertain the patrons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. The second and fourth Tuesdays are hosted by singer/songwriter Thea Westcott to help get the show started. Beer, wine, coffee and food are available, no cover.
Indoor Park: Bring your child ages 2 to 5 to PenMet Park’s free indoor playground for fun and socialization where the staff creates a park-like setting right on the soccer center field from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Kids will delight in the opportunity to run, jump, climb and explore in this safe environment, while creating fun with oodles of toys and space.
Fitness Forum: Fitness Forum, a discussion group to network and share information about exercise opportunities and education will take place 10 a.m. The goal is to bring trainers into a free ongoing group discussion on science and trends, and share personal stories. All abilities are welcome. RSVP is appreciated, contact Joy Reese, M.S., at email@example.com or call 206-437-5539 for time and location.
Freedom From Tobacco Support Group: Freedom From Tobacco Weekly Support Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, at St. Anthony Hospital, 11567 Canterwood Blvd. Free, for anyone wanting to quit tobacco, helping someone else quit or preventing relapse. Drop-ins are welcome. Confirm the location and meeting time before you attend your first group. For information, call Heidi at 253-223-7538.
Nar-Anon Support Group: Free support for anyone affected by someone else’s use of drugs. Every Tuesday, excluding holidays, at 7 p.m., at Olalla Recovery Center, 12851 SE Lala Cove Lane, Olalla. Everyone must enter and leave through the office. No purses, food, drinks, phones or cameras allowed in facility. For information, visit www.nar-anon.org or call 253-208-5362. Nar-Anon also meets on Thursdays at St. Anthony Hospital (see listing).
Wednesday, Jan. 24
Excel Charts: The Gig Harbor library hosts a tech class on Excel charts. Learn how to view data, formatting and the different chart options, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. Registration required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Toddler Story Time: The Gig Harbor library hosts Toddler Story Time, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. For ages 2-3 years old. Toddler Story Time also takes place Jan. 31. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Preschool Story Time: The Gig Harbor library hosts Preschool Story Time, 11:30 a.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. For ages 3-6 years old. Preschool Story Time also takes place Jan. 31. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Beginning Senior Tai Chi: Meets 9 a.m., Wednesdays. For individuals with little or no knowledge of Tai Chi and desire to strengthen core, improve balance and concentration. Make a 2018 commitment to improve your overall health. Member/non-member monthly fee. Active Retirement & Senior Club, 8502 Skansie Ave. For information, contact Joyce at 253-502-4670.
Gig Harbor Kiwanis Breakfast: Join the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club every Wednesday morning at Harbor Place from 7 to 8 a.m. Gig Harbor Kiwanis is a civic-minded community service organization that supports children in the community, partners with other groups and organizations in its community efforts, and listens to various speakers at the weekly meetings. New members welcome.
Master Gardeners Plant Clinic: The WSU Extension Pierce County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Sehmel Homestead Park is open every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the park, 10123 78th Ave. NW. Come see what is growing and/or get help with your gardening questions or problems.
Gig Harbor Toastmasters Club: Gig Harbor Toastmasters meets at noon every Wednesday, at Harbor Place Senior Living, 1016 29th St. NW (second floor). Toastmasters is a speech development club, that teaches fellow members skills on public speaking, building self confidence, and how to use these skills in social and business settings. Everyone is welcome to join in for a fun one-hour program each Wednesday. For information, call Betty Felker at 253-222-1370.
Business Networking Lunch: The Maritime Millionaires, a lunchtime network group, invites the public to join us and hear their featured speaker. The group meets every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Miles Global conference room at Uptown Dental, 3519 56th St. NW, Suite 240. For directions or information, contact Stacey at 253-514-9185.
Small Business Breakfast: The Super Business Group, a small business networking group, is open to anyone. Come and share your business battles, successes and challenges. The featured speaker is scheduled to be Tom Henderson, attorney, on “Intellectual Property and Your Rights in the ‘E’ World.” The group meets weekly 7:30 to 9 a.m., Wednesdays, at MarKee Café, 5275 Olympic Drive NW. For information, visit the Facebook page at Gig Harbor Super Business Group.
Yoga for Cancer Patients Survivors, Caregivers: Open to anyone touched by cancer as a patient, survivor or caregiver meets from 5 to 6 p.m., the each Wednesday at Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center lobby at St. Anthony Hospital. All levels welcome. No prior yoga experience necessary. Free, no registration required.
Aviators’ Breakfast: Old and bold pilots gather 8:30 a.m., each Wednesday, at the Sunset Grill, 4926 Point Fosdick Drive, to exchange tales. Many in the group are ex-military and/or airline pilots and a few just civilian pilots with like interests. All aviators welcome and encouraged to stop by.
Adult Indoor Soccer: Adult co-ed indoor soccer drop-in is hosted 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Wednesday at the Gig Harbor Soccer Center, 2002 36th St. NW. Cost is $5 per player.
Knit for Life Group: St. Anthony Hospital Knit for Life Group meets every Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., at 11511 Canterwood Blvd. Open to anyone touched by cancer as a patient, survivor or caregiver. This is a “non-traditional” support group to teach knitting to cancer patients. No experience needed. Instruction, yarn and needles are available for no charge. For information, call Tanya at 206-617-6084 or 206-938-9081.
Overeaters Anonymous Support Group: Overeaters Anonymous, a self-help fellowship patterned on Alcoholics Anonymous, offers support to anyone who has a problem with food obsession and compulsive eating from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays at United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way, room 4. Everyone is welcome. For information, call Eric at 509-979-0399.
Thursday, Jan. 25
Humanities in the Harbor: Harbor History Museum continues Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics with a special presentation by Gig Harbor author David Jepsen on the region’s contentious history, will take place 6 p.m., at the museum, 4121 Harborview Drive. The two-centuries-old conflict between people and governments struggling for control over Pacific Northwest land and resources, including lumber-rich areas like Gig Harbor. Gig Harbor resident Jepsen, who teaches Pacific Northwest and U.S. history at Tacoma Community College, will discuss his new book “Contested Boundaries: a New Pacific Northwest History.” Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets/ or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion: The Gig Harbor library non-fiction group meets 7 to 9 p.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive, as part of Pierce County Reads 2017. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Robots! LEGO Mindstorm: The Gig Harbor Library presents Robots! LEGO Mindstorm, 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. Learn the basics of building and programming robots. Ages 8-18. Registration required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.
Senior Chess Club: Gather your chessboard and come play, 1 p.m., Thursdays. Member/non-member monthly fee. Active Retirement & Senior Club, 8502 Skansie Ave. For information, contact Joyce at 253-502-4670.
Chess Club: The Gig Harbor library hosts Chess Club for students in grades K-8, weekly 6 to 7 p.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. Join in for 20 minutes of chess instruction and 40 minutes of play. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Nar-Anon Support Group: Free support for anyone affected by someone else’s use of drugs. Every Thursday, excluding holidays, at 7 p.m., at Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital, 11567 Canterwood Blvd. NW. For information, visit www.nar-anon.org or call 253.208.5362. Nar-Anon also meets on Tuesdays at Olalla Recovery Center (see listing).
GH Chamber Public Affairs Forum: The public is welcome to attend the weekly Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce sponsored Public Affairs Forum, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Cottesmore of Life Care, 2909 14th Ave. NW. This week’s guest speakers are to be announced.
Al-Anon Support Group: Al-Anon offers a free support group for friends and families of problem drinkers noon to 1:15 p.m., every Thursday at Harbor Life Church, 4417 56th St. NW. No registration required. For information, call 253-514-9414 or 253-509-2060.
Support Group: Celebrate Recovery Narrows meets 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave., use Entrance B. This is a place to come to find healing, support and acceptance while you work through the effects of the hard things that have come your way, such as a hang-up or habit, depression, shame, co-dependency, a chemical or behavior addiction, and/or any other action that has an effect on relationships. Learn how the 12 steps can help you get unstuck and gain more freedom and joy in your life. For information, visit www.crnarrows.com.
Friday, Jan. 26
Family Story Time: The Gig Harbor library hosts Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m., at the library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. For families with young children. For information, call 253-548-3305.
Saturday, Jan. 27
College Application Essay Workshop: Join Tacoma Community College staff 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Gig Harbor library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW, for an instructiuonal workshop on how to get started on college admissions essay or personal statement. I f possible, bring a tablet or laptop.
Preservation Workshop, Jan. 28-31: Harbor History Museum presents a new program, Museum Lab Winter Workshops. Especially designed for practicing, emerging and volunteer museum professionals and aficionados, the pilot workshop will focus on strategies for evaluation, conservation and restoration. Attendees of the four-day workshop (two half-days and two full-days) will learn specialized skills and train their eyes in the ways of wood and metal. Experts in the field will provide hands-on techniques that will improve skills and help determine best practices. Presenters include: Susan Johnson of Artifacts Consulting; Western Flyer Foundation Project Director Chris Chase; Renee Crist, Collections Manager at Lemay – America’s Car Museum; and Tim Regan, shipwright. Participants can register online at harborhistorymuseum.org. Thanks to support from the Gig Harbor Lodging Tax fund, registration fees are significantly reduced at $50 for non-members and $25 for members. The full workshop is limited to 25 participants.
Boat Restoration Presentation, Jan. 30: Chris Chase, project director of the Western Flyer Foundation, will host a presentation 7 p.m., at the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, on the fishing vessel Western Flyer made famous by John Steinbeck’s “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.” In 1940, the purse seiner took author John Steinbeck — along with best friend and marine biologist Ed Ricketts — to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez on a six-week journey that yielded a pioneering book about the fledgling scientific disciplines of ecology and marine conservation. The Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative was chosen to conduct repair and restoration activities on the Western Flyer in June 2015. Tickets are $5 for non-members and free for Harbor History Museum members and can be purchased online at harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets or at the front desk.
‘Her Aim is True’ Screening, Jan. 31: Join the Harbor History Museum at Galaxy Theatre at Uptown, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW, 6:30 to 8 p.m., for a screening of “Her Aim is True,” a biographical film about the life work of Gig Harbor photographer Jini Dellaccio as she captured rock musicians with intimate portraits. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets or at the door at the theater.
3D Printing, Feb. 21: Bring a ready-to-print file and watch the magic of 3D printing bring the file to life at Pierce County Library System’s 3D Print Shop, 2 to 8 p.m., at the Gig Harbor library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. The free print shop sessions are offered January through March at various Pierce County libraries, giving people the opportunity to use the 3D printers to create items, get quick design lessons, and learn the 3D printing process.
CISP Mentors Needed: Got extra time and want to make a difference in your community? Help kids realize their potential and become a mentor at Communities In Schools of Peninsula. CISP offers after-school and during-school academic mentoring at 10 of the 15 schools in the Peninsula School District. Trained volunteers are matched with a student, one-on-one, for the entire year and help with reading or math skills. Make a difference and inspire a Peninsula School District student to stay in school. For information, contact Laurel at 253-884-5733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifted Hands: Social knitting and crochet group is making chemo hats for cancer patients and other special needs items for all ages. Meets one day each month at Peninsula Library in Gig Harbor. For information, meeting dates or to donate yarn, contact Darlene Hancock at email@example.com, call 253-677-2203 or fax to 253-236-6046.
Gig Harbor Welcome Club: The non-profit social club, Gig Harbor Welcome Club, has been part of life in Gig Harbor since 1979. It is non-partisan, non-sectarian and sponsors no legislative activities. We’re here to make friends, have fun, and enjoy each other’s company. The Club is not just for those that are new to the community — many members have lived here for many years. Newcomers find it a wonderful introduction to life around the Puget Sound area. Please check our website for activity group details and membership details. For information go online at www.gigharborwelcomeclub.com.
Join Gig Harbor Eagles: If you can afford 14 cents per day ($49 per year), you can enjoy Gig Harbor Eagles’ Lounge Sunday Breakfast; Monday Texas Hold-em cards; Tuesday Taco Tuesday, karaoke and dancing; Wednesday Womens pinochle, ladies nite; Thursday Queen of Hearts drawing, currently ($8,000); open menu, wi-fi bowling; Friday occasional dinners; Saturday occasional bands and dancing; Sunday line-dancing lessons karaoke and dancing. For information, stoop by or call 254-851-2809 or John Cramer at 253-265-1696.
Memory Community Project: Memory Community, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Olalla, is looking for senior citizens who want to share the most memorable story of their life on video. Each clip is up to 10 minutes in length and takes just two days to complete. Receive a free DVD along with a free upload to the website at memorycommunity.org. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Deyung at 360-850-9850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are welcome.
Mindfulness Meditation Classes: Join Robyn Beckman for a one-hour Beginning Mindfulness Meditation class where participants can experience simple-to-learn meditation practices they can bring into everyday life, every other Sunday at the Gig Harbor Library meeting room, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. A current list of classes and events can be seen at robynbeckman.com.
New Neighbors: Have you heard about New Neighbors of Gig Harbor/Peninsula? It’s not just for those new to the community. It’s a social club everyone can join and enjoy fun activities. Come and check out the group at a New Neighbors Coffee. For information, go to www.GigHarborNewNeighbors.com.