Feature City of the Month

Living In Tacoma (VIDEO)

Published on  by Rob Wachter

The City Skinny journey continues with a close look at Tacoma, Washington. If there's one thing I've learned over the past six months doing this series, it's that every town has its own unique story to tell. Tacoma is no different.

The first thing I noticed is that people have a strong sense of pride living in Tacoma, and for good reason. Here are a few highlights I discovered filming this episode. Let me know what you think about Tacoma in the comment section below.

  1. Beauty - It seems everywhere in the Pacific Northwest oozes with beauty in some sense, but Tacoma capitalizes on everything the area has to offer. You get breathtaking views of the water and Mt. Rainier, rounded off with lush greenery and an amazing city skyline. As one local put it, you can see the sunrise over Mt. Rainier and the sunset over the Olympics. Tacoma has it all.
  2. Attractions & Recreation - Tacoma is complete with things to do. Where else can you spend the morning at the second largest urban park in the United States and visit the neighboring Point Defiance Zoo on the same day? How about an afternoon stroll along the waterfront and a meal at one of its signature waterfront restaurants? Looking for culture? Try the LaMay Museum (America's Car Museum) or Tacoma's Museum of Glass.
  3. Small Town Feel - It's a stretch to call Tacoma a small town, but there's no denying it feels like a small town in many ways. This sentiment was expressed by the locals we interviewed, and after spending some time exploring the area, it's true. If you like the idea of seeing a neighbor at the grocery store from time to time, you might consider Tacoma.




 Gig Harbor's 2013 Maritime Parade

Gig Harbor Farmers Market at Skansie Brothers Park Kicks Off Wednesday

Farmers Market in downtown Gig Harbor will take place every Sundays and Wednesdays through September.

Posted by Akiko Oda (Editor), 


June is here, and that means Gig Harbor Farmers Market expands to Wednesdays and Sundays.

The event will take place at Skansie Brothers Park in downtown Gig Harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September.

The Gig Harbor Farmers Market offers a variety of vendors and activities including fresh flowers, produce, plants, handmade crafts and live entertainment. 

The Saturday Farmers Market will continue at Uptown Gig Harbor from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit the Gig Harbor Farmers Market website.


Macomber writes about a place of healing in new series.

By Katie Scaff

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Debbie Macomber   Port Orchard and Cedar Cove...click here to find out more!



The Gig Harbor community is invited to gather together for National Night Out

Tuesday, Aug 7.



The free event will include a barbecue and live music with the contemporary rock band “Third in Line” performing from 8:15 pm to 10 pm.

According to the Gig Harbor Police Department, the 29th annual National Night Out in America has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in its fight for a safer nation.

Gig Harbor Night Out will include:

·         Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One

·         City of Gig Harbor Police Display

·         Pierce County Sheriff Department

·         Crime Stoppers

·         Neighborhood Watch

·         Washington State Patrol

·         Citizends Offering Police Support (COPS)

This event, presented by the City of Gig Harbor, is sponsored by Target, Walgreens, Wilco Farm Stores, The Jaycox Fund and the Gig Harbor Police Department.

For more information contact the Gig Harbor Police Department at (253) 851-2236.

Gig Harbor’s National Night Out

When: 5pm to 10pm on Tuesday, Aug. 7

Where: Lawn at the Gig Harbor Civic Center,  3510 Grandview St.

Cost: Free



August Feature City: Gig Harbor, WA

When Does School Start in Gig Harbor, WA?

It's that time of year again; back-to-school shopping for new supplies and clothes, a fresh haircut for school pictures, and time to plan out the family calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.

So when exactly is the first day of school for students enrolled in the Peninsula School District, you ask? 

It's Tuesday, Sept. 4--just a little more than a month away! For kindergarteners, first day of school is Sept. 5.

And here's a rundown of vacation days for the rest of the school year:

  • Nov. 12 No School — Veterans Day (observed)
  • Nov.22-23 No School — Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 24–Jan. 4 No School — Winter Break
  • Jan. 21 No School — MLK Jr. Day
  • Feb. 18-22 No School— Mid-Winter Break
  • March 15 No School or Snow Make-up Day 
  • April 15-19 No School—Spring Break
  • May 27 No School — Memorial Day
  • June 16 GHHS/PHS Graduation

The final day of school will be June 18 (barring another snow storm, which may result in additional make up days. The final day of school will be a half-day for all students.

The Peninsula School District website is also a great resource for school-specific news and events and includes contact information for all school district staff.


Boating & Recreation

boatingThe Gig Harbor Peninsula area is synonymous with water and recreation.  Many local and state parks offer opportunities for visitors and residents to play.  Sailing, kayaking and pleasure craft are a way of life on the Peninsula.

The Gig Harbor Lighthouse marks the entrance to the harbor and is a welcome site to many.  The 15-foot lighthouse replaced a minor aid to navigation in 1988, when community members raised local funds and donated materials for its construction. It was dedicated in 1989 in conjunction with the Washington State centennial celebrations.  The lighthouse is located onLighthouse land owned by the US Coast Guard and is reachable only by water.

Summer months bring visiting yachts and boats into the harbor from all over the Puget Sound.  Quieter in winter but a beautiful time to be on the water, you'll see fewer boats but a great deal of marine life and waterfowl.  Opportunities for visitors to enjoy the water and other recreational activities include:

Fox Island Salmon Charters
Cushman Trail Route Map
Gig Harbor Yacht Club
Destiny Harbor Tours 
Lee's SUP
Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Club
Gig Harbor Rent A Boat 
Gig Harbor Sailing Club School
Gig Harbor Boat Works 
Harbor WildWatch
Paddle The Harbor With Jackie
Ship To Shore
City Walking Tours




 Fox Island Awaits You!


 Located Approximately 5 Miles From Gig Harbor

Fox island is home to a variety of public places and non-profit organizations. Tanglewood Island is the most visible icon of the Fox Island are, with its non-operational lighthouse, the Fox Island Nature Center features trails and picnic areas traversing a wetland stream, the Fox Island Sand Spit with its naturally occurring gravel formation in Case Inlet, the Nichols Community Center and Fox Island playground, Boat Launch and Fishing Pier, located on the easternmost tip of the island. 




Click on this map to go to the Fox Island Community Page and their interactive map. 



Enjoy the sites and sounds of our communities!

 Gig Harbor, WA & Key Peninsula


Gig Harbor is the name of both a bay on Puget Sound and a city on its shore in Pierce CountyWashingtonUnited States. The population was 7,126 at the 2010 census.

Gig Harbor is one of several cities and towns that claim to be "the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula". Due to its close access to several state and city parks, and historic waterfront that includes boutiques and fine dining, it has become a popular tourist destination. Gig Harbor is located along State Route 16, about six miles (10 km) from its origin at Interstate 5, over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. A 1.2 billion dollar project to add a second span to the bridge was recently completed. During off-peak traffic times, Tacoma can be reached in five minutes and Seattle in just under an hour.

Based on per capita income, Gig Harbor ranks 49th of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.




Gig Harbor Events Calendar 

Gig Harbor Art Walk - First Saturday of every month 1-5PM and every Thursday night in the summer until 8PM.

April - September

Gig Harbor Farmers Market - Saturdays, 8:30AM - 1:00PM Uptown Gig Harbor near to Galaxy Theaters as well as downtown Gig Harbor each Wednesday afternoon.

April - October

Olalla Valley Farmers Market - Fridays, 1:00PM - 5PM, April 15th - October 7th, 13053 Olalla Valley Rd SE, Olalla, Washington
Maritime Gig Weekend - The first full weekend in June.

Gig Harbor Garden Tour - Tour local gardens and enjoy a nursery tour. Ticket information and more information can be found by calling (253) 857-4VIC.

June - August 

Summer Sounds at Skansie - Outdoor music at the park. Skansie Brothers Park. Each Tuesday at Skansie Brothers Park. 6:30 - 8:00PM. Call (253) 857-4VIC for more information 

Outdoor Cinema Gig - View a feature film on the big screen. Donkey Creek Park and Skansie Brothers Park. Various weekends. Call (253) 857-4VIC for more information. 


Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival - An event not be missed! 
Chalk the Walk in downtown Gig Harbor. Decorate the city streets with graffiti. Call (253) 857-4842 for more information.

Cruise the Narrows Classic Car Show  - Uptown Gig Harbor

Olalla Bluegrass Festival  - A family festival will entertain from start to end.

Annual Beyond the Borders Arts and Music Festival  - Located on Key Peninsula at the Key Peninsula Improvement Club. Call (253) 884-4807 for more information.

Open Studio Tour  - Visit artists at work in their own studios.

Harbor Hounds Walk the Town - Bring your 4 legged friend and catch all the action in downtown Gig Harbor.
Gig Harbor Chowder Cook Off - Local restaurants  and residents compete for the title of Gig Harbor's best chowder.

October - November 

Gig Harbor Quilt Festival - Quilters and quilt lovers will enjoy the quilt walk, show and classes.

Donkey Creek Chum Festival - Held at Donkey Creek Park (253) 857-4842 

Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair at Peninsula High School. Always on Thanksgiving weekend

Gig Harbor Tree Lighting - Always the first Saturday in December- a fun family event. Skansie Brothers Park.
Tidefest Art Fest at Gig Harbor High School. The first weekend in December. 

Annual Holiday Boat Parade - Thursday, Dec 10, In the harbor




Past feature cities:

Gig Harbor 2013 Maritime Festival Parade!

 Aerial tour Seattle to Port Orchard via floatplane

 Click HERE to see currently listed property in Port Orchard, WA

Port Orchard is located on the Sinclair Inlet of the Puget Sound. As a waterfront community we are proud of our amenities. Our numerous marinas provide visitors and boat dwellers alike with convenient accommodations. Our downtown corridor offers shopping, museums, entertainment, galleries and dining. With ferry access from Bremerton and Seattle, an excursion to Port Orchard is an easy day trip or a weekend getaway. When visiting our city, it is hard to miss the majestic view of the Olympic Mountains and the pride of military heritage just across the water at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
Trophy Lake Golf Course
McCormick Woods Golf
   McCormick Woods 
 Port Orchard, Marina
Port Orchard Marina
County Seat 
Port Orchard

Macomber's Port Orchard-inspired books being turned into TV series

  • By Chris Henry
  • Read More Here!
  • PORT ORCHARD — Production begins in June on the Hallmark Channel's television series based on the Cedar Cove books by local best-selling author Debbie Macomber.

Port Orchard becomes Cedar Cove
(Port Orchard IS Cedar Cove!)
Debbie Macomber Author 
Debbie Macomber     Debbie Macomer

Celebrity Radio Host Delilah, Port Orchard Resident!
 Celebrity Radio Host Delilah and hundreds of volunteers give the city of Port Orchard, WA a "Much needed facelift."


 Coldwell Banker Bain, Gig Harbor & Kitsap Regional Office

Located at:

Coldwell Banker Bain Gig Harbor 

6565 Kimball Drive, Suite 101

Gig Harbor, WA 98332 

Office: 253.851.9988 


Coldwell Banker Bain Port Orchard 

2021 Sedgwick, Road SE, Suite #1, 

Port Orchard, WA 98366

Office: 253.851.9988 




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