It was her turn, and she had forgotten her lines.


She was in sixth grade, and she had practiced every day for weeks. Not just on the stage with her teachers and peers; but everywhere else. In front of the mirror. On the bus. The words were in her head as she went about her classes and in front of her eyes as she drifted to sleep.


When the day came for her first performance, she felt confident that she knew her lines backward and forward; the only thing left to do was to get up there. To do it. And now she was here. And there were so many people...

As she has done so many times before, Nevin Harrison paddled her way to past the finish line and held up one finger to signify her victory.


Only this triumph had a much larger significance. Her win in the women’s 200-meter individual event last month at the world championships in Szeged, Hungary, propelled Harrison to earn her a spot on the US Olympic team to represent her country next summer in the newest Olympic sport in Tokyo.


Her journey to Japan began years ago on the calm waters of Western Washington, where the canoeist honed her skills a...

I’d just returned to Gig Harbor after living in Tacoma for the past 16 years when I was asked to write about its art scene. I gladly accepted the assignment, as I was curious what the differences were, if any, since moving away. Years prior, I’d shown my work in the city’s galleries and remembered that the community had been quite inviting and supportive.


After chatting with a handful of local artists, I’m happy to report that the art community is thriving!


See for yourself during September’s Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour (GHOST or OST for short)...

For decades, visitors and locals alike have been fascinated by what they find when entering the Harbor History Museum. Inside is a fully restored school house from the late 1890s alongside hundreds of artifacts that preserve the maritime history of the area. Roughly 1,500 Peninsula School District children visit the museum on field trips—a chance for them to see and experience what life was like when the first European settlers were coming to the area. Just about everyone’s favorite experience, however, is getting up close with the museum’s pri...

Greater Seattle is a busy and bustling place. It’s one of the fastest growing regions in the country with thousands coming into the area for the promise of higher wages, a hip, fun and young city, and more laid-back vibe when compared to the East Coast and Midwest. Most of the people in this part of the country are active; they enjoy jogging, biking, paddling on the water and just being in motion. While the metropolitan area seems to go on endlessly, once you get outside the daily commuter traffic, you’re just a short drive from some of the mos...

Traveling across the U.S is fairly easy and straightforward. You don’t need immigration papers to cross state lines, currency is consistent throughout the varying time zones, and you will have no trouble communicating in English. As you cross the seas, however, traveling on your own can become a bit more challenging, especially if you want to visit many parts of Asia. English is not nearly as prevalent, local customs are often much different, and trying to read non-Latin based language street signage is near impossible. This is why many U.S. tr...

For the past six months, residents of Gig Harbor have been without an indoor recreation center. But the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District is working to change that and is in the midst of determining the feasibility of a 190,000-square-foot indoor recreation facility that would replace the Performance Golf Center on 14th Avenue Northwest.

If the project is given the green light after the feasibility study’s expected conclusion in mid-September, the new facility would contain a soccer field, flag football field, pickleball and tennis courts, a...

The neighborhood pub and kid-friendly brewery is not a new concept—something that might be surprising to many. In the days before prohibition, communities big and small and all across the country would have places for all in the community to gather. These neighborhood “pubs” weren’t just a place for the working class to go after work for a drink but, in many cases, became the focal point for gatherings, events, political discourse and bringing neighbors together. Many brewed their own beer on-site; styles passed down from immigrant families.

Pro...

It was 2003 the last time in which Gig Harbor passed a school bond. That original bond is set to expire this year, and another is currently up on the ballot. To make your voice heard on the issue, you’ll need to submit your ballot by February 12.

School bonds address facilities throughout the district. This is different from a levy that addresses shortcomings in operational costs of the school when all state funds have been allocated. Under the proposed 2019 bond, the school district would build two new elementary schools, replace Artondale Elem...

When you think of after-school activities, most likely you’re visualizing, sports, music or speech and debate. Kids and teens today have dozens of choices in all three categories but also have other very fun and unique opportunities to bond with others. One such opportunity is working with horses at the Pierce County 4-H Horse department.

“Our goal is to assist in the development of responsible, well-rounded young adults,” said program Superintendent Jill McNally. “Youth leave our program with improved horsemanship skills, lessons in sportsmansh...

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