Teacher of the Month: Brad Collins

By Colin Anderson| Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local September’s teacher of the month has 20 years’ experience and in those 20 years has felt just about every emotion one can think of. “A teacher’s day is never dull. Some experiences are funny, some are scary, some are infuriating and some will bring you to tears,” says Brad Collins. Thankfully for Collins, a lifelong passion for being an educator brings more joyous days than negative ones. Collins has been at Peninsula High School the past nine years teaching various science courses to grades ninth through 12th. These included chemistry,… Read More

Reading Companion

  Program pairs young readers with man’s best friend By Colin Anderson Photo Courtesy of Communities In Schools of Peninsula Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local On Wednesdays this school year, students at Minter Creek Elementary will be seeing a four-legged visitor roaming the halls. Brody was the new kid on the block last year but is ready once again to help local kids with their reading skills. The 4-year-old golden retriever, alongside owner Jeff Essayan, are the first pet therapy team to participate in the pilot Tutors with Tails reading program, which pairs certified therapy dogs with children… Read More

Swing Away!

Annual golf outing benefits three organizations By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Peninsula Auto Group | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Peninsula Subaru owner John Dionas knows that despite living in an affluent and beautiful place, you don’t have to look very far to find people struggling day to day. “If you drive just 10 minutes from our community, you will see some of the poorest neighborhoods around where kids are suffering every day,” said John. As a father of four and a local business leader, John has decided the focus of his personal and business charitable… Read More

Cider, Food, Entertainment and Fun!

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable afternoon for a great cause By Jillian Chandler Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local One of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s premier fundraisers, Cider Swig will once again be drawing crowds at the fifth annual event. Held at Sehmel Homestead Park Saturday, September 29, noon to 5pm, Cider Swig is an annual festival where attendees will be treated to dozens of ciders (more than 90!), Apple Carnivàle with street artists, performers, an array of carnival games, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, cider demonstrations, Apple Pie Contest and more! This family friendly festival is… Read More

Theatre Continues Quest for New Home

Four-phase plan underway for Paradise By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Paradise Theatre | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local In 2000, people in Gig Harbor were introduced to the Paradise Theatre, an idea many years in the making. For 19 seasons, locals have been entertained with a wide range of shows both familiar and unconventional. The early days the theatre was located in the old Peacock family house. “We turned it into a Cabaret Dinner Theatre presenting indoor dinner shows from September through May as well as an annual haunted house in October. There was also an outdoor amphitheatre for… Read More

Harbor Heritage

Collaborative Exhibit showcases rich regional history By Colin Anderson Photo Courtesy of Harbor History Museum Collection #1988.030.010 Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local If you haven’t had a chance to see the most recent exhibit at the Harbor History Museum, there is still time to see an amazing piece of Gig Harbor history up close. The “Salmon, Seiners and Life on the Sea” exhibit continues through September 16. The collaboration between the Gig Harbor BoatShop, Harbor History Museum, Skansie Netshed Foundation and Harbor WildWatch explores that past and present of the Puget Sound salmon fisheries and the generations that still… Read More

Teacher of the Month: Melissa Tolman

By Colin Anderson Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local For Melissa Tolman, turning negative feelings on a particular subject into positive ones is something that brings her great joy. Tolman recently wrapped up her 13th year as an educator with the last four as a fifth grade teacher at Purdy Elementary, where she handles multiple subjects like science, social studies and writing. One of the more challenging subjects for many of her students is math. Problems become a little tougher to solve and some kids reach the point of complete frustration, but Tolman doesn’t let them give up. “I love… Read More

St. Anthony’s Closet

Providing more than clothes By Paula Larson Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Imagine that you are in the hospital. You appreciate the medical care and are glad that you are about to be released—but you don’t have clothes to wear home. Maybe your clothes were cut off of you or you got blood on the clothes you wore in and no one is available to bring you clean ones. Maybe you just moved here and don’t have anyone to grab you a change of clothes from home. Or maybe you just don’t own more clothing. If you are in… Read More

Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, R&B and Jazz

It’s time for the small-town countryside Americana festival By Jillian Chandler Photo courtesy of Kelly Hughes Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Mark your calendars for August 18 for the second annual Olalla Americana Music Festival! With its roots in blues, bluegrass, country, folk, R&B and jazz, this is a music festival the entire family of all ages will enjoy. Held at South Kitsap Southern Little League Ballfield (5795 Hovgaard Road in Olalla), gates open at 10am with the music starting at 10:30am and continuing until dusk. This year’s guest host is Cindi Rinehart from Seattle’s long-running talk show “Northwest… Read More

A New Experience Comes to Gig Harbor

Celebrate the region’s wine, beers, spirits and food By Jillian Chandler | Photo by Josh Sherwin, Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local What began eight years ago as an afternoon of food and wine tastings at Harbor History Museum has now evolved into a three-day wine and food experience that you won’t soon forget. Held during the final weekend in July, The Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience will celebrate the region’s wine, beers, spirits and food at various business locations throughout the downtown waterfront. In celebration of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance’s 10th anniversary, they… Read More