Welcome to April in Gig Harbor!

April is a time to begin the spring clean up - and Gig Harbor is ready! Parks Appreciation Day is one of the longest running events that regularly welcomes a great turnout. Always a favorite day in Gig Harbor, this joint effort among KeyPen Parks, PenMet Parks, City of Gig Harbor and sponsored by Columbia Bank, PAD is an opportunity to show your love of our local parks by giving back to the earth - and it is all happening on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd. For more information and to find out where to volunteer visit here.

There is much more to do and see in April - keep tabs about all things by reading this month's GigaByte, visiting our website, following us on Facebook, Twitter and see beautiful photography by visiting Instagram.

I look forward to seeing you in the sunshine. Enjoy!
Paddlers Cup
Paddlers Cup new location!

The 6th annual Paddlers Cup takes place April 8th and 9th at Eddon Boat Park. Organized by the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team in cooperation with the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission and the City of Gig Harbor, this annual community event features paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, SUPs, outriggers and para-canoes, as well as dragon boat races.

GH Farmers market
Gig Harbor Farmers Market

The Gig Harbor Farmers Market opens Saturday, April 1st, at Peninsula Gardens! The m arket hours are 9am-2pm and offers fresh flowers, produce, plants, baked goods, food, handmade crafts, expert advice from master gardeners, a kids' tent, live entertainment , and much more.

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Easter Events

Whether looking for the Easter Bunny or a place to worship this Easter, check out these events happening in or around the harbor:
Living Last Supper at Harbor Covenant 4/13
Easter Egg Hunt at Wild Birds Unlimited 4/15
PenMet Parks 10th Annual Easter Egg hunt 4/15

Sunrise Service at Haven of Rest 4/16 

Easter Worship Services at Harbor Covenant 4/16 


Parks Appreciation Day

Add your name to the growing list of people showing their appreciation for our parks! No need to sign-up - just show up ready to work at the site of your choice between 9am and noon on April 22nd. Enjoy a hot dog lunch afterwards at Sehmel Homestead or Volunteer Park.

Travel + Tourism

Gig Harbor Film Festival presents the Film Premier and Awards Recognition as part of the 72 Hour Film Competition. The events takes place at the Peninsula High School Auditorium on April 2nd beginning at 2pm. Enjoy films from local teams of aspiring film makers and attend the awards ceremony afterwards. Tickets are on sale at the GHFF website here:
First Saturday Art Walk is this weekend!

Indulge your love of art at the First Saturday Art Walk every month along Gig Harbor's Downtown Waterfront. This free event allows art enthusiasts to stroll through 9 galleries featuring artist demonstrations, refreshments, and displays reflecting a diverse selection of mediums and styles. Visit them all and enter to win a $50 gift certificate!

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Hotel Highlight - INN at Gig Harbor

Stay at the beautiful Inn at Gig Harbor during the month of April and receive an Easter Egg at check-in! Each egg contains a promo code for a % off your next stay (when booking direct on our website), with a chance to win a free overnight stay in a Fireplace or Jacuzzi Suite!

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Rosedale Village Blood Drive

Did you know that every blood donation saves 3 lives? The Gig Harbor Community is being called on to help support our local hospitals! Sign up now to donate at the Rosedale Village Blood Drive on April 21st from 10am-4pm (closed from 12:30-1:30pm). Bloodworks NW serves more than 90 hospitals in the Pacific NW and is the primary provider of blood to CHI Franciscan Health.

#Community Myx'O de Mayo 
Gig Harbor Foundation

Celebrate the second annual #Community Myxer - ¡Myxo' de Mayo May 5th! Honor extraordinary people, share transformative projects, and reflect on works of building, bridging and enriching our greater peninsula community while enjoying music by Budapest West, South of the Border inspired foods, fine wine, local brews and signature Ritas sponsored by Heritage Distilling Co.
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Natural Yard Care Workshops

The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and City of Gig Harbor are offering free tips on how you can protect the environment while displaying a beautiful yard and garden. Three classes will be offered: April 19 - Secrets of a Lazy Gardener, April 26 - Natural Yard Care: Work Less for a Better Looking Yard, and May 3 - The Right Plant in the Right Space.

Meaningful Movies
Meaningful Movies Gig Harbor

Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor presents the documentary "Racing Extinction" on April 14th. This documentary deals with the theme in that the spread of Homo sapiens has caused the greatest mass extinction since 66 million years ago, including global warming and poaching the efforts of scientists, photographers (featuring Joel Sartore) and volunteers to protect endangered species. 

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Paradise Theatre
Paradise Theatre - Lend Me a Tenor

It is the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The world-famous tenor, Tito Merelli, "Il Stupendo," is to perform his greatest role, Otello, at the ten-year anniversary gala season opener... This comedy farce by Ken Ludwig has been hailed as "One of two great faces by a living writer" by the New York Times. Friday and Saturday performances through April.
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Boatshop music
Music at the BoatShop

The Greg Blake Trio - A singer and musician, Greg now resides in Colorado and is part of the nationally known band Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. Greg will be joined by award-winning fiddler Ellie Hakanson and Isaac Callender for an unforgettable sound. Join us on April 7 for a fabulous evening as the Trio performs original and bluegrass standards. 
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Gypsy Jazz at Morso

Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following, packing houses wherever they go. Performing at festivals, dances, and nightspots in the U.S. and abroad... and at Morso on April 22nd! String work, rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing will delight audiences! Call for tickets
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PenMet Dragon Boat Training

Come Paddle with us! Looking for a fun workout on the water? Join a group of friendly paddlers who like the Harbor as much as you do. All skill levels are welcome! Practices include skill building, endurance, and camaraderie. Enjoy any or all of 3 weekly practice options. Tuesday-6:30 AM, Thursday-6 PM, Saturday-8:00 AM. Work toward competing in races, or simply enjoy recreational paddling in the harbor. For more information email or visit our site or call 253-208-4353 to book a trial paddle. Registration information here:
Harbor Institute

Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor Campus presents Harbor Institute, a non-credit program for adults who want the fun and challenge of a college class without the papers, tests, and grades. With affordable prices, Harbor Institute makes it easy to learn local history, immerse yourself in art, or keep up on some of the most exciting and important trends unfolding in the work at large.
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Harbor WildWatch
Harbor WildWatch

Harbor WildWatch offers an array of activities throughout the town such as beach walks, walking tours, and interactive Science Saturdays! In addition, you will find an interactive sandbox, a year-round touch tank with various invertebrates from Puget Sound, and an underwater camera with live feed at the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center, located at 3207 Harborview Drive and open Wednesday through Sunday 10-4 beginning April 5th.
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Gig Harbor BoatShop
Gig Harbor BoatShop

The Gig Harbor BoatShop, birthplace of the Thunderbird Sailboat, engages in the essential activities of a boatyard, such as boatbuilding, boat repair, vessel restoration, boat use, community launching events, and documentation of historically significant boats. You will also find events including  Family Boat Building, mentorship programs, and Music at the BoatShop.


Spring is officially here which brings more reasons than ever to visit Anthony's during April! Celebrate the return of fresh Alaska Halibut during lunch or dinner at Anthony's at Gig Harbor! Our 'Best of the Season' local field Rhubarb will also make its seasonal return during the middle of April! Check out www.anthonys.com for more info on our seasonal celebrations! Reservations recommended.

Join Morso on April 4th for a Spanish dinner featuring the wines of the Juan Gil family. A menu that highlights the great pairing of wines with Spanish inspired dishes is sure to please! Call for tickets.

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write in the harbor
Write in the Harbor Presenters Wanted

Are you an author, editor, agent, or literary professional? If so, Write in the Harbor is looking for presenters for their writers conference which will be held on November 3 and 4, 2017. If interested, please fill out a workshop proposal at the link below. Deadline is April 30th.
harbor christian
Harbor Christian School Fundraiser

Harbor Christian Schools presents their biggest fundraiser of the year, "Passport to Success". Enjoy a wonderful evening beginning with a silent auction, followed by a delicious dinner, dessert auction, and live auction to benefit the students of Harbor Christian Schools! Call the school directly to order your tickets or contact the parent of an HCS student. Ticket deadline is April 24th.

Coming May 12 - Sips For Schools

Sips for Schools Wine Tasting, Desserts & Shopping for our local students. Join us in tasting OneHope wines from Napa valley produced by Rob Mindavi Jr. Taste Desserts by THE ART OF CRUNCH and Shop Designer clothing & accessories at Sharon's Spa & Resale Boutique. 15% of sales at this event go to Communities in Schools Peninsula. Help us as we rally to raise funds for this amazing local program.
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City Staff
City of Gig Harbor News

The City of Gig Harbor would like to welcome Police Officer Ashley Tobin, and Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator James Wilkinson.

Sign Code Update - The City of Gig Harbor has to update the City's Sign Code in relation to a Supreme Court Decision (Reed vs. the Town of Gilbert). An open house is scheduled for April 6th at 5PM at the Civic Center where staff will provide education on the impact of the Reed decision and identify areas of the Sign Code that are required to change to meet the ruling. The Commission will present their general approach for the code update and ask for comments and input from the community.

The focus of this first outreach meeting is to gain input, feedback, and preferences on how to address temporary signs in the public right-of-way (off-premise under our current code). This includes consideration of limitations based upon location, timeframe, size, design, permitting, sign materials, and other aspects that may not have been included.
We are inviting anyone who may have a use for a temporary sign (garage sales, realty signs, businesses, politicians, general public) and request your input on this daunting task.

This project has just begun and will continue through the spring and summer, it is anticipated that Planning Commission will draft a recommended ordinance late summer. City Council will hold public hearings on the draft ordinance in late fall, early winter 2017.  

For more information please tune to www.GigHarborPlanning.com for regular updates and links to materials, or
contact Senior Planner, Lindsey Sehmel.  

Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center is currently looking for volunteers. Join our team and volunteer to greet visitors and residents to the center by filling a time slot - shifts consist of regularly scheduled weekly, monthly or on a fill in basis. The Skansie V & I Center is in the heart of town and always full of activity. Please contact Karen Scott if you have interest.

Follow the link for a complete list of all upcoming public meetings and notices
Construction cones
City Construction Updates

You can find information on the following projects at the link below: 
Ancich Park
Skansie Park / Welcome Plaza / Lift Station 4
Year of Transportation
Stormwater Low Impact Development and 2017 Public Works Standards Update
Planning Projects
Public Works Projects
One Harbor Point

Also follow City of Gig Harbor on Facebook for the most up to date information on construction projects, agendas and meetings www.facebook.com/cityofgigharbor  
Ongoing Events

First Saturday Art Walk
Super Business Group
AARP Smart Driver Class
The Journey of Grief
Free Paper Shredding April 22
Freedom From Tobacco Weekly Support Group

Find more events at activities at:

Karen Scott | Mandy Silver | Diane Bertram
City of Gig Harbor | Tourism & Communications | 253 853 3554   
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