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We are making our way into August...believe it or not! We've had amazing weather this summer and you may be wondering how you can get out on the water. Destiny Harbor Tours offers tours and charters every day of the week, as does  On Time Tours & Charters. Gig Harbor Watersports offers SUP rentals, along with Lee's SUP and Emerald Yachts. So get out and enjoy some water time! Don't forget Gig Harbor Gondola, for an extra special, romantic setting!

However you do it, find a way to keep cool this month - and be sure to join us as we wrap up Summer Sounds at Skansie and Friday Family Fun Movies in the Park. This Friday, the 28th, we will feature Little Mermaid at Skansie Brothers Park beginning at 8:30pm. Also this weekend is the annual Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, the 29th. Get your tickets here.

 

Keep tabs about all things Gig Harbor by reading this month's GigaByte, visiting our website, following us on   Facebook, and Twitter plus see beautiful photography by visiting Instagram.

I look forward to seeing you in the sunshine. Enjoy!
National Night Out August 1st 
 
On Tuesday, August 1st, the community of Gig Harbor is invited to come together, along Harborview Drive in downtown Gig Harbor, and join thousands of communities gathering nationwide for National Night Out. This fun, free, community-wide event from 5pm to 9pm will include free food, military and law enforcement displays, the Home Depot Root Beer Garden and many other fun activities for the whole family. Please note: Harborview Drive will be closed from Pioneer Way to Rosedale Street beginning at 4pm through 9pm.

Link to More Information
The last three concerts of the year!
 
The extremely popular and free outdoor concert series will run on consecutive Tuesdays until August 15th at the newly renovated Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive. All concerts are held rain or shine. The concerts are sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health and Harbor Hill.

August 1 - Bobby Sox and the Jukebox www.funaddictsband.com  and "National Night Out" in partnership with Gig Harbor Police Department ROAD WILL BE CLOSED 
August 8 - The David Correa Group www.davidcorreaandcascada.com
August 15 - Ranger & the 'Re-Arrangers' www.rangerswings.com

Continuing in August is the popular restaurant delivery service to the park by downtown eateries. Concertgoers are encouraged to ride the Gig Harbor Trolley and bring lawn chairs and blankets. Gig Harbor parks are non smoking and alcohol free parks. For best viewing, only small umbrellas are permitted, and please be respectful of your neighbors. Please note: Chairs may be moved if necessary for set up and safety, and will not be allowed on the viewing platform (roof-top level). Set up of chairs is allowed beginning at 7am each day of event. 

See you at the concerts!

 
Link to More Information
Fly In Drive In August 12th

Bring the family for an evening of fun at the airport. Enjoy a sampling of local food and beverages, an opportunity to see a fantastic collection of vintage planes and vehicles, and an outdoor viewing of the movie Planes II.

Bring your own seating and an appetite for food and fun!

This event is a presentation of the Gig Harbor Film Festival. Admission is $5 per person
 
Gig Harbor BoatShop Offers Family Programing

The Gig Harbor BoatShop Livery is now open for the season! Enjoy a cruise around the harbor in one of our hand crafted row boats or restored electric launches. Regular seasonal hours are Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Rates range from-
$7.50 to $15 per hour for members | $15 to $30 per hour for non-members

Call (253) 857-9344 or stop by the BoatShop to make a reservation - Walk-ins welcome if boats have not been previously reserved.

Cruise the Narrows Car Show August 5th
         
20th Anniversary Cruise the Narrows Car Show August 5, 2017
 
Featured Marque: 50 Years of Camaro!
Show hours: 8am-3pm
 
All vintage and special interest vehicles are welcome, all years, makes and models!
 
Show Vehicle Entry Donation: $20 when entering, pre-registration not required.
(no charge for spectator entry)
Proceeds benefit the Gig Harbor Cruisers Scholarship Fund.
 
In addition to Dash Plaque awards for the first 250 cars, there will be trophies, music, door prizes, a poker walk, and Junior Judges award judging open to all kids under 12!    

Call For Artists

The Gig Harbor Arts Commission is pleased to announce a Call for Artists to create a public art piece that will be permanently installed at Ancich Park, located at 3615 Harborview Drive, in downtown Gig Harbor. 
  • Project Budget  $50,000 **
  • proposal due date September 15, 2017
  • review period October - December 2017
  • award notification late 2017
  • installation late Spring 2018
Please visit the City's website at for more information.  Eligibility:  The project is open to all established and professional artists regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.  Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.  Artists under the age of 18 are not eligible.
 
** NOTE: The budget for this project includes all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to, artist's design fee, travel, material, fabrication costs, documentation, transportation and all installation expenses.
 
If you have questions contact Molly Towslee, City Clerk, City of Gig Harbor, at (253) 853-7613. 
 
Communities in Schools Birthday Bash August 24th

Grab your sailor hat and castaway to an evening of uncharted fun to help kids stay in school and succeed in life! Feast on island fare, tropical drinks, and dance to the sounds of 'Wounded Mic", to benefit Communities In Schools of Peninsula. Tickets can be purchased at cispbirthdaybashforgilligan.eventbrite.com for $30 or call 253-884-5733.
Museum
Photo Contest
         
Show off your photography skills and submit an original photo depicting some aspect of Gig Harbor to be featured in next month's e-news, and our social media accounts.
 
Picture must be your own.
Please include a couple sentences about either the picture or yourself.
 
Send to gigharborguide@gmail.com by August 15th.


Local Author Visits August 12th
         
On Saturday, August 12th at the Gig Harbor Public Library local mystery writer Mary Daheim will discuss her work and writing process. Daheim is the author of the "Bed-and-Breakfast" and "Emma Lord" cozy mystery series.

This event is part of the Summer Author Series brought to you by the Pierce County Library System.


Link to more information-including other author visits
Galloping Gertie Half Marathon August 12th

Celebrate and explore the beauty of the region surrounding the iconic Tacoma Narrows Bridge! Accompany Lenny on the 5k, 10k, or Half Marathon course from the Tacoma Narrows airport through some of the most spectacular views the area has to offer. Enjoy these challenges and rewards knowing you're supporting some great local causes including the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Children's Home Society, Communities in School, and FoodBackpacks4Kids. The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North proudly supports these charities by hosting this event for the 8th straight year!

 


Recipe Contest & Sponsorship Opportunity Ends Monday! 

This year as part of the annual Make a Difference Day, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is putting on #communityharvest. As part of this tradition to improve communities and help others, this year features a recipe contest. Through July 31st  submit an original recipe to be featured in the 2017 #Community Harvest Cookbook, which will be sold on Make a Difference Day, October 28th 2017. Additionally, these recipes will be used by sponsors and volunteers to collect ingredients for meals to be donated.
Summer Concerts at Uptown end August 17th 

Uptown Summer Concert Series runs each
Thursday night from 6-8pm at the Uptown Pavilion, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor.

August 3rd - Blue Grass Minstrels
August 10th - Cannibal Hamster
August 17th - Wounded Mic



Rockin' Rhythm and Blues Festival August 12th

After 25 years in Tacoma as The Old Town Blues Festival, this widely popular event is moving to our very our Gig Harbor! The festival will take place on the grassy fields behind the Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club. In addition to great live music, there will also be food, a local vendors and a beer garden.
The proceeds of this event help support Permission to Start Dreaming, a nonprofit organization started in Gig Harbor. Permission to Start Dreaming aids soldiers arriving home with PTSD, and helps to provide both resources and awareness.

If interested in donating or helping sponsor this event please contact the coordinator Michael Mitchell at 253-549-6294.

We hope to see you there!

Walk your Way through August

 

Waterfront History Walk - a self guided tour:

books are available at the Civic Center or the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center

 

Guided Walking Tour of the Downtown Waterfront

sponsored by Harbor WildWatch and the Downtown Waterfront Alliance present:

From Skiffs to Spirits: Wednesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm

Meets at the Harbor History Museum

 

Harbor Heritage:Then and Now: Saturdays 10am-12pm

Meets at the Maritime Pier next to Tides Tavern

 

All tours are one way tours.

Link to more details on tours  

2017-2018 Visitors Guides
 
Make sure you have a copy of the 2017-2018 Official Visitors Guide! This is especially important if you have a hotel, or rental so that guests are receiving the most accurate and updated event info.
 
Swing by the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center or the Civic Center to stock up. Or email us at gigharborguide@cityofgigharbor.net



August 4th is Military Appreciation Day
 
Here in the harbor we value our Military year round, but on August 4th we want to show some extra love in honor of Military Appreciation Day.
 
This fourth Annual Military Appreciation Day will kick off at 9am at Sehmel Homestead Park. One of the highlights of the event is the friendly rivalry softball game between the military, Gig Harbor Fire, and Gig Harbor Police department and city staff. Come out and enjoy the day and show appreciation to our military.
Skansie House
Volunteer at the Skansie House

The City of Gig Harbor's Visitor & Interpretive Center at the Skansie House is currently recruiting volunteer ambassadors for our welcome center. The center is run in partnership with Harbor WildWatch and is home to the Harbor WildWatch Laboratory too. Volunteer shifts consist of regularly scheduled weekly, monthly or on a fill in basis. Please contact Karen Scott at the City Tourism & Communications Office by email for more details on how to sign up.

Call To Artists from the Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association
             
 Call for Art: 2018 Gig Harbor Garden Tour
 
The Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association invites regional (Kitsap and Pierce County, WA) artists to submit two-dimensional garden related artwork to be considered for the publicity poster for the 2018 Gig Harbor Garden Tour which will be the 21st year for the Tour. The selected artist will not receive a monetary stipend but will benefit from many facets of publicity and exposure of the Tour such as posters, cards, calendar, press releases and program tickets. The selected artist will be able to have a complimentary booth space with the 2018 Garden Tour. Deadline for submission is Friday, October 6th, 2017.
 
A complete prospectus can be found on the Gig Harbor Garden Tour Website: www.gigharborgardentour.org.
Winemaker Dinner at JW

JW will host a winemaker dinner with Betz Family Winery on Thursday, August 24 th at 6pm.  Price is $98 per person plus tax & 20% service charge.  There will be 4 courses of JW cuisine paired with 5 Betz Wines.

Link to additional information
Madrona Links Offers Summer Programming

Madrona Ladies Golf Club is welcoming new Members. Enjoy Golf, make new friends, reconnect with old friends or practice your golf skills

The Ladies Club plays Tuesday & Sunday mornings. For information please email madronalgc@gmail.com or stop by the Madrona Links Golf Course Pro Shop for information, 3604 22nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor
 
Link to Additional Resource

 

 

Build a Better World
 
Pierce County residents of all ages can improve their reading skills, earn prizes and have guaranteed fun this summer during Pierce County Library System's Summer Reading, June 24 through Sept. 3 at all Pierce County Libraries .

In addition to prizes, drawings, and library fine reductions for readers of all ages, the library branches will host nine local authors, a teen writing incentive, and a variety of seminars and demonstrations geared towards various ages.

Harbor Institute Provides Learning Opportunities

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 world at large.
 
Link to Additional Resource
Harbor WildWatch

As always Wednesday through Sunday stop by the Skansie House Visitor and Interpretive Center to check out interactive exhibits like a touch tank, augmented reality sandbox and live feed of the Bay. 

On Science Saturdays during the month of August, learn how scientists gather and study plankton. Plankton tows will occur at noon and 1pm with observations under the microscope following.
City of Gig Harbor News

Harbor Hill Drive Extension
Construction began on July 24th. Completion date is late fall 2018. To join a stakeholder group for this project, email Maree at the City of Gig Harbor at georgem@cityofgigharbor.net.
 
Ancich Park Upland Development
Stay tuned for ground breaking in October.

Roadway Striping
Olympic Drive overpass had re-stripping and traffic signal modifications completed in July. Please drive carefully through this area and be aware of the change in traffic flow.

Olympic Drive / Point Fosdick Right Turn Lane
A new right turn lane will be constructed beginning July 10th. The majority of this work will take place at night and completion should be in September.

Follow City of Gig Harbor on Facebook for the most up to date information on construction projects, agendas and meetings www.facebook.com/cityofgigharbor  
Construction cones
City Construction Updates

You can find information on the following projects at the link below: 
Ancich Park
Connect The Gig Transportation Planning
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
Gig Harbor Farmers Market
Super Business Group
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor
Toastmasters
AARP Smart Driver Class
The Journey of Grief
Freedom From Tobacco Weekly Support Group

Our calendar is jam-packed! Find more events at activities at:

www.gigharborguide.com
Karen Scott |  Alyssa Hoffman
City of Gig Harbor | Tourism & Communications | 253 853 3554   
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