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December is a season of change - rain turns to snow, there's a dramatic change in the amount of daylight we enjoy, leaves disappear, and ultimately a change in the year's date. And Gig Harbor will see many changes too. We will have a majority new council in 2018. New perspectives will be brought to city hall. We look forward to the fresh start. But before we head into 2018, we invite you to join us in thanking our current mayor and council members who will finish their terms at the end of this year. On December 11th at 4:30pm, we will host a reception in the civic center lobby to recognize the contributions of these citizens.  

Please join us and acknowledge the almost ninety-five cumulative years Casey Arbenz, Steven Ekberg, Jill Guernsey, Paul Kadzik, Rahna Lovrovich and Tim Payne have given to the city. Gig Harbor is full of holiday events this month too. Find what you are looking for here in the Gigabyte. And happy holidays to you and yours. 
  
All the best,
Gig Harbor Annual Holiday Tree Lighting hosted by the City of Gig Harbor December 2
 
Gig Harbor's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Skansie Brothers Park, December 2 at 5pm, is the official kickoff to the holidays. Join your friends and neighbors for entertainment galore, as well as treats provided by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance and served in the Skansie Net Shed!  Sharon Stearnes, a family-oriented entertainer and accomplished musician, will lead carolers under the pavilion. Come to welcome Santa on the fire truck!
It's a Wonderful Waterfront and Holiday Hayrides hosted by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance 
 
The waterfront merchants welcome you in with great holiday spe cials, treats and extended shopping hours Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10!  Deck the Harbor, a storefront decorating contest, challenges merchants to create imaginative holiday display. Shop and stroll the harbor, enjoy the displays and vote for your favorite window in the People's Choice voting through December 10. 

Enjoy Holiday Hayrides with Santa, December 8 & 9, 4:30-7:30pm. This magical treat, which meets at Timberland Bank on Judson, is free and includes refreshments and live music.
The Lighted Boat Parade Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club December 9 
 
In the spirit of Gig Harbor's maritime pride, this beautiful local tradition, the Lighted Boat Parade, showcases the creativity of area boaters as they circle the harbor, spreading holiday cheer  to onlookers gathered along the water's edge, Saturday, December 9, 5pm. This free, family fun event offers great viewing locations from Skansie Brothers Park and several downtown waterfront restaurants. 

Hark the Harbor hosted by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance
 
This crowd-pleasing community caroling event takes place Sunday, December 10 at 7:30pm under the pavilion at Skansie Brothers Park. Songbooks and candles will be provided to accompany joyful holiday caroling. All this while awaiting the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship all aglow in festive lights.

GHPD Holiday Heroes in its 13th Year
 
The Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization will conduct its annual Holiday Heroes event on Tuesday, December 12. This event allows local children in need, the opportunity to get to know the Gig Harbor Police Officers while holiday shopping at the Gig Harbor Target store. Each child is provided spending money donated by community members and local service clubs, including funding from the Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund.  In addition, the children are provided a tour of the police department and breakfast with their law enforcement shopping buddies.
 
After shopping, lunch is provided for the children before they are returned to school in a police vehicle. This year at least twelve children will participate.
 
Additional major local sponsors for the Holiday Heroes program include our Gig Harbor Target and the Galaxy Theatre. Donations are still needed to make this program a success. If you would like to assist, donations are being accepted at the Gig Harbor Police Department. One hundred percent of all donations go to the kids for their shopping. To donate, checks can be dropped off at the Gig Harbor Police Department or mailed to GHPD, 3510 Grandview Street, Gig Harbor WA, 98335. Please make check out to The Jaycox Fund. Or call GHPD at (253) 851-2236.
Join in the Fun and Festivities
 
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! at Paradise Theatre
November 17 - December 9, Times vary
Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St.

Take in the fun with this delightful comedy as the story of the first Christmas is presented in a
non-conventional fashion. Learn more.

8th annual PenMet Parks and Peninsula Athletic Association Breakfast with Santa 
Saturday, December 2, 9-11am
Boys & Girls Club Cheney Family Branch, 8502 Skansie Ave. 

The Gig Harbor Kiwanis will also be providing a pancake breakfast $8/person and children under two are free. Please register online

Gingerbread Houses at Gig Harbor Branch of Pierce County Library System
Saturday, December 2, 10:30am-1pm
Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick

Friends of the Gig Harbor Library invite children and families to make and decorate their own gingerbread houses. Supplies provided while they last. Please register online.

Polar Express movie at Galaxy Theatre Uptown
Saturday, December 2, 10am
Sunday, December 3, 10am and 6pm
Galaxy Theatre Uptown, 4649 Point Fosdick Dr.  NW

Tickets for this family-friendly holiday classic are $6. Proceeds benefit the Jaycox  Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund. Learn more.

Living Nativity at Discovery Baptist Church
December 2 & 3, 5-8pm
Discovery Baptist Church, 4902 Gustafson Dr. NW

Visit a recreation of Bethlehem with live animals and more than 200 characters. Lean more.

Holiday Events at Tickled Pink
Photos with Santa - December 6, 5-8pm
CarolingDecember 7-9, 4:30-7:30pm
12 Days of Pink Deals - December 12-23
Breakfast with Santa - December 17, 10am-1pm
Tickled Pink, 3026 Harborview Dr.

Light Up the Night - 4th Annual St. Lucia's Festival at the Harbor History Museum
December 8, 5-6:30pm
Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Dr.

Celebrate Gig Harbor's Scandinavian heritage with crafts, games and snacks. Learn more.
 
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year at For the Love of Spice
December 9, 16, 23, 24
For the Love of Spice, 3104 Harborview Dr.

Enjoy longer shopping hours and hot beverages. Learn more.

Santa Visit at the Beach Basket
December 9 & 10, 12-4pm
Beach Basket, 4102 Harborview Dr.

Get a photo taken with the Jolly Old Elf.  Bring your own camera.

Ladies Night Party at the Garden Room
December 10, 4-8pm
The Garden Room, 4729 Point Fosdick Dr. NW

Enjoy shopping in a festive setting with lively music, food and door prizes. Learn more.

Whimsical Snowman Paint Night at the Harbor General Store
December 14, 6pm
The Harbor General Store, 7804 Pioneer Way

Paint a darling snowman, $25 per person. Seating is limited. Learn more.
Deck the Halls
Holiday Craft Fairs Abound
 
Gig Harbor Eagles Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 2, 9am-5pm
Sunday, December 3, 9am-4pm 
Gig Harbor Eagles, 4425 Burnham 

This festive event is open to the public and admission is free.
Learn more.

Peninsula Marketplace Holiday Show
Saturdays, December 2, 9 & 16, 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 3 & 10, 10am-4pm
Peninsula Gardens Greenhouses, 5503 Wollochet Dr.  NW

Featuring 30+ local artists and urban crafters. Learn more.

Tidefest Fine Arts and Crafts Celebration
Saturday, December 2, 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 3, 11am-4pm
Gig Harbor High School, 1501 Rosedale St. NW

Gig Harbor High School's annual TideFest brings in high-quality artisans from all over the Northwest to raise money for the school's activities and athletics programs. Learn more.
Do You Hear What I Hear
Holiday Musical Performances
 
Peninsula Community Chrous presents "Let There Be Peace"
Sunday, December 3, 3pm
United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way

Please join in for some beautiful, fun music in the spirit of the Holidays! There is a reception with light refreshments following the concert. Learn more.

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 9, 7pm
Sunday, December 10, 1:30pm
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave.

Beautiful Christmas music featuring Chapel Hill's Chancel Choir, orchestra and handbell choir.
Learn more.

Meaningful Movies presents
"The Economics of Happiness"
 
"The Economics of Happiness" is an incisive documentary that links today's global crises ( climate change , terrorism, the financial crash) with personal malaise (rising levels of depression and the pervasive emptiness of consumer society).
The cure?  Localization. A return to community.  "The Economics of Happiness" is  presented by the Meaningful Movies Project on December 8 at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church at 6:30pm. 
Harbor History Museum Events
 
Gig Harbor Literary Society
The Gig Harbor Literary Society is dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. The December meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at the Harbor History Museum. The book for discussion is "Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America" by Linda Lawrence Hunt. This is extraordinary story of Helga Estby, a mother of eight, who, in 1896, sets off from Eastern Washington with her teenage daughter to walk across America to win $10,000 in an effort to save her family's farm.


 
Link to additional information
Harbor WildWatch Hosts
Family Fun
 
Pier Into the Night
Take an undewater journal of Gig Harbor Bay without getting wet by going on a virtual underwater tour with our SCUBA divers. Jerisich Dock, December 2, 5-6:30pm.

Cocktails & Fishtales
December 20, 5:30-7:30pm
Harbor History Museum
December Dining News
 
Many restaurants around Gig Harbor will be open on Christmas eve, including:

Anthony's
JW Gig Harbor
Lunchbox Laboratory 
MORSO
The Green Turtle

Often we get questions about who may be open on Christmas day. If you know of a restaurant open on Christmas day, please email us and let us know.
Hotel Highlight: The Wesley Inn & Suites


City of Gig Harbor News

Welcome to our new Human Resource Manager Kameil Borders.

Welcome to our new Police Officer Geoff Boone.

Special Recognition Reception - Prior to the December 11th Gig Harbor City Council meeting, a special reception will be held for Mayor Jill Guernsey and current Gig Harbor city council members whose terms will be expiring at year end. In addition to Mayor Guernsey, honorees include Councilmembers Casey Arbenz, Steve Ekberg, Paul Kadzik, Rahna Lovrovich and Tim Payne. Join us at 4:30pm at Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street. Come to recognize these individuals who have provided years of service to the citizens of Gig Harbor, a true commitment to our community.

City of Gig Harbor new website - visit www.CityofGigHarbor.net to find a brand new website with features that include a mega menu with subheadings to minimize clicks for information, an improved search bar, a document center, and an alerts tab. The alerts tab allows the public to subscribe to a 'notify me' program providing text alerts on various topics.
 
Civic Center ADA Ramp Replacement -
Remove and replace 23 existing pedestrian walkway ramps with ADA compliant ramps on the Civic Center campus. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin on 11/13/17. Construction completion anticipated December 2017.

Ancich Park Upland Development - On October 23, 2017 City Council approved the Public Works construction contracts for the Ancich Waterfront Park and Netshed Restoration Project. Upland work is scheduled to begin on December 4th.
 
2017 Transportation Update, "Connect the Gig" - A draft plan is currently in the works, and will be presented in early 2018. Visit www.connectthegig.com to learn how you can share information with the project team.   


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:  
  
Welcome Plaza Handrail Addition -
Install handrail to provide additional visual and safety enhancements to the stairs on the Plaza.
Project Schedule - Work anticipated to be completed in late fall 2017.

Harbor Hill Drive Extension - Construction of Harbor Hill Drive to Burnham Drive. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed in December of 2018. We appreciate your patience during the road work portion of the project. Learn more

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  
Paradise Theatre
Ongoing Events

First Saturday Art Walk

Gig Harbor Farmers Market

Super Business Group

Meaningful Movies in GH

Toastmasters

AARP Smart Driver Class

The Journey of Grief

Freedom From Tobacco Weekly Support Group

Paradise Theatre's performances

Our calendar is jam-packed! Find more events at: www.gigharborguide.com
Coming Next Year

First Saturday Art Walk January 6th

Winter Sip & Stroll and First Saturday Art Walk
February 10th


The GigaByte is not published in January - so we'll see you in February! 
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