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February is here! How quickly the seasons change as we forge towards spring. We have quite a bit in store for you in 2018. Stay tuned to www.gigharborguide.com through the month of February to learn the dates of all your favorite annual festivals and events plus the line-up for Summer Sounds at Skansie. Meanwhile, Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and it's time to 'love the wine you're with' at the Downtown Waterfront Alliance's Winter Sip & Stroll. Read on for details. 

In case you missed us - Gig Harbor was featured on King5 Morning News 'Beyond the Studio' this morning. Thank you to everyone who turned out to represent our town -- and to the viewers. A lot of the live coverage is accessible through the King 5 APP.
  
All the best,
Gig Harbor is at the Seattle Boat Show through February 3
 
The City of Gig Harbor, the Maritime City, is exhibiting at the Seattle Boat Show, CenturyLink Field, through February 3. There are two more days to catch us! This is the West Coast's largest boat show. The show includes the latest watercraft and accessories from hundreds of exhibitors, free boating and fishing seminars, food, fun events and family-friendly activities.
Third Annual Winter Sip & Stroll hosted by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance Feb 10
 
Love the wine you're with!  The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance announces the Third Annual Winter Sip & Stroll on Saturday, February 10, from 1- 5pm. This popular tasting event, just before Valentine's Day, takes patrons on a tour along Gig Harbor's beautiful waterfront sampling Northwest wines, brews, and tasty small bites at businesses serving as "Stroll Stops." 

The Alliance will provide complimentary transportation throughout the waterfront to make it easy to visit all of the Stroll Stops. Participants will receive a commemorative tasting glass, and event map and 15 sip tickets for alcohol. 

Father Daughter Dance presented by PenMet Parks February 10
 
PenMet Parks invites Fathers and Daughters to make memories that will last a lifetime on February 10 from 7-9pm at the Boys & Girls Club. The Father Daughter Dance, now in its 16th year, includes music, games, door prizes, raffles, and a professional photographer. With treats galore, this is an event that is sure to please! 
 
For just $30 per couple and $35 for 2+. Registration is required at  www.penmetparks.org or call 253-530-0833. Children under 2 are free.
 
PenMet Parks recreation programs operate year-round with classes, camps, indoor soccer, basketball, flag football and baseball.  Visit www.PenMetParks.org to register for upcoming winter classes.

Happenings at the Gig Harbor BoatShop
 
Varnishing 101
The Gig Harbor BoatShop presents a new workshop focusing on varnishing, Thursday, February 8, 6-9pm.  Learn about the tools, materials and techniques used, then break out the sandpaper and brushes to practice varnishing various items around the shop. With the hands-on experience you gain in the workshop, you'll leave with confidence to tackle those spring varnishing projects.  Registration required.

Music at the BoatShop
Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald 
have been good friends ever since they met, and this is present in their live performances, which are full of organic banter and good humor to go along with the music. Join us on Friday, February 23 for a fabulous live performance of traditional roots music. All ages are welcome and open seating is available. 

Link to additional information
"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" continues at Paradise Theatre 
 
All ages are sure to enjoy this fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic, based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of vignettes and songs. Based on the Comic Strip "PEANUTS" by Charles M. Schulz, this musical runs through Feb 3. For showtimes and ticket information, click the link below.
Meaningful Movies presents "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" Feb 9
 
Come for the free movie. Stay for the community discussion.  "The Trials of Muhammad Ali", Friday, February 9 at 6:30pm, explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. Focusing on some of the most noteworthy and provocative aspects of the legendary athlete's life, the film explores his lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots through his years in exile to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ali's path was that of poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace.

Admission: FREE to the public. Donation is gratefully accepted.
MEANINGFUL MOVIES IN GIG HARBOR is dedicated to connecting one person to one person at a time through rebuilding a storytelling tradition and fostering vital community dialogue. 

Annual Crab Feed at Key Peninsula Civic Center Feb 10
 
The Key Peninsula Civic Center invites everyone to its annual fundraiser Crab Feed on Saturday, February 10, 4-7pm In addition to the very fresh Pacific Coast Dungeness crab, the dinner will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and coffee and tea. Soda, beer and wine also available for an additional cost. As with past years, attendees are requested to bring their own seafood crackers and picks for crab cracking.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children six to 12 years; children under six are free. Tickets maybe purchased online or at various area locations.
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 book for discussion on Tuesday, February 6 at 6pm is "Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist" by Sunil Yapa. As heartbreaking as it is pulse-pounding, Yapa's virtuosic debut asks profound questions about the power of empathy in our hyper-connected modern world, and the limits of compassion, all while exploring how far we must go for family, for justice, and for love. Attendees are welcome to BYOW as well as a dish to share.

Humanities in the Harbor
One-hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington's home front experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward.
Join historian Lorraine McConaghy for "Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I", February 22 at 6pm. The program begins with an illustrated introduction to the war's themes before offering a "Readers' Theater:" a script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering.  Lorraine McConaghy is a public historian who earned her PhD from the University of Washington. 

Link to additional information
Symphony Tacoma Presents Elgar and Sibelius February 24
 
Join us for Elgar and Sibelius, conducted by Sarah Ioannides and featuring Efe Baltacigil, cello, at Chapel Hill Church on February 24th.

Samuelsson: "The Eros Effect & Solidarity" from The Love Triology (US Premiere) Elgar: Cello Concerto Sibelius: Symphony No. 2.
 
Marie Samuelsson's music is sparse and lush at the same time, as well as deeply spiritual. Sarah Ioannides conducted the 2016 World Premiere of "The Eros Effect and Solidarity" in Sweden. Now she presents the U.S. premiere. Seattle Symphony principal cellist Efe Baltacigil makes his Symphony Tacoma debut in Elgar's contemplative and elegiac Cello Concerto at this Symphony Tacoma concert at Chapel Hill in Gig Harbor.

Link to additional information
Harbor WildWatch Events
 
Pier Into the Night
Take an underwater journey of Gig Harbor Bay without getting wet by going on a virtual underwater tour with our SCUBA divers. Jerisich Dock, Feb 3, 6-7pm.

Cocktails & Fishtales
Join us at Harbor History Museum on February 21 for this  presentation by Robin Peterson, local artist and owner of FernWood Studio, who will be sharing how artists continue to inspire and be inspired by our national park and wilderness areas.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the presentation begins at 6:00 pm. Drinks will be available for purchase; feel free to bring a takeout dinner and your questions!  Steward Club members are free; non-members $5.
Hotel Spotlight:
The Maritime Inn
 
The staff at the Maritime Inn is pleased to present its new website. Updated features include enabling guests to book accommodations directly from the website. Guests can preview each room with a 360 degree virtual tour. The Maritime Inn proudly acknowledges the rich history of Gig Harbor by naming each room after historic boats that operated in the area waters.  Locally handcrafted wooden name plates adorn each door and a large photo of the vessel is displayed in each room.  


December Dining News
 
Morso presents "world soul" Singer/Songwriter duo English &Hareza, February 3, 8pm, $15.

Mark Johnson & Joey Niemann perform at Tides Tavern, February 6, 7pm

Wednesday, February 14 is Valentine's Day. With so many fantastic dining options around town, it may be difficult to decide where to rendezvous with your sweetheart. For a list of selections, visit Downtown Waterfront Alliance or Uptown Gig Harbor

City of Gig Harbor News
 
Ancich Waterfront 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 began on December 4th.
 
Notice of Night Work at Ancich Waterfront Park - Night work will be occurring 1/30/18 through 2/2/18
Please be aware that night work will occur Tuesday, January 30, 2018 through Friday, February 2, 2018 at Ancich Waterfront Park. Anticipated hours are 6pm to 4am.
Night work is required in order to perform excavation and preparation for setting seawalls during low tides.Throughout the project, night work will only occur when absolutely necessary.
We appreciate your patience. Citizens with urgent concerns may contact Construction Supervisor George Flanigan at 253-377-6165. Non- urgent questions and concerns can be directed to Senior Engineer Aaron Hulst at 253-853-7620.
 

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:  
  
Harbor Hill Drive Extension Project
Description: Construct the extension of Harbor Hill Drive to Burnham Drive.
Project Schedule: The roadway alignment on Burnham Drive has been modified at the new Harbor Hill Drive extension area in order to shift traffic to the east through the construction zone, and allow for the construction of a new roundabout at Burnham Drive, Harbor Hill Drive, and Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club intersection.Concurrent utility work occurring through February 16th. Construction completion is anticipated December 2018.       
Primary Project Contact - Trent Ward, P.E., Senior Engineer at 253-853-7637
   

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 Month

First Saturday Art Walk 
March 3

Meaningful Movies
March 9

Taste of Gig Harbor
March 10
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