June 2018
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'Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.'


We have a GigaByte that is bursting at the seams this month. Read on for all the event information you need to make the most of your June. We see the kick off of Summer Sounds at Skansie this month - a favorite for all! Join us for some fun at the Maritime Gig this weekend too! Please be aware of street closures for the Maritime Gig. Learn more here.

Congratulations to all of our graduates and dads this month - don't forget Father's Day is June 17th. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GigHarborGuide for even more event information!

The trolley is back on route this month! Take a ride and I hope to see you in the sunshine,

Summer Sounds at Skansie Returns June 26th!
The City of Gig Harbor presents the lineup for Summer Sounds at Skansie 2018, beginning on Tuesday, June 26 th at 6:30 pm. The extremely popular and free outdoor concert series will run on consecutive Tuesdays until August 14 th at Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive. All concerts are held rain or shine. The concerts are sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health and Harbor Hill.

Returning in 2018 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 chairs will not be allowed on the viewing platform (roof-top level). Set up of chairs is allowed beginning at 7 am each day of the event. 

See you at the concerts!
Maritime Gig Fest June 2 and 3
The Maritime Gig Festival, presented by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, annually celebrates the area's rich boating heritage in a weekend-long event.

Lots of activities for the whole family, including the Yo' Ho' Harbor Grand Parade on Saturday and Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, keep the maritime theme and fun going!

Don't forget to ride the trolley for easy access!

Waterfront Farmers Market
Opens June 7
Opening day for the Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market is June 7th! Presented by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, the Market has new extended hours for 2018: 1 - 7 pm. Enjoy fresh, local and delicious offerings!

Food Truck Feast June 16
This is the only food truck event in the greater Gig Harbor area. Event will be held on Saturday, June 16th from 11 – 5 pm at Sehmel Park.

Be sure to check out the Root Beer Float Garden! Proceeds will support the Park District's sports and recreation scholarship fund.

This is a great way to spend Father’s Day weekend with dad, friends and families. Held the Saturday before Father Day. Admission is FREE for the public.

Gig Harbor BoatShop Livery Opening Friday, June 1
The Gig Harbor BoatShop's Livery Service opens Friday, June 1, and will be open for the season through September 3rd. Summer days are a perfect time to cruise the calm waters of Gig Harbor Bay. The BoatShop Livery Service has a fleet of unique classic small craft available to rent by the hour. Patrons can choose from boats like the electric -powered A.R. Fisk or human powered craft. Rates are $30/hour for electric boats and $15/hour for human powered boats. BoatShop members enjoy a 50% discount on Livery rates.

Welcome back Walking Tours!
walking tours
Gig Harbor’s award winning guided Waterfront Walking Tours begins its fourth season this summer on Wednesday June 6 th and continues through August 29 th . The tours are presented by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, Harbor WildWatch and the Harbor History Museum, all well versed at bringing history, nature, visitors and neighbors together. “We’ve found we get as many locals as we do out of town visitors on the tours” says Josh Sherwin, Downtown Waterfront Alliance Special Projects Coordinator. “Our Waterfront has many stories to tell, and few tell them better than our tour guides.” Leann O’Neill, one of the original tour guides from the Harbor History Museum added “Who knew that learning history could be so much fun, entertaining, and enlightening! By the end of the Saturday tour, it felt like we were all friends.”  Tour guide Al Abbott offered this perspective. “Walking down the street with friends, taking in the spectacular views, and learning about our beautiful waterfront will make your day."
On Wednesdays, the From Skiffs to Spirits tour offers a guided evening stroll along the waterfront with an opportunity to learn about Gig Harbor’s past – from net sheds and the historic fishing fleet to the effects of prohibition in the harbor, yesterday and today. The tour, geared more for adults, ends with an optional tasting at Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling Company downtown. This free guided tour begins at 5:30 on Wednesday evenings June 6 – August 29, (except on July 4) and meets at the Harbor History Museum. The tour lasts about one hour.
The original Harbor Heritage: Then and Now tour, will once again be offered on Saturday mornings. The one way, 1.3-mile route hugs the waterfront beginning at the Maritime Pier and ends at the Bogue Viewing Platform in the Finholm District. Meet at the Maritime Pier at 10 am on Saturdays, June 9 – August 25. This family-friendly tour takes a 2-hour journey through Gig Harbor’s maritime and natural history. Learn about the harbor’s founding families, pioneering industries, and the wildlife and natural resources that brought us all together. "The native peoples, the Croatian migration, the Scandinavian farmers and shopkeepers, the fishing fleet, the Narrows and Galloping Gertie, a beautiful bay in the Puget Sound, it doesn't get any better than this” says tour guide Kurt Grimmer. Tour-goers will get a glimpse of what life was like in the early Harbor days and how activities from the past have influenced our present.
No reservations are needed for the tours, just arrive shortly before the start time to sign in. Each tour has two guides, and each wears a headset microphone making them easy for all to hear. Since both tours are one way, participants are encouraged to ride the Gig Harbor Trolley to get them back near the starting point, or to walk back and enjoy shopping or dining along the waterfront. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tours are free to the public and presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance in partnership with Harbor WildWatch and the Harbor History Museum. For more information visit facebook.com/waterfrontwalkingtours or call (253) 514-0071.
Visit the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center
The Official Visitor Guide is available at the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center now! Pick up a supply for you and your out of town guests at the center. While there, learn more about what Gig Harbor has to offer - and visit with our friendly volunteers. We are in need of volunteers at the Skansie House as well (especially weekend shifts). This is a fun and engaging opportunity. Learn more about becoming a volunteer by emailing the city at gigharborguide@cityofgigharbor.net.
Gig Harbor Garden Tour is
June 23 and 24
The 21st Annual Gig Harbor Garden Tour will be held on June 23 and June 24. The Garden Tour benefits literacy programs in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula area and allows participants to explore seven of the area's most beautiful gardens. The tour's gardens all have unique stories to tell and reflects the heart of its gardener. Tickets for the tour go on sale June 1st.

Bike To A Business Continues Year-round
"Bike to a Business - Gig Harbor" continues through April of 2019! Fabulous local businesses will be offering special discounts and promotions to their customers who arrive by bike year-round. Join the Facebook group and be entered into monthly drawings of prizes from the local businesses. Post photos of pedal-powered visits to participating businesses and earn extra drawing entries. Put your feet to the pedals and join in the fun!

Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor
"SUSTAINABLE" is a documentary movie about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. SPECIAL GUEST is Troy Alstead of Ocean 5, Table 47. More info.
Get Your Feet Wet with Harbor WildWatch!
This summer, get to know the unique animals that inhabit the intertidal zone with Harbor WildWatch! These guided walking tours are led by Harbor WildWatch biologists and volunteer naturalists and take place during most low-tide days at our State, County and City parks. Their low-tide walks are free and suitable for all ages. For more information and to see the complete beach walk schedule, please go to their website and Facebook page.
Lakebay Marina & Resort is Open For Business
The historic Lakebay Marina Resort is located in Mayo Bay, just north of McNeil Island and west of Fox Island. The marina/resort offers fuel and mooring for your boat, an on-site cafe and marina store, and camp/RV sites on the water.

Kimball Coffeehouse Reopens
Stop in the newly opened Kimball Coffeehouse at 6659 Kimball Drive, Suite A102, and enjoy the same great coffee with the addition of beer, wine and live entertainment!

Gig Harbor Film Festival presents The Music of Silence June 27
The Gig Harbor Film Festival proudly presents The Music of Silence for the June Monthly Movie Night on June 27 th, at 6:30 pm at Galaxy Theatre, Uptown.

Based on the true story of world-renowned opera singer, Andrea Bocelli, The Music of Silence will move, thrill and chill you to your music-spirit core. Tickets are $10 at the door, and free for GHFF Members. For more information about GHFF Monthly Movie Nights and other fun happenings throughout the year, visit GigHarborFilmFestival.org
Service Club Spotlight
Gig Harbor Eagles
The Gig Harbor Eagles Aerie 2809 provides social gatherings for members and non-members and volunteer hours of community service.They also help the community by making their facility, at 4425 Burnham Drive, available to rent. A full-service kitchen, dining hall (that seats 260), and a dance hall can be rented together or separately for events. Contact Ruby Gipson, Club Manager, at (253) 851-2809 for more information.

More June Events
City Updates

Active Public Works Projects
Active Projects for June include Donkey Creek Improvements and the Harbor Hill Drive Extension. Learn more here.

Street Light Wire Theft
Streetlight copper wire thefts are a problem in Gig Harbor, the surrounding area, and the nation. Not only is this crime costing our community hundreds of thousands of unbudgeted dollars, but the crime itself can be dangerous to criminals and residents. With over 1000 streetlights and additional junction box targets throughout our community, Gig Harbor needs watchful residents to help. Learn what to watch for here.

Arts Commission Survey
Please help by providing input and taking our survey here.
On Going Events
Hike It Baby ® at Cushman Trail

First Saturday Art Walk

Super Business Group


AARP Smart Driver Class

The Journey of Grief

Freedom From Tobacco Free Weekly Support Group

Paradise Theatre's performances

Our calendar is jam-packed! Find more information about these and other events at: www.gigharborguide.com
Coming Next Month