May 2018
Your monthly news & updates
May 2018
'Motherhood has the greatest potential influence on human life.' - Anonymous
Mother's Day is May 13th

Thank you to everyone who took part in PARKS APPRECIATION DAY, and a special shout out to our Public Works crew who always do an amazing job coordinating the event. All this hard work makes our community shine, both physically and in the energy of those who love living and visiting here.

May is filled with all sorts of fun. Learn about them in this month's Gigabyte and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GigHarborGuide!

See you in the sunshine,


Best of the South Sound awards were announced recently, voted on by the readers of South Sound Magazine, and Gig Harbor came home with many top honors. GIG HARBOR was named BEST CITY IN THE SOUTH SOUND! Thousands voted for your favorite people, places and services.

Other Gig Harbor notables include Fournier Insurance Solutions - Best Insurance Agent, Kyle Rohrbaugh of RPM Mortgage - Best Mortgage Lender, Moctezuma;s Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar - Best Mexican, Tanglewood Grill - Best Barbecue, Gateway to India - Best Indian, Tides Tavern - Best Outdoor Dining, 7 Seas Brewing - Best Brewery, Heritage Distillery - Best Distillery, Dr. Justin Peasecki, Harbor Plastic Surgery - Best Cosmetic Surgeon, Cascade Eye & Skin Centers - Best Eye Care + Med Spa, Kensington Gardens - Best Assisted Living, Mark's Barber Shop - Best Barber Shop, Better Gym - Best Gym, Blake Dukowitz - Best Personal Trainer, Harrison Homes - Best Builder. Find a copy of South Sound Magazine on the newstand today.
Gig Harbor Named
Best City in the South Sound
Street Scramble Returns May 26
Gig Harbor is the most popular Street Scramble of the year! Part of its popularity is likely due to the fact that Tom Taylor Family YMCA supports the event in order to make it FREE to all participants (yes, this Street Scramble is FREE!). But, part of its popularity is surely the allure of the beautiful maritime city of Gig Harbor. To sign up or learn more, follow the link below:

Great Strides Walk
Relay For Life
May 5
There has never been a better time of year or a better reason to get out and walk on May 5. Great Strides and Relay For Life both offer you the chance to support great causes. Mark your calendar today.
Cinco de Mayo Bash May 5
Join the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation at the Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard in Downtown Gig Harbor, for some hopping fun on Saturday, May 5th at 6pm to 10pm. Celebrity Chef Michael Monzon and his flying knives will rock the 5May Taco Bar - replete with all your favorite fillings and fixings! Enjoy Mexican street foods, signature margaritas, local brews and wine, farm fresh salsas, guac and limitless chips while getting your groove on to live music from Budapest West this Cinco de Mayo. Proceeds support the Foundation's many programs, initiatives, and funds that help sustain our community.

17th Annual Livable
Community Fair
May 5
Come join us at our 17th Annual Livable Community Fair from 10am to 3pm. This resource fair is hosted by the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association (KPCCA), 17010 South Vaughn Rd., K.P.N., in Vaughn. Nearly fifty exhibitors will exhibit in the gymnasium to share resources and information about services and activities offered to our community, including emergency preparedness and an Art Exhibit of work from Two Water’s Arts Alliance and Key Peninsula Middle School. Outside, see the Key Peninsula Library Services and their “Imagination Playground” (an innovative playground equipment system that encourages learning, social development, movement, and fun); and have the Boy Scout Troop 220 set up and man its rope bridge. The trout pond will be there and Cascade Blood Services will be present with its Bloodmobile . Washington State Patrol will be present along with our own Key Peninsula Fire Department who promises some surprise water works. Also, don't miss t he Key Peninsula Historical Society's open house during the hours of the fair and its “Tales of Logging on the Key Peninsula” exhibit. Plus the Lakebay Fuchsia Society will hold their annual, well anticipated, Mother’s Day plant sale starting at 9 a.m. until closing. The WSU Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer all your plant questions. For more information please contact the KP Civic Center office at 253-884-3456, email, or online or .
Fashion Forward for
St. Anthony Hospital
"Passport to Summer"
Benefit May 12
The Women of the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary invite you to 'take a trip' to glamour - & for a good cause! Come along for a "PASSPORT TO SUMMER" on May 12. A major benefit for CHI Franciscan's St. Anthony Hospital, your journey will feature a gourmet luncheon, open bar,gift boutique, live music, major raffle items, and festive door prizes galore. All this together with an expanded Fashion Shopromenade presented by Gig Harbor's Dolly Mama Boutiques. Take a well-deserved vacation for a day and join in the fashion fun to benefit the "Anthony's Closet" program and other needs of the hospital.  Scheduled the day before Mothers' Day -what a perfect way to celebrate moms, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, & best galpals!  Saturday, May 12, 11:30 - 2:30 at Canterwood Golf & Country Club. For your passport & tickets: Franciscan Foundation at 253-680-3696.
Gig Harbor Beer Festival May 19
The Festival, open from Noon to 5pm at the Uptown Pavilion, will feature a wide variety of Northwest craft brewers offering event-goers a splendid mix of familiar favorites and new brews to taste.

This year's festival will feature live music and an expanded festival area. Purchase your tickets today to receive admission and a 5 oz. festival Pilsner cup, 8 taster tokens, and programs while they last. Eat a your favorite restaurant at Uptown or bring food with you. No food is available for purchase inside the festival grounds.

Giggin' Up The Harbor May 19
Join us for the Downtown Waterfront Alliance's Annual Downtown Waterfront Clean-Up Day organized by the Alliance Design Committee. Come down Saturday, May 19 and BYOT (Bring Your Own Tools!) 9:00am ~ 12:00pm – meet at Donkey Creek Park Complimentary lunch provided for the hardworking volunteers!

Annual Visitor Guide
Available This Month 
Watch for the most popular publication in town to hit the shelves mid-May. The Official Visitors Guide will be available as a supplement to your News Tribune, at the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center, at the Gig Harbor Civic Center and at many of our lodging properties around our community. Pick one up and share with your friends and family. If you'd like copies for your business or home, please contact Karen at
Bike To A Business - Gig Harbor
May is Bike Month - There are so many good reasons to start biking in May and keep biking year round, including "Bike to a Business - Gig Harbor". Fabulous local businesses are offering special discounts and promotions to their customers who arrive by bike. Join this group and be entered into the monthly drawing of prizes from the local businesses. Earn extra entries every time you post pictures of a pedal powered visit to a participating business. Review the posts for participating businesses and their Bike to a Business offers (starting in May).

Special Presentation at the
Harbor History Museum
Harbor History Museum invites the community to enjoy a unique and engaging presentation with Cannery Row historian, founder and president emeritus of the Cannery Row Foundation, Michael Hemp.

“CONJUNCTION: The Emerging Connection of Cannery Row, the historic Pacific Northwest, John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of the Western Flyer" is an exclusive archival photo presentation that will take place Thursday, May 17 at 6pm at Harbor History Museum. This presentation is free for Harbor History Museum members and $5.00 for non-members.

America's pioneering marine biologist Ed Ricketts co-authored the 1939 text Between Pacific Tides with Jack Calvin. The book is still often used by marine biology students along with John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez, inspired by Ricketts and his work. It was the kneeling photo of Ed Ricketts (right) from the Pat Hathaway Collection at California Views that inspired Michael Hemp to research the maritime, literary, and ecological connection between Monterey’s Cannery Row and the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Service Club Spotlight
Gig Harbor Eagles
Gig Harbor Eagles Aerie 2809 is located in the heart of Gig Harbor, at 4425 Burnham Drive. The organizations motto is 'people helping people'. The Eagles do this by providing social gatherings for members and non-members plus performing hours of community service. Some of the hosted events at Eagles include:

  1. A weekly dinner every Friday night (be sure to come with a member to this one) There is music and dancing after most Friday dinners.
  2. A weekly breakfast on Sunday mornings from 8am until noon (general public welcome). 
  3. Seahawk parties every Sunday during the season where members and guests are welcome.

One of the communities favorite events is the holiday bazaar hosted by the Eagles each December. To learn more about the Gig Harbor Eagles Aerie 2809 visit their Facebook page.
Hotel Highlights
Memorial Day Weekend Special
at the Maritime Inn

Stay with us over the Memorial Day Weekend for two or more nights (Thursday - Monday) and receive 20% off your rate. Please call the hotel directly to book and ask for the Memorial Day Weekend Special. (253) 858-1818.
Gig Harbor Eats
Fresh, local rhubarb from Richter Farms in Puyallup, Washington has arrived at Anthony’s Restaurants ! Our team of chefs have developed a myriad of combinations to showcase this local delicacy in a variety of different recipes. Take your pick from Rhubarb-inspired cocktails and seafood items and make sure not to miss our famous Rhubarb Slump! Please check our website for full details and availability:
Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is May 13! Celebrate the occasion with us and make your reservations today! Please head to to make an online reservation, or call us at (253) 853-6353.

Lunchbox Laboratory featuring ' Mom's with Tat's for Mother's Day'! Mom's with tattoo's eat for free on Mother's Day. If they do not have a tattoo, we will provide one for them!
More May Events
City Updates
Responsible Growth for Gig Harbor Meeting TONIGHT

The City is seeking input from public. Help us forge a plan for the next 20-years and future generations. Our goal is to establish a road map for growth throughout Gig Harbor.

The City has identified several potential code changes we could make to help regulate the pace and character of growth. We would like the public’s help to prioritize issues and discover other changes we might make. Please join the us at a meeting on April 30th. All public is welcome and comments will be taken.
  • 6:10pm: Presentation of Work Plan on Residential Code Changes
  • 6:30pm: Questions and Answers
  • 7:00pm: Public Comments read more

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:
Paradise Theatre
Coming Next Month
Summer officially kicks off next month! Mark your calendars for the Maritime Gig Fest and Summer Sounds at Skansie!

City of Gig Harbor | Tourism & Communications | Karen Scott | 253 853 3554