November is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for. The City of Gig Harbor would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all the community members who pitched in and hosted, sponsored, volunteered at, or attended a community event this year. We couldn't make Gig Harbor such an amazing place without you! We are thankful to live and work in such a wonderful community. It doesn't get much better than Gig Harbor!

Today Gig Harbor is full of activity. From Harborview to Uptown, join us to celebrate Halloween fun with tons of tricks and treats! As we move into November, we will honor the Chum salmon and all that makes Gig Harbor so special - our waterways and critters in it. Please join us at the Harbor History Museum on Saturday, November 18 from noon-4pm.

In the meantime, stay connected with GigHarborGuide on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
All the best,
The Eighth Annual Girls Night Out 
along Gig Harbor's Waterfront November 9
write in the harbor
Tacoma Community College hosts Write in the Harbor November 3 and 4
Write in the Harbor, November 3 and 4, is 
an annual regional conference for writers offered through Tacoma Community College's Continuing Education department at the Gig Harbor campus. Attendees learn more about literary and commercial fiction genres and develop skills to create richer and more interesting stories. Plus, fabulous author JA Jance will be the keynote speaker! 
Meaningful Movies presents "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point"
T he average American family of four incurs an annual healthcare insurance tab of $23,000. In many cases, this astronomical sum doesn't afford them nearly enough coverage for emergency medical care. That's just one of the startling realities presented in the documentary "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point," presented by the Meaningful Movies Project on November 10 at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church at 6:30pm. 

Winter Warm-up Holiday Crafts Fair at Key Peninsula Civic Center November 11
The Key Peninsula Civic Center announces its 10th Annual Winter Warm-up Holiday Crafts Fair at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, November 11 from 9am - 5pm. Over 60 booths of handmade crafts and art will fill the Civic Center. Come get an early start on your holiday shopping while being entertained with music from Vaughn Elementary Drums & Choir, the Bluegrass Minstrels, & the KPMS Jazz Band. Santa will make his arrival around 1 pm and free picture postcards will be taken by KP News staff. As always - food and treats will be available throughout the day. Don't miss this season-opener at the Key Peninsula Civic Center.
Thank you Peninsula Light for your generous sponsorship!
Admission is free to all.
Troop 282 Veteran's Day Ceremony

Join Troop 282 for a 21 gun salute, flag presentation and flag retirement ceremony, November 11 at 11am at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.
Harbor Winds presents Americana November 12

Join Harbor Winds under the direction of Eric Swanson for their concert "Americana" at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church on November 12 at 3pm.  Free admission, donations welcome.
St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary
Fall Bake Sale November 15

The ladies of the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary are pulling on their aprons and getting out the sugar, spice, flour, chocolate, nuts, creams, raspberry, lemon, vanilla, cinnamon and more to create irresistible homemade sweets at their semi-annual bake sale. The sale is held in the cafeteria foyer on the lower level of St. Anthony Hospital., 8am-2pm.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" 
at Paradise Theatre
This delightful comedy, which is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, is about the Herdman kids, six delinquent children engaged in misfit behavior who go to church for the first time for the free snacks. But, when they are cast in the Sunday school's Christmas play, mayhem and fun ensue as they tell the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion. Performances begin November 17 through December 9.
11th Annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival November 18

Hosted by Harbor WildWatch and the Harbor History Museum, every year the greater Gig Harbor Community celebrates the return of the salmon to our local waters The Chum Festival serves to remind us that the quality of water and the habitat it supports connects us all. Enjoy guided estuary tours, pressed salmon art, kids face painting, live music and more. November 18, 12-4pm, Harbor History Museum.

The Gig Harbor Turkey Trot November 23
Come run before the festivities begin and burn a few pounds. The trot begins at 8am facing east on the main road in front of the Gig Harbor post office (3118 Judson St), where you can drop off your cans of food and prepare for the race. Day-of Registration starts at 6:30am. You will also be able to pay and pick up t-shirts and bib numbers the day of the race (although we encourage everyone to pay ahead of time to make for a quick and less-chaotic process). This year, proceeds are going to FISH food bank, a local organization called Food Backpacks 4 Kids, the Bischoff food bank, and local high school scholarships.

Small Business Saturday November 25
Across the country, small businesses and consumers alike are getting excited to support their favorite independent businesses on Small Business Saturday.  Now more than ever, consumers are recognizing the value of shopping locally and eating at independently-owned restaurants because of the worthiness, quality and uniqueness they add to their community.  Have fun while supporting the unique  businesses of Gig Harbor's beautiful downtown waterfront - don't stop there. Visit Uptown and Harbor Hill too!. 
Peninsula High School presents
Winterfest Arts and Crafts
November 25 and 26
Peninsula High School's Winterfest is a holiday arts and crafts show with 200 exhibitors with handcrafted items and gourmet foods. Visit the food fair that is operated by PHS student groups.  Funds raised from this event support after school clubs, athletics, assembly speakers, and ASB supplies and more.
Harbor History Museum Special 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 November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7 at 6pm at the Harbor History Museum. The book for discussion is "The Whistling Season" by Ivan Doig, which  revisits the American West in the early twentieth century, bringing to life the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it thrive.

Humanities in the Harbor
The presentation "Diamonds in the Ether: Tuning In to Northwest Radio History" revisits the power of radio in the evergreen State then and now, November 15 at 6pm  downtown waterfront.
Link to additional information
Peninsula Guild #1 Thrift Shop Holiday Sale
Join the Peninsula Guild for the annual Holiday Sale  beginning Tuesday, October 31 and running through Friday, November 17, 10am  to 4pm, Tuesdays through Fridays.
The sale takes place at 3622 Pioneer Plaza located in the shopping area behind Kitsap Bank.
Beautiful holiday items have been donated by our generous community throughout the year, stored and made available for this special sale. All proceeds benefit MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.       

Peninsula Community Chorus hosts Christmas Concert December 3
The Peninsula Community Chorus will be presenting their annual free Christmas concert "Let There Be Peace", on Sunday, December 3 at 3pm at the United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way. This will be the first concert welcoming the new director Staci Webb. Staci is a middle school choir teacher from Peninsula School District. She has 21 years experience working with choirs and PCC is so excited to have her directing!

The program includes "Going to Bethlehem", "Gloucestershire Wassail" and
"Patapan Fantasia", as well as traditional favorites such as, "Do You Hear What I Hear", and many others. The choice is dedicating this year's performance to a good friend and long time choir member Sally Wax, who passed away in May. Please join in for some beautiful, fun music in the spirit of the Holidays! There is a reception with light refreshments following the concert. Find PCC on Facebook.com/Peninsula Community Chorus.

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, November 4, 6-7:30pm.

Mocktails & Fishtales
This special Mocktails & Fishtales is a family-friendly event at the Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. Come enjoy this indoors (read warm and dry) Pier Into the Night program at The Club@The Boatyard. Bring your curiosity and questions for our fabulous naturalists. November 15, 5:30-7:30pm.
November Dining News
Mark Johnson & Joey Niemann perform at the Tides Tavern, November 14, 7-9pm. Join us for dinner, drinks and fantastic live music. No cover. You must be 21+ to enter the Tides Tavern.
Marc Johnson and Joey Niemann are an acoustic duo from Gig Harbor, WA. Their debut album, "Time Well Spent" is available at marcandjoeymusic.com.
Lunchbox Laboratory
As a thank you to the men and women who serve, all veterans eat free on Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11.  
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.
Hotel Highlight: Waterfront Inn 

Enjoy the cozy fireplace while you admire the beautiful view of the Harbor from your room. Watch the great blue herons, seals, otters, ducks and eagles in the peaceful setting of The Waterfront Inn. Winter special of $30 off your two night stay (excludes holidays). Please mention Gig Harbor Waterfront Inn Winter Special when you make your booking.

Link to more information
City of Gig Harbor News
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.

Ancich Park Upland Development
Stay tuned for ground breaking in November.
2017 Transportation Update, "Connect the Gig"
What are your transportation priorities? What investments make the most sense for Gig Harbor's future? Help plan Gig Harbor's future, 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: 
Burnham/Borgen Roundabout Traffic Modifications
Harbor Hill Drive Extension
Olympic Drive/Point Fosdick Drive Right Turn Lane Intersection Improvements  
Well No. 11
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  
Paradise Theatre
Ongoing Events

First Saturday Art Walk

Gig Harbor Farmers Market

Super Business Group

Meaningful Movies in GH


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

Tidefest Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Dec 2 and 3

Breakfast with Santa Dec 2

Annual Tree Lighting Dec 2

Lighted Boat Parade Dec 9

Hark the Harbor Dec 8-10

Menorah Ligthing Dec 14
Karen Scott |  Claire Bunker
City of Gig Harbor | Tourism & Communications | 253 853 3554   
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