April 2019
Your monthly news & updates


Spring has sprung! Lots of activities abound! Find out more as you read through our newsletter and explore.

Happy reading, Mimi

p.s. There's lots of City updates this month - you can find them just past the "More April Events" section below
2019 Lineup Announcement for Summer Sounds @ Skansie!
Gig Harbor's annual outdoor concert series, Summer Sounds @Skansie returns on June 25! This year's band lineup is a mix of returning Summer Sounds favorites and exciting newcomers including:

  • Mark Hurwitz & Gin Creek
  • The 133rd Army Band
  • The Beatniks
  • Sounds Like Dolores
  • Olson Brothers
  • Ruthie Craft
  • Funaddicts
  • Nate Botsford

Concerts will be every Tuesday evening, 6:30 - 8 pm, June 25 through August 13, at beautiful Skansie Brothers Park.

Please note : there will be no set up allowed on the lawn of unoccupied chairs or blankets prior to 3 pm the day of the event. Your cooperation in keeping Skansie Brothers Park accessible to the public on concert days is appreciated.

Special thanks to Summer Sounds @ Skansie sponsors CHI Franciscan Health and Harbor Hill for making this popular community event possible! Please check our website, gigharborguide.com, for updates and band schedule.
Winter Sip & Stroll Coming Up on April 6
The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is excited to present their 4th annual Winter Sip & Stroll on Saturday, April 6, sponsored by Anthony's at Gig Harbor. Sample Northwest wines, brews, and tasty small bites at “Stroll Stops.” Tastings at the Sip & Stroll begin at Noon.

Complimentary transportation will be provided throughout the waterfront to make it easy to visit all of the Stroll Stops. For tickets and event information including current lists of featured wine and brews and restaurants and food vendors, visit the
Join In! Parks Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 27
You can make a difference! Volunteer for Parks Appreciation Day on April 27, 9 am to Noon. City, PenMet Parks and Key Pen Parks staff are preparing great projects for volunteers who will be helping with beautification of local parks and open spaces. Bring a team, enjoy the great outdoors and be a part of a major countywide effort!

8th Annual Paddlers Cup Regatta is April 27 & April 28
The Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup is the premier event for Pacific Northwest canoe, kayak, paddleboard and outrigger athletes and enthusiasts of all ages and levels. 

Organized by the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team, this annual community event features paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, stand up and prone paddleboards, outriggers and para-canoes, and dragon boat races.

Harbor WildWatch Events
Cocktails & Fishtales on April 17 at the Gig Harbor Brewing Co., 5:30 - 7 pm

The April Cocktails & Fishtales features Habitat Restoration & Salmon. Cost is $5 at the door, Harbor WildWatch Steward Club members have free admission.
April Events at Harbor History Museum
Tuesday, April 2, 6 pm: Gig Harbor Literary Society meeting, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. The book for the April meeting is Mink River by Brian Doyle.

Thursday, April 11, 6 pm: "The Real Men of Catch-22" (Humanities in the Harbor) at the Harbor History Museum

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 pm: "Catch-22" (1970) at Galaxy Theatre

Look inside the real world of famed novel and movie "Catch-22," the very bomb group Harbor History Museum exhibit "Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front" is based upon. The April 11 event serves as a great intro to the special showing of the 1970 "Catch-22" movie being shown at the Galaxy Theatre on April 24, in partnership with the Gig Harbor Film Festival. 

Both events are free to Harbor History Museum and Gig Harbor Film Festival members. RSVPs are requested as seating is limited. RSVP online

Admission to “The Real Men of Catch-22” is $5.00 for non-members and may be purchased online or at the Museum. Admission to "Catch-22" (1970) at Galaxy Theatre is $10.00 for non-members and can be paid at the door.
Gig Harbor Night Market: April Edition on April 13
Enjoy art, music, food, vendors and beer at the Gig Harbor Night Market on April 13, 4 - 10 pm. Evening fun for all ages and free! Join in on this community event at 7 Seas Brewing, 3006 Judson St. #110.

Music at the BoatShop Featuring Nick & Luke
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm: While playing a combination of americana-rooted original music, jazz standards and the bluegrass/old-time liturgy, Nicholas Hornerand and Lucas Chohany's performances ebb and flow to create a playful blend of the visceral and the virtuosic. Click here for more info.
April Events at Ocean5
Ocean5 is always your destination for fun and entertainment for all ages, and our April specials give you more reasons to swing by! New promotions, entertainment and events happening all April long - including a chance to win a year of free games! We'll be sharing updates on Facebook, Instagram and www.O5social.com/Specials. 

Sneak peek on a few events:
April 1, 15, 22 & 29, 6 - 8 pm: Monday Free Movie Night.
April 1, 7 - 9 pm (Mondays): Launch of advanced competitive, featured game mode laser challenge, Laser Gauntlet.
April 3, (Wednesdays): Ladies Who Laser, every Wednesday. Ladies play laser for free all day long.
April 8: Ocean5 closed for a private event. Table 47 will be open for lunch only.
April 21: Easter Brunch Buffet @ Table 47, 9 am – 3 pm. T47.com/reservations. $25 for adults, $12 for kids under 12.
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor on April 12
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor presents the documentary,"The Nuns, The Priests and The Bombs," on Friday, April 12, 6 pm, at the Agnus Dei Church, 10511 Peacock Hill. "Come for the free movie. Stay for the stimulating community discussion."

April Events at Uptown Gig Harbor
Saturday, April 13, 10 am sharp:
Free Easter Egg Hunt! 10 am sharp for ages 4 and under and ages 5 and older will start shortly thereafter.

Saturday, April 13, 10 am - Noon:
Plant Swap! Meet in the southeast parking lot near HomeGoods.
St. Anthony's Spring Bake Sale on April 10
Head over to St. Anthony Hospital on April 10 for the semi-annual Bake Sale benefiting hospital patients who need assistance with clothing - the "Anthony's 
Closet Program".  From 8 am – 2 pm you can peruse and buy delicious, all-homemade baked goods. Choose from a huge variety of fresh cookies, brownies, bars, cake, pie, fudge and other treats to take home or enjoy there!  

Natural Yard Care Workshops
at the Civic Center
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept. and the City of Gig Harbor are presenting a series of FREE natural yard care workshops at the Civic Center. Prizes, snacks and coffee will be provided. For more information, click on the links or visit our calendar at gigharborguide/event

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:
Layering the Landscape with Marianne Binetti

Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:
Native Plant Landscaping with Dana Bressette

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:
Perfect Plant Combos for Every Yard with Nita-Jo Rountree
PenMet Parks April Events
Saturday, April 13, 5 - 9 pm:
Kids Night Out! at Rosedale Hall, 8205 86th Ave NW. Kids have fun while parents enjoy a night out. $35, $5 sibling discount.

Saturday, April 20, 11 am - Noon:
Tea with the Easter Bunny at Sehmel Pavilion, Sehmel Homestead Park. Tickets online.

Saturday, April 20, Noon - 2 pm:
Spring Easter Egg Hunt at Sehmel Homestead Park. Free with a $2 suggested donation.

Saturday, April 27, 4 - 7 pm:
Adult Egg Hunt at Sehmel Homestead Park. Egg Hunts shouldn't be just for kids! Check out more info on this new event.
Healthy Kids Day at the Y April 27
Hotel Spotlight
Donations Sought for Community Paddlers Dock
A funding effort for a community paddlers dock is being led by the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team. Though the local nationally-ranked team will use the dock and its facilities, none of the money raised will go directly to the team. Instead, the paddlers dock will benefit all of Gig Harbor by growing the local paddling community, increasing access to the waterfront, and giving everyone a chance to learn and compete in a safe and appropriate environment. Visit CommunityPaddlersDock.org for more info.
What's Up With That Boat? Shenandoah Project Update & More on April 27
Stephanie Lile, Director and Curator at the Harbor History Museum will be presenting updates on the Shenandoah Project and the Museum's Maritime Gallery at the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North's April 2 meeting. The meeting is held at Heron's Key and starts at 5 pm.
Free Shred Day on April 27
Windermere Real Estate Gig Harbor is hosting their Annual Shred Day on April 27, 10 am - 1 pm, at 7910 Stinson Ave. At the event, complimentary shred service will be provided by Windermere and FISH Food Bank and Relay for Life will be accepting donations. There is a limit of five boxes per car.
Gig Harbor Arbor Day is April 27
Gig Harbor Audio Hosts An Evening With Peter Case on April 27 at 7 pm
More April Events
City Updates
Open House for the Planning Study for Cushman Trail Phase 5 is on April 1
Join us for the Cushman Trail Phase 5 Planning Study Open House – April 1 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. The Open House will begin with a short presentation followed by an opportunity for the public to view and comment on several draft alignments.
Coffee with Kit on April 2
Join Mayor Kit Kuhn next Tuesday, April 2, from 7 - 8 am at Kimball Coffeehouse, 6659 Kimball Dr a102, for "Coffee with Kit." This is a great chance to talk to the Mayor and let him know your thoughts in a casual setting.

Stinson Ave. Intersection Improvements Project Open House on April 8
Stinson Ave. Intersection Improvements Project and Stinson Ave. Water Main and Overlay Project Open House will be held April 8 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.The Open House will be followed by the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting that will include a presentation on the Stinson Ave. intersection improvements and opportunity for public comment.
Ancich Waterfront Park Ribbon Cutting Celebration on March 23
The City celebrated Ancich Waterfront Park’s opening on March 23, 2019. The ribbon cutting marked a culmination of five years of hard work from the community, the City and state and federal agencies.

Help Us Beautify Your City Parks on April 27!
Spend the day outside and participate with the City of Gig Harbor at our annual Parks Appreciation Day! Mayor Kuhn will be at Soundview Forest if you want to join him.

City of Gig Harbor Parks Appreciation Day Project Sites:
Soundview Forest (new park)
Crescent Creek Park
Donkey Creek Par/Austin Estuary
Grandview Forest Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Wilkinson Farm Park

On Going Events
Hike It Baby ® at Cushman Trail

First Saturday Art Walk


The Journey of Grief

Baby, Preschool, Toddler and Family Storytimes

El Grupo Spanish Talk Time

Find more information about these and other events at: www.gigharborguide.com
Open Census Job Positions in Gig Harbor Area
April Dining Deal
Coming Next Month