August 2019
Your monthly news & updates


Summer continues with more events and activities! Read on for more info on lots of fun possibilities. Check out what's happening, read some news, all you have to do is peruse.

Happy Reading! Mimi

p.s. Find City Updates just past the "More August Events" section below
Join Us for a Pet-Friendly Family Fun Movie Night on August 2!
Join us for our last FREE outdoor movie on a jumbo screen Friday, August 2!

August 2, 8:30 pm*:
“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” (PG)
*Time is approximate. Show starts at dusk.

Come early to Skansie Brothers Park, lay your blankets out and enjoy fun activities with Harbor WildWatch, (starting an hour before showtime), and free popcorn service from Kitsap Bank. Also on hand will be GHPD Detective Mike Allen with a motor unit and pups for photo ops, and special recognition of Mud Bay.

Movies are brought to you by the City of Gig Harbor, Kaiser Permanente, Taylor Thomason Insurance, Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund and Kitsap Bank.
National Night Out is on August 6!
National Night Out is a FREE event observed annually on the first Tuesday in August. During National Night Out's 36 years, there have been 38 million participants and 16,000 communities' involvement, including Gig Harbor's. The event shines a spotlight on community police programs and increases connections between those who serve and their neighborhoods.

The Gig Harbor National Night Out is on August 6, 5 - 8 pm at Skansie Brothers Park. There'll be a free community barbecue with hot dogs, a root beer garden, bottled water and McDonald's french fries.

Other displays and activities include multiple military, police, first responders and emergency response vehicles as well as lots of children's activities, including games and prizes.

Free music by Funnadicts will be courtesy of Summer Sounds at Skansie starting at 6:30 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: 1 Due to early closure of Harborview Dr. for the event at 3 pm, CHAIRS MAY BE PLACED AFTER 1 PM for the Funaddicts Summer Sounds @ Skansie concert only. The Stinson Water Main road work will stop at 2 pm for the event also.

This great community event is made possible through several agencies, organizations, and businesses, including:
  • City of Gig Harbor
  • Gig Harbor Police Department
  • Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund
  • Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One
  • South Sound 911
  • Gig Harbor Kiwanis
  • Home Depot
  • Costco
  • Target, Wilco, Peninsula Light Co., Ocean5, Fred Meyer, ring and AT&T
Gig Harbor's Rockin' Rhythm & Blues Festival on August 10
More Summer Sounds @ Skansie in August!
Gig Harbor's FREE outdoor waterfront concert series, Summer Sounds @Skansie, continues through August 13!

Concerts are Tuesday evenings,
6:30 - 8 pm, August 6 and August 13,
at beautiful Skansie Brothers Park.

Leave parking woes behind and plan to take the Trolley! Their last scheduled stop at the park is 15 minutes after the concert is done.

We have two great shows lined up for this month - The Funaddicts, and last year's new fan favorite, Nate Botsford.

Aug. 6: Funaddicts &

Aug. 13: Nate Botsford

***Due to National Night Out's early Harborview Dr. road closure, chairs may be set out after 1 PM only for the August 6 Summer Sounds.

REMINDER: there will be no set up allowed on the lawn of unoccupied chairs or blankets prior to 3 pm for the August 13 concert.

However, please feel free to bring your items earlier than 3 pm and leave them behind the Skansie House Visitor Center if needed. The City will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Your cooperation in keeping Skansie Brothers Park accessible to the public on concert days is appreciated.

Special thanks to our wonderful Summer Sounds @ Skansie sponsors CHI Franciscan Health and Harbor Hill for making this popular community event possible!
Galloping Gertie Half Marathon, 10k & 5k on August 10
Galloping Gertie Half Marathon 10k & 5K will be on Saturday, August 10, 8 am – Noon. The NEW Half Marathon Course will be much faster (flatter) than previous years. The race will start and finish at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Enjoy running through the old growth forests of the Key Peninsula. Make your out and back across Galloping Gertie with stunning views of the Puget Sound, Point Defiance, Vashon Island, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. For more information on the race, course, schedule and registration, visit
Uptown Summer Concert Series Continues in August
Free summer concerts at the Uptown Pavilion on Thursday nights, 6 - 8 pm.

The line-up for August:

  • August 1, Wounded Mic (Rock)
  • August 8, Indigo Jazz Band (Jazz)
  • August 15, The Michael Crain Band (Rock)

Skip the Hassle, Take the Trolley!
Save yourself the hassle and take the Trolley. It conveniently runs every 30 minutes, seven days a week, between the historic Gig Harbor waterfront district, Harbor Hill and the Uptown shopping district. You can ride all day for just $1, or one ride is 50 cents. Children five and under ride free! With a valid Regional Reduced Fare Permit, seniors and persons with disabilities ride free as well. Come out and ride the Trolley, bring your kids and grandkids, and enjoy all Gig Harbor has to offer! The Gig Harbor Trolley is a partnership between the City of Gig Harbor, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Gig Harbor, the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, Heron's Key, and Pierce Transit.

Cruise the Narrows Car Show is on August 3
Gig Harbor BoatShop
August Activities
On Friday, August 2 from 7 - 9 pm, Greg Blake and Real Country will be performing at the Gig Harbor BoatShop. Open to all ages, their set can include traditional bluegrass and classic country music in the style of Cash, Haggard, Jones and Buck Owens, to name a few. Click here for more information on tickets and the show.

The BoatShop's new program, Free First Fridays, is on August 2, where you can try one of the human-powered boats in their Livery fleet for free. You can paddle a Willits canoe during Free First Friday on August 2. Please call the BoatShop to reserve your place.This program is made possible by a grant from Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA)'s Grow Boating program.

You can also rent one of five different boats Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the BoatShop's livery fleet also.

The BoatShop's Family Boat Building Program is on August 3rd and 4th, with very limited spots available. There are also dates in September and October. For more information on this and other programs, please visit the Gig Harbor BoatShop's website at
Save the Date: Come Listen to Council Candidates Speak on
September 3
Evening Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North presents speakers Robyn Denson and Michelle Matheson, candidates for Gig Harbor City Council Position 5 on Tuesday, September 3. The meeting will be held at the Maritime Room at Heron's Key, 4340 Borgen Blvd, at 5 pm.

The meeting is open to the public to come meet and listen to the candidates.

Free Waterfront Walking Tours!
Gig Harbor’s award-winning, guided Waterfront Walking Tours ends for the season after August, so catch one before it's too late! "From Skiffs to Spirits" starts at the Harbor History Museum at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays and the family-friendly, interactive new tour, "Wonders of the Waterfront" begins at 10 am at Donkey Creek Park on Saturdays.

Walking 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. 

Love Meeting New People? Volunteer at the Skansie House Visitor Center
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor is on August 9
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor presents the documentary, "Trickle Down Town," on August 9 at Agnus Dei Church, 11051 Peacock Hill. Snacks and socializing at 6 pm, movie at 6:30 pm. The event is free, donation is gratefully accepted. Special Guest will be "Trickle Down Town" filmmaker, Tomasz Biernacki.
Waterfront Farmers Market Open Through August
FRESH is the operative word at the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Farmers Market. You will find a variety of fresh veggies, fruits, berries, flowers and products at the market every Thursday through August 29, 1 - 7 pm at Skansie Brothers Park. A variety of kids activities are offered every week, in addition to live music, unique gifts and food items.

Recent offerings have included culinary and medicinal herb bundles, keto-friendly lemon bars, lamb plate ribs, grape carrots, pineapple carrots, assorted cherries, deer tongue lettuce, pea shoots, rutabaga, locally produced hand spun yarn and much, much more!

Check out all the fresh produce from eleven farmers, great food to take out or eat while you're there, and wonderful products on display - just don't forget your reusable bags!

For weekly info on offerings and entertainment, visit the Waterfront Farmers Market Facebook page.
Gig Harbor Night Market: August Edition is on August 3
Enjoy art, music, food, vendors and beer at the Gig Harbor Night Market on August 3, 4 - 9 pm. Evening fun for all ages and free! Join in on this community event at 7 Seas Brewing, 3006 Judson St. #110

Happenings at Harbor History Museum in August
On View Through August 31:
Legacy: The Glenn Sutt Native Basket Collection features 100 baskets dating from the 1850s to 1970s. Makah whaling hats, Klickitat cooking baskets, Yakima corn husk bags, and Iroquois curled bark baskets are just some of the extraordinary works on view.

Works of art in their own right, baskets are also the original zero-waste container, used for everything from gathering berries and storing food, to self-adornment and symbols of status. 

Saturday, August 10, 10 am - Noon:
Family Fun Morning at Harbor History Museum! This free event includes story time, school session in Midway Schoolhouse and announcement of the 2019 Round Rock Contest winners.

For more information on this event and ongoing family activities like the museum scavenger hunt, cornhole in the courtyard and arts & crafts, visit the museum's Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 7, 6 pm:
Gig Harbor Literary Society meeting, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged.

The book for the August meeting is "This Is How It Always Is," by Laurie Frankel.

Thursday, August 15, 6 pm:
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, remember some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest at this Humanities in the Harbor presentation. Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa presents five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism whose inspiring stories reach back to the early years of our region.

For more information on these and other Harbor History Museum, please visit their webpage at
Swing Dancing at the Boatyard
Join Harbor Swing for lessons, live entertainment, snacks and dancing! Dates are August 6 and August 20, at 8 pm at The Boatyard, 3111 Harborview Dr. Fun for all ages, and no experience needed.
$10 cover charge at the door - cash only
street parking only.

PenMet Parks August Events
Tuesday, August 6, 5 - 6 pm:
Adaptive Recreation Program at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th NW. For ages 16 and older with disabilities, the August 6 program theme is "Lawn Games."
Event is free, registration is required. Here for more information.

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 - 10 pm:
Movie in the Park: Grease! at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th NW. Presented by the PenMet Parks Teen Advisory Committee, grab your family and friends for a night out at the Park to watch the classic movie, "Grease"! Enjoy food trucks and games beforehand.
Application Deadline for Veteran's Banner Project is August 19
The Downtown Waterfront Alliance is proud to again present the Veteran’s Banner project to honor our local Military Heroes. Applications for this special opportunity to honor those who have served, or are currently serving, are being accepted. 

Banner applications will be accepted until August 19, at a cost of $200 per banner. New for 2019 is the opportunity to provide detailed information about the honoree, to “tell the story” of the veteran. 

Stinson Avenue Watermain Replacement Continues Through Summer
The Stinson Avenue Watermain Replacement Project will continue through August. The project replaces approximately 4000 linear feet of watermain. Within the project limits there will be a single-lane closure with alternating traffic for the majority of the project. There will be some work performed in Grandview Street, between Pioneer Way and Stinson Ave. Minimal work will take place in the Pioneer/Grandview intersection, however, this work is mostly limited to night-work to minimize the impact to the public. 

It is suggested to use alternative routes as identified in the diagram above, as it is expected there will be significant vehicular delay in the vicinity of Stinson Avenue throughout the duration of the project. On Tuesday, August 6, work will stop at 2 pm for National Night Out.

Please contact Construction Supervisor, Kyle Neiman, with questions or concerns at 253-853-7607. Or, to reach the Public Works main-line please dial 253-851-8136.
Gig Harbor Film Festival Monthly Movie Night on August 28
The Gig Harbor Film Festival Movie Night feature is "The Tomorrow Man," 6:30 pm at Galaxy Theatre on August 28. Free for Gig Harbor Film Festival Members or $10 at the door.
Ad Libbers Game Night August 29
Play improv speaking games and compete for prizes at Ad Libbers Game Night presented by Gig Harbor Toastmaster! Held the last Thursday monthly, the August 29 event is at Markee, 5275 Olympic Dr NW, #101, starting at 7 pm. For more info, visit
Harbor WildWatch
August Activities
Harbor WildWatch is hosting 14 free Low Tide Beach Walks in August at local beaches. Join them and get to know the unique animals that inhabit the intertidal zone with biologists and volunteer naturalists. For listing of locations, dates and times, visit Harbor Wildwatch's Facebook events page.

Harbor WildWatch's August Cocktails & Fishtails is on Wednesday, August 22, at the Gig Harbor Brewing Co., 5:30 - 7 pm. The August Cocktails & Fishtales will be their first-ever Environmental Trivia Night. Cost is $5 at the door, Harbor WildWatch Steward Club members have free admission.
Suds & Cinema is on August 20
Make Sure To Go With The Flow!
The Gig Harbor Police Department's voluntary paddlecraft safety program called GO WITH THE FLOW helps add awareness, predictability, and safety to interactions between paddlecraft and larger vessels in Gig Harbor. For quick tips and a short video how-to, please visit
August Events at Ocean5
Ocean5 is going all out to celebrate the last full month of summer! Check out their Summer Fest information and other events:

Summer Fun Frenzy - every Saturday and Sunday for a limited time. Each weekend is a different deal! Click here for view the different deals.

Watch the Seahawks preseason games at Ocean5. Schedule and more info here.

Ladies play laser for free, every Wednesday at the Ladies Who Laser events.

Ocean5 Comedy Night Sponsored by Heritage Distilling Co., is on August 8.

Rockboat Karaoke is on August 15.

Ocean5 will be closed on Friday, August 16, until 4 pm.

For more on these and other events, visit Ocean5's website or Facebook page.
Music Around The Harbor in August
More August Events
City Updates
County Re-striping Project Scheduled To Begin August 11th
Pierce County will have roadway striping crews scheduled to be in town August 11th, 12th and 13th, to re-stripe all major roadways within the City. This work is weather dependent, and in the event of rain, this work may be rescheduled. For a map showing the roadways that will be re-striped, please visit the City's website, or click here.
Accepting Lodging Tax Fund Applications for 2020
A reminder that the City of Gig Harbor is now accepting applications for Tourism and Visitor related events and projects (2020 Lodging Tax Fund). Applications are due September 20, 2019 by 5 pm.

Coffee With Kit is on August 6
Join Mayor Kit Kuhn next Tuesday, August 6, 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.

You can also read the Mayor's latest post updating citizens in regards to administration issues on his blog at the City's website.
Design Review Board
The City has an opening on the Design Review Board. Applicants must be able to read and interpret site plans and elevation drawings. For more information, please contact Josh Stecker, 253-853-7638, or email
Updates to "NW" Directional within Gig Harbor City Limits
A reminder that addresses within city limits are being modified to no longer contain the “NW” directional designator.

The City is implementing these modifications to ensure they continue to provide their citizens with the highest & most defined level of safety available. For more information, visit the City's website.
PSE Natural Gas Night Work
Puget Sound Energy’s natural gas crew will be starting to work nights at the intersection of and through Skansie Ave. and Rosedale St. Hours will be between 8 pm and 6 am starting August 28th. It is anticipated that they will be work nights for approximately two weeks. There will be no road closure but traffic control will be in place and flaggers present to direct traffic. 
On Going Events
Outdoor Yoga By Donation @Civic Center Green & Veteran's Memorial Park


Baby, Preschool, Toddler Storytimes

El Grupo Spanish Talk Time

Senior Gaming

Find more information about these and other events at:
August Dining Deals
Porto Cucina is a family friendly Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Gig Harbor (formerly Spiros)! Join them August 2nd - 4th for 10% off your meal AND kids eat free all weekend to celebrate their GRAND OPENING! Visit their website,, for their menu and more info, or call 253-851-9200.
Coming In September!