February 2019
Your monthly news & updates

Greetings!and Hello February!

Winter might still be here but there will be lots to do for the year (keep checking gigharborguide.com through February for dates of upcoming annual festivals and events). With Valentine's Day just around the corner, a fun plan is in order,so read on for details on Winter Sip & Stroll and other events.

Happy reading! Mimi
Gig Harbor is at the Seattle Boat Show through February 2
The City of Gig Harbor and community volunteers, in partnership with the Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, is exhibiting at the Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center through February 2.

There is only a couple of days left to catch us at the show! The show includes the latest watercraft and accessories, free boating and fishing seminars, food and fun, family-friendly activities. If you're at the show, stop in and see us in the East Hall.

Winter Sip & Stroll Early Bird Savings Ends Saturday!
Hit the town for some wine, brews, spirits and food tasting at Gig Harbor's downtown waterfront on February 9, Noon - 4 pm. For just $35, Winter Sip & Stroll Early Bird tickets are a bargain you can't miss! Order them NOW before it's too late - visit bit.ly/wintersipandstroll2019 for tickets and a complete description. Hurry, early bird discounts ends this Saturday, February 2, at midnight!
Empty Bowls Fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club on February 16
Presented by Altrusa of Gig Harbor, the Empty Bowls event aims to raise funds to fight child hunger in the area. Empty Bowls will be held at the Gig Harbor Boys & Girls Club from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, February 16. Event goers purchase a hand-crafted bowl and choose a delicious soup donated by local restaurants and chefs to fill it. Enjoy a simple meal and feed a hungry child!

Harbor WildWatch Events
Pier Into the Night (Only two more left until the fall!)
Take an underwater journey of Gig Harbor bay without getting wet! Harbor WildWatch educators narrate a live stream from underwater cameras used by divers. Jerisich Dock, February 2, 6 - 7 pm.

Cocktails & Fishtales Kicks off on February 20
The season kick off will feature Ken Campbell, Ikkatsu Project, on Marine Debris in the Wilds of Alaska at the Gig Harbor Taproom, 3155 Harborview Drive, 5:30 – 7 pm. Cost is $5 at the door, Harbor WildWatch Steward Club members have free admission.
Father Daughter Dance Presented by PenMet Parks on February 9
PenMet Parks invites fathers and daughters to make lifetime memories on February 9, 7- 9 pm at the Cheney Family Branch Boys & Girls Club. Registration is required, tickets can be purchased here.

PenMet Parks recreation programs operate year-round with classes, camps and sports. Visit penmetparks.org to view their programs.
Harbor History Museum Hosts Bomber Boys Exhibit
Harbor History Museum is pleased to host “Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front,” through June 2, 2019. Featuring a series of striking photographs reproduced from a secret stash of World War II images, ephemera, and a diary from 1945, the exhibit highlights the combat, captains, crew, and camp life of the 445 th bomb squadron of the 12 th Army Air Corps stationed mainly on Corsica and in Italy. 

Call for Art: Seeking Salish Artist to Create Artwork
Application Deadline for proposals is March 15. A group of Gig Harbor residents, in partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Gig Harbor Arts Commission and Gig Harbor Kiwanis Foundation, encourages Coast Salish artists to submit proposals for an artwork that will honor the town’s first residents, the sxwəbabš band (pronounced sk-WHUH-babsh) of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The artwork will be placed in Austin Estuary Park on the shore of Gig Harbor Bay near the original sxwəbabš’ village. More info & RFP
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor on February
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor presents the documentary,"15 to Life Kenneth's Story," on Friday, February 8, 6 pm, at the Agnus Dei Church, 10511 Peacock Hill. "Come for the free movie. Stay for the stimulating community discussion."

February 14 Dining Options
Thursday, February 14 is Valentine's Day. With so many great options around town, it may be difficult to decide where to rendezvous with your sweetheart. For a list of selections, visit the Downtown Waterfront Alliance Facebook page or Uptown Gig Harbor's website.
Love & Laser BOGO on February 14 & More at Ocean5
Sunday, February 3: Super Football Watching Party Packages

Thursday, February 14: Bring your date, bring a friend, or bring a whole team for Love & Laser BOGO! Buy one regularly priced game, get one free. Valid all day. It's also Comedy Night at Ocean5 - here for tickets.

February 18 - 22: Ocean5 opens at 11 am (Mid-Winter Break!)

Gig Harbor Night Market: February Edition at 7 Seas on the 2nd
Enjoy art, music, food, vendors and beer at the Gig Harbor Night Market on February 2, 5 - 10 pm. Need gift ideas for Valentine's Day or just a fun night out in the community? Check out this happening at 7 Seas Brewing, 3006 Judson St. #110.

Dragon Boat Team Seeks Donations for March Flea Market
The Gig Dragon Boat Team is planning for the Second Annual Dragon Boat Upscale Flea Market which will benefit their teams.
They need your gently used items donations now! Contact Lori at 253-225-0144 for details.
Gig Harbor Film Festival's 72 Hour Film Competition
Registration Deadline is March 1
Waterfront Farmers Market Accepting Vendor Applications
Save the Date! March 3 - 7 for
Gig Harbor Restaurant Week
Experience the tastes of Gig Harbor's Downtown Waterfront! Participating restaurants feature fixed price special menu items to enjoy. This year's Restaurant Week runs from March 3 -7.
For more information on the upcoming event plus sample menus from last year's event, visit Gig Harbor's Waterfront Restaurant Week's Facebook page.
February Dining Deal
Service Organization Spotlight: Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North
The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North will be presenting speaker Luke Sturgeon at their next meeting on Tuesday, February 5, from 5-6 pm at the Maritime Room in Heron's Key, 4340 Borgen Blvd.

Sturgeon will be speaking on "Improving the Health of Pierce County Together." He will touch upon the question of "How can Pierce County clubs build on Rotary’s deep commitment to health-related causes to address the needs of our communities?”

Beat the Blahs - Check Out Uptown Specials!
Harbor Youth Art Display & Contest All February Long
More February Events
City Updates
Public Invited to Give Input on New City Park Name
The City's Park Commission will be taking public input at a February 6th Public Hearing on the naming of the its newest park, formerly known as the Haub triangle property. The 2-acre forested park property, purchased by the City in 2018, is located at the corner of Soundview Drive and Harborview Drive.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to gather additional input in order for the Parks Commission to provide naming recommendations to City Council.

The Parks Commission will meet in Community Rooms A&B on Wednesday, February 6, 5 pm. at the Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street. 

In the meantime, please visit our park! There's trails, a picnic table and is dog-friendly. You might even feel inspired to pledge dollars towards a new gazebo for the park!
City Seeks Volunteers for Commissions and Committee
The City is seeking citizens interested in serving on several commissions and committees. Click links below for more information on each:

Coffee with Kit Returns February 5
Join Mayor Kit Kuhn next Tuesday, February 5, from 7 - 8 am at Kimball Coffeehouse, 6659 Kimball Dr a102, for "Coffee with Kit." This is a chance to talk to the Mayor and let him know your thoughts in a casual setting.

There are several opportunities in February to hear from the Mayor about City updates at local organization events including:

February 7, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Canterwood Golf & Country Club

February 23, 9 - 10:30 am
Harbor Place at Cottesmore

Harbor Place at Cottesmore
February 26, Noon

Public Participation Needed for Shoreline Master Program
The City is conducting a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program and is seeking the public's participation.

Get Out and Vote on February 12!
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
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