July 2019
Your monthly news & updates


The heart of the summertime is approaching fast, when the sun shines high and the daylight lasts. Fourth of July is a celebration, followed by more activities to fill you with elation. To make sure you're in the loop, read through to get all the scoop!

Happy Fourth and Happy July! Mimi

p.s. Check out all the City updates - you can find them just past the "More June Events" section below
Family Fun Movie Nights at the Park Starts Friday, July 5!
Join us for FREE outdoor movies on a jumbo screen every Friday in July (and August 2)!

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.

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.

July 5, 9:15 pm:
“The NeverEnding Story,” (PG)

July 12, 9 pm:
“Inside Out,” (PG)

July 19, 9 pm:
"Mary Poppins” (1964), (G)

July 26, 8:30 pm:
“Mary Poppins Returns,” (PG)

August 2, 8:30 pm:
“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” (PG)

Times are approximate. All shows start at dusk.
Tuesday Night Music with Summer Sounds @ Skansie

Gig Harbor's FREE outdoor waterfront concert series, Summer Sounds @Skansie, continues through July!

Catch some patriotic tunes and more with the 133d WA Army National Guard Band on July 2, for a pre-July 4th musical revue.

Then catch the rest of our fabulous lineup in July and August!

July 9: The Beatniks + Fill the FISH Tank Food Drive
July 16: Sounds Like Dolores
July 23: The Olson Band
July 30: Ruthie Craft
Aug. 6: Funaddicts &
Aug. 13: Nate Botsford

Concerts are every Tuesday evening,
6:30 - 8 pm, June 25 through August 13,
at beautiful Skansie Brothers Park. Take the Trolley! Their last scheduled stop at the park is 15 minutes after the concert is done.

REMINDER: there will be no set up allowed on the lawn of unoccupied chairs or blankets prior to 3 pm the day of the event.

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!
Wings & Wheels on July 6 & 7
Stop by the City of Gig Harbor booth when you're at Wings & Wheels!
Wine & Food Experience With Waterfront Block Party and Much More on July 27!
The Wine & Food Experience, on Saturday, July 27, is a one day event offering experiences for you to choose from all day long!  Morning: choose from a variety of Classes & Demos including a Wine & Swine Pairing at Morso; Hair of the Dog – Crafting the Perfect Morning Cocktail at Brimstone PNW; and All About Hops – at 7 Seas Brewing – classes are already selling out! Afternoon: the ever-popular Waterfront Block Party with lots of Party Stops (wine & food tasting featuring 17 wineries, over 50 wines, 5 breweries and 1 distillery) and tasty small bites. FREE shuttle service, live entertainment and wine store too!  Evening: an exclusive Vintner Dinner at Brix 25 featuring Chef Thad Lyman. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com for all of the experiences at the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.
Uptown Summer Concert Series Starts on Thursday, July 11
Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival is July 20 & 21
Chalk the Harbor on July 20
Children, families and adults are invited to decorate the sidewalks (consider bringing a chair or knee pads) on Saturday, July 20 to "Chalk the Harbor."

A maritime theme is encouraged and there'll be free chalk and awards! Register from 10 am - 2 pm at Skansie Brothers Park or Finholm location. For more information, call 253-514-0071 or visit gigharborwaterfront.org
Volunteers Needed for Skansie House Visitor Center
Waterfront Farmers Market Every Thursday (except July 4)
The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance's Waterfront Farmers Market will be celebrating its 5th season this summer! The Market is on Thursdays, (EXCEPT JULY 4), June 6 - August 29, 1 - 7 pm at Skansie Brothers Park.

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.
Ride the Trolley Around Town!
Take the Gig Harbor Trolley to all the fun events in July! The Trolley 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.

New "Summer Only" Exhibition at Harbor History Museum
The Glenn Sutt Native Basket collection, now on view at the Harbor History Museum, 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. 

Legacy: The Glenn Sutt Native Basket Collection is open through August 31, 2019.

2nd Annual 4th of July Patriotic Kids Parade on Rosedale St.
The 2nd Annual Patriotic Kids Parade will be held July 4th from 10 am - 1 pm, from Gig Harbor High School, 5101 Rosedale St. Children MUST be registered to attend and to be entered as a contestant in the parade. This a FREE event hosted by Macaroni Kid Gig Harbor - Key Peninsula - Fox Island.

Gig Harbor BoatShop Introduces Free First Friday on July 5
The Gig Harbor BoatShop at Eddon Boatyard is introducing their new program, Free First Fridays. Try one of the human-powered boats in their Livery fleet on the first Friday of every month... FOR FREE! This program is made possible by a grant from Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA)'s Grow Boating program. The program kicks off on July 5 with the Eddon Gig rowing skiff. You can also rent one of five different boats Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays too!

Free Waterfront Walking Tours on Wednesdays & Saturdays
Gig Harbor’s award-winning and FREE guided Waterfront Walking Tours continue through July with Wednesday "From Skiffs to Spirits" (ends at Heritage Distilling Co.), and Saturday "Wonders of the Waterfront" tours. "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. 

7 Seas 10th Anniversary Bash is July 5 - 7!
Help 7 Seas celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a BIG three day bash from July 5th through the 7th. The event will be held in the parking lot in front of their brewery tap room, 3006 Judson St. Suite 110, and within their indoor event space. The event is a 21+ event. Click here for more details.
July Events at Harbor History Museum
Wednesday, July 10, 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 July meeting is My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd.

Thursday, July 18, 6 pm: Humanities in the Harbor screening of the film, "Curtis Comes Back to Seattle: Re-discovering Edward Sheriff Curtis and Native American Culture in the Pacific Northwest."

The 90 minute film will be followed by a 30 minute Q & A with filmmaker, Vaun Raymond.

For more information on these and other Harbor History Museum, please visit their webpage at harborhistorymuseum.org/events
Expect Delays: Stinson Avenue Watermain Replacement Starts on July 8
The Stinson Avenue Watermain Replacement Project is expected to begin July 8th, 2019 and continue throughout the summer months. The project will replace 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 July 9th, work will be stopped by 2 pm in deference to the Summer Sounds @ Skansie Beatniks concert.

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.
City is Accepting Applications for the 2020 Lodging Tax Fund
Fill the FISH Tank in July!
You can help "Fill the FISH Tank Food Drive" at these upcoming July community events: the July 9 Summer Sounds at Skansie - Beatniks concert and the July 12 Family Fun Movie Night at Skansie Brothers Park. Donate 4 cans of food or $5 for a raffle ticket to win great prizes. Visit ghpfish.org for more info on the Food Bank and its services.
Harbor WildWatch July Activities
Harbor WildWatch free Low Tide Beach Walks are happening throughout July and 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 July Cocktails & Fishtails is on Wednesday, July 17, at the Gig Harbor Brewing Co., 5:30 - 7 pm. The July Cocktails & Fishtales features Rockfish & Abalone Research. Cost is $5 at the door, Harbor WildWatch Steward Club members have free admission.
Gig Harbor Rooster Races on July 20
This Weekend: Gig Harbor Garden Tour, June 29 & 30
This last weekend in June, the 29th & 30th is when you can catch the Gig Harbor Garden Tour. A self guided tour of seven gardens in the Greater Gig Harbor Area, each garden has a unique story to tell that reflects the gardener's heart and style. The variety, artistry, design. and color will inspire you. The tour benefits literacy programs in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas. More info: gigharborgardentour.org.
Suds & Cinema on July 16
PenMet Parks July Events
Saturday, July 13, 8:30 am - 4 pm:
Women's Wellness Expo at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th NW. An event to empower, enrich, and educate women about their own wellness journeys with group fitness classes, min-workshops, networking sessions, food, beer garden, music, local entertainment and much more! Q13 Fox anchor, Ellen Tailor, will be hosting the event as emcee for the opening ceremony. The event is open to ages 16+.

Saturday, July 20, 7:30 - 10 pm:
Movie in the Park: Napoleon Dynamite at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th NW. Presented by the PenMet Parks Teen Advisory Committee, this free event will have food trucks and games before the feature movie, "Napoleon Dynamite." Bring your family and friends to enjoy activities before the movie!
Summer Camps with Fun STEM Education Enrolling Now
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor on July 12
Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor presents the documentary,"I Am Evidence," on Friday, July 12, 6 pm, at the Agnus Dei Church, 10511 Peacock Hill.

Have Fun And Go With The Flow!
The Gig Harbor Police Department has announced a voluntary paddlecraft safety program called GO WITH THE FLOW. The goal is to 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 https://www.cityofgigharbor.net/683/Go-With-The-Flow
July Events at Ocean5
For more on these and other events, visit Ocean5's website or Facebook page.
FREE Rain Barrel Workshop on July 31 at Civic Center
A Rain Barrel Workshop will be held on July 31, 6:30 - 8 pm at the Civic Center. Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water, store rain water for landscaping, and to keep excess water out of the stormwater system. You must be a resident of Gig Harbor to receive a rain barrel.

To pre-register for the workshop please click here .
2019 Summer Swing Golf Tournament on July 26
32nd Annual Golf Tournament
Competition: Four-Person Scramble Format at the Canterwood Golf & Country Club on June 26. Includes games, cart, team photo, lunch, post player reception, prime rib dinner, and reception. 10 am check-in, 1 pm shotgun start. For more info and to register, visit gigharborchamber.net
Music Around The Harbor in July
More July Events
City Updates
Harborview Dr./Stinson Ave. Intersection Alternatives Analysis
The City has begun the process of performing an alternatives analysis at the intersection of Harborview Drive and Stinson Avenue. To determine the best treatment for the intersection the analysis will compare various criteria including, but not limited to, safety and efficiency. At a minimum the analysis will consider construction of a signal, a roundabout, and some form of a hybrid option.

As part of the project, there will be a Public Open House at the Civic Center where public comment will be taken. There will also be two Council study sessions that the public is welcome to attend, but, public comment will not be taken.
Coffee With Kit is on July 2
Join Mayor Kit Kuhn next Tuesday, July 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.

You can also read the Mayor's latest post on his blog at the City's website.
City Seeks Volunteers for the Design Review Board
The City has several openings on the Design Review Board. All applicants must be able to read and interpret site plans and elevation drawings. For more information, visit the City's website.
Updates to "NW" Directional within Gig Harbor City Limits
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.
Allowed City of Gig Harbor Fireworks Hours for Sales and Discharge
Please CLICK HERE to view allowable Fireworks dates and hours for sales and discharge.
On Going Events
Hike It Baby ® at Cushman Trail


Baby, Preschool, Toddler Storytimes

El Grupo Spanish Talk Time

Find more information about these and other events at: www.gigharborguide.com
July Dining Deals
Anthony’s happily welcomes the arrival of fresh-from-the-farm Northwest berries! Fresh berries have made their appearance alongside some of their fresh fish entrees, as well as in some show-stopping desserts and cocktails! Please check their website for more information about the farmers they partner with.
Coming In August!
Bonus Family Fun Movie Night on August 2!
Join us on August 2 as we feature "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero" on an outdoor jumbo screen at Skansie Brothers Park. Movie begins at dusk and is FREE!

Come early to enjoy pre-show K-9 fun for friends and furry friends, Harbor WildWatch activities and free popcorn from Kitsap Bank. Movies are brought to you by the City of Gig Harbor, Kaiser Permanente, Taylor Thomason Insurance and Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund.

Plus National Night Out, Rockin' Rhythm & Blues Fest, Galloping Gertie and More Summer Sounds @Skansie Concerts!