This Week in the Harbor

October 9, 2023

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2023 Board Installment Luncheon Recap

Thank you to all our incredible Gig Harbor Chamber members who joined in celebrating our past Board of Directors and welcoming our new Board of Directors at our most recent luncheon. We look forward to all the great things our new board will help us accomplish.

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Freedom Boat Club is the largest and most professionally run boat club in the world and here in Washington. Freedom Boat Club Seattle and Puget Sound offers you unlimited boating at our 9 locations in Everett, Poulsbo, Edmonds, Port Orchard, Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle (3 Locations) as well as reciprocal use in Anacortes, Bellingham and San Juan Islands locations. They have a fleet of 180+ boats here in Washington for 2023.

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Chase Global is a strategic communications consultancy specializing in news media, reputation and crisis management. Your reputation is your identity. Like it or not, perception and first impressions are more important than ever. But it takes a mix of art and science to build, defend and repair reputations.

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Washington's minimum wage will hit $16.28 per hour in 2024

Washington’s minimum wage is going up to $16.28 an hour next year, a 3.4 percent increase over 2023. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) today announced the increase to the minimum wage. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2024. Read more in the article here.

City of Gig Harbor Business Listening Session - Nov 1

Being in person and sharing your story is very powerful, so we want to encourage you to attend. If you are not able to attend, your story is still very important and ask that you write up your experience and email it to Miriam Battson ([email protected]), and she will share it on your behalf. 

A 'child care cliff' looms as pandemic-era support runs out

SEP 25, 2023 | WRITTEN BY Sarah Green Carmichael Syndicated columnist | Seattle Times

Childcare stabilization grants that kept millions of childcare providers afloat during the pandemic expired on Sep 30. Three million children are now at risk of losing their childcare spots in what some call a "childcare cliff". Women’s participation in the labor force, which is at an all-time high, may fall right off with it. Read more in The Seattle Times here.

Advertise in the Profile Magazine/ Visitor Information and Relocation Guide! Contact Janet Steiner at [email protected] to purchase an ad now! The deadline to place an ad is Nov 1st.

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December 1

Peninsula Art League Open Juried Show

The Peninsula Art League (PAL) is honored to bring local, national and international artists to the Pacific Northwest for its 21st Open Juried Show October 7, 2023–December 1, 2023 at the Gig Harbor History Museum Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11AM - 4PMFor more information, visit our website at





Gig Harbor Macaroni Kid Trunk or Treat

It's going to be a SPOOKTACULAR time at the Gig Harbor Macaroni Kid Trunk or Treat event! 🚗🎃Gather your little ghouls and goblins, and head to Gig Harbor High School for a night of fun, candy, and costume magic. $2 Donation per child is greatly appreciated!



Make Waves 2023!

Get ready to Make Waves with Harbor WildWatch, where celebration meets education for a cause! Our 9th Annual Make Waves Benefit is back on Thursday, October 19 at the enchanting Ocean5 from 6-9pm, and you're invited to be a part of this incredible evening.





Job Fair at Tacoma Community College, Gig Harbor campus

This event will bring opportunities and resources to people in the Gig Harbor & Key Peninsula areas of Pierce County. This event will be held on Friday, October 27th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Interested employers can register to participate here: Employer Registration for TCC Gig Harbor Job Fair on October 27th (



Rattle Dem Bones Halloween Bike Ride and Costume Contest.

Come join in for a bike ride and costume contest! Proceeds go towards The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's Community Recreation Fund. Early bird pricing is open now! Register at: Rattle Dem Bones - Halloween Bike Ride (



6th Annual Veterans Day Celebration



2nd Annual Kiwanis Wine Tasting and Auction

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