Care & feed your human spirit

Providence Marianwood in Issaquah invites the public to attend “Care and Feeding of the Human Spirit,” a presentation with Providence Hospice of Seattle chaplain JP Gallien to explore the elements of our life that bring us meaning, hope and value.

The human spirit is a source of great strength and healing. Learn how to feed and care for your spirit and how to reduce energy drains and stress.

The event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Dr. SE, in Issaquah. Admission is free, a Holiday Tea will be served, and everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to 425-391-2895 to reserve a seat.

Mondavi talks wine, working with family and secrets to winemaking

Fresh from crushing grapes for the 2010 vintage, third generation winemaker Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery-Peter Mondavi Family comes to Seattle as the keynote speaker at the Taste of Tulalip— an annual food and wine event at Tulalip Resort Casino held this Friday and Saturday, November 12-13.  

Winemaking runs in Marc Mondavi's blood. Born in St.

A chat with the Cake Boss

"I was born for baking," says Buddy Valastro in his new book, "Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia" (Free Press, $25.99) which hit stores in early November. The star of the hit TLC reality show "Cake Boss," Valastro, 33, is a fourth-generation master baker born in Hoboken, New Jersey, where his family bakery Carlo's Bake Shop is located.   

Buddy Valastro— also known as "The Cake Boss"— is bringing his 17-city road show "Bakin' with the Boss Tour" to Seattle at The Moore Theatre, 7pm on November 20, along with a book signing at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park at 12:30pm on the same day. More than just cakes, fondants and pies, Buddy's live interactive show and new book explore family dynamics, following your passion and living the American Dream.

Trying to do it ALL this weekend in Gig Harbor!

I'm not sure why this is such a popular weekend for events, but Gig Harbor is experiencing another mother lode weekend of events and activities.  Not to be too cliché, but there is seriously something for everyone in Gig Harbor coming up this weekend.

Wanna eat?

Brix 25 Restaurant presents a dinner with Mcrea Cellars and Salida Winery on Thursday October 14Th.  Reservations required at

Tides Tavern presents Dining with a Green Beret on Friday October 15Th.  Buy a soldier lunch from 1:30-3:30pm.

Wanna watch?

The Gig Harbor Film Festival opens on Friday the 15th and runs through Sunday with a wide variety of films through out each day.  See the entire list of films on our calendar of events at

Encore! Theater opens its show "Captain Louie" on Friday the 15th.  This is a family-friendly fun Halloween show sure to delight all ages.  Runs through Halloween October 31st.

Wanna learn?

The 10th Annual Gig Harbor Quilt Festival takes place October 16th & 17th with a variety of events and classes as well as the annual quilt auction to benefit breast cancer research.  See all information and register at

The 4th Annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival, October 16th,  once again brings the community together to celebrate the life of the salmon, through displays, arts, events and much more including kayak race and Chum Burger BBQ!

Stars & Stripes continues at the beautiful new Harbor History Museum.  Enjoy this special engagement of this wonderful exhibit of a captivating collection of America's icon.

Ten Things To Do In Gig Harbor Before Summer Ends!

There is still lots of time to get out and enjoy Gig Harbor; for a day, a night or a weekend.  Join us in Gig Harbor at one of our fabulous inns, hotels or bed and breakfasts and say farewell to summer Gig Harbor style!

1.  Take a tour aboard Destiny Harbor Tours.

2.  Enjoy farm fresh at the Gig Harbor Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday.

3.  Golf!  Enjoy one of many wonderful regional golf courses from Chambers Bay to Gold Mountain all within "driving range" of our hotels. 

4.  Kayak - rent a kayak or take a guided tour on Gig Harbor Bay

5.  History Rocks in Gig Harbor with the grand opening of our beautiful new state-of-the-art Harbor History Museum on September 18th.

6.  Bring the pooch and enjoy the 8th annual Harbor Hounds event on September 18th.

7.  View the wonderful Heron Art on display around Gig Harbor until the end of August, then make a bid to own one at the SalmonChanted Auction on Sept 18th.

8.  Through the month of September enjoy the Quilt Show at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, precurser to October's Gig Harabor Quilt Festival.

9.  Get close and personal with sea critters at one of the remaining guided beach walks this summer with Harbor WildWatch.

10. Sit back, relax and enjoy.  With a latte, a glass of wine, a mug of our very own 7 Seas Brewery beer...whatever fits your fancy.  Gig Harbor has it and it is waiting for you to enjoy.

See all our hotels and learn about special rates and deals online!

Stop the Whining - Fall is Cool!

Slide right from summer to fall in Gig Harbor.  I'm hearing a lot of whining out there.  Summer over?  Don’t fret!  Even if it may be cool, late Summer and Fall there is still so much to do around here. In fact there is so much stuff coming up in September and October its easier to just give you the entire list. So check out the calendar at for all the details.  Keep on enjoying summer right to the bitter end!

Sept 1-Sept 30th Gig Harbor Quilt Show at the Gig Harbor Civic Center

September 4th “Over the Narrows” 10 mile run

Every first Saturday, Gig Harbor Art Walk in historic downtown Gig Harbor from 1-5PM

Through September 25th Gig Harbor Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday

Through September 22nd “Drawing You In” Plein Air Painters every Wednesday at Uptown Mall

Every Saturday Gig Harbor Boat Shop open to the public for tours from 10am – 4pm

September 15-18th Gig Harbor Quilt Walk, around historic downtown Gig Harbor

September 17th West Coast Premier of “Hairspray” at Paradise Theatre

September 18th Grand Opening of the new Harbor History Museum

September 18th Harbor Hounds Walk the Town

September 18th Salmon Bake at the Harbor History Museum

September 18th SalmonChanted Harbor Auction

September 18 & 19th Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

September 25th Gig Harbor Chowder Cook Off

September 25th Harbor History Museum Basket Social

Fun day at the Taste

I just checked out A Taste of Edmonds and filled up on yummy treats while checking out the wonderful things for sale! Danielle Garfoot and her twins, Morgan and Riley loved Kranial Komfort's hats and headbands. While we sat and ate, I even won a t-shirt for answering the question...How old is Edmonds? Do you know the answer? The crowds were already building and this looks like it's going to be another successful event for the Chamber!

(Edmonds is 120 years old, established in 1890.)