Charlee Glock-Jackson

Freelance writer Charlee Glock-Jackson was the primary reporter for the weekly Gig Harbor Life until it folded in 2018. She is the founder of the Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival and the caretaker of an enchanted Olalla forest that's been in her family nearly 70 years.

Harbor Happenings: Paddlers Cup races are this weekend

Apr 16, 2024

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels can take part in the Paddlers Cup races Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, at Ancich and Skansie Parks. Now in its 11th year, the Paddlers Cup features two days of racing for kayaks, canoes, stand-up and prone paddleboards, outriggers, para-canoes and dragon boats. It’s a fundraiser

City council approves Sports Complex contracts

Apr 11, 2024

The Gig Harbor City Council approved three contracts for construction of Phase 1B of the Sports Complex during its meeting on Monday, April 8. The Sports Complex has been in the works since 2011, when the city acquired the land on Harbor Hill Drive across the street from what is now Swift Water Elementary School.

Harbor Happenings | School district choral festival is Friday

Apr 09, 2024

Gig Harbor High School hosts the Peninsula School District’s choral festival at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12. Choirs from all the district’s secondary schools will perform. The program is free, but seating is first-come, first served. GHHS is located at 5101 Rosedale Street. 3 Trick Pony plays their rendition of classic rock and funky tunes

City residents discuss pros and cons of property tax vote

Apr 08, 2024

Over the next two weeks, Gig Harbor voters will decide whether to raise their property taxes nearly 60 percent to plug a $3 million hole in the city’s general fund that could happen as early as 2025. The Pierce County Elections Office mailed ballots to city residents on April 5. The ballots ask voters inside

Harbor Happenings | April Art Walk is Saturday

Apr 02, 2024

Downtown galleries present work by more than 50 artists and host art-making demonstrations during Art Walk on Saturday, April 6. Most galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Demonstrations are from 1 to 3 p.m. Participating galleries include: Ebb Tide, 7809 Pioneer Way. Scratchboard artist Steve Hammond will talk about his craft.

City council asks planning commission to review proposed zoning change

Mar 28, 2024

The Gig Harbor City Council voted Monday to ask the city Planning Commission to review a proposal to change the land use designation for a 23-acre parcel west of Highway 16. A group called Henderson Burnham LLC requested the zoning change so the company can build an unspecified number of single-family homes on the site.

Harbor Happenings | Easter egg hunts for all (or at least most) ages

Mar 26, 2024

PenMet Parks’ Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt starts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Sehmel Homestead Park. The search for hidden eggs will be followed by an after-hunt party with a DJ, games, snacks and more. Bring a flashlight. The event is free, but donations are welcome. Click here to reserve a space. PenMet also

Harbor Happenings: Crew school at the BoatShop

Mar 19, 2024

The Gig Harbor BoatShop hosts a four-day hands-on course in the basics of crewing on a purse seiner or other commercial fishing vessel. Students will master fundamental skills like navigation, line-handling, net mending and on-deck skills. Day four covers U.S. Coast Guard-approved Sea Safety and Survival training. The class runs from March 26 to 29

Gig Harbor Council accepts feasibility study for Sports Complex Phases 2 and 3

Mar 13, 2024

The Gig Harbor City Council moved a step toward making the Sports Complex a reality by accepting a feasibility study for its Phases 2 and 3 in a 5-1 vote on Monday, March 11. Council member Jeni Woock voted against adopting the study. Council member Roger Henderson was absent, while Mary Barber, Ben Coronado, Le

Harbor Happenings | Civic Orchestra celebrates 20 years

Mar 12, 2024

There’s music in the air this week ­– from Celtic tunes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, to all-American jazz, to a local orchestra’s 20th anniversary celebration of compositions by great classical composers. The Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra’s plays its 20th anniversary program at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Peninsula High School