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.

Gig Harbor Council sends property tax measure to voters

Feb 15, 2024

Gig Harbor residents will decide in April whether to increase their property taxes after the City Council voted Monday to put the issue on a special election ballot. The ballot measure asks voters inside city limits if they want to increase property taxes from the current rate of just under 70-cents per thousand dollars of

Harbor Happenings | Exploring local links to Steinbeck and a famous journey

Feb 14, 2024

Most locals know about the connection between Gig Harbor’s early settlers and Croatia. But the city also is connected with Monterey, California and Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Historian Michael Kenneth Hemp will discuss the links and historical timelines of West Coast settlement, migration, first peoples, fisheries, local boat building and world-famous literary events at 2

Harbor Happenings: More than 200 get a Night to Shine this week

Feb 07, 2024

More than 200 people with special needs will be treated like royalty with an evening of dancing, food, karaoke, limo rides and more at the annual Night to Shine celebration at the Tom Taylor YMCA on Friday, Feb. 9. The free, prom-like fun starts at 5 p.m. with an on-site hair-and-makeup-styling salon, flower corsages for

Gig Harbor Council may ask voters for property tax increase

Feb 01, 2024

On Feb. 12, the Gig Harbor City Council will decide whether to ask voters to “lift the levy lid” to increase property taxes. If the council approves the request, voters would decide whether to increase their property tax rate from the current rate of 70 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.10 per

Harbor Happenings: Gorge on crab for a good cause

Jan 30, 2024

As the days get longer and warmer, the calendar is filling up with events and activities that educate, entertain, fill the belly, mind and spirit – and just bring people together. The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation hosts its annual crab feed at the Eagles Club at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Dinner includes all-you-can-eat fresh

Gig Harbor City Council accepting online comments again

Jan 25, 2024

The Gig Harbor City Council voted unanimously to reinstate online public comment on Monday, Jan. 22. The council previously suspended commenting by people attending meetings via Zoom in December, after learning of obscene and racist comments submitted in other cities. The council also moved the period allotted for public comment on non-agenda items to later

Harbor Happenings: Teen Masquerade Ball is Saturday at GHHS

Jan 23, 2024

Middle school and high school students between the ages of 12 and 17 are invited to dance the night away Saturday, Jan. 27, at PenMet Parks’ annual Teen Masquerade Ball. The evening of costumes, dancing and refreshments at Gig Harbor High School starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12. Bring your own mask, or borrow

Harbor Happenings | ‘Desert Drought’ on display at TCC-Gig Harbor

Jan 16, 2024

The Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College hosts a show of “Desert Drought” paintings by Lauren Napier through March 15. Napier, whose creative outlet is usually music or prose, turned to painting during the COVID-19 pandemic. This series was inspired by her time spent on the Navajo Reservation and the Arizona desert. Live music

Harbor Happenings | Gallery Row closes soon

Jan 09, 2024

There’s still time to purchase original works of art created by local artists at Gallery Row before the long-running gallery closes its doors for good on Jan. 20. For more than three decades, the gallery has connected Gig Harbor residents and visitors with area artists who create one-of-a-kind paintings, glassworks, jewelry, ceramics, photography, as well

Harbor Happenings: Art Walk strides into the New Year

Jan 03, 2024

The holiday decorations are coming down, kids and teachers are back in classrooms and things are returning to a regular schedule as the calendar turns to a new year. On Saturday, Jan. 6, downtown galleries will be open until 5 p.m. for the year’s first Art Walk. Work by more than 50 local artists will