Arts & Entertainment

Whether you’re looking to be entertained or enlightened, Gig Harbor Now covers fun and informational events taking place in the community.

City Council reinstates Creative Endeavor grants

Jan 30, 2024 | By:

The city of Gig Harbor’s $35,000 Creative Endeavor grants program is back on.  During a study session in November 2023, the council unanimously agreed to suspend the five-year-old grant program, which supports the arts. But a crowd turned out to criticize the move at the Dec. 11, 2023 council meeting. Many others emailed or called

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Harbor Happenings: Gorge on crab for a good cause

Jan 30, 2024 | By:

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

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Gig Harbor Now and Then: Steel buckets and hard work put out 1923 fire

Jan 29, 2024 | By: Greg Spadoni

Gig Harbor Now and Then’s question from last time concerned a major fire at the north end of Gig Harbor in 1923 that destroyed several waterfront buildings. A group of unorganized volunteers saved all the structures on the opposite side of the road. Question: What firefighting equipment did the unorganized Gig Harbor volunteer fire fighters

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Two in Tow & On The Go | Zoo carousel fun facts

Jan 26, 2024 | By:

For this week’s column, I’m going to tell you fun facts about the Paul Titus Carousel at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. Why? Because its history is fascinating. And because the kids love it. I like it, too. But … I’m also the Debbie Downer who gets mercilessly ill on anything that

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Day Tripper: A day (or two) at the museums

Jan 24, 2024 | By: Mary Williams

It’s just a month or so since the busy holiday season ran its course. And, despite the fact that last week’s deep freeze and ice-covered roads are just a memory, it’s likely that a day trip may not be your first priority right now. Most of the time I’m more than willing to spend grey

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Vandals damage Our Fisherman, Our Guardian statue

Jan 24, 2024 | By:

Vandals broke a canoe off the Our Fisherman, Our Guardian carved statue at Austin Park at txʷaalqəł Estuary late Monday or early Tuesday, Jan. 22 or 23.  The city of Gig Harbor believes the damage occurred when someone tried to climb on the statue, carved by renowned artist and Quinault Tribal Chairman Guy Capoeman and

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Harbor Happenings: Teen Masquerade Ball is Saturday at GHHS

Jan 23, 2024 | By:

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

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Jennifer Preston | A place to play

Jan 17, 2024 | By:

The purpose of play “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw Forward-thinking municipalities know good things happen when citizens have a place to gather and grow. A thriving, local community provides both space and events for people of all ages and abilities to

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

Jan 16, 2024 | By:

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

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Gig Harbor Now and Then: Harassment and bullying were behind this Midway School riddle

Jan 15, 2024 | By: Greg Spadoni

Partial digression resolution This week we’re starting off with our previous digression, where we asked two questions to which we did not have the answers. We have one now. It’s nice and appreciated that Lynn Kennard, a daughter of Proctor Peacock, took the time to confirm that the Harbor History Museum photo we linked to

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