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Gig Harbor Now reporters chase down news that affects community residents, providing facts with context and perspective.

Two In Tow & On The Go | Shoot your shot in Ocean5’s laser tag arena

Mar 01, 2024 | By:

  “Once in a while, I’m blindsided (FFFWOOOSH!) and know that (I’ll) … be out of the game for a few seconds. Slipping around a corner … I duck into a passageway. Each player seems to take on a persona. I practice my Clint Eastwood moves: planting my feet at shoulder width, I take aim

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Actorcraft, a new acting school, brings some Hollywood to the Harbor

Mar 01, 2024 | By:

Have you ever dreamt of being in the movies, or auditioning for a play or commercial? This is for you. Next week, Gig Harbor will welcome the opening of Actorcraft, a new acting school founded by professional actors and educators Jeremy Kent Jackson and his partner Adrianne Alvarez-Jackson. Drawing on their years of experience working

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Gig Harbor City Council puts sales tax increase before voters

Feb 29, 2024 | By: Vince Dice and Charlee Glock-Jackson

The Gig Harbor City Council voted unanimously on Monday, Feb. 26, to place a proposed sales tax increase before city voters on the Aug. 6 primary election ballot. The 0.1 percent sales tax increase would bring the city’s overall sales tax rate to 9.0 percent. The city would use proceeds from the increase to fund

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Jennifer Preston | Crafting community — start with art

Feb 29, 2024 | By:

For health, wellness and fun, it’s time to push the boundaries of community engagement beyond annual holiday tree lightings and parades. It’s time to blend public art and craft community. What is public art? When people think of “public art,” they may imagine an abstract sculpture located near a civic center. Or perhaps a figure,

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Growing chorus of voices decries racism, bullying in Peninsula schools

Feb 28, 2024 | By:

Over the past month, the Peninsula School Board has heard a stream of complaints about racism and bullying. The speakers and incidents they describe appear to be unrelated except for the theme: Discrimination against students who are different. On Jan. 30, a representative of Gig Harbor High School’s Black Student Union reported ongoing racial slurs

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Day Tripper | Tacoma’s Museum District

Feb 28, 2024 | By: Mary Williams

Many of us think of Tacoma as the town where Highway 16 merges with Interstate 5, allowing us to travel north to Seattle or south to Olympia and beyond. And many of us of a certain age still harbor memories of the days when you knew you were in Tacoma because of the infamous “aroma

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Harbor Happenings | Delicious soup, beautiful bowls and a good cause

Feb 27, 2024 | By:

Buy a bowl, fill it with soup and know that you’re contributing to a good cause on Saturday, March 2, during the Empty Bowls event staged by the Gig Harbor chapter of Altrusa International. Local potters have created more than 800 bowls and a dozen restaurants are donating soup. Empty Bowls participants buy a handmade

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International Relief Club at Peninsula High seeks to ease pain abroad

Feb 27, 2024 | By:

The new International Relief Club at Peninsula High aims to provide help for world problems that often don’t get much attention.

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A Goldmine in Gig Harbor

Feb 26, 2024 | By:

From Pokemon cards to fossils to meteorites, you won’t find a more eclectic set of items for sale than at Goldmine Coins & Relics.

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Gig Harbor Now and Then | Cold, hard facts about ice delivery in 1931

Feb 26, 2024 | By: Greg Spadoni

Our previous column’s subject transitioned from a failure to deliver fire to the successful delivery of ice. The Gig Harbor Now and Then local history question was: What was the name of the ice delivery man in Gig Harbor in 1931? Answer: Let’s see, what are the most obvious possibilities? Ice, Icicle, Cold, Chill, Cool,

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