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Harbor Happenings: Crew school at the BoatShop

Posted on March 19th, 2024 By:

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 and costs $100. Participants must be at least 18 years old, able to work in a physically challenging environment and must pass a background check.

Click here to register.

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.

UFOs at the history museum

Harbor History Museum presents a free Humanities Washington program about UFOs in the Pacific Northwest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

The discussion focuses on the “Maury Island Incident,” an alleged UFO sighting, and the subsequent crash of a B-25 bomber that triggered an FBI investigation. The incident is the first purported encounter with the “Men in Black.” To reserve your space, RSVP to [email protected]. The museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive.

Tales at the BoatShop

Volunteer and book-lover Cindy Hackett leads Tales at the BoatShop for kids age 8 and younger at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21. This month’s theme is “Let’s Go Fishing in Alaska.”

Hackett leads youngsters in reading, songs and other activities. The event is free and drop-ins are welcome, but all kids must be accompanied by an adult. Tales at the BoatShop takes place at the Boatyard House, 3805 Harborview Dr. (the brick house next to the BoaatShop).

WildWatch walks

Join Harbor WildWatch naturalists Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, for free guided walks along the downtown waterfront.

Friday’s Dock Walk starts at 4 p.m. at the Jerisich Dock for a 30-minute lesson about the remarkable sea life that call the harbor home.

Saturday’s Wildside Walk starts at 10 a.m. at Skansie Park and ends at the Old Ferry Landing at the mouth of the Harbor, a distance of about a half-mile.

Write your family story

Learn how to write your family story Saturday, March 23, at the Gig Harbor Library.

Essayist Kristen Millares Young will teach participants how to record your family’s story. Young leads two sessions – one in English at 11:30 a.m., the other in Spanish starting at 1 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required. Register at

The library is at 4424 Point Fosdick Drive.

Live music

  • Annie Eastwood’s All Stars, featuring Billy Stapleton on guitar, play an eclectic blend of blues, rock, soul and jazz at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Kimball Coffeehouse on Kimball Drive. All ages are welcome for the free performance.
  • Singer-songwriter Nick Deonigi performs songs from the ’70s to the present day, plus a good blend of originals, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Olalla Winery. Make reservations here.

Annie Eastwood and the All-Star Band

At the movies

  • The Gig Harbor Film Festival’s Monday Movie Night starts at 6:30 p.m. March 25 with a showing of “Waikiki” at the Galaxy Theatres Uptown. It’s the gripping drama of an on-the-run Native Hawaiian hula dancer whose path collides with that of a shattered spirit of a man in the lush landscapes of Hawaii.  Reserve tickets here.
  • The curtain rises on the Met Opera’s performance of “Romeo et Juliette” at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Galaxy. Soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim play the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s adaptation of the classic Shakespearean drama.
  • The Flashback Cinema movie playing at 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, is “Jurassic Park.” The Flashback movie at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, is “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Flashback movies are just $5.

Civic engagement

The Gig Harbor City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Civic Center on Grandview Street. Agenda items include adoption of new code compliance procedures and appointment of committee members to write the “for” and “against” positions for Proposition 1 (sales tax increase) on the August primary election ballot. The council will also discuss a proposed Complete Streets program and public EV charging station regulations. The meeting starts at 5:30 and can also be accessed via Zoom.