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Harbor Happenings | April Art Walk is Saturday

Posted on April 2nd, 2024 By:

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.
  • Woodstock Gift Gallery, 3120½ Harborview Drive, has Northwest photography and digital art by various artists, plus “Spirtiles” by Houston Liew.
  • Mavi Contemporary Art Gallery, 3126 Harborview Drive, hosts painter Lana Stephens.
  • Local Whimsey, 3306 Harborview Drive, features work by Tacoma painter Sarah deMass.
  • Waters Edge Framery and Gallery, 7808 Pioneer Way, will offer 20 percent off on framing projects.
  • Harbornest Decor and Designs, 3311 Harborview Drive, is showing jewelry by Luna and Salt.
  • Frills, 4121A Harborview Drive (next to the history museum) is offering 10 percent off of the total purchase of art during Art Walk.

Forum on tax measure

City of Gig Harbor staff and members of the “for” and “against” committees will lead a discussion about the upcoming April 24 property tax levy lid lift vote at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. The meeting will take place at The Club at the Boatyard, located upstairs at 3117 Harborview Drive.

In February, the city council approved a resolution asking voters if they want to raise property taxes to help fill an anticipated $3 million gap in the city’s 2025 budget. Tuesday’s meeting is an opportunity to learn more about how the proposed increase will effect property owners.

Literary Society

The Gig Harbor Literary Society meets for its monthly book discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive. This month’s book is “Four Treasures of the Sky” by Jenny Zhang. Book group meetings are free and open to everyone, whether or not you’ve read the book.

Dock walk

Naturalists from Harbor WildWatch will lead a walk along Jerisich Pier to learn about the marine creatures that live in the waters of the harbor at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4. All ages are welcome. The event is free, but donations are encouraged.

At the library

  • The Chess Club meets at 5:45 p.m. Thursday with 20 minutes of instruction and 40 minutes of play. Grades K-8. Free.
  • An Art and Science program for kids and tweens happens from 2:30 to 4 p.m every Saturday with age-appropriate games and art-making activities. Ages 9-12. Free.
  • The Teen Tuesday activity on April 9 is watercolor calligraphy, starting at 4 p.m. Teen Tuesdays occur the first Tuesday of every month and are free to kids age 13-18, with board games, free snacks and art-making activities.
  • The library is located at 4424 Point Fosdick Drive. Click here for information on library events.

Live music

  • Melanie Vail and Friends plays at Kimball Coffeehouse at 6 p.m. Friday, April 5. The band plays covers of Adele, Donna Summer, Heart, Linda Ronstadt, Lady Gaga and more. Free for all ages.
  • Hard Shell Cases plays at the Olalla Winery at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, for “An Evening of Music from the Emerald Isle…and other gems.” This eclectic trio is often described as John Denver meets Old Ireland meets Andy Williams, with some Rolling Stones and bluegrass thrown in for good measure. Tickets cost $15. Reserve tickets here.

Flashback Cinema

The Flashback Cinema movie at the Galaxy Theaters Uptown on Wednesday, April 3, is “Pride and Prejudice” playing at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Flashback movie on Sunday, April 8, is “The Godfather” playing at 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Flashback movies are just $5.

Looking ahead

  • The Gig Harbor City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Civic Center on Grandview Street. Tentative agenda items include approval of this year’s Creative Endeavor grants, review of a contract for construction of the Sports Complex Phase 1B and appointment of “For” and “Against” committees for the August sales tax vote.
  • Attorneys from Tacomaprobono Community Lawyers will be on hand at the Civic Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, to offer free legal advice on issues like rental problems and other difficulties.
  • Poetry in the Harbor returns to the Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor campus April 18. This year’s event will feature four local poets who’ll read from their work and answer questions. Class fee is $25. Enroll here.