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Harbor Happenings | Summer Concerts at Sehmel return this week

Posted on July 9th, 2024 By:

There’s music in the air this week as the summer outdoor concert season shifts into full swing.

PenMet Parks’ free Summer Concerts at Sehmel series starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, with The Shy Boys at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave. Northwest. Bring a blanket, a low-back chair, and a non-perishable food item for the Kiwanis Club.

The Shy Boys

The series continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sehmel the rest of this month. Bands include The Profits on July 17; My Guilty Pleasure on July 24; and Wounded MIC on July 31. National Park Radio plays Aug. 28.

Some other upcoming musical performances:

• Lucas Music and Sweet Mary Farr provide the music at the Downtown Waterfront Farmers Market from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

• The Nick Cain Band plays at the Uptown Pavilion from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

• Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method take the stage at Kimball Coffeeshop at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12.

All those concerts are free and all ages are welcome.

Ten Strings and a Box serve up covers of Neil Young, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Springstein and others Friday at the Olalla Winery. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Krazy Kats play an outdoor concert at Fox Island’s Chapel on the Bay on Sunday, July 14. Get tickets here.

Wally and the Beavs kick off this year’s Summer Sounds at Skansie live music shows on Tuesday, July 16 at Skansie Brothers Park. Summer Sounds is presented by the city of Gig Harbor. Bring a blanket or a low-back chair.

Nick Cain

Summer Sips Saturday at Uptown

More than 60 seasonal beers, wines, ciders, spirits, sodas and kombucha are featured during  Summer Sips at Uptown shopping center from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Sponsored by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, Summer Sips supports the Lu Winsor Environmental Grant Fund that provides funding for environmental education, conservation and watershed protection projects. Live music throughout the day will be provided by Lakin, Budapest West and Mark Hurwitz & Gin Creek. Get information here.

Book group meets Wednesday

The Literary Society book group meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the history museum to discuss “This is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City and a Voice that Held It Together,” by Jon Mooallem. It’s a story about the most powerful earthquake in American history that hit Anchorage, Alaska, on Good Friday 1964. As Alaskans switched on their transistor radios, they heard the calming voice of Genie Chance, a part-time radio reporter and working mother who played an unlikely role after the disaster. Book group discussions are free and all are welcome, whether or not you’ve read the book.

At the library – puppets and crafts

Pegasus Puppet Theatre presents “StellaLuna” at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Point Fosdick library. There’s excitement, adventure and laughter as StellaLuna learns what it takes to be a bird, a bat and a friend. Free; geared to ages 3-10.

Sunday, July 14 at 1 p.m., tweens (ages 9-12) can become Chaos Crafters in a silly, fun time of creating “bad art.” Free.

At the movies

Ocean5 presents Movies on the Lanes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Thursdays. On July 11, it’s the “Minions” series running all day.

This week’s SummerFest movie at the Galaxy Theatres in Uptown is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” playing at 10:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. July 9, 10 and 11. Next up at the Galaxy, it’s “The Lego Movie.” Showtimes: July 12 – 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; July 13 and 14 – 10 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.; July 15, 16, 17 and 18 – 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. SummerFest movies are just $2.

Wednesday’s Flashback Cinema movie at the Galaxy is “The Mask,” starting Jim Carrey playing at 12:45 and 6 p.m. Sunday’s Flashback movie is “The Goonies,” the popular 1980s adventure comedy. Showtimes: Sunday July 14 – noon and 6:15 p.m. Flashback Cinema movies are just $5.

Civic engagement

The city of Gig Harbor Community Development Department hosts a discussion about the 2024 comprehensive plan update from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Swift Water Elementary School. The meeting will focus on the land use map section of the comp plan. Swift Water is located at 10811 Harbor Hill Drive.

The city council meets for a study session at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Civic Center. Agenda items include discussion of a proposal for use of the Masonic Lodge, electricity fees for Jerisich Dock and consideration of a Lodging Tax grant in the amount of $520,000 to the Chamber of Commerce to handle the city’s direct marketing. Council meetings can also be accessed via Zoom.