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Harbor Happenings: high school bands, Civic Orchestra perform this week

Posted on June 6th, 2023 By:

There’s music in the air this week.

Wednesday is Jazz Night at Gig Harbor High School as the school’s jazz bands play their final concert of the year.

One of the Gig Harbor High School jazz bands during a recent competition.

Then on Thursday, the concert bands play their end-of-the-year show. Both events start at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Orchestra closes ’22-’23 concert season

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra closes out their 2022-23 concert season with a program called “Representing the Future,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

Music includes Dame Ethel Smyth’s “The Wreckers Overture;” Leonard Bernstein’s “Selections from West Side Story;” Soon Hee Newbold’s “Alpha and Omega;” Libbey Larson’s “Overture for the End of a Century;” Jay Unger and Molly Mason’s “Harvest Home Suite” and Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 12.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. in the Milton S. Boyd Auditorium at Peninsula High School, 14105 Purdy Drive. Admission is free.

More music

  • After a three-year hiatus, outdoor concerts return to the Olalla Winery on Friday, June 9, with singer-songwriter Nick Deonigi playing folk, rock, hip hop and original tunes. Music starts at 6:30 pm. Bring a camp chair or blanket for the lawn. Click here for reservations.
  • Sunrust — the duo of singer-songwriters Sunny Jo Loudin and Russ Mazion — plays at Fox Island’s Chapel on Echo Bay starting at 7 p.m.  Saturday, June 10. Click here for tickets.

On the beach

Harbor WildWatch has for several beach monitoring events planned for this week.

Beach monitoring is one of Harbor WildWatch’s signature community science programs. Volunteers and staff collect data from beaches throughout the South Sound area during the summer and winter low tides. The data records how the beaches change over time and could be useful in measuring the impact of future natural or human-caused incidents.

Tides this week are expected to be among the lowest this year, according to the Seattle Times.

Beach monitoring at DeMolay Sandspit on Fox Island starts at noon Wednesday, June 7.

Volunteers will check out the beach at the Old Ferry Landing at the mouth of the harbor starting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

All ages are welcome. You don’t need a science background to participate, and you don’t need to stay for the entire (typically 3-4 hour) program. Contact [email protected] for information.

‘Rumrunning King’

Learn about the reign of the Northwest’s most prolific bootlegger during this week’s Humanities in the Harbor Program.

In “Whiskey and Wiretaps: The Northwest’s Rumrunning King,” presenter Steve Edmiston tells the story of Roy Olmstead, the bootlegger who was caught by federal prohibition agents on Thanksgiving Day, 1925. Edmiston explores the historical context, entrepreneurial brilliance and code of conduct of Olmstead’s endeavors, and the huge impact of his legal battles.

The free program starts at 6:30 Thursday, June 8, at the museum, 4121 Harborview Drive.

At the movies

  • The Metropolitan Opera’s film production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” plays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Galaxy Theatres.
  • Flashback Cinema movies at Galaxy this week are Princes “Purple Rain,” at noon at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7; and “Twilight,” at 11:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Flashback movies are just $5.
  • Also at the Galaxy, Summer Fest movies have returned with family friendly shows every Tuesday and Thursday. This week it’s “The Land Before Time” at 10 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. Thursday. On Tuesday, June 13, it’s “The Little Rascals” at 10 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. Summer Fest tickets are just $2; Kids Packs at the concession stand are just $3.50 each with ticket purchase.
  • The Gig Harbor Film Festival’s annual fundraising auction, “Art in Motion” takes place Saturday at the Canterwood clubhouse. Tickets are $150 per person. RSVP to [email protected].

Civic meetings

The city of Gig Harbor Parks Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, to discuss updates of the Crescent Creek Master Plan and the Sports Complex Phase 2 and 3 feasibility study. Also on the agenda is a discussion of a survey measuring public support for a bond issue to fund parks projects. The meeting will be at the Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., or viewable on Zoom.

The Gig Harbor City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 12. Tentative agenda items include adoption of the council’s 2023-24 Strategic Plan and creation of a Historic Preservation Commission. The meeting will be at the Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., or viewable on Zoom.

The city is sponsoring a blood drive June 15 at the civic center. Schedule an appointment here.