Tumwater Eye Center’s New Facility

At the new location of Tumwater Eye Center, Dr. Douglas Jeske and his wife, Karen, have created a distinctive look and customer experience for their patients. This new facility, located at 6510 Capitol Boulevard SE, features state-of-the-art eye care technology and equipment.

With the help of Orca Construction, Quincy Home Interior Design, and Tovani Hart Architecture, the Jeskes turned a 1950’s home office into a classic, yet contemporary eye clinic. On the exterior of the building there are large overhanging eaves, created with sustainable hardwood and composite siding materials, creating a uniquely Northwestern style which adds depth and character to the building. Upon entering, you are greeted by the warm, welcoming open-design entry featuring vaulted ceilings and extensive windows that flood the space with natural light. The optical display cabinets use beautiful LED illumination and textured laminates to enhance the international frame collection. Noted elements of the design feature budding birch cabinetry harvested from sustainable crops, sliding office door enclosures, and natural linens encased in a recyclable resin.

Beyond the beauty of the location, Tumwater Eye Center features extensive use of technology to create a unique patient experience. Dr. Jeske uses premium computerized refracting equipment to create precise vision corrections. The vision concerns of patients are solved using the most current contacts and progressive lens designs and materials, including blue light blocking lenses. Qualified and compassionate staff help patients through state-of-the-art digital and infra-red retinal imaging and dark adaptation testing to allow early diagnosis of eye disease. Computer monitors in each exam room allow patients to observe images of their own eyes as Dr. Jeske offers practical education on eye health. The practice is also on the cutting edge of telemedicine, which allows remote patient examination with the simplicity of FaceTime.

For Additional Information

Visit their new location at 6510 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater or online at tumwatereye.com.

LYNN CASTLE

Saint Martin’s Celebrates 125 Years

Saint Martin’s University and Saint Martin’s Abbey are celebrating their joint 125th anniversary throughout this year.  The university plans to  host a virtual celebration to commemorate this milestone anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020: The Saint Martin’s University 125th Anniversary Celebration. Alumni, friends of the university and community members are welcome and encouraged to participate in the online festivities.

For this year only, the 125th anniversary virtual event will replace the annual Saint Martin’s Gala, the University’s major fundraiser for student scholarships, which was to be held on that same date. Jacques Pépin, the French celebrity chef was scheduled to headline the 2020 Gala but suspended his travel this fall because of the possible ongoing implications due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While he will not be here this November, chef Pépin and his daughter Claudine have committed to joining us next fall to host the 2021 Gala.

The program for the 125th Anniversary Celebration will feature videos highlighting Saint Martin’s rich history. Featured videos will look into its future; stories from current students and alumni; blessings from the newly elected abbot and monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey; a celebratory toast; and an opportunity for attendees to support students by helping Saint Martin’s University raise critical funds for student scholarships.

“The Saint Martin’s Gala is one of our favorite annual traditions at Saint Martin’s. While we had hoped to combine our 125th anniversary with Gala this year, the safety and health of our family, friends and community remains our top priority. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year, including Jacques Pépin and his daughter, Claudine, who have committed to hosting our 2021 event. ” shared Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D.

In addition to celebrating Saint Martin’s past, the event will also focus on recent success and shine a light on it’s bright future. For more information about the anniversary and the virtual celebration, visit www.stmartin.edu/125event.

Connecting with French Celebrity Chef

Cooking legend Jacques Pépin has impressed culinary enthusiasts for years with his wisdom and years of experience as a celebrity chef. Born in 1935 in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, near Lyon, Pépin always found the kitchen to be a place of both comfort and excitement. He helped in his parent’s restaurant, Le Pélican, and subsequently worked in Paris, ultimately serving as personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle.

After moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin first worked at Le Pavillon, a historic French restaurant in New York City. Jacques Pépin has received 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past 30 years, Pépin has taught in the Culinary Arts Program at Boston University. His love for teaching and imparting knowledge is obvious.

“I want to give back the excitement and love of cooking. I also enjoy showing the kids that love and prosperity can come through the kitchen. We are now teaching technique and courses through video around the country,” says Pépin.

Lately, his work has focused on families and cooking. “One of the good things that came out of this pandemic is that families are now at home learning to cook and sitting down to share food together. Food and wine brings people together for conversations. It has forced us to get back to what is important,” says Pépin.

We look forward to welcoming Jacques Pépin and his extraordinary culinary knowledge to the Saint Martin’s Gala in 2021! For more information, visit Pépin’s website.

ROBIN LUCAS

Private Education Planning Guide

Tacoma

Annie Wright School
827 N Tacoma Ave
253.272.2216
Aw.org

Bellarmine Preparatory School
2300 S Washington St
253.752.7701
bellarmineprep.org

Charles Wright Academy
7723 Chambers Creek Rd W
253.620.8300
charleswright.org

Life Christian School
1717 S Union Ave
253.756.5317
wherelifehappens.org

Puyallup

All Saints Catholic School
504 2nd Street SW
253.845.5025
allsaintspuyallup.org

Cascade Christian Schools
811 21st St E
253.841.1776
Cascadechristian.org

Northwest Christian Academy
904 Shaw Rd
253.845.5722
Nwchristianschool.org

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Academy
6830 32nd St. NW
253.265.2150
Gigharboracademy.org

Harbor Montessori School
5414 Comte Dr NW
253.851.5722
Harbormontessori.org

Lighthouse Christian School
3008 36th St. NW
253.858.5962
lcschool.org

Lacey/Olympia

Olympia Community School
114 20th Ave SE
360-866-8047
OlympiaCommunitySchool.org

Northwest Christian Academy
4710 Park Center Ave E
360.491.2966
ncslacey.org

Nova Middle School
2020 22nd Ave SE
360.491.7097
novaschool.org

See Well for Your Lifetime

Protecting your vision and preventing vision loss is an important part of your overall wellness as you age. A common misconception is that vision loss is a normal part of getting older. That’s not entirely accurate. As we age, the risk increases of developing eye diseases and conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma. With regular eye exams, these diseases and conditions can be caught and treated in their early stages, which reduces the potential for permanent vision loss and blindness.

Retaining good vision starts with preventive care. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults get a complete eye examination at age 40 to establish a baseline, if you haven’t already been seeing an eye care professional regularly. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease, don’t wait to get your eyes checked. Many age-related eye diseases don’t have warning signs or early symptoms, but can be detected during a comprehensive exam when eyes are dilated. Beginning at age 60, experts recommend an exam at least every one to two years.

Healthy lifestyle habits benefit your eyes. Following a healthful routine for your overall wellness is also great for your eyes. Eat a balanced diet that includes foods rich in antioxidants, such as dark, leafy greens and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation, which increases oxygen levels in the eyes. Maintain a healthy weight to keep diabetes under control. Stop smoking. Use protective eyewear to prevent injuries, especially when working on projects around your home which are the cause of more than 40 percent of eye injuries. When enjoying the outdoors, always wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to block harmful ultraviolet rays.

Some changes to your vision as you age should be expected, but don’t assume all vision loss is caused by getting older. Take steps to preserve your sight and reduce your risk of age-related eye diseases and conditions so you can see well for your lifetime.

For Additional Information

National Eye Institute – www.nei.nih.gov

American Academy of Ophthalmology – www.aao.org

American Optometric Association – www.aoa.org

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

Women on the Waterway

Thea Foss had a mind of her own, and the pioneer Norwegian immigrant became the model for dozens of women who work on the Tacoma waterway that bears her name.

Thea, born in 1857, arrived first in Minnesota, where she and Andrew married. By 1889 both had moved to Tacoma, where Andrew worked as a carpenter.

While Andrew was out of town on a job, Thea changed her life. She bought a boat for $5 from a disgruntled fisherman, repainted it and sold it for a profit. That was the start of her waterfront fleet of more than 200 rowboats and the genesis of Foss Launch and Tug, now known as Foss Maritime, one of the largest maritime enterprises in the Western United States.

Clare Petrich descended from a family of boatbuilders and marine enthusiasts in the Adriatic. In Tacoma, her father started Petrich Marine on the Thea Foss Waterway. Was Clare, the daughter of the family, invited to participate in the business? Not a chance.

When her father died, Clare returned to Tacoma from living in India, West Africa and Asia to help her mother.

“I knew nothing about the business,” she explained. “It was off-limits to girls.” But Clare had been a Sea Scout on the “Curtis,” and she was a determined learner. She met people on the waterfront, learned to work with the fishermen and got involved.

She wasn’t appointed to a vacancy on the port commission because she was a woman, and “that made me mad!” She ran for a spot on the commission in 1995 and was elected the first woman to serve in the position.

Julia Berg, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Foss Waterway Seaport museum, came from a sailing family in Seattle, racing sailboats as a child—and usually the only female in the race. She always wanted to be a marine biologist and learned even with a master’s degree that creativity is a major factor in the job. She has lived, studied, and worked around the world and has found supportive women in the marine community as she fosters innovative marine science education at the museum.

Monique Valenzuela: Being first is a similar story theme for other women who work on the Waterway. In its 96 years of existence, Monique Valenzuela is the first woman director of the Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation on the Waterway. She didn’t grow up in a boating family but looked out on Commencement Bay and wondered how she could have access.

“The maritime industry was not a pathway open to me, not something I thought possible to a young woman—let alone one who is less than 5 ft. 4 in. tall!” she exclaimed. Now she serves up to 900 students a year—half young women—and delights in empowering the girls and watching them “find their own voice” as they work on the “Curtis” and the “Odyssey.”

These professionals in the marine industry offer encouragement to young women:

“Never give up. Find mentors. Make connections with people who are doing what you want to do. Volunteer.”

Julia Berg

“You don’t have to be tall and muscular. Use what you got! Women can use their smaller bodies as an advantage. On the sea we are all equal. The sea recognizes hard work, responsibility and dedication.”

Monique Valenzuela

“Get involved. Lots of opportunities exist in marketing, logistics, shipping. Want a good-paying job and variety? Take the challenging road to be part of the maritime industry.”

Clare Petrich

For Additional Information

fosswaterwayseaport.org

foss.com/about-us/history

youthmarinefoundation.org

EMILY HAPPY

The Lurana: Olympia’s New Development

Water views have a calming effect on the human psyche. Living in the Puget Sound affords us many opportunities to live with views of the water and now there will be one more in the heart of Olympia. Located on .6 acres at Percival Landing, one of Olympia’s three waterfront parks, the Lurana will be a welcome addition to the community.

Designed by Thomas Architecture Studios, the new mixed-use building was named for an early Olympia pioneer, Lurana Percival who, along with her husband Samuel, built the Percival Mansion in 1874. The new Lurana project will be home to a restaurant, ROW Seafood, and retail spaces with terraces extending to the boardwalk. The project will accommodate a large outdoor plaza adjacent to the boardwalk with extensive restaurant seating. Retailers will include Bittersweet Chocolate as well as office spaces.

Forty-four apartments, consisting of ten studios, twenty-eight 1-bedrooms and six 2-bedrooms are available at the Lurana for lease. With waterfront views of Budd Bay, the Olympic Mountains and the State’s Capitol Dome, this property is an excellent location for those wanting to be near a hub for gatherings and social interactions while being near the central business district of Olympia. Percival Landing includes a 0.9-mile boardwalk extending along the eastern shoreline of West Bay from the Fourth Avenue Bridge to Thurston Avenue making the area bustling and vibrant.

Developed by Urban Olympia LLC and its owner Walker John, the Lurana will join other recently completed projects from this same group in the downtown including 321 Lofts, Franklin Lofts, and Annie’s Flats. The developer currently has Westman Mill and Market Flats under construction in the area as well.

LYN CASTLE

Saint Martin’s University Celebrates 125 Years

Saint Martin’s University started 125 years ago when a group of Catholic Benedictine monks from Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota came West to found a school. In 1895, the first student traveled 25 miles by canoe, Angus McDonald, from Shelton. Saint Martin’s was started as an all-boys high school and then transitioned to a college in 1938, and later Saint Martin’s University in 2005.

The University’s 125th anniversary will be celebrated with community events over 18 months starting with Saint Martin’s Alumni Homecoming festivities now through May 2021. Saint Martin’s has served as the gathering place for the community by hosting events, athletic games and cultural events for over a century.

“It is a milestone for any organization to reach their 125thanniversary and very important for all to celebrate this achievement,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “We see this 125th year as an opportunity to connect the Saint Martin’s family of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and abbey members with a renewed commitment to excellence. Personally, I find this achievement as an opportunity to re-energize the community around our distinctive mission of serving others.”

The University is now a vibrant campus with approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students pursuing degrees. Saint Martin’s offers 29 majors and 11 graduate programs on its Lacey campus and its extended campus on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The campus has also continued expanding with the opening of a new $10.7 million science center in spring 2019 and another renovation of a $3.5 million nursing education center set to open fall 2020.

“We are so proud that our Saint Martin’s alumni go on to be engaged business and community leaders in the South Sound region and beyond,” said Genevieve Chan, vice president of marketing and communications. The University’s mission statement is: “Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine institution of higher education that empowers students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor. Saint Martin’s students learn to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others through the interaction of faith, reason, and service. The University honors both the sacredness of the individual and the significance of community in the ongoing journey of becoming.”

Celebrate this milestone anniversary with the Saint Martin’s community by visiting the website at www.stmartin.edu/125 and on the University’s official social media channels.

For Additional Information

Saint Martin’s University

stmartin.edu

NATE PETERS

Chic Farmhouse Design for Dash Point Home

When Terry and Kathy Kleeberger decided to upgrade their Dash Point home, they envisioned a lighter, brighter space. “We loved the rustic, cozy feel of the house but wanted to update and brighten up the kitchen,” say the Kleebergers.

The project began in January 2019 and was completed that June. The homeowners brought in the experts at Signature Design and Cabinetry to help with the design. “We wanted to keep it cozy and inviting, creating a comfortable place for friends and family while incorporating some chic farmhouse charm,” say the Kleebergers. The couple also envisioned a space with tools and equipment for plenty of ongoing entertaining both indoor and outside.

“Remodels can be difficult and typically take longer than expected, but it all came together beautifully,” say the Kleebergers. “The cabinet design, ordering and installation was seamless. In the end, we have tons of storage and love the new pantry and wine cooler. Entertaining is so much easier with an indoor and outdoor kitchen, too. We now have an expanded space for people to enjoy in and around the kitchen.”

For Additional Information

Signature Design & Cabinetry

signaturedesignandcabinetry.com

Images by: Denise Knudson Photography

Fitness For Mind & Body

Open a window. Stand there for a while. Stretch your muscles. Breathe fresh air. Listen to the birds or the rain.

How do you care for yourself? How do you pay attention to your physical body? To your mental and emotional cues? “Mindful fitness” meshes a fitness routine to keep you healthy and strong throughout your life with mindfulness, a meditative practice that provides a foundation for health, happiness and wellbeing.

“Before beginning any exercise, pause and bring awareness to your physical form. Feel your bones, muscles, organs, tissues and even skin,” shares Adam Brady, yoga teacher and martial artist with the Chopra Center for nearly 20 years. “How does your body feel? Do you have pain or discomfort? Are you low on energy? Only after you’ve taken inventory of how you feel… should you proceed with your warm-up or workout.”

Brady agrees that noticing your environment is important—temperature, lighting, odors and other sensory perceptions may influence your mindfulness practice. Consider closing the door, turning off the TV and choosing music that helps maintain a peaceful focus.

The yoga experts know your mind will wander. Your job is to “come back to the present moment, the breath and the exercise” to create a breathing rhythm that “serves as a bridge between your mind, body and soul,” Brady said.

Natural mindful fitness exercises include martial arts, jumping rope, yoga, tai chi, walking or running.

If a gym isn’t available or quite your speed, Integrated Pilates Tacoma suggests finding a safe staircase inside to do cardiovascular and balance work, remembering also to take rest breaks throughout the day so your nervous system can rebalance itself. Even children can participate in a “body scan,” lying on a comfortable surface, closing their eyes, squeezing every muscle in their bodies as tightly as they can, releasing all their muscles to relax a few minutes, and then think about how their bodies felt during the activity.

Pay attention to your body, muscles, pace, breathing, resistance and tension—indoors and out—for a healthier and more mindful you.

For Additional Information

www.mindful.org/how-to-meditate-through-exercise

EMILY HAPPY