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Living in Pierce County

Pierce County may be one of the most geographically diverse counties in the nation, from the miles of marine shoreline along Puget Sound to the summit of Mount Rainier, one of the most glaciated mountain peaks in the continental U.S. With first-rate health care, school districts, and transportation and a unique combination of urban and rural areas, Pierce County is the perfect place to call home. Whether you prefer a small town, major metropolis, or something in between, Pierce County is home to numerous cities and towns offering an array of qualities. Urbanites are drawn to downtown Tacoma for its competitively priced living spaces with sweeping mountain, city and water views. Families gravitate toward Tacoma’s charming neighborhoods with big-city amenities. Pierce County communities are unique—enjoy rhubarb pie in Sumner, antiques in Puyallup, maritime in Gig Harbor, majestic gardens in Lakewood, history in Fife, or nature in the rural areas near Mount Rainier—it’s all here. BY KELLY LENIHAN

WEATHER

The Pacific Northwest is known for its rain. But the temperate climate of Pierce County averages only 39.9 inches of rainfall a year (less than most cities on the East Coast!).

TRANSPORTATION

Travel by land, air and water with the Port of Tacoma, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Sound Transit’s rail and bus system. The Pierce County Ferry, Amtrak and Pierce Transit are just a few more examples of the convenient transportation systems available.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Ready to go out and explore? Whether you’re interested in dining and nightlife, the performing arts, museums, shopping, farmers markets, hiking, golfing, and more—we’ve got you covered!

SCHOOLS

Exceptional academic institutions and learning experiences can be found in Pierce County. Please refer to our Education section for more information and resources.

LIBRARIES

Visit any of the eight Tacoma libraries or 19 Pierce County Library branches. Many services are available online: You can apply for a library card, request books, check the monthly calendar for events and classes, Ask a Librarian, and more.

PARKS, FACILITIES & TRAILS

There is something for everyone when you explore over 4,200 acres at 50 park sites throughout Pierce County, including three recreation centers, a sports complex, ice rink, skateboard park, two boat launch sites, two golf courses, trail corridors, a disc golf course. If you don’t want to leave Fido home, visit any of the dog-friendly parks.

HEALTH CARE

MultiCare Health System is a leading-edge, nonprofit, integrated health organization. It operates four hospitals and numerous clinics serving patients at 93 locations. Franciscan Health System is a comprehensive health care organization operating hospitals, same-day surgery centers, occupational health services, physical therapy clinics and centers for advanced medicine featuring state-of-the-art technology.

MILITARY

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of 12 joint bases worldwide, is an amalgamation of the Army post Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. JBLM has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The joint base supports over 120,000 military retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. Adjacent to JBLM, Camp Murray is home to the Washington National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard. The two armories at Camp Murray can be used for graduations, receptions, tournaments, youth events, potlucks, seminars and charity events.

New to Pierce County? Here’s What You Need To Know

After moving, you might need to file a change of address, update your car registration and get your license. Getting chummy with the neighbors might also be a swell idea. BY KELLY LENIHAN

UPDATE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE

What: If you’re moving to Pierce County from out of state, you need to apply for a Washington state driver’s license. When: Within 30 days of moving Where: Your local DMV office (skip the long lines by scheduling an appointment online) dol.wa.gov

REGISTER YOUR CAR

What: If you’re moving to Pierce County from another state or country and bringing a vehicle, you need to transfer the title to Washington. When: As a new resident, you have 30 days to register and title your vehicle after moving to Washington. You can send in your paperwork by mail or visit your local licensing office in person to complete the forms to get your license plates. Where: Your local DMV office dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration

REGISTER TO VOTE

What: If you are new to Washington state, becoming a registered voter here will ensure that you have a say in local and state government, as well as in national elections. When: By 11:59:59 p.m. on the 15th day before Election Day. NOTE: Washington residents vote by mail. Where: Online, by mail or at the DMV sos.wa.gov/elections

GET A PET LICENSE

What: It’s the law. License fees help fund the cost of shelter and medical care for lost pets, as well as animal control. Pet licenses help animal control officers to reunite lost pets with their families. When: Within 30 days of moving Where: Depending on the city you live in, this link makes it easy to get your pet licensed in Pierce County: piercecountypets.org/petlicensing

USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

What: Pierce Transit operates buses throughout Pierce County. Where: Find your closest stop at piercetransit.org

GET A LIBRARY CARD

What: Pierce County Library System’s 18 locations bring people together, enrich lives and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn. Library cards are free. You can apply online at piercecountylibrary.org Where: To obtain a physical library card, visit your local library with photo ID and proof of address.

Capital Medical: Excellence in Health Care

“I’m excited about the opportunity here at Capital Medical Center. With a top-notch medical staff and a team of compassionate, talented employees at the hospital—we will focus on providing high-quality, compassionate care along with always looking to make those services more accessible to our community.”

Those were the words of Mark Turner when he was named CEO of Capital Medical Center a year ago. Now his extensive experience, as well as CMC’s above-average rating as a hospital, combine to bring an exceptional balance to its public-private partnership with UW Medicine, which took effect in April.

“The alliance aims to offer higher quality and better patient experiences and services to the people of Olympia, Thurston County and surrounding areas,” said Turner. “Other hospitals will be added to the partnership from Alaska, Idaho and Washington over time.”

On a perpetual mission to improve both the quality of care and patient experience, this partnership will allow CMC to benefit from, and leverage, UW Medicine’s work in achieving the “Triple Aim”— a set of health care reform goals: (1) improving patient experience through care including quality and satisfaction, (2) providing better health care outcomes, and (3) reducing the per-capita cost of health care.

Turner has a strong track record of success working with physicians and hospital employees to improve care and expand the range and depth of services provided at each of the hospitals he has led. His 25-plus years’ experience includes both hospital operational and regional leadership positions for national health care organizations. Most recently he was CEO at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, California.

A CPA, Turner is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional with the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is a graduate

of the University of Wisconsin with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.

KELLY LENIHAN

For Additional Information
Capital Medical Center
3900 Capital Mall Dr SW Olympia
360.754.5858
capitalmedical.com

Restaurants Serving up a Date Night

When you need to get that special night right, sharing a delicious meal is a universal rite of courtship at any stage of a relationship. Whether celebrating a significant occasion or simply connecting over a flirty dinner, these South Sound restaurants shine at setting the table for romance.

KELLY LENIHAN

Ruston Way

Harbor Lights
2761 North Ruston Way
253.752.8600
anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/harbor-lights
Renowned for its colossal portions of seafood and picture-perfect views of Commencement Bay, this waterfront delight has been home to hundreds of proposals and anniversaries.

Lobster Shop
4015 Ruston Way
253.759.2165
lobstershop.com
A South Sound favorite, the restaurant’s stunning waterfront view, fresh seafood and tasty cocktails serve up the perfect backdrop for date night.

WildFin American Grill
5115 Grand Loop
253.267.1772
wildfinamericangrill.com
An elegant restaurant with a romantic view of Commencement Bay provides the ideal setting for a casual, yet elevated dining experience—a sublime feast for the senses.

Tacoma

Citron European Bistro
10716 A St
253.212.1153
citron.restaurantwebexpert.com
Classic French dishes served alongside European and German gems provide a wonderful dining experience.

El Gaucho Tacoma
2119 Pacific Ave
253.272.1510
elgaucho.com
A classy restaurant with a swanky speakeasy vibe complete with a pianist playing quietly in the background. Many of the desserts are showstoppers.

Over the Moon Café
709 Court C
253.284.3722
overthemooncafe.net
This award-winning restaurant serves up a fine dining experience in an atmosphere of understated elegance.

The Cliff House
6300 Marine View Dr
253.927.0400
cliffhousetacoma.com
An elegant dining room with panoramic views.

The Table
2715 6th Ave
253.327.1862
thetabletacoma.com
A sublime dining experience paying homage to the rich culinary history of the Pacific Northwest.

Gig Harbor

JW Restaurant
4107 Harborview Dr
253.858.3529
jwgigharbor.com
JW offers an exceptional dining experience in which no detail is overlooked and southern hospitality prevails. This small, intimate eatery is a seven-time Best of the South Sound winner.

Puyallup

Marzano Italian Restaurant
516 Garfield St S
253.537.4191
dinemarzano.com
Classic Italian dishes in a lovely, romantic setting.

Toscanos Italian Grill
437 29th St NE
253.864.8600
toscanospuyallup.com
Fresh from the farm, vineyard and sea, dishes are simply prepared and served with style.

Olympia

Gardner’s
111 Thurston Ave NW
360.786.8466
gardnersrestaurant.com
A quaint historical building replete with rustic hardwood floors, exposed beams and its famous stained glass window serve to create an intimate setting just right for a romantic dinner.

Savings Made Simple: Wa. College Savings

In today’s world, where the price of a bachelor’s degree can rival that of a single-family home, having a 529 college savings plan can offer young parents peace of mind. It’s easy to enroll, either on your own or through a financial advisor, and once you’re signed up you can set up automatic contributions to fund the account. Your investment grows tax-free, and won’t be taxed when you withdraw, as long as the money is used to pay for qualified education expenses.

Beyond the double benefit of tax-deferred investment growth combined with tax-free withdrawals for qualified expenses, there are a number of advantages to saving in a 529 account. A brand-new benefit as of January 1, 2018 is you can now use 529s to save for private school tuition for kindergarten through 12th grade. This provides tax savings for parents who plan to send their kids to private school. You can withdraw up to $10,000 per year, per student for this purpose. Additionally, you can set up an unlimited number of plans, and there are no rules on who the beneficiary can be. This means you can create an account for a relative, friend, or yourself. The gift of education is one that will open doors to a world of opportunity and is sure to last a lifetime.

For many new parents, receiving a college fund as a baby gift packs a stronger punch than a new toy or baby bib. “Giving the gift of higher education is really amazing,” says Lucas Minor, Interim WA529 Director. “An entire family can participate. When someone is saving for your child’s future and cares about your child’s success, it reduces barriers and encourages kids to grow up with the incentive and expectation to attend college.” When opened for a newborn baby, the account has 18 years to grow, with interest compounding on interest, making it an especially savvy present for money-minded gift-givers. by Kelly Lenihan

RESOURCES

Compare Washington 529 Plans

There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and education savings plans. Explore both options to find the right plan for you.

wastate529.wa.gov

GET 529 Prepaid Tuition Program

The GET prepaid tuition plan lets a saver or account holder purchase units or credits at participating colleges and universities (usually public and in-state) for future tuition and mandatory fees at current prices for the beneficiary. Enrollment period: November 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019.

get.wa.gov | 800.955.2318

DreamAhead 529 College Investment Plan

The DreamAhead education savings plan lets a saver open an investment account to save for the beneficiary’s future qualified higher education expenses – tuition, mandatory fees and room and board. Withdrawals from education savings plan accounts can generally be used at any college or university, including some non-U.S. colleges and universities.

dreamahead.wa.gov | 844.529.5845

 

Experience the Wonder of the Nutcracker

As the holiday season gets under way, families are often looking for fun experiences that can become annual traditions. Going to see The Tacoma City Ballet perform The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut can be a great way to build enthusiasm for the holidays, while also introducing children to the joys of a live show experience.

The Tacoma City Ballet, under the leadership of Miss Erin Ceragioli, Executive and Artistic Director, is celebrating its 35th production of one of the most famous ballets in the world, The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut. This timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, has entertained generations for well over a century.

The story of The Nutcracker, told in its entirety with the addition of The Tale of The Hard Nut, features the historical scenery and costumes first seen by audiences in 1892. Tacoma City Ballet creates a magnificent production filled with spectacular dancing, live orchestral music by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, grand scenery and lavish costumes, sure to enchant your entire family this holiday season.

If taking kids to the ballet where the story is told entirely through dance – no talking or singing — seems daunting, here are a couple ways to prepare. The Nutcracker ballet is based on the story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816 and there are plenty of picture books. Head to your local library or bookstore and find a version you like. Making The Nutcracker part of your bedtime story routine in the weeks leading up to the show will help your child become familiar with the story and be ready to see it interpreted through dance. Another thing you can do before you go to the show is to familiarize your child with the musical score. The Nutcracker ballet music was written by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer renowned for his ballet scores. Download the soundtrack and play it often – in the car or during playtime.

Take your child to a Sugar Plum Tea prior to the performance for a snack and an opportunity to interact with dancers in costume — bring your camera — creating a connection that carries over to the performance and adds to the enjoyment of the experience for your child.

Plan to arrive to the ballet early so you can look through the program together and read the synopsis. This will let you know exactly how the Tacoma City Ballet is interpreting and presenting the story. Getting there early also allows you to enjoy the atmosphere of the venue.

Who knows, this could be the start of a magical holiday tradition to be carried on for generations to come. Happy holidays!

KELLY LENIHAN

Six performances 

  • Sat, Dec 15, 2pm
  • Sun, Dec 16, 2pm
  • Thu, Dec 20, 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec 21, 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec 22, 2pm
  • Sun, Dec 23, 2pm

Sugar Plum Teas

  • Sat, Dec 15, 1pm
  • Sun, Dec 16, 1pm
  • Sat, Dec 22, 1pm
  • Sun, Dec 23, 1pm

tickets

Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center (PAEC)

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003

box Office: 253-835-7010, online: fwpaec.org

 

Nutcracker Suite for the littlest ones

December 8 and 9, 2pm

Broadway center for Performing Arts

901 Broadway, Tacoma

Box office: 253-591-5894, online: tacomaartslive.com

 

 

Dracula– The Romantic Ballet

The Tacoma City Ballet is thrilled to premiere Dracula—The Romantic Ballet—an original ballet fashioned from the legend of Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula of Transylvania.

The expression Dracula, which is now primarily known as the name of a fictional vampire, was for centuries known as the sobriquet of Vlad Dracul III (“Vlad the Dragon”). Vlad the Impaler is a brutal but tragic character who became the immortal vampire Dracula out of his love for his deceased wife, and shows his actions as Dracula to be his own personal war against God for denying the entry of Elisabeta’s soul into heaven, mixing historical fact with the fiction.

Over four hundred years later, Vlad meets Mina Harker, who he believes to be the reincarnation of Elisabeta. Dracula’s intention is to turn Mina into a vampire so they can be together as husband and wife for eternity, as he and Elisabeta were meant to be. Chased by vampire hunters, Dracula is mortally wounded. Mina provides the finishing blow, reverting him back to his human form, which allows him to die. Through Dracula’s death, Mina is freed of the vampire’s curse.

Featuring fabulous dancers, a brilliant musical score, opulent scenery, and luxurious costumes, Erin Ceragioli, Executive/Artistic Director of the Tacoma City Ballet, envisions that Dracula will be for Halloween what the Nutcracker is for Christmas; as well, her big picture plan is to pair the ballet with a masquerade ball.

Dracula is suitable for audiences of all ages, and the perfect addition to your celebration of Halloween. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume.

http://www.tacomacityballet.com/dracula/

Dates and Times

Friday, October 26th at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 27th at 2:00pm

Sunday, October 28th at 2:00pm

For Tickets

Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center (PAEC)

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way WA 98003

Box Office: (253) 835-7010

Online: www.fwpaec.org

The Blood Bank will be on hand in the parking lot accepting blood donations.

KELLY LENIHAN

 

The Parallel Powers of Music and Athletes

Sarah Ioannides’ dynamic presence on the podium for Symphony Tacoma has won praise from audiences and critics internationally. The New York Times has described her as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority.”

The physicality of Ioannides’ career requires dedication and perseverance, much like an athletic endeavor. She shares her story of injury, healing and music as a lens through which others might envision succeeding in anything that requires both mental and physical discipline.

“I’ve always had a passion for running,” says Ioannides, “but… with having two knee surgeries, conquering Lyme disease, and bringing up three children—while living in three states from coast to coast—my physical strength needed recovery… an ongoing challenge with constant travel.”

After moving to Tacoma, she says, she committed to resolve her knee struggles and to regain balance and strength. In 2017 she met Alison Unterreiner, PT.

Unterreiner says physical therapy relies on rehabilitating systematically and deliberately. And running requires a person to train effectively and to be patient for the results. Both physical therapy and running require self-discipline to do the work and to wait for the recovery or performance.

When Unterreiner and her husband attended Symphony Tacoma’s opening concert, the physical therapist was entranced by the performance and the music. But her PT self also focused on the conductor and the physicality of her job.

Ioannides told Unterreiner “I’ve never been very sporty,” but the physical therapist begged to differ: “What you are doing on the podium—takes endurance and strength and movement awareness and timing. That is the essence of athleticism.” This ignited talk of the training parallels of musicians and athletes, the need for selfdiscipline, and having the patience to let the music “sit” or let the body adapt.

After a few months of rehabilitation and running again, Ioannides’ focused dedication enabled her to complete the Sound to Narrows 12K, placing 11th in her age group.

Ioannides’ goals began with wanting to stay fit on the podium, and stay energetic to manage being a wife, mother and conductor. She now believes in her athleticism and plans to stay strong for conducting, for running and for life!

KELLY LENIHAN

For Additional Information on Running Therapy
therunnersclinicpt.com

Ultimate Fall Getaway in Leavenworth

Ready for a midweek escape? Look no farther than Leavenworth, Washington, nestled on the east slope of the central Cascade Range. Fall’s cooler nights and shorter days mean the mountainous region comes alive with vibrant colors of orange, yellow and red, providing breathtaking views as you drive along the Cascade Loop Highway.

At an elevation of 1,200 feet, the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth provides an excellent base for enjoying outdoor activities your family will love. There are over 800 miles of accessible trails for hiking and biking. You can play a round of lateseason golf or miniature golf. Take a walk along the Wenatchee River at Waterfront Park. Visit an orchard to pick apples or pears. Pack a picnic at the Cheesemonger’s on Front Street and enjoy all the sights and sounds of Leavenworth in autumn. If you enjoy the arts, check out the events lineup of music, opera, theater, dance, films and more at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts.

While exploring the streets of downtown Leavenworth, you can imbibe in a little wine-tasting in any of 20 tasting rooms. Indulge in an afternoon of “retail therapy” in the shops, followed by some quiet time in Front Street Park. This beautifully landscaped park in the heart of downtown provides a welcoming respite after a busy day. It’s also the site for some of Leavenworth’s most exciting fall festivals and celebrations.

Stick around through the weekend to enjoy the Autumn Leaf Festival, Leavenworth’s original festival dating back to 1964. There’s also live music in the Gazebo, Art in the Park, Fall Wine Walk and Oktoberfest. Visitors from all over the country flock to scenic Leavenworth in September and October to indulge in traditional festivities, fantastic food and of course beer!

Take in a little sightseeing while immersing yourself in fabulous fall color. Head to Lake Wenatchee, located halfway between downtown Leavenworth and Stevens Pass. The 489-acre lake offers over 12,000 feet of waterfront with plenty of space to relax along the shore and take photos of the stunning fall scenery. The reflection of vibrant autumn colors on the lake is breathtaking.

Tumwater Canyon, located along the Stevens Pass highway, is one of the top fall-foliage viewing spots in the region. Along the way are multiple pull-off areas for incredible viewing—and photo opportunities—of the towering cliffs standing above the roaring Wenatchee River. Don’t forget your camera!

For information on places to stay and things to do in Leavenworth, visit leavenworth.org.

KELLY LENIHAN

Rustic Luxury Renewal

Nestled on 11 acres with a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier, this Pan Abode home made a grand statement when it was built in 1980. Still, the homeowners envisioned an upgrade that would take it to “dream” status for them. Creating great entertaining space was the primary goal of the remodeling project of this Edgewood estate. The lively homeowners throw a lot of dinner parties and pool parties, and even occasionally host wedding events on their luscious grounds.

The addition to their home proved challenging, given the unique nature of the structure. But their dreams were realized when owners of American Dream Design Build, Scott Overby and Jim Burbridge, began the project. The team focused primarily on connectivity to the outdoors and the original appeal of the cedar home.

They installed large sliding glass doors, relocated windows, added a sleeping porch and deck, and used lighting and heating units to create a year-round sanctuary. Even the homeowners’ beloved tree was incorporated into the design. The team built the deck around the tree and created yet another talking point for the homeowners’ social gatherings.

Next, the homeowners decided to design an extra-large kitchen for entertaining that also functions for their catering business. Transforming the previous small kitchen into a commercial kitchen twice the size was no small feat. Inset cabinetry with open plate racks line the walls. Brass faucetry pairs beautifully with the soapstone countertop and a custom apronfront sink. A custom copper hood spans 84 inches above the range.

“American Dream Design Build has a team of skilled artisan builders that was able to meet all of our design challenges while keeping our vision intact,” says homeowner Doug Herrick. “We are very happy with the end result.” He added that it will be loved for years!

Upon completion, American Dream Design Build and The Puyallup Design Center were so taken with the remodel projects that they submitted them to the Master Builders Association competition and received REX (Remodeling Excellence) Awards on both projects.

KELLY LENIHAN

For Additional Information
American Dream Design Build
americandreamdesignbuild.com