Simple Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Can you name the most common cause of injury among older Americans? It’s falling—which happens to one in four adults age 65 or older each year—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This tallies up annually to 29 million falls that result in 3 million emergency department visits, 850,000 hospitalizations, and 29,000 deaths. The good news is that the risk of falling can be reduced by taking a few simple steps.

Tell your healthcare provider. A fall can be caused by a health condition or medication you’re taking. If you have fallen or feel unsteady at times, it’s important to evaluate your risk with your healthcare provider and develop a plan for fall prevention. Be sure to have your provider check your feet annually too. Discuss proper footwear and whether you should see a podiatrist.

Get an eye exam annually. A visit to an eye doctor will diagnose conditions that may limit your vision, like glaucoma or cataracts. If your eyeglasses prescription has changed, be sure to update your lenses.

Improve your balance and strength. Adopt an exercise regimen to strengthen your core and leg muscles. Tai chi, a gentle and graceful form of exercise and stretching, has been shown to help reduce falls. As an extra bonus, a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that tai chi also helped improve brain function.

Make home modifications. More than half of all falls take place at home. Remove hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Install grab bars and handrails. Add non-slip materials to tubs, showers, and stairs.

Be cautious when walking Fido. A study in JAMA Surgery found a dramatic rise in bone fractures attributed to canine companions. When walking your best buddy, stay aware of your environment and take extra precautions during inclement weather. Investing in a retractable leash and obedience training can also help.

Taking these steps will lower your fears of falling and help you continue enjoying the activities you love most.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

National Council on Aging
ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention

Centers for Disease Control
cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls

The Names Family Foundation Gift of Wellness

The Names Family Foundation, which has supported health and wellness projects in the region for many years, has pledged a $3 million gift to support the new Fircrest Pool and Community Center, the largest gift in the city’s history.

The City of Fircrest is replacing the nearly 60-year-old pool and community center complex. The Fircrest-based Names Family Foundation’s gift is a huge boost to the city’s effort to raise $8.5 million in philanthropic gifts and public grants toward the $18 million project.

“I am excited for the young people who will get to make their own childhood memories in Fircrest,” said Rick Names, the Names Family Foundation’s Vice President.

The foundation was started in 1996 by Sis and Scott Names, who ran the successful Scott’s Athletic Equipment store in Lakewood for 42 years. Their family’s mission is to enrich the community by awarding grants to organizations that emphasize health, wellness, and physical education in the Pierce County area.

Five generations of the Names family have grown up in Fircrest and they have fond memories of participating in classes and sports at the community center, swimming at the pool, and enjoying their youth at Fircrest Park. “Fircrest will always have a special place in my heart, and I am truly excited to see what the future looks like for the city,” said Monica Names King, a granddaughter of the founders and secretary of the Foundation.

“The Names family has an incredible legacy of investing in gyms and recreational facilities throughout the region, and we’re honored that they are making such a historic pledge here in the city,” said Fircrest Mayor Hunter George. “Generations of residents of Fircrest and neighboring areas have grown up in our recreational facility. The Names Family Foundation is helping us ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to grow.”

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

fircrestcommunitycenter.org

Holiday Dinner Party Tips

When it comes to planning dinner parties—especially for the holidays—we say keep things simple and focus on enjoying one another’s company.

LEAH GROUT

Personal Touch

Take the time to send an invitation—in the mail, not on Facebook—and then use the same paper and fonts to create a menu for each place setting. In a day when it is easy to send an electronic invite this sets the event apart.

Seasonal

Invest in linens that can be used over and over again. Skip the tablecloth with a turkey or Christmas tree in favor of a beautiful seasonal color. Stick to bold colors and pick up on themes that way—then by default you’ll be staying away from anything overly cheesy.

Centerpieces

Don’t overdo it with holiday decor. Opt for simple details, like florals. A few flowers go a long way. They’re fresh, they smell good and they tend to really set the mood.

Outdoor Ambiance

In the Northwest there are many ways to bring the outdoors in. Consider adding elements from the outdoors to a formal table setting to mix things up.

Menu

Stick to dishes you love. While it’s tempting to try out a new or elaborate recipe, it’s safer to share entrées, side dishes and desserts that you already know are crowd pleasers.

Art of the Table

Restaurants have opened up a new way to savor art—on a plate—food that will intrigue, impress and immerse you in a sensory experience like no other. We’re lucky to have such talented culinary artists in the South Sound, serving delicious and beautiful plates. The following restaurants offer an experience that is both aesthetically elevated and relaxing

KELLY LENIHAN

Hudson Slater is head chef for Asado Cucina Argentina, known for its mesquite-fired grill. Voted Western Washington’s Best Latin American Restaurant six years running.

Asado Cucina Argentina
2810 6th Ave, Tacoma
asadotacoma.com

Brix 25° Chef/Owner Thad Lyman’s seasonal menu is rustic and refined, rooted in Northwest products, embellished with classic cooking techniques.

Brix 25°
3315 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor
harborbrix.com

ChūcH is an upscale restaurant concept created by award-winning Chef Jon Maley. Starting as pop ups, Chef Jon serves exquisitely presented dishes.

ChūcH
chuchrestaurant.com

en Rama, the latest project from Chris Kiel (1022, Hilltop Kitchen) serves up food and drinks that can only be described as an art form. The menu changes seasonally to delight diners with new food experiences.

en Rama
1102 A St, Tacoma
enramatacoma.com

Marzano treats South Sound diners to Chef Elisa Marzano’s interpretation of Italian cuisine based solidly on traditions of the Veneto region in Northern Italy.

Marzano
516 Garfield St South, Parkland
dinemarzano.com

Pimienta Bistro and Bar is an urban fusion of Latin American cuisine. Chef Blanca Rodriguez takes great care to create a delectable piece of art for every guest, appealing to every sense.

Pimienta Bistro and Bar
34029 Hoyt Rd SW, Federal Way
pimientabistro.com

Primo Grill is a chef-driven restaurant using relationships with local farmers to craft a Mediterranean-by-Northwest cuisine featuring the freshest local produce and seafood.

Primo Grill
2701 6th Ave, Tacoma
primogrilltacoma.com

Derek Bray, Chef/Owner at The Table, works closely with local farmers to provide a dining experience paying homage to the rich culinary history of the Pacific Northwest.

The Table
2715 6th Ave, Tacoma
thetabletacoma.com

Chef Rick Nelson at Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar has a passion for steak and great food. Serving up dry-aged beef that is a feast for the palate and the senses.

Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar
676 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
chefricardo.com

Heroes for Housing in Thurston County

A person with a cardboard sign at intersections in most of our cities has become a common sight. More individuals are facing homelessness each day, which is an issue in not just Washington state but across the country. As the cost of living continues to increase in King and Pierce counties, the effects trickle down into the southern counties. Homes First is a solution to the affordable housing crisis.

Based in Thurston County, Homes First is a nonprofit organization that creates and maintains safe, healthy, and affordable rental homes for those who need them most in the community. Currently, the nonprofit organization serves 250 tenants and owns or manages 43 scattered site properties. Homes First is entering its 30th anniversary in 2020, the equivalent of a standard home mortgage.

“Homes First is proud to be a solution to not only homelessness in Thurston County, but the affordable housing crisis that we are facing in the state and across the country,” said Trudy Soucoup, Homes First chief executive officer. “What enables Home First to do this work is our annual fundraising event, Heroes for Housing.”

Homes First’s sixth annual fundraising breakfast, Heroes for Housing, is the main fundraiser for the organization and took place on Wednesday, September 11, at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey campus. The event raised critical funds that allow the organization to provide affordable homes in the community.

“Our Heroes for Housing event is designed to educate, uplift and inspire our community,”said Amal Joury, chair of the Homes First Board of Directors, “We are able to showcase our incredible mission and receive gifts that will directly provide healthy, safe and affordable housing.”

NATHAN PETERS

For Additional Information

Homes First

homesfirst.org

Soul and Gospel Legend Mavis Staples

Ready to be inspired this winter season? Mavis Staples brings her powerful and inspiring vocals to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Jan 11, 2020 at 7:30pm at Olympia’s own Washington Center Main Stage.

Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” soul/gospel legend, Mavis Staples continues to be a vocal sensation of the highest order. Since her start with The Staples Singers (“I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself”), Mavis has blazed her own trail and her voice has only gained texture and power over the years.

Staples is a once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. She’s recognized as a Blues Hall of Famer, Grammy Award winner, a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer, a National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient and a Kennedy Center honoree.

Staples has collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier. Her talent has blown away countless festival goers from Newport Folk and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, Staples wowed fans when she performed with The Band at The Last Waltz, and graced the airwaves on Fallon, Colbert, Ellen, Austin City Limits, Jools Holland and the Grammys.

TRENA EDWARDS

For Additional Information

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

washingtoncenter.org

Lumaze: Lost in Lights Comes to Seattle

Lumaze: Lost in Lights— the all-indoor Christmas festival and market— is making its debut this holiday season at Pier 91 on Seattle’s new Waterfront. From November 28, 2019, to January 5, 2020, this sparkling new event will allow people to laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights.

Attendees can escape the winter elements and enjoy nearly 100,000 sq. feet of beautiful light displays set inside Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. The festive environment is fully enclosed, perfect for families, friends or dates, and also offers a Christmas market, interactive light maze, food, beverage and live entertainment. There’s truly something for everyone at this holiday festival. 

“It’s the ideal place to plan annual holiday get-togethers and parties or celebrate birthdays or anniversaries,” said Kristi Savoy, the Lumaze Seattle Event Supervisor. “We love to provide our guests with an environment where they can create memorable moments and new traditions.” And there is no shortage of memorable opportunities to be had. Guests can expect illuminated structures perfect for photos, interactive activities and playgrounds especially for kids, and plenty of options for adults to kick-back at bars and enjoy seasonal beverages and live music. Local culinary options will be highlighted, as well as a festive holiday market to take care of any shopping lists. 

Lumaze also gives back to the communities they operate in by creating fundraising opportunities during the event. “We use local vendors for the marketplace and food and beverage options, and engage local charities, organizations and entertainers to ensure the event is uniquely Seattle.” said Savoy.  Local vendors and entertainers, charities, or sponsors and ambassadors interested in the event are encouraged to apply online. 

This glittering event will provide the fun and festivities, without the stress. Included on the website are suggested arrival times, to minimize entry waits, and there will be ticket control for each day the market is open to ensure that it is never too crowded. A parking shuttle will also be provided to and from designated event lots. 

Lumaze: Lost in Lights will bring all of the magic and wonder of an outdoor Christmas festival, hosted inside the warm and spacious venue at the Seattle Waterfront Pier 91.

Visit the Lumaze Lights website at www.lumazelights.com/seattle-christmas/ for more details and information on ticket pricing.

MARTINA PRESTON

Wesley Homes Breaks Ground at Tehaleh

Wesley Homes exterior rendering

Wesley Homes celebrates 75 years with it’s newest addition to the inspiring, master planned community in Bonney Lake.  The community broke ground this fall and plans to bring a vibrant new choice in senior living options to the foothills of Mt. Rainier.

Wesley at Tehaleh will offer a holistic wellness approach to living. Join your best friend — human or canine — to hike Tehaleh’s numerous walking trails, take a bicycle ride through the expansive community or play in the daily Pickleball match. 

“We are so excited about all the amenities this location will have for the local community,” says Rachel Kirkman Marketing Director. Our Tehaleh location will have a wood shop, creativity center, community chapel, beauty and barber shop.  To learn more visit them on-line.

https://wesleychoice.org/communities/wesley-at-tehaleh/

(253) 466-2720

Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut

Snowflake dance Nutcracker

It’s that time again—time to celebrate the holiday season with a performance of the Tacoma City Ballet’s historical recreation of The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut, presented for the first time in the beautiful newly renovated Pantages Theater.
The Tacoma City Ballet, under the leadership of Miss Erin Ceragioli, Executive and Artistic Director, is celebrating its 34th year of producing of one of the most famous ballets in the world, The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut


The Nutcracker ballet is based on a story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, the music was written by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer renowned for his ballet scores. This timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, has entertained generations for well over a century.

The story of The Nutcracker, authentically 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. No other ballet company in the world performs the original production. Tacoma City Ballet’s magnificent production is filled with spectacular dancing, live orchestral music by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, grand scenery and lavish costumes, sure to thrill your entire family this holiday season. 

PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 13, at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 14 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, December 15 at 2pm

BOX OFFICE
(253) 591-5894

901 Broadway, Tacoma WA 98402

www.tacomacityballet.com/performance-season 

Brown & Haley Gives to the Bees

Fifteen hundred gallons of premier sugar water will find their way from the Brown & Haley property to local beekeepers this November. With the help of City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services, Brown & Haley was able to create and donate the sugar water, produced when contractors cleaned the 40’ tall sugar-storing silos, used to make ALMOND ROCA®, on the candy company’s property.

“This is public/private partnership at its best,” said Pierson Clair, the CEO of Brown & Haley. “We needed to clean our sugar silos, and instead of just sending us a bill for the excess wastewater being created, the City of Tacoma, with help from Tacoma Public Utilities, created a solution that benefits our community.”

This creative solution came from a City of Tacoma (COT) wastewater employee. The sugary byproduct of the silos’ cleaning process was proving to be difficult to dispose of. During a consultation with Environmental Services, an employee recommended saving the water for beekeepers. In the winter months, nectar supplies are low, and Washington beekeepers use sugar water to feed their bees instead. Rather than being thrown away, this premier sugar water will get recycled by local bees into honey.

“It has been a great experience to work with the local industry and develop this synergy,” said Alan Aplin, account executive of the City of Tacoma Business Operations. “For Tacoma to sustainably dispose of a waste stream of this sort and to benefit our local environment is a win-win situation.”

Work has gone into creating a food-safe solution, including using only potable water in the cleaning process and food-safe, clean equipment to transport and store the sugar water. The sugar water was delivered to COT’s central wastewater treatment plant in Tacoma, where beekeepers will be able to pick up the free sugar water upon request.

“We have a saying around here, ‘make it Tacoma,’ and this is why,” said Jackie Flowers, director of Tacoma Public Utilities. “One of our jobs as a public utility is to find creative solutions to ordinary problems in our community. By working together with the city and local businesses, we’re thinking outside the traditional box of our services, saving the community money and resources every time we do. Plus, I happen to be a huge Almond Roca fan.”

This an exciting and creative endeavor between Brown & Haley and the City of Tacoma (COT). If it works, Brown & Haley may continue this process every time they need to clean their sugar stores, helping not only their equipment but also Washington’s own local beekeepers. 

In mid-November, Environmental Services will be ready to dispense the sugar water to local beekeepers and hummingbird enthusiasts. Please call TAGRO at (253) 502-2150 if you are interested in receiving updated information about the sugar water’s availability.

MARTINA PRESTON