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

Luxury Hotel coming to Muckleshoot Casino

Twenty-four years after opening a casino which would set the standard for gaming in Washington State, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will once again redefine expectations with the addition of a luxury resort at Muckleshoot Casino. 

Anticipated to open in the second quarter of 2021, the 18-story, 400-room hotel tower will offer sweeping views showcasing the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Sixty percent of the accommodations will allow for stunning panoramas of Tahoma, the native name for Mount Rainier, while other rooms will showcase the majesty of the Olympic mountain range.

Beyond the comfort of their plush retreats, guests will be able to enjoy an indoor, climate-controlled pool, pamper themselves with signature spa treatments, and more. A supervised play area and arcade will provide peace of mind for parents seeking respite of a different kind. Additionally, dining will reach new heights with a rooftop, fine-dining restaurant.  

Muckleshoot Casino General Manager Conrad Granito states, “The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has a history of innovation and leadership in Indian gaming. This logical evolution of their well-respected casino brand acknowledges consumer desires for a one-stop entertainment destination where fun, relaxation and dining beyond anything the market currently offers is just steps away.”

The hotel resort at Muckleshoot Casino will be the pinnacle of an exciting expansion already underway which completely re-envisions the gaming destination. The first phase of the project will add a 20,000-square-foot, technologically advanced events center, a trio of fast-casual dining destinations, a high-energy center bar, and more. Smoke-free gaming at Muckleshoot Casino, already the most offered in the state, also will increase. Additionally, a carefully curated cultural gallery will celebrate the history and journey of the Muckleshoot Tribe. The completion of the expansion’s first phase is expected in spring 2020. 

Once the full transformation is unveiled one year later in 2021 with the debut of an anticipated Four Star resort, Muckleshoot Casino will take its reputation as the “Biggest and Best in the Northwest” to an unparalleled level with 157,000 square feet of continuous gaming, 29,000 total square feet of event space, more than a dozen dining choices, and much, much more.

An interest list for hotel reservations and event bookings can be joined via MuckleshootCasino.com.

MARTINA PRESTON

Cooking it Up with Carla Hall

Carla Hall is best known as co-host of ABC’s popular, Emmy Award–winning lifestyle series The Chew. And on Nov. 2 she will bring her love for cooking to the Saint Martin’s Gala in the university’s Marcus Pavilion.

Hall won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars and shared her philosophy of always cooking with love. She believes food connects us all. She strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., Hall grew up surrounded by soul food. When the time came for her to select her career path, she first opted for a business route. She graduated from Howard University and worked as an accountant for two years. Then she switched gears to work as a runway model. It was during that time, as she traveled (and ate) her way through Europe for a few years, she realized that her deep-rooted passion for food could be her career path. Today she is a trained chef who has worked in restaurant kitchens in and around Washington, D.C.

On the literary front, Hall has combined her love of food, people and culture to write several cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, will be published on Oct. 23. Her two other cookbooks are Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World and Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You.

The author says that one of the most positive aspects of her cookbooks has been having a voice for African American cooking and discovering the South. “It’s been an inspiration to check out your past and explore what culture looks like on a plate,” she says. Hall is active with a number of charitable organizations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart. These include Helen Keller International, an organization that works to improve the lives of those with blindness and to prevent the causes and consequences of blindness. She is also the culinary ambassador for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Giving back has always been important,” says Hall. The TV shows and notoriety have offered a platform for me to be intentional and authentic about giving back and setting an example for others.” Carla will be doing that at the Saint Martin University’s Gala in November. The black-tie gourmet evening includes an exquisite five course dinner, cooking demos and a live auction benefiting Saint Martin’s student scholarships.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information

stmartin.edu/gala

Eight Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

As you may know, 1 in 8 women are impacted by breast cancer in their lifetime, as it’s the most common cancer in American women. Knowing that this is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, treatment is most successful when breast cancer is detected early.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Dr. David White, MD, FACS from Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) offers his insight into common misconceptions, for men and women, regarding breast cancer risks, facts and signs. Additionally, he shared that PacMed follows the American Cancer Society guidelines for breast cancer. 

Dr. White is a surgeon at PacMed’s Canyon Park, First Hill and Northgate clinics and shares 8 tips regarding breast cancer prevention:  

  1. Women with a family history, particularly with a genetic component should see their primary care physician at least 10 years before the onset of the family member’s cancer to discuss and evaluate.
  2. Breast cancer in younger women is on the rise.
  3. Men can get breast cancer as well and approximately 1 percent of breast cancer patients are male. Symptoms for men include breast pain or mass, nipple changes, including discharge/blood and breast enlargement. Men who have a family member with a genetic form of breast cancer are at increased risk.
  4. Current treatments are focused on breast conservation when appropriate, which greatly reduces the physical and psychological challenges of surgery.
  5. See your physician if you have the following: breast masses or bloody/black nipple discharge. Changes in your own breasts should be taken seriously.
  6. Breast cancer screening guidelines are variable, so patients must discuss a breast screening plan individualized for them.
  7. Currently, there are many genetic associated breast cancers to scan for.
  8. New mammographic techniques have improved the sensitivity of mammograms.

Dr. David M. White, MD, FACS is a surgeon at Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) practicing at Canyon Park, First Hill and Northgate clinics. Dr. White has been recognized for many years as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors and is passionate about reflux disease, colorectal cancer and breast disease. Additionally, Dr. White is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. In his spare time, you can find him bicycling, traveling and exploring surgical education.

Color Trends for Winter 2019

Whether you’re planning an annual holiday bash or gearing up for a cozy season by the fireplace, you may catch yourself wanting to give your home an extra touch of sophistication for this winter. Color trends change almost by the season, but this winter’s top trending colors for indoor decor are classics that will let the colors you love shine.

A Natural Touch

This year’s winter trends revolve around being mindful and aware of nature. Earthy green tones invoke a free, lively feeling and tend to reduce stress. If you’re looking to switch up a wall color or even find a new throw rug, try a variation of green, from deep olive green and dark teal to a classic hunter’s green or a bold lime shade. Blue accents also make a fresh statement this winter, creating a calm and serene environment, whether it be through a snowy light blue or a bright royal blue. Neutrals are also key when decorating, and this winter, light-colored wood is the way to go. Light wood floors and furniture add to the natural, untreated atmosphere in your home.

Classic Jewels

Jewel-toned colors are a trend from last year that has resurfaced as a beloved classic. Adding shades such as dark teal, rich indigo, and marsala red elevate your decor and bring in a touch of sophistication no matter the occasion. When adding a jewel tone to your decor, play with textures and shine by adding an indigo velvet couch cushion or a glossy red table lamp.

Keep it Balanced

2019’s home color trends are all about balance and highlighting what you love. Use 90 percent neutral or base shades as a foundation to truly make the 10 percent of unique color stand out. Try swapping out throw pillows, table runners, or wall art in your home to incorporate some of the best colors of this winter.

MARTINA PRESTON

Tango Del Cielo Comes to Federal Way

The Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center is excited to present an exotic fusion of harp, strings, percussion, and dance this November! Experience this captivating music in an entirely new way with Tango Del Cielo, a unique theatrical music and dance program. This event has been met with standing ovations nationwide.

    Tango Del Cielo, literally translated “Tango of Heaven,” features a fusion of various Latin styles in both music and dance, such as Argentine Tango, Flamenco, Spanish Classical, and Latin Jazz. The concerts are especially entertaining through their tribute to the era of silent films, with incorporations of multi-media film art, staging, lighting, and effects. Tango Del Cielo programs are always exciting to watch and fun for the whole family.

 Anna Maria Mendieta, the founder, artistic director, and harpist for the program, has an extensive history performing throughout the world. She is recognized nationally for her musical advancements in the realm of the Argentine Tango on the harp, and has brought many more exceptional musicians and dancers to be a part of the Tango Del Cielo, a few being Matthew Szemela of the multi-Grammy nominated Quartet San Fransisco, and acclaimed dancers Fanny Ara and Marcelo Molina.

    Beyond being masterfully delivered and performed, the program’s music in itself is a treat to listen to. Jorge Calandrelli, a Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee, arranged and composed the music for Tango Del Cielo, along with Pablo Ziegler and Daniel Binelli, also Grammy Award winners. Several other notable artists and Grammy nominees also contributed to the program’s extensive score, including Jovino Santos Neto as well as violinist and composer Jeremy Cohen, also of Quartet San Fransisco. 

    The Tango Del Cielo performance at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center is an event you will not want to miss. From the flamenco dancers to the jazz tunes to the Argentine Tango, everyone will find something to love at this event. For more details, visit https://fwpaec.org

MARTINA PRESTON

Olympia Goat Dairy Crafts Award-Winning Cheeses

“We like to say that our cheese is a love letter to our community.” In this simple statement, Rachel Taylor-Tuller encapsulates the spirit of Lost Peacock Creamery. She’s a first-generation farmer, veteran and chief milkmaid at the creamery. Her husband, Matthew, is known as the head cheesemaker. At the couple’s micro dairy in Olympia, Lost Peacock hand-crafts “ridiculously fabulous cheese” from the milk of goats.

“I fell in love with goats and thought about what job I could do that would let me own all the goats,” explains Taylor-Tuller. She’s only half joking. A goat diary was what she landed on, even though the couple had no prior farming experience.

“It’s very hard for first-generation farmers to break into dairy,” she says. Lost Peacock is required to adhere to the same regulations, licensing and infrastructure of a large commercial goat dairy, even though it is a fraction of the size.

Despite the many challenges, Lost Peacock takes great pride in raising and caring for its goat herd. The goats eat organic alfalfa. Each one is named, usually by the couple’s 3- and 5-year-old children. And the individual goat personalities are catered to when it’s time for milking.

“We have 100% control over our milk, which is important because that’s the source of the food we’re eating,” says Taylor-Tuller. “We believe that because our goats have such amazing lives, the milk they give us is that much better.”

The combination of clean living and lots of love transforms the goats’ milk into two types of chevre—plain and Thai garlic—and halloumi. These are sold at more than 30 grocers from Olympia to Lynnwood. In 2018 the Thai garlic chevre and halloumi earned top honors at the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival as the second- and third-place winners of the People’s Choice Award. The competition included 80 cheeses presented by 18 cheesemakers.

Lost Peacock Creamery also offers opportunities to get up close and personal with its goats, chickens, peacocks, pigs and other farm animals. Goat yoga, baby goat cuddling, cheesemaking classes, day camps for kids and special events are available throughout the year.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

Lost Peacock Creamery

5504 Cross Creek Lane NE, Olympia

360.280.6730

lostpeacock.com