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Gig Harbor Beer Fest

Enjoy 25 Craft Breweries and Live Music at Annual Gig Harbor Beer Fest

The unofficial summer kickoff in Gig Harbor starts with an annual fundraiser benefitting the Gig Harbor Kiwanis. The Eighth Annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival on Saturday, May 18, brings 25 brewers to the Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. — … read more

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Rural Land Development

How to Create a Plan for Your Rural Property

Editor’s note: These tips were adapted with permission from the brochure “Tips for Water and Rural Management for Puget Sound Rural Living” by the Puget Sound Conservation Districts, adapted from “Tips on Land and Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Montana,” … read more

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Boating Safety

Safety Essentials Every Boater Should Have on Hand

The U.S. Coast Guard’s most recent recreational boating report (pdf) counted 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Sadly, only 14 percent of the boat operators in … read more

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BPA Mamma Mia

Experience ABBA Live with BPA’s Production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

Set sail for paradise through May 19 on Bainbridge Island. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale of love, laughter and friendship unfolds on a … read more

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String Trimmer

Seven Steps for Keeping Your String Trimmer Running Strong With a Tune-Up

The gas-powered string trimmer, also known as a weed whacker, is a common yard and garden tool. Because they are less complicated than a lawnmower, many people do not know that string trimmers can benefit from a tune-up. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute … read more

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BBQ

The Thrill of the Grill — Why Do You Do It?

Americans have a long-standing love affair with grilling. This relationship started many years ago. Our ancestors first learned to cook over an open flame, and today grilling has become a year-round lifestyle choice, with many preferring to cook outdoors on the grill. Why … read more

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Yard Waste

How to Protect Your Soil while Preventing Pollution

Editor’s note: These tips were adapted with permission from the brochure “Tips for Water and Rural Management for Puget Sound Rural Living” by the Puget Sound Conservation Districts, adapted from “Tips on Land and Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Montana,” … read more

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Know Your Soil

Know Your Soil Before You Garden

Editor’s note: These tips were adapted with permission from the brochure “Tips for Water and Rural Management for Puget Sound Rural Living” by the Puget Sound Conservation Districts, adapted from “Tips on Land and Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Montana,” … read more

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