The Winter Concert of Peninsula Youth Orchestra presented more than just a music performance recital for about 100 students at various levels of learning.

          The group also received a grant of $900 from Altrusa Foundation of Gig Harbor, and Altrusa International Foundation. The grant is to be used to replace about 30 music stands that have served the orchestra since it formed about 15 years ago.

          Funds for the grant were obtained through an application to the international parent group of the local Altrusa Foundation. Altrusa of Gig Harbor has been a supporter of the local Youth Orchestra since it was formed in the late 1990s, and has provided annual scholarships since its beginning.

          Inspiration for the private teaching orchestra’s formation came from a group of parents who wished to correct the lack of any string music program in the local school system. Since its beginning, PYO has gone from a few students at a single performance level to over 100 students performing at four levels, and including specialty Chamber and Quartets for advanced students.

          As an added bonus, Altrusa announced the establishment of the Andrea Bryant Memorial Scholarship Fund within the Altrusa Foundation. Bryant was one the original teaching staff for the first orchestra, who passed away just after Christmas.

          Donations to the fund can be made here at the Altrusa website on the Peninsula Youth Orchestra page.                                           



Making a Difference in Afghanistan


Cookies for the Troops

While Altrusa works hard to provide for the children of Gig Harbor, we do branch out occasionally.  This year, for the annual National Make A Difference Day, the club members partnered with Diane Hunter, wife of Mayor Chuck Hunter, to send some home-made treats to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers with the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade now stationed in Afghanistan.  Altrusans and their friends baked about 70 dozen cookies and bars to add to the shipment. They will be there in time for Thanksgiving.

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Altrusa Foundation presents the 18th Annual Gig Harbor
Holiday Tour of Homes and Gift Bazaar on December 14th.

Saturday, December 14th 10am - 5pm

Ticket desk opens at 9:30am at the Gig Harbor Boys & Girls Club.

Over the past 20 years, thousands of residents and visitors have flocked to Gig Harbor on the 2nd Saturday of December to enjoy an inside peek at some of The Harbor’s most beautiful home designs, and beautifully decorated homes. Altrusa Gig Harbor’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes is a Holiday tradition, thanks to the generous homeowners who agree to share their private residence with the ticket-holders, all to benefit the kids of our community. Some homes feature magnificent views. Some are artistically furnished. All have a host of interesting and beautiful family traditions to inspire the spirit of the season. Join this year’s throng and make this your holiday tradition! Buy Tickets...

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Tickets are available November 1st. ADVANCE Ticket prices will be $20 each or you may purchase them at the door for $25 per person. There is also a package option of 10 tickets for $150. Tickets, programs and directions will be available for pick up at 9:30 am in the Will Call area at the Boys & Girls Club of Gig Harbor.

You may also purchase tickets at the following outlets: Ace Hardware at Point Fosdick and Downtown Gig Harbor; Bella Kitchen Essentials; Boys & Girls Club Gig Harbor; The Garden Room; Heidi's Sweet Shop; Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce; and the Kitsap Credit Union in North and Uptown Gig Harbor.

Gig Harbor Holiday Gift Bazaar!

A Holiday Gift Bazaar will be located at the Boys & Girls Club of Gig Harbor during the Holiday Home Tour.  A collection of vendors selling festive and uniquely crafted items that are perfect for someone on your gift list.


Be a Vendor At The Bazaar

If you are an artist or a craftsperson with gift items to offer to the public, please feel free to contact us. Table fees are a modest $50, with a guaranteed crowd of all ticket holders to the Holiday Tour, who must pick up their tickets and event programs prior to beginning the tour. In addition, the expanded bazaar will be promoted to the general public through advertising, signage and on-line promotion. Please click here to BOOK A VENDOR TABLE and to complete and send your application.





Visions of Sugarplums!


This year's Gig Harbor Holiday Tour of Homes & Gift Bazaar will move and inspire you with the beauty of the holidays, just as you remember them when you were a child. Enjoy an inside look at some of The Harbor's most beautiful, and beautifully decorated homes, and from now on make this event your own holiday tradition!

Altrusa Foundation presents the 18th Annual Gig Harbor Holiday Tour of Homes and Gift Bazaar on December 14th 2013. A self guided tour inside festively decorated Gig Harbor area homes. Read More…

The Holiday Gift Bazaar will be located at the Boys & Girls Club during the 2013 Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Read more about the Gift Bazaar...







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