Mother's Day is just around the corner.  Treat yourself, or better yet, bring your children to the Altrusa Jewelry Sale the weekend before Mother's Day—Friday, May 1st from 10am to 6pm and Saturday, May 2nd from 10am to 3pm—and let them pick out a piece of gently used, new, vintage, or handmade jewelry for you.  All of the jewelry has been donated by the community especially for this sale.

The sale is being held at the Soundview Business Park (across the street from the Harvester Restaurant) at 5775 Soundview Drive in Gig Harbor.  Follow the signs and browse from an amazing array of beautiful jewelry at very reasonable prices.  All proceeds benefit Altrusa Gig Harbor's Foundation programs and projects for kids.


Altrusa Foundation presents the
20th Annual Gig Harbor Holiday Tour of Homes

Saturday, December 13th 10am–5pm

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 residences 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!
Check out our 20th Annual Gig Harbor Holiday Tour of Homes webiste to view photos from previous tours and purchase tour tickets.

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 Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club Community Kitchen, Peninsula Youth Orchestra, ASK (Altrusa Serving Kids), and Altrusa Mentor Corps.

Altrusa of Gig Harbor Presents

"Make a Difference for a Soldier"

The Million Cookie Challenge Home-Baked Gifts For Our Troops in Afghanistan


How many dozen can your organization contribute?


  1. Bake the Cookies! Cookies should be soft or solid varieties, not crisp that will crumble and crush. And they can be frozen so you can start baking now! Friends and neighbors can jump in and help.
  2. Package the Cookies! One dozen in each zippered plastic bag. (You can label each bag with good wishes, organization names, etc. if you wish.)
  3. Deliver the Cookies to DPI Print on or before October 17, 2014, 5775 Soundview Drive, #102e, Gig Harbor.

Cookies will be shipped FREE by the 201st Division from JBLM to arrive in time for the holidays.  To win, your organization must have the largest ratio of cookies per member, so go online to or go to DPI Print to register.

Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 25.
Questions? Contact Pat Schmidt at 253-853-3622 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Altrusa Presents Peninsula Youth Orchestra Grant , Scholarship Fund

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.            



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