October 1, 2018
Carolyn Wiley will be the featured artist at the 2018 Fiber Arts Show.


June 1, 2018
Cathy Williams of Home performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the South Sound Classical Choir.


May 1, 2018
Renowned architect Jim Olson has deep connections to Longbranch.


April 1, 2018
A graphic novel trilogy about the Civil Rights Movement by Georgia congressman John Lewis.


December 1, 2017
The Mustard Seed Project and Two Waters Arts Alliance offered art classes for seniors this fall.


October 1, 2017
“I was surrounded by creative people as I grew up,” said Key Peninsula sculptor Paul Michaels.


September 1, 2017
Being at the right place at the right time seems to be a theme in this homey memoir of Hill Williams, veteran Northwest reporter.


September 1, 2017
Mardie Rees is a Purdy sculptor with a long list of commissions, exhibitions and awards.


August 1, 2017
The Friends of the Key Center Library Book Discussion Group is looking for a few good readers.


August 1, 2017
Steve Wilkerson showed up at an open mic night at the Lakebay Marina three years ago.


July 1, 2017
On July 29, family fun and entertainment return to the Longbranch Improvement Club at the sixth annual Bluegrass BBQ Festival from 2 to 6 p.m.


July 1, 2017
The third annual Art Walk, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. and free of charge, is designed to showcase local artists and give the community a chance to see their work.


May 31, 2017
Humor writer Mary Roach has made a career out of offbeat portraits of science and society, and her latest work is no exception.


May 31, 2017
Chris Bronstad and Richard Miller both teach science and art at Key Peninsula Middle School.


April 29, 2017
The family understood they needed to get away, but stayed “one day too long,” when the Vichy government’s militia began rounding up Jews and shipping them to Germany.


April 29, 2017
An engaged audience gathered at the Key Center Library in April to hear Jeb Wyman’s talk “Coming Home: How the Humanities Help Veterans Find Meaning After War,” sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


March 31, 2017
Dick Dixon has eight self-published books under his belt, all historical fiction except two.


March 31, 2017
The work of photojournalist and one-time Key Peninsula resident Luke Somers will be exhibited in a show at Seattle University April 29 to May 1.


March 2, 2017
The Two Waters Arts Alliance has been bringing artistic instruction and experiences to Key Peninsula schools since 2001, and the program continues to expand.


March 2, 2017
Doug Blystone is a featured folk artist at Marnie Farmer’s Vintage and Antiques shop on Key Pen Highway North and 134th Street.


September 28, 2016
Joseph “Joe” Barrow describes his art group as “a great gang, loving art.”


September 28, 2016
Local author Leslie Bratspis’s third self-published novel is hot off the press.


September 28, 2016
Ivan the gorilla was a familiar beloved attraction at the B & I shopping center in Tacoma for 27 years.


September 28, 2016
Jim Lynch, best-selling Olympia-based author of such books as “Against the Wind” and “The Highest Tide,” will share his insights as the featured speaker and in a workshop at the Write in the Harbor Conference sponsored by Tacoma Community College in Gig Harbor Nov. 4 and 5.


September 3, 2016
A group of loosely affiliated but like-minded artisans keep their sewing skills sharp and creative wits sharper with biweekly meetings at the Key Center library.


September 2, 2016
The Olalla Bluegrass and Beyond Festival celebrated its quarter century mark Aug. 20. As founder Charlee Glock-Jackson said it came into being because of “an aligning of the planets.”


September 2, 2016
The Longbranch Improvement Club will host the ninth annual Fiber Arts Show on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


July 30, 2016
Anna Brones is a busy woman. Her third book has just been published. She has launched a new magazine. And she has at least two other projects percolating.


July 30, 2016
Key Peninsula artist Adria Hanson will exhibit her work during the Choctaw Cultural Meeting at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Aug. 5.


July 2, 2016
The neighbors noted suspicious activity: A car off-kilter on the side of the road, bright lights in the woods on a dark night, a scuffle, and maybe sounds of gunshots on the beach.


July 2, 2016
Key Peninsula artists will be celebrated and showcased in Key Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.


July 2, 2016
Local author Richard A.M. Dixon won a national award in May for his 2013 autobiography, "Angels in My Foxhole," soon after releasing his sixth book, "The Tiger of Dien Bien Phu."


July 2, 2016
When Theatre Puget Sound placed a call for auditions, Lake Minterwood resident William Michael Paul showed up with a smile.


July 2, 2016
On Saturday, July 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Bluegrass Festival will return to the Longbranch Improvement Club for its fifth year.


May 28, 2016
KPMS seventh grader Bobbi Worden won first place in the seventh- and eighth-grade photography category in the Pierce County Library System's 20th annual teen writing and art contest, Our Own Expressions, in May.


May 28, 2016
Fans celebrated the publication of Dale Goodvin’s first book last month with a reception at Blend Wine Shop in Key Center.


February 26, 2016
As a young girl, Michaelina Tenney observed and learned as her mother, Mary Ellen Pinches taught art classes.


February 4, 2016
Hosting house concert programs to nearly 5,000 guests since 2006, Jerry and Pam Libstaff have spent close to $100,000 to bring national and international talent to the Key Peninsula.


February 3, 2016
Paradise Theatre started the new year in a brand new home.


February 3, 2016
Who would have guessed that observing at-risk kids respond to working on art projects would lead to a thriving Key Peninsula nonprofit organization?


February 3, 2016
Last spring, internationally known sculptor Mardie Rees opened a new sculpture studio that she and her husband built in Wauna.


February 3, 2016
Most people would cringe at the thought of eating bugs for dinner, but David George Gordon does it for a living.


December 3, 2015
Julieann Kohn’s creative mind knows no bounds.


October 5, 2015
Joseph Pentheroudakis is an artist and lives on Herron Island.


October 5, 2015
For all those interested in local history, the long wait is finally over.


September 2, 2015
Local artists and art lovers strolled through Key Center enjoying many colorful creations during the first Key Center Art Walk.


September 2, 2015
Seats were filled and some took to dancing on the parquet as the Coyote Hill Bluegrass band electrified the crowd, with sound waves reverberating inside and out the landmark Longbranch Improvement Club, on July 25.


September 2, 2015
All things fabric are featured at this year’s Fiber Arts: Threads Through Time, a show that is an integral part of the Key Peninsula Farm Tour on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


September 2, 2015
Words will reign supreme Nov. 6 and 7 at the Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College.


July 31, 2015
When Evergreen Elementary kids and teachers return to school this fall, they’ll have two new murals greeting them.


July 31, 2015
One hot day in June, Eruption Drum and Bugle Corps gave a fabulous performance at Peninsula High School’s Roy Anderson Field to full bleachers.


June 30, 2015
Last month, Vaughn Elementary music teacher Lisa Mills poured her talents into kindergarten through fifth-graders to produce a rousing musical for a wall to wall audience of parents, siblings and friends.


June 29, 2015
Paul Michaels began his professional art career as a woodcarver. He first specialized in custom carousel horses, creating about a dozen, most of them displayed in client’s homes.


June 26, 2015
Like viewing local art and meeting local artists? Mark your calendar for the last Wednesday in July, when the Key Peninsula will showcase art from beloved local artists.


June 26, 2015
A famous writer once said that music expresses things that can’t be put into words, but also can’t remain silent.


May 28, 2015
Hayley King loves art and she would love to have a local place where people and families can go to enjoy and learn about art.


May 28, 2015
The Key Peninsula is full of surprises, including a surprising number of world-renowned artists who live on dirt roads that meander through the woods and along the shorelines.


May 28, 2015
“Can you think of anything better than to have our children tell our history?” asks Connie Hildahl, of the Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC).


May 28, 2015
Lake Holiday artist Raphael Murrell describes himself as “the Black Dale Chihuly.”


May 28, 2015
Ollala resident Dianne Gardner’s screenplay of “Cassandra’s Castle” came in as a semifinalist out of 2,400 entries in a film festival.


May 27, 2015
Last month’s Two Waters Arts Alliance’s Spring Fling was a wonderland of artists, their art, complete with live demonstrations by many, making hands-on craft-creations for children.


May 5, 2015
You know spring has officially arrived on the Key Peninsula when Two Waters Art Alliance hosts its annual Spring Fling.


May 5, 2015
'Threads’ and ‘Finding Thea’: Stories of inspiration, determination and liberation.


March 30, 2015
Key Peninsula author Richard A.M. Dixon has published his third and final Dillon’s War novel; this one is titled, “Weretiger’s Deliverance.”


March 30, 2015
The Pierce County Library, Key Center branch, offers exhibit space for local artists to display their work.


March 5, 2015
In preparation for the annual sale, members of Friends of the Key Center Library lifted, hauled and sorted their way through thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes.


March 4, 2015
“Our Own Expressions” has just been published, showcasing contest winners from the Pierce County Library System’s 18 Annual Teen Writing and Art Contest.


January 31, 2015
What happens when you mix passions for biology, fine arts and the Key Peninsula?


January 31, 2015
Leslie Bratspis saw a change in her ex-husband, a U.S. Marine, after he returned from two tours of duty in Vietnam.


January 31, 2015
The first “Artists’Blend” event in November brought together a small group of like-minded and creatively diverse souls who gathered to share stories and learn a few new ones.


December 31, 2014
When Richard Jones looks through his camera lens he likes what he sees on the Key Peninsula.


December 31, 2014
A good number of Key Peninsula residents know Dan and May Wilson through their Allstar Guitar store on the Gig Harbor waterfront where Dan teaches music and sells and repairs instruments and music gear, and May runs the Allstar Academy, the instruction part of the business.


December 31, 2014
Nicole Niemann-Carr of SunnyCrest Farm has her third story in a national publication.


December 31, 2014
Jerry Libstaff has released his second and third fiction novels, “Farther to Fall” and “Point of No Return,” with a book-signing held at Morso Wine Bar in December.


December 8, 2014
At her “Meet the Artist” reception Nov. 22, Taylor Reed greeted guests and introduced them to some of the work at her solo exhibition: “All that Glitters,” at Morso restaurant in Gig Harbor.


September 24, 2014
The 2014 Gig Harbor Film Festival officially accepted an independent documentary film produced by a local Herron Island couple on Saturday, Oct. 18.


September 24, 2014
Gig Harbor’s Paradise Theatre is getting a jump on Halloween in fine musical style and a couple of Key Peninsula residents are part of the fun.


September 4, 2014
The fourth annual juried Art Exhibition will be presented by Two Waters Arts Alliance (TWAA) from Oct. 3 through Dec. 1.


September 3, 2014
Reads my lips.


July 31, 2014
When Colleen Slater’s pastor, Bob Postma, went on a three week vacation from the First Presbyterian Church in Hoquiam in the early 1980s, Slater stepped up to take his place writing her first lay sermon.


June 28, 2014
The unmistakable, mellifluous, joyous, sweet sound of steel pans wafted through two Key Peninsula schools during the last Thursday of May.


June 28, 2014
If you like bluegrass music, be sure to schedule a visit to the Longbranch Improvement Club on Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. for its annual bluegrass festival.


June 28, 2014
Local artist and landscaper Tweed Meyer grew up smelling turpentine and salt water.


May 29, 2014
Some people just love to make a joyful noise.


May 29, 2014
On May 3, Two Waters Arts Alliance hosted a “Spring Splash” Arts & Crafts workshop in lieu of the Spring Fling Art Show.


May 29, 2014
There’s a place on Herron Hill that’s been touched by a bit of magic.


May 29, 2014
Key Peninsula Health and Professional Center located in the library building in Key Center has an open invitation for all local artists to exhibit their work.


April 30, 2014
Meet Jonathan Lique, a Key Peninsula resident and a young man of rare talent.


April 30, 2014
If you happen to know where to look, there’s a place on Herron Hill that’s been touched by magic.


April 30, 2014
Artist Billy Gray guided Key Peninsula Middle School students in the creation of an outdoor mural showcasing the flora and fauna of Key Peninsula.


March 26, 2014
Completed in June 2012, the Minter Creek Elementary mural contains artwork from every attending student during the 2011/12 school year.


March 26, 2014
Early this year, a dozen KPMS students met after school and created an art pole from recycled materials as part of a Two Waters Art Alliance (TWAA) art program.


February 27, 2014
When Paradise Theatre’s production of “Angry Housewives” premiers March 7, the Key Peninsula will be well-represented..


February 27, 2014
On Tuesday, March 18, the Watoto Children’s Choir will be bringing the sights and sounds of Uganda to the Key Peninsula.


February 1, 2014
When Lisa Mills took the job as music teacher at Vaughn Elementary School last fall, she had big shoes to fill.


February 1, 2014
Thirty Key Peninsula school students will join 240 representatives from four middle schools and two high schools at the Peninsula School District Choir Festival.


January 2, 2014
Last month’s “Reading is FUNdamental” (RIF) day at Evergreen Elementary School was dubbed “Rope a Good Book.”


January 2, 2014
Local author Mary Alice Salciccia has just released her new book, called “Hello Music,” from Blysster Press.


January 2, 2014
There are changes afoot in Peninsula High School’s drama department.


October 31, 2013
The Longbranch Improvement Club’s “Savories and Sweets, South Sound Treats” cookbook is ready for sale.


October 31, 2013
Peninsula Hands on Art was born 10 years ago out of concern for disappearing art classes and shrinking budgets within greater Gig Harbor area schools.


October 31, 2013
Tears of Joy Theatre from Portland, Oregon, will bring their production of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” to the Key Peninsula Civic Center on Nov. 14.


October 31, 2013
Kathy Lasher, author of two published books with a third nearly finished, admits the first one took a long while to write.


September 27, 2013
Two Waters Arts Alliance is probably best known on the Key Peninsula for the art shows and other special events it produces, such as the art show currently on display at the Key Center Library.


September 27, 2013
Interviews with offenders at the Washington Corrections Center for Women have been produced as a 30-minute video documentary about training to reenter the workforce after release from prison.


September 27, 2013
Roger Gemelle’s musical career began in New York City at age 19, when he hustled to a studio from school to play on a keyboard.


August 29, 2013
Key Peninsula artist Gail Kelly will open her studio to the public as part of this year’s Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, Sept 20-22.


August 1, 2013
Choosing to remember.


June 28, 2013
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series “Gig Harbor” was the brainchild of Longbranch resident Donald R. Tjossem.


May 29, 2013
Vaughn resident Ted Olinger recently authored a book about his experiences and encounters with nature and people who make the Key Peninsula their home.


February 28, 2013
Dale Toman, 69, is a toy maker, a lover of wood and glue who turns pine into intricate working art, soothing his mind, heart and soul at the same time.


February 28, 2013
Key Peninsula resident Jonathan Bill has been involved in the arts in one way or another for decades.


February 13, 2013
Indie documentary filmmakers race against the clock to tell story of Bangladeshi artist.


January 31, 2013
From the kitchen in one of the barns at Gentle Giant Meadows Ranch, Maureen Sikora loves to watch nature go by.


January 30, 2013
Reading to a child in this digital age is perhaps more important now than ever.


September 1, 2011
Peninsula High School’s Marching Band represented the State of Washington at the national Independence Day parade in Washington, DC, in 2010 under director Ricky Badua.


August 1, 2011
Once a landscape artist, Key Peninsula resident Tweed Meyer has evolved.


April 1, 2011
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Evergreen Elementary, delayed until March 3, was a huge success as the kids sang along with popular singer and composer Billy Farmer.


March 1, 2011
f you’ve ever been to Cheney Stadium and noticed the life-size statue of Ben Cheney, you may not have known you were viewing the creation of local artist Paul R. Michaels.


October 1, 2010
Christopher Mathie, an artist who lived on the Key Peninsula, said he has switched gears and is not working with pottery. His latest collection of abstract paintings "Coastal Resonance," was partly inspired by his days living on the Key Peninsula.


July 1, 2009
Sculptor John Jewell of Vaughn began his preliminary sculpting from clay last fall for the bronze more than life size statue of Chloe Clarke.


April 1, 2009
Stephanie Galindo, former staff member of the Key Peninsula News, is celebrating the publication of her new book, “The Cat Lover’s Guide to finding Your Own Home.”


February 1, 2009
Two Waters Arts Alliance will present the Tears of Joy Theatre production Feb. 7 at the Key Peninsula Civic Center.


December 1, 2008
Every child in every class at Evergreen Elementary School was excited to choose a book during the Reading Is Fun program in October.


September 1, 2008
Beyond the Borders, organized by Mark Runions, was again a splendid assembly of top musical groups.


July 1, 2008
A multicultural music event is coming back to Longbranch on Aug. 2, bringing to the Key Peninsula international music, food, art and more.


June 1, 2008
On May 18 the Key Singers presented a concert titled “A Decade of Song” in celebration of their decade as an organization.


June 1, 2008
Local author shares heartwarming adventures.


November 1, 2007
More than 200 guests were treated to an evening of friendship, food and a fantastic auction at Flavor of Fall.


October 1, 2007
Key Peninsula resident Paula Vander Poel is the new executive director at Peninsula Youth Orchestra Association.


October 1, 2007
Flavor of Fall will raise funds for stage renovation, curtains, and lighting for theatrical productions under the auspices of Two Waters Arts Alliance.


June 1, 2007
Children’s book author Keith Baker visited Evergreen Elementary School.


April 1, 2007
Patty Van Valkenburg has a satisfying dilemma at the Vaughn Elementary School library.


January 1, 2007
Key Peninsula Middle School students show off their great talent at a digital photography exhibit in Gig Harbor.


December 1, 2006
The Two Waters Arts Alliance wraps up another successful year with plans for more programs and events in 2007.


August 5, 2006
Eighth-grader Peter Sutton is featured on the poster for LouieFest, which will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most guitar players playing “Louie Louie” together.


August 5, 2006
The Down Home Band, started by two local doctors, replicates an old Home tradition.


July 1, 2006
The Northwest Experience returns to its roots of chainsaw wood carving, eliminating the other aspects of the former gift shop.


July 1, 2006
A 13-year-old Minter Creek resident will mingle with guitar greats such as Joe Satriano and Steve Vie at a prestigious guitar camp in Seattle.


June 1, 2006
The story of a special bond between Dottie and George has traveled far beyond the Key Peninsula.


May 1, 2006
Artist Laura Mosely lands on the Key Peninsula after traveling the world.


April 1, 2006
Young poet Dennis Baze celebrates the success of his first book, looks forward to a second book due in print soon.


April 1, 2005
A veteran blacksmith uses old-fashion tools to create hundreds of incredible items that fuse art with practicality.


April 1, 2004
Like any other event organized by Two Waters Arts Alliance, the Spring Fling proved to be a classy, well-attended event.


March 1, 2004
Tom Morgan was a teen when he decided he would become a professional musician. After a chance “sit in” play with a band, he was hired on the spot—and has been drumming ever since.


January 1, 2004
Minter Creek Principal Steve Leitz enrolls his students, community to sponsor 7,000 much-needed books for children in Namibia--where books in school are a rare sight.


January 1, 2004
Two Waters Arts Alliance adopts successful Vashon Island program, Artists in Schools, for local kids.