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Summer Delivers Olympia’s Cole McMason to the Boston Ballet

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 6:00am

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Looking back, Cole McMason should have at least been a little bit nervous when the scenario unfolded. But then again, he was just 8-years-old, a mere three months into ballet. Seven years ago McMason was part of Studio West Dance Academy’s production of “The Nutcracker Suite,” playing one of the “party boys,” a considerably smaller

Canning for Victory: The I Kan Kan Club of the Washington School

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 6:00am

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During the years leading up to official American involvement in World War I, many people across the nation argued for preparing the American people for eventual participation in the conflict. At the same time, domestic science and home economics were being promoted by school systems. Combining these two programs, thousands of canning clubs were formed

Find Live Music in Olympia

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 6:00am

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Olympia is filled with music events every week. From karaoke to jazz to punk, there’s something for everyone. Open Mic Nights Head over to the Westside Tavern every Monday at 9:00 p.m. to play a few songs or just listen! Each performer can play up to three songs. 21+. More information can be found on

Headlining Entertainment Brings Awesome Sounds to the Grays Harbor County Fair

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 6:00am

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Summer in Grays Harbor County brings thoughts of family fun, games and rides, the aroma of outdoor cooking, and visions of a variety of farm animals. It is fair time. The Grays Harbor County Fair is a summer tradition. Located in Elma, fair goers travel from Grays Harbor and beyond to celebrate on August 10 – 14.

Sarah Weideman – Yelm Mother Fights for Epilepsy Awareness

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 6:00am

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When Yelm resident Sarah Weideman’s daughter Allie had her first seizure on Saint Patrick’s day of 2015, the family was unfamiliar with epilepsy and the challenges that accompany the disease. After Allie’s initial grand mal seizure ended, she began having complex partial seizures almost every day, where she remained conscious but would repeat movements and

Stargazing around the South Sound

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:05am

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On the clear nights around the Pacific Northwest, those who head outside, away from the cities are rewarded with a stunning display of the wonders of the night sky. Up on ridges and mountains, along dirt roads and closer to the wonders of the universe, stargazers in the Pacific Northwest are treated to a litany of

A Summer of Relationships, Belonging, and Achievement with the South Sound YMCA

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

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Summer camp provides a lifetime of memories for so many people, whether being away from home for the first time, endless evenings around the campfire, or just long summer days spent with friends. Thanks to the South Sound YMCA’s outreach and generosity, kids ages 6-16 can make new friends and learn new skills while having

Calling All Open Class Baking, Beverages, and Preserves

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

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Submitted by the Thurston County Fair  This year’s Thurston County Fair has baking, canning, brewing, and bee-keeping for the whole herd! But you’ll have to hurry—entries for many of this year’s open class food contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, August 3. Open Class Baking: 3-7 p.m. on Monday,

6 Olympia Restaurants Serving Fresh Foods, Sourced Locally

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

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In this often referenced scene from the IFC show Portlandia, a couple sits down to dine and spends several minutes quizzing their server on the origin of the chicken, the conditions in which it was raised, and what the chicken ate (local hazelnuts?) The server then shows the diners pictures of the chicken, tells them

Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 5:00am

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The calendar says July but I’m still traveling with a fleece in my car most days, just in case. However, the rain will stay away for this 59th annual Capitol Lakefair weekend with clear skies promised for Sunday night’s fireworks show as well as throughout the weekend for outdoor adventures and strolls through town. Wherever your weekend

Sweat Socially: Capitol to Bay Relay Offers Team Challenges for a Good Cause

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:49pm

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Submitted by Capitol the Bay Relay  Let the training begin for the Capitol to Bay Relay taking place Saturday, August 6. Sanctioned as an adventure race by the United States Adventure Race Association, Capitol to Bay Relayers can participate solo, but are encouraged to complete in tandem or with a team. The course begins in

Calling All Open Class Home Arts, Hobbies, and Crafts Entries

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:42pm

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Submitted by The Thurston County Fair  If it’s floral design, photography, or other home arts hobbies that inspire you, then we have an open class home arts competition that’s pretty as a picture!  There are dozens of different categories for home arts enthusiasts, artists and crafters of all ages and abilities. Entries for many of

Bryan Hoddle – the Soldier’s Coach

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 6:00am

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Bryan Hoddle is not a track coach. That label hasn’t accurately described him for quite some time. Sure, he can correct and enhance your running form. He can show you the proper way to stretch before and after working out so you don’t injure yourself. He can even serve up some physical therapy to help

The Joy of Hearing Theater at The Washington Center

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 6:00am

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Nearly five years ago Lee Higginson began to lose his hearing. Higginson, 87 is retired and an devoted theater goer and supporter at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia. He was diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss. This type of hearing loss occurs with aging and results in the difficulty of

Thrifty Thurston Finds Frugal Lakefair Fun

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 6:00am

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In 1957, a small carnival began on the shores of Capitol Lake to beat the heat and boredom of the summer. The tradition continues with this year’s Capitol Lakefair through July 17. What started from humble beginnings has grown into one of the biggest local summer events. For most families, Lakefair is anything but cheap. The

Join Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare’s Summer Open House

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:20am

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Submitted by The Northwest Christian Private Schools Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare Center is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, August 9th from 6:00-7:30pm. You can meet our teachers and tour the facility first hand. Refreshments will be provided. You can also schedule a tour of our Preschool and Childcare at your convenience by calling

7 Tips for Sun Safety this Summer

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 8:56am

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Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services With the amount of cloudy and rainy days we see in Western Washington, it is no surprise that most of us like to make the most of sunny weather. Sunny days are glorious. There are many ways to enjoy the sun, whether gardening or relaxing at home,

Hiking and Burgers Go Hand-in-Hand on Hood Canal

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 6:00am

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Is there any better food than the cheeseburger? The meaty, cheesy, bready amalgam is the perfect summer dinner, especially if you’re rounding out a day of hiking and exploring Hood Canal. My hiking partners and I have a bit of a tradition, especially on difficult or multi-day hiking trips, of fantasizing about the cheeseburger we

The Calaca Kings Bring Power Blues, Rock and Funk Sounds to Olympia

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 6:00am

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A calaca is a colorful skeleton figure used for decoration on the Mexican holiday, Dia De Los Muertos, or “The Day of the Dead.” Despite its meaning, Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration of life, honoring loved ones who have passed through vibrant festivals filled with music, dance, friends and family – this is

Express Gratitude and Appreciation with Flowers from Capitol Florist

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 6:00am

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Cynthia Salazar has a unique outlook on the gift of flowers. “Flowers are an expression of love to one other with no obligation. Unlike something you have to store and keep, flowers are beautiful in the moment but don’t last forever.” Salazar is the owner of Capitol Florist located on Capitol Way in downtown Olympia. I