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Procession of the Species Photos 2016

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 7:38pm


With only a few sprinkling showers, Procession of the Species 2016 rolled through the streets of downtown Olympia.  Experience the sights and relive the Procession through these images.  For a complete set of images from Samba OlyWa’s performance, click here. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography.

Spring Arts Walk Photos 2016

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 7:01am


Spring Arts Walk is an adored event in downtown Olympia that attracts families, couples, and people of all ages.  Visitors meander through the streets of downtown Olympia, stopping to watch street performers and stepping into shops to see the artists on display.  Spring Arts Walk continues today, Saturday, April 23 until 4:00 p.m. Photo credit: Shanna

Luminary Procession Photos 2016

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am


The Luminary Procession kicks off an arts-filled weekend in downtown Olympia.  Participants created luminaries during two workshops and then filed into the streets of downtown Olympia on Friday, April 22, 2016 (Earth Day).  The Procession of the Species is slated for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.  Find a map of the Procession route here.

Explore Trail Running around Olympia

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:00am


Olympia has a storied running history. In 1984, our city was home to the first Women’s U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, and we haven’t looked back. Daily, hundreds of local runners plod along Capitol Lake, taking in the sights while enjoying the exercise. Our community holds numerous road races and road running routes, but there are more

Summer Camps around Olympia for any Personality

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:00am


Despite the recent stretch of hot weather, summer’s not quite here yet. But with school in its final weeks, sign the kids up for one of Thurston County’s many exciting summer camps to provide a smooth transition into their time off. Not only will they minimize summer brain drain, but the play time and social interactions

Take Five to Ask about Take 2 from Evergreen Direct Credit Union

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 6:57am


Instead of the age-old adage “take two and call me in the morning,” Evergreen Direct Credit Union is upping the ante. With their Take 2 loan feature, you can skip two payments each year for the duration of the loan…for free! Available on almost all of Evergreen Direct’s loan offerings, Take 2 is an ideal

Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 6:00am


Our sunny skies and record-high temperatures seem to be on their way out, but summer-like temperatures were fun while they lasted. Photos submitted by our fantastic readers showed the amazing beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities that Thurston County has to offer. And this weekend, we showcase one of Olympia’s most beloved traditions – Spring Arts Walk and

Carrie Ziegler Combines Students, Science, and Conservation in New Art Installation

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 6:00am


Did you know it takes 2,000 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans? Local artist Carrie Ziegler shared this fact with me while discussing her latest project. Carrie has been working on the project for one year. The finished project will hang at the WET Science Center located inside the LOTT Wastewater Treatment

Olympia Tumwater Foundation Offers Early Childhood Learning Grants

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 5:37pm


 Submitted by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation The Olympia Tumwater Foundation has grants available to support early childhood education programs. The grants, which range from $250 to $3,000, were created to support innovative, sustainable classroom projects. Any Thurston County school district, nonprofit, early learning provider or collaboration of those groups may apply for the funding. The Olympia

Sidewalk Receives Grant from Thurston County Realtors Association

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:59pm


Submitted by SideWalk SideWalk is pleased to announce it has received a $16,500 Housing Opportunity Grant from the Thurston County Realtors Association (TCRA) and National Association of Realtors (NAR). These funds will support SideWalk’s Rapid Rehousing program, which provides short-term rental assistance to people in our community who are experiencing homelessness. “This grant and partnership

26 Local Students Beat Out 2500+ Teams for Chance at World Championship of Robotics

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:32pm


Submitted by Olympia Robotics Federation FIRST Robotics Team 4450 This month, while most South Sound students were lounging on spring break, 26 motivated students from Capital, Olympia & Avanti High Schools and their robot named USS Kelvin were hard at work competing for a highly coveted spot in the World Championships of Robotics. More than 75,000

Saint Martin’s University Presents a Reading by Award-Winning Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhão

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:36am


From illiteracy to recognition as one of Brazil’s most renowned poets, Salgado Maranhão’s remarkable journey progressed from life as a subsistence farmer to a world-class writer. Illiterate until the age of 15, Maranhão spent most of his youth laboring on his family’s subsistence farm. Despite the odds, Maranhão has since become one of Brazil’s most

Thrifty Thurston Makes Music at the Instrument Petting Zoo

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:41am


My daughter was four when she touched her first violin. She was wandering through Spring Arts Walk in downtown Olympia with her grandmother. They happened upon the Instrument Petting Zoo inside The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. In that moment, she fell in love with the violin. Fast forward five years – my daughter

New Home for Honeybees at the Capitol

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:26am


Submitted by State of Washington On April 20, 2016, the Olympia Beekeepers Association brought approximately 30,000 European honeybees to the Capitol Campus.  The bees were placed in two hives positioned in the front lawn of the Governor’s Mansion. The bees and hives are part of a collaborative effort with the Department of Enterprise Services and Olympia

The Addams Family Comes to Capital High School

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:15am


Capital High School has always been known for their outstanding theater program. Their newest production, The Addams Family, is based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Erick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and the well-known characters from Charles Addams. The play embodies the classic dark comedy that people know and love

Sunshine and High Rollin’ Hot Rods at Quinault Beach

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:18pm


Nothing says summer like a weekend of sun, surf, hot rods, and high stakes fun. Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 enjoy it all at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino’s seventh annual High Rollin’ Hot Rods at the Beach. With over $2,500 in cash and prizes awarded throughout the two-day festival, event organizer Johnny

Tumwater Auto Spa Celebrates Earth Day

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 9:03am


Submitted by Tumwater Auto Spa April 22 has been designated Earth Day.  Each year a new theme is chosen to encourage citizens of the world to think about the choices they make and how they affect the health of our planet.  This year’s theme is Trees for the Earth.  This theme was chosen to encourage cities

Seeing and Being The Traveler on Hood Canal

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:37am


“A traveler is really not someone who crosses ground so much as someone who is always hungry for the next challenge and adventure,” penned writer Pico Iyer. But for lucky Hood Canal area residents, The Traveler is both destination and guide, watching over the area and its outdoors-loving population. According to legend, The Traveler’s shape

Cierra Davis, Aaliyah Kautz Power North Thurston Fastpitch

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:27am


One wouldn’t speak and the other couldn’t stop talking. That’s how North Thurston High School fastpitch coach Pete Feliciano remembers seniors Aaliyah Kautz and Cierra Davis as freshmen. They were polar opposites personality-wise, but the one trait they shared from the moment they stepped on campus was excelling at the sport. Kautz serves as a utility

Mac Armstrong – River Ridge Baseball’s Lone Senior Stepping Up Big

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:52pm


River Ridge baseball coach Chad Arko has guided the Hawks to numerous district titles, usually on the backs of a strong senior class which is looking to end their high school careers on a high note. And this year? “We don’t have a senior class,” Arko said. “We have one guy.” That lone senior is