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Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau Seeks Input as it Rebrands Thurston County

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:06am


Submitted by Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) is working to capture the heart and soul of Thurston County to increase tourism to the region. The goal is to create a simple, aspirational and iconic brand message that connects visitors to area attractions, restaurants, retailers, hotels and events. Over the next

Awards of Excellence Returns to Recognize Thurston County Youth

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:31am


Submitted by TOGETHER!  From 2001 to 2011, the annual Awards of Excellence showcased our community’s youth, providing them with deserved recognition as they use their talents and grow as individuals. TOGETHER! is pleased to announce that by popular demand and with support from Gateway Rotary and The Olympian, Awards of Excellence is returning in 2016!

The Evergreen State College Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:21am


Submitted by Zipcar and The Evergreen State College On March 28, The Evergreen State College launched a new partnership with Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car sharing program on campus, bringing Zipcar to Olympia for the first time. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate

Mark Wittig: Turning in Fight Shorts for Military Fatigues

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 6:37am


Why would an athlete with a promising kickboxing career and his youth in front of him drop it all to serve his country in the Armed Forces? Is it a sense of duty, maybe a childhood dream or even the desire to have a solid career? His reasons are all of those and one more,

Westport Winery’s Shorebird Chardonnay Scores Big

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 2:48pm


Submitted by Westport Winery Garden Resort Westport Winery Garden Resort’s 2014 Shorebird Chardonnay earned 92-points along with a gold medal and “exceptional” rating at the Chardonnay World Wine Championships held in Illinois, in early March. The grapes for this vintage were harvested from Conner-Lee Vineyard located near Othello, Washington, in the Columbia Valley AVA. Director

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 2:42pm


Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton My name is Daisy. I’m an extremely sweet 7 to 9 year old lady who can really wiggle to show how happy I am. I need a fenced yard because I like to get out and explore the neighborhood which is not what I should be doing with my time. I

A Literary Peeps® Diorama Contest

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 2:11pm


Submitted by The Timberland Regional Library  Everyone is invited to celebrate spring, literature and libraries by entering the Peeps® Diorama Contest at the Olympia Timberland Library. A diorama is a scene recreated in miniature and in three dimensions. The Literary Peeps Contest requires the scene be selected from a book, and the characters in the scene

Masterworks Choral Ensemble Presents 35th Anniversary Concert

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 2:02pm


Submitted by Masterworks Choral Ensemble  Join a gala celebration April 16, 2016 as Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents its 35th Anniversary concert.  The choir returns to its roots with a performance of choral and orchestral masterpieces that launched the community choir in 1981.   It’s a celebration not just of a milestone anniversary, but thanks to strong

Another Washington Small Business Goes Solar with USDA Grant

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:52pm


Submitted by South Sound Solar, Inc. Western Steel & Supply, Inc., South Sound Solar, Inc., Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. and USDA Rural Energy, invite you to celebrate the installation completion of Western Steel & Supply’s recently installed 9.9kW solar system in Aberdeen, WA. The ribbon cutting event is open to the public and will be

Volunteer for the Future of Washington State Parks

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 6:40am


Whether it is a National Park, National Forest or State Park, Washington residents flock to regions full of natural beauty each and every day we have off from work. We camp in well-maintained campgrounds, hike on immaculate trails and picnic in the scenic wonderlands of the region. From the towering trees of our forests to

Acme Fuel’s Auto Refill Program Saves Worry and Expense

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 6:00am


“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” While the above statement is the unofficial slogan of the U.S. Postal Service, the sentiment could be equally applied to Acme Fuel Company – at least if you’re part of their auto refill propane

Thurston EDC Accepting Applications for Next ScaleUp Thurston Cohort

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 8:21am


Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council Now’s the time to APPLY for the second Cohort of ScaleUp Thurston, a program of the Center for Business & Innovation that is designed to accelerate start-up companies from early success to significant growth and expansion.  The 14-week experience begins May 7, 2016 and runs through July 28, 2016. 

Harlequin’s Improv Festival Seeks to Showcase Local Improv Greatness

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 8:11am


Submitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions is gearing up to present The 3rd Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival April 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. This festival will feature some of the most acclaimed improv troupes from the Olympia area and the Puget Sound region. “The festival

ThurstonTalk Team Grows – Associate Editor Position Now Open

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:21am


Join the fastest growing digital media company in Western Washington as our new Associate Editor. We are looking for a collaborative, team player to guide content on our community social network. The Associate Editor must be professional and display confidence working with a wide variety of people including writers, customers, teammates, marketing professionals and community

Tom’s Outboard Keeps Thurston County Boats Afloat

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:00am


When you walk into Tom’s Outboard on East Bay Drive in Olympia, you are struck by the sheer magnitude of items for sale. Every wall is covered, from floor to ceiling, with boating supplies and memorabilia of the sea. The water of Budd Bay inlet laps at the shore just across the street. The masts

River Ridge High School Track Coach Phil Lonborg Teaches Life Lessons for 23 Years

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:00am


His legacy won’t just be the trophies, the thrilling come-from-behind victories to win another state championship in track. What Phil Lonborg, who is retiring as the head track coach at River Ridge High School after 23 years, will treasure most will be the lives he helped changed and the hand-up help he gave to so

Hands On Children’s Museum Featured by Sunset Magazine

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 2:51pm


In the current issue of Sunset Magazine, the Hands On Children’s Museum was ranked as the #3 best children’s museum in the West.  Only two major institutions beat out our local children’s museum for this recognition – the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Children’s Museum of Denver. “This is a fantastic honor for the museum

The Olympia Food Co-op Adopts a $15 Starting Wage

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 7:29am


Submitted by The Olympia Food Co-op The collectively managed and member owned Olympia Food Co-op has adopted a gradated policy to bring the starting wage to $15 per hour by 2018. This decision follows the national movement of low wage workers mobilizing to demand a living wage. The Olympia Food Co-op stands out as a

Experience Hood Canal on One Tank of Gas

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 6:00am


Fortune magazine reports that in recent years “workers, on average, fail to use nearly five vacation days a year.” With fluctuating gas prices, hectic social calendars, and erratic weather sometimes the best solution is a close-to-home staycation. Whether planning for a long weekend or unexpectedly sunny Saturday, Hood Canal is home to activities for every

Olympia Easter Weekend Event Calendar

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 6:00am


Tulips and daffodils are blooming. The trees are budding and while your allergies may be flaring up a tad, Spring is here in Olympia. While many will be celebrating Easter this weekend, there is a wide variety of things to do (including 11 Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday and Sunday) on our event calendar. Put razor