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Edward Scissorhands benefit for Olympia Zine Fest

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:11pm
Event:  Sun, 06/26/2016 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Edward Scissorhands Film Screening
Sunday, June 26
2pm doors/2:30pm film
Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE
$10/$7 OFS members (at the theater box office w/member card)
Proceeds benefit the second annual Olympia Zine Fest.
All ages welcome!

Advance tickets available at:
Capitol Theater Box Office (starting 5/31)
Bar Francis – 110 Franklin St. NE
Little General Food Shop – 313 5th Ave. SE logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

When It Comes to Stroke, Time is Brain

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:20pm


Stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs because there is sudden disruption of blood flow to part of the brain and brain cells are deprived of oxygen. Strokes can be caused by a clot obstructing blood flow (called an ischemic stroke), or by a ruptured blood vessel (called a hemorrhagic stroke). In either case, without

Lacey’s Alternate Day Watering Begins June 1

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:47pm


Submitted by The City of Lacey  Lacey water customers will follow an alternate day watering schedule for their yards and outdoor landscapes beginning Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers during the months of June, July, August, and September.  Water customers with addresses ending with an odd number

Mayoral Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:25pm


Submitted by SideWalk SideWalk, an Olympia-based organization with a mission of ending homelessness in Thurston County, announced the “Mayoral Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” will officially launch this Memorial Day, May 30. A local response to an ambitious national challenge to end Veteran homelessness issued to mayors across the country by First Lady Michelle Obama,

Bright Smiles Shine at Day of Champions

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:04pm


For the fourth year in a row, a ThurstonTalk photographer was capturing smiles at the Day of Champions held at Tumwater Stadium. Sponsored by the Tumwater Kiwanis, Day of Champions has become an annual year end celebration for Special Education students from throughout Thurston County and beyond. This year, over 640 participants, from as far away

6 Sushi Houses Worth a Stop in Olympia and Lacey

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:00am


If you are like me, it’s not a matter of when you will go to sushi again but where. With multiple establishments vying for Thurston County’s raw fish dollars it seemed appropriate to visit a few and see how they stack up against each other. This is not an article attempting to sway you, the

Olympia Memorial Day Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:00am


Hello, Olympia.  Welcome to your Memorial Day weekend. As you show your appreciation for America’s veterans, take some time to also explore the monuments at the Capitol Campus.  Our Thrifty Thurston article for this week shares some great ideas for getting kids involved. Be inspired by 10 Thurston County veterans. Take a tour around the

REALTOR Volunteers Paint Downtown, Clean up Cemetery

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:11am


Submitted by the Thurston County REALTORS® Association (TCAR) More than 80 members of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association (TCAR) volunteered for two projects in Thurston County as part of their annual Community Service Day on Thursday May 26, 2016. The Realtors painted over graffiti on walls to help beautify downtown Olympia and support local businesses in

Sparky the Danger Bear, Shelton Electricity Adventurer, Returned to the Wild

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:01am


Submitted by Mason County PUD Sparky, the orphaned bear who took refuge in a Bonneville Power Administration substation last year, returned to the wild earlier this month. “Folks really took to the little fellow,” said Joel Myer, spokesman for Mason County Public Utility District No. 3, the local utility that affectionately named the bear cub

Free Zumba® in the Park Series Begins in June

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:25am


Submitted by Diana Yu Bell rings and YAH!, school’s out for the summer! For some families, figuring out fun activities in the summer months on a limited budget is a challenge.  In and around Thurston County, there are a lot of very kid and family friendly venues.  Some even offer discounts or free passes for families

Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage – Filling the Gap in Vocational Education

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 6:00am


Shari Aldrich, LMP is the president of Bodymechanics, and educates students in massage therapy and personal training. But at the beginning, Shari was a stressed IT Director, who had lost three family members in seven years – her mom at 59, her brother at 36 and her sister at 39-years-old. In 2004, Shari decided to

Evergreen Singers - World Premiere of "Seven Jewish Children" by Arun Chandra

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 8:34pm
Event:  Sat, 05/28/2016 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

The Evergreen Singers Spring Recital,  “What to Tell the Children?”

Featuring the world premiere of  Seven Jewish Children  by Arun Chandra

Saturday, May 28th, 2016, 8 p.m.

In The Recital Hall in the COM Building

The Evergreen State College - Free admission logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Neighborhood Pizza

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:44pm

This story map looks at pizza restaurants in Thurston County.  It was part of a demonstration that I did for Thurston Economic Development Council, but I thought it might be interesting to folks as they consider the idea of neighborhood retail. I enriched U.S. Census Block groups with information about average income, age, and households, so even if you are not interested in the topic, you can find out information about where you live, if it is in Thurston County. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

In Their Own Words – 10 Thurston County Veterans Talk about Military Service

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:00am


ThurstonTalk salutes the men and women in our community that are actively serving or retired military.  Together with our readers, we thank you for your service. Rocky Lightfoot U.S. Army, Chief Warrant Officer 3, Engineer Deployments: Bosnia Herzegovina, South America (Multiple), Afghanistan (twice), Iraq Most fulfilling part of your service: “As an engineer you get

Lincoln Creek Lumber – Family Owned for Five Generations and Over 100 Years

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:00am


Imagine starting a business today that would still be thriving one hundred years from now. It is almost unthinkable in our fast paced world, technology start ups, corporate buyouts and big box dominance. Yet in our midst is a family owned company that has flourished for five generations. Lincoln Creek Lumber has proudly served the

Get Excited for Olympia Family Theater’s 2016-17 Season

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:26pm


Submitted by Olympia Family Theater  Olympia Family Theater is so excited to share a preview of our 2016-17 Season of shows & events! We’ve got 5 Mainstage Shows, a Double Shot festival, and 10 Let’s Play Shows planned! Based in downtown Olympia, OFT is a nonprofit community theater that engages audiences of all ages in

Oly Fed Adds Management Staff, Enhances Commercial Capabilities and Services

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:38pm


Submitted by Olympia Federal Savings Olympia Federal Savings has made recent additions to its management staff bringing in some new team members with a wealth of experience and capabilities in lending and commercial banking. Kim Shaw has joined Oly Fed as a Vice President and Lending Manager.  Kim has over 20 years of experience in

South Sound YMCA Announces Power Scholars Academy

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:25pm


Submitted by South Sound YMCA Power Scholars Academy (PSA) starts June 20 and addresses summer learning loss for low-income children living in urban communities, enhancing overall youth development, academic performance, and graduation rates. Mornings focus on academic instruction (provided by certified teachers) in math and reading topics, while the afternoon offers a more traditional “Y

Stefan Lee Joins Greene Realty Group

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:14pm


Submitted by Greene Realty Group  Stefan Lee has recently joined Greene Realty Group – Greene Realty Group, 1722 Harrison Avenue NW, Olympia, WA 98532. Stefan Lee moved to Olympia with his wife and their two children in 2004 after completing his degree in Sociology from Minnesota State University. In Olympia, Stefan continued his career in

Rob Rice Homes: Buying New or Resale? The Builder is Key

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:45am


Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice Homes When buying a home, the question people often ask is whether they should buy a new construction home or one that has been previously owned, what is known in real estate as a “re-sale”. Ask one of the area’s top Realtors the question and you will get

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