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Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 7:27am

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Every Friday, ThurstonTalk’s publishing team brings you the weekend event calendar showcasing fun activities and events for the whole family.  While this list is simply a highlight, find our complete event calendar here. Catch a Harlequin Productions performance of Little Shop of Horrors throughout the weekend. Try a new hike in Mason County along scenic Hood Canal.  Turn

Downtown Olympia Welcomes New Restaurant, Rush In Dumplings

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 6:00am

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A new quick-service, late-night eatery now occupies 205 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia, the former home of Café Love. Rush In Dumplings opened in late May and features Russian-style pelmeni. Similar to pierogies, the Russian dumplings are made with thin, unleavened dough and are filled with meats, veggies, or a combination. Rush In’s menu currently

A Trio of Inspiring Farms: August Farm, Constellation Farm and Furrow Horse Farm at the Olympia Farmers Market

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 6:00am

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Every time I go to the Olympia Farmers Market, I appreciate the dynamic qualities that remind me to pay attention – he bouquet of summer produce evolves, he berries shift varieties and new vendors emerge. You probably have your favorite stops at the Olympia Farmers Market, but keep your eyes open for the newer smiling

Thrifty Thurston Explores Olympia’s Art

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 6:00am

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Olympia has so much art work around the city that it’s often easy to just drive right past. We see it every day and don’t always think about it. I encourage you to talk a walk around Olympia and spend some time looking at the beautiful creations that decorate the city. Traffic Box Wraps There

Speed Gaming

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 1:34pm
Event:  Wed, 08/10/2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Love board games? Join us at the Tumwater Timberland Library on Wednesday, August 10 for an exciting new experience! We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul to Host 9th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:58am

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Submitted by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a nonprofit organization that helps those living in poverty, will sponsor the 9th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on Saturday, September 24, 2016 to benefit those in need of emergency financial rental assistance, utility assistance and other basic necessities.

Local BBQ Aficionados and Pros Compete to be the Top Pit Masters

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:49am

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Submitted by the Lacey South Sound Chamber and Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater VCB The Annual South Sound BBQ Festival was a great success! Now in its sixth year, the event drew more than 14,000 people over the eight-hour festival. Families filled Huntamer Park to enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, and kid’s activities. Pro pitmasters from 10 local BBQ

Fish Tale Brewing Company Partners With Bloodworks Northwest in “PINT FOR A PINT” Program

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:31am

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Submitted by Bloodworks Northwest All donors who register to donate blood between July 18 and July 24 at the Olympia Donor Center will receive a $5 voucher to The Fish Tale Brew Pub as part of Bloodworks Northwest’s “Pint for a Pint” program. Vouchers are non-transferrable, non-redeemable for cash, and will be mailed afterwards to

Intel Dupont Community Garden – Growing Relationships While Growing Food

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Guess who grew 9,000 pounds of organic produce last year and donated 7,500 to two local food banks? Guess who is on track to do it again? The Intel Dupont Community Garden, located on Intel property, maintains a bountiful, well-organized garden that supports the Thurston County Food Bank and Lakewood’s Lakes Area Fish Food Banks,

Dr. Ranil Dhammapala Fights for Clean Air in Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 6:00am

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As a child growing up in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dr. Ranil Dhammapala of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Program did not think much of air pollution, though people in his community often burned tires and plastic, and used high-sulfur diesel as fuel. “That’s just what people did,” Dhammapala said. However, when he

Coleen Larrett – an Inspiration at A Beautiful Face & Skincare

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Coleen Larrett had hit a low point in her life when she lost her home and was living on friend’s couch. Divorce, bankruptcy and a bout with thyroid cancer had left her with few options. She was ready to return to her hometown of Lincoln City, Oregon and move back in with her parents. Suddenly

Tumwater’s Dylan Mooers Adds WIAA LEAP Committee Member to Resume

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:01am

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Dylan Mooers is equal parts athletics and academics – a 4.0 student and self-described “math and science guy” who excels at both football and track. Because of that fact, it’s surprising he had never heard of the LEAP Committee before as it seems tailor-made for the multi-talented Tumwater High School junior. LEAP, which stands for

Carrie Whisler Helps Entrepreneurs Expand Their Business at Olympia Federal Savings

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:00am

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By now, Carrie Whisler is used to getting stopped in the grocery store. You might think that she’s a local celebrity, but it has more to do with where she works. “I’ll run into customers while I’m wearing my Oly Fed shirt when I’m shopping and they’ll say, ‘I love Oly Fed! You gave me

The King of all Agriculture Museums is Right Around the Corner

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:00am

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Days spent working on, or with, computers seldom have a tangible product to show for it.  But it wasn’t that long ago when our economy and way of life involved agriculture and long, grueling hours outdoors. The 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture reports that Washington State is home to more than 37,000 farms and an agriculture industry

YWCA Olympia Seeks Women & Business of Achievement Nominations

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:48am

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Submitted by YWCA Olympia  Often the ones that are making the most impactful changes are just ordinary-seeming people who hardly ever get recognized for their work. The changes they make start out small and slowly snow-ball into changing policies and standing in the face of adversity, giving opportunities to thousands. Our community owes some recognition

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:07am

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Azi is a one year old, male Egyptian Pharaoh Hound/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He knows his basic commands such as sit and lay down.  The volunteers have been teaching him to walk nicely on a leash and he loves to go out on the roads and trails to hike or

ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER – Your Eyes and the Damaging Effects of Technology

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 6:00am

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Did you know that every time you look at a screen you are slowly damaging your vision? Exposure to high energy blue light emitted from devices like computers, smart phones, televisions, gaming consoles, CFL bulbs and tablets can damage your eyes and harm your overall health. Adverse side effects from blue light exposure range from

5 Tips on How to Use ThurstonTalk’s LocalTalk Section

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 6:00am

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ThurstonTalk publishes articles daily, sharing what it’s like to live, work and play in Thurston County. Each article is categorized on our homepage into topics, such as sports, history or activities. The categories make it easy to find what you are looking for or to browse articles of interest. One category heading is LocalTalk. This

Lake Lucinda Community Celebrates a Conservation Success 15 Years in the Making

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 6:00am

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Submitted by Paul Dunn for the Chehalis Basin Lead Entity Bill Vogel can still feel the weight on his shoulders, even 20 years later. It’s been that long since his son Karl rode atop his shoulders, the two wandering the forests and wetlands adjacent their Lake Lucinda home much as the first explorers to see it

Lakefair Parade 2016 Photos

Thurston Talk - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:17am

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The Capital Lakefair parade rolled through downtown Olympia on July 16, 2016.  Scroll through these images by Shanna Paxton Photography to see all the excitement.  

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