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Westport Winery Opens Tasting Room in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 10:06am

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Submitted by Westport Winery Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach, Oregon, opened on Saturday, June 23. This is Westport Winery Garden Resort’s first satellite location from what the Roberts family fondly calls “The Mother Ship.” This new tasting room is conveniently located next door to Cannon Beach Distillery and Seasons Café in an area called […]

Rob Rice Homes: We are Open at Steilacoom Ridge

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 9:59am

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Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice Homes  Home buyers with big dreams for a new Rob Rice Home in a spectacular community have been waiting for this day…and it has finally arrived! Anticipation has been high for the opening of the Rob Rice Community of Steilacoom Ridge in Lacey, Washington. The local builder’s newest […]

Cool Lessons from the Icy Arctic for Rochester Teacher

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 9:01am

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Submitted by Rochester School District Maybe you can’t send a class full of Rochester kindergarteners to the Arctic. But you can send their teacher, and that gets them pretty close. Michelle Bretherton, kindergarten teacher at Rochester Primary School (RPS), returned last week from nearly a month in Norway and on the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, Land […]

Celebrate Olympia’s Brewery Heritage at the Olympia Brew Fest

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 7:54am

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Submitted by Olympia Brew Fest The fifth annual Olympia Brew Fest will take place on Saturday, August 6 at the Port Plaza in downtown Olympia from 1pm to 8:30pm.  Attendees receive a souvenir mug and six tastes, choosing from 30+ hand-picked, northwest breweries.  Additional taste cards available at the event.  Tickets are $25 in advance, […]

Join the Providence Patient Advisory Council and Make a Difference for Patients

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 7:49am

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  Submitted by Providence Medical Group Are you a former patient, or family member of one, who would like to share your ideas to improve patient care at Providence Medical Group clinics, Providence St. Peter or Providence Centralia Hospital? Providence is recruiting new members for its Patient Advisory Council (PAC). Formed in 2011, PAC members […]

54th Annual Foofaraw Scheduled for September 9

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 7:36am

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 Submitted by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce For the 54th year, the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Olympia Yacht Club to host local military personnel, at Foofaraw, an event unmatched anywhere else in the world.  Always the first Friday after Labor Day, we will be shoving off from the Olympia Yacht Club […]

Bring “Brew” Back at the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 20

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 7:26am

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Submitted by Tumwater Artesian Brewfest Olympia Beer is an important name to folks in Tumwater. It has been a few years since the last whistle was heard from the brewery (2003), but a new era of craft beer is alive and well. Now, we celebrate the proud tradition of brewing and build toward the future […]

Paddle to Nisqually Volunteers Prepare for Canoe Landing

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Donna Killelea, volunteer for Paddle to Nisqually, signed up to help with food. “It is just such a huge endeavor. All of these people who are on the canoe journey need to be cared for, housed, and fed. Then there is the public who attend the event. There is nothing small about this. They need […]

Olympia Federal Savings Named a Top Ten Company to Work for in Washington

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Olympia Federal Savings, or Oly Fed to locals, is a unique financial institution in a landscape of corporate giants. The 110-year-old company has stayed true to its mission of promoting strong community involvement, home ownership and thrift. And above all, they put people first – both their customers as well as the Oly Fed team. […]

Thrifty Thurston Jams to a Free Outdoor Concert on Sunday at the Capitol Campus

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Olympia Symphony Orchestra (OSO) Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Hermann, says “Olympia is a vibrant arts community with diverse music and dance groups of all genres and ages contributing to our community’s rich cultural experience.” To mark OSO’s tenth annual Festival on the Green, the orchestra expanded the free concert and invited a number of other local […]

Green Home Solutions: Science-Based, Non-Toxic Solutions for Mold Problems

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

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We all want healthy families. While you purchase healthy food and make a date with the gym, it’s often not enough. Have you considered the very air you breathe each day? With numerous impurities and toxins in our environment and today’s air-tight construction methods, indoor air quality has become a real problem for many. The […]

SideWalk’s Commitment to Volunteer Leadership Flourishes Under the Direction of Jill Esbeck, Operations Director

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

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On the eastside of Olympia, I park my car and look for the address of the SideWalk Advocacy Center. The houses look alike—aging, comfortable, worn yet loved. I spot the address, 1139 Fifth Street SE, and step onto the porch. It’s cheery yellow exterior reminds me of my grandmother’s house. Upon entering, I sense that […]

People Make the Thurston County Fair Shine

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

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The best summertime activities are those passed down through the generations. Whether sending your kids to the camp you attended as a child or teaching grandkids the fine art of pitching a tent and making s’mores, some things never go out of style. Since 1871, the Thurston County Fair has been a community and family […]

Hands On Children’s Museum Summer Splash Makes Waves this Weekend

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 5:38am

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Sand, Water and Forts are the focus at Summer Splash this month at Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM). The community has embraced the museum’s transition from the weekend Sand In the City® event to Summer Splash, a summer long festival. This enthusiasm is illustrated by an increase in museum visitation. To date, there have […]

Port Of Olympia And City Of Olympia Team With Nisqually Tribe For Canoe Journey Landing

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:37pm

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Submitted by the Port of Olympia The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016. “The cooperation between the tribe and Port of Olympia and City of Olympia […]

Hometown Hero Program Seeks to Grow Student Athletes’ Sense of Community

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 9:14am

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  Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College Just months after its best season in school history, Clipper Men’s Basketball launches a new program to root student athletes in the Thurston County community.  Partnering with businesses and members of the community, Clipper Athletics anticipates the Hometown Hero Program will help student athletes from outside the […]

4th Annual Savor South Sound at Thurston County Fair

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 8:41am

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Submitted by the Thurston County Fair  It’s time to experience all that Cascadia brewers, cider makers, and vintners have to offer at the fourth annual Savor South Sound, taking place on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. during the Thurston County Fair. This two-day event will feature exclusively local, […]

Anita Olszyk – Transplanted Cyclist Finds Her Passion In Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Anita Olszyk grew up on the other side of the country and had to travel around the world with the military before she discovered a passion for bicycling. Olszyk was born in New Jersey and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from University of Maryland and later spent nearly 14 years abroad […]

Classy Canine Cuisine from Lenore Cuskelly and Crossed Paws Bakery

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Tumwater business owner Lenore Cuskelly shops locally for ingredients. From local farmers, she fills her pantry list of parsley, dill, blueberries, pumpkins, fennel, zucchini, carrots, strawberries, kale, spinach, and apples. There’s meat, too.  All of these fresh ingredients go into Crossed Paws Bakery, where all natural, preservative-free dog treats are lovingly created. Lenore continues to tweak her […]

NW Christian High School Hosts Homeschool Options Information Night

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:36am

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Submitted by Northwest Christian Private Schools   Join the staff of Northwest Christian Private Schools at our upcoming open house. Learn about the school during a brief presentation about our program options and course offerings followed by a question and answer time. This open house is open to all families of incoming ninth through twelfth graders. In addition, you will have an […]

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