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Drip Espresso Bar Celebrates One Year

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:39pm

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Submitted by Drip Espresso Bar Summer has begun and here at Drip Espresso Bar we are quickly approaching our one year anniversary. Make sure to join us on Wednesday, June 29 for our one year anniversary party. We will be celebrating with free coffee samples, pastries, prizes and more. We could not have done it

Rochester Teacher Receives National Recognition

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:22pm

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Submitted by the Rochester School District  Grand Mound Elementary School (GMES) teacher, Teresa Kelley-Brooks, has been selected from a nation-wide applicant pool as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar to attend one of 22 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The NEH is a federal agency that supports summer study

Yelm High School Students Qualify for Microsoft National Competition

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:22pm

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Submitted by Yelm Community Schools Students enrolled in the Computer Applications course at Yelm High School earned top honors across the state this year.  As part of the course, students demonstrate their knowledge of the various Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  Through the partnership with Washington State, Microsoft provides free Certiport Testing

Enjoy a Summer Music Concert Outside in Olympia

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:00am

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Summer is all about bare feet in the grass, blankets in the shade, and music in the air. Bring the whole family—or sneak out for some solo R&R—to one of the many musical opportunities around town this summer. Whether you prefer performing or applauding, there’s something for every style, taste, and schedule. Check out listings

Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:00am

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Week one of summer vacation is almost complete.  Check mark that off our list – 1 down, 11 to go until school starts again.  The weather forecast looks delightful for the weekend and throughout next week.  It will be a perfect time to get outside and explore Olympia and our surrounding community. Happy summer! Here’s what is

Thrifty Thurston – 6 Ways to Cool Off Your Dog during Warm Summer Days

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:00am

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The sun is shining. Dog lovers around Thurston County have great opportunities for taking their companion out to enjoy the warm weather. Here are six great places to take your dog. Mission Creek Nature Park This trail in Olympia’s Eastside is a great place to go for a short walk or run with fido. The sun

A Walk around Olympia with Calypso the Parrot

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:00am

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“Look,” says my friend. “That couple has a, has a, … That couple has a bird?!” “We hear that all the time when we are walking,” says the woman who is carrying a small cage containing a bright green bird. “We always take Calypso with us on our walks. She loves it here at Frye

Bring your Appetites for Food and Fun at Thurston County Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:00am

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I love my garden. Well, I would if I had one, but I acquire my bounty of just-picked vegetables and fruits from local growers and farmers. They do all the planning, seeding, weeding, watering, tending and harvesting. I get to do the eating. Our area is plentiful with markets and farm stands. Depending on where

Homeowners Association Leads Charge to Enhance its ‘Backyard’ at Black Lake

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:17am

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Submitted by Paul Dunn for Chehalis Basin Lead Entity To John Wilson and others in the Sylvan Terrace Owners Association, the multi-acre splash of riparian and wetland area between their Olympia condominium complex and Black Lake is a little bit of paradise. The site, they say — including Michelle Creek that bisects it — is a marvelous

Two Routes Not To Miss While Mountain Biking in the Capitol State Forest

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

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The Capitol State Forest, only a few miles west of Olympia, is a 100,000-acre playground for outdoors lovers. The area is home to some of the best mountain biking in western Washington, as well as areas for camping, off-roading, hiking, and shooting. Here’s a look at two of the forest’s most popular mountain biking trails.

Building Friendships One Hand at a Time at Hawks Prairie Casino

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

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It’s true my experience and knowledge of gambling will barely fill a thimble, but I do know gallons about having fun. During my recent visit to Hawks Prairie Casino, I learned that the people who work there – specifically Table Games Dealers Brianna Marten and Judy Bennett – are ready, willing and able to ensure

Experience Everest at Sea Level at Everest Sherpa Gift Shop

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

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There’s a little piece of Nepal in downtown Olympia. Strolling down Fifth Avenue you may first be enticed by the mild, lovely scent of incense wafting down the street, or the prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, or the soft Nepalese music emanating from the storefront, or perhaps even the sound of the owner playing

Sandstone Distillery Wins Double Gold for Stone Carver White Whiskey

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 8:02am

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Submitted by Sandstone Distillery Tenino’s Sandstone Distillery was awarded a Double Gold Medal last week at the 2016 Seattle International Spirits Awards for their Stone Carver White Whiskey. This on the heels of a Silver Medal from the American Craft Spirits Association in Chicago in March.  The Seattle event included national and international brands like

History of 4 Presidential Visits to Olympia

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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The first president to visit Olympia came underneath the cloud of a failing presidency. Rutherford B. Hayes arrived in Olympia in October 1880, even before Washington was a state, as part of a massive 70-day western tour. Under an article titled “the Cause of Mr. Hayes’ visit” the Washington Standard (a hometown Olympia newspaper) described the

Paulie G’s – A Family Friendly Pool Hall

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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The coincidence of tragedy and fortune struck Paul Girard within one week. In 2004, Girard, best known as Paulie, was diagnosed with cancer. A melanoma had been discovered in his neck. Uncertain how he would pay for the medical expenses, he checked a lottery ticket that he had bought six weeks prior. Instantly, Paulie learned

Visit Lake Cushman on the Olympic Peninsula

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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Under the shadow of the southeastern Olympic Mountains, Lake Cushman is quickly becoming one of the premier destinations along Hood Canal. Lake Cushman has been a local retreat on warm weather days for generations, but only recently has it become a destination for those in the greater Puget Sound Region. Offering every recreation activity possible,

Family Farming Yields Sumptious Soaps at KaasHill Farms

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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It’s often been said that chickens are the “gateway drug” to farming, and it’s no different for KaasHill Farms. The family farm started with a small flock of chickens, and is now home to goats, pigs, chickens, guard dogs, and bees. Peter and Sheena Kaas and their small children are the hard-working farmers and soap

Brian Griffith – Overcoming Bad Financial Choices to Get Back on Track with Washington Auto Credit

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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From a financial perspective, many young adults are unprepared for the real world.  Young people are often offered credit cards or auto loans right out of high school, or while going to college. They have no idea about the importance of credit, and know even less about budgeting their money. For many, this sudden availability

Maid Perfect Shares Tips to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 4:38pm

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Submitted by Maid Perfect Many people enjoy the look of stainless steel until it comes time to clean it. It seems stainless steel likes to collect finger prints and smudges as a favorite pastime. The first thing you should consider before you start cleaning your stainless steel is what not to do! Some of the newer

Lacey Days Thrive 5K Supports Local Boys and Girls Clubs

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 4:17pm

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Submitted by Thrive Community Fitness In partnership with the City of Lacey, Thrive Community Fitness will be hosting the 2016 Lacey Days Thrive 5k at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday July 2. This will mark the fourth year of the event with the addition of an exciting new kid’s dash complete with an obstacle course!  All proceeds from