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Voetberg Family Christmas Show Will Delight Families Again at the Centralia Fox Theatre

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 6:00am

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There is nothing better than celebrating the holiday season with a family outing. This year, the historic Centralia Fox Theatre is proud to present the 4th annual Voetberg Family Christmas Show on December 17 and 18. It will be the first live music event since the theater reopened on October 29. “Every performance has been […]

Lifespan Construction’s Company Culture Benefits Clients

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 6:00am

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The company culture at Lifespan Construction encourages positive communication between customers and clients alike. Owner Chris McDonald calls this the “H factor,” a guiding principle of the business that founded with his wife, Jennie, in 2010. What began as a husband and wife team has evolved into a very successful operation with 13 full-time employees. […]

US Martial Arts Center Receives State Award for Giving Back

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 10:20am

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Submitted by US Martial Arts Center Four Washington companies have been chosen as recipients of the 2016 Corporations for Communities Award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make it a priority to help their communities. The four businesses include Kent-based Sleep Train, Bellvue-based Republic Services and Birch Equipment out of Bellingham.  Olympia’s own US Martial […]

Giving a Gift is the Gift Itself – Ways to Donate Toys and Gifts to Thurston County Kids

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Sometimes a gift is more than a gift. For children and their families facing hardships, gifts are hard to come by financially and even emotionally. We are fortunate that Thurston County people and organizations think ahead for these children, for whom, a gift means the world. That’s only one side of the story though. For […]

Reduce Your Environmental Footprint This Holiday Season

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Americans throw away 25% more trash during the holiday season than they do during the rest of the year, according to the Thurston County Solid Waste Program. By being mindful of your holiday habits, you can reduce the amount of trash you toss this year. Aside from making a positive impact on the environment, reducing […]

Joby Shimomura Directs Focus Toward Colorful Expression in Life

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Art, intention, and action are all daring ways to make a statement, not only for others but also for oneself. Joby Shimomura understands what it’s worth to truly follow her calling in life. After 20 dedicated years of working in government as Washington governor Jay Inslee’s chief of staff, she is now representing a more […]

Small Businesses Bring Big Rewards to Downtown Olympia

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 6:00am

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On Saturday, November 26, the expression “shop small” holds special significance for local store owners. Eateries, theatres, clothes shops, and independent book stores take center stage and remind our community of the vibrant offerings along our downtown streets. In 2010, American Express started the Small Business Saturday movement to encourage people to purposefully spend their […]

Ring in the Holidays with The Washington Center

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 6:00am

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With the arrival of Thanksgiving weekend, most of us “officially” begin the holiday season, and, downtown Olympia is no exception. Concerts, celebrations, special shopping events and community gatherings pepper the calendar throughout the end of November and the entire month of December. In the middle of it all is The Washington Center for the Performing […]

Neighborhood Notes – Fresh Cut for Christmas: Thurston County Christmas Tree Farms

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 6:00am

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Despite my children’s insistence that we decorate for every holiday, I mostly hold out for Christmas. While there may be a few wooden turkeys and papier-mâché pumpkins floating around the house in the fall, it’s Christmas décor that I adore. And, the crowning jewel, the centerpiece of it all, is the Christmas tree. We cut […]

Olympia Thanksgiving Weekend Event Calendar

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 6:00am

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From our family to yours, we wish you a Thanksgiving meal filled with friendly conversation, contentment and joy.  Here’s what is going on around Olympia during Thanksgiving weekend. Act local this holiday season with this article about ways to volunteer. Get cooking tips and last minute recipe ideas from our food writer, Mary Ellen Psaltis. […]

Thrifty Thurston Finds Holiday Music Concerts Throughout Olympia

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 6:00am

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If you’re looking to keep your family entertained during the Holidays, there is no shortage of free and low cost music and family fun happening in Thurston County throughout November and December. Take a look at the things we found with just a few strokes of the computer keys. Events are listed in chronological order […]

Passengers Ride Free on Intercity Transit’s Jingle Bus

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 6:00am

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Intercity Transit riders will have a little help getting in a holiday mood once again this year when the Jingle Bus comes to town. From the day after Thanksgiving until Friday, December 30, commuters will ride for free on a rotating schedule of 19 fixed routes. “When people get on, it’s completely free,” says Intercity […]

Welcome the Season with Downtown for the Holidays

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 6:00am

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As November rounds out into December, it’s a perfect time to reflect and pause in celebration of the season. In Olympia, the Olympia Downtown Association (ODA) creates space for reflection and gratitude with all things festive and fun at the annual Downtown for the Holidays event. On Sunday, November 27, downtown Olympia will transform into […]

Men’s Soccer Players and Coach Honored by NWAC

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 9:40pm

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Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College Clipper Athletics and SPSCC celebrate as the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) awarded the men’s soccer team with three distinguished awards at the close of the 2016 season.  Awards include a region all-star, all-academic award, and co-coach of the year selections. Juan Vega, forward, selected for South-West All-Star Team. […]

Twin Harbors Opens 3 Days of Razor Clam Digging

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 9:31pm

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Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Razor clam diggers can return to Twin Harbors beach for a three-day opening that begins Nov. 26, state shellfish managers said today.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests confirmed clams […]

Four Generations Celebrate 50 Years of Sprouffske Trees

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 6:00am

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Jonathan Sprouffske talks about his family’s Christmas tree farm with pride. It’s evident the experience of growing up in fields of fresh trees, helping gather boughs, and greeting visiting families is a huge part of who he is. Now, he gets to watch his three children grow up with the same experience. “Restocking candy canes […]

7 Things You May Not Know About Centralia Outlets

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 6:00am

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Destination Shopping. Because of Centralia Outlets unique positioning along the I-5 corridor (halfway between Portland and Seattle, exit 82) and its ease of on-and-off the freeway ramp, people from across the globe stop to shop at discounted prices. In 2015, visitors from 136 cities in Washington State, 41 different states, and 28 countries—including Thailand, Israel, […]

What’s New at the Sassy Seafood Boat-ique?

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 6:00am

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They’ve got brains, beauty and brawn. Sassy Seafood owners Libie Cain and Teresa Reeves channel their storehouse of energy catching, processing and marketing albacore from nearby waters. “We’ve been busy,” said Libie with a big smile. That’s an understatement. In addition to fishing, family and running the business, Sassy Seafood boldly moves forward with their […]

Tips for Minimizing Stress During the Holidays

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 6:00am

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The holidays are ideally a time of joy and togetherness, a tightening of bonds among families and friends amid a cloud of general good will. But for many, the reality can be dramatically different, says Pacific Medical Centers’ Erin Malesh Hayden, LMHC. “The holiday season tends to be the darkest and coldest time of the […]

Growth Moments: South Sound Tech Company to Share Story at Business Event

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 6:41am

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Growth is the golden carrot many businesses continually reach for, the marker of success, the indicator of achievement. However, when growth occurs too quickly, or without a cohesive plan, it can often spell disaster. DuPont-based Alliance Enterprises knows a bit about growth. The 35-year-old software company started with just an idea by a handful of […]