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Saint Martin’s welcomes Sister Gertrude Feick as Executive Director of Benedictine Institute

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:06pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University The Saint Martin’s University community welcomes Sister Gertrude Feick, O.S.B., S.T.D., as executive director of the University’s Benedictine Institute. Sister Gertrude, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, Ore., brings to Saint Martin’s a rich and versatile background in Benedictine spirituality, teaching and leadership. She takes the helm […]

Wanted! Social Media Coordinator for ThurstonTalk

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:59pm


Wanted: Part-Time Savvy Social Media Expert You will be responsible for posting unique content on a regular basis to our social media pages. You will also be in charge of monitoring these pages and boosting posts to achieve marketing goals.  You will also be responsible for managing ThurstonTalk’s event calendar and handling some additional editorial tasks.  Added bonus: […]

Largest Freshman Class Moves In at Saint Martin’s University

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:03pm


This Friday, more than 200 students, along with their parents, will be welcomed on the Saint Martin’s University campus for Move-In Day and orientation weekend. New Director of Campus Life Katie Wieliczkiewicz, who started with the university in April, says it’s the largest freshman class in the history of the school. Wieliczkiewicz has been planning […]

Tour the Working Waterfront and More at the 43rd Harbor Days Maritime Festival

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:50am


Submitted by Port of Olympia Vintage, working and retired tugboats return to the southernmost tip of Puget Sound for three days of fun at Harbor Days, September 2-4. Experience it all at Percival Landing and Port Plaza on Olympia’s downtown waterfront. The tugs leave shore on Sunday at noon for the annual Tugboat Races in […]

Luxury, Convenience, and Family Friendly Fun Abound at Chateau Westport Resort

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:00am


There are seemingly endless options for accommodations when planning a vacation on the Washington coast. Everything from yurts to casino hotels dot the beaches. If you’re looking for a home away from home feel without sacrificing luxury and attention to detail, Chateau Westport is an excellent home base for your next beach vacation. Gabrielle Wolcott […]

Thrifty Thurston Logs Beginner Geocaches in Olympia

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:00am


My ten-year-old daughter celebrates her geocaching “anniversary” on International Geocaching Day. This year, it happened to fall on August 20, 2016 and we made sure to be outside, looking for a geocache to mark the holiday. Our cousin, Jack, taught us the joys of geocaching during a visit from Minnesota. An avid cacher, Jack got […]

Arts Walk at Panorama – Art in the Retirement Age

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:00am


Some people discover an artistic talent at a young age, possibly pursuing the passion as a hobby or building a career around the talent. Other people may not realize an artistic interest and ability until retirement. The art journey is varied for each of the unique artists who will be participating in the second annual […]

Award-winning Musical Biography of The Beatles Returns to Olympia October 11

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:09am


Submitted by Andy Nagel Almost everyone knows that The Beatles are one of the most acclaimed bands in rock and roll history because their music has the hypnotic qualities that make teenage girls scream and artists today and yesterday cite them as one of their influences. While many of us don’t have the opportunity to […]

Yelm High School FFA Chapter Qualifies for Nationals

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 8:44am


Submitted by Yelm Community Schools The Yelm HS FFA chapter has been chosen as a finalist to compete for a 2016 Model of Excellence award, the highest honor awarded to a chapter by the National FFA Organization.  A Yelm team will compete in a presentation and interview process for the top honor at the 2016 […]

Rachel Young and Michelle LaPraim Empower Women, One Cupcake, One Flower at a Time

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 8:10am


Submitted by Rachel Young for Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes When Rachel Young, owner of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes, and Michelle LaPraim, owner of Elle’s Floral Design, first met in early 2015, they had more in common than they knew. Nine years ago, two young single mothers in their twenties who didn’t know each other, faced […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Hosts Annual BIG Auction

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06pm


Submitted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington would like to invite members of the community to walk to the red carpet at the 2016 BIG Auction. This black-tie event is the largest fundraiser for the mentoring non-profit attracting almost 600 business and community leaders annually. This year’s Auction […]

Yelm Community Schools Receive $1.25 Million Grant from Department of Defense

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:36pm


Submitted by Yelm Community Schools A five-year $1,250,000 grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership will allow Yelm Community Schools to improve learning by increasing technology for students and aligning instructional practices. This project will increase K-12 military, federal-affiliated student achievement in mathematics and increase college and career readiness for all students […]

SMU First-Year Coach Announces 2016 Volleyball Schedule

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:21pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University First-Year Saint Martin’s University head coach Jon Killingbeck announced the 2016 volleyball schedule, which includes 10 regular-season matches in Marcus Pavilion and one scrimmage. The Saints will scrimmage Corban University (Ore.) on August 24 at 4:00 p.m. and have the Alumni match on August 27 at 5:00 p.m. Both matches […]

Dispelling Myths About LASIK

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:55pm


Submitted by Dr. Jay Rudd for Aurora LASIK It’s time to dispel some common LASIK myths. Over the past 20 years, the LASIK procedure has evolved into one of the most successful surgical operations performed today. Current technology has allowed modern LASIK surgery to offer results that are comparable to, if not better than, contact lens […]

Essay by Saint Martin’s Professor David Hlavsa to be Podcast on NPR’s “Modern Love” Series

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:03am


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Sometimes a child doesn’t walk this earth, not even for a day. But they remain in the hearts of their parents forever, these miscarried or stillborn children and the dreams and hopes they inspired. An essay by Prof. David Hlavsa, who teaches theatre arts and interdisciplinary studies at Saint Martin’s […]

Your Healthcare Connection: Ed Kent Takes Charge at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Westside Clinic

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 8:26am


Taking care of people is what Ed Kent does best. And, for the past 14 years, that’s exactly what he’s been doing at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates (OOA). After logging 22 years in orthopaedics during his military career, he joined OOA as an Orthopaedic Technician and worked his way up to Nursing Floor Supervisor at the […]

Catch ’em All? A Pokémon Go Primer for the Olympia Area

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 8:10am


On any given day, Olympia residents and visitors are wandering around, staring at their phones. The pedestrians are part of a phenomenon called Pokémon Go and it’s taking our town, and the world, by storm. “I love it. I have had more positive experiences with strangers playing the game than I have the previous years […]

Luke and Isaac Olson Form The Olson Bros Band

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:04am


Olympia country group The Olson Bros Band started on the road to success at Lakefair Battle of the Bands 2013. After winning the Texaco Country Showdown contest with their song “Sunrise,” they had the chance to go to Nashville to meet with some of the greatest country songwriters. Since then, they’ve been playing shows around […]

Olympia Family Theater’s upcoming Mainstage Season is Full of Imagination

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:15pm


 Submitted by Olympia Family Theater It’s time to secure your seats! Olympia Family Theater’s Mainstage season is filled with imagination, curiosity and discovery. This season features five productions presented in our intimate 120-seat theater, including Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Starry Messenger, Alice in Wonderland, and Fishnapped! […]

Dispute Resolution Center Invites Applications for Executive Director Position

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:58pm


Submitted by The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County is an Olympia-based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people to resolve issues through mediation services and conflict resolution training.  Evan Ferber, Founding Director of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center will retire on December 30, 2016 after […]