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Local FASTSIGNS® Donating Portion of Sales to American Red Cross

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:30pm

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Submitted by FASTSIGNS® of Olympia  During the month of May, FASTSIGNS® of Olympia – Lacey will donate $5 of every order received to the American Red Cross. “Disasters strike every day across the country and we’re proud to support organizations like the American Red Cross that are dedicated to help those in need,” said Grace Kendall, franchisee of FASTSIGNS

Seasoning Community Philanthropy with Newman’s Own and The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 6:27am

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Philanthropy can be a daunting word. It often brings to mind big names like Bill Gates and his global outreach or Paul Allen’s state-wide initiatives. But anyone can give, in any amount, for the greater good. Two shining examples of such giving are the Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by actor Paul Newman, and The Community

Lucas Clifton Keeps His Promise to Run Mother’s Day 5K with His Mom

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 6:15am

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Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1914 and it’s been a joyous highlight of spring ever since. But for some the day is bittersweet, dimmed through distance, absence, or tragedy. Take time to celebrate your mom—or alongside her—at the second annual Family Support Center of South Sound Mother’s Day 5K on May 8 and benefit

Birders Delight at the Annual Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 6:05am

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Attention residents of Grays Harbor: Prepare to be inundated with hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. This weekend, Hoquiam will become the center of the world for shorebirds as they make their annual migration from South America. Some of these birds will travel over 15,000 miles, making a quick stop in our

Old Growth Mountain Dulcimer Club Meets to Strum the Strings and Have Some Fun

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 6:00am

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Ellen Rice, coordinator of the Old Growth Mountain Dulcimer Club, insists that a dulcimer is easier to play than you may think. “Mountain dulcimers have been called the ‘potato chips’ of instruments because they are quickly addictive,” says Rice. “I found a dulcimer at a folk song weekend,” she tells me. “I was very frustrated,

Ice Chips Owners Named 2016 SBA Washington Encore Entrepreneurs of the Year

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:53pm

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Submitted by U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2016 Encore Entrepreneur winners are Beverly Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary, owners of the sugar-free candy company Ice Chips; which uses a natural sweetener called Xylitol (zye-leh-tohl).  Read a full story about locally owned Ice Chips in this ThurstonTalk article. The award honors a

Harlequin Production’s “The Language Archive” Explores the Power of Love

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:41pm

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Submitted by Harlequin Productions  On May 5, Harlequin Productions premiers The Language Archive, a romantic comedy by Julia Cho running until May 28. I sat down with the show’s director, and Harlequin’s Managing Artistic Director, Scot Whitney, to discuss his latest project. What made you select this show as your next directing project? I started

Students with Disabilities Invited to Apply for Youth Leadership Forum

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:52pm

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Submitted by the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) High school students with disabilities can apply to the 16th annual Youth Leadership Forum in July to learn leadership, citizenship and personal skills. The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) is accepting applications through June 1. The forum is designed for students with disabilities who want

5 Tips for Choosing a Natural Sunscreen for Summer Fun

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:34pm

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By Niki Whiting for Radiance Herbs and Massage Summer is creeping up on us fast — and spring feels quite a bit like summer these days. That means it’s time to stock up on sunscreens. Radiance Herbs and Massage offers many choices for you and your family. But what do you need to know when

SCJ Alliance Expands Landscape Architecture and Design Services with Acquisition of Jeffrey B. Glander & Associates

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 7:32am

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Submitted by SCJ Alliance SCJ Alliance (SCJ), in partnership with Jeffrey B. Glander & Associates (JGA), is pleased to announce the combining of the two firms. “We’re delighted to have Jeff and his talented team join SCJ. It’s a tremendous opportunity for both firms,” says SCJ President Perry Shea. SCJ is a Northwest consulting company,

WDFW Approves Razor Clam Dig Starting May 6

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:12pm

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Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)  State shellfish managers have added four days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks to a previously scheduled opening at Long Beach to offer a full week of digging starting May 6. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs at Long Beach

Capital Land Trust Takes First Step on 100-Acre “Inspiring Kids Preserve”

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:00pm

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Submitted by Capitol Land Trust Capitol Land Trust (CLT) recently took the giant step toward purchase of 100 acres for the ‘Inspiring Kids Preserve’ on Henderson Inlet in Thurston County. Launching a new approach to protecting key habitat while creating access for local education and outdoor experiences close to Thurston County communities, CLT purchased the

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:24am

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton My name is Gus, and I am a 9 month old male Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix. Surviving on my own for a while wasn’t very much fun and I am happy the wonderful staff at Adopt-A-Pet brought me into the shelter where I can have a soft/warm bed, lots

Olympia High School’s Story Warren Receives National Recognition for Wolf Research

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 6:00am

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Chatting with Olympia High School junior Story Warren, she may seem like any other student you pass in the halls. But after just a few minutes of talking with her, I can tell she is far from typical. Story spends her weekends in Eastern Washington, tracking a pack of wolves. Story tells me the passion

ThurstonTalk Writers Comment on Impact of Digital Media Publishing

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 6:00am

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What does it mean to share stories about your community? To ThurstonTalk writers, the answer is simple. “I love writing for ThurstonTalk because of the connection to the community,” says sports writer Gail Wood. “Through ThurstonTalk, I get to talk with people in the community and share their stories. Each story is an opportunity to

Jose Sanchez Reflects on Mentors in his Mexican Restaurant Heritage

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 6:00am

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What do the owners of the Mayan, El Sarape, and Azteca restaurants all have in common? They each came from the remote Mexican town of Cuautla in the state of Jalisco. In fact, 80% of the Mexican restaurants from Northern California to Canada have their roots in Cuautla, a small town over 200 miles from

Military Mother’s Day Survival Guide – How to Celebrate Mother’s Day Without Your Spouse

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 4:00pm

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The joys of motherhood are found in the little moments, sandwiched between receiving big hugs from your kids one moment, and being the “bad guy” the next. The weight of the world rests on your shoulders. Even the most super of moms deserves a little “R and R” (aka rest and relaxation) every once in

Tenino Prairie Flowers Greet Spring Visitors

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 11:44am

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A few times during the year, Wolf Haven International welcomes visitors to explore the prairies in Tenino.  Diane Waiste took a tour on Saturday, April 30 and discovered many spring blossoms.

Always Safe and Lock Evokes Timelessness for Local Locksmith

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:00am

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There’s something to be said for having a history. At Always Safe and Lock on 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia, that’s true of the business and its relationship with the community. Owner Jeff Trinin’s great-grandfather came to America from Russia over a century ago and started a new life in Connecticut, where his need for a

Spot Shrimp Lurk in the Deep Waters of Hood Canal

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:00am

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There is something amazing lurking in the cool, deep waters off Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Coming mid-May, Hood Canal will once again be filled by shrimp enthusiasts in search of the tastiest shrimp around. Starting in the early morning along Highway 101, expect to see lines of trucks pulling boats full of shrimp lovers, all hoping