Submitted by YWCA Olympia Often the ones that are making the most impactful changes are just ordinary-seeming people who hardly ever get recognized for their work. The changes they make start out small and slowly snow-ball into changing policies and standing in the face of adversity, giving opportunities to thousands. Our community owes some recognition
Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Azi is a one year old, male Egyptian Pharaoh Hound/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He knows his basic commands such as sit and lay down. The volunteers have been teaching him to walk nicely on a leash and he loves to go out on the roads and trails to hike or
Did you know that every time you look at a screen you are slowly damaging your vision? Exposure to high energy blue light emitted from devices like computers, smart phones, televisions, gaming consoles, CFL bulbs and tablets can damage your eyes and harm your overall health. Adverse side effects from blue light exposure range from
ThurstonTalk publishes articles daily, sharing what it’s like to live, work and play in Thurston County. Each article is categorized on our homepage into topics, such as sports, history or activities. The categories make it easy to find what you are looking for or to browse articles of interest. One category heading is LocalTalk. This
Submitted by Paul Dunn for the Chehalis Basin Lead Entity Bill Vogel can still feel the weight on his shoulders, even 20 years later. It’s been that long since his son Karl rode atop his shoulders, the two wandering the forests and wetlands adjacent their Lake Lucinda home much as the first explorers to see it
The Capital Lakefair parade rolled through downtown Olympia on July 16, 2016. Scroll through these images by Shanna Paxton Photography to see all the excitement.
Looking back, Cole McMason should have at least been a little bit nervous when the scenario unfolded. But then again, he was just 8-years-old, a mere three months into ballet. Seven years ago McMason was part of Studio West Dance Academy’s production of “The Nutcracker Suite,” playing one of the “party boys,” a considerably smaller
During the years leading up to official American involvement in World War I, many people across the nation argued for preparing the American people for eventual participation in the conflict. At the same time, domestic science and home economics were being promoted by school systems. Combining these two programs, thousands of canning clubs were formed
Olympia is filled with music events every week. From karaoke to jazz to punk, there’s something for everyone. Open Mic Nights Head over to the Westside Tavern every Monday at 9:00 p.m. to play a few songs or just listen! Each performer can play up to three songs. 21+. More information can be found on
Summer in Grays Harbor County brings thoughts of family fun, games and rides, the aroma of outdoor cooking, and visions of a variety of farm animals. It is fair time. The Grays Harbor County Fair is a summer tradition. Located in Elma, fair goers travel from Grays Harbor and beyond to celebrate on August 10 – 14.
When Yelm resident Sarah Weideman’s daughter Allie had her first seizure on Saint Patrick’s day of 2015, the family was unfamiliar with epilepsy and the challenges that accompany the disease. After Allie’s initial grand mal seizure ended, she began having complex partial seizures almost every day, where she remained conscious but would repeat movements and
On the clear nights around the Pacific Northwest, those who head outside, away from the cities are rewarded with a stunning display of the wonders of the night sky. Up on ridges and mountains, along dirt roads and closer to the wonders of the universe, stargazers in the Pacific Northwest are treated to a litany of
Summer camp provides a lifetime of memories for so many people, whether being away from home for the first time, endless evenings around the campfire, or just long summer days spent with friends. Thanks to the South Sound YMCA’s outreach and generosity, kids ages 6-16 can make new friends and learn new skills while having
Submitted by the Thurston County Fair This year’s Thurston County Fair has baking, canning, brewing, and bee-keeping for the whole herd! But you’ll have to hurry—entries for many of this year’s open class food contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, August 3. Open Class Baking: 3-7 p.m. on Monday,
In this often referenced scene from the IFC show Portlandia, a couple sits down to dine and spends several minutes quizzing their server on the origin of the chicken, the conditions in which it was raised, and what the chicken ate (local hazelnuts?) The server then shows the diners pictures of the chicken, tells them
The calendar says July but I’m still traveling with a fleece in my car most days, just in case. However, the rain will stay away for this 59th annual Capitol Lakefair weekend with clear skies promised for Sunday night’s fireworks show as well as throughout the weekend for outdoor adventures and strolls through town. Wherever your weekend
I haven't given up on OlyBlog... but pretty much all my spare time between now and November 8th is committed to working to pass I-732. (In case you hadn't heard, it's an initiative to help slow climate change and make the tax system fairer.)
And if you'd like to do your bit to help pass it, you could email me...
Registration is now open for the 6th South Sound Science Symposium to be held September 20th at the Little Creek Casino Event Center.
Registration information, a call for posters and general information can be found here at the Symposium website.