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Thrifty Thurston Follows Fall Foliage around Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:00am


School busses line the streets and the brisk air has begun to blow through turning the seasons from summer to fall. One of the highlights of fall is the stunning foliage found across Thurston County. I’ve mapped out the best spots to take in the changing colors without having to leave our backyard. Watershed Park […]

DERT Launches New Website!

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:12am

DERT is very happy to announce our new website! Please explore the website and feel free to contact us with any feedback.

DERT will be posting regular news articles and all of our upcoming events will be listed here. Watch this website for updates!

Thank you and enjoy the new site!

Categories: Local Environment

WDFW Tentatively Schedules Razor Clam Digs through December

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:56pm


Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife  The first razor clam dig of the fall season is planned for mid-October on four ocean beaches with additional digs tentatively scheduled through December. Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat, […]

New Saint Martin’s Certificate in Software Systems Opens Career Opportunities

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:23pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University  Saint Martin’s University will begin offering a new Certificate in Software Systems at its Lacey campus in late October, building on the success of its Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, a program currently offered in partnership with the Microsoft Corp. at the University’s Extension Campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Stone […]

Free Outdoor Recreation Passes Available for Fourth Graders and their Families

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:17am


Submitted by the Olympic National Forest With the school year starting, the Olympic National Forest reminds all fourth graders and their families to claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass, which allows free entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas. Fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry […]

Senior Services for South Sound Raises $10,000+ at First-annual GIVE65 Event

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:33am


Submitted by Senior Services of South Sound From July 12 to 14, for 65 hours, our community came together in support of seniors. With your generosity and dedication, Senior Services for South Sound raised over $5,000 to help seniors, their families and the people who care for them right here in Thurston County. By participating […]

Public Welcome at Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Home Dedication Ceremony

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:06am


The trailer was falling apart, and the culprit was mold. As a single mom of a child born with medical challenges, Canay knew the critical importance of a clean, healthy household, but the mold kept on coming. Eventually, she couldn’t sleep in her bedroom any more; garbage bags suspended from the ceiling failed to contain […]

Every Dollar Changes Lives at Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Auction

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:00am


According to the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, “the single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver or other adult.” For children growing up in adversity, research has shown that the presence of just one caring adult can make […]

Defensive Standout Kayse Smack Leads Tumwater High School Girls Soccer

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:00am


The conversation with Kayse Smack starts off about soccer, and there’s certainly lots to talk about with her regarding her involvement in the sport. The Tumwater High School senior was the 2A Evergreen Conference defensive player of the year and an all-state selection in 2015, and enters the new season as one of the state’s […]

Sipping along the South Sound Wine Trail

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:00am


Washington is the second largest grape producing state in the nation. The 2015 harvest totaled 222,000 tons of grapes, and farmers are anticipating a record harvest this year. What does that mean for you? Local wine, of course! As loyal Washingtonians we eat local, play local, and drink local, and wine lovers are in luck, […]

Tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:33pm
Event:  Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm October 13, 2016

Experience a working oyster farm with Capitol Land Trust!  Join us as we tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm to learn the history of shellfish growing in the area, the effects on water quality, the impacts of community partnerships and what shellfish are grown and how to harvest them.  Hands on participation is encouraged!  Capitol Land Trust will elaborate on the effects of conservation on water quality and will point out the conserved lands across the way that have been protected by Capitol Land Trust.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
9 AM
Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

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Olympia Eagles Proud to Host “Equinox A-Go-Go” Procession of the Species Benefit

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:13pm


Submitted by The Procession of the Species  The Olympia Eagles will host a fun and exciting evening of dance music to welcome the Fall Equinox and benefit the Procession of the Species. “Equinox A-Go-Go” will feature the lively, joyous music of Mukana Marimba Band, bringing the sounds of Zimbabwe to the grateful ears of Olympia’s […]

TLT's Off the Shelf

South Sound Arts - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:12pm

Tacoma, WA- Tacoma Little Theatre presents an evening of one acts for the first OFF THE SHELF of their 98th Season, on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:30pm.  The production will be directed by Chris Serface.

Lemonade introduces us to a pair of Peoria matrons who seek respite from the doldrums of middle age by selling spiked lemonade to highway travelers and trading tales; Second Chance tells the story of a widow who has decided to begin a new life in the theatre and her married neighbor who tries to put a damper on her aspirations; and The Cat Connection which takes us to a park, where two older women have little in common—except they feed the same cat.

All three stories bring together the theatrical powerhouse of Sharry O’Hare and Carol Richmond, reuniting on the TLT stage for the first time since they were in Auntie Mame.

Tickets for the September 22, 2016 performance at 7:30pm are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:19am


Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton This lovely young girl is Coco. She is a 3 year old Pit mix who is super sweet. She has been spayed, is current on her vaccinations and is now ready to find her forever home. Coco is a very loving and gentle girl who loves kids of all ages. She […]

NEA Literature Translation Fellowship Awarded to Saint Martin’s Jamie Olson

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 7:04pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded Saint Martin’s University Associate Prof. and Dean of English Jamie Olson, Ph.D., a Literature Translation Fellowship to support his translations of the works of contemporary Russian poet Timur Kibirov. The NEA is a federal agency that supports and funds opportunities to […]

Providence St. Peter Foundation Announces New Officers and Board Members

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 6:56pm


Submitted by Providence St. Peter Foundation Providence St. Peter Foundation Board of Directors has recently elected new officers. Rick Middleton, President & CEO of Anderson-Middleton Company was elected to serve as president. Richard “Mick” Phillips, founding member of Phillips Burgess, PLLC was elected as vice president. Joyce Targus, former President & CEO of Frost & […]

Miss Thurston County Scholarship Pageant Hosts First Alumni Banquet

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:24pm


Submitted by Miss Thurston County The Miss Thurston County Scholarship Pageant will host its very first 2016 Alumni Banquet Dinner on Friday, October 28 at the Lacey campus of South Puget Sound Community College. Young women in Thurston County have competed for this coveted title since the 1960s. First and foremost, they compete for scholarship […]

Firefighters Burn Prairie Sites in the Heat of the Summer

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:12pm


Submitted by the Center for Natural Lands Management – South Sound Prairies Program It is the end of the summer and our Western Washington prairies show all the signs of a landscape that has received little rainfall. The native bunch grasses are dried and crispy and the small shrubs are brown and desiccated. The ground […]

Tumwater Back-to-Basics Event Offered Free Immunizations to All Area Students

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 1:46pm


Submitted by TOGETHER! Community partners Thurston County Public Health, Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps, Tumwater School District and TOGETHER! held an event at Michael T. Simmons Elementary on August 23 that provided required back-to-school immunizations to any Thurston County student at no cost. Besides creating easier access to necessary health care, the event assisted families […]

Smiles Dental Announces Fundraising Partnership with Thurston County Food Bank

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 1:30pm


Submitted by Smiles Dental – Tumwater Smiles Dental announced today they are partnering in a fundraising effort to benefit Thurston County Food Bank, a 501-C3 non-profit organization that aims to end hunger in Thurston County. Smiles will donate $10 to the food bank for every patient referred to the Smiles Dental office in Tumwater. “Smiles […]

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