Hello, Olympia. As we head into the end of spring, take this weekend to explore your hometown. Search out a new restaurant. Take a walk in a different neighborhood. Explore a downtown Olympia business. And, use ThurstonTalk to help you find just the right option for your family. Here’s what is going on around town
Barbara Whitlow, the Residential Relationship Manager at Olympia Federal Savings, discovered her passion for business and finance when she was a member of her high school DECA program. Discovering her career early has led Barbara to a 40-year career in banking, with the last 32 years as a trailblazer at Olympia Federal Savings. During her
It would have been easy for the Tenino baseball team to call it a season after the way things started this year. The Beavers, who feature just three seniors and nine freshmen on their roster, kicked off their 2016 campaign by dropping five out of their first eight games. “The team was working hard. We
With only two seniors on their team, there seemed to be reason for a “wait until next year” approach for Yelm High School’s fastpitch team. But the future is now for these red-hot Tornadoes, who are going into Friday’s playoff game with Federal Way’s Todd Beamer High School with an impressive 19-3 record. Nicki Dehan,
It’s Friday afternoon at Gravity Beer Market, and owner Scott Brummel is busy greeting customers by name, filling growlers, retrieving special orders, answering the phone, and making beer and cider suggestions. Gravity Beer Market, Olympia’s first bottle shop, opened eight years ago. Scott and his team offer the same friendly service and tasty beer selection
The eight-year-old boy had never been to the dentist, and he was afraid – so nervous, in fact, that he wouldn’t even sit down in a chair. “It was unusual,” says Dr. Adam Cramer of Cramer & Bond Dentistry. “We generally like to see children early, before they have any needs so we can integrate
Entertaining my family on a beautiful, sunny day is one of my favorite things to do during spring. However, many events around town can take a toll on my bank account. Rides, food, and souvenirs…the kids want it all! One of my favorite events of the year provides all of these necessities to a family
Compiled by Kate Scriven, ThurstonTalk Associate Editor The ThurstonTalk high school intern program is finishing our fourth year. In that time, we have mentored more than 17 area youth through an internship opportunity designed to give them insight into the world of freelance writing and journalism. ThurstonTalk’s philosophy of sharing positive stories about where we live, work
ThurstonTalk.com has opened a limited internship opportunity to Thurston County high school students interested in writing for our community social network. A special thank you to Hometown Property Management owner, Andrew Barkis, for partially sponsoring this experience for high school students. The internship will run from September 2016 – June 2017 and is open to
Support Native Plant Salvage and celebrate Father’s Day with brunch in Paula & Rick Finch’s stunning northwest naturalistic landscape. Stroll through their arboretum of mature specimen trees, take in the array of native and water-wise species, and enjoy the view across Puget Sound to the Olympics.
Brunch options include vegan and gluten-free. Complementary coffee and tea will be served, along with mimosas for purchase and a small pop-up plant sale! Garden entry is $10-$30 sliding scale, and brunch is $8-$10 a plate, kids under 12 are free.
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Join local plant experts for a guided tour of McLane Creek Nature Trail's diverse flora. Learn to identify and appreciate a variety of native perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they grow and change. Come learn the names and the ecological and ethnobotanical roles of the plants that surround us every day. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.
Meet at the McLane Creek Nature Trail Lower Trailhead. Cost is $5-20 sliding-scale donation per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register.
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When Mid Parmley’s mother passed away 11 years ago, Mid inherited her diamond wedding ring. It meant the world to her. “I have two beautiful daughters, Stacii and Danah,” Mid says. “And I decided when my mother passed away that someday I would take some rings I had, and some their father had, and put
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts has a longstanding and time-honored history in our area. Since 1985, The Washington Center has hosted performances from across the country and our own backyard. On Thursday, June 16, The Washington Center welcomes the musical whirlwind that is Storm Large for one night only, with tickets selling fast.
Art is subjective to each viewer. What is deemed beautiful by one is misunderstood by another. But art is not about beauty, but instead focuses on a message. Thurston County resident, Kim Schult, is using animal images of the Pacific Northwest to convey a beautiful message of life in our area through her art. “I
Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Clam diggers have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin May 20. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a last round of digs at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the
Submitted by Ronelle Funk Insurance Agency Ronelle Funk Insurance Agency in Yelm has added Edith (Edie) Buck, a seasoned licensed personal lines insurance advisor, to its growing agency staff. Buck comes with decades of insurance experience having previously worked in an Allstate office owned by Marilyn Zuckerman, part of a family business started by Ronelle’s
Hildi Flores is a great restaurant server. She is friendly, attentive, and will make sure your dining experience at Ramblin Jacks in downtown Olympia is top notch. It’s not always an easy job, but it’s a good job and it pays the bills. However, being a restaurant server is not her passion. What many of
With 24 years of marriage under her belt, Betsy Hicks knows how much hard work it can be to make a relationship successful. She’s lived in nine different states with her husband and two sons and has dealt with many transitions that comes from being a military family. For Betsy, it’s this background and insight