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YWCA Olympia Tweets on Equal Pay Day

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:52am



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Tuesday April 14 is Equal Pay Day and we invite you to join us by sharing your ‪#‎EqualPay and ‪#‎YWCAOly selfies on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the hashtags #EqualPay, #YWCAOly, #EqualPayDay or any other that you see trending or want to add (#equalpaynow, #78Cents, #zonta, #wagegap, #aauw).

A sample of the signage we are using is shown here, but feel free to make it your own. Highlighters, markers, dry erase boards and more can work and we encourage you to be creative! You can also send your photos to the YWCA Olympia to upload instead of posting to our social media accounts. Simply email to

​We’d like a range of photos, so please ask friends, colleagues, family, kids, dads, teachers, grandparents, brothers, pastors, sisters, etc. to join in.

Also, be sure to catch our 100-minute TweetFest/TwitterStorm starting on Tuesday at 10am PST on our Twitter Feed.

We will be busy posting some great local and national data during 100 minutes…..or will we go the full 100 minutes?

Finally, tune in to at 11am EST on Tuesday to hear more about how you can address this challenge and ensure ‪#‎EqualPayNow from the Department of Labor.



Volunteers Shine Bright at Capital Medical Center

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:01am



By Margo Greenman

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90-year-old Rose Tighe says that volunteering at Capital Medical Center keeps her young.

Volunteers come in all shapes and ages. But no matter ones age, ability, or interest, any time a person donates their time to a cause, it makes difference.

The volunteer program at Capital Medical Center sees a wide range of volunteers come through its doors. From bright eyed teenagers to experienced retirees, the hospital is backed by a strong support system of people passionate about making a difference. Volunteers answer phones, deliver flowers, help patients to their rooms, restock supplies, and fulfill a variety of other important tasks that help support the hospital’s patients, staff and visitors.

And, while volunteers may not receive a paycheck for a job well done, they are rewarded in other ways.

Rose Tighe has been volunteering at Capital Medical Center for 15 years, and, at nearly 90-years-old, Rose says volunteering has kept her young. “It’s my medicine,” she claims. Rose says she always wanted to be a nurse, and after her husband passed away, donating her time to a hospital was an obvious choice. Rose, who volunteers two days per week, enjoys many aspects of being a hospital volunteer, but she says it’s the people that keep her coming back. “You see all kinds of people,” says Rose. “I just love it.”

Like Rose, Capital Medical Center volunteer Stan Badger also enjoys the people. “I’m a people person,” he says. Stan, who worked as an accountant for the state for 25 years, says after he retired he wanted to put his newfound free time to good use — he couldn’t be happier with his decision. In his second year volunteering, Stan says he just can’t say enough good things about Capital Medical Center and the experience he’s had. Of the hospital staff and volunteers, Stan says, “I appreciate all the people at Capital Medical Center. The people are friendly and down to earth. I couldn’t ask for better volunteer-mates.”

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Stan Badger enjoys the interaction with people as a volunteer at Capital Medical Center.

On the other end of the spectrum is Arielle Howell. Arielle is a junior at North Thurston High School and also a volunteer at Capital Medical Center. She’s been volunteering for almost a year. Arielle says a lot of her friends volunteer in the community, but what’s special about volunteering at Capital Medical Center is that it gives Arielle hands on experience working in a hospital, which, for her, is special because she plans on pursuing a career in the medical field. “It’s a great opportunity,” says Arielle. “When one of the doctors found out I was interested in a career in the medical field, he showed me how to do some procedures.” While Arielle will have to wait until college before she can start practicing medical procedures firsthand, the experience Arielle is gaining now will help benefit her future.

Volunteering is rewarding in many ways, and Capital Medical Center staff appreciate all that their volunteers do for the hospital. Of course, it’s hard not to when you have such a supportive team of selfless hard workers. “Our volunteers have great attitudes,” say Capital Medical Center’s Director of Human Resources, Dan Camp. “They care deeply about providing everyone who walks into the hospital with a positive experience.” To show its appreciation, Capital Medical Center says “thanks” to its volunteers in several ways. From a free shift meal in the cafeteria to special appreciation events during National Volunteer Week, Capital Medical Center loves its volunteers and is always looking to grow its team.

Whether you want to gain experience working in a hospital or just want to donate your time in a meaningful way, the volunteering options at Capital Medical Center are many. If you’re interested in volunteering with Capital Medical Center or would just like to learn more about the volunteering opportunities available, call 360-956-2541, e-mail, or visit Capital Medical Center online for more information.

Know a volunteer? Say thank you for their service during National Volunteer Week, April 12 – 18.

For Joe Ingoglia, It’s All About the Kids

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:40am



By Amy Rowley

Hometown logoI have tried to start this article at least ten different times. I want to describe Joe Ingoglia’s infectious smile, his outstanding leadership style, and his outward passion for Thurston County kids. After nine years at the helm of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC), Joe is moving on to a position within the national organization. I want to capture his impact on the community and how he has made lives better for kids. I want to show people that Joe led a non-profit organization that is a model in our community. No matter what analogy I think fits Joe, my words seem to fall short. I’ll let others do the talking for me.

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Over the past nine years, Joe Ingoglia has “solidified himself as a fearless leader within the Boys & Girls Clubs organization,” says supporter Jim Greene.

“Joe’s commitment to kids in our community shows up every day. You can see the impact on the community by watching the kids in action at one of the clubs,” describes board member and Washington Business Bank Vice President, Sam Bovard.

“The growth and success of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County is a direct reflection of Joe’s exceptional leadership and compassion for youth in our community,” says Christie Agtarap, current board president of the organization. “Joe has made such a positive difference in the community.”

Joe began working with Boys & Girls Clubs as a civilian at US Air Force bases. His career began in Guam and then he transferred to Germany. When Joe and his wife, Erin, were ready to return to the states, Joe was hired as a branch director for a club in Bellingham. Despite these different moves, Joe hasn’t lost his New York accent.

In April 2006, Joe was hired for the Executive Director position at Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. The Lacey branch had just opened, joining the Tumwater and Rochester branches. Joe was to spearhead a growing team. Steve Boone, one of the original BGCTC board members responsible for hiring Joe, says that the club was quite small when Joe joined. “BGCTC is a much better place because of Joe’s leadership,” says Steve.

“I have had the great fortune to live in a lot of different places and Olympia is truly amazing,” says Joe. “People believe in taking care of kids as a community value and it’s part of why I’m thrilled to not be moving.” Joe will be basing his new Boys & Girls Clubs job out of Olympia, traveling throughout nine western states to advise metro clubs.

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Joe Ingoglia is pictured here with Youth of the Year recipient Mara Harris. During his tenure, Joe grew the program into a “full fledged leadership development program for teens,” says successor Katya Miltimore.

“I believe that for an organization to grow long-term, you need a variety of leadership,” explains Joe when asked about moving on to his new position. “The organization is ready for a new leader to take the clubs to new heights.”

The new leader will be Katya Miltimore who has worked for BGCTC since February 2014. “I joined BGCTC in part due to the fact that Joe had an excellent reputation in the non-profit community as a leader, mentor and great boss. He is fantastic at building light-hearted and yet extremely productive relationships with his staff,” shares Katya. “I am inheriting an organization with an incredible work culture and dedication to success, amongst both our employees and board members.”

Joe notes that during his tenure he has focused on developing people within the organization. “Joe trusted in my leadership ability and gave me many opportunities to grow,” comments Lacey Branch Director, Shellica Trevino. Shellica remembers that when she was promoted to this position, she questioned whether she could do the job. “He encouraged and uplifted me and assured me he would be there to guide me along the way.

“I have worked very hard to bring up great staff members. We all grew together,” Joe says.

“I’ve always felt like Joe had my back,” adds Mike Babauta, Olympia Branch Director for BGCTC. “He has always been very supportive of us seeking opportunities to be better leaders through trainings, building community relationships and simply empowering us to lead our clubs.”

Supporters and small business owners Kiley and Voshte Gustafson rave about Joe as well. “Joe is a tireless leader that puts his heart and soul into his staff and the kids he works with. He always brings things into perspective from a positive angle,” say the Color Graphics owners.

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“Captain Knuckles” is Joe’s alter ego. The super hero name was derived from the Boys & Girls Clubs logo of two hands fitting together.

Lori Drummond, longtime BGCTC supporter and CEO of Olympia Federal Savings, shares, “Joe has inspired his team to great heights in service to kids. He has been a positive force in mentoring all his administrative team, club personnel, volunteers and most importantly, the kids.”

The slogan “it’s always about the kids” could have been my opener. I ask Joe about his biggest accomplishment leading BGCTC. “It’s always about the kids. We have served thousands of kids over the past nine years and that’s simply wonderful,” he says with a smile.

“Joe knows that every child can be great and he has inspired an entire community to believe it, too,” reflects Patty Belmonte, Executive Director, Hands On Children’s Museum.

“I’ll never forget standing next to Joe while we watched a Comcast Digital Connector video that had been filmed about the agonies of being a young woman tortured by body images. Both Joe and I were nearly in tears,” recalls Comcast’s Walter Neary. “I remember Joe simultaneously showing pride for the young lady and how she had found expression through video. He’s a deeply caring person and that’s at the core of his success.”

“I’m grateful to the Olympia community for how they embrace kids,” summarizes Joe. “Everyone takes the long look that what we do for kids today will benefit all of us in the long term. We have the most special group of people supporting kids — they are all there for the right reasons, and that’s simply amazing.”

Celebrate Joe’s support of the community at a goodbye party on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club.  RSVP to Kristel at or call 360.956.0755. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County’s mission to support local youth, click here.

Shivas “Do the Crocodile”

K Records - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:06am
Wicked cool instrumental radiation emanating from Shivas central.   K Song of the Day: Shivas “Do the Crocodile” from their album You Know What to Do [KLP252]. The Shivas album You Know What to Do [KLP252] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
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The best US Open to be held in Pierce County this year isn't even that US Open. And, it is because it isn't big and expensive.

Olympia Time - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:58am
People getting kicked out of their homes so landlords can make a windfall.

The county that spent millions of dollars on the venue is giving a tax windfall to their more metropolitan neighbors.

And, when it all comes down later this summer, Piece County will still be in debt over their new golf course.

The US Open Golf tournament, though the most laudable of golf's big tournaments because of its open format, is really just another television sporting event. The last time an amatuer won the US Open was 1933.

Sure, you may really like golf. This tournament in particular might excite you. I can't argue about that. And, I've argued in favor of government spending on sporting venues when I know in my brain that they don't make a return to taxpayers or the economy.

Mostly because I think team sports is important in setting a civic identity (so this golf stuff is something totally different for me).

But, people should know there is another US Open kicking off in Pierce County. The US Open Cup is a soccer tournament founded less than two decades after the first US Open golf tournament. And, like the US Open golf tournament (and dozens of other similar soccer tournaments worldwide) is open to any and all.

And, unlike the US Open golf thing, the US Open Cup operates in near obscurity.

On May 13, Tacoma 253 (a brand new team) will face off with the Kitsap Pumas at Mt. Tahoma High School in the first round of the Open Cup. The winner will face off against the Sounders 2 in Tukwila a week later.

I've made a habit of trying to get to as many US Open Cup matches as possible. I've been to Sumner, when Dox Italia lost to the Sounders U-23s. I was in Bremerton when the old USL Timbers beat the Kitsap Pumas. I've been up at the tiny Starfire Stadium in Tukwila to watch the Sounders beat everyone there. And, I've been to two finals in Seattle.

Every year during the first few rounds of the Open Cup, soccer pundits seems to fuss around about how we finally make the US Open Cup matter. While I think this is an important discussion, I think it isn't the fault of the tournament. Its more of a function of how adult club soccer works on the lower levels than the tournament.

Tacoma 253 is literally a brand new team in Pierce County and (as far as I can tell) won't even play more than two games near Tacoma this year. And, this doesn't seem to be a rare thing in lower level adult soccer. There's a lot of flux right now. What the tournament, and possible fans of lower level teams, is stability.

Once we've gotten attachments to these clubs, the tournament that involves so many of them, will grow.

And, grow the right way. Because I'm absolutely fine with it the way it is. And, what it is is something totally different than the US Open golf tournament. The games aren't televised (except for usually the final). I love jamming through and early round night, flipping from internet stream to internet stream, following the action across the country.

I remember one particular night, when I watched the Atlanta Silverbacks play Georgia Revolution being webcast by someone literally holding up a cell phone in the stands. That same night Cal FC (an amatuer team from southern California) blasted the professional (but minor league) Wilmington Hammerheads 4-0. The next round Cal FC upended Portland Timbers 1-0 for a legendary upset.

And, it was all watched by hardcore soccer fans via internet stream.

This is what is beautiful about the US Open Cup. Small high school stadiums, shaky internet streams, live tweeting games not on the internet, rockus upsets by amateurs. Let's not make this real US Open different, bigger, more televised. Let's keep it small and dirty. If it gets bigger, its because the teams are more connected, not because there is more sponsorship money.

Adrian Teacher & the Subs, “When Did I Get Older”

K Records - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 1:05am
Adrian Teacher (most well known as the voice behind Apollo Ghosts and Cool TV) visited the Dub Narcotic Studio and recorded a five song EP, Sorta Hafta, with Calvin Johnson at the dials. The above video accompanies one of of the songs from Sorta Hafta, “When Did I Get Older”. Dang thas some catchy stuffs! […]
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Sharing Knowledge: The Washington State Library as a Valuable Resource

Thurston Talk - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:25am



By Jennifer Crooks

putnam lieb logoThe Washington State Library (WSL), a part of the Secretary of State’s Office located at 69880 Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater, is perhaps one of the area’s best kept secrets. While many people may have seen the statue of author Mark Twain reading his novel Huckleberry Finn on a park bench on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road, most people do not know that the State Library behind it is open the public. With the mission to collect and preserve materials of value for the entire state of Washington, the Washington State Library gives public access to a variety of invaluable resources to a wide swath of society from students to historians.

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A statue of Mark Twain in front of the library is one of several Western themed statues near State government office buildings in the area. Image courtesy Washington State Library.

Although it has only been located in Tumwater after the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, the State Library dates back to the earliest days of Washington Territory and has grown into a large organization with many branches and subdivisions. These include the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library which services the visually and physically impaired, and Institutional Library Services which operates branch libraries in state prisons and mental hospitals. The State Library also serves as a repository for state government and federal government documents. These include all types of official government documents, from proclamations to reports.

The Washington State Library has a variety of important programs, from support of public libraries around the state, partnering with Microsoft to provide the IT Academy to sponsoring the “Letters About Literature” contest for state schoolchildren in grades fourth through high school. The State Library has great resources for students and genealogists that include the Ask-WA, a 24 hour, seven days a week online library question reference program.

The State Library also gathers and preserves an invaluable collection about Washington that is as good as a state university’s special collections. These include books, manuscripts, maps and newspapers. Some of these items have been digitized to increase public access within and outside Washington State. Digital collections include Historic Maps, Classics in Washington History (books on early life in Washington) and a number of historical manuscripts.

There are some digitized newspapers located on both the Historic Newspapers section of the State Library’s website and through the Library of Congress and National Endowment of the Humanities’’ Chronicling America site.

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The second floor of the State Library provides room for researchers and houses the Northwest Collection. Image courtesy Washington State Library.

Many more items can be found at the State Library than what has been digitized. As seen on their online catalogue, the Library has extensive collections. It contains the most comprehensive set of microfilmed Washington State newspapers in the world, from both major cities like Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane to small rural communities.

The Library also houses an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts as well as more recently published items. These include Washington themed biographies, art catalogues, local histories, and works of fiction set in Washington. In addition, visitors to the State Library in Tumwater have free access to databases such as and Newsbank, which are helpful to both genealogists and historical researchers.

Anyone with proof of Washington State residence can obtain a Washington State Library card free of charge to check out circulating items from the Northwest Collection. Although many rare and more fragile items naturally cannot be checked out, they are available at the library for people to look at.

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Visiting the Washington State Library, 69880 Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater, is always an adventure in discovery. Image courtesy Jennifer Crooks.

The main State Library building at 69880 Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater is open to the public from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visiting the Washington State Library is easy. Only the second floor is open to the public, so visitors must enter the first floor lobby and take the elevator. The spacious second floor houses the Northwest Collection of books, microfilm readers and computers. The other floors of the building are dedicated to rare collection storage and offices. Friendly staff at the Reference Desk will be happy to assist you with any questions.

The State Library, in all its forms and branches, is a valuable asset to Washington State. Through its irreplaceable collections and wide-ranging services, it benefits many throughout the region. Unfortunately, the institution faces the threat of budget cuts and needs all the support it can get. So next time you’re near the Library, take a look inside it. You will find it a wonderful place for learning.

Note: The author would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Washington State Library for their assistance with this article. Researching at the State Library every week for the past two years has always been a pleasure!

“As Clean as a Fresh Cookie” – Clean-Up Day in Turn of the Century Olympia

Thurston Talk - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:00am



By Jennifer Crooks

heritage bankWho wants a messy city? Across the United States in the early 1900s, Progressive Era goals of city beautification, increased sanitation, and better quality of life led to urban improvement efforts. At that time Olympia’s Civic Improvement Club sponsored an annual “Clean-Up Day.” Vowing to make the city “as clean as a fresh cookie” to boost civic pride and visitor appeal, the concept of a Clean-Up Day outlasted the Club. Clean-ups, with different names, continue to the present day in Olympia.

According to historian Shanna Stevenson, Olympia’s Civic Improvement Club was a woman’s organization founded in 1904 that intended to improve the quality of life and appearance of Olympia. Financed by an annual Rose Show, the Club did many activities, including leading beautification efforts for the Maple Park area and building a ladies bath house at Priest Point Park. Their primary activity was an annual Clean-Up Day.

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This photo shows Olympia during the turn of the twentieth century. A growing population created a lot of garbage that tended to get dumped wherever convenient. Photo courtesy Washington State Archives, State Library Photograph Collection.

The “Clean-Up Day” concept was not unique to Olympia. At the turn of the century, towns and cities around America held Clean-Up Days in order to improve daily life in their towns. In Olympia, the main focus was to clean up the accumulations of rubbish in public and private spaces. Although people created less waste than today, Olympia had no municipal garbage collection and individuals had a natural tendency to be messy.

Private dumping grounds were quick to develop in alleys, vacant lots and backyards. Other trash was typically burned (a very unenvironmental practice) but our typically cold, rainy winters made it nearly impossible to burn until spring. This encouraged Clean-Up Days to be held in the spring before summer heat made trash heaps a health hazard. Besides picking up trash, on Clean-Up Day people were encouraged to do much more. Families were urged to pick up their yards, rake lawns, trim grass and pick up debris.

With the slogan, “For a More Beautiful Olympia,” the Civic Improvement Club’s first annual Clean-Up Day was held Friday, May 11, 1906. It set the pattern for following Clean-Up Days. Dividing the city into three sections, covering both downtown and residential areas, horse-pulled wagons picked up rubbish left in barrels and boxes on the corners of graded streets and took them to the city dump at the end of Main Street (now Capitol Way). The Club often hired teams of wagons and workers to pick up the trash and take it to the dump to be disposed of. Fires were kept burning all day at the dump. Sometimes the city government or the Olympia Brewing Company would donate the use of teams, covering the cost themselves. Members of the Civic Improvement Club went around town to see that things were properly piled up and taken away.

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On Clean-Up Day, the Civic Improvement Club hired wagon teams to haul rubbish gathered on street corners to the city dump. “Morning Olympian,” May 5, 1917. Photo courtesy Washington State Library.

The amount of trash collected on Clean-Up Day could be considerable. In 1909, for example, 200 wagonloads of rubbish were taken away. That is a large amount of trash, considering that Olympia then had a population of only about 7,000 people (according to the 1910 United Federal Census). Such a fine selection of refuse made Clean-Up Day a boon to junk dealers. Dealers (and interested members of the public) would come to the dump to buy marginally valuable items, such as scrap iron, copper and glass bottles. These sales nearly paid the costs of Clean-Up Day in 1912.

As an event, Clean-Up Day changed over time. By 1909 it was extended to two days and would extend to a week in the 1920s. Additional change also occurred. In 1917 the Civic Improvement Club charged small fees for hauling trash away because they were out of funds. Then in 1918, the Clean-Up Day was held in November after the Armistice ending World War I was signed (rather than Spring). That year’s efforts took place with the cooperation of Camp Lewis sanitation officials in the midst of an influenza pandemic.

Olympia’s Civic Improvement Club voted to disband in mid-June 1920, citing a decline in interest after the end of World War I. The concept of Clean-Up Day, however, did not end. It would continue under different names, led by groups including Olympia High School and the Boy Scouts. Over time clean-up efforts would take place in Olympia in numerous forms although its direction changed with municipal garbage collection being the norm.

There are many modern events keeping with the spirit of Olympia’s old Clean-Up Day with various clean-ups in local parks, neighborhoods and downtown. The Olympia Downtown Association, for example, holds annual Clean-Ups before the Spring and the Fall Arts Walk. Approximately 100 to 200 volunteers weed, sweep, rake, prune and paint to have downtown sparkling. All of Olympia’s Clean-Ups are a fitting legacy to the Civic Improvement Club’s vision of a more beautiful, livable community.


Susan Christian’s sticks on the wall

South Sound Arts - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:27am

"Caravan" painted stick construction by Susan Christian
Published in the Weekly Volcano, April 9, 2015
I’ve been keeping up with Susan Christian’s art for well over 20 years. The nine little paintings she has on display at Batdorf and Bronson’s flagship coffee house in Olympia are among the best of her works I have ever seen.
"Island View" by Susan Christian.Here’s the thing about Susan Christian: Based solely on her art, it seems she does whatever she damn well pleases and doesn’t fret over what others might think. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t care what others think; she just doesn’t let it influence her art.About two years ago she got the idea she wanted to paint sticks, so she got a bunch of sticks and painted them. She asked friends to give her sticks. She bought lathe from lumber yards. So simple; so Susan. Sometimes she painted them solid colors, and sometimes she painted patterns on them. And then she propped them against walls or laid them on the floor or in the grass. She even stuck them in trees and took pictures of them. That was her art, and it was wonderful. Or the idea and the few photos I saw were wonderful. I never saw any of the actual pieces until today.
The audacity of it! I can imagine Marcel Duchamp doing something like that, or maybe Andy Warhol, but I can’t imagine many other artists doing anything so radical. Yet, however radical the idea of painting sticks may be, her pieces at B&B are as traditional and as unpretentious as abstract art can be.
Unlike the pieces I saw photos of that looked to have been tossed willy-nilly in trees, in these pieces she has combined the sticks into simple constructions and painted them with beautiful, simple and decorative patterns using house paint. They are stunning.
There’s one called “Canoe” that is made from five sticks in alternating colors laid out horizontally with a long yellow stick in the middle and a shorter stick dead center. Who uses such extreme classical balance? That’s radical while looking traditional.
“Suspend” is a vertical piece in tones of dark blue with sloppily painted triangles up and down the left edge and right about the middle is draped what looks like a chain of white beads.
“Caravan” and “Cardinal” are among the smallest pieces and the most elaborately constructed with interlocking horizontal and vertical sticks in dark blue and square and triangular blocks of wood in red, yellow and white. They are fresh and deceptively simple, and they remind me of something kids might make with popsicle sticks, but the patterns and color combinations are much more thoughtful and complex than they might appear to the untrained eye.
There’s on called “Danae” that is mostly white and soft blue with one skinny yellow stick and a cascade of white paint that runs downward until it piles up almost at the bottom. Another favorite is “Jeanman Says,” which has a triangular construction that somehow reminds me of a metronome, superimposed over side-by-side sticks, all in subtle colors with a tiny spark of brightness.
This is a small show with unobtrusive paintings (just right for a coffee shop where most people are not there to look at art). But there’s much more to it than that. For those who do bother to look, this is truly outstanding art.
Susan Christian at Batdorf and Bronson, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through April 23, 516 S. Capitol Way, Olympia.
Photos courtesy of the artist.
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River Ridge on a Hot Streak with Quitugua and Carter Swinging Hot Bats

Thurston Talk - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:27am



By Gail Wood

tagsThere was never any question about Devonn Quitugua’s talent on a baseball field.

But after just one practice his freshman year at River Ridge High School, Quitugua quit, walking away from a game he both loved and hated – loved because he was so good at it, hated because he’d get so anxious playing it, fretting about getting a hit or making a catch.

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Devonn Quitugua starts in left field for the Hawks.

“I just couldn’t take it,” Quitugua said. “It was too much.”

Quitugua even quit going to school for a few days.

“I just gave up,” he said. “I didn’t handle it very well.”

Fortunately for Quitugua, River Ridge coach Chad Arko is all about second chances. When he’d see Quitugua in the hallways, Arko would invite him to turn out. After skipping his freshman and then sophomore seasons, Quitugua accepted and turned out during the summer league going into his junior year.

With his high anxiety issues in check, Quitugua is now making opposing pitchers anxious. Last year as a junior, he batted over .400 despite his two-year layoff, making first-team all-league as an outfielder. So far this spring, he’s batting .330, giving the Hawks playoff hopes. The kid who was once struggling with his grades and with his inner game in baseball, now pulled a 3.5 last semester and is thinking about going to college and playing baseball.

Coach Chad Arko hits his infielders some grounders in the gym.

Coach Chad Arko hits his infielders some grounders in the gym.

“He’s turned everything around,” Arko said. “I backed off. I didn’t push him. But every year I kept putting a little carrot out there – want to come out? Finally it got him. He’s done a really great job.”

It’s been a long road back. There was a lot going on in Quitugua’s life his freshman year.

“And I didn’t handle it right. I gave up on it,” Quitugua said. “I just thought I’d give baseball a shot again and see how it goes. Now, I have good grades. This has actually helped me. I didn’t think it would. It changed a lot for me – just staying out of trouble.”

Comeback stories like Quitugua’s are one of the reasons why Arko coaches. It’s not just about winning or about teaching a kid how to field a grounder. It’s also about learning life lessons.

“It teaches them how to be part of a team,” Arko said. “It teaches accountability and responsibility. And Devonn’s going to have a lot of friendships when he walks out of here.”

Zach Carter, a sophomore starting at shortstop for the Hawks, has his own “overcoming” story. He’s seeing pitches a lot better now that he got contacts in the off season and is batting over .600.

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Zach Carter is starting at shortstop for River Ridge.

“I’m seeing the ball a lot better,” Carter said. “I’m picking it up sooner, seeing it out of the pitcher’s hand a lot better.”

After losing its first three games of the season, River Ridge won four of its next five games and is 4-4 overall and 4-0 in the 2A South Puget Sound League. River Ridge has outscored its league opponents 47-18, beating Steilacoom 11-2 and 6-2, and then Washington 16-10 and 9-4. Pitching and defense will again be keys for the Hawks.

River Ridge’s five returning starters are Quitugua, Brayden Anderson, Ben Maratita, Seung Kim and Thayer Murphy. Maratita, now a sophomore, was second-team all-league last season. Anderson is also a sophomore. Matthew Morgan, while only a freshman, starts at catcher.

“We’re really young again,” Arko said. “But I’m looking at this year getting us over the hump. It all stems from leadership. If you don’t have leadership no one is going to buy into the win. But if you don’t have the talent you’re not going to win.”

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Brayden Anderson is one of eight seniors on the River Ridge baseball team.

After starting at third base last season, Anderson, one of eight seniors on the team, is starting at shortstop, giving the Hawks a steady glove at short.

“We have a lot of seniors. We have a lot of leadership,” Anderson said. “So I think that will take us farther than we did last year.”

Last year as a freshman, Carter started at first base and has adjusted to third. He’s been playing infield since he first started playing baseball in second grade.

“I like third, there’s lots of action there,” said Carter, who was a second-team, all-league linebacker on the football team in the fall. “I’m used to playing third.”

Last summer, Quitugua caught the attention of a coach from Lower Columbia College when he went 3-for-4 in a summer league game and turned a doubleplay by making a running catch in left field and then throwing a runner out. That coach talked with Quitugua after the game.

“At first I didn’t even want to go to college,” Quitugua said. “My family never has. My dad and I aren’t that close, but I don’t think he’s ever graduated from high school. I thought it would be cool for me to go and do something. I’m connected with baseball again. It’s fun.”

Industrie Clothiers: Let Owner Amy Peters Save You a Trip to the Big City

Thurston Talk - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:15am



By Kelli Samson

Capitol City Honda sponsorLadies, meet Amy Peters. I want you to get to know this woman, because she is going to get us out of our yoga pants (especially those of us who don’t even do yoga) and into something more put together.

She knows just where we’re coming from. Peters is coming off of a break from the professional world of retail fashion since starting her family nearly four years ago.

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Amy Peters brings her years of experience as a Corporate Buyer for Nordstrom Rack to her own business, Industrie Clothiers.

Metaphorically speaking, she, too, is just getting out of the yoga pants.

“I’m a jeans, t-shirt, and sweater gal. That’s my uniform,” Peters assures me.

And we are oh-so-glad this is the case. The opening of Industrie Clothiers is a total win for all of us ladies who want to look nice right now. Not after a trip northward and a big shopping spree, but after a trip down the road and with a receipt in hand that we don’t have to hide from our other halves.

With January’s opening of Industrie, Peters has become the fourth female business owner in the complex also housing Spruce Skin and Wax Shoppe (owner Annie Johns), Bon Lemon (owner Amy Evans), and Kneaded Relief (owner Alison Heard). Her arrival has fully rounded out the front of the building and made it a true destination for women in the area.

Originally from Oregon, Peters worked in the fashion industry as a Corporate Buyer for Nordstrom Rack in Seattle during most of her twenties and thirties after earning a degree in business from Oregon State University. “If you want to work in retail, working for Nordstrom is the best experience,” says Peters.

Industrie is her first foray into the world of business ownership. Luckily, she is in the right location for lots of valuable advice.

“What the girls at Bon Lemon and Spruce have done with their space, along with their taste level, was just an inspiration and an impetus for me to turn my idea into a reality,” says Peters. “Their philanthropy work is especially inspiring. They’re so involved in the community. They’ve been really good mentors.”

The decision to open the shop this winter was quick, and it had a lot to do with the location.

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Industrie is the perfect blend of Anthropologie and Nordstrom, and it’s right here in Olympia.

“I walked by this space last fall and saw all the windows. It was still gutted, but I could just imagine what I would do with it,” recalls Peters. “It was kind of the perfect storm. My kids are getting older, this space was available, and the landlords are fantastic. When you’re going into business, good partnerships are key.”

From start to finish, there were about three months between Peters noticing the space in October and opening the shop in late January. “I haven’t even had a chance to do a grand opening yet,” she laughs.

The choice to name her store Industrie Clothiers, on the other hand, took a bit of time. The name holds multiple layers of meaning for Peters.

It’s is a nod to the fashion industry, yes, but one made more effeminate by using the French spelling. The fact that France is often considered the epicenter of high fashion in the world of women’s clothing is just icing on the cake.

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Amy Peters brings value to her customers with every purchase.

The name also refers to being in the fashion industry and getting the industry prices and deals. “A lot of my posts on Facebook share the manufacturer’s suggested retail price and then the price that I am selling the item for,” explains Peters.

The moniker additionally connects to the idea of the Industrial Revolution, a period in history of which Peters is an astute student.

“During the Industrial Revolution, the textile industry was booming, It was great for the economy and the consumer. What wasn’t great was that it took people away from their farms. They went to go live in not-so-great-conditions, they worked long hours in factories, and it struck a chord with me,” explains Peters.

She continues, “I grew up in a small town and went from the farm to the city to work in fashion. I like turning the idea of ‘industry’ on its head because now I am back in a small town, this works for me, this works for my family, and I get to work part-time. My kids are still my full-time job.”

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Along with clothing, Industrie carries shoes, Voluspa candles, and things made on a smaller scale by artisans, such as wallets and art.

The shop’s atmosphere brings in a decidedly French flair with luxe, vintage velvet settees and chairs, along with an antique cabinet that houses a line of fancy Tocca perfume products.

On the flip side, Peters mixes in a lot of industrial touches to bring out a minimalist, factory vibe. The clothing is displayed on rolling racks made out of pipes, there is a lot of metal work for sale, and the shop is truly uncluttered.

The clothing is contemporary-casual. Peters works with her contacts from her time in the fashion industry to bring highly coveted brands to Olympia at an amazing, nearly unbelievable value to her customers. We’re talking jeans by Hudson, 7 for All Mankind, Lucky Brand, and Joe’s for nearly half of what we’re used to paying in the more urban areas.

“I do a lot of Google searches to make sure we’re never undersold,” says Peters.

She currently stocks sizes 00 to 14, and it’s likely she can get you something in your size if it’s not on the floor. “I have really amazing suppliers who have been contacts for years. They’re very supportive of me,” explains Peters.

If you need a gentle nudge in a fashionable direction after years of feeling unfashionable, Peters kindly shares her two favorite pieces in the shop currently.

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Industrie Clothiers is located at 4419 Harrison Ave. NW, Suite 103, in Olympia.

“I’m really digging the hot pink pants by Hudson right now, and the polka dot ones,” shares Peters. “I’m hearing that bright, obnoxious neon is coming back, and I’m kind of excited about it.”

It so fortunate that Amy Peters is here to point us in the right direction and help us feel confident in our wardrobes. Even if we show up in yoga pants with a small child in tow, she’s got us covered. There’s a special corner just for the little ones to hang out while we shop. “I want people to come in and have a great experience,” says Peters.

We love you already, Amy. You’re speaking our language.

Industrie Clothiers is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. You can learn more about the shop on Facebook. And if all this sounds really magical to you, Peters is currently hiring.


Industrie Clothiers

­­­­­­4419 Harrison Ave. NW, Suite 103 in Olympia



Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:00am



It’s been a week of jammies until noon and riding bikes through the neighborhood for our family.  And, I’ve liked it just fine.  The change of pace from school and activities was welcome, even if we weren’t taking a special trip for Spring Break.  We’ve done some exploring of our community – poking through local antique shops, grabbing a bakery treat and visiting a local trail or two for a hike.  The fun continues this weekend with loads of things to do right here in Thurston County.  So whether you are on a “staycation” like us or this was just a regular week for you, check out all that going on around town with our weekend event calendar.

Submit an event for our calendar here.

ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.


Pine Hill Haints “What Am I Gonna Do but Wait Right Here”

K Records - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:40am
Another Saturday night strumming on something cold and black. Bringing new light to an old conundrum, Pine Hill Haints-style.   K Song of the Day: Pine Hill Haints “What Am I Gonna Do but Wait Right Here” from their The Magik Sounds of Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] album. The Pine Hill Haints album The Magik […]
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Top Rung Brewing to Hold 1-year Anniversary Beerbalation April 10 -12

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 5:30pm



Submitted by Top Rung Brewing

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Top Rung’s outdoor patio is perfect for a sunny afternoon pint. Dogs and kids welcome.

Top Rung Brewing is excited to announce that we will be celebrating our 1-year anniversary by holding a Beerbalation event from April 10-12 at the brewery.  We will be pouring a special released beer, special randalized beer, have live music on Friday and Saturday, food provided by Red Rover Grill with special menu, games, and for $7.50 you will receive a special commemorative glass with beer of your choice (excluding special release or Imperials).

Come on out and join us at the brewery for a great time!  We will be open Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Top Rung Brewing is a 10 barrel production brewery with tasting room at the brewery. Top Rung Brewing is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy their beverage and view a production brewery facility.  Our tasting room is family friendly and while we will only offer snacks, we partner with local food vendors and food trucks as well as allow patrons to bring in their own food of their choice or have it delivered.  Top Rung Brewing: bringing quality craft beer to Lacey.

Normal hours are Thursdays 4-9, Fridays and Saturdays 2-9, and Sundays 12-5.

Yonatan Gat at Dub Narcotic Studio!

K Records - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:01pm
Stradling March and April Yonatan Gat spend several days at Dub Narcotic Studio recording with Calvin Johnson, in between playing shows in Olympia, Seattle and Portland. Crazy times back and forth instrumental, Hebrew text multiplied by improvisational bursts of enrapture. Goo Goo Muck times 10! Calvin Johnson plays melodica and then shouts the blues. Will […]
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Orca Books Author Reading: Olympia writer Mary Frances Carney presents her novel "A Parish Near Ebbets Fied"

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:34pm
Event:  Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:00pm

Olympia author Mary Frances Carney will read from her new novel, "A Parish Near Ebbets Field". This is a FREE event and all are welcome. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia, one block west of City Hall.

About the book: Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was the heart of the city in the early '50s, and the parish formed a center of identity for the church faithful. The church clock tower tolled the rhythms of the day, uniting everyone in the intrigues and intricacies of human activity. Irish humor and folklore are woven into the fabric of this novel, which combines a love story and a tale of an old jealousy among friends.

Mary Frances Carney (also Eido Frances Carney) is a writer, painter, poet, and Zen Buddhist priest born in Brooklyn and now living in Olympia. She taught in higher education, founded a Zen center, and leads workshops in meditation, poetry, and creative process across the U.S. and Europe. She is the author of "Kakurenbo Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan", and editor of "Receiving the Marrow, Teachings on Dogen by Soto Zen Women Priests". logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Orca Books Author Reading: "Where the Mountains End" tour, featuring award-winning queer authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:23pm
Event:  Sat, 04/11/2015 - 3:00pm

Join award-winning queer authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick on their "Where The Mountains End" tour. Exploring survival, myth, sex, and magic all the way down the West Coast, these three bring a literary cabaret of their newest work, from Amber Dawn’s long-awaited full-length collection of poetry, "Where The Words End and My Body Begins", to Vivek Shraya’s critically acclaimed visual epic,"She of the Mountains" to Leah Horlick’s silence-breaking sophomore book, "For Your Own Good". This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia, one block west of City Hall. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Steamboat Island Community 4-H Club Informational Meeting

Griffin Neighborhood - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 7:51am
Please join us for an informational meeting to learn about the new Steamboat Island Community 4-H Club forming now! Kids currently in K-12 are welcome along with their parents.
4-H provides lots of opportunity for positive youth development. Come to explore projects such as: backyard nature, sewing, horseless horse, and social skills through Legos.
When: April 15, 2015 - 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Where: Griffin Fire Department Station 13-28113 Steamboat Island RD NWOlympia, WA 98505
For more information please email:

Something Old, Something New: Vinyl Records Make a Modern Comeback Locally

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:16am



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DescoAV Owner, Jeffrey Scott, is excited to share his passion for premium vinyl with his customers.

Long before the convenience of iPods and MP3 players and the transportability of cassette tapes and CDs existed, vinyl records were king. People displayed their record collections proudly in their living rooms, taking care between plays to methodically clean the grooves of the vinyl before slipping each record back into its protective sleeve.

It was during the 1970s and ‘80s, however, when people started deserting their records in dusty attics, replacing their heavy vinyl collections with compact and lightweight cassette tapes and CDs, audio formats that would more recently be replaced with iPods and the MP3.

While most people traded in their record collections for the latest and greatest, some continued to appreciate the warm, rich sound that was so unique to vinyl. These collectors helped keep the record industry somewhat alive during its dormant phase, which it is only now just starting to come out of. Recently the record industry has garnered a new generation of young listeners, bringing this primitive form of audio back into the mainstream. In the past 12 months alone vinyl sales have increased 49 percent. That translates to about 8 million records purchased over the course of just one year.

Jeffrey Scott, owner of DescoAV, couldn’t be more excited about the recent vinyl revival, as it’s an opportunity for Desco to branch out and offer its customers something that Scott and the rest of the Desco staff are passionate about: high quality vinyl. “I’ve always wanted to have a record store,” says Scott. “It’s one of those things that you say, ‘If I won the lottery and could do whatever I want, I would own a hi-fi and record shop.’” However, up until recently, the idea of owning a record store didn’t seem all that lucrative. As an outfitter of high quality audio/video equipment, for many years Desco has offered a range of turntables and record playing equipment as part of their inventory, but they weren’t sure that records were something that their customers wanted — until now.

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DescoAV offers a wide range of audio video equipment for every budget.

“It’s become popular,” says Scott. “The culture now is to appreciate better quality.” As such, the “iTunes generation,” as Scott call them, wants more from their music. “MP3s have no soul or depth,” explains Scott. “If you expose a young person to a record, they say, ‘Woah! That sounds amazing.’ That’s because they’re hearing notes they hadn’t heard before. They’re hearing musicians playing off each other. They’re hearing all these sounds that were lost with the [MP3].”

Featuring a curated selection of premium records, Desco customers can now retire their soon-to-be-outdated MP3 players and instead stock up from a selection of timeless, high quality, 180-gram virgin vinyl re-pressings of their favorite classic records and more recent hits.

Desco’s Director of Marketing, Beth Garson, says she’s excited that Desco is offering vinyl as it’s an opportunity to connect with customers who enjoy music that is not only good, but also of high quality. “We’re an audio video store that loves music and wants to surface great music to our clients,” says Garson. “We also want to introduce ourselves to people who enjoy good quality music, especially younger people.”

But, in addition to connecting with their customers on an even more musical level, Desco also wants to connect with local musicians by featuring their records in-store. “There are people locally who are making records and don’t have a place to sell them,” says Scott. “We want to sell their records and help them find their local audience.” Local musicians are encouraged to contact Desco about opportunities for selling their vinyl in-store.

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Offering a curated collection of premium records, DescoAV’s record selection features titles from Frank Sinatra to Wolfmother and everything in between.

In celebration of Desco’s new in-store record shop, Desco is excited to announce its upcoming Record Store Day festivities on April 18. In addition to offering 10 percent off all vinyl, Desco also invites customers to bring in their records and take advantage of the free record cleaning service Desco will be providing using their hi-tech vacuum record cleaning equipment. Desco will clean up to five records for free. Scott says he’ll also be calibrating and fine-tuning turntables, free of charge. But, in addition to these great promotions, Desco is most looking forward to a fun afternoon of listening to music.

As part of Record Store Day, Desco’s high end room, which features top of the line equipment for the ultimate stereo sound music experience, will be open during the event. Bring some records, find some new ones, and get ready for a great afternoon. Record Store Day activities take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

For more information, visit DescoAV’s website here. More information about Record Store Day and Desco’s new collection of vinyl can be found by visiting DescoAV’s blog.



2306 Harrison Ave NW

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From turntables to speakers, DescoAV also offers all the equipment you need to play your favorite records.

Olympia, WA 98502




Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Weekends: By appointment

Record Store Day is Saturday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Thrifty Thurston Baits a Lure to Fish in Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:00am



By Douglas Scott

sunset airA white and red orb floats on a lake, bobbing up and down with every ripple from the breeze. Methodically, it rocks, unaware that it will soon be the cause of shock, excitement and a moment which will be remembered and cherished forever. Connected to a line leading back to shore, the float quickly sinks, and a yell goes up from land.

Underwater, a rainbow trout, bites onto a hook, marking the end of its journey, but living on for generations through stories. Above water, a child fishing for the first time is on their way to reel in their very first fish. It will be a moment forever remembered. The tale will be passed down to their children and grandchildren, reliving it with each telling. The memory of catching your first fish is an event you remember for your life, and is something that can happen right here in Thurston County.

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The Lacey Family Fish-In is scheduled for April 18, 2015. Photo credit: City of Lacey

Each spring for the past 16 years, the City of Lacey has been hosting the Lacey Family Fish-in. Located at Woodland Creek Community Park, the event is responsible for teaching 600 kids a year how to fish. With fish remaining close to the shore, thanks to nets, children in attendance have a very good chance at catching a fish here. The event is ran and supported by local fishing groups like the Puget Sound Anglers, Capitol City Bass Club and Trout Unlimited.

This year, the event will be held on Saturday, April 18 at Woodland Creek Community Park. Costing just $5, and open to children ages 5-14, each participant will get a rod and reel to keep. The event requires preregistration and is expected to fill up. Call the Lacey Parks and Rec Department at 360-451-0857.

During the Family Fish-in, volunteers will be available to help both young anglers of all levels fish, and also clean the rainbow trout that they catch. The volunteers are members of the local fishing groups of the region, and make the event an incredible experience for all who attend.

“The true heroes of Lacey’s Family Fish-in are the volunteers. They are there rain or shine, happily sharing their passion,” Jenny Wilson, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Lacey explained. “Fishing is a great family activity.  At this event, with the help of the amazing volunteers, attendees will gain a lifelong enthusiasm for the sport.”

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Help your child catch their first fish in Thurston County. Photo credit: City of Lacey

Jenny Wilson also went on to remind those interested that the pond at Woodland Creek Community Park is stocked year round, and any kid 14 and under can go fishing without a license, no matter the season. Also good to know is that Saint Martin’s University Alumni Association comes out every year to provide free hot cocoa and coffee.

Other Fishing Events

Over in Tumwater, Trout Unlimited brings those looking for a kids fishing event the Free Kids Fishing Day and Community Fun Fair! at Columbus Park. Sitting along Black Lake, this event give kids 14 and under a chance to fish for free in Columbus Park Pond on May 23. Stocked with 750 fish, there is a good likelihood your child’s first fish may be caught here. Like the Lacey Family Fish-in, this event requires that you register for time-slots in advance. The Free Kids Fishing Day and Community Fun Fair will also have kids activities and vendors selling food, making this a fun way to meet the community.

While Trouts Unlimited does have a number of poles available for kids to use, they encourage children who have fishing poles to bring them. The event is scheduled for Saturday May 23 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To register for time slots, call (360)786-9460 or email

Elsewhere in Thurston County, fishing opportunities await at the regions lakes. Nearly a quarter of a million fish have been stocked in 16 regional lakes, according to a stocking schedule by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Based on the surface area of the lake and the amount of fish stocked this spring, your best chances to catch a fish will be in Deep Lake, Offutt Lake and Summit Lake, with the best being Offutt Lake near Tenino.

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There are many Thurston County lakes that are stocked with trout. Photo credit: City of Lacey

Make 2015 the year your child catches their first fish. Whether you choose to go the Lacey Family Fish-In, the event at Columbus Park or in any of the area lakes, this is the year to go fishing.

For more information on fishing experiences, explore the Puget Sound Angers website or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website. Either place can provide information about events, fishing rules and regulations and answer any question you may have to get your child, or yourself out fishing.

Thrifty Thurston highlights inexpensive family fun in Thurston County. The weekly series focuses on family-friendly activities throughout our community. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.

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