It’s not that Brandi Bratton and Ally Vestal aren’t athletic. They just didn’t know anything about tennis. On the first day that they showed up for tennis practice at Tenino High School, they didn’t just have to learn about making forehand and backhand shots. They also had to learn the basics, like how to keep score.
My toddler has shown a lot of interest in gardening recently. Besides getting messy in the dirt, she also enjoys harvesting berries and watching plants grow. As a treat, she received a basket stuffed with gardening tools and seeds. She was overjoyed with the plan to grow her own vegetables, but there was one problem…I didn’t
Betty Holt’s roots in the community run deep. She grew up in Thurston County and went to Tumwater High School. When her first child entered school, she volunteered so regularly in her daughter’s classrooms that they offered her a paid job at Garfield Elementary School. Her first volunteer leadership job was as vice president of
For more than three years, Dee Hampton, affectionately known as Mama Dee, has stood at the corner of State Avenue and Franklin Street in downtown Olympia. Her lips are curled into a radiant smile, while her hands are diligently serving food to help feed the hungry. When asked why she started a street feed, Dee
Submitted by The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) announces the Thurston County Tourism Awards. The awards recognize people who have gone above and beyond to help bring tourism to Thurston County. Three awards aim to highlight individuals who unite the community, work tirelessly towards achieving a long-term vision
Submitted by The City of Olympia Registration for all summer Parks, Arts & Recreation camps, classes and other programs is now open. We strongly encourages participants to register early, camps and classes can fill up quickly. The latest edition of our program guide, “Experience It!” has been mailed to past participants who have registered for
Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College Color might be one of the last aspects of Amanda McCavour’s work that registers on an intellectual level. It is soft, delightful, and hopeful – appropriate for the season. But it is the captivating quality of line becoming form, becoming space, that initially draws one through the doors
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Salgado Maranhão remained illiterate until age 15, spending most of his youth working on his family’s isolated subsistence farm in rural, northeastern Brazil. Now, he is one of Brazil’s most celebrated poets and will be presenting a reading of his work at Saint Martin’s University. Accompanied by Alexis Levitin, a
When Tammy Anderson became a member of the Olympia Choral Society (OCS), she didn’t foresee it becoming a family affair. “I joined OCS because my friend Sharon Harris encouraged me to audition,” said Tammy. Sharon had attended one of Timberline High School’s choir concerts and loved it. Tammy’s youngest daughter, Belana, was performing in its symphonic choir. “Sharon
Once upon a time, the first thing a business did when they moved to a new town was join the local chamber of commerce. “It was an automatic thing,” says Victoria Wortberg, Executive Director of the Yelm Chamber. But times have changed, and so has the relationship between the business community and groups that support
It’s not a big office in downtown Olympia or even one you may have noticed before, but it is at the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County that Evan Ferber has made a life for himself and helped to change countless others. It’s where he says his career truly began and where, in December, it
What better way to celebrate the Seattle Mariner’s baseball team than to take a tour of the Safeco field?
So, that’s exactly what several Rebels by Bus did… a week before opening day.
The weather was perfect… brilliant blue sky and sunshine. The grounds crew was hard at work to prepare the field. All of the seating was being pressure washed. There were several lawn mowers (walk behind type, NOT tractor/ride-ons) hard at work.
We were charged a special $10 rate for this excellent tour. The tour started at 12:30. We had time after our arrival to the Team Store on 1st Avenue to browse the store and get a snack. We were advised to buy our Key Griffey Jr. (1st Mariner to get into the Hall of Fame, doncha know?) tee shirts now… they will sell out quickly!
The tour was excellent. Our guide was not only well versed in Mariner history, but also the intricate workings of the amazing Safeco field. We visited many sections of the field… from the Lookout landing to the press box to the exclusive Diamond Club. We also went inside the Visitor lock room. The final stop was the field itself…to the dugouts and right next to the grass. We were advised NOT to step, or even touch, the grass!
After the tour, which lasted close to two hours, we walked across 1st Avenue to the Pyramid Alehouse. We had a satisfying lunch, then trekked over to the Sounder train for our return trip home.
Another fun day… Go M’s!
African American history is all around us in the state of Washington. University of Washington Professor, Dr. Quintard Taylor, will describe the ways in which Washington's black residents have shaped the lives of all Washingtonians.
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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton My name is Buddy. I am a 5 year old German Spitz. I am a very friendly boy. I do however prefer children over the age of 8 and I do not get along so well with other small animals such as cats, chickens and rabbits. I do like to
Ask Milo Ames what he remembers most about his first two years as a member of the Black Hills High School baseball team and the senior responds rather quickly. “A lot of losing,” Ames said. “Which caused a lot of anger for the coaches and the players.” Despite featuring just four schools, the 2A Evergreen
Why does farm fresh, height-of-the-season sweet corn taste so much better? Why do local strawberries burst with flavor that you just can’t find at the grocery store? Why are farmstand peas so much crisper and juicy? At Helsing Junction Farm they know it’s all about the soil, and the freshness of the product. “We grow
Submitted by Star Fitness Allison Borges is busy dehydrating food, checking her gear, and studying maps. In a couple of weeks she’s headed to Southern California to start her thru-hike of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a brave undertaking indeed, and Allison has Tiffany Jolly, yoga teacher, mentor and friend, to thank for