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note from the PUBLISHER If you’re visiting the Capital City for the first time, this 2011 Sourcebook will guide you to Olympia’s special places. If you already live here, this magazine will help you, too. But beware, there’s only so much room on our pages. So while we will give you a taste and point you in the right direction, you might have to do some exploring to get the whole meal. For starters, a walk through Downtown Olympia will introduce you to our many fine restaurants and boutique shops. That will lead you to the two-mile loop around Capitol Lake and perhaps onto Percival Landing, a historic boardwalk with great views of the Capitol dome, Budd Inlet and the Olympic Mountains. You might want to reserve a full day for uncovering the area’s thriving arts scene. From the famed Washington Center for the Performing Arts to the more edgy shows at Harlequin Productions, you’ll discover a decidedly independent flair. Be sure to take in the

twice-yearly Arts Walk, the Procession of the Species, Capital Lakefair or the Wooden Boat Fair. And you simply cannot miss the 82nd annual Pet Parade on Aug. 20. Must-visits include the campuses of The Evergreen State University, St. Martin’s University and South Puget Sound Community College, each with its own unique architecture, and Tumwater Falls Park on the Deschutes River where the Old Brewhouse presents a picturesque landscape. No visit to Olympia would be complete without wandering the Capitol Campus, standing in the grandeur of the rotunda or looking across at the hallowed Temple of Justice. Guided tours are available. Whether you’re a first-timer or a long-timer, this year’s Sourcebook will help you navigate your way around Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and other parts of Thurston County. Take your time and you might be surprised at what you can find.



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Whether it’s breaking news about an accident blocking traffic on Interstate 5, a story about innovation in the classroom or a profile of a student athlete, The Olympian — and — is South Sound’s number one source of news and information around the clock. The morning newspaper is enhanced by an around-the-clock online edition. It’s a reliable source of breaking news as it happens in the community, the state and the nation. Is school canceled? Did the City Council pass the rezoning ordinance? Has the jury returned a verdict in that murder case? From a weather warning or fallout from an emotional public hearing at the state Capitol,

readers know they can find the latest news in The Olympian and at At 4.1 million page views each month, dominates the South Sound media market and extends its reach far beyond the region. When the 6.8 magnitude earthquake rumbled through the region Feb. 28, 2001, people around the country clicked onto The

Olympian’s website to check on the welfare of friends and relatives living in South Sound. Reports of major news such as the arrest of a city council member or a march by masked anarchists through the streets of Olympia draw readers to The Olympian’s website. Readers trust that they will find updates in the next morning’s newspaper. Online photo galleries with additional photographs of community events, breaking news, athletic competitions and community celebrations are a popular feature as are daily blogs by Olympian journalists. Readers can submit a letter to the editor at, or participate in The Olympian’s weekly “You write the caption” cartoon contest at Residents who want to submit a news release or club notice go to Multimedia extras can be found on The Olympian’s website. The online Olympian also has this Sourcebook along with an entertainment guide at theolympian. com/entertainment. Submit an item for the entertainment calendar at The environment, education, government and the Northwest all have their own pages, with interactive elements online at; the theolympian. com/education, and The Olympian encourages reader participation, whether it is a letter to the editor, a suggestion for a story or a news tip. File your own photographs by going to The Olympian’s home page at and clicking on reader submitted photos. The newspaper also stages community forums and sponsors a range of community activities as a means of staying in close contact with readers and providing them with information they need in their daily lives.


NG US ADDRESS WRITE TO: The Olympian, P.O. Box 407,

Olympia, WA 98507

STREET ADDRESS:111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506


CIRCULATION To start a newspaper subscription, make a payment or stop delivery during a vacation, check out the Web site at or call the circulation department.

PHONE: 1-800-905-0296 HOURS: Call between 6 a.m. and 3:30

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OBITUARIES PHONE: 360-570-7791 HOURS: Via phone on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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RETAIL ADVERTISING: 360-754-5462 To place a classified advertisement, talk to a sales representative.

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If you have a news tip, a meeting notice, a story idea, an upcoming sporting event or a new business to announce, we want to hear from you. Forms available: For many routine items, such as meeting announcements, easy-to-use forms are available to the public. Check out the “announcement” section at or call 360754-5420 to have a form sent to you. News releases: Submit other community news — public meetings, entertainment events or festivals, school functions, graduation or military news — in writing. Include the name and telephone number of a contact person for daytime and evening callbacks.


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360-753-1688. Hours of operation: Public hours for the newsroom are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but someone usually is in the newsroom to answer telephone calls nearly around the clock. Call 360-754-5420.


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Thurston County gained more than 50,000 residents over the past 10 years, according to 2010 Census data. Thurston County has 252,264 people, a 21.66 percent increase from the previous count in 2000.


The numbers have a wide range of uses, including helping to determine how much government aid localities receive and how many congressional seats go to each state. The statistics offer a variety of information, such as kind of housing people occupy and what race they are. Thurston County’s fastest-growing city was Yelm, which saw its population jump 108 percent, to 6,848 from 3,289 in 2000. South Sound cities all saw rapid growth – with the exception of Olympia. Lacey’s population leaped 35.7 percent

to 42,393 from 31,226 in 2000. Tumwater’s jumped nearly 37 percent to 17,371 from 12,698. Olympia’s grew 9 percent to 46,478 from 42,514. Notably, the population of people who identify themselves as Hispanics in Thurston County rose 89 percent, to 17,787 from 9,392 in 2000. That outpaced the state, which experienced 71 percent Hispanic population growth. Lacey City Manager Greg Cuoio attributes his city’s growth to several factors – the availability of land, the increase in

the number of troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the run-up of housing values in King and Pierce counties, which drove people south for affordable homes. “I think we’ve done a very good job of keeping pace with the growth,” he said, “because our infrastructure is in excellent condition.” But Cuoio said he sees growth slowing. The economy is contracting, particularly state government. And he said Lacey is almost built out and that the city has no interest in annexing into urban-growth areas where people don’t want to join the city. “I don’t see us surpassing Olympia anytime in the near future, and that is not a goal, ” he said. Olympia Mayor Doug Mah predicted Lacey’s growth would outpace Olympia’s in the next 10 years, though he said there’s no contest on who has the highest population. Mah and Roger Horn, the chairman of the Olympia Planning Commission, said they weren’t surprised at Olympia’s slow growth. Olympia is more built out, Horn added. “We’re seeing growth as infill-type growth in the city,” he said. “It doesn’t offer the same opportunity as new developments for rapid growth.” Olympia is in the midst of overhauling its comprehensive plan for the first time since 1994. Horn said that in neighborhood meetings, he has heard residents say people are accepting of growth downtown and on highdensity corridors such as Martin Way, and Pacific and Harrison avenues. Neighborhoods also will become more dense, Horn thinks, but in a way that maintains their character. Mah, who heavily promoted the census during the counting, said he was pleased with the results. “I’m just very thankful that we’ve had such a good count ... what I believe to be an accurate count,” he said. “That really was dependent on citizens participating.”


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DRIVER’S LICENSE Drivers must apply for a license within 30 days of becoming a resident — which is accomplished by establishing a permanent home in the state, registering to vote, receiving state benefits, applying for any state license or seeking in-state tuition fees. When applying for a driver’s license, vision and color recognition tests are required. If your previous license is expired, you might be required to take a written and driving test. If you move from another state and apply for a Washington license, you must bring two valid documents proving age and identity and your current license. You also should bring cash or a personal check to pay the $45, which includes the $20 application fee and $25 license. More information on fees can be found at In Thurston County: Driver’s license examinations are in Lacey at 645 Woodland Square Loop S.E. The phone number is 360-459-6754. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. In Mason County: Driver’s license examinations are in Shelton at 2511 Olympic Highway N., Ste. 100. The phone number is 360-427-2165. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. In Pierce County: Examinations are at the Tacoma Licensing Service Office, 6402 Yakima Ave. S., Ste. C. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

New residents must license their vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency. To register vehicles, bring the title and registration. If a lien holder holds the title, supply a fax or photocopy of the title being held by the lien holder, or a letter from the out-of-state Department of Motor Vehicles. Also, bring cash or check for the license fees. Annual license fees for passenger vehicles vary by weight and start at $30. Additional subagent fees might apply depending on where you go to license your vehicle. Boats must be registered within 60 days of the owner becoming a resident. Boats must be registered unless they are less than 16 feet long and have a motor capacity of 10 horsepower or less. Boats used on federal or navigable waters, no matter the size, must be registered. In Thurston County: There are several places in Thurston County where vehicles can be registered, including the state Department of Licensing, at 1125 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-902-3900 for services and office hours. In Mason County: There are three places in Mason County where vehicles can be registered, including Mason County Auditor Auto License at 411 Fifth St. N., Shelton. The phone number is 360-4279670, ext. 466. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In Pierce County: There are 11 places to register vehicles in Pierce County, including Lakewood Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Agency at 10102-A Bristol Ave. S.W., Lakewood. The phone number is 253-5887786. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.


IN ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE The enhanced driver’s license, or enhanced ID card, confirms your identity and citizenship, and is an acceptable alternative to a passport for re-entry into the United States at land and sea border crossings. When you apply for an EDL/EID, you must be able to establish (or re- establish) your identity, U.S. citizenship, and Washington state residency. For complete details, call 866-520-4365, or log on to: driverslicense/edlget.html.

UTILITIES Puget Sound Energy: Electricity and natural gas: General inquiries: 1-888-225-5773. For customer service during business hours, or to report an emergency 24 hours a day call 1-888-225-5773. TTY and TRS options: TTY for speech/ hearing-impaired: 800-962-9498; TRS telecommunications Relay Service: 866-8315161. The Olympia customer service office is located at 2711 Pacific Ave. S.E., and is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Most customer services can accessed online at:

Comcast Cable: General customer service: Call 800-266-2278 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all service-related issues. Business offices are located at 440 Yauger Way S.W., Olympia. Log on to:, for additional details. City of DuPont: Questions about water service can be directed to City Hall, 303 Barksdale Ave., Dupont. Call 253-964-8121. City of Lacey: Water, sewer and stormwater billing: 360-491-5616. Maintenance and operations: 360-491-5644. Public works emergencies after-hours number is: 360704-2740. City Hall is located at 420 College St. S.E. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday. Services include: voter registration, police reports, building permits, animal licensing, bus tickets and passes, recreation registration, and notary public. City of Olympia: Water, sewer, stormwater or garbage-recycling billing and service: 360-753-8340. Weekends and holidays: 360753-8333. City of Shelton: Water, sewer, and garbage billing: 360-426-4491. Maintenance and operations or streets: 360-426-9731. City of Tumwater: Water, sewer and stormwater billing and service: 360-7544133. Maintenance and operations, and for weekend and emergency service: 360-7544150. Underground utility location assistance: 800-424-5555.

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT New students are required by state law to provide a birth certificate or other accepted proof of birth date, and immunization records. Clover Park School District (for DuPont): Administration office is at 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood. 253-583-5501. Enrolling and withdrawing is handled at each individual school. If you don’t know which

school your student should attend, call the CPSD Student Services Department at 253583-5154. North Thurston Public Schools: 305 College Street N.E., Lacey. 360-412-4400. Olympia School District: 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. 360-596-6100. Tumwater School District: 621 Linwood Ave. S.W., Tumwater. 360-709-7000. Steilacoom Historical School District (for DuPont): 510 Chambers St., Steilacoom. 253-983-2200.

VOTER REGISTRATION You can register by mail at least 30 days before an election. But, by state law, when it is 15 to 29 days before an election, you must register in person at the local elections office. You must complete a voter registration form if you are registering for the first time in Washington or if you have moved to a new county, and provide valid ID. You are offered a chance to register when getting a state driver’s license. In Washington, you do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership. Thurston County: Thurston County Auditor, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia. 360-786-5408. Mason County: Mason County Auditor, 411 Fifth St. N., Shelton. 360-427-9670, ext. 468. Pierce County: Pierce County Auditor, 2401 35th St. S., Room 200, Tacoma. 253798-7427.


Qwest: Order phone service: 800-4757526, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday-Friday; billing and general customer service: 800-491-0118, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday- Friday; technical support/repair: 877-348-9007; transfer or move service: 877-348-9004, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Log on to For customers with disabilities: Telecommunications Relay Service is a free service that connects customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. Contact a Qwest disabilities consultant at 1-800-2233131.


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There are plenty of options for getting around Thurston County by public transportation and bicycle.

Commuting by bike is a great option for people who live up to 10 miles from work. Intercity Transit encourages bicycle commuting each spring with its annual bicycling commuting contest. IT buses also are equipped with bike racks for bicyclists who wish to ride a bus for part of the way.

Travelers can catch the Sounder Commuter Rail to Seattle at Sound Transit’s Tacoma Dome station. Closer to home, trains to Portland and Seattle are available at the Olympia/Lacey Amtrak Station, located at 6600 Yelm Highway in Lacey.

CARPOOL, VANPOOL In addition to bus services, IT coordinates 192 vanpools serving more than 1,500 commuters traveling daily. Vanpools can carry eight to 12 riders. IT also is part of an eight-county regional ride match program that connects long-distance commuters with carpool partners. Intercity Transit also has four retired vanpool vans available to qualified humanservice organizations on a reservation basis to transport workers, volunteers and clients. IT offers a free defensive driving course to participants. A per-mile rate is charged to cover costs.

PARK & RIDE Park and ride lots are free to the public at the following locations for Intercity Transit customers:  The Martin Way Park and Ride in Lacey, off Interstate 5 at Martin Way.  Centennial Station Park and Ride, at the Amtrak station at 6600 Yelm Highway SE.

 The Grand Mound Park and Ride off of

I-5 at state Route 12

 At Summit Lake Road at state Route 8  The Mud Bay Lot at Madrona Beach


ON THE WEB  Intercity Transit:  Sound Transit:  Olympia-area traffic conditions: www.

 Van and carpool matches: rideshareonline.


 Intercity Transit’s cost calculator: inter- Mouse over “travel options,” then select “cost calculator” in the drop-down menu.

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A bus ride anywhere in Intercity Transit’s system costs $1 for a one-way trip, and $2 round trip. A daily bus pass is $2 and a monthly pass costs between $15 and $30 a month. Pass programs are available to students enrolled at The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College and Saint Martin’s University, as well as state and Thurston County government employees. An increasing number of people are taking advantage of Intercity Transit. According to a 2008 rider survey, the number of bus trips to work has increased by 61 percent since 2004, and the number of bus trips to school has increased by 67 percent during the same period. In 2009, Intercity Transit’s fixed route bus service provided 4.3 million rides. Intercity Transit has bus routes all over Thurston County – from The Evergreen State College on the west side and northeast to Tacoma. Routes run north to 26th Avenue and Group Health and south to Israel Road and Tumwater Boulevard. Buses run every 15 minutes from Martin Way, through downtown Olympia and into west Olympia; to Tumwater and the Thurston County courthouse.


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The Army’s ranks at Joint Base Lewis-McChord grew by thousands of soldiers over the past eight years. Now the base is catching up with its expanding population. It’s in the midst of major renovations to its housing, recreation facilities and military headquarters. All that work makes for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of construction in the South Sound. President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal sets aside more than $300 million for work at LewisMcChord. Last fall, the Army and the Air Force formally married Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. The combined installation now is one of 12 joint bases in the country, making them magnets for military resources even as the Defense Department plans to scale back at other sites. More than 33,000 active-duty soldiers are stationed at JBLM today, up from 19,000 in 2003. More growth is on the way, with the Army building up a combat aviation brigade that promises to bring an additional 1,400 soldiers to the base. Lewis-McChord’s total payroll tops $2.5 billion with 55,000 employees. It’s Pierce County’s largest employer and a major player in Thurston County, where many service members live. The base has more than 40,220 soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, as well some 15,000 civilian employees.


Lt. Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti, the base’s senior Army officer, calls the presence of so many soldiers at their home station a “full nest.” To him, their stateside time is an opportunity to rest up, strengthen relationships with families and turn the Army’s focus to fundamentals.

military for medical reasons. The new housing will include apartments for about 400 soldiers. • The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is expected to break ground on a $100 million renovation of Lewis-McChord’s main commissary and post exchange. The result will be called “Freedom’s Crossing,” a development with a mix of restaurants and shops for soldiers and their families. • Lewis-McChord’s headquarters unit, the Army I Corps, is deploying to Afghanistan this summer. Scaparrotti, is slated to lead NATO’s daily combat operations there for the next year. He’s taking about 700 soldiers in the I Corps to flesh out the war’s operational command. They’ll work closely with American, European and Afghan forces from a compound in Kabul. • Lewis-McChord’s three Stryker Brigades, each with more than 4,000 soldiers, are in the midst of heavy training for new assignments. It’s not clear when they’ll be called upon to deploy again, but in the meantime, they’re making use of the base’s firing ranges and training grounds. • The two primary Air Force units at Lewis-McChord have daily missions calling them to assignments all over the world. Both the active-duty 62nd Airlift Wing and Reserve 446th Airlift Wing make use of the base’s fleet of Boeing-made C-17 Globemaster IIIs. They’re 174-foot long cargo planes that deliver people and supplies to battlefields and humanitarian crises. One crew from the 62nd helped deliver aide to Japan after an earthquake and tsunami ravaged its northern coast in March. A squadron in the 62nd Airlift Wing in 2010 also participated in historic missions over Afghanistan, flying the C-17’s 2 millionth hour in the air. The 446th holds a key medical evacuation mission for the military. It’s charged with flying wounded service members to military hospitals worldwide.

Airmen from both wings also participate in Operation Deep Freeze each year, delivering supplies to scientists in Antarctica. The Washington National Guard also has important assets in the South Sound. It has maintained a unit in Olympia since 1939. The armory on Eastside Street is the headquarters for the 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment. The 205th Leadership Regiment is at Camp Murray, the statewide headquarters for the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. The regiment’s primary duties include coordinating and supervising leadership and training for commissioned and noncommissioned officers. As of May, about 85 Washington Army and Air National Guardsmen were deployed in support of the war in Afghanistan. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, meanwhile, was stationed in Kuwait for the final months of the Iraq war. Camp Murray also is home to the Air National Guard’s 194th Regional Support Wing, a contingent of 1,000 airmen who engage in classified cybersecurity missions. National Guard leaders are tight-lipped in describing the unit’s responsibilities, but they say the support wing draws from the talents of the Puget Sound’s technology industry. Air National Guard soldiers in the Puget Sound region also are responsible for the first line of defense over the country’s western skies. The Western Air Defense Sector is based at Lewis-McChord, where about 200 personnel keep watch over the nation’s airspace west of the Mississippi River. WADS is made up of personnel from the Washington Air National Guard, Army, Navy, civil service components and Canadian forces. They watch radars for signs of suspicious activity and would be the first eyes to spot a hijacked plane. Adam Ashton: 253-597-8646, adam.ashton@,

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South Sound residents generally didn’t feel the full effects of the base’s rapid expansion because continual deployments to the Middle East kept many soldiers and military families away from their home stations. That changed in 2010, when about 18,000 soldiers returned from assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most are expected to stay home through 2011 and well into 2012 because the war in Iraq is ending and fewer major units are needed for long combat missions overseas. Lt. Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti, the base’s senior Army officer, calls the presence of so many soldiers at their home station a “full nest.” To him, their stateside time is an opportunity to rest up, strengthen relationships with families and turn the Army’s focus to fundamentals. Off base, residents likely will notice heavier traffic on Interstate 5 and the “sounds of freedom” echoing from artillery exercises. State transportation officials have identified $1 billion in traffic improvements they want for the highway around the base. Some short-term fixes are on the way, too, such as new traffic lights on some highway ramps. Aside from the booming artillery rounds, other signs of training off base might include more helicopter flights as the new aviation brigade sets up shop this year. Helicopters likely will be visible in the skies above the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. On the ground, long convoys of Army vehicles frequently travel on Interstate 5. They’re usually headed to and from the Yakima Training Center, a 324,000-acre compound where Army units practice large-scale exercises. While the wars are slowing, the tempo at Lewis-McChord continues at a fast clip. • The base’s Warrior Transition Battalion is due this July to open a new, $52 million complex for wounded and sick soldiers. About 440 soldiers report to the battalion, and more than 60 percent of them usually leave the

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The shrinkage in Washington state government jobs continues. Three years after the global recession landed its first punches on South Sound’s economy, Olympia and its capital-city neighbors are still feeling the loss of jobs in the public sector. Of course, the dome of the state Legislative Building still looms over the city, and the local architecture, temperament, education level and landscape all are shaped by the government’s monumental effect, including the Capitol’s stone steps that drew major public rallies and protests over taxes and budget cuts this year. But state government’s role as the major provider of Thurston County jobs keeps slipping. At the end of March 2011, there were 21,771 people employed in the state executive, judicial and legislative branches in Thurston County, about 22 percent of the non-farm jobs total. That is well below the peak of 23,373 jobs in Thurston County in June 2008. Despite state population growth over the decade, the number of local state-government jobs is expected to decline by hundreds more this



works for the state or a neighbor who works for the state,” she added. As of early May, Lorenz expected business to pick up pace once lawmakers finished their special session that began in late April. Budget cuts were on the table that would slash 1,300 to 1,550 more state-government jobs across the state, hundreds of them in Thurston County – all part of efforts to close a $5.3 billion shortfall through June 2013. Lorenz said some consumers are waiting to hear the other shoe drop in the form of job cuts or spared jobs before deciding to go ahead with major purchases such as automobiles. She also acknowledged that recent cuts to employees’ take-home pay are having a lingering effect. Those cuts include unpaid furloughs for about a third of general-government workers that were lucky to keep their jobs over the last three years. Higher out-of-pocket costs and higher premiums for workers’ taxpayer-subsidized health insurance also have shrunk the amount of money workers have to spend. At the same time, state workers remain relatively well paid and the average base pay in the executive branch is higher than the state average – at about $60,762 this spring for executive branch employees working full-time, 40-hour weeks, according to the Department of Personnel. That is up slightly from $60,211 a year ago, DOP spokeswoman Jennifer Reynolds said. For comparison, the average wage for workers in all sectors in Thurston County averaged about $42,276 as of September 2010, and the average statewide wage for all sectors was $49,556, according to the Employment Security Department’s weekly wage data extrapolated for a full year. Reynolds said the higher average pay this year may be attributable to “step” or longevity increases many workers still can earn,

and to the laying off of newer, less-well-paid employees. The figures showing an apparent increase also did not take into account the lost earnings most workers faced due to as many as 10 unpaid furlough days, higher pension payments or higher insurance costs that were deducted from paychecks. That loss in real purchasing power should continue in the next two years due to labor agreements that Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire reached with major state employee unions. The agreements, which await confirmation by the Democrat-controlled Legislature, require higher worker premiums for health insurance and further cuts of 3 percent to pay and hours worked. Despite all that, the culture of the capital city continues to revolve around government to a large degree, and it is reflected in a high education level and a work force that has seen a whitened collar over time – in sharp contrast to the era of the mid-20th century when lumber and plywood mills operated full tilt near Olympia’s Puget Sound waterfront. Today, water quality is a larger preoccupation for local public policymakers – sometimes even more than industrial jobs or development along the waterfront. One recent battle pitted environmentalists against a developer over high-rise developments he wanted to build on the isthmus that divides Capitol Lake from Puget Sound. Another fight continues over whether to let portions of the manmade Capitol Lake, which is the result of damming the Deschutes River more than a half-century ago, revert to an estuary that joins Budd Inlet. For now, those who think the lake is the better option are winning – and that leaves the river-fed lake to serve as a kind of reflecting pool for the 287-foot-tall sandstone and marble Capitol.

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year – reaching levels last seen during the recession of 2002. “Rather than talking about a slowing of growth, this is an actual cut in employment,” said David Nicandri, director of the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma and a resident of Tumwater. “The employment base has been reset at a lower number and it might take a biennium or two before we get to the former levels – let alone any upward trajectory. I think you would have to go back to the early 1980s and perhaps the 1960s before you saw something comparable.” At the same time, Nicandri noted that government is changing the way it functions. As the workforce shrinks, more of the state budget goes into services such as healthcare. That leaves the county’s service and healthcare sectors to pick up the slack left by fewer people on the public payroll. South Sound over time is becoming more of a regional hub for health care. But the transition to a service economy had a lot of ground to make up in early 2011. Jobless rates continued to hover just under 9 percent in the Olympia “metro” area – much higher than the 4.4 percent rate four years before, though a tad improved from a 9.2 percent rate in March 2010. By contrast, the state jobless rate was higher at 9.2 percent in March 2011 and the U.S. rate lower at 8.8 percent. “It’s quiet. The first quarter was not as good as people hoped,” said Connie Lorenz, executive director of the Olympia Downtown Association, whose members are seeing business traffic that is still higher than in 2009, despite the recent flattening in the outlook. “I think a lot of that is the uncertainty with state government. We do have a huge population that is employed by the state. So you either have a friend or relative who

WHERE TO CALL: For more information about the Legislative Building or Capitol tours, call 360-902-8881. For the Legislative Gift Center in Room 110 of the Capitol, call 360-786-1889.



Port of Olympia

Shuttle route Saturday East East service Bay Bay April through Dec.

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Plum St.

Percival Landing

State Ave. Fourth Ave.


VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER PARKING. Located at 14th Avenue and Capitol Way. Phone number: 360-7047544. Cost: Goes to $1.50 June 1.


NORTH AND SOUTH DIAGONAL PARKING. Located along the north and south diagonals on the Capitol Campus. Cost: Goes to $1.50 June 1.


GENERAL ADMINISTRATION PARKING GARAGE (upper level, cars and lighter vehicles only). Located at 11th Avenue and Columbia Street. Cost: Goes to $1.50 June 1.



NATURAL RESOURCES PARKING LOT. Located off Washington Street. Cost: Metered.

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DASH SHUTTLE ROUTE The Dash shuttle is free and runs between the Capitol Campus and the Olympia Farmers Market and making stops about every two blocks down Capitol Way. The service runs every 12 to 15 minutes from 6:45 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. weekdays. It also runs on Saturdays, from April to December, every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.


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CAPITOL CAMPUS KEY 1 Legislative Building 2 Governor’s Mansion 3 John L. O’Brien Building (House offices) 4 John A. Cherberg Building (Senate offices) 5 Irving Newhouse Building (Senate offices)

DESCHUTES PARKWAY ALONG CAPITOL LAKE. Intercity Transit buses run to the Olympia transit center for transfer to the Capitol Campus and other destinations weekdays every 15 minutes. Cost: $1 for a single ride or $2 for an all-day pass.

6 J.M. Pritchard Building (cafeteria)

TOUR AND SCHOOL BUSES. Buses may unload and reload passengers on the Capitol Campus at the Winged Victory monument (at the junction on the north and south diagonals).

10 Visitor & Convention Bureau

7 Temple of Justice/Supreme Court 8 Insurance Building 9 General Administration Building

11 Archives 12 Natural Resources Building 13 Highways-Licenses

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Those in need of auxiliary aids or services for attending hearings or participating in other legislative activities should call the House of Representatives at 360-786-7101, the Senate at 360-786-7400, or TTY 800-635-9993. As an alternative to the TTY, or text telephone, number, any legislative number can be reached directly via the State Telephone Relay Service by dialing 900-833-6384 (voice) or 800-833-6388 (TTY).

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Providence St. Peter Hospital on Olympia’s east side and Capital Medical Center on the west side anchor the South Sound medical community, offering 24-hour emergency rooms and a range of cardiology, neurology and other medical specialties. Both hospitals have recently expanded services.

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Recent changes include a $1.3 million renovation of Olympia Family and Internal Medicine at Capital Medical Center and a $3 million upgrade to Providence’s chemical-dependency center. Other additions to the South Sound

health care landscape: n Providence Family Medicine, a 4,100square-foot clinic, has opened at 525 Lilly Road N.E. n Providence Family Medicine West Olympia, a 3,500-square-foot clinic, has

opened at 1217 Cooper Point Road. n Olympia Orthopaedic Associates is set to break ground in 2011 and expand into a 55,000-square-foot facility on Capital Mall Drive by spring 2012. n Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center and MultiCare Regional Maternal Fetal Medicine, a women’s health clinic focused on high-risk pregnancies, now are under one roof in a 6,200-square-foot building at 3504 12th Ave. N.E. n Work has started on the Providence Medical Office Building at Britton Plaza, a 28,500-square-foot medical center in Hawks Prairie at 2500 Marvin Road N.E. n The Yelm Medical Plaza building, which is home to Yelm Family Medicine, has opened at state Route 510 and Tahoma Boulevard. In addition to the hospital services, South Sound has two outreach programs for low-income and uninsured people. One is a 211 phone line for referrals to resources; the other is the CHOICE regional health care network (800-981-2123) for help with finding medical care or health insurance. Similarly, CHOICE can help with a range of problems. It is a lead partner in Project Access, which helps people who lack insurance or who are on Medicare or Medicaid find a primary-care physician. CHOICE has a partnership with area hospitals to identify those who frequently visit emergency rooms and could better be served in a doctor’s office or clinic. The program started in partnership with St. Peter about four years ago and has expanded to Mason General in Shelton and Providence Centralia Hospital. LOW-INCOME OPTIONS Another option for low-income or uninsured people is Sea Mar Community Health Clinics. Its main clinic is in Olympia, with a dental and mental health clinic in Tumwater. The main number is 360-704-2900. For referrals on alternative medical care, contact the Puget Sound Wellness Association at 360-704-9051.

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About 30,000 students who live in and around Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater attend school in one of Thurston County’s three largest public school systems. Seven smaller public school districts can be found outside South Sound’s urban core, where nearly 18,000 more students reside. There also are many private schools to choose from, both religious and nonreligious.

special education programs to facility maintenance and transportation. Address: 305 College St. N.E., Lacey. Phone: 360-412-4400 Web site:



South Sound’s largest school district, North Thurston Public Schools, is led by superintendent Raj Manhas, a former superintendent of the Seattle School District. The district is the most ethnically diverse in Thurston County, with about 14,000 students. And it’s growing fast. District officials predict enrollment will reach 18,500 in the next 20 years. The district’s newest schools include Chambers Prairie Elementary in the south Lacey area, and Aspire Middle School for the Performing Arts, a magnet school for grades six to eight. The district also has Challenge Academy, which provides more academically advanced programs for middle school students. North Thurston covers 74 square miles in northeastern Thurston County and has three comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, three traditional middle schools, a magnet middle school and 13 elementary schools. In the fall and winter, the district will gear up for a maintenance and operations levy election, which traditionally has been on the February ballot. In February 2010, voters approved a two-year, $56.4 million maintenance and operations levy that pays for everything from teacher salaries and

Olympia School District is the secondlargest district in the area, serving about 9,400 students. It had an approved general fund budget of about $89 million for the 2010-11 school year. The district has 11 neighborhood elementary schools and four middle schools. Capital and Olympia high schools, the two comprehensive high schools, are cross-town rivals. The district has alternative programs at all school levels. Lincoln Options is the alternative program at Lincoln Elementary School. Reeves and Marshall middle schools also house the alternative programs for sixth through eighth grades. Parents are heavily involved in the elementary and middle alternative programs. The district also has an alternative high school, Avanti High School. It also operates the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, which offers a variety of services including a Montessori program, Homeschool Connect and the online iConnect Academy. The school board seeks student perspectives from a student board member, but the student member’s vote is not official. The student board member seat rotates among the high schools. During the 2010-11 school year, the stu-

dent board member was Cooper Hewell of Olympia High School. The school district expects to put a levy and bond request to voters in 2012. Address: 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-596-6100 Web site:

TUMWATER The Tumwater School District is the third-largest school district and has about 6,300 students. The district is led by superintendent Mike Kirby, who was hired in 2010. Its 2010-11 general fund budget totaled about $61 million. Tumwater operates two comprehensive high schools, an alternative program for high school students in grades 10-12 called Secondary Options, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. Tumwater also runs New Market Skills Center, a training program for students that attempts to meet the demands for skilled employees by regional industries. New Market is a consortium of 25 high schools in the region, and serves juniors and seniors in public and private high schools and students who are home-schooled. New Market is a public high school, so its programs are free to attend. Students can learn trades as diverse as banking, culinary arts and veterinary science. Members of the public can use the school’s cafeteria and a branch of Washington State Employees Credit Union that is inside the school. Address: 621 Linwood Ave. S.W., Tumwater Phone: 360-709-7000 Web site:

OTHER PUBLIC DISTRICTS Griffin School District, northwest of Olympia, serves about 670 students. The

SOURCEBOOK FUN FACT: Commercial-sized greenhouses often double as classrooms, and agriculture education is huge at Yelm High School, home of the largest FFA Chapter in the state of Washington. Those letters once stood for Future Farmers of America, but in 1988, the organization became The National FFA Organization to reflect changing trends in ag education. Yelm High’s seven-teacher agriscience department is headed by Mike Patrick who was named an Outstanding Teacher by the National Association of Agricultural Educators during the 2010-2011 school year. As part of the award, he received a two-year lease on a new pickup truck.


Thurston County’s many private schools include:

CAPITAL MONTESSORI SCHOOL Address: 730 Lilly Road S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-438-3639 Web site:

THE CHILDREN’S INN Address: 1939 Karen Frazier Road S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-709-9769 Web site:

CHRISTIAN LIFE SCHOOL Address: 4205 Lacey Blvd. S.E., Lacey Phone: 360-491-0654

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Address: 4706 Park Center Ave. N.E., Lacey Phone: 360-493-2223 Web site:

district operates a K-8 school, and contracts with the Olympia School District to send its high school students to Capital High School. It is led by principal and superintendent Greg Woods. Voters approved a two-year, $4.44 million M&O levy in 2010. Address: 6530 33rd Ave. N.W., Olympia Phone: 360-866-2515 Web site: Rainier School District, southeast of Lacey, serves about 930 students. The district operates an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. It is led by superintendent Tim Garchow. Voters approved a two-year $2.9 million M&O levy in 2010. Address: 307 Alaska St., Rainier Phone: 360-446-2207 Web site:

Steilacoom Historical School District, northeast of Lacey, serves about 5,500 students and operates a primary school, three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and a K-8 virtual academy that is open to students throughout the state. The district is led by superintendent William Fritz . Voters approved a four-

Tenino School District, south of Tumwater, serves about 1,300 students. The district operates two elementary schools — one for grades kindergarten through two and one for grades three through five — one middle school and one high school. The district is led by superintendent Russell Pickett. Voters approved a two-year, $5.5 million levy in 2010. Address: 301 Old Highway 99 N., Tenino Phone: 360-264-3400 Web site: Yelm Community Schools is a fastgrowing district bordering Fort Lewis southeast of Lacey. It serves about 5,600 students who attend six elementary schools, two middle schools and a comprehensive high school and an off-campus alternative program for high school students. A portion of the district’s 192 square miles extends into Pierce County. The district is led by superintendent Andy Wolf. Voters approved a four-year levy in 2008, totaling about $31 million. Address: 107 First St. N., Yelm Phone: 360-458-1900 Web site: Shelton School District serves about 4,300 students in Mason County. It has three elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high school, a high school and an alternative high school. The school system also serves students from four feeder school districts that do not offer all grade levels; those districts are Hood Canal, Pioneer, Southside and Grapeview. Address: 700 S. First St., Shelton Phone: 360-426-1687 Web site:

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Address: 5501 Wiggins Road S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-923-0071 Web site:

EVERGREEN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Address: 1010 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia Phone: 360-357-5590 Web site:

FAITH LUTHERAN SCHOOL Address: 7075 Pacific Ave., Lacey Phone: 360-491-1733 Web site:

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL Address: 2606 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey Phone: 360-491-7060 Web site:

NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Address: 4710 Park Center Ave. N.E., Lacey Phone: 360-491-2966 Web site:

NOVA SCHOOL Address: 2020 22nd Ave. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-491-7097 Web site:

OLYMPIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Address: 1215 Ethel St. N.W., Olympia Phone: 360-352-1831 Web site:

OLYMPIA COMMUNITY SCHOOL Address: 1601 North St. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-866-8047 Web site:

OLYMPIA WALDORF SCHOOL Address: 8126 Normandy St. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-493-0906 Web site:

POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL Address: 5608 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey Phone: 360-438-7600 Web site:

RISING TIDE SCHOOL Address: 114 20th Ave. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-753-0820 Web site:

ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL Address: 1204 11th Ave. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-754-5131 Web site: Wa He Lut Indian School Address: 11110 Conine Ave. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-456-1311

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Rochester School District, southwest of Tumwater, serves about 2,350 students. The district operates a primary school for grades kindergarten through two, an elementary school for grades three through five, a middle school, a high school, an alternative school and Maple Lane School, a school for students in the state juvenile system. It is led by superintendent Kim Fry. Voters approved a two-year, $6.8 million levy in 2010. Address: 10140 Highway 12 S.W., Rochester Phone: 360-273-5536 Web site:

year operations levy in 2010. Address: 510 Chambers St., Steilacoom Phone: 253-983-2200 Web site:



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People seeking professional development, personal enrichment or higher education degrees have a variety of choices in Thurston County including South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.


STATE COLLEGE 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W., Olympia, WA Phone: 360-867-6000 Web site:

Evergreen opened its doors in 1971 as a progressive, public liberal arts and science college. Current enrollment is about 4,900 students. With 1,000 acres, the campus has the largest area of any four-year school in the state, though much of its grounds are undeveloped woodlands and Puget Sound waterfront. Instead of traditional majors, Evergreen students take interdisciplinary courses that link topics across subject areas. For example, three instructors might collaborate on one yearlong topic, covering different aspects including public policy, science, and industry. For working students, the college offers evening and weekend programs, as well. Evergreen was recently ranked as a top school for public affairs by U.S. News and World Report. Several books and magazines that rank colleges also have praised the school, including “Colleges that Change Lives” by Loren Pope. The school offers bachelor’s degrees, including pre-law and pre-medicine courses of study. It also has graduate programs in teaching, education, environmental science and public administration. Evergreen is the only college in the country that offers a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in tribal governance. Campus events also bring notable speakers to Olympia, including activist Angela Davis, poet Maya Angelou, filmmaker Michael Moore and Ohio’s Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich.



TALK ABOUT HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: When Saint Martin’s University in Lacey opened on Sept. 11, 1895, it had only one student. Angus McDonald is said to have traveled by canoe from Shelton for a full course of high school classes. He was joined by several more students in the following weeks.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia 360-754-7711 Web site: SPSCC Hawks Prairie Center 1401 Marvin Road N.E. Suite 201, Lacey Phone: 360-596-5750 Web site:

The two-year public college has more than 7,000 students pursuing certificates, associate’s degrees and other types of continuing education, the most students of the three Thurston County colleges. Associate’s degrees are available in arts, science, nursing and technical arts. Some associate’s degrees can be earned completely through online classes. Training also is available in technical fields, such as automotive, nursing, computer information systems, computer-aided drafting, welding, horticulture and other vocations. High school students also attend South Puget Sound through the state’s Running Start program.

SPSCC plans that by 2015, a new Hawks Prairie campus will be built for up to 500 students, or more if some students attend part time. The college has leased class space in a mall since 1995. For the expansion, SPSCC in 2005 bought a 54.5-acre parcel off of Marvin Road Northeast for $6.2 million to build a permanent satellite campus.


UNIVERSITY 1445 Galaxy Dr. NE, Suite 201, Lacey. Phone: 360-493-6392

Brandman University in Lacey is part of the Chapman University System, a private nonprofit university based in Orange, California. The school offers bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, early childhood development and social science. It offers master’s degrees in psychology, counseling, human resources and business administration, and graduate certificates in organizational leadership and public and nonprofit leadership.

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Saint Martin’s has been at its location in Lacey since Benedictine monks founded it in 1895. It is the only Benedictine university west of the Rocky Mountains. Though Catholic traditions are strong there, the university welcomes students of all faiths. During the past few years, the university has undergone some major construction work to accommodate growth. Major projects include the recently opened Parsons Hall, a residence hall; Harned Hall, a new academic building; and a student recreation center with an indoor track, indoor multipurpose courts, an aerobic studio, batting cage and lounge. Plans are under way to build a new, earth friendly “green” engineering building on the 380-acre campus, as well. About 1,250 students attend classes at Saint Martin’s main campus near Lacey City Hall, but the university also has about 650 students at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. In addition, Saint Martin’s has campuses in Hong Kong and Korea and has an extensive international program that brings students to campus from universities in China. The university offers 22 undergraduate majors, including such popular majors as education and business administration. It also offers six graduate programs in liberal arts, engineering, business and education. The campus’ Worthington Center and Marcus Pavilion, on Pacific Avenue, are host to a number of regional and campus events, including the annual Washington State Democrats Crab Feed fundraiser, Lacey Chamber of Commerce events and most local high school graduations.

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Numerous outdoor activities are available to South Sound youths in the summer. Community events that give young people the opportunity to get off the couch, use their imaginations and make connections are a staple in South Sound.

One option for those who want an “unplugged summer” is the museum’s ninth annual Sand in the City sand-sculpting contest, set for Aug. 21-23. For more information about activities at the museum, go to www. Children ages 6 to 12 can take part in SKIPP, a free drop-in playground program through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation. There are two sites, Sunrise Park and Lions Park. Parents are required to complete an emergency-information form the first day of attendance. SUMMER CAMPS — TEENS Every Saturday night is Late Night Teen at the Olympia Downtown YMCA. People ages 14 to 19 can play basketball, swim or listen to music for free from 8 to 11 p.m. Briggs Community YMCA also sponsors a middle school late night from 7 to 10 Saturdays. Tumwater offers a teen drop-in program in its Old Town Center. It’s available for youths in grades 3 through 12 from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, the drop-in program’s hours for grades 3 to 6 are 2:30 to 9 p.m. For grades 7 to 12, Friday hours are 2:30 to 11 p.m. The Tumwater teen drop-in center is closed some Fridays during the school year while staff members run the late-night program at one of the Tumwater School District high schools. The center offers a snack, pool/foosball tables, a gym/basketball court, computer access, tutoring, air hockey, Playstation 2 and Xbox game playing, board and card games, big-screen TV/VCR/DVD, field trips, community-service opportunities, arts and crafts, leadership and other things. For more information about other summer trips and summer sports camps offered by Tumwater Parks and Recreation, call 360754-4160. Lacey Parks and Recreation has Teen Adventure Camps for ages 12-15 from June 24 to July 31 as well as overnight trips July 7-10, Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 11-14. Call 360491-0857.

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FUN FACT In 2007, centenarian Daisy Murphy of Lacey protested on the Capitol steps when she wasn’t happy with the funding that state lawmakers provided to the visually impaired library. She held a sign that read, “107 and Still Reading.”



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Like many communities, South Sound has a significant older population. About 25 percent of residents in Thurston County are older than 55, according to regional planning figures. It’s also one of the fastest growing age groups, the Lewis Mason Thurston Area Agency on Aging says.

The Lewis Mason Thurston Area Agency on Aging partners with several local agencies to provide transportation, respite care, caregiver training and support, legal help, case management and other services. Seniors also can call the agency to get information about transportation, housing options, meal sites, senior centers, hospitals, hospice and other services: 360-664-2168 or visiting www. Senior Services for South Sound: For those who are new to the area, the Olympia center offers a Newcomers and Community Awareness Club that offers guest speakers and field trips. The Olympia and Lacey centers also hosts a variety of programs, including: ■ The Senior Nutrition Program, which serves 11:45 a.m. meals, offers meal delivery and offers affordable, balanced meals through “Dinners For You.” ■ The STARS Adult Day Program for frail seniors and disabled adults, which offers activities during the day so caretakers can take a break. ■ The South Sound Care Connection, which provides in-home caregiver placement, long-term care planning, family consultations and support group facilitation, as well as an Alzheimer’s disease education and support program. ■ The Activities Program, with many classes (yoga, EnhanceFitness, tai chi, rock and roll chorus, meditation, watercolors); services (dental, acupuncture, massage and haircuts); and lectures. ■ The Trips, Tours and Travel program, provides group field trips for all ages. To learn more, you can attend Senior Services 101 tour, which are held periodically at the Olympia and Lacey senior centers. For dates, call 360-586-6181 or visit For seniors who want to flex their political muscles, South Sound also is home to the Washington state Senior Citizens’ Lobby, a forum for senior advocacy groups throughout the state. For information, call 360-754-0207 or go to www. wasenior South Sound is home to the Washington State Senior Games, which offers competitions for athletes age 50 and older. This year’s games are slated for July 21-24, and registration deadline is July 8. For more information and registration forms, see

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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 8-10, 15-17, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie; $19; Museum members, $18; see www. for membership info; (425) 888-3030;

EDDIE VEDDER, 7:30 p.m. July 15-16, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $75.

AMERICA’S FAMILY PET EXPO, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 10, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup; General Admission $12, Seniors 60 & over $10, Children 6-12 $6, 5 yrs and younger free. General Admission tickets may be purchased; (800) 999-7295; ALISON KRAUSS, 7 p.m. July 8, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK & BACKSTREET BOYS, 7:30 p.m. July 8, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; Ticketmaster. THE MONKEES, 7:30 p.m. July 8, Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma; “OKLAHOMA” July 8-24, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. TED NUGENT, 8:30 p.m. July 8, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma; Ticketmaster.

JULY 9 SEAFAIR PIRATE’S LANDING, 9:30 a.m. July 9, Alki Beach, 62nd Ave SW and Alki Ave SW, Seattle; free; (206) 728-0123;

JULY 16 GIG HARBOR SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL July 16-17, Judson Street, 3216 Judson St., Gig Harbor; free; (253) 853-2178; STEVE MILLER BAND, 7 p.m. July 16, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

JULY 17 ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS, 6 p.m. July 17, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Sarah McLachlan, 7 p.m. July 19, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville; $45-$75.

JULY 20 INDIGO GIRLS, 7 p.m. July 20-21, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. Katy Perry and The California Dreams Tour, 7:30 p.m. July 20, Key Arena at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $29.50-$45; 800-745-3000.

JULY 21 STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, 6:30 p.m. July 21, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $20-$125.

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma; $4-$6; (253) 591-5339; LOS LOBOS, 8:30 p.m. July 22, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma; Ticketmaster.

JULY 23 SLIGHTLY STOOPID, 6 p.m. July 23, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pky NE, Redmond; $36.

JULY 24 ANNUAL PAWS FOR THE CAUSE, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 24, Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital, 8919 Martin Way E, Olympia; free admission; (360) 459-6556; FORT STEILACOOM PRESENTS: PRIVATE DOGUE CLIMBS MT. RAINIER!, 2 p.m. July 24, Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood; free; (253) 582-5838;

JULY 29 BRANDI CARLILE, 6 p.m. July 29, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. YES AND STYX, 6 p.m. July 29, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville; $55-$95.

JULY 30 WILLIE NELSON, 6 p.m. July 30, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $40-$195. TORCHLIGHT PARADE, 7 p.m. July 30, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; free; (206) 728-0123;

MOUNTAIN MEADOW LAVENDER FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 10, Mountain Meadow Lavender Farm, 919 304th St. South, Roy; Free; (253) 843-4109; www.

DARIUS RUCKER, 8:30 p.m. July 30, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma; $50-$100.


THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: The Wizard of Oz, 7 p.m. July 9, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle;

KANSAS, 6 p.m. July 31, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $15-$75.


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PAUL RODGERS, 7 p.m. July 10, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $20-$125.

JULY 12 ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL, 2:15 p.m. July 12, White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road. SE, Auburn; $31-$61.55; 800-745-3000;


VICCI MARTINEZ IN CONCERT, 7 p.m. July 21, Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort Event Lawn, 15347 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish; free; (360) 598-8700;

JULY 22 THE CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY, 3 p.m. July 22, Capitol Hill Cafe, 216 Broadway, Seattle; $23. CAPITAL LAKEFAIR, July 13-17, Downtown Olympia, 121 State Ave. NE, Olympia.

19TH CENTURY FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT FORT NISQUALLY, 7-9 p.m. July 22, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum,

THURSTON COUNTY FAIR, Aug. 3-7, Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey.

AUG. 19 WEEZER, 7 p.m. Aug. 19, Qwest Field and Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. South, Seattle.

AUG. 20 PET PARADE , Judging starts at 8:30 a.m., parade starts at 10 a.m. from Heritage Park, heading to Sylvester Park, Olympia. MIRANDA COSGROVE: Dancing Crazy Tour, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma; $55, $65, $75, $125; (253) 5915890;

AUG. 21 SEAFAIR FLEET WEEK Aug. 3-7, Seattle Waterfront, Alaska Way, Seattle; free; (206) 728-0123;

AUG. 4 THE BEACH BOYS, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $20-$125. CHRIS ISAAK, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

AUG. 6 GIG HARBOR WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 6, Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor; Until May 15 $65; (253) 5140071; GEORGE THOROGOOD, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W Hwy. 108, Shelton. Carlos Mencia, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma.

AUG. 7 BLUES TRAVELER, 5 p.m. Aug. 7, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $20-$95. GYPSY KINGS, 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

AUG. 9 “LES MISERABLES”, Aug. 9-27, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle;

AUG. 10 THE WIGGLES, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle;

AUG. 12 PETER FRAMPTON, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

AUG. 13 FORT NISQUALLY’S BRIGADE ENCAMPMENT, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13-14, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma; $5-$8; (253) 591-5339; CAPITOL LAND TRUST’S SUMMER GALA, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 13, Helsing Junction Farm, 12013 Independence Rd. SW, Rochester; $75 per person in advance, $85 at the door; (360) 9433012; AMOS LEE, 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

AUG. 14 LORETTA LYNN, 6 p.m. Aug. 14, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $20-$105. THE GO GOS, 7 p.m. Aug. 14, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. SADE WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST JOHN LEGEND, 8 p.m. Aug. 14, Key Arena at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $49.50-$149.50; (206) 684-7200;

AUG. 17 SIA, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. South, Seattle;

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K.D. LANG, 6 p.m. Aug. 10, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.

BLAKE SHELTON, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $25-$145.

ARCTIC MONKEYS, 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. South, Seattle;

SPYRO GYRA, Aug. 18-20, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $25.50;

AUG. 11 PIERCE COUNTY FAIR Aug. 11-14, Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave. E, Graham. PHIL VASSAR, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $10-$75.

“MAURITIUS” Aug. 18-Sept. 10, Harlequin Productions, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia; (360) 786-0151;

FORT STEILACOOM PRESENTS: FOUNDERS’ DAY PICNIC, 1:30-4 p.m. Aug. 21, Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood; Free!; (253) 582-5838; www. AIMEE MANN, 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.

SEATTLE FALL WEDDING EXPO, 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 27, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; (206) 6847200; BEN HARPER, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pky NE, Redmond. JOSH GROBAN, 8 p.m. Aug. 27, Key Arena at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; (206) 684-7200; KENNY ROGERS, 8 p.m. Aug. 27, Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W Hwy. 108, Shelton.

AUG. 28 JEFF BRIDGES, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

AUG. 29 JANET JACKSON, 8 p.m. Aug. 29, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 301 Mercer St., Seattle.


GALLAGHER, 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $10-$45.

AUG. 25 SANTANA, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn.

AUG. 26 HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS, 7 p.m. Aug. 26, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

AUG. 27 CAPITOL FOREST 50/100 MILE MTB RACE, 6 a.m. Aug. 27, Mima Falls Campground, 12700 Marksman St. SW, Olympia; (425) 301-7009; ANNUAL LEMAY CAR SHOW, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27, Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E, Tacoma; $10 General Admission, ree to members and active military and kids 5 years old and younger; (253) 272-2336;

OLYMPIA HARBOR DAYS FESTIVAL, Sept. 2-4, Percival Landing, Northeast Fourth Street and Olympia Ave Northeast, Olympia. CHRIS BOTTI, 7 p.m. Sept. 2, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

SEPT. 3 GET OUT OF THE RUT, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 3, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr. E, Eatonville; free-$16; (253) 847-1901; BUMBERSHOOT: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival, Sept. 3-5, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Pink Martini, 7 p.m. Sept. 3, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville.



Tumwater is the oldest permanent U.S. settlement on Puget Sound. It was founded in 1845 as New Market and is the county’s third largest city, with 17,371 people, according to the Census. Tumwater’s population increased more than 20 percent between 2008 and 2010, largely due to the largest annexation in the city’s history.

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GOVERNMENT On the political front, the city is settling in with its new leadership, including Pete Kmet, a longtime council member whom voters elected mayor in November 2009, and John Doan, the former Sumner city administrator whom Kmet appointed as Tumwater city administrator shortly after taking office. Terms expire this year for four councilmembers.

ISSUES Key issues in the city revolve around growth and dealing with the fallout of the economic meltdown. The city has adopted economic development and strategic plans to guide and realize the city’s potential. Early stages of planning are under way for the future of Capitol Boulevard, including how the street can be more pedestrian- and bike-friendly and become a more attractive spot for commerce. The city is working on shaping its Town Center, a 200-acre area surrounded by Tumwater Boulevard, Israel Road, Nicholas Street

and Interstate 5 that would become the city’s urban core. That effort has been stymied because of the economic crisis and the tightening of credit. Less spending means less tax revenue, and although the city has avoided layoffs and program and service cuts, economic conditions have taken a toll on city finances. Tumwater adopted a biennial budget for 2011 and 2012, the first municipality in Thurston County to do so. City officials say the two-year budget will help the city better plan and budget for projects. The city has left 16 positions open, which accounts for about 10 percent of the city’s work force. However, there are plans to add 4.5 positions over the next two years. Facing inadequate facilities, equipment and staffing for its police and fire services, the city will go to voters in August to approve property tax increases to fund an expansion to the police station, hiring firefighters and police officers and creating a fund to purchase vehicles for the fire department. A Wal-Mart store is scheduled to open this summer and the city estimates it will collect $545,000 annually in sales tax from the store.

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HOUSING In recent years, several new apartment and condominium complexes have opened or begun construction near Town Center, aimed at attracting state office workers looking for a shorter commute.

RECREATION To the north of the Town Center is the 18hole Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course as well as the Tumwater Falls Park and Tumwater Historical Park. Visitors can walk along the Deschutes River at the parks, see wildlife and take in the view of the century-old historic brick brewhouse. Henderson House Museum at 602 Deschutes Way S.W. also is open to the public. To the south of the Town Center is the Olympic Flight Museum at 7637-A Old Highway 99 S.E., where vintage aircraft and other artifacts are on display.

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For years, the former Olympia Brewing Co. brewery, which covered 100 acres in the city including the historic riverfront brewhouse, was the business icon of the city. It was shut down in 2003 after more than a century of operation. The property was at the center of a bankruptcy case that ensued after a failed financing deal and scandal involving a proposed waterbottling plant. Then in 2010, Centralia developer George Heidgerken purchased the historic brick brewhouse below Tumwater Falls and is considering adding parking at the site, as well as a bridge over the Deschutes River that would connect the brewhouse land with Tumwater Historical Park. The developer also owns the 150,000-square-foot warehouse at 240 Custer Way S.W. His company showed serious interest in purchasing additional property but backed out and filed suit saying it wasn’t given information about the abandoned brewery’s condition, including the lack of sewer and water service. The search for an answer to the vacant buildings for sale at the site took a step forward this year when the city and the Thurston Regional Planning Council hired a Seattlebased consulting firm to develop a community vision for the site.



Before the housing bubble burst three years ago, Lacey had undergone tremendous growth as large builders transformed massive tracts of vacant land into new neighborhoods. The growth spurt also drew many new retailers into the area. Lacey’s population grew more than 28 percent Three members of the seven-person council are from 2000 to 2010, bringing more than 8,900 new up for election this year. residents into the community, according to estimates provided by the state Office of Financial Management. The Census pegged the city’s population at 42,393. 38 • OLYMPIAN SOURCEBOOK • 2011-2012


GOVERNMENT Lacey is not known for the political activism that is so visible in neighboring Olympia. It is rare for more than a few residents to attend council meetings unless there’s a special presentation or recognition on the agenda. City Manager Greg Cuoio, who haas held the position for 24 years, announced his retirement in early 2011, leaving the council with the task of finding the city a new leader. The transformation of the council continued in 2010, when Councilwoman Mary Dean resigned to move with family to Georgia, leading to the appointment of Councilman Jeff Gadman in early 2011. Mayor Tom Nelson announced he would not ask to be appointed for another term as mayor.

The city sponsors many events for the community throughout the year. One of the biggest is Lacey Spring Fun Fair on the Saint Martin’s University campus in May. Another is Lacey Community Market, which started as a farmers market; a slow start prompted the city to broaden the event to include antiques and collectibles. The market will be at Huntamer Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month between July and September. In its fourth year is the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, a two-day celebration of the fungi on July 23 and 24 at the Regional Athletic Complex. The Summer’s End at Lacey car show is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Huntamer Park. Saint Martin’s University also has a number of talks and presentations of interest to the community.

ISSUES The recent growth has brought with it many challenges. For more than a decade, the city has attempted to secure rights to pump more drinking water out of the ground to serve the growing population. In June 2005, the city effectively halted new development in its urban growth area because it no longer could guarantee sufficient water to serve new homes and businesses. It remains unknown when this de facto moratorium might be lifted, although city officials hope the Department of Ecology will issue some water rights in 2011. After a fractured relationship between the city and Lacey Fire District 3 nearly led to the city’s creating its own department, a revamped council initiated the process to annex into the fire district. Annexation gave city residents the ability to vote on fire commissioners and measures proposed by the district and ensured they paid the same tax rate as district residents living outside city limits for firefighting and emergency medical response. Voters overwhelmingly approved annexation in April 2010 and then voted in August to expand the number of fire commissioners to five from three. Soon after, two Lacey residents, Lucius Daye and Judy Wilson, were appointed to the board.

Olympia grew 9 percent over the last 10 years to a population of 46,478, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Here are some details about the city:



Traffic congestion also has grown, and the city has sunk millions of dollars into transportation projects. Lacey opened a new Mullen Road connection between Ruddell Road Southeast and College Street Southeast in the fall of 2010 and has started a $12 million two-year project to widen Carpenter Road between Martin Way and Pacific Avenue, a stretch of road the city has had on its radar for decades and will see its traffic nearly double by 2030. It is in the early stages of a project to widen the residential stretch of College Street, the city’s main north-south corridor.

Olympia has a council-manager form of government. Seven city council members, including Olympians can easily walk or bike among the mayor, vote on policy issues. The city manager events in the downtown entertainment district. is in charge of day-to-day operations, while the There’s theater to be found at Harlequin Producmayor chairs council meetings and makes certions at the State Theater, Capital Playhouse and emonial appearances. the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, among others. The Olympia Film Society shows movies at the historic Capitol Theater. And the Olympia’s downtown has dozens of locally Hands-On Children’s Museum entertains kids owned shops. Parking now costs $1 an hour for in the shadow of the state Legislative Building up to two hours at pay stations the city installed as organizers prepare to more than double their last year. The machines accept coins, credit space at a new museum opening next year on cards and city Smartcards, which are refillable. East Bay. There are also traditional coin parking meters throughout downtown, offering 3-hour and 9hour parking. Olympia has a busy calendar of events. In The Olympia Farmer’s Market offers fresh April, downtown stores become art galleries for produce and outdoor eating Thursdays through Sundays from April to October and on the week- a weekend during spring Arts Walk. The Procesends in November and December. Mall and chain sion of the Species happens the same weekend; hundreds of residents dress up as animals and stores are found mostly on the city’s west side, other elements of nature and parade through centered on the Westfield Capital mall. downtown streets. The Wooden Boat Festival showcases historic vessels in May. Summer delivers Capital Lakefair, Olympia has 40 city parks totalling 963 acres an old-fashioned festival that includes a carnival, spread across town, from pocket neighborhood a parade, a festival queen and fireworks and food parks to wild natural areas. on a stick. Start by exploring the waterfront. Percival September brings Harbor Days, with historic Landing is partially closed for construction until tugboats chugging into town. An additional Arts this summer, but don’t let that stop you. A porWalk brings in the autumn. And a festive Christtion of the park remains open near the Port of mas tree lighting downtown anchors the winter Olympia’s Port Plaza, and closer to State Avenue. holiday season.



It’s one of several new public building projects under way. A revamped Percival Landing park on Olympia’s West Bay is set to open this summer and a new Hands-On Children’s Museum is scheduled to open next year on East Bay. And there is a new park on the opposite side of Budd Inlet, West Bay Park. There are also several miles of hiking trails at Priest Point Park, or you could sip a latte at Sylvester Park while admiring the old state Capitol building.





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The city takes pride in its parks system. One of the recreational gems is the 67acre Regional Athletic Complex at Marvin and Steilacoom roads. The complex features six soccer fields, a lighted full-size baseball field, four lighted softball/baseball fields and a community park. Twenty-six acres have been acquired across from Marvin Road for expansion. The city opened its first park in Hawks Prairie four years ago. The city also has finished development of the Lacey Woodland Trail between the Chehalis Western Trail and Woodland Creek Community Park. Looking into the future, the city recently purchased more than 400 acres of land near Woodland Creek; it would like to develop a small portion of it as a city park.



Small town charm STAFF REPORT

Drivers passing through South Sound on Interstate 5 get a glimpse of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater. But not too far off the freeways are the small towns and communities that define much of what makes South Sound special. Here’s a look at the outlying communities, where the influence of Washington’s earliest settlers still is seen - in the original sandstone buildings in Tenino’s downtown and in the names of the towns, such as Bucoda, which combines the names of three early settlers.

Bucoda Location: Pronounced “byu-KOH-dah,” Bucoda is just south of Tenino, on state Route 507. History: The town was established Dec. 7, 1870, and named Seatco — from an American Indian word meaning ghost or devil — after its infamous prison.

The prison gained a considerable reputation for harsh treatment of prisoners during its operation in the late 1800s. The Legislature renamed Seatco in 1890 for the first two letters of the last names of the three principals in the town’s mining business, James Buckley, Samuel Coulter and John David. The town was incorporated in 1910. Though it was a sawmill town from 1857 to 1954, Bucoda’s early claim to fame was the territorial penitentiary, which was run by Thurston County Sheriff William Billings. Under an agreement reached with the Legislature in 1877, Billings built the prison at his own expense, the state paid 70 cents per day for the prisoners’ keep and Billings was allowed to sell or use their labor as he pleased. In 1887, the penitentiary was relocated to Walla Walla after a controversy involving prisoners being used for mining labor. Population: Bucoda is Thurston County’s smallest incorporated village, with a population of 562, a 10.5

percent decrease from 2000, according to the 2010 Census.

Centralia Location: Centralia earned its name by being the central point between Seattle and Portland. History: This Lewis County town is nicknamed the Hub City and originally was named Centerville. Centralia is home to the oldest community college in the state. Centralia College opened its doors in 1925. Centralia once was part of a donation land claim owned by one of the territory’s first black settlers, George Washington. Washington, whose mother was white, was the son of a slave owned by the James Cochran family of Virginia. In the 1850s, Washington moved to the Oregon Territory with the Cochran family, where he farmed 640 acres along the Chehalis River. When the railroad came through in 1872, Washington platted a town on his land. By 1880, there were 78 residents in Centerville. Population: 16,336, according to the 2010 Census. Features: Centralia has a variety of antique shops downtown and factory outlet stores near I-5. McMenamins Olympic Club Hotel & Theater features a movie theater, restaurant, pool hall and bar serving beers brewed at the club. It draws tourists because of the historic elements it has preserved. Massive flooding of the Chehalis River Basin in December 2007 shut down Interstate 5 for four days, damaged 1,700 homes, killed 1,800 farm ani-

mals and caused $14 million in road and bridge damage. Repeat flooding in the river basin in January 2009 shut down Interstate 5 near Chehalis for two days and displaced hundreds of people from their homes.

Elma Location: Southwest of McCleary, along state

Route 8

History: Primarily a farming community, Elma is known for its championship caliber high school athletics. Elma High School’s football team has been in the state championships several times. Elma was settled in the 1860s. Population: 3,107, according to the 2010 Census. Features: Grays Harbor Fairgrounds offers events such as 4-H livestock competitions, Grange activities and auto racing throughout the year. The two nuclear power plant cooling towers from the terminated Washington Public Power Supply System project are highly visible south of town on Fuller Hill.

Littlerock Location: 14 miles southwest of Olympia History: A pioneer named Mr. Shumach called

it “Little Rock” for a stone that he felt was shaped as a perfect mounting block. When 1850s pioneer Thomas Rutledge moved the mounting stone — used for women to mount horses — into his front yard, neighbors and townsfolk decided the

“little rock” landmark should become the town’s moniker. That rock still sits in the front yard of Rutledge’s descendants, a few miles south of town. The community is unincorporated. Features: Littlerock is home to one of South Sound’s most famous geological mysteries: Mima Mounds. The Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve comprises 625 acres of prairie land patterned by soil mounds about 8 feet high and 30 feet across. Although varying opinions and colorful legends abound, the origin of the mounds is unknown. Some say glaciers created the mounds or that they are American Indian burial sites. Others say the mounds were formed by giant prehistoric gophers or seismic activity. The mounds, which were designated as a national natural landmark in 1967, draw scientists interested in studying their origins or observing the rare flowers and butterflies in one of South Sound’s last prairies. Birdwatchers and hikers also visit the mounds. The Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve is 1 mile east of Littlerock on Waddell Creek Road.

McCleary Location: A mill town in Grays Harbor County, McCleary is off state Route 8, a short drive west of Olympia and southwest of Shelton. History: Builder and mill owner Henry McCleary founded the town in the 1890s. In 1941, McCleary sold most of his land to Simpson Logging Co. of Shelton. Population: 1,653, according to the 2010 Census. Features: The town is surrounded by Green Diamond Resource Co. (formerly Simpson Timber Co.) timberland. There is one school, which accommodates children in grades one through eight. Students then transfer to Elma High School or they can request a transfer to Capital High School in Olympia. During the summer, the town has a celebration that has been known to draw thousands from neighboring communities. The Bear Festival, formerly the Old-Timers’ Reunion, is held the second weekend in July and has been a popular community event since 1958.

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Population: 5,369 in the Rochester/Grand Mound area, according to the 2010 Census. Rochester also is home to Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel, run by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, and Great Wolf Lodge, a conference center, hotel and indoor water park, just off the Rochester/ Grand Mound exit on I-5, is a joint venture of the Chehalis tribe and Madison, Wis.-based Great Wolf Resorts.

Oakville Location: Between Elma and Rochester on U.S. Highway 12 History: In 1871, James Harris was sent from Illinois to scout, for several families, a location suitable for settlement and a post office. Harris opened the post office and named the town Oakville for its many oak trees. Population: 684, according to the 2010 Census. Features: The town celebrates the Fourth of July weekend each year with a rodeo and re-enactment of the “Last Horseback Bank Robbery.”

Rainier Location: 12 miles southeast of Olympia and 6 miles southwest of Yelm History: Established in 1890, the town of Rainier was named in 1884 by Northern Pacific officials because of its proximity to Mount Rainier, amid the “ten al quelth” prairies, an American Indian word meaning “the best yet.” The area was homesteaded by Albert and Maria Gehrke in 1890, and there still are many Gehrke families in the area. Population: 1,794, according to the 2010 Census.

Shelton Location: Off U.S. Highway 101 in Mason County History: The logging town is known for its wood

products and commercial shellfish industry. It sits on the shores of Oakland Bay, which is home to the largest commercial production of manila clams in the nation. In the 1890s, Sol Simpson founded Simpson Logging Co. The company has been the backbone of Shelton’s economy through five generations of Simpson family members and continues to be a major part of the town. In recent years, the company has restructured to form Green Diamond Resource Co., which manages about 320,000 acres of timberland in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, and Simpson Timber Co., which operates lumber-production plants in Washington and Oregon. In recent years, many of the businesses in town have been restored to resemble Shelton in the 1920s, a time when Shelton saw some of its most significant growth. The 1926 construction of the Olympic Loop Highway provided easy access to the town’s business center. Recent growth in Shelton has included several shopping centers and restaurants on the town’s west side and a downtown brew pub. Population: About 9,834, according to 2010 Census. Features: Many Sheltonites say the west-side growth has added traffic to Shelton’s established downtown business center. In addition to the historical flavor and sense of community in Shelton, the town is best known for its celebrations, including the Mason County Fair, Forest Festival, and OysterFest.

Rochester Location: On U.S. Highway 12, just west of I-5 in the southernmost part of Thurston County History: The unincorporated community was platted in 1890 by Gaily Fleming of Centralia, who named it for her hometown of Rochester, Ind. Rochester is best known for celebrating many residents’ Scandinavian heritage through Swede Day Midsommar Festival.

Tenino Location: Southeast of Olympia, off Old Highway 99. History: Opinions vary on where Tenino got its name. Some say the city was named for an Ameri-

can Indian word for “junction” or “meeting place,” and others insist railroad officials named Tenino for a railroad engine numbered 10-9-0. Population: About 1,695, according to the 2010 Census. Features: Historical attractions in Tenino include the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, which houses the Tenino Depot Museum. Included in the museum is a printing press used to make Tenino’s famous wooden money, which was issued in the town during the Great Depression. The depot and many of the massive buildings lining the streets of the town are constructed with original sandstone from the five sandstone

quarries that were operating in 1910. In the summer, visitors flock to the Tenino Quarry Pool, an abandoned rock quarry now used as a swimming pool.

Yelm Location: Yelm is at the junction of state Routes 507 and 510, about 15 miles southeast of Olympia in eastern Thurston County. History: The city was incorporated Dec. 10, 1924. Yelm is a Salish Indian word that means “heat waves from the sun.” Yelm was known as

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Every year, The Olympian compiles a list of the myriad groups, organizations and activities in South Sound. Find people who share your hobby or a place to volunteer. If there’s a group that should be included next year, contact Tammy McGee at ANIMALS

CONCERN FOR ANIMALS Works with low-income people to help spay/neuter pets. Also helps with medical emergencies, and has an emergency food bank. Office hours are: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4422, Tumwater, WA 98501. Call JoAnne, 360-456-8176, or log on to:


WOLF HAVEN INTERNATIONAL A sanctuary for captive born wolves. Guided walking tours offer a rare close-up view of gray, red and Mexican gray wolves. Family and fun camping offered every Saturday night in August at Howl-Ins. Address: 3111 Offut Lake Road S.E., Tenino. Cost is $7-$9 for regular sanctuary tours. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, and from noon - 4 p.m. Sunday, April -September. Last tour departs at 3 p.m. Open weekends only in March and October - January. Closed every Tuesday year-round and the entire month of February. Log on to:


LACEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Lacey Chamber was established in 1961. Address: 8300 Quinault Drive N.E., Lacey, WA 98516-5831. Call 360-4914141, or log on to:

Support group for owners of handicapped and special needs pets. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Call for meeting location. Mailing address: 6000 53rd Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98513. Call Jacqie Irwin, 360-556-8384, or log on to:




Cat and kitten rescue organization and adoption center. Adoption center is located at 6515 Sexton Drive S.W., Olympia. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment throughout the rest of the week. Call 360-866-0599, or log on to:

Tumwater is the place where history begins for the great state of Washington. Our city was founded in 1845 as “New Market”, the first American community north of the Columbia. The Chamber office is open seven days a week. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 5304 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater, WA 98512-7302. Call 360-357-5153, or log on to:

NISQUALLY KENNEL CLUB Encourages all aspects of the sport of purebred dogs. Holds a licensed AKC dog show yearly and offer community education events. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month, at The Harrington Training Building, 3741 Harrington Lane N.E., Olympia. Call 360-446-5597, or log on to: www.

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Extolls, breeds, and rescues Gordon setters. The club shows and trains the breed, while the rescue group finds caring homes for abused, and neglected Gordon setters. Address: 8524 Delphi Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Jim Macduff, 360-352-1096, or email:

Dedicated to preserving the constitutionally guaranteed wall of separation between church and state. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 E. End St., N.w., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 6292, Olympia, WA

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Formed to encourage citizen involvement to make local governments in Thurston County fiscally honest. Address: 7223 20th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Bill Pilkey, 360412-4039.

A voluntary organization of citizens concerned about the financial, social and environmental costs of growth at the local, regional, and state level. The purpose of the organization is to bring to public attention actual costs to taxpayers/citizens of growth and to direct public policy toward eliminating all forms of public subsidies to pay for growth. Address: Buck’s Fifth Avenue, 209 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Anne Buck, 360-352-9301, or go to www.

COMMITTEE FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY Grassroots group educates the public and uses other methods toward abolishing the death penalty. It is an active project of the Olympia Fellowship of Renconciliation, and belongs to the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093, email:, or log on to: www.olympiafor. org.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER OF THURSTON COUNTY Offers mediation and conflict resolution services and training. The center is an alternative option to the court system. Services include: Information and problem solving over the phone; confidential mediation services with neutral facilitators for the family, business/consumer, landlord/ tenant, workplace, neighborhood and any other dispute. Mailing address: P.O. Box 6184, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-956-1155, for additional information. Web site: www.



ment, fireworks, parade, carnival, Kid’s Day, 50s+ Day, food, arts, and crafts. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2569, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-943-7344, or log on to:



Information and confidential non-directive counseling about the military draft, draft registration, protecting your rights, and conscientious objection. Also information about conscientious objection for military personnel. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093 or

An organization of professional and business people using their talents for community service by providing financial gifts, and lending a hand to young people, the disabled, the aged, the abused, the poor and the disadvantaged. Literacy is the main focus. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2045, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Karen Gerrits, 360-357-3735, or log on to:, Washington.htm.



A statewide coalition of groups, dedicated to preserving civil liberties. The goal is to protect intellectual freedom by opposing censorship. Mailing address: 5035 Donnelly Dr. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Winnie Boland, 360-456-4657.

A powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at Merrill Gardens, 616 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: 19829 147th Ave. S.E., Yelm, WA 98597. Call Judy Fegley, 360-894-7403, or log on to:

COMMUNITY EVENTS LACEY SPRING FUN FAIR Two days of fun for families and young people of all ages. The event will be May 19-20, at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Lacey Spring Fun Fair has provided free Kidsworld activities and entertainment for thousands of visitors since 1988. Log on to:

AMERICAN RED CROSS, MOUNT RAINIER CHAPTER Where people mobilize to help their neighbors in times of crisis around the world, across the country, or just down the street. Mailing address: 2618 12th Court S.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-352-8575, email: web@rainier-redcross. org, or log on to: for additional information.


A nonprofit, nonpartisan, political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government. Mailing address: 1063 Capitol Way S., #212, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-352-8220, and leave a message, or log on to:

A non-profit outreach, and fair trade retail store, that supports local hunger relief programs while enabling artisans to make a living wage and support their families. Another Way is staffed by volunteers from 3-7 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Address: Lacey Community Church, 4501 19th Ave. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-491-1741, or log on to:



Since 1976, the Olympia FOR has worked for peace, social justice and nonviolence from the interpersonal level to the international. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093, or log on to:

A women’s social club, whose activities include monthly luncheon with speaker, game groups and other activties. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month. Call Anita Rose, 360-709-0707.

CAPITAL LAKEFAIR Annual festival traditionally held on the third weekend of July. This year’s Lakefair will be from July 13-17, at Heritage Park, in downtown Olympia. Lakefair features live entertain-

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A faith-based community service organization serving the needs of local people experiencing hardship and emergency situations. City Gates has a food bank that delivers food to those who cannot make it to their local food banks, and a furniture bank to help transitioning families with free furniture. Mailing address: City Gates Ministries, PMB 108, 1910 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Phil Prietto, 360-705-0291, for ministry needs, or log on to:

Supports, promotes, and augments the operations of the Olympia Library. Three book sales a year, and art show and sale in November. Meetings begin at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. E., Olympia. Annual membership fees are $10. Call 360-491-9047, or visit:

Various motorcycle groups working together with local Salvation Army Toy & Joy program to benefit children at Christmas. The annual Toy Run takes place on the first Saturday of December, at South Sound Mall. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7129, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Joe Sullivan, 360-413-9608, or log on to:




Operates the Historical Order of Runeberg Hall, also known as Swede Hall. Swede Hall is located at 18543 Albany St. S.W., Rochester. The group also sponsors the annual Traditional Scandinavian Swede Day Midsommar Festival in June, and Lucia Queen of Light Celebration in December. The hall is available for family and community gatherings. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at the hall. Mailing address: P.O. Box 194, Rochester, WA 98579. For information, leave a message at 360-273-7974, or email: Web site: www.

Dedicated to helping individuals, families and businesses realize their philanthropic goals. Address: 111 Market St. N.E., Ste. 375, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-705-3340, or log on to:

CRIME STOPPERS OF OLYMPIATHURSTON COUNTY Pays up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or charges being filed on any crime such as stolen property, wanted persons, illegal drugs, homicide, or other serious crimes. Mailing address: P.O. Box 3400, Lacey, WA 98509. Office: 360-951-2030; anonymous tipsline: 360-493-2222; email:, or log on to:

CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON COUNTY An all-volunteer run organization of helping people in emotional emergencies to solve problems. Since 1972, there’s been a trained Crisis Clinic volunteer available, any time of the day or night, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week to respond with free, confidential, and anonymous crisis intervention, information and referrals. Crisis Line: 360-586-2800; Youth Help Line: 360-586-2777; Business Line: 360-586-2888. Mailing address: P.O. Box 13453, Olympia, WA 98508-3453. Web site:

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, SOUTH PUGET SOUND Builds homes for and with low-income families in Thurston County. Mailing address: 415 Olympia Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-956-3456, or log on to:

HOMES FIRST! A non-profit organization that creates and preserves affordable rental housing in Thurston County. Address: 120 Union Ave. S.E., Ste. 218, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-236-0920, or email:

LACEY LAMPLIGHTERS LION’S CLUB Dinner at 6 p.m., meetings at 7 p.m., on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Dr. N.E., Lacey. Call Dorothy Payne, 360-456-0395, or 360-791-7302 (message phone) for additional information.

LACEY MID-DAY LIONS Meetings begin at noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, at Chambers Restaurant, 1751 Circle Lane S.E., Lacey. Call Dee McDermott, 360-4566990, or 360-791-0514, or email: , or log on to:

LEGISLATIVE GIFT CENTER Located on the first floor of the Legislative Building, on the Capitol Campus, the store features many items made by Washington artists, craftsmen and authors. Profits benefit our state’s Oral History Program, and also helps pay for historic furnishings in the buildings of the Capitol Campus. Address: 416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W. #110, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-786-1889, or email: Web site:


FRIENDS OF THE LACEY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY Funds raised primarily through used book sale on the first Saturday of every other month, February to December, help to support special projects and activities of the library. Address: 500 College St. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360491-3860, or log on to:

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Makes recovery easier for patients by loaning medical equipment at no charge, including hospital beds, wheel chairs, commodes, walkers, etc. Call Donna Gammel, 360456-8810, to arrange an appointment.

OLYMPIA AREA PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION A social and service organization for supporters of the Peace Corps, including returned Peace Corps volunteers. The group meets monthly at various times, and locations. Email Bob Findlay,

Created to raise, manage and allocate charitable gifts. Mailing address: 413 Lilly Road N.E. M.S. 02H24, Olympia, WA 98506-5166. Call 360-493-7981, or log on to: www.

QWEST TELCOMPIONEERS/ CAPITOL COMBINED CLUB A volunteer network, TelecomPioneers does community service through retired or active employees of telephone companies. Mailing address: 6909 43rd Loop S.E., Olympia, WA 98503. Call Peggy McHugo, 360-491-4598.

RAINIER LIONS CLUB The annual Bluegrass Festival during the fourth weekend takes place at Wilkowski Park, in Rainier. Other projects include dictionaries to Rainier third graders, Top Five Honor Student Dinner, eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need. Potluck dinner meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at the Rainier Chapel, Highway 507, Rainier. Call Evan Burnett, 360280-0205, for additional information, or log on to: www.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Serves the local community with kindness through community service. Mailing address: 6909 43rd Loop S.E., Olympia, WA 98503. Call Peggy McHugo, 360-491-4598.

ROTARY CLUB OF WEST OLYMPIA A service club representing a wide range of professions drawn from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors of the Olympia area. Rotary Club of West Olympia supports many projects both locally, and internationally, including Golf Island during Lakefair, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, scholarships for Capital High School students and athletes, Rotary Youth Exchange, and projects in Africa and Nicaragua. Meetings begin at noon each Tuesday of the month, at Viewpoint Room at West Bay Marina, 2100 West Bay Drive N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1781, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Bruce Smith, 360-867-1862, email: Web site:

SALVATION ARMY - OLYMPIA WOMEN’S AUXILIARY The women’s auxiliary is organized to promote the purposes of the Salvation Army and our local community. Activities include fundraising through approved projects, furnishing volunteer workers, distribution of food and clothing, leadership in group work, and more. Meetings begin at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of each month, at the Salvation Army Worship Center, 1505 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-3528596, ext. 111.

THURSTON COUNTY PROGRESSIVE NETWORK (TC PRO-NET) A support and communication network which fosters the creation of a cooperative spirit in our local community and supports those who believe in social, economic and environmental justice. Annual membership is $20. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2566, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-352-8225, or email: for additional information. Web site:




Dedicated to serving the children of the world. Meetings begin at 7 a.m. each Thursday of the month, at Nickelby’s Restaurant, 600 Trosper Road S.W., Tumwater. Call Marion Smith, 360-943-0199, or email: smith.marion@comcast. net.

Has been serving South Puget Sound since 1928, and has approximately 40 professional and executive women, working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1881, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Gail Dahlhoff, 360-357-8926, or log on to:

Founded in 1977 with a single mission: to create an environment where personal friendships are established across barriers that separate people. The Friendship Force has clubs in more than 55 countries, and promotes friendship and goodwill through home-stay exchanges. New members welcome. Call Mike Young, 360-491-1637, email:

UNITED COMMUNITY AIDS NETWORK Provides HIV/AIDS awareness, care and prevention services. Services for clients include a resource and drop-in center, basic needs supplies such as food and toiletries. Direct funds allows emergency financial assistance to clients with expenses related to food, housing, rent, utilities, transportation, and medication. Address: 317 Fourth Ave. E., 4th Floor, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-352-2375, or email: asst@ucan-wa-org. Web site:

UNITED WAY OF LEWIS COUNTY The mission of the United Way of Lewis County is to improve the quality of life for all the people of Lewis County by raising and distributing funds, mobilizing community resources, and encouraging innovative solutions to the community’s health and human service needs. Address: 450 N.W. Pacific Ave., Chehalis, WA 98532. Call 360-7488100, or log on to:

UNITED WAY OF THURSTON COUNTY Works with a broad range of individuals and organizations to identify and find solutions to the community’s most critical issues. United Way focuses resources on education, income and health to get at the underlying causes of problems. Address: 1211 Fourth Ave. E., Ste. 101, Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-943-2773, or email: office@unitedway-thurston. org. Web site:

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF LEWIS, MASON AND THURSTON COUNTIES Youth, seniors, other adults, families and groups can choose from among hundreds of open positions. Volunteers also may help after disasters or participate in short-term projects and special events. Open listings are posted on the Web site at:, or by calling 360-741-2622 in Olympia, 360-748-2500 in Chehalis, or 360-426-3405, in Shelton. Thurston County main office: 317 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501.

VOLUNTEER CHORE SERVICES Assists low-income disabled adults and seniors to stay living independently for as long as safely possible. Flexible assignments, mileage reimbursement, and insurance coverage provided. Call Barbara Trendall, 360-586-2915, ext. 224, email:, or log on to:

WOMAN’S CLUB OF OLYMPIA A non-denominational, non-partisan volunteer service organization that has served Olympia for 127 years. Members meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The Woman’s Club meeting house is available for rent by the public, and proceeds support the club’s service mission. Address: 1002 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Patricia Keith, 360-459-4671, or log on to:

YWCA OF OLYMPIA The Other Bank at the YWCA of Olympia, provides personal hygiene products and household cleaning supplies to families in need from Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties. Open from 1-3:30 p.m. each Wednesday, the items provided are those not allowed to be purchased with food stamps. Address: 220 Union Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360352-0593, or log on to:

ZONTA CLUB OF SOUTH PUGET SOUND An international service organization that provides scholarships and supports projects that save, and improve the lives of women, both locally and globally. Meetings begin at 7 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, at River’s Edge Restaurant, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive S.E., Tumwater, and at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, at Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen, 205 Cleveland Ave. S.E., Tumwater. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8140, Lacey, WA 98509. Call 360-943-4248.


CELTIC SOCIETY OF SOUTH PUGET SOUND Members are Scots, Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Galletian, Britany, and Isle of Man, interested in Celtic activities. The Celtic Society sponsors events such as the Irish Cottage Faire, Celtic Christmas Event, and the Wicked Tickers music fest. Address: 7512 Lakeside St. S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Josh Amos, 360-786-6882, or Jim Macduff, 360-352-1096, or email: or Web site:

CLAN MACDUFF Encourages the traditions, customs, food, music, and history of Scotland and its people. Clan Macduff attends local and regional Highland festivities. Genealogy is encouraged and all other Celtic groups will be assisted. Address: 8524 Delphi Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Jim Macduff, 360-352-1096, or email:


LACEY SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION Lacey’s sister city is Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland, chosen for its rich culture, location, and friendly people. Members have the opportunity to travel to Minsk Mazowiecki, participate in exchanges and home stays arranged by our partners in Poland, work with school and youth groups who want to connect with Poland. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, in the community room at Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. S.E., Lacey Call 360-459-1617, for location, and additional information.

OLYMPIA-KATO SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION Incorporated as a non-profit in 1981 after a sister city relationship had been agreed upon by Olympia and Kato, Japan town councils. Delegations from the two cities have exchanged visits of civic groups, students, teachers, and business leaders. The organization encourages cross-cultural understanding and international friendship through its various projects and visits. Monthly board meetings are at noon, on the second Friday of each month, at 119 Washington St. N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11998, Olympia, WA 98508-1998. Call 360-754-9156, or log on to:

SONS OF NORWAY HOVESTAD LODGE #94 Promotes and preserves the heritage and culture of Norway, and celebrates relationship with other Nordic countries, and to provide quality insurance and financial products to members. Meeting times may vary, but are on the fourth Monday of each month, September-May, at Columban Hall, 6794 Martin Way E., Olympia. Call Corinne Tobeck, 360-352-1835, or email:, to confirm meeting times.

The group socializes, and enjoys reminiscing and the company of others who share similar Commonwealth bonds and heritage. Meetings begin at noon, SeptemberJune, on the third Tuesday of each month, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Way at 19th Ave., Olympia. Regular annual events include English Pub Night, and Sing Song, Annual Garage, Plant and Bake Sale, White Elephant Sale, Christmas Brunch, and events with other chapters. New members are always welcome. Call Brenda Hotchkiss, 360-491-1369.




Meetings begin at 7 p.m., on the third Monday of each month, September through March, with a special meeting in May, at Woodland Retirement Center, 4532 Intelco Loop S.E., Lacey. Address: 9205 Northwood Dr. S.E., Olympia, WA 98513. Call Joanne Gray, 360-923-1242 or Carol Tower, 360491-9083, or log on to:

FINNISH HERITAGE GROUP Meetings begin at 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, September-June, at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Membership is open to anyone interested in Finnish culture, language, government, history, fine arts, cuisine, education, etc. The meeting on the second Saturday is a business meeting, and the meeting on the fourth Saturday is language study. Call Trudie Yarbrough, 360-943-7491, or Carol Britton, 360943-2059.

A Swedish-American cultural organization. Olympia Lodge #550 meets September through May, at 7 p.m., on the fourth Friday of each month, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2109 College St. S.E., Lacey. Call Doris Schroedel, 360-3571313.


A 20+-year-old, private non-profit, performing arts education and performance organization using music, theatre and dance to build self-confidence, maturity, self-discipline, responsibility and leadership for the arts in our community. Address: 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501. Office hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, with summer hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 360943-2744, or email: Web site:

DO SI DO SQUARE DANCE Pre-rounds begin at 7:30, mainstream at 8 p.m., with plus tip, on the second Saturday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call David Kalar, 360491-8609.

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OUR RESOURCES DOUBLE AA’S ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE CLUB A small club, dancing a full advanced square dance program, along with rounds. Double AA’s dance from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday, except holidays, at LacA-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Caller is George Haller. Call Kathleen Rooney, 360-456-8031, or email:

EARTHBOUND PRODUCTIONS Offers administrative organization to the more than 100 community volunteers who come together to create and produce the Procession of the Species celebration. Earthbound is totally dependent on donations. There are approximately 30 community members who plan the upcoming Procession’s form and themes, as well as other Earthbound events. All are welcome to join. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7192, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-705-1087, or log on to: or

ENTERTAINMENT EXPLOSION, INC. A troupe of seniors who perform throughout the greater Puget Sound region, including perform a variety show in February at the Washington Center, and hosting the Living Legends Concert in August. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4086, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-357-4001 or log on to: www., for information on membership, or would like the group to perform.

EVERGREEN COUNTRY DANCERS Line, country and swing classes from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Elk’s Lodge, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-352-8933, or log on to: www.evergreencountrydancers. com.

GRAND SQUARES Mainstream square dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call Sandy McClintock, 360-413-6913.

HEARTSPARKLE PLAYERS Playback Theatre. The Centre for Playback Theatre offers training courses in playback theatre, promotes multi-community projects, and provides administrative support to playback theatre companies. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1883, Olympia, WA 98507. To ask questions, chat or to schedule a performance or workshop, contact Debe Edden, Artistic Director, at or call 360-943-6772.

LACEY DAISY SQUARE DANCE CLUB Holds the club dance at 7:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-456-2056.

MAS UDA MIDDLE EASTERN DANCERS Mas Uda teaches all levels of belly dance classes and participates in many community events throughout the year. Address: 5840 Stellar Lane S.E., Lacey, WA 98513-4758. Call 360-459-3694, for additional information, or if you are interested in drumming, or playing other instruments for belly dancers. Web sites:, also find Mas Uda at Facebook.

OLYMPIA AREA SQUARE DANCERS, INC. Mainstream lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, September-May, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-456-2056.

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OLYMPIA JUNIOR PROGRAMS An all-volunteer organization that brings live theater to school-age children, grades 1-6, at the lowest possible cost. OJP works with schools to bring their students to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts to attend children’s theater productions. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1371, Olympia, WA 98507-1371. Call Loraine Nelson, 360456-2034, or email: president@olympiajuniorprograms. com. Web site:

CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS OF SOUTH SOUND A group of families involved in home education who have come together to support and encourage one another according to Christian principles and biblical guidelines. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8823, Lacey, WA 98509. Call Cynthia DeWitt, 360-943-8880, or log on to:



Beginning Round dance from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday, September-May, with Round dance year round, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, with Phase 2 and some Phase 3, also third Friday of each month from 7:309:30 p.m., at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call Ron Woolcock, 360-456-2056.

An organization in the North Thurston Public Schools coordinated by volunteers that offers classes in health, gardening, cooking, dance, fashion modeling, foreign languages, reading, SAT prep, and more. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5202, Lacey, WA 98509. Call 360-491-5654, to obtain a registration form, or for additional information about classes.



A travel club only. For a list of beginner classes or additional information, call Tanya Currier, 360-427-3261, email:

SQUARES ONE PLUS CLUB Square dancing at the Plus level, meets for pre-rounds from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and Plus dance from 8 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month; and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for pre-rounds, and for Plus Dance, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call Scott or Peggy Smith, 360-754-1830.

TANGLEFOOT CLOGGERS Clogging lessons 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, at Brighton Park Grange, 525 73rd Ave. S.W., Tumwater. $6 per person. Beginner lessons in September. Call Mary Dart, 360-4128142.

USA DANCE OLYMPIA, CHAPTER 1034 Offers 8-12 dances each year, at various times, at the Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-561-4872, email:, or log on to: www. Locate us on Facebook.

WRINKLES OF WASHINGTON The premier senior theater group in the South Sound since 1994. WOW produces two major stage shows each year, and performs throughout the year all over western Washington. Members are age 55 and older. Mailing address: PMB 41, 1910 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 985064632. log on to:, or email:, for additional information


A CHILD’S PLACE PRESCHOOL 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Address: 1401 Lake Park Drive S.W., Tumwater, WA 98512. Call 360-705-2986, or log on to:

A.C.E. THE ASSOCIATION IN CULTURAL EXCHANGE Has worked for 35 years to help people and organizations around the world create new connections and build interpersonal networks with those who speak other languages, and come from different cultural backgrounds. A.C.E offers before and after school enrichment programs in three school districts in Thurston County. Mailing address: 4308 Maricite St. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Elke Armajo, 360456-1402, or 360-970-1799, or email: Web site:

Has been serving the community since 1977. Classes are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, for 3-4 year-old class; 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for 4-5 year-old morning class; and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for 4-5 year-old afternoon class, at 2508 State Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-943-7549.

ESD 113 SOUND TO HARBOR HEAD START/ECEAP Free pre-school and/or low-cost childcare for children from low-income families. Children must turn 3 or 4 by August 31, with priority given to 4-year-olds. Address: 601 McPhee Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-464-6800 (English), 360-464-6827 (Spanish), or log on to: www., click on ‘Departments’ and then ‘Head Start.’

ESPERANTO GROUP OF OLYMPIA Provides information about, and furthers the use of the international language, Esperanto. Meeting times vary. Call Ellen Eddy, 360-754-4563, or email:

MT. OLIVE LUTHERAN DAYCARE, PRESCHOOL, AND K-1 A childcare center with preschool program included. Mt. Olive serves children ages 2 1/2 through 12 years. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. DSHS subsidy is accepted. Address: 206 E. Wyandotte Ave., Shelton, WA 98584. Call Margarete Dohring, 360-427-3165, or email:

NORTH THURSTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION Serves students and schools in North Thurston Public Schools through Student Assistance Grants for needy students, scholarships for graduating seniors, and Learning Improvement Grants for classroom use. Mailing address: P.O. Box 3312, Lacey, WA 98509. Call Sue Shannon, 360951-4365 or email: Web site: www.ntef. org.

OLYMPIA WALDORF SCHOOL A private K-8 school that honors the physical and spiritual being of the growing child. Mailing address: P.O. Box 130, Olympia, WA 98540-0130. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Location: 8126 Normandy St. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-493-0906, or email: Web site: www.olympiawaldorf. org

OLYMPIA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL Provides the local community with opportunities for increased knowledge about our world. Monthly programs


are offered with expert speakers focusing on international, political, economic, cultural, and scientific affairs. Programs are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: PMB 712, 2103 Harrison Ave. N.W., Ste. 2, Olympia, WA 98502. Email:, or log on to:

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Members promote excellence in early childhood education. The regional conference will be Sept. 24, at South Puget Sound Community College. Meetings begin at 5:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, at the Childcare Action Council, 3729 Griffin Lane S.E., Bldg. 5, Olympia, WA. Call Nancy Thomas, 360-943-0921, or log on to: www.ssaeyc. org.

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TUMWATER EDUCATION FOUNDATION Provides the extra measure of support that contributes to the excellence in Tumwater schools. The foundation awards scholarships to graduating seniors, as well as classroom enrichment grants for teachers. Mailing address: P.O.Box 15122, Tumwater, WA 98511-5122. Location: 700 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater. Leave a message at, 360-709-7693, or log on to:

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Is the only retired school employees organization affiliated with Washington Education Association. The goal of its members is to provide a voice in the legislative processes for retired educators of all kinds, as well as lend support to the active member concerns. The local chapter meets at 11:30 a.m., on the first Tuesday of each month, September to June, at 5220 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater. Call 360-4822431, for additional meeting information.


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BLACK HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY Local chapter of National Audubon Society has bird-watching and natural history field trips, promotes environmental education. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2524, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-352-7299, or log on to:


CAPITOL LAKE IMPROVEMENT AND PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (CLIPA) An organization whose mission is to clean up the Deschutes River watershed, thereby preventing Capitol Lake from becoming an odorous mudflat similar to Mud Bay. Membership is free but donations are appreciated. Address: 120 State Ave. N.E., #1006, Olympia, WA 98501. Calll 360866-0810, or log on to:


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CAPITOL LAND TRUST A group that acquires and conserves environmentally sensitive lands in South Sound. Mailing address: 209 Fourth Ave. E., Ste. 205, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-943-3012, or email: Web site:

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Information on global warming and clean energy resources. 219 Legion Way S.W., Suite 201, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-352-1763, or e-mail: Web site:

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OUR RESOURCES MASON COUNTY AND SHELTON RECYCLING 360-432-5102 for the city of Shelton recycling coordinator, and 360-426-8729 or 360-275-4590 for Mason County recycling.

SOUTH PUGET SOUND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE Affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, the downtown Olympia outlet sells recycled building supplies at 210 Thurston Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-753-1575 or log on to: www.

SOUTH PUGET ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CLEARINGHOUSE (SPEECH) An 18-year-old, all volunteer organization that publishes the South Sound Green Pages bi-monthly and produces events and community forums. Mailing address: 1989, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-528-9158, or log on to: GreenPages.

SOUTH PUGET SOUND SALMON ENHANCEMENT GROUP NATIVE PLANT SALVAGE FOUNDATION Helps to protect water quality and wildlife habitat through action-based educational activities. Volunteer opportunities include rescuing plants from areas slated for new developments, streamside vegetation projects, installing and maintaining learning landscapes at area schools, and assisting with public workshops on: Plant identification, naturescaping and propagation. Address: 5033 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Call 360-867-2151. Web site:

NISQUALLY RIVER BASIN LAND TRUST Nonprofit group that protects environmentally sensitive lands in the Nisqually River Basin. Mailing address: 1420 Marvin Rd. N.E., Ste. C, PMB 243 Lacey, WA 98516-3878. Call 360-489-3400, or e-mail:, for additonal information. Web site: www.nisquallylandtrust. org.

A regional fisheries enhancement group dedicated to “protect and restore salmon populations and aquatic habitat with an emphasis on ecosystem function through scientifically informed projects, community education, and volunteer involvement.” Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 6700 Martin Way E., Suite 112, Olympia. Call 360-412-0808, or log on to:

SOUTH SOUND ESTUARY ASSOCIATION Created in 2007 to establish an interpretive center in Olympia which would focus on the marine and estuarine ecosystems of South Puget Sound. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2182 Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-918-8708 or Diana Larsen-Mills 360-754-7371, or email: center@sseacenter. org. Website:

STEAMBOAT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP Formed by the Capitol Land Trust and the Griffin Neighborhood Association, and supported by local landownders, families and businesses, this partnership will conserve the special natural areas that make the Eld and Totten Inlet watersheds so special. Address: 3403 Steamboat Island Road N.W., #330, Olympia, WA 98502. 360-252-6047, or log on to:


NORTHWEST INDIAN FISHERIES COMMISSION Information on treaty tribal fishing issues. 6730 Martin Way E., Olympia, WA 98516. Call 360-438-1180 or log on to:

OLYMPIA CAPITOL PARK FOUNDATION Organized exclusively for charitable scientific and educational purposes, more specifically to promote the protection and enhancement of the water and mountain views from and to the Capitol Campus, by creating a public park in a portion of the isthmus between Budd Inlet and Capitol Lake. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Mailing address: 1017 Cardigan Loop N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call Jerry Reilly, 360-561-4212, for meeting location, and additional information.

PEOPLE FOR PUGET SOUND Citizens group working on Puget Sound cleanup and protection. Address: 120 E. Union Ave., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-754-9177, or e-mail: Web site:

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THURSTON COUNTY SOLID WASTE: RECYCLING AND REUSE Organics: Yard trimmings and food waste can be recycled by logging on to:, to have your bin delivered. Address: Thurston County Public Works, Solid Waste Program, 2404 A Heritage Court S.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-867-2491, or log on to: www., or, for all the information you need on locations and programs for local recycling and reuse opportunities.

WSU EXTENSION’S WATER RESOURCES PROGRAM Provides information on water resources and conservation, as well as education for real estate professionals, and the general public. Address: 5033 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Call 360-867-2151, or log on to:

FAMILIES/PARENTING Family Education & Support Services Helps families by offerin a variety of parent education and support programs in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Pierce counties. Services include free parenting classes, home visitation programs, support and training for caregivers and foster parents, and more. Mailing address: 1202 Black Lake Blvd., Suite B, Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-754-7629, or log on to:

OLYMPIA EARLY LEARNING CENTER Provides quality, education-based child care, early learning and preschool services for children in the Thurston County area, no matter the level of family income. The downtown center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 201 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Call 360-943-9857. Web site:

SOUTH SOUND BREASTFEEDING NETWORK Encourages and promotes breastfeeding through a support network and making accurate and consistent breastfeeding information available. The group meets at 12:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, at the Thurston County Health Department, 412 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia. Log on to: www., for additional information, or email:

A volunteer group offering people an opportunity to learn about and participate in restoring and protecting streams, shorelines, and wetlands for a cleaner Puget Sound. Contacts: Lacey: 360-438-2687; Olympia: 360-570-5841; Tumwater: 360-754-4148; Thurston County: 360-754-3355, ext. 6377, or log on to:

THURSTON CONSERVATION DISTRICT Hosts workshops and outreach events to educate Thurston County residents about pasture, riparian, forest, livestock, and agricultural management. Mailing address: 2918 Ferguson St. S.W., Bldg. 1, Ste. A, Tumwater, WA 98512. Call 360-754-3588 or email: Log on to:, for meeting times and locations.

THURSTON COUNTY HAZARDOUS WASTE HOTLINE Information on safe disposal and alternatives to hazardous household products: 360-786-5457. HazoHouse: Information on waste reduction and recycling: 360-7865494. The county operates nine self-serve recycling sites at the following locations: Lacey, Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2418 Hogum Bay Road N.E.; Rochester, Drop boxes at solid waste transfer station, 16500 Sargent Road (open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays); Rainier, Drop boxes at solid waste transfer station, 13010 Rainier Acres Road S.E. (open Fridays and Saturdays); Summit Lake, 12133 Summit Lake Drive (open Sundays).



Corner of Woodland Square Loop and Seventh Avenue in Lacey, at Huntamer Park. The market operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10 Call 360-491-3214, or log on to

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ROCHESTER/GRAND MOUND FARMER’S MARKET Market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, and is located at Rochester Middle School, 9937 Highway 12 S.W., Rochester.

SHELTON FARMERS MARKET Located on Third Street, between Franklin and Cedar, the market operates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning the first weekend in May, and running through September. Call Velma Stevens, 360-463-7564.

TENINO FARMERS MARKET Located at 301 Old Highway 99, the market operates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, beginning June 4 and running through Sept. 24. Call Dawna Kelley-Donohue, Market Manager, 360-264-2002, or email: dawna.kelley@gmail. com, or log on to, for additional information and market schedule.

TUMWATER FARMERS MARKET Located on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road, the market operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, from late May through late October. Call 360-464-5879, email:, or log on to:


BETA SIGMA PHI, LAUREATE GAMMA XI CHAPTER A cultural, social, and community service group. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, at various member homes. Call Judy Blyle 360-456-5094 or 360-402-5618.

BETA SIGMA PHI, OLYMPIA COUNCIL Purpose is for cultural, social, and service to the community. Meets five or six times per year at various member homes. Call Bev Wentz, 360-426-1078.

TENINO EAGLES AERIE AND AUXILIARY #564 Aerie meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and the auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 349 W. Sussex Ave., Tenino. Call 360-264-2366.

THE OLYMPIA ELKS LODGE #186 One of the largest and oldest fraternal organizations in the country. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday, at 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-753-0186, or log on to:


AMERICAN RHODODENDRON SOCIETY, OLYMPIA CHAPTER To encourage interest in, and disseminate knowledge about rhododendrons and azaleas. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., except for in March and December, when they start at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month September through April, at Society of Friends (Quaker) Hall, 3201

EVERGREEN STATE DAHLIA ASSOCIATION A dahlia club organized to promote the growing and showing of the dahlia flower. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, October through June, at Lacey Church of God, 5005 Lacey Blvd. Call John Mackey, 360-956-1614, for additional information, or log on to:


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Presents workshops, compost bin sales, and in-depth composting training. Workshops on Green Cone Composting, yard waste composting and worm bins are offered from June-September at Olympia’s Farmers Market. Call 360867-2151, for enrollment information. Call 360-481-4204.

MASTER GARDENERS CLOSED LOOP PARK & GARDEN Maintained by the Thurston County Master Gardeners and Master Composters, and located by the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, this ornamental garden was built using recycled materials on top of a completed landfill. Address: 2418 Hogum Bay Road, Lacey. Call 360-867-2151, or log on to:

MASTER GARDENERS’ DIRT WORKS GARDEN AND COMPOSTING Located on Olympia’s west side, at Yauger Park, this newly renovated demonstration garden features a composting site, rain garden, children’s garden mixed boarde, rose garden, and coming soon: an “adaptive garden for those with disabilities.” Master Gardener Program and Training Course is offered annually. Call 360-867-2151, or log on to:

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OLYMPIA BONSAI CLUB To enhance the enjoyment of the hobby of bonsai by meeting for demonstrations, workshops, field trips and shows. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, except August and December, at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2682, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Jo Emery, 360-438-0242, or log on to:

OLYMPIA FUCHSIA SOCIETY Promotes the raising and propagation of ground hardy fuchsias. This group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater. Call Dorothy McMann, 360-570-0068, Tammy Brown, 360742-3155, or Irene Johnson, 360-923-1382.

OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB Focuses on gardening, horticulture and floral design. The group engages in civic beautification projects and awards a scholarship to a deserving college student annually. Meetings begin at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month, at Gull Harbor Lutheran Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. Call Velta George, 360-7860191, or log on to:, for additional information



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OLYMPIA ROSE SOCIETY An organization dedicated to the promotion of, and education about the national flower of the United States. This local chapter is affiliated with the Pacific Northwest District of The American Rose Society. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, February through June, and September through November, at Schmidt Mansion, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater. Membership is open to anyone, with an annual dues of $15 per household, per year. Email:, or log on to


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OUR RESOURCES WSU ONLINE PUBLICATIONS Provides researched based non-biased publications in multiple subject areas such as gardening, lawn maintenance, water conservation, food and nutrition, and more. Available free online at:

WSU THURSTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENER DIAGNOSTIC CLINICS Provide answers to questions on soils, plants, insects, and gardening technique by trained Master Gardeners. Olympia Farmers Market Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinic is open the same hours as the market. The Master Gardener Clinic at Washington State University Thurston County Extension, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday, MarchOctober, and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, NovemberFebruary. Address: 5033 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Call 360-867-2163, or email: Web site:


Northwest, it was built in the 1850s by Daniel R. Bigelow and his wife, Anne Elizabeth White Bigelow. Address: 918 Glass Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-753-1215, or log on to:, for operating hours, and additional information.

LACEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY A voice for the early citizens of Lacey, to protect historical heritage. Meetings begin at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, except June, July and August), at Lacey Fire Dept., 1231 Franz St. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-4910905, or email:

OLYMPIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Purpose is identifying, collecting, documenting, preserving, interpreting, and perpetuating the history and heritage of Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 6064, Olympia, WA 98507-6064. Email: Web site: www.

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, and is located at 113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Call 360-357-6920, email:, or log on to:

ARTRAILS OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON A free self-guided tour of artists’ studios in the rural areas of southwest Washington, between Kelso and Olympia. ARTrails recognizes and supports dedicated artists, while providing the public with an inspiring and education experience. Exhibition Gallery Opening Gala, Friday, Sept. 16, and Sept. 25-26, with a studio tour on Sept. 17-18 and 24-25, at Centralia’s Historic Train Deport, 210 Railway Ave., Centralia. Call 360-736-1082, or email: Web site:

TENINO ARTS ALLIANCE Supports arts activities within the community and local schools. Call 360-264-2787, or email: earthartisans@scatt



Honors the original Usui Shiki Ryoho system of Reiki as brought from Japan to the western world by Rev. Hawayo Takata. The center offers support groups, therapy appointments, classes, a public practitioner program, a lending library, and other support for students of this Reiki system. Address: 2002 Capitol Way S., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Penny L. Devine, 360-754-9750, or email devinereiki@msn. com.

A group of vintage car owners that enjoy meeting, eating, and touring with their cars. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, October through May, at Izzy’s Pizza, 3540 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Members meet for potluck meetings June through September. Call Jess Crain, 360-352-9864, or email:


Meets regularly to promote and encourage woodcarving as an art form and as a hobby. Carving sessions are on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Call Denise Taylor, 360-357-7016 or email:, or Ann Engle, 360-943-1093 or email:, for carving times and locations.

A program that works with individuals through a variety of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) activities. Offering therapeutic riding and hippotherapy serving children, adults and families as an additional resource to assist individuals with physical, emotional and mental challenges. The benefits to body are improvement of muscle tone, balance, coordination. The benefits to mind are well-being, positive social skills, independance and self esteem. Mailing address: Healing Hearts Ranch, P.O. Box 825, Olympia, WA 98507. Street address: 3500 85th Lane S.W., Tumwater. Call 360537-7677, or email: Log on to: .

PUGET SOUND WELLNESS ASSOCIATION A community that unifies all professionals who are dedicated to health and wellness through dialogue, education, research and outreach. Meetings are held from 6-7:30 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4126, Tumwater, WA 98501. Call 360-701-4231.



OLYMPIC FLIGHT MUSEUM Dedicated to the preservation and flying of vintage aircraft. Address: 7637-A Old Highway 99 S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-705-3925, or email: info@olympicflightmuseum. com. Web site:

SOUTH THURSTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Maintains and hosts three buildings of the local history - Tenino Train Depot, Rota Farm Building, and The Ticknor One Room School. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at Tenino Depot Museum Complex, 399 W. Park Ave., Tenino. Call 360-264-4321.

TENINO DEPOT MUSEUM Mmanaged by the South Thurston County Historical Society, the museum offers displays of wooden money, sandstone railroad equipment, old time kitchen exhibit, as well as a doctor’s office, and logging and farming equipment. Admission is free, and hours are noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, from mid-April to mid-October. Tours can be arranged anytime. Call 360-264-7273, or additional information, or to arrange an off-hours tour.



BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the early history of Olympia and Washington Territory. The oldest residence in Olympia, and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific

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Dedicated to preservation and education of all aspects of the Art Deco period encompassing the years between World War I and World War II (1918-1941). Meetings are at various times and locations. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7771, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-943-8933, or log on to: www.

THE ARTISTS GALLERY A group of local artists that display artwork. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and from

CORVETTES DE OLYMPIA Dedicated to developing friendship and pride among Corvette owners and drives. The club promotes, sponsors, organizes, and supervises sports car activities while encouraging safe and sportsman-like driving habits on the highways. The club activities include car shows, parades, day and weekend tours, socializing, and it maintains an annual scholarship for students studying in the automotive field at SPSCC. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Dr. N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2154, Olympia, WA 98502. Call Meagan Renick, 360-459-0771, or log on to:

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS The Tumwater Falls Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, meets at various times and locations. Call Carole Holt, 360-491-9202, or email: Web site:

EVERGREEN WOODWORKERS GUILD A local club of the hobbyist and professional woodworkers and is organized to share ideas and techniques regarding woodworking, exchange ideas about tools and equipment, and to develop a community of woodworkers. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, at Edgewood Bible Church, 1720 Meridian Ave., Edgewood. For general questions about the Guild contact Gordon Patnude, 253-820-8684, or log on to:

JIGSAW PUZZLE EXCHANGE Meets twice a year to exchange puzzles. Next exchange is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at V.F.W., 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia. Call Donna, 360-456-4479.



Literary research and publishing devoted primarily to study of author Jack London. There are no official meetings but occasional meetings can be scheduled by calling David Schlottmann, 360-352-8622.

Geneaology Café meets from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Regular meetings are 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W. September-June. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1313, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-493-2131, or log on to: www.rootsweb.ancestry. com/~waogs.

A woman’s group made up of members of the National Mah Jongg League. Meeting times and locations vary. Mailing address: 2510 Walnut Road N.W., Olympia, WA. Call Pat Sonnenstuhl, 360-943-8933, or log on to:



A social, creative, education, and cultural organization who share an interest in miniatures, dollhouses, and furnishings. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and members homes and businesses. Call Sandy O’Keefe, 360-357-8500, or 360-754-6492.

An educational and help organization for users of personal computers. Meetings begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: OMUG News, PMB 225, 3430 Pacific Ave. S.E., Ste. A6, Olympia, WA 98501-2177. Call Paul Braget, 360-413-6932. Log on to:, for information about special interest groups.



Our goal is to preserve and support the use, preservation and enjoyment of all models of MG automobiles from 1928 to present, and to support and foster the fellowship and camaraderie of MG ownership worldwide. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, at Sizzler Restaurant, 10204 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Call Tony Andrews, 253-272-0358, or log on to:

An organization of people interested in antique, classic and special interest vehicles. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at IHOP, 3519 Martin Way E., Olympia. Call 360-491-8601.

MUSTANGS WEST An affiliate of Mustangs Clubs of America is made up of a diverse group of people who own or are interested in the original American Pony car: The Ford Mustang. The group participates in charity events, including Toys for Tots, the Thurston County school back pack program, and more. Family membership cost is $25, single membership cost is $20. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Dr. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-866-9564, or log on to:

NIB ‘N’ INKS A group to support and further interest in calligraphy and related arts. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road. Call Karen Crate, 360-943-1827.

NORTHWEST CHAPTER AMERICAN TRUCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Dedicated to preserving the dynamic history of trucks, the trucking industry and its pioneers. This chapter meets quarterly. Mailing address: 6518 32nd Ave. N.W., Olympia, WA 98502-9519. Call Roy Friis, 360-866-7716, or email: Web site:

OLYMPIA ART LEAGUE Has served artists and art lovers since 1945. In addition to the annual juried show, members enjoy monthly meetings , demonstrations, summer paintouts, member shows, artin-the-community exhibitions, a summer picnic, art at the county Fair, and more artsy activities. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month, at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 404, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-412-3152, or log on to:

OLYMPIA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Members range from beginners to professionals with decades of experience. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, at Roosevelt School, 1416 San Francisco St., Olympia. Log on to com/group/OlyBA.

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OLYMPIA PHILATELIC SOCIETY Stamps and postal history. Collector’s club, meets 7:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at Olympics West Retirement Inn, 929 Trosper Road S.W., Tumwater. Call Shar Wilkey, 360-273-5560.

OLYMPIC MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY Has a club layout in the basement of the Heritage Building at Thurston County Fairgrounds, which includes approximately 5.5 scale miles of HO scale double mainline track depicting a freelance history of railroading in Thurston County. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday, and from noon to 2 p.m. each Saturday, at the fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: 14808 Johnson Creek Lane, Rainier, WA 98576, Attn: OMRS. Call John Nelson, 360-446-1873, or email: Web site:

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OLYMPIA WEAVER’S GUILD A group of active weavers, spinners, dyers, and fiber artists who meet together to share information, knowledge, and techniques, and to provide guidance, encouragement, and inspiration. Meetings begin at 9:45 a.m., on the third Friday of each month, at North Olympia Fire Station, 5406 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. No meetings June, July, August, or December. Call Sarah Nopp, 360-789-7898, or log on to:

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OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK A poetry advocacy non-profit that sponsors poetry readings and events primarily in Thurston County. Readings are at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave., Olympia. Membership is $15. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1312, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-456-4862, or log on to: net/~yake/opn.html.

PUGET SOUND WRITERS GUILD A fiction writers group that meets to critique three chapters written by Guild members. Meetings begin at 7:15 p.m. each Wednesday, at St. Placid’s Priory, 500 College St. N.E., Lacey. Call Bill Walles, 253-588-5203, or log on to: www.



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OUR RESOURCES QUILTMAKERS OF OLYMPIA A quilt guild for people interested in quilting, promotes skills, engages in community service projects, and provides a welcoming, friendly environment for quilters. Meetings begin at 9 a.m. each Thursday of the month, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1601 North St., Olympia. Call Nancy Bucknell, 360-456-1525, email: nbucknell@gmail. com.

SOUNDVIEW CHRISTIAN WRITERS Meets at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Call Gay Sorensen for location, 360-705-2846.

SOUTH SOUND EXOTIC BIRD SOCIETY Encourages the advancement of avian knowledge, and the preservation of the world’s parrots. Mailing address: P.O. Box 14714, Tumwater, WA 98511-4714. Email: southsoundexo, or log on to:

SOUTH SOUND MUSHROOM CLUB Learn about wild mushrooms through hands-on identification assistance, lectures, photo programs and field trips. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, at 510 Stoll Road, Olympia. Call Tom Keller, 360-7895930 or email: Web site:

SOUTH SOUND STORY GUILD Members foster an appreciation for the art and the tradition of storytelling in our community through public and private performances. The Guild also tells stories in conjunction with the City of Olympia Arts, Parks, and Recreation department during the summer months, highlighted by Stories in the Park/Stories in the Dark. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and last Wednesdays of each month, September through June, at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11571, Olympia, WA 98508. Call Rebecca Hom, 360-866-6308, or email: sssg. Web site:

WOODTURNERS OF OLYMPIA Shares ideas and techniques regarding the craft of woodturning, exchanges ideas about tools and equipment, and promotes the craft of woodturning. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, January through October, at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey. Call Larry Miller, 360-412-1583, or log on to:

LIBRARIES Centralia Timberland Library, 110 S. Silver St., Centralia. Call 360-736-0183. Chehalis Timberland Library, 400 N. Market St., Chehalis. Call 360-748-3301. Elma Timberland Library, 118 N. First St., Elma. Call 360-482-3737. Hoodsport Timberland Library, 40 N. Schoolhouse Hill Road, Hoodsport. Call 360-877-9339. Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-491-3860. McCleary Timberland Library, 121 S. Fourth St., McCleary. Call 360-495-3368. North Mason Timberland Library, 23081 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. Call 360-275-3232. Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-352-0595. Shelton Timberland Library, 710 Alder St. W., Shelton. Call 360-426-1362. Tenino Timberland Library, 172 Central Ave. W., Tenino. Call 360-264-2369. Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St., Tumwater. Call 360-943-7790. Yelm Timberland Library, 210 Prairie Park St., Yelm. Call 360-458-3374. 54 • OLYMPIAN SOURCEBOOK • 2011-2012



Non-commercial radio station, located in Olympia. The station broadcasts at 89.3 FM, at 1100 watts, 18-22 hours a day. KAOS programming includes a wide range of music, women’s issues, Native American, Spanish language, Democracy Now!, local, national and international public affairs, call-in discussion and more. A program guide can be viewed online at: Mailing address: KAOS Radio, 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W., Olympia, WA 98505. Business office: 360-867-6888; Studio line: 360-867-5267, or email:

THURSTON COMMUNITY TELEVISION (TCTV) A non-commercial, community media center. TCTV manages and programs four local cable channels that feature video programs by, about, and for local residents, government, nonprofit organizations and schools. Address: 440 Yauger Way S.W., Ste. C, Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-9563100, or log on to:


MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MOAA) The nation’s largest association of military officers. Dinner meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Reservations and additional information are available by calling Nels Hanson, 360-438-5214. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5957, Lacey, WA 98509-5957.


2010 SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM Sponsored by Saint Martin’s University, youth from fourth through eighth grade are invited to learn an instrument, or for the experienced musician, advance his/her skills. Cost is $75. Call Krina Allison, 360-352-1438, email: Log on to:

BLACK HILLS PICKIN’ PARTY Family oriented, old-time, acoustic music appreciation/performance group. The purpose is to provide an atmosphere

in which folks can assemble and play music that encourages and emphasizes the cultural music of our past. Featured instruments include fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, acoustic bass, and other historical musical instruments. There is a jam from 1-4 p.m. on the third Sunday, at Black Lake Grange, and workshops beginning at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month, with a potluck at noon, and a jam from 1-4, at the Black Lake Grange, 6011 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Call Karla Cuzdey, 360-754-0652.

CAPITAL AREA CONCERT BAND A community band of approximately 40 members, who perform between six and eight performances each year, and include retirement centers, and the yearly Memorial Day Ceremony, at Mills & Mills Funeral Home. Rehearsals are during the school year only, and begin at 7 p.m. each Monday, at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road N.W., Olympia. New musicians of all performance levels are always welcome. Call Diana Appler, 360-888-3020, or email:

DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON AMERICAN LEGION BAND A community band of about 60 members, and perform 30 times each year in support of the American Legion and other local community events. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday, at Saint Martin’s University, band room, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: 3600 Ruddle Road S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-888-3020 for additional information.

GOSPEL SINGSPIRATION Old-time gospel singing, open to the public at no charge. Sign-in begins at 4:30 p.m., and the singing begins at 5 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, at Living Life Fellowship Church, 2705 Eighth Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call Randy Packer, 360-956-7322, or Bob Aulabaugh, 360-4565340.

GREATER OLYMPIA DIXIELAND JAZZ SOCIETY Holds an annual jazz festival at Saint Martin’s University. Meetings begin at 1:30 on the second Sunday of each month, September through June, at the Olympia Elks Club, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call Charlotte Dickison, 360943-9123, or email: Web site:

SAMBA OLYWA A drum and dance ensemble that rehearses and performs year-round at events, including Procession of the Species, Harbor Days, the Folklife Festival, The Evergreen State College graduation ceremony, and more. The group plays in the tradition of the Brazilian street carnival, using Brazilian percussion instruments and traditional dance moves from Rio and the northeast of Brazil. Everyone is welcome. A $5 donation is asked to help pay the rent. Call 360-866-6129, for meeting information, or log on to:

SOUTH PUGET SOUND COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA No formal auditions required. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, at Black Hills High School Performing Arts Center, 7741 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater. Cost is $45 per quarter. Mailing address: SPSCC Office of Community Education, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call 360-596-5752.


MASTERWORKS CHORAL ENSEMBLE An adult Southwest Washington chorus dedicated to performance, community service, music education, and leadership in the arts. Masterworks performs at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts four times per year. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1091, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-4913305, or log on to:, for additional information about the choir, and how to join.

NEW HORIZONS BAND The Olympia New Horizons Band is an affiliate of the New Horizons International Music Association. It is a program for adults 50 and over (even if you can’t read music!) who want to be part of a band. Meets from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Airstream Park, 9101 Steilacoom Road S.E., Olympia. Call 360-754-9777, or log on to:

NEW HORIZONS ORCHESTRA A new orchestra for beginning senior (50 and older) string musicians. Auditions are not required. Rehearsals begin at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Evergreen Christian Center, 1000 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Call Lantz Berets, 360-705-3598.

OLYMPIA CHORAL SOCIETY Under the leadership of founder and director Terrance Robert Bernard Shaw, the Olympia Choral Society is made up of approximately 90 members who love to perform and serve the community by providing free concerts, raising funds for local charities, and providing opportunities for experience singers to share in the joy of performing. Auditions are required. Mailing address: P.O. Box 504, Olympia, WA 98504-0504. Call 360-705-6462, or email: Web site:

OLYMPIA HIGHLANDERS PIPES AND DRUMS The group was formed in 1972 to promote the traditions and culture of Scotland. Piping and drumming instruction is offered to prospective members. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. each Thursday, at West Hills Office Park, 1800 Cooper Point Road, building #13, Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2591, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Bill Collins, 360-943-8824, or Stan Kildow, 360-264-2156, or log on to:

WASHINGTON STATE MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION An organization of private music teachers, the purpose of the group is to promote the art of music and the advancement of musical knowledge by providing educational opportunites. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at Yenney Music, 1404 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Call Cherie Felts, 360-491-5452, email:, or log on to:

OLYMPIA SWEET ADELINES Sing four-part barbershop harmony and perform locally as well as at their yearly northwest regional competition. All women are welcome at rehearsals, which begin at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday of the month, in room 252, at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Call Mary Carol LaPalm, email: Web site: or www.sairegion13. org.

OLYMPIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The mission of the group is to provide the highest quality live music to enrich, educate, and entertain an expanding audience. The 2011-2012 season will be “Classical High Five.” Address: 3400 Capitol Blvd. S., Ste. 203, Olympia, WA 98501. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and is open Fridays on concert weekends. Call 360-753-0074, or email: Web site:

OLYMPIA YOUTH CHORUS Vocal music education for singers ages 5-18 from the greater Olympia area. About 150 youth participate yearly in four choir levels. Rehearsal are at various times each Monday evening, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: 6607 Foster Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call 360-943-6179, or log on to: www., for rehearsal times, and additional information.

PUGET SOUNDERS Men’s a cappella barbershop chorus, meets at 7 p.m. Mondays, at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road N.W., Olympia. Call Ray Heller, 360-495-0091.

SOGO provides a challenging and fun orchestral experience for young musicians. String, wind and percussion players are accepted by audition and are placed according to ability in one of three orchestras. Mailing address: 1629 22nd Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-561-2080, or log on to:



An inclusive, informal group of active, involved women who meet for business and professional support and networking opportunities. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Elks Lodge, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call Joanna Power, 360-701-4231, for additional information. Web site:

DAWNTALKERS #84 TOASTMASTERS CLUB Meets at 6:25 a.m. each Tuesday, at the Black Bear Diner, 955 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Call 360-701-2141.

LEADERSHIP THURSTON COUNTY An experience-based leadership development program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation. Thirty participants annually learn about issues facing Thurston County, build community relationships and hone leadership skills. The 10-month program begins in September and ends in June. The class meets monthly for daylong Challenge Days that focus on specific topics. Class members are expected to attend all monthly sessions and participate fully in projects and homework. Mailing address: PO Box 1427, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-357-8515, or log on to:

MERIDIAN TOASTMASTERS Helps improve all aspects of your speaking and leadership skills. This club is professional, supportive and fun. Guests always welcome. Meetings begin at 12:05 each Tuesday, at Employment Security building, 605 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey. Call Mary Ellen Psaltis, 360-280-1408, or email: Web site:

OLYMPIA MASTER BUILDERS A trade association representing builders and their related companies. Serving Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and Mason Counties. Olympia Master Builders provides community events, a Built Green Program and a free contractor referral service. Address: 1211 State Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-754-0912 or 800-456-6473, or log on to: 2011-2012 • OLYMPIAN SOURCEBOOK • 55

OUR RESOURCES PHD SPEAKERS An advanced Toastmaster club that meets at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, at the Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Call Mary Ellen Psaltis, 360-2801408, or email: Web site:

PROSPECTS BUSINESS MEN’S NETWORKING GROUP Men’s group meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday, at Coldwell Banker, 3333 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater. The purpose of the group is to exchange business leads and referrals among members. Call Tim Barlow, 360-570-0106, or email: tim@co

SW WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH A group comprised of licensed mental health therapists who want to network, be promoted through our web site and participate in fun learning activities. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1303, Olympia, WA 98507. Log on to: www.swabh. org, for meeting information, and current group events, and activities.


with a dinner social at 6 p.m., and a meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at Apollo’s Pizza & Pasta, 2302 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2778, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Sue Cook, 360-2730390, or log on to:

LACEY PARKS AND RECREATION Youth and adult recreational classes, camps, sports, swimming and special events. 420 College St. S.E. 360--4910857, or log on to:

OLYMPIA SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON Offers public safety boating classes that fulfill the requirements of the state Mandatory Safe Boating Law. Other activities include cruises, rendezvous, sail races, navigation contests, derbies, advanced boating classes for members, vessel safety checks, social gatherings and District conferences. Meetings include a guest speaker, and are at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at Olympia Yacht Club, 201 Simmons St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1171, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Roberta Scott, 360-4915157, or log on to:


A service providing educational aide and legislative support to Washington rental landlords, managers, and tenants. Mailing address: 920 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 888-753-9150, or email:, or Web site:

Arranges for commercial bus transportation for subscribers to and from Crystal Mountain. Nine trips per year are scheduled, and leave Olympia at 7 a.m., and arrive back in town at approximately 6:30 p.m.. Mailing address: 4204 Candlewood Court S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Harry Yanagimachi, 360-456-4981, or email: hansyan@comcast. net.



Supports the goals of the west Olympia business community, and promotes community improvement and development through regular meetings, informative programs, and advocacy efforts. Meetings begin at noon on the third Thursday of each month, at Smitty’s Deli, in the West Hills Office Park II, 1800 Cooper Point Road S.W., #13, Olympia. Address: 1001 Cooper Point Road S.W., Ste. 140-155, Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-867-8809, or email: Web site: www.

Facility is available to non-profit organizations for meetings, retreats, and camps. Facility is located on 440 acres of forested trails and includes livestock barn and arenas. Amenities include a large expanded horse arena, low ropes course, canoes and paddle boats, and public fishing at designated times. Address: 370 W. Panhandle Lake Road, Shelton, WA 98584. Call Tom Barte, 360-426-9523, or log on to:



An all ages rugby club dedicated to fostering the growth of rugby in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater community. There are five teams: U-16 boys, U-19 boys, U-19 girls, adult men, and adult women. Practices are generally at Bush Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and home games are at Rainier Vista Park. Call 478-227-3201, or log on to:

CAPITOL CITY RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB Located on 140 acres near Littlerock, and offers recreational and competitive shooting facilities and events, with an emphasis on safety, sportsmanship, and family fun. The club offers marksmanship and safety training, and hunter education courses. It supports high school and youth shooting teams; conducts regional and statewide shooting and archery matches and hosts historical interest events patterned after the fur trading and cowboy eras. Address: 14318 Littlerock Rd. S.W., Littlerock. Mailing address: 10215 Yah Way S.W. Rochester, WA 98579. Call 360-956-0608, or log on to:, for additional information, and driving instructions.

CAPITOL VOLKSSPORT CLUB Fun, fitness, and friendship in non-competitive walking and biking events open to everyone. Group walks are held every Thursday morning year-round in addition to Monday and Tuesday evenings when days are longer. Meetings begin 56 • OLYMPIAN SOURCEBOOK • 2011-2012

PARC - PARKS, ARTS, RECREATION, AND CULTURE FOUNDATION OF THURSTON COUNTY Strives to support, preserve and enhance parks, arts, recreation and cultural programs, facilities and/or assets in Thurston County. PARC sponsors fundraisers and seeks donations to support Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County Parks and Recreations Departments. Address: 723 Eastside St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-352-0980, or log on to:

SOUTH SOUND SAILING SOCIETY Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, at the Olympia Yacht Club, 201 N. Simmons St., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1102, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Myra Downing, 360-754-2346, or log on to:

U.S COAST GUARD AUXILIARY A volunteer organization promoting boating safety, teaching boating safety classes and working directly with the U.S. Coast Guard. Call for meeting information. Mailing address: 327 Logger Ct. S.E., Olympia, WA 98503-6721. Call Jo-Ann Grubb, 360-438-6848, or Ron Holtcamp, 360-943-8269.

THE WANDERERS Hiking club has been hiking the trails of Washington since 1929. The group hikes every other week year-round, and meets in July for an ice cream social. Cost is $5 annually. Mailing address: 3127 104th Ave. S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call 360-236-7883, or email:

YMCA CAMP BISHOP A traditional YMCA summer camp program committed to ensuring a postive and safe camping experience for each child. Resident camps for grades 2-9, schedules and costs are available on our web site. Address: 1476 W. Lost Lake Road, Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-482-5930 or log on to:



Monthly worship in the German language, followed by fellowship. Sie sind herzlich willkommen. Worship begins at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St., Lacey. Call Elke Armajo, 360-456-1402, or email:

LUTHERAN PUBLIC POLICY OFFICE OF WASHINGTON STATE A partnership ministry of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, the three Washington synods of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), and the ELCA Division for Church in Society, LPPO’s mission is to advocate justice for all creation, particularly those who are impoverished and marginalized, by engaging three key arenas: the church, legislative, and the wider community. Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 766 John St., Ste. B, Seattle, WA 98109. Call 206-464-4133, or email: lppooffice@lcsnw. org. Web site:

OLYMPIA AREA CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, whose mission is to equip and encourage women to impact their communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ, featuring music and inspirational speakers. A luncheon begins at noon, on the second Tuesday of each month, at Panorama City’s Garden Room, 5216 28th Ave. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-943-0627.

SAINT PLACID PRIORY SPIRITUALITY CENTER An ecumenical Christian ministry of St. Placid Priory that reflects the Benedictine values of peace, hospitality, community, learning and prayerful discernment. The center offers conference space for nonprofit groups for up to 100 people, and a retreat center for individual retreats and group retreats for up to 19 people for nonprofit groups. Address: 500 College St. N.E., Lacey, WA 98516. Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 360-438-2595, or email: Web site: www.

SOUTH SOUND BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP Includes members of the local Buddhist community engaging in the Buddhist path of right action in regard to working for peace, justice and social change. Mailing address: 3029 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Robert Lovitt, 360357-2825, or log on to:, for meeting times and location.


LACEY POLICE DEPT., SENIOR PATROL DIVISION Assists regular police by doing things they don’t always have time for, including vacation house checks for residents of Lacey, disabled or handicapped parking violations, traffic control at various civic functions, and the annual Citizen’s Academy to introduce people to the personnel within the police department. Candidates must have valid driver’s

license, be 50 years or older, be certified able to perform by their doctor, complete an oral interview, and pass a background check. Address: 420 College St. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Sean Bell at 360-459-4333, to arrange an interview, or to learn more about meetings.




Serves as a resource for individuals with disabilities to fully access and participate in the community through outreach, advocacy, and independent living skills development. Mailing address: 7801 Bridgeport Way W. Suite 200, Lakewood, WA 98499. Call 253-582-1253, 1-800-724-8172, or log on to:

Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor, 3939 Martin Way E., Lacey. Call Christopher Ertel, 360-273-1200, or email:, or Karen or Doug Olinghouse, 360438-6163, to confirm meeting date, time, and location.

The purpose is to preserve the earned retirement benefits of federal employees, retirees, and annuitants. The NARFE Olympia/Timberland chapter meets at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June, at Olympic National Forest Headquarters, 1835 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia. Call John Cornette, 456-8558, for additional information.



A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at Capital Vision Christian Church, 1775 Yew Ave., Olympia. Call 360970-4401.

Meets from noon - 3 p.m. each Tuesday for play readings, skits, comedies, band book adaptations, Senior Services for South Sound, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Call Senior Center Activities, 360-586-6181, ext. 123.

RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON, OLYMPIA CHAPTER #2 To unite retired state, county and municipal employees for their mutual welfare. Meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. on the second Thursday, September through May, at The Olympia Center, multi purpose room A., 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: 3230 14th Avenue NW, Suite B, Olympia, Wa 98502. Call 800-562-6097 Toll Free, or 360352-8262, or log on to:

SENIOR ACTION NETWORK A network of information, education and opportunities for senior-related businesses. Meetings begin at 7:15 a.m. for breakfast and networking, then 7:45 for meeting and speaker, on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 12212, Olympia, WA 98508. Call Cyndi Loundsbury, 360-528-8726, or log on to:

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM A federally funded program which serves residents of Thurston, Grays Harbor, and Pacific Counties, and is sponsored by the YMCA of Grays Harbor and authorized through the Corporation of National and Community Service. The program focuses on maintaining independence, while building self-worth for both the volunteers and the clients. Services are available to adults aged 18 and older, who are recuperating from illness or have a disability. Volunteers and clients are matched according to skills, interests and location. Mailing address: 508 Eighth St., P.O. Box 667, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Call 888-532-9542.

SENIOR NEWS A free monthly tabloid newspaper, circulation 16,000, that provides news, helpful information and business advertising for the 50+ population. Call Rick Crawford, 360-586-3590, or email:


AUTISM SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON The Thurston County Autism Chapter Parent Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Open Door Autism Clinic, 1101 Eastside St. S.E., Ste. B, Olympia. The local chapter phone line is available daily to answer questions or provide support to those living with autism or asperger. Call 360-786-1108 (Olympia), or 888279-4968. Web site:

Meets regularly at Mason General Hospital, Shelton. Call 360-426-0900 for additional meeting information.


HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER A retreat center located in Union, Washington, offering no-cost retreats for those living with cancer and their loved ones. Adult learning classes on wellness, weekday yoga, gardening classes and facility rentals are also available and support the no-cost cancer program. Address: 7362 E. State Route 106, Union, WA 98592. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 360-898-2363, or email: Web site:

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) Free and frequent support groups, free educational courses on mental illness for the affected, and their families and caregivers. Mailing address: 4305 Lacey Blvd., #28, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-493-6021, or the 24-hour helpline: 360-866-0403. Log on to:

SOUTH SOUND CHADD Provides support and information for families and individuals affected by AD/HD. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, at the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department, 412 Lilly Rd. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Meeting in Conference Room 107C. Call 360-705-0315, or email: Web site:

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE A peer support group providing support for anyone has lost a loved one to suicide. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road N.W., room E-10, Olympia. Call Janis Fesenmaier, 360-866-2509, or log on to: www.auburnsos. com.

TOPS WA #1145 OLYMPIA Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at 9 a.m. each Friday, at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-456-1472, or log on to:

UNITED OSTOMY ASSOCIATION Support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, 413 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia. Call 360-491-6938, or 360-427-7215.

OLYMPIA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP A local support group affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of Washington. The group provides a caring environment for survivors of traumatic and non-traumatic. Families and caregivers are also welcome. The group is confidential and provides support and education to help survivors in the community. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, on the third floor of the Emille Gamelin Pavilion, behind Providence St. Peter Hospital, 410 Providence Lane, Olympia. Call 360-878-7240, or email:

SOUNDCAREKIDS PROGRAM Sponsored by Providence Hospice, the program began in 1992, and has helped more than 500 grieving children and teens. The group gives children age 3-18, and their parents a chance to explore their feelings and thoughts while surrounded by others who can understand the pain of losing a loved one. The group meets on Thursdays, in a 6-week session each fall, winter, and spring. Young adults grief support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Call to register. Address: 3432 South Bay Road, Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-493-5928, or log on to:

SOUTH PUGET SOUND UP WITH DOWN SYNDROME Sponsors social events for people with Down syndrome, as well as the annual Buddy Walk, which will be Oct. 1 this year, to raise awareness and inclusion of those with Down syndrome. Support group meets at 6:30 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month, at Parent to Parent, 1012 Homann Drive S.E., Lacey. Call 360-915-6276.


AMERICAN LEGION POST #3 Veterans helping veterans. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Call 360-357-9780, or log on to:

AMERICAN LEGION POST #94 AND AUXILIARY - R.V. VANSCHOICK, LACEY Assists both retired and active military personnel. Meetings are on the second Friday of each month, at the post home. Address: 2602 Marvin Road S.E., Olympia, WA 98503. Call 360-459-0150.

ARMED FORCES E9 ASSOCIATION A national professional organization designed exclusively for the senior enlisted personnel of all branches of the United States and our Allies Armed Forces. Mailing address: P.O. Box 136, Dupont, WA 98327-0136. Call CSM (ret) Bob Sova, 360-556-2583, or log on to:

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Helps veterans apply for federal benefits including disability compensation, burial benefits, education, and survivor benefits. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at V.F.W. Post #318, 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia. Address: 3434 Martin Way, Ste. F., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Ryan Nabors, 360-459-7400, or email: Web site: www.davmembersportal. org/wa/default.aspx.

Teaches valuable life skills like public speaking, problem solving, decision making, and goal setting to school-age youth through hands-on, interest driven projects and community involvement. Address: 4131 Mud Bay Road S.W., Olympia. Call 360-867-215, or log on to


A true change agent, committed to providing a mentor for every child who needs or wants one. Address: 1802 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., #102, Olympia, WA 98512. Call 360-9430412, or log on to:

A veteran’s organization open to former Marines and Navy corpsmen who served with Marines. Meetings begin at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, at the V.F.W. Post #318, 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia. Mailing address: PMB 107, 3701 Pacific Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 253307-4087, or log on to:

RAINIER AMERICAN LEGION POST #264 Open to members of the National Guard, reservists, active duty, military retirees and their families. The Legion helps with VA claims, and county veteran’s assistance. The post home is located at 206 Binghampton St. E., Rainier. Call 360-446-3194.

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, LACEY POST AND AUXILIARY #11402 A fraternal, patriotic, and educational organization to preserve and strengthen comradeship among members. Supports veterans, and youth groups. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, at Knights of Columbus Hall, 6790 Martin Way E., Lacey. Call Joseph Worsley, 360-491-2878.


BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THURSTON COUNTY A youth development agency serving youth five-to-18-yearsold. Boys & Girls Clubs offer children care and supervision after school and during the summer. Club programs promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instillng a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Clubs in Thurston County are located in Lacey, at 1105 Tracey Lane S.E. Call 360-438-6811; Olympia, 2200 Conger Ave N.W. Call 360-556-3615; Tumwater, 600 Israel Rd S.W.Call 360-570-8888; Rochester, 10140 Hwy. 12 S.W.Call 360-273-9397. The administrative office is located at: 905 24th Way S.W., Ste. B3, Olympia, WA 98502-6033. Hours are from 2:30- 7 p.m. Membership fee is $25 per year, with scholarships available in cases of financial hardship.

Stimulates curiosity, creativity, and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families, and school groups. Hands On believes that all children deserve respect, and the opportunity to learn, and that families are important as children’s first teachers. Address: 106 11th Ave. S.W., Olympia, WA 98501. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5.95, for ages 12-23 months, $7.95 for age 2 and older, and $6.95 for seniors, and free from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Call 360-956-0818, or email: Web site:

SOCK YES TECHNOLOGY CENTER Youth mentoring center focusing on at-risk students and youth transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. The center is also a community technology learning center offering free internet access to the entire community with individual instruction and workshops available. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1013, Shelton, WA 98584. Address: 601 Franklin St., Shelton. Call 360-432-0815, 360-462-SOCK or 360-462-7625, or log on to:, or

TOGETHER! Prevents youth violence and substance abuse through awareness, advocacy and action. Address: 418 Carpenter Road S.E., Suite 203, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-493-2230, or log on to:

ABOUT SOURCEBOOK City editor Jerre Redecker planned and edited the content for this section. News assistant Tammy McGee coordinated the resource listing. Design for this section is by Jim Appelgate, Design coordinator for Olympic Cascade Publishing, a subsidiary of McClatchy Newspapers and The Olympian. Publisher: George LeMasurier

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