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Welcome to Sourcebook, The Olympian’s annual compilation of what you need to know to live and play in our community.


t’s just one of the ways The Olympian helps you connect to services, neighbors, entertainment and recreation. Sourcebook has deep roots in the community. When I came to work at The Olympian in 1982 as a part-time food editor, the paper published an annual Blue Book. It was a slim, paperback-size booklet filled with information about all kinds of community groups -- business, social, and. philanthropic. It was hugely popular and was given out at the front desk all year. A few years later, we decided to add some basic newcomers’ information to the Blue Book, and the first Sourcebook was born. It was bigger, both in number of pages and size of the book. We included much of the information you still find in Sourcebook: how to get settled in a new home, what are the schools like, how to use public transit and an introduction to the towns and cities. And, three years ago, Sourcebook underwent a drastic redesign, with glossy pages, and easy-toread graphic design.

What has remained through it all are those iconic listings of community organizations. That means you can go to Sourcebook to find a youth group, hobby club or contact information for your city hall. It’s one of the things The Olympian is proud to offer the community. The Olympian remains the largest newsgathering organization in greater Thurston County, with information online and in print daily. Our news staff is out in the community seven days a week, 365 days a year, reporting and photographing the stories and events that are important to people in Thurston County. That newsgathering team is based in The Olympian building on Bethel Street, between Fourth and State. In addition, in this rapidly evolving technology whirl that comprises newspapers, digital media and social media, Olympian staffers are reporting more frequently and immediately than when we were limited to a single printed paper each day. Thanks for reading.



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Whether it’s results of local, state and national elections, results of high school sports contests or breaking news like the Boston Marathon bombings, people come to The Olympian’s website to check for the latest news. 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 Multimedia extras can be found on The Olympian’s website. The online Olympian also has this Sourcebook along with an entertainment guide at Submit an item for the entertainment calendar at 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 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.

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bikes, trains and automobiles BY J E R E MY PAWLOS K I/ Staff writer

Intercity Transit is the area’s bus system, but it’s more than just buses. State employees and downtown shoppers alike can take advantage of Intercity Transit’s “Dash” service providing free transportation between the Capitol Campus and the Farmer’s Market in downtown Olympia..



ntercity Transit established the free Dash service in 2006 to enhance access to downtown businesses and to relieve parking and congestion issues. The service operates weekdays every 12 to 15 minutes

between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Dash also operates Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market season, from April through December. The Dash service consists of four 30-foot coach vehicles that provide convenient stops at various

locations on Capitol Way downtown. The Dash is just one of many transportation services provided by Intercity Transit to South Sound travelers. With gas prices of $4 per gallon or higher becoming the new norm, more people than ever are turning to Intercity Transit, Thurston County’s public transportation system. In January, Intercity Transit also opened its largest park and ride facility in Thurston County - the Hawks Prairie Park and Ride lot located atop a closed portion of the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center next to a Thurston County dog park. The brand-new park and ride includes 332 parking stalls, 24/7 security cameras, charging stations for electric cars and security lighting. Parking is free. The new lot replaces the Marvin Road park and ride lot that was lost to commercial development in 2004. The Hawks Prairie Park and Ride is now open for carpools and vanpools. Public transit service to the new facility is anticipated for the future, provided that operating funds become available. A bus ride anywhere in IT’s system costs $1.25 for a one-way trip, and $2.50 round trip. A daily bus pass is $2.50 and monthly pass costs between $15 and $36 a month. Pass programs are available to students enrolled in The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College and St. Martin’s University, as well as state and Thurston County government employees. Intercity Transit’s Olympia Express, service to Lakewood and Tacoma costs $3 per trip and $90 for a monthly pass.


CARPOOL, VANPOOL IT also offers Dial-A-Lift paratransit service for people with disabilities that cannot use regular bus service, vanpools for long-distance travelers commuting to and from work, and carpool ridematching. IT coordinates 192 vanpools serving more than 1,500 commuters traveling daily. Vanpools can carry eight to 12 riders. IT’s vanpool program is one of the oldest and largest vanpool programs in Washington State. As of this printing, about 215 long-distance commuter vanpools were on area roadways each day (the size of the vanpool fleet is about double the size of the bus fleet). IT is also part of an eight county, regional ride match program that connects long-distance commuters with carpool partners. IT has four retired vanpool vans available to qualified human service organizations on a reservation basis for transport workers, volunteers and clients. IT offers a free defensive driving course to participants. A per-mile rate is charged to cover costs. IT’s service area for bus and Dial-ALift paratransit service is roughly the urban growth boundaries of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm, plus portions of unincorporated Thurston County.

COMMUTE BY BIKE 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.

PARK & RIDE Park and Ride lots are free to the public at the following locations for Intercity Transit customers: ■ The new, Hawks Prairie Park and Ride lot in NE Lacey at 111, 1⁄4 mile

off the I-5/Marvin Road-state Route 510 interchange.  The Martin Way Park and Ride in Lacey at exit 109 off of Interstate 5.  The 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 Road.

TRAVELING BY RAIL 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.

OTHER RESOURCES IT offers customized trip planning either through Intercity Transit’s customer service staff or via the online trip planner at IT’s customer service center can be reached at 360-786-1881 or 1-800-2876348, or at customerservice@intercityt ■ e-mail: ■ web site is IT’s administrative offices can be reached at 360-786-8585. One-Bus-Away real time transit tracking information is accessible by smart phone, web or telephone to confirm bus arrival by route at any of the system’s 900-plus bus stops. For van and carpool matches go to: For Olympia-area traffic conditions, go to: Olympia. Sound Transit:


The Olympia Transit Center in downtown Olympia is IT’s largest hub, where riders can make connections to 22 different routes serving destinations traveling to and from Tumwater, Lacey, West Olympia and Yelm. Commuters may also connect there with neighboring Grays Harbor and Mason Transit systems. Express bus service connects in Pierce County to Sound and Pierce Transit and beyond. IT saw record use of its services in 2012. And in 2011, Intercity Transit’s fixed route bus service provided 4.6 million rides. IT 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. A total of 24 routes operate, providing over 15,000 passenger trips each weekday and about 4.6 million trips each year. Transit service operates 5:45 to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays and most holidays. IT also offers a free one-on-one travel training for people new to using transit. Regional options offered by IT allow bus riders to connect with public transportation in other counties. IT connects with Sound Transit and Sounder Rail service, Pierce Transit, Mason Transit, Grays Harbor Transit, Rural and Tribal Transportation (south Thurston and Lewis counties), and Amtrak at Centennial Station (on Yelm Highway). Popular long-distance transit travel destinations include SeaTac Airport, sports stadiums (downtown Seattle), downtown Tacoma and downtown Seattle. For fun places to go on the bus: go to funplaces/Pages/default.aspx.



active duty Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s story over the past decade was one of growth and sacrifice in a time of war. BY ADAM A S HTON

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hat era is ending, and it’s not clear what’s around the corner for the military’s third largest domestic base. It added some 19,500 military and civilian personnel since 2000, as the Army swelled to fight wars on two fronts. The Defense Department further spent about $2 billion improving the base over that

period, adding barracks, gymnasiums and mock villages meant to help troops train for combat in the Middle East. Now the Army is moving into a postwar drawdown period with plans to shed at least 50,000 spots for active-duty soldiers across the service over the next four years. The Army has not said how those cuts will play out at Lewis-McChord, but it could lose up to 8,000 troops

according to Army planning documents. The potential cuts sound severe to a South Sound economy that counts Lewis-McChord as its largest employer. However, even the deepest proposed reduction in force at the base would leave it with thousands more soldiers than it had before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, the base spends about $6 billion a year on its payroll and service contracts. It’s the state’s second largest employer, behind Boeing. Its payroll and economic imprint includes: ■ 47,926 military service members including soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines ■ 15,804 civilian employees and contractors ■ 54,862 family members of people on its payroll ■ And, 31,550 military retirees who use its some of its medical or shopping services. Despite the looming drawdown in forces, Lewis-McChord added two significant Army units in the past two years. First it welcomed a new Army aviation brigade in late 2011, bringing Apache helicopters to the base as well as well as the command elements of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. It was a coveted addition at the base because commanders of ground-based units wanted more opportunities to train with helicopter crews. Its arrival hit some bumps, mainly because the early training routes the brigade used took helicopters too close to populated areas. The Army has since revised the routes and most complaints about noise have diminished. The other major new addition was the 7th Infantry Division. It opened at Lewis-McChord in late 2012 under Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza


units, as well as soldiers from support units. With that war ending, the Defense Department is shifting the Army’s focus at Lewis-McChord to training missions with allies along the Pacific Rim. I Corps soldiers under Lt. Gen. Brown are leaving in June for one of those exercises in Australia. Later, Lewis-McChord soldiers are expected to participate in exercises in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. Some construction is still taking place at Lewis-McChord even as the Army is paring down ranks. The base is expected to break ground soon on a $90 million sewage plant expansion. It’s also spending $46 million to improve the headquarters of its 1st Special Forces Group. On-base schools are getting an upgrade, too, thanks in part to $47 million in Defense Department grants Clover Park School District received last year. Military families in Thurston County, meanwhile, are benefiting from a new healthcare clinic in Olympia at 500 Lilly Road NE, Suite 120. It’s an extension of LewisMcChord’s Madigan Army Medical Center, and it’s intended to help about 8,000 patients each year. 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. Camp Murray in Lakewood is the Washington National Guard’s headquarters led by Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty. The guard has about 6,000 citizen soldiers and airmen. Its 81st Brigade Combat Team had two major deployments during the Iraq War, and the guard has supported smaller combat missions throughout the past dozen years. Camp Murray also is home to the

Air National Guard’s 194th Wing, a contingent of 1,000 airmen who engage in classified cyber security 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.

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to take command of about 20,000 soldiers in the base’s often deployed Stryker, artillery, engineer and aviation brigades. It filled a missing layer in LewisMcChord Army’s command structure. The base was the only one of its size in the country without a twostar division level headquarters. The Army built up the division after a series of unrelated but disturbing incidents that drew negative attention to the base, such as two notorious war crimes incidents in Afghanistan by Stryker soldiers serving there in 2010 and in 2012. The division reports to LewisMcChord’s I Corps led by Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, the base’s senior army officer. Outside of the Army, the other major command at Lewis-McChord belongs to the Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve’s 446th Reserve Airlift Wing. They man one of the nation’s largest fleets of C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets, and are responsible for delivering troops and supplies to forward bases all over the world. Last year, the wing’s missions took its crews to Afghanistan, Antarctica, Mali and many other nations. Lewis-McChord typically had about 5,000 soldiers serving overseas at any given time over the past decade. Last year, it had about 10,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. Most of them came home between December and February. About 5,000 soldiers from the base were expected to serve there in 2013, including engineers, infantrymen and Special Operations Forces. By next year, that number should plummet as the U.S. withdraws conventional combat forces from Afghanistan. Most plans for the future U.S. presence in Afghanistan suggest that Lewis-McChord likely would continue sending only Special Operations Forces to train Afghan


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the state THE STATE OF

BY B R AD S HAN NON/ Staff writer

The loss of state-government jobs in South Sound may finally be near an end as the Evergreen State’s economy springs back slowly from the Great Recession..


The state’s domed Capitol was built in 1928 ending a six-year construction project. Its lantern top stands 287 feet above ground and the structure is rated as the fourth tallest masonry dome structure in the world. The state landlord agency, the Department of Enterprise Services, describes the monument as a centerpiece of a fivebuilding design from New York architects Walter Wilder and Harry White that won a competition in 1911. The agency says the Capitol has survived three major earthquakes in 1949, 1964 and most recently 2001, which set into motion a $120 million renovation, system upgrade and repair of seismic damage.

STATE FLOWER Coast rhododendron STATE MARINE MAMMAL Orca STATE TREE Western hemlock STATE BIRD Willow goldfinch STATE GEM Petrified wood STATE FOSSIL Columbian mammoth UNOFFICIAL STATE NICKNAME Evergreen State Visitor services information is available online or at 360-902-8880.

STATE GOVERNMENT Long a mainstay of the employment and economic base in Thurston County, state government and the iconic domed Capitol took a beating after the global economic slowdown landed here in 2008.

still early to gauge results. So far, Inslee’s rivals in the Republican Party haven’t been impressed and they’ve mocked his hiring of several old hands in government.



tate government shed about 2,300 jobs in Thurston County alone over the past four years, while cutbacks in maintenance spending let mold and algae blacken the stonework on the Legislative Building. Things are looking brighter in 2013 – literally and figuratively. Just as the state-government employment base held steady at just under 21,100 jobs over the past year, the better flow of cash into the state till paid for a more-than-$1-million repair and cleaning project last year that lifted half-a-decade’s worth of grime off the Capitol’s dome. “Since the 1850s, Olympia’s cultural identity has been tied to its status as the Territorial and State Capital City. Its citizens have always included well-educated state employees, knowledgeable in government processes and issues and active in politics and debates, who make their voices heard in local deliberations,” said Shanna Stevenson, local historian and leader

of Washington’s Women’s History Consortium, writing in response to a question about the interrelationship of capital and community from The Olympian. “These state employees, who look on their jobs as public service, carry that ethic into community service and activism benefitting local charities, service groups and area causes. Throughout the years, Olympians have fought to keep their city as the capital which has made residents especially interested in providing cultural amenities and preserving the city’s historic character,” Stevenson added. A new governor, Democrat Jay Inslee, took office in January. He promised in his campaign to bring a culture change to Olympia by seeking out leaner, cheaper ways of delivering government services to the public and installing more business savvy leaders in agencies. Just a few months into his four-year term, Inslee has put new people in charge of most state agencies, but it’s

Under Inslee’s predecessor, Chris Gregoire, the South Sound community saw the downside of living in a government town between 2008 and 2012. The economic storm that blasted the rest of the country during the recession kept blowing locally well after the private sector’s manufacturing and service businesses began to recover in metropolitican areas like Seattle. So while major commercial hubs like Seattle have seen jobless rates falling under 6 percent, South Sound’s was still at 7.9 percent and above the state average in March. The budget challenges that tore into government’s social safety net and cut more than 10 percent of the government jobs base locally are not over. In May this year the Legislature – politically divided over whether to raise taxes in order to boost K-12 public school investments while minimizing cuts to the social safety net – was once again in a special session in search of a balanced budget.

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THINGS LOOKING UP But some drags on the economy are letting up. The 3 percent reductions in most state workers’ pay and hours – which took effect in July 2011 – were scheduled to stop at the end of June, providing a small boost to individuals’ paychecks. As Michael Cade of the Thurston County Economic Development Council has observed, job losses in state agencies after 2008 were offset to some degree by growth in employment at the Army and Air Force’s Joint Base Lewis McChord, located just north of Lacey in Pierce County. He has described it as a shift from one kind of government jobs base to another, and he says the EDC was able to assist with $20 million contracting opportunities for businesses in Thurston County in 2012. So far in 2013, that trend has continued. Cade said there also has been improvement in manufacturing and

SOURCEBOOK health-care continues as the area’s top private-sector employer. On the down side, July is also when federal furloughs tied to the Department of Defense start taking effect. Those temporary layoffs are the result of Congress’ political inability to undo its “sequestration” budget cuts, which Congress imposed in 2011 to avert a government shutdown that year over the debt limit. The furloughs will idle about 10,000 workers at JBLM for 11 days through September. But Cade said that overall, “We’re feeling better.’’ The retrenchment of employment and state office leasing opportunities appears to be done for now – with state employee levels not likely to grow much or shrink much in the next few years. One reason for his optimism is that state data show the number of state employees in general government agencies statewide is now at levels last seen in 1996-97 – when the state had far fewer people. Cade said the size of government may have reached the right size.

OLYMPIA GREW INTO A LIBERAL BASTION Through all this ebb and flow of political and business history, Olympia’s politics and culture remain

pretty much the same. The town has a low-key personality and remains the liberal anchorage it has been for a few decades. But newcomers may be surprised to learn that the Olympia of today is markedly different from the conservative, natural-resource based community that persisted even 40 years ago. Aided by the addition of The Evergreen State College, which was an educational experiment at its birth in the early 1970s, the town went through metamorphosis – one of many evolutions since statehood in 1889. A Thurston County profile from the state Employment Security Department describes changes this way: “Lumber and coal and sandstone mining were the dominant sources of industry of 19th century Thurston County, and remained so into the 1920s. In 1896, Leopold Schmidt established a brewery that was a significant industry in Tumwater. It operated until Miller closed it in 2003.” And again from the profile: “State government began to increase its share when the state Capitol was completed in 1927. By the 1950s, state government surpassed lumber. Logging mills closed in the 1960s. Thurston County grew rapidly over

the decades, fueled by employment in state government and trade.” With that change came a shift in the politics – from a Republican stamp on local government in the 1950s and 1960s to one more clearly Democratic that coincided with growth in the public-sector workforce and the opening of two colleges – Evergreen, located in woods to the northwest of Olympia, and South Puget Sound Community College, the two-year school that has grown from humble roots as a high-school vocational institute. Today, the 22nd Legislative District represents Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, and is one of the most reliably Democratic bastions in the state outside Seattle. And its lawmakers are among the more liberal voices at the Legislature, seeking to continue the investments in community projects and the public-sector workforce.



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JOBS: State government is the major employer in Olympia and Thurston County. But that job base shrank a bit since the Great Recession landed in 2008 – as illustrated by the chart below, which shows the number of workers on the state payroll in part and full-time state jobs at different times over the last 20 years.



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

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


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


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



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

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Legislative Building

Satellite Parking lot


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.

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. 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).

LEGEND Campus building Point of interest P Visitor parking (SEE PARKING INFORMATION)

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) 6 J.M. Pritchard Building (cafeteria) 7 Temple of Justice/Supreme Court 8 Insurance Building 9 General Administration Building 10 Visitor & Convention Bureau 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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ew clinics have highlighted recent health care growth in South Sound. A division of Providence, Providence Medical Group, has opened an $8 million Providence Medical Group office building north of Interstate 5 in Hawks Prairie, making it the 21st medical facility in Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor counties that operate under the banner of Providence Medical Group, Southwest Washington. Providence St. Peter Hospital, too, recently opened a new critical care unit, spending nearly $12 million on a 21,200square-foot space to serve those with serious illnesses, such as for severe stroke, heart surgery, cardiac arrest, hypothermia, sepsis, respiratory failure and renal failure. Other recent additions to the South Sound health care landscape:

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 Capital Medical Center has opened a $5.5 million medical center, a former educational services district facility, that has been converted into the hospital’s Capital Imaging Center and Outpatient Clinic as well as an advanced wound-care center.  Providence Family Medicine, a 4,100square-foot clinic, has opened at 525 Lilly Road N.E.  Providence Family Medicine West Olympia, a 3,500-square-foot clinic, has opened at 1217 Cooper Point Road.  Olympia Orthopaedic Associates has opened its 63,000-square-foot facility on Capital Mall Drive.  Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center and MultiCare Regional Maternal Fetal Medicine, a women’s health clinic focused on highrisk pregnancies, now are under one roof in a 6,200-square-foot building at 3504 12th Ave. N.E.  The Yelm Medical Plaza building, which is home to Yelm Family Medicine, has opened at state Route 510 and Tahoma Boulevard.  Mason General Hospital in Shelton recently expanded, adding a surgical wing, modernized emergency room and improved patient and public areas of the hospital. In addition to 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. 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 360-7042900.



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South Sound has a significant older population. About 26 percent of residents in Thurston County are older than 55, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, up by 5 percent over the previous census. It’s also one of the fastest growing age groups, the Lewis Mason Thurston Area Agency on Aging says.


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he 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 There’s also Senior Services for South Sound, which serves about 5,000 senior citizens annually. Its $1.7 million annual budget is 40 percent public funding, 30 percent fees and class tuition and 30 percent revenue from retail store sales and fundraisers. With 30 employees and more than 250 volunteers, Senior Services is one of the go-to agencies for the region’s low-

income and at-risk seniors. For more information, visit 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, Enhance Fitness, 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. 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 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 26-28 and registration deadline is July 16. For more information and registration forms, see

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About 30,000 students 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.


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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. The district is transitioning to grade 6-8 middle schools during the next few years. 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. It borders Joint Base Lewis McChord, and military children make up about 14 percent of its elementary school

population. The district received a three-year Department of Defense Education Activity grant worth more than $1 million to develop programs to give military students and their families extra support. In February 2012, voters approved a four-year, $128 million levy that will pay for everything from teacher salaries and special education programs to transportation and performing arts programs. The district is planning a construction bond that would likely run in 2014. Address: 305 College St. N.E., Lacey. Phone: 360-412-4400 Web site:

OLYMPIA Olympia School District is the second largest district in the area, serving about 9,300 students. 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. All three programs require large levels of parental participation.

The district also has an alternative high school, Avanti High School, which has received several accolades including a 2011 Washington Achievement Award from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Olympia School District 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. In February 2012, voters approved a 20-year, $97.8 million bond to build a new middle school, renovate two existing schools, tackle 50 small works projects and build a new facility for the Olympia Regional Learning Academy. Voters also passed a four-year, nearly $91 million maintenance and operations levy that will pay for everything from teacher and support staff salaries to athletics and arts programs. In 2012, the Olympia School Board hired Tacoma-native Dick Cvitanich to be its new leader, replacing longtime superintendent Bill Lahmann who retired. Address: 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-596-6100 Web site:



million M&O levy in February 2012.

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. 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. In 2012, the school district received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to fight childhood obesity through nutrition and physical activity programs in its schools. It also received a $22,300 grant from Washington STEM to help elementary school teachers create lessons that involved engineering.

Address: 6530 33rd Ave. N.W., Olympia Phone: 360-866-2515 Web site:

OTHER PUBLIC DISTRICTS GRIFFIN SCHOOL DISTRICT, northwest of Olympia, serves about 650 students. The 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-superintendent Greg Woods. Voters approved a two-year, nearly $4.6

Address: 307 Alaska St., Rainier Phone: 360-446-2207 Web site: ROCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT, southwest of Tumwater, serves about 2,200 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 and an alternative high school. It is led by superintendent Kim Fry. Voters approved a four-year, nearly $15 million M&O levy in February 2012. Address: 10140 Highway 12 S.W., Rochester Phone: 360-273-5536 Web site: STEILACOOM HISTORICAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, northeast of Lacey, serves about 2,900 students and operates a primary school, three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The district is led by superintendent Bill Fritz. Voters approved a four-year operations levy in 2010. Address: 510 Chambers St., Steilacoom Phone: 253-983-2200 Web site: 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 four-year, $11.31 million levy in 2012. An anonymous alumnus of the district recently donated $200,000 to the high school that was used to buy music instruments for the band program, and a greenhouse and pole barn for the agriculture program. The donor also set aside $1 million that will be given to the school upon his death, Pickett said. Address: 301 Old Highway 99 N., Tenino Phone: 360-264-3400 Web site:

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Address: 621 Linwood Ave. S.W., Tumwater Phone: 360-709-7000 Web site:

RAINIER SCHOOL DISTRICT, southeast of Lacey, serves about 850 students. The district operates an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. It is led by superintendent Tim Garchow. Voters approved a four-year $6.76 million M&O levy in 2012.

YELM COMMUNITY SCHOOLS is a fast growing district bordering Fort Lewis southeast of Lacey. It serves about 5,500 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 2012, totaling about $40 million.. Address: 107 First St. N., Yelm Phone: 360-458-1900 Web site: SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT serves more than 4,000 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. The district is led by superintendent Wayne Massie. Address: 700 S. First St., Shelton Phone: 360-426-1687 Web site:

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS There are many private schools in South Sound, including: CAPITAL MONTESSORI SCHOOL Address: 730 Lilly Road S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-438-3639 Web site:

GOSPEL OUTREACH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Address: 1925 South Bay Road N.E., Olympia Phone: 360-786-0070 Web site:

THE PHOENIX RISING SCHOOL 13411 Cedar Grove Lane, Rainier Phone: 360-446-1500 Web site:

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

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

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

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

MASON COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Address: 470 E. Eagle Ridge Dr., Shelton Phone: 360-426-7616

ST. MICHAEL PARISH SCHOOL Address: 1204 11th Ave. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-754-5131 Web site:

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

MOUNT OLIVE LUTHERAN SCHOOL Address: 206 E. Wyandotte Ave., Shelton Phone: 360-427-3165 Web site:

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

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

SERENDIPITY ACADEMY Address: 4015 Tumwater Valley Dr., Tumwater Phone: 360-515-5457 Web site:

EAGLEVIEW CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 13036 Morris Road S.E., Yelm Phone: 360-458-3090 Web site:

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

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

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

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

SUNRISE BEACH SCHOOL Address: 1601 North St. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-791-8348 Web site: WA HE LUT INDIAN SCHOOL Address: 11110 Conine Ave. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-456-1311

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

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Thurston County residents seeking professional development, personal enrichment or higher education degrees have a variety of choices in the area including South Puget Sound Community College, The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin’s University. THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W., Olympia, WA Phone: 360-867-6000 Web site: The Evergreen State College opened its doors in 1971 as a progressive, public liberal arts and science college. Current enrollment is about 4,600 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, includ-

ing “Colleges that Change Lives” by Loren Pope. The college placed ninth in Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of “Coolest Schools,” for its efforts in helping solve climate issues and operate sustainably. The school offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees. Evergreen doesn’t offer “majors,” but it offers about 60 areas of focus that students can choose from including cultural studies, agriculture and marine science. It also has graduate programs in teaching, environmental science and public administration. Evergreen also 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 former Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Notable alumni include rapper Ben “Macklemore” Haggerty, Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” Josh Blue, winner of Last Comic Standing in 2006 and Michael Richards, comedy star known as “Cosmo Kramer” on NBC’s “Seinfeld.””

SAINT MARTIN’S UNIVERSITY 5000 Abbey Way S.E. Lacey 360-491-4700 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 Cebula Hall, which houses engineering programs and is a “green” environmentally friendly structure, 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. 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, Tacoma Community College and Everett 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 21 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.


SOUTH PUGET SOUND 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 about 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. Eventually, the college hopes to build a permanent satellite campus in north Thurston County.

O’Grady Library at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey offers more than 22 million sources of information, including microforms, books, journals and recordings.

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

Founded in 1925, Centralia College is the oldest continuously operating community college in the state. It is about 25 miles south of Olympia, and serves about 10,500 full- and part-time students. The college grants seven degrees including Associate in Arts, Associate in Technical Arts and Associate in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management and offers about a dozen workforce programs that are designed to prepare students for employment in a professional or technical field, from accounting and nursing to computer science and welding.

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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CENTRALIA COLLEGE 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia. 360-736-9391


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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 $80, which includes a $35 application fee and $45 licensing fee. 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 360-4272177. 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. The phone number is 253-5932991. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday;

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. A knowledge test, which is required of most drivers, must be taken 30 minutes before the office closes.

including Lakewood Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Agency at 10102-A Bristol Ave. S.W., Lakewood. The phone number is 253-588-7786. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.



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 start at $43.75 but might be higher because of vehicle weight, where you live and type of license plate. For example, the city of Olympia levies an additional $20 fee. 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 Auditor’s Office, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia. Call 360-7865406 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 360-427-9670, ext. 466. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. In Pierce County: There are 11 places to register vehicles in Pierce County,

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 360-459-6753, or log on to: www.

UTILITIES Puget Sound Energy: Electricity and natural gas: General inquiries: 1888-225-5773. For customer service during business hours, or to report an emergency 24 hours a day call 1888-225-5773. TTY and TRS options: TTY for speech/ hearing-impaired: 800-9629498; TRS telecommunications Relay Service: 866-831-5161. 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: CenturyLink: Order products at or call 1-800-475-7526. Comcast Cable: Log on to: www., for details. City of DuPont: Questions about water service can be directed to City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, Dupont. Call


 Paid disposal. The WARC charges for disposal of garbage, yard waste, appliances, scrap metal, and construction and demolition debris (including asbestos). Visit www. for specific rate information.  Rural drop boxes. The county also operates rural drop boxes for garbage disposal and limited recycling. The Rochester location at 16500 Sargent Rd is open Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rainier location at 13010 Rainier Acres Rd SE is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.ThurstonSolidWaste. org for rates and to see what materials are accepted.

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 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood. 253-583-5000. 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. 360-786-5224. 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. 253-798-7427.

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253-964-8121. City of Lacey: City Hall is located at 420 College St. S.E. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Services include: voter registration, police reports, building permits, animal licensing, bus tickets and passes, recreation registration, and notary public. 360-491-3214 City of Olympia: Water, sewer, stormwater or garbage-recycling billing and service: 360-753-8340. City Hall is at 601 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. City of Shelton: Water, sewer, and garbage billing: 360-426-4491. City Hall is at 525 W. Cota Street. City of Tumwater: City Hall is at 555 Israel Road S.W. Call 360-754-5855, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC): Located at 2418 Hogum Bay Rd NE, the WARC is a one-stop location to dispose of garbage, yard waste, recyclables, and hazardous household products. The WARC is open weekdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Visit www. or call the Solid Waste Hotline at 360867-2491 for more information.  Recycle center. Recycle a variety of materials, including plastic film, polystyrene foam, and. An onsite Goodwill trailer accepts reusable household items. The recycle center is free for residents. Businesses must arrange recycling service through a hauler.  Hazardous household products. HazoHouse accepts household hazardous waste, including oil-based paints, used motor oil, and pesticides. HazoHouse is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Disposal is free for residents. Businesses must set up a paid account. Call 360-867-2912 or visit for more information.






Black Hills Cal Ripken Baseball Association: Baseball for ages 10-12. Lisa Furman:

Capital Bicycling Club: Group rides, plus training rides and time trials for road races. 360-480-7356.

Black Hills Junior Football League: Football for grades 2-8. Chuck Farrar, 360-4563114. Shelton Kings Football: Dave Lawrence, 360-426-3630.

Capital Cougars Baseball Association: Baseball for ages 13-15. Don Westfall, 360-789-7103. Capitol Little League: T-ball, baseball through age 18, fall league. Greg Beck, South Sound Baseball Association: Baseball and T-ball for ages 5-12. 360355-9119; Thurston County Babe Ruth Association: For ages 13 to 15. 360-754-1166;

BOWLING Aztec Lanes, 2825 Martin Way E., Olympia, 360-357-8808.

Tumwater Lanes, 204 T St. N.W., Tumwater, 360-943-1672.

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GOLF/PRIVATE Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane S.E., Olympia, 360-9231075.


Tumwater Youth Basketball: Boys and girls tournaments for grades 5-8, summer leagues for grades 8-12, fall leagues for grades 6-9. Dave Vernon, 360-943-3200.

Thurston County Youth Football: For grades 2-8. 360-352-0553.

Prairie Lanes, 202 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm, 360-458-2695.

Westside Lanes, Westside Center, Olympia, 360-943-2400.

Christian-based Sports and Academics: A competitive youth program for teams from grades 6-12. Derrick Pringle, 360493-0578.

South Sound Shockers: Semi-pro team, ages 18 and older. Plays spring season. Call 360-357-1190 or go to

Olympia Country & Golf Club, 3636 Country Club Drive N.W., 360-8669777.

FISHING Capital City Bass Club: Rich Brester, 253-312-0552.

GOLF/PUBLIC Alderbrook Golf Course, 300 Country Club Drive, Union, 866-898-2560. Bayshore Golf Club, 3800 State Route 3 E., Shelton, 360-426-1271. Capitol City Golf Course, 5225 Yelm Highway S.E., Olympia, 360-491-5111.


Delphi Golf Course, 6340 Neylon Drive S.W., Olympia, 360-357-6437.

Marvin Road Golf and Batting Range, 2831 Marvin Road N.E., 360-438-2299.

Fort Lewis Golf Course, Exit 116 off Interstate 5, Mounts Road, 253-9676522.

PGA Golf Center/First Tee of Olympia, 8000 72nd Lane S.E., Olympia, 360-4931000.

Lake Limerick Country Club, 790 St. Andrews Drive E., Shelton, 360-4266290.


Newaukum Valley Golf Course, 153 Newaukum Drive, Chehalis, 360-7480461.

Black Hills Gymnastics: Lessons for youths of all ages. 3939 12th Ave. S.E., Lacey, 360-413-9855.

Oaksridge Golf Course, 1052 Monte-Elma Road, Elma, 360-482-3511.

Alley Oop Gymnastics: Lessons for youths of all ages. 2643 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia 360-956-1319.

Scott Lake Golf Course, 11746 Scott Creek Drive S.W., Olympia, 360-352-4838. Tahoma Valley Golf Course, 15425 Mosman St., Yelm, 360-458-3332.

HORSESHOES Olympia Horseshoe Pitching Club: Meets at Bennie’s Barn, near Black Lake west of Olympia, or at Yauger Park. 360-9435949 or 360-357-6846.

Tanwax Greens, 36510 Mountain Highway E., Eatonville, 360-832-8400. The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie, Links and Woodlands courses, 8383 Vicwood Lane, Lacey, 800-558-3348.



Lacey Parks and Recreation: Variety of sports, camps, clinics and field trips throughout the year. 420 College St. S.E. , 360-491-0857. Olympia Downtown YMCA: Variety of sports, camps, clinics and field trips throughout the year. 510 Franklin St. S.E., 360-357-6609. Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation: Variety of sports, camps, clinics and field trips throughout the year. 222 Columbia St. N.W., 360-753-8380. Tumwater Parks and Recreation: Variety of sports, camps, clinics and field trips throughout the year. 555 Israel Road S.E., 360-754-4160. Thurston County Parks and Recreation: Variety of sports, camps, clinics and field trips throughout the year. 2617-A 12th Court S.W, Olympia, 360-7865595.

The Academy of Brian Johnson Karate and Fitness: Offers classes in Kenpo karate, Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, submission grappling, shito-ryu karate and cardio kickboxing. Call 360-413-9900.

Airport Golf & Batting Cages, 8080 Center St. S.W., Tumwater, 360-786-8626.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Olympia: All ages and levels of experience. 360-485-2243.

Golf Insights with Kathy O’Kelly, member of LPGA, 360-438-1170.

House of Kung Fu: Classes for adults and children. Call 360-705-0242.

Joe Thiel’s World Wide Golf School, 8000 72nd Lane S.E., Olympia, 360-4567888.

World Martial Arts: Defensive tactics ages 30 and over. Little Dragons ages 4-6, 360-357-7071, emailworldmartialarts. us.

ROWING/SAILING Olympia Area Rowing: Classes and group excursions, 360-943-5580. Olympia Junior Sailing Club: Beginning and intermediate lessons for all ages. Olympia Yacht Club, Jan Visser,360754-6506.

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Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive, 360-9439500.

MULTISPORTS Briggs Community YMCA: Variety of sports, camps, clinics and field trips throughout the year. 1530 Yelm Highway S.E., 360-753-6576.

Lake Cushman Golf Course, N. 210 W. Fairway Drive, Hoodsport, 360-8775505.

Riverside Country Club, 1451 N.W. Airport Road, Chehalis, 360-748-8182.

Young-Hak Lee US Martial Arts Center: Self defense, tae kwon do and aerobic kickboxing, 360-459-3661.

RUGBY Budd Bay Rugby Club: Men’s, women’s, boys U-19, girls U-19 teams. Looking for adults interested in playing rugby. 360-570-0273. Prairie Rugby: Boys and girls, U-19 teams. President Pat Norton, 360-4643551.

boys ages 5-19. 360-456-2921.


Olympia United Soccer Club: Recreational soccer for boys and girls ages 3-19. 360870-9360;

Thurston Olympian Swim Club: For athletes ages 6 to adult. Kelli Denney, 360-9561948.

Puget Sound Slammers: For boys and girls serving Thurston County. 360-4896617.


Rochester Youth Soccer Club: For boys and girls ages 4-13. Rachel Leavitt 360-273-9848. Shelton Youth Soccer Club: Sue LeDoux, 360-426-9230. South Mason Youth Soccer: 360-426-9791. Southwest Washington Soccer Association: Adult coed and men’s soccer. Thurston County Parks, 360-786-5595.

SHOOTING Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club: Three rifle ranges, one blackpowder range, 36 trap-shooting sites. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Near Littlerock. 360357-9080. Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club: Features six ranges, offering several rifle, pistol and archery sports indoor and outdoor facilities. Near Littlerock, 360-9560608 or

Thurston County Youth Soccer Association: Recreational and competitive soccer for age levels U-10 to U-19. Debi Matthews, 360-894-6936.

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Roller skating: Skateland, 1200 South Bay Road, 360-352-9943.

Westside Soccer Club: Youth soccer. Scott Bishop, 360-943-1938.

Chinqually Booters Soccer: For girls and


Tenino Quarry Pool: 195 Park St. W., Tenino. 360-264-2368.

SOFTBALL Olympia Seniors Coed Softball: Call 360352-0930. Thurston County Coed Softball Association: Summer adult softball league, 360-7865595.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS Blackhills Football Club: Select soccer program for youngsters in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. 360-943-8233.

YMCA: Indoor pools at 510 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia, 357-6609 and Briggs Community YMCA, 1530 Yelm Highway S.E., 360-753-6576.

Tanglewilde Pool: Outdoor pool, 414 Wildcat Drive S.E., Olympia. 360-4913907.

Thurston County Fastpitch Association: Fastpitch for girls and women ages 7 and older. Janet Crader, 360-556-0567.


Lacey Parks and Recreation: Operates indoor pools at North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road N.E., Lacey; Timberline High School, 6120 Mullen Road S.E., Lacey; and River Ridge High School, 8929 Martin Way E., Olympia. 360-491-0857.

Tumwater Soccer Club: For girls and boys ages 5-19. Bob Conrad, 360-352-2359.

SKATING Ice-skating lessons: Sessions for youngsters and adults. Sprinker Recreation Center, Tacoma, 253-7984000.

The Evergreen State College: Indoor pool, Campus Recreation Center, Olympia. 360-866-6000, ext. 6770.

Thurston County Special Olympics: Softball, soccer, track and field, swimming, golf, roller skating, bowling, basketball, team handball and volleyball for disabled people ages 7 to adult. Thurston County Parks, 360-786-5595.

Millersylvania State Park: Deep Lake, 12245 Tilley Road S.W., 10 miles south of Olympia. Lake swimming.360-7531519. Burfoot County Park: 6927 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. 9 a.m. to dusk, free. No lifeguard. Puget Sound swimming. 360-786-5595. Frye Cove County Park: 4000 61st Ave., off Steamboat Island Road, 9 a.m. to dusk, free. No lifeguard. Puget Sound swimming. 360-786-5595. Columbus Park: 5700 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. No lifeguard. Lake swimming. 360-786-9460. Salmon Shores: 5446 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Lake swimming. 360357-8618.

Kenneydell County Park: On southeast end of Black Lake off Fairview Avenue, 9 a.m. to dusk, free. No lifeguard. 360-7865595.

The Valley Athletic Club, 4833 Tumwater Valley Drive S.E., Tumwater, 360-3523400.

Long Lake: Long Lake Park, off Carpenter Road, Lacey. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 360-4910857. Twanoh State Park: Off state Route 106, 6:30 a.m. to dusk. Free. 360-275-2222. Lake Cushman State Park: West Lake Cushman Road, 7 miles from U.S. Highway 101, 6:30 a.m. to dusk. Free. 360-877-5491.

VOLLEYBALL TRACK Barron Park Striders: Training for youth runners and takes part in various regional events. Drew Stevick, 360-4380051. Shelton Track Club: Training for youth runners and takes part in various regional events. John Sells, 360-4263099.

Capital Ice Volleyball Club: For girls 12U to 18U teams. Club director Mike Henry: 360-352-9605 Kuuipo Volleyball Club: For girls 10-18 who want to become involved with a USA Volleyball program. Phil Ibarra,360-4567638. Olympia Volleyball Club: For girls 10-18 who want to become involved with a USA Volleyball program. Steve Wolford, 360491-8598.

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360-491-0857 41 Rainier Vista Park. 45th Avenue and Ruddell Road 42 Civic Plaza. Southwwest corner of I-5 and Sleater-Kinney Road 43 Wonderwood Park. Between College Street and Ruddell Road north of 32nd Avenue 44 Homann Park. Alanna Drive and Carpenter Road 45 Long Lake Park. 2700 block of Carpenter Road 46 Brooks Park. West of College Street between 13th and 14th Avenues 47 Lake Lois Park. Carpenter Road and 7th Avenue 48 Core Area Mini Parks. Fred Meyer shopping complex 49 I-5 Park. I-5 and Sleater-Kinney interchange 50 Woodland Creek Community Park. 6535 Pacific Avenue S.E. 51 Thomas W. Huntamer Park. Woodview Drive S.E. and 7th Avenue 52 Wanschers Community Park. Corner of 25th Avenue S.E. and Hicks Lake Avenue 53 Lacey Museum. 829 Lacey Street S.E. 54 Regional Athletic Complex. 8345 Steilacoom Road S.E. 55 William A. Bush Park. Yelm Highway and Chardonnay Drive 56 Thornbury Park. 54th Street

360-902-1000 / 360-753-5686 64 Tolmie State Park 65 Millersylvania State Park. 12245 Tilley Road S.W. 66 Capoitol Campus. 14th Avenue and Capitol Way 67 Mima Mounds Natural Area 68 Luhr Beach Boat Ramp. 46th Avenue N.E. off Meridian Road 69 Interpretive Center Park 70 Marathon Park 71 Sylvester Park. Capitol Way 72 McLane Nature Trail. Off Delphi Road 73 Chehalis Western Trail. Woodard Bay to Martin Way

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he capital of Washington state is a small town with big city amenities, including locally owned shops, neighborhood parks and multiple art galleries and theaters. In addition, it’s the seat of Thurston County and the only downtown for the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Area. The city, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009, grew 9 percent from 2000 to 2010 to a population of 46,478, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Here are some details about what makes Olympia one of the most beautiful state capitals in the nation:

Olympia has a council-manager form of government. Seven city council members, including the mayor, vote on policy issues. The city manager is in charge of day-to-day operations, while the mayor chairs council meetings and makes ceremonial appearances.


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around Capitol Lake, then climb up to the state Capitol grounds for more gardens and green space. Another of the city’s newest parks, West Bay Park, awaits people on the other side of Budd Bay. 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.



As of early 2013, Olympia had 40 city parks totalling 963 acres spread across town, from pocket neighborhood parks to wild natural areas. Start by exploring the waterfront. Percival Landing, the city’s beloved waterfront park, reopened in 2011 after an $18.5 million renovation project. Gone is part of the decaying wooden boardwalk, replaced with sleek concrete and wood planks over land, two new covered pavilions, a harbor house with rental space and a footbridge crossing a newly-designed cove. Next, take in Heritage Park, with its popular hiking/jogging path

Olympia’s biggest new entertainment option is for the young set -- the $18.5 million Hands On Children’s Museum, which opened in November on East Bay. There are eight galleries, an art studio, more than 150 exhibits and a still-developing outdoor gallery space that will rival the interior of the museum for space. Olympians can easily walk or bike among events in the downtown entertainment district. There’s theater to be found at Harlequin Productions at the State Theater, Capital Playhouse and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which is undergoing a major renovation in 2013. The

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that span from Interstate 5 to Olympia Woodland Trail and from the Chehalis Western Trail to Colege Street, totalling 1.2 million square feet of office space. The spaces became empty after the 2009 recession as state government downsized, moving employees and eliminating positions. The city has looked into having the office spaces used for medical offices and off-base support services at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The city has invested more than $50 million in public improvements to the northeast section, known as Lacey Gateway, to spark economic development. The 400-acre site will eventually




he City of Lacey grew from its humble roots in 1891 as a town of a hotel, post office, train station and race track before stretching its boundaries to hold its 43,600 residents, a population that grew by 30 percent in the past decade alone.

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 in July, August and September. In its sixth year is the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, a two-day celebration of the fungi on July 27 and 28 at the Regional Athletic Complex. The Summer’s at Lacey car show is scheduled for Sept. 21 at Huntamer Park. Saint Martin’s University also has a number of talks and presentations of interest to the community.

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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 Scott Spence was appointed in mid-2011 after Greg Cuoio, who held the position for 24 years, announced his retirement. Mayor Virgil Clarkson was appointed in early 2012, and has also served five terms on the council starting in 1998. The city council’s seven members serve four-year terms.

ISSUES The city of Lacey is focusing its efforts on what to do with the nearly 240,000 square feet of empty office space within the Woodland District, which includes businesses

Traffic congestion also has grown, and the city has spent millions of dollars on transportation projects. A $7.5 million road widening project along Carpenter Road finished in mid-2012, widening the road between Pacific Avenue Southeast and Martin Way East to four lanes with bike lanes, sidewalks, planter strips and street lighting.The city also recently completed construction along Ruddell Road from Pacific Avenue to Yelm.

RECREATION The city takes pride in its parks system. One of the recreational gems is the 68- acre 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. It hosted a variety of championship games in 2012, including the U.S. Softball Association’s Northwest Championships, Masters Cup National Soccer Championships, U.S. Youth Soccer State Championships and the Washington Senior Games soccer competition. The city has nearly 1,200 acres of park lands, including the newest addition of 494 acres with frontage on Woodland, Fox, Pam and Eagle creeks. The city has the Nisqually National Wildlife REfuge to its eastern border and the 105-acre Tolmie State Park at the northern edge.

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ounded in 1845 as “New Market”, Tumwater is the oldest permanent U.S. settlement on the Puget Sound. Now known as Tumwater, the city is the third largest in the county with more than 17,500 residents, a population that increased by more than 20 percent between 2008 and 2010 due to the largest annexation in the city’s history.


KEY ISSUES The city has put its focus on a variety of improvement projects to guide and realize the city’s potential. One of those projects includes the revitalization of the Tumwater Brewery property.

ENTERTAINMENT The city’s main event, a July 4 parade and festival with fireworks at Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course, is one of the largest in the area. The Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays at the end of May and runs through October.

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 18-hole 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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Longtime city council member Pete Kmet was elected as mayor in 2009, and is seeking reelection for his position in 2013. He appointed Joan Doan, former Sumner city administrator, as city administrator after taking office. Kmet’s position, as well as four other council seats, are up for election in 2013.

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 water bottling 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. In 2011, the city of Tumwater hosted a number of public hearings and meetings centered around what to do with the entire brewery property, including vacant warehouse buildings.

The city hired project manager Michael Matthias, who has outlined steps for the future of the property. The city has held a number of meetings with the public and stakeholders to come up with suggestions, which have ranged from adding “green corridors” and more trees to coming up with a street car and make a plaza feel to the area. The city is also looking to improve the traffic flow and curb appeal of Capitol Boulevard. A consultant was hired in 2012 to guide the city and its citizen-member focus group to the best solution. The city is also focusing on upgrades to the City Hall and adding on to the police station. The city has an optimistic approach to the future, actually finishing out their budget season with a reserve thanks to an increase in construction and retail revenue, filling two vacant positions and adding a part-time volunteer coordinator.

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Bucoda Location: Pronounced “byu-KOHdah,” 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


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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 settler

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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.

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 animals 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.

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,

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.

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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.lerock on Waddell Creek Road.

Littlerock 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.

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.

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



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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


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Swede Day Midsommar Festival. 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.

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.

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..


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.

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 American 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

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 a village site for the Nisqually tribe. Since the 1980s, Yelm also has been home to JZ Knight, who claims to channel a 35,000-year-old warrior named Ramtha, and the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, run by Knight. Population: 6,848, which is more than double the 2000 Census figure, according to the 2010 Census. Features: In recent years, shopping centers and a cinema complex have sprung up in Yelm. A new library has opened near the cinema. Also, a WalMart Supercenter opened in 2007 and a $9 million medical care center opened in April, 2010.

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FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE ANIMAL RESCUE & REHABILITATION Rescues and rehabilitates orphaned and injured wildlife and return them to their natural environment when they are ready. Mailing address: P.O. Box 12417, Olympia WA 98508. Street address: 16111 Case Road SW, Rochester. Call 360-273-0550 or 360-701-5884, for information. Visit www. On Facebook: https:// 2222573174819.

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SOUND HOUNDS Advocates for a variety of off-leash dog areas in Puget Sound. Address: 2414 Buker St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Call Lynn Scroggins, 360-943-2119, or email:, for meeting information. Visit

WILD FELID ADVOCACY CENTER OF WASHINGTON Washington’s Wild Cat Sanctuary - is an educational, conservation support, sanctuary and animal welfare center for species of wild (non-domestic) felines. The center is open by appointment, with off-site presentations also available. Street address: 3111 E. Harstine Island Road N, Shelton, WA



WOLF HAVEN INTERNATIONAL A nationally recognized wolf sanctuary that has rescued and provided a lifetime home for more than 170 displaced, captive-born animals since 1982. Guided 50-minute walking tours offer visitors a rare, close-up view of gray wolves, as well as rare and endangered species. Wolf Haven offers a variety of educational programs, participates in multi-agency Species Survival Plan programs, and advocates for wolves in the wild. Location: 3111 Offut Lake Road SE, Tenino. Cost for sanctuary tours range from $7-$12. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, and Wednesday - Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, from April through September; Closed on Tuesday. From October through March, we are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed in February. Call 360-264-4695, or visit, for more information.

For more than 20 years this project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has worked to replace the death penalty with better alternatives. Educates the public and collaborates with other organizations. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. SE, Lacey, WA 98503-2723. Call 360-491-9093, or email: Visit www.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS A nonpartisan, nonprofit political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government. The league influences public policy through education and advocacy. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2203, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360352-8220, or email Dawn Brooks Gibbs, Visit

OLYMPIA FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION Since 1976, the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has worked for peace, social and economic justice, and nonviolence. People of all ages, races, faiths (including

THURSTON COUNTY DRAFT COUNSELING CENTER Since 1980 had provided free, confidential information and non-directive counseling regarding the military draft, conscientious objection, and related issues. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. SE, Lacey, WA 98503-2723. Call 360-491-9093, or email: Visit www.olympiafor. org.

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE THE LACEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Lacey Chamber was established in 1961, as a direct link to the business community. Formed from unincorporated areas of Olympia, Lacey has been an independent, pro-business community since its beginning. The Chamber works to maintain Lacey as an economically dynamic community and to ensure an outstanding quality of life. From taxes to school bonds, sign ordinances to parades, the Lacey Chamber has taken an active role in community life. Address: 8300 Quinault Drive N.E., Lacey, WA 98516-5831. Call 360-491-4141, or log on to:, for additional information.

As the oldest and one of the largest chambers in Washington, the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is also one of the most influential. Involvement with the community stems from the belief that a robust economic climate is a key ingredient for sustaining the libability of Thurston County. Address: 809 Legion Way S.W., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-357-3362, or log on to:, for additional information.


Learn about local businesses and activities in the Tumwater area. The Tumwater Chamber hosts the morning Power Hour Networking Breakfast on the second Tuesday of each month. Address: 5304 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater. Call 360-357-5153, or email: Web site:

The Senior Games is an athletic competition for men and women over 50. The 2013 games are July 26-28, and are hosted and overseen by volunteers. The board meets at 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, 4419 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia. Call Jack Kiley, President, 360754-4937, for additional information.





Marathon, Half Marathon, and Five-Miler begin at 7 a.m., on the third Sunday of May each year. The event kicks off at Sylvester Park, 615 Washington St. SE, in downtown Olympia. The kids’ run begins at 4 p.m., on the third Saturday of May, at Heritage Park, 330 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Training runs are in mid-January and mid-May. Mailing address: Capital City Marathon Association, P.O. Box 1681, Olympia, WA 98507. Email: Visit www.

An organization that favors passenger trains as a mode of transportation. Contact Lloyd Flem, executive director, LloydFlem@ 360-943-8333 or 360-870-6286, for information.

FRIENDS IN TANGLEWILDE An annual community fun day and garage sale inside a 648-home community. Sales begin at 8 a.m., with events featuring music, food, vendors, military representation, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Tanglewilde Park is on the corner of Husky Way and Wildcat Street SE, in the Tanglewilde development, in Lacey. Call Joe and Maureen Carter, 360-456-7316, for information.

36TH OLYMPIA TOY RUN Annual motorcycle run that takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, to benefit the Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n Joy Program. Gates open at 10 a.m., and festivities begin at 11 a.m. The ride begins at 1 p.m. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7129, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-413-9608. Visit, for route map, and additional information.

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL OF OLYMPIA A local service club, open to both women and men who use their talents to raise money to help local and international communities. The main focus is literacy. Altrusa was instrumental in the building of Sunshine House, in Olympia. Helps Habitat for Humanity, YWCA, The Other Bank, Thurston County Food Bank, Capital Clubhouse, high school vocational awards, SPSCC scholarships, and many other organizations that help the poor and disadvantaged. Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia. Call Roberta Wells,

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those with no religious affiliations), are welcome to work together on many issues through principled nonviolence. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. SE, Lacey, WA 98503-2723. Call 360-491-9093, or email: Visit www.olympiafor. org.

360-943-7979 or Sue Gore, 360-264-5928, for information. Visit www.Districttwelve., and click on ‘District Clubs’ for information about the Olympia group.

AMERICAN MAID CLEANING A member of Cleaning For a Reason, American Maid offers four free house cleanings for women undergoing treatment for cancer. To sign up, visit Call 360-236-1337, for additional information.

CAPITAL CITY NEWCOMERS Our mission is to welcome residents within the greater Olympia area by providing them with the opportunity to join others in activities to develop new friendships. We have about 30 activity groups including luncheons, dinners, bridge, mah jongg, game night, bunco, and much more. Call Pam Warner, 360-742-0000, for more information.

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CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES The Crisis Clinic offers phone crisis intervention and community trainings 24/7. The heart of Crisis Clinic services is the Crisis Line.This phone line is available to callers of all demographics and in every kind of circumstance including those who are low-income, homeless, unemployed, senior, disabled, and/or suicidal. The Crisis Line is also useful to mental health professionals, emergency services, various non-profits, and anyone who wishes to call. All calls are confidential, anonymous and nonjudgmental. We offer resource referrals when possible, for a variety of issues. Our Youth Help Line is staffed by youth from 4 p.m.midnight, seven days a week. All phone volunteers receive a minimum of 60 hours of clinically based training. Support The Crisis Clinic services by becoming a trained Crisis Line responder, joining our board of directors, or one of our committees, and /or contributing financially or in kind. Mailing address: P.O. Box 13453, Olympia, WA 98508-3453. Business line: 360-586-2888; Crisis line: 360-586-2800; Youth Help line: 360-586-2777. Email:

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EVA SMITH CHILDRENS HOSPITAL GUILD The Guild meets from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the Month, September through June, for a short meeting, recreational bridge playing, and lunch, at Panorama City Restaurant Olympic Room, 1751 Circle Lane S.E., in Lacey. We help Childrens Hospital (locally and in Seattle) by playing bridge, donating items such as books and gift cards, and donating to the Childrens Hospital Thrift Shop. Call Susan, 360-357-9759, for additional information.

FAMILY EDUCATION & SUPPORT SERVICES An agency dedicated to inspiring healthy child development through the provision of family support services. We offer parenting classes covering such topics as discipline and guidance, domestic violence, divorce and separation, kinship care, parenting and fathering. We collaborate with schools to provide mainstream parenting classes such as “Winning At Parenting.” Family Education & Support services provides many services and support groups for parents, caregivers, and families. Address: 1202 Black Lake Blvd. SW . Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-754-7629, or 877-8132828. Email: Visit


munity, we offer programs for people in need of affordable home ownership opportunities and programs for current homeowners seeking to preserve their homes. Street address: 216 Cota St. W, Shelton, WA 98584. Contact: Christine Roha, 360-4268134, or email: Christine@habitatmasonwa. org. Visit

HOMES FIRST! Develops, owns and manages affordable housing for low and very low-income people in Thurston County. Street address: 4310 Sixth Ave. SE, Ste. B, Lacey, WA 98503. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call Amy Sewell, 360236-0920, for information, or visit www.

LACEY LAMPLIGHTERS LIONS CLUB Meetings begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting from 6 to 7 p.m, on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Drive NE, Lacey. Call Dorothy Payne, 360456-0395, for information.

LACEY MIDDAY LIONS Meets at noon, on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia. Call Nancy Burri, 253301-3540, for additional details.


The mission is to help build community consensus on major issues confronting the Griffin area and Steamboat Peninsula, including growth, land issues, habitat, water quality, transportation and school planning. Meeting locations and times vary. To find out more about this group, call Diane Jacob, president, 360-252-6047, or visit

A community service organization supporting the city of Lacey since 1975. Fundraising activities help support sight and hearing programs, youth activities, diabetes awareness, community service activities, and environmental endeavors. Mailing address: P.O. Box 3629, Lacey, WA 98509-3629. Call Donna Murr, 360-870-0952, for additional information. Visit www.laceysunriselions. com.



A faith-based housing ministry partnering with the community to improve, maintain and build affordable quality housing for those in need. By engaging the entire com-

A volunteer organization dedicated to changing the world one child, and one community at a time with Thurston County as the center of that world. The

NORTH MASON RESOURCES An umbrella organization housing WorkSource, Community Food Pantry, Disabled American Veterans Service Office, Veterans Assistance Service Office, Behavioral Health Resources, MTG Meds, Visiting County Nurse, Olympic College, North Mason Resources Homeless Advocate and North Mason Resources Low Income Assistance Counselor. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday. Street address: 140 NE State Route 300, Belfair, WA. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2052 140 NE State Route 300, Belfair, WA 98528. Call 360-552-2303, or email:, for information.

OLYMPIA AREA PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION A social and service organization of returned Peace Corps volunteers, staff and other supporters of the Peace Corps. Call Bob Findlay, 360-753-2983, or email:

persons, their families and friends, through support, education and advocacy. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. The group meets from 2 - 4 p.m., on the second Sunday of each month, at First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Call Courtney Shrieve, 360-2071608, or visit, for information.

RACHEL CORRIE CHAPTER 109, VETERANS FOR PEACE A global organization of military veterans and allies whose collective efforts build a culture of peace. Chapter 109 members work to inform the public of the causes and costs of war. As veterans for peace, we seek justice for veterans and victims of war and an end to war as an instrument of national policy. Call Dennis Mills, 360-8671487, or visit




Olympia Kiwanis meets at 12:15 p.m. each Monday, at the Viewpoint Room, at Tugboat Annie’s, 2100 West Bay Drive NW, Olympia. Projects include the Foodbank garden, and firewood for the needy. Mailing address:P.O. Box 2362, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-456-0503, or visit:

Part of Lions Clubs International, the club is community based service organization. Provides funds for eye glasses, hearing aids, hearing and eye screenings, food for Rainier Emergency Food Bank, cateract surgery, service dogs, Rainier Public Schools, and much much more. Among local activities are eye examinations, dictionaries to third graders, road clean-ups, scholarships, Halloween in the Park, Caroling for Cans and Rainier Family Fun Day. Charters the Cub and Boy Scouts #307. Runs fruit fund


PFLAG-OLYMPIA PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered

RAINIER SPORTSMAN CLUB Sponsors community events such as an Easter egg hunt, Haunted Trail, Christmas bazaar, Flat Track Races, and dances to support Rainier High School scholarships, Rainier Senior Center, Food Bank, and support the Rainier community. Meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Rainier Sportsman Club. Call 360-446-7712, for location and information.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF OLYMPIA Our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Meets from noon to 1 p.m., on the second Tuesday of each month, at Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen, 205 Cleveland Ave. SE Tumwater, and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at Mercato Ristorante, 111 Market St. NE, Olympia. Call Vicki Merkel, 541-554-9907 for additional information. On Facebook: SoroptimistOlympia.

SOUTH SOUND COMPOSITE SQUADRON Our mission is three-fold: To provide aerospace education, highlighting the importance of aerospace and STEM subjects to our techology; Emergency Services: Involved in 90 percent of all overland air searches in the U.S., and providing aerial photography for disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; Support cadet programs that teach leadership, discipline, and selfconfidence to youth ages 12-21. Our meetings are at 6 p.m. Thursdays, at Newbridge Community Church, 812 Central St., Olympia. Call Squadron Commander, Capt. Percy Newby, 360-481-7545, or email:, for additional information. Visit http://southsound.wawg.

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Meets at 6:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at Tugboat Annie’s, 2100 West Bay Drive NW, Olympia. Visit Mailing address: P.O. Box 13493, Olympia, WA 98508-3493.

The foundation continues the work that Rachel Corrie began and hoped to accomplish with spirit, and creative energy in mind. Conducts and supports programs that foster connections between people, that build understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities. Call 360-7543998, or email: info@rachelcorriefoundati Visit www.rachelcorriefoundation. org.

raisers during the year and puts on annual free Blue Grass Festival on the fourth weekend in August. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at the Rainier Chapel, 206 Washington 507, Rainier. Call George Johnson, 360-2925363.


group meets at 7 a.m. each Tuesday, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Drive NE, Lacey. Call Don Sattelberg, 360-491-2019, for information.

THURSTON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES) The team is a group of dedicated amateur radio operators who are trained to support the Thurston County Department of Emergency Management in times of local or area disasters. Members are also trained to operate various non-amatuer radio systems including law enforcement, fire and county radios. Members can be found at Capital City Marathon, road rallies, parades and other public service events. Meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, in the Emergency Coordination Center, 9521 Tilley Road S ,Olympia. If you are interested in serving the community, we can help you earn your license as part of your initial training. All applicants must pass a criminal background check by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. Call Tom Bohon, 360-456-6260, or email:, for additional information. Visit

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TOGETHER! TOGETHER works to advance the health, safety and success of children and youth through approaches such as after-school and tutoring programs, community centers, in-school educational programs, community mobilizing and education, youth development, and youth advocacy. Works on the front lines and behind the scenes to make sure that young people in Thurston and Mason Counties are supported, healthy, safe and valued. Street address: 418 Carpenter Road SE, Ste. 203, Lacey, WA 98503. There are satellite program locations in Lacey, West Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, and Bucoda. Call Danielle Koenig, 360-493-2230, ext. 20 or email:, for additional information.

YWCA OF OLYMPIA Offers programs and resources, including The Other Bank, from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, The Other Bank provides full-size personal hygiene and cleaning products free of charge. Bring a photo ID, and fill out a registration form. Clients can use The Other Bank six times per year. Call Bree Lafreniere, 360-352-0593, for details. Street address: 200 Union St. SE, Olympia,

WA 98501. For questions and information regarding the YWCA, call Tammy Stampfli, Executive Director, 360-352-0593.

UNITED WAY OF THURSTON COUNTY United Way takes a community-level approach to improving lives by raising funds to support the work of non-profit agencies providing critical services, mobilize the private and public sectors around community needs and help strengthen the collaboration and excellence of the people and agencies providing services. Address: 1211 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia, WA 98506. Contact: Paul Knox, Executive Director, 360-943-2773, ext. 10. Visit, for more information.

THE WSDOT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION A private charitable organization created for the benefit of employees, retirees, survivors, and others. The foundation operates on employee contributions and voluntary donations. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1367, Olympia, WA 98507-1367. Call 360-5615720 or email: Visit

ZONTA CLUB OF OLYMPIA Through fundraising, awareness meetings, and connecting with other groups and organizations, we help to improve the status of women, and their families, in the local community. We provide grants to local non-profit organizations, and support the Zonta International strategies to eradicate violence against women and children. This chapter meets from noon to 1 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month, at Panorama City, 1751 Circle Lane SE, Lacey. Call Leatta Dahlhoff, 206-409-5287, for details.

CULTURAL DAUGHTERS OF NORWAY, PRILLAR GURI LODGE #30 Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, September through May. Call Donita Zblewski, Lodge President, 360-7915858, for additional information, or email:

SONS OF NORWAY Sons of Norway, Hovedstad Lodge #2-94, meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month September - May. Call Joanne Gray, Lodge President, 360-923-1242, or email: president@olympiasonsofnorway. org, for additional information.

DANCE/THEATER LOVE TO DANCE CLUB The club holds dances from 8-11 p.m., on the second Friday of each month, with a blues swing dance class at 7 p.m., at the Olympia Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia. Cost for members and prepaid guests is $10. Call 360-943-5867, for information.

MAS UDA MIDDLE EASTERN DANCERS Sponsors an annual benefit day of workshops and evening belly dance showcase. Welcomes all levels of participation, and teach all levels from beginner to professional dancer. The emphasis is on a relaxed atmosphere in which to learn Middle Eastern dance technique, choreography, improvisation, music and culture. Mailing address: 5840 Stellar Lane SE, Lacey, WA 98513. Call Kashani, 360-459-3694, for additional information. Visit http://www.

READER’S THEATER UNLIMITED Performers read directly from scripts, much like in the old radio plays but may also use limited props, and/or wear appropriate dress. Words along with gestures and facial expressions become the primary part of communicating with audiences. To find out about auditions, or to book Reader’s Theater for your event, call Senior Services for South Sound, 360-586-6181.

RHYTHM ROUNDERS DANCE CLUB Rhythm Rounder’s dance holds a dance, phase 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. On the fourth Saturday of each month, we hold a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., a potluck at 7 p.m.,

SQUARE ONE PLUS CLUB A club that does square dancing at the PLUS level. Dances are from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and from 6:30 to 9 .m. on the third Sunday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. NE, in Olympia. Call Scott and Peggy Smith, 360-754-1830, for additional details.

LET’S DANCE Dance to a live big band, and meet new friends from 2-4 p.m. each Wednesday, at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Cost is $5 for members, $6 for non-members.

LACEY SENIOR CENTER DANCE Join in for dancing, socializing, and refreshments, from 2-4 p.m. each Thursday, due to the Lacey Senior Center expansion, the dances take place at Chinook Middle School, 4301 Sixth Ave. NE, Lacey. The “Melodies Recycled” provides wonderful dance tunes. Cost is $5 for members, and $6 for non-members.


COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY An independent, non-denominational Christian School located in Olympia/Lacey. CCA is committed to a program that inspires students to pursue excellence in moral character, academics and servant leadership to others. Maintains, promotes,

several aspects of the climate crisis, including educating and mobilizing the public, opposing more oil and coal extraction and export, and urging divestment from fossil fuel corporations. Call Glen Anderson, 360491-9093 or email:, for additional information.



Provides information to further the use of the international language Esperanto. Mailing address: 11736 Scott Creek Drive SW, Olympia WA 98512. Call Ellen Eddy, 360-754-4563 or email: eddyellen@aol. com, for additional information.

NORTH THURSTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION A charitable organization that meets at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, at the John Gott Administration Center, of the North Thurston Public Schools, except for June, July, October, and December. The Foundation serves students in the 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 360-951-4365, or email:, for more information. Visit

ENVIRONMENT CAPITOL LAKE IMPROVEMENT AND PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (CLIPA) An organization working to improve, maintain and preserve Capitol Lake, the number one jewel of Thurston County. Improving Capitol Lake requires a watershed-wide sustainable solution that is in line with the original lake vision as well as current and future needs. Mailing address: 120 State Ave. N.E. #1006, Olympia, Wa. 98501-8212. Email: Visit

CONFRONTING THE CLIMATE CRISIS A project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, we work vigorously on

A 23 year-old nonprofit, publishes the quarterly news journal, the South Sound Green Pages. It also produces and sponsors regular community events and forums about local environmental issues. Call Krag Unsoeld, President, at 360-528-9158, for additional information. Visit

THURSTON COUNTY SOLID WASTE Thurston County Solid Waste’s environmental educators offer free presentations, technical assistance, youth outreach, and may be able to attend your event. Visit www. for resources focused on recycling and waste related topics. Our database will show you where take hard-to-find recycle items. Visit www.2Good2Toss. com to sell your items under $200 or shop for a great deal on a gently used treasure. Mailing address: 9506 Tilley Road S, Ste B, Olympia, WA 98512. Call 360-867-2491 or email: ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston., for additional information.

WET SCIENCE CENTER Explore and discover more at LOTT Clean Water Alliance’s Wet Science Center. Enjoy fun, hands-on educational exhibits to learn about the water cycle, wastewater treatment processes, and the importance of water conservation. The Wet Science Center is open to all age groups, and offers fun family activities every Saturday. Admission is always free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Address: 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia. Call 360-664-2333 or email: Visit

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Part of a national organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June, at member’s homes. Call Mary Alice Peterson, 360-357-7621, or Pat Barber, 360-956-1999, for information.

and operates a K-8th grade educational institution which assists parents with quality academics and the moral training of their children. Address: 4706 Park Center Ave. NE, Lacey, WA 98516. Call 360-4932223, ext. 212 for information. Visit www.


and a phase 3 through 6 dance, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. Olympia. Call Phyllis, 360-491-3011, for additional information.

FARMERS MARKETS FRIENDS OF THE OLYMPIA FARMERS MARKET A non-profit organization formed in 1995, to preserve the Olympia Farmers Market as a creative environment and vibrant community gathering place. To promote healthy, locally-produced food and goods, and to support local sustainable agriculture. Mailing address: P.O. Box 41, Olympia, WA 98507-0041. Call 360-786-6054, or email:, for details.

a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning the first weekend in May, and running through September. Call 360-349-6066, ext. 14, or email: wren., for additional information. Web site: sheltonfarmersmarket. com.

TENINO FARMERS MARKET Location: 301 Old Highway 99, Tenino Elementary School, the market operates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, beginning June 1 and running through September 28. Mailing address: P.O. Box 554, Tenino, WA 98589. Call 360-515-0501, or log on to:, for additional information and market schedule. Find us on Facebook, and tweet us @T90Market.

ties and events. The volunteer-supported organizations educate the public about science-based integrated pest management, waste reduction and reuse, water conservation, and protection of water quality. Demonstration gardens, located throughout the community, include Closed Loop Park, Dirt Works Demonstration Garden, in Yauger Park, and Gallacci Gardens at the Olympia Farmers Market. Call 360-8672163, or visit



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Location: Corner of Woodland Square Loop and Seventh Avenue in Lacey, at Huntamer Park. The market operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Home and Garden Day, on July 13, Heritage Day, on August 1o, and Pet Day, on September 14. Call Sharon Kagy, Market Manager, at 360-791-7632 or email, for additional information. Log on to:

OLYMPIA FARMERS MARKET Location: 700 Capitol Way N., Olympia. The market operates from April through September from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; and on Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. Call 360-352-9096, or log on to, for additional information.

SHELTON FARMERS MARKET Location: Third Street, between Franklin and Cedar, the market operates from 9

Location: Corner of Capitol Blvd. and Israel Road, the market operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, from June 5 through late October. Call 360-464-5879, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

WEST OLYMPIA FARMER’S MARKET Location: Parking lot of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Now in it’s second season, the market operates from 4-7 p.m. each Tuesday of the month, from May 15-October 16. Call 425-736-3399, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

GARDENING MASTER GARDENER FOUNDATION OF THURSTON COUNTY Encourages sustainable gardening and environmental stewardship practices through financial support for the WSU Thurston County Master Gardener, and the Master Recycler Composter Programs. Membership in the foundation is open to all and costs $10 per year, which includes discounts on sponsored trips to public and private gardens, nurseries and other activi-

THE OLYMPIA ORCHID SOCIETY The Olympia Orchid Society meets at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Friendly Village Clubhouse, 1111 Archwood Drive SW, Olympia. Learn how to grow and take care of orchids with or without a greenhouse. Small friendly group with many years of knowledge to share. All levels experience welcome. Call 360491-5963, for additional information.

THE OLYMPIA ROSE SOCIETY The Olympia Rose Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month, February - June and September - November, at the Schmidt Mansion, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater. Meetings start with a social time, followed by a rose-themed program. We maintain the Centennial Rose Garden on the Mansion grounds, which is open daily to the public. We also present a Rose Show - free to the public, which will be held Saturday July 13, 2013 from noon to 5 pm. Email Doreen Milward, at, or visit www., for information about growing roses, and further details about the Olympia Rose Society.

OLYMPIC FLIGHT MUSEUM The Museum was established in 1998, at the Olympia Regional Airport, and is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and flying of vintage aircraft. Our mission is to deliver the sights, smells, and excitement of flight to every visitor. Street address: 7637A Old Highway 99 SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Sunday, April through September, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, from October through May. Call 360-705-3925, or email:

HOBBIES CAPITOL RIDERS CHAPTER OF BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN OF WASHINGTON Our mission is to perpetuate the common sense and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use, and to assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource. Capitol Riders meets at 7 p.m., on the first Tuesday of each month, at 10828 Littlerock Road SW, Olympia. Contact: Chris Enrico, 360-459-4759, for details, or visit


OAKLAND BAY CHAPTER OF BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN OF WASHINGTON Dedicated to keeping trails open for all users; educating horse users in LeaveNo-Trace practices; and providing volunteer service to resource agencies. This chapter meets at 7 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at Taylor Town Restaurant, 62 SE Lynch Road, Shelton. Call Charles Solheim, 360-426-3993, or Diane Killingsworth, 360-490-4814, or email: Visit, for more information. Find us on Facebook: BCHW-Oakland-Bay-Chapter.

OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Offers monthly meetings with programs on genealogy topics, twice-monthly “Genealogy Cafe” personal consultations at Olympia Timberland Library, as well as a beginners workshop. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1313, Olympia, WA 98507-1313. Call 360-426-6114 for more details. Visit www.

OLYMPIA HORSESHOE PITCHING CLUB Practices are from 1-3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, April through September, at Yauger Park, 3100 Capital Mall Drive SW, Olympia. Fun fellowship, and free coffee. Extra horseshoes are available. Call Duane Nault, 360-867-1854, or Jean Covington, 360-357-6846, for additional information.



A group interested in many calligraphic styles and the related fields of art, paper crafts and book arts. We range in expertise from interested beginners to professionals. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month,

An educational and help organization for users of electronic computing and communication devices, to cultivate cooperative relationships among users of all ages, and to promote knowledgeable use of personal electronics (hardware and software).

Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGS) additionally throughout the month are open to the public. Mailing address: OMUG News, PMB 225, 3701 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501-2124. Call 360-490-5873 for additional information. Visit www.olymug. org, for information about Special Interest Groups.

WASHINGTON AGATE & MINERAL SOCIETY A club for rockhounds, mineral collectors and lapidary enthusiasts, meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, at First Baptist Church of Lacey, 4702 22nd Ave. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2553, Olympia, WA 98507. Call M. J. Huetter, 360-4598121. Visit www.wamsolympia.wordpress. com.

LIBRARIES TIMBERLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY The Timberland Regional Library system provides for the information, reading and lifelong learning needs of the people and communities in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties at 27 public library branches and 7 partner locations. Discover the services, programs, and resources available to you by visiting or a local Timberland library. Questions? Call 1-800-562-6022 , for Ask a Librarian: 704-4636 in Olympia. 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.

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A literary research and publishing house devoted primarily to the study of author Jack London. There are no official meetings, but occasional meetings or talks can be scheduled by contacting David Schlottmann, 360-352-8622, or email:

except June, July, and December, at North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Drive NE, Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 12354, Olympia, WA 98508-2354. Email, for information.



North Mason Timberland Library: 23081 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. Call 360-2753232. 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.

3020 or email: Visit

GOSPEL SINGSPIRATION Old time gospel singing, at 5 p.m., on the third Saturday of each month, at Living Life Fellowship Church, 2705 Eighth Ave. NE, Olympia. Open to the public, and free of charge. Call Randy Packer, 360-956-7322, or Bob Aulabaugh, 360-456-5340, or email:, for additional information.

HYMN TIME Gospel music outreach at Panorama Convalescent Center. We sing at 6 p.m. each Tuesday of the month, in the first floor library of the Panorama City Convalescent Center, 1704 Sleater-Kinney Road SE, Lacey. Call David H. Schlottmann, 360-352-8622, or email:, for additional information. Tumwater Timberland Library: 7023 New Market St., Tumwater. Call 360-943-7790. Yelm Timberland Library: 210 Prairie Park St., Yelm. Call 360-458-3374.


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AMERICAN LEGION BAND A concert and marching band that provides music to the surrounding area. Volunteer musicians come from all different backgrounds and one does not need to be a member of the American Legion to join. Performs close to 30 times a year, and new members are welcome. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. each Thursday, at Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. Call Diana Appler, 360-888-3020, or email:, for additional information.

CAPITAL AREA CONCERT BAND An Olympia-based concert band that provides concerts to local retirement centers and the community. No audition is required and new members are always welcome. Rehearsals are from 7-8:30 p.m. each Monday, during the school year, at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road SW, Olympia. Call Diana Appler, 360-888-

MASTERWORKS CHORAL ENSEMBLE All concerts are at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. We are an adult Southwest Washington chorus dedicated to performance, community service, music education, and leadership in the arts. The mission is to perform sacred and secular choral, orchestral, and new commissioned works; to collaborate with other arts groups; to participate in community service activities; and to provide a leadership in developing, sponsoring and broadening the vocal arts. Masterworks performs a concert in October, December, April and June. Masterworks also sponsors the annual Harmony Sweepstakes in March. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1091, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-491-3305 or email: Visit

SOUTH PUGET SOUND COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA The South Puget Sound Community Orchestra welcomes continuing musicians with no formal audition. In a friendly, supportive atmosphere, orchestra members hone sight-reading and performance skills, as well as learning history and style of a variety of musical compositions. Rehearsals are usually from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday, in the Black Hills High School Performing Arts Center, 7741 Littlerock

Road SW, Olympia. Information, schedule, and registration is available through the South Puget Sound Community College Continuing Education Program, by calling 360-596-5753. Visit

STUDENT ORCHESTRAS OF GREATER OLYMPIA 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. There are weekly rehearsals weekly rehearsals, coaching, music theory and history sessions, and three concerts at the Washington Center. Mailing address: SOGO, 1629 22nd Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Call Krina Allison, 360-352-1438 for details. Visit

SUMMER MUSIC 2013 AT SAINT MARTIN’S UNIVERSITY Summer Music 2013, will be from June 24-July 5, at Saint Martin’s College, and will feature a variety of one-hour classes in band, orchestra, and guitar. Students in grades 4-8 are invited to learn an instrument or, for the experienced musician, advance his or her skills in a fun-filled musical environment. The class fee is $75 for one class; $140 for two classes, and $65 per class for three or more classes. Call Krina Allison, 360-352-1438, or email:, for details. For information on the classes, and payment information, visit http://www.stmartin. edu/summer_session/music.

PROFESSIONAL PROSPECTS BUSINESSMEN’S NETWORK A men’s group that meets from 7 to 8 a.m. each Wednesday of the month, at Coldwell Banker, 3333 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater. The purpose of the group is to exchange business leads and referrals among the members. For additional information, call Tim Barlow, 360-570-0106, or Bob Jorgenson, 360-352-7651, or email: tim@cornerstoneh



Active in Washington since 1929, the group hikes are scheduled year-round offering laid-back hiking, stewardship and appreciation of Washington woods, mountains and beaches. For information, email: Don Muck, Mailing address: P.O. Box 14397, Tumwater, WA 98511. Visit

Fun, fitness, and friendship in non-competitive walking events open to everyone. Group walks are held each Monday afternoon and Thursday morning year-round, and Tuesday evening walks available when the days are longer. Meetings are bimonthly. Visit www.capitolvolkssportclub. org. for meeting days, times and locations. Call Perki Sweet, 360-459-8167, for additional details.

OLYMPIA MOUNTAINEERS The Mountaineers are dedicated to enriching the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest. Join us for hiking, skiing, sea kayaking, snowshoeing, backpacking and more. Call 360-754-1530, for information.

OLYMPIA SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON A family friendly, educational and social boating organization. General meetings are on the third Monday of each month, except July and August, at Olympia Yacht Club. Classes include America’s Boating Course and various educational classes are offered. The Squadron provides year-round vessel safety examinations for boaters, and is active in community events promoting the organization and teach of safe boating habits. Call Cmdr. Peter Peterson, 360-7534145, for additional information.

Supports, preserves and enhances parks, arts, recreation and cultural programs, facilities and assets in Thurston County. The PARC Foundation also supports many activities to raise money for specialized programs. Call 360-352-0980, for information, or email: Visit

OLYMPIA SENIORS COED SOFTBALL Call The Olympia Senior Center, at 360586-6181, for information regarding the senior softball league.

RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON, OLYMPIA CHAPTER 2 We unite public employees for their mutual welfare, protect retirement benefits, protect the rights of retired public employees, ensure continuation of benefits including cost of living increases, health-care coverage, senior services, and consumer protection, and to promote social activities for members, their spouses and guests. The council meets at 1:30 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month, except June, July and August, at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Mailing address: 906 Columbia St. SW, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 800-562-6097 or 360-352-8262, for information. Visit, or email: Denny Johnston, wsu74@comcast. net.

SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND Supports older adults in their ability to remain independent within the community. Since 1973, the agency has been committed to improving and enriching the lives of the seniors and their families in Mason and Thurston Counties through programs and activities. Senior Services offers The Senior Center Activities Program; The Senior Nutrition Program; The Services To At-Risk Seniors Program; Transportation Service; The Supportive Services Program;

SENIOR TAI CHI CLUB Yang Family Long Form. Yang Style can be described as comfortable, graceful extended movements in a slow, released steady tempo and with gentle, stable, flowing movements. Call 360-586-6181, for information on class times, and locations.

TAI CHI FOR PARKINSON’S Developed strictly for those with Parkinson’s Disease. Call 360-586-6181, for information on class times and locations.

SPIRITUAL OLYMPIA AREA CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, meets at noon on the second Tuesday of each month, at Chambers Restaurant, 1751 Circle Lane SE, Lacey. Cost is $13. Call 360-4930627, for reservations.

OLYMPIA ZEN CENTER Practicing in Olympia since 1995, we offer meditation services, retreats, study, training and experience in all forms of traditional Soto Zen practice open to everyone, along with residency for practicing students at the center. We emphasize the teachings of Priest-Poet Ryokan, with whom we are in lineage. Morning meditation begins at 6:15 a.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 7 a.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month, with newcomer orientation. Evening meditation is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays with newcomer orientation at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday. There are also evening meditations at 5:30 each Thursday. Address: 3248 39th Way NE, Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-357-2835 or email: director@OlympiaZ Visit www.OlympiaZenCenter. org.

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The South Sound Care Connection; and more. Address: Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, and Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Call 360-586-6181, or visit, for additional information about these programs.



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Established in 1963, Morningside is a nonprofit company that assists individuals with disabilities find employment. We also provide support services to employers who hire, or are interested in hiring individuals with disabilities. Morningside operates in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Clallam Counties. Administrative offices: 809 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-943-0512, for additional information. Visit

Meetings begin with a social hour at 6:15 p.m., and a meeting at 7 p.m. on fourth Tuesday of each month, at the V.F.W. Hall, 2902 Martin Way E, Olympia. AmVets is a national volunteer-led veterans service organization with a proud history of lending a hand to service members, veterans, and their families by sponsoring programs including scholarships, a food bank, and a service officer to assist with veteran issues and programs. Call Adjutant Gary Haney, 360-480-2131, for information on membership or assistance. You can also leave a message at the V.F.W., 360-357-9255.

SOUTH PUGET SOUND UP WITH DOWN SYNDROME Promotes awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at Parent to Parent , 1012 Homann Drive SE, in Lacey. Call Becca Brandt, 360-915-6276 or email:, for additional information. Our big event is the Buddy Walk on Oct. 5, 2013. This involves a program and 1 mile walk in support of people with Down syndrome.w




Weight-loss support and wellness education organization, established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success. Meetings are at 10 a.m. each Tuesday, at Friendly Village Clubhouse, 1111 Archwood Drive SW, Olympia. Call Dave Hoffman, 360-357-4975, for details.


Helping local veterans and community youth. Address: 285 Sussex Ave. W, Tenino, WA 98589. Call 360-264-5420, for additional information.

YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THURSTON COUNTY A drop-in youth development agency serving school-age youth from 5-15 years of age. Club programs are offered daily after school and offer affordable camp programs during school breaks (winter, spring and summer). Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. The cost is $25 per child per year. Locations: Administrative office, 905 24th Way SW, Ste. A2, Olympia, WA 98502.

GIRLS WITHOUT LIMITS! (GWOL!) A low-cost weekend, spring break and summer camp program that encourages girls ages 10-14 to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), gain career awareness via mentorship with professional women, and foster self-esteem and leadership skills in a positive and fun learning environment. Call Hillary Soens, 360-352-0593.

THURSTON COUNTY 4-H DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM The Thurston County 4-H Youth Development Program is part of a 110 year-old national program which allows youth grades K-12 to grow into confident, capable, and caring citizens. Through club membership, youth are mentored by understanding adults in leadership, personal skills, and project management. The 4-H year begins October 1, and runs through September 30, but members may join at any time. Participation in the Thurston County Fair and the Washington State 4-H Fair in Puyallup is strongly encouraged. Community service is a strong part of 4-H involvement. Address: Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Olympia, 98503. Call 360-867-2157, for information about joining 4-H or email: tc4h@co.thurston. Thurston County 4-H is part of the WSU Thurston County Extension and has a web-site at Facebook : https://www.facebook. com/ThurstonCounty4H. WSU Extension Programs and the Thurston County 4-H are open to all without discrimination.

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Group meets at 6:30 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, lower floor medical conference room, 413 Lilly Road NE, Olympia. Call 360-491-6938 or 360-490-0506, for details.

A group of men that did not go into military service for a variety of reasons, some medical. If you are related to a veteran who qualifies to be a ‘AMVET’ member, then you qualify for Sons of AMVETS. The group helps veterans and their families and/or people in need of help in Thurston County. Call Charlie Harris, USMC, 360-412-5135, for additional information.

Call 360-956-0755; Lacey: 1105 Tracey Lane SE, Lacey, WA 98503. 360-438-6811. Director: Shellica Trevino; Olympia Club: Jefferson Middle School, 2200 Conger Ave. NW, Olympia, WA 98502. 360-556-3615. Director: Mike Babauta; Rochester Club: 10140 Highway 12 SW, Rochester, WA 98579. 360-273-9397. Director: Ashlee Fitch; Tumwater Club: 600 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501. 360-570-8888. Director: Dan Shelfer. Visit




estern Washington music lovers get a rare treat in the summer months: a chance to hear terrific live performances outdoors at some of the area’s most picturesque locales. Nearly every city in the region sponsors its own summer outdoor concert series. Check with your community to get the lineups. But here, in chronological order, are some of the big names in music and comedy who are coming to some of the biggest and best outdoor venues in the region this summer:

PARADISO FESTIVAL with TIESTO and KASKADE, June 28-29, The Gorge Amphitheatre. $100-$500. BARENAKED LADIES, BEN FOLDS FIVE and GUSTER, 7 p.m. June 29, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. $46.50-$86. JOHN MAYER with PHILLIP PHILLIPS 7:30 p.m. June 29, The Gorge Amphitheater. $46.50-$94. STEVE MILLER BAND, 7 p.m. June 29, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. $49-$89.

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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW 6 p.m. June 30, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $32.50. PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, 7 p.m. July 7, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. $45 and $65. HELL’S BELLES with HEART BY HEART, 4:30 p.m. July 7, Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza. $19. HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS, 6 p.m. July 7, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $39.50. BILL ENGVALL, 7 p.m. July 11, Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza. $41-$90. CHRIS BOTTI, 7 p.m. July 13, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. $39.50-$49.50.

COUNTING CROWS AND THE WALLFLOWERS, 6:30 p.m. July 15, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. $56-$90.50. JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO with HOLLY WILLIAMS, 6 p.m. July 17, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $28. DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT, 7 p.m. July 18, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. $75-$91. PAUL McCARTNEY, 8 p.m. July 19, Safeco Field, Seattle. $54-$279. RANDY NEWMAN, 6 p.m. July 24, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $28. LEANN RIMES, 6 p.m. July 26, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $32.50. CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY with THE FLAMING LIPS, July 26-28, Seattle. Three-day passes are $75. PHISH, July 26-27, The Gorge Amphitheater. Twoday passes are $177, one-day-only tickets are $74. GIPSY KINGS, 7 p.m. July 28, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. $39.50-$69.50. INDIGO GIRLS, 6 p.m. July 30 and July 31, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $28. WATERSHED FESTIVAL with TOBY KEITH, LUKE BRYAN and BRAD PAISLEY, Aug. 2-4, Gorge Amphitheatre. $149 for a three-day festival pass. LYLE LOVETT, 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. $47.50-$77.50. PINK MARTINI, 6 p.m. Aug. 4, Marymoor Park, Redmond. $45-$75. TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE with JJ GREY & MOFRO, 6 p.m. Aug. 7, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $26.

CRAIG MORGAN, 9 p.m. Sept. 6, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $40.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE O’JAYS, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. $49.50-$79.50.

KISW PAIN IN THE GRASS with ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, JANE’S ADDICTION, AND COHEED AND CAMBRIA, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7, The Gorge Amphitheatre. Tickets are $74 for a day pass and go on sale at 10 a.m. today.

HARRY CONNICK JR., 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. $57.50-$99.50. TODD SNIDER’S TRAVELING FOLK SHOW with SHAWN MULLINS, HAYES CARLL and SARAH JAROSZ, 6 p.m. Aug. 11, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $24. DWIGHT YOAKAM, 7 p.m. Aug. 11, Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza. $57-$110. ROGER HODGSON, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza. $41-$90. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES, 6 p.m. Aug. 13, Marymoor Park, Redmond. $45-$65. TRAIN with GAVIN DEGRAW and THE SCRIPT, 7 p.m. Aug. 14, White River Amphitheater, Auburn. $25-$90. STEELY DAN, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Marymoor Park, Redmond. $55-$115. LOREENA MCKENNITT, 6 p.m. Aug. 15, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $32.50. BRANDI CARLILE, 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. $39.50. WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY, 7 p.m. Aug. 23, Marymoor Park, Redmond. $45-$65.

LITTLE BIG TOWN, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $20-$60. CEELO GREEN, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $20-$60. CARRIE UNDERWOOD, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $45-$95. ALABAMA, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $35-$95. ZAC BROWN BAND, 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Gorge Amphitheatre. $66. JEREMY CAMP, TENTH AVENUE NORTH, KUTLESS, and JARS OF CLAY, 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $20-$40. LARRY THE CABLE GUY, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $20-$65. AUSTIN MAHONE & BRIDGIT MENDLER, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $25-$60. KID ROCK, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $45-$95.

THE BEACH BOYS, 7 p.m. Aug. 25, Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza. $41-$90.

FURTHUR with PHIL LESH and BOB WEIR, 6 p.m. Sept. 24, Marymoor Park, Redmond. $59.50.

1964 THE TRIBUTE (Beatles Tribute), 7 p.m. Aug. 25, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. $20.

MAROON 5 and KELLY CLARKSON, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, The Gorge Amphitheatre. $45.50-$116.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, Aug. 30Sept. 1, Gorge Amphitheatre. $61.50-$90 or $120 for three-day lawn tickets.

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CHRIS ISAAK, 7 p.m. Aug. 24, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. $45-$69.50.

TRACE ADKINS, 9 p.m. Sept. 7, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. $40.


FRANKIE VALLI, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza. $57-$110.


ooking for a less strenuous way to get outdoors in the summer sunshine? Western Washington communities host a plethora of festival and fairs you can choose from all summer long. Here are some of the biggest and best:


Traditional parade, coronation of the Big Cheese, and street festival at this year’s annual Cheese Days celebration. Over the course of the three-day celebration, visitors can also participate in a frog-jumping contest, attend a wine-andcheese-tasting event, eat lunch at the Lions Club picnic, and try their luck at gambling during “Reno Night.”




Family festival includes “KIDZ Zone,” movie at dusk, vendors in the public market, live entertainment from two different stages, a three-on-three basketball tournament and a free 5K fun run.


Celebrate Freedom Fair, featuring all the usual Fourth of July activities: air shows, great food, vendors, exhibits, rides and events. It’s the South Sound’s largest annual event, ending with the Northwest’s biggest fireworks show over Puget Sound.


Enjoy an old-fashioned, family-friendly Fourth of July with entertainment on four stages including a heritage stage and children’s stage, kids’ and teen games, guided walking tours, black powder demonstrations, food and beverage vendors, and a fireworks show.




Arts and craft booths, a sidewalk sale, battle of the bands, car show, grand parade and fireworks.



In-city sand sculpture displays and competition on the beach with multiple amateur and professional competitors. Sand Flea Pet Parade Saturday at 1 p.m. on the beach.

Self-guided farm tours, street fair, dinner cruises to Protection Island to see puffins and totem tours.



A mushroom-and-wine event featuring local Washington wines paired with mushroom hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing, speakers, cooking demonstrations, and a kids fun zone.


AUG. 23-25

The 17th annual celebration of anything and everything garlic, as well as locally made crafts and arts displays. Garlic-themed cuisine, artisans and craft vendors, antiques, kids’ activities, chef demonstrations, live music, wine tasting and a beer garden. There will be 65 strains of natural garlic.

AUG. 17, 10 A.M. (8 a.m. lineup at heritage park, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.). Judging and parade begins at 10 a.m. Water Street, Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia.



Team sand sculpting competition. Art activities, face painting and more. 414 Jefferson Street NE, Olympia.

AUG. 8-11

The Loggers’ Jubilee has become “the Granddaddy of all Logging Shows” and a celebration that includes Main Street parades, lawn-mower races, logging shows, and the Jubilee Queen Coronation.



Music at the Ilwaco Marina begins at 7 p.m. Friday and runs until 10 p.m. Saturday.

Harbor Days is an annual festival where tugboats return to the southern most tip of Puget Sound for three days of entertainment, food, art, history and a last farewell to summer. Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at Olympia’s Percival Landing and many of them are open for tour. Be on hand at noon Sunday as the tugs leave shore to participate in the Annual Harbor Days Tugboat Races, out in the deep channel of the bay.






Annual one-day live jazz event includes grilled oysters, desserts and more from peninsula restaurants.

Seattle’s music and arts festival is the nation’s largest arts festival, attracting more than 100,000 people to Seattle Center every Labor Day weekend.




Voted Best Kite Festival in the World by Kite Trade Association International, the week includes competitions by both professional and amateur kite fliers, choreographed kite flies, mass ascensions, fireworks, lighted night kite flies and a variety of vendors.


This festival is three days of wine and food paired with live jazz and fine art and craft vendors.

The former Western Washington Fair, now renamed the Washington State Fair, is the biggest traditional fair in the state. Enjoy scones and a myriad of other food as well as animal exhibits, carnival rides, rodeos, and a whole slate of live concerts.

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