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A guide to communities and services in Thurston County



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. The Olympian is 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. But we have made changes. 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. There’s a lot of expertise in The Olympian newsroom. Reporting staff ranges from our most senior reporter, John Dodge, who has been an environ-

mental reporter and columnist here for 28 years to our newest reporter, Chelsea Krotzer, a native Washingtonian who came to The Olympian in the past year from Montana. They bookend a reporting staff of seven people that includes political editor Brad Shannon, City of Olympia reporter Matt Batcheldor, education reporter Lisa Pemberton, crime and courts reporter Jeremy Pawloski and business reporter Rolf Boone. In addition, we have two award-winning photojournalists, Steve Bloom and Tony Overman and preps reporter Megan Wochnick. And, there’s me. I started here in 1982 and have worked in various news positions for 30 years. There have been a lot of changes in 30 years, but what hasn’t changed is The Olympian’s commitment to being the first and trusted source of news of this community, whether you find it on your porch in the morning, when you log onto your computer, or on your phone or tablet. Thanks for reading.


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2001, people around the country clicked onto The Olympian’s website to check on the welfare of friends and relatives living in South Sound. Reports of major news such a record snowfall or events at Occupy Olympia draw readers to The Olympian’s website. Readers trust that they will find updates in the next morning’s newspaper. Online photo galleries with additional photographs of community events, breaking news, athletic competitions and community celebrations are a popular feature as are daily blogs by Olympian journalists. Readers can submit a letter to the editor at Residents who want to submit a news release or club notice go to Multimedia extras can be found on The Olympian’s website. The online Olympian also has this Sourcebook along with an entertainment guide at Submit an item for the entertainment calendar at The environment, education, government and the Northwest all have their own pages, with interactive elements online at; the, 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

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.



bus ride anywhere in IT’s system costs $1 for a oneway trip, and $2 round trip. A daily bus pass is $2 and monthly pass costs between $15 and $30 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 was recognized as the nation’s best mid-size system in 2009 and became one of the first public transportation systems in the country to earn a Gold level rating for its significant sustainability work.


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.

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 permile rate is charged to cover costs. IT’s service area for bus and Dial-A-Lift paratransit service is roughly the urban growth boundaries of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm, plus portions of unincorporated Thurston County.

PARK & RIDE Park and Ride lots are free to the public at the following locations for Intercity Transit customers: The Martin Way Park and Ride in Lacey 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. Also, in the fall of 2012, IT

will open a new Park and Ride Facility at Hawks Prairie at the Marvin Road exit 111 off of I-5.

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 1-800-287-6348, or at customer IT’s e-mail is IT’s web site is www. 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: www.wsdot. Sound Transit:


IT saw record use of its services in 2011. And in 2011, Intercity Transit’s fixed route bus service provided 4.5 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 day and about 4.5 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-onone 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 longdistance 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



active duty The ranks at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of the nation’s largest Army bases, grew by thousands of soldiers over the past nine years. Now the base is catching up with its expanding population. STAF F R E P ORT

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n 2010, the Army and the Air Force formally married Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base into the largest of the nation’s 12 joint bases. This has allowed military resources

and investment to flow into the South Sound even as the Defense Department plans to scale back its forces as the nation winds down its decade-long war footing. More than 34,000 active-duty soldiers are stationed at LewisMcChord, up from 19,000 in

2003. The most recent addition is 1,800 soldiers assigned to a combat aviation brigade that should complete their move to the base in early fall 2012. About one-third of its soldiers are assigned to the three Stryker combat brigades developed by the Army and using an eight-wheeled armored troop carrier to fill the void between heavy tanks and infantry forces fighting on foot. Lewis-McChord played a key role in the development of the program about a decade ago. Lewis-McChord’s total payroll tops $3.7 billion with about 56,600 employees, making it the state’s third-largest employer and an economic juggernaut for Pierce and Thurston counties. The base has more than 40,900 active-duty and Reserve soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, as well some 15,300 civilian employees and contractors. South Sound residents generally didn’t feel the full effects of the base’s rapid expansion because continual deployments to the Middle East kept many soldiers and military families away from their home stations. That changed in the fall of 2010, when about 18,000 soldiers returned from assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most stayed home in 2011, but thousands of soldiers are filing out again this year to Afghanistan as that conflict reaches its endgame. The most visible and audible indication of the growth at LewisMcChord is heavier traffic on Interstate 5 and the “sounds of freedom” echoing from artillery exercises. With the arrival of the combat aviation brigade, helicopters will be more frequently visible in the skies above the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge and Lewis-McChord’s training ranges. On the ground, long convoys of Army vehicles frequently travel on Interstate 5. They’re usually headed


missions calling them to assignments all over the world. Both the activeduty 62nd Airlift Wing and Reserve 446th Airlift Wing make use of the base’s fleet of Boeing-made C-17 Globemaster IIIs. They’re 174-foot long cargo planes that deliver people and supplies to battlefields and humanitarian crises. The 446th holds a key medical evacuation mission for the military. It’s charged with flying wounded service members to military hospitals worldwide. Airmen from both wings also participate in Operation Deep Freeze each year, delivering supplies to scientists in Antarctica. In April, Army Secretary John McHugh announced that a division headquarters led by a two-star general would be established at Lewis-Mchord to focus on mentorship, training and discipline of the soldiers stationed there. The announcement came after a spate of high-profile crimes involving current and past Lewis-McChord soldiers, including the massacre of 17 Afghan civilians allegedly at the hands of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. The crimes focused national attention on Lewis-McChord and raised questions about whether the stresses of multiple combat deployments were partly to blame. McHugh said the decision to establish the headquarters was in response to the rapid growth at Lewis-McChord and not due to those incidents. The Washington National Guard also has important assets in the South Sound. It has maintained a unit in Olympia since 1939. The armory on Eastside Street is the headquarters for the 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment. The 205th Leadership Regiment is at Camp Murray, the statewide headquarters for the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. The regiment’s primary duties

include coordinating and supervising leadership and training for commissioned and noncommissioned officers. As of May, about 120 Washington Army and Air National Guardsmen were deployed around the globe, primarily in support of the war in Afghanistan. Camp Murray also is home to the Air National Guard’s 194th Wing, a contingent of 1,000 airmen who engage in classified cybersecurity missions. National Guard leaders are tight-lipped in describing the unit’s responsibilities, but they say the support wing draws from the talents of the Puget Sound’s technology industry. Air National Guard soldiers in the Puget Sound region also are responsible for the first line of defense over the country’s western skies. The Western Air Defense Sector is based at Lewis-McChord, where about 200 personnel keep watch over the nation’s airspace west of the Mississippi River. WADS is made up of personnel from the Washington Air National Guard, Army, Navy, civil service components and Canadian forces. They watch radars for signs of suspicious activity and would be the first eyes to spot a hijacked plane.

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to and from the Yakima Training Center, a 324,000-acre compound where Army units practice largescale exercises. But growth at Lewis-McChord has impacted surrounding communities in less obvious ways by placing increased demands on housing, schools and social services. Last year, more than a dozen local agencies joined forces to better manage the area’s militaryrelated growth. So far, the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership has secured tens of millions of dollars in funding to replace aging schools and construct short-term fixes to ease I-5 congestion through Lewis-McChord. On base, the tempo at LewisMcChord continues at a fast clip even as the nation has ended combat in Iraq and is slated to win down its presence in Afghanistan. • The base’s Warrior Transition Battalion opened last summer a new, $52 million complex for wounded and sick soldiers. About 440 soldiers report to the battalion, and more than 60 percent of them usually leave the military for medical reasons. The new housing will include apartments for about 400 soldiers. • Lewis-McChord’s headquarters unit, the Army I Corps led by Curtis Scaparrotti, is set to return from its deployment to Afghanistan this summer after leading NATO’s daily combat operations. Upon its return,Scapporrati, also LewisMcChord’s top general, will be succeeded by Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, who led a JBLM-based Stryker brigade into combat in Iraq in 2004-05. • All three of Lewis-McChord’s three Stryker Brigades will serve in Afghanistan this year, with one set to return home in December. • The two primary Air Force units at Lewis-McChord have daily


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BY B R AD S HAN NON/ Staff writer

The shrinkage in state government jobs continues in Washington, and no community feels that lingering effect of the Great Recession than the capital city Olympia. LEGISLATIVE BUILDING

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 monument as a centerpiece of a five-building 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.

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our years after the global downturn landed its first punches on South Sound’s economy, Olympia and its capital-city neighbors are still feeling the loss of more than 2,190 full- and parttime jobs in state agencies, which had peaked in 2008 and now are at levels last seen more than a decade ago. But the more things change on the jobs front, Olympia remains the low-key and liberal place it has been for a few decades. The dome of the state Legislative Building still rises with grandeur over Olympia, the local architecture, temperament, education level and landscape bear the permanent stamp of state government’s rather oversized effect. And the Capitol Campus grounds still function as a theatrical home to political protests – including an almost two-month-long Occupy Olympia encampment at state-owned Heritage Park. It sported more than 100 tents and proved to be one of the most peaceful such protests in the country against the Wall Street activities that drove the economic. “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 welleducated 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. “The presence of the magnificent Capitol Group and the Old Capitol are tangible reminders of the role of state government in the city’s identity and how fortunate we are to have these buildings as signature landmarks of Olympia.” That said, the Great Recession has taken a toll. State government’s role as the major provider of Thurston County jobs keeps slipping. More than a third of jobs in the community are in the public sector, including local-governments, schools and military, but the share due to the state is now closer to one in five than one in four. As of mid-April 2012, there were 21,181 people employed in the state executive, judicial and legislative branches in Thurston County. That is below the peak of 23,373 jobs in Thurston County in June 2008 and even below the total 11 years ago. Despite state population growth over the decade, the number of local

state-government jobs is expected to decline again this year – reaching levels last seen during the 1990s. Those reductions have been accompanied by restructuring of agencies, mergers and relocations of staff in new buildings closer to the Capitol Campus. “It certainly affects us here,” said Connie Lorenz, executive director for the Olympia Downtown Association. “A case in point obviously is what has been going on with the state agencies that left the core of downtown. Several businesses have noticed the difference. You don’t get the lunch business, the quick going in for a card ... One of the restaurants, La Taqueria, completely closed.’’ “It’s also affected retailers,” Lorenz said adding that some merchants are “waiting for that ribbon to get cut” on renovations to buildings the state vacated, so business can perk back up. That had not happened as of May, but Michael Cade, executive director of the Thurston County Economic Development Council, said he thinks the worst is over, despite uncertainty and continuing political pressure to reduce the footprint of state government. “Overall I think we’ve seen the bottom so to speak ... The basic structure of our local economy is still there,’’ Cade said. “There’ll still be some job shedding but those may occur in offices around the state. Now I think we’ll start building up again.’’ One reason for his modest optimism is the politically popular spending on national defense – particularly as personnel has been consolidated at Joint Base Lewis McChord. “It’s had the leavening effect on the job shedding by the state,” Cade said. “We have one government entity replacing another in our local economy. The difference with JBLM is they do a lot of contracting. So we have seen some growth in manufacturing, services and construction in areas that supply (the base). ... I think we are still well positioned for a strong, vibrant economy.’’ Through the ebb and flow of political and business cycles, the culture remains pretty much the same – although Olympia did undergo a metamorphosis in the middle of the last century and has been growing more liberal over time. “Lumber and coal and sandstone mining were the dominant sources of

SOURCEBOOK 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,” says a Thurston County profile from the state Employment Security Department. “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 – The Evergreen State College northwest of Olympia and South Puget Sound Community College, which 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 work force. One product of that political terrain is former Olympia mayor Doug Mah,

who works for a state informationtechnology office created by a recent five-agency restructuring and decided to end his 10-year run in city government with last year’s election cycle. “I think the region has become more diverse. We cannot downplay the impact of Fort Lewis and McChord. We have more people working on base and in association with the military. So state government, Joint Base Lewis McChord and The Evergreen State College – public sector jobs – have altered and diversified the economy,” Mah said. Similar to Stevenson, Mah thinks state government “has its own culture” which includes an educated workforce. “These people tend to be community minded and public service oriented. I think the community as a whole is pretty engaged in civic affairs and pretty knowledgeable about local, regional and national affairs as well,” Mah said. “We see that in our comments (at city’s forums). We see that in how people interact with their local government and in their neighborhoods and communities.”. State government also has “iconic buildings and grounds” that mark the regional identity, according to Mah. The Capitol brings hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to glimpse the stone building’s highly-crafted interiors while its stone exterior steps serve as the staging ground for political rallies,

protests and campaign kickoffs. There also have been big local fights between those wanting to preserve the century old Capitol Campus’ design and panoramic views from development projects on the city’s isthmus that divides Capitol Lake from Puget Sound. Mah survived those fights although the turmoil has led to a nearly complete change on the City Council in just a couple of years. Although he left his side job as mayor, Mah is still playing a role in promoting the city and region. He serves on a welcome committee for the local visitor and convention group, and he is looking forward to a major meeting of tribes on the Olympia waterfront on July 29. That is when 110 to 130 canoes belonging to about 120 sovereign tribal nations are bringing a canoe journey to Olympia, home of a state government that tribes negotiate with on many policy issues on a “state to state” basis, or equals. The event is expected to draw 10,000 spectators, and Mah said: “I think it has a lot of special meaning for the tribes to land in Olympia.’’ Brad Shannon: 360-753-1688



2012 2008 2002 1997 1993







60,284 68,382 64,045 60,346 58,029

21,181 23,374 21,390 20,496 20,317

8,829 10,530 9,845 9,521 9,075

6,542 8,084 7,876 7,086 6,631

4,859 5,381 5,119 4,536 4,412

2,985 3,226 3,015 2,875 2,609

Data source is the state Office of Financial Management. Its figures were calculated in mid-April going back to 1993 or 20 years.

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State government is the major employer in Olympia and Thurston County. But that job base is shrinking a bit –illustrated by the chart below that shows the number of workers on the state payroll in part and full-time state jobs at different times over the last 20 years. The five counties listed have the most state-government jobs not counting universities and colleges.



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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.



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

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).

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CAPITOL CAMPUS KEY 1 Legislative Building 2 Governor’s Mansion 3 John L. O’Brien Building (House offices) 4 John A. Cherberg Building (Senate offices) 5 Irving Newhouse Building (Senate offices) 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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Capital Medical Center on the west side and Providence St. Peter Hospital on the east side serve the South Sound medical community, offering 24-hour emergency rooms and a range of cardiology, neurology and other medical specialties.


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ut in the past year, new clinics have highlighted health care growth in South Sound. 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. A division of Providence, Providence Medical Group, also is set to open an $8 million Providence Medical Group office building at Britton Plaza. It will be the 21st medical facility in Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor counties that operate under the banner of Providence Medical

Group, Southwest Washington. Other recent additions to the South Sound health care landscape: • Providence Family Medicine, a 4,100-square-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 is set to complete work this year on 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 high-risk pregnancies, now are under one roof in a 6,200-squarefoot 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 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 360-704-2900.


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Like many communities, 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.

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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

SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND: For those who are new to the area, the Olympia center offers a Newcomers and Community Awareness Club that offers guest speakers and field trips. The Olympia and Lacey centers also hosts a variety of programs, including: The Senior Nutrition Program, which serves 11:45 a.m. meals, offers meal delivery and offers affordable, balanced meals through “Dinners For You.” The STARS Adult Day Program for frail seniors and disabled adults, which offers activities during the day so caretakers can take a break. The South Sound Care Connection, which provides in-home caregiver placement, long-term care planning, family consultations and support group facilitation, as well as an Alzheimer’s disease education and support program. The Activities Program, with many classes (yoga, EnhanceFitness, tai chi, rock and roll chorus, meditation, watercolors); services (dental, acupuncture, massage and haircuts); and lectures. The Trips, Tours and Travel program, provides group field trips for all ages. To learn more, you can attend Senior Services 101 tour, which are held periodically at the Olympia and Lacey senior centers. For dates, call 360-586-6181 or visit For seniors who want to flex their political muscles, South Sound also is home to the Washington state Senior Citizens’ Lobby, a forum for senior advocacy groups throughout the state. For information, call 360-754-0207 or go to 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 26-29 and registration deadline is July 16. For more information and registration forms, see

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LACEY South Sound’s largest school district, North Thurston Public Schools, is led by superintendent Raj Manhas, a former superintendent of the Seattle School District. The district is the most ethnically diverse in Thurston County, with about 14,000 students. And it’s growing fast. District officials predict enrollment will reach 18,500 in the next 20 years. The district’s newest schools include Chambers Prairie Elementary in the south Lacey area, and Aspire Middle School for the Performing Arts, a magnet school for grades six to eight. The district also has Challenge Academy, which provides more academically advanced programs for middle school students. North Thurston covers 74 square miles in northeastern Thurston County and has three comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, three traditional

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

middle schools, a magnet middle school and 13 elementary schools. In February, voters approved a fouryear, $128 million levy that will pay for everything from teacher salaries and special education programs to transportation and performing arts programs. 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 9,400 students. It had an approved general fund budget of about $86.5 million for the 2011-12 school year. The district has 11 neighborhood elementary schools and four middle schools. Capital and Olympia high schools, the two comprehensive high schools, are cross-town rivals. The district has alternative programs at all school levels. Lincoln Options is the alternative program at Lincoln Elementary School. Reeves and Marshall middle schools also house the alternative programs for sixth through eighth grades.

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, voters approved a 20year, $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 March, the Olympia School Board hired Tacoma-native Dick Cvitanich) to be its new leader, replacing longtime superintendent Bill Lahmann who was scheduled to retire in June. Address: 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-596-6100 Web site:


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

OTHER PUBLIC DISTRICTS GRIFFIN SCHOOL DISTRICT, northwest of Olympia, serves about 670 students. The district operates a K-8 school, and contracts with the Olympia School District to send its high school students

Address: 6530 33rd Ave. N.W., Olympia Phone: 360-866-2515 Web site: RAINIER SCHOOL DISTRICT, southeast of Lacey, serves about 930 students. The district operates an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. It is led by superintendent Tim Garchow. Voters approved a four-year $6.76 million M&O levy in 2012. The district’s general fund budget for 2011-12 was about $7.69 million. Address: 307 Alaska St., Rainier Phone: 360-446-2207 Web site: ROCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT, southwest of Tumwater, serves about 2,370 students. The district operates a primary school for grades kindergarten through two, an elementary school for grades three through five, a middle school, a high school, an alternative school and Maple Lane School, a school for students in the state juvenile system. It is led by superintendent Kim Fry. Voters approved a four-year, nearly $15 million M&O levy in February. Address: 10140 Highway 12 S.W., Rochester Phone: 360-273-5536 Web site: STEILACOOM HISTORICAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, northeast of Lacey, serves about 5,500 students and operates a primary school, three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. In May, the district announced that it would close its K-8 virtual academy that served students throughout the state at the end of the school year.

The district is led by superintendent William 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. Address: 301 Old Highway 99 N., Tenino Phone: 360-264-3400 Web site:

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The Tumwater School District is the third-largest school district and has about 6,300 students. The district is led by superintendent Mike Kirby, who was hired in 2010. Its 2011-12 general fund budget totaled about $60.5 million. Tumwater operates two comprehensive high schools, an alternative program for high school students in grades 10-12 called Secondary Options, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. Tumwater also runs New Market Skills Center, a training program for students that attempts to meet the demands for skilled employees by regional industries. New Market is a consortium of 25 high schools in the region, and serves juniors and seniors in public and private high schools and students who are home-schooled. New Market is a public high school, so its programs are free to attend. Students can learn trades as diverse as banking, culinary arts and veterinary science.

to Capital High School. It is led by principal-superintendent Greg Woods. Voters approved a two-year, nearly $4.6 million M&O levy in February. The district’s general fund budget for 2011-12 was about $7.4 million.

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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:

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.

SHELTON SCHOOL DISTRICT serves more than 4,000 students in Mason County. It has three elementary schools, a middle

Address: 700 S. First St., Shelton Phone: 360-426-1687 Web site:

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

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

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

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:

SERENDIPITY ACADEMY AT THE LODGE Address: 4015 Tumwater Valley Dr., Tumwater Phone: 360-515-5457 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:

OLYMPIA COMMUNITY SCHOOL Address: 1601 North St. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-866-8047 Web site: OLYMPIA WALDORF SCHOOL Address: 8126 Normandy St. S.E., Olympia Phone: 360-493-0906 Web site:

SHELTON VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Address: 201 W. Shelton Valley Road, Shelton Phone: 360-426-4198 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


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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 4,800 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 Ohio’s Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Notable alumni include 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 Parsons Hall, a residence hall; Harned Hall, a new academic building; and a student recreation center with an indoor track, indoor multipurpose courts, an aerobic studio, batting cage and lounge. Plans are under way to build a new, earth friendly “green” engineering building on the 380-acre campus, as well. About 1,250 students attend classes at Saint Martin’s main campus near Lacey City Hall, but the university also has about 650 students at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College, 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.

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.

The college grants seven degrees including Associate in Arts, Associate in Technical Arts and Associate in Liberal Arts, 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.

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DRIVER’S LICENSE Drivers must apply for a license within 30 days of becoming a resident — which is accomplished by establishing a permanent home in the state, registering to vote, receiving state benefits, applying for any state license or seeking in-state tuition fees. When applying for a driver’s license, vision And color recognition tests are required. If your previous license is expired, you might be required to take a written and driving test. If you move from another state and apply for a Washington license, you must bring two valid documents proving age and identity and your current license. You also should bring cash or a personal check to pay the $45, which includes the $20 application

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 360-4272165. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. In Pierce County: Examinations are at the Tacoma Licensing Service Office, 6402 Yakima Ave. S., Ste. C. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION New residents must license their vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency. To register vehicles, bring the title and registration. If a lien holder holds the title, supply a fax or photocopy of the title being held by the lien holder, or a letter from the out-of-state Department of Motor Vehicles. Also, bring cash or check for the license fees. Annual license fees for passenger vehicles vary by weight and start at $43.75. Additional subagent fees might apply depending on where you go to license your vehicle. Boats must be registered within 60 days of the owner becoming a resident. Boats must be registered unless they are less than 16 feet long and have a motor capacity of 10 horsepower or less. Boats used on federal or navigable waters, no matter the size, must be registered. In Thurston County: There are several places in Thurston County where vehicles can be registered, including Auditor’s Office, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia. Call 360-786-5406 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 12:30-1:30. In Pierce County: There are 11 places to register vehicles in Pierce County, including Lakewood Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Agency at 10102-A Bristol Ave. S.W., Lakewood. The phone number is 253-588-7786. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.


ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE The enhanced driver’s license, or enhanced ID card, confirms your identity and citizenship, and is an acceptable alternativWe 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 reestablish) your identity, U.S. citizenship, and Washington state residency. For complete details, call 360-4596753, or log on to: driverslicense/edlget.html.




North Thurston Public Schools: 305 College Street N.E., Lacey. 360-412-4400.

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.

Olympia School District: 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. 360-596-6100.

Thurston County: Thurston County Auditor, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia. 360-786-5224.

Tumwater School District: 621 Linwood Ave. S.W., Tumwater. 360-709-7000.

Mason County: Mason County Auditor, 411 Fifth St. N., Shelton. 360-4279670, ext. 468.

Steilacoom Historical School District (for DuPont): 510 Chambers St., Steilacoom. 253-983-2200.

Pierce County: Pierce County Auditor, 2401 35th St. S., Room 200, Tacoma. 253-798-7427.

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.

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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 1-888225-5773. TTY and TRS options: TTY for speech/ hearing-impaired: 800-962-9498; 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: www. Qwest: Order products at 866-6420444; technical support/repair: 877348-9007; Log on to For customers with disabilities: Telecommunications Relay Service is a free service that connects customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. Contact a Qwest disabilities consultant at 1-800-2233131. Comcast Cable: Log on to: www. comcast. com, for details. City of DuPont: Questions about water service can be directed to City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, Dupont. Call 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 ag 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.






Black Hills Cal Ripken Baseball Association: Baseball for ages 10-12. Gary Ashcraft, 360-786-6508.

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.

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

Capitol Little League: T-ball, baseball through age 18, fall league. Rob Watilo, South Sound Baseball Association: Baseball and T-ball for ages 5-12. Michael Blonden, 360-491-8869. Thurston County Babe Ruth Association: For ages 13 to 15. Rich Jones, 360-3575887. Pacific Coast Adult Men’s Baseball League: For players 18 and above. Doug Zuchowski, 360-446-7783.

BOWLING Aztec Lanes, 2825 Martin Way E., Olympia, 360-357-8808. Prairie Lanes, 202 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm, 360-458-2695.

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

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BASKETBALL Christian-based Sports and Academics: A competitive youth program for teams from grades 6-12. Derrick Pringle, 360-493-0578.

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.

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

Cosmic bowling: Neon Nights runs Saturdays from 9 to midnight. at Tumwater Lanes. Lightning Bowling runs Fridays from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at Aztec Lanes.

Hawks Prairie Girls Youth Basketball: Developmental program for grades 28 for River Ridge area. Call Terri Evans, 360-701-7679 or 360-438-1344.

The Washington Cavaliers: Semipro team based in Thurston County. Chris Potts, 360-956-1132.

GOLF/PRIVATE Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane S.E., Olympia, 360-9231075. Olympia Country & Golf Club, 3636 Country Club Drive N.W., 360866-9777.



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

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.

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

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

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

Fort Lewis Golf Course, Exit 116 off Interstate 5, Mounts Road, 253-967-6522.


Newaukum Valley Golf Course, 153 Newaukum Drive, Chehalis, 360-748-0461.

Black Hills Gymnastics: Lessons for youths of all ages. 3939 12th Ave. S.E., Lacey, 360-4139855.

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

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

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


Scott Lake Golf Course, 11746 Scott Creek Drive S.W., Olympia, 360-352-4838.

Olympia Horseshoe Pitching Club: Meets at Bennie’s Barn, near Black Lake west of Olympia, or at Yauger Park. 360-943-5949 or 360-357-6846.

Tahoma Valley Golf Course, 15425 Mosman St., Yelm, 360-458-3332. 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.

INSTRUCTION Airport Golf & Batting Cages, 8080 Center St. S.W., Tumwater, 360-786-8626. Golf Insights with Kathy O’Kelly, member of LPGA, 360-438-1170. Joe Thiel’s World Wide Golf School, 8000 72nd Lane S.E., Olympia, 360-4567888.


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


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

Olympia Area Rowing: Classes and group excursions, 360-943-5580.

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

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. Lake Limerick Country Club, 790 St. Andrews Drive E., Shelton, 360-426-6290.

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

girls and boys ages 5-19. Renee Lewis, 360-866-6773. Rochester Youth Soccer Club: For boys and girls ages 4-13. Rachel Leavitt 360-273-9848.

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.

Shelton Youth Soccer Club: Sue LeDoux, 360-426-9230. South Mason Youth Soccer: 360-426-9791. South Sound Futbol Club: Competitive soccer for U-11 to U-19 boys and girls teams. 360-339-5618 Southwest Washington Soccer Association: Adult coed and men’s soccer. Thurston County Parks, 360-786-5595. Thurston County Youth Soccer Association: Recreational and competitive soccer for age levels U-10 to U-19. Debi Matthews, 360-894-6936.

SHOOTING Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club: Three rifle ranges, one blackpowder range, 36 trap-shooting sites. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Near Littlerock. 360357-9080.

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

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

SOCCER Blackhills Football Club: Select soccer program for youngsters in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. 360-943-8233. Chinqually Booters Soccer: For girls and boys ages 5-19. 360-456-2921. Olympia Youth Soccer Association: For

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

OUTDOOR SWIMMING Tanglewilde Pool: Outdoor pool, 414 Wildcat Drive S.E., Olympia. 360-4913907. Tenino Quarry Pool: 195 Park St. W., Tenino. 360-264-2368.

SOFTBALL 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.

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

Capital City Rifle and Pistol Club: Features six ranges, offering several rifle, pistol and archery sports indoor and outdoor facilities. Near Littlerock, 360-9560608 or



Olympia Seniors Coed Softball: Call 360-352-0930. Thurston County Coed Softball Association: Summer adult softball league, 360-7865595.

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.

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

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.

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, 360786-5595.

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

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. 360-786-5595. Long Lake: Long Lake Park, off Carpenter Road, Lacey. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 360-491-0857. 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.

Bally Total Fitness, 200 Sleater-Kinney Road N.E., Olympia, 360-438-2800. The Valley Athletic Club, 4833 Tumwater Valley Drive S.E., Tumwater, 360-3523400.


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SUNDAY SCHEDULE Celebration Worship 9:00 am Adult Education 10:00 am Traditional Worship 11:00am Children’s Church during worship

VOLLEYBALL Kuuipo Volleyball Club: For girls 10-18 who want to become involved with a USA Volleyball program. Phil Ibarra, 360-456-7638. Olympia Volleyball Club: For girls 10-18 who want to become involved with a USA Volleyball program. Steve Wolford, 360-491-8598.

TRACK Barron Park Striders: Training for youth runners and takes part in various regional events. Drew Stevick, 360-438-0051.

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57 Pioneer Park. 5800 Henderson Blvd. 58 Tumwater Historical Park. 777 Simmons Road S.W. 59 Tumwater Falls Park. (Private, 360-943-2550) C Street and Deschutes Way 60 Tumwater Hill Park. 3115 Ridgeview Court S.W. 61 5th and Grant Pocket Park. 5th and Grant Streets, Tumwater Hill 62 Palermo Pocket Park. Palermo Vally, next to City Well Fields 63 V Street Pocket Park. 415 V Street S.E.





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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TENINO 360-264-2368 76 Tenino City Park. 309 Park Avenue E. (not shown)

FEDERAL 77 Nisqually Nattional Wildlife Refuge. Off I-5 at Exit 114 78 Black River National Wildlife Refuge

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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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SHOPPING Olympia’s downtown has dozens of locally owned shops. Parking now costs $1 an hour for up to two hours at pay stations the city installed in 2010. The machines accept coins, credit cards and

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city Smartcards, which are refillable. There are also traditional coin parking meters throughout downtown, offering 3-hour and 9-hour parking. The Olympia Farmers Market at the north end of Capitol Way offers fresh produce and outdoor eating Thursdays through Sundays from April to October and on the weekends in November and December. Mall and chain stores are found mostly on the city’s west side, centered around the Westfield Capital mall.

harbor house with rental space and a footbridge crossing a newly-designed cove. Next, take in Heritage Park, with its popular hiking/jogging path around Capitol Lake, then climb up to the state Capitol grounds for more gardens and greenspace. 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.



Olympia has 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 last year 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

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, among others. The Olympia Film Society shows movies at the historic Capitol Theater. And the Hands-On Children’s Museum plans to open an $18.5 million new museum on East Bay this fall.

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EVENTS Olympia has a busy calendar of events. In April, downtown stores become art galleries for a weekend during spring Arts Walk. The Procession of the Species happens the same weekend; hundreds of residents dress up as animals and other elements of nature and parade through downtown streets. The Wooden Boat Fair showcases historic vessels in May. July delivers Capital Lakefair, an old-fashioned festival that includes a carnival, a parade, a festival queen and fireworks and food on a stick. September brings Harbor Days, with historic tugboats chugging into town. An additional Arts Walk brings in the autumn. And a festive Christmas tree lighting downtown anchors the winter holiday season.

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two major projects this year, including the 5,014 square foot expansion to its senior center. The $2.4 million project for the Senior Services for South Sound facility broke ground in April 2012. The center opened in 2003 with 260 members, a number that has climbed to 1,600 making it cramped for staff and members. The project will expand the kitchen for the Meals on Wheels program, provide a walkin cooler and walk-in freezer and make dedicated rooms for senior fitness programs. The city is also in the conceptual planning stages of a new city museum intended to celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation in December 2016. The plan is to build a replica of the 1891 train depot that stood between Lacey Boulevard and Pacific Avenue.



efore the housing bubble burst three years ago, Lacey had undergone tremendous growth as large builders transformed massive tracts of vacant land into new neighborhoods. The growth spurt also drew many new retailers into the area. Lacey’s population grew more than 28 percent from 2000 to 2010, bringing more than 8,900 new residents into the community, according to estimates provided by the state Office of Financial Management. The city’s most recent count put the population at 42,830.

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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. The city launched a nationwide search for Cuoio’s replacement, bringing in 52 applicants. Spence, the city’s assistant city manager of more than a decade, was selected from a group of four finalists.


Former Mayor Tom Nelson announced he would not ask to be appointed for another term as mayor, leading to the appointment of Mayor Virgil Clarkson in early 2012. Clarkson has served five terms on the council starting in 1998. Three council members terms end in 2013.

ENTERTAINMENT 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 fifth year is the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, a two-day celebration of the fungi on July 28 and 29 at the Regional Athletic Complex. The Summer’s at Lacey car show is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Huntamer Park. Saint Martin’s University also has a number of talks and presentations of interest to the community.

ISSUES The city of Lacey is focusing on

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 that began in April 2011 was expected to wrap up in June 2012. The project remained on schedule despite a January 2012 snow and ice storm that damaged property across Thurston County. The project widens the road between Pacific Avenue Southeast and Martin Way East to four lanes with bike lanes, sidewalks, planter strips and street lighting. The city is planning a much needed upgrade along Ruddell Road from Pacific Avenue to Yelm. The pavement project is expected to start construction this summer, finishing up by September 2012.

RECREATION The city takes pride in its parks system. One of the recreational gems is the 67- 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. The city opened its first park in Hawks Prairie five years ago. The city also has finished development of the Lacey Woodland Trail between the Chehalis Western Trail and

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.


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umwater is the oldest permanent U.S. settlement on Puget Sound. It was founded in 1845 as New Market and is the county’s third largest city, with 17,570 people according to the city’s most recent figures. Tumwater’s population increased more than 20 percent between 2008 and 2010, largely due to the largest annexation in the city’s history.


ISSUES Key issues in the city revolve around growth and adjusting to new norms following the economic meltdown. The city has adopted economic development and strategic plans to guide and realize the city’s potential. Early stages of planning are under way for the future of Capitol Boulevard, includ-

BREWERY HISTORY For years, the former Olympia Brewing Co. brewery, which covered 100 acres in the city including the historic riverfront brewhouse, was the business icon of the city. It was shut down in 2003 after more than a century of operation. The property was at the center of a bankruptcy case that ensued after a failed financing deal and scandal involving a proposed waterbottling plant. Then in 2010, Centralia developer George Heidgerken purchased the historic brick brewhouse below Tumwater Falls and is considering adding parking at the site, as well as a bridge over the Deschutes River that would connect the brewhouse land with Tumwater Historical Park. The developer also owns the 150,000-square-foot warehouse at 240 Custer Way S.W. His company showed serious interest in purchasing additional property but backed out and filed suit saying it wasn’t given information about the abandoned brewery’s condition,

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Pete Kmet, a longtime council member, was elected as mayor in November 2009. He appointed John Doan, the former Sumner city administrator, as the Tumwater city administrator shortly after taking office. Kmet’s position, as well as four other council member positions, are up for re-election in 2013.

ing how the street can be more pedestrian- and bike-friendly and become a more attractive spot for commerce. A consultant was hired in 2012 to help guide the city and its citizen-member focus groups to the best solution for the city. The city is working on shaping its Town Center, a 200-acre area surrounded by Tumwater Boulevard, Israel Road and Interstate 5 that would become the city’s urban core. Tumwater adopted a biennial budget for 2011 and 2012, the first municipality in Thurston County to do so. City officials say the two-year budget will help the city better plan and budget for projects. The city employs around 170 people, and has open positions for three firefighters, one police officer and a part time court clerk position. The city is no longer tracking its frozen positions as it adjusts its staffing to new budget constraints. Voters passed a levy lid lift in November 2011 that brought in an additional $1.4 million for public safety. The funding went toward the hiring of three firefighters and a police officer in early 2012. Another police officer will be hired in September 2012. The funding also pays for a new fire truck for the Tumwater Fire Department every six years for around the next 25 years and pays for an expansion of the Tumwater Police Department.

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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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 settlers.



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.

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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.

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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. >> C ONTI N U E D ON PAG E 42


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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,


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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.”

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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 Mc-Cleary 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: 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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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.


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

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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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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.


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CONCERN FOR ANIMALS, An organization that promotes the welfare of animals in the Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. CFA raises and distributes funds for spay/neuter procedures, emergency medical care and vaccinations. CFA provides a free, weekly pet food bank, including rescue and adoption. Address: P.O. Box 4422, Tumwater, WA 98501.Call 360-456-8176, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

SOUND HOUNDS Advocates for a network of great South Puget Sound offleash dog areas (dog parks). Call 360-943-2119, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

ARTISTS’ GALLERY A non-profit art gallery full of local artists’ work. Watercolor, oil acrylic, printmaking, mixed media, photography, woodworking, porcelain, and jewelry are some of the media used. The gallery is located at 113 Legion Way S.W., Olympia. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 10:30 -4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 360-357-6920, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

COVENANT CREATURES Beginning at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday,helps people with basic pet care, teaches owners about their pet’s needs, personal responsibilities, service animal issues, provides pet food, as well as provide typical pet products. Service(s) are provided on a first come, first served basis to those who qualify. Each week local volunteer veterinarians and assistants provide basic veterinary care and consultations. Address: 414 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360357-6301, or email:, for additional information. Web site: www.covenantcreatures. com.

WILD FELID ADVOCACY CENTER OF WASHINGTON An education, conservation and sanctuary facility for species of wild (non-domestic) felines. Open by appointment only, education programs are available off-site for schools and groups. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Address: 3111 E. Harstine Island Road N., Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360- 427-4466, or email:, for additional information. Web site:


DAISY MAE FOUNDATION, Support group for owners of handicapped and special needs pets. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Call for meeting location. Mailing address: 6000 53rd Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98513. Call Jacqie Irwin, 360-556-8384, or log on to:, for additional information. FELINE FRIENDS A cat and kitten rescue organization and adoption center. It is 100 percent staffed by volunteers. Mailing address: P.O. Box 27 Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-866-0599. Adoption center is located at 6515 Sexton Drive S.W., Olympia. Call 360-866-9300. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment throughout the rest of the week. Web site:

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PUGET SOUND GORDON SETTER CLUB AND GORDON SETTER RESCUE Promotes, breeds, and rescues Gordon setters in the state of Washington. The club shows and trains the breed, while the rescue group finds caring homes for abused, and neglected Gordon setters. Address: 8524 Delphi Road S.W.,


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SPLASH GALLERY OF OLYMPIA A co-op gallery featuring all local galleries in downtown Olympia. Our hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Wednesday-Saturday, and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Address: 501 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Call 360-943-5177, or email: splashgalleryo Web site: www.splashgalleryolympia. com.

WOLF HAVEN INTERNATIONAL A sanctuary for captive born wolves. Guided walking tours offer a close-up view of gray, red and Mexican gray wolves. Family fun and camping offered every Saturday night in August at Howl-Ins. Address: 3111 Offut Lake Road S.E., Tenino. Cost is $7-$12 for regular sanctuary tours. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, and from noon - 4 p.m. Sunday, April -September. Last tour departs at 3 p.m. Open weekends only in March and October - January. Closed every Tuesday year-round and the entire month of February. Call 800-448-9653, or log on to: www.wolfhaven. org, for additional information.

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. THURSTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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: www., for additional information.

CITIZEN ADVOCACY/CIVIC AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, SOUTH SOUND CHAPTER The group is dedicated to preserving the constitutionally guaranteed wall of separation between church and state. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 E. End St.N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 6292, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Dennis Mansker, 360-786-9584. THE CARNEGIE GROUP A voluntary organization of citizens concerned about the financial, social and environmental costs of growth at the local, regional, and state level. The purpose of the organization is to bring to public attention costs to taxpayers/citizens of growth and to direct public policy toward eliminating all forms of public subsidies to pay for growth. Call Anne Buck, 360-352-9301, or log on to:, for additional information. COMMITTEE FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY A grassroots group educates the public and uses other methods toward abolishing the death penalty. It is an active project of the Olympia Fellowship of Renconciliation, and belongs to the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093, or log on to:, for additional information. DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER OF THURSTON COUNTY Offers mediation and conflict resolution services and training. The center is an alternative to the court system. Services include: Information and problem solving over the phone; confidential mediation services with neutral facilitators for the family, business/consumer, landlord/tenant, workplace, neighborhood and any other dispute; large and small group facilitation; extensive training services including professional mediation training, multi-party mediation training, and more. Mailing address: P.O. Box 6184, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-956-1155, for additional information. Web site: LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THURSTON COUNTY A non-profit, non-partisan, political organization which 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 360- 352-8220, or log on to:, for additional information. OLYMPIA FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION Established in 1976, the Olympia FOR has worked for peace, social justice and nonviolence from the interpersonal level to the international. The group is diverse in age, religious faith, etc. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093, or log on to:, for additional information. THURSTON COUNTY DRAFT COUNSELING CENTER Information and confidential non-directive counseling about the military draft, draft registration, protecting your rights, and conscientious objection. Also information about conscientious objection for military personnel. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093, for additional information. WASHINGTON COALITION AGAINST CENSORSHIP A statewide coalition of groups, dedicated to preserving civil liberties. The goal is to protect intellectual freedom by opposing censorship. The coalition produces and distributes educational materials dealing with censorship issues and assists libraries, schools, the media and others who support intellectual freedom. Mailing address: 5035 Donnelly Dr. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Winnie Boland, 360-456-4657, for additional information.

rovided free Kidsworld activities and entertainment for thousands of visitors since 1988. Web site: for additional information. LAKERUN ORGANIZATION Organizer of the 2012 Lakefair Run, Harbor Days Capitol Lake Relays, and Capital Invite Open Race. Address: 1016 Cardigan Loop N.W., Olympia. Call 360-709-0572, or email: Web site: www.ontherunevents. com/lakefair. OLYMPIA TOY RUN Annual motorcycle event traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in December, that benefits the Salvation Army Toy n Joy program. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7129 Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-413-9608 or email:, for additional information. Log on to:



TUMWATER CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER 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:

COMMUNITY EVENTS CAPITAL LAKEFAIR Annual festival traditionally held on the third weekend in July. This year’s Lakefair will be from July 15-19, at Heritage Park, in downtown Olympia. Lakefair features live entertainment, fireworks, parade, carnival, Kid’s Day, 50s+ Day, food, arts, and crafts. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2569, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-943-7344, or log on to: www.lakefair. org, for additional information.

LACEY SPRING FUN FAIR Two days of fun for families and young people of all ages, The event will be May 18-19, at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Lacey Spring Fun Fair has

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL OF OLYMPIA An organization of professional and business people using their talents for community service by providing financial gifts, and lending a hand to young people, the disabled, the aged, the abused, the poor and the disadvantaged. Literacy is the main forcus. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, and at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane S.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2045, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Lois Simko, 360-456-3445 or Sue Gore, 360-264-5928, or log on District-Twelve-Washington/Olympia-Washington/OlympiaWashington-Club-News.aspx, for additional information. AMERICAN RED CROSS Mount Rainier Chapter, Where people mobilize to help their neighbors in times of crisis around the world, across the country, or just down the street. The Red Cross always needs volunteers. Mailing address: 2618 12th Court S.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-352-8575, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

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CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON COUNTY The Crisis Clinic lines are a 24/7 phone service for supporting callers in emotional emergencies, helping solve problems, and providing information and referrals. Phone room volunteers with sixty hours training maintain the service which is free, anonymous, confidential and nonjudgmental. The Crisis Clinic is celebrating its 40th year of unbroken service. Crisis Line: 360-586-2800; Youth Help Line: 360586-2777; Business Line: 360-586-2888. Mailing address: P.O. Box 13453, Olympia, WA 98503-3453; email address:; web site: FRIENDS OF THE LACEY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY Funds raised primarily through our used book sales help to support special projects and actiities of the Library. Book sales are held on the first Saturday of every other month February to December. There is also a members-only presale on the Friday before the sale date. We welcome new members. Meetings held on the second Wednesday of every other month (January - November) at noon in the Lacey Library Meeting Room. Address: 500 College St. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-491-3860, or email:, for additional information. Web site: FRIENDS OF THE OLYMPIA LIBRARY Supports, promotes, and augments the operations of the Olympia Library. Holds three giant book sales each year, and sponsors an art show and sale in November. Meetings begin at noon, on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. E., Olympia. Annual membership fees are $10. Log on to:, for additional information.

GATEWAY ROTARY CLUB The region’s newest club is dedicated to helping the children of Thurston County. Gateway Rotary supports Homeless Backpacks, and other local charities. Meetings are at 7 a.m. each Wednesday, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Drive N.E., Lacey. Call Tom Carroll, 360-701-1532, or email: Log on to:, for additional information. GAY, LESBIAN, BI-SEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Are you a primary caregiver for your ill or disabled partner? Come together to talk with other LGBT caregivers who need a space to get support. Two community professionals will facilitate the group. Supported by SAGE Olympia. The group meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on the second Thursday of month, at Olympia Community Center (room # will be posted), 222 Columbia St., Olympia. Call 360-491-8943, for additional information. Web site: GRAND MOUND ROCHESTER CITIZENS’ GROUP Operates the Historical Order of Runeberg Hall, also known as Swede Hall. Swede Hall is located at 18543 Albany St. S.W., Rochester. The group also sponsors the annual Traditional Scandinavian Swede Day Midsommar Festival in June, and Lucia Queen of Light Celebration in December. The hall is available for family and community gatherings. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at the hall. Mailing address: P.O. Box 194, Rochester, WA 98579. For information, leave a message at 360-273-7974, or email: Web site: THE GRIFFIN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (GNA) A registered, nonprofit, nonpartisan group of neighbors living within the boundaries of the Griffin School District, Thurston County, Washington. Its mission is to help build community consensus on major issues confronting the Griffin area, including growth, land issues, habitat, water quality, transportation and school planning. Mailing address: 4811 Sunrise Beach Rd N.W., Olympia, WA 98502-8815. Call 360-252-6047, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, SOUTH PUGET SOUND Builds homes for, and with, low-income families in Thurston County. Partner families must live or work in Thurston County, and have a need for a change in their current housing situation, be willing to contribute 500 hours of sweat equity to bulding their own home, along with the volunteers, and fall within the income guidelines. Volunteers are always needed. Mailing address: 415 Olympia Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-956-3456, or log on to:, for additional information. KIWANIS CLUB OF NORTH THURSTON - LACEY, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. We meet at 7 a.m., each Tuesday of the month, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Drive N.E., Lacey. Visitors are always welcome so stop by and meet our outstanding members. Call 360-491-2019, or email: dsattelber@aol. com, for additional information. Web site:

LACEY LAMPLIGHTERS LION’S CLUB Dinner at 6 p.m., meetings at 7 p.m., on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Drive N.E., Lacey. Call Dorothy Payne, 360-4560395, or 360-791-7302 (message phone) for additional information. LACEY MID DAY LIONS Meetings begin at noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane S.E., Olympia. Call Dee McDermott, 360-456-6990, or 360-791-0514, or email: Log on to: LEGISLATIVE GIFT CENTER The gift center is located on the first floor of the Legislative Building, on the Capitol Campus. The store features many items made by Washington artists, craftsmen and authors. Profits benefit our state’s Oral History Program, and also helps pay for historic furnishings in the buildings of our Capitol Campus. Address: 416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W. #110, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-786-1889, or email:, for additional information. Web site: MEDICAL EQUIPMENT BANK Makes recovery easier for patients by loaning medical equipment at no charge, including hospital beds, wheel chairs, commodes, walkers, etc. Call 360-456-8810, to arrange an appointment. OLYMPIA AREA PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION A social and service organization for supporters of the Peace Corps, including returned Peace Corps volunteers. The group meets monthly at various times, and locations. Email Bob Findlay,, for additional information. THE OLYMPIA FREE CLINIC The clinic exists so that low-income, uninsured people in Thurston County have access to cost-effective, quality, acute health care and linkages to appropriate community resources. Clinic hours are from 5:30-8 p.m.Wednesdays, with a free chiropractic/physical therapy clinic on the third Monday of each month. Address: 108 State Ave. N.W., Olympia, WA, 98501. Call 360-529-1937, or email: Web site: OLYMPIA HOST LIONS CLUB A local service club serving those in need locally and internationally. Service projects serving Olympia: eyeglasses and hearing aids for underserved, low vision services, dictionaries for third-graders, sight and hearing screening for all elementary schools, Sunday dinners for the homeless, and more. Financial support to Thurston County Food Bank, Homeless Backpack Program, Safe Place, Morningside, Senior Services. We meet at noon each Tuesday of the month, at First Baptist Church, 904 Washington St. Olympia. Call 360-790-8667or email: jan.weatherly@aol. com, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA TOY RUN COALITION Various motorcycle groups working together with the local Salvation Army Toy & Joy program to benefit children at Christmas. The annual Toy Run takes place on the first Saturday of December, at South Sound Mall. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7129, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Joe Sullivan, 360-413-9608, or log on to: OLYMPIA WEST LIONS CLUB Meets at 6:45 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, September through May, at El Sarape 2, 1200 Cooper Point Rd. S.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 13493, Olympia, WA 98508-3493. Call 360-866-2433, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

RAINIER LIONS CLUB Sponsors projects including dictionaries to Rainier third graders, Top Five Honor Student Dinner, eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need. Potluck dinner meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at the Rainier Chapel, Highway 507, Rainier. Call Evan Burnett, 360-280-0205, for additional information. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Serves the local community with kindness through community service. The group meets for lunch at 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at Izzy’s Restaurant, 3540 Pacific Ave. S.E., Olympia. Mailing address: 6909 43rd Loop S.E., Olympia, WA 98503. Call Peggy McHugo, 360-491-4598, for additional information. ROTARY CLUB OF SOUTH PUGET SOUND What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to service above self. This club meets at 7 a.m. each Friday, at the Viewpoint at West Bay Marina, 2100 West Bay Drive N.W., Olympia. Call 360-515-6143, or email: pjbeehler@comcast. net, for additional information. Web site: ROTARY CLUB OF WEST OLYMPIA A service club representing a wide range of professions drawn from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors of the Olympia area. Rotary Club of West Olympia supports many projects both locally, and internationally, including Golf Island during Lakefair, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, scholarships for Capital High School students and athletes, Rotary Youth Exchange, and projects in Africa and Nicaragua. Meetings begin at noon each Tuesday of the month, at Viewpoint Room at West Bay Marina, 2100 West Bay Drive N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1781, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Bruce Smith, 360-867-1862 , or email: smith_bruce@comcast. net, for additional information. Web site: SALVATION ARMY - OLYMPIA WOMEN’S AUXILIARY, The women’s auxiliary was organized to promote the purposes of the Salvation Army and our local community. Activities include special fundraising through approved projects, furnishing volunteer workers, distribution of food and clothing, leadership in group work, and more. Meetings begin at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of each month, at the Salvation Army Worship Center, 1504 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-352-8596, ext. 111, for additional information.

WOMAN’S CLUB OF OLYMPIA A non-denominational, non-partisan volunteer service organization that has served Olympia for 127 years. Members meet on the first Tuesday of each month for fun gettogethers and to participate in various educational, charity, and local philanthropies. The Woman’s Club meeting house is available for rent by the public, and proceeds support the club’s service mission. Address: 1002 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-753-9921, or log on to: www. THURSTON COUNTY FOOD BANK The Thurston County Food Bank provides food to the hungry in the community. The Food Bank’s service area includes, but is not limited to, Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater. The main location at 220 Thurston Ave. N.E., in downtown Olympia is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., as well as two evenings each month, the second and fourth Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. For additional times and locations, log on to:, or call 360-352-8597. THURSTON COUNTY PROGRESSIVE NETWORK (TC PRO-NET) A support and communication network which fosters the creation of a cooperative spirit in the local community and supports those who believe in social, economic and environmental justice. TC Pro-Net sponsors events throughout the year. Annual membership is $20. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2566, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-352-8225, or email: for additional information. Web site: TUMWATER KIWANIS Kiwanis members are dedicated to serving the children of the world. Meetings begin at 7 a.m. each Thursday of the month, at Nickelby’s Restaurant, 600 Trosper Road S.W., Tumwater. Call Marion Smith, 360-943-0199, or email:, for additional information. UNITED COMMUNITY AIDS NETWORK UCAN provides HIV/AIDS awareness, care and prevention services. UCAN does HIV/AIDS testing, prevention education and certification courses, case management and support groups. Services for clients include a resource and drop-in center, basic needs supplies such as food and toiletries. Direct funds allows us to give emergency financial assistance to clients with expenses related to food, housing, rent, utilities, transportation, and medication. UCAN relies on support from the community. Volunteers are welcome. Address: 317 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-352-2375, or email: Web site: UNITED WAY OF LEWIS COUNTY The mission of the United Way of Lewis County is to improve, consistently and measurably, the quality of life for all the people of Lewis County by raising and distributing funds, mobilizing community resources, and encouraging innovative solutions to the community’s health and human service needs. Address: 450 N.W. Pacific Ave., Chehalis, WA 98532. Call 360-748-8100, or log on to:, for additional information. UNITED WAY OF THURSTON COUNTY More than a fundraising organization, United Way members are partners in change, working with a broad range of individuals and organizations to identify and find solutions to our community’s most critical issues. United Way focuses resources on education, income and health to get at the underlying causes of problems. Address: 1211 Fourth Ave. E., Ste. 101, Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-943-2773, or email:, for additional information. Web site: VOLUNTEER CHORE SERVICES Assists low-income disabled adults and seniors to stay living independently for as long as safely possible. Volunteers are needed to help with transportation to medical appointments and essential errands, light housework, shopping, yard work, minor household repairs, wood provision, communication and monitoring. Flexible assignments, mileage reimbursement, and insurance coverage provided. Mailing address: 2940 Limited Lane N.W., Ste. A, Olympia, WA

YWCA OF OLYMPIA The Other Bank at the YWCA of Olympia, provides personal hygiene products and household cleaning supplies to families in need from Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties. Open from 1-3:30 p.m. each Wednesday, the items provided are those not allowed to be purchased with food stamps. Address: 220 Union Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-352-0593, or log on to:, for additional information. ZONTA CLUB OF OLYMPIA Founded in 1928, Zonta of Olympia seeks to advance the status of women by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. We currently meet at noon on the third Thursday of each month at Dirty Dave’s Restaurant, 3939 Martin Way E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1881, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 206-409-5287, or email: Olympiazonta@gmail. com, for additional information. Web site:

CULTURAL CLAN MACDUFF Encourages the traditions, customs, food, music, and history of Scotland and its people. Clan Macduff attends local and regional Highland festivities. Genealogy is encouraged and all other Celtic groups are and will be assisted in discovering who they were. Address: 8524 Delphi Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Jim Macduff, 360-352-1096, or email:, for additional information. DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, ROSE AND CROWN CHAPTER The group socializes, and enjoys reminiscing and the company of others who share similar Commonwealth bonds and heritage. Meetings begin at noon, on the third Tuesday of each month, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. S.E., Olympia. Regular annual events include English Pub Night, and Sing Song, Annual Garage, Plant and Bake Sale, White Elephant Sale, Christmas Brunch, and events with other chapters. New members are always welcome. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1251, Yelm, WA . Call Helen Woracek, 360-400-5117 or Barbara Trendall, 360-705-8632, for additional information. FRIENDSHIP FORCE OF OLYMPIA Founded in 1977 with a single mission: to create an environment where personal friendships are established across barriers that separate people The Friendship Force has clubs in more than 55 countries, and promotes friendship and goodwill through home-stay exchanges. New members welcome. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2471, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Velda Miller, 360-413-7954, or log on to:, for additional information. OLYMPIA-KATO SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION Olympia-Kato Sister City Association was incorporated as a non-profit in 1981 after a sister city relationship had been agreed upon by Olympia and Kato, Japan town councils. Delegations from the two cities have exchanged visits of civic groups, students, teachers, and business leaders. The organization encourages cross-cultural understanding and international friendship through its various projects and visits. Monthly board meetings are at noon, on the second Friday of each month, at 119 Washington St. N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11998, Olympia, WA 98508-1998. Call 360-786-8604, or log on to: www.OlympiaKatoSCA. org, for additional information.

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SENIOR CENTER FOR SOUTH SOUND A non-profit organization whose mission is to support older adults’ ability to remain independent within the community. Since 1973, this agency has been committed to improving and enriching the lives of the seniors and their families in Mason and Thurston Counties through various programs and activities. Lacey Senior Center activities move to Chinook Middle School, 4301 Sixth Ave. N.E., Lacey, from June 25-Aug. 17, due to the expansion project at the Senior Center. Call 360-586-6181, for information. Slow Food Greater Olympia Convivium Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement focused on good, clean and fair food. The local chapter holds events that focus on taste, education, book discussions, cooking classes and shared meals. Frequency of events varies with volunteer interest, but most members attend 3 to 10 events per year. Our chapter works with several school gardens, GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project and the cooking classes at the Olympia Farmers Market. Local members are also members of Slow Food USA and receive a weekly update on food related issues in the news. Call 360-7912123, or or email:, for additional information. Web site:,

98502. Call Barbara Trendall, 360-586-2915, ext. 224, or log on to:


PROVIDENCE ST. PETER FOUNDATION The foundation was created to raise, manage and allocate charitable gifts. With special concern for the poor and elderly, these gifts are used by regional Providence institutions to further the goal of improving the health status of our communities. Mailing address: 413 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia, WA 98506-5166. Call 360-493-7981, or log on to:

SONS OF NORWAY HOVESTAD LODGE #94 To promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, and to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic countries, and to provide quality insurance and financial products to members. Meeting times may vary. Call Corinne Tobeck, 360-352-1835, or email:, to confirm meeting times.

TANGLEFOOT CLOGGERS Clog dancing is an American art form from the Appalachian Mountains. Lessons for beginners are at 6:30 p.m. each Monday, at Brighton Park Grange, 525 73rd Ave., Tumwater. Cost is $6. Call 360-412-8142, for information, or email:

DANCE/THEATER CAPITAL PLAYHOUSE A 20+-year-old, private non-profit, performing arts education and performance organization using music, theatre and dance to build self-confidence, maturity, self-discipline, responsibility and leadership for the arts in our community. Address: 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501. Office hours are from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Call 360943-2744, or email: Web site: DO SI DO SQUARE DANCE Pre-rounds begin at 7:30, mainstream at 8 p.m., with plus tip, on the second Saturday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call David Kalar, 360491-8609, for additional information. DOUBLE AA’S ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE CLUB A small club, dancing a full advanced square dance program, along with rounds. Double AA’s dance from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday, except holidays, at LacA-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Caller is Jack Hardin. Call Kathleen Rooney, 360-456-8031, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

HARLEQUIN PRODUCTIONS A professional, non-profit theater company offering a yearround season of classics, musicals, and new works as well as training, outreach and touring opportunities. Founded in 1991, Harlequin owns the State Theater in downtown Olympia where it serves the South Sound region with its resident theater productions. Harlequin is dedicated to high quality theater productions that excite, challenge and enrich theater artists and audiences alike. Through the immediacy of theatrical events, we explore and strive to illuminate the human condition common to all. Address: 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-786-0151, or email: Web site: www. HEARTSPARKLE PLAYERS A Playback Theatre group. The Centre for Playback Theatre offers training courses in playback theatre, promotes multi-community projects, and provides administrative support to playback theatre companies. Its purpose is also to promote playback theatre throughout the world. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1883, Olympia, WA 98507. To ask questions, chat or to schedule a performance or workshop, contact Debe Edden, Artistic Director, at or call 360-943-6772. LACEY DAISY SQUARE DANCE CLUB Lacey Daisy Square dancers sponsors a club dance at 7:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-456-2056, for additional information.

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EARTHBOUND PRODUCTIONS Earthbound Productions offers administrative organization to the more than 100 community volunteers who come together to create and produce the Procession of the Species celebration. Earthbound is totally dependent on donations. There are approximately 30 community members from the Procession core organizing group who meet throughout the year. These volunteers plan the upcoming Procession’s form and themes, as well as other Earthbound events. All are welcome to join. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7192, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-705-1087, or log on to:, for additional information. ENTERTAINMENT EXPLOSION A troupe of seniors who perform throughout the greater Puget Sound region. We entertain at retirement communities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and more. In February, we perform a variety show at the Washington Center, and in August, we host the Living Legends Concert. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4086, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-357-4001 or log on to: www.entertainmentexplosion. org, for information on membership, or would like the group to perform. EVERGREEN COUNTRY DANCERS Line, country and swing classes from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Elk’s Lodge, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-352-8933, or log on to:, for additional information. GRAND SQUARES Mainstream square dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call Sandy McClintock, 360-413-6913, for additional information.

LET’S DANCE! Seniors dance, from 2-4 p.m. each Wednesday, at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Ave. N.W. Come dance to a live big band, and meet some new friends! Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. All dance levels welcome! Come with or without a partner. Friendly, welcoming, atmosphere. Call 360-586-6181 for additional information. MAS UDA MIDDLE EASTERN DANCERS Mas Uda enjoys dancing to live music, especially doumbek/ darbuka. The group walks in the Procession of the Species parade each year, and puts together a group of musicians to play music for that event. Mas Uda Dancers meet each Thursday of the month, at the Women’s Club of Olympia. We also sponsor an annual benefit day of workshops and evening belly dance showcase. All levels of participation is welcome. Mailing address: 5840 Stellar Lane S.E., Lacey, WA 98513-4758. Call Kashani, 360-459-3694, for additional information. Web sites:, or find Mas Uda Dancers on Facebook. OLYMPIA AREA SQUARE DANCERS, INC. This is an umbrella organization for eight square and round dance clubs. Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-357-6141, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA JR. PROGRAMS (OJP) An all-volunteer organization, founded in Olympia in 1940. Its purpose is to bring live theater performances to the Washington Center for elementary school children and their teachers, at as low a cost as possible. OJP contracts with professional companies for productions that support school curriculum and are age-appropriate. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1371, Olympia, WA 98507-1371. Call 360-438-5992, or email: Web site:

WRINKLES OF WASHINGTON The premier senior theater group in the South Sound since 1994. WOW is composed of people 55 and older who sing, dance, do comedy and play instruments. We stage two shows a year and do numerous “gigs” at retirement and nursing homes. We have an annual meeting in March plus auditions for our Spring and Christmas shows. Funds raised are used to support senior services programs in the South Sound. Mailing address: PMB 41, 1910 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98506-4632. Call 360-491-4434, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

EDUCATION CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS OF SOUTH SOUND A group of families involved in home education who have come together to support and encourage one another according to Christian principles and biblical guidelines. We agree to work together to plan and organize group activities and provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, resources, methods, and information relating to home-based instruction. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8823, Lacey, WA 98509. Log on to:, for additional information. ESD 113 SOUND TO HARBOR HEAD START/ECEAP Free pre-school and/or low-cost childcare for children from low-income families. Children must turn 3 or 4 by August 31, with priority given to 4-year-olds. Address: 601 McPhee Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-464-6800 (English), 360-464-6827 (Spanish), or log on to: www., click on ‘Departments’ and then ‘Head Start,’ for additional information. THE NORTH THURSTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION A not-for-profit charitable organization, serves students and schools in North Thurston Public Schools through Student Assistance Grants for needy students, scholarships for graduating seniors, and Learning Improvement Grants for classroom use. NTEF also provides McGimpsey Pantries in district secondary schools to provide food and toiletries for students that need them. The Board of Trustees and executive director are citizen volunteers who are committed to assisting students in overcoming obstacles to their getting an education. The Board meets the last Tuesday evening of most months, except July and December, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gott Administration Center of the NTPS. The annual membership meeting is the last Tuesday in January. Mailing address: 7010 33rd Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Sue Shannon, 360-951-4365 or email:, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA MICROCOMPUTER USERS GROUP (OMUG) An educational and help organization for users of personal computers; to cultivate cooperative relationships among computer users of all ages; and to promote knowledgeable use of personal computer hardware and software. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGS) additional throughout the month open to the public. Mailing address: OMUG News, PMB 225, 3701 Pacific Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501-2124. Call 360-705-8958, for additional information. Log on to:, for information about special interest groups. OLYMPIA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL Provides the local community with opportunities for increased knowledge about our world. Monthly programs are offered with expert speakers focusing on international, political, economic, cultural, and scientific affairs. Programs are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St.

SOUTH SOUND ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN (SSAEYC) Members promote excellence in early childhood education. The annual meeting will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, at South Puget Sound Community College. Meetings begin at 5:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, at the Family Support Center, 108 State Ave., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11275, Olympia, WA 98508-1275. Call Laura Scheffer, 360-459-2273, for additional information. Web site:, for additional information. TUMWATER EDUCATION FOUNDATION The Tumwater Education Foundation provides the extra measure of support that contributes to the excellence in Tumwater schools. The foundation awards scholarships to graduating seniors, as well as classroom enrichment grants for teachers. Mailing address: P.O.Box 15122, Tumwater, WA 98511-5122. Leave a message at, 360-709-7997, or log on to:, for additional information.

ENVIRONMENTAL BLACK HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY A local chapter of National Audubon Society has birdwatching and natural history field trips, promotes environmental education. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2524, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-352-7299, or log on to: www., for additional information. CAPITOL LAND TRUST A group that acquires and conserves environmentally sensitive lands in South Sound. Mailing address: 209 Fourth Ave. E., Ste. 205, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-943-3012, or email:, for additional information. Web site: CLIMATE SOLUTIONS Information on global warming and clean energy resources. Address: 219 Legion Way S.W., Suite 201, Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-352-1763, or e-mail: info@climatesolutions. org, for additional information. Web site: FRIENDS OF THE WATERFRONT A group of Olympia area residents and business people who see the waterfront as a treasure - a central feature that is vital to the health of the whole community. Advocates managing the area within 600 feet of the water wisely and developing it for the benefit of the entire community, not just limited interests. Meets weekly. Call 360352-1346, or email:, for information.

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

OLYMPIC REGION CLEAN AIR AGENCY Information on outdoor burning and air quality. Address: 2940 B Limited Lane N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360539-7610 or 800-422-5623 or log on to:, for additional information.

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

PEOPLE FOR PUGET SOUND Citizens group working on Puget Sound cleanup and protection. Address: 120 E. Union Ave., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-754-9177, or e-mail:, for additional information. Web site: SOUTH PUGET SOUND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE Affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, the downtown Olympia outlet sells recycled building supplies at 210 Thurston Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-956-3456 or email:, for additional information. Web site: SOUTH PUGET ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CLEARINGHOUSE (SPEECH) An 18-year-old, all volunteer organization that publishes the South Sound Green Pages on a bi-monthly basis and produces events and community forums. Mailing address: 1989, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-528-9158, or log on to:, for additional information.


SOUTH PUGET SOUND SALMON ENHANCEMENT GROUP A Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group dedicated to “protect and restore salmon populations and aquatic habitat with an emphasis on ecosystem function through scientifically informed projects, community education, and volunteer involvement.” Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 6700 Martin Way E., Suite 112, Olympia. Call 360-412-0808, or log on to: SOUTH SOUND ESTUARY ASSOCIATION Created in 2007 to establish an interpretive center in Olympia, which would focus on the marine and estuarine ecosystems of South Puget Sound. The center will feature educational displays on the unique geologic, natural, and human history of South Sound. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2182 Olympia, WA 98507. Call Diana Larsen-Mills 360-7547371, or email: Website: www. STEAMBOAT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP Formed by the Capitol Land Trust and the Griffin Neighborhood Association, and supported by local landowners, families and businesses, this partnership will conserve the special natural areas that make the Eld and Totten Inlet watersheds so special. Call Peter Reid 360-8670919 or Elizabeth Roderick 360-866-9797, for additional information. Web site:

NISQUALLY RIVER BASIN LAND TRUST Nonprofit group that protects environmentally sensitive lands in the Nisqually River Basin. Office address: 100 Brown Farm Road N.E., Olympia, WA 98516. Mailing address: 1420 Marvin Rd. N.E., Ste. C PMB 243, Lacey, WA 98516-3878. Call 360-489-3400, or e-mail:, for additonal information. Web site: NORTHWEST INDIAN FISHERIES COMMISSION Information on treaty tribal fishing issues. Address: 6730 Martin Way E., Olympia, WA 98516. Call 360-438-1180 or log on to:, for additional information.

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

LACEY COMMUNITY MARKET 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 14, Heritage Day, on August 11, and Pet Day, on September 8. 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning the first weekend in May, and running through September. Call 360349-6066, ext. 14, or email:, for additional information. Web site: sheltonfarmersmarket. com. TENINO FARMERS MARKET Location: 301 Old Highway 99, the market operates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, beginning June 6 and running through September 27. Call 360-264-2002, or log on to:, for additional information and market schedule.

STREAM TEAM A volunteer group focused on protecting and enhancing water resources, habitats and wildlife of north Thurston County through citizen education and action. Address: P.O. Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-753-8454.

TUMWATER FARMERS MARKET Location: Corner of Capitol Blvd. and Israel Road, the market operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, from June 6 through late October. Call 360-464-5879, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

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NATIVE PLANT SALVAGE FOUNDATION Helps to protect water quality and wildlife habitat through action-based educational activities. Volunteer opportunities include rescuing plants from areas slated for new developments, streamside vegetation projects, installing and maintaining learning landscapes at area schools, and assisting with public workshops on: Plant identification, naturescaping and propagation. Address: 5033 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Call 360-867-2162, for additional information. Web site:

OLYMPIA CAPITOL PARK FOUNDATION This organization is working to develop a park on Olympia’s downtown isthmus to protect and perfect the views to and from America’s most magnificent capitol campus setting. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1964 Olympia WA 98507. Call 360-561-4212, or email:, for additional information. Web site:


N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: PMB 712, 2103 Harrison Ave. N.W., Ste. 2, Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-867-0919, 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 360-358-2264, or email:, for additional information.

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

FAMILIES/PARENTING FAMILY EDUCATION & SUPPORT SERVICES Helps families by offering a variety of parent education and support programs in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Pierce Counties. Services include free parenting classes, home visitation programs, support and training for caregivers and foster parents, and more. Mailing address: 1202 Black Lake Blvd., Suite B, Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-754-7629, or log on to: MOM’S CLUB OF OLYMPIA A support group for mothers raising their children at home. Email:, or log on to:, for additional information. MOM’S CLUB OF YELM Connect with local moms and kids for play dates, crafts, Mom’s Night Out, walks, park days, seasonal activities and more. The Moms Club of Yelm serves Yelm, Roy, Rainier, and McKenna. Mom Club meets at various times and locations. Call 253-353-2582, or email:, for additional information. Web site: SOUTH SOUND BREASTFEEDING NETWORK Encourages and promotes breastfeeding through a support network and making accurate and consistent breastfeeding information available. The group meets at 12:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, at the Thurston County Health Department, 412 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia. Log on to: www., for additional information, or email:

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

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SHELTON ELKS LODGE #2467 Offers dinner, ballroom dancing and lessons, beginning at 5 p.m., on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, at 741 Craig Road S.E., Shelton. There is a $7 cover charge for the dance, but no cover for dinner only. Thursdays feature Bingo, but is only one of the many events offered by The Elks. We host a crab feed, champagne lunch and style show, Mother’s Day events, golf tournament, and Flag Day and Veteran’s Day events. Call 360-426-2322, or email:, for additional information. Web site: TENINO EAGLES AERIE AND AUXILIARY #564 Aerie meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and the auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 349 W. Sussex Ave., Tenino. Call 360-264-2366, for additional information. THE OLYMPIA ELKS LODGE #186 One of the largest and oldest fraternal organizations in the country. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday, at 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-753-0186, or log on to:, for additional information. THURSTON COUNTY POMONA GRANGE #8 A fraternal organization that meets at various grange halls throughout the county. Call 360-357-9437, or email: christi, for additional information. Web site:


AMERICAN RHODODENDRON SOCIETY OLYMPIA CHAPTER To encourage interest in, and disseminate knowledge about rhododendrons and azaleas. We will celebrate 50 years in September. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., except for in March and December, when they start at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month September through April, at Society of Friends (Quaker) Hall, 3201 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. Call 360-923-1824, or log on to:, for additional information. EVERGREEN STATE DAHLIA ASSOCIATION A dahlia club organized to promote the growing and showing of the dahlia flower. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, October through June, at Lacey Church of God, 5005 Lacey Blvd. Mailing address: 1931 Harbor View Drive N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call John Mackey, 360-956-1614, for additional information. MASTER RECYCLER COMPOSTERS Presents workshops, compost bin sales, and in-depth composting training. Workshops on Green Cone Composting, yard waste composting and worm bins are offered from June-September at Olympia’s Farmers Market. Call 360867-2163, or log on to: to learn more. MASTER GARDENERS CLOSED LOOP PARK & GARDEN Maintained by the Thurston County master Gardeners and Master Composters, and located by the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, this ornamental garden was built using recycled materials on top of a completed landfill. Address: 2418 Hogum Bay Road, Lacey. Call 360-867-2163, or log on to: to learn more. MASTER GARDENERS’ DIRT WORKS GARDEN AND COMPOSTING Located on Olympia’s west side, at Yauger Park, this newly renovated demonstration garden features a composting site, rain garden, children’s garden mixed boarde, rose garden, and coming soon: and “adaptive garden for those with disabilities.” Master Gardener Program and Training Course is offered annually. Call Call 360-867-2163, or log on to: to learn more. OLYMPIA BONSAI CLUB Formed to enhance the enjoyment of the hobby of Bonsai by meeting for demonstrations, workshops, field trips and shows. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2682, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Bill Olson, 360-494-4361, for meeting information. Web site: OLYMPIA FUCHSIA SOCIETY Promotes the raising and propagation of ground hardy fuchsias. This group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater. Call Dorothy McMann, 360-570-0068 or Tammy Brown, 360-742-3155, for additional information. OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB Our purpose is to further interest in gardening, conservation, civic beauty and roadside beautification. We give scholarships and grants to local schools to further the study of horticulture and our environment. Meetings begin at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month, September through May, at Gull Harbor Lutheran Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. Call Gail Martinolich, 360-4027669. Log on to:, for additional information.

SOUTH SOUND FRUIT SOCIETY Dedicated to the preservation and propagation of heritage fruits and nuts and other non-commercial varieties of fruit trees, berries and nuts. Meetings are generally held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, unless a major holiday occurs, or a workshop or tour is scheduled that month.Call Lowell Cordas, 360-456-7367, or email:, for additional information about upcoming events and their times and locations. Web site: WSU ONLINE PUBLICATIONS Researched based publications in multiple subject areas such as gardening, lawn maintenance, water conservation, food and nutrition, and more. Available free online at: WSU THURSTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENER DIAGNOSTIC CLINICS Provides answers to questions on soils, plants, insects, and gardening technique by trained Master Gardeners. Olympia Farmers Market Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinic is open the same hours as the market. The Master Gardener Clinic at Washington State University Thurston County Extension, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 4131 Mud Bay Road S.W., Olympia. Call 360-867-2163, or log on to: to learn more.

HEALTH/FITNESS DEVINE REIKI GROWTH CENTER Honors the original Usui Shiki Ryoho system of Reiki as brought from Japan to the western world by Rev. Hawayo Takata. The center offers support groups, therapy appointments, classes, a public practitioner program, a lending library, and other support for students of this Reiki system. Address: 2002 Capitol Way S., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Penny L. Devine, 360-754-9750, or email devinereiki@msn. com. THE INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA TREATMENT PROGRAM A community-supported organization that trains practitioners to treat complex trauma inflicted by torture, war, and natural disasters. The group seeks to restore victims’ physical and psychological health through treatment and education. Mailing address: 1026 State Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-352-2974, or log on to:, for additional information.

HISTORICAL BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the early history of Olympia and Washington Territory. The oldest residence in Olympia, and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest, it was built in the 1850s by Daniel R. Bigelow and his wife, Anne Elizabeth White Bigelow. Address: 918 Glass Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-753-1215, or email:, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA CHAPTER #4, DAUGHTERS OF THE PIONEERS OF WASHINGTON 1860-era Crosby House Museum is operated by our group. Open house tours are available from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, from March 4-November 4. Tours can be available at any time by appointment. There are period-appropriate re-enactments on the third Sunday of each month. Address: 703 Deschutes Way S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501. Call 360-866-9627, or email:

HANDS ON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Stimulates curiosity, creativity, and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families, and school groups. Hands On believes that all children deserve respect, and the opportunity to learn, and that families are important as children’s first teachers. Address: 106 11th Ave. S.W., Olympia, WA 98501. Watch the web site for the move-in date for our new location. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5.95, for ages 12-23 months, $7.95 for age 2 and older, and $6.95 for seniors, and free from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Call 360-956-0818, or email: Web site: LACEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY A voice for the early citizens of Lacey, to protect the historical heritage they have given us. Meetings begin at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, except June, July and August), at Lacey Fire Dept., 1231 Franz St. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-491-0905, or email: for additional information.

CAPITAL CITY VINTAGE CAR CLUB A group of vintage car owners that enjoy meeting, eating, and touring with their cars. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, October through May, at Izzy’s Pizza, 3540 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Members meet for potluck meetings June through September. Call Jess Crain, 360-352-9864, or email:, for additional information. CAPITOL WOODCARVERS’ ASSOCIATION Capitol Woodcarvers meets regularly to promote and encourage woodcarving as an art form and as a hobby. Carving sessions are from 7-9 p.m. each Monday, at Capital Place Retirement, 700 Black Lake Blvd S.W., Olympia; 9-11 a.m. each Tuesday, at the Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey; and from 9-11 a.m. each Thursday, at Fir Lane Retirement Center, 2430 N. 13th St., Shelton. Call John Templar, 360-273-0977, or log on to: www.capitolcarvers. com, for additional information.

OLYMPIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Our purpose is identifying, collecting, documenting, preserving, interpreting, and perpetuating the history and heritage of Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 6064, Olympia, WA 98507-6064. Call Deb Ross, 360-943-2634, or email:, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIC FLIGHT MUSEUM An organization dedicated to the preservation and flying of vintage aircraft. The museum was founded with the goal of bringing people together to relive, recollect, and learn about aviation history and maintained by donations and support from the community. Address: 7637-A Old Highway 99 S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-705-3925, or email: Admission: Adults $7.00, Children 7-12 $5.00, Children 6 & Under FREE, AAA Member Discount. Web site: SOUTH THURSTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Maintains and hosts three buildings of the local history - Tenino Train Depot, Rota Farm Building, and The Ticknor One Room School. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at Tenino Depot Museum Complex, 399 W. Park Ave., Tenino. Call 360-264-4321, or 360-2642972, or email:, for additional information.

HOBBIES THE ARTISTS GALLERY A group of local artists that display artwork. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, and 1:30 - 5 p.m. on summer Sundays, and is located at 113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Call 360-357-6920, email:, or log on to:, for additional information.

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS The Tumwater Falls Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, meets at various times and locations. Call Carole Holt, 360-491-9202, or email:, for additional information. Web site: DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS A local club of the hobbyist and professional woodworkers and is organized to share ideas and techniques regarding woodworking, exchange ideas about tools and equipment, and to develop a community of woodworkers. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, at Edgewood Bible Church, 1720 Meridian Ave., Edgewood. Call Bill Cogswell, 360-584-7667, or log on to: www.ewwg. org, for additional information. LONDON NORTHWEST Literary research and publishing devoted primarily to study of author Jack London. There are no official meetings but occasional meetings can be scheduled by calling David Schlottmann, 360-352-8622, or email: ookkees@comcast. net.

MINIATURE ENTHUSIASTS OF OLYMPIA WASHINGTON A social, creative, education, and cultural organization who share an interest in miniatures, dollhouses, and furnishings. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at members homes and businesses. Call Sandy O’Keefe, 360-357-8500, or 360-754-6492, for additional information. MG CAR CLUB NORTHWEST CENTRE Our goal is to preserve and support the use, preservation and enjoyment of all models of MG automobiles from 1928 to present, and to support and foster the fellowship and camaraderie of MG ownership worldwide. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, at Sizzler Restaurant, 10204 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Call 360-4120877, or log on to:, for additional information. MUSTANGS WEST An affiliate of Mustangs Clubs of America is made up of a diverse group of people who own or are interested in the original American Pony car: The Ford Mustang. The group participates in charity events, including Toys for Tots, the Thurston County school back pack program, and more. Family membership cost is $25, single membership cost is $20. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, at HP Restaurant, 8306 Quinault Dr. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-866-9564, or log on to:, for additional information. NORTHWEST CHAPTER AMERICAN TRUCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Dedicated to preserving the dynamic history of trucks, the trucking industry and its pioneers. This chapter meets quarterly. Our 17th Annual Antique Truck Show kicks off at 9 a.m., Aug. 4, at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds between Centralia & Chehalis. Free admission and free parking. Mailing address: 6518 32nd Ave. N.W., Olympia, WA 98502-9519. Call Roy Friis, 360-866-7716, or email:, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA ART LEAGUE Olympia Art League has served artists and art lovers since 1945. In addition to the annual juried show, members enjoy monthly meetings , demonstrations, summer paintouts, member shows, art-in-the-community exhibitions, a summer picnic, Art at the county Fair, and more artsy activities. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month, September-November and January-May, at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 404, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-412-3152, or log on to:, for additional information. OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month September-June at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152, Olympia. Various speakers discuss genealogy topics, describe special research techniques, or celebrate historical events of our ancestors’ lives. Google us! Mailing address: P.O. Box 1313, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-426-6114, or email: rockinroger@hcc. net. Web site:, for additional information. OLYMPIA OLD CAR CLUB An organization of people interested in antique, classic and special interest vehicles. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at IHOP, 3519 Martin Way E., Olympia. Call 360-491-8601, for additional information.

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

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

MAH JONGG OF OLYMPIA A woman’s group made up of members of the National Mah Jongg League, who support and enjoy the game. Meeting times and locations vary. Mailing address: 8545 Island View Ct. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Pat Sonnenstuhl, 360943-8933, or log on to:, for additional information.


ARTRAILS OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON A free self-guided tour of artists’ studios in the rural areas of southwest Washington, between Kelso and Olympia. ARTrails recognizes and supports dedicated artists, while providing the public with an inspiring and educational experience. Exhibition Gallery Opening Gala, Friday, Sept. 14, with studio tours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 15-16 and 22-23, at Centralia’s Historic Train Deport, 210 Railway Ave., Centralia. Call 360-736-1082, or email: jury@artrailsofsww. org, for additional information. Web site:

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK The Olympia Poetry Network is an organization dedicated to increasing literary awareness and appreciation of poetry for folks living at the south end of Puget Sound (Thurston, Mason, Gray’s Harbor and Lewis Counties). Group holds poetry readings at 6:30 p.m., on the third Wednesday of each month at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Membership subscriptions to the newsletter are available for $10 per year. Mailing address: OPN, P.O. Box 1312, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Cynthia Pratt, 360-456-4862, or email:, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA OLD CAR CLUB A group of active weavers, spinners, dyers and fiber artists who meet to share information, knowledge and techniques, to provide guidance, encouragement and inspiration. Meetings begin at 9:45 am on the third Friday of each month, at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia WA. No meetings June, July, August or December. Guests are welcome. Call Sarah Nopp, 360789-7898, or email: Web site: OLYMPIC MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY Olympic Model Railroad Society has a club layout in the basement of the Heritage Building at Thurston County Fairgrounds, which includes approximately 5.5 scale miles of HO scale double mainline track depicting a freelance history of railroading in Thurston County. We meet on Thursday evenings, 6 - 10 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Society does hold a business meeting on the first Thursday of the month. Most of the times, we are working on parts of the layout, with general operations held on the third Thursday of the month., at the fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: 14808 Johnson Creek Lane, Rainier, WA 98576, Attn: OMRS. Call John Nelson, 360-446-1873, or email:, for additional information. Web site: PORCELAIN PAINTERS OF OLYMPIA Promotes and educates the art of painting porcelain. Meetings vary. Address: 1806 Arbutus N. E. Olympia, WA 98506. Call Sadie Hawkins, 360-870-2982, or Marilyn Anderson, 360-754-0505, for additional information, or email: Log on to: http://

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PUGET SOUND ANGLERS A recreational fishing club comprised of 19 independent chapters, with common goals and interests, bound only by integrity and fellowship, with the goal of preserving, protecting and enhancing the sport fisheries of Washington State. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, at Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1002, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-867-9976, or email: Log on to: SOUTH SOUND EXOTIC BIRD SOCIETY We encourage the advancement of avian knowledge, and the preservation of the world’s parrots. The group supports parrot welfare organizations, and provides education to companion parrot caregivers. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 14714, Tumwater, WA 98511-4714. Email: southsoundexoti, or log on to:, for additional information. SOUTH SOUND MUSHROOM CLUB Learn about wild mushrooms through hands-on identification assistance, lectures, photo programs and field trips. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, at 510 Stoll Road, Olympia. Call Tom Keller, 360789-5930 or email:, for additional information. Web site: SOUTH SOUND STORY GUILD Members foster an appreciation for the art and the tradition of storytelling in our community through public and private performances. The Guild also tells stories in conjunction with the City of Olympia Arts, Parks, and Recreation department during the summer months, highlighted by Stories in the Park/Stories in the Dark. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and last Wednesdays of each

month, September through June, at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11571, Olympia, WA 98508. Call Rebecca Hom, 360-8666308, or email: Web site: www. THURSTON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICES Consists of approximately two dozen amateur radio operators who provide emergency communication to support the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Emergency Management. The group trains year round to be able to provide communication capabilities on both ham and county-owned radios in support of floods, storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters that might incapacitate land line or cell phone service. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, except August, at the Thurston County Emergency Operations Center, 2145 Pacific Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call Tom Bohon, 360-970-8223, or email:, for additional information. Web site: WASHINGTON STARS QUILT GUILD Our guild provides a forum for sharing our interest in the art and craft of quilting through regular membership meetings, special programs, quilt shows, auction, block drawings, group projects and charitable works. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at Gull Harbor Lutheran Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Rd. NE, Olympia. Call 360-915-7585, or email:, for additional information. Web site: WOODTURNERS OF OLYMPIA Shares ideas and techniques regarding the craft of woodturning, exchanges ideas about tools and equipment, and promotes the craft of woodturning. The club is available to demonstrate the craft at public events. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey. Call Larry Miller, 360-412-1583, or email: Log on to:, for additional information. 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 or 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. NORTH MASON TIMBERLAND LIBRARY 23081 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. Call 360-275-3232. OLYMPIA TIMBERLAND LIBRARY 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-352-0595. SHELTON TIMBERLAND LIBRARY 710 Alder St. W., Shelton. Call 360-426-1362. TENINO TIMBERLAND LIBRARY 172 Central Ave. W., Tenino. Call 360-264-2369.

TUMWATER TIMBERLAND LIBRARY 7023 New Market St., Tumwater. Call 360-943-7790. Yelm Timberland Library: 210 Prairie Park St., Yelm. Call 360-458-3374.

MEDIA KAOS RADIO Non-commercial radio station, located in Olympia, serving and broadcasting to the South Sound area. The station broadcasts at 89.3 FM, at 1100 watts, 18-22 hours a day. KAOS programming includes a wide range of music, women’s issues, Native American, Spanish language, Democracy Now!, local, national and international public affairs, call-in discussion and more. A program guide can be viewed online at: Mailing address: KAOS Radio, 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W., Olympia, WA 98505. Business office: 360-867-6888; Studio line: 360-867-5267, or email: THURSTON COMMUNITY TELEVISION (TCTV) A non-commercial, community media center. TCTV manages and programs four local cable channels that feature video programs by, about, and for local residents, government, nonprofit organizations and schools. Address: 440 Yauger Way S.W., Ste. C, Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-9563100, or log on to:, for additional information.

MILITARY ARMED FORCES E-9 ASSOCIATION A national professional organization designed exclusively for the most senior enlisted personnel of all branches of the United States and our allied armed forces. Mailing address: P.O. Box 136, DuPont, WA 98327-0136. Call CSM (Ret.) Bob Sova, 360-556-2583. Log on to: MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MOAA) The nation’s largest association of military officers. Members come from every branch of the service, and include active duty, National Guard, reserve and former officers, and their families. Dinner meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Reservations and additional information are available by calling Nels Hanson, 360-438-5214. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5957, Lacey, WA 98509-5957.

MUSIC BLACK HILLS PICKIN’ PARTY A family oriented, old-time, acoustic music appreciation/performance group. The purpose is to provide an atmosphere in which folks can assemble and play music that encourages and emphasizes the cultural music of our past. Featured instruments include fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, acoustic bass, and other historical musical instruments. Meetings begin at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month, at the Black Lake Grange, 6011 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Call Bob Allen, 360-3527310, for additional information. CAPITAL AREA CONCERT BAND A community band of approximately 40 members, who present between six and eight performances each year, and include retirement centers, and the yearly Memorial Day ceremony at Mills & Mills Funeral Home. Rehearsals

DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON AMERICAN LEGION BAND A community band of about 60 members, and perform 30 times each year in support of the American Legion and other local community events. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday, at Saint Martin’s University, music building, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: 3600 Ruddle Road S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-888-3020, or email: for additional information. BLACK HILLS PICKIN’ PARTY An old-time gospel singing, and is open to the public at no charge. Sign-in begins at 5 p.m., and the singing begins at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, at Living Life Fellowship Church, 2705 Eighth Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call Randy Packer, 360-956-7322, or Bob Aulabaugh, 360456-5340, or email:, for additional information. GREATER OLYMPIA DIXIELAND JAZZ SOCIETY Group holds an annual jazz festival, which will be June 28-July 1, 2012, at Saint Martin’s University. Meetings begin at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, September through June, at the Olympia Elks Club, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call Charlotte Dickison, 360-943-9123, or email:, for additional information. Web site: MASTERWORKS CHORAL ENSEMBLE 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. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1091, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-491-3305, or email:, for additional information. Web site: THE OLYMPIA NEW HORIZONS BAND An affiliate of the New Horizons International Music Association. It is a program for adults 50 and over (even if you can’t read music!) who want to be part of a band. The band meets from 10 a.m. - noon Wednesdays, at Airstream Park, 9101 Steilacoom Road S.E., Olympia. Call Jerry Hendricks, 360-754-9777, or log on to: NEW HORIZONS STRING ORCHESTRA A new orchestra for beginning senior (50 and older) string musicians. Auditions are not required. Rehearsals begin at 6:30p.m. Mondays, Evergreen Christian Center, 1000 Blake Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Call Lantz Berets, 360-705-3598.

OLYMPIA HIGHLANDERS BAGPIPE BAND The Olympia Highlanders Bagpipe Band was formed in 1972 to promote the traditions and culture of Scotland. Piping and drumming instruction is offered to prospective members. Practices begin at 6 p.m. each Thursday, at 2727 Westmore Court S.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2591, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Bill Collins, 360-943-8824, or Stan Kildow, 360-264-2156, or log on to:

OLYMPIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The mission of the group is to provide the highest quality live music to enrich, educate, and entertain an expanding audience. The 2012-2013 season will be “Diamond Brilliance,” celebrating 60 years. Address: 3400 Capitol Blvd. S., Ste. 203, Olympia, WA 98501. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and is open Fridays on concert weekends. Call 360-753-0074, or email:, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA YOUTH CHORUS Vocal music education for singers ages 5-18 from the greater Olympia area. About 150 youth participate yearly in four choir levels. Olympia Youth Chorus nurtures the appreciation of choral arts and the shared experience of creating fine choral music. Rehearsal are at various times each Monday evening, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: 6607 Foster Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call 360-790-6226, or log on to:, for rehearsal times, and additional information. SAMBA OLYWA A drum and dance ensemble that rehearses and performs year-round at events, including Procession of the Species, Harbor Days, the Folklife Festival, The Evergreen State College graduation ceremony, and more. The group plays in the tradition of the Brazilian street carnival, using Brazilian percussion instruments and traditional dance moves from Rio and the northeast of Brazil. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced. Meetings are at 5 p.m. each Sunday at the Eagles Club, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. A $5 donation is asked to help pay the rent. Call 360-866-6129, for meeting information, or log on to: www. 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. Mailing address: 1629 22nd Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Krina Allison, 360-352-1438, or email: Web site: www. SUMMER MUSIC 2012 AT SAINT MARTIN’S UNIVERSITY Sponsored by Saint Martin’s University, youth from fourth through eighth grade are invited to learn an instrument, or for the experienced musician, advance his/her skills. There are over 15 classes offered all day long for every type of interest, including band, orchestra, theory, composition and guitar. Class fee includes all instruction, the July 6 concert and a tee-shirt. Call Krina Allison, 360-352-1438, email: Log on to:, for additional information.

RECREATION BUDD BAY RUGBY An all ages rugby club dedicated to fostering the growth of rugby in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater community. There are five teams: U-16 boys, U-19 boys, U-19 girls, adult men, and adult women. Practices are generally at Bush Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and home games are at Rainier Vista Park. Mailing address: 5702 22nd Ave S.E., Lacey, WA 98503-2810. Call 478-227-3201, or log on to:, for additional information. CAPITAL CITY MARATHON ASSOCIATION The Capital City Marathon, Half Marathon, and Five Miler take place at 7 a.m. on the third Sunday of May every year

. The kids run takes place in Heritage Park at 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of May every year. These affordably priced events start in Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia on a course that takes runners through north Thurston County. The focus of the events is a healthy lifestyle and community involvement. Participate by running or volunteering. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1681, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-561-7874, or email: Web site: www. CAPITOL CITY RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB The club is located on 140 acres near Littlerock, and offers recreational and competitive shooting facilities and events, with an emphasis on safety, sportsmanship, and family fun. The club offers marksmanship and safety training, and hunter education courses. It supports high school and youth shooting teams; conducts regional and statewide shooting and archery matches and hosts historical interest events patterned after the fur trading and cowboy eras. Call 360-956-0608, or log on to:, for additional information, and driving instructions. CAPITOL VOLKSSPORT CLUB Fun, fitness and friendship in non-competitive walking events open to everyone. Group walks are held every Thursday morning year round in addition to evening walks when days are longer. Check website for the walk schedule, special events, meeting notices, and club news and pictures. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2778, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-459-8167, or email: pandpsweet@gmail. com. log on to:, for additional information. MONDAY WALKERS, The Monday Walkers meets every Monday in the Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey and departs at 9:30 AM to walk at various destinations. This is a social group that likes to walk the nature trails. The walks are three to four easy to moderate miles long. Mailing address: 2703 Castlewood Court S.E., Olympia, WA 98501-3982. Call Egon Calundann 360-545-3626, or email, for additional information. OLYWALKS Walking Tours and Treasure Hunts of the Historic Downtown, Percival Landing, Eastbay Area, and/or Capitol Grounds are offered any time by arrangement. Great for fundraisers, parties, out of town guests, and combined with dinner of theatre for a fun time out. Discover how cool Olympia is while enjoying a stroll with a storytelling guide. Mailing address: 1613 Camden Circle S.W., Olympia. Call 360-943-0956, or email:, for additional information. Web site: OLYMPIA SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON Checks, social gatherings and District conferences. Meetings include a guest speaker and are at 7:30 p.m., on the third Monday of each month, at the Olympia Yacht Club, 201 Simmons St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1171, Olympia, WA 98507. New members are always welcome and we are a family friendly organization. Call Paul Davis, 360-432-0464, or email: Web site:, for additional information. OLYMPIA TRAVERSE A multi-sport adventure relay for solo, tandem, and teams celebrating the life-cycle of wild salmon that starts in the Capitol Forest and winds its way into downtown Olympia for a strong finish at the Port Plaza. The 2012 event is set for July 14. Call 360-250-1854, or email: morse_ Log on to: PANHANDLE 4-H CAMP, The facility is available to non-profit organizations for meetings, retreats, and camps. Facility is located on 440 acres of forested trails and includes livestock barn and arenas. Amenities include a large expanded horse arena, low ropes course, canoes and paddle boats, and public fishing at designated times. Address: 370 W. Panhandle Lake Road, Shelton, WA 98584. Call Ray or Rebekah Cobb, 360-4269523, or log on to:, for additional information.

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

OLYMPIA SWEET ADELINES The award-winning Olympia Sweet Adelines Chorus is a group of women and girls of all ages who love to sing a cappella music in the barbershop style. We currently have 60 members and rehearse from 7-10 p.m. each Tuesday, in room 253 at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. OSA has been a part of of the Thurston, Mason, and Lewis County community since 1965. Call 360-4562035, or email:, for information. Log on to:


begin at 7 p.m. each Monday, from September-May, at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road N.W., Olympia. New musicians of all performance levels are always welcome. Call Diana Appler, 360-888-3020, or email: diana., for additional information.

PARC - PARKS, ARTS, RECREATION, AND CULTURE FOUNDATION OF THURSTON COUNTY To Support, preserve, and enhance parks, arts, recreation and cultural programs, facilities and/or assets in Thurston County. PARC sponsors fundraiser and seeks donation to support Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Thurston County Parks and Recreation Departments and other parks, arts, recreation, cultural organizations in Thurston County. Address: 723 Eastside St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-3520980, or email:, for additional information. Web site: 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. Fridays 5 pm (beginning), and 6 pm (intermediate). This is a program of Senior Services for South Sound. Call (360) 586-6181 for details. THURSTON COUNTY VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS BOARD Provides paid volleyball officials (referees) for all the Thurston and mason County high schools and middle schools. The primary season is September-October. TCVOB also officiates the YMCA and Parks and Recreation leagues. Mailing address: P.O. Box 6532, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Bill Mills, 360-357-5206, for information on joining. THURSTON OLYMPIANS SWIM CLUB, Competitive swimming for ages 5 and up. Call 360-7549031, or email:, to learn about try-out times. Mailing address: PO Box 8137, Lacey, WA 98509. Web site: U.S COAST GUARD AUXILIARY A volunteer organization promoting boating safety, teaching boating safety classes and working directly with the U.S. Coast Guard. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at Candlewood Manor, 4500 Martin Way E., Olympia. Mailing address: 327 Logger Ct. S.E., Olympia, WA 98503-6721. Call Jo-Ann Grubb, 360438-6848, or Ron Holtcamp, 360-943-8269, for additional information. YMCA CAMP BISHOP A traditional YMCA summer camp program committed to ensuring a postive and safe camping experience for each child. Our staff are trained as mentors who put campers first, helping campers grow in areas of independence, confidence and self-esteem. The daily program and water-front activities are action-packed and educational. There is a variety of resident camps and prices. Address: 1476 W. Lost Lake Road, Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-482-5930 or log on to:, for camp dates and costs.

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PROFESSIONAL AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION--OLYMPIA CHARTER CHAPTER Brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provides opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education,networking support and national recognition. Meetings begin with a social at 5:30 p.m., and a meeting at 6 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month, at Black Bear Diner, 955 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Guests always welcome to visit. Mailing address: 1905 Muirhead Ave N.W., Olympia WA 98502. Call 360-352-3748, or email:, for additional information. Web site: CONNECTIONS FOR WOMEN An inclusive, informal group of active, involved women who meet for business and professional support and networking opportunities. Meetings are open to all women. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Elks Lodge, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Cost is $13 pre-paid, and $18 at the door, and are available at www., or by sending a check to Connections, 2630 Martin Way E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Joanna Power 360-701-4231, or email: connectionsforwomenOly, for additional information. Web site: www.


LEADERSHIP THURSTON COUNTY An experience-based leadership development program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation. Thirty participants annually learn about issues facing Thurston Conty, build community relationships and explore leadership opportunities. The program runs from September through June. Monthly daylong sessions focus on specific topics, including education, government, business and economic development, health and human services, the environment and arts and culture. Class members meet with community leaders and participate in site visits, group activities and individual projects. Call 360-357-8515 or email: Web site: www. Administration Office: 809 Legion Way, Olympia, WA 98501. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1427 Olympia, WA 98507.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Catholic men’s fraternal organization, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, at Columbian Hall, 6794 Martin Way E., Lacey. Call 360-491-7292, or email:, or additional information. Web site:

OLYMPIA COMMUNICATORS GROUP An informal professional development group for public and organizational communications specialists, as well as graphic designers, writer/editors, web designers, etc., in Thurston County and the South Sound area. Meetings begin at noon on the first Wednesday of each month, at various locations. Mailing address: 6011 Winnwood Dr. S.E., Lacey, WA 98513. Call Sam Cagle, 360-456-8509, or email:, for meeting location, and additional information. OLYMPIA MASTER BUILDERS A trade association representing builders and their related companies. Serving Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and Mason Counties. Olympia Master Builders provides community events, a Built Green Program and a free contractor referral service. Address: 1211 State Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-754-0912 or 800-456-6473, or log on to: PROSPECTS BUSINESS MEN’S NETWORKING GROUP Men’s group meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday, at Coldwell Banker, 3333 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater. The purpose of the group is to exchange business leads and referrals among members. Call Tim Barlow, 360-570-0106, or email: tim@c, for additional information. THURSTON COUNTY CHAMBER Thurston County Chamber offers multiple opportunities for business networking: Leads at Lunch, meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, at Ramblin Jacks Restaurant, 520 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia; Top Flight, meets at noon Wednesdays, at Pellegrino’s, 205 Cleveland Ave. S.E., Tumwater; Wired, meets at 8:30 a.m.Thursdays, at Panera Bread, 2525 Capital Mall Drive S.W., Olympia; Women’s Referral, meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursdays, at Sound City Coffee, 125 Tumwater Blvd. S.E., Suite 119, Tumwater. Call 360-357-3362, or email: Log on to:, for additional information. WASHINGTON LANDLORD ASSOCIATION A service providing educational aide and legislative support to Washington rental landlords, managers, and tenants. Mailing address: 920 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 888-753-9150, or email:, or, for additional information. Web site: WEST OLYMPIA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Supports the goals of the West Olympia business community, and promotes community improvement and development through regular meetings, informative programs, and advocacy efforts. Meetings begin at noon on the third Thursday of each month, at The Viewpoint Room at Tugboat Annies, 2100 West Bay Drive N.W., Olympia. Address: 2103 Harrison Ave N.W., #2334 Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-867-8809, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

GERMAN MINISTRY Monthly worship in the German language, followed by fellowship. Sie sind herzlich willkommen. Worship begins at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St., Lacey. Call Elke Armajo, 360-456-1402, or Hans Dettling, 360-701-2037, or email:, for additional information. OLYMPIA AREA CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, we meet at noon on the second Tuesday of each month at Chambers Restaurant, 1751 Circle Drive S.E., Lacey, for a luncheon. All men and women are invited, call for a reservation. Our mission is to impact people in their communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Call 360-943-0627, or email: Web site: www.stonecroft. org. SAINT PLACID PRIORY SPIRITUALITY CENTER An ecumenical Christian ministry, we are a ministry of St. Placid Priory that reflects the Benedictine values of peace, hospitality, community, learning and prayerful discernment. The center offers conference space for nonprofit groups for up to 100 people, and a retreat center for individual retreats and group retreats for up to 19 people for nonprofit groups. Address: 500 College St. N.E., Lacey, WA 98516. Office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 360-438-2595, or email:, for additional information. Web site:


SOUTH SOUND BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP Includes members of the local Buddhist community engaging in the Buddhist path of right action in regard to working for peace, justice and social change. Mailing address: 3029 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Robert Lovitt, 360-357-2825, or log on to:, for meeting times and location. SPIRITUAL RESPONSE ASSOCIATION Serves as a center for the dissemination of spiritual knowledge and healing support for a network of students and practitioners in more than 30 countries. The Association offers workshops, and is a non-denominational spiritual educational organization. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 2909 Pacific Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-413-7881, or log on to:, for additional information. THURSTON INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP Offers weekly mindfulness meditation in the Buddhist tradition with talks and discussion with teacher Jude Rozhon. Everyone is welcome. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. each Monday, at the Nalanda Center, 1620 Fourth St. E., Olympia. Log on to:, for additional information.

THE BOUTIQUE STORE The Boutique Upstairs was founded 1982 and is located at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., in downtown Olympia. The Boutique offers customers a great selection of second hand clothing, house wares, jewelry, books and arts and crafts items at reasonable prices. It is open Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm. Call 360-515-0965, to make donations, or learn about volunteer opportunities. THE ESTATE STORE The Estate Store opened in February and is located at 510 Columbia St, S.W., Olympia. The Estate Store features secondhand furniture, house wares, collectibles, jewelry and art. The Estate Store is open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Donations can be made to either store during their regular business hours. Call 360-515-0965, for more information about donations or volunteer opportunities. LACEY POLICE DEPT., SENIOR PATROL DIVISION Assists regular police by doing things they don’t always have time for, including vacation house checks for residents of Lacey, disabled or handicapped parking violations, traffic control at various civic functions, and the annual Citizen’s Academy to introduce people to the personnel within the police department. Candidates must have valid driver’s license, be 50 years or older, be certified able to perform by their doctor, complete an oral interview, and pass a background check. Address: 420 College St. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Sean Bell, 360-459-4333, to arrange an interview, or to learn more about meetings. LACEY SENIOR CENTER DANCE Dancing, socializing, and refreshments, 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. The “Melodies Recycled” Quartet provides wonderful dance tunes. Admission is $5 for members and $6 for guests. Please note: The following dates the dances will be held at Chinook Middle School located at 4301 6th Ave NE in Lacey: June 28; all of July, and August 2, 9 and 16, due to the Lacey Senior Center Expansion Project. Call 360-5866181, for additional information. NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (NARFE) The purpose is to preserve the earned retirement benefits of federal employees, retirees, and annuitants. The NARFE Olympia/Timberland chapter meets at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June, at Olympic National Forest Headquarters, 1835 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia. Call John Cornette, 360-456-8558. Web site:


RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON, OLYMPIA CHAPTER 2 Its purpose is to unite retired state, county and municipal employees for their mutual welfare. Meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. on the second Thursday, September through May, at The Olympia Center, multipurpose room A., 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: 3230 14th Avenue N.W., Suite B, Olympia, Wa 98502. Call 800-562-6097 Toll Free, or 360-352-8262, for additional information. Web site: SAGE OLYMPIA SAGE Olympia is a Net affiliate of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) USA. Locally, SAGE Olympia operates under the fiscal agency of the Rainbow Community Center in Olympia, a federally tax exempt organization dedicated to providing community building activities for the GLBT communities. The SAGE Olympia Mission is to promote the wellness of GLBT elders in the Thurston County area with a range of referrals, services and other activities. Contact information: P.O. Box 7221, Olympia, WA 98507-7221. Log on to: SENIOR ACTION NETWORK Enhancing the Lives of Seniors and senior-related businesses. Senior Action Network meets at the at 7:15 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. All Senior Businesses are invited and people who want to do fundraising for seniors of Thurston, Mason and Lewis Counties. Mailing address: P.O. Box 12212, Olympia, WA. 98508-2212. Call 360-943-9698, or email: Bruce@BamfordLTCFinancial. com, for additional information. Web site: SENIOR CENTER FOR SOUTH SOUND A non-profit organization whose mission is to support older adults’ ability to remain independent within the community. Since 1973, this agency has been committed to improving and enriching the lives of the seniors and their families in Mason and Thurston Counties through various programs and activities. Lacey Senior Center activities move to Chinook Middle School, 4301 Sixth Ave. N.E., Lacey, from June 25-Aug. 17, due to the expansion project at the Senior Center. Call 360-586-6181, for information. SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM A federally funded program which serves residents of Thurston, Grays Harbor, and Pacific Counties, and is sponsored by the YMCA of Grays Harbor and authorized through the Corporation of National and Community Service. The program focuses on maintaining independence, while building self-worth for both the volunteers and the clients. Services are available to adults aged 18 and older, who are recuperating from illness or have a disability. Volunteers and clients are matched according to skills, interests and location. Mailing address: 508 Eighth St., P.O. Box 667, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Call 888-532-9542, for additional information. THE SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM Helps improve the health of seniors by providing nutritious daily noon meals at seven sites in Thurston and Mason Counties. Seniors, over the age of 60, who are unable to leave their homes, are delivered meals each day through a Meals on Wheels Program. Call 360-586-6181, for additional information. SERVICES TO AT-RISK SENIORS PROGRAM (STARS) Offers frail seniors and disabled adults supervised therapeutic activities in a group setting. This program is designed to offer fun and creative client-focused activities along with excellent personal care. It gives seniors a chance to socialize with peers, stay mentally stimulated, and increase their self-esteem. Not only does STARS offer fun activities for seniors, but it also allows a needed break for their caregivers. Call 360-586-6181. THE SOUTH SOUND CARE CONNECTION A program that offers care-giving services to individuals who need assistance remaining independent in their home.

Services offered are housekeeping, companionship, dementia care, meal preparation, transportation, bathing and personal care assistance, 24 hour care, end of life care, and ongoing management to assure uninterrupted caregiver coverage. The Care Connection also provides care consultations for individuals and their families who may have needs other than in-home care. This includes Alzheimer’s care concerns, adult family home assessment and referral, and case management. Call 360-586-6181. THE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM, OF SENIOR SERVICES OF SOUTH SOUND Is made up of four primary components: The first component is the use of a Social Services Assistant. The Social Services Assistant who works with clients individually to link them with essential services and volunteers, helping them to remain independent. The second component to this program is the facilitation of support groups. Support groups include Caregiver and Alzheimer’s support groups as well as a Low Vision and Parkinson’s Support Groups. The third component to this program is the training and the supervision of volunteers who assist isolated seniors. The fourth component is the SHIBA program for Mason and Thurston Counties. Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors used trained volunteers to assist seniors and other individuals in finding the best health insurance coverage. Call 360-586-6181.

SUPPORT AUTISM SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON The Autism Society of Washington welcomes questions and comments. The Autism Society of Washington does not provide direct assistance, such as treatment or legal services. It does, however, provide information and referral to many services and support groups across the country. Mailing address: P.O. Box 503, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-515-8910 (Olympia), or 888-279-4968, for additional information. Web site: CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for memberships is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at Capital Vision Christian Church, 1775 Yew Ave., Olympia. Call 360-753-8088, for additional information. HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER A retreat center located in Union, Washington, offering no-cost retreats for those living with cancer and their loved ones. Adult learning classes on wellness, weekday yoga, gardening classes. Facility rentals are also available and support the no-cost cancer program. Address: 7362 E. State Route 106, Union, WA 98592. Office hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 360-898-2363, or email:, for additional information. Web site: NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) Free and frequent support groups, free educational courses on mental illness for the affected, and their families and caregivers. Mailing address: 4305 Lacey Blvd., #28, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-493-6021, or the 24-hour helpline: 360-866-0403. Log on to: OLYMPIA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP A local support group affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of Washington. The group provides a caring environment for survivors of traumatic and non-traumatic injuries. Families and caregivers are also welcome. The group is confidential and provides support and education to help survivors in the community. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, on the third floor of the Emille Gamelin Pavilion, behind Providence St. Peter Hospital, 410 Providence Lane, Olympia. Call 360-4934432, or email:, for additional information. OLYMPIA SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE Survivors of Suicide is a peer support group for those who have been impacted by the death of a loved one from suicide. Our goal is to help deal with the trauma and grief

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PUGET SOUND SENIOR GAMES The Puget Sound Senior Games presents the Washington State Senior Games, competition for seniors 50 and better, in July 2012. Twenty-two events are offered in venues throughout the South Sound. Most events are held July 26-29, with some events held earlier in the month and a few in early August. Approximately 2,000 senior men and women will compete, with ages ranging upwards from 50 to many in their 90s.Visit the website for additional information relative to specific events and plan to join us to see some remarkable performances by our senior competitors. Address: P.O. Box 1487, Olympia, WA 98507-1487. Call 360-413-0148. or email: Web site:

READER’S THEATRE UNLIMITED Offers readings, skits, comedies, band book adaptations, Senior Services for South Sound, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Call Senior Center Activities, 360-586-6181.



caused by the suicide of a loved one. We are not equipped to support those struggling with suicide, or who have survived an attempt. Meetings are from 7:30-9 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month, at Westwood Baptist Church Room E-10, 333 Kaiser Road, Olympia, WA. 98502. Contact Janis 360-866-2509, or email:, for additional information. Web site: PROSTATE CANCER EDUCATION AND SUPPORT Olympia Prostate Cancer Warriors meet from 7 -8:30 p.m., on the third Tuesday of the month, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, 413 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia rooms 200-201. Call Jim at 360-438-3644 or John at 360-427-1022, or email:, for additional information. Agenda is speakers as well as a chance to talk to someone who has been where you are. Open honest dialog with men and their partners dealing with prostate cancer. Web site: www. SOUNDCAREKIDS PROGRAM Sponsored by Providence Hospice, the program began in 1992, and has helped more than 500 grieving children and teens. The group gives children age 3-18, and their parents a chance to explore their feelings and thoughts while surrounded by others who can understand the pain of losing a loved one. The group meets on Thursdays, in a 6-week session each fall, winter, and spring. Young adults grief support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Call to register. Address: 3432 South Bay Road, Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-493-5928, or log on to:, for additional information. SOUTH PUGET SOUND UP WITH DOWN SYNDROME We sponsor social events for people with Down Syndrome, as well as the annual Buddy Walk, which will be October 1 this year, to raise awareness and inclusion of those with Down Syndrome. Support group meets at 6:30 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month, at Parent to Parent, 1012 Homann Drive S.E., Lacey. Call 360-915-6276, for additional information. SOUTH SOUND AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP Call for local meeting information. Call Christopher Ertel, 360-273-1200, or email:, or Karen or Doug Olinghouse, 360-438-6163.

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SOUTH SOUND CHADD Provides support and information for families and individuals affected by AD/HD. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, September through June, at Thurston County Public Health, 412 Lilly Rd. N.E., Olympia, in conference room 107C. Call 360-705-0315, or email:, for additional information. Web site: UNITED OSTOMY ASSOCIATION Support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, 413 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia. Call 360-491-6938, or 360-427-7215, for additional information.

VETERANS AMERICAN LEGION, ALFRED WILLIAMLEACH POST #3 Veterans Helping Veterans. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at 3201 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1247, Olympia, WA 98507-1247. Call 360-357-9780, or email:, for additional information. Web site: AMERICAN LEGION POST AND AUXILIARY #94 - R.V. VANSCHOICK, LACEY Assists both retired and active military personnel. Meetings begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., and then a meeting at 7:30 p.m., on the second Friday of each month, at the Post home. Address: 2602 Marvin Road S.E., Olympia, WA 98503. Call 360-459-0150, for additional information.

ARMED FORCES E9 ASSOCIATION A national professional organization designed exclusively for the senior enlisted personnel of all branches of the United States and our Allies Armed Forces. Meet on a professional and social level to exchange information and knowledge that keeps us informed about the latest military, legislative, health, VA, etc. news of concern to all of us. Mailing address: P.O. Box 136, Dupont, WA 98327-0136. Call CSM (ret) Bob Sova, 360-556-2583, or log on to: DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, CHAPTER 41 Helps veterans apply for federal benefits including disability compensation, burial benefits, education, and survivor benefits. The DAV is active in raising funds in the community to fund service work to veterans and their families. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at V.F.W. Post #318, 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia. Address: 3434 Martin Way, Ste. F., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Ryan Nabors, 360-459-7400, or email:, for additional information. Web site: www.davmembersportal. org/chapters/wa/41/default.aspx. MARINE CORPS LEAGUE A veteran’s organization open to former Marines and Navy corpsmen who served with Marines. Meetings begin at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, at the V.F.W. Post #318, 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia. Mailing address: PMB 107, 3701 Pacific Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 253-307-4087, or log on to:, for additional information. RAINIER AMERICAN LEGION POST #264 Open to members of the National Guard, reservists, active duty, military retirees and their families. Discover the benefits the Legion has to offer. The Legion helps with VA claims, and county veterans’ assistance. The post home is located at 206 Binghampton St. E., Rainier. Call 360-7012558, for additional information.


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS “No one does more for Veterans,” is its mantra. V.F.W. Post #318 and Auxillary meets at 7 p.m., on the first and third Monday of each month, at 2902 Martin Way E. Olympia. The AMVETS Post #2 and Auxilary meets at 6:45 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of each month. A service officer helps with VA claims and can be reached at 360-754-1346. The canteen opens at 11 a.m. daily. Country/rock dance music is every Friday and Saturday from 7-11 p.m., and a country jam sessions begins at 2 p.m. Sundays. Bring an instrument. The post also has a rental hall with full kitchen for social events. Call 360-754-1346, or email:, for additional information. Web site:

YOUTH BE THE ONE Mentoring coalitions promotes the mentoring of youth in Thurston and Mason Counties. The coalition is united in an effort to recruit, place, and support volunteers, raise awareness about the need for mentors, to and convey the benefits that mentoring programs provide to the community. Call Tina Gehrig, 360-867-2509, or email: gehrigt@co. or log on to:, for additional information. BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON Its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one

mentoring relationships, transforming their lives for the better. Located in Thurston, Pacific and Lewis County’s and also serve Grays Harbor and Mason Countys. Open by appointment. Address: 1802 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite 102, Olympia, WA 98512. Call 360-943-0409, or log on to:, for additional information. Lewis County: 1126 South Gold Street #229, Centralia, WA 98531. Phone: 360-807-4097. BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THURSTON COUNTY A youth development agency serving youth five-to-18years-old. Boys & Girls Clubs offer children care and supervision after school and during the summer. Club programs promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Clubs in Thurston County are located in Lacey, at 1105 Tracey Lane S.E. Call 360-438-6811; Olympia, 2200 Conger Ave N.W. Call 360-556-3615; Tumwater, 600 Israel Rd S.W.Call 360-570-8888; Rochester, 10140 Hwy. 12 S.W.Call 360-273-9397. The administrative office is located at: 905 24th Way S.W., Ste. B3, Olympia, WA 98502-6033. Hours are from 2:30- 7 p.m. Membership fee is $25 per year, with scholarships available in cases of financial hardship. SOCK YES TECHNOLOGY CENTER Youth mentoring center focusing on at-risk students and youth transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. The center is also a community technology learning center offering free internet access to the entire community with individual instruction and workshops available. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1013, Shelton, WA 98584. Address: 601 Franklin St., Shelton. Call 360-432-0815, 360-462-SOCK or 360-462-7625, or log on to:, or www., for additional information. SOUTH SOUND YMCA, Committed to strengthening our community through our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn grow and thrive. Our Briggs Community and Olympia Downtown Branches offer programs and activities seven days a week (from 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays). Our childcare programs operate in 28 elementary schools in Thurston County and the full-day, child care center at South Puget Sound Community College. We strive to keep the Y accessible to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. With the support and generosity of our donors through our Strong Kids Campaign, we assist everyone who qualifies. Address: 1530 Yelm Highway S.E., Olympia. Call 360-753-6576, or email: Web site: TOGETHER! TOGETHER! runs education, advocacy and engagement programs throughout Thurston County and a little beyond, with the goal of making sure all young people in our local communities are supported, healthy, safe and valued. From after-school tutoring, community centers and inclass presentations to parenting classes, partnerships and community education, TOGETHER! engages and mobilizes families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth. Drug information, the Parent Resource Guide, and smoking cessation resources are available 24 hours a day online; agency is available by phone or drop-in from 8:30 to 5:30 weekdays. Address: 418 Carpenter Road S.E., Suite 203, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360493-2230, or email: Web site: WET SCIENCE CENTER Come 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. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The WET Center is located at 500 Adams Street N.E., Olympia. Admission is free. Call 360-664-2333, or email:, for additional information. Web site:


Samoa Cultural Day 9 a.m. June 30, Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood. 253-383-3900,

Steve Miller Band 7 p.m. July 7, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville.

Chalk Art Festival 10 a.m. June 30, Fort Steilacoom Park, 8698 87th Ave. S.W., Lakewood. 253-983-7887,

Summer Concert Series Variety of live music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays July 10-Aug. 14, American Lake Park, 9222 Veterans Drive S.W., Lakewood. 253-589-2489, lakewoodparksandrec. com.

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival June 30-July 4, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle

James Hunter 7:30 p.m. July 10, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. $24.50. 206-4419729,

LACEY Children’s Entertainment Series 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 26-Aug. 7, Huntamer Park in Woodland Square, Lacey.

Veggie Car Races at Mary Olson Farm 1-4 p.m. June 30, Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn. Free. 253-288-7433,

“Rent” July 10-28, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

Laura Marling 7 p.m. June 26, 7 p.m. July 26, The Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Foster the People 8 p.m. June 26, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. South, Seattle. $28.

Tommy Emmanuel 8 p.m. June 30, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. $35-$45 877-4854849,

Friday Night Cruize-Ins 6 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 31, Griot’s Garage, 3333 S. 38th St., Tacoma. Free. 253-922-2400,


Rick Springfield 8:30 p.m. June 30, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Ticketmaster.


Freedom Fair: Wings & Wheels Event July 1, Tacoma Narrows Airport, 1302 26th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor. Lacey in Tune Summer Concerts in the Park Noon Wednesdays, June 27Aug. 8, Huntamer Park in Woodland Square, Lacey. Leo Kottke with Jake Shimabukuro 6 p.m. June 27, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. Dixieland Jazz Festival June 28-July 1, Saint Martin’s University and Huntamer Park, Lacey.

Jingle Bells Extravaganza Llama & Alpaca Show 7:30 a.m. June 29, Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey. Free. 509-332-3884. SummerFEST 2012 June 29-July 1, Fort Steilacoom Park, 8698 87th Ave. S.W., Lakewood. 253-983-7887,

Preservation Hall Jazz Band 8 p.m. July 2, The Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle. $35. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 1 p.m. July 3, White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Enumclaw, K.D. Lang and The Siss Boom Bang 6 p.m. July 3, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.

Day Out With Thomas July 13-15 and July 2022, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. $19 ages 2 and older, free for those younger than 2. 866-468-763, Blue Willow Lavender Farm Lavender Festival 2012 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 13-14, Blue Willow Lavender Farm, 10615 Wright Bliss Road KPN, Gig Harbor. Free. Pacific Days 2012 July 13-15, Pacific City Park, 600 Third Ave. S.E., Pacific. The Beach Boys 7 p.m. July 13, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville. An Evening With Steve Tyrell 7:30 p.m. July 13, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. $28.50. 206-441-9729, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators 8 p.m. July 13, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. $33.75-$38.75. LACEY Outdoor Concerts/Movie Series Saturdays July 14 and 21, Aug. 4 and 11, Huntamer Park in Woodland Square, Lacey. Concerts start at 7 p.m., movies start at dusk.

Joan Jett And The Blackhearts 7 p.m. July 3, Snoqualmie Valley Amphitheater, 37444 S.E. Winery Road, Snoqualmie.

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Fest July 14, Harbor History Museum, 4218 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. $65.

Tumwater 4th of July Parade, artesian festival and fireworks show, downtown Tumwater and Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band 7 p.m. July 14, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville.

Tacoma’s Freedom Fair 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4, Ruston Way, Tacoma.

Bachman & Turner 7 p.m. July 15, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie.

Diane Schuur 7:30 p.m. June 29, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. $26.50. 206-4419729,

Acoustic Alchemy 7:30 p.m. July 5, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. $24.50. 206441-9729,

Aziz Ansari Buried Alive Tour 7:30 p.m. June 29, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. $33.75,

Smokey Robinson 7 p.m. July 6, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 7 p.m. July 15, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville.

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Taste of Tacoma 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 29-July 1, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.

“Les Miserables” July 1-8, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

Olympia Music in the Park 7 p.m. Wednesdays July 11-Aug. 29, Sylvester Park, Capitol Way S. and Legion Way S.E., Olympia.



Dirty Dozen Brass Band 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. $26.50. 206-441-9729, Last Summer On Earth Tour Featuring The Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Cracker, 6 p.m. Aug. 3, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond.

Northwest Trek’s Birthday Celebration 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 17, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. CAPITAL LAKEFAIR July 18-22, Heritage Park, Olympia. Queen crowned July 19, Grand Parade 5 p.m. July 21, fireworks 10 p.m. July 22. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals 6 p.m. July 18, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. American Idol Live! 7 p.m. July 18, KeyArena at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Ticketmaster.

Goodguys 25th Pacific Northwest Nationals Car Show 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 27-28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 2, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. Adults $18, ages 7-12 $6. 925-838-9876, Michael Feinstein 8 p.m. July 27, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle.

Earl Klugh 7 p.m. July 20, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. snocasino. com. Earth Wind and Fire 7 p.m. July 20, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville.

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Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games July 28, King County Fairgrounds, Enumclaw. Spanaway Community Fair & Car Show July 28-29, LeMay Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. The Jacksons 7 p.m. July 29, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. snocasino. com.

Allyn Days and Geoduck Festival 11 a.m. July 21, Allyn Waterfront Park, 18560 E. State Route 3, Allyn. Free. 360-271-9824,


Iron Maiden 8 p.m. July 30, White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Enumclaw.

Chris Isaak with Shawn Colvin 7 p.m. July 22, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville.

Sawyer Brown 7 p.m. July 26, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie.

Roger Hodgson 7 p.m. Aug. 9, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Spyro Gyra 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. $25.50. 206-4419729, Kaskade 8 p.m. Aug. 10, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. South, Seattle. Olympia Street Rod Association Car Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11, Lucky Eagle Casino, 18010 Anderson Road S.W., Oakville. Free. 800-720-1788, Fort Nisqually’s Brigade Encampment 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11-12, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. $5-$8. 253591-5339,

Nicki Minaj 7 p.m. Aug. 11, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Melissa Etheridge 6 p.m. Aug. 12, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers 7 p.m. July 24, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville.

Fiona Apple 8 p.m. July 25, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. $41.25-$56.25.

Pierce County Fair Aug. 9-12, Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave. E, Graham.

Seattle Tomato Battle 12 p.m. Aug. 11, Pyramid Alehouse & Brewery, 1201 First Ave. S., Seattle.

Neil Diamond 8 p.m. July 23, Key Arena at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Ticketmaster.

IL Divo 8 p.m. July 24, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. $55.75-$125.75.

Vans Warped Tour 11 a.m. Aug. 4, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond.

The Global Warming Tour featuring Aerosmith and Cheap Trick 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. Sigur Ros 8 p.m. Aug. 8, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle.

Morris Day and the Time 8 p.m. July 21, Little Creek Casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. $20$40., 800-667-7711. Dog-A-Thon, A Walk For Homless Pets 9 a.m-2 p.m. July 21, Fort Steilacoom Park, 9115 Angle Lane S.W., Lakewood. Free. 253-284-5837,

Florence and The Machine 8 p.m. July 21, White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Enumclaw.

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire Aug. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, The Kelley Farm, 20021 Sumner-Buckley Highway, Bonney Lake. $18 each day for adults. 800-587-0172,

Johnny Clegg Band with Ladysmith Black Mambazo 6 p.m. Aug. 5, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.

Ziggy Marley 6 p.m. July 19, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. 19th Century Family Fun Night at Fort Nisqually 6-9 p.m. July 20, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. $4-$6. 253-591-5339,

Blue Oyster Cult 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Ticketmaster.

THURSTON COUNTY FAIR Aug. 1-5, Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey., 360-786-5453. Seattle’s Seafair Aug. 1-5, downtown Seattle, Lake Washington and other venues. Los Lobos / Steve Earle and the Dukes 6 p.m. Aug. 1, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.

Pink Martini 6 p.m. Aug. 15, 6 p.m. Aug. 16, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. Weird Al Yankovic 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Snoqualmie Railroad Days Aug. 17-19, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. Free admission; fee for train rides, food and inflatables. 425-888-3030,

PET PARADE Aug. 18, Heritage and Sylvester parks, downtown Olympia. Norah Jones 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond.


Motley Crue 7 p.m. Aug. 18, White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Enumclaw.

Independent and Assisted Retirement Living • • • • • •

Karrin Allyson 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. $24.50. 206-4419729, Frankie Valli 7 p.m. Aug. 19, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with Robert Randolph and the Family Band 6 p.m. Aug. 22, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.


Kitsap County Fair and Stampede Aug. 2226, Kitsap County Fairground, Bremerton.

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REO Speedwagon 7 p.m. Aug. 23, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie.

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SAND IN THE CITY Aug. 24-46, New Hands On Children’s Museum on East Bay, Olympia. Joe Walsh 8 p.m. Aug. 24, Little Creek Casino, 91 W. state Route 108, Shelton. $50-$70. little-creek. com, 800-667-7711.

Olympia Harbor Days Festival Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Percival Landing Park, 625 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia.

Garden Vegetables • Frozen Berries/Jam • Ready To Bake Pies Award Winning Ciders • Fresh Fruit • Donuts & Apple Fritters


Bring the Family to Feed Our Farm Animals!


Annual LeMay Car Show, Auction & Swap Meet 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25, LeMay Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. $10. 253272-2336, htm.

Established in 1977 Excellent Care Repuation Respite Care Available Gracious Senior Living 24-Hour Nursing Staff Month to Month Rent

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Get Out of the Rut Weekend at Northwest Trek 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 1, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 2-3, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive E, Eatonville. Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival Sept. 1-3, Seattle Center Grounds, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. 1314648V01

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War & Tower Of Power 7 p.m. Aug. 31, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie.


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Sourcebook 2012  

A resource guide for cities and services in Thurston County. Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and more

Sourcebook 2012  

A resource guide for cities and services in Thurston County. Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and more