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Fungi Perfect at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Mushroom enthusiasts from all over the globe will gather at Lacey’s Regional Complex Center July 26 – 27 for the seventh annual Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival. This year, the Hawks Prairie Rotary presents the culinary event with two days packed full of chefs, speakers, food, and fun with one goal…to enjoy [...]

Olympia Lakefair Weekend Event Calendar

  You know it’s summer in Olympia when the classic Lakefair ferris wheel starts going up.  Whether you choose to spend an hour or ten hours as the Olympia festival, it’s without a doubt part of the fabric of our community.  The parade flows through Olympia on Saturday at 5:00 pm and the fireworks extravaganza [...]

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Visiting Capital Lakefair on a Budget

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Capital Lakefair is a family favorite event in the summer. Personally, I can’t get enough of the food, rides, local vendors, and entertainment. All of that fun can really take a toll on your wallet. With a growing family I’ve spent a lot of time looking at experiences we can have [...]

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Alaffia Collects Bikes for Students in Togo at Ralph’s Thriftway

  By Eric Wilson-Edge Got an old bike collecting dust in your garage? Maybe it’s hanging upside down from hooks or stashed away in some remote corner. You’ve ridden that old ten speed once, maybe twice in the last few years.  Well, it’s time to wipe away the cobwebs. Ralph’s Thriftway has teamed up with [...]

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

  Wow!  If you haven’t looked at the five day forecast yourself, then I’m certain that someone has told you about the 90+ degree weather that we have in our future.  We don’t get many weekends like this in Olympia.  Take advantage of the sunshine and try a new outdoor activity.  Our Activities section is [...]

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Visit the Lacey Community Market

  By Kathryn Millhorn Summer in the Northwest is a rare and coveted gem.  Opportunities magically materialize for outings all over town, whether it’s to eat, drink, shop, or enjoy amazing regional entertainment.  This season’s schedule at the Lacey Community Market combines all those things and more throughout July, August, and September. Happening the second [...]

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Olympia 4th of July Weekend Event Calendar

  Happy 4th of July!  Like many of you, I’m busily making potato salad and slicing a huge watermelon this morning in preparation for afternoon festivities.  All we need is apple pie for an All-American celebration.  And, like many of you, our family’s weekend includes three days of fun to enjoy, celebrate, and relax.  Luckily [...]

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Celebrate Independence Day in Tumwater

  Thurston County residents flock to Tumwater for annual Independence Day festivities.  Tumwater has the title of the oldest permanent American settlement on Puget Sound, making it the perfect location to celebrate the nation’s birthday.  In 1845, Michael T. Simmons led American settlers to Tumwater Falls.  George Bush, one of the members of Simmons’ party, [...]

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Summer Arrives at the South Sound BBQ Festival

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis According to the Lacey Chamber of Commerce and many experienced Washingtonians, summer finally makes its debut the day after the Fourth of July. Celebrate the season, on July 5, at Huntamer Park with food, fun, and music for the fourth annual South Sound BBQ Festival put on by the Lacey [...]

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

  My fingers are wrapped around my hot mug of coffee as I peek outside this morning at a cool, gray, rainy dawn.  It’s possible the dreaded “June-uary” is sticking around for a bit longer.  However, this weekend’s calendar is loaded with options, inside and out, that will make you forget the gray skies and [...]

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