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Dig Sand in the City This Weekend in Olympia

  By Megan Conklin Is there anything better than a day at the beach? Especially when you don’t actually have to drive to the beach to experience it? This year’s Sand in the City event at the Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM) combines all of the traditional, beachy favorites with a few exciting new twists, [...]

Tumwater’s Artesian Brewfest: Happiness One Sip At A Time

  By Kathryn Millhorn Olympia loves her brews.  Whether locally roasted coffee or regionally created beers, we’re a town of skilled craftsmen when it comes to all things homemade and delicious.  Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”  If that’s the case, then [...]

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

  My hands are wrapped tightly around a hot mug of coffee this morning.  Our cloudy, cool week (and buckets of rain on Tuesday) reminds me that fall is just around the corner.  While I like my sweaters and boots as much as the next girl, I’m not quite ready to give up my flip-flops.  [...]

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Olympia’s Own Bon Odori Festival Celebrates Diversity

  Submitted by Dr. Diana Yu One of the things I love most about living in Olympia is the way we celebrate diversity.  Instead of pointing out our differences, we embrace everyone else into our culture and traditions. A multi-ethnic group of dancers, led by Reiko Callner, have been practicing for the past month so [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Attends the 85th Annual Pet Parade

  By Kelli Samson Olympia’s annual Pet Parade is near and dear to my heart. Saying that, you’d think I’ve participated faithfully, but that’s simply not so. The Pet Parade was, however, the place where my niece looked back at me and said, “This is the best day of my life! Even better than when [...]

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Sunset Air’s Handiwork On View at the 2014 Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes

  Pliny the Elder is attributed with one of our time’s most accurate—and ubiquitous—sayings: “Home is where the heart is.”  Though beautiful, it’s a bit tired after 2000 years of overuse.  Personally, I prefer the words of Jane Austen: “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” In these days of endless reality [...]

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Run with the Troops during the Thunder Rumble on Saturday

  By Jean Janes Imagine a gorgeous summer day in Turnwater, Washington. Crowds gather and mingle near booths for water and running paraphernalia. Joggers and runners warm up while the anticipation of a race about to begin electrifies the already buzzing atmosphere. American flags fly proudly at the starting line, and at 8:30 a.m., a [...]

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Olympic Flight Museum – A High-Def Thrill Ride That’s ‘Maid in the Shade’

  By Kathryn Millhorn In our high-tech, high-definition world it’s easy to accept simulation over the real thing.  But when the real thing comes along, our comfort zone gets blown out of the water…or over it, in the case of a roaring, stomach-churning, amazing thrill ride on the historic World War II B25J bomber ‘Maid [...]

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

  I count the summer weekends based on the school schedule.  Even though we’re likely to have gorgeous weather after September 3, it doesn’t feel like summer anymore once the kids are back in school.  This means that we’re down to four summer weekends.  Spend it wisely, my friends.  Choose from our section detailing family-friendly activities [...]

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Olympia Street Rod Association Summer Car Show a Thurston County Tradition

  By Tom Rohrer As a youngster growing up in Southern California, Thurston County resident Jim Moreno had a passion for street rods. “I was in the club ‘Hot Heads’ of San Diego and I belonged with my cousin Bob.  I think I was 16 and he was 17,” said Moreno. “We used to drive [...]

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