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Party for a Good Cause with Brats, Brews and Bands

  By Alyssa Ramsfield On Saturday, September 6, the Brats, Brews, and Bands Festival plans to put to the “fun” into fundraising! Sponsored by Thurston County’s newest rotary, Gateway Rotary, the event is set to bring in money to support a variety of local charities and bring the community together. The Gateway Rotary Club is [...]

Olympia Labor Day Weekend Event Calendar

  Purists will disagree but I consider Labor Day weekend the END of summer. Last minute BBQ’s, shopping for the final few items on the school supply list, packing away the sunscreen, and shifting towards “normal” bedtimes are all tasks that I undertake over the holiday weekend.  I recognize that the “official” end to summer [...]

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Olympia Harbor Days: Tugs, Trains & Ports on the Waterfront

  By Lisa Herrick Come celebrate the final days of summer and Olympia’s maritime history during the annual Olympia Harbor Days starting Friday, August 29 and concluding on Sunday, August 31. Harbor Days is a three day festival of entertainment, food, art, and history all highlighted by the vintage, working and retired tugboats that convene [...]

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Love Our Local Fest 2014: Keeping it Local with Day of Fun, Art, and Community

  By Gale Hermann “Rise up and share your Oly love.” This is what Love Our Local Fest (or LOLFest for short) calls for the community to do each year. And so far, they’ve been responding. Now in its fourth year, the annual Love Our Local Fest takes place on Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 [...]

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

  Ahh… the glorious sun is back in the forecast, just in time for the weekend.  If you want to take it easy and relax with a cocktail or entertain a wild crowd of kids, we have you covered with loads of activities around Olympia this weekend. Pick from this list of things to do [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Sings Along with Frozen in Tumwater

  By Kathryn Millhorn If you live within 500 feet of someone under the age of 10, you probably hear the strains of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf on every passing breeze.  These days the phrase, “Do you wanna build a snowman?” is less entreaty than opening number. Sing the summer away with the City [...]

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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, [...]

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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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