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Olympia Thanksgiving Weekend Event Calendar

  Shopping.  I’ll say no more. Unless you are in the Buy Nothing Day camp.  And, then there are lots of experiences around town to keep from opening your wallet. Visit the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail.  This is the last weekend that the nature trail is open to watch salmon migrate. Pick up a handmade [...]

Olympia Family Theater’s How the Slug Stole Solstice will Steal Your Heart

  By Kelli Samson On the heals of the success of last spring’s youth production, Orphan Train, Olympia Family Theater (OFT) is turning its gaze toward something a little closer to home. Their latest main stage, youth-focused play focuses on something that most of us don’t give much thought to, past, “Eww, gross!” Something that [...]

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Stardust: 21 Years of Musical Christmas Cards by Harlequin Productions

  By Alec Clayton Few theater companies in the world have ever produced a long-running series of plays such as Harlequin Production’s Stardust series. Stardust is a series of stage musicals set during Christmas, mostly in the same New York nightclub, with loosely connected stories covering a decade in the lives of many of the [...]

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Shop and Win on Small Business Saturday at the Shipwreck Beads Winter Artisan Market

  Forbes magazine and the US Small Business Administration recently released updated statistics regarding the vital role of small businesses: “There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and…Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business [and] small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new [...]

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Thurston County Fair Holiday Bazaar Offers Handmade Gifts, Holiday Spirit

  By Gale Hemmann What’s your favorite thing about the holidays? Even as adults, we all have something we secretly get giddy about. I love trying to find the perfect little gifts for friends and family – those little stocking-stuffers and other items that are handmade and send a special message. If you, like me, [...]

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

  I stopped into the store on my way home a few nights ago and paused for a moment to notice the abundance of pumpkin pies, fresh turkeys, cranberry sauce displays and bags of stuffing bread.  Thanksgiving is less than a week away and seeing these signs of our community in preparation made me smile.  [...]

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Turkey Bowling Strikes Again at Bayview Thriftway

  By Kathryn Millhorn As kids, we all heard it.  As parents, we’ve all said it.  ‘Don’t play with your food!’  Well on November 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the folks at Olympia’s Bayview Thriftway bend that rule for their annual bout of turkey bowling. This will be the event’s sixth year and [...]

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Dylan Kuehl: Healing the World and Living the Dream through Music

  By Leslie Merchant What’s your dream? Are you living it today? If you are like me, you probably have it stored up on a shelf in your “someday” closet. I recently met a young man named Dylan Kuehl who lives his dreams every day. Dylan is 31-years-old, and a quick look at his resume [...]

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

  This week’s cold, dry weather has me pulling out my “puffy coat” and slathering on the chapstick.  Yes, it was chilly for us temperate climate zone dwellers, but the sunny, blue sky against the remaining brilliant leaves of fall was truly breath taking – and, especially welcome for families with children who were home [...]

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Celebrate the Start of the Holiday Season at Ralph’s Thriftway

  “Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment.  Enjoy not having to look at a watch.”  In this, Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussionist and composer, summed up November perfectly. One way to revel in both—as well as specialty foods, prizes, discounts, and crafts—is at the Fall [...]

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