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Betsy Perkins – Making Feet Dance at Meadows Elementary School and in Local Bands

  By Amy Rowley To Betsy Perkins, inspiration for her music often comes from the people around her – lots of young people that attend Meadows Elementary School in Lacey. As the Library and Music teacher, Betsy finds that lyrics are just as likely to pop into her mind while working in the garden as […]

Ring In Lunar New Year with a Visit to a Local Asian Market

  By Lynn West After visiting Hong Kong, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore during the long celebration of the Chinese New Year three years ago, we were inspired to create a celebration when it was our turn to host a dinner group. We knew we couldn’t replicate the amazing displays in the Malls in […]

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Historic, Stained Glass Windows Find New Home at Three Magnets Brewing Co.

  By Margo Greenman Art takes time to create. But, when made well, art can also withstand the test of time. A thoughtful concept, meticulous detail, and quality materials all contribute to the relevance and longevity of a piece of art, which is why so many of the most important works are also the oldest. […]

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Roses, Potted Plants from Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway Say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day

  Like so many holidays, Valentine’s Day can be spotted a mile away. Christmas? Look for anything red and green. Halloween? Orange and black. July Fourth? Red, white, and blue. Valentine’s Day? Gorgeous shades of pink and red. But this year, why not go green? Olympia’s Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway offer gorgeous floral tributes that […]

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Classic Decadence from Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway for Your Valentine Sweetie

  By Kathryn Millhorn Brace yourselves; Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. If you’re more Jon Stewart (“I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever’s going on.”) than Martha Stewart (“I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously […]

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Fix a Feast for your Valentine – Easy Tips and Recipes for Valentine’s Day

  This year, instead of making reservations, consider making your Valentine (or Valentines) a special feast at home. Whether it’s for your spouse or a date, your parents, your kids or a group of single friends, putting your heart and soul into a homemade meal is a great way to show your love and appreciation […]

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Cooking with Bayview School of Cooking Instructor Lee Ann Ufford

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis Step into the kitchen with Lee Ann Ufford, and allow yourself a ride with her quietly adventurous demeanor. Whether you want to plan a dinner party or have fun with a new recipe, Ufford is ready. If you aren’t one of her fortunate friends coming to her home for the […]

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Olympia in Obscura: Local Film Tells “Crime Noir” Tale, Oly-Style

  By Gale Hemmann Chase scenes, shadowy figures and bad guys disappearing into the night. Olympia in Obscura, a new movie being made by local filmmakers, is a “crime noir”-style flick filmed entirely in Puget Sound. Although the film is still in production, it’s already generating quite a buzz. With a talented cast and crew […]

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Sweet Treats for a Sweet Game at Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway Bakeries

  By Kathryn Millhorn “Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” Such is the philosophy of one Pete Carroll, patron saint of all things green and […]

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Randi Parkhurst – The Art of the Unexpected

  By Giovanna Marcus The world of Randi Parkhurst is full of intricate and joyful surprises. Everything Parkhurst does involves paper. From painting the paper, to making the boxes, windows, and drawers found in her work, she makes it all. Much of her material is recycled, and either free or low-cost, but you wouldn’t be […]

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