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On the Hunt for Spring Treasures to Celebrate Easter and Passover

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis I hold a warm place in my heart for the Easter Bunny. One Christmas my toddler had a clear aversion to getting his photo taken with the big man in the furry red suit. However, the following spring we came upon a lithe, friendly Easter Bunny at the mall who […]

Living Dreams Yarns & Fiber Keeps Ancient Craft Alive in the Digital Era

  By Heidi Smith What happens when a timeless art meets the accelerated world of cyberspace? Ask Tanja Baucken. Her Rainier-based online business Living Dreams Yarns & Fiber is taking a distinctly 21st century approach to the art of spinning, felting, knitting and crochet. All of her yarns and fibers are locally milled and either […]

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Sara Rucker Thiessen – Local Actress Who Creates Her Own Roles

  By Lynn West By day, Sara Rucker Thiessen enriches lives as the Education and Travel Director at the Olympia Senior Center. After hours, she is equally passionate about entertaining her audiences. Her name may sound familiar since she has been appearing in Heartsparkle Players improvisation performances at Traditions Café in Olympia for the past […]

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Fish Brewing Company’s Over and Out Oatmeal Stout Is Not Just for Drinking

  By Kelli Samson I am well-versed in borrowing a cup of sugar or a bit of flour from a neighbor for a recipe, but some stout beer? This was a first. When I told Fish Brewing Company’s events manager, Max DeJarnatt, that I wanted to feature a St. Patrick’s-themed cake using one of their […]

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Left Bank Pastry: Baker Gary Potter Brings Paris to Your Sweet Tooth

  By Kelli Samson For me, it was love at first bite. When I first tasted one of Left Bank Pastry’s apricot croissants, or “oranais” in French, it was like my surroundings shape-shifted. Suddenly, my taste buds transported me to the front stoop of a patisserie in Colmar, France, where I once stood out of […]

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SOGO Trains Young Musicians

  By Laurie O’Brien John Welsh believes that musical acumen comes from several sources. Raw talent is only one piece of the puzzle. Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO), of which Welsh is the musical director, builds on top of the base created by school programs and private instruction, providing motivated school-aged instrumentalists with an […]

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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 […]

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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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