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Ballet Northwest Presents 30th Anniversary Production of the Nutcracker

  Submitted by Ballet Northwest For many families in Thurston County, attending Ballet Northwest’s The Nutcracker is the kickoff of their holiday season. “Audiences delight in our traditional Nutcracker performance in the beautiful Washington Center, yet they also appreciate the occasional surprise,” said Josie Johnson, co-artistic director for Ballet Northwest. Last year, that surprise was [...]

New Infrastructure Report is a Road Map to an Affordable, Sustainable Future

  Submitted by The Evergreen State College  If utility managers, transportation planners, scientists and politicians can agree on one thing, it is that American infrastructure is aging. The Pacific Northwest faces a growing public infrastructure crisis of deteriorating facilities, escalating maintenance costs and shrinking resources for investment. The region could, however, become a national innovation [...]

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Senior Services for South Sound Partners with Hanson Motors Subaru to “Share the Love” this Holiday Season

  Submitted by Senior Services for South Sound Subaru’s “Share the Love” event helps deliver nutritious meals and compassion to Thurston and Mason counties seniors. Senior Services for South Sound is proud to announce its continuing partnership with Hanson Motors Subaru this holiday season to help fight senior isolation and hunger. This partnership will raise [...]

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Olympia Receives Perfect 100 Point Rating on Recent LGBT Equality Index

  Submitted by The City of Olympia City Manager Steve Hall announced today that Olympia achieved a perfect 100 point rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index. The HRC’s third annual report, released Wednesday, assesses LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) equality in 353 cities across the nation. According to HRC’s website, [...]

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Public Boat Launch Remains Open During Swantown Dock Maintenance

  Submitted by Port of Olympia When construction of Swantown Marina began in 1983, A, B and C docks were the first docks built. Over the last 30 years, the docks have experienced normal wear and tear and require rehabilitation. This maintenance project will extend the docks’ safe service life and preserve their value as [...]

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Waste Reduction Feedback Requested by Thurston County Solid Waste

  Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste Thurston County Solid Waste wants to hear from the community on two very important topics. The first topic is the issue of wasted food.  As a nation, we waste 40% of all food produced.  This has significant financial, environmental and social impacts – there is no good side.  [...]

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World Toilet Day: A Little Potty Humor

  Submitted by WET Science Center “Last holiday, I was given Sudoku toilet paper – it’s useless. You can only fill it in with number ones and number twos!” Cue laughter and groans. This is comedian Bec Hill’s gag from the first ever World Toilet Day: It’s No Joke! Comedy Festival. The festival features British [...]

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WDFW Approves Pre-holiday Razor Clam Dig Starting November 20

  Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Diggers will have plenty of opportunity to put razor clams on the Thanksgiving table during a week-long dig that begins November 20. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening, which runs through November 26, after marine toxin test results showed the clams [...]

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Annual “Reindeer Run” Benefits Olympia-Thurston County Crime Stoppers

Submitted by Olympia-Thurston County Crime Stoppers  Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the annual “Reindeer Run” in support of the Olympia-Thurston County chapter of Crime Stoppers.  The event will feature a certified 5K run as well as a free one-mile Candy Cane Run. The Reindeer Run is [...]

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Structure Fire at Black Lake Elementary School

  Submitted by Scott LaVielle for Tumwater Fire Department Assisted by mutual aid units from East Olympia Fire District 6, Griffin Fire District 13, McLane/Black Lake Fire District and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority, Tumwater Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at Black Lake Elementary School, 6345 Black Lake Belmore Road SW.  The [...]

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