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Thrifty Thurston Hangs with Hard Working Olympia High School Students at the Annual Bearzaar

  By Sara Hollar, Olympia High School Intern to ThurstonTalk For many Olympia families the Bearzaar is an annual tradition. Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Olympia High School is filled with tables and booths peddling all kinds of antiques and handmade crafts. Most people spend a few hours getting an early start on [...]

Thrifty Thurston Plays in the Rain with the Kids

  By Megan Conklin I grew up in a world with four seasons. A world where a person might look outside and say, with a note of surprise in her voice, “Hey, it’s raining outside!” My children live in a very, very different world. Rain is a perpetual, sometimes relentless part of their lives. And, [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Checks Out Parent-Tot Classes around Olympia

  By Kate Scriven My two girls are both in school.  All day.  Sometimes I miss them while they are gone, but it makes our time each afternoon together all the sweeter.  However, I remember all too well the years when they were both home.  All day.  It was during those years that we hit [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Explores the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail

  By Kathryn Millhorn Nature is the best teacher.  American botanist Luther Burbank summed things up by saying “every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water-bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud-turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water-lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hay fields, pine cones, rocks [...]

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Halloween Happenings Around Olympia

    Ghosts and goblins come out to play on Friday, October 31.  Over the past few weeks, ThurstonTalk has been sharing stories of Halloween activities, events and celebrations.  Find all of our fall harvest and Halloween related stories here. Don a costume and head out on the town.  Here is a list of places [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Goes Mushroom Hunting with Kids

  By Jennifer Crain Examining samples of locally foraged mushrooms just before the South Sound Mushroom Club’s September meeting, I caught a whiff of maple syrup. Its source turned out to be a dried candy cap mushroom, one of the Lactarius species, popular for its sweet scent and flavor (it intensifies when dried). At the [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Gets Scared at Local Haunted Houses and Corn Mazes

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Nothing puts me in a better state of mind for Halloween than an old fashioned fright. Whether it’s a vampire awakening from his tomb or a scarecrow come to life, Thurston County is full of haunted houses and corn mazes to satisfy the need for a good scare. There is one [...]

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Shellfish Growers Set to Rid Beaches of Tons of Trash on Thursday

  Submitted by Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) will hold their 17th biannual beach clean-up on Thursday, October 16. For the past nine years the PCSGA has conducted spring and fall beach clean-ups.  During this time over 850 cubic yards of debris have been collected.  This amounts to 85 dump trucks of trash removed from South Puget Sound.  [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Picks a Pumpkin Patch

  By Megan Conklin It’s pumpkin time. We know this because, in addition to the newly falling leaves, glowing harvest moon, and crisp, cool morning air, flashes of orange are appearing on neighborhood porches. Pumpkins are fundamental to fall, and a trip to the pumpkin patch makes for lasting family memories. In Thurston County, we [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Celebrates Cider Sunday at Tumwater Falls Park

  By Katie Doolittle I am a self-proclaimed history nerd and have been since childhood. I crossed the Oregon Trail (otherwise known as my parents’ backyard) many times, trailing a Red Flyer wagon full of Cabbage Patch Kids behind me. It’s therefore no surprise that I’m counting down the days to Cider Sunday, an annual [...]

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