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Teens Find Fun and Friends in Magic: The Gathering

  By Sara Hollar, Olympia High School Intern to ThurstonTalk Since its creation in 1993, Magic: The Gathering and its community have been thriving world-wide.  Luckily for local Magic enthusiasts, Thurston County provides plenty of opportunities to get involved in the game. In fact, the area is a sort of Magic paradise, especially for teens. […]

Thrifty Thurston Enjoys Free and Fanciful Fun at the Olympia Library BiblioBall

  By Gale Hemmann There’s no denying it: winter’s here. Amidst the chilly weather and many holiday obligations, you may find yourself looking for something fun and different to do. Something festive and special, but not your typical holiday event. Something the whole family can get out of the house and enjoy. Well, I have […]

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Plan Adventures with Your Out-of-Town Guests in Olympia

  By Kate Scriven Olympia is my home. However, it’s not where I was born or raised. As a result, my family all live far away and when they come to visit, I’m can’t wait to show them around. This holiday, I’m hosting not only my parents from Spokane, but my sister’s family of five […]

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Thrifty Thurston Climbs Mount Ellinor in the Winter

  By Douglas Scott High above Lake Cushman in Mason County, overlooking the majority of Western Washington, Mount Ellinor is one of Olympic National Forest’s most popular trails. Seeing upwards of 15,000 people each year, Mount Ellinor can be quite busy in the summer months. As one of the more popular trails in Olympic National […]

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Shift to a Gift of Experience

  By Kelli Samson When I think of my daughters and the gifts they will receive this holiday season that will clutter their already-stuffed bedrooms even more, I cringe. Who really needs more stuff? Think of that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Imagine their surprise and delight when they find a unique gift this year […]

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Thrifty Thurston Welcomes Santa on a Fire Truck

  By Megan Conklin Perhaps it because they both love the color red. Or maybe it is because they both tend to show up at houses in the middle of the night bringing good cheer (and an ample supply of water), but there is a natural affinity between Santa Claus and a fire truck. Put […]

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Snap a Picture with Santa around Thurston County

  By Megan Conklin It is officially the Christmas season. Thanksgiving is over and, in my house anyway, it is now legal to listen to Christmas music, put up holiday decorations and drink eggnog lattes. It is also time for the yearly picture with the big guy in red and white. As a parent, I […]

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Thrifty Thurston Stays Entertained with Holiday Concerts and Shows

  By Gale Hemmann The holidays are quickly approaching. Social gatherings, Christmas wish lists, baking, and the feat of finding the perfect tree loom ahead in the coming weeks. It’s never too early to plan in some fun – the kind you can just take in and enjoy. And parents are looking for ways to […]

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Cut Down a Christmas Tree in Thurston County

  By Katie Doolittle When I comb through memories of childhood holidays, one image pleasantly repeats: my family’s annual pilgrimage to the local Christmas tree farm. We always started with a humorous competition to identify the most inappropriate tree possible (think gargantuan behemoth or sad little snag). And our outing always ended rather abruptly after […]

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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 […]

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