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Thrifty Thurston Plans a Family-Friendly Visit to Arts Walk and Procession of the Species

  By Gale Hemmann Music. Dance. Kids’ art. Wild animal costumes. Whether you have a toddler, preschooler or elementary schooler (or a combination of the three), Olympia’s Spring Arts Walk weekend holds even more in store to see and do than you ever imagined. This year’s festivities will be held on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, [...]

Hip, Knowledgeable Moms Start Eastide Urban Farm and Garden Center

  By Nikki McCoy It all started at a birthday party. As ten-year-old girls swarmed around Brighida DeVargas and Michelle Jackson, the two moms plotted plans for an urban farm and garden center, where their combined knowledge could be a resource. One year later, their dream has come into fruition. The Eastside Urban Farm and [...]

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Lacey ACT Nights Entertains Middle School Students

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Lacey ACT Night has become a quintessential part of the middle school experience in North Thurston Public Schools. Seventh and eighth graders from around the district gather in one place to dance, play, and socialize. “There are a lot of games,” exclaims North Thurston Public Schools seventh grader, Alexandra Trujillo. “There is a [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Explores Washington State Parks’ Free Days

  By Douglas Scott If you were to find out that you could explore the most beautiful areas of Washington State for free, would you take advantage of a great deal and get out into nature with your friends and family? The State of Washington is hoping you say yes, as they are offering numerous [...]

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Ask Jeff Sprengel about Panorama’s Plants, Flowers, Trees

  By Gail Wood Five years ago, several residents at Lacey’s Panorama put together a map of their neighborhood, naming some of its plants and trees. They identified about 30 different types of trees but were stumped by the rest.  Curious, they turned for help and asked Jeff Sprengel for his input. What followed surprised [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Explores the Olympia Farmers Market Through a Child’s Eyes

  By Kate Scriven “What do you like best about the Olympia Farmers Market?” I asked local children last week during the opening days of the Market.  I was curious to know what it was about the Market that makes them beg to go, smile from ear to ear while there, and never tire of [...]

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Ukrainian Egg Dyeing – A Family Tradition

  By Doris Faltys I remember as a child looking into the cabinet at the eggs sent by relatives from the Czech Republic. Elaborately decorated, I knew they were real eggs but I could not imagine how they had been painted.  The designs were fine and intricate; the colors vibrant.  Nothing like the eggs my [...]

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GRuB Garden – The Greenest Investment You’ll Make This Year

  Submitted by Cecelia Watkins for GRuB The large room is full of people, standing and sitting, some with hands in pockets and others holding gently onto their kids. A nervous but excited air permeates the space, and one man begins.  “Collard greens,” he announces. “Yep, definitely collard greens.” The original question was what vegetable people [...]

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Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway Host Olympia Easter Egg Hunting Fun

  By Kate Scriven Easter is just around the corner, and my kids aren’t letting me forget it.  Speculation as to whether it will be rainy or sunny, the eggs will be filled with candy or stickers (they prefer the former, I prefer the latter) and which local egg hunts our family will attend has [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Lists 2014 Easter Egg Hunts around Olympia

  By Kate Scriven This year the Easter holiday comes quite late.  April 20 is the day, leaving us plenty of time to prepare our baskets, purchase Easter outfits, and scope out the best hunts in town.  With the late Spring date, chances of sunny weather for the Easter Bunny are also increased greatly, making [...]

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