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VetBikes – Putting Old Bikes to Good Use

  By Laurie O’Brien Andy Newman knows that inside almost every garage in Thurston County there is a decent bike gathering dust. His goal is to give those bikes a new life with a veteran. Newman, a retired Air Force pilot who lives in Olympia, understands that many combat veterans suffer in ways that are [...]

Thrifty Thurston Digs the Dirt Works Children’s Garden

  By Lisa Herrick Children love digging in the dirt. They are fascinated by looking for worms and bugs.  They are delighted by watering the garden and anything else in the near vicinity. Children also enjoy planting seeds, watching them grow and harvesting what they have grown. Cultivating children’s curiosity in gardening leads to an [...]

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10 Choices for Last Minute Summer Camps around Olympia

  By Megan Conklin I will admit it.  I read a viral, trending article on social media about how to give your kids an “Honest-to-Goodness 1970’s Summer” and I jumped on the bandwagon. The article reminded parents about how good we had it when we were little. How our parents let us run wild in [...]

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60 “Don’t Miss” Activities in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater

  By Kate Scriven Play at the Hand’s On Children’s Museum Walk the Tumwater Falls Park Trail Splash in the stream at the East Bay Public Plaza Beachcomb at Burfoot County Park Find something sparkly at Bon Lemon Meet local farmers, grab dinner fixings or eat lunch at the Olympia Farmer’s Market Explore the Puget [...]

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Cool off at the Tenino Rock Quarry Pool

  By Morgan Willie The Tenino Rock Quarry Pool is a wonderful place to spend a hot summer day with family or friends. It’s cheap fun, and there’s something for everyone. There is a serene wading pool for youngsters and a deep freshwater pool, complete with two diving boards and a waterfall, for experienced swimmers. [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Visits the Thurston County Fair on a Dime

  By Kate Scriven There is something about a county fair that appeals to the “urban-farm girl” persona I’m cultivating on my little plot of land near Boston Harbor.  Attending a fair feels different than a carnival or festival.  It’s somehow closer to our roots, celebrating hard work, commitment, and the crafts and skills of [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Throws Snowballs during Christmas in July at Huntamer Park

  By Kathryn Millhorn As much as we revel in long days, cool evenings, and free vitamin D, sometimes the sunny weather can overdo it a little.  With this in mind, the wise souls behind Lacey In Tune’s Summer Concerts in the Park are hosting a freebie that’s sure to do the trick: Christmas in [...]

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10 Free Ways to Cool Off in Olympia (+1 that Costs $1)

    Hot!  That’s the weather forecast for the next five days at least.  Olympia residents aren’t accustomed to 90+ degree weather and it can sometimes feel sweltering.  How do you cool off around Olympia without spending a dime? Here are 10 ideas to keep your cool during these hot weather days. Visit your local [...]

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Picturesque Picnic Places in Thurston County

  By Lisa Herrick Few things are more enjoyable and easier than a summer picnic-especially when natural beauty surrounds us in Thurston County. Whether headed out to a local park with kids, a romantic excursion by the water, or mid-week break with work buddies the picnicking options are plentiful. Simply grab your picnic basket and [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Cruises Olympia Area Beaches

  By Kate Scriven With the warming days comes a return to favorite haunts that may not be so inviting during the chilly Pacific Northwest winter.  People emerge along the downtown boardwalk.  Parks are teeming with happy children.  Squeals of delight can be heard from the fountain. For our family, though, the best place on [...]

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