thurston county: Little Red School House Project - Providing School Supplies in the Olympia WA Area - 08/11/11 08:12 AM
The Little Red School House Project is gearing up again in the Olympia, WA area since the 2011 school year will be starting in less than a month (Yes, where did summer go???).  Do you remember how much fun it was to get your school supplies all accumulated and ready for a brand new school year?  Yes, I was that kid that laid out my first day's outfit the night before and got all excited about my new pencils and wide lined paper - maybe even some new scissors or a ruler, too.  But these days, the cost of all those … (0 comments)

thurston county: Thurston County Fair Starts This Week! - 08/02/10 08:57 AM
Thurston County Fair starts this week!  Get ready to ride that merry-go-round; admire the cows & pigs & chickens & horses; eat some elephant ears; check out the quilts, jams, photos, paintings and more - so much more!
Wednesday, August 4th is opening day and you can get in for just $1.00 admission if you bring a non-perishable Food Bank donation.  Thurston County Fair runs through Sunday, August 8th, and this year's theme is "Whimsical Nights & Carousel Rides."
Last year I think the lop-eared rabbits were my favorite - they are just so darned cute!  Another memorable moment though was … (0 comments)

thurston county: Can't Wait, Can't Wait, Can't Wait!!! - 06/11/10 09:37 AM

Spooner Farms in Olympia is ALMOST ready to start off this year's strawberry season!  I checked out their Yelm Highway field today, and though the stand says "Soon", they were just in the process of changing that to read "Monday"!  Hurray - fresh strawberries are so amazingly sweet and yummy that I start craving them about February - though they typically are ripe right around now, or sometime around Father's Day (Mother's Day would be better I think :)  ).  And though I do usually freeze some, nothing really compares to those fresh from the fields red … (2 comments)

thurston county: Totem Poles in the Pacific NW - 06/02/10 05:25 AM

I am fascinated with the artwork and cultural heritage displayed in the totem poles here in the Pacific Northwest.  There are a number of them around Olympia & Tumwater, each with different creatures featured.  Traditionally totem poles have been sculptures created by the regional Indian tribes from large trees - often cedar as it is, and was historically, plentiful in this region.  Carved into the wooden poles are images of animals, birds, fish - symbols that the totem pole creator found important or that illustrate a story.  The word "totem" was apparently derived from the Ojibwe word "odoodem" meaning … (1 comments)

thurston county: Conserve Energy - Save Money - Find out More This Week in Thurston County - 06/01/10 04:17 AM
If you're like me and often gasp when you open your power bill, there's a really cool opportunity to do something about that!  A $1 million dollar grant from the federal Department of Energy is being used in a program to do energy audits of homes and businesses, along with recommendations for projects to be done to reduce energy costs.  The program is being administered by the Thurston Climate Action Team & Thurston Economic Development Council.  If you are a resident or business owner in Thurston County & a Puget Sound Energy customer, this is for you!
There is a free public … (4 comments)

thurston county: More Happening at Your Mail Box Today Than Just Mail! - 05/08/10 06:04 AM
Today our letter carriers are making it easy for us to help stamp out hunger in our community.  It is the Letter Carrier's Food Drive day and time to fill up the plastic bags previously dropped off in our mail boxes.  Check those pantries and cupboards for nonperishable food items and load 'em up!  The plastic bag goes next to your mail box, and the letter carriers (and helpers) will pick them up to deliver to the Thurston County Food Bank.
What could be easier??  And - if you forget - also very easy to send a check to the Food … (3 comments)

thurston county: Doing Spring Cleaning? Community ReUse Fair Coming Up!! - 04/28/10 09:18 AM
If you've been tackling all those clean out the closets, clean out the garage, clean out the basement chores, then you are probably accumulating a lot of "stuff".  Stuff that needs a new home!  If it has life left in it and needs a new home (not counting the landfill) then how about Olympia's upcoming ReUse Fair? 
Saturday, May 1st from 8-3 the Thurston County Fairgrounds will have booths loaded with items looking for a new home.  Early bird admission (you know that's when you find all the real treasures, right?) is $2.00 and after 9 AM it drops to $1.00. 

thurston county: Are You Paying More Property Taxes Than You Should Be???? - 02/25/10 07:58 AM
Everyone grumbles about paying property taxes, but did you know that there are a number of exemptions in Washington State that might save you some money - maybe LOTS of money??
One of the largest exemptions (in terms of numbers of taxpayers who qualify) is the senior citizen exemption.  For a homeowner who is 61 years old or older, or disabled and unable to work, and whose income does not exceed $35,000 per year - there may be very good news about tax savings.  Application is made through the county assessor's office, and if you meet all the requirements, there are … (3 comments)

thurston county: Pacific Northwest's Teasing Hints of Spring - in Plants & Real Estate - 02/23/10 09:30 AM
This time of year I am so eager for spring that I am looking for signs of it every time I'm outside.  I am also eager to spot any signs of renewed activity growth in our local real estate market.

Quite a few of the trees and shrubs are cooperating by starting to sprout little baby leaflets, some bulbs are starting to peek out of the ground, and some perennials are poking their plant heads up to check the weather.

The amount of unseasonably warm weather we have had this February has plants a little … (3 comments)

thurston county: Tumwater, WA - A River Runs Through It - & A Freeway Too - Your Tuesday Tidbit - 02/16/10 06:59 AM
Tumwater, WA was first called New Market, but the Chinook Indian word for waterfall gave it the name Tumwater.  Pretty fitting since the city sits on the Deschutes River with Tumwater Falls Park providing space to play, watch the salmon return up the river to spawn, and walk the river trail to watch the cascading water.

In the 1950's, Tumwater saw another route run through it as the I-5 freeway cut right through the city to create the current freeway corridor that runs all the way from California to the Washington/Canadian border.  The highway construction permanently separated the area … (2 comments)

thurston county: Did You Know?? A Historical Tidbit about Lacey, WA - 02/09/10 05:35 AM
Lacey, WA wasn't always called Lacey - it first was named Woodland after Isaac & Catherine Wood who claimed land there in 1853.  It did not incorporate until December of 1966, and the name Lacey came from developer and attorney O.C. Lacey.  
Lacey is a city without a real downtown - or maybe it has two downtowns.  The city hall and library and Woodland Square (yes, there's that name Woodland again), along with one of the main commercial areas are perhaps one downtown.  And the fast growing area known as Hawks Prairie is another downtown of sorts - at least … (2 comments)

thurston county: In the Spotlight - Performing Arts Thrive in Olympia, WA - 01/31/10 08:12 AM
If you love live theater or a chance to see big name performers in music, dance, comedy etc - you will be thrilled with the choices right here in Olympia!  We are so lucky to have several great venues to choose from.  These three are all downtown or nearby, so you can easily make an evening of it with dinner out and/or dessert or a drink after you enjoy the performance.

Washington Center for the Performing Arts ( offers everything from symphony to quilt exhibits.  Located in downtown Olympia, there is bound to be something to appeal to everyone on … (0 comments)

thurston county: Do You Love Playing in the Dirt?? - 01/27/10 08:17 AM
If people always say you must have a green thumb - or if you wish you DID have more of one - you might love the Master Gardener program!  It is offered thru WSU with a series of classes and at home projects designed to help you gain expertise and knowledge about a wide range of gardening related topics. 
The next series in the Olympia area begins Friday, February 5th. You can find sign up info and more at
When spring finally does get here, you will be ready to play in the dirt!!!

thurston county: Wordless Wednesday - Reflections of January in the Pacific Northwest - 01/27/10 06:57 AM


thurston county: Dreamin' of Spring Gardens - 01/12/10 10:34 AM
Sometime in January pretty much every year, I start craving spring time and yearning to start planting my garden and seeing flowers and veggies again.  And although it is way too early to actually plant anything in the garden, it is a perfect time to plan and dream about what I am going to do when the weather finally says "Now!"
A couple of my favorite gardening experts are Marianne Binetti ( and Ed Hume (  I love to read Marianne's gardening columns in our local paper as she has not only a ton of knowledge about local Pacific Northwest gardening, … (0 comments)

thurston county: Hop, Hop, Hopping with Holiday Happenings!! - 11/28/09 07:15 AM
I think the holiday season is off and running in the Olympia/Lacey area, with so many fun events to share with family and friends!
Lots of bazaars provide unique, handmade treasures for people on your shopping list (or you!) - I attended the annual one at St. Martin's in Lacey yesterday and really enjoyed looking at everything from silk scarves, jewelry, purses and bags, to pickles, jams, garlic sauces and Chehalis melt- in- your- mouth yummy mints.  There were toys, table runners, decorations galore - and so many people enjoying shopping for something just a little special!
Tomorrow in downtown Olympia, … (2 comments)

thurston county: Singin' - I Mean House Hunting - in the Rain!! - 11/14/09 08:50 AM
We are definitely moving into that time of year when rainy days outnumber sunny ones here in the Pacific Northwest.  I miss the sunshine and warmth of summer, but suspect that in several ways, house hunting in the rainy months can provide buyers with unexpected benefits.
If you are looking at a home on a rainy day it is pretty easy to figure out if the roof leaks, the gutters are clogged, water is pooling up right next to the house, you have to wade through puddles to get to the door, and the lawn feels suspiciously squishy under your feet.  … (5 comments)

thurston county: Homemade for the Holidays! - 11/04/09 12:36 PM
If you love buying handcrafted gifts for family and friends - & like the idea that you are also helping support your local economy - you can't beat shopping at local holiday bazaars.
There's a good one here in Lacey this Friday, November 6th from 4-8 PM & Saturday, November 7th from 9 AM - 4 PM at Thurston County Fairgrounds (3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey).  This is the 18th year for this bazaar & there will be something like 100 different crafters with very cool, unique items to tempt you - 4 buildings full!    Parking & admission are free though … (5 comments)

thurston county: Puget Sound Energy's Rock The Bulb Tour - Unplugged Event! - 10/22/09 06:13 AM
I love that title that Puget Sound Energy is using to make their energy efficiency events fun, as well as a convenient way for people to conserve energy!! 
Residential electric customers can bring up to 10 regular, incandescent light bulbs to swap for new CFL bulbs - for free!  Don't know about you, but I love free!!  The first local exchange will be this coming weekend, Oct 24th & 25th at the Lowe's store in Lacey; also Oct 31st & Nov. 1st at the Lowe's in Olympia.
People can also enter the Be an Energy Rock Star contest which has up … (0 comments)

thurston county: Wordless Wednesday - Surprise! The Evergreen State is NOT Just Green!!! - 10/14/09 06:10 AM


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