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Free CPR classes are coming up at the South Bay Fire Department. Classes are scheduled Wednesday evenings at 7:00. To learn more and to get signed up for a free CPR class, call Medic 1 at 360.704.2780. Interested in a higher level of training and service? The South Bay Fire Department is accepting applications for volunteer Firefighter/EMTs. All training is provided free to those selected. To learn more about volunteering, call 360.491.5320.
The Lacey City Council is seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community. Eligible candidates should be 16 to 18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or the urban growth area. The term of office is for one year (from September to September) with the option of serving an additional one-year term, if desired. The youth representative is appointed by the Mayor. Applications are available in the Career Center of any North Thurston high school. Applications can also be downloaded from the City of Lacey's website.
Thurston County is now accepting Text-to-911 service. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers in the South Sound can now send a text message to 9-1-1 in an emergency. Texting to 9-1-1 is new. It's intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak due to an emergency, as well as individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. Some tips: When texting to 9-1-1 for an emergency, the first message should be the location of the emergency and the type of emergency help needed (police, fire, or medical). Keep text messages brief and concise; using full words. Stay with your phone and be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker. Text-to-911 service is not yet available state-wide but here in Thurston County, call if you can, text if you canít.
Olympia Area Rowing -- OAR -- promotes competitive and recreational rowing for adults and youth in our community. Want to row, but donít know how? Try it for free at OAR's most popular event, the annual Learn to Row Day. It's happening Saturday from 9 til 3. It's first come, first served so get there early and sign up for a time (spaces are limited). It's happening at the OAR Boathouse on Marine Drive, next to the Swantown Marina. Your rowing experience will take about an hour. Youíll start with a tour of the boathouse, a short lesson on the rowing machine, a brief review of safety on the dock, a how-to on getting in and out of the boat, an introduction to other rowers, then it's push off. Each boat will have eight rowers -- four experienced and four new rowers. You'll row out from the dock and around Budd Inlet. Find out more at
Looking for a preschool program for your child? At Preschool by the Bay learning and fun are fostered through themes, sharing, turn-taking, and positive communication. Stories, music, art, games, snack time, and play time develop your childís social skills and readiness to learn in this comprehensive school year program. Participants must be potty trained. Class is held in The Preschool Room at The Family Support Center on Capitol Way in Olympia. To register or find out more information, contact Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at 360.753.8380.
The City of Tumwater is putting together this yearís 4th of July celebration. The 29th Annual Independence Day Parade is happening Monday, July 4th, starting at 11:00 in the morning. This year's theme is Make a Difference. Tumwater Parks and Recreation is seeking entries for the parade. They're also seeking vehicles (and their owners) to escort dignitaries in the parade. For a parade entry form and more information, contact Tumwater Parks at 360.754.4160. Entry deadline is Monday, June 20th.
The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in Downtown Olympia on Saturday, July 30th. The Landing Day events are happening at NorthPoint at the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. The tribe expects some 18,000 people to attend and witness the landing of more than 120 canoes representing more than 50 tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. From July 31st to August 6th, the canoe journey events move to the Nisqually Indian Reservation. For additional information, contact the Port of Olympia at 360.528.8005.
Lacey's alternate day watering schedule begins tomorrow. Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers from June through September. If your address ends with an odd number (i.e., 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9), you can water Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. If your address ends with an even number (i.e., 0, 2, 4, 6, & 8), you can water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday is a non-watering day for all Lacey water customers. For more information, contact Lacey Water Resources at 360.491.5600.
Does your non-profit group or organization have an upcoming event? Want some help getting the word out? Simply send us the information as far in advance as possible. Include the basics (who, when, what, where, and how). Be sure to include how to get more information. In addition, include a contact person and phone or email (indicate whether these are to be released publicly). You can email your information to, FAX it to 360.236.1133, or mail it to 2124 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, 98506.