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The City of Olympia has selected three finalists in the search to hire Olympiaís next City Attorney. You are invited to meet the finalists at a public reception tonight from 5:00 to 6:30 at Olympia City Hall. The selection process is expected be complete within the next couple of weeks.
The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for its 2014 awards. Each year the Chamberís membership votes to award the Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Nominations are open to the entire community and may be submitted to the Chamber office via email or through the website at until 5:00 Friday afternoon. The 2014 award winners are being revealed at the Annual Awards Gala on Friday, January 16th, at Little Creek Casino Resort. For more information, contact Heidi McCutcheon at or call 360.426.2021. You can also visit
The Olympia Elks present an open mic night. All ages and acts are welcome. Admission is $5 to be in the audence. It's free for performers when you sign up for a time slot upon entry. It's happening Saturday night from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Olympia Elks Lodge on 4th Avenue in Olympia. For more information, call the Elks at 360.753.0186.
The Olympia Family Theater's Youth After School Workshop presents an original production, A Cinderella Story. No fairy godmother? No glass slipper? This can't be Cinderella ... but it is. Birds talk, hazel trees shake out dresses, the prince gives two royal balls, and the slippers are made of gold. Shenanigans ensue with covering mists, a tar trap, and, of course two silly step-sisters. After all, it is A Cinderella Story. The show is cast with students ranging from ages 7 to 12 and is recommended for all ages. See the show this Friday night at 7:00, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00. Performances are at their new location at 612 4th Avenue in Downtown Olympia. Single tickets are available at the door the day of the show or any time from
It's a Saint Martinís University Graduate Studies Open House in the Norman Worthington Conference Center. Prospective graduate students can learn more about graduate degrees at Saint Martinís including Business Administration, Counseling Psychology, Education, Teaching, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and more. It's an informal, free open house. Students can drop by anytime during the open house to speak with staff, faculty, and students from the graduate programs. The Open House is Monday evening from 5:30 to 7:00.
Halloween can be spooky fun, but it can also be stressful for pets when masked trick-or-treaters come knocking at the door. Animal Services recommends keeping pets inside in a quiet area away from the front door on Halloween night. Bring cats indoors to protect them from pranksters. Keeping your pet safe also means stashing goodies away. Chocolate and xylitol (an artificial sweetener) can be very toxic for dogs. For more information, visit or call 360.352.2510.
The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its fifth annual Boss of the Year award. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance. Once again, Saint Martinís University business students play an important role in the selection process by interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee. Nominations for the Boss of the Year award are being accepted through through the end of the month. You can mail, fax, or email your nominee to the Chamber office. The award recipients are being announced December 10th at the Norman Worthington Center at Saint Martinís University.
Whatís the only day of the year that is 25 hours long? The first Sunday in November when Daylight Saving Time ends and we set our clocks back an hour. Lacey Parks and Recreation invites you to celebrate that extra hour by being part of the Turn Back the Clock Race. Sign up today for a 10K, 5K, or -- new this year -- a half marathon. All courses begin and end at Rainier Vista Community Park in Lacey. For more information and to register, log on to
It's the South Bay Fire Department's 16th annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the South Bay Fire Fighters' Association. Community members sell arts and crafts, handmade treasures, holiday gift items, and much more. Fire Fighters host a snack bar and bake sale. All proceeds go back to the community through charitable programs. It's happening at the station at 3506 Shincke Road, off of South Bay Road, at the end of Lilly Road. It's happening from 9:00 til 4:00 Saturday, November 1st. Find out more at
Get set for the 5th annual Puddle Jump 5K/10K Run/Walk/Stroll. It's happening on a scenic course during the peak of autumn. It starts at the 67th Avenue Trailhead (Horizons Elementary) of the Chehalis-Western Trail, proceeds directly north towards Chambers Lake and loops back. The Chehalis-Western Trail runs through the heart of Thurston County. The event also includes a runners expo, and free participant raffle during the awards ceremony. Whatever the weather, run, walk, and stroll in the puddles. It starts at 9:00 the morning of Saturday, November 1st. Register now at
A great story has to start strong to get the readerís attention. Each novelís beginning must be a balancing act of description, backstory, and action. The Tumwater TImberland Library presents Crafting a Complete Story -- Part 1: Where to Start your Story. Those in this workshop learn how much backstory to include in their novel, how to identify essential establishing information, and how to effectively drop their readers into the action. This is part one of a three-part class taught by local author, Lindsay Schopfer. Although these classes work best together, attendance for all three is not required. Part 1 is from 1:30 to 4:30 the afternoon of Saturday, November 8th, at the Tumwater Timberland Library. Part 2 is on the 15th and Part 3 is on the 22nd. For more information, contact the library at 360.943.7790.
It's a Winter Wonderland Bazaar. The Salvation Army invites you to their bazaar with lots of handmade items, wood crafts, baked goods, jewelry, and more. There are even hourly door prizes (you need not be present to win). It's happening Saturday, November 8th, from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Salvation Army at 1505 4th Avenue in Olympia.
We all know novels need strong beginnings, but what about the rest of the story? An effective story keeps readers up late into the night because they just canít put it down. The Tumwater Timberland Library presents Crafting A Complete Story -- Part 2: Make your Novel a Page-Turner. Those in this workshop learn how to establish a pattern of conflicts and resolutions throughout the story, how to balance description with action, and how to build up to the storyís climax. This is part two of a three-part class taught by local author, Lindsay Schopfer. Although these classes work best together, attendance for all three is not required. Part 2 is from 1:30 to 4:30 the afternoon of Saturday, November 15th, at the Tumwater Timberland Library. Part 3 is on the 22nd. For more information, contact the library at 360.943.7790.
A good ending can make readers beg for more. A bad ending can leave them feeling betrayed. This is a workshop that examines what it takes to write an ending that satisfies and leaves the reader hungry for more. The Tumwater Timberland Library presents Crafting a Complete Story -- Part 3: Writing Satisfying Endings. Those in this course learn where to go after the climax, how to end a standalone novel, and how to end a story that may become part of a series. This is part three of a three-part class taught by local author, Lindsay Schopfer. Although these classes work best together, attendance for all three is not required. Part 3 is from 1:30 to 4:30 the afternoon of Saturday, November 22nd at the Tumwater Timberland Library. For more information, contact the library at 360.943.7790.
Register now to walk, run, or stroll in the third annual Jingle Bell Run. It's a holiday-themed 5k race on Saturday, December 6th, on the Saint Martinís University campus in Lacey. For the first time, participants have the choice of registering as teams. A team is composed of three or more people. People of all ages may participate and age group awards are being presented. Pre-registration ends Friday, December 5th. Finish-line celebrations, featuring Christmas cookies, cider and cocoa, immediately follow the races. All proceeds benefit Saint Martinís Athletics. Parking is free.
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.