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With the impending closures of Simpson Lumber Company and Olympic Panel Products, there are likely challenging times ahead. To provide support for those impacted, there's a Community Resource Fair. Everyone is welcome, especially the employees of both companies and their families, along with other businesses and suppliers who may be impacted. The event is at the MTA Transit-Community Center at 601 Franklin in Shelton from 1:30 to 6:30 Wednesday afternoon. Food and refreshments are being served from 4:30 to 6:00. Basic services and utility companies, financial institutions, mortgage services, employment assistance agencies, and other community resources are there to answer questions, help with personal accounts and bills, and more. For more information, contact Heidi McCutcheon at the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce (call 360.426.2021 or email
It's the Lacey Rotary's 26th Annual Duck Dash. It's at Tumwater Falls Park on Saturday, June 6th. It's a free event but if you want to enter a duck (or a whole flock) in the race, you can buy your ducks ($5/duck) from any Lacey Rotary member or from one of the Duck Dash Ticket Sales Outlets including Kluh Jewelers, DeTrays LLC, Tumwater Chiropractic Center, O'Blarneys, American Family Insurance on Cooper Point Road, the Lacey Branch of First Citizens Bank, and Mullinax Ford. Tons of fabulous prizes are up for grabs including the Grand Prize: a 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible. Get your ducks today.
Here's an idea: Have lunch at the South Puget Sound Community College restaurant, The Percival Room. They're open for business and there's lots of talent in the kitchen. They serve great food Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 12:30, they take reservations, and also cater to large parties with an extensive menu. On the menu, you'll always find a crispy pecan and tabasco fried chicken breast with whipped potatoes, slow stewed greens and red eye gravy. You can also enjoy the Clipper Burger -- a fresh house ground sirloin, with Tillamook Sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, and caramelized onions, arugula, and a Dijon aioli on a brown butter toasted brioche bun. Other than that, it's a revolving menu according to the seasons. For more information, visit them here or call 360.596.5404.
Tumwater’s 28th Annual Independence Day Parade is coming up Saturday, July 4th. This year's theme: Just Kickin’ It! Tumwater Parks and Recreation is seeking entries for the parade. Tumwater Parks is also seeking vehicles (and their owners) to escort dignitaries in the parade. If you have a convertible and are interested in participating in the parade as an escort driver, contact Tumwater Parks & Recreation. For a parade entry form and detailed information packet, visit the Tumwater Parade website or call 360.754.4160. Entry deadline is Monday, June 22nd.
Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation announces the sponsorship of the USDA’s Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. This partnership allows meals to be made available at no charge to all attending children 18 years of age and younger. No registration required, just drop by. Free lunches are being served weekdays from June 22nd through August 14th (except July 3rd). Lunches are served from noon to 12:30 -- hot lunches at Garfield Elementary on the West Side and cold sack lunches at Madison Elementary on Legion Way. Children 6 to 12 are invited to stick around after lunch for the City of Olympia’s Summer Kids in Parks Program. Find out more by contacting Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation.
The West Olympia Farmers' Market is open for its fifth season. The market is in a new location this season. You'll find it at 1919 Harrison Avenue in the West Central Park. Hours are Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 til 7:00 through mid-October. The West Olympia Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and debit transactions. For more information, email
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.