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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
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  • Searching for Therapeutic Foster Parents!

    In Washington State, 20,000 youth spend at least one day in foster care each year. Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent and help a child in need by serving your community! Catholic Community Services is looking for helpful persons in the South Sound - you do not need be a Catholic to become a foster parent. Call Scarlett at 360-280-5017 for more information or visit


    Need is ongoing
    Catholic Community Services, 1011 10th Ave. SE, Olympia

  • APPLY TODAY! WSU Master Gardening Training:

    Washington State University Thurston County Extension is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Master Gardener volunteer training. Participants must complete an application and attend a pre-orientation session. Upcoming pre-orientation sessions: November 20th at 4:30pm; December 1st at 10:30am; December 10th at 4:30pm; December 16th at 4:30pm; December 18th at 10:30am.

    Download the application at

    No registration needed for pre-orientation.

    Nov. 20 4:30pm; Dec. 1 10:30am; Dec. 10 4:30pm; Dec. 16 4:30pm; Dec. 18 10:30am
    Thurston County WSU Extension, 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia 98502

  • VOLUNTEER NOW! United Way Reading Buddies:

    United Way is recruiting Reading Buddies for our local school in Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties. Become a Reading Buddy and support our schools by helping students become strong readers! One hour a week is all it takes. Orientations are available.

    Check out the online event calendar:

    Contact United Way for orientation dates
    United Way of Thurston County, 1211 4th Ave E. Suite 101, Olympia 98506
    Jason Rubin 360-943-2773 ext. 11

  • Lacey Parks & Recreation Survey:

    The City of Lacey is updating its Comprehensive Plan for Outdoor Recreation and is seeking input! Take the online survey and identify improvement needed at the parks, what additional recreation programs should be added - anything that would make the plan better. Survey ends December 31st. For more information, contact Lori Flemm, Parks & Recreation Director at 360-491-0857 or email 

    Survey ends Thursday, December 31st
    Online survey:

  • FREE! Free & Confidential Services for Victims of Crime:

    If you or someone you know has been a victim of crime the Crime Victims Advocacy Network wants to help you. Victim Advocates provide crime victims with support, referrals, and advocacy in a compassionate, proactive, and empowering manner. CVAN offers information and referrals for victims of identity theft, assault, robbery, vehicular assault, survivors of homicide, residential burglary, theft, DUI injuries, hate crimes, and vulnerable-adult abuse. All services are free and confidential. Call CVAN toll-free 24 hours a day or see their website. Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, Bldg. 2 Rm 258. CVAN Toll-Free 1-866-711-2826

    Serving Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, and Pacific counties.

    Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, Bldg. 2, Room 258
    CVAN Toll-Free 1-866-711-2826

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Fantasy Lights Returns:

    Fantasy Lights returns to Spanaway Park! The Northwest's largest drive-through event has over 300 elaborate displays with thousands of sparkling lights, which the whole family will enjoy. Discounts are available and there are half price nights November 30th, December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th. Wednesday, November 26th-Friday, January 1st. For more information and directions, call 253-0798-3330 or visit 

    daily November 26th-January 1st 5:30-9pm
    Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresesmann Blvd. S., Spanaway

  • Polar Plaza Ice Skating in Tacoma!

    Downtown Tacoma's Tollefson Plaza again will be a place for art, ice and everything nice this holiday season when CHI Franciscan's Polar Plaza begins its fifth year of ice skating at 17th and Pacific.

    Metro Parks Tacoma is working with the Tacoma Art Museum, CHI Franciscan and other community organizations to present the winter fun. The plaza will be open Nov. 21 through Jan. 10, and the park district will manage the ice rink during much of that time; the plaza will be a focal point throughout the holidays, including being aglow during First Night, Tacoma's family friendly celebration of New Year's Eve. The district also will offer a full schedule of special events, such as nature-based activities, fitness on ice, and skate performances. A food truck will provide concessions at the site.

    Besides ice skating, the plaza will feature live music every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Soar with the Seattle Thunderbirds on Nov. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. The full music list is below:

    • Nov. 21: The Pushrods 50s, 60s and 70s
    • Nov. 28: DoveLand Country
    • Dec. 5: Dave Calhoun Jimmy Buffet Tribute
    • Dec. 12: Kim Archer Soul, Funk, Rock
    • Dec. 19: Randy Litch & Guest Family Holiday Music
    • Dec. 26: Entertainment Masters Karaoke Night
    • Jan. 2: Kareem Kandi Jazz
    • Jan. 9: The Stunt Doubles 90s Night

    Tickets cost $8 for general admission, $7 for military members and people 60 or older, and $4 for children 5 and younger. Skate rentals cost $2. Tickets may be purchased at the rink or any Metro Parks Tacoma Community Center.


    View Polar Plaza hours and information

    For more information, visit Please call (253) 305-1022 for group rates or reservations.

    Open most days - check online for schedule
    Tollefson Plaza, 17th & Pacific, Tacoma
    (253) 305-1022

  • GET TICKETS NOW! World AIDS Day Event In Olympia:

    The World AIDS Day event supports the fight against AIDS in our community with food, entertainment and remembrance! A men's racing bicycle, messages, dinner certificates and more among the prizes in the silent auction, and a dessert dash follows dinner, entertainment and a brief presentation in a fundraiser for the non-profit Mpowerment Washington organization. Monday, December 1st, 5:30-8:30pm. Tickets range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased online through Brown Paper Bag Tickets at 

    Mpowerment Washington provides safe sex information, particularly to young men, and sponsors free HIV/AIDS testing in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties with private funds to fight this serious disease, since the Department of Health only provides funds to large cities.  

    For more information, call Justin Taylor at 360-888-4596.

    Tuesday, December 1st, 5:30-8:30pm
    Urban Onion Restaurant, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia

  • FREE! World AIDS Day Observance in Tacoma:

    The Pierce County AIDS Foundation and Tacoma Art Museum are hosting a World AIDS Day observance and program on Monday, December 1 at 6pm.

    Remember. Hope. Act. is the theme for the event. Guests will have the opportunity remember those who have died of AIDS, to support people currently living with HIV, to unite against stigma and discrimination, and to join together in the eradication of the disease once and for all.

    The event is free and open to the public. The program includes interactive art installations, opportunities for reflection & sharing, featured speaker John Wiesman, State Secretary of Health, and recitation of original works of poetry and prose by local writers addressing themes of love, loss, and HIV/AIDS.

    In Washington, it is estimated that 12,691 people are living with HIV, including 447 people who contracted HIV in 2014. In the counties PCAF Serves (Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis), 1,725 people are known to be living with HIV including 53 people who were diagnosed in 2014. The CDC estimates that 1 in 8 of those living with HIV do not know they are HIV positive.

    All those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS or who care about the impact of HIV and AIDS in our community are invited to participate. Prior to the evening program, all are encouraged to visit the Arts AIDS America exhibition at TAM, which is free with suggested donation on December 1 in observance of World AIDS Day.


    Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6 pm
    Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402