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Tuesday, October 13, 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

  • Alzheimer's Support Groups in Mason County:

    Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support. Meetings in Shelton and Belfair will be starting soon. For information call Linda Whiteside at 206-529-3875 or 800-848-7097.

    The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

    support groups starting this fall!

  • FREE! "One Book, One Community" Events In Lacey:

    Take part in the "One Book, One Community" reading time events! The Lacey Timberland Library schedule will see a book discussion, a writing workshop, a visit with local authors, and will conclude with a visit from Pam Anderson, one of 15 local authors who appear in the new "Timberland Writes Together" book. Free! Schedule: Tuesday, October 6th, 1:30-3pm, will see the discussion of the local anthology. On Monday, October 12th, 2-4pm, local author Keith Eisner will conduct a writing workshop. On Friday, October 16th, authors from the "Timberland Writes Together" book will discuss their work. On Thursday, October 22nd, 7:30-9pm, it's author Pam Anderson. For more information, call 360-491-3860 or see 

    Tuesday-Thursday, October 6th-22nd, various days & times
    Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Tacoma Film Festival, October 8th-15th:

    Don't miss treasure after treasure at the Tacoma Film Festival! With more than 100 diverse and eclectic movies including features, shorts, thrillers, dramas, comedies and documentaries, this year's crop reflects the best and brightest of over 1,000 submissions. Catch "Secret Screenings" of movies making their U.S. debut! Thursday-Thursday, October 8th-15th, various times. See a schedule at or call 253-572-6062 for more information. 

    Thursday-Thursday, October 8th-15th, various times
    The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma

  • APPLY NOW! Community Sustaining Fund Grants:

    The Community Sustaining Fund of Thurston County provides grants to groups and individuals interested in doing progressive community-oriented activities. Grant applications are now available for the Fall 2015 grant cycle and the deadline for submitting applications is Friday, November 13, 2015. Grant criteria and application forms are available at their website or by request at

    Grant application cycle runs October 1-November 13


  • "Homeless No More" Matching Grant:

    Contribute to Help Us Move In (HUMI) & the Family Support Center of South Sound to alleviate homelessness! A matching grant recently turned a large willed donation into something twice as big, and the matching grant continues for whatever contribution you are able to make. Altrusa International of Olympia recently turned a gift from the late Marian Seeley into $20,000. All donations up to $50,000 pledged before Sunday, November 1st, 2015, will be matched 100%. Help support children in our community by donating today at or contact Schelli Slaughter at 360-754-9297, extension 211 or email To learn more about Help Us Move In Inc., visit  and contact Sarah Scherer at 360-890-1174 or

    Pledge by Sunday, November 1st
    Pear Blossom Place, 837 Seventh Ave. SE, Olympia

  • 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

  • Everyone Eats Tour 2015:

    Do you want to give back to Lewis County?  Here is a great way to help, the Combined Fund Drive "Everyone Eats Tour 2015." This is a food drive to help feed families, children, and their pets. Give from your hearts, give back to Lewis County! Examples of needs: Tuna, peanut butter, pasta, rice and canned soup. The items will be donated to local Lewis County food banks.

    So bring your donations to the Lewis County Mall anytime between now and Wednesday, October 21st.  DSHS Secretary Kevin Quigley will be at the Lewis County Mall on Thursday, October 22nd, to kick-off the "Everyone Eats Tour 2015" (this is the Combined Fund Drive for the state of Washington) from 3:30 - 4:30pm.

    anytime between now and Wednesday, October 21st
    DSHS office & businesses in the Lewis County Mall

  • Accessible Voting for Anyone!

    Need help voting? Thurston County Elections has AutoMARK devices to help you vote - independently and secretly. Insert your ballot, and the AutoMARK can make the font bigger, or increase the contrast on your ballot for easier reading. It can even read your ballot to you!

    You choose how to vote. The AutoMARK marks your ballot and returns it to you. Then you send in your ballot by mail or drop box - however you like.

    Thurston County Elections has an AutoMARK in their office at the county courthouse. Call 786-5408 or email for more information.

    Vote by November 3rd!
    Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502
    (360) 786-5408

  • Chehalis River Basin Flood Warnings!

    The Chehalis River Basin Flood Warning System ( has the capability to send email alerts to
    anyone interested in receiving notification about significant rising river levels from any of the following river gages:

    #1 Chehalis River Near Pe Ell --
    #2 Chehalis River Near Doty --
    #3 Newaukum River Near Chehalis --
    #4 Chehalis River At Centralia --
    #5 Skookumchuck River At Centralia --
    #6 Skookumchuck River Near Bucoda --
    #7 Chehalis River Near Grand Mound --
    #8 Chehalis River At Porter --
    #9 Satsop River Near Satsop --
    #10Wynoochee River Near Montesano --

    If you would like to sign-up to receive email alerts from any of these gages please send the following information
    to both and
    • Your name.
    • Your email.
    • The river gage number(s) above you are interested in.

    Questions -- Scott Boettcher, Staff; Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority; 360/480-6600;
    More Information -- or .

    throughout the rainy season


  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

    The Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) is joining in commemoration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "My disability is one part of who I am."

    Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, DSB will be engaging in activities to educate the community on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include hosting Open Houses in Lacey, Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver; promoting White Cane Safety Day proclamations at city council meetings; and participating in the Spokane Tribe of Indians Disability Access and Employment Fair, the Access Tri-Cities: 2nd Annual "Building Bridges and Breaking Down Barriers" Job Fair, and the Access Spokane Expo. More information and event times can be found at

    Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about National Disability Employment Awareness Month by visiting the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind or the U.S. Department of Labor at

    throughout October


  • Olympia Downtown Ambassadors:


    The goal of the Downtown Ambassador Program is to create a safe and welcoming environment for all downtown users.  The program is part of the City’s Downtown Project that aims to revitalize downtown Olympia.

    If you need assistance the Ambassadors can be reached at: 360-570-3900.


    Downtown Ambassadors provide customer service to all visitors of downtown by giving directions, assisting shoppers with bags and parking meters, referring people to social services, and answering any questions related to downtown.


    Downtown Ambassador Duties (T/W/Th, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; F/Sat, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

    • ·         Create a safe and welcoming environment in Downtown Olympia
    • ·         Assist downtown users with directions
    • ·         Assist downtown users with parking meters
    • ·         Act as an information source for events and programs in the downtown area
    • ·         Provide referrals to social services
    • ·         All-around customer service

    Clean Team Duties (Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

    • ·         Sweep sidewalks in the downtown core
    • ·         Minor graffiti abatement
    • ·         Clean overflowing trash cans
    • ·         Customer service for users of downtown

    If you need assistance the Ambassadors can be reached at: 360-570-3900.


    City of Olympia Staff Contact:

    Downtown Olympia

  • RSVP! United Way Reading Buddy Orientation:

    Join United Way of Thurston County for their Reading Buddy Orientation on Tuesday, October 13th 10:00a-11:30a at The Olympian Building in their Community Room at 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506.

    Please RSVP at your earliest convenience! Call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21 or email

    Tuesday, October 13th 10-11:30am
    The Olympian Community Room, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia 98506
    Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21 or email jthompson@unitedway-thu

  • GRuB Farm Market Stands:

    There are two great options to get your grub from GRuB this season. They are selling seasonal veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers at their own farm stand and at the West Olympia Farmers Market. Cash, Check, & EBT accepted! 

    Every Tuesday and Wednesday through October 14th
    W.Olympia Farmers Market Tue. 4-7pm, GRuB farm stand, 2016 Elliott NW, Oly Wed 4-7pm

  • West Olympia Farmers Market:

    The West Olympia Farmers Market has a new location! Running every Tuesday from mid-May to mid-October, the market has a terrific selection of local food vendors and will have a crafters market once per month, showcasing homemade goods from local artisans. EBT and debit transactions are accepted. New location: 1919 Harrison Ave. NW in the West Central Park - look for signs on Harrison Ave. and Black Lake Blvd. Tuesdays Mid-May to mid-October, 4-7pm. See for more information or see their Facebook page.

    Tuesdays, 4-7pm, mid-May to mid-October
    West Olympia Farmers Market,1919 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia

  • BUY TICKETS NOW! 2015 Women of Achievement:

    Join the YWCA as we they honor their 2015 Women & Business of Achievement: Khurshida Begum, Barbara Clarkson, Kristin Jacobsen, Marsha Tadano Long, Kimberly Perry, and TOGETHER! Race & gender justice activist Naomi Tutu is the featured speaker at this year’s Celebration Thursday, November 5 (doors open at 5pm with program beginning at 6pm). Tickets can be purchased at the Washington Center Box Office, online at or by calling 360-753-8586.

    Thursday, November 5 (doors 5pm, program 6pm)
    Washington Center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

  • Bernie Sanders 2016 Debate Watch Party:

    Thurston County for Bernie will be hosting a watch party for the first Democratic debate Tuesday, October 13th 5:30pm. The event is free to attend, but they will be asking for donations for Bernie Sanders. Raffles and speakers. 

    Tuesday, October 13th 5:30pm
    Olympia High School, 1302 North Street, Olympia
    Scott Berry 661-478-7144

  • FREE! Printing & Ebooks for Self-Published Authors

    Join the Tumwater Timberland Library for a talk Tuesday, October 13 on book printing and self-publishing. Learn the process of book printing, ins and outs of self-publishing, ebook options and see examples of books printed in the Gorham Printing shop in Centralia. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

    Tuesday, October 13 5:30-6:30pm
    Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501