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A Half-Century of High-Performance Electronics

For almost 50 years, Desco Audio and Video has been a one-stop shop for high-performance audio and video. Based in Olympia and serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor and surrounding areas, DescoAV provides custom home entertainment and smart home solutions. DescoAV is a second-generation family-owned business. In 1969, two friends, Dick Scott and Gene DeRousie, discovered a […]

Ukelele as a way of Life: Jake Shimabukuro at Tacoma Arts Live

It may be hard to imagine this small instrument creating a huge following and packed performance venues. Yet for Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele is his life. On Saturday, Feb. 2, he will perform in concert at Tacoma Arts Live. After garnering widespread acclaim in Hawaii and Japan, Shimabukuro has become a household name as a […]

Exposing Children to the Arts One Matinee at a Time – Arts 4 Youth

What began as bringing kids to matinee performances at Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center turned into a program dedicated to children engaging in art, called Arts 4 Youth. “School-day matinées for students are quite common in performing arts centers,” says Kate Dorr, arts education coordinator for PAEC. “So it was a natural fit. […]

Doing Business with a Philanthropic Heart

Philanthropy isn’t as simple as monetary donations. At the core of philanthropic acts is a desire to improve the human condition—to make the world a better place. In Thurston and Mason counties, you need look no further than Olympia Federal Savings to find a local business with a philanthropic heart. Oly Fed, as the financial […]

Tacoma Treasure: A Centennial Celebration for Tacoma Little Theatre

Back in October 1918 a group of Tacoma residents gathered to form the local chapter of the Drama League of America. Its purpose was to study and promote theater and build community in the burgeoning city. The same year, the Port of Tacoma, Tacoma Kiwanis and the Tacoma News Tribune were established. So the civic-focused […]

Meet The New CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County

Craig McElfresh and his wife were excited to move to a new city and new community when he was named CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. During his first few months in his new role, the Washington native says he is most excited to learn about the community and the organization and […]

Hands On Children’s Museum, Summer Splash!

Summer Splash guests mixed and mingled throughout the night at the Hands On Children’s Museum. They enjoyed signature cocktails and gourmet bites while bidding on exceptional silent auction packages. They played like a kid again inside the museum, silk-screening koozies and T-shirts, tasting liquid nitrogen ice cream, and capturing memories in the photo booth. And […]

The Center Stage Awards & Gala

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts had a record 232 guests for its third annual Center Stage Awards & Gala. Guests enjoyed a staged street-side cocktail hour with live music in anticipation of the big reveal inside the Main Stage. One of the many highlights of the evening were the awards for Excellence in […]

Savings Made Simple: Wa. College Savings

In today’s world, where the price of a bachelor’s degree can rival that of a single-family home, having a 529 college savings plan can offer young parents peace of mind. It’s easy to enroll, either on your own or through a financial advisor, and once you’re signed up you can set up automatic contributions to […]

Oly on Ice

A new way to celebrate the holidays is gliding into Thurston County this winter. Oly on Ice will open on Friday, November 16 in downtown Olympia at Isthmus Park. The entire family can come out to enjoy ice skating at Olympia’s first-ever seasonal ice rink. Skaters of all ages will enjoy the warm glow of […]

Experience the Wonder of the Nutcracker

As the holiday season gets under way, families are often looking for fun experiences that can become annual traditions. Going to see The Tacoma City Ballet perform The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut can be a great way to build enthusiasm for the holidays, while also introducing children to the joys of a live […]

Encore Chocolates & Tea

Strolling along Fifth Avenue in downtown Olympia, you come upon a unique sight: a magnolia tree nestled within a beautiful, airy atrium inside a building. This 1875 building has a storied history. It was once home to a mercantile store, followed by numerous nightclubs. And it has a distinct claim to fame from the more […]

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition

Arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome are timeless masterpieces. Whether you have seen them in person or not, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will allow you to immerse yourself in the art from a new perspective in an innovative and unique way. The […]

Pub-Style Banking at Point Ruston

The Olympia Brewery may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of banking, but O Bee Credit Union wants to change that. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee announced the opening of its newest branch, a unique blend of brewpub and financial […]

Percival Condos: Downtown Living at its Best

With an identity unrivaled by any other city in the region, Olympia is growing as a place of economic, social and development opportunity. Joining this vibrant community is Percival Condominiums, a seven-story development built with its residents—and Olympia’s character—in mind. Percival Condominiums will be downtown Olympia’s first upscale condominium community. Located in the heart of […]

Cheers to 30 Years – South Hill Mall Marks a Milestone

In the fall of 1988, the Puyallup area was treated to a new hub for shopping when South Hill Mall opened its doors. No longer was it necessary to make the trek to Tacoma to find department store favorites of the time, like Mervyn’s, Lamonts and Target, along with numerous smaller retailers and popular restaurants. […]

South Sound Fall Theater Lineup

Performance offerings in the South Sound this fall include a huge variety of acts. There’s theater, dance, comedy, music and even some acrobats and a one-of-a-kind clown to keep you on your toes. Come out and support your local arts organizations and enjoy the shows. For a night at the theater, September will see the […]

LeMay Grit City

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma hosted the Grit City Motor Show Cruise-In with 600 attendees. This free community event featured all makes and models of classic cars. Live interviews with Mark Greene of Cars Yeah was a main feature at the event. Food and beverages were offered by delicious food trucks & Thirst […]

Corks and Crush

420 community-minded guests enjoyed 13 different wineries and—for the first time—two breweries offered tastings to guests. Catering was provided by X Group and dinner was paired with 2011 Corliss Red Wine. During the reception hour, The Happy Sinners performed followed by Baking with Julia for the after party. Special guests included emcees Chris Egan of […]

Rock the Foundation

Rock the Foundation is MultiCare Health Foundation’s annual party with a purpose. That purpose is supporting health and healing for South Sound families. This September, partygoers will be swingin’ the night away with a headlining performance from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Event proceeds and fund-a-need donations from Rock the Foundation 2018 will benefit the MultiCare […]