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The Great Race and the X-Cup: Coming Soon!

Car enthusiasts: here’s a good reason to be excited about what the near future has in store. The RPM Foundation, a member of America’s Automotive Trust, is proud to announce that they have joined forces with the Great Race. RPM will work with the Great Race to administer their X-Cup Grants, Scott Henderson X-Cup Scholarship […]

MultiCare signs to acquire Capital Medical Center

MultiCare Health System has entered into an agreement to purchase the majority ownership interest in Capital Medical Center in Olympia from subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, a holding company based in Tennessee.  Capital Medical Center is a full-service, 107-bed community hospital that opened in 1985 and serves communities in Olympia, as well as Thurston, Mason, Lewis […]

Welcoming Program Manager Robin Houde

This week, the Thurston Economic Development Council is pleased to announce Robin Houde as the new Program Manager for the Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB)! Houde brings to the team a diverse background of education, small business management and marketing experience. She began as a volunteer with the WCWB, accepted the role of Administrative Specialist at the WCWB […]

Olympia’s Book Fairy– Browsers Book Shop

After a delightful phone interview with Browsers Book Shop owner Andrea Griffith, I decided on making a much overdue visit to Olympia’s downtown for an in-person visit. I admit, it had been years since stepping into what I recalled as a dusty, yet charming little bookstore. After Andrea shared details of her amazing reformation of […]

Sierra Pacific Industries Shows Workplace Excellence

During the recent Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo, the 5th Annual Nancie Payne Workplace Excellence Award was presented to Sierra Pacific Industries.  The Expo brought together the region’s five leading economic development agencies in early December to collaborate and focus on economic vitality and community development.  The prestigious Nancie Payne Award recognizes companies demonstrating […]

“Masks for Charity” Fundraiser Results

Over the course of this last year, O Bee Credit Union is proud to announce their donation of over $50,000 to local charitable organizations. This donation has only been possible through their combined “Masks-for-Charity” initiative and brewhouse t-shirt donations. Soon after COVID upturned so many lives this year, O Bee saw a real need in […]

Saleen Sweepstakes!

America’s Automotive Trust and Saleen Automotive Inc. are teaming up to offer a chance to win a 2019 Saleen 302 Black Label known as “Blazing Fury.” Proceeds from the sweepstakes will benefit America’s Automotive Trust and its member organizations: LeMay – America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto and the Concours Club. Enthusiasts have […]

Dancing Goats – Opens at Point Ruston

When Dancing Goats ® Coffee Roasters opens its 10th location in the Point Ruston Public Market in mid-December, Tacoma residents will be treated to a great coffee house named after a sweet legend. The Dancing Goats legend says that in the remote highlands of ninth century Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, a lone goat herder named Kaldi noticed […]

Holiday Cheer at the Washington Center

Working in partnership with the City of Olympia, the Washington Center is announcing plans to bring some much-needed cheer to downtown Olympia this holiday season, in the form of a reimagined movie/film theater! Showing movies will, of course, require extensive social distancing, masking, and cleaning protocols, as mandated for all movie theaters in Washington State. […]

“South Sound Selects” Opening at TAM

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) is proud to announce the opening of South Sound Selects: Community Choices from the Collection on November 21, 2020! This will be the first exhibition to open at TAM since it closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. It features 27 guest curators from the South Sound community. In addition, TAM […]

Washington Center for Performing Arts CENTER Stage Virtual Gala

The 5th Annual CENTER Stage Virtual Gala was hosted virtually by Olympia’s beloved Ann Flannigan. Through the Washington Center for Performing Arts’ supportive local donors, the event was able to raise over $64,000 to further the arts in our state and communities. Donations are still welcome to sustain the arts and the Washington Center itself […]

Holiday Gift Giving Solved: Education is a Gift that Truly Lasts a Lifetime

If you are a parent or grandparent wanting to plant a seed in a child’s mind that higher education is in their future, establishing a WA529 GET or DreamAhead account for them is a great way to start. Studies show that students who know they have the college savings available to them are nearly seven […]

How to love your community during a pandemic

At its root, philanthropy literally means “love of humankind.” Sounds like something everyone could use more of right about now. During these unforeseen times of isolation, masked smiles and staycations, opportunities to connect can be hard to come by. Creating community is now a tricky thing to do safely. And yet it’s precisely that sense […]

TOGETHER! Bringing Hope During The Pandemic

Over the last 30 years, TOGETHER! has adapted into “a grassroots campaign to mobilize the communities of Thurston County into a coordinated effort to support kids and families to reach their goals through basic needs support, collaboration between schools and community organizations, and efforts to advance social, health and educational equity.” During the COVID-19 restrictions, […]

FARM 12: Giving Back Step by Step

At the old Van Lierop Bulb Farm #12 in the beautiful Puyallup Valley, there is a first-class, full-service restaurant and event venue where 100% of the profits go to a charity called Step By Step. Step by Step’s growing organization needed a new location to support their expanding programs, and they saw a unique opportunity […]

Saint Martin’s Celebrates 125 Years

Saint Martin’s University and Saint Martin’s Abbey are celebrating their joint 125th anniversary throughout this year.  The university plans to  host a virtual celebration to commemorate this milestone anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020: The Saint Martin’s University 125th Anniversary Celebration. Alumni, friends of the university and community members are welcome and encouraged to participate […]

Cynara: Elegant and Unique Local Cuisine

No longer just a diamond in the rough, Olympia’s Market District & Waterfront offers a brilliance that can be seen in its thought-provoking public art, swanky living, retail, and dining establishments. Allow us to introduce one of the favorite new local hang-outs: Cynara. Located in the new Harbor Heights luxury apartments building on Columbia, Cynara […]

Our City CARES About Small Businesses

If you or someone you know owns a small business, the chances are very good that business has been drastically impacted by these last few months, and sometimes in irreparable ways. That’s why Tacoma Public Utilities is proud to announce last week’s launch of a relief program to support small businesses in Tacoma that have […]

Celebrating Womxn of Achievement

For the 26th year, YWCA Olympia seeks to celebrate by inspiring South Sound community members during the annual Womxn of Achievement Celebration this November. Womxn of Achievement is a celebration of the contributions of incredible leaders in our community who are not only making a huge difference, but also those who don’t get honored and […]

Vintage European Car Exhibit Opens

Classic car aficionados, mark your calendars for this coming weekend to welcome a new exhibit at Lemay- America’s Car Museum! Thanks to Oregon collectors Alex and Amy Haugland, AMC is opening a stunning exhibit of classic European automobiles to the public this week. The exhibit features 11 extraordinary automobiles from the 1930s to the 1970s, […]

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