Boys & Girls Clubs Thurston – Youth Inspiring Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County inspire youth to realize their greatness. Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home by providing a welcoming, positive out-of-school environment where kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs and activities, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring youth development professionals.

Whether its homework help and tutoring, art, sports and recreation, STEM activities, or gaming, the Club experience prepares kids and teens for future success. By focusing Club activities on Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles, youth are better prepared to graduate from high school, have a plan for their futures, and thrive as adults.

Nearly 3,000 kids and teens annually find safety and support at our Clubs in Lacey, Olympia, Rochester, Tenino, Tumwater, and new this year, Yelm. Low membership fees and scholarships keep the Club accessible to youth who need them most, thanks to 76% of funding coming from generous individuals and community supporters.

Visit BGCTC.org or contact one of the six Thurston County Club locations to see if the Club is the right for youth in your care:

Lacey Branch
(360) 438-6811
1105 Tracey LN SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Facebook: @LaceyBGCTC

Olympia Branch
(360) 556-3615
Jefferson Middle School
2200 Conger Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Facebook: @Olympia-Boys-Girls

Rochester Branch
(360) 273-9397
10140 Hwy. 12 SW
Rochester, WA 98579
Facebook: @BGCTCRochesterRocks

Tenino Branch
(360) 810-3700
Tenino Elementary School
301 Old Highway 99 N
Tenino, WA 98589
Facebook: @BGCTCTenino

Tumwater Branch
(360) 570-8888
600 Israel Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
Facebook: @TBGCTC

NEW! Yelm Branch
(360) 956-0755
105 W Yelm Ave
Yelm, WA 98597
Facebook: @BGCTCYelm

Olympia’s Capital Medical Center

The Pacific Northwest is home to endless natural beauty and premium medical care providers to boot. Located in the state capital of Olympia, Capital Medical Center is a heavily accredited and committed provider for residents in more than five local counties.

The hospital, which celebrates 35 years in the community in January 2020, enjoys an alliance with UW Medicine and specializes in several services, such as radiology, hip, joint and spine, birth services, cancer care, surgical services, rehabilitation and more. But what truly makes Capital a top medical facility is that it is dedicated to improving the overall livelihood of individuals within the community. Its mission simply is “Making Communities Healthier”.

Capital Medical prides itself not only on a focus of healing patients, but also on having a strong relationship with its employees and fellow physicians. Capital serves as a place people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work. Capital also offers financial assistance to eligible under-insured and uninsured patients, support for staff and invests substantially in the quality of the facility.

Capital is passionate about keeping patients informed and providing knowledge and encouragement through events and helpful health-related articles on its website. In featured news articles, Capital Medical stresses the importance of mammograms, details on avoiding the flu, donating blood and highlights trusted experts of the healthcare community. Capital team members even administered free blood pressure checks for community members attending the Grays Harbor Summer Concert Series.

In addition to providing world-class medical care in West Olympia, Capital Medical Center positively impacts their community in other ways through sponsorships and donations to organizations like CIELO, Empowerment 4 Girls, SafePlace Olympia and many more community benefit programs.

Capital Medical Center strives to embody integrity, compassion, and excellence, and its caring providers are ultimately here for you, our new neighbor.

CAPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
capitalmedical.com

NATALIE BENSON

Making Your House A Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with decor and furniture from the heart

  • Your entry is the initial introduction to your home and sets the stage for you and your guests. Place a cozy rug or floor mat inside the door to define the entry and give an immediate sense of personality. A reclaimed wood bench, umbrella stand or coat rack, and luscious candles complete the welcoming picture.
  • Be creative with your space. Move items at an angle, layer different rugs and add a wall of photos and memories. Use your imagination to make the space warm, inviting and as unique as you are.
  • Try to bring nature inside. Although the Northwest is overflowing with the beauty of nature, we all know that during our wet, gloomy weather we may stay inside for much of the time. Visit your local nursery to get tips on what kind of plants will work for your space, the amount of light available, and your lifestyle.
  • Incorporate different elements such as wood, metal, glass and greenery throughout each room to bring warmth and life to your spaces. Mirrors not only provide style and function but also lighten up a room and help create movement.

New to Thurston County? Here’s What You Need to Know

There is always so much to do when you move. This checklist will help you to quickly navigate a few important, but often dreaded, tasks related to relocating.

Update Your Drivers License

If you have a valid Washington driver license, you have ten days after you move to change your address. A new card with your updated address will cost $20. It’s free and simple to do online at dol.wa.gov/licenseexpress.html.

If you’ve moved from out of state, apply for a Washington State driver license within 30 days. Remember to bring proof of identity and residence, in addition to the correct fees ($89/standard or $113/ enhanced) for the type of license you want. Pre-apply online at dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/moving.html to expedite your visit.

Register Your Car

Updating your address for a vehicle already registered in Washington is easy and free! Go online to dol.wa.gov/licenseexpress.html.

If you’ve moved from out of state, register your vehicle in Washington within 30 days. Mailing the required documents and fees gets you plates in about three weeks. Head to a vehicle licensing office to receive new plates immediately. Download the forms at dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/moving.html.

Use Public Transportation

Intercity Transit provides bus service vanpool options for commuters, in addition to dial-a-lift service for those with a disability. Plan your route online at intercitytransit.com.

Register to Vote

Whether moving within Washington or new to Thurston County, the driver licensing office can assist with your voter registration. You can also register online at voter.votewa.gov. Voting in Washington is primarily done by mail, so be sure to register at least eight days before Election Day.

Get a Pet License

Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater require licenses for all dogs and cats in city limits. Thurston County requires licenses for all dogs in unincorporated areas and offers voluntary licensing for cats. Even if your pet is indoors only, a license is required.

A list of license fees and licensing offices can be found online at jointanimalservices.org/licensing.

Get a Library Card

Timberland Regional Library provides library services to the residents of Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties. Library cards are free to anyone living or owning property in these areas. Applications are accepted online or in person, but both require in-person address verification.

Learn more at trl.org.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

Tacoma Mall Expands with New Retailers & Theater

Long known as a community leader in shopping, dining, and entertainment, Tacoma Mall has recently announced plans to further elevate the shopping experience. Looking forward to the 2020 holiday season, the Mall will introduce Nordstrom Rack, Ulta, and Marcus Theatres. These additions are expected to be the beginning of a larger redevelopment in the Tacoma Mall.

“We have a continued commitment to invest in the Tacoma community,” said Eric Sadi, Chief Operating Officer of Leasing. “Tacoma Mall is a lifestyle destination. Simon is leading the way with transformational projects in the state of Washington. We will bring a uniquely curated mix of retailers, entertainment, and dining options to Tacoma.”

Next in store for shoppers will be a charming urban village located on the north side of the mall. The intention is to engage visitors with a welcoming, community-friendly environment where shoppers can enjoy a variety of dining and entertainment.

Nordstrom Rack is renowned for fabulous style and great prices and shoppers can look forward to deals on clothing and shoes for women, men and children. This Tacoma location will be much more convenient for South Sound families and avoid a frustrating trip with I-5 traffic.

Ulta, soon to be featured in the mall, is well-known as a premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products, and even salon services. Ulta carries more than 25,000 products from around 500 beauty brands and is your one-stop shop for cosmetic products and services.

Marcus Theatres will also be added as a trendsetting theatre for not only the Tacoma Mall, but for Washington State. Their first location in the state, Marcus Theatres is the fourth-largest theatre company in the United States and well-known in their Midwest markets. Theatre-goers can look forward to the latest amenities like cushy stadium seating, innovative food and beverage offerings, and 72-feet-wide UltraScreens.

Tacoma Mall proudly serves our neighbors in the communities of University Place, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Tacoma. With over 150 stores ranging from women’s apparel and children’s fashion to home electronics, Tacoma Mall is expanding its shopping offerings in Pierce County.

TACOMA MALL
tacoma-mall.com

Heroes for Housing in Thurston County

A person with a cardboard sign at intersections in most of our cities has become a common sight. More individuals are facing homelessness each day, which is an issue in not just Washington state but across the country. As the cost of living continues to increase in King and Pierce counties, the effects trickle down into the southern counties. Homes First is a solution to the affordable housing crisis.

Based in Thurston County, Homes First is a nonprofit organization that creates and maintains safe, healthy, and affordable rental homes for those who need them most in the community. Currently, the nonprofit organization serves 250 tenants and owns or manages 43 scattered site properties. Homes First is entering its 30th anniversary in 2020, the equivalent of a standard home mortgage.

“Homes First is proud to be a solution to not only homelessness in Thurston County, but the affordable housing crisis that we are facing in the state and across the country,” said Trudy Soucoup, Homes First chief executive officer. “What enables Home First to do this work is our annual fundraising event, Heroes for Housing.”

Homes First’s sixth annual fundraising breakfast, Heroes for Housing, is the main fundraiser for the organization and took place on Wednesday, September 11, at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey campus. The event raised critical funds that allow the organization to provide affordable homes in the community.

“Our Heroes for Housing event is designed to educate, uplift and inspire our community,”said Amal Joury, chair of the Homes First Board of Directors, “We are able to showcase our incredible mission and receive gifts that will directly provide healthy, safe and affordable housing.”

NATHAN PETERS

For Additional Information

Homes First

homesfirst.org

Healthy Family Show


April 6th, 11am-4pm
Outlet Collection

Where Healthy Habits Collide with Style

Bring the family to enjoy a free day learning about what is new for keeping your family healthy. This one day event is an opportunity for families to check out hot trends, health information and learn about camps, classes and services! Families can also enter their child in the  Cutest Child Contest.  Plus the first 250 families who attend receive a FREE gift bag.

Interested in entering the (fun and not serious)  Cutest Child Contest and having your cute child walk the cat walk? Register at the welcome table the day of the event at noon.  This is a low-key and fun contest! Winners photo’s will be featured in on social media for ShowCase Magazine.

For further information contact info@showcasemedialive.com

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Giving Back in the 253

In any community, a sense of “community” is built on the connections made through unique groups of people that support one another. When I moved to Tacoma five years ago, I was wanting to know my neighbors, to feel that my community supported one another, and to find ways to give back. Quickly, I learned that the 253 has an abundance of opportunities for giving of time or financial resources. I encourage you to join me in this building of community.

If you are looking to give time, the South Sound region is filled with organizations that would love to have you as a volunteer. You can choose to focus on a wide range of interests: recreation, arts, social justice, health and education, to name a few. If you are passionate about education and the development of younger generations, a good place to start is in our schools. Outside of the schools, nonprofits often look for volunteers to do administrative tasks or provide program support.

Two good ways to find out about service opportunities are to join the Volunteers group on Facebook or visit the nonprofit websites listed on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation page.

When you feel your roots settling into the 253 and your heart is called to give back, but your time is limited, a monetary gift can provide hope and resources throughout the South Sound. “Philanthropy” is often misperceived as giving big financial gifts, but a gift of $20 a month goes a long way in creating a sustainable community. For Emergency Food Network, for example, every dollar you donate provides $12 worth of nutritious food for our neighbors in need. Philanthropy in any amount promotes the welfare of others. Your generous gift could change lives.

To find local organizations that qualify for tax-exempt giving, visit the nonprofit listing on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation page.

gtcf.org/community/directory

facebook.com/greatertacoma

Getting Settled Into A New Home

After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of moving is over. And you’re right, but there are still things to take care of before you can relax completely. 

Get Your Utilities Set Up

You don’t want to arrive at your new place, late at night, and find that the lights don’t work. Before you move, arrange for the utilities to be set up there. Make sure all of your services are up and running so you can check your electronics and appliances.

Check Major Appliances

If you moved major appliances, such as a range, dishwasher, washer or dryer, check to make sure nothing was damaged during the move. This is particularly important if the mover prepared your appliances for the move. Your insurance policy may have a limited time in which to make a claim. Since these are big-ticket items, you want to make sure they’re all working.

Check All Boxes and Furniture

Make sure all boxes and furniture arrived and that nothing is damaged. If you’re missing something or you find damage, contact the mover and your insurance company to submit a claim. It’s important to do this immediately after moving in or the insurance company may not reimburse you.

Save Receipts

Keep all receipts and documentation related to your move in one file and store the file in a safe, secure place. Make sure you have your bill of lading and payment receipt. You may be able to claim your move on your next tax return, and you’ll need all the necessary receipts to make your claim.

Make Sure You’re Getting Your Mail

Check with the post office about mail forwarding. Update all important files and documents with your new address and notify everyone who needs to know about your move.

KELLY LENIHAN

Healthy Feet Are A Foundation For A Healthy Life

Experiencing recurring pain in your feet or suffering with an injury can significantly reduce your mobility, affect your overall wellness, and leave you feeling off balance. To get you back to your daily routine and the activities you enjoy, the team at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates can provide a diagnosis and begin a treatment plan during your first clinic visit.

“I think we do a better, faster job at getting from diagnosis to cure,” says Terrence Hess, DPM. Hess and his colleagues utilize industry-leading diagnostic imaging, such as weightbearing 3D CT scans and X-ray, in conjunction with ultrasound, to assess the health of a patient’s feet during the initial evaluation appointment. The findings are shared right
away, so treatment options can be discussed and started immediately, when possible.

Many foot ailments can be solved with nonsurgical treatments. Custom orthotics for shoes and physical therapy are common. Advanced problems, such as diabetic wounds, may require regenerative medicine therapies to accelerate the healing process. If surgery is necessary, most procedures can be done at the clinic and allow you to return home the same day.

To keep your feet healthy for the long term, visiting a podiatrist for preventive care is key, says Hess. “Just as you go to the eye doctor or dentist routinely, you don’t want to wait until a problem arises with your feet,” he explains.

Receiving regular checkups can help identify problems in the early stages when they are easier to treat.

Evaluations for children can be especially beneficial. Family history, physical development and learned habits can lead to problems later on. Hess emphasizes that assessing the structure and function of feet at a young age allows for corrections to be made that can have lifelong benefits.

Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates clinics can be found in Olympia, Tumwater, Centralia, Yelm and Tacoma. New patients are welcome.

FOOT & ANKLE SURGICAL ASSOCIATES
360.754.3338
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