Private Education Planning Guide

Tacoma

Annie Wright School
827 N Tacoma Ave
253.272.2216
Aw.org

Bellarmine Preparatory School
2300 S Washington St
253.752.7701
bellarmineprep.org

Charles Wright Academy
7723 Chambers Creek Rd W
253.620.8300
charleswright.org

Life Christian School
1717 S Union Ave
253.756.5317
wherelifehappens.org

Puyallup

All Saints Catholic School
504 2nd Street SW
253.845.5025
allsaintspuyallup.org

Cascade Christian Schools
811 21st St E
253.841.1776
Cascadechristian.org

Northwest Christian Academy
904 Shaw Rd
253.845.5722
Nwchristianschool.org

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Academy
6830 32nd St. NW
253.265.2150
Gigharboracademy.org

Harbor Montessori School
5414 Comte Dr NW
253.851.5722
Harbormontessori.org

Lighthouse Christian School
3008 36th St. NW
253.858.5962
lcschool.org

Lacey/Olympia

Olympia Community School
114 20th Ave SE
360-866-8047
OlympiaCommunitySchool.org

Northwest Christian Academy
4710 Park Center Ave E
360.491.2966
ncslacey.org

Nova Middle School
2020 22nd Ave SE
360.491.7097
novaschool.org

Asia Pacific Cultural Center Serving the Community

When the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) was formed in 1996 it was intended to fulfill a deep need as a place that brought together significant segments of minority Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. For more than two decades, the APCC has taught and celebrated the cultural history, customs, arts, crafts, people and legends from their 47 represented nations. And it has been a hub for so many people to gather and celebrate. To be entertained. To show their pride. And to help each other.

Helping each other is one of the major missions of the APCC. And, help they do. Whether it is assistance in filling out government forms to start a new business or nonprofit to guiding members in understanding complicated regulations, the APCC is there to help. The organization knows they are trusted because they look like their members and speak their language. They form a comfort zone and have the capacity and earned trust to improve their members’ lives.

Through phenomenal support from their sponsors, the APCC puts on a vast number of annual events that entertain and educate. But the APCC is also a vigorous political engine ensuring that laws and issues impacting their members are given due consideration. Seeing a need to help with youth issues, the APCC has created many wraparound youth programs in the local schools. Reducing stress for youth begins and ends with reducing stress on their parents. This is accomplished by the APCC through housing and food assistance, two of the biggest stressful issues for any family.

As the APCC approaches its 25th Anniversary, it continues to expand its role in the community and, of course, add more entertainment opportunities including a new Thailand Day in June.

ASIA PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER
asiapacificculturalcenter.org

LYNN CASTLE

Healthy Family Show


POSTPONED
Macy’s Court Tacoma Mall

Where Healthy Habits Collide with Style

Bring the family to enjoy a free day learning about what is new for in 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 the New Neighbors Guide.

For vendor information or details about the event contact info@showcasemedialive.com

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New to Thurston County?

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

Boys & Girls Clubs – 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.

Tacoma Mall Expands with New Retailers

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

Living in Pierce County

Pierce County may be one of the most geographically diverse counties in the nation, from the miles of marine shoreline along Puget Sound to the summit of Mount Rainier, one of the most glaciated mountain peaks in the continental U.S. With first-rate health care, school districts, and transportation and a unique combination of urban and rural areas, Pierce County is the perfect place to call home. Whether you prefer a small town, major metropolis, or something in between, Pierce County is home to numerous cities and towns offering an array of qualities. Urbanites are drawn to downtown Tacoma for its competitively priced living spaces with sweeping mountain, city and water views. Families gravitate toward Tacoma’s charming neighborhoods with big-city amenities. Pierce County communities are unique—enjoy rhubarb pie in Sumner, antiques in Puyallup, maritime in Gig Harbor, majestic gardens in Lakewood, history in Fife, or nature in the rural areas near Mount Rainier—it’s all here.

Weather

The Pacific Northwest is known for its rain. But the temperate climate of Pierce County averages only 39.9 inches of rainfall a year (less than most cities on the East Coast!).

Transportation

Travel by land, air and water with the Port of Tacoma, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Sound Transit’s rail and bus system. The Pierce County Ferry, Amtrak and Pierce Transit are just a few more examples of the convenient transportation systems available.

Arts & Entertainment

Ready to go out and explore? Whether you’re interested in dining and nightlife, the performing arts, museums, shopping, farmers markets, hiking, golfing, and more—we’ve got you covered!

Schools

Exceptional academic institutions and learning experiences can be found in Pierce County. Please refer to our Education section for more information and resources.

Libraries

Visit any of the eight Tacoma libraries or 19 Pierce County Library branches. Many services are available online: You can apply for a library card, request books, check the monthly calendar for events and classes, Ask a Librarian, and more.

Parks, Facilities & Trails

There is something for everyone when you explore over 4,200 acres at 50 park sites throughout Pierce County, including three recreation centers, a sports complex, ice rink, skateboard park, two boat launch sites, two golf courses, trail corridors, a disc golf course. If you don’t want to leave Fido home, visit any of the dog-friendly parks.

Health Care

MultiCare Health System is a leading-edge, nonprofit, integrated health organization. It operates four hospitals and numerous clinics serving patients at 93 locations. Franciscan Health System is a comprehensive health care organization operating hospitals, same-day surgery centers, occupational health services, physical therapy clinics and centers for advanced medicine featuring state-of-the-art technology.

Military

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of 12 joint bases worldwide, is an amalgamation of the Army post Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. JBLM has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The joint base supports over 120,000 military retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. Adjacent to JBLM, Camp Murray is home to the Washington National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard. The two armories at Camp Murray can be used for graduations, receptions, tournaments, youth events, potlucks, seminars and charity events.

KELLY LENIHAN