Coloring for Cash and Community

O Bee plans to  donate $6,000 to local food banks as part of their Washington State Color-for-Cash contest. In the past weeks, food banks around Washington have seen an extraordinary increase in the demand for food and are in need of cash donations and volunteers. O Bee plans to draw awareness to this need with a coloring contest.

People who enter the Color-for-Cash contest will have a chance to win one of six cash prizes, from $750 to $250, totaling $3,000. O Bee will match the cash awards by donating $3,000 each to Thurston County and Pierce County Food Banks.

Community food bank

“The benefits of adult coloring books have been well established,” said Lee Wojnar, VP of Marketing at OBee Credit Union. “Coloring has been shown to have a relaxing and calming effect on the brain. We think now might be a good time for a bit of coloring,” he added with a smile.

The contest winners will be drawn randomly. “We’re not expecting a Picasso, we are just encouraging people to take a break from the distractions of these difficult times to calm their brains. As an incentive, we’re giving cash prizes too. It’s for a bit of fun,” said Wojnar.

Entrants may choose from six different coloring pages, each depicting a Washington-inspired scene, including whales, wine country and Mt. Rainier. Paul A. Lanquist, a Washington-based artist and illustrator, designed the coloring pages. The natural beauty of Washington is an important influence in his work. 

The Color-for-Cash contest begins Friday, April 24, 2020 at 1pm. Winners will be randomly drawn on Monday, June 1, 2020 at noon. Open to Washington state residents and O Bee members. For terms and conditions and to enter the contest, go to

New Neighbor Guide – Pierce County


new to pierce county? here’s what you need to know

living in pierce county

the legacy of lucky lemay


changing schools after moving to pierce county


giving back in the 253

anthem coffee: community-centric, thankful and ‘loud’


making your house a home

olympic landscape—heart for community

getting settled into a new home


cheers to 30 years—south hill mall marks a milestone


molen orthodontics changes lives one smile at a time

healthy feet are the foundation for a healthy life

health starts where we live, learn, work and play

service, convenience at the heart of light dental studios


asian-inspired food, beautiful ambiance


tacoma nature center celebrating 40 years

off-leash dog park pleases people and pooches


warm-weather wellness tips for seniors

OBEE Opens at Fern Hill and Provides Freebies

O Bee Credit Union is introducing its second unique, pub-style branch to Pierce County with a week of free giveaways. O Bee’s Grand Opening party takes place on Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the new branch, located at 8002 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408. The party will feature free Fisher Scones, prizes, free raffles and special guests, the Rainier Grazers and the Berenstain Bears! The week before the opening, O Bee will sponsor free giveaways around town to “pay-it-forward” and encourage folks to visit local businesses in the Fern Hill area. The schedule includes:

Monday, July 15th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am Yummies Donuts – 8042 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

One free donut per customer while supplies last

Tuesday, July 16th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Little Caesars Pizza – 828 72nd Street E, Tacoma, WA 98404

One free carry-out pizza (cheese or pepperoni) per customer while supplies last
Wednesday, July 17th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Paradise Lanes Entertainment Center – 12505 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444   One free game and shoe rental per customer – first come, first served 

Thursday, July 18th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dairy Queen – 1925 S 72nd Street, Tacoma, WA 98404

One free small ice cream cone per person while supplies last

Friday, July 19th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Anthem Coffee & Tea – 3609 Market Pl W #101, University Place, WA 98466 

One free medium non-alcoholic beverage of choice per person while supplies last

A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, Forbes recently ranked O Bee #1 in Washington State on its 2019 list of “America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions.” O Bee continues to change the banking game to members’ surprise and delight.
O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is celebrated in the design of the “Pub-Style” branch. Local brewery taps and brass railings are featured along the teller line and historical brewery images complete the décor along with a chalkboard menu with “specials.” “It’s exciting,” said James Collins, CEO. “We look forward to bringing our unique brand of banking to Fern Hill. The word is spreading; we are the best credit union in the state and we’re ready to celebrate,” he added. 

Visit the branch at 8002 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

OBEE Credit Union opens Point Ruston branch

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 service center in Point Ruston.

O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is reflected in the interior of the new building. It features a brewpub aesthetic including brick walls, wood barrels, hand- painted murals, a transaction bar accented with brass rails and local beer taps, chalkboard signage and decor reminiscent of times gone by. Historic photos of Point Ruston and Tacoma are displayed throughout. “The pub atmosphere ties in well with our history. It’s reminiscent of the old brewery tasting room where

the community met, and workers gathered after the end of a shift,” says James Collins, CEO.

This will be the sixth branch opening for O Bee and its first venture into Pierce County. “It’s exciting,” says Collins. “We’re one of the most unique credit unions in the country with products that can’t be found at most financial institutions.” In addition to an array of loan options including home and auto, O Bee offers its signature brewery credit and debit cards featuring favorite brands like Rainier and Olympia. The Berenstain Bears® Cub Account is also part of

O Bee’s selection of products. Cub Accounts provide an incentive program for young savers that’s part of a financial education program emphasizing the concepts of “Save, Share, Spend and Earn.”

“Banks shouldn’t feel cold or impersonal and having a brick-andmortar establishment is important to our membership, so we decided to have some fun with the design concept,” added Collins.

O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started Feb. 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full-service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has five other branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm and West Olympia. Membership is open to all Washington residents.


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Straight From The Heart

The Straight from the Heart dinner and auction on January 28 drew 330 guests to benefit Thurston County families. Guest emcee Nancy Leson worked the crowd, and Chef Micheal Kim demonstrated the fine points of making gnocchi from scratch. The evening’s proceeds of $180,000 will go toward helping children and youth learn and succeed, promoting financial stability for families and individuals, and improving people’s health.

Beer, Wine & Coffee lovers listen up!

svglogo (1)Beer, Wine and coffee this exhibit includes something for every adult!   Now open and running through Sunday, April 23, at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is showcasing its newest exhibit, Steins, Vines & Grinds: Washington’s Story of Beer, Wine & Coffee.

Steins, Vines & Grinds documents the long history of beer, wine and coffee in Washington, from early Hudson’s Bay Company imports through modern-day innovative processes. Even predating statehood, beer, wine and coffee quickly became important commodities. All three beverages could be found inside the walls of Forts Vancouver and Nisqually. Whether roasting their own green coffee beans from Hawaii, sipping on homemade wine or imbibing a bottled India pale ale from London, early Northwest settlers took the first steps in the creation of a cultural phenomenon.

Visitors to Steins, Vines & Grinds will be immersed in the origins of these three beverages in Washington. Museum guests can see an unopened bottle of Rainier Beer discovered in a sunken ship, a grape press used by Croatian winemakers in Gig Harbor, coffee and beer mugs and wine bottles and glasses ranging back in time, a bobblehead brewmaster and inflatable bottles, and a host of beverage memorabilia and ephemera that includes posters, neon signs, beer trays, and more.

  • “Music to My Beers,” an Evening at the History Museum
    Thursday, March 2, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Washington State History Museum, Tacoma
    (Ages 21+, $15 with preregistration/$20 at the door)
  • History Happy Hour at The Swiss in Tacoma
    Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
    The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave. in Tacoma
  • History Happy Hour at Three Magnets in Olympia
    Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

The Washington State History Museum,

1911 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, WA  98402-3109