first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin0Olympia, WA: On Saturday, July 28, 2012, the Junior League of Olympia will be hosting the 2nd annual Touch-a-Truck fundraiser at South Sound Center in Lacey, Washington. The fundraiser offers children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to climb on and explore a huey helicopter, firetruck, SWAT vehicle, race car, excavator, limo and many more in addition to meeting the people who build, protect, and serve Thurston County.The fundraiser starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. and includes live entertainment for the whole family with a magician, K-9 and Jaws of Life demonstrations, local bands, and fair atmosphere with food, games, face painting and more. Admission is $5 per person; children 2 and under are admitted for free. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Olympia’s efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community. For more information, please visit read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaOn Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 (weather permitting), the City’s Contractor will be grinding off old pavement markings and applying new plastic pavement markings (including bicycle symbols, turn arrows, and crosswalk striping) to the newly chip sealed surfaces on West Bay Drive, Road 65, Division Street and Black Lake Boulevard. This will complete the pavement preservation work on these roads.Work will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and follow the schedule below. Motorist should expect some lane restrictions and delays during the pavement marking operations. Flaggers will direct motorists through the construction area.Friday, August 21West Bay Drive NW (from Garfield Avenue to Schneider Hill Road);Road 65 NW (from 14th Avenue to 20th Avenue); andDivision Street NW (from Harrison Avenue to 4th Avenue)Saturday, August 22Division Street NW (from Harrison Avenue to 4th Avenue);Black Lake Boulevard SW (from 4th Avenue to Capital Mall Drive to 4th Avenue); andBlack Lake Boulevard SW (from Hwy 101 to south city limits near Hope Community Church)last_img read more

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe week of April 16, 2018, the City of Olympia will go live with new parking management software and new technology to support more convenient ways to pay for parking.A new online portal will allow residents to apply and pay for parking permits, including residential permits used by residents of certain Downtown neighborhoods. The online features will also allow account holders to manage the vehicles on their permits, pay parking citations and request a hearing to appeal a parking ticket, all from a computer or mobile device.Instead of hand-entering license plate information, City staff will use new License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to read license plate numbers and automatically check for permits, saving time and improving accuracy. Data collected from the plates will be purged each day, and kept only if associated with a parking ticket. LPR will also allow the City to collect parking space occupancy and parking duration data, which will be used to improve the parking system.The City will also begin phasing in a Pay-by-Phone system that will essentially turn every parking meter into a smart meter. Because new stickers must be installed, the system will be phased in, as installation of the stickers is weather dependent.  Once stickers are installed, customers can download the Pay-by-Phone app to a smartphone and pay for parking at any meter in the City. The app can send a text alert when a meter is about to expire and the driver can add time to the meter remotely via smartphone.For more information on City of Olympia Parking Services, visit us online at read more

first_imgFacebook61Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsSince 1991, Harlequin Productions has provided the community with enriching theatrical experiences year after year. 2019 will be no different, with seven exciting and entertaining live productions being planned for the historic State Theater in downtown Olympia. From the beginning, Harlequin has worked to lead conversations on cultural issues, and the upcoming season focuses on the very relevant theme of women in society. But don’t be fooled: despite the serious nature of some of these conversations, this isn’t a season full of heavy dramas. There will be comedy. There will be music. There will be romance. And there will be Stardust.So, without further ado, here are the Season 28 shows: Harlequin Productions has seven exciting shows planned for their 28th season. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions“The Stardust Christmas Groove” (Nov. 29-Dec. 31): The 23rd (and final) in Harlequin’s popular series of original holiday musical comedies will be set in 1962.“I Ought To Be In Pictures” (Jan. 17-Feb. 9): Neil Simon takes on another odd couple in this 1979 comedy about a screenwriter and the teenage daughter he hasn’t seen in 16 years.“The Women” (Feb. 28-March 23): Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 comedy of manners has a large all-female cast.“A Doll’s House” (May 2-25): In Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama, a housewife finds herself stifled by the restrictions society places on women.“Man of La Mancha”: Inspired by Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” this 1965 musical-theater classic by Dale Wasserman won five Tony Awards and has been revived four times on Broadway.“Blackbird” (Aug. 15-Sept. 14): A woman sexually abused as a 12-year-old confronts her accuser in this intense drama by David Harrower.“Love and Information” (Oct. 3-26): This kaleidoscopic comic drama by respected British playwright Caryl Churchill is made up of 57 tiny plays, some lasting only a few seconds.Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until November to be entertained by Harlequin’s 28th season of shows. On Friday, June 1, 2018, Harlequin will be offering sneak peaks of all seven productions at their annual Eclectica! Preview Party. Eclectica is one of two major annual fundraisers for the organization, so you can expect a night of no-holds-barred, extravagant fun. Snippets from the shows and thoughts from our artistic directors are only one aspect of this entertaining evening.Starting at 6:00 p.m. on the first Friday of June, Eclectica is sure to be a great way to unwind at the end of the work week and begin to usher in summer fun. The evening includes a delicious dinner catered by Pellegrino’s, plus access to a no-host bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks. Just like every Harlequin show, Eclectica will have its own signature cocktail: this time, a classic gin and tonic, with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime.Before sitting down to eat though, you’ll probably want to try your hand at a few of the fun games. Long-time Harlequin supporters will recognize the wine toss, where attendees have a chance to win some world-class bottles. There will also be two new exciting games this year.In addition to game prizes, attendees can also win some fabulous items and experiences during the 50/50 Raffle and the Live Auction, sponsored by Navigate Financial. And as if that’s not enough, there’s a special prize drawing for 2019 season subscribers.What’s the deal with subscriptions? While you can buy tickets for shows one at a time, you’ll save a lot of money if you sign up for the whole season. For example, single general admission tickets can add up to over $270 per person, a full season subscription provides a 25% discount! And you can sign up for a plan of small payments over 10 months to make it even easier.Subscribing will also give you first pick of seats, free ticket exchange and replacement (not offered to one-time ticket buyers), half-price repeat tickets, and many other benefits. But most important of all, you’ll always see the best shows you’ve never heard of and probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.Call the Box Office at 360-786-0151 or stop by at 202 4th Ave. E in downtown Olympia to subscribe for Season 28 or get your tickets for Eclectica, and visit for more information.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charter CollegeKylie Mellott is the face of the Charter College Lacey campus. As the Campus Support Specialist, she’s the first person you see when you walk in, but her involvement doesn’t end with greeting you.She’s there to answer questions, set up tours, connect potential students with admissions representatives and so much more.“She’s the go-to person for students for just about anything they need, whether it’s getting them their scrubs or setting them up with financial aid representatives,” said Campus President Dr. Bruce Higdon.Founded in 1985, Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that emphasizes a new direction for education. Charter College is not a liberal arts college or university. Instead, Charter College takes the best elements from each of these respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience that meets its students’ individual needs.Conveniently located at 4520 Lacey Blvd SE, Suite 40, Charter College Lacey offers programs designed to give students the skills they need to begin a career in the growing health care industry. It currently offers certificate programs in medical assistant (MA) and pharmacy technician.Mellott has been with Charter College Lacey for six months, since returning to Washington from Alaska, where her husband Kyle was stationed with the United States Army. When he was discharged, they both knew they wanted to return home to Lacey, along with their four-year-old daughter Bonnie.Mellott is trained as a mental health technician and worked in that field while in Alaska, but she quickly figured out she wasn’t cut out for it and is now pursuing her master’s degree in education.“I had always said I would be a student forever if I could,” she laughs. “So I did some soul-searching and realized education is where I’m happiest so that’s what I’m doing.”There are some similarities in the fields as Mellott sees her role as helping students become a better version of themselves, whatever that might look like.Mellott says she loves working with her Charter College team, who all have a similar goal. “We have such a great team of people, all of whom are understanding and focused on our students,” she says.In case she was having any doubts about her career path change, they were diminished when she attended her first graduation in May. “It was so amazing, feeling that energy and seeing the students getting ready to start their new journeys,” she said. “Their lives are being changed through education and that is very powerful.”In addition to Washington, there are Charter College campuses in California, Alaska and Montana; Charter Institute a division of Charter College in New Mexico; and online programs. For more information, visit read more

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterBring the family out to Tumwater’s Independence Day celebrations on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Leave the fireworks to the professionals, and celebrate with a day full of excitement.Begin the morning with a festive Fun Run through Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Later in the morning, join your friends and neighbors as the sidewalks streets fill with life at the Independence Day Parade. That evening, head to the Artesian Family Festival and remember to stay for Thunder Valley Fireworks Show—the biggest display in Thurston County!Fairways & Fireworks Fore on the 4th Fun Run8:00 a.m. check-in | Tumwater Valley Golf CourseTumwater Valley Golf Course turns the cart paths and fairways into a 4-mile fun run in celebration of Independence Day. Proceeds from this event benefit golf programs for low-income youth in our community. Register online to participate in the Fun Run.River’s Edge Restaurant will serve a special breakfast buffet following the run – $11.95 for adults; $6.95 for kids 12 & under.Independence Day Parade11:00 a.m. | Capitol Boulevard & Israel RoadThe City of Tumwater continues its tradition of hosting a 4th of July parade for the 32nd year – the theme this year is “As We Live, We Grow: Celebrating 150 Years.” Arrive early to get a good viewing spot, and watch the pre-parade car show at 10:45 a.m.The parade itself begins at 11:00 a.m. from the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street and moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road. The route then turns west (right) onto Israel Road, continues past Tumwater City Hall, ending at Linderson Way and Israel Road intersection.Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show6:00 p.m. | Tumwater Valley Golf CourseThe Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show is the biggest and best fireworks festival in the County – and it happens in Tumwater every year on July 4th. On the Tumwater Valley Golf Course driving range, you’ll find music, food, games and a lot more waiting for you.Event gates open at 6:00 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 10:15 p.m. Festival entry is FREE. Parking for the event is $10/car. Please keep in mind: Pets, alcohol/marijuana, and personal fireworks are prohibited at the festival.For details on Independence Day events, call Tumwater Parks & Recreation at (360) 754-4160 or explore the special events section on the City of Tumwater website, Regulations & SafetyA friendly reminder to residents and visitors celebrating Independence Day in Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater – fireworks may not be sold, purchased, or discharged in our communities.Novelty devices such as snakes, glow worms, and party poppers are allowed. Sparklers and all other types of fireworks including those purchased elsewhere may not be used in our cities.If you have unused fireworks, please discard them safely:Thoroughly soak fireworks overnight in a bucket or tub of water, then drain.Place the soaked fireworks in a heavy duty trash bag, and tightly seal.Place the bag in your garbage container for pick-up.Leave it to the professionals!Enjoy one of these FREE public fireworks displays and festivals in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater. Lacey Fireworks SpectacularJuly 3Fireworks start around 10 p.m.Rainier Vista ParkTumwater Thunder Valley FireworksJuly 4Fireworks start around 10:15 p.m.Tumwater Valley Golf CourseLakefair Grand Finale FireworksJuly 21Fireworks start around 10 p.m.Capitol Lake – Heritage ParkDowntown Olympialast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement himNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9xz2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vmWould you ever consider trying this?😱rea4Can your students do this? 🌚1Roller skating! Powered by Firework India’s dependable opener Smriti Mandhana is now the the 3rd fastest woman to reach 2000 runs in ODI cricket. The star batter took just 51 innings to go past the 2000 runs mark thereby becoming the 2nd fastest Indian after Shikhar Dhawan (48) to achieve this record. She also helped India win the ODI series with her match-winning fifty against the Windies in Antigua on Wednesday,Advertisement Smriti, who stands at 2025 runs in 51 games with an average of 43.08, reached the milestone faster than Virat Kohli (53), Sourav Ganguly (52), and Navjot Sidhu (52). However, former Aussie, Belinda Clark has reached this feat fastest (45) in women’s cricket. In men’s cricket though, Hashim Amla is the sole record-holder of the fastest to register 2,000-ODI runs. He crossed the landmark in only 40 innings.Advertisement After returning to the ODI side from a toe injury, Smriti performed superbly, finishing the 3rd ODI with 74 runs from 63 balls as India won the match by 6-wickets. She hit 9 boundaries and 3 maximums while chasing down 195 to take home the 3-match series 2-1. Young Jemimah Rodrigues scored 69 from 92 as the duo put on a solid 141-run opening stand.In the first innings of the match, the Indian bowlers restricted West Indies through tight spells from Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav, who picked up 2 wickets each.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/Goal/ZimbioAdvertisement i40uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscxn1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E229( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2qreWould you ever consider trying this?😱uCan your students do this? 🌚q06Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest footballers ever to grace the game, turns 35 today. From a promising youth rising up the ranks in Sporting CP to marking his territory in the most elite European clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus FC- the Portuguese veteran is still going strong at this age when most decide to hang up their boots. On this felicitous day, lets take a look back at Cristiano Ronaldo’s decorated career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/Goal/ZimbioRonaldo’s arrival at Manchester United:Under the guidance of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford from Lisbon in 2003. On 16th August 2003, the young winger made his English Premier League debut against Bolton Wanderers, coming off as a substitute for Nicky Butt. Soon becoming a favourite amongst the Red Devils supporters, he went onto win three EPL titles and one UEFA Champions League with them, before joining Spanish Giants Real Madrid in 2009.A young Cristiano Ronaldo making his Manchester United debut on 16/08/2003 (Image Courtesy: Action Images)Winning his fifth UEFA Champions League title with Real Madrid:For a world record transfer fee of £80 million, Ronaldo swapped sides with Los Blancos in 2009. The La Liga is when the renowned rivalry against Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi started. Ronaldo lifted two La Liga trophies, and won the UEFA CL title for an astounding four times, becoming the first footballer to win five Champions League trophies in the 2017-18 season.Advertisement Defeating Liverpool in the 2017-18 UCL final, Ronaldo became the first footballer to win the title five times. (Image Courtesy: UEFA)Portugal’s first UEFA European Championship in 2016:Ronaldo’s achievements weren’t only limited to club football. The national team skipper lifted the team to the final of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, defeating France 1-0 to win Portugal’s maiden Euro Cup trophy. Ronaldo is also the highest goalscorer for the national team, with 99 goals from 164 appearances across all international competitions.Ronaldo and the Portugal national football team with the 2016 Euro Cup trophy. (Image Courtesy: Sky Sports)Winning the Ballon d’Or award for a record five times:Ronaldo showed his class with Real Madrid, with back to back Ballon d’Or wins in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, Ronaldo became the second player after Messi to win the prestigious Ballon d”Or award for the fifth time in 2017, equalling the Argentine superstar for having the highest tally of the award in the history of football.Advertisement Ronaldo holding his fifth Ballon d’Or in 2017. (Image Courtesy: AP)Becoming Real Madrid’s top goalscorer:Ronaldo became the ultimate goal machine for the Galacticos during his 9 seasons at Santiago Bernabéu. The only footballer in the world with more number of goals than the number of appearances, Ronaldo has scored a monumental 426 goals in 421 appearances. He became the La Liga giants’ top scorer in 2015, after surpassing the club legend Raul’s record 323 strikes for the club, and was honoured by Real Madrid for the historical achievement.Cristiano Ronaldo with the award for becoming Real Madrid’s all time top goalscorer in 2015. (Image Courtesy: Getty)The Portuguese champion’s decorated career is filled with iconic moments such as these. Even at an age of 35, Ronaldo has been in tremendous form with Juventus. Since his arrival in Italy in 2018, the striker is setting a new benchmark for the veterans who decide to retire by this age. With still many more yards to run, iconic moments like these will keep coming for Cristiano Ronaldo.On his 35th birthday, Ronaldo posted a video on his official Instagram, saying that he has a ‘gift’ for his fans. The caption reads: “For my 35th birthday, i will have a very special gift…for you. Follow @cr7cristianoronaldo and stay tuned!” Check it out here- Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: TOI/ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement bhw8x8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs91nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Et86( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qxc3yWould you ever consider trying this?😱oCan your students do this? 🌚8pj6j7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli has undoubtedly one of the most formidable batsmen in the history of cricket, a nightmare for even the most elite of bowlers to face him on the 22 yards. However, Naseem Shah, a teenage bowler from Pakistan has openly stated as being fearless against the hard hitting batsman, and gets appraisal from his veteran teammate Faisal Iqbal, who believes the youngster can take the captain of Team India as his bunny!Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOI/ESPNcricinfoNaseem Shah, the 17 year old pacer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on his nascent days with the Pakistani squad, and has been gathering momentum in Test cricket. Recently in an interview with, the starlet spoke about playing against India, and facing Kohli on the pitch, whom he holds respect for but not fear.PakPassion’s Official Twitter handle shared the interview for the netizens, and Faisal Iqbal, veteran spinner and cricket coach took the opportunity to take a slight dig at the Indian skipper.Advertisement “With due respect to Virat as a great batsman I am sure our upcoming superstar fast bowler @iNaseemShah with genuine pace 🔥 and swing virat will be his bunny anytime! Looking forward to the future 🏏battle! 👍🏻😉#RespectForBoth🤗” Iqbal tweeted.Iqbal’s last international appearance for Pakistan dates back to 2010, in a Test against Australia, with a total of 26 appearances in the format. Now fallen out of favour from the squad, Iqbal has made his time in domestic cricket, reaching the final of the 2011 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, playing for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).“I hope that I can bowl well against India when that chance comes by and won’t let our fans down. As for Virat Kohli, I respect him but don’t fear him,” Naseem had said in the interview.“It’s always a challenge to bowl to the best, but that’s where you have to raise your game. I look forward to playing against Virat Kohli and India whenever that chance comes.” the teenager added.The youngster made his international Test debut in November 2019 against Australia, and has earned four caps in the red ball format.His last appearance was in the One-off Test against Bangladesh in February, where he impressed with a total of five wickets across the two innings, and became the youngest Test bowler to secure a hat trick.“India versus Pakistan is always special and I have already been told that players can become heroes and villains in those matches,” Shah continued, “They are special matches as they happen so rarely and yes, I am looking forward to playing against India whenever that opportunity arises.”If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Who should open for the Indian Test team?Should Indian Super League start even as other leagues begin again? Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: Ingimage/AFPAdvertisement ga38lNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbcacaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Esik4v4h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4gmWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚5bhvRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to lengthen the contracts of 32 foreign coaches until next year, so the athletes continue to receive their training uninterrupted until the Tokyo Olympics next year.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Ingimage/AFPThe novel Coronavirus pandemic caused the postponement of 2020 Olympics for the first time since the Second World War. Originally scheduled to take place between 24 July and 9 August this year, the Tokyo Olympics have now been pushed back a whole year.Postponing the Olympics has been the reason of a huge disruption in the training schedule for the athletes of the country. Meanwhile, the contracts of the 32 foreign coaches in 11 disciplines were supposed to end this September.Advertisement To ensure that the athletes can continue receiving mentorship under the same coaches, SAI has now extended all of their contracts until 30th September, 2021, well before the Olympic Games which will take place from 23rd July to 8th August, followed by the Paralympics which is scheduled from 24th August to 5th September next year.“The postponement of Tokyo Olympics by a year makes it imperative that the same coaches be retained so that athletes are not disadvantaged in any way,” Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju worded in on the decision.Advertisement “A new coach takes time to understand an athlete and the athlete needs time to understand the training process of a coach. We don’t have that kind of time now,” he added.The interim extension of the coaches has come in the wake of Rijiju’s decision to hire both Indian and foreign national coaches for a period of at least four years or a full Olympic cycle.“This decision is part of India’s long-term roadmap for Olympic preparation for 2024 and 2028. I am confident our athletes will benefit from this,” Rijiju said back in Early July, while also adding that the decision will be beneficial for both the 2022 Asian Games and the World Championships in 2023.However, the four year contract will be reviewed annually by the respective NSFs, and any further extension will be taken into consideration on the basis of the performance of the coaches.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-WADA slaps 6 month ban on India’s National Dope Testing Lab for disregarding best practicesIceland cricket in disarray due to shortage of kits! Advertisementlast_img read more