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Where to Find Santa in Olympia WA

December 3, 2010

Where to Find Santa in Olympia WA

Where to Find Santa in Olympia WA

Easy to see him coming - Santa in Olympia WA!

The holiday season is in full swing around Olympia with tree lighting festivities, caroling, parades, and yes…even Santa sightings. If you missed Jolly Old Saint Nick at last weekend’s “Downtown for the Holidays” or at last night’s Lacey tree lighting ceremony, not to worry. He may just be coming to your neighborhood.

He will be a busy guy over the next few weeks, but here are more than a few options of where to find Santa in Olympia WA (or Lacey & Tumwater). He’ll be touring with the fire departments in both Lacey and Tumwater, so watch for festive fire trucks in your neighborhood!


Dec. 4: Westfield Capital Mall’s Santa Pajama Party 6-7 p.m.

Dec. 7:  Avonlea and neighborhoods in the 45th Ave area, Glennwood Park, Allimore, Goldcreek

Dec. 8:  Capitol City Golf area, Trosper Road, Eagles Landing, Fiesta Court, Louise Street

Dec. 9:  Alder Glen, Lakepointe area, Tumwater Hill area

Dec. 13:  Horizon Pointe, Elm St., E. Dennis St.

Dec. 14:  Meadows, Sunrise Villa, Westridge

Dec. 15:  Tanglewilde, Hoadly LP, Cathy Court, Lorne Street, Delta, South Street, Primrose, Middle, Armstrong

Dec. 16:  Jubilee and Willamette NE area, Bonniewood, Thunderbird Valley

Dec. 17:  Kelly Beach, Fair Oaks, Alpine Villa, West Lee St., Palermo Valley

Dec. 18:  Tumwater Costco parking lot

Dec. 19:  Trails End, Henderson, Lake Susan, The Farm

Dec. 20:  Montair Apartments, Breckenridge Heights Apartments

Dec. 21:  West X St., Tumwater H.S. area


Thanks to the Lacey and Tumwater fire departments for chauffeuring Santa around town. Read more about where to find Santa in Olympia WA in The Olympian’s article: “Where’s Santa?“.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more announcements of where to find Santa in Olympia WA!


Downtown for the Holidays

November 29, 2010

In case you missed it yesterday, downtown Olympia hosted the “Downtown for the Holidays” celebration. It was a fun day filled with gingerbread houses, Santa sightings, singing trees, and even a holiday parade.

Be sure to check out these other great events in December in Olympia WA!





Construction, seemingly everywhere

November 16, 2010

LEGO Mini Construction Sitephoto © 2007 Buck | more info (via: Wylio)
It has been awhile since my last post here, but it is not because of lack of interest. If you’re a fan of our Facebook page or follow our Twitter page then you know that I’ve been active and didn’t disappear. However, my blogging has taken a temporary back seat while I construct a new website for the Living in Olympia online community. I figured that there is construction in process on pretty much every road in Olympia right now, so likely nobody would mind the little extra dust being kicked up by my little corner of cyberspace.

Our new website is finally nearing completion and will take a lot of the same features we have here and expand on them. Where we were limited by the features of a free account, we will now be free to add more functionality and features for our web visitors. I sought to enhance the web surfer’s experience by creating a very clean and minimalistic site that is rich in content but noticeably void of clutter. The site will initially release with the basic functionality and information we want to share, but over the coming months we will still be tweaking, enhancing, and adding even more to the site.

During these transitional months after the site is released, we encourage you to browse the site and let us know what’s missing, what looks good, and what we should do away with. Here is a teaser screenshot of the new look and feel of the site. We’ll announce when we’re officially releasing the site!

Living in Olympia website preview

Capital Lakefair – Schedule of Events

July 13, 2010

Lakefair Olympia 2010

*UPDATE: 2011 Lakefair Info Click Here*

Capital Lakefair – Schedule of Events

I can’t believe it is already that time of year! Maybe it was the slow start to our summer weather, or maybe it was the unusual busy schedule I have been keeping this year. Either way, Capital Lakefair 2010 is upon us!

*Get 2011 Capital Lakefair Info Now!*

If you are like me, some of the best entertainment at Capital Lakefair is simply people watching. Ok, maybe I like to try my luck at Golf Island too. And I suppose I am likely to chow down on some fair food. Oh, and I’m sure I’ll have to win a few prizes for my daughter this year. I guess there is probably something for everyone at Lakefair. If you are looking for more than just people watching opportunities, here is a schedule of some of the highlights:

Wednesday July 14: Opening Day!

Entertainment begins at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday with Funtastic Carnival and food booths opening. If you plan on riding any rides, be sure to print out this Funtastic Carnival coupon for 7 rides or games for $15.

Also on Wednesday you can check out the Battle of the Bands on the main stage from 6:30-10:00 p.m. where local bands will compete to win a $500 Visa Gift Card.

Thursday July 15

What would Capital Lakefair be without a Queen? Don’t miss the annual Lakefair Queen Coronation on the main stage starting at 6:00 Thursday night. Meet this year’s Royal Court!

Friday July 16

Friday at Lakefair includes some special events for the 50+ crowd at Heritage Park. Lots of giveaways, games, and booths as well as on stage entertainment. Come check out 50+ In The Park between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Friday night features the annual Olympia Lakefair Car Show. From 5:30-9:30 you can enjoy some of the finest classics, muscle cars, and exotics at Marathon Park.

Saturday July 17

Things really heat up on the weekend at Capital Lakefair. Saturday morning starts off with the Lakefair 3k and 8k Races at 8:00 a.m. by Heritage Park.

Also starting early Saturday are the annual Lakefair Volleyball tournament at Capitol Campus and the Les Schwab Kit Car Races on Capitol Way between 7th and 9th. The Lakefair Volleyball tournament is still open for registration as of this post and includes several divisions of competition. Sign up for the Lakefair Volleyball tournament

Saturday is also Kids Day at Sylvester Park. Free bounce houses, face painting, arts & crafts, music and more will be available from 12-4.

One of the most popular events during Capital Lakefair though is the Grand Parade. This year’s parade will begin at 5:00 p.m and will run down Capitol Way from 20th Ave down to 5th Ave. From there, the parade will head west to its finish at 5th Ave and Simmons St. Put out your lawn chairs now to guarantee a clear view! Vantage points fill up quickly!

Sunday July 18

The closing day of our brief summer festival includes some great entertainment. First you’ll want to head to the main stage between 4 and 6 p.m. to check out contestants in the South Sound Idol on the Lake competition. If you want to enter it’s not too late! South Sound Idol on the Lake qualifying rounds will be held Thursday from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. This is sure to be an entertaining couple of hours that you won’t want to miss!

And after you give your best Simon Cowell critique you can stay put and claim your spot to view the annual Lakefair Firework show. Send Lakefair out with a bang and watch the firework show from anywhere around Capitol Lake starting around 10:00 p.m.

See you this week at Capital Lakefair in Olympia!

Party Like It’s 1776 – Olympia 4th of July Fireworks & More

July 2, 2010

4th of July Events around Olympia WAUPDATE: Get Information about 4th of July 2011 Fireworks in Olympia

Fourth of July weekend is now upon us. If you hadn’t noticed the firework stands in every parking lot, then consider this your friendly reminder. And though the local weatherman may try to convince you otherwise, it will be a great weekend to dust off the lawn chairs, stock your cooler, and wave your sparklers into the wee hours. Dogs all over Thurston County will be howling (or hiding under the bed in the case of my dog) all weekend as neighborhoods turn into war zones. But if you don’t have big party plans or a neighborhood firework contest, not to worry. The Olympia area has several opportunities for you to party like it’s 1776….  Read More

Reason #24 to love Living in Olympia: ‘Come As You Are’

June 19, 2010

Reason #24 to love Living in Olympia: ‘Come As You Are’

Kurt CobainSadly, April 5th, 2010 marked the 16th anniversary of the death of grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain. While his life and music inspired countless people worldwide, his impact was felt on a much more personal level locally. Growing up in nearby Aberdeen WA, Cobain moved to Olympia at the age of 18 where he soon formed the band Nirvana.

Cobain spent his life searching for meaning, often struggling to fit in with the cruel world he perceived around him. His suffering and discontent with life and humanity showed through clearly in his art. However, through the outlet of music his pain was transformed into beauty. Not beauty in the sense of a well-orchestrated musical composition, but in the sense of being vulnerable, transparent, and real. Through music, Cobain was able to connect with and touch the hearts of anyone who shared in his feeling of disconnection.

Feeling misunderstood nearly his whole life, music presented him with an opportunity to lay his beliefs out there on a grand scale. His genuine, candid take on life always showed through and he was never one to conform to expectations. He always stayed true to his heart, even if it meant going against the grain. In a world where everyone and everything is constantly being fit into neatly packaged boxes, Kurt Cobain told the world to “come as you are”.

I can’t help but feel like that sentiment is shared by the community here in Olympia. Regardless of what you look like, where you come from, or what you do, as long as you are true to yourself you are welcome here. I think that is a respectable quality in a city and one of the reasons I love being here in Olympia. There is a sense of community here that is only possible because of the willingness to accept and respect our differences.

Lacey Rotary’s Duck Dash 2011 Info Now Available

June 4, 2010

**UPDATE: 2011 Duck Dash Info is now available!**


Lacey Rotary’s Duck Dash 2010 is Tomorrow!

Anyone looking for a fun way to spend Saturday afternoon should head down to Tumwater Falls Park and check out Lacey Rotary Club’s annual Duck Dash event. Enjoy some great live entertainment from local musicians and bands, grab some food, and watch people swarm to the Deschutes River to cheer on their rubber duckies.

At 4:00 on Saturday June 5, a large bin full of hundreds of rubber ducks will be hoisted up high above the Deschutes River at Tumwater Falls. The bin will be tipped over and the ducks will be released to make their way downstream. Only a portion of the ducks will complete the race though, as the river will be conspiring to trip them up with an array of rocks, sticks, and other obstacles.

People who have purchased ducks for the race will cheer on their ducks with the hopes of winning one of the many great prizes to be given away. Prizes include: cold hard cash, a night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, a steelhead fishing trip for 2, jewelry, and even a chance to win a Ford Mustang! There is also a free bicycle drawing for kids (must be present to win).

This is a great event for the whole family! We’ll hope to see you there but if we miss you be sure to check back here for some photos/video from the event.