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Olympia Arts Walk 2010 Map, April 23 & 24

April 22, 2010

Olympia Arts Walk 2010 Map, April 23 & 24

This weekend Olympia residents will flock to downtown for the 2010 Spring Olympia Arts Walk. Downtown businesses will open their doors and display the artwork from hundreds of artists. Featuring a dazzling variety of visual and performing arts, this event is a local favorite. Exhibits will be open on Friday from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon – 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the art on display, there will be an abundance of engaging demonstrations and random street entertainment. If you are new to the area or just looking to get out and be more social, the Olympia Arts Walk provides an easy (and FREE) way to get out and experience the culture of Olympia. Sometimes the best plan for experiencing the event is to just walk around downtown aimlessly, but for those who require a little planning before heading out here is a map of the Olympia Arts Walk to help you plan you’re route. Hope to see you downtown!

Olympia Arts Walk Map

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Reason #23 to love Living in Olympia: Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm

April 15, 2010

Reason #23 to love Living in Olympia: Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm

Lattin's Country Cider Mill and FarmAs a parent of a 2 year old, I find myself constantly seeking new ways to keep my daughter active and entertained. This is not always an easy task, as it seems nearly everything in this world costs money anymore. We can end up spending a ton of money on things that do nothing educational for our children and nothing positive for our local community. For those seeking an alternative to that pattern, one great local option is Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm.

Kids are drawn to Lattin’s and they love to feed the many animals available for viewing. Bags of food for the kids to share with the animals are available for 60 cents each so you can literally keep the kids entertained and engaged for no more than pocket change. Pigs, cows, chickens, goats, peacocks, rabbits, turkeys, and more are all easily accessible. Fair warning though, if you aren’t paying attention the goats may reach their heads out and snag the bag of food right out of your hands!

I took my daughter out to Lattin’s yesterday afternoon (we are quickly becoming regulars out there!) and were lucky enough to see lots of baby animals. We also caught the peacock with its feathers up on full display! The goats were exceptionally hungry and got into several little head-butting battles over who should have the best spot along the fence. And the award for grumpiest looking animal went to the HUGE turkey who is going to make several large families very happy come Thanksgiving.

In addition to the great farm animal experience, make sure you try some of their award winning apple cider and apple fritters! In the farm market you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, jams, frozen pies, and a variety of other tasty goodies. Come out to Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm anytime to enjoy the farm experience or join them at one of their seasonal events.

Here is a little montage from our visit to the farm yesterday. Enjoy!

Reason #22 to love Living in Olympia: GRuB

April 8, 2010
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Reason #22 to love Living in Olympia: GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)

GRuB Olympia

One of the things I don’t remember spending much time on in school as a kid was food. Even now as an adult, I realize that its sources, production methods, farming practices and other critical information remain a mystery for a lot of people. I remember spending some time with the food chart and talking about nutrition, but nothing about how to actually grow food. In other words, take away the supermarket and I would be in big trouble.

We’re lucky in Olympia to have an amazing non-profit organization, GRuB, who is “dedicated to nourishing a strong community by empowering people and growing food.” The organization is guided by their core values:

“…caring youth and adult partnerships, strong communities, sustainable land stewardship, education, and good food for all people.”

One of the great programs offered through GRuB is their Cultivating Youth Program. This program gives children a hands on way to learn, contribute, and have a positive impact on their community. GRuB also reaches out to low-income families through their Kitchen Garden Project. Through the project, GRuB provides 3 raised beds, a trellis, fertile soil, seeds, starts, a gardening guide, and the opportunity to work with a garden mentor. Since 1993, the Kitchen Garden Project has given over 2,000 gardens to families in the South Sound area!

Get involved with GRuB to learn more about growing your own food, how you can help those in need, and meet some great people in Olympia! GRuB is located at 2016 Elliott Ave NW in West Olympia.

Local Organization Needs Your Help!

April 6, 2010

If you want to help a worthy cause but you don’t have money to spare, here is a great opportunity for you. The Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away $1,300,000 each month to help great ideas become reality. All you have to do is visit their website and sign in to vote for the ideas you think deserve funding. You get 10 votes per day and the top ideas receive awards of $250k, $50k, $25k, or $5k. Each month the contest starts over with the first 1000 ideas to be submitted.

How you can help local Olympia families

Conchetta House is a local organization, founded by Olympia resident Sandra Kozlowski, which is dedicated to providing free housing and assistance to single parents who are completing college. Currently the organization is trying to raise the funds needed to get their program off the ground and begin helping families. Your vote could improve the quality of life for hundreds of children out there and their hard-working parents. As of this posting, Conchetta house was ranked #184 out of 1,000 and climbing quickly.

Please take a moment to vote, then share the link with everyone you know by email, on Facebook, on Twitter or however else you can help it spread to help Conchetta House get off the ground and begin helping out families in need!

Vote for Conchetta House!

Learn more about Conchetta House

Reason #21 to love Living in Olympia: Budd Bay Cafe

April 4, 2010

Reason #21 to love Living in Olympia: Budd Bay Cafe

Budd Bay Cafe Olympia, WAIf you follow our Facebook page then you might have noticed that Budd Bay Cafe is somewhat of a ‘fan favorite’. On Saturday morning I posted a question, asking if anyone had suggestions for the best Easter Brunch in town. Budd Bay fans took over the comment thread.

I have to say though, I wasn’t too surprised. I am no stranger to the Budd Bay Sunday Brunch, having spent nearly every Mother’s Day there for as long as I can remember (except for the few years where a guy by the name of Procrastination stole our reservations). They have earned their reputation as THE place for Sunday Brunch. But brunch is certainly not the only thing that Budd Bay Cafe does well.

To start, they have a prime piece of real estate. This definitely doesn’t hurt their cause when it comes to providing an appealing atmosphere for diners. Perched on the boardwalk overlooking Budd Inlet you can watch people out for a stroll, catch a gorgeous sunset, or just drink in the peaceful waterfront scene.

While there is plenty to see at Budd Bay Cafe, the food still manages to be the main attraction. Fresh seafood dominates the menu, but there are plenty of other tasty options as well from steaks to salads and pastas. My personal favorites are the Blackened Salmon or the Veggie Tacos.

Budd Bay also boasts a full bar and an excellent wine selection. Stop in on a Monday night and get any bottle of wine for half price! And when the spring/summer weather becomes a little more reliable you can take advantage of their great outdoor seating area. The fresh sea air can produce intoxicating results, or maybe that was the wine. Either way I’m sure you’ll love it!

Visit Budd Bay Cafe at 525 Columbia St. and be sure to check out their Sunday Brunch, open every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

New Film Makes Me Thankful for Olympia Farmers Market

April 3, 2010

New Film Makes Me Thankful for Olympia Farmers Market

Going local for our food and being more conscious of the food choices we make can have an enormous impact on our environment, our health, and our local economy. This new film, FRESH the movie, aims to bring awareness to the movement toward sustainable food production methods. Anyone interested in hosting/sponsoring a local screening of this?

Reason #20 to love Living in Olympia: Easter Egg Hunts

April 2, 2010

Update: Get info about 2011 Easter Egg Hunts in Olympia here!

Reason #20 to love Living in Olympia: Easter Egg Hunts

Olympia Easter Egg HuntsThis weekend is full of opportunities to get out and enjoy the festivities for Easter weekend. In addition to the big Priest Point Park Easter Egg Hunt, several local businesses and organizations have taken it upon themselves to put on Easter Egg hunts in Olympia WA for  both children and adults. Starting tonight, there are several options for you:

Tonight

Friday at 9 p.m., Lacey Parks and Recreation has organized an event for the big kids. At the Regional Athletic Complex (8345 Steilacoom Rd.) there will be a flashlight egg hunt. This event costs $5 per person and there will be some outstanding prizes given away. Gates open at 8 p.m. , don’t forget your flashlight!

Saturday

The Church of Living Water is sponsoring 2 egg hunts for children on Saturday at Charlie’s Safari (5400 Martin Way E. in Lacey), first from 9-9:45 and again from 10-10:45. Kids can hunt for eggs, get their faces painted, win raffle prizes, and enjoy the toys at Charlie’s Safari.

South Sound Church (4710 Park Center Ave in Lacey) will be hosting Eggsplosion Easter Egg hunt with more than 12,000 eggs, face painting, egg dyeing, and entertainment starting at noon on Saturday.

Mixx96.1 is sponsoring the Egg Dash at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Skyhawks Park (425 Marvin Rd SE in Lacey). For children ages 2-10, this event will have a variety of activities and more than 15,000 eggs divided among 4 different dashes by age group.

Tumwater Parks and Recreation will be sponsoring their 14th annual Easter Egg Dash at Tumwater High School (700 Israel Rd. in Tumwater) starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday

The Olympia Masonic Lodge is offering their 10th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Barclift Park (690 Barclift Lane in Tumwater). This hunt is separated into 3 age groups for kids under 11.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the Olympia Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt will be going on at Wonderwood Park (5304 32nd Ave SE in Lacey).

And the grand-daddy of them all, The Olympia Eagles proudly sponsor the longest running Easter egg hunt in Olympia starting at noon on Sunday at Priest Point Park (2600 East Bay Dr. in Olympia).

So many options, such a short weekend! Grab your umbrella and I hope to see you out at one of these great Easter Egg hunts in Olympia!