Free Summer Lunches & Activities For Children 

The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is proud to announce the sponsorship of the USDA’s Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. This partnership allows meals to be made available at no charge to all attending children 18 years of age and younger. No registration required, just drop by. Free lunches will be served Weekdays, June 23 through August 15 (except July 4) from Noon to 12:30pm at the following locations:


“Lock Down Drills” In Thurston County Facilities June 2-6

OLYMPIA – Some offices of Thurston County government will be briefly closed at various times Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6 for emergency preparedness drills.  County employees at the main courthouse campus on Lakeridge Drive in Olympia will briefly “lock down” the buildings in response to an imagined threat.  Similar drills may be held at Family and Juvenile Court in the Mottman Industrial area and at other county facilities.


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with $40 in SFMNP checks to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut herbs from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands from June through October 2014. Additional resources in the form of nutrition educational materials including recipes, nutrient values, food preparation and storage information are also provided.


Legislative Youth Advisory Council Recruiting For New Members

Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is now recruiting for new members to join the Council for the 2014-15 year. I’ve attached the application and a PDF flier for you to share with your networks, students, and post up in schools, etc. Please encourage young people you work with to apply; it really is a phenomenal opportunity to gain experience in state government and policy, network with other like-minded youth, and be an advocate for their communities. Students that have participated in the past have gone on to top universities, given testimony at the UN, and started their own youth rights/advocacy organizations.

Our website is: and will have more information about the Council, our work, and the application process! You can also follow us on Twitter at - Lily Shay Student Engagement Specialist, AmeriCorps*Vista, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Work: 360.725.6055