Free Health Insurance Enrollement Event

Elma, Washington –Community members will have a chance to get paid $25 just for signing up for health insurance at Summit Pacific Medical Center’s (SPMC) “Banking on Your Health” event. The event will take place from 10am to 7pm each day February 10th through the 14th at SPMC (600 East Main Street, Elma). In partnership with Anchor Bank, Our Community Credit Union, Sterling Bank and Timberland Bank, the event will provide citizens an opportunity to meet with enrollment experts who can answer questions and enroll people for insurance coverage on the spot. Representatives from each bank will be onsite awarding additional prizes and answering questions attendees may have about local banking options.

“We are excited to work together with our local banks to provide this opportunity to our community,” Shauna DePrato, Finance Manager shared, “We understand that there still a lot of confusion about the enrollment process and hope that this event will help our community get their questions answered, and more importantly, receive the insurance coverage they need.”


Arts Walk Spring Registration Early Bird Deadline February 8

Registration forms for artists and downtown businesses participating in Arts Walk XLVIII are now available:
• Online at
• In person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW
• Or by calling Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380

Early Bird registration deadline is Saturday, February 8, 2014, and the standard registration deadline is Saturday, February 15, 2014. Sponsored by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, Arts Walk attracts over 15,000 visitors to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia. Spring Arts Walk dates are Friday, April 25, 5-10pm, and Saturday, April 26, 12-8pm. The spring event includes the Procession of the Species Celebration, more information HERE.

Saint Martin’s To Welcome Alumni For Homecoming 2014

LACEY, Wash. — The dedication of a new flag pavilion built at Saint Martin’s University to honor active-duty and veteran members of the military will kick off the Saint Martin’s Homecoming 2014, set for Feb. 7-9 on the Lacey campus.

“We have planned a wide variety of activities to give our alumni plenty of opportunities to interact with their former classmates, as well as meet new people who share their passion for Saint Martin’s,” says Katie Wojke, interim vice president of the Saint Martin’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations. “They will be able to enjoy these fun events while they learn more about what’s happening now at the University.”


Apply For An Olympia Citizen-Member Advisory Committee

Deadline for First Review of Applications:  Wednesday, February 5, 5:00 p.m.
The Olympia City Council’s General Government Committee is accepting applications for positions on 7 citizen-member advisory committees and one community board.  Application information is posted on the City’s website:

The advisory committees are:
•    Arts Commission (2 vacancies; 3 positions with ending terms)
•    Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (1 vacancy; 3 positions with ending terms)
•    Design Review Board (2 Architect or Landscape Architect positions, and 1 citizen-at-large position; all ending terms)
•    Heritage Commission (4 positions with ending terms)
•    Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (1 vacancy; 2 positions with ending terms)
•    Planning Commission (3 positions with ending terms)
•    Utility Advisory Committee (2 positions with ending terms)

The community board is Olympia’s position on the Thurston Community Television Board (TCTV).

Appointments are effective April 1.  Terms of appointment are staggered with about one-third of the positions ending each year.  Current members with ending terms are eligible to apply for reappointment.

While Olympia accepts applications year-round, the deadline for the first review of Spring appointments is Wednesday, February 5, 5:00 p.m.  The Council’s General Government Committee will review the list of applicants at its February 11 meeting and determine a selection process at that time. Members of the General Government Committee are Councilmembers Jeannine Roe (Chair), Jim Cooper, and Cheryl Selby.

The positions are non-paid.  At least one-half of the members of a committee at any given time must reside in in the City of Olympia or Olympia’s Urban Growth Area.

January 29, 2014