17th Annual Children’s Day Celebration

The community is invited to attend the 17th Annual Children’s Day Celebration on Saturday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Huntamer Park (618 Woodland Square Loop SE).

This year’s theme is ‘It’s a Circus.’ Children and families are encouraged to attend this free event dressed as their favorite circus character. Performances begin at 11:15 a.m. with the Charlie Brown Juggling Show, followed by DancerZone360 Dance and Acrobatic Troupe at 12:10 p.m., then the High Impact Dance Group at 12:45 p.m. The day will end with a circus parade featuring attending children at 1:45 p.m. Other entertainment includes music, circus entertainment, face painting, inflatable bouncers, and over 30 community booths with free activities for kids.

Children’s Day is a free community event co-sponsored by the City of Lacey Parks and Recreation and the Lacey Timberland Library. For more information please visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us or contact Jordy Beasley at (360) 491-0857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

September 30, 2013/Official City Of Lacey Press Release

Campfire Restrictions Lifted On Most Lands East Of Cascades

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted campfire restrictions on most department-managed lands in eastern Washington, where cooler temperatures and fall rains have reduced fire danger.
Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved recently by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas.
“A cool, damp start to autumn resulted in the lifting of fire restrictions in eastern Washington, but we still urge campers and others heading outdoors to be extremely cautious,” Sprague said.
Sprague emphasized, however, that some localized restrictions will remain in place, including a campfire ban from Apr. 15 to Oct. 15 at all WDFW wildlife areas in Benton, Franklin, Yakima, and Kittitas counties.  
Similarly, a campfire ban is in place at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant and Adams counties from May 15 to Oct. 31. Maps and comprehensive information about WDFW’s wildlife areas can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/.
WDFW previously eased fire restrictions on lands east of the Cascades on Sept. 11, but kept the ban on campfires in place on all agency-managed lands.
All fire restrictions on WDFW lands in western Washington were lifted on Aug. 15, when wetter, cooler weather reduced fire danger.
Any further updates will be posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/. For more information on fire danger in Washington, visit the DNR website at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

Algae Toxin Detected at Lacey’s Long Lake

Health officials advise swimmers and pets to avoid lake algae.
An algae bloom in Lacey’s Long Lake that’s been lurking for several weeks is starting to produce enough toxins to warrant a word of caution from county health officials. The most recent sample detected microcystin algae toxin levels at 20 micrograms per liter of water—14 micrograms above the state standard of 6 micrograms per liter for recreational water use. That means people and pets are advised to stay out of the water, and anglers are reminded that the safest bet in algae-prone waters is to catch and release.

“We know that at this time of year there are only a few swimmers out there, but there are a few diehards, and many people allow their dogs to swim year round,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division. “Our advice to folks is to stay out of waters with thick algae scum and not take the chance of getting sick.”


Needed: Bike/Walker Counters

Volunteers are still needed to help count bicyclists and pedestrians in cities across Washington Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Oct. 3.

The information collected will help the state gauge demand, measure the benefits of prior investments and design future projects for non-motorized travel.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club began recruiting volunteers in late August for this sixth annual survey that counts the number of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities. “We couldn’t do this survey without the help of hundreds of volunteers,” said Ian Macek, WSDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “It’s not too late get involved, so we hope that people will sign up if they live in or near a count community.” Volunteer participation is low in Bremerton, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Kelso, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Richland, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Yakima and Walla Walla.