State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants launch: No Family Left Inside

OLYMPIA – Aug. 28, 2013 – In honor of the Washington State Parks Centennial and National Public Lands Day, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and SUBWAY® restaurants have partnered to launch No Family Left Inside. Running the entire month of September, this program will reward park visitors by honoring their Discover Pass in all 406 SUBWAY® restaurants located in 17 counties throughout Western Washington.

Anyone who visits participating SUBWAY® restaurants and shows their Discover Pass during the month of September will receive a free six-inch sandwich with the purchase of a six-inch sandwich of equal or greater value and a 30 oz. drink. SUBWAY® restaurants also will distribute the Washington State Parks brochure – Adventure Awaits – at all locations throughout the region.

“Encouraging families to lead healthier, active lifestyles is very important to us,” said Paul Armour, SUBWAY® Advertising Board Chairman. “Getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors together is a great way to do that, and that’s why we decided to launch the No Family Left Inside program.”

SUBWAY® restaurants in the following counties are participating in the No Family Left Inside program: King, Snohomish, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom.

On Sept. 28, the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the Discover Pass requirement is waived at Washington state parks. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Volunteers will plant trees, remove trash and build trails at public lands in Washington and across the nation.

SUBWAY® restaurants will help celebrate this special day by giving away $5,000 in cash cards to the first 100 people to visit designated state parks on Sept. 28. These parks include Larrabee near the city of Bellingham, Deception Pass on Whidbey Island, Lincoln Rock in Douglas County, Lake Sammamish in Issaquah, Millersylvania near Olympia, Twin Harbors in Grays Harbor County, Belfair in Mason County, Dosewallips on the shore of Hood Canal in Jefferson County, Fort Worden in Port Townsend and Saltwater in King County.

“We are grateful and excited to be working with SUBWAY® restaurants to promote the Washington State Discover Pass and the healthy recreation people can enjoy on our public lands,” said Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “This partnership also highlights the purpose of public lands day in raising awareness about the beautiful natural places available to all.”

September/Press release Washington State Parks And Recreation Commission

PNWSC After School Art

Community and Student Involvement Continues at the Salmon Center with After School Art Adventures.

Pacific Northwest artist Janice Wagner returns to the Salmon Center with classes scheduled from September 2013 through June 2014. An artist for over 25 years, Janice is a certified arts educator with a master’s degree in arts education. Janice has taught students and adults of all ages and says that, “Talent is somewhat of a myth. Natural tendencies exist, but if people love something, they practice and eventually get good at it. The bottom line is, anyone can learn.”

The Salmon Center is pleased to partner with Janice. “Janice’s expertise is a true asset to the community and her classes at the Salmon Center help connect students with nature,” says Executive Director Mendy Harlow.

Janice is particularly pleased to be teaching at the facility, stating that, “The Salmon Center property offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their creativity, while learning to be good stewards of the environment.”

This year, Janice has added several classes designed specifically for the older student. Drawing People in a Historical Context teaches figure drawing and portraiture, while learning about local settlers, their jobs, activities and social lives. In the spring, a Multimedia Workshop has been added, that will introduce mosaic art, clay, and small books. The class, Painting and Color, begins September 17th.


WHERE:  Pacific Northwest Salmon Center, 600 NE Roessel Road, Belfair, WA.  Transportation is available to the Salmon Center.

WHEN:   Eight Tuesdays, Sept 17 ¬th  __ Nov 19th; 3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

WHAT:   Students learn the essentials of color theory: Mixing tints, tones and shades, color harmony and contrast, and how to apply these in compositions.

WHO:    Students in grades 6 – 12.

FEE:    $160. Includes transportation to the Salmon Center, materials and snacks. 15% family discounts are available.

REGISTER by calling the instructor, Janice Wagner at 360-813-3787, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a complete schedule, visit or

September/Press Release Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, Pacific Northwest Salmon Center

Mason County Historic Preservation Commission

The MC Commissioners are seeking applicants to fill four soon to be open positions on the MC Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

The major responsibility of the HPC is to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the Mason County's historic resources by initiating and maintaining a register of historic places and reviewing proposed changes to register properties. They will also work to raise community awareness of Mason County's history and historic resources and serve as Mason County's primary resource in matters of history, historic planning, and preservation.

Commission members serve three-year terms and meet monthly, during business hours, at the County offices in Shelton. The open positions expire in November 2014 and November 2016.

Interested persons are encouraged to apply for this commission by completing an advisory board form that can be downloaded from the MC website or by calling the Commissioner’s office at 427-9670, ext. 419 or 275-4467 ext. 419. These positions are open until filled. Completed applications should be submitted in the Commissioner’s office at 411 N 5th Street, Shelton.

Questions - contact Michael MacSems at 427-9670 ext. 571.

September/ Press Release submitted by the Mason County Commission


2014 Lodging Tax Grant Application Deadline

Each year Mason County provides grant funding from the Lodging Tax Fund to support the advertising and promotion efforts of events and festivals that promote tourism in Mason County. Any group or organization may apply for funding consideration.

The Mason County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will review the applications in October and the Mason County Commissioners will consider the Committee’s recommendations in December.

Mason County will accept Lodging Tax grant applications until 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications packets are available on Mason County’s website at or by calling 360-427-9670 ext. 419 or 360-275-4467 ext. 419.

September/ Press Release submitted by the Mason County Commission