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

Burfoot Park Beach Closed In Thurston County

All other park facilities and areas open. Thurston County health officials have closed the beach at the Burfoot Park as a precaution to protect beachgoers from contaminated water from a nearby wastewater treatment plant that serves the Seashore Villa mobile home community.

Inspectors from the Washington State Department of Ecology discovered the problem on Friday while inspecting the wastewater treatment plant for the mobile home park on the shores of Budd Inlet located between Olympia’s Priest Point Park and the county’s Burfoot Park. Inspectors found that partially treated wastewater from the treatment plant was entering directly into Budd Inlet.

County Health officials have closed the beach at Burfoot Park until the problems at the treatment plant are fixed and all of the wastewater can be properly treated. All other facilities and areas at Burfoot Park are open, including the trails, picnic areas and playground.   

Health officials also recommend that nearby beachfront property owners avoid contact with the water until the problems at the treatment plant are fixed.

“The health risk for the public is relatively low in this situation, but it’s best to close the beach and post the warning signs at Burfoot Park until the problem is resolved and this wastewater treatment facility is working properly,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division.

For more information on protecting yourself, your family and your pets from common swimming and water-borne illnesses, visit the county health department’s web page HERE.

For more information about wastewater treatment and how the Washington State Department of Ecology protects and monitors Washington’s waterways, click HERE.