Sand Sculpting Exhibit

Over 275 employees of local businesses and organizations will go “shovel-to-shovel” building giant sand sculptures at this year’s Sand in the City® event, the South Sound’s favorite family sand festival.

Thirteen teams will compete in this year’s event, held August 23-25 at the new Hands On Children’s Museum on Olympia’s East Bay Waterfront. The 13th annual Sand in the City® event is the Hands On Children’s Museum’s signature event and raises funds for the Museum’s Free and Reduced Admissions Programs. About 50,000 people from the Puget Sound region are expected to visit the free event, which showcases the Museum’s educational outreach programs and partners.

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WA Air Plan; Comments Wanted

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites the public to comment on the state’s proposed update to portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP). That is a statewide plan for meeting air quality standards.

In recent years, the state has revised parts of its general air pollution regulation, Chapter 173-400 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Ecology proposes to submit the adopted changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for inclusion in the plan. EPA will review the state’s submittal and decide whether to approve the changes to the plan.

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MCHPC Public Meeting

Mason County Historic Preservation CommissionMason County Historic Preservation Commission is hosting a public meeting to discuss and share information about the results of the Phase 1 Mason County Historic Maritime Transportation Cultural Resource Survey. This project was grant funded by the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and allowed for the cultural resource survey and inventory of historic maritime related structures that exist in north Case Inlet, Mason County, Washington. This meeting is being held at the Grapeview Fire Hall (Horton Community Center) on August 25th, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. You are invited to attend to contribute information related to Mason County's north Case Inlet historic maritime transportation resources and history, or to ask questions regarding the results of the reconnaissance survey effort.

For additional information or to contribute input, please contact Sarah Amell, Aqua Terra Cultural Resource Consultants, 360.359.6701.

Name The Artesian Well Park

The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) need your help to officially name the Artesian Court park site. This newly-designated .2 acre park is located at 415 4th Avenue E in the heart of Downtown. The park boundary includes the Artesian Well. This park has been referred to as “Artesian Court” during the planning and design phase. Phase I development will begin in spring 2014 with an opening celebration in early May.

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