Artesian Commons Mobile Food Unit Opportunity

Bid Packets Now Available. The City of Olympia is accepting proposals from interested parties for the operations of a Mobile Food Unit at the Artesian Commons. The park is scheduled to open in early May, and vendors will be an important partner in the success of this location. Responsibilities will include operating a mobile food unit, opening and securing the park each day, and providing support for daily functions required to keep the location clean and vibrant. For details and a copy of the packet you can:

  • Visit the Artesian Commons webpage at
  • Visit The Olympia Center at 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98502.
  • Call Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at 360.753.8506 to have the packet mailed or emailed to you.

Questions may be directed to Scott River, Associate Director for Parks, Arts and Recreation, at 360.753.8506

January 17, 2014

Olympia City Services On Martin Luther King Jr Day

All City offices including City Hall, Olympia Municipal Court, Olympia Probation Services, and The Olympia Center will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

City Services Provided
Fire and Police Emergency Services: Call 9-1-1 for emergency police, fire and medic services.
Free Parking: Customers shopping downtown are reminded that they do not need to pay the meter on City-recognized holidays.
Parks Open: All forty Olympia Parks will be open from dawn to dusk.
Public Works Emergencies: Citizens with a Public Works emergency (drinking water, wastewater, STEP alarms, or transportation) can call emergency dispatch at 360.753.8333.
Regular Waste Collection Schedules In Effect: Residential and commercial garbage, recycling or organics WILL be collected, based on your regular schedule. Crews may arrive earlier than normal on holidays, so set your cart out by 6:00 a.m. to ensure collection.

Intercity Transit
Intercity Transit will operate regular schedules on MLK Day. This includes local bus, Olympia-Tacoma Express, Dial-A-Lift, and Village Vans transportation services. For more information please visit or call 360.786.1881

January 17, 2014/City of Olympia Public Notice

North Mason Resources

North Mason Resources (NMR), a group of service providers all in one building across from QFC in Belfair at 140 NE State Route 300, has used humor via Facebook to share a very serious need: funds.

From Facebook: “As Board Chair Janice Olmsted says, ‘Donation may be made through our website, by mail, office, drop by on horseback, golf cart even by ambulance!’ (No donations via hearse, please!!! We need our donors to hang around a while longer!!!)”

NMR houses WorkSource, Resource Coordinator and Homeless Advocate, DAV/VA Representative , Community Food Pantry, BHR (Counseling), MTG Meds (help with free or reduce priced prescriptions), County Nurse working with parenting teens, Olympic College Educational Advisor, and drop off location for Northwest Children’s Outreach (clothing and other needs for children birth to 18).


State Library, local libraries offering “Gadget Menagerie” training

The Washington State Library is partnering with local libraries across the state providing “Gadget Menagerie” training on handheld devices for library staff. Library patrons and students will be provided similar training focused on the needs of the device user. About 40 locations and 70 sessions are scheduled for the Gadget Menagerie through July.

“This is another great example of the Washington State Library and our excellent local libraries providing helpful ‘real-world’ training to folks,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “It’s a brave new world of technology, fun and helpful and scary to people who haven’t used all of these devices.” “We are very excited to be able to provide this training,” said State Librarian Rand Simmons. “These skills will benefit both library staff and those who wish to use the devices to access a whole array of useful library resources.”