- Nisqually Kennel Club works to protect and advance the interest of all breeds of purebred dogs. NKC encourages dog fanciers involved in any aspect of the sport of purebred dogs to visit a meeting and apply for membership. Meetings are at
7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at 3741 Harrington Lane N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4191, Tumwater, WA 98501. Call 360-352-1112 for additional information. Go to nisquallykennelclub.com.
- Puget Sound Gordon Setter Club promotes ownership, development, perpetuation and breeding of Gordon setters in Washington state. The group conducts field trials and specialty dog shows, and educates the community about the characteristics and well-being of the Gordon setter. Mailing address: 8524 Delphi Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Ilone and Jim Macduff, 360-352-1096, for additional information.
- Sound Hounds, a new dog park advocacy group (formerly called Rover Group) helping to establish a variety of off-leash dog parks in South Sound. Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Animal Services, 3120 Martin Way E., Olympia. Mailing address: 2414 Buker St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-943-2119 or e-mail info@
soundhounds.org. Go to soundhounds.org.
- South Sound Exotic Bird Society works to further and encourage the advancement of avian knowledge; to further preservation of the world's parrots and support parrot welfare organizations. Educates companion parrot caregivers and provides a social forum for people with an interest in parrots. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia, Room 103. Mailing address: P.O. Box 15014, Tumwater, WA 98511-5014. Call 360-455-0697 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to ssebs.org.
- Top Dog Agility Club meets weekly to work all breeds of dogs. Call 360-446-7736 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information and agility site directions. Go to topdogagility.org.
- Washington State Mounted Orienteering Association promotes safety while riding horses in the woods and forests of the Northwest and also promotes fellowship among horse owners and families with campfire and camping goals. Mailing address: 503 171st Ave. S.E., Tenino, WA 98589-9711. Call Walter Olsen, 360-264-2727, 800-354-7264 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to nacmo.org.
- Wolf Haven International has worked for wolf conservation since 1982. Mission is to provide sanctuary for displaced, captive-born wolves; to provide education to groups of all ages to teach them not only about wolves, but about their habitat, and the value of all wildlife; and to promote preservation and restoration of wolves, focusing on the critically endangered red and Mexican gray wolves. Mailing address: 3111 Offut Lake Road, Tenino, WA 98589. Call 360-264-4695 or go to
Chambers of Commerce
- Lacey Chamber of Commerce connects its members to one another by hosting a monthly forum, after-hours events, grand openings, partnership and various networking events. The Chamber also hosts the Lacey Visitors Center on behalf of the city of Lacey. Mailing address: 4804 Lacey Blvd. Suite A, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-491-4141 or go to
- Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, serving Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and all of Thurston County. Address: 809 Legion Way, Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1427, Olympia, WA 98507-98512. Call 360-357-3362 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to thurstonchamber.com.
- Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce, a private organization dedicated to the advancement of business and community. The Chamber's members work together daily with local government to keep a good balance between growth and quality of life. The Chamber's members and staff also welcome new businesses, visitors and relocation seekers. Mailing address: 5304 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater, WA 98512. Call Corinne Tobeck or Mary Briggs, 360-357-5153 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to tumwaterchamber.com.
- Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, and a member of the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. The committee provides printed information, speaking engagements, informational tables, and other services to show that society would be better off without capital punishment. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98513-2723. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to olyfor.org.
- Common Ground, WA/OR Chapter, an organization dedicated to influencing public policy on tax reform and other social and political issues along the principles of Henry George, author of "Progress and Poverty," 1879, a famous progressive treatise. Mailing address: 410 Capitol Way N., No. 239, Olympia, WA 98501. Call Meta Heller, 360-352-9507.
- Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has worked for peace, social justice and nonviolence since 1976. The group publishes a newsletter, produces a TCTV program, and conducts vigils, workshops and special events. Members include people of all ages, races, religions, abilities and sexual orientations. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503-2723. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093, or e-mail email@example.com. Go to olyfor.org.
- Thurston County Draft Counseling Center, since 1980 has provided free, confidential, nondirective information and counseling about the military draft and provides these services to individuals and to groups. Mailing address: 5015 15th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98513-2723. Call Glen Anderson, 360-491-9093, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Washington Coalition Against Censorship is a statewide coalition of groups dedicated to preserving civil liberties. The goal is to protect intellectual freedom by opposing censorship whenever and wherever it arises. The coalition produces and distributes educational materials dealing with censorship issues and assists libraries, schools, the media and others who support intellectual freedom. Mailing address: 5035 Donnelly Drive S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Winnie Boland, 360-456-4657.
- Capital Lakefair, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2007, runs from July 18 to July 22 on the shores of Capitol Lake in downtown Olympia. The festival offers free entertainment and a lot of food and carnival rides. Mailing address: 809 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-943-7344 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to lakefair.org for additional information.
- Family Health and Fitness Fair, a free community event presented by the Community Enrichment Program for all family members. The 2008 fair will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 1 at North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road N.E., Lacey. The fair includes safety information and information regarding health care providers, family financial planning, health screenings, environmental information, exercise, massage, nutrition, hearing, coping with chronic illness, children's safety issues and more. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5202, Lacey, WA 98509. Call 360-943-5404 or 360-491-5654 for additional information.
- Lacey Spring Fun Fair, has a purpose to design, promote and present an annual event to increase community identity, enhance community pride, foster fun and educational opportunities for families in Lacey and its neighboring communities. Takes place on the third weekend in May at Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8455, Lacey, WA 98509. Call Valerie Fluetsch or Ruth Weigelt, 360-481-4393.
- McCleary Bear Festival, events begin at 7 p.m. July 13 with the coronation, and run through July 15. Events include a street dance, Run from the Bears, a parade followed by Bear Stew, music in the park, featuring the Military Band, an adult dance, and more. Call Alana McNeill, 360-495-3212 for additional information.
- Procession of the Species Celebration, "Giving the natural world greater presence in our streets." Created by the community for the community, Procession of the Species is an artistic pageant and environmental celebration where the languages of art, music and dance enliven greater appreciation and understanding for society's connection with the natural world. A project of Earthbound Productions. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7192, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Eli Sterling, 360-705-1087.
- Providence Christmas Forest opens on Thanksgiving Day for a special weeklong celebration of holiday activities to raise funds to benefit Providence Mission. Events include Grand Gala Dinner and Auction, Santa Breakfast, Silver Bells Breakfast and All That Glitters Luncheon. Other activities include public viewing hours, raffle ticket sales and gift shop temptations. Mailing address: 413 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Nancy Riordan, 360-493-7981. Go to providence.org/giving for additional details.
- Altrusa International of Olympia, an organization of professional and business women using their talents for community service by providing financial gifts, and lending a hand to young people, the disabled, the aged, the abused, the poor and the disadvantaged. Group meets at
11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, and at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday, at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane S.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2045, Olympia, WA 98507-2045. Call Cathy Fricke, 360-866-9422 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to altrusa.org/washington/olympia.html.
- Capital City Newcomers, welcomes women to the area, encourages their attendance at functions and widens their circle of friends. Group meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Olympia Country and Golf Club, 3636 Country Club Drive N.W., Olympia. Call Virginia Hessler, 360-491-4649 for additional information.
- City Gates Ministries provides workable, cost-efficient answers to poverty and homelessness within the community and Thurston County. It's programs include Street Lights, a Thursday night community outreach to street people in Olympia; and Church and Community is an outreach program to people within the churches and the broader community who are facing hardships or emergencies that may lead to homelessness. Through these programs, City Gates provides emergency basic needs. Services include mentoring, financial education, food delivered through the food ministry, clothing, furniture delivered through the furniture ministry by the Timothy Team, pet care provided by Covenant Creatures, job referrals and housing assistance. Mailing address: 4107 Libby Road N.E., Olympia, WA 98506-2518. Call 360-705-0291 or e-mail
- DART, Disaster Assistance Response Team, volunteers conduct disaster-assistance activities such as planning and coordinating volunteer efforts and contacting elderly residents in the event of disaster. The team also educates low-income, elderly and disabled citizens on disaster preparedness and handles distribution of free 72-hour emergency packs to qualified residents. Call 360-741-2622.
- Domestic Violence Info Project, is a local group whose goal is to share information and resources in order to prevent domestic violence, create a better understanding of domestic violence, and help survivors and their children to rebuild their lives. Volunteers and donations are needed and appreciated. Mailing address: P.O. Box 39, East Olympia, WA 98540. Call 360-259-8995.
- Foods and Nutrition Program, offered by Washington State University Thurston County Extension, provides information on nutrition, safe food handling, preservation and storage. Mailing address: 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Suite Y, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7900. Go to thurston.wsu.edu.
- Friendship Force of Olympia is a cultural exchange to promote peace, understanding and friendship on a one-to-one basis around the world. Hosts home stays here for other cultures, as well as home stays in other countries as ambassadors for Washington and the United States. Mailing address: P.O. 2471, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-491-1657 or 360-413-7954.
- Griffin Neighborhood Association, is for neighbors living within the boundaries of Griffin School District in Thurston County. Our mission is to help build a community consensus to address major issues confronting our area. Mailing address: 2212 Gravelly Beach Loop N.W., Olympia, WA 98502-8824. Call Mark Messinger, 360-252-6047 (msg.) or e-mail gnainfo@GriffinNeighbors.org. Go to GriffinNeighbors.org.
- Hawks Prairie Rotary, an international service club and part of the Rotary International organization, stages the Family Support March in September, and also commissioned and funded the "Military Family" statue on the corner of Quinault Drive and Marvin Road in Lacey. Group meets at noon Fridays, at the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie, 8383 Vicwood Lane, Lacey. Call Joseph Beaulieu, 360-412-2119 or e-mail
email@example.com. Go to haw ksprairierotary.org.
- Heifer Project International, working to end world hunger by giving cows, goats and other food and income-producing livestock to impoverished families around the world to help lift them out of poverty, improve nutrition, provide schooling, clothing and more. In return, the families return an offspring of the animal back to the project. National headquarters mailing address: HPI, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202. Local contact, Mary Aubuchan, 360-807-6768.
- Kiwanis Club of North Thurston, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Group meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at HP Restaurant, 8318 Quinalt Drive, Lacey. Call Patricia Alboucq, 360-455-8951.
- Lacey Mid-Day Lions assists those who need eye care, hearing help, treatment for youth diabetes and senior assistance. Group meets at noon, on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, at Chambers Restaurant, Panorama, 1751 Circle Lane S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: 3928 14th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Mike O'Byrne, 360-456-8436 or
- Livable Thurston, a broad-based group of Thurston County citizens working to prevent irresponsible development in our neighborhoods and to protect the quality of life. Includes rural and urban property owners and residents who believe that Thurston County can grow in a sensible and sensitive way. Call 360-866-8246 or go to livablethurston.org for dates, times and locations of forums.
- Olympia Area Peace Corps Association, volunteers, families and supporters gather monthly for potlucks or at country-of-service restaurants to share experiences and discuss community service projects in the area and in countries where volunteers actively are serving. Call Bob Findlay, 360-753-2983 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Olympia Toy Run Coalition, a group of different motorcycle groups working together with the local Salvation Army "Toy & Joy" program to benefit area children at Christmas. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7129, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Joe Sullivan, 360-413-9608, or e-mail email@example.com. Go to olytoyrun.com.
- Olympia West Lions Club, community service group specializing in sight, hearing and diabetes awareness. Group meets from September through May, at 6:45 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Lee's Buffet, 2627 Capital Mall Drive S.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1724, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Tim Johnson, 360-970-2418.
- Operation Toasty Toes knits or crochets slippers and sends them to soldiers in all branches of the military, anywhere in the world. Mailing address: 729 W right Road S.E., Tenino, WA 98589. Call 360-264-5045 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to operationtoastytoes.
- Qwest TelecomPioneers - Capitol Combined Club, community service through retired or active employees of telephone companies. Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Chambers Restaurant, Panorama, 1751 Circle Lane S.E., Lacey. Mailing address: 6909 43rd Loop S.E., Olympia, WA 98503. Call Peggy McHugo, 360-491-4598.
- Rainier Lions Club serves the community and schools in a variety of activities and projects. Ongoing activities include the Rainier Bluegrass Festival; providing dictionaries for Rainier third-graders; apple sales to sponsor children with diabetes to Camp Leo - a Lions Club summer camp; and more. Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at Rainier Historic School, 207 Center St., Rainier. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1033, Rainier, WA 98576. Call Chris Beck, 360-458-4545, 360-446-2498 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to rainierlionsclub.org.
- Random Acts of Kindness, senior citizen group, dedicated to spreading kindness and joy throughout the community. Meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at The Firs Retirement Apartments, 426 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia. No dues or membership fees. Mailing address: 3805 College St. S.E. No. 26, Lacey, WA 98503. Call Betty Kieler, 360-491-2279. Go to
- SafePlace for more than 25 years has offered safety and support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as their friends and family. Provides 24-hour crisis and support services, including shelter, to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and to promote the understanding and prevention of sexual and domestic violence. Services include a 24-hour help line, confidential emergency shelter, community outreach and education, support groups, drop-in advocacy, in-house Spanish, Cambodian and American Sign Language translation, legal advocacy, emergency cell phone program, resource library and more. Community Service office: 314 Legion Way, Olympia, WA 98501. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday; and from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. The 24-hour help line is accessible via phone 360-754-6300, 360-943-6703 TTY, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Office phone: 360-786-8754, TTY: 360-753-8700 or e-mail
SafePlace@SafePlaceOlympia.org. Go to SafePlaceOlympia.org.
- S.K.I.P., Safe Kids Identification Program, is software that allows you to save information for a missing persons report, Amber Alert or emergency preparedness. Call Suzy Sickles, 360-349-1812 for additional information. Go to AIDV-USA.com.
- Washington Explorer Search and Rescue trains adults and youth 14 years and older to serve in searches for missing persons in wilderness or urban situations. Members are trained in search methods; map, compass and wilderness navigation; basic first aid; and wilderness survival. Mailing address: 864 Spruce St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98513. Call 360-491-2213 or 360-491-3998 or e-mail email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: David Yates, associate advisor, Washington Explorer Search and Rescue, Thurston County Unit, 2901 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey, WA 98503.
- West Olympia Rotary Club, part of a world organization that helps people locally and abroad. Locally, this group works with other Rotary Clubs to develop Rotary Point within Olympia's future West Bay Drive park. The club awards scholarships to local high school graduates and sponsors a youth exchange program. Fundraisers include Golf Island during Capital Lakefair, bell ringing for the Salvation Army and a spaghetti feed for Capital and Olympia high school football fans before the Spaghetti Bowl football game. Group meets at noon Tuesdays at the View Point Room at West Bay Marina, 2100 West Bay Drive N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1781, Olympia, WA 98507-1781. Call Gordon Kirkemo, 360-943-9702 for additional information.
- Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army participates in fundraising events throughout the year and uses the money raised for needs at the Salvation Army's shelter. Meetings are at 9:45 a.m. the third Monday of each month, from September through June, at the shelter, 1505 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-352-8596, ext. 111 for additional information.
- Yelm Adult Community Center, a private, self-supporting organization which provides a community focal point for people to come together for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their health and dignity, support their independence, and encourage involvement in, with and for our community. Mailing address: 16530 S.E. 103rd Ave., Yelm, WA 98597. Call 360-458-7733.
- Celtic Society of South Puget Sound, a group that preserves, promotes, educates, illuminates and showcases Celtic heritage, including music, food, clothing, travel history and art. Membership is focused on those of Scottish, Irish and Welsh heritage but all are welcome. Sponsors several events each year, including the Irish Cottage Faire, the Celtic Christmas Fair and the End of Summer Ceilidh concert. Mailing address: P.O. Box 96, East Olympia, WA 98540. Call 360-438-0920 or 360-786-6882 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to CSSPS.org.
- CIELO Project at Radio Ranch is a social justice program focusing on education and referral for Hispanics in Thurston, Lewis and Mason counties. Offers free classes including English as a second language, literacy taught in Spanish, general education development in Spanish, computer literacy, HIV/AIDS education and parenting classes. Free childcare is available to students in the classes. Mailing address: 3102 Eighth Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-709-0931. Go to cieloproject.org.
- Clan Macduff Association of North America, encourages interest and participation in the traditions, heritage, and history of Clan Macduff. Encourages music, sports and history of Scotland, and the septs of Macduff, and friendly relationships between Celtic groups of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Mailing address: 8524 Delphi Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Ilone and Jim Macduff, 360-352-1096.
- Finnish Heritage Group, to promote the culture, history, heritage and language of Finland. Meets from September through June, the second and fourth Saturdays of ea ch month, at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Call Trudie Yarbrough, 360-943-7491 or Carol Britton, 360-943-2059.
- Olympia Kato Sister City Association, was incorporated in 1980 after a sister-city relationship had been agreed upon by the Olympia and Yashiro, Japan, town councils. Encourages cross-cultural understanding and international friendship through its various projects and visits. In 2006, the town of Yashiro merged with two other cities and officially adopted the new name of Kato. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11998, Olympia, WA 98508-1998. Call Mark Johnson, 360-754-9622 or
- Pa trons of South Sound Cultural Activities (POSSCA), formed in 1968 by a group of business people dedicated to the advancement of art and cultural activities in the southern Puget Sound region. POSSCA has contributed more than $1 million to the arts in this community through scholarships, grants, band instruments and public art. POSSCA sponsors the annual OlyBite fundraiser. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7615, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-754-6050 for additional information. Go to possca.org.
- Sons of Norway Hovedstad Lodge works to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway and provides service and scholarships to the community. Group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May, at the American Legion Hall, 3201 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. Call K.S. Olsen, 360-866-9431, or Gudrun Byles, 360-352-4725 for additional information.
- Ballet Arts Olympia, established in 1989, Ballet Arts offers ballet and other classes for all ages and skill levels. Mailing address: 2948 29th St. S.W. No. 2D, Tumwater, WA 98512. Call Suzanne Ferko, 360-943-7781, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to balletartsolympia.com.
- Comerford Irish Dance, sponsored by Celtic Arts Olympia. Dance classes are open to all ability levels from ages 4 through adult. No experience is required. Group dances at nursing homes, schools, private parties and community events. Dancers also have performed with touring performers such as Golden Bough, Trinity Dancers, Cherish the Ladies and Natalie MacMaster. Mailing address: 1716 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-956-0350 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to comerford
- Do Si Do Square Dance Club meets at 7:30 p.m. for prerounds; and 8 p.m. for mainstream with plus tips, on the second Saturday of each month at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-491-0364.
- Kashani & Mas Uda Middle Eastern Dancers welcomes all levels of participation and teaches all levels from beginning to professional belly dancing. Emphasis is on a relaxed atmosphere in which to learn Middle Eastern dance technique, choreography, improvisation, music and culture. Available for workshops and performances, and sponsors an annual benefit day of workshops and evening belly dance showcase to benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. Mailing address: 5840 Stellar Lane S.E., Lacey, WA 98516. Call 360-459-3694. Go to mas-uda.com.
- Olympia Area Square Dance Association offers square and round dancing with six square-dance clubs and two round-dance clubs. Lessons begin in September and February each year. All dances and lessons are at Lac-A-Do-Hall, 1721 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: 4429 26th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Bob Smith, 360-491-0572, for additional information.
- Olympia Dance Theatre, the performing company of Ballet Arts Olympia that offers local dancers new opportunities to perform unique and fresh works that are both traditional and contemporary. This energetic company brings the community a new look at dance and is open to dancers of intermediate and advanced levels by audition. Mailing address: 2948 29th St. S.W. No. 2D, Tumwater, WA 98512. Call Suzanne Ferko, 360-943-7781 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to balletartsolympia.com.
- A Child's Place Preschool, children ages 3-5. Mailing address: 219 B St. S.W., Tumwater, WA 98512. Call Fran Williams, 360-705-2986.
- Children's School of Excellence, a K-8 coeducational private school. Washington state-approved curriculum. Mailing address: 3411 Cedar Grove Lane S.E., Rainier, WA 98576. Call Annie McCandlis, director, 360-446-1100.
- Community Christian Academy and Northwest Christian High School are interdenominational educational schools located on the Foundation Campus in Lacey. Preschool through 12th grade. Address: 4706 Park Center Ave. N.E., Lacey, WA 98516. Call Kari Meier, 360-493-2223, or e-mail email@example.com. Go to foundationcampus.org.
- Community Enrichment Program, an organization in North Thurston Public Schools coordinated by volunteers. Classes such as foreign languages, math, reading, drama, good manners, cooking, dance, fashion modeling, SAT prep and more. Winter quarter registration for 2008 is Jan. 10-30. Classes will be announced during the first week of January 2008. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5202, Lacey, WA 98509. Call 360-491-5654 for additional registration information.
- Esperanto Group of Olympia provides information and presentations about the international language, Esperanto. Meets monthly during the school year. Ma iling address: 11736 Scott Creek DriveS.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Ellen Eddy, 360-754-4563 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mason County Literacy, provides Adult Basic Education tutoring in reading, writing, math and basic technology; GED classes; English as a second language; English language civics project; family literacy services; community technology center; community education; and Spanish language classes. Mailing address: 133 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-426-9733 or e-mail email@example.com. To make a donation, mail check to: MCL, P.O. Box 2529, Shelton, WA 98584. Go to mason
- Mount Olive Lutheran Daycare/Preschool, Christian preschool and child care center for children ages 2 1/2 to 12. Address: 206 E. Wyandotte Ave., Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-427-3165.
- North Thurston Education Foundation, a charitable o rganization that serves students and schools in North Thurston Public Schools through Student Assistance Grants for needy students, scholarships for graduating seniors and Learning Improvement Grants for classroom use. The board and executive director are citizen volunteers who are committed to assisting students in overcoming obstacles to their education. Mailing address: P.O. Box 3312, Lacey, WA 98509. Call Sue Shannon, 360-951-4365 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to ntef.org.
- Northwest Christian High School, a private nonprofit college preparatory high school. Class sizes average 14 students per teacher, and several courses offered are for dual enrollment credit through Northwest Nazarene University. Mailing address: 4710 Park Center Ave. N.E., Lacey, WA 98516. Call 360-491-2966 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to nchs-olympia.org.
- Olympia Christian School, strong academic and fine arts program with certified teachers and high scores on achievement tests. Before- and after-school care available. Mailing address: 1416 26th Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-352-1831 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to ocssda.org.
- Olympia High School Alumni Association, alumni of Olympia High School who gather for charitable support, including scholarships, recognition for service, preservation and appreciation for the history of Olympia High. Membership is $10 annually and open to alumni, faculty and friends. Monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second T uesday of each month, Olympia High School, counseling center, 1302 North St., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 402, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Charlie Kirry, 360-790-9138 or e-mail olympia
- Olympia Community School, a private school serving kindergarten through third grade. Address: 4346 Sunset Beach Drive, Olympia, WA 98508. Call 360-866-8047 or e-mail ocsinfo@Olympia
CommunitySchool.org. Go to olympiacommunityschool.org.
- Olympia Early Learning Center, provider of quality education-based child care and early learning services for families of all income levels. The center accepts DSHS Working Connections support, as well as provides an internal sliding fee for those eligible. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to
6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Downto wn location: 201 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-943-9857; Westside location: 420 McPhee Road, Olympia, WA. Call 360-943-3571.
- Olympia Junior Programs, all-volunteer organization in Olympia since 1940. Its purpose is to bring live theater to school-age children in grades 1-6. Two plays are offered each year during spring months, and are performed at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Schools are responsible for transportation for the more than 30,000 kids that attend each year. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1371, Olympia, WA 98507-1371. Call Loraine Nelson, 360-456-2034 or e-mail president@olympiajunior
- Raising a Reader, to help kids fall in love with reading. A program of the Child Care Action Council. Mailing address: P.O. Box 446, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Beth Schilling, 360-786-8907, ext. 103. Go to ccacwa.org.
- The Safi Foundation, to encourage the pursuit of excellence in Tanzanian secondary education with a goal of creating model schools, one by one. The foundation works in partnership with existing communities to maximize efficiencies of existing facilities, support committed teachers and students, supply volunteers and provide financial aid. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8275, Lacey, WA 98509. Call Mary Nelson, 360-413-0246.
- Shelton Even Start Literacy Program, a family literacy program where parents can work on completing a GED, learn English or participate in parenting and family literacy activities. Mailing address: 807 W. Pine St., Shelton, WA 98584. Call Kristin Su ndsten, 360-426-2151 for enrollment requirements.
- South Sound Association for the Education of Young Children is a corporation of 154 members who promote excellence in early childhood education. SSAEYC has an annual one-day conference and also provides quarterly newsletters and awards scholarships to members seeking to further their early childhood education. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11275, Olympia, WA 98508-1275. Call Laura Scheffer, 360-459-2273 or e-mail LCDJD@aol.com; or Nancy Thomas, 360-943-0921 or e-mail nthomas365@
comcast.net. Go to ssaeyc.org.
- South Sound Reading Foundation encourages families to read to children 20 minutes every day from birth. The foundation distributes books through the BookVan prog ram at school and community events. Volunteers read at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and local child care facilities. The foundation also stocks book drives and accepts donations of new and gently used books. Mailing address: 305 College St. N.E., Lacey, WA 98516. Call Cindi Carey, executive director, at 360-412-4499 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to reading
- Tumwater Education Foun dation has a mission to enhance the educational experience for students and staff members of the Tumwater School District through scholarships and classroom enrichment grants. Mailing address: P.O. Box 15122, Tumwater, WA 98511-5122. Call 360-709-7693. Go to tumwatereducation
- Washington State University Distance Degree Program provides bachelor's and master's degrees through online classes taken at a student's convenience. Students take exams locally. Address: 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Suite Y, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7900 or 800-222-4978, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to
- Washington State University Publications, provides research-based publications in multiple subject areas such as gardening, lawn maintenance, water conservation, food and nutrition, and more. Many publications are free and available at pubs.wsu.edu. Address: 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Suite Y, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7906, or e-mail email@example.com. Go to thurston.wsu.edu.
- Westside Cooperative Preschool, summer camp for preschoolers ages 3-5. Camps include water play, hikes, bike riding on our new outdoor riding track, arts and crafts and a lot of outdoor play. Sessions are: June 25-28, July 9-12, July 16-19, July 23-26, Aug. 6-9, Aug. 13-16 and Aug. 20-23. Time is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per day with a two-day minimum. Campers must be potty-trained. Westside Cooperative Preschool also has limited openings for fall 2007. Call 360-866-7383 for additional information. Go to
- Earthbound Productions, advancing environmental awareness, appreciation and action through cultural forums, community programs and regional celebrations. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7192, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-705-1087 for additional information.
- Friends of Deschutes Watershed Center, fish-rearing facilities, education center and programs, and trail system in development for the Deschutes River. Deschutes Watershed Center will improve water quality and fish-rearing operations, promote watershed education and stewardship, and provide recreational and cultural opportunities. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1354, Olympia, WA 98507-1354. Call Debbie Smith, 360-754-4148. Go to deschutes
- Stream Team, community program to protect and enhance local water resources. Activities include field classes, tree plantings, water and wildlife monitoring, storm-drain marking and Salmon Stewards. All events are free a nd open to the public. Mailing address: 929 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call Chris Maun, 360-754-3355, ext. 6377, for additional information.
- Washington Friends of Farms and Forests, educates the public and decision makers about the science and technology necessary to produce safe, abundant and economical food, fiber and landscaping; and to maintain a healthy, productive and safe environment for our agricultural and urban communities. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7644, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-705-2040. Go to
- Washington State University Thurston County Extension, Water Resources Program, provides information on water resources and conservation as well as education for real estate professionals, and the general public. Mailing address: 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Suite Y, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 790 0, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to thurston.wsu.edu.
- Child Care Action Council, Child Care Resource and Referral offers free child care searches for parents in Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. A complete database of licensed child care centers and family child care homes is constantly updated to assist parents in finding a match for their family. To request an online child care search, go to ccacwa.org/
parentsearchform.html. Mailing address: P.O. Box 446, Olympia, WA 98507. E-mail email@example.com. or go to ccacwa.org. Call 800-845-0956 or 360-754-0810 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.
- Exceptional Families Network, parent network for families of children with special needs offers meetings, networking, referrals and more. Mailing address: c/o The Wyatt Holliday Foundation, 855 Trosper Road S.W. No. 108-202, Tumwater, WA 98512. Call 360-507-0944. Go to
- Family Education and Support Services offers parenting seminars and support programs, including MRT Parenting and Family Values, Men as Fathers, Winning at Parenting, Kinship Conversations, Grandparents as Parents and Kinship support group. Call for class information. Mailing address: 1202 Black Lake Blvd. No. B, Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-754-7629 or e-mail Shellywillis1@qwest.net.
- Homeless Child Care Program, families using the Homeless Program are referred from homeless agencies within their community. Helps families that are in need of short-term child care while looking for jobs, housing, and meeting other appointments they cannot afford. Mailing address: P.O. Box 446, Olympia, WA 98507. Street address: 108 State Ave., Olympia. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to: ccacwa.org. Call Charlotte Dedman, 360-786-8907, ext. 102.
- Ibsen Adoption Network, dedicated to the adoption of special-needs children through education, support and financial assistance. Gives adoption grants to Washington state residents three times a year. Mailing address: 2730 French Road N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call Marilyn Brisbane, 360-866-7036 or Anne Anderson, 360-866-8252 for more information or e-mail ibsenadoptionnetwork@
comcast.net. Go to ibsen
- Keystone Crisis Nursery, where families in crisis can request short-term child care for their children while they work on resolving their situation. A family resource specialist will help parents access available resources or services as well as arrange child care. This service is available to all parents or legal guardians at no cost. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 446, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-888-2273 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to ccacwa.org.
- Wyatt Holliday Foundation assists families of children with special needs through advocacy, education and support. Mailing address: 855 Trosper Road S.W., No. 108-202, Tumwater, WA 98512. Call 360-507-0944. Go to WyattsHouse.org.
- Lacey Farmers' Market on the Green, Corner of Woodland Square Loop and Seventh Avenue in Lacey, at Huntamer Park. The market operates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, June 16 through Aug. 19. Call 360-491-3214, ext. 222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to ci.lacey.wa.us/farmers-market.html.
- Olympia Farmers Market, 700 Capitol Way N., Olympia. The market operates from April through September from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; and on Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. Market manager: Charlie Haney, 360-352-9096. Go to olympia
- Shelton Farmers Market, located on Third Street, between Franklin and Cedar streets, the market operates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays beginning the first weekend in May and running through September. Call 360-427-9436, ext. 14, for additional information.
- Tenino Farmers Market, located at the corner of Old Highway 99 and Garfield Avenue East at Tenino Middle School, the market operates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning June 2 and running through Sept. 1. Call 360-264-2002. Go to
- Tenino Eagles Aerie #564, meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, 349 Sussex Ave. W., Tenino. Call 360-264-2366 for information.
- Tenino Eagles Auxiliary #564, meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, 349 Sussex Ave. W., Tenino. Call 360-264-2366 for information.
- American Rhododendron Society, Olympia Chapter, meetings are held from September through April at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at the American Legion Hall, 3201 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 231, Olympia, WA 98507-0231. Call Bill Schuster, 360-412-8239.
- Master Gardeners Closed Loop Park & Garden, maintained by Thurston County Master Gardeners and Master Composters, the park is owned and located by Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center. The 1.5 acre ornamental garden was built using recycled materials on top of a completed landfill, and is located at 2418 Hogum Bay Road, Lacey. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. each day, but it is closed on major holidays. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7908, for additional information. Go to thurston.wsu.edu.
- Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinics offered by Washington State University Thurston County Extension, answers questions on soil, plants, insects and gardening techniques by trained Master Gardeners. Olympia Farmers Market Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinic is open the same hours as the market. The Master Gardener Clinic at WSU Thurston County Extension is open from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Suite Y, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7908, or e-mail email@example.com.
- Master Gardeners Dirt Works Garden and Composting, a newly renovated demonstration garden features a composting site, a rain garden, a children's garden, and a rose garden and soon will have an adaptive garden for those with disabilities. Located behind Yauger Park on Olympia's west side, operating hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday; and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Children's garden activities are scheduled for summer months on Tuesdays for kids ages 4-11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7908 for additional information and location of Dirt Works. Go to thurston.wsu.edu.
- Native Plant Salvage Foundation, helps to protect water quality and wildlife habitat through action-based educational activities and volunteer opportunities, including rescuing plants from areas slated for development, streamside vegetation projects, installing and maintaining learning landscapes at area schools, and assisting with public workshops on plant identification, "nature -scaping" and propagation. Mailing address: 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Suite Y, Lacey, WA 98503. Call Erica Guttman, 360-754-3588, ext. 110.
- Olympia Fuchsia Society, to promote and pass along information regarding the growing and propagating of fuchsia both in the landscape and baskets. Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Schmidt Mansion, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater, WA 98501. Call Robin Reason, 360-459-1881, or Jackie Crossman, 360-438-8554.
- Olympia Rose Society, dedicated to the promotion of and education about the national flower of the United States. Affiliated with the Pacific Northwest District of the American Rose Society. Group meets February-June, and September-October, at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month, at Schmidt Mansion, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater. Maintains a rose garden on the grounds of Schmidt Mansion. Call Doreen Milward, 360-357-8143, for additional information. Go to olyrose.org.
- Mason County Historical Society, an organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and publication of Mason County history. The society maintains two museums. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1366, Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-426-1020 for operating hours and locations of museums.
n South Thurston County Historical Societ y Tenino Depot Museum, meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at 399 Park Ave. W., Tenino. Call 360-264-7273 for information.
- Tenino Depot Museum, 399 Park Ave. W., Tenino. Open from mid-April to mid-October from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum features Tenino wooden money exhibit, sandstone exhibit, artifacts from south Thurston County farms, homes, schools and businesses, and a one-room schoolhouse. Special tours are available. Call 360-264-7273 for additional information.
- Tumwater Historical Association Homestead Quilters makes and sells quilts and other items to raise funds for the Tumwater Historical Association and the Tumwater Middle School eighth-grade Homesteader program. The group sponsors quilt shows, maintains a registry of historical quilts in the Tumwater area and provides educational events related to quilting. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4315, Tumwater, WA 98501-0315. Call Joanne Baxter, 360-943-1383 for additional information.
- Capitol Woodcarvers' Association promotes and encourages woodcarving as an art form and as a hobby to provide opportunities for members to exchange information, share knowledge, display skills of woodcarving and provide instruction techniques of woodcarving. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11988, Olympia, WA 98508-1988. Call Paul Kressin, 360-352-5411, for meeting times and locations.
- London Northwest, literary organization devoted to the study of author Jack London. The group publishes "The Wolf," an annual for the Jack London Birthday Banquet held each January in Santa Rosa, Calif. Mailing address: 929 South Bay Road, Olympia, WA 98506. Call David H. Schlottmann, 360-352-8622 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mah-Jongg League of Thurston County, group plays American mah-jongg on a fairly regular basis, and provides lessons for those who want to learn American mah-jongg, and simplified Chinese mah-jongg. Meeting times and dates vary depending on number of players available. Mailing address: 2510 Walnut Road N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call Pat Sonnenstuhl, 360-943-8933, or e-mail email@example.com.
- Nib 'n' Inks, a calligraphy guild that meets August through May at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 12354, Olympia, WA 98508. Call Chris Sabo, 360-943-6853, or e-mail ChrisonQuince@comcast.net.
- Olympia Art League, a group of visual artists and people who enjoy visual arts. The league provides educational programs for members and for the community. The group also sponsors the fine arts exhibit at the Thurston County Fair and encourage all visual artists to improve their skills. Mailing address: P.O. Box 404, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-956-3715 for meeting information.
- Olympia Microcomputer Users Group (OMUG), to provide educational, self-help organization for users of personal computers and to cultivate cooperative relationships among computer users in our community. Monthly meetings are the second Thursday of each month, at Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Mailing address: OMUG, PMB 225, 3430 Pacific Ave. S.E., Suite A6, Olympia, WA 98501-2177. Call Vivian Forrester, 360-357-5029.
- Olympia Philatelic Society, meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Olympics West Retirement Inn game room, 929 Trosper Road S.W., Tumwater. Call 360-455-0082 for additional information.
- Pacific Rally Group organizes amateur and performance car stage rallies in Western Washington. There are social events and family involvement that goes with this program. It's an all-volunteer activity. Mailing address: P.O. Box 14388-4388, Tumwater, WA 98511-4388. Call Kim Craddock, 360-352-3204 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Porcelain Painters of Olympia, was chartered in 2002, for promotion, education, and advancement of the fine art of porcelain painting. Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every other month, at Porcelain Art Studio, 1806 Arbutus St. N.E., Olympia. Mailing address: 1806 Arbutus St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Marilyn Anderson, 360-754-0505 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to olywa.net/joelyn/newsletter.html.
- Quiltmakers of Olympia, a guild of people interested in the art of quilting by promoting quilting skills, giving community service and providing fellowship for its members. The guild meets at 9 a.m. each Thursday of the month at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1601 North St., Olympia. Visitors are welcome. Call Martha Liska, 360-357-6144 for additional information.
- SoundView Christian Writers, published and nonpublished writers. This group meets weekly to share market news, offer critiques, polish writing skills and have fun. Mailing address: 900 Fairview St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Gay Sorensen, 360-705-2846 or Karen Strand, 360-493-1552 for meeting times and location.
- South Puget Sound Mac Users Group, is a diverse group with various levels of experience from beginner to expert, in support of Mac users and anyone that might be interested in using Apple computers. Group meets twice a month with the main meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, and the beginner meeting at
10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, at The Chalet Auditorium at Panorama, 1650 Circle Lane S.E., Lacey. Call Lou Methenitis, 360-438-5416, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to spsmac.org.
- Sports Car Club of America, to promote and organize motor sports event in the Pacific Northwest in several venues. Members organize race, solo, time trials, car stage rally, vintage auto racing and competitive and defensive driving schools Also licenses new competitors. Mailing address: P.O. Box 14388, Tumwater, WA 98511-4388. Call Frank Hamilton, 360-352-3204, or e-mail email@example.com. Go to NWR-SCCA.org.
- Woodturners of Olympia, provides a meeting place for local woodturners, share ideas and techniques regarding the craft of woodturning, trade wood, exchange ideas about tools and equipment, conduct membership meetings, promote the craft of woodturning, publish a bulletin related to this chapter's activities and engage in other activities and projects such as turning instruction and cooperative activities for the acquisition and use of the materials and tools of the woodturner. Mailing address: 4621 John Luhr Road N.E., Olympia, WA 98516. Call Larry Miller, 360-412-1583 for additional information. Go to
- Centralia Timberland Regional Library, 110 S. Silver, Centralia. Call 360-736-0183.
- Chehalis Timberland Regional Library, 350 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis. Call 360-748-3301.
- Elma Timberland Regional Library, 118 N. First St., Elma. Call 360-482-3737.
- Hoodsport Timberland Regional Library, N. 40 Schoolhouse Hill Road, Hoodsport. Call 360-877-9339.
- Lacey Timberland Regional Library, 500 College St. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-491-3860.
- McCleary Timberland Regional Library, 121 S. 4th St., McCleary. Call 360-495-3368.
- North Mason Timberland Regional Library, 23081 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. Call 360-275-3232.
- Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-352-0595.
- Shelton Timberland Regional Library, 710 Alder St. W., Shelton. Call 360-426-3512.
- Tenino Timberland Regional Library, 172 Central Ave. W., Tenino. Call 360-264-2369.
- Tumwater Timberland Regional Library, 7023 New Market St., Tumwater. Call 360-943-7790.
- Yelm Timberland Regional Library, 210 Prairie Park St., Yelm. Call 360-458-3374.
- Alleluia Handbell Ensemble, provides music with handbells, handchimes and voices for special occasions, holiday parties, sing-alongs for seniors and community events. Donations appreciated. The group practices weekly at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. Call the Rev. Mary Olney-Loyd, 360-943-8025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Go to firstchristianolympia.org.
- Masterworks Choral Ensemble, an adult voice chorus with more than 80 southwest Washington residents dedicated to performance, community service, music education and leadership in the arts. MCE performs four concerts each year at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions are held in August and January. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1091, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-491-3305. Go to MCE.org for additional information.
- Northwest Flute Consort, a collaboration of professional flutists from throughout the region, presents distinctive performances in unique buildings, as well as offers master classes and other activities for flutists of all ages and abilities. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2757, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-867-9857 or e-mail nwf luteconsort
@earthlink.net. Go to home.earthlink.net/~nwfluteconsort.
- Olympia Choral Society serves the community by providing two or three free concerts annually to raise funds to benefit local charities and organizations. It also funds scholarships to qualified graduating students to permit continuation of music study at the college level, and presents two annual concerts in the spring and at Christmas. Mailing address: P.O. Box 504, East Olympia, WA 98540. Call Terrance Shaw, 360-705-6462, or e-mail OCSociety@msn.com. Go to olympiachoral.org.
- Olympia Highlanders Bagpipe Band, formed in 1972 to promote the traditions and culture of Scotland. The Highlanders welcome participation and offer piping and drumming instruction to prospective members. The band meets at 6 p.m. each Thursday at West Hills Deli, 1800 Cooper Point Road S.W., building 13, Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2591, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Bill Collins, 360-943-8824, or Stan Kildow, 360-264-2156, for additional information.
- Olympia New Horizons Band, a concert band for adults who want to learn to play an instrument or continue their musical experience. Rehearsals are from September through June at 10 a.m. each Wednesday, at Washington Land Yacht Harbor, 9101 Steilacoom Road S.E., Olympia. Call Jerry Hendricks, 360-754-9777, for additional information.
- Olympia Sweet Adelines Chorus, sings four-part barbershop harmony and performs at various events locally as well as at the Northwest regional competition. All women are welcome to the rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Minnaert Center for the Arts, South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Call Diane Hills, 360-438-1988, or e-mail email@example.com. Go to sairegion13.org.
- Olympia Youth Chorus, an organization developed to bring the art of choral singing, vocal pedagogy and sightsinging to youth in South Sound region. Mailing address: 7001 Bayview Drive N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Cynthia Dinsmore, 360-943-6179. Go to
olympiayouthchorus.org for additional information on concerts and rehearsal.
- South Puget Sound Community College Concert Choir, is a mix of students and community members. Rehearsals are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at SPSCC, Building 21, Room 252, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. There are no auditions. All levels and ages are welcome. Call 360-596-5507 for additional information.
- Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia provides a challenging and fun orchestral experience for young musicians. String, wind and percussion players are accepted by audition and are placed according to ability in one of three orchestras. There are weekly rehearsals, coaching, music theory and history sessions, two concerts at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and the Sample of SOGO, a festival of music and food at Olympia High School. Mailing address: 1629 22nd Ave. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Krina Allison, 360-352-1438. Go to studentorchestras.org for additional information.
- Summer Music at Saint Martin's University, held June 25-July 6, provides students from fourth through eighth grades with an opportunity to learn an instrument or sing, or for the experienced musician, to advance his or her skills. One-hour classes are offered in orchestra, choir, band, music theory, composition, conducting and guitar. Mailing address: Department of Music, Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E, Lacey, WA 98503-1297. Call 360-438-4559 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to: stmartin.edu for additional information about classes and registration.
- Meridian Club, Toastmasters International, meets at
12:05 p.m. Tuesdays at the Employment Security building, 605 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, in the first-floor conference room. The meetings are open to anyone interested in improving their speaking and leadership skills. Visitors are welcome. Call Mary Ellen Psaltis, 360-413-5760, or e-mail
TheRecipeWriter@hotmail.com for additional information.
- PHD Speakers, Toastmasters International, advanced club for active Toastmasters seeking to further improve their speaking and leadership skills. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia. Call Mary Ellen Psaltis, 360-413-5760, or e-mail TheRecipeWriter@hotmail.com for additional information.
- Prospects Businessmen's Network, men's business networking organization meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at 900 S. Capitol Way, Olympia. Mailing address: 3604 Henderson Blvd. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Tim Barlow, 360-570-0106 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Sound Resource Group, a group of Christian business people, professionals, clergy and para-church ministries that meet with, network with and pray for one another. Referral leads group meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at West Hills Deli, 1800 Cooper Point Road S.W., Olympia. Call 360-791-5518 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to soundresourcegroup.com.
- Briggs Community YMCA, provides youth and community with an affordable and accessible resource for the positive growth and development of spirit, mind and body through fun and challenging recreational, health and leadership programs. Hours are
5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday;
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Address: 1530 Yelm Highway S.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-753-6576 or e-mail parkeri@briggscommunity
ymca.org. Go to briggs
- Budd Bay Rugby Football Club, has nationally ranked teams for boys and girls at the U-19 and U-17 levels, as well as teams for men and women. No experience is necessary. Mailing address: 5702 22nd Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Dan Smith, 360-870-6938 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to buddbayrugby.com for training and match information.
- Grand Mound Rochester Park Association, an organization committed to developing a park in Rochester. Volunteer opportunities are available including assisting with such events as Breakfast with Santa, Tree Lighting, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, and the annual Sleep in the Park Community Barbecue and Campout. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1266, Rochester, WA 98579. E-mail rochesterpark
@hotmail.com or go to
- Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation provides opportunities for meaningful life experiences through parks, arts and recreation. Mailing address: 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-753-8380. Go to olympiawa.gov/cityservices/par for more information.
- Olympia Sail and Power Squadron, general meetings are from September through June, at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at Olympia Yacht Club, 201 Simmons St. N.W., Olympia. Public safe-boating classes are offered regularly that fulfill the requirements of the state Mandatory Safe Boating Law, effective 2008. Other activities include cruises, rendezvous, sail races, navigation contests, derbies, marine classes, vessel safety checks and social gatherings. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1171, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Ames Swartsfager, 360-943-0329 or 360-556-0088. Go to usps.org/localusps/d16.
- Park, Arts, Recreation, and Cultural Foundation of Thurston County works to support, preserve and enhance parks, arts, recreation and cultural programs, facilities and/or assets in Thurston County. Mailing address: 723 Eastside St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call James Reddick, 360-352-0980 or
comcast.org.; firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to parcfoundation.org.
- Puget Sound Anglers, an organization of 16 chapters with common goals of preserving, protecting and enhancing the sports fisheries of Washington state. The South Sound chapter meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, at the American Legion Hall, 3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia. Yearly dues are $25 for a single membership, $30 for family, and $50 for a corporate membership. Mailing address: Puget Sound Anglers, South Sound chapter, P.O. Box 1002, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Ed Lindsey, 360-413-9250 or Dee Glen, 360-491-0431, for additional information. Go to sschapterpsa.com.
- Tanglewilde Recreation Center, home to the only neighborhood outdoor pool facility in Thurston County open to the public. Tanglewilde Recreation offers swimming lessons, recreational swimming, water aerobics, lap swimming and is available for rentals and parties. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with lessons taking place in the morning. Address: 414 Wildcat Drive S.E., Olympia. Call 360-491-3907. Go to tanglewilde.org.
- Thurston County Fastpitch Association, for girls ages 6 through 14. Thurston County Fastpitch Association is run by a board of volunteers and volunteer coaches and is focused on providing the girls with a fun, positive experience while learning the fundamentals of softball. Call Janet Crader, 360-486-0947. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5721, Lacey, WA 98509 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to eteamz.com/tcfa.
- The Wanderers Hike Club, hiking the trails of Washington since 1929, the group hikes every other week year-round. Annual dues are $5, and payable at the December annual meeting and luncheon. Mailing address: 3127 104th Ave. S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Call Don Muck, 360-236-7883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thurston County Parks and Recreation, offers recreational programs to all ages and abilities, including summer camps, youth and adult sports, teen programs, fun runs, and recreation for people with special needs. Mailing address: 2617-A 12th Court S.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-786-5595. Go to thurston-parks.org.
- South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship, comprised of individual Buddhist practitioners and members from various Olympia area Buddhist Sanghas, such as Tibetan, Zen and Vipassana. We meet at 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month at various locations, to plan for current and long-term social engagement. Mailing address: c/o 3029 46th Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-357-2825 or e-mail email@example.com for location of meetings. Go to ssbpf.org.
- Entertainment Explosion, Inc., an entertainment troupe open to new members age 55 and older. This group presents a variety show to retirement and nursing homes, private and community events, fundraisers, and state and county fairs in the greater Puget Sound area, featuring music from the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s, Broadway musicals and much more. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4086, Tumwater, WA 98501. Call 360-357-4001 or e-mail ENTEREXPLO@aol.com. Go to entertainmentexplosion.org.
- Family Caregiver Support provides support for seniors and their families caring for aging and frail family members through caregiver support groups, individual and family consultations, information and assistance for community resources, exploring in-home and residential care options, dealing with difficult diagnoses and dementia, early stage memory loss seminars, and grief and loss counseling. Mailing address: 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia, WA 98507. Call Christie Logan, 360-586-6181, ext. 119, or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, to register or obtain more information on support groups. Go to southsoundseniors.org.
- South Sound Care Connection, in-home care, registry and referral service, a nonmedical registry of caregivers, housekeepers and services to help seniors effectively remain in their homes. Mailing address: 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia, WA 98507. Call Patrick Coolen, 360-586-4491 or e-mail sscc@southsound
seniors.org. Go to southsound
- Lacey Senior Center, day center providing three programs through Senior Services for South Sound, including the Senior Center Activities Program, Services to At Risk Seniors (STARS) and Senior Nutrition Program. Mailing address: P.O. Box 3522, Lacey, WA 98509. Address: 6757 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Call 360-407-3967. Go to southsoundseniors.org.
- Mason County Senior Activities Center, to enhance the quality of life of senior adults in the community through recreation, information, education and nutritional services, including health and wellness programs. The center offers many activities including home-style lunch served at noon, tai chi, bingo, line dancing, painting classes, dances, pool room, foot care, live music, casino tours, crafting and se wing, bridge and pinochle, blood pressure checks, assistance health seminars, special events, outings and trips. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mailing address: 826 West Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-426-7374 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to mcsaa.org.
- Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the nation's largest association of military officers. Members come from every branch of the service and include active duty, retired, National Guard, reserve and former officers and their families. The Olympia area chapter meets for dinner on the third Wednesday of each month. Reservations are required. Mailing address: 6011 Winnwood Dr. S.E., Lacey, WA 98513. Call Sam Cagle, 360-456-8509, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), to preserve the earned retirement benefits of federal employees, retirees and annuitants. The Olympia/Timberland chapter meets at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, Olympic National Forest Headquarters, 1835 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia. Mailing address: 6011 Winnwood Dr. S.E., Lacey, WA 98513. Call Sandy Cagle, 360-456-8509, or e-mail email@example.com.
- Olympia Senior Center, part of Senior Services for South Sound, offers many programs and services including the Senior Center Activities Program which provides educational, recreational, health improvement and volunteer opportunities. Services include STARS adult day program, caregiver support groups, foot care, blood pressure checks, fitness classes and more. Center provides hot, midday meals five days a week, and has a coffee lounge serving coffee and treats from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Address: 222 Columbia St, N.W., Olympia, WA. Call 360-586-6181 for additional information. Activities offered at the center include: Ballroom dancing, from 2 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; Bible study, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; bridge club, 3 p.m. Thursdays, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; community awareness and newcomers, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; health and wellness, blood pressure checks, 10 a.m., Wednesdays; Vision Impaired Club, 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. 360-586-6181; Knitting and Crocheting Club, 9 a.m. Fridays, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; Life Long Learning includes arts, language, computers, dance, tai chi and more, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; Pinochle Club, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; Pool players club, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; Reader's Theater Unlimited, 360-586-6181, ext. 123; Senior Volleyball Club, 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 360-586-6181, ext. 105; Wood Carvers Club, 9 a.m. Fridays, 360-586-6181, ext. 105
- Rainier Senior Center, organization for the seniors of Rainier and surrounding area. The facility is run by volunteers, and offers home-cooked lunches at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays for $2.50 per meal. Blood pressure checks administered by members of Fire District 4, are given on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month flu shots are available each fall by Assured Home Health personnel. Mailing address: 108 Michigan St. S., P.O. Box 67, Rainier, WA 98576. Call 360-446-2258, Charlene Logan 360-446-7163, or Ruby Christensen 360-446-2406 for information.
- RSVP, volunteers older than 55 are eligible to receive additional insurance, mileage assistance, recognition and other benefits as RSVP members. Call 360-741-2622.
- Senior Companion Program serves residents of Thurston, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. The program focuses on maintaining independence, while building self-worth for both the volunteers and the clients. SCP encourages seniors ages 60 and older to be a vital partner in their community, as a volunteer with supplemental income benefits and specialized training. Services are available to adults, ages 18 years and older who are recuperating from illness or have a disability. Volunteers and clients are matched according to skills, interests and location. There are no income guidelines and no charge for services. Mailing address: 508 Eighth St., P.O. Box 667, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Call 888-532-9542 or 360-532-9542.
- Senior Nutrition Program, provides meals that improve older adults' health by providing a nutritionally balanced lunch at senior centers in Mason and Thurston counties as well as home-delivered meals for those who are housebound. For information on meal sites: Shelton, 360-426-3697; Belfair, 360-275-4898; Lacey, 360-407-3967; Olympia, 360-586-6181; Tenino, 360-264-9805; and Yelm, 360-458-6677. Address: 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-586-6181, ext. 112 or e-mail nutrition@southsound
- Senior Services for South Sound, founded in 1973 to assist seniors and their families in remaining independent in the community. Targeting people age 55 and older, Senior Services for South Sound offers a variety of services in Thurston and Mason counties. Administrative offices: 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Eileen McKenzieSullivan, 360-586-6181.
- STARS Adult Day Care and respite program for at-risk seniors in Thurston and Mason counties. STARS sites are located in Olympia, Lacey, Shelton and Allyn. The goal of STARS is to maintain and improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the participants through a structured program of therapeutic activities. Activities include mild exercise, games, music, crafts, cooking, outings, entertainment, discussion groups and special events. Cost is $10 an hour, and funding is available through Medicaid's COPES program and Long Term Care Insurance. Call Laurie Lembke, 360-586-6181, ext. 115 or e-mail stars@
southsoundseniors.org. Go to southsoundseniors.org.
- Thurston County School Retirees' Association is open to all school retirees living in the area. Meetings are from September through May, at noon on the third Friday of each month, at Chambers Restaurant, Panorama, 1751 Circle Lane S.E., Lacey. Call Karen Keller, 360-413-5496. Go to
- Washington State Chapter #1, The Retired Sergeants Major & Chiefs Association, of the Armed Forces E-9 Association, designed for the enlisted personnel of all branches of the armed forces within the state of Washington. To help continue one's close association with other active and retired E-9s by meeting on a professional and social level to exchange information and knowledge that keeps you informed about the latest military, legislative, health care, VA, etc. news of concern to all. Mailing address: TRSMCA WS#1, P.O. Box 136, DuPont, WA 98327-0136. Call Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Bob Sova, 360-556-2583, for meeting time and location.
- WEA-Chinook - Retired, works closely with Washington Education Association to monitor the retirement plans of both active and retired school employees. WEA Chinook - Retired meets from September to June the first Tuesday of each month at 5220 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater, WA 98501. Call 800-244-0147 or 360-943-1776 for additional information.
- Wrinkles of Washington, theater organization comprised of seniors, aged 55 and older. WOW brings a full musical comedy production each year to the stage at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and an annual spring musical revue. The group is available for performances throughout the year at various venues in Western Washington. Call 360-459-1155 for additional information. Go to wrinklesofwashington.com.
- Olympia Christian Singles exists to promote activities and events for single Christians in the area. More than 200 members from local churches participate and plan activities that are open to people from other fellowships. Informal activities include biking, hiking, Mariners games, movie nights, game nights, bowling, etc. Go to groups.yahoo.com/group/olympiachristiansingles or
e-mail olympiachristiansingles @yahoo.com for additional information.
- Sound Singles, a mature, fun-loving singles group where people can make new friends and enjoy many social activities. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Friendly Village Club House, 1111 Archwood Dr. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-352-8715 for additional information.
- 8th Advocates, an organization of people with developmental disabilities. The group meets monthly at Lacey Timberland Regional Library. Mailing address: 3847 Clearfield Court S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-491-8179 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on meeting times, and location.
- ADD Resources Support Group, support group for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Providence Professional Bldg., 525 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia. Call Linda Briganti, 360-786-5070.
- Devine Reiki Growth Center, offers free reiki demonstrations, beginning and advanced classes, private reiki sessions, support groups for beginning and advanced students, a lending library and more. The focus is on the Usui shiki ryoho system, as held by Phyllis Lei Furumoto, reiki grand master; However, we also serve any reiki student who is interested in deepening their understanding of the Usui shiki ryoho system. Mailing address: 2002 Capitol Way S., Olympia, WA 98501. Call Penny L. Devine, 360-754-9750 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to reikinw.com.
- HorsePower Therapeutic Riding Program serves people with special needs through therapeutic riding programs designed to enhance individual achievement and overall independence. HorsePower is about overcoming limitations and learning to ride. Mailing address: P.O. Box 3801, Lacey, WA 98509-3801. Call Anne Kirske, 877-589-2048, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to gohorsepower.org.
- Mountain View Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program designed to help overcome hurts, hang-ups and habits. The group meets for dinner at Solid Rock Cafe at 5:15 p.m., followed by a large group meeting at 6:30 p.m. and a small group meeting at 7:30 p.m. Mailing address: 940 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501. Call 360-943-7880 or e-mail cdally@
mtviewnaz.org. Go to mtviewnaz.org.
- Olympia Area Brain Injury Support Group, for persons who have had a brain injury due to traumatic or nontraumatic circumstances. The group is open to survivors, families and those interested in helping support people with brain injuries. Open to all ages, although the group focuses on adults. Meetings are at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, in the Emilie Gamelin Pavilion. Mailing address: Providence St. Peter Hospital, Mail Stop 01qB02, 413 Lilly Road N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call Pat Gabrielse or Valerie Pingel, 360-493-4432, for additional information.
- Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE), serves youth and young adults ages 12-24, who are at-risk, homeless and street-dependent. PiPE's work stops the cycle of violence and homelessness by providing advocacy, individual therapy and support groups. Mailing address: c/o 2624 Galloway St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Call 360-357-4472 or e-mail
earthlink.net. Go to YouthChangeAgents.org.
- TOPS #1145, Olympia, weight-loss and maintenance support group for men, women and children, offering motivation and enthusiasm in a medically oriented weight-loss program. This group meets at 10 a.m. each Friday, with weigh-in at 8:30 a.m., at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St., Lacey. Call Bergel Zeigler, 360-438-0512, or Diane Cummings, 360-459-9793, for additional information.
- TOPS #WA883, meets at
10 a.m. each Tuesday, at Friendly Village Clubhouse, 1111 Archwood Drive S.W., Olympia. Call 360-943-8914 or 360-753-2514 for additional information.
- United Community AIDS Network (UCAN) provides support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, as well as HIV prevention outreach to the community. Programs and activities include case management, emergency assistance, support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS, anonymous HIV counseling and testing, Olympia Men's Project (for HIV-negative young GBT men), HIV education and prevention presentations, Speakers' Bureau and HIV certification training. Volunteers are welcome. Mailing address: 147 Rogers St. N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-352-2375. Go to ucan-wa.org.
- United Ostomy Association, support group meets at
6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, medical staff conference room, 413 Lilly Rd. N.E., Olympia. Call 360-491-6938 or 360-427-7215 for additional information.
- Olympia Little Theater, offers quality entertainment at an affordable price. Founded in 1939, Olympia Little Theatre is the oldest live theater in Olympia and one of the oldest in Washington. The theatre produces six shows per season, ranging from farcical comedies to serious dramas. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7882, Olympia, WA 98507. Call 360-786-9484 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to olympialittletheater.org.
- American Legion Post #94 and Auxiliary Unit #94, R.V. VanSchoick, Lacey assists both retired and active military. Post home: 2602 Marvin Road S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-459-0150 for additional information.
- Ladies Auxiliary, Fleet Reserve includes spouses, widows and other relatives of retired Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel. Ladies auxiliary meets for lunch at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. Call Joanne Woolard, 360-459-2449 for location.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lacey Post/Auxiliary No. 11402 is a fraternal, patriotic and educational organization that preserves and strengthens comradeship among members. Supports veterans and youth groups. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 6790 Martin Way E., Lacey. Call 360-491-2878 for additional information.
- WA State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Innovations Program, Defenders' Fund, is a one-time emergency grant of up to $500, to help veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom or Noble Eagle, who are experiencing financial hardships in employment, education, housing, health care or other areas due to extended deployment. The Individual Grant Program goes beyond the initial emergency assistance provided through the Defenders' Fund, and focuses on activities that will help veterans and their families obtain sustainable family-wage employment. Applicants must have served in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation Enduring Freedom or be awarded a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary or Service Medal. Mailing address: P.O. Box 41150, Olympia, WA 98504. Call 800-562-2308 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WA State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Conservation Corps assists veterans by providing volunteer opportunities on projects that help protect and restore Washington's rivers, streams, lakes, marine waters and open lands. Mailing address: P.O. Box 41150, Olympia, WA 98504. Call Mark Fischer, 800-562-2308 or 360-725-2224 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Volunteer Center of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties, youths, seniors, other adults, families and groups can choose from among 500 open positions, or they can help during disasters, short-term projects and special events. Open listings are posted at volunteer.ws or by calling, 360-741-2622 in Olympia; 360-748-2500 in Chehalis; and 360-426-3405 in Shelton.
- Woodland Trail Greenway Association seeks volunteers. Its purpose is to advocate for and partner in the development of a publicly owned multiuse trail and greenway from Pioneer Park to McAlister Springs, linking the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater. This group further advocates the development of other nonmotorized connections, recognizing that it will be part of an interconnected system of trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, low-volume streets and transit in Thurston county. Mailing address: 2106 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-789-0944 or 360-956-1743 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to woodlandtrail.org.
- American Association of University Women, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. The Olympia branch meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, in the Chinook Recreation room, Panorama, 4031 21st Ave. S.E., Lacey. Call Mary Alice Peterson, 360-357-7621 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to aauw-wa.org.
- American Business Women's Association brings together business women of diverse occupations and provides opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Chambers Restaurant, 1751 Circle Drive, S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Cathy Warner, 360-259-3577 for additional information.
- Rochester-Tenino Homemakers Study Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month, at the Grand Mound Fire Hall. Call 360-736-7138 or 360-264-7273.
- Women's Club of Olympia, the world's oldest and largest international volunteer service organization for women. Local projects include scholarships, art and photography contests; a baby layette program through Providence St. Peter Hospital for babies of indigent mothers; monetary support for a number of organizations; and preservation and upkeep of its historic clubhouse, the Abigail Stuart House, which was built in 1908. Mailing address: Women's Club of Olympia, Abigail Stuart House, 1002 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501-1352. Call 360-753-9921 for rental information. The club meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Call Norma Tropp, 360-943-9018 for information on th e club meetings.
- Zonta Club of Olympia, dedicated to the advancement of women and the eradication of violence against women and children on a local level as well as worldwide. Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday, and at noon on second, third and fourth Thursdays of each month, at Dirty Dave's Gay Nineties Pizza Parlor, 3939 Martin Way E., Olympia. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1881, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Madelin White, 360-491-4139.
- Zonta Club of South Puget Sound, part of Zonta International whose members share a commitment to enhance the status of women worldwide by providing service to individuals and their families while participating in fundraising to support important service projects on the local and international levels. Group meets at 7 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, at Tumwater Valley Bar & Grill, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive, and at 5:30 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month at Nickelby's Restaurant, 600 Trosper Road S.W., Tumwater. Mailing address: P.O. Box 11283, Olympia, WA 98508. Call Billie Wayt, 360-956-0469 for additional information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 4-H, teaches life skills such as public speaking, problem solving, decision making and goal setting to school-age youth through hands-on, interest-driven projects and community involvement. Thurston County 4-H offers a variety of activities and programs that appeal to young people from all backgrounds, both urban and rural. Mailing address: 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Suite Y, Lacey, WA 98503. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7913. Go to thurston.wsu.edu or 4h.wsu.edu.
- CommonAction, a national organization located in Olympia that supports youth engagement throughout communities. Programs such as The Freechild Project and SoundOut provide training, tools and consulting for young people and adults in schools and youth programs. Mailing address: 711 State Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Call 360-753-2686 or e-mail email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to commonaction.org.
- Girl Scouts - Pacific Peaks Council works to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. This is accomplished through the Girl Scout Leadership Development Program for girls ages 5 to 17. Mailing address: 1000 Davis Place, DuPont, WA 98327. Call Dorothy Nelson, 800-541-9852 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to gsppc.org.
- Michael Shawn Hines Foundation dedicated to reaching out and mentoring to youth and young adults through counseling, seminars, workshops and scholarships. Special emphasis is placed on reaching out to at-risk youth. The Thurston Council on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights awarded the Foundation with the Unique Achievement Human Rights Awards in 2003. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8575, Lacey, WA 98509. Call 360-455-8410.
- SOCK Youth Center, Save Our County's Kids provides free educational programs, supervised evening recreation, food, and emergency help to Mason County's most at-risk youth. SOCK is permanently housed in the Shelton Community & Transit Center in downtown Shelton. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1013, Shelton, WA 98584. Call 360-462-5947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to sock.org for additional information on programs and location of services.
- YMCA Youth Government, to teach democratic values and skills to youth though hands-on experiences including the Youth Legislature and Mock Trial. Mailing address: P.O. Box 193, Olympia, WA 98507. Call Janelle Nesbit, executive director, 360-357-3475 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to to youthandgovernment.org.