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Stubborn Sunday fire heavily damages Lacey church

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  • Prime time for local pumpkin patches

    Basking in sunshine on Sunday, throngs of pumpkin hunters made their way through the Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival at the Schilter Family Farm in Nisqually.

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Get into the spirit of fall with a visit to a local pumpkin patch

While you’re there, check out a corn maze, a hay ride, even zombie paintball.

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Nerdy Google inventor to share his passion for towel rods and other stuff on Thursday

James McLurkin is best known for his work with small robots inspired by ants and bees — robots that aren’t too smart individually but that collectively can accomplish a great deal. Now a Google engineer in Seattle, he won the prestigious Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology student prize in 2003. His accomplishments landed him on PBS’s “Nova” in 2005. He’ll speak at South Puget Sound Community College on Thursday evening.

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Native mountain goats thriving in south Cascades

Mountain goats lead a hard scrabble existence in the alpine areas of southwest Washington, including the Goat Rocks Wilderness and Mount St. Helens. However, unlike the mountain goats of the Olympic Peninsula, which were originally brought in during the 1920s as part of a species introduction effort that has run wild, the mountain goats of southwest Washington are native to the area.

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Sun to set on Olympia’s Midnight Sun performance space

Opened in 1993, The Midnight Sun Performance Space has hosted all manner of plays, performances, variety shows and concerts that have featured names such as Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney and Modest Mouse. At the end of the month, the Sun is scheduled to go dark. Theater Artists Olympia, the non-profit theater company that moved into the space three years ago, can no longer afford the rent — and the building is for sale.

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Charlotte substitute teacher tells student ‘go back to where you speak Spanish’

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Olympia City Council, Position 5

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Sunday fire heavily damages Lacey church

Port of Olympia, District 2 20:36

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Olympia City Council, Position 4

OFT day camp casts a spell with Witchcraft and Wizardry

Director Amy Shephard goes through a scene on July 19 during the Olympia Family Theater's Cascadia School of Witchcraft and Wizardry day camp, and which was inspired by the anniversary of Harry Potter.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
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OFT day camp casts a spell with Witchcraft and Wizardry

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Annual Lacey jazz festival ends with sizzling summer sounds

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Johnny Depp surprises fans at Disneyland as Captain Jack Sparrow