I want to send a reader salute out to the city of Lacey for taking over the annual ethnic celebration. This year's event had the atmosphere of the original event which used to be held at the Olympia Center downtown. Lacey Parks and Recreation did a fabulous job and we enjoyed participating in the event. Everyone I spoke with really liked the community atmosphere at the new venue. We hope the event will continue to grow and prosper – thanks again Lacey for a wonderful event.
Kashani Berube, Mas Uda Dancers, Lacey
Jan. 22 was Lacey Sunrise Lions World Service Day. The Albertson s grocery store at Pacific Avenue and Carpenter Road allowed our Lions Club members to collect canned foods and cash to benefit the Thurston County Food Bank. After the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the Food Bank stores are depleted. We also collected toiletries to benefit the YWCA. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and the outpouring of kindness showed by our citizens. In these most difficult economic times our community responded beyond all expectations. One family even went back home and collected three cartons of packaged food and brought them back to our collection point. I am so proud to live here in Lacey. I thank you all for your kind comments, support and generosity.
John Christiansen, Lacey
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Christmas is over, but the Hurst family would like to thank everyone who came out to see our decorations, and donated $675.58, and four trunk loads of food for the Olympia Union Gospel Mission.
We would also like to thank the Littlerock Fire Department for bringing Santa Claus and their old fire truck, as well as the new ones, to share with the children the thrill of Christmas. We appreciate them giving their time.
Above all, we would like to thank The Olympian for featuring us. Without that story, many people would not have known about us and we wouldn ’t have been as successful. Lisa Pemberton wrote such a nice story about our place and the photographer did a great job featuring the many different items displayed.
We look forward to seeing everyone next year.
Elnora M. Hurst, Olympia
Many thanks to all the organizers of the fun celebration called Oshogatsu. It was a great diversion in the middle of winter.
For someone who can’t pronounce any of the words, I could enjoy the good tasting food, the elaborate costumes, and the unique crafts.
I laughed watching big men do martial arts tumbles for the under-6 crowd, then watching them grin when the little ones tried it.
I saw a young girl following the fan and hand movements of a dancer, and we both enjoyed the awe of the dancer’s gracefulness.
I hope this group will do it again next year.
Linda Lombard, Olympia