Olympia club holds annual holiday walk
The Capitol Volkssport Club of Olympia will hold its annual holiday walk in downtown Olympia on Saturday.
The walk will wind through historic neighborhoods, across the Capitol campus, along Capitol Lake and down to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel where participants can warm up with hot drinks and homemade cookies. If timed right, you can see the lighted Christmas ships cruise by Percival Landing about 6 p.m.
Participants can start any time between 3-6 p.m. at the United Churches at the corner of Capitol Way and 11th Avenue Southeast. The walk ends at 9 p.m. With 5- and 10-kilometer options, the walk is suitable for strollers.
Walkers should wear warm clothing and bring flashlights. Water and restrooms will be available at the start, midpoint and finish. Parking is free in the church parking lot and on the city streets. It is also available in above-ground spaces not marked for agency use in the Natural Resources Building parking lot across the street.
Go to capitolvolkssportclub.org for more information.
2016 calendar now on sale
The Washington State Parks 2016 wall calendar is on sale in time for the holidays.
Some of the images in the calendar include an interior photo of Gardner Cave at Crawford State Park, a sunset photo of the Fort Casey lighthouse, a springtime photo at Sacajawea Historical State Park and a photo of the 1875 barn at Olmstead Place Historical State Park.
The photographs were taken by Vince Streano of Steano/Havens Photography and Megan Kennedy of Rogue Heart Media.
The calendar is 13 inches by 9 inches when closed and opens to a vertical format measuring 13 inches by 18 inches.
It sells for $18.99 plus tax, and is available for purchase onlineat myprint.wa.gov, enter “calendar” in the search area. A link to the calendar order also is available on the State Parks website parks.state.wa.us/190/2016-State-Parks-Calendar. Orders must be made by Dec. 18 for delivery by Christmas.
Calendars also can be purchased at Washington State Parks Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. For more information, call 360-902-8500.
Training set for winter volunteers
Training will begin Dec. 19 for people wanting to volunteer with winter operations at Mount Rainier National Park.
This first training session will cover the paperwork necessary to become a Snow Rover, an introduction to the roles of different divisions in the park, general winter safety, the art of informal interpretation, and the operations of both Longmire and Paradise programs throughout the winter, according to a park news release. The day will end with an example of a ranger-led snowshoe walk at Paradise to show volunteers “a day in the life” of a snow rover.
The training will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Community Building at Longmire.
People interested in taking part should send an email before Dec. 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org so organizers can have enough materials and there is enough space available in the Community Building.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, email@example.com