South Sound Morning: Friday update

Good morning, today is Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, National Chocolate Milk Shake Day.

Weather: Sunny during the day with highs in low 70s, then mostly clear with lows Friday night in the low 50s.

Traffic: During the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, drivers can expect major traffic impacts while construction crews repair a bridge expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Olympia. The work involves numerous day and night lane and ramp closures on I-5 and State Route 101 over both weekends, as well as creating extensive traffic congestion on northbound and southbound I-5 and on State Route 101 approaching I-5.

School news:

Spaghetti Bowl Dinner: Dinner from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Commons, Olympia High School, 1302 North St. Game starts at 7 p.m. Friday, at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave., Olympia. Dinner is $7.

New from overnight: 30 kids from a New Jersey daycare had to be rushed to the hospital after drinking bleach; and Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of a murder charge, but found guilty of culpable homicide (negligent killing).

What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.


Washington Street Block Party: Live music, entertainment, photo scavenger hunt, lots of free family events from 5-9 p.m., between Legion Way and 5th Avenue on Washington Street, in downtown Olympia.


The Big Climb 2015 Fundraiser Yard Sale: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will benefit from the yard sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Town and Country Roofing, 605 Durell Rd. S.E., in Tumwater. All proceeds go to LLS’ mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. You choose donation amount for most items. Call Teresa Lohr, 360- 280-6108, for additional information.

Hawks Prairie Rotary Military Family Day: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cabela’s, 1600 Gateway Blvd. NE, Lacey. Food, music, activities for the whole family. Free.

Author Dee Williams: A local sustainability and small house advocate will read from her book, “The Big Tiny, A Do-it-Myself Memoir” from noon-2 p.m., at the Tumwater Costco, 5500 Littlerock Road SW.

Nordic Heritage Day in Olympia: Learn about Nordic heritage from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., at Columbian Hall, 6794 Martin Way, Olympia. Explore genealogy search and presentation tips. See live demos of rosemaling painting, hardanger needlework, woodcarving, cooking lefse, krumkate and aebelskiver. Kids activities and Viking duck races. The event is free.

Feast at the Reach: Fundraiser for the Nisqually Reach Nature Center, at Luhr Beach. Seatings will be at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Great food and libation, silent auction, raffle items, music. Cost is $50 for nonmembers; $40 for members. For tickets and information go to www.nisquallyestuary.org.

2014 Thurston Solar Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Part of the 19th annual American Solar Energy Society Solar Tour, the Thurston Solar Tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn about solar in Thurston County. Begin your tour at the Olympia Timberland Library, where you can plan your tour, meet business owners, and learn about the library’s solar system, which was installed in 2013. Tour installations, talk to homeowners and see solar in action. This year’s tour will feature 10 sites around Thurston County. The tour is free and self-guided.

Birthday Box


Sapphire Ordonez: Turns 3 on Sept. 20

Dayten Skye Allen: Turns 7 on Sept. 28

To be listed in the Birthdays, send your name, the age you will be (18 and younger), your birth date, address and phone number to The Birthday Box, The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506 or send an email to tmcgee@theolympian.com.