Summer Camps that SIZZLE

Summer is here and the kids are ready for summer adventures. From hiking to canoeing to coding, summer camp offers many opportunities for adventures and for building new friendships. Programs have been created and adapted for in-person learning environments this summer. Most camps are operating at a limited capacity, so plan ahead and make it a summer to remember.

Day Camps

Cascade Christian Schools
Adventure Day Camp

cascadechristian.org
Worldwide Fun is this year’s fun-in-thesun theme! Wow! Look what’s included in camp: new and exciting themes each week, educational activities like
STEM and reading, nutritional snacks, Sport-tek camp T-shirt, all-district special camp events, weekly field trips, a wonderful and experienced staff, and extended hours.

Hands On Children’s Museum
Grades 1-6
hocm.org
Kitsap Forest Theater, located
approximately seven miles west of downtown Bremerton, is one of the oldest outdoor theaters in the United States. This year’s outdoor summer program features art, singing, drama, play, hiking, exploring the forest, wildlife and creeks — and just plain fun.

Pierce County Parks
Piercecountywa.gov/parks
Calling all explorers! Join Pierce County Parks for one to four action-packed weeks of outdoor adventures and exploring the natural environments of four unique Pierce County parks. Hands-on activities, exploration, free-play, and outdoor games will be incorporated each day to help
nurture a desire for caring and respect for our natural and human-made environments.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
pdza.org
Let’s go to the zoo! Zoo campers participate in lively lessons about animals, ecosystem exploration,
creative crafts, and group games. These camps focus on fostering empathy and respect for wildlife.

Tacoma Little Theatre
Grades 1-12
tacomalittletheatre.com
Students of all ages are welcome to join Tacoma Little Theatre for their four-week camps that focus on learning
about and practicing the process of putting on a musical production and a full show.

City of Olympia
Ages 4-14
olympiawa.gov
Do you want to get on the water? The City of Olympia offers beginning and advanced sailing. In addition, kids can explore multi-media art camp,
yoga camp, and the annual favorite — Camp Olywahoo!

Tumtastic Summer Day
Ages 6–11
ci.tumwater.wa.us/youth
Campers will delight in the fun of water play, crafts, special guests, all things nature, fun field trips and two celebration events. Home base for the camp is Peter G. Schmidt Elementary.

Tumwater Trippin’ Teen Camp
ci.tumwater.wa.us/youth
Ages 12–17
Join Tumwater Parks and Recreation for a summer packed full of awesomeness and adventure! Teens will visit new places all around the South Sound and explore some of the
area’s most fun spots! Camp home base is Peter G. Schmidt Elementary.

South Sound YMCA
southsoundymca.org
Day camp at the Y is led by
experienced staff and offers nearly all the benefits of overnight camp – new outdoor experiences, skill–building and lasting friendships – while allowing campers to return home each afternoon.

Other Day Camp Options

Annie Wright Schools
Grades 1-6
aw.org

Metro Parks Tacoma:
Tacoma Nature Center

Ages 4-12
metroparkstacoma.org

City of Puyallup
Ages 5-12
cityofpuyallup.org

Overnight Camp Options

For many kids, summer means
attending traditional overnight camp— staying in cabins, singing around a campfire, and making friendships that can last a lifetime.

Tacoma Mountaineers
Ages vary
mountaineers.org
Campers will learn climbing, hiking, map and compass training, camp cooking, wilderness first aid, fire and
shelter building, and explore local geology and ecology. In addition to day camps, Tacoma Mountaineers also has two overnight camps at Mount Rainier (Tahoma).

Washington State University
Extension 4-H Camps at Panhandle Lake

extension.wsu.edu
Campers spend the week enjoying a myriad of activities, including swimming, hiking, arts, music, cooking, and making new friends! Awaken to
birds singing and fall asleep to the stars (or exhaustion).

FULL STEAM AHEAD for Olympia Harbor Days

Olympia Harbor Days, a waterfront maritime festival, is expected to be a welcome opportunity to reconnect with friends, stroll the beautiful downtown waterfront, and have a whale of a good time. Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend, September 2 to 4. The South Sound Maritime Heritage Association invites you to celebrate the 49th year with festivities for the whole family. We have missed many gatherings over the past two years. Musicians, craft vendors, tugboats, kid’s activities, and much more will vibrate with a joyful energy we have been longing to feel.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Port of Olympia and the Steamer Virginia V. The ship is a National Historic Landmark undergoing renovations but is expected to sail proudly into Olympia for Harbor Days. The Lady Washington, which has also been undergoing restorations, will hopefully arrive as well.

Did you know that Olympia Harbor Days’ tugboat races are a reminder of our past? At the turn of the century, tall ships sailed to Olympia to pick up exports like shellfish and wood. The ships required guidance to navigate into Budd Bay from Boston Harbor. This was accomplished with tugboats, who at that time did not have the luxury of ship-to-shore radio. When a tall ship was sighted, the steam engines were fired up and the tug captains raced out. “The first to arrive got the job!” explains Carol Riley, Olympia Harbor Days event producer. We get to relive the excitement.

Riley is working diligently to offer a fabulous array of vendors and activities. It’s a weekend of art, celebration, history, and also marks the ending of the summer season. The festival, along with all participating vendors, will follow all rules for safety and health protocol and guidelines in place at the time of the event.

“I think it will be a fun time and a great time for people to reconnect,” Riley says. Both residents and tourists are in for an energizing time. You won’t want to miss a thing. “Think great weather,” she advises. Rain during Olympia Harbor Days has been rare. Come to downtown Olympia, celebrate Olympia Harbor Days, and remember one of the many reasons you love the Pacific Northwest.

For Additional Information
Olympia Harbor Days
harbordays.com

MARY ELLEN PSALTIS

The Press Room: A Wedding Venue Where History Was Made

For nearly 13 years, Linda Dagley wanted to create, own, and operate an event venue. It would be a natural fit, after all, for a successful catering company like Jonz Catering, owned by her and husband Chef David Dagley since 2007.

According to David, “Whenever Linda would find an interesting space, I would typically tell her it just didn’t pencil out financially. But then in 2019, she found this space and I was immediately ready to sign the lease.”

The space that David is referring to is a wonderful historic building in Tacoma’s Theater District on Opera Alley called The Press Room. From 1914 to 1971, the space housed the printing presses for the Tacoma Daily Ledger and the Tacoma News Tribune.

Now the space has been newly renovated using reclaimed items including a gorgeous 30-foot bar on the main floor made from the building’s former cargo elevator doors. Multiple levels and unique small and large spaces give the rustic venue an eclectic, cool vibe not found in many spaces near or far from Tacoma.

There is a huge main floor with a floating wall that brings Opera Alley into the event space and an expansive mezzanine level that houses a second bar. Fun and funky antiques, posters and art fill the 7200 square feet of space that can accommodate seating for 200 guests or 300 in a cocktail-style event. Unique small spaces throughout the venue serve as VIP Bride and Groom areas, plus other conversation spaces.

One of those spaces is home to an original oversized photo of the Narrows Bridge in 1940 as it swayed in a windstorm before plunging into Puget Sound. Another spot at the bar features a book bound with all the newspapers printed during an entire quarter year.

History and rustic ambiance hit you as soon as you walk in. “Good feelings are everywhere in this space,” said David.

Included in the newly climate-controlled venue’s rental fee are tables and chairs complete with beautiful linens. A two-hour rehearsal during the week prior to your event is also incorporated into the fee.

For Additional Information
The Press Room
pressroomevents.com

LYNN CASTLE

Anne Burrell: Celebrity Chef at Saint Martin’s Gala

Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell is bringing her A-game to the popular Saint Martin’s Gala on November 5. “I love making things that feed the soul as well as the body,” says Burrell, whose cooking keeps the attention on simple, seasonal, and flavorful. “Making soulful delicious food feels like a hug from the inside– very satisfying,” she adds.

You might recognize Burrell from her spiked hairdo or one of her many Food Network appearances. She is designing an exquisite five-course menu for the black-tie affair. “When I cook for a small group, I really try to focus on the people I am cooking for and make things that I know that they will love!” says Burrell. Of course, there will be a larger audience at this event, but she remains clear that making interesting, tasty food can still work to please the Gala guests.

Burrell is a chef, passionate teacher, TV personality and author, to name a few of her roles. What does she do when she’s not planning another grand event or filming with Bobby Flay? With great enthusiasm, she confided in a few of her personal pastimes:

“I love to sing karaoke. Like LOOOOOOVE! It’s a great and fun way to blow off some steam! It doesn’t matter if you are not a great singer, you just have to commit to it. My husband and I regularly sing karaoke at home. We have a blast doing it!” exclaims Burrell.

She also shares, “I love to knit. I knit during my downtime, like when I’m watching TV. I always like to keep my hands busy. During the pandemic I started knitting baby blankets for friends. I think I am currently working on blanket 21! That’s a lot of kids!”

“I have two Maine Coon cats that I am absolutely addicted to!” says Burrell. “Their names are Nutty Nancy Crazy Pants and Marcia Marcia Marcia. They are the most loving and entertaining kitties. I can’t imagine life without them! When I travel, I miss them terribly.”

“And lastly, I am a huge New York Rangers fan! I go to a lot of games. I ALWAYS wear a jersey and never ever leave a game early–even when they are losing.

It’s going to be a fabulous and entertaining evening with Chef Burrell.

For Additional Information
Saint Martin’s University
stmartin.edu

MARY ELLEN PSALTIS

Wa Center Announces Scholarship for the Arts

The winner of the 2022 Washington Center Anacker Scholarship for the Arts is Camille McLean. Camille is graduating from Olympia High School where she has served as concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra. She has also been involved in Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia for six years including being the concertmaster for the Conservatory Orchestra. Camille plays the violin and piano and hopes to major in violin performance and music education.

According to Camille’s Orchestra teacher, Joseph Dyvig, “Camille’s work ethic goes beyond the standard practice and preparation… she is always prepared for class, putting in extra work, and is always punctual and present.”

First awarded in 2014, the Washington Center Anacker Scholarship for the Arts recognizes, encourages, and supports a Thurston County Scholar’s study in the field of the arts. The scholarship was endowed by former Washington Center Board President Sally Anacker, who believes the arts exist to enrich our lives. “If the arts exist to enrich our lives… then the Washington Center’s mission must surely be not only to provide the various art forms but to nurture the pursuit of them in our young people,” said Anacker.

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performance venue with a mission to inspire audiences and artists of all ages through live performances, enriching the vibrancy of our community.

2021-2022 Calendar of Events:  https://www.washingtoncenter.org/events/month/

Josh Deck New President and CEO at OlyFed

After more than 38 years with OlyFed, Lori Drummond will retire as the bank’s President and CEO on June 30. Promoted from within, like most of the team at OlyFed, Drummond started her career as the bank’s receptionist in 1984 and now leaves a remarkable legacy for the bank to continue to thrive as the go-to financial institution for local families and small businesses.

Named to succeed her as only the eighth President and CEO in the bank’s 115-year history is Josh Deck. Like his predecessor, Deck was promoted from within after serving as EVP and Chief Operating Officer. Deck started his career with the US Department of Treasury serving as a bank regulator, where he traveled the country conducting bank examinations to ensure the safety and soundness of financial institutions. Deck then joined OlyFed in 2011 as VP of Risk and Compliance Management.

“When my wife and I wanted to start a family and put down roots, I realized I needed a job that didn’t have me traveling each week and I wanted to use my skills by working with a community bank that shared my values. The South Sound was home and OlyFed was the perfect match,” said Deck. Attending Franklin Pierce High School in Pierce County, Deck was a standout baseball player who went on to pitch in college at William Penn University. Now, he enjoys golfing and coaching his own young sons’ teams in basketball, t-ball, and baseball in the local community where he lives and works.

According to Deck, “OlyFed has been a stable component of Olympia for over 115 years, investing in the same place our customers are invested. We strive to demonstrate our dedication to our community through volunteerism and philanthropic giving. We want to grow with our community and to continually
help improve our local quality of life.”

As part of their guiding values, OlyFed is committed to lifelong learning and promoting a different kind of business model that uses their resources to serve the needs of Thurston and Mason County.

For Additional Information
Olympia Federal
360.754.3400 or 800.865.3470
olyfed.com

BY LYNN CASTLE

TLT THEATRE PRESENTS THE LUCK OF THE IRISH

Tacoma Little Theatre presents as part of its 103rd Season, The Luck of the Irish, by Kirsten Greenidge, and directed by Lydia K. Valentine, Tacoma’s Poet Laureate. 

In the words of playwright Kirsten Greenidge, The Luck of the Irish is “…a glass prism: all slants and angles surrounding… different configurations of characters grappling with the dreams and hopes and choices that were made with all the greatest intentions half a century earlier.” It explores the American experience with its multifaceted and layered complexities, both past and present.

The Taylors, a wealthy Black American couple, plan to buy a home in an all White neighborhood in 1950s Boston, and—to avoid being the target of arson again—they pay the Donovans, a struggling Irish American couple, to “ghost-buy” a house on their behalf. Fifty years later, the Donovans confront the Taylor heirs in an effort to get “their” house back.

Moving across two eras, The Luck of the Irish considers the immunity endowed by social privilege of class, race, or gender; the pitfalls of assumed entitlement; and the universal longing for home.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of The Luck of the Irish features Laurice Roberts as Lucy Taylor, Mark Peterson as Rex Taylor, Janice Williams as Hannah Davis, Joshua Davis as Rich Davis, Amy Van Mechelen as Nessa Charles, Jason Sharp as Joe Donovan, Jill Heinecke as Patty Ann Donovan, Joseph Grant as Mr. Donovan, Debbie Birkey as Mrs. Donovan, and William Taibleson as Miles.

The Luck of the Irish will run Friday, June 3, 2022, through Sunday, June 19, 2022.  Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  The Luck of the Irish  is recommended for ages 12 and up.  There will be an ASL interpreted performance on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 2:00pm. 

Tickets are $27.00 (Adults), $25.00 (Seniors 60+/Students/Military), and $20.00 (Children 12 and under).  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling the Box Office at (253) 272-2281.  Group rates are available for 10 or more, and special FLEX passes for 6 are only $145.00.  TLT currently requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door for all audience members and masks will also be required while inside the building.  For our most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols please visit tacomalittletheatre.com/covid.

There will be a special “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, June 16, 2022.  Tickets for that performance are only available in person or over the phone.

Clarus Eye Centre Opens New Clinic in Yelm

Clarus Eye Centre is proud to announce the opening of a new satellite office serving the greater Yelm area this summer.  Clarus is an established multi-specialty ophthalmology practice that has been serving the South Puget Sound area for more than 50 years. Their main location is in Lacey, WA. 

Clarus Eye Centre at Yelm will offer routine and medical eye care, diabetic and glaucoma screenings/monitoring, and optical services.  

Plans to serve Yelm and its surrounding areas have been in the works for several years. The new clinic location (which will be on the second floor of the Yelm Medical Plaza at 201 Tahoma Blvd. SE, Suite 208) will allow Clarus to offer a growing area easier access to optometric and general ophthalmic care. ”We recognized the growing need for greater eye care services in the Yelm area and we’re grateful this opportunity to expand presented itself when it did. We’re looking forward to becoming part of the community and helping to meet its eye care needs.” – Dr. Stephen Reck, Ophthalmologist and Owner at Clarus Eye Centre 

Clarus Eye Centre at Yelm is currently accepting patients for appointments beginning in July. To schedule, call 360-456-3200 or visit www.claruseye.com/yelm to request an appointment

Proctor Shop Celebrates Grand Reopening

Following a short three-month closure for renovations, the Pacific Northwest Shop on Proctor in North Tacoma held its re-opening event on Saturday, May 21st.   Originally created in 1978 by Ann and Bill Evans, the shop is now owned and operated by their son Matt Evans and Cédric Poisson.

With the help of Matt’s younger brother, Paul Evans, owner of Proctor Handyman and Home Renovations, the goal was to lighten and expand the space.  Some of the changes included the installment of new luxury vinyl wood flooring that replaced the tile and carpet.  Several sectional walls were removed to create a more open space.  A window and door that had been sealed over has now been re-opened and resurfaced to let light in.  Neon lighting was removed, the space was painted throughout, and the lighting was redesigned.

“People love it … so many visitors have asked about the color of blue we used.  Someone wanted to know what the flooring was,” said Matt.  “Bringing the light into the space really worked well because the most popular word used to describe the new store is ‘Airy’.”

When you visit the new store, you will find many of the same brands and products carried by the store for years like Huckleberry jams and syrups, or candies from Chuker Cherries, Almond Roca, or Seattle Chocolate.  But you will also find their latest discoveries from local artists and vendors.

According to Matt, “We are always, always looking for new products.”  Whether it is visiting local street fairs or meeting people that come into the store, new vendors and artists are a priority for the business.

From local wines to fun Big Foot t-shirts, and locally made pottery to volcanic ash glasswork, Pacific Northwest Shop hosts a large collection of specialty foods, decorative items, jewelry, books, bath & body products and North Coast Indian designs.

To learn more about upcoming events at the Pacific Northwest Shop, visit them on social media at www.facebook.com/PacificNorthwestShopTacoma/. The store is located at 2702 North Proctor Street in Tacoma.

Capitol City Honda: Reputation – A Family Tradition

Kelly Levesque, owner of Capitol City Honda, understands better than most what it means to do business in your hometown. According to Kelly, “It means your neighbors are buying from you and it is so important that they walk out of our dealership feeling great about their purchase. Our reputation depends upon it.”

At Capitol City Honda, that reputation was earned by Kelly’s father, Ed McCarroll, who opened the dealership in 1971. Impressed by the quality of the Honda motorcycles, Ed took a risk on a relatively new car brand to the US as a leap of faith. Through his industry knowledge of car sales and service, he built it into a thriving dealership, winning national awards from Honda.

Kelly purchased the dealership from her dad in 2017. Serving as the dealership manager since 2000, she and her husband Chris knew she was buying a legacy. The couple share the workload of running the dealership with Chris serving as General Manager and Kelly as the Principal and President.

With Ed McCarroll’s passing in June at the age of 94, the dealership where Ed had still kept an office is adjusting to a life without him. But Kelly learned from her dad that your reputation is built through relationships.

Like Ed, Kelly and Chris continue to build relationships through their support of the community. Whether it is the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, or their newest commitment to Four the Love Foundation. This past holiday season Capitol City donated $10,000 to For the Love Foundation to support them in feeding 1,000 families in need. “Being able to give back to our community is one of the greatest joys of doing business in our hometown”, say Kelly Levesque.

A strong reputation with customers extends to their employees as well, with several of the staff at the dealership, including the office manager and sales manager, boasting a tenure of several decades. “Employee morale is important to us. It starts from the ground up. Customers feel that morale and it sets the tone for the store,” said Kelly.

Capitol City Honda
Olympia Auto Mall
2370 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia
800.594.2956
capitolcityhonda.com

BY LYNN CASTLE