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/

New Neighbor Guide – Thurston Summer 2022

Letter from the Publisher

Welcome to the New Neighbors Guide! On behalf of the local community, we welcome you to Thurston County. Whether you’re here temporarily or plan to make this a permanent home, we know you’re going to love our region. With our natural beauty, lakes, streams and forested trails, this is the perfect location for outdoor fun. With some of the best coffee in the world and a vibrant food and entertainment scene, Thurston County has something for everyone.

Let’s face it, moving to a new city can be costly and time-consuming—but it’s also exciting! This guide is written by a mix of perspectives from native Thurston Countians to people who moved here from out of the area. Our group reminisced about what we wish people had told us when we first moved here.

This resource guide offers tips and reminders to get you settled and to get the nuts and bolts of your new home well underway. This resource will also help you get connected to your local community, schools and health care, and help you put down “roots” in your daily life here. From great ideas for your home and events to engage in the community, we have you covered.

As we put together this issue, we look forward to providing you with information and education about all the “best things” in Thurston County and we hope to give you a sense of place where you belong and can engage and feel connected. We welcome you, our “new neighbor,” to Thurston County.

Kindest regards,


Robin Lucas, Publisher

This Issue’s Content

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 […]

New to Thurston County?

Here’s What You Need to Know There is always so much to do when you move. This checklist will help you to quickly navigate a few important tasks related to […]

Living in Thurston County

Thurston County is centrally located to some of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Any day of the week, you can embark on a new adventure. Visit spectacular […]

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, […]

Enrolling in School in Thurston County

Parents have more options than ever before in choosing an academic environment that best fits the needs of their student. In Thurston County, there are 60 public primary schools, 17 […]

Giving Back in Thurston County

A great way to quickly learn about your new community and meet new friends is to get involved with a nonprofit organization. Every community offers numerous opportunities to support these […]

Community Spotlight: South Sound Success Story

Heidi Duncan of Duncan Insurance, Olympia It could be that some superheroes come into being from a toxic spider bite, but other superheroes are just born into their roles as […]

Team RED: Resourceful • Experienced • Dedicated

Results of a recent survey found that nearly one in four seniors felt they could not move, either because they couldn’t afford moving costs or because they didn’t believe they […]

How To Incorporate Biophilic Design into Your Home

Biophilic design is not just about bringing the outdoors in; the focus is on indoor air quality, natural light, and color schemes grounded in nature. Indoor Air Quality Be mindful […]

Designed to Maximize Sweeping Views

The Elliott Bay House is located in Seattle on a narrow site facing Puget Sound. The house has a south-facing courtyard containing a reflecting pool with two “floating” basalt boulders. […]

Making Your House a Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with decor and furniture from the heart Your entry is the initial introduction to your home and sets the stage for you […]

The HeART of the Home Cabinets by Trivonna

Cabinets by Trivonna of Lacey pride themselves on a design experience that is uniquely customized to their individual client’s dreams and wishes. Trivonna brings to life an artful design plan […]

Getting Settled into a New Home

After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of moving is over. And you’re right, but there are still things to take […]

Holy Lamb Organics−Natural Bedding Made Locally

Holy Lamb Organics has been making natural bedding products locally by hand in the small town of Oakville, Washington for 18 years. The South Sound community can access a “touch […]

Celebrating More Than 70 Years—Panowicz Jewelers

Even after seven decades, Panowicz Jewelers still holds true to its founding: a legacy of quality, integrity and value. Founded in 1948 by Anton Panowicz Sr., the local-family-owned jewelry store […]

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 […]

Health & Wellness Close to Home

Moving to a new community means finding new healthcare providers for you and your family. Thurston County offers a wide variety of independent health practitioners and large healthcare systems to […]

SPSCC Health & Wellness Center Now Open!

Back in 2015, a group of student leaders began a journey to explore financing, planning and construction of a student-funded wellness and health space at South Puget Sound Community College. […]

Shop Fresh and Local at Olympia Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s […]

Service and Convenience at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of […]

Tumwater Eye Center: State-of-the-art digital and infra-red retinal imagining

Taking care of your eyes may not be at the top of your priority list. However, foresight will do you much better than hindsight. “Be preventative,” recommends Dr. Finch of […]

Saving One Life at a Time at Feline Friends

Welcoming a cat into your home can change your heart forever. Feline Friends, a non-profit rescue and adoption agency, carefully matches cats with their forever homes. Jo MacGugan and countless […]

Warm-Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors

Warmer weather often awakens a desire to get outside and be active. But seniors who have a higher sensitivity to heat need to use caution when making plans in the […]

Shop Fresh and Local at Olympia Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s a great addition to your weekly shopping routine. The market is open Thursday to Sunday, April through October for High Season, Saturday and Sunday in November and December for Holiday Season, and every Saturday in January through March for Winter Season, always 10am to 3pm.

Founded in 1975, the Market has been in its current location at the top of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia since 1996. With four dedicated full-time employees and a volunteer board of directors comprised of vendors, they are committed to their mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.”

The open-air, barn-inspired building provides protection from the weather and space for over 100 unique small businesses from the South Sound region to connect directly with customers in the community. Visitors to the market will find fruit and produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, pasture-raised meats, dairy, baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts including jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, glasswork, photography, local art and more. Free daily live entertainment can be enjoyed at the Market main stage with ample seating and space to enjoy delicious foods from the eight restaurants. The Market also has over 200 free two-hour parking stalls, accessible restroom facilities, and three ATM’s for customer convenience.

The Market accepts new farmer and food processor applications year-round and new crafter applications annually from December 1-31.

Olympia Farmers Market
olympiafarmersmarket.com

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

Warm-Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors

Warmer weather often awakens a desire to get outside and be active. But seniors who have a higher sensitivity to heat need to use caution when making plans in the sun.

Put on Your Walking Shoes

Walking is an excellent physical activity. And doing so in a park or forest is a great way to connect with nature. Joining a group can also be an easy way to meet new friends. Choose terrain—and supportive shoes—suitable for your activity level and balance.

Take an Exercise Class

Get your endorphins flowing! Yoga, pilates or tai chi can all improve balance and flexibility, decreasing the chance of falling. Water aerobics is good for those with arthritis or chronic pain. Or try low-impact sports such as horseshoes, miniature golf, bocce ball, bean bags, badminton or croquet.

Get Outside and Garden

Gardening can be as calming and relaxing as an hour of meditation. Digging, planting and weeding can improve strength, flexibility and agility. If you don’t have a garden, consider volunteering at a local park.

Lighten Up Your Diet

With fruits and vegetables coming into season, it’s time to enjoy salads, light soups and other lighter fare. Farmers markets provide an opportunity to get outdoors and select healthful foods for dinner.

Stay Hydrated

As we age, our ability to notice thirst may decrease, so keep an eye on your water intake, especially when you’re outdoors in the sun. At home, drink water and herbal tea rather than other beverages.

Watch for Allergies

Summertime can mean allergy season, so pay attention to allergy forecasts. Untreated allergies are uncomfortable and can lead to breathing problems or sinus infections. Your doctor can recommend or prescribe a treatment to help prevent serious respiratory problems.

Check the Side Effects of Your Prescriptions

Some medications increase sun sensitivity. Find out whether you need to take extra precautions. Following other suggestions on this list will help you avoid problems.

Relish the Outdoors

Enjoy the great outdoors with a picnic! Just remember to pick an area with comfortable seating and shade, even if it’s in your own backyard. Bird-watching and photography are two other pastimes to stimulate the mind and body. If you love to shop, flea markets are a fun summertime activity. Just remember to protect yourself with sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and bug repellent.

BY KELLY LENIHAN

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

Service and Convenience at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of such attributes. But then there’s Light Dental Studios.

The dentist-owned company—with 22 locations in the Puget Sound—has customer service at the core of its mission.

“We try to treat people the way we would want to be treated,” says owner and CEO Dr. Steven Broughton, who bought his first office from a former dentist in 1997. “People say our practice feels like we’re all neighbors, like they’re just going down the street for friendly dental care.”

With hours from 7am to 7pm including Saturdays, doctors available 24/7, and entire-family, same-day care, Light Dental Studios has solutions patients need.

“We’re trying to make dentistry effortless by making it about our patients, not the dentists,” says Broughton. “Our schedule accommodates their schedule, not the other way around. Our doctors are always available, and almost all procedures are done in-house.”

Besides standard dental checkups, treatments and other services, Light Dental Studios offers on-site orthodontics, implants, surgeries and dentures. Children’s dental care is also offered. In fact, the offices frequently schedule care for entire families side-by-side on the same day to save time.

Light Dental Studios also gives back to the community at the annual South Sound Free Dental Day in May. That’s when the staff donates its time and skills to give away more than $150,000 worth of dental work—one filling or extraction—on a first come, first-served basis.

“We want patients to feel comfortable,” Broughton says. “Our first goal is to provide quality treatment at an affordable price.”

Broughton notes that Light Dental Studios will continue to add offices over the upcoming years in growing neighborhoods. Visit their website for updates or you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Light Dental Studios
lightdentalstudios.com

BY LEAH GROUT

SPSCC Health & Wellness Center Now Open!

Back in 2015, a group of student leaders began a journey to explore financing, planning and construction of a student-funded wellness and health space at South Puget Sound Community College. The fruits of that labor were on full display when the official ribbon cutting of the Health & Wellness Center on the SPSCC Olympia campus was held on April 12, 2022.

As one of two student-funded buildings on campus, the 39,000 square-foot space now sits in the footprint of two former buildings. The renovation of the old gymnasium was enhanced by adding completely new activity spaces to make one large new Health & Wellness Center. It houses weight rooms, a fitness center, a café, an auxiliary gym, and various fitness classrooms that can be used for yoga, dance and a wide array of wellness activities. Building 31 is also the official location for the Clippers, the school’s indoor athletic programs.

According to Kelly Green, Executive Community Relations Officer at SPSCC, “The new building is a wonderful place for SPSCC students and staff to work out and stay healthy including through intramural
athletics.”

With two campuses in Thurston County, one in Olympia on Mottman Road SW and one in Lacey on 6th Avenue SE, SPSCC prides itself on their motto, Success Amplified. Through a combination of small class sizes, a strong staff, and modern facilities, nationally-recognized SPSCC has been living up to their theme for more than sixty years.

While the new Health & Wellness Center is currently only open to students and staff, this summer will mark the return of basketball, volleyball, and soccer skills camps for youth. It will also see the implementation of the all-new e-Sports program. With 13 new gaming PCs and two Nintendo Switches, Clipper eSports is working to field a team to compete in video gaming tournaments.

In addition to Clippers’ Men’s and Women’s Basketball, as well as Women’s Volleyball this fall, SPSCC hopes to host local high school and sports teams in need of prep space for upcoming competitions.

South Puget Sound Community College
spscc.edu

Saving One Life at a Time at Feline Friends

Welcoming a cat into your home can change your heart forever. Feline Friends, a non-profit rescue and adoption agency, carefully matches cats with their forever homes. Jo MacGugan and countless volunteers have been rescuing cats and serving our community for over 20 years. You can begin your search by looking at sweet photos and reading short bios about potential pets on the website.

Did you know that cats have all sorts of personalities? “People are attracted to certain looks, and it can be hard to move past that,” says Jo. She thinks it is worth your time to find a cat that matches your needs and desires. Cats who come to Feline Friends have often come from stressful environments such as a hoarding situation or unfortunate circumstances of the prior owner. It takes time when a cat comes into your home to get used to you and the new environment. “Be patient,” coaches Rachel Friederich, a long-time volunteer.

Feline Friends has a room of senior and special-needs cats. An older cat can make an excellent companion for an older or more sedentary person that enjoys being at home a lot. It’s nice to have a buddy for napping, reading and television watching. There are kittens and younger cats, too. They require much more energy and attention but can be hours of fun. All cats need love and care. Feline Friends is open by appointment, creating a quieter environment for the human-to-cat meeting. Some cats will approach you while others are cautiously curious and need more time. “They blossom,” says Rachel, “when given a chance to settle into their forever home.”

All cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. They also receive appropriate vaccines and other treatments, when required. Cats are microchipped. It is recommended that you keep your dear furry friend inside where it is safe from predators and accidents.

Check the webpage for heart-touching cat photos and their Facebook site for upcoming events. The last spay/neuter clinic booked up very quickly. You can donate to Feline Friends or find out about becoming a foster. Volunteers are also needed at the house where all the cats live.

The new love of your life awaits you at Feline Friends!

Feline Friends
7115 Old Hwy 101 NW, Olympia
360.866.9300
feline-friends.net

BY MARY ELLEN PSALTIS

Holy Lamb Organics−Natural Bedding Made Locally

Holy Lamb Organics has been making natural bedding products locally by hand in the small town of Oakville, Washington for 18 years. The South Sound community can access a “touch and feel” experience in Olympia. The company’s retail showrooms are the only all-natural bedding stores between Seattle and Portland, according to owners Jason and Mindy Schaefer.

The showroom is a great way for customers to experience the products. “We’re excited to be part of the downtown Olympia neighborhood – it is a great fit for our business,” says Mindy Schaefer.

Holy Lamb Organics’ manufacturing plant is located in what was once Oakville’s historic Little Bit General Store, which served the community in eastern Grays Harbor County for over 85 years. Built in 1902, the building also includes a showroom that is open to the public.

According to the Schaefers, Holy Lamb Organics bedding is handmade using the highest quality materials and forward-thinking design and innovation. Made in the USA, the products are natural and certified organic. The Schaefers add that replacing the bedding of an allergy sufferer with natural products can reduce or eliminate the effects of allergies.

Besides promoting health and well-being, the Schaefers’ vision is to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices in their manufacturing and selling. “We bring distinctive, comfy, healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment.”

The Schaefers’ showroom has become a welcome space for the community. They invite you to the showroom to experience the difference all-natural bedding offers.

Holy Lamb Organics
418 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA
holylamborganics.com

BY LEAH GROUT