LoveOly Winter Fest 2021,

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 28, 2021 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving) for LoveOly Winter Fest 2021, noon to 6:00 p.m. at 5th & Washington.
Enjoy live music and performances, activities for kids and families, festive seasonal lighting and a Winter Refreshment Station featuring locally produced craft beer, wine, cider and other holiday libations. Don’t miss horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday storytelling and a unique shopping experience of specialty goods and hand-crafted gifts made by local artists and makers. (If you are an artist or maker, click here to learn how to participate.)
LoveOly Winterfest kicks off a month of holiday fun for friends and family to enjoy. Throughout December, come on ‘Downtown for the Holidays’ to enjoy:
  • Holiday lighting, unique art installations and decorations throughout Downtown, including over a mile of garland decorating storefronts!
  • Twinklefest – Take a self-guided tour through decorated downtown storefronts! Visit for more information.
  • Experts call for SNOW outside The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
  • We’re setting out Nutcracker-Themed Selfie Scenes for Holiday Cards with your Family & Friends, including Land of Sweets at the Washington Center, a Gingerbread House at 5th and Capitol and Winter Wonderland at Legion and Capitol.
  • Enjoy 12 days of Complimentary Parking Downtown from December 12 – 24, courtesy of the City of Olympia.
  • Back by popular demand: LoveOly Holiday Edition, Shop & Dine Promotion, November 26 – December 24! Download the passport here or get one when you visit any participating shop or restaurant and start shopping and dining! Every time you make a $10 or more purchase, you’ll receive a sticker on your passport. Get five stickers and turn in your passport for your choice of a branded Love Oly gift, your choice of scarf, deck of playing cards, or a journal!
WHAT: Downtown for the Holidays
WHEN: Friday, November 26 through the end of December.
WHAT: LoveOly Winter Fest Street Festival
WHEN: Sunday, November 28, 2021 from noon to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Olympia, 5th Avenue and Washington Street
WHO: Produced by Olympia Downtown Alliance
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Brit Kramer, Event Partner at (360) 481-5010 or For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or

Two Bates Students Honored Statewide

Recently, Bates Technical College is proud to honor two students as a new part of the prestigious All-Washington Academic Team, a program that recognizes two-year college students with high academic achievements and a dedication to community service.

Civil Engineering program student Ian Karnas, 27, is a South Bend native who joined the Army as a watercraft engineer after high school. After nearly 10 years of service, he researched engineering schools to further his education. Karnas discovered Bates’ Civil Engineering program, enrolled, and became active in the college Phi Theta Kappa chapter, the honor society for two-year colleges. He graduated in March and is now employed in the industry at Jacobs Engineering Group. Karnas’ five-year plan is to obtain a master’s degree in coastal engineering and eventually earn his doctorate.

Breanna Rohde, 25, is a student enrolled in advanced manufacturing program with the ultimate career goal of becoming a mechanical engineer. Rohde knew what she wanted to do professionally early on. As a young girl, she was fascinated with how things were built. The older she grew, the more her curiosity blossomed for design, manufacturing and engineering. Along with her spouse, Rohde moved to Washington seeking a college degree with hands-on learning in manufacturing. She enrolled at Bates after learning through her job about the programs offered. The working mother is on track to graduate this winter and hopes to eventually secure an automobile design and remanufacturing career.

Each All-Washington Academic Team member received a $250 scholarship from KeyBank. Rohde was ranked in the top 16 and received a $750 scholarship from Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU).

virtual event honoring the state’s All-Washington Academic Team featured Governor Jay Inslee, and speakers from Phi Theta Kappa, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, scholarship sponsors KeyBank, WSECU, and more. Congratulations to both Karnas and Rohde for their academic achievement and excellence!

For more information about the All-Washington Academic Team, go to