For the eighteenth year in a row, the Olympia Master Builders is pleased to present the annual Tour of Homes™ on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th. This is an exclusive opportunity for members of our community to explore the craftsmanship of our region’s finest. The Tour of Homes is a free community event that allows participants the chance to view new construction and completed remodel projects, meet the teams behind the work, and ask questions about your own upcoming plans. With approximately 300 visitors per day in each …

In 1947 the Eagan family, Russell and Mildred, the parents, and Jim, Bob, and Tom, the kids, lived in Olympia, having moved from Tacoma after World War II. The family owned and operated what was known then as The Capitol Auto Court. The Auto Court is located directly across State Street from the Eastside Big Tom. Today it is hidden behind a wall that shields the old auto court buildings that are now apartments. The Eagan family lived in the office building of the Auto Court.
In 1947, I remember the …

Running a zipline park has lots of perks!
First: The guests. Everyone wants to be there…it’s not like visiting a dentist or an IRS agent. People are there to have fun (even if they’re a little afraid), and that’s what we do! We’ve celebrated birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family days, GNOs, anniversaries, reunions and bucket lists, to name a few. We’ve met friendly, interesting people from the local area and all over the world!

Second: Guests who are scared provide the most entertainment for the zipline guides. Don’t get us wrong…it’s not that …

A small local nonprofit animal rescue has enhanced the community with a new resource for the abused and neglected animals of Thurston County. Saving the lives of abused and neglected pets with compassion, love, and tireless dedication, and helping these pets become adoptable. You won’t find cement floors with kennels, only homes opened up by generous volunteers who share in the vision. From acute injury and abandonment, to rehabilitation and ultimately rehoming, Emmit’s Magic Animal Rescue is changing animals’ lives, and families, one at a time.
Volunteer driven and funded solely …

The Northwest is already one of the most beautiful places to live and it is an inspiration to all who live here. It’s pretty hard to compare with the natural beauty that is found in our state with its majestic mountains, lush evergreen forests and countless rivers, lakes, streams and waterfalls. We really could never replicate that beauty but we can be inspired by it. In fact, most people live in the Northwest because of the beauty and joy that it brings to daily life. Otherwise, why would we be …