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Community Spotlight — August 2020

The Puget Sound Estuarium

The Estuarium has entered into partnership with TOGETHER! and two federal agencies to extend the watershed STEM education program to underserved youth in Thurston County. In 2020, the Puget Sound Estuarium is offering virtual trainings for teachers from TOGETHER!’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers along with socially distant field trips as a part of a virtual summer Club House including a day at Inspiring Kids Preserve on Henderson Inlet.  TOGETHER! enhances educational equity by investing in schools with the highest percentage of struggling families. Its Club House programs run Sept. through June in partnership with North Thurston Public Schools.

75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 and 9. OlyFOR traditionally has a picnic at Priest Point Park at this time, while From Hiroshima to Hope in Seattle has a commemoration at Green Lake with floating lanterns. This year because of the pandemic, the group in Seattle is instead having a video presentation of performances, and encouraging people to make lanterns to put in the windows of your homes in commemoration of the anniversary. See their website,

Democracy Happy Hour

August 5, 5 pm – 6 pm PDT. Fix Democracy First is hosting a weekly Democracy Happy Hour on Wednesdays @ 5-6pm PT. Grab a drink and join us and learn about the latest democracy efforts, challenges, solutions and more. Fix Democracy First works to get big money out of politics and on other reforms to fix our broken democracy. Our mission is to achieve fair elections and government policies that reflect the will of the people, not the power of money. Find details at

Food Drive for Thurston County Food Bank

Saturday, August 8, 10 am – 12 noon. You are invited to help support the Thurston County Food Bank. The Food Bank has been overwhelmed with needs from our community and is working with reduced volunteers and staff. They are focusing on emergency food boxes. Volunteers are also needed for all shifts at both the Warehouse Distribution Center [WDC] – in Tumwater, and the Client Service Center [CSC] – in Downtown Olympia.  For more information contact Allison Email: Phone: (360)352-8597 x105

Votes for Women Centennial Festival

Saturday, August 22, 10:00 am – 4 pm, State Capitol Grounds in Olympia. Celebrate 100 years of women change makers and mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. There will be live music, performances, speakers, panels, women owned and operated food trucks, exhibits, kids’ activities and more!

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