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Community Sustaining Fund Grant Applications due May 15

Calling all Changemakers! The Community Sustaining Fund of Thurston County (CSF) is now accepting Spring 2022 grant applications through May 16, 2022, for creative and impactful applications that serve Thurston County communities. In this grant cycle, additional funds are available through the Sue Lundy Memorial Fund, to honor Sue as a community activist and volunteer at the Olympia Kiwanis Food Bank Garden. Funding criteria and applications available at the CSF website.

How to Support

CSF is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year! In that time CSF has gathered and dispersed funds in spring and fall grant rounds, awarding over $125,000 to 200+ local groups and individuals. One hundred percent of CSF contributions are directed to support these community-based projects. Support this local granting model via:

Please contact Ashley McBee for more CSF content, scheduling interviews, and marketing partnership opportunities: 865.363.1308

The Community Sustaining Fund is also on Facebook and Instagram.

If DERT is your jam

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) is looking for community-focused estuary enthusiasts to join our Board of Directors. DERT’s Board of Directors are members of our community that have chosen to volunteer their time and resources to advocate for restoration of the Deschutes Estuary through the removal of the 5th Avenue dam in downtown Olympia.

We can’t achieve this vision without your help. DERT welcomes those from all backgrounds and identities. If interested, please visit Join DERT’s Board or email our Executive Director, Paige Anderson.

Discover a wilderness of healing with Wild Grief hikes

Wild Grief offers unique nature-based programs for grieving youth and families. Their programs combine peer support and nature connection to help anyone who has lost a loved one. The program helps young people build community, normalize the grief experience, and draw upon nature as a source of resilience and healing. All programs are free as well as providing all needed gear up to and including gas cards if needed.

Wild Grief will be scheduling day hikes for teens and all ages throughout the summer. Two hikes will take place in June:

Mt. St. Helens. Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am to 4 pm. We will immerse ourselves in nature as the landscape continues to evolve and recover from the 1980 volcanic eruption. With spectacular views of other mountains and wilderness as far as the eye can see, we will breathe deeply the healing quality of nature. Our skilled leaders will set a pace for the 5-mile hike that accommodates the group.

Lower South Fork Skokomish River. Saturday, June 18, 2022—10:30 am to 4 pm. This is a beginner-friendly hike. We will hike 4-5 miles at a pace that accommodates the group. This is a free event and open to all ages. We may provide a van carpool from Olympia.

Visit Wild Grief’s event page for more information on these and other day hikes.

Wild Grief also offers overnight camping trips for families and teens, but applications for these events closed at the end of April. If you are interested in learning more about Wild Grief, their programs, and ways to support them visit

Capital High students took first and third place in the 2022 “Battle of the Books” (BOB) Thurston County championships. Students from Timberline came in second. Battle of the Books is a team game based on reading a list of books selected during the school year. Students read the books and hold practice games during the school year. In a game-show type format, they compete to answer questions derived from those books. Each schools’ teams then compete against teams from other schools in the Spring. At Capital, Battle of the Books is run by Mrs. Kristi Bonds, the CHS librarian. Other elementary and middle schools throughout Thurston County also have BOB teams and competitions.

Don’t say they’re not reading!

This year, High school students read the following books:

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta; One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; To Night Owl From Dog Fish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer; The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla; A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry; I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day; Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson; Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano; Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya.

Thanks to KOUGTV for reporting the BOB results for Capital.

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