Friday, April 24, 2015
Cost: No cost!
Register here or call
Melissa Sanchez: (360) 754-3588 x105
Registration deadline is May 10, 2015.
Join us aboard a luxury tour bus for a fun and interactive experience in the Henderson and Nisqually Watersheds. The tour includes free local food, shellfish tasting, gardening & lawn care tips and more! Join your neighbors and learn about exciting things happening in YOUR neighborhood.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
In Thurston County, we are lucky to have multiple local Farmers Markets at our finger tips. Strolling through the aisles of booths full of colorful produce, beautiful crafts, and delightful locally made products can feel so magical. And now that it is spring, we get to enjoy the markets for the entire growing season ahead!
Many of our staff members here at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services are so excited about this, so we thought we’d share some safety tips for visiting Farmers Markets.
- Wash hands often. There are many opportunities for touching unique items for sale as well as sampling goodies and eating lunch. Be sure to take a quick break from the market to wash your hands throughout your visit, especially before you eat.
- Wash produce. Produce, whether it is organic or not, should be washed before you eat it.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for tripping hazards.
- Keep your kids close. When a market is crowded, it’s easy to lose sight of a little person. Talk to your kids about what to do if they get lost.
- Some vendors are required to have permits and others are not. For more information about permits see our Farmers Market Permitting and Reference Guide.
- Have fun supporting local vendors, enjoying local foods, and getting fresh air!
To help you get out and enjoy our local farmers markets, here is a list:
The Olympia Farmers Market at 700 N. Capitol Way Olympia, WA – Now open Thursday-Sunday
West Olympia Farmers’ Market at 1919 Harrison Ave. NW Olympia, WA – Open Tuesday evenings starting in mid-May
Yelm Farmers Market at Nisqually Springs Farm 17835 Hwy 507 Yelm, WA – Open Sundays starting May 31
Tenino Farmers Market at 301 Old Hwy 99 Tenino, WA – Opens Saturdays starting June 6
Tumwater Farmers Market at Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road Tumwater, WA – Open Wednesdays (11am to 2pm) starting in May
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
We spend a lot of time in our homes and there are many actions we can take to make them healthier. Join us to learn simple ways to create a healthier living space including ways to reduce exposures to toxins, asthma triggers, mold, lead, and other housing-related health risks. This workshop is presented by Thurston County’s Healthy Homes Program, which offers free, voluntary, and confidential home visits to help Thurston County residents create healthier living spaces.
What: Healthy Homes Workshop
When: Saturday April 11, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Who: Adults and children ages 12 and up
Why: To learn ways to improve your home environment
We hope to see you there!
Friday, April 3, 2015
When something goes down a drain, it may seem like it disappears, but it doesn’t. All drains lead somewhere. There is no such thing as going “away.” Yes, you may flush your waste, you may watch as the unwanted material swirls down the drain but really, all of that material ends up somewhere. The where depends on the locations of the drain.
Do you have an on-site septic system in your back yard? The water from that system filters through the soil in the drainfield and helps replenish the groundwater system. Remember where your drinking water comes from? For most people in our county, it’s groundwater.
If your house’s drain is connected to LOTT Clean Water Alliance, the public sewer utility in Thurston County, then the waste ends up at LOTT for treatment. There, the sewage is treated, the water is reclaimed and it goes into Puget Sound or into the reclaimed water system.
Most storm drains go directly into a body of water without treatment and only a few direct water to a treatment facility.
It is up to all of us to help protect our drinking water, our beautiful lakes, rivers, streams and Puget Sound. Be careful about what goes down the drain and what runs off of your yard, driveway, and rooftop. These five tips can help!
1. Reduce or eliminate your use of toxic products – choose safe cleaners, art supplies, detergents and more.
2. Be aware of what goes into the toilet. Human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed, ever. This means NO wipes, feminine products, condoms, medications, undigested food, cotton swabs, etc.
3. Choose safe garden products – invest in organic fertilizers, weed tools, bird baths, mulch, and less hazardous garden products. What goes on the ground can end up in the ground or in the nearby surface water that our kids and pets love to splash in.
4. Dispose of used motor oil at one of the 33 locations that accept it for FREE.
5. Dry out latex paint and throw it in your trash. Unwanted oil based paints, solvents, and other unwanted household hazardous materials go to HazoHouse for free, safe disposal.
Remember that there is no such thing as going down a drain and “away.” It all goes somewhere and that somewhere could be anyone’s back yard. We are all connected and we are all responsible for protecting this beautiful place that we are lucky to call home.