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Tugboat at Port of Olympia
Harbor Days Returns to Port of Olympia
August 28, 2013

Tugboats return to the southern tip of Puget Sound for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to summer during Harbor Days, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, on the Olympia waterfront.

See more than 30 working, vintage and retired tugs along with the historic Lotus and the Virginia V Steamship at Percival Landing. Experience rowing a Dragon Boat. And cheer on your favorite vessel during the annual tugboat races at noon on Sunday!

Port Plaza will be a gathering spot for musical entertainment, more than 150 arts and crafts and commercial booths, Port of Olympia’s giant Lego building blocks, model tugboat demonstrations, maritime history, plenty of food and other activities for children. FULL STORY

Forgotten Indoor Games - Learn Again on Video!
By Melissa Genson
March 2, 2013

The end of winter has always been the hardest time. You're itching to get outside, but the weather just doesn't want to cooperate. The March drearies set in. My friends and I never seemed bored when we were kids, even when we were stuck inside. We didn't have to wait for the latest thing that ... FULL STORY

Sooo Cute - Two Girls Teaching Paper Football
By Melissa Genson
March 2, 2013

I don't know how many times I laughed while watching this adorable YouTube of two girls in a camper trying to teach the game of paper (tabletop) football, while some raucous boys played nearby. Paper football is another great, simple indoor game - you just need a flat table and a piece of paper. ... FULL STORY

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at PAC
October 8, 2013

From the Washington Center for the Performing Arts - October 4 - October 27, 2013 Washington Center Black Box This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, ... FULL STORY

Free Community Movie "The Croods" Oct. 26 at RUMC
October 8, 2013

From the Rochester United Methodist Church - Free Community Movie Night at the Rochester United Methodist Church! When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 6:00 PM 18206 Corvallis Street, Rochester Admission to our monthly Family Movie Theater Nights is always FREE and open to the communit... FULL STORY

"Sing, Fiddle, & Strum" - Celtic Music at PAC
October 8, 2013

From the Washington Center for the Performing Arts - Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 PM Washington Center Main Stage Energetic and evocative sounds of Ireland and Scotland waft and weave through this evening of music and dance. Masterworks celebrates Celtic traditions with guest artists: ... FULL STORY

Comedy Night at Corbet Theatre Feb. 21
February 21, 2013

Comedy Night at Centralia College Thursday, February 21 7:00 pm Corbet Theatre Comedy night with K-Von from MTV's Disaster Date and Dillion Garcia. Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:45, the show will be on Corbet Stage. Free for students with a student ID card, $3.00 without. This event i... FULL STORY

Classic Card Game for All Ages - "Spit" with video
By Melissa Genson
March 2, 2013

"Spit" was my favorite card game when I was a kid - and it's great for kids of all ages! Use your oldest deck, because the game can get pretty wild. For two players. The game is also called "Speed" or "Slam." Game explanation from About.com - Goal: To get rid of all your cards... FULL STORY

Jon Batiste Comes to Performing Arts Center 10/3
September 20, 2013

With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the NYC music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He studied jazz and classical piano at The Juil... FULL STORY

Rainy Day Game "Jacks" - with Video
March 2, 2013

Have the kids put away anything that beeps or flashes for an hour or so (you put 'em away, too.) When was the last time you played jacks? You've probably forgotten how fun it is - and how challenging it can be. All it takes is ten jacks, a small bouncy ball, a flat surface...and nerves of steel. ... FULL STORY

Learn Cat's Cradle on Video - Grab Some Yarn!
By Melissa Genson
March 2, 2013

Here are some videos that show how to do cat's cradle. This takes practice! A great road game-or anywhere you need to sit and wait, or stand in line. Have fun! FULL STORY

Remember the Yard Game "Spud?" Teach Your Kids!
August 5, 2013

A Video by Pete Vigeant - Kids can play spud for hours. As long as you use a somewhat soft ball, nobody should get hurt. Using a beach ball or a slightly deflated volley ball works well. - editor FULL STORY