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Business owners in Washington have many responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they must report. To help reach more businesses statewide, the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free live webinar for new and small business owners from 10:00 to 11:00 Tuesday morning. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection, and record-keeping requirements. Continuing education credit is also available. To register, simply send an email with your name, company name, phone number, and email address to The deadline to register is Monday.
The Port of Olympia is accepting applications for its Volunteer Harbor Patrol Program. Harbor Patrol volunteers help protect the security and safety of the Marine Terminal, Swantown Marina & Boatworks, Port customers and citizens who are enjoying the waterfront. To qualify for the Volunteer Harbor Patrol, a candidate:
  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Possess a Washington State driverís license
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have the legal right to reside in the United States
  • Be a high school graduate or have completed GED requirements
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within the previous five years
  • Agree to serve on the Volunteer Harbor Patrol for no less than one year
  • Sign an application and legal waiver form
  • Complete information is available here. Applications are being accepted through the end of the day on Monday.
    It's the 15th Annual Father-Daughter Dance at Capital High School. The theme this year is Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The tradition of the Father/Daughter dance, gives dads and dad-figures a chance to spend an evening with their special girl. The demand is so great that it requires two nights. Attend one or both. It's sponsored by the CHSPO. Proceeds benefit the CHSPO and the Junior Class. It's happening Friday and Saturday nights, February 2nd and 3rd, from 6:00 to 9:00. Dancing, ice cream, corsages, raffle prizes and crafts. Tickets are $40 per couple, $15 for each additional daughter (ages 3+). Tickets and photo packages are available at or at the door on the day of the event. It's happening at the Capital High School Commons on Conger in West Olympia.
    Pizza Klatch presents A Slice of the Good Life with two-time Grammy Nominee Mary Lambert. It's a benefit concert and auction for Pizza Klatch in support of LGBTQ+ youth. Pizza Klatch provides weekly support groups for LGBTQ youth and allies in local high schools. The show is at the Washington Center for Performing Arts in Olympia on Saturday, February 3rd. Tickets are on sale now. Find out more at
    Feline Friends is hosting their very first fundraising gala. They're working on building a new cat shelter. The evening begins with a silent auction, an Italian vegetarian buffet, cash bar, live music provided by Roger and Deb Hamilton, and culminates with a live auction. Each $40 ticket includes all you can eat and a beverage token. The gala is at Pellegrino's Catering & Event Center on Littlerock Road in Tumwater starting at 8:00 the evening of Saturday, February 3rd. Find out more at
    It's another Friends of the Olympia Library Giant Sale of Books & Media. All of the proceeds benefit the Olympia Library. It's for all ages and most interests. There are bargain prices. Hardcover books are just $1 and trade soft cover books are also $1. Get mass market paperbacks for 50Ę, and kids' books for 25Ę. There are DVDs, CDs & vinyl records for $1 a disk. All other items priced as marked. It's happening Saturday, February 10th, from 10:00 to 4:00, and Sunday, February 11th, from 1:00 to 4:00. You have the option Sunday to fill a provided bag with Giant Sale items for only $4.00. It's all happening at the Olympia Timberland Library on 8th Avenue. To find out more, and to enquire about membership, email
    The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County is looking for nominations for the 2018 Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award. The award annually recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment and provided extraordinary leadership in promoting civil discourse and civic harmony. Established in honor of the DRCís Founding Director, Evan Ferber, the award is being presented at the Dispute Resolution Centerís annual fundraiser The Toast on April 15th. Everyone is encouraged to submit nominations. Submission deadline is Wednesday, February 28th. Get more info at
    Since 1985, the annual Thurston Economic Development Council Business Awards Gala has honored local businesses and the important role they play in supporting the economic health of our region. The 2018 event is happening Friday, April 20th, at the Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. The award categories are: new business, small business, non-profit, and corporate employer. Nominations come from within the community, and winners are announced at the event. Find out more at the Thurston Economic Development Council website.
    Does your non-profit group or organization have an upcoming event? Want some help getting the word out? Simply send us the information as far in advance as possible. Include the basics (who, when, what, where, and how). Be sure to include how to get more information. In addition, include a contact person and phone or email (indicate whether these are to be released publicly). You can email your information to, FAX it to 360.236.1133, or mail it to 2124 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, 98506.