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Motorcycles are coming to town

Olympia Toy Run on Saturday, Dec. 2

The Olympia Toy Run, a yearly event that draws thousands of motorcycles to Olympia, will close Deschutes Parkway from about 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Motorcyclists donate toys and money to The Salvation Army's Toy N' Joy Shop, which distributes the gifts to needy children.

Holiday Kids' Tree Lighting Ceremony set for December 1

OLYMPIA— Preparations are underway for the state holiday tree, the evergreen that adorns the Capitol Building rotunda each year, to arrive on the Capitol Campus and receive its customary decorations.

For the second year in a row, the Weyerhaeuser Company is donating the tree. The 25-foot Noble fir will make its formal public debut with the traditional lighting ceremony in the rotunda at 6 p.m. Dec. 1.

Ramp in NRB garage closed temporarily to apply additional non-skid coating

After a wet weekend, it was discovered that the ramp off 11th Ave. to levels P-1 and P-2 was creating a slipping hazard despite the application of a non-skid coating. As a result, the ramp will be temporarily closed to while contractors find a solution to the problem. All entrances of the garage remain open.

Veterans Day events

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued three permits for Veterans Day ceremonies for the Capitol Campus this year.


The first event, from noon to 1 p.m. today, is the International Association of Workforce Professionals' Veterans Day ceremony. The rite, in its 25th year, starts at the World War II Memorial, proceeds to the Winged Victory Monument, then to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and ends at the Korean War Memorial.

New Korean fir to receive first holiday decorations at Sylvester Park this month

The Korean fir tree planted in Sylvester Park last April by the Department of Enterprise Services will be decorated for the first time later this month, with a tree lighting ceremony taking place on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.

Enterprise Services will adorn the holiday tree with decorations provided by the Olympia Downtown Association in 2016, and the association will hold the lighting ceremony.

Governor's Mansion holiday tours fully booked for 2017

Reservations for tours went fast

OLYMPIA — Holiday tours of the state Governor's Mansion, which are among Washington's most popular tours, are now fully booked. Slots have filled for morning and afternoon tours on Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Each tour is open to 25 guests.

Visitors to the Georgian-style mansion, situated on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, will get a 45-minute walking tour of the mansion's holiday decorations, which are entirely paid for by private donations.

Workers are entering the final stages of NRB Garage fire suppression and critical repairs project

All parking on level P-1 will be open by Nov. 3

The work in the NRB Garage is nearing completion. All employee and visitor parking on level P-1 will be open by Friday, Nov. 3, but can only be accessed from Washington Street. Employee parking on levels P-2 and P-3 can be accessed from Jefferson Street only. The 11th Street entrance to level P-2 is scheduled to open in December.

The entrance to the Multipurpose Room and the east bicycle cage on level P-1 are now open.

Workers to begin moving into newest Capitol Campus building Nov. 3

Nov. 1 event marks opening of 106 11th Avenue Building

The Department of Enterprise Services is inviting people to come and see the newest building on the Capitol Campus at noon, Nov. 1.

Reminder: Short-term closures to interpretive trails near Deschutes Parkway will occur during work to clear vegetation

One week of work to clear overgrown vegetation will be conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation along the pedestrian trails east of the Interpretive Center and the west side of Deschutes Parkway between Lakeridge Drive and the Interstate 5 overpass will begin Oct. 23.

The project will clear overgrown vegetation along interpretive trails to increase pedestrian comfort, visibility and safety.

Portions of the interpretive trails will be closed to ensure safety during the project. Barricades and signs will be posted.

A portion of the east side of level P-2 closed until Monday, Oct. 16

A portion of the east side of level P-2 of the NRB Parking Garage will be closed until Monday, Oct. 16, for continuing work to apply waterproofing material.

The visitor parking lot on level P-1 west is open, however, stalls on the west side of the lot are closed until Oct. 20. The P-1 level can only be accessed from Washington Street. Metered parking is available to visitors to the Capitol Campus and costs $2 per hour.