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Celebrate the Return of the Territorial Sundial

People are invited to join us to celebrate the return of the Capitol Campus Territorial Sundial and to learn how a sundial works to accurately tell time at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The event will feature speakers from Enterprise Services, the Governor's Office, the State Arts Commission, and the University of Washington.

March for Life

Thousands expected at Capitol Monday, Jan. 22

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2018 March for Life rally. The rally is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, on the north steps of the Legislative Building.

Women's rally

Thousands expected at Capitol Saturday

Enterprise Services has issued a permit for an event Saturday, Jan. 20, that organizers say could bring 6,000 to 10,000 people to the Capitol Campus.

Participants in the Women's March on Olympia will gather near the north steps of the Legislative Building (near the flag circle) about 11 a.m. and will remain until 12:30 p.m. Apart from participants who will staff information tables in Heritage Park in downtown Olympia, participants will remain on campus for the length of the event. No streets will be closed for the rally.

Enterprise Services issues permit for Friday, Jan. 12 rally

The Department of Enterprise Services issued a permit for a Friday, Jan. 12 rally on the Capitol Campus at which participants may be openly carrying firearms, as is allowed under state law.

The Rally 4 UR Rights event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

The event organizers – the Gun Rights Coalition – estimate that up to 150 people will attend.

Tree and hedge pruning work occurring on Capitol Campus this week

Tree and hedge pruning work will be done on locations throughout the Capitol Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 11, to improve hedge and tree health, ensure public safety and provide clear lines of sight for security cameras.

There will be noise as well as short-term vehicle and pedestrian impacts in various locations on the campus on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 11. Streets that will have traffic impacts include Deschutes Parkway and Maple Park Drive.

In addition to pruning work, the project will include:

Territorial Sundial to be reinstalled Thursday, Jan. 4

The iconic Territorial Sundial between the Legislative Building and the Joel Pritchard Library will be reinstalled on Thursday, Jan. 4, and a Jan. 30 dedication event will be held to celebrate the sundial's return.

Fifth Avenue Dam repair project begins Dec. 26

The Department of Enterprise Services will oversee repairs for downtown Olympia's Fifth Avenue Dam beginning Dec. 26, with work potentially extending into early spring.

This $195,000 project comprises a series of critical repairs to keep the dam located between Budd Inlet and Capitol Lake operational.

Sundial to return to Capitol Campus for another January dedication

Linda Kent
(360) 972-6413


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.