EVENTS and NEWS
National Get Outdoors Day! – Mission Creek Nature Park
Saturday, June 13, 9am - 12pm
Join the Stewards of Mission Creek Nature Park and focus on knocking back woody vegetation around the “north loop” trail using hand tools, and weeding around the native shrubs planted at the San Francisco Ave. entrance. Tools, gloves, and water provided. Meet at 1700 San Francisco Ave NE. Contact Lowell Dickson.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Joy Avenue Pathway and Edible Forest Garden Work Party on Saturday March 21! The site has been transformed and there is nary an unwanted blackberry or thistle to be seen.
To learn more, check out the pathway web page. There you'll find our Garden of Eatin' Plant List which includes detailed descriptions and photos of the more than 250 edible plants you'll find along the trail.
Welcome Mural project... completed!
Loads of neighbors came out on Saturday August 4th to help paint what was once a graffiti-tagged retaining wall in a prominent intersection: San Francisco and Puget streets. Below is a collage with photos representative of the wall's recent condition, starting from lots of tags in the upper left to the finishing touches made by artist Carrie Ziegler, in the bottom right corner. A great big thank you to ALL who participated. Together we make this a vibrant and caring community.
CHECK OUT THE IMPROVEMENTS AT SAN FRANCISCO ST ENTRANCE TO MISSION CREEK PARK!!!
Over 33 scouts and neighbors turned out on a beautiful Saturday in early October for an Eagle Scout-sponsored project to put a serious hurt on all the invasives choking the San Francisco Street entrance. The brush pile was immense. A follow-up work party on October 11th completed trail and drainage improvements, and spread mulch over the weeded area. Olympia Parks just recently replanted the area with native species and placed logs to discourage cutting of the trail switchback. The work parties greatly improved visibility and accessibility for walkers, as well as beautified this heavily used park entrance.
Use Nextdoor to Stay Informed!
Do you want to be part of a private social network designed just for you and your neighbors and keep up with everything going on in NE Olympia. Just look for "North East" at https://nextdoor.com/find-neighborhood/wa/olympia/ and enter your home and email address to sign up. Over 47,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. use Nextdoor to stay informed.
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Want to Stop Receiving Ad Flyers in Your Front Yard?
Those rolled and wrapped flyers that appear in your front yard or driveway can be stopped. The Olympian distributes the "Extra" paper to non-subscribers of The Olympian. The best and quickest way to get the paper stopped is for the homeowner call customer service and request a stop. 1-800-905-0296. The paper carriers should then be directed by circulation managers to stop delivering these papers.
Jim Diers, the former director of Seattle's Office of Neighborhoods, recently visited Olympia to share his vision about the power of neighbors working together to transform their neighborhoods and communities. His humorous, engaging, thoughtful, and inspirational presentation is now posted on the City of Olympia's website at City videos. Just click on "Other City Videos" and then choose Jim's presentation. For more information about Jim and his work, visit: http://home.comcast.net/~jimdiers/index.html
New Olympia Walking Paths website
A local Olympian neighbor has set up a fabulous website detailing interesting walks and simple hikes in our area. This link will take you to one of his most recent entries--our very own most wonderful Mission Creek Nature Park: http://walkolympia.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/mission-creek-nature-park/
Have you heard of StreetBank?
It’s all about lending, giving away and skill sharing...in your own neighborhood. It's a website that allows you to see all that your neighbors are giving away or lending. It's a kind of giant attic, garden shed, toolkit, library or DVD collection for you and anyone living within 1000 yards of your home. And it's all free. How it works Here's an example: Daniel needs a tall ladder to fix his gutters. He joins streetbank by entering his zipcode and offering to share some thing or skill and finds that Marie has put her ladder up to lend. Now his gutters are clean and he knows someone new in his neighborhood! Learn all about this UK-based* & inspired website: streetbank.com *it's LOCAL -- really. Check it out.
View Jim Diers' Inspirational Presentation Online