Mike Conner - Mike Conner is the creator and editor of Living in Olympia. He is also a Real Estate Broker and President of City Realty, Inc. in Olympia WA. Mike has a passion for promoting community. He is active in local athletic programs, volunteering his time with both the North Thurston High School boys basketball team and Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

Photos of the Newly Updated Percival Landing Boardwalk

Amidst all the excitement of Sand in the City opening today I was able to sneak down to the newly re-opened Percival Landing to take some photos. If you are around town you should definitely go check it out, and if your heart is in Oly but you currently reside elsewhere you will be amazed at the transformation!

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Sand in the City 2011 in Olympia

With the beginning of a new school year just around the corner, this weekend makes a perfect time to kick back and play in the sand. Now if only Olympia had some sand...

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Trinacria Ristorante in Downtown Olympia - Intimate and Authentic

I'll go ahead and admit it. I have snobbish tendencies when it comes to Italian food. But, as anyone who has traveled to beautiful Italia will agree, it is extremely tough to find authentic Italian cuisine here in the states. And just like in Italy, it is fitting that the best food around just happens to be located in the most unassuming of places. Nestled next to the Electric Rose Tattoo Parlor and the Brotherhood Tavern in downtown Olympia, a Sicilian treat lies waiting behind the most modest of doors. Trinacria Ristorante Italiano in Olympia is perhaps the closest I've come to replicating both the cuisine and the environment that I fell in love with in Italy.

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New on the Market in Ken Lake

This beautifully updated rambler in the Ken Lake neighborhood of West Olympia just hit the market today. For those looking for a move-in ready home in a quality established neighborhood....welcome home. The attention to detail in this home is what separates it from the competition. Plus, the neighborhood amenities of Ken Lake make it really stand out!

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Sports Physicals for Local Student Athletes

On Wednesday, Aug.10, Providence St. Peter Family Medicine will hold a walk-in sports physical clinic for middle school and high school athletes beginning at 5:30 p.m. The clinic will not close until all physicals have been completed. A $20 fee will go directly back to your child’s school, supporting athletic programs.

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The Story of Cutter

Every dog has a story to tell. Unfortunately for us, we're not able to hear most of those stories. Every once in awhile though, a dog comes into our lives and makes us a part of their story. This is what happened to me, and though I don't know the beginning or end of this dog's story, I was lucky enough to be a big part of the middle. This is the story of Cutter.

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Beautiful Video of Olympia WA!

One of our first posts on this site was a video shot by local flight instructor Jacob Libby, featuring some amazing aerial footage of the Olympia area. The video was an overnight success and continues to generate buzz months later. But Jacob felt like there was more to share. And boy are we glad he did!

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4th of July Fireworks around Olympia WA

I can't believe that this weekend is already the 4th of July! Where was our spring? Anyhow, I guess it is time to face facts and start planning for the holiday weekend. First order of business? Local fireworks displays around Olympia. Here is a list of local places to take in some spectacular fireworks.

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Lacey Parks and Recreation offers FREE Summer Entertainment

Lacey Parks and Recreation Department is ready for summer! Their annual Lacey Summer Entertainment schedule kicks off tomorrow evening with the first performance in their Children's Entertainment Series. With great entertainment for kids, lunch hour musical performances, and outdoor movie showings, Huntamer Park will be the place to be in Lacey this summer.

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Lacey Rotary Duck Dash is Back!

The Lacey Rotary Duck Dash is right around the corner, and the weather is supposed to be amazing. This Saturday, June 4th, its time to get your ducks in a row and come out to Tumwater Falls Park. Enjoy the cool breeze from the Deschutes River and watch those duckies dash. You might even win something!

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