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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  October 2013
Walk n' Roll to school in Tumwatertop

Members of the community joined parents, staff and children on a walk to Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School on October 9 to celebrate International Walk to School Day (see photo above). Tumwater Police escorted the large group along the route. Walk to school events encourage students to explore walking and biking to school rather than driving or being driven. The Walk n' Roll program encourages and supports the next generation of safe and healthy bikers, walkers, and bus riders.


Intercity Transit's Smart Moves youth education program, in partnership with the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC), coordinates several of these walks each month with schools in Tumwater and Olympia. Funding for the program comes from Washington State Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to Schools grant program and Transportation Alternatives Program funds.


Upcoming events, often referred to as "Walking & Wheeling Wednesdays," are planned for the participating Tumwater elementary schools of Michael T. Simmons and Peter G. Schmidt.

  • October 23, Michael T Simmons          
  • November 6, Peter G Schmidt
  • November 20, Michael T Simmons
  • December 4 Peter G Schmidt


Additional dates will be scheduled in 2014.


To learn more about youth programs, visit the Intercity Transit website or contact the youth program specialist Erin Scheel at (360) 705-5839 or escheel@intercitytransit.com. 

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fall 2013  
Register today!
Check out the Tumwater Parks & Recreation brochure for sports, programs and classes.  Registration is open. Call (360) 754-4160 for details.


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Got bikes? bikes

Need to rehome a bicycle? Bike PARTners needs donated bicycles (especially bikes with 24" and 26" wheels). The Bike PARTners program provides after-school workshops for students to learn bike maintenance and safe riding skills, one-on-one from volunteer instructors, and eventually earn their own bike. Contact Erin Scheel at (360) 705-5839 or escheel@intercitytransit.com for more information.

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Help keep storm drains clear drains

Autumn leaves are falling! Please do not rake or blow leaves from your yard into the street. Raking or blowing leaves into storm drains can clog drains and cause flooding in your neighborhood, and it's against the law (see TMC 13.12.020). 

Tumwater maintenance crews work hard to sweep our streets and vacuum out our storm drains. You can give them a helping hand by regularly removing leaves and trash from the storm drains in your neighborhood.

Try Composting Leaves
For a healthy yard, leaves may be placed in garden beds to protect plants over the winter. Decomposing leaves also add nutrients to soil. Do remove large leaves from lawn areas. Leaves may be placed in yard waste bins or composted.

An easy way to compost leaves is to place them in a large trash bag with a shovel full of soil. Shredding large leaves with a mower will aid decomposition. Tie the bag closed and poke some holes in it for aeration. Hide the bag outside or in your shed for the winter. Next spring, open the bag up for some great mulch for your yard!

For more yard care tips, go to http://www.streamteam.info/actions/lawncare.  

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Join the Great Washington Shake Outdrill 

On October 17 at 10:17 a.m., join City employees and people from around the state and around the world in an earthquake drill during the Great Washington Shake Out. Participating is a great way for families and organizations to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. The drill provides a reminder to take action to prepare and an opportunity to practice earthquake response. 

Safety Tips:

Take action before an earthquake to minimize the impact. Unsecured bookcases, tall furniture, mirrors, wall hangings, and other items could fall over or break during an earthquake and cause injury. Secure the contents of your home to protect yourself and your loved ones.


The best method to protect yourself during an earthquake is to Drop, Cover and Hold. Be sure to practice taking cover in a safe place in each room. This will help you quickly move to your safe place during an earthquake instead of responding to the instinctive urge to run. Find recommended earthquake safety actions online.


Be ready to respond after an earthquake by dressing for safety. Protect your head, feet and hands. Have a pair of sturdy shoes, leather gloves and a hard hat under your bed so you know where to get the essentials, day or night.To participate, register on the Great Washington Shake Out website. You can also find resources for your home, business and organization there.


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Autumn funevent


Pumpkin Painting
Thursday, October 24
Tumwater Middle School Cafeteria
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pumpkins, paint and refreshments provided.
**Pre-registration is REQUIRED**
Call Tumwater Parks and Recreation at
(360) 754-4160 to reserve your pumpkin.  

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Tumwater Youth Program 

The Tumwater Youth Program (TYP) offers evening activities for teens and pre-teens in the Tumwater community. TYP events are a place to have fun, socialize with friends, interact positively with adults, munch on snacks and so much more. Visit the City's website for TYP event information or call (360) 754-4160 to volunteer.

Upcoming events: 

TYP Grade School Activity Night (Open to 4th, 5th and 6th graders)
Friday, October 18, 2013
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tumwater Middle School
Cost: $7
Halloween Theme - Dress Up if you like - Inflatable Monster Obstacle Course, Karaoke, Basketball, Pizza, Games and Arts & Crafts!

TYP Middle School Late Night (Open to 7th & 8th graders)
Friday, October 25, 2013
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Tumwater Middle School
Cost: $7
Halloween Theme
farmers-market-logoTumwater Farmers Market
Open for a few more weeks this season.
Wednesdays through October
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Israel Road & Capitol Blvd
For more autumn fun in Tumwater and around Thurston County, browse to www.VisitTumwater.com to find a community calendar with events and activities.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855