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September, 2014
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Back-to-School Safety 101:

Hope for the Best…..Prepare for the Worst!

Telephone Alerts Available for Flooding Hazards

The War on Food Waste

Little Red School House Drive a Big Success!

A Herd of Folks at the Thurston County Fair

Making it in the Dry Years

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 Secondhand Safari – Community Wide Garage Sale & Reuse Fair!

And, what to do with that old Styrofoam.

Join the fun at Thurston County Fair’s second annual Community Garage Sale and Reuse Fair! This fun event is being held on Saturday, May 1st from 8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m at the Thurston County Fairgrounds located at 3054 Carpenter Road in Lacey.

The event includes garage sale booths, educational booths, guest speakers, free book and magazine exchange, recycled art, food, music, and more! This is a great opportunity to sell, trade, and barter with others in your community. Don’t forget to bring your books and magazines for the free exchange table. There will be $2 early-bird admission between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and $1 admission after 9:00.

Sign up now to have a garage sale booth and get ready to clear out your clutter. Coordinate with your friends, make it a family event, or use the opportunity to raise money for a charity. Booth space is $25 for an outdoor booth and $40 for a covered booth. Set up will be the Friday before from 12:00 noon until 10:00 p.m. The doors will be locked after set up Friday evening and security will be on-site until Saturday morning.

Goodwill will have a trailer on-site and will be accepting donations throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to donate your leftovers at the end of the day. Visitors can also bring reusable items to donate. Items accepted for donation at Goodwill’s discretion.

If you would like to have an educational booth, sign up now! All community groups, non-profits, businesses, agencies and individuals working on sustainability issues are welcomed.

Reuse is an important way to prevent still usable items from ending up in our landfills and to save money on disposal costs. Reuse also has other far reaching environmental and community benefits. So come and take advantage of this great opportunity to pass on treasures to others, and benefit from the advertising and exposure you wouldn’t otherwise get with a garage sale at home! Last year’s event drew in a crowd of over 3,000 people and we’re expecting even more this year.

To reserve your space or for more information please call 786-5453 or visit the Thurston County Fair.

What to do with that Styrofoam?

There is now a location to recycle #6 Polystyrene Foam in Thurston County. What the heck is THAT? Most of us know it by the Dow trademark of Styrofoam. Dart Container Corporation, at 600 Israel Road S.E. in Tumwater, now accepts clean foam block and food service items. For more information on this location or other recycling and reuse opportunities in Thurston County, just go to our web database at Where Do I Take My? There you will find an alphabetical list of everything under the sun along with details on the drop-off locations in the area for those items.

By Amber Smith

Some of the booths at last year's Reuse Fair. Some of the booths at last year's Reuse Fair.

It's easy to drop off styrofoam! It's easy to drop off styrofoam!