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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.

Enterprise Services seeks additional input from stakeholders before proposing rules for certain public and nonprofit hospital risk pools

A new state law permits certain public and nonprofit hospitals to jointly self-insure for property and liability risks.

The law also requires that the state risk manager adopt rules for these public benefit hospital joint self-insurance programs (also called risk pools). The state risk manager's office is a program within the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.

Prior to filing proposed rules under the state's rulemaking process, the Enterprise Services has been seeking input from stakeholders.

Veterans Day events

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued three permits for Veterans Day ceremonies for the Capitol Campus this year.

Today

The first event, from noon to 1 p.m. today, is the International Association of Workforce Professionals' Veterans Day ceremony. The rite, in its 25th year, starts at the World War II Memorial, proceeds to the Winged Victory Monument, then to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and ends at the Korean War Memorial.

New Korean fir to receive first holiday decorations at Sylvester Park this month

The Korean fir tree planted in Sylvester Park last April by the Department of Enterprise Services will be decorated for the first time later this month, with a tree lighting ceremony taking place on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.

Enterprise Services will adorn the holiday tree with decorations provided by the Olympia Downtown Association in 2016, and the association will hold the lighting ceremony.

Governor's Mansion holiday tours fully booked for 2017

Reservations for tours went fast

OLYMPIA — Holiday tours of the state Governor's Mansion, which are among Washington's most popular tours, are now fully booked. Slots have filled for morning and afternoon tours on Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Each tour is open to 25 guests.

Visitors to the Georgian-style mansion, situated on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, will get a 45-minute walking tour of the mansion's holiday decorations, which are entirely paid for by private donations.

State Department of Enterprise Services seeks input from stakeholders for rules for certain public and nonprofit hospital risk pools

A new state law permits certain public and nonprofit hospitals to jointly self-insure for property and liability risks.

The law also requires that the state risk manager adopt rules for these public benefit hospital joint self-insurance programs (also called risk pools). The rules must include standards for solvency, operations, management and other important areas. The state risk manager’s office is a program within the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.

Reminder: Short-term closures to interpretive trails near Deschutes Parkway will occur during work to clear vegetation

One week of work to clear overgrown vegetation will be conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation along the pedestrian trails east of the Interpretive Center and the west side of Deschutes Parkway between Lakeridge Drive and the Interstate 5 overpass will begin Oct. 23.

The project will clear overgrown vegetation along interpretive trails to increase pedestrian comfort, visibility and safety.

Portions of the interpretive trails will be closed to ensure safety during the project. Barricades and signs will be posted.

A portion of the east side of level P-2 closed until Monday, Oct. 16

A portion of the east side of level P-2 of the NRB Parking Garage will be closed until Monday, Oct. 16, for continuing work to apply waterproofing material.

The visitor parking lot on level P-1 west is open, however, stalls on the west side of the lot are closed until Oct. 20. The P-1 level can only be accessed from Washington Street. Metered parking is available to visitors to the Capitol Campus and costs $2 per hour.

Heritage Park Hillside Trail (a.k.a. the switchback trail) to be closed Oct. 10 for erosion control work and maintenance

The Heritage Park Hillside Trail (a.k.a. the switchback trail) will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 10 for annual trail maintenance as well as erosion control work.

Maintenance work includes trimming overgrown plants and filling in ruts.

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