The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County
Learn powerful skills for practical peace-making in every day life! Improve relationships and learn to help people solve their conflicts in healthy ways. Consider becoming a mediator. In addition to serving the community by offering information and problem solving over the phone, and through our confidential mediation sessions and group facilitation services, the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County also offers a variety of experiential and highly interactive trainings in conflict resolution, mediation and group process skills.

Please join us for one of our upcoming trainings. For more information, or to register for a course, please call Oriana @ 360-956-1155 or e-mail her at You can also visit our website at for a full listing of our current programs and offerings.




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Still pedaling bikes, 17 years going on 20

Started in April of 1998, this program has helped put people on bikes and shipped bikes to several countries around the world through connections with mission programs, other non-profits and individuals. The numbers are easily into the thousands. We sent over 300 bikes to Togo alone through the Bikes for Education program. Over 400 in a couple different shipments to Ghana. Several kids bikes went to orphanages in Romania. And a couple hundred a year are put back on the streets throughout Thurston County in one form or another. A couple of years we provided upwards of 50 kids bikes, one for each child, at three different large housing complexes in Olympia and Lacey.

Over the years B-A-B has been supported by Bike Tech, the Olympia Police Dept., Intercity Transit, J&J Recycling (now defunct), Traditions, Ralph’s Thriftway & Bayview, The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission and many, many businesses that allowed us to collect spare change in water bottles on their counters.

The Build-a-Bike Project, a completely volunteer run non-profit, is now housed in the garage of the house behind the Pit Stop Grocery at the corner of 18th Ave. and Boulevard Rd. To find us, look for the signs when the shop is open – Sundays, noon to 4pm.  You can also check out the website at

Donations of time, money, labor and bikes or bike related items are always welcome. Thanks to all in the Olympia community who continue to make this project possible.

Other items of interest to the community
South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign
The South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign is a coalition of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey students, union members, people of faith, and concerned citizens raising awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenging individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices. Visit their website at Meetings are held at Traditions the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.

Thurston County - Santo Tomás, Nicaragua Sister City

The Thurston Santo Tomás sister county association was founded in 1988. It has for ten years fostered personal relationships between the two with exchanges of peoples and programs that have supported self-determination and self-sufficiency for the Nicaraguan people. A quarterly newsletter is published and contact can be made through TSTSCA Newsletter, 2032 Aqua Ct. NW, Olympia, WA 98502 (360) 357-8323.

Sound Exchange
Olympia's Alternative Currency is Sound HOURS. Traditions is the bank for Sound Exchange. A volunteer sets up in the cafe every Monday from 2 pm to 6 PM to answer questions and sign-up people to be a part of this alternative currency. “South Sound Hour Town” listing goods and services available for Hours exchange is published 6 times a year. Pick it up at Traditions, the Co-op, the Library, and other locations around town. Sound Exchange can be contacted at PO Box 1381, Olympia, Wa. 98507 (360) 709-0704

Putting Sustainablility into Practice
Sponsored by the Sustainable Community Roundtable, holds twice monthly conversations at Traditions. The Roundtable publishes annual community indicator updates. Contact them at (360) 786-0237 or click here.

Green Pages
A monthly journal of environmental news and commentary. Published by SPEECH, which holds forums and their annual meetings at Traditions.

Community Sustaining Fund
The Community Sustaining Fund is a local organization formed in 1987 which provides grant support for progressive, community-oriented projects in Thurston County. Funds are raised through businesses, individuals, and a raffle and twice a year grants are awarded to those who fit criteria. Traditions provides business support and is usually the site of the raffle drawing at the spring ArtWalk. The organization’s address is 2103 Harrison NW, Suite 2715, Olympia, Wa. 98502. For more information, click here.

Traditions Café and World Folk Art
300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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