LaceyLife – March 2023

Lacey Cultural Celebration: Explore the World Saturday, March 4, 10 am – 6 pm, Saint Martin’s University

Don’t miss the Lacey Cultural Celebration presented by TwinStar Credit Union! The FREE, family-friendly event honors the diverse sights, sounds, smells, and traditions of various cultures throughout the world.

Attendees can listen to music, watch live performances, see amazing attire, take in a cooking demonstration, and more. You can also shop with vendors selling a variety of merchandise, purchase delicious foods from around the world, visit with members of cultural clubs and organizations, and kids can play fun and educational interactive games.

REMINDER: 2023 Lacey Neighborhood Grant Program Applications Due Friday, March 31

Now through March 31, the City is accepting applications for the 2023 Lacey Neighborhood Grant Program (LNGP). The matching-grant program awards up to $2,500 for projects that foster community pride, beautify the city, and expand community-member involvement.

New This Year
The LNGP is now available to both formal HOAs and informal neighborhoods located in the city limits. Informal neighborhoods are communities that do not have a formal set of rules and regulations its residents must comply with, or a board of directors.
To get details or download an application, visit our website or contact Jenny Bauersfeld, Community
Relations Specialist.

Parks, Culture, and Recreation Scholarships Available

To help ensure all community members have access to our recreation programs, our Parks, Culture, and Recreation Department has a scholarship fund available for qualifying households.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Live in the City of Lacey or the North Thurston School District
  • Show Financial Need (Income verification is required and may include the previous year’s tax return, a letter verifying free or reduced lunch from North Thurston Public Schools, a benefits letter, or a letter outlining financial need.)

Discover Parks, Culture, and Recreation Programs, Classes, and Events

Looking for activities to stimulate your mind and body? Our Parks, Culture, and Recreation Department offers a variety of healthy, inspirational, and recreational opportunities through quality programs, classes, and community events.

To check out the current offerings, including cultural, sports, aquatics, fitness, outdoor, youth, teen, and more — browse our online PLAYBOOK.

PARKSPLORATION: Wanshers Community Park

Lacey’s Park System is one of the best in the state. In addition to great parks that are free and open to everyone, it includes miles of ADA-accessible trails, hiking trails, a premier regional athletic complex, and several community buildings.

Wanschers Community Park, named after Lettie Wanschers who bequeathed the property to the City in her will, is a heavily wooded gem located on the shores of Hicks Lake. Park visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along natural-surface paths or paved walking trails with breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier, fish on the banks of the lake, relax on the grassy areas, or have a picnic at one of the park’s tables.

Reduce Your Home Water and Energy Usage and Save Cash! Rebates, Incentives, & Offers

Whether you’re replacing appliances, remodeling, buying a home, or just looking for ways to save water, energy, and money – there are a number of rebates, incentives, and offers available for home-efficiency upgrades. The more energy and water efficient your home becomes, the lower your energy and utility bills can get.

High-Efficiency Washing Machine Rebate
Lacey water utility customers can get a $50 rebate on an Energy Star certified washing machine that uses about 33% less water and 25% less energy than non-certified models.

High-Efficiency Toilet Rebate
The City and LOTT Clean Water Alliance offer utility customers rebates on qualifying, high-efficiency toilets.

Free Water-Saving Kits
Lacey water utility customers can save up to 6,000 gallons of water a year with this indoor water-saving kit, including:
• 2 Toilet Leak Detection Tablets
• 1 High Efficiency Shower Head
• 1 Swivel Kitchen Faucet Aerator
• 1 Bathroom Faucet Aerator

Free, outdoor water-saving items are also available.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Rebates and Offers
PSE offers a number of ways to save on energy-efficiency upgrades to your living space including appliances, insulation,
windows, smart thermostats, and more! They even have a free, quick, and convenient online home energy assessment you can complete in 3 easy steps!

Inflation Reduction Act – Electrification Incentives
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is the largest, clean-energy investment in American history. It includes strategic incentives to make the transition to clean energy sources easy and financially smart. The IRA’s home-energy offerings include upfront discounts, tax credits, and low-cost financing that help households electrify all the things they rely on, including cars, washers and dryers, heaters, etc. — regardless of income level.

IRA Savings Calculator
To see how much money you can get with the IRA incentive, use the handy savings calculator. You will also find frequently asked questions, recent updates, and more on the website.

Get Your FREE Seedling: Saturday, April 1, 9-11 am at Huntamer Park

Join us for the City’s annual Arbor Day seedling giveaway! This year we have six types of bare-root, native trees to pick from: Pacific Crabapple, Red Osier Dogwood, Black Cottonwood, Mackenzie Willow, Hooker Willow, Red
Elderberry Crowns,
up to three feet tall — while supplies last.

Limit one per person, so bring your family along! For more information, call (360) 486-8707.

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