Olympia Poetry Grand Slam - with Tara Hardy

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Olympia People's Mic, Olympia's only weekly poetry show is holding the biggest baddest production we've ever organized... The 1st [EVER] Olympia Poetry Grand Slam!!!

Nine Olympia poets have earned a spot in this celebration of performance and literature, where they will flex their pens, set fire to the microphone, and stretch their truth-telling to the limit, competing for a place on the 1st ever Olympia team at the National Poetry Slam this August.

Author Visit: Stacy Wakefield

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join us at the Olympia Timberland Library for an evening with Stacy Wakefield to enjoy a rare, first-hand look at the largely undocumented New York City squatting movement of the 1990s.

Stacy Wakefield has worked as design director for Index magazine, Artforum, and Bookforum.

Best known for her seminal nonfiction book "Not for Rent"—one of the first to chronicle squatting in the modern era, and an underground classic — Stacy will be talking about her new novel, The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory, a riveting coming-of-age story that follows a young woman's experience with squatting NYC buildings in the 1990s.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. All library programs are free and open to the public. This program occurs after library open hours and no other library services will be available.

Steps for Small Business Start-Up

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Trainers from the Thurston Economic Development Council's Business Resource Center will teach the steps it takes to start a new business. This month’s theme is “Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses That Work and Save You Money.” This program is the second in a series. The next installment will be in July.

Author Visit: Kendare Blake

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bestselling YA author Kendare Blake will talk with teens about how to develop characters and write horror fiction. Afterwards, she’ll lead teens* in individual writing exercises and a Mad Libs-style group free write. Blake, whose first series was the “Anna Dressed in Blood” duology, is currently working on Ungodly, the third book in the “Goddess War” trilogy. Books will be available for purchase and signing. *Although this is a teen-focused event, adults are welcome to attend.

Time Stands Still at Harlequin Productions - Sunday Matinees

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

On May 7th, Harlequin Productions opens Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. This bold and provocative drama, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play in 2009, runs through May 30th at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.


Set in an industrial loft in Brooklyn, Time Stands Still explores the conflicted imperatives of Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb. She and her professional and personal partner James have spent their lives living on the edge, risking everything to tell the world’s most important stories. They now find themselves confronted with the prospect of a more conventional life.

     WHEN:             May 7th – May 30th 2015; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

     WHERE:          The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

     PRICE:             General: $32, Senior/Military: $29, Student/Youth: $20

Science Café - "Why are the Sea Stars Dying?"

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Why are the Sea Stars Dying?
Dr. Lesanna Lahner
Orca Books - 509 East 4th Avenue
7:00 PM, Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Join Dr. Lahner, the veterinarian at the Seattle Aquarium, for an in-depth discussion on Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD). SSWD has killed millions of sea stars along the west coast of North America since the summer of 2013 and continues to be one of the largest marine die-offs ever recorded. The disease and what is known will be discussed as well as the Seattle Aquarium's contribution to understanding this unusual mortality event.

Dr. Lesanna Lahner grew up on a farm in Minnesota surrounded by horses, and started working with a local veterinarian and volunteering on wildlife rehabilitation projects before she could even drive. She has two dogs and a horse of her own, but from an early age her professional interests always tended towards more exotic patients. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College and a DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She has pursued externships in such places as the Honolulu wildlife health center and the Tufts wildlife center where she had the opportunity to participate in clinical research as well as conservation medicine with a focus on stress and pain reduction in exotic species including birds, reptiles, and fish. She has been the veterinarian at the Seattle Aquarium since 2011.

Nature: Observation, Metaphor, Transformation

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Don't Say We Did Not Know - Israeli Activist Amos Gvirtz

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Amos Gvirtz, a lifelong pacifist and Israeli peace activist, will speak Thursday, April 30th, at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, in Olympia.  Gvirtz is author of "Don't Say We Did Not Know, “ a collection of writing about government actions that affect the Palestinian and Bedouin communities in Israel and Palestine.  His recently published book, Don’t Say We Did Not Know, focuses upon the moral questions he feels Israelis must face today.  Gvirtz will discuss the difficulties human rights and peace organizations in his country face, along with the history of their successes, and the risks Occupation presents for the future existence of Israel.   Gvirtz is a longtime member of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and part of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality.   The free event in Koinonia Hall is sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.

For further information:

Elaine Scarry / Cornel West at Evergreen - on the same night...

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

One week from today we have a unique opportunity to hear from two of the leading public intellectuals working on issues of justice and equality in this country. Elaine Scarry speaks in LH 1 from 5:30-7:00. Cornel West speaks in the CRC at 7:00. My own preference: both/and rather than either/or. 

Professor Scarry's talk is free and open to the public, and is entitled "Beauty and Social Justice." Her 1999 book on this topic was hailed by J.M. Coetzee as "A brave and timely book"; Jamaica Kincaid said of the book that "after truly reading it, the reader cannot help but be changed."

Next Monday's talk provides an opportunity for us to see another face of Professor Scarry's work, which over a long career has brought the public humanities into searching dialog with pressing issues of the day, including human rights, war, peace, and democratic governance.

The event is co-sponsored by the Mentor Council and the Critical and Cultural Theory lecture series.

Tickets for Cornel West's talk and a bio are here.

“Stormwater Stewards” Program Applicants Sought

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:00pm


“Stormwater Stewards” Program Applicants Sought


Thurston County's Water Resources Program and WSU Extension are recruiting volunteers to train as “Stormwater Stewards.” Applications will be accepted through Saturday, May 2nd.


Trained volunteers help local residents reduce pollution in our local waterways and Puget Sound from stormwater runoff. Volunteers receive training in many aspects of on-site stormwater management including rain gardens, water-wise plants, pervious pavements, vegetated roofs, and more.


Landscaping professionals are also encouraged to take part in the certification program.


Classes and hands-on field trainings will be held in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate work schedules. The training dates are Thursday evenings in May and June, beginning May 7, with field days on June 14, 27 and July 11.


To learn more, download the recruitment packet and application at

nativeplantsalvage.org/becoming-a-stormwater-steward/ or contact WSU Extension at stormwater.stewards@gmail.com or 360-867-2167.



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