Important Olympia Film Society membership meeting this Sunday (Sept 21) - your vote counts!

Are you an Olympia Film Society member, or concerned OFS patron and community member?

It is a pivotal time at OFS and we can use your help! The Board of Directors is proposing bylaws changes, and input from our members is important to us. Two major changes being proposed are:

- taking away the current membership privilege to vote on changes to bylaws.
- and removing the article voted in by our members in 2012 that states: "The Staff operates as a collective using consensus decision-making."

If it is important to you that one of Olympia's most visible and active non-profit arts organizations remains membership-driven and collectively-operated, and feel that these changes are counter to the ideas and culture OFS has been nurturing for the last 30-plus years, here are some major ways you can help:

Volunteer at the Family Support Center!

If you are concerned about homelessness and working together to strengthening families, this volunteer opportunity could be great for you!

The Family Support Center envisions a community where all families are valued and nurtured and have the resources to be strong, healthy, and self-sufficent.  

We are the largest emergency shelter in Thurston County, and moved to a brand new, renovated building on July 1. Pear Blossom Place offers 30+ beds for homeless families with children, and is now open 24hrs a day, 365 days of the year. It is staffed by 100% volunteers from 5pm-7am every night of the year.

We have opportunities for greeters (5:30-7:30pm), **REALLY NEED overnight hosts! (7pm-7am), daytime weekend shifts (9am-1pm, or 1pm-5pm)...we're also looking for volunteers who wish to facilitate an activity once per week! Do you like to do arts/crafts with kids? Help lead gardening activities? Organize a family game night? Want to just come help kiddos with their homework afterschool? We want to hear from you!

*We welcome college and high school students in need of internship credits, community service hours, or experience in the human service field! Also, children can volunteer alongside their parents; this is a family friendly place!

All volunteers are given; a 3-hr training prior to volunteering and at least one training shift, access to supportive and knowledgeable staff, 24-hr on call support while on shift.

Interested? Have questions? We would love to hear from you!

Contact Katherine, AmeriCorps VISTA at or call 360-628-7343 ext 1

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Talking Food with New Market Culinary Arts

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
At the Tumwater Timberland Library: Join New Market Skills Center culinary arts students for a discussion of the Timberland Reads Together titles "Closer to the Ground" by Dylan Tomine and "Eating on the Wild Side" by Jo Robinson. The students will share recipes related to the books and discuss seasonal foods. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, Timberland Regional Library's one book-one community reading initiative for 2014.

Delicious Dining for Diabetics

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Frustrated planning meals for yourself or a family member with diabetes? Join Diabetes Educator Sharon Furrer from the Boldt Diabetes and Nutrition Center for an interactive evening at the Tumwater Timberland Library. Discuss easy ways to plan meals and learn tasty recipes. Make diabetic meals delicious and simple to prepare! You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, Timberland Regional Library's one book-one community reading initiative for 2014.

Harvest to Home - Canning and Food Preservation

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
At the Tumwater Timberland Library: Are you new to canning or need a refresher course? Join Denise Brownlee, educator from Washington State Extension for a workshop in home food preservation. Topics discussed include how to select and care for jars, pickling and fermenting, jams and jellies, how and when to use a pressure canner, freezing and drying foods and factors affecting processing times. Denise will be available to test pressure gauges after the main presentation. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, Timberland Regional Library's one book-one community reading initiative for 2014.

Clybourne Park

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Clybourne Park is an outrageous modern comedy that fearlessly, and hilariously, tackles some of the most challenging social issues of our time. Act One takes place in an all-white neighborhood in 1959 Chicago, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house 50 years later as a white family attempts to move into the now predominately African-American neighborhood, which is struggling to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play offers fascinating and original insights into issues surrounding race, political correctness, and what truly makes a community. Bruce Norris’ incredible script brilliantly balances humor and heartbreak to deliver a powerful and enlightening experience. “Vital, sharp-witted, and ferociously smart.” ~The New York Times

 WHO:             Harlequin Productions

WHAT:            Clybourne Park

WHEN:            October 2nd –25th; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees as 2:00pm

Dance Oly Dance House Party October 4th Arts Walk - Halloween Theme

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:00pm - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 2:00am

Dance Oly Dance, Olympia’s local dance TV show, invites you to yet another televised dance party on Saturday, October 4th, 10pm to 2am. Dance in front of video cameras at a downtown house party. The one-hour episode will air in January on TCTV.

Get down to an hour-long beatset by DJ PhilosoBoy.
TV recording goes from 11:00pm to midnight.

Party continues with DJ's N SO and Dove Boy

Again, that’s Saturday, October 4th at the Track House, 511 7th Ave SE.

And don’t forget to become a fan of Dance Oly Dance on FaceBook

Here's the FaceBook event invite page for this episode:

Centralia Steam Plant

Back in April I posted some photos of the steam plant. I visited the plant again last week, at night, and thought the night scene was interesting, so I will post a couple more versions, including another day time photo. I also got photos (and video, currently working on that,) of coal trains running North. Both were loaded, presumably heading for Roberts Bank, Vancouver B.C.. Empty coal trains also run North, after unloading at Centralia, or perhaps the Boardman (Oregon) plant too? The trains are truly awesome. It is too bad that they being used for such a narrow and short-sighted, reckless, wanton, dangerous, and environmentally destructive purpose as burning fossil fuels as fast as physically possible!!! Of course, all the benefits, for those of us in the 20% (or whatever it is) of the world's privileged population, are just great! (---sorry future generations.): And of course, if you're in the royal class of the 1%, it's never been better! Burn away! Full speed ahead! Pity on those poor desperate pawns.

Centralia Steam Plant

and day:
Centralia Electric Generating Station Steam Plant I

Large size versions below:

Saturday Night Disinfo - Starting November 1 @ Last Word

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 6:00pm

Orca Books author event: Eve Rickert and Franklin Veaux present "More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory"

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Vancouver, BC author Eve Rickert (an Evergreen graduate) and Franklin Veaux of Portland, Oregon, will be at Orca Books on September 13th at 3pm to present their new book, More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory . They will answer reader questions on the book and on polyamory in general.

"More Than Two" is a comprehensive guide to the polyamorous lifestyle. Challenging the notion of what society considers a healthy and successful relationship, Rickert and Veaux offer up personal stories from their own lives as well as of those in the wider poly world, emphasizing that this lifestyle choice isn't for the noncommittal. Polyamory is all about the relationships and the individuals participating.

Charting a Relationship Bill of Rights, the authors underscore the importance of engaging in ethical polyamory and guide readers through the thorny issues of jealousy and insecurity with the aim of encouraging readers to work consistently and conscientiously on both their relationships and themselves.

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