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Localoops Phantasmagoria

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:00pm

Northern Flickers presents
in association with Crackpot Crafters Internationale
LocaLoops Phantasmagoria
$5 suggested donation to benefit Northern / Olympia All Ages

Immerse yourself in a multiple projector extravaganza of 16mm film loops. Featuring all local artists! Films and projection performances by Bridgid Cummins, Carl Smool, Devon Damonte, Eric Sarai, Jackie Argueta, Jim Hill, Meesh Rheault Miller, and Ruth Hayes; Soundscape by Jen Grady and Peter Randlette. One show only! Never to be repeated! Witness the Spectacle!


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Vinegar Vinter

Mocavore - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:30pm

Winter began with me leaching sugar from apples I'd already squeezed the cider from. Then, my juice-aholic neighbor gave me a bunch of de-juiced pulp. Mostly carrot and apple, I think.

Luckily for me, there was plenty of veggie-fruit sugar, and I dumped it in a bin with some artesian well water, snapped on the lid, and walked away for a while. When fermentation slowed down, I strained everything through cheesecloth, put the liquid in the big jar (above), stashed it in a cupboard I rarely open, and walked away for a while.

This is the bacterial mat that made the vinegar. The small light patches are the newborn colonies of mold, I think. The vinegar is ready, and it's time to pull off the mother floccor, strain, and bottle the product before the mold messes it up.

I like the result. Smells as bright as it looks. At about 3.3 pH, it's plenty tangy, and tastes good. I think this one may get really good with aging.

So, it looks like I can continue to wring another product from leftovers of juicing and cider-making. Someone asked where I got the "mother" (the colony of flocculants some people call a SCOBY, used like a sourdough starter to get the ball rolling), but so far I haven't used one. I decided to try an approach that is lazy (or smart), cheap (or frugal), and unambitious (or stoic, maybe zen), and walked away for a while. Unlike beer, where a wild ferment will not yield what beer drinkers want, vinegar makes itself with the microbes ranging free in the Eastside Olympia air.
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New parklet at Oly Coffee Roasters on Cherry

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:07pm

From today's inbox (City of Olympia press release):

A new parklet has been installed in front of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company on Cherry Street NE in downtown Olympia. A parklet is a parking stall converted into a public space for everyone to utilize. This parklet features an ADA-accessible covered seating area that comfortably fits 5-7 people as well as a rainwater-fed planter box full of native plants. 

The new installation is part of the Parking & Business Improvement Area matching grant program which funds up to $3,500 for material costs of each parklet. Olympia Coffee Roasting Company covered the additional costs. This is the third parklet installed in downtown Olympia. The parklet was designed and constructed by all local businesses. Roussa Cassel of SlowClouds, LLC designed and managed the project. The steel frame and planter were built by Zeigler’s Welding, Inc. Bicycle Homebuilding installed the wood cladding, benches and deck.

Parking impacts are not expected. A recent City of Olympia parking study revealed only 65% of the on-street stalls were occupied during peak hours in the surrounding blocks.  There are over 80 parking stalls within one block of the new parklet. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

New Parklet Installed in Downtown Olympia, Outside Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:28pm



Submitted by City of Olympia

olympia parkletA new parklet has been installed in front of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company on Cherry Street NE in downtown Olympia. A parklet is a parking stall converted into a public space for everyone to utilize. This parklet features an ADA-accessible covered seating area that comfortably fits 5-7 people as well as a rainwater-fed planter box full of native plants.

The new installation is part of the Parking & Business Improvement Area matching grant program which funds up to $3,500 for material costs of each parklet. Olympia Coffee Roasting Company covered the additional costs. This is the third parklet installed in downtown Olympia. The parklet was designed and constructed by all local businesses. Roussa Cassel of SlowClouds, LLC designed and managed the project. The steel frame and planter were built by Zeigler’s Welding, Inc. Bicycle Homebuilding installed the wood cladding, benches and deck.

Parking impacts are not expected. A recent City of Olympia parking study revealed only 65% of the on-street stalls were occupied during peak hours in the surrounding blocks.  There are over 80 parking stalls within one block of the new parklet.

Volunteers Needed for Prom Craze at Cinderella’s Closet

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:46pm



By Libby Kamrowski

Budd Bay logoSparkles. Beads. Satin. Velvet. Glitz glamour, gowns. You’ll find it all at Cinderella’s Closet, a local non-profit dress rental shop located in the South Sound Lacey mall. Suitable for any semiformal to full-on fancy event, girls and women of Thurston County have their interests covered by fairy godmother Mary Ann Detzler.

“We’re here to be sure that each woman or teenager will be outfitted beautifully for their special evening. It’s why we chose the Cinderella theme.” Detzler, both the founder and treasurer, opened the doors of Cinderella’s Closet four years ago, originally in Tumwater, but has since been in Lacey three years. Detzler, a former teacher in the Olympia area, got the idea for the nonprofit from a group in Seattle that offered scholarships for students to attend college.

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Cinderella’s Closet founder and treasurer Mary Ann Detzler will help you pick out a low-cost dress for any event.

But she can only run so much under her own capacity. “We’re able to survive by community support,” Detzler said. “We couldn’t exist without the help of our teenage and adult volunteers.” As the prom season is already underway, volunteers are in short supply but great need.

Juniors in high school are now allowed to embark on service opportunities that can count towards the mandatory Culminating Project. The Washington State requirement is 20 hours of service, of which 10 hours must be non-school related, but all can be incurred from community service if the student so chooses. Detzler has expressed her interest toward this age demographic, and she understands that volunteering through Cinderella’s Closet does not need to be extended service. Simply helping Cinderella Closet’s and godmothers through the prom rush would be much appreciated.

Detzler outlined the duties of a volunteer for Cinderella’s Closet. Strenuous activity is not involved: simply helping customers, re-racking merchandise, and keeping the shop reasonably organized is the goals. Seamstresses and those with sewing experience would also be appreciated, but such experience is not required.  The applications are simple and can be accessed by stopping by the shop, and volunteers are accepted year-round. Beyond service hour requirements, Detzler can write recommendations for scholarships or other post-high school education opportunities, and the volunteering can qualify as retail experience.

Cinderella’s Closet is a facet of community that both benefits its members and is reliant on its members. As it provides unique services through low-cost rentals, it’s essential that Thurston County recognizes the need to give back not only through providing volunteers, but also cash and clothing donations.

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Cinderella’s Closet boasts a wide selection of 1700 dresses to rent, all housed in an inviting atmosphere.

As a patron of Cinderella’s Closet, senior Hannah Parvi visited in February to get equipped for a wedding. “They have great customer service as well as beautiful gowns. However, they have somewhat limited inventory that is solely reliant on donations from the community.” Not just individuals donate their gently-used dresses, but the Closet has also been sponsored by notable beneficiaries, such as Macy’s and JC Rose in Yelm.

The selection of ball gowns is quite impressive. In 2010, they loaned 149 gowns. The supply has grown to an impressive 1700 dresses in 2014. Dress rentals come on the lovably low price scale of $25 to $65. This fee helps pay for the bills to keep the shop open, including utilities, dry cleaning, and insurance. One accessory, such as earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet, comes with each gown rental, and it’s only an additional five dollars if more accessories are desired. Patrons can also pick out a pair of shoes to be loaned from the dazzling stock of 300 (which are sanitized after each use). The godmothers thought of everything, and purses as well as petticoats are available as well.

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Cinderella’s Closet is home to 300 pairs of shoes to match the dresses, sanitized after each use.

Local sophomore Kayleigh Hensch recommends the shop. “They were very welcoming. They don’t make you feel awkward for needing to rent a dress and shoes.” Hensch used her rentals to attend the homecoming dance her freshman year.

Dresses rented from Cinderella’s Closet are applied to other events as well. Senior Coraliz Diaz rented so that she could attend a church event in style. “It was a semi-formal [event], but most of the girls liked to go all-out. It was just like any other store where you comb through the racks looking for your options that you plan trying on.” Diaz had fun searching for her dress hunting down “the one.” Other typical events that women and teens seek the service of Cinderella’s Closet include military balls, cruises, and weddings.

If extra funds are generated, Detzler distributes them in the most beneficial way that she can manage. “Whenever we get extra money, we look to provide more free sponsorship,” she said. This includes the Sponsor a Girl charitable service program, when community members, teachers, or foster care refers girls to the shop for rentals, in exchange for service to cover the fees. The Closet makes sure that no one is left out.

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The range of dresses are formal for any event, and depending on the fanciness and style of the gown, range from $25-$65.

This supports the stated vision “To serve, mentor and inspire all South Sound girls and women by helping each other look and feel beautiful while becoming more self-assured.”

Cinderella’s Closet

719 Sleater Kinney Road SE

Lacey, Washington 98503

Follow the non-profit organization on Facebook.


South Sound Communty Invited to Jog for Justice

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:03pm
Event:  Sun, 05/04/2014 - 9:00am - 11:00am

From today's inbox:

Benefit Event Will Support Educational Opportunities for Incarcerated Youth logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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I Heart Microbes

Mojourner Truth - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:11am

Spring continues to burgeon. The flowers and en-leafening branches are only the most obvious evidence. Underfoot, though, the soil swells as microbes kick into high gear. Without their action, the plants would sit and starve.

Meanwhile, in a cabinet under the counter, acetobacters transform liquid leached from the neighbor's leftover juice pulp into some tangy amber vinegar. The photo above is a slightly color-enhanced shot of the flocculant mat that covers the surface, which as an added gift formed a heart shape. Heart Shaped Floccs--you gotta take your Nirvana where you can get it. 

The Odd Couple at Lakewood Playhouse

South Sound Arts - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:31am

(L to R) JIM ROGERS (Felix) and CHRIS CANTRELL (Oscar) photo by Kate Paterno-Lick Klugman. I mention this because of a conversation I had with the director, Steve Tarry, in the Lakewood Playhouse lobby opening night. He said that if you watch the old movie or TV series you would see that neither Oscar (played at Lakewood Playhouse by Christopher Cantrell) nor Felix (Jim Rogers) were very likeable. They were, in fact, quite irritating. But despite having all the same quirks and saying the same words, Felix and Oscar are both likeable in this version. It’s all in the way Cantrell and Rogers portray the characters.   In spite of their constant bickering, these two men care deeply for one another. That is clear through the show, and it is shown through tone of voice and gesture as Felix and Oscar scream invective at one another—a triumph of these actors’ ability to bring out the humanity in otherwise difficult characters.
(L to R) JOSEPH GRANT (Roy), JIM ROGERS (Felix) and GABRIEL McCLELLAND (Speed)photo by Kate Paterno-LickTo a lesser degree, the entire ensemble cast brings out the humanity in each of the supporting characters, each of whom is, on the surface, as neurotic and irritating as Felix and Oscar. Murray (Jed Slaughter) is a cop who is slow on the uptake but actual much more observant and intelligent than he seems. Speed (Gabriel McClelland) is a chain smoking, angry man who doesn’t put up with anything, except he’s really willing to forgive and forget. Vinnie (Martin Goldsmith) is a nervous wreck who obsessively brings up the same things over and over and over, and Roy (Joseph Grant) is also rather obsessive. He can’t stand smoke yet he is always seated next to chain-smoking Speed at their weekly poker games. The beauty of these characters is that each is a unique individual; they all clash with one another yet they all truly care for each other. And that comes across strong due to the ability of the actors.The other two ensemble characters are as similar to each other as the men are different from each other. They are the Pigeon sisters, Cecily (Kadi Burt) and Gwendolyn (Palmer Scheutzow).  They are silly, constantly giggling women. I would say they are clichéd characters who could have been left out of the script or written with more depth of character but they provide one of the funniest scenes in the play.Oscar is a slob who drinks excessively and lives in the most unkempt eight-room apartment in Manhattan. He’s been divorced for years. Felix’s wife, Frances, has just asked for a divorce and kicked him out. Despondent, Oscar takes him in as a roommate. Felix is a neat freak with a litany of irritating habits. Living together, they become the oddest of couples. Thus the title.The set consists of a lot of furniture and a huge amount of props that are true to the time, 1965 and to the kinds of things Oscar would have in his apartment — record album covers from Sinatra and other pop favorites and sports magazines (Oscar is a sports writer).Finally, I would like to add a nod to the director, stage manager Sarah Ross and company for the way they handle set changes. Set changes, especially for theaters that don’t have massive budgets, are often problematic. Stage hands often have to come out between scenes and move things, which is nearly always a distraction. What this cast and crew does, however, is so inventive that the stagehands were given a great ovation. I don’t think I can remember ever seeing that happen. In this play it happens twice, but the second time it happens so quickly that if you blink you might miss it. Obviously I’m not going to spoil the surprise.WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 11WHERE: Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., LakewoodTICKETS: $25.00, $22.00 military, $21.00 seniors and $19.00 students/educators INFORMATION: 253-588-0042,
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One-Woman Farm – Armstrong-Zita Ranch

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:57am



By Jennifer Crain

tumwater auto spaThe ATV is low on fuel so Zita leads me back to her garage so we can take the RAV4 instead. She pulls onto the street and back along a driveway at the edge of the 15-acre lot in Tumwater where she’s lived with her partner for 20 years.

Beyond the first fence a grove of young Douglas firs, cedars, and hemlocks stands between the vehicle and a pasture at the back of the property. Zita forges through narrow openings in the trees, driving over the stumps (“We had the trees thinned just before that big ice storm,” she explains), then guns it to push through some deep muddy ruts.

We stop and get out. Beyond the second gate are the cows, lazing in the sun near a Transparent apple tree. It was their only fruit tree to survive the 2012 storm.

zita ranch“They use that tree as a scratching post.” Zita shakes her head and laughs, two hands resting lightly on the red rolling walker she uses to get around.

When the cows see her, they start to walk toward us. She coos and sings, putting a hand out as they approach. “Pretty little Lindy. How’s my beautiful girl?”

Zita (she goes by her last name) has kept beef cattle ever since a health crisis landed her in the hospital in the late ‘90s. Her doctors recommended a two-pronged recovery strategy: fewer marathon workdays in front of the computer and more meat.

For a research physicist and a vegetarian, this was a sea change. She decided she’d navigate it by becoming a farmer.

“I had always felt that I couldn’t eat what I couldn’t kill…so I got roosters,” she laughs.

She soon upgraded to a flock of hens. The next year, 1999, she acquired a few steers. Not long after, she bought a few calves from a dairy farm and started her own herd.

I met Zita at the Women in Agriculture Conference in early March, a gathering of more than 500 women at 27 geographic locations across three states. Farmers from Tumwater, Tenino, Lacey, and Grays Harbor gathered at a local campus to discuss farm management, acquire business tools, and learn from a panel of successful local food producers. The event was co-sponsored by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and Washington State University Extension.

According to the Census of Agriculture, Armstrong-Zita Ranch is one of more than 7,500 Washington farms with a woman at the helm.

armstrong zita ranch“Conferences like this have supported women operators in the state of Washington for several years now,” says Chris Mertz, Regional Director of Washington’s NASS office. “(There were) women with very different backgrounds, very different stories. But there was no mistaking the passion they were showing for their craft.”

The popularity of Zita’s product testifies to her passion for farming and devotion to the animals on her land. Each year she sells out of her organic beef in the spring, even though the slaughter doesn’t take place until early summer.

After a farm accident last year, she discovered that the loyalty of her customers and other supporters goes beyond a yearly shipment of steaks. People surrounded her for months, helping out while she began a long road to recovery.

Zita had been on haystacks hundreds of times. But last spring, as she was strapping down a double stack of 700-pound bales, she lost her footing and fell 14 feet to the ground. The impact shattered the top of her tibia.

Landing on her feet saved her life. “But I’m not a cat,” she quips. The accident left her bedridden for three months. Her daily tasks shifted from mending fences and slaughtering chickens to intensive physical therapy work. She still can’t check on her cows regularly. And even though they hired a farmhand to keep up with the chores, a lot of work goes undone.

ZitaRanch_conference_Crain_3-14“Farming is a really dangerous job,” she says. “Haystack falls are a common cause of farm injuries and farm deaths.”

The fact is a sobering one, but it highlights Zita’s luck and fortitude. Her doctors didn’t think she would be walking yet but she’s way ahead of her recovery schedule, navigating over rocks, ruts, and straw strewn pasture using only her walker.

She’s back to her day job, too. Zita still works as a physicist, teaching classes at The Evergreen State College.

Hearing her talk about her work with fusion energy is a little like watching her interact with a cow: she’s captivated by a beast that is complicated, demanding, and powerful. In both cases, the relationship even seems reciprocal.

“It’s very dynamic,” she says of magnetic confinement fusion, a concept she explains to me over a cup of chai. “It’s like a wild creature.”

armstrong zita ranchLike the other women farmers I met at the conference, Zita’s sentiments are with the land and with the well being of her animals. She describes the bull she kept for four years as “a pussycat. I could lead him around with a rope and a bucket.” But farming also demands pragmatism. The bull, she says a moment later, is in the freezer. The filet mignon from him was tender and delicious, a fact that astonished her, given he lived to be four years old.

“He just had an easy life.” Zita smiles. This is what she believes makes for good meat.

For information on purchasing beef from Armstrong-Zita Ranch, click here.

For information on the Women in Agriculture Conference, visit the WSU Extension website or click here.

All photos by Jennifer Crain.


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Olympia Entomologist Plays with Spiders and Other Bugs

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:56am



By Eric Wilson-Edge

skookum spirit cigar wineThe spider walks along Arlo Pelegrin’s hand. Pelegrin doesn’t recoil in terror or try to smack it with his other hand. Instead, he gently guides the arachnid, cupping it when necessary so the creature doesn’t hurt itself or get away.

“This is a very common spider in American homes,” says the entomologist.

I meet Pelegrin at his office in the Natural Resources building. His job is to monitor invasive species for the Department of Agriculture. The spider he’s holding is commonly referred to as the cellar spider.

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Arlo Pelegrin will be speaking at the Timberland Regional Library on April 30.

“Moths are huge parts of our existence,” says Pelegrin. “They’re responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop loss every year and compete with us for almost every stored product.” During an upcoming lecture, Pelegrin will not only focus on the economic aspects of butterflies and moths but he’ll also discuss different aspects of their biology. “There’s a lot of fascinating things about these animals,” says Pelegrin.

Arlo carefully rotates the spider. He shows me two little legs just below the mouth. He knows this spider is female because the legs aren’t bulbous. I knew nothing about this creature when I found it hiding in the crawl space. Her legs are long and gangly. It took some time to coax her into an unused piece of Tupperware. As I drove down to see Arlo, I kept “feeling” it crawl across my body even though I could see her through the slats I made in the container.

“Here, in Thurston County, we don’t have spiders that can hurt people,” says Pelegrin. This assuages my fear. Still, I’m no friend of the spider. They’re creepy looking and always seem to be watching from remote corners of my home. “They like to sneak around because they don’t have armor,” says Pelegrin.  Spiders have little to protect themselves. Contrast that with the beetle. Beetles have armor and, I’m told, don’t taste very good.

Pelegrin has lived an interesting life. He’s traveled the world and been exposed to some of the most interesting and dangerous creatures on earth. He’s even let a few of the more poisonous ones hang out on his hand. “As long as they’re not getting any sense from me that doom is eminent then they’re not going to bite me,” says Pelegrin.

Alucita Montana moth

Alucita Montana moth

What about the rest of us? You know who you are, the ones who run screaming from a room or climb on top of the counter at the sight of a spider. Pelegrin has some advice that might help.  First, remember you are 10,000 times bigger. Also, it might be a good idea to capture the next spider you find lurking in your home. Place it inside a container and just look at it for a while. Once you get comfortable, start doing a little research. Learn about the different parts. “The naming of things takes some of the power away,” says Pelegrin. “Before you name those parts it’s just a mass of legs and hair that are out to get you.”

Arlo places the cellar spider back into the container. As the conversation wraps up he gives me something to think about. “Do a Google search of spider bites and you’ll find some really hideous images. What you’ll never find is an image of a spider biting a person.”

I take the spider home and put her back in the crawl space. We’re never going to be friends but at least now we’re not enemies.

Part of Pelegrin’s work involves outreach. On Wednesday, April 30 he’ll be giving a talk on butterflies and moths at the Olympia Timberland Library. The lecture is the culmination of a four-week series hosted by the library called “Celebration of the Species.”

Arlo’s presentation runs from 7:30 – 8:45 pm at the Downtown Olympia Library.


Categories: Local Environment

Academy of Fine Arts, Prague!

K Records - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:45am
The location of the Calvin Johnson show in Prague, Czech Republic, was the Academy of Fine Arts. Here is the main building: Some art hanging around outside: Graffiti near the side entrance, which takes one directly to the Klub AVU: And here it is, Klub AVU: Collective members, at work:  Tirana and I were touring through […]
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Volunteer Meeting!

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:00pm


Did you know that Northern is entirely run and staffed by volunteers? We are always looking for new people. Lucy says come check us out!

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Session Survival Tips: Liam Hindahl

K Records - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:45am
Continuing coverage on surviving the making of your record. This week, intrepid space explorer and sonic smith Liam Hindahl. What are your session survival tips? Come prepared. The better prepared you are (both engineer and artist), the smoother your session will go and the more you’ll be able to accomplish. It seems that more and […]
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Community Funds Upgrades through Loan to 8 Arms Community Bakery

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:38am



Submitted by Casey Dilloway for Community Sourced Capital

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Alex Mondau, an Olympia native, is working with 8 Arms Community Bakery on a locally sourced loan for equipment upgrades.

Olympia-based 8 Arms Community Bakery has been making delicious and healthy baked goods for its community since 2007. Owner Jen Ownbey has been growing the business alongside her community, adding new products and employees as the business could afford it. Now, Jen is taking her community business to the next level by asking her customers, friends and family to take part in a community-sourced loan to finance new equipment for the bakery.

8 Arms Bakery is operating this loan through Seattle-based finance company Community Sourced Capital (CSC), and hopes to borrow between $4,000 and $10,000 to fund different equipment purchases.

CSC makes it easy for anyone to participate in the loan for 8 Arms Bakery by buying something called a ‘Square,’ a $50 unit of the larger loan for the bakery. “Squares themselves are simple loans and they act like this: you put $50 in and you get $50 out. It’s not an investment.  It’s not a donation.  It’s a right-sized mechanism for moving money to a business in your community while still getting paid back,” says Alex Mondau, one of CSC’s employees and an Olympia native.

“When I started my bakery, I wanted to have a relationship with the people that purchase my baked goods,” says Jen. “This is a cool opportunity to have a financial relationship with them too. As the loan is paid back, I’m excited to see if the repayments go to fund loans for other businesses in Olympia too.”

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Jen Ownbey, owner of 8 Arms Community Bakery, has a roster of goods totaling more than 150 items.

Community Sourced Capital aggregates dozens of ‘Squares’ into a single loan for a business and manages repayments and monthly communication back to ‘Squareholders.’ Since lenders do not earn interest on their small loans, neither does CSC.

CSC charges small flat fees to businesses using its online lending system. Since launching its first loan last year, CSC has engaged nearly 2,000 Squareholders to fund $300,000 in loans for 17 small businesses in Washington State.

Since Jen’s Square Loan campaign launched earlier this month, 35 people have taken part in funding $3,100 of the loan. To keep with the “local finance” element of the lending system, CSC reports out on local finance statistics.

For 8 Arms Bakery, 95% of the Squareholders, so far, live in Washington State and over half live in the Olympia-Tumwater area. A recently completed loan in Kitsap found 90% of a company’s Squareholders lived within 40 miles of the business.

Jen is excited to continue expanding her business and its place in the community. You can find 8 Arms baked goods in local cafes, wholesale, and also as part of a local CSA program. Anyone can buy Squares for 8 Arms Bakery through the end of April at


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Measles Outbreak in Surrounding Counties—Time to get Immunized Now

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:26am



Submitted by Thurston County Public Health

Vaccine provides protection from highly infectious illness

 San Juan, Whatcom and Kitsap counties are currently experiencing measles outbreaks. Twelve cases have been confirmed since mid-March. Five or fewer cases are typically reported each year in Washington State. No cases have been diagnosed in Thurston County in 2014.

Much of the increase in Washington State is likely related to an outbreak occurring in Canada, where more than 300 measles cases have been diagnosed this spring. California is also experiencing an increase in measles cases, with 49 people reported ill this year. Many of those cases, as well as some of the Washington cases, can be traced to travel to Southeast Asia by people not protected against measles.

Measles, also known as rubeola, is highly-infectious and usually causes severe illness that can be complicated by pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures. Some cases can be fatal. Symptoms begin from 7 to 21 days after exposure and include fever, cough and red, watery eyes. A rash then begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles is contagious from the time symptoms start—approximately four days before the rash appears—until four days after the rash developed.

Measles spreads easily among susceptible persons. People are immune to measles if they had measles or were properly vaccinated. Most people born before 1957 had the disease as children; younger persons are routinely vaccinated against measles. Because most people in our area are vaccinated against measles, the risk to the general population is low. However, persons who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants less than six months of age and persons with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of developing illness if exposed to measles. These groups should contact their health care providers right away if they develop an illness with fever and an unexplained rash.

The measles vaccine works well, providing greater than 95% protection against infection for life after two shots. Even after one shot, most people develop some protection against measles. Once you get vaccinated, you develop protection against measles infection in about two weeks.  If you have not been vaccinated and are exposed to measles, you are at risk of developing and exposing others to measles, and should stay home (don’t go to work or to school or out in public) for up to three weeks.

Protect yourself and others against measles by: a) knowing your measles immunization status; b) getting vaccinated against measles if needed; and c) staying home if you are sick.

For more information about measles and where to get vaccinated, visit the Thurston Public Health and Social Services (TCPHSS) website at or see your health care provider. Additional information is available by calling the measles information line at 709-3080.


Leader of Sisters of Providence Community to Address Saint Martin’s 2014 Graduates

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:18am


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Sister Karin Dufault, S.P., R.N., Ph.D., congregational leader of the Sisters of Providence religious community, will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Saint Martin’s University.

Sister Karin Dufault, S.P., R.N., Ph.D. will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Saint Martin’s University.

Sister Karin Dufault, S.P., R.N., Ph.D., congregational leader of the Sisters of Providence religious community, will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. in the Marcus Pavilion on the Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way S.E. Dufault will also receive an honorary degree in humane letters from the University.

Sisters of Providence is an international, Catholic religious community that was founded in 1843 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, by Emilie Travernier-Gamelin in response to the needs of the poor, the sick and the marginalized. With its Generalate Offices in Montreal, the approximately 595 professed sisters of the community serve in nine countries: Canada, U.S., Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Haiti, Cameroon, Egypt and Philippines.

Dufault, who was born and raised in Yakima, most recently served as the provincial superior of Mother Joseph Province in Renton, Washington, from 2010 until beginning her term as congregational leader in 2012. She is former executive director of the Supportive Care Coalition: Pursuing Excellence in Palliative Care (2005 – 2009). Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the coalition is sponsored by 21 Catholic health organizations located throughout the nation to advance excellence in the care of persons with life-threatening illnesses through knowledge transfer, advocacy and partnerships.

Dufault has presented lectures and workshops in the U.S. and Canada on such topics as hope, compassionate care for the dying and bereaved, care of elders, pain management, cancer care, nursing and healthcare ethics, issues surrounding healthcare access, healthcare reform, healthcare governance, nursing research, spirituality, mission and values in healthcare, and transformational leadership. She has also published articles on similar topics.

“Sister Karin has been a champion of the sick and dying through her tireless devotion to healthcare ministry,” says Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., president of Saint Martin’s University. “She most certainly serves as the quintessential model of what it means to be of service to others in such a critical area as our physical and emotional wellbeing. She is a remarkable inspiration for our graduating students, as well as for the rest of the Saint Martin’s and surrounding communities. We are very honored to have her join us for Commencement.”

Dufault served from 2002 to 2005 as vice president of mission leadership for the Providence Health System, now known as Providence Health and Services, a non-profit health ministry that extends across five states — Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Southern California. Her other previous roles at Providence include working as a full-time chairperson of the organization’s board of directors, from 1991 through 2002, and as acting president and chief executive officer, from 1996 to 1997.

Dufault served as administrator of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center, in Yakima, from 1987 to 1991. She was assistant administrator for Patient Care Services at Providence Medical Center in Portland, where she was also responsible for the oncology and gerontology program development, including hospice services. Other professional roles include serving as a clinical faculty member at the University of Portland School of Nursing and the Oregon Health Services University School of Nursing. Dufault also was the first nursing practice consultant for the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

She completed high school at St. Joseph Academy in Yakima. Her undergraduate degrees in social science (Bachelor of Arts) and nursing (Bachelor of Science) were earned at Seattle University, in Seattle. She earned a Master of Science degree in medical/surgical nursing, as well as a doctorate (gerontology focus) from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. Her dissertation, entitled, “Hope and Elderly Cancer Patients,” involved a participation observation study in which she spent two years caring for 35 advanced cancer patients as a clinical nurse specialist until their deaths. She completed the Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1985.

Dufault has received numerous awards and citations, including an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from the University of Portland (2005); Seattle University Outstanding Alumni Award (2002); Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 1995 Professional Achievement Award; Yakima Valley Community College Distinguished Service Award (1991); Seattle University School of Nursing Outstanding Alumni Award (1991); and the Yakima YWCA Woman of Achievement in Business Award (1989).

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4-H Spring Clover Campaign Starts April 23

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:55am


  Submitted by Thurston County Extension 4-H Semi-annual fundraiser supports programs for more than 400 Thurston County 4-H youth thurston county fair 4h featuredThe National 4-H Council will launch its fourth annual Spring Paper Clover Campaign on Wednesday, April 23. The 4-H Paper Clover campaigns raise thousands of dollars for local 4-H programs in Thurston County and across the country. Each year in the fall and spring, the National 4-H Council teams up with Tractor Supply Company and Del’s Feed and Farm Supply stores to raise money for local 4-H programs with the sale of paper clovers for a donation of $1 or more at checkout. In Thurston County, the Del’s Feed and Farm Supply stores in Olympia and Yelm will sell the paper clovers from April 23 through May 4, with 65 percent of the funds raised at the two stores going directly to fund 4-H programs in Thurston County. As in years past, 5 percent of Paper Clover proceeds raised in Thurston County will go to the statewide 4-H office in Pullman, and 30 percent will go to the National 4-H Council. “We are so grateful for the support our friends at the Olympia Del’s store and the Yelm Del’s store,” said Thurston County 4-H Program Assistant Patt O’Neil. “We’ve partnered with them each year for our clover campaigns, and they are just so supportive of the kids and the 4-H programs. They have been instrumental in helping Thurston County 4-H be one of the top paper clover fundraisers in the country.” This year, Thurston County Commissioners helped kick off the Spring Paper Clover Campaign by inviting local 4-Her Emily Hadley to show a video she made about her years in the Thurston County 4-H program. Emily created the video as part of her high school graduation project. Thurston County Commissioners were impressed by Emily’s film and editing skills, as well as her touching story of how her local 4-H programs have made a positive impact on her life and other young people in Thurston County. “It’s quite clear that Emily is a rising star in our community. She showed such poise and leadership today with her presentation and with the video,” said Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero. “Emily is a perfect example of how much impact our 4-H programs can have on our kids and in our community.” The Thurston County 4-H program is a partnership between the private, non-profit National 4-H Council, the Washington State University Extension program, and Thurston County government. What started as a handful of agricultural clubs for youth in the late 1800s and early 1900s has grown into a community of 442 members supporting 89 clubs in Thurston County, and 6 million young people across America learning about agricultural techniques, technology and research through practical “hands-on” learning.  The national 4-H organization is a unique partnership of the National 4-H Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities across the country, and more than 3,000 county offices that form the land-grant university Cooperative Extension System. To learn more about the Thurston County 4-H Fall Paper Clover Campaign, or to find out more about the WSU Thurston County Extension 4-H programs and membership, visit or call (360) 867-2151. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.

Evergreen President Stepping Down in 2015

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:37am


 Submitted by The Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College President, Les Purce, will retire in 2015.

The Evergreen State College President, Les Purce, will retire in 2015.

Dr. Thomas L. (Les) Purce announced today he will step down at the end of August 2015 from his position as president of The Evergreen State College, where he has served since July 1, 2000.  He is the longest serving president among Washington’s public baccalaureate institutions.

“Serving as Evergreen’s president continues to be one of the great joys of my life,” said Dr. Purce.  “The college is fortunate to have extraordinary faculty, staff and students.  We have accomplished much together.”

“Les has made an enormous contribution not just to The Evergreen State College, but to higher education in this state and across the nation,” said Keith Kessler, chair of Evergreen’s board of trustees. “Under his leadership, Evergreen has updated and enhanced its buildings and technology, sustained the vitality of its distinctive interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, continued its service to students from a wide range of economic and social backgrounds, and adapted to drastic changes in state funding for higher education. Les has been an effective leader, ambassador and champion for the college and its students.”

Evergreen’s board of trustees will begin a nationwide search process in May 2014.

Since opening its doors in 1971, the college has become nationally recognized for its innovative academic programs that combine subjects that are traditionally taught separately.  America’s top college guides regularly rank Evergreen as one of the nation’s best institutions for its strong academics, nurturing community and reasonable cost.  Sierra magazine and the Princeton Review have repeatedly named Evergreen as one of the top “green” colleges in the nation for its commitment to sustainability and achievements in sustainable practices, operations, academic programming and community outreach.

Evergreen serves more than 4000 students at its main campus in Olympia, through its Tacoma program, and through a unique reservation-based program for Native American students at several locations around the Puget Sound.

Prior to accepting the presidency at The Evergreen State College, Dr. Purce served as vice-president of extended university affairs and dean of extended academic programs at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.   Between 1989 and 1995, Dr. Purce served in several roles at Evergreen, including vice president for college advancement, interim president and executive vice president.

Before coming to Evergreen, Dr. Purce was at Idaho State University as special assistant to the president and director of the Research Park and economic development. Dr. Purce, an Idaho native, was the first black elected official in the state, serving as city councilman and then mayor of Pocatello. He later served as director of Idaho’s Departments of Administration and Health and Welfare. In the private sector, he served as partner and chief operating officer of Power Engineering Inc., one of the fastest growing electrical engineering firms in the Northwest.

Dr. Purce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Education, and a Doctor of Counselor Education from Idaho State University. He also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. In May 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville recognizing his national work promoting public liberal arts. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo on May 17, 2014.

Dr. Purce served on the board of directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities for two terms and is a past president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges board of directors. He currently serves as a board member for the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the Northwest African American Museum, and Washington Campus Compact. In addition, he is currently chair of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents.

Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of The Evergreen State College

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