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Halo Benders “Virginia Reel Around the Fountain”

K Records - 6 hours 9 min ago
You’re savage, cabbage. Truly the bees knees. K Song of the Day: Halo Benders “Virginia Reel Around the Fountain”, from  The Rebels not in [KLP081]. The Halo Benders album The Rebels not in [KLP081] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
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Capital’s Winter Play Hopes to Tell a Powerful Story

Thurston Talk - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:47pm



By Lauren Frasier, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk

The cast has been working hard to tell their character's stories.

The cast has been working hard to tell their character’s stories.

Lines are being memorized, scripts read, lights adjusted, and every scene is being meticulously  rehearsed until it is acted to perfection. For Capital High School’s drama program, all the practice is worth it as they get ready for their winter production, “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World of Anne Frank.”

This production is very different from what students are used to performing. It’s a multimedia show, using video interviews to tell the story of Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, both survivors of the holocaust who knew Anne Frank personally. Ed and Eva tell their story through interviews, while students act out flashbacks.

CHS student actors find their roles to be both challenging and rewarding. Sophomore Kameron Bustetter, who plays Ed says, “It’s been a journey so far and it’s going to continue to be.”

The cast has done extensive research as a group on the Holocaust and the events that transpired. They want to immerse themselves in it, so they can do justice to the real life characters they play and the difficult era in history. “It’s really hard to imagine something so terrible happening to you, but these are real people and real stories,” says Sophie Bustetter, who plays Eva. “We want to do justice to their story.”

The students have found portraying real life people especially challenging. “You can’t make up how they would act or their mannerisms,” explains Kameron. “You have to go out and find how that person acted, how they said and pronounced things.”

Hayley Kuster, who plays Anne Frank adds, “it’s definitely harder when you play a real character because you can’t make up a story for them.” Though difficult she has found the process rewarding. “It’s been kind of fun researching, watching movies and seeing how different people have interpreted her.”

Hayley Kuster (11) and Kameron Bustetter (10) run through a scene during practice.

Capital High School junior Hayley Kuster and sophomore Kameron Bustetter run through a scene during practice.

Director and drama teacher Kristina Cummins believes her cast has done a wonderful job overcoming these obstacles. “I’m so incredibly proud of my cast and crew,” she explains. “They have embraced the material, and are seeking a depth of understanding for the Holocaust and the characters that they’re portraying.”

For the tech crew, the multimedia production has posed different challenges. Timing is everything when it comes to the projection screen that is on stage for the duration of the show. “The challenge of this show is that you have to match it up,” says Stage Manager Grace Anne Moses of the live acting and the recorded real-life interviews. Besides Eva and Ed’s interviews, there will also be pictures of them and Anne that match up to scene being acted out on stage.

The students feel that despite the many challenges, it’s a story that needs telling. While first reading the scripts, the cast immediately felt an emotional connection. Sophie shares of the script, “It’s so intense.” The cast is hoping to move the audience in the same manner with their performance.

Handling such difficult and emotional material is made easier by the close knit relationships among the cast. “It’s easier to do a harder show like this when everyone around you is positive,” Kuster explains.

The cast usually works for a couple hours, every day after school. Outside rehearsals, they  also bond together through various team building exercises such as volunteering together at the Thurston County Food Bank.

To the cast, it’s more than just a show. It’s more than a performance or the compilation of hours of rehearsals. It’s more than memorized lines or perfecting the character. It’s a story that needs to be told. It’s a message that needs to be spread.

Sophie Bustetter (10) and Hayley Kuster (11) rehearse a scene between their characters.

Sophomore Sophie Bustetter and junior Hayley Kuster rehearse a scene between their characters.

“We’ve had conversations together about why we need to tell this story,” Cummins explains. “We’ve found that the only way to combat hate is through compassion and love.” It’s a message that can be applied to all aspects of life, in the CHS production, the lives of the cast and crew and in our own lives as well.

Cummins hopes that the audience takes something away from this performance. “We’re hoping to remind our community to continue to have compassion for one another.”

The show continues January 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and January 31 at 2:30 p.m.  Each performance will be held in the Performing Arts Auditorium at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Avenue N.W., Olympia.

Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for the general public.

Call the box office at (360) 596-8053 for more information and to reserve your tickets.

The Vaselines “Sex with an X”

K Records - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:00pm
Gotta love The Vaselines! Feels so good. The Vasleines are playing the Pacific Northwest this weekend: Jan 23     Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theater Jan 24     Seattle, WA, Neumos Jan 25     Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge “Sex with an X” was released as a 45 rpm phonograph record on Sub/Pop Records. The new Vaselines album […]
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Gentle Yoga

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:16am
Event:  Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm Interested in better health? Join Michelle Walz, certified Radiant Health Yoga instructor, for an evening of deep breathing, relaxation and mindful movement at the Tumwater Timberland Library. These techniques are helpful in decreasing stress and improving overall health. Please come comfortably dressed and ready to move your body and calm your mind. Michelle has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 13 years, and is also certified in Therapeutic Yoga. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Building for the Future: Collections at Evergreen

South Sound Arts - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:55am
Due to the short-sightedness and outright stupidity of some people in the state legislature and The Evergreen State College administration, TESC is in danger of losing its art gallery, a most valuable asset of the college and a boon to the community and the South Puget Sound region.

As one small step in the fight toward keeping the gallery, TESC putting on a special show to highlight what a marvelous collection they have to share.

Evergreen Gallery presents - 'Building for the Future: Collections at Evergreen' from January 22 - March 4, 2015.

Artists Include -
Diane Arbus, Rick Bartow, John Divola, Lyonel Grant, Allan Houser, Ester Hernandez, Helmi Juvonen, Jacob Lawrence, Larry McNeil, Ramon Murillo, Richard Misrach, Susan Pavel, Lillian Pitt, Mary Randlett, Charles Stokes, Andy Warhol, Edward Weston, and more!!!

Find out more here.

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Thee XNTRX “Where the Free People Go”

K Records - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:44am
Olympia MC battle champ AKA rhymes inspirational over top some Halo Benders (“Canned Oxygen”) and Microphones (“I Want Wind to Blow”) beats and grooves. Feels good. AKA will be performing with The Heart Hurt Goods this weekend at Olympia Hip Hop 4 the Homeless. K Song of the Day: “Where the Free People Go” from […]
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Local author Michael Shurgot talks about his memoir "Could You Be Startin' from Somewhere Else?"

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:33pm
Event:  Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:00pm

Local author and retired SPSCC Professor Michael Shurgotwill read and discuss his new memoir "Could You Be Startin' from Somewhere Else?: Sketches from Buffalo and Beyond".  The title is the punch line from an Irish joke the author's mother told every St. Patrick's Day. The obvious answer to the question is "No"; no one can start from somewhere else. With this as his premise, Shurgot explores his early years growing up in a middle-class, multi-ethnic neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, from the late 1940s to the early 1960s to find the roots of his adult life. The book evokes an era and a culture in post-war America that is worthy of remembrance. These "sketches" evoke fond memories of the author's childhood: an exuberant, witty Irish mother; a reserved, quiet Ukrainian father; often turbulent relations between siblings and parents in an era of prescribed parenting roles in traditional families; and the enduring love that kept this family intact during economic hardships and personal difficulties.

This is a free event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Olympia Hip Hop 4 the Homeless 2015

K Records - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 5:43pm
Coming up fast it is Hip Hop 4 the Homeless at the Olympia Ballroom (116 E. Legion Way), downtown Olympia, the weekend of January 24 & 25, 2015. It going to be radical! Doors open at 5PM January 24, suggested donation of $5.00 or clean clothes, blankets, hygiene items or jackets. There will be performances […]
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GNA Offers Updates, Information on Local Developments, and Columnist John Dodge at Annual Community Meeting

Griffin Neighborhood - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 5:26pm
John DodgeThursday’s Community Meeting was the once yearly opportunity for the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association to report to the community on recent activities, to vote in new members of the Board, and to provide a program of interest to residents on the Steamboat Peninsula. This year’s featured speaker was Olympian columnist John Dodge.

Bud Blake, Thurston County’s newest member of the Board of County Commissioners, attended the meeting and was able to speak with residents before and after the program. Mary, his wife, also attended and spoke with those eager to meet her and Commissioner Blake.

Also before the meeting, representatives of Feline Friends and Open Hands Food Bank Garden at St. Christopher's Community Church met with interested residents.

2015 is the 25th Anniversary of the Griffin Neighborhood Association. Originally founded in 1990 as the Oyster Bay Neighborhood Association, the GNA has operated more or less continuously since that year. A video presentation was displayed during the half-hour before the meeting. It contains images from our first 25 years. Photos from the Oyster Bay Farm and the Steamboat Square development project were part of the presentation, too. Those of you interested in watching this silent presentation can click here to stream the video.

GNA President Diane Jacob reported briefly on this last summer’s picnic and local business and farm fair. The picnic was held this last July. The staff from Xihn's Clam and Oyster House prepared wonderful seafood provided by Taylor Shellfish Farms. Local resident Ellen Rice brought a mountain dulcimer to play and another for visitors to try out. The Griffin Fire Station had an open house and there were cats and dogs and alpacas to pet. The Picnic hosted nearly thirty local organizations, businesses and churches. The lawn between the Prosperity Grange and Steamboat Golf was filled with local entrepreneurs. The Steamboat Golf Driving Range hosted a number of contests, the Steamboat Trading Post supplied drinks and hot dogs, and the Thurston County Explorer Search and Rescue Organization provided traffic control and helpful information.

GNA Board member Peter Reid spoke about the Steamboat Conservation Partnership. This partnership between the Capitol Land Trust and Griffin Neighborhood Association reached the end of its first five years, last summer. We exceeded our fundraising goal and have identified a number of parcels of interest. The Land Trust and Board of the GNA agreed to continue the Partnership for another five years. The Capitol Land Trust will hold its annual Conservation Breakfast the morning of Tuesday, February 10. Local residents are invited to contact Steve Lundin (360-866-1214) or Peter Reid (360-867-0919) to reserve a seat at one of our several tables at the Breakfast.

Mike Murphy, the owner of Steamboat Animal Hospital, also owns the Steamboat Square commercial center, located on Sexton just off US-101. Mike is renovating the existing center and adding three new buildings and other improvements. He described the project, answered questions, and encouraged local residents to help to find tenants who will provide services of value to those of us living here. Click here to see the project’s web page, which includes general pricing and contact information for business owners interested in occupying portions of the new buildings. Let's see what we can do to help fill this expanded commercial center with the kinds of businesses we need close to our homes!

Fire Chief John Wood spoke about disaster planning and the need for homeowners to plan for their well-being should a disaster occur. An "emergency" presents a situation which isn’t lengthy and which usually can be addressed within the household or by requesting assistance from outside the area. But a “disaster” is a catastrophic event that is significant enough to prohibit or delay immediate response by first responders from outside the area. A disaster is beyond the abilities of the household and it requires assistance from neighbors. Planning for a disaster often requires some level of planning together with neighbors. Free literature to help families plan for disasters was available at the meeting and can be picked up from the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters during regular business hours. Several of these are also available for download from the GriffinNeighbors’ disaster preparedness web page.

Drake Nicholson described the tennis facility being built on Steamboat Island Road, near the intersection with Sexton. He also answered questions from residents and introduced the facility's tennis pro. The building currently going up will house tennis courts. A second building, not yet begun, will house office space and provide other facilities related to tennis.

The annual election of nearly half the positions on the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association was also held. Several current members of the Board allowed their names to be entered into nomination. Diane Jacob, Peter Reid, Dave Schuett-Hames, Amanda Waggoner, Bob Whitener, and John Wood were nominated for new terms on the Board.

Nominations were opened for another six positions on the Board. Local residents Janice Boase, Jim Goldsmith, Jan Hopwood, Kris Ness, and Leihla Scharlau were nominated. Kathleen O'Shaunessy, who served on the Board and as its President several years ago, also offered her name in nomination.

Association members present at the meeting voted to approve the entire slate of nominees. Those elected to Board positions join continuing members Gary Goodwin, Norm Johnson, Mark Messinger, and Missy Watts.

A meeting in February will be held to organize the Board’s meeting schedule for the rest of this year. All Board meetings are open to the public and the dates, times and locations of those meetings appear on the Association’s web site and Facebook Page. Notice of Board meetings are also posted on Steamboat Peninsula Nextdoor.

John Dodge, a columnist, editorial writer and editorial board member at The Olympian, was the featured speaker. Ten years ago, Dodge asked readers to nominate Special Places in South Sound worthy of preservation for their value as open space and fish and wildlife habitat. Thirty places were selected for long-term protection. “What ever happened to those places?” Dodge asked. A significant number of the places recognized a decade ago are in or near the Griffin area. Through the efforts or individuals or organizations such as the Capitol Land Trust and the Steamboat Conservation Partnership, some of those areas have been preserved or, at least, have not been developed. Dodge also reassured readers of The Olympian that the newspaper will continue to operate as a local newspaper, instead of being rolled into Tacoma’s News Tribune.

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South Sound Arts - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:47pm
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Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale Retires

Thurston Talk - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:15pm



Submitted by The City of Olympia

Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale announced his retirement.

Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale has announced his retirement beginning January 31, 2015.

Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale has announced his retirement beginning January 31, 2015, after 33 years of fire service including 16 years of service to the citizens of Olympia and Thurston County at the Olympia Fire Department.  Chief Dale intends to pursue fire service teaching and other fun adventures during his retirement. Chief Dale has the opportunity of a lifetime, teaching Fire Ground Command and firefighting techniques, nationally and internationally, with an established training company based in Phoenix Arizona.  Prior to coming to Olympia, Chief Dale worked through the ranks to Battalion Chief at the Kent Fire Department. A life-long area resident, Chief Dale began his fire service career as a volunteer at the Tumwater Fire Department after graduating from Tumwater High School.

Chief Dale contributed more to the firefighters at Olympia and in Thurston County than can be listed here.  A few of his many accomplishments include: developing the Olympia command training center for fire officer training –  purchase and deployment of Olympia’s first articulated aerial ladder truck – development of a working and training relationship with Bates Technical College in Tacoma – initiated and managed a joint fire training program for Olympia, Lacey Fire District 3 and City of Tumwater – brought to Olympia, International Association of Fire Fighters, Firefighter Survival training class, this is the only such approved course and teaching location in the State of Washington –  and earned a number of personal medals for mountain biking at the World Police and Fire Games.

Chief Dale was especially invested in firefighter safety.  Along with all of the training programs he developed to Olympia, he worked with one very special safety program that has been seen locally, regionally nationally and internationally by fire service members.  Chief Dale was instrumental in producing the Mark Noble safety video for firefighters.   Mark Noble, was the first line of duty death in the history of the Olympia Fire Department.  Before Noble died of brain cancer from diesel exhaust in fire stations, he sat for a moving video interview in which he talked openly about his cancer, warned firefighters about the risks of firefighting and highlighted measures to assure respiratory safety.  Without Chief Dale’s support and subsequent distribution of the video, this incredibly important message might never have been shared.

People may remember the big fires in Olympia over the past 16 years but what is more important in Chief Dale’s career are the many house fires that were contained to just one room and the fire extinguishments at Georgia Pacific in 2007 that averted a major catastrophe.  The knowledge, vision, training and energy that Chief Dale brought to his job translated to positive outcomes for Olympia.

Chief Dale’s extensive knowledge of firefighting and his ability to share that information with new officers and firefighters will be greatly missed in Olympia and Thurston County.

Afrok & the Movement “Doin’ My Thang”

K Records - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:00pm
Recorded in front of a live audience at Hip Hop 4 the Homeless, Olympia, Washington, March 10, 2012. Afrok will appear at the 2015 Hip Hop 4 the Homeless event Jan. 25, Olympia Ballroom, in downtown Olympia. Afrok (along with Ang P, MG! The Visionary and Puget) appears on “Work is the Principle” from the […]
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Sunrise Park Playground to Close for New Equipment Installation Beginning January 28

Thurston Talk - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:53am



Submitted by City of Olympia

sunrise park playground

This design was selected during a public comment period for the new playground at Sunrise Park in Olympia.

The playground area at Sunrise Park will be closed from January 28, 2015 through late March while new playground equipment is installed. The existing equipment is 21 years old and has reached the end of its design life.

The City solicited public input on five playground proposals last year, and a proposal by Northwest Playgrounds was selected as the favorite design.

The new playground will have structures for both 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds including six slides, four swings, and two spinning toys.

The remainder of Sunrise Park will be open during construction, but the public is urged to use caution when traveling around construction equipment.

For questions, please contact Jonathon Turlove, Associate Planner, at 360.753.8068.

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at the Seattle Rep

South Sound Arts - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:42am

(l to r) Stephen Tyrone Williams, Derrick Lee Weeden, Yaegel T. Welch and G. Valmont Thomas in The Piano Lesson.
Photo: Michael Davis, Syracuse Stage.The Seattle Repertory Theatre has enjoyed a long relationship with playwright August Wilson, working closely with him during the productions of his plays before his death and continuing to produce his works since his death. Because the Rep had such opportunities to work closely with this master playwright they have a unique grasp of Wilson’s intents and ideas.The Rep is the only theatre in the world to have produced all of Wilson's work, including every play in his Century Cycle, as well as his one-man show How I Learned What I Learned. The Pulitzer Prize winning The Piano Lesson, which opened Jan. 21 at the Rep, is the fourth work in the cycle. This is the Rep’s second time to produce it. It was last seen there in 1993.The Century Cycle, also known as the Pittsburg Cycle, is a group of 10 plays written and produced out of chronological order, which examine African-American life in the ten decades of the 20th century.Stephen Tyrone Williams and Erika LaVonn in The Piano Lesson.
Photo: Michael Davis, Syracuse Stage.Set in the late 1930s, The Piano Lesson is the story of the Charles family and friends from Mississippi. Berniece (Erika LaVonn) and her daughter, Maretha (Shiann Welch) live with their uncle Doaker (Derrick Lee Weeden) in Pittsburg. Berniece’s good-for-nothing brother Boy Willie (Stephen Tyrone Williams) and his buddy Lymon (Yaegel T. Welch) show up in the middle of the night in a broken-down truck loaded with watermelons they intend to sell. They have recently been released from the Parchman prison farm in the Mississippi Delta. Boy Willie also intends to sell the piano that he and Berniece jointly own, but she adamantly refuses to let him sell it because the piano has a family history carved on it in the form of bas relief images going back to slavery days. Berniece believes a ghost has haunted the piano, but Boy Willie says that’s dumb superstition. He insists on selling it and threatens to saw it in half and sell his half if she doesn’t come to her senses. Fighting over the piano opens up old family wounds and occasions the dredging up of old tales and new suspicions of murders. It also provides openings for some great blues music with Boy Willie playing boogie woogie and his uncle Wining Boy (G. Valmont Thomas) playing and singing the blues. There is one fabulous scene in which all of the men join in singing an old chain gang song while providing percussion by slapping a table, clicking on a whiskey bottle and stomping their feet in a complex rhythm. This scene alone is worth the price of admission.The entire cast is outstanding. Their authentic and slightly exaggerated gestures and speech patterns fill the Rep and grab the audience. I grew up in Mississippi not far from where the family is from, and the speech patterns and gestures brought me home.Ken Robinson as Avery the preacher, who is in love with Berniece, poetically captures the rhythmic speech of revivalist preachers. Boy Willie’s moves might have combined into a racially demeaning picture if Williams hadn’t imbued him with so much dignity and authenticity. His performance is amazing to watch. Welch plays Boy Willie’s sidekick, Lymon, with sweetness and class. Set designer William Bloodgood has created a home that feels right for the time and place. Helen Q. Huang costumes go a long way toward establishing personalities, from Boy Willie’s coveralls and crushed hat, to Berniece and Maretha’s sensible dresses, to the wild green silk suit Wining Boy sells to Lymon. And Geoff Korf’s lighting is dramatically effective, especially in the ghostly scenes. It is a complex story filled with good humor and high drama. It’s only weakness may be in the final scene, which I felt was too melodramatic and less than satisfying. The Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer St., Seattle, through Feb. 8

Yellow Dog - The Yellow Dog and Southern are legendary railroads referred to in songs by bluesman Robert Johnson. In Wilson’s play the Yellow Dog was a railroad company whose car was set on fire because of the theft of the piano and the men in that car died, but their ghost was said to have come back.On a personal note, when I was a child I heard this story about my uncle:            In World War II he was in a trench somewhere in Germany and he shouted out, “Where does the Southern cross the Yellow Dog?” Another soldier in another trench shouted back, “Yazoo City, Mississippi.” He never knew who the other soldier was but assumed he was a fellow Mississippian. (The actual location of the crossing is in Moorehead, Mississippi near Yazoo City.
Shoutout for Shiann Welch – Tacoma area readers may recognize the name of the actor who plays Maretha. She is a student at Truman Middle School in Tacoma. When she was 8 years old she appeared in Wilson’s Fences at the Rep, and she has performed in many community productions with the DASH Center.Also see info on community events in conjunction with The Piano Lesson. 
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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:44am



casa miaThe weekend is upon us and our family is surprised by all the white space on our calendar. With no football game this weekend determining our schedule, we find ourselves planning adventures beyond the couch.  Luckily, the ThurstonTalk Events Calendar is packed with options, both inside (for today and Saturday where rain is predicted) and outside (for Sunday when the sun is said to return).  Use the weekend to reconnect with your family, your community and yourself through the many happenings around the county.

And although there’s no official “Blue Friday” or game day this week, you can bet local 12’s will be wearing Seahawk colors with pride.  If you are out enjoying Thurston County wearing your colors this weekend, snap a pic for ThurstonTalk and send it to for our 12th Man Gallery.

Submit an event for our calendar here.

ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.

Rise and Shine: Exploring Thurston County’s Breakfast Options

Thurston Talk - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:47am



By Gale Hemmann

heritage bankBreakfast is not just the most important meal of the day. In my opinion, it is also the most enjoyable, especially for dining out. What better way to start your day than lingering over coffee and great food (with no dishes to clean up afterwards)?

Thurston County offers literally hundreds of places to get breakfast. You’ll find options in all areas of the county and all price ranges. From classic breakfast dishes to international cuisine to special dietary offerings, these are some satisfying picks for your next breakfast or brunch out.

Great Breakfasts around Town

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The Bearded Lady Food Company offers weekend-only brunch options like breakfast sandwiches and their gluten-free, vegan-friendly pastries. Photo courtesy: Bearded Lady


  • The Bearded Lady: The Bearded Lady Food Company is open for brunch on weekends only (Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). Their breakfast and brunch menu offers house-made vegan and gluten-free options, including a McVegan Sandwich, Dutch Babies and latkes.
  • The Bread Peddler: For breakfast French-style, stop by the Bread Peddler. This charming casual bistro offers French pastries and breakfast entrees. Pair your meal with their French-press coffee for a lovely start to your day. Open at 7:00 a.m. every day.
  • Mercato: For an elegant brunch, stop in at Mercato Ristorante. You’ll find fresh house-made donuts, frittata, and steak and eggs with polenta on their weekend brunch menu. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • New Moon Café: The New Moon Café is a small worker-owned café. They offer truly unique vegan and vegetarian breakfast, brunch and lunch menu items (as well as meat options). The Rosemary Garlic Home Fries are not to be missed. Open from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Pepper’s Mexican Restaurant: Did you know that Pepper’s Mexican Restaurant serves breakfast? Stop by on weekdays from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. and weekends from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for authentic Mexican breakfast items like huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and seafood omelets.
  • The Reef: King Solomon’s Reef is a downtown Olympia institution, featuring local products and truly tasty diner fare. The breakfast menu includes meat and veggie-friendly options, such as Tempeh Hash and the Big Veggie Omelet. Open at 8:00 a.m. every day.
  • The Spar: One of the oldest eateries in Olympia, McMenamins Spar Café offers a New American-style breakfast menu, a dietary restrictions breakfast menu and a kids’ menu. The Amaretto French Toast and Greek Omelet are both excellent picks. Breakfast served from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on weekends.
  • Wagners Bakery and Café: For a truly indulgent breakfast, come to Wagner’s European Bakery and Café. Try the European breakfast plate or the Cinnamon Toast platter. And their beyond-tempting pastry case awaits you. On Sundays, they offer Belgian waffles.
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The Bread Peddler offers French-style pastries and breakfast specialties in a bistro setting. Photo by Gale Hemmann


  • Hawks Prairie Restaurant: The Hawks Prairie Restaurant is a Lacey landmark. This casual diner has a full breakfast menu, including gluten-free pancakes and lighter fare along with the traditional diner offerings. Open for breakfast at 6:00 a.m. every day.
  • Paco’s Taco’s: For breakfast Mexican-style, stop by Paco’s Tacos. Start your day with a breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, breakfast muffins, or traditional pozole soup. Paco’s Tacos offers reasonable prices and generous portions. Open at 8:30 a.m. every day.


  • The Brick on Trosper: The Brick on Trosper offers an extensive breakfast menu, including a vegetarian omelet and homestyle classics, including biscuits and gravy. Open for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. every day.
  • Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen: The elegant Pellegrino’s offers breakfast on weekends from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Their breakfast menu includes gluten-free, vegetarian and meat options. Enjoy classic breakfast plates and specialties like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.
  • Ramirez Mexican Store: The Ramirez Mexican Stores offer breakfast meals and fresh-made Mexican bakery items in addition to their grocery items (they also have a store in Olympia). Their breakfast menu features authentic egg dishes, burritos, and chilaquiles. Both locations open at 9:00 a.m. seven days a week.
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The Mud Bay Coffee Company offers a drive-thru for diners on the go who want a pastry or breakfast quiche with their morning coffee. Courtesy of Mud Bay Coffee Company


  • Farm Boy Drive-In: The Farm Boy Drive-In offers homestyle breakfast seven days a week, starting at 7:00 a.m. If you find yourself in the area, you’ll enjoy the Farm Boy’s homemade pancakes and pastries, eggs and bacon, and other classics. (View their menu.)


  • The Sandstone Café: The Sandstone Café is a family-friendly breakfast and brunch choice. You’ll find hearty American dishes like bacon and eggs, as well as granola and other options. On weekends, they offer a waffle bar. Open at 7:00 a.m. every day.


  • Road Runner Express: Known for their fried chicken, the Road Runner Express Espresso and Cafe also offers breakfast fare, including French toast, biscuits and gravy, and more. A drive-thru coffee window is handy for busy mornings. Breakfast served from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every day.

On the Go Options

In a hurry? I recommend swinging by the Mud Bay Coffee Company drive-thru (West Olympia) for their custom coffee drinks, smoothies, and local pastries (including breakfast quiches and gluten-free goodies from Smiling Mo’s Bakery). In East Olympia, Eastside Big Tom’s offers quick and tasty options including breakfast sandwiches.

I hope this list gives you some fresh ideas for your next breakfast on the town. A bonus: Some of these spots offer breakfast menu items all day long. I, for one, am firmly of the belief that it’s always the right time for breakfast.

Treasure Hunting at the 95.3 KGY On-Air Auction

Thurston Talk - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:34am



kgy auction

Bids and bidders are tracked manually on the hundreds of items up for grabs at the 95.3 KGY Radio auction.

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together,” said funnyman Garrison Keillor. Though the storm is past and life has returned to normal, the gift-giving part of our brain often takes longer to recover. Inspiration, drained dry by the holidays, fizzles when Valentine’s Day rolls around.

Why settle for chocolates and roses when there are so many other wonderful opportunities? On February 7, the dedicated staffers at 95.3 KGY Radio do all the hard work leaving you to reap amazing rewards for pennies on the proverbial dollar.

February 7 marks the sixth annual Big On-Air Auction at 95.3 KGY, showcasing a wide assortment of local and regional treasures. This is the first time the auction falls before Valentine’s Day to help eager shoppers wow while they woo.

The Big On-Air Auction is a business arrangement between local merchants offering over $100,000 worth of items. General Sales Manager Heidi Persson explains that items from food to hot tubs “traditionally sell for 50% of their retail value with no minimum bid and increments as little as $1”.

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Heidi Persson is coordinating the Big On-Air Auction for 95.3 KGY Radio. The auction is slated for February 7.

Persson’s philosophy on the auction is simple; you never know what will be the year’s hot item so there is always a great variety of items for listeners to bid on. Long time supporters include Mercato Ristorante, Panowicz Jewelers, Northwest Harley-Davidson, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, and JnL Stoves and Spas. With a tremendous array of merchants participating, bidders spend the entire day listening to stock up on everything from diamonds to pellet stoves. For those out of 95.3 KGY’s coverage the auction is streamed worldwide at

Items are listed online prior to the big day. Merchants receive the full market value of all items in radio advertising on either 95.3 KGY or 96.9 KAYO making it a win/win event.

The big day is truly that for station staff. With all hands on deck, the auction is on air live at 8:00 a.m. non-stop until 5:00 p.m. By the time bids are tallied and paperwork sorted, it’s often as late as 10:00 p.m. before stragglers head home.

Locally, repeat bidders become like friends to station staff. Many rearrange their schedules to be available; one even called from the airport…in New York.

For bidders, Persson suggests having a strategy in advance, to avoid being like a husband and wife who spent the day unknowingly bidding against each other. Another long-time fan is legally blind and loves the freedom to shop based on the announcer’s detailed descriptions of so many varied objects and experiences.

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On-air personalities describe the array of items, merchants, and experiences up for sale.

While Persson admits that “the interplay on the phone is part of the fun and theater” of the auction, 95.3 KGY keeps the bidding and sales organized via hard-copy, pen and paper recording. To streamline this, bidders are encouraged to pre-register online, reducing the amount of information collected with each call. Callers can simply provide their unique bidder ID, the item number, and their bid amount.

Any items left unsold will be listed at the station’s scenic 1700 Marine Drive NE offices on a first come/first served basis. The station accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards for purchases.

Lucky winners can pay for their treasures at the studio starting Monday, February 9. Persson and her staff encourage buyers to pick up physical items as soon as possible and redeem gift certificates within one year of purchase. Overall, Persson says that while tangible items are a hot seller, experiences and dining gift certificates are equally popular. Whether it is tickets to a Tacoma Rainiers game or experiencing one of our region’s many fine restaurants, Olympia residents love to be out and about.

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Staffers work long into the night sorting bids and tracking auction results.

Interested bidders can pre-register now on 95.3 KGY’s website. You can follow their Facebook page for current news and updates. Local businesses wanting to participate should call or email the station as soon as possible to be included in advertising for the big day. The vendor contact number is 360-943-1240, extension 701 or through their Contact Us page online.

“Radio is the original social media,” explains Persson. “This is meant to be fun and an opportunity for listeners to get a good deal and experience the best our community has to offer.”

Tune in to 95.3 KGY Radio or stream at on February 7 to partake in this amazing whirlwind of bargains, delights, and local treasures.

High King Tides Expected for this Weekend around Olympia

Thurston Talk - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:14am



Submitted by Port of Olympia

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The Port of Olympia anticipates no problems at Swantown Marina, shown here, or the Marine Terminal from this weekend’s king tides. Photo credit: Port of Olympia

Floating docks and moored vessels on Budd Inlet will appear higher or lower than usual this weekend because of the extra-high “king” tides which are normal this time of year. Given the current weather forecast, the tides should cause no adverse effects.

King tides are the largest tidal ranges and are caused by natural increases in gravitational forces. They occur in December and January when the earth is closest to the sun and the moon is closest to the earth.

Budd Inlet is expecting king tides of approximately 17 feet at the high tide points on Friday and Saturday mornings, with Sunday morning’s high tide just under 17 feet.

Highest high tides at Budd Inlet normally range between 13 and 15 feet.

Forecasted winds are expected to be between 5-10 miles per hour over Friday and Saturday, with some rain expected Friday.

Make-Up “Gospel 2000″

K Records - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:05am
Can you say “Uhh”? I knew that you could. K Song of the Day: Make-Up “Gospel 2000″ from Sound Verite [KLP064], recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio. The Make-Up album Sound Verite [KLP064] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Thierry de Duve at Evergreen

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:46pm
Event:  Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm From today's inbox: This year’s occupant of Evergreen's Daniel J. Evans Chair in Liberal Arts is Thierry de Duve, a historian and philosopher of art. He is Professor Emeritus from the University of Lille 3, and was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, for the fall semester of 2013. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism(1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). Recently, he finished a book of essays on aesthetics, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Thierry will be at Evergreen weeks 3, 4 and 5. He's scheduled to deliver two public talks on campus and one at the Seattle Art Museum. He will also be teaching in the programs, It’s About Time (faculty Greg Mullins, Shaw Osha and Trevor Speller) and Structures and Strictures: Fiction, Mathematics and Philosophy (faculty Kathleen Eamon, Steven Hendricks, Toshitami Matsumoto and Brian Walter). These talks will be based on the six articles he published in Art Forum last year.  At Evergreen, he will give two public talks, one on Monday, 1/26 from 5:30-7:30 pm as part of the Critical and Cultural Theory series and a second on Wednesday, 2/4 from 11:30-1:00 pm as part of the Art Lecture Series (we expect this to be quite full).  In Seattle, Thierry will be giving a lecture at SAM on Thursday, 1/22.  Funded by a State grant and matching donations from many generous people, The Daniel logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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