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Hallowzine: a Fundraiser for the Olympia Zine Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:00pm

Come help us raise money to reserve a space for the Olympia Zine Fest in 2015! This bash will feature:
* Spooky mixes by DJ Wildman James
* Tarot readings by Sage Adderley
* Dancing (if you’re into it)
* A costume contest with awesome prizes
* A raffle of great items including a collectible one of a kind zine created in realtime and a free table at the zinefest!
* Kombucha mocktails and bake sale delicacies to slake your thirst and curb your hunger

$5 entry includes one raffle ticket, you can buy more for just a buck each.



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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:00pm

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Redeem The Exile
Harvest States
MC Swamptiger
Sorrow’s Edge
A Friend

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PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 3PM!

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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00pm

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!
*Costume Contest on this day*

Like Vultures
For The Likes Of You
Countless The Dead
The Lion In Winter
From The Future
Ocean Breathes Salty
Twisted Heroes

Buy tickets at:
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 3PM!

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Volunteer Meeting

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00pm

Come one, come all, come volunteer for your local all ages venue. NOTE: this is a Thursday, not our usual Monday!

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Chasms, All Your Sisters, TransFX and Jesus on the Moon

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:00pm

Sunday, October 19th, doors at 8pm

Chasms (SF)
Dream / Sleep Genius
Chasms craft percussive dirges with pummeling drum programming, hypnotizing guitar work and haunting vocals that resonate as if from another realm. Drawing upon the dreamy goth and post-punk of 1980s-era 4AD Records, the duo combines familiar shoegaze affectations with the heaviness of doom metal, drone and industrial genres.

Beläten | Post Avantgarde Pop / Weyrd Son Records / Young Cub Records
All Your Sisters take on the post-punk paradigm is decidedly non-retro. The basic building blocks are there; heavy drum machine rhythms, pumping melodic bass lines, swaths of atmospheric guitars and cold synth melodies, but where many bands are content to wallow in the shadows of their influences, All Your Sisters sounds like the future.

TRANSFX (Olympia)

Jesus on the Moon (Puyallup)


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Buzz One Four!

K Records - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 8:10pm
Our pal Matt McCormick is a film maker and tireless booster for underground film in Portland, Oregon. Through his Rodeo Film Company he has created such endearing documentaries as The Great Northwest, The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal and American Nutria (with narration by our own Calvin Johnson). His latest project is Buzz One Four, […]
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Council Gets an Earful About the Parks and Sidewalks Tax

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:15pm

From the public testimony on the draft of the City's next Capital Facilities Plan. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

We Are the 2 %

Maria Mudd Ruth - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:25pm
The LBA Woods in Olympia, Washington.  What could be saved by the 2% tax city residents voted to establish to help fun the acquisition of 500 acres of wildlife habitat and future parkland.

The LBA Woods in Olympia, Washington.  What could be saved by the 2% tax city residents voted to establish to help fun the acquisition of 500 acres of wildlife habitat and future parkland.

In the ten years since the 2% Voter Utility Tax ("the vut") was passed, the City of Olympia has added many promised sidewalks, but has acquired only 60 acres of the 500 acres of promised parkland. Now, the City has the now-or-never opportunity to acquire 150 forested acres behind LBA Park for wildlife habitat and parkland. But the city has been using the money elsewhere (park maintenance and debt retirement mostly) and is ignoring the terms of the agreement: 2% for 500 acres.

It's a breach of faith and city residents need to speak out. Read the shocking report on the VUT misuse here.

Please write to the Olympia City Council and let them know you voted for the tax and/or that you are paying an extra 2% tax on your phone, gas, and electricity to help fund the purchase of the remaining 460 acres by 2024. Let them know that the LBA Woods would meet nearly a third of their stated goal. They owe it to us!

E-mail Olympia City Council

Send a single email to the Council's central email box: Your email sent to this address will be forwarded to all members of the  City Council.

Send e-mails to individual members. Click on Council-member name below to go to their biography page (hotlink contact at bottom of each page) or copy and paste the e-mail address  provided below.

You can also write a letter or postcard and mail it to the Olympia City Council, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967.

Please forward this post to fellow Olympians who might be interested in taking a few minutes to help use the 2% tax for protecting our forests and open spaces. 

The LBA Woods property is within the city limits, but would be used by many well-outside the city. We have more than 5,200 supporters within and outside the city. Everyone can write the city council to urge them to protect the LBA Woods as parkland--even if are not paying taxes in Olympia. Use the contact information above.

For more information on the efforts to Save the LBA Woods, click here.

Thank you!

Categories: Local Environment

An Orca Books Author Reading: Olympia novelist Heather Lockman presents "The Indian Shirt Story"

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:15pm
Event:  Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:00pm

A FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Orca Books Author Reading - Unitarian Minister Marilyn Sewell presents her memoir "Raw Faith"

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:11pm
Event:  Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:00pm

Author and spiritual leader Marilyn Sewell will talk about her new memoir, Raw Faith: Following the Thread. Marilyn writes about a universal longing — the longing for love and acceptance, the longing for home. Marilyn lost her mother at age nine when her father took her to live with his parents in a small town in North Louisiana. She didn’t get reacquainted with her mother until she was 33, when her mother was dying of cancer. Having grown up with no real home, she looked for home in the arms of men, in schools and churches, and in marriage. These places served as a temporary refuge, but for the most part, home eluded her. She was sustained throughout her journey by her faith and her understanding that she was held by something larger than herself. Her wandering taught her at last that home is not a place, not even with people she loves and who love her, but is rather a condition of the spirit. Home is always available, as she puts it, “if I can quiet my scared heart.”

Marilyn Sewell is Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland.  She writes regularly for Huffington Post's religion page. She teaches at Attic Institute, a local resource for writers, and also at Maitripa, a Buddhist college. Currently she's writing flash fiction.

This event is FREE and open to the public. It's at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Warren Miller’s “No Turning Back” comes to the Washington Center

Thurston Talk - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:24am


Submitted by Warren Miller Entertainment

Warren Miller Photo by Sverre Hjornevik

Photo Courtesy of Warren Miller Entertainment – Photo by Sverre Hjornevik

This fall, Warren Miller releases its 65th film, No Turning Back. The newest installment celebrates the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has led Warren Miller to every end of the winter world. Warren Miller’s annual film tradition marks the beginning of colder weather, winter exploration and premier cinematography. Come experience the stoke with Warren Miller and revel in winter’s heritage as we push the boundaries in Niseko, Japan, the Swiss Alps, Montana, France and more. See athletes Ingrid Backstrom, Seth Wescott, Sierra Quitiquit, Rob Kingwill, Oystein Aasheim and others carry on the legacy in winter sports storytelling.

Warren Miller’s No Turning Back shows in Olympia at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 14.  Two showings are scheduled at 6:30 and  9:30pm. Click here for all show info.

Since he began creating films in 1949, Warren Miller has known that as skiers and riders, there’s no need to look back—instead, we continuously drive to keep our edge and chase the snow. Because whether it’s Josh Bibby and Tyler Ceccanti carving turns on Mount Olympus in Greece or Kaylin Richardson breaking trail in Norway, these athletes pray for storms and seek mountain thrills for the same reason snow lovers have for decades: sheer delight.

“Everywhere we go, Warren Miller Entertainment finds people who have dedicated their lives to the mountains,” says Producer Josh Haskins. “Every location we shoot at, from the smallest local hills to the top of Alaska’s Chugach, speaks to skiers and snowboarders because, at the end of the day, all we need are some steep slopes and some snow to cover them.”

No Turning Back continues the tradition, taking a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges, and running with it around the globe, to the top of the world’s highest peaks to the mom-and-pop hills that define skiing and riding and back again. Join Warren Miller in welcoming this winter season, and remember this year there’s No Turning Back.

Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Porches

Thurston Talk - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:54am



By Katie Hurley

Two of the surest signs of fall are here… piles of pumpkins adorning the entrances at locally owned Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway, and the large variety of colorful pumpkins, squash and gourds inside their produce departments. Whether you plan to use them in your fall décor or as the star of sweet or savory fall dishes, this is the time you’ll find the best and most colorful selection.

Kabocha squash, also sometimes called Japanese pumpkin, looks like a bumpy dark green pumpkin. The flesh is smooth and sweet, with a chestnut-like flavor when cooked. A whole kabocha squash doubles as a cooking vessel in a simple soup recipe that takes minutes to assemble and

squash recipe

Kabocha squash soup is baked inside the squash.

Kabocha Squash Soup

Serves 2-3

1 kabocha squash

1 leek (white and light green part only), thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 sprig fresh rosemary

5 fresh sage leaves

2 T. grated parmesan cheese

2-3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

Rinse and dry the squash and then cut out a lid as you would if you were going to carve a pumpkin. Scrape out the seeds and stringy pulp and discard them. Set the squash in a baking dish with sides (in case the stock leaks out of the bottom of the squash). Add the leek, garlic, rosemary, sage and parmesan. Top with the stock, leaving about 1” of space between the top of the liquid and the lid. Put the lid back on and bake in a 400 degree oven for 60-75 minutes, or until the squash inside is very soft. Ladle the stock into a bowl, discarding the rosemary sprig and sage leaves. Use a spoon to scrape the squash into the bowl. Add additional stock if desired. Top with additional grated parmesan to taste. This soup can also be pureed with a stick blender or in a food processor to make a smooth, thick soup.


pumpkin recipes

Organic squash is abundant at Bayview Thriftway.

Pumpkin has become a seasonal staple in everything from pies to scones to lattes. Pumpkin waffles are a great breakfast, but they also make an excellent dessert. For breakfast, top these Pumpkin Waffles from Miss Laura’s Kitchen with butter and pure maple syrup or some warm applesauce. For dessert, cut large waffles into quarters and top each quarter with a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and some chopped toasted pecans.

Butternut, acorn or delicata squash are all great to have on hand to add to your menu. Cut them lenghthwise, scoop out the pulp and seeds and place them cut-side down on a greased baking sheet. Roast at 350 until the skin is easy to pierce with a fork and the flesh is tender, about 25 minutes for delicata or acorn squash and up to 50 minutes for a large butternut squash. Scoop the squash out and mash it with a little butter and desired seasonings. A dash or two of chipotle powder and a pinch of salt makes a smoky, spicy, creamy side dish.

Now is the time to stop by Bayview Thriftway or Ralph’s Thriftway to pick the perfect pumpkins and squash for fall feasts and front porch décor.



squash soup

The finished product – Kabocha squash soup seasoned with sage, rosemary and leeks.

Bayview Thriftway

516 W. 4th Ave., Olympia



Ralph’s Thriftway

1908 E. 4th Ave., Olympia



Dan Baxter – Local Veteran and Small Business Owner Encourages People to Never Give Up

Thurston Talk - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:00am



By Cara Bertozzi

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Dan Baxter served with the Multi-National Force Haiti as a young infantryman.

Dan Baxter, a veteran and small business owner, has learned through experience not to take his current success for granted. Today, he is running an in-demand carpet cleaning business, DKB Restoration, and has a beautiful family with two children. However, he has navigated a spectrum of highs and lows both professionally and medically, and he has a story of perseverance to share in hopes of encouraging others who are enduring hard times.

Dan joined the Army and was assigned to the Infantry following his high school graduation in 1994. At this young age, he was able to travel extensively and had many rewarding experiences. He escorted VIPs, including former President Jimmy Carter and General Colin Powell, during his time in Haiti and worked for former President Bill Clinton’s security detail team as well.

Another memorable Army assignment was to Bosnia, where Dan worked with the Secret Service. His unit partnered with the FBI to arrest a terrorist assassin in that country, an achievement for which he received an award. Amazingly, he also broke his leg during that deployment but continued to walk on it for five months until returning to the States, where it was casted. This was to be the first of a number of challenging injuries that tested Dan’s mental ability to deal with setbacks.

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Dan Baxter was deployed to Bosnia under the command of NATO.

In 1998, Dan left Active Duty for the Reserves and transitioned to civilian life. A few years later, his path took an unexpected turn when the car he was driving was hit by a drunk driver, shattering his kneecap. Dan worked hard to rehab his knee, and it was around that time that he accepted a position in management at a carpet cleaning business. He couldn’t have predicted it, but caring for and restoring carpets in his clients’ homes and businesses to improve their appearance and increase their functionality as passive air filters would become his passion.

After working for only three months in this new role, however, Dan blew a disc in his back and found himself in the vulnerable position of being unable to walk. With a six-month waiting list to get into the Veterans Affairs hospital system, Dan struggled to get the care he needed to recuperate. He and his wife sold everything they had and held signs at the street corner when they were particularly desperate to make their rent.

Dan says this difficult time was clarifying for the couple.  His wife is also disabled. They learned the true differentiation between needs and wants and were exposed to a lot of criticism and shame for not being able to effectively meet their own needs. Experiencing this type of instability heightened their sense of empathy.

Fortunately, the Baxters belonged to a generous church community that helped to meet their tangible needs in addition to providing emotional and spiritual support. There were countless moments when they feared eviction, and then, someone would send them just the amount they needed to get through that month.

Finally, with the help of a civilian chiropractor, Dan was able to literally get back on his feet and returned to work after a year of unemployment. He took a job in management at Burger King and began to rebuild his savings. This time, Dan determined to embody the lessons he had learned from his lean times. Like many people who have had to rely on others for help, he was eager to again be in the position to reach out a hand to assist others.

olympia carpet cleaning.

Dan Baxter and his family are grateful to be in the position to give back to the community that saw them through some tough times.

After some soul searching, Dan decided to save up to start a business of his own. The flexibility was appealing, and he liked the thought of being able to hire other people who needed work and give them purpose and stability. He had enjoyed working as a carpet cleaner, and it became his long-term goal to start his own carpet restoration business. Dan gradually got this dream off the ground by taking small jobs while retaining his full-time job at Burger King. However, after only three months, he was getting enough orders to resign from Burger King and strike out on his own. It required another leap of faith by the Baxters, but the timing felt right.

Today, business is booming at DKB Restoration, and there is no lack of available work because of his reputation as a high-quality service provider. This September was three times as busy as the same period last year. In fact, Dan has filed a petition with the state to hire more employees and add another cleaning truck to his fleet. Through it all, the Baxters remain committed to remembering their journey and using their trials to inspire and encourage others. As Dan likes to say, “Everything happens for a reason, and you can trust God to take care of you and not give you more than you can handle.”

No matter your personal faith system, the Baxters are proof that you should never give up when things seem bleak because a better day may be just around the corner.

DKB Restoration can be reached at 360-688-4392 or by visiting their website.

Anna Gordon & The Van Allen Belt & Swoon & Beatrix Sky

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, October 17th, doors at 8pm

ANNA GORDON … Olympia via Seattle acoustic folk

THE VAN ALLEN BELT … Pittsburgh pop

SWOON … Oly alt rock

BEATRIX SKY … Oly synthwave

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Van Allen Belt, photo by Heather Mull

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Screening - New Elwha River Film

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:30pm
Event:  Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm From today's inbox: I'm writing to invite you to a screening of the newly completed documentary, Return of the River. The film documents the take-down of the Elwha Dam—the largest dam removal project to ever take place in the United States—and the work to restore the river eco-system and salmon runs it supported. The take-down represents the culmination of persistent efforts by the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, who, after many years, were able to enlist the support of environmental and government agencies to forge the agreements that led to the demolition of the dam and restoration of the river to its free-flowing state. The film was directed and produced by Jessica Plumb and John Gussman, Washington State residents. They spent 4 years making it. It is beautifully photographed and meticulous in its attention to community process. The film not only addresses the environmental imperatives and cultural values that motivated people to work towards the restoration of the river, but the process by which diverse communities and constituencies came to agree on the importance of taking down the logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Crafting a Complete Story - Part 3: Writing Satisfying Endings

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:09pm
Event:  Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! In the final part of his three-part series, local author Lindsay Schopfer discusses what it takes to write an ending that satisfies and leaves the reader hungry for more. Participants will learn where to go after the climax, how to end a standalone novel, and how to end a story that may become part of a series. Attendance at prior sessions is not logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Crafting A Complete Story - Part 2: Make your Novel a Page-Turner

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:07pm
Event:  Sat, 11/15/2014 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! In part two of his three-part series, local author Lindsay Schopfer discusses how to craft a story that keeps readers up late into the night because they just can’t put it down. Participants will learn how to establish a pattern of conflicts and resolutions throughout the story, balance description with action, and build up to the story’s climax. Attendance at all three classes is not required. The series concludes with Part 3 on 11/22. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Fairy Tea Party

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:57pm
Event:  Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Discover the enchanted world of the fairy folk at Tumwater Timberland Library's annual extravaganza! Dress in a fairy folk costume and enjoy a fairy tea and activities so exciting they're magical. Dancers from Ballet Northwest will also be performing two dances from the Nutcracker ballet. Free tickets will be available at the Tumwaterlibrary information desk beginning Friday, October 31. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

NaNoWriMo Write-in

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm
Event:  Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month by starting that novel you've always wanted to write! The Tumwater Timberland Library will provide a quiet space, free from distraction, in a supportive and focused environment. Stop in and get to work! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like
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