Once again, Northern is providing you, the consumer, with a premiere hyperlocal shopping opportunity that will empower you to find all of your perfect holiday gifts in one convenient location. Vendor’s table fees support Northern|the Olympia All Ages Project.
This year, we are featuring these fine vendors:
Antiquated Future (Joshua Amberson and Chask’e Lindgren)
An online store, pop-up shop, zine distro, and record label run out of Portland, Or. and Olympia, Wa.
Bar Francis (Michael Elvin)
Serving the finest espresso, espresso with milk, coffee and other beverages
Birdie’s Variety (Lois Maffeo)
Gift sets of vintage cookware, wool blankets, and assorted useful stuff.
Blissful Wunders Confectionery Chocolats (Brother Bliss)
Hand rolled chocolate truffles, dairy, vegan, diabetic friendly, gluten free and wheat free.
Clay Morton & Abby Kelso
Tons of vintage kids clothes, both gently used and deadstock, and some hand picked vintage outerwear for the adults.
Community Print and Friends
Letterpress and other fine printing from the Community Print collective and friends. Also available at this table: the Olympia Postcard Project, featuring lovely Olympia art postcards from some of your favorite area artists. The profits from these postcard portfolios go directly to Northern|the Olympia All Ages Project.
Hercules Farm (Faith Hagenhofer)
Selling many things fiber, wool in particular: Thurston County grown yarns (some handspun), lamb skins, as well as various lamb’s fleeces.
Lots of indie art and designer goods (new and gently used,) vintage clothing and collectibles, and who knows what else. come by and see!
Kim Murillo and Alex DeCecco
Linens and table napkins made from adorable and/or vintage fabric.
Kitschlandia (Sandy Yannone)
Kitschlandia will have Santa Sandy sporting vintage kitsch items from the 50s and 60s, including Xmas, Snoopy, vintage games and toys, holiday cards, and other oddities that make great gifts for all in your kitsch tribe! Very reasonable prices. Kitschlandia also has a booth at Finders Keepers in downtown Olympia, next to Orca Books on 4th Ave.
Kitten Mittens (Jen Gay)
Warm your paws:free your claws! Kitten Mittens are fingerless mittens crafted from re-purposed sweaters, vintage trims and buttons. A portion of proceeds will be donated to P.A.W.S. All Kitten Mittens are handmade by Jen Gay in Seattle.
Mercy Me Designs and BCharmer Designs (Colleen MacDonald and Suzanne Wenner)
Mercy Me online store: http://www.mercymedesigns.etsy.com
Mercy Me Facebook: https://www.facebook.co/pages/Mercy-Me-Designs/179895218778873
BCharmer online store: http://www.bcharmer.etsy.com
BCharmer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BCharmer-Design/107302310333
Mercy Me Designs is owned and operatedBy Suzanne Wenner and Colleen MacDonald. They offer clothing and accessories made from fine, sustainably sourced textiles and are especially proud of their hand-dyed merino wool jersey clothing line. Check out the Facebook page for sneak peeks of new designs and announcements for upcoming events.
BCharmer Designs is owned and operated by Colleen MacDonald. She offers handmade, functional accessories for the stylish tomboy. She makes messenger bags, wallets, headbands and more!
Pollygon (Polly Ceccanti)
Polly Ceccanti hand prints beautiful notecards inspired by the natural world and the community she lives in. She also makes envelopes and notebooks out of re-used maps and books, and publishes a zine called Quiet Club.
Records from local collectors, curated by Hayes of Perennial Records.
Roseroot Herbes is an Olympia-based Community Supported Apothecary. We are a collectively owned and operated business, cultivating most of our herbs on our small local farm and supplementing our apothecary with the wildcrafted medicinals of our rich bioregion. We offer seasonal CSA shares to the Olympia community and each purchased share directly supports the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic. We will be selling Northwest grown, crafted and inspired sundries. This will include a variety of botanical offerings: winter gift baskets, herbal remedies, living terrariums, custom totes and more!
Solid Home Life (Lindsay Schief)
Solid Home Life’s products include “High Jumps”- Crocheted/knit suspenders in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes. Also available, “Warm Shapes”- These baskets contain one-of-a-kind collections of carefully chosen domestic items from second-hand sources and are complemented by matching handmade items. Designed to enhance the quiet times of beverage/snack enjoyment, these delightful arrangements make a thoughtful gift for the homebody, the lone wolf, or the stylish camper.
Space Diamond Jewelry (Meg Sovik-Stanley)
Space Diamond jewelry designs are made with a vision of simplicity; combining antique and new pieces alike to compliment one another; joining both time and space to jewelry pieces. The result is in each piece, simple yet bold designs which are each unique. Most all pieces used are antique and not one piece is exactly the same.
Sweet Candy Distro and Press (Sage Adderley)
Sage Adderley will be tabling with a wide selection of zines, books, and magical handmade items!
Tea Toast Threads (Ricky Rodriguez)
Caps for sale! Wool caps and other apparel to keep you and your friends toastea.
Twisted Twigster (Ramon Averett)
Wood and metal pieces, lovingly hand crafted in the beautiful, wet, and green Pacific Northwest. Working with natural materials makes the process very organic and makes each item one of a kind. The wood is always from sustainable sources, whether that be windfall, annual pruning, storm pruning, certified tree farms or found wood. Metalworks are bought secondhand and usually at the end of their life in the form they are in. Finishing products are always environmentally friendly, effective and beautiful.
Wild Human Designs (Ashley Celandine)
Wild Human Designs offers a myriad of creations for all creatures! New this year are hand-sewn journals and orgonite. Journals are created with fine paper and many are hand stamped with interesting designs. Orgonite is capable of many functions, but quite simply is a positive energy generator! Also available are great deals on lovingly crafted jewelry.
Heavens to Betsy, what a show this will be!
Carolyn Mark & the New Best Friends (BC)
Carolyn Mark of the Corn Sisters and the Vinaigrettes visits our town with her latest great lineup. Rejoice!
Judson Claiborne (Olympia/Chicago)
“Confessional, powerful songwriting and a beautiful, natural production…” -Rob Peoni, recordgeeks.com
Benny Sidelinger (Olympia)
“Don’t call it a one-man-band.”
Historian (Anchorage, AK)
“”Imagine if Nick Cave and Win Butler stepped into one of Jeff Goldblum’s telepods and formed a whole new human being. The music that this ButlerCave would begin to make would sound a lot like the bizarre and beautiful sounds of Historian…” -Nick Johnston – Boston Phoenix
Submitted by SCJ Alliance
At 25 years old Lisa Palazzi discovered soil science. “I found it fascinating!” she said with the smile that’s frequently on her face. “So I changed my degree and went back to school.”
Up to that point Lisa had been working periodically, but unenthusiastically, on a communications degree at various colleges in California and Montana, and had even been offered a job in France. “But the thought of having to get dressed up and go into an office everyday did not sound very appealing,” recalls Lisa.
A Montana native, Lisa made the most of her time outside the classroom hiking, biking, skiing and white water rafting with friends. “Bozeman, Montana is an amazing place for outdoor experiences,” she reminisced.
A career that would take her out of doors was a good fit for Lisa. She graduated with highest honors from Montana State University (MSU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science, emphasizing geology and soil physics (how water and heat moves in soils). Lisa continued her university education and earned a Soil Science Master’s degree from Oregon State University, emphasizing soil physics and forestry.
“Being outdoors is one of the best parts of my job,” Lisa said, adding that desk research is important too. “I like figuring out natural ecosystem functions. I’m able to imagine what’s going on under the ground three-dimensionally. I picture sub-surface terrain and landscape and it makes sense to me,” she explains.
Field visits are key to Lisa’s work. Though she carries a handheld GPS, service is not always available. “I had to compass my way out of a 140-acre prairie once,” she remembers. “There were no fences, houses or landmarks.”
In the field, Lisa collects soil samples (with everything from hand shovels to backhoes), inventories the landscape, takes pictures and verifies (or refutes) what she’s learned through the desk research. “I frequently work in remote areas, often miles from any roads.” For that reason her Australian cattle dog, Bear, frequently accompanies her. “He’s a great companion and adds protection for me as I come across cougars, bears and humans.”
In addition to Bear, Lisa’s family includes a cat, her high school sophomore twins (a boy and a girl) and her husband Dave, who is a marine resource manager.
Lisa recently joined SCJ Alliance as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) and Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS). She is also an accredited LEED Green Associate. Prior to SCJ, Lisa owned her own business, Pacific Rim Soil and Water, Inc., providing expert wetlands, soils and hydrology assessment services for over 20 years.
Her portfolio of work includes wetland mitigation and monitoring, groundwater assessment and monitoring, soil profiles, surface and near-surface hydrology studies and septic system design assistance. She recognizes the benefits of low impact development in relation to effective and successful stormwater management and has successfully worked these strategies into many private and public sector projects.
Lisa is a member of many state and national industry organizations. She regularly assists in writing local and state-wide legislation and model ordinances related to stormwater and hydrology issues, a task where her MSU minor in English Composition comes in handy.
Lisa is an excellent communicator not only on paper, but also in person. Because of her expertise, she serves regularly in courtrooms and at public hearings as an expert witness. She is also a sought after teacher, providing training on topics like soil science, wetland science, hydric soils, soil hydrology and landscape awareness for professional wetland scientists, public sector regulators, wastewater system designers and installers, engineers, attorneys and others.
By Daniel Landin
Friday, December 6
The Grey Wharf is inspired by bands like Mumford and Sons and classic sounds like Johnny Cash. The band is made up of Tumwater High School juniors Jaysen Geissler, Adam Dougherty, and Austin May. A complete story can be found here.
Where: Urban Onion, Olympia
Time: Doors at 7pm
Saturday, December 7
What: Fruition String Band and Erev Rav Klezmer Orchestra. Fruition is bluegrass meets rock and roll with incredible songwriting, jamming, three part harmonies, and lead guitar. And lead mandolin. Everything about this group is fun, exciting, contemporary and joyous. They have been touring extensively year-round, rousing festival crowds in the summer and clubs throughout the fall and winter. With Olympia’s own Erev Rav bringing a gypsy sound to their dance music, this will be a very fun evening.
Where: Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia
Time: Doors at 8, The Lowest Pair at 9, Shook Twins at 10.
Tickets: $10 general. $8 with student ID. All Ages
Available here or at the door
What: Dana Lyons. Dana is a singer/songwriter as well as story teller and funny man. As the Traditions website explains, “Dana had a long trip to Astrailia and other adventures since last year so we can count on stories and songs for the earth, songs of our well-meaning but often funny and inconsistent behavior, pokes at our social mores, incisive political critique and for so much of it we find ourselves singing along.”
Where: Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia
Tickets: $12 general, $5 students/low income
What: Buckshot Brass Band. Lots of brass, marching band style, funky, and at The Pig Bar! These gentleman have been developing their sound together and have an impressive high energy show.
Where: The Pig Bar, 619 Legion Way NE, Olympia
Tickets: FREE, 21+
More info: there is free live music every Friday and Saturday night at The Pig Bar
Monday, December 9
What: Lavon Hardison. In addition to being a fantastic jazz vocalist, Lavon Hardison is captivating. She is a working actor throughout our region and her stage presence and ability to connect to her audiences with joy is something to experience. She will be singing with a great jazz quartet.
Where: The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way, Olympia
Tickets: $5 suggested donation at the door
More info: There is live jazz every Monday night at the Royal Lounge
Wednesday, December 11
What: Rippin Chicken. “Soul-food Organ Trio gone rippin’” This Seattle organ trio features Delvon Laamar on keys, Olli Klomp on drums, and on guitar is prolific writer and purveyor of funky rhythms, Ben Bloom of Polyrhythmics. When not recording or touring the west half of the US with this eight piece AfroFunk juggernaut, Ben gets funky with these guys, and is able to share his deft lead guitarist skills as well.
Where: Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way SE
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Tickets: $5 at the door
More Info: Every Wednesday at the Urban Onion there is live music of varying genres
Submitted by Lacey Chamber
Two local businesses have agreed to sponsor Lacey’s Independence Day celebrations for the next three years. TwinStar Credit Union will be the Presenting Sponsor of the July 3 Fireworks Spectacular and Xerox-Lacey will fund the Freedom Concert. Additionally, KGY/KAYO has agreed to be the 2014 media sponsor and will broadcast music synchronized to the fireworks.
Lacey has enjoyed a forty-seven year tradition of kicking off local Independence Day festivities with a public fireworks display on July 3. TwinStar’s lengthy commitment will ensure that Lacey area families will be able to enjoy the show in 2016, on the fiftieth anniversary of the event.
“TwinStar is excited to support a growing and vibrant community event where thousands of Lacey residents will be able to enjoy one of our great holidays,” said Matt Devlin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “We’re looking forward to the show!”
The Freedom Concert, sponsored by Xerox-Lacey, is an exciting new addition to the celebration. Designed to acknowledge the spirit of the holiday, performances will feature patriotic songs and a military band. The concert will be held in the Lacey Crossroads vicinity, the viewing area nearest the fireworks launch site at William Bush Park.
The Lacey Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the Fireworks Spectacular for the past two years. The generosity of TwinStar and Xerox will provide a strong foundation of support, but the Chamber is still seeking donations to cover the balance of expenses. Businesses and individuals who would like to contribute are encouraged to call the Chamber at (360) 491-4141.
By Tom Rohrer
371 days ago, the T-Birds scored the 7, with their opponent in the 2A state title game, Lynden High School, mirroring 41.
Tumwater will have a chance to avenge last season’s championship game defeat at 10 a.m. Saturday morning when they face off against the Lynden Lions in the Tacoma Dome.
Both Lynden and Tumwater come into the game with a perfect record (13-0) and fresh off of a state semi-final victory on the east side of the state last weekend. The T-Birds defeated Prosser High School 45-40 at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco on Saturday, Nov. 30 while Lynden posted a 21-7 victory over Ellensburg in Moses Lake.
The upperclassman laden T-Birds, who have 16 players on the first and second All Evergreen Conference teams, used the 2012 season finale loss to push them through offseason workouts and the 2013 season.
“We expected to get back here,” said Tumwater senior running back and 2A Evergreen Conference MVP Christian Cummings. “After losing last year, we had that bad taste in our mouth. We worked hard in offseason just to get back here.”
Cummings longtime friend and senior classmate Jayden Croft noticed an intense, team-wide effort that wasn’t present prior to the 2012 season.
“Going into our junior year we knew we would be good and didn’t work as hard,” said Croft the T-Birds quarterback and First Team Evergreen Conference honoree. “We knew we could be good again, but we worked way harder this past year. It shows.”
Between the two schools, Lynden and Tumwater have combined to win the last five 2A state championships. The Lions have captured four of those titles with Tumwater edging their competitor in 2010.
This year, however, it is the T-Birds, not the Lions, with the experienced roster.
“We definitely have an edge on them this year in terms of experience. They only have two returning starters and that’s huge,” said Croft, the grandson of T-Bird head coach Sid Otton. “Last year, they got to play their semi-final in the Tacoma Dome. This year, we both played east of the mountains. This is the first time in the dome for both of us and a majority of our guys have played in this environment before.”
While the 2012 Tumwater team was no push-over (the T-Birds finished with a season record of 12-2), they struggled in the ‘moment’ compared to a Lynden team that had 19 returning starters from the 2011 team.
“We all came out too scared in the new atmosphere,” said tight end Zach Delucco, another first team All Evergreen Conference performer. “We didn’t pay like we had the whole year.”
Along with experience, the T-Birds will bring to the Tacoma Dome a balanced offensive attack that can score on the ground and through the air.
Combined with the dynamic Cummings is sophomore running back Easton Trakel and junior back Tyrus Snow, both who earned second team All Evergreen Conference honors. When defenses focus on one of the three, lanes open for the other two speedsters.
“If they key in on Christian or Easton, we have counters,” said Croft of the T-Birds ‘wing-t’ offense. “We always have a counter.”
Last season, Croft depended on the receiving ability of 2012 2A State Player of the Year Andrew Brown, now a sprinter for the University of Washington track and field team. After gaining on 30 pounds during the offseason and honing his pocket instincts, Croft has been able to provide a more consistent aerial attack for the T-Birds. Having talented receivers such as Delucco and sophomore receiver Griffin Shea to throw to has been a key to his success as well.
“Last year, I was more timid in the pocket and would want to escape. I’m a lot more confident now,” said Croft. “Really, I was only throwing to Andrew every time. Guys have stepped up and I’ve improved.”
Seeing Cummings develop into the school-record breaking player he’s become and fill in the shoes left by Brown has been enjoyable for his teammates.
“He’s such a motivational star because his big runs and big plays get us so pumped,” said Delucco. “He sets the games on fire.”
“He makes our offensive line look good,” said senior offensive lineman Nathan Padgett. “Seeing him break records for the school, it makes a statement for him and (the offensive line).”
Cummings is quick to credit the strong play of the offensive line for his success. Four T-Birds earned first or second team all-league honors on the offensive line including Padgett (second team), seniors Korye Trejo and Dayton Newell (both first team) and junior Adam Zimmerman (second team).
“I got the big boys blocking for me and it’s very nice having huge holes to run through,” said Cummings with a laugh. “All glory to the lineman.”
Defensively, the T-Birds will look to pressure Lynden’s sophomore quarterback Sterling Somers, who replaced Josh Kraght (now playing at Portland State University). Croft noted that the Lions have two receivers that stand over 6’3″, but that they no longer have the services of Zach Vis, who now plays for the University of Montana. The T-Birds secondary will rely heavily on the play of seniors Gabe Gleizes and Garrett Terrell.
“We will probably bump (their receivers) up front,” said Cummings. “If they go up top, our free safety will crack them.”
“From a quarterback perspective, if we bump them, their receivers will be thrown off their route,” said Croft. “Somers is trying to throw to a spot and if we can bump the receivers off, he can’t look to that spot.”
While the T-Birds have studied up on Lynden’s schemes, the Tumwater players will approach the state championship game like every other contest.
“All season we’ve talked about playing against a faceless opponent,” said Delucco. “No matter who we are playing, we don’t worry about their stars or who their personnel is. We focus on what we do and what we can control.”
“We will play our game and not theirs,” noted Cummings.
Growing up in the football crazed Tumwater community, the T-Bird players have been exposed to the championship expectations laid down by Otton’s five championship rings since 1987.
The pressure of competing in such an environment is something the players relish in.
“Playing in this community has been a blessing. We love the support we receive. Even over in Prosser, we had as many fans as they did,” said Croft, who began roaming the sidelines of T-Bird games as a six-year-old ball boy. “It’s great knowing the community and school is behind us. We’re playing for our school and community not just ourselves.”
Win or lose, Saturday’s championship game will be the last contest for the T-Bird seniors, a fact that is not lost Cummings.
“It’s crazy just thinking about it,” he said. “The only way we can go out is with a win, and I know we will do whatever it takes to do that.”
Kickoff for the WIAA 2A state title game is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Tacoma Dome. For more information, visit www.wiaa.com.
By Gale Hemmann
As temperatures drop and winter settles in, what could be better than a mug of hot chocolate? Nearly everyone likes hot chocolate. In fact, people have been drinking it for two thousand years. It is still popular around the world, often served with breakfast in France or made with cinnamon and spices throughout Latin America. An occasional cup of hot chocolate also has many health benefits – some studies show that the heart-healthy flavinoids of the cocoa bean are even more potent when heated up.
You can find hot chocolate on the menus of many cafes and restaurants around Thurston County. I decided to round up willing family and friends to take a hot-chocolate tasting tour of Olympia and beyond. I found some wonderfully unique cups, as well as many takes on the classic version.
Here are some of the highlights of my “hot chocolate tour.”
I stopped by the European-style Bread Peddler café, one of my favorite writing spots, on an especially cold winter afternoon. I was looking forward to trying their take on hot chocolate, and they serve a solid cup: it’s not overly sweet, made with house chocolate sauce and served with an artistic leaf-shaped swirl in your foam. The Bread Peddler’s hot chocolate pairs well with their pastries – I had it with pan au chocolate and it was perfect, complementing but not overwhelming the sweet dessert.
So, what are my conclusions from this whirlwind “hot chocolate tour” of Olympia? Well, first of all, we are fortunate that Olympia has so many great hot chocolate options. Every cup I tried was tasty, warm and satisfying. As the actress Jo Brand says, “Anything is good if it’s made with chocolate.”
I also found that hot chocolate was a very affordable menu item at every location I visited. Most places were happy to substitute soy or rice milk in your drink for those who are dairy-free, or add extras upon request, making it a customizable drink.
Hot chocolate is a simple luxury, a small celebration of winter, and perfect to share. Why not grab a cup as an afternoon pick-me-up, or as a fun alternative to a coffee date? Going out for hot chocolate also makes a fun, affordable family outing, sweetening up a winter’s day.
Published for Friday, December 6
The holiday season is in full swing and nowhere is it more clear than ThurstonTalk’s event calendar. The calendar is bustling with festive activities, suitable for the whole family. Concerts, live music, and traditional performances are all on tap for a weekend of holiday fun around Olympia. For a complete list of activities, click here.
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By Kathryn Millhorn
The Y is a treasure-trove of activities, opportunities, and community for over 150 years. In the Thurston County area, we are blessed to have two Y branches, both offering numerous ways to participate in healthy activities.
Whether it’s through indoor, year-round activities like swimming and fitness or educational offerings for students of all ages, the Y has something for every ability, age, and schedule. Though the winter holiday schedule can be chaotic when balancing school, vacations, work, parties, and soggy weather, the Y Winter Camps offer a perfect break for cabin fever.
Beginning the last week in December and continuing through January 3, the camps offer activities for children from preschool through sixth grade. They will be held at the two South Sound Y branches (Briggs and Downtown) as well as Horizons and M.T. Simmons Elementary schools. There are full-day and half-day opportunities and many different topics to choose from.
‘Creative Construction’ focuses on building, engineering, and designing while ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ highlights improvisation, film-making, and theater. ‘Mad Science’ explores the scientific method and the ‘Young Chefs’ Cooking Camp’ employs culinary arts. Dance and sports are featured through the ‘Sports Extravaganza,’ ‘Step-up Dance Camp,’ and ‘Winter Olympics.’ Preschoolers will enjoy both the ‘Polar Express’ or ‘Snow Bunnies’ options and the ‘Winter Wonderland’ showcases everything our local Y has to offer.
The Y also offers late fall and winter youth sports on a regular basis and a variety of activities beyond traditional gym and swim. December 6 is their ‘Magical Holiday at the Y’ event, a free evening of games, crafts, Santa pictures, and holiday offerings. Kids from kindergarten through grade 6 can participate in the ‘Fantasy Lights Excursion’ on December 20, a trip to see 300+ lights in and around the Spanaway Lake area. Winter sports teams accept registration through December 18 for basketball, indoor soccer, and volleyball for kids pre-K through grade 12.
Many local businesses and organizations offer Y membership discounts for their employees, as do regional health plans and military families. But the Y is committed to opening their doors to as many people as possible and assistance is available to those in need. Full details of their various membership levels can be found online or can by calling 360-753-6576. The pricing for winter break camps varies and you can register on the YMCA’s website or in-person at either branch.
Winter break is often—by necessity—spent indoors but that doesn’t necessarily mean sitting still! Seasonal damp weather isn’t an issue when you’re exploring sports, science, food, and fun. And just because school isn’t in session doesn’t mean learning won’t take place. Make the most of winter while it’s here but enjoy the Y all year round.
Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She has published and lectured widely on topics related to digital humanities and aesthetics, visual forms of knowledge production, book history and future designs, graphic design, historiography of the alphabet and writing, and contemporary art.
Her most recent titles include the jointly authored Digital_Humanities (MIT, 2012) with Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp; Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson Prentice Hall) with Emily McVarish, and SpecLab: Projects in Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009).
A collection of her essays, What Is? is forthcoming from Cuneiform Press and Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production is in production with Harvard University Press as part of their new MetaLab series on the impact of digital humanities and design.
Evergreen is honored to host Selected Druckworks, January through March at the Evergreen Gallery, which surveys Drucker’s books, graphic art and visual projects, revealing key insights into the artist’s development over the course of four decades. It is a smaller version of Drucker’s 40-year retrospective exhibition, Druckworks, which is currently touring the country.
In addition to her academic work, Drucker has produced artists books and projects that are the subject of a retrospective, Druckworks: 40 years of books and projects, that began at Columbia College in Chicago and has been travelling. Her artist’s books are represented in museum and library collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Submitted by Olympia Crime Stoppers
The winter holiday season brings with it plenty of good cheer, gift shopping for family and friends and gatherings at homes and restaurants. Unfortunately it also brings out criminals who are looking for the opportunity to separate us from our valuables. Here are some suggestions of ways you can avoid becoming one of the victims.
When you are Shopping:
Always park in areas with good lighting and park close to the entrance of the store or mall if you can. Try to get someone to shop with you. There IS strength in numbers.
Don’t flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry, electronic devices or clothing.
Carry a purse or shoulder bag close to your body, not dangling by straps. Put a wallet in an inside pocket of your coat or front pants pocket.
Don’t talk on a cell phone when walking between your vehicle and the store or the store and your vehicle. Keep your full attention on your surroundings and remember, the cell phone itself may be tempting for someone to steal.
If you are ready to leave the mall and feel uneasy about entering the parking lot or garage by yourself, stay in the mall and ask for a security escort.
Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car ahead of your arrival.
Be sure to place packages and other valuables out of sight in your car or locked in the trunk. Thieves are less likely to break into your car if nothing of value is visible. And remember to always lock your vehicle!
Do not open your car door to anyone in a parking lot or garage. If you believe you are in danger, call 911 immediately.
When at Home:
ALWAYS lock your car and residence, even if you are away for only a few moments.
Do NOT leave valuables – gifts, cell phones, GPS units, purse or clothing in open view in your car even in your own driveway. Take valuables with you, lock them in your trunk, or cover them in an unobtrusive way.
Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark. Criminals don’t like bright places. Likewise, you might want to close the curtains or blinds so your holiday tree, and all those gifts, are not visible from the outside.
When you Travel:
Many of us travel to Grandma’s house for the holiday. If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers. An overstuffed mailbox is a sure sign that no one is home, and burglars are tempted to check those envelopes for holiday gifts.
Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your home and offer to do the same for them when they travel out of town.
These are only some of the ways you can protect yourself, your family and your valuables this holiday season.
And a happy and safe season to you and yours!
Submitted by Thurston Chamber
The fourth annual Boss of the Year recognition, sponsored by the Thurston County Chamber and Express Employment Professionals, will be presented at the Chamber’s December 11 Forum.
This year, three individuals will be recognized – Joseph Di Santo of Panorama, Heidi West of America’s Credit Union, and Dr. Terrence Hess of Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates.
Selection criteria was based on exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, execution, ethics, service and/or knowledge. Supporting staff members played a role in their boss’s nomination. From there, Saint Martin’s University business students played a key role in the selection process, interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee.
Join us as we recognize and celebrate these individuals for their leadership in the workplace.
Forum is Wednesday, December 11 at Saint Martin’s Norman Worthington Center from 11:30am to 1pm. The cost is $30 general admission, $20 for online prepaid Chamber members and $25 for members at the door. Reservations are requested at 360.357.3362 or www.thurstonchamber.com.
Forum is sponsored by:
Dzines, Cabinets by Trivonna and FASTSIGNS
By Jennifer Crain
It’s a common plea from charitable organizations around this time of year: Volunteer! Many of us manage, for the sake of tradition and in an attempt to mitigate the focus on acquisition, to carve out time to help our fellow citizens as the year draws to a close.
Olympia is full of opportunities. Check out these examples of what you can do this season to give back:
Give the Gift of Clean with YWCA of Olympia
Bree Lafreniere, Women’s Resources Director and Volunteer Manager at the YWCA of Olympia, says the organization will be hosting a Clean Christmas effort to supply local families with cleaning supplies and toiletries for the holidays. The campaign is an extension of the group’s year-round Other Bank.
On December 16 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Lafreniere says volunteers can assist in assembling gift bags that staff will give to families later in the week. The opportunity is open to all ages and is appropriate, and fun, for parents and their children.
The YWCA also accepts donations for the bags, particularly dish soap and shampoo.
“Humans are all the same,” Lafreniere says, “we always want to have clean hair and dishes.”
To volunteer, call to sign up at 360-352-0593.
Serve a Meal at Drexel House
Every month, volunteers at Drexel House provide a meal for residents. In December, the staff will roll out the meal and volunteers will serve food and interact with residents.
Bary Hanson, Housing Manager, says it’s a valuable way for volunteers to get to know residents and become familiar with the Drexel House mission. The shelter, established in 2007, provides emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing.
The December 19 meal will take place on site at 604 Devoe Street SE. Potential volunteers, call Hanson at 360-753-3340, x220.
Drexel House is also a great place to put your skills to work any time of year. Volunteers donate a wide variety of services such as haircuts and personal budget assistance. Nurses even provide some clients with foot care. Call to offer expertise in your own niche.
Help Collect Items for Families through Mixx 96.1
For 20 years, Mixx 96.1 has been collecting gift cards, clothing, toys and other gifts for local families in need through their Wrapping Up the Holidays Toy and Fund Drive.
On December 20, they will broadcast live from the drop site in downtown Olympia between 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
During the drive, volunteers will accept cash, new toys, art supplies, books, movie passes, all sizes of clothing – anything that will help families. Donations will be divided to help the clients of eight area organizations: Thurston County Housing Authority, Community Youth Services, Behavioral Health Resources, YMCA Child Care, Senior Services of South Sound, Evergreen Vista Low-income Housing, Family Support Center, and Union Gospel Mission.
Call 360-943-9937 to volunteer.
Adopt a Family through Family Support Center
It’s traditional to adopt a family around the holidays and if you sign on with Family Support Center, you and the recipients can communicate directly and customize the experience.
Suzanne Brown, Family Support Advocate, says the organization connects benefactors with recipient families. The measure and type of assistance varies according to the sponsor’s capacity. The holidays are a great time to connect volunteer sponsors with people in need and since the program functions year round, anytime is a good time to sign on.
It’s common for a donor to be matched with a family that has recently acquired permanent housing. In that case, donors and recipients talk by phone. Often, sponsors help supply a home with appliances or other items.
To adopt a family through the Family Support Center, call 360-754-9297 x220. Additional adopt a family resources can be found here.
The group also receives year-round donations of quilts, non-perishable snacks, and hygiene supplies (especially diapers, toothbrushes, and shampoo). They also welcome volunteers to sign up for a shift at their homeless shelter, located at 201 Capitol Way N.
Help Alleviate Hunger at the Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen is a common volunteer destination for families, service groups, and individuals. Marsha Hubbard Burch says they’re always happy to have volunteers to help prepare food, serve meals, and assist with cleanup. (This opportunity is best for older children.)
Spots for the Thanksgiving meal are full but places are still available for meals served on Christmas Day. Burch says volunteers can call to sign up for the December 25 meals now. For the main meal, volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. to prepare food and serve from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For the second meal, servers only are needed between 4:45 – 6:30 p.m.
To volunteer during the holiday season, Christmas Day, or anytime the week of December 23 – 27 or to coordinate drop-off of food donations, call 360-956-3462. Turkeys, rolls, raw potatoes, and pies are needed for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
SHOP AND GIVE
A number of organizations are collecting specific donations during the holiday season:
Donate items such as towels, mugs, plates, and small appliances to residents of Camp Quixote as they transition to their permanent site. Click above for a full list of needed items.
Food for Homeless Vets
Bring non-perishables when you catch the new Hunger Games movie (through December 15) at Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX. Food donations, collected at the theater and at the Mixx 96.1 station, will be distributed to homeless veterans residing at Drexel House.
Outfit a Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors
Help fill out the SafePlace wish list by donating household items such as pillows, blankets, twin sheet sets, coffee makers, cookware, and kitchenware.