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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 11:00am

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

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

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

BANDS:
Motion (Tour Homecoming!)
Vessels (Tour Homecoming!)
Believer
Bréag Naofa
A God or an Other
Toarn
Countless The Dead
For the Likes of You
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Mi Amore Cadenza
The Lion in Winter
Thistopia
Redeem the Exile
The Further
A Friend
Brightside
Sorrow’s Edge
Heathen Washington
Gunslinger

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 2PM!

We are accepting band submissions for consideration. Please contact Joey Cristina joey@ourcityshows.com

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00am

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

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

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

BANDS:
Motion (Tour Homecoming!)
Vessels (Tour Homecoming!)
Believer
Bréag Naofa
A God or an Other
Toarn
Countless The Dead
For the Likes of You
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Mi Amore Cadenza
The Lion in Winter
Thistopia
Redeem the Exile
The Further
A Friend
Brightside
Sorrow’s Edge
Heathen Washington
Gunslinger

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 2PM!

We are accepting band submissions for consideration. Please contact Joey Cristina joey@ourcityshows.com

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Gladness & Dick Dagger And The C Monsters & Big Idiot & Crack House & Fuzzy Math

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, August 29th, doors at 8pm, show starts at 8:15 sharp!

GLADNESS … alt/gaze/wave from Portland, OR
http://gladness.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/gladnessbandpdx

DICK DAGGER AND THE C MONSTERS … psych/garage/glam from Eugene, OR
http://dickdaggerthecmonsters.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/DickDaggerAndTheCMonsters

BIG IDIOT … skaterthrash/powerviolence from Olympia
https://www.facebook.com/bigidiotoly

CRACK HOUSE … stonerfunkbluespunk from Olympia
https://www.facebook.com/crackhouseolympia

FUZZY MATH … alt/indie/pop from Olympia
https://www.facebook.com/FuzzyMath.OlympiaWA

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Emby Alexander ,,, Middlewav ,,, The Straws ,,, Crowd the Sky

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 5:00pm

Monday, August 25, doors at 8pm

EMBY ALEXANDER … Phoenix chamberpowerpop
*http://www.embyalexander.com/
*http://www.embyalexander.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/embyalexander

MIDDLEWAV … Olympia experimental electrofolk
*http://middlewav.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/Middlewav

THE STRAWS … Oly alt groove, multigenre sprawl
*http://thestraws.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/strawsband

CROWD THE SKY … Oly synth sounds, ex-Celestials
*https://www.facebook.com/stanley.donwood

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Sarah Blumenthal Films

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:00pm

The making of this film is a way of having a conversation, for women we know to interact with, and process the “small violences” experienced within their lives. As a platform to showcase female expression within contemporary life, this film works between documentary and poetic forms. A non-narrative film, which invites the viewer to a dystopian parallel present where duration, dance, and gesture depict a cultural undercurrent.

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Shop Local in Olympia for Reusable Lunch Sacks

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:33pm

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By Sara Johnson

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Colorful options will spice up any pack-at-home lunch. Shop local at Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway stores.

When my mom packed my lunch for me back in the 1980s, she usually tucked it all into a brown paper bag for me to carry off to school. My carrot sticks, apple slices, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich were each sealed up tight in plastic zippered bags, along with a pouch of Capri Sun or a carton of milk.

Now, in 2014, we’re realizing that using throwaway containers for food items is neither environment-friendly (it takes 500-1000 years for a plastic bag to break down) nor cost-effective ($.05 per sandwich bag really adds up over time). Packing fresh food from home is also healthier than pre-packaged, highly-processed options.

Thurston County’s recent implementation of the Plastic Bag Ordinance shows that reusable bags are not simply a trend, but are here to stay. I’ve been carrying my own cloth grocery bags to the store for years. Among the environmental benefits, I’ve found that reusable grocery bags are much stronger than their plastic cousins, and certainly better looking.

Reusable bags and containers are now spreading into the lunch realm. As a kid, I was so excited to receive my first reusable metal lunch box (Strawberry Shortcake-themed of course). The rest of my lunch was still packed in those ubiquitous plastic zip bags but today, as a mom myself, I am excited that when I pack my own daughters’ lunches, I’ll have so many other reusable—and cute—options to store their carrot sticks.

In Olympia, my favorite place to seek out novel kitchen and reusable items is Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway stores. As part of our back-to-school preparations, my two elementary school-age daughters and I visited both stores to check out the available options for packing their school lunches. We found a huge variety of products so well-made, good-looking, and durable that I couldn’t imagine stuffing their ham sandwiches in a plastic sack. Most products would be suitable for packing a daily lunch to take to the office as well.

lunch sacks olympiaRalph’s carries zak! lunch sacks which are lightly insulated and decked out with fun themes for kids (5-year-old Holly particularly fell for the Frozen-themed sack). I thought Deco’s Two Tier Tiffin Stackable Lunch Box in stainless steel would be perfect for my husband’s lunch, with two sealed sections just right for tucking in the previous night’s leftovers.

Both stores carry the French Bull PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag line which is pure genius. Not only do the bags come in a variety of bright and trendy patterns, but you don’t need a separate cold pack to stick in the bag to keep your child’s yogurt cold: the entire bag is a cold pack! Stick the sack in the freezer the night before school, fill it up in the morning and lunch will stay crisp and fresh the whole day, up to 10 hours.

lunch sacks olympiaAmber, a member of Bayview’s team, recommends these lunch sacks highly. “My son has one for school and his PackIt lunch bag is still frozen when he brings it home in the afternoon. It really works great,” she says.

The French Bull PackIt line is more than just lunch bags. Thriftway carries the smaller snack and sandwich sizes, along with the large grocery bag size, perfect for hauling ice cream and milk home on hot summer days….or a picnic for the entire family.

So, you’ve picked out your cute, new reusable lunch sack (as Leah and Holly did) but what about packing the food inside it? We’re all familiar with Tupperware and Rubbermaid reusable containers, but the marketplace is coming up with clever ideas that depart from our familiar plastic options.

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Leah and Holly choose their favorite back-to-school lunch sacks at Bayview Thriftway.

Both stores stock the Fuel line of reusable lunch products. My favorite aspect of these was how space-saving each of the Fuel items was, not to mention sporting my favorite green and white color scheme. I found an adult-friendly lunch sack, bento box, snack pockets, sandwich wraps, drink, salad, and soup containers. My girls, on the other hand, were drawn to the bright fruit-patterned Lunchskin sandwich and snack bags, perfect for packing those carrot sticks.

Thriftway also carries the BPA-free Sistema line which is designed and made in New Zealand. These containers are an affordable high-quality option with securely locking tops. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes including the clever Breakfast To Go pack, ideal for a morning yogurt and granola.

For families looking for plastic-free options, Thriftway is stocking a number of stainless steel and glass container choices. I found Kuhn Rikon glass storage jars at Ralph’s, ideal for safely reheating contents in a microwave. Bayview stocks the U-Konserve and Kids Konserve line, stainless steel food containers in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. These well-made, non-leaching, non-toxic containers will surely last for years.

It’s nice to know that finding reusable lunch-packing options for both work and school is not difficult. It’s as easy as a trip to one of our local, family-owned grocery stores. The hard part may only be overcoming the desire to collect them all.

 

SafePlace Growth Branches Out Into the Community

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:13pm

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By Alyssa Ramsfield

providence medical group sponsorAn advocate and shelter for survivors of domestic violence, SafePlace has been a staple in our community since 1981. It is the only agency of its kind in Thurston County and is one of the oldest programs for sexual assault in the nation. As the need for assistance grows, so does the need to expand this vital community resource.

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The new SafePlace Community Center will have a room dedicated to children for some much needed play time.

“SafePlace is Thurston County’s accredited agency for sexual violence,” describes Development Director, Thomasina Cooper. “We have a 24-hour phone line for assistance and we run a 28 bed shelter. We are constantly trying to get survivors all of the help possible and we keep our shelter full with survivors and their families. Our community services include working with survivors one-on-one, case management, healing processing, setting up DSHS appointments, making legal appointments and assisting them in the next steps necessary.”

“It’s really important to us for the community to know that we are available to anyone who needs it,” explains Cooper. “We will provide help in any way possible. A lot of the time, people are looking for legal help. While we can’t give legal advice, we have an advocate who will assist survivors in getting the information they need. We also have free legal services available the first and third Thursday of every month. Community members can talk to a lawyer about their legal proceedings in regards to sexual violence. Our community outreach program also helps survivors with daily struggles such as finding a place to live or affordable daycare.”

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Local fundraisers have helped to make the Capital Campaign a reality for SafePlace.

SafePlace is taking on an expansion of their current Community Service Center to make their services readily available to Thurston County citizens. “We are really trying to create a safety net for people who need to leave their situation,” says Cooper. “It’s complex to leave a life of domestic violence. Currently, our facilities limit our client services. We can only hold small meetings and serve members of community a few at a time. The new facility is going to give us sufficient space to make a difference in survivor’s lives.”

Some of the smallest victims of domestic violence will be taken into account in the new building. “The renovated center will have a kids program and playroom,” continues Cooper.  ”Play is so important to children. It’s a simple thing, but a powerful one. Parents will be able to meet with advocates and get the help they need while separating their children from conversations about issue. Instead, kids can come in and enjoy some play time. We will even have a teen room for older children to enjoy.”

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The new SafePlace service facility will have room for meetings, volunteer trainings, and offices for administration.

The new center will also add more capacity to SafePlace’s standing services. “We can hold large meetings in the new building as it is triple our current size,” explains Cooper. “We can also complete more trainings for volunteers. Our volunteers help to facilitate support groups. They are a very important aspect of SafePlace. We also do outreach to schools through out teen group. It allows for teens to come together to find out about dating, consent, and prevention. Our new facility will allow that group to be trained as facilitators and allow help for their peers.

“SafePlace is branching out and we want to make sure that the community not only knows we exist, but that our resources are available to them 24/7,” describes Cooper. “We are all working together in the community and we want to increase the conversation around sexual violence so we can really start engaging people and find ways for prevention. Perpetrators thrive in silence. Our job is to make connections with people and get them talking.”

“Come in and engage with us,” exclaims Cooper. “We are trying to be a proactive part of downtown Olympia. The building that will be our new community center is a renovation project. We plan to turn this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan of a building. We want to bring a much needed spark to the area. We hope to be at the forefront of our community.”

Learn more about SafePlace’s Capital Campaign by clicking here. Celebrate SafePlace’s groundbreaking of their new facility on September 5 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Pine Hill Haints “Rattle Them Bones (excerpt)”

K Records - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:57pm
An excerpt of the Pine Hill Haints playing “Rattle Them Bones”, August 7, 2014, during a taping of the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard gravecast at Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia, Washington. you can hear the entire gravecast HERE. “Rattle Them Bones” appears on the Pine Hill Haints album The Magik Sounds of The Pine Hill Haints [KLP254], […]
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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 010

K Records - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:48pm
The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes. The Pine Hill Haints toured through Olympia in early August playing Northern with tour-mates Zealous Doxy. The next day they all stopped by Dub Narcotic Studio to chat with hosts Ian Vanek and Calvin Johnson (The Hive Dwellers) on the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard (where […]
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Zealous Doxy “Katie Cruel”

K Records - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:57pm
An excerpt of “Katie Cruel” by Zealous Doxy, who traveled from their home in England to tour the United States with Pine Hill Haints. The tour stopped in Olympia, Washington to play Northern and then visited Dub Narcotic Studio to tape an episode of the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard gravecast. You can hear the entire gravecast […]
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Theater Artists Olympia presents- An Improbable Peck of Plays 3D! Our Annual One-Act Play Festival!

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:42am

We here at Theater Artists Olympia understand your need for fast-paced, eclectic, three dimensional theater. That’s why we’re rolling out our third annual one-act play festival, An Improbable Peck of Plays 3D! Armed with an arsenal of fantastic locally written plays from our friends at Northwest Playwrights Alliance, our group of directors stand ready to launch a series of tremendous, albeit short, one-acts in your general direction. Featuring the directing prowess of Mark Alford, pug Bujead, Christian Carvajal, Elizabeth Lord, Morgan Picton, and Vanessa Postil-combined with a stellar cast and crew-this year’s festival promises to be the best available in this dimension!


WHO: Theater Artists Olympia
WHAT: An Improbable Peck of Plays 3D
WHEN: August 21-September 7; all shows at 8pm except for one 2:30pm matinee on September 7
WHERE: The Midnight Sun performance space N. 113 Columbia ST. downtown Olympia
PRICE: $12 (no one turned away)
TICKETS: Available at the door the night of the performance and also in advance at brownpapertickets.com. Call 360.259.2743 for more info.

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Panorama Residents’ New Careers as Volunteers

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:30am

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By Eric Wilson-Edge

Some people never truly retire. These people occupy themselves with projects, hobbies or volunteer work. Panorama residents Jay Felzien and Ann Berry are part of this last category. The retirees spend a significant amount of their free time giving back. Their reasons are different but the results are the same.

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Jay Felzien, a resident at Panorama, has volunteered with hospices for seven years.

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Jay Felzien’s decision to volunteer is very personal. In 1983 Felzien’s partner was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. “I couldn’t take time off,” says Felzien. “There was an organization called Visiting Nurses and they’d go once a day to make sure he had something to eat and see that he was okay.”

Felzien’s partner died four months later. The experience taught him some valuable lessons that he still carries with him today. “I was really grateful for all the help I’d gotten,” says Felzien. “I remember how lost I was when my partner was dying and I didn’t like the idea of anyone having to go through that.”

Not too long ago Felzien got a call from one of his neighbors at Panorama. The woman knew about Felzien’s volunteer work at the hospice. She wondered if he could come over and talk with her husband.  “She told me that he was afraid of dying,” says Felzien.  Jay talked with the man, offered reassurance that everything would be okay. “The next day he was completely different.”

Comfort is a large part of what Felzien provides. Sometimes he reads books to clients, plays chess or goes on a walk. In the process he builds relationships with his clients and their families. “I meet a lot of very interesting people that I wouldn’t meet otherwise,” says Felzien. “Their defenses are down, they’re just a real person.”

Ann Berry’s Work at the Crisis Clinic

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Ann Berry’s last diplomatic posting was in South Africa. Now, she is an active volunteer at the Crisis Clinic.

Ann Berry listened to the recruiter’s talk. Afterwards she told her professor she was going to be a diplomat. “He looked at me and said ‘I didn’t pass and you won’t either.’” Needless to say Berry took the Foreign Service Exam, passed and spent most of her life as a diplomat.

Berry moved to Olympia in 1999. In preparation for her retirement Berry did some reading. She came across an article in the Olympian about a training program being offered by the Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties. “I became addicted to the Crisis Clinic and have been there ever since.”

In 15 years Berry has done everything from answer phones to provide training to new volunteers. She and a small group of others helped keep the clinic afloat in the late 2000s following a split with Behavioral Health Resources. “There are a lot of organizations that make Olympia a jewel and we think the Crisis Clinic is one of those,” says Berry.

The work is challenging and rewarding. “It is intense,” says Berry. “We’ve had a number of calls with suicidal thoughts and that’s pretty tough stuff.” Berry’s training and her relationship with fellow volunteers make it possible for her to help others. “Your partner is there to talk with after a difficult call to hear what your feelings are.”

Berry says she continues to volunteer, partially because of what the work does for her. “I am amazed by what I have learned about myself. I never do a shift where I don’t come away saying ‘wow, that’s really amazing.’”

The spirit of volunteerism is big at Panorama. Some seniors help with programs within the retirement community while others, like Felzien and Berry, offer assistance elsewhere.  Either way the results are a better, more connected community.

 

JBLM Spouses Band Together to Form Business Networking Group

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:27am

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By Cara Bertozzi

Olympia Auto Mall sponsorEvery Wednesday morning, a group of women can be found intently circled around foamy lattes and sweet treats, quietly engaging in demonstrably organized discussion at the DuPont Forza coffee shop. At first glance, it seems an eclectic group: some are young moms with kids seated nearby, some appear to have come straight from the gym, and others are well-heeled and perfectly coifed without an eyelash out of place.

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Along with managing the stress of being a military spouse, these female entrepreneurs and small business owners gather at the DuPont Forza weekly to discuss their businesses.

These diverse women are bound by two common ties  - a military spouse sisterhood and small business ownership or novice entrepreneurs. Each week, they gather to work through a business-oriented strategy exercise, such as practicing a short elevator pitch, reviewing marketing strategies, setting short- and long-term goals, or testing minimum viable product ideas on each other.  This weekly meeting has appropriately been branded Power Hour, and the idea has already begun to spread to other bases, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

The group also ends each session with a simple recitation of Yes, Oops, and Help. In this way, the women intentionally share a positive moment from the last week, engage in reflection on missteps and learning points, and bring a challenge to the table for discussion. For these women, many of whom spend much of their time working alone or serving their customers without the benefit of a team with whom to brainstorm, this weekly meeting provides the structured training, discipline and collaboration that are key to the success of any business endeavor.

Alana Le is the mastermind behind this successful entrepreneurial support group. She started her own management consulting business after moving back to the Seattle-area following a multiple-year stint doing project management for international startups. Three weeks after marrying into the military last fall, her new husband deployed to Afghanistan. As a coping mechanism, she dove into volunteering and socializing with the other wives in the unit and was surprised at the preponderance of fellow military spouses who either owned or were contemplating starting their own business as a means to create a flexible, mobile career for themselves.

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Pam Alvarado is building a sales team of distributors for Juice Plus. Photo credit: Pam Alvarado.

Military spouses have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, despite the fact that many are highly skilled. The sometimes unpredictable, frequent moves are disruptive, and many bases are located at a prohibitive distance from urban centers. Further, it’s challenging to hold a traditional job while managing regular family transitions between single parenting.  Add in the stress of coping with having your spouse in a war zone and it’s clear to see why military spouses have a difficult time finding meaningful employment.

Alana identified the opportunity to use her business experience to not only encourage and equip other women to take calculated risks but also to establish her expertise and develop educational materials that she uses to empower other business owners to take charge of their content marketing in the digital age. She is results-oriented, and seeing her clients and friends successfully recruit customers is what drives her to run both the free Power Hour and her paid content marketing classes.

As impressive as Alana’s story is, she is quick to admit she keeps company with exceptional women. Pam Alvarado and Nicole Lee comprise the other original core Power Hour members. Pam started an online boutique for handmade dog collars after receiving an overwhelming response to a picture of her decked-out puppy that she shared on social media.

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Nicole Lee recently launched her personal training business, Strong Moms Fitness. Photo credit: Nicole Lee.

Pam learned as she went, and when a franchise opportunity that more closely matched her strengths-based interests arose, she jumped on it. Pam is now building a Juice Plus sales team of distributors and loves the chance to mentor her team and promote healthy, whole-food lifestyles through her social media prowess.

Nicole is an ACE-certified personal trainer/gym owner who is just finishing her degree in Exercise Science and recently started a personal training business, Strong Moms Fitness, out of her garage. She loves helping people set and reach their fitness goals and finds satisfaction in helping military wives cope with stress through physical exertion.

Pam and Nicole both believe that diet and exercise are important foundations of healthy living and have teamed up to offer various free events to the military spouse community.

I left Power Hour with the desire to participate in Meghan Milliron’s Restoration Wellness class teaching couples Thai massage techniques, Richelle Futch’s Time Management class, and Mabani Hernandez’s Makeup Application class. Each of these women believe that with a committed approach, it is possible to pursue your professional dreams despite the challenges that military life presents. And who better to do that with than your girlfriends?

To learn more about Power Hour at JBLM, click here.

 

South Sound Solar Sheds Light on Solar’s Financial Incentives

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:00am

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South Sound Solar-Interior ViewA decision to “go solar” lessens dependence on non-renewable energy sources while producing clean electricity gathered from the sun. Yet capturing this free, renewable source of energy requires set up costs. Solar will provide a financial return on investment and save you money on utility bills.  Right now is a wise time to invest in a solar energy system as tax credits and production incentives are offered. Several local lending institutions work directly with South Sound Solar to offer loans specifically for solar projects.

Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit

This tax incentive allows up to 30% of the installation cost of a solar energy system to be credited to your federal income tax. This is a tax credit not a tax deduction. If you buy a $10,000 system you would shave $3,000 off of your taxes.

Washington State Cost Recovery Incentive Program 

Washington State, in partnership with local utilities such as Puget Sound Energy, offers an solar production incentive. For electricity produced by your solar panels, you can earn a minimum of $0.15/kWh for every kilowatt of electricity you produce. This steps up to $0.54/kWh if the solar products are manufactured in Washington for a maximum of $5,000 per year. You can apply for this credit every year until the current expiration date of 2020.

Net Metering

South Sound Solar-RoofYour home or business will use the electricity generated by your solar panels before it uses electricity generated by your power company. If you are producing more electricity through your solar system than you need, the electricity will go back to the utility and you will receive a credit at the retail rate.

Financing

Olympia Credit Union’s and Generation’s Credit Union loan programs require zero down, no home equity, and will finance 100% of the purchase and installation of the system. Olympia Federal Savings has a low interest home equity “green home” loan. As solar immediately raises the value of your home, OlyFed factors that future value into their equity calculations.

When South Sound Solar performs a Solar Site Survey your bid includes a custom calculated payback analysis. Keep in mind the sooner you buy solar the more incentives you earn before the incentives expire.

To learn more about solar incentives, credits and financing visit the South Sound Solar website by clicking here, calling 360-352-7869, or attending an upcoming informational workshop.

 

Easy Care for Your Synthetic Wig

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:00am

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Learn how to properly care for your synthetic wig.

A synthetic wig, hairpiece or hair extension is an excellent investment in your appearance. Synthetic hair is easy to preserve when you follow a few easy care and cleaning steps.

First, when you remove your synthetic hair at night, turn it over and comb it. This simple step is an easy way to make sure your hair lasts a long time. Wigs, hair extensions and hairpieces pick up odors from the environment, just as clothes absorb odors, so airing and cleaning is essential.

How often you clean synthetic hair depends on a number of factors, such as how often the wig is worn, if the hair was exposed to smoke or cooking odors, how easy it is to style and if it feels smooth or coarse.

If it starts to feel coarse, or has a noticeable odor, it may be time to clean the hair.

Step One: Detangle the hair with a wide-tooth comb.

Step Two: Add the suggested amount of synthetic hair shampoo to a basin of cool water. Place your wig into the water and let it soak for about twenty minutes.

Step Three: Rinse the hair with cool water, swish it around, until all the soap bubbles are gone.

Step Four: Gently shake out excess water, and then carefully pat it dry with a soft towel.

Step Five:  Place the wig on a wire wig stand, so the air can circulate, and allow it to dry. Do not brush it while it is wet. Allow up to 24 hours for synthetic hair to dry. Avoid using a blow dryer as it will damage the hair.

You will discover that synthetic hair holds its style beautifully. Occasional cleaning simply preserves the look and feel of the hair.

For questions regarding the care of synthetic or human hair wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions, contact:

Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa

3925 – 8th Avenue SE, Suite F

Lacey, WA 98503

360.491.4911

 

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