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Lori Flemm, Lacey Parks & Recreation Director, Retires

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 5:55pm

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Submitted by City of Lacey The City Manager’s office announced on May 20, 2016 that Lori Flemm has retired from the City of Lacey after serving nearly seven years as the Director of Parks and Recreation.  The City will hold a community reception honoring Lori’s tenure on Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the

Saving Face Skin Spa Asks: “Are You Seeing Spots After Breakouts are Gone?”

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:24pm

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Submitted by Saving Face Skin Spa  Many times clients come in to Saving Face Skin Spa and they only have a few true breakouts but they tell me that they want me to fix their “acne“.  What I see is “PIH” or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. This condition is simply the dark spot or trauma mark left from

Saint Martin’s Spiritual Life Institute looks to Pope Francis

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:54pm

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Submitted by Saint Martin’s University  The 34th Annual Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s University will focus on the environment and humanity’s responsibility to itself and the world. This year’s program, “Religion, the Environment and Capitalism,” to be held July 11-15 on the University’s Lacey campus, is based on Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Laudato Si,

Westport Winery Earns High Points in World Competition

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:46pm

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Submitted by Westport Winery Westport Winery’s Bordello Blonde and Lighthouse White each earned 90-points in the recent World Wine Championships of White Wines held in Chicago, Illinois. These point scores represent gold medals and wines of “exceptional quality”. Of Bordello Blondes the judges said, “Floral aromas and flavors of roses and peony, honeyed peach, and

Olympia Resident Earns Scholarship from Western Washington University

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:26pm

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Submitted by Western Washington University Western Washington University student Autumn Moran Simmons, daughter of Robert Simmons of Port Townsend and Maribeth Wheeler of Olympia, received the $766 Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship is awarded to students who work for Western Libraries and are full-time

Capital High School Boys Relay Team Eyes State Title

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:21pm

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If you’re tasked with updating the record book for the Capital High School track and field team this season it’s probably best to write everything down in pencil. That’s because it seems every time the Cougars’ 4×100 boys relay team steps on the track, a new benchmark for the program gets established. The quartet, which

Local High Schools Send Track Stars to State Meet

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:00pm

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Congratulations to the Thurston County high school students that have qualified for the WIAA state track meet.  Read a full story about Capital High School’s track team here. North Thurston’s Peter Allegre qualified for state in the 3200 for a third consecutive year after finishing second at the 3A district meet (9:40.51). River Ridge, the defending

Westport Winery and Opal Art Collaborate on a New Bottle

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:30am

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Submitted by Westport Winery Westport Winery’s Roberts family has again collaborated with Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis. Together they designed and crafted a hand-blown glass lighthouse for Shelter From The Storm, the first true port-wine crafted by winemaker Dana Roberts. The new bottle is a scale replica of the winery’s

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:25am

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Submitted by Adopt-a-Pet of Shelton Luna is a 1 1/2 year old female pittie. She loves sitting for treats, walking everywhere right next to her person, cuddling on the couch, laying in the sun, squeezing under fences, chewing bones, car rides (just falls asleep), sleeping with her people, belly rubs, and head rubs. She is

Community Impact — Reach a Broader Audience through a Community Social Network

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 6:29am

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At ThurstonTalk we strive to create meaningful, engaging content about the people, businesses and organizations that make Thurston County such a great place to live, work and play. Whether highlighting a community member donating time to a local non-profit or sharing information about fun activities to enjoy with your family, our talented writing team works

A Credit Story – When Life Goes From Good to Bad and Back to Good

Thurston Talk - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 6:00am

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Most people do not spend a lot of time thinking about their credit. Ron Moore was like most people. If he wanted a credit card, he applied for one and the company would approve him. If he wanted to get a car loan, he simply got approved at his credit union. When he wanted to

Ty Nault – Glass Blowing Captivates Shelton Artist

Thurston Talk - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 6:00am

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“The glass is at 2,000 degrees, and everything is moving like honey on the end of your pipe,” says artist Ty Nault, a glassblower from Shelton. “You have to keep it hot so it doesn’t crack, and keep it moving, so it doesn’t flop on the floor. “The first time [you work in molten glass],

Refusing to be Enemies ~ Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation - With Author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 12:08am
Event:  Sat, 05/28/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Quaker Jew who lived in Jerusalem for seven years and has written widely on Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activism, will speak Saturday, May 28th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Olympia Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, in Olympia.  Kaufman-Lacusta will share reflections from her interview-based book that presents voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli.  The activists reflect on their personal involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives.  In their own words, the subjects share examples of effective nonviolent campaigns, discuss obstacles encountered, and also the changes required for their organizations to more successfully pursue the goal of a just peace.  Attention is devoted to the special challenges of joint struggle and to hopes and visions for a shared future in the region.

Copies of Refusing to be Enemies will be available for purchase and signing.

The free event is sponsored by Olympia Friends Meeting, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver and Canada, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.
For information call 360-754-3998 or email info@rachelcorriefoundation.org
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Set Concert Date in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 1:44pm

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are embarking on a ‘Camping Trip’ – the name of their mini-tour of smaller market venues across the State of Washington this summer. On August 28, 2016, the musicians be at the historic Capitol Theater. Tickets went on sale on May 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and were sold out by noon. The

Thurston County Chamber Welcomes New Board Members

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:50am

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Submitted by The Thurston County Chamber The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce has elected three new members to its board of directors. New members include John Bash, Shauna Stewart and Rachel Young. Each will serve a three year term. John Bash is Superintendent of the Tumwater School District. Shauna Stewart is executive director of the

SCJ Alliance Named 2016 Top Place to Work

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:37am

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Submitted by SCJ Alliance  Business Examiner Media named SCJ Alliance the 2016 Top Place to Work as a medium-sized employer. The award was announced on the same day as SCJ’s 10-year anniversary, May 16, 2016. Business Examiner judges noted they were impressed by the extent to which SCJ’s core values are evident in the firm’s

Evergreen’s Science Carnival Offers Student-Led Experiments, Education and Fun

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:30am

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Submitted by The Evergreen State College Workshops, demonstrations and the chance to save Humpty Dumpty will excite science fans young and old during The Evergreen State College’s 13th Annual Science Carnival and Research Exposition on Friday, May 27. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the college’s Olympia campus at 2700 Evergreen

Hart’s Mesa – Culinary Gem Sourcing Farm-Fresh Items for Latin Menu

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Joel Hart’s menu is an inspired fusion of Latin based cuisine influenced by a month long trip to Mexico when he was just 13 years old. Hart’s Mesa is not your typical Mexican restaurant. If you are looking for chips and salsa on every table or a mariachi band, then head to a chain restaurant.

Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Hello, Olympia.  As we head into the end of spring, take this weekend to explore your hometown.  Search out a new restaurant.  Take a walk in a different neighborhood.  Explore a downtown Olympia business.  And, use ThurstonTalk to help you find just the right option for your family. Here’s what is going on around town

Barbara Whitlow, Olympia Federal Savings Offer Green Choice Loans

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Barbara Whitlow, the Residential Relationship Manager at Olympia Federal Savings, discovered her passion for business and finance when she was a member of her high school DECA program. Discovering her career early has led Barbara to a 40-year career in banking, with the last 32 years as a trailblazer at Olympia Federal Savings. During her

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