Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.
This event happens EVERY first FRIDAY of the month from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
For March's Listen Here, Corey will be reading "The Bravest Rat in Venice" and "The Hand" by Patricia Highsmith.Google Plus One Facebook Like
BDENIE commemorates the centenary of the premiere of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All-night vigil," which took place in Moscow on March 10th, 1915. Rachmaninoff wrote his 70-minute, 15-movement vigil in January and February of 1915, and it was first performed as a fundraiser for war relief efforts. Rachmaninoff's masterpiece proved to be so popular with both critics and the public that it was performed five more times within the month. Rachmaninoff based 10 of his 15 movements on extant chants from various traditional styles, including Greek, Kievan, and the Russian "Znamenny" style. The remaining five movements were entirely of the composer's own creation, although he admitted their style to be "a conscious counterfeit of the ritual." For this concert series, The Esoterics has expanded to 48 voices, and will intersperse Rachmaninoff's movements with phrases of Slavonic chant. More concert information is available at http://www.theesoterics.org/concerts/season-2015/bdenie
WHERE: St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia
WHEN: March 8th, 3:00 pmGoogle Plus One Facebook Like
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Submitted by WET Science Center
“Rainy days are going to happen no matter what. Why not do something fun with them?” This quote from Peregrine Church, a 21 year-old Seattle-based artist, reminds us to embrace the weather the Pacific Northwest is known for.
No one likes small talk about the weather, but maybe that’s because we are talking about it in the wrong way. Rather than dwell on the dreariness of rainy days around Puget Sound, Church has decided to take a creative approach to our wet region. Church and his partner, Xach Fischer, were recently featured on Evening Magazine for their “rainworks” – positive water-themed messages they have been stenciling on sidewalks around Seattle. Playful phrases like “proud to be rainy” and “I ♥ rain” show up only when the rain starts falling.
After learning about the rainworks installations in Seattle, staff at LOTT and the WET Science Center contacted Church to see if he would bring his unique art to Olympia. He happily agreed and began to dream up his largest installations to date. The process is fairly simple, but the result is a welcome surprise to unsuspecting passers-by. First, Church creates a stencil, called a drop-scotch, out of paper. Then, he sprays a nontoxic superhydrophobic (water repellent) substance through the stencil’s negative space and onto the concrete. Once dry, the repellent will last from four months to a year, depending on wear. Finally, the rain falls, darkening the surrounding concrete but leaving the sprayed portions dry, and the rainwork emerges. What on a dry day appears as a plain sidewalk suddenly becomes a mural when wet.
These recent installations are located on the East Bay Public Plaza, in front of the Hands On Children’s Museum, and all around the WET Science Center. Images include stylized versions of salmon swimming upstream, frogs in a lily pond, the water cycle, and an image of Puget Sound and the marine animals that live there, reminding us that “a healthy Puget Sound starts with each of us.”
So the next time a family member is complaining about the rain, mention Peregrine Church’s rainworks, and his mission to make people smile in all types of weather. After all, Church is right – rainy days are going to happen no matter what – so zip up that raincoat and check out the rainworks at Olympia’s East Bay Public Plaza. Let them remind us of all the wonderful things the rain brings.
Submitted by Nisqually Land Trust
The Nisqually Land Trust will host its 23rd annual Conservation Dinner & Auction from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. on March 21 at St. Martin’s Worthington Center. The evening includes a three-course dinner and live and silent auctions with more than 150 items up for bid. All proceeds go to support protection and management of critical wildlife habitat in the Nisqually River Watershed, from the Nisqually Glacier on Mount Rainier down to the Nisqually Delta.
Auction highlights include a four-night stay at a resort-winery in Argentina, a Seattle Seahawks game-day getaway, a studio tour with local artists Nikki McClure and Jay Scott, an antique table and spindle-back chair set and a Salish Indian mask commissioned for this event to honor the late Billy Frank, Jr. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exciting recreational activities, exclusive tour packages, and goods and services from local businesses and talented artists.
The Land Trust will also present its President’s Awards, which this year will go to South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and to the Nisqually River Education Project. The awards highlight the ongoing restoration of wildlife habitat in the Ohop Valley, near Eatonville, which includes over 5 miles of restored salmon-friendly shoreline.
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group has provided management and oversight on this multi-partner project for more than a decade. For many years the Nisqually River Education Project has made it possible to include students from across the watershed in habitat restoration through the planting of native trees and shrubs. In the most recent planting season, 2,500 plants were installed in the Ohop Valley alone!
The evening will include a tribute to Billy Frank Jr., the late champion of tribal rights in the Nisqually Watershed. Recent strides in protecting the disappearing Nisqually steelhead population will also be highlighted.
Auctioneer Cindy Schorno will preside over this year’s event, which has become a must-attend for South Sound conservationists and is known for its fine Native American and Northwest art. “And for many folks, the attraction is that it’s a great party,” said Land Trust Executive Director Joe Kane. “It’s a fun way to help protect some of the most important habitat in the Pacific Northwest.”
Tickets include dinner with a choice of entrees and cost $75. For reservations and information, call 360-489-3400, or register electronically at www.nisquallylandtrust.org.
The Land Trust protects 4,850 acres between Mount Rainier National Park and the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. “That includes habitat for salmon and threatened wildlife,” said Kane. “With the help of our supporters, we are also protecting water quality, creating local jobs, planting trees to combat climate change and providing opportunities for children to experience nature. We’re working together to protect an irreplaceable legacy forever, for everyone.”
Kane said that funds from events like the auction are critical to the organization’s success because they leverage grants and partnerships. Olympia Federal Savings, Hancock Forest Management, CalPortland, Conservation Forestry, Prairie Hotel and Re♦Solve are major sponsors for the event. The Trust’s goal is to raise $70,000. Visit www.nisquallylandtrust.org to see this year’s auction catalog. Proxy bids will be accepted.
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Upholstery furniture cleaning helps preserve your investment. Relying on an expert will ensure that the upholstery in your home receives the care and maintenance it deserves. Next to your home and your car, buying furniture is one of the biggest investments you’ll make. Buying quality furniture is important, but it’s only one part of the equation. The other? Upholstery furniture cleaning that will safeguard your investment.
The furniture cleaning process starts with proper fabric selection, care, and maintenance. Whether you’re buying a new piece of furniture or having an existing piece of furniture reupholstered, it’s important to select a fabric that is a good match for the use it will receive. If you have a family with small children, for example, it’s probably not a good idea to choose satin or brocade for the family room since the surface of the fabric is likely to wear with heavy use. It’s a much better bet to select a tightly woven fabric that will withstand the dust, grime, and friction of daily use. For well-used pieces, it’s also a good idea to add a stain-resistant treatment to the fabric. While this treatment won’t make the pieces waterproof, it will increase the longevity of the furniture.
You can increase the longevity of your upholstered furniture by following a few simple guidelines. First,
The third prong of safeguarding the investment you make in your upholstered furniture is making sure to have it professionally cleaned once each year. Although it may be tempting to try upholstery cleaning yourself, resist the urge. Fabrics are generally labeled with “cleanability codes,” namely W, S, WS, and X. These codes relay information about the type of cleaning products that can be used on the fabric.
The caveat about relying on professional upholstery cleaners especially holds true if your sofa is covered in a microfiber or leather. If that’s the case, you should leave maintenance to a microfiber sofa cleaning or leather furniture cleaning expert.
Finding Expert Furniture Cleaners
Because your furniture represents a major investment, be wary of upholstery cleaners who clutter your mailbox with offers for cheap cleaning. Instead, depend upon a company that prides itself on its network of furniture cleaning experts. You should be able to go online and find a directory of trained experts in your area who will provide you with quality, affordable upholstery furniture cleaning.
When you do, you can expect that the technician will come to your home and inspect your furniture for potentially permanent stains or damage. He or she will typically first vacuum the furniture to be cleaned, and then pre-treat potential stains. Following that, he or she will perform the upholstery cleaning according to the fabric care specifications, and perhaps even speed drying time with a blow dryer. At the end of the process, the technician will talk to you about the cleaning and allow you to inspect his or her work.
Remember, upholstery furniture cleaning helps preserve your investment. Relying on an expert will ensure that the upholstery in your home receives the care and maintenance it deserves.
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Joy Harjo's Poetry Reading
March 12th, 7-9PM
The Recital Hall
The Evergreen State College
Joy Harjo is an award winning Mvskoke (Muscogee Creek) poet, musician, memoirist, playwright and performer whose books of poetry include What Moon Drove Me to This (1980), She Had Some Horses (1983), Secrets from the Center of the World (1989), In Mad Love and War (1990), The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), and How We Became Human; New and Selected Poems, 1975-2001 (2001). Her memoir, Crazy Brave (2012) won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for Creative non-fiction. In additions she has plays saxophone, and has produced four award-winning CD.s of original music. She has received numerous honors including 2 National Endowment of the Arts writers fellowships (1978 and 1998), and National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipend in American Indian Literature and Verbal Arts (1987)
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Christopher Forbes, the Vice Chairman of Forbes, Inc., once said “When we participate personally in the arts, we strengthen our ‘creativity muscles,’ which makes us not just a better ceramicist or chorus member, but a more creative worker—better able to identify challenges and innovative business solutions.”
Whether you prefer music, dance, comedy, theater, silent film, lectures, or a patchwork compilation of them all, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts is the place to go. Their ever changing calendar of events reflects not only the gems of local talent all around us but regional, national, and international performances for every taste, interest, and budget.
Mike Ryherd, President of the Board for the Olympia Symphony Orchestra acknowledges, “As a key Artistic Partner with the Washington Center, we are blessed to have a ‘House’ such as this in which to perform.”
Gary Whitley, a member of the Masterworks Choral Ensemble echoes Ryherd’s words. “Masterworks Choral Ensemble has 30 years of great memories performing at the Washington Center. The reason these are ‘great memories’ is because of the wonderful and supportive crew and staff. Their goal is to help the performer put on the best show possible, and they do so with a smile!”
“For five magical concerts a year our season ticket holders, guests, students, orchestra members, and Guest Artists from all over the world, get the chance to enjoy the incredible acoustics and intimacy of a truly wonderful performance venue,” continues Ryherd. “Olympia should be very thankful for having this unique ‘European’ style space in which to enjoy the accomplished musicians and other artists that grace its stage.”
On Thursday, March 5th, the Center will host a fundraising breakfast exclusively sponsored by Thurston First Bank to both educate the community and seek support from corporate, business, and individual donors. Executive Director Jill Barnes is excited because “This breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to really talk with our community about the Center’s mission and passion.” To attend, or to gather more information, email Anne Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are well-known for bringing in national and international touring shows, and we love the diverse programming and opportunities that develop as a result. But our mission is two-fold,” adds Barnes. “We are also the venue for our more than 20 local performing arts groups who call the Center home. With almost 300 performances annually, most South Sounders have come to see a family member, neighbor, or co-worker perform with groups like Ballet Northwest, Masterworks Chorale Ensemble, and the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. When our community supports the Washington Center, they are really helping us support all these local performers!”
The Washington Center prides itself on being “South Puget Sound’s largest performing arts facility…committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of five counties. Located in the heart of Washington State’s capital city, The Center has become a community gathering place, providing a focus for the performing arts unique to the region.”
Whether you go to learn, laugh, or socialize, the Center has something for everyone. Simply attending one of their many, varied offerings shows that you appreciate all they have to offer. As actress Imelda Staunton insists, “We all must support the arts, as it is our culture. It makes us better people. It makes us happy; it gives us empathy and shows us how to live. It is so important.”
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is located at 512 Washington Street SE and the box office is open from 12-5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets and event calendar information can be found at www.olytix.org. Call (360)753-8586 with questions about fundraising, site rental, or upcoming events.
By Leslie Merchant
Got an hour in the middle of the day? Need a little friend therapy? Instead of making plans to meet for lunch or at the coffee shop, why not get out and meet on Puget Sound? Five Steamboat Island moms (and one Steamboat Island pup) recently decided to shake things up a bit and test the waters despite the fact that the water temperatures are brisk in the Pacific Northwest.
Taking time to stop and smell the roses, or in our case, the salty air is easier than you think. All you need is a paddleboard (borrowed is just fine), a friend (four legged varieties included) and a bit of time of personal freedom. You might want to pack a sense of humor in case you get wet, but it’s not necessary.
Five of us crazy busy ladies decided to carve out an hour and a half of our week to reset our clocks in a healthy and relaxing way. We are all amateur water enthusiasts and professional good-time seekers, and we were determined not to let the weather dictate our experience. Mother Nature obliged by giving us one of those spectacular (albeit rare) sunny and breezy days to venture out of our usual comfort zone. Our shouts of delight when we all arrived at our prearranged meeting spot (one of Eld Inlet’s many coves) could probably be heard up and down the Sound.
Kelly O’Sullivan, a recently back-to-work mom of two, says that paddle boarding has transformed her perception of Puget Sound. She only just took up the sport last summer and muses, “I feel like I am on vacation every time I go paddle boarding. It is so relaxing and such an escape from everything. It is something the whole family can do together and each time we see something different to wonder about.”
Erica Smith, another busy mother of two, has a slightly different attitude towards paddle boarding in Puget Sound. “I am scared to death every time I get on one (that I am going to fall in) but then it’s so peaceful and I forget to be nervous.”
“It’s a way better perspective to see the water from a board,” adds Erica. “I love to look for starfish and seals. You just forget that you are balancing on basically a surfboard and all of the sudden you are having a great time.” Erica is undeniably a bit fearful of falling in the chilly water, but admits that once you find your balance, paddle boarding is very easy to master. Going out with a group of friends makes the sport that much more enticing for her, and she was delighted that the only thing that got wet on our recent excursion were her feet.
Besides looking for creatures in the water, paddle boarding offers a unique angle from which to do some land-looking. By that I mean it’s amazing how many incredible homes, beaches and coves dot Puget Sound that are completely hidden from the roads. Part of the wonder of being on the water is dreaming about what it would be like to live in a certain home or discovering the treasures of a particular cove. The relaxed pace of paddling is perfect for conversation and exploration. Throw in a couple of good friends and what would have been a routine coffee date turns into a much cherished experience. And just think of the story you will be able to tell if someone actually does fall in the water.
Bree Warjone, another of our party of five, joined us in her daughter’s kayak. She has always been a passenger in a motor boat rather than being directly on the water in a personal craft, and this was her first time fending for herself. She says she was surprised how easy it was to take up and how much she is looking forward to this summer on the water.
Many people let the weather decide their agendas. The beauty of the board is that rain or shine, there is always an opportunity to get out and paddle. As long as the wind is minimal, it is a sport that can be enjoyed year-round by people of every athletic ability.
It is relatively easy and inexpensive for even the most novice to find a board and a friend and learn Paddle Boarding 101. It seems almost scandalous to live in the Puget Sound area and not at least make an effort to appreciate our enviable surroundings. The next time you look around and think, “I live in one of the most beautiful places in the entire country! Why don’t I ever seem to get out and enjoy it?” consider paddle boarding on Puget Sound. With a friend or two and a couple of hours, it might be the best mini-vacation you have ever taken.
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Adopt Bradley. This hunk of love is a male adult Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees who is one of the most gentle souls you will ever meet. He is a dream to walk on his leash and always happy to go where ever you want.Bradley was found as a stray and was malnourished when he arrived at Adopt-A-Pet. He is now enjoying a warm bed, good food and lots of love but wants his own forever home. You will never find a more loyal and loving dog.
We have lots of great dogs and always need volunteers to join our crew. Adopt-A-Pet dog shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton at www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at email@example.com or (360) 432-3091.
While the ultimate goal is to have a crown placed on top of her head, the women competing for the title of Miss Thurston County aren’t princesses at all.
These smart women are using the Miss Thurston County pageant to earn valuable scholarship dollars. Continuing their education beyond high school, the seven candidates have a diverse set of interests way beyond sparkly dresses.
Meet the seven women competing for the crown while making an impact in the community along the way.
Tarin Bracher – The South Puget Sound Community College student is studying architecture. More than a pageant princess, Tarin is also an equestrian. Her platform is to inspire youth to be involved in their community.
Jenise Davis – The Tumwater High School athlete is interested in furthering her education in arts and music. She is focused on breast cancer awareness.
Shelby Gebb – A student at Yelm High School, Shelby is intent about informing children of alcoholics that they are not alone. The musician can be found rocking on her electric guitar.
Emily Hamack – Studying at South Puget Sound Community College, Emily believes in stamping out human trafficking by sharing a message that a “hope and future belong to everyone.”
Ciara King – Sending a message about mentorship, Ciara is focused on helping “youth find someone to guide them.” She plans on becoming a teacher.
Cat Murphy – Looking toward a career in education, the South Puget Sound Community College student is intent on encouraging people under the age of 30 to vote. Cat is also an enthusiastic cosplayer.
Kalina Springer – A German language and literature major at Pacific Lutheran University, Kalina believes that Special Olympics gives the community a chance to develop strength and confidence.
The seven contestants all live, work or attend school in Thurston County. During the scholarship pageant, each woman will individually perform a talent live on stage for 90 seconds.
Prior to the big day, contestants are active in the community. The scholarship pageant asks the women to make a commitment to workshops, community events, and fundraisers for the three months leading up to the event.
The Miss Thurston County board spends months choosing pageant judges. They look for individuals that are diverse and receive instruction on proper judging procedures.
Miss Thurston County is run entirely by volunteers who believe in supporting the candidates in their future educational goals.
A special thanks goes to this year’s sponsors including Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor, Edward Jones – Tim Scheuffele, Shanna Paxton Photography, ThurstonTalk.com, D Zines, The Creative Office, Merle Norman, KAYO Radio, KGY Radio and Center Stage Dance Academy.
Watch the pageant live. Timberline High School will host the 2015 Miss Thurston County scholarship pageant on March 15 at 5:30 p.m. The $15 tickets can be purchased online here or at the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce office, Merle Norman Cosmetics in Lacey, at the Edward Jones office of Tim Scheuffele in Olympia.Click to view slideshow.
What kind of cars are you attracted to? Sleek and stylish sports cars? Family friendly sedans? Maybe something in between? No matter what your preference is, chances are you will find something to appreciate about Motor Trend’s 2015 Car of the Year, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf.
Featuring an all new design that is sleek, solid and efficient, Motor Trend says this car may not make your head turn at first glance, but take a closer look and you will notice that the “devil is in the details.”
In the Golf’s 40-year lifespan, it has only received the prestigious title of “Car of the Year” once before, and that was back in 1985. But, after 30 years of redesigns, upgrades and modifications, the Volkswagen Golf has emerged in a whole new light, earning its way, once again, to the top of the vehicular food chain.
So what made the 2015 Golf a near-unanimous choice as the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year? Some might say it’s the Golf’s sleek and sporty design, others may say it is the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, but Volkswagen of Olympia Sales Manager, Ryan Hughes, said it is the car’s versatility.
Hughes said when he is helping someone find a new vehicle he does not go into a sale with a particular car in mind, but rather helps his customer find the car that best suits his or her individual needs. Does the customer have a family or kids? How about a long commute? These are the types of questions Hughes likes to ask his customers. But, what Hughes said is so great about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is that the versatility of the vehicle makes it a great car for all different kinds of people. Motor Trend thinks so too.
In Motor Trend’s review of the Golf, the authors said with its “’crisply sculpted bodywork,’ sleek and sporty style, and gimmick-free design, the Golf appeals to consumers both young and old.” But, appearances are not everything. As for how the car performs, Motor Trend said the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is an example of engineering excellence. Whether you opt for the TSI, GTI or TDI model, the reduced weight of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf offers improved efficiency and fuel economy gains. Did we mention that it is safe, too? With six airbags, stability control, and an automatic post-collision braking system, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is safe enough to haul your kids to-and-from school in, worry free.
“There’s enough room in the back for the kids, and it’s a fun car to drive, too,” said Hughes. “It’s got the little hatchback so it has room for groceries. It’s very versatile.” Because the Volkswagen Golf is both sporty and safe, stylish and comfortable, and compact and roomy, the versatility of the vehicle makes it a great car for all kinds of drivers.
Volkswagen of Olympia Sales Associate Mike Davis agrees with Hughes and said, “There is not another car with more versatility. The quality of the interior is up there with Audi. The ride quality is incredible. They are super fun to drive, and [they are] economical and very practical.”
With so much versatility, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is a great car for commuters, families and even people just looking for a fun, stylish ride. And, what makes the 2015 Volkswagen Golf even more appealing is its price. At just around $25,000 (depending on whether you opt for the GTI, TSI or TDI), the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is an affordable option in excellence.
Hughes said the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, which has been on the market since late 2014, has been popular among local customers at Volkswagen of Olympia. Hughes said the dealership has sold quite a few already and even pre-sold two of Volkswagen’s 2015 Volkswagen Golf R. While two cars may not seem like very many, considering the fact that Volkswagen has only made 500 of the Volkswagen Golf R (and they sold out in just eleven hours) to date, Hughes said it was pretty exciting to have sold two of the 500 available nationwide locally at Volkswagen of Olympia.
Of course, there is no better way to know if a car is the right one for you than to see it in person and test drive it yourself. If you are interested in learning more about Motor Trend’s 2015 Car of the Year, visit Volkswagen of Olympia (located at the Olympia Auto Mall on Cooper Point Road) to talk to a sales associate and take the car for a spin. After a few minutes behind the wheel, you may not be able to see yourself driving anything else.