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Hallowzine: a Fundraiser for the Olympia Zine Fest

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

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

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

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Oly Freakdown Fest

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

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

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

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

BANDS:
Motion
Vessels
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Redeem The Exile
Harvest States
Believer
MC Swamptiger
Sorrow’s Edge
A Friend
Esoteria

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 3PM!

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Oly Freakdown Fest

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

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

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

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!
*Costume Contest on this day*

BANDS:
Like Vultures
For The Likes Of You
Dissimulator
Countless The Dead
The Lion In Winter
From The Future
Brightside
Thistopia
Ocean Breathes Salty
Twisted Heroes

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 3PM!

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Volunteer Meeting

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

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

Thurston Talk - 7 hours 36 min ago

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By Alec Clayton

washington orthopaedic centerWho knew we had a world-class poet right here in Olympia? Her name is Lucia Perillo. Her talent and prestige are remarkable. No less a luminary than Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, said, “It is a delight to wander with [Perillo] into strange and imaginative territories. Always, I read her poems with surprise and (write it!) jealousy.”

Novelist Tom Perotta, author of The Leftovers, wrote of her first story collection: “Lucia Perillo isn’t just a strikingly original poet; she’s a top-notch fiction writer as well. The stories in this bleakly funny and harrowing collection are reminiscent of both Raymond Carver and Denis Johnson, but the vision that animates them is Perillo’s own, unique and unmistakable.”

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Lucia Perillo is a local poet with an impressive list of national accolades.

For years, I’ve known her as a woman in a wheelchair who swims at the Olympia Downtown branch of the Sound Sound YMCA. She is always accompanied by an aide and is lowered into the pool by a lifeguard using an electronic lift chair. She seldom speaks to us, but is polite when she does. When I heard that she is a poet and looked her up I was astounded to learn that she has been published in America’s most prestigious magazines: The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Kenyon Review, and has been awarded such distinguished prizes as the Pushcart Prize (three times). She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Poetry Series and the L.A. Times Book Prize. She has been a MacArthur Fellow, also known as the “Genius Grant,” and locally she has been awarded the Washington State Book Award and Governor’s Award.

Perillo has published six books of poetry, a book of essays and a short story collection. Her latest books are On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths (poetry) and Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (short stories). Next year she will have a new book of poetry from Copper Canyon Press tentatively titled Time Will Clean the Carcass-Bones.

Perillo’s poems have been described as funny and tough, dark and bold. She shies away from nothing. The New York Times Book Review described her writing as “taut, lucid, lyric, filled with complex emotional reflection while avoiding the usual difficulties of highbrow poetry.”

Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, stories by Lucia Perillo, image taken from Perillo’s website.

Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, stories by Lucia Perillo, image taken from Perillo’s website.

In an unflinching look at the body, she writes:

When you spend many hours alone in a room

you have more than the usual chances to disgust yourself—

this is the problem of the body, not that it is mortal

but that it is mortifying. When we were young they taught us

do not touch it, but who can keep from touching it,

from scratching off the juicy scab?

Writing such as this gives evidence of Perillo’s keen observation and of a sense of humor that can touch on the macabre. Consider these lines from her poem “Abandon,” a poem about dancing to old songs on a phonograph:

Meanwhile each night bled into the next, like stories

Told to hold the knife off someone’s throat,

The scratches on the record pattering

Like pine needles dropping to the forest floor

Images in her poems often lead in unexpected directions, such as in the poem “Foley” in her book The Oldest Map with the Name America, which starts off talking about Harrison Ford and movie sound effects and veers off in a surprisingly logical way to a comparison of black girl groups and white girl groups in sixties pop music, which leads into phone conversations for money, and then right back to movie making. When I asked her about this way of writing, which I thought of as stream of conscious, she said, “I always have a constellated idea or image. It may seem like stream of conscious but I hope it comes together by the end of the poem. I hope the reader will come along for the ride.”

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On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths, poems by Lucia Perillo, image taken from Perillo’s website.

We sat down to chat in a corner of Orca Books on 4th Avenue in Olympia. I asked when she came to Olympia and why. She had grown up on the East Coast and taught at Syracuse University among other places. She said she came to Washington to work a summer job as a ranger on Mount Rainier in 1987, and from there she came to Olympia to teach at Saint Martin’s College. It was in this time that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

I asked Perillo how it felt to win so many awards and which meant the most to her. She said, “People are interested in the awards, but that’s secondary and I don’t focus on that.” She said she would rather talk about poetry but said people are reluctant, perhaps intimidated by it. “People think they are unequal to poetry, that it’s complicated and impossible to understand.”

I asked what she would say to people who say poetry is too difficult and she said, “I guess I would read them a poem of mine or recite a poem by others.”

She said the most meaningful award might have been the Bobbitt Award given by the Library of Congress. “It was nice to go to Washington, D.C. and the Library of Congress. Lyndon Johnson’s sister endowed the award and her son hosted a banquet to award it, and L.B.J.’s daughter was there.”

Perillo says her influences have been W.B. Yeats when she was younger, Emily Dickenson and Wallace Stevens. She speaks of “stealing” from great poets of the past. “It was Frank Sinatra, I think, who said to steal from one person is plagiarism but stealing from everyone, that’s research.”

She says she still writes a lot and tries to work it in between such things as caregivers and physical therapy, and her wilderness. “I write when I can squeeze in a couple of hours.”

To learn more about Lucia Perillo, visit her website and Wikipedia.

 

South Sound Trucks Oly: Creating Satisfied Truck Owners, One Story at a Time

Thurston Talk - 9 hours 38 min ago

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After frequently driving past South Sound Trucks during his daily commute, CJ Westcott decided to stop by the dealership and see what they had for sale. He’s glad he did.

Chances are, at some point in your life, you have been the victim of an unpleasant car shopping or buying experience. Maybe you had a pushy salesperson leave a sour taste in your mouth. Or worse, bought a lemon (talk about sour) off of Craigslist and had to spend hundreds (or more) on post-purchase repairs. Investing in a car is stressful enough without the added pressure or anxiety that comes from an overbearing salesperson or uncertain car history.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could eliminate the worry that comes with buying a new car by knowing exactly what type of car shopping experience you were going to have before ever stepping foot onto a sales lot? Olympia-area residents in the market for a truck, Jeep or SUV can know exactly what kind of car buying experience they are going to have thanks to the testimonials shared by a handful of happy South Sound Trucks Oly customers.

CJ Westcott lives in Tacoma but drives through Olympia frequently for work. Passing by South Sound Trucks’ Olympia location on Cooper Point Road, Westcott found himself admiring the dealership’s extensive selection from afar during his commute. “One day I had a little extra time during my work day so I stopped by to see what they had,” explained Westcott.

south sound truckWestcott already owned a truck and was interested in seeing what kind of trade-in value he could get for it. While Westcott’s sales associate, Beau, assessed the trade-in value of the truck, Westcott perused South Sound Truck’s impressive showroom. A shiny 2013 Dodge Ram caught Westcott’s attention. After reviewing information like the price, mileage and Carfax, Westcott bartered with Beau until reaching a price they both felt good about. “It was a really good deal and something I wanted. Plus, I had a bunch of upgrades done. They sent the truck to their Chehalis location for the upgrades. It only took a few days, and they provided me with a loaner vehicle while my truck was being modified,” said Westcott.

“I would definitely consider doing business with them again,” explained Westcott of his experience. “The thing I really liked about Beau was he was really frank with me about everything and I felt no pressure whatsoever.”

Loving his new truck, Westcott says he would recommend South Sound Trucks to anyone in the market for a truck, Jeep or SUV. Aside from providing an extensive selection of more than 300 vehicles available for sale on the lot at any given time, Westcott says the customer service at South Sound Trucks is unparalleled by other dealerships in the area. “They are all about the customer experience.

Jeff Hotop recently purchased a 2010 Toyota Tundra from South Sound Trucks Oly and, like Westcott, he couldn’t be happier. “We purchased a bigger boat and needed a bigger truck,” explained Hotop. “South Sound Trucks was the first place we went.”

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South Sound Trucks provides customers with services to customize their new truck or SUV.

Hotop said what he really appreciated about the service at South Sound Trucks Oly was the great follow-up they provided. “If I need something I can call them and they take care of me,” said Hotop.

Satisfied with his purchase, Hotop bought another vehicle from South Sound Trucks’ sister store, Volkswagen of Olympia, located next door. “I’m happy with both purchases,” said Hotop, “no complaints at all.”

Olympia resident Daniel Zimmerman found South Sound Trucks after visiting several other dealerships. On the hunt for a Ford F-150, Zimmerman said after a quick walk around the lot with South Sound Trucks associate Rich, he found exactly what he was looking for. Thrilled with his purchase, Zimmerman said he appreciated the personable service Rich and South Sound Trucks provided. “They were really cool, and they weren’t pushy like some of the other dealerships I went to,” explained Rich. In addition to having exactly what Zimmerman was looking for and providing excellent service to boot, Zimmerman says the financing was really easy too.

Still a newcomer to the Olympia Auto Mall having only just opened this past summer, South Sound Trucks has already built a following of loyal customers thanks to their great selection of trucks, Jeeps and SUVs, friendly service, affordable prices, easy financing and more. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re in the market for a truck, Jeep or SUV, South Sound Trucks is your one-stop shop.

For more information about South Sound Trucks, visit their website here, or peruse the lot in person at their Olympia location at 2015 Southwest Cooper Point Road.

 

Debra Daniels Offers Insurance Advice about Auto Coverage and Property Damage

Thurston Talk - 9 hours 47 min ago

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Debbie Daniels has operated her insurance agency for more than 20 years, with many of the same team members.

Auto insurance is like an umbrella, you’re hugely grateful it’s there when things suddenly take a turn for the worse.  But outside of everyday fender-benders, your policy can be drafted to include many money saving extras, courtesy of the experienced agents at Lacey’s Debra Daniels Insurance Agency.

One often overlooked auto policy aspect deals with liability and property damage.  Skilled agents can work with you and your budget to make sure these limits are appropriately set should an accident occur.  One example Debbie shared was a client who recently ran into a telephone pole.  Most policies default to a minimum coverage of $10,000 for property damage but the bill to repair the pole exceeded $40,000.  In this case, the victim was sufficiently covered so no additional charges came their way thanks to the wise guidance of Debbie and her team.

Other options to consider with your auto policy are temporary waivers for rental car coverage while travelling or on vacation, emergency roadside coverage for break-downs and lock-outs, and varying degrees of accident protection.

As a locally owned and staffed State Farm agency for over twenty years, the Debra  Daniels Insurance Agency are experts in residential, commercial, vehicle, and property policies.  They know the key questions to ask and details to acquire that make for a secure future.

The Debra Daniels Insurance Agency can be found at 8765 Tallon Lane NE, Lacey, 2 blocks pass Costco on Martin Way; or by calling 360-493-8284.  Look for the most current tips, advice, and frequently asked questions on their Facebook page as well; you can never have too much good information!

 

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

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

Sunday, October 19th, doors at 8pm

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

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

TRANSFX (Olympia)
http://transfix.bandcamp.com/

Jesus on the Moon (Puyallup)
https://www.facebook.com/JesusOnTheMoon

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Beware of Mad Scientists at the Hands On Children’s Museum 2014 Boo Bash

Thurston Talk - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:12am

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By Kathryn Millhorn

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Boo Bash promises costume fun and crafts for kids of all ages.

Autumn is here to release the wild side in everyone.  Before winter keeps us drowsily indoors, we itch to cut loose and enjoy the riotous transitional colors of fall.  Said Hollywood director David Cronenberg, “everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab.”

On Saturday, October 25, the inmates take over the asylum at the annual Hands On Children’s Museum Boo Bash.  So much more than just a Halloween costume party, the event began in 1998 and has entertained as many as 500 children at a time.

This year’s theme is science…mad and otherwise.  Boo Bash festivities will take place in various laboratories around the facility, all featuring crafts, learning, and hands on mayhem.  The Mad Science Lab will feature kid-made glow in the dark slime whereas the Candy Science Lab experiments on all your favorite sweet treats by blowing up marshmallows in a vacuum, hypothesizing whether certain candy bars will float or sink, and stacking sugar cubes to estimate the amount of sugar in each serving.

Education Department Coordinator Adrienne Testa says that for the more nature-minded, there will be owl pellets to dissect with a chart to determine the results, lots of animal bones and skeletons with magnifiers to examine them up close, and Frankenanimals built from a hair-raising combination of toy animal parts and your child’s wildest imagination.

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Everyday objects take on new life through the minds of junior Mad Scientists.

Museum Communications Manager Jillian Henze is excited because “your kids will really be able to get hands-on cool science that’s fun for all ages.”

There will also be a photo booth, face painting, play dough, squash bowling, a scavenger hunt, and the chance to get up close and personal with a live tarantula—if you dare.  The younger crowd (under age five) will also be able to participate and learn in their own, slightly quieter zone, accompanied by a skilled teacher and age appropriate activities.  Costumes are encouraged for everyone!

Doors to the event open at noon and pre-registration is very much recommended.   Existing members should arrive at 11:00 a.m. to enjoy an extra play hour before the Museum opens to the general public.

While visiting, ask about the Museum’s Winter Camps, half-day camps in December and January coinciding with the Olympia School District winter break.  The Museum also offers preschool and homeschooling opportunities as well.

Studies prove that “when you combine activities that require movement, talking, and listening, it activates multiple areas of the brain.”  As they’ve shown, hands-on = minds-on.  Olympia is blessed to have the Hands On Children’s Museum to provide fun, creative, gooey, sticky, sandy experiments seven days a week.  Boo Bash is just one more way to teach, learn, and have a great time.

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Find lots of hands-on experiments in the many Mad Science labs.

Tickets for the event are $8 for member kids and $10 for non-members; accompanying adults are $4 each.  Register online or by calling the museum at 360-956-0818.

Hands On Children’s Museum

414 Jefferson Street St NE in Olympia

Boo Bash – October 25 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Fall Fun for the Whole Family at the South Sound YMCA’s Harvest Festival

Thurston Talk - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:00am

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olympia harvest festivalThe indomitable spirit of autumn is upon us.  The fading rays of summer are brightened by falling leaves, the smell of spiced pumpkin, and the chance to once again break out soft sweaters and stylish boots.  Said Anne of Green Gables herself, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

This month promises to be especially delightful courtesy of the South Sound YMCA.  On Friday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. both the Olympia Downtown and Briggs branches will host their annual Harvest Festival.  Entry is free with a donation of canned or non-perishable food and all proceeds benefit the Thurston County Food Bank.

Briggs Community Branch Youth and Teen Director Shilpa Johnson explained, “We have been doing the Harvest Festival since we opened in 1997.  It has been called other names in the past like Halloween Extravaganza and morphed into the Harvest Festival the last two years.”  The fun traditionally takes place the Friday before Halloween “so more of the community could attend this free event.”

SSYMCA Harvest Fest 4With the expectation of hundreds of attendees, the branches will offer games, community information, and excitement for guests of all ages.  Costumes are definitely encouraged.  This year vendors such as the South Sound Reading Foundation, Usborne Books, the Finnigan Chiropractic Center, and Home Depot (to name a few!) will have booths available to answer questions, host activities, and join in the fun.

With most of the stories, crafts, and games are geared towards kids 2-12, teens and adults will enjoy the glow in the dark room and enticing cake walk.  Johnson remembers one event “that sticks out in my mind is all the kids having an impromptu dance party in their costumes, in the cake walk room, while eating the cupcakes or cookies they just won.”

Olympia Downtown branch Youth Development Director Amber Wetzel agrees; “The Harvest Festival is one or our favorite events at our Y.  It’s our opportunity to give back to our community.  At the Olympia Downtown branch we will have pumpkins floating in the pool, games, mystery bags, and crafts.  It’s a great opportunity for free family fun!”

olympia harvest festivalIn 2013 alone, the South Sound YMCA served more than 47,000 people in our community.  More than 1400 volunteers donated 20,483 hours of their time and dozens of businesses served as Community Partners.  This outreach takes many forms but with one goal in mind: “to provide youth and our community an affordable and accessible resource for the positive development of spirit, mind, and body through recreational, health, and leadership programs.  Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.”

We’re blessed with a gorgeous start to fall and the promise of a delightfully mild winter.  This autumn, take full advantage of the ability to be outside, mingling with friends and neighbors, to the benefit of a local food bank.  While you’re there, learn all you can about the Y’s many discounts, classes, childcare opportunities, and community activism.  You won’t regret it!

The Olympia Downtown branch is at 510 Franklin Street SE and Briggs is located at 1530 Yelm Highway SE.  Call 360-753-6576 with any questions.

 

Boggs Inspection Services Creates Connections in the Community

Thurston Talk - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:00am

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Dwayne Boggs has strong ties throughout the community, including his support of Keller William’s agent Shauna Tryon.

Starting something new is hard.  And when that “something” is a new business, it’s even harder.  Putting out your shingle and saying to the community, “I’m here – trust me to help you in your life,” is a step that takes courage, conviction, and commitment.

Dwayne Boggs knows this well.  The Olympia-based home inspector started his own business, Boggs Inspection Services over ten years ago, transitioning from construction to inspecting homes for buyers, sellers, and real-estate transactions.  “It’s hard work getting established, building trust with customers,” he recalls.

But hard work is something Boggs isn’t afraid of and he’s grown his inspection business to include three home inspectors and strong connections with businesses throughout the South Sound.  As his business has grown he’s felt the pull to give back to the community that supported him when he first started out.

He’s a member of the Gateway Rotary Club of Lacey, participating in their many service and outreach projects.  “I really feel like now that I’m more established, I have the time and knowledge to give back to the community,” explains Boggs.

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Shauna Tryon completed the BOLD Training Program this summer, sponsored by Boggs Inspection Services, and credits the intensive training with helping her jump start her first year in real estate.

One way he’s reached out is through his support of new Keller Williams Realty agent, Shauna Tryon.  Boggs sponsored the new agent to participate in the Keller Williams BOLD (Business Objectives Leading by Design) Training Program.  This intensive, eight-week training, held in Portland, Oregon, is intended to help new or experienced agents gain the strategies and motivation to make it in the competitive world of real estate.  Click here to read about how Boggs Inspection Service selected Shauna to sponsor for this program in April 2014.

Fast forward to fall.  Tryon has completed the BOLD course work and I spent some time with the Olympia native and single mom of two, asking her to reflect on her experience and what she has gained through the sponsorship of Boggs Inspection Service to attend.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to attend this training, which wouldn’t have been financially possible in my first summer as an agent without Dwayne’s sponsorship,” shares Tryon.  With the real estate business relying heavily on referral business and reputation, it’s an uphill battle to establish yourself in the industry.  “It can be really scary to step out and say, ‘I’m new’ and hope for the best,” she shares.

Through attending the BOLD Training, Tryon felt she got a leg-up for her first year in the industry. “I went into the training as a true novice, but felt I came out more educated about the industry and how to be successful long-term.”  Her biggest take away?  “It takes a lot of motivation, mentally, to stay in this business long enough to be truly successful.  I feel like the BOLD program gave me the tools to stay motivated and stick with it for the long haul,” she shares.

Boggs can relate.  Inspecting someone’s home requires integrity and trust, something that takes time to establish.   And building relationships throughout the community is something he sees as important, not just for gaining business, but for supporting those like him – those working hard for the greater good.

“My business is built on relationships and referral, just like Shauna.  So, working collaboratively, supporting each other, is just good business and good for the community,” Boggs says.

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Tryon joined Keller William’s agents for a day of service to Community Youth Services. Involvement in the community is important to both Tryon and Boggs.

Tryon agrees.  “The real estate industry in Thurston County includes so many people – inspectors, agents, roofers, painters – the list goes on.  We all really work well together because ultimately, it benefits us all.”  Tryon knows from her past experiences in life and business that an environment of collaboration and community brings far more personal satisfaction as well as an increased bottom line.

“Dwayne help getting me started in my career was invaluable.  But, just because he stepped in to help a new agent, it doesn’t mean we are now doing 100 deals together.  It’s really for the greater good of everyone and for that I thank him,” Tryon explains.

The results of the BOLD Program are evident in Tryon’s positive attitude and her success in her first summer as an agent.  “I’ve done a few deals this summer and worked well with several investors,” she shares.  And while she knows that it’s a tough business, she feels that the community has rallied around her, providing support, motivation and a community to see her through.

“I probably wouldn’t have gotten through this first summer as an agent without the BOLD training,” Tryon admits.  But got through it she did, with flying colors.

You can find Shauna Tryon here and connect with Boggs Inspection Services here.

 

Buzz One Four!

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

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

From the public testimony on the draft of the City's next Capital Facilities Plan.

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

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

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

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

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

E-mail Olympia City Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!




Categories: Local Environment

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

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

A FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

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

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

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

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

This event is FREE and open to the public. It's at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

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

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

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Warren Miller Photo by Sverre Hjornevik

Photo Courtesy of Warren Miller Entertainment – Photo by Sverre Hjornevik

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Porches

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

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By Katie Hurley

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

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

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Kabocha squash soup is baked inside the squash.

Kabocha Squash Soup

Serves 2-3

1 kabocha squash

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

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 sprig fresh rosemary

5 fresh sage leaves

2 T grated parmesan cheese

2-3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

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

 

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Organic squash is abundant at Bayview Thriftway.

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

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

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

 

 

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

Bayview Thriftway

516 W. 4th Ave., Olympia

360-352-4897

 

Ralph’s Thriftway

1908 E. 4th Ave., Olympia

360-357-8011

 

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

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

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By Cara Bertozzi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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