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Monthly Plant Walks

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:30am
Event:  Thu, 06/09/2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join local plant experts for a guided tour of McLane Creek Nature Trail's diverse flora. Learn to identify and appreciate a variety of native perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they grow and change. Come learn the names and the ecological and ethnobotanical roles of the plants that surround us every day. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. 

Meet at the McLane Creek Nature Trail Lower Trailhead. Cost is $5-20 sliding-scale donation per person. Email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com with questions or to register. 

 

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Hartley Jewelers – Treasured Stones Transformed into Family Heirlooms

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

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When Mid Parmley’s mother passed away 11 years ago, Mid inherited her diamond wedding ring. It meant the world to her. “I have two beautiful daughters, Stacii and Danah,” Mid says. “And I decided when my mother passed away that someday I would take some rings I had, and some their father had, and put

Look Out Olympia, There’s a Storm Coming

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts has a longstanding and time-honored history in our area. Since 1985, The Washington Center has hosted performances from across the country and our own backyard. On Thursday, June 16, The Washington Center welcomes the musical whirlwind that is Storm Large for one night only, with tickets selling fast.

Kim Schult – Palette of Life

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

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Art is subjective to each viewer. What is deemed beautiful by one is misunderstood by another. But art is not about beauty, but instead focuses on a message. Thurston County resident, Kim Schult, is using animal images of the Pacific Northwest to convey a beautiful message of life in our area through her art. “I

Final Razor Clam Digs of the Season to Start May 20

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 2:51pm

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Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Clam diggers have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin May 20. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a last round of digs at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the

Yelm Insurance Agency Adds Seasoned Personal Lines Insurance Advisor

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 2:35pm

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Submitted by Ronelle Funk Insurance Agency  Ronelle Funk Insurance Agency in Yelm has added Edith (Edie) Buck, a seasoned licensed personal lines insurance advisor, to its growing agency staff. Buck comes with decades of insurance experience having previously worked in an Allstate office owned by Marilyn Zuckerman, part of a family business started by Ronelle’s

Hildi Flores – From Food to Fashion, Local Artist Cooks Up Her Own Niche

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

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Hildi Flores is a great restaurant server. She is friendly, attentive, and will make sure your dining experience at Ramblin Jacks in downtown Olympia is top notch. It’s not always an easy job, but it’s a good job and it pays the bills. However, being a restaurant server is not her passion. What many of

Local Marriage and Family Therapist Betsy Hicks Uses Her Experience to Help Your Future

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

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With 24 years of marriage under her belt, Betsy Hicks knows how much hard work it can be to make a relationship successful. She’s lived in nine different states with her husband and two sons and has dealt with many transitions that comes from being a military family. For Betsy, it’s this background and insight

Forrey’s Forza – Meet with Your Team Over Coffee and Treats

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

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Life is perking merrily along at Forrey’s Forza at both the Hawks Prairie and DuPont locations. It’s already been three years since owner/operators Christine and Tom Forrey opened the Lacey café. The community embraced the homey atmosphere where people have been encouraged to linger with friends over Dillanos’ coffee. As enthusiasm has grown, Forrey’s Forza

Seniors Lead Capital High School Boys Soccer to State

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

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One item not lacking for the Capital High School boys soccer team this year is senior leadership. The Cougars feature 13 seniors on the roster. A large number for sure, but certainly not unusual for the program. “We’ve had similar to that number of seniors before, but what makes this group different from others is

Boggs Inspection Services Answers “Do I Need a Home Inspection on New Construction?”

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 2:12pm

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Buying a new home is always exciting. But, when that home is new construction, it’s especially thrilling. Whether you participated in the building process, choosing paint colors and flooring, or are buying a newly completed home in a brand new neighborhood, you will be the first family to live in the fresh space. While your

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 7:43am

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton This lovely young girl is Coco. She is a 3 year old Pit mix who is super sweet. She has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations.  Coco is a very loving and gentle girl who is good with kids of all ages. She prefers a home with no

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Make Big Things Happen for Thurston County Youth

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 6:00am

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Sam was 7-years-old and living at home with a single mother who enrolled him in hopes of finding a Big Brother who would spend time with him. He was introduced to a Big Brother through a counselor at his local school. Jim would meet with Sam every week and sometimes wondered if Sam really wanted

Tournaments Bring Sports Tourism to South Sound

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 6:00am

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Bob Grisham believes in being a good host. It is, after all, part of Saint Martin’s University’s mission to extend Benedictine hospitality to guests and travelers. So when 32 teams come to stay during the state collegiate volleyball tournament, the school’s athletic director believes it’s important to make everyone welcome. “We want them to have

Marilyn Roberts: Fighting for Mental Health Awareness

Thurston Talk - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:00am

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Recently, I had a chance to speak with Marilyn Roberts, President of NAMI (with a long “a”) Thurston-Mason, about the intricacies of NAMI’s approach to recovery from mental illness, and about the stigma that surrounds those living with mental illness. Roberts, who is also the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Providence St. Peter Hospital, has been

Kate Benak – Laughter Yoga Benefits Mind, Body, and Spirit

Thurston Talk - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:00am

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The phrase “laughter is the best medicine’ has new cachet as science once again proves the tremendous physical and mental benefits of laughter. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing stimulates your heart, lungs, brain, and muscles through increased oxygen intake and the release of beneficial endorphins. It also raises heart rate and blood pressure to

Ian MacLean, Tommy Johnson – Fast Studies on North Thurston’s Soccer team

Thurston Talk - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:00am

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Typically, it’s a growing up process when a kid transitions from youth soccer to junior varsity to varsity, learning as you go. Not so with Ian MacLean, a two-time, all-league midfielder for North Thurston High School’s soccer team. When Matt Herrera first watched MacLean play soccer as a freshman, the Rams varsity soccer coach could

Home Ownership Plan for Millennials – Part II

Thurston Talk - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:00am

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Submitted by Chris Johns for On Q Financial If you’ve been contemplating home ownership this year, there are new changes to credit assessment that could affect your ability to get through the loan underwriting process. Confused? Let’s step back to the basics of what it takes to get into a home, previously referenced in Part

Olympia Comics Festival Preview Night

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 05/14/2016 - 2:13pm
Event:  Fri, 06/03/2016 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Come and celebrate the 16th annual Olympia Comics Festival, an event centered on
alternative, arts-for-arts-sake comic books. Two of this year's guests of honor,
Tatiana Gill and Brandon Graham, will present their work, take audience
questions and sign copies of their books. This event will occur after regular
library hours and no other library services will be available. 

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

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Prairie Appreciation Day

Bees, Birds & Butterflies - Sat, 05/14/2016 - 8:31am
     Here in Thurston county, at the southern end of Budd inlet in Washington state, we are fortunate to have some beautiful, very unique prairies.  Historically, this land was covered with trees, especially Douglas fir trees.  However the southern reach of the county marks the final boundary of the last Ice Age about 12,000 years ago. Gray Hairstreak butterfly on cotoneaster flowers
     As the ice field bulldozed south, it removed all living plants and left huge piles of gravel behind in what is today called a gravel outwash prairie.
     Once the ice retreated, these gravel areas became home to a unique set of plants and animals.  Rather than trees, these prairies are dominated by grasses such as Idaho fescue, and flowers such as camas.  The indigenous tribes of the area:  the Nisqually, the  Puyallup and others used these prairies as agricultural fields, burning them regularly to keep the trees back and keep their food and medicine plants thriving.
     These prairies are still alive.  Once a year, we celebrate them.  Glen and I will be staffing an informational table on butterflies (it turns out that there are butterflies very specialized to these prairies).  
Here is a link on Prairie Appreciation Day:  http://www.prairieappreciationday.org
Here is a link to information about these unique prairies:  http://www.southsoundprairies.org/visit-the-prairies/
If you are interested in learning more about butterflies in the Pacific Northwest, here is a link to our resource page:  Butterflies -- Resources 2016
Janet Resources:  photo by Nancy Partlow
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