Submitted by The Thurston County Fair
Submitted by CHOICE Regional Health Network
The Mental Health Access Program, a free mental health counseling clinic serving Thurston and Mason counties, is set to transition August 1, 2014. The program is a community-developed project that began in 2007, and has been administered by CHOICE Regional Health Network since that time. The Olympia Free Clinic will assume program leadership in August.
The Mental Health Access Program was established in Thurston County to meet the demands of uninsured and under-insured residents who need access to counseling services. The program was built on a brief intervention therapy model serving adults experiencing anxiety or depression symptoms. Licensed mental health professionals volunteer their time and services at the clinic.
Not only does this program provide counseling services; it also helps clients who need assistance navigating community resources fulfill their most basic needs. Several years ago, the clinic expanded the service area to include adult residents in Mason County. Until July, these sessions were held weekly at the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department.
The decision to transition the program was prompted by the desire to better integrate mental health and physical health services for community members experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms. The transition also reflects a shift in emphasis by CHOICE Regional Health Network toward health care quality improvement initiatives that are regional in scope. In looking for an organization that already works closely with many of the individuals who benefit from the program, The Olympia Free Clinic was the logical destination. The Olympia Free Clinic operates several clinics focused on primary care, women’s health, physical therapy/chiropractic, and massage. The individuals served by the Mental Health Access Program are some of the most vulnerable. By co-locating and integrating the mental health clinic into the primary care services offered by The Olympia Free Clinic, we anticipate that the individuals within the program will have access to a broad range of health-support resources that they need to move towards improved health.
Discussions between The Olympia Free Clinic and CHOICE were held in early spring and summer to develop a transition plan and timeline. The Mental Health Access Program has paused in seeing patients while focusing on the transition of the program. Effective August 1st, the clinic will reopen at the downtown location of The Olympia Free Clinic, which will assume all administrative responsibilities at that time.
“We are pleased to see the program transition to The Olympia Free Clinic,” said Winfried Danke, CHOICE’s Executive Director. “The program will be strengthened through better integration with primary care and other support services, and that is great news for the individuals served by this program.”
Paula Rauen, The Olympia Free Clinic’s Executive Director said, “Adding the Mental Health Access Program to The Olympia Free Clinic’s array of services will be a great benefit to our patients. This merger supports our holistic approach to providing quality health care to those most in need.”
Under CHOICE’s management, the Mental Health Access Program provided care to 469 individuals over the span of seven years. Over 49 volunteers gave 5,480 hours of their time to help some of the most vulnerable community members navigate the difficult road toward a healthier future. The value of services donated exceeds $740,000.
Connect to Services
Call Shanti Herzog at (360) 359-3346 to receive counseling services through the Mental Health Access Program at The Olympia Free Clinic located at 108 State Ave NW; Olympia, WA; 98501.
About CHOICE Regional Health Network
CHOICE Regional Health Network is a nonprofit collaborative of member organizations dedicated to improving community health in Central Western Washington through collective planning and action of health care leaders. For more information click here.
About The Olympia Free Clinic
The Olympia Free Clinic exists so that low-income, uninsured people in Thurston County have access to cost- effective, quality, acute health care and linkages to appropriate community resources. For more information, click here.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
Long before international and intercultural exchange activities became a regular part of life at Saint Martin’s, the presidents of Saint Martin’s University, then a college, and Mukogawa Women’s University in Nishinomiya, Japan, forged a sister-school relationship that is still going strong today.
This summer, the two universities will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their summer cultural exchange agreement, which has enabled students on both sides of the Pacific to personally experience and learn about another culture, language and way of life.
A 30th Anniversary celebration will mark the occasion on August 14 at the Norman Worthington Conference Center. More than 100 guests are expected to attend the event. Guests will include host families, student cultural ambassadors, visiting students from Mukogawa, and U.S. students. Hirotoshi Yano, chief professor of Mukogawa’s education department, will be traveling to Saint Martin’s especially for the anniversary celebration.
“Our relationship with Mukogawa is particularly important, as it started the Saint Martin’s tradition of promoting educational partnerships and intercultural exchange with higher education institutions in other parts of the world,” says Josephine Yung, vice president of international programs and development. “It serves as a model of successful cultural exchange that connects people to people, and provides wonderful and exciting opportunities for young people from all over the world.”
Yung says the exchange program with Mukogawa was started in 1984 by then president of Saint Martin’s President John Ishii, Ph.D., Washington state’s first Asian-American college president, and Mukogawa President Akira Kusaka. Both considered promotion of international understanding and intercultural friendships a crucial part of preparing their students to live and work in an increasingly interconnected world. The legacy of both presidents lives on, even though both presidents have died.
Each year, about 30 to 40 young women from Mukogawa – most of them early childhood education majors – come to Saint Martin’s for the summer program. Included are workshops and learning experiences, sightseeing, a weekend stay with a local host family, fieldtrips to daycare centers, libraries and other institutions, a cultural celebration – and of course, shopping. They live in Saint Martin’s residence halls, dine in the cafeteria and get to know U.S. students, experiences that give them a window into life in the United States. Close to 1,000 students from Mukogawa Women’s University have participated in cultural exchange with Saint Martin’s students the last 30 years, Yung said.
What began as a single exchange paved the way for other sister university relationships for Saint Martin’s. The University now has educational and cultural exchange with other Japanese schools, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Northern Ireland, England, France, Italy, Russia and most recently, Brazil.
Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00pm
L.A Takedown (http://latakedown.bandcamp.com/) featuring esteemed former Olympian Jessica Espeleta on tour with Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids, Mount Eerie, Nite Jewel) and Peter David Connelly will be joining us to balance out the deep, tinted L.A. summer heat vibrations with the perfect rope swing jump into that perfect PNW lake on your perfect summer day. Take off your shades and GET WET!
Submitted by Dr. Brian P. Finley for Clarus Eye Centre
The majority of Americans are unaware that taking common drugs and having light-colored eyes can make people more vulnerable to UV exposure, a contributing factor to certain eye diseases and conditions.
Studies have shown that, in addition to skin cancer, accumulated ultraviolet exposure from the sun can heighten the risk of eye diseases such as eye cancer and cataracts. Intense UV exposure can also cause temporary blindness known as photokeratitis, while extended sun exposure is linked to growths such as pterygiums, which can result in significant vision loss.
To assess how much Americans know about eye health risks posed by UV rays and what people do to protect themselves, the American Academy of Ophthalmology commissioned a national Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults. The results revealed two major gaps in UV safety knowledge:
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following tips to protect the eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation:
Wearing 100% UV-protective sunglasses is one of the easiest and the most important things children and adults can do to protect their eye health. It isn’t just about fashion or comfort – it’s about preserving your sight! So make wearing sunglasses a priority, especially if you have light eyes, work outdoors, or take certain medications.
Submitted by The Port of Olympia
Athletes will bike, paddle, run and trek from Capital Forest to Port Plaza in the Centro Olympia Traverse on July 26. Join the cheering crowd at the Port Plaza finish line to see who comes in first in their division!
Solo, tandem, relay and company teams challenge themselves and one another on a course that highlights the recreational opportunities of the Olympia area. The journey is also designed to celebrate the life cycle of wild salmon through their natural and urban challenges.
The Port is proud to be a partner in the Centro Olympia Traverse. This year the event’s chosen beneficiary is Capitol Land Trust.
12:00 pm: Start at Capital Forest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Watch at the traverse transitions
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:
· Watch the finishers at the Fish Tale Finish Line at Port Plaza
· Hands On Children’s Museum hosts activities for the Kids of the Traverse
4:30 pm: Awards Ceremony at Port Plaza
Mountain Bike: 7.4 miles in Capitol Forest out of Mima Falls Trailhead
Road Bike: 22 miles from Capitol Forest, through The Evergreen State College campus to West Bay Park in downtown Olympia.
Paddle: 3.5 miles from West Bay Park around Budd Inlet to Swantown Boatworks
Run: 4.5 miles from Swantown out to Priest Point Park and back to East Bay Public Plaza.
Trek: .5 miles by teams from East Bay Public Plaza to Port Plaza.
For the traverse route and other information: http://www.recreationnorthwest.org/olympia-traverse/
Submitted by Olympia Downtown Association
Due to the high chance of inclement weather being forecast for tomorrow evening, the performance by Kim Archer Band has been moved the The Washington Center for the Performing Arts located just 1/2 block away from Sylvester Park at 512 Washington St. SE.
The Kim Archer Band will still perform from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and concert admission remains FREE to the public.
Remember: Parking is free after 5:00 p.m. in downtown Olympia (excluding Diamond Lots).
Known for her raw, powerhouse performances and personable interactions with her audience, Kim Archer has a large and loyal fan base in the PNW and across the country. Kim’s music follows in the footsteps of the great female performers like Tina Turner, Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Raitt.
For more information on Music in the Park click here.
night video: youtu.be/VTUj6hr25iw
I haven't heard anyone object to the proppant trade bringing jobs. Maybe the real question is whether Thurston County can do better than supporting the fossil fuel industry. Imagine, could Thurston County be a leader in renewable, environmentally harmonious, sustainable energy production?Google Plus One Facebook Like
Stratocumulus clouds to the northwest of Olympia yesterday morning. The red lines (added by me) indicate the bases (bottoms) of these clouds. (Photo by MM Ruth)
One of the more challenging aspects of watching the clouds is tricking your brain into believing, cloud-wise, that the earth is flat. I have to override my perception that the sky is a celestial dome covering the land from horizon to horizon like a huge mixing bowl covering a plate of brownies. It is not.
Yesterday morning I was reminded of this when I noticed these stratocumulus clouds and their dark bases--the flat bottoms I have marked with red lines. Each of the red lines--hence, each cloud, is at the same altitude above the ground. It is.
The base of the cloud marks the condensation level--the altitude at which molecules of water vapor (the invisible gaseous form of water) in the atmosphere cool to the point at which the molecules slow down, condense, then glom onto each other to form liquid water droplets. When these droplets attain a certain size, they interact (refract, reflect, scatter) sunlight in such a way that they become visible to us.
How high all of these clouds? If you check the National Weather Service for July 21 at 10:54 a.m. (you cannot calculate this on your own), you will learn that when I photographed these clouds, the temperature was 65 degrees F and the dew point (temperature at which water vapor condenses to liquid) was 49 degrees F. Subtract the second number from the first and you get 16. Multiply that by 228 and you get 4,648. This is the number of feet above the earth these clouds were floating. With enough practice I could imagine pointing to such clouds a few years from now and saying, "Look at the those strats!* I bet they are nearly a mile high!"
Knowing how high these clouds are means knowing how high their bases are--not their tops. Stratocumulus is considered a "low" cloud type, with a a base hovers between 2,000 and 6,500 feet.
Read here how I figured all this out two years ago. Sort of.
*No one calls them "strats."
From today's inbox:Poetica Scientifica by Leah Noble Davidson
Join us for an afternoon of poetry with a reading from Leah Noble Davidson's collection Poetica Scientifica, as well as poets Ross Robins and Brian Ellis and Brandon Speck.
Brian Stephen Ellis is a writer from Portland, Ore. He is the author of three collections of books; Uncontrolled Experiments in Freedom, Yesterday Won't Goodbye and American Dust Revisited. He was born at Eliot Hospital in Manchester N.H. at an unrecorded time of day.
Leah Noble Davidson has enthusiasm up the wahoo. Her debut book, Poetic Scientifica (published through University of Hell Press), was Powell's 3rd bestselling small press book of last year, and she currently produces Portland's Moth StorySLAM.
Ross Robbins is the founder of Bone Tax Press and Bone Tax Reading Series. His work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Ampersand Review, Vinyl Poetry, and Small Portions. His most recent chapbook, ALL IN BLACK BLOOD MY LOVE WENT RIDING, was recently published by Two Plum Press, and his full-length debut, MENTAL HOSPITAL: A MEMOIR, will be released by YesYes Books in 2015. Visit Ross online at rossrobbinspoetry.tumblr.com.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Volunteer meetings are always the third Monday of every month- come check us out! As always, ALL are welcome, that includes ALL AGES!
Submitted by Hirsch Center for Integrative Medicine
Born in Barbados, Dr. Boxill is from a family that lives very close to the land, believes in nurturing healthy relationships, and promoting healing by natural means when possible.
She chose to pursue degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and as a Nurse Practitioner because of her desire to serve, listen, teach, and coach women and families to reach their highest health goals and obtain appropriate tools to make informed choices for their own health and the future well being of their respective families and communities.
In her practice Dr. Boxill focuses on full-spectrum Family Medicine.
This includes -
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
When she is not at the office, Dr. Boxill enjoys dancing, singing, cooking, gardening, sewing, knitting/crochet, latch key, arts and crafts, outdoor time, family and friend gatherings, listening and making music, having a good laugh.
If you are searching for a new primary care provider or if you are interested in learning how integrative medicine can help you live your healthiest expression, schedule a free 15-minute meet-and-greet appointment.
To learn more about Dr. Boxill or about our unique integrative approach, go to Hirsch Center for Integrative Medicine.
Submitted by Westport Winery
As part of their outdoor sculpture garden Westport Winery has commissioned four new sculptures to commemorate their recently launched line of hard apple ciders benefitting Mercy Ships. All of these sculptures will be installed in the winery’s new Inspiration Garden. The four ciders are named Mercy, Courage, Grace and Hope. This new one acre garden will include many of the Roberts favorite inspirational quotes from such divergent sources as Emerson and Thoreau to Robert Heinlein and Dr. Seuss.
The first sculpture was designed by winery co-owner Kim Roberts and is titled Wave of Hope. “I wanted to create our own version of Tibetan prayer flags in front of our Dune Garden to resemble a breaking wave. We’ve woven high tensile wire through posts to form a modern take on the traditional waddle fence. At our August Aloha Festival we will ask our guests to write their messages of hope on ribbons we’re providing and then have guests tie them on the wire.”
This is not the first interactive sculpture in the winery’s extensive gardens. Last summer a musical fence was installed within their one acre grape maze. It is one of the many features that make this winery a unique destination for all ages.
The Roberts family has commissioned Elma artist Frank Ratte to create a sculpture for Courage, their apple and sweet dark cherry cider. Ratte, who owns Say It With Cement, has created two other sculptures in concrete for them previously. He first did Night Watch several years ago which is located within the Dune Garden. Last year he designed a Buddha for their Japanese Zen Garden.
North River artist, Sherryl Jackson, was asked to design the Mercy sculpture. Jackson, whose first piece called “Love” is located in the winery’s lavender labyrinth. Her second contribution to the public art display is “The Kiss” in the Formal French garden. She also created a garden cyclist with her Newfoundland in the English Cottage garden.
Jeffro Uitto of Tokeland has been asked to create the Grace sculpture. Uitto has contributed several pieces to the estate previously including a giant clam for Dawn Patrol in homage to the long gone Dunes Restaurant. He also replicated the guitar Kurt Cobain designed for Fender to commemorate the wine called Nirvana. He carved a self-portrait tiki for the Tropical Hawaiian Garden. And he carved the giant Wizard Chess Set in the Knot Garden.
The garden itself will be divided into eight segments with each dedicated to one of the winery’s Eastern Washington vineyards. A traditional Indian Medicine Wheel will be the centerpiece for the garden utilizing rocks from the various vineyards. The Roberts family have enlisted their friend and Cowlitz spiritual leader Roy Wilson to design the medicine wheel.
The winery’s gardens are open to all ages (and dogs on leash). It is free to tour the gardens. According to Kim Roberts, “We want to develop our gardens to become a destination of distinction similar to Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island. We have a very similar climate and we are easily accessible to those from Seattle and Portland, not to mention visitors from other areas.”
Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea Gardens with the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website atwww.westportwinery.com.
Submitted by Harlequin Productions
The students of Harlequin Productions’ Conservatory for Young Actors have spent six weeks studying subjects including Scene Work, Voice & Diction, Movement, Monologue, Classical Acting & Rehearsing, Shakespeare, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Costume Design, Set Design, Sound Design, Lighting Design, and more! On July 30, these students will present their final showcase performance: Scenes in Progress.
The showcase will include performances of eight scenes that the students have been working on for weeks, followed by the entire 5 act of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a particularly challenging piece of theater that will demand all the skills they’ve gained in the Conservatory – including swordfighting! Program Coordinator/Instructor Maggie Lofquist and Instructor Christian Doyle describe the showcase as the students’ chance to display the skills they’ve gained during an intensive six weeks of hard work. The event is open to the public and Harlequin is encouraging anyone to attend who’d like to be amazed by the work of the students and cheer them on!
The event begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday July 30th at the State Theater. It is free to attend but space is limited. Please call the Box Office to reserve your tickets at 360/786-0151.
WHO: Harlequin Productions
WHAT: Scenes in Progress
WHEN: Wednesday July 30th at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501
PRICE: Free – call ahead to reserve your tickets (space is limited)
TICKETS: Call for tickets and info: 360/786-0151 or visit harlequinproductions.org
Harlequin Productions is a professional not-for-profit theater company in Olympia, WA, dedicated to the creation of stimulating and enriching theatrical experiences by producing an eclectic season of new works, “buried treasures,” and unconventional treatments of classics. Through a dynamic selection of extraordinary material, we explore the human adventure in search of theatrical magic that stretches the mind, nourishes the soul, and inspires human empathy.
Submitted by Thurston County FairHome Arts, Preserves, Beverages Due July 21 Several open class contest entries are Monday, July 21 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Be sure to get your open class home arts, preserves and beverage entries in for your chance to win!
Submitted by Thurston CountyBeach remains open, but advisory signs posted Thurston County health officials are posting swimming advisory signs at the beach at the Burfoot Park as a precaution after recent testing showed elevated levels of bacteria in the water. The beach is not closed, but health officials are recommending that people and pets stay out of the water. “We want park visitors to be aware of the situation and use their best judgment about whether they go in the water or stay dry,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division. “The health risk at Burfoot Beach is relatively low for most people, but there is a slightly higher risk of illness for young children and people with compromised immune systems, so we’re reaching out to make sure people can make informed decisions.” Health officials also recommend that nearby beachfront property owners avoid contact with the water until tests show that bacteria levels have dropped. All other facilities and areas at Burfoot Park are unaffected and are open to the public, including the trails, picnic areas and playground. For more information on protecting yourself, your family and your pets from common swimming and water-borne illnesses, visit the county health department’s web page at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/illness_hazards.html. For more information about wastewater treatment and how the Washington State Department of Ecology protects and monitors Washington’s waterways, visit www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wastewater/index.html. You can also get updates from the Washington State Department of Ecology blog called “ECOconnect” at http://ecologywa.blogspot.com.
By Gale Hemmann
Imagine it’s the year 1871. As you rode to the fair with your family in your horse-drawn wagon, you would probably be excited. This was the first local fair and a big deal. Washington was not yet a state, and the fair aimed to get settlers excited about moving to the area by showcasing the best livestock, industry and other goods Washington Territory had to offer. You could look forward to seeing a poultry exhibit, dancing, and socializing.
Fast-forward to 2014. We enjoy the Thurston County Fair every year for its elephant ears, live music and modern carnival rides. We also still enjoy echoes of earlier days, such as 4-H animal exhibits, crafts, and baked goods. While it may be a popular local attraction (drawing over 30,000 visitors a year), few people know about its long and storied history.
Did you know that the fair has been held in 17 different locations? Or that, in the early days, you could win a ribbon for the “best bowl of oatmeal?” I learned this, and many other facts, by talking with Ann Shipley, the Fair Board President.
A Labor of Love: Unearthing the History of the Fair
Shipley has spent over a decade capturing the Thurston County Fair’s history. She spent ten years researching and writing a book about it, and has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. I ventured out to the fairgrounds to meet with Shipley on a busy pre-fair day this summer.
She’s been involved with the fair since 1976, when her daughter was in 4-H. Shipley has served as a volunteer on the Fair Board for over twenty years. She says a conversation about the fair’s origins sent her searching through decades of microfiche at the local library.
Serving as fair historian has been a labor of love. She says what’s most fun about the project has been all the quirky facts she’s found along the way. She also notes that the fair reflects changes in technology over the years, from the advent of the car to the modern sewing machine.
Shipley showed me around the fair museum, a small building on the fairgrounds that is definitely worth a visit. Among the carefully-preserved items are historic photos and fair ribbons dating back to the 1930s.
So, ThurstonTalk readers, I invite you to enter a time machine with me. Can you imagine being at the fair during each of these years?
Through the Years – Thurston County Fair Highlights:
1957: The fair concludes with an “all livestock parade,” which is a huge hit – there were over 630 4-H entries.
Bringing the Fair into the Modern Age
As the Fair staff and volunteers ramp up for the 2014 fair (July 30-August 3), they have both traditional and modern points of interest planned for you.
Shipley notes that it is an exciting challenge to bridge the traditional and the new, and to keep appealing to new segments of the community. This year, alongside the classic 4-H exhibits and rides, you will also find a first-ever tattoo contest. There will also be an “Author’s Corner” showcasing local writers and a “bee-friendly garden.”
So, as you take in the fair this year with your friends or family, take a moment to step back in time in your imagination. Enjoy browsing the museum, and the chance to discuss this piece of local history with kids (or just impress friends with your knowledge). You can learn more about the fair’s history here, and by purchasing Shipley’s book, Memories: The History of the Thurston County Fair.
Shipley notes that the fair would love to gather even more photos and memorabilia from past fairs for their collection. If you have any items of interest, you can contact the fair office.
Thurston County Fair – “Fun for the Whole Herd”
July 30-August 3, 2014
At the Thurston County Fairgrounds