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The National Weather Service Kicks off Windstorm Season – 52 Years after 1962 Columbus Day Disaster

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:32pm



Submitted by Mason County PUD 3

The 52nd anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day storm is Sunday October 12. This historic windstorm, the strongest non-tropical windstorm to hit the lower 48 in American history, marks the start of western Washington State’s windstorm season.

All of Mason County went dark for nearly two hours after the storm damaged high power transmission lines feeding Mason PUD 1 and PUD 3 substations. It took six days to restore electricity to all customers. The National Weather Service measured wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour at Sanderson Field near Shelton.

The Columbus Day storm was born from the remnants of a former western pacific tropical storm named Freda. What was left of Freda off Japan rode a strong westerly jet stream across the northern Pacific and intensified dramatically off northern California as it turned north along the Pacific Northwest coast.

Wind speeds exceeded 150 mph along the Oregon and Washington coasts and topped 100 mph in the western interior valleys from Eugene to Bellingham. Since the storm damaged many wind instruments, the actual highest wind speeds could have been higher.

The storm killed 46 people from northern California to Washington State and injured hundreds of others. It blew down or destroyed thousands of buildings and knocked out power to millions of people from San Francisco to southern British Columbia. The windstorm also blew down 15 billion board feet of timber from the coast to as far east as western Montana, enough lumber to build a million homes.

The 1962 Columbus Day storm is considered the granddaddy of all windstorms. All other Pacific Northwest windstorms are measured against it. Could another storm like this one occur again? Yes and it would be far more devastating than back then since three times more people live in the region along with all the infrastructure to support them.

Windstorm season is here. Windstorms occur almost every year. Some of our regions stronger events occur about every ten years such as the Hanukkah eve windstorm of December 2006 that knocked out power to about 1.5 million people in western Washington.

Even the first not so strong blow can produce significant impacts since it usually occurs when leaves are still on many trees and the event acts like a tree trimmer, resulting in some power outages.

Are you ready for this season’s first wind event? Now is the time to get better prepared, before the wind blows. Here are a few key resources to help you get ready at home, work or school, or in your vehicle. When you are prepared, you are not scared.

Learn more about how to report and last through storms and power outages from Mason PUD 3. Check out theWashington State Emergency Management Division for more disaster preparation information.


Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes Opens Second Location

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:16pm


Submitted by Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes

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Rachel Young, owner of Mystical Cupcakes, opens her second storefront on January 2, 2014.

Olympia’s Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes will open its second location October 15 in Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite B24. The new location, across from the food court, will offer a full menu of delectable cupcakes, plus a wide assortment of candies, custom order cakes and pies, t-shirts, greeting cards and gift items.

With plenty of in-house seating, Mystical Cupcakes will also host events such as cupcake decorating classes, birthday parties, book signings and themed parties for both adults and children.

Leta Hankins, local leasing manager for the mall, is enthusiastic about the mall’s newest addition.

“I’m really excited because we are focusing on bringing more local businesses into the mall, and Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes is perfect,” she said. “I love that they are local, innovative and unique to the mall. They will add a breath of fresh air.”

Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes was established two years ago by founder/owner Rachel Young in her kitchen as she experimented with and developed her own unique recipes. Joined by her mother, Victoria Cunningham, the two appeared on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in October 2013, which re-aired in April 2014. The episode, “L.A. Bridal Bash,” can be viewed from the link on the shop’s Web site.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held at the mall location October 31 at noon. More details will be announced via the Web site and also on the shop’s Facebook page.

The new location will be a great addition for mall shoppers.

“There’s no other place to purchase cupcakes in the mall or the gift items we will be offering,” said Young. “Plus, for our current downtown customers who reside on the west side, our mall shop will be so convenient.”

Cunningham described the new location as being warm, inviting and, more importantly, cheerful.

“It will be a happy place for our customers,” said Cunningham. “And who doesn’t love happy?”

For more information, contact Young or Cunningham at, at the downtown store location, 111 Market St NE, Suite 107, Olympia, or by phone at 360.350.0332.




Sacred Trees of India - Evergreen Gallery

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:19am

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Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the fall exhibition, Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen. For the past 28 years, von Schaewen has traveled in India, immersing herself in its people and culture, and exploring themes through her photography and video. For her series on the Sacred Trees, she traveled the length and breadth of India. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Raise a Pint to Toast Three Magnets Brewing Company

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:38am



By Lisa Herrick

Thurston First BankThe highly anticipated opening of Three Magnets Brewing Company will soon be here, although it is intended to be a quiet and understated event. The plan is to open with a soft launch by the end of October and unveil the brewery’s craft beers with a limited menu.  The full menu featuring a casual take on pub style goodies, which includes house-cured seafood, seasonally inspired cocktails and regional wines, will slowly be rolled out in the following months.

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The Three Magnets Brewing Company team inside the nearly completed brewpub. Tanks are full of ready to serve craft beer. Left to right: Nate, Sara and Elliot Reilly-Three Magnets Brewing Company owners, Jeff Stokes-Brewer/Front of House Manager, Nancy Bickell-Kitchen Manager, and Pat Jansen-Head Brewer/Local Sourcing Liaison.

This gradual introduction of the locally sourced and made from scratch menu is an intentional decision to ease the 40 new employees and thereby the community into a successful experience with the new brewpub. I recently toured the brewery with the Three Magnets Brewing Company gang. I suspect my experience is precisely the vibe they are striving for – the sharing of quality beer with lively discussions in a family friendly setting. I could engage in conversation and drink beer with them any day.

“What we have been hearing is how excited people are to have the brewpub in Olympia and how thrilled they are that they can bring their kids to a public house,” share Sara and Nate Reilly, owners of Three Magnets Brewing Company.  You may recognize the couple as the owners of Darby’s Cafe also located in downtown Olympia. The Reillys aspire to honor Olympia’s brewing history while creating a community gathering space. “People want to be associated with beer in this area because it is a key part of our heritage,” Sara explains.

The Reillys have designed the brewpub to include an all-ages dining area, an open kitchen for customers to view their meals being made from scratch, an open brew space where beer will be served directly from the tanks, and a 21+ pub offering indoor and outdoor seating. While the brewpub’s layout is integral to the community gathering space design, the Three Magnets Brewing Company name creates the ambiance.

“Three Magnets is based on a 115-year-old book called Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard,” explains Sara.  ”Basically, Ebenezer considered himself an inventor of the perfect community. He thought he could take the best of both rural and urban living and blend them into a perfect town-country. When reading this, everything called out to us as Olympia, either what we are or what we strive to be.”

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Brewer Jeff Stokes serves up beer sampling directly from the tank.

“We don’t know if we are there yet but it is where we want to be and it is what we want to do as a business to help the community get there,” agree Nate and Sara.

Nate continues, “The community support has been awesome. So many businesses have reached out to put our beer on tap, help us move our tanks or welcome us to the neighborhood. They truly want us to be successful.”

The Reillys consider success as a thriving business that gives back to the community.

Three Magnets Brewing Company has named their flagship beers after some other local icons.  Proceeds will benefit local causes within the community. Nate explains, “We currently have three namesake beers reflecting some of our favorite places in the community – The Brotherhood Brown named after the Brotherhood Lounge, Rainy Day IPA named after Rainy Day Records, and the Helsing Junction Farmhouse Saison named after Helsing Junction Farms. Early next year we hope to introduce the Oldschool Lager to be named after Oldschool Pizzeria.”

“The plan is to donate a designated amount from each pint of these beer sold to a cause mutually decided between us and the namesake business,” Nate continues. “For example, $.25 of every pint of the Brotherhood Brown sold at Three Magnets Brewing Company will go toward SafePlace, an important cause to Brotherhood Tavern owners Pit and Melissa. They are also doubling-down on this and will be donating $.25 of every pint that they sell of the Broho Brown over their bar to SafePlace as well.” Three Magnets Brewing Company will soon be announcing the charitable causes for the Rainy Day IPA and Helsing Junction Farmhouse Saison.

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Three Magnets Brewing Company is an all ages brewpub serving craft beer and casual take on surf-n-turf. Photo credit: Three Magnets Brewing Company

In addition to the namesake beers, the brewery tanks are full and ready to serve Session IPA, Session Saison, Brewers Best Bitter and Rye Ale.  A Fall Harvest brew is in the fermentation tank and ready to be moved over while two fresh hopped IPAs are fermenting away.  Each of these beers will be available once the doors open. Until then, you can fill your growler at Gravity Beer Market or find their beer on tap at The Brotherhood Lounge, The Old School Pizzeria, Cooper Point Public House, Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza, Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen, Darby’s Café, i.talia Pizzeria, Mercato Ristorante, Ramblin’ Jacks, Rhythm & Rye, Skep & Skein, Vic’s Pizzerias, The Westside Tavern, Waterstreet Café & Bar, and The Eastside Club Tavern.

Here’s to toasting the innovative brews, delectable menu, and the pursuit to create the ideal community. To stay informed of the Three Magnets Brewing Company progress visit their Facebook page.

Three Magnets Brewing Company

600 Franklin Street SE, Suite 105

Olympia, WA 98501


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Garden Courte Cares for Others in Untold Ways

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:37am



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Garden Courte Memory Care Center staff display some of the backpacks and school supplies they collected.

The gradual slide into autumn always makes me stop and take stock of things.  Swapping out the shorts, sandals, and toys of summer for coats, boots, and holiday decorations is when I do my biggest donation pile of the year.  I like knowing that outgrown clothes and surplus housewares will do more than help someone in need, they’ll give them pause to be as thankful as I was when others shared with me.

Sir Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  In our area, this philosophy is embodied by the caring hearts and hands at Olympia’s Garden Courte Memory Care Community.  Whether for full-time residential or short-term respite care, they lovingly provide a safe, healthy environment for family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

But the staff at Garden Courte does more than just care for our relatives.  They also donate to, host, and provide for many local non-profits in the Thurston County region.

Community Marketing Director Marilyn Richards is proud that Garden Courte serves “Community Youth Services alongside the Haven House which this year we just added to our list of agencies and organizations.  We continue to serve The Little Red Schoolhouse Project where we collect gently used and new coats for kids.  In April, it was Purple Up for Military Kids NO BULLYING dinner at The Boys and Girls Club of Lacey.  Here we cooked, served, provided a bagful of goodies for each child and did a video presentation on bullying.  Not to forget the seniors we serve in Thurston County, Garden Courte is always a sponsor of high profile events alongside other facilities that share in our interests like the Living Well, Living Long Conference, yearly Alzheimer’s Conference, The South Sound Alzheimer’s Walk, Lakefair 50+ In the Park and our own Caregiver Support Group held at St. Michaels and in our facility once each monthly.”

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Chef Rubi (left) and Maintenance Director Paul attended the No Bullying dinner.

Garden Courte is also a member of the Senior Action Network, where both Dawn Peterson and Marilyn Richards serve on the Board of Directors.  They also work with Meals On Wheels, the South Sound Alzheimer’s Council where again Dawn and Marilyn serve on the board, and support fundraising events monetarily by attending banquet auctions at The Crisis Center, Community Youth Services, Senior Center for South Sound and Dispute Resolution Center.

Haven House/Safe Shelter Program Director Brian Hosford recounts his meeting with the staff at Garden Courte.  “Dawn Peterson reached out to me in June to inquire as to how Garden Courte could support Haven House.  This was a very welcome call and I quickly agreed to meet Dawn and Marilyn to provide a tour of our facility and allow them to assess needs.  This assessment meeting itself spoke volumes about Garden Court’s proactive approach to helping the community.  Just a week or two after our meeting, Haven House received many backpacks and journals– items we sorely need and are always running out of.  Here in September, Dawn & Marilyn also provided a delicious dinner that our kids really enjoyed.  Four extra large pizzas from Papa Murphy’s that the kids mentioned many times how awesome the treat was.  Staff helped the kids see that the community does care about them and organizations like Garden Courte are trying to help in any way possible.   This helped the kids feel supported in a time of crisis in their lives.  I look forward to working with the awesome Garden Courte team in the future.  Garden Courte is clearly concerned with assisting social programs in need and I appreciate their efforts to reach out and help in any way they can.”

garden courteEven when economic times are tough and communities as a whole are struggling, it’s heartwarming to see the power of sharing.  We are all able to reach out to someone in need, whether through time, money, or donations of extra blankets, clothes, or food.  Organizations like Garden Courte not only care for our aging relatives but our service members, school-children, and caregivers.

Check the Garden Courte calendar regularly, you’ll find endless opportunities to learn from, mingle with, and support the community we all call home.  Live as poet Maya Angelou proclaimed, “If you find it in your heart to care for someone else, you will have succeeded.”


Hempler’s Heavenly Ham

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:30am



By Katie Hurley

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Hempler’s Black Forest Ham and Chanterelle pizza

When Hans Hempler started selling meat in Bellingham in 1934, I doubt he envisioned his Black Forest ham thinly sliced on top of a pizza, baked in a cheesy cauliflower casserole or nestled inside a crispy Panini. But Hempler’s ham and bacon are favorites in our house, and there are countless mouth-watering ways to use them.

Hemplers, now located in Ferndale, Washington, produces a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner meats that are available at locally owned Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway stores. Hemplers’ products are free of allergens, gluten and MSG and are naturally hardwood smoked. Boneless whole hams, half hams, applewood smoked bacon, uncured franks and uncured pepperoni are available in the meat department, and deli selections include Uncured Ham and Artisan Sundried Tomato and Basil Roast Chicken, sliced to order.

A half or whole Hempler’s ham makes a great, hearty fall dinner, and the leftovers can be incorporated into some great meals for the next few days.

Hempler’s Black Forest Ham makes an excellent pizza topper. Prepare your favorite pizza crust dough – I like the Essential Baking Co. frozen dough available at Ralph’s and Bayview. Top the crust with a blend of grated cheese, very thinly sliced strips of Hempler’s ham and any other desired toppings such as sautéed diced chanterelle mushrooms or caramelized onions. Bake or grill according to the crust recipe or package instructions.

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Hempler’s ham makes this caulifornia “mac-n-cheese” unforgettable.

Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese with Ham is another hearty family pleaser.  Steamed, chopped cauliflower florets replace the pasta in this creamy dish. The blend of salty, smoky ham and gooey cheese sauce almost makes you forget there’s no mac in your mac & cheese!

1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets

1 c. cubed, cooked Hempler’s ham

1 cup half-and-half

½ c. sour cream

1 t. Dijon mustard

dash of white pepper

1 clove garlic, finely minced

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1 c. cubed cheese (any variety you like)

Preheat oven to 375. Steam or boil cauliflower for 8-10 minutes, until soft. Drain in a colander, using a towel or paper towels to press any extra water out of the cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a greased 7×11 baking dish and top with cubed ham and cubed cheese. Heat the cream over medium heat until it almost boils. Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream, Dijon, white pepper, garlic and shredded cheddar. Pour over the cauliflower, ham and cubed cheese and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, until bubbly and starting to brown on top.

My hands down, all time favorite ham recipe is this unbelievably amazing Black Forest Ham and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Earthy, creamy Cambozola cheese, sweet caramelized onions and salty, smoky Hempler’s ham will rock your taste buds.

Stop by the meat department or deli at Ralph’s Thriftway or Bayview Thriftway today and check out the selection of Hempler’s ham, bacon, pepperoni, franks and roast chicken.


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Resi,in the Bayview Deli,will slice your Hempler’s Ham or Roast Chicken to order.

Bayview Thriftway

516 W. 4th Ave., Olympia



Ralph’s Thriftway

1908 E. 4th Ave., Olympia



Mecca Normal on Democracy Now!

K Records - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:54am
Recently the public radio series Democracy Now! ran an episode on Malachi Ritscher and his act of self-immolation, an anti-war statement of protest which inspired the Mecca Normal song “Malachi”. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman conducted an in depth interview with Mecca Normal‘s Jean Smith and David Lester about Malachi Ritscher and about their work as […]
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Posing Mantis

Mojourner Truth - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:44pm

First, I just saw flitter-flying, like a faerie from Pan's Labyrinth, sunlight on long wings. When it landed, I saw a praying mantis. Not preying as far as I could tell. Just posing.

Hey Lover, Needles and Pizza, Mythological Horses and Werecat

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 5:00pm

Monday, October 13th, doors at 8pm

*It’s Hey Lover’s Underground Tour!

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MYTHOLOGICAL HORSES (Alaska & Washington)

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Items Accepted for Organics Collection Now the Same Countywide

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:57pm



Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste 

The organics collection programs in Thurston County have gone through several changes over the past few years. This left many residents and businesses confused about what can go in their organics collection bins. To clear things up, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay recently adopted the same list of acceptable items. So now, no matter where you live or work, or who picks up your organics, the items you can put in your bin are the same. These items fall into three basic groups:

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Food scraps are one category of organics that can be collected curbside.  The full list has been recently updated.

  • Yard and wood waste including grass, branches, leaves, plant waste, and clean lumber scraps.
  • Food waste and plate scrapings including fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy, eggs, meat, bones, seafood, and shells.
  • Un-coated food-soiled paper and shredded paper including paper napkins, towels, coffee filters, and pizza boxes. Shredded paper should be put in a paper bag.

Building a more Resilient Organics Collection System

During the last five years, the number of communities in the Northwest that collect yard and food waste to be composted grew dramatically. This huge amount of additional material caused an increase in contamination and odor problems at some composting facilities. As a result, some of these facilities shut down or put restrictions on the kinds of materials they would accept.  Recently, these major changes in the composting industry started to create challenges for local organics collection programs, especially for schools and businesses.

“To ensure the long-term success of our organics collection programs, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay worked together to find new and more diverse outlets for our materials” said Thurston County Solid Waste Reduction Specialist Peter Guttchen. “This more decentralized and resilient system will help us sustain and grow our organics programs as the composting industry in our region and across the nation changes and matures.”

Currently about 60% of the organics delivered to the WARC are hauled to Silver Springs Organics near Rainier to be composted into high quality products. About 35% of the material is burned in industrial furnaces or is directly land-applied as mulch on area farms. The remaining 5% is trucked to composting facilities in Eastern WA and in Snohomish County.  These facilities are designed to safely compost the organics from restaurants, schools, and other places that generate a lot of food-soiled paper and food waste.

For more information

To download and print a list of what you can put in your organics bin to post on your fridge at home or in your business, click here. Also, watch your mailbox. A detailed chart of acceptable organics will be included in Talking Trash which will be delivered to every Thurston County  household in November. You’ll also find lists of what can go in your recycling and organics bins in LeMay’s upcoming utility bill inserts.  Information about the City of Olympia’s recycling and collection services can be found here.



Categories: Local Environment

SPSCC Awarded $2.25 Million Grant for Student Success Initiatives

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:39pm



Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College has received a five-year, $2.25 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The grant, the largest single grant in the college’s history, was announced by Congressman Denny Heck, D-10th District, at the college’s Oct. 4 Foundation event, The Experience.

The college will receive $450,000 per year from 2014-2019 to establish the Graduation and Achievement Initiatives, Networks and Strategies (GAINS) program. GAINS is a comprehensive, integrated student success program for all new credit students who intend to earn a degree or complete a program.

“Our students’ ability to persist through their studies and complete their educational journey with us is central to their long-term success and to the overall prosperity of our community,” said Tim Stokes, president of South Puget Sound Community College. “The Strengthening Institutions Grant gives us the resources to build clear pathways to achievement for our students. We are thrilled to be awarded the funds and grateful for the support of the Department of Education.”

Among the program strategies the grant will cover are:

  • Student services, advising and career planning
  • First-year experience services
  • Supplemental instruction/faculty tutoring
  • Enrichment of the campus technology environment
  • Establishment of a faculty professional learning community for instructional innovation

South Puget Sound Community College is a public, comprehensive, two-year institution and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  The college serves approximately 6,000 students each quarter.


Western Indoor Soccer League Announces Inaugural Season Schedule

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:37pm



Submitted by The Oly Town Artesians
The Oly Town Artesians will host the Tacoma Stars on Saturday, November 22 to open their inaugural season in the Western Indoor Soccer League.

The Artesians will play four regular season home games at Olympia Indoor Soccer and one mid-season home friendly during the 2014-2015 season and will hit the road for a preseason tournament on November 1 at the Tacoma Soccer Center and four regular season away games.

Below is the 2014-2015 schedule for the Oly Town Artesians. Game times will be released at a later date.

Saturday, November 1 – @ Northwest Indoor Invitational – Tacoma Soccer Center

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Saturday, November 22 – vs. Tacoma Stars – Olympia Indoor Soccer

Saturday, December 6 – vs. Wenatchee Fire – Olympia Indoor Soccer

Saturday, December 13 – @ Arlington Aviators – Soccer First Indoor Soccer, Arlington

Saturday, December 20 – @ Bellingham United – Bellingham Sportsplex

Saturday, January 3 – vs. Bellingham United – Olympia Indoor Soccer

Saturday, January 10 – @ Tacoma Stars – Tacoma Soccer Center

Saturday, January 17 – @ Wenatchee Fire – Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex

Saturday, January 24 – vs. TBD – Olympia Indoor Soccer

Saturday, January 31 – vs. Arlington Aviators – Olympia Indoor Soccer

February 7/8– WISL Playoffs – TBD

February 14/15 – WISL Championship – TBD

The Artesians have a bye in the first week of WISL play. The league’s opening games will be played on Saturday, November 15 with a pair of games. Bellingham United visits the Tacoma Stars and the Arlington Aviators hos the Wenatchee Fire.

Season tickets will be available for purchase shortly. $20 will get fans into all five home games. Individual tickets will be priced at $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children 5 and under are free.

Fans can follow the Oly Town Artesians on their website, on Twitter at @OlyTownFC and on Facebook.

4-H Fall Clover Campaign Underway

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:12pm


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Erica (left) and Robin Cozad are thankful for the wide variety of skills they have learned throughout their participation in 4-H programs.

The National 4-H Council will launch its fifth annual Fall Paper Clover Campaign on Wednesday, October 8, this raises thousands of dollars each fall for local 4-H programs in Thurston County and across the country.

Each year in the fall and spring, the National 4-H Council teams up with Tractor Supply Company and Del’s Feed and Farm Supply stores to raise money for local 4-H programs with the sale of paper clovers in local stores for a donation of $1 or more at checkout. In Thurston County, the Del’s Feed and Farm Supply stores in Olympia and Yelm will sell the paper clovers from October 8 through October 19, with 65 percent of the funds raised at the two stores going directly to fund 4-H programs in Thurston County. As in years past, 5 percent of Paper Clover proceeds raised in Thurston County will go to the statewide 4-H office in Pullman, and 30 percent will go to the National 4-H Council. “The Paper Clover Campaigns have become our major fund raiser for the Thurston County 4-H program, and we are so grateful for the help that our friends at Del’s Feed and Farm Supply give each spring and fall to support these kids,” said Dianna Ullery, 4-H Program Coordinator for the county. The Thurston County 4-H program is a partnership between the private, non-profit National 4-H Council, the Washington State University Extension program, and Thurston County government. What started as a handful of agricultural clubs for youth in the late 1800s and early 1900s has grown into a community 414 members supporting 53 clubs in Thurston County, and 6 million young people across America learning about agricultural techniques, technology and research through practical “hands-on” learning.  The national 4-H organization is a unique partnership of the National 4-H Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities across the country, and more than 3,000 county offices that form the land-grant university Cooperative Extension System. To learn more about the Thurston County 4-H Fall Paper Clover Campaign, or to find out more about the WSU Thurston County Extension 4-H programs and membership, click here or call (360) 867-2157. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.

Transit Authority Seeks Members for Citizen Advisory Committee

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:05pm


Submitted by Intercity Transit The Intercity Transit Authority seeks members for its Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). Several positions are open including two youth positions (ages 15-19). The 20-member advisory group provides input to the Authority on public transportation issues such as Dial-A-Lift policies, service changes, strategic plans, the budget, fare structures, transit amenities, and other issues. Applicants must be Thurston County residents. To apply for these volunteer positions, interested residents can get an application at, the Olympia Transit Center (222 State Avenue, Olympia), Intercity Transit’s Business Office (526 Pattison Street SE, Olympia), or by calling 360-705-5857. Applications are due Thursday, October 30, 2014. The Transit Authority selects CAC members to represent a cross-section of the community. The group includes senior citizens, youth, people with disabilities, college students, business owners, social service agency representatives, neighborhood associations, the medical community, environmentalists, and bicyclists. Members serve 3-year terms except for the youth position, which serves a 1-year term. The CAC meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Intercity Transit’s Business Office at 526 Pattison Street SE, Olympia, WA. Routes 62A, 62B, and 66 serve this location. For more information about the CAC, visit or contact Nancy Trail,, 360-705-5857.

Ruby Fray U.S. Tour: Now!

K Records - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:35pm
Tonight is the beginning of the Ruby Fray U.S. Tour in celebration of their new Grackle [KLP251] album, which K unleashed upon the world two weeks back. The tour starts in New Orleans, LA at Dragon’s Den and on through the south: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina. Ruby Fray continue up the East Coast and then […]
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Bremerton refreshed

bremerton parkI hadn’t been to Bremerton in YEARS… make that decades.  Bremerton has definitely undergone a make-over.  The area within a few blocks of the State ferry terminal is lovely.

I think the highlight of this area is the Harborside Park.  This picture shows a small section of the park.  Huge graceful carved stone are found throughout this two-block strip of land.  Water, many sizes of stone, and lovely plantings add to the serenity.  Three huge metal sculptures (reminiscent of a submarine tower?) sit in a shallow pool, and “explode” with rushing water periodically.  The paved pathways wind among the pools, sculptures and gardens.  Benches and tables are abundant.

Our trip on October 7th was a loop trip.  We left west Olympia and headed to Shelton.  From Shelton we took a bus to Belfair, then transferred to a bus that dropped us right by the ferry terminal.  It was lunchtime, so we scattered to find a place to grab a bite before we independently explored the town.  Several of us ate at the Bremerton Bar and Grill, which is on Pacific Avenue, just one block up the street from the Ferry terminal.  The menu has some interesting twists… like a BAM burger (beef and lamb combination).  All were satisfied with their meal.

Several Rebels visited the Kitsap Historical Museum, located on 4th Avenue.  The admission is $3.00.  I especially liked the recreation of “main street” from the early 1900′s.  A few Rebels went of a self-guided tour of the USS Turner Joy, a Vietnam era destroyer.  bainbridge island ferry

Since this was a loop trip, we left Bremerton via the State Ferry.  This 60 minute ride is very relaxing.   The sun was shining, which is always a nice treat.  Coming into the city reminds us that Seattle is a beautiful city… what a great skyline!  (As a bonus:  this direction of travel is FREE!)

After getting off the ferry we strolled south on 1st Avenue through Pioneer Square.  The gorgeous hanging baskets were still blooming!  At Jackson Street, we headed east toward the Sounder train station.  At 4th Avenue, we turned south for a block or so to get to the pedestrian bridge and stairway which took us to the Sounder train.  LOVE this train!

We exited the train at the Tacoma Dome station, where we caught the (free) Light Link which took us several blocks to downtown Tacoma.  From Pacific Avenue and 19th, we caught the bus to take us back to Olympia.

A long day, but a fun and very satisfying trip!  Thanks, Rebels!

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Science Café - Astrobiology: Life in its Cosmic Context

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:38am
Event:  Tue, 10/14/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Astrobiology: Life in its Cosmic Context


Space missions have given us hints of planets and moons in the Solar System that may have once been inhabited or perhaps possess life today. At the same time, recent astronomical data show that most stars have planets around them. Closer to home, we’re learning more about the vast range of habitats for microbes on Earth and signs of life in Earth’s earliest rocks from billions of years ago. Given these findings, the new interdisciplinary science of astrobiology asks: How did life originate and evolve on Earth? Are we alone in the universe? And how should we look for life beyond Earth? logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Kinky Boots Comes to the 5th Ave.

South Sound Arts - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:19am

The cast of the First National Tour of Kinky Boots, coming to The 5th Avenue Theatre.
​Photo by Matthew Murphy
Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre’s latest show—or should I say extravaganza— is the smash Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which has just begun its national tour.
Despite the raucous music, wildly decadent costumes and flashy lighting effects, Kinky Boots is at heart a touching little story with a simple message about acceptance, courage and perseverance. Based on the hit movie of the same name, it tells the story of Charlie Price (Steven Booth), a young man struggling to figure out what he wants to do with his life who is tasked with saving the dying shoe factory in Northampton, England he has inherited from his father. On a trip to London with his fiancée, Nicola (Grace Stockdale), he meets a drag queen named Lola (Kyle Taylor Parker) and they talk about the flamboyant boots with high heels that drag queens wear and how they can’t hold up to the weight of men. Charlie flashes on building sturdy “kinky boots” as a means of saving the factory.
 Kyle Taylor Parker stars as Lola in the First National Tour of Kinky Boots, coming to The 5th Avenue Theatre. Photo by Matthew MurphyIt’s the story of how Charlie brings in Lola to help create a line of boots and how the middle class workers in the factory react to welcoming a drag queen into their world, and ultimately about the touching and very real relationship between Charlie and Lola. And of course every musical must have a love triangle. This one involves Charlie and his selfish and manipulative fiancée and Lauren (Lindsay Nicole Chambers), the sweet factory worker with the secret crush on him.
Kinky Boots the musical is based on the hit movie of the same title, which was in turn based on a true story. The book for the musical was written by the great Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell.
Mitchell said he wanted the realism of the working-class British world suffused with the fabulousness of the theater. “I come from Paw-Paw, Michigan. It’s complete working class and there’s lot of my roots in those people,” Mitchell said. “I went to Northampton myself and hung out. And I toured the shoe factories . . . I knew the fabulous part of it; I knew I could do that part. I wanted to know what the real part was.”Parker, who was one of “Lola’s Angels” in the original Broadway production and played the part of Lola many times as an understudy, certainly has the fabulous part down pat, and he is believable and real and down to earth. There have been many, many portrayals of drag queens with stereotypical swishiness, but there is none of that in Parker’s portrayal. And he’s a hell of a dancer.
Booth, who is endearing as Charlie, has performed in Glory Days and Avenue Q on Broadway. He has a terrific voice and good moves—especially when he puts on the boots for the big finale (with credit to Mitchell and Booth for not overdoing it). The duet between Lola and Charlie, “Not My Father’s Son,” is one of the most moving moments in the play and one of the few quiet songs in a play replete with rocking show tunes. The other quiet and moving ballad is Lola’s solo on “Hold Me in Your Heart.”The first couple of songs, “Price & Son Theme” and “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World,” both performed by the full company, could have used a little more pizazz. But then it kicks into high gear when we visit the club where Lola and the Angels perform (“Land of Lola”).
Act one ends with a full-company rendition of the upbeat song, “Everybody Say Yeah”—an exultant celebration with dancing on a moving conveyor belt. Act two also ends with a celebratory anthem, “Raise You Up/Just Be,” again with the whole company and this time with a knockout light show (lighting designer Kenneth Posner, whose most impressive lighting in this show was the multitude of soft spots on Lola’s solo on “Hold Me in Your Heart”).
Striking performances were turned in by Stockdale as Nicole and Chambers as Lauren, and by Joe Coots as Don, a tough-guy factory worker.
David Rockwell’s scenic design, the Price & Son shoe factor interior and exterior, is gritty and impressive.One of the very few sore spots for me was an unnecessary maudlin moment when they went overboard trying to milk sympathy at the end of the beautiful “Hold Me in Your Heart” by bringing Lola’s father into the scene.
Interesting behind-the-scenes stories were provided by Mitchell in a print interview provided to the press. One of those was that they had to build the conveyor belts and try them out, and “I got on it and I wiped out, probably four or five times . . .” so they added bars for safety which became part of the choreography as dancers used the bars for swinging and jumping. The other interesting back story was that like the original factory they had to go through many trials in order to make boots what would stand up to large men dancing in them during eight two-and-a-half-hour shows a week.
Kinky Boots won six Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper) and Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell).
Tues-Wed. 7:30 p.m., Thurs-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat- 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 1:30 and 7 p.m.5th Ave. Theatre, 1308 5th Ave., Seattle,Tickets start at $45.25, (206) 625-1900 or (888) 5TH-4TIX.

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Aunt Alicia (Olyblogosphere for October 13, 2014)

Olympia Time - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:11am
1. Alicia Elliott will save Olympia.

New investment opportunity. Threaten development of something, raise the hackles of your neighbors, Alicia Elliott will buy you out. Its the modern Olympia Aunt Sally.

2. Support Zinefest!

3. The best Olympia blog ever reads my mind. What if! What IF!!!!!

4. Yeah, big surprise here. Every place in the world is more nuanced than it seems at first.

If you came here from New York, Austin and then Portland and moved to Olympia "because you liked its look" and then were disappointed.

You deserve that disappointment. It isn't our fault. Grow up.

5. I don't mind the debate on the LBA Woods. Let's debate parks! I'm against spending money on it now. And, I actually like the proposal for development (because it was better than the straight up burbs that had been built in that area).

But, this is annoying:
LBA Woods are a true gem--an old-fashioned Commons of sorts in that the property is privately owned, though it is neither gated nor posted with no-trespassing signs or welcome signs. Because it isn't even true:
...the developer (D.R. Horton, a nationwide company headquartered in Delaware) has chosen to fence users of LBA Park out of the trails.We can debate whether it should become a park, but the owner wants you to stay off their property. That's their right man.

Quintron: Weather for the Blind!

K Records - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:15am
Everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it – until now! Our favorite Drum-Buddy Maestro, Swamp-Tech enthusiast, mutated party activist, Ninth Ward drum corps. troop leader and New Orleans Katrina Relief volunteer Quintron has established a new service that offers a unique audio experience based on the ever-changing weather, Weather […]
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