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Trails for Every Body – 5 Accessible Trails Accommodating Walkers, Canes Around Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 6:00am


Recently a reader asked us about area trails accessible to folks who use walkers, canes, or walking sticks to help them stay active and hit the trails. We were glad to rack our brains and compile a (likely incomplete) list of walker and cane suitable trails. These trails are generally wide, flat, even, well-graded trails […]

KAOS Dance Elite Lands in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:08am


As a ten-year-old, Sarah Nagel took her first dance class. Two years later, her parents signed her up for a youth baseball team in her hometown of Yelm. Her parents quickly realized that she was spending her outfield time doing leaps and cartwheels. It was the beginning of a love of all things dance. Sarah […]

Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 6:35am


The school bell rings at 8:35 a.m. now.  As parents, you know that means you have to rewind and count backward to figure out how much time you need to prep in the morning to make sure you are out the door in time.  I hope that the transition back to school was easy for […]

Dillinger’s Cocktails & Kitchen: The Gin Joint Boogie Sways into a Rum Running Rhumba

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 6:00am


It is January 28, 2014, and Olympia goes wild for the taste of prohibition period cocktails. This taste, merged with the authentic ambiance of a refurbished historic bank, creates an immediate relationship with a certain time and place. An era that we often tend to romanticize has come alive again. Dillinger’s Cocktails & Kitchen has […]

Retro Colby

South Sound Arts - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:27pm
 A Bill Colby retrospective at UPSPublished in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 8, 2016
“Blue Stairway,” watercolor by Bill Colby, courtesy Kittredge GalleryKittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound kicked off the building’s 75th anniversary year with a retrospective of works by printmaker and longtime UPS art professor Bill Colby, who taught there from 1956 to1989.On display are 26 works, mostly prints and a few watercolors. The works chosen for this exhibition display a wide range of Colby’s subject matter and style, including works from the 1950s right up to this year. “Sun at Short Sands” woodcut 1956, by Bill Colby, courtesy Kittredge Gallery
Much of his early work puts me in mind of the early Northwest School painters from the 1930s and ’40s (Mark Toby, Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves). These painters were also called mystics, and there is much of the mystic in Colby’s prints, to be seen in his simplification of form and in color schemes based on the dull light of the Northwest as seen in mountains, clouds and water. Among his earlier prints are scenes with people in interior settings, which hint at narrative without explicitly telling stories. In later works he depicts landscape in various degrees of abstraction, from simply stylized to almost purely symbolic or emblematic shapes.“East Door” is the largest piece in the show at approximately seven feet tall. It is a simple abstraction with both Native American and Asian influences. Near the top a stylized wreath of leaves that encircles a cold moon. Below that is a mountain range simplified to little more than a line of triangles, and below that larger and similarly abstracted mountains and trees. This piece is on loan from Roger and Andrea Smith. It is restful, contemplative.“Ravine,” a large woodcut, is one of the strongest images in the show. It is a highly expressive landscape with broad and energetic marks that appear to havebeen gouged out with wide swipes of some kind of trowel. Next to it is a watercolor study for the same piece that is even more expressive, with loose and energetic brushstrokes. It’s one of my favorites, and it exemplifies something I’ve often observed; and that is that studies for larger works of art are often more compelling than the more “finished” pieces due to their sheer exuberance and spontaneity.  “Quiet Time,” a black and white etching from 1965, pictures a group of women seated in what appears to be a bar. The interior scene is done with squiggly lines and organic shapes that are close to pure abstraction, and the women’s figures are hidden among these shapes. It’s like a Tobey painting with peek-a-boo figures.“Downtown Swing,” a woodcut from the same year, depicts a scene very much like that in “Quiet Time,” but the figures are less abstract, and the scene is anything but quiet. It is a rambunctious, rhythmical scene of figures drinking, dancing and arguing with jazz-age exuberance.  “Blue Stairway,” a watercolor from 1965, is a mystical and lyrical painting that I see as Colby’s take on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” (obviously not intended as such since it was painted before the Zeppelin song was published). It is lovely, delicate, atmospheric, and otherworldly.The most recent picture is “Crow Watch,” a mixed watercolor and woodcut from this year depicting a large black crow in flight with a much smaller murder of crows on what appears to be a power line. Bill Colby, Kittredge Gallery, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 5 p.m., through Sept. 24, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, 253.879.3701.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

New Year’s Eve at Noon

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:42am
Event:  Sat, 12/31/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Kids can enjoy plenty of playtime, New Year’s Eve crafts, face painting, hats, noisemakers, a FREE family picture, and more! Closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the holiday. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:41am
Event:  Sat, 12/17/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Snowflakes and snow crystals are fascinating and complex. Join us at the WET Science Center for a 2pm presentation about the science of snow, including stunning visuals and hands-on activities, and expand your understanding of the winter wonderland. Plus we’ll make snow crafts and do fun activities all day long! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Legends of the Land

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:32am
Event:  Sat, 12/10/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

There have always been stories about the origin of the land and the life that calls it home. These ancient stories are powerful and rooted in science. From Salmon Woman to mice hiding in Douglas Fir cones, you’ll hear a variety of stories that come from our local Salish peoples and from around the world that teach respect for nature and the cycle of life. Stories begin at 2pm at the WET Science Center. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Moss & Lichenology 101

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:31am
Event:  Sat, 12/03/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lichens and moss are found on tree trunks, sidewalk cracks, mountain tops, forest floors – and even Antarctica! How is it that these organisms can thrive in so many diverse environments? Join us at the WET Science Center for a day of adventure and learning as we explore the awesome lives of mosses and lichens and the roles they play in our ecosystems. With common names like Fairy Puke and Golden Moon Glow, who wouldn’t want to find out more about these fascinating organisms? Presentation starts at 2pm, followed by an interactive microscope activity. Moss and lichen activities in the classroom all day. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Underwater Science: Meet an EPA Scuba Diver!

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:30am
Event:  Sat, 11/19/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Kris Leefers, Scientific Diver for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will present at 2pm at the WET Science Center on the special work of her Dive Unit. She explores both fresh and saltwater, and polluted water, throughout the Pacific Northwest. Listen to her stories, learn about her gear, and discover how her work impacts environmental programs, research, and law enforcement. Then, touch and try on real EPA dive gear. Great opportunity for a unique scuba selfie! All ages welcome. For a sneak peek visit logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

What is a Watershed Anyway?

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:29am
Event:  Sat, 11/12/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

What is a watershed, and what does it have to do with me? We’ll explore the answers to those questions through a hands-on workshop where you and your family can design a watershed and engineer solutions to protect it. This 2pm program is best for ages 10 and up, but families of all ages can participate together and learn how to protect the water around us! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Around the World in 80 Flushes

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:26am
Event:  Sat, 11/05/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

From outhouses to squat toilets and everywhere in between, the average human spends nearly 100 days on the toilet over their lifetime! But that doesn’t look the same everywhere you go. Come in for a 2pm presentation about different toilets around the world, including the International Space Station! We’ll also talk about the 2.4 billion people around the planet who don’t have a toilet and what that means for them. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Bioluminescence and Spooky Creatures of the Deep

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:24am
Event:  Sat, 10/29/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Some of earth’s spookiest creatures live in the deepest parts of the ocean. Come to the WET Science Center for a 2pm presentation that will amaze and inspire you through enchanting photos and videos of mesmerizing bioluminescence. Make anglerfish hats – a great Halloween costume option – and other bioluminescent art throughout the day. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Fall Art: Salmon and Leaves

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:23am
Event:  Sat, 10/22/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Celebrate fall by creating beautifully colored works of art inspired by leaves and the returning salmon at the WET Science Center. Design color-diffusing paper leaves, leaf or fish prints, and much more. We provide the supplies and inspiration, you bring the creativity! Feel free to bring in your own fall leaves to use in your artwork. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Shake, Rattle & Roll – Exploring Pacific Northwest Earthquakes

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:21am
Event:  Sat, 10/15/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Rocking! Ripping! Jolting! Shaking! This is what happens when tectonic plates collide and separate. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that runs from Northern California to Vancouver Island, is a big crack in the Earth’s crust that is part of the infamous Pacific Ring of Fire. Bring the family to the WET Science Center and make your own “earthquake wave box” and learn about plate tectonics, geologic history, and seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Presentation begins at 2pm and is best for ages 10 and up. Related activities in the classroom all day. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Saint Martin’s University Cross Country Team Lends a Hand

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 7:04am


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Saint Martin’s University men’s and women’s cross country teams gave back to the beach they run on in the third annual beach clean-up. On August 24, SMU cleaned up Westport Beach on the Washington coast as a way to give back to the local community. “We have an amazing group […]

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 6:57am


Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Diego is a handsome male pit bull terrier. He has been micro-chipped which can be switched over to his new owner. Diego is a very sweet boy who loves cuddles, walks, and time in the play yard. He enjoys car rides and does well walking on leash. He does know […]

5 Home Staging Techniques You May Not Know

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 6:00am


Design Smart Home Staging and Redesign applies important design techniques to the thousands of homes they have staged that truly affect the way buyers feel about a home, ensuring they sell quickly and for greater profit for the seller. Feng Shui Feng Shui is a contemporary design approach that uses the placement of things and […]

Thrifty Thurston Logs the Best Seat in Town for Watching Migrating Salmon near Olympia

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 6:00am


In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are beloved in our waterways, artwork, cuisine, and the occasional crosswalk. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office acknowledge that “Washingtonians rely on salmon for food, recreation, jobs, cultural identity, and social tradition. These iconic fish evoke the best Washington has to offer—pristine water, rich landscapes, a healthy environment, and […]

Brats Brews and Bands – Dine, Drink and Dance for a Good Cause on September 10

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:41pm


Summer officially ends later this month and the Gateway Rotary Club wants to help you squeeze every last drop of fun out of the season at their fourth annual Brats Brews and Bands event. Taking place from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, the event includes fantastic food, a wide array of beverages and […]

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