It starts at 6pm September 20 at the State Capital Museum's Coach House where the Oly Mountain Boys will play their new album White Horse with readings of the literary contributions and a short presentation on the Washington history backdrop of the album. It's a special event for a unique album - don't miss it! ($7 or with purchase of White Horse)Google Plus One Facebook Like
Does it ever feel like your mind and body are in a state of disconnect? Founder and Clinic Director of Olympia’s In Touch Therapy, Kenton Stuth, says this is a common problem that many people experience. “The body speaks to the mind using two languages: pain and pleasure,” says Stuth.
If you’ve just been in a bad accident, your mind and body may not be as trusting of one another as they were previously. Enter In Touch Therapy. Stuth and his experienced team of massage therapists work hard to bring the mind and body back together so that the body can start trusting the mind, and you can start feeling like yourself again.
So how exactly does massage therapy repair this state of disconnect? “During massage we work on a muscle group or a specific muscle and put it in a slightly painful, yet controlled, position,” says Stuth. “Because the position is controlled, the body knows it’s safe. This then forces the brain to pause what it’s doing so that it can correspond with that muscle,” he explains.
“The brain is busy with other stuff. It’s not thinking about a specific muscle or organ,” says Stuth. But, by applying controlled pain to a muscle or muscle group, the brain is forced to acknowledge the activated muscle. Stuth says that this is where the mind and body start to come back together again. “We force the brain to connect to a muscle. Once the mind acknowledges that muscle, it starts thinking of ways to make it better,” he explains.
Stuth calls this the mind taking the body on a date. “The disconnect between the mind and body is like a bad relationship. The body wants to have a good relationship with the mind, so the mind has to start taking the body out on dates. After a while, the body starts to trust the mind again,” Stuth says.
In Touch Therapy can help connect the mind and body through facilitating recovery, providing clients with simple exercises to try at home, and working with the client’s health care provider. “Once we get the body back into a nice balanced structure, the body will intuitively start to heal and repair itself,” says Stuth. Sometimes the mind and body just need a little nudge in the right direction.
For more information about the restorative powers of massage therapy, visit In Touch Therapy’s website here, or contact In Touch Therapy’s Office Coordinator, Shannon Monahan, at 360-866-8940, to schedule an appointment.
Water-wise Plant Sale: Sunday, September 28th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Interested in enriching your home landscape with affordable, beautiful, and native or drought-tolerant plants?
Join the Native Plant Salvage Foundation for the Fall Water-wise Plant Sale on Sunday, September 28th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hundreds of hard-to-find native and drought-tolerant shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers will be featured. The event takes place rain or shine at the WSU Extension office at 5033 Harrison Ave NW, (former McLane Fire Station). Call 360-867-2167 or seewww.nativeplantsalvage.org for more details and directions.
Orca Books will host a joint reading by four authors from Bold Strokes Books, an independent publisher of LGBTQ fiction and genre fiction. Dena Hankins, Jeffrey Ricker, David Holly, and Eric Andrews-Katz are in the Northwest participating in the Gay Romance Northwest Meetup in Seattle, and have been kind enough to plan a detour to Olympia.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.Google Plus One Facebook Like
By Mary Ellen Psaltis
For Pat Hains, life revolves around bread. Step into the kitchen of her farmstead in south Olympia, and you’ll be embraced by the warm aromas of classic baguettes browning in the oven. Inhale once and you’re ready to eat. Inhale twice and you’ll never want to leave.
Bread is one of the simple miracles of life. It’s mostly flour and water, but baking bread is an art. Hains, a bread artist, owns and operates Hains House, a bed and breakfast, where those miracles happen. Learn how to cook pizza in the outside wood fired oven or why soaking towels in a bowl in the bottom of your oven are essential to creating the golden-domed crusts.
Settle into one of four bedrooms, such as the Llama Room, which overlooks the backfields. If you imagine stepping into a page of Country Living, you’re getting close.
The cooking class that Hains took in Italy not only inspired her baking, but also opened her eyes to the value of restoring her home with its country charm intact. Instead of gutting the house to make way for an ultra modern design, she kept much of the original wood flooring and lathe and plaster, updated elements and reinforced the rustic comfort. Now it’s a homey abode.
Hains, who finds traveling the world to her liking, took an extended trip to Weinheim (near Heidelberg), Germany. She attended the Akademie des deutschen Bäckerhandwerk. It was “the most amazing experience of my life time,” exclaims Hains. Fourteen people from eleven countries made 300 bread recipes in two months.
Now you can reap the benefits of her education during a weekend of bread baking where you will get up to your elbows in at least nine different kinds. Possibilities include 100% whole wheat, sourdough, bagels, pretzel, brioche, rustic with walnuts and cranberries or savory with rosemary and garlic, sweet dough and traditional baguettes. You will make friends with the wood fired oven in the back yard. However, don’t expect to linger over coffee in the dining room – you’ll be too busy baking for too much relaxing. That will have to happen on another weekend.
Hains House makes a peaceful retreat or a marvelous place for a party, reception or other event. Daughter Sally Henry is the Event Planner and can tell you all about the barn and surrounding property. How about hosting a family pizza making party? Now that would be a memorable birthday.
Looking for a casual wedding in a barn? Overnight guests will enjoy a full breakfast with eggs, seasonal fruit, potatoes, roasted vegetables, sausage and the favored lemon scones. And, you’ll have time with Pat Hains.
For a woman that works full time for the State of Washington, runs a bed and breakfast, works part time as a baker at Mom’s Bakery, raises chickens, has fields to mow and property to manage, I’d think she’d be crazy.
But spending time with Pat Hains over a cup of iced tea and a plate of bread was soothing. She told me, “I’m having fun.” I believe her. She also told me that all the people that come to visit are “really nice and really fun.” You, too, can partake of these simple miracles.
2525 Beaver Creek Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98512
Submitted by Thurston County Assessor
The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is pleased to announce that the Thurston County, Washington Assessor’s Office has received the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration.
IAAO’s Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration recognizes governmental units and individuals involved with assessment that integrate best practices in the workplace. This challenging and rigorous program is a self-conducted evaluation of adherence to specific, accepted assessment administration and appraisal standards as defined in the IAAO publication Assessment Practices: Self-Evaluation Guide.
This certificate was presented during a ceremony at the IAAO 80th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration at Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California, on August 27, 2014. IAAO’s Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration is an important recognition of industry professionals who strive to meet the highest standards in their line of work. It was a great honor for IAAO to present Thurston County with this certificate during the annual conference.
IAAO is the leading nonprofit, educational and research association for individuals in the assessment profession and others with an interest in property valuation and taxation. IAAO’s mission is to promote innovation and excellence in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy through professional development, education, research, and technical assistance. IAAO currently serves over 7,000 members worldwide, and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2014.
For information on IAAO, the conference, or the certificate, visit www.iaao.org or call (816) 701-8100.
If you are concerned about homelessness and working together to strengthening families, this volunteer opportunity could be great for you!
The Family Support Center envisions a community where all families are valued and nurtured and have the resources to be strong, healthy, and self-sufficent.
We are the largest emergency shelter in Thurston County, and moved to a brand new, renovated building on July 1. Pear Blossom Place offers 30+ beds for homeless families with children, and is now open 24hrs a day, 365 days of the year. It is staffed by 100% volunteers from 5pm-7am every night of the year.
We have opportunities for greeters (5:30-7:30pm), **REALLY NEED overnight hosts! (7pm-7am), daytime weekend shifts (9am-1pm, or 1pm-5pm)...we're also looking for volunteers who wish to facilitate an activity once per week! Do you like to do arts/crafts with kids? Help lead gardening activities? Organize a family game night? Want to just come help kiddos with their homework afterschool? We want to hear from you!
*We welcome college and high school students in need of internship credits, community service hours, or experience in the human service field! Also, children can volunteer alongside their parents; this is a family friendly place!
All volunteers are given; a 3-hr training prior to volunteering and at least one training shift, access to supportive and knowledgeable staff, 24-hr on call support while on shift.
Interested? Have questions? We would love to hear from you!
Contact Katherine, AmeriCorps VISTA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-628-7343 ext 1
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Submitted by YWCA of Olympia
20th Annual Gala Honors South Sound Women Making Positive Impact in the Community
The words are powerful, the impact broad, the commitment unquestionable.
“She is an incredible representation of female empowerment, strength and sense of self.”
“Her professional achievements and her personal experiences have influenced so many people in our community to face the reality of racism and sexism.”
“She has held a strong belief in giving women and girls educational opportunities to step themselves out of dangerous or poverty driven situations”
“She believes in the power of education to open doors for people from all walks of life, particularly those who have lacked access to systems of power”
The YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce their 2014 Women of Achievement:
Vice President for Student Services at South Puget Sound Community College, Dr. Coats is a long-time advocate for access, retention, and success for students of color and other underrepresented student groups and she led efforts to establish and maintain the SPSCC Diversity & Equity Center.
Minister and Humanitarian, Rev. Ensign has helped women locally and internationally for the last 60 years. Marti received her BA in pre-med in 1958 followed by graduate degree, was the first woman to be fully ordained as a Free Methodist Minister, and served on the task force to begin the medical program at Hope Africa University in Burundi. As a member of Soroptimist of Olympia International she implemented the Hope Africa Scholarship to help women obtain medical education.
Co-founder, Board President, past volunteer Executive Director, Facilitator Consultant and Event Coordinator of Pizza Klatch. Lynn, a clinical social worker, also was one of the founders of Thurston County’s Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center where she established and directed a therapy program for abused children and their families. In 1989, she and her wife, Lisa Brodoff, won a landmark lesbian second parent adoption case in Washington State, paving the way for same-sex parents to legally adopt here and throughout the nation.
Dr. Nieto is a Psychotherapist, Certified Psychodramatist, Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer, and Anti-Oppression Educator and Author specializing in cross-cultural communication, motivation and creativity. Dr. Nieto is a Professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program at Saint Martin’s University.
Currently, the Administration Chief at the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Christy has also served as former President of Junior League of Olympia, past President of the South Sound Reading Foundation, and currently serves on the Boards of NOVA School, the Olympia Youth Chorus, and the Olympia Downtown Rotary Club.
Nominees were selected for their professional achievement(s), peer recognition, personal growth, demonstration and inspirational involvement in the community, and/or how she models her life in accordance with the YWCA of Olympia’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities.
The 20th Annual Women of Achievement Gala, Presented by Titus Will, will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event is open to the public and tickets ($80) will be available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593 or online at www.ywcaofolympia.org under Events. Once again Titus-Will has stepped up as the Women of Achievement Gala Presenting Sponsor with WSECU and Lucky Eagle for serving as our Sustaining Sponsors.
The agency will release the name of their Young Woman of Achievement and Business of Achievement later this week.
All photos courtesy of the YWCA of Olympia.
Successful family businesses require dedication, expertise in a craft and relentless hard work. Transferring the business through the generations is challenging. Most family businesses dissolve rather than get passed on through the family. Statistics indicate that only 12% of family owned businesses survive until the third generation. The fact that Capital Heating and Cooling has been in business for 77 years and currently owned and operated by the third generation Schmidtke brothers is testimony to their dedication to customer service, expertise in their craft, and commitment to quality work.
Capital Heating and Cooling started in 1937 by Bill Schmidtke and his business partner Helmut Klein. They purchased the existing Tobin Sheet Metal and founded their company as Capital Sheet Metal in downtown Olympia. Over the years, sheet metal fabrication led into the building of ductwork and eventually a comprehensive heating and air conditioning company. Currently the three Schmidtke brothers – Bill, Chuck and Dean – own and operate Capital Heating and Cooling.
Dean Schmidtke shares, “We grew up always doing something with the company whether sweeping the floor in the shop or washing the trucks.”
“We run the business with modern day technology and techniques but remain committed to the ‘old fashioned’ values in which the company started,” Dean continues. “We are honest, straight forward and concerned with helping our customers.”
“We literally will be there for our customers for generations. We will keep the tradition of Capital Heating and Cooling’s integrity and quality going. We will continue the good work that my father and grandfather have done in homes, schools and office buildings,” Dean adds.
The Schmidtke brothers have been successful in growing Capital Heating and Cooling partly due to their insightfulness in allowing each other to follow their respective areas of strength within the company. Each pursued education, training or jobs outside the family business prior to taking over ownership in 2007.
Helping in the family business while growing up and then gaining experience outside the family company likely has served as part of the company’s continued success and growth. Bill received an engineering degree at Saint Martin’s University and now leads the large commercial projects at Capital Heating and Cooling. Chuck originally attended the Washington State Explorer’s Academy from 1995 – 1998 before starting with the company full-time to run the service department. Dean, also a graduate of Saint Martin’s University worked in the industry throughout the country before returning home to Olympia.
Dean comments, “Bill has always had the mechanical engineering mind so it makes sense that he leads our big projects while Chuck is an expert at juggling company resources. And I tend to have more of the broad ideas. We use our natural strengths and talent in working in different departments but then come together as a team to lead the company.”
And of course the elder Schmidtke is still involved. “Dad still swoops in to give his two cents,” Dean says with a chuckle. “He stirs things up and then he is gone. He is always giving advice or telling fun stories about things that happened in the past. He enjoys reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ like when the company used to do hot tar roofing and the crew accidentally set one on fire.”
Hot tar roofing is a bygone era but part of the company’s origins – custom sheet metal continues as an integral part of the business. The sheet metal division fabricates the custom ductwork, as well as builds stainless steel and copper countertops, kitchen hoods and much more. Capital Heating and Cooling now specializes in residential and commercial Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, air duct cleaning, and repair and maintenance of systems.
The installation of any heating and cooling system is paramount to its success. Capital Heating and Cooling supports extensive and ongoing training for its technicians.
Capital Heating and Cooling is well known in the area for its highly experienced installation teams for both large commercial projects and residential homes both for new construction and remodels. And their reputation for service and maintenance systems is impeccable.
Many of us have worked with Capital Heating and Cooling for systems within our own homes or offices but if not it is likely we have experienced the comfort of a home or business in which they have installed a system such as Meconi’s Restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, Olympia Federal Savings in Hawks Prairie and the O’Grady Library and Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University.
Submitted by Port Blakely Tree Farms
Prolonged hot and dry weather conditions have raised the risk of forest fires in the region. Until further notice, PORT BLAKELY TREE FARMS’ forestland in Washington and Oregon is closed to ALL public access. This closure applies to foot, horse, motorized and any other form of access.
While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to recreational users, our decision to prohibit access reflects our priorities: safety and the protection of our forests. Port Blakely employees and security officials are monitoring the weather conditions and unauthorized access.
This closure to all traffic is temporary. Regular allowable access will be permitted once the risk of forest fires decreases and forest conditions are considered safe.
For updated land closure status, go to www.portblakely.com.
To report fires call 911.