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Althauser Rayan Abbarno – Personal Injury Attorneys for More Than 70 years

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/30/2016 - 6:00am


Celebrating 70 years of providing stellar legal services in South Sound communities is something the law firm Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP (formally Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP) takes pride in because they know how much it means to the countless families they have helped over the years. Founded in 1946, the law firm has […]

Westport Winery Releases New True Blue

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:23pm


Submitted by Westport Winery Garden Resort Several years ago Westport’s Director of Winemaking, Dana Roberts, made a small batch of a rosé version of Duckleberry Grunt. For years his fans have clamored for its return. Today, their wish is answered, as the winery releases True Blue. This unique blend of rosé of Syrah with Oregon […]

United Way of Thurston County presents The Olympia Board Academy

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 9:58pm


Submitted by United Way of Thurston County Engaging community members in service is a critical aspect of the work of United Way of Thurston County and this year’s class of attendees for the Olympia Board Academy, a training series for community leaders serving on local nonprofit boards, will improve the ability of nonprofit leaders for […]

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:59pm


Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton River is a sweet 4-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who weighs 77 pounds. She likes to swim, go for car rides, and enjoys looking at the scenery out of the car window. River loves to cuddle and hang out with her person. She would prefer being the only dog, however we […]

Olympia High School String Quartet to Join Touring Beatles Musical

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:24pm


Submitted by Andy Nagle for “In My Life” When the touring show “In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles” returns to the Washington Center on October 11, be on the lookout for two quartets — not just one. The Olympia High School String Quartet has the privilege of joining the professional actors […]

Anderson Preserve Stewardship Event

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:49pm
Event:  Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us on Friday, October 21 from 10 AM – 1 PM as we tackle some spreading ivy that is threatening to choke out native trees. This forest is located within Olympia city limits and has a unique urban-forest feel!

Make sure to bring a water bottle! Tools are provided. Work parties are held rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately in layers. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Come out and make a difference!

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Oakland Bay Historical Park Stewardship Party

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:45pm
Event:  Fri, 10/14/2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

We will be out at Oakland Bay Historical Park clearing some pesky invasives that threaten the native landscape! This beautiful site protects half a mile of shoreline, salt marshes, mudflats, forested uplands and a salmon-bearing stream. Come out and make a difference!

Make sure to bring a water bottle! Tools are provided. Work parties are held rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately in layers. Minors must be accompained by an adult. RSVP is required.

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Port Commission Invites Applicants For Citizens Advisory Committee

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:43pm


Submitted by The Port of Olympia The Port of Olympia Commission is seeking applicants for the Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee. The Citizens Advisory Committee comprises 9 to 12 citizen volunteers who meet monthly, or as needed, to address assignments from the Commission. Individual members also may be asked to participate with Port staff […]

Hilburn Preserve Stewardship Party

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:40pm
Event:  Sat, 10/08/2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM to 12 PM we will be removing invasives from important riparian habitat along the Goldsborough Creek at Hilburn Preserve. This creek provides valuable habitat for fish species like coho and fall chum salmon, winter steelhead, and both resident and anadromous cutthroat trout, and anadromous Pacific lamprey! Come out and make a difference!

Make sure to bring a water bottle! Tools are provided. Work parties are held rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately in layers. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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Olympia: Festival of Beauty - Free Film Screening

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:38pm
Event:  Sat, 10/08/2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

LOCATION: Capitol Theater, 2016 5th Ave., Olympia

Olympia TImberland Library presents a free screening of the German propaganda film "Olympia - Festival of Beauty," about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. UW Tacoma Film Studies professor Claudia Gorbman, will introduce the film and provide expert commentary. Gorbman will also be available after the film for a short Q&A. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

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"Boys in the Boat" Event with Olympia Area Rowing

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:36pm
Event:  Wed, 10/05/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

 Mark Williams of Olympia Area Rowing (OAR) will discuss the sport, OAR, and how a lot of the lessons from the book - "The Boys in the Boat" - are parallel to what they do today. OAR promotes competitive and recreational rowing for adults and youth in the local community, fostering sportsmanship, teamwork, athleticism and camaraderie.

LOCATION: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE

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The Boys in the Boat Author to Speak at Washington Center

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:35pm
Event:  Tue, 10/04/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm  LOCATION: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Olympia Timberland Library presents Seattle's own Daniel James Brown, author of New York Times Best-seller, "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics," as he talks about his book, his writing process, research he conducted, along with reading excerpts from the book and fielding audience questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. All Timberland Library programs are free and open to the logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

My Wandering Mind

South Sound Arts - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:59am

A visit to American LakeMy mind wanders across landscapes of memory, imagination and speculation. It happens most often when I’m driving and alone in the car, or when I’m taking a long, relaxing soak in a tub. At other times my mind stays relatively focused on the here and now. Well, sometimes.
This morning while driving to the VA hospital at American Lake for routine lab work I rehearsed in my mind what I am going to say at my book event at Orca Books in Olympia (Saturday, Oct. 15, 3-4 p.m.). I’ve decide that rather than reading complete scenes as I sometimes do — after all, isn’t that what authors do at readings? — or inviting actors to read scenes adapted as if for the stage, which I more commonly do, I will simply talk about my new novel, and perhaps read a few not complete scenes but sentences or paragraphs that illustrate what I have to say about the book.
So from 6:30 to 7 this morning while driving on I-5 in smoothly flowing traffic despite it being rush hour, I imagined myself standing in front of a small crowd in Orcas holding a copy of my book with the photo of twin boys on the cover and saying, “This is my book. I wrote it. It is the story of Kevin Lumpkin told in the first person from beyond the grave by Kevin, looking back over a long life at events in his youth in Tupelo, Mississippi.” Kevin remembers girls he had crushes on. He remembers football games and swimming in the local pool and in “Blue Hole” where the boys skinny dipped until the girls invaded, and Lake St. John in Louisiana near the birthplace of Jerry Lee Lewis. And he remembers the riots at the nearby University of Mississippi in Oxford when James Meredith became the first Black man to become a student at the previously segregated college.
My wandering mind settled down when I got to the hospital. Walking in, I suddenly realized that I couldn’t remember where the lab was, but then I remembered that I had to check in downstairs, and when I did, the man at the desk said, “Left off the elevator. Second floor.” Oh yes, I remembered.In previous visits the waiting room at the lab had always been full, and there was a long wait. But I had never before been there that early in the morning. There was only one other patient, and I got in almost immediately.
The woman who drew my blood was a middle aged Black woman with a broad smile. The doctors, nurses and administrators at the VA are always friendly and helpful. She told me she was from Atlanta, and I told her I was from Mississippi. She said her husband was from there, and we talked about the South while she drew three vials of blood.
After that I had to go pee in a cup and drop it back at the counter, and then I was done. Easy peasy. Back to the elevator. A tall, skinny man with a heavy gray mustache got in and said, “I think I’ve lost my mind. If you see it running around, grab it for me.”
I said all right, I would. I could relate. The elevator stopped at his floor and as he was getting off he said, “My appointment is not until next month.” I guess that was why he said he had lost his mind. I hope he hadn’t had a long drive to get there, and I wondered why, if his appointment is not until next month, he wasn’t leaving.
Walking back out to the parking lot I met an attractive Asian woman with deep dimples who flashed me a big smile and said, “Good morning” as she passed by. Following her lead, I said good morning to the next person who passed by, a man about my age with long hair wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap. He looked like David Crosby. He reached to shake my hand, called me “Bro,” and said, “I’m pissed. Look at that. They’re all employees,” pointing to a row of parked cars. “I’m going to take a picture and send it to Patty Murray.” I got his point. The first row of parking is reserved for employees. Patients, who are generally older and less easily able to walk the greater distance, have to park farther away from where they’re going.
I wonder if Patty Murray will respond to his letter if he actually writes it.

Back in the car heading back to Olympia, I thought about Marcel Duchamp. Thoughts of Duchamp led to remembering my graduate thesis, which led to thought about the use of the N word. And then I thought about how my mind tends to wander across landscapes of memory, imagination and speculation when I’m driving, and then I thought about how I’d like to write about some of these wandering thoughts and maybe post them on this blog — about how I might make it into a kind of semi-regular column.
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Play Games, Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Association at Game Night to Remember

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:05am


Submitted by Catherine Pearce for Alzheimer’s Association After losing her dad, Nick, to Alzheimer’s in 2014, Catherine Pearce decided to do everything she could to end this devastating disease. Once Catherine began to set a plan in motion, it was incredible just how many people came forward who had also been affected by Alzheimer’s in […]

Over 700 Volunteers Signed up for United Way’s Day(s) of Caring

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 6:42am


Submitted by United Way of Thurston County On September 30 and October 1 over 700 volunteers will join together for United Way of Thurston County’s 2016 Day(s) of Caring. Working on over 41 projects for 27 nonprofit agencies, volunteers will be working a variety of projects involving shovels, paintbrushes, gloves, and lots and lots of […]

Cinemark Rewards Connections Loyalty Program Members with Free Popcorn

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:33pm


Submitted by Cinemark Holdings, Inc. Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, announced plans to reward current and new members of their loyalty program, Cinemark Connections, with a free medium popcorn in all theaters across the United States on Friday, September 30. The offer is a free benefit and requires […]

Quality Coffee Meets Small Town Charm at Hoodsport Coffee Company

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:00am


Nestled between Hood Canal and Highway 101 along Hoodsport’s quaint main drag, Hoodsport Coffee Company serves up tasty coffee, scoops of local ice cream, and a sense of community. “Our motto is community through coffee. We want to have the best possible coffee and create a homey, comfortable atmosphere, where people enjoy coming and they […]

Capital Girls Soccer Looks for Success in New League

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:00am


Capital High School girls soccer coach Adrianna Montes was forced to do some shuffling to her backline last year, resulting in midfielder Chloe Lamenzo heading to the defense. It was the first time Lamenzo played the position since her youth soccer days. “Honestly, I didn’t volunteer,” Lamenzo, now a senior, said with a laugh. “They […]

VJ’s Bargain Barn Offers Great Deals for Home Owners on a Budget

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:00am


When Brian Delay was a teen, he routinely saw brand new building materials get thrown away. “My dad worked in the mobile home industry and I remember him taking full bunks of doors and windows and watching them go into the dumpster,” he says. “I’d say to my dad, ‘Do you just throw them away?’ […]

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