6th Annual Pie Fest to support the Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Nutrition Program. Come down to the Olympia Center 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501 and Eat Pie ($3 or 3 cans of food) / Buy Pie in the live auction / Win prizes in the raffle / Live music by Fishtrap
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Bake a pair of pies and bring 'em to the Olympia Center 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501 to support the Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Nutrition Program. More information and complete contest rules at http://www.olypie.org/
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An evening of local music, featuring…
Shipwreck Motel (Olympia)
Thunders of Wrath (Tacoma)
Shit Blizzard (Olympia)
Creating local jobs, encouraging school children to read and paving a successful life path are all worthy goals. Little Caesars Northwest strives to meet all three in an atmosphere of team spirit. And there’s hot pizza, too
Who is the power behind the pizza? Sebastian Brost is the franchise owner. His brother Emmett Brost is Director of Communications and the partnership is rounded out with the Director of Operations, Gilbert Trujillo. Working as a unified team, they bring together their talents and drive to serve the community.
The Brost brothers grew up playing sports – “a lot,” smiles Emmett. His brother was both an All-State football and baseball athlete. Competition and playing on teams was part of every day life. Five brothers might have also played an influence.
Both brothers carried an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. They learned that hard work paid dividends. From experience, they learned that school sports could continuously use a financial boost.
One of the ways Little Caesars Northwest supports local schools and athletes is with their Half Court Shot event. To pump up the energy for attending basketball games, ten attendees are randomly selected to come to center court at half time. Each person gets a chance to shoot – and the first person to get a basket wins 10 free pizzas. If no one gets a basket, then each of the ten earns a free pizza. In addition, Little Caesars serves pizza to the teams following the game. Schools that want to sell pizza at their concession stands can also earn profits by purchasing whole pizzas then reselling them by the slice. Everybody wins.
It’s not only sports that interest this group, but students in general. Programs that recognize reading and finishing homework are also available for schools to use. You can be sure there are pizza rewards and even tickets to the Tacoma Rainiers.
If your school places value on deeper community support, Little Caesars Northwest sponsors a food drive at the end of the school year to supply area food banks with needed goods for families during the summer months. The program is a competition with the winning school earning a pizza party.
Little Caesars Northwest believes that it is important to create local jobs where entry-level applicants can develop their own work ethic, manage their time, become part of a team and have the experience of working hard and finding success. Brost said that he realizes people likely won’t stay in those jobs forever. It’s a compliment to have employees leave for jobs that are higher skilled because they have become more prepared.
Then there’s the pizza. You may be surprised to learn that the sauce and pizza dough are made fresh every day, in each location. Their machines can produce 50 pounds of dough per batch. All pizzas are topped with 100% real cheese.
Pizzas are valued priced: a large pepperoni pizza is $5.55 and a five topping large is $9.99. Little Caesars locations are take-out only, so there aren’t tables for eating. You get to drive home and inhale that familiar smell. Can you refrain from eating a piece before you get home… or not?
Little Caesars uses proprietary technology to have certain menu items available with their Hot and Ready program. Pepperoni and cheese pizza, crazy bread and Caesar wings are always ready for you to pick up on a moment’s notice. Lunch boxes are Hot and Ready from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and at dinner time between 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. the choices also include the 3-Meat Treat, Hula Hawaiian and the Deep! Deep! Pepperoni.
At the end of the day, unsold pizza is donated to the Thurston County Food Bank that now has a program to reclaim restaurant food, repackage it and save it from going to waste.
The Brost brothers maintain high ideals. They invest in their employees by partnering with the South Sound YMCA and offering incentives for further education. They derive great joy from supporting the military, schools, families and children via fundraising and fun-raising activities. Our community gets jobs. All this happens by making a product that is made well and still affordable. As their well-known mascot would say, “Pizza! Pizza!”
Let Little Caesars Northwest show you ways to find that “Pizza is fun.”
You can find Little Caesars Pizza at the following Thurston County locations:
Shannon Edmondson, Manager
1520 SW Cooper Point Rd. Ste.310
Kirsten Erps, Manager
805 College St. Ste. C.
Nicole Tozier, Manager
1350 Marvin Rd NE Ste. D
Something Hilarious This Way Comes! Something Wicked is back to deliver their tenacious brand of improv comedy and blow your mind with untamed merriment! Several wonderful guest troupes participated in what was an incredible 1st Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival last month, but now it’s time for Something Wicked’s first ever solo show. Troupe leader Christian Doyle has made one thing clear from the start: every show will be completely different. Now he, and the other ten wicked minds, are primed to deliver a show concept unlike any, ever. The improv comedy troupe based out of Harlequin Productions is back and ready to spread a new strain of wildly contagious laughter!
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Submitted by Washington Beverage Association
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County will receive a matching grant of $10,000 from L&E Bottling in Olympia to help fund the healthy programs for more than 2,600 local youth through the Triple Play Healthy Lifestyles Program. With a focus on building healthy habits, the Triple Play program engages club members to take part in healthy eating and daily fitness challenges while fostering a positive body image and developing healthy relationships.
“Investing in the youth of our communities has always been top of mind at L&E Bottling, and no one executes a program better than the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County,” said Brain Charneski, President of L&E Bottling in Olympia. “This matching grant from the American Beverage Association to fund the program developed by the Club staff should provide returns to the community for a long time by teaching life lessons in developing a healthy lifestyle.”
“A very important component of what we do is to teach kids about healthy lifestyles through proper nutrition and physical fitness,” explains Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Chief Executive Officer, Joe Ingoglia. ”This support from L&E Bottling and both the state and national beverage associations allows us to provide healthy snacks for our Clubs kids and to engage our 2,600 Club members in challenging, but fun physical activities.”
The Triple Play Healthy Lifestyles Program will include educational programs and activities, recreation-based special events and a larger selection of healthy options for meals and snacks for club members. Some of these activities include members developing their own garden and meal budgets, learning how to plant and cultivate crops in order to prepare nutritious and inexpensive meals for their families and setting up daily fitness challenges for youth to ensure they are physically active for at least 60 minutes each day. In the coming year, the program hopes to support more than 200 youth in the local community to develop healthy habits that will be sustainable as they grow up.
“We can’t do the work we do without the support of wonderful partners like L&E Bottling and the Washington and American Beverage Associations,” summarizes Ingoglia.
Submitted by Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates
After overindulging in all things nice, but not necessarily healthy around the holidays, it is not surprising that the number one New Year’s resolution amongst the population is to lose weight. Running, whether it be indoor or outdoors, is a popular choice for those wanting to burn calories effectively. But, before we reluctantly pull on our trainers and mentally prepare for the run ahead, have we thought to check the condition and health of our feet?
Wearing incorrect and/or inappropriate running shoes for your feet or an ineffective running style can contribute to callous and corn build-up. It can also contribute to running injuries, including lower back, leg, knee, ankle and foot pain. A podiatrist can effectively advise on the best or most appropriate footwear, as well as provide biomechanical assessments and/or prescribe orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles, shoe inserts, or orthoses) where appropriate to restore natural foot function.
If weight loss is what you’re interested in we have brought in a state of the art medically supervised weight loss program which we have had amazing success with. This four-phase partial meal replacement protocol targets fat while preserving muscle. It’s a temporary treatment plan only available through licensed healthcare professionals who can provide one on one weekly support and education that helps you not only lose weight, but keep it off.
If you would to find out more information or would like to book an appointment in our Tumwater, Yelm or Centralia clinics please contact our patient services team who will be able to help you out with your questions. Call #360-754-3338 or visit www.anklefoot.net
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
Saint Martin’s University student Amy Pollard ’16 is traveling to Savannah, Ga., next week to present an original poetry collection at the Sigma Tau Delta 2014 International Convention.
“I’m very excited to represent Saint Martin’s University, in particular the University English department, at this event,” says Pollard, an English major. “I think that the opportunity to present at a conference is valuable for any student because it offers professional experience in areas such as public speaking, networking and representing an organization, in this case, Saint Martin’s University. I want to pave the way for more Saint Martin’s students – especially those in the humanities – to gain this professional experience.”
The convention is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Saturday, March 1 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel.
Pollard is vice president of the University’s Kappa Upsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. She will be joined at the conference by Julia Chavez, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. Chavez and Jamie Olson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, are the faculty sponsors for Sigma Tau Delta at Saint Martin’s. Kappa Upsilon is one of more than 800 active chapters of the English honor society, which was established in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University, in part, to confer distinction on students at four-year colleges and universities for high achievement in English language, literature and writing.
Pollard’s poetry collection is titled “Devolution” and consists of nine poems she authored in high school and during her time at Saint Martin’s. “I don’t think a poem is ever completely finished,” she says, “but I’m proud of how far these have come and I’m looking forward to sharing them.”
Nearly every spring, Kappa Upsilon sends one or more of its members to present their work at the society’s annual convention, which in recent years has taken place in St. Louis, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Portland.
Olson, who is Pollard’s creative writing professor, says of her work, “Amy is one of the most gifted poets I’ve encountered here, and she works harder than just about anyone else on her poetry. Her poems are beautiful, complex pieces that have obviously been shaped by a keen ear and a vivid imagination.”
Jeff Birkenstein, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Saint Martin’s Department of English, says attending conventions such as this is vital to a student’s professional development. “It is crucial that our students attend these events and share their ideas and research by presenting papers, poetry collections and other works. We have the excellent Scholars Day here on our campus every April, which is a wonderfuland long-held tradition of providing a serious, conference-like experience for our students.”
“But the opportunity to take this to the next level and present their work to students and faculty from all over the globe is another big step into the ‘real world’ of serious ideas.”
Submitted by Timberland Regional Library
Who doesn’t remember the “ABC Song”? Besides being one of the most memorable songs of childhood, the Alphabet Song is the most basic example of singing as a pathway to reading. This year Timberland Regional Library’s (TRL) thirteenth annual early learning initiative, The Family Read-Aloud, becomes The Family Read & Sing Aloud, adding music as a major piece of the program.
Running from March 1 through April 12, The Family Read & Sing Aloud centers on families reading aloud —and now singing together —in as many different areas of their homes as they can. The program focuses on children from infancy to grade 3, but all of a family’s children are encouraged to join in the fun.
“It’s no coincidence that we open the Read & Sing Aloud celebration with the birthday of Dr. Seuss and close on the birthday of Beverly Cleary. Characters from books written by these beloved authors have become part of cherished childhood memories for generations!” said Ellen Duffy, TRL’s Youth Services Coordinator.
Families, child care providers and classroom teachers may pick up “Read & Sing Aloud House” materials at any Timberland library beginning Saturday, March 1, enter a drawing for prizes and start reading and singing in rooms all over their homes. The more rooms and spaces, the merrier.
Every local Timberland library will draw a winner for a backpack filled with books chosen especially for the winning family or classroom. Friends of the Library groups throughout the library system have generously provided many hundreds of books. Libraries will also have local drawings during the program for books and other prizes such as Read to Me calendars.
New materials for this year include a Nursery Rhyme Kit and “Sing Along Stories,” a list of picture books of children’s songs. Also new is a “Books with a Beat” door hanger that includes a list of rhythmic read-alouds that just beg readers and listeners to clap, tap their toes, snap their fingers, and pat their laps.
Sing to your Librarian Week is a new activity at all Timberland libraries. Children are invited to sing a nursery rhyme, short song, or the ABC song to a librarian at their library anytime during the week of March 24-29 to receive a small prize.
Complete Family Read & Sing Aloud program details will be in libraries and online at www.TRL.org by March 1.
Benefits of Reading Aloud and Singing Together
“There is a tremendous body of research showing that a child’s emotional and social readiness is a strong predictor of school success. Sitting comfortably together to share a story or sing a song helps nurture the emotional bond between parent and child,” said Ms. Duffy.
“Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library” (ECRR), a research-based initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life. ECRR and Timberland Regional Library’s family programming encourage parents and caregivers to have fun engaging their young ones in talking, singing, reading, writing and playing every day.
“Children who are lovingly and joyfully read and sung to from an early age develop better language skills, enhanced listening skills and larger vocabularies, and are more ready to read when they begin school,” said Ms. Duffy.
Nancy Stewart, creator of the “Sing with Our Kids” community initiative, http://singwithourkids.com, writes: “Simply singing with a child connects neural pathways, and increases the ability to retain information… Music builds a strong sense of rhythm, which leads to a better ability to understand and produce language. Singing develops spatial reasoning, which allows children to recognize patterns and later helps in problem-solving.” Songs are rich in vocabulary and build awareness of sounds, Stewart said.
“Song involves even the youngest child in language,” said Duffy. According to music education professor Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., “Infants can…match pitch as early as three to four months of age. Purposeful singing can begin at around twelve months.”
“The Family Read & Sing Aloud is all about highlighting the lasting value of reading aloud and singing with your child—nurturing, creating memories, modeling reading enjoyment, developing readers, helping your child enter school ready to read,” said Duffy, “And, how can you sing together without feeling happy?”
Comments from families surveyed during previous years’ programs demonstrate that they enjoy reading, laughing, snuggling and spending time together. Parents heard their children using new words and stretching their imaginations by acting out the stories and making up new ones. One parent wrote, “She is beginning to read back to us!”Family Read & Sing Aloud events and activities
Programs listed below are for families and children of all ages unless ages are specified. Contact the libraries for more information or check the events listings at www.TRL.org/Events.
March 24-29, Sing to your Librarian Week: Celebrate singing! Children are invited to sing a nursery rhyme, short song, or the ABC song to a librarian during the week of March 24-29 to receive a small prize.
Thurston County Timberland Libraries
Lacey, (360) 491-3860
Olympia, (360) 352-0595
Tenino, (360) 264-2369
Tumwater, (360) 943-7790
Yelm, (360) 458-3374
By Tom Rohrer
Hundreds of wrestlers from small towns, large cities, prep-academies and rural public high schools fill the numerous mats on the arena’s floor while thousands of parents, students and fans of the sport crush into the stands.
For some competitors, Mat Classic XXVI will be their first time competing under the Dome’s bright lights. Others are seasoned veterans, so to speak, able to rely on their experience competing in the intense atmosphere.
Twelve Thurston County high schools will be sending at least one wrestler to compete in Friday and Saturday’s state meet. Powerhouses such as Yelm, Timberline and Tumwater, who each had an individual state champion a year ago, will be sending a large contingency of athletes.
Under first year head coach Jim Belleville, River Ridge is sending three to the Mat Classic, a group that includes district and regional champion Elijah Camacho.
On the southern end of the county, Tenino High School’s Dom Nakano, also a regional and district champion, will be the Beavers lone representative.
Last March, Camacho advanced to the 2A state semi-finals in the 160 lb. bracket, where he was defeated by eventual state champion Bobby Reece of Kingston. The defeat to Reece was a motivating factor for the two time state participant during grueling practices and offseason workouts.
“It’s something that I always thought about,” said Camacho. “To get that close and lose, it certainly pushes you.”
Nakano, a senior, does not have the luxury of Mat Classic experience. He will make his state tournament debut on Friday in the 1A 195 lb. bracket. Though he doesn’t have a semi-final loss to draw inspiration from, Nakano is fueled by lost opportunities in past district and regional tournaments.
“To get to the Dome my senior year having never made it, it’s a great feeling,” said Nakano, who is 26-6 on the season. “I was cut short last year and it was a ‘should’ve, could’ve, would’ve situation.’ I really focused this year and put my head on straight. I limited distractions and focused on being the best and working for it.”
Handling the emotions associated with the Mat Classic may be more difficult than the physical task at hand. As a sophomore competing at state for the first time, Camacho remembers the nerves running through his head. Last February, he used his experience to overcome the pressure.
“It’s an awesome atmosphere and it’s great being there wrestling,” said Camacho, who began wrestling in Colorado before moving to Lacey in 2006. “There are so many people and you feed off that energy. I love it.”
Despite his lack of experience at the Mat Classic, Nakano is confident he can perform at the same level he has all season.
“I know it will be intense atmosphere, but it’s just a mat to me,” he said. “I have four tough matches to grind through. I’m taking it one step at a time and that will help me stay focused. It shouldn’t be a problem.”
River Ridge began practicing in a new training room this season, giving Camacho and his teammates the opportunity to train like never before. Coupled with the beneficial practice and training is the instruction Camacho receives from Belleville, a four time state champion at Black Hills High School who went on to compete for the University of Wyoming.
“The (coaching staff), they’re preparing us way better,” said Camacho. “Getting to practice with a four time state champ, that’s like getting to wrestle in a state title match every day.”
After a coaching change following both his freshmen and sophomore year, Nakano credits his improvement to the structure provided by second year head coach Gene Bond.
“We worked a lot in the summer and that carried over to pre-season and then the regular season,” said Nakano, who competes for Prairie Rugby in Yelm. “(The coaching) is completely different now.”
Despite their differences, the two senior wrestlers are connected by the same championship expectation.
“I’ve beat a bunch of other guys in the bracket and I’m feeling confident,” said Nakano. “I feel like I have nothing to lose and can go in with all I got. I don’t know what will happen, but it should be a good run.”
“My goal is to become state champion,” said Camacho confidently. “Might as well go out with a bang.”
Submitted by Sen. Karen Fraser Lacey’s Wynne Lee recently served as a page for Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, in the Washington State Senate. “Wynn is a very charismatic young woman and I believe her motivation and thirst for knowledge will take her far. I am happy that we were able to give her a glimpse into way that democracy works in Washington,” Fraser said. Lee heard about the page program through a friend that went through it previously. “With the page school and having a hands-on experience with the legislature, you really have a chance to learn a lot,” she said. Lee, 16, lives in Lacey and is a junior at North Thurston High School.
Submitted by Sen. Karen Fraser
Tumwater’s Warren Backholm recently served as a page for Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, in the Washington State Senate.
“Warren is very interested in the legislative process already. I hope this experience serves to further those interests and that he left here having had a positive and educational experience,” Fraser said.
Backholm, 15, lives in Tumwater where he is home schooled. He has an interest in debate, politics, economics and has served as a campaign volunteer.
By Amy Rowley
Without a doubt, there are many reasons why we each choose to live, work, and play in Olympia. At ThurstonTalk, we aim to share the positive stories about people, businesses and organizations doing good things in our community. Seven days a week, we are interviewing, writing, and publishing stories that matter to you, as a member of the Olympia community.
Recently, we learned that Movoto.com ranked Olympia as one of its Top Ten Friendliest Small Cities. Hooray! The survey considered items such as donations to non-profit organizations, quantity of retail shops, farmers markets per capita, and bars per capita. These are all areas that we cover on a daily basis on ThurstonTalk.com. Some other factors, like number of Facebook Likes, are an organic result of building a community social network. And, this is a big deal to us at ThurstonTalk – linking neighbors to create community chatter.
Thanks, neighbor, for making Olympia a friendly place to live, work, and play.
To see the full Movoto.com article, click here.
By Gale Hemmann
From e-books to story time, your local branch of the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) offers endless options for keeping kids entertained on rainy days. They offer read-alouds for younger children, volunteer opportunities for teens, all the latest popular kids’ titles, and so much more. Even if you are already a regular library patron, chances are your local library offers even more than you already knew in terms of free family fun. And if you’ve never or rarely visited the library, you’ll definitely want to get a library card and make it a regular stop. The Timberland Regional Library has five branches in Thurston County, plus four “kiosks” and two book drop-off sites in smaller communities, making it convenient for families no matter where you live.
On a recent Saturday, this “Thrifty Thurston” writer visited the Olympia Downtown Library and Lacey Timberland Library branches to talk with staff and check out their latest offerings for kids and youth. I grew up in Lacey and remember spending many weekends and school holidays browsing the Lacey branch with my mom and younger brother. Though the collections and technology have changed, the Lacey Library retains its same charm: bright and airy, well-organized and spacious. The Children’s Area boasts a large selection of kids’ books, toys and games, and a reading area. During my visit, children of all ages browsed the books with their parents, sat and read together, used the computers to play games or explore the library collection, or built a puzzle at one of the library’s kid-sized tables. Situated amidst Evergreen trees, the Lacey Library is lively yet tranquil, and remains one of my favorite spots in Lacey.
I then hopped over to the Olympia Timberland Library branch. Warm and bright, the library was bustling with patrons. In the large Children’s Area, kids and their parents sat and read books together, looked through the selection of kids’ DVDs, or talked with one of the youth librarians. The staff clearly enjoys their work; they are positive and upbeat when recommending books, and genuinely dedicated to sharing everything the library has to offer.
One of the library’s popular activities for younger kids is Story Time, held at each major branch. The library offers story times for different age groups: Book Babies, as well as Toddler, Preschool and Family Story Times (check website for current schedules). For evening Family Story Time, everyone is encouraged to wear pajamas for extra fun. The library also offers motivation to keep reading at home – you can pick up a free “Read Aloud” kit at any branch this spring (March 1-April 12, 2014), do the read-aloud and singing activities at home and enter to win a prize. Keep an eye out year-round for the libraries’ unique games and contests geared toward getting kids excited about reading.
Some examples of cool upcoming programs this spring include a Life-Size Labyrinth and a “Time Travel Afternoon” (Lacey), a “Diary of a Reader” project (Olympia), and the Friday Family Films series (Tenino). You can view a list of current and upcoming events on the TRL website to plan your next Thrifty Thurston adventure.
The Timberland Regional Libraries also have plenty of opportunities for older kids and teens. Both branches I visited have a special “Teen Zone” area, with a large selection of juvenile and young adult books and magazines available for perusing. Pair this with the free computer access (I recommend scheduling ahead of time online to ensure easy access) and free wifi throughout the library, the availability to download music from freegal and e-books from the library website, and you have one cool, safe and free hang-out space for teens. The library also offers social activities and volunteer opportunities for teens, such as the Olympia Library’s “Teen Tech Tutors” program. The Lacey Timberland Library holds the “Pizza and Paperbacks” teen book club for youth in grades six through twelve. (For a complete listing of activities for youth, visit the TRL website’s “Teen” resource page.)
I asked several parent friends about what they most enjoy about taking their kids to the library. All were enthusiastic library patrons. My friend Nancy Wallace notes she takes her son and grandson at least once a week. She says, “The kids love it. They always get to do something new and meet other children. They also attend several library-sponsored events throughout the year. Love our library system. Definitely enriches the kids’ lives and gives them something educational to do during the winter months.”
Another friend, Robyn Cragun, says, “I take my son once a week or so, mostly because he enjoys playing with other kids his age. While he plays, I pick out his books and we read those every night before bed. Because he’s not in daycare, the library is really the only time he has to socialize. Just that hour each week has helped him with things like sharing and taking turns.” Many other parents noted the positive social benefits for kids of interactive library activities, and the educational benefits of spending time picking out books together.
And parents can pick up a few books (or CDs or DVDs) of their own, too, on the next library trip. This helps illustrate to kids that their parents enjoy reading too, and to view it as a life-long interest.
Another great thing about the library is the hours. The library is open Monday through Saturday year-round. They also feature drop boxes in several locations, making returning materials even easier. And, of course, downloadable materials are available 24 hours a day.
To find out everything your local library has to offer, visit the Timberland Regional Library website. You can also follow the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, and Yelm Timberland Libraries on Facebook. Grab your library card and take your kids to “check out” some fun.
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