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On Labor Day, an article about Work Clothes

Jusby the Clown - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:34pm
I got a call from Drew Perine asking if I’d like to be part of his photo-essay on Work Clothes for the Tacoma News-Tribune.  It would also appear in the Olympian.  Both are McClatchy papers.  Well, duh.  The Trib has a 78K+ circulation and the Daily O has 33K+ circulation! What did he want?  Well, […]
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The Hive Dwellers in Los Angeles!

K Records - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:25pm
The Hive Dwellers will be touring south to Calif this week including four shows in the Los Angeles area. Naturally, they will be performing selections from their new album Moanin’ [KLP249], available now from the K Mail Order Dept. Besides the fabulous Burger Records-sponsored soiree at the Smell September 13 (displayed above), you can see […]
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Roundups, Rambles, etc. (Olyblogosphere for September 1, 2014)

Olympia Time - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 5:27am

1. Alec Clayton does a critic's choice, but its more just him pointing out what he liked. Because he really did miss a lot this year.

2. A nice end of summer ramble by Maria Mudd.

3. People sure do like those Mima Mounds. Boy. Or seem they're weird. They're not weird. They just are. Glacial erratics, those are cool.

4. My new favorite Olympia blog is running a poll. Take it!

Mere Mention: Zach’s Big Farewell Show

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:00pm

Sunday the 31st, 8pm, 5$

HELLO GUYS I AM LEAVING! I am going to be moving to NYC in September and I want to have a big send off comedy show!

I will do comedy for you! I will do about an hour of comedy for you!

I will cook for you! I will cook Black Rice Pudding for you!

I will show off my friends for you! Ryland Duncan, Phoebe Moore, will do feature sets for you! Morgan Picton will host for you!

I will play music for you! Following the comedy the Mere Mention Band will be playing original songs for you!

I will buy a new shirt for you! This is still up in the air but I will probably buy a shirt for this special show for you!

Please come! Enjoy the night! Say goodbye to my comedy in Olympia for now!

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The Comfort Letter – Writing Notes of Love to Accompany Non-Perishable Items

Thurston Talk - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:02am



By Nikki McCoy

putnam lieb logoIt’s that time of year again, to find the coveted Ticonderoga pencils, search out the fine-tip Crayola’s and the Star Wars spiral notebooks, making sure the kid’s have everything they need for a successful new school year.

But what about the “other” part of the school supply list?

At Olympia area schools, an Emergency Preparedness Kit is required. The daunting request that parents provide non-perishable food items, water bottles and a space blanket in case of emergency.

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A few staples for an Emergency Kit.

And at most schools, a family photo and letter from home for comfort, are also required.

“The number one reason we ask parents to do this is that there is always a possibility of disaster,” says Jeff Carpenter, health and fitness director for Olympia School District. “We want them to be prepared, and to individualize (the emergency kit) with something specific is good for the kids…the whole thing is to have the kids in a situation where they are as comfortable as possible.”

I don’t know about you, but this is where my super mom skills come to a halt. Yes, I can find the must-have tissue box, and even pick out one with a fancy design, but write a letter to my kiddo in case we are separated for days on end? How will I relay such a big topic to such a little kid? And how do I keep myself from crying while doing it?

This is where I call in the professionals.

“Two things come to mind for these types of situations,” says Lillie McCatty, licensed mental health counselor and state recognized child mental health specialist  “One is about co-regulation, for example, my baby is calm when I’m calm. The other is about addressing your child where he or she is at.”

“Co-regulation is something we can see really clearly in babies,” she continues. “For example if my baby starts fussing, and I get upset, my baby fusses more, but if my baby starts fussing, and I’m calm, with a soothing presence, the baby is likely to calm as well.  This type of emotional dependence and learning continues into school years.”

Remember that your child is looking to your letter to figure out how to respond to this crisis, so keep calm and hopeful, McCatty recommends. Don’t promise things you aren’t sure you can deliver. And offer confident words of encouragement and validation.

McCatty suggests including phrases like:

  • “I know you’re scared, but I also know you are brave and strong.”
  • “I’m doing everything I can to make sure we can be together again soon.”
  • “I’m so glad you are safe at school with your friends and teachers. I know they are taking good care of you while we’re apart.”

Another mental health professional, Candyce Bollinger, a counselor and parent-educator for over 30 years, echoes McCatty’s advice.

how to write comfort letter school

I turned to two local professionals for help on crafting my Comfort Letter that will be placed in the Emergency Kit.

“A couple things come to mind that are helpful when writing a comfort letter,” says Bollinger. “I think it’s important to reassure and remind children how many people they have to take care of them. Especially if they are separated, it’s important to feel they have a circle of caring.”

“I also think it’s super important for parents to view their children as resilient in times like this,” she adds. “So when they write these letters, they should be empowering, and that has to start with the parents viewing their children as resilient and not as fragile as they may feel.”

“It might be useful for parents to remind their children of specific tools they may have, specific strengths, so they have some sense of empowerment,” continues Bollinger.

Parent Justin Wright has written comfort letters every year for his son, a fifth-grader at ORLA Montessori School.

“It makes me sad to even consider a time may come when that is his only connection to us,” reflects Wright. “I also feel proud of the work we’ve done toward building his confidence and perseverance.”

“He has grown so much in the last year I will be able to point out ways he has overcome tasks he thought would be impossible,” continues Wright.  ”He’s taken solo bus rides, successfully started a camp fire, been independent at music festivals, and tried new foods… things that could translate into emergency level skills. Also his sense of humor and cooperation will help others who are also feeling fear.”

Thanks to these awesome Olympia resources, I have a better understanding of this whole letter thing. I feel more secure sending my kids to school, one as a big third-grader, the other, my baby, will start kindergarten.

Now, where’s that fancy tissue box? I think I’ve got something in my eye.


Olympia Schools Shift School Snacks after USDA Standards Updated

Thurston Talk - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:00am



By Katie Hurley

capital medical centerSchool bake sales, once the bread and butter of school club fundraising, may soon be a thing of the past.  On July 1, 2014 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented Smart Snacks in Schools standards that apply to all foods served in public schools during the school day, whether sold by vending machines or fundraising groups like clubs, sports teams or parent/teacher groups.

snacks mixed nutsHighlights of the Smart Snacks standards, mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, include:

  • More of the foods we should encourage, including more whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and leaner protein
  • Less of the foods we should avoid, like foods that are high in fat, sugar and sodium
  • Targeted standards that allow variations such as portion size and caffeine content, based on age group
  • Flexibility for important traditions. Parents may still send their children to school with homemade lunches, or treats for activities such as birthday parties, holidays, and other celebrations, and schools can continue traditions such as fundraisers and bake sales on a very limited basis if their district administration permits.
  • Reasonable limitations on when and where the standards apply. Standards affect only foods that are sold on the school campus during the school day. Foods sold at after-school sports events or other activities, and food sold for consumption off-premises (such as cookie dough fundraisers) will not be subject to these requirements.
  • Flexibility for State and local communities. The standards allow for significant local and regional autonomy by establishing only minimum requirements for schools. States and schools that have stronger standards will be able to maintain their own policies.

The new guidelines apply to all food sold to students during the school day. Interpretation of the guidelines is complicated, with many foods falling into multiple categories depending on the preparation. For example, soybeans could qualify as a protein, a vegetable or a snack, depending on how they are prepared. In each category there are different limits on calories, fat content and sodium content. A side salad containing only vegetables can be served in any quantity, but once salad dressing is added, the whole dish will be subject to the calories, sodium, fat, saturated fat, trans fat and sugar limits for a side dish.

snacks gorp fruit nutThe new rules will be especially impactful for parent groups that run student stores. At the middle schools in the Olympia School District, the student stores are operated by parent groups as fundraisers. The income generated in the stores provides funding for everything from teacher grants to sports uniforms.

Jefferson Middle School’s student store is the main fundraiser for the Jefferson Student Service Organization (JSSO) and the new rules mean changes in the student store inventory. Some of the higher fat, higher sodium items like chips and pepperoni sticks will be replaced by lower sodium baked chips and low fat string cheese, and Candy Fridays will be replaced by Smoothie Fridays.

Marshall Middle School’s tradition of Smoothie Fridays, where students can buy $1 fruit and yogurt smoothies made by parent volunteers, meets the new requirements.

In response to the new rules, some manufacturers like Kellogg’s, Campbell’s and Otis Spunkmeyer have reformulated products or created new product lines that comply, though most of these new products are only available in commercial packaging through foodservice distributors at this time.  The published list of approved processed foods mainly covers foodservice packaging at this time, but the list is growing monthly and is starting to include products more readily available to consumers.

For more information on how your favorite foods stack up, check out the USDA approved product calculator from Alliance for a Healthier Generation.


Wilson and Mackison Combine Talent and Grit to Reach Junior Olympics

Thurston Talk - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:47am



By Gail Wood

les schwabAs a youth track coach, Drew Stevick looks for two basic things in the kids who turn out for his Olympia club team.

Naturally, there’s talent – the skill that makes them athletic. Then there’s the “want to,” the having-fun desire to be at practice or at a meet.

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This was the first year of competitive runner with the Barron Park Striders for 8-year-old Clara Mackison.

Both 8-year-old Clara Mackison and 12-year-old Colby Wilson have those ingredients – skill and desire. That combination was why they both qualified for USATF National Junior Olympics earlier this summer while training with Stevick’s Barron Park Striders.

Despite her young age, Clara, in her first year of track, showed the discipline and determination to work hard at practice. Then on meet days, she wasn’t overcome with nervousness or the anxiety of a challenge. At nationals, she threw a personal best in the javelin to place third.

“She’s a gifted girl, very focused,” Stevick said. “She’s competitive. Competing doesn’t bother her. She thrives on it.”

Beside the javelin, Mackleson also qualified for nationals, which were held in Humboldt, Texas, just outside of Houston, in 800 and 1,500 meters.

“She’s quit the combination of somebody who is powerful in a throwing sense and can also run,” Stevick said.

Colby is also a mix of talent. As a runner, thrower and jumper, Colby qualified for nationals in the pentathlon, high jump and hurdles, placing eighth in the high jump.

“He’s been an incredible athlete,” Stevick said.

Unfortunately, Colby had the flu the week before nationals and still he wasn’t feeling great at nationals.

“He wasn’t at his best,” Stevick said. “He could have been fourth or fifth in the pentathlon.”

Both Colby and Clara have parents with the proper perspective, Stevick said. They’re supporters, not pushers.

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Colby Wilson, a 12-year-old student at Griffin School, qualified for the USATF Junior Olympics in pentathlon, high jump and hurdles.

“Clara has a great family,” Stevick said. “They don’t push her. Part of our club philosophy is that we give parents and kids an excuse to go places together. She’s a perfect example of that.”

Clara, now a second grader at Roosevelt Elementary School, has surprised even her parents, Amanda and James Mackison, with her quick rise from rookie to national qualifier.

“This is her first time trying track,” Amanda said. “We don’t have a track background, so we were surprised how well she did.”

With the Barron Park Striders, which Stevick has directed since 1991, parents are invited to come to practice and work out with their kids. Colby’s parents, Craig and Cristin Wilson, turned out for track when they were in school.

Craig said he grew up around track since his dad was a track coach and his wife was a hurdler and high jumper.

“Colby will be able to outdo us when it’s all said and done,” Craig said. “Colby grew up playing everything in sports and everything fell in line with track.”

At nationals, Clara dropped to sixth place in the javelin after four throws, but then she popped a personal best, breaking the club record with a throw of 54′ 1″ to earn a bronze medal. The top six finishers all threw over 50 feet.

Junior Olympics Regionals 061Clara ran the 800 in 3:07 and the 1,500 in 6:29. Colby ran the 80-meter hurdles in 12.9 and cleared 4-9 in the high jump. At regionals, Clara broke the meet record in the javelin by over 2 feet.

“She just got better as the season went on,” Stevick said. “She was working on her steps and working on lining it all up. It was fun to see her do it on a big stage like that.”

Stevick, who threw the javelin in college and was invited to the Olympic Trials, said Clara isn’t afraid to push herself in practice. She’s a hard worker. But Stevick always makes sure no one on his club team pushes themselves too hard.

“We have to error on the side of underdoing it in terms of training,” Stevick said. “That’s because you don’t want them to hate it.”

Working too hard, pushing too hard, can lead to burnout. The time will come when the hard workout is appropriate.

“There will always be time in high school and college to maximize training,” Stevick said. “You want kids to really enjoy it. You want them to wish they could work more.”

Clara had run with the South Sound YMCA before and showed an interest in turning out, as her parents suggested, for the Barren Park Striders.

“She just likes to run,” Amanda said. “So, we said let’s try track. And she had some success. She rose to the occasion. We look forward to what happens next.”

At first, Amanda was hesitant to let her young daughter go to nationals.

barron park striders

Colby Wilson (left) trained with Capital’s Ryan Chase over the summer.

“We debated if she should go to nationals because she’s so young,” Amanda said. “But she wanted to go.”

The objective of Stevick’s track club isn’t to see how many national championships his team can win. It’s about helping kids realize their talent and helping families come together.

The Barron Park Striders started in 1988 by Stevick in Palo Alto, Calif. He moved to Olympia in 1991. The club is open to youths ages 5 to 15. In 2013, over 100 kids were on the track and cross country teams. There were 12 who qualified for nationals that year and 23 club records were broken.

This year three from the Olympia club advanced to the USATF National Junior Olympics. Besides Clara and Colby, Ryan Chase from Capital High School qualified in the decathlon and finished second and James Rodeman from Yelm High School finished fifth. Over the summer, Ryan worked out with Colby, becoming a mentor and a coach.

“It’s a cool relationship they started up,” Craig said. “He’s passing it on.”


Party for a Good Cause with Brats, Brews and Bands

Thurston Talk - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:19am



By Alyssa Ramsfield

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Beer and wine will be on tap at this year’s Brats, Brews, and Bands event. Photo credit: Jeffrey Ott

On Saturday, September 6, the Brats, Brews, and Bands Festival plans to put to the “fun” into fundraising! Sponsored by Thurston County’s newest rotary, Gateway Rotary, the event is set to bring in money to support a variety of local charities and bring the community together.

The Gateway Rotary Club is only 3 years old, but it is already leaving a lasting impression across Thurston County. “Rotary International is first and foremost a service organization,” explains President of Gateway Rotary, Jonathan Sprouffske. “Our goal is to do service for our community. We decided early on that our focus would be specifically on children’s needs in Thurston County. Our biggest donations go to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.”

“We started with only 24 members in the club,” says Sprouffske. “We had a vision of what we wanted to accomplish in our community and we’ve been striving to do that. We are now up to 80 members and continuing to grow! It has been amazing to watch just how many people want to make a positive impact on our community and we are always looking for more people to join us in our mission.”

Part of that positive impact includes putting together the Brats, Brews, and Bands Festival as a fundraiser. “It’s our first club fundraiser,” describes Sprouffske. “Last year, it was a two day event, but this year we wanted to focus on making a one day event that packs a punch! We are constantly thinking of ways we can make this year more successful than the last. We want people to come out and have a good time all while raising money for our community.”

Last year, the Gateway Rotary was able to raise money to support local charities including The Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County, The Gold Star Wives of America, Lacey Police Explorers, Cool Jazz Clean Water, Rebuilding Together Thurston County, and Homeless Backpacks.

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Gourmet brats will be served to help support local charities through Gateway Rotary’s Brats, Brews, and Bands event. Photo credit: Jeffrey Ott

Volunteers are a very important aspect of the event. “We really couldn’t do it without them,” says Sprouffske. Volunteers are admitted to the event free of charge and are asked to help out in three-hour shifts. A few of the available jobs during the event include food runner, grounds crew, gate guards, and beer/wine support. All interested volunteers must at least 21 with a valid I.D.

“Fifteen dollars gets you a lot,” explains Event Chair, Jerry Farmer. “Bands will be playing all day long and you get a taster card for three beers. Once inside the event, $5 will get you anything you need including more tastes or a brat. These aren’t your average brat either. These brats will be cooked up by Ricardo’s Restaurant. There will be a variety of sauces and toppings to choose from so you know it’s going to be good!”

“The Rotary is all about service above self and we found this to be a good way to raise money and have a great time,” summarizes Farmer. “It’s all about getting together with friends, eating some hearty brats, listening to some great bands, and helping our community.”

Brats, Brews, and Bands

Saturday, September 6 from 1:00pm – 9:00pm

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Rd SW

Olympia, WA 98512


Beautiful quilts at American Art Company

South Sound Arts - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 8:28am

Published in The Weekly Volcano, Aug. 28, 2014
“Pause,” quilt by Nancy EricksonThe “NW Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibit” at American Art Company is always loaded with beauty. This, the 12th annual installation, is no exception. Not only is almost every quilt on display of the highest quality, the manner in which they are displayed is excellent as quilts are grouped by color and style and even the sculptures on stands are placed near complementary quilts (both spellings of complimentary apply).
It seems to me that there are a lot more small quilts in this year’s show, and the smaller ones work well in the space.
In the front gallery purple and orange prevail — full-bodied, rich colors, with a predominance of geometric abstract designs. The modus operandi seems to be contrasting solid colors with delicate linear drawings in thread.
"Winter Silence" by Carla DipietroBarbara Nepon’s “Channels” is a grouping of four small vertical panels, each with four rectangles of contrasting colors, purple, gray, red and light tan, with sweeping lines that flow from one panel to the other, thus unifying the whole. Similarly, her “Barely Bauhaus” is a strong design of three interlocking bands of green, blue and red with white bars, all on a black back ground.
Jill Scholtens’ “Firewall” is similar in concept but with dramatically angular forms in tones of purple and orange on a black background.
In contrast to all the geometric abstractions in the front galleries is Nancy Erickson’s distinctive lioness in tones of purple and orange with line drawings of other animals stitched into the surface. It is cut into the shape of the animal and is a fierce counterpoint to all the restful geometric abstracts. I’ve been seeing Erickson’s work in Tacoma as long as I’ve been writing reviews, going back to the old Penny Lucas Gallery, and they are always distinctive in style.
The back gallery spaces feature mostly nature-based scenes in earth tones and a lot of bright yellow. One of the best of these is Ann Johnson’s “Between the Veins.” The “veins” are the stems of leaves in lyrical yellow line, and the blue and green leaves are like expressionistic swathes of paint applied wet-on-wet.
Melissa Lang’s “Stick Around” and “Walking Sticks” are made of dramatic bands of bright colors arranged in angular forms. In one they rest on fields of concentric circles made of fine green stitching, and in the other the stitching follows the shape of the negative shapes between the “sticks” in much the way Frank Stella’s  stripes followed the contour of his shaped canvases in his early stripe paintings.
Perhaps the most inventive works in the show are Carla Dipietro’s “Melting Glacier” and “Winter Silence,” both of which are three-dimensional with the glacier in one and snowflakes in a forest in the other depicted with tiny strips of cloth woven into a grid of fine thread above the surface where they cast shadows. These are strikingly lovely works.
Overall this is an outstanding show. Don’t miss it.
American Art Company, 12th NW Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibit, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 am. to 5p.m., Third Thursday until 8 p.m., through Oct. 4, 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, 253.272.4327
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Fun in the summer sun….Vashon Island

RBB logo2 copyIt’s been a busy RBB summer!  Since the last post, in early August, I’ve led FOUR trips of enthusiastic Rebels.  Each and every trip enjoyed our (unusually) gorgeous sunny summer.  The trips were with three different groups.  Two trips were with the South Puget Sound Community College, one with South Sound Senior Services, and one with the Boardwalk apartments (this was the first trip with this delightful group of eager travelers).

This post is about Vashon Island.  This has been a popular RBB trip for good reason.  Vashon is vashon art decovery laid back and easy to get to from Olympia.  Vicki took some great pictures of this trip.  This is a picture of the view from the Pt. Defiance ferry dock (where we waited for about 20 minutes anthonyswaiting for our ferry) looking west towards Anthony’s restaurant.




One of the highlights of going to Vashon via public transit is that we have the pleasure of riding with Larry, the wonderful driver for Metro Route 118 on Vashon Island.  The bus was waiting for us as we departed the ferry from Pt. Defiance.  He greeted ubikeintrees, and insisted on taking a group photo.  He also stopped along the side of Vashon Highway so we could take a short walk to see the famous “bike in the tree”.  He led the way, and again took pictures to document the sight.

The town of Vashon is quaint; a throw back to an earlier era.  Most of us ate at the Hardware Restaurant, which is the oldest continuously operated commercial property.  The food is very good, and reasonably priced.  Several of us  admired the great independent bookstore.  There are several fun shops to browse.

We caught the bus mid afternoon, and has a leisurely trip back to the ferry and two bus legs back home.

Another satisfying trip.  Thanks, Rebels!



Categories: Local Environment

Gladness & Dick Dagger And The C Monsters & Big Idiot & Crack House & Fuzzy Math

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, August 29th, doors at 8pm, show starts at 8:15 sharp!

GLADNESS … alt/gaze/wave from Portland, OR

DICK DAGGER AND THE C MONSTERS … psych/garage/glam from Eugene, OR

BIG IDIOT … skaterthrash/powerviolence from Olympia

CRACK HOUSE … stonerfunkbluespunk from Olympia

FUZZY MATH … alt/indie/pop from Olympia

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Something Wicked Goes Back to School

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:57pm
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It’s that time of year again– leaves are turning color and students everywhere are preparing for classes to start back up. But Something Wicked is here to eliminate those post-summer blues with a new improv show, Something Wicked Goes Back to School! Harlequin Productions’ celebrated group of improv comics presents a show about the joys (and tragedies) of going back to school. They’ve grabbed their letterman’s jackets, their pom-pom’s, and their prom dates, and all they need now is you and your suggestions! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

North Thurston Public Schools Refinances Bonds, Saves Taxpayers Another $4.4 million

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:09pm



Submitted by North Thurston Public Schools

North Thurston Public Schools recently refinanced a portion of its outstanding bonds in order to take advantage of lower interest rates.  The recent refinancing will save the District’s taxpayers a total of $4,459,088 during the next 11 years.  These savings flow directly to taxpayers through reduced tax levies and are not available for District expenses.

“This refund to our taxpayers is part of our ongoing effort to be good stewards of the resources approved by voters in our community,” said Deputy Superintendent John Bash, who oversees operations and finance. “We are excited to give back to our supportive community.”

Lacey-area voters approved a $175 million Neighborhood School Improvements, Technology and Safety upgrade bond measure in February 2014 with a historical 68 percent approval. The refinancing is for bonds issued in 2007.

This refunding decision, combined with three prior refunds since 2008, has saved North Thurston taxpayers a total of $10,023,219. “It’s very gratifying when we can be strategic and accountable to our voters,” said Board President Marcia Coppin. “We appreciate the community’s ongoing support of our students and our schools.”

Clippers Hire Assistant Coach Mike Moore to Lead Women’s Program

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:02pm



Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College

Front Row (L-R) Chloe Cummings, Kaneetah Pridgen, Stysha Paoa, McKenzie Raben Back Row (L-R) Renee Willey, Sarah Houchen, Stephanee Stedham, LaKeisha Anger, Kami Owens

Front Row (L-R) Chloe Cummings, Kaneetah Pridgen, Stysha Paoa, McKenzie
Raben Back Row (L-R) Renee Willey, Sarah Houchen, Stephanee Stedham, LaKeisha Anger, Kami Owens

South Puget Sound Community College will have a familiar face on the bench when the women’s hoops season begins. Assistant coach Mike Moore has been hired to take the reins for the Clippers, succeeding Mychael Heuer, who stepped down in July to focus on his personal health. Moore had been an assistant under Heuer from 2010-13, including a short one-month stint as interim head coach during the 2011-12 season.

Moore, who has also coached at Black Hills and Olympia high schools, said he is excited to take control of the program.

“I am honored, humbled and thankful to again be a part of the South Puget Community College family,” Moore said. “I am a product of all of my past coaches and players who have taught me an incredible amount along the way. I’m eager and excited to help these returning and incoming young women succeed on and off the court. That process starts today. Go Clippers!”

Moore has coached in various capacities for 12 years, and is currently coaching SPSCC’s summer workout program. SPSCC Athletic Director Pam Charpentier said Moore is a perfect fit to take over the squad.

“I am looking forward to working with Coach Moore,” Charpentier said. “He is familiar with the college, the Northwest Athletic Conference and the traditions of playing in the Western Region. Since he worked with our sophomores and incoming freshmen during summer league, it should make the transition for the student-athletes and coach Moore much smoother.”

The Clippers begin the season Nov. 16 at home against the Pacific University junior varsity team.


Review: “Middletown” at Harlequin Productions

South Sound Arts - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:11pm

Published in The News Tribune
Alec Clayton
Bill Johns as John Dodge and Jenny Vaughn Hall as Mrs. Swanson in Harlequin's "Middletown"Harlequin Productions’ “Middletown” is the surprise hit of the season. The play by Will Eno, which has been called absurdist and surrealistic and an “Our Town” for the 21st century, is brilliantly written and performed with style and sincerity by an outstanding cast on a minimalist set.
The set by Jeannie Beirne consists of simple drop-down windows and a few tables, chairs and beds that are unobtrusively moved about between scenes. Video projections by Amy Chisman cast scenes from the past to the future in small town America. The projected opening scene looks like an idyllic small town as painted by Edward Hopper, but this town is populated by citizens who could have been invented by Eugene Ionesco or Samuel Becket.
Right off the bat they break the fourth wall when Mike Dooly as a droll commentator in the “Our Town” mold welcomes the audience. It is unclear if what we’re experiencing is a curtain speech or a part of the play; what is clear, however, is that he is hilarious. And then the play-proper begins with Dooly again, now a drunk on a park bench being hassled by a cop (Scott C. Brown) who is frightening because he changes in the blink of an eye from friendly and down-to-earth to bully with gun and night stick.
There doesn’t seem to be any story arc at first, as we go from scene to scene viewing the citizens of Middletown from a range of perspectives, from that of a librarian (Walayn Sharples) to stereotypical, photo-shooting tourists (Josh Krupke and Lorrie Fargo) being given a tour by Elex Hill, to an astronaut viewing the town from outer space. But gradually a sweet and sad story begins to emerge as a budding relationship develops between a newcomer to town, Mrs. Swanson (Jenny Vaughn Hall), and a handyman named John Dodge (played brilliantly by Bill Johns). John Dodge is a sad misfit. Mrs. Swanson, whose working-out-of-town husband we never see, is friendly and loveable, but underneath her charm also lies a deep sadness. Sparks between these two are evident from the moment they meet.
I cannot praise the acting in this play enough.
Johns, in his first role at Harlequin, comes to the Olympia stage from Seattle, where he has performed in “The Adventures of Kavelier and Clay” and “Frankenstein,” both at Book-It Repertory Theatre. He has a way of quickly changing expressions that reminds me of Tim Conway from the old Carol Burnett show. He goes easily from comedy to tragedy in what may well be the best acting I’ve seen this year.
Also exceptional is Dooly as the mechanic who comments wisely on the absurdities of life in his drunken manner and who also touches the hearts fellow characters and audience alike.
Hall is charming and expressive as Mrs. Swanson. Like Dooly and Johns, she touches the heart and makes the audience want to root for her.
I’ve been following Brown’s career since I first saw him as Salieri in “Amadeus” and as R.C. McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at Lakewood Playhouse (I chose him as Best actor in my annual Critic’s Choice for both roles). No matter what part he plays, he becomes the character. As the cop in this show he starts out as an almost demonic bad guy but becomes a real softy by the tragic end.
“Middletown” is as funny, as intelligent, and as heart wrenching as any play can be. Eno’s writing is rife with sharp observations on the human condition, but is never pedantic. The philosophy and psychology, the pathos and humor, is all served up in the words of everyday people who are absolutely believable.  I highly recommend this play.
Check Alec’s blog at for reviews of other area theatrical productions. Watch for a review of “Blithe Spirit” at Olympia Little Theatre and “And Then There Were None” at Lakewood Playhouse.
SIDEBAR: Middletown WHEN: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. through Sept. 13WHERE: State Theater, 202 E. 4th Ave., OlympiaTICKETS: prices vary, call for detailsINFORMATION: 360-786-0151;
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Session Notes: The Pinheads

K Records - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:10am
The Pinheads tore in from Pittsburgh ready to rock’n'roll.  They were well rehearsed, had set realistic goals, and (mostly) sober. If you are paying for studio time BE THESE THINGS. You’re gonna get a lot more done. I took our new Chameleon Labs TS1 MKIIs out for a spin on the drums, using the large […]
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Thurston EDC and VCB Partner to Host US Open Information Breakfast

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:00am



Submitted by the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau

Rivers EdgeThe Thurston EDC and the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau have teamed up to host a breakfast meeting to share information with the community about the Business Opportunities the Golf Tournament will offer to the South Sound Region. The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 15-21, 2015 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.

Bennish Brown, President and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and Hunter George Communication Director for the Pierce County Economic Development Department will present strategies and impart ideas on how local businesses can benefit from the proximately to the US Open. Brown and George both traveled to the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina. “The Pinehurst Experience was amazing and I’m excited to share the information we learned about the event to help prepare our region for one of the greatest events in golf that would put our area on the map.” Said George.

The breakfast will be held at the Rivers Edge Restaurant at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course on Friday, September 5, 7:30 to 9am. Cost is $15. Reservations are required. Contact Rachel Reischman at, 360-754-6320.


Economics for Everyone - Olympia

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:35am
Event:  Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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Economics for Everyone - Olympia

Free, monthly workshops and presentations addressing economic literacy and inviting dialogue and discussion on inequality and the crises of capitalism.

Wednesday September 3rd, starting at 6:30, we will be discussing Christian Parenti's book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. We will only discuss chapters 1, 2, 15, and 16.

Economics for Everyone - Olympia chose this for its reading group because climate change will have an enormous impact upon how we struggle for, and even think about, economic justice in the years to come. After we discuss the readings we will have a quick planning meeting to shape upcoming workshops and events. 

Feel free to come for either the seminar or meeting, or both! (However, only come to the seminar if you have completed the readings.) 

Bring snacks if possible!


6:30 - 8 PM 

Seminar discussion of Christian Parenti's book Tropic of Chaos. Ch. 1, 2, 15, and 16 (about 50 pages)

8 - 9 PM 

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Mind Drumming

South Sound Arts - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:04am

A long time ago I was a drummer in a country and western band called the Southern Playboys, and after that in a kind of Lawrence Welk type quintet. The leader of the band played accordion. I kid you not. I also used to be a painter. I have a master’s degree in art and spent most of my life making art. But then I quit that, too. I still make art in my head, and in bed at night I sometimes have lucid dreams about painting. As for drumming, I constantly drum with my fingers on my thighs or a table top or the steering wheel when I’m driving—to whatever song is in my head at the time. Sometimes I wake up about four o’clock in the morning and start drumming in my head. I will visualize sitting at a drum set with sticks in hand and playing a masterful solo.When I make art in my head it can be as frustrating and as fulfilling as making an actual painting. You see, I remember that when I was actively painting I would often—more often than you can imagine—screw it up; and the more I tried to fix it the worse it got. When this happened (notice I put that in the passive voice: it just happened; I had nothing to do with it) I often had to scrape everything off and start over. You’d think I could avoid stuff like that when I’m painting in my head, but I don’t.Drumming in my head usually goes better. I do things I was never able to do when I was actually drumming. I’m talking like things only a Buddy Rich or a Ginger Baker can do.You’d think that if I do all this painting and drumming in my head I’d want to pick up a brush or a pair of drumsticks and do the real thing, but I really have no desire to do either. I have a pair of drumsticks that sit by the TV. I often think about picking them up but, you know, I’d have to get up and walk across the room.The thing is, doing these things in my head is just as satisfying, if not more so, than doing the real thing. I know I can never be as good as Michelangelo or Jackson Pollock or Phillip Pearlstein, but in my mind I can. Besides, painting is messy. As for drumming, do you have any idea how physically demanded drumming is? At my age and as out of shape as I am I could never last through a couple of rock songs, and I know I could never be another Ginger Baker.But in my mind . . . damn I’m good.
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