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Judy Bardin Campaign Kick-off April 2!

K Records - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:41pm
Judy Bardin is a friend who has decided to run for Olympia City Council position 2, the seat being vacated by Steve Langer. Judy has worked on City Council advisory boards including the Utility Advisory Board and Planning Commission, for which she received the Key Award by the Washington Coalition for Open Government in 2014. […]
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After the US Open this summer, Pierce County will still be $17 million in debt over the golf course

Olympia Time - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:57am
About a year ago, I took a crack at figuring out how much economic sense the US Open at Chambers Bay this summer made.

Overall, the academic research, finds little evidence that large tournaments (like the Olympics) make economic sense to local communities. They're a loss leader. You pay to have them to bolster your reputation, not because you're going to make money.

But, golf tournaments are different apparently. This is because golf tournaments don't usually mean a community had to build a brand new golf tournament to host a major tournament.

In the case of Pierce County, Chambers Bay and the US Open, this is not what happened.

In fact, the Chambers Bay course was built specifically for the US Open:
The golfing world was stunned in 2008, when the United States Golf Association (USGA) made Chambers Bay the host of the U.S. Open. It just didn’t make sense. Only the most prestigious and hallowed courses were picked to host the national championship.

No course built in the previous 45 years had hosted an Open, yet Chambers Bay was picked after being open for about eight months.  This was no fluke, though. It was years in the making...This makes the Chambers Bay course more like an Olympic Stadium, leaving the county saddled with debt for the foreseeable future. It was only in the last few years that the course started paying for itself.

But, despite running in the black, the course still built up a fairly massive debt that it is yet to pay off.

The chart on page 44 of this document shows the various ways Piece County has built up debt throughout its budget.

Even after paying off more than half a million in Chambers Bay Golf Course debt this year, the county will still be in the hole $17 million on the course.

And, even from the county's own (self proclaimed conservative) model, the county budget will only see a $600,000 bump in taxes this year because of the U.S. Open. The vast majority of the additional taxes paid here because of the U.S. Open will go to other counties and the state:

  • The State of Washington: nearly $6.5 million 
  • King County: $2 million
  • City of Tacoma: more than $440,000 
  • The cities of DuPont, Lakewood, Puyallup, Fife and Gig Harbor: a combined $153,000

Phil Petersen Provides Quality Repairs for Common Home Inspection Issues

Thurston Talk - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:00am



By Kate Scriven

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Phil Petersen specializes in home repair projects and small remodeling jobs.

I had a broken attic truss, an unsecured water heater, missing GFCI outlets in my kitchen, a window with a broken seal and missing CO2 monitors. These were the findings of the home inspection ordered by the buyer of my home 18 months ago.

My first thought? YES! The roof was fine, no pest damage was detected and no water damage was found. My second thought? How am I going to get these things fixed quickly in order to close the sale? I had a job, volunteer positions, kids to shuttle to soccer, and a new home construction project to manage. I needed help.

It’s a situation so many homeowners find themselves in during a real estate transaction. Inspection reports nearly always find a few things to fix. Some you can tackle on your own like adding CO2 monitors. Others, a handy neighbor can complete with some borrowed tools, like strapping in the water heater. And many require expertise that most homeowners just don’t have. When under the time crunch to close the deal, and knowing you need the work done right the first time, it’s time to turn to a professional – someone who is familiar with inspection reports, knows the common inspection issues and can remedy them quickly.

For local home inspector Dwayne Boggs and his team at Boggs Inspection Services, that go-to guy is Phil Peterson of Petersen’s Affordable Home Repair. Petersen specializes in home repair projects and small remodeling jobs and has been working with the Boggs team for over eight years. He has read his fair share of inspection reports in his 20 plus years in the business and he knows a good one when he sees it.

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Dwayne Boggs, owner of Boggs Inspection Services, refers homeowners to Petersen’s Affordable Home Repair.

“I’ve read all different types of inspection reports,” Petersen shares. “I typically call inspectors to clarify a few things as I prepare to make the repairs. When I started working with Boggs Inspection Services, I called to compliment them on the clarity of their reports, instead.”

It’s the consistent clarity and concise information in a Boggs Inspection Services report that set the inspection team apart for real estate agents as well as construction professionals like Petersen. “I probably had 35 referrals and phone calls from Dwayne before I ever met him face-to-face,” he recalls. “We agreed to final meet because we just both approach business in the same way and as we expected, we hit it off right away.”

Petersen grew his construction business from the ground up after several years waiting tables. “Working in restaurants really prepared me to deliver good service to my construction clients,” Petersen explains. He knew that listening to customers and delivering high quality service resulted in a better tip at the end of a meal. He applies the same philosophy to his construction customers, providing responsive, reliable and dependable service every time.

“Phil remains at the top of my list [for contractor referral] for a few simple reasons,” says Boggs. “He is very personable and professional. He always gets back to the client in a timely manner and he shows up at the time he says he will, which is very rare these days.”

The admiration goes both ways. Petersen loves working a job following behind a Boggs Inspection Services report. “The inspection reports generated by the Boggs team are easy to read, clear, detailed, and ultimately make my job easier and faster, saving homeowners money in the process,” shares Petersen.

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Petersen’s Affordable Home Repair can typically schedule jobs within a week of the first call.

The types of repairs Petersen sees run the gamut from simple fixes like securing a loose handrail or addressing a trip hazard like a missing floor transition, to complex repairs involving water or pest damage. “I try to get on it quickly and typically can schedule a job within a week of the first call,” he says. And in real estate deals, time is always a factor and having reliable repairs done quickly can make a big difference.

“I have worked with Phil for over eight years now and have never gotten a complaint about his work or his interaction with the client,” says Boggs. “As professionals, I feel we both stand behind our work. Phil has gone behind my inspections and done very simple repairs to resolving complicated moisture issues that take time to figure out and repair correctly. He’s not just about a short term fix. He wants his work to last which is one of the main reasons I trust him.”

The team of Boggs Inspection Services and Petersen’s Affordable Home Repair add up to professional, reliable, and quality service that homeowners can rely on. Whether you are selling, buying or just want to know the current status of your home, an inspection with Boggs Inspection Services partnered with repair work by Phil Petersen will give you piece of mind and quality repairs that will last.

You can reach Boggs Inspection Services at 360-480-9602 and Petersen Affordable Home Repair at 360-888-5081.

Underwater Exploration Technologies: The History and Science

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:45pm
Event:  Sat, 06/27/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

From diving bells to remote-controlled submarines, and from the first aqualung to the first habitable underwater laboratory, the ways we explore the deep sea are constantly improving. Hear some stories of early innovations, immerse yourself in the world of pioneering aquanauts, and see how submarines are being used scientifically here in Puget Sound! Presentation begins at 2 p.m. with underwater arts and crafts all day long!

The WET Science Center is always free to visit! We are located at 500 Adams St. NE Olympia, WA 98501 logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Father’s Day Cards

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:44pm
Event:  Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Treat dad or any special guy to a personalized card. We’ll provide all the art supplies and some examples to get you started. Handmade cards make the perfect gifts for all dads!


The WET Science Center is always free to visit! We are located at 500 Adams St. NE Olympia, WA 98501 logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

The Sea Monster--from Myth to Modernity

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:42pm
Event:  Sat, 06/13/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Leviathan, mermaids, the Kraken, and Jaws – all of these mythical creatures are known for big bites or dangerous allure, but they’re also very misunderstood. The truth is that many sea creature myths are based on real aquatic organisms – join us to find out the truth behind each legend! After a short presentation at 2 p.m., we will host a Create-a-Creature workshop where you will design your own Puget Sound-inspired marine legend!


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The Power of Plants

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:41pm
Event:  Sat, 06/06/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

From photosynthesis to “phytoremediation”, explore the amazing plants that make our world cleaner and safer. An interactive presentation at 2 p.m. introduces some plant superheroes that can clean our soil and air by removing pollution from our environment. Enjoy plant related arts and crafts all day long!


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Clouds and Weather: A Very Cirrus Topic

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:39pm
Event:  Sat, 05/30/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered why some clouds are shaped like dragons and others look like pancakes? Well, we’ve got some answers! Enjoy a presentation at 2 p.m. covering different cloud shapes, the science of meteorology, as well as some tangents about Oort clouds and cloud seeding. Then, learn how YOU can be a citizen scientist and contribute real weather data for professional use. Two lucky participants get free rain gauges and cloud crafts all day in the classroom!


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Nature Journals and Native Plants

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:37pm
Event:  Sat, 05/16/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Nature journaling is a fun family activity and an excellent way for kids to develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them. Come and decorate your very own nature journal and then take it outside to explore! At 2 p.m. attend a presentation followed by a native plant walk on our wetland plaza. You’ll learn some easy identification tips for common native plants and find out how these plants were traditionally used by local native tribes.


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Food Chains & Treatment Plant Tour

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:36pm
Event:  Sat, 05/09/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Visitors can learn about wetlands and make a food chain craft project any time during the day. Then, find out how LOTT cleans up our urban wastewater at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and the steps taken to protect Puget Sound. A slideshow followed by a treatment plant tour begins at 1 p.m. Tour participants must be ten years or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.


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Forage Fish Fun

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:34pm
Event:  Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Washington Fish and Wildlife’s Forage Fish Crew for an exciting hands-on opportunity to learn about forage fish in Puget Sound. Experience the way scientists search for surf smelt and Pacific sand lance eggs, and take a closer look at these sand-grained size eggs under a microscope. Take a forage fish coloring book or crossword puzzle home for more forage fish fun! Drop-in activities between 1 and 4 p.m.


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Family Fun for Arts Walk

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:31pm
Event:  Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:00am - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:00pm

Spring Arts Walk and the Procession of the Species are here! The WET Science Center is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on April 24 and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on April 25. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly art activities, and check out the work of several local artists and Stream Team’s youth art.

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Marine Debris Pickathon!

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:29pm
Event:  Sat, 04/18/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Earth Day is right around the corner! Show your love for Puget Sound by learning about marine debris and what you can do to prevent it. Look at water samples from the North Pacific garbage patch, dissect an albatross bolus, filter microplastics out of personal care products, and create your own “Refuse Single-Use” challenge card. Then, get a grabber, lace up your shoes, and join the Pickathon – a clean-up event that allows you to walk Olympia’s amazing waterfront while keeping debris out of the sea! Workshop starts at 1 p.m., Pickathon runs from 2-4 p.m. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Neighborhood Notes: Reconnect at the South Bay Pub and Eatery

Thurston Talk - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:00am



By Alyssa Ramsfield

van dorm sponsorThe neighborhoods that scatter across Olympia vary in size and population. Off the beaten path of bustling downtown, at the 3300 block of South Bay Road, you’ll find South Bay Pub and Eatery. This isn’t your average bar, but instead a gathering place for friends and family of South Bay.

In 2011, Eric Dickerson along with his wife Savantha Dickerson (owners of South Bay Dickerson’s BBQ), Keith Lampard, and Mark Christensen (former owners of Darby’s Cafe) went into business together to open the pub.

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Owners of South Bay Pub and Eatery came together to reconnect families in the South Bay neighborhood.

“Everyone said it wouldn’t work,” explains Eric Dickerson. “The bank wouldn’t give us loans. They didn’t think it was a good location to open a restaurant. My business partners and I disagreed so we fully funded the entire venture ourselves.”

“I was born and raised in the South Bay neighborhood,” says Dickerson. “I knew there was a need for a place for neighbors to hang out, relax, and enjoy some food. The neighborhood has shown this by making the pub so successful. Initially, we didn’t even advertise that we were opening. We just turned on the open sign and people started coming in.”

As the neighborhood streamed into the front doors, Dickerson noticed an incredible trend. “People I had grown up with from grade school were eating there with their families. It has been so cool to watch so many people reconnect through our location. Most of our business is regulars who are all from the South Bay area making it a great place to get to know your neighbors. We’ve all become such a close family here.”

“It really feels like family here,” describes Dickerson. “On Christmas Day, we had a potluck and the whole neighborhood shows up. It is packed! It just blows me away to see how many people were spending their Christmas with neighbors. It is a tradition we hope to continue in the future with the families here.”

The South Bay Pub and Eatery serves breakfast on the weekends, plus lunch and dinner throughout the week.

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The pub’s menu consists of home-style favorites and daily specials.

The neighborhood joint also boasts a variety of wine and beer on tap. The home-style food offerings vary from sandwiches and wraps to mouth-watering burgers. Please note that the eatery is cash only.

South Bay Pub and Eatery

3323 S Bay Rd NE

Olympia, Washington 98506


Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Chiropractic and Pregnancy – A Conversation with Eastside Chiropractic’s Dr. Amanda Kugel

Thurston Talk - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:00am



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Dr. Amanda Kugel personally understands the stress of pregnancy on a woman’s body. She has completed advanced coursework in pediatric and prenatal chiropractic.

Dr. Amanda Kugel, a Tumwater-based chiropractor gave birth to her first child in early August and remembers well the joys, and challenges, of pregnancy.

I recently sat down with the doctor and new mom to talk about her passion for helping women who are mothers-to-be through her specialized chiropractic trainings and experiences.

Q: What has created your passion for the care of women and children?

A: I spent nearly four years working as a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition counselor prior to becoming a chiropractor. Every day I witnessed pregnancy-related discomforts, which many women were told is “normal.” Sometimes strong pain medications were prescribed, many of them untested on pregnant women and their unborn babies.

I chose to specialize in chiropractic care during pregnancy and for children to offer a safe, effective option that women may be unaware of. The huge hormonal and chemical changes during pregnancy are sensed and coordinated by the nervous system. My goal in offering chiropractic care is to remove any interference on that communication system, such as improperly moving joints or tight musculature, in order to improve the body’s function, promoting healthy moms and babies.

Q: What specialized trainings and certifications do you have for working with pregnant women and infants?

A: I have completed advanced coursework in pediatric and prenatal adjusting through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) program. We learn safe and gentle techniques suited for women pre-conception, throughout pregnancy and beginning as soon as the baby is born. I am also certified in the Webster Technique: a specific analysis of the sacrum, the bone at the base of the spine that forms the keystone of our pelvis, and the gentle adjustments to properly align it.

Q: What are the primary reasons women seek Chiropractic care during pregnancy?

A: Headache, mid and low back pain, rib pain and sciatica are common pain related reasons for pregnant women to seek chiropractic care. The weight changes of pregnancy, primarily in the abdomen, exert a forward and downward pressure on the spine, changing a woman’s center of gravity and gait. This tends to increase the pressure on the sensitive joints in the low back and sacroiliac joints, the joints where your spine meets your pelvis, sometimes leading to significant pain in the low back down through the legs. Also the head tends to shift forward as our center of gravity changes, placing stress on the joints and muscles in the head, neck and shoulders.

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Dr. Kugel (pictured here with her daughter, Aubrey) strongly encourages women to seek chiropractic care prior to being in pain. She uses the Webster Technique to assess sacral misalignment that can contribute to difficult labor.

I have experienced all of these changes myself during my pregnancy. My formerly graceful movements were replaced with rolling over instead of sitting upright to get out of bed, or asking my husband for a helpful hand to boost me out of the chair. I truly want to emphasize that women shouldn’t wait until they are in pain to seek help during this time. I encourage all women, even before conceiving, to be assessed by their chiropractor to make sure their body is functioning optimally and prepared for the changes that are about to occur.

Q: Tell me a little more about the Webster Technique.

A: The Webster Technique assesses sacral misalignment that can contribute to difficult labor in a few ways. First, the misalignment of the sacrum can interfere with nerve communication to the muscles of the uterus. These muscles contract in a coordinated fashion during labor to help push the baby down and out. Next, it can misalign the other pelvic bones, which form the “exit” for the baby to pass through during labor and delivery. Finally, sacral misalignment can tighten pelvic muscles and ligaments. Any of these effects on the pelvic bones or uterine position can interfere with a baby’s ability to assume the best position for birth – ideally head-down.

Q: What are the specific benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

A: Chiropractic care can help reduce Mom’s stress and discomfort, reducing the body’s time in “fight or flight mode.” While in this state, the body isn’t putting energy towards growth and development. Ideally our bodies are in “rest and digest mode,” promoting growth & development. By decreasing stress and discomfort, energy can be focused on important things, like growing a small human being.

Proper sacral and pelvic alignment may increase comfort during delivery, decreasing the need for pain medication, which can slow labor progress and can lead to interventions such as use of forceps or C-section. Proper alignment of the sacroiliac joints decreases the likelihood of back labor. Optimal pelvic balance allows greater room for the baby to develop in the womb, reducing potential restrictions on growing cranial bones, the spine and other structures.

Q: What are the specific benefits of chiropractic care after birth?

A: New moms often experience aches and pains due to the unfamiliar body positions when breastfeeding and holding a newborn. I remember contorting my body for long periods of time in any way necessary to feed and comfort my daughter, and I even know better! Fatigue from sleepless nights and parenthood’s new demands can be helped with regular adjustments. I recommend having the newborn checked soon after birth as well since the birth process can impact movement on the delicate joints of infant’s head and neck, possibly leading to latch issues during nursing, colic, reflux or poor sleep.

To make an appointment with Dr. Kugel, contact Eastside Chiropractic by calling 360-459-9000 or visit their website at


Olympia Family Theater’s ‘Our Only May Amelia’

South Sound Arts - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:05pm

Cast of Our Only May Amelia. Photo by David Nowitz
Our Only May Amelia at Olympia Family Theater is adapted from the Newberry Award winning novel by Jennifer L. Holm. It is a pioneer story in the vein of Little House on the Prairieand the works of Willa Cather, set in Southwestern Washington and told in a series of episodic scenes. Thirteen-year-old May Amelia Jackson (Kate Hayes) is the only girl in the Jackson family. They’re living a hardscrabble life on a small farm in the Naselle River Valley. Her mother, Alma (Samantha Chandler) is pregnant when the show opens. Her father, Jalmer (Keith Eisner) is overwhelmed by the demands of running the farm and is overly hard on his family, especially his daughter. Her brother Matti (Jeremy Holien) wants to escape to Astoria and marry his love, Mary O’Casey (Stephanie Kroschel), but fears he’ll have to run away to do so because Pappa hates everyone Irish. The other brother, Wilbert (Adam Peters), is a dreamer with a poetic soul.Kate Hayes as May Amelia. Photo by Dinea DephotoMay Amelia’s brothers tease her unmercifully, her father treats her far too harshly, her grandmother Patience (Diana Purvine) shows up and it soon becomes clear that she hates her venomously and for no apparent reason. It seems her only allies are her mother, who is sick and pregnant and has a hard time caring for her, and her Aunt Alice (Debbie Sampson) who lives in Astoria. This is not a happy life they live.Harsh and unrelenting tragedy follows harsh and unrelenting tragedy in this gritty story, but familial love triumphs in the end— and I say “love triumphs” with reservations, because life was tough on the frontier and there is no grand exaltation in this story. It is a sad and touching story beautifully acted by the entire cast. It may be the toughest role I’ve ever seen Eisner play, and it is definitely the best acting I’ve seen from Purvine, who, much to her credit, makes the audience despise grandmother Patience. Both Peters and Holien are likeable and convincing as the brothers who alternately tease and support their sister. The other women in the cast, Sampson, Chandler and Kroschel have smaller roles but play them well.Hayes is simply amazing as May Amelia. What a treat it is to see a promising child actor begin to mature into an accomplished adult actor—she and the equally amazing Clarke Hallum as May Amelia’s cousin Kaarlo fit their respective roles as if they were written with them in mind. Both already made their marks in impressive performances as younger children and prove here that they can play more grownup roles (young teens in this show, but teens who forced to grow up in a hurry). In 2010 when he was 11 years old, Hallum was outstanding in the leading role as Ralphie in A Christmas Story at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. He was last seen in Olympia, if my memory is correct, in The Full Monty at Capital Playhouse. Hayes was a knockout in The Secret Garden in 2011, also with Hallum, and was great in her cross-gender performance as the Artful Dodger in Oliver in 2014. In this show both Hayes and Hellum tug on heartstrings. Both are utterly believable as teenagers trying to survive an almost primitive life in the Pacific Northwest wilderness at the beginning of the 20th century.Also deserving special recognition are set designer Jill Carter, prop artists Jan Rocks and Wendy Eisler, and costumer Becky Scott. Some of the material is heavy and may not be suitable for young children.Our Only May Amelia runs Thurs.-Fri., 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m. through April 5.Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave E, Olympia, 360-570-1638
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Ju-Pong Lin: Wednesday, April 1st 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:42pm










I am an artist-researcher, educator, poet, and activist.  I’m an immigrant from Taiwan—a contested spit of land with a long history of colonization.  As the mother of two beautiful human beings, I struggle to pass on ancestral knowledge that I hang onto, by a very thin thread, worn thin by the mandate to assimilate. I’m learning to listen for the thread that resists the loud clamoring of a fossil-fuel dependent culture of capitalism, globalization, and neo-liberalism. Our world has been fractured and broken; I believe the stories of our ancestors, stories of young and old, from the wildly diverse corners of the world, need to be gathered together to restore cultures of care and love. I do the work of listening to and gathering stories in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, where I am the Program Director, and at the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living in Rhode Island. Though I currently live in Rhode Island, my soul migrates from shore to shore at regular intervals, touching down in rural Vermont, suburban Chicago, and coastal Port Townsend.

Ju-Pong Lin collects stories from her neighbors, makes art on her couch, in galleries and in theaters. Laundry, bread, and everyday stories are the seedlings for Ju-Pong’s interdisciplinary, socially engaged videos, participatory installations and performances.  She received her MFA in Intermedia from The University of Iowa, and has shown her work nationally (Women in the Director’s Chair, Walker Museum of Art, and New York’s Mix festival.)  She has taught media arts on the faculty of The Evergreen State College, and is currently the Program Director of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College.  Ju-Pong lives in Rhode Island and parents two children, who school her in the practice of love and compassion every day.

As an artist, Ju-Pong fuses story circle, video, needlecraft, and community organizing to advocate for grassroots sustainability education and climate justice, in solidarity with indigenous movements to reclaim space.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Welcome to the The Evergreen State

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:30pm
Welcome to the The Evergreen State College Art Lecture Series, spring quarter, 2015 The series takes place in Lecture Hall 1 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, on 4-6 Wednesdays per quarter, from 11:30-1:00 pm. Free to the public, Evergreen’s visual and literary arts programs offer an opportunity to hear local, national and international interdisciplinary artists, writers and art workers speak about their work. Spring Quarter, 2015 Week 1: 4/1 Ju-Pong Lin, community performance, eco-poetics, pedagogy Week 2: 4/8 Amjad Faur RESCHEDULED for 5/27  in honor of Day of Absence Week 3: 4/15: Sister Spit (note longer time, 11-1:00), queer-feminist  collective, writing and performance Week 4: 4/22 Linda Weintraub, curator, writing on art and environmental consciousness, pedagogy Week 5: 4/29 Alejandro de Acosta, writing, translation Week 6: 5/6 Kim Miller, performance/video Week 8: 5/20  Steven Hendricks, writing, Evergreen faculty member Week 9: 5/27 Amjad Faur, visual art/photography, Evergreen faculty member Week 10: 6/3 Cassie Thornton, interdisciplinary artist/social practice
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North Thurston Public Schools Hosts Groundbreaking for New Middle School

Thurston Talk - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:23pm



Submitted by North Thurston Public Schools

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The new middle school is located in Meridian Campus in Lacey.

The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Middle School #5 at noon on Monday, March 30. The event is being held at new school’s location in Meridian Campus, 8605 Campus Glenn Dr. NE., Lacey.

The new school will be approximately 109,000 square feet, constructed on a 19.1 acre parcel that the district acquired in 2001 from the Vicwood Meridian Partnership through its Voluntary Mitigation process.

Site preparation work at Middle School #5, including clearing, grading and installation of underground utilities, was completed in December 2015.  Babbit Neuman Construction Company of Steilacoom has been awarded the bid for construction of the middle school.  Construction of the building and site improvements has recently begun, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2016.

The overall project budget is $48 million. The new middle school is part of a $175 million bond package approved by North Thurston Public Schools voters in February 2014. The bond includes school improvements at all 21 schools, including major modernizations of North Thurston High School, Evergreen Forest Elementary and Pleasant Glade Elementary. It also includes technology and safety upgrades districtwide.

The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in Fall of 2016. That opening will complete the district’s transition to a 6-8 middle school model. To view designs and project details, visit

Melissa Dewle Earns Play Therapy Credential

Thurston Talk - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:14am



Submitted by the Association for Play Therapy

Melissa Dewlen, LMHC of Tumwater, WA, earned the prestigious Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), according to its CEO Kathryn Lebby.

Dewlen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Olympia Therapy.

To become a Registered Play Therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional masters or doctoral mental health degree from an institution of higher education, 150 clock hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience, and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.

Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play therapy theories and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.

APT is a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the field of play therapy.  It sponsors research, training, and credentialing programs to assist the professional development of its nearly 6,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in more than 25 nations.  Additional information is available at

  • Play Therapy is a mental health modality used when developmentally appropriate by licensed mental health professionals to better communicate with and help clients achieve optimal mental health. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate ideas and feelings, children use play. Visit the About Play Therapy section of the APT website.
  • The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the play therapy modality and serve the research, training, and credentialing needs of its member counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and social workers. Licensed mental health professionals may earn and maintain its Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials. Visit the APT website.
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