By Tom Rohrer
The dream is a reality for Timberline fast pitch coach Charles Porche. In his second season as the Blazers head coach, Porche has led THS to their first district playoff appearance in five seasons.
After finishing fourth in the league last year, Timberline advanced to second place in the 3A Narrows League this year, defeating league champion Wilson two times throughout the season before finishing in 3/4th in the league tournament last weekend (which was won by Wilson over North Thurston).
Now the Blazers face a ‘win or go home’ situation this Friday at Sprinker Park in Tacoma. The Blazers will face Kennedy Catholic High School in a loser out, winner move on game beginning at 2 p.m. The success Porche has seen from his team provides him with vindication he initially thought would be hard to come by.
“My goal was to build the program, and I think we are on the right track,” said Porche, who coached several travel and select teams prior to taking the Timberline job. “Timberline hasn’t been to districts for five years, so making it in my second year, that’s huge. Having this young team and making it to districts, that’s a great success for the present and a building block for the future.”
With only five upperclassmen spread across the 14 person roster, the Blazers relied on a bevy of young talent all season. However, as fast pitch fans know all too well, pitching carries teams and leads to success. The Blazers are anchored by a senior duo that have eaten up innings, while striking out batters all season long.
Ellie Jones and Rebecca Nelson, two of the three seniors on the team, have split the innings pitched almost exactly down the middle according to Porche, and have provided some pop at the offensive end as well.
“It’s still a young team, but having the same pitchers as last year has been a big plus for us,” Porche noted. “They understand the game, and we really depend on their hitting as well. Having leadership in those positions is a key for us.”
Both Jones and Nelson recognize they’ve got to perform at a high level for the Blazers to be successful, a large amount of pressure that neither players seems to mind.
“I’ve been pitching for quite a while, both for select and school, so I’m not flustered when I’m out there,” said Nelson, a four-year varsity player for Timberline. I’m doing it for (teammates) myself and the win.”
“When I got into pitching I instantly fell in love with it,” said Jones, who will be the starting pitcher Friday against Kennedy Catholic. “I love pitching big innings. It’s fun, a privilege and the pressure is part of it.”
With the pitching roles taken care of, the younger Blazers can focus on making plays defensively in the field, while splattering hits across the outfield at the plate. Porche noted that his team is hitting around .400 for the season, thanks to the efforts from players such as Krista Jones, Maria Velez-Craft, Aundrea Temple and Rylee Payton. Leading the offensive charge is sophomore Megan Porche, the coach’s daughter, who also is the team’s catcher. Porche hits sixth in the Blazer lineup, lower than most offensive leaders in the sport. However, that extended wait allows Porche to better dissect the pitcher and the strike zone, and can provide the Blazers with a second wave of offensive production.
“It gives me a chance to see how the pitcher works, how the batters before me are hitting,” said Porche, who played under her father for select teams as well. “As the game goes on, I become more aggressive.”
Being behind the plate on defense helps her hitting as well.
“I know what the strike zone is for that umpire, how the ball is moving,” Porche said. “Anything like that will help.”
What will also help the Blazers is the player’s drive to represent the school in the district playoffs for the first time in half a decade.
“It means a lot to represent my school. I’m so excited. This is what I wanted my senior year to be like and it is happening,” said Nelson.
A large part of the Blazers success has to be credited to coach Porche, as he has put emphasis equally on academics as the game itself. Eight of the fourteen Blazers will be on the Narrows League All Academic Team (3.5 GPA and above), and nearly every member has over a 3.0 average.
“That was one of my goals, to emphasize academics,” Porche said. “Without the grades, you won’t be going to college, regardless if you’re the best athlete ever to attend this school.”
The players appreciate his back to basics mentality that has turned the program around.
“He focuses a lot more on the fundamentals,” said Jones. “We went back to the basics and that made us stronger.”
“He’s been awesome, provided more discipline and structure,” said Nelson.
Also making the Blazers strong was a tough non-league schedule that featured 4A powerhouses such as Olympia, South Kitsap, Gig Harbor, and Union (Vancouver).
“It was important for us, when I talked to our athletic director this year, that I schedule some of those challenging games,” Porche said. “Pretty much our non-league schedule was 4A teams and hopefully those early games help us out as we go forward.”
Going forward, the Blazers focus is ‘one at a time,’ further evidenced by those exact words printed on the back of their practice jersey. That mantra has helped the Blazers keep perspective and provided them with confidence when they have fallen behind.
“We stress to them to take everything one at a time, whether it’s the next pitch, the next at bat, the next inning, or the next game,” said Porche.
“We’ve had a lot of comeback games and having that mindset has helped with that,” Nelson added.
Now, all the seasons hard work will come down to Friday’s game. Fortunately, for the Blazers, the future is bright, regardless of a win or a loss.
An Olympia transplant, Jeff Widmer is excited to be joining Dwayne Boggs and Boggs Inspection Services.
Jeff met Dwayne while he was tagging along on a home inspection with his fiancee. “My fiancee is a real estate agent who has used Boggs Inspection Services for six years with her clients. I went along with her one day and met Dwayne. We started talking and I became more interested in joining him as a home inspector,” recalls Jeff.
Widmer has more than 15 years of experience in construction and home building. During his construction career, he specialized in foundations and concrete work.
“My experience in construction, and understanding of how homes are built, will help me identify safety and health hazards as well as simple maintenance issues,” says Jeff.
“His knowledge and construction background is definitely a plus,” comments Dwayne Boggs. He is excited to work with Jeff and credits his solid work ethic and easy going personality.
Widmer plans to also draw upon his sales experience when communicating with customers. “I am able to talk with clients in a non-alarming way and make them feel more at ease in a high stress situation,” he explains.
Boggs adds that Jeff is good at explaining issues in very basic terms that clients can understand.
As Jeff moves on this next stage of his career, he is excited to be working with Dwayne Boggs and Boggs Inspection Services. “Like myself, Dwayne is a man of integrity and honor. I enjoy working with him,” he says.
Knowing what you are buying, before signing on the bottom line is critical for homeowners. Being able to turn to a professional, knowledgeable home inspector that will educate you about the home seals the deal.
You can find Dwayne Boggs, Jeff Widmer and Boggs Inspection Services at www.boggsinspect.com or by calling 360.482.9602.
By Brooke Guthrie
If you have children who like to spend the summer on the swings, Olympia parks do not disappoint. To help mom stretch her legs at the park, or to burn off pent up energy, many of these parks also have a walking or running trail. These are some of our favorite City of Olympia parks featuring swing sets. All of the parks include bathrooms.
Priest Point is a historical park that dates to the 1840s and has many amenities, including handicapped accessible swings. Amenities include a rose garden, an extensive trail system that descends to the beach and a great boat play structure. The South Sound Estuary Association regularly has beach naturalists on hand at the beach to talk to visitors about beach life.
Friendly Grove is a great park with swings, a skate park and nice play structure. It also boasts a Born Learning Trail that surrounds the park. The trail provides outdoor learning games that build pre-literacy skills for school readiness (the other local park with this trail is Decatur Woods). The park has a neighborhood seating project by artist Susan Christian using life stages of trees as public art and park seating. The park has a little kid structure and various climbing structures.
LBA park was developed in 1974 and stands for the Little Baseball Association (the city’s then Little League) and has been expanded since. It includes a .7 mile loop running track, swings, and it is the only Olympia park with a zip line. It also features a monster dome rope play structure with areas to climb, swing, a rope bridge and it even accommodates really big kids (adults). It has a little kid structure as well.
Lions Park was started in 1946 by the Olympia Lions club and the neighborhood association. In 2010 the park was improved to include log climbers, horseshoe pits, a climbing rock structure and slide. The park includes the animal journey of indigenous animal tracks (including people) and the path is meant to be walked on allowing people to participate in the journey. Also at the park are 12 hidden lions and a sprinkler.
Yauger Park also features a trail around the park, through the storm water structure nature area, a disk golf course, horse shoe pits and swings. There is a Dirt Works demonstration garden at the park that features summer classes for kids. The park features a three story play structure called the mega tower including four slides, and the structure is handicapped accessible.
After visiting one of these parks, head over to the Port of Olympia’s Boatswap and Chowder Challenge on Saturday. Event information can be found here.
Get out and enjoy the sunshine this summer at any of these Olympia parks.
Submitted by Luxe for Style
Spring is here. Prom and wedding season is right around the corner. At Luxe for Style hair salon, we are studying up on the latest hair and makeup trends for the 2013 season. This year mira bella is using a lot of metallic tones with winged out tips reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe with a strong coral, red or pink lip. Skin is soft and dewy and everything well blended. Of course following trends are not for everyone. At Luxe, we can customize a look that is best suited for you and brings out your best features. You will look amazing on your big night!
Luxe is definitely on top with our team of stylists and makeup artists. If you are looking for a prom style, wedding ‘do or just a big night out, we know we can help you create the look you are going to absolutely love. We can create a beautiful, structured chignon or a tousled textured style. Perhaps your look is a long wave or extreme volume. We offer extensions that will take you to that amazing look that will make you feel like the star you are.
Give Luxe for Style a call today to set an appointment or a complimentary consultation. We look forward to being a part of your big day!
By Mary Ellen Psaltis
Fresh seafood is a huge bonus of living in the Pacific Northwest. Fish is healthful (all those good omegas), easy to prepare and is pleasurable to eat. My son and I love salmon – lucky for us. I am not sure where the unpronounced “l” came from, but that is not on my list of worries. Copper River salmon season, which last a fleeting two months, begins on a random day mid-May. Restaurants will celebrate its arrival with enticing recipes. Fish markets will have it and then suddenly the last tail slips away until next year. Yes, you can freeze some, but I like the bear method – eat copiously while it’s readily available.
Copper River salmon refers not to a particular kind of salmon, but that the salmon physically came from the Copper River. It might be King, sockeye or silver. The swiftness of the river requires the fish to have more fat and oil to make the difficult journey. The unpredictable weather and extreme tides also make for challenging fishing. Hence, Copper River salmon is renown around the world.
In case you are not crazy about salmon, you will have numerous options if you stop in at Bayview’s Lobster Sale on Friday, May 17. Head under the big tent in the parking lot for live or cooked lobsters. Alongside the lobsters will be whole and half halibut and other seafood for as well. Seafood Manager Lisa Ishler has been scoping out the best prices and availability. Sounds like feasting to me.
Here are a few thoughts for cooking your fish:
Sear: (high heat, short time) Start your fillets on the stove then finish them in the oven. The outside will be golden perfect and the inside still moist.
Or, forget the oven finish and sear only. It won’t be cooked through – and that’s OK. (maybe not for everyone).
Broil: Again, you will cook the outside fast. A sticky marinade would be nice. Cook as desired.
Bake: 350 degrees for a few minutes. Totally easy – won’t produce crisp outside but perfect for spicy rubs. Don’t be afraid to take your pan out off the oven when the fish appears almost but not quite done. As the pieces sit for a couple of minutes, the cooking will continue.
Poach: citrus, wine and butter. Submerges flavors, no burning.
Plank: Soaked pieces of wood protect your fillets from the grill and add a smoky wood element that you either love or hate.
Smoke: Not within my realm of expertise, but lots of people do it. Need some equipment.
Raw: No cooking at all: Raw, fresh, high quality salmon can be eaten raw but one ought exercise caution.
Boiling: Cooking lobsters requires a huge pot of salted water. Best results come from putting the live lobster head first into the roiling water. You can probably do two at time (depending on the size of the pot).
Cover the pot and let it get to boiling again. Recipes suggest 12-20 minutes for a 1-1 ½ pound lobster. The shells will become bright red and the tails will curl. Drain well.
Bayview will do the cooking, if you prefer. Serve with drawn batter and chilled wine.
What is drawn butter, anyway?
Also known as clarified butter, it’s unsalted butter where the solids and liquids have been separated. This is done by melting butter, just bringing it to a boil, removing from heat and then skimming off the solids. What’s left is clear. Use for dipping.
I see fish in my future and it sure looks great. There must be at least one fish with one cooking style that appeals to you. Give it a go. It’s the season.
Eat Well – Be Well
Now open! Forza celebrates their grand opening of the Lacey store. Forza was born from a combined passion for Italy, the love of coffee, and the pursuit of making a difference in the community.
Complete article coming soon. Thanks to Priest Photography for the photos.
130 Marvin Road SE #130
Lacey, WA 98503
Submitted by City of Lacey Parks and Recreation
Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, 2013, by joining other trail supporters at Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 Pacific Avenue SE, to spread wood chips on trails in the park, pull weeds and invasive plants, and conduct basic trail maintenance. The Woodland Trail Greenway Association is hosting the trail maintenance work party.
Individuals, families, and groups are welcome to join. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will enjoy a barbeque lunch provided by The Alpine Experience after the project is complete. Please pre-register by Friday, May 24 to ensure that enough food, water, and tools are on hand. To access the registration form, visit the City of Lacey website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/parks-volunteer.
National Trails Day® is sponsored by the American Hiking Society. Since 1993, this event has grown to inspire thousands of people to celebrate America’s magnificent trail system on the same day nationwide. This year marks the 21st annual celebration, with over 2,000 events taking place throughout the United States. Additional National Trails Day® projects are available at www.AmericanHiking.org/ntd.
For more information, please call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.
Submitted by City of Olympia
In a ceremony today, Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts honored both members of the public and members of the Police Department for their service to the community in 2012. Each year, the Olympia Police Department meets during National Police Week to recognize those who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to help provide a safe and secure city. Chief Roberts thanked the award recipients for their dedication to community and to duty.
Submitted by The Foundation Campus
The Foundation Campus in Lacey includes a pre-school, daycare, and K-12 program. If you are looking for a great Biblically based education and strong academics check out The Foundation Campus today. The teacher to student ratio at The Foundation Campus greatly enhances the level of education that their child will receive.
Volumes of research dating back to the 1960’s highlight the advantages of smaller schools:
• Greater student achievement
• Better grades
• Higher graduation rates
• More years of college and graduate school after high school
• Safe schools
• Strong parental involvement
• Strong science, math, and critical thinking skills’
Empirical evidence also shows that the advantages of small schools stay with children throughout their educational career. In addition, Foundation Campus staff go the extra mile to create an environment that helps students to go beyond the normal educational experience that most school systems offer. The campus has a rich tradition of excellence in athletics, statewide academic competitions, the arts and more.
Northwest Christian High School (NCHS) in Lacey was just voted as the 2013 best high school in the greater South Sound region by readers of South Sound Magazine. NCHS tied for first with Charles Wright Academy of Tacoma. In response to our selection, South Sound Magazine stated, “High school can be both mentally and emotionally challenging. Help ease that burden by enrolling your teen into one of the best private schools in Western Washington.”
Find more information about each school on The Foundation Campus here. You can also call the following people to set up a tour of each school on our campus:
Day care and Pre-school-Michele Jewett (360) 951-3054
Community Christian Academy-Rick Graham (360) 493-2233
Northwest Christian High School-Dr. Terry Ketchum (360) 491-2966
When is a dentist not ‘just a dentist’? Pretty much every day if you are one of the talented and compassionate dentists at Small To Tall Pediatric Dentistry. The care they give to each patient in the office is the same care they extend into our community, supporting non-profit organizations and individuals throughout the South Sound. The Small to Tall team has supported, financially or with their time, more than twenty-one different groups.
But the Small to Tall dentists and staff aren’t supporting our community just to grow a lengthy list. They simply know it’s the right thing to do. Dr. Ben Ruder shares, “If there are things we can support financially, with donations or with our presence we feel everyone can benefit.” And the organizations around our area benefit greatly.
One example is Small to Tall’s support of the South Sound Reading Foundation (SSRF). If you delivered a baby at a local hospital, then you have benefitted from the SSRF. Thank the SSRF for the board book you went home with (ours was titled Mama, Mama). In addition to their Books for Babies Program, the SSRF has more than ten programs aimed at supporting literacy for children – promoting reading 20 minutes a day by making sure books are in every home and childcare center in our area.
As parents of small children themselves, the Small to Tall dentists are proud to support SSRF’s work. “I really enjoyed attending the annual fundraising breakfast and learning more about the great impact this organization has on our community,” says Dr. Scott Rowley.
Coming up soon on the calendar is the Lacey Spring Fun Fair, an event that Small to Tall is proud to participate in and sponsor. This free community event draws thousands of people every year, celebrating the season with a variety of fun activities for kids and adults. Stop by Small to Tall’s booth at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair and pick up educational materials about oral hygiene. During the two day event, all of the dentists and their staff will rotate through the booth. “It’s not just the dentists who feel passionate about community support – it’s a philosophy supported by the entire office,” adds Rowley.
Like many parents in the area, I am thrilled with the new Hands On Children’s Museum. Small to Tall is too. They were key donors during the construction process of the new museum, but their involvement doesn’t stop there. They partner with the museum to highlight Children’s Dental Health Month each February, coordinating free dental screenings. Many dentists from the Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society pitch in throughout the month. This free service is invaluable to area families who may have skipped early childhood check-ups due to finances or simply didn’t know screenings start with the emergence of the first tooth.
And community involvement of other area dentists is something Dr. Ruder sites as the norm, not the exception. “I really feel that the dental profession as a whole, not just Small to Tall, supports the arts, school groups like PTAs and other non-profit organizations around the Olympia area. Whenever I go to a performance, school event or a non-profit benefit, it’s always reassuring to see how many dentists sponsor or offer support to these organizations,” shares Ruder.
When reading through the list of organizations Small to Tall supports, I was struck with not only the larger organizational support including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, South Sound YMCA and Providence St. Peter’s Hospital, but that it included so many smaller, more personal connections.
These connections exist because Small to Tall really loves their patients, who travel from Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis, Thurston and South Pierce County to take advantage of the specialized pediatric care services offered at Small to Tall. Dentists in other counties refer patients to Small to Tall, knowing that their youngest patients will get just what they need from Drs. Rowley, Ruder, and Psaltis. In turn, Small to Tall supports the school auctions, PTAs, dance teams, Scout troops, theater productions, and sports fundraisers of their patients. “It’s built into our business and a core philosophy that we share,” remarks Rowley.
One of the favorite outreach activities of the team at Small to Tall is visiting local preschools where they demonstrate, in larger than life scale, how to take good care of your teeth. Floss made of rope and teeth made from stuffed pillowcases make preschoolers laugh, but also get them excited about taking care of their own teeth, ridding their mouth of the dreaded “sugar bugs.” When kids are excited about their own dental health, parents will follow.
And ultimately, that’s the big goal of community outreach and support. “We are supposed to be advocates for children’s oral health, to make sure they have healthy teeth and quality experiences when they come to the dentist,” shares Ruder. “That certainly extends beyond the borders of the dental office. We want to make sure we are advocates not just in our office, but in our community. Going out to schools and other venues, we can reach out to kids, in an environment they are familiar with, to educate them. It’s a community effort and that is really just part of who we are.”
222 Lilly Road
Olympia, WA 98506
By Kate Scriven
You may have recently read our article detailing the extensive summer camp options in Thurston County. And amazing programs are available throughout our area for either one week immersion in your child’s favorite topic or extended programs for summer-long fun.
There is one, however, that stands out from the pack – The South Sound YMCA Summer Camp Program. Several features of the Y’s camps give it this distinction. I recently spoke with Ron White, Director of Child Care Services at the Y, to learn more about these unique traits making their camps a premier choice for Thurston County families.
Safety is Job Number One
With more than twenty years as a licensed child-care provider in Thurston County, the Y knows how to run a safe and effective child-care program. Many area families experience this quality care first hand using the Y-Care program, housed in local elementary schools. When Y-Care closes in June, families can receive the same level of care in the Summer Camp Programs. In fact, because of the smaller size of the summer program, White believes they get “the cream of the crop” for their summer instructors, selecting the best among their Y-Care providers.
“Because we are licensed year-round, the level and quality of care and expertise provided at the Y is honed throughout the year – our instructors do this year-round and there is a difference when you do it full –time,” shares White.
“We have a great team that work with the campers. In addition to wanting the kids to have a good time, they are focused on creating safe and active adventures,” says Joyce Neas, Executive Director of the Briggs Community branch of the South Sound YMCA.
Building Kid’s Learning Throughout The Summer
When you look at the vast array of camp options you might not think “educational” at first glance. You’ll likely think “FUN!” – which is what your kids will think, too. But, the classes offered are carefully planned, building on what students learn in the classroom, helping bridge the learning slump that often occurs in the summer.
One example is the YMCA’s new program, “Brick Lab.” It may look like LEGO play, but it is actually a carefully crafted science and engineering program in which students are given complex problems to solve using spatial skills and building materials. The program connects to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program used in the Olympia School District, supporting learning goals already in place. LEGO Robotics and WeDo are also offered, again connecting to programs in our local schools.
Shifting focus to the right brain, the Y offers a wide variety of Arts Education classes for students with a creative bent. Most noteworthy is the long standing ArtsAlive program, hosted at Roosevelt Elementary. The month-long sessions focus on theater and set design, allowing local kids to experience live theater at an affordable price.
Arts, cooking, nature, and adventure sports are all examples of the multi-disciplinary themes available. Browse the full listings here.
Extended Adventures Beyond Day Camp
Registration for the YMCA Camps is broken down by week. Your child can attend one to eleven weeks of summer fun. Families can also extend the fun with optional excursions that are offered on an “al-a-carte” basis for families including trips to the Seattle Science Center or catching a Mariners or Rainiers baseball game.
“Each day is an adventure for the kids. There are a lot of choices this summer and each one has something really exciting planned. Our camps create lasting memories for kids,” summarizes Neas.
For those looking for an in-depth experience, the South Sound YMCA offers a week-long resident camp – Camp Bishop. Located near Shelton on Lost Lake, this close-to-home traditional summer camp has cabins, a dining hall, a fire pit for sing-alongs, canoes….the works. A classic childhood camp experience, right next door in Mason County. With campers in third through seventh grade, Camp Bishop focuses the week on building core values and personal goal setting. Campers set goals throughout the week – passing a swim test or learning specific canoeing skills – and earn beads showing progress. Success is experienced by all and celebrated at week’s end. Directed by the YMCA’s Brenda Banning, the camp is an excellent opportunity for kids to experience independence, responsibility, and success.
Getting In on All The Fun
With offerings this vast, there is an extensive brochure to help you navigate the choices. Visit the Y’s website and download the PDF, or pick up a copy at the Briggs Community or Olympia Downtown branches. Camps are held at both branches as well as at M.T. Simmons, Chamber’s Prairie, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools.
When registering, review the matrix near the end of the brochure to see which classes are offered on a particular week. Also note the letter codes in the class descriptions. These indicate locations of classes and a preview of these will help you decide which camp choices to offer your kids.
Financial assistance is also an option. White explains, “We are proud to be able to support the lower income families in our area with quality, safe care for their kids throughout the summer. In addition to being the only summer camp program to accept DSHS payment in the area, we also offer scholarships for those in need of assistance.”
While only the licensed child care camps, easily identifiable in the brochure, accept DSHS payment, all Y camps offer financial assistance to families with demonstrated need.
Living in Boston Harbor, chances are, we won’t be driving to a camp across town at Chamber’s Prairie Elementary. However, I do know that no matter which camp my daughter enthusiastically joins this year, she’ll be safe, have fun, and really learn something in the process. That’s a good value any day of the week.
Stop here to find all the sports camps happening this summer around Olympia. For a complete list of a wide-variety of summer camp options, click here.
Soccer Summer Camps
Basketball Summer Camps
Volleyball Summer Camp
Sailing Summer Camp
The City of Olympia offers sailing camps at three age groups (5 – 7, 8 – 11, and 12 – 18). Young sailors, all the way up to high school students, are welcome to learn new skills (or perfect current ones) under the guidance of certified sailing instructors.
Other Sports and Recreational Summer Camps
Did we miss a sports summer camp in Olympia? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Olympia Youth Chorus
Olympia Youth Chorus presents “Bach to Rock” Saturday, May 18 at 4pm. The concert will bring to listeners a sampling of choral music from J.S. Bach and Hildegard von Bingen to Sister Act’s “Joyful, Joyful.”
Those attending will enjoy a mix of early Michael Jackson and more as the singers explore several decades of music, including classical, contemporary, and maybe even a few unexpected surprises!
This is a fun concert for all ages, so plan to join us and be entertained by some of the finest young talent (ages 5-18) Olympia has to offer.
The concert will be held at the Westwood Baptist Church located at 333 Kaiser Rd NW in Olympia on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 4 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Children 3 and under are admitted at no charge. Tickets can be purchased by emailing Olympia Youth Chorus at email@example.com.
By Tom Rohrer
From the early days of his youth to the present day, Olympia’s Joel Garlinghouse has been hooked on the adrenaline rush of going fast, whether riding his 50cc dirt-bike as a five-year-old, or racing quads in the pro class at the D and W Flat Track in Rainier.
“It’s in my blood, I just have it,” said the 25-year-old Olympia native and Capital High School graduate. “I could not ride a quad for two years, then hop on, and be able to ride it just as well as before. It’s natural talent that’s in my blood.”
After a few months since competing, Garlinghouse will have the opportunity to put his talent out on the track this weekend. D and W Racing will begin its summer racing schedule on Saturday, May 18 at the Flat Track in Rainier. An experienced motorcyclist and quad rider, Garlinghouse now races in the pro class of the quad division of the D and W races, and will also be traveling to areas somewhat close (Longview) and far away (Sioux Valley, South Dakota) later this summer.
As a youngster in the local dirt bike racing scene Garlinghouse excelled, winning the AMA District Championship every year between 1996 to 1999, along with tallying up the 1996 and 1997 Elma Indoor Championships and the 1999 Catawampus Caveman Series Championship. He then took a hiatus from competitive racing before returning to race in the off road quad contests at Straddleline ORV Park in 2009.
For athletes in all sport, such a long period away from competition can lead to diminished skills and a lack of confidence. This was not the case for Garlinghouse, as he was able to earn two third place finishes in 2009, earning a podium position in the Pro 6 hour team race (a 211-mile endurance ride that took six hours) and a Pro Am Quad WORCS race. Garlinghouse’s high level of performance during his first year back is a testament to his skill and confidence on a vehicle.
“That confidence and courage as part of my mindset just helped me get back into it,” Garlinghouse said. “Growing up racing as a kid, that prepared me for the competitive aspect and regardless if it’s on a quad or a motorcycle, I’m confident in my abilities.”
“I’ve seen Joel wheelie through an entire house, and honestly just do things so easily that others physically cannot do,” said friend Kyle Questi. “He knows his motors, and it’s like he’s just connected to the throttle. What he does easily on a quad or a bike would be the hardest thing some riders ever attempt.”
After racing in the physically grueling and demanding off-road contests at Straddleline, Garlinghouse decided to move to flat track racing in Rainier. It is a transition he believes was necessary but still comes with its own challenges.
“I was breaking parts, bouncing off trees and rocks in the woods, was getting off the quad bleeding from blisters, so I decided to come back to where I started,” Garlinghouse said. “But (flat track) is probably more expensive, in large part because I go through tires faster and I’m burning through them every two races.”
Expenses in all motorsports add up quickly, whether it’s for repairs, parts, race fees and transportation or other associated costs. While Garlinghouse is sponsored through some local businesses, like South Sound Honda, Lew Rents West, and Pints and Quarts, his competitors usually have higher price vehicles and a payroll that allows them to compete more consistently throughout the year.
And yet Garlinghouse consistently finishes ahead of those very competitors, thanks to the motivation guided by his love of the sport.
“I have only pennies in my quad, and there are quads out there with $40,000 of top dollar equipment inside,” said Garlinghouse. “Finishing ahead of these racers is amazing and really the best feeling there is. I pay for everything from my own pocket and that’s the hardest challenge I face. But what separates me (from other riders) is my background and just the love of the sport.”
Unlike many other competitors, Garlinghouse’s “support team” in the pit at races consists of only two individuals: fellow Capital High graduate Geoff Sheltstad and longtime friend and mentor George Prindville, a motorcycle rider in the 30-plus division.
“I’ve been friends with George my whole life, and he’s seen my love of racing ever since I was a youngster,” Garlinghouse said. “He’s someone I looked up to always and still do.”
He also noted that his parent’s love of motorsports helped instill his active lifestyle as a young age and that they still continue to support him.
“My dad’s friend Mike Harret built the motor that I race with and does the internal motor work for me. They just always supported me growing up, and I’ve come to respect that even more as I’ve gotten older because I know how expensive it is,” Garlinghouse said. “I just grew up around them and motors and that’s what I love to do still. I really appreciate them because instead of being inside playing video games all day, I was outside building bicycle jumps and riding around.”
Last year, Garlinghouse took third and fourth place in the Rainier Cycle Bowl Pro and Prom Am Quad divisions respectively. During a typical race weekend, Garlinghouse will participate in 5-lap qualifying heats, along with three other riders, in order to qualify for the final. The final races feature twelve riders total, and are much longer, going for 20-25 laps.
In the heat of the moment, when he is inches away from his fast paced competition, is when Garlinghouse puts his talent on display.
“It’s crazy out there. We are a foot away from each other’s tires, inches away from bumpers,” Garlinghouse said of the experience on the dirt track. “If we touch we can go head over the bars. You have that fear of getting hurt, and that’s where I get the patience that helps me make moves to get ahead.”
The fear of losing has driven Garlinghouse to improve his mental and physical approach to racing. To keep up with the rigors of the sport, Garlinghouse runs and lifts weights, leaving him less susceptible to muscle fatigue that is common during races. Equally important to his success is his focus during the chaos of a race.
“You have to react quickly, you have to think ahead, and you have to react to what the other racers are doing,” Garlinghouse said. “I take my time because patience pays off but you still have to be aggressive.”
Later this summer, Garlinghouse is going to be putting his talents up against the best in the country, as he expects to travel to AMA ATV Nationals in Sioux Valley, South Dakota in mid-June.
“That’s going to be one of the biggest trips I’ve ever made and it’s exciting because there are riders from across the country, top flight riders,” Garlinghouse noted.
Along with competing in South Dakota, Garlinghouse will likely make a trek over to Spokane for a race, and is slated to compete in a flat track event on ice at Comcast Arena in Everett in December. However, Garlinghouse’s focus remains on the Flat Track at Rainier, a place he has come to love for the excitement it provides him and the support offered by fans.
“It’s really like a family atmosphere, and the racers, fans, we all get along,” Garlinghouse said. “You have the kids racing in the young divisions in the afternoon, and then they’ll come up and talk to you after. And there are families of other racers who will come talk to you, offer you encouragement. It’s fun to get that support and to be someone that kids look up to, especially because I was that same kid once.”
Though he has now lived a quarter century (while racing a majority of those 25 years) Garlinghouse is still driven by a child-like enthusiasm that will likely never leave him.
“I still compete because I love it too much, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t still be racing because it’s too expensive, too time consuming,” Garlinghouse said. “And in reality, that helps me compete, helps me go up against these other racers because I know I have to put everything I’ve got into winning. I appreciate the opportunity to race, and it’s one I will never ever take for granted.”
For more information on D and W Racing at the Rainier Flat Track, click here.
To inquire about sponsorship for Joel Garlinghouse email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-789-9302.
Submitted by Westport Winery
Westport Winery’s Fleur de Lis Festival is Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This celebration of flowers is free to attend and open to all ages. The winery is known for its extensive iris plantings which bloom for this festival. In addition the winery’s nursery has brought in a wealth of exciting new iris plants for purchase at this event.
For the fourth year, the Westport Art Festival will host Art in the Vines during this event as a precursor to their annual summer art festival at the docks in Westport on August 17 and 18. This is your opportunity to discover the latest creations from some of the best known artists in the region.
At 11 a.m. to launch the festival Westport Winery will open their new lavender labyrinth and unveil the centerpiece sculpture by North River artist Sherryl Jackson-Butts. The sculpture titled “Love” is a female form holding a large purple heart in the air. The piece was created using over one mile of fencing wire.
The labyrinth was designed by winery co-owner Kim Roberts in collaboration with lavender grower Sarah Bader. Bader is the owner of Lavender at Stonegate in West Winn Oregon. She is the author of The Lavender Lover’s Handbook. Bader will be attending the unveiling and autographing her books (available at Westport Winery) throughout the day.
The winery has added lavender to its considerable fresh farm offerings with over fifteen varieties available in their nursery and grown as a crop. They have also included numerous lavender inspired products to their menu including a delightful lavender lemon drop and their famous lavender vanilla bean shortbread cookies.
The lovely and talented Ericka Corban will be performing throughout the festival. Ericka is known for her Autumnal Equinox CD recorded live at Westport Winery in addition to being a featured artist on Starbucks’ play list.
Montesano author Ruth Kivi will be autographing her book Dad Goes Home from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. McAshton’s Shave Ice will be on site and offering icy snacks for all ages. The winery will also be hosting Yappy Hour for people and their canine pals from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on this date as well as every Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazineviewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.
The winery, bakery, gift shop, nursery, and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. with lunch offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.
Submitted by City of Olympia
City of Olympia’s Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA) is offering matching grants of up to $3,500 each for the creation of new parklets in downtown Olympia. Businesses, non-profit associations, and community groups can submit parklet design concepts by 5:00 PM, May 31, 2013. All grant money provided by the PBIA is intended to help offset the initial cost associated with the supplies and materials needed for the construction of the parklets.
What are Parklets?
Parklets are parking spaces converted into “mini parks” providing space for people to sit, converse, and enjoy the city around them.
PBIA chair, Darren Mills, says “Downtown Olympia is in need of public gathering spaces and parklets not only provide a space for people to gather but widen our somewhat narrow sidewalks.” In 2012, The PBIA awarded similar matching grants to Darby’s Café and Jakes on 4th which resulted in the creation of the first two parklets in downtown Olympia. “People of all ages are taking advantage of the parklets as a place to see friends, hang out, and relax,” says Rob Cameron, owner of Jakes on 4th. Sara Reilly, owner of Darby’s Café, says, “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the parklet from customers and people just walking by.”
Mills said, “One of best outcomes of parklets is the partnerships that they create between the sponsoring business owner, the city, PBIA and the public. They also bring economic benefit to the city by encouraging people to come downtown and spend dollars in our locally owned businesses.”
To learn more about parklets and future downtown projects, please visit the Downtown Project page on the City of Olympia website. For additional information on parklet development and how to apply for a parklet in front of your establishment, please feel free to contact the City of Olympia Downtown Liaison, Brian Wilson, at 360.709.2790 or via email at email@example.com.
By Leslie Merchant
Since the sun is back from vacation early this year, many Thurston County families are scrambling to find kid friendly things to do in the community. The Lacey Spring Fun Fair at Saint Martin’s University is back for its 26th year and bigger than ever with loads of fun and free activities for everyone.
For two full days, the Lacey Spring Fun Fair offers plenty for South Puget Sound families to do. This annual community celebration will begin on Saturday May 18 and continue on Sunday May 19,attracting approximately 16,000 people from around the region.
Get tips and highlights to enjoy the Lacey Spring Fun Fair.
Introduced last year in honor of the fair’s 25th anniversary, the Grand Parade has become an integral part of the weekend. The Grand Parade will begin on Saturday at 6 pm.
The Lacey Spring Fun Fair Grand Parade route will begin at Huntamer Park and wind its’ way in front of Saint Martin’s University. Viewing is offered all along the parade route, but the best spot will be in front of Saint Martin’s where announcers will be commenting on all the happenings.
In a salute to educators, over 100 North Thurston Public School (NTPS) staff will march as the Grand Marshals of the parade.
Accompanying the NTPS staff will be a colorful assortment of clowns, princesses, dignitaries, floats, horses and bands. Parade organizers are planning a super secret beginning to this year’s parade. Our advice – parade-goers should plan to arrive early so as not to miss the excitement.
Catch the Lacey’s Shining Stars Talent Show, Sunday 1pm, where cash prizes compliments of O’Bee Credit Union will be awarded to the best (a.k.a. most entertaining!) performances. Enjoy a variety of acts from music to dance and vote for your favorite.
Additionally, vendors from four states will offer a variety of yummy foods as well as arts and crafts.
The Lacey Sunrise Lions are offering another new and welcome feature this year. They are bringing their health screening van to the Lacey Spring Fun Fair. Check off a free vision, hearing, glaucoma, diabetes, and blood pressure screening off your list of things to do.
Children will delight in the special features offered just for them. Giant inflatables, the Circus Train, and Kids World in the Pavilion are highlights for kids of all ages, and they are all free! Local businesses and non-profit organizations will be providing games, craft projects and face painting for children.
The Lacey Spacey Celestial Family Fun Parade on Saturday at noon promises lots of laughs as community members and children dress in space or alien themed costume for the half-mile trek. River Ridge High School students will be on hand to help transform parade-goers into space creatures with the help of some face paint.
Ruth Weigelt, chair of the Lacey Spring Fun Fair, advises fair attendees to “come early on Saturday if you want to brave the zip line!” The wildly popular 300-foot zip line is returning for its second year.
Chair of the Lacey Spring Fun Fair for 21 years, Weigelt has watched it grow from a small community gathering into a beloved and highly anticipated event. “People having fun and smiles on kids faces, you can really feel the sense of community,” she exclaims. Ruth is also very excited about this year’s line-up of live entertainment. Local school groups and bands, dance troupes and other popular performers will be on stage throughout the weekend to keep the crowds entertained.
While Saturday will be the busiest day for parade lovers, Sunday is the highlight for car fans. They will get a chance to visit with cherished vehicles from around Southwest Washington during the Classic Car Show.
Getting to the Lacey Spring Fun Fair is easy. Park at the South Sound Mall and hop aboard a free shuttle service on Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:15 pm.
Attendees are encouraged to use the shuttle on Saturday and Intercity Transit throughout the weekend as parking is limited at Saint Martin’s.
Lacey Spring Fun Fair
Saint Martin’s University
Saturday, May 18 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 19 – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
For more information on show times and events, visit the website at www.laceyspringfunfair.com.
By Tom Rohrer
The Claremont McKenna College (located outside of Los Angeles) student got his wish and will be undertaking a cross country bicycle journey through Bike and Build, a fundraising program for affordable housing.
Psaltis, and his team of around 25 other cyclists, will begin their journey in Providence, RI., on June 10. The ride will conclude on August 18 in Seattle.
“I have heard people say that they wished they would have done something like this while they were in college,” said Psaltis, who graduated from North Thurston High School in 2011. “This is the time to go do something with a long duration. If you have a regular job you cannot ride across the country, so I wanted to capitalize on the situation.”
That’s not to say Psaltis won’t be working hard during the two month journey. Along with riding distances approaching 100 miles a day, Psaltis and the Bike and Build Team will be stopping at communities along the way to complete repairs and construction to combat the housing crisis that is plaguing the country.
There will be around eight “work days” on the trip The volunteers will use tools carried on a Bike and Build support van that follows the team. Combating a major social issue is something that Psaltis is looking forward to participating in.
“At college, there is awareness of social issues such as welfare and medical care, but the housing crisis isn’t getting attention on the same level,” said the government and French dual major. “I love biking and it seemed like a worthy cause. I’m thankful they accepted my application.”
An experienced cyclist who competed for RAD Racing Northwest before graduating from high school, Psaltis has participated in long distance rides such as Seattle to Portland (STP). However, Psaltis knows the Bike and Build trip will test him physically and mentally.
“I’ve done nothing comparable, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to,” Psaltis said. “STP is an intense ride but this trip is like doing that for seventy consecutive days.”
Psaltis noted that while he has taken vacations to destinations across the country, he has never done so in a “road trip” setting. Also appealing to him is the fact that the route will take the team through small town locations, rather than just stopping at large metropolitan areas.
“It’s exciting to see parts of the country that I haven’t been to and in some cases haven’t heard of,” Psaltis said. “Every day will be a new opportunity to see a part of what makes this country great.”
Along with the handiwork he will be providing with his Bike and Build Team, Psaltis will also be donating a portion of his fundraising efforts for the trip. It’s required that Bike and Build participants raise $4500 for the trip, with a large portion going towards food and hospitality costs.
“Almost half of the funds will be for buying food, and just surviving the trip,” Psaltis said with a laugh. “The rest is going to affordable housing organizations across the country. I can raise more than the ($4500) amount, and every dollar over that amount goes to those organizations.”
Psaltis is encouraged by the response he has gotten from family and friends donating to his cause.
“I’ve talked to lots of people about the trip,” Psaltis said. “Everyone seems to think it’s an important cause and that obviously is a rewarding feeling.”
In an effort to quickly acclimate to the rigors of the trip, Psaltis estimates he is riding around 100 miles a week spread out across three rides. The excitement for the trip likely provides the motivation for the training, as there is no fuel quite like that of anticipation and dedication.
“I know I don’t have many opportunities to do something like this, both for the adventure, and also the opportunity to help people across the country,” Psaltis noted. “I couldn’t imagine a better thing to be doing over the summer.”
For more information on Kosta Psaltis’s journey, and to donate towards the cause of affordable housing, visit his Bike and Build page.
For more information on Bike and Build, including a complete breakdown of the Providence-to-Seattle route, click here.
A display fit for a museum sits in the corner of Kiley Gustafson’s office. It includes late 80’s Macintosh computer, a pennant from the 1st Women’s Capital City Marathon, and a screen-printing kit, purchased in 1984 for $40. Each item in the display was a key ingredient in the creation of Color Graphics.
Nuclear Power Plant Electrician to Small Screen-Printing Business Owner
“My dad, Fred Gustafson, was an electrician at the Satsop Nuclear Plant. Our family moved to the Pacific Northwest when he started working at Satsop, but the plant was shutting down and he decided to change careers. Someone asked him to create a jersey for a local sports team, so he purchased a screen-printing kit, made the jersey and enjoyed figuring out the process. He loves learning new things. Really, that was the beginning of Color Graphics,” said Kiley.
Starting with a retail store at the South Sound Mall called New Creations T-Shirts, Fred and my mom, Debbie Gustafson, started their foray into the apparel industry. At the same time, Fred through trial and error figured out the art of screen printing and refinedthe process until he was able to provide products with exceptional quality. Soon he had local contracts for Olympia sporting goods stores like Rainbow Sports and Tumwater Sports. After a while he decided to pursue a wholesale business, added services such as embroidery and signs, and the business grew.
Largest Wholesale Merchandise Showroom on the West Coast
Today, Color Graphics has the largest product showroom on the West Coast in the Mottman Industrial Park near South Puget Sound Community College. The company can put a logo on just about anything and their products and services include: apparel, awards, engraving, digital printing, embroidery, screen-printing and promotional products.
In June, Fred and Debbie Gustafson made the decision to retire, and their son Kiley, and his wife Voshte, agreed to move from Seattle to Olympia and buy the business.
“The transition is going great. The business continues to grow. We are full of creative energy, new ideas, and excitement as leaders of this team. We also have a wonderful staff that has embraced us,” said Voshte.
Fred and Debbie have been traveling a lot, but they are still available to discuss business matters. “They are always a phone call or text away. We have a lot of customers that have been with Color Graphics for years, so it really helps to be able to discuss accounts with my parents,” said Kiley.
The majority of their business is local, mostly apparel brand-wear. “We do a lot of corporate brand-wear, sports league jerseys, fan-wear, and trade show products. For example, if a business is going to a trade show they stop by and we help them determine what apparel to wear and what products to give away,” said Kiley. “If you can put a logo on it, then we probably carry that item, whether it is fan-wear, corporate apparel, rubber stamps, name tags. We take ideas and transform them into a way to market and showcase each business,” said Voshte.
Color Graphics does the majority of their printing in-house. “In-house production improves accuracy and quality, especially with screen-printing and embroidery,” said Voshte.
Customer service is another area that sets this business apart from a lot of the on-line retailers that have emerged over the past few years. “Our customer service is awesome. We hear that all the time from our customers. We’ve been a part of Thurston County for so long and we personally guarantee our products. The majority of our employees have been here for five plus years, some as long as 18 years,” said Kiley.
Color Graphics also employs two in-house graphic artists who enjoy working with clients to create exceptional design for every customer. “You can’t get this kind of service and attention on-line,” said Kiley.
“There are so many variables that go into your final product; it takes a lot of knowledge to make it happen with the highest quality. That is why we have so many repeat customers. They tell other people that they had a great experience and received a great product,” said Voshte.
…and it’s about popcorn
“We have a theater style popcorn machine in the showroom filled with popcorn 365 days a year. Many of our customers come in on a weekly basis to grab some popcorn, say hello and visit. They check out new products and discuss ideas they have and how we can help them. We love getting a chance to know customers when they stop by,” said Voshte.
Kiley agrees, “Coming from Seattle we want to get to know people, build relationships, and have the chance to give back.”
Stop by Color Graphics if you are in the area, grab a bag of popcorn, and say hello to Kiley and Voshte.
2540 Crites St SW
Tumwater, WA 98512