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Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Hello, Olympia.  As we head into the end of spring, take this weekend to explore your hometown.  Search out a new restaurant.  Take a walk in a different neighborhood.  Explore a downtown Olympia business.  And, use ThurstonTalk to help you find just the right option for your family. Here’s what is going on around town

Barbara Whitlow, Olympia Federal Savings Offer Green Choice Loans

Thurston Talk - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Barbara Whitlow, the Residential Relationship Manager at Olympia Federal Savings, discovered her passion for business and finance when she was a member of her high school DECA program. Discovering her career early has led Barbara to a 40-year career in banking, with the last 32 years as a trailblazer at Olympia Federal Savings. During her

A Year with Frog and Toad

South Sound Arts - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:49pm
Published in the Weekly Volcano, May 19, 2016Kate Ayers as Toad, Harrison Fry as Frog. Photo by David NowitzOlympia Family Theater’s A Year with Frog and Toad is so joyous that watching it should banish all thoughts of election season politicking. For more than an hour all worries about war and poverty and climate change should go away.It is the show Olympia Family Theater opened its first season with, and has become the company’s every-five-year anniversary show. This year marks the 10thseason for this most enjoyable children’s theater.Based on the books by Arnold Lobel and directed by Jen Ryle, Frog and Toadis a celebration of friendship, following a year in the life of these best of friends. Kate Ayers is Toad. Toad is neurotic, often fearful and excitable. Harrison Fry is Frog. Frog is as different from Toad as different can be. He is calm and caring, a voice of reason, and he will do anything for his friend Toad.Ayers and Fry are wonderfully matched. As Ayers has proven in so many performances — Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Lyle the Crocodile; Busytown; The Monster Under the Bed; and more — she is among the most expressive of actors on South Sound stages, with broad facial expressions and wonderfully exaggerated physical moves. Plus she sings with a clear and lovely voice. Fry, who has been outstanding in everything from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to Prince Rupert in Cinder Edna, is thoroughly loveable as Frog. He is the sweet calm in the storm.Also a pure delight is Ted Ryle as Snail with the mail. Every time he walks across the stage the kids in the audience go wild. So do a lot of the adults. Who remembers Arte Johnson as the dirty old man on “Laugh In”? Every time Ryle carries the mail with his hurried-slow shuffle it is like Arte Johnson when Ruth Buzzi hits him on the head with her purse. It’s hilarious.The set, props, and special effects are preciously cheesy-cheap. Admittedly “cheesy” and “cheap” are not usually complimentary terms, but in this show they apply purposefully and perfectly. Everyone knows the seeds in the box are going to sprout into flowers, and kids in the audience stand up and crane their necks in anticipation of seeing it. The snowy slope Frog and Toad sled down is nothing up a white sheet draped over some makeshift construction, but what they do with it is magical and ridiculously funny. And then there’s the puppet Large and Terrible Frog, and Toad’s puppet legs — you have to see it to believe it (credit scenic designer Steve Bylsma, scenic engineer David Nowitz, prop artist Rachel Ikehara-Martin, and puppet artist Sarah Lykins).Also playing a huge role in the success of this play is the band: keyboardists Stephanie Claire and David Lane, bassist Matt Fearon, and drummer Theresa McKenzieSullivan.The choreography by Amy Shephard is lot of fun and the costumes by Mishka Navarre are delightful, especially the colorful birds’ dresses, which make the quartet of singing birds look like a psychedelic girl group from 1962. A Year with Frog and Toad is a show for children of all ages; i.e., parents will love it as well. A Year with Frog and Toad,  Fri., 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m.  through June 5, pay what you can June 20, $13-$19,  http://olyft.org/tickets, 612 4th Ave E, Olympia, 360-570-1638


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Bill Colby: The Sixties

South Sound Arts - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:43pm

Published in the Weekly Volcano, May 19, 2016 “Tideflats East,” watercolor by Bill Colby, courtesy Matter.Art entrepreneur Lisa Kinoshita, along with birdloft furniture (Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks) and rePly Furniture (Steve Lawler), have opened an exciting new shop on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Called Matter: Tacoma made modern, the new shop is a showcase for furniture, woodworking and visual arts. For its inaugural visual arts show, Matter is displaying prints and watercolors by Bill Colby.At 89 years old and an innovative artist who taught printmaking at University of Puget Sound, Colby is a revered elder statesman of the Tacoma art community, whose works are in the permanent collections of major museums.The pieces selected for this exhibition are from the 1960s, shortly after he first came to Tacoma. The work on display, however, is not like the psychedelia and pop art of that decade, but is more like the more sedate work of the Northwest mystics: Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. There is a quiet, spiritual quality to it, and a sureness and economy of style, plus the muted colors reflect the colors not only of the Northwest mystics, but of the air we breathe. Some of his prints display a bit of what I take to be influences from Coastal Indian art, not in subject matter but in style. This is evident in a piece called “Spring,” a woodcut that has a feel for landscape but is abstracted to the extent that I can’t recognize any intended subject matter. Native American influences can also be seen in “Ceramic Bird,” an artist’s proof drypoint etching of a bird in flight. The bird is more iconic and symbolic than naturalistic, with heavy dark-and-light contrasts and a strong feeling for sweeping movement.  There are two lovely watercolors of Tacoma’s tide flats. “Tacoma Tideflats 1962” is the most naturalistic picture in the exhibition. There is marvelously rich blue water with dark, yellowish hills on the horizon and a gray sky that feels stormy and ominous without overly obvious storm clouds — Colby underplays dramatic effects. This painting looks more like a gouache than a watercolordue to its detail and opaqueness.  By way of contrast, the other tide-flats painting, “Tideflats East,” is light and sketchy, a landscape with water, logs and posts in water in the foreground, and houses on the farther shore. It is done with a delightful economy of brushstrokes and appears spontaneous, as if dashed off in a matter of minutes.  One of the more intriguing pieces is a silkscreen print called “Television Trance.” Done in broad dots and strokes of dull brown and ochre, it is an almost Pollock-like overall composition of quick marks that barely meld together into an interior scene with three figures watching television, apparently mesmerized by the screen.This is a small show. The paintings and prints are neither large nor showy, but they are masterfully done. The furniture and woodworking by birdloft furniture and Steve Lawler are also nice to look at. Much of it would make a fine addition to any home.


Bill Colby: The Sixties, Matter, Monday-Friday 11:30-5:30, Thursday- Saturday and by appointment, through June 11, for appointment call Lisa Kinoshita 253.961.5220, 821 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.879.3701. mattertacoma.com
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Upstart Tenino Heads to State Baseball Tournament

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:28am

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It would have been easy for the Tenino baseball team to call it a season after the way things started this year. The Beavers, who feature just three seniors and nine freshmen on their roster, kicked off their 2016 campaign by dropping five out of their first eight games. “The team was working hard. We

With Hot Bats and Solid Pitching, Yelm Heads into Fastpitch Playoffs Optimistic

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:02am

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With only two seniors on their team, there seemed to be reason for a “wait until next year” approach for Yelm High School’s fastpitch team. But the future is now for these red-hot Tornadoes, who are going into Friday’s playoff game with Federal Way’s Todd Beamer High School with an impressive 19-3 record. Nicki Dehan,

Gravity Beer Market – 800 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:00am

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It’s Friday afternoon at Gravity Beer Market, and owner Scott Brummel is busy greeting customers by name, filling growlers, retrieving special orders, answering the phone, and making beer and cider suggestions. Gravity Beer Market, Olympia’s first bottle shop, opened eight years ago. Scott and his team offer the same friendly service and tasty beer selection

Rex to the Rescue! Therapy Dog Calms Nerves at Cramer & Bond Dentistry

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:00am

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The eight-year-old boy had never been to the dentist, and he was afraid – so nervous, in fact, that he wouldn’t even sit down in a chair. “It was unusual,” says Dr. Adam Cramer of Cramer & Bond Dentistry. “We generally like to see children early, before they have any needs so we can integrate

Thrifty Thurston Bounces into the Lacey Spring Fun Fair

Thurston Talk - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:00am

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Entertaining my family on a beautiful, sunny day is one of my favorite things to do during spring. However, many events around town can take a toll on my bank account. Rides, food, and souvenirs…the kids want it all! One of my favorite events of the year provides all of these necessities to a family

ThurstonTalk Interns Reflect on a Year of Freelance Writing

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 12:00pm

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Compiled by Kate Scriven, ThurstonTalk Associate Editor The ThurstonTalk high school intern program is finishing our fourth year. In that time, we have mentored more than 17 area youth through an internship opportunity designed to give them insight into the world of freelance writing and journalism.  ThurstonTalk’s philosophy of sharing positive stories about where we live, work

ThurstonTalk Opens 2016-2017 High School Internship Opportunity

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:55am

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  ThurstonTalk.com has opened a limited internship opportunity to Thurston County high school students interested in writing for our community social network. A special thank you to Hometown Property Management owner, Andrew Barkis, for partially sponsoring this experience for high school students. The internship will run from September 2016 – June 2017 and is open to

Father's Day Garden Open & Brunch

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:32am
Event:  Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Support Native Plant Salvage and celebrate Father’s Day with brunch in Paula & Rick Finch’s stunning northwest naturalistic landscape. Stroll through their arboretum of mature specimen trees, take in the array of native and water-wise species, and enjoy the view across Puget Sound to the Olympics.

Brunch options include vegan and gluten-free. Complementary coffee and tea will be served, along with mimosas for purchase and a small pop-up plant sale! Garden entry is $10-$30 sliding scale, and brunch is $8-$10 a plate, kids under 12 are free.

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Monthly Plant Walks

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:30am
Event:  Thu, 06/09/2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join local plant experts for a guided tour of McLane Creek Nature Trail's diverse flora. Learn to identify and appreciate a variety of native perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they grow and change. Come learn the names and the ecological and ethnobotanical roles of the plants that surround us every day. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. 

Meet at the McLane Creek Nature Trail Lower Trailhead. Cost is $5-20 sliding-scale donation per person. Email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com with questions or to register. 

 

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Hartley Jewelers – Treasured Stones Transformed into Family Heirlooms

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

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When Mid Parmley’s mother passed away 11 years ago, Mid inherited her diamond wedding ring. It meant the world to her. “I have two beautiful daughters, Stacii and Danah,” Mid says. “And I decided when my mother passed away that someday I would take some rings I had, and some their father had, and put

Look Out Olympia, There’s a Storm Coming

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts has a longstanding and time-honored history in our area. Since 1985, The Washington Center has hosted performances from across the country and our own backyard. On Thursday, June 16, The Washington Center welcomes the musical whirlwind that is Storm Large for one night only, with tickets selling fast.

Kim Schult – Palette of Life

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

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Art is subjective to each viewer. What is deemed beautiful by one is misunderstood by another. But art is not about beauty, but instead focuses on a message. Thurston County resident, Kim Schult, is using animal images of the Pacific Northwest to convey a beautiful message of life in our area through her art. “I

Final Razor Clam Digs of the Season to Start May 20

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 2:51pm

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Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Clam diggers have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin May 20. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a last round of digs at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the

Yelm Insurance Agency Adds Seasoned Personal Lines Insurance Advisor

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 2:35pm

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Submitted by Ronelle Funk Insurance Agency  Ronelle Funk Insurance Agency in Yelm has added Edith (Edie) Buck, a seasoned licensed personal lines insurance advisor, to its growing agency staff. Buck comes with decades of insurance experience having previously worked in an Allstate office owned by Marilyn Zuckerman, part of a family business started by Ronelle’s

Hildi Flores – From Food to Fashion, Local Artist Cooks Up Her Own Niche

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

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Hildi Flores is a great restaurant server. She is friendly, attentive, and will make sure your dining experience at Ramblin Jacks in downtown Olympia is top notch. It’s not always an easy job, but it’s a good job and it pays the bills. However, being a restaurant server is not her passion. What many of

Local Marriage and Family Therapist Betsy Hicks Uses Her Experience to Help Your Future

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

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With 24 years of marriage under her belt, Betsy Hicks knows how much hard work it can be to make a relationship successful. She’s lived in nine different states with her husband and two sons and has dealt with many transitions that comes from being a military family. For Betsy, it’s this background and insight

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