Discover the enchanted world of the fairy folk at Tumwater Timberland Library's annual extravaganza! Dress in a fairy folk costume and enjoy a fairy tea and activities so exciting they're magical. Dancers from Ballet Northwest will also be performing two dances from the Nutcracker ballet. Free tickets will be available at the Tumwaterlibrary information desk beginning Friday, October 31. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month by starting that novel you've always wanted to write! The Tumwater Timberland Library will provide a quiet space, free from distraction, in a supportive and focused environment. Stop in and get to work!Google Plus One Facebook Like
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! Local author Lindsay Schopfer offers a three-part writing class. In part one, he discusses how a great story must start strong to get the reader’s attention. Each novel’s beginning must be a balancing act of description, backstory, and action. Participants will learn how much backstory to include in their novel, how to identify essential establishing information, and how to effectively drop their readers into the action. Attendance at all three classes is not required. Part 2 of the series will be on 11/15, with Part 3 on 11/22.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Submitted by FORMA Construction
FORMA Construction Company has named Ned Owens of Olympia the company’s new chief financial officer. Owens succeeds Harvey Hanson, who will be retiring from FORMA this December after a 27-year tenure.
As CFO, Owens will provide leadership, oversight and direction for the financial operations of the $125 million company.
Owens comes from McGladrey LLP, the fifth largest accounting, tax and consulting firm, following 13 years in McGladrey’s Olympia and Seattle offices as a tax and audit associate and manager. Prior to his tenure at McGladrey, Owens was an ocean import representative for Expeditors International, in Kent, Washington.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in 1995, Owens was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Seattle University and a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from Golden Gate University.
Owens is a certified public accountant and a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
An Olympia native, Ned and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of three children. Owens enjoys hunting, swimming, skiing, tennis and music. He is a member of the Olympia Rotary Club.
To learn more about FORMA, visit www.formacc.com.
By Gail Wood
“If it wasn’t for this,” Asman said as she looked around at students practicing martial arts, “I’d be home reading a book. I like drama a lot. And this gave me the confidence to do it.”
“I was really, really shy when I was little,” Asman said. “This brought out a lot of confidence in me in a fun way.”
Her story is a common one.
Legrand Jones, a sophomore at Capital High School, began taking classes at USMAC six years ago when he was in fifth grade. Like Asman, he had something he wanted to overcome.
“For me, what they helped me with a lot was the idea of self-control and discipline,” Jones said. “I used to have a lot of anger management issues.”
“It’s helped me a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”
The emphasis at USMAC isn’t learning how to slap kick or punch. That’s the lure, the attraction. The emphasis is teaching respect and learning discipline. Each week, students bring a report card from their parents, not their teachers. Students are graded on things like how they behaved, how they clean they kept their rooms and information about their performance in school.
“The biggest thing I get out of it is what they teach you,” said Aaron Field, a junior at Capital.
There are five tenants that USMAC teaches.
“There’s indomitable spirit, integrity, confidence and self-control,” Field said. “That confidence carries over to school. I’m very confident when it comes to presentations or public speaking. I don’t think I would have had that if I hadn’t taken taekwondo.”
Three years ago, Aaron Kioshi, now a junior at North Thurston High School, got involved with martial arts at USMAC when his mom got a coupon to the center for a free lesson. He went once and got “hooked.”
“That first day, there was all this energy,” Kioshi said. “Everyone was really happy and ready to go. It was fun. Everyone was wanting to do it.”
His martial arts experience has helped Kioshi develop his coordination and confidence as an athlete. Now, he’s turning out for football at North Thurston and he plans to turn out for wrestling for the first time this winter. He will also run track again in the spring. Right now, he comes to USMAC on Wednesdays after football practice.
“The first rule is to never use your martial arts to hurt anyone,” Kioshi said. “It’s all to defend yourself. It’s all about respecting others. It’s never about going out and causing trouble.”
For kids who are shy, it teaches them confidence. For kids who are more aggressive, it teaches them restraint, how to hold back and respect others. And that is the emphasis. It’s not just learning how to kick box and combat, it’s about learning respect.
Saehee Kwak, a junior at Capital, has been going to USMAC for three years. Her experience as a junior instructor and in her own workouts is a stress reliever.
“I get a lot of stress from school,” Kwak said. “I come here and go home happy.”
Kwak moved to Olympia from Korea in 2011 and she said she didn’t know any English. Her experience at USMAC has helped in her transition.
“I’ve learned how to be confident, to speak up, to answer with confidence, showing who I am,” she said.
The ultimate goal of USMAC is building tomorrow’s leaders today. The focus is more on building character than building punch power.
“The things we teach all lead someone to be a strong leader in the community,” said Debbie Winters, project manager with USMAC. “We have ten home rules for children. The first one is to show respect to your parents and family members. Our focus is more on character.”
On Saturday, about 700 students from across the Northwest with similar stories will compete in the annual Governor’s Cup at Saint Martin’s University. Black belt sparring begins at 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon board breaking and sparring continues.
Kioshi won’t be able to judge at Saturday’s Governor’s Cup competition. He’ll be in Tacoma at a conference for deaf students. He knows sign language and works with deaf children.
“That’s fun, too,” Kioshi said.
Winds are blowing. Dark nights are settling in early. Rain drops are falling hard and frequent. It must be October – and therefore time for some frightful (or fright-less) fun. Harvest festivals, Halloween parties, pumpkin patches, and freaky haunted houses are all on the agenda for the weekend. Use our full event calendar to plan your activities or skim through our highlights below.
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It’s been 13 years since Harley-Davidson has introduced an all-new model. This spring, the company introduces the 500cc and 750cc Street. This new bike is aimed at younger, more urban riders and has a price point to match. Starting at $6700, the Street is within reach of younger riders who love the Harley brand, but aren’t yet ready for the price tag on some of the larger bikes.
The Street is described as a smaller, more nimble bike that can handle the roughness of urban streets with specialized suspension. The smaller design means it’s lighter with an instant throttle response, a plus for urban riders handling heavier traffic and multiple stop and go situations.
Julio Valdenegro, for one, is thrilled to see the Street hit the floor at Northwest Harley-Davidson. The co-owner has worked at the Lacey dealership since 2001 and is looking forward to the impact this new model will have. “We’ll see a new type of buyer for this bike,” shares Valdenegro, “and we are looking forward to a new generation of Harley riders in the store.”
Conspicuously absent from the Street is the large amount of chrome typically seen on most Harleys. This “blacked-out” style adds to the urban appeal as does the more neutral riding position, providing comfort and stability.
The Street is made in Kansas City, Missouri and showcases the top quality you’d expect from Harley-Davidson. And with the two engine sizes and many customization options, the Street gives buyers a lot of choice.
Want to check out the new Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 for yourself? Visit the Lacey shop where the always friendly experts on staff can show you the Street in person.
Submitted by KGY Radio
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of radio station KGY 1240AM. Sacred Heart Radio, based in the Seattle area, closed on the transaction today and will take over the operation and programming as of October 16.
Jennifer Kerry, President of KGY, Inc. noted that the station will continue at 95.3 on the FM dial and said that “…we have moved the legendary programming and community involvement of KGY to 95.3 on the FM band and the sale of 1240 AM is a great opportunity to bring more programming diversity to Olympia.”
Sacred Heart Radio is a radio network originating at KBLE 1050AM in Seattle with additional stations in Yakima, Spokane, Kodiak and now Olympia. The non-profit group is headed by Ron Belter.
There are no staffing changes anticipated in the operation of KGY 95.3FM.
Jennifer Kerry’s grandfather, Tom Olsen, bought KGY in 1939 and it has been owned by the family since then. KGY, Inc. also owns KAYO 96.9FM, South Sound Country and will continue to operate both KAYO and the new KGY on 95.3FM. Both stations are managed by Jackson Dell Weaver.
Submitted by Renata Rollins for Reach out at the Well
Free community fair aims to foster courageous community caretaking
The free community fair is hosted by the Olympia Outreach Workers League, a coalition of nearly a dozen downtown service organizations who operate with generous volunteer support. Participating organizations setup booths and provide information on their services and volunteer opportunities.
“We aim to uplift the downtown neighborhood through strengthening relationships, cultivating networks, and encouraging volunteerism,” said Renata Rollins, event organizer and a coordinator with the Outreach Workers League. “It’s all about the ethic of courageous community caretaking. It takes a village to raise a village.”
All are welcome, whether seeking volunteer opportunities or a little help getting through a rough patch, or even just to get in touch with the Downtown Neighborhood.
With winter weather approaching, there’s a big push for volunteers at the local shelters, when they experience a swell in their overnight numbers.
“Volunteering is fun and provides community members with the opportunity to directly engage with children and families,” said Natalie Moran of the Family Support Center, which opened the family shelter, Pear Blossom Place, in July. “We welcome children to volunteer alongside their parents. Without the dedication and support of volunteers, the community’s largest homeless family shelter would not be possible.”
“We encourage groups, churches, schools and any other interested organization to consider volunteering together to cover a certain period of time,” said Meg Martin, shelter director with Interfaith Works, whose new Emergency Overnight Shelter opens November 1 at First Christian Church. “We are also looking for volunteers to share skills, information and teach enrichment classes as well. This is a great way to gain a better understanding of an important social issue that extends far beyond our downtown.”
The Downtown Neighborhood Association will join the fall event, along with returning groups such as Covenant Creatures, which gives out free pet food and supplies at the fair; several youth and family organizations; and free/low-cost health clinics and services. Sea-Mar Clinic will offer Medicaid enrollment for those who qualify. The Downtown Ambassadors will serve as official greeters, serving up free hot coffee donated by Burial Grounds.
The event runs noon to 3 p.m. on Friday October 17 at downtown’s Artesian Commons Park, commonly called “the Well,” at 415 E. Fourth Ave.
By Alyssa Ramsfield
Nothing puts me in a better state of mind for Halloween than an old fashioned fright. Whether it’s a vampire awakening from his tomb or a scarecrow come to life, Thurston County is full of haunted houses and corn mazes to satisfy the need for a good scare.
There is one haunted house that stands out as being the scariest place year after year, My Morbid Mind. Owner Kevin Noah strives to be the best haunt in all of Washington. This labor of love started as a backyard spine-tingling event and has grown to a mammoth barn packed to the brim with props, actors, and special effects. This year is better than ever boasting new ghosts and ghouls. While this spooky spot is considered a PG-13 attraction, on Halloween from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. the lights turn on and the creatures hand out candy for the “Kids Walk Thru.” It’s the perfect opportunity to take the whole family for some frightful fun.
If you head south to Bucoda, you can support a great cause and check out the terrifying entertainment at Scary-Nights Haunted House. This event is three years old to the Bucoda location, but has been haunting areas around the Northwest for 15 years. Tickets are being sold across the county with money going right back into the community. Two dollars from each ticket bought locally, will go to the Tenino Quarry Pool. Your screams of support are greatly appreciated at Scary-Nights.
Rutledge Corn Maze just gets bigger and better every year. The annual haunted maze starts as the sun falls behind the Black Hills. Actors and props are hidden amongst the maze making the route for escape a difficult task. Rutledge has also added a Zombie Paintball Hunt. Visitors can take out prop and actor zombies with mounted paintball guns as they ride through the farm. Family activities that are available include a kid-friendly trip in the maze and corn train during the day.
Fall Harvest Festival is in full effect at Schilter Family Farm. A big part of the 5-acres festival is dedicated to their corn maze. This expansive network of twists and turns takes an average of an hour to complete. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz. On October 18 and 25, the maze comes alive with The Dark Side of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West takes flight along with her troop of monkeys swooping in on unsuspecting victims trying to find their way through the dark abyss. This special evening event is not recommended for the faint of heart.
Blood curdling screams and chilling thrills can be found across Thurston County. Be sure to check out all of these eerie venues before the clock strikes midnight on All Hallows’ Eve.
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Submitted by The City of Olympia
The City of Olympia is laying the groundwork for supporting successful neighborhood centers. These small-scale neighborhood activity hubs offer residents convenient shopping and other services within a half-mile or 20-minute walk from home, contributing to a healthy lifestyle, helping us reduce our carbon footprint, and fostering neighborhood interaction.
What kinds of neighborhood centers do you want in Olympia? Fill out our short questionnaire on OLYSpeaks at http://olyspeaks.org. This survey will be open until midnight on October 28, 2014.
The Olympia Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall about initial exploration of the City’s neighborhood center regulations.
For more information, please contact Amy Buckler or Michelle Sadlier at 360.753.8314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve all experienced it – a strain in our neck or a pinch in our lower back. These common discomforts can often make daily activities and chores strenuous and difficult. However, Founder and Clinic Director of In Touch Therapy, Kenton Stuth, says there are a few simple changes we can make in our daily movements that can help alleviate and even prevent these common pains.
Stuth says one of the most common complaints his clients come in with is in regard to neck pain. He says people often attribute pain in their neck to “sleeping wrong.” This is, however, a common misconception.
Stuth says, rather than “sleeping wrong,” people engage in activities prior to sleep that cause tenseness in the neck region. “I can’t tell people to stop sleeping,” he explains, so instead, Stuth suggests changing the activities you engage in prior to sleep that could be causing discomfort when you wake up. “It’s the daily, little things we do,” he says. “You don’t throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong. You throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong for 20 years.”
Stuth continues, explaining that, “People all have postures which contribute to their pain.” Being able to identify where your pain is coming from is a good place to start when trying to alleviate discomfort. Stuth says pain usually travels front-to-back and bottom-to-top. So if you are experiencing pain in your back, look at your front, and if you feel pain in your knee, look at your ankle.
“The biggest thing that hurts people is bending over. When you bend over – at the knees or back – and twist at the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the discs in your back. This can cause herniations and other painful conditions,” says Stuth. “Try to keep everything pointed the same direction. If you bend over and need to turn, bend, stand up, and then turn your entire body, rather than twisting while bent over,” suggests Stuth.
Stuth says a few other good rules of thumb to follow are:
These are just a few changes you can apply to the way you move your body during daily activities that will encourage healthy body movement and alleviate pain brought on by improper, repetitive motions.