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Used Outdoor Gear and Consignment Shop Opens in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:26pm


Submitted by Centro

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Centro is a new retail store concept in downtown Olympia.

The partners at Centro have created the Olympia Gear Exchange, a used outdoor gear and consignment shop, that will share space with Centro, The Bike Stand, The Olympia Footwear Company and the Warehouse Rock Gym in the Historic Hyak Building in downtown Olympia. The Olympia Gear Exchange, Olympia’s first outdoor recreation consignment store, will focus on seasonal adventure sports including cycling, climbing, camping, hiking and winter sports.

The shop will be open for consignment and intake of equipment beginning Tuesday, September 16, during Centro’s normal business hours.  Our expert appraisers will help determine value, set price and explain our commission structure.  We are keenly interested in winter sport products now – Alpine Ski, Snowboard and Snowshoeing.  We will also be accepting camping, hiking, and cycling  equipment, as well as apparel and footwear.  So clean out your closets and storerooms, and let us sell you gear.

Says Joe Hyer, Centro President, “The Olympia Gear Exchange is not only a great idea, it’s also a great way to show our values of community and sustainability.  Now we just hope the community responds by bringing us gear to sell.”

A grand opening is set for Friday, September 26, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, where customers will get first crack at the best deals around.  In addition to used equipment, the shop will sell close-outs, clearance, samples and other opportunities.

The Olympia Gear Exchange will be located in the North Side of Centro, 408 Olympia Ave NE in Downtown Olympia.

About Centro:

Centro, a locally owned urban lifestyle store with an outdoors influence, in downtown Olympia, Washington. Located diagonally from the Hands on Children’s Museum in the historical Hyak Building on Olympia Avenue, Centro currently features The Bike Stand, The Olympia Footwear Co, everyday essentials, a seasonal ski-shop and The Gear Exchange.

Greene Realty Group Welcomes Back Mike and Sheila Bueche, Karen Huff

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:18pm



Submitted by Greene Realty Group

Greene Realty Group is excited to welcome back several new Realtors to their Olympia office.

Mike and Shelia Bueche have returned to the Pacific Northwest and joined the Greene Realty Group.

Mike and Shelia Bueche have returned to the Pacific Northwest and joined the Greene Realty Group.

Sheila and Mike Bueche have been licensed Realtors for over 12 years. They began their real estate careers right here in Olympia. Working with both buyers and sellers and specializing in residential new construction, traditional home sales, short sale, and  foreclosures.  After spending 10 years helping clients buy and sell homes, Mike and Sheila decided to move to Arizona. They arrived in Arizona and jumped right into the Arizona real estate market, specializing in REO/Foreclosure, short sales and traditional sales. They were successful in closing many properties with their clients. After making a couple moves in Arizona they have moved back to the Pacific Northwest and now realize “there is no place like home!”

Today, they continue to help their clients as licensed Brokers at Greene Realty Group on Olympia’s Westside. The Bueche Team has built their business on referrals from both past and present clients and look forward to meeting new clients.

Karen Huff became a licensed realtor in 2002. As a real estate professional, she works with both buyers and sellers and specializes

Karen Huff brings personal service and experience to her Olympia clients.

Karen Huff brings personal service and experience to her Olympia clients.

in our local market place. Karen’s philosophy is based on building lifelong relationships with her clients by putting their needs first, effective communication, and diligence to provide great customer service.

Karen has built her business on referrals from both past and present clients and looks forward to meeting new clients. The following things are the cornerstone of what Karen believes

are most important in providing great service to her clients:

  • Customer service means timely communication and keeping her clients best interest in mind.
  • Quality education to keep up with today’s ever changing market including short sales, foreclosures, and traditional sales.
  • Knowledge of cutting edge technology and staying current in both her local and national real estate markets.
  • Integrity, honesty, and being available when needed.

Karen and her husband have raised two boys and two girls here in Olympia. Karen believes in giving back to her community and is involved in local charities, as well as charities at her church.

Clybourne Park

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:15pm
Event:  Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Clybourne Park is an outrageous modern comedy that fearlessly, and hilariously, tackles some of the most challenging social issues of our time. Act One takes place in an all-white neighborhood in 1959 Chicago, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house 50 years later as a white family attempts to move into the now predominately African-American neighborhood, which is struggling to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play offers fascinating and original insights into issues surrounding race, political correctness, and what truly makes a community. Bruce Norris’ incredible script brilliantly balances humor and heartbreak to deliver a powerful and enlightening experience. “Vital, sharp-witted, and ferociously smart.” ~The New York Times

 WHO:             Harlequin Productions

WHAT:            Clybourne Park

WHEN:            October 2nd –25th; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees as 2:00pm logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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John Erwin Remodeling Answers, “How Much will my Remodel Cost?”

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:00pm


Submitted by John Erwin for John Erwin Remodeling 

“How much will my remodel cost?”

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John Erwin Home Remodeling creates beautiful homes.

That is a question that I am asked frequently. It is one of the hardest questions to answer.  Without more information it’s about like calling your favorite car dealer and asking them how much a new vehicle will cost you, without clarifying that you’re looking for a truck with all the options or a new sub-compact economy car.  Like a new vehicle, there are countless variables and options in almost every remodel or home renovation project and each one of them have a dollar sign next to it.

The first thing you have to know and understand is: the older your home, the more you should budget for your project. Because the older the home, the more it will cost.  If your home was built in the 50’s, you might still have galvanized water pipes behind old lath and plaster walls which take longer and cost more to renovate compared to a home built in the mid 80’s with copper pipes and sheetrock.  Another factor in price based on age is what I call the “curve ball.”  That is– the hidden damage or code violations that are discovered when walls are opened up such as water damage or electrical wire connections buried in the wall that will have to be repaired or replaced.

That said, I can clarify and give you some insight on three very typical popular home improvement projects, and what the average cost you can expect when you hire an experienced professional remodel contractor.  Keep in mind that the actual cost of your remodel can vary greatly with countless variables and the below average cost includes everything and nothing at the same time. It’s simply the average cost of the projects without any details.

Bathrooms:  Bathrooms have long been one of our most popular projects with our clients.  A typical hall bathroom built in the mid-80’s will cost on average about $15,000.  That would include a new acrylic tub/shower, flooring, vanity, countertop and plumbing fixtures.  The biggest variable on this type of project will be in the quality and price of the product selections.  If you choose to upgrade to tiled shower and floor along with granite counter tops you could easily spend closer to $20,000.  If it’s a 5 piece master bathroom the average cost comes in right around $25,000 when using the better quality products.

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A kitchen remodel can add function and value to your home.

Kitchens:  Kitchens have always been the best investment when you consider the cost vs. value aspect, but more than that, the kitchen is what I call the heart of the house.  Your whole family use the kitchen every day. When done right, you not only get the biggest bang for your buck, you get the most enjoyment and use out of a kitchen remodel.  Kitchen cabinets have come along way over the years with almost limitless bells and whistles that help maximize the storage and usability, and of course you guessed it, they come with a dollar sign next to them as well.  Our typical kitchen remodels where we remove and replace all the cabinets, install new flooring, laminate countertops with tile backsplashes prices out right around $25,000.  That number does not include the cost of appliances that can easily add another $5,000.  Take that same exact kitchen layout in the same exact space but include the nifty roll outs, tip outs, and a quartz or granite countertop the average jumps up to $35,000.

Additions:  Additions can really vary in cost not only based on the age of your home, but with the architectural style and with your existing homes building components.  The most important aspect of any addition is to have it blend with the existing home olympia home remodeland the best way to do that is to match the type of foundation, siding, windows, and roofing.  There is nothing worse than an addition that does not blend. Sometimes you have to invest more money to ensure it will look seamless.  Our typical room addition is $135 per sq. ft. or $40,000-$54,000 when it is around 300-400 sq. ft.  However, if you add hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, skylights and French doors in that same space, the price may jump up another $15-$20 dollars per sq ft.  The addition also has to be large enough to be cost effective as well, because the smaller the addition the more the price per sq. ft. will be. When someone who is thinking about a little 8’x8’ bump out for a walk in closet, that will price out more like $350 per sq. ft. and that just never pencils out when considering cost vs. value.

So there you have it– a good old fashioned non-answer to, “How much will my remodel cost?”  In other words, it’s almost impossible to truly answer that question with limited information. These are just typical average costs which include everything and nothing at the same time.  To get a detailed accurate estimate on your project, start out with good designs and plans, make your product selections, and call John Erwin Remodeling Inc.– We would love to talk to you about your project.    


The Maxines & Calvin Johnson Play Girl Trouble!

K Records - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:21am
In celebration of the new Girl Trouble documentary Strictly Sacred!, here is the Maxines with Calvin Johnson playing a song from the debut Girl Trouble album Hit It or Quit It [KLP229], “The Skin”, at Dub Narcotic Studio. Sweet rhythm of mercy.  
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Working Class Theatre NW School for Lies

South Sound Arts - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:29am

Robert McConkey as Clitander, Mariesa Bus as Celimine and Luke Amundson as Frank. Photo by Kate LickI can’t remember when I’ve laughed so much as I did at Saturday night’s performance of David Ives’ School for Lies presented by the new fringe company Working Class Theatre NW. Wait, yes I can. It was the first time I saw The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). School for Lieshas a lot in common with Shakespeare (Abridged) — the time period, the irreverent slapstick and word play, the language and poetry. But School is more intellectual and more biting — biting, naturally, because the source material is scathing satire.
April Nyquist as Eliante and Robert McConkey s Clitander. Photo by Kate LickIves, perhaps most well known for the hit play Venus in Furs, has updated Moliere’s classic The Misanthrope with contemporary language, including reams of inventive cursing and even one monologue sung as a rap song. He mashes it all together with a mixture of Elizabethan and contemporary comedy. The writing is brilliant. Expect to be astonished at Ives’ dizzying explosion of puns, curses and alliteration spouted in rhyme. It is a scathing slap in the face of the upper classes disguised as a romantic comedy — a masterful mock on a master of comedy.Working Class Theatre NW is a brand new company and the creation of two South Sound theater professionals, Tim Samland (producer and technical director of this show) and Christina Hughes (costume designer). School for Lies is their first show. It is being produced on a shoe-string budget. The only expense seems to have been on elaborate costumes, many of which I suspect came from thrift stores or were borrowed or cobbled together from scraps; and on the few pieces of ancient, beat-up and often-repaired furniture that Samland scavenged from his parents’ barn. I happen to know this because his parents sat behind me and his father told me so. Since I’m talking about production values, I might as well mention the wigs and makeup, some of which are fabulous. Bruce Story-Camp as the arrogant poet Oronte sports a curly, long-haired wig and an upturned moustache, and he has a disgusting mole on his nose. It takes guts for a handsome man to make himself so ugly and Story-Camp does it unabashedly. As for handsome made ugly, that goes triple for Jenifer Rifenbery as the devious and flirtatious aristocrat Arsinoe. Rifenbery is a beauty who has successfully milked her looks to play sexpots such as Lily in Annie and the ditzy blonde who runs around in her underwear in Noises Off. In School for Lies she is absolutely hysterical. She is adorned in the clownishly garish makeup of an ageing whore with painted Cupid ’s bow lips. I was told by director Tom Sanders that Rifenbery designed her own makeup, and she gets points for doing it so well. With little or no money spent on sets, props and (probably) costumes, the entire production rests on the script and the acting, both of which are marvelous.Not all of the acting is top-notch, but the major characters are spot-on. This may be the best role ever (or yet) for Luke Amundson, who plays Frank, Ives’ version of the lead character in Moliere’s The Misanthrope. He definitely has the best lines, and he delivers them spectacularly, equally believable as a harsh and spite-filled cynic and as a man smitten by love. He doesn’t need fake beard or hair because his everyday beard and hair are perfect for the role. Equaling Amundson in no-holds-barred acting is his love interest and antagonist Mariesa Bus as Celimine. Everyone is madly in love with Celimine — Frank, a trio of dunces including Oronte, Clitander (Robert McConkey) and Acaste, the Lord of Stupid (Ryan Cullitan), and possibly even her cousin Eliante (April Nyquist). Everyone, that is, but Frank’s cross-dressing friend Philinte (Bryan Bender) who is in love with Eliante. Celimine knows that practically every man in France longs for her, and she revels in it. And she matches Frank’s cynicism barb-for-barb. Great acting on the part of Bus.A few random thoughts:·         Words cannot express how adorable Nyquist is with her big eyes and long, fluttering lashes and a smile that lights up the world.·         I lost count of how many times the tray of canapés goes flying through the air.·         Few can resist calling Clitander Clitoris.·         When Arsinoe lets loose with anger and frustration we see unadulterated, fearless acting at its finest; and the same holds true when Eliante aggressively tries to seduce Frank.·         Speaking in rhyme can be disastrous if it is sing-song; it never is in this production.·         Despite Clitander’s gay and foppish demeanor and Philinte’s cross dressing they are both, it seems, heterosexual. There is some question about Oronte as well.·         And finally, it is a shame that audiences for risky, out-of-the-mainstream plays like this are so small. They should be able to do this at the Broadway Center and fill every seat – although there is some advantage to this smaller and more intimate space for this production.·         The play is set in France 1666 but it is relevant to the U.S.A. in 2014.Tickets are dirt cheap, by suggested donation only. I hope you will see this show and donate as much as you can to support such a worthy company.Remaining performances September 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m.
733 Commerce, Tacoma, 3rd floor ballroom. Suggested donation $10-$12.

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Your regular fortnightly blog links. At least something is fortnightly anymore. Wink. (Olyblogosphere for September 15, 2014)

Olympia Time - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:06am
1. Best blog at Olyblog in a long time: Olympia Then & Now. Awesome.

2. They're working to put Old Main on the list of national places of historic importance. I would've assumed it was on that list already, but there you go.

3. Sort of a meta post from the Plum Palate. But, it is important to keep up with your local bloggers.

4. Big News for the People's House. Which isn't a new proposed location to fight about, by the way.

5. I think the Percival just realized the Weekly Volcano died.

Dance Oly Dance House Party October 4th Arts Walk - Halloween Theme

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:05am
Event:  Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:00pm - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 2:00am

Dance Oly Dance, Olympia’s local dance TV show, invites you to yet another televised dance party on Saturday, October 4th, 10pm to 2am. Dance in front of video cameras at a downtown house party. The one-hour episode will air in January on TCTV.

Get down to an hour-long beatset by DJ PhilosoBoy.
TV recording goes from 11:00pm to midnight.

Party continues with DJ's N SO and Dove Boy

Again, that’s Saturday, October 4th at the Track House, 511 7th Ave SE.

And don’t forget to become a fan of Dance Oly Dance on FaceBook

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Welcome to the The Evergreen State College Art Lecture Series, 2014-2015

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:20pm

The series takes place in Lecture Hall 1 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, on 4-5 Wednesdays per quarter, from 11:30-1:00 pm. Free to the public, Evergreen’s visual arts programs offer an opportunity to hear local, national and international interdisciplinary artists, writers and art workers speak about their work.

The Art Lecture Series is facilitated by Shaw Osha,

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Centralia Steam Plant

OlyBlog Home Page - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 7:56pm

Back in April I posted some photos of the steam plant. I visited the plant again last week, at night, and thought the night scene was interesting, so I will post a couple more versions, including another day time photo. I also got photos (and video, currently working on that,) of coal trains running North. Both were loaded, presumably heading for Roberts Bank, Vancouver B.C.. Empty coal trains also run North, after unloading at Centralia, or perhaps the Boardman (Oregon) plant too? The trains are truly awesome. It is too bad that they being used for such a narrow and short-sighted, reckless, wanton, dangerous, and environmentally destructive purpose as burning fossil fuels as fast as physically possible!!! Of course, all the benefits, for those of us in the 20% (or whatever it is) of the world's privileged population, are just great! (---sorry future generations.): And of course, if you're in the royal class of the 1%, it's never been better! Burn away! Full speed ahead! Pity on those poor desperate pawns.

Centralia Steam Plant

and day:
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Terra Firma Cosmetics Celebrates 10 Years of Natural Beauty Products

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:04pm



By Rachel Thomson

lucky eagleMeri Cain didn’t always foresee herself as the proprietress of a successful makeup company. The former South Bend School District employee and mother of three, like many women, was a regular consumer of beauty products. She enjoyed looking at new products on the shelf and experimenting with new colors, seeing what looked good.

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Terra Firma cosmetics owner Meri Cain writes the names of a customer’s recommended color palette in front of the vanity mirror inside the store in downtown Olympia. After she gives customers a makeover, she keeps a record of the customer’s makeup selections so she can help them find the same makeup on return visits.

One night she saw a commercial advertising a mineral makeup kit that claimed to improve skin while enhancing beauty. She was mesmerized by what the commercial promised. But when the product arrived, it was anything but beautiful.

“When I ordered the kit I was excited, but then I tried it on and it didn’t look like what was on TV,” Cain said. “It highlighted imperfections and made my jaw itch.”

She looked at the ingredients listed on the label and found out many of them were skin irritants. She used the internet to look up ingredients in other brands of makeup and was shocked by what she found. Many contained chemicals that could harm the skin. She said some even contained lead.

Rather than stop wearing makeup all together, she saw this as an opportunity. She decided to make a mineral foundation without any harmful ingredients. She studied ingredients found in various brands of makeup and began ordering all-natural raw materials that could be used in makeup. She ground up some of the materials in a coffee grinder and experimented with various amounts and combinations until she was satisfied she came up with a recipe for the mineral foundation that was safe for her skin.

Cain says the homemade foundation worked better than anything else she had tried from a commercial makeup counter.

“My skin started cleaning up,” she said. “The more I wore it, the better my skin got.”

She was so happy with her homemade product she decided to continue making her homemade cosmetics. She turned her Raymond home into a chemistry lab of sorts, churning out different products like eye shadow, lipsticks and skin products.

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Owner of Terra Firma Cosmetics, Meri Cain, started her business after being dismayed by toxic products in other cosmetics.

Soon friends and family members began to notice her products and would compliment her on how beautiful she looked. She says they would try her makeup and become so impressed with the results they would recommend it to their friends.

Cain realized there was a demand for her products so she began selling them door-to-door out of a tackle box from a hardware store.

She said approaching complete strangers and trying to give them a makeover was difficult at first.

“It’s hard to sell yourself sometimes,” Cain said. “But if I could get makeup on the client they would want it.”

Her efforts were successful enough she opened up a small boutique, Terra Firma Cosmetics, in Pacific County. As word spread from her customers about her makeup, stores in Grays Harbor County began selling it. Then, a chance encounter propelled the company to national fame.

“A woman traveling in Raymond stopped by the shop to pick up some product for a gift,” Cain said. “She was an editor for a magazine in New York.”

After some exposure in the magazine in New York, Cain began receiving orders from up and down the east coast, Los Angeles, across the United States and from all over the world. Cain said her products have been used by Hollywood makeup artists and has also been used by Ed Begely, Jr.’s wife.

After a successful run in Grays Harbor County, Cain moved the Terra Firma store last April to its current location in downtown Olympia. The company celebrated its tenth anniversary last month.

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Customers have displayed their custom eye shadow color creations on a poster hanging in the Terra Firma cosmetics store.

Cain has continued her practice of using natural materials in all of her products. She is often found in the back room of the store mixing up beauty products like a mad scientist.

“I am always on the lookout for the latest trends in makeup,” Cain said. “I’m always back there, mixing materials. But I don’t release anything unless I know it’s a good product.”

She says one of her scientific concoctions that has become a best seller is a line of powdered foundation in which she added liquid to the minerals. When the liquid was removed, the minerals remained. Other popular products in her store include cleansers, moisturizers, masks, lip conditioners and the “make your own eye shadow” station in the store in which customers can blend their own custom color eye makeup.  And her products aren’t exclusively for women.  Terra Firma also makes a line of men’s products including aftershave.

Cain says becoming an entrepreneur in the beauty industry has brought out the artist in her. She says one of her favorite things to do is sit a customer in front of the large vanity mirror in the store and give them a makeover.

“I’ve learned about color, and looking at someone and knowing what colors will look best on them,” Cain said. “I get to be as creative as I want and who doesn’t love being able to create? I love putting makeup on people.”



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Terra Firma staff from left to right: Owner Meri Cain, Sophie Studevant, Christine Day, and Grace Campbell

Terra Firma Cosmetics

202 5th Ave in Olympia

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays

Phone: (360) 489-1498

More information on Terra Firma cosmetics can also be found on their website or their Facebook page.

Terra Firma also has a newsletter customers can sign up to receive information about products, special offers and events.


Fall at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 7:52am



An autumn isn’t complete without a trip to the Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm.  Walk the paths.  Pet the animals.  Taste the apple fritters.  Enjoy an autumn day outside.  Lattin’s is ranked on our list of 60 “Don’t Miss” Activities.  But, if you can’t get out to the popular destination, pick up their delicious cider or tasty pies at Spud’s Produce Market.

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Chung Antique // Golden Drugs (Oakland) // Clayface // Derek M Johnson

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:00pm

Saturday, September 13th, doors at 8pm

Chung Antique

Golden Drugs (Oakland//members of Twin Steps)


Derek M Johnson

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Show Us Your Moves – Dance with the Capital High School Cougarettes Dance Team

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 7:06am



By Claire Smith, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk

The Capital Cougarettes with coaches Jan Kiefer (left) and Jaci Gruhn at UDA Dance Camp.

The Capital Cougarettes with coaches Jan Kiefer (left) and Jaci Gruhn at UDA Dance Camp.

The Capital High School Dance Team is a group of absolutely amazing girls and I’m blessed to be one of them. These ladies are a dedicated group of dancers from Capital High School who practice for hours so they can perform at football and basketball games, pep rallies at the high school, and in competitions with other dance teams across Washington.

The Cougarettes have come a long way – from their 2009 season when they didn’t even make districts, to becoming state champions just the following year. After nearly half a decade of diligently working and improving every day, last year they took the world by storm with an amazing pom routine that not only earned them first place in Washington State, but took them all the way to Disney World in Florida to compete at Nationals.  The teams has an amazing legacy – one they hope to carry on by passing their skills to the younger generation.

The Jr. Cougarettes Clinic, held for many years now, first started as a fundraiser for the team. This quickly turned from just another fundraiser, to an opportunity to reach out to the community and share their skills with younger girls with an interest in dance and potentially joining a dance team when they reach high school.  It also presents a great opportunity to spend time with young girls who just love to dance.

Juniors Emily Cronk and Amy Ly display their flexibility in a bow and arrow pose.

Juniors Emily Cronk and Amy Ly display their flexibility in a bow and arrow pose.

At the clinic, routines are taught in two different groups. Dancers in elementary school learn one routine and middle school dancers learn a more advanced routine.  The Jr. Cougarettes also get to play dancing games with the high school dancers. All participants also learn the rules of and participate in a “Drill Down,” a dance version of “Simon Says.”

“Watching the clinic kids’ faces just light up when they get to perform right next to a Cougarette varsity dancer and realize they are dancing and actually doing a routine with someone they look up to so much – that’s what it’s all about,” says head coach Jan Kiefer, who has coached the Cougarettes for 18 years. She, along with choreographer Jaci Gruhn, have held many dance clinics over the years.

The Jr. Cougarettes aren’t the only ones who benefit from the fun-filled day. Teaching the routines helps advance the skills of current Cougarettes. Kristelle Cariaga, a captain and senior Cougarette, says the members learn responsibility from guiding the younger girls. “It teaches the older girls patience and it gives them the opportunity to teach and inspire the young girls,” explains Cariaga.

Leadership from left to right - Co-Capitan Isabelle Shrestha, Lieutenant Ella Collins, Capitan Carigna Valtierra, Capitan Kristelle Carigna, Co-Capitan Nancy Lang, and Lieutenant Maddy Soran

Leadership from left to right – Co-Captain Isabelle Shrestha, Lieutenant Ella Collins, Captain Carigna Valtierra, Captain Kristelle Carigna, Co-Captain Nancy Lang, and Lieutenant Maddy Soran

The clinic is on the September 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CHS main gym. Registration forms can be found at the Cougarette Facebook page. Walk-ins are welcome. More information about the dance team can be found on their website.

As a culmination of the hard work at the clinic, all dancers will have the opportunity to perform at the Capital Varsity Football game on November 17. The clinic girls will perform at half-time with the CHS band.

All dancers planning to attend are encouraged to bring a water bottle with your name on it and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for dancing. Snacks and a clinic tee-shirt will be provided for each girl.  I can’t wait to see your smiling faces there!


Hundreds of Lacey Families Plan to Turn Out for Day of Service

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:56am



Submitted by North Thurston Public Schools

Serving together in the community not only improves the community but improves the family and people of the community (#laceydayofservice). Hundreds of Lacey families have decided that working at some of our local schools would be a great project this year. In cooperation with the North Thurston Public Schools, these families will be volunteering Saturday morning (9/13) at Woodland Elementary; Lacey Elementary, Pleasant Glade Elementary, and Chambers Prairie Elementary.

The emphasis this year has been to use the event to encourage families, neighbors and residents of the local community to increase the support for our local schools. Hopefully by working together Saturday we will start some new relationships that will grow into ongoing support in whatever ways we can assist our schools.

All are invited to join in. Much of the effort Saturday will be outdoor maintenance type work. Bring shovels, rakes, clippers and other yard tools. And bring your neighbor.

My Edible Seattle stories + it’s time for IFBC again !

The Plum Palate - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 3:17pm
Over Labor Day weekend we went camping with friends and the highlight had to be the second waterfall we hiked in to see. The water rushed down just beyond a curving hunk of rock that jutted up from the pool. As we waded and found good skipping rocks and squinted down at a tiny toad, […]
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Orca Books author event: Eve Rickert and Franklin Veaux present "More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory"

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:57pm
Event:  Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Vancouver, BC author Eve Rickert (an Evergreen graduate) and Franklin Veaux of Portland, Oregon, will be at Orca Books on September 13th at 3pm to present their new book, More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory . They will answer reader questions on the book and on polyamory in general.

"More Than Two" is a comprehensive guide to the polyamorous lifestyle. Challenging the notion of what society considers a healthy and successful relationship, Rickert and Veaux offer up personal stories from their own lives as well as of those in the wider poly world, emphasizing that this lifestyle choice isn't for the noncommittal. Polyamory is all about the relationships and the individuals participating.

Charting a Relationship Bill of Rights, the authors underscore the importance of engaging in ethical polyamory and guide readers through the thorny issues of jealousy and insecurity with the aim of encouraging readers to work consistently and conscientiously on both their relationships and themselves. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

ThurstonTalk Seeks Part-Time Bookkeeper

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:52pm

ThurstonTalk is expanding.  We’re looking for a part-time bookkeeper to join our team.  We’re looking for a talented individual who has previous experience managing the financial records for a growing business.  Manage your own hours and complete tasks at times that work for your schedule.


  • Handle all accounts payable for plus our sister companies in Bellingham, Tacoma, and Grays Harbor.
  • Prepare payroll for a handful of salaried employees.
  • Audit independent contractor invoices and make payments on a monthly basis.
  • Review expense reports and prepare reimbursements.
  • Record all payments in Quickbooks.


  • At least three years previous experience managing books for a business.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a schedule
  • Proven ability to deliver work on time
  • Previous experience tracking multiple companies in an organized fashion
  • Previous experience working with the online version of Quickbooks
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Management or equivalent degree

Position is estimated at 15 hours per month in a remote setting with the majority of the hours centered around the beginning of the month.  Bookkeeper will be asked to stop by ThurstonTalk’s office weekly to exchange documents.

This is a great position for someone that wants to be a part of a quick growing company and perhaps grow their responsibilities in the future.

To apply, please send a resume to by Friday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m.


Studio Tech’s Corner: Paintjob Part 1

K Records - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:10am
After 3 years of labor, things are pretty much working in the studio, so I’m starting to have time to build new equipment. Surprisingly what’s hard about building gear has nothing to do with electronics, and everything to do with stuffing all that shit in a box. Getting the knobs facing the right way. Fucking […]
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