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Woolworth Windows fall 2016

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 7:20am

The latest installations by Spaceworks TacomaPublished in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 15, 2016painting by Lauren Boilini, courtesy Spaceworks TacomaSpaceworks Tacoma’s latest installations in the Woolworth windows are big, bold and impressive.In the northernmost windows on Broadway are wire animal sculptures by Eva Funderburgh, who says she uses her “simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions.” Her animals are hybrid forms, somewhere between realistic and ritualistic, see-through skeletal like tumbleweed or tangles of wire turned into animal forms, in this case a deer-like creature and something between a howling dog and a hyena. They bring to mind sculptures by Deborah Butterfield, but with more expressive movement and less of an attempt to be naturalistic.The next window down is filled with bold prints by various artists or groups of artists created during the 2016 Tacoma Wayzgoose Festival where artists make prints using a steamroller press on huge sheets of paper. The images are strong and often confrontational, some looking like scratchboard and woodblock prints, and many like revolutionary posters from the 1930s.Lauren Boilini’s wall-size painting executed directly on the wall in the corner space at 11th & Broadway is an open, brushy and drippy abstract-expressionist work. Since the painting rounds the corner, it cannot be taken in all in a single glance. On the wall are abstract shapes in blue on a white wall barely recognizable as a street scene with flying giant birds. The paint drips onto the floor to form islands and puddles of green and red. The artist says, “Recently I have been drawn to images of battles and duels, where opposing forces fight for the same space. I am interested in what drives us to violence and destruction of life.”The most awesome (in the sense of fearful) installation is Nola Avienne’s “Ashflow” in the Commerce Street window. It depicts a pyroclastic eruption made of rocks, iron filings, wool, spray foam, fabric and sand. It depicts a still moment with lava flow and ash as in a stop-motion photograph. It is dark, gritty, heart-stopping. And beyond my descriptive abilities. You must see it for yourself. Take your time, let it sink in. And perhaps keep in mind that within sight of where you are standing is an active volcano.Woolworth Windows, 11thand Broadway and 11th and Commerce, seven days, 24 hours, through November 17.

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Neighborhood Notes: Little General Moves to the Heart of Downtown Olympia

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 6:00am


West Olympia has the Olympia Food Co-op, the east side of town supports the Puget Pantry, and the Capitol neighborhood has Spud’s and the Frog Pond. The “corner store” is often the unsung gem of a neighborhood, and downtown Olympia’s gourmet mercantile, Little General Food Shop, just moved into a new location closer to the […]

Ross Sherrer Eyeing Big Year at North Thurston High School

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 6:00am


North Thurston High School football coach William Garrow believes Ross Sherrer is a gifted enough player that he could play at the collegiate level. “Size-wise he’s not a Division I type,” Garrow said about his 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior, “but I told him he could play Division II or Division III somewhere. I asked if he […]

Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 6:00am


Hi Olympia.  With less than a week before the official start of fall, it’s already begun to feel like the season is changing.  I’ve noticed some more fall colors on my usual driving routes and my chickens have started roosting a bit earlier each night.  Our events calendar has already started making a change into more […]

Olympia Solar Festival

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:38pm
Event:  Sat, 09/24/2016 - 11:00am - 3:00pm Come to the Oly Solar Fest!!September 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come join Generations Credit Union and South Sound Solar in a celebration of renewable energy on Saturday, September 24th! Free admission!

Learn all about solar power and how it can provide much of the electricity your home needs. Interact with solar powered displays, tour several residential solar sites in the immediate area, and attend an informational “Solar 101”, presented by Kirk Haffner, owner of South Sound Solar and holder of a master’s degree in physics.

Plenty of free activities for the kids: giant inflatable slide, face painting, games, and prizes.

Check out a brand new Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf onsite, and learn how economical “driving electric” can be.

And, if you work up an appetite, Barb’s Barb-B-Q will be onsite in case you’d like a bite to eat.

Rain or shine, 11am to 3pm, Saturday, September 24th!

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Random Acts of Blogging

Bees, Birds & Butterflies - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 7:15am
In trying to update our blog, I too hit the dreaded Publish button.  Indeed there be dragons, and they reproduce at will.  MOST of the time we like Blogger.  BUT, sorry for the multiple reposts of Nancy's recent blog on dragonflies.  (She does have great photos.)

My intended post was / is in large part a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Native Pollinators Study Group (Thurston County). We are delighted to have developed a nice relationship with Traditions Cafe, who has hosted all of our our programs after our opening meeting at the Olympia library. Over the past year we have explored many topics and learned a great deal.

One of the projects I have enjoyed has been making monthly flyers for the program, which further inspired me into making some posters using some of our numerous photos, taken especially by Nancy, over the years.  Both posters and flyers will be found in one of our blog side-bars.

About the Pollinator Study Group.  If you live in the greater Olympia area, come join us for one of our 4th Monday programs, which meets at 7 p.m.  Traditions Cafe lets us use their cafe after they close, and we put in a good word for them whenever we can.  Over the past year we have explored many topics and learned a great deal.  One of the projects I have enjoyed has been making monthly flyers for the program, which has further inspired me into making some posters using some of the numerous photos taken, especially by Nancy, over the years.

By the way, if you don’t live in the area, consider starting your own study group; I’ve loads of suggestions.  In part I take inspiration from Scarabs, an insect society (bug fans) who have gathered, with a few year interruption, since 1937.  If you are in Seattle near the Burke Museum on a 4th Monday (yes, we meet the same time), they always have an interesting program.  (AND... this coming Sunday, 9/18 BugBlast at the Burke.)

Our September program (Sept 26) is a new visit with an old friend — Mason Bees. This is the first study group program specifically on them since we have been meeting.  Mason bees — a starter bee (entry drug) for many of us — have taught me a great deal both about the habits of solitary bees and about the diverse small animals who coexist with them.  While I do not blog often about these fascinating and sometimes overhyped bees, also on our blog side bar are several static pages with information about them that I am in process of updating and expanding.

In October (Oct 24) we welcome Eli Bloom, a WSU student completing his doctoral studies.  Eli and his assistants placed monitoring stations at about two dozen organic farms in the Puget Sound region as well as developed identification guides so that farmers and gardeners could better identify some of the pollinating insects visiting their landscapes.  Now Eli is ready to present his initial findings and to explore with us the roles native pollinators play on organic farms and what can be done to improve their numbers and success.

The final program for 2016 is November (Nov 29), as we do not meet in December.  At this point our topic is under discussion, so if you would like to influence our decision please let us know ASAP of what pollinator topic YOU would like to explore. 
Categories: Local Environment

Peter J. Crowley – The Photography Journey of a Passionate Observer

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:00am


Photographer Peter J. Crowley has evoked a stunning sense of emotion and motion in his work that constantly reflects his self-image. Crowley’s goal is to create “visual words and verbal images.” “All you ever photograph is light. The subject is merely a vehicle to transform the light into emotion,” he says. Crowley sees the importance […]

Thrifty Thurston Follows Fall Foliage around Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:00am


School busses line the streets and the brisk air has begun to blow through turning the seasons from summer to fall. One of the highlights of fall is the stunning foliage found across Thurston County. I’ve mapped out the best spots to take in the changing colors without having to leave our backyard. Watershed Park […]

DERT Launches New Website!

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:12am

DERT is very happy to announce our new website! Please explore the website and feel free to contact us with any feedback.

DERT will be posting regular news articles and all of our upcoming events will be listed here. Watch this website for updates!

Thank you and enjoy the new site!

Categories: Local Environment

WDFW Tentatively Schedules Razor Clam Digs through December

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:56pm


Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife  The first razor clam dig of the fall season is planned for mid-October on four ocean beaches with additional digs tentatively scheduled through December. Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat, […]

New Saint Martin’s Certificate in Software Systems Opens Career Opportunities

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:23pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University  Saint Martin’s University will begin offering a new Certificate in Software Systems at its Lacey campus in late October, building on the success of its Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, a program currently offered in partnership with the Microsoft Corp. at the University’s Extension Campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Stone […]

Free Outdoor Recreation Passes Available for Fourth Graders and their Families

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:17am


Submitted by the Olympic National Forest With the school year starting, the Olympic National Forest reminds all fourth graders and their families to claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass, which allows free entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas. Fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry […]

Senior Services for South Sound Raises $10,000+ at First-annual GIVE65 Event

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:33am


Submitted by Senior Services of South Sound From July 12 to 14, for 65 hours, our community came together in support of seniors. With your generosity and dedication, Senior Services for South Sound raised over $5,000 to help seniors, their families and the people who care for them right here in Thurston County. By participating […]

Public Welcome at Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Home Dedication Ceremony

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:06am


The trailer was falling apart, and the culprit was mold. As a single mom of a child born with medical challenges, Canay knew the critical importance of a clean, healthy household, but the mold kept on coming. Eventually, she couldn’t sleep in her bedroom any more; garbage bags suspended from the ceiling failed to contain […]

Every Dollar Changes Lives at Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Auction

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:00am


According to the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, “the single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver or other adult.” For children growing up in adversity, research has shown that the presence of just one caring adult can make […]

Defensive Standout Kayse Smack Leads Tumwater High School Girls Soccer

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:00am


The conversation with Kayse Smack starts off about soccer, and there’s certainly lots to talk about with her regarding her involvement in the sport. The Tumwater High School senior was the 2A Evergreen Conference defensive player of the year and an all-state selection in 2015, and enters the new season as one of the state’s […]

Sipping along the South Sound Wine Trail

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:00am


Washington is the second largest grape producing state in the nation. The 2015 harvest totaled 222,000 tons of grapes, and farmers are anticipating a record harvest this year. What does that mean for you? Local wine, of course! As loyal Washingtonians we eat local, play local, and drink local, and wine lovers are in luck, […]

Tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:33pm
Event:  Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm October 13, 2016

Experience a working oyster farm with Capitol Land Trust!  Join us as we tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm to learn the history of shellfish growing in the area, the effects on water quality, the impacts of community partnerships and what shellfish are grown and how to harvest them.  Hands on participation is encouraged!  Capitol Land Trust will elaborate on the effects of conservation on water quality and will point out the conserved lands across the way that have been protected by Capitol Land Trust.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
9 AM
Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

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Olympia Eagles Proud to Host “Equinox A-Go-Go” Procession of the Species Benefit

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:13pm


Submitted by The Procession of the Species  The Olympia Eagles will host a fun and exciting evening of dance music to welcome the Fall Equinox and benefit the Procession of the Species. “Equinox A-Go-Go” will feature the lively, joyous music of Mukana Marimba Band, bringing the sounds of Zimbabwe to the grateful ears of Olympia’s […]

TLT's Off the Shelf

South Sound Arts - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:12pm

Tacoma, WA- Tacoma Little Theatre presents an evening of one acts for the first OFF THE SHELF of their 98th Season, on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:30pm.  The production will be directed by Chris Serface.

Lemonade introduces us to a pair of Peoria matrons who seek respite from the doldrums of middle age by selling spiked lemonade to highway travelers and trading tales; Second Chance tells the story of a widow who has decided to begin a new life in the theatre and her married neighbor who tries to put a damper on her aspirations; and The Cat Connection which takes us to a park, where two older women have little in common—except they feed the same cat.

All three stories bring together the theatrical powerhouse of Sharry O’Hare and Carol Richmond, reuniting on the TLT stage for the first time since they were in Auntie Mame.

Tickets for the September 22, 2016 performance at 7:30pm are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.

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