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Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Experts Share Summer Favorites

Thurston Talk - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:00am


Batdorf & Bronson coffee experts are back in the tasting lab. Each month, during the warm summer season, Batdorf & Bronson creates a new seasonal cold beverage. On the menu currently is a horchata latte, a heavenly mixture of almond, rice and soy milks with just enough cinnamon and organic vanilla syrup to give it

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South Sound Arts - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 11:56am
The Laramie Project at Tacoma Little Theatre A Benefit for Orlando Tacoma Little Theatre is producing a one-night-only reading of “The Laramie Project” on June 26 as a benefit for the survivors of the massacre in Orlando. Read the complete article on

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Say Hello to Pizza Take-Out and Deliver in Boston Harbor, South Bay and Johnson Point

Thurston Talk - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am


If you live in the Boston Harbor community, pizza delivery is something that only happens in the movies. Once, my daughter was at a friend’s house “in town,” and they announced they were going to order a pizza. She insisted upon waiting by the door, fascinated by the entire process and the magical lit sign atop

Yogafit for Warriors Offers Trauma Release for PTSD

Thurston Talk - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am


When we experience trauma, the natural physical reaction is to go into fight or flight mode. Often, as our bodies release the stress of the experience they will begin to shake uncontrollably. But when we can’t release the stress and our bodies contract, we literally lock traumatic memories into our cells for years. No matter

North Thurston Says Farewell to Fearless Leader Raj Manhas

Thurston Talk - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am


Raj Manhas could be described as an an accidental educator. He was never a classroom teacher nor did he earn any advanced degrees in education. Yet, he has positively impacted thousands of local children during his tenure as North Thurston Pubic Schools’ (NTPS) superintendent. And now, families in the Lacey district say farewell to their

South Sound Natural Areas Thrive with Help from Capitol Land Trust Volunteers

Thurston Talk - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 5:55am


A West Olympia game path moves through an understory of grasses and ferns beneath a canopy of native trees. Jeannette Barreca halts as a birdsong spirals through the air. “Swainson’s thrush,” she said, identifying the bird. “They come back every summer.” A water quality expert retired from the Washington State Department of Ecology, Barreca knows migratory

Orca Books Author Event: Kris Hermes presents "Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000"

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:27pm
Event:  Sat, 06/25/2016 - 3:00pm

SATURDAY June 25th at 3pm: Kris Hermes will talk about his new book, "Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000." This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E.

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States—and dissidents in particular—have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to spy on Americans and undermine meaningful social change are greatly enhanced by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations. Normally associated with the realities of a post-9/11 world, Crashing the Party shows how these developments were already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests in 2000. It also documents how, in response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Healthy Yards, Healthy People

Thurston Talk - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:26pm


Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Summer is just around the corner! To some, summer means spending long evenings in the backyard with family and friends. For others, summer brings backyard barbecues, gardening, tossing a ball for the dog, playing tag with the kids, or even sleeping out under the stars. Whatever you

Lacey’s Woodland District Development Guidelines Receive National Recognition

Thurston Talk - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:05pm


Submitted by The City of Lacey The Washington D.C. based Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) recently announced the City of Lacey, Washington, has won the distinguished Driehaus Award in recognition of the community’s new Woodland District Hybrid Form-Based Code.  FBCI is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and use of form-based codes.   The

Video about using the Intercity Bus

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:09am

My friend and mentor Paul Enns produced this cool video called Paul & Brian Ride the Bus (to get a beer.) It is part of the Drive Less, Go More effort at Panorama to encourage public transit. It is a fun and entertaining show about how we took the bus to Three Magnets Brewery for beer and sandwiches.  There are also good tips on the bus apps and planning trips. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Salmon Saturday

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:01am
Event:  Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

It’s that time of year – local salmon are finishing up their long, tiring journey and returning to their home streams to spawn. Bring the family in to honor this amazing fish by creating salmon-inspired artwork to take home. You can create fish prints, make a salmon button, stuff a salmon, and more! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

The Tardigrade: Microscopic, Indestructible "Water Bears"

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:00am
Event:  Sat, 09/17/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tardigrades (or water bears) are tiny creatures that live just about everywhere: moss, wastewater, hot springs, Antarctic ice, deep-sea trenches, and more. They’re one of the toughest animals on the planet and can survive extreme environments, including the severe cold and radiation of outer space! Hear more shocking facts, see cool photos, and search for tardigrades under the microscope at a 2pm presentation. Water bear crafts all day in the classroom. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Nature Journals and Native Plants

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:59am
Event:  Sat, 09/10/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Nature journaling is a fun, family activity and an excellent way for kids to develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them. Come and decorate your very own nature journal, and then take it outside to explore! Attend a 2pm presentation followed by a native plant walk on our wetland plaza. You’ll learn some easy identification tips for common native plants and how these plants were traditionally used by local native tribes. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Frustrationless Flyers

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:56am
Event:  Sat, 08/27/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Summer is here, and it’s a great time for kite flying. Bring in the family to decorate and assemble your very own “frustrationless flyer” kite – the easiest kite you’ll ever fly! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Get Out of My Hair: Toxins in Personal Care

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:55am
Event:  Sat, 08/13/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come find out about the chemicals in personal care products like lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and hair dye. Join Thurston County Environmental Health to learn more about the health and environmental concerns from these everyday products, how to read labels, helpful websites, and safer alternatives. You’ll get to make an all-natural lip balm to take home! Presentation starts at 2pm and is best for ages 11 and up. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Exploring Wetlands and Treatment Plant Tour

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:46am
Event:  Sat, 08/06/2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn about wetlands through fun art projects and an outdoor scavenger hunt. Then, find out how LOTT cleans up our urban wastewater at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and the steps taken to protect Puget Sound. A slideshow followed by a treatment plant tour begins at 1pm. Tour participants must be ten years or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Groundwater 101 & Edible Aquifers

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:43am
Event:  Sat, 07/30/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Groundwater, aquifers, wells – oh my! This 2pm presentation will help you understand what groundwater is, how we rely on it, how it can become contaminated, and what you can do to protect it. Following the presentation, we’ll make edible aquifers out of ice cream, cookies, and soda water! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Herb Gardens for Kids

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:38am
Event:  Sat, 07/23/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Growing herbs is a great way for kids to learn about gardening. They’ll love having their own mini garden to tend and will enjoy seeing their herbs used in the kitchen. Come decorate an herb container and plant some seeds to take home and grow. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Meconi’s Italian Subs Introduces Three New Salads

Thurston Talk - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 8:21am


Submitted by Meconi’s Italian Subs Meconi’s subs are a staple lunch or dinner choice around Thurston County, but starting June 13, Meconi’s will have three brand new items on their menu to tempt diners throughout the heat of summer.  “We are launching three new salads just before summer, as we know our customers especially enjoy a cold salad on a

Olympia Father’s Day Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:00am


Schooooool’s out. For! Summer! If you are reading that line and singing the classic Alice Cooper song in your head, you are probably a parent.  And probably grew up in the 80s. For all you other moms and dads out there who have packed your last lunch for the year I say, “Congrats! We made it!” Now you may

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