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On July 1, the single-use plastic shopping bag will be a thing of the past in many parts of Thurston County, and the staff at the Thurston County Solid Waste Division are gearing up to help retailers, grocers and their customers prepare now for the change coming this summer.
Beginning in July, single-use plastic bags will be banned in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and in unincorporated Thurston County. Certain plastic bags are exempt, including in-store bags for things like bulk items, produce and meat. The bans do not include plastic bags for prepared take-out food, dry cleaning, newspapers, or garbage bags sold in packages. In addition, all retailers that provide grocery-sized paper bags will charge a minimum of five cents to act as an incentive for customers to bring their own reusable bags and to help retailers recover some of the cost of the more expensive paper bags.
Thurston County Solid Waste educators are helping retailers and shoppers get ready for the change with a fresh new look and new information at www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/plastics. The full text of the ordinances from each jurisdiction is available, as well as details and exemptions, resources, tips, and lists of frequently asked questions and answers. Shoppers can find helpful hints on how to remember their bags, the best choices for reusable bags, and information on the importance of keeping reusable bags clean. Along with all of the resources for shoppers, the website also has a page just for retailers that includes various signs they can download and print. Retailers and shoppers can also sign up to receive periodic email updates.
“Based on what we’ve heard from other jurisdictions that have bans, the transition can go pretty smoothly for the customers if the stores prepare.” said Loni Hanka, one of the county’s solid waste educators. “So we’re making a real effort to get with grocers and retailers this spring and give them all the tips and resources they need to be ready for the change on July 1.”
Along with all of the new information and resources at www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/plastics, Thurston County Solid Waste Division staff will mail a letter to all retailers in March, and an informational flyer will be included in the March/April LeMay commercial trash bills. Information and resources have also been distributed to local chambers of commerce and area retail and grocers associations that they can share in their regular outreach to their members. Solid waste educators will be visiting as many area retailers as possible before July.
Solid waste educators will also be hosting a series of informational meetings specifically designed for retailers and businesses throughout April. Retailers and business owners are welcome to stop by any of the four open house information sessions between 5 and 7 p.m. to see samples of bags, ask questions, and share outreach ideas.
Bag Ban Open House Information Sessions for Businesses, 5 ̶ 7 p.m.
For more information about the plastic bag ban, the website or the April open house information sessions, contact Loni Hanka, Thurston County Solid Waste Education and Outreach Specialist at (360) 867-2282 or HankaL@co.thurston.wa.us.
By Mary Ellen Psaltis
Is getting healthier one of your goals for 2014? I hope so. The small choices you make every day add up quickly – especially when it comes to food. The next time you order a grande caramel macchiato, savor every sip. Those sweet 240 calories won’t necessarily bust your monthly budget, but daily doses can make your pants way too tight.
For optimum health, you could pack your lunch every day and eat all your dinners at home, but that’s unlikely to happen. Eating out for me is a welcome change of pace. I pick foods I don’t often (or ever) make at home. It’s still important that there is good nutrition in there somewhere. And let’s not forget that someone else shopped, chopped, and cleaned up! That speaks to my mental health.
When eating out (or anywhere for that matter) what constitutes desired health or sound nutrition? That’s a good question. Is it low fat? Reduced sugar? Low calorie? Slow metabolizing carbs? Too often words bamboozle us. Just because you are eating low-fat ice cream made with artificial sweeteners (think low sugar) doesn’t make it healthy.
Here’s my definition for optimum food choices:
Now where do I go to find qualifying entrees?
I rely on Thai and Indian food. Colorful vegetables are found in many dishes; tofu can be selected over beef or chicken, and usually your meal is cooked to order – so it hasn’t been sitting around under a heat lamp.
Bangkok Thai makes my favorite peanut sauce with spring rolls that are the perfect foil for dipping. Spring rolls are translucent sheets of rice paper wrapped tightly around carrots, lettuce, tofu, sweet cilantro, and light-as-air noodles. Your stomach will be happy with the volume. I love the chewy ends and the nutty sauce. Two rolls (four pieces) are great for sharing; I usually order a vegetable dish as well. The curry is a pile of beans, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, bamboo shoots, peppers and spiced to your tongue’s heat desires. Another dish has a variety of vegetables with a peanut sauce. You can always opt for the more familiar stir-fry.
Manager Koty Liao makes every visit pleasant and personal. Ready with a smile, she can help you navigate the menu if you are unfamiliar with Thai. For me, it’s like eating at a friend’s house. Owner Jason Guan is doing the cooking. You are not limited to vegetables there, though that’s my inclination. There are multiple beef, chicken and shrimp dishes, soups, noodles and more.
For a very casual, help-yourself meal that makes choosing good-for-you simple, make your way to the Olympia Food Co-Op off Pacific Avenue. Fill up on soup, salad and sandwiches. The long, rectangular salad bar features one side with familiar ingredients like chopped celery, sliced olives, peas, cottage cheese and even eggs. The opposite side has freshly made salads – talented creations with quinoa, black beans, peppers, spices, kamut berries, dried fruit and so much more.
I can trust that the salads are made with good quality ingredients – if it’s there, I’m willing to try it, healthfulness insured. Two or more soups are at the far end. There is a separate cooler with sandwiches and wraps. It’s all about mixing and matching. There are containers for you to pack up your salad and soup, but you can bring your own. Be sure to weigh them ahead of filling them. The weight will be deducted at the cash register.
A couple more healthy hints:
Depending on what you choose, eating out does not have to be hazardous to your health goals. Look for fresh, tasty, and whole with a rainbow of colors. I believe Koty Liao, who lives by this strategy, “Watch what you eat – weigh what you want.” Here’s to your best health ever!
Eat Well – Be Well
A requirement for living on the “WET” Coast is a long list of synonyms for rain. Why call those heavy drops falling from the sky rain when you can use the happier term, liquid sunshine? True Washingtonians know that drizzle, mist, and light rain are very different weather forecasts. It’s about this time of year when I start yearning for a way to dry out. Shoes are perpetually wet, the dog tracks mud throughout the house, and soccer cleats ramp up their ripe smell. Whether you describe recent rainfalls as torrential, heavy, or “in buckets,” I am certain that descriptive terms for rain worked their way into conversations this week.
And, as all Washingtonians know… you can’t let the weather stop you from enjoying life. Here is what is going on around Olympia this weekend.
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By Laurie O’Brien
Who says you have to hang up your tap shoes when you’re eligible for AARP? It’s certainly not the members of Entertainment Explosion whose 60-plus members are set to sing, dance, and generally have great time when they present the 8th Annual Really Big Shoe this Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. on the stage of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
Alice Brown is one of the performers in this year’s Shoe. She’s been a member of Entertainment Explosion, whose members range in age from 55 to 85, since 2010. “We cross the spectrum of musical backgrounds,” she explains. “I never even sang a solo until I started singing with the chorus at Jubilee.” Now she keeps busy performing in a mixed trio as well as an octet of women called Potpourri. The groups get lots of opportunities for local sing outs throughout the year.
Having performed roles in over 30 musical productions up and down the I-5 corridor over the years, Mary Petzold is on the other end of the experience spectrum. “I sang for 18 years in the resident chorus of the Seattle Opera,” says the spry octogenarian. Petzold usually has a featured solo in the Big Shoe, but made the decision to sit out this year to nurse a recent injury. Still, even injury couldn’t keep her from a recent rehearsal where she sat wearing her trademark sequined tennis shoes, providing encouragement to her friends and fellow performers.
Each of the smaller ensembles in Entertainment Explosion is responsible for rehearsing on its own, and each has a repertoire of music or dance numbers that can be performed alone or combined in shows anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours in length. According to Alice Brown, since its inception, Entertainment Explosion acts have been seen all over Thurston County. “We have performed in retirement homes, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. We do fundraisers, private shows, community events, and stage productions, including gigs at the Puyallup Fair, the Thurston County Fair, Capital Lakefair, Panorama, Patriots Landing, Jubilee, the Lacey Farmer’s Market, the Tumwater Farmer’s Market, and the Olympia Farmer’s Market.”
Because there are no paid performers or staff members, the money earned through paid performances is used only for operating expenses of the group, including those incurred producing a full scaled show like the Really Big Shoe.
In 2006, Entertainment Explosion members partnered with eight local school districts and Community Youth Services of Thurston County and The Really Big Shoe was born. Members had been looking for a cause to support, and helping youth seemed like a natural fit. According to Brown, proceeds distributed over the past eight years have surpassed $160,000.
Carol Thompson is one of the founders of Entertainment Explosion and sings in Potpourri. She explains that in addition to giving seniors a performing outlet, one of the primary goals of Entertainment Explosion is to support worthy causes through fundraisers like the Big Shoe. “We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to perform,” she says. But with the Big Shoe, “Every expense is Entertainment Explosion’s expense. Every dollar from the sponsors and from ticket sales goes to help the homeless and needy children of Thurston County.”
This year’s Big Shoe is directed by Derek Werrett with choreography by Gwen Haw. As director, Werrett was able to select the theme, which this year features music from the movies including full scale show stoppers and lesser known ballads. Featured Entertainment Explosion acts include the Pan Singers, Capital City Cloggers, Steppin’ Out, Potpourri, South Sound Trio, Music Matters Band, and Just for Fun as well as a few solo acts.
To learn more about Entertainment Explosion, visit their website.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
Opera tenor Thomas Harper will be performing a selection of musical works by German artists at the next Music @ 11 event Tuesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. in Kreielsheimer Hall, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way. The event is free and open to the public.
The pieces Harper is presenting include Robert Schumann’s Widmung, Richard Strauss’ Zueignung and Hugo Wolf’s Der Tambour. Harper will also take time to talk about performing and he will share his reflections on life as a professional, full-time singer.
Harper has been a member of the voice faculty at the University of Washington since 1998. Before moving to Seattle to work at the University of Washington, Harper sang primarily in Germany. He was a resident singer at Dortmund Opera and was named Artist of the Year there in 1993. Harper also sang at Theater Hagen, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and Landestheater Coburg. His roles with those companies include the Duke in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Loge in Richard Wagner’sRheingold, Eléazar in Fromental Halévy’s Juive, Canio in Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal, and Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. Harper is currently the head of the voice department at the University of Washington.
In addition to the Music @ 11 event, Harper will be hosting a master class at 1 p.m. for Saint Martin’s student singers who are working with German songs. “Primarily, I will be helping them with German diction and interpretive delivery of the texts,” Harper notes.
Harper made his U.S debut in 1991 singing as Mime, a character in Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle, at the Seattle Opera. He returned for the role in 1995, 2000, 2001, and 2005. Harper has reprised Mime with many other companies, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Dortmund Opera, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana (Turin), Teatro Municipal in Santiago, and Dallas Opera. Other Seattle Opera roles for Harper include Grigory in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, a role he has sung with Hamburgische Staatsoper (four seasons), Cologne Opera, and Staatstheater Darmstadt, among others.
The “Music @ 11” recital series, now in its ninth year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born, M.M., chair of the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, to raise awareness of the musical arts and provide opportunities for students and the community to experience various kinds of music in a recital setting.
Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is planning new digs at Long Beach in March and at Copalis and Mocrocks in April, based on recently updated harvest estimates showing a sufficient number of clams in those areas to support additional openings.
“After last weekend’s opener, we still have ample clams to provide additional digging opportunities for those beaches,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager.
Final approval on upcoming digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.
The first added digging opportunity will be at Long Beach on March 31, which is also the last day that a 2013-14 fishing license is valid. Beginning April 1, diggers age 15 or older must have a 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
The department also scheduled additional digs at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches in mid-April.
“Openings in late April and May will be announced after we evaluate harvest levels again next month,” Ayres said.
Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides (newly added digs are in bold):
Seasonal switch to morning tides
A 2014 license is required for the following digs:
No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon beginning March 30 with the seasonal switch to morning tides.
Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
It is really only one of those things you think about either in an emergency, impending surgery, or a persistent illness. Really, how often do we walk into a hospital when we are healthy or not visiting a sick loved one? I recently had just that experience at Capital Medical Center. Viewing a hospital through healthy eyes and body offers a different perspective-obviously one when you are more calm, clear-headed, and not in pain.
While walking through Capital Medical Center, I realized it was like going to buy a vehicle after your car has broken down and left you stranded. Would I rather buy a car under those conditions or when my car is functioning and healthy? Visiting a car dealership with a car running well is like visiting a hospital with a healthy body.
Capital Medical Center is a full-service medical facility dedicated to delivering high quality, cost-effective health care in an affordable and easily accessible manner. They have been providing quality care in Thurston and surrounding counties for nearly thirty years. As a full-service medical facility, Capital Medical Center offers a comprehensive surgery program, specialty care for cancer, advanced wounds and physical therapy, complete services for women and private birthing suites, full service laboratory and diagnostic imaging, and 24 hour emergency services.
Capital Medical Center’s scope of services is impressive, yet the commitment to quality care and patient satisfaction is tantamount. Becky Means, Chief Nursing Officer at Capital Medical Center says, “We strive to make our patients comfortable. Patient satisfaction and quality of service are our top priorities. We are a community hospital who wants to treat you like a neighbor.”
Julie Leydelmeyer, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs, applauds the leadership of Capital Medical Center for its commitment to patient satisfaction and continually investing in needed services. This commitment is exemplified by the hospital’s growth of services, current and planned renovations, identification of community needs and access to care. Leydelmeyer shares, “Capital Medical Center is blossoming with its expansion of care and services to our community.”
In the last few years, Capital Medical Center has made considerable investments to add new services and extend the care provided to the community, such as an outpatient diagnostic center for more efficient delivery of services to patients and much needed neurosurgery in the hospital. And this spring, Capital Medical Center will start renovations on its Women’s Services unit to include upgrades to the birthing suites, nursery, gynecological patient rooms and the family waiting rooms. The renovation will not only increase the number of birthing suites to expand capacity but will also improve the aesthetics to match the existing quality of care, allow patients to stay in the same room until discharged, and enable new equipment for the nursery.
Means comments, “We are a community facility with a small town feel. Our staff pride themselves on giving personalized attention. For example, we wanted the decor in our birthing suites to reflect the same quality of care we provide our patients and their families. We want to ensure our families feel comfortable and welcomed. We try to go the extra mile for our patients and their families by addressing all their needs from nursing care to providing a guest meal.”
Following the renovations to the Women’s Services unit, Capital Medical Center will focus on expanding the number of operating rooms as well as increasing the size of existing operating rooms to better meet the needs of surgeons and staff and better accomodate specialized surgical equipment.
Capital Medical Center is well known for its comprehensive surgical programs including ear, nose & throat, general, vascular, gynecological, neurosurgery, plastics, urological, and orthopedic which has been recognized with the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. Capital Medical Center is the only South Sound hospital to earn this distinction for knee and hip replacement and spine surgery from The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading organization for health care accreditation—just another example of Capital Medical Center’s commitment to the highest level of care for its patients.
Leydelmeyer shares, “We are a patient centric hospital. We care for the reason you are coming in and evaluate the whole person. We care for all your needs while you are here, guide you on your path to healing, and enable you to be successful when you go home.”
Green cleaning isn’t just for those with crawling babies or compromised immune systems anymore. While science has extended our lifespan, made recycling commonplace, and defeated many medical issues of the past, we can all do our part to help the planet. Cleaning supplies have long been harsh chemicals, laden with unpronounceable ingredients, but not anymore. Elite Cleaning of Washington is proud to offer many natural, 100% effective options for their clients.
Owner Scottiejo McNulty has long been a user of, and distributor for, Shaklee products. These are advertised as “nontoxic and natural cleaning choices that are safe, powerful, green, and smart.” But she is also a font of knowledge when it comes to old wives’ tales and is happy to share. Her Facebook page is a wealth of tips including: soaking greasy oven exhaust fans in vinegar then washing them in the dishwasher and sprinkling salt on spilled raw eggs to keep them from sliding away from the towel.
For clients, every attempt is made to meet their green cleaning needs. When one recent client with extreme allergies called, the Elite Cleaning staff was able to do the entire job with common household ingredients like lemon, vinegar, and baking soda. McNulty even put together some of these helpful guidelines for a recent ThurstonTalk.com article. The article was so well received that a new client who signed up after reading it provided the names of five more interested friends.
This flexibility, willingness to listen, and customer-first attitude is what helped Elite Cleaning grow from 29 clients in 2011 to 281 in 2013 and earn a Best in South Sound nomination. Says McNulty, “cleaning is an art and a science” and she welcomes calls with questions, requests, and can usually meet potential clients within a week of the initial chat. Her highly trained staff clean homes, offices, apartments, and before or after events like parties and weddings.
She handles all incoming calls personally and can be reached any time at 360-529-2277.
We traditionally define banking as stashing something away for later use. But when it comes to childbirth and breastfeeding, the term can mean something delightfully different. Our region is home to the first Milk Bank in the Northwest and the only breast milk repository in the South Sound. Local moms are encouraged to donate surplus milk to the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank of Portland through the Providence St. Peter’s Hospital Family Birth Center.
The Milk Bank began in July 2013 as a way for moms with extra milk to help those in need. Donors are screened by phone, in writing, and with a blood draw before they can participate. Once all tests are completed, the helpful staff at Providence St. Peter’s Family Birth Center receives the milk which is then packaged for transport to the Portland Bank. Once in Portland the milk is pasteurized and cultured before being frozen and distributed to mothers in need and possess a doctor’s prescription.
Donor moms simply decide when they have extra milk and call Providence to arrange a delivery time. The helpful staff from the Family Birth Center even goes out to the drop-off point in person, saving frazzled moms the parking and baby transport headache. Some moms donate only once, others multiple times…it’s always up to them.
Melissa Petit, an RN and internationally board-certified lactation consultant, works for the Providence Birth Center. She loves this new program as it “ultimately makes milk cheaper for everyone” and benefits babies from day one. Since the Providence program began in October 2013, over 2,000 ounces of milk have been sent to Portland to help babies around the South Sound.
The hospital also partners with the South Sound Breastfeeding Network in this mission. The Network even went so far as to donate the freezer used by the staff prior to transport, saving the hospital valuable resources.
The first donor via Providence’s new Milk Bank partnership was Emily Kelso of Napavine. She explains, “I heard about the milk bank when I was in the NICU in Vancouver with my seven week premature son. The lactation consultant told me I would be a good candidate for donation and gave me the info. I wanted to participate because my son’s first meal was donated milk from the milk bank. When I realized I had enough milk for my premature son and extra stored up, I realized I could help other mothers and babies in a similar situation. I was surprised by how easy the process was for becoming a donor. Everyone I talked to was so nice and helpful! I was so happy to know I had a local milk bank to donate to. It felt good to be able to pay it forward and help other preemie babies get a good start in life.”
Interested donors should call the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank at 800-204-4444 with any questions. They will handle the initial screening but moms won’t have to trek to Portland for the rest. Blood draws and successful donations will be taken by the helpful staff at the Providence St. Peter’s Family Birth Center. They will do everything they can to make the rest easy and convenient.
The South Sound Breastfeeding Network sums things up: “One of the first choices parents make for their babies’ health is what to feed their babies. Babies were born to be breastfeed and breastmilk is the natural and best choice. It not only benefits baby with ideal nutrition, immune system support, and bonding opportunities, but benefits mother as well and with no manufacturing, transportation, or retail costs, is better for the Earth!”
While the process is difficult for many moms, it’s nice to know there are resources readily available that give our kids a head start on success.
Submitted by Providence St. Peter Foundation
Providence St. Peter Foundation is pleased to welcome Stacey Genzlinger as special events manager. Prior to joining Providence St. Peter Foundation, Stacey was the Director of Member Services with Olympia Master Builders for 13 years, responsible for overseeing large and successful events across South Puget Sound.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Stacey to our team,” says Peter Brennan, Executive Director for Providence St. Peter Foundation. “She brings a deep understanding of our community and a compassionate perspective that will help us thrive well into the future.”
Stacey brings with her a passion for philanthropy and wide and diverse community involvement with non-profit organizations including Saint Martin’s University, Briggs Community YMCA, Capital Playhouse, and United Way of Thurston County. Stacey is familiar with Providence, where she volunteered with her Bullmastiff, named Peyton, in the Providence Animal Assisted Activities and Therapies program.
Stacey will manage Providence St. Peter Foundation’s popular Christmas Forest, and other events and fundraising efforts. Christmas Forest is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising event, generating more than $8.6 million throughout its history. The 26th annual Christmas Forest attracted more than 4,100 visitors and raised a record $626,000, which benefits the mission of Providence to provide health care to all, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable.
Stacey says, “I am excited to join Providence St. Peter Foundation, and I look forward to working with all the great volunteers and patrons that help to make Christmas Forest such an outstanding and beloved community event.”
About Providence St. Peter Foundation
The mission of Providence St. Peter Foundation is to develop and provide philanthropic resources that help assure that compassionate and quality health care is available in the communities we serve, especially for individuals who are poor and vulnerable. In the last three years, the foundation has distributed more than $5.2 million to local Providence ministries including St. Peter Hospital, SoundHomeCare and Hospice, and Mother Joseph Care Center. www.providence.org/giving
While the weather still feels decidedly “wintery” outside, spring is not far away. Daffodils emerge, trees begin to bud, and children have a much needed week-long break from school. Some families may have plans for family trips to catch the last few powder runs of the year or possibly to add some color to their pasty Northwest winter complexion on a sunny getaway.
However, for many of us, Spring Break is just that – a break. A break from packing lunches, catching busses, setting alarms. But it comes with challenges as well. The “Mom, I’m bored!” phrase usually emerges around the second day and what happens when I need to head to work? A scramble for playdates and grandparent time ensues. How to avoid both of these situations? Enroll your children in one of the outstanding Spring Break Camps offered throughout Thurston County. Whether your child is an animal lover, sports nut, or just wants to make Rainbow Loom bracelets ALL DAY LONG, there is something for them in our listings below.
With a variety of offerings for children ages 3 through grade 4, the HOCM can always be counted on to provide enriching, engaging activities. Camp offerings include half day topics that can be combined for full day fun. For the little ones, Insects and Gardening and Pop Art are the camp topics. For grades 1-4, Wearable Art (yes…this means Rainbow Loom!!) and Pets and Vets are offered.
Cost: $105/member, $125/non-member, plus $15 materials fee for half day camps. Combo options available.
Time: 9am – Noon and 1pm – 4pm
Our South Sound YMCAs never disappoint with their afterschool, and break camp options and Spring Break is no exception. With locations at the Downtown and Briggs Y as well as several area elementary schools, there is likely one close to you. Kids in grades K – 6 can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. and picked up at 6 p.m., great for working parents. Topics include art, sports, robotics, space, and much more. Visit the website for full details and camp locations.
Cost: $120 week/$28 daily for Facility Members; $128 week/$30 daily for Program Members.
Time: 7 a.m. (5:45 a.m. option at Chamber’s Prairie) – 6 p.m.
Girls Without Limits (GWOL) is a YWCA “program that encourages girls ages 10-14 to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), gain career awareness via mentorship with professional women, and foster self-esteem and leadership skills in a positive and fun learning environment.” Sounds good, right? The Spring Break camp offered for 2014 focuses on coding. Girls will work with professional software engineers to build their own laptops. A field trip to Intel’s Portland Campus is included.
Cost: $130 for the week / Scholarships available
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Located on Olympia’s Westside in the Mottman Industrial area, Alley Oop Gymnastics is known for their quality, safe, and fun programs. The all-day camp is for ages 6 through 12 and runs the full week. Campers will engage in traditional gymnastics activities using the apparatus as well as fun games, crafts and activities with their peers. Each day has a different theme.
Cost: $300 for the week
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The City of Lacey has put together a week of fun for your kids involving a fun field-trip each day. Meeting at Mt. View Elementary, campers ages six to twelve will engage in great activities including bowling, an outdoor day at Burfoot Park, Charlie Safari, and swimming. This one’s sure to deliver tired, happy kids at the end of each day.
Cost: $150 per camper for the week
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The City of Olympia also offers some great field-trip style options for kids as well, all based out of Lincoln Elementary School. Campers ages six to eight will enjoy a Spring Break Safari with trips including a variety of outings including swimming and NW Trek. Campers ages nine to twelve will engage in more outdoor adventures with rock climbing, hiking, sea-kayaking and more.
Cost: $155 ages 6 – 8 / $179 ages 9 – 12 for the week
Time: Drop off from 7:30 – 9 a.m. and pick up from 4 – 5:30 p.m.
This rural farm located on Olympia’s Westside off Delphi Road offers campers ages four to thirteen a truly memorable week on the farm. Activities include spring garden planting, nature hikes, spring tea parties, and of course time with the farms wide variety of animals including chickens, horses, goats, bunnies, peacocks and loveable barn cats. Campers will not ride horses during this camp. You can feel good about sending your child to Nature Nurtures as all proceeds from Farm Camps go directly to support the farm’s Youth Mentoring Program. You can read more about the farm’s mission here.
Cost: $250 for the week
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (before and after care available at additional cost)
Have a sports nut in the family? The Valley’s sports camp is just the ticket. The week long camp offers full and half day options for kids ages six to thirteen. You can sign up for the whole week or just a day or two. Sports include soccer, basketball, raquetball, tennis, swimming and more and are taught by sports professionals at the gym.
Cost: Half Day: $35 / Full Day $45 / Full Week $170 (Non-Members add $5 per day)
Time: Half Day: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Full Day: 7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
For the nature lover in your family, this camp combines educational plays, skill building games, songs, dancing, and activities to help children connect with nature and themselves. Campers will explore nature physically as well as with movement and drama culminating in a wonderful performance for families on Friday.
Cost: $200 for the week
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The quality and whimsy of the productions at OFT carries through to their camp program for kids ages eight to thirteen (or so…). Campers will rehearse and perform an entire play during the week culminating in a performance on Friday. The play, entitled “The Quest, A Fairy Tale with Attitude!” by Eddie McPherson is sure to engage your most dramatic family members.
Cost: $185 ( + 2.00% ) for the week
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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Submitted by Westport Winery
Westport Winery’s most popular red blend, Jetty Cat, earned a double gold medal and Best of Class at the Savor Northwest Wine Competition this week in Canon Beach, Oregon. Jetty Cat is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Discovery Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Sangiovese from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima AVA, Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard in the Wahluke AVA, and Tempranillo from Airfield Estates in the Yakima AVA. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits the Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA). The label on this wine was painted by Aberdeen, Washington, artist, Dr. Brian McGregor.
The winery earned silver medals on Swimmer’s Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard, Elk River Riesling from Red Willow Vineyard, and Surfer’s Syrah from Discovery Vineyard. These wines respectively benefit Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, the Grays Harbor Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the South Beach EMS in Westport. The partnerships and collaborative relationships Westport Winery has built with their grape growers and local charities are integral to their remarkable growth and success in their six year history. Westport Winery was the first winery on the Washington Coast and remains the westernmost vineyard in the state.
Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Their award-winning wines are exclusively available at this location. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
Saint Martin’s University is one of 15 institutions partnering with CSO Research Inc., a company based in Austin, Texas that provides career center automation software to more than 830 college campuses across the US and around the world, using The Outcomes Survey to answer the question: “What can I do when I graduate?” for students, parents and the White House College Scorecard.
“We are thrilled that Saint Martin’s and 14 other schools have chosen to show visionary leadership and become our partners in innovation on The Outcomes Survey,” says Erik Mulloy, CSO’s CEO and founder. “Students, parents, lenders and policymakers want answers to that long-standing question, and The Outcomes Survey provides the answers.”
“Saint Martin’s University has a focus on the outcomes of our graduates through the social media campaigns of #FromHereYouCan and #SaintsHaveAPlan,” says Ann Adams, associate dean of students and director of career development. “This product fits in well with those efforts and to provide accurate data on the first destinations of our alumni.”
In addition to Saint Martin’s University, the following schools have partnered with CSO on this initiative, making three-year commitments to gathering first destination career outcomes data on their graduates using The Outcomes Survey: University of North Texas (Texas); Virginia Commonwealth University (Virginia); Rider University (New Jersey); Harding University (Arkansas); Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colorado); St. Mary’s University of San Antonio (Texas); Midwestern State University (Texas); St. John Fisher College (New York); East Central University (Oklahoma); Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Montana); Ohio Dominican University (Ohio); Roger Williams University (Rhode Island); Concordia University (Texas); and Wisconsin Lutheran College (Wisconsin).
The Outcomes Survey is the only turnkey solution available that provides standardized and comprehensive “first destination” career outcomes data on new college graduates, including data on full-time employment, graduate school enrollment, part-time employment, military service, gap year, fellowship program and service program participation, and those graduates choosing to start their own businesses or work as independent contractors.
According to Max Wartel, CSO’s head of research and analysis, “Most other sources of standardized career outcomes data are state-supported tools that rely solely on graduates working full-time within the state. Graduates working out-of-state, in part-time jobs, gap year or service programs, pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors or otherwise working independently are not counted, nor are those pursuing graduate school or other educational paths. As a result, these data, while sound, are not representative of the variety of first destinations new graduates may choose to pursue. The 21st century workforce is complex. The Outcomes Survey takes this complexity into account.”
In addition to data on employment and graduate school admissions, The Outcomes Survey collects data on student participation in internships and experiential education, levels of engagement in their search for post-graduation work, satisfaction with their first destination, and personal motivations in seeking work or further education.
Matt Berndt, CSO vice president and head of The Outcomes Survey initiative, says, “Gathering data at a single point in time – particularly only at graduation – provides an incomplete picture of graduate outcomes. We want schools to be able to tell the whole story about their graduates’ pursuits, whether they are telling that story to prospective students and their parents, to accrediting bodies, or to federal agencies.”
The Outcomes Survey collects valid, reliable and comprehensive data that can be used in reporting to the White House College Scorecard, Business Week and US News & World Report. It meets Rubio-Wyden “Student Right to Know Before You Go” standards, the new guidelines from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and standards under consideration by the US Department of Education related to financial aid and gainful employment in recognized occupations.
The Outcomes Survey is available now to colleges and universities seeking to survey their May 2014 graduates and beyond.
For more information on CSO Research Inc., contact Matt Berndt at 1-866-4201 ext. 128 or via email at email@example.com.
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The Olympia Beekeepers Association and Evergreen Academic Programs present a Community Bee Fair, featuring "More than Honey," an internationally acclaimed film describing the looming, world-wide crisis of disappearing bee colonies.
March 8, 2014, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
The Evergreen State College, Lecture Hall 1 and Lecture Hall Rotunda
6:00 pm - Informational displays and student art show in the Rotunda.
7:00 pm - A short film on the bee crisis created by Evergreen students.
7:30 pm - A presentation of the "Pollinator Protector Award" - to be given to local business owner Robert Thompson, Jr. of Lincoln Creek Lumber.
The feature film "More than Honey" will be followed by a Q & A with a panel of local bee experts and the filmmaker via Skype from Berlin
* Seating is limited.
* Admission is free with Evergreen I.D.
* For non-Evergreen attendees, tickets are $10 each, available at Traditions and Radiance in Olympia, Gordon’s Garden Center in Yelm.
* For more information: www.olympiabeekeepers.org