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First Day of Spring 2015

Janine's Little Hollywood - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:12pm

Above: Jamal Briscoe, Olympia, shows off his two-fisted bubble blowing technique.By Janine Unsoeld
www.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.comAs predicted, the first day of Spring brought almost everything, especially wind, rain and smiles. Undaunted by the weather, some were silly enough (of course!) to continue a 22 year tradition by greeting Mother Nature on her terms. Welcoming the day at noon on Percival Landing, passersby were encouraged to take a wand and create bubbles. Of course, the weather cleared just as folks packed up their wands.Above: Dave Loyie, of Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada, was the first to stop by “The Kiss” statue in Olympia this morning. Representing the Aboriginal Alliance of Alberta, Loyie will be speaking at a conference called, “The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community and the Environment,” at The Evergreen State College this weekend. For more information about the conference, go to A good time was had by all!  

Poetry Reading @ Orca Books: Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen, reading with Olympia poet Tim Kelly

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:02pm
Event:  Sat, 03/21/2015 - 7:00pm

A very special poetry reading at Orca Books, co-sponsored by the Olympia Poetry Network. This is a FREE event. Orca books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Elizabeth Austen, a Seattle-based poet, performer and teacher, and Washington's Poet Laureate for 2014-16, will read from her book Every Dress A Decision.

Elizabeth spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre and writing poems. A six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America led her to focus exclusively on poetry.


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She frequently teaches the art of poetry aloud, believing that “something magical is possible in a performance that doesn’t happen anywhere else—something electric, immediate, and entirely ephemeral…an exchange between performer and audience that is fluid and a little bit dangerous.” 

Olympia poet Tim Kelly, author of "Toccata and Fugue" and "Extremities", will also being reading from his work. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Chihuly Drawings at Museum of Glass

South Sound Arts - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:46am

 Published in the Weekly Volcano, March 19, 2015

Steel Blue Ikabena, drawing by Dale Chihuly
Venetian Drawing by Dale Chihuly. Photos courtesy Museum of GlassI have always thought Dale Chihuly’s drawings were more impressive than his glass creations, but I have never seen enough of his drawings to say so until now. “Chihuly Drawings” at Museum of Glass makes the case quite emphatically. One hundred and eighty-six drawings fill the main gallery at MOG, and the impact is overwhelming.
What makes the drawings stand out is their energy, their directness and their dramatic presentation. Chihuly glass — the bowls, the flowers, the massive chandeliers - for all their impressive size and brilliant color come across as slick and commercial in comparison with the drawings. And I don’t believe it is just that the drawings are less ubiquitous. I believe they are more honest. There is an immediacy and spontaneity to the drawings that can’t possibly be matched by the glass that is created by studio assistants in slow, laborious processes. 
The drawings do not have the assembly line look of the glass. They are done by hand by Chihuly himself, not assistants, and they are done quickly. There is a quality to them reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, and photographs of Chihuly at work give evidence that their working methods are much the same. He works in pencil, charcoal, colored inks, acrylics and other media. Many of his “drawings” are really large scale paintings, but it is fitting to call them drawings because of the emphasis on energetic mark making.  Like Pollock, he often works on the floor. He spreads his colors with brooms, mops and sponges, and he drips and slings paint out of buckets and squeeze tubes. He even burns them with acetylene torches — anything for a unique surface texture. The majority of the drawings are 30 by 22 inches, and there are a number as large as 60 by 40 inches.
For many of the same reasons that I find his drawings more impressive than the work in glass, I find his work in pencil and charcoal more impressive than the more “finished” look of the works with acrylic and other painterly media. As you enter the gallery you’re faced with a wall of some 20 pencil drawings on paper, some with colored inks. They are all sketches of bowls (all of his drawings are either studies for glass works or drawings of the same subjects that show up in his glass). These bowl drawings feature large, looping pencil lines that are impressive in their energy, texture and smoothness. They appear to have been drawn lightning fast yet with absolute control. 
Tacomans will recognize many sketches done in preparation for the window displays at Union Station and for the Bridge of Glass, many with notes to himself and/or his assistants. There is one entire room plastered floor to ceiling with faxes to his assistants with notes, instructions and drawings, offering a fascinating look into the workings of his mind. There are also a couple of walls filled with biographical statements, Chihuly quotes and photographs of the artist at work.
As you walk through the galleries, the scale and audaciousness increases, as does the brilliance of his colors, culminating in a suite of seven floor-to-ceiling drawings on light boxes on a slightly curved wall. This wall is a knockout. Perhaps too much of a knockout. Perhaps too showy. As I contemplate these and some of the other larger works, I wonder whether, if I were subjected to constant exposure to these if I would soon tire of them. There is a sameness and a formulaic quality that I suspect would wear thin over time, which brings me back to the combined delicacy and strength of his charcoal and pencil drawings, which may be the real knockout  work in this show.
Chihuly Drawings, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., through June 30, admission $5-$15, free to members, free Third Thursday, Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St. Tacoma, (866) 468-7386]
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Review: Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Tacoma Little Theatre

South Sound Arts - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:41am

Published in The News Tribune, March 20, 2015
From left: Rodman Bolek, Jacob Tice and Bryce Smith. Photo courtesy DK PhotographyTacoma Little Theatre’s current show, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, is a quirky little comedy written by Steve Martin and directed by Rick Hornor that cleverly skews history and makes fun of theatrical traditions by breaking the fourth wall in unexpected ways. The writing is outstanding, and it is full of surprises, most of which I can’t mention without spoiling it. I can’t even tell you who some of the characters are without spoiling it — but I will give one hint. Chad Russell comes on stage like a rock star from a most unexpected place (literally and figuratively). He is billed in the program as “A visitor (from another era).” And like “Star Trek” characters messing with the space-time continuum, he changes history.From left: odman Bolek, Jacob Tice and Ana Bury. Photo courtesy DK PhotographyThe Lapin Agile is a actual bar that was famous as a hangout for artists and other creative types at the turn of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso (Bryce Smith) and Albert Einstein (Rodman Bolek) meet at the Lapin Agile and exchange witty barbs. It is 1904, two years before then 23-year-old Picasso painted “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and a year before Einstein published his “Special Theory of Relativity.” In addition to these two geniuses, the bar is populated by a number of eccentric characters including Gaston (played with great nuanced style by John Saunders), an old man who has to go to the bathroom every few minutes; Suzanne (Ana Bury), Picasso’s latest conquest (he slept with her the night before but now barely remembers her); and an inventor named Charles Dabernow Schmendiman (Dan Lysne), an outlandish character who brings to mind any number of the wild and crazy characters author Steve Martin created on the original “Saturday Night Live.” Martin hilariously got away with such over-the-top acting. Lysne does so as well, but barely.Bolek is outstanding as Einstein, parodying rather than copying the look and gestures of the famously eccentric genius. Smith’s takeoff on Picasso does not work as well. I don’t know if it was Smith or the director who decided to portray Picasso in such an oddly lethargic manner, but Picasso was generally known to be energetic and explosive, not the lackadaisical character portrayed here. Jacob Tice is outstanding as the owner and bartender, Freddy. He and his waitress/girlfriend, Germaine (Colleen Bjurstrom), are likeable and down-to-earth. Tara Jensen is comic gold in a couple of small roles as the Countess and an unnamed fan of Picasso. The set designed by Blake York and lighting by Pavlina Morris with set dressing and props by Jeffery Weaver is simply marvelous. The dark brown colors of old wood, the paintings on the walls and the many knick-knacks on the shelves behind the bar, and most beautifully the elaborately carved bar with brass foot rails create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. I’ve never seen the real Lapin Agile, but I felt that this set perfectly captured the feel of a bar these characters would hang out in. The only thing missing might have been chess players at a corner table and Hemmingway and Fitzgerald arguing literature.Picasso at the Lapin Agile is an adult comedy recommended for ages 13 and older.

WHAT: Picasso at the Lapin AgileWHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, through March 30WHERE: Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N “I” St., TacomaTICKETS: $22-$15INFORMATION: 253-272-2281,

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Celebrate the 50th Arts Walk this April in Downtown Olympia

Thurston Talk - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:07am



Submitted by City of Olympia

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The Fiddlie-I-Ay Family Stringband picks a tune during the Spring 2014 Arts Walk. Photo courtesy City of Olympia.

On Friday, April 24 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m., come explore the creative and spirited arts community of Olympia, WA and help celebrate our 50th Arts Walk event! Tucked into a valley at the foot of South Puget Sound, Olympia is the state’s Capital, and also home to a vibrant mix of musicians, filmmakers, writers and visual and performing artists. Arts Walk is the largest festival of this type in the region – an unparalleled opportunity to embrace the arts and meet the artists.

As day reaches into night, Arts Walk brings together over 120 businesses, and hundreds of visual and performing artists with over 30,000 visitors in Olympia’s historic downtown as they welcome the arts in all forms during this twice-yearly event.

Meet artists from all career levels: pre-school through professional.
Listen to a variety of live music including Rockin’ Blues, Country Western, East Indian Sitar, Jazz and Youth Samba.
Learn to Zumba, try out a new instrument, or stop in at several family art activity areas.
Check out poetry, adult storytelling, puppet shows, or consult the Butohracle.
Take in impromptu street performances, all kinds of dance and of course, exhibition of fine art from photography, painting and drawing to sculpture, textiles, ceramics, printmaking and more.

The festival also includes the spectacular Procession of the Species, celebrating its 20th year, an artistic and environmental celebration presented by Earthbound Productions. The event is a colorful and joyous street pageant using the languages of art, music and dance to inspire cultural appreciation, understanding, and protection of the natural world; the Procession begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Due to the popularity of the Procession, it is extremely important for individuals to pay close attention to street closures and tow away zones.

Harms Woods, by photographer Duncan Green, adorns the cover of the Arts Walk map this spring; a scene of the forest’s edge newly awakened. A photographer since the age of 14, Duncan has worked the professional and artistic sides of the field, both as Staff Photographer for the Washington State Legislature and long-time contributor to The Sun magazine. He has studied with renowned photographers Chris Rainier, Amy Arbus and Arno Minkkinen and his work is in private collections across the US and in Canada, France and Holland. Duncan’s cover art can be seen during Arts Walk at Childhood’s End Gallery (#101 on the Arts Walk map).

Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and Olympia Arts Commission, with support provided by Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Heritage Bank and MIXX 96fm. Arts Walk maps are available at participating locations after April 11, and at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave. East and The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.

A digital map and Arts Walk app are also available after April 11 at For more information, contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380.

Welcome to JBLM – A Newcomers Guide to Exploring the South Sound Area

Thurston Talk - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:41am



By Sonia Garza

hometown logoWelcome to the Pacific Northwest! If you’re stationed near JBLM, like us and so many people in the area, or if you’re just new to Washington State, you will find that there are so many wonderful things to see and do. Here is a list of my favorite activities, using JBLM as a starting point. Before long, I know you will become better acclimated to the area and feel like a long-time resident rather than a newbie.

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The Capitol building built in 1928, has withstood three earthquakes and after a renovation project in 2004, 144 solar panels were placed on the fifth-floor roof making it the largest array of solar panels on a capitol in the United States. Photo credit: Sonia Garza

Head to Toe

First, get a good rain jacket with a hood and rain boots. No matter what the trends dictate, these two items will never go out of style here.

Visit the State Capitol

As the capital of Washington State, it’s an easy drive south on I-5 to the State Capitol building. Take a guided tour through the campus to the Legislative Building or Governor’s Mansion.

Lakes, Creeks and the Puget Sound

American Lake, accessible from Lakewood as well as JBLM, offers public access docks and lakeside beaches for boating, fishing and picnicking with easy rentals for a kayak or canoe. Sunnyside Beach is a beachfront park in Steilacoom with views of Puget Sound and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Chambers Bay is a 950-acre golf course running along the Puget Sound in University Place and will be host to the 2015 U.S. Open this year, for the first time in history. Its rolling hills and breathtaking landscape was created to pay tribute to the lands of Scotland.

Farmers Markets

When spring hits the most favored outdoor must is to attend a local farmers market. This is the go-to place for freshly picked produce straight from the farm and gorgeous bouquets of flowers. Local artisans sell unique goods and homemade crafts while food trucks satiate your appetite. Start at the Olympia Farmers Market, located on Olympia’s waterfront.

Trails and Parks

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Olympia’s waterfront is home to small boats and live-aboards. Rent kayaks or paddle boards and explore the waterways. Photo credit: Sonia Garza

Residents embrace the natural beauty that is the Pacific Northwest and don’t wait for the weather to clear up to go outside. You will find that there are many gorgeous days here and because of the mild weather and temperature, you can take advantage of many great parks. Sequalitchew Creek in Dupont starts at City Hall and winds 1.5 miles through forestation and greenery to an open rocky beach where you will find spectacular views. Stroll along East Bay Drive in Olympia, starting at Priest Point Park or drive a bit further down the road and experience gorgeous vistas at Burfoot Park.  Find even more stories about family-friendly outdoor recreation here.

Animals of the Pacific Northwest

There’s nothing like seeing animals of the Pacific Northwest. The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is one of my favorite places. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge provides a window into the world of over 200 species of birds that visit throughout the year as well as beavers and reptiles that live off the wetlands. Northwest Trek offers a more interactive experience with a tram ride through 435 acres of land filled with elk, moose and mountain goats. If you’re really feeling brave, take the walking tour through the forest to see grizzly bears, wolves, cougars and foxes.

Head to the Fair

The Thurston County Fair is a great way to experience live animals up close and personal.  Local 4H students are well educated and eager to share information about the animals they have raised.  Puyallup is home to the Washington State Fair, the largest annual event in the state and ranks one of the largest fairs in the world. The fall fair is held every September with a rodeo and huge musical headliners. There is also a spring fair in April. If you go, make sure to try a fair scone with jelly, which locals absolutely love.  Olympia hosts many festivals and events.  Watch our event calendar for even more activities.

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A Sugar Skull Latte – a wicked look for a wicked drink – from Burial Grounds in downtown Olympia

Get yourself a cup of java

You will be hard pressed to drive down any main street and not find a quirky coffee shop. You will find Starbucks in plethora here but venture out to all the small coffee houses and pop up coffee drive thrus like Bigfoot Java, one of my personal favorites.

Cheer on the local team

Take me out to the ballgame! Cheney Stadium, in Tacoma is home to the Tacoma Rainiers. This minor league baseball team has played in the Pacific Coast League since 1960, making it the longest current active streak of membership in the league. During their season you can enjoy those warmer nights beneath the stadium lights singing while Rhubarb, the reindeer mascot, cheers on the team and fans.

Mount Rainier

A list of places to visit in the area would not be complete without mention of the 14,410-foot active volcano, Mount Rainier, the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. It’s hard to miss and on gorgeous days you can see the snow covered summit from almost anywhere. The Mount Rainier National Park encompasses 235,625 acres. For superb views, drive up to the 5,400 ft overlook at Paradise and hike through the numerous connecting trails. Pack a picnic and head three miles east of Paradise to see a spectacular view of the mountain in the reflection lakes.

Let me officially welcome you to the greater JBLM area. Have fun exploring Olympia, Tacoma and all that the South Sound has to offer! I hope this list will make you feel right at home.

Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:33am



Hello Olympia! Each Friday morning, ThurstonTalk staffers dig through our event calendar to bring you our top highlights.  This list is just a sampling of the hundreds of things to do around Olympia.  You can always find our complete event calendar here and even use our “Post an Event” button to add your own cool activity.  Cheers!

Submit an event for our calendar here.

ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.

Pine Hill Haints “Mrs. Pac-Man”

K Records - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:22am
That saw whistles like the wind under the door, transporting one to another dimension; Pine Hill Haints gone Tron-tastic!   K Song of the Day: Pine Hill Haints “Mrs. Pac-Man” from their The Magik Sounds of Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] album. The Pine Hill Haints album The Magik Sounds of Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] is […]
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Emily Anderson Serves as Washington State Senate Page

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:46pm



Submitted by the office of Sen. Joe Fain

Reeves Middle School student Emily Anderson served as a Senate page to Senator Joe Fain.

Reeves Middle School student Emily Anderson served as a Senate page to Senator Joe Fain.

Emily Anderson, a student at Reeves Middle School, spent the last week as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Anderson was one of 14 students who served as Senate pages for the ninth week of the 2015 legislative session.

The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Students are responsible for transporting documents between offices, delivering messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Students also draft their own bills and engage in a mock session.

“I became a page to learn about our government and our legislature, it’s a good experience to learn how it all works,” Anderson said.  “I like meeting everybody around the state, but being a part of the session and seeing how it all works have been my favorite part.”

She said she was surprised at how many bills the senators went through on the floor.

“I’ve really loved it, I don’t think I’ll forget it,” she said about the page program.

Anderson was sponsored by Senator Joe Fain, who represents South King County.

Anderson has played soccer since she was four and plays for the Black Hills FC. She also plays basketball and sings for her school choir. She likes being outdoors and being active.

Emily, 14, is the daughter of Ken and Nancy Anderson of Olympia.

Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit Senator Fain’s web site at and select Get Involved – Senate Page Program.


Metra, Sullivan Honored with All-Washington Academic Team Placement

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:36pm



Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College

Courtney Sullivan

Courtney Sullivan

South Puget Sound Community College students Brandon Metra and Courtney Sullivan will be honored at the 2015 All-Washington Academic Team ceremony on Thursday, March 26. Gov. Jay Inslee will be on hand to acknowledge recipients at the 20th annual ceremony, hosted by SPSCC. This year’s team consists of 65 students representing all the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.

Brandon Metra, 20, moved around a lot as a child due to his father’s employment. Through multiple schools, a metal working class made an impression Metra wouldn’t soon forget. Now a welding student at South Puget Sound, Metra hopes to become a mechanical engineer after attaining his master’s degree in the field.

Courtney Sullivan, 19, knew she wanted to go to college and change the world. Illnesses as a child forced her to attend high school online, isolating her from peers and lowering her confidence in even attending college. After relocating to Washington state with her mom, Sullivan, 19, is healthy, happy and on the path to big career aspirations. Her ultimate goal is to one day join the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brandon Metra

Brandon Metra

The All-Washington program honors students who demonstrate a commitment to success in the classroom and service in their communities, and has become the showcase of the Washington community and technical college system.

Phi Theta Kappa, TACTC, the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges sponsor the event. For more information, contact Kellie Purce Braseth at (360) 596-5214 or visit


Olympia Family Theater stages “Our Only May Amelia”

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:07pm



Submitted by Olympia Family Theater

May Amelia (Kate Hayes) Photo by Dinea de Photo

May Amelia (Kate Hayes) Photo by Dinea de Photo

“Our Only May Amelia” is  a Newbery Award-winning novel by Jennifer L. Holm that is set in unchartered Naselle, WA and follows the Jackson family as this area of Washington is settled.  Olympia Family Theater is setting this story to stage beginning March 20 through April 5.

It is the coming of age story of a 13 year old who is being raised on an isolated farm as the only girl in a family of boys. In 1899, life on the Naselle River in Southwest Washington was hard for anyone, but especially for 13 year-old May Amelia Jackson, the only girl in all of the Naselle settlement.

May Amelia’s Pappa thinks that hunting, fishing, aand working at the logging camp are all too rough for a little girl, but that doesn’t stop May. Once May’s mother gives birth to a baby girl, it seems as though all of May’s prayers have been answered. After tragedy strikes and Grandmother Patience blames her, May runs off to Astoria to stay with her aunt. But living in the big city, despite the new and exciting things it has to offer, means that May has to act like a “proper young lady.” Life on the Naselle might be hard for a girl, bu at least it is full of adventure – and family, and it is her home-her place.

Matti (Jeremy Holien), Jalmer (Keith Eisner), May Amelia (Kate Hayes), Kaarlo (Clarke Hallum), Wilbert (Adam Peter) Photo by Dinea de PhotoOlympia Family Theater offers accessible theater to families of all ages, and programs that entertain and educate while stimulating personal growth for young people, their families and the wider community.

Some performances are already sold out.  Tickets can be purchased online at or at their box office 360-570-1638, 612 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501.  Prices $13 – $19

South Sound Community Unites to Grow Veterans and Good Food

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:24pm



Submitted by GRuB

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A sign welcomes visitors at the GRuB farmhouse. Photo: Rachel Thomson

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down and the Department of Defense is in force reduction mode. Joint Base Lewis McChord is looking to reduce its footprint by 11,000 Soldiers and Service members over the next 2 years. Our region of Thurston, Pierce and Mason Counties are projected to have the highest Post 9/11 Veteran population growth rate in the State of Washington through 2020. On Thursday March 26th at 6pm at the Capitol Theater, the South Sound community is invited to come together to celebrate the powerful opportunities that are emerging to connect these transitioning veterans with each other, nature and the local food system.

In a community so deeply impacted by and integrated with active duty and veteran populations, the challenges that veterans face as they transition and assimilate to civilian life won’t be overcome by veterans alone. It will take all of us, as a community, coming together to ensure that the veterans in our midst have sufficient support and opportunities to reconnect, heal and redefine their personal sense of purpose. The very sad reality is that 22 veterans kill themselves every day in this country, according to a report released in February of last year by the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Far too often, we’re leaving our veterans to fight their toughest battles alone,” Senator John Walsh told CNN.

A new form of hope for veterans in transition is emerging, like the GRuB Growing Veterans program. Could horticulture, agriculture and dirt work be the answer? New partnerships are emerging in our community that afford veterans an opportunity to heal, and to ground their skills and talents through service, building gardens and growing food that nourishes families with locally grown produce. For some veterans, this passion will grow into viable farm based businesses that feed and sustain communities and our local economy. For others, the new relationships created through peer to peer contact and continued service will evolve into a renewed sense of purpose with strong community roots.

Please join GRuB, Growing Veterans, Enterprise for Equity, Oly Float, Rainier Therapeutic Riding, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Veterans Conservation Corps as we explore the film Ground Operations and open the floor for a discussion, moderated by County Commissioner Bud Blake, about both the military draw down and the relationship between food security and successful Veteran transition.

Event information:

Thursday, March 26

Capitol Theater – 206 5th Ave SE in Olympia

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., film begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by an open forum and panel discussion

Learn more about the film at:

 Saint Martin’s University welcomes Cecelia Loveless as Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:21pm



Submitted by Saint Martin’s University 

Saint Martin's University welcomes Cecelia Loveless as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Saint Martin’s University welcomes Cecelia Loveless as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Cecelia Loveless has 18 years of experience in higher education, including more than 10 years in fundraising and administration. As the Vice President for Planning and College Advancement at South Puget Sound Community College, Loveless established a strong fundraising plan, significantly growing the college’s endowments, rebranding the college’s fundraising event and increasing event revenue by 400 percent. In addition, Loveless led the College through the final stages of their strategic plan and recent accreditation visit from the Northwest Commission on Community Colleges and Universities.

“We are very pleased to have Cecelia join Saint Martin’s. She is the right leader for this important, strategic role for the University,” says President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.

As vice president for institutional advancement, Loveless will serve as the chief fundraiser for the University. Her responsibilities include administration of the Office of Institutional Advancement, management of the University’s development efforts and oversight of all alumni, parent and donor relations.

“The students and alumni are so passionate about what they get out of Saint Martin’s and that inspires me to work hard for the University,” says Loveless. “Saint Martin’s is known for its values-based education and that is one of the reasons I am so honored to be a part of this team.”

“During my time at South Puget Sound Community College, I witnessed a lot of SPSCC first-generation students continuing with their studies at Saint Martin’s,” she adds. “Because of that, I realized that coming here to continue my support of providing access to higher education was a natural pathway for me, personally and professionally.”

Loveless is a student in the Masters of Public Administration program at the Evergreen State College and completed her Capstone project on Institutional Effectiveness in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. Loveless is considered an expert in her field for raising critical friends and funds in support of higher education. She finished specialist training through the Council for Resource Development in 2005.

Loveless is a member of the Board of Directors for the Olympia Rotary Club and Leadership Thurston County. She served as President for South Sound Partners in Philanthropy in 2012. In 2008, the Business Examiner recognized Loveless at their annual “Women of Influence” event as a “Rising Star.” In her personal life, Loveless is dedicated to her family and proud of her three children, Ethan, Zachary and Alexandra.


Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture focuses on Necropolitics of the European Border  

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:11am



Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Harvie social justice lectureUsing Emanuele Crialese’s 2011 film, Terraferma, as a frame of reference, Eastern Michigan University Associate Professor Nataša Kovačević will explore the plight of immigrants who cross into the European Union (EU) via “that most porous of European borders,” the Mediterranean  Sea, at the next Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture. The lecture, “Necropolitics of the European Border in Terraferma,” will take place Monday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in Harned Hall, Room 110, on the Lacey campus  of Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE.

The lecture will be preceded on Monday, March 23, by a screening of Terraferma in the University’s Spangler Hall Conference Room, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Almost weekly, hundreds of people perish in the Mediterranean . . .while trying to cross into the European Union (EU). While internal European borders have been abolished, both visible and invisible walls have been erected to protect the external border against prospective migrants,” explains Kovačević, a member of the Department of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan. “Following Achille Mbembe, I call this policy the necropolitics of the border: the discourses and practices which legitimize a violent, often deadly, enclosure of Europe against any variety of “illegal” migrant, including refugees and asylum seekers.”

Kovačević says necropolitics operates in borderline, extra-legal spaces of exception, such as the Mediterranean sea itself and outlying European islands, where the authorities engage in surveillance, segregation, imprisonment and physical abuse of the migrants. “Recent films and literature have criticized such a border regime, envisioning alternative practices of hospitality to migrants,” she says.

Terraferma is set on a remote Italian island where geographic, as well as symbolic boundaries between Europe and non-Europe, blur, making it increasingly difficult to segregate citizens from migrants, according to Kovačević. “Questioning the official EU border policy, the film explores the islanders’ “illegal” offers of hospitality to foreigners based on the so-called “law of the sea,” she says. “Cultural narratives such as Terraferma can help us interrogate the discourses of protecting European borders – and identity – against invading ‘others.’”

Kovačević is the literature program coordinator at Eastern Michigan University and she teaches classes in post-colonial and global literature. Her major academic interests include theories of neocolonialism in the wake of the Cold War, and post/colonial and post/communist literature and film.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Harvie, former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.


Lacey City Council Recruiting Youth Representatives to Advisory Boards

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:07am



Submitted by The City of Lacey

The Lacey City Council is currently seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community.

Eligible candidates should be 16-18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or the urban growth area.The term of office is for one year from September to September and is limited to one term. The youth representative will be appointed by the Mayor.

Interested volunteers can contact Jenny Bauersfeld at (360) 413-4387, or by email at Applications are available in the Career Center of any NTPS high school, and can also be downloaded from the City’s website at by clicking here.

Thrifty Thurston Hops into Easter Egg Hunts around Olympia

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:47am



By Alyssa Ramsfield

providence medical group sponsorSpring has sprung across our beautiful county. Flowers are blooming, the smell of freshly mowed grass wafts through the air, and the Easter Bunny is preparing to hop down his trail. Easter Egg hunts are popping up all over Thurston County this year for a formal beginning of spring.

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Eggs filled with candy, coupons, and prizes are hidden throughout Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway.

Thriftway Easter Egg Hunts

Children ages 10 and under are invited to both Bayview Thriftway and Ralph’s Thriftway for their annual Easter Egg Hunts. Kids can participate in both hunts as they begin at 10:30 a.m. at Bayview Thriftway on March 21 and wrapping up at Ralph’s Thriftway on March 28. Eggs will scatter the aisles with the youngest age group going first, and the older kids heading in last. There is usually a wait for this event so be sure to get there early.  Read a complete story about this event here.

Be Hoppy Garden Party

Easter activities start on March 21 when the Easter Bunny arrives at Capital Mall at 6:00 p.m.  The free event includes a screening of the popular movie, Hop.  Retailers of Capital Mall are hosting their annual Easter celebration on Saturday, April 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free activities including an egg hunt, arts, and crafts are available to children ages 0-9 years old. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos during this event.

The Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt

This annual fundraiser is fun for all ages. The 8th Annual Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt helps local pet-focused charities including Concern for Animals, Feline Friends, and Thurston County Sheriff K-9. The hunt begins at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Regional Athletic Center in Lacey.

Xtreme Easter Egg Hunt

This hunt is for the big kids. Adults are invited to search the swamp and woods in the dark on Friday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. at South Sound Church. For the entry fee of $10, adults can battle it out to find the most eggs filled with cash prizes up to $100 and one lucky winner will walk away with a big screen television!

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Easter Egg Hunts around Olympia delight children of all ages.

Tumwater’s Easter Egg Dash

More than 20,000 colorful eggs will await discovery behind the stadium of Tumwater High School on Saturday, April 4. This annual event offers up a variety of prizes to Thurston County’s youngest residents. The Easter Bunny will even make an appearance posing for pictures and congratulating kids on their hunting success. The quest for eggs begins at 11:00 a.m. This event requires a basket for eggs, but is completely free to the public.

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Bring a bag or basket to this hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Dream Team Park in Lacey to collect 17,000 eggs. Children ages 2-10 have the opportunity to win candy and prizes. Four kids will even win a brand new bike.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

The South Sound Church community bands together to bring us an Easter Egg Hunt with more than 10,000 eggs on April 4 at 12:00 p.m.  After the hunt, enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, jump on inflatables, or make a craft.  They even offer a “second chance” hunt so that every kid walks away with eggs, candy and prizes.

Lattin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. Parking is $5 per car, but the hunt is free. While you are there, check out Lattin’s variety of baby animals born in early Spring.

FOP Easter Egg Hunt

The Capitol Campus will play host to a free Easter Egg Hunt on the West Campus on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. Eggs will be distributed throughout the lawn and hedges ready to be gathered by children of all ages.  The rain-or-shine event is hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police and has a separate area for the youngest kids.

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Adults even get into the action during an evening Easter Egg Hunt at South Sound Church.

Olympia Lodge #1 Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny will be hopping through South Sound Manor for Olympia Lodge’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be three age groups: 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12. The Easter Bunny will even be on hand for $5 photos. This event begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, with all photo proceeds benefiting local charities.

Thrifty Thurston highlights inexpensive family fun in Thurston County. The weekly series focuses on family-friendly activities throughout our community. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.

5 Happy Hour Spots in Olympia for Any Occasion

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:00am



By Lindsey Surrell

olympia furnitureNeed an extra excuse to head out for a drink and bite to eat after work? This list highlights just a few of the many options for happy hours in Olympia.

When Appetizers Are Just Not Enough

Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill

Had your fill of nachos, tots and fries lately? Enjoy the benefit of happy hour prices but while enjoying a full meal at Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill. The pre-set Early Dinner Menu is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. For $21.95, you will be treated to a delicious appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert. Select wines, cocktails, and local drafts also available for happy hour prices from $3.50 to $5. Inside, the ambience is created from the large, panoramic windows overlooking the water. Sit outside on sunny days, even if there is a chill: blankets are provided.

1675 Marine Dr NE, Olympia


When Needing A Cheaper Date Spot

Waterstreet Café and Bar

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Whether you want to play games or sit and talk with loved ones, there’s a happy hour spot perfect for you.

Sure, going to a happy hour on a date might be a faux pas in some people’s books, but if you two can agree that spending less money on food and drinks is a good thing, it can be a beautiful start to your relationship. And at Waterstreet Café and Bar, the elegance of the room and food will make a beautiful backdrop for the date. With multiple food choices ranging from $4 to $10 per plate (all share-worthy sizes), and tried and true drink options, from $4 to $6, all palates and preferences will likely be met. Waterstreet Café is located in the Legion Building across from Capitol Lake. Happy hour is from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. daily and 9:00 p.m. to 12:00ish on Friday and Saturday nights. The happy hour area is within the bar; reservations are not generally allowed for happy hour tables, but feel free to try.

610 Water St, Olympia


After Volunteering At West Central Park On Sundays

The Westside Tavern

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Some restaurants, like the Westside Tavern, also offer happy hour deals on Sundays.

Transforming a corner lot into a beautiful park takes work, and a cold beer paired with garlicky, cheese fries is a treat after a long day of planting and weeding. The Westside Tavern is about a two-minute walk from West Central Park and offers happy hour all day Sunday, plus weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Well drinks and domestic and micro brews range from $2.75 to $3.75 and the few appetizers offered on the happy hour menu range from $4 to $8. Continue your time outside on the patio, or enjoy your drink inside while playing pool or watching a game. And, if you plan on coming every week, consider joining the Westside Mug Club. A one-time $60 fee gets you a personalized 20-ounce mug, a spot in the holding area, and four extra ounces each time you get a drink.

1815 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia


When You Need Space To Play Games

4th Ave Tavern

Not many dive bars have the adjective of being roomy, but 4th Ave Tavern is an exception. Known for being Olympia’s largest venue for live music, the Tavern is also a great place for a game-filled happy hour. There are seven pool tables, pinball machines, darts, and the ability to transform ample free space into a spectacular place for you and your friends to gather for a board game. Happy hour is seven days a week from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and offers $3 wells and $3 microbrews. No food discounts, but traditional pub foods and clams are on the menu.

210 4th Ave E, Olympia


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Not sure what to do after work today? Check out this list for happy hour suggestions.

When You Want A Chance To Win Discounts

Hannah’s Bar and Grille

Every drink purchased during happy hour earns one scratch off ticket that gives you the chance to pay less for your drink. Like the many who buy lottery tickets even though the probabilities of winning are less than one in a million, the thrill of the eventual payoff is worth each try. Even if you don’t win, happy hour well drinks and beer are 50 cents off for everyone. Also test your luck on the pull-tabs, arcade games, and pool tables while enjoying burgers and fries and chatting with Hannah’s friendly bartenders. Happy hour is from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily and all day on Sunday.

123 5th Ave SW, Olympia

Capital Food & Wine Festival: Supporting Students while Sipping Wine, Drinking Beer and Tasting Food

Thurston Talk - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:00am



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The Capital Food and Wine Festival brings together wine and beer tasting and food sampling into one event.

Washington is on the map as a destination for wine lovers. Craft beers and local breweries have also claimed fame for Washington State. Add in an enviable reputation for our area’s fresh and innovative food creations and you have a mecca for foodies.

On Saturday, March 28 the best wines, brew and food will be available at one location during the Capital Food and Wine Festival hosted by the Saint Martin’s University Alumni Association.

The original idea of the Capital Food and Wine Festival was to create a community building function in a block party setting that would benefit the students and programs at Saint Martin’s University. Now twenty-six years later the event is a much bigger affair. And this type of successful event, where people come from all over to enjoy food, wine, and beer while supporting the students of Saint Martin’s University, is a tremendous effort produced by the entirely volunteer group of the Saint Martin’s University Alumni Association. Dozens of volunteers from the Alumni Association, Saint Martin’s University student body and staff and the broader community including businesses and individuals that support the University, effectively organize and present the Capital Food and Wine Festival to accomplish the mission of raising funds for student scholarships and programs at Saint Martin’s University.

Countless volunteers pull together the Capital Food and Wine Festival that benefits the students at Saint Martin's University.

Countless volunteers pull together the Capital Food and Wine Festival that benefits the students at Saint Martin’s University.

Evan Martin the Festival Executive Director and Saint Martin’s University Alumni Association Treasurer shares, “The wine tasting and food sampling are the experiences of the event but the purpose is giving back to the community and supporting students. We host a fun event for patrons to both enjoy the festival and support the students. By purchasing a ticket to the event, people make a direct donation toward student scholarships. 100% of the proceeds benefit student scholarships.”

“As a 1968 alumnus, it is incumbent upon me to pay forward the many gifts and good fortune I received in my education from the college and monastery,” explains Tom Barte, President of the Saint Martin’s University Alumni Association. “I am not alone in that commitment, as many alums from years before, and after my graduation have the same mission. The Benedictine education and values we received hold true today. This is evidenced by the countless students, Alumni Scholarship recipients among them, who work side by side with alumni to understand how their scholarships are derived from the many alumni that have fostered them.”

The festival will feature over 40 Washington wineries pouring more than 140 varieties of wine, over 20 breweries and a variety of local restaurants. Premium wines will also be available for purchase by the unopened bottle or the case in RJ’s Premium Wine Cellar. A full listing of wines, beer, food and music can be viewed on the Capital Food and Wine Festival website.

capital food and wine festival

A variety of local restaurants will be preparing food to sample during the Capital Food and Wine Festival.

New this year will be the O’Blarney’s Sports Bar in the big tent adjoining the Marcus Pavilion. This setting will feature music, televisions showing March Madness basketball games, nine taps and food all set in a pub-like environment.

Live music is scheduled throughout the entire venue, including the main stage in the Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Conference Center. Previous festival patrons and vendors have requested quieter music and this year’s entertainment lineup will feature more acoustic-style background music and piano arrangements. Find the list of performers and schedules on the festival’s website.

All proceeds go to support the Saint Martin’s University student scholarships and programs. Tickets are $10 in advance can be purchased in advance at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, TwinStar Credit Union branches, Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway, Northwest Harley-Davidson, Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion, and online at or Tickets will also be sold at the door for $15.

capital food and wine festival

Tickets for the March 28 Capital Food and Wine Festival can be purchased in advance for $10. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $15.

Entry ticket includes admission for one plus a choice of one wine or beer glass. Scrip – to use for purchasing wine tasting, beer and food sampling plus full bottles of unopened wine for sale – is available only at the festival and sold in 50-cent increments.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Conference Center at 5300 Pacific Avenue in Lacey. There will be very limited parking available at Saint Martin’s University. Festival patrons are highly encouraged to take advantage of riding the regularly scheduled shuttle buses between the event site and the western lot near Chicago Title Insurance Company at South Sound Center.


Jeremy Jay “When I Met You”

K Records - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:24am
That must have been a very special day. Another good reason to ride the Metro.   K Song of the Day: Jeremy Jay “When I Met You”, from  Abandoned Apartments [KLP247]. The Jeremy Jay album Abandoned Apartments [KLP247] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

SPSCC Community Orchestra Concert Sat March 21st 7:30PM

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09pm
Event:  Sat, 03/21/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please join us for the SPSCC concert on March 21. The orchestra will perform music by Bach, Schubert, Respighi and Copland.

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are $10 general admission. Tickets also available online at, or by calling the Washington Center box office at (360) 753-8586.

We are a multi-generational orchestra made up of community musicians, teachers, and students enrolled in the college. Our exceptionally good and fun conductor is Charles “Chip” Schooler, a 30-year veteran of teaching music at Timberline and Olympia high schools. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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