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ThurstonTalk Job Opening for Experienced Account Manager

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 6:00am

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ThurstonTalk is a digital media company based in Olympia seeking an experienced Account Manager to join our growing sales team.  We specialize in targeted marketing using our proven Integrated Branding Platform to educate marketers on advertising options to Thurston County readers. Job Summary We are seeking an experienced Account Manager interested in joining a fun and fast growing […]

South Sound Trucks Delivers Fun with Lifted Trucks

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 6:00am

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Lately few things in life can be described as ‘fun.’ Politics, the economy, and hectic summer travel (Sea-Tac airport, anyone?) can leech some of the joy from long sunny days, balmy evening BBQ’s, and road trips through the great outdoors. But nothing says ‘Wooohooo, summer!’ like taking off in a new (or new to you), […]

Harlequin Productions Presents The Last Five Years

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:06pm
Event:  Sun, 08/21/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents The Last Five Years
A Musical about the Highs of Love and the Lows of Loss
On August 18, Harlequin Productions opens The Last Five Years, an award-winning musical by multi Tony-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. The show runs until September 10 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. Tickets are available now at harlequinproductions.org.
The Last Five Years features only two actors and tells the story of the rise and fall of a five-year relationship between Jamie and Cathy, played by musical theater veterans Aaron Lamb and Katherine Strohmaier. The two take turns singing songs, telling the story from their point of view. However, Jamie begins his story at the beginning of the relationship and each song moves him forward in time, while Cathy begins at the end of the relationship and each song moves her backward in time. “This unique storytelling technique adds great nuance to the story,” said Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Add in Jason Robert Brown’s breathtaking musical score, and the result is a powerful story of love and loss and a poignant examination of modern-day relationships.”
This is the third musical Harlequin is staging this season, something that has never happened in the company’s 25-year history. It is a special commemoration of Harlequin’s silver anniversary season.

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The Last Five Years

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:02pm
Event:  Thu, 08/18/2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents The Last Five Years
A Musical about the Highs of Love and the Lows of Loss
On August 18, Harlequin Productions opens The Last Five Years, an award-winning musical by multi Tony-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. The show runs until September 10 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. Tickets are available now at harlequinproductions.org.
The Last Five Years features only two actors and tells the story of the rise and fall of a five-year relationship between Jamie and Cathy, played by musical theater veterans Aaron Lamb and Katherine Strohmaier. The two take turns singing songs, telling the story from their point of view. However, Jamie begins his story at the beginning of the relationship and each song moves him forward in time, while Cathy begins at the end of the relationship and each song moves her backward in time. “This unique storytelling technique adds great nuance to the story,” said Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Add in Jason Robert Brown’s breathtaking musical score, and the result is a powerful story of love and loss and a poignant examination of modern-day relationships.”
This is the third musical Harlequin is staging this season, something that has never happened in the company’s 25-year history. It is a special commemoration of Harlequin’s silver anniversary season.

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Music on the Plaza Features Post War Blues When the Sheriff Comes to Town

Thurston Talk - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 5:12pm

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Submitted by The Port of Olympia Against the backdrop of sparkling Budd Inlet, Blues County Sheriff will entertain with post-war blues at the free Music on the Plaza concert on August 5 at 7:00 p.m. Post war blues is very popular dance music performed in big city dance halls, highway roadhouses and honkytonks. Blues County […]

Preview: 2016-2017 Theatrical Season

South Sound Arts - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 4:13pm

Published in The News TribuneDebbie Sampson and Ryan Holmberg in “Guido in Therapy” from an earlier edition of Improbable Peck of Plays. Photo courtesy Theater Artists Olympia
The theater season is a lot like a wedding: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.To look at what’s in store for South Sound audiences, let’s start with Tacoma Little Theater. TLT’s season includes Steve Martin’s comedy “The Underpants,” a delightfully twisted comedy about a German woman who loses her bloomers during a parade in 1910. For something old that never dies, TLT is doing “Dracula,” adapted by Steven Dietz and directed by pug Bujeaud. Also scheduled is “Exit Laughing,” a Southern Gothic farce about a night of bridge with three women and the ashes of the fourth, the last of whom recently passed away.Lakewood Playhouse opens with “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penance.” In between these in a season of great diversity will be the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play, “Doubt,” a drama about a priest accused of sexual misconduct by a nun. It was also an Academy Award-winning film with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s 2016-2017 season opens with the wonderfully creepy, and kooky musical “TheAddams Family,” based, of course, on the popular television series. In this grown-up and updated version of the wacky show about a family of monsters, daughter Wednesday is now grown up and – heaven forbid – in love with a normal boy. For something old there’s “Meet Me in St. Louis,” a holiday musical about the 1904 World’s Fair, and for something blue it’s “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”In what is becoming South Sound’s favorite holiday tradition, Centerstage in Federal Way will produce another Panto — this one a twisted retelling of the story of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Be prepared for cross dressing villains, outrageous audience participation, and jokes that tickle kids on one level and delight adults on quite a different level. http://www.centerstagetheatre.com/Olympia’s Harlequin Productions will do Tracy Letts’ 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner “August: Osage County.” Sometimes called a black comedy, it is arguably more drama than comedy. Set in a farm house in Oklahoma, it gets into the heart of a family wracked by alcoholism, drug addiction and a myriad other dysfunctions. Olympia’s popular children’s theater, Olympia Family Theater, will produce an original musical whodunit called “Fishnapped! this season, written by local actors turned playwright Amy Shepard, Andrew Gordon and Daven Tillinghast. This world premiere musical is recommended for all ages and is scheduled for a spring premiere. Pug Bujeaud from Theater Artists Olympia says the theme of their upcoming season will be “sexy and sensual.” TAO’s season opens in October with their annual “An Improbable Peck of Plays,” a showcase of one-act plays by local playwrights. In December Bujeaud will direct what she calls a “sexy” version of Moliere’s “A Physician in Spite of Himself.” TAO is the South Sound’s riskiest fringe theater. Their productionsare almost always outstanding.Something borrowed is Olympia Little Theatre’s “Or,” which played not too long ago at Seattle Repertory Theatre and at Olympia’s Harlequin Productions. It is a strange, beautiful, madcap, gender-bending farce based on the life of Aphra Behn, England's first female professional playwright, who also happened to be a spy. For something new (about something old) at OLT, it’s “A Lollard in the Wind” by local playwright and actor John Pratt, an original play about Geoffrey Chaucer and his writing of The Canterbury Tales.alec@alecclayton.comCheck Alec’s blog at alecclayton.blogspot.com for reviews of other area theatrical productions. SIDEBAR: Season previewINFORMATION: Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 North I St., Tacoma, 253-272-2281,  http://www.tacomalittletheatre.com/Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.orgTacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Avenue Tacoma, 253-565-6867, http://www.tmp.orgCenterstage, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, 253-661-1444, http://www.centerstagetheatre.com/Harlequin Productions, 202 4thAve. E., Olympia, 360-706-0151, http://harlequinproductions.org/Olympia Family Theatre, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia, 360-570-1638, http://olyft.org/Theater Artists Olympia, Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, 360-292-5179, https://olytheater.comOlympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia, 360-786-9484, http://olympialittletheater.org



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Capitol Forest Classic: 10 Years of Racing Mountain Bikes in Capitol State Forest By Stephanie Earls

Thurston Talk - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:47am

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Submitted by Capitol Forest Classic This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Capitol Forest Classic scheduled this year for August 13 and 14 at the Fall Creek Day Use Area. The event is sponsored by Friends of Capitol Forest (FOCF), a mountain bike based non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and building trails in Capitol […]

FOUND SPACE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS STOP KISS

South Sound Arts - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:48am

Tacoma Little Theatre is pleased to welcome Found Space Productions, and their production of STOP KISS, by Diana Son.

A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably.  After Callie and Sara meet, their fast friendship leads to an unexpected attraction.  Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives.

STOP KISS is directed by Suzy Willhoft after a successful reading at UPS.  It will feature the talents of Emily Cohen, Chevi Chung, Cassie Jo Fastabend, and Nick Spencer.

STOP KISS will run Friday, August 18, 2016 and Saturday, August 19, 2016.  All showing are at 7:30pm.  This show is recommended for ages 13 and older,

Tickets are $10.00 for all seats and may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.  Group rates are available for 10 or more.

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Northwest Fresh Meets European Flair at 222 Market

Thurston Talk - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:25am

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Where can you enjoy a fine French meal, take a cooking class, learn to distill moonshine, sample local whiskey, enjoy creamy gelato, belly up at a local oyster or bone broth bar and pick up a lovely bouquet along with locally-sourced groceries? Soon it will all be at the 222 Market, where Chelsea Farms Oyster […]

Spark: South Puget Sound Community College’s Artist & Lecture Series

Thurston Talk - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:00am

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Spark, the theme of the 2016-2017 South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Artist & Lecture Series intends to stimulate discussion, provoke deep thinking, and inspire action. The Artist & Lecture Series brings a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists, and artists starting fall 2016 and culminating spring 2017. The common theme, Spark, celebrates the people […]

Thrifty Thurston Wheels into Rainier Vista Community Park

Thurston Talk - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:00am

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Cruise on up to the chain-link fenced-in world that is the skatepark at Rainier Vista Community Park, and stare in amazement at the only half-pipe within Lacey. You’ll hear the distinct clap of decks hitting the ground, the clash of metal bike pegs on the rail, and the occasional encouragement shouted from young voices perched around […]

Thurston County Fair 2016

Janine's Little Hollywood - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 1:23am


Above: Elizabeth Ware, 16, of Rochester, relaxes with her pigs, Cinnamon, who weighs 248 pounds, and Spice, (not shown), who weighs 275 pounds, at the Thurston County Fair on opening day Wednesday. They are about seven months old. Youth exhibiting their animals at the fair are eager to share their knowledge - ask them questions! The fair runs August 3 - 7.
By Janine Gateswww.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com
The Thurston County Fair, which runs from August 3 – 7, is a microcosm of just some of the tremendous talents, interests, politics, businesses, food, and music the county has to offer. 
The first Thurston County Fair was held in 1871 at Columbia Hall, now the Fourth Ave Tav, in downtown Olympia, and was called the Mutual Aid Fair, aimed to help farmers and agriculture, and to aid the development of our area by encouraging immigration.
It moved around, and later, was held in Tumwater on Cleveland Avenue, (where the Safeway is today), Chehalis, Lacey, (where the post office is today), Tenino, (where the elementary school is today), and the South Bay Grange. Finally, it settled in 1958 at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey, near Long Lake, where it is located today.
Elizabeth Ware, 16, of Rochester, will show the beauty and health of her pigs, Cinnamon and Spice, before judges on Friday, as a three year member of the National FFA Organization, a youth leadership organization better known by its former name, Future Farmers of America. 
She'll wear clean, neat clothes, and demonstrate her ability to follow the orders of the judge and control her animals, gently guiding them with a stick. 
There's a lot of responsibility and work involved in raising farm animals. Besides feeding and mucking out the pen every day, you must always think of your animals before yourself and provide accurate recordkeeping for an animal that is going to auction. 
For Ware, this includes tracking the animal's initial cost, its purchase weight, current weight, pounds gained per day, pounds of grain fed, cost of the grain and hay, including bedding, and miscellaneous costs such as veterinary bills. 
Total all that up, and hopefully, you'll make a profit when you sell the animal. Then, you'll reinvest your money and start all over again. 
“I love it…I have a bond with my animals,” said Ware. That bond also extends to the butchering of her animals for consumption, as she did last week. 
A few pig facts: Pigs are excellent swimmers, very intelligent and social, have a good sense of direction, have over 20 vocalizations, and run up to 11 miles per hour. Pigs have been used to sniff out landmines.
Contrary to myth, pigs eat slowly, are very clean, and do not like to sit in mud. They do not have sweat glands and roll in mud to cool off. 
Above: You know you want them - warm, slightly crunchy, deep fried, caramel drenched apple rings.
On the food front, warm, slightly crunchy, deep fried, caramel drenched apple rings were served up Wednesday at the Thurston County Republican food booth by 19 year old political newcomer Donald Austin, who is running with the Republican Party for State Representative Position #1.
Austin, a student at South Puget Sound Community College who is taking prerequisite classes toward a computer science degree, said it was hard to sleep after beating out three other Democratic candidates in the primary election last night. 
He will now face Democrat Laurie Dolan for the position. He said his goals are to promote the economy, create a fair and balanced education plan, and keep the Legislature from passing a state income tax. 
Asked if he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Austin said he has a lot of problems with Trump. 
“I won’t support a lot of things about Trump – he has a history of supporting the Democratic Party, he’s friends with Hillary Clinton, and runs a strip club. That concerns me. Every Republican should be concerned,” said Austin.
Food and politics aside, there are plenty of ongoing, live demonstrations and activities related to the showing of animals, commercial vendors, carnival rides, and educational exhibits by local organizations like the Olympia Beekeepers Association.
It takes a lot of work to pull off the Thurston County Fair. Some exhibits and activities stay the same, and other features are definitely new. And if you don’t like what you see, or have fresh ideas, there are four vacant positions on the Thurston County Fair board, so get involved and help make a difference!
Above: Thurston County’s Tactical Response Vehicle (TRV) is on display just as you enter the fair. Weighing 50,000 pounds, the vehicle gets three to five miles per gallon, ...and that’s on a good day, going downhill, joked a volunteer with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department. Thurston County procured the vehicle a couple of years ago through the nation’s military surplus program. It was used in Afghanistan and has been used in Thurston County during several incidents. 
Above: For good natured fun during the fair’s welcoming ceremony, local elected officials blew a lot of hot air to competitively move little duckies down two water gutters. After several rounds, Thurston County Commissioner Bud Blake ultimately won. Blake demonstrated a very distinctive, winning strategy of blowing in short, powerful bursts that allowed him to beat Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder and finally, as seen above, Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby.
For a full schedule of events, hours, cost of admission, parking, and free shuttle parking details, go to www.thurstoncountyfair.org. Music by the popular Oly Mountain Boys is on Friday night!

Parents Matter, Really They Do

Thurston Talk - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:00am

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The roll of the eye from teenagers, turning away as if not listening, coupled with some sassy back talk. All of these typical adolescent behaviors make parents feel as if children are not listening. However, study after study indicates that even if it appears that our children are not listening to their parents, they actually […]

Diana McCandless – Matriarch of Open Water Swimming in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:00am

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Every now and again, when she is swimming, someone will ask Diana McCandless what she is training for. The reply is always the same. “I am training to swim,” McCandless answers. “It’s its own sport, you know.” It certainly is and McCandless is the one you want to meet if interested in open water swimming […]

Building Anti-Racism Skills

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:13pm
Event:  Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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After Year-Long Search, New Minister Joins Olympia Congregation

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:39pm

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Submitted by Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation After an intensive, year-long search The Rev. Thomas Perchlik was enthusiastically called to lead the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC). The Rev. Perchlik comes to Olympia from First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, Missouri, where he was minister since August 2011. He will lead his first congregational service on […]

The Great Yards Get Together: Not Your Average Backyard DIY Event

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:20pm

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  Submitted by The City of Olympia Do you have a lawn, yard or garden? Interested in learning how to save money and make it look like paradise? Do you like to win free stuff? Are food trucks your favorite weekend lunch?  If you answered yes to any of these, join us for the Great […]

Wolf Haven International Provides Sanctuary and Breeds New Pups

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:00am

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Wolf Haven International, near Offut Lake in Tenino, has a rich history, dating back to 1982. During the past decades, the non-profit organization has helped more than 200 wolves. Wendy Spencer started as a part-time volunteer almost 18 years ago and has since become a fixture within the organization. As we walk around the wolf […]

Reader’s Choice: ThurstonTalk’s Most Read Articles in July

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:00am

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It appears that ThurstonTalk readers were hungry in July. Our top three most-read stories for the month all revolve around food. And, with our markets overflowing with fresh produce and the weather simply perfect for evening outings, it’s no wonder people are charmed by these foodie reads and restaurants. Take a peek and don’t miss […]

Saving Face Skinspa Takes Years Off Your Face with Microneedling

Thurston Talk - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:00am

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At Saving Face Skinspa, esthetician Wendy Christman is focused on results. With 15 years in the field, she knows all the latest procedures and treatments to make your skin look its best. “I really, really enjoy it. I like making people happy, but more importantly I like seeing change. Everybody leaves with a change every […]

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