By Tom Rohrer
These ingredients, combined with a talented roster, have helped the Olympia High School girls’ soccer team advance to the WIAA 4A State semi-final match, which will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. The Bears semi-final opponent will be Issaquah High School and the winner will advance to the State Championship game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the same location.
The Bears moved on to the final four following a hard-fought and dramatic 2 – 1 shootout victory over Inglemoor last Saturday at Ingersoll Stadium.
Close matches have been a theme for the Bears during their grueling league schedule and postseason run. Including regular and post-season play, Saturday’s match was the 11th contest decided by one goal or a tie and their seventh victory in such games.
“We don’t give up until the last second and we get most of our goals in the last half of the second half,” said junior Brooklynn Hooper, a 2nd Team All Narrows League performer this season. “We will keep grinding.”
Throughout the regular season, Olympia went head-to-head with the physically tough and skilled teams that spread across the Narrows League. The Bears had one tie and loss apiece in two matches against South Kitsap, posted a victory and a draw against Bellarmine, and fell twice to league champion Gig Harbor, who was defeated by Issaquah in the state quarterfinals last weekend. This experience against high-level teams should be beneficial when the Bears take on the equally physical Eagles.
“Close games have brought us together and made us a better team,” said junior defense player Megan Spataro, the 4A Narrows League MVP. “We know Friday will be tough, but we’ve played against those types of teams all season long.”
An appearance in the state semi-finals seemed far away on October 22, a night where the Bears fell to Gig Harbor 1-0. The defeat came two days after a 2-0 loss at the hands of South Kitsap, dealing the Bears another blow to their postseason aspirations. The Bears had already lost offensive threat Sarah Snodgrass and were approaching a tough slate of league games.
Thanks in part to the steadying influence of longtime head coach Tessa Effland, the Bears were able to win their next three games against Yelm, Stadium and Bellarmine Prep and qualify for post-season play.
“Stadium was the defining moment of our season, I think,” says Effland, the 2013 Narrows League Co-Coach of the Year. “We had so many injuries to that point and I asked them to redefine what they wanted from the rest of the season before that game.”
When the Bears were injury-free in September, Effland implemented an attacking strategy that would get the OHS playmakers in space. Snodgrass’ injury switched the Bears into a defensive 4-4-3 set that has since put the clenches on opposing offenses. Anchored in the back by Spataro and sophomore goalie Sophie Kabel, another first team All-Narrows League Performer, the Bears use their defense to set up scoring opportunities.
“We have a strong back and we play back, but can counterattack right away,” said senior Maggie DeBell, a second team All-Narrows Performer who had a goal in the Bears 2-0 win over Edmonds-Woodway in the first round of the state playoffs. “It applies pressure on the other team on both sides.”
“Everyone has lots of confidence in Sophie and Sophie has confidence in everyone,” says Effland, a former player for the Bears who advanced to the state semifinals during her playing days. “If we haven’t scored, Sophie will just hold the shut-out. She’s one of the best goaltenders I’ve ever coached, and she’s a true leader as a sophomore. And the fact that Spataro was voted by the league coaches as MVP playing defense shows how great of a player she is. She is a tone setter.”
On offense, Effland noted that the Bears rely heavily on Jenna Kilman, a member of the All-Narrows first team, and Hooper.
For the Bears to play their way through adversity to success, more than talent and strategy was needed.
“I could tell we were going to get along from the very beginning of the season,” added DeBell. “I think that’s a main difference from last year’s team.”
“It’s the drive of this team too,” Spataro quickly added. “We will work hard no matter what. If someone got injured, we had girls step up. We’re 22 strong, that’s our motto.”
Heading into the biggest high school game of their lives, the Bears are trying to move on from last weekend’s unforgettable win while still maintaining focus on the task at hand.
“It still hasn’t hit me that we get to play another game – that win was just crazy,” Spataro told ThurstonTalk.com on Tuesday, Nov. 19. “But we still want to prove we can go all the way.”
“To play, in the state championship, we need to win Friday. Period,” added Hooper. “We’re not focused on already finishing in the top four. We want to win the whole thing.”
Standing under the pouring rain at Ingersoll Stadium while her team practiced behind her, Effland was all smiles, even when talking about the injuries and close losses from earlier in the season. The 13-year head coach of the Bears has used her tough, yet caring coaching style to push her team to new heights. In turn, her players have not disappointed.
“I’m a tough coach, but I love these girls more than anything and they know that. I try to bring in a life lesson and show them to be positive and respond to any obstacles,” Effland said. “This team reminds me of when I played – a group talented girls who are friends who will do anything for each other. It’s like a dream.”
Hopefully for Effland and the Bears, they won’t wake up before Saturday night.
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Here is a close-up photo of the GPS drift transponders released by researchers at Tattori University in Japan. Three months after the March 2011 Japanese tsunami, about 150 of these transponders were released from the inundation zone in order to study debris drift patterns. The transponders include instructions for how to contact the researchers if one is found.
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The City of Olympia Planning Commission is hosting a series of informational panel discussions on issues related to how our community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. Community members are invited to attend the third in this series, “Urban Greenspace,” on December 9, 2013, at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th AVE E in the City Council Chambers.
Olympia is expected to welcome over 20,000 new residents over the next two decades, and with that awareness comes a need to understand how we can create a denser community while maintaining and enhancing livability. Vital to livability are opportunities to experience the natural environment, so will denser development lead to fewer opportunities for residents to come into daily contact with nature?
A panel of four regional experts will discuss this question and the wide range of health and community benefits that result from integrating nature into the urban environment. With extensive professional experience in researching, designing, and managing greenspaces, the panel will also provide valuable insight in the following discussion areas:
· the environmental and psychological benefits of greenspace;
· the community stewardship benefits of greenspace;
· techniques for incorporating greenspace into urban environments; and
· how to be good stewards of greenspace for long-term benefits.
The panel discussion will be part of a regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting, which are always open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information on this event, please contact Associate Planner Stacey Ray at 360.753.8046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello KAOS (and would-be/should-be) Community Radio listeners-
Transmitter problems have forced KAOS to temporarily drop to a lower broadcast power while the ding-dang messed up main transmitter is getting an overhaul. Sorry for the inconvenience. These things happen from time to time. If you're in an outlying area of the usual KAOS signal (89.3 FM for the last 40 years!) please know it's not your radio.
This should soon be fixed and KAOS Community Radio will return to its rightful place as the voice of alternative music, commentary and information for the South Puget Sound. Meanwhile, if you have internet acess, including mobile devices, you can certainly tune in to KAOS any time at www.kaosradio.org.
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volunteer programmer, KAOS, the "American Anecdotes" bluegrass show, Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
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At the beginning of September, I shuffled off to Buffalo to visit my grandmothers, old friends and other assorted family members. I had a variety of adventures, including touring City Hall, re-visiting Old Fort Niagara (hadn’t been there since 4th grade) and ghost hunting at one of the most haunted sites in the country, Rolling Hills Asylum. We’ll start with Buffalo’s beautiful Art Deco masterpiece, City Hall. Though I have been inside several times, this was the first official tour I’d ever had. I forced my grandmother to come with me. The free tour was through Preservation Buffalo and was packed with people visiting from all over the country and abroad. There were at least 2o people in the group, and we were some of the only “locals.”
Getting older, man. It makes you appreciate the places you’re from. I used to watch concerts on Thursday afternoons in the shadow of this building. Hell, I saw Echo & The Bunnymen in the square, 10,000 Maniacs…
What I appreciate most about City Hall is its steadfast refusal to let history be forgotten. Every decorative element of the building recognizes the contributions of its citizens and their dedication to labor and industry. Engineering, industry, agriculture, and academic, scholarly pursuits are all depicted in stonework and murals throughout the building.
The tile mosaic patterns on the arched ceiling are symbolic of the Iroquois Nation, which shared the shores of Lake Eerie and Ontario.
William de Leftwich Dodge, an accomplished muralist, painted several murals in City Hall in 1931. This one depicts the relationship of Buffalo to nearby Canada. Here’s a great (old) website that goes into the details of each of Dodge’s murals. Truly fascinating. Unfortunately, they were lit exceedingly poorly as the city does not have its own City Hall on a preservation plan.
This plaque is dedicated to fallen Polish Soldiers, reading, “This plaque was presented to the people of the City of Buffalo by the Polish American Citizens Organization in memory of their fellow brothers – prisoners of war – massacred by Soviet Russia in Katyn Forest in the Spring of 1940.”
Four statues in the lobby represent the characters of good citizenship– virtue, diligence, service and fidelity. These are absolutely stunning and dramatically lit from below, casting judicious shadows.
A bust of Grover Cleveland, who first served as Buffalo City Mayor before being elected President several years later.
Gorgeous, intricate brass work on the elevators in the lobby.
Apparently my Great Grandfather worked for Otis Elevators– my grandma was excited to see this detail in this restored car.
Next stop was the Mayor’s office, which felt rather cool and not very well decorated. Apparently, the current Mayor loves aquariums, so he had one installed in the office.
On the thirteenth floor, we came to the gorgeous Council Chamber. Using an Iroquois design, a stunning stained glass sunburst dominates the room, diffusing the light, acting as a blessing but also a reminder that business conducted in this room is under the watchful gaze of the heavens and all eternity. Below the sunburst, carved into the wall, the phrase “The People’s Councilors Reflect the People’s Will” appears as a daily reminder to those who enter the chamber of their purpose. The woodwork is inlaid with walnut and carved symbols of wildlife decorate doors and paneling. Pillars surrounding the chamber list the characteristics needed in ethical government fortitude, philosophy, knowledge, industry, achievement, charity, patriotism, prudence, wisdom, and concordia. Apparently, this is one of the finest city council chambers in the United States, so acoustically balanced that microphones are unnecessary.
At the top of City Hall is the observation deck, boasting one of the best views of the city skyline, as well as the shipyards and Great Lakes. Unfortunately, it was pouring when I visited, so I didn’t get the majestic panoramas I had hoped for.
This kind of history is truly lacking on the West Coast, this certain kind of blue collar industrious nature and fortitude. It makes me miss Buffalo, snow and all.
By Tom Rohrer
It’s easy to take for granted the technological advancements we have in the United States. Take, for instance, bicycles. Certainly, many Thurston County commuters travel by bike for both transportation and recreation. But does our education and future career depend on whether we own a working bicycle? Not likely.
The citizens of Togo, a sub-Saharan nation in West Africa, rely heavily on bicycles.
“There is no way to truly explain, to modern children, the impact a bicycle can have on someone’s life in Togo,” said Olowo-n’djo Tchala, the Co-Founder of Alaffia, an Olympia based body-care company which sources Shea butter from West Africa to produce their products. “I know from my own life.”
Tchala was born and raised in Togo and eventually met his wife Rose Hyde in the village of Kaboli while she was visiting the area as a Peace Corps volunteer. In 1998, Tchala would follow Hyde to the United States, and after Tchala’s graduation from the University of California-Davis, would re-locate to the Steamboat Island peninsula in 2004.
That same year, the couple began filling a trailer on Steamboat Island with donated and scavenged bicycles and bicycle parts. With the experiences from growing up in Togo ingrained in his head, Tchala wanted to be able to provide the country’s rural female population with a mode of transportation to get them to and from educational opportunities.
“Instead of taking buses like children here, girls in Togo are walking seven miles to school and eventually they drop out,” said Tchala, who founded Alaffia with his wife. “Imagine seeing two young, beautiful ladies who know they have no future. What we are doing is giving a chance and an opportunity to someone.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, at a warehouse in Lacey, Tchala, Hyde and several others loaded around 450 bicycles and a pickup truck in a traveling container that will arrive in Togo about seven weeks from today. The container will be shipped out of the Port of Tacoma before its global journey by sea.
Including this shipment, Alaffia will have gathered and shipped 5,400 bicycles since 2006.
To obtain the large quantity of bicycles, Alaffia has branched out to different organizations and has also held community bike drives throughout the community.
“(The bicycles) come from individuals and drives we host in downtown Olympia,” said Ian McGregor, Alaffia’s Communications Director. “The police departments donate as well and we will also partner with retail stores.”
“A lot of these bikes would be scrapped or would hang out in garages building up mildew,” said Hyde. “They’re being recycled and re-used. Sustainability is what [Alaffia] is all about.”
According to Tchala and Hyde, a staggering 90 percent of women in Togo drop out of school before graduating and continuing their education.
“These girls, living in rural communities, have a lot of duties and chores as it is, and without a mode of transportation, they don’t have enough time for education to be an option,” McGregor reported.
This lack of sufficiently educated women has contributed to the economic difficulty found not just in the nation, but throughout Africa.
“A majority of women in Togo don’t participate in economic activity. We cannot get out of poverty if half of the population is not working on economic activity,” says Tchala. “Overall, it’s a huge deal. But to achieve and improve, it’s a ‘one person at a time’ process.”
“Africa has all these resources, but is the poorest continent. To get out of poverty, we need to have a destiny in resources,” Tchala continued. “To have a destiny in resources, you need to understand the world, and if you don’t go to school, you won’t learn about resources.”
“Imagine a young lady with a bicycle. She now has a sense of freedom, and she can go anywhere with that,” he summarized.
The project does not stop once the hundreds of bicycles arrive in Togo. Alaffia keeps tabs on the individuals who obtain the bikes. Free bicycle repair service is also provided.
“We want to see where these women go in life. How many go on to universities? What do they do after? What are their aspirations?” noted McGregor. “These are all things we can keep track of.”
“We visit each village and make sure we maintain [the bikes],” Tchala says. “We don’t want to give them something and walk away. Also, we don’t want to take their money away for parts.”
Through this mechanic service and using material from the nation in their products, Alaffia has been able to provide sustainable jobs. The company also uses American made goods, creating jobs locally as well. Around ten percent of the company’s profits are donated to the advancement of West African women’s education and towards helping the South Sound community.
“Essentially, our ultimate goal is that this model won’t help just West Africa, but the USA and the rest of the world as well,” Tchala says. “There are 8 billion people on earth. We all need to pay attention and share. We can’t throw a blind eye at a place.”
Along with the adult sized bicycles that are shipped to Togo, Alaffia receives hundreds of children’s bikes as well. Alaffia is focusing on outfitting adults in Togo and space is limited on shipments. The children’s bikes are donated to South Sound families in need. It’s part of Alaffia’s way of giving back to their home base of operations, an area that has given the company their support.
“I think [the donations Alaffia receive] shows the humility of the community but also shows to me that it doesn’t matter how far away we are, we as humans do care and are moral beings,” Tchala said. “It’s a sense of caring and shows goodness that we can help and support each other.”
“We want to give thanks to the community of Puget Sound for any support they give our organization,” he continued.
What’s next for Alaffia? McGregor noted he has been in contact with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and Hyde says the company is in discussion with local schools on possible programs.
Tchala will be visiting Togo in early December, one of about four trips annually oversees.
Standing in the warehouse in the process of helping his home country, Tchala was asked if he ever thought he could make such an impact on the communities he loves.
“Never…never would that come to my mind,” he says. “I’m very fortunate and grateful at same time.”
So too are we, Mr. Tchala.
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A Lacey Birman Cat was recently launched to celebrity status, after winning the Washington’s Lottery Cats vs. Dogs Scratch contest. Bentley’s headshot is featured on the new limited edition Scratch ticket, which was released on Monday, November 18 at Washington’s Lottery retail locations.
Bentley demanded that his owner, Catherine Gottfryd, submit a photo of him to the Washington’s Lottery Cats vs. Dogs contest in July. He would’ve done it himself, but admitted that it’s difficult to take a “selfie” with a paw.
After the public voting period on more than 1,300 submissions, Bentley was one of three cats that won by popular vote. Bentley said of the photo, “The photo was taken in June on my sweet 16th birthday. When my owner posted it on Facebook before the contest, it got 300+ ‘likes’, so I was feeling lucky. After I won, I tricked my owner into pushing me around in my stroller, which always makes me feel like a prince.” He and Gottfryd are unsure how they will handle the extra exposure and superstar status.
Two additional cats and three dogs, all contest winners prepared to be launched into the spotlight, also are featured in the series of Cats vs. Dogs Scratch tickets.
Bentley’s full name is Sir Bentley Royce. He said, “I’m a really lovable cat. I’ve always thought of myself as a stuffed animal that came to life. I love to be held and people are drawn to me.” Bentley joined his human family when he was three months old.
By Tom Rohrer
Winning the championship is a great achievement no matter the situation, but victory certainly tastes sweeter when it was earned through defeat and hard-work.
In 2012, the Capital High School girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of Jessica Eidenmuller, Janessa Schulte, Jada Pearson and Hansi Willoughby finished third at the 2A State Championships in the event. The defeat, which came a week after the foursome had won the District IV 2A Championship in the event, was made even tougher due to the fact that the CHS swimmers had to watch as a group of seniors from Tumwater High School (Anneke Stoker, Alex Cummings, Lorraine Hack, and Abby Sullivan) were presented with the first place trophy.
Exactly 357 days later, Pearson, Schulte and Eidenmuller were joined by new partner Madeline Hoffman at the 2A state meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
This time around, the Capital swimmers, who repeated as district champions, were able to push themselves to new heights and won the state championship with a time of 1:43:35, exactly three seconds in front of the second place team from Sehome High School.
Three days after their triumph, the four CHS swimmers sat down for an interview with ThurstonTalk.com, and were still finding it hard to believe they had brought home the first place medal.
“The medal is hanging on the wall in my room, and I’m still trying to believe it’s mine,” said Schulte, a junior. “It really hasn’t hit me yet.”
“It was so exciting, and it really hasn’t set in that we’re state champions,” said sophomore Pearson. “We knew we had swam a good race, but you don’t realize that you had just won when the race ends. Even on the podium, I was still in shock kind of. It was very surreal.”
Hoffman qualified for the state meet in 2012 on the CHS 200 yard medley relay, 100 yard fly, and 500 yard freestyle, giving the three other returning members of the freestyle relay team a suitable replacement for Willoughby, who graduated last June. The four teammates also swim for the Evergreen Swim Club, and were able to come together as a group very easily.
“It was an easy transition because we’re so familiar with one another,” said Eidenmuller, a junior. “She’s a great swimmer, and I think it motivated us a little more knowing it was her last year on the high school team.”
“Figuring out the chemistry and the new positions [on the relay team] was easy for us,” said Pearson. “There is a comfort level between all of us.”
The fact that all four swimmers have competed in the state meet at the same venue the previous year also helped in the preparation for a title run.
“Just being in that environment before helped a ton,” noted Eidenmuller. “You feel comfortable at the meet and know what to expect in terms of the level of competition. Nothing really surprises you.”
Competing in such a venue as the King County Aquatic Center, which hosted the U.S. Olympic Diving trials in 2012, added to the experience.
“Even though I’ve been there so many times, every-time I walk, I think how huge it is to compete there,” said Hoffman of the King County Aquatic Center. ”You can feel the history just walking in.”
Instead of trying to calm down prior to the start of a race in the prestigious venue, the CHS swimmers use the intense atmosphere of the meet to their advantage.
“I think for all of us, the pressure and intensity is a positive thing,” said Eidenmuller. “We want to harness those things and use it as fuel.”
“It’s key to trust yourself and use your training to guide you through that atmosphere,” added Pearson, who also plays on the CHS basketball and tennis teams. “We each know what we had to do to get the job done, and that focus is something that pushed us to the top.”
A motivating force for all Capital swimmers is head coach Burke Anderson, whose workouts for each individual and relay team allows for the swimmers to reach their potential when it counts.
“Coach Anderson can give us workouts that will push our limits all season long,” said Hoffman. “It’s tough for sure, but it works.”
“When we were on the podium, I glanced at Coach Anderson and he had so much pride in his look,” said Schulte. “His look said ‘You did it, this was the best you could do.’ It meant a lot to him and you could tell.”
Getting to the top and earning a state championship has garnered the relay team increased attention from their classmates and faculty at CHS. The four swimmers will be honored at an upcoming assembly for their achievement and said that they have received congratulations from fellow students the last two days. This level of recognition has not always been around for CHS swimmers.
“Someone said to me ‘whoa we actually have a swim team?’ It’s nice to say yes we have a team and that our relay team won state,” said Schulte. “Also, it was nice to see CHS principal Chris Woods and athletic director Steve Bellande come support us. That meant a lot.”
Despite the graduation of Hoffman, all members of the relay team believe they can find a suitable replacement and make a run at repeating next year.
“It was a great way to end senior year for me and I know they can go out and get it again,” added Hoffman. “I will be keeping track of them.”
“It’s a huge accomplishment and we know now that we have 8 months to keep progressing forward,” said Eidenmuller.
“Obviously we are sad to see Madeline go, but it will be exciting to see who comes up from club to step up,” Schulte says.
Whoever has the opportunity to step into the relay position, will have the opportunity to learn from the best in the state.
Are you interested in Mexico? Do you like travel adventure? This is a free talk, and all are welcome! It's at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. It's on Friday, November 22nd at 7 pm.
Barbara Young, an Olympia author and recently retired faculty at SPSCC, will present her book, Travels to Maya, a sketch and narrative record of her time spent in the villages of the Northern Yucatan Peninsula. Having earned a free round-trip ticket of being bumped from her eastern- bound flight, the author chooses the furthest point from Seattle the airline flies - Northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, via Cancun. With backpack in place and informed by Lonely Planet, she barters with taxi drivers, boards local buses, and journeyed her way across the peninsula. Surviving on a slim budget, she encounters the local culture, including dark Mayan hot chocolate. In her journal, she describes the ancient Ball Court at Chich'en Itza where play and victory could mean the difference between life and death. Descending by rope ladder into damp caverns of the earth, she slides into the dark waters of sacred cenotes (bathing/swimming holes). She becomes part of a traveler's scam when she desires to take home gifts from the market place. On the 13th day of her trip, she places fins on her feet and a snorkel mask to her breathing, jumps overboard, and swims again the current with a feeding whale shark.Google Plus One Facebook Like
By Daniel Landin
Wednesday, November 20
What: The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band that spent many years touring out of Olympia and are now based in Seattle. Jes Raymond’s sweet-as-honey vocals and Jakob Breitbach’s daredevil violin playing will make this performance memorable.
Where: Urban Onion Lounge, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA, 98506
Tickets: $5 at the Door
More info: Restaurant open till 9, Bar open till close. All ages until 9:30 pm
Thursday, November 14
What: Jazz Jam with Tarik Bentlemsani: Tarik’s skill and creativity on the guitar is something that leaves people in awe time and again. His wizardry is in full effect as lead guitarist of local funk band The Brown Edition, and when he is tucked away in the corner of a café with a 6-string acoustic. Every Thursday he hosts a great evening of jazz at The Pig Bar.
Where: The Pig Bar, 619 Legion Way NE, Olympia
Tickets: FREE, 21+
Friday, November 22
What: Skerik’s Bandalabra featuring Carly Meyers. Skerik has become ubiquitous on the funk/world groove music scene nationally and in Europe and yet remains a best-kept secret just south of his native Seattle. This band is a high-octane rhythm machine, its players masters of group improvisation. Featuring frequent co-conspirators D’Vonne Lewis on drums and Evan-Flory Barnes on string bass, the transcendent Andy Coe on electric guitar and the exciting Carly Meyers on trombone. The Steve Bentley Ensemble, just off a sold out Washington Center Black Box show, will warm up the evening.
Where: Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA, 98506
Time: 8:30 Doors; 9:00 SHOWTIME
Tickets: $10 general/$8 with student ID. Advance or at the Door:
What: Science! are an acoustic duo comprised of guitarist and vocalist Justin Stang and multi-instrumentalist Jim Elenteny. Mellow at times and impassioned wailing at others, Science! toured all corners of the US during the summer of 2013 and always puts on a great show.
Where: The Pig Bar, 619 Legion Way NE, Olympia
Tickets: FREE, 21+
More info: there is free live music every Friday and Saturday night at The Pig Bar
Saturday, November 23
What: Gladkill and G Jones. Presented by Mas Sol and Boozie Collins, this is a night of electronica that is more than just a Saturday night at the club. Both of these producers are touring from Oakland, CA, and are notable talents creating Bass Music. Driving rhythms, melodies from the clouds, and indeed, plenty of rich bass. Local support by Pressha, Profresher, and Thalo.
Where: The Royal Lounge, 311 N Capitol Way, Olympia, WA 98501
Time: 9pm – 2am
Tickets can be purchased here.
What: Douce Ambiance. Seattle based string trio plays swing, jazz, tango, classical, and more. Featuring Michael Gray on violin from Pearl Django along with Gwen Franz on viola and James Hinkley on cello.
Where: Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia
Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/low income
What: DBST is an Olympia band on the rise, playing funk, R&B and rock and roll, with a good dose of improvisation. These guys are all great players and their growing fanbase is hearing the fruits of their busy schedule. Featuring the soulful vocals and lead guitar of Sam Pohl, this band packs a punch and will make you smile!
Where: The Pig Bar, 619 Legion Way NE, Olympia
Tickets: FREE, 21+
More info: there is free live music every Friday and Saturday night at The Pig Bar
Monday, November 18
What: Dan Blunck Ensemble. The return of this exciting woodwind player and composer has the local jazz scene buzzing. I like his own words best: “46 years in this body, 33 with a saxophone, life in flux, music in my head, long tone meditation, more to come, peace…” – Dan Blunck
Where: The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way, Olympia
Tickets: $5 suggested donation at the door
More info: There is live jazz every Monday night at the Royal Lounge
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The City of Olympia and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts (The Center) are pleased to announce that the City is suspending construction on the Washington Center project through the holiday season. Washington Street will be fully open and accessible starting Saturday, November 23, 2013. Final construction will resume in early January.
“We are excited to ring in the holiday season with our friends and neighbors in the community. A break in the project will give patrons and shoppers a chance to experience downtown Olympia without having to negotiate the construction,” says Executive Director Jill Barnes. “We look forward to celebrating the future of the Washington Center as the project wraps up in the New Year.”
The Washington Center has many events planned during December. Enjoy Flamenco dancing, multiple performances of the Nutcracker, Clean Water/Cool Jazz, and even Sing-a-long Grease! Visit www.washingtoncenter.org for a listing of performances.
Downtown merchants and Olympia Downtown Association also have a full day of Downtown for the Holidays activities planned for Sunday December 1st, from 12 noon-5pm. Visit www.downtownolympia.com for details. To make your holiday shopping even easier, downtown parking is FREE at 2 and 3 hour meters from December 12 through 24.
In addition, you may view original artwork from local artist Ira Coyne on the front façade of the Washington Center. On large plywood panels, Coyne depicts the many eras of the Washington Center building, which opened in 1924 as the Liberty Theater and became the Olympic Theater in 1948.
“We’re pleased to reopen Washington Street in time for the holiday season,” says Rich Hoey, Olympia’s Public Works Director. “We know that access is vital for a thriving downtown. We encourage residents to come down and support the businesses, see the art work, and enjoy a performance.”
In January, work will resume and will include installing the brick and stone siding on Washington Street, completing the new entry canopy, and the hanging of a new marquee! One lane of Washington Street will be closed in January during this final stage of construction, lasting approximately four to six weeks.
By Amy Rowley
We go for the razor clams. We go for the solitude. We go for the beach combing and the swimming, and to find fairies.
We go to switch gears.
Each winter, my family loads boots, clam shovels, warm hats, and cozy sweaters into overnight bags. We spend a long weekend at Seabrook along the coast of Washington.
We use the two-hour drive time to transition from daily life to a slower pace, suitable for beach living. We meet grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles in the same home, able to accommodate our growing family with a dog under foot as well. There is space for everyone, yet we feel like we’re all together.
Someone starts up a game of Uno. Another adult throws a pot of hot water on the stove, prepping for a family-style spaghetti feed. A kid suggests a meal of hot chocolate instead.
The wind blows and we hunker down a bit tighter. We pull on all our warm layers and set out to explore. We plan on catching our limit of clams but the weather may not make digging so easy. Regardless, it’s a tradition that we can’t help but continue, rain or shine.
Some of the younger kids opt to stay indoors, playing with toy cars near the fireplace. There’s a request to go swimming. The indoor swimming pool is lined with comfy lounge chairs that make it easy to read a book while kids splash. Centrally located, the swimming pool is an easy walk from any rental home.
Along the way, we meander through a trail, searching for elusive fairies that are known to call Pacific Beach home. Imaginations create fairy hideouts. The small creatures could be anywhere.
Our footsteps crunch oyster shells on the sidewalks. The custom homes are decorated with beach trinkets. Lamps line the pedestrian-friendly streets.
There is much written about Casey Roloff’s method of building the beach town. The concept of New Urbanism encourages a walkable town. Instead of backyards, the Seabrook cottages are close together, clustered around community-centered activities like a fire pit, the swimming pool, large lawn (great for kite flying) and a play park.
Falling asleep is simple. The ocean air calms your nerves and the sea winds lull you to sleep. The morning brings the smell of fresh coffee and a pancake breakfast fit for the entire town of Pacific Beach.
The grandparents depart with the kids for an hour or two of pottery painting. The creations are timeless keepsakes of a weekend spent exploring the ocean. The adults left behind relish in the quiet time – a book, a nap, an extra cup of coffee – or just sitting in stillness.
We talk each year about returning when the weather is more promising. We discuss traveling by bike around the town. We collaborate on the ideal tools to build the perfect sand castle.
But, inevitably someone reminds the crowd why we choose to visit Seabrook in the winter. It wouldn’t be the same with added tourists and more activity.
We go for the quiet and the stillness and the memories.
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Submitted by The City of Lacey
Lacey Parks & Recreation started a new event last year your family should consider adding as part of your holiday traditions. Set for Saturday, December 14 at the Lacey Community Center, Breakfast with Santa is a special time for families to gather for a buffet breakfast, prepared by the Lacey Sunrise Lions, spend time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and create a keepsake craft together.
This year’s entertainment will include family entertainers Buck & Elizabeth with their ‘Holidaze’ show which will have kids up and singing along to their interactive songs. The registration fee also includes one photo per family with Santa. Pre-registration is required by December 6 or earlier if full. The cost is $15 per person, 2 and under are free. Call 360-491-0857 click here for more details.
By Eric Wilson-Edge
Bigfoot is real. The elusive bipedal creature is alive and loping. Johnny Manson saw one on a family camping trip when he was two although he doesn’t remember the encounter. Manson is a DJ for a radio station in Aberdeen. He’s the father of three. He’s also the organizer of the inaugural Sasquatch Summit in Ocean Shores.
Manson is an amateur Bigfoot enthusiast. He attributes his interest in the legendary beast to his mother. “My mom has always had a passion for it,” says Manson. “I grew up around that passion.”
Some scoff at the idea. There is no hard evidence. There are several theories – some rather convincing. The fossil record shows an animal matching Bigfoot’s description did exist. Gigantopithecus roamed the earth between 1 to 9 million years ago. Some believe the modern day Sasquatch is a descendant of Gigantopithecus. Manson isn’t one of them. “They’re a different kind of human,” he says.
Scott Taylor is an avid outdoorsmen. His first encounter with Bigfoot came in 2005. Taylor and his girlfriend at the time were deer hunting in the Wynoochee Valley. “As we’re walking out, I noticed, on the side of the road, a pile of stones stacked on top of each other,” says Taylor. “Then we ran into this horrible stink. It smelled like burning baby diapers full of poop, wet dog and BO.” Taylor remembers seeing a “hulking figure” in the near distance. “It started to vocalize a melodious ‘woo-hoo.’”
The experience changed Taylor’s perspective. He didn’t have much of an opinion about Sasquatch before that day. Afterwards, he threw himself into finding out as much as possible. Taylor now works as an investigator for the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), a loose collection of researchers whose primary mission is to advance our understanding of Sasquatch.
The BFRO lists 560 Bigfoot sightings in Washington. Sixteen of those have been in Thurston County. The oldest report in Thurston County is from 1967. The Bigfoot legend goes back much further.
Sasquatch has been a part of Native American lore for hundreds of years. “Every state has had a sighting. Every continent has had a sighting,” Manson points out.
And yet no indisputable proof.
It’s hard to imagine in this age of camera phones and selfies that no one has snapped a clear picture. No one has gone out in the woods with a tranquilizer gun and waited. “They’ve mastered their environment,” says Manson.
According to Manson, Sasquatch can blend seamlessly into its environment. They may also possess infrasound, a low-frequency sound that is inaudible to the human ear. There are competing theories as to how Bigfoot uses this ability. Some believe it can be used to make people afraid while others believe it can interfere with electronics.
Ridiculous? Maybe. Nature is full of surprises. The Wood Frog can freeze its blood. It can live without a beating heart or brain activity for long stretches of time. Then there’s the Coelacanth. This viscous looking fish was thought to have gone extinct 65 million years ago until it was “rediscovered” in 1938.
Of course there are hucksters. There’s the gentlemen who claimed to have a dead Bigfoot stored in his freezer. Turns out it was a rubber ape suit.
So what is a person supposed to think? I’m not sure it matters. The truth isn’t always necessary. In this case confirmation of either reality would likely spoil the intrigue.
We need a little mystery.