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Why “Mortgages Simplified” Makes a Difference to Your Results

Thurston Talk - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:11am


Submitted by Chris Johns for On Q Financial From the moment you begin to consider a home purchase or a refinance, a million questions may come to mind. Okay, maybe not a million, but it can feel that way when you don’t know where to go, what to do and what to expect in the […]

Fresh Off the Beach: Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar Delivers “Tide to Tummy” Adventures

Thurston Talk - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:00am


Chelsea Farms has held its position as a passionate family heirloom since 1987 when Linda and John Lentz started their adventures in sustainable shellfish farming. Being raised in an environment with organic gardening and fishing, it is no surprise that Shina Wysocki and Kyle Lentz share the same values and goals for their new business […]

Volkswagen of Olympia’s New 2017 Alltrack is Built to Move

Thurston Talk - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:00am


Let’s face it, some days you spend more time in your car than in your house.  With our changeable Northwest weather and hectic lifestyles, the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack can make that time safe, stylish, and more than a little sexy. In 2015 alone, more than 68 million cars were produced worldwide.  But few are […]

Molly Dilworth: Week 8 – November 16th from 11:30-1pm in Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 1:40pm

Molly Dilworth_headshotFrom  Molly Dilworth…For me, creative practice is a tool for investigation and problem solving. Using data from a specific site as a structure, I give form to the things that invisibly motivate our actions. I have partnered with green building organizations, climate change activists, arts organizations and government agencies to make public art that addresses our relationship to history, nature and technology. Currently, I am investigating the relationship of domestic space, global trade, feminism, labor and craft.

From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the Pedestrian plazas of Times Square, I have created outdoor site-specific paintings in New York City and exhibited across the United States. I have been a resident artist at the Salina Art Center in Kansas and in the Art & Law Program with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC. My work was part of Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good in the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale.

I have been an artist in residence at Recess Activities/Pioneer Works (2012), in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (2013) and Smack-Mellon (2014). In the spring of 2013 I installed a permanent exterior painting for the Garden at The James Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Recent commissions include a 6,000 sq. ft. mural for Toledo, a temporary garden for a city block in Seattle, and a sculpture for a light rail station in Denver.


Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Standing Rock Canoe and Powerful Native American Artwork Comes to SPSCC

Thurston Talk - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 1:20pm


Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College South Puget Sound Community College celebrates the opening of the Native American Art Exhibition at The Gallery at SPSCC.  In its ninth season, the Native American Art Exhibition features a wide variety of works by local and regional Native American artists of all ages.  Regional and national tribes will […]

Lightfall by Christian Carvajal

South Sound Arts - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 1:02pm
a review
This is my review of Lightfall by Christian Carvajal, recently posted on
The first thing you need to know about Christian Carvajal’s Lightfall is that it is funny. The second thing you need to know is that it is true, not true in the sense of a dull recitation of historical facts but truth in spirit and intent (and for all we know and as you may discover when you get near the end of this book, it just might be a historical recitation of facts after all).
Lightfall is the story of the apocalypse, the rapture, the end of the world as we know it (or think we know it), as experienced by the denizens of Sugar Roses, Oklahoma, “where Jesus looks a lot like Kenny Loggins.” Sugar Roses, a fictional town, is the quintessential small town in the heart of the Bible Belt “clustered around a minor college campus but focused on its forty church spires,” where “five thousand families eat hearty suppers behind bay windows and unlocked front doors.” It is a town whose major industry is Saving Grace, Inc., purveyors of Christian novelty items and where you will find, not far away, a Christian nudist camp.
The story is cram packed with clever word play and pop-culture references, but right under the surface of all this playfulness is very serious theology and social study. In places, it almost but not quite becomes mired in didactic sermonizing or theorizing—but the author’s intelligence and wit saves it.
The core story of the people of Sugar Roses—including an atheistic womanizing college professor, a librarian, and a Hollywood script writer back home to write a script about Sugar Roses’ one and only notorious crime—is interrupted repeatedly and cleverly by emails, blog posts and stories from the local newspaper which paint a picture of the town and its reactions to the strange events that portend the coming of the end.
Unlike many of the other reviewers who have praised Carvajal’s depiction of characters, I think the book’s biggest drawback is that the central characters are not developed as fully as I wish they were. It’s a relatively short book, and I feel it could have benefited from an additional fifty or so pages to help readers get to know these characters even better. I tended to get lost in some of the asides and forget some of the major characters.

Overall, Lightfall is a unique, well written, enjoyable and thought provoking book. I highly recommend it for thinking people.
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Use your 2016 Health Savings Dollars Today to See 2017 More Clearly

Thurston Talk - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 11:05am


Submitted by Dr. Jay Rudd for Aurora LASIK If you haven’t used all of your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) dollars for 2016, did you know you can pay for LASIK with pre-tax dollars? That’s right. Depending on your tax bracket, you could effectively save 20-40% off LASIK surgery by using HSA/FSA […]

South Puget Sound College Orchestra: Symphonic Overtures and Holiday Favorites

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 9:09am
Event:  Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Symphonic Overtures and Holiday Favorites

Saturday December 3, 7:30 pm

The South Puget Sound College Orchestra presents its first concert of the 2016-2017 Season. Selections include Overtures by Verdi and Humperdinck, Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with Tacoma cellist Stuart Hake, and seasonal favorites featuring vocalist Troy Fisher.

 Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 360-753-8586, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office, or at the door.

 General admission $10

Seniors, students, military $7

SPSCC students, staff, faculty FREE

The South Puget Sound College Orchestra is an auditioned performing group of 68 students and community members ranging in age from 18 to 82. It was founded in 2014 by orchestra director and SPSCC music professor Chip Schooler. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Hard Work and Determination Pays Off on the Tennis Court for Capital’s Ranjan Sharangpani

Thurston Talk - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am


Ranjan Sharangpani’s tennis coach applauds his racquet skills, applauds his knack for pounding shots from the baseline and applauds his knack for racing to the net to put away game winners. Without question, Ranjan, a junior at Capital High School, has got skill on the tennis court. But what made Ranjan league and district champ […]

Elite Cleaning of Washington: A Business and Community Success

Thurston Talk - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am


Building a successful small business is no easy task. Vast majorities fail within their first few years and those that thrive require time, energy, and persistence from their founders. Henry Ford said “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” This embodies the passion, high standards, and growth seen at […]

Olympia High School Bearzaar

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 9:19am
Event:  Sat, 11/19/2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

You will BEARly believe all the crafts & antiques available at the 17th Annual Olympia High School BEARzaar this year. Hunt for that special gift at over 160 vendors.

The Raffle Hall has an item donated from each vendor, so you can preview a sampling of what the vendors have to offer. It also gives you many chances to win.

Admission and parking are FREE, although this year, for $5 you can enter at 8:15am instead of 9:00.  We will also be accepting canned food donations for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Make sure to give your cubs a big BEARhug before dropping them off at the Oly BEAR childcare down the Raffle Hall.

Stop by for a bite to eat at the café or warm up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

So, don't hibernate in your cave on Saturday, November 19th.  BEARzaar is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving! You probably won't leave BEARhanded.

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2017 Distinguished Leader Honorees Announced

Thurston Talk - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 8:23am


Submitted by Leadership Thurston County  Leadership Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to announce the 2017 Distinguished Leader Award honorees; John Setterstrom, General Manager, Lucky Eagle Casino; Lori Drummond, President/CEO, Olympia Federal Savings; and Steve Brooks, Chief, Lacey Fire District 3.    The event recognizes leaders who demonstrate outstanding initiative, inspire […]

Capital Leads Trio of Local High Schools to 3A State Volleyball Tournament

Thurston Talk - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 7:15am


Capital High School is heading back to the Class 3A state volleyball tournament for the first time since 2014, but the Cougars will not be making the trip to the Tri-Cities alone as fellow 3A South Sound Conference members Timberline and North Thurston also secured state berths. Capital punched its ticket to state by finishing […]

“Lit” spotlights The Wizard of Oz at Lakewood Playhouse

South Sound Arts - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 6:32am

Published in the Weekly Volcano, Nov. 3, 2016
 Emily Saletan as Dorothy) and Waffle as Toto, photo by James VenturiniThe Lakewood Institute of Theatre and Lakewood Playhouse are teaming up this year for a joint production of their annual all-ages show. This year’s show, their fifth annual, is the perennial favorite of kids and adults alike, The Wizard of Oz byFrank Baum as adapted by Robert and Willie Beale. What’s truly different about this adaptation is that it is a steampunk reimagining of this American classic. How contemporary can you get? Plus, since it is a collaboration between the Lakewood Playhouse’s Mainstage and its Education Department, it brings all the production elements of a Main Stage show and combines them with the even bigger sense of wonder and adventure brought by the youth and educators.The show is directed by The Lakewood Institute of Theatre’s Education Director, Jeremy Thompson. “When we were selecting a title for this season's annual LIT/LP mash-up Spotlight show, the entire staff came immediately around to the idea of presenting Oz,” Thompson says. “It had never been produced on the LP stage and with the previous productions of A Year with Frog and Toad and Treasure Island we proved that the equation of putting less experienced actors of all ages on stage with seasoned veterans, also of all ages, and giving them a big, main-stage production experience with education along the way was a sure-fire winner. The title holds such a special place in the hearts of all familiar with it, the movie is immediately recognized worldwide, so when you approach such an iconic piece of culture the job becomes to make it our own. To tell our version of the story we all love and know so well. So we approached it with a fresh script that takes the known elements and develops them slightly giving a chance for new characters and relationships. We assembled a top-notch design team and incredibly talented cast of 20 artists ranging in age from eight to 47. We approached it with a fresh aesthetic and created a unique Oz while giving a nod to the elements we simply can't do without. It has been a director's, designer's and actors’ dream to bring it all to life. We can't wait to share the countless hours of work by this fantastic team with our community — a perfect way to kick off the holiday season with the entire family.”Performing are returning actors Karly Dammel (ensemble), Isaac Gutierrez (Pocus), Lydia Helt (Glinda), Gabi Marler (Gatekeeper), Andrew Redford (Tin Man / Mr. Woodman) and Tony L. Williams (Lion / Mr. Lyon).  The show also introduces a number of new faces such as Kyla Alphier (ensemble), Sky Gibbs (ensemble), Diane Johnson (Aunt Em / ensemble), Ellie Johnson (Hocus), Ethan Jones (ensemble), Hunter McCann (Ozma), Ed Medina (Uncle Henry / ensemble), Crystalann Meyer (ensemble), Zenith Ortiz (Scarecrow / Mr. Crowe), Nate Schmidt (The Wizard), Kate-Lyn Seimers (Ogma), Kyle Yoder (ensemble) and introducing Emily Saletan (Dorothy) & Waffle (Toto).The show need no introduction or synopsis. It’s the story everyone has come to know and love about Dorothy, the silly Scarecrow, the lovable Tin Man, and the hilarious cowardly Lion and their harrowing adventures in the Land of Oz . And need I repeat that this time it takes place in a Steampunk setting?There are nine performances only. Warning: some scenes may be scary for younger children.The Lakewood Institute of Theatre nurtures students of all ages, at all stages, by offering a variety of educational and performance opportunities; and it empowers life skills through the experience of theater.The Wizard of Oz, 7 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sunday, special performance Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, $15, 253.588.0042,

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Divinity Organic Hair Salon – A Journey of Hair Stylists, A Journey Friends

Thurston Talk - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 6:00am


Shannon Moser and Mare Wagar have known each other for nearly two decades. As former co-workers and salon mates in downtown Olympia, the two have re-connected at Shannon’s business, Divinity Organic Hair Salon. The two hair stylists, who’d worked closely together at Euphorium and then at Mare’s salon, Envy, in downtown Olympia, grew apart for […]

Community Gathers to Recognize Compassion and Generosity

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 1:56pm


Submitted by South Sound Partners for Philanthropy Philanthropists, including a local volunteer who helps more than a dozen organizations, will be honored during the annual luncheon of South Sound Partners for Philanthropy. The event will take place on National Philanthropy Day, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Hotel RL. The luncheon will begin at noon; registration opens […]

Commencement Bank (CBWA) Announces Successful Completion of Merger with Thurston First Bank

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 1:42pm


Submitted by Thurston First Bank Commencement Bank (OTCQX:CBWA) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its strategic merger with Olympia-based Thurston First Bank. The proposal was accepted by all necessary agencies in September 2016, and approved by both bank’s shareholders on October 26th, 2016. The Bank officially combined the morning of November 1, 2016. […]

Harlequin Production Hires Hap Clemons as Development Director

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 1:29pm


Submitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions is pleased to announce its newest staff member, Hap Clemons.  Clemons joins Harlequin as its director of development. As Harlequin moves into their 26th season, Scot Whitney, Harlequin’s Managing Artistic Director, is excited about this addition. “With his experience and impressive track record, we expect to deepen our community relationships […]

Winter Weather – Prepare Now for Resilience Later

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 10:12am


Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services “Be safe in your home in an emergency.” Historically, Thurston County winters include wind storms, flooding, power outages, and sometimes snow. Winter is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to begin planning for winter storms. Are you ready for a disaster or […]

Northwest Christian’s Luke Schilter Closes Out Senior Year with State Cross Country Title

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 6:46am


Luke Schilter can officially remove the label of runner-up. One of the state’s premier cross country runners, regardless of classification, the Northwest Christian senior ended his high school career on the highest of notes by winning his first Class 1B/2B state cross country championship. Schilter, who had finished second during his three previous trips to […]

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