After screening at film festivals and theaters across the country, award-winning documentary The Throwaways is coming to the Olympia Timberland Library for its PNW premiere. The film is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated activist filmmaker Ira McKinley.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the eight-day dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
Low afternoon tides the first few days will allow diggers to hit the beaches in daylight, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.
Ayres noted the dig includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Jan. 19, providing an excellent opportunity to sneak away to the coast for a long weekend of clamming.
Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
Digging has been approved on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
WDFW also has proposed another dig in late January, tentatively set to begin Jan. 30 if marine toxin tests are favorable. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.
WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage.
Submitted by Port of Olympia
The crane at the Port of Olympia pier is working on a follow-up dredge required by the Army Corps of Engineers’ permit for the maintenance dredge completed last year.
With this follow-up dredge pass, the Port is removing sediment that has sloughed from under the pier since the maintenance dredge and capping the area with a clean sand cover.
The purpose of the maintenance dredge was to restore the depth levels that help ensure safe operations at the pier. Both dredges also remove legacy pollution from the area.
Washington Department of Ecology oversees aspects of the projects and approves the sites for disposal. The current dredged material will be taken to a landfill in Oregon. The 2014 dredge material was disposed of at a facility near Castle Rock.
Orion Marine Contractors, Inc. is the contractor for both the maintenance dredge and the current follow-up dredge.
The current project’s total costs, including planning, permitting, construction and construction management, are estimated at $1,006,120. Substantial completion is anticipated in February.
Submitted by Animal Services
We all think about the temperature and what we need to keep our pets and ourselves warm but there are a few things we also need to be aware of to keep our pets safe.
Submitted by The Oly Town Artesians
For the first 15 minutes, the Oly Town Artesians and Tacoma Stars played an even game. But after Joey Gjertsen took advantage of a turnover in front of the Artesians’ net to put Tacoma up 3-2 in the first minute of the second quarter, Oly saw nothing but Stars. Tacoma scored 13 unanswered goals and didn’t give up any more to stay undefeated with a 15-2 win on Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Soccer Center.
Kyle Wiese and Dyson Fowler answered the bell for the Artesians and each scored their first goals of the season. Wiese tied the game up at one when he found himself in the right spot after a shot just to the left of the goal rebounded right to him. Fowler then tied the game at two with 18 seconds left in the first quarter. It would be the last goal that Stars keeper Aaron Anderson would surrender.
Gjertsen, an Evergreen State grad that went on to play for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, put the Stars ahead for good, 3-2, 30 seconds into the second quarter. He scored three more times – once at the end of the first half and twice in a six goal fourth quarter for the Stars. Nate Ford recorded a hat trick and JJ Schmeck added a brace with both goals coming in the last minute of the game when the wheels had completely come off for the Artesians.
Anderson, the Western Indoor Soccer League’s top goalkeeper, allowed just two goals before Christopher Kintz recorded a clean sheet over the final 15 minutes for the Stars. Tacoma improved to 5-0-0 and will travel to winless Arlington next week.
The Artesians lost their third straight game and fell to 2-4-0, good enough for fourth place with six points in the five team WISL. They travel to Wenatchee on Saturday, January 17th to take on the third place Wenatchee Fire (2-3-1, 7 points) at 7:30 PM. They will return home on Saturday, January 24th for a friendly against the Oly Indoor All-Stars at 6:00 PM before they finish off the WISL regular season by hosting Arlington on January 31st.
Celebrate the DIY spirit and get "crafty". Rotate through art stations to complete a variety of amazing crafts, jewelry and keepsakes. Some activities may require adult help for children under the age of 9, but all are welcome--adults, teens, and children. Registration is required starting January 23 at the library's information desk. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Orca is pleased to welcome Alice Rothchildauthor of On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion, a compelling collection of blog posts made during a fact-finding and solidarity visit to the West Bank and Israel encompassing the last three weeks of June 2014.
Longtime activist Rothchild turns her powers of careful observation and her deep understanding of the consequences of racism and occupation into a lively, honest, heart breaking, collection of reports from the field. She documents the stories and lives that do not make the evening news, but are essential to understanding the context in which that news occurs. In 2014, Just World Books published her book: On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion.
This is a FREE event and all are welcome. Orca Books is at 509 E. 4th Ave in downtrown Olympia.Google Plus One Facebook Like
By Kelli Samson
The clean lines reminiscent of a page freshly inked from a typewriter told me that I just might like what was inside.
It was a hunch, but, like most hunches, it didn’t disappoint.
Michael Elvin began dreaming of opening his own coffee shop soon after he graduated from high school “a million years ago,” long before coffee shops were hip. Elvin now owns and operates, along with his wife, Mariella Luz, downtown’s most European coffee joint, Bar Francis.
The shop has occupied a small, light-filled space between Old School Pizzeria and Dumpster Values in downtown Olympia since late October 2014. Its style is of a sparse, Industrial-meets-Scandinavian sort, and its ambiance really works. The walls are bare and white, the tables and bar are custom-made of gorgeous wood by the talented folks at Von Roney Woodworks. The drinks are served in charming, mismatched vintage cups from an espresso cart made by Elvin himself.
Coffee beans and teas are stored on open shelving behind the bar in glass jars. What you see is what you get at Bar Francis. Even Elvin and his sole employee, Fraoigh Howard, are unpretentious, possessing an ability to put anyone at ease.
“Our focus is on good beverages, not just coffee,” explains Elvin, who developed menu items and drink ideas for years before he had his own shop.
“I knew I wanted shrubs on my menu, and they’ve become one of our staples. Another summer beverage we came up with is a coffee cola, which is dark brown sugar muddled with a lime wedge, along with cold-brewed coffee, sparkling water, ice, and a sprig of mint. It’s not very sweet. It’s light, refreshing, crisp, and has some cola-like flavors to it.”
Pre-fabricated ingredients are not used at Bar Francis. You will find no cartons of chai concentrate here, and all the produce used to make drink ingredients is organic. “We believe these practices make for a higher-quality beverage which we have control over,” explains Elvin.
Bar Francis is named for the four-year-old son of the owners, whose middle name is Francis. “It was my wife’s brilliant idea,” smiles Elvin.
Elvin’s Bar Francis inhabits a story steeped in the practices of holding tightly to a dream and building a skill set that is wide instead of higher-climbing. Elvin did not put himself on a fast-track to own his own coffee shop. Rather, he took over twenty years to learn all the facets to the business, from innovation to espresso machines, and from design to employee training. He brewed and percolated his dream slowly, making important local connections along the way.
“My first job in coffee was as Christmas help at Starbucks in the early 1990s,” recalls Elvin. From there, he ran The Temple of the Bean in Tacoma for nearly three years, followed by tending bar at Olympia hotspots Thekla and the Water Street Cafe. Somewhere in there was a stint in website design. Elvin also has worked in the training and education department at Olympia’s Batdorf and Bronson. His path then took him to the Espresso Parts store and the Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, where he served as a general manager.
Bar Francis has been a team effort, with many Olympia players contributing pieces to its success. Ira Coyne painted the sign that sits near the corner of Franklin and Fourth Avenue, along with the shop’s name on the front door. Baked goods are supplied by local bakeries Left Bank, Babette’s (best pumpkin bread ever), and the Bearded Lady. The design work is artfully done by local Rhett Nelson.
And no words about Bar Francis would be complete without mentioning Northern, a space for young people to showcase both music and art, from which Bar Francis began operation in 2012.
Spending time with Elvin impresses upon me that Olympia is headed in the right direction. With people like him owning and operating honest, straight-forward businesses that bring joy and comfort to the people who happen by (or seek him out – he has many regulars), downtown Olympia will always shine.
“With all its quirks, I love downtown. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Elvin concludes.
110 Franklin NE in downtown Olympia
Open 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekends
The sun rises late and sets early. Gray days outnumber the sunny and the rain just keeps coming. Yep. It’s winter in Thurston County. And with the cold, wet days comes a tendency to bundle under the blankets and sip a nice cup of tea. Sounds cozy, right?
Eastside Chiropractic’s Dr. Murray Smith enjoys a day on the couch here and there, too. But Dr. Smith knows that staying active during the winter months is critical for overall health and well-being. And while it may be harder to get outside in the winter, there are many things anyone can do to ensure they stay active until the days lengthen and we all begin to dry out.
Dr. Smith says his ultimate goal for any patient is to improve their quality of life. By staying fit, active and healthy throughout the winter months, you can see visible improvements both mentally and physically.
To add chiropractic to your routine, or talk more with Dr. Smith about how you can achieve optimal health, contact Eastside Chiropractic at 360-459-9000.
By Gail Wood
Michael Ostlund and Tim Healy are followers of the old “play them one game at a time” cliché.
But their Feb. 11 game against Western Oregon is one that both Saint Martin’s University coaches have circled on the calendar. On this date, the Saints play a doubleheader at home in the University’s Marcus Pavilion that will be televised by Root Sports.
“To me, it’s like a four-hour commercial for Saint Martin’s University,” says Ostlund, who is in his second season as the men’s head coach. “Yeah, it’s one game, but from that standpoint, I think it’s very significant for Saint Martin’s.”
It’s the first time Root Sports has televised a doubleheader of a GNAC game.
“I know for the kids it’s a fun experience,” says Saint Martin’s women’s head coach Healy. “It’s great for the school to get that exposure. In that regard, it’s a great marketing tool and good for recruiting.”
With TV cameras coming, Saint Martin’s has planned a busy week of activities called #PackThePavilion. To ensure a packed house, Megan Lobdell, Saint Martin’s sports information director, will be doing a six-week social media campaign, including the use of the #PackThePavilion hashtag, to promote the event.
The women’s game starts at 6:00 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 8:00 p.m.
From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., there will be a Red Out pep rally and tailgate in the Worthington Center for season ticket holders, alumni, parents and members of the school’s board of trustees.
The students will have a tailgate function starting at 4:30 p.m. at the TUB, including food and raffle tickets. At that time, students can also pick up red T-shirts and Saints Nation scarves. Raffle tickets will be handed out for an iPad or a GoPro camera.
“We are going to red out the gym. We encourage everyone to wear red,” Lobdell says.
During halftime of the women’s game, a dodgeball game will be played, matching the school’s faculty and staff against students.
Riley Carel, a 6’2” senior guard, says in the past, when Root Sports has telecasted one of their games, there was an added buzz on campus.
“I think it makes it more fun,” Carel says. “A small school like this, it makes the community get excited and the school get excited.”
According to Carel, people on campus stop him to say they are excited about the game. He’s even seen the intensity dial crank up for the teams involved because it’s going to be televised.
“While it’s just another game, I think it definitely adds more spark, more energy,” says Carel. “It makes it a little more exciting to come to the gym and play.”
While Carel admits there’s an excitement boost to the game because it’s being televised, he’s just excited to be back playing. Carel missed much of the early part of the season with injuries. After starting every game last season, Carel had knee surgery in the off season. Then he pulled a groin muscle playing against Montana in an exhibition game and was out for three weeks. During his first game back, he sprained an ankle and was out for two additional weeks.
The Saints have had to deal with several injuries, forcing Ostlund to go with a younger line-up. As a result, they started the season 0-5, losing several close games. Then they won four of their next seven games and started GNAC play 1-1, knocking off Fairbanks.
In that early losing stretch, Ostlund started three freshmen and often had four freshmen on the floor at the same time. Still, despite their youth, the Saints were close.
“We were competitive but we weren’t getting the wins,” Ostlund says.
Trey Ingram and Tyler Copp lead the Saints in scoring, averaging 10 points each. The Saints have balanced scoring as they have five players averaging between eight and 10 points. Ryan Rogers, a preseason all-conference player, has been injured and hasn’t been the go-to scorer Ostlund had anticipated.
“(Rogers) has battled injuries,” says Ostlund. “It’s good to have balanced scoring. But it’s a little challenging when we’re coming down the stretch and knowing what buttons to push.”
Krista Stabler, a 5’6” junior guard, leads the Saints women’s basketball team with 10.1 points a game, shooting 35 percent from the field. Playing just one game at home in their first 10 games, Saint Martin’s got off to a 3-7 start.
“We’re playing a lot of kids,” Healy says. “And we’re getting a lot of different combos every night.”
Saint Martin’s is holding opponents to 64.6 points a game and 41 percent shoot.
“Defensively, we’re really good,” Healy says. “That’s our best thing. We need to control the tempo of games and make sure we’re playing our way.”
Pull out all your red clothing and join the Saint Martin’s University community on Feb. 11, beginning at 5:00 p.m., for a night of basketball.
Meet Eddie! He’s a Norfolk Terrier & Chihuahua mix, about 3 or 4 years old. Just look at that amazing hairdo! He plays very well with the other dogs his size and is a fast little guy. Right now, he is a bit pickie about who he likes and seems to prefer men. Eddie would not do well in a home with small children as he can bite when feeling scared.
If you would like to come meet this cutie, contact Adopt-a-Pet.
We are an all- volunteer, non-profit dog shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. Email email@example.com or call (360) 432-3091.
Submitted by Thurston Energy
January 9, 2015 – Thurston Energy has recently launched a new weatherization rebate, ColdCa$h for POW&R. Designed specifically for homes that are heated with propane, oil or wood, and/or are rental homes, this rebate can help property owners save on the cost of weatherization projects, and the purchase and installation of ductless heat pump systems.
In order to be eligible for this rebate, homes must be located in Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis or Pacific counties and be primarily heated by Propane, Oil, or Wood, and/or be a Rental. Two rebates are included in this promotion:
Customers should contact Thurston Energy (360-528-2112) prior to making improvements in order to make arrangements for an initial energy evaluation, to connect with a pre-approved contractor, and to assure that the project scope of work qualifies for rebates.
Weatherization improvements must be completed between January 1, 2015 and May 31, 2015, and funds are available for a limited time only. For more information about ColdCa$h for POW&R, and to get started, please contact Mark Rentfrow, Energy Services Manager for Thurston Energy at 360-528-2112 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Thurston Energy will be hosting two free info sessions for the public. Come learn more about ColdCa$h for POW&R and bring your energy efficiency questions.
About Thurston Energy: Thurston Energy is a program of the Thurston Economic Development Council, located in Lacey, WA. Thurston Energy’s mission is to drive investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy in order to save energy, save money and build our local economy.
By Alyssa Ramsfield
Thurston County residents Josh Woodson and his mother, Jaci, decided to take part in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program when Josh was only eight years old. Never in their wildest dreams did they think that ten years later not only would Josh still be in contact with his matched mentor, Jim Eychaner, but to have actually built a friendship that will last a lifetime.
“Josh’s father and I split up when Josh’s was a year and half old,” explains Woodson. “I always wanted him to have good male role models in his life. Josh said he wanted a Big Brother. It took almost two years to get the phone call that there was a potential match. They had told us it would take a while because the list for male mentors was low and boys needing Bigs was high.”
When the call finally came, Josh was ready to meet his potential match. “I remember when I was eight at our first meeting they showed us our interests that we had filled out about ourselves,” says Woodson. “I looked at his and I thought it was kind of weird. I never knew a guy who was interested in orchestras or ballet. After talking to him, I thought he was a cool guy. The people at Big Brothers Big Sisters told me to think about if I wanted him to be my Big Brother. My mom and I walked out the door to think about it and we immediately walked back in to tell them he was a good match.”
The match was a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office retiree named Jim Eychaner. “Ironically, it was the example of one of my younger brothers,” explains Eychaner when reflecting on why he joined Big Brothers Big Sisters. “I have a sister, an older brother, and two younger brothers. My next brother down had volunteered as a Big for a number of years in the Seattle area and encouraged me to do the same. I was raising two daughters at that time, so I said no. After my daughters became independent, I decided to volunteer. I sought permission from my wife and both my daughters to make sure I had everyone’s support.”
Picking the perfect match isn’t always the case with the program. “You never know what to expect,” describes Eychaner. “I tell people that we have enjoyed the most trouble-free match in the history of the program, thanks to Josh.”
“Josh is fortunate to have an incredibly supportive mother, and a loving extended family,” adds Eychaner. “I believe he has matured so well because he has responded positively to the high personal, academic, and other standards set by his family. He and I share many interests, and he was willing to sample some of mine.”
“With Jim, he made everything we did focused on whether I would like it,” says Woodson. “I was sports oriented when we met. He gave me many new experiences I would’ve never tried before. I usually really enjoyed what we did whether it was going to the ballet or an orchestra concert. I fell asleep at one of the orchestra concerts and left early because I was snoring. If it wasn’t something I was interested the next activity would be something he knew I would like including my first time going to Old School Pizzeria.”
Jim and Josh’s relationship has changed over the past decade. “We are more relaxed and more communicative,” describes Eychaner. “Josh is certainly more mature. We have both learned a great deal. On my part, I had trouble early on with ‘guy talk,’ being the father of daughters and more interested in issues typically not male — e.g., ballet, opera, classical music — but I learned to relax and talk about whatever came up.”
“Jim would meet with me and talk about issues I couldn’t always talk about with my mom,” describes Woodson. “He taught me about relationships and boundaries. He also taught me everything I know about basketball.”
“Men need to know that there is a need for male mentors,” says Eychaner. “You do not need to be some perfect guy, a sports hero, or anything like that. Any guy can be reliable, available, interested, and attentive. For some boys, just having an adult male pay attention or listen is incredibly important. Simply showing up for an event important to the boy shows you care and that he is worth your time and attention.”
Eychaner wasn’t just giving to a young boy through being a mentor, he also gained a lifetime of friendship. “Josh became an important part of my life. He and his mom became family friends. He was never a burden. Outings were a couple of friends doing stuff together. He is now like a favorite nephew. I realized a few years ago that if I were to have a son, I would want him to be like Josh.”
As Josh prepares to pick a college and complete his final year of high school, he still finds Jim as someone to talk to. “Jim travels a lot now that he is retired and I’m busy with school, but we always find time to text each other and meet up. We’ve built genuine comradery. I know that Jim is someone I consider family and will be a part of my family for a long time.”
To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or a Big Sister, visit www.swwabigs.org.
By Lindsey Surrell
While many New Year’s Resolutions revolve around what to lose (weight, bad habits, smoking) choosing a resolution about what to gain can also be very rewarding. Want to increase your skills, friends, and artwork to hang around your house? Then, an art class sounds like a perfect fit for you. The following list is a jumping point for your creativity to take off, and luckily for us, it’s all within our neighborhood.
Art Classes starting in January:
Artist Cal Capener teaches an all-level oil painting class. Classes, typically with six to seven students, review color mixing, brushwork, knife work, and composition with Cal, who has been teaching art for 25 years.
Monthly classes start Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Diane Fairbanks studio.
Tuition: $60 per class.
Email or call Cal to register at 360-491-0704. A list of supplies will be provided when registering.
Artist Ann Breckon teaches an all-level watercolor class. The 2015 class series will go back to the basics and Ann, with over 15 years of experience, will demonstrate all the techniques that students need to know to complete a successful watercolor painting. In addition, the theme for this year is the State of Washington and January will focus on the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.
Classes are held on certain Mondays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church. The January schedule includes classes on January 12 and 26. Subsequent dates are listed on her website.
Tuition: $35 per class.
Artist Amy Fisher teaches advanced beginner/ intermediate watercolor classes. Amy, with 45 years of watercolor and art experience, focuses her classes on composition, color theory, and paint application techniques. Amy starts her classes with a group instruction demonstration and continues with individual instruction while students are painting. The theme for January is snow. In the summer, the 13-person class paints outdoors.
Weekly classes are held on Fridays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Olympia Center, Room 204.
Tuition: $120 for 4 classes (1 month).
Visit Amy Fisher’s website to register and learn more. List of supplies will be provided when registering.
South Puget Sound Community College provides an ample number of art class options, including welding, ceramics and drawing. Highlighted below is a newly offered watercolor class.
Paul Randall teaches the class “Intermediate Watercolor Painting.” In this class, people and perspectives are the focus, and students are encouraged to grow in their art skills by choosing (and getting assigned) more challenging subjects to paint.
Ten weekly classes are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mottman Campus in Olympia from January 13 to March 17.
Tuition: $99 for series (10 classes).
Register for classes online at SPSCC’s website or by calling 360-596-5750.
The City of Olympia Community Center released their winter/spring schedule and it is packed with exciting and educating classes. Of the many art classes available, highlighted below are two of the courses to choose from, both taking place on Saturday, January 17.
Ellen Miffitt’s class, “Watercolor Textures and Techniques,” explores 15 to 20 different types of techniques to use when creating your next watercolor masterpiece. This one-day class takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Olympia Center. Supplies are not provided but a list of what to bring will be shared upon registration. Tuition: $46 for one class.
Tony Lirette is teaching “Bob Ross Joy of Painting.” This art style uses a wet-on-wet technique for oil painting. The supplies are provided for this class and you will come home with a landscape masterpiece. This class is offered four times, including January 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Olympia Center. Tuition: $69 for one class.
Register for classes online at the City of Olympia website, in person at the Olympia Center, or by calling 360-753-8380.
The following art classes might not start in January, but the artists and locations are worth a look: