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Classy Canine Cuisine from Lenore Cuskelly and Crossed Paws Bakery

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Tumwater business owner Lenore Cuskelly shops locally for ingredients. From local farmers, she fills her pantry list of parsley, dill, blueberries, pumpkins, fennel, zucchini, carrots, strawberries, kale, spinach, and apples. There’s meat, too.  All of these fresh ingredients go into Crossed Paws Bakery, where all natural, preservative-free dog treats are lovingly created. Lenore continues to tweak her […]

NW Christian High School Hosts Homeschool Options Information Night

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:36am

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Submitted by Northwest Christian Private Schools   Join the staff of Northwest Christian Private Schools at our upcoming open house. Learn about the school during a brief presentation about our program options and course offerings followed by a question and answer time. This open house is open to all families of incoming ninth through twelfth graders. In addition, you will have an […]

RLHC Opens Hotel RL in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:16am

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Submitted by Red Lion Hotels Corporation RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) has announced the opening of Hotel RL Olympia. The hotel was built in 1969 and has undergone a multi-million dollar transformation to be rebranded as a Hotel RL. Hotel RL Olympia is the first of five Hotel RLs scheduled to open this year […]

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 9:20am

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Luna is a 1 1/2 year old female pit. She was spayed and vaccinated in March 2016. She loves sitting for treats, walking everywhere right next to her person, cuddling on the couch, laying in the sun, squeezing under fences, chewing bones, car rides (just falls asleep), sleeping with her […]

Capitol Battalion Sea Cadets Chart their Course

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:00am

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Michael Green began thinking about a military career in the eighth grade. At first it was the Army before a buddy of his brought up the United States Marines Corps. A little research later and Green was sold. “Grade-A, best of the best,” said Green, now 17 and an incoming senior at Capital High School, […]

Raymond Jay – 7-11 Owner Doing His Part to Help Homeless People

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:00am

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Although the 2015 Census report states homeless numbers are declining, Olympia still has close to 500 people without homes in Thurston County. Fortunately, there are many programs and people out there who want to help. Meet Raymond Jay. He owns the Tumwater 7-11 store and wanted to do more to help the homeless people in […]

Mushrooms Plus a Whole Lot More at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival

Thurston Talk - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:00am

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If you think the ninth annual Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival will strictly feature chanterelles, morels, shiitakes and other fungi that thrive in our region then you might miss out on a whole lot more. Dedicated mushroom aficionados and those simply curious about the fascinating toadstools will have multiple opportunities for feasting on and learning about […]

Cut Loose and Go Hog Wild at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

Thurston Talk - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:00am

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Sure, summer is awesome. Concerts, BBQ’s, camping, and time spent with family and friends are the highlight of the year. But give yourself a break from tried-and-true, G-rated activities with the return of the Hog Wild Coastal Rally at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. From July 28-31, take some grown-up time to go Hog Wild […]

History of the Messy Olympia/Tumwater City Border

Thurston Talk - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 6:00am

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The border between Olympia and Tumwater just north of North Street is a jumbled mess. While municipal borders aren’t often clean lines, this particular example is an extreme case. On some streets, houses switch between cities as you move from neighbor to neighbor. What this jumbled map represents is a few months between 1949 and […]

Leah Irwin and Sharon Baker Provide Hand-Knit Hats and Scarves for People in Need

Thurston Talk - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 6:00am

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In the last two years, Leah Irwin has crocheted somewhere close to 2,500 articles of clothing. With the help of friend, Sharon Baker, Leah hand-makes hats, scarves, and mittens, all of which are given up for donation to the Salvation Army and Olympia Union Mission Gospel. “I’ve knitted all my life,” says Leah. “I was raised in […]

Kids Book Reading at Orca Books: Local Author Simon Calcavecchia reads "Adventures of Frank and Mustard: Stuck in the Mud"

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 8:05pm
Event:  Sat, 07/23/2016 - 11:00am

Orca Books welcomes Olympia Simon Calcavecchia, author of the new picture book "Stuck in the Mud. Book one in The Adventures of Frank and Mustard", a delightful story about two buddies who use their wits, and the help of their friends, to get out of a sticky situation. The book is illustrated by local artist Arturo Alvarez.

This is a FREE event, great for kids age 4-8!

About the author:

In 2002, Simon Calcavecchia moved to Australia to follow his dream of playing rugby. After his third game of the season, he was injured in a scrum leaving him with c5/6 quadriplegia. Several years after the injury, Simon graduated from The Evergreen State College with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. After graduating, he spent most of his time volunteering with preschool children, which partly inspired him to write The Adventures of Frank and Mustard.

Simon continues to inspire others by following his dreams and living a life of passion regardless of his disability. The stories of Frank and Mustard are based on his personal experiences. They are meant to inspire children and adults to never give up.

ThurstonTalk recently posted a great article about Simon and the Frank and Mustard series here: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/07/09/simon-calcavecchia/

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Wool See (IAME) “Buddy Insole” at Accession Art Exhibit

K Records - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:01pm
“Buddy Insole” is the latest cascade of words from Wool See, aka IAME. It’s been 12 years since IAME teamed up with director & visual artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham to create the music video for one of his best known songs to date, “The Abyss.” Recently they reunited in Portland and collaborated once again on […]
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Creative Colloquy

South Sound Arts - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 9:10am

South Sound’s premiere reading eventPublished in the Weekly Volcano, July 21, 2016The Creative Colloquy team listening to a reading at B Sharp Coffee House from left: Jenni Prange Boran, Joshua Swainston, Melissa Thayer, William Turbyfil, Chris Casella and Jackie Fender. Photo by Lee Heath.Created by Jackie Fender a little more than two years ago, Creative Colloquy has become the South Sound’s preeminent literary event. Creative Colloquy is an online magazine featuring short stories, novel excerpts, poetry and other literary work by mostly Tacoma and Olympia writers. Starting in March of 2014, CC started holding readings at B Sharp Coffee House once a month.“That first event came along and I anticipated a room full of just our friends and family. Instead, 60 people came out, many complete strangers to everyone involved in that first reading, and it was clear from that day that CC was filling a void that many of us had felt,” Fender says.The public readings featured, in the first hour, local authors reading the stuff they had published in the online CC publication, followed by an open mic in the second hour with brave local writers, some professional and some beginners, reading their stuff in public for the first time. It was a huge hit from the start.“When it comes down to it, I started CC at the prompting of my writer friends who daydreamed of a platform to share stories. The CC vision of contributing to the local literary culture has exceeded anything we could have hoped for. It's a lovely beast where established and novice writers of all genres can connect and share,” Fender says.In celebration of their first year, CC published an anthology of local writers and held a Creative Crawl, a kind of literary arts walk with readings in many downtown Tacoma venues such as King’s Books, Sanford and Son, Embellish Multispace Salon and others. CC has now published its second anthology and is scheduled for a second Creative Crawl in October with readings at Zodiac Supper Club, Kings Books, Tacoma Cabana, Doyle’s Public House, Odd Otter, Harmon’s Tap Room, Destiny City Comics and B Sharp.“We have returning community partners like Drunken Telegraph and UWT curating line-ups as well as some new faces producing storytelling hours like Beautiful Angle. The inaugural C3 was pretty amazing and boasted an impressive attendance and we are looking forward to making this year a larger and more astonishing production. Should be a lot of fun,” Fender said. Among the regular readers at the monthly events are local favorites such as Christian Carvajal, Titus Burley, Marissa Meyer, William Turbyfil, Lucas Smiraldo, Melissa Thayer and Jennifer Chushcoff.This year Olympia CC has started with readings at Traditions Café, which will move to Forrey’s Forza Banquet Room in Lacey in August.“It’s amazing to see how much support Creative Colloquy has gotten,” said assistant director Joshua Swainston. “The witing talents for the South Sound seems to be an endless well. We never know who’s out there until we put out the call for submissions, and we are always surprised and delighted by what we get from the community in return.”Creative Colloquy, every third Monday at 7 p.m., B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, and every first Monday at 6:30 pm, Forrey’s Forza Banquet Room,130, Marvin Road Southeast, Lacey. Creative Crawl, Mon., Oct 5, 6-9 p.m., various locations in downtown Tacoma.


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Other Desert Cities

South Sound Arts - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 9:06am

 Published in The News Tribune, July 22, 2016
Bonnie Vandver as Silda, James T. Patrick as Lyman, Toni Murray as Polly, Cameron Wates as Trip, and Silva Goetz as Brooke. Photo by Toni C. HolmOlympia Little Theatre quotes the New York Times’ description of Jon Robin Baitz’s Pulitzer Prize nominee “Other Desert Cities” as a “witty, deeply enjoyable family drama.” Such a description could easily mislead people into expecting a light comic-drama, and this play is anything but light comedy. There’s comedy, yes. Biting, witty, sarcastic word play between five family members whose sophisticated banter balances on the edge of outright warfare.
Lyman Wyeth (James T. Patrick) and his wife, Polly (Toni Murray) are the epitome of wealthy Americans wasting away past their prime in self-satisfied pseudo comfort. Both retired, he was a B-movie cowboy star famous for long death scenes, and she was a writer along with her cowriter sister Silda (Bonnie Vandver) of a long-running television series. The Wyeths are Republican party functionaries. Silda, a recovering alcoholic, is politically liberal, as are the Wyeth children, Brooke (Silva Goetz), a successful writer suffering from depression, and Trip (Cameron Waters), a reality TV producer.
It’s Christmas 2004, and Brooke has come home from the East Coast to visit her family. She has brought with her a manuscript of her soon-to-be-published book, an explosive memoir that reveals family secrets and threatens to destroy whatever family unity still remains.
The setting is a suitably beige, ultra-modern desert home beautifully designed by Christopher Valcho that highlights the false comfort and respectability of the elder Wyeths and contrasts with the internecine family dynamics.
The writing is intelligent, and the story structure is classic, building steadily toward an unexpected and totally satisfying twist at the end.
The ensemble cast is solid. Patrick plays the family patriarch as a calm and reasonable peace-maker who quietly seethes with anger. Murray plays Polly as proud and sure of herself but more willing to let her anger show than is her husband. Waters plays Trip as laid-back, humorous, and wise beyond his years. Vandver is outlandish and wonderful as the outspoken Silda, who is disdainful of her sister and brother-in-law, and who is one-hundred percent on Brooke’s side and encourages her to not back down on publishing her memoir – which her parents desperately want her not to do. And this brings us to Brooke, the catalyst of all the drama. Goetz plays her as a mass of nervous ticks, quickly going from throwing witty barbs to tossing lethal bombs. She is smart, angry, mistrustful and filled with self-doubt, all of which she displays with powerful physical acting that crowds up to the edge of over acting without crossing the line.
“Other Desert Cities” is not an easy play to watch. It starts out as a sophisticated comedy and quickly becomes weighty. There is a quietly intense scene near the end that had audience members the night I saw it holding their breath in anxious anticipation. That’s good writing, good acting, and good direction from Toni C. Holm. At approximately two-and-a-half hours, it is a bit wearying, but worth sitting through. The one major fault is that the actors do not always project clearly, making some of the dialogue hard to hear. The theater does have hearing aids available for audience members to check out, but it would help if the actors wore microphones.
WHEN: 7:55 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:55 p.m., through July 24WHERE: Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave., NE, Olympia TICKETS: $11-$15, available at Yenney Music, 2703 Capital Mall Dr., Olympia, 360.786.9484INFORMATION: (360)786-9484, http://olympialittletheater.org/

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2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition

South Sound Arts - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 8:51am

Regional artists shine at SPSCC
Published in the Weekly Volcano, July 21, 2016
“21st Century Oxpecker” painting by Jason Sobottka, courtesy South Puget Sound Community CollegeUpon entering the 2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibitionat South Puget Sound Community College, my eyes were immediately drawn to Bernie Bleha’s sculpture, “Minaret,” acrylic on wood, a colorful tower topped by a playful spire that looks like a tinker toy construction. From there, my gaze went to Carla Louise Paine’s painting, “I Died for Beauty,” an oil portrait of a contemporary woman in a flower-strewn interior painted in a style reminiscent of Rococo portraiture yet in a clearly modern setting. Both the Bleha sculpture and Paine’s painting are Merit Award selections from juror Esther Luttikhuizen.
“I Died for Beauty,” oil on canvas by Carla Louise Paine, courtesy South Puget Sound Community CollegeSPSCC has earned a reputation for cutting-edge shows like New York artist Benjamin Enterner’s installation of monstrous blow-up vinyl sculptures and Amanda McCavour's Embroadered Spaces, and for fun local shows such as their annual postcard exhibition. Compared to those, this exhibition is staid and safe. There is very little that is challenging, but there surely is a lot of good, solid artwork on display, not a badly executed piece in the show. Paintings dominate. There is not much sculpture, ceramics or photography. I’ll mention here just a few of my favorite pieces.
Olympia artist Gail Ramsey Wharton has her weird sense of humor on display with a couple of mixed-media collages: “Modern Family” and “Department of Humor Analysis.” The former is like Picasso’s “Family of Saltimbanques” moved to a modern-day beach with a frolicking family with weird faces that don’t match bodies; the latter is purportedly a graph showing the funniest places to hit a baby with a ball. Wharton’s collages are bizarre and skillfully executed.
Next to “Modern Family” are two more beach scenes, these from Marianne Partlow’s “Boys on the Beach” series, soft and simplified bodies in glowing pastel colors.David Noah Giles, a recent transplant to Tumwater from Seattle, is showing a large abstract painting called “Times Square.” Filled with repetitive, similar but not identical shapes that dance across the surface in energetic movement, this painting is like an abstract expressionist version of Mondrian’s abstract city scene with the usual AE drips and splatters and collage elements that create a rugged surface. Had I been the judge, I would have picked this one for an award.
Next to Giles’s painting is another large abstract-expressionist painting, “Through the Rain” by Debra Van Tuinen, a local artist of long standing in the community. It is a field of bright orange and gold slashes of paint that almost cover the entire surface of the canvas like sheets of wind and rain. This is a stunning painting that captures the emotional power of a storm without resorting to imitative depiction of the subject matter.Another favorite is Jason Sobottka’s “21st Century Oxpecker.” I had to Google Oxpecker to find out it is a kind of bird. I don’t remember seeing a bird in this painting, and there’s no mention of a bird in the notes I took. What I do remember seeing is a rhinoceros all decked out and ready for interstellar war, with glitter and what the artist calls “googly-eyes.” This is a funny, inventive, and nicely painted image.
There are a lot of talented artists in Southwest Washington. This show offers ample proof of that.
South Puget Sound Community College, Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery, Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. through Aug. 25, 2011 Mottman Rd. SW. Olympia, 360.596.5527.



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Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 7:27am

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Every Friday, ThurstonTalk’s publishing team brings you the weekend event calendar showcasing fun activities and events for the whole family.  While this list is simply a highlight, find our complete event calendar here. Catch a Harlequin Productions performance of Little Shop of Horrors throughout the weekend. Try a new hike in Mason County along scenic Hood Canal.  Turn […]

Downtown Olympia Welcomes New Restaurant, Rush In Dumplings

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 6:00am

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A new quick-service, late-night eatery now occupies 205 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia, the former home of Café Love. Rush In Dumplings opened in late May and features Russian-style pelmeni. Similar to pierogies, the Russian dumplings are made with thin, unleavened dough and are filled with meats, veggies, or a combination. Rush In’s menu currently […]

A Trio of Inspiring Farms: August Farm, Constellation Farm and Furrow Horse Farm at the Olympia Farmers Market

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 6:00am

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Every time I go to the Olympia Farmers Market, I appreciate the dynamic qualities that remind me to pay attention – he bouquet of summer produce evolves, he berries shift varieties and new vendors emerge. You probably have your favorite stops at the Olympia Farmers Market, but keep your eyes open for the newer smiling […]

Thrifty Thurston Explores Olympia’s Art

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 6:00am

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Olympia has so much art work around the city that it’s often easy to just drive right past. We see it every day and don’t always think about it. I encourage you to talk a walk around Olympia and spend some time looking at the beautiful creations that decorate the city. Traffic Box Wraps There […]

Speed Gaming

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 1:34pm
Event:  Wed, 08/10/2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Love board games? Join us at the Tumwater Timberland Library on Wednesday, August 10 for an exciting new experience! We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

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