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Hilburn Preserve Stewardship Party

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:40pm
Event:  Sat, 10/08/2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM to 12 PM we will be removing invasives from important riparian habitat along the Goldsborough Creek at Hilburn Preserve. This creek provides valuable habitat for fish species like coho and fall chum salmon, winter steelhead, and both resident and anadromous cutthroat trout, and anadromous Pacific lamprey! Come out and make a difference!

Make sure to bring a water bottle! Tools are provided. Work parties are held rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately in layers. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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Olympia: Festival of Beauty - Free Film Screening

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:38pm
Event:  Sat, 10/08/2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

LOCATION: Capitol Theater, 2016 5th Ave., Olympia

Olympia TImberland Library presents a free screening of the German propaganda film "Olympia - Festival of Beauty," about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. UW Tacoma Film Studies professor Claudia Gorbman, will introduce the film and provide expert commentary. Gorbman will also be available after the film for a short Q&A. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

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"Boys in the Boat" Event with Olympia Area Rowing

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:36pm
Event:  Wed, 10/05/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

 Mark Williams of Olympia Area Rowing (OAR) will discuss the sport, OAR, and how a lot of the lessons from the book - "The Boys in the Boat" - are parallel to what they do today. OAR promotes competitive and recreational rowing for adults and youth in the local community, fostering sportsmanship, teamwork, athleticism and camaraderie.

LOCATION: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE

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The Boys in the Boat Author to Speak at Washington Center

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:35pm
Event:  Tue, 10/04/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm  LOCATION: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Olympia Timberland Library presents Seattle's own Daniel James Brown, author of New York Times Best-seller, "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics," as he talks about his book, his writing process, research he conducted, along with reading excerpts from the book and fielding audience questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. All Timberland Library programs are free and open to the logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

My Wandering Mind

South Sound Arts - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:59am

A visit to American LakeMy mind wanders across landscapes of memory, imagination and speculation. It happens most often when I’m driving and alone in the car, or when I’m taking a long, relaxing soak in a tub. At other times my mind stays relatively focused on the here and now. Well, sometimes.
This morning while driving to the VA hospital at American Lake for routine lab work I rehearsed in my mind what I am going to say at my book event at Orca Books in Olympia (Saturday, Oct. 15, 3-4 p.m.). I’ve decide that rather than reading complete scenes as I sometimes do — after all, isn’t that what authors do at readings? — or inviting actors to read scenes adapted as if for the stage, which I more commonly do, I will simply talk about my new novel, and perhaps read a few not complete scenes but sentences or paragraphs that illustrate what I have to say about the book.
So from 6:30 to 7 this morning while driving on I-5 in smoothly flowing traffic despite it being rush hour, I imagined myself standing in front of a small crowd in Orcas holding a copy of my book with the photo of twin boys on the cover and saying, “This is my book. I wrote it. It is the story of Kevin Lumpkin told in the first person from beyond the grave by Kevin, looking back over a long life at events in his youth in Tupelo, Mississippi.” Kevin remembers girls he had crushes on. He remembers football games and swimming in the local pool and in “Blue Hole” where the boys skinny dipped until the girls invaded, and Lake St. John in Louisiana near the birthplace of Jerry Lee Lewis. And he remembers the riots at the nearby University of Mississippi in Oxford when James Meredith became the first Black man to become a student at the previously segregated college.
My wandering mind settled down when I got to the hospital. Walking in, I suddenly realized that I couldn’t remember where the lab was, but then I remembered that I had to check in downstairs, and when I did, the man at the desk said, “Left off the elevator. Second floor.” Oh yes, I remembered.In previous visits the waiting room at the lab had always been full, and there was a long wait. But I had never before been there that early in the morning. There was only one other patient, and I got in almost immediately.
The woman who drew my blood was a middle aged Black woman with a broad smile. The doctors, nurses and administrators at the VA are always friendly and helpful. She told me she was from Atlanta, and I told her I was from Mississippi. She said her husband was from there, and we talked about the South while she drew three vials of blood.
After that I had to go pee in a cup and drop it back at the counter, and then I was done. Easy peasy. Back to the elevator. A tall, skinny man with a heavy gray mustache got in and said, “I think I’ve lost my mind. If you see it running around, grab it for me.”
I said all right, I would. I could relate. The elevator stopped at his floor and as he was getting off he said, “My appointment is not until next month.” I guess that was why he said he had lost his mind. I hope he hadn’t had a long drive to get there, and I wondered why, if his appointment is not until next month, he wasn’t leaving.
Walking back out to the parking lot I met an attractive Asian woman with deep dimples who flashed me a big smile and said, “Good morning” as she passed by. Following her lead, I said good morning to the next person who passed by, a man about my age with long hair wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap. He looked like David Crosby. He reached to shake my hand, called me “Bro,” and said, “I’m pissed. Look at that. They’re all employees,” pointing to a row of parked cars. “I’m going to take a picture and send it to Patty Murray.” I got his point. The first row of parking is reserved for employees. Patients, who are generally older and less easily able to walk the greater distance, have to park farther away from where they’re going.
I wonder if Patty Murray will respond to his letter if he actually writes it.

Back in the car heading back to Olympia, I thought about Marcel Duchamp. Thoughts of Duchamp led to remembering my graduate thesis, which led to thought about the use of the N word. And then I thought about how my mind tends to wander across landscapes of memory, imagination and speculation when I’m driving, and then I thought about how I’d like to write about some of these wandering thoughts and maybe post them on this blog — about how I might make it into a kind of semi-regular column.
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Play Games, Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Association at Game Night to Remember

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:05am


Submitted by Catherine Pearce for Alzheimer’s Association After losing her dad, Nick, to Alzheimer’s in 2014, Catherine Pearce decided to do everything she could to end this devastating disease. Once Catherine began to set a plan in motion, it was incredible just how many people came forward who had also been affected by Alzheimer’s in […]

Over 700 Volunteers Signed up for United Way’s Day(s) of Caring

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 6:42am


Submitted by United Way of Thurston County On September 30 and October 1 over 700 volunteers will join together for United Way of Thurston County’s 2016 Day(s) of Caring. Working on over 41 projects for 27 nonprofit agencies, volunteers will be working a variety of projects involving shovels, paintbrushes, gloves, and lots and lots of […]

Cinemark Rewards Connections Loyalty Program Members with Free Popcorn

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:33pm


Submitted by Cinemark Holdings, Inc. Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, announced plans to reward current and new members of their loyalty program, Cinemark Connections, with a free medium popcorn in all theaters across the United States on Friday, September 30. The offer is a free benefit and requires […]

Quality Coffee Meets Small Town Charm at Hoodsport Coffee Company

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:00am


Nestled between Hood Canal and Highway 101 along Hoodsport’s quaint main drag, Hoodsport Coffee Company serves up tasty coffee, scoops of local ice cream, and a sense of community. “Our motto is community through coffee. We want to have the best possible coffee and create a homey, comfortable atmosphere, where people enjoy coming and they […]

Capital Girls Soccer Looks for Success in New League

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:00am


Capital High School girls soccer coach Adrianna Montes was forced to do some shuffling to her backline last year, resulting in midfielder Chloe Lamenzo heading to the defense. It was the first time Lamenzo played the position since her youth soccer days. “Honestly, I didn’t volunteer,” Lamenzo, now a senior, said with a laugh. “They […]

VJ’s Bargain Barn Offers Great Deals for Home Owners on a Budget

Thurston Talk - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:00am


When Brian Delay was a teen, he routinely saw brand new building materials get thrown away. “My dad worked in the mobile home industry and I remember him taking full bunks of doors and windows and watching them go into the dumpster,” he says. “I’d say to my dad, ‘Do you just throw them away?’ […]

Local Chemistry Collaboration Wins Grant for Undergraduate Research

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:59pm


Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College Recent work between South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and community partners has won the college’s Natural and Applied Sciences division Collaborative Opportunities Grant. The grant, awarded by the American Chemical Society, will support the ongoing development of undergraduate research opportunities for SPSCC students. This collaborative program enables SPSCC […]

Get Buffed for the 2016 Show N’ Shine at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:59am


Nothing turns heads more than a classic car cruising down the street. Whether its design is sleek and aerodynamic, finned and topless, or low and growling, their appeal is almost universal. Car and Driver reports there are approximately five million collector cars on America’s roads; “Car collecting as a pastime won’t fade away…but the hobby […]

Triple Golds in Denver for Westport Winery

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:52am


Submitted by Westport Winery Garden Resort Westport Winery earned three gold medals in the 12th Annual Denver International Wine Competition. This is the largest double blind, professionally judged wine competition in the Rocky Mountain region. Only the gold medal winning wines will be served on Thursday November 3, 2016 at the Denver International Wine Festival. Shorebird Chardonnay […]

Kirsandra and Katiana Welsheimer Bring Home Silver at Baton Twirling World Championship

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:00am


Olympia twins Kirsandra and Katiana Welsheimer turn 16 on October 2. It’s a monumental birthday for anyone. But odds are their Sweet Sixteen party will only be the second biggest celebration this year for the twins. Kirsandra and Katiana became the first United States baton twirlers since 2002 to claim a silver medal in the […]

Dr. Ari Gilmore’s Tips on Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:00am


When the Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill that guaranteed sick leave to employees at companies with more than four employees, Dr. Ari Gilmore was thrilled. “As doctors, we have a problem with people’s great work ethic, especially if they’re actively coughing,” he says. “Traditionally, people didn’t really have the option to stay […]

Bob Barclift Resigns after 23 Years on Tumwater School Board of Directors

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 3:15pm


Submitted by The Tumwater School District At the September 22, 2016 School Board Meeting, Robert (Bob) Barclift, Tumwater School District’s Board Vice President, the third longest-serving School Director in the history of Tumwater and the longest member in direct service to the district, announced that he will be resigning his position from Position 4, Tumwater School […]

Port Commission Approves Marine Fueling Station at Swantown Marina

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:27pm


Submitted by Port of Olympia The Port Commission approved the construction of a Marine Fueling Station at Swantown Marina at its September 12 Commission meeting.  Anderson Environmental Contracting, LLC was awarded the construction contract with a bid of $2,102,539. Since 1999, there has been no option for marine fueling services in the downtown Olympia area. […]

Neighborhood Notes: The Food Nook – Olympia’s Tiniest Grocery Store Hides Out in Downtown

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:00am


Tucked amid the concrete buildings of downtown Olympia is a pleasant green oasis. Across the street from the downtown Olympia branch of the Timberland Regional Library, at the corner of Adams and 9th Street, you will enter an area, amid the concrete of the city, filled with fruit trees, vegetable gardens, picnic tables, flowers, and […]

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