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New Full Length Climate Documentary

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:57pm

From today's inbox (courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Institute):

Starting at 9:30 am local time on Monday, November 30—and lasting for just 48 hours—is the unique opportunity to view Time to Choose, a feature-length documentary about climate change. Entertainment Weekly has praised it as "a smart, solution-oriented climate-change doc" while Variety lauded its "impeccable research" and "straight-talk structure."

The film is directed by Charles Ferguson, the same director behind the Oscar Award-winning 2010 documentary Inside Job, and can be viewed at The Huffington Post. This will make history as the first time a feature-length film has streamed at HuffPost. It will be viewable in the United States, Canada, and numerous other countries around the globe.

There is a website - at - and it offers you a chance to sign up for more info, but so far I don’t think that’s needed to see the film. If you just want to see it, it looks to me as if you can just go to the Huffington Post site Monday or Tuesday. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Movie Junkies: Horror for the Holidays at the Midnight Sun Performance Space

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:31pm

Need an escape from the holiday cheer? We will be kicking off our twice monthly Movie Junkies nights at the Midnight Sun just in time for Scary Christmas! We have picked out some of our favorite horror films to share with you.

Also in the spirit of giving, these movie nights will include a short or two to round out the evening; just like in the old logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Movie Junkies: Horror for the Holidays at the Midnight Sun Performance Space

OlyBlog Home Page - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:04pm
Event:  Tue, 12/01/2015 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Need an escape from the holiday cheer? We will be kicking off our twice monthly Movie Junkies nights at the Midnight Sun just in time for Scary Christmas! We have picked out some of our favorite horror films to share with you.

Also in the spirit of giving, these movie nights will include a short or two to round out the evening; just like in the old logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Slow but Steady Wins the Race

Sherwood Press - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 12:16pm

We’re now in high gear producing perks for our Indiegogo campaign and will start shipping several this coming week. We are nearly at $16,000 of our stretch goal of $19,000!

Our window restoration guy Dave King has taken measurements of the window, probed the wall below for rot, and is getting ready to start the process. It’s hard to believe that we can already get this important work done with the money raised so far. The campaign success also means that The Nutcracker tree can be safely and hopefully creatively removed.

Now we’re really dreaming that we can also install the french drain, repair the siding, and then paint next summer. Help us keep our campaign buoyed-up by sharing with your friends!

Visit our Indiegogo Campaign! Ends on December 14th!

Almost at $16,000! thank_you Poster Perk! Bonus Perk for all contributions $25 and over. Seaside Alphabet Notebook perk! Every contributor gets their name on a copper tag. Wood Type Monogram Notebook perk!
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Staged Reading of WRECKS at Tacoma Little Theatre

South Sound Arts - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 7:14am
For one night only, Tacoma Little Theatre will present Neil LaBute's Wrecks as a staged reading.

Wrecks is the story of a man coming to terms with the death of his wife, and the dark secret that brought them together. The revelations in his internal monologue are woven into his more general disapproving commentary on a culture too prone to public confession and emotional display. (What we, the audience, are hearing is what’s happening inside his head.) As befits a character whose story has parallels with a certain Greek myth, he speaks occasionally of the role of “the happenstance of life” and “the way the universe likes to play it.”

Tickets for the December 3 performance at 7:30 p.m. are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.

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How Anchor Bank’s Downtown Clean-up Promotes Community and Deters Crime

Thurston Talk - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:00am



By Heidi Smith

anchor bankIn the afternoon of United Way’s Day of Caring, volunteers from Anchor Bank painted the alleyway near Bratdorf & Bronson.

If you went downtown for Arts Walk this fall, you may not have noticed the entire blocks in the heart of Olympia that were cleaner than normal – sidewalks swept, trash removed, landscapes tidied. But if you did notice, thank Anchor Bank. Their volunteer crew spent the morning cleaning up in preparation for the annual event as part of Thurston County United Way’s Day of Caring. Their contribution has both short-term and long-term impact, says Krosbie Carter, Development Coordinator at United Way.

“It’s really nice to be able to drive downtown and see something that people took ownership of, even something as small as sweeping a sidewalk,” she says.  “If someone comes downtown with their kids for Arts Walk, they’ll feel safer because that sidewalk is clean and it feels safer and it feels like a community space. That means families are more now apt to come downtown.”

The Day of Caring is a national event, with the local branch focused specifically on Thurston County. “It’s the largest day of volunteerism in the county,” says Carter. “Last year there were about 650 volunteers in the streets.” Through a workplace campaign, United Way pairs local businesses with non-profit volunteer opportunities. “The non-profits can get jobs done that they don’t normally have the resources to accomplish, which is really great,” she says.

anchor bankAnchor Bank and United Way believe that efforts to beautify downtown will ultimately make it more appealing to visitors and families.

Anchor Bank has participated for years, says AVP Branch Sales Manager, Melissa Stone. Just in the past four years, they completed a large painting project, revitalizing interior and exterior wall space at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, built a retaining wall at Bread & Roses, and stuffed weekend bags down at the Thurston County Food Bank for their backpack meal program. This year, they worked with the Olympia Downtown Association to beautify downtown in anticipation of the huge crowds that Arts Walk habitually draws. In the afternoon they painted an alleyway near Bratdorf & Bronson where the city will be installing LED lighting. This year Anchor Bank also sponsored the event.

Stone grew up in Olympia, and is familiar with both arts walk and the sometimes unsavory reputation of some neighborhoods. “I know the crowds that it draws of families and young artists,” she says. “I also know that downtown Olympia can come with a stigma of being an unsafe place, especially after the sun goes down. There has historically been drug use and crime in the alleys. The alleyway project is about giving the community a sense of security. We really freshened up the walls with bright blue and green paint. With the paint and the LED lighting, people can feel safe about being downtown at night.”

Studies of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) have demonstrated that projects as simple as painting the alleyway can act as a deterrent. “When one side of an alley has a mural and one does not, people aren’t writing graffiti on the walls that are painted,” says Stone. “They take ownership of the alley and think, ‘I’m not going to mess with that.’”

anchor bankThe Anchor Bank team cleaned up blocks in downtown Olympia in preparation for Fall Arts Walk.

While financial donations to United Way are extremely important, Carter appreciates the Day of Caring as an opportunity to connect volunteers and donors, particularly businesses, with a tangible result of their efforts. “It’s really nice for us be able to say, ‘Here’s something where you can actually see what you’ve done, what giving your time has done, the impact that it makes,’” she says. “That’s what’s great about the Day of Caring. It’s not just a monetary gift. It’s really an outcome.”

Anchor Bank has a long connection with United Way, says Carter. “When we do our workplace campaign, their company has historically matched every single gift that an employee makes, dollar for dollar. It shows that they are really committed to making the biggest impact they can as a company. This year they tripled their campaign of giving and had a huge support for Day of Caring. It makes us very proud when we have businesses like Anchor Bank that get involved. They gave their time and they gave their money to invest in the community.”

Such investment is a natural result of two factors, says Stone. First, Anchor Bank was originally established in Grays Harbor County as Aberdeen Federal Savings and Loan in 1907. “It was a local bank in a very small coastal community,” she says.  “We’ve grown to eleven branches but we’ll never get away from that community-based banking feel.” Second, the bank’s leadership actively encourages their employees to be get involved. “I’ve been with Anchor Bank for ten and a half years and there’s been a constant support for that, “she explains. “They get excited with me.”

On a personal level, says Stone, “I like volunteering and giving my time and my money to United Way because many times people want to volunteer and want to donate, but they don’t know how and where. United Way is connected with so many of these non-profits so they’re a perfect resource to match the desire with the need.”

That’s exactly what Carter has in mind. “We’re trying to connect the pieces of the puzzle in our community,” she says.  “We want to keep making it easy for people to find what they need and make it easy for non-profits to give people what they need. That’s where Anchor Bank and all of the people who are giving back come in. It really makes it a united community.”

For more information about Anchor Bank, visit or call 800.562.9744.

Mining Holiday Treasures at the Olympia Farmers Market

Thurston Talk - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:00am



Budd Bay cafe logoThe holiday season whooshes in as November days evaporate into December. Time speeds up (quite the opposite of my childhood). Whether your gift list is as long as Santa’s or short as a reindeer’s nose, I love the Olympia Farmers Market for handmade treasures and food that makes my heart warm and my stomach smile. Heed the suggestion of Anne Wellings, owner of Sunrise Beach Pottery and “shop early.”

The food and crafts at the Olympia Farmers Market are like a kaleidoscope – ever shifting and never exactly the same. Sunrise Beach Pottery dishes are unique, and what you find today may not be there tomorrow. Wellings has been supplying market shoppers with her pottery since 1994. Her colorful pieces are useful as well as beautiful.

olympia farmers marketSoup is always on with Mel O’Soup!

In case you’re shopping for me (I can hope), my inclinations for a satisfying present lean towards food. But, not any food. Market products are fresh, local and made with thoughtful attention. It’s easy to be busy these days, which makes prepared food ever more attractive, but you don’t have to give up your nutritional concerns.

Consider Mel O’Soup. Engaging and talented owner Mel Bilodeau gets creative in her kitchen. Self-described Soup Goddess, Mel is rolling out a new recipe this December – Luscious Sesame Potato. She’s titrating the exact right combination of toasted sesame oil, tahini, and Yukon Gold potatoes with a touch of apple cider vinegar and hints of sage and nutmeg. Her soups can be eaten right out of their containers, but you might want to take just a moment to heat them up! If it’s too thick for your taste preferences, add liquid. Mel O’Soup’s philosophy is that “it’s all about soup for you.” We are already deep into soup season, and she has several on hand for you to take home, share, or give away. This gift will save someone the time and effort of shopping, chopping and cooking. For up to the minutes news, check out Mel O’Soup’s Facebook page.

olympia farmers marketSmiling Lynn Villella will show you Basilico’s pasta and sauces to eat the comfort of your own home.

Johnson Berry Farm’s seasonal offering is Concord grape jam with or without habaneros. It’s a kick. The peppered jam will turn your leftover turkey into fabulous sandwiches. You’ll also find chocolate raspberry jam or syrup – sweets for your sweet ones.

Lynn Villella plays music at Basilico Ristorante on the weekends, but you can meet her standing with the fresh pasta and sauces during the day. New this year to the Olympia Farmers Market, Basilico puts its taste of Italy into jars and bags for you to take home. How’s your Italian? Try Sugo di Cinghiale in Bianco (wild boar), sugo divedure (vegetable sauce), or salsa di funghi marsala (you can guess that one.) All sauces are gluten free. Read the chalkboard for the daily specials. When I was there, one choice was Chitarrine de Nero di Seppia or squid ink guitar string pasta. Yes, it was black and square. Basilico pasta maker, Primo, crafts various flavored ravioli (like beet). They are frozen for you to use later. As the ingredient list says, every sauce contains a lot of love. I appreciate getting professional help with my meals anytime, and especially during the busy holiday season.

olympia farmers market giftsInhale the lavender luxuries made by Barbara Miller.

Give the gift of relaxing your senses with a stop at Miller Lavender and chat with Barbara Miller. She takes her homegrown lavender, dries it and makes sachets, pincushions and pillow inserts. She retired from North Thurston Public Schools and has been working at the Olympia Farmers Market for 11 years. She’ll be spending January, February and March with her sewing machine in efforts build up her supplies. “I love it,” she smiles. Miller appreciates meeting so many friendly people and sharing her lavender with tourists. When her private supply of lavender is harvested, she supplements it with lavender grown in other Washington locations. You won’t be eating Miller’s lavender, but you can take it to bed and dream with it. She keeps lavender in her bed – it works for her!

Honey Bear Farm has honey as usual, and you can also choose various candles, lip balms, eggs and more. More stocking stuffers are to be had at Backacher’s Emu Ranch, which features emu oil and related products. Jim Glick can tell you all about his emus and how his products work.

olympia farmers marketKaren Rogers of Honey Bear Farm adds to the sweetness and atmosphere of your holidays.

Pieces to Peaces has soft, colorful headbands in sizes from babies to large-headed adults. Give the gift of fashion. Looking for a piece of hand blown glass or art?

Ginger Street Studio makes its year-round home at the market. Owner Joe Carruti is the artist and his wife Laura handles the business side of things. Each piece would be a glistening addition to a holiday table or tree. Yet, there’s more. Gaze at the art to appreciate it in the form of metal sculptures or fine woodworking. It’s like a trip to a museum, but everything is for sale.

olympia farmers marketJim Johnson with daughter Elise have made seasonal berry specials.

During the summer my visits to the Olympia Farmers Market are focused on the fruits and vegetables. I usually take a loop around the whole area to remind myself that there’s much more to enjoy. When you take a winter visit, you’ll still find some produce, but everything else has a chance to shine. The parking is free and easy. There’s food galore if you brought your appetite. There’s often music. And you’ll surely see someone you know. Celebrate the joys of homemade and handmade. Whether you’re looking for gifts for other or for yourself – bring a bag. You’ll be delighted with a trove of treasures.

The Olympia Farmers Market is open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in November and December.  For directions and more information, click here.

Eat Well – Be Well


Heal Your Skin Instead of Covering It Up at Rainier’s Face It Salon

Thurston Talk - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 5:39am


Every season of the year presents different challenges for your skin. The winter holiday rush often leads to stress, imperfect diet, late nights, and chilly days. But instead of covering up the inevitable dark circles, puffy spots, and redness, let Master Esthetician Barb Phillips inspire you at Rainier’s Face It Salon.

Statistics show that “the U.S. beauty industry generated a total revenue of 56.2 billion dollars in 2015.” With so many available products for treating the skin, as well as a thriving cosmetics industry, the whole process can feel overwhelming. Even the welcoming sight of a salon becomes intimidating when they showcase ‘sugaring’ and ‘microneedling.’

This is where it helps to turn to a licensed Master Esthetician. In Washington, such certification is granted only after more than 1,200 hours of training, including study of biology and chemistry, and a state-mandated licensing process. Barb Phillips graduated, earned her license, and opened Face It Salon in the spring of 2015.

Face It Salon is located “in the quaint, budding little town of Rainier,” explains Phillips. “It’s a beautiful 15 minute drive from Lacey, and well worth the drive and the price.” After spending many years in the Seattle area working as—amongst other things—a master sommelier and for such companies as Nordstrom and Clarisonic, the Olympia native decided it was time to move home.

Face It Salon offers free skin analysis with every service because Phillips finds “skin care education is the key.” Having studied the intricate science of cosmetic chemistry, “I understand how skin works and what skin needs.”

face it salonAn Olympia native, Barbara Phillips specializes in skin analysis, education, care, and optimum outcomes.

Unlike many others in her field, however, at Face It Salon services are about healing, not covering up. Phillips strives to take care of problems, not mask them. She explains, “We have so many more tools, more capabilities, than ever before. It CAN be fixed now. I truly want women to fall in love with good skin care.”

The shop specializes in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, European Facials, and designing beautiful, healthy brows through sugaring, waxing, and sculpting. There is currently an introductory special going on which includes microdermabrasion and a chemical peel for only $100. Phillips laughs that even her beauty school’s student-run salon charged more for the pair.

Clients with sensitive skin shouldn’t feel left out. Face It Salon is more than able to deal with rosacea, acne, dehydrated skin, and any other sensitivity issues.

While the combo special only takes about 90 minutes to complete, Phillips reminds customers that “it’s a process. One visit will show great results but you’ll get ten times better results from a series of visits.” She suggests a series of six treatments, once every 6-8 weeks, for “optimum outcomes.”

face it salonLocated in beautiful Rainier, Face It Salon is an easy 15 minute drive from Lacey.

Though still a small shop, it’s best to make an appointment for services. Hours are traditionally from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but “if you want beautiful skin for that special occasion” call or drop by to chat with Barb about your needs.

Face It Salon is located at 109 Binghampton Street, Suite D in Rainier. She is also accepting clients through Irish Alana Salon in Tumwater. You can reach Barb by calling 360-481-5501 or through the shop’s Facebook page. Shop gift certificates make great stocking stuffers and nothing says “bring on the holidays!” like glowing, radiant face.

“A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear” decided Marilyn Monroe. For the rest of us, there are skilled teachers and highly trained estheticians like Barb Phillips at Face It Salon.

Oly Town Artesians Kick off New Season in Everett

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:49pm


Submitted by The Oly Town Artesians

The Oly Town Artesians celebrate the holiday weekend by kicking off their 2015-2016 season with a road game on Saturday night against Sporting Everett FC. After a playoff appearance in their inaugural season in the Western Indoor Soccer League, the Artesians feature a new head coach, Matt Stalnik, and return their two top scorers and a solid backline for their second season.

Willie Spurr and Greg Wolfe combined to score 19 goals last season and are back in the starting lineup. Spurr just wrapped up his senior season at The Evergreen State College and was named first team allconference for the fourth straight season, the only Geoduck in program history to earn first team honors all four years. Wolfe, a graduate of Evergreen, was named the Artesians’ All-Around Player of the Year last season and is the only player to have appeared in every game for Oly Town.

Tom Kemennu, the Artesians Defensive Player of the Year, and Brady Espinoza return to the backline and will be joined by local indoor veteran Brett Stallworth. A graduate of Elmhurt College, Stallworth spent the last few seasons with the South Sound Shock of the Premier Arena Soccer League. Stallworth is joined by another former Shock player in his first season with Oly Town. Shelton native Jake Sanford brings experience and intelligence to the midfield.

Other returners include midfielder Kyle Wiese, post Justin La Torre, a four goal scorer last season, and Brendan Rosgen, an assistant coach who missed last season while recovering from an injury. Rosgen scored two goals in the preseason tournament on Halloween in Bellingham.

Goalkeeping duties will be handled by a pair of newcomers, 19 year old Olympia High School graduate Evan Munn and Lacey’s Melvin Blacketer.
Sporting Everett enters the game at 1-0-0 after upsetting the Tacoma Stars Reserves 6-5 in week one. Lupe Rodriguez was named WISL Player of the Week for his hat trick for Everett last Saturday night.

Follow Saturday night’s game and the entire season by visiting, follow us on Twitter (@OlyTownFC), or like us on Facebook. The Artesians kick off their home slate on December 19th against the Tacoma Stars Reserves.

Tis the Season

South Sound Arts - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 7:53am

A Holiday Theater Roundup
Published in the Weekly Volcano, Nov. 25, 2015
Liam Loughridge as Raphie in A Christmas Story at Tacoma Little Theatre. Photo by Dennis K Photography.December is upon us, and that means a smorgasbord of Christmas stories at area theaters, but not so much the tried and true holiday sentimentality that’s usually trotted out. There are some twists on the usual holiday fare this year, including a holiday whodunit and the traditional A Christmas Carolpresented as a one-man show.The holiday whodunit is The Game’s Afoot! Or Holmes for the Holidays, a comedic murder mystery at Olympia Little Theatre written by Ken Ludwig, the celebrated writer of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, directed by Kathryn Beall, 7:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27-Dec. 20,Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave., NE, Olympia, in Federal Way once again thrills audiences of all ages with a traditional British Panto, this one a repeat of their hugely popular and outlandish version of Sleeping Beauty, with rocking popular music, and screamingly wicked humor aimed at children and adults, through Dec. 20The Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal  Way, Tacoma’s exciting new fringe company Tacoma Actors Repertory Theatre is producing A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story as a one-man show using Charles Dickens’ original script and performance notes narrated by Byron Tidwell. There will be four performances only at 2 and 8 p.m., Nov. 19 and 20, Tacoma Armory, 715 South 11th St., Tacoma. Tickets are available online at Giles (as Lucy) and  Isaac McKenzie Sullivan (as Charlie Brown) in A Charlie Brown Christmas at Olympia Family Theater. Photo credit: Dinea DePhotoOlympia Family Theater is doing the ever-popular A Charlie Brown Christmas 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27- Dec. 20 (Dec. 20 matinee sold out). 612 4th Ave E., Olympia, For something completely different, The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, presents David Sedaris' irreverent holiday one-man show, The Santaland Diaries about a starving actor in New York City who reluctantly takes a job as an elf at Macy's. This one is recommended for ages 16 and older due to mature themes and language.  It runs Dec. 3, 6, 10 and 13 at 8 p.m. at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. TMP is also doing A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 19-24. 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, tradition can’t be ignored, and to prove it, Tacoma Little Theatreis proud to present the holiday show that sends everyone right back to their most prized childhood memories, A Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd's touching and hilarious tale of Ralphi’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. You know the story, it’s the one with the tongue to the lightpole and the lamp with the lady leg. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27-Dec. 20, 210 North I St., Tacoma, finally, Harlequin Productions is doing its 20th installment of their original, locally written and hugely popular Stardust Christmas series. This one, The Stardust Christmas Dazzle, is a popular music extravaganza set in Manhattan’s Stardust Club in 1959. Nov. 27-Dec. 31 State Theater, 202 E. 4th Ave.,

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Joe Batt “In the Cloud’ at Tacoma Community College

South Sound Arts - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 7:40am

Published in the Weekly Volcano, Nov. 25, 2015 Installation view of Joe Batt’s ‘In the Cloud.’ Photo by Rachel Payne.South Puget Sound Community College art professor Joe Batt has created a world of charcoal, wood and ceramic adults and children, mostly children.  Digital media have taken control of their lives — a comically surrealist world not too far removed from the world most of us live in today. I’ve seen bits and pieces of this world in exhibitions at SPSCC and Tacoma Community College and a full-scale installation at Salon Refu a year ago this month, but never have I seen his In the Cloudworld presented as such a complete environment as in his current installation at the gallery at TCC.The first thing to greet the eye upon entering the gallery is a life-size drawing in charcoal on paper of a group of young girls standing behind a rope line, hanging on, leaning to the right and looking to the left. They are strange looking girls, staring wide-eyed in fear or wonderment at something not yet seen as if waiting for the first part of a parade to arrive. Hanging from the ceiling above them is a satellite in orbit rendered in charcoal and pastel on a cut-out wood shape. The satellite casts a double shadow on the empty white wall to the left in front of which stands a strange little ceramic child wearing large futuristic goggles.Behind this entry the gallery opens up to a profusion of similar drawings and sculptures of children and young adults captured by their electronic media, many talking on smart phones or holding tablets in hand, many wearing these goggles or visors (somewhat like the one Jordi on Star Trek wore, only larger). The ceramic children stand or sit on sculpture stands. Two of them are on a tall ladder reaching out toward the satellite just above them, and there are more cut-out paper drawings on the wall. The space is filled with them. It’s almost claustrophobic. It’s a futuristic environment the viewers do not so much look at as immerse themselves into. It is frightening and comical, and perhaps all too true to the world we live in.Iinstallation view of Joe Batt’s ‘In the Cloud.’ Photo by Rachel Payne.The drawn and sculpted human figures have an almost primitive, “outsider” quality. Charcoal and pastel are the perfect graphic media for the sketchy drawing on the overhanging satellites, which have the surface quality of paint on weathered boards but with a sweet glow that comes from the natural wood color shining through.  On one wall there is a set of three digital collages that are different in technique and appearance than everything else in the installation, even though the same strange children and satellites can be seen. The description, “digital collage” on the wall labels is insufficient to explain. They seem to be photographs of Batt’s drawings and sculptures along with photographs of live models, digitally collaged together in transparent layers. Everything is in soft focus, and the overall coloring is gray. There is a dreamy quality to these pieces. Despite their striking differences from the rest of the show, they fit quite well because of the tonality and imagery..It is a breathtaking installation. I get the feeling that with this show Batt has taken this theme as far as it can go and will now have to look toward finding a new direction for his art. I look forward to seeing what he does next.
Joe Batt In the Cloud, noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Dec. 11, Tacoma Community College Building 5A, entrance off South 12th Street between Pearl and Mildred, Tacoma, visitor parking in Lot G.
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9 Christmas U-Cut Tree Farms – A Family Tradition around Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:00am



sunset airEvery year, my family goes Christmas tree hunting with my husband’s parents. And every year, my mother-in-law breaks into “Oh Tanenbaum” as we pick the perfect tree, she and my father-in-law then shout “timber” as the tree comes down, and they follow it up with the same joke they recite every year. “We went to school with a Tim Burr. Get it? Tim-Burr.” And we all can’t help but giggle.

At some point, singing at the tree farm may embarrass my sons, but for now it’s adorable, and more importantly, it’s tradition.

If you are just starting your tradition, or want to shake things up and try something new this year, ThurtstonTalk has the list to get you started on the hunt for the perfect tree—one that will put you in the holiday mood, and may even make you sing.

Before you pile into the rig, make sure you have boots, gloves, and hats. Half the fun of U-cut Christmas trees is the authenticity of hand-picking your tree from the grove. But that means mud, cold, and tree sap. Be prepared. You may also want to bring a handsaw and twine; however most farms have a supply available to use. Also keep in mind, most farms are family-run and accept cash or personal check only.

Ames Christmas Tree Farm u-cut christmas treeHoliday hats are a great idea, as in this snapshot from Ames Christmas Tree Farm.

Row after row of beautiful trees line the property at Ames Christmas Tree Farm. Is your favorite tree the Noble, with its bluish hue and spacious branches? Or is it a Douglas fir, bushy, fragrant, and full? Whatever your preference, Ames pleases. They offer beautiful wreaths as well. Ames’ Facebook page has a recent post about their staff assisting with the cut if needed, and an open invitation to call for special requests, such as military on leave, or needing a tree for your business or office.

Opening date: November 28

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to dusk

Prices: All trees $25; wreaths $20.

Location: 4115 Baker Ames Road NE, Olympia, 360.357.3155

Black Lake Trees U-Cut u-cut christmas treeEvery kid likes finding a tree that’s just their size.

Black Lake Trees U-Cut has been selling lush lovely Christmas trees — Dougs, Grands, Norways and Nobles — from their South Olympia farm for 25 years. With more than 20 acres to browse, it’s really a nice treat to get outside and enjoy the splendor of nature while picking your perfect tree. They provide saws and carts, and will help you net and load. They even have easy-to-use tree stands available for purchase.

Opening date: Open daily through December 24.

Hours: Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to dusk, Monday through Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to dusk.

Prices: Prices start at $25 for Douglas firs. $10 for Charlie Browns (not-quite-perfect). Credit cards are a payment option here.

Location: Delphi Road at 62nd Avenue SW, Olympia, 360.866.4125

Cetak Family Christmas Tree Farm olympia christmas treeKristi (left), Charlie, and Jolene Cetak stand in front of one of their favorite trees on the farm.

Cetak Family Christmas Tree Farm is nestled in the tight-knit Steamboat Island community. Charlie Cetak spends his summer aboard a salmon fishing boat. In the off season, he decided to start a tree farm. Read a complete story about the family-run operation here. In addition, Cetak offers wholesale prices to independent vendors and fundraising groups like Boy Scouts.

Opening date: Thanksgiving – December 20.

Hours: Fridays through Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to dusk.

Prices: Their tagline reads, “The family owned farm where no tree costs more than $40.”

Location: 6648 41st Ave NW, Olympia, 360. 791.8749

Beaver Creek Christmas Tree Farm christmas tree farmMany Thurston County tree farms have gifts on hand, including Beaver Creek Christmas Tree Farm in Maytown, where you can purchase a cute log candle holder, among other homemade items. Photo Credit: Beaver Creek Christmas Tree Farm.

Beaver Creek Christmas Tree Farm, located in Maytown, is a great spot for those that like to Christmas shop as well as get their perfect tree. Handmade items like custom crafted wreaths, log candle holders, walking sticks, and more are available for purchase. Rumor has it hot chocolate and other seasonal goodies are also available, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for an announcement about mini photography sessions at the farm.

Opening Date: November 27 through December 20

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – dusk

Prices: Trees range from 5 to 15 feet and are all priced at $30.

Location: 1647 Beaver Creek Dr SW in Olympia, 360.753.4088

Sprouffske Trees sprouffske tree farmIt’s a delight to locate the perfect tree at family-owned Sprouffske Trees in Rainier.

Sprouffske Trees planted their first seedling back in 1965. In addition to three types of Christmas trees, this family-run farm also sells fresh wreaths and swags. At the farm, you’ll find hot cocoa, hot tea and coffee, candy canes, saws, and free baling. Read a full story about Sprouffske Trees here.

Opening date: November 28, the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Prices: Noble and Grand firs are $35, while Douglas firs cost $25.You can use credit cards here.

Location: 14020 Finian Road SE, Rainier, 360.446.2212

Jensen’s U-Cut christmas tree farmEven when one kid doesn’t smile, and one falls into a tree, wonderful memories are made when cutting your own Christmas tree. Photo credit: Diane McCoy.

Jensen’s U-Cut is located at the Riverbend Ranch in Tenino and is family owned and operated. Jensen’s website describes the different tree species in depth, giving newbie tree-hunters a head’s up on what kind of tree suits their fancy.

Opening date: November 28

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: 3624 Skookumchuck Road SW, Tenino, 360.489.8550

Christmas Valley Tree Farm u-cut christmas tree farmGet lost in the rows of beautifully maintained trees at Christmas Valley Tree Farm in Rochester. Photo credit: Christmas Valley Tree Farm.

Christmas Valley Tree Farm offers ten varieties of trees, ranging in height from three to fifteen feet Don Tapio, proprietor, is a knowledgeable horticulturalist. “We pride ourselves on the fact we have a good selection,” Tapio told ThurstonTalk in a feature article. “Every year we open new fields in which not a single tree has been cut.”

Opening date: November 21 through Christmas eve.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Prices: 30th anniversary special of a 6-foot fragrant Grand Fir priced at $18.54 plus tax.

Location: 11540 183rd Avenue SW, Rochester, 360.273.6196

Rent a Tree

christmas treeWhether you want to enjoy the beauty of a live tree in your home or prevent cutting down a tree that will just end up in the compost pile, consider renting a tree from Stream Team.  The live tree can adorn all of your favorite ornaments and then be replanted in a restoration project.

Purchase a live potted tree from Puget Sound Plants for the holiday season at a discounted price. Tree orders will be taken beginning December 7 and must be picked up by Tuesday, December 22. After the holidays, drop the tree off at a designated location by January 4.

Trees will be kept in a nursery and cared for until they are planted by Stream Team volunteers later this winter or in the spring. Replanting trees next to streams provides shade that keeps streams cool for salmon and other species of fish and wildlife. You can also help plant the trees.

To order, call 866-816-5080 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning on December 7. Indicate that you are purchasing the tree through the Stream Team Holiday Tree Program.

Cost: $30 for a 4 – 5 foot Douglas Fir

Other Notable U-Cuts hunter farmSplendid views of Mount Rainier greet visitors at Hunter Family Farm. Photo credit: Marty Weisbrod

Make it a real adventure and head out to the Olympic National Forest. For this option, you do need to bring your own saw and twine and obtain a $5 permit ahead of time. (Fourth grade students can receive a free permit.)

Other notable u-cut options include Clyde ‘n Dale’s Holiday Trees and Gifts (where a pair of horses pull a trolley, and there’s live music and an on-site BBQ truck), Hunter Family Farm (visit real, live reindeer!) and Schilter Family Farm (this farm hosts a lighted Nativity in their 140-year-old barn.)

Neighborhood Notes: Christmas Tree Lightings Across Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:00am



van dorm sponsorThe lighting of a Christmas tree bring so many warm memories into my mind. It is the official start of the holiday season. The magical glow of twinkling lights can put even the biggest Scrooge into the spirit.

The first lighting of the season takes place in the downtown center of Olympia. Downtown for the Holidays is an all-day event with the Tree Lighting Ceremony taking center stage at 4:30 p.m., in Sylvester Park. On November 29, attendees of this occasion can take free horse-drawn wagon rides, snap photos with Santa, view the Holiday Parade down Capitol Way, and listen to music from local musicians.

donwtown olympia holidaysDowntown for the Holidays includes free horse drawn carriage rides and entertainment prior to the annual tree lighting at Sylvester Park.

If one tree lighting is not enough, check out Christmas Forest at the Red Lion Hotel to see multiple trees illuminate at once. Beginning December 2, trees will be on display from different organizations across our community. During the weekend viewing times, local entertainment will be on hand throughout the day for the public to enjoy. This annual event is organized by the Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation and raises money to support health care and necessary medical equipment for patients.

The annual “Lighting of the Christmas Tree” takes place at Huntamer Park, in Lacey, on December 3 at 6:00 p.m. Woodland Square will be the center of this jolly ceremony where residents will find caroling, hot cocoa, coffee, and a special appearance by the one and only man in red…Santa Claus! Along with the tree illumination, the animated Santa display will also brighten the park for the duration of the holiday season.

christmas tree lightingThe Red Lion hotel hosts the Christmas Forrest where an abundance of trees will illuminate a ballroom for the holidays to support the Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation.

Our community has a large group of soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). The annual illumination of the JBLM Holiday Tree takes place on December 3 in the Jensen Gym at 4:30 p.m. with a reception following. During the reception, families can enjoy meeting Santa Claus, face painting, crafts, games, hot cocoa, and cookies. The 56th Army Band will also be on hand to help swing into the holiday season.

The Holiday Kids’ Tree Project will light up the Capitol Rotunda on December 4 at 6:00 p.m. The Association of Washington Businesses sponsors this lighting every year coordinating thousands of gifts to needy families in our community and cash donations for rural fire districts across the state. This year’s tree will be adorned with 5,000 LED lights and characters representing local heroes. Governor Jay Inslee will preside over this year’s lighting with the help of two fire fighters who fought this summer’s wildfires in Okanagan County.

The Yelm Chamber of Commerce suggests a 10 minute journey for their residents to the Roy tree lighting ceremony on December 4. The evenings’ events begin at 5:00 p.m. with an open house at the Roy Community Center and Library which includes a visit from Santa and refreshments for community members. At 7:00 p.m., the gathering moves outside into the Roy City Hall parking lot to listen to the sounds of Christmas Carols as the tree is lit.

christmas tree lightingThe annual Holiday Kids Tree Project provides gifts and donations for families in need.

The final tree lighting event in Thurston County is the 13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Tumwater. On Saturday, December 12, community members will gather at Tumwater City Hall & Headquarters Fire Station to revel in a day filled with holiday cheer. Games, crafts and performances begin at 2:00 p.m. and continue to the grand finale of the tree lighting that evening.

Twinkling lights and the anticipation of the holidays will fill the air at this year’s tree lighting events. So bundle up and head out to one of these community festivities with the whole family.

Olympia Thanksgiving Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:00am


olympia furnitureThurstonTalk is as consistent as the postal service.  Every Friday morning – rain or shine, holiday or regular work day – we publish our list of weekend events happening in Thurston County.  And, if you feel like this list still isn’t enough, you can quickly browse over to our full event calendar and see even more activities, events, and things to do around Olympia this weekend.

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Now, back to packing up leftovers, discarding the turkey carcasses, and checking the gift list… cheers!

Submit an event for our calendar here.

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Geothermal heating on the Capitol Campus

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 9:47pm

The new State building going up on Capitol Way at the north end of the Capitol Campus is going to have a geothermally assisted heating and cooling system...

From today's inbox:

 ...the construction team will drill additional holes deep into the earth – to a depth of 300 feet – to install a GeoWell and vertical loop system. This system uses solar energy stored beneath the earth’s surface to help heat a building in the fall, winter and spring, and to draw warm air out of it in the summer by injecting the heat into the wells.

Constructing the system involves drilling 30 6-inch diameter “wells” 300 feet into the ground, with a one-inch diameter tube connected to each well. The tubes transfer the heat to and from the building, depending on the season.

More information ... is available on the project website, which says that the system is expected to save roughly $21,000 a year in energy costs.

Since there are 1,000 structural supports shown in red and only 30 geothermal wells shown in blue, they're pretty hard to see!

(The quote sounds as if there's going to be a solar system on the building, but other stuff on the site talks about the solar energy striking the earth's surface, so maybe not... I don't think that the heat at 300 feet down comes from solar energy, though...) logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

#ShopSmall in Olympia on Small Business Saturday

Thurston Talk - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 2:00pm


Providence logo (2015)Shopping season is here. Although I try to be mindful of the real spirit of the holidays, my list remains and there is shopping to be done. And, if I’m honest, I love it. I love to give to others and the holiday season gives me the perfect excuse to do so with wild abandon.

Popinjay's storefront window is all set for the holidays and for the downtown Twinklefest competition.Popinjay’s storefront window is all set for the holidays and for the downtown Twinklefest competition.

I admit, there will be online shopping. There will be purchases at big box stores. There will be free two-day shipping. However, there will also be deliberate shopping at small businesses throughout Thurston County. Because, I believe if I want my town, my home, to become a better version of itself, the real answer lies with me.

I will trade my red cup for Batdorf blue. I will bundle up and beat the streets. I will not need a membership and there will be no need for shipping.

Show your local pride with cool Oly gear found at Archibald Sisters.  Show your local pride with cool Oly gear found at Archibald Sisters.

The kick off to the shopping season is typically Black Friday. With many retailers opting out, or joining the #OptOutside movement started by REI, focus shifts to shopping small. Following Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. Started by American Express in 2010, the day’s hashtag #ShopSmall encourages people to purposefully spend their dollars at local merchants, supporting their local economy, making their hometowns a better place. In 2014, support for the movement generated an estimated $14.3 billion dollars at independent businesses on Small Business Saturday.

In its fifth year, the shop small movement has more support than ever and in Thurston County, we have a multitude of options.

Grab a friend, and your wallet, and set out this Saturday to #ShopSmall, because each person who strolls the streets and spends their dollars says, “I care about where I live and I’m doing something to make it better.”

Elegant barware mingles with decor and fine wine at Blackbird Mercatile.Elegant barware mingles with decor and fine wine at Blackbird Mercatile.

Your spending not only keeps shops open with stocked shelves, but allows owners to re-invest in improved storefronts and community events, building us all up in the process.

Inspired? I hope so. For gift list inspiration, hit up these fantastic local merchants throughout our area. And don’t forget to eat small, too, and grab lunch from one of our tasty local eateries.

Downtown Olympia – It’s the heart of our town, and our state, and houses the highest concentration of unique, independent stores around. Plus, it’s my favorite place to shop.

  • compass roseThe ladies at Compass Rose know the store inside and out and can direct you to to the perfect gift for whomever is on your list (and whatever your budget).

    Compass Rose – This newly re-designed space is sleek, sophisticated, and a little bit irreverent. Find the perfect piece of handcrafted jewelry, unique cookbooks, quality handbags and scarves, or some of their fantastic housewares. Don’t miss their gorgeous barware, too.

  • Popinjay – Looking for a special keepsake ornament, unique holiday card or perfect décor? This is the place.
  • Archibald Sisters – If you don’t shop here annually you are missing out. From the zany to the zen, there is a little bit of everything. Stop here to find gear sharing a love of Oly along with gag gifts, stocking stuffers and a massive custom lotions and potions section.
  • Drees – Ruthann Goularte thoughtfully selects items for her gift shop.  Suitable for everyone your gift giving list, Drees has been a tradition in downtown Olympia for over 85 years.
  • captain littleIt’s never boring at Captain Little! Let the knowledgeable staff guide you to the perfect pick.

    Captain Little – Shopping in this store makes you want to be a kid. The carefully curated toys, books, crafts and clothes will create joy for anyone on your list. There are even awesome options for adults (including the best selection of Klean Kanteens I’ve ever seen).

  • Blackbird Mercantile – Snugly at home in the old Red Door space, Blackbird carries on the tradition of affordable decor and home goods while adding sleek, sophisticated barware and wines. It’s an entertainer’s mecca.
  • Radiance Herbs and Massage – If you think Radiance is all about natural remedies and herbal tinctures, you are mistaken. While the shop can help with most natural health needs, they also carry fantastic hats, gloves, and scarve, an extensive baby section, and terrific yoga supplies. If you haven’t been in a while (or ever) stop in. You’ll be surprised at the variety and quality inside.
  • radiance olympiaA rainbow of natural candles are available at Radiance Herbs and Massage.

    LOLA Lifestyle Boutique – For the trend setters on your list you can’t go wrong at LOLA. Their high-end styles and swanky interior might make you feel like you are shopping in “the big city” instead of our sweet, little town.

  • Browsers Books – While I love my Kindle as much as the next person, I also love the feel and smell of a real book. Browsers has been around for 80 years, but new owner Andrea Griffith has breathed new life into the shop. Grab nearly perfect used books for a song and trust Griffith’s advice for the perfect book for the readers on your list.
  • Olympia Supply Company – Dip down below Capitol Way and hit up Olympia Supply for the handyman or gardener on your list. I challenge you to come out of this true neighborhood hardware store empty handed.

Westside Bestside – The Westside isn’t just for the mall. Dig a little deeper and find a few small business gems on this side of town.

  • spruce bon lemonBon Lemon owner Amy Evans takes a cue from Oprah with her “Favorite Things” shelf. She explains, “The little luxuries are what life’s all about.”

    Bon Lemon – Shop proprietress Amy Evans is ready for you. She’s stocked her charming accessories boutique with affordable, unique finds perfect for just about anyone on your list. And they wrap. And sometimes drink champagne. And let you make a wish list. It’s my husband’s favorite store (for me, of course). The shop is featuring great sales, too. Check their Facebook page for details.

  • Industrie Clothiers – Just next door you’ll find a mecca of designer clothes offered at a discount. Locals seeking fashion forward wares need to look no further. And they have men’s clothes too.
  • Bark and Garden – This mainstay in the local home and garden scene offers a ton of options for nature and garden lovers on your list. From the perfect work gloves to gorgeous pots and yard art, it’s my go-to for my mom who wants to spend all her time in the garden.
Handmade goods, mixed with commercial wares, can be found at The Gift Gallery.Handmade goods, mixed with commercial wares, can be found at The Gift Gallery.


  • Thompson’s Furniture – If you haven’t ventured into this Capitol Way favorite (near Trosper Rd.) you are missing out on terrific holiday décor, beautiful housewares, jewelry and accessories, and yes, furniture.
  • The Gift Gallery – Tucked into a strip mall near Capitol and Trosper, The Gift Gallery is a browsing delight full of handmade goods from local artisans. Think of it as a holiday bazaar with regular, year-round hours.


Real Estate Planning and Development Top Port’s 2016 Community Investments

Thurston Talk - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:54am


Submitted by The Port of Olympia 

Investments in Port-owned real estate in Tumwater and Olympia are among the major projects in the 2016 budget approved by the Commission on Nov. 23rd. Also included in the budget are funds for the construction of a fuel dock at Swantown Marina.

The master planning process for the Port’s Tumwater properties began in early 2015 and is expected to be completed in first quarter 2016. At that time, the Port will have the information necessary to guide future growth of New Market Industrial Campus and Tumwater Town Center. These areas comprise over 500 acres and may be developed for commercial, industrial or other uses.

Key partners on this project include City of Tumwater and contractors Shea Carr Jewel (SCJ) Alliance and Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC). SCJ has studied the land’s physical and environmental characteristics related to development and TRPC has been leading a public process to learn community preferences for the area.

The repurposing of Tumwater Town Center aligns with the work citizens did at the public meetings for the master planning process. Work will begin in 2016 to bring these buildings up to date and create an attractive campus for businesses, customers and employees.

The master planning process for the remaining Port Peninsula properties begins in 2016. This will include primarily undeveloped real estate in the East Bay, Swantown and NorthPoint districts. It will also include a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Port Peninsula.

The proposed fuel dock at Swantown Marina is currently in the environmental review and permitting processes which could be concluded in spring 2016. Once all permits have been granted, staff will ask the Commission for permission to bid construction of the project. This is the decision point for the Commission.

Commission President George Barner said that the budget itself is a plan and is not the final say on the larger projects.

“For example,” said Barner, the budget includes funds to construct the fuel dock. But the Commission must first approve the Port’s going out for a construction bid. That is the point where the Commission decides whether or not to go forward with the project.”

The Commission approved the Port’s 2016 tax levy which increased to include new construction. To the average Thurston County property owner, this will result in an annual increase in Port tax of 52 cents.

Tumwater’s 13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Thurston Talk - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:33am


Submitted by Tumwater Parks and Recreation

Looking for free holiday fun for the whole family?  Join Tumwater Parks & Recreation for the 13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Saturday, December 12, from 2:00 – 5:00pm at the Tumwater Fire Station and City Hall.

Enjoy community and school choir performances, decorate cookies and create ornaments, enter raffles to win prizes, and watch the ceremonial tree lighting.  After the tree has been lit, don’t miss the special visit from Santa Claus who will arrive on an antique fire truck to share some holiday cheer (and maybe a candy cane or two)!

Event Schedule and Choir Line-up:Tumwater tree lighting kids choir

2:00pm           Old Town Center Senior Choir, Directed by Anne Barroll

2:30pm           Michael T Simmons Elementary Choir, Directed by Gabrielle Taheri

3:00pm           Tumwater Hill Elementary 5th graders and the 5th/6th grade Marimba Bands, Directed by Heather Stoker

3:30pm           Sweet Adelines, Directed by Lori Tibbetts

4:00pm           Littlerock Elementary Choir, Directed by Tricia Smith

4:30pm           Peter G Schmidt Elementary Choir, Directed by Marie Williams

5:00pm           Tree Lighting

For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation: (360) 754-4160. More details available online:

Olympia Mayor Participates in Climate Summit for Local Leaders in Paris

Thurston Talk - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:26am


Submitted by The City of Olympia

Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum has been invited to serve as a delegate to the Climate Summit for Local Leaders Dec. 4 in Paris, France. The Summit is being held in connection with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21).

As noted in the invitation letter from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo: “The Climate Summit for Local Leaders will ensure that the efforts and solutions delivered by global cities and local governments are making a difference for the outcome of COP21.

On Nov. 4, Buxbaum declared Olympia’s commitment to goals of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience to climate change—and track their progress transparently.

“The Compact of Mayors reinforces our city’s commitment to its people, its businesses and the environment,” Buxbaum said. “Through the Compact, we strengthen our pledge to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, create ambitious climate targets, track progress and enhance Olympia’s climate resilience. With consistent, public reporting of our city’s climate data, we will show how our actions can effect real change.”

Thurston County REALTORS® Association Supports School Levies

Thurston Talk - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:44am


Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS® Association 

The Thurston County REALTORS® Association recently announced support for the replacement operations and maintenance levies for the North Thurston School District, the Yelm Community Schools District, the Tumwater School District and the Olympia School District.

These levies provide a pathway to better schools and in turn lead to better neighborhoods and higher property values.  Schools are the heart of communities and few public policy decisions are more fundamental to the health and well-being of our communities than those governing structure and funding for basic education.

Diane Pust, President of Thurston County REALTORS® Association noted that, “as the voice for real estate in Thurston County, we believe that strong schools make strong neighborhoods, and strong neighborhoods strengthen property values.”  She added, “REALTORS® understand the importance of supplementing state funding for basic classroom needs, but as homeowners and taxpayers, we are also concerned about the ‘return on investment’.  I and other residents in Thurston County can be proud of the exemplary record of fiscal management and accountability by our local school districts.”

The Thurston County REALTORS® Association of nearly 600 REALTOR® members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers primarily in the Thurston County area and are always working to protect property rights and our quality of life locally and in Washington State.

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