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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 11:00am

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

BANDS:
Motion (Tour Homecoming!)
Vessels (Tour Homecoming!)
Believer
Bréag Naofa
A God or an Other
Toarn
Countless The Dead
For the Likes of You
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Mi Amore Cadenza
The Lion in Winter
Thistopia
Redeem the Exile
The Further
A Friend
Brightside
Sorrow’s Edge
Heathen Washington
Gunslinger

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 2PM!

We are accepting band submissions for consideration. Please contact Joey Cristina joey@ourcityshows.com

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00am

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

BANDS:
Motion (Tour Homecoming!)
Vessels (Tour Homecoming!)
Believer
Bréag Naofa
A God or an Other
Toarn
Countless The Dead
For the Likes of You
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Mi Amore Cadenza
The Lion in Winter
Thistopia
Redeem the Exile
The Further
A Friend
Brightside
Sorrow’s Edge
Heathen Washington
Gunslinger

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 2PM!

We are accepting band submissions for consideration. Please contact Joey Cristina joey@ourcityshows.com

www.olyfreakdown.com

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olyfreakdownfest

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Volunteer Meeting!

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:00pm

Hey high school and college kids! Why not give yourself a break from studying for your many classes by volunteering at Northern? All work and no play, etc.
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Chung Antique // Golden Drugs (Oakland) // Clayface // Derek M Johnson

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:00pm

Saturday, September 13th, doors at 8pm

Chung Antique
www.chungantique.bandcamp.com

Golden Drugs (Oakland//members of Twin Steps)
www.goldendrugs.bandcamo.com

Clayface
www.clayface1.bandcamp.com

Derek M Johnson
www.soundcloud.com/derekmjohnson

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My Edible Seattle stories + it’s time for IFBC again !

The Plum Palate - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 3:17pm
Over Labor Day weekend we went camping with friends and the highlight had to be the second waterfall we hiked in to see. The water rushed down just beyond a curving hunk of rock that jutted up from the pool. As we waded and found good skipping rocks and squinted down at a tiny toad, […]
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Orca Books author event: Eve Rickert and Franklin Veaux present "More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory"

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:57pm
Event:  Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Vancouver, BC author Eve Rickert (an Evergreen graduate) and Franklin Veaux of Portland, Oregon, will be at Orca Books on September 13th at 3pm to present their new book, More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory . They will answer reader questions on the book and on polyamory in general.

"More Than Two" is a comprehensive guide to the polyamorous lifestyle. Challenging the notion of what society considers a healthy and successful relationship, Rickert and Veaux offer up personal stories from their own lives as well as of those in the wider poly world, emphasizing that this lifestyle choice isn't for the noncommittal. Polyamory is all about the relationships and the individuals participating.

Charting a Relationship Bill of Rights, the authors underscore the importance of engaging in ethical polyamory and guide readers through the thorny issues of jealousy and insecurity with the aim of encouraging readers to work consistently and conscientiously on both their relationships and themselves.

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ThurstonTalk Seeks Part-Time Bookkeeper

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:52pm

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ThurstonTalk.com is expanding.  We’re looking for a part-time bookkeeper to join our team.  We’re looking for a talented individual who has previous experience managing the financial records for a growing business.  Manage your own hours and complete tasks at times that work for your schedule.

Responsibilities:

  • Handle all accounts payable for ThurstonTalk.com plus our sister companies in Bellingham, Tacoma, and Grays Harbor.
  • Prepare payroll for a handful of salaried employees.
  • Audit independent contractor invoices and make payments on a monthly basis.
  • Review expense reports and prepare reimbursements.
  • Record all payments in Quickbooks.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years previous experience managing books for a business.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a schedule
  • Proven ability to deliver work on time
  • Previous experience tracking multiple companies in an organized fashion
  • Previous experience working with the online version of Quickbooks
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Management or equivalent degree

Position is estimated at 15 hours per month in a remote setting with the majority of the hours centered around the beginning of the month.  Bookkeeper will be asked to stop by ThurstonTalk’s office weekly to exchange documents.

This is a great position for someone that wants to be a part of a quick growing company and perhaps grow their responsibilities in the future.

To apply, please send a resume to submit@thurstontalk.com by Friday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Studio Tech’s Corner: Paintjob Part 1

K Records - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:10am
After 3 years of labor, things are pretty much working in the studio, so I’m starting to have time to build new equipment. Surprisingly what’s hard about building gear has nothing to do with electronics, and everything to do with stuffing all that shit in a box. Getting the knobs facing the right way. Fucking […]
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Marita Dingus at UPS

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:33am





Marita Dingus is one of Seattle's most unique and well-known artists, renowned for works made from scrap materials such as bent wire and often depicting and commenting on the African American experience. For years she made art about the institution of slavery including a monumental, room-size figure of a slave and a wall hanging of the galley of a slave ship. Local art lovers should recall her work at Museum of Glass and Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle, and a previous show at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound.

The show is called "They Still Hold Us," which refers to "the persistence of invisible forces that contain and restrict" people of color from prospering. Dingus says the fences and shackles in this exhibition refer to such things as prisons and biased law enforcement, which disproportionately affect people of color.

It is a dark, ominous, and yet wondrous exhibition.

Along the front wall is a group of wall hangings with titles such as "Fence" and "Fence With Flowers," made of wire and cloth and a variety of discarded materials in repetitive forms with "fences" made of black cloth and things stuck to the fences, such as flowers and leaves in greens and earth tones and in some cases dark red leaves. You might think of leaves and flowers as light and joyful, but these are dark and heavy, wind-blown and jammed uncomfortably into the fences. The metaphor is not obvious, but once realized causes the heart to skip a beat.

On the end wall next to these is a group of three heavy black draped cloths with red teardrops or drops of blood called "As If It Had Rained Blood." And in front of this piece is an installation of groups of chain links or cufflinks of connected cloth and wire that hang from the ceiling, extending the imprisonment metaphor. It is called "Shackles." Aesthetically these two groups work together as a single installation.
On the back wall are more fence pieces and a group of skeletons. Instead of leaves and flowers, black hands are stuck to these fences. One of the skeletons is made of delicately twisted-together white wire that is barely visible against the white wall. One of the more emphatic pieces is a black rag doll with an exterior skeleton of white wire.

Also included are two almost traditional quilts made of old cloth with pieces in an open weave pattern. There is an ancient look to these as if rotted away over time - perhaps remnants of quilts found in a slave shack from the mid-19th century. The open weave also resonates with the fences.

The Marita Dingus show is being held in conjunction with the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference to be held Sept. 25-27. In the back gallery there is an exhibition of blown and engraved glass by Sarah Gilbert.
Skeleton Fence by Marita Dingus
"THEY STILL HOLD US," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sept. 27, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, 253.879.3701

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Murray Morgan Bridge Mural Dedication

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:18am
What: “The Hands that Built Tacoma” Mural Dedication
Where: below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock St. and S. 11th Street
When: Saturday, September 20, 3 – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free!In celebration of Tacoma’s working waterfront, Nick Goettling’s “The Hands that Built Tacoma” will be dedicated during a public Maritime Fest event on Sept. 20, from 3 – 3:30 p.m., below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock and 11th streets.
“We are pleased to add this powerful mural that pays tribute to Tacoma’s rich history to the City’s art collection,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.  “It’s bold and bright, tells a great story, and gives visual interest to both motorists and pedestrians.”
The mural was commissioned by the City of Tacoma as part of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation.  Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007 due to safety concerns, and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $12,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway.Goettling is a Gig Harbor artist who received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative painting and drawing.  His work has been exhibited nationally, and more information on him is available at nickalas.com.
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Centennial Train Station Volunteers Go Above and Beyond

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:42am

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By Tali Haller

olympia vision clinicSince its opening in May 1993, the Centennial Train Station, servicing Olympia and the greater Thurston County area, has operated entirely through the efforts of volunteers. And these volunteers are far from ordinary – they are some of the most dedicated, caring, happy individuals I have ever met.

As a writer from a popular travel website put it, “No one travelling by Amtrak arrives in Olympia to a closed station.” Even in the dead of the night, a devoted volunteer or two will often rise from his slumbers to open the station for a late train.

lacey train station

Volunteers Karen Keller, Wally Fisher, and Audrey Skaugseth (left to right) are proud to offer some of the best train station service this country has to offer.

What’s more, these volunteers know they’re special. “We believe that this station provides some of the best service, if not the best service, in the U.S.” said Wally Fisher, one of the nine original volunteers who is still servicing the station over 21 years later. Talk about low turnover.

“I’m actually having more fun today than when I first started,” he said with a grin, his volunteering efforts still going strong. Wally confessed that he’s never really been a “train buff.” Instead, he got involved because he wanted to help the community after he retired in 1987 from the U.S. Postal Service. In his words, he needed “something to do other than watch the boob tube,” a U.S. slang word for the television.

There are 42 total shifts in a week – three shifts per day (two four-hour morning shifts and one five-hour evening shift, which occasionally extends into the night), seven days a week, with two volunteers working each shift. “In the ideal world, everyone would only work one shift,” said Audrey Skaugseth, another long-time volunteer and volunteer coordinator. But due to a shortage of volunteers, some people, like Walter, who comes in every Wednesday for two four-hour shifts (8:00 am to 4:00 pm), take on double or even triple shifts.

With just under 30 volunteers (and a few in processing), the Centennial Train Station is in desperate need of more volunteers. Luckily, the volunteer work they have to offer is quite enticing. For one, volunteers have almost complete freedom in picking a shift and day of the week. However, once committed to a time slot, the responsibility needs to be upheld, emphasized Audrey.

“This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for college students – especially the ones who love trains,” mentioned volunteer Karen Keller. “They can bring their laptops or books and study in periods of low-activity, usually in the one to two hour gaps between train arrivals.” Karen also stressed the variety of things volunteers can learn. “One can improve their public relations and speaking skills, and learn about public and intermodal transportation,” she said.

lacey train station

The construction of the Centennial Train Station was funded mainly by selling bricks which companies and individuals could have their names engraved on.

Plus, you get to meet interesting people coming and going from all over the place. “One man who came in recently was traveling from Vancouver B.C. all the way down to South America on his bike to meet his wife. However, he had to hop aboard at the Centennial Station for a quick train ride to stay on schedule,” said Audrey.

Unfortunately, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, rendering most high school students unable to take advantage of this awesome volunteer opportunity.

As far as responsibilities go, volunteers are expected to help people as best they can with their travel plans, offer advice, and maintain control over the station. They are not Amtrak employees so they can’t sell tickets (there is a Quik-Trak Ticket Machine available on site daily for that) or quote the ever-changing prices.

Not surprisingly, the idea of a volunteer-run station was first viewed with skepticism. However, the volunteers love for what they do and their community has kept the station running better than imagined. In some cases, the station may even provide better service than stations with paid employees. What’s more, Lacey’s Centennial Station may be starting a trend. Since its opening, two other volunteer-run train stations have sprung up around the U.S. and a myriad of other cities seem to be considering the idea, using the Centennial Station as a model.

lacey train station

The Centennial Train Station has been run entirely on volunteer service since its opening 21 years ago in May, 1993.

To read more about the Centennial Train Station’s history see Lacey’s Centennial Station: A Train Lover’s Dream Come True.

A final story that truly brings home the dedication and compassion of the station’s volunteers was told by Karen: A while ago, one volunteer got a call from a train conductor, “Call an ambulance! We believe a passenger is having a heart attack,” the conductor exclaimed. The volunteer quickly dialed 9-1-1 and the passenger was taken off and quickly driven to Providence St. Peter’s Hospital. However, in all of the excitement, his scooter had been left at the train station. The volunteer made it his job to get the scooter over to the hospital so that when the patient recovered he would have all his belongings.

“We’re very proud of what we do here,” the three volunteers I met with said repeatedly. Clearly, they are. It’s evident not only in their glowing faces, comfortable camaraderie, and appreciative voices, but in their actions and long-time dedication. To keep this wonderful service alive, they need help from the community. If interested in volunteering, contact Audrey via phone at (360) 459-0364.

 

Shelby Payne: Capital High School Alumnus Tells Your Story Through Photographs

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:33am

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By Kelli Samson

putnam lieb logoI want you to humor me here. Measure your life by total weddings attended. There are the weddings of your family members, friends, co-workers, co-worker’s kids. It can all add up for a person, and that’s saying nothing of the mental tally of what you’ve likely spent on gifts. Truthfully, though, what is the sum of your wedding attendance over the years?

What if we stopped counting when you turned 21? How many by then?

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Photographer Shelby Payne wants her photography to make a difference in the world.

Check this out: by the time the 2015 wedding season unofficially comes to a close next month, Olympia-raised Shelby Payne will have attended and photographed nearly 25 weddings during the past year alone. In the few years she’s been a professional photographer, she has booked and shot a total of 47 nuptials.

That’s a lot of kiss-the-brides. That’s a lot of cake.

Interestingly enough, Payne has never attended a wedding simply as a guest. The camera has been her plus-one every time.

I met Payne for this interview – which really turned into a wonderful conversation on the creative process – on a sunny morning at Olympia’s Bread Peddler. All that wedding cake hasn’t ruined her sweet tooth. She showed up boho-chic and looking like actress Liv Tyler, circa 1995.

I first had the pleasure of getting to know Payne when she was a freshman in my English class at Capital High School (CHS) years ago. She was bubbly and curious. As her tenure at CHS went by, I would spot her in the halls with a fancy camera on her hip (a gift from her parents) and see increasingly more of her classmates’ senior portraits produced by her.

During her sophomore year of high school, Payne participated in Project 365. “I took pictures every day and tried to find one that captured best what my day encompassed,” explains Payne.

This project sparked the creation of her blog, and the other students began to know her as “the girl who takes pictures,” says Payne.

She job-shadowed local photographer Dorothy Huynh, whom she now counts as her greatest mentor, and Shelby Payne Photography was born.

olympia wedding photographer

Shelby Payne tagged-along on author Kelli Samson’s family Christmas tree hunt last winter.

Payne has had no formal training, but has a magical eye when it comes to photography. “There’s something rewarding about teaching yourself,” she says.

Her true talent can arguably be found in her ability to tell a story. Whether it’s the story of your family, your baby, your engagement, your wedding day, or who you are when you find yourself on the cusp of adulthood, she artistically captures that essence and returns it to you in photographs.

“My goal is to capture who my clients are, not just to take a photo,” explains Payne. “But I’m making art for myself, too, so I want to be excited about what I’m shooting. I like to put my flair on it.”

Her mega-watt smile and warmth of spirit can put anyone at ease. “It’s crucial for me to get to know my clients before our shoot,” says Payne, “but most of my clients are friends or friends-of-friends, which makes it easier. I’ve worked hard to maintain relationships with people, and that is what I feel gets me business.”

This wedding season, Payne has been grateful to have an assistant, up-and-coming photographer Logan Smith. “It’s hard to find someone who not only sees your vision, but also shares it. He is very refined and gets the details. He’s also great because he challenges me to take pictures for fun.”

Adds Payne, “It’s nice to be creative with someone else because it allows my creative juices to keep flowing and it keeps my work fresh.”

One would think with 47 weddings booked over just a few seasons, she could just do this photography gig full-time, but Payne has other pursuits.

olympia wedding photographer

Payne at work, photographing classmate Haley Peters’ wedding this summer.

While she loves photography, this full-time Western Washington University (WWU) junior also has a passion for social justice. She is studying sociology with an emphasis on social justice and pre-law at WWU, and it is her ultimate hope that her photography in the future will serve as a catalyst for bringing about change.

Payne would like to bring attention to social issues, both at home and abroad. “My hope is that my photography can reach people and show them what I’m passionate about and what I’d like to see change,” she says.

Owning her own photography business has afforded Payne the flexible work schedule she needs to be a successful full-time student, while still providing her with an income that sustains her during the lean college years.

“There are so many things I want to do in the world. I want my degree to be broad and versatile so I can help people,” she adds. “I would love to do the media for a non-profit abroad.”

Payne is available to capture your family from Olympia to Bellingham, as she splits her time in both places. She is gearing up for the holiday photo season. You can view her extensive portfolio and pricing on her webpage, but be warned: it will be next to impossible to resist hiring her.

Facebook Page: shelbypaynephoto

Website: shelbypaynephotography.squarespace.net

 

Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:26am

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When I walked the dogs this morning, I felt the autumn morning air. Last night, I needed a flashlight as we circled our evening route. The weather forecast appears to continue to be sunny but the temperature swings and waning daylight show that we’re shifting closer to Fall.  Whether you are on the football field, soccer pitch, or simply enjoying a meal with a friend, use ThurstonTalk.com to help your crowd stay busy.

Submit an event for our calendar here.

ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at submit@thurstontalk.com.  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.

 

Northern Lights Might Light

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:25pm

From a post on Accuweather.com:

Stargazers could be in for a rare display Friday night as an Earth-directed solar flare ignites the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, in the United States. As a result of the flare's direction and strength, the dazzling light display could reach as far south as Maryland in the East and down to Kansas farther west.

[They may also be visible tonight, less brilliantly.]

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Greening Capitol Way

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:06pm
Event:  Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

 

My favorite idea about one thing to do to make downtown more beautiful (next to tearing down the tower on the isthmus, actually). Maybe a little like this...

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Oh, Rose++Camp Wisdom++Sister Palace++Golden Hour

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:00pm

Thursday, September 11, doors at 8pm

OH, ROSE … Olympia acoustic indie
*http://ohrose.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/ohrosemusic

CAMP WISDOM … Olympia power folk’n'roll
*https://campwisdom.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/campwisdomband

SISTER PALACE … Portland garage rock
*http://sistersatthepalace.tumblr.com/
*https://sisterpalace.bandcamp.com/

GOLDEN HOUR … Portland devotional pop
*https://goldenhourband.bandcamp.com/

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Award-winning Sovereign Cellars to Host Tastings on Sep 20 and 27

Griffin Neighborhood - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:23pm

Sovereign Cellars is located at 7408 Manzanita, just off Steamboat Island Rd. NW. Click here for a map.

For more information about Sovereign Cellars and their Double-Gold award-winning wines, click here to see our prior post on this blog.

 
 

Murdock Trust Approves $250,000 Grant for New Industrial Lab Building at Saint Martin’s University

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:09pm

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 Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

St Martins Cebula Hall

Saint Martin’s University Cebula Hall

Saint Martin’s University is $250,000 closer to breaking ground for its newest academic building — an industrial laboratory — thanks to a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust out of Vancouver, Washington.

The award from the Murdock Trust is a capping grant, which means the University must raise the remaining $200,000 to achieve its $2.7 million goal before receiving the grant funds. This remaining amount will be raised through private gifts from alumni and friends of the University.

“We are so pleased with the generous support from the Murdock Trust,” says Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “This is their second grant to our Engineering Initiative, which first gave us Cebula Hall, and now the industrial lab.”

The University plans to break ground this fall on a 14,000-square-foot industrial laboratory building that will house the facilities necessary for civil and mechanical engineering students to conduct hands-on experiments with fluids, manufacturing, robotics and mechatronics, soils and materials testing. The building also will include a technology classroom, regular classrooms and faculty offices.

“Our Trustees are pleased to see the growth in the engineering and STEM programs at Saint Martin’s. It is our pleasure to support your project,” says Moses Lee, Ph.D., program director, Research & Science, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Since launching the Engineering Initiative in 2010, the University has seen a 35-percent increase in mechanical, civil and engineering management enrollment.

“We are grateful to the Murdock Trust for their continued support of our engineering program,” says Zella Kahn-Jetter, Ph.D., P.E., dean of the Saint Martin’s Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. “This grant will provide much needed space for our growing enrollment and a new space for our new and current faculty to conduct their research.”

The Murdock Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. In addition to having a special interest in education and scientific research, the Trust partners with a wide variety of organizations that serve the arts, public affairs, health and medicine, human services, leadership development and persons with disabilities.

 

SPSCC Orchestra Program Grows, Adds For-Credit Class

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:04pm

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Submitted by The South Puget Sound Community College

The South Puget Sound Community College Orchestra is now available to both students and community members. Previously offered solely through the Community Education program, the SPSCC Orchestra is a new a multi-generational orchestra made up of community musicians and credit-bearing students enrolled in the college.

Led by Music Professor Charles “Chip” Schooler, a 30-year veteran of teaching music at Timberline and Olympia high schools, the Music Program at South Puget Sound Community College now offers for-credit and community education classes culminating in a performance orchestra. Schooler is excited for the evolution of the orchestra.

“This kind of community music making, beyond high school, is my dream,” Schooler said of the opportunity to re-envision the orchestra. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for music making in the greater Olympia community.”

Several options exist for classes for both students and community musicians. Students can now take such offerings as String Ensemble I (MUSC 125), Wind Ensemble I (MUSC 140), and Orchestra I (MUSC 160). Community musicians may explore classes that reach a wider range of talents, including Adult Entry-Level Orchestra (F391) and SPSCC Orchestra (F258).

“We now have the opportunity to help give all these wonderful musicians a place to play,” Schooler said of the expanded offerings.

For more information about enrolling in for-credit courses, contact Enrollment Services at (360) 596-5241, via email at enrollment@spscc.edu, or in person on the Olympia campus at the Center for Student Success. For more information about enrolling in community education courses, contact Program Manager Stephen Rousseau at (360) 596-5744, via email at srousseau@spscc.edu, or at Hawks Prairie Center. Any general questions regarding the SPSCC Orchestra can be directed to Schooler via email at cschooler@spscc.edu, or by phone at (360) 596-5244.

Pet Day at the Lacey Community Market

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:29pm

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Submitted by The City of Lacey
pet day featuredThe Lacey Community Market invites families to enjoy the sunshine and bring their best furry friend to Huntamer Park this Saturday, September 13 for Pet Day. Free activities and entertainment await pets and their owners and will feature plenty of watering bowls, pools, and a misting station to ensure everyone stays cool while strolling through the outdoor marketplace. More than 60 vendor booths of flowers, produce, food, bakery treats, hand-crafted gifts, and re-purposed treasures will be on hand.
In addition to unique shopping, families will enjoy plenty of pet-centric activities including St. Bernard cart rides, duck herding demos, face-painting, and canine rally courses. All ages will be entertained with presentations on the main stage by professional groomer Kayla Swearingen who will demonstrate doggie hairdo makeovers at 11:00 a.m., followed by introductions to the newest four-legged recruits to the Thurston County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit at noon. Starting at 1:00 p.m., proud pet owners are invited onstage to enter their “furkids” in contest categories ranging from ‘Cutest Pet’ to ‘Best Trick.’ Participation ribbons, award baskets, and raffle prize tickets will be distributed throughout the day at all activities.
Animal Services will also be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to offer pet licensing and a low-cost micro-chipping clinic in partnership with the veterinarians from the JBLM 218th Medical Detachment.
The Lacey Community Market has plenty of free parking and is conveniently located just four blocks from the freeway on Woodland Square Loop at College Street, behind the Lacey Fred Meyer. Market times are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More information can be found on the city’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/market.

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