People's Climate March - Olympia


I went to the People's Climate March at Heritage Park today. It wasn't as impressive as New York's, where there were several hundred thousand people in the streets, but it was fun. The Arkestra led the way, playing as they went, some people supplied good signs, and we marched and danced in a little circuit around one corner of the park. There might have been a hundred people there.

I wasn't surprised by the small crowd, since the only publicity I saw for this event came in an email the afternoon before; I think it was sort of tucked into the all day annual International Day of Peace celebration at the last minute. (Some people say that a mass movement like the one for civil rights or women's suffrage is the only way we'll get serious reductions in CO2 emissions; if that's right, we have a ways to go in Olympia.) Maybe the next time it will be thoroughly publicized in advance, and we'll see how many people come then.  

Sherri Goulet took these photos; that's me with the rhino sign...



Beau coup Bluegrass goodness this Saturday

It starts at 6pm September 20 at the State Capital Museum's Coach House where the Oly Mountain Boys will play their new album White Horse with readings of the literary contributions and a short presentation on the Washington history backdrop of the album. It's a special event for a unique album - don't miss it! ($7 or with purchase of White Horse)

Then you can head on down to Rhythm & Rye where at 9pm the twang continues with Patchy Sanders, The Pine Hearts and The Blackberry Bushes.

Native Plant Salvage's Annual Water-Wise Plant Sale

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Water-wise Plant Sale: Sunday, September 28th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interested in enriching your home landscape with affordable, beautiful, and native or drought-tolerant plants?

Join the Native Plant Salvage Foundation for the Fall Water-wise Plant Sale on Sunday, September 28th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hundreds of hard-to-find native and drought-tolerant shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers will be featured. The event takes place rain or shine at the WSU Extension office at 5033 Harrison Ave NW, (former McLane Fire Station). Call
360-867-2167 or for more details and directions.

Orca Books reading by four authors from Bold Strokes Books, an independent publisher of LGBTQ fiction and genre fiction

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:00pm

Orca Books will host a joint reading by four authors from Bold Strokes Books, an independent publisher of LGBTQ fiction and genre fiction. Dena Hankins, Jeffrey Ricker, David Holly, and Eric Andrews-Katz are in the Northwest participating in the Gay Romance Northwest Meetup in Seattle, and have been kind enough to plan a detour to Olympia.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

 Dena Hankins  
David Holly

Important Olympia Film Society membership meeting this Sunday (Sept 21) - your vote counts!

Are you an Olympia Film Society member, or concerned OFS patron and community member?

It is a pivotal time at OFS and we can use your help! The Board of Directors is proposing bylaws changes, and input from our members is important to us. Two major changes being proposed are:

- taking away the current membership privilege to vote on changes to bylaws.
- and removing the article voted in by our members in 2012 that states: "The Staff operates as a collective using consensus decision-making."

If it is important to you that one of Olympia's most visible and active non-profit arts organizations remains membership-driven and collectively-operated, and feel that these changes are counter to the ideas and culture OFS has been nurturing for the last 30-plus years, here are some major ways you can help:

Volunteer at the Family Support Center!

If you are concerned about homelessness and working together to strengthening families, this volunteer opportunity could be great for you!

The Family Support Center envisions a community where all families are valued and nurtured and have the resources to be strong, healthy, and self-sufficent.  

We are the largest emergency shelter in Thurston County, and moved to a brand new, renovated building on July 1. Pear Blossom Place offers 30+ beds for homeless families with children, and is now open 24hrs a day, 365 days of the year. It is staffed by 100% volunteers from 5pm-7am every night of the year.

We have opportunities for greeters (5:30-7:30pm), **REALLY NEED overnight hosts! (7pm-7am), daytime weekend shifts (9am-1pm, or 1pm-5pm)...we're also looking for volunteers who wish to facilitate an activity once per week! Do you like to do arts/crafts with kids? Help lead gardening activities? Organize a family game night? Want to just come help kiddos with their homework afterschool? We want to hear from you!

*We welcome college and high school students in need of internship credits, community service hours, or experience in the human service field! Also, children can volunteer alongside their parents; this is a family friendly place!

All volunteers are given; a 3-hr training prior to volunteering and at least one training shift, access to supportive and knowledgeable staff, 24-hr on call support while on shift.

Interested? Have questions? We would love to hear from you!

Contact Katherine, AmeriCorps VISTA at or call 360-628-7343 ext 1

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Talking Food with New Market Culinary Arts

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
At the Tumwater Timberland Library: Join New Market Skills Center culinary arts students for a discussion of the Timberland Reads Together titles "Closer to the Ground" by Dylan Tomine and "Eating on the Wild Side" by Jo Robinson. The students will share recipes related to the books and discuss seasonal foods. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, Timberland Regional Library's one book-one community reading initiative for 2014.

Delicious Dining for Diabetics

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Frustrated planning meals for yourself or a family member with diabetes? Join Diabetes Educator Sharon Furrer from the Boldt Diabetes and Nutrition Center for an interactive evening at the Tumwater Timberland Library. Discuss easy ways to plan meals and learn tasty recipes. Make diabetic meals delicious and simple to prepare! You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, Timberland Regional Library's one book-one community reading initiative for 2014.

Harvest to Home - Canning and Food Preservation

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
At the Tumwater Timberland Library: Are you new to canning or need a refresher course? Join Denise Brownlee, educator from Washington State Extension for a workshop in home food preservation. Topics discussed include how to select and care for jars, pickling and fermenting, jams and jellies, how and when to use a pressure canner, freezing and drying foods and factors affecting processing times. Denise will be available to test pressure gauges after the main presentation. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, Timberland Regional Library's one book-one community reading initiative for 2014.

Clybourne Park

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Clybourne Park is an outrageous modern comedy that fearlessly, and hilariously, tackles some of the most challenging social issues of our time. Act One takes place in an all-white neighborhood in 1959 Chicago, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house 50 years later as a white family attempts to move into the now predominately African-American neighborhood, which is struggling to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play offers fascinating and original insights into issues surrounding race, political correctness, and what truly makes a community. Bruce Norris’ incredible script brilliantly balances humor and heartbreak to deliver a powerful and enlightening experience. “Vital, sharp-witted, and ferociously smart.” ~The New York Times

 WHO:             Harlequin Productions

WHAT:            Clybourne Park

WHEN:            October 2nd –25th; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees as 2:00pm

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