August: Osage County

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 8:00pm

Harlequin Productions Explores Family Dynamics With

August: Osage County

Directed by Aaron Lamb



Beginning August 24, Harlequin Productions presents August: Osage County at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. This family drama is a 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner written by Tracy Letts. The production runs from August 24 – September 16, and tickets are available at or 360-786-0151.


Set in a huge farmhouse on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma, August: Osage County is darkly comic as it shares the revelations of the embattled Weston family. They are all intelligent and sensitive but have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the esteemed poet patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another as they negotiate the hilariously cynical and drug fueled force field generated by the devious matriarch, Violet.


American opera singer Ellen McLainheads up the cast as the pill popping Violet. Ellen is best known for her roles as GLaDOS in the video game series Portal as well as the feature film Pacific Rim. The remaining cast includes an array of regional and local actors: Angela DiMarco, Doug Fahl, Ann Flannigan, J. Forbes, Dana Goodknight, Jenny Vaughn Hall, Jason Haws, Russ Holm, Bill Johns, John Lowrie, Mackenzie Platt, and Brian Pucheu.


     WHO:               Harlequin Productions

     WHAT:             August: Osage County

Eclipse 101

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
On August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse. At the library on August 15, Jerry Eber and Day Jackson, amateur astronomers and eclipse enthusiasts will discuss how to view the eclipse safely and demonstrate how to make pinhole viewers.


American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join the Tumwater Timberland Library for a talk that explores how American Muslim identities have shaped and been shaped by American culture, history, and politics. A story covering four centuries, international relations professor Turan Kayaoglu's talk uncovers how American Muslims have been integral to the American experience. This event is co-sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.

We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


Eric Ode, Music & Puppets

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Puppet Benjamin D. Dog wants to build a new dog house in this music-filled, high-participation concert from children's author and award-winning songwriter Eric Ode. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


Volunteer Work Party @ Native Plant Salvage

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

Volunteer “Spring Cleaning” at The NPSF Nursery

Saturday, July 8th
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Native Plant Salvage invites community members to join us for some “Spring Cleaning” at our nursery/holding beds this Saturday, July 8th! Volunteers will help us organize pots, label plants, and return beauty and order to the plant nursery. All ages and abilities welcome at this family-friendly event.

Details and directions will be sent following registration. Please email to join us for a morning of cool sunshine, friends, and beautiful native plants!

McLane Creek Nature Trail Stewardship Party

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Volunteer with the Native Plant Salvage and Stream Team at the lovely McLane Creek Trails!

This laid-back afternoon work party will run from 3 - 6 p.m. Volunteer will work to deter invasive plants, and help keep the walkways beautiful and accessible for all to enjoy. BONUS: volunteers & community members have the opportunity to stay for a guided Native Plant Walk directly following the volunteer day! (6 – 7 p.m.)


OR just show up! Questions can be sent to

Support for Alternatives to Psychiatry

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting on here and I'm fairly new to Olympia. I moved here two years ago after living in San Francisco and Portland over the past 8 years.

In Portland I was involved in a group called Rethinking Psychiatry which provided education, community and resources for people seeking alternatives to psychiatry.

I also was the community organizer for the Mental Health Association of Portland and facilitated hearing Voices groups which were forums for people to discuss and depathologize the experience of hearing voices, regardless of diagnosis.

In Olympia I had started some community discussions, film screenings and gatherings around these topics last year when I had first moved here. There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest but some of the co-organizers moved away. I put the project on hold for awhile. 

You can read the blog I wrote about bringing this conversation to Olympia here. It includes a bit more of my story, which you can read more of on my website as well (the one linked).

We screened a few films including one called Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting Of The Minds, which is a documentary. The conversation afterward was passionate and there was clearly interest and need for more.

These discussions, by the way, did and do not exclude or stigmatize people who choose to take psychiatric drugs for any reason. They are more about informed consent and options, as well as how to create access for those options for more people.

they also exist to validate the very real harm and suffering that many experience from psychiatric drugs and withdrawal.

I've been thinking about creating some classes, events and workshops to share more of the work I've done nationwide and worldwide with the Olympia community.

Game On at the Library

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Creature Teachers: Reptile Show

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Creature Teachers brings an assortment of exotic animals to educate people on the wonders of nature and spark a passion for wildlife. This children and families event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

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