Volunteer Planting & Habitat Revegetation Workshop

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Replant a Wetland/Riparian Buffer
On Saturday, November 12th volunteers will enjoy a day of restoring a wetland buffer and riparian forest in this South Thurston Capitol Land Trust property, supported by staff from WSU Extension/Native Plant Salvage Foundation and Thurston County Water Resources/ Stream Team.  This is a great opportunity to learn about native plants best suited to different conditions while restoring the ecological function of this wetland and adjacent forest complex. 

Volunteers are also invited to assist on November 9th & 10th to prepare for the event.

Register by emailing info@nativeplantsalvage.org or at www.streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar. Directions and further information will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to the event.

Replant a Reconnected Wetland, Learn About Beavers

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

On Sunday, October 30 WSU Ext./Native Plant Salvage Foundation will be joining forces with Thurston County Water Resources/Stream Team for a day of planting and learning on a beautiful Capitol Land Trust property. At 10:30 a.m., Thurston Co. environmental educator Chris Maun will provide an overview of beaver habitat and behavior at this South Thurston County site, which is home to beavers and many more animals! We’ll spend the rest of the time learning about the plants that will help return this area to natural function while replanting the wetland.  Carpools will be organized from Olympia’s west side, or meet at the site. Volunteers are also invited to assist on October 27th & 28th to prepare for the event. Please let us know if you are interested in one either of those prep dates.

Ask questions or RSVP by emailing info@nativeplantsalvage.org. Directions will be sent upon registration.

Don't forget to check out our website for more great fall and winter opportunities!

Explore a Bog and Help Restore a Forest

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Curious about what bog habitat looks like? Want to help restore forest habitat? Join WSU Extension/Native Plant Salvage for a bog workshop and planting event in South Thurston County on Sunday, October 23, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will have the chance to explore a special bog habitiat on property owned by the Capitol Land Trust (CLT) and learn about the unique plants visible in fall. Volunteers will be replanting a forest understory on where CLT has recently removed invasive ivy.

Directions and more info upon registration by contacting info@nativeplantsalvage.org or calling (360) 867-2167.  

More great upcoming events can be found at: http://www.nativeplantsalvage.org/calendar/

TIKEN JAH FAKOLY Epic Reggae Concert

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 7:30pm - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 12:00am

TikenJahFakoly.Olympia.Rhythm Rye ConcertTiken Jah Fakoly created a fresh new African reggae style by recording in Jamaica and then adding West African instruments. The Mali-based political exile from Ivory Coast uses the same technique on this new set of reggae covers, on which he is joined by a remarkable cast. It starts with Is It Because Im Black?, a hit in Jamaica for Ken Boothe in 1973, which now begins with gentle African kora, ngoni and balafon as Fakoly duets with an on-form Boothe, before Jamaicas legendary rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare kick in. There are also appearances by U Roy and Max Romeo on an inventive set that includes such re-worked 70s classics as One Step Forward, along with a Buju Banton song and a French-language tribute to Fakolys compatriot Alpha Blondy.

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Kirtan Concert with Gina Sala at Unity of Olympia on December 11

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 6:30pm

Please join us for a soulful and enlivening evening of sacred songs and chants with Gina Sala. In sacred names, deep chants and good grooves, the mind rests in the heart like the bee in the flower! A life-long chanter, global vocalist, composer, and teacher, Gina Sala, offers “the silky essence of Indian vocal traditions with a tenderness that draws the listener deep into the heart" -Yoga Journal.

Sunday December 11, 2016 at 6:30pm at Unity Church of Olympia, 1335 Fern St SW, 98502.

Advance Tickets are $15. Tickets are $20 on the day of the event. 

Click Here for more information and secure online purchase of advance tickets.

Or Contact Ronny Temple for more details.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Olympia Genealogical Society members will help workshop participants gain the skills they need to begin their family history research. Participants should check in at 9 a.m., before the library opens, at the 9th and Adams Exit Only doors to the library in the SE corner of the parking lot. Registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted. Register online, in person, or by
phone at 360-352-0595 beginning Monday, October 17.

A new video about the history of the port


My wife and I have been creating short (about 10 min.) videos about Olympia history.  The videos are shown on Thurston Community Television, but are also on Youtube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7q2h-Q4b1J3Hvm7j1AJjnA

With the Port of Olympia so much in the press these days, the latest look at the history of the port might be interesting to some.  In the October episode we visited the Swantown Marina and learned about the first airplane to land in Olympia. We heard about Olympia's ill-fated ship building efforts during World War I from maritime historian, Chuck Fowler.

Another interesting episode about the port area is the one about the historic Budd Inlet and the drastically different shoreline in the port area. After watching the episode, people may wish to check out the Sanborn overlays to see historic maps displayed over current day aerials. http://olympiahistory.org/the-sanborn-overlays/

If you like what you see and want to be informed about the monthly episodes, there is a way to subscribe on the Youtube page.




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