"Shake": Remarkable dog portraits by Carli Davidson

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 7:00pm

A free event at orca Books for pet- and animal-lovers! Carli Davidson presents her book "Shake". 

Davidson employed the wonders of modern photography to create freeze-frame images of dogs in the humble act of shaking off water. The results are funny, endearing and a little bit strange.

Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

New parklet at Oly Coffee Roasters on Cherry

From today's inbox (City of Olympia press release):

A new parklet has been installed in front of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company on Cherry Street NE in downtown Olympia. A parklet is a parking stall converted into a public space for everyone to utilize. This parklet features an ADA-accessible covered seating area that comfortably fits 5-7 people as well as a rainwater-fed planter box full of native plants. 

The new installation is part of the Parking & Business Improvement Area matching grant program which funds up to $3,500 for material costs of each parklet. Olympia Coffee Roasting Company covered the additional costs. This is the third parklet installed in downtown Olympia. The parklet was designed and constructed by all local businesses. Roussa Cassel of SlowClouds, LLC designed and managed the project. The steel frame and planter were built by Zeigler’s Welding, Inc. Bicycle Homebuilding installed the wood cladding, benches and deck.

Parking impacts are not expected. A recent City of Olympia parking study revealed only 65% of the on-street stalls were occupied during peak hours in the surrounding blocks.  There are over 80 parking stalls within one block of the new parklet.

South Sound Communty Invited to Jog for Justice

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 9:00am - 11:00am

From today's inbox:

Benefit Event Will Support Educational Opportunities for Incarcerated Youth

Urban Corridor Vision for State and Fourth

Here's the poster from the packet for the Council's study session last week about what might happen on 4th and State with a quarter mile of urban corridor. (It's actually an attechment to my update on the current state of the urban corridor proposal, which is here.

(It's a PDF, so you can view it larger and pan around, at least in my web browser, but it's pretty hard to read even then. It's much easier if you save it from your browser and open it in Adobe Reader or Preview.)

Attention stevenl...! (If you are still haunting the blog, though sadly, departed - note the sentence "Frequent transit and maybe even trolleys link the Olympia and Lacey City Centers!") (One of the possibly utopian features of this vision is the assumption that Lacey will have a "City Center" someday...)

Green roofs and living walls: Bridging human habitat and ecosystem building

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

From today's inbox:

Green roofs and living walls: Bridging human habitat and ecosystem building
With Jennifer Stone of Nations Roof - On Earth Day, NEXT Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 pm MIXX 96 Community Room
119 Washington St NE, Olympia
Program begins at 7:00; Come early to share food and network!

Join the NW Ecobuilding Guild for a presentation on this growing industry that is making cities around the world more beautiful, efficient, cool, clean and green. We will learn some basics about Green Roofing, the benefits, the "Green Factor " requirement in Seattle, roofing energy codes in WA and more.

Jennifer Stone has been in the Green Roofing and Horticulture Industry for the past 10 years.  She has worked as V.P. for an Interiorscape company with interior plants, living walls and clients across the West Coast focused on the indoor air quality issues. She is now working for Nations Roof NW, the 3rd largest Roofing Contractor in North America, as the Director of Sales and growing the Green Roof Business here on the West Coast. Jennifer is a Green Roof Professional (GRP). This is a designation given after study and passing testing through Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Her education includes sales and marketing, stormwater management, horticulture, LEED Green Associate, design, construction and green building.

Email us at southsoundchapter@ecobuilding.org

Ship Loaded with Logs

Port of Olympia was one of the first stops for Inland Sea, a very new ship. see this photo larger

America's Music film series tonight: "Swing Jazz"

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

These film sessions are FREE and open to the public.

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage     512 Washington St. SE, downtown Olympia

America’s Music uses documentary films and texts to engage the public in a study of the history of some of America’s most enduring popular music. The series consists of six sessions, each built around a different genre of American popular music.  Each session features either a complete documentary film, or excerpts from longer documentaries, to provide the basis for scholar-led discussion. The Swing Jazz is the third session in the series. Presented by KAOS Community Radio 89.3 FM and the Timberland Regional Library. The series is produced by Tribeca Film Institute of New York City 

Session Three features excerpts from two films:

Ken Burns Jazz, Episode 6: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration
Episode 6 of Ken Burns’ acclaimed series on the history of jazz picks up Swing jazz in the late 1930s.

As the Depression deepens, Swing thrives, becoming unprecedentedly popular across all social classes. While some think the music is becoming too commercialized, in Kansas City a new sound is emerging that will redefine Swing.


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