Science Café - Dam removal and restoration of the Elwha River -- An Update

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Dam removal and restoration of the Elwha River -- An Update
Jeffrey Duda, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Orca Books - 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia

With their simultaneous decommissioning, removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams represents one of the largest projects of its kind. During the 3 years of dam removal, scientists actively monitored various aspects of the physical and biological changes to the river and coastal ecosystems downstream. A major facet of the dam removal project was the controlled release of a portion of the 21 million m3 of sediment that had accumulated in the reservoirs. The release of this material and the resulting changes downstream are the focus of this talk.

Anadromous fish that had persisted in degraded spawning and rearing habitat downstream of the lower Elwha dam have started to recolonize the watershed, including in two tributaries between the former dams sites that are serving as clear water refugia in the otherwise turbid waters. With the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam in September of 2014 salmon have access to over 150 river km of spawning and rearing habitat, the majority of which is protected as wilderness inside of Olympic National Park.

This presentation will provide an update of dam removal progress, detail measurements of suspended sediment concentrations, and discuss various monitoring and evaluation studies.

Tiny Footprints: Housing Ourselves Sustainably

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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November 13
Traditions, 7 PM


Julie Rodwell, OUUC member, author and urban planning/ transportation specialist, will be giving a free talk about her forthcoming book: Tiny Footprints: Housing Ourselves Sustainably as We Grow and the Land Shrinks.


Part of our construction to accommodate growth and displaced people and businesses, should be in new Tiny Carbon Footprint communities where, just by living there, individual carbon footprints are much smaller. Such communities could be nestled in special areas inside city limits, or they could be on brand-new sites.


Tiny Footprint communities are an essential, urgent part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Call for Vendors! - Lincoln Winter Market

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

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Lincoln Winter Market - November 29th; 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Lincoln Elementary School.

Spaces for 60 vendors of quality handmade wares. Apply at



The Rise of ISIS and the New Iraq War

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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The Rise of ISIS and the New Iraq War

Threat, Myth and Blowback


Lecture and Discussion with Steve Niva

Member of Faculty in Middle East/International Politics

Lecture Hall 1

The Evergreen State College


You have probably all seen or heard about the gruesome beheadings and social media spectacle of the radical organization known as ISIS, ISIL or sometimes “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria.  But what do we really know about this group?  And why is the US sending forces back into Iraq, once again? 

Council Gets an Earful About the Parks and Sidewalks Tax

From the public testimony on the draft of the City's next Capital Facilities Plan.

An Orca Books Author Reading: Olympia novelist Heather Lockman presents "The Indian Shirt Story"

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:00pm

A FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Orca Books Author Reading - Unitarian Minister Marilyn Sewell presents her memoir "Raw Faith"

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:00pm

Author and spiritual leader Marilyn Sewell will talk about her new memoir, Raw Faith: Following the Thread. Marilyn writes about a universal longing — the longing for love and acceptance, the longing for home. Marilyn lost her mother at age nine when her father took her to live with his parents in a small town in North Louisiana. She didn’t get reacquainted with her mother until she was 33, when her mother was dying of cancer. Having grown up with no real home, she looked for home in the arms of men, in schools and churches, and in marriage. These places served as a temporary refuge, but for the most part, home eluded her. She was sustained throughout her journey by her faith and her understanding that she was held by something larger than herself. Her wandering taught her at last that home is not a place, not even with people she loves and who love her, but is rather a condition of the spirit. Home is always available, as she puts it, “if I can quiet my scared heart.”

Marilyn Sewell is Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland.  She writes regularly for Huffington Post's religion page. She teaches at Attic Institute, a local resource for writers, and also at Maitripa, a Buddhist college. Currently she's writing flash fiction.

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

Screening - New Elwha River Film

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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I'm writing to invite you to a screening of the newly completed documentary, Return of the River. The film documents the take-down of the Elwha Dam—the largest dam removal project to ever take place in the United States—and the work to restore the river eco-system and salmon runs it supported. The take-down represents the culmination of persistent efforts by the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, who, after many years, were able to enlist the support of environmental and government agencies to forge the agreements that led to the demolition of the dam and restoration of the river to its free-flowing state.
The film was directed and produced by Jessica Plumb and John Gussman, Washington State residents. They spent 4 years making it. It is beautifully photographed and meticulous in its attention to community process. The film not only addresses the environmental imperatives and cultural values that motivated people to work towards the restoration of the river, but the process by which diverse communities and constituencies came to agree on the importance of taking down the dam.

Crafting a Complete Story - Part 3: Writing Satisfying Endings

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! In the final part of his three-part series, local author Lindsay Schopfer discusses what it takes to write an ending that satisfies and leaves the reader hungry for more. Participants will learn where to go after the climax, how to end a standalone novel, and how to end a story that may become part of a series. Attendance at prior sessions is not required.

Crafting A Complete Story - Part 2: Make your Novel a Page-Turner

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! In part two of his three-part series, local author Lindsay Schopfer discusses how to craft a story that keeps readers up late into the night because they just can’t put it down. Participants will learn how to establish a pattern of conflicts and resolutions throughout the story, balance description with action, and build up to the story’s climax. Attendance at all three classes is not required. The series concludes with Part 3 on 11/22.
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