Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.

This event happens EVERY first FRIDAY of the month from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

For March's Listen Here, Corey will be reading "The Bravest Rat in Venice" and "The Hand" by Patricia Highsmith.

Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" presented by The Esoterics

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm

BDENIE commemorates the centenary of the premiere of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All-night vigil," which took place in Moscow on March 10th, 1915. Rachmaninoff wrote his 70-minute, 15-movement vigil in January and February of 1915, and it was first performed as a fundraiser for war relief efforts. Rachmaninoff's masterpiece proved to be so popular with both critics and the public that it was performed five more times within the month. Rachmaninoff based 10 of his 15 movements on extant chants from various traditional styles, including Greek, Kievan, and the Russian "Znamenny" style. The remaining five movements were entirely of the composer's own creation, although he admitted their style to be "a conscious counterfeit of the ritual." For this concert series, The Esoterics has expanded to 48 voices, and will intersperse Rachmaninoff's movements with phrases of Slavonic chant. More concert information is available at

WHERE: St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia

WHEN: March 8th, 3:00 pm

"Modeling the future of coastal wetlands through hell and high water"

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From today's inbox:

PLATO Lecture Series 2015
Computer-aided Environmental Science; Fridays 12-1 pm
Lecture Hall 1, The Evergreen State College

Modeling the future of coastal wetlands through hell and high water"

Friday March 6, 2015: Dr. J. Adam Langley from the Villanova University, Department of Biology

Dr. Langley is interested in how ecosystems respond to, and may feed back to, global change. The most complex and uncertain questions regarding future ecosystems occur in the rhizosphere where plant roots interact intimately with the soil microbes to carry out the majority of terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycling. Dr. Langley uses novel isotopic and gas exchange techniques to address these questions. He is also working on a global change experiment in a brackish marsh on the Chesapeake Bay examining plant and microbial response to elevated CO2 and nitrogen pollution and sea level rise.

Dr. Langley’s website.

Joy Harjo Reads at Evergreen

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

Joy Harjo's Poetry Reading
March 12th, 7-9PM
The Recital Hall
The Evergreen State College

Joy Harjo is an award winning Mvskoke (Muscogee Creek) poet, musician, memoirist, playwright and performer whose books of poetry include What Moon Drove Me to This (1980), She Had Some Horses (1983), Secrets from the Center of the World (1989), In Mad Love and War (1990), The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), and How We Became Human; New and Selected Poems, 1975-2001 (2001). Her memoir, Crazy Brave (2012) won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for Creative non-fiction. In additions she has plays saxophone, and has produced four award-winning CD.s of original music. She has received numerous honors including 2 National Endowment of the Arts writers fellowships (1978 and 1998), and National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipend in American Indian Literature and Verbal Arts (1987)

Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Rachel Corrie Foundation presents
ARRESTING POWERResisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon
Film Screening and Post-film Discussion and Q&A with Filmmakers Erin Yanke, Julie Perini & Jodi Darby and Documentary Subject Shirley Isadore 
Olympia Film Society - Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia, Washington
6:00pm doors / 6:30pm film
$5.00 – $10.00 sliding scale admission
Tickets available at the box office

Olympia Pharmacy Museum

Olympia Pharmacy Museum


I stumbled acorss an interesting article about Olympia in a tatered copy of Sunset Magazine, March 1970.


"Hundereds pf nineteenth century cure-alls are now on display in a new public pharmacy museum in Olympia, Washington, operated by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy. Reconstructed in the museum is the old heussy Drug Company store. THe pharmacy, established in New York in 1865 and moved by the Heussy family to Seattle in 1890, operated for more than 75 years at the corner of First and Main streets. Iw was sold tp the pharmaceutical association in 1966. Rows of apothecary jars line the tall shelves behind the old-fashioned glass-topped display cases at one side of the main room. Bottles and jars contain such curiosities as swamp root, malaria and ague cure, blood medicine, spleen marrow for secondary anemia, lithia tablets, Oregon kidney tea, extract if cannabis, and pulverized zingiber. You'll also find such patent medicines as William's Pink Pills for Pale People, Podolax for Tropid Liver, Green's August Flower for Dyspepsia Cure, and Natural Carlsbad Sprudel Salt. At the far end of the room a worn old desk holds books of prescription records, mortar and pestle, scales, and an assortment of venerable measuring devices. Large gold-leaf signs advertise electric belts, essences, and mineral waters." 

The museum was located on the 2nd floor of the Washington Education Association building at 319 7th Ave, just a few blocks away from the capitol.

Orca Books event: Olympia author Linda Strever presents her new novel "Don't Look Away"

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:00pm

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

Olympia author Linda Strever will present her new work of fiction, "Don't Look Away". Set in different eras that span the 20th century, the three stories in this lyrical novel, linked by images and juxtapositions, examine the unexplainable influences that redefine and transform our lives. Historical figure Vita Sackville-West, living in post-First World War England, is torn between her identity as a woman, wife and mother and her emerging role as the trouser-clad male lover of Violet Trefusis; Bill, an American infantry soldier new to the European front in the Second World War, is taken prisoner by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge; and Anna, a middle-aged woman who has a good-enough life in the early 1980’s, meets Thomas, an unusual and much younger man.

Author Visit: Ann Pancake @ the Olympia Timberland Library

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Author Ann Pancake Talks About New Book
Stories of contemporary Appalachia, its people and dying landscape
Acclaimed for her 2007 book Strange as this Weather Has Been

Log Carrier Departs

Twinluck SW
Friday night, Longshore Union workers finished preparing the Twinluck SW ship's cargo and cranes for departure.

Saturday morning, the ship was seen departing Budd Inlet.

Peace Works 2015: Justice Rising!

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:00pm - 9:00pm
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