Celebration of the Species-- Feathers : Form and Function with Chris Maynard @ Olympia Library

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
As part of Celebration of the Species, a series of library programs honoring Olympia's Procession of the Species, we will have local artist and author Chris Maynard at the Olympia Timberland Library to talk about his art and his new book Feathers : Form and Function on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Feathers : Form and Function is a gorgeously crafted book, written and designed to share new ways of seeing the natural world - through the eyes of an artist, biologist, philosopher, and, of course, through the eyes of a bird.
This program will be held after hours and no other library services will be available. All Timberland Library programs are free and open to the public.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595.

Artstalk with Sarah Utter @ the Olympia Library

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
In honor of ArtsWalk, we will have an ArtsTalk with local celebrity, Sarah Utter at the library on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Utter is an Olympia-raised artist and musician who blends her love of the natural world with vibrant color and pattern. Painting and printmaking are her predominant mediums, but she is also well known for her poster and graphic design work; Sarah's 'Reading is Sexy' stickers, shirts, buttons and more can be found distributed worldwide.
Sarah's presentation will revolve around her experience of dropping out of the regular work week and "winging it" with painting and graphic design.

All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the public.

Sister Spit @ the Olympia Library: An Evening of Queer and Feminist Memoir, Poetry and Performance

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Sister Spit presents an evening of queer + feminist memoir, poetry + performance at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Celebrate the close of the 2015 West Coast Tour at this very special grand finale before the van takes these road-weary radicals back home.
Sister Spit was founded in 1994 as an all-girl open mic, to challenge the overwhelmingly male open mic events of the time. Since then it has become an annual, multi-gendered queer/feminist performance tour. At the center of it all are multi-talented members Kate Schatz, Myriam Gurba, Mica Sigourney, Thomas Page McBee, and Virgie Tovar. Sister Spit welcomes artists of all genders, so long as they mesh with the tour's historic vibe of feminism, queerness, humor and provocation.
In 2012 Sister Spit entered into a partnership with the esteemed City Lights Publisher, and the imprint Sister Spit Books was born. The new publishing label launched with an anthology, “Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road.” More publications, some of them award-winning, followed: novels, poetry, and even a memoir.

Time Stands Still at Harlequin Productions

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 8:00pm - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 8:00pm

On May 7th, Harlequin Productions opens Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. This bold and provocative drama, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play in 2009, runs through May 30th at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.


Set in an industrial loft in Brooklyn, Time Stands Still explores the conflicted imperatives of Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb. She and her professional and personal partner James have spent their lives living on the edge, risking everything to tell the world’s most important stories. They now find themselves confronted with the prospect of a more conventional life.

     WHEN:             May 7th – May 30th 2015; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

     WHERE:          The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

     PRICE:             General: $32, Senior/Military: $29, Student/Youth: $20

Orca Books Author Reading: Olympia writer Mary Frances Carney presents her novel "A Parish Near Ebbets Fied"

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:00pm

Olympia author Mary Frances Carney will read from her new novel, "A Parish Near Ebbets Field". This is a FREE event and all are welcome. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia, one block west of City Hall.

About the book: Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was the heart of the city in the early '50s, and the parish formed a center of identity for the church faithful. The church clock tower tolled the rhythms of the day, uniting everyone in the intrigues and intricacies of human activity. Irish humor and folklore are woven into the fabric of this novel, which combines a love story and a tale of an old jealousy among friends.

Mary Frances Carney (also Eido Frances Carney) is a writer, painter, poet, and Zen Buddhist priest born in Brooklyn and now living in Olympia. She taught in higher education, founded a Zen center, and leads workshops in meditation, poetry, and creative process across the U.S. and Europe. She is the author of "Kakurenbo Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan", and editor of "Receiving the Marrow, Teachings on Dogen by Soto Zen Women Priests".

Orca Books Author Reading: "Where the Mountains End" tour, featuring award-winning queer authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 3:00pm

Join award-winning queer authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick on their "Where The Mountains End" tour. Exploring survival, myth, sex, and magic all the way down the West Coast, these three bring a literary cabaret of their newest work, from Amber Dawn’s long-awaited full-length collection of poetry, "Where The Words End and My Body Begins", to Vivek Shraya’s critically acclaimed visual epic,"She of the Mountains" to Leah Horlick’s silence-breaking sophomore book, "For Your Own Good". This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia, one block west of City Hall.

Computer modeling of ocean circulation, chemistry and biology in the Salish Sea

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From today's inbox:

Please join us for our third speaker in the 2015 Evergreen PLATO Lecture Series. The talk will be on Friday, April 10th, 2015 in Lecture Hall 1 from 12-1 pm.

Computer modeling of ocean circulation, chemistry and biology in the Salish Sea
Dr. Parker MacCready from the University of Washington, School of Oceanography

Sister Spit at Evergreen - Artists' Lecture Series

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

From today's inbox:

Sister Spit: Wednesday, April 15th,
11:00-1:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Sister Spit began in San Francisco in the 1990s as a weekly, girls-only open mic that was an alternative to the misogyny-soaked poetry open mics popular around the city (and the nation) at that time. Inspired by two-bit punk bands who managed to go on the road without hardly knowing how to play their instruments, Sister Spit became the first all-girl poetry roadshow at the end of the 90s, and toured regularly with such folks as Eileen Myles, Marci Blackman, Beth Lisick, and Nomy Lamm. The tour was revived as Sister Spit: The Next Generation in 2007, and has toured the United States annually since, with authors and performers such as Chinaka Hodge, Dorothy Allison, Lenelle Moise, Justin Vivian Bond, and many others. In this next incarnation, out of respect to the changing gender landscape of our queer and literary communities, Sister Spit welcomes artists of all genders, so long as they mesh with the tour’s historic vibe of feminism, queerness, humor, and provocation.

Plan Today for a Better Financial Tomorrow

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
It's Smart Money Week! Get the lowdown on saving, budgeting and planning for retirement at this workshop presented by Lyn Peters from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 Phone: 360-943-7790 Intercity Transit route 12/13

Waste Less Food!

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
The average family wastes more than $130 a month on food they don’t eat--and this has huge environmental and social impacts. Come learn more about the issue with outreach staff from the Waste Less Food program. As part of the presentation, you’ll hear ideas on ways to waste less food in your own kitchen. Take-home tools and information provided. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 Phone: 360-943-7790 Intercity Transit route 12/13
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