October 2014

Third Party Fanfare

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:00pm

In our Third Party Fanfare, four "minor" parties will flourish their ideas, resulting in some dissonance and some harmony.   Libertarians, Greens, Socialists and Anarchists will present their philosophies, and explain how they would respond to some real-life situations.  You may find you relate to one or another minor party, perhaps better than you relate to the D's or the R's.  Questions will be taken from the audience.  It will be a fun and informative free event, with potluck dessert bar.   Sponsored by the Green Party of South Puget Sound; call 360-232-6165 if questions. 

Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 Fifth Avenue SW, in downtown Olympia. 

Halloween at Sherwood Press

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

From today's inbox:

Harvest Dinner

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

 From today's inbox:

This Sunday November 2nd from 5-9pm,
Local Foods, Local Farms, Local Chefs

Harvest Dinner
at Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center
(2326 4th Ave E, Olympia) 


Tickets are $40 and are available at the door this Sunday, at www.eufgclocalfoodsharvestdinner.bpt.me, and at the Garden Center.

The all-local feast will be prepared by Chefs Thomas Humbock of Swing Wine Bar and Café, Lisa David of Nineveh Assyrian, and Laurie Nguyen of Dockside Bistro, with dessert by Jordan and Melanie of Bearded Lady Food Co.

The event is held not only to raise awareness of our local farms and the abundance of our region, but also to raise funds for the educational activities that Eastside Urban Farm & Garden provides.  EUFGC has been providing (at low cost to the public) a whole series of classes on growing, raising and storing food. From year-round gardening, to cheese-making, to bee-keeping, poultry keeping and processing, and much more, EUFGC focuses on providing educational facilities where people and groups can go to collaborate, learn, and teach about sustainable agriculture, food resiliency, and enjoying the great food our region has to offer.  

Star Louisiana Ship Departing Video

The ship was seen departing at around 5:30 AM Saturday the 25th.

Video (20x speed:)

Regular Speed

According to the Port (downloaded 27 October '14):

"The M/V Star Louisiana is expected to arrive at the Port of Olympia's Marine Terminal on October 23, 2014.
After unloading cargo, it's scheduled to depart on October 25, 2014.

Shipping Line:
Grieg Star Shipping

Vessel Flag:

Shanghai and Xingang, China

Bagged proppants


General Steamship

Tentative Work Schedule:
Day and night shifts

Crowley and Brusco Tug and Barge"

Star Louisiana

Saturday Night Disinfo

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Last Word Books and Press & Rogue Sociology present: 


Last Word Books and Press is paranoid to present Saturday Night Disinfo, a conspiracy theory / tinfoil hat discussion and lecture group, MC'ed by local sociologist October Surprise. 

Saturdays, starting November First, 11/1 from 6 - 8 PM.

Last Word Books @ 111 Cherry NE

Questions & comments: october |@| roguesociology.com 


Orca Books free event: Author Chris Dixon presents "Another Politics"

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 7:00pm

A FREE talk at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. Chris Dixon will be talking about his new book, "Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements".

Amidst war, economic meltdown, and ecological crisis, a “new spirit of radicalism is blooming” from New York to Cairo, according to Chris Dixon. In Another Politics, he examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. Drawing on voices of leading organizers across the United States and Canada, he delivers an engaging presentation of the histories and principles that shape many contemporary struggles.

Dixon outlines the work of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the lessons they are learning in their efforts to create social transformation. The book explores solutions to the key challenge for today’s activists, organizers, fighters, and dreamers: building a substantive link between the work of “against,” which fights ruling institutions, and the work of “beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives.

An Orca Books reading: Olympia poet Gail Tremblay

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 3:00pm

Olympia poet Gail Tremblay will read from her new collection of poems, "Farther From and Too Close to Home". A long time resident of Olympia, Gail has been an artist, poet and teacher for over forty years. She shares her unique vision through her multi-media visual works, art installations, her writing on Native American art, and her poetry. She has been a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College since 1980.

This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

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

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

From today's inbox:

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

From today's inbox:



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

From today's inbox:


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 www.facebook.com/lincolnwintermarket.