February 2015

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

Olympia Zine Fest coming in October 2015

Announcing the Olympia Zine Fest

October 23-25 2015 at various locations in downtown Olympia, Washington

The Olympia Zine Fest is a celebration of zines, independent publishing and DIY culture. In the tradition of local community arts festivals like YoYo a GoGo, Ladyfest, Homo a GoGo, and the Olympia Comics Festival, the Olympia Zine Fest encourages people of all ages to participate in three days of zine-related fun, including readings, tabling, trading, and workshops.

Scheduled events:

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Harlequin Productions is delighted to present Neil Simon’s classic sidesplitting comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Inspired by the playwright’s early experience as a writer on Sid Caesar’s television hit Your Show of Shows, the play hilariously captures what it was like to work with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner and the rest of the most famous writing staff in television history. The names have been changed to protect the guilty, but all the stinging wit and comic drama you’d expect from this group of mad geniuses is preserved as they scramble to top each other and impress the show’s leading man, who happens to be the maddest of them all!

WHO: Harlequin Productions

WHAT:       Laughter on the 23rd Floor

WHEN:       March 5-28 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, Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtain

Irish Dance with Scoil Rince Slieveloughane

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:30am - 11:15am

Join us at the Tumwater Timberlan Library for a return performance of the Scoil Rince Slieveloughane Irish dancers who will perform a lively mix of traditional and modern Irish dance routines. Slieveloughane is the largest and most renowned Irish dance troupe in the Pacific Northwest.

Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Saturday, Feb 7 at the Tumwater Timberland Library, Jennifer O'Brien, RN will speak about heart healthy options for diet and meal planning. The presentation will be followed by free blood pressure screenings.