April 2015

Nature: Observation, Metaphor, Transformation

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Don't Say We Did Not Know - Israeli Activist Amos Gvirtz

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Amos Gvirtz, a lifelong pacifist and Israeli peace activist, will speak Thursday, April 30th, at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, in Olympia.  Gvirtz is author of "Don't Say We Did Not Know, “ a collection of writing about government actions that affect the Palestinian and Bedouin communities in Israel and Palestine.  His recently published book, Don’t Say We Did Not Know, focuses upon the moral questions he feels Israelis must face today.  Gvirtz will discuss the difficulties human rights and peace organizations in his country face, along with the history of their successes, and the risks Occupation presents for the future existence of Israel.   Gvirtz is a longtime member of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and part of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality.   The free event in Koinonia Hall is sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.

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Elaine Scarry / Cornel West at Evergreen - on the same night...

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

One week from today we have a unique opportunity to hear from two of the leading public intellectuals working on issues of justice and equality in this country. Elaine Scarry speaks in LH 1 from 5:30-7:00. Cornel West speaks in the CRC at 7:00. My own preference: both/and rather than either/or. 

Professor Scarry's talk is free and open to the public, and is entitled "Beauty and Social Justice." Her 1999 book on this topic was hailed by J.M. Coetzee as "A brave and timely book"; Jamaica Kincaid said of the book that "after truly reading it, the reader cannot help but be changed."

Next Monday's talk provides an opportunity for us to see another face of Professor Scarry's work, which over a long career has brought the public humanities into searching dialog with pressing issues of the day, including human rights, war, peace, and democratic governance.

The event is co-sponsored by the Mentor Council and the Critical and Cultural Theory lecture series.

Tickets for Cornel West's talk and a bio are here.

“Stormwater Stewards” Program Applicants Sought

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:00pm


“Stormwater Stewards” Program Applicants Sought


Thurston County's Water Resources Program and WSU Extension are recruiting volunteers to train as “Stormwater Stewards.” Applications will be accepted through Saturday, May 2nd.


Trained volunteers help local residents reduce pollution in our local waterways and Puget Sound from stormwater runoff. Volunteers receive training in many aspects of on-site stormwater management including rain gardens, water-wise plants, pervious pavements, vegetated roofs, and more.


Landscaping professionals are also encouraged to take part in the certification program.


Classes and hands-on field trainings will be held in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate work schedules. The training dates are Thursday evenings in May and June, beginning May 7, with field days on June 14, 27 and July 11.


To learn more, download the recruitment packet and application at

nativeplantsalvage.org/becoming-a-stormwater-steward/ or contact WSU Extension at stormwater.stewards@gmail.com or 360-867-2167.



Green Hill Youth Presentation on the School to Prison Pipeline

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Youth from Green Hill School will speak about their experiences including the school-to-prison pipeline and racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. Green Hill School is a juvenile correction facility with the mission to transform lives by providing meaningful educational/vocational opportunities that will inspire and prepare young men for successful living, learning and working. The school provides academic high school coursework as well as vocational training in wood shop, welding, automotive maintenance, horticulture and landscaping, and computer drafting and technology. They partner with the Evergreen State College Gateways for Incarcerated Youth for college credit and academic mentoring. Youth on the United Youth Council have testified before the State Supreme Court, legislators, and schools across the state. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501. Phone: 360-943-7790. Intercity Transit route 12/13.

Tumwater May-hem Comic and Game Fest

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop by to get free comic books, play games, make personalized superhero insignia necklaces, and other superhero-related activities! Local comic and game stores have provided fantastic prizes. Win just for showing up, or by entering our family cosplay contest! Ask at the library’s information desk for a schedule of events or for more information. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 Phone: 360-943-7790 Intercity Transit route 12/13

Comics Can Take Us Places

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Comics tap directly into our sense of memory, time and place – sometimes without words. In this fascinating presentation, cartoonist Megan Kelso explains how she uses memory, her own life, research, and photo references to create sequential panels that evoke the feeling of a specific, inhabited world. This Presentation is co-sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 Phone: 360-943-7790 Intercity Transit route 12/13

Orca Books author event: Michael Koep, author of "Invasion of Heaven" and "Leaves of Fire"

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 3:00pm

Free author reading and signing at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia:

Novelist Michael B. Koep will talk about his new book, "Leaves of Fire," the second book in his fantasy series, The Newirth Mythology. (The series opened with "Invasion of Heaven".) Michael has been called a "Renaissance Man": he's an avid world traveler, educator, accomplished visual artist, swordsman, award winning poet and professional musician. He lives in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries:

* In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

* In the summer of 1972, Helen Storm is a stoned groupie on the sunset strip with a very special condition: she is immortal. When her life intersects with a famous guitar player, she is introduced to her future as a deadly and remorseless assassin.

* In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

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.