February 2016

Native Plant Salvage

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

Winter Native Plant Salvages Seek Volunteers

Grab your warm winter gear and join WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project for an exhilarating morning of salvaging small native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants from forthcoming development sites slated for clearing. Community volunteers work under WSU staff’s direction to recover small plants that are used for revegetation projects to benefit water quality and habitat. The work is done during winter months when plants are dormant and more likely to transplant successfully.

Plant salvage activity occurs between 9:30 a.m. and noon, when hot lunch is served to volunteers. After lunch, volunteers transfer plants to the native plant nursery in west Olympia and put plants in pots until about 3:30 p.m. Events will occur on March 5 and 13. Volunteers are invited to join for all or part of the day.

No prior experience is necessary, as volunteers are trained on site.

Sign up and receive details by contacting nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or (360) 867-2167.

Food Films

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts out an annual list of short films about food issues that they like. This year I watched them all. Here's the four I liked best. (Their whole list, plus links to several other big collections of films like these about food, is here.) I wish that the Film Society would start screening interesting free stuff like this during the ten minutes when people are wandering in or sitting around waiting for the previews to start.

Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables (2:16)

The biggest supermarket chain in France starts stocking all the funny looking vegetables that are usually thrown away, pricing them at a 30% discount, creates a really cute advertising campaign, and sells tons of them.

Soil Carbon Cowboys (12:22)

Three ranchers in quite different states change how they're pasturing their cattle, moving them around to graze one small patch intensively and then another and giving the patches time to recover in between - storing more soil carbn, using fewer herbicides, etc. (I have a dim memory that somebody was making big claims about restoring ruined land this way, and that researchers couldn't replicate his results, but these guy are not trying to do that. I also only eat beef about twice a year, for various reasons, so this isn't a recommendation from me for how great ranching could be... But I'm interested in how and why some quite conservative people, like these three guys, start farming more ecologically.)

The Kaos Sheep Outfit (4:17)

The Unrepresented Part 1- Adults Unregistered to Vote in Thurston County

This is the first of what I envision to be a three part series on Thurston County residents who are eligible to vote but have not registered. In this part, we will look at some data comparing adult population counts with registration data. By following the inserted hyperlink, you can see a thematic map showing unregistered adults by precinct, cities where there are more unregistered adults, and a hot spot map showing where they are clustered. In following parts, I may begin to speculate on the reasons for the disparity, focusing in particular on precincts where there is greater disparity between the two groups.

Story map link:  http://arcg.is/1LzsiXy

Author Visit: "The EvoAngel" by Ellen King Rice

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join us at the Olympia Library, where Ellen King Rice will visit to discuss her new book "The EvoAngel". 

"The EvoAngel" is an environmental thriller set in the Pacific Northwest. The story features epigenetic effects of fungi and explores how our bodies might react to environmental changes by using existing DNA in new ways. Ellen Rice is a biologist and writer from Olympia, WA.  She is interested in environmental factors that can trigger changes in gene expression. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available.

Solidarity Not Charity - Documentary Film Focuses on Olympia’s Homeless

Thu, 03/10/2016 (All day)

A (short) documentary screening and panel discussion about EGYHOP and their unapologetic punk rock approach to harm reduction, street therapy, and the unification of Olympia's marginalized through direct action. EGYHOP members and filmmakers, Ian Wishart and Kevin Francis Burnett, will be on hand to answer questions about the organization, the making of the film, and the underlying social issues. 

EGYHOP is a grassroots, all volunteer-run organization that provides emergency supplies, services, and resources to the homeless and low-income populations living on the streets of Olympia, Washington.

The film was shot on location in Olympia over five weeks in November and December. Burnett drew on his own experiences living on Olympia’s streets to establish credibility and ask relevant questions. Wishart and Burnett are both students at The Evergreen State College in the Media Arts Studio program. Evergreen’s media loan department provided the film equipment and access to its editing facility.

All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the public. The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For information, contact the library at 360-352-0595.

The Esoterics - Choral works based on poems by Rumi

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm

The Esoterics present a concert
based on poems by Rumi 

Sunday | 13 Mar 2016 | 3:00pm
St John’s Episcopal Church
114 20th Ave SE | Olympia

Over the course of 2016, The Esoterics will perform four concerts based on the work of single poets. The first of these programs is based on the poetry of the 13th-century Sufi mystic, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, more simply known as RUMI. For Rumi, music was a vehicle through which the devoted could connect with the divine, and in so doing, the soul would be both destroyed and resurrected at once. Central to Rumi’s poetry was tawhid, the longing to reunite with a beloved, either divine or mortal. Through his verse, Rumi’s philosophy advocated for the unlimited and peaceful tolerance of all creeds, kindness, charity, and a heightened awareness through love.

The compositions in this program come from a wide array of composers, and are as evocative as Rumi’s own verse: whirling and wafting, suggesting order in chaos, clarity in the cloud, and the universal embrace of all. These pieces include: the five Canticles of Rumi by the San Francisco composer Mark Winges, There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground by Twin-Cities composer J David Moore, Walk to the well by Washington composer David Asplin, Song of the night by Philippine composer Nilo Alcala, All day and night music by Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, and Jāvdāni [Eternity] by The Esoterics’ director Eric Banks.


Sunday afternoon’s performance will be produced by the St John’s Concert Series.
Admission to this concert will be by donation.

Perspectives on the Climate Summit

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

About Chamber Music: The War of Shostakovich and Stalin

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Emerald City Music explores the tumultuous life of Soviet-era composer Dimitri Shostakovich. Was he a passionate nationalist or a bitter rebel blending as a chameleon in the presence of Stalin? Emerald City Music is a new chamber music series bringing 45 world-renowned artists to Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library, and will occur after regular library hours.

This event takes place at the Olympia Timberland Library, located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

War Against the People - Jeff Halper

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Hedda Gabler

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 8:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents Hedda Gabler

A Theatrical Classic Gets a Modern Makeover

Hedda Gabler has returned from an extended honeymoon with her kind but tediously academic husband. Beautiful and self-possessed, but also haunted, she is already bored with marriage. Suffocated by bourgeois society and disdainful of intellectual pursuits, she tries to fulfill her aimless desires by manipulating the fates of those around her…with tragic results. Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler is a fascinating, paradoxical portrait of a woman slipping into despair as her options narrow in a world expanding for both sexes.

     WHO:               Harlequin Productions

     WHAT:             Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler adapted by Aaron Lamb

     WHEN:             March 3-26, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

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

     PRICE:             General: $34, Senior/Military: $31, Student/Youth: $20

Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtain (approx. 50% discount)

     SPECIALS:      Pay What You Can Night: March 9, Ladies’ Night Out: March 11, Pride Night: March 18,
                                Post-show Talkback: March 13