June 2016

Cocktail Party Garden Open

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Savor hand-crafted cocktails with native plant infusions created by Katie Rains and enjoy live music by Daven Tillinghast. $25 tickets include entry, hors d'oeuvres and a drink of your choice. Nonalcoholic drinks available. Event sponsored by The Brotherhood Lounge and many others!

Visit nativeplantsalvage.org to register!


Summer Gala and Auction

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Forests, Farms, Fish & Fun!

August 13, 2016

Save the date for the Capitol Land Trust's 16th Annual Summer Gala & Auction!

August 13, 2016
5 PM to 9 PM
Ralph and Nancy Munro’s Triple Creek Farm in west Olympia

Come celebrate what the conservation of Forests, Farms and Fish does for our community, and what educational opportunities and fun in nature can do for children and adults.  Event proceeds will benefit conservation and outreach programs. A special Fund-a-Need will support the proposed Inspiring Kids Preserve.   Contact capitollandtrust.org to sign up.

Orca Books Author Event: Kris Hermes presents "Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000"

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 3:00pm

SATURDAY June 25th at 3pm: Kris Hermes will talk about his new book, "Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000." This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E.

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States—and dissidents in particular—have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to spy on Americans and undermine meaningful social change are greatly enhanced by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations. Normally associated with the realities of a post-9/11 world, Crashing the Party shows how these developments were already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests in 2000. It also documents how, in response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance.

Video about using the Intercity Bus

My friend and mentor Paul Enns produced this cool video called Paul & Brian Ride the Bus (to get a beer.) It is part of the Drive Less, Go More effort at Panorama to encourage public transit. It is a fun and entertaining show about how we took the bus to Three Magnets Brewery for beer and sandwiches.  There are also good tips on the bus apps and planning trips.


Salmon Saturday

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

It’s that time of year – local salmon are finishing up their long, tiring journey and returning to their home streams to spawn. Bring the family in to honor this amazing fish by creating salmon-inspired artwork to take home. You can create fish prints, make a salmon button, stuff a salmon, and more!

The Tardigrade: Microscopic, Indestructible "Water Bears"

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tardigrades (or water bears) are tiny creatures that live just about everywhere: moss, wastewater, hot springs, Antarctic ice, deep-sea trenches, and more. They’re one of the toughest animals on the planet and can survive extreme environments, including the severe cold and radiation of outer space! Hear more shocking facts, see cool photos, and search for tardigrades under the microscope at a 2pm presentation. Water bear crafts all day in the classroom.  

Nature Journals and Native Plants

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Nature journaling is a fun, family activity and an excellent way for kids to develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them. Come and decorate your very own nature journal, and then take it outside to explore! Attend a 2pm presentation followed by a native plant walk on our wetland plaza. You’ll learn some easy identification tips for common native plants and how these plants were traditionally used by local native tribes.

Frustrationless Flyers

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Summer is here, and it’s a great time for kite flying. Bring in the family to decorate and assemble your very own “frustrationless flyer” kite – the easiest kite you’ll ever fly!

Get Out of My Hair: Toxins in Personal Care

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come find out about the chemicals in personal care products like lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and hair dye. Join Thurston County Environmental Health to learn more about the health and environmental concerns from these everyday products, how to read labels, helpful websites, and safer alternatives. You’ll get to make an all-natural lip balm to take home! Presentation starts at 2pm and is best for ages 11 and up.

Exploring Wetlands and Treatment Plant Tour

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn about wetlands through fun art projects and an outdoor scavenger hunt. Then, find out how LOTT cleans up our urban wastewater at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and the steps taken to protect Puget Sound. A slideshow followed by a treatment plant tour begins at 1pm. Tour participants must be ten years or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.