November 2016

Irish Dance with Scoil Rince Slieveloughane

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Celebrate the coming of winter with Irish dance. Dancers from Scoil Rince Slieveloughane will perform a lively mix of traditional and modern Irish dances. Slieveloughane is the largest and most renowned Irish dance troupe in the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.

We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


Potting Party with the Native Plant Salvage Foundation

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

It’s a Winter Preparation Potting Party! Bring your smiles, your gloves, and your turkey-stuffing-fueled energy to our nursery this Sunday, November 27th for some potting, planting, and great camaraderie. All ages are welcome, for however long you feel like staying. For directions or more information, email

Masterworks Choral Ensemble Presents: Jingle – A Christmas Celebration

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:30pm

The winter holiday season would be far from complete without Masterworks Choral Ensemble’s festive concert of Christmas carols and popular songs of the season.  Join MCE the evening of December 3 at the Washington Center for “Jingle – A Christmas Celebration.” 

It’s the perfect venue to share the holiday spirit and unforgettable music with the whole family.  Masterworks’ concert will bring you a sense of joy and renewal, along with a fine dose of nostalgia and an ample helping of fun. 

Count on traditional favorites, some delightful surprises, plus a chance to sing along.  “Amen! Tell It On The Mountain!”, takes the audience on a bluesy, gospel holiday ride.

“Bell Carol,” a ringing adaptation of a Ukrainian carol, breathes joy and energy into the darkest December night. 

Timeless standards like “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” share the evening with modern, witty takes on the season like “The Twelve Days Of A Re-gifted Christmas” and “Text Me Merry Christmas”.  Talented soloists and small ensembles alternate with the full choir.

An extra attraction is Benjamin Martin performing on alto sax.  Benjamin won MCE’s Youth Music Competition at the high school level.  Now a sophomore at North Thurston High, he plays in several local ensembles and studies both piano and saxophone.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for Seniors, and $13 for students.  Purchase tickets online at Masterworks’ secure website, at the Washington Center Box Office, 360-743-8586, or at Washington Center’s

Iyad Burnat - Nonviolent Resistance in Bil'in, Palestine

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Iyad Burnat, a leader of the Bil'in Popular Committee in Palestine, comes to Olympia this week to share his new book Bil'in and the Nonviolent Resistance.

I-873 - Washington for Good Policing

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

A gathering for those who want to make a change...

Washington state has the most regressive laws in the United States regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Under the current law, it is impossible to prosecute a law enforcement officer in a use of deadly force crime.

I-873 removes these eight words from current code: "without malice and with a good faith belief". It doesn't make it easy to prosecute an officer who shoots someone in a deadly force incident; it only makes it possible.

The deadline for signatures for this initiative is December 30 -- and it currently has very minimal presence in Thurston County. This is a place where we can make a difference.

Come learn about this initiative and how you can help gather signatures --perhaps at events you're already planning on attending.

The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia

I-873 website:

For more information, contact or call 360.890.7813

Radical Mycology: Fungi, Culture, and Community

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Fungi offer a wealth of means for increasing personal health, community resilience and ecological stewardship. Author Peter McCoy will explore these connections and more, as detailed in his book "Radical Mycology," a compendium of all things fungi! Copies will be available for purchase.

This free program will be held at the Olympia Timberland Library, located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

PoetryMusic: Where Words and Music Meet

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, the chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic combines poetry, exquisit music and visual images for a truly unique multi-media experience. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library.

This free program will be held at the Olympia Timberland Library, located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

Oil Fracking Train Headed to Bakken Blockaded Outside Port of Olympia

From today's inbox:



Photo by Tri Imani

 Olympia, WA --A coalition action group, Olympia Stand, comprised of climate action, Indigenous solidarity, and port militarization activists have staged a human blockade on the train tracks leaving the Port of Olympia, Washington. A train transporting fracking proppants to the Bakken Basin in North Dakota, the source of oil for the Dakota Access Pipeline and explosive Bakken oil trains, has been prevented from leaving the Port of Olympia.
Olympia Stand is a direct action coalition actively resisting the transport of proppants through the Port of Olympia to the Bakken Basin of North Dakota. Activists are inspired by the Water Protectors of Standing Rock and work in coalition to expose and reject Olympia's complicity in the occupation and desecration of Indigenous lands by focusing on direct action and civil resistance. The overall goal is for the Port of Olympia to not enable the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels or their infrastructure.

According to the Quadrennial Defense Review Report by the Department of Defense, climate change is the greatest national security threat to the United States. In order to reverse the damage we have already done, the global scientific consensus is clear. We must transition to renewable energy and keep all oil, coal and natural gas in the ground.

This month's Works in Progress

It's not on their website yet (so the article hasn't yet appeared on our "Recent Local Blog Posts" page either), but I recommend this month's thought-provoking lead article - Bethany Weidner's "Homeland Security's protection racket and the phony "War on Terror" – It's not about our safety."


South Puget Sound College Orchestra: Symphonic Overtures and Holiday Favorites

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Symphonic Overtures and Holiday Favorites

Saturday December 3, 7:30 pm

The South Puget Sound College Orchestra presents its first concert of the 2016-2017 Season. Selections include Overtures by Verdi and Humperdinck, Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with Tacoma cellist Stuart Hake, and seasonal favorites featuring vocalist Troy Fisher.

 Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 360-753-8586, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office, or at the door.

 General admission $10

Seniors, students, military $7

SPSCC students, staff, faculty FREE

The South Puget Sound College Orchestra is an auditioned performing group of 68 students and community members ranging in age from 18 to 82. It was founded in 2014 by orchestra director and SPSCC music professor Chip Schooler.