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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Climate Crisis Rally

on the State Capitol Steps in Olympia

MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The public is invited to participate in a rally supporting the climate and urging the Washington State Legislature and Governor Inslee to take bold action.  The rally will occur on the first day of the 2013 legislative session, Monday January 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Washington State Capitol Building.

“Extreme weather patterns throughout the world, historic rates of polar ice melt, and other realities confirm scientists’ increasingly strong findings that the climate crisis is already upon us,” said Bourtai Hargrove, one of the event’s organizers.  “Every person, local community, state and nation must take bold actions to reduce climate disruption.”

The rally will include brief speakers, music, and dozens of persons in a human tableau spelling out “NO COAL” and “350.ORG.”  The organizers oppose exporting coal through Washington and Oregon ports to Asia, where it will be burned and return to us in air pollution and climate damage.  A nonprofit organization at www.350.org has done excellent work.

More information about speakers and musicians will be released when confirmed.

When the climate crisis rally ends at 1:30 p.m., brief speakers will address several other issues needing bold legislative action.

The rally is one of many activities organized by “Confronting the Climate Crisis,” the active project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), which works on a variety of issues related to peace, social justice, and nonviolence. 

Mushroom to Mushroom Cultivation Course

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 6:00pm - Sun, 11/18/2012 - 6:00pm

In this 2.5-day course we will cover the essentials of small scale mushroom production. This class is tailored to the person seeking to grow edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use or as a means to develop a small income stream. Friday evening will be an introduction to the ins and outs of cultivation and related logistics. Saturday will cover the full spectrum of sterile mushroom production from spores or cloned mushroom tissue, through working with agar, grains, and wood based substrates, all the way to fruiting bodies. Sunday we will break the rules of the foundation we built on Saturday to learn the cutting edge techniques of low-tech cultivation, much of it unpublished at this time. We will also explore the aspects of cultivation for food sovereignty, medicine, and remediation (aka pollution reduction & mitigation). At the end of the course, participants will get 4 pure mushroom cultures and a workbook of all techniques covered.

Dates: November 16-18 (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)
Location: Westside Olympia
Instructor: Peter McCoy

Cost: $150-200 (sliding scale, pay what you can)

To register or for more info, please email radmycology (at) gmail (dot) com with your name and contact info.

Teacher Peter McCoy has been cultivating fungi for several years, learning the tricks and tips (along with the mistakes) that come with the trade. He has presented on fungi and taught cultivation at the Olympia Food Co-Op, The Radical Mycology Convergence, The Olympia Transitions Fair, and the Olympia Village Building Convergence.


Science Café - Sarah Morley: "Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, Present, and Future:"

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, Present, and Future
7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin's University
5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington

Sarah Morley, Research Ecologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Watershed Program, Fish Ecology Division) will present an overview of the Elwha restoration project, and highlight changes observed in this first year of dam removal.

Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Stream Team and WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project will offer a free “Naturescaping for Water and Wildlife” class on Thursday,  November 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tumwater Fire Hall on Israel Rd.


The class will feature detailed, hands-on information about how to incorporate beautiful native and other drought-tolerant plants into your landscape to attract amphibians, birds and butterflies while protecting water resources. Participants will learn how to transform their landscape while also saving time, money and resources!


Advanced registration is required as space is limited. For details and registration call 360-867-2166 or email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com.


Secondhand Safari & Winter Coat and Clothing Drive

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

The fair's annual Secondhand Safari will be on Saturday, October 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., where people can buy, sell and trade their secondhand treasures. There will be plenty of treasure seekers and bargain hunters, with over 1,500 visitors and about 100 vendors on average in recent years. 

Community Youth Services booth will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Secondhand Safari, and winter clothing donations will still be accepted from 1-3 p.m. in a collection box at the Community Youth Services booth. 

Representatives from community groups, non-profits, businesses, agencies and individuals working on sustainability issues are invited to sign up for an educational booth or display. Contact the Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 for details. 

Representatives from Goodwill Industries will be on hand throughout the day to accept donations (at their discretion), giving sellers the chance to donate any of their unsold items at the end of the day. 



Public Welcome to Attend Evergreen's 32nd Annual Harvest Festival

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Workshops will include: Kombucha, Cider Press, Double Digging, Composting, Pumpkin Carving, Face Painting, Wine & Beer Making, Jam Making, Canning, Edible Garden Walk, Mushroom Inoculation, Seed Saving and Hands-On Garlic & Cover-Cropping.

The public will also be welcome to participate in farm and garden tours.

Live Music By: New Slang, Camp Wisdom, Mythologies, Farewell to the Woods & More! Kid-Friendly Activities Include: Pumpkin Carving, Arts & Crafts and Face Painting. Come celebrate food & community with Evergreen. Enjoy tasty food and live music. This event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in C Lot. Follow the signs along the trail to the Organic Farm. Handicap parking is available at the farm. For directions visit this page: http://www.evergreen.edu/tour/gethere.htm

Water-Wise Plant Sale

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

The Native Plant Salvage Foundation will offer a water-wise plant sale with aneducational twist on Sunday, September 30. Horticulture experts will offer one-on-one advice about the best plants for your yard to save water, attract birds andbutterflies, and reduce maintenance. Thousands of hard-to-find native and drought-tolerant shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vines and groundcovers will be featured.Stormwater Stewards will help those interested in rain gardens and can schedulehome visits to help with design.

The event takes place rain or shine at the WSU Extension/County Parksoffices at 4131 Mud Bay Rd. W (formerly McLane Fire Station). Call 360-867-2166 or see www.nativeplantsalvage.org for more details and directions.

Why in the World Are They Spraying?

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Look up and what do you see? For the most part, they're not contrails.

Come to Traditions Cafe in downtown Olympia at Water & 5th on Wednesday September 26 at 7 p.m. to view the 2012 film "Why in the World Are They Spraying?" Since the release of the groundbreaking documentary “What in the World are They Spraying?”, millions have awakened to the damaging effects of chemtrail/geoengineering programs. As a result, movements around the world are being formed to address these crimes. While many who were previously unaware of these programs are now taking action, the question that is often asked is why is this happening. Michael J. Murphy, co-producer of “What in the World are They Spraying?” and Barry Kolsky have produced "Why in the World Are They Spraying?" to answer that question.

If you can't come, send a friend to pick up your burned DVD.

Thurston Solar Tour

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

From today's inbox:

The Thurston Solar Tour is an opportunity for you to tour local homes and businesses and see how solar energy and energy efficiency work to reduce monthly utility bills and help reduce carbon emissions. This free, self-guided tour is designed to allow you to visit as many sites as you would like, at a pace you enjoy.

The Thurston Solar Tour is part of the National Solar Tour, which is now in its 17 year. It is the largest grass-roots solar event in the United States, with over 165,000 participants visiting some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the United States.

What’s new on the tour this year

There are 19 sites on the tour this year, conveniently located throughout the county.

Other exciting elements of the tour include:

  • 13 sites that have never been on the tour before
  • Three sites that feature electric vehicle charging stations
  • Two commercial sites, including the first faith community to go solar in Olympia!
  • Seven brand-new installations (2012), so you can get a fresh perspective on the process of installing solar

We will have experts from Puget Sound Energy on site at the Inspiration Home (site #4), to to answer questions about net metering and connecting to the grid.

Dean Butterworth talk - "Elwha River Restoration"

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

From today's inbox (from the Capitol Land Trust):

Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series: Elwha River Restoration

We’re starting up our speaker series again by welcoming back Dean Butterworth of the National Park Service. Along with discussing the joys of a job that requires you to wear a Smokey the Bear hat every day, Dean will update us on the amazing restoration work happening in the Elwha.  Dam removal began on the Elwha River in mid-September 2011. Originally anticipated to be a two to three year process, removal proceeded quickly and by late spring 2012, the Elwha Dam was completely gone. The fish are already back, sooner and in higher numbers than expected!  Join us to hear more about this unprecedented restoration project!
WHEN: Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012, 7:00 PM at REI Olympia


Free (but limited space is available). Reserve your spot: http://www.rei.com/event/42615/session/54602/11032012

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