Evergroove trivia, pt. 5

This entry combines the earlier discussions here in Olyblog about police abusing their power and the Olympia/TESC town-gown war. In the 1970s, public transit to and from Evergreen left a lot to be desired. We students had four basic modes of transportation: Bicycles, Volvos and VWs with lots of stickers on the back starting with words like "Stop" "No" and "Don't" (OK, I'm kidding ... sort of), a green van the College provided since the local public transit system saw fit to give us very limited service (the drivers called us "The Poet Run"), and finally, my favorite method, hitchhiking. The latter activity was more common in those days for a variety of reasons.

The most popular spot to get a lift was on the east end of the 4th Ave. Bridge. Usually we got rides from other members of the Evergreen community, as was the case one day in about 1975 when faculty member Cruz Esquivel gave me a lift. We got to the area where Goodwill now sits, which was all woods back then, and ran into a police checkpoint. Cruz had a ponytail, which was still unusual in Olympia 30 years ago, and he was pulled over. I don't remember which law enforcement agency this was, city or county, I just knew there were a lot of them and they had badges and guns. Anyway, while I sat in Cruz's car while they were checking out his I.D. and all that, I noticed every car they pulled over had someone connected with Evergreen behind the wheel. All of my fellow natives were waved through. The police were highly selective in who they stopped.

I'll respect Cruz's right to privacy about what happened to him, but witnessing this treatment really brought home why Evergreen community members felt embattled at that time. What happened to change this? Money, mostly. Evergreen people started investing in Olympia. There was one diner (now defunct) which refused to serve any man who had a beard or long hair in the pre-TESC days. But when faculty started hanging out there, and they were followed by students, which filled the place, that very diner became a chic spot to be seen and the owners loved it. And by the end of the 1970s, Evergreen started enjoying frequent public transit and the hitchhiking days dwindled away.

Art exhibitions

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You are invited to visit two new exhibitions installed at the Longhouse through November:

"tuwaduq Soul Recovery Exhibit" Assembled by subiyay (Gerald Bruce Miller), the exhibit is one of the rarest collections of South Puget Salish ceremonial paraphernalia ever assembled in the past three generations. The exhibition shares most of the items the tuwaduq used in what is known in English as the Soul Recovery Ceremony.

The Longhouse is honored to be the first venue to host this exhibition, which was funded by the Ford Foundation as part of the Longhouse's Artist-in-Residence program. Gerald Bruce Miller was awarded the National Heritage Award by the National Endowment for the Arts and was a founding member of the Longhouse's Native Arts steering committee until his passing in February, 2004. His nephew, Dr. Michael Pavel, completed work on the project along with various apprentices from the Skokomish community.

The "Journeys in Creativity: Explorations in Native Art and Culture" features work by Warm Springs and Portland area youth. In June 2005 the Oregon College of Art and Craft partnered with the Warm Springs Museum to bring native and non-native youth (ages 15-19) to the college to create art with noted Native artists Lillian Pitt, Pat Courtney Gold, Marie Watt and Ramon Murillo.

We are pleased to have the work of contemporary Native youth exhibited alongside the work of one of our beloved NW elders.

Tina Kuckkahn, director
Longhouse Education and Cultural Center
(360) 867-5344

Fools Guide to Democracy: Political Improv Comedy Coming To Olympia

Fools Play Improv will present “Fools Guide to Democracy,

Changes at SPSCC

I wonder if this will significantly impact the number of transfer students to Evergreen or St. Martin's:

South Puget Sound Community College is poised to make several changes as it prepares to usher in a new president.

South Puget Sound, and community colleges across the state, might begin granting bachelor's degrees as part of a state effort to expand student access to four-year degrees across Washington.

Another candidate forum

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Thurston County NOW is sponsoring an Oly City Council candidate forum on the 23rd from 2-4 at the Nonna Rosa Café (inside the New Caldonia Courtyard across from Radiance on 5th). We have just two scripted questions for the candidates, and one is how they plan to protect the vulnerable in our society, specifically, teens, the homeless and the GLBT population. This may be of some interest to some of your members, if you want to pass it on. The owner of Nonna Rosa is providing free refreshments.

Arlington NW Memorial


I just noticed that Rob W. put a link in his personal blog to photos he took of last weekend's march. (Y'all have to let me know when you do cool stuff so we can get it on the front page -- or better yet, just post it there yourself.) As usual, he took very nice pictures. Check them out here.

Halloween Benefit for Free Radio Olympia

Please come to our Halloween party and help us raise much needed funds. FRO is in a transitional period right now and we desperately need funds to continue operating and get our much loved local dj's back on the air!!! We also need building supplies especially sheetrock (drywall) immediately!! Call 360-705-9780.

At the Eagles Hall (basement): 805 East 4th Ave
Show 10/29 from 6 pm til 1 am
** ALL AGES ** $5 cover or $3 with costume!

The Blackberry Bushes
Grant Potters
Gyunyunyu and the Science Fun
Leala Smith and Sarah Hubert

PLUS food vending: Pizza and Ryan Friez
Games! Prizes!


Olympia leads in ending dead ends

This is something I didn't know about Olympia. From the Boston Globe:

The pluses and minuses of cul-de-sacs have been the subject of quiet debate among city planners since the 1980s with the rise of the ''new urbanist" movement, which advocates walkable communities, according to Dennis Frenchman, a professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A few communities have taken action. Ten years ago, Olympia, Wash., prohibited cul-de-sacs, except where the topography prevents street connections, according to Governing magazine. Baltimore County in Maryland did much the same thing five years ago, and Austin, Texas, pushed for subdivisions that were more walkable, attempting to ban cul-de-sacs in the late 1990s.

Norfolk is another community that has acted to discourage cul-de-sacs, beginning even before these other efforts. Back in the late 1980s, as Norfolk's farms and fields increasingly were taken over by single-family houses, the Planning Board decided to minimize the use of cul-de-sacs in subdivisions. Town officials did not want to ''isolate people into little pods," said Daniel Winslow, then the chairman of the panel. In his opinion, the effort paid off.

''Fast-forward almost 20 years later. As the neighborhoods have started to develop in Norfolk, we can now see what the impact of that regulatory change was," said Winslow, who pointed out the former cul-de-sacs on a drive through town this summer. ''Children can bicycle for miles and never leave a neighborhood street. They can visit their friends from other neighborhoods without going on the main roads. Residents can take walks that go somewhere. . . . There's multiple links into multiple neighborhoods, just knitting neighborhoods together"

The Church of Reality


Does anyone want to help set up a local chapter? From the website:

The Church of Reality is a religion based on the practice of Realism, believing in everything that is real. Our motto is, "If it's real, we believe in it." Since no one knows all of reality, the Church of Reality is about the pursuit of reality the way it really is. We commit to being intellectually honest with ourselves and with others so that we can cut through the mythology. We want to know about the way things really are in the real world.

The Church of Reality provides a religious identity for people who have made a personal commitment in their lives to pursue reality the way it really is. The pursuit of reality is something that is a shared process. It's something we do together as a church, as a community, and as the human race.

The Church just received its 501(C)3 tax exempt status from the IRS.

Olympia Go Club

The Olympia Go Club meets every Monday and Wednesday at Cafe Vita on 4th and Washington, from 5:00 pm to 7:45pm. Go is an ancient passtime that looks like a stratgey game. The rules are very simple, yet the application of this simple rulset yields an astronomical number of emergent patterns.
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