DSHS program seeks to simplify mental health coverage process

The Olympian ran an aricle about how DSHS is streamlining it's services to be more efficient. Read the whole story here

The Department of Social and Health Services is working to integrate mental health care into the traditional care residents receive, including adding mental health coverage to a pilot study that aims to give people one point of contact with the department.

-This sounds like a great move to clear up a lot of the mess that people who need benefits get caught up in. I spoke this morning to a friend who was an intern at the legislature in the spring. She had nothing good to say about Molina, the private company contracted to handle clients. She reportedly fielded nearly one hundred calls at one point in which citizens' complained about Molina Healthcare's bungling and mismanagement of their cases.-

The Gleaners

The Olympian does a profile on a very cool organization called the Gleaners. Here's their website.

Mud Bay habitat restoration

Join People For Puget Sound, Capitol Land Trust and Sound Stewards at our Randall restoration site on Mud Bay. Volunteers will be removing invasive weeds such as Himalayan blackberry, poison hemlock and morning glory where they threaten to overtake native plants.

No experience necessary. Children 10 and under must have one to one adult supervision. Bring sturdy footwear, dress for the weather (event takes place rain or shine). Bring your own snacks and plenty of water. If you have tools and work gloves, bring them along, but if you don’t we will have some to spare.

Sign up today by contacting Nicki Johnson at nicki@thurston.com

Cool website here.

WROC Night Out

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Hello all. A reminder that you can be a WROC Star if you join us for WROC Night Out on Monday, October 3rd! We will be making a public service announcement for WROC for television and radio and you can be in it!

We will start at 5:30 with a potluck and end at 8. We have on site childcare so bring the kids. We can also reimburse you for transportation if it is a hardship for you. It's at the First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, across from the new Madison School.

Call me with any questions.

Monica Peabody Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition 701 Franklin Street SE Olympia, WA 98501 360-352-9716

The Secret Life of Bees

Stephanie Coontz, a history and family studies professor at The Evergreen State College and author of five books, will speak on several themes found in Sue Monk Kidd's novel "The Secret Life of Bees."


See this article in the Olympian for more info.

Geoducks fall to Concordia

In a game dominated by defence, Concordia scored a late goal to beat Evergreen. The Olympian:

It was the first goal Evergreen had given up in three games. Evergreen, which dropped to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the Cascade Conference, has five shutouts this season and Oliver is giving up a conference-low .76 goals a game.

"I think we're learning how to be the hunted," Evergreen coach Tom Boatright said. "We're used to being the underdog. Now, we're the team to beat. I think we played tight and that shows up in how we played offensively."

Evergreen will have another chance when they play Concordia in Portland on Oct. 20th. Here's the schedule for the rest of the season.

Authentic Communication Workshop

In three weeks (soon!) there will be a weekend workshop at Evergreen focused on bridging personal differences through authentic communication. The workshop uses a model called Community Building, and was developed by M. Scott Peck, who wrote extensively about it in his book The Different Drum. Led by professional facilitators, participants work to create a safe place space that allows for the possibility of deep human connection. Rather than teach or do activities, facilitators will make use of silence, and introduce simple guidelines such as "speak when moved to speak."

Note to students: many Evergreen faculty are willing to use a workshop like this as part of your course-work if it relates to what you're studying!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23

Where: The Evergreen State College

Cost: $10 student, $30 public (a typical workshop costs in excess of $250! "Thanks" to Student Activities and Common Bread for their financial support!)

Contact: Prior registration is required. For more information, or to register, call 867-6033, or e-mail sterya12@evergreen.edu. Also see http://www.fce-community.org for more information on Community Building.

Workshop Mission Statement: "There is a yearning in the heart for peace. Because of the wounds and rejections we have received in past relationships, we are frightened by the risk of disarming ourselves. In our fear, we discount the dream of authentic community as merely visionary. But there are methods by which people can come back together, and by which the old wounds can be healed. It is the mission of this workshop to make hope real again, and the vision actually manifest in a world which has almost forgotten the glory of what it means to be human."

Say You Want a Revolution?

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A class in non-hierarchical campaign organizing.

This class is for anyone wanting to further social, economic and environmental justice. No age requirements, no political experience necessary, experts are welcome.

This class can be designed in three different ways.

  1. The class actively participates in a single local campaign.
  2. Individuals within the class pursue different campaigns and use class time to compare and contrast.
  3. Study past campaigns of the class’s choosing and learn what’s possible today.
  • Learn how to organize locally more effectively by getting your message out to those who need to hear it.
  • Learn offensive and defensive techniques that adapt to different times and situations.
  • Learn how to use the media to get free publicity for your campaign.
  • Workshops featuring a wide variety of mediums (not limited to the production of flyers, radio, theatre, digital photography, news reporting for print and radio, press releases, how to use the phone, email, internet, zines, stickers, newspapers, silk-screening, button making, banner making, and many more). Class participants will also learn how to choose mediums most effective for the campaign.

Register for this and other Fall Free School classes at http://olympiafreeschool.org.

Celebrate Our Environment

NEWS RELEASE [via email]

Chehalis River Council

Contact: Abigail Brown, (360) 807-0764


Chehalis Environmental Fair

WHO: Chehalis River Council, Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, Chehalis Foundation, local Organic Farmers, WSU Master Composters, Capitol Land Trust, Citizens United for Responsible Economic Development, Lewis County Watch, Thurston County Conservation District, Heernett Foundation, The Farmbank Project, Family Forest Foundation, Lewis County Noxious Weed Board,Lewis County Master Composters and Master Gardeners

WHAT: "Celebrate Our Environment," 2nd Annual Environmental Fair This year's event will feature informational and educational exhibits from the participating organizations. There will be plenty of interest for adults including displays and a wide array of musical performances, and for the children games, crafts, and a puppet show. The day will start around 3:00 p.m. with introductions and a puppet show; from 4:00 - 6:00 there will be 3 band sets, with breaks for activities and displays. There will be a short environmental movie and break for dinner from 6:00 – 7:00, and 3 more band sets until later in the evening. This family-friendly event is informal and visitors and encouraged to stop in throughout the day. There is no cover charge, but donations will be accepted. The Matrix Coffeehouse has a full menu for dining.

WHY: This event will help to raise awareness of local organizations dedicated to supporting environmental and land use issues.

Please contact the Chehalis River Council for more information: 360-807-0764 or The Matrix Coffee House @ 360-740-0492 or www.matrixcoffeehouse.com.

Mud Bay Jugglers benefit for Bread & Roses

See attachment for details!
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