STEAM Spring Break Activities

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:00am - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Explore, discover, and create with a variety of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities at the WET Science Center. Drop in to play any time or pre-register for one of the daily workshops. For information and registration information visit 

Nature’s Tree Houses: Who Lives in Our Forests?

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Our forests are home to creatures like squirrels, owls, and insects. But where do all these animals live? Join us at the WET Science Center for a 2 pm presentation about forest animals and their homes, including nests, dens, tree cavities, and much more. Activities in our classroom all day, including designing and building your very own tree house!

Equinox Planting Party at Darlin Creek

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Equinox Planting Party at Darlin Creek

Celebrate spring's arrival by nurturing native plants!  Community members are invited to volunteer with Native Plant Salvage/ WSU Extension Water Resources at Capitol Land Trust's gorgeous Darlin Creek Preserve, on Sunday March 19th.  Buds are leafing out all around us, and it’s the perfect time to be outside.

Volunteers will plant native ferns, shrubs and trees to restore the forest where Scot's Broom has recently been pulled.  NPS will provide all tools and work gloves needed.  Hot beverages and nutritious snacks will keep volunteers fueled throughout the day!

Please email to register. Directions and details sent following registration.

For more information, visit

Science Café - "Comparing the Environmental Impact of Common Household Items"

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Comparing the Environmental Impact of Common Household Items
What Life Cycle Assessments Tell Us About the Sustainability of the Products We Use Every Day

Dr. David Tyler, Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon

7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin’s University

Every day we are confronted with choices that impact our environment:  Local or shipped produce?  Incandescent bulb, compact fluorescent light, or LED?  Paper, plastic, or reusable tote bag?  Disposable plastic cup or reusable ceramic mug?  Biodiesel, gasohol, or gasoline?  Recycling or incineration?  Paper towels or warm-air hand dryer?  How do we really know what’s best for the environment?   Learn more about how we use life cycle assessments to evaluate the environmental impacts of common household items and the ordinary activities we carry out daily.  Warning: your intuition about environmental impacts is not always right!

David R. Tyler is part of the pioneering green chemistry group at the University of Oregon.  He received Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology.  He has been at the University of Oregon since 1985. 

Trumpism in Olympia

From KIRO's Andrew Lanier... (Thanks to Emmett O'Connell on Twitter):

Don’t blame the gophers: Thurston County issue not bad as commissioner says

Shoe Tree

On the corner by the Bread Peddler (a few weeks ago)...

Gretchen's Sweet Sixteen (Suite 16) Concert & CD Signing

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

After 11 hits as The Fleetwoods, Female Lead Singer/Arranger/Songwriter Gretchen Christopher performs autobiographical songs (Including #1 Hit "Come Softly To Me"�) from her Solo CD, a Billboard Critics pick for 10 Best Albums of 2007. Q&A and signing will follow. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.


Latest episode of "Now Where Were We" deals with the Chinese exclusion and other history of the Chinese in Olympia

Jim Ah Toone and Nettie James Family, 1890s
WSHS Photo 

The March edition of Now Where Were We? is now available for viewing on Youtube. This month's theme is the history of Chinese in Olympia. In the second of the series' focus on Iconic Intersections, OHS/BH Board member and historian, Ed Echtle,discusses the long and important presence of Chinese immigrants and their descendants in Washington's capital city.

You can subscribe on the YouTube Channel page for updates and new videos.  The show is in its second year.

Sister Spit 20th Anniversary Tour

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

In 2017 the Sister Spit Tour celebrates 20 years on the road, featuring six women artists who offer a critical, intersectional and often humorous lens to issues of feminism, race, size, class, identity, technology, gender and sexuality. Sister Spit is a traveling road show that brings provocative, emerging queer and feminist artists to venues across the US. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

An Evening of Swing & Jazz with Red & Ruby!

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join Red & Ruby for a swinging good time as they perform a varied collection of hot & cool tunes from the great American songbook. Red & Ruby is award winning jazz vocalist LaVon Hardison accompanied by Olympia's ubiquitous jazz guitar player Vince Brown. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

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