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Free Skool Olympia's February Calendar out now!

The newly revived and under new (no)management Free Skool Olympia has come out with its February calendar of classes!

Free Skool Olympia is an autonomous, all ages, egalitarian, volunteer-run collective which works to offer a wide range of workshops, classes, trainings, and skill shares freely to the community. The Free Skool offers a direct challenge to educational, economic, and social systems that oppress and divide our communities by providing vibrant alternatives to those systems and safe places for them to thrive so that we may begin to imagine and build a truly free world.

This month features classes on:

  • Algebra
  • Art and Activism
  • Book Binding
  • Computer Security
  •  Freestyle Rap
  • Haiku & Asian Poetry
  • History
  •  Knot Tying & Climbing
  • Media
  •  Musical Saw Playing
  •  Mycology
  •  Peace Psychology
  • Really Really Safe Sex
  • Self Defense
  • Sign Language
  • Stick 'N' Poke Tattoos

As well as a Black History Reading Group, White Privilege Reading Group, film showings, a Stitch 'N' Knit circle, and a Theatre of the Oppressed troupe!

All classes are absolutely free. The whole month's calendar, which includes descriptions, times, and locations is attached to this post!

Child care will be provided at classes on request. If you have child care or accessibility needs, contact the facilitator of the class you'd like to attend.

To find out more about the Free Skool, you can come to our general meetings every Sunday, 2:00pm at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) or find us on Facebook. To contact us, e-mail olyfreeskool (at) riseup (dot) net

The Art of Small Press Publishing @ the Olympia Library

This is a two day event!

Day 1
The Art of Small Press Publishing: an Evening with Local Authors
Friday, March 19, 5:30-7pm
This two-day event celebrates and examines the world of small press publishing. Friday night, local authors will read from their work and answer questions. On Saturday, a panel will discuss small press from multiple perspectives. A selection of small press merchandise will be available for purchase. Friday night: authors Skie Bender, with musical accompaniment by Kevin Jacobs, Derek Ryan Hain, Adam Jessup, Ray Maeda, Tony Perkins, and Sarah Tavis with musical accompaniment by Letters.

Day 2
The Art of Small Press Publishing: a Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 20, 2-4pm
On day two of the Art of Small Press, a panel will discuss and answer questions about small press from multiple perspectives. Panelists: Joshua James Amberson of Ms. Valerie Park Distro; Matthew Green of Olympia Power & Light newspaper; Carol Hannum of the Olympia Book Arts Society; Jami Heinricher of the Sherwood Press; Jacob McMurray of Payseur & Schmidt Publishers; and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press. There will be a selection of small press merchandise for sale.

Psychic Buffet @ Urban Onion

First Monday of the month a Psychic Buffet will be held at the Urban Onion in downtown Olympia. Each month you will find a wonderful selection of psychics, tarot readers, jewelry and intuitive arts to select from. valentines Day draws near. Come by with your partner to get a couples reading or to purchase a special charm or talisman for your loved one. 5-9pm Monday February 2, 2009 See you there!

Intuitive Arts Fair

Curious about what the new year holds for you? Come to the intuitive arts fair and have a reading through the intuitive arts. Bring your pets to see the animal communicator. Wonderful fine arts available as well.

Date: January 10, 2009 – Saturday
Where: Shelton
Time: 10 - 6

~ Free Admittance ~

Cove Crystals is a rock shop full of gems from pocket size to museum specimens, a gallery of drift wood and fine arts by locals, a gift shop filled with unique items, a flooring shop with magic carpets, and a meeting place for energy workers, native arts classes and more.

Cove Crystal Rock Shop Intuitive Arts Fair (360) 426-8111

Driving directions from I-5 (mileage is approximate) Take exit 104 (go 6 miles) Take Shelton exit Hwy 101 N. (go 11 miles) Take exit-only lane to Hwy 3 N. (veer right at exit, drive 1 ½ miles) (At 1st stop-light) go Right on Arcadia Rd (drive 2 miles) Turn Left at Cove Crystals sign drive to second building on Left

Vendor offerings include:
Reiki
Shamanism
Palmistry
Tarot
Aura Photos
Dream Interpretation
Mediums
Animal Communication
Talismanic Jewelry

Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System

[via omjp]

Born in Finland and currently living in Seattle, Silja J.A. Talvi is an investigative journalist who will be reading from, answering questions about, and signing copies of her book (that Orca Books will be on hand selling)...

Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System

As the author puts it herself, "... I did not want to produce yet another book that relies primarily on the writings and studies of inhabitants of the 'free world,' as prisoners put it. Where appropriate, I do weave in expert findings and insights, but it is absolutely my contention that there are no individuals more insightful and informed about the realities of female incarceration than prisoners themselves."

This event, like all library events, is free.

Saturday, March 15th
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave SE
(360) 352-0595

more on the author here

Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience

[via email:]
Dr. Alice Rothchild, Physician

Author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Noon to 2 pm, The Evergreen State College, Seminar II, C1107
and also
7-9 pm, Worthington Conference Center , St. Martin ’s University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE

Alice Rothchild, physician, activist and author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience, will speak Tuesday, March 4th from 12-2 pm at The Evergreen State College, Seminar II, C1107 and again from 7-9 pm in at the Worthington Conference Center, St. Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, in Lacey.

Dr. Rothchild describes her book as “… an intimate journey grappling with the complicated historical legacy of Israel and Palestine and my relationship to these issues as a Jewish American physician, grounded by the traumas of the Holocaust and my family's passionate love of Israel.” Broken Promises, Broken Dreams recounts her work with medical and human rights projects as she examines the reality of life in Israel , the complexity of Jewish Israeli identity and attitudes, and the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza . Her evocative writing brings to life the voices of people mutually entwined in trauma, and explores individual examples of resilience and resistance.
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