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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  Preceding Day Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Following Day
  • Environmental Graduate School Info Sessions:

    The Evergreen State College is holding Environmental Graduate program info sessions. Two sessions include an optional class visit; see their website for details: http://www.evergreen.edu/mes/infosessions.htm. Tuesday, September 23th, 5:30-6:30pm; also, Tuesday, October 14th and Thursday, December 11th, 5-6pm (with optional class visit, 6-8pm).

     

     


    Tuesday, Sept. 23rd 5:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 14th & Thurs. Dec. 11th 5pm
    The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy, Olympia
    360-867-5940

  • REGISTER NOW! Self Help - Dealing with Grief:

    If you're ready to deal with the grief of being widowed, divorced, or separated - there is help. As a faith-based organization, Beginning Experience offers men and women the opportunity & skills to build deeper self-respect, cope with the pain of loss, and move into the future with renewed hope. Join them on a weekend away for a lifetime of change, October 3-5 in Lacey. Call for more info and/or brochure. Chris: 253-223-2645 or Pat: 360-878-9325


    October 3rd-5th in Lacey

    253-223-2645

  • FREE! REGISTER NOW! Free Customized Job Skills Training:

    Looking for a job? Need to go to work? The Intercity Transit Village Vans Program provides free job search coaching, skill-building instruction, and current work experience with a well-known organization. Advance your professional development, become the chosen applicant every employer wants. Enrollment is ongoing and flexible. Call 360-705-5831 for details and eligibility criteria.


    Monday-Friday (see website for times)
    Intercity Transit, 526 Pattison St. SE, Olympia
    abridges@intercitytransit.com www.intercitytransit.com

  • Hat and Glove Drive for Washington Fire Victims:

    Nearly 600 households have been affected by the Carlton complex wildfire in Eastern Washington. Victims of the tragedy are in dire need of hats and gloves for the coming harsh winter months. Support them by donating new men's, women's and children's hats & gloves - all sizes needed. Lacey Presbyterian Church is heading up a drive for new hats & gloves throughout September.
     

    Click here for drop-off locations: http://www.laceypres.org/content.cfm?id=397

     


    throughout September

    360-789-0343 or 360-491-7722 www.laceypres.org

  • Smart Energy Today Job Fair:

    Smart Energy Today will hold a job fair Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 1:30-3:00pm. The company is anticipating hiring 17 positions locally and 22 nationally immediately. Positions range from Director of HR, sales and supervisors to field technicians. For a detailed listing of openings please visit employment opportunities page on www.smartenergytoday.net


    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 1:30-3:00pm
    Waterstreet Cafe, 610 Water St SW, Olympia, WA 98501
    ryan@smartenergytoday.net

  • Volunteers Needed for Family Support Center's Homeless Shelter:

    The Family Support Center is looking for compassionate and energetic volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, their 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. They have a wide variety of shifts and needs to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. Their needs are expected to grow as the colder months approach; join their amazing team now! For more information, contact Katherine at katherinec@fscss.org or 360-628-7343 ext 1


    Volunteers needed now!
    Downtown Olympia
    360-628-7343 ext 1 www.fscss.org

  • National Voter Registration Day!

    National Voter Registration Day Activities in Thurston County

    National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), September 23, 2014 is a huge national effort to get as many people to register to vote as possible. The goal is not to advocate on behalf of a candidate or party, but to make sure that people register and vote. Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall reminds voters, “Democracy depends on your participation. Your vote is your voice.”

    Do you or someone you know need to update an existing registration or register for the first time? The Thurston County Auditor’s Office is urging all residents to help get the word out and to take action. Visit: http://vote.wa.gov to update or register today or in person at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia.  Special activities include:

    • Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be sending out a joint email urging all state employees to update their address or register to vote in Washington State to help foster National Voter Registration Day.
    • All of the Timberland Libraries in Thurston County will have NVRD posters, stickers and voter registration forms at their locations.
    • Thurston County, the Public Utility District, the Cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, and Yelm are participating by either displaying their own flyers, an NVRD poster, or sending an email to their staff about National Voter Registration Day.
    • Yelm Cinemas is displaying a voter registration advertisement before each movie through October 11, 2014.
    • On September 23, the Thurston County Auditor will have staff at the Olympia InterCity Transit Office from 3 pm – 6 pm and The Evergreen State College from 9 am - 1 pm.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, Elections Division at (360) 786-5408.




    (360) 786-5408

  • Fostering Together:

    There are nearly 8,000 children in the foster-care system in Washington State. In Thurston and Mason counties, there are currently 300 children in foster care and only 80 foster homes accepting placements. Consider becoming a foster family today! For more information, contact 888-543-7414 jean-boone@olivecrest.org

    www.fosteringtogether.org 




    888-543-7414 jean-boone@olivecrest.org

  • FREE! Free & Confidential Services for Victims of Crime:

    If you or someone you know has been a victim of crime the Crime Victims Advocacy Network wants to help you. Victim Advocates provide crime victims with support, referrals, and advocacy in a compassionate, proactive, and empowering manner. CVAN offers information and referrals for victims of identity theft, assault, robbery, vehicular assault, survivors of homicide, residential burglary, theft, DUI injuries, hate crimes, and vulnerable-adult abuse. All services are free and confidential. Call CVAN toll-free 24 hours a day or see their website. Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, Bldg. 2 Rm 258. CVAN Toll-Free 1-866-711-2826
    garciac@co.thurston.wa.us
    www.cvan11.org

    Serving Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, and Pacific counties.




    CVAN Toll-Free 1-866-711-2826

  • BUY TICKETS NOW! GRuB's Harvest Soiree:

    A farm to table feast to benefit GRuB with local veggies, local ciders, and local brews, plus a silent and live auction. It's Saturday, September 27th from 4-8pm.

     

    You are invited to come to the table with GRuB to share a meal grown with love, prepared with love, and shared with love. By coming together for a family-style meal, you will experience the joy and art of being together, at the table, and in community. GRuB is a local non-profit that inspires positive personal and community change by bringing people together around food and agriculture. Alongside the family-style meal, there will be works of art from local artists and artisans featured in our silent and live auctions.

    Limited tickets are still available for $100. For more information call (360) 753-5522 or visit http://goodgrub.org


    Saturday, September 27th from 4-8pm
    Albee's Garden Parties, 4127 20th Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502
    360-753-5522 bit.ly/harvestsoiree14

  • REGISTER NOW! Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament:

    Register now for the Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament Friday, September 26th. The proceeds of the tournament go to programs that support soldiers who come home from war with PTSD.

    PTSD is commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It’s what led to the death of a soldier named PFC Kyle Marshall Farr in 2009.  From that death was born Race for a Soldier and a new meaning for PTSD:  Permission To Start Dreaming.

    Kyle’s mother, Leslie Mayne, experienced the civilian version of post traumatic stress after the loss of her son.  There was no bringing Kyle back but there was a way to honor his life and Leslie found it.

    With the help of countless volunteers, family and friends, Race For A Soldier, a half marathon contested in Gig Harbor, WA, was started in the fall of 2011.  It widely exceeded expectations, drawing 1,500 runners in both 2011 and 2012, even more in 2013, and has contributed over $100,000 to date.  These contributions were split among organizations that are helping soldiers recover from war and readjust to life back home.

    In order to increase the scope of awareness and funding for this important cause, last year they introduced a new event:  Swing For A Soldier, a golf tournament to help soldiers with PTSD.


    Friday, September 26th at 9:30am (shotgun start)
    Eagles Pride Golf Course (Ft. Lewis)
    253-208-8412 www.swingforasoldier.org

  • Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention:

    When we work to protect children from abuse and neglect, we not only reap the benefit of a healthier, happier child, but we also benefit as a whole community. Studies have shown time and again that protecting our children from abuse, neglect, and domestic violence today means they are less likely to have problems with addiction, employment, mental illness, and more.

     

    Do You know a child who is being abused? Call the DSHS 24-hour hotline at 1-866-363-4276.

    For Parents: Olympia Crisis Clinic 24-hr hotline 1-800-627-2211

                     SafePlace 24-hr Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Hotline 360-754-6300

     

    You can also visit these links:

    For info about child abuse prevention and family support programs, visit Family Educaiton & Support Services at www.FamilyESS.org

    To learn more about DSHS Child Protective Services and other programs protecting children, go to www.dshs.wa.gov/children.shtml

    For a list of emergency service contacts and other resources, go to the Thurston County website at www.co.thurston.wa.us and click on the link under the heading about Child Abuse Prevention

    To learn more about the Thurston Thrives initiative, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/thrives

     

     




    360-709-3073

  • Olympia Downtown Ambassadors:

    OLYMPIA DOWNTOWN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM!

    The goal of the Downtown Ambassador Program is to create a safe and welcoming environment for all downtown users.  The program is part of the City’s Downtown Project that aims to revitalize downtown Olympia.

    If you need assistance the Ambassadors can be reached at: 360-570-3900.

     

    Downtown Ambassadors provide customer service to all visitors of downtown by giving directions, assisting shoppers with bags and parking meters, referring people to social services, and answering any questions related to downtown.

     

    Downtown Ambassador Duties (T/W/Th, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; F/Sat, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

    • ·         Create a safe and welcoming environment in Downtown Olympia
    • ·         Assist downtown users with directions
    • ·         Assist downtown users with parking meters
    • ·         Act as an information source for events and programs in the downtown area
    • ·         Provide referrals to social services
    • ·         All-around customer service

    Clean Team Duties (Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

    • ·         Sweep sidewalks in the downtown core
    • ·         Minor graffiti abatement
    • ·         Clean overflowing trash cans
    • ·         Customer service for users of downtown

    If you need assistance the Ambassadors can be reached at: 360-570-3900.

     

    Rob Richards, Program Manager: 

    City of Olympia Staff Contact:




    570-3900

  • Community Farmers Market at Chehalis:

    Support local farmers every Tuesday! Local produce, baked goods, flowers and ready to eat foods are only some of the attractions that continue the market's 10th season  to the end of October. Debit, credit and EBT accepted. Tuesdays through October 28th, 11am-4pm. Community Farmers Market, Boistfort Street, downtown Chehalis.


    Tuesdays through October 28th, 11am-4pm
    Community Farmers Market, Boistfort Street, downtown Chehalis
    info@communityfarmersmarket.net

  • "Cruising for the Sound":

    Have a blast in a three hour cruise south of Puget Sound aboard the luxury yacht My Girl. Get a marine education, enjoy good company, great food and a no host bar in an annual fundraiser for South Sound Estuary programs. Sunday, September 28th, 2-5pm. Leaving from Port Plaza dock. South Sound Estuary Association members $50/person.  Non-members $65/person. 

    See south Puget Sound from the water! Enjoy a wonderful day with new and old friends!  Good Food! Marine Education! FUN!

    All proceeds benefit South Sound Estuary Association, (a 501(c)(3) environmental education non-profit, programs - Beach Naturalist, South Sound Estuarium, Pier Peer!  

    Reserve your space. Go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xcpwlrdab&oeidk=a07e99md15ma5213e0e

    More information: www.sseacenter.org , click on Benefit Cruise

    DEADLINE TO GET TICKETS - September 27, 2014, no age restrictions

     


    Sunday, September 28th, 2-5pm
    Aboard the yacht My Girl, leaving from Port Plaza dock, Olympia
    center@sseacenter.org http://sseacenter.wordpress.com/events-and-programs6thannual-cruise/ sseacenter.org

  • West Olympia Farmers' Market:

    In addition to a great selection of local vendors, this season will feature live music, raffles, and special events. West Olympia Farmers’ Market (WOFM) is your neighborhood market and strives to help build a vibrant local food economy by supporting small-scale and beginning vendors. All of WOFM’s farmers, artisans and producers are based in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, or Grays Harbor county, with the majority based in Olympia. Products at this year's market include fresh produce, baked goods, pastured poultry and meats, flowers, veggie starts, and crafts. Everything is locally grown and produced, so come on out and support your local producers.

    The West Olympia Farmers' Market runs every Tuesday - and they now accept EBT and debit transactions.

    Find them on Facebook.


    Every Tuesday May 13th through Oct. 14th 4-7pm
    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia 98502
    wolyfarmersmarket@gmail.com www.wolyfarmersmarket.org

  • REGISTER NOW! FREE! Power Parenting - "Emotional Intelligence":

    Power Parenting happens the second Tuesday of each month. "Emotional Intelligence" - who's got it, how to develop it and why it is wanted - is the subject. Free childcare for those 3 and older. This is a new date for the session. Tuesday, September 23rd, 6-8pm.

    Tuesday, September 23rd, 6-8pm
    Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia
    360-956-0818 www.hocm.org