Facebook0Tweet0Pin0When the statistics of the future budget cuts at South Puget Sound Community College were dropped on campus in early March, students hardly knew what to expect. Many feared the rumored tuition hikes, loss of favorite professors, or for many high school students, the end of the Running Start program.While most of these symptoms have yet to appear as a result of the campus-wide belt-tightening, students and faculty got their first look at the effects of the budget when the 2011-2012 annual course offerings where released. Previously (with the mild exception of Summer quarter) most courses had at least three or more different class times, and were offered multiple times throughout the academic year. Now, if these classes exist at all anymore, they are only offered at two times of the day on average, and many are only available one trimester per year. This has put a serious crimp in the plans of students with less flexible schedules, and Running Start students who need certain specific classes to graduate.One recent example of this dilemma was the news that reached the students of a College Algebra class a few days ago. Their class was being dropped. While they would still receive credit for passing the class, the already limited transferability of the course was stifled. Those who were planning to transfer to many four-year universities would have to re-take the pre-requisite course for pre-calculus all over again.Unfortunately with funding as low as it is, there was no recourse for the school administration to take but to cut classes. The maintenance of all of the buildings have been optimized to save as much energy as possible, and all of the major sources from which extra income can be raised is being taken advantage of. However, the school could only economize so much before having to make this difficult decision. While many students are surprised and somewhat annoyed with the meager course offerings for the upcoming school year, many are taking the cutbacks in stride; appreciating the concerted efforts of the administration in these hard times.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0The Minnaert Art Gallery CREDIT: www.spscc.ctc.eduBy MorganEvery student has probably wondered what their professor’s do in their every day lives. If they actually have a passion for what they teach in the classroom that carries over into the realm of their sparse free time. This year, with the return of the Art Faculty Exhibit, the students at South Puget Sound Community College (2011 Mottman Rd. Olympia, WA 98512) will get to see what their art professors are capable of. Members of the art faculty on campus will be taking over the Minnaert Center Art Gallery usually dominated by student pieces, from October 3rd to November 23rd. The featured pieces will showcase their diverse talents in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and more. Even if you do not attend the college, the gallery is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 4PM, so you can still get a chance to admire all of the amazing work. Later on in the month, there will be a special opening reception for the exhibit from 6PM to 9PM inside the gallery. If you enjoyed any particular pieces earlier in the month, stop by and say hello to the artist who created them! For more information, email the gallery at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (360) 596-5527
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Chapter of Trout UnlimitedThe public is invited to the January 23rd meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a presentation by Terry Rudnick, refreshments, and fishing equipment raffle. Terry’s color slide presentation is on up-to-date vertical jig fishing for saltwater salmon. You will learn about techniques, locations, and appropriate gear to use in Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean for vertical jig fishing for salmon.Bio: Terry Rudnick.Terry Rudnick is a freelance outdoor writer / photographer / speaker specializing in Pacific Northwest fishing, hunting and boating subjects. Since beginning his career more than 30 years ago, he has had over 1,000 articles and photos published in more than two-dozen regional and national publications. Terry will have available and sign copies of his book Washington Fishing. An enthusiastic and entertaining speaker, he has given more than 200 slideshows and seminars. Besides his more than two-dozen awards for writing and photography, Rudnick has received the national Silver Trout Award for Communications from Trout Unlimited and the Ken McLeod Journalism Award from the King County Outdoor Sports Council.
Facebook80Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryAuthor JA Jance will visit Centralia and Olympia February 27 and 28. (Photo credit Mary Ann Halpin StudiosTo say that mystery writer J.A. Jance’s novels are regulars on the New York Times bestseller list, which is true, misses the major theme of the relationship between the author and her readers – one of mutual loyalty and warm feelings. Jance’s devoted fans and fans-to-be will have two chances to visit with Jance this month at free local events where Ms. Jance will discuss her new thriller, “Moving Target,” her fiftieth book and ninth in her Ali Reynolds series. Jance will also talk about her life and writing career and will answer questions.Thursday, February 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Jance will be at the Fox Theatre, 123 South Tower Avenue, Centralia. The event is presented by the Centralia and Chehalis Timberland libraries and cosponsored by the Friends of the Chehalis and Centralia Timberland libraries. Pick up free, tickets in advance at any Lewis County Timberland Library, Book ‘N’ Brush in Chehalis, or PostNet in Centralia. Free tickets will also be available at the door, space permitting.Friday, February 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Jance will be at the Minnaert Center for the Arts on the South Puget Sound Community College campus, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia. The event is presented by the Tumwater Timberland Library and cosponsored by SPSCC and the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. Parking and event admission are free. No tickets are required.Doors will open an hour early at both locations so people can purchase books. After the events, Ms. Jance will sign any of her books that her fans bring.Moving TargetFrom the author praised for her “inimitable, take-no-prisoners style” (“Kirkus Reviews”),the ninth Ali Reynolds thriller sends Ali on a trans-Atlantic mission to solve a cold case murder and help Leland Brooks reunite with his long-estranged family.Back in Arizona, Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali’s fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England, B. turns to someone else to help out—Ali’s good friend Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.Meanwhile, in England, Ali begins to investigate the decades-old murder of Leland’s father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With unsolved murders on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers—and the jeopardy they get into as a result.J. A. JanceNoveList Plus, a readers’ resource on the Timberland Regional Library website, states: “Judith Jance pens suspenseful mystery fiction set largely in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. She is adept at combining intricate plots, believable characters, and grisly murder. Although she maintains a fast pace, Jance’s writing is punctuated by evocative descriptions and poignant observations. Her skill at juggling multiple plot lines keeps readers on edge and ratchets up the tension. That, coupled with a sure hand at creating a haunting atmosphere, insures that her work will appeal to readers of both mysteries and thrillers.”In addition to her Ali Reynolds series, Jance is the author of the J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady and Walker family mystery series as well as a book of poetry. Her vivid settings are rooted in her own experience. She was born in South Dakota, raised in Arizona and moved to Washington in the 1980s. She and her husband now split their time between Seattle and Tucson, Arizona.Jance states on her website, www.jajance.com: “I learned on the reservation (Tohono O’Odham in Arizona where she taught for five years) that the ancient, sacred charge of the storyteller is to beguile the time. I’m thrilled when I hear that someone has used my books to get through some particularly difficult illness either as a patient or as they sit on the sidelines while someone they love is terribly ill. It gratifies me to know that by immersing themselves in my stories, people are able to set their own lives aside and live and walk in someone else’s shoes.”For more information about the events, call the Centralia library at (360) 736-0183, the Chehalis library at (360) 748-3301 or the Tumwater library at (360) 943-7790 or visit www.TRL.org.
Submitted by Rob Rice HomesConcern for Animals Garage Sale is the garage sale to beat all garage sales in our community.And, it just got bigger with a donation of a full house of furniture from Rob Rice Homes.You read it right. You know that furniture you wish you had when you walk into a new model home?Now you can buy it yourself at bargain prices at the Concern for Animal’s sale held on June 6 at Rick’s Automotive, 3527 Pacific Ave SE (see directions below) from 8 am to 5 pm. The donation of furniture includes pieces for the living room, dining room, kitchen and both the master and children’s bedrooms—all barely used at a model home in one of the Rob Rice Communities.“We are so excited about Rob Rice Homes’ generous donation of an entire home’s worth of beautiful, show-quality furniture,” says Sarah Hinman, executive assistant for the Concern for Animals board. “That furniture is a huge addition to the many other donations the community will make throughout May. You will not want to miss this!”And, the proceeds go to Concern for Animals, the local non-profit organization that for 35 years has assisted low income families with the food and medical needs of their pets and rescue animals. Concern for Animals depends on donations, membership, small grants and fundraising events like the annual garage sale to fund its programs that include low-cost spay and neutering, emergency medical care and a pet Food Bank.Rob Rice Homes supports the mission of Concern for Animals, previously renovating the organization’s office at no cost when it moved to an older home on State Avenue. Rob and his wife Helena also sponsor the group’s annual Toast for Tails Beer and Wine Tasting Auction.“Being animal lovers, Rob and I recognize the incredible work of Concern for Animals,” says Helena Rice. “We love that this donation of furniture will help families and seniors care for their pets. We have members of our family that are rescue animals and we understand the deep bond between pets and their owners. It is a great cause.”Make Your ContributionThroughout the month of May, you can donate your items every Thursday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Rick’s Automotive at 3527 Pacific Ave in Olympia. Concern for Animals will provide tax-deductible donation forms for each donation.Please note that they cannot accept clothing, TVs, computers, electronics or workout equipment for the sale.Join us at Rob Rice Homes in helping to make this the biggest community garage sale ever while contributing to the health and well-being of hundreds of animals every year!Directions for Donations and the Garage saleBecause the event typically draws hundreds of people who donate items or come out for the event to find incredible deals, Sarah Hinman wants everyone aware of the directions to Rick’s Automotive.“The location is a bit tricky,” Sarah explains. “Though the address for the event says ‘Pacific Ave,’ the location is tucked back behind the Marine shop. So, please take Pacific to Fones Road and turn onto 6th St SE. Pass Cash & Carry on your right and reach a large warehouse with a sign to Rick’s. We will have our signs up, too.”Don’t miss this year’s event and the chance to get that piece of quality furniture or any other of the great garage sale you are looking for.“Our inventory will be loaded with must-haves at garage sale prices,” Sarah describes. “It will be a fantastic time to find a bargain and perhaps that piece of beautiful model home furniture you have always wanted!” Facebook27Tweet0Pin0
Facebook27Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Olympia Symphony OrchestraThe Olympia Symphony Orchestra is pleased to open its celebratory 65th Anniversary Season with a concert titled “Opening Statements,” on Sunday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. This season marks a milestone for the OSO, as they simultaneously celebrate their 65th year of performing classical symphonic masterpieces for the South Sound community and Maestro Huw Edwards’ 15th year conducting this ensemble from the podium. Both are proud landmarks for this professional orchestra, and this season’s title, “Thinking Big,” illustrates the exuberance, pride, and momentum the OSO feels when looking back on a 65 year legacy, while looking forward to the exciting and enduring road ahead.The Washington Center, located in downtown Olympia, will host the Olympia Symphony Orchestra October 8. The concert will open with Joseph Curiale’s Awakening. Cast in three short movements (Compassion – Forgiveness – Joy) it traces a path of emotional and spiritual awakening not unlike one that the composer describes having personally experienced. Born in 1955, Curiale has turned his spiritual awakening into action. Currently living in Singapore, he spends much of his time doing charitable work. The composer’s comments about his own spiritual awakening give context to the seeming simplicity of the music:“The simple things seem to have the greatest power yet are so easy to miss. It is up to us to be more sensitive. However, it seems the more I learn the less I feel I understand about the meaning of life and what this world is all about…why God would allow such misery and suffering. But through all the ups and downs of this life, for me there is one undeniable truth and that is music…the purest form of love that I have ever known. And maybe that’s all I need to know.”Principal Flutist of Olympia Symphony, Mary Jensen, will take center stage for part of the program. Photo courtesy: Olympia Symphony OrchestraFollowing Awakening, the Olympia Symphony’s own Mary Jensen will take the stage as featured soloist, performing Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. Ms. Jensen holds the position of Principal Flutist of Olympia Symphony, and will step away from that chair and into the spotlight of center stage for this two-movement work. In addition to her position with the OSO, Mary is also Principal Flutist with Symphony Tacoma (formerly Tacoma Symphony Orchestra), Tacoma City Ballet, and the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, where she is also Artist-in-Residence. Mary maintains a private studio in Tacoma, where she also is a flute and chamber music coach for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and is on the faculty of the Evergreen Music Festival. The Olympia Symphony is proud to showcase her brilliant musicianship as their featured guest artist.The season opening concert will conclude with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, a pivotal work for the Russian composer. He began composing the work in 1877, just prior to his doomed marriage to his wife Antonina. By the time he completed the work in 1878, his marriage was over, and he suffered two health crises related to stresses caused partly by his sexual orientation and partly because of the existential threat that he believed married life represented for his creativity. Unlike Curiale’s Awakening, which mimics the composers experience in auditory parallelism, Tchaikovsky’s celebratory Fourth Symphony contradicts the turmoil experienced by the composer during its composition.Guest conductor, Jeffrey Bell-Hanson will take the podium during the October 8 concert. Photo courtesy: Olympia Symphony OrchestraTaking the podium to conduct this varied program will be guest conductor, Jeffrey Bell-Hanson. Dr. Bell-Hanson just finished his 15th season as Director of Orchestral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is Professor of Music, and is currently on Sabbatical leave. He brings to the podium a dedication not only to high standards, but also to performances informed by scholarship. His career-long concern for the orchestra as a model of community has led him to believe deeply in its ability to teach a sense of shared values. The Olympia Symphony is honored to have the privilege of performing under his direction. OSO Music Director and Conductor Huw Edwards is serving as visiting professor at Pacific Lutheran University this academic year, where he will conduct the University Symphony in Dr. Bell-Hanson’s absence. Maestro Edwards will return to the OSO podium to conduct the remaining concerts of the 2017-18 65th Anniversary Season.For more information on Olympia Symphony concerts and upcoming events, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Olympia Symphony Orchestra website.
Facebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Kerby! He is a cute, big-eared, black and white, ten-pound boy who appears to be wearing a tuxedo! Kerby is two years old, and adores people, even though he is a little shy at first. He enjoys going for leash walks, hanging with his guy friends, and playing with toys.Like most North-westerners, Kerby will seek out and enjoy any available sunny spot. He will alert you if someone is coming, is crate trained, housebroken, and likes to go for car rides.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet me in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email email@example.com or call 360-432-3091.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Bunker! He is a 3-year-old, 58-pound cute and sweet guy who is looking for a forever home with a fenced yard and humans who will take great care of him. Bunker’s mamma was a white German Shepherd and my papa was a red-nosed Pit Bull. He is well-qualified to be your good companion, and excellent family dog because he loves people, older dogs, nice cats, and toys. His pink nose and pearly toenails give him a polished gentlemanly appearance, which is a bonus, because he is ready to go at a moment’s notice. If you have a fenced yard and can feed him a nice chicken-free diet, then he would like to apply for the position of your loyal, goofy, and playful best friend.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Bunker in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-432-3091.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dr. Ankeney for Kaiser PermanenteDid you know that every medical test presents risk? I’m talking about scans, blood draws, even biopsies. To some it’s a counterintuitive reality, but medical testing has drawbacks.Dr. Ankeney explains that all medical tests have risks. Decide which ones are right for you. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteYikes. This isn’t a fun thing to ponder. What kind of risks are we talking about? Here’s an example: Obtaining an MRI or CT in low-risk populations frequently detect benign abnormalities (sometimes jokingly referred to as “incidentalomas”) that would never have caused harm if they weren’t detected. Worse, they can at times return false positive findings – saying something problematic is there when it isn’t – which usually generates major anxiety while also wasting money. Often that imaging prompts avoidable or even hazardous surgery, sometimes with needless additional exposure to radiation.Take MRI for migraines. Physicians rarely find a single brain tumor in 100+ patients who get MRIs for chronic headaches. Experts suggest patients undergo imaging for migraines only in very rare cases. But studies show that nearly half of patients with headaches eventually get an MRI.All medical tests are measured for their potential to generate false positives (saying there’s a problem when there isn’t one). They’re also measured for the chances of generating false negatives (missing a problem that is actually there). Many tests are good at one part of that but not so good at the other.Take the Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) test, used to try to detect prostate cancer. PSA is a protein secreted by cells in the prostate gland and is one component of ejaculate. It is present in small quantities in the blood of men with healthy prostates but is often (not always) elevated in prostate cancer.Prostate cancer screening using the PSA test first started in the 1980’s. Since that time, prostate cancer diagnoses increased from 1 in 11, to 1 in 6. This sounds like a good thing, but there’s more to the story. Turns out the risk of dying from prostate cancer hasn’t changed at all. It’s stubbornly stuck at 1 in 34. Furthermore, studies suggest that somewhere between 23-50 percent of prostate cancers were over diagnosed.All medical tests are measured for their potential to generate false positives (saying there’s a problem when there isn’t one). Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteInteresting word, “over diagnosed.” What does it mean? It’s the detection by screening of a condition that would never have caused symptoms in a patient’s lifetime. As described above, overdiagnosis leads to all kinds of things that paradoxically harm us, rather than help.Let’s return to the PSA test. It has a false negative rate of only about 10 percent. This means that if the test comes back negative, there is a nearly 90 percent chance it’s correct and there is no cancer in the prostate. But the test does poorly at avoiding false positives. In those who test positive for cancer via the PSA, nearly 80 percent of them won’t actually have a problem (either because there isn’t really cancer there, or the cancer that is there isn’t a dangerous type). That’s a lot of people walking around thinking they probably have a terrible disease when they don’t.So we’re left with a situation where medical tests can be helpful, but not always. This is where a good medical provider can be so helpful. Modern medical decision making is a balancing act between risks and benefits. There is rarely absolute certainty in our use of medical technology. So as you think about these things, lean on your doc to help guide you through this wilderness of data and risk. It’s why we’re here.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsMeow Meow, scheduled to perform on April 4, has been cancelled. According to Executive Director Jill Barnes, “The artist is currently in Paris, and combined with the current realities of Washington State and the recent travel ban from Europe, Meow Meow will not be able to perform in Olympia.”The Health and safety of our patrons is always a top priority. We are closely monitoring the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and are committed to keeping the community informed about actions we are taking to prevent its spread.Increased sanitation practices have been implemented for all areas of the theater. This includes frequent disinfecting of high-use areas such as theater seats, restrooms, door handles, hand rails, and elevator buttons. Hand sanitizer will be available at main entrances to the lobby and theater spaces. We also encourage staff, volunteers, and patrons to stay home if they are unwell.The Washington Center will be keeping our community informed as quickly as possible regarding show cancellations due to COVID-19 and Governor Inslee’s mandate for immediate prohibition around public gatherings and events. Ticket holders will be emailed directly with show specific details.Please visit our website for daily performance and event updates www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.