YWCA Of Olympia Seeking Women Of Achievement

first_imgThe YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce that nominations for their annual Women of Achievement Celebration are now being accepted. Past honorees have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Karen Fraser, Governor Christine Gregoire, Hands On Children’s Museum Executive Director, Patty Belmonte, and Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Executive Director, Norma Schuiteman.The YWCA of Olympia will honor women throughout the South Sound who have inspired and shaped the community.  Nominees can demonstrate this work in any field, from family life to business, theater to engineering.  The agency hopes to honor women from diverse backgrounds and fields of interest.  Eligible Women of Achievement Honorees are:residents of the South Puget Sound region women who represent the YWCA’s key values of social justice, stewardship, community service, and leadership.Nominations are due to the YWCA by 5:00pm on Friday, August 24th.  Nomination forms can be obtained by calling the YWCA at 352-0593, sending an email to, or on the agency website at will be formally announced to the community on September 14th.  The celebration gala, “Women Of Achievement: Going the Distance” will take place on Thursday, November 1st from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equality for boys and girls in every athletic and educational program that receives federal funding.  The event is open to the public and tickets are available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593.For more information about Women of Achievement, contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Event Coordinator at 352-0593 or the YWCA of OlympiaEstablished in 1945, the YWCA of Olympia offers responsive programs and services to meet the needs of women, girls and families.  We are inspiring a new generation to become strong leaders and advocates for opportunity and equity for all women.  The YWCA of Olympia strives to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities.The YWCA has worked to change history—from civil rights to women’s rights, from advocacy for women’s health care to an end to violence against women and girls.The YWCA is the voice for every woman. We speak out and take action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA and our members and volunteers contribute time, talent, tenacity and financial support for the betterment of all women in our community. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0center_img women who have demonstrated inspiring and outstanding involvement in our community, and serve as an excellent role modellast_img read more

Our Community Credit Union Fan Appreciation Night Brings Some New Faces…

first_imgShipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds14 EntriesHeat Race Winners: Joe German (1), Jeff Foster (2)A-Feature: 1. Craig Moore, 2. Tom Sweatman, 3. Joe German, 4. Jeff Foster, 5. Zack Simpson, 6. Scot Miller, 7. Kyler Moore, 8. Kris Asche, 9. Carl Larson, 10. Josh Muller, 11. Del Schnitzer, 12. Scott Westley, 13. Morgan Criswell, 14. Kevin Keller USAC Ford Focus Midgets10 EntriesFast Time: Jared Peterson, 16.597Heat Race Winners: Jared Peterson (1), Jeremy Miller (2)A-Feature: 1. Jared Peterson, 2. Chase Goetz, 3. Ariel Biggs, 4. Garrett Thomas, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Todd Hartman, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Dougie James, 9. Lee St. Paul, 10. Annika Johanson Street Stocks16 EntriesFast Time: Jason Tole, 19.152Heat Race Winners: Mike Knox (1), Brian Harding (2), Jack Parshall (3)A-Feature: 1. Jason Tole, 2. Brian Harding, 3. Jack Parshall, 4. Shane Kerrigan, 5. Ryan Haney, 6. Eddie Blood, 7. Austin Kerrigan, 8. Brian Izzi, 9. Chip Haney, 10. Cory Sweatman, 11. Mike Knox, 12. Don Briggs, 13. Kelly Fugate, 14. Tim Phillips, 15. Anthony Glenn, 16. Doug Brewster, 17. Matt Babcock, 18. Nick Bramer, 19. Mike Clingen, DNS Andy Schmidt, DNS Shane Clark Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 360 Sprints5 EntriesFast Time: Jay Cole, 14.151Heat Race Winner: Mike RomigA-Feature: 1. Evan Margeson, 2. Randy Van Aagten, 3. Mike Romig, 4. Jason Reed, 5. Jay Cole Submitted by Grays Harbor RacewayThe Grays Harbor Raceway was back in action on Saturday June 1st for Fan Appreciation Night presented Our Community Credit Union.  The race marked the first event since May 11th after two consecutive weekends were cancelled due to weather.  Classes in competition were the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets.In 360 Sprint action Evan Margeson of Tacoma would get out to the race lead from the start.  Piloting his TFC Plating #50 XXX entry Margeson would seek his first career victory in a Sprint Car after a very decorated career in the Midget ranks.  Margeson would be challenged a handful of times by Randy Van Aagten during the course of the race.Van Aagten, from Shelton, stepped into the Jay Cole owned Our Community Credit Union/Bulldog Trailers #0X machine for the evening making it his first start of 2013.  Margeson would keep his car in the lead and would go on to capture the victory.  Margeson is the third different winner in as many races this season in the 360 Sprint ranks.“It’s great to get the first win out of the way,” commented Evan Margeson, “it certainly helped starting on the outside front row.  I just kept focusing on hitting my marks and not making any mistakes.”Randy Van Aagten would finish a respectful second place while finishing in third was the Herz Precision Parts #22 of Mike Romig from Vancouver.  Crossing the line in fourth was Jason Reed of Elma in the Swan Island Sandblasting #19M Rocket and placing fifth was Shelton’s Jay Cole in his Our Community Credit Union/Bulldog Trailers #0J machine.  Fast time of the night was Cole at a time of 14.151 seconds while Romig earned the heat race win.Craig Moore was on a mission in the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified main event.  The Seabeck driver mastered the setup and preferred running the middle groove at a very quick pace.  Once he took the lead he was off and running to put the Power Punch Oil Supplements/DNC Competition Engines/Williams Family Salsa #14 GRT in the winner’s circle.  For Moore it was his fifth main event win of the season but his first at Grays Harbor Raceway this year.“It’s great to get this win here,” said Moore, “it took us a little bit to get a handle of the drive this new car has.  The track was pretty dry slick and I bought this car for these conditions and it worked out great tonight.”Cosmopolis pilot Tom Sweatman finish in the runner-up position in his Sweatman Trucking/D&D Dyno #11 machine while third went to the Wishkah Iron Works/Ozman Services Inc. #75X Skyrocket of defending champ Joe German from Wishkah.  Jeff Foster of McCleary ended the night in fourth in his J&F Automotive/Bayview Redi-Mix #8 mount followed by the Jacknut Apparel/CNK Machine #12 Shaw of Hoquiam’s Zack Simpson.  Heat race winners during the night were German and Foster.In the first two USAC Ford Focus Midget races at Grays Harbor Raceway the winner had been the same driver, Chase Goetz.  In the early goings Goetz, of Snohomish, would battle with Ocosta’s Ariel Biggs for the lead.   Biggs, in the Don Emery owned #11E entry, would lead the first few laps before Goetz would take the lead on lap three.Goetz would just lead that one lap in his Great Western Transport/Elma Lanes #91 Beast due to Biggs retaking the lead on lap four.  Biggs would lose the lead the next lap to Stanwood standout Jared Peterson.  Peterson, last year’s champion in the division, was sitting back in third as Biggs and Goetz battled one another and pounced on an opportunity to get the Carla and Gaylon Stewart owned Sno-Lynne Machine #3S XXX to the top spot.Peterson would have no issues once taking the lead and would go on to win the race.  For Jared it was his first win at GHR in his first race of the season at the 3/8-mile clay oval.  It would also mark a clean sweep for the young man as he set fast time and won his respected heat race.Chase Goetz would end the evening in second while in third was Ariel Biggs.  Completing the top five finishers was the MASCO Petroleum #44 Beast of Montesano driver Jeremy Miller in fourth and Todd Hartman from Bothell in fifth.  Fast time of the night went to Jared Peterson at 16.597 seconds while heat winners were Peterson and Miller.In the third Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks event of the year a huge car count was on hand and Hoquiam’s Jason Tole was once again in victory lane.  The defending champion Tole would take the lead from the Eddie’s Automotive/Stykes Engines/Fusion Graphics #17 Camaro of Brian Izzi from Hoquiam.  Tole would lead the rest of the distance and win his second race of the year in only his second start of the season in the Western Washington Construction/Crowell Brothers Automotive Repair #34 Camaro.“The whole engine/race car package this year has been great,” said Tole, “my car is working really well.  I tried a new setup and just took what I got and ended up where I ended up. “Brian Harding of Oakville was second in the Mountain Winery/Wilcox and Flegel Petroleum Supply/Bar None Construction #28 Camaro followed by the Jacknut Apparel/CNK Machine #9 Camaro of Hoquiam driver Jack Parshall.  Aberdeen’s Shane Kerrigan in his #43 Mustang was fourth and earning fifth was the Napa Auto Parts of Montesano #67 Mustang driven by Ryan Haney from Elma.  Fast time of the night was Jason Tole at 19.152 seconds while heat race winners were Tacoma’s Mike Knox in the Sam’s Auto Repair/Desperado Express #40, Harding, and Parshall.In the Hornet division a new face was in victory lane.  Jeserae Norton of Tenino was the early leader in the Centralia Pet Resort #27 machine but would be overtaken by Brian Norton of Tacoma.  Brian would lead for much of the race in his Free Junk Metal Removal/New Generation Fitness #43 until pressure was brought on by Rochester’s Shane Turner.  Turner would take the lead on lap seventeen but would lose it on the next circuit.  Brian Norton would go on to win and became the third different winner in as many races in the classification.Shane Turner would end his night in a respectable second while finishing behind him in third was the #7 of Devin Matthews from Tacoma.  The balance of the top five would include Willie Wright of Aberdeen in the Kerrigan and Sons Trucking #17 in fourth and the I-5 Auto & Truck/Cut Rate Auto Parts #37X of youngster Amanda Allery.  Earning victories in the heat races were Turner and Wright.The Grays Harbor Raceway will be back in action next Saturday night June 8th.  It will be a makeup date for both the $650.00 to win Cut Rate Auto Parts 100 for the Street Stocks and $750.00 to win Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified event courtesy of X-Factor Race Cars.  Hornets will also be on the card and the Street Stock main event will be one hundred laps in distance.  For more information log on to or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.Race SummaryOur Community Credit Union Fan Appreciation NightSaturday June 1st, 2013Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington Hornets13 EntriesHeat Race Winners: Shane Turner (1), Willie Wright (2)A-Feature: 1. Brian Norton, 2. Shane Turner, 3. Devin Matthews, 4. Willie Wright, 5. Amanda Allery, 6. Chad Norton, 7. Chris Pugsley, 8. Jesrae Norton, 9. Peggy Harding, 10. Melvin Welch, 11. Jeff Warner, DNS Mike Brewster, DNS Jeff Daniellast_img read more

Westport Winery Creates Nirvana

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery has created its first ultra-premium wine called Nirvana. Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes from Mays Discovery Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills, this wine was blended by a select group of their wine club members and the Roberts family in March. The tasting notes describe this wine as “A magic, inviting red sunset that feels like fire.”In addition to crafting this this new blend, the Roberts have also changed the label for this wine which now features an underwater photograph of Carrie Roberts—the Roberts’ daughter and winery general manager—when she was learning to swim at about six months of age. This is a tip of the hat to the Nirvana album Nevermind. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee.It is recommended that this wine be paired with their Shut The Front Door featuring a Certified Angus Beef burger with bacon, ham, Swiss, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, avocado, greens, honey thousand and blackberry sauce on a grilled hoagie. As the tasting notes also offer a musical pairing it fits that this wine be enjoyed while listening to Come As You Are by Nirvana.A sculpture commemorating this wine was created by Tokeland artist Jeffro Uitto in 2009. It is a giant replica of the guitar Cobain designed for Fender that is made entirely of driftwood and logging gear.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea Gardens with the unique outdoor sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at read more

Olympia High Student Espen Shackelford Serves as Legislative Page

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by House Democratic CaucusOHS Student Espen Shackelford worked as a page last week, sponsored by Rep. Chris Reykdal.Espen Shackelford, a student at Olympia High school, served as a legislative page last week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater), Espen is the son of Heather and David Shackelford of Olympia.Espen took care of a variety of responsibilities while receiving a unique hands-on learning experience at the state capitol. Click here for more information about the House Page Program click here.last_img read more

Olympia Family Theater Announces Winter Break Theater Education Programs

first_imgMagical Journey Camp (Ages: 7-12)WEEK 1: Dec 21 / Dec 22 / Dec 23    9am-3pmWEEK 2: Dec 28 / Dec 29 / Dec 30    9am-3pmDescription: Embark on a quest where dragons, princesses, knights, and magical creatures roam the castle grounds! Students will create their own fantasy world, incorporating real and fantastical creatures of the royal realm as they explore character development and participate in creative drama and storytelling activities. On the final day, students will present their very own games and story based on the skills they’ve learned during our magical journey.Schedule: 3 days each week (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) 9am-3pmCost: $110/sessionRegistration: Register onlinePartial scholarships are available! Applications are available on the camp registration page and must be received by Dec. 1, 2015.612 4th Ave E • Olympia, WA 98502 •   • •  360.570.1638 Facebook72Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Family TheaterOlympia Family Theater offers fun, educational theater experiences during winter break 2015.Photo credit: Mandy RyleOlympia Family Theater is your community partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Our educational programs provide opportunities for personal development for young people, teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts.For Winter Break 2015 we’ve got three days of fun each week. There will be new material introduced each week….so, register for one or both week.  Learn, Laugh, Perform.Fairy Tale Camp (Ages: 5-6)Week 1: Dec 21 / Dec 22 / Dec 23    9:30am-12pmWeek 2: Dec 28 / Dec 29 / Dec 30    9:30am-12pmDescription: Once upon a time in a magical far-away theater camp, children set out to explore the fascinating world of fairy tales. They used their voices, bodies, and imaginations to bring classic fairy tales to life. They all worked together to defeat the villains of the forest and create new tales of their own that they would tell over and over again. On the last day of their camp, grown-ups came from far and wide to witness the children’s fairy tale adventures, and they were amazed! And, of course, they all lived happily ever after.Schedule: 3 days each week (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) 9:30am-12pmCost: $60/sessionRegistration: Register onlinelast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonMax is a playful 8 year old American Bulldog. He loves his belly rubs, walks and car rides. Max knows his basic commands. He is a happy guy who gets along with kids and some other dogs.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs,, our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Visit us online at or contact us at or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

WDFW Plans Plans Two-Day Razor Clam Dig at Copalis

first_imgFacebook233Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers have proposed two days of razor clam digging in February at Copalis beach in addition to an approved a month-long opening at Long Beach that starts today.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a dig on evening tides for Feb. 19 and 20 at Copalis, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. WDFW will announce final word on the dig about a week before it is scheduled to begin.The upcoming dig at Copalis is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, pending favorable marine toxin results:Feb. 19, Friday, 4:33 p.m.; 0.0 feet, CopalisFeb. 20, Saturday, 5:17 p.m.; -0.1 feet, CopalisLast week, shellfish managers approved a month-long opening on evening tides at Long Beach beginning today through March 10.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers at Long Beach that the best digging conditions are on low tides of one foot or lower. A tide chart for Long Beach can be found on WDFW’s webpage.“Diggers should always check the weather before heading to the beach and be mindful of surf conditions while digging,” Ayres said.Razor clam digging will remain closed on Washington’s other coastal beaches until domoic acid levels drop below the threshold of 20 parts per million set by state public health officials. The natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.WDFW is continuing to monitor toxin levels on all Washington beaches and will open other areas as soon as clams are safe to eat. Toxin test results can be found on WDFW’s domoic acid webpage.Diggers should monitor WDFW’s main razor clam webpage for any potential changes to the Long Beach opening.last_img read more

India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli just one win away from being the most…

first_imgAdvertisement 94kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsy3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3nl3n( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b05lWould you ever consider trying this?😱myCan your students do this? 🌚h89t0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian skipper Virat Kohli led his team to an enormous win over the West Indies in the first Test in Antigua and the skipper himself added another feather to his cap, as he equalled MS Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins, making him the joint-most successful captain for India in Test cricket. India beat the Windies by 318 runs after setting a target of 419. The West Indians were bowled out for 100 in the final innings of the Antigua Test which is also their lowest total against India in Tests.Advertisement Virat Kohli took the helm after MS Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket during India’s tour of Australia way back in 2014. Under his leadership India won over Australia, England and New Zealand at home but suffered 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively. However, his ultimate success came in 2018, when Kohli led India to their first ever series win in Australia a feat no Indian captain achieved before. Team India dominated the Kangaroos to seal a historic 3-1 series win Down Under.Advertisement Before his retirement Dhoni had captained India in 60 Tests and had a win percentage of 45, with 27 wins 18 losses and 15 draws. But Kohli has equalled his (Dhoni) win tally in only 47 matches and has a better win percentage of 55.31, the best among all other Indian captains in the longest format with 27 wins, 10 losses and 10 draws. While another Indian legend, Sourav Ganguly is on third spot with 21 wins from 49 matches as skipper with 13 losses and 15 draws with a win percentage of 42.85.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli: Let Rohit Sharma have fun in tests

first_imgAdvertisement On the eve of the second Test against South Africa in Pune, skipper Virat Kohli has asked the media and the critics to leave Rohit Sharma alone, since he’s been in a terrific form lately. India’s newly selected Test opener had a fantastic outing, scoring 176 and 127 in the Vizag Test which set up vital 203-run victory for the hosts. He was selected ahead of KL Rahul, who failed to make an impact as an opener and the plan paid off, as Rohit became the only player in history to hit two centuries while opening for the first time in the longest format of the game.Advertisement “Come on give the guy a break now. He has done well. Let him enjoy his batting at the top of the order. Let him have fun like he does in white-ball cricket. Stop focussing on what Rohit is going to do in Tests. He is in a great space. He is playing really well.” Kohli said at the press conference.Advertisement “Time to let Rohit Sharma enjoy his batting in red ball cricket” – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvSA— BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 2019Advertisement “He looked relaxed in the 1st Test which is a great thing. For us, the team, it’s a huge bonus. If you see the way he played in the 2nd innings, the way he has the ability to take the the tempo of the game forward, that allows the bowlers to have an extra hour and a half of maybe 2 hours to bowl the opposition out.”“So, look if a guy like him at the top order plays the way he did in the first Test, we are going to be in situations from where we can go for victories in most of the Test matches. We are all very happy for him” he concluded.  Advertisementlast_img read more

ISL Review: ATK and Odisha play out a goalless draw

first_imgAdvertisement 0wiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsai3xgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3lsh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2jcWould you ever consider trying this?😱62Can your students do this? 🌚3fmRoller skating! Powered by Firework ATK and Odisha played a goalless draw at Odisha’s makeshift home stadium at Pune. The match saw a few good attempts at goal, but sadly no one could score.Advertisement ATK started the game cautiously, as they didn’t seem to play for three points. The overly defensive ATK was kept in pressure by Odisha FC. The first half was spiced up by a controversial referee decision when a penalty call by Odisha was rejected by him.Advertisement The second half continued the same style of play until Edu Garcia was brought in as a replacement for forward David Williams. ATK then became more attacking, marred by another penalty call, this time by ATK, being rejected.Odisha brought in Romeo Fernandes as a last attempt to score which didn’t succeed. ATK’s defender Agus Garcia received a yellow card at extra time.Advertisement Odisha’s Ariadne Santana was adjudged as the ‘Hero of the match’.Cristiano Ronaldo becomes only the sixth footballer to score 700 career goals! Advertisementlast_img read more