A Day in Downtown Olympia

first_imgAbout the Author: Amy Evans is the Proprietress of Bon Lemon, a traveling jewelry and accessories boutique.  She loves calendars, charitable giving, 90’s country, dungeness crab legs, anything sparkly, goats, and spreadsheets.  She can be reached at amy@bonlemon.com Facebook60Tweet0Pin0Submitted by: Amy E.If you are looking for a girl’s day out, need to do some back to school shopping, or just want a few downtown tips, here are some ideas for a great day in downtown Olympia.On your way downtown, stop at your requisite coffee shop.  We won’t even try to tell you which one, because there are so many good ones and everybody has their favorite.  But you will need your strength, so make sure you are well nourished (and caffeinated) before heading out.The first stop is Compass Rose.  Compass Rose is chock full of things you knew you wanted (Le Creuset cookware, clever books, to-die-for earrings) and an abundance of things you never knew you needed (vegan handbags, Moleskine notebooks, buttery soft baby blankets).  Compass Rose combines great style with a commitment to its employees and the community.  They are a perfect example of why we should all be shopping local.After you have found the perfect gift at Compass Rose and had it wrapped up all pretty (complimentary gift wrapping!), head across the street to Bartel’s to pick up a snappy shirt for your husband/father/luva.  Bartel’s is known for their old-fashioned service and suit tailoring, but what you might not know is they carry a darn good selection of hip shirts, pants, and shoes for the modern man in your life.  On trend and stylish.  No need to go to Seattle for designer denim.Now it’s girl time! Across the street from Bartel’s is Sweet Life.  (If you need another coffee or a num-num, Batdorf and Bronson is right next door, and Tasty Morsels is right around the corner.)  Sweet Life caters to the young (or young at heart) and has everything you need to stay trendy.  Their pink walls, welcoming staff, and fabulous decor will make you feel right at home.  Pick up a Tarina Tarantino necklace or Free People tunic and you will be the envy of all of your friends.Just up the street is not-to-be-missed Jinjor.  The owner of Jinjor spent many years in Nordstrom’s lingerie department, and she knows her stuff.  If you are looking for quality undergarments with the right fit, there is nowhere better in town.  They also have a great assortment of frocks for your next charity auction/wedding/date night.  Yoana Baraschi, Trina Turk, and Butter by Nadia to name a few.  Tres chic!By now, you must be getting hungry.  Double back for lunch at Acqua Via.  It has a an urban feel and exceptional light, regardless of the season.  They have wonderful salads and paninis, but you simply must get the Creme of Artichoke Soup.  A cup, a bowl, or the whole dang pot.  Order it.  Along with something sparkling.  You can thank me later.Now that you have updated your wardrobe and filled your belly, it is time to move onto home decorating.  There are two perfectly complimentary home decor stores just down the street from one another.  They allow you to play with high-low, just like the designers do.  The first is Red Door Interiors.  They have a great collection of new and renewed home decor items from chairs to poker sets.  Everything is well priced and fun.  Their RD Shady interchangeable lamp shades (patent pending) are brilliant.  Because the lamp shade covers can be zipped on and off the lamp, these interchangeable shades allow you to update your look without spending a fortune (the mantra at Red Door).  They are just getting going, but are planning a full launch for October.  I predict the ladies at Red Door are going to be famous.  (And they are so nice!)The last stop on the shopping route is Drees.  Drees is an Olympia institution.  Everything from Simon Pearce glassware to Crane stationery to a mohair couch to lovely hostess soaps.  You can pop in for a sweet gift or a whole new house.  If you are looking for a bargain, head to Marshall’s, but if you are looking for service and a beautifully curated collection, Drees is not to be missed.Whew!  After all that, you probably need a cocktail.  Head over to The Mark for the Hustle  (sweet tea vodka, organic black jasmine green tea, and organic maple syrup) with some manchego cheese and grilled bread.  If you have time, stay for dinner.  Get the locally raised steak and goat cheese salad.  Again, trust me.  You won’t be sorry.Hopefully, you will be heading downtown again tomorrow, because we only covered two blocks.  There is so much more to see!  Vivala, Hot Toddy, Matter… The list goes one.  Christmas shopping is just around the corner…last_img read more

Olympia Master Builders Golf Tournament

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia Master BuildersThe 2012 OMB Golf  Tournament will be at the Links Course at Hawks Prairie Golf Course with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start this Thursday, June 21st.  Cost to play is only $85 per player or $320 per team of four.This year’s Las Vegas theme promises to bring extra excitement to the event.  Come and see if you can win the new car from All Star Ford in our Hole-in-One contest!  OMB had a Hole-in-One winner in our 2010 tournament.  The odds are in your favor.Thank you to our sponsors:  Main Event Sponsor, Pro-Build.  There are still 3 Hole Sponsorships available.  Visit www.omb.org or call Regina at 360-754-0912 right away to register to play or sponsor. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Fill Your Kid’s Summer With Fun At Thurston County Day Camps

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Full week priceper child $125 Aug. 5-9Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Game$145 $125 July 15-19Lakefair$145 DATES Aug. 19-23Westport/Ocean$145 3-day flex weekpriceper child Aug. 12-16Wild Waves, Federal Way$145 July 8-12Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport$145 $125 July 1-5 (no July 4)Kandle Park/Pool, Tacoma$130center_img $125 $125 June 24-28miniature golf$145 July 29-Aug. 2Thurston County Fair$145 Fill your child’s summer days filled with fun, sun, laughter and learning at Thurston County’s day camps starting June 24 at Pioneer Elementary in Olympia.The Hand In Hand Summer Camp program is for disabled and non-disabled kids ages 6 to 13, where children with disabilities participate in all activities with their peers, including special field trips each week like miniature golf, the Thurston County Fair, a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game and swimming at Wild Waves water park. Hand In Hand Teen Camp provides summer fun for disabled teens ages 13 to 21 with special field trips each week, plus other activities designed just for teens.“Our first year of teen camp last year was a big success, and we’re planning another summer chock full of activities that kids of all ages and all abilities can enjoy,” said Recreation Supervisor Margaret Huff. “This is the only summer day camp program in the area that serves kids with special needs, and the only one that’s fully integrated, so the kids get to be kids and just enjoy all of the summer fun.”Hand In Hand Summer Camp and Teen Camp will run Monday through Friday, June 24 through August 23, with no camp programs on Thursday, July 4. Parents can register their kids for the entire nine-week program, or sign up for week-long blocks for either the full five days or for a 3-day flex week. The cost is $145 per week or $125 for each 3-day flex week, plus a one-time $30 registration fee. All field trip fees and a Camp T-shirt are included.For more information on the day camp programs and for registration, contact the Thurston County Recreation Services office located at 5033 Harrison Ave. in Olympia, call (360) 786-5595 or visit our website at www.thurston-parks.org. $125 Thurston County Recreational Services2013 Hand In Hand Summer Camp & Teen Camp $125 Major Field Trip $125 July 22-26McMenamins Movie/Park$145last_img read more

Congratulations To The 2013 Grays Harbor Raceway Champions

first_imgSubmitted By Ben Deatherage for Grays Harbor RacewayWith Saturday September 28 getting rained out that would formally end the point battles of Grays Harbor Raceway in 2013.  Of the five championship classes only one driver would earn his first career title while three would repeat their 2012 crowns.Jay Cole earned his eighth career GHR 360 Sprint title, ninth overall as he was the 1991 Hobby Stock champ, to his illustrious career.  Joe German would hold on by just four points to win in the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds and for the third year in a row would be atop the points table in that tough division.  Chase Goetz dominated the USAC Ford Focus Midget ranks winning all but two main events to earn his first career championship at Grays Harbor Raceway.In the Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks Jason Tole captured his third career, and second straight, title in the division.  Backing up his 2012 crown Chad Norton would win the 2013 edition by just four markers.Grays Harbor Raceway just has one race left in the 2013 campaign and that is next Saturday October 5th.   That event will feature the Northwest Extreme Sprints, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets and will be non-points. For more information log on to www.graysharborraceway.com or call the Northwest Information Hotline at (360)-699-RACE. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Makeup Tutorial – Covering Up Dark Circles, Blemishes, and More

first_imgLearn about color from Merle Norman consultants.Concealer, for many woman, is the one make-up essential that they cannot live without. More than mascara or lipstick, concealer can dramatically change the way you look, but the key is picking the right concealer color, and then using correct application techniques.Understanding Neutralizing Makeup ColorsUnderstanding neutralizing colors is the key to effective concealing. Neutralizing colors are colors that appear opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, green neutralizes red, yellow neutralizes purple. Makeup concealers typically are available in three choices — green, yellow and lavender. You need to understand which color will neutralize the flaw. First, look at what you want to conceal. What color is it? Is it acne – red – or under-eye circles – purple? First identify, then you are ready to conceal.Covering-Up Dark Circles:Dark circles tend to be purple in appearance, so to conceal them you will need a yellow-based concealer that is one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. Yellow masks the purple and makes the skin appear brighter.Covering-Up Blemishes:Most blemishes are red, so use a concealer with a green tint. Due to the difference in color, do not use the same concealer that you use for dark-circles to conceal a blemish. Using a concealer brush, apply a stick foundation or cover-up stick onto the blemish. Finish by using powder to keep the concealer in place.FlawlessYour concealer should not be noticeable. If it is, you will need to change either your product or your application process.For expert training and application advice, visit Merle Norman in Lacey. Merle Norman consultants are available to match products to your skin type and concern, and then they will work with you until you know how to properly apply the makeup for incredible results.Madelin White, owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs & Day Spa, also teaches a class for cancer patients called Look Good, Feel Better, where she teaches make-up application to camouflage issues that result from cancer treatment.Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa3925 – 8th Avenue SE, Suite FLacey, WA 98503360.491.4911 Facebook16Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

SCJ Intern Wins Women’s Transportation Scholarship, Heads for National Competition

first_imgFacebook173Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceMaddie Knecht is no stranger to competition. A hitter for the volleyball team at Saint Martin’s University and a former Junior Olympian, the civil engineering student knows what it takes to win. Last month, she took that victorious spirit and turned it not into gold, but into cash. The Puget Sound chapter of WTS, or Women’s Transportation Seminar, awarded Maddie $5,000 for its Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship and forwarded her application to the national competition.Maddie and her teammates won 2nd place in the national 2016 PCI Big Beam Contest. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceAccording to their website, WTS Foundation scholarships are “competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills.”Maddie is in her senior year at SMU and has been an intern for SCJ since May 2016. Josh Brannin, a project engineer in the transportation design group at SCJ, encouraged her to apply for the competitive scholarship. “Maddie is resourceful, a hard worker and a great team player,” said Josh. “She jumps in and offers help or stay late and is always eager to learn more. She has provided a lot of value to our efforts, and we are happy to have her on the team.”In her application essay for the scholarship, Maddie wrote about her experience as a female engineer and her role as a leader in disciplines throughout the university.Maddie, middle, on the court with her teammates on the SMU volleyball team. Photo courtesy: SCJ Alliance.“Over the three years that I have been at Saint Martin’s, participation in the women’s volleyball team, the Benedictine Scholars Program, the PCI Big Beam Competition, and Society of Women Engineers have shaped my work ethic, time management, and leadership skills,” she said. “I think it is important for women to earn leadership positions in engineering to diversify the work environment and encourage different strengths and perspectives.” Maddie, we couldn’t agree more!SCJ is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. The dynamic company has locations in Lacey, Centralia, Vancouver, Seattle, and Wenatchee, Washington.The privately-held, majority women-owned firm is nationally – recognized and the recipient of two top places to work awards in the last 12 months.last_img read more

Artesians Get Bjorked in Loss to Stars

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Evergreen Premier League’s all-time leading scorer scored once in the third minute, again in the 20th, added another in the 74th, and once more in the 88th to lead the first place Seattle Stars to a 6-1 victory over the Oly Town Artesians on Saturday evening at French Field in Kent.Oly Town Artesians starters for the game against the Seattle Stars. Photo courtesy: Oly Town ArtesiansBjork scored his 42nd goal of his four year EPLWA career early on a sprint down the left side with a shot along the ground that just caught Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson on a weird angle and squeaked behind him. He then scored his 43rd goal 17 minutes later on a play that looked to the Artesians defense and bench to have been offside. The refs didn’t grant the call and Bjork poked it home to make it 2-0 Stars. MIles Sanchez then put the Stars up 3-0 in the 31st minute with a point blank header off of a rebound of a shot that hit the crossbar in front of him.Oly Town showed some life early in the second half when Kyle Wiese drew a penalty and Surafel Wodajo buried the penalty kick to cut the deficit to two goals. The two teams played even ball for the next twenty minutes before Mamadue Leigh just barely got the top of his head on a corner kick to slightly change the flight of the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 4-1.Bjork finished the Artesians off with two more goals, one in the 74th minute and another in the 88th to give him four in the game and 45 in his career. Seattle improved to 6-1-1 with 19 points to extend their lead in the EPLWA to six points over second place Bellingham.The Artesians fell to 2-4-1 with seven points at the halfway point of the season. They have next weekend off but return to action on Tuesday, June 27 with a road trip to Ridgefield to take on the Vancouver Victory. They return home on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. against the same Victory squad.Keep up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Joginder Sharma on MSD’s hiatus: Perhaps he is preparing himself a different way

first_imgImage Courtesy: Outlook India/ReutersAdvertisement 0emNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsow8h6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ein5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9cl7Would you ever consider trying this?😱zmmCan your students do this? 🌚4gpyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been absent from the Indian Cricket Team. While the former captain was seen in Military training and golf court, speculations on the possible return of Mahi were on the rise. After BCCI prez Sourav Ganguly and Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, former cricketer and Dhoni’s teammate Joginder Sharma has now spoken up.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Outlook India/ReutersBack in November, Dhoni broke his silence on his plans for making a comeback by asking the media to have patience till January: “January tak mat poocho (don’t ask me till January).” While the former captain is yet to answer, Joginder Sharma has added his opinion, suggesting that Mahi might be thinking up differently.Joginder, who was under Dhoni’s maiden captaincy in the squad that lifted the 2007 T20 World Cup, has always held massive respect on his compatriot. Currently a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Haryana Police department, announced retirement from international cricket just after the final match against Pakistan.Advertisement In a recent interview, the 36 year old put in his opinion on Mahi’s plans on making a comeback to the Men in Blues squad: “Dhoni is very strong, both physically and mentally. There must be a lot of reasons behind the decision he has taken.”“He has a family, a personal life, maybe he is preparing himself in a different way,” he added.Advertisement Joginder was Dhoni’s key to success in the final match against Pakistan. As India’s opponents needed 12 runs from 6 balls, the skipper chose the Haryanvi over the superstar Harbhajan Singh, surprising the audience of the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. However, Dhoni’s decision went in avour of India, as Joginder picked up the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq, after dismissing Younis Khan earlier.He continued: “Nobody expected us to make it to the knockouts of the World T20. But we were being led by someone who went on to become one of the best captains in the game…the result was that we won the trophy.” In his short international spell, Joginder earned 4 ODI and 4 T20 caps. Along with the Indian Cricket Team, he also shared game time with Dhoni in five Indian Premier League seasons with Chennai Super Kings, from 2008 to 2012. Joginder continued to play domestic cricket for Haryana until 2017.Also read-Sourav Ganguly: MS Dhoni has communicated decision on future with captain, selectorsRavi Shastri warns off rumour mongers: Don’t mess around with MS Dhoni’s plans! Advertisementlast_img read more

Tree Ordinance Issue Still Unresolved in Fair Haven

first_imgFAIR HAVEN — Anyone waiting for a borough council decision on a long-debated tree preservation ordinance will have to wait a little while longer.Although the matter was on the agenda at their regular meeting last Monday, only four of the six-member council members were present and with Mayor Michael Halfacre absent as well, the consensus was to hold off until the entire governing body was available to participate in the discussion.One of the two ordinances being proposed would repeal the existing ordinance, explained Borough Attorney Salvatore Alfieri Monday night. The other ordinance, scheduled to be discussed at a future date, would establish a procedure by which someone who is seeking to remove trees from a property could appeal a denial from the planning or zoning boards. The intention of that ordinance would be to allow the council “to look at (the issue) not in a vacuum but look at it as a whole,” Alfieri said.The existing ordinance allows the boards to require a property owner to replace trees that are cut down. “Obviously, we have a public application that came before the planning board that brought this to a head,” said Borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande in explanation of what prompted the council’s debate on what should be done about tree regulations.The application that sparked the discussion goes back about two years, when the owner of a property at 46 Poplar Avenue sought approval for a three-lot subdivision to develop the site for two additional residential lots. That plan called for the removal of 12 trees from the property. The planning board denied the owner’s request and the owner then took the matter to the council seeking to have the decision overturned.Controversy erupted between those who saw the tree ordinance as a means of maintaining control over development in the borough and those who felt it infringed on property rights.Councilman Robert Marchese is firmly on the side of property owners, and he called for the ordinances to be tabled, in part to ensure the ordinance that allows the council to override board decisions didn’t go too far. “I want to make sure (the proposed ordinance) can’t do it retroactively,” he said. “My concern is the principle of the law at the time.”The language of the proposed ordinance would be reviewed and then brought back for discussion at a later meeting, Alfieri said.last_img read more

Debra Cotter and John Toolan

first_imgDebra Cotter and John Edward Toolan were married on February 4, 2012 at The Church of the Assumption in Morristown, N.J.  The Rev. Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. performed the ceremony.   The bride’s sister, Suzanne Cotter, was matron of honor and the groom’s brother, Christopher Toolan, was best man.Debra is the daughter of Richard and Eileen Cotter of Mendham, N.J.   She graduated from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Ma. and  received her law degree from University of Pennsylvania.  She is an Assistant General Counsel for Weight Watchers International, Inc.John is the son of Carol Toolan of Rumson and the late John E. Toolan Jr.  He received a B.A. in English from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Photography from New York University, and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.  He is the Photo Director of Field & Stream magazine.The couple will reside in Manhattan.last_img read more