Little Creek Casino Resort, located less than 20 minutes from downtown Olympia, is preparing an awesome celebration to kick off 2013.The New Year’s Eve party is geared for adults ready to celebrate and have a great time with friends.The celebration begins at 9pm in the Skookum Creek Event Center. Live music from Sonic Funk Orchestra is sure to fill the dance floor. Enjoy tasty appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight.Purchasing a ticket to the party also includes entry into Little Creek’s Cash Cube drawings which will occur every half hour and give winners the chance to grab up to $2013 to ring in the New Year.Party goers can expect lots of food, fun, dancing and prizes. If you want to take a break from dancing, head over to the state-of-the-art gaming floor with over 1,000 slot games, including 100 new machines.The smoke-free casino floor is packed with poker tables, pull tabs, and table games such as craps, roulette, blackjack, and Pai Gow.When you are ready to real, enjoy the fabulous new Seven Inlets Spa. The full service spa offers a variety of massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and complete hair salon services as well. Book your relaxing treatment when you reserve your room.Round up your friends, grab a room, and get ready for an awesome evening of live entertainment, great prizes, and delicious food. Festivities are limited to guests ages 21 and older.Little Creek Casino Resort91 West State Route 108Shelton, WA 98584800.667.7711www.little-creek.com Facebook48Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City Of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is currently recruiting for three vacancies on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and one vacancy on the Historical Commission.The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is charged with the responsibility of annually recommending to the Lacey City Council how to best use lodging tax revenues. The Committee is comprised of five Board members who serve three year staggered terms. By statute, one member must be an elected official of the city, two representatives of businesses that collect the lodging tax, and two representatives involved in activities authorized to be funded by lodging tax revenues. Two vacancies are for representatives of businesses that collect lodging tax, and one vacancy is for a representative involved in activities funded by lodging tax revenues.The Lacey Historical Commission provides leadership in historic preservation and developing information concerning the historical significance of the local Lacey area. The Historical Commission meets the 1st Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Historical Commission members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit. Applicants for this vacancy can be either a resident of the City of Lacey or reside within Lacey’s Urban Growth Area.If you are interested in serving on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee or the Historical Commission, and would like to receive an application, please contact Peri Edmonds at (360) 438-2620, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also download an application from the City’s website. Please submit a letter of interest and resume along with your application.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeEvergreen’s Challenge Course is just one of the many unique aspects of the college helping earn it’s fourth place ranking.Considered among “America’s Best Colleges” for 2014, this year’s annual U.S. News & World Report rankings have pushed The Evergreen State College up a rung to fourth place among best public regional universities in the West, second in top regional schools for undergraduate teaching and 27th overall among private and public universities in the West.Evergreen also won top marks for offering outstanding first-year experiences for freshmen and for building “learning communities” that help students get to know one another and their faculty well.The rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. This year, U.S. News increased the weight of graduation and retention rates. As a result, outcome-related measures account for 30 percent of the rankings and are now the most heavily weighted factors.“U.S. News strives to provide students and their families with the most comprehensive data available,” said Bob Morse, director of data research. “Measuring outcomes is critical to understanding how well a school retains and educates its students.”The U.S. News rankings are the most widely read and influential in the United States.“While no single college ranking can capture the full picture of a college or university,” explained Evergreen spokesperson Sandra Kaiser, “reviews such as U.S. News, Fiske Guide, Princeton Review, Military Friendly Schools and others can provide useful information for prospective students and their parents. We’re pleased that we have once again been noted as one of America’s best colleges in all of these rankings this year.”The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts and sciences college known for academic excellence, value and a distinctive interdisciplinary, student-centered approach to education.
Facebook20Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia GivesHurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, forest fires. It seems there is no lack of natural disasters that can befall us. Emergency preparedness is a call to all of us to be better prepared for whatever might come upon us. Being ready to take care of yourself for 3 – 7 days after a disaster strikes is what every citizen is asked to prepare for. You will need food, water, shelter and clothing to protect you from the elements.Unfortunately, there are those who are unable to meet their day to day basic needs for food, clothing and shelter, much less trying to prepare for an emergency. Those are the folks we help by giving a HAND OUT when disaster strikes, here or abroad.It is not a novel concept to try to give people living in poverty a HAND UP. Giving them a hand up means providing them with the tools and skills they need to care for them and their families. Helping them do this makes them more resilient and able to help themselves when disaster strikes.As we approach the season of giving, let us think about those among us that may need a hand out or a hand up. There are many local organizations that have lists of people in need of a hand out this season.The one-two punch disasters that struck the Central islands of the Philippines made it impossible for the affected communities to survive, much less recover. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Bohol in October, followed by the super Typhoon Haiyan 3 ½ weeks later. The earthquake destroyed many solid, stone buildings that would have served as shelters from the upcoming storm. Many homes in impoverished areas were patched together pieces of wood and corrugated steel sheets that were very easily blown away by the 195 mile per hour winds. Even the best built buildings did not have roofs that held up against the strong winds.For the Filipinos affected by these disasters, life goes on. A hand out will help them survive another day. A Hand up out of poverty may make it possible for them to get out of poverty, build sturdier homes, and better protect themselves. GAWAD KALINGA is a non- profit organization working to raise communities out of poverty, one family at a time. They will be helping to rebuild many homes but also helping to improve many lives. You can find more information about them at www.gk1world.com Check them out.Olympia Gives – is a local fundraiser for those affected by the disasters in the Philippines. We ask folks to join us in an evening of fun dedicated to bringing relief to those in need. Local community groups like Samba OlyWA, Filipino American Community of South Puget Sound, local hula and Zumba instructors, have gotten together to bring you some performances and opportunities to be active and have fun while donating to a good cause. Please join us.Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 6:30 – 9:30 PMEagles Ballroom on Fourth and Plum, downtown Olympia.Financial donations (cash and checks) will be taken at the door. There will be snacks and a juice bar for refreshments for a donation as well as a raffle of items donated by local businesses. This is a non-alcohol and non-smoking event. Families are welcome.For those unable to attend and interested in making a donation, you can drop off your donations at Traditions Café, corner of Water Street and 5th Avenue in downtown Olympia.Please make checks payable to; American Red Cross and under memo: for Philippine Typhoon Haiyan. You can also go online and make a donation directly to the American Red Cross or to Gawad Kalinga on their websites.For more information, please email email@example.com
Facebook151Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bridget Parent, Olympia Food Cooperative Meat Department Manager for Olympia Food Co-opThe Olympia Food Co-op’s Meat Department would like to introduce you to the four food groups of Winter 2018 – chicken, beef, fish, and buffalo! Ok, there are other food groups, but we’re biased in the Meat Department. Our membership counts on us to research and support individuals who are good stewards of their animals and the environment. We’re proud to present four Co-op vendors whose missions and visions align with ours.The Colvin Ranch near Tenino has been raising quality beef for four generations. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-opColvin Ranch is a fourth-generation family ranch dedicated to raising high quality, grass fed beef. Located near Tenino, the ranch is protected with an agricultural conservation easement through the USDA which means it will always be used for farming, never developed. Fred and Katherine use sustainable grazing practices that allow native and endangered plants to thrive on their prairie. Their cows have ample room to roam and Fred explained to me that they keep their cattle’s stress level down by designing corral areas that follow the animal’s instinctual movements. Taking advise from Temple Grandin, Fred says he gets down to their level to see what they see. We sell their ground beef, round steak, sirloin tip, top sirloin, and soup bones. You can also find them at the Proctor Market in Tacoma and order from them directly.Golden Catch is owned and operated by Gene Maltzeff. He fishes for our salmon in Bristol Bay and the fish are processed in Naknek, Alaska. Gene sets his standards high and it shows in the quality of our salmon. Gene believes the most important part of his job is respecting the fish. He adheres to best practices when catching and handling the salmon. They’re not thrown about, they’re bled right away and cooled quickly. It’s a pleasure doing business with Gene and he’s always excited to talk about salmon. You’ll find frozen salmon, sockeye fillets and cod portions in our stores. For more information, email Beringssea@yahoo.comChris, Hanna, and John Hagara of Chehalis Valley Farm. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-opThe Chehalis Valley Farm started in 2013 in Elma, Washington. John Hagara raises chickens and pigs with the help of paid interns, Hanna and Chris. Their first year, John raised 50 birds; this year they processed 2,000 birds, in their own WSDA certified facility, and they have 40 pigs they will sell this November. They sell to the Co-op and Spuds Market and at The Olympia and Proctor Farmer’s Markets. Their pigs and chickens are well cared for and fed non-GMO grain grown here in Washington. John believes in the importance of local; his products will never travel further than 200 miles. You’ll find whole birds, livers and hearts in both our stores.Wild Idea is located in South Dakota. Not local, no, but this company is outstanding. The Cheyenne River ranch is just west of the Badlands national Park and north of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dan and Jill O’Brian started Wild Idea in 1997 with preservation in mind. “Our bison graze like their ancestors did, eating nothing but the grass beneath their feet. The nutrient dense grasses produce a delicious healthy red meat rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike most buffalo on the market today, Wild Idea buffalo are never feedlot confined or finished on GMO corn. Additionally, our buffalo restore the wildlands agrees to a greater level of biodiversity.” Dan has been a rancher and wildlife biologist for more than 30 years. He’s also a falconer and writer, with several books published, including Buffalo For The Broken Heart which explores the history of the ranch and their conversion from beef to buffalo. Jill has owned several restaurants and a catering business, creates recipes for the Wild Idea test kitchen. She takes the photos and operates an eco-tourism business. You can find ground buffalo, stew meat, and soup bones in our stores.These, and other fine companies we support may carry products we don’t stock at our stores, but are available for special order. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, meat manager at the west side or email@example.com, meat manager at the east side Olympia Food Cooperative. We’d love to hear from you with questions, concerns, or ideas.For 40 years, the Olympia Food Co-op and our membership have supported local producers in our community. With low mark-ups for local products, every time a purchase is made from our stores, the vendor gets most of the sale. Everybody is welcome to shop. We have two locations, and both stores are open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe 4th Annual CENTER Stage Awards & Gala will be held at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Center and an opportunity to celebrate local artists and supporters of the arts. “This year’s gala will have a mid-century modern feel,” says Jill Barnes, Executive Director. “Think Palm Springs or Mad Men season one.”In celebrating local arts, the gala features a selection of local groups who regularly perform at the Center and call the Center “home.” Barnes says, “We have such a depth of arts in our community, and we’re proud to be able to feature local performing artists during the gala. It’s an eye-opening display of how vast the cultural talent is here, and the gala is an opportunity for them to gain new audiences and appreciation.”During the gala, the Excellence in the Arts awards will be given to those whose work, support, and creativity help build a vibrant cultural community. This year’s Achievement in the Arts awards will be awarded to Jill Carter. Jill Carter is a consummate technical set design expert. Her work has appeared on many stages throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world for over 20 years. “Her sets have transported artists and audiences to new places,” says Barnes. “She has made a successful career as an artist herself, and mentored countless youth and students.”This year’s Commitment to the Arts award will be awarded to R.L. Ray Violin Shop. R.L. Ray Violin Shop has been operating in Olympia since 1999. The artists at R.L. Ray are world-class craftsmen who make, maintain, and repair instruments, and their impact goes far beyond their business. The shop believes strongly in providing philanthropy through scholarships and organizational support. Barnes says, “The generosity of R.L. Ray Violin Shop has made it possible for students to attend music school, summer camps, master classes and more.”In addition to cocktail hour, full dinner, awards ceremony, live auction, and entertainment, this year’s fund-a-need will help raise money for the latest gold-standard audio equipment technology.Tickets are $125 per person through July 5 and are currently on sale at the Washington Center by calling 360-753-8586 during Box Office hours, or online 24-hours a day at www.washingtoncenter.org.
Facebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceTwo of the highest honors presented by SCJ Alliance are the annual SCJ Cares Award and Entrepreneurial Award. They are peer-nominated awards, honoring commitment to SCJ’s core values, including compassion, stewardship, trust, and integrity.Bob Tauscher. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceThis year Senior Project Manager Bob Tauscher was presented with the SCJ Cares Award and Tyrell Bradley, a project manager in SCJ’s Lacey office, earned the coveted Entrepreneurial Award. SCJ President and CEO Jean Carr shared the thoughts of many, saying, “Both Bob and Tyrell live our core values and model them for others, whether they’re working with clients or colleagues. We are grateful for their service and their overall genuine and caring spirits.”Bob is an engineer who works fluidly from many SCJ offices. He is known for being big-hearted both at work and in the community. You can find Bob coaching Special Olympics teams, preparing for mission trips with his church, and swinging a hammer for Rebuilding Together Thurston County, among other things. “I feel like Bob really embraces our culture of caring both inside and outside of the firm. He always has a smile on his face and always says yes,” one nominator said.Tyrell Bradley. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceTyrell, who is a leader in the civil engineering group, was praised for creating and maintaining extraordinary client relationships, as well as his patience and collaboration with colleagues. One nominator wrote, “Tyrell is an excellent mentor, working with staff to advance their skill and confidence, participating in firm-wide activities, and representing SCJ at community events.”SCJ Alliance is a multidisciplinary consulting firm established in Thurston County in 2006. Today, SCJ has eight offices and about 115 employees, with offices in Ballard, Seattle, Gig Harbor, Lacey, Centralia, Wenatchee and Spokane, Wash., as well as in Boulder, Colo. The firm specializes in civil engineering and site development, transportation planning and design, public outreach, cable-propelled transit, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture, and public outreach.
Facebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for partially resuming limited in-store retail and manufacturing operations for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week.Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics and data will guide when the state can move from one phase to another.Through the Safe Start approach, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Eight counties have received the variance.For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, in-store retail operations may resume with limitations, effective May 12. This builds on guidance that Inslee issued yesterday, and requires that any sit-down in-store food and beverage services must follow all Phase 2 restaurant requirements.Guidance documents:Memo: Partially Resuming Limited In-Store Retail OperationsPhase 2 Limited In-Store Retail Operations COVID-19 RequirementsInslee also released guidance today regarding additional manufacturing operations which may resume, effective May 12.Guidance documents:Memo: Resuming Additional Manufacturing OperationsPhase 2 Manufacturing Facility COVID-19 RequirementsFull list of guidance for all current businesses.
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It was his belief that success is possible that led to David’s various charitable endeavors in Red Bank. After selling TAS to Bowthorpe PLC, he began to apply the scientific method to the problem of education in Red Bank and developed a new hypothesis: “If all segments of the Red Bank community work together to devise and execute a plan to address the academic, social, and cultural needs of Red Bank children, academic results will improve.”Tarver reached out to parents, teachers, community members, social service agencies and school administrators in an effort to build the connections necessary to improve the school system.In September of 2001, Tarver and the group he called the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative held the first meeting in the organization’s history at the Molly Pitcher Inn.By 2004, the RBEDI had helped to increase the percentage of students who passed the New Jersey eighth grade performance assessment from twenty five to sixty percent.The improvements that came about in Red Bank were due to the efforts of a number of dedicated educators and community members, Tarver stressed..“ I take credit for bringing the community together and for being a catalyst,” Tarver says. “(But) the credit for academic improvement should go to the administrators, teachers, parents, and above all, students, who achieved the results.” While he still visits Red Bank,Tarver returned to his home state of Michigan a few years ago.In a recent interview in Red Bank, Tarver discussed some of the struggles facing children in Red Bank. Speaking of his early days of involvement with the local YMCA, he noted that there were few African American children enrolled in classes and activities at the Y.Tarver, who says he grew up in the “Golden Age of Flint,” with many activities and opportunities available to him, said he wanted to ensure that African American children in Red Bank have access to programs and activities that he enjoyed despite any challenging circumstances they may experience.“It’s not easy when you have a kid who doesn’t have support.”When asked for further insight into how Red Bank can help to continue the work that he began with the RBEDI, he noted that “one of the things parents need is a way to know what to do to support their kids. The people who are a support system for a kid need a support system.”Tarver, who seems to always be on the lookout for an innovative solution, related a story about visiting Healdsburg, Ca. during a week in which local restaurants participated in a charity drive for schools, giving some of their proceeds back to the community.It is this kind of initiative, Tarver believes, that Red Bank needs in order to help children achieve success.And students, he said, can form their own hypothesis and discover where it leads – for example, “If you take a course, show up, behave, do your work, and be curious, what results can you achieve?”The memoir, Proving Ground will be published in June and available at local bookstores and on the web.A special, hardcover edition of the book may be ordered now from www.provinggroundbook.com and will ship in April. David TarverBy Frank AlvarezRED BANK – The name ‘David Tarver’ is a familiar one in Red Bank.From his involvement with the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative (RBEDI), to his service as president of the Count Basie Learning Center Board of Trustees, Tarver has been a strong advocate for improving the public education system and increasing opportunities for Red Bank children to succeed.His commitment to that cause was built upon the success that Tarver himself achieved with decades of hard work and determination. Before becoming involved in his community,Tarver spent twelve years developing Telecom Analysis Systems (TAS), a company that he and his co-founders eventually sold for millions of dollars.That achievement gave Tarver time – time he chose to invest in his community and to look back on the many roads he has traveled.In his new book, Proving Ground, Tarver relates the story of his success.A keenly inspiring read, Proving Ground starts the reader in Flint, Michigan, where a young David Tarver is losing annual science fairs. It wasn’t until he took a judge’s advice to heart and applied the scientific method to his projects that Tarver began to succeed.The cover of Tarver’s memoir, Proving GroundWhat he learned in Flint became the foundation for his professional life, and he uses that experience to illustrate how the kid from Flint made himself into an international businessman.The scientific method also played a role in his decision to go into business for himself.The initial hypothesis was based on his belief that it was “possible for three young black men to create and run a successful high-tech company,” Tarver said.Tarver had a clear view of his aims, and Proving Ground tracks the struggles and successes he experienced right up to the moment when he was able to confirm his hypothesis. With an education in electrical engineering, David moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Laboratories in 1976, at a time when it was at the pinnacle of technological development.It was there that he began to develop the ideas that would lead to the creation of Telecom Analysis Systems. For twelve years, Tarver and TAS co-founders Charles Simmons and Steve Moore, built TAS up, transforming it from a small operation headquartered in Tarver’s basement into a multi-million dollar company.Tarver’s tone is casual and endearing as he walks the reader through the risks associated with leaving one’s job to pursue a long-held dream, but the details of the story are striking. A truly self-made man, David Tarver’s story shows exactly what it takes to achieve success.