Free Downtown Olympia Waterfront Art Tours Start July 28

Free Downtown Olympia Waterfront Art Tours Start July 28

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first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaLooking for a great FREE activity for yourself or out-of-town guests?  Take a guided tour along Olympia’s scenic waterfront to learn about the public art that is both shaped by and defines our community.  Sponsored by the Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, tours leave every Saturday July 28 through September 29 at 11:00 am from the bell in front of the Olympia Farmer’s Market near the traffic circle.Tours take approximately one hour and include information on “Triumph of the Vegetables”, “Motherhood”, “Tide Pool of Time”, “Kujira 1”, “The Kiss”, “South Sound Map”, and the “Percival Plinth Project.”For more information, call Olympia Arts & Events at 360.709.2678. Facebook6Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Join the Healthy Homes Volunteer Program Starting Sept. 15

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services 10-week course full of tips and tricks will make you a healthy homes expert.Have you ever wanted to learn more about how to rid your home of hidden toxins, mold, and other health and safety risks? Join the county’s Healthy Homes volunteer program this fall to learn how to make your home and your community safer and healthier for all.The Healthy Homes volunteer training covers the many ways our homes can affect our health, and teaches you how to reduce the health risks that are common in our homes. Topics include mold and moisture, ventilation, indoor air quality, exposure to toxins, lead, asthma triggers, pest control, general safety hazards and much more. The training also includes field trips and opportunities to put what you’re learning into practice.“The training was absolutely worth attending,” said Healthy Homes volunteer Youssoufa Hassana, who attended the last volunteer training. “The information is so useful and practical that I use it in my daily life. It was a lot of fun and I am enjoying volunteering for such a valuable program.”No prior experience or knowledge is needed to become a Healthy Homes volunteer—the free training course will teach you what you need to know. The training is geared toward individuals who enjoy working with others to improve their own health and the health of their community. You’ll learn from a range of expert speakers and get hands-on practice that will prepare you to do in-home visits. Every Healthy Homes volunteer also receives ongoing support with additional training, educational resources, checklists, referrals, and call-in support.The next 10-week training course starts Tuesday, September 15. Classes are held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday through November 17. Healthy Homes trainees also complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service to the Healthy Homes Program as their schedule allows. In pairs, Healthy Homes volunteers visit houses, rental units, and childcare centers and provide guidance and suggestions for low or no cost actions to reduce housing-related health risks. Volunteers can also staff booths at community events, give presentations to civic groups, work on special projects, and write articles for community newsletters, along with other volunteer outreach activities. Opportunities to volunteer vary in time of day and day of the week so that volunteers can fit participating in the program into their schedules.Classes are held at the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department at 412 Lilly Road NE in Olympia, across from St. Peter’s Hospital. Intercity Transit bus routes 60, 62A, and 62B serve the area. To register for the Fall 2015 Healthy Homes training or to learn more about the Healthy Homes program, contact coordinator, Elisa Kaufmann at HealthyHomes@co.thurston.wa.us or call (360) 867-2674 or the TDD line at (360) 867-2603. You can also contact staff at the Healthy Homes program to request a visit at your home or childcare location.last_img read more

Virgil Van Dijk didn’t just win the UEFA POTY award – he trashes Leo…

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first_imgAdvertisement avtzsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs52x9bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eih8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hkg3Would you ever consider trying this?😱2i1wvzlCan your students do this? 🌚ahl0lRoller skating! Powered by Firework Virgil Van Dijk has not only won the UEFA Player of the Year but has beat both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the award last night in Monaco.Advertisement The voting panel comprises of 80 captain & coaches of teams that took part in the UEFA Champions League group stages along with the Europa League coaches and 55 selected journalist recognized for their work in European football.Advertisement The list in full is as follows :1. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 305 points 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) – 207 points 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal) – 74 points 4. Alisson (Liverpool & Brazil) – 57 points 5. Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points 6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points 7. Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points 8.= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points 8.= Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points 10. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 pointsAdvertisement VVD , the Dutchman wins the award by a landslide over one of the greatest players on the planet – Lionel Messi. The feat is even more respectable as Van Dijk is a defender and to top Lionel Messi whilst being a Centre Back takes immense work. Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli reveals the lessons he learned from Kobe Bryant’s death

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first_imgImage Courtesy: NBC/BCCIAdvertisement 5lkltNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4j9s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8vsWould you ever consider trying this?😱3uaCan your students do this? 🌚5s6Roller skating! Powered by Firework 6th January 2020 marked a dark day for the world of sports as NBA superstar and Basketball icon Kobe Bryant passed away after a tragic helicopter accident, along with his daughter Gianna. While the world mourns the unfortunate demise of the legend, India’s cricketing icon Virat Kohli pours his heart out on the mishap, and talks about the lessons he gained from it.Advertisement Image Courtesy: NBC/BCCIWhile Team India is preparing for the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand, captain Virat Kohli spoke in a recent interview today in Hamilton, lamenting the sad incident, and also unveiled his young memories of being a regular follower of basketball, and idolising Kobe in different aspects.“Firstly, it was a shock to everyone. I grew up watching those NBA games in the morning and watching what he did on court. But when someone that you have looked up to in some ways, passes away like that, it does put things in perspective,” Kohli told interviewers.Advertisement After the unfortunate event, Kohli paid tribute to the Lakers hall of fame on his official Instagram, where he also stated about being a Kobe fan and a regular NBA watcher in his childhood.Since taking the helm of Team India back in 2013, Kohli has been under stress from tough opposition or even a hectic schedule, like he recently complained about the short gap between the Australia ODI series and the recently concluded T20 series against New Zealand.However, the 31 year old continues that Kobe’s incident has made him realise to have a good time instead of getting caught up in the routine stress: “At the end of the day, life can be so fickle. It’s so unpredictable. I think a lot of the times we get too caught up in the pressures of what we have to do tomorrow…we really forget living life and enjoying life and just appreciating and being grateful for the life we have.”Kobe, who is a five time NBA championship winner and two time Olympic gold medalist, was on board in a helicopter along with his daughter Gigi and 7 other occupants, which crashed crashed in Orange Country, California. The Men in Blue skipper also said that the incident has changed the way he looked at life, now relishing and welcoming each moment of it.“You start looking at things from a different point of view suddenly and you want to enjoy every moment you’re going through. You realise that what you’re doing at the end of the day is not the most important thing. The most important thing is life itself” he added.Also read-Indian cricket mourns the passing of NBA legend Kobe BryantWatch: Shaquille O’Neal breaks down in tears recollecting his favourite Kobe Bryant moments Advertisementlast_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar requests India for 10000 ventilators during Covid-19 crisis

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first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/PTIAdvertisement df4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb0l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) o4h8iWould you ever consider trying this?😱dnixCan your students do this? 🌚bwzfuRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has created a global crisis that has seen itself spreading onto almost every country of the world. While the human population is facing lock down, doctors, nurses and healthcare staffs are working in front line to battle against the deadly virus outbreak. In times like these, Pakistani cricketing icon Shoaib Akhtar feels nations should push their difference aside and join hands in helping one another, and has even made a request to India to provide 10000 ventilators amidst the worrying times.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/PTIShoaib Akhtar, who recently defended Indian cricketing stalwarts Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for pledging to Shahid Afridi’s charitable foundation, has now made an appeal to his neighbouring country to provide aid for Pakistan’s medical infrastructure for the affected Coronavirus patients.In a recent interview with PTI, Pkhtar said: “If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever.” Advertisement Tackling the virus outbreak requires a range of medical equipments, from face-masks to ventilators, the latter which can be effective to mend the breathing troubles COVID-19 patients face.However, he also added that the decision rests upon the administration: “But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide).”Advertisement The former Kolkata Knight Riders star, who received a lot of love from his fan base in India during his time as a commentator in the country, also revealed that he used to donate some of his earnings to the meagre earning staff in the broadcasting industry.“Whatever I used to earn from India, I made a significant amount there, thirty percent of it, I used to distribute among the low income staff who used to work with me in the TV,” Akhtar added.“It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” the former fast bowler added on the Yuvi-Bhajji issue, adding that criticising the Men in Blue duo for their donation towards Pakistan was ‘inhuman’.The 44 year old also recently proposed a three match One Day International series between the two countries, to raise funds for the virus crisis.There has already been 4,414 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Pakistan, and the death toll is at 63.Also read-Roger Federer tags Virat Kohli, The Rock and others in home work out video!Pakistani legend wants Indo-Pak bilateral series to raise funds for Coronavirus Advertisementlast_img read more

Virtually racist: NASCAR driver in hot soup after racial slur while virtual racing!

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first_imgImage Courtesy: APAdvertisement j22NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb0j1fznsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E99pm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qer42vWould you ever consider trying this?😱9Can your students do this? 🌚ptgfRoller skating! Powered by Firework As the novel Coronavirus pandemic has caused all sporting activities around the globe to face cancellation or postponement, many motor racing association are continuing their season calendar with organising virtual races. First seen in Formula 1 with their Virtual GP, American stock car racing company NASCAR also went ahead with their iRacing eSports series to continue with their races. However, driver Kyle Larson has faced a suspension from NASCAR and his racing team for using a racial slur during a live stream of the race on Sunday.Advertisement Image Courtesy: APKyle Larson, who has been put under suspension without pay by his team Chip Ganassi Racing, uttered the N-word when his team was unable to hear him over the mic. The race was live streamed with many viewers, and the American driver has been the subject of harsh criticism from all around.NASCAR released an official statement following the incident on Monday. “NASCAR has made diversity and inclusion a priority and will not tolerate the type of language used by Kyle Larson during Sunday’s iRacing event,” the statement read.Advertisement “Our Member Conduct Guidelines are clear in this regard, and we will enforce these guidelines to maintain an inclusive environment for our entire industry and fan base.”McDonalds and Credit One Bank, who were the sponsor of Larson, have also terminated their contract with the 27 year old driver from California.Advertisement “Credit One Bank denounces the highly offensive language used by Kyle Larson during Sunday’s iRacing event. In addition to the quick actions taken by NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing, Credit One Bank is terminating its sponsorship of Kyle Larson.” the bank’s official Twitter handle posted on Monday.“The comments made by Kyle Larson are insensitive, offensive and not reflective of our inclusive values and will not be tolerated. McDonald’s is taking immediate action to terminate the relationship with Larson.” said Mcdonalds USA.Larson himself tweeted a video, where he apologised for his unruly behaviour.“Hey, I just want to say I’m sorry. Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said and there’s no excuse for that,” the driver said in the video.“I understand the damage is probably unrepairable and I own up to that. But I just want to let you all know how sorry I am and I hope everybody is staying safe during these crazy times. Thank you.”Check out the video below-pic.twitter.com/RPsp7ARIea— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) April 13, 2020Also read-NBA TO TRAVEL IN TIME THIS MONTHRamiz Raja claims this Pakistani batsman can ‘do ever better than Virat Kohli’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Noted Author to Read Works March 12 at Monmouth U.

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first_imgWEST LONG BRANCH – The 2013 Visiting Writers Series at Monmouth University continues with a reading by award-winning author Mary Gaitskill at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in Wilson Hall Auditorium.In a conversation with BOMB Magazine, novelist and story writer Gaitskill said she chose to become a writer at age 18 because she was “indignant about things – it was the typical teenage sense of things are wrong in the world and I must say something.”Her first collection of stories, Bad Behavior, now a classic, made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene.One of the stories in the collection, Secretary, was the basis for a 2002 feature film of the same name starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.Her other works include: Because They Wanted To, a collection of stories nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998, and the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her 2009 collection of stories is titled Don’t Cry.Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writers Series brings the most celebrated poets and authors from around the world and around the area to Wilson Hall.For additional information, please contact the director of the visiting writers series, Michael Thomas at 732-263-5635 or visit online at www.monmouth.edu/arts.last_img read more

Pastor Stuns Community with Mater Dei Prep Closure

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first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – A startling announcement this week is marking the end of an era, as Mater Dei Prep High School announced its plans to shutter its doors in June.The Rev. Jeff Kegley, pastor of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish, posted a letter on the school’s website announcing its closure and referred all inquiries there.Mater Dei Prep, 538 Church St., in the township’s New Monmouth section, “has been running large financial deficits and enrollment numbers have not stabilized to the point of sufficiently supporting the school’s viability,” and it was his and the parish finance council’s hope that trend could be reversed. Kegley said in his announcement, however, the 2014-15 projected loss for the school is close to $1 million.“Our parish and diocesan assistance, fundraising and tuition can no longer meet the school’s financial obligation,” Kegley acknowledged.The school, which has been operating for 50 years and boasted the largest incoming freshman class in a decade this September, will close at the end of the current school year.The closure is not expected to affect current school operations. “Classes and activities will continue until the end of June as planned,” Kegley said.There are currently 340 students from 20 area communities attending Mater Dei, which employs 48 faculty and staff.St. Mary Elementary School, located next to the high school, will continue operations as will St. Mary, Mother of God Church.The elementary school has 680 students enrolled and is the largest Catholic elementary school in Monmouth and Ocean counties.The Diocese of Trenton’s Department of Catholic Education is expected to offer Mater Dei families information about area Catholic schools, Kegley said.Kegley did not return a phone call seeking comment by press time on Wednesday.The diocese department of education did not offer a statement from Bishop David M. O’Connell on Wednesday, as the bishop was recovering from recent surgery, according to Rayanne Bennett. But, Bennett said, the local pastor was responsible for the decision in consultation with the parish council and the bishop.Diocese offices were referring callers to the school’s website, which has Kegley’s letter.“It’s a sad day for all of us,” said Robert Abetamarco, principal of Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank. “When you lose a school with that kind of tradition, storied past, it’s just such a sad thing.Abetamarco was scheduled on Wednesday afternoon to participate in a conference call with diocese representatives and those from other area Catholic schools to discuss “ways to help facilitate these families in their transition and continue their Catholic education,” he said.“I am sure I speak for everybody when I say we’ll do all that we can to make them feel welcome wherever they go,” Abetamarco said.Brother Frank Burns, president of Christian Brothers Academy, an all-boys Catholic school, Lincroft, said on Wednesday about Mater Dei’s efforts, “I know they were putting their best efforts into keeping the school going,” he learned from his conversations with that school’s officials. “I know they were trying to make a go of it.”He, like Abetamarco, offered his support in assisting families, as much as he could.“Anything we can do, we will,” he said. But, Burns said registration for the incoming freshman class is at capacity and there is a waiting list of 60 students and “We have to honor our commitment to them,” he said.For parents and students, it was shock and anger over not only the message, but also the way the message was delivered.“We don’t understand the suddenness and timing of it,” said Tinton Falls resident Elizabeth Wulfhorst, whose daughter Emma is a junior at Mater Dei. “Why wasn’t there a plan in place to graduate the existing students?’Wulfhorst said she was “blindsided” by the abrupt delivery of the end.Parents on Tuesday received a phone blast message directing them to an important message on the school’s website, said parent Jean Zeuschner. “I think it was very poor communication and delivery.”“It just kind of came out of nowhere,” observed sophomore Kayla Greiss, Union Beach, speaking of the news. “None of us saw this coming.“Everyone is pretty upset; everyone is heartbroken,” Greiss said.With reporting contributions by Christina Johnson and Muriel Smithlast_img read more

Semi Finals capture center stage as Nelson City Soccer winds down

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first_imgIt’s semi final weekend in Nelson City Soccer as all three leagues wind down.The action kicks off Saturday in the Leo’s Men’s Open.League winner Innkeepers host U17 Nelson Selects in one semi final while defending champion Old Dogs FC battle Kootenay Co-op.Both games commence at 3:45 p.m. at Lakeside. Sunday, regular season champ Club Inter tackles Bia Boro in one semi while Jackson’s Hole hosts Real Nelson.Both Bia Boro and Real Nelson stayed alive in the post season with quarter final wins.Real Nelson edged Ted Allen’s 5-4 while Bia Boro got past Red Dog 2-1.Both games go at 3:45 p.m. at Lakeside.Earlier Sunday the women’s take over the pitch as four teams remain alive in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League.Regular season champ Lily Whites meet Red Dog in one semi while Selkirk Eyecare host Fire Balls.Both games begin at 2:15 p.m.All winners advance to the league finals next week.last_img read more

Vince DeVito’s Fun Run and Hike raises cash for Pulpit Rock Trails

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first_imgThird, and first woman, was Jacqueline Skands, who reached the flagpole in a time of 38 minutes.A total of 51 participants competed in the race, with half the runners finishing a Pulpit Rock — the halfway spot in the race.The race, which raised $910, was a fundraiser for the Friends of Pulpit Rock Committee.“The money will be used to improve the trail,” said Cody Abbey of Maverick Fitness, one of the many sponsors of the race.Others included Gerick Cycle, Vince Devitos Shoes and Lakeside Physiotherapy.“(Funds) will be used to take out some of the really steep sections — making (Pulpit Rock Trails) more accessible to everyone,” Abby explained.“(And) to expand the trails at the top and perform further maintenance including improving conditions to CBC tower (at the top of Elephant Mountain),” Abbey adds.Abbey said donations are still being accepted at Vince DeVito’s Shoes at 411 Hall Street in Nelson until Wednesday. Most racers have difficulty running on flat ground.However, 16-year-old Keiran Marchand found the very steep hills of Elephant Mountain just fine as the Nelsonite captured top honours in the First Annual Vince DeVito’s Fun Run and Hike Sunday north of the Heritage City.Marchand, who runs for the L.V. Rogers crosscountry team, reached the finish line at the flagpole on Elephant Mountain above Pulpit Rock in a time of 31 minutes, 29 seconds.Second was Scott Leger, approximately 30 seconds behind Marchand.last_img read more