Downtown Olympia Sparkles for the Holidays

first_imgFacebook119Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the City of OlympiaDecember 1, 2013 marks the start of the First Annual Olympia Downtown Decorating Contest in concert with the Downtown for the Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony in Sylvester Park. The Downtown Decorating Contest, hosted by the Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA) will feature over 70 downtown Olympia small businesses that have come together to light up downtown this holiday season. We encourage people come down and see the beautiful decorations that will provide a festive mood for the Holidays and to see what the small businesses of Downtown Olympia have to offer for your gift giving and daily needs.Storefront decoration displays will be voted on by the public at ItsYourOlympia.com. Voting runs from December 1 – 15, providing many opportunities to drive, walk and shop around Olympia downtown businesses.All voters will be entered to win great downtown prize packages donated by participating businesses. Two first place winners will each receive a prize packages valued at $500 and five second place winners will each receive $200 in downtown gifts! The drawing will take place on December 16 and winners will be notified via email.  Prizes may be picked up at Courtyard Antiques and Home Décor at 705 4th Ave East.“It has been fun planning this event for the Downtown and our wishes are that everyone enjoys the event as much as we have” says Mary Corso, owner of Courtyard Antiques and Home Décor, “And we are looking forward to seeing the Olympia city lights shine from miles away!”last_img read more

July is Smart Irrigation Month in Olympia

first_imgSubmitted by The City of OlympiaLess is more when watering your lawn.July is Smart Irrigation Month in Olympia.  Because lawns and landscapes are typically over-watered by up to 30%, the City of Olympia’s Water Conservation Program is encouraging water customers to cut their irrigation water waste through a variety of incentives. By watering wisely, maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money and help protect our drinking water resources for future generations.The City’s Water Conservation Program offers residential water customers a $200 rebate on the installation of a “smart” irrigation controller and/or a FREE rain sensor – both for in-ground irrigation systems. Smart controllers automatically adjust watering times based on weather conditions to provide optimal moisture for healthy plants and landscapes, and conserves water. Rain sensors simply shut off irrigation systems when it is raining, so you don’t water when nature is doing it for you. Customers who water with a hose-end sprinkler can benefit from a free hose watering timer.City of Olympia commercial water customers may be eligible for a rebate of up to $2500 on efficient irrigation system upgrades, including spray nozzle retrofits, smart controller upgrades and drip irrigation conversions.The City’s efficient irrigation consultant says, “Olympia has made it easy for commercial customers and irrigation contractors to get rebates for installing efficient sprinkler nozzles, controllers with conservation features, and other water saving equipment. The rebate process is simple for most items, and the rebate amounts are generous enough that customers can start saving money right away.”Visit our website for Smart Irrigation Month incentives, rebate applications, resources and tips on how you can join your fellow neighbors and get smart about irrigation!Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.For more information, contact the City of Olympia Water Conservation Program at 360.753.8271 or waterwise@ci.olympia.wa.us. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

WDFW Approves Pre-holiday Razor Clam Dig Starting November 20

first_imgSubmitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeDiggers will have plenty of opportunity to put razor clams on the Thanksgiving table during a week-long dig that begins November 20.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening, which runs through November 26, after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.“Diggers can fill their buckets right up until the holiday,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.Ayres noted that diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig under state law. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage.Digging days and evening tides during the upcoming opening are:Nov. 20, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 21, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 22, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisNov. 23, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 24, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 25, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 26, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsThe best results typically occur one to two hours before low tide, Ayres said.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.WDFW also has proposed another dig in early December, tentatively set to begin Dec. 3 if marine toxin tests are favorable. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:Dec. 3, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 4, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 5, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 6, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 7, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 8, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 9, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsA WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available online. Facebook45Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

This is Your Brain on Yoga

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Heather Dunn for Radiance Herbs and MassageIt’s well accepted that a yoga practice supports a calm emotional state and long limber lines to the body. But scientific research has been supporting the ancient understanding that yoga supports a flexible, vital mind, too.Here are three ways a yoga practice supports brain health:Brawny Brain—In a recent study, magnetic resonance imaging of yogis’ brains showed that yoga practice was associated with enlargement of multiple brain areas. These enhanced areas of gray matter are involved with functions such as memory, attentiveness, self-concept, spatial navigation, and stress response. In a particularly interesting note, one of the study’s authors, Chantal Villemure, suggests that the observed improvement in visual cortex size was related to guided visualizations common in yoga practice. The study found these areas of the brain were proportionally larger in those who practiced yoga more often. Keep Your Cool—Yoga’s link with stress reduction is well established. The brain gains are just part of it. When our bodies go into fight-or-flight mode, the adrenal glands secrete the steroid hormone cortisol. Long-term elevated cortisol levels destabilize blood sugar regulation and encourage weight gain. These factors dampen immunity and promote inflammation. Yoga helps prevent all this by reducing the severity and duration of stress responses. Lower inflammation levels, in turn, reduce the risk for chronic inflammatory diseases including arthritis, cardiovascular issues, and Alzheimer’s disease.center_img Communication is Key—One region of the brain beefed up by yoga is the somatosensory cortex, which plays a role in promoting a unified perception in how we experience the body and sensory stimuli. Yoga also increases levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter known to induce relaxation, elevate mood, and lessen anxiety and pain. By helping the body and brain communicate better, yoga can help us stay happy and avoid injuries.If you’re thinking of renewing your yoga practice, or stepping up your game with a new strap, prop, or non-toxic, BPA-free yoga mat, please check out our selection at Radiance. We’ve also got inspiring books and other resources to help you take your yoga, and your brain, to the next level.last_img read more

Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, Representatives Steve Tharinger and Richard…

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capitol Land TrustIn such a divisive political climate, it was a breath of fresh air to see so many players – foresters, farmers, natural resource agencies, real estate professionals – all rallied behind the need to improve the health of our lands for people and nature.Capitol Land Trust celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a fundraiser to support its mission to conserve natural areas and working lands in southwest Washington. Over 600 diverse community leaders, businesses, and elected officials – from both sides of the aisle – attended the program. Capitol Land Trust often educates community leaders like the 2016 Leadership Thurston County class, which took a tour of the Randall Reserve last spring. Photo credit: Kelsey BrowneNew Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, shared her vision for how the Department of Natural Resources can help Washington’s environments and economies become more resilient. She is leading a 20-year vision to improve the health of Washington’s forests to stabilize revenue generation, increase recreation opportunities, strengthen habitat and be less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires. Franz said, “Our task is to rebuild our environmental, economic and civic foundations to expand opportunities for the next generations. Together as a state, we can work to restore and protect our forests, tidelands and farmlands, and make our environments and our communities more resilient to our changing world.”Representative Steve Tharinger (Democrat 24th District) and Representative Richard DeBolt (Republican 20th District) were recognized for their bi-partisan leadership on the Capital Budget Committee and passing the $11.2 million Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the last biennium.Twenty-two projects from the Makah Tribe to the Columbia River put people to work by restoring forests and rivers, at the same time improving salmon habitat, increasing recreational access, reducing risk to infrastructure from flooding, and building sustainability in natural resource industries like fishing and forestry. The program has already created 75 jobs.Preserving native prairie, streams and waterways and farmland are all priorities for Capitol Land Trust. Photo courtesy: Capitol Land Trust.Restoring land can reduce risks of flooding, drought and fire. Restoration projects also create jobs for local construction contractors, fishermen, foresters, and engineers.Capitol Land Trust completed three projects under the program including their recent purchase of the 312-acre Darlin Creek Preserve near Capitol State Forest. They hired local contractors to remove a culvert and replace it with a 60-foot steel bridge, opening a mile of stream for coho and steelhead spawning. The preserve will be open to the public for hiking. They also used innovative techniques to reconnect wetlands and reduce flooding hazards on their preserve near Tilley Road in Thurston County.Executive Director, Amanda Reed said, “These projects have been critical to improving wetland function, protecting against flooding, and expanding salmon spawning habitat in the Black River. We hired 14 local contractors and used 8 local suppliers. We could not have done this work without funding from the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative, and I hope the legislature fully funds the program again this year. About Capitol Land TrustCapitol Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to conserving and caring for the unique natural areas and working lands within southwest Washington. Since 1987, Capitol Land Trust has worked with partners to permanently protect more than 14 miles of Puget Sound shoreline and 5,800 acres in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis Counties.last_img read more

Lacey City Council Seeks Historical Commission Member

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council seeks a professional with a background in history, architecture, planning, or American studies to fill a vacancy on the Historical Commission.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 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Historical Commission members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit. Applicants must be a City of Lacey resident or live in Lacey’s Urban Growth Area.For more information, or to get an application for the Historical Commission, contact Susan Locke at (360) 413-4387 or SLocke@ci.lacey.wa.us. You can also download an application at ci.lacey.wa.us/Historical-Commission. Please submit a letter of interest and resume with your application.last_img read more

Smriti Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI series with injury

first_imgAdvertisement ihvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3mwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4iud( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) y1siWould you ever consider trying this?😱2bdkCan your students do this? 🌚aq4dRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star opener of Indian Women’s cricket team, Smriti Mandhana has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against South Africa. Smriti Mandhana picked up the toe injury in a practice session previous week. She has failed to recover at time and as a result of it India will miss her service in the upcoming series.Advertisement Smriti Mandhana has been a pillar in the batting lineup of Indian Women’s cricket team in the last few years. So, Indian think-tank has to decide a proper replacement of her in the opening slot. Though, she was not in form in the T20 series as she only scored 46 runs in 4 matches.Advertisement According to the camp of South Africa, the absence of Smriti Mandhana in the Indian lineup will certainly help them in this series. The gaps between these two sides will be more close now. The ODI series is going to begin on Wednesday at Reliance Stadium, Vadodara.According to the sources, the replacement is going to be either Priya Punia or Pooja Vastrakar. Whoever between these two gets the nod, it will be a great opportunity to cement her place in the side. All eyes will be there on Wednesday to find out who is going to open the innings for India as the replacement of Smriti Mandhana.Advertisement Cricket: Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon left out of Australia’s t20 squad to face India Advertisementlast_img read more

India coach Igor Stimac names 23-man squad for FIFA WC 2022 qualifier against Bangladesh

first_imgAdvertisement 1w4oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5s3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4a7jc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3rrjWould you ever consider trying this?😱85rj3Can your students do this? 🌚kysnRoller skating! Powered by Firework India National football team’s head coach Igor Stimac announced the names of 23-man squad for the match against Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier round. The match is going to be played at Salt Lake Yuba Bharati Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.Advertisement India were able to get one point against Qatar in the away match. That point might prove to be crucial in the later stage of this qualifying round. India lost the first match against Oman by a narrow margin. So, India have to win every match from now on to qualify for the next round. The match against Bangladesh will be very much crucial for Igor Stimac’s side at this moment.Advertisement In this important match against Bangladesh the head coach of India, Igor Stimac is certainly going to miss the iron-man in the central defense. Sandesh Jhingan picked up an injury in the practice match against North East United. According to the physio of India, the injury is the rear of Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Generally a player needs 6 months to make a recovery from this injury. Nishu Kumar, Faruk Chaudhary and Halicharan Narzary missed out from the final 23-man squad list of Indian football team.The 23-man squad list :Advertisement GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh.DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Narender, Sarthak Golui, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Desai, Subhasish Bose.MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Abdul Sahal, Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan.FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh. Sports and Bollywood fraternity grace the red carpet at the second edition of Indian Sports Honours Advertisementlast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimović made a ‘first touch’ bet with Romelu Lukaku – which the Belgian…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement 4r5uxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2dgj3m( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3p2Would you ever consider trying this?😱u5tCan your students do this? 🌚602zepRoller skating! Powered by Firework Zlatan Ibrahimović is once again making the footballing headlines, as the Swedish superstar outlines his next career move which is most likely to be the Italian league, to rejoin with his former Manchester United teammate Romelu Lukaku, the Inter Milan attacker who was once approached by the veteran with a bizarre £50 bet back at Old Trafford.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersThe 38 year old LA Galaxy striker, who is quivering up the Major League Soccer, departed the Red Devils in 2018, just a year before the Belgian, who joined the Nerazzurri this transfer window.In an interview with Italian sports news outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport about his speculations on returning to Italy, Ibrahimović spoke about his former Devils teammate, and unveiled a rather peculiar deal he made with the Belgian international.Advertisement “I will say this on Romelu: don’t expect good technique from Lukaku, but his best strength is sheer power. If only he’d listened to me…” he told the reporters.Under José Mourinho, the duo shared the 2017-2018 season together, just after Lukaku’s arrival from Everton and before Ibrahimović’s departure for the US next year.Advertisement “At Manchester United, we made a bet: ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make.’ He replied: ‘What do I win if I get them all right?”“I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player. For the record, he never accepted the bet! Perhaps he was afraid of losing…” he added.At the end however, Ibrahimović expressed optimism about Lukaku.“Joking aside, Lukaku has this mad hunger to prove himself to the world and I’m sure he will do well at Inter too.” Advertisementlast_img read more

UFC to Continue the Pay-Per-View Hot Streak with UFC 250 on June 6

first_imgPC: Yahoo SportsAdvertisement bko8iNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb3hujWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4b5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8vv5f8Would you ever consider trying this?😱beeCan your students do this? 🌚9kw9Roller skating! Powered by Firework We all know that the United States is crazy for sports, but one of the most action-packed and high-octane sports, mixed martial arts, was undoubtedly very eager to get underway. On March 7, we saw the last pay-per-view event from the UFC, with Israel Adesanya besting Yoel Romero by unanimous decision at UFC 248.Advertisement On May 9, the UFC roared back into action with another top-class pay-per-view event, UFC 249, with the Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje headliner followed by a UFC Fight Night and UFC on ESPN. While there’s another UFC Night on the schedule first, the next big PPV is UFC 250, which already boasts a mighty co-headliner.The return of the UFC.Advertisement PC: Yahoo SportsSince starting up again on May 9, the UFC has made the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida its home. Of course, the promotion’s real home is Las Vegas, Nevada, but for the time being, Jacksonville has been able to offer their major events a grand stage to beam around the world.Advertisement With the empty arena, the mixed martial arts bouts are a little different to experience, without any cheers following a big strike or when the legendary announcer, Bruce Buffer, calls a decision. Fighters do say that they miss their fans and the crowd. Still, many have given some alternate positive feedback, particularly due to the serene atmosphere around the octagon in the most recent events.Greg Hardy, the heavyweight who trumped Yorgan de Castro on points at UFC 249, was very open about the benefits that he gained in his fight. In the post-fight interview, he likened the experience to having 77 coaches, being able to hear the advice of the co-commentator – former two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier – and using it to overcome the tough early stages. As a spectator, it’s also strangely enjoyable to be able to hear the coaches and connections with more clarity.UFC 250 is already shaping up to be a colossal eventDuring the UFC 249 undercard, a huge clash was announced for UFC 250, with two-division champion Amanda Nunes returning to featherweight to defend against upstart Canadian Felicia Spencer. The title bout marks Nunes’ first defense at featherweight since claiming the strap from Cris Cyborg in what was a 51-second walkover.The fiery Brazilian has handily defeated everyone put in front of her. Nunes’ ongoing ten-bout winning streak includes every single female UFC champion at bantamweight and featherweight ever. Cris Cyborg, Germaine de Randamie, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Ronda Rousey have all fallen to her tremendous fighting skill.Nunes coming to an event makes it must-watch television for fight fans. She is phenomenal and easily the best female fighter the UFC has ever seen. However, one of the things that makes MMA so exciting is that just about anything can happen – which is why it had caught on so quickly in India, with people all over the country wanting to find out how and where to back the favorite. Even though the experts are seeing Nunes as the heavy favorite, many fans are backing Spencer at those experts’ longer odds as, after all, she certainly isn’t a pushover.Photo Credits: Yahoo SportsQuite evenly matched in terms of stature, Nunes has become infamous for her venomous striking. Spencer comes in as a fighter who knows how to throw her body, and opponents’ bodies, around and how to suffocate their game plans. Yet to be knocked out, Spencer’s only career loss came via decision to Cris Cyborg. While Nunes did obliterate Cyborg six months earlier, Spencer will have learned a lot from that grueling three-round battle.Spencer is coming in with an 8-1 record to try to upset the odds made by the experts who see Nunes as a clear-cut winner. Based on what she’s shown so far, if the Canadian can get in close and smother the champion, there’s a chance that she could turn the UFC on its head. That’s why the match is so big, and yet, the title bout isn’t put down as the sole headliner.As it stands, Nunes vs. Spencer will follow Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo (middleweight); Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert (middleweight); Alex Perez vs. Jussier Formiga (flyweight); and Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark (light-heavyweight). The headliner, or co-headliner, as well as the venue, were still in the works at the time of writing. Still, names like Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway, Kamaru Usman, and Jorge Masvidal have all been thrown around as potential fighters for the top of the card.With Nunes vs. Spencer, UFC 250 will only continue the promotion’s comeback momentum with another top-class sporting event. Better still, there may yet be another great bout on the bill. Advertisementlast_img read more