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Thurston County Fair Seeks All Open Class Home Arts, Hobbies and…

first_imgFor more information on the 2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit“Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!”July 31 – Aug. 4, 2013 Submitted by The Thurston County Fair Photos, floral, fiber arts and more due before fair opens July 31            This year’s open class home arts competitions are sure to be full of laughter, ladybugs and inspiration.  There are dozens of different categories for home arts enthusiasts, artists and crafters of all ages and abilities. Entries for many of this year’s open class contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, July 31.Open Class Floral: Monday, July 29 from 4–8 p.m.From aster to zinnias and everything in between, there are dozens of floral contests for cut flowers, herbs, trees and shrubs, bulbs, container gardens—the list is nearly endless. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories.Open Class Art: Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.There’s a contest for every age and almost every medium. Bring your paintings, sketches and drawings, miniatures and sculptures ready for display. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.Open Class Photography: Friday, July 26 from 3–7 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.Whether you prefer landscapes or portraits, people or animals, black and white or full color, there’s an open class photography contest that has you framed perfectly. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.Open Class Home Arts: Monday, July 22 from 3–7 p.m.Let your spectacular sewing, needle art and fiber art do the talking in dozens of home arts contests. Don’t forget about this year’s Quilt Block Contest—pick up your quilt block kit from Gee Gee’s Quilting Inc. in Yelm. Bring in your finished quilt block for a chance to win prizes and to have your quilt block selected to be part of next year’s quilt raffle. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.Open Class Hobbies and Crafts: Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.Quality and craftsmanship are alive and well in workshops and craft rooms throughout Thurston County. Enter your woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, dolls, models, and countless other handicrafts in dozens of hobby and craft contests. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.All of the information and details you need to compete in open class home arts contests and hundreds of other open class and club contests are included in the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 31 through August 4. Download the complete 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide at Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Emily Anderson Serves as Washington State Senate Page

first_imgSubmitted by the office of Sen. Joe FainReeves Middle School student Emily Anderson served as a Senate page to Senator Joe Fain.Emily Anderson, a student at Reeves Middle School, spent the last week as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Anderson was one of 14 students who served as Senate pages for the ninth week of the 2015 legislative session.The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Students are responsible for transporting documents between offices, delivering messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Students also draft their own bills and engage in a mock session.“I became a page to learn about our government and our legislature, it’s a good experience to learn how it all works,” Anderson said.  “I like meeting everybody around the state, but being a part of the session and seeing how it all works have been my favorite part.”She said she was surprised at how many bills the senators went through on the floor.“I’ve really loved it, I don’t think I’ll forget it,” she said about the page program.Anderson was sponsored by Senator Joe Fain, who represents South King County.Anderson has played soccer since she was four and plays for the Black Hills FC. She also plays basketball and sings for her school choir. She likes being outdoors and being active.Emily, 14, is the daughter of Ken and Nancy Anderson of Olympia.Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit Senator Fain’s web site at and select Get Involved – Senate Page Program. Facebook112Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Bring “Brew” Back at the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 20

first_imgHelp us build this future and join us to Bring “Brew” Back at the 2016 Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 20. Facebook57Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater Artesian BrewfestOlympia Beer is an important name to folks in Tumwater. It has been a few years since the last whistle was heard from the brewery (2003), but a new era of craft beer is alive and well. Now, we celebrate the proud tradition of brewing and build toward the future of our community with the annual Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 20.The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest brings together neighbors to celebrate the history of brewing and beer in the Northwest. Photo courtesy: City of TumwaterAt the 2016 Tumwater Artesian Brewfest, over 45 craft brewers from around the Pacific Northwest will bring their best to celebrate with us. Join friends for some well-mannered frivolity on Saturday, August 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course—in the shadow of the former brewery.Sip craft beer and cider, savor a variety of local foods, and play for fun or to win one of many games and contests. You’ll also have the option to explore the history and experience the future where we help grow the craft beer, cider, and spirits movement.Games, such as this giant beer pong game, are a highlight of the August 20 festival. Photo courtesy: CIty of TumwaterThis unique event offers tons of backyard games and activities. Try not to topple giant Jenga, earn bragging rights beating your buddies at super-sized beer pong, test your strength with a stein-holding contest and your agility with a hardy game of human foosball. You might even win some cash in the golf ball drop. All this, while sampling an award-winning pale from Fish Brewing, your favorite IPA from Freemont Brewing, a gluten-free brew from Seattle’s Ghostfish Brewing, or a refreshing cider from Portland Cider Company (just to name a few).Grab some Tailgate Barbeque, Big Daddy’s burgers and fries, a light Greek meal at Athena’s Food Truck, or some tempura and chicken skewers from the Egg Roll Hut.  For something on the sweeter side, pick up some granola or cookies from Brewmaster’s Bakery, which makes tasty treats from spent grain used in brewing.Volunteers are needed to pour samples, help with games and more. Photo courtesy: City of TumwaterWant to help support the event? Volunteer. Sign up online and bring a smile and great attitude and get free entry, a t-shirt, and our gratitude! Check out the website at or find us on Facebook for more information about the fun to be had at this (ages 21 and over) event and other activities related to it.Tumwater Artesian Brewfest celebrates a legacyIn 1902, German immigrant – by way of Montana – Leopold Schmidt, renamed his brewery to Olympia Brewing Company and coined the timeless tagline, “It’s the water.”  The brewery was located on the banks of the Deschutes River in, you guessed it, Tumwater! The pure artesian water that Schmidt chose for his beer is the very same water that enticed early pioneers to settle in Tumwater and where Salish people before that heard the tum-tum heartbeat of the falls, from which Tumwater gets its name. The Olympia Brewing Company became the area’s largest private employer for several decades. Mythical water-loving trickster “Artesians” were used in the company’s marketing to add a twist of fun to their campaigns. Their legacy now lives on as we revitalize the former brewery.A new era for the BreweryDo you have what it takes to win the stein-holding contest? Photo courtesy: City of TumwaterTo build on this legacy of brewing, partners are now collaborating to turn Tumwater and the surrounding area into a thriving hub that grows Washington’s craft beer, cider, and spirits movement. We call this theCraft Brewing and Distilling Center. This visionary geographic hub will have an education center, business incubators, brewers, distillers and cider-makers, restaurants, hotels, and places where people convene to refine and grow their craft. Impacts from the hub will ripple across the supply chain and many sectors, including specialty agriculture. Redeveloping the old Olympia Brewery and preserving the iconic Old Brewhouse (donated to the City this year) is also a focus of the project. Together, these partners and business entrepreneurs are bringing “Brew” back to the community.last_img read more

Veterans and Active Military Healing Through Horsemanship July 21-22 with HeartStrides

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Healing Hearts RanchThe HeartStrides Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Operation THRIVE Warrior Horsemanship Program at Healing Hearts Ranch is an effective horsemanship based Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program that is designed to inspire social, emotional and psychological wellness for our returning armed forces.  Our Mission is to integrate the principles of horsemanship with research-based learning during interactive experiences with horses, which will improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Participants gain basic skills of handling, interacting, communication with horses and basic riding skills.THRIVE – Teaching Horsemanship Resiliency, Integrity, Virtue& Empowerment is the theme of the weekend that will be put on by HeartStrides 501c charity for military active duty, veterans and first responders.This three day clinic is free to all active duty military personnel, Veterans and first responders.  This year the clinic was made possible by donations from the Olympia Elks, VFW and many local businesses. We work with the JBLM Warrior Transition Battalion.This clinic helps facilitate transition to civilian life through anger management, stress and anxiety reduction techniques, emotional awareness and dealing with strong emotions. This clinic is focused on Brain Traumatic Injuries and helping service members connect with horses and others dealing with similar situations. The goal is to enable the service member to heal, to increase their self confidence, and to the improve their family life. A therapist is on site to help veterans process.last_img read more

Bruh moment of 1st December 2019: Sassuolo’s best defender is…Cristiano Ronaldo?!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/Twitter(@Brozoholics)Advertisement 7twoNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4q5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E50tgvz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6r2Would you ever consider trying this?😱bv7k4Can your students do this? 🌚orRoller skating! Powered by Firework Whenever you’re up against Juventus, you know for a very fact that the one man that can devastate your defense line is Cristiano Ronaldo. However, if you have the astronomical luck of Sassuolo, you can secure a 2-2 draw right at the Allianz stadium, because the Old Lady talisman will defend your goal!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/Twitter(@Brozoholics)Today’s Serie A home fixture was expected to be a walk in the park win for the defending champions. Although the Neroverdi were up ahead 2-1 midway of the game, the Portuguese forward converted a spot kick successfully in the 68th minute. And just a minute after, the 34 year old blocked Paulo Dybala’s shot from ending up behind the net.Check out the bizarre moment in the clip below, posted on Twitter by user @BrozoholicsAdvertisement Higuaín’s sprint into the box ended in a calculated pass to the Argentine attacker, who’s calculated shot right through the Sassuolo defense didn’t end up being the match winner, it deflected from the legs of an unsuspecting Ronaldo.This unexpected and clumsy mistake from the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker has costed the Bianconeri to lose two points from the match, and also the top spot, which is now occupied by rivals Inter Milan, thanks to their 2-1 win over SPAL. Advertisementlast_img read more

Little Silver Mayor Makes Rhyming Start

first_imgMayor Robert Neff Jr. swears in Councilman Dane Mihlon as Mihlon’s wife, Lauren, holds the Bible.LITTLE SILVER — It was as if  Dr. Seuss took over as mayor for a little while at the borough’s annual reorganization meeting last Thursday. Robert Neff Jr., who was sworn in to his first  four-year term as mayor, used the opportunity deliver an address to his constituents in the form of a poem.Using rhyming couplets, the mayor noted, “Last year, this time three feet of snow gave Little Silver fits./Later still, Irene’s ill will, and earthquake tremors, hit.”Additional verses offered further reflections on the year just past, hailed recent borough accomplishments, offered thanks and congratulations to those being sworn in to elected office and to those receiving various appointments.“I’ve missed some names—we know you’re there, and no offense was meant/Appreciation is the key, our thanks were the intent.”Afterwards Neff said that while he had some reservations about waxing poetic, he ultimately decided to give it a whirl to keep the mood light and festive.“This has been a really nice meeting,” he observed as the meeting adjourned.Neff, a former Republican council member, had declared his candidacy for mayor when he was named last year to fill the vacancy caused by the death of long serving Mayor Suzanne Castleman. Donald Galante, a former Republican councilman, was appointed to fill Neff’s vacant council seat.Along with Neff, his running mate, newcomer Dane S. Mihlon, and incumbent Democrat Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. were sworn in for their respective three-year terms.The borough council selected member David Gilmour to serve as this year’s council president; reappointed John O. Bennett as borough attorney; and reappointed Gregory Blash as borough engineer.last_img read more

NJ Nonprofits Experiencing Severe Negative Effects of Coronavirus

first_imgHowever, due to the pandemic Brookdale is shifting its focus to a more pressing need: the welfare of its students. Instead of staging an in-person event, they will pivot to a virtual or online campaign designed to raise money to help students who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to help stabilize students in this time of crisis, Zeiss said. LYNNE WARDThis time of year is usually one of People Pages photographer Lynne Ward’s busiest times as she scrambles from gala to fundraiser covering the many charities, nonprofits and foundations in the Two River area. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of all large gatherings and forced everyone to stay at home. This article originally appeared in the April 9th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Mental health organizations have always been extremely important in Monmouth County and beyond and now the need for mental health access is more important than it has ever been. According to CEO Wendy DePedro, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County is coordinating with local and state officials to meet the growing needs of the community with the public’s health and safety as their top priorities. The agency has transitioned its on-site staff to remote status, underscoring the importance of social distancing and reducing possible exposure to the virus. Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, postponed its “Shine Light On Hunger” Humanitarian Gala, originally scheduled for March 27, to June 4. Fulfill will continue to monitor the situation and decide as the date gets closer, to either postpone again or cancel. So don’t get rid of those dancing shoesjust yet. They’ll be back in style soonenough. In these days of social distancing and the governor’s order prohibiting group gatherings, charities and nonprofit organizations have been forced to cancel their events for the spring philanthropy season. Some organizations have rescheduled for summer or fall dates, while others have canceled completely until next year. The MHA Annual Dinner and 70th Anniversary planned for May 13 will be rescheduled for later in the year. The annual dinner is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the agency. “Because of the coronavirus crisis, Fulfill is providing all of our pantries and agencies – including Lunch Break, Parker Clinic and Red Bank’s Salvation Army – free Crisis Relief Boxes, sorted, bagged or boxed and, when needed, distributed, including no-cost transportation to their facilities, for them to give out to our neighbors in need. This has caused Fulfill’s costs to skyrocket. We are spending approximately $200,000 per week and we expect that number to keep climbing. Of course that means Fulfill’s gala will be more important than ever to us this year,” said Fulfill CEO and president Kim Guadagno, the former lieutenant governor of New Jersey. Fulfill is also experiencing a critical need for volunteers to pack the Crisis Relief Boxes with the spike in demand. Anyone who is healthy and can volunteer should email Monetary donations are also needed. Fulfill’s Adopt-A-Family program allows donors to help a local family get through the coronavirus crisis. A $30 donation funds a four-day Crisis Relief Box for a family of four. All donations can be made at “Our students continue to report that they are facing many challenges ranging from lost income, food insecurity and others so we will focus on efforts on raising money to provide direct financial support to them. We have already received a $50,000 donation and we will leverage that generous contribution to ‘challenge’ others to rise to the occasion,” said Zeiss. According to Tim Zeiss, executive director of the Brookdale Foundation and Alumni Affairs, Brookdale Community College has decided to cancel the Brookdale Scholarship Ball slated for June 5 and said that the health, safety and well-being of guests, organizers and staff is the first priority. The scholarship ball is the school’s largest annual event and has always been successful thanks to the support of sponsors, auction donors, attendees and honorees. “We are in the process of reaching out to a wide network of community agency providers as well as individual mental health practitioners to assure there are enough supports in place to help individuals and their families through this current crisis and in the days to come,” said DePedro. There will be an end to this crisis and the charities, foundations and organizations we support will need our help again. In my 16 years of covering Two River People events, spring is one of the busiest seasons for fundraisers. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, every sector of society has been impacted and New Jersey’s nonprofit community has been hit particularly hard. Many students have lost their jobs andare struggling to adapt to the new methodof taking classes online. Some studentsdo not own or have access to a laptop orWi-Fi. The college has responded to thisneed by making 400 laptops available asloaners. The Brookdale Foundation isproviding funding so those students haveaccess to Wi-Fi so they can continue theirclasses. By Lynne Ward Screening tools, specific guidelines and additional resources are available at or “Many of the nurses, health care workers, EMTs, police and others who are in the front lines battling this pandemic are Brookdale alumni,” he said. “So, while the campaign is designed to help students, we hope that people will consider donating in honor of those Brookdale graduates who are helping to make a difference.” last_img read more

Leafs begin building for next season; host spring camps in April/May

first_imgThere’s no one more disappointed than the people behind the Nelson Leafs hockey franchise that the club suffered early elimination from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.However, there’s more to the Leafs franchise than skates, pucks, tape and sticks.The Leafs continue to be a force off the ice after the club made a donation to the “Man in Motion” project prior to the end of the hockey season.During the first home playoff game against Beaver Valley, Leaf president Larry Martel presented Bill McDonnell and Denis Kleine with a cheque for $500 in support of the purchase of the “Man in Motion” bronze sculpture located at the NDCC entrance.A replica of the sculpture is currently on display in the Nelson Leafs cabinet next to the sound booth. No time to rest for Leaf coaching staffAfter going through a rollercoaster ride this past season, Leaf head coach Dave McLellan is not going to make the same mistake twice.McLellan has already put the wheels in motion on making the Leafs run in next season’s KIJHL playoffs a long one.The veteran coach has booked dates for the Leafs spring rookie and main camps.The rookie camp goes April 24-26 at the NDCC Arena.Invited players from throughout the province will be in Nelson for a tryout to see if they qualify for Main Camp, May 15-17.The Leafs training camp is set for the first week of September. Defending KIJHL Champion Hawks in control of Murdoch FinalThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks are slowly, but surely, making quick work of the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division Finals.Beaver Valley built up a 3-0 lead before rolling to a 4-2 victory Thursday in Castlegar.The defending KIJHL champs hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.Devin Names and Castlegar product Kadrian Klimchuk scored first period goals before McKoy Hauck made it 3-0 in the second.Yannis Soukas, the hottest Rebel in the playoffs, gave the home team life with a powerplay goal 14 seconds remaining in the period.Jeremy McNeil cut the margin to 3-2 with another special teams marker seconds into the third.But Walker Sidoni scored on the power play for Beaver Valley midway through the final period to secure the victory.Beaver Valley out shot the Rebels 32-24.Carsen Schamerhorn won his sixth straight game in goal for the Hawks while Austin Wells took the loss for Castlegar.Beaver Valley has now defeated Castlegar five of the last six games dating back to Feb. 7.Game four is Friday in Castlegar. Note the early start time of 5:30 p.m. as the teams must give way to Selkirk Saints later in the evening.The Saints host University of Victoria Cougars in Game one of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League semi final at 8 p.m.Game two is Saturday with Game three, if necessary, Sunday in Castlegar.If necessary, Game five of the Murdoch Finals goes Sunday in Fruitvale.last_img read more


first_img            NOTES: The winning owners are Schroeder Farms, LLC of Corona Del Mar, CA, Beverly Engelberg and Jan Steeper. JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, BLUE TONE, WINNER:  “He broke horribly today and I didn’t know if he had anything left at the half-mile pole. I absolutely nursed him to the quarter pole and he showed all the class that he has and held them at bay.“Not for nothing but he must be a mudder. He won’t step in a puddle on the road out to the racetrack in the mornings, but I walked him out onto the track today and he was paddling in it, like a child in the mud. He was like a little kid. He was enjoying himself.” BOB HESS, JR., TRAINER OF BLUE TONE, WINNER:  “It was apparent there wasn’t any pace in the race. The other day when he stumbled (out of the gate when finishing fourth in the Grade III Native Diver Handicap Nov. 27), we couldn’t have beaten the winner, but I thought we could’ve been second.  He’s a big lumbering horse and when he’s able to run like this, he’s a lot better.  We’ve got some money now, so we’re going to run next at Gulfstream in the Poseidon on Jan. 28. It’s $400,000 and we’re going to take a shot.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

Jeremiah Briscoe Wins Second Consecutive Payton Award

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Jeremiah Briscoe’s humility shined on a weekly basis this season. At every opportunity, the Sam Houston State quarterback credited his team’s wide receivers and offensive linemen for his success. Briscoe’s leadership and powerful right arm meant even more to the nationally ranked Bearkats. Briscoe, from Houston, helped lead Sam Houston State to a 12-2 record and a semifinal appearance in the FCS playoffs. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder leads the FCS in passing yards (5,003), passing yards per game (357.4), touchdown passes (45) and points responsible for (288). Said Sam Houston coach K.C. Keeler: “When your quarterback isn’t a diva and your quarterback doesn’t care about anything other than the Ws, it really makes your whole locker room in sync and worried about the same thing – about winning a ball game.” South Dakota senior quarterback Chris Streveler finished second and UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss was third in the voting. There were 25 finalists for the award named after the legendary College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back. Briscoe claimed the 2017 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award as the national offensive player of the year Friday night at the national awards banquet in Frisco, Texas. He’s just the second two-time recipient of the 31-year-old award, joining Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards in 2008 and ’09. He threw for 9,605 yards and 102 touchdowns in his two Payton Award seasons. “I have some of the best players in the country around me,” he said. “And I think it just goes to show how well they make me look.” A national panel of 151 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Walter Payton Award. Past winners include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp.Courtesy of STATS FCSlast_img read more