YWCA Olympia Presents Free Community Screening Of “Girl Rising”

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0 About IntelIntel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Intel is collaborating with 10×10 on a global social action campaign to amplify the importance of investing in girls’ education. (OLYMPIA, Wash.) – The YWCA of Olympia, in conjunction with Intel Corporation, will host a free community screening of the film Girl Rising at 7:00p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts (512 Washington St SE, Olympia 98501).This groundbreaking film is presented by 10×10 (a global action campaign for girls’ education and empowerment) and tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers, and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Directed by Academy Award nominee, Richard Robbins, Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.Tickets for this event will not be sold; however patrons are welcome to “pay what they can” at the door. Following the screening, a panel of advocates and educators will discuss the film and local efforts to strengthen opportunities for girls’ education here in our community. A reception with the panelists and YWCA program staff will follow.Girl Rising tells the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement- dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. For more information, contact the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593. About the YWCA of OlympiaEstablished in 1945, the YWCA of Olympia offers responsive programs and services to meet the needs of women, girls and families. We are inspiring a new generation to become strong leaders and advocates for opportunity and equity for all women. The YWCA of Olympia strives to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities. The YWCA has worked to change history—from civil rights to women’s rights, from advocacy for women’s health care to an end to violence against women and girls. The YWCA is the voice for every woman. We speak out and take action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA and our members and volunteers contribute time, talent, tenacity and financial support for the betterment of all women in our community.center_img About 10×10 10×10 is a global action campaign for girls’ education, founded by award-winning journalist at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Centered by the new feature film, “Girl Rising”, 10×10 uses the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World. Additional ResourcesYWCA of Olympia: www.ywcaofolympia.orgGirl Rising: www.girlrising.com10×10: www.10x10act.orgIntel: www.newsroom.intel.com and www.blogs.intel.comlast_img read more

Sidewalk Receives Grant from Thurston County Realtors Association

first_imgFacebook128Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SideWalkSideWalk is pleased to announce it has received a $16,500 Housing Opportunity Grant from the Thurston County Realtors Association (TCRA) and National Association of Realtors (NAR). These funds will support SideWalk’s Rapid Rehousing program, which provides short-term rental assistance to people in our community who are experiencing homelessness.“This grant and partnership will allow us to continue our efforts to end homelessness in Thurston County by the end of the decade. For an average of just $1,200, we can get someone off the streets and into permanent, private market housing. Thanks to TCRA and NAR funds, we have the potential to make a difference in the lives of at least a dozen people,” shares Anna Robinson, Development Director for SideWalk.SideWalk is a local organization on a mission to end homelessness in Thurston County. We combine volunteerism and intensive community engagement with data-driven, evidence based methods to accomplish our mission. SideWalk has housed over 500 people in less than three years. To learn more about how you can donate, volunteer, or support, please visit www.walkthurston.org.last_img read more

Lacey Seeks Public Comment on 20-Year Growth Plan

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of Lacey By 2035, Thurston County’s population will surge by nearly 40 percent (about 100,000 people), bringing its total number of residents to almost 370,000. Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) projections indicate the county’s three largest cities and adjacent urban growth areas will absorb a majority of those new inhabitants — about 27,000 in Lacey, 21,000 in Olympia, and 17,000 in Tumwater. The City of Lacey is in its third year of a four-year-long planning effort to successfully accommodate its share of those new residents. Known as Envision Lacey, the project also considers nearly 12,500 additional housing units, and 13,700 new employment opportunities forecast in TRPC estimates. The Lacey Planning Commission will hold a 7:00 p.m. hearing at City Hall on Tuesday, June 21, to consider public comment on the planning update, including how well it articulates long-term community vision, analyzes key community issues, and identifies successful implementation strategies.Specifically, public testimony will be sought on the following items:Re-adoption of Lacey’s 2030 Transportation PlanDraft revisions to Lacey’s Comprehensive Plan elements, including the Land Use Element; Economic Development Element; Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Element; Housing Element; and Utilities Element.Draft development code amendments that affect business park, office, and commercial zoning; draft height and density amendments that affect moderate- and high-density residential development; and repeal of transition areas for multi-family development.The draft materials are available at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/envisionlacey, and at the Lacey Community Development Department, 420 College Street SE. For more information, please contact Ryan Andrews, Planning Manager, atRAndrews@ci.lacey.wa.us or (360) 491-5642, TDD (800) 833-6388.last_img read more

Raft the Wild Upper Nisqually River with the Nisqually Land Trust

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Nisqually Land TrustExperience the Nisqually River up close, right on the water. The Nisqually Land Trust is offering rafting trips on July 23 and 24 that will float the seldom-seen upper stretch of the Nisqually River. Reservations are $115 per person.This family-friendly trip is rated for adults and children 60 pounds and up and is professionally outfitted and guided by Alpine Adventures. It will last from four to five hours, depending on river conditions, and includes a catered riverbank lunch.Capitol Land Trust’s Nisqually River Floats offer families the chance to see little known stretches of the scenic river. Photo courtesy: Nisqually Land Trust“You may not realize how wild and scenic the Nisqually is,” says Land Trust Executive Director Joe Kane. “This river is close to home, yet 75 percent of its lower 42 miles—from Alder Dam to the delta—is permanently protected, undeveloped, and relatively inaccessible. Rafting is really the best way to see the Nisqually and its eagles, hawks, deer, and other wildlife.”The Saturday and Sunday trips will depart from the Nisqually’s confluence with the Mashel River, near Eatonville, and finish at Wilcox Farms, near Roy. This 13-mile trip passes along several Land Trust properties, including the three-mile length of one of the Land Trust’s largest holdings, Powell Creek, which includes majestic stands of mature forest. “Nearly every mile along this stretch of river is permanently protected by the Land Trust or our partners,” said Kane. “This is a beautiful illustration of what cooperative conservation can achieve.”Nisqually float trips are professionally guided and suitable for families with children over 60 pounds.For reservations and further information, call the Nisqually Land Trust at (360) 489-3400 or visit the Land Trust’s website.The Nisqually Land Trust acquires and manages critical lands to permanently benefit the water, wildlife, and people of the Nisqually River Watershed.last_img read more

TOGETHER! Gives Free Sports Physicals for Tumwater Students

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!Tumwater School District partnered with TOGETHER! and a broad coalition of healthcare agencies around the area to provide free sports physicals for the students of Tumwater School District as part of their Back-to-Basics event series. The event’s goal is to remove barriers for low-income families wishing to participate in student athletics, as well as improving access to healthcare overall. Families also had the chance to work with a health insurance navigator from CHOICE Regional Health Network to enroll in a Washington State health plan and find a primary care physician.Health care provider from across the area came together for the Back-to-Basics event. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!The event took place at Tumwater Middle School and was attended by over 200 families and staffed by over 60 volunteers. Physicals were given by volunteers from Providence Medical Health & Services, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and Surgical Associates, P.L.L.C. Dinner for the volunteers was generously donated by Bayview Thriftway and Tumwater’s Costco Warehouse.Another Back-to-Basics event, supported by Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and Thurston County Public Health, will provide required immunizations to any student from preschool through age 18. That event will take place at Michael T. Simmons Elementary, 1205 2nd Ave SW, on August 23 from 5 – 8 p.m.TOGETHER! is a local nonprofit organization that engages and mobilizes families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth. In partnership with Tumwater School District, they support the Community Schools program, which builds networks that center support for health, development and education in the schools themselves.last_img read more

Thurston County Makes Being Active Easy with Abundant Walking Areas

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services DepartmentAs the year tilts toward the winter months, people spend more time indoors together, and we need simple ways to stay healthy. In addition to making sure immunizations are up to date, think about ways your family can get physical activity (30 minutes a day for adults; 60 minutes for kids) and maintain your health. Walking is the most common form of moderate physical activity. It can be done from home, work or even to school – places where you can find a ready walking partner at just about any time. We’re fortunate in Thurston County to have an abundance of walking opportunities in local parks, as well as the region’s trail system, the city centers around the county, and often our own neighborhoods.Walking to school can be a great way for kids to get extra exercise. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public HealthPart of supporting and encouraging more walking is making the choice to walk easier for people, so that it can be woven into our daily lives. One example is to make it easier for people to replace short trips, such as going out to eat, doing errands at local stores, or traveling to work, with an active form of transportation like walking. This means having safe, convenient routes for people to use from their neighborhood to these destinations. Sidewalks and trails that are well-marked and have safe crossings, in a connected network, are some of the main ingredients for walkability. Having a compact and diverse pattern of development is another, longer term key.Thurston County is honored to have the Thurston Thrives Community Design Action Team named a finalist in the national Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. This project aims to boost the walking access that people have to the trails near where they live (or work) through new all-weather, ADA-compliant connecting paths, signs to help people find their way around, and additional improvements. This active design – trail “walkshed” effort has so far gathered information about good opportunities for new paths and bench locations along our trails. More accessible, and thus better-used neighborhood streets and trails also become safer places, as people are more visible to traffic, and there are more of us looking out for each other.Local cities are important partners in this effort as well, since they do a lot of the projects that build streets and other infrastructure to support people walking or engaging in other active transportation. City of Olympia pursues neighborhood pathways and new ways to get to parks. City of Lacey has begun a pedestrian and bicycle plan and is accepting comments on it now. City of Tumwater has added 3/4 mile to the regional trails network in the past year through a development between Israel and Littlerock roads, and smaller towns like Tenino are getting into the act.Capitol Lake is probably the most popular loop trail in Olympia. Entirely flat, the loop trail is perfect for strollers and those walkers with limited mobility. Photo credit: Diane Waiste.Building walkable places is essential for more people to be active and healthy in their daily lives. So is having good information. There is great support for Safe Routes to School in our community – with partners like local cities and school districts, Intercity Transit, Safe Kids Thurston County, Thurston Regional Planning Council and your county’s health, public works and sheriff’s departments working together to provide traffic safety information, as well as identifying improvements and ways to remove barriers for kids and families being able to get active walking or rolling in existing school neighborhoods. These organizations are helping to celebrate Walk to School Month in October. This all helps kids and families stay connected and arrive at school on-time and ready to learn, setting a foundation for a healthy life.A quick reminder about some simple safety tips can help us achieve a goal of zero traffic fatalities in our county. If you’re driving:Put away your phone,Slow down in schools zones to 20mph or lessYield to people crossing the street.If you’re walking:Stay to the side of the road,Stop and look both ways before crossing a street,Keep yourself visible with bright clothes or reflective material).Enjoy a safe and healthy fall, full of activity. If you have ideas for improvements that would increase walking where you live or work, contact Chris Hawkins, Community Engagement, Evidence and Partnerships Manager: hawkinc@co.thurston.wa.uslast_img read more

Shooter Deepak Kumar books himself a Tokyo 2020 berth with bronze medal win at…

first_imgAdvertisement c4z5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsxl71Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9juhr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) soWould you ever consider trying this?😱adCan your students do this? 🌚79f2c4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Deepak Kumar treated himself with a bronze medal on his birthday, in the men’s 10m air rifle category of the 14th Asian Championship. The shooter also confirmed India’s 10th Olympic quota in shooting. He shot 227.8 in the final finishing third on the podium and turned 32 on Tuesday,Advertisement Image: KreedOnThe rifleman, reached the final at the Lusail Shooting Complex in Doha after registering an aggregate score of 626.8. He then started the game with nine straight scores of 10 and bagged the bronze medal as India clinched another Olympic quota.China’s Yukun Liu (250.5) won the gold with his razor-sharp vision and shot above 10 in all attempts, while his compatriot, Haonan Yu (249.1), came second.Advertisement Deepak started the day as the most experienced among the other Indian shooters as Kiran Ankush Jadhav and Yash Vardhan, finished 14th and 30th respectively.However, India arrived at the tournament securing nine Tokyo Olympics quotas in rifle and pistol events while China leading the charts with 25 quotas and Korea and host Japan booked 12 slots each.Advertisement There are 38 quotas to offer, and India is fielding a 41-member team across the 15 Olympic events. This is the last chance for shooters to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next summer. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sanjay Manjrekar apologises for Harsha Bhogle argument and admits 2019 has been his ‘worst…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ANI/ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement 20bNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egts( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 15Would you ever consider trying this?😱7kx2Can your students do this? 🌚ck53lRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sanjay Manjrekar is making headlines again. Always linked with some controversy, the former Team India cricketer has been a subject of reprimand from the Indian cricketing fandom, and his recent comments regarding Virat Kohli brought him enough slack in the past few days. Even before that, the commentator was on a verbal feud with Harsha Bhogle regarding the historical pink ball test match. However unexpectedly, Manjrekar has apologized for his words.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ANI/ESPNcricinfoEven just two days ago, the former middle order batsman’s controversial tweet on a young Kohli from 2012 resurfaced, and even after 7 years his unapologetic stance towards the Men in Blues skipper still had no change. But, in an unforeseen turn of events, the 54 year old has expressed regret for his negative behaviour towards Bhogle.Regarding the argument about the pink ball test in November, Manjrekar reminded Bhogle about his non-cricket background: “You need to ask [the players about visibility] perhaps, [but] for us, those who have played the game, we have a fair idea of what’s happening out there.”Advertisement Manjrekar, who played 37 Test and 74 ODIs for Team India, swas against Bhogle’s opinion about the players’ views on the usage of pink ball, and the former Mumbai star gave reprimand to Bhogle about not coming from a cricketing background.His comments towards Bhosle, who is a PGDM recepient from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and a respected commentator in the Indian cricketing scene, was not received well by the media and fans.Advertisement Yesterday, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar regretted his comments towards his fellow commentator: “I want to get very serious about this. See, one thing I pride myself on is being professional and with that particular comment it was me losing control and I was unprofessional, I was wrong and something that I regret… it was wrong of me.”“That is what really bothers me that I let my emotions get the better of me. Mostly being unprofessional and to an extent indecent as well.” he added.In the interview, Manjrekar also added that in his career as a commentator, the past 12 months have been the worst.“See I started this [as a commentator] in 1997-98, since been about 20-21 years in this profession, and its [2019] been the worst year for me as analyst and commentator. The woest year, and that’s it.” he told the interviewer.Also read-Sanjay Manjrekar replies to his 2012 tweet when he claimed that Virat Kohli ‘did not belong’ in Test cricketMichael Vaughan and Sanjay Manjrekar have a twitter banter over Ravindra Jadeja Advertisementlast_img read more

Churches House Volunteers, Help Heal Devastated Communities

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauThe United Metho­dist Church building in Highlands has a new lease on life.After the church was closed several years ago, the building’s fate was up in the air. It was leased out for a while but then the 65-year-old structure was flooded by Super Storm Sandy. [private]Now the brick church on Bay Avenue has been converted into a space to house volunteers from around the country who come to help rebuild homes damaged by the horrific October storm.It is not the only church in the area to be used to house volunteers helping those in the area recover from Sandy. The First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank also was renovated to host up to 20 people.In Highlands, the leaders of the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church realized after the storm that area residents were going to need both short-term and long-term help. Under the leadership of Bishop John Schol, they started an independent, nonprofit organization called A Future with Hope, with the goal of rebuilding 500 homes over five years. The focus would be to help those who are elderly, disabled and low income. The organization is now based out of the Highlands church.“Even in the midst of the most challenging times, there is a hopeful future for us, and by working together we can realize those hopes,” Schol said. “A Future with Hope will be around for the long haul, a long-term effort by the United Methodist Church in New Jersey to focus on relief, recovery and mission work.”A Future with Hope, a partner with United Metho­dist Committee on Relief, has received significant funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Red Cross and members of the United Methodist Church.Since it began rebuilding homes in March, the organization has had the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers from 16 states. Most come for a week and stay in one of 10 hosting sites, the largest of which is the Highlands church that opened its doors July 15 and can host up to 100 people at a time.Recently, volunteers from Houston, Texas, stayed in the repurposed church, which now has a kitchen and showers. While men sleep on cots in the sanctuary, women’s cots are in the basement. They worked at a site in Keyport, while another group from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio, helped rebuild a home in Highlands. Those volunteers, who were staying in a Lacey Township church, worked with a group from Bridgewater at the one-story home that had to be gutted after taking on more than 3 feet of water. Some were skilled in areas such as carpentry; others, including high school students, learned how to Sheetrock, spackle and paint.“Jesus told us to help people,” said the Rev. Erwin Urschitz of Ohio. “We’ve been to help those affected by Katrina five times. We go where the need is, one home at a time, one family at a time, if that’s all you can do. We’re really glad to be helping our brothers and sisters, wherever they might be. We have to do something. We can’t just pray for them.We have to put our boots physically on the ground.”Case managers for A Future with Hope take applications from those in need. Currently, there are 11 homes under construction.Morgan Lalevee, 18, of Bridgewater, volunteered her time at the home in Highlands, learning to spackle and sand walls. She was happy to donate her time, especially after meeting the homeowner.“This house has been in her family for 80 years and she didn’t want to give it up,” Lalevee said. “Her face lit up when she saw how much we got done.”Her clothes and face covered with specks of spackle, Lalevee said she was having fun working on the home.“I enjoy helping people,” she said. “I don’t look at it like I’m giving up my summer. I’m using my time in a better way.”The volunteers, who arrive on Sundays and bring their own bedding to the host church, have an orientation and safety lesson on Mon­days. They then receive their assignments based on need and skill level. A Future with Hope provides them with one meal during the week. Often members of the groups go out and spend money in the community where they are helping, offering another plus for the hard-hit town.“We’re very pleased that (the church building) was transformed to serve the community,” said Beverly Schol, regional manager for A Future with Hope.In Red Bank, the First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill has also been renovated to accommodate volunteers.“Many of our congregation’s members were affected by Sandy and as a church we needed to respond,” said Sue Elam of Oceanport, chairwoman of the church’s storm recovery team.The volunteers receive their assignments from Gateway Church in Union Beach. During a recent week, 300 people from around the country went there to help. A group from Missouri stayed at Tower Hill while they worked on a home in Keansburg.“We’ve discovered some people have been living in their damaged homes because they have no place else to go,” Elam said. “For people to help them find a path forward has been emotionally uplifting to the homeowners – and it’s personally rewarding for the people who come in to help.”The Red Bank church will only be available to groups in the summer because the space is used as a nursery school during the school year. But Elam expects the church to host volunteers again next year.“So many people have been affected,” she said. “It’s going to be a long road getting people back in their homes.”Additional information about A Future with Hope is available by visiting www.gnjumc.org or calling 732-359-1012.[/private]View the photo gallery herelast_img read more

The Mission In Monmouth Beach To Build An Awesome Playground

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MONMOUTH BEACH – It’s been nearly two decades since borough playgrounds have been renovated but a project is now underway to give Griffin Street Park a state-of-the-art upgrade.A $250,000 inclusive playground with new structures and an alternative surface to sand is in the works, thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort by residents that has won support from local and county government.“For almost two years now, myself and a bunch of other moms from town have been pushing for a new playground,” said Courtney Wladyka, who spearheads Monmouth Beach’s Project Playground. “We started going to borough meetings. Then we were directed to the county parks commission and now we’ve finally made some progress.”When Wladyka began bringing her toddlers to the park two years ago, weeds were sprouting up through the sandbox and the blacktop running track showed signs of fracturing and erosion from times when the Shrewsbury River overflowed.Wladyka took note of the hard steel surfaces underneath landings by the slides and swings, questionable sections of rust on the jungle gym and the site’s lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.Monmouth Beach resident Courtney Wladyka stands in front of the Griffin Street Memorial Park Playground in Monmouth Beach, a facility she hopes to help renovate through fundraising efforts, a Monmouth County Park System grant, and further support from the borough.“When I started talking to other moms about it they didn’t hold back,” Wladyka said. “Aside from all of those concerns, they also noticed a lot of garbage around the playground and told me how some of their kids have even gotten hurt playing there. So we started thinking about organizing a cleanup but we soon realized the problem was a lot bigger than that.”After discussing the situation with town officials, Monmouth Beach submitted an application to the Monmouth County Park System, which administers the county Open Space Trust grants on behalf of the freeholders. It was approved and the borough was awarded $100,000 in 2017.Borough Commissioner Dave Stickle said, “I know Courtney is working to help offset the remaining cost of the project with donations and we’re all hopeful that she’ll be able to match the grant. But whatever she isn’t able to raise, the town will be able to make up the difference,” he said.Stickle said a plan for the final scope of the work will be formulated over the next couple of months and the signing of the grant agreement with Monmouth County is anticipated to follow in late July or August.Once the agreement is signed the borough can then put the work out to bid.“With the timeline we have in mind it may be a little ambitious but we’re hoping to have the work finished by the winter or early spring, so we can have it ready to go for the kids by next summer,” Stickle said. “This type of upgrade is absolutely needed in our community.”Until ground is broken, Wladyka’s fundraising schedule is in full swing. She recently wrapped up a Monmouth Beach apparel and tote bag sale, in which all proceeds generated were donated to the project. Wladyka will continue to sell borough-branded apparel, totes and reusable straws this summer at the Little Monmouth Beach Club, the borough farmer’s market and the town’s Church of the Precious Blood.The reusable straws are especially appropriate for Monmouth Beach, following the town’s bold action to ban all single-use plastic straws and containers at restaurants and other local establishments in order to curb pollution.The “Party for the Playground” July 28 will feature food, drinks and live music. Tickets for the event are $75 and all proceeds will be donated to the project. The fundraisers are also selling custom-engraved bricks and benches to be installed at the playground. Pricing and sizes of the bricks vary from 4 inches by 8 inches for $100 to 8 inches by 8 inches for $250 and twelve by twelves for $500. As of June 3, brick sales have generated $1,700 in funding for the project.“We’re ecstatic because this is actually going to happen,” Wladyka said, who expressed gratitude for the help from local and county officials along the way. “We just want to keep this momentum going and make sure that the grant money gets used or else we lose it.”Project Playground is one of two new playground proposals in the borough. Monmouth Beach Elementary is also working to establish a new playground on its campus. The school’s new playground will replace its current kindergarten playground, which will be removed to make room for a new all-purpose facility.Construction on the school project will begin this month, according to Monmouth Beach Superintendent Michael Ettore. “I think we all would agree that our playground being upgraded, and the playground across the street being renovated and upgraded, will only benefit our town and our residents,” Ettore said.Those wishing more information about the project or its fundraisers can contact Wladyka at mbprojectplayground@gmail.com.This article was first published in the June 7-June 14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more