The public is invited to provide feedback on a preliminary study assessing risks associated with increased transportation of oil through Washington state. Public meetings are scheduled next
The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”
The unidentified bank robber is believed to have
The Olympic National Forest is hosting open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the Forest. This information will help the Forest identify a financially sustainable
Ongoing library programs: Story Times
Readiness for reading and school, positive experiences among families and friends, and growth in the connection between libraries, learning and joy: these are some of the objectives of library story time programs for children from birth to Kindergarten. Following are the regular story time program series being held this season at local Timberland Regional Libraries.
Preschool Story Time
For children ages 3 to 6. Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in.
Hoquiam Timberland Library: Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., October 4-December 13
No story time November 29
Family Story Time
For children age 6 and younger and their families; all ages are welcome. Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games.
Elma Timberland Library: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-noon, September 3-December 17
Story Time Anytime
Stop by the library anytime during open hours, and ask the librarian for a story.
Amanda Park Timberland Library: September 3-December 31
You-Choose-the-Time Story Time
Call the library to arrange the date and time you want, for a birthday party, sleep over, no school day, play group, or special event; call for a custom program created especially for you.
Elma Timberland Library: September 3-December 31
E-book Help, for adults and teens. Sign up for a hands-on help session and learn how to check out e-books and e-audiobooks with the library's Overdrive download service. Call the library to arrange a hands-on tutorial session. Aberdeen Timberland Library, 360-533-2360
One-on-One Computer Instruction, for adults. Learn basic computer use, the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, the library catalog, or library databases, check out books on your e-reader, and more. Call the library to make an appointment with a staff member.
Hoquiam Timberland Library, (360) 532-1710
Oakville Timberland Library, (360) 273-5305
Aberdeen Timberland Library presents Remix the Masters, October 1-May 31, 2014 for teens. Let your inner artist shine. Each month learn about a different artist and create a small art project inspired by their art. Pick up your do-it-yourself kit at the library early in the month as supplies are limited. A different project will be available each month through May. For more information call (360) 533-2360.
Oakville Timberland Library presents Watercolor & Acrylic Painting, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for adults. Bring your art supplies and join others on Wednesdays for painting and fun. Instruction will be provided. Check out some of the library system’s thousands of books, DVDs and videos on the arts. For more information call (360) 273-5305.
Friday, November 1
The Friends of the Montesano Timberland Library will hold a book sale Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will be held in the library meeting room. Please enter at the back of the building. For more information call (360) 249-4211.
Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month at the Library, November 1-30 for adults and teens. A writing adventure: to churn out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. No judges or entry fees, just a whole lot of fun. The Westport library is presenting events for novel writers throughout November. For more information call (360) 268-0521.
Saturday, November 2
Amanda Park Timberland Library presents Schafer Bros. Logging Film and Book Signing , 3-4:15 p.m., November 2 for adults. LOCATION: Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 S Shore Rd. Peter Reid, a member of the Schafer family, will show recently restored films of 1926 logging operations of one of the largest lumber businesses in the Northwest. Following the 45-minute film, Mr. Reid and Barbara Seal Ogle will talk about their recently released book, “Schafer State Park.” The book was published in celebration of the Washington State Parks System’s 100th anniversary. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information call (360) 288-2725.
Montesano Timberland Library (W.H. Abel Memorial Library) presents Basement Bargains Fall Book Sale, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., November 2 for all ages. The Friends of the Montesano Timberland Library will hold a book sale Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library meeting room. Please enter at the back of the building. For more information call (360) 249-4211.
Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: Author Talk, 1-3 p.m., November 2 for adults and teens. Local author Darrel White will talk about the process of writing and publishing. He will also share an excerpt from his book, “Skunk Cabbage and Chittum Bark”. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Westport Library. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.
Tuesday, November 5
Hoquiam Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 7-8:30 p.m., November 5 for adults. Join in a discussion of “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. New members are always welcome. Stop by the library to request a copy. This event will be held after library hours. For more information call (360) 532-1710.
The Friends of the McCleary Timberland Library will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 5 at 11 a.m. in the library meeting room. Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend. For more information call (360) 495-3368.
Thursday, November 7
Oakville Timberland Library presents Tribute to Patsy Cline, 6:30-7:30 p.m., November 7 for all ages. LOCATION: Oakville Middle School Gym, 103 School Street, Oakville. Southwest Washington’s own Elizabeth Stierle will present her tribute to American country and pop music singer Patsy Cline. Stierle sings some of the best-loved songs Cline recorded, illustrating the singer’s development as one of the first crossover artists from country to pop. She’ll be accompanied on guitar by her husband Paul, a team also known to regional fans as “Buck and Elizabeth.” For more information call (360) 273-5305.
Westport Timberland Library presents National Novel Writing Month Author Talk: Eileen Pinkerton, 1-2 p.m., November 7 for adults and teens. Eileen Pinkerton, author and library staff member, will read an excerpt from her latest novel, “Utopia, Oregon.” Ms. Pinkerton will discuss her process of writing and the “National Novel Writing Month” experience. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Westport Library. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.
Saturday, November 9
Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: South Beach Writers Group, 12:15-2:15 p.m., November 9 for adults and teens. You may bring an excerpt of your poetry, short story, blog, novel or other writing to read to the group. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Westport Library. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.
Monday, November 11
All Timberland libraries will be closed Monday, November 11 for the Veterans Day holiday. Libraries will resume regular schedules Tuesday, November 12. For more information call 1-877-284-6237.
Tuesday, November 12
Aberdeen Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo Write-In, 4-7 p.m., November 12 for teens and adults. National Novel Writing Month writers, you’re almost halfway there. “Come Write In” to the library for a quiet place to continue working feverishly on your NaNoWriMo novel. Snacks and caffeine will be provided. For more information call (360) 533-2360.
Oakville Timberland Library presents Fairy Tea Party, 10:30-11:30 a.m., November 12 for children. Discover the enchanted world of the fairy folk. Dress in a fairy folk costume and enjoy a magical fairy tea, stories, games and activities. For more information call (360) 273-5305.
Wednesday, November 13
Aberdeen Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 2nd Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., November 13 for adults. Join other community members in discussing “To Say Nothing of the Dog” by Connie Willis. Call the library at 533-2360 or stop by to request a copy of the book. Everyone is welcome to attend even if they have not read the title.
Elma Timberland Library presents It’s a Fancy Nancy Soiree, 2-3 p.m., November 13 for children 3-9 years. Inspired by the Fancy Nancy books. Soiree is French for a party, so wear your fanciest attire. Hear a Fancy Nancy story, make a fabulous craft and join in other related activities. Enjoy refreshments, provided by the Friends of the Elma Timberland Library. For more information call (360) 482-3737.
Thursday, November 14
Elma Timberland Library presents Ninjago Party, 2-3 p.m., November 14 for children grades 1-6. Based on the Ninjago book and television series. Unlock your true potential. Learn your Ninjago name, run a training course (like Kai), use your robot claw to protect others (like Zane) and build and knock down mountains (like Cole). Earn a Master of Spinjitzu certificate for completing each trial and following the rule of the ninja. For more information call (360) 482-3737.
Friday, November 15
Aberdeen and HoquiamTimberland Libraries present “Catching Fire” Teen Lock-In Event, 6-10 p.m., November 15 for Hoquiam and Aberdeen teens. LOCATION: Hoquiam Timberland Library, 420 7th St., Hoquiam. Aberdeen and Hoquiam teens can celebrate the Hunger Games trilogy and the movie release of “Catching Fire” at the Hoquiam library by dressing as their favorite characters, registering as a Panem citizen and practicing for the games. A viewing of Hunger Games, the movie and snacks end the event. Register at either the Hoquiam or Aberdeen Timberland Library. For more information call (360) 533-2360.
Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: Mid-Month, November 15 for adults and teens. Check in with a librarian, show your word count, and pick up a reward for all your hard work. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.
Westport Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion - Readers Group, 11 a.m.-noon, November 15 for adults. Read or listen to “Edible Stories” by Mark Kurlansky and join your friends and neighbors in a discussion. For more information call (360) 268-0521.
Saturday, November 16
Aberdeen Timberland Library presents Chautauqua of American Fiddle Tunes, 2-3 p.m., November 16 for all ages. Kick the holiday season off with a hoedown. Musicians Brad Pinkerton of Westport and Pete Martin of Seattle perform old-time music in traditional American fiddle-tune style. The Friends of the Aberdeen Timberland Library will provide refreshments. For more information call (360) 533-2360.
Aberdeen Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 3rd Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., November 16 for adults. Join other community members in discussing “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker. Call the library at 533-2360 or stop by to request a copy of the book. Everyone is welcome to attend even if they have not read the selected title.
Tuesday, November 19
Elma Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 6-7 p.m., November 19 for adults. Join in a discussion of “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin. Books are available for check out at the circulation desk. For more information call (360) 482-3737.
Thursday, November 21
The Friends of the Elma Timberland Library will meet Thursday, November 21 at 10 a.m. People interested in joining an active group of library supporters are encouraged to attend. For more information call (360) 482-3737.
Montesano Timberland Library (W.H. Abel Memorial Library) presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 6:30-8 p.m., November 21 for adults and teens. Join in a discussion of “West of Here” by Jonathan Evison. New participants are always welcome. For more information call (360) 249-4211.
Saturday, November 23
Aberdeen Timberland Library presents Nature Play: Cycles, 10:30-11:30 a.m., November 23 for children 3-9 years. Families play and learn together. Join in a nature play program where families read stories and experiment with hands-on activities. For more information call (360) 533-2360.
Tuesday, November 26
The Elma Timberland Library Board will meet Tuesday, November 26 at 6 p.m. This is an advisory board which assists in developing long-range plans for library services in Elma. Monthly meetings are open to the public. For more information call (360) 482-3737.
McCleary Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 3-4 p.m., November 26 for adults and teens. Join in a discussion of “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn. Everyone is welcome to join any or all discussions. For more information call (360) 495-3368.
Wednesday, November 27
The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees will have a public meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 27 at the Timberland Regional Library Administrative Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information call 1-877-284-6237.
Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29
All Timberland libraries will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All libraries will resume regular schedules Saturday, November 30. For more information call 1-877-284-6237.
Saturday, November 30
Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: TGIO, 1-2 p.m., November 30 for adults and teens. Thank Goodness It’s Over. Finishers and non-finishers alike are welcome to celebrate their word counts. Winners--those who reach a word count of 50,000 by midnight Nov. 30--can pose with a finisher’s certificate for the library’s “Writer Hall of Fame”. This is the final event in the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - The 5th Annual Nonprofit Leaders Conference for Coastal and Southwest Washington is right around the corner and includes some new and exciting features based on past participant feedback. The two-day conference will take place on Monday and Tuesday October 14th and 15th at the Ocean Shores Conference Center. Early Bird registration is $35 and Scholarships for Registration fees and accommodations are still available.
This year the Conference will focus many sessions on Grant Writing and finding available Grant Funds. With budgets tighter than ever and grant writing a mysterious talent to some, sessions will be offered on finding both federal and private funding streams and how to find funders that are right for you and your organization. With the smaller, local conference there is much one-on-one time available with speakers and other nonprofit leaders who are willing to help and offer continuing resources.
The Ocean Shores Friends of the Library conceived the conference during their on-going efforts to research and write grant applications to fund the capital project to expand their building in 2009. They found that there are few experienced “grant-writers and researchers” in Ocean Shores or even in Grays Harbor. Since then, the Conference is an independent entity. Crystal Dingler, now mayor of Ocean Shores, says: “The objective is to make training and networking available locally and to make it affordable for these small non-profits. We hope that it might help them be more effective and efficient.”
People are gathering around the state through this weekend to honor those who have died on the job.
Workers' Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance, held on or near the April 28 date on which Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970.
Several ceremonies will honor 69 people who died in Washington state in 2011 as a result of job-related illnesses or injuries. They include a corrections officer, a firefighter, a salesperson and a construction worker as well as military personnel, and will be remembered for their service to their communities.
James Robinson, president of the Washington Federation of State Employees Local 793 at Lakewood's Western State Hospital, says people come away from these ceremonies with a new resolve to be safer at work.
(Olympia, WA) Hundreds of Correctional Employees from across the State will converge on Olympia for a Day of Action! on Thursday, December 9 to demand safety, dignity, and respect for Washington State prison workers and their families.
Correctional Employees and their supporters will assemble at Sylvester Park in Olympia at 10:30 A.M. on December 9th and march to the State Capitol steps where they will hold a noontime rally.
Speakers at the event will include Correctional Employees, State Legislators and Teamsters leaders, who will address the critical safety issues confronting prison workers. Over 500 prison workers from 13 facilities across the State have registered to attend the Day of Action! Buses to the event are departing from Walla Walla, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Monroe, Clark County, and Clallam Bay.
On May 30, 2010 the Grays Harbor Wave Buoy broke loose and was recovered with the assistance of the US Coast Guard. The buoy’s mooring was split, most likely due to the buoy being struck by a vessel. It has now been re-deployed by the vessel Discovery and skipper Dave Camp from Cacholot Charters in Westport, WA along with David Castel and Victor Aguilar from the Coastal Data Information Program.
The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP), based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, operates the Grays Harbor, WA buoy with funding from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and in collaboration with the local maritime and ocean observing communities, including the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS).
Seven additional WSDOT projects will receive federal stimulus funds due to lower than expected bids and materials costs. The third tier of Recovery Act projects will include $12.3 million for additional preservation improvements. Local governments continue to complete highway projects, with six more projects reported complete this week. In national news, five Washington tribes received over $1.2 million in Recovery Act funds for transit improvements.
OLYMPIA – Tomorrow, Saturday September 26, marks the 16th annual celebration of National Public Lands Day, the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands. Nationwide, organizers expect nearly 130,000 volunteers to participate.
In Western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and partners are expecting hundreds of volunteers to spend the day clearing invasive plants, repairing trails, and picking up litter at three areas managed by DNR. Volunteers will even be removing abandoned vehicles from a state forest.
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will participate with volunteers at two of DNR’s events: Tiger Mountain near Issaquah and then at Mima Mounds south of Olympia. The third event is at Yacolt Burn State Forest, north of Washougal.