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An Apple Affair returns to Steamboat Island peninsula
October 19, 2014 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Rignall Hall, Urquhart Rd NW
(near Steamboat Island Rd and 81ST)

After a one-year hiatus, An Apple Affair is back! “We couldn’t help but respond to popular demand, “ laughs Jeannine Anderson who has coordinated the event for over a decade with her partner, Michael Manos. “We simply needed a break last year but we missed it as much as everyone else did!” she replies to questions about what happened to last year’s Affair.

An Apple Affair is a once-a-year opportunity to sample and purchase some of the finest apple varieties in Washington State. Inspired by Feil Orchard in Wenatchee, An Apple Affair brings together varieties that have been grown for over a century by the Feil family, as well as some varieties grafted by the ever-curious Jack Feil, who as an octogenarian continues to experiment with grafting unique varieties onto old orchard standards. Many of the apples featured come from this farm, but there are several farms’ hard work represented at the Affair, and each apple variety and farm get full credit on the table-talkers found next to each sample plate.

Apples specific for baking, drying, preserving, storing and eating out of hand are featured at this local food fair. If you are someone who thinks you wouldn’t know the difference between the sweets, tarts, juicy and old-fashioneds, there is a community apple potluck table where local residents prepare their favorite varieties in traditional and new recipes. Everyone is encouraged to taste for themselves why one type is suggested over another. Bring your own favorite recipe to share, or just come and sip local cider while learning about the apples.

Apple inventory will be limited, but we suggest you bring along a box or other container to carry some apples home with you. We’ll provide paper bags and pens for labeling so you don’t forget the names of your newfound favorites.

Join us for An Apple Affair to taste old favorites, discover new ones, meet the neighbors and remind yourself why autumn isn’t so bad after all.

This is a free event open to everyone.
For more information visit or email Jeannine at

Be a member of the summer 2015 delegation to Santo Tomás
Wednesday, October 22, 7-9 pm Olympia Community Center
222 N. Columbia, Room 101, Olympia

The Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association is pleased to announce the hosting of another Community Delegation to Nicaragua in the summer of 2015.

Delegates will spend up to three weeks in Nicaragua, the majority of which will be spent in Santo Tomás. We will visit and volunteer in projects such as the children’s free lunch program, the library, several preschools, the health clinic, the model farm, youth programs and Lincoln Elementary’s sister school Rúben Daríio. Homestays provide the visitors opportunities to share in the daily lives of Nicaraguan families; many previous delegates have maintained lifelong relationships with their hosts. Delegations from Santo Tomás to Olympia have provided Olympians the opportunity to reciprocate hospitality.

Got kids? Children who’ve traveled with us to Santo Tomás have had particularly wonderful experiences, with many of them returning as young adults to rekindle the friendships they formed years earlier.

Interested? To find out more, attend our introductory presentation on Wednesday, October 22, from 7-9 pm, at the Olympia Community Center, 222 N. Columbia, Room 101.

You’ll see photos and hear stories from previous delegations, as well as dates and costs of the trip. No RSVP is needed, but if you have questions in the meantime you can e-mail us at

YWCA of Olympia’s 2014 Women of Achievement
20th annual gala honors South Sound women
Thursday, November 6, 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom, Olympia

The YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce their 2014 Women of Achievement:

Dr. Rhonda Coats, Racial Justice Award
Vice president for Student Services at South Puget Sound Community College, Dr. Coats is a longtime advocate for access, retention, and success for students of color and other underrepresented student groups and she led efforts to establish and maintain the SPSCC Diversity & Equity Center.

Rev. Marti Ensign
Minister and humanitarian, Rev. Ensign has helped womenlocally and internationally for the last 60 years. Marti received her BA in pre-med in 1958 followed by graduate degree, was the first woman to be fully ordained as a Free Methodist minister, and served on the task force to begin the medical program at Hope Africa University in Burundi. As a member of the Soroptimist of Olympia International she implemented the Hope Africa Scholarship to help women obtain medical education.

Lynn Grotsky, LICSW
Co-founder, board president, past volunteer executive director, facilitator consultant and event coordinator of Pizza Klatch. Lynn, a clinical social worker, also was one of the founders of Thurston County’s Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center where she established and directed a therapy program for abused children and their families. In 1989, she and her wife, Lisa Brodoff, won a landmark lesbian second parent adoption case in Washington State, paving the way for same-sex parents to legally adopt here and throughout the nation.

Dr. Leticia Nieto, Racial Justice Award
Dr. Nieto is a psychotherapist, certified psychodramatist, accredited Playback Theatre trainer, and anti-oppression educator and author specializing in cross-cultural communication, motivation and creativity. Dr. Nieto is a professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin’s University.

Christy Peters
Currently, the administration chief at the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Christy has also served as former president of Junior League of Olympia, past president of the South Sound Reading Foundation, and currently serves on the boards of NOVA School, the Olympia Youth Chorus, and the Olympia Downtown Rotary /Club.

Nominees were selected for their professional achievements9s), peer recognition, personal growth, demonstration and inspirational involvement in the community, and/or how she models her life in accordance with the YWCA of Olympia’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities.

The 20th Annual Women of Achievement Gala, presented by Titus Will, takes place on Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 pm—9 pm at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The nt is open to the public and tickets ($80) will be available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593 or online at under Events. Once again Titus Will has stepped up as the Women of Achievement Gala presenting sponsor with WSECU and Lucky Eagle serving as our Sustaining Sponsors.

Full biographies/photos are available on the YWCA of Olympia website.

Economic Justice for the 99%
Western Washington FOR’s 2014 Fall Retreat

Saturday  November 8  9 am — 5 pm
Gwinwood Conference Center, Lacey, Washington

Most Americans are suffering from economic injustice:
Many millions can’t find decent jobs or work for wages that are too low.
The gap between extremely rich people and everyone else has been widening since the 1970s.
Many Americans are homeless or are suffering from foreclosure.
Young people know their standards of living will be worse than their parents’ generation.

The Occupy Movement and millions of Americans’ ongoing experiences have convinced more and more people that capitalism is failing to meet most people’s needs, so they are looking for alternatives. Western Washington FOR’s 2014 Fall Retreat—“Economic Justice for the 99%”—will bring us together to better understand the problems and to work together at the grassroots to organize solutions.

Our annual Fall retreat will bring together people from throughout our region to stimulate grassroots progress toward economic justice. A keynote panel, eight participatory workshops, and other opportunities will help us share information and work on solutions, including after we return home.

At 9:00 a.m. we will welcome people with light refreshments and social time. We’ll begin in earnest at 10:00 a.m. and continue (with your own brownbag lunch) until 5:00 p.m.

Cost: We keep costs low and try to just break even. $15 per person will cover our costs. We give discounts to young and low-income people upon request. Persons who can afford to give more will help offset the cost for those who have less. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. We will provide coffee, tea, and light refreshments throughout the day.

Please pre-register by Wednesday November 5, but even if you don’t pre-register please come anyway. To pre-register, please go to and, or contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093

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