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THURS JUNE 16: Celebrate Dan Berrigan. Watch film about nonviolent peace activism. Traditions Café at 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. Enjoy social time and finger-food starting at 6:30 pm. At 7:00 some Olympia folks who knew Dan will share some first-hand stories and insights about working with him. Then we’ll watch the 97-minute documentary film “Hit and Stay,” which provides information and inspiration about recent decades of nonviolent peace activism. We’ll wrap up with a brief discussion.

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COMING EVENTS

(Mostly in Olympia WA, with some in Tacoma, Seattle, and elsewhere)

For longer stretches of time, see the extensive calendars in Olympia FOR’s
newsletters, which are posted at
www.olympiafor.org

 

EVERY WEEK:

Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 am AND from 4 to 5 pm:  “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County

Every Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 am:  Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now,” KAOS 89.3 FM

FOR  Every Monday at 1:30 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.org:  NOVEMBER:  “Fukushima, Hanford, and the Dangers of Living Near Nuclear Radiation.”  -- DECEMBER:  “Why Universal Single-Payer Health Care Is the Real Solution.”  See descriptions and watch the programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm and watch programs on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 5:30 pm:  Free Speech Radio News on KAOS 89.3 FM

Every Monday at 5:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@comcast.net  and www.vfp109rcc.org

FOR  Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way).  Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence.  We provide plenty of signs.  Info: glen@olympiafor.org  491-9093  www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm

FOR  Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.orgNOVEMBER:  “Fukushima, Hanford, and the Dangers of Living Near Nuclear Radiation.”  -- DECEMBER:  “Why Universal Single-Payer Health Care Is the Real Solution.”  See descriptions and watch the programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm and watch programs on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm:  Hear “Talk Nation Radio” on KAOS-FM 89.3:  This 29-minute radio program offers politically progressive programs through the Pacifica Network.  Info: http://davidswanson.org/talknationradio

Every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm:  Kim Dobson’s “Parallel University” on KAOS 89.3 FM features interesting, informative programs about peace, social justice, the environment, progressive politics, and other alternative viewpoints.  The producer and host is Kim Dobson. 951-4382, parralleluniversity@yahoo.com,  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parallel-University-Radio-Show/148750248532028)  See list of current and past topics and guests.  Listen locally or at www.kaosradio.org

Every Thursday from 4 to 5 pm:  Cop Watch volunteers invite you to connect with local efforts to monitor police behavior:  Cop Watch’s concerned citizens are available to hear your stories and strengthen local efforts.  Come to Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.

Every Thursday at 8:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@comcast.net  and www.vfp109rcc.org

FOR  Every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.orgNOVEMBER:  “Fukushima, Hanford, and the Dangers of Living Near Nuclear Radiation.”  -- DECEMBER:  “Why Universal Single-Payer Health Care Is the Real Solution.”  See descriptions and watch the programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm and watch programs on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

Every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 am:  The Housing Justice Project can help low-income tenants:  From 8:30 to 10:30 am Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services presents the Housing Justice Project at the Thurston County Superior Courthouse, Building 2 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.  They offer landlord/tenant advice for the tenants, unlawful detainer docket representation, and help for mobile home owners with complaints about rules violations, notices from landlords or park owners and mobile home eviction cases.  Call 705-8194 for information or to schedule an appointment.  For immediate legal information call 1-888-201-1014 (9:15 am to 12:15 pm Monday through Friday).

FOR  Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm:  Peace Vigil at Percival Landing’s south end, 4th & Water, downtown.  Please join us for whatever length of time you can.  We provide plenty of signs.  The Artesian Rumble Arkestra street band (www.oly-wa.us/artesianrumble) joins us at 5:00 with lively music to support our vigil!  Sponsor: Olympia FOR.  Info: 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org    www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm

Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:  “Women in Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W 4th Ave near the fountain. Women only. Please wear black. Some signs are provided. Since 1988 “Women in Black” has been a loose network of women worldwide committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to war and violence. Info: Rosemary Barnhart 866-7589 rosemary.b@comcast.net  

FOR  Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia.  Sponsor: Lewis County’s “Fire Mountain” FOR chapter. Info: June Butler 748-9658 or Larry Kerschner 880-4741 larry@peacepoet.me

Every Saturday at 2:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@comcast.net  and www.vfp109rcc.org

Every Sat and Sun:  The South Sound Estuarium, a marine life discovery center, is open at its new, larger location, 309 State Ave NE, Olympia, from  11 am to 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday.  It is possible to schedule group visits during the week by appointment only.  Regular admission $5 for a family, $3 per individual adult, $1 for children 17 and younger, and free for association members.  Info:  Leihla 888-0565  www.sseacenter.wordpress.com

See the following pages for many calendar items coming up on specific dates from now to mid-December.

SPECIFIC DATES:

Now through April 10:  Matching gift for donations to Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice:  A dedicated supporter has offered $12,500 as a matching grant.  If – by April 10 (Rachel’s birthday) – we can equal this amount through your grassroots contributions, we will also receive the generous matching gift.  Whatever you can do will help us achieve this goal and maximize our work for peace with justice.  Donate through www.rachelcorriefoundation.org or mail a check to Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, 203 4th Ave E, Suite 402, Olympia WA 98501.

FOR  Now through Thurs March 31:  “Support an Effective Public Sector” -- The Olympia FOR’s March TV program airs three times a week all month long on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers.  You can watch it through Olympia FOR’s website and read a very thorough summary and much more information at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm

Sign up well in advance for faith-based activities related to Climate Action Week from April 15 to 24 at your local level and beyond:  Celebrations, sermons, service projects, events, and nature walks will be held, all week, around the signing of the landmark Paris Climate Accord in New York City at the United Nations.  Interfaith Power and Light (www.interfaithpowerandlight.org) invites you to sign up for information and resources. 

FOR  Fri April 1:  Sparky and Rhonda Rucker sing and tell stories from the American folk tradition, including the Civil Rights era.  If you mention the Fellowship of Reconciliation at the door, Traditions Café’ will donate $5 from your ticket to the Olympia FOR:  They are internationally recognized as leading musicians, authors, and storytellers. They accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons, and bones.  During fifty years of performing, Sparky and Rhonda have performed at many prominent venues and broadcasts.  They will perform at 8:00 pm tonight at Traditions Café & World Folk Art, 5th & Water SW, in downtown Olympia.  Traditions’ owner, Dick Meyer, says that if you mention the Fellowship of Reconciliation at the door Traditions will donate $5 of your ticket donation to the Olympia FOR.  For dinner reservations, please call ahead:  705-2819.  Info:  www.traditionsfairtrade.com

Fri April 1:  Celebrate water, earth and music at this benefit for Friendly Water for the World:  Although April 1 is April Fool’s Day, there is nothing foolish about the need for clean drinking water.  Today is midway between World Water Day and Earth Day, so celebrate both elements that make life possible, and help raise funds for this vital Olympia-based project that helps people in poor nations create their own clean water projects.  Enjoy culinary chef d-oeuvres, a cash wine bar, and live Gypsy Jazz music by Swing 49.  It runs from 6:30 to 10 pm at the Woman’s Club of Olympia, 10th & Washington.  Tickets are $30/single or $50/couple.  Buy tickets from www.friendlywater.net/events or call (360) 918-3642

Sat April 2:  The “Economics for Everyone” group continues its discussion of a book about the Black Panther Party from 1 to 3 pm at the Mixx-96 room at the SW corner of State & Washington, downtown Olympia.  The local “Economics for Everyone” group reads and discusses books.  Today is Part 2 of a discussion of Black Against Empire.  “In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality.  Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism.  In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with offices in 68 U.S. cities and powerful allies around the world.”  Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/68405 129 8364652/ 

Sun April 3:  Brunch and poems:  On the first Sunday each month Media Island International (MII) hosts a benefit brunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to raise visibility and funds for a local non-profit organization.  April is National Poetry Month, so join MII and the Old Growth Poetry Collective for brunch food and spoken word poetry performances.  Enjoy a simple, tasty brunch and donate a voluntary amount rather than a fixed price.  Half of the funds raised will help send a team from Olympia to this summer’s National Poetry Slam in Decatur, Georgia.  Media Island is at 816 Adams Street SE (just east across Adams Street from Olympia's downtown library).  If you need a handicap entrance, use the alley behind it, accessible from 9th Ave SE. 

Sun April 3:  Olympia Food Coop’s Working Member Appreciation Day at the West Side location at N. Rogers NW & Bowman NW.  Info:  www.olympiafood.coop

Sun April 3:  Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans and others to their monthly meeting at their new timefrom 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the GI Voice office’s new location in the Security Building, 203 4th Ave East, Suite 207, in downtown Olympia.  Info:  Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.com  and www.vfp109rcc.org  

FOR  Mon April 4:  “Stories of Successful Work for Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice.”  -- Olympia FOR’s April TV program debuts at 1:30 pm this afternoon on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  You can ALREADY watch it it at our website, www.olympiafor.org   See description and watch the program through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm  and watch programs on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County WA.  Info: glen@olympiafor.org  491-9093

Mon April 4:  Bill McKibben: Keeping Fossil Fuel Underground Where it Belongs:  This May marks a worldwide mobilization called Break Free; one of the five US actions will be right here in Washington State.  McKibben will offer an update from the global front lines about the fights that will determine just how overheated the earth will get; he'll also touch on the “sheer, profound, and unparalleled evil” of Exxon's almost forty-year cover-up of the catastrophic risks of burning of fossil fuels, and how decades of behavior like this have left us with no choice but to join the fossil fuel resistance, insisting that our leaders start shutting down dangerous fossil fuel projects and supporting the necessary--most ambitious--climate solutions.  7:00 pm in the Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle 98101.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and others on tight budgets.  Special VIP reception at 6:00 costs $60. Tickets available at http://billmckibben.brownpapertickets.com/

FOR  Tues April 5:  Olympia FOR’s book discussion group has been meeting on each month’s first Tuesday month for several years.  For tonight, read a book about one or more American women in who have been leaders or accomplished things in our national political life – and plan to spend a few minutes summarizing the book you read.  Meet at 6:00 pm at the home of Jim Bellinger, 1515 Tullis St NE, just a bit north of San Francisco Street NE.  Info: (360) 359-2212, jimabellinger@comcast.net   

Tues April 5:  Sierra Club South Sound’s monthly meeting:  Meet at the Mekong Restaurant, 125 Columbia St NW (SW corner at State Ave), downtown Olympia.  Order food at 5:30 pm for meeting at 6:00 pm.  Info:  Phyllis Farrell, phyllisfarrell681@hotmail.com  and http://www.sierraclub.org/washington/south-sound-group

Tues April 5 through Mon April 18 (especially Sat 16th to Mon 18th):  Global Days of Action to Cut Military Spending:  The relatively new but savvy non-profit org “World Beyond War” encourages everyone to take part in this worldwide effort.  Their website www.worldbeyondwar.org offers resources for planning local events. 

Thurs April 7:  Tim DeChristopher:  “Wielding the Power of Vulnerability” – Tim DeChristopher, as Bidder 70, disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by outbidding oil companies for parcels in Utah.  His actions and 21 month imprisonment propelled him to prominently spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world.  Tim used his prosecution as an opportunity to organize the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, and most recently, the Climate Disobedience Center.  7:00 pm at First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St. Portland OR.  Lecture tickets ($5-20) available at www.firstunitarianportland.org or at the door.

Fri April 8:  “Stories of Where Waters Meet and Life Abounds” – Enjoy Heartsparkle Players’ amazing improvisational “playback theater” at 7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Typically they collaborate with a local non-profit organization.  This month they collaborate with Nisqually Reach Nature Center (NRNC). NRNC has been offering estuarine environmental education at Luhr Beach since 1982.   Suggested donation is $7-$12, but nobody will be turned away for lack of money.  Info:  www.heartsparkle.org  943-6772  Info about this month’s group:  Daniel Hull, NRNC’s Exec.Dir., (360) 790-0547; nrnc@nisquallyestuary.org  www.nisquallyestuary.org

Sat April 9:  Join with RESULTS in fighting hunger and poverty worldwide:  Participate in the global webinar at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.  Info:  olyresults@gmail.com

Sat April 9:  Join with RESULTS in fighting hunger and poverty worldwide:  Participate in the global webinar at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.  Info:  olyresults@gmail.com

Sat April 9:  Citizens Climate Lobby Meeting:  This non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focuses on national policies to address climate change.  In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to engage elected officials, the media and the public.  9:30-11:30 am in Room 200 of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW, downtown Olympia.  Info:  Stuart Chisholm stuart.chisholm@cbolympia.com and David Foutch dfoutch@blarg.net and www.citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/WA_Olympia

Sun April 10:  CopWatch training from 3 to 5 pm at Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E, downtown Olympia.

FOR  Sun April 10:  Tacoma FOR informs us about nuclear power:  Fran Hall, Tacoma FOR member, will speak on nuclear power issues – including those in Washington State – that many people do not know about.  Beware of small nuclear power devices that are being proposed as alternatives to much larger plants that the public opposes.  Tacoma FOR’s business meeting will run from 3:15 to 4:00, the program will begin at 4:00, and a potluck dinner will begin at 5:30.  Tacoma FOR meets at Tacoma Friends Meeting House, 2508 S. 39th (off 38th Street, north of Tacoma Mall).  Info:  David Lambert (253) 759-2280 lambertdavid39@gmail.com

Tues April 12:  Thurston County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties:  5:30-7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Visitors are welcome!  Info: Linda 357-7272 lryh@hotmail.com

Tues April 12:  Olympia Science Cafémeets on the second Tuesday of each month to provide an informal atmosphere where people with and without scientific background can meet to deepen their understanding of interesting topics in science and technology.  7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 East 4th Avenue, 352-0123 www.orcabooks.com  Info: about Olympia Science Café:  John Weiss, jweiss@stmartin.edu  412-6102

FOR  Wed April 13:  Olympia FOR’s Steering Committee meets from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Kim Dobson’s home in NE Olympia.  All Olympia FOR folks are welcome.  Info:  491-9093 info@olympiafor.org

Thurs April 14:  Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking works to prevent human trafficking:  6:00 to 7:30 pm at a NEW LOCATION, the Family Support Center, 201  Capitol Way N, downtown Olympia.  Info: Linda Malanchuk-Finnan lryh@hotmail.com  357-7272  More info: www.waengage.com

Thurs April 14:  Introduction to Nonviolent Communication – “Communicating to Connect” --  Liv Monroe’s excellent workshops (“Communicating to Connect”) offer hope and practical communication tools to increase understanding, respect, honesty and fun.  You can change from furious to curious – and you can change from shame and blame to understanding and compassion.  Her workshops are based on Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” process, which helps people resolve conflicts with other people in our daily lives and in the larger community.  It also helps people resolve their own internal conflicts and increase personal happiness.  Tonight’s workshop is 6:45-9:00 pm in the cafeteria on the ground floor of Lincoln Elementary School, 21st Ave SE and SE Washington Street.  (Park and enter from around the south end on Washington Street.)  Free, but donations are appreciated.  Info:  Liv Monroe  livmonroe@gmail.com  357-4503

Thurs April 14:  The Thurston Climate Action Team invites people to their monthly meetings:  TCAT does good, practical work to protect the climate, especially interacting with governments and the Thurston Regional Planning Council.  TCAT is also looking for ways to fund local climate efforts.  7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Info:  Graeme Sackrison 791-8376 or Tom Crawford, tom@thurstonclimateaction.org 280-0242

Thurs-Mon April 14-18:  School of the Americas – Spring Days of Action in Washington DC:  Join the SOA Watch folks for this annual long weekend of direct action, art, workshops, and lobbying to confront U.S. imperialism and xenophobia.  Register through www.soaw.org

Fri April 15:  Stop governmental corruption:  Today is “Representation Day,” an annual nationwide day of action to build grassroots support for the growing movement to fix our corrupt political system.  Local communities – across the geographical and political spectra – have passed Anti-Corruption Acts.  Info:  www.represent.us/action/repday16
People say ISIS is the wealthiest terrorist group ever, with $2 billion.  In this bar chart, the ISIS column is of negligent height, followed by the gigantic Pentagon column and relatively small amounts for China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UK, France and Germany.  See this calendar item:

Fri April 15:  David Swanson speaks about “War Is a Lie” – The recently updated version of his excellent book makes a strong case.  War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good.  This is a handbook of sorts, an engaging, always informative manual that can be used to debunk future lies before the wars they’re deployed to justify have any chance to begin.  For this edition of the book, the original 2010 version has been updated and expanded with material on lessons from the United States’ most recent wars, more pointers on what can be done to end war-making, and an epilogue that analyzes new trends in war lying and in resistance to it.  David Swanson is a respected peace expert who is worth reading – and  hearing tonight at 7:30 pm at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave (& Seneca), downtown.  Sign up:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1676558549291264/

Fri April 15 to Thurs April 21:  FILM:  Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which director Michael Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects.  The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already existed in the world – they’re just waiting to be co-opted.  Fri 15th at 6:30 pm; Sat 16th at 9:00 pm; Sun 17th at 5:00 pm; Tues 19th at 9:00 pm; Wed 20th at 6:30 pm; Thurs 21st at 4:00 and 9:00 pm at Olympia Film Society in Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, downtown Olympia.  Info:  www.olympiafilmsociety.org

Fri April 15 to Sun April 24:  Faith-based activities related to Climate Action Week:  Resources are available for you to use:  A variety of events will be held in many places to follow up from the Paris Climate Accord.  Info and resources:  www.interfaith-power-light.myshopify.com

FOR  Sat April 16:  “Acting on Our Values to Overcome Fear” -- Western Washington FOR’s 18th Annual Spring Assembly:  See article on page 1 of Olympia FOR’s April-May newsletter and the Flyer/Pre-Registration Form at www.wwfor.org  and www.olympiafor.org   It’s in West Seattle.  Info + carpooling:  Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glenanderson@integra.net   

Sat April 16:  Race Against Trafficking:  5K fun run to raise awareness and money for education programs to keep youth safe and stop exploitation:  This fun run starts at Tumwater Historical Park at 9 am.  It is sponsored by the Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking (TCCAT).  Register at http://www.waengage.com/tccat

Sat April 16:  Join with Olympia’s part of the non-profit org RESULTS in fighting poverty and hunger worldwide:  RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people learning to use our voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty in the U.S. and around the world.  Together we are creating a culture of diversity, trust and inclusivity where everyone has the power and opportunity to use their voice to change the world.  Olympia’s RESULTS monthly Education and Action meeting is today from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Info:  olyresults@gmail.com  and www.results.org

Sat April 16:  Benefit for “Citizens for a Healthy Bay” to protect Tacoma’s waterfront from polluting methanol plants, etc.:  “Citizens for a Healthy Bay” does excellent work to inform and mobilize people to protect Tacoma’s environment and earth’s climate.  This event is rather pricey ($130/person), but it’s classy and for a worthy cause.  Enjoy the benefit & auction with entertainment, complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a plated entrée by Pacific Grill.  It’s at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma 98402.   Info: www.healthybay.org  Tickets:  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2511858

Sat April 16:  Olympia Peace Choir Annual Benefit Concert will support Interfaith Works’ Emergency Overnight Shelter and Warming Center:  Enjoy the Olympia Peace Choir’s great uplifting music and raise funds for a worthy cause at the same time!  7:00 pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North St. SE, Olympia 98501 (south from Olympia High School’s athletic area).  Donations will be taken at the door, and a silent auction also will be available.  Interfaith Works of Thurston County does great work for social justice and interfaith relationships.  Info:  Naki Stevens, IW’s Program Coordinator, 360-357-7224, naki@interfaith-works.org, and www.interfaith-works.org

Mon April 18:  Income Tax Day is on Monday the 18th this year.  Are you troubled about paying taxes for war?  Contact the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), www.nwtrcc.org, e-mail them at nwtrcc@nwtrcc.org, or call (718) 768-3420, or toll-free (800) 269-7464

Tues April 19 to Thurs May 12:  Four or five delegates from our sister community, Santo Tomás, Nicaragua, will visit Olympia.  The Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association (TSTSCA) has enjoyed many community exchanges during our 27-year sister-community relationship with Santo Tomás, Chontales, Nicaragua.  Since 1988, more than 150 people from Thurston County have visited Santo Tomás, and 31 tomasinos have visited Olympia.  Some of this spring’s guests are connected with their local school, which is a sister-school with Olympia’s Lincoln Elementary, some are with the health clinic that we help, and some connect with our college scholarship program there.  We need volunteers for these three weeks of events.  See some information later in this calendar, and get onto their e-mail list for scheduled events.  Basic info:  www.oly-wa.us/tstsca  Get onto e-mail list for coming events:  tstsca@gmail.com

FOR  Wed April 20:  “Confronting the Climate Crisis”:  Olympia FOR’s vigorous group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, downtown.  Info:  (360) 352-6327 climate@olympiafor.org   www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html   and the group’s new website, www.olyccc.org

FOR  Thurs April 21:  Global Days of Listening:  Participate in this monthly worldwide conversation for peace:  The opportunity in Olympia is at the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants very early this morning (4:30-7:30 am), which is from 5 to 8 pm Kabul, Afghanistan time.  Recent guests have included Dr. Erica Chenoweth, Elliot Adams, and Kathy Kelly.  The Afghan Peace Volunteers’ #Enough! Campaign was launched during the GDoL conversation on Sept. 21, 2015, the International Day of Peace.  The #Enough! Campaign is a multi-year/24/7 project that connects projects of the Afghan Peace Volunteers:  their ongoing Street Kids School of Kabul and The Duvet Project, which are in their 2nd and 4th years of operation, respectively.  Info:  Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757 dougwmackey@yahoo.com  and www.globaldaysoflistening.org

Thurs April 21:  Climate Solutions’ 18th Annual Reception in Olympia:  Guest speaker will be Jeff Johnson, President of the WA State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  5:00-8:00 pm at the Heritage Room, Legion SW & SW Water Street near Capitol Lake.  Starts 5 pm with hors d’oeuvres from Waterstreet Café and wine and beer.  Mingle until about 6:15pm, and hear brief presentations.  End at 8 pm.  This is Climate Solutions’ main fundraising event in Olympia.  It helps to support their efforts for climate and clean energy.  RSVP www.climatesolutions.org/events/climate-solutions-18th-annual-reception

Thurs April 21:  “Communicating Environmental Justice” is the theme for the 27th Annual Rachel Carson Forum at The Evergreen State College:  Three great speakers will discuss their experiences with environmental justice from their career viewpoints, with Q&A.  This is sponsored by Evergreen’s Masters of Environmental Studies Association.  Tabling will run from 5:30 to 6:15.  Speakers and Q&A will run from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  It’s all at the Recital Hall, Communications Building, The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia 98502.  Info:  Madeline Goodwin madeline.goodwin@gmail.com

Thurs April 21:  Justice Not Jails:  People are working to reform various aspects of our criminal “justice” system in humane ways.  Our local “Justice Not Jails” groups meets at 7:00 pm the third Thursday evening of each month at the Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St NW, Olympia.  Info: Steve Tilley tilley5000@gmail.com  

FOR  Thurs April 21:  Watch and discuss the film “Cowspiracy” about livestock’s harm to ecosystems:  Lewis County Community Conversations (sponsored by our FOR chapter there and our local Veterans for Peace chapter #109) will show this film and facilitate a friendly conversation afterward.  Methane, water, and other environmental factors in cattle farming are major factors in environmental and climate damage.  7:00-9:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 506 S. Washington Ave, Centralia 98531.  Everyone is invited and welcome to share their thoughts.  Info:  Larry Kerschner 360-880-4741 larry@peacepoet.me

Fri April 22:  Earth Day:  See www.earthday.org

Fri-Sat April 22-23:  Arts Walk Friday evening and Saturday in downtown Olympia!

Fri-Sat April 22-23:  2nd Annual Social Justice Bloc Party at the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural:  Enjoy this solidarity event on Friday evening from 6 to 10 pm and on Saturday from 12 noon to 8 pm.  It’s in the parking areas near the gigantic mural at the SW corner of Capitol Way & State Avenue in downtown Olympia.  The Social Justice Bloc Party brings together visual art, music, food, workshops and community to celebrate the culture of resistance that strengthens our movements for collective liberation.  This event brings organizations “off the wall” and into direct relationship with each other and the greater community to support building relationships across movements, issues, cultures and great distances.  This project is in solidarity with Palestinian people and other struggles against borders, incarceration and deportation with a vision of liberation from the violence inflicted by militarism, colonialism, racism and capitalism.  It will include several special events.  Info:  Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, www.rachelcorriefoundation.org

Fri April 22:  Luminary Procession the night before the Procession of the Species:  The Luminary Procession starts at 9:30 pm in downtown Olympia:  Info:  www.procession.org  

FOR  Fri April 22 and beyond:  Arts Walk will include some peace/justice-related art by local kids:  Every year Olympia FOR member Kristen Dahle arranges for kids’ art to be displayed at Buck’s Fifth Avenue windows, 209 5th Ave SE, downtown Olympia.  Each year has a theme related somehow to peace or justice.  The artists are students at Olympic View Elementary School.

Sat April 23:  Procession of the Species starts at 4:30 pm in downtown Olympia:  Info:  www.procession.org  

Sun April 24:  Support the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County:  Celebrate the DRC’s 25th anniversary!  Raise funds for their future toward a compassionate and connected community!  Join them in toasting the DRC’s Founding Director, Evan Ferber, as he retires at the end of this year.  Reservations are required for this 3:00-5:00 pm at the Red Lion Hotel, so you must RSVP to attend:  evradenburgh@mediatethurston.org

Sun April 24:  “emma's revolution” – Hear this bold, profound, moving, hilarious, transformative duo from Washington DC.  Pat Humphries and Sandy O are respected activists as well as musicians.  They bring their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of healthy irreverence to concerts and peace, justice, labor, enviro, LGBTQ and women's rights events across the US and abroad.  7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, Olympia, 705-2819.  Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12.  www.traditionsfairtrade.com 705-2819

Thurs April 28:  Dine Out for AIDS:  Some restaurants are devoting part of their sales to AIDS services.  On participating restaurant is Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.

Thurs April 28:  Rotary Interact Club International DinnerCome see a variety of performances, including our visitors from Santo Tomás, Nicaragua, at this International Dinner that brings together students, parents, and community members to address current issues impacting Thurston County and the world.  Tickets are a suggested donation of $7.  This year, donations will benefit the Tronie Foundation, which is a survivor-led organization that advocates on behalf of those at risk of exploitation, human trafficking, and slavery worldwide.  6:00-8:00 pm at Olympia High School Cafeteria, 1302 North Street SE, Olympia).  Info:  Rachel 951-7355

Thurs April 28:  “Living Wage” is the topic for tonight’s public forum sponsored by League of Women Voters of Thurston County: 6:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW.  Info:  www.lwvthurston.org

Thurs April 28:  “Living Wage” is the topic for tonight’s public forum sponsored by League of Women Voters of Thurston County: 6:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW.  Info:  www.lwvthurston.org

Thurs April 28:  Solar in WA State and Energy Efficiency Programs:  Learn about federal tax credit and state incentive update, new solar technologies, and services and rebates for energy efficiency home improvements and appliances.  6:00 light refreshments & social time; 6:30-8:00 program at Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center, 2326 4th Ave E, Olympia.  $5.00 donation requested if you’re not a member of the NW EcoBuilding Guild.  Info:  barb@scavezze.com  and www.ecobuilding.org/olympia

Sat April 30:  A Night with Nicaraguan Neighbors:  Stories, Dinner, and DancingTSTSCA supports educational projects in Santo Tomás, Nicaragua including a public library, free lunch program, college scholarships, and a sister-school connection between Lincoln Elementary and Escuela Rubén Darío. Come learn from our visitors who themselves engage with these projects as students, educators, and community organizers.  6:00-10:00 pm at the Woman’s Club, 1002 Washington St SE, Olympia.  Contact tstsca@gmail.com for updates about this evening, including dinner and dancing.

Sun May 1:  Brunch to benefit a local non-profit org:  On the first Sunday each month Media Island International (MII) hosts a benefit brunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to raise visibility and funds for a local non-profit organization.  Look for publicity about which group will be featured today.  Enjoy a simple, tasty brunch for a worthy cause each month, and donate a voluntary amount rather than a fixed price.  Media Island is at 816 Adams Street SE (just east across Adams Street from Olympia's downtown library).  If you need a handicap entrance, use the alley behind it, accessible from 9th Ave SE. 

Sun May 1:  Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans and others to their monthly meeting at a new time (1:00-3:00 pm) at GI Voice’s new location in the Security Building, 203 4th Ave East, Suite 207, in downtown Olympia.  Info:  Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.com and www.vfp109rcc.org  

FOR Mon May 2:  “Vietnam War:  What REALLY Happened?”  -- Olympia FOR’s May TV program with Mark Fleming and Larry Kerschner debuts at 1:30 pm this afternoon on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  Starting in mid-April you will be able to watch it at our website, www.olympiafor.org   See description and watch the program through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm and watch programs on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County WA.  Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org  

Mon May 2 through Sun May 8:  “Screen-Free Week” can protect kids and reorient them to non-screen activities:  This week’s organizers say, “reducing kids’ screen time is the primary way that parents can safeguard children from corporate marketers.”  (Taking a week off from screens would probably be good for adults too.)  The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood says, “Screens also allow marketers to sell kids on the false message that buying things will make them happy. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that the opposite is true: The desire to spend and consume is actually associated with lower levels of happiness. Hitting the pause button on screen time for one week (or longer) will give you an opportunity to reassess the situation and think about who is (and who should be) shaping your child’s narrative.”  Get information and resources from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, www.commercialfreechildhood.org

Tues May 3:  Sierra Club South Sound’s monthly meeting:  Meet at the Mekong Restaurant, 125 Columbia St NW (SW corner at State Ave), downtown Olympia. Order food at 5:30 pm for meeting at 6:00 pm.  Info:  Phyllis Farrell, phyllisfarrell681@hotmail.com  and www.sierraclub.org/washington/south-sound-group

FOR  Tues May 3:  Olympia FOR’s book discussion group has been meeting on each month’s first Tuesday month for several years.  Tonight’s topic will be chosen during our Tues April 5 gathering.  Meet at 6:00 pm at the home of Jim Bellinger, 1515 Tullis St NE, just a bit north of San Francisco Street NE.  Info: (360) 359-2212, jimabellinger@comcast.net  

Tues May 3:  “Why Is Palestine Still the Issue?”  The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice hosts world-renowned historian and activist Ilan Pappé speaking at the 1st Annual Rachel Corrie Memorial Lecture for their 2016 PeaceWorks event at 6:30 pm at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.  The event is FREE, but RSVP is required.  Info:  (360) 754-3998 www.rachelcorriefoundation.org

Thurs May 5:  Spanish-Language Activity Night with our Nicaraguan guests:  Join us for an evening with our visitors from Nicaragua and help celebrate our Sister-School Connection!  Enjoy food, music, Spanish language conversation, activities, and friendship!  6:00-9:00 pm in the Lincoln Elementary Gym behind 213 21st Ave SE, Olympia.  Sponsors:  Lincoln Elementary School and the Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association, www.oly-wa.us/tstsca   Info and volunteer opportunities:  Emily 480-8720

Sat May 7:  Perennial plant sale will benefit the Thurston – Santo Tomás (Nicaragua) Sister County Association:  It’s time for spring planting!  Enjoy an excellent selection (more than 50 varieties) of native and non-native plants and shrubs, including some edibles from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at a convenient location on Olympia’s west side, 117 Thomas Street NW, just south of West Harrison.  You can donate plant starts too.  Info:  tstsca@gmail.com  943-8642

Sat May 7:  Oppose Nuclear Weapons with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action:  GZ will celebrate the original meaning of Mothers’ Day one day early.  Fr. Steve Kelly, of the Disarm Now Plowshares, will share an open Eucharist early in the morning at the entrance to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, arguably the largest operation concentration of nuclear weapons anywhere in the world.  The day at Ground Zero Center will include fellowship and nonviolence training.  It will culminate with a vigil and nonviolent direct action at the Bangor gate.  The full schedule of Kitsap County events will be posted at www.gzcenter.org’s  Events Calendar.  Ask gznonviolencenews@gmail.com  or info@gzcenter.org

Sat-Sun May 7-8:  “Comprehensive Practice of Compassion” -- The Nalanda Institute’s annual residential retreat will occur at the Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey WA with teachers Loppon Jamyang Tsultrum and Sonam Dorje PhD.  All who seek peace and compassion are welcome.  Info:  Art Costantino (360) 528-1861 or www.nalandaolywa.org

Sun May 8:  Enjoy a trip to Mount Rainier with our Nicaraguan guests:  Come with us for a day in the snow and perhaps some sledding!  Meet at 8:30 am in the Lincoln parking lot on Washington Street SE south of 21st Ave SE, Olympia, for carpooling.  Bring appropriate clothing, lunch and drinks.  For info and carpooling (passenger or driver), email tstsca@gmail.com by Friday May 6.

Tues May 10:  Thurston County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties:  5:30-7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Visitors are welcome!  Info: Linda 357-7272 lryh@hotmail.com   

Tues May 10:  Olympia Science Cafémeets on the second Tuesday of each month to provide an informal atmosphere so people with and without scientific background can meet to deepen their understanding of interesting topics in science and technology.  7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 East 4th Avenue, 352-0123 www.orcabooks.com  Info about Olympia Science Café:  John Weiss, jweiss@stmartin.edu  412-6102

Thurs May 12:  The Thurston Climate Action Team invites people to their monthly meeting on the second Thursday evening of each month.  TCAT does good, practical work to protect the climate, especially interacting with governments and the Thurston Regional Planning Council.  TCAT is also looking for ways to fund local climate efforts.  7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Info:  Graeme Sackrison 791-8376 or Tom Crawford, tom@thurstonclimateaction.org  280-0242

Fri May 13:  Enjoy Heartsparkle Players’ amazing improvisational “playback theater” at 7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Typically they collaborate with a local non-profit organization.  This month they celebrate 25 years of providing Playback Theatre performances and workshops locally, state-wide and internationally, including commissioned performances and workshops for schools (primary, secondary and college), faith groups, businesses and non-profits for the last 25 years, and the past 18 years at Traditions Café.  Their mission is “To empower communities and individuals by providing a forum for personal stories to be shared, heard and honored and to encourage compassion.”  Suggested donation is $7-$12, but nobody will be turned away for lack of money.  Info:  www.heartsparkle.org 943-6772

Fri-Sat-Sun May 13-14-15:  Break Free from Fossil Fuels:  Huge regional demonstration to blockade all the entrances to two oil refineries at March Point in Anacortes:  www.350.org  is planning major activities.  The international Break Free series includes this in Anacortes about 140 miles north of Olympia in Skagit County.  A bus or vans will go there from Olympia.  There will be training for kayakers and for people willing to be arrested.  Watch a very short video at www.tinyurl.com/hj43fsn  Info and sign-up at https://actionnetwork.org/forms/break-free-pledge-form?source=direct_link& 

Sat May 14:  Citizens Climate Lobby Meeting:  This non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focuses on national policies to address climate change.  In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to engage elected officials, the media and the public.  9:30-11:30 am in Room 200 of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW, downtown Olympia.  Info:  Stuart Chisholm stuart.chisholm@cbolympia.com and David Foutch dfoutch@blarg.net  and www.citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/WA_Olympia

Sat May 14:  Where Passions Meet: Racial and Gender Justice” -- The Washington State NOW (National Organization for Women) Conference will run from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 South Massachusetts Street, Seattle. Keynote is Dr. Karen Johnson from Black Alliance of Thurston County.  Registration is $25.  Info: Linda Malanchuk-Finnan at lryh@hotmail.com  

Sat May 14:  Join with RESULTS in fighting hunger and poverty worldwide:  Participate in the global webinar at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.  Info:  olyresults@gmail.com

FOR  Tues May 17:  Olympia FOR’s Annual Celebration & Election:  Every year the Olympia FOR invites people to gather for an enjoyable evening for food, social time and to elect new Steering Committee members.  Food and Kathy Pruitt’s piano music start at 6:30, and the event proper gets underway at 7:00 and ends by 8:30.  See article on Page 1 of our April-May newsletter.  Info:  Marilyn Dungan 701-5980 marilynbdungan@gmail.com

FOR  Wed May 18:  “Confronting the Climate Crisis”:  Olympia FOR’s vigorous group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, downtown.  Info:  (360) 352-6327 climate@olympiafor.org   www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html   and the group’s new website, www.olyccc.org

Thurs May 19:  Justice Not Jails:  People are working to reform various aspects of our criminal “justice” system in humane ways.  Our local “Justice Not Jails” groups meets at 7:00 pm the third Thursday evening of each month at the Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St NW, Olympia.  Info: Steve Tilley tilley5000@gmail.com

Fri-Sun May 20-22:  Rabbi Phyllis Berman and Rabbi Arthur Waskow: Sacred Sources to Heal the Earth:  Rabbi Waskow, author of many books, founded the Shalom Center in 1983 to equips activists and spiritual leaders with awareness and skills for helping Judaism create a world of peace, justice, healing for the earth.  For the past seven years they have focused on healing the climate crisis.  Rabbi Berman has decades of experience helping immigrants and refugees from all around the world.  This weekend event is co-sponsored by Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Seattle First Baptist Church, and Earth Ministry.  It’s at 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle 98122.  Info:  www.betalef.org

Fri-Sun May 20-22:  Left Forum 2016:  Meet with thousands of politically “left” people, enjoy some of the hundreds of panels, and connect with progressive organizations in New York City.  Info:  www.leftforum.org  or (212) 817-2003

FOR  Sat May 21:  Global Days of Listening:  Participate in this monthly worldwide conversation for peace:  The opportunity in Olympia is at the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants very early this morning (4:30-7:30 am), which is from 5 to 8 pm Kabul, Afghanistan time.  The Afghan Peace Volunteers’ #Enough! Campaign was launched during the GDoL conversation on Sept. 21, 2015, the International Day of Peace.  The #Enough! Campaign is a multi-year/24/7 project that connects projects of the Afghan Peace Volunteers:  their ongoing Street Kids School of Kabul and The Duvet Project, which are in their 2nd and 4th years of operation, respectively.  Info:  Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757 dougwmackey@yahoo.com and www.globaldaysoflistening.org

Sat April 16:  Join with Olympia’s part of the non-profit org RESULTS in fighting poverty and hunger worldwide:  RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people learning to use our voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty in the U.S. and around the world.  Together we are creating a culture of diversity, trust and inclusivity where everyone has the power and opportunity to use their voice to change the world.  Olympia’s RESULTS monthly Education and Action meeting is today from 10:00 to 1:00.  Info:  olyresults@gmail.com  and www.results.org

Sun May 22:  Friendly Water for the World invites everyone to a reception for David Zarembka, founder of the African Great Lakes Initiative (www. aglifpt.org) and author of A Peace of Africa.  David worked awhile on the national FOR’s staff.  He is a great expert on Africa!  Tonight’s event time and location will be announced soon.  Info:  info@friendlywater.net  or (360) 918-3642

Mon May 23:  Introduction to Nonviolent Communication – “Communicating to Connect” --  Liv Monroe offers excellent workshops from time to time.  See information at the Thurs April 14 calendar listing.

FOR  Tues May 24:  Attend the quarterly meeting of the Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at 7:00 pm at a comfortable, convenient location in West Olympia.  We educate ourselves and plan activities toward abolishing this atrocity.  Info:  Emily Hammargren 352-0695 deathpenalty@olympiafor.org   or Glen Anderson 491-9093  glen@olympiafor.org.  See much info about the death penalty at  www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm

FOR  Fri-Mon July 1-4:  “Persevering FOR Peace” – FOR’s 58th Annual conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County will focus on the power and effectiveness of nonviolent action:  Two excellent keynote speakers are Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution (Gene Sharp’s excellent non-profit org that researches and publicizes how to use nonviolent action to resist oppression, repel invaders and topple dictators, www.aeinstein.org), and Erica Chenoweth, whose research into the past century’s civil wars and other conflicts proved that the ones that relied upon nonviolence achieved better results than those that used violence.  See Erica’s Ted Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w    Also enjoy our Seabeck Conference’s many workshops, delightful music, friendly people, and fun for all ages from little kids through very elderly.  Register early!  This year’s Seabeck Conference might fill up before late June.  Glen will arrange carpooling from Olympia.  Info:  www.forseabeck.org  and (360) 491-9093 and glen@olympiafor.org

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