December 22, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: COLOR ME MINE

“Color Me Mine is a fun, fresh idea that will appeal to all of us. Whether you want to create your own gifts, are looking for a unique party idea or just want to escape the stress of modern living, Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own ceramics studio may be just the ticket. Step into a Color Me Mine and one enters a relaxing, inviting space with warm, natural wood furniture and shelves, contemporary music, providing an intimate environment. All of our paints and glazes are lead free, 100% friendly to the environment and completely safe for kids and adults.

We have finished ceramic pieces by previous customers and staff members that populate the room, giving you a sense of the possibilities. With over 400 different bisque items, and approximately 100 styles added per year there are plenty of styles to choose from. We have books showing painting techniques and ideas, a design center and a helpful and educated staff who are more than willing to help you create your masterpiece.”

Color Me Mine
512 Yelm Ave. W
Yelm, Washington 98597 Our Phone Numbers
360-400-4444 Phone
360-400-2846 Fax

Studio Manager
Norma Detlefsen


December 21, 2007

WINTER ARRIVES TODAY

TODAY IS THE WINTER SOLSTICE IN YELM

“The winter solstice occurs at the instant when the Sun’s position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane as the observer. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the event of the Winter solstice occurs sometime between December 20 and 23 each year in the Northern hemisphere, and between June 20 and 23 in the Southern Hemisphere, and the winter solstice occurs during either the shortest day or the longest night of the year (not to be confused with the darkest day or nights). Though the Winter Solstice lasts an instant, the term is also used to refer to the full 24-hour period,” quoting Wikipedia.

“Sat., Dec. 22, 2007, 1:08 A.M. EST (06:08 UT), marks the solsticethe beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere,” quoting InfoPlease.

The Olympian reports, “And tomorrow will be the shortest day of the year. The sun won’t rise until 7:55 a.m. and will set a scant eight and a half hours later, at 4:25 p.m., according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.

The winter solstice is today, ushering in a season that’s expected to be wetter than normal, with temperatures close to normal, said Ted Buehner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle…

It’s time to pack a car emergency kit: food, water, blankets, emergency supplies, flares, flashlights, extra batteries and a radio. And make sure your tires have plenty of tread.”

WINTER BEGINS AT 10:08PM TONIGHT HERE IN YELM!

THIS IS THE SEASON OF LONG NIGHTS AND LOTS OF DREAMS OF A FUTURE THIS SUMMER…ENJOY.


December 20, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OPERATED ORGANIZATIONS: YELM PRAIRIE ARTS ASSN. (YPAA)

YELM PRAIRIE ARTS ASSOCIATION

“The Yelm Prairie Arts Association is a non-profit organization serving to enrich the lives of people in Yelm and the surrounding communities through supporting visual and performing arts

We support groups who dance, make music, create live theater and enhance arts in education in Yelm Community Schools.

We spread the word about our area performing arts and visual arts groups, sponsor events and participate in activities that the public attends.

We organize fund raising events and provide funding to visual arts groups & performing arts groups via an annual granting process. We operate with the intent to provide an even balance of annually granted funds to both performing arts groups and to visual arts groups.

Make Art a Part of Your Life!

This is an excellent time to be a YPAA member! In the last few years, we have seen significant change and growth in our communities. In 2002 and 2003 as part of our evolving community, the Nisqually Regional Arts Council and Yelm Partners for Performing Arts, now known as The Yelm Prairie Arts Association. gained strength by merging into a single organization under one board to support arts in our community. This includes activities, education and funding for performing and visual arts.

The following are samples of a few of the events and groups our fund raising efforts have helped to support:

Ruddigore, a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta project at the Drew Harvey Theater

The Annual Christmas program, A Salute to Christmas, by Women in Harmony received funding for the 2002 performance.

ACT 2, ACT 3, ACT 4 and ACT 5 of the Yelm Community Consortia through the Yelm Community Schools. Matching funds to support a renewable grant from the Washington State Arts Commission to provide artists in residence and visual art experiences in Yelm schools and community for the 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, and currently, 2005-2006 school years.

Yelm Middle School – Artist in Residence Matching Funds

Arts are the heart and soul of a civilization. Our hope for the Nisqually region is that our visual and performing arts will bring beauty, warmth and color to the fabric that weaves our community together. We’ve made significant steps in the past 10 years, yet there is much more we dream about for Yelm and our surrounding communities.

Please join us to help create the hometown and region we all wish for our children, our neighbors and ourselves. If you would like to find a way to contribute and make a difference in our community, click here. Please feel free to contact us by email, or, send regular mail to:

PO BOX 2168
Yelm, WA 98597

Thank you for your caring and support. Your help will enrich the heart of our community.

Anne Wahrmund
YPAA Chair

PS. We are looking for interested people to become members of the YPAA. Please contact a board member for more information.

The Yelm Prairie Arts Association operate as a non-profit organization under the governance of one common board of directors. The common abbreviated name is YPAA.”

TELL THE YELM PRAIRIE ARTS ASSN. YOU READ ABOUT THEIR WORK ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


December 19, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: YELM TRAVEL MOVES TO NEW LOCATION

Yelm Travel has moved to a new location in

Prairie Plaza
10501 Creek St. SE
Suite 1
behind the Yelm Post Office.
458-2333

YELM TRAVEL is a
full service travel-agency that has been serving the needs of the Yelm
community since 1983. We are a hometown business that prides itself on
treating people on a personal level. We offer first class service at
competitive prices. We are experienced Travel Professionals and have
traveled extensively. Let an expert do ALL your travel leg work for you.

COMPARE PRICES WITH US, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !

WE MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!

This writer has been using Yelm Travel for all of my travel needs since 1988 and just returned from a Yelm Travel arranged Hawaiian get-away.

STOP IN AND SAY HELLO TO ELIZABETH, CARY, & ROBBI.
TELL THEM YOU READ ABOUT THEIR NEW OFFICE ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


December 18, 2007

BLOG HOST AWAY UNTIL DECEMBER 19TH

During this week when I am away, the Yelm Community blog is featuring Yelm Community businesses who are locally owned and operated. While this town is being inundated by multi-national corporations with names like Wal-Mart, KFC, Applebees, & Taco Bell that expatriate their income back to their corporate headquarters, the backbone of this community’s retail establishment are locally owned and operated firms. While the donations these large firms give to the city are wonderful, the true contributions adding to the quality of our area are these unique businesses whose owners live here, send their children to our schools and involve themselves with pride in their hometown, adding in grand fashion to the richness of our town.
So, we are saddened to see one of our downtown core’s businesses close (Toscano’s).
While the City of Yelm’s new electronic reader board and Chamber of Commerce tout the public to “support our local businesses”, the Yelm Community Blog touts readers to “support our locally owned businesses”.


LET THESE BUSINESSES KNOW YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!

Look for a new blog entry on December 19th


December 18, 2007

BALD HILLS FIRE DEPT. MOVING AHEAD THANKS TO VOTER SUPPORT


Thurston County Fire Protection District 17 Logo
Mark Gregory, Fire Chief

Report from Fire Commissioner Bill Owen:

The Nov. 6th Fire Levy for the Bald Hills Fire Dept. passed with a 59% approval.
“Unlike the schools, we needed only 50% to pass.

We not only got what we asked the voters for, but due to the whopping jump in property assessments we have a great deal more than we asked for.

Our intention is to be as frugal as we planned originally, but we now have the freedom to consider things that may, in the long run save the district money, such as paying off our bond early, or maybe purchasing property for a future fire station if a really really good deal comes up.

Since I emailed last, the department has purchased a used fire engine from East Olympia’s fire dist. They gave us a sweetheart deal. As soon as we can get it equipped, it will respond out of the Cougar Mt. station. We also got a good deal on some used portable radios, so the chief will know quickly who is responding.

On December 18, a fire fighter will graduate from the Recruit Academy, a responder will graduate from EMT (emergency medical technician) school, and ten ( !!! ) responders will graduate from First Responder class.”

STOP BY AND SAY HELLO TO THE FINE FOLKS AT THE BALD HILL FIRE DEPT.
THEY WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU.


December 17, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: DESCHUTE’S GRANGE

DESCHUTE’S GRANGE

“The Grange is a family and community service organization with roots in agriculture.

We promote the rural quality of life and encourage involvement in community activities.

Neighbors working together with a spirit
of community toward common goals.”
(360) 894-0414
deschutesgrange@yahoo.com

TELL THE GRANGE YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


December 16, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: TIM’S PHARMACY

TIM’S PHARMACY

“At Tim’s Pharmacy & Gift Shop, we’re more than just your local pharmacy, we are your neighbors.

The staff at Tim’s Pharmacy & Gift Shop is dedicated to helping take care of you and your family. Whether you need a prescription filled, a gift to purchase, or just have a question, we are here to help you in any way we can because that is just what neighbors do.”

TELL THE FOLKS AT TIM’S YOU READ ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


December 16, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM


December 15, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: PACIFIC RIM AWARDS & SPECIALTY ITEMS

“PACIFIC RIM TROPHIES & SPECIALTY ITEMS”

“Specializing in trophies, plaques and other custom awards. Full color plaques, name badges and specialty gifts for recognition. No order too small!”

Pacific Rim Awards & Specialty Items
Karen Lunan, Owner
PO Box 1164
McKenna, WA 98558
(360) 458-8585

TELL PACIFIC RIM YOU READ ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


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