April 22, 2011

APRIL 22: “Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green”

From the official Earth Day, 2011 Web site:

Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

Earth Day is here! This year, Earth Day’s theme is themed after A Billion Acts of Green: our people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20. Check out the cool new Billion Acts of Green Facebook app on http://apps.facebook.com/billionactsofgreen

Ready to take part in Earth Day 2011?
Here is how you can get involved:

While Yelm has no activities planned, here are other options to participate nearby:
– Saturday, April 23, Booths and information sharing all day on Solar energy, the Chehalis River Council, Fellowship of Reconcilation, Lewis County emergency preparedness, local organic garedeners, Shaklee cleaning products,etc. Call 740-0492 to participate.

– Saturday, April 23, at 4pm : Gail Tremblay, faculty at The Evergreen State College, poet and artist exhibiting at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, will share her work and thoughts in response to the effects of uranium mining on native peoples. John Martens of Centralia College and Dr. Armando Herbelin of Lower Columbia College will then present followed by a panel discussion on nuclear energy

– Saturday, April 23, 8pm- The Walking Willows present an evening of music and devotion to honor the planet we share.
$8 charge for this event to sustain the musicians and the venue.


April 21, 2011

YELM: MAYOR HARDING’S LIBRARY SPIN OMITS PUBLIC’S INTEREST


Mayor Ron Harding

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT 9:51PM ON APRIL 20, 2011:

Yelm Mayor Ron Harding wrote a letter posted on Timberland Regional Library (TRL) Board member Emmett O’Connell’s Twitter site 9 hours ago [titled “Mayor Ron Harding’s response to TRL re: Yelm Library”] that clearly draws a line in the sand and gives TRL only one option:
– to back the Mayor’s plan to buy the current facility in a condo-type arrangement or
“that if they walk away from this offer, as their Director has indicated they will, it could go down in Timberland Regional Library history as being the most incompetent decision they have or ever will make.”

Harding has yet to place all of the alternatives for a city-owned facility against each other in a prospectus for the public, library patrons, TRL Board, Mayor-appointed Yelm Library Board and taxpayers in the public’s interest in this endeavor, only touting his one option, which the public has yet to see in writing:

– buying the 2nd floor of Prairie Park as a condo agreement, with TRL kicking in more than $600,000 in outright costs. The Mayor said in his State of the City Address last February to the Yelm Chamber of Commerce financing would be required, meaning the taxpayers would be responsible for that, as well.

WOULD YOU BUY A CAR WITHOUT COMPARISON SHOPPING & SEEING THE INVOICE?
THEN WHY SHOULD ANYONE SUPPORT A PLAN THE PUBLIC HAS NOT SEEN AND HAS NOT BEEN PRESENTED AGAINST OTHER ALTERNATIVES?

As Readerlady so simply and eloquently stated on the Nisqually Valley News Web site Apr 20, 2011 7:39 AM:

I love the library and I want it to stay just where it is but I am going to side with TRL on this one. They have rules they need to follow to protect themselves and all their patrons. Yelm has known for many years that they needed to step up to the plate and find a permanent solution to the building issue. We got lucky with the lease at Prairie Park and should have been making plans and taking action years ago to fix this upcoming problem. Its been in the media for a very long time so for our Mayor to say the 10 year mark was just a time-line to reevaluate rental property cost is ridiculous. WE in Yelm are responsible for the building, TRL for the staffing. That is just the way it is.”

Read more from TRL Board member Emmett O’Connell’s Blog titled
“Historic material for the Yelm discussion” from April 19.

Read more from O’Connell’s blog posted today “Misunderstanding of levy capacity of libraries behind Yelm situation.”

Ed. Note: As I stated last week, the “full-court-press” is on and pressuring TRL ahead of Mayor Harding’s April 27 presentation to the TRL Board to buy into only one option – that of splitting the costs of purchasing the 2nd floor of Prairie Park.

If this city put the same passion into obtaining a public library building for the last 10 years as they did to obtain/spend over a 3-year period almost $1 million for 8 flushing-ballpark toilets, Mayor Harding would be officiating proudly for the ribbon-cutting on a library jewel this fall!

Yet, the library building issue sat on the “back-burner” until the 11th hour and now the Mayor and his minions conveniently place the blame at TRL’s doorstep.


April 20, 2011

YELM CINEMAS SPECIAL SCREENINGS COMING UP

Yelm Cinemas Saturday morning Special Screenings announced.
All screenings are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Click here for Yelm Cinemas showtime information.

Yelm Cinemas at Prairie Park
Photo courtesy of Yelm Cinemas

The screenings are as follows:

1. Saturday, April 23

HOP – The Movie
A viewing of the film Hop for family’s and friends of children with special needs.
“Come and bring the entire family to a sensory friendly movie. Dress up in costume or leave your p.j.s on and enjoy the movie!!”
Doors open at 8 a.m., and the film will begin at 9 a.m.
Tickets are $6.25 for kids and $6.75 for adults.
From: South Sound Parent to Parent

2. Saturday, May 14
I AM – The Documentary
“I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: whats wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?”
Doors open at 8:15a.m., and the film will begin at 9 a.m.
Tickets are $6.25 for all seats.

3. Saturday, May 28
GasHole – The Movie
GAS HOLE is an eye-opening documentary about the history of oil prices and sheds light on a secret that the big oil companies don’t want you to know.”
Doors open at 8:15a.m., and the film will begin at 9 a.m.
Tickets are $6.25 for all seats.

Special one-session screenings
Yelm Cinemas
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


April 19, 2011

ELIE’S AWARD-WINNING DESIGNS BRING YELM PRESTIGE


Elie Designs, Yelm

“Founded in 1991, Elie Design has gone from the quiet beginnings of a dream to being national renowned for sophisticated custom jewelry design.

… Margarette Elie received awards for three designs submitted to the prestigious worldwide Tahitian Pearl Trophy contest. Elie won first place in the National Perles de Tahiti in 2005, and, in 2006, won third place in the Pacific Northwest Jewelers Design Contest.

In addition to award-winning design, Margarette Elie personal custom jewelry design and restores family heirloom pieces.

Elie Design carries designer jewelry by

Calgaro,
A. Jaffe,
Gadi,

and also Seiko Special Edition Watches, Tom Cotterill Frog sculptures and fine gift collectibles.

Elie Design’s focus is on custom design and strong, unique creations. Elie Design is renowned for having one of the finest collections of Black Tahitian Pearls in Washington state. Obviously Black Pearls have a special meaning to Margarette — ‘The pearls are a symbol for me of all things possible’, quoting Elie Design’s Web site.

Elie Design
210 East Yelm Avenue
Yelm WA 98597
(360) 458-5758
www.ElieDesign.com

TELL ELIE JEWELRY YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE COMMUNITY BLOG!


April 18, 2011

LOCAL NEWSPAPER CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS
OUR MOTHERS

Nisqually Valley News essay contest to highlight mothers

Published:on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN):

“Readers will have a chance to honor their mothers and win them a hanging basket during the NVNs Mothers Day Essay Contest.

The essay question is Why does your mom deserve flowers for Mothers Day? with a word limit of 250-350 words.

The contest is broken up into three age groups;
7-10,
11-15
and 16-18.
The winner from each age group will win a hanging basket donated by Jasons Greenhouse for their mom.

Essays must be submitted by 11 a.m Monday, April 25.

Submissions may be sent to
P.O. Box 597,
Yelm WA 98597,
submitted in person to the NVN office at 106 Plaza Dr. N.E. in Yelm
or to
yelmnews@yelmonline.com”

TELL THE NVN YOU READ ABOUT THEIR CONTEST ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


April 17, 2011

INTRODUCING TACOS DON JUAN –
IN RAINIER MARKET

General Manager Juan Martinez writes on their Facebook page:

Tacos Don Juan makes everything fresh-to-order, daily.
“We take pride in our quality of food.
We don’t freeze anything or use canned products.
Our one of a kind salsas are made fresh daily.”

Tacos Don Juan
207 Binghampton St.
Rainier, WA 98576

Hours:
Mon – Sun: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Phone: (360) 446-1002

PLEASE TELL TACOS DON JUAN YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


April 16, 2011

AREA’S INDIAN TRIBES NOW ECONOMIC POWERHOUSES

Rolf Boone of The Olympian reported last month on our areas Indian Tribes:

“A year from now, American Indian tribes from throughout the Puget Sound area will converge on Budd Inlet in Olympia for the culmination of the canoe journey, a weeklong event in which regional tribes assemble to celebrate American Indian culture.

They will find ample reasons to celebrate in South Sound, which is home to three growing tribes: the Squaxin Island Tribe of Mason County, which will host the 2012 canoe journey, and two Thurston County tribes, the Nisqually and the Chehalis.

All three have transformed themselves in recent years by emphasizing long-term economic development goals propelled by high-profile casino operations and other business interests. As a result, the tribes are now among the largest employers of tribal members and nonmembers in the two counties.”

Read more


April 15, 2011

COUNTY COMMISISONER ROMERO HOSTS MONDAY COFFEE-
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Sandra Romero

Commissioner Sandra Romero Hosts Monthly Coffees with Area Residents

Monday, April 18, 2011.

FROM COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S E-MAILER:
Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier & Yelm on Monday, April 18th.

Our next guest speaker will be TOGETHER!s Executive Director.
TOGETHER! has prevented youth substance abuse and violence through awareness, advocacy and action to support youth and families for the last 21 years in Thurston County.

Commissioner Romero stated, TOGETHER! plays a vital role in our community and covers important topics like the dangers of prescription drugs and necessity of education and action around securing, monitoring and disposal. Prescription overdose has surpassed automobile accidents as the number one cause of accidental death in Washington State.

Commissioner Romero provides coffee to participants. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

What: Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

When: Monday, April 18, 2011

Where:
Rainier: 9:30am 10:30am – Rainier City Hall 102 Rochester St. W.

Yelm: 11:00am Noon Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Ave SE.

Lisa Paribello
Commissioner Staff
paribel@co.thurston.wa.us


April 14, 2011

SOUTH SOUND GREEN TOUR THIS WEEKEND

From the ecobuilding.org website:

Join us for the 2nd Annual Green Tour in Olympia, WA!

Come learn about the latest money-saving, eco-friendly ways to build, landscape, and design your community! Builders, architects, designers, craftsman with a deep green focus will showcase their sustainable design and construction projects on this free, public tour.

Plan your participation in the 2011 South Sound Green Tour

April 16 & 17, 2001 – Open 10 am – 4pm Daily

ALL-NEW 20 Inspiring Sites: Residential, Commercial and More
Real-Life Workshops, Going All Weekend
Green Tour EcoExpo – Register to Exhibit
Opening Ceremony at 10am, Saturday April 16.

Read more on Green Tour Sites


April 13, 2011

WOMEN SELLING STUFF BAZAAR IN YELM STARTS TOMORROW

“Women Selling Stuff” – BAZAAR
– Join Us at the old Historic Wolf Building in Yelm (Old Drew Harvey Theatre)
102 Yelm Ave.
Yelm, WA.


THEIR 8TH SALE!

From their Release:

Thursday, April 14th 10 am – 6 pm

Friday, April 15th 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday, April 16th 10 am – 4 pm

Organic Gourmet Dog Treats, Cowhide Pillows & Handbags, Homemade Soaps, Scents, Fused Art Glass from Ocean Shores, Easter Baskets, Artisan Jewelry, Old Stuff Collectibles, Glass Art Jewelry, Pictures, Resale Designer Clothing for Women & Children, Coldwater Creek Clothing, Rhinestone Clothing, Massage, Tastefully Simple, Healing Arts Center, Ink Arm bands, Avon, Lia Sophia, Cookie Lee, Quilting, Crystal Jewelry, Alpaca Sweaters & Hats, CD’s, Lotions, Body Shaping Garments, Rugs, Chandeliers & More….Lots More!

**Raffle to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness $1.00 per entry / 8 for $5.00 / 20 for $10.00
**Food Bank Donations
**Want to be a Vendor? (We have a few spaces left).
Call first for reservation Norean Warren 360-878-2467
Please call for more info quickly.

We will have professionally made signs posted by www.decalguy.com


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