Submitted by The Evergreen State College Facebook111Tweet0Pin1 Evergreen students build science exhibits for local schoolchildren at the college’s annual Science Carnival.Could the Science Carnival be the best day of your life?That’s what a local seven-year-old said about the Science Carnival last year, according to Evergreen faculty and Science Carnival organizer Dharshi Bopegedera.“She was so excited about the experiments that she came both days,” recalled Bopegedera.Now in its 11th year, the Science Carnival and Research Expo at The Evergreen State College offers more than 200 presentations by Evergreen science students designed to be participatory, hands-on, accessible, and fun. The carnival is an opportunity for Evergreen students to present their work to an audience with diverse ages and backgrounds.“This is an opportunity for our students to explain science to a broad spectrum of people and to learn by teaching—which is a rewarding challenge,” said Bopegedera, who teaches chemistry at Evergreen. She emphasized the value of the carnival for children and the schools they attend.“Many local teachers use this as an extra credit opportunity for their students and many children use ideas they saw at the carnival to inspire their own science projects,” said Bopegedera. “Children see what our students are doing and think ‘I, too, can do that’.”This year’s topics and presentations will include how cola can dissolve certain foods; how oxygen affects the appetite of crabs; how sea slugs convert light and a shellfish touch tank. This event, which runs May 30 to 31, is free and open to the public on Evergreen’s Olympia campus, 2700 Evergreen Parkway in Olympia from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To park free, request a pass at the parking booth by saying you are here for the Science Carnival. Visit evergreen.edu/events/sciencecarnival for more information.
Facebook237Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Dr. Diana Yu It’s summer days again and with it comes time for ZUMBA® in the Park. Three years ago, a group of friends decided to get together in local parks to share their love for Zumba® and to encourage families to get physically active together. Soon passers by began to join in the latin inspired dance. In 2013, events were held every weekend from June to August and drew crowds of 25 – 40 people in various parks around Lacey and Olympia. The group is organized by volunteer Zumba ® instructors and work with Family Education Support Services and the Thurston County Healthy Child Weight Coalition (75210.org) to spread the message of raising healthy, happy kids.By popular demand, Zumba® in the Park Olympia Lacey (ZIP for short) is back for a third year. New this year is collaboration with Hands On Children’s Museum, LOTT and the Lacey Community Market. The 2014 season will kick off with a Friday evening dance party from 6 – 8 pm in collaboration with Hands On Children’s Museum at their free First Friday event on June 6. Thereafter it is every Saturday at various locations from 2 – 3:30 PM from June 14 until September 13.Want to have fun? Want to dance around and meet like-minded, physically active folks? Bring a bottle of water, dress appropriately for dancing around and join the other ZIPpers. Kid appropriate, family friendly events with easy to follow routines. Or add your own style and flavor!! It’s a party.Special Events ScheduleZIP at Hand’s On Children’s Museum – Friday June 6 from 6-8 p.m.Sand in the City Main Stage Event – Sunday August 24 from 10-11 a.m.Regular ZIP ScheduleSaturdays from 2 – 3:30 p.m.June 14 Tivoli Fountain, Capitol CampusJune 21 East Bay Plaza, in front of Hands On Children’s MuseumJune 28 East Bay Plaza, in front of Hands On Children’s MuseumJuly 5 Rainier Vista Park, LaceyJuly 12 Huntamer Park, Lacey (Lacey Community Market)July 19 Rainier Vista Park, LaceyJuly 26 Rainier Vista Park, LaceyAugust 2 Percival Landing (near playground)August 9 Huntamer Park, Lacey (Lacey Community Market)August 16 Percival Landing (near playground)August 23 Percival Landing (near playground)August 30 Sylvester Park , downtown Olympia, gazebo areaSeptember 6 Percival Landing (near playground)September 13 Huntamer Park, Lacey (Lacey Community Market)Like us or message us on Facebook Zumba® in the Park Olympia Lacey. Schedules and location can be found on our Facebook page and also on www.75210.org
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOn Tuesday, May 15, 2018, tree contractors will begin removing several overgrown trees on the south side of State Avenue, between Washington Street and Capitol Way. During this time, the sidewalk will be closed to all pedestrian traffic and no parking will be allowed on this section of State Avenue. Area businesses will remain open and patrons will be allowed access. Following tree removal crews will begin working to replace approximately 350 linear feet of sidewalk over the next several weeks.Travelers should expect lane restrictions and traffic delays during construction. Flaggers will direct motorists and pedestrians through the construction area when necessary. The tree removal is expected to last 2 to 3 days.
Image Courtesy: BCCI/CSKAdvertisement vxlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs90wxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2mjbq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) o1nwsWould you ever consider trying this?😱2eqqCan your students do this? 🌚aknh4pRoller skating! Powered by Firework The fans of iconic Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni will finally be able to witness their idol back in action in the upcoming IPL 2020 season. The skipper of Chennai Super Kings has already started his training, is a fan favourite of the Chennai based club. Dhoni has captained CSK into eight IPL finals, and has lifted the trophy three times. The supporters address their beloved cricketer as ‘Thala’, which means leader of the head of the team. However, the superstar himself reveals there’s something else to the nickname.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/CSKIn the Star Sports Network show called ‘Return of the Lion’, Dhoni spoke on his experience in IPL, and the love and affection he has received from his fan base in Chennai, which has become the Ranchi-born batsman’s second home over the years.On being asked about his ‘Thala’ nickname, Dhoni revealed that it holds a fond meaning other than being the captain of the franchise.Advertisement “‘Thala’ basically means brother, so for me, it’s more the abstract of the fans, the love and affection towards me is the reflection of that.” the 38 year old said in the show.Other than three IPL titles, CSK has also won two Champions Trophies under Dhoni’s captaincy, in 2010 and 2014.Advertisement He continued: “Whenever I am in Chennai or down South they never call me by my name they address me as ‘Thala’ and the moment someone calls me Thala they are showing their love and respect but at the same time he is a CSK fan.”The 2011 Cricket World Cup winner also said that captaining CSK in the blockbuster tournament since its inaugural edition has been beneficial to his career in several ways.“This journey started in 2008, CSK has helped me improve in everything whether it was being a human being or being a cricketer, handling situations that are tough both in and out of the field and how to be humble once you are doing well,” MS added.The IPL 2020 season starts on 29th March, and Dhoni will be on the pitch on the first day as CSK takes on defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.Also read-Watch Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni rekindle their bromance full on at CSK reunion!What will happen to IPL 2020 if Coronavirus hits India? Advertisement
By Jay Cook |SANDY HOOK – Although they’re technically not in the waste management business, Clean Ocean Action has been plenty busy cleaning beaches over the last three decades.But pleas to eliminate trash, litter and debris on New Jersey’s Atlantic Coast beaches and waterways are seemingly falling on deaf ears, as the environmental group’s latest report notes that volunteers in 2017 collected a record-setting number of plastic products and other trash harmful to marine environments.Zipf shows tIny pieces of plastic retrieved on Sandy Hook.“This is a trend we are seeing,” Cindy Zipf, Clean Ocean Action’s executive director, said at a press conference last week. “Plastic is going up, up, up because of our wasteful and disposable society. That has permanent and long-term consequences to the marine life that lives out there.”Last year, 7,416 volunteers organized by Clean Ocean Action picked up 373,686 pieces of debris from over 60 sites in 53 towns and parks along the Atlantic Ocean coast, bay shores, inland rivers, lakes and streams.As usual, the most frequently collected items were plastic. About 85 percent of the items retrieved were plastic or “foam plastic,” the highest amount ever recorded. Plastic items include tiny “nurdles,” which are pieces of plastic weathered down by nature, as well as wrappers, bags, bottles, straws, diapers and fishing nets. Foam plastic items include fast food containers, packing materials and building materials.Even though the organization held only two beach sweeps, one in the fall and one in the spring, with each session lasting only three hours, the results were still staggering, Zipf said.“We can’t blame anybody else but ‘we, the people’ for this very, very tragic and growing problem in our marine environment,” said Zipf. “Plastics are made by people and we’re responsible for doing something about it.”Another “disturbing increase” Clean Ocean Action observed was the number of Mylar and rubber balloons removed from Jersey Shore beaches, Zipf said.The balloons’ material is dangerous to marine life and wildlife, which can mistake it for food, causing them severe injury or death. Also, birds and turtles can become fatally entangled in the strings and strangle to death.Clean Ocean Action volunteers removed 4,139 balloons in 2017, which they cited as a 7-year high.As Zipf talked about how balloons can harm marine life, she motioned to a red Mylar balloon that floated all the way in from a high school in western Pennsylvania.“This is something that people are talking more and more about,” Zipf said, “yet we are seeing a higher number during our Beach Sweeps.”Bills prohibiting the intentional release of five or more balloons have been introduced in both the Assembly and Senate, and both have been referred to their respective environmental committees. In response to people who wish to release balloons in memory of a loved one, advocates for the environment recommend acts of sustainability such as the release of butterflies or the planting of a tree or a flower garden instead.Garbage accumulated at Plum Island on Sandy Hook will be cleaned up as part of Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweeps event on April 21.Litter Collection TrendsThe information COA collects in the fall Beach Sweeps is submitted to the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. to be included in their International Coastal Cleanup Report.Ecologists look to the report for new insights into waste washing up on ocean beaches.Of all the items retrieved from the sandy shores and recorded by volunteers in all of 2017, the incidence of foam pieces rose the most, by 64 percent, to 21,117, as compared to 2015 when 12,841 pieces were collected. (The 2017 data was compared with numbers from 2015, instead of 2016, because that year rainy, gusty weather affected volunteer turnout and recordkeeping.)The popularity of portable beverages really showed up in the report, said Zipf. The evidence of plastic lids and stirrers left behind were up a remarkable 59 percent, to 31,167 items collected, as compared to 19,633 in the 2015 survey. Plastic caps and lids were also more commonly found, up 48 percent to 50,881 in 2017, from 34,426 in the prior survey.But there was some good news, too. Lumber pieces, foam building materials, diapers and glass bottles are all on the list of items that have decreased since 2015’s survey.Zipf noted that the decrease in lumber and foam building materials could mean the last remnants still floating around from Super Storm Sandy in 2012 could be leaving the ocean.How RidiculousPlastic litter dominated the top of the most commonly collected type of debris in the 2017 beach sweep, followed by cigarette filters, foam, bottles, bags and cigar tips. But volunteers also reported a fair share of odd finds.The Roster of the Ridiculous is COA’s annual list of the most outlandish things picked up. As usual, it featured more than a few eyebrow-raisers. This year’s finds included two fire extinguishers, a Chinese newspaper, a clown nose, an inflatable mattress, dentures, a Keurig coffee maker, a human tooth in a box, a jar of honey and a tarot card.Taking an optimistic view of the future, Zipf said she was hopeful that the attitude of being a mindful consumer continues to evolve.“I hope we finally get into a future where we stop using these disposable plastics and that we turn away from this wasteful society we’ve become.”This article was first published in the April 19-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
When Grand Forks head coach and GM Nick Deschenes dealt most of the team assets to contenders prior to the B.C. Hockey roster deadline in mid-January critics pounced on the Bruins skipper like vultures on road kill.The vultures were even more critical of Deschenes after the Bruins were first pounded 11-0 by Murdoch Division power Castlegar Rebels and 15-zip by the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks following the deals.But Deschenes may have the last laugh as the hard-working Bruins — which ice one of the youngest rosters in the entire league — have been anything but a pushover of late.Unbelievers need only ask the top two teams in the KIJHL as Castlegar needed a late Jamie Vlanich goal to squeak out a 2-1 win over Grand Forks and Nelson had to rally past Grand Forks for a 4-2 decision Saturday at the NDCC Arena.“This is a developmental league, and even if it means moving a player within the league, sometimes making a trade allows the player to play more games or play in a better situation which can only further their career,” Deschenes recently told The Nelson Daily.“I told our players whether it’s Junior A or Junior B, they’re going to get that chance.”The fire sale started when the 7-35-0-3 Bruins struck a deal with the Nelson Leafs over the Christmas break for Connor Gross, who just happened to be the Bruins leading scorer at the time.Luke Jones and Connor Kidd followed in another deal with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. Deschenes attempted to deal two other Bruins but those players decided to remain with the Bruins.“For me my job here in Grand Forks is player development,” said Deschenes, who got a late start on recruiting after accepting his current position in August.“I’m committed to these guys here in this dressing room and want nothing but the best for them.”The commitment is starting to pay off as, even though Grand Forks is well out of the playoff race, the team has been playing some of its best hockey of the season.“Whenever your facing adversity there’s always the opportunity to better yourself and this year for us has been one learning experience after another,” Deschenes explained.“Now we’re severe underdogs in these games so now how do we respond . . . how do we play.”The Bruins, fifth in the Murdoch Division and long since been eliminated from the post-season, have seven games remaining in the regular season.Since the roster deadline Deschenes has been able to assess affiliate call-ups as well as allow the remaining Bruins the chance to gain quality ice time filling roles created by the trades.The strategy appears to be working as the Bruins continue to be a dangerous team to play against down the stretch.“We’re not in the business to hold guys back and understand there may come certain repercussions,” Deschenes said.Which is something the vultures can chew on for the remainder of the season.
The doubleheader day begins at 2:30 p.m. with the Castlegar Dam City Rollers hosting the Tournament City Derby Dolls of Kamloops.The feature match between the Kannibelles and Spokannibals follows at 4:30 p.m.The Kannibelles, a collection of players from the five West Kootenay Roller Derby League teams from Trail/Rossland, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan Valley and Castlegar, are fresh from winning the Spokarnage tournament last month in the Lilac City. Kootenay defeated the Sockit Wenches from Seattle 202-118 to take the tournament along with the $700 first prize.During Saturday’s doubleheader West Kootenay Roller Derby will be partnering with The Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank.The goal is to fill the Food Bank so organizers urge fans to bring a non-perishable food items to the bout and receive a $5 discount on admission. It’s an All-Star afternoon as the Kootenay Kannibelles battle the Spokannibals of Spokane in West Kootenay Roller Derby Exhibition action Saturday afternoon at the Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar.
It wasn’t that long ago — the 2013 Murdoch Division Semi Finals to be exact — when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored four times in the third period to erase a 3-0 deficit en route to a 4-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs.The Beaver Valley win eliminated Nelson from the Murdoch Division playoffs.For the record the Green and White did one better Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson rallied from a 4-0 margin, scoring six times in the third period, to shock the Hawks 6-4 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division action.The win was the second in as many weeks for Nelson over Beaver Valley.In the period the Leafs outshot the Hawks 23-2. The KIJHL’s leading goal scorer Travis Wellman (17) netted a pair with singles going to Aaron Dunlap, Jamie Vlanich, Alec Wilkerson and Linden Horswill.Wilkerson finished the game with four points.The game looked all but over for the Leafs as Beaver Valley held period leads of 1-0 and 4-0.Sam Barker, Taylor Stafford and Dallas Calvin with a pair — the latter coming on the power play, scored for Beaver Valley.But in the third Beaver Valley ran into penalty trouble in the final 10 minutes of the game, allowing the Leaf power play to score four times.Beaver Valley netminder Grayson Sharpe took the loss in goal while Leafs Tyler Moffat, getting the four consecutive start in goal for Nelson, won his seventh game of the season.Nelson, improving to 9-0-1-1 on the season, increases its Murdoch Division lead to four points over Beaver Valley.The Leafs now travel to Grand Forks Saturday to face the Border Bruins in Murdoch Division action.BLUELINES: Practice has been rather tough on the Leafs of late. Both defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Austin Lindsay suffered injuries during practice this week and were forced to miss games. . . . The news is also not good for Leaf netminder Adam Maida, who was diagnosed with a knee injury that could force the Nelson Minor Hockey product out of the lineup for at least six weeks. Braden Pompu served as back up for the Leafs. . . . It was bra night at the NDCC Arena as people tossed the undergarment onto the ice during the second intermission to raise money for breast cancer research.
The Okanagan Rockets, a team loaded with Western Hockey League protected players, beat up on the Kootenay Ice during BC Hockey Major Midget Hockey League weekend action this past weekend at the Rossland Arena.The Rockets out scored the Ice 16-1 in the two-game series to sweep the weekend set.Saturday, Liam Finlay, property of the WHL’s Regina Pats, scored three times leading Okanagan to an 8-0 win. The Rockets held period leads of 2-0 and 4-0.Sunday, Tyson Jost of the Everett Silvertips and Branden Wagner each scored twice as the Rockets dumped Kootenay 8-1.Okanagan held period leads of 3-0 and 4-1.Coy Provost of Kimberley scored the lone goal for Kootenay. The two losses drops the season record of Kootenay to 3-15-4.Next up for Kootenay is a weekend series Saturday and Sunday in Trail at the Cominco Arena against Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.Games times are 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:45 a.m. Sunday.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. Kootenay Ice roster has players from East and West Kootenay and Boundary regions.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 23, 2015)–The Stronach Group announced today that Senior Vice President Tom Ludt has been appointed to spearhead a key company initiative. Effective immediately, Ludt will assume control of the creation and implementation of a new national project under development within The Stronach Group.As President of The Stronach Group’s Santa Anita Park, Ludt oversaw a successful 68-day Winter Meeting, which concluded this past Sunday, April 19. In a meet that opened on Dec. 26, the track posted a three percent year-over-year increase in overall pari-mutuel handle and a four percent year-over-year hike in on-track attendance.As a result of his new appointment, Ludt will no longer oversee the day-to-day operations of Santa Anita Park. Keith Brackpool, Chairman of The Stronach Group’s West Coast Operations, will assume control of Santa Anita’s day-to-day operations effective opening day of the track’s 2015 Spring Meeting on Friday, April 24.“We very much appreciate Tom’s stewardship of the Santa Anita Park operations over the past two years, and we have now asked him to focus his talents on an important new project that we plan to roll-out in the coming months,” said Brackpool.