Sound Learning Classes begin 9/16

Sound Learning Adult Basic Education and GED classes will begin Monday, September 16. Sound Learning offers group classes of up to ten students, small group sessions of two to three students, or one-on-one help with improving basic academic skills such as; reading, writing, math, social studies, science and computer literacy.

Adult Education Coordinator, Shannon Klasell says, “Students will gain the expertise and knowledge that will prepare them for fruitful employment, transition to higher education, training for family wage jobs and to support literacy within their families. These skills translate to positive participation in community life and a stronger workforce.”

Klasell would also like to remind potential or returning students that the current version of the GED test will expire the end of 2013, so it is important to finish by then if they are close to earning a GED.

New students must register prior to beginning their studies. Students in the larger group class are admitted until half-way through the quarter. Students in small group and one-on-one tutoring are admitted and get started on an on-going basis according to need and tutor availability.

Sound Learning is a non-profit 501-c-3. The mission of Sound Learning is to educate adults so they are equipped to succeed and contribute in our society.

Anyone interested in signing up should call the office at 426-9733 to get placed on the list of students waiting for an intake interview.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Tracy Moore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (360) 426-9733 Sound Learning Office

September 12, 2013/Press Release from Sound Learning

Fall Arts Walk in Downtown Olympia

Mark your calendar for Arts Walk XLVII! On Friday, October 4, from 5-10pm, and Saturday, October 5 from Noon-5pm, 93 downtown businesses will open their doors to showcase the wonderfully rich and diverse resource of visual and performing arts of the South Sound Region. Enjoy two days of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fibers and other visual art. Take in diverse performing arts, from family theater to a variety of musical styles and dance from Sitar to Salsa, Jazz to Hawaiian! Whatever art form moves you, chances are you’ll find it downtown during Arts Walk. Arts Walk maps are available at participating locations, The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW and Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave E, after September 21. An online listing can be found at (also after September 21).

For youth and families, the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department will sponsor a hands-on activity area with the Hands on Children’s Museum. Stop by Friday, October 4, at Washington Street and 5th Avenue between 5-9pm for kid’s face painting and art making!

The Arts Walk map cover this fall features the artwork Where Seagulls Go at Night by Chris Maynard. Some say that artist Chris Maynard is slightly feather-obsessed. “It’s true,” he says, “my work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.” Chris debuted his feather artwork at fall Arts Walk in 2010 and hasn’t slowed down since. He was juried into the Artist Trust EDGE Program for emerging artists in 2012 and featured in a solo show at The Washington Center last winter. His feather work has been featured on the front page of Reddit, the Huffington Post , MSN, and many other on-line news and blogs. Also in 2012, one of Chris’ pieces was selected for the international Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin.

Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and the Olympia Arts Commission, with support provided by Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Mixx 96 FM, and the Washington State Employees Credit Union along with participating artists and businesses. For more information, please contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation, at 360.753.8380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 12, 2013/Press Release City of Olympia

DOR Offers Free Tax Workshop 9/25

The Tumwater office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners on Wednesday, September 25, from 9 a.m. till noon, at the Department’s office located at 6300 Linderson Way, Training Room 123, in Tumwater.

Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection, and record-keeping requirements. All receive a workbook and helpful reference guide to Department of Revenue rules and regulations.

To register, visit the Department of Revenue web site at or call (800) 647-7706. Space is limited. A complete schedule of workshops statewide, along with a short streaming video version of the workshop, is available on the web site.

September 12, 2013/Press Release submitted by DOR

WDFW Eases Fire Restrictions On Lands East Of Cascades

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is easing fire restrictions on all agency-managed lands in eastern Washington, where recent rains have reduced the risk of wildfires.

Restrictions on the following activities – enacted Aug. 8 in response to extreme fire danger – are no longer in effect:

  • Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle.
  • Target shooting outside designated shooting ranges, except on the Wenas Wildlife Area, where a temporary rule prohibits the activity through Sept. 30.
  • Use of welding equipment, chainsaws, and other equipment powered by combustion engines.
  • perating a motor vehicle off developed roads.

Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved this week by the state Department of Natural Resources, which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas.

Sprague emphasized that while some restrictions have been lifted, the ban on campfires remains in effect east of the Cascade Mountains, where hot weather is predicted across the region.

“These changes reflect an easing of fire danger in eastern Washington, but we still urge campers and others heading outdoors to be extremely cautious in any activity that could spark a wildfire,” Sprague said.

WDFW eased all fire restrictions on its lands in western Washington on Aug. 15, when wetter, cooler weather reduced fire danger.


Any further updates will be posted on WDFW’s website at For more information on fires currently burning in Washington, visit websites for the state Incident Information System (, the state Department of Natural Resources (< and the U.S. Forest Service (


September 11, 2013/WDFW Press Release