Get Excited for Olympia Family Theater’s 2016-17 Season

first_imgFacebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Family Theater Olympia Family Theater is so excited to share a preview of our 2016-17 Season of shows & events! We’ve got 5 Mainstage Shows, a Double Shot festival, and 10 Let’s Play Shows planned!Based in downtown Olympia, OFT is a nonprofit community theater that engages audiences of all ages in performances and programs that entertain and educate.Mainstage SeasonOur Mainstage season will feature five productions in our intimate 106-seat theater, including Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Starry Messenger, Alice in Wonderland, and Fishnapped! We are proud to feature a few favorites, 1 south sound premiere and 2 world premiere originals. Each mainstage productions are recommended for all ages. Tickets and subscriptions for the 2016-17 season will go on sale in July 2016. Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”The Olympia Family Theater’s mainstage shows delight young and old like last year’s family favorite “Mercy Watson to the Rescue”. Photo courtesy: Olympia Family Theater.September 30 – October 23, 2016Directed by Kate AyersMusically Directed by Stephanie ClaireWatch Mo Willems’ unlikely duo spring to life on stage in this exciting new musical filled with song and dance, humor and friendship!Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo WillemsPublished by Hyperion Books for ChildrenScript and Lyrics by Mo WillemsMusic by Deborah Wicks La PumaMusic Theatre InternationalThe Best Christmas Pageant EverNovember 25 – December 18, 2016Directed by Isaac Mckenzie SullivanA holiday play for your family featuring a multi-generational cast, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs! You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a family holiday favorite.By Barbara Robinson and Samuel FrenchStarry MessengerJanuary 27 – February 12, 2017Directed by Brian TyrrellThe story begins with Galileo as a young boy, inspired and awed by the heavens and it follows his incredible and visionary life. A magical production we hope will inspire great ideas and speak to the “Galileo” in all of us!By Kari Margolis, Plays for Young AudiencesAlice in WonderlandThe Olympia Family Theater is located on 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia.March 17 – April 2, 2017World Premiere Adaptation!Directed by Jen RyleAn original adaptation by Kate Ayers of the most famous and enduring children’s classic. It is full  to the brim with whimsical charm, and unsurpassed silliness. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole through a series of progressively “curiouser and curiouser” events.Original- World Premiere Adaptation by Kate AyersBased on the book by Lewis CarrollFishnapped!May 12 – June 4, 2017World Premiere Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven TillinghastDirected by Jeff PainterMusically Directed by Stephanie ClaireHelp! Claire’s beloved pet goldfish has been FISHNAPPED! We can’t solve the case ourselves – you have to help us find whodunit! Join us for this musical mystery about friendship and being true to yourself.Original- World Premiere Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven TillinghastDouble Shot – An Overnight Festival of Family TheaterNovember 6-7In collaboration with NW Playwrights Alliance, a festival of super fun, freshly written 10 minute plays! Plays will be written overnight and directed/rehearsed all day Saturday ready to perform for you Saturday and Sunday! BAM!Let’s Play 2016-2017 SeasonThe folks at Olympia Family Theater are always ready to put on an entertaining show.at their daytime “Let’s Play” shows. Photo courtesy of Olympia Family TheaterLet’s Play shows are generally under 30 minutes long and are perfect for the very youngest of audience members— toddlers, preschoolers and up. Giggles guaranteed! All 2016-7 shows are adapted and directed by Kate Ayers and performed by beloved local actors. Tickets for the Let’s Play performances are sold at the door, the day of the show. No presale tickets. Detailed performance schedule available in July 2016.September…..Mother GooseOctober……..Snow WhiteNovember……Hansel & GretelDecember……Stone SoupJanuary……….The MittenFebruary…….The Golden GooseMarch…………The Emperor’s New ClothesApril………….Peter RabbitMay……………The Tortoise & The HareJune………….Jack & The Beanstalklast_img read more

Women’s Golf In Third Place After First Day Of Battle At Boulder Creek

first_imgStory Links BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Drake University women’s golf team finished the first day of competition at the Battle at Boulder Creek in third place, Monday, Feb. 11. Battle at Boulder Creek – Rounds 1&2Drake 317-316–633 Day 1 Results Individual ResultsT12. Haeri Lee, 78-77–155T12. Aimee Gerschke, 80-75–15518. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir, 80-80–16023. Grace Dunn, 79-84–16336. Erica Olberding, 89-89–178center_img The Bulldogs will try to climb the leaderboard during the final round of competition Tuesday, Feb. 12. UNLV leads the team standings at 292-290–582.”I look forward to all of the ladies being able to take what they learned today and improving in their rounds tomorrow and I’m confident we can do it.” Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs fired a 317-316–633 to sit in third place, one stroke ahead Weber State on the 6,252-yard, par-72, Boulder Creek Golf Club.”Watching the ladies play today there was some rust on our games, and that’s to be expected in our first rounds of the spring,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “It can be tough this time of year for us to be practicing indoors all the time and then jumping right into competitive rounds of golf. I was proud of the way they stayed focused and fought through the bumps along the way. There were definite moments of glory and really great golf.”Haeri Lee and Aimee Gerschke led the Bulldogs with matching 155s. Lee shot 78-77, while Gerschke carded an 80-75. Gerschke’s second round featured four birdies and both are tied for 12th place in the individual standings.”I’m very proud of Aimee for shooting her career low this afternoon after a rocky start to her first round,” Pruett said. “She has put in a lot of hard work this off season and it’s paying off.”   Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir posted matching 80s for a 160 on the day while Grace Dunn went 79-84–163, and Erica Olberding posted an 89-89–178.last_img read more

Increased internet access in South Africa

first_img1 July 2015South Africa is forecast to see a massive jump in internet traffic as more people switch to smartphones and other smart devices.This is according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index 2015, which predicts that there will be 27 million internet users in South Africa by 2019, up from just 15 million in 2014. Internet protocol (IP) traffic is also forecast to grow six-fold, representing an annual growth rate of 44%.Cisco said that a significant percentage of that growth would centre on internet video consumption, with South Africans expected to download 43 billion minutes of video content by 2019.“South Africans are well on their way to adopt video and by 2019 the citizens would have streamed 43 billion minutes of video content. This stat highlights that consumers and businesses alike are using rich media clips as they head towards the digital era with the internet of everything,” said Vernon Thaver, the chief technology officer of Cisco South Africa.Mobile video traffic in South Africa is also expected to grow at 73% as people increasingly stream video content to smartphones.Mobile devices and usagePrevious research conducted by other organisations has also explained how important smartphones are to South Africa’s internet landscape.In a study produced by Orange Horizons on the provision of wi-fi in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha in Cape Town, 94% of respondents said that their primary means of connecting to the internet was a smartphone.Viewing social media, downloading content and streaming made up the most of the users’ activities, according to the study.Meanwhile, Cisco’s research indicated that by 2019, smartphones would cement their position as the primary internet tool, commanding 30% (57.5 million) of all networked devices, up from 22% last year in South Africa.The demand for video would also drive new internet video services which were expected to account for 78% of all IP traffic, the company said.“Residential, business and mobile consumers continue to have strong demand for advanced video services across all network and device types, making quality, convenience, content/experience and price key success factors,” said the Cisco report.Cisco also predicted that South Africa’s average broadband speed would grow to 10mbps in 2019, up from 3.5mbps, resulting in the correlated growth of machine to machine communications and smart TVs.“We are entering into a very dynamic technological era and the rapid increase in connected devices will benefit a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, utilities, government, health care, sports and entertainment, education, in terms of increased efficiency, reduced costs, and, most important, improvement of the lives of citizens,” said Thaver.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Soil health workshops focused on reducing nutrient runoff to Lake Erie

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who want to improve their soil’s health and cut input costs all while benefiting Ohio’s water quality, may want to consider adding cover crops to their fields to improve soil health.Farmers who want to learn more about growing and managing cover crops on their farms, can attend several soil health workshops being held in Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan in the Lake Erie Watershed.Soil health workshopsJan. 4 and 5, 2018: Putnam OSU Extension Office, Ottawa, OH from 8AM to 4PM 1st day and 8AM to noon 2nd day. Cost is $10 per person.  RSVP (419) 523-6294. Jan. 24, 2018: Gottfried Nature Center, Upper Sandusky, OH 8AM to 4PM.No cost.  RSVP 419-731-2566 Feb. 6, 2018: Luckey Farmers General Office, Woodville, OH 8AM to 4PM.No cost.  RSVP (419) 898-1595. March 21, 2018: Jonesville Fire Station, Jonesville, MI 8AM to 4PM.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  RSVP (517) 849-9890 Ext. 3. March 28, 2018: Northwest State Community College, Archbold, OH 43502No cost.  RSVP 419-592-0806. These workshops are offered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts along with speakers from Ohio State University Extension. For more information go to: https://soilhealth.osu.edu/2018Workshops.The workshops are designed to assist farmers in being successful at improving soil health along with reducing nutrient runoff from nitrogen and phosphorus to Lake Erie, said Jim Hoorman, regional soil health specialist with the Northeast Region NRCS-Soil Health Division, Ohio and Michigan.Topics for the daylong events include:Soil Ecology, Nutrient Recycling, and Keeping Nutrients out of Surface WaterBiology of Soil Compaction and Soil DemonstrationsEconomics of Cover Crops and Soil HealthRaising Homegrown Nitrogen Cover Crops and Cover Crop MixturesManaging Grasses and Brassica in your Crop RotationPreventing Pests: voles and slugsMaximizing Mycorrhizae Fungus in Your Farming System The registration costs vary and includes lunch, factsheets, power point presentations, and the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. For more information, contact the local OSU Extension or Soil & Water Conservation District or visit the OSU Soil Health Website for a flier: https://soilhealth.osu.edu/2018Workshops.last_img read more

Star on high morale going into playoffs after ‘test of character’ win

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “Of course the team’s morale is really high right now especially after a win like this,” said Lee who finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals.READ: Star outlasts Alaska in OT thriller FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“That’s what coach Chito [Victolero] said, that we need these kinds of games going into the playoffs because this was a test of our character.”Star outscored Alaska 46-21 in the final 17 minutes of play and three of which came off Lee’s booming triple from 40 feet out to give the Hotshots a 97-93 lead with 1:32 left in overtime. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast For Lee, though, a three from such distance was no fluke.“I was focused on the game and I was confident on my shot because I always practice that,” said Lee. “I knew how far that was, I do that every time in practice. When the shot clock is winding down and you need to take those kinds of shots.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games PBA IMAGESStar guard Paul Lee said Wednesday said the Hotshots are going into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on a cloud nine after finishing the eliminations with a league-best 9-2 record.The Hotshots earned their ninth win in a comeback victory over an Alaska side that led by as much as 21 points, 73-52, at the end of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SMB, Star stay in top-2 hunt BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan launching swap bid for Real Madrid midfielder Kroos

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan launching swap bid for Real Madrid midfielder Kroosby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are launching a swap bid for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.Corriere dello Sport says Inter plan to offer Mauro Icardi in exchange for the Germany international.The idea is to take advantage of Madrid’s search for a new striker as they look to fill the goal gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus. Icardi’s name is one of those which has been linked with the club regularly since the summer. The Argentine is expected to renew with Inter but he has not signed new terms yet, which could see him included in a deal for Kroos. last_img read more

A Michigan Fan Tried To Put A Wolverines Hat On Eddie George’s Head, But He “Knocked It Out” Of His Hand

first_imgeddie george is at a cleveland cavaliers gameCLEVELAND, OH – MAY 26: Former Ohio State and NFL player Eddie George walks off the court after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 118-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Former Ohio State Heisman Trophy-winning running back Eddie George is the Grand Marshal at tomorrow’s Big 10K race, so for at least one day, he’s forced to be nice to fans of other league schools. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to wear any apparel related to his program’s biggest rival. Thursday, a Michigan supporter named Gerald Blanc posted a photo of himself and George to Instagram. In the caption, he noted how he attempted to put a Wolverines hat on George’s head, but the former tailback “knocked it out” of his hand. Priceless.There’s nothing quite like college football rivalries. Ohio State vs. Michigan is one of the best.last_img read more

Ottawa spending 27M to bring internet to 1500 houses in remote Newfoundland

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The federal government is spending $27 million to bring high-speed internet to around 1,500 households in 70 rural and remote communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.Federal cabinet minister Seamus O’Regan says spreading internet access to remote communities has been a priority of the Liberal government because it allows people to thrive no matter where they are.The Newfoundland MP was joined in St. John’s by Premier Dwight Ball Tuesday for the announcement, which will also see $1.57 million come from the province and $11.52 million from other contributors.Most of the federal funding comes from Connect to Innovate, a program which aims to provide speeds of five megabits per second or more to underserved communities.Ball says the improved internet access will allow residents “to become more engaged in the digital economy, seize new business opportunities, and connect with friends and family around the world.”Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said access to high-speed internet is an essential, and not a luxury.“High-speed internet service is a basic tool that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code,” he said in a statement.Ball says 99 per cent of the population will now have access to broadband internet.(VOCM, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Lance Armstrong Steps Down As Chairman Of Cancer Charity

first_imgLance Armstrong, founder and chairman of LIVESTRONG, made the following announcement today regarding his status as chairman of the cancer non-profit organization’s board of directors.“In 1996, as my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors. This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart.“I am deeply grateful to the people of the foundation who have done such hard and excellent work over the last 15 years, building tangible and effective ways to improve the lives of cancer survivors. And I am deeply humbled by the support our foundation has received from so many people throughout the world — survivors, world leaders, business leaders and of course, the cancer community itself. We turn to this community frequently for guidance and collaboration to achieve our shared goals. They are unfailingly generous with their wisdom and counsel and I can never thank them enough.“I have had the great honor of serving as this foundation’s chairman for the last five years and its mission and success are my top priorities. Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.“My duties will transfer to Vice Chairman Jeff Garvey who will serve as chairman. Jeff’s guidance and wisdom have been critical to shaping the foundation’s work since its earliest days. Jeff was this organization’s founding chairman and I have full confidence that under his leadership, the foundation will continue expanding its ability to serve cancer survivors.“My family and I have devoted our lives to the work of the foundation and that will not change. We plan to continue our service to the foundation and the cancer community. We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer. And we look forward to an exciting weekend of activities marking the 15th anniversary of the foundation’s creation.”“Long before he became a household name, Lance Armstrong created a foundation to serve others facing the same fears and challenges he struggled to overcome as a result of his cancer diagnosis,” said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG President and CEO. “Today, thanks to Lance’s leadership, that foundation has had the privilege of raising close to $500 million to serve people affected by cancer.“Lance has made this foundation and its cause — aiding people whose lives have been touched by this disease — his life’s work. His leadership in the cancer community has spurred immeasurable progress and it has been a great privilege to work shoulder to shoulder with him on a daily basis during his chairmanship.“We are grateful to Jeff Garvey for assuming the responsibilities of chairman. Jeff has been a guiding presence for LIVESTRONG for 15 years and we look forward to a seamless transition under his leadership and a continued strong focus on our core values and mission.“Lance’s devotion to serving others whose lives were irrevocably changed by cancer, as his was, is unsurpassable. We are incredibly proud of his record as an advocate and philanthropist and are deeply grateful that Lance and his family will continue to be actively involved with the Foundation’s advocacy and service work. We look forward to celebrating 15 years of progress with Lance and his family this weekend and recommitting ourselves to the work of the cancer community for the years ahead.”last_img read more

Broadbased rally lifts Toronto stock index and Wall Street higher loonie up

first_imgTORONTO – Strong U.S. corporate earnings helped push North American stock indexes higher Thursday, as markets bounced back from modest declines a day earlier.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 56.89 points to 15,935.37, with energy shares one of the few decliners amid a continuing drop in the price of oil.The January crude contract was down 17 cents at US$55.35 per barrel — and down US$2.00 from its previous high of US$57.35 on Nov. 6.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 187.08 points to 23,458.36. The S&P 500 index advanced 21.02 points to 2,585.64 and the Nasdaq composite index added 87.08 points to a record high of 6,793.29.Strong quarterly earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Cisco Systems were the prime drivers of the Dow at the closing of markets Thursday.Shares of Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) jumped 10.90 per cent after the retail giant reported strong third-quarter results and raised its annual profit outlook. The company said online sales continued to surge and food sales were strong as well. Its shares rose US$9.79 to US$99.62.Meanwhile, Cisco Systems (NYSE:CSCO) leapt 5.19 per cent after the internet gear maker reported a bigger profit than analysts expected and said revenue should grow in its next quarter after two years of declines. The stock added US$1.77 to US$35.88.“It’s a good day for investors,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth. “Overall it’s been a broad-based rally out of the U.S. and a little spillage over to the Toronto markets, with the exception of energy.”“Wal-Mart was a pleasant surprise, I don’t think anyone was expecting that good of a quarter. And then you’ve got Cisco, they impressed quite a bit.”U.S. stock indexes likely also got a bump after Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, Small added. The move edges President Donald Trump and the GOP toward their first big legislative triumph in a year in which they and their voters expected much more.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.46 cents US, up 0.17 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December natural gas contract dropped three cents at US$3.05 per mmBTU. The December gold contract was up 50 cents to US$1,278.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$3.05 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more