Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesYou can make one pet feel very lucky this St. Patrick’s Day by adopting from Animal Services. Adopted pets know they have struck gold when they find a forever home. They make loyal companions, and help their owner lead a happier, healthier life as well. Come down and meet all the animals that would love to become your life-long good luck charm! Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Photo credit: Mandy RyleEntering its eighth season, Olympia Family Theater has grown from staging great shows whole families can enjoy to providing a complete educational and entertainment center. Its current holiday production, Lyle the Crocodile, runs at South Puget Sound Community College through December 22. Theater critics agree: it’s a delight. Tickets can be purchased through the Washington Center for the Performing Arts or on www.olytix.org.If you’re looking for a creative outlet for your child over winter break, OFT is gearing up for winter camps for children aged seven to about 13. Participants will create an original adaptation of classic folk tales to be performed for friends and family on the last day of camp. The camps are Monday through Friday, December 23 to January 3 (except Christmas and New Year’s Day), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $140 for one week or $260 for two weeks, with aftercare available at an additional charge.Beginning in January, Saturdays will find little ones exploring music, movement and creativity. If you’d like to introduce the building blocks of music, dance and theater to your two-to-six-year-old, then OFTeenies classes are for you. They run January 11 to March 1, from 10 to 10:45 or 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $64 for each eight-week series, though prorated enrollments are available.Saturday, performing arts classes are available for eight-to-13-year-olds. Each class focuses on a different theme, taught via fun, creative, energetic exercises and games. Classes will be held January 11 to March 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., or Tuesday and Thursday, January 7 to 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.OFT is proud to be your community partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Its educational programs provide opportunities for personal development in young people by teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts.More detailed information regarding Olympia Family Theater’s performances and classes may be found on its website, www.olyft.org. Facebook37Tweet0Pin0
Submitted by BodymechanicsWhat started out as three individual businesses in the Bodymechanics building has taken a new direction. Always striving towards new and cutting edge programs to facilitate client healing, the team at Bodymechanics have turned things up a few notches to become the top facility in the area providing Corrective Wellness.The Bodymechanics mission is to champion clients to bring a healthy balance into their lives by using compassion, experience, unique perspective and belief in client’s desire to heal themselves. In alignment with this mission, the new Corrective Wellness Program is the most holistic and integrative approach to addressing the source rather than the symptoms for many conditions.Many in our community are looking for permanent and noninvasive methods of addressing injuries, repetitive stress injuries, chronic pain, nerve impingement conditions, and other neural, muscular and skeletal issues. The new Corrective Wellness Program meets and exceeds client goals.Business owner, Shari Aldrich, LMP, believes that this program fills a hole in the traditional healthcare model. “We see clients on a daily basis who are injured and living with daily pain, who believe that they must live this way forever.” Many people who come into our clinic respond with “no” to the question posed on the initial intake: Do you believe it is possible to heal 100%?“People are hopeless. They are frustrated and are unsure of where to go to get help,” she describes. The Bodymechanics Corrective Wellness program will include help for injuries, chronic pain syndromes, repetitive stress injuries, postural and structural deviations, and will also address weight management goals through nutrition counseling, group fitness and boot camp classes, and our Body Media program.Our affiliation with Body Media allows us to use a device that measures ambient body heat, measured in Mets, to calculate real time calorie expenditure 24 hours a day in our clientele. This allows us to make precision adjustments to each person’s nutrition and exercise program for guaranteed, precise results in managing weight loss and body composition.Fitness Manager, Marshall Coleman, CES, describes the new program as a program “for injuries and chronic pain utilizing postural and structural analysis to determine the cause of the symptoms or injury and then integrating myotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, muscle re-training and nutrition to address the original cause and alleviate the symptoms from the source for permanent results.”Many of the symptoms that the medical community routinely treats with surgical solutions lead to missed work; weeks or months of physical therapy and down time, and other issues because of compensation patterns for the lack of mobility after the surgery. The symptoms often originate from other problems, elsewhere in the body, and be reversed or alleviated with noninvasive procedures in a fraction of the time.One example of how the Bodymechanics Corrective Wellness program can facilitate a holistic and integrative approach is with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is often treated with surgery. In most cases, we can alleviate the symptoms within a couple of Myotherapy treatments and then follow up with muscle retraining through our Corrective Exercise program to rebalance the length tension relationships within the muscles to prevent the symptoms from returning. Since the symptoms often occur due to an issue elsewhere in the body, we follow up with a full program to address the source, which can take up to four to six weeks to fully complete all therapies.Functional Aging Training ProgramThe facility is also adding a program designed specifically for our senior population. The Functional Aging Training Program is aimed at helping seniors achieve and maintain their independence through maintaining and increasing their ability to perform functional, physical activities ranging from basic movements such as standing and sitting without assistance; to training for athletic endeavors such as running. This program is scheduled to begin in April 2014.Everyone at Bodymechanics is very passionate about what we do and about helping our clients and members achieve their corrective wellness, weight management and fitness goals. The staff look forward to reaching out to the community and becoming a new standard for addressing these issues that people face in their lives every day.Whether you are dealing with issues like chronic pain syndromes, acute injury, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, sports related injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, nerve impingement conditions, weight management issues, or you just want to join a fitness class – the program is there to meet your needs. Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & MassageIntegrative Health ClinicBodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp2330 Mottman Road SW, #106Tumwater WA 98512(360) 350-0015 Facebook31Tweet0Pin0
Facebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Bogie! He is sweet, two-year-old, neutered male who is looking for the perfect forever and loving home. His cute face and long, lean body show off the best of my heritage Dachshund/Pug. Bogie really enjoys cuddles, walks, and car rides really make him happy. He does have energy, and does enjoy chasing the ball! If you would like to meet him in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-432-3091.
Facebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryFor their ten-year anniversary celebration Westport Winery released a new vintage of Smoky Nor’wester in a commemorative etched wine bottle. Smoky is a classic Bordeaus blend of 60 percent Merlot, 24 percent Cabernet Franc, and 16 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. In the tasting notes they suggest this wine is “Like fireworks in the sky or a good spanking.” In the winery’s Sea Glass Grill they suggest you enjoy this with Prime Rib. And anywhere it’s a good musical pairing with Happy Anniversary by the Little River Band.Westport Winery released a new vintage of Smoky Nor’wester in a commemorative etched wine bottle. Photo courtesy: Westport WIneryA portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Westport Maritime Museum. The sculpture commemorating this wine in the winery’s display garden was created by Ocosta artist Nikki Demmert. Her Haida cedar carving is located near the pond in the winery’s 9-hole executive golf course.Guests are encouraged to reuse this beautiful bottle for the incredible olive oils and balsamic vinegars available in either the garden resort tasting room between Aberdeen and Westport, Washington, or their Seaside, Oregon tasting room.Additionally, the winery released its latest vintage of Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris this week. Crafted with grapes from Sugarloaf Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, this wine is described to be like “a stroll through a French orchard.” The winery recommends this wine be paired with their homemade clam chowder while listening to It’s A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the historic 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam. The sculpture commemorating this wine was crafted by Lora Malakoff of Clallam Bay. And the label was painted by watercolorist Darrel Easter.In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. The Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation by USA Today. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.Westport Winery’s new location at 810 Broadway in Seaside is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.
Advertisement boxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs363Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Enrch( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2e6gWould you ever consider trying this?😱bzmbCan your students do this? 🌚0cykRoller skating! Powered by Firework Vikram’s brace put South United FC on course for a romping victory over ADE FCAdvertisement A crucial game in the calendar for the two teams each harboring their own ambitions for the season. Three points were crucial to for both the teams. South United put on a dominant display against ADE FC netting on four occasions without reply to seal the tie.Advertisement From the time the whistle blew to start the game to the last second South United FC were on top of the game. SUFC got into the lead by Umesh easily tapping a cross in on the 32-minute mark. Only a couple of minutes later, Vikram managed to double their lead, converting a shot from a difficult angle. The sudden 2-0 lead looked to overwhelm ADE FC within a span of few minutes but on the balance of play the goals were coming for South United.Advertisement The second half could’ve been a different story for ADE FC, but they showed no initiative. South United FC continued to dominate possession and create chances while the opposition barely had a sniff of the ball.Vikram headed home his second goal of the game to increase South United’s advantage in the 60th minute. They would need that buffer as Lalnunsiama was sent off by the referee for a verbal altercation with the referee.ADE FC couldn’t capitalise on the advantage of an extra man, although an exciting end to the game as Jaison stepped up to score in added time after the full 90 minutes and ADE’s Raj Kiran was sent off for a poor challenge after that.An eventful game that South United take all three points from and can now hope to stitch together a run of good games.South United FC 4-0 ADE FC (Umesh 32’, Vikram 34’ 60’, Jaison 90 + 1’) Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Solaris Images/IANSAdvertisement 0ygNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5er2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej9t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) gfenWould you ever consider trying this?😱c64sCan your students do this? 🌚e0mcRoller skating! Powered by Firework As the decade is nearing its end, it is evident that the Indian Cricket Team have been the most successful team with their consistent performance in the One Day format of the game. However, mentioning the word ‘consistent’, and the name every cricketing fan from the country would agree to is none other than Rohit Sharma. The heavy hitting opener scored a stormy half century in yesterday’s victory over West Indies, and is now the cricketer with the most ODI runs.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Solaris Images/IANSThe Mumbai Indians captain, who was recently unveiled as the brand ambassador of La Liga in India, has secured a total of 1490 runs made from 28 ODI matches, averaging 53.21 runs per match, along with a total of 7 centuries and 6 half centuries.The Men in Blues skipper Kohli, who’s blistering 85 off 81 helped the hosts to successfully chase the monumental 316 target yesterday, remains in the second spot, scoring 1377 runs from 26 matches, with 5 hundreds and 7 fifties.Advertisement Speaking after the match at Cuttack, the 32 year old spoke on his congratulatory feat:“Extremely grateful for the year I’ve had. A World Cup victory would have been nice but as a team, throughout the year, whether red ball or white ball cricket, the team came together really well. Personally I’ve enjoyed batting, but there’s no way I’m stopping.”Advertisement Opening the second innings with K L Rahul, Rohit scored 63 runs from 63 balls, along with 8 fours and 1 six. In the 22nd over, an outside edge contact from Jason Holder’s delivery ended up in the gloves of Windies keeper Shai Hope.The vice-captain continued: “There’s an exciting year coming up. I understand my batting really well. I want to play within my limits, knowing the game plan you want to execute is very important.” Rohit, who has earned 168 ODI caps for the team, was chosen as the player of the series against West Indies, in which India registered a 2-1 win.“Even in the red ball format, against South africa it was going to be challenging. Once we start traveling, we want to win games and stay on top of the table,” the player added.Team India will be hosting Australia in their next ODI series in January.Also read-Rohit Sharma becomes LaLiga’s First Ever Brand Ambassador in IndiaWatch: Rohit Sharma talking to his baby from the dressing room balcony will melt your heart! Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Twitter(@KirenRijiju)/SportstarAdvertisement 8qv4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs428Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5us90n( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 64rwWould you ever consider trying this?😱m3wxCan your students do this? 🌚33bd9eRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the circle of boxing in the country, there has been an ongoing feud off the ring, between the legendary MC Mary Kom, and the rising star Nikhat Zareen. In the past few months, the two boxers have been on a cold war against each other. Now Kiren Rijiju, the Minister of Sports has finally opened up on the ongoing tussle between two pugilists.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@KirenRijiju)/SportstarZareen, the flyweight boxer from Nizamabad had earlier made a request to the sports minister through a formal tweet and an official letter for her trial against Mary for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.“Too much of issues are created on this! Mary Kom is a legend who has achieved what no other boxer has ever achieved in the World Amateur Boxing.” Rijiju posted on his official Twitter handle.Advertisement Although at first the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) did not organise the match, Zareen finally had her go against the Six times AIBA World Boxing Champion last saturday.“Nikhat Zareen is an amazing boxer who has the potential to follow the footsteps of Mary Kom. India is proud of both of them. Period,” Rijiju added.Advertisement Mary won the bout 9-1, but the match ended in a dismay, as Mary rejected Zareen as she tried to hug her. Even after that, they did not shake hands either.Mary’s gesture made a dent on Zareen’s spirit. “It was very new for me. I never expected that she will get so angry at me for going on Twitter and writing a letter to the sports minister. If she is taking all that personally that’s her choice, I can’t comment on that.” the 23 year old told IANS.“I was fighting for a fair trial. I was fighting against the system, not Mary Kom or the federation. I was saying that there should be a proper trial before every competition. That’s it.” Zareen added.However, Mary had spoken about her reasons for her behaviour towards Zareen. In the post match interview, she told PTI: “I am also a human being, I can also get irritated. Can’t I get angry when my credentials are questioned?”“If she wants others to respect her then she should first respect others. I don’t like people with such nature. Just prove your point inside the ring, not outside.” Mary added.Also read-Nikhat Zareen demands trial against Mary Kom to be televised in interest of fairnessSports Minister Kiren Rijiju responds to Nikhat Zareen’s plea to have a trial bout against Mary Kom for Tokyo 2020 selection Advertisement
Image Courtesy: CBS SportsAdvertisement wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs936h9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1r82gq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aoWould you ever consider trying this?😱6jnfr1Can your students do this? 🌚3a7yzRoller skating! Powered by Firework World sport has been on hold since the novel Coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic and started spreading globally. After several postponements in the past months, many top European football leagues have started to cancel the ongoing season. However, some leagues have still kept the current season on hold, one of them being the Bundesliga. FC Cologne, one of the popular clubs out of the German league had even resumed training. The unfortunate result of it is three confirmed COVID-19 cases in the club.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CBS SportsWhile the German government has postponed any decision regarding any sporting activity in the country until May 6th, some Bundesliga clubs, including FC Cologne are already populating the training grounds, even though there is no confirmed date on the restart of the league yet.However, after the confirmation of three Coronavirus cases, Cologne has put their entire squad, officials and staffs undergo testing on Thursday. The news was confirmed through a statement on the club’s official website.Advertisement “FC Köln had the entire team and coaching staff, along with the backroom staff, tested on Thursday for COVID-19. Three people tested positive, all are symptom free.” the statement read.“After an assessment of the cases by the responsible health authorities, the three people who tested positive will go into a 14-day quarantine at home,” the statement added.Advertisement Cologne has also chosen not to reveal the identities of the three COVID-19 affected patients.“The health and private sphere of players and staff have priority above all else,” Horst Heldt, Cologne’s managing director added on the situation, “the previous measures, as well as the strategy of regular tests, have proven themselves so that we can now react with individual solutions.”Christian Seifert, chief executive of German Football Association (DFL) had recently touched on the option of a behind closed doors return of Bundesliga on 9th May. Although, with the further delay on the government’s announcement regarding sports, it is unlikely that there will be any footballing action in Germany in the upcoming weeks.Cologne currently sit in 10th position in the league table, with 32 points from 25 matches.Germany has seen over 164,000 positive Coronavirus cases till date, and 6736 patients have succumbed to the virus.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-US Women’s football team goes to court over equal pay…and loses due to insufficient evidence!Serie A clubs unanimous in their decision to finish the season Advertisement
By John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday is all about helping friends, fellow business owners and maybe total strangers who are in need after what Super Storm Sandy has wrought.That’s the intent of the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. event Saturday, April 27, organized by the Highlands Business Partnership. The partnership’s Hope for Highlands project is expected to draw more than 400 volunteers who will offer their assistance to help the community so devastated by the October storm, according to Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the partnership, which oversees the borough’s business improvement district.“It’s amazing to me how many people who have pulled together and organizations that have partnered with us to really get the town moving,” Cefalo-Braswell said of this and previous efforts to assist the community.Saturday’s effort will involve volunteers from among such corporate entities as Comcast, Sherwin-Williams and Raymour & Flanigan, along with members of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association and Love, INC, who all will be offering their sweat equity to help residents and businesses.Volunteers will be asked to help with cleaning, gardening, raking, doing some Sheetrock work and painting. Some skilled volunteers will work on rebuilding homes damaged and destroyed.Along with the physical help, Cefalo-Braswell said Sherwin-Williams is donating paint, which will be used to refurbish the exterior of a couple of restaurants and residences. Raymour & Flanigan will offer some furniture and Comcast is expected to make a cash contribution to be used by residents and businesses, as they continue to rebuild and restore in Sandy’s aftermath.“It really will be a day of celebrating volunteerism – that’s what it’s all about,” Cefalo-Braswell said.Along with those efforts, the firefighters benevolent association has selected the borough’s Veteran’s Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues as the site of its next Where Angels Play playground, Cefalo-Braswell said. The organization is working to build playgrounds in honor of the 26 victims in last December’s Newtown, Conn., shooting.The group plans to construct 26 playgrounds in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; the first was built in Sea Bright last month.Association members will tear up and haul off the destroyed boardwalk located along the shoreline at Veterans Park to make way for a new boardwalk, Cefalo-Braswell said.Among the local businesses expected to be helped will be two restaurants, the Inlet Café, 3 Cornwall St., and Chilangos, a Mexican restaurant located at 272 Bay Ave. Both locations were hit hard by the storm and their owners have been working feverishly to open in time for Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, respectively, and for the important summer season.Volunteers will paint the restaurants’ exteriors, Cefalo-Braswell said.Chilangos had about 6 1/2 feet of water rush through the structure. Owner Leo Cervantes has been wading through insurance headaches as he tries to get the business up and running, he said.“It’s been really nice getting help from friends and family” and he appreciates what the others are willing to do, he said.Doug Lentz, Inlet Café’s owner, called the damage to the café, his other location – the Original Oyster, 1 Willow St. – and his home, which is attached to the café, “catastrophic.”Work at the café, which was flooded with about 5 feet of water, is now about 75 percent complete, Lentz said. The Original Oyster, however, “took a pretty good hit and that will not be reopening as it was,” he said.Lentz is considering other opportunities for the location; a tiki bar is one possibility, he said.“This is a town with a lot of potential,” Cervantes said of Highlands, where he is also a resident. “In the long run, it’ll be a better town, definitely 100 percent better.”Lentz, on the other hand, appeared a little more introspective about the future. “I think it’s a town in transition,” with a number of residents and businesses deciding to not return. But with the café’s reopening, “we’re looking for a good season,” he said.“I think a lot of people need to hang in there,” Cefalo-Braswell said, though she acknowledged “there are a lot of people still undecided, proceeding with caution” for the future.“There’s help available,” both financial and physical, through the Hope for Highlands effort and the generosity of organizations like the Robin Hood Foundation, which has contributed a $250,000 grant for repairs.“There’s always a friend, there’s always someone to lend a helping hand,” she said.