first_imgSubmitted by The Hands On Children’s MuseumPhoto Credit: Aaron BarnaThe South Sound’s largest family festival, Sand in the City®,  is stimulating children’s love and appreciation of art and science through more than 40 free, educator-organized activities in this two-day event.Families are invited to bring their children of all ages to Sand in the City on Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Hands On Children’s Museum on Olympia’s East Bay.The heart of the festival is a Masters’ Sand Sculpting Exhibition, which will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors can view the masterpieces and vote for their favorite sculptures. The winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Sunday.The Masters’ Exhibition is part of the free Beach Party where children can play in giant sandboxes loaded with sand toys and sculpting tools, and participate in 40 interactive art and science activities in the museum spread around the East Bay Plaza and streets adjacent to the museum.Activities include a rock climbing wall, giant bubbles, a Tot Spot Early Learning Center and museum-led art activities. Make-and-take Polynesian crafts include eruptiblePhoto Credit: Aaron Barnamini volcanoes, Hawaiian leis, wax paper flowers and sand bands. Inside the museum, families can learn about the music of the Pacific Islands and make musical instruments and crafts. New this year is a life-sized, pin-hole camera you can walk inside.All-day entertainment on the stage includes martial arts, country music, African drummers, young fiddlers, Zumba and Irish dancers. Favorite local food vendors and food trucks will be on site.Sunday, Aug. 24, is Grandparents’ Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Families can enjoy all of the fun activities of Saturday’s Beach Party and participate in additional activities designed for children and grandparents to do together.During Sand in the City, all event activities and entertainment on the streets surrounding the museum and the East Bay Public Plaza are free. Donations are appreciated and support the museum’s Free Access Program at the Hands On Children’s Museum.Photo Credit: Aaron BarnaFestival-goers can also explore museum exhibits Aug. 22-24 with a discounted admission rate to the museum of just $5 per person. Families can play and learn in nine themed galleries and 150 hands-on exhibits, including MakeSpace in the Arts & Parts Studio, where kids can tinker, design and build using real tools and materials.For the price of admission, festival visitors can also explore the museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, including new exhibits opening on Sand in the City weekend such as the giant trike loop, stage and Children’s Garden in the Outdoor Discovery Center.For more information about Sand in the City®, visit Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Senior Services of South SoundCity of Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder visited the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center on Tuesday April 5 in honor of the fourth annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service to thank members of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who volunteer at the Center. To spotlight the impact of national service and to thank those who serve, mayors and county officials across the country participated in similar events.“Last year alone, volunteers gave over 36,700 hours to the City of Lacey,” said Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder. “We are lucky to live in a community that has so many kind and compassionate people, willing to give back. It is truly inspiring to know our volunteers care so much about our city.”City of Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder knows the services provided by members of RSVP are invaluable for the area’s senior population.Last year, seniors in RSVP volunteered 67,255 hours in Thurston County. By unleashing the power of citizens, RSVP members have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live.Senior Services for South Sound knows that impact first hand, with over 455 volunteers – an overwhelming number of whom are seniors – serving in positions including Meals On Wheels drivers, service providers, Board members, and program faculty. These volunteers in 2015 donated skills and time that were valued at $1.1M according to per-hour rates provided by the Independent Sector.“We really couldn’t operate without our volunteers,” Isaac Wagnitz, Volunteer Recruiter, said to the volunteers at the event, “Accomplishing our mission and providing much-needed programs to local seniors would not be possible without your support.”City of Lacey Mayor Ryder visits with seniors, thanking them for their service to the community.Paul Larson, United Way of Thurston County’s Volunteer Programs Director was also present. United Way of Thurston County operates the Volunteer Program (RSVP) , which provides one-on-one consultations to volunteers age 55+ to match them with opportunities that best fit their skills and interests. They also provide Volunteer Connection, an easily-searchable online clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in Thurston County.About Senior Services for South SoundSince 1973, Senior Services for South Sound has been committed to improving the quality of life for people as they age. A nonprofit serving both Mason and Thurston counties, Senior Services for South Sound’s programs include Meals On Wheels to Mason and Thurston counties, STARS Adult Day Program, eight Senior Community Dining sites, Trips & Tours specializing in day trips for older adults, the Senior Transportation Program, Supportive Services, and education opportunities for adults in Thurston county. Additionally, Senior Services for South Sound operates the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center and the Olympia Senior Center, as well as two retail locations, The Estate Store and Budd Bay Bargains, which benefit Senior Services for South Sound’s mission. More information about Senior Services for South Sound can be found at read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansDaniele Zaccagnini scored his second goal of the season on a penalty kick in added time, but the Olympic Force (3-1-1, 10 points) held off the Oly Town Artesians (2-2-1, 7 points) comeback attempt to take a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon at The Evergreen State College.The Force wasted no time getting going taking advantage of a misplay by the Artesians backline in the eighth minute to make the score 1-0. Colin Ralston gathered a pass from Bennett Bugbee and had a clear look at the goal and punched it into the top right corner past the diving Artesians goalkeeper. The score line would hold until late in the game when another uncharacteristic defensive mistake led to Bugbee scoring his third goal of the season, putting Olympic up 2-0 in the 81st minute.But the Artesians picked up the pressure over the final ten minutes until they earned themselves a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Daniele Zaccagnini stepped up and fired it past Olympic goalkeeper Jordan Hadden to make it a one goal game in stoppage time. Oly had two more good chances, including a free kick into the box that found the head of an Artesians attacker but squirted just left of the keeper just before the final whistle sounded.Ryan Perkins performed admirably in his first start in goal for the Artesians, making three saves in relief of the out-of-town JJ Olson. Lewis Watson kept a clean sheet in the first half for the Force before Hadden took over for the final 45 minutes.Oly Town fell to 2-2-1 on the season and remain at seven points, three points behind the Olympic Force, who now sit in second place with 10 points. The Artesians hit the road for the next month starting with a trip to Spokane on Sunday, June 11th to take on the Shadow at the Spokane Polo Grounds at 2:00 PM. The next home game is on Tuesday, July 11th against the Vancouver Victory.Keep up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting, following them on Twitter at, and liking them on Facebook at read more

first_imgAdvertisement 9llyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2u3f7xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9j2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1dWould you ever consider trying this?😱4u8rr0Can your students do this? 🌚ku6Roller skating! Powered by Firework An uninspiring performance by the South Africans saw them get whitewashed by the Men in Blues in the recently concluded three match Test series. But when skipper Faf du Plessis was asked on what went wrong, he simply blamed the coin toss for their misery. He then went on to suggest that the whole toss process should be stopped, so that both the teams can compete better, especially the away side. This bold statement has caused real controversy, starting with the netizens, who took a dig at the 35-year-old batsman.Advertisement “Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it’s dark, they get three wickets when it’s dark and when day three starts, you’re under pressure. It was like copy and paste in every Test match.” du Plessis said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.Advertisement The Protea skipper lost all three coin tosses in the series and had even sent “proxy captain” Temba Bavuma for the toss in the third game at Ranchi. Unfortunately, that move did not work and the guests lost their 10th successive toss in Asia.So, when his interview was published, cricket fans on Twitter started trolling the right hander for his comment.Advertisement lmao, the cry baby’s audacity. Copy and paste in every match –— aditi (@KohliXCapSteve_) October 26, 2019Want to take a dig at Faf du Plessis but the CSK fan in me holding me back— K Vijayendra (@k_vijayendra8) October 26, 2019And if you thought Faf du Plessis was done with giving horrible excuses, you’re wrong. This guy won’t stop. Lmao. Ridiculous #INDvSA— Saurabh (@Boomrah_) October 26, 2019Look, if the captain of the side has this mentality, the team can never bounce back. NEVER.You saw that in the World Cup. You saw the same in the Test series in India.Faf needed to do what Kohli did to India in SA after 2 Tests, not what he did here.— TUSHAR 🇮🇳🏏 (@mainlycricket) October 26, 2019South Africa though, started their tour positively with Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock’s crucial centuries helped them reach a respectable score in the first Test at Visakhapatnam.ICC on the other hand, raised the topic of doing away with the coin toss, during a conclave earlier this year. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement vrm07NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs43tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu5y( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) m1an1Would you ever consider trying this?😱67aCan your students do this? 🌚Roller skating! Powered by Firework Once again the nation is gripped in fear after the brutal attack on Priyanka  Reddy and wrestling champion Sushil Kumar has something to say about the heinous crime,“ Whatever happened to the Hyderabad victim is brutal, and the accused should be punished. I’m saddened by the incident and want authorities to take strict action.”Advertisement The victim was returning home when her bike’s tires were punctured, and she was raped. The criminals burnt her alive to destroy the evidence. Later her charred body was found at Shadnagar on Thursday.He also added how everyone in the society should join hands to keep the perpetrators from committing such brutalities.Advertisement “There is a need for change in the mindset of society. The laws are getting strict day by day. Society has to be helpful and aware to curb these incidents.”The Olympic medalist also gave his two cents about the implementation of Sports Code in India.  He opined how implementing sports code in China helped them expand their potential and give tough competition to the sports giants, Russia and the USA. He believes the same can be done for promoting sports in India. Advertisement An expert committee was appointed by the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports to review the National Sports Code.   Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 5erNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ylnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea8m5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cpkjWould you ever consider trying this?😱tq44yCan your students do this? 🌚lit3jRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has been the cause of the cancellation and suspension of major sportin events across the world, and tennis is no different. Recently, ATP had postponed all its fixtures until the end of April, in addition to Miami Open, Indian Wells, Fed Cup and all other WTA and ITF events for the next month. However, doubts are now raising over the 2020 Wimbledon Championships, which might follow the same path, as stated by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT).Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyWimbledon 200 is scheduled to start on June 29, and will run till 12th July. While there is still a three month period before the grand tournament begins, many sporting events supposed to occur in the similar time frame have already seen postponement. the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, and the Euro 2020, both have been pushed back to 2021.“The AELTC can confirm that it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” the club said in an official statement on Wednesday.Advertisement While there hasn’t been any official confirmation on the suspension of Wimbledon, the AELT is a little bewildered about the decision of a cancellation, as being the only grass court event, a postponed Wimbledon might bring about possible hazards.The club contined: “At this time, based on the advice we have received from the public health authorities, the very short window available to us to stage The Championships due to the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty. Playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out.”Advertisement It was only back during the second World War when the Grand Slam event was cancelled for back to back six years from 1940 to 1945. A decision of postponement this year will be the first time in the last 75 years of the Grand Slam event’s history.There has been 9,529 cases in the UK till now, along with 465 deaths, which is a major concern, as said by Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the AELTC.“The unprecedented challenge presented by the Covid-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world,” Lewis said in a recent interview.“The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make,” he added.Also read-Indian and international athletes react to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponementMaster Blaster’s masterplan: Tendulkar Coronavirus plea to Indians! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgASBURY PARKThe fury of Super Storm Sandy wrecked communities, destroyed countless homes and displaced thousands of people leaving them without essentials: food, water, baby supplies, warm clothes, and more.Christine Zilinski and her team at Salon Concrete are inviting all salons and stylists, wherever you are, to participate in the massive “Scissors for Sandy” cut-a-thon to provide relief to the thousands of individuals and devastated families!The Scissors for Sandy event will held from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the ballroom at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park. Hairdressers will unite to offer haircuts for a minimum $40 donation.All proceeds will benefit New Jersey Hometown Heroes, an organization that supports communities during times of crisis, and their Restore the Shore initiative, and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in New York City.The organizers are asking salons across the country to make it a nationwide effort.Those who are interested in participating are asked to contact organizer at: facebook@ scissorsforsandy;; twitter@salonconcrete or scissorsforsandy@ LITTLE SILVERThe Little Silver Senior’s December meeting will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the clubhouse on Church Street.The holiday season will be celebrated with an Italian buffet luncheon followed by a performance of the Monmouth Regional Dancers.The cost is $10 for members and $12 for guests.Additional information is available by Annemarie Schweitzer at 732-542-7257 or publicity chair Rene O’Neil at 732-842-0805. RED BANKPilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank is hosting its annual “Community Go Red Service“ at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.The “Go Red” service highlights health and wellness issue’s that affect the community, including presentations on the issue of HIV/AIDS and its impact on our society.Hypertension screening and health-related discussions will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.The community is invited to wear the color red (ties, hats, coats, pins, etc.) in support of health awareness. All are welcome.Additional information is available by calling 732-747-2348center_img RUMSONCladdagh na nGael is hosting a Christmas social/fundraiser to benefit Sandy victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16, at Molly Maguires Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road.The event will be an afternoon of Irish music and family entertainment. More than 20 musicians are looking to participate. It will be an open session and children and student musicians are welcome.New unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution to children whose families were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. The toys will be donated to Project Paul, which operates the largest food pantry in Monmouth County with distribution to approximately 1,600 individuals a week.Donations for the organization will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Project Paul.Those who can’t afford a toy or monetary donation are invited to bring their families and listen to the good music.Information about Project Paul is available at read more

first_imgFifth inning and her team was winning. Poised on the pitcher’s mound Julie was looking for a signal. Another 10-year-old girl was up – a strong batter, and her friend, Kathleen, was catching.She scratched into the dirt with her right foot: Once twice three times. But then she kept doing it. Her toe stopped scraping the dirt and started stomping. She covered her face with her mitt. Julie was crying.Her coach hustled out from the bench. He stood in front of her putting his hands on her shoulders. Still hiding behind the glove he could feel her tiny body shake and heave.“What’s the matter?”
She peeled back her mitt just enough for him to see her red eyes and trembling lip.“My dad is embarrassing me to death.”It’s happening around the country. As the weather breaks and the sport season moves outdoors, parents flock to watch their kids play their chosen sport. The fields and courts are full with soccer, lacrosse, baseball, tennis and other teams. The parents are in the bleachers or on the boundaries of the field. But not all of them have come just to watch: Some of them are screaming and criticizing the coaches, the assistants, other kids, and their own child – constantly.The sideline syndrome, a term I made up, has to do with winning. Parents – almost always the fathers – are so invested in the thrill of winning that they forget what playing on a team and being involved with sports is all about. They are so wrapped up in the success of their child and team that they do exactly the wrong thing – they verbally abuse others.Many school districts are taking up the challenge and asking parents to sign a code of conduct. A promise not to badmouth, taunt or berate anyone on the field. In 2010, the University of Maine produced a “Sports Done Right” report emphasizing seven core principles to be used in sports. The goal was to produce guidelines supporting an environment that encourages discipline, respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, and good citizenship.Repeatedly screaming at your daughter’s coach wasn’t one of their recommended activities.Statistics show that fewer than 200,000 of the 75 million school-age children who play sports will ultimately earn full-ride scholarships, which means that playing sports must offer more to children than learning to win.Psychologists know a good deal about what makes for success – not only in sports, but also in career and academic achievement. It is the difference between harmonious – versus obsessive passion. Children who engage in sports and other activities they find inherently enjoyable and in-tune with their identity have harmonious passion. They succeed at what they are doing because they enjoy it and invest time engaging in the activity. They learn to cultivate resilience in the face of losses, and keep at it because they love it.Obsessive passion happens when a sport or activity is done to get a reward, and not necessarily part of a child’s identity. If a young person feels they have to win to be acceptable they are likely to feel guilty, or believe they will be punished when they don’t. If a child feels compelled to engage in a sport to be accepted by a parent, they experience obsessive passion, and won’t do as well as those engaged harmoniously.The sideline syndrome parent is often alone, and believes he is doing the right thing. But if he really wants to help his child, the better way is to teach his son or daughter how to be resilient in the face of losing, and how to find a sport and activities in their life they’ll be passionate about. Dan Tomasulo holds a Ph.D. in psychology, an MFA in writing and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit his website read more

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Plans to reconstruct what the county calls two “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete” bridges and culverts along one of Middletown’s oldest roadways are in the works, Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said earlier this week.The two bridges both cross McClees Creek in the Chapel Hill section of Middletown. MT-18, a 19-foot-long bridge along Whipporwill Valley Road, and MT-19, a 9-foot-long bridge over Chapel Hill Road, are both small stone arch culverts in need of repair, Arnone said.After taking inventory of county-owned bridges, Arnone said it made sense on the county’s end to go ahead and look to begin the design phase. On Aug. 10, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders granted a $269,121.38 contract to French & Parello Associates of Wall Township for design and engineering on the two reconstructions. French & Parello will provide interim reports quarterly to the freeholders. Once completed, the county will go out to bid for the construction phase of the project. The total cost of the project is not yet known.Arnone said the project is about a year to a year and a half away, but did provide a timeline on how construction will be laid out. In total, he said, the entire construction portion would span about 12 to 18 months, depending on assistance from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection which will consider the impact to McClees Creek and its surrounding wetlands.The Whipporwill Valley Road bridge, MT-18, would be rebuilt first. That section could take between four to six months to complete, and the road would be closed from Chapel Hill Road to Bowne Road, except for local traffic.MT-19 is also anticipated to take about four to six months to complete. During construction, Chapel Hill Road would be closed from Sleepy Hollow Road to Kings Highway East, although local residents will have access at all times. A detour would send motorists down Sleepy Hollow Road to get around the construction area.Arnone said the two replacements would happen one after the other to lessen the impact on Middletown residents.“We all know that nobody likes this inconvenience, but the board has taken a real aggressive approach to upgrading our infrastructure,” he added.Locally, elected officials are welcoming the idea of infrastructure upgrades, especially in a dated section of town like Whipporwill Valley Road.“It’s very significant and is part of the charm of the area,” Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger said about the mile-and-a-half long unpaved road. “There’s a lot of people that like the novelty of having a road like that. It’s so historic.”These bridge and culvert replacements are just one of a few projects happening in Middletown now that are shoring up the township’s foundation.Last week, Monmouth County officials provided an update on the extensive Hubbard Avenue project, alongside Shadow Lake and River Plaza Elementary School.New Jersey Natural Gas Company is replacing an existing 6-inch steel gas distribution main with a new 8-inch plastic gas main, the release said. This replacement comes after American Water Company finished another project along the roadway.Scharfenberger said both Middletown and Monmouth County officials expect the Hubbard Avenue project to be completed by the time school begins next month. In addition to the utility work, a new crosswalk and roadway striping will be added near the elementary school. Hubbard Avenue will be completely repaved.“All of these things, I think, are necessary,” Scharfenberger said. “They’re a bit disruptive, but it’s really good to see this happening.”This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe performance on the ice was much better, but the result was the same for the Nelson Leafs.Dallas Calvin continues to be a Leaf killer, scoring the game-winning goal, his second of the game and seventh point of the series, late in the second period to lift the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 4-2 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Wednesday in Fruitvale.The Hawks now own a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division playoff series with game three set for Friday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.After being pounding by the Hawks 13-2 in the series opener Tuesday, the Leafs had some egg to remove from their faces — and did just that shelling Beaver Valley starter Mike Vlanich for 16 shots in the opening period.However, it was the Hawks scoring first and who else but Calvin doing the damage on the power play. With Leaf center Dallon Stoddart in the box for hooking, Calvin combined with Taylor Love and Tyler Collins to beat Marcus Beesley in the Leaf net.The trio of Love, Collins and Calvin have a whopping 18 points in two games.Unlike Tuesday, when the Leafs completely destructed, the Green and White rallied to tie the game before the period ended. Dustin Johnson of BCHL fame beat Vlanich.In the second Daniel Bishop regained the lead for Beaver Valley before Johnson, shorthanded tied the contest at 2-2.That set the stage for Calvin to net the winner with assists from Colton Donselaar and Nelson Minor Hockey product Ryon Sookro.Beaver Valley out shot Nelson 18-10 in the second period.Bishop, with his second of the game, iced the game by scoring into the empty net with 20 seconds remaining in the game.The Hawks held a slight 38-35 margin in shots.GAME NOTES: Nelson lost two key defenceman during the game. Both Tyler Parfeniuk and team captain Taylor O’Neil were ejected from the game for checking-from-behind penalties. Parfeniuk was whistled at the end of the first period while O’Neil was hit with his penalty late in the second frame. . . .Nelson played the game without the services of star forward Gavin Currie. . . . Nelson’s top two scorers from the regular season, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart, were both held scoreless for the second consecutive game. . . .Game four is Saturday in Nelson. If necessary, the series shifts back to Fruitvale for Game five Monday. . . .Castlegar Rebels, leading 2-0, travel to Spokane Thursday for game three of the Murdoch Division semi final. . . .Princeton Posse, Revelstoke Grizzlies, Osoyoos Coyotes and Fernie Ghostriders all own 2-0 leads in their respective series.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more