Arts Walk! The Procession! It’s spring in Olympia

The OlympianApril 21, 2014 

Helen Gibson, an Evergreen student from Brazil, plays with huge bubbles along Washington Street during Spring Arts Walk in downtown Olympia on Friday, April 26, 2013. (TONY OVERMAN/Staff Photographer)

TONY OVERMAN — The Olympian


All life on Earth matters. That’s the general premise behind this weekend’s 20th annual Procession of the Species celebration. According to an Earthbound Productions brochure, “The Procession was founded on the 25th anniversary of Earth Day to celebrate and affirm the essential role of the Endangered Species Act in protecting wildlife and wild places.”

Besides, it’s a really fun party and one of Olympia’s iconic events. The procession will begin at 4.30 p.m Saturday during Arts Walk weekend.


The South Sound Reading Foundation encourages children and their parents to read at least 20 minutes a day to ensure the kids are prepared to learn, read and succeed in school. During the nonprofit’s recent fundraiser, foundation director Jennifer Forster announced that they have served more than 300,000 children since 2001 with free books, family education classes and story time programs — and 85 percent of those are low-income families.

You can support the group financially or by donating books. They have a current need for picture books appropriate for younger readers. Go to


Burglars recently busted into the South Sound Reading Foundation’s book van. It was full of books, but the yeggs stole a GPS and the rear view mirror. Not one book was taken. Draw your own conclusion, but we’re guessing car prowlers aren’t big readers.


Four great-grandchildren of Capt. Georg and Maria Von Trapp, whose story was told in the musical “The Sound of Music,” made their Olympia debut last week on The Washington Center stage with the eclectic Portland musical group Pink Martini. Although the audience was inspired at one point to form a conga line through the theater and across the stage, there were no lederhosen in sight.


Just now, in mid-April, every day is greener than the one before. Who could fail to rejoice at the sight of leaves unfurling, maples and flowering cherries blooming, and lilacs and trillium vying for first place in the spring beauty contest? And isn’t it lovely to wake to the sound of birds singing their hearts out? Truly, we are all blessed to see, smell, and hear this glorious season.


A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that “after a squirt of the love hormone, volunteers lied more readily.” Researchers found that oxytocin, a brain hormone known for helping mothers bond with new babies, encouraged study participants to lie without hesitation during the playing of a game and to tell more extreme whoppers. Does this mean mothers might be fibbing when they tell their newborns how cute they are?

On a side note, all men in the study, whether they received the hormone or a placebo, cheated at the game.

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