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 When we are having a bad day, one of the simplest and yet most powerful ways of modulating our mood is to turn on some music and sing along.  Music has the power to uplift and motivate us through hard times, inspire us to be better people and unite us in a common purpose.  This is the idea behind the Tacoma Refugee Choir, a unique new ensemble that aims to create a more welcoming community through singing together.  In this time in history when fear dominates the headlines, singing can be a powerful tool for replacing hatred and xenophobia with hope and unity and heal some of the divisiveness that plagues our society.  Of course, we couldn’t talk about music without some singing.  This fun and high energy presentation will emphasize why music matters and how it can play a role in fostering meaningful relationships that heal and strengthen our communities.

Erin Guinup
Feb 22, 2018
 
 
Feb 26, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
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Service on board a nuclear submarine of the United States Navy requires that a sailor be a team player who is smart, physically fit, and mentally tough.  When they go to sea, many submariners must sadly say goodbye to their family, at least for a while, and must be confident that their loved ones will be safe and secure until they return.  While at sea, submarine sailors work alongside a new family: their fellow crewmembers, to fulfill the mission requirements and to ensure the safe operation of a tremendously complex and capable warship. 

Our presenter this week will speak about family in the Submarine Service.  Commander David I. Kaiser, a native of Ft. Myers, Florida, enlisted in the Navy in 1990. Certified as a nuclear trained Reactor Operator, he was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  Commander Kaiser received his commission as a naval officer in 1997.

During his career, Commander Kaiser has served aboard numerous nuclear submarines, including the USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)(B), the USS LOUISVILLE (SSN 724), the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723), the USS MISSISSIPPI (SSN 782) and, most recently, as the Commanding Officer of the USS DALLAS (SSN 700).  Commander Kaiser has also served at various shore commands, and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Management with a certificate in Business from the University of Arkansas.  Commander Kaiser has received numerous individual service awards plus various unit and campaign awards and citations. 

Commander Kaiser and his wife Kathi live in Poulsbo, Washington.

Commander David Kaiser
Mar 01, 2018
 
 
 
Mar 01, 2018 11:15 AM
 
 
Mar 02, 2018 8:15 AM
 
Mar 06, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
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Our speakers will trace the evolution of Puget Sound from the provider of rich resources for the First Nations, through early British and American explorers and the Mosquito Fleet era, to the emergence of Olympia as an important international seaport.

Les Eldridge lectures widely in the Puget Sound region on its maritime history and taught general maritime history at the college level for 30 years.  He often narrates aboard the Mosquito Fleet steamer Virginia V, and the historic schooner Adventuress.   Eldridge is co-author of The Wilkes Expedition, Puget Sound and the Oregon Country, a history, and is the author of five maritime historical novels on the American Civil War at sea. He is President of South Sound Maritime Heritage Association, and chaired the Maritime Committee of the Washington State Centennial Commission

John Hough is a fourth generation Washingtonian and was raised in the Puget Sound region. He is a 25 plus year member of the Olympia Rotary Club. John has a life long interest in its maritime history. He is past president and long time board member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society and has published several articles on regional maritime history, including about Olympia’s historic tug Sand Man. He participates in the State Heritage Caucus and the Thurston County Historians Conference

Les Eldridge and John Hough
Mar 08, 2018
 
 
Mar 08, 2018
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Mar 08, 2018 1:00 PM
 
 
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more information to come

Nate Bowling
Mar 15, 2018
 
Mar 15, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
 

more information to come

Andra Watkins
Mar 22, 2018
 
Mar 24, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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An Update from the Other Washington

Derek Kilmer is currently serving his third term as the United States Representative for Washington’s 6th Congressional District. Derek sits on the House Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues to fill the role of Vice Ranking Member for the committee. Derek lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, Sophie and Tess.

Derek Kilmer
Mar 29, 2018
 
Apr 28, 2018
5:30 PM – 11:00 PM