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1) Movies in the Park Meaningful Movie Series: “Searching for Sugarman”

2) Old Growth Poetry Collective Summer Lovin’: A Poetry Open Mic Series Feat

3) Green Party of South Puget Sound Monthly Meeting

4) Bonus Tip of the Week










Hey Kids!


I feel particularly bad about this as I have several new readers from the Love our Local Fest, so I need to explain: I purchased a new computer 3 weeks ago. To make a long story short, after tearing my hair out trying to get this new computer ready for action, I finally exchanged it for another yesterday.


Today, after spending 12 hours loading files and programs onto the new computer I ended up dropping it off at the repair shop because it wouldn’t boot up.


(Update: I have since learned that I somehow enabled an encryption program that was pre-installed on my computer whereupon the program encrypted my computer and now no one can get into it — and the only fix is to wipe the drive and start all over again.)


Anyway, all of that combined with the fact that I tabled all day for KOWA and Media Island at the Love our Local Fest last Sunday, then this is my excuse for why I don’t have any news or commentary this week.


The Thunderbolt’s charge was dissipated by tech.


Maybe next week…



It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of August 28th thru September 3rd 2014




1) Movies in the Park Meaningful Movie Series: “Searching for Sugarman”

Thursday August 28th at 8 pm @ Percival Landing Pavilion, 405 Columbia St NW at Olympia Ave


This is a series of ‘meaningful movies’ playing every Thursday evening through August.


From the 21st Century Park Coalition:


Searching for Sugarman

Thursday August 7th at 8 pm @ Sylvester Park


Sixto Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. His albums were critically well received, but US sales bombed and he faded away into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome death. Meanwhile, Rodriguez became revered overseas as the Hispanic Bob Dylan. This is a story of hope, inspiration, and the resonating power of music.


Free and Open to the Public!


Music and conversation starts at 8 pm, movie starts at dusk (9-ish)

Bring your lawn chairs and refreshments — These are non-smoking events


For information call: 360-556-2541



2) Old Growth Poetry Collective Summer Lovin’: A Poetry Open Mic Series Feat

Thursday August 7th at 6:30 pm @ Café Love, 205 4th Ave E


It’s radical feminist poetry!


From Koyote:


It’s the final one of the season! We’re taking a short break before starting the fall series of open-mics (and a poetry slam), so if you got poetry you’re dying share, dying to hear, come on down!

For our final week in the Summer Lovin Poetry Open-Mic Series Old Growth Poetry Collective is hosting Seattle Poetry Slam legend, Tara Hardy! Tara Hardy is a poet you don’t want to miss. We’re really excited to have her.

Old Growth Poetry Collective will also be hosting a volunteer orientation at 5:30pm at Cafe Love on the 2nd floor. If you want to help build this budding performance poetry community or are interested in membership, come check it out!


“Tara Hardy is the working-class queer femme poet who writes and teaches in Seattle, Washington. She is the founder and current creative director of Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people based in Seattle. She is the writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and an alumna of Hedgebrook. In 2002, she was elected by the people and named by the city council as Seattle’s Poet Populist, or poet of the people, and has appeared on seven National Poetry Slam stages. She holds an MFA from Vermont College in fiction writing, and an MSW from the University of Michigan in community organizing.”

Full bio here:



3) Green Party of South Puget Sound Monthly Meeting

Wednesday September 3rd at 7 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. NW Bldg #1 Room #152


It’s the alternative to our single-party two-faced political system!


From Janet:


Green Party of South Puget Sound

Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thurston County Courthouse, Room 152


 We’ve had a call to change the meeting date to THE FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month rather than the first Tuesday. So in September, we’ll meet Wednesday, the Third, at the Thurston County Courthouse (same place as usual).  If we like it, maybe we can make it permanent. 


Draft agenda:


  1. Why are we meeting?

     –where do we hope to be in a year’s time

     –how can we get there, what should we be doing right now


  1. Jody Grage will tell us about the organizing materials GP-WA has developed. 


  1. Taking part in boat protests?


  1. Heron rookery?


  1. Climate Change activities — giant rally September 21?


  1. Move To Amend wants to try again –do we want to be part of it?


  1. How to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson? 

IT HAS BEEN NOTED THAT PROTESTS AND COMMENTS ARE MOSTLY BY PEOPLE OF COLOR SO FAR — like, white people don’t quite know how to grapple with the situation. Maybe we should try to figure out what response to make as a party. 


  1. CRO news


Call me if questions — Janet, 360-232-6165

Janet Jordan



4) Bonus Tip of the Week:


Stop making excuses!







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