Come to POWER’S Down Home BBQ

Saturday September 8th  starting at 5pm


DELICIOUS  food and LIVE Music

Monica, Vince, and Bryn’s house.  Go east toward Lacey, turn left on Phoenix, turn right on State Avenue (between Martin Way and South Bay) park in the big parking lot on your right and walk across the street to the last house on the left.

Questions, please call POWER at 360-352-9716



Dinner Plate          $10

 Your choice of:
         Barbecued Chicken, Hamburger, Veggie Burger, or Bratwurst (Meat or Vegan)
         Let us know if you want a gluten free bun
And choice of three sides:
         Sweet Potato Biscuit
         Southern Style Greens (w/turkey or vegan)
         Grits (w/butter or vegan)
         Mama’s Louisiana Potato Salad
         Green Beans
         Homemade Potato Chips
         Boston Baked Beans (vegan)
         Coleslaw (w/mayo or vegan)
         Lettuce Salad

Or food can be ordered A La Carte

Barbecued Chicken, Hamburger, Veggie Burger, or Bratwurst (Meat or Vegan) $5 each
All sides (see above) $2 each

Desserts              $3

Pies, pies pies!
         Sweet potato, blueberry, apple, peach and more!
Chocolate raspberry bundt cake


         Mint Julep (with real Kentucky Bourbon)     $4
         Ice Cold Beer                                        $4
         Iced Sun Tea                                         $2
         Sarah’s Blackberry Juice                           $2
         Coffee                                                  $2
This lovely meal is brought to you by generous donations from Kirsop, Rising River, Newaukum Valley, Wobbly Cart, and Calliope Farms, Sullivan’s Homestead, Fresh Approach, Olympia Coffee Roasters, Grocery Outlet, and the Olympia Food Co-op, and the hard work of many POWER volunteers.  If you don’t already, please support these generous local businesses.

Raffle prizes donated by Sarah Bredeson, Trader Joe’s, and the Bearded Lady Baking Company.





Official Campaign Launch Celebration Party for Thurston Public Power Initiative

Thursday, August 9, 2012  7:00pm
Traditions Fair Trade
300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, Washington 98501
Thank You Thurston County Voters for your effort to collect signatures, as well as other supporters of the Public Power Initiative. Those of you who want to know what the BUZZ is all about, please attend! 
Desserts and Drink will be provided. Dessert potluck, bring your favorite dessert if you want to show off a little 🙂
Live bands (Olympia’s own “Citizen’s Band”), literature and presentations. It’s a Party!

Love Our Local Fest

Sunday, August 19, 2012
1:00pm until 9:00pm
 Sunday Aug 19th 1-9pm
 @ the intersection of San Franscisco ST NE and Bethel ST NE
Sharing a day of music, inspirational speakers, delicious food, skills, friends and fun, we will showcase many types of local talent and opportunities. Common spaces, a children’s area, interactive art projects, local non-profits and a marketplace create our celebration’s unique village microcosm.
The intersection of San Francisco and Bethel will be closed to vehicular traffic.
We will need greeters, recyclers, decoration stewards & help with many other tasks on the day of the event, as well as leading up to it!
If you interested in volunteering, being a vendor, or just have additional questions please contact Marie:
    phone: (360) 918-3740

August POWER Outage

Join us on Monday, August 6th

at Black Lake’s Kennydale Park

for an afternoon swim and barbecue for the whole family!

Bring your swim gear and food to grill/share!

We’ve reserved a picnic shelter from 3 – 8.

There are no buses to Kennydale Park,

so let us know if you need a ride or can offer one.

Call 360-352-9716 or email

Know Your Rights Workshop

Monday, July 23rd,  5:30 – 8 pm

Family Tree Apartments, 10110 19th AVE S.E., Everett, WA

Would you like to receive comprehensive information about various benefit programs and know what the eligibility requirements are? Would you like to know how to look up Washington Administrative Codes and the proper steps to advocate for your family to get the public benefits they need?  Would you like to encourage your caseworker to follow these WACs?

Then come to our workshop to learn about your RIGHTS.  Learn to advocate for yourself and feel emPOWERed!

Thank you party for Jamie Alwine!

Friday, July 13, 2012

6:30pm until 8:30pm       

Come celebrate Jamie’s dedicated work at POWER for the past year and her bright future at the Center for Community Based Learning and Action.

We will have a picnic at Lion’s Park, so bring food to share. Also bring your kids because they are Jamie’s best friends!  Afterwards, join us at The Clipper for some seriously amazing karaoke at 9pm.

Jamie has been working as our Special Projects Coordinator through the AmeriCorp Volunteer Program.  She has developed our most recent projects:  POWERDOWN and Olympia Childcare Collective.  She has been a POWERful asset to our endeavor.  


July POWER Outage

Reclaiming POWER

Thank you to all who joined us for June’s POWER outage where we began our discussion with the questions:

What are we uniting around?
What does it mean to have a strong social safety net?
What are the steps to ending poverty?
What does economic equality look like?

We will be building from the answers to these questions to delve more specifically into a clear plan of action and intention to help us shape and define POWER’s work and future goals.

Join us in this collaborative process on Monday, July 2nd
5:30-6:00pm Potluck * 6:00-8:00 Discussion
at Darby’s Cafe 211 5th Avenue in downtown Olympia

Childcare will be provided by the fabulous Olympia Childcare Collective at the POWER office, 309 5th Avenue.

For more information on this event, contact us at 360-352-9716 or

We will celebrate our hard work with a barbecue on the first Monday in August!

April POWER Outage: Sue the &^&$%?%#!

Join POWER for our April POWER Outage: Sue the &^&$%?%#!

Monday April 2nd

Darby’s Cafe * 211 5th Ave SE * Wheelchair Accessible

5:30pm – 6pm Potluck * 6pm – 8pm Presentation

Welcome Scott Crain, a legal services attorney who last year used a lawsuit to stop a budget cut that would have financially devastated thousands of families with disabled family members. He will join us for a conversation about using lawsuits as a social justice tool and how we can work together to help our communities.

For more information, contact 360-352-9716 or

Childcare provided by the Olympia Childcare Collective at the POWER Office, 309 5th Ave SE.

Mama Care Fair!

Join us for May’s POWER Outage: Mama Care Fair!

Monday, May 7th

Darby’s Cafe * 211 5th Ave SE * Wheelchair Accessible

5:30pm – 6pm Potluck * 6pm – 8pm Rest and Relaxation!

Join us for a little rest and relaxation. After the kids head over to childcare, mamas will be pampered with foot baths, desserts, massages, and more delights. We want to recognize how hard you work and give you a little of the care you deserve!

For more information, contact 360-352-9716 or

Childcare provided by the Olympia Childcare Collective at the POWER Office, 309 5th Ave SE

Poverty Scholars Visit Olympia!

Poverty Scholars Visit Olympia!
Willie Baptist & John Wessel-McCoy
Friday, March 23rd
Olympia Center, Room 103
222 Columbia St. NW

On Friday, March 23rd, two Poverty Scholars will visit Olympia from
the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Willie Baptist is the Poverty Initiative’s Scholar-in-Residence, a
formerly homeless father with over 40 years of experience organizing
among the poor. John Wessel-McCoy is a project organizer with the
Poverty Initiative, which is dedicated to raising up generations of
religious and community leaders committed to building a movement to
end poverty, led by the poor (

Join us from 1:00pm – 2:00pm for a special potluck lunch meeting with Willie Baptist and John Wessel-McCoy where we will discuss our poor people’s movement in Olympia. This event will be specifically for POWER members because we want to hear from you what you think is important in this community!

From 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Willie and John will be giving a talk on the
book, “Pedagogy of the Poor” (

Join us at the Olympia Center, located at 222 Columbia St. NW, Room
103. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are
welcome to help cover the cost of airfare for Willie and John.

Childcare provided by the Olympia Childcare Collective at the POWER
Office, 309 5th Ave SE.
We hope to see you there!

For more information on POWER and this event, contact or 360-352-9716.