Facebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lacey Pocket Gophers The Lacey Pocket Gophers and Bus 49 have teamed up for unique creative concessions offerings for the adult men’s soccer team’s 2018 home schedule, starting with the Saturday, May 5 match against Federal Way at North Thurston’s South Sound Stadium at 7:30 p.m.a South County Soda is an Italian soda with flavored syrup, whipped cream, and a Red Bull. Photo courtesy: Lacey Pocket GophersPocket Gophers Chairman/President Troy Kirby said that the family fun sports and entertainment atmosphere extends beyond standard sports marketing promotions.“Our aim is right at our fan’s stomachs,” Kirby said. “Our area is known for our foodies, and we wanted to make sure that when you have a meal at the stadium, that you get something not only unique to the team, but also to your taste buds. We make zero excuses if it ends up increasing your waistline in the process.”The Pocket Gophers’ official concessionaire for 2018 is Bus 49, an actual former city bus retro-fitted into a world class concessions stand, run by Jim & Colleen Lemon.“Bus 49 has been providing great concessions since 2016 to Lewis County and Thurston County public events,” Kirby said. “We felt they were a natural fit in discovering the best way to deliver a great tasting menu to our fans.”Kirby highlighted “The Mazama Burger” which is a 46-gram, 10oz hamburger patty, complete with lettuce and tomato. “Extra resources” such as cheese can be added, along with sidewinder fries and a drink in a meal combo.“My personal favorite is the Gopher Gutts burger, a steaming hot pulled pork sandwich with blueberry barbeque sauce,” Kirby said. “You can wash it down with either a North County Soda (Italian Soda, flavored syrup, whipped cream), or a South County Soda (Italian Soda, flavored syrup, whipped cream, and a Red Bull).”The Gopher Gutts burger is a steaming hot pulled pork sandwich with blueberry barbeque sauce. Photo courtesy: Lacey Pocket GophersKirby said that Bus 49 will be serving up a 16oz Invasive Species Slushee, complete with gummi bears, as well as a Subspecies hot cocoa drink with a chocolate syrup swirl around the inside of the glass.“We also serve andouille sausages on sticks known as Gopher Tails and Whining Weenies for those folks who want vegi dogs,” Kirby said.Nachos are also sold in two versions; Protected Habitat, which offers nacho cheese, sour cream, and optional jalapenos over tortilla chips or EPA, which means a ton of pulled pork over the Protected Habitat version.Bus 49 is also offering up The Butt Pucker Challenge, which any hardcore firebreather will want to try. The Challenge is to eat 6 chicken drumlets soaked in Carolina Reaper barbeque sauce and not drink anything for 10 minutes. Winners of this challenge will receive a $25 gift certificate to Bus 49’s offerings at a Pocket Gopher home match, a limited edition Butt Pucker Challenge t-shirt, cotton balls and a small bottle of milk of magnesia.“There are some insane promotions, and this one takes the cake or potentially the lining of your stomach,” Kirby said. “The Carolina Reaper was named the hottest pepper in the world in 2013 from its Scoville Scale rating, but we already have some folks willing to take the challenge.The EPA nachos is nacho cheese, sour cream, and optional jalapenos over tortilla chips smothered with pulled pork. Photo courtesy: Lacey Pocket GophersAll Butt Pucker Challenge entrants will be required to sign a waiver eliminating all liability of Bus 49 and the Lacey Pocket Gophers, and milk will be available if entrants cannot complete the challenge.“For the Lacey Pocket Gophers, its about experience and feel of something that you can’t get anywhere else,” Kirby said. “Our goal is to make a place where a family can have a meal, while watching great semi-pro adult men’s soccer throughout our five matches this Spring and Summer.”The Lacey Pocket Gophers’ first of five home matches is Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at North Thurston’s South Sound Stadium. The first 500 kids through the doors (opening at 6:30 p.m.) get free 20oz water bottles courtesy of Thurston Talk. The JumpRope King Nat Jackson will be performing at halftime. Buy your tickets in advance here.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Aaron’s, Inc.Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised Washington teens on Wednesday with a freshly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County.Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Tuesday decorating and furnishing the club’s multipurpose space. Photo courtesy: Aaron’s, Inc.Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Tuesday decorating and furnishing the club’s multipurpose space. On Wednesday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials revealed the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams paint colors for the room.“The Boys & Girls Club equips Olympia teens with the confidence necessary to achieve their goals and grow into successful community leaders,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “Aaron’s is honored to continue its longtime partnership with the Boy & Girls Club of America to provide these teens with the latest furniture, technology and appliances to achieve future success and fulfill their dreams.”Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder attended the unveiling and addressed the crowd. “The Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club provides our teens with the opportunity to be part of a meaningful organization, take ownership of their futures and grow into successful leaders. It was a touching experience to part of this joyous reveal and I’m thankful to Aaron’s for their support of the Boys & Girls Clubs.”In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.“The Boys & Girls Club provides the teens of Olympia with an encouraging space that fosters positive growth and success,” said Mike Babuta, branch director of the Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County. “The new state-of-the-art technology, furniture and appliances graciously provided by Aaron’s will help us continue to instill confidence in our teens and achieve their goals.”The 28 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Pittsfield, Manchester, Las Vegas, Chicago, Hartford and Miami. The makeover at Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $26,000.Keystone teen members of the Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County said the program inspires them to take ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve.“Keystone is important because we are building relationships with the community and creating new leaders.” A’zah H. (pronounced “Asia”), 16“Keystone makes me feel like I belong to a group.” Dylan B., 16“Keystone gives us an opportunity to connect with our community, explore different career paths, and prepares us to be leaders.” Emily T., 17“Keystone helps our community and gives back to those who are in need.” Faith D., 15To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.
Facebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyIt’s National Public Health Week! Every year the first full week of April celebrates the work done nationally and locally in public health. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hearing daily about pieces of the work that public health does. But have you ever wondered, what is Public Health?Photo courtesy: Thurston CountyThe CDC defines public health as the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This is done a variety of ways including education, policy-making, and research for disease and injury prevention. According to the American Public Health Association, public health “promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, work, and play.” To make that possible, public health looks at the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities.Where people live, learn, work, worship, and play affects them, their health, and their life expectancy. The work of public health spans across many different sectors, partnering with public and private organizations to help improve overall health. Some examples of the types of jobs that we see in public health include emergency preparedness, health educators, food inspectors, disease investigators, community planners, epidemiologists, sanitarians, and public policymakers.Sometimes our local public health department is confused with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). We work very closely with DOH but we are a separate health jurisdiction that is locally governed by the Thurston County Board of Health. This week we will be highlighting the work of several different areas of public health that the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department does. You will learn more about:Disease ControlFood SafetyVeteran’s ServicesHazardous WasteDrinking WaterPublic Health NursesDuring this time of the global pandemic, these areas of public health are still working providing critical services to the community. All areas of our local Public Health Department work together to keep our community safe and healthy!
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Image Courtesy: featurepics.com/GettyAdvertisement A new day, a new bizarre incident in Italian football. From racist chants to ultras dealing in missiles, Serie A never lacks in dramatic incidents. Well hold onto your seats as Inter Milan’s manager Antonio Conte is being threatened, not from the rivals, but on anonymous threatening letter, carrying along a bullet!Advertisement Image Courtesy: featurepics.com/GettyThe former Juventus and Chelsea gaffer who joined the Nerazzuris this year, was sent a letter containing several threats and along with a bullet, indicating the former Bianconeri midfielder’s life may be under serious threat, as reported by the country’s news outlets Corriere della Sera and Gazzetta dello Sport.Investigations are going on and Conte has been kept under police protection, as the incident is speculated to be a dark and detrimental prank, but suggestions have risen of rival ultras or some crazy supporters may be behind the perpetration.Advertisement This may come as a surprise to the rest of the world, but in Italy the ‘gesture’ is common as numerous politicians and celebrities have received such threats or bullets in form of letters.However, its not all dark and gloomy for the 50 year old as Inter are sitting second on the league table, just one point behind leaders Juventus. They will be facing Torino this Sunday at the Olimpico di Torino.Advertisement Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement akf2ypNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshvhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E68nh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) kueoWould you ever consider trying this?😱9a09Can your students do this? 🌚6peRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 2019 Copa Libertadores ended with the most dramatic final you can ask for. The face off between Flamengo and River Plate at the Estadio Monumental saw a 2-1 victory from the Brazilian elites, courtesy to a superb double trouble comeback from their superstar forward Gabriel Barbosa aka Gabigol. However, he was sent off before the final whistle, that too, just 6 minutes from scoring his first!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAlthough River Plate took the lead early in the 14th minute with a goal from Rafael Santos Borré and held it till the 88th minute, just as the stadium saw an astounding comeback from the Rubro-Negro.Gabriel scored the equalizer in the 89th minute, and took the lead in the 92th, just before the final whistle. The Brazilian, overflowing with excitement, took of his shirt in the glorious moment.Advertisement Check out the goals below, courtesy of YouTube channel Linea Central.Advertisement However, the celebration did not please the referee as the 23 year old forward was shown the yellow in the next minute.In an unfortunate turn of events, Gabigol was shown the red three minutes later, along with long with Exequiel Palacios of Plate, who marched off just a little earlier than the rest of the squad.This was Flamengo’s second Copa Libertadores trophy, 38 years since their first one in 1981. Advertisement
Advertisement 5ae6vmNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7vyg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qpcpWould you ever consider trying this?😱bh2r8Can your students do this? 🌚9jsRoller skating! Powered by Firework When ‘Mr. Dependable’ Rahul Dravid decided to hang up his shoes from international cricket back in 2012, the Indian dressing room was deeply concerned on how to fill the void left by the legendary batsman. But in came Cheteshwar Pujara and boy did he relieve the selectors and fans alike! The Saurashtra batsman has a solid technique, is a fantastic grafter, and while batting at No.3 he often plays the role of the anchor – something which reminds us of Dravid in his prime. So naturally, in a recent interview when asked about the comparisons between him and ‘The Wall’, Pujara respectfully denied while adding that he still has “a lot of things to achieve.”Advertisement Picture Credit: Cricket Country“It is a big honour for me but it’s not the right comparison because I still have a lot of things to achieve in my life and someone like Rahul Bhai who has played all the formats, scored more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs, he’s played T20 format as well. So I still have a lot of achieving and I’m still learning. I’m at an age where I have taken a lot of guidance from him, luckily he’s always available,” Pujara said.Advertisement He then revealed how Dravid helped him during his transition from a first-class cricketer to a international batsman.“I first met him at a Ranji game and he was back then captaining the Indian team. They had visited Rajkot, when I first spoke to him he was very approachable. At that time I hadn’t played any international matches. How to transition from Ranji to the international level, that was my first conversation with him. When I got into the team I spoke to him about what should I do, he had many thoughts on how to approach international cricket.”“After that, once he retired and mentoring young kids, he was coach of India A team and I was going through a tough time, he gave me many advices. He’s such a positive person. He told me that you have that talent, you need to believe in yourself, your opportunities will come and ultimately it did come.”“Also when we are talking about the technical aspect of this game, he knows what he’s talking about. He has told me not to make a lot of changes in my game, I just have to fine-tune a few things” he concluded. You may also like:Relive some of Cheteshwar Pujara’s best moments in the whites of India on his 31st birthdayPakistani opener says Tendulkar is role model; claims to have modeled his game after him Advertisement
Image Courtesy: ITTF/TwitterAdvertisement 6rjdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6ma1kWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea7x1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) geyWould you ever consider trying this?😱zceeCan your students do this? 🌚ei9dRoller skating! Powered by Firework The pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus may have caused major hampering in the world of sports and the sportspersons, but veteran Indian table tennis star Sharath Kamal is on a different plane. The nine times Senior National Champion not only fought through the risk of a positive infection from the virus, but also produced a spectacular performance at the ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open. Kamal remarkably lifted the title on Sunday, putting an end to his decade long wait to clinch a tour trophy at a time where the world is focused on preventive measures of suspending sporting events.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ITTF/TwitterAt the final clash in Muscat, Sharath Kamal made all the right moves against the top seeded Marcos Freitas of Portugal, winning four games against losing two.Coming from a 6-11 loss in the first game, Kamal produced three back to back game wins of 11-8, 12-10, 11-9. Freitas, the world no. 26 got back in the match with winning the fifth game 3-11, but the final call was for the 37 year old Indian paddler who secured the sixth game 17-15, and lifted his first ITTF title in the last 10 years.Advertisement Kamal’s last ITTF trophy came all the way back in 2010 at the Egypt Open final. Since then, he was able to reach the semi finals of the 2011 Morocco Open and 2017 India Open, but was far off from clinching the title.“I am tired but I cannot stop smiling,” Kamal expressed his joy after his extraordinary feat. In the post match interview with Times of India, the player expressed on his comeback in the second game, after Freitas made the right calls in the first.Advertisement “I was not connecting my shots perfectly. But I knew where I had to make the amends. I just had to get into the rhythm,” Kamal told reporters.The 31 year old Portuguese powered back in the fifth game, and even took the lead in the sixth and final game of the match.He continued: “He is a very seasoned player but even I have been in a great run of form. These matches can generally slip out any time and at 8-6, I felt he was taking control away.”However, Kamal had the right amount of fight left him in to come victorious. “But once I levelled (at 10-10), I fought to grab it,” the paddler concluded.The Oman Open will be ITTF’s final tour in the coming weeks, after all the ensuing tours were postponed in the wake of the virus outbreak.Also read-10 year old Table Tennis prodigy Hansini to represent India in SwedenR Ashwin unhappy with Chennai people regarding anti-Coronavirus efforts! Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/ShutterstockAdvertisement 6zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs966Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ema( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ja5Would you ever consider trying this?😱wrCan your students do this? 🌚8ykhnRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has not only caused the cancellations and suspension of many sporting events across the world, many countries are not experiencing lock downs as to curb the further spread of the virus. With no activity to partake outside their homes, many people are trying to turn their homes into sports of several activities to keep themselves engaged in isolation, and such was the case of Australian Test cricket team captain Tim Paine’s. The veteran batsman was turning his garage into a temporary gym, which resulted in his credit card and wallet getting stolen from his car!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/ShutterstockAs all public gyms are now closed in the nationwide lock down in Australia, Tim Paine planned to set up a gym in his own garage. His car had to be moved outside to make space for the equipment, and the situation turned out very unlucky for the Aussie’s red ball format skipper.Speaking in the SEN Breakfast podcast, Paine narrated how his credit card and wallet were stolen as he moved his car outside, which contained the valuables.Advertisement “I’ve actually just turned the garage into a bit of a home gym and I want to hang the (stocking) off the bit where the garage door opens,” the wicket keeper batsman said.Soon after moving his car outside, he noticed that his vehicle was broken into, and his wallet containing his credit card was missing: “I went outside and the car door was open and the wallet’s gone.”Advertisement What added salt to the wound was when his card was used for a transaction, which Paine found out after receiving an alert from the his bank.“I figured if I can, I can work on my cover drive while I’m at it, but I’ve actually hit a bit of a snag today because I moved the car out onto the street only to wake up this morning to a text from NAB (National Australia Bank) saying my credit card has been used.” he added.However, Paine didn’t mention if the thief has been identified yet or not.Australia has seen over 4000 positive case till date, along with 19 deaths.Also read-David Warner shaves his head to support frontline staff battling Coronavirus – and challenges this Indian batsman to follow suit!Read which Indian cricketer just pledged Rs 80 lakhs to help fight COVID-19! Advertisement
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Alliance welcomes Live on First Fridays, beginning June 1 and ending October 5. The first scheduled event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in Veterans Park at the farmers’ market, and will then move until 9 p.m. to the Courtyard at the Blue Bay Inn, 51 First Ave. The event will feature a schedule of musical groups and activities. Local businesses will stay open later than usual to accommodate visitors and residents.AH Arts Alliance (AHAA) is a collaboration of businesses, artists, social organizations and local government whose mission is to enhance the Atlantic Highlands arts scene. The group was formed in 2011.Additional information is available by contacting the chamber of commerce office at 732-872-8711, or emailing the chamber office at info@AtlanticHighlands.org.