Mandala for Peace

lotusCreating peace within ourselves, within our world

We invite you to co-create a sand-painted mandala for peace. The mandala will be in the lobby of Senior Services for South Sound, located in the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, from September 5-11th.

On September 11th at 6 pm, we will convene for a  ceremony that will offer an opportunity to explore and transform the myriad feelings present on this anniversary of  9/11.  Various community leaders will speak,  and a silent walking meditation will follow. We’ll carry our prayers and intentions to the Sound to release and share them with the world.

Download the flyer.

To volunteer or receive more information regarding the event, please contact or call 456-0514.


The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County
Learn powerful skills for practical peace-making in every day life! Improve relationships and learn to help people solve their conflicts in healthy ways. Consider becoming a mediator. In addition to serving the community by offering information and problem solving over the phone, and through our confidential mediation sessions and group facilitation services, the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County also offers a variety of experiential and highly interactive trainings in conflict resolution, mediation and group process skills.

Please join us for one of our upcoming trainings. For more information, or to register for a course, please call Marijke @ 360-956-1155 or e-mail her at You can also visit our website at for a full listing of our current programs and offerings. Here are 2 of our most popular upcoming trainings:

40 hour Basic Mediation Training, March 23-25, and March 30-April 1, 2006 2 consecutive weekends, TH 5-9 pm, Fri and Sat 8:30-5:30. Olympia, WA $525 general admission. CLE credit and clock hours granted. Partial scholarships and discounts may apply.

Facilitating Effective Meetings Training, April 6-7, 2006 Thurs + Friday 8-5, Olympia, WA. $265 general admission, $105 for DRC volunteers.


The Community Build-a-Bike Project now has a permanent space. Together with EGYHOP - street outreach, B-A-B is open most Sundays from noon–4 pm. Collectively, the organization has provided –so far in 2004– about 100 bikes locally to low income, handicapped, street people, youth & adults. B-A-B has also sent more than 100 bikes to the following countries: Latvia, Romania, Vietnam, Ghana, Nigeria, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. This has been in co-operation with Ministries, other bike programs, individuals and service organizations (Kiwanis). To donate, volunteer or get a bike, call 786-1693 or email



Hungry For Peace

Photo from Jody’s seven-day fast for peace last October. For more information on the fast and what you can do, visit

Other items of interest to the community

South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign
The South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign is a coalition of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey students, union members, people of faith, and concerned citizens raising awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenging individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices. Visit their website at Meetings are held at Traditions the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.

Thurston County - Santo Tomás, Nicaragua Sister City

The Thurston Santo Tomás sister county association was founded in 1988. It has for ten years fostered personal relationships between the two with exchanges of peoples and programs that have supported self-determination and self-sufficiency for the Nicaraguan people. A quarterly newsletter is published and contact can be made through TSTSCA Newsletter, 2032 Aqua Ct. NW, Olympia, WA 98502 (360) 357-8323.

Sound Exchange
Olympia's Alternative Currency is Sound HOURS. Traditions is the bank for Sound Exchange. A volunteer sets up in the cafe every Monday from 2 pm to 6 PM to answer questions and sign-up people to be a part of this alternative currency. "South Sound Hour Town" listing goods and services available for Hours exchange is published 6 times a year. Pick it up at Traditions, the Co-op, the Library, and other locations around town. Sound Exchange can be contacted at PO Box 1381, Olympia, Wa. 98507 (360) 709-0704

Putting Sustainablility into Practice
Sponsored by the Sustainable Community Roundtable, holds twice monthly conversations at Traditions. The Roundtable publishes annual community indicator updates. Contact them at (360) 786-0237 or click here.

Green Pages
A monthly journal of environmental news and commentary. Published by SPEECH, which holds forums and their annual meetings at Traditions.

Community Sustaining Fund
The Community Sustaining Fund is a local organization formed in 1987 which provides grant support for progressive, community-oriented projects in Thurston County. Funds are raised through businesses, individuals, and a raffle and twice a year grants are awarded to those who fit criteria. Traditions provides business support and is usually the site of the raffle drawing at the spring ArtWalk. The organization’s address is 2103 Harrison NW, Suite 2715, Olympia, Wa. 98502. For more information, click here.  

Traditions Café and World Folk Art
300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501