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Published on: June 6, 2013  

The GRuB Farm

Nestled into a cozy corner of West Olympia, GRuB Farm is making a big impact on our community!  The farm itself is a welcoming source of information on local, sustainable agriculture.  Moreso, the folks at GRuB are actively growing a healthier community.


Aside from welcoming visitors to the farm, GRuB offers an array of programs for our community’s youth and those in need.  Youth programs at GRuB emphasize leadership and team building skills, as well as self development and community empowerment.  GRuB has launched an alternative high school pilot program for disengaged youth who struggle within the traditional school system, and they help these kids to thrive.  Additionally, GRuB offers a youth work program, and fieldtrip programs for local schools.

If your family would like to get involved in GRuB’s great work, GRuB offers a cornucopia of options.  Becoming involved with GRuB is a wonderful opportunity to teach your child community awareness, healthy living, and to cultivate an attitude of generosity and sharing.  Opportunities include:

  • The Bouquet CSA Program:  Your family can become an ambassador for youth by displaying a sustainably grown floral bouquet, delivered once a week from mid-July through late-August.
  • Cultivator Veggie CSA:  Pick up your weekly share of the bounty from late June through early October!  Youth who participate in growing these healthy foods are also given a share.
  • Giving Gardens Project:  When you purchase a garden, GRuB will come to your home and install your garden and they will also give a garden to a family in need, to help put fresh food on another table!
  • Shop!:  GRuB goods are available at their neighborhood market stand on Wednesdays starting in June through early fall, and on Tuesdays from 4-7 at the West Olympia Farmer’s Market at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  Support the farm, and eat well!

GRuB is truly a community gem, offering many opportunities for your family to engage together, and helping to create a more bountiful community.

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For more information, visit GRuB’s delicious website, or call 360.753.5522.

Warmest Regards,


Gyro Psychology Services

Olympia, Washington



Published on: November 16, 2012  

Olympia Hands On Children's Museum

The Olympia Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups.  Their programs and participatory exhibits are designed specifically to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as participation from the entire family.  They believe that learning occurs in a variety of ways, and that experiential learning is essential for proper brain development.  They actively partner with social service agencies, public schools, service clubs, public libraries, and other community organizations to bring interactive education to the community.

The Hands on Children’s Museum is having it’s grand opening on the November 10th – 12th. It’s new home is located on Olympia’s waterfront. The museum offers a variety of galleries and studios, and a wonderful outdoor discovery center. In addition to interactive galleries, the museum offers a preschool, school break camps, field trips and group visits, home school workshops and a variety of free classes and programs. They also offer a wonderful service for parents and children called, “Parents Night Out”.

The Hands on Children’s Museum has always been a favorite destination for so many south sound youth including my 4yo son and 6yo daughter.  Please give their friendly team a call at 360.956.0818 for more information about their facility and their many learning opportunities and activities.

Hope you and your family enjoy this wonderful local treasure.

Warmest Regards,

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.

Published on: March 7, 2012  

Briggs YMCA

The Y was bustling the on the day or my tour as young and old alike enjoyed the wide variety of activities and classes offered. The front office staff was welcoming and supportive as they helped members get checked in and orientated.  This was my first time visiting the Briggs Y. Becoming a member is easy, as they want to make their services available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

Their mission is to provide youth and members of our south sound community an affordable and accessible resource for the development of mind and body through recreational, health, and leadership programs. They also offer childcare for young learners. Please visit their website for a list of programs, classes and camps.

The Briggs YMCA has two swimming pools and offers swimming lessons to youth all year long. One pool is 3’ deep and is perfect for young swimmers. Opportunities for youth and parents to connect through these activities are bountiful through their family aquatics activities like Flick N Floats, Special Needs Connections, and open swim time.

The YMCA also offers opportunities for young children to learn about a variety of sports including basketball, baseball, cross-country, flag football, volleyball and others. I was delighted to learn that they offer a non-competitive soccer program that serves to promote teamwork, cooperation and skill building.

Opportunities for play abound as the YMCA offers as they offer a variety of classes in dance, art, martial arts, a middle school late night, opportunities to learn about science, tumbling and climbing at their amazing rock climbing wall.

Educational activities are also available including the Strong Kids program. Strong Kids is a program designed to help kids learn about food and weight loss.  This program has been a great success as they have measured a significant change in the body mass index of kids as they’ve progressed through the program.

The YMCA offers a wide variety of healthy and fun activities for kids and families year round.  It’s a wonderful place to engage in recreational activities, learn about different sports and fitness activities and connect with other members of our community. The YMCA has two locations; one in Downtown and one on Yelm Highway (Briggs). The Downtown YMCA may offer different programs than the Briggs facility, so make sure to either check their website or give them a call at (360) 753-6576.

Published on: February 23, 2012  

Best Cloud Storage 2017: Top Unlimite Personal Cloud Stotage Providers

Cloud Storage 2017:  Cloud Storage Services are the online service which helps you to store your favourite files and to share important documents to any person in online using these services. These services offer you to store the file for online and few more features. Here you can go through the list one by one.

Here are the List of Top Cloud Storage 2017

Google Drive


Google Drive is most widely used cloud storage service. It’s quite easy to use then all you need to do use just sign up for Gmail account and then you can share and store the files in your Google Drive using your Google Account. It even offers you 50GB free storage. So, you can even create another account for another free 50GB storage.


MEGA is also an excellent cloud storage service which offers you ultimate encryption and security. This cloud storage service will offer you 50GB free cloud storage and available for all platforms like Windows, Mac, ios and Android devices.


Pcloud cloud storage service which offers you 10 GB free storage completely for beginner use and even you can extend it up to 20GB. You can share all your videos, images, apps and much more files in this cloud storage service. This service is also available for Windows and Linux operating systems in the form of clients while in the form app for android and ios devices.


Mediafire is the most popular cloud storage for all platforms. You can easily use the desktop client and android apps for all platforms like Windows, Linux, iOs and android devices. Now this cloud storage service offers you 10GB free storage at the beginning and even you can clear some surveys and task in order to get 50GB storage.


DropBox is also one of the most popular cloud storage services for Android which actually offers 2GB storage in the beginning but later on you can get up to 18 GB storage by doing some simple works. You can share the file with your friends who has the Dropbox account and even you can store there.


Box cloud storage offers you 10GB free drive storage. You can get an app of this cloud storage on your smartphone then even you can desktop client for all Windows, Mac and Linux operating. You can easily sync with Box cloud storage with these clients and apps.


FlipDrive is also one of the best cloud storage services. You can easily get 10GB free storage while using this service in the beginning. You can even increase the storage by upgrading it.


OneDrive is online storage service offered by Microsoft. Here you will get 5GB storage through it. You can easily install desktop clients on your PC to sync the files between your PC and cloud storage. Even there are apps used to share the files between android app and cloud storage service.


You can easily update any files in your Android device to Cloud Storage. You can store files up to 20GB I mean storage of the Might upload is this much. You can share files with the max size of 2GB in this cloud storage service.

Published on: October 13, 2009  

Johansen Olympia Dance Studio

Plie! Pirouette! Stomp! Cramproll! Moonwalk! Those are all dance moves from different types of dance classes that are available at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center located in downtown Olympia. The studio offers Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musically Me, Kindermusik, Stretch and Strengthen, Flamenco and Contemporary gmail login guide. Classes are available for all ages and abilities. Their mission of the Olympia Dance Studio is to provide young people the opportunity to dip their toes into the culture of art and to help them experience the art of dance and movement.

The studio has am impressive history in the arts community in Olympia as it has been in operation for the past 35 years. They take great pride in providing high quality, consistent and dedicated instruction to all of their students. Dr. Callies’ daughter attends the toddler group and just loves it.  His wife attends the classes with Allison and she says that the teacher is very enthusiastic and passionate about what she does and that her enthusiasm and energy is absolutely infectious. Allison, looks forward to her Wednesday morning dance classes and enjoys picking out various musical instruments and following the directions of her teacher as she learns about movement, dance and style.

My own experience with dance has been limited dancing around my living room. I saw experienced the experienced that wonderful dancers and choreography of the Nutcracker Suite as a child and remember the ballerinas glide along the stage.  It’s hard to place a value on that experience and to be a dancer is a production like that, or any coordinated dance production, must be a wonderful experience. The instructors at the Olympia Dance Studio work with young with students who know little to nothing about dance (but wish they did…that’s me) all they way up to professional dancers.  The scope of the training offered and the variety of mediums their instructors are proficient in really is quite amazing.

The instructors take their business seriously. That is, if you miss a class because you or your kids are not feeling well or even weather conditions, you must make it up. The tuition for the classes varies according to the class that you decide to take.  The cost of the classes is competitive with other studios in town. Josie & Ken Johnson, Directors, are happy to talk with you about your individual needs and interests and are happy to talk about the cost of classes and related services.

The Olympia Dance Studio, with the assistance of Ballet Northwest, put on an annual showing of the Nutcracker Suite. Their performances are on December 11th and 18th at 7:30pm, December 12th and 19th at 2pm and 7:30pm and December 13th and 20th at 2pm at the Washington Center for Performing Arts.

They will also be putting on a performance of Swan Lake in May.

Johansen Olympia Dance Studio is open to all people, young and old. As any studio would, they are lacking in boy dancers. So if you are a boy, and you love to dance, don’t hesitate. Go sign up for a dance class, or two. If your dream is to become a dancer, the Johansen Olympia Dance Studio can make your dreams come true.

Check back in the coming weeks when I will be visiting some great local “haunts” for the fall: Lattin’s Cider Mill and Rutledge Farm.

Until next time,


Community Liason

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc. & Go-Gyro-Go

Published on: October 8, 2009  

The Tumwater Youth Program (TYP)

City of Tumwater Parks & Recreation Department operates a Youth & Teen Center (Old Town Center), open throughout the year, Monday – Thursday 2:30 – 8:00 p.m. & Friday 2:30 – 11:00 p.m. for grades 3-12. This is a FREE program open to all youth! The OTC is fully supervised at all times. The center offers a nutritious snack every day, Pool/Foosball tables, Gym/Basketball court, Computer access, Homework Tutoring, Ping Pong, Nintendo Wii/X-Box 360, Board & Card Games, Big Screen TV/VCR/DVD, Field Trips, Community Service Opportunities, Arts and Crafts, Leadership and many more activities. In addition to these opportunities, there are activities scheduled each afternoon for a wide variety of youth interests. For more details, visit our website: (City Government – City Departments – Department Listings – Old Town Center)



TYP Yearly Schedule 2009-2010


Middle School Dances             2009-2010


Middle School Dances run from 7:30pm-10:30pm


October 2nd            @ Black Hills High School      

October 30th        @ Black Hills High School (Halloween Theme)

November 20th     @ Tumwater Middle School

December 11th     @ Bush Middle School

January 8th          @ Tumwater Middle School

January 29th        @ Tumwater Middle School (Twin Dance Theme)

February 26th       @ Bush Middle School                                                 

March 26th           @ Tumwater High School (Punk Rock Theme)  

April 23rd             @ Tumwater High School

May 21st              @ Black Hills High School (Last Dance Hawaiian Theme)


Grade School Activity Nights 2009-2010

Grade School Activities run from 7pm-9:30pm


October 16th         @ Tumwater Middle School

November 7th      Neon Bowling Night @Tumwater Lanes (6pm – 8:30pm)

December 4th      @ Bush Middle School 

January  15th       @ Bush Middle School (Magic Show)

February 6th         Neon Bowling Night @Tumwater Lanes (6pm – 8:30pm)

March  12th          @ Tumwater Middle School (Carnival Theme)

May  7th               @ Tumwater Middle School (Hawaiian Theme)

May 27th               Volunteer Appreciation Dinner


Old Town Center

215 N. 2nd Ave SW

Tumwater, WA 98512

(2nd & Custer Way)

(360) 754-4160

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Published on: October 7, 2009  

City of Lacey Parks & Recreation: Turn Back the Clock Kidz Fun Run

The City of Lacey Parks and Recreations Department is hosting the

Turn Back the Clock Kidz Fun Run.

Where: Rainier Vista Community Park facetime for android

When: Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 10 am

What: A one mile run for kids 12 and under. Burn off that Halloween sugar! Participant ribbons for all plus custom medals for every finalist. Sign-up through Lacey Parks & Rec before October 21. $5 entry fee.

Contact: Mary Coppin 360-491-0857.

Lacey Parks and Recreation Department: Fun Run Entry Form

10K & 5K also available for the grow-ups.

Come join the fun, cheer on the runners!

See more events at

Published on: September 28, 2009  

The Boy's and Girl's Club of Thurston County

I wanted to spend a minute to introduce myself.  My name is Nicole and I am now the Community Liaison for Gyro Psychology Services, Inc. I manage the site that was developed by Dr. David Callies so that kids, teens and their families can gain easy access to recreational activities, educational programs, clubs and other great events and resources in our community. It’s a great idea to have these activities consolidated into one site.  I’m working on the weekly blog right now and will begin to develop a monthly newsletter that will launch this December.  Just in time for the holidays.

I grew up here and I have seen Olympia and the surrounding area grow tremendously in the past 5-10 years or so.  I am so excited to share my experiences with organizations and activities that have become a part of my life and the lives of my friends and family.  My hope is that you and your family will find something that you enjoy doing and that is enriching for you. Fostering relationships with like-minded people while learning new skills and activities are ripe for the picking.  All you have to do is get out there and explore all that Thurston County has to offer.

The first place that I wanted you to get to know is The Boys and Girls Club in Olympia.  The club is located at 2200 Conger Avenue in Olympia (Click for Map). There is a Lacey Boys & Girls Club also which is located at 1105 Tracey Lane SE. (Click for Map). Check out our link to the Boys and Girls Club for more information and to get detailed directions.

As soon as you enter the building, you are faced with a choice. Where do you go first? The amount of different choices amazed me. There are programs for little kids, children and teens. They have arts and crafts activities where kids can make pottery or paint, a large gym, where kids and teens can play basketball and work on their shooting, dribbling and “super beast” moves. The Boys and Girls Club also has their Learning Tech Center. The Learning Tech Center has adults who are available to provide one on one support to your child or teen if they are struggling with understanding any subject matter. This seemed like a great alternative for kids who are having difficulty getting homework assignments done at home.

Looking at the list of activities and programs reminded me of just how much the Boys and Girls Clubs have to offer kids. There is never a dull moment once you enter the club, never a minute of wasted time. Every activity has its benefits. Even the game room could be considered useful because kids can learn important social skills like sharing and the feeling of winning and losing. The Game Room features fun activities like foosball and billiards.  The Game Room has a television with comfortable chairs in the sitting area. The teen room automatically caught my interest because that is a great place to go to meet new friends and get away from activities that cater to younger children.  It’s great to have a special place just for teens to hang out, talk, watch television and enjoy making new friendships and fostering established ones. The environment at the club is set up to attract kids and teenagers to what they like the most.  Multiple programs are in motion to keep the next generation active and engaged.

Kids need someplace to go to have fun, by themselves or with others. Parents need someplace that is affordable and beneficial to their kids. One solution is The Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County. Come check it out.

Next week I’ll be taking a look at the Chehalis Trail. Please feel free to make a comment on any of my Blogs and let me know of new activities that are not listed on and we’ll make sure to get them added.

Have Fun!

Community Liaison

See more on the Boys & Girls club on GoGyroGo….

Published on: September 17, 2009  

Linking Kids, Teens and Families to Resources in the South Sound

As a Child & Pediatric Psychologist I take a look at the emotional well being of children and teens.  I take a careful look their social skills, cognitive functioning, problem solving skills, their adaptability, their capacity to engage emotionally, eating patterns, unusual movements or behaviors, anxiety, depression, difficulty paying attention or sitting still and if they are sleeping well or not.

I also look at if they are getting along with their parents or caregivers, the quality of their relationships with their siblings and if they are following the house rules established by their parents and meeting their behavioral expectations, which includes chore completion.  I also ask if they are respectful of others personal space and are generally respectful of others including their ability to be well mannered when appropriate.

Another component I look at is the child’s functioning at school including their academic strengths and challenges, their relationship with their teachers, counselor and members of their educational team as well as their involvement in school-based social groups and clubs.

The last area I look at is the child or teen’s involvement in community-based activities and the relationships they have formed with peers and adults during their involvement in those activities. Getting kids involved in activities is so important that I wanted to develop a place where kids, teens and their parents can go to find fun, organized and safe activities in their community. To meet this need I developed a site that is designed to give kids, teens and their parents a list of organized resources that they can look at so that they can make the very best choice on what activities will be best for their and the children. Interviews with members our community about what they offer kids, teens and families, tips on good bike trails, hiking trails and family friendly parks and beaches will also be a part of this site in the form of the weekly GoGyroGo Blog. A monthly Newsletter will not be far behind. The site is Please take a look.  I think you’ll be happy with what you discover.

All the Best!

Dr. Dave Callies

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.

& Go Gyro Go

2101 4th Avenue East, Suite 202

Olympia, Washington  98506


360.236.9909 (fax)

866.616.GYRO (4976)