The shifting U.S. economy is inspiring quite a few midlife grownups to return to college for retraining and new pursuits. But going to school at 40 presents different challenges than it does at 18.
What is it like juggling a career, family and the demands of college life? What are the benefits and drawbacks of being a nontraditional college student?
The Olympian would like to hear stories and advice from older college students.
Send your thoughts and observations to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Please include your name, age, town and the best way to reach you. Your comments could appear in The Olympian or at www.theolympian.com.
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Dance lessons offered by Evergreen Country Dancers of Olympia: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Elks Lodge, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Drop in for line, country and swing classes as well as open dancing. $4 per person. For more information, call 360-352-9933 or go to www.evergreencountrydancers.com.
“Lacey in Tune” Concerts in the Park presents GRaY DaiSY: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Huntamer Park, corner of Seventh Avenue and Woodland Square Loop, Lacey. Gray Daisy is an all-original rock band from Olympia. Free. For details, call 360-491-0857.
North Thurston High School Band’s 10th annual Rummage Sale and Car Wash: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road N.E. Car wash starts at 10 a.m. For details, call 360-459-4351.
Lacey’s Outdoor Cinema Series presents a Comic Book Double Feature – “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk”: Movie starts at dusk Saturday at Huntamer Park, corner of Seventh Avenue and Woodland Square Loop, Lacey. Show up at 7 p.m. and participate in the “Lacey’s Got Game” competition for a chance to win prizes. This week’s game is “Family (and Friends) Feud.” Free. For more information, call 360-491-0857.
Today in history
In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.
In 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I.
In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.)
In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed as a merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.
In 1980, closing ceremonies were held in Moscow for the Summer Olympic Games that had been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States.
Chase Lamoreaux: Turns 16 today
Poppy Long: Turns 4 on Aug. 7
Faith Lee Smith: Turns 2 on Aug. 9
Michael Chavez: Turns 14 on Aug. 21
Tucker Patrick Downing: Turns 1 on Aug. 22
Michala “Halo” Lowry: Turns 7 on Aug. 22
Marielle Sage Orman: Turns 6 on Aug. 29
Andy Baker: Turns 17 on Aug. 30
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