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Mount Rainier- Living Safely with a Volcano in Your Backyard

March 23, 2017 – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Panorama Auditorium

Join us for a Learning in Retirement Lecture

Presented by Carolyn Driedger

Majestic Mount Rainier soars almost 3 miles (14,410 feet) above sea level and looms over the expanding suburbs of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Each year almost two million visitors come to Mount Rainier National Park to admire the volcano and its glaciers, alpine meadows, and forested ridges. However, the volcano's beauty is deceptive - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research shows that Mount Rainier is one of our Nation's most dangerous volcanoes. It has been the source of countless eruptions and volcanic mudflows (lahars) that have surged down valleys on its flanks and buried broad areas now densely populated. To help people live more safely with the volcano, USGS scientists are working closely with local communities, emergency managers, and the National Park Service.

Ms. Driedger began with research on glaciers, principally those gracing our Cascade Range volcanoes, and later on glacier-related floods and debris flows. Witnessing the May 18 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and taking part in the response set the course for several fascinating scientific projects. It also provided a front-row seat for observation and reflection regarding the role of science in society.  As CVO's Outreach Coordinator, I work in partnership with public officials, emergency planners, media, park interpreters, and educators to advance the cause of volcano preparedness. USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, Vancouver, WA 1990 – present; USGS Washington Water Resources District Office, Tacoma, WA 1987 – 1990; USGS National Research Program Project Office - Glaciology, Tacoma, WA 1978 – 1986.


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Chinook Neighborhood

1 and 2 bedroom apartments in a cozy 3 story building featuring comfortable commons living room. Features a recently renovated commons areas and deluxe 2 bedroom apartments that offer special value with modern fixtures and extra space.

Beta Street Neighborhood

Beta Street homes offer spacious backyards with plenty of privacy. This neighborhood features attractive but unpretentious homes nestled in yards thickly landscaped with old azalea bushes and dogwoods.

Marina/Leisure Neighborhood

1 and 2 bedroom garden court duplex and multiplex homes, with cozy and convenient outside hobby rooms and carports.

Woodland Neighborhood

Single family homes and 1 and 2 bedroom multiplex garden court homes with outside hobby rooms and covered parking. Located in an area of tall trees and mature shrubs near the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The Chalet Neighborhood

Located in the heart of upper campus this set of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments enjoy easy access to Pan Hall, the Chamber House Restaurant, one of Panorama’s wood shops and the ceramic studio. The Computer Learning Center is in the lower level with the Billiards and ping pong tables.

Boulevard Park Neighborhood

Boulevard Park homes are warm and cozy. This neighborhood features attractive but unpretentious brick homes nestled in yards thickly landscaped with old azalea bushes and dogwoods.

Northwest Pointe Neighborhood

Featuring 2 bedroom 2 bath duplexes with 2 car garages and dens.

Woodmere Neighborhood

A nice collection of 2 bedroom 2 bath homes in varying styles. Single family homes, spacious duplexes enjoying their own park like area.

Holladay Park Neighborhood

2 bedroom 2 bath duplex and multiplex homes, offering garages and private drives with cathedral ceilings and gas fireplaces.

Chambers Lake Lane Neighborhood

1 and 2 bedroom garden court duplex and multiplex homes. Enjoy covered parking, private patios, and convenient access to the Chehalis Western Trail..

Quinault Neighborhood

Panorama’s largest building at 5 stories serves as home of these studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Connected to Panorama Hall and the Convalescent Center, residents who live here enjoy easy access to all the hobby and interest centers based in the lower level.

Chambers Lake Drive Neighborhood

Single family lake-front homes with southern exposures along Chambers Lake. They are also convenient to the Chehalis Western Trail.

McGandy Park Neighborhood

A mix of single family homes and cozy garden court apartments adjacent to the Aquatic and Fitness Center, surrounded by parks.

Sleater Kinney Neighborhood

A neighborhood of single family homes with garages and private backyards, located near by most community conveniences.

Chambers Lake

Chehalis Western Trail

This county maintained trail runs through the heart of Thurston County. It passes through a variety of ecosystems and environments in both urban and rural areas of the county. The Chehalis Trails provides access to 170 acres of park land including Chambers Lake, wetlands, forests, farmland, creeks, prairies and other habitats.

Grounds & Maintenance Facility

Panorama Clinic

Aquatic & Fitness Center

Panorama’s state of the art Aquatic and Fitness Center affords all community members the opportunity to get and stay fit. The AFC features 3 infinity pools; a lap pool, a warm water exercise pool and a spa.

Resident Gardens

Auditorium

Panorama Hall

Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center

Assisted Living

McGandy Park

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