thurston county food bank The Food Bank is in need of clean, untorn paper grocery sacks. If you can help, drop them off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 220 Thurston Ave. N.E., Olympia.
4th annual “Soap for hope” The Olympia AAA office at 2415 Capital Mall Drive S.W. will be collecting unused and unopened toiletry items for people in need through the end of the year. The items collected will benefit the Family Support Center, and can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
olympia community bluegrass show Blackberry Bushes, Mission Mountain, and Black River Bluegrass will be featured performers at a fundraiser benefiting SafePlace and Bread & Roses at 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 13 at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. S.E., Tumwater. There will be an after-show jam session from 9-10 p.m., so bring your instrument and share a tune.
the illuminated ball shopping expedition Do you need a new dress or jacket for the 2012 Illuminated Ball? Enjoy an afternoon of shopping for that perfect dress, with complimentary wine and cheese, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Mandelin’s Clothing & Accessories Consignment, 222 Division St., Olympia. Ten percent of sales will be donated to support the Procession of the Species and its Art Studio. 360-705-1087.