10 Things to Do This Weekend, June 21-23

June 21, 2013 

The Jingle Bells Extravaganza Llama & Alpaca Show is this weekend at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- We've got pride: Olympia’s annual CAPITAL CITY PRIDE FESTIVAL is hosted by and for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community and its supporters. The fun starts with a kickoff party at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at the Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way, Olympia. Then the festival runs 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia. The parade is a noon, beginning on the Capitol steps, then heading north on Capitol Way, turning east on Fifth Avenue and then south on Washington Street to the park. Admission is free. For more information and a complete schedule of entertainment, go to capitalcitypride.net -- or read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Lovely llamas: It’s going to be Christmas in June at the JINGLE BELLS EXTRAVAGANZA LLAMA & ALPACA SHOW starting Friday, June 21. Learn about llamas and alpacas in a Christmas-themed show. Youths and adults from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Nevada will show their animals. Classes also will be available. Be sure to check out fleece and products in the full-fiber competition. Find all of this at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey. Admission is free. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Curtain coming up: Two plays are opening this weekend.

Harlequin Productions opens a thoroughly modern take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR" about Jesus and the apostles. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and military, $25 for students. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org

Meanwhile, Olympia Family Theater presents a special production of a new play about Mary Day Brown, the wife of abolitionist John Brown, called "THE ABOLITIONIST'S WIFE." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Olympia Family Theater Playspace, 112 State Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12 in advance at olyft.org, $15 at the door. For the Sunday performance, pay what you can. For more information, call 360-570-1638 or go to olyft.org. Unlike most of the theater company's shows, it recommends this show for ages 12 and older.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Curtain coming down: It’s the final weekend of Olympia Little Theatre’s production of the Broadway-hit-turned-motion-picture “SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR” at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$14. Call 360-786-9484.

SATURDAY -- Fawn over flora: Discover the beauty of five local gardens at the NEIGHBORHOOD GARDENERS OF BOSTON HARBOR'S BIENNIAL SUMMER GARDEN TOUR. The self-guided tour is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5, and maps are available Saturday at Shipwreck Corner at the entrance to Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Marina, or any garden along the way. Plants will be for sale at Boston Harbor gardens and local artisans will sell their works. Proceeds will be used to maintain Shipwreck Corner. Call 360-943-3388.

SATURDAY -- Better wash your cape: Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Take the kids and find out at SUPER HERO ADVENTURE NIGHT at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. The museum’s Top Secret Superhero Training Facility will put kids to the test, where they can run an obstacle course, hit a target, learn about the science behind special skills, get help developing a secret identity and create an underground hideout. Participants can make gadgets in the lab using recycled materials. At the end, kids will receive a top secret certificate of completion. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $45 per adult and child team, $35 for each additional sibling. Registration in advance is required. Call 360-956-0818.

SATURDAY -- Casual songster: A longtime member of The Brothers Four and The Northwest Music Hall of Fame, MARK PEARSON takes a lifetime of songs and shares them like he’s singing around a campfire. He will play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Arts, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15; $10 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- City camping: Experience the fun and adventure of camping in Olympia’s backyard. Bring your family to the free BACKYARD CAMP OUT starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Priest Point Park, 2298 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation is teaming up with REI to teach participants basic camping skills, including outdoor cooking and nature-based activities for all ages. Tents, sleeping bags and pads can be provided by REI upon request. Register at rei.com/olympia.

SUNDAY -- Stringing us along: RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM is a string quartet that is hard to categorize. Celebrating tradition and improvisation, the group is song and arrangement oriented. The band will play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Arts, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15; $10 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819.

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