12 things to do in Thurston County this weekend, Aug. 2-4

August 1, 2013 

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Trixy Eichler (left) and Callie Jones, both of Olympia, keep an eye on their kids – (from left) Sam Eichler, 7, Ruby Eichler, 3, Logan Jones, 5, and Kelsi Jones, 7 – during the Table for Olympia community picnic on Washington Street in downtown Olympia on Friday, July 13, 2012. This year's event is Saturday, Aug. 3.

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FRIDAY -- Good wine, good night: Enjoy an evening of fine wine paired with hors d’oeuvres when 1230 Room presents its SUMMER WINE & DINE from 6-8 p.m. Friday. There also will be live music at this 21-and-older event. Tickets are $20. The restaurant is at 111 Washington St., Olympia. For more information and reservations, call 360-943-5611.

FRIDAY -- Rockin’ on the waterfront: Performing music from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, THE BEATNIKS capture the essence of the music with their charisma and chemistry. See them perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Port Plaza on the waterfront as part of the Olympia Downtown Association’s MUSIC IN THE PARK free concert series. Bring your chairs.

FRIDAY -- Movies under the stars: Two outdoor movie series kick off this weekend. MOVIES AT THE MANSION offers classic movies for grownups at the State Capital Museum for 9 p.m. screenings every Friday in August. Tonight's film is "African Queen" with Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. The museum is at 211 21st Ave. SW., Olympia. Admission is free but a $2 donation is suggested. For more information, call 360-753-2580 or go to washingtonhistory.org. Meanwhile, Tumwater's SCREEN ON THE GREEN also kicks off Friday night, showing "The Amazing Spider-Man" on its inflatable screen at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive, Tumwater. That series the first four Fridays of August. The golf course opens to attendees at 7:30 p.m., and the free screenings are at dusk. For more information, call 360-754-4160 or go to ci.tumwater.wa.us. In either case, bring blankets, low-back chairs and snacks if desired -- some snacks will be sold as well. Oh, and don't forget the bug repellent.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Catch a free appearance by the NEW OLD-TIME CHAUTAUQUA, a traveling band of jugglers, musicians, acrobats and more, before its big show Aug. 8 at the Capitol Theater. The performers will appear from 5-6 p.m. Friday with Artesian Rumble Arkestra at the Peace Vigil at Percival Landing, Olympia. Then on Saturday, they have a stream of appearances: a noon parade at the Olympia Farmers Market, 700 N. Capitol Way, Olympia, followed by workshops from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Lions Park, 800 Wilson St. SE, Olympia. They will wrap up Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. GRuB benefit show at 10940 Independence Road, Rochester. For more information, read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Kids take the stage: CREATIVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE, a nonprofit summer children’s theater program, has been working with students since 1981. See the culmination of six weeks of hard work when the young artists perform Cole Porter’s “ANYTHING GOES” at Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1302 North St. SE. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at ctekids.org/tickets.

ALL WEEKEND -- Head to the fair: The THURSTON COUNTY FAIR is in full swing, featuring rides, exhibits, animals, entertainment, vendors, lots of food, local bands, and even wine and beer tastings this year. (Read about them in a separate story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.) Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The fairgrounds are at 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Tickets are $7 general admission, $6 for ages 60 and older, $5 for ages 6-14, free for children 5 and younger. (Friday is Military Appreciation Day; admission is $2 for active and retired military with identification.) Parking at the fair is $5, but you can park free at Woodland Elementary School, 4630 Carpenter Road SE or the North Thurston Bus Barn, 6620 Carpenter Road SE, and ride a free shuttle to the fair. For more information, call 360-786-5453 or go to co.thurston.wa.us/fair. A reminder: No open-toe shoes or sandals are allowed on the rides.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Get thee to a play: It’s the final weekend for Harlequin Productions’ “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.” See it at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $15-$38; rush tickets are available 30 minutes before curtain. Call 360-786-0151.

And don’t miss Animal Fire Theatre’s outdoor production of “JULIUS CAESAR” as it concludes this weekend at Capitol Campus. Guest director Jenny Greenlee has set the ageless story of political and personal power on the campus’ Water Garden. Performances are 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and are free.

SATURDAY -- Share a meal: TABLE FOR OLYMPIA has become an annual community picnic in the streets of downtown Olympia. This year's will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Fifth Avenue between Franklin and Washington streets in front of the Capitol Theater. Participants in the free event simply bring a picnic dinner (along with plates and utensils) to share with their neighbors on long tables set up in the street. For more information, go to www.tableforolympia.com.

SATURDAY -- Not just any beer: Olympia’s second annual BREW FEST will feature beers from 30-plus breweries, plus food and music from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Olympia's Port Plaza, near Anthony's Homeport. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; for military, $20 in advance, $25 at the door; for designated drivers, $5. The event is open only to ages 21 and older. Tickets include six tastes (5 1/2 ounces each) and a souvenir stein. Additional tastes are six for $8. For more information, call 360-357-3362, go to olybrewfest.com -- or read Molly Gilmore's article elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.

SUNDAY -- Catch a rising star: Medicine Creek Winery will shine the spotlight on up-and-coming local musicians at Sunday’s DB COOPER MUSIC FESTIVAL. Performers include BUMP KITCHEN, THE BROWN EDITION, BRITTANY KINGERY, ETHAN TUCKER and THE OLY MOUNTAIN BOYS. The winery is at 947 Old Pacific Highway SE, Olympia. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets for the daytime festival are $10, evening blues show tickets are $15, or pay $20 for access from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com.

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