9 Things to Do in South Sound this weekend, Aug. 23-25

August 22, 2013 

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Samson the bulldog, owned by Brian Wright of Lake Tapps, admires the detail of a sand Octopus, part of a sculpture by a team from REI during the Hands on Children's Museum's Sand in the City event in 2011.

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Get your hands dirty: The Hands On Children’s Museum opens its Outdoor Discovery Center during its annual SAND IN THE CITY sand-sculpture competition and beach party that includes master sand sculptors, entertainment and activities for children. Teams will build sand sculptures, and there will be a selection of family activities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. The beach party will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, which also is Grandparents’ Day. It's all happening at the new Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. Sand in the City is free, but to visit the museum and check out the new exhibits, you'll pay a special rate of $25 per family. (The museum does not admit children without adults or adults without children.) For more information, call 360-956-0818 or go to hocm.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's complete story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Bridesmaids revisited: Harlequin Productions presents Alan Ball’s comedy "FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS" about the drama of being a bridesmaid. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $32 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, $20 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

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Smell test: That pungent bulb with health benefits is the star of the CHEHALIS GARLIC FESTIVAL AND CRAFT SHOW this weekend at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 N. National Ave. Sample garlic-flavored cuisine and watch chef demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment and kids’ activities, browse artisan, antique and craft vendors, and sample wine. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

FRIDAY -- Stars under the stars: Head to the front lawn of the historic Lord Mansion, home to the State Capital Museum at 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia, for MOVIES AT THE MANSION at 8:30 p.m. Friday. This week’s classic film is “CHARADE,” a 1963 romantic comedy/mystery starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Bring chairs, blankets and bug repellent for the screening. Snacks and drinks will be sold before and during the show; complimentary coffee will be offered. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 is suggested.

FRIDAY -- Visit the Stone Age: Friday is the final night for Tumwater’s SCREEN ON THE GREEN free movie nights, and the 7:30 p.m. screening is the animated “THE CROODS.” Prepare for an evening on the grass at Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE. Don’t forget lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray for the evening under the night sky.

SATURDAY -- Last call for crawl: Celebrating five years of fun and philanthropy, the OLYMPIA PUB CRAWL will host its LAST CALL PARTY AND BENEFIT CONCERT. The night’s entertainment will include Full Moon Radio, Horsebodies, The Hurts Like Hell and 10 Cents in Oklahoma. The night benefits Friends of Mia, a local nonprofit funding childhood cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital and family support programs for local families. Register for the crawl – a walking tour of the pubs, bars, and restaurants in downtown Olympia – online. $30 tickets includes T-shirt, three raffle tickets, Kickoff Party and Last Call Party admission; $40 (cash only) day of event includes shirt (while supplies last), Kickoff Party and Last Call Party admission. It’s all happening from 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. The Last Call Party is being held at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Get the details online at databarevents.com/olycrawl.asp.

SATURDAY -- Country harmony: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s, but broke out as country music stars in the 1970s. Forty years later, the group is still going strong. They are coming to South Sound for an 8 p.m. Saturday show at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. state Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $20-$40, and the show is for those 21 and older only. For more information, call 800-667-7711 or go to little-creek.com.

SUNDAY -- Berry fun: Enjoy an afternoon of fresh berries and fun on Sunday while supporting SideWalk, a volunteer-operated agency offering services to homeless people in Thurston County. St. Christopher’s Community Church BLUEBERRY BASH offers activities for all ages, music by the Oly Mountain Boys, a silent auction, and lots of food, including its famous homemade blueberry pies and milkshakes. The bash runs from noon-4 p.m. Sunday; the church is at 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW.

SUNDAY -- Creating dance: See local talent on display at the YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, off Carlyon Avenue. The event features dances created by local choreographers and danced by local dancers, with special guest performances by musicians from Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. Bring the family for a celebration of youthful innovation at the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 at the door or at Johansen Olympia Dance Center. For more information, call 360-867-8824.

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