FRIDAY -- Carols, military-style: Enjoy the SOUNDS OF THE SEASON when the I CORPS ARMY BAND performs its free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The tickets became available Nov. 30 at the Washington Center box office, so call for availability: 360-753-8586.
SATURDAY -- No one likes a skinny Santa: Support local BOY SCOUT TROOP 48 and enjoy breakfast Santa-style at the annual SANTA BREAKFAST on Saturday. The meal from 7:30-11:30 a.m. includes pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. Its at First United Methodist Church of Olympia, 1224 Legion Way SE. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family; kids younger than 5 eat for free. Call 360-490-4713 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Bikers for charity: The 36th OLYMPIA TOY RUN on Saturday draws thousands of motorcyclists each year. Gates open at South Sound Center on Sleater-Kinney Road in Lacey at 10 a.m., with live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Riders leave the shopping center parking lot at 1 p.m. and head for the Capitol Campus via downtown Olympia. (Stay off the roads downtown, unless youre happy to wait and watch the spectacle.) The Toy Run brings bikers together to collect toys and other goods for The Salvation Armys Toy n Joy Shop, which distributes gifts to needy children during the holidays. Many of the donated toys are strapped to the bikes as motorcyclists ride. For more information, go to olytoyrun.com.
SATURDAY -- Comic genius: Comic book artist/writer JIM WOODRING is coming to Olympia Saturday for appearances at the Danger Room and the Olympia Timberland Regional Library. Woodrings comics include the haunting, surreal works The Frank Book, Congress Of The Animals, Weathercraft, and his most recent, Fran. He also had runs as writer on Dark Horses Aliens and Jabba The Hutt comics series. Woodring has received the Eisner, Harvey, and Inkpot awards, and in 2010 was the recipient of The Strangers Genius Of Literature Award. Woodring will appear at the Danger Room, 201 W. Fourth Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, where hell be interviewed, then sign copies of his books and chat with fans. Then at 7 p.m., he'll be at the library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, for a live drawing demonstration using his invention Nibbus Maximus, a 7-foot-long ink-nib pen. That will be followed by a question and answer session. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and to get signed. The library event will run until 8:30 pm. For more information about Woodring, go to his website www.jimwoodring.com.
SATURDAY -- Floating light display: Because a Budd Inlet dredging project has displaced a number of boats, there will be just one PARADE OF LIGHTED SHIPS this year, and it will be at 6 p.m. Saturday. This years theme for the Olympia Yacht Club event is Winter Wonderland. All boaters are welcome to participate; registration is from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Yacht Club at 201 Simmons St. NW, next to Bayview Thriftway. The parade leaves from the Yacht Club, heads up past the Judge's Boat at the Port Plaza, then out to Boston Harbor along the east shore, then back along the west shore of the inlet. For more information, contact Susan Zuelke at email@example.com or 360-943-5547.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Snow spectacular: Experience some of the best adventure films at the BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR coming to the Capitol Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia. With two evenings of screenings, there will be plenty of action, outdoor scenery and adventure. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for Saturday (no discounts) and $13 for Sunday, with Mountaineers, Olympia Film Society members, students and military with ID eligible for a $2 discount. Two-night passes are $23. Get tickets in advance at The Alpine Experience in Olympia at 360-956-1699, at olympiafilmsociety.org, or at the box office the night of the event.
SATURDAY -- Ring in the Season: MASTERWORKS CHORAL ENSEMBLE celebrates Christmas with tunes new and traditional at its "SING GLAD TIDINGS" concert Saturday. Guest performers are BELLS OF THE CASCADES and pianist HYUNJIN KIM. The ensemble will hold its silent auction at intermission, with bidding opening before the concert. the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, with a 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture by David York, the bell choir's music director. The theater opens at 6:30 to allow patrons to begin bidding in the auction. Tickets are $19 general admission, $16 for students and seniors, $9 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org or mce.org.
SATURDAY -- Alt-rock with a bite: Bellinghams DANA LYONS is known for stories and songs for the earth, and songs of our well-meaning but often funny and inconsistent behavior. He pokes fun at our social mores and offers incisive political critiques. Hes also bringing music from his alternative rock album, Cows with Guns, when he performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW. Tickets are $12, or $5 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
SUNDAY -- A peek into the past: See some of the areas finest historic homes at the annual BIGELOW HOUSE HOLIDAY TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES on Sunday. Seven homes are included in the tour from noon-4 p.m., including the Schmidt House, Egbert-Ingham House and others. Tickets are $15 and are available at Bigelow House Museum. Proceeds benefit the museum fund. Call 360-753-1215 for details.