Party on the prairie as preserves celebrate
A variety of activities are planned this weekend for Prairie Appreciation Day at the Glacial Heritage Preserve and Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve. Started as a way to celebrate the state’s prairies, the event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, will feature a variety of activities. Learn about prairie wildflowers, gardening with native plants and observe birds, bees, butterflies and more. Take a self-guided walk, bring a picnic lunch to the preserve in Littlerock area. Go to prairieappreciationday.org for more information.
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Explore garden club’s secrets
You can get an early start on celebrating Mother’s Day by taking the Olympia Garden Club’s second Secret Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There are seven unique gardens on this year’s tour. The tour is recommended for children 6 and older. There will be no wheelchair or stroller access to the residential gardens. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at olympiagardenclub.org.
LGBT advocate to speak at Minnaert Center
As part of the South Puget Sound Community College’s Artist and Lecture Series, Jennifer Finney Boylan will speak about transgender themes and her book “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders.” Boylan is widely praised for her advocacy and work in the global LGBT community. See her at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Minnaert Center for Performing Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $5-$7 and are available at washingtoncenter.org.
Washington Center celebrates local art
Taking a page from history, much like Parisian salons of old, The Washington Center for Performing Arts presents “The Center Salon” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s an evening of music, theater, literature and art featuring local artists. Bryan Willis (playwright), Merridawn Duckler (short fiction), Pat Dixon (poetry), Lynette Charters (animation), Holly Reever, Merry Jo Shaw and Bill Yake will be highlighted. It’s at the Black Box Theater, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $22. Go to washingtoncenter.org for more information.
Amy Goodman to speak
With an increased interest in independent journalism, you’ll want to attend Coffee with Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now!” She will share from her book “Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America” at 11 a.m. Saturday. She will provide insight to her experiences covering grassroots leaders and activists. Come out to Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia and join the conversation. Tickets are $20; $15 students, seniors, veterans and society members. They are available at olympiafilmsociety.org.
Make ‘Close Ties’ with Rodney Crowell
Make it an evening of Americana music when Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell comes to Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. As a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association, his presence and legacy in the music industry stands on its own. He will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday with special guest Ericka Corban. Tickets are $25, $20 Olympia Film Society members and are available at olympiafilmsociety.org.
An International Celebration
Celebrating the diverse culture of the student body, South Puget Sound Community College is hosting its Spring International Celebration 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. There will be student performances, international cuisine, the opportunity to interact with international students, learn calligraphy and mingle at the South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $5 for staff and faculty, $10 for general admission. Seating is limited. Go to tinyurl.com/mgfvykm to purchase.
Youth Chorus presents ‘Songs Without Borders’
Performing its final concert of its 22nd season, the Olympia Youth Chorus presents “Songs Without Borders.” The group boasts more than 100 young singers in five choirs performing music from around the world in the 3 p.m. concert Saturday at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road NW, Olympia. Tickets are $8-$11 and are available at brownpapertickets.com.