In 2015, the Olympia City Council joined a growing number of cities in the country to pass a resolution that designated the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. It’s typically known as Columbus Day.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Honoring Our Indigenous Women.” It will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday on the Capitol Campus. Community members are invited to join the celebration, which will include speakers, an open mic, information tables, vendors and a grand entry of dancers at 2 p.m.
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Jazz concert: Listen to Vendredi’s Bag, a jazz quintet, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Suggested donations of $20 general, and $10 for students and 55 and up.
Oly Science Brews: Regional scientists and experts share their work in the field of science on the second Tuesday of each month at Three Magnets Brewing, 600 Franklin St, SE, Olympia. 6:30 p.m. socializing and 7 p.m. presentation. This month’s theme is “The Gall of Some Insects! Wasps and Parasitoids That Eat Them.” All ages welcome. Register at wsta.net (click on (“Event Calendar” at top of page, then on “Switch to Calendar View.” )
Free concert: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, presents “Remembering Pete Seeger with Spook Handy,” 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 to 2013. For more information, call 360-352-0595.
Candidates forum: Join the Thurston County Chamber from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Wednesday, Oct. 11) for a forum and reception featuring the Port of Olympia candidates at Hotel RL, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia. Admission includes lunch and ranges from $25-$35. Reserve a spot at thurstonchamber.com.
Free lecture: Hear “State of a Civilization: Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century” featuring Sarah Eltantawi, professor of Comparative Religions and Islamic Studies at The Evergreen State College, 7 p.m. at 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia. The event is open to the community and is sponsored by First Methodist Church of Olympia and Humanities Washington. For more information contact Randi Moe at Rmoe2000@comcast.net or 360-402-8523.
Film screening: A screening of “He Named Me Malala” will begin at 6 p.m. at the Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. The event is open to the public. Free, however any donations collected will benefit the YWCA of Olympia.
Water talk: Learn about how the Hirst decision can affect water wells, water shortages and property rights from hydrogeologist Steve Neugebauer, who works in the private sector. The free presentation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Farm Bureau, 975 Carpenter Road NE, Lacey. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Farm Bureau and the Center for Self Governance.
Zine Fest 2017: The three-day event kicks off with a free Zine-athon at the Olympia Timberland Library, where participants can use the library’s supplies to create a zine, swap with other zine-makers, and partake in an open mic-style zine reading from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Information: olympiazinefest.org.