Saturday & Sunday: A day at the beach
Head to Ocean Shores for the 24th annual Beachcombers’ Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Early birds can enter beachcombed treasures into a contest from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a la Mer Ave. N.W. Seminars cover topics such as whales and tsunamis. Check out booths, vendors, a raffle, a beach cleanup with prizes and 9 a.m. beach walks Saturday and Sunday. A two-day pass is $3 for adults, $1 for children, ages 5 and younger get in free. Call 360-289-9586 or 800-762-3224.
Sunday: Manic musicians
Get ready for a night of duos and trios, quartets, quintets and sextets, strings, flutes, clarinets, brass and piano at the St. John’s Concert Series Second City Young Chamber Players Chamber Mania at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. S.E., Olympia. High school musicians working with Pacific Lutheran University directors Amy Grinsteiner and Svend Ronnig will play Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Prokofiev, Milhaud and Vivaldi, plus the premiere of PLU senior Robert Hansler’s “85.5 percent.” The concert is by donation. Call 360-888-5983.
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Saturday: For moms, sons
Moms, are you looking for some time for you and your son? Make it a date at the Mother-Son Palapalooza from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W., Olympia. It’s going to be a raucous night of active games – such as the Blow Up Obstacle Race – and professional entertainment by Roberto the Magnificent. Enjoy free custom ice cream sundaes. A professional photographer will take pictures. Admission is $32 per couple, $10 for each additional boy. Tickets are available at www.seatyourself.biz/capitalosd or at the door.
Saturday: A jump on Mardi Gras
USA Dance Olympia is getting a jump on Fat Tuesday with an all-ages and skill levels Mardi Gras Dance from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Grand Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Rainy City Riff Raff band will play music. Masks are optional and family friendly costumes are welcome. Cost is $10, $7 for students, $5 for ages 17 and younger. Dance lessons at 7 p.m., dancing from 8-11 p.m. Call 360-561-4872.
Friday: Little bit of folk
Tom Rawson – a banjo-playing folksinger who follows in the vein of Pete Seeger – will perform songs of peace, social justice and fun at 7:30 tonight at Traditions Café. The show is a benefit for the Olympia chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith pacifist group, so admission is by donation of $10 to $25. The cafe is at the corner of Fifth and Water in downtown Olympia.
Today - Saturday: On the 'Border'
Based on Olympia author Jim Lynch’s second novel, “Border Songs” was adapted for the stage by Olympia playwright Bryan Willis. It is now being co-produced by Saint Martin’s University Theatre Department and Book-It Repertory Theatre at the Olympia State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, before moving to Seattle. Showtimes are 7:30 tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $7-$12. For more details, call 360-790-8308.
Saturday: Dolls in the house
The Goo Goo Dolls have produced 14 top-10 singles including “Here Is Gone,” “Big Machine” and “Iris” and sold nearly 9 million albums in the United States alone. The group will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $35-$65 through Ticketmaster.
Saturday: Master guitar
Immerse yourself in the sounds of two master guitarists when John Stowell and Paul Meyers join forces at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. They will perform solo and duo pieces. Tickets are $8-$12. Call 360-705-2819.