First responders celebration: Lacey Lions Clubs will honor local police and fire members with a celebration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office station in Tumwater, at 7721 New Market St. SW; at 11 a.m. at the Lacey Police Department, 420 College St. SE; and at noon at Lacey Fire District 3, 1231 Franz St. SE. There will be cakes, chili and proclamations from Gov. Jay Inslee.
Olympia Garden Club plant sale: A wide variety of perennials, shrubs and succulents will be on sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Johnson’s Nursery, 7032 Spurgeon Creek Road SE, Olympia. Proceeds support student scholarships and horticultural grants for Thurston County teachers.
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Feast at the Reach fundraiser: The Nisqually Reach Nature Center is putting on an outdoor dinner that features Nisqually salmon, gourmet food, beverages, a raffle and silent auction from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 12 at 4949 D’Milluhr Drive NE, at Luhr Beach. Tickets are $50, or $40 for members of the center. Information: nisquallyestuary.org or 360-790-0547.
League of Women Voters: The Thurston County League of Women Voters will host a free public forum on the TransPacific Partnership at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.
Olympia Film Society open house and membership meeting: Join OFS from noon-2:30 p.m. Sept. 19 to learn about where OFS is headed and celebrate its progress. On the agenda: tours of the Capitol Theater, ideas for renovations, repairs and upgrades of the theater, introduction of new board members, and free popcorn. RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 360-754-6670.
Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival: The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia will host the sixth annual Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival at Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road Montesano. The family-oriented festival kicks off with a camp pancake breakfast; a 10K, half marathon and 2-mile family fun run; music; kid’s games and races; an artist’s market; food vendors; boy scout cooking demonstrations and more. To participate in the runs, contact email@example.com. Shuttle service will be available at Simpson Elementary School, 519 W. Simpson Ave., Montesano. Discover pass needed to park at the lake. For more information, contact Stet Palmer at 360-789-9953 or go to fosls.org.
Auditions for Entertainment Explosion: New member auditions for singers and dancers, ages 50 and up, from 10 a.m.-noon, at St. Andrews Methodist Church, 530 School St., Lacey. If you plan to attend, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: 360-250-8413, entertainmentexplosion.org.
Relay For Life Garage Sale Fundraiser: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia. All proceeds benefit The Plant Place Relay For Life Team and the American Cancer Society. Information: 360-790-7460.
Reader’s Theater presents comedies: Three comedies that will tickle your funny bone. Kicking off at 1:30 p.m., enjoy “Man Under Bed,” about an escaped convict, a feisty elderly lady and her neighbors; “Shoe Story,” about two women strangers who connect because of shoes; and “On the RAC,” how do committees ever get anything done? Donations will be accepted. Information: 360-407-3967 or go online to southsoundseniors.org.
Washington Center for the Performing Arts Speaks: At 10:15 a.m. at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St NW, representatives will present their 2015-16 season with a video and brochures. Information: 360-586-6181 or go online to southsoundseniors.org.
Celtic harpist and violist to play Cafe Love: Debut Olympia performance by Oregon Celtic harpist and multi-instrumentalist David Helfand and violist Justin Lader at 7 p.m. at Café Love, 205 Fourth Ave E., Olympia. Admission is $5-$10. Information: davidhelfand.com.