Friday (Jan. 1)
Go jump in the lake
Make plans to come out the annual Polar Bear Plunge taking place at Long Lake Park, 2790 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Join fellow enthusiasts for the annual tradition, enjoy campfires, music, hot cocoa and coffee. The plunge is at 1 p.m. If you’re not quite ready for the plunge, come out to cheer the participants. For more information, call 360-491-0857 or go online to ci.lacey.wa.us.
Enjoy a free concert in the Capitol Rotunda at 2 p.m. Saturday. Award-winning composer Maria Newman will be joined by violist Scott Hosfeld and flutist Hall Ott performing music of the season as well as music composed by Newman. The Rotunda has great acoustics for the classical music the group brings to the stage. To learn more about Maria Newman, go to marianewmanmusic.com
With his cowboy roots firmly planted in Montana, D.W. Groethe writes music and poetry drawn from his life experiences as a working cowboy. Come out to hear his music and insights from his family’s Norwegian immigrant homesteading days. He will be at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $15, $10 students and low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
Rock band from Eugene
Taking the stage at the Olympia Farmers Market after its winter break, Jake McNeillie and Company will perform from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Come out to see what’s new at the market and enjoy the folksy, roots rock sound of the band based in Eugene, Oregon. The performance is free. For more information, about the market go to olympiafarmersmarket.com
Friday (Jan. 1) — March 15
Read a book and win
It’s time for the grown-ups to join in the fun at the annual Timberland Regional Library’s Adult Winter Reading Contest. Get into those books you’ve been meaning to read, gather them up or download them to get in the contest for an overnight getaway for two. Read or listen to a minimum of five books between Jan. 1-March 15. Complete and turn in an entry form for every five books for a chance at winning. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and current library card holders. Go to your local library for all the details and entry forms. Check out more information at trl.org.
Bringing the sound of “gypsy jazz” to the stage, Swing 49 consists of Jackie Schafer, Tovi Newman and Nate Baker originally from Anchorage. Make it an evening of dining, music and even some dancing at Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. Come out for the 7 p.m. show Saturday, there is no cover charge.
Friday (Jan. 1) — Jan. 10
Ice skating in Tacoma
Make the trip to Tacoma— you won’t regret joining in the fun of the Franciscan Polar Plaza in downtown Tacoma. In its fifth season, the open-air ice skating rink features special events throughout its run through Jan. 10. While you’re downtown also check out the museums and grab a bite from local food trucks at the rink. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $8, $7 military and seniors, $4 for children 5 and younger; skate rentals are $2. For more information, go to polarplaza.com