Bring your yoga energy and join in the Om in the Dome with Yoga Loft. Bringing the community together to celebrate summer, the State Capitol, 416 14th Ave. SE, Olympia, will be filled with yoga enthusiasts from 10-11 a.m. Sunday. It is a free event; donations accepted. More information at tinyurl.com/z5s39w4.
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Friday (June 24) — Sunday
Jazz at the abbey
Delving into the world of jazz, the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society’s annual America’s Classic Jazz Festival is in full swing at Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. With music, dancing, lessons, and fun at four venues there’s something for everyone who loves jazz Friday (June 24) through Sunday. With on-site RV parking, shuttle service, parasol parades, a swing set and other activities, jazz will fill your weekend. Tickets start at $15. Go to olyjazz.com/festival-information for all the details.
Friday (June 24)
Jazz for KPLU
Come out in support of keeping KPLU radio locally owned at a benefit Friday (June 24) starting at 6:30 p.m. A screening of the documentary, “Jazz on a Summer Day” will be followed by a performance by Joe Baque and Steve Luceno. It’s all happening at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. A donation of $25 is requested. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
The Olympia Film Society will present the Northwest premier of the film “The American Side” in a special screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The detective story starring Greg Stuhr, Robert Forster, Matthew Broderick and Janeane Garafalo, is the work of director Jenna Ricker. There will be a post-film question-and-answer session with Ricker and Stuhr. Tickets are $9, $6 Olympia Film Society members and available at the box office the night of the film. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
If you live in downtown Olympia or just love being there, then join in the Downtown Neighborhood Block Party from noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Neighborhood Association, the event will feature live music and entertainment, a water balloon fight, food and beverage vendors and a chance to meet your neighbors. It is being held at Ninth and Adams streets, and is free. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/glhl2xm.
A pig’s tale
The Olympia Film Society’s Kids Club kicks off Saturday with the screening of “Babe.” The classic Australian family film is a great film to bring the kids to see at 11 a.m. Saturday. The series continues through July 23. Admission is free for kids 12 and younger; $8 and $5 Olympia Film Society members and available at the box office the day of the show. Learn more at olympiafilmsociety.org.
Saturday, Wednesday and July 6
Civil War letters
Learn what life was like during the Civil War when author Nick Adams gives a dramatic reading from his book “My Dear Wife and Children: Letters from a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer” this week. Adams, the great-great-grandson of Cpl. David Brainard Griffin, compiled the letters that were written from 1861-1863 before Griffin was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga. There will be three readings: 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Centralia Timberland Library, 110 S. Silver St., 360-736-0183; 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St., 360-943-7790 and 5:30-6:30 p.m. July 6 at the Chehalis Timberland Library, 400 N. Market Blvd, 360-748-3301. The events are free to the public.