“BACK TO SCHOOL WITH PRIDE”: Little Red Schoolhouse Project and Mixx96.1 will collect school supplies, coats (new or gently used and clean), new socks and underwear, and donations of cash at the corner of State and Washington streets from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday to help send low-income students back to school with necessary clothes and supplies. Go to www.redschool.org for more information on donating. Donations can also be mailed to Little Red Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 6302, Olympia, WA 98507.
COMMUNITY YOUTH SERVICES “COLORFUL 5K RUN: The run kicks off at 8 a.m. Sept. 20. Registration, with early-bird discounts, is open now. Runners will begin the race in all white and proceed through six “color zones,” where an environmentally safe mix of cornstarch and tempera paint is tossed in the air, covering them with a rainbow of colors. All ages and all fitness levels are welcome. Kids 10 and younger run for free with a registered adult, but are asked to register. There also are group rate discounts. Early-bird rates of $35 are available through Aug. 31. Information and registration forms can be found at www.BrighterFuturesRun.com.
CONCERN FOR ANIMALS: Donations are needed of dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, bird and chicken food; cat litter, beds, blankets and towels in good condition; pet toys; dog houses, carriers and crates, leashes and collars; and gift cards to any outlet that sells pet food and supplies. To arrange to drop off supplies, call 360-456-8176 or visit Score Used Sports Store, Fluffy and Floyds, Les Schwab-Lacey, Ricks Automotive, Anytime Fitness-Lacey, Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center or The Dog House in Tenino. For more information or to make a cash donation, visit www.concernforanimals.org
THURSTON COUNTY FOOD BANK needs clean, untorn paper grocery sacks and dozen-egg cartons. Drop off donations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 220 Thurston Ave. NE, Olympia. Call 360-352-8597 for details.