STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART is a United Way fundraiser offering food, wine and socializing from 5-9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at unitedway-thurston.org/straight-heart-winemakers-dinner.
SOUP & SONG BENEFIT CONCERT, a fundraiser for Love INC, is planned for 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Shelton Presbyterian Church, 1430 Shelton Springs Road. Suggested donation is $10. The evening will feature performances by local musicians, soups donated by Mason County restaurants, stories from people helped by Love INC, and a dessert auction. Love INC’s Gap Ministries provide job search mentoring; clothes and backpacks for children; firewood and household goods to people who are getting back on their feet. Love INC Clearinghouse hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Get more information at 360-462-LOVE (5683) or email@example.com.
A REALLY BIG SHOE 9: ROCKIN’ TO THE JUKEBOX — 1950-1985 is a benefit for homeless and needy children in Thurston and Mason counties. The show is set for 2 p.m. March 8 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Entertainment Explosion, the troupe that puts on the show, has over the years raised and distributed more than $184,000 in funds for children in need in the Olympia, Tumwater, North Thurston, Shelton, Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Rochester school districts. Tickets are $20 for orchestra and loge seating, $17 for mezzanine seating, and $10 for the upper balcony. To reserve your seat, call 360-753-8586 or go to olytix.org. To make a donation, go to entertainmentexplosion.org.
CONCERN FOR ANIMALS needs 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 drop off donations, call 360-456-8176 or visit Score Used Sports Store, Fluffy and Floyds, Les Schwab-Lacey, Rick’s Automotive, Anytime Fitness-Lacey, Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center or The Dog House-Tenino. For more information or to make a cash donation, visit concernforanimals.org.
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THURSTON COUNTY FOOD BANK needs clean, untorn paper grocery sacks and dozen-egg cartons. Drop off donations 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 220 Thurston Ave. NE, Olympia. Call 360-352-8597 for more information.