Thursday (Sept. 29)
Grand opening of Priest Point Park trail: The new trail provides access to the southern beach. Meet at 3 p.m. at kitchen shelter 4, 2600 East Bay Drive. Information: 360-753-8365.
Dowtown Academy: The topic is an update on the Community Care Center by Michelle James from Providence and Meg Martin from Interfaith Works. 8:30 a.m., New Caldonia building, 116 Fifth Ave. SE. Olympia.
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Buddy Walk: Event to raise awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, 9 a.m. at Fire Station 34, 8407 Steilacoom Road, Lacey. Information: Becca Brandt, president, South Puget Sound Up with Down syndrome, 360-915-6276.
Saturday and 8
Wrinkles of Washington auditions: Wrinkles of Washington needs talent for the annual Christmas show. Auditions will be held Saturday and Oct. 8 at the Lacey Senior Center from 9 a.m.-noon. All types of talents needed: singers, dancers, musical instruments, comedy, etc. Information: Sandra Vanover, 360-915-6677.
Thurston County Through the Decades at Tumwater Falls Park: The annual free living history celebration on the first Sunday of October at the Tumwater Falls Park features displays and hands-on activities pf 1825 to 1850. The event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. includes live pioneer music from Phil and Vivian Williams, a noon Riverwalk Tour with Don Trosper, food and views of the salmon run at the fish ladders along the Deschutes.
Blessing of the Animals. 3 p.m. on the patio in front of St Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St. SE, Lacey, just east of St. Martin’s College.
Panorama Republicans: Chris Lanese, candidate for Thurston County Superior Court judge Position 1 and Donald Austin, candidate for state legislator, will speak at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium on the lower level of the Quinault apartment building, 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey. Information: email@example.com or 360- 438-5641.
Communicating to connect: Learn tools for resolving conflicts, improving relationships, growing personally and changing society by transforming blame, criticism and violence into mutual understanding. Liv Monroe presents a free introduction to Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication 6:45-9 p.m., Lincoln Elementary School, corner of Washington and 21st in downtown Olympia. Contributions accepted. Information: Liv Monroe at 360-357-4503 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Parks turns 100: Veteran park ranger and author Russell Cahill will share stories, history and book excerpts at the Tumwater Timberland Library,7023 New Market St., 1-2 p.m. Information: 360-943-7790 or visit TRL.org.
Honoring New Citizens, A Naturalization Ceremony: Check-in begins at 2 p.m., ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. at SPSCC Minneart Performing Arts Center 2011 Mottman Road SW.