Volunteer with DERT: The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team will host a volunteer orientation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harbor House on Percival Landing. Admission is free and food will be provided. Space is limited to 25, so register at bit.ly/2vipJI3. DERT is organizing teams to help educate the public about the effects the dam at the mouth of the Deschutes River has on water quality and the importance and benefits of Deschutes estuary restoration.
March for Medicare for All: Those opposing the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act will rally from 6 to 8 p.m. in Olympia’s Sylvester Park.
Wednesday July 26
Jazz at Music in the Park: The Olympia Downtown Association (ODA) welcomes the band Harumph to the Music in the Park summer concert series at Olympia’s Sylvester Park. The band’s lead vocalist is Olympia native Kate Dinsmore, who will be performing American Jazz with her band mates. Free. Info: http://musicintheparkolympia.com/
Books by the Bay: This South Sound Reading Foundation fundraiser runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Port Plaza, 701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. The outdoor event will feature authors Jim Lynch and Peter Stark, live music by Red & Ruby, food by Ramblin' Jacks, drinks, silent auction, and games. Tickets are $60 and available at southsoundreading.org.
Desert War Veterans Day: Taya Kyle will be the guest speaker at the annual Desert War Veterans Day event at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis. Kyle is the wife of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, who was killed in 2013 while trying to help a veteran. She will be at the museum at 1 p.m., where she will be selling and signing books. She will speak at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 360-740-8875.
Classic rock at Lacey in Tune: Seattle cover band Spike and the Impalers will rock Huntamer Park in Woodland Square from 7-9 p.m., then the city will screen “School of Rock” when the sun goes down. The event is free and for all ages. On-street parking around the Woodland Square Loop is permitted during concerts to accommodate park visitors. Information: 360-491-0857, http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/living-in-lacey/
Northwest author talk: Author Charlie Sheldon will share passages from his novel “Strong Heart,” set in the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, at 2 p.m. at Brilliant Moon, 116 W. Railroad Ave., Suite 104, Shelton. Free. Books will be available for sale and signing. Info: 360-868-2190 or email@example.com
July 29 and 30
Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road SE, Lacey. Put on by Rotary Club of Hawks Prairie. Admission is $5 per day. Info: pnwmushroomfest.com
Thurston League of Women Voters Treasure Sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bonnie and Bob Jacobs’ home, 720 Gov. Stevens Ave. SE, Olympia. The event is a fundraiser for the league. Items include art work, collectibles, dinner ware, household items, books and CDs, and furniture and fabric.
National Neighbors Night Out: 38 million people in 16,000 communities in the United States and Canada will participate in this event to build community and improve public safety. In Tumwater, there will be two gatherings from 5 to 8:30 p.m., one on Linderson Road between Tumwater High School and Mountain View Church, and another at Peter G. Schmidt Elementary, 237 Dennis St. SE. Events include music, food, children’s activities and educational materials. To find an event in your neighborhood, go to NATW.org
Thurston County Fair: Admission hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds at 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Tickets are $7 for general admission, but can be purchased in advance at a discount. Info: www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/
Panorama Republicans: Meet at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium at Panorama in Lacey. Jami Lund, senior policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation, a think-tank based in Olympia, will present a review of the Freedom Foundation's purpose and accomplishments, update progress on education funding, and recount public employee union's influence on citizens and government service recipients. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be provided in the Quinault Coffee Room following the meeting. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music in the Park, Friday edition: The weekly concert moves to Friday night at Olympia’s Port Plaza, with rock band Wally & The Beaves featuring Danny Vernon as Elvis. Free. Info: http://musicintheparkolympia.com/
Stories in the Park, Stories in the Dark: Listen to folktales told in the oral storytelling tradition by members of South Sound Story Guild starting at 7 p.m. at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. Bring blanket or lawn chairs. Family friendly first half, spooky tales in second half. Info: 360-753-8380
Capitol Land Trust Summer Gala & Auction: The trust's summer gala runs from 5-9 p.m. at Triple Creek Farm in west Olympia. Event includes live music, drinks and appetizers, silent and live auctions, and dinner. All support land conservation and education programs. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $85/person until July 24, then $100/person after. Info: CapitolLandTrust.org/gala, 360-943-3012.