National Neighbors Night Out: 38 million people in 16,000 communities in the United States and Canada will participate in the event designed to improve connections among neighbors. In Tumwater, two gatherings will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m., one on Linderson Road between Tumwater High School and Mountain View Church and the other 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: The fair is open 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. Information: bit.ly/2uTNCK0.
Panorama Republicans: Meet at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium at Panorama in Lacey. Jami Lund, senior policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation, an organization based in Olympia, will present a review of the Freedom Foundation, and talk about education funding and public employee unions.The public is welcome. Refreshments will be provided in the Quinault Coffee Room following the meeting. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday and Aug. 17
Native Plant Walks: Native Plant Salvage Foundation plant experts lead along Olympia’s McLane Creek Nature Trail off of Delphi Road. All ages, 6-7 p.m. Donation of $5-$20 suggested. Information: nativeplantsalvage.org or email@example.com.
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. Information: 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. Tales for the young in the first half, spooky tales in second half. Information: 360-753-8380.
Capitol Land Trust Summer Gala & Auction: The trust’s event runs from 5-9 p.m. at Triple Creek Farm on Olympia’s west side. Event includes live music, drinks and appetizers, silent and live auctions, and dinner. Proceeds support land conservation and education programs. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $85/person until Monday, then $100/person after. Information: capitollandtrust.org/gala, 360-943-3012.
Jazz festival: Six jazz groups will play from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Yelm City Park and Community Center. Free admission and parking, plus food, wine/beer available for purchase. Iinformation: 360-791-2900.
What’s New At The Fair: Stonecroft Christian Women’s Connection lunch and speaker. Noon, at Panorama Gallery next to Seventeen51 Restaurant, 1600 Sleater-Kinney Road SE. $16. For reservations, call 360-943-0627 or 360- 412-3123.