Thurston County Fair: The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.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.
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. 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 $100. Information: capitollandtrust.org/gala, 360-943-3012.
Jazz festival: Six jazz groups entertain 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. Iinformatio: 360-791-2900.
Peterson Farm Tour: The Nisqually Land Trust hosts the Nisqually River shoreline tour from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The tour is a 1.5 mile round trip walk, described as easy to moderate. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-489-3400.
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 Rd SE. $16. For reservations call 360-943-0627 or 360- 412-3123.
Washington State University Alumni Association picnic: The South Sound Chapter hosts 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jacob Smith House, 4500 Intelco Loop SE in Lacey. All Cougars, friends and family, and future Cougars are welcome to attend. Main dish and beverages provided; bring a side salad or dessert. The event is free but registration is requested at alumni.wsu.edu.
Little Red Schoolhouse Radio Day: Fundraiser to send students “back to school with pride.” Collecting school supplies, backpacks, new or clean, gently used coats, new socks and underwear, or money to purchase supplies. Come to Mixx 96.1 at the corner of State Avenue and Washington Street, Olympia, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations may also be mailed to Little Red Schoolhouse at PO Box 6302, Olympia, WA 98507. Information: www.redschool.org for more information.
Ride for the Dogs Poker Run: Help shelter dogs with 125 mile motorcycle ride through Mason County Starts at JR’s Hideaway in Belfair. Sign-up is 8 a.m. to noon with first riders out at 10 a.m.M.. Riders $15 and passengers $5. Sign up the day of the event or register online before Aug. 6. To donate prizes or sponsor the event call 360-481-9962. For more information or to register, visit the Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington Facebook events page or www.adoptapet-wa.org.
Lacey walking tour: Take a free tour of the oldest neighborhood in Lacey at 10 a.m. The tour begins and ends at the Lacey Museum, 829 Lacey Street SE. The walk will highlight several historic homes and include stops along Lacey and Ulery Streets, Pacific Avenue and Seventh Avenue SE. Recommended age 14 and older. Information: 360- 491-0857.
Lacey Community Pie Contest: Pie will be judged in fruit, other, and teen/youth categories Entries received 10 a.m. -noon. Awards at 3, at the Lacey timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Information: www.TRL.org or 360-491-3860.
Native Plant Walk: 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: www.nativeplantsalvage.org or email@example.com.