Washington State University Alumni Association picnic: The South Sound Chapter hosts the event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jacob Smith House, 4500 Intelco Loop SE, Lacey. All Cougars, friends and family, and future Cougars are welcome. 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 in downtown Olympia from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations also may be mailed to Little Red Schoolhouse, PO Box 6302, Olympia, WA 98507. Info: http://www.redschool.org
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Ride for the Dogs Poker Run: Help shelter dogs with 125-mile motorcycle ride through Mason County that starts at JR’s Hideaway in Belfair. Sign-up is 8 a.m. to noon with first riders out at 10 a.m. Riders pay $15 and passengers $5. To donate prizes or sponsor the event, call 360-481-9962. Info: 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 St. SE. The walk will highlight several historic homes and include stops along Lacey and Ulery streets, Pacific Avenue and Seventh Avenue Southeast. Recommended age 14 and older. Info: 360-491-0857.
Lacey Community Pie Contest: Judges will pick the best pies in three categories: fruit, other (non-fruit), and teen/youth bakers. Guidelines are available at the library information desk and on the library website. Entries will be received from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Judging results will be announced at the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Beverages and pie will be served, prizes will be given. Link to the Pie Contest Rules: http://bit.ly/2vkhuMj More info: http://www.TRL.org or 360-491-3860.
Mental illness education event: Learn about the role family and community support plays in recovery, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Western State Hospital, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, building 10, off Sentinel Drive. Lunch provided. Info: email@example.com.
Greetings in the Garden: A free event from 10 a.m. to noon hosted by Olympia Waldorf School for families with children 1-5 years old. Meet the teachers for tea, snacks, playtime, a simple craft project for the little ones, and conversation about the Waldorf approach to early childhood education. RSVP or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 360-493-0906. The school is at 8126 Normandy St. SE, Olympia.
9th annual Olympia Pub Crawl: Fundraiser for Seattle Children's Hospital, for childhood cancer research and family support. The Pub Crawl begins with a Kickoff Party at 2 p.m. at The Society, 120 Fourth Ave. E, and ends with a Last Call Party starting at 7 p.m. at The Eagles Club, 805 Fourth Ave E, with live music by Big Blue Van. Info: http://www.databarevents.com/olypubcrawl Entry fee is $35.
St. John's Streetfest: The Episcopal church will provide food, games and activities for children, music and dance performances from 3 to 6 p.m. on 21st Avenue in front of the church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia. Service in Spanish at 6 p.m.
Eclipse 101: Amateur astronomers and eclipse enthusiasts Jerry Eber and Day Jackson will discuss how to view the eclipse safely and demonstrate how to make pinhole viewers from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library, More info: http://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.
Olympian Pet Parade: Beauties & Beasts, 8 a.m., Heritage Park, Olympia. Judging is done before the parade winds through downtown, ending at Sylvester Park, where participants get goodie bags and ice cream. Free.