The Razor’s Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon: 7:30-8:45 p.m., Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Author and clam digger David Berger explores the twists and turns of clamming, from presettlement days to present. Information: 360-352-0595 or TRL.org.
Olympia candidate forum: Gateway Rotary will host six candidate forums at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, 4411 Martin Way E. This week kicks off the series with Olympia City Council candidates Allen Miller and Lisa Parshley.
Heroes for Housing breakfast fundraiser: Washington’s first lady Trudi Inslee will attend the fourth annual fundraising breakfast held by Homes First, which creates and maintains affordable rental housing in Thurston County. The breakfast will be at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey Campus. For details and to register, call Marge Price at 360-915-8176.
Korean War exhibit opening: The Secretary of State Office’s Legacy Washington program will launch a new exhibit in its front lobby at the Capitol called “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered” with a 3 p.m. event in the State Reception Room, preceded by performances at 2:30 p.m. in the Rotunda. The exhibit tells the stories of 13 Washingtonians who experienced the Korean War in different ways, from U.S. soldiers who fought in the war, to a nurse who worked in a MASH unit, to Korean Americans who grew up in Korea during or after the war.
Alec Clayton book talk: Olympia author Alec Clayton will talk about his latest novel, “Tupelo,” at
7 p.m. at Browsers Bookshop, 107 Capitol Way N., Olympia. He will talk about growing up in Mississippi in the 1950s and ’60s and how that influenced his novel, and he’ll read a brief selection from “Tupelo” and sign books.
Retro gaming: Try old-school game consoles with the crew of Super Smash Video Games, 6 p.m., Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Information: 360-491-3869 or TRL.org.
SafePlace Speak Up, Speak Out Gala: 5-10 p.m. at SafePlace’s Olympia Community Service Center, 521 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Proceeds support 24-hour crisis programs for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The gala includes live music by Los Super Hermanos and Dillingers Cocktails & Kitchen small bites and cocktails. New Executive Director Sarah Lloyd will give the keynote address and there will be a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $75/$100. Information: 360-786-8754, ext 200.
Puget Sound Energy Safe at Home event: Puget Sound Energy joinswith the American Red Cross for a one-day disaster preparedness event at the Lacey Walmart, 1401 Galaxy Drive NE. Stop by between 9 and 11:30 a.m. to pick up a free emergency preparedness starter kit, safety tips and information on the myPSE outage app. For more information, go to pse.com/safeathome.
The mighty typewriter: Learn about vintage machines and watch performance typewriter poet Shanon Rae create customized poetry. Bring your machine for a chance to win a prize. Awards include most distinctive, best font and best margin bell. 2 p.m., Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Information: 360-491-3869 or TRL.org.
Lake Sylvia State Park Fall Festival: The public is invited to the eighth annual Lake Sylvia Fall Festival from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano. The festival begins with a camp-style pancake breakfast, followed by music, kids’ games and races, an artists’ market, food vendors, history talks, cooking demonstrations by local Boy Scouts, kids’ nature art and a group kayak paddle/tour on the lake at 2 p.m. Free kayaks available first-come, first-served, or bring your own. Free admission, but a Discover Pass is required to park. A free shuttle will be available all day between Simpson Elementary School in Montesano and the park. Information: Stet Palmer, 360-789-9953, or Ranger Miles Wenzel, 360-249-3621.
“Just Mercy” book discussion: Join in a discussion of the introduction and chapter 1 of Bryan Stevenson’s New York Times Bestseller, “Just Mercy, ” from 2-4 p.m. at Orca Books, 509 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Free refreshments and parking. Sponsored by the Black Alliance of Thurston County and Orca Books.
Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking: Habitat for Humanity of Mason County will break ground for its 27th house in Shelton at 11 a.m. at the building site, 325 Grandview. Free, and the public is welcome. Information: 360-426-8134 or www.habitatmasonwa.org
Race in Film Viewing & Discussion: Watch and discuss “Straight Outta Compton” from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation sanctuary, 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia. Free refreshments and parking. Sponsored by the Black Alliance of Thurston County, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation and The United Churches of Olympia.
Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture: Aneelah Afzali, executive director of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound/American Muslim Empowerment Network, will present the lecture "Combating Islamophobia" and a workshop at 4 p.m. in Harned Hall, Room 110, on Saint Martin’s Lacey campus. Free and the public is welcome. Information: https://www.stmartin.edu/news-events/news/saint-martins-college-arts-and-sciences-hosts-events-focused-race-and-diversity
Alpaca open house: Meet alpacas and ranchers from area farms at La Vida Alpaca, 15631 159th Lane SE, Yelm. Activities for all ages, alpaca products for sale. Information: 360-894-1273, email@example.com, lavidaalpaca.com.
19th annual Oktoberfest: 4-10 p.m. at Fish Brewing Co., 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia. Featuring craft beers and ciders, food from local restaurants and live music. 21 and older only. Advance tickets are $20, available at the Fish Tale Brew Pub or brownpaperticket.com. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Lacey Ranger at Fish Brewing at firstname.lastname@example.org.