“Just Mercy” book discussion: Join in a discussion of the introduction and chapter 1 of Bryan Stevenson’s New York Times best-seller, “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.
Nisqually Land Trust annual meeting and salmon bake: 4-7:30 p.m., Odd Fellows Park, 6500 79th Ave. NE, Olympia. $10 donation suggested. Registration at 360-489-3400 or email email@example.com.
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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 habitatmasonwa.org.
South Sound Fly Fishers: Jay Paulson, professional tier and dry fly-fisher. 6:30 p.m. at the North Olympia Fire Station (Boston Harbor Fire Station), 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE. Free casting instruction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Information: southsoundflyfishers.org.
Tech Trek reception: The American Association of University Women, reception for the four middle school girls it sponsored for Tech Trek summer camps is 6:30 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave., SE, Olympia. Information: 360-438-0232.
Rachel Corrie Foundation: Meet Whitney Faulkner, executive director, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. RSVP’s and questions about the event can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race in film: 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.
Candyce Bollinger’s Parenting Workshops: 7-8:30 p.m., Managing Your Parental Response. Free. The Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Information: 360-352-0595 or TRL.org.
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 University’s Lacey campus. Free and the public is welcome. Information: bit.ly/2vXMTE8.
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.
Dental care for veterans: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bright Now Dental office at 4210 Martin Way E. in Olympia. The team will provide free exams and X-rays plus oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions to veterans and their dependents. Call 360-350-6486 for an appointment.
Mindfulness for daily living: Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center presents a Buddhist mindfulness workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 211 Legion Way SW. information or to register 360-754-7787 or MeditateInOlympia.org.