Capital City Newcomers Club: The club will host its monthly general meeting and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pellegrinos Event Center, 5757 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. The program will be a Jazz Duo “Singing in the Rain.” Information: Anita Rose at 360-709-0707. All welcome.
Urban Trails presentation: Olympia Mountaineers will host Craig Romano, author of “Urban Trails: Olympia, Shelton, South Thurston County, Harstine.” He will take attendees on a slideshow tour of trails around the area. Members and nonmembers are welcome at the event at the Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE. Door opens at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m. (bring a dish to share, plate and flatware), branch announcements are at 6:45 p.m. and Romano will begin his presentation at 7 p.m.
Thurston County history presentation: Drew Crooks, local author, historian and retired curator of collections at the State Capital Museum in Olympia, will present “From Ice Age to the 21st Century: A History of Thurston County” at 5:30 p.m. at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. SW. Free. For adults. Information: 360-943-7790 or TRL.org.
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Virgil Clarkson farewell reception: The city of Lacey invites the public to a farewell reception for City Council member Virgil Clarkson in recognition of 19 years of work on the Lacey City Council. The reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Clarkson served three terms as mayor and two as deputy mayor. Information: Jenny Bauersfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-438-2621.
Panorama Republicans: Washington state Treasurer Duane Davidson will be guest speaker at the Panorama Republican meeting at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium on the Panorama Campus, 1751 Circle Lane, Lacey.
Friday & Saturday
A Christmas Carol on stage: The Charles Dickens classic will be presented by the Olympia Waldorf School's class of 2018, in collaboration with The Evergreen State College's "Arts and the Child" course. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen’s Experimental Theater in the Communications Building. Free and open to the public.
Olympia Choral Society holiday concert: The choir will present “The Best of Christmas Past: A 20th Anniversary Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Koval Center for the Performing Arts, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road NE, Lacey. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the North Thurston Education Foundation. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. No reserved seating. Information: olympiachoral.org.
Tumwater Christmas Tree Lighting Festival: The festival will run from 2-5 p.m. at the Tumwater Fire Station and City Hall on Israel Road. Enjoy community and school choir performances, decorate cookies and create ornaments, enter raffles, meet Miss Thurston County 2018 Ashley Engstrom, watch the ceremonial tree lighting, and greet Santa Claus, who will arrive on an antique fire truck. Free. Information: 360-754-4160, ci.tumwater.wa.us/ treelighting.
The Bridge Music Project with Tonks and the Aurors: The Lacey Timberland Library will host an evening of local hip-hop and Harry Potter tunes when the Bridge Music Project, a Thurston County youth hip-hop collective, and the wizard rock band Tonks and the Aurors join for a free, all-ages event from 7-9 p.m. The library is at 500 College St. SE, Lacey. Information: BridgeMusicProject.org, 360-491-3860 or TRL.org.
Wrinkles of Washington: Wrinkles of Washington will perform its Christmas show, "Melodies & Mistletoe," at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia Street, NW. The performance is a fundraiser for Senior Services for South Sound. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the senior center, Yenney's Music Company, at the door at each performance, or by calling 360-459-0730.
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