Book signing with author D.L. Gardner: The Olympia Barnes & Noble will host a 2 p.m. talk with Port Orchard writer D.L. Gardner, who wrote “Where the Yellow Violets Grow,” a novel of love blooming in the weeks and months after Normandy during World War II. The book store is at 1530 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia. Information: gardnersart.com.
Easter basket distribution: Barb’s Family and Friends will be assembling and distributing free Easter baskets at First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way. Volunteers who want to help assemble 300 Easter baskets should arrive at the church at 8 a.m. Distribution of the baskets will begin at noon and last until 3 p.m. — or whenever the group runs out of baskets. Information: 360-485-9931.
Tumwater’s 22nd Easter egg dash: More than 20,000 colorful eggs will be nestled in the large grassy area behind the stadium at Tumwater High School, 700 Israel Road SW. Bring a basket or bag and collect eggs filled with candy, toys and prize coupons. Free event for those up to age 10. The 11 a.m. dash is for those ages 3 and younger; 11:15 a.m. for ages 4-6; and 11:30 a.m. for ages 7-10. Information: 360-754-4160.
Run Like a Fool 5K 2018: Club Oly Road Runners have organized its eighth day-before-April-Fools’-Day run, starting at 9 a.m. at Heritage Park, 330 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Day-of registration is $35. Last day for online registration was Wednesday.
Olympia Eagles Easter Egg Hunt: Olympia Eagles No. 21 will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NE. Free. Participants are encouraged to arrive early because the hunt starts at exactly 2 p.m. The Eagles provide 21,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes, including laptops and tablets for grand prizes in each age group. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt at Nisqually Reach: Have you ever seen a surf smelt egg? A baby surf smelt? From 1-4 p.m. at the Nisqually Reach Nature Center, 4949 D Milluhr Drive NE, you can check out what forage fish eggs look like and try your hand at finding hidden eggs. You’ll use a microscope to look through a dish of sand and pick out the itsy bitsy eggs. To attend, contact Terence Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Caspar Babypants benefit concert for Apple Tree Productions: Apple Tree Productions presents its annual Caspar Babypants benefit concert for its Special Needs Showcase, designed for theater students with developmental disabilities. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Babes in arms enter free of charge. Chris Ballew, lead singer for the rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, is children’s music performer Caspar Babypants. Information: facebook.com/appletreeproductions14.
Peep into My Favorite Book Literary Peeps Diorama Contest: People of all ages are invited to participate in this sticky sweet, creative competition put on by the Olympia Timberland Library. Participants create a scene from a favorite book using marshmallow Peeps as the primary material. Find rules and entry forms at the information desks at the library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. A diorama crafting session will be from 3-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, but submissions will be accepted at the library between Monday and April 13. Then anyone can visit the library to cast a vote for their favorite diorama between April 14-26. During Spring ArtsWalk, all artists and Peeps-enthusiasts will be invited to view the winning dioramas at an Awards Reception at 6:15 p.m. April 27. Information: trl.org
Japanese Americans in Washington: Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library will host this free program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. about Executive Order 9066, when 120,000 Japanese Americans who lived on the West Coast were taken from their homes and sent, without due process, to internment camps. When they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs. Mayumi Tsutakawa will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this American story. For adults. The library is at 7023 New Market St. Information: 360-943-7790 or TRL.org
Lehua Ukulele Ohana: Join this intermediate level group of ukulele players who know basic chords and some strumming styles as they play island-style Hawaiian and traditional music. The group gathers at 6:30 p.m. at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE. Bring your ukulele, some pupus (finger food). Information: SouthSoundSeniors.org or 360-407-3967.
Facebook on the Go course: Gather at 10:15 a.m. at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, to learn how to use Facebook on your mobile device, cell phone or tablet. The two-hour course is designed for Facebook users ready to take the next step in social media. Topics to be covered privacy settings, adding friends, uploading, tagging and sharing photos; creating photo albums; and sharing friends, groups and pages. Sign-up required at 360-586-6181 or SouthSoundSeniors.org.
“American Junkie” author talk: Tom Hansen, a recovering heroin addict, will talk about his memoir from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library. The book, set during the Seattle grunge days, takes readers into a land of addicts, failed punk bands, brushes with fame and selling drugs. Free; for adults. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available. The library is at 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Information: 360-352-0595 or TRL.org.
Olympia Farmers Market launches 43rd season: The market will celebrate the opening of its 43rd season with the 10 a.m. ringing of the bell followed by live entertainment and vendor specials. The event marks expanded hours for the market, which has been open only Saturdays since January. Hours now will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The market is at 700 Capitol Way N. Information: email@example.com or 360-352-9096.
Memory Café: People dealing with memory challenges and their loved ones and caregivers are invited to gather at 2:30 p.m. at River’s Edge Restaurant, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, for an opportunity to enjoy social time with other people going through the same challenges. Information: 360-407-3967.
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