Friday (July 3) — July 19
Bringing back its original musical, “Sixties Chicks,” Harlequin Productions has updated the show with new material and surprises, renaming it “Sixties Chicks Too.” The play traces the cultural cataclysm led by women in the 1960s with more than 30 songs that celebrate American women. It continues through July 19 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $32 general admission, $29 senior citizens and military, and $20 students and youths. Call 360-786-0151 or go online to harlequinproductions.org for the details.
Friday (July 3)
Never miss a local story.
Fright Club to screen ‘The Shining’
Join in the fun of Fright Club with the Olympia Film Society when it shows “The Shining,” on Friday (July 3) and July 17. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is a horror classic. Come to the 9 p.m. screening at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org to find out more.
Friday (July 3)
Library will offer storytelling for adults
Make your lunch break one of storytelling at “Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults” at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. It will feature Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, reading “The Strange Library” by Haruki Murakami starting at 12:10 p.m. Friday (July 3). Make sure to bring your lunch and your imagination.
Friday (July 3)
Labor and environment
Bringing together a combined activist interest in the environment and labor, singer Dana Lyons joins Anne Freeney for the Teamsters and Turtles Tour at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. The performance is part of a mission to use song and story to dispel the myth that unions are at odds with environmentalists. Come out for the 8 p.m. show Friday (July 3). Donation suggestions is $10-$20. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
Friday (July 3)
Lacey Freedom Concert and Fireworks Show
The City of Lacey’s annual celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and goes until 10:15 p.m., at Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Drive SE, in Lacey. Enjoy music, face painting, kids crafts, and will feature an 8 p.m. presentation of colors before more music and the fireworks show. Expect road closures and detours for the event.
Boston Harbor Marina Fireworks
At dusk on Friday, July 3, Boston Harbor Marina will host a fireworks display visible from land, sea, or dockside. Stop by early to pick up snacks, fuel your boat for a floating view, or wander the beach beforehand.
Saturday (July 4)
Artesian Family Festival
Tumwater’s annual 4th of July festival kicks off at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin 10:15 p.m., at Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive. There will be music, food, games, and more at this family-friendly festival. The festival is free but parking in a designated lot is $10.
JBLM opens its gates for another year of 4th of July family fun with their annual Freedom Fest: Freedom Fest begins at noon, with fireworks at 10 p.m. There will be carnival rides, food, crafts, games, and music with free admission and free parking. This year’s feature concert performer is Frankie Ballard with opening number by “Spike and the Impalers.”
Fourth festivities at Tenino City Park
Make your 4th of July a fun trip to the Splash Bash Family Fun Carnival at Tenino City Park and Quarry Pool. Pack up the family and head out for fun with a bounce house, face painting, carnival games, live entertainment and food. Learn about safe handling of fireworks from the local fire department, soak local officials at the dunk tank and take a dip in the pool. It all begins at noon Saturday, with admission of $3 per person or $10 per family. For more information, call 360-237-4418.
Jazz will fill cafe
Get your jam on with the jazz community of the South Sound from 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. The jazz jam is held the first Sunday of the month and is free to all; donations for the pianist, drummer and bassist rhythm section are welcomed. To find out more, call 360-705-2819.
Saturdays through July 25
Kids movie series opens
The Olympia Film Society kicks off its Kids Club movie series with the screening of “When Marnie Was There.” This newest animated feature from Japan’s Studio Ghilbi is a story of friendship, mystery and discovery. A kids’ film will be shown every Saturday at 11 a.m. through July 25 at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. To learn more about the movie series and the film, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.