Saturday (Nov. 21)
Pinochle tournament: An afternoon of pinochle begins with registration at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and pinochle at 1 p.m., at 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton. $15, hosted by the Pinochle Players group of the Mason County Senior Activities Center. Call 360-426-7374 to reserve your spot. Drop-ins OK. Some of the money supports senior center operations.
Founding celebration: Come meet and learn how you can join with the Black Alliance of Thurston County to plan for the 2016 legislative session, 1-4 p.m. at Risen Faith Fellowship Church, 2129 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Parking is free, and light refreshments will be served. Children are welcome.
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St. John’s Concert Series ‘Northern Lights’: Baltic and Nordic choral music with Karen P. Thomas and Seattle Pro Musica will be featured at 3 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Seasonal songs, medieval, folk and contemporary songs. Donations accepted. Free child care.
Barb O’Neill Family and Friends dinner: The annual free meal is from noon to 5 p.m.at The United Churches, 1101 11th Ave., downtown Olympia. All are welcome. For donation information, contact Rodney O’Neill at 360-485-9931
Thanksgiving giveaway: Molina Healthcare of Washington will give away 200 reusable grocery bags filled with Thanksgiving-related food from 1-2 p.m. at Grocery Outlet, 2100 Harrison Ave., Olympia. The grocery bags will be distributed first-come, first-serve to the first 200 families while supplies last.
Tellebration: A concert of oral storytelling by members of the Sound Sound Story Guild will begin at 7 p.m., at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave., Olympia. Cost is $10. Story entertainment for adults and older children.
10th annual Teddy Bear Tea Party: The Olympia-Capital Centennial Rotary Club and event sponsors are throwing a party for families with children ages 2-7 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Olympia Elks Lodge, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal. Event includes Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, face painting, live music and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit homeless youths in Olympia and put a book in every child’s hand. For more information, go to TeddyBearTeaParty.net.
Olympia Downtown for the Holidays: Festivities begin at noon in, and around, Sylvester Park, and wind down with the tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Activities are planned for all ages.
DSHS Mobile Community Service Office: Apply for assistance, drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility or mid-certification review, or make changes to an existing case from 8 a.m.-noon, at Union Gospel Mission, 413 Franklin St., Olympia.
Spice of the Season: An evening of spirit in story and song at 7 p.m., at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave., Olympia. Storytellers are Maggie Lott and Rebecca Hom.
Panorama Republicans: Guest speaker will be Sam Reed, former Washington secretary of state. Reed will talk about candidates for the 2016 state and federal elections at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium, on the lower level of the Quinault Apartment building. For more information, call Ron Bax at 438-5641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low-cost cat spay days: Concern for Animals, in cooperation with Animal Care Veterinary Clinic, will offer Low Cost Cat Spay Days on Dec. 3, 10, 17, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Animal Care Vet Clinic will be handling 20 surgeries per day for female cats 12 weeks and older that are not in heat, overweight or pregnant. Proof of low income and Thurston, Mason or Lewis county residence is needed to qualify. Information: 360-489-1478.