SideWalk's Gingerbread Village: View and vote on one-of-a-kind gingerbread house creations noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Washington Center Black Box, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia. Free.Voting tickets are $1/piece, all proceeds benefit SideWalk's mission to end homelessness in Thurston County. Gingerbread Social, 7-9 p.m., Washington Center Black Box, features ginger-inspired desserts and drinks and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind gingerbread house creations. Tickets are $30/each for this 21+ event and are available at olytix.org or at the Washington Center Box office. https://www.facebook.com/walkthurston/events
Olympia Downtown for the Holidays: Festivities for all ages begin at noon in and around Sylvester Park and wind down with a tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Gayla & Silent Auction: Mpowerment Washington, an Olympia non-profit with the mission is to promote lasting sexual health to communities most affected by HIV/AIDS and their allies, is hosting an evening of food, entertainment and remembrance. A silent auction runs 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., with a program after. Tickets are $40. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
DSHS Mobile Community Service Office: Apply for assistance; drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility or midcertification 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 Sam Reed, former Washington secretary of state, will talk about candidates for the 2016 state and federal elections at 2 p.m., at 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey, in the basement auditorium. For information, call Ron Bax at 360-438-5641 or email email@example.com.
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 and 17, and 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.
Dec 4. and Dec. 5
Holiday Concerts: The South Puget Sound Community College Music Program is offering three holiday concerts. On Dec. 4, the SPSCC Concert Choir and SPSCC Concert Band perform at 7 p.m. The concert will be on the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Mainstage. Tickets are $10 general admission and free to all SPSCC students, staff and faculty with ID. Dec. 5, the South Puget Sound College Orchestra offers two performances; one at 3 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.. Those concerts will also be on the Minnaert Center Mainstage.Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors, non-SPSCC students (with ID) and members of the military, and free for all SPSCC students, staff and faculty with a valid ID. All tickets are available online at OlyTix.org, or by visiting or calling the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 360-753-8586. Information: spscc.edu/entertainment, or 360-596-5411.
Christmas Carol Sing-Along: Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern Street SW, will host an old-fashioned Christmas Carol Sing-Along 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hot apple cider will be served. No charge to attend but donations gratefully received. This program is part of Unity’s regular First Friday events featuring inspiring speakers, music and films. For more information call Unity of Olympia at 943-5757.