Spice of the Season: Enjoy 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 spaying: Concern for Animals, in cooperation with Animal Care Veterinary Clinic, will offer Low-Cost Cat Spay Days on Thursday as well as Dec. 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.
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Carol singalong: Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern St. SW, will host an old-fashioned Christmas Carol Sing-Along from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hot apple cider will be served. No charge to attend, but donations will be accepted. This program is part of Unity’s regular First Friday events, which features speakers, music and films. For more information, call Unity of Olympia at 360-943-5757.
Parade of lighted ships: Deck the Hulls kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Port Plaza. Parade registration is 3-5 p.m. at the Olympia Yacht Club, 201 Simmons St. NW. For more information, go to olympiayachtclub.org.
38th Olympia Toy Run: Gates open and festivities begin at 10 a.m. at South Sound Center in Lacey. Kickstands up at 1 p.m. The cost to ride is $10 for singles and $15 for couples, or a new, unwrapped toy or gift for any age child and don’t forget the older kids For information on fundraising sales and entertainment, go to olytoyrun.com.
‘Mistletunes and Songflakes’: Masterworks Choral Ensemble continues its 35th Anniversary Season with selections from “The Polar Express” and “Frozen” and will include a performance by Garfield Elementary School student Martha Nguyen on piano. Masterworks performs at 7:30 p.m., at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Silent auction precedes the concert at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors and $14 for students. Tickets are on sale at Masterworks’s website mce.org and at the Washington Center box office. Call 360-753-8586 or go to olytix.org.
Mountain View holiday bazaar: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mountain View Elementary School, 1900 College St. SE, Lacey. For information, email Dorothy Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Fest Bazaar in Tenino: A winter festival runs 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tenino High School, 500 W. Second St.
Stonewall Youth’s Winter Gayla: The event is 6-9 p.m. at the Olympic Ballroom above the Urban Onion at 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Tickets at stonewallgayla.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, go to stonewallyouth.org.
Run: The Jingle Bell Run will be at Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE. Registered runners can pick up their swag bags Friday from 3:30-7 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center. Check-in and day-of registration at 8 a.m. at the center. All proceeds benefit Saint Martin’s athletics. Adult registration (until Saturday) is $40; military is $30; middle school, high school and college students (with valid identification) is $10; and kids 11 and younger are free (does not include the T-shirt or swag bag).
Tree lighting: Ralph’s Thriftway hosts the event from 5-7 p.m. Roosevelt Elementary and Reeves Middle School orchestra students will perform; Santa will be on hand for pictures; other activities include face painting and holiday food and beverage samples including from Lattin’s Country Cider Mill, Twister Donuts, Top Rung Brewery out of Lacey and Karma Vineyards out of Chelan.
Shelton Festival of the Nativity: This free event features a live Nativity scene with animals, creche displays, children’s activities and musical performances at 1200 Connection St., Shelton. Events begin at 5 p.m. with the live Nativity scene with animals; then the Hallelujah Bell Ringers play at 6:30; the children’s Nativity scene performance is at 7; at 7:30, the community musical program starts; and the viewing of crèche displays is at 8:30. Light refreshments will be provided.