Digging up George Bush’s homestead: George and Isabella Bush came west 170 years ago by wagon train from Missouri, headed for Oregon Territory. Arriving in 1845, they were one of the first families to settle in the place now called Tumwater. Last summer, students from The Evergreen State College, led by faculty member and archaeologist Ulrike Krotscheck, excavated the site of the Bush family farm. Team member Lexi Walsh will describe the experience from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Regional library. All Timberland Regional Library programs are free. The Olympia library is at 313 Eighth Ave. SE. For information, contact the library at 360-352-0595 or trl.org.
Middle school late night: Ninja warrior-themed late night will feature cornhole, black lights, a “Mission: Impossible” challenge, snacks and music from 7-10 p.m. at Tumwater Middle School. Tumwater youths in seventh and eighth grades can attend. Tumwater students can bring up to two registered guests. Registration forms are available at TSD school offices or at Tumwater Parks and Recreation. Guests must bring valid school identification and must be in the appropriate grade. Cost is $7. Information: Call Tumwater Parks and Recreation at 360-754-4160 or go to ci.tumwater.wa.us/youth.
Gun rights rally: The Gun Rights coalition estimates up to 200 people will attend a rally from 9-10:30 a.m. near the Legislative Building. Many participants are expected to openly carry weapons.
TED Talks: The topic is technology, 12:30-2 p.m. at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave SE. For more information call 360-407-3967 or visit online at SouthSoundSeniors.org.
SPSCC 2016 Artist and Lecture Series: Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet featuring keynote speaker Nancy Giles, who is a “CBS This Morning” contributor and comedian. Banquet is at 6 p.m. at the Student Union Building of South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $40 and available at spscc.edu/mlktix or by calling 360-596-5334.
Quit smoking: Cindy Levy, a licensed mental health counselor and clinical hypnotherapist, offers help Saturdays in January, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Lacey Timberland Regional Library, 500 College St. SE. All Timberland Regional Library programs are free. Information: 360-491-3860, trl.org.
Little League coaching clinic: A coaching clinic is offered 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Sandberg Indoor Facility, instructed by Steve Vogt, Lyle Overbay and Jared Sandberg. Free to Capitol Little League managers and coaches. Registration is open online for all events. Get more information and register at capitollittleleague.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Silent Peace Walk: The ninth annual walk around Olympia’s Capitol Lake starts at noon at Marathon Park. It will be led by Koro Kaisan Miles, resident teacher at Open Gate Zendo.
Olympia Tumwater Foundation Noon History Talk: Free monthly talk will feature author Dennis Larson speaking about the 1852-54 building of Naches Pass at noon at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater. Seating is first-come, first-served; doors open at 11:30 a.m. Information: olytumfoundation.org, 360-786-8117.
Oshogatsu in Olympia: Japanese New Year celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. SE, Olympia. Live entertainment will showcase traditional Japanese dance, music, taiko drumming and vocal performances. The event includes cultural activities, make-and-take crafts, demonstrations and an art exhibition. Free with a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family. Proceeds benefit the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association.
Lunafest film festival: Soroptimist International of Olympia’s film festival is at 6:30 p.m.at South Puget Sound Community College, Building 26, Room 105 Lecture Hall, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Films by female filmmakers highlight women as leaders. Tickets can be purchased at siolympialunafest.bpt.me or at the door. Space is limited. Information: soroptimistolympia.org and facebook.com/SoroptimistOlympia.