Martin Luther King Jr. Silent Peace Walk: The ninth annual walk around Olympia’s Capitol Lake starts noon at Marathon Park. It will be led by Koro Kaisan Miles, resident teacher at Open Gate Zendo.
MLK Day project at McLane Creek Nature Trail: Two local nonprofit organizations, affiliated with WSU Extension, are coordinating an ecological restoration project 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Help remove invasive species in preparation for native plantings. Register via Native Plant Salvage Foundation at 360-867-2167 or by email at email@example.com. Workshop details and directions will be sent in advance.
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Restoration work party at Allison Spring Reserve: Capitol Land Trust and City of Olympia seeks volunteers to plant native trees and shrubs and remove invasive plants 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., at Allison Springs, 200 Delphi Road, Olympia. Wear long pants and shirt. Work tools and gloves provided. RSVP to Andrew Wilkens, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-943-3012
March for Life: Rally is scheduled noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the north steps of the Legislative Building. Participants will gather about 11 a.m. near the Winged Victory Monument, the statue located in the traffic circle near the Legislative Building, and then march to the north steps.
Town Hall meeting about homeless veterans in Mason County: State Representative Denny Heck, Thurston County Commissioner Bud Blake, Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffreys and City of Shelton Commissioner Tracy Moore will present information. The meeting runs 5:30-7 p.m. in the Mason County Public Works Building at 100 W. Public Works Drive, Shelton. Information: 360-915-8176.
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 Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 • 10am-4pm 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.
newEye on Nature: A field trip fundraiser for a program that connects children and nature will provide free field trips to Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. 5-9 p.m., at Fish Tale Brew Pub, 515 Jefferson St SE, Olympia. Suggested $10 door donation. Proceeds donated from the night’s sales.
Lunafest film festival: Soroptimist International of Olympia’s film festival is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016 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 at siolympialunafest.bpt.me or at the door. Space is limited. Information: soroptimistolympia.org and facebook.com/SoroptimistOlympia.