Stephanie Coontz book signing: Stephanie Coontz, emeritus faculty member at The Evergreen State College, recently released her seventh book, “The Way We Still Never Were: Another Quarter Century of Family Change and Diversity,” and will discuss myths of the American family during a reading and signing event, 5-6 p.m.The free event is in the bookstore, in the College Activities Building on Evergreen’s Olympia Campus, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW. Refreshments and open seating planned. Parking is $2.
Capital City Newcomers: Monthly general meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Pellegrino’s Event Center, 5757 Littlerock Road, Tumwater. Linda Terry will speak on brain health. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Evelyn Hinken at 360-273-0844.
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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant at Panorama Republicans: A one-hour gathering, open to all, begins at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium, on the lower level of the Quinault apartment building, 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey. Information: Ron Bax at 360-438-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naturescaping: Learn sustainable landscaping practices that can reduce watering and mowing while also attracting birds and butterflies, at WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project “Naturescaping” workshop from 6-9:15 p.m. at the Tumwater Fire Hall, 311 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. Sponsored by the city of Tumwater/Stream Team. Free, but you must register . Go to streamteam.info and click on “calendar.” Information: email@example.com or 360-867-2167.
Amy Goodman speaks: Goodman will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. at The Evergreen State College Recital Hall, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, and then, with co-author Denis Moynihan, sign copies of their newest book, “Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.” Doors will open at 7 p.m. There will be also be a private reception with Goodman before she speaks. All proceeds will go to KAOS Community Radio and Thurston Community Television. General admission $25. Reception, $75, includes a copy of her new book and admission to the speech. For tickets: http://kaosradio.org.
Olympia Peace Choir: A performance is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Unity Church, 1335 Fern Street NW. Art work from Olympia High School students will be on display. No charge to attend but contributions accepted for the Nature Conservancy. Information: 360-943-5757
Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial: The ceremony is noon-3 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Memorial, near the Temple of Justice and overlooking Capitol Lake and the north Capitol Campus.The event will cause some impacts to parking, traffic and bus service on the west Capitol Campus on the night before and the day of the ceremony. The Dash shuttle will continue to run through the west campus on May 6, but the route will be modified and the buses will not stop at all of the usual locations before and during the ceremony. There will be a 21-gun salute during the ceremony and practice salutes on the west side of the GA Building earlier in the day.
Adopt-A-Pet plant sale: Adopt-A-Pet is having its plant sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot of Our Community Credit Union, 2948 Olympia Highway N., Shelton. Adopt-a-Pet is a nonprofit dog shelter at 940 E. Jensen Road, Shelton. Volunteer information can be found at adoptapet-wa.org. For more information or to donate items for the sale, contact the Adopt-A-Pet office at 360-432-3091or firstname.lastname@example.org.