Celebrate Oakland Bay Day: This free event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. features hands-on, family-friendly activities related to the water, land, plants and animals found in the South Puget Sound area, at Bayshore Preserve, 3800 state Route 3, Shelton. No dogs allowed. Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and location.
The Refugee Crisis: A report from Lesvos, Greece: Dan Leahy, a retired professor of political economy, and his wife will discuss the history of and current crisis resulting from the war in Syria. The talk goes from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia.
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Vascular Plants of the South Sound: A lecture and book-signing in celebration of the release of a new field guide titled “Vascular Plants of the South Sound Prairies.” More than 40 Evergreen State College students, scientists from Evergreen, Centralia College and the Center for Natural Lands Management made contributions to the project. Noon at the Washington State Capitol Museum, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. Suggested donation $2.
Green Crab Science Café Awareness: The European green crab (Carcinus maenas), considered one of the world’s worst invasive species, is poised to enter Washington’s inland shoreline ecosystems. The workshop is 7 p.m. at Orca Books, 509 East Fourth Ave., Olympia. To learn more about the threat of invasion, how to identify green crabs and a link to the reporting form, visit the Crab Team website:http://wsg.washington.edu/crabteam. To register for this workshop, visit streamteam.info and click on “register.” For more information, contact Michelle firstname.lastname@example.org
Flag Day celebration: Thurston County Veterans Council and Thurston County Realtors Association co-sponsor a Flag Day celebration at 4 p.m. at the Flag Pavilion in South Sound Mall parking lot, adjacent to Applebys. Olympia FD and LFD #3 will hoist a huge American flag. There will be an honor guard and a cannon salute.
Summer Guided Tours of the Schmidt House: The “Heritage Builders” history program of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, with support from the City of Tumwater, will host free guided tours of Tumwater’s historic Schmidt House throughout the summer and fall. The tour schedule includes the public tours on the first Tuesday of each month and group tours are also available by appointment. Tours are limited to 15-20 people and take just over an hour. The tour requires negotiating stairways to three floors and the basement level. Tours are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. and the tour begins at 11 a.m. Call ahead 360-786-8117 or email at email@example.com to reserve a spot or to arrange a special group tour.