Tumwater Fourth of July: The community’s 25th annual parade starts at 11 a.m. at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street. ci.tumwater.wa.us.
Artesian Family Festival and Thunder Valley Fireworks Show: There will be music, games, food and fireworks, 6 p.m. at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Admission is free, parking is $10 a vehicle. ci.tumwater.wa.us.
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2016 Summer Lecture Series: This week’s lecture: Medicine Creek Treaty, Cynthia Iyall. The free lectures are held every Wednesday evening during July and August, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, off Interstate 5 at Exit 114. Attendance is limited to 100 and seating will be issued starting at 6 p.m. The entrance fee is waived; the visitor center will be open until 7 p.m. and again after the lecture. For more information, call the refuge office, 360-753-9467.
Music in the Park: Olympia’s annual free concert series kicks off with the Randy Linder Band from 7-8 p.m., at Sylvester Park.
Panorama Republicans: Speakers will be Michael Waite, candidate for state treasurer, and Phillip Yin, candidate for lieutenant governor. One-hour meetings are open to all and begin at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium, lower level of the Quinault apartment building, 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey. Information: email Ron Bax at email@example.com or call 360-438-5641.
Trauma training report: Olympia residents Dr. Leyla Welkin, Evan Welkin and Federica Faggioli will present their international project to support trauma training for refugee workers in Europe and Turkey. 7:30 p.m. at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. A question-and-answer period will follow.
Private garden tour: Open for one day only when the WSU Mason County Master Gardener Garden Tour will showcase six private gardens in the Alderbrook neighborhood and along Highway 106. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Addresses and directions will be in the tickets, available at Lynch Creek Floral, Tozier’s Hardware, Brilliant Moon and the Shelton Farmer’s Market (Saturday 9-2 only), all in downtown Shelton, and Hunter Farms and the Union City Market, both in Union. Tickets are $12 or two for $20. Proceeds benefit WSU Master Gardener programs. Call 360-426-9845 for more information.
Summer Guided Tours of the Schmidt House: Free guided tours of Tumwater’s historic Schmidt House are led by Bob Crim, who for 60 years has been the caretaker of the house and grounds. First Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. Group tours are also available by appointment. The tour requires negotiating stairways to three floors and the basement. Donations accepted. Call 360-786-8117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot or to arrange a group tour.