Commissioner of Public Lands forum: The seven candidates for chief of the state Department of Natural Resources will gather for a League of Women Voters' forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1399 Carlyon Ave. Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network will moderate the forum, which is also sponsored by The Olympian. Admission is free.July 13
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 Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Group tours are also available by appointment. The tour requires negotiating stairways. Donations accepted. Call 360-786-8117 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot or to arrange a group tour.
“Being Mortal:” Providence and Senior Services for South Sound present a free screening of the documentary “Being Mortal,” July 12 at Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, and July 26 at Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SW. The time on both dates is 1-3 p.m. Audience members can participate in discussion and a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of- life goals. Information: 360-493- 5377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Lecture Series: This week’s lecture: Adapting to Change: Climate Impacts and Innovation in Puget Sound. The free lectures are held every Wednesday evening during July and August; lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, off I-5 at exit 114.The entrance fee is waived for those attending the lectures. The Visitor Center will be open. Information: 360-753-9467.
Music in the Park: Olympia’s annual free concert series continues with the The Olson Brothers Band from 7-8 p.m., at Sylvester Park.
Rochester High School All School Reunion and Potluck: Begins at noon, with doors opening at 10 a.m., at the Rochester Middle School, 9937 US-12. Beverages, plates and utensils are provided. There is a short business meeting at 1 pm. An optional $4.39 donation is welcome.
Cocktail Party & Garden Open: Savor handcrafted cocktails with native plant infusions created by Katie Rains, and enjoy live music by Daven Tillinghast from 5-8 p.m., at 1524 Giles Ave. NW, in Olympia. A $25 ticket includes entry, hors d’oeuvres, and one drink. Nonalcoholic drinks will be available. To buy tickets or learn more, go to NativePlantSalvage.org. The Garden Open will feature a low-water, high-style urban oasis designed by Susan Tuzzolino.
PC & J and The Percolators: An evening of musical innovations at the Lacey Timberland Library, 7 to 9 p.m. All Timberland Regional Library programs are free. The Lacey Timberland Library is located at 500 College Street SE. Information: 360-491-3860or visit www.TRL.org.