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7 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Aug. 8-10


Love some literature

It’s going to be a seaside literary celebration at the Books By The Bay event at the Port Plaza, 700 Columbia St. NW. It will feature award-winning authors and illustrators, live music, food and fun. Meet Barbara Hicks, author of “Frozen,” as well as others at this fundraiser for the South Sound Reading Foundation’s free literacy program. There will be a silent auction of more than 40 items, including artwork, signed books, tickets to museums, zoos and more. It all starts at 6 p.m. Friday and tickets are $35. Call 360-412-4499 for more information.


Cinema on the grass

You know it’s summer when you have your pick of outdoor movies. Check out two options this week in Thurston County:

•  Tumwater’s Annual Screen on the Green will be showing “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” Friday starting at dusk. Head out with your blanket and lawn chairs to Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, for the free screening. The site opens at 7:30 p.m. and the movie shows at dusk.

•  Take in the classic

“High Society,”

the musical comedy starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, at the

Movies at the Mansion

series at State Capital Museum, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. The screening is at 9 p.m. Friday, with a discussion 15 minutes prior to the film. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $2.


Fair Elma

The Grays Harbor County Fair kicked off Wednesday in Elma and runs through Sunday, offering all the charm and traditions of an old-fashioned fair. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students 6-17, and free for those 5 and younger; military are offered a $2 discount. Unlimited ride wristbands are $22 in advance at the fairgrounds or area Anchor Banks, or $26 at the gate. For more information, go to or call 360-482-2651.


Shakespeare wraps it up

Animal Fire Theatre’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” the romantic comedy believed to be William Shakespeare’s first play, is in its final weekend. It returns to Priest Point Park on East Bay Drive with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All performances are free; bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.


Cars, cars, cars

Car and motorcycle enthusiasts will flock to the Olympia Street Rod Association’s Summer Car Show this weekend. More than 400 cars will be on display at Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. The free event is family-friendly with hourly drawings, live entertainment by the Raucous Band and DJ Steve Mahoney. It runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit ROOF and Thurston County Food Bank.


Bow wow

The Bulldog Clubs of Greater Seattle is bringing its annual Bulldog Dynasty specialty show to Olympia this weekend. There will be breed and performance classes, and lots of bulldogs to admire. Come out Saturday through Wednesday for showing and judging at the Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia. For more details, call 360-943-4000.