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8 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Sept. 12-14


Taking to the streets

There will be dancing in the street, along with live entertainment, food and more at the Washington Street Block Party from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Celebrate the community, meet your neighbors and even join in a scavenger hunt. Find the free fun between Fifth Avenue and Legion Way. For more information, call 360-753-8585.


Heard it through the grapevine

Sample the goods of six local wineries this weekend by taking part in the South Sound Wine Trail. A passport to the event that runs Friday through Sunday offers five tastings at each of the wineries for $25. Also receive a 4 percent discount on wine purchases. Tickets can be purchased at any of the six locations: Stottle Winery, Madsen Family Cellars, Northwest Mountain Winery, Medicine Creek Winery, Scatter Creek Winery and Walter Dacon. Go to to learn more.


Live, in Olympia

Take in some local theater with these plays running through Sept. 28:

It’s the final weekend for Harlequin Productions’ dramedy “Middletown.” Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 12) and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, and $20 for students. For more information, go to harlequinproductions.orgor call 360-786-0151.

Olympia Little Theatre’s “Blithe Spirit” brings Noel Coward’s comedy of mediums and errant spirits to the stage. It continues at its theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, through Sept. 28. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 1:55 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. Tickets are $8-$14; call 360-786-9484 to get yours.


It’s still not easy being green

Join Captain Little toy store and the Olympia Film Society for a celebration of Jim Henson’s birthday with a screening of his 1979 film “The Muppet Movie” at 11 a.m. Saturday. The screening — free for kids 12 and younger — is at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. For more information, go to


Find your place in the sun

Learn what it takes to go solar at the Thurston Solar Tour. You can tour 10 sites in the free public tour that is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. Meet homeowners, see solar in action and get inspired. The self-guided tour runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Start at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave SE, Olympia. For more information, go to


Cooperative celebrating

The seasons are changing, so come out to the Olympia Food Co-op’s 10th Annual Harvest Party and Local Eats on Sunday to enjoy it. The party celebrates the bounty of the harvest and local producers from 1-6 p.m. at the co-op’s newly remodeled west side store, 921 Rogers St. NW. Join in the Zuch Fest by entering your zucchini in the giant zucchini contest. The festival is free and open to the public.


No longer ‘A Man Without Love’

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Engelbert Humperdinck is known for his smooth voice, good looks and signature songs, including “Release Me,” “There Goes My Everything” and “The Last Waltz.” Hear him sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. Tickets start at $35 and are available by phone at 800-720-1788, or online at engelbert-humperdinck