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5 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Nov. 28-30


Rock the holidays

Harlequin Productions gets in the spirit of the season by kicking of the latest in its series of holiday musicals, “The Stardust Christmas Commotion,” set in 1958. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 28) and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at its State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $39 for adults, $35 for military and seniors, $25 for students and those younger than 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. Call 360-786-0151 or go to for more information.


Slither on in

Written in rhyme, Olympia Family Theater’s production of “How the Slug Stole Solstice” is a play inspired by Dr. Seuss’ Grinch and focused on surviving the dark of winter. Catch a show at 7 p.m. Friday or 2 p.m. Saturday or Sunday at OFT’s new home at 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $13-$19 and available at or the box office. For more information, call 360-570-1638.

Saturday & Sunday

These gingerbread houses benefit homeless

Step into The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, this weekend to check out the Olympia Holiday Gingerbread Village. The center will display a full village of decorated houses and cottages from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, and guests can vote for their favorites. A silent auction of the houses will be held Saturday evening. Proceeds benefit SideWalk, which advocates for the homeless in Thurston County.


Ho ho ho

Help get in the holiday spirit at Downtown for the Holidays on Sunday afternoon in Olympia. Bring the family out from noon-5 p.m. for lots of activities, music, entertainment and the annual holiday parade down Capitol Way. Sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association, most activities are free and are in or around Sylvester Park.


I’m dreaming of ...

Take a trip back in time at the “ White Christmas” Sing Along at 5 p.m. Sunday. Join in with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney as they sing their way through the classic holiday film. Dig out your holiday finest, decorate your favorite cashmere, and find those jingle bell earrings to join in the accompanying Holiday Sweater Contest. It’s all happening at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for students, seniors and military, and $11 for youth at 360-753-8586 or