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11 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Dec. 5-7


Boozy bash

The Olympia Film Society’s fourth annual Repeal Prohibition Day Celebration offers entertainment by Tush Burlesque and the Greta Jane Quartet, craft cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to dress up in ’30s finery. The fun starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $17 general admission, $14 for Olympia Film Society members — and it’s apropriately open only to those 21 and older with ID. For more information, go to


Heads will roll

Tired of holiday fare? Theater Artists Olympia presents “The Head That Wouldn’t Die,” an original musical adaptation of a 1960s film about a doctor keeping his fiancée’s head alive while he tries to find her a new body. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Tickets are $15 (but no one will be turned away), and are available at the door or at For more information, call 360-259-2743.


Love and marriage

Olympia Little Theatre adds a sprinkle of holiday spirit to Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” about a young couple learning about married life. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$14 at Yenney Music or


Ride for a cause

The Olympia Toy Run annually brings together motorcyclists for a day of giving to the Salvation Army’s Toy ’n’ Joy Shop. Come out to South Sound Center in Lacey at 11 a.m. Saturday for live entertainment and fun before leaving at 1 p.m. with toys and donations. The run will travel Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, Capitol Way South, Fifth Avenue Southwest and around Capitol Lake. Toys can be donated at several drop locations around town; go to to find out more.


Holidays that sing and dance

Be entertained holiday-style when Wrinkles of Washington performs its “Holiday Memories” show, which includes Christmas and holiday songs, dances and comedy skits. There will be two performances, at 2 p.m. Saturday, with a bake sale at both. Saturday’s performance is at the Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE, and the Dec. 13 show is at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at either senior center, Yenney’s Music or by calling 360-491-4434. All proceeds benefit Senior Services for South Sound.


A festive stroll

Get out for a walk and enjoy the signs of the season at Capitol Volkssport Club’s Annual Holiday Walk at 3 p.m. Saturday. It begins at United Churches, 11th and Capitol Way, winds through the historic neighborhood, across the Capitol Campus, around Capitol Lake and heads downtown. Time your walk just right and you’ll be able to enjoy the Parade of Lighted Ships at Percival Landing at 6 p.m. Flashlights and warm clothing are recommended; coffee and homemade cookies will be available at the checkpoint, the Double Tree Hilton Hotel. The walk is suitable for strollers, and is rated easy, with both 5k and 10k options.


A seasonal sail

Taking on the theme of Nautical Noel, the Olympia Yacht Club’s annual Parade of Lighted Ships will brighten up the waterways starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Decorated and lighted ships will proceed along the east side of Budd Bay to Boston Harbor and return along the west shore. Enjoy the sights and sounds from the Port Plaza or anywhere along Budd Bay and Boston Harbor.


Ring in the season

Playing on five octaves of bells and four octaves of chimes, the Rainier Ringers will perform its holiday concert “Christmas Traditions” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road SE. A donation of $8-$10 is suggested for admission. For more information, go to


Singing double

Masterworks Choral Ensemble teams up with the Harstine Island Community Choir for its holiday concert. The evening also includes a silent auction, Masterworks’ biggest fundraiser. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, but doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $22 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, $11 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to or


Looming large

Experience all types of fiber works at the Olympia Weavers Guild Show and Sale at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road, this weekend. There will be a variety of items, including outerwear, rugs, hand-woven baskets, hand-spun yarn and more, all made by local guild members. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 360-705-0234.


All dressed up

Join the Olympia Historical Society’s and Bigelow House Museum’s annual Holiday Tour of Historic Homes on Sunday. This year’s tour from noon to 4 p.m. features seven historic houses in the east side of Olympia, including the Bigelow House. Tour tickets cost $20 and include map and program; proceeds benefit the Bigelow House. Get tickets in advance at Drees, 524 Washington St. SE, Olympia; Popinjay, 414 Capitol Way S., Olympia; Thompson Furniture, 5407 Capitol Boulevard, Tumwater; and online at For more information, call 360-943-4212.