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11 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Dec. 12-14

Friday (Dec. 12)

Mid-day tunes

Take in the sounds of jazz trumpeter Mike Lewis with musicians Steve Bentley and Steve Luceno, plus a few surprise guests, at a free holiday concert at noon Friday (Dec. 12) at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia.


Laugh of a cause

Lacey teen Jacob Johnson, who co-founded a nonprofit at the age of 14, has organized Stand-up for a Cure to raise funds for the nonprofit that benefits childhood cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 12) — doors open at 7:30 p.m. — at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for Olympia Film Society members; available online and at Rainy Day Records. For more information, call 360-754-6670 or go to Also, read Molly Gilmore’s interview with Johnson elsewhere at


Nutty tradition

Two productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker are running this weekend. Read Molly Gilmore’s story about the productions elsewhere at

Ballet Northwest’s ‘The Nutcracker’ has showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 12) and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $23-$33 for adults, $19-$28 for students and seniors, $14-$19 for youth (younger than 12). For more information, call 360-753-8586, or go to or

Studio West Dance Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ has showtimes at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Dec. 11), 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 12), 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $22.50-$25 for adults, $18.50-$20.50 for students and seniors, $16 for youth (12 and younger). For more information, call 360-753-8586, or go to or


Live, in Olympia

Written in rhyme, Olympia Family Theater’s production of “How the Slug Stole Solstice” was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The play continues at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 12) and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at OFT’s new home, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $13-$19 and available at or the box office. For more information, call 360-570-1638.

The Neil Simon classic “Barefoot in the Park” continues at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$14 and are available at Yenny Music or at

Harlequin Productions’ holiday show, “Stardust Christmas Commotion,” is set in 1958, an era of optimism, and features upbeat songs such as “Lollipop” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 11), Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $25-$39 and available by calling 360-786-0151 or at


Gifts that honor

Find alternatives to big box store holiday gifts at the annual Alternative Gift Fair at Lacey Community Church, 4501 19th Ave. SE. Purchase a gift in someone’s name from local nonprofit social justice organizations. There will also be a Christmas cookie sale and a fair trade shop. The sale runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 360-492-1741 for details.


Buy local

Support local and independent artisans and artists at the annual Duck the Malls Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The sale will feature more than 50 vendors and run 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, go to


Brilliant lights

Join in the celebration of the season at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Tumwater. The fun includes games, holiday crafts, performances by local and school choirs, topped off with the lighting of the tree. Santa will arrive on an antique fire truck to spread some holiday cheer. The event runs 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW. For more information, call 360-754-4160.


Make you say ‘wow’

Wrinkles of Washington puts on its second show of “Holiday Memories” on Saturday, performing Christmas and holiday songs, dances and comedy skits starting at 2 p.m. at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at either the Lacey or Olympia senior center, Yenney’s Music or by calling 360-491-4434. All proceeds benefit Senior Services for South Sound.