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3 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Dec. 26-28

Friday (Dec. 26)

Get your banjo on

Bluegrass lovers should make plans to head to Shelton for the Annual Midwinter Bluegrass Festival. Four regional bands will be performing: Runaway Train, North Country, Farmstrong and the Scud Runners. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, 3737 Shelton Springs Road. Admission is $10, and proceeds benefit the Bluegrass from the Forest music festival. For more information, call 360-898-4581 or go online to

Friday & Saturday

Dr. Lauren is here to help — and maybe do your nails

Actress/comedian/singer/burlesque performer Lauren O’Neill is hoping to help people shake off the winter blues with her interactive, alternative holiday show, “Dr. Lauren’s Holiday Bizarre.” She’ll do two performances of the therapy-meets-cosmetics show — at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 26) and Saturday — at the Urban Onion Lounge, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Tickets are a budget-friendly $7. O’Neill suggests arriving at 6 or 6:30 if you’d like to have dinner along with the show. For more information, go to — and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s interview with O’Neill elsewhere at


Get a sprinkle before it’s too late

Harlequin Productions’ holiday show, “Stardust Christmas Commotion,” set in 1958, wraps up at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 26), 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets are $25-$39 and available by calling 360-786-0151 or at

As for getting your family and guests out of the house, we put together a great list of family-friendly ideas last week that you can find right here.