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10+ things to do in South Sound this weekend, April 3-5

If you’re celebrating Easter with children this weekend, it will undoubtedly involve chocolate, jelly beans, eggs and maybe some Peeps. The Easter bunny will be very busy in South Sound, providing many locales where youngsters can join in community egg hunts. For a listing of times and places, click here.

Read on to find some non-holiday activities and entertainment.


Final week for historical play

This is your last chance to catch the Olympia Family Theater’s production of “Our Only May Amelia,” about being the only girl living on the Naselle River in Southwest Washington in 1899. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday (April 2), which is a pay-what-you-can performance; 7 p.m. Friday (April 3); and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at OFT, 612 Fourth Ave E, Olympia. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $13 for those 12 and younger. The play is recommended for those 8 and older. For more information, go to, and read Molly Gilmore’s story about the production here.

Friday (April 3)

Eclectic choreography

The Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company makes its Olympia debut with a program that combines diverse styles of dance set to contemporary world music along with classical and Middle Eastern folk music. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $35 and $40 for adults; $32 and $41 for students, seniors and military; $17.50-$22.50 for youth. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to or And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s preview here.

Friday (April 3)

Let there be light

Driven by surf beats, 1960s girl-group harmonies, and rock ‘n’ roll, Seattle’s La Luz, which means “light” in Spanish, has been promoting their debut album, “It’s Alive.” They will play at 8 p.m. Friday (April 3) at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. Opening the show is Will Sprott, formerly of the Mumlers, and Morgan & the Organ Donors. Tickets are $10, $8 for Olympia Film Society members, and are available online or at the box office;

Friday and Saturday

Buy yourself a story

If you’re a book lover looking for a deal, then come out for the Lacey Timberland Library book sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Lacey Library, the sale offers a variety of gently used books, with proceeds going to improve the library. Times are 1-4:30 p.m. Friday (for Friends members only) and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the library at 500 College St. SE, Lacey. For more information go to

Friday and Saturday

You’re making that up

The annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival is coming to the stage at the State Theater, 204 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, featuring regional groups such as OlyImprov, Jet City Improv, Fools Play, Unexpected Productions and Harlequin Productions’ Something Wicked. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 for single-day admission and $30 for a two-day admission at

Friday (April 3)-Sunday

To market, to market

The Olympia Farmers Market marks its 40th year as it opens this weekend, once again with vendors offering produce, handmade goods, live music and food booths. This year, the market is partnering with South Sound Community Farm Land Trust to further agricultural land awareness, stewardship and preservation in the region. The market is at 700 Capitol Way N., at the north end of Capitol Way. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, go to or call 360-352-9096.


A virtual foot-race

Come out for the Trail Running Film Festival at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The evening will feature full-length and short films showcasing the world of trail running, made by world-class filmmakers and weekend warriors. Take a virtual run through forests, up mountains, and beyond emotional obstacles to the finish line. Sponsored by Rain Shadow Running, the screenings begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Olympia Film Society members, and are available online or at the box office;


A Procession milestone

Celebrate 20 years of the Procession of the Species at the Procession Generation Gala from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia. The event includes dinner, live samba performances, a history of the Procession floor show, an Illuminated Procession, special guests and an auction. A ticket is $50 and must be purchased in advance at Proceeds support the 2015 Procession of the Species on April 25. For more information, contact or 360-556-2541.


Old-time fun

The old-time trio Yodelady that is made up of Monica Peabody, Emily Teachout and Jen Witherspoon promises to “party like it’s 1929” at a celebration of the release of their debut CD, “Sing Row Away, Row.” The festivities start at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and those with low incomes. For more information, call 360-705-2819, or go to or Be sure to read about the trio in Molly Gilmore’s story here.