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10 things to do in South Sound this weekend, April 17-19

Friday (April 17)

Joking about the baby boomers

Walking the line between stand-up and theater, “The Wonder Bread Years” is a salute to the baby-boomer generation. The fast-paced comedy show stars Pat Hazell, who savors the past with laughter. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Fridayat The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $27-$39 for adults, $24-$35 for students, seniors and military; and $13.50-$19.50 for youth — plus a $3 service fee. Call or go online to get yours; 360-753-8586,


A whole new social media

Explore yourself, learn about social science, sip cocktails and try out the slide at Selfie Science: You, Your Friends, Your World. It’s the latest event in the Hands On Children’s Museum’s Adult Swim series, and it’s open only to those 21 and older. The fun runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday (April 17) at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE. Tickets are $20, which includes a drink token. Advance registration is recommended. Call 360-956-0818 or go to And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story here.

Friday (April 17) - Sunday

‘Laughing Stock’ winds up at Olympia Little Theatre

Olympia Little Theatre’s production, “Laughing Stock,” is Charles Morey’s farce about a small summer stock theater in New England. It is in its final weekend with performances at 7:55 p.m. Friday (April17) and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at OLT, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Tickets are $12-$14 and are available at Yenney Music (2703 Capital Mall Drive SW in Olympia) or online at For more information, call 360-786-9484.


Scandinavia at the fairgrounds

Delve into the world of lefse, fjord horses, elk hounds and everything Norwegian at the annual Norway Day at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey. You can learn about Norwegian history, genealogy and traditional food. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; admission is $3, but children younger than 12 get in free with an adult. For details, go to


Eagles hold open house

Find out what the Eagles Olympia Aerie No. 21 is all about when it hosts a public membership drive and open house from 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday. There will be live music throughout the day and dancing with the rock band Pumphouse performing at 8 p.m. All ages are invited to tour the facility, including the thrift store, grand ballroom and dance studio. Light refreshments will be served. The Eagles host classes, dances, weddings and events, and raise money for local charities. The club is at 804 Fourth Ave. E. in Olympia. For more information, call 360-357-3722.


Brewfest on tap

The annual Olympic Club Brewfest , in its 19th year, will feature beers from a variety of McMenamins and guest breweries to sample, plus live music from folk artist McDougall and the band World’s Finest. The Olympic Club, at 112 N. Tower Ave. in Centralia, also has partnered with Amtrak Cascades to offer a 25 percent discount on regular adult fares to Centralia from 1-11 p.m. Admission is free; all ages are allowed in the pub, 21-and-over only in the brewery and theater. For details, go to


Cast a line

Lacey Parks and Recreation presents its Lacey Family Fish-in, a day to encourage fishing as a family activity. Volunteers will be at Long’s Pond, a juvenile anglers-only lake on the grounds of Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey, to help experienced and inexperienced young anglers. Each angler ages 5-14 gets a free rod and reel. Cost is $5 per youth; preregistration is required; call 360-491-0857.


Tunes catch a wave

Masterworks Choral Ensemble offers a program called “Songs of the Sea,” comprised of sea chanteys, spirituals and contemporary tunes, each with a water theme, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction. Tickets are $22 for adults; $16 for military, students and seniors; $11 for youths — plus the $3 Washington Center service fee. The ensemble is running a half-price special when you buy two tickets; use the code “MCESEA” when you order. For more information, call 360-753-8586, or go to and And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story about the concert here.


Harlequin to celebrate 2016 season

Theater lovers will want to head to Harlequin Productions’ 2016 season announcement party, “Eclectica,” from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E.,The event will include performances by Cince Brown, LaVon Hardison, Something Wicked Improv, Jason Hawes and Red & Ruby. There will be a dinner and no-host bar. Tickets are $30 and available at or call 360-786-0151.


Orchestra to hold season’s last concert

Come out for the final concert of the season for the Olympia Symphony Orchestra when it presents “Austrian Antithesis” at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE. The concert will feature Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313, with soloist Marie Tachouet, plus Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major “Romantic.” Get your tickets — $25-$55 for adults, $22.50-$49.50 for military, plus the $3 service fee — by calling 360-753-8586 or online at