48TH ANNUAL SILVER TEA: Sponsored by the Salvation Army Olympia Corps, with entertainment by the Capital High School Choir, the tea will run from 2-4 p.m. May 2 at the Salvation Army, 1505 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Event includes a silent auction, cookies in a teacup for sale, and floral arrangements in teapots. Cost is a donation of $5 at the door. Money raised will support the Salvation Army.

ADOPT-A-PET EVENTS: Gardeners can find everything they need at a plant sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9 at Our Community Credit Union, 2948 Olympic Highway N., Shelton. For more information, call 360-432-3091 or email Memorial Day Weekend Yard Sale is planned for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23-25 at 940 E. Jensen Road, Shelton. Donated items are gladly accepted. A raffle for a one-night stay at Alderbrook Resort and Spa will be held June 1. Tickets can be purchased at the plant sale, at the Memorial Day yard sale, at the shelter or by mail at Raffle c/o Adopt-A-Pet, 940 E. Jensen Road, Shelton.

FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER: Mother’s Day 5K and 1-mile kids run races benefit local families and kids in need. The races will start and end at Hands on Children’s Museum on May 10. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; kids run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:45 a.m. Register online at or in person at the Family Support Center, 201 Capital Way N. For more information, contact Schelli Slaughter at 360-754-9297, ext 211, or go to

MONTESANO SENIOR CENTER: Win a rally car ride and benefit the Montesano Senior Center. Raffle will be May 11, and the ride will be May 14 in the Shelton area. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, 13 for $10 and 30 for $20, and can be purchased through PayPal at or send cash or check to Olympus Ride, c/o Steve McQuaid, 817 N. Chehalis St., Montesano, 98563. For information, call Steve McQuaid at 360-589-0885.

THE MURDER MYSTERY CO.: Sponsored by The Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, the social hour with a presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. June 20 with dinner and show kicking off at 7:15 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $60 and can be reserved online at or by calling 360-878-8984. The show benefits scholarships for the Class of 2015 as well as homeless and hunger programs.

CONCERN FOR ANIMALS: This nonprofit needs dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, bird and chicken feed; cat litter, beds, blankets and towels in good condition; pet toys; dog houses, carriers and crates; leashes and collars; and gift cards for pet food and supplies. To arrange a donation drop-off, call 360-456-8176 or visit Score Used Sports Store, Fluffy and Floyds, Les Schwab-Lacey, Rick’s Automotive, Anytime Fitness-Lacey, Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center, or The Dog House in Tenino. For more information or to make a cash donation, go to

THURSTON COUNTY FOOD BANK: This nonprofit needs clean, untorn paper grocery sacks and dozen-egg cartons. Drop off donations from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays at 220 Thurston Ave. NE, Olympia. Call 360-352-8597 for more information.