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Lacey set to celebrate 50th birthday Dec. 5

The city of Lacey celebrates the opening of Sears at South Sound Center in 1966.
The city of Lacey celebrates the opening of Sears at South Sound Center in 1966. Lacey Museum

The city of Lacey officially turns 50 on Dec. 5, which means a birthday bash is in order for the community that became a city in 1966.

The birthday party will alternate between 676 Woodland Square Loop SE, which the city is now calling The Hub at Woodland Square, and 618 Woodland Square Loop, otherwise known as Huntamer Park.

The doors open at 3 p.m. for refreshments and for commemorative ornaments to be distributed to the first 500 guests, followed by guest speakers at 5 p.m.

▪ Lacey Museum curator Erin Quinn Valcho will talk about the history of the city.

▪ Washington Poet Laureate Dr. Tod Marshall will read “An Ode to Lacey.”

▪ Lacey Elementary Choir will sing “You’re never a stranger in Lacey.”

▪ Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder will give closing remarks.

The following is happening at 6 p.m. at Huntamer Park:

▪ The parade of lights will travel north on Sleater-Kinney Road Southeast to Seventh Avenue Southeast, then go down Seventh Avenue and around Huntamer Park.

▪ Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance on Lacey Fire District 3’s Santa Mobile.

▪ Weather permitting, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which made its debut in 1966, will be shown.

Lacey’s 50th birthday bash

When: Begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and continues at 6 p.m. at Huntamer Park

Where: 676 Woodland Square Loop SE and Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop in Lacey

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