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What’s Happening for Dec. 16

Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts addresses the audience as the Dispute Resolution Center presents its Evan Ferber Peacemaker award April 25 at the Olympia Red Lion Hotel. Ferber is the founder of the Dispute Resolution Center, which offers a free workshop Sunday focusing on communication tools to help participants deepen their understanding of, and identify common ground with, those who have different perspectives.
Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts addresses the audience as the Dispute Resolution Center presents its Evan Ferber Peacemaker award April 25 at the Olympia Red Lion Hotel. Ferber is the founder of the Dispute Resolution Center, which offers a free workshop Sunday focusing on communication tools to help participants deepen their understanding of, and identify common ground with, those who have different perspectives. sbloom@theolympian.com

Saturday

Breakfast with Santa: 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Olympia Applebee’s at Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd. Families are invited to eat a holly-jolly pancake breakfast and visit with Santa. Tickets are $10 and are available at Olympia Applebee’s, Capital Mall Management office and Santa’s photo set. People 10 and younger eat free, with a paying adult. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.

Sunday

Dispute resolution: The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County will offer a free workshop from 1-3 p.m. at The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. SE. It will focus on communication tools to help participants deepen their understanding of, and identify common ground with, those who have different perspectives. Adults and children ages 9 and older are welcome to attend. Members of the DRC’s Youth Empowerment Services team will work with people ages 9-13, separate from adults. Free, but donations are welcome. Registration closes Wednesday at 360-956-1155.

Wednesday

Toy and fund drive: The staff of Mixx 96.1 KXXO and a crew of volunteers will be on the street in downtown Olympia from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. collecting toys and cash for families in need. Mixx 96.1 will broadcast live from outside their studios at the corner of State Avenue and Washington Street. O Bee Credit Union will match the first $2,500 received and G & G Heating will match the next $2,000. Recipients are a part of Holiday Connection, a consortium of area nonprofits. Information at mixx96.com or 360-943-9937.

Dec. 26

Hanukkah celebration: Menorah lighting 5-8 p.m. at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia, followed by a Hanukkah party at the Governor’s Hotel, 621 Capitol Way S. Features latkes, doughnuts, kids’ craft and falafel.

Jan. 4

Home sharing. What is home sharing? Meet Linda Terry, home share coordinator for Senior Services for South Sound, and learn about this program, 10:15 a.m. at the Olympia Senior Center , 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Information at SouthSoundSeniors.org.

Jan. 5

Rescheduled: Open house on bridge banner policies: The Department of Enterprise Services is weighing options regarding the banners hung from the pedestrian bridge over Capitol Way South and is seeking comments from the public. It will host an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the 1500 Jefferson building’s first-floor presentation room. It also will accept comments through March 1 at des.wa.gov or by mail to Tony Aitken, visitor services manager, Washington Department of Enterprise Services, P.O. Box 41034, Olympia, WA 98504-1034.

Memory Café. People dealing with memory challenges and their loved ones or caregivers can enjoy an afternoon social time with other people going through the same problems, 2:30 p.m. at River’s Edge Restaurant, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Olympia. Information at 360-407-3967 or SouthSoundSeniors.org.

Panorama Republicans: A 2 p.m. meeting in the basement auditorium of the Quinault Apartment Building, 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey, features Annette Roth, marketing and communications director of the Thurston County Economic Development Council. For more information, email Ron Bax at ron.ck722@gmail.com or call 360-438-5641.

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