Fundraiser for YWCA Other Bank: Altrusa of Olympia is sponsoring a collection for the YWCA Other Bank, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Tumwater Fred Meyer. Members will be at entrances to collect donations. The YWCA Other Bank provides nonfood items to those in need that are not available at the Food Bank and cannot be purchased with SNAP cards. Most needed: shampoo, dish soap, feminine hygiene products, and diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6.
Heart to Heart with Animals: Animal communicator Lesia Alexander presents a free introduction at 11 a.m. It will be followed at noon-3 p.m. by a workshop, “Soul of the Earth, Soul of Animals: Tapping In.” Bring a photo of an animal companion. $79. Brilliant Moon, 116 W. Railroad Ave., Suite 104, Shelton. 360-868-2190.
Bunco fundraiser for Salvation Army: Affinity at Olympia, 4701 Seventh Ave. SW, 1 p.m., $20 donation. Information: 360-459-1638.
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Science talks: Washington Science Teachers Association and Three Magnets Brewing Co. host a spring series of informal science talks, 7 p.m. at Three Magnets, 600 Franklin St SE. Dates and topics are: March 7 — Adaptation: Responding to an Uncertain and Changing Climate; April 11 — Freedom Farmers: Best Farming Practices; May 9 — Bees, Plants and Pollinators; June 6 — Washington Mussel Watch. Information and registration at WSTA.net or email@example.com
“The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success:” Author Lori Tsugawa Whaley will read about a life of courage, honor and integrity through the ancient samurai code of Bushido (the Way of the Warrior), followed by a Japanese cooking demonstration. No charge for the book event, $20 for the cooking demonstration. 2 p.m. Brilliant Moon, 116 W. Railroad Ave., Suite 104, Shelton. 360-868-2190.
Sierra Club South Sound: “Before the Flood” with climate action forum following, 1-4 p.m. at Koval Center, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road NE, Olympia. Suggested donation $5. sierraclub.org/washington /south-sound-group.
A Really Big Shoe 11 — Our Last Farewell: Benefit concert for homeless kids in eight local school districts and Community Youth Services, 2 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. $10-$20. 360-250-8413.
Building Understanding in Challenging Times: Free communication and conflict resolution workshop. 3-5 p.m. at Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. 360-491-3860.
Sierra Club South Sound: Multigroup Climate Convention, 5 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org, sierraclub.org/washington/south-sound-group.
Capital Food & Wine Festival: A nonprofit fundraiser featuring more than 100 regional wines, dozens of beers and hard ciders, South Sound restaurant fare and three stages of live music. Noon-9 p.m., Saint Martin’s University, Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. capitalfoodandwinefestival.com. Online $15 early bird tickets include admission, one wine or beer mug and $5 of scrip (needed for sampling alcoholic beverages). $20 at door. Additional booklets of scrip $10. Underage patrons are welcome, but will not be served alcohol.