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What’s Happening for March 11

The Quintessential Ladies will rock the house with their rock ’n’ roll medley of mega-hits, including “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, and “Hey Jude” by the Beatles at Sunday’s “A Really Big Shoe 11” at the Washington Center.
The Quintessential Ladies will rock the house with their rock ’n’ roll medley of mega-hits, including “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, and “Hey Jude” by the Beatles at Sunday’s “A Really Big Shoe 11” at the Washington Center. Courtesy photo

Saturday

“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.

South Sound Spirits Gathering: Samples from 20 state distilleries, 4-9 p.m. at the Olympic Flight Museum, Olympia Regional Airport, 7637 Old Highway 99 SE. Tickets: strangertickets.com/events/40632368/2nd-annual- south-sound- spirits-gathering.

Ethnic Celebration: Music and dance from on three stages. Demonstrations and displays. Food and crafts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saint Martin's University Worthington Center & Marcus Pavilion, 5000 Abbey Way SE. Information: Lacey Parks and Recreation, 360-491-0857.

Sunday

Sierra Club South Sound: “Before the Flood,” a documentary, with climate action forum following, 1-4 p.m., 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.

Thursday

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.

Gretchen Christopher, member of The Fleetwoods: Hit songwriter and recording artist will perform. 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. S. The Fleetwoods produced many chart-topping songs in the 1950s and 1960s, including the 1959 hit “Come Softly to Me.” 360-352-0595, TRL.org.

Remembering Rachel: Question-and-answer session with Emmy Scharlatt, director-producer of “In the Image: Palestinian Women Capture the Occupation.” 6-9 p.m. First Christian Church, Koinonia Hall, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia.

Olympia World Affairs Council: “The Trade Policies of the Trump Administration”: Featured speaker will be Heather Grob associate professor of economics at Saint Martin’s University, 7:30 p.m., Thurston Economic Development Council/SPSCC Lacey Campus, 4220 Sixth Ave. SE, Lacey. Information: 360-866-1652.

Screening of “13th:” Titled after the 13th Amendment, the documentary centered on the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Discussion to follow. Co-sponsored with Black Alliance and Public Defender's Office. 6:30-9 p.m., Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia. Refreshments.

March 18

Alpaca Event: Youths and new owners are invited, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue, 4225 Old Military Road SE, Tenino. Six alpacas will be available all day for health care demonstrations and alpaca handling demonstration and practice. Call Jack Bruner, 360-864-2271, or email alpacaman@toledotel.com.

March 19

No Discover Pass needed for State Parks’ 104th birthday: The pass costs $30 a year or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

March 22

Port of Olympia history: The Thurston County League of Women Voters topic will be the Port of Olympia, 6 p.m. Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia St NW. Speakers are Bonnie Knight, who was previously with the Port of Allyn, E.J. Zita, port commissioner, and Bob Jacobs, former mayor.

March 25

Capital Food & Wine Festival: A nonprofit fundraiser with more than 100 regional wines, dozens of beers and hard ciders, local 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.

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