Books by the Bay: This South Sound Reading Foundation fundraiser runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Port Plaza, 701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. The outdoor event features authors Jim Lynch and Peter Stark, live music by Red & Ruby, food by Ramblin’ Jacks, drinks, a silent auction, and games. Tickets are $60 and are available at southsoundreading.org.
Desert War Veterans Day: Taya Kyle will be the guest speaker at the annual Desert War Veterans Day event at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis. Kyle is the wife of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, who was killed in 2013 while trying to help a veteran. She will be at the museum at 1 p.m., where she will be selling and signing books. She will speak at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 360-740-8875.
Classic rock at Lacey in Tune: Seattle cover band Spike and the Impalers will play Huntamer Park in Woodland Square from 7-9 p.m., then the city will screen “School of Rock” when the sun goes down. The event is free and for all ages. On-street parking around the Woodland Square Loop is permitted during concerts. Information: 360-491-0857, ci.lacey.wa.us/living-in-lacey.
Northwest author talk: Author Charlie Sheldon will share passages from his novel “Strong Heart,” set in the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, at 2 p.m. at Brilliant Moon, 116 W. Railroad Ave., Suite 104, Shelton. Free. Books will be available for sale and signing. Information: 360-868-2190 or email@example.com
Saturday and Sunday
Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road SE, Lacey. Put on by Rotary Club of Hawks Prairie. Admission is $5 per day. Information: pnwmushroomfest.com
Thurston League of Women Voters sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bonnie and Bob Jacobs’ home, 720 Gov. Stevens Ave. SE, Olympia. The event is a fundraiser for the league. Items include art work, collectibles, dinner ware, household items, books and CDs, furniture and fabric.
National Neighbors Night Out: 38 million people in 16,000 communities in the United States and Canada will participate in the event designed to improve connections among neighbors. In Tumwater, two gatherings will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m., one on Linderson Road between Tumwater High School and Mountain View Church and the other at Peter G. Schmidt Elementary, 237 Dennis St. SE. Events include music, food, children’s activities and educational materials. To find an event in your neighborhood, go to NATW.org.
Thurston County Fair: The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds at 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Tickets are $7 for general admission, but can be purchased in advance at a discount. Information: bit.ly/2uTNCK0.
Panorama Republicans: Meet at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium at Panorama in Lacey. Jami Lund, senior policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation, an organization based in Olympia, will present a review of the Freedom Foundation, and talk about education funding and public employee unions.The public is welcome. Refreshments will be provided in the Quinault Coffee Room following the meeting. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music in the Park, Friday edition: The weekly concert moves to Friday night at Olympia’s Port Plaza, with rock band Wally & The Beaves, featuring Danny Vernon as Elvis. Free. Information: musicintheparkolympia.com.
Stories in the Park, Stories in the Dark: Listen to folktales told in the oral storytelling tradition by members of South Sound Story Guild starting at 7 p.m. at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. Bring blanket or lawn chairs. Family friendly first half, spooky tales in second half. Information: 360-753-8380.
Capitol Land Trust Summer Gala & Auction: The trust’s event runs from 5-9 p.m. at Triple Creek Farm on Olympia’s west side. Event includes live music, drinks and appetizers, silent and live auctions, and dinner. Proceeds support land conservation and education programs. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $85/person until Monday, then $100/person after. Information: capitollandtrust.org/gala, 360-943-3012.