What’s Happening for Aug. 18

Gus the bassett hound walks with owners Mike and Autumn Helgesen in the 2016 Pet Parade in downtown Olympia. This year’s parade is Aug. 18.
Gus the bassett hound walks with owners Mike and Autumn Helgesen in the 2016 Pet Parade in downtown Olympia. This year’s parade is Aug. 18. toverman@theolympian.com file


Screen on the Green: "Sing" is the animated feature that will be screened at Tumwater’s free, family friendly outdoor cinema series starting at 8:40 p.m. at Tumwater Valley Golf Club, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE. Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner on the patio at the River's Edge restaurant (see Parks & Recreation staff on movie nights for a kid's meal coupon) or bring your own picnic. Bring your chairs and blankets but leave grills, umbrellas, and pets at home. Info: 360-754-4160.


Olympian Pet Parade: Beauties & Beasts, 8 a.m., Heritage Park, Olympia. Judging is done before the parade winds through downtown, ending at Sylvester Park, where participants get goodie bags and ice cream. Free.

Bon Odori: Hosted by the Japanese American Citizens’ League of Olympia on Water Street between Fifth Avenue and Legion Way, the all-ages event encourages participation in Japanese folk dancing. At 5 p.m., booths open and martial arts and Okinawan taiko drum demonstrations are performed. Traditional participatory dancing starts at 7 p.m., followed by more taiko drum performance at 8 p.m., then dancing resumes until 9 and the evening ends with a luminary procession along Capitol Lake. Free and open to all. Information: 360-791-3295 or 360-556-8562, or jcallner@comcast.net. See Facebook page for “JACL Olympia.”

Tumwater Artesian Brewfest: Sip craft beers from 50 Northwest breweries, and cider, wine and spirits, at this 21-and-older event that runs 1 to 8 p.m. at the Tumwater Valley Golf Club, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater. Tickets at the gate are $25 for tasters (for five 5 1/2 -ounce tastes), $20 for military, $10 for designated drivers; additional tastes can be purchased for $1 a piece. Information: bit.ly/2hSm5D5.

Music in the Park: The final concert of this year’s outdoor concert series features the Air Force Band of the Golden West and The Commanders Big Band from 7-8 p.m. at the Port Plaza, 701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Free.


Eclipse viewing: The State Library is hosting a free eclipse viewing event from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the south side of the library building at 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater. The library will hand out 200 pairs of eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis. A reflective projection area will be set up so those who don’t receive the safety glasses can still watch. Because parking is limited, people are asked to use public transportation to reach the library. Intercity Transit’s Bus 13 drops off passengers right outside the main library entrance. A speaker from the Tacoma Astronomical Society will be on hand to talk about the science behind the eclipse. The area will experience a 94 percent eclipse starting at 9:07 a.m., peaking at 10:19 a.m., and ending at 11:38 a.m.

Aug. 25-27

21st annual Garlic Fest: Get your tastebuds ready for Garlic Fest at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 N. National Ave., Chehalis. Featuring garlic-themed food, live music, kids activities, a beer garden and shopping in the Country Chicks & Friends section. Admission is $5, $4 for seniors and military, with kids younger than 7 getting in free. Info: http://southwestwashingtonfair.net/

Aug. 27

Love Our Local Fest: The northeast Olympia festival runs 1-9 p.m. at the corner of Bethel Street and San Francisco Avenue, near Roosevelt Elementary School and San Francisco Street Bakery. Event includes hands-on activities, local food, live local music, skill-sharing workshops, and fire dancing after dark. Free. Info: loveourlocalfest.org

Aug. 31

Wolf Nation program: Author Brenda Peterson and wolf researcher Suzanne Asha Stone will talk about how to co-exist with wolves as they return to their native territories, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Browsers Bookshop will be on hand to sell copies of Peterson’s book for signing. Wolf Haven International staff members will also be present to provide additional information. Free. Info: 360-352-0595 or www.TRL.org.

Western troubadour Kerry Grombacher: Grombacher will provide an evening of cowboy music and poetry at 7:30 p.m. 0 at the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St SE. Free. Information: TRL.org.