Sarah Eltantawi, a faculty member at The Evergreen State College, will give a lecture entitled “State of a “State of a Civilization: Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 11) at 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia.
The event, which is free and open to the community, is sponsored by First Methodist Church of Olympia and Humanities Washington.
Eltantawi has a doctorate in Study of Religion from Harvard University. Her expertise is in comparative religion.
For more information on the lecture, contact Randi Moe at Rmoe2000@comcast.net or 360-402-8523.
Here are other local events this week:
Free concert: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, presents “Remembering Pete Seeger with Spook Handy,” 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than over 50 times from 2003 to 2013. This program is geared toward adults. For more information, call 360-352-0595.
Candidates forum: Gateway Rotary is hosting six local candidate forums at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, 4411 Martin Way E. This week’s forum will feature Port of Olympia Commissioner 2 candidates Bill McGregor and Bill Fishburn.
Candidates forum: Join the Thurston County Chamber from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a forum and reception featuring the Port of Olympia candidates at Hotel RL, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia. Admission includes lunch and ranges from $25-$35. Reserve a spot at thurstonchamber.com.
Film screening: A screening of “He Named Me Malala” will begin at 6 p.m. at the Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. The event is open to the public. Free, however any donations collected will benefit the YWCA of Olympia.
Water talk: Learn about how the Hirst decision can affect water use in Washington state. Speaking will be hydrogeologist Steve Neugebauer, who works in the private sector. The free presentation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Farm Bureau, 975 Carpenter Road NE, Lacey. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Farm Bureau and the Center for Self Governance.
Zine Fest 2017: The three-day event kicks off with a free Zine-athon at the Olympia Timberland Library, where participants can use the library’s supplies to create a zine, swap with other zine-makers, and partake in an open mic-style zine reading from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Information: olympiazinefest.org.
Book sale: The Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library will hold a Giant Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Proceeds help support programs and services not covered in the library's regular budget. Information: 360-352-0595.
Clean up event: The annual Clean-up Drop-off event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road. Discard medications, shred documents, donate items to Goodwill, donate building materials and gently used appliances to Habitat for Humanity and recycle electronics. The Thurston County Food Bank, the Tumwater TImberland Regional Library, the Salvation Army and the YWCA’s Other Bank are also taking donations at the event. Free.
Make a didgeridoo: All supplies will be provided for adults and teens to make a didgeridoo from noon to 1 p.m. at Yelm Timberland Library, 210 Prairie Park St. Adult supervision required for younger participants. For more information, call 360-458-3374 or go to TRL.org.
The Razor’s Edge: Author and clam digger David Berger will present “The Razor’s Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon” from 2 to 3 p.m. at Yelm Timberland Library, 210 Prairie Park St. Information: 360-458-3374 or go to TRL.org.
Learn about Buddhism: The class “Buddhism for Everyone: Supreme Good Heart for Modern Life,” will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, 211 Legion Way SW, Olympia. Open to the public. Cost is $25, with discounts for seniors, low income people, members and students. For more information or to register call 360-754-7787 or go to www.MeditateInOlympia.org.
Take the stage: Wrinkles of Washington is having auditions for its Christmas Show “Melodies & Mistletoe” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. New volunteer performers are invited to audition. For more information, call 360-459-0730.
Zine Fest 2017: The three-day event continues with an expo at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, where attendees can purchase zines and participate in workshops. The expo will be followed by zine readings and live music at Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave. E. from 9 to 10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Information: olympiazinefest.org.
Peace Works 2017: Participate in workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities during Peace Works 2017, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for Performing Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Cost $20-$50. Information: bit.ly/2yszIQM.
Celebrate with writers: Attend a workshop led by writer-in-residence Dieuwke Van Turenhout at 10:30 a.m. to noonand continue with Hypatia-in-the-Woods’ 18th Anniversary celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring readings by and discussions with five former residents, with intervals of music and munchies, at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, 116 W Railroad Ave., Suite 104, Shelton. No charge, but donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Maitri Sojourner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-866-1357.