Barb’s Family and Friends Thanksgiving Dinner: For the 48th year, Rodney O’Neill and a cadre of volunteers will put on a community meal for all from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way, Olympia. The menu includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, desserts and beverages. Food baskets, clothing, coats also will be distributed.
Fireside Jams: Yelm Timberland Library hosts Fireside Jams for adult and teen musicians of all skill levels from 5:30-7 p.m. Bring your acoustic instrument and be ready to participate at this open music session. Limited numbers of ukuleles and guitars also will be available for use. Information: 360-458-3374.
Tellebration: A concert of oral storytelling for adults, including folktales, myths, legends, and current-day humorous stories, told by the tellers from the South Sound Story Guild, begins at 7 p.m. at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave SW, Olympia. Admission by $10 donation.
Indies first: Browsers Bookshop will host six Olympia writers — Lauren Danner, Corinna Luyken, Jim Lynch, Chris Maynard, Nikki McClure and Maria Mudd Ruth — for Indies First/Small Business Saturday. The authors will be available to sign their books from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 107 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Refreshments will be served, and free gift wrapping will be offered.
Christmas Cantata: New Life Baptist Church and other regional churches will host “A Child is Born” at 5 p.m. at the church at 7838 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. The musical program will feature a multi-cultural choir, orchestra and dance team. Participants will sing familiar Christmas carols as well as traditional Christmas songs in other languages. Proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County. A dessert reception will follow the concert.
Downtown for the Holidays: The Olympia Downtown Association will again host its annual holiday kickoff from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that includes photos with Santa, free trolley rides, live music, a holiday parade on Capitol Way at 3 p.m., and the tree lighting in Sylvester Park at 4 p.m. Information: http://downtownolympia.com/about/downtownfortheholidays.
Gingerbread Village: SideWalk’s annual Gingerbread Village will be set up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of Olympia’s Downtown for the Holidays celebration. The Gingerbread Village at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts features a variety of gingerbread designs, created by teams of local community members. Visitors can view and vote ($1 per vote) on the one-of-a-kind creations. Proceeds go to SideWalk’s mission to end homelessness in Thurston County.
Sing-Along “Annie:” The Washington Center for the Performing Arts hosts a sing-along of the 1982 film version of the musical “Annie” starring Aileen Quinn, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters and Albert Finney at 5 p.m. at the center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Local host Lauren O’Neill will warm up the audience and lead the costume contest. Tickets are $11-$22 (plus a $3 fee) at washingtoncenter.org.
Opening Night at Oly Lightstravaganza: Starting at 5 p.m., Oly Lightstravaganza 2017 will feature more than 50,000 lights in a walk-through display at 1515 10th Ave SE, Olympia. Opening night features goody bags for the first 500 kids, and cookies and cider while supplies last. Lights will then be on nightly from 4:45 to 10:30 p.m. through the New Year, with cookies and cider on select nights.
Jazz Senators Holiday Concert: The Jazz Senators will perform an eclectic selection of big band music from across the decades, including a few very hip arrangements of favorite holiday tunes, from 8-10:30 p.m. at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Admission by suggested donation of $5 to $20. 21 and older only.
Yule Ball: From 7 to 10 p.m., area teens are invited to the Yule Ball at Tumwater Timberland Library. Inspired by the tales of Harry Potter, the evening includes hors d’oeurves, entertainment, and dancing. Those who attend may dress as their favorite character, in their winter’s finery, or as comfortably as they please. Registration is required, so pick up an invitation at the information desk at the library at 7023 New Market St. SW. The event is only for teens and takes place after regular hours; no other library services will be available.
Olympia Toy Run: The 40th annual event will bring motorcyclists together to collect toys and money for The Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy n' Joy Shop. Gates open at 10 a.m. in the Sears parking lot at South Sound Center off Interstate 5 at Sleater Kinney Road in Lacey. Then at 1 p.m. the riders will make their way through Olympia to the Capitol Campus. Admission is $10/single rider or $15/couple or a new unwrapped toy for a kid of any age.
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