Olympia Choral Society holiday concert: The choir will present “The Best of Christmas Past: A 20th Anniversary Celebration” at 2:30 p.m. at the Koval Center for the Performing Arts, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road NE, Lacey. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the North Thurston Education Foundation. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. No reserved seating. Information: olympiachoral.org.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: It is stopping in Olympia for screenings at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. The show, hosted by The Olympia Mountaineers, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday. Doors open one hour before showtime. Information: olympiafilmsociety.org.
Bringing in the Yule Log and Christmas Singalong: The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks will host this annual holiday gathering at 1 p.m. at Schafer State Park, 1365 W. Schafer Park Road, Elma. Children will hunt for a special log, and the whole group will help pull it to the campfire. Then there will be a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and Christmas music around the fire. A Discover Pass is required, but can be purchased at the park. Information: FOSLS.org or 360-789-9953
Oly Science Brews: Regional scientists and experts will share their work and findings in the field of science on the second Tuesday of each month at Three Magnets Brewing Company, 600 Franklin St. SE, Olympia. 6:30 p.m. socializing and 7 p.m. presentation. This month, John Calambokidis, a senior research biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective, will present “Giants of the Salish Sea: Research on Humpbacks and Gray Whales.” Register at WSTA.net.
Stonecroft Christian Women's Connection Luncheon: Hear an inspirational speaker and live music at the holiday event at noon at the Panorama "Gallery" at Seventeen51 Restaurant, 1600 Sleater-Kinney Rd SE, Lacey. $16 includes lunch, coffee/tea, dessert. For reservations, call Sylvia at 360 943-0627 or Judy at 360 412-3123.
Free holiday concert: Enjoy a free holiday concert performed by the South Sound Community Orchestra, Rose Garden Singers, and Puget Sound Men’s Chorus at 7 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE.
Menorah lighting: The Chabad Jewish Center will ignite a 9-foot Hanukkah menorah at 5 p.m. at Sylvester Park, followed by a community-wide celebration of the first night of the eight-day holiday. The ceremony, organized by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef Schtroks, will be highlighted by the kindling of the menorah by local resident Arnold Zweig, 89, who survived the Aushwitz concentration camp. Information: 360-867-8804, JewishOlympia.com
Pier Peer: Discover the animals that live below the pier at Boston Harbor Marina at night. Underwater lights attract estuary creatures for you to scoop up and observe, while volunteer naturalists help identify what you’ve found. Runs 5-6:30 p.m. at the Marina, 312 73rd Ave. NE, Olympia. $10 for adults, free for those 12 and younger with adult. Not recommended for children under 6. Space is limited, so preregistration is required at events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xcpwlrdab&oeidk=a07eeqzoc7xdb30ae8c Information: Hanna Jones at PierPeer@SSEAcenter.org
Cancer wellness workshop: Mason General Hospital and Harmony Hill offer a monthly “Cancer Wellness” support class. This month’s topic is “Gratitude: Blessings, Learnings, Mercies & Protection” offered from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Ellinor meeting room at the hospital. Classes are free and open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, those in survivorship, and companions and caregivers. Space is limited; register by calling Marcia Stauffer at 360-432-7706 or PatientNavigator@MasonGeneral.com.
Scatter Creek Fire open house: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting an open house from 6-8 p.m. to discuss the effects of the 345-acre August wildfire on the Scatter Creek Wildlife area in Thurston County. The meeting is at Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St. SW, Rochester.
Aloha Christmas Concert: The Olympia Aloha Ukulele Pu'ukani will present its annual free concert of holiday songs with a Hawaiian flavor at 6:30 p.m. at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. Guests are encouraged to dress in Hawaiian or holiday attire. Information: William Connor at 360-280 7155, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternative Gift Fair: Local non-profits will promote their work, offer gifts and goods, sign up volunteers, and accept donations at this event from 5:30-8 p.m. at Flourish, 112 E Fourth Ave., Olympia. Nonprofits include GRuB, Friendly Water for the World, Rachel Corrie Foundation, Pizza Klatch, Slow Food Greater Olympia, and South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust.
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