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What’s Happening for Dec. 12

South Sound Community Orchestra will play a free concert at the Lacey Community Center on Tuesday evening.
South Sound Community Orchestra will play a free concert at the Lacey Community Center on Tuesday evening. Olympian file photo

Tuesday

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, Paula Swedeen, policy director for Conservation Northwest, will speak on "Of Wolves and People: Science Behind Transforming Conservation Conflicts." 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

Wednesday

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, 901 Mountain View Drive, Shelton. 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, wwilliamhconnor@aol.com

South Sound Story Guild event: Billie Mazzei will tell favorite Christmas stories and about the Yule Lads of Iceland for the South Sound Story Guild at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center Lobby of The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.

Thursday

Heaven and Nature Sing Concert: Women of Note, an auditioned vocal ensemble based in Mason County, presents a family friendly Christmas concert that includes traditional American Christmas carols as well as carols from other lands at 7 p.m. at Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, 3737 N. Shelton Springs Road.

Friday

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.

Alleluia Handbell Ensemble: The ensemble will present the third program of the 2017 "Fridays at the First" concert series at noon at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. Coffee and cookies are provided at 11:30 a.m. Free, with any donations going to the musicians. Kids are welcome.

Saturday

Holiday Peace Vigil: Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation is again organizing its annual vigil from noon to 1 p.m. along West Fourth Avenue at Percival Landing. All are welcome to participate. Signs are provided, or participants may bring their own. The Artesian Rumble Arkestra will perform. Free hot soup and light refreshments will served after the vigil. Participation is free, but Olympia FOR will accept donations to support its work. Information: Marilyn Dungan at 360-701-5980 or info@olympiafor.org; www.olympiafor.org

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