What’s Happening for Dec. 16

The Reindeer Run fundraiser for the Olympia/Thurston County Crimestoppers will be Sunday at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia.
The Reindeer Run fundraiser for the Olympia/Thurston County Crimestoppers will be Sunday at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. Olympian file photo


Holiday Peace Vigil: Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation is organizing its annual vigil from noon to 1 p.m. along West Fourth Avenue at Percival Landing. All are welcome. Signs are provided or participants can bring their own. The Artesian Rumble Arkestra will perform. Free hot soup and light refreshments will be 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; olympiafor.org.

BiblioBall: The Olympia Timberland Library transforms into a grand ballroom for this event, when guests can dress as fairies, gnomes, sprites, a literary character or in formal wear. The event runs 6:30-8 p.m. and offers dancing, refreshments, a fashion show, nature crafts and a photo booth. It’s free and for all ages. Music by The Bow Weevils, an old-time string band from Olympia. Free tickets available at the Youth Services desk. No library services will be available. The library is at 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Information: 360-352-0595 or TRL.org.

Ken Lake photos with Santa: Visit The Lights At Ken Lake and get professional photos with Santa. Pictures are free, but photographer Katie Campbell suggests a $5 to $10 donation to the Thurston County Food Bank. Location is 2228 Lakemoor Drive SW, Olympia. Information: tinyurl.com/y9omws8c. This is an outdoor event, so it is weather-dependent.

Saturday & Sunday

Faux Snow Day at Children’s Museum: Olympia Mountaineers will host its annual snow shoe event at the Hands on Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mountaineer volunteers will help children strap on a pair of snow shoes and navigate down a snow path. Participation is included with children’s museum admission, which is $12.95 for those ages 2-64; $10.95 for those 65 and older, and military, first responders and foster children with valid identification.

Winter concert: The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host two performances of a winter concert, “The Road Home,” at 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, featuring the OUUC Choir and guest musicians and directed by Troy Arnold Fisher. The church is at 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia. Information: ouuc.org.


Reindeer Run: Crime Stoppers South Sound will host the annual Reindeer Run at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. The race times are 8:45 a.m. for the 1-mile Kid’s Candy Cane Fun Run, followed by the 5K run/walk starting at 9 a.m. Registration for the kids run is free; the 5K is $30 per person.

Caroling on the Docks: Boston Harbor Marina will host its fourth holiday singalong from 4-6 p.m. at the marina, 312 73rd Ave. NE, Olympia. Caroling books, cookies and hot chocolate provided. Information: 360-357-5670.

Heaven and Nature Sing Concert: St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, at 324 W. Cedar St. in Shelton, will host the Women of Note vocal ensemble from Mason County. The ensemble performs at 3 p.m.


Messiah singalong: Come to sing or listen to the most popular selections of Handel’s Messiah directed by John Welsh and performed by musicians from Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) and members of local choral groups. Free and open to all; scores available for purchase. The music begins at 7 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.


Gift of Giving Children’s Christmas Shop: The King’s Storehouse at Northstar Church of God in Tumwater will host this free event from 3-7 p.m., and all are welcome. Kids can pick out free gifts for their parents and other loved ones (with help, if needed) from 3-7 p.m.; a free dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Gifts also can be wrapped. The church is at 6820 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater.

StoryOly: The theme for this month’s Story Slam is "Shelter." Tickets — which are pay what you can with a suggested donation of $5-$10 — go on sale at 5:30 p.m., stories begin at 6 p.m. 21 and older only. The slam is similar to podcasts such as The Moth, Risk!, and Snap Judgment; find out more at storyoly.com.


Candlelight Carols: Come to Hidden Creek Community Church at 6 p.m. for caroling by candlelight. Children welcome. The church is at 1807 Ninth Ave. SW, Olympia.

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