What’s Happening for Dec. 17

You can sing along with Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m. Monday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
You can sing along with Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m. Monday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Courtesy photo


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. 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 a winter concert, “The Road Home,” at 7 p.m. 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.

Cyber Seniors: The Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP) presents a screening of “Cyber Seniors” at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 general admission or $6 for Olympia Film Society members, students and seniors. Tickets available online now or at the box office. For sliding scale tickets or questions about the movie, contact Linda Terry at 360-586-6181 ext. 108 or lterry@southsoundseniors.org.

Olympia Amateur Radio Society: The group will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the South Sound Manor and Event Center, 455 North St., Tumwater. Open to anyone with an interest. Holiday potluck desserts and drinks will be served and the classic cut throat gift exchange will be the program’s centerpiece. Amateur radio license exam testing will begin at 5:30 p.m. Information: http://olyham.blogspot.com/.


Heritage Builders history program: The Olympia Tumwater Foundation presents a free noon hour talk by the assistant director of the Squaxin Island Museum, Jeremiah George, who will speak about the Squaxin Tribe and the history and legends passed down from their ancestors. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater. Information: www.olytumfoundation.org; Don Trosper at history@olytumfoundation.org.

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