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What’s Happening for Dec. 18

Go to Hidden Creek Community Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday for caroling by candlelight.
Go to Hidden Creek Community Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday for caroling by candlelight. Olympian file photo

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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 at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., 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.

Wednesday

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/.

Thursday

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.

Race in Film series season finale: “Hidden Figures” will be screened from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC) sanctuary, 2315 Division St NW, Olympia. Discussion after film, free refreshments and parking. Sponsored by The Black Alliance of Thurston County, the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and The United Churches of Olympia.

Friday

Toy & Fund Drive: The staff of KXXO Mixx 96.1 radio and volunteers will collect toys and cash for families in need outside their studios at the corner of State and Washington streets in downtown Olympia from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. O Bee Credit Union will match the first $2,500 in cash received; Captain Little will match the next $2,000, Wembley Soccer Shop the next $500, and Lew Rents West the next $2,000! For those unable to make the drive, online donations may be made at www.mixx96.com.

German-English Christmas service: German Ministry Lacey, a Christian ecumenical fellowship, will host their traditional German Christmas Worship and Celebration at 6 p.m. at St. Benedict’s, 910 Bowker St. SE, Lacey. Pastor Hans Dettling of Port Charlotte, Florida, will lead the service that includes traditional Christmas songs in both German and English as well as prayers and readings in both languages.Christmas cookies and other goodies will be served after the service. Information: Elke Amajo, 360-970-1799.

Santa visits Hawks Prairie: Santa will make a pre-Christmas visit to The Landing at Hawks Prairie, at the corner of Galaxy Drive and Martin Way in Lacey, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Information: www.facebook.com/events/1942856622650970/

Saturday

Barb’s Family and Friends community holiday meal: The free dinner will be served from noon to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia. To donate to the meal, call Rodney at 360-485-9931 or Sarah at 360-970-3555. To donate a toy to be distributed at the meal, drop it off at Eastside Big Tom, 2023 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia.

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