International Military Band Concert: This free concert has been a celebrated event in Olympia since its inaugural show in 1992. This year it will feature musicians from the 15th Field Regiment Band of the Royal Canadian Army, the NADEN Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, the First Marine Division Band, the Navy Band Northwest, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, the America’s First Corps Army Band, and the 133d Washington Army National Guard Band. Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE. The music begins at 7 p.m.
Bunny Hop Bazaar: The Mason County Senior Activities Association will host its bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Pavilion At Sentry Park, 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton. Information: 360-426-7374 or www.mcsac.net
Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar: Lisa Alzo will discuss "Immigrants and Miscreants in Genealogical Records" from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Capital Event Center, 6005 Tyee Drive SW, Tumwater. Cost is $45 for members, $55 for non-members; a box lunch is $15. Register at www.OlyGenSoc.org
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Author talk with Jennifer J. Wilhoit: Wilhoit will discuss her latest book, “Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew,” at 6 p.m. at Orca Books, 509 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Free. For more information about Wilhoit and her book, go to www.tealarborstories.com.
Saturday and April 11
J.A. Jance book talk: New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance will discuss and sign her new thriller, “Duel to the Death,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chehalis Theatre, 558 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis, and at 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Free.
Focus on Poetry — 10-Minute Critique: Local poet Joanne Clarkson will work with other adult poets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and April 11 at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. She will suggest ways to polish and publish poetry, and help poets find connections for further inspiration. Register at the library because space is limited.
Saturday and April 14
Nelson Family Ranch Spring Calf Tours: Come ride on a horse-drawn wagon to see the newborn calves from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nelson Ranch, 3624 Waldrick Road SE. Goats also will be available for petting. Free. Information: 360-352-4124 or www.nelsonranch.com
STEP Two -- women only: The STEP Two program provides interaction between adult women of all ages, allowing dialogue on important issues and allowing participants to get to know each other. Gather at 3:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 415 Capitol Way N., Olympia. No pre-registration required. Information: www.SouthSoundSeniors.org or 360-586-6181, ext. 108.
Tour Crosby House Museum: The Olympia Chapter of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington offers open houses from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Crosby House Museum, 702 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater. A donation of $2 per person is suggested. Information: 360-943-5209 or 360-273-9543.
Free improv lessons: OlyImprov is offering free lessons in improvisation from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. All are welcome regardless of skill level. Information about the group: www.olyimprov.org
Democratic Study Group at Panorama: “What Can Panorama and Local Residents Do To Solve the Regional Homeless Problem” is the topic of this gathering from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium (lower level) at Panorama, 1835 Circle Loop SE, Lacey. Speakers will be Jessica Bateman, a member of the Olympia City Council, and Jim Ladd, lead pastor at Evergreen Christian Community. Information: 360-972-2288.
Oly Science Brews spring talk series: This free series for all ages at 7 p.m. at Three Magnets Brewing Co., 600 Franklin St SE Suite #105, Olympia, is aimed at getting people excited and informed about science topics. The topic for this evening is "Washington's Humble Bumbles.” Please consider registering beforehand at WSTA.wildapricot.org (not required).
Tiny Houses & Community Concepts discussion: Gather at 1 p.m. at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave SE, to hear about how tiny houses could change the look of our country, our communities, and our neighborhoods. Topics include rethinking zoning laws, reducing homelessness, the downsizing movement, the urban housing blight, types of tiny houses, and more. Information: www.SouthSoundSeniors.org or 360-407-3967.
Cancer Wellness Workshop: “Earth’s Gifts: Beauty and Inspiration” will be the subject of the next Cancer Wellness Workshop from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital, 901 Mountain View Drive, Shelton. The Cancer Wellness Workshops for anyone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Harmony Hill faculty member Melissa Layer will guide the workshop, exploring nature’s gifts and healing support through poetry, images and guided visualization to build emotional strength and coping strategies. Free and open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, those in survivorship, their companions and caregivers. Advance registration is recommended, as class space is limited. Information: call Marcia Stauffer at 360-432-7706 or email PatientNavigator@MasonGeneral.com.
Beyond flooding -- Climate Conversations Lecture Series: A warming climate will change the frequency and intensity of rainfall events; scientists project wetter winters with more frequent and extreme rain events, typically caused by “atmospheric rivers,” that will increase the volume of stormwater runoff entering Puget Sound waterways. What does this mean, and how will it affect us? City of Olympia stormwater engineer Eric Christensen will kick off this series with a talk on “Effects of Weather and Stormwater” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E. Information: 360-753-8336, www.streamteam.info or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An afternoon with author J.A. Jance: Bestselling author J.A. Jance will discuss and sign copies of her newest book "Duel to the Death," part of the popular Ali Reynolds mystery series, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Books will be available for purchase. Limited seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Free; for adults. Information: 360-491-3860 or TRL.org.
Travelogue on China: Professor Jeff Birkenstein will share his experience with China in a talk called “General Tso’s Chicken, the Great Wall of China, Mao’s Mausoleum,” at 10:15 a.m. in the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Information: 360-586-6181 or www.SouthSoundSeniors.org.
Flower Show: From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. you can see a National Garden Club flower show featuring floral designs, artistic crafts, photos and horticulture, all created or grown by members of seven local garden clubs. Entry is free and show guides will be happy to answer questions. The show is at the Thurston County Fairgrounds’ Sokolik Building 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Information: 360-497-3521, email@example.com
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