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What’s Happening for May 21

Sarah Phillips of the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens educates the public about the past and future of Washington's most famous volcano. The Volcanic Monument will hold an open house Thursday to provide an update on what’s new at Mount St. Helens, and gather ideas to help plan for the monument’s future.
Sarah Phillips of the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens educates the public about the past and future of Washington's most famous volcano. The Volcanic Monument will hold an open house Thursday to provide an update on what’s new at Mount St. Helens, and gather ideas to help plan for the monument’s future. Olympian file photo

Monday

South Sound Swing Orchestra: The South Sound Swing Orchestra brings the ballroom to the Rhythm and Rye, breathing life into arrangements by Neal Hefti, authentic transcriptions of Basie and Ellington classics, and re-imagined jazz standards. Soloists include Danielle Westbrook, Don Gardner, and Daven Tillinghast all supported by the South Sound Swing Orchestra under Brad Schrandt’s direction. Rhythm & Rye is at 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Suggested donation of $5-$20. Information: http://www.southsoundswing.org/

Tuesday

Community talk on substance abuse and addiction: Are you struggling with substance abuse issues? Are you concerned about a friend or loved one? Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center will host a free event from 5-7 p.m. at the center, 4800 College St. SE, Lacey. Topics will be substance abuse and the brain, why people become addicted, which drugs are commonly abused, treatment and recovery, and addictions to tobacco and gambling. Light refreshments will be served. Formal presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Registration is requested but not required at http://www.provregister.org or by calling 360-827-8656. For more information, call 360-493-5084.

Wednesday

Life, the Universe, etc. -- an evening with authors Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge: England-born author Nicola Griffith will read from her new novel "So Lucky," then author Kelley Eskridge, who is Griffith’s wife, will interview Griffith. The event runs 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Free; for adults and teens. Information: 360-491-3860 or TRL.org

Soup, Soap & Salvation Luncheon: Find out what the Salvation Army does in Thurston County by having lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 1505 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia. Tickets are $25 in advance at https://events.usawest.org/EventHub.aspx?ID=288 and $35 at the door.

Thursday

Kiwanis Day of Champions: The North Thurston Kiwanis is hosting the 13th annual event at South Sound Stadium, 4201 Sixth Ave. NE, Lacey. This is a modified, non-competitive track and field event for 760 K-12 students with disabilities from 10 local school districts in Thurston and Mason counties. The Parade of Champions kicks off at 10 a.m. and events run through 1 p.m. Parking and shuttle bus service is available from Capital Christian Center and Tractor Supply Company parking lots on Martin Way. The North Thurston High School Booster Club will sell food and beverages in the concession stand. Information: Karen Schoessel at karenschoessel@comcast.net

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Open House: The monument will hold a public open house from 4-7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Toutle Lake School to provide an update on what’s new at Mount St. Helens, and gather ideas from participants to help plan for the monument’s future. The U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Mount St. Helens Institute, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide information about monument improvements, wildlife monitoring, cave management, education and research. The school is at 5050 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle. Information: 360-449-7800.

Saturday

Plant sale fundraiser: Get some spring plants and support Spay Neuter All Pets of Thurston County from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Animal Services, 3120 Martin Way E., Olympia. Proceeds will be used to help local residents spay or neuter their cats and dogs. Information: www.spayneuterallpets.org

Priest Point Park volunteer work party: Join the Stewardship team from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as it continues to remove destructive English ivy in this city park. Meet near the Mission Creek Estuary Trail, just south of the playground. The park is at 2600 East Bay Drive NE.

Sunday

Thurston County Veterans Council & VERG Memorial Service: The annual waterside memorial service starts at 1 p.m. at Percival Landing in Olympia and honors the men and women lost at sea during combat or in times of peace.

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