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What’s Happening for May 31

Little loggers with the Jacob Benedict American Family Insurance Agency march down Railroad Avenue in Shelton during the Mason County Forest Festival's Paul Bunyan Grand Parade in 2017.
Little loggers with the Jacob Benedict American Family Insurance Agency march down Railroad Avenue in Shelton during the Mason County Forest Festival's Paul Bunyan Grand Parade in 2017. Olympian file photo

Thursday

History Talk Series with Dorothy Wilhelm: Wilhelm, who writes a humor column for The Olympian, and Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s Public History Manager Don Trosper will interview each other about history legends and recount entertaining stories during the noontime talk at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. Information: www.olytumfoundation.org, or contact Trosper at history@olytumfoundation.org or 360-786-8117

Thursday through Sunday

Mason County Forest Festival: “Fun in the Forest" is this year’s theme for the four-day festival in Shelton. The festival includes a carnival at 2505 Olympic Highway N., Shelton; a pancake breakfast Saturday morning; a family and pet parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and a grand parade at 11 a.m, both on Railroad Avenue; the Western Professional Qualifier Logging Show on Saturday afternoon at Loop Field, 1020 W. Franklin St.; and a Saturday evening fireworks show. Information: forestfestivalmasoncounty@gmail.com, masoncountyforestfestival.org

Friday

Harlequin Productions Eclectica: This annual fundraiser will be 6-9 p.m. at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Guests will start with a catered dinner from Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen and enjoy a no-host bar. The evening includes Harlequin’s famous wine toss game, a live auction, and previews of Harlequin’s 2019 lineup of seven shows. Tickets are $25 per person and free for subscribers, and can be purchased by calling 360-786-0151, or online at harlequinproductions.org.

Plum Street YMCA ribbon cutting ceremony: The South Sound YMCA will mark the opening of its new facility at 505 Plum St. SE with a ceremony at 9 a.m. After that, the Plum Street Y will open for the first day of business allowing members to work out with new equipment. Tours will be given all day long. Information: http://www.southsoundymca.org/ or facebook.com/plumymca

Saturday

Reading by author Bruce Holbert: Washington State Book Award Winner and Northwest author Bruce Holbert will present his third novel, “Whiskey,” at 6 p.m. at Orca Books, 509 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Following the reading will be a Q&A, as well as a book signing. Free. Information: https://www.orcabooks.com/

National Trails Day celebration honoring former Sen. Karen Fraser: The cities of Lacey and Olympia invite the community to the National Trails Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor Sen. Karen Fraser and enhance the Karen Fraser Woodland Trail. The event takes place at the bicycle roundabout on the trail near 3811 Pacific Ave. (where the Woodland Trail meets the Chehalis Western Trail). The celebration begins with a dedication ceremony and a work party will follow. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome, but youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. You can pre-register by calling the city of Olympia at 360-753-8380. Information: 360-753-8365 or 360-491-0857.

Fourth Annual Canoe Families Celebration: The Fourth Annual Canoe Families Celebration will run from noon to 4 p.m. at at the boat launch area on Deep Lake at Millersylvania State Park, 12245 Tilley Road South, Olympia. The event celebrates the members of and volunteers associated with the Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup and Skokomish River Road canoe families. The celebration will feature free canoe rides along with native singers, drummers and storytellers. Artists from the tribes will demonstrate traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. There will also be children’s activities. A salmon and fry bread lunch will be available for $10. Free hot dogs and s’mores will be offered. The Discover Pass is not required to attend the event because Saturday is a State Parks free day. Information: parks.state.wa.us/folkarts

Lacey Rotary Duck Dash: This year’s fundraiser runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Tumwater Falls Park on C Street Southwest in Tumwater. The Rotary will dump 12,000 rubber ducks into the Deschutes River at 4 p.m. Free attendance, but it’s $5 per duck to enter the race. All proceeds support Rotary community service projects. Information: laceyrotary.org

18th annual Olympia Comics Festival: This festival is celebrates the art and creativity of comics and graphic novels. Free. The festival will include a cartoonists expo running 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, accompanied by panels and various entertainments. It will conclude with a signing and sketching event featuring Shannon Wheeler and Farel Dalrymple at local comics shop Danger Room Comics, 201 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia. Information: contact Frank Hussey at 360-705-3050 or OlympiaComicsFestival@gmail.com.

St. John’s Episcopal Church June Jumble: The church at 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia, is putting on its annual June Jumble rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature all kinds of vintage items such as jewelry, toys and games, tools and gardening supplies, small housewares, and books, but no electronics, larger appliances or furniture. Everything except the books and jewelry is offered in return for a donation of the buyers choice.

Plum Street YMCA Community Celebration: The South Sound YMCA invite the public to celebrate its new YMCA at 505 Plum St. SE, Olympia. Bring the entire family for a fun filled day including food, music, class demos, kid-friendly activities, raffles, tours, and more. Information: http://www.southsoundymca.org/ or facebook.com/plumymca

Smile Source free dental treatments: Local Smile Source dentists are offering free services in honor of Dental Day. Services include extractions, fillings and emergency treatment (limited to one tooth) and will be provided at Russell and Bode Family Dentistry, 2006 Caton Way SW, Olympia. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis — no appointments will be made. Each location will see the first 125 patients or go until 4 p.m. Additional patients will be seen if time permits. Information: www.smilesource.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smilesourcelp.

Lake Quinault Craft Fair & Bake Sale: The nonprofit Lake Quinault Community Circle will host its annual Spring Craft Fair and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Amanda Park, along U.S. Route 101 in Grays Harbor County. Artists and craftsmen from around the Olympic Peninsula will display a variety of hand-crafted jewelry, woodwork, arts, photography, gifts and crafts reflective of the Pacific Northwest. Fresh herbs, produce, honey and home-made baked goods will also be for sale. Information: 360-593-9064 or alicar2000@yahoo.com

Sunday

Olympia premiere of "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey": The Olympia Branch of The Mountaineers, Olympia Film Society and The Outdoor Program at The Evergreen State College are sponsoring the first screening of this documentary in Olympia at 7:30 p.m. the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. This feature-length film describes the life of the legendary Northwest mountaineer who made more first ascents than any other person in the history of mountaineering. His three volume Cascade Alpine Guide is the bible for Pacific Northwest climbers. He died last October at age 94. Tickets and additional information are at http://olympiafilmsociety.org/dirtbag-the-legend-of-fred-beckey/ or http://dirtbagmovie.com/about.html.

Monday

Maritime history celebration: Join members of the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association, and Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the installation of an interpretive window display and brass marker commemorating Captain George Vancouver and 2nd Lieutenant Peter Puget’s visit here while searching for the fabled “Northwest Passage” in 1792. A second interpretive panel addresses the cruiser USS Olympia, which became famous as the flagship for Commodore George Dewey. The celebration takes place at the Harbor House on Percival Landing, 325 Columbia St NW. Information: 360-701-3213 or 360-753-8380.

Alcohol Ink Tile workshop: Drop in to the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, and learn how to use colorful alcohol ink to create a decorative trivet or coaster. The workshop runs 5-7 p.m. and is designed for adults. All materials will be provided. This free Creative U program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. Information: 360-352-0595 or TRL.org.

Wednesday

The Lost Diaries of Eve and Adam: This comedy performance, inspired by Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve, will be performed by storytellers Ingrid Nixon from Port Angeles and Jeff Doyle from Michigan. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $10. Sponsored by the South Sound Story Guild.

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