What’s Happening for Jan. 10

Volunteers will be pulling invasive plants in the wooded area of Margaret McKenny Park in southeast Olympia next Wednesday.
Volunteers will be pulling invasive plants in the wooded area of Margaret McKenny Park in southeast Olympia next Wednesday. Olympian file photo


History Talks at Schmidt House: “The State Capitol Dome History” will be this month’s topic at noon at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater. The presenter is art historian Susan Mayer, who will highlight the origin, evolution and dominant features of the Legislative Building and its dome, and the dome’s symbolic meaning and structure, early history models, and the U.S. Capitol and other state capitols. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity. Free, but donations to the Olympia Tumwater Foundation are welcome. Information: olytumfoundation.org, history@olytumfoundation.org or 360-786-8117.


Madison Scenic Park work party: Restoration continues from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with work focused on planting native ground cover and removing invasive plant species. Sturdy work boots/shoes and full-length pants are a must. The park is at 1600 10th Ave. SE, Olympia. Limited parking is available. Meet inside the park by the large walnut tree.

Snowshoe Yoga Tours: The White Pass Ski Area is offering twilight snowshoe hikes followed by a restorative yoga session on Saturdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Light appetizers and warm beverages will be offered at the end. Reservations are required since space is limited to 24. Meet at the Nordic Yurt. Cost is $42 for hike only (includes snowshoes), or $52 with yoga. For ages 12 and older. To buy tickets, go to https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/1.23/847446/#/select


Slow Food Greater Olympia annual meeting: The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to go over the draft of the Chapter Manifesto, a document that will synthesize the group’s beliefs about food and its role in the local food system. It’s also a potluck, so attendees are encouraged to bring a brunch dish that features local ingredients. To RSVP and get the location of the event, email goslowfood@gmail.com.


Bourbon-sipping and story-telling with Elizabeth Lord: Savor snacks, sips and stories spun by Olympia’s renowned Elizabeth Lord from 6-8 p.m. at Dillinger’s, 404 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Dillingers will provide the backdrop, signature bourbon and shareable snacks, Lord will provide her performative story-telling. $25 for food, drink and stories. Pay in advance by calling 360-515-0650 or reserve a spot in advance and purchase your ticket at Dillingers.


Pier Peer: Discover the shrimp, squid, seals and other marine critters that live below the pier at Boston Harbor Marina. Leaders from the Puget Sound Estuarium use underwater lights to attract estuary creatures to safely scoop up and observe, while volunteer naturalists help participants identify and learn more about what is found. The event runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring a warm jacket. Admission is $10 for those 13 and older, free for those 12 and younger. Register in advance through the Estuarium’s Facebook page.


SPSCC celebrates new Health Education building: South Puget Sound Community College and the college’s Foundation will host a celebration of SPSCC’s acquisition of the Louis Walker Middleton building from the estate of Olympia philanthropist Dr. Angela Bowen. The event will be from 4:30-6 p.m. on the first floor of the new building at 2415 Heritage Ct. SW, Olympia. As part of the purchase agreement, the estate provided a $1.19 million in-kind contribution, making the gift to the SPSCC Foundation the largest gift in school history. In recognition, SPSCC will designate the 24,000-square-foot building as the Dr. Angela Bowen Center for Health Education. It will serve as the instructional home for some of SPSCC’s health education programs and become the primary office of the SPSCC Foundation.

Margaret McKenny Park work party: From 9:30 a.m. to noon, volunteers will work to pull English holly and other invasive plants that are still sprouting throughout the wooded area of the park at 311 21st Ave. SE. Meet just inside the park; street parking is available.

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