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What’s Happening for March 25

What organizers are calling the largest international indoor pickleball tournament will take place this week in Centralia.
What organizers are calling the largest international indoor pickleball tournament will take place this week in Centralia. Olympian file photo

Monday through Sunday

Pickleball tournament in Centralia: Organizers say this will be the largest international indoor pickleball tournament, with 587 players, amateurs and pros, registered for the event at the Northwest Sports Hub, 701 Allen Ave., Centralia. Pros will compete for a $15,000 prize pool and the matches will be live streamed. This is a USA Pickleball Association-sanctioned event; participation provides players with qualification to compete in the Nationals in November. Information: https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=2322 or contact Karen Thomas at karen@pickleballcentral.com or 253-243-9853.

Tuesday

The Story of Olympia Oysters: Dan Mazur will give this oyster presentation, with slide show and film, at the Olympia Lions Club meeting at 11:45 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 904 Washington St. SE. The cost is $9, which includes lunch. Please RSVP at 360-250-3407 so they get an accurate lunch count.

Wednesday

South Puget Sound New Horizons Band concert: The annual free spring concert will be at 10 a.m. at the Land Yacht Harbor Harmony Hall, 9101 Steilacoom Road SE. The band is part of a worldwide music organization comprised of 9,000 members over the age of 50. Its 70 members rehearse weekly in Olympia under the direction of Vic Jowders.

History of Women in Washington State Government tours: Hear about amazing women from all three branches of government who broke barriers, and see the spaces where they made history happen, during these tours inside the Legislative Building. They will be led by volunteers from Capitol Security and Visitor Services. Tours will be at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. Space is limited to 25 people per tour and a reservation is required. To reserve a space, call Department of Enterprise Services, Capitol Security and Visitor Services tour line at 360-902-8880.

Thursday

SideWalk's annual Love for a Change gala: The nonprofit will host an evening of drinks, live entertainment, a dinner catered by Nineveh, and a dessert dash. Lauren O'Neill will serve as host. The event runs 6-9 p.m. in the Student Union (Bldg. 27) at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $100 each at https://walkthurston.networkforgood.com/events/10705-love-for-a-change-2019

Reboot Combat Recovery Program kicks off spring course: This nonprofit support system, which focuses on healing the spiritual and moral injuries of war, is hosting a free, 12-week combat trauma recovery course at River Ridge Covenant Church, 7945 Steilacoom Road SE, Lacey. The course will kick off at 6 p.m. and is designed to help service members and their families work through their post-traumatic stress and rejoin civilian life. The classes, led by retired Air Force reservist Eric Scott, include topic-based instruction, class discussions, homework, group exercises and a family-style meal. Child care is provided. Register at https://rebootalliance.com/reboot#join or by emailing Scott at Reboot-Lacey@comcast.net.

Chehalis Farmers Market’s annual meeting: The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the basement of the courthouse at 351 NW North St. in downtown Chehalis. The meeting is open and free to the public. Everyone interested in volunteering or vending at the market is advised to attend. Vendor applications will be available at the meeting, but preference is given to those already turned in. The membership will be handling board member elections, looking at highlights from the 2018 season, and gearing up for the Farmers Market’s 15th year on Boistfort Street. The market season begins on June 4.

Rep. Jim Walsh to hold a telephone town hall: 19th Legislative District residents are encouraged to participate in this telephone town hall from 6-7 p.m. hosted by Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. Households with landlines will receive an invitation by phone just before the call begins. Residents wanting to participate via cell phone may call 360-209-6592 at the time of the event. The telephone town hall is similar to a radio call-in program. To ask a question, callers can press the star key on their telephone keypads. When it is their turn, callers will be “live” on the air and can ask Walsh their questions.

Saturday

Harlequin Productions’ 2020 season announcement: The announcement will be made at a gathering from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and a specialty cocktail from Dillinger’s Cocktails & Kitchen, a silent auction, live lobby music with a full cash bar, and live on-stage entertainment. The evening continues with the onstage program, “Our Transformation and the 2020 Season Announcement.” Following the program, guests may enjoy desserts, mini backstage tours, more live entertainment in the State Theater lobby, and a champagne toast to 2020. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 360-786-0151, or online at harlequinproductions.org.

Relay For Life Garage Sale Fundraiser. Choose from thousands of itemsat the sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 2902 Martin Way E, Olympia. Money will support Harlan's Homes 4 Hope Relay Team and the American Cancer Society. Information: homes4hoperelayteam@gmail.com

Bunco Night Fundraiser: Harlan's Homes 4 Hope Relay For Life Team is hosting a Bunco Night at the VFW Hall, 2902 Martin Way E, Olympia. Tickets are $25 each. Doors open at 5:30 pm. for a Taco Bar dinner and a night of bunco, drawings, and prizes. All donations support the American Cancer Society. Reservations: homes4hoperelayteam@gmail.com

Sunday

Blintzapalooza: The 31st annual Blintzapalooza community fundraiser runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. Thousands are expected to attend to purchase bagels, blintzes, and books. Frozen blintzes will be available for purchase to take home. This is a cash-or-check-only event. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Since 1988, approximately $150,000 has been donated to nearly 50 projects and programs at 30 different local organizations.

Women’s History tours wrap up: Catch the last of the women’s history tours being offered between 1-4 p.m. at the Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum, 918 Glass Ave. NE, Olympia. Visitors will learn about the women who lived in and visited the 1860s-era Bigelow House as well as the collections of the house illuminating women's history. Highlighted will be Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow, her mother and daughters as well as the house’s most famous visitor, Susan B. Anthony and the legacy of Mary Ann Campbell Bigelow. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $2 for those under 18 and a family rate of $15. Information: olympiahistory.org.

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