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What’s Happening for April 7

YWCA Olympia’s Other Bank will hold an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at YWCA, 220 Union Ave. SE, Olympia. The organization will explain about the transition of the Other Bank to the Thurston County Food Bank.
YWCA Olympia’s Other Bank will hold an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at YWCA, 220 Union Ave. SE, Olympia. The organization will explain about the transition of the Other Bank to the Thurston County Food Bank. sbloom@theolympian.com

Sunday

Other Bank open house: YWCA Olympia will hold an open house on the transition of the YWCA Other Bank to the Thurston County Food Bank later this year from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at YWCA, 220 Union Ave. SE, Olympia. The Thurston County Food Bank will acquire The Other Bank in July and hygiene products will only be distributed at Thurston County Food Bank locations from then on. A second open house will be held 5-7 p.m. May 2 at YWCA. Information: ywca@ywcaofolympia.org.

Monday

Jaime Herrera Beutler to host telephone town hall: The congresswoman will host the town hall from 5:25-6:25 p.m. All residents of southwest Washington’s 3rd congressional district are invited to join for updates on her initiatives and to ask questions or share concerns. Sign up to receive a call at https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=3247 or contact Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office at 360-695-6292. Residents also can call in to join at any point during the event at 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365. Information: https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/

Native Plant Society author talk: Eileen Stark, who wrote “Real Gardens Grow Natives,” will talk about gardening to support biodiversity at 7 p.m. at the Lord Mansion Coach House, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. Free. Book signing to follow.

Tuesday

Evergreen Talks at the Lord Mansion: Frederica Bowcutt, faculty at The Evergreen State College, will talk about the historical ecology of South Sound prairies annd the associated oak woodlands, which host rare species of plants and animals. Learn how these cultural landscapes developed thousands of years ago and how Native people tended them. Bowcutt teaches programs that integrate botany, environmental history and the history of science. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lord Mansion, 211 21st Ave. SW.

Stonecroft Christian Women’s Connection: “Easter Bonnet and Tea Time” is the theme of the monthly luncheon at noon at 1751 Circle Lane SE, Lacey, upstairs at the Panorama Gallery next to the Seventeen51 Restaurant and Bistro. A British High Tea will be served for lunch. A prize will be given for the best hat. Brenda O’Gorman from the Rose and Crown chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire will offer a lesson on how to brew an excellent cup of tea. Cathy Rasley from Walla Walla will speak about “What Perks Up Your Life?” Music by violinist Elizabeth Wilhelmina. Make your reservations by April 4 if possible by calling Sylvia at 360-943-0627.

Wednesday

Thurston Green Awards & Expo: About 100 businesses applied for a Thurston Green designation this year and the community will celebrate them at the Thurston Chamber's April Forum at 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel RL Olympia. The luncheon will include a keynote address by Rachael Taylor-Tuller, owner of Lost Peacock Creamery, a goat dairy farm in Olympia. The event will also feature Green Business Expo and a chance to meet businesses and organizations in Thurston County committed to environmental sustainability. Cost to attend is $35 for general admission; $25 for online prepaid chamber members; $30 for members at the door. Register at thurstonchamber.com

Eye on Nature volunteer training and program overview: Eye on Nature is an environmental education program run through the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; field trips are the culminating component of a year-long program in both the Nisqually and Chehalis watersheds. The program overview and volunteer training will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. Attendance is required for all new volunteers and encouraged for returning volunteers. If you are interested, RSVP by emailing Brandon@nisquallyriver.org

JA Jance author event: New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns to South Sound to celebrate the release of her new thriller, “The A List,” which was released Tuesday, April 2. Jance will discuss and sign book at 2 p.m. at the Capital Event Center, 6005 Tyee Drive SW, Tumwater. Free.

South Sound Story Guild: Storyteller Cherie Trebon of Port Angeles will share stories of fools from the Greek myths, Shakespeare, and folk tales of many cultures at 7 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Listeners sign up to tell a story at Story Swap from 8-9 p.m. Free.

Beach naturalist training: The Puget Sound Estuarium’s 2019 Meet the Beach program is drawing near, and it is eager to recruit new beach naturalists. A general orientation will take place at 6 p.m. at the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia, followed by training for new volunteers at 7 p.m. The training helps beach goers identify the plants and animals in local estuaries. To become an Estuarium Beach Naturalist, visit sseacenter.org/MTBtraining to submit a volunteer form and background check. All aspiring beach naturalists must attend the orientation in addition to three Beach Naturalist training sessions (two held at the Estuarium, and one on the beach). All training is free and requires no previous knowledge about the Puget Sound or marine biology.

Priest Point Park Volunteer Work Party: Work will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the park at 2600 East Bay Drive NE; meet at the kitchen/shelter #1. Volunteers will cut stalks and dig out root balls of invasive Himalayan blackberry bushes. The city now asks that you sign up for work parties online before the work party at volunteer.olympiawa.gov. Click “Join” on the volunteer work party you would like to attend; work parties are listed under “Opportunities.” If you have participated in a past work party and have provided your email, you will need to enter your email address and click “Forgot password” to sign up. Call 360-753-8365 or email parkstewardship@ci.olympia.wa.gov with any questions.

Wednesday and Thursday

Timberline Throwback Concert: The Timberline High School Music Department will present its 15th annual Throwback Concert featuring music from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday to Frank Sinatra. Concerts start at 7 p.m.. both evenings at the Timberline High School Theater, 6120 Mullen Road SE, Lacey. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Information: tshaw@nthurston.k12.wa.us.

Thursday

Youth Climate Rally and Day of Action: Students and young leaders from across Washington state will gather in Olympia from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day of climate-focused workshops, rallying, and lobbying for action. The day will start at 10 a.m. with workshops at The United Churches of Olympia social hall, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia. After lunch, there will be a rally from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. outside the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. participants will be in the Rotunda speaking to legislators about climate justice. For information or to register: https://secure.latest.facebook.com/events/632651983819416/

“What’s up with mud?” program: The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) will lead this program from 5:30-8 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. SW. There will be discussion about the role mudflats play in Budd Inlet, Deschutes estuary restoration, toxins and legacy pollution in Budd Inlet, Olympia's historic shoreline alteration and dredging, the shorebird population decline, and carbon capturing capabilities of estuaries. Free pizza from Blue Heron Bakery and a mud chocolate surprise desert will be served. Email olydert@gmail.com if you are willing to help with set up/tear down, food or photos.

Timberland Community Conversations: Timberland Regional Library is launching a series of meetings across its 5-county service area to discern what residents want from their communities and how Timberland might meet some of those needs. If you would like to be included in one of the meetings, call 360-943-5001. Some of the meetings already scheduled are Shelton on April 11; Lacey on April 30; west Olympia on May 2; north Olympia on May 4; and McCleary on May 18. The meetings will not be at the libraries, so call the number for more information.

Friday

SPSCC workshop with Washington State Poet Laureate: Claudia Castro Luna will lead an open poetry workshop from 1-3 p.m. in Building 21, Room 130, on the Olympia campus of South Puget Sound Community College. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. Castro Luna is a native of El Salvador, and now writes and teaches in Seattle. Free.

Saturday

South Sound Climate Action Convention: The event will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Olympia High School, 1302 North St. SE. Dozens of information sessions will cover a variety of climate action topics, including green buildings, transportation, climate and national security, sea level rise, clean energy, climate justice, national climate legislation, youth activism, and Thurston County’s approach to climate action. Registration is $35 per person and includes morning refreshments, lunch, and a closing reception. Volunteers receive half off registration, and scholarships and work trade opportunities are available. Register at SouthSoundClimateConvention.org.

Concrete Canoe Competition: The City of Lacey’s Long Lake Park will be the site of the Concrete Canoe Competition from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The competition is part of the American Society of Civil Engineers 2019 Pacific Northwest Region Student Conference taking place at Saint Martin’s University. The community is invited to attend the event, which consists of University Engineering Teams from around the Pacific Northwest racing canoes made of concrete. The race course will use 100-200 meters of the park’s lakefront. People who live nearby can expect to hear speaker announcements, competition blow horns, and crowd noise. Information: stmartin.edu/pnwceconference.

Grass Lake Nature Park Volunteer Work Party: The work party will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; volunteers should meet at the pedestrian entrance at 3432 Sixth Ave. NW, Olympia. This work party will focus on trail brushing along the walking trail. Volunteers will cut, saw, and toss away plant debris. Parking is available. To sign up, go to volunteer.olympiawa.gov and click “Join” on the volunteer work party you would like to attend. All volunteer work parties are listed under “Opportunities.” If you have participated in a past work party and have supplied us with your email, you will need to enter your email address and click “Forgot password” to sign up. Thank you for your patience as we change over to the new format! Please call 360-753-8365 or email parkstewardship@ci.olympia.wa.gov with any questions.

"It's About Time: A Musical Journey in the 4th Dimension:" This show features popular tunes and strange people from various eras and places, brought to the audience by means of a time machine operated by a mad scientist and his bumbling assistant. It all happens at 2 p.m. at Tumwater High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Israel Road SW. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, students and active-duty military.

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation HOPE Conference: The conference will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Senior Services of South Sound in The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. The conference is designed for people with Parkinson’s, carepartners, family, friends, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the condition. It will cover nutrition, medication management, movement, clinical trials, and more. Exhibitors will include organizations and resources for those impacted by Parkinson’s. Information: NWPF.org or 877-980-7500

Thrift Store $5 a Bag Sale: A Second Time Around Thrift Store in Chehalis, benefitting Lewis County Senior Centers, is having a $5 a Bag clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers pay just $5 for everything they can stuff into a plastic bag. Donations also are appreciated and accepted during store hours. The thrift store is at 749 S. Market Blvd, Chehalis, next door to the ACE Hardware store. Information: 360-557-3113 or www.lewiscountyseniors.org

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