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 email@example.com with any questions.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
Drive Electric Earth Day: More than a dozen electric vehicle owners willing to show their cars and discuss what it's like to drive electric will gather from noon to 2 p.m. at Olympia High School, This is a part of the South Sound Climate Action Convention, but visitors to the electric vehicles do not need to register for the convention to participate. The electric vehicles will be parked in the high school’s Carlyon Street parking lot. Vehicles include new Teslas to home-brewed conversions, including several plug-in hybrid cars, plus one electric motorcycle. Information: https://driveelectricearthday.org/event.php?eventid=1831
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Photography walk at Red Salmon Creek Protected Area: Bring your camera (or your phone) and capture the emergent beauty of Red Salmon Creek near Dupont from 10 a.m. to noon. Special guest Meredith Rafferty, president of the Olympia Camera Club and a Nisqually Land Trust Site Steward, will guide the walk and share photography tips and insights about the property and restoration activities. The moderate walk is one mile round trip. For directions, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photography-walk-at-red-salmon-creek-tickets-59841257813
Lacey Tree City seedling giveaway: The city of Lacey was one of the first cities in Washington to receive the National Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” award. To celebrate, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies run out) you can pick up one free tree seedling per person at Huntamer Park. Species available are white dogwood, eastern redbud, river birch, sugar maple and Colorado blue spruce. Information: SKirkman@ci.lacey.wa.us or 360-456-7788.
Lacey Family Fish-in: This event runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Long’s Pond at the Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. This day of fun encourages fishing as a family activity. Volunteers are on-site to help both beginner and experienced young anglers. Each participant will get a rod and reel to keep. Cost is $5 per youth (ages 4-14); pre-registration is required. Information: 360-491-0857 or ci.lacey.wa.us/Events.
Alice’s Tea Party: Tenino Timberland Library will host a tea party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with characters from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” The family event will include crafts, movies, games and food. Costumes are welcome. Free. The library is at 172 Central Ave. W, Tenino.
Opening of The Evergreen State College Carving Studio: The Evergreen State College will officially open its new 2,000-square-foot Carving Studio, the latest addition to its Indigenous Arts Campus, at 1 p.m. The free, public celebration will include a performance by Henare and Tawera Tahuri, Māori visual and performing artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand. The new Carving Studio will provide teaching and learning opportunities for the creation and presentation of Coast Salish and other indigenous art forms, including monumental sculptures such as welcome figures, story poles, and ocean-going canoes.
Grand opening of GRuB’s Veteran-Led Victory Garden: The event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will take place at the garden at 7027 Martin Way E., Lacey. It will include a backyard garden build-a-thon, plant sale, seed bombs, live music, food, and opportunities to get involved with the garden. Information: Beau@goodgrub.org.
SLURP celebrates local shellfish: The Shellfish Lovers Ultimate Rejuvenation Party will run from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fish Tale Brewhouse, 514 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia. A dozen restaurants will showcase their culinary talents by preparing dishes with fresh, off-the-beach local shellfish. Wineries will join the Fish Tale Brewery to offer the season's latest varietals and microbrews. SLURP also features a Grand Oyster Bar, live auction, an oyster shucking/eating contest, and live music. Tickets are $65 in advance at slurp.brownpapertickets.com or in person at Bayview Thriftway, Ralph’s Thriftway or the Fish Tale Brew Pub. Proceeds support clean water education and shellfish restoration efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
Holy Week organ concert series: Enjoy free pipe organ concerts presented by the Olympia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in the sanctuary at The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE. Each day a guest organist will perform an individually selected solo recital. Free. All welcome. Information: http://www.theunitedchurches.org
Thurston County candidate filing workshop: This event to assist citizens in filing documents to become candidates for local elected office will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Ballot Processing Center, 2905 29th Ave. SW, Tumwater. The workshop will be run by the Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Division. Seventy elected positions are on the ballot this year, including Port of Olympia commissioner, city and town council members, school board directors, fire commissioners, parks and recreation commissioners, and cemetery district commissioners. Free, open to anyone interested in running for office.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) seminar: Employees and job seekers with disabilities can learn how ADA laws protect them in the workplace at this event from 2-4 p.m. at the state Department of Services for the Blind, 4565 Seventh Ave. SE, Lacey. Connie Minton, a reasonable accommodation and leave management expert, will talk about the interactive reasonable accommodation process that an individual with a disability should expect in an employment setting in Washington state. For more information, or to get directions, call 360-725-3846.
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