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 email@example.com 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.
"What's Age Got to Do with It?"discussion: Humanities Washington presents a free public discussion about how we can begin valuing people of all ages. Dori Gillam will lead the discussion starting at 10:15 a.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Hosted by Senior Services for South Sound. Free and open to the public.
Thurston County Mainstream Republicans: The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the River’s Edge Restaurant, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive, Tumwater. Admission is $3 per person. Olympic Region Project Engineer Chuck Meade will talk about the Hawks Prairie Diverging Diamond Interchange, which is intended to help ease congestion and reduce the potential for crashes. It will allow drivers to make a free left turn onto the highway without stopping at a traffic signal. Question and answer period will follow. RSVP to Dorothy at 360-456-2992 to provide an accurate headcount.
Near Death Experiences Revisited: Jackie Huetter, a hospice and grief consultant, will facilitate a program on this topic from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College Ave. SE. Free. All are welcome. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympia World Affairs Council Lecture Series: Sarah Eltantawi, professor of comparative religion and Islamic studies at The Evergreen State College, will speak on "The Political Theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt," the oldest Islamist group in modernity. Free and open to the public. Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at the South Puget Sound Community College’s Lacey Campus, 4220 Sixth Ave. SE. Information: www.olympiawac.org
Fourth Graders Outdoor Adventure Class: The Every Kid in a Park Initiative gives all fourth-graders and their families free National Parks passes this year. This class sponsored by the Mountaineers and city of Olympia will help families learn how to take advantage of this, from planning a great family hike, to what clothes and gear to take, to how to make it fun for kids and adults alike. The class will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Register by calling 360-753-8380 or online at olympiawa.gov/experienceitonline.
Meaningful Movies Olympia: “Food Waste, Challenges and Solutions,” a documentary shorts series will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St. The film will be followed by conversation. Free.
"New to Medicare" Seminar: Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner volunteers will provide free, unbiased and confidential information about Medicare and Medicare program choices at 10 a.m. at Senior Services of South Sound, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Information: 360-586-6181 ext. 134.
Friday and Saturday
Olympia LBGTQ Meditation group: The group is sponsoring Tuere Sala, a Buddhist teacher, for two events this month. Everyone is welcome; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Both events are held at the Olympia Friends' Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE. The first session is from 7-9 p.m. Friday; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; suggested donation of $5-$20. The second session is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 9 a.m.; suggested donation of $10-$30.
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