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What’s Happening for April 17

Wednesday-Friday

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

Wednesday

"What's Age Got to Do with It?"discussion: Humanities Washington presents a free public discussion about how society can value 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.

Thursday

Ecology hearing on brewery oil spill: The state Department of Ecology is inviting the public to a meeting about the recent Olympia brewery oil spill into the Deschutes River and Capitol Lake and Ecology’s response to it. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. People and organizations who own property along the lake are especially encouraged to attend. Information: https://ecology.wa.gov/Spills-Cleanup/Spills/Spill-preparedness-response/Responding-to-spill-incidents/Spill-incidents/Olympia-Brewery-transformer-spill

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: huetters@gmail.com

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.

Public meeting on Capitol Campus construction project: Beginning May 1, the southeast section of the East Plaza will be closed to pedestrian traffic during construction to repair the waterproofing membrane above the Plaza Garage and replace the landscaping in front of the Department of Transportation Building. The work is scheduled to last until December. This work will stop water from leaking into the Plaza Garage and redesign the East Plaza. It will remove three raised garden beds, landscape vegetation on the northeast side of the Employment Security Building and 23 cherry trees in failing health in front of the DOT Building. The Department of Enterprise Services will hold a public meeting to present an overview of the project and answer questions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1500 Jefferson St. SE in the first floor Presentation Room. Visitor parking is available for $2 an hour in the lot at the corner of Maple Park and Jefferson, and the A level of the Plaza Garage at the Maple Park entrance. Information: 360-407-9343 or eastplaza@des.wa.gov.

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.

Saturday

Steam Train Eggspress: The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum presents this special spring and Easter trip through the Chehalis River valley at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. starting at 1101 Sylvenus St. in Chehalis. Tickets are $15 per person. Bring your own Easter basket; trips happen rain or shine as do the Easter egg hunts. Reserve a spot online at SteamTrainRide.com or call 360-748-9593

Olympia Earth Day volunteer work party: Join the City of Olympia Parks and Water Resources departments in restoring the beautiful native habitats at Priest Point Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at the park’s Kitchen/Shelter #4, 2600 East Bay Drive NE. Free, all ages welcome. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Participants aged 14-17 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Participants aged 13 and younger must have a parent/guardian present. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to park and sign-in. For registration and information, visit volunteer.olympiawa.gov, and then click on Volunteer Now. Information: 360-753-8365.

Tumwater Arbor Day Celebration: From 10 a.m. to noon, the Tumwater Tree Board offers tree-related give-away items, activities for kids, tree planting instructions, and tree care information. The Tree Board provides a selection of tree species, and participants may select a free seedling, while supplies last, to take home and plant. It also will host an open house on the city’s Urban Forestry Management Plan. This event is at Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market Street SW. Information: 360-754-4180.

Tumwater Earth Day volunteer work party: Tumwater Parks & Recreation is teaming up with the PARC Foundation to celebrate Earth Day with a volunteer work party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to remove invasive plants and debris at Tumwater Historical Park. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for working outdoors. This event will be held rain or shine. The park is at 802 Deschutes Way SW. Pre-registration is required. Information: 360-754-4160.

Nisqually River Cleanup: The Washington Kayak Club, Washington Recreational River Runners, Paddle Trail Canoe Club, and the Nisqually River Foundation invite the public to help clean up the Nisqually River. The effort needs volunteers to help on land at McKenna Park, Nisqually Park and the 6th Avenue Fish & Wildlife Water Access Site to provide event setup, registration and check-in, staff first aid stations, haul collected items from boats to drop boxes, and sort recyclables. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy shoes; bring rain gear and work gloves; and bring water, lunch and snacks. Register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/y4uy99za. There will be an after-event BBQ. Free parking is available at McKenna and Nisqually parks, but people are encouraged to carpool. A Discover Pass is required to park at the 6th Avenue site. Information: GregDProvenzano@comcast.net or brandon@nisquallyriver.org.

Veterans Resource Fair: This event at the Tacoma Dome is aimed at providing veterans and their families with direct connections and information on veteran-specific programs and resources in Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. The event is open to all active duty U.S. military, reservists and National Guard, as well as their family members. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dome’s Exhibition Hall at 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. Free.

Monday

Medicare workshop: Whether you’re new to Medicare or just want to learn more about your existing Medicare benefits, attend the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors for a free presentation from 4-7 p.m. at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. The workshop will cover the Part A, B, C and D’s of Medicare along with how to pay for Medicare, how to see if you qualify for help to pay for Medicare, how to compare Medicare plans, and how disability, Medicare and Medicaid work together. Information: 800-562-6900 or www.insurance.wa.gov/shiba

Tuesday

Thurston County public hearing on possible levy vote to fund new courthouse: Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed ballot measure to increase the property tax levy to fund a new Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building. The hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. in Building 1, Room 280, of the current courthouse complex at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia. County commissioners may choose to approve the resolution at the end of the public hearing, or they may request that staff make changes to the proposal following the hearing. Residents also can submit written comments to county manager Ramiro Chavez at Ramiro.chavez@co.thurston.wa.us or at Thurston County Courthouse, Building One, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW. The deadline for written comments is noon April 23.

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