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Olympia High School sophomores Dyako Gardi (center) and Erin Roloff join dozens of other volunteers to pull invasive non-native ivy during a City of Olympia community volunteer work party at Priest Point Park in 2014. An Earth Day work party is planned in the park on Saturday.
Olympia High School sophomores Dyako Gardi (center) and Erin Roloff join dozens of other volunteers to pull invasive non-native ivy during a City of Olympia community volunteer work party at Priest Point Park in 2014. An Earth Day work party is planned in the park on Saturday. Olympian file photo

Friday

Holy Week organ concert: Enjoy a free pipe organ concert 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. All welcome. Information: http://www.theunitedchurches.org

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.

North Thurston Public Schools’ conversation on Career-Connected Learning: The North Thurston School Board will host a community conversation from 5:30-7 p.m. at the District Office board room, 305 College St. NE, Lacey. The topic will be Career Connected Learning opportunities for students. A panel of industry experts will kick off the program; discussion and questions will follow. Speakers will include representatives from Lakeside Industry, South Puget Sound Community College, the Workforce Board, the military, JROTC and NTPS. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5VQDBEoZBxagCyZ7lZxyOgClNZfZT5fA5xk3viA4jgj82lg/viewform

Wednesday

LBA Park/LBA Woods Volunteer Work Party: Restoration work will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LBA Park, 3333 Morse-Merryman Road SE, Olympia. The work party will focus on pulling invasive Scotch broom in the eastern section of the park. Meet near the LBA sign in the upper parking lot. Parking available.

Spring Governor’s Mansion tours: Make your reservations now for free tours that happen every 20 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. at the mansion on the Capitol Campus. Each tour is open to 25 guests. Reservations must be made at least 24-hours in advance. Adult tour guests must present photo identification and all visitors younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No cameras, umbrellas, strollers, or food/drink will be allowed on the tour. The mansion is accessible to wheelchairs and walkers. Visitors must walk a 200-yard incline up to the entrance. To make a reservation, go to https://apps.des.wa.gov/Mansion/Mansion.aspx. For more information, call 360-902-8880.

Thursday

History Talks at the Schmidt House: “Wild Man of the Wynooche” will be the topic when Northwest journalist and author Bill Lindstrom talks about John Tornow, the subject of his book “Villain or Victim?” Lindstrom will tell the violent and tragic story of the 19-month manhunt that ended with Tornow’s death in a 1913 shootout. The talk begins at noon at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater; doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity. Free, but donations are welcome. Information: 360-786-8117 or history@olytumfoundation.org.

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