What’s Happening for April 21


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


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


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.


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.

Family Support Center Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: The non-profit service provider is celebrating its move to west Olympia with this event from 4-6 p.m. at its new home at 3545 Seventh Ave. SW, Olympia. The ribbon cutting will be at 4:15 p.m.


Arts Walk: The bi-annual celebration runs from 5-10 p.m. in downtown Olympia. Free. Information: 360-753-8380, olympiawa.gov/artswalk

Luminary Procession: This small twilight version of the Procession of the Species starts at 8:30 p.m. at Fifth Avenue and Washington Street, Olympia. Free. It won’t happen if it’s raining to protect the lanterns. Information: procession.org


Procession of the Species: The annual procession begins at 4:30 p.m. at Jefferson Street and Legion Way and ends at Fifth Avenue and Water Street. Free. procession.org

Honey Bees 101: Anyone interested in learning more about keeping bees either at the GRuB farm or the Victory Farm in Lacey is highly encouraged to attend the free workshop from noon to 2 p.m. at the Woods Bee Co., 919 W. Reynolds Ave., Centralia.

Instrument Petting Zoo at the Spring Olympia Arts Walk: Kids of all ages are invited to attend the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia Instrument Petting Zoo from 2-4 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. There will be zoo keepers on hand to demonstrate and help you learn how to blow, bow, buzz, and pluck an instrument of the orchestra. Free and open to the public. Sign up at the zoo for a free four-day beginning violin class for early elementary age students. The instrument is provided. For more information, email studentorchestras@gmail.com.

Melodies in Motion Cupcake Corral: The dancers and singers of Melodies in Motion will perform the Cupcake Corral, a show in two acts featuring well-known country western tunes, at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE, Olympia. All proceeds will benefit the Senior Nutrition Program at Senior Services for South Sound, which brings nutritional meals to homebound seniors and serves hot lunch at eight sites. During intermission, the audience can learn a line dance, too. Every ticket comes with a cupcake. To purchase tickets, visit www.southsoundseniors.org, Olympia and Lacey Senior Centers or call 360-586-6181.

Crime Stoppers of South Sound Annual Shred Event: Get your private and sensitive documents shredded for free between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the base of the grand staircase on the campus of Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Donations will be collected to support Crime Stoppers.

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