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, illuminated, 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
Friday & Saturday
“Once Upon a Mattress” at Tumwater High School: In this case, a princess comes to the rescue of a prince and kingdom. See the show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday at the high school theater, 700 Israel Road SW. General admission is $10 and student admission is $7. Tickets are available door.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Opportunity Zone Informational Event: Are you an investor looking to defer and decrease your capital gains tax? Are you a community stakeholder, business, or developer looking to tap into new funding streams? Join the Thurston Economic Development Council and Opportunity Zone Investments in learning about the four Opportunity Zones in Thurston County: downtown Olympia, Lacey, Grand Mound, and Nisqually. This free event will get you up to speed on the new federal program, what to expect moving forward, and how investors and local communities can maximize the benefits of the program. The event will be from 1-3 p.m. at the Center for Business & Innovation at the South Puget Sound Community College’s Lacey Campus, 4220 Sixth Ave. SE. RSVP: https://opportunityzoneinvestments.com/events/the-opportunity-in-opportunity-zones/
Jet flights over the Olympics wilderness: The Olympic Park Associates and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness are showing two videos about the Olympics followed by a discussion regarding the Navy’s new proposal to increase the number of Growler Jet flights over the Olympic Wilderness and Marine Sanctuary up to 5,000 per year. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Free.
Labor conflict documentary screening: A century ago in 1919, Washington State roiled with labor unrest, strikes, and gunfights in cities like Centralia. That cauldron of radicalism and violence is chronicled in the documentary film “Labor Wars of the Northwest,” showing at 7 p.m. at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets, available on the Washington Center website and at the door, are priced at $10 for the public, $8 for Olympia Historical Society members and free for students with ID. Following the film, local historians will lead a discussion and Q&A. The film was written and directed by David J. Jepsen, who teaches Pacific Northwest History at SPSCC and Tacoma Community College.
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