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STEM: It literally is rocket science

Lacey's annual showcase of science, technology, engineering and math draws kids and adults with the future on their minds.
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Lacey's annual showcase of science, technology, engineering and math draws kids and adults with the future on their minds.

Saturday

Soroptimist International of Olympia’s South Sound Exceptional Woman Awards Banquet: The third annual awards will honor 19 women, the unsung heroes, who help their organizations - internally or externally - and make our community a better place. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Olympia’s Hotel RL, with the banquet starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased through http://buytickets.at/olympiasoroptimists/239846.

Plant sale to benefit Santo Tomas: The Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association is hosting its 7th annual plant sale fundraiser for university scholarships for youth in our sister town in Nicaragua. The sale will offer perennial plants and bushes, tomato and other vegetable starts, strawberry plants, raspberry canes, oyster mushroom kits and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 117 Thomas St. NW, Olympia. Information: TSTSCA@gmail.com

Tenino Farmers Market opens for the season: The 15th year of the market in the city’s downtown historic district kicks off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a vine cutting, historical photos and festivities. The market will be open every Saturday through Sept. 28. Information: http://www.teninofarmersmarket.org

Olympia residents brainstorm about homelessness: Attend the last of Olympia’s community workshops on a long-term response to homelessness from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Capital High School commons, 2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia. Can’t attend or have questions? Go to engageolympia.com

Lacey STEM Fair: This annual free event showcasing science, technology, engineering and math projects from school clubs and teams throughout Thurston County runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Huntamer Park, 629 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey. Events includes hands-on activities for kids, demonstrations, displays and more. Event happens rain or shine, but robotics demonstrations might be modified. Information: http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/living-in-lacey/the-community/arts-and-events/stem-fair

Sunday

Tumwater Historical Association Homestead Quilters quilt show: The show, titled Sunbonnet Sue Welcomes Spring, features Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam quilts and provides Sunbonnet Sue history. Quilt preservation techniques will be available, as well as Sunbonnet Sue patterns and coloring handouts for children. The show will be from noon to 4 p.m. in Tumwater’s historic Brewmaster’s House (formerly Henderson House) at 602 Deschutes Way, near historic Crosby House, which will also be open to visitors. On the lawn between these homes, the historical association’s “Pioneer University” will provide hands-on experiences with pioneer cookery, ropemaking, butter churning and more. Quilt show admission is $3 for adults.

Monday

Little Red Schoolhouse fundraiser: Dirty Day’s Pizza Parlor, 3939 Martin Way E., will host the fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Buy some pizza and beverages, grab a raffle ticket, and sponsor a kid’s school supplies for a year.

Tuesday

Where’s the Water series on Streams, Salmon & Orcas: The League of Women Voters will again host a program related to Thurston County water issues. This event at 6 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, will feature Nove Middle School students’ water quality studies; Ann Marie Pearce, an education outreach specialist for the county, talking stream water quality; Gabe Madel, a state Fish & Wildlife fish biologist talking about salmon; Kirsten Harma, a coordinator with the Chehalis Basin Partnership, talking about salmon habitat restoration; and Cindy Hanson, an Orca Network education coordinator, talk protecting endangered orcas. The program is free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Hear from members of Tajikistan Parliament: Friendship Force of Greater Olympia is hosting a delegation of three members of Parliament and three administrative staff members from Tajikistan. Delegation members are traveling at the invitation of the Open World Learning Center; this is the first time the state has received a delegation at the Parliamentary level, and the first time Olympia has hosted. Washington’s Secretary of State will welcome the delegation at a breakfast meeting, and the group will meet with legislators, the Lieutenant Governor, Olympia’s Mayor Pro Tem, and U.S. Rep. Denny Heck. Members of the public wishing to hear directly from the visitors are encouraged to attend their panel discussion of their work and culture scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lacey Timberland Library meeting room, 500 College St. SE.

Evergreen at the Lord Mansion: The third and final Evergreen Talks lecture of this academic year will be at the Lord Mansion, 211 21st Ave. SW, from 6:30-8 p.m. Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck will speak about The Evergreen State College’s first archaeological field school at the George Washington Bush Prairie Farm in Tumwater, where excavations began in summer 2015. The event is free and open to the public. Bush, an African American farmer who led a wagon train out from Missouri, founded the farm, one of the Northwest’s first homesteads, in 1845. The many artifacts discovered by Ulrike and her students open a window on life in the region in the 19th and early twentieth centuries.

Wednesday

Former U.S. Ambassador to keynote Thurston Chamber’s annual meeting: Former U.S. Ambassador Suzan “Suzi” LeVine, who is now commissioner of the state Employment Security Department, will deliver the keynote address at the gathering at 11:30 a.m. at Hotel RL in west Olympia. LeVine served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 2014-2017 at the request of President Barack Obama. Reservations are required for this event; register at thurstonchamber.com. Information: Contact Krystal Barkus at events@thurstonchamber.com or 360-970-9458

SPSCC Career Day: The event will run 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building (Bldg. 27). More than 50 employers across a variety of fields and industries will be present to share career information with students, recruit new employees, conduct informational interviews, and more. The 31st annual Career Day will be supported by an event app to help attendees connect with employers before and after the event. Free.

Healing chronic illness through music: Thirty years ago, Donatella Moltisanti discovered that her debilitating physical pain disappeared when she began studying opera. Now a sound healer, Moltisanti will lead a Soul Singing event at 8 p.m. at Hot Yoga Olympia, 1963 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $40 at the door.

South Sound Story Guild: The group meets at 7 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Visiting storyteller Pam Maben from Portland will tell her favorite traditional tales. Sign-up to tell a story at Story Swap at 8 p.m. Free.

Volunteer work party at Yashiro Japanese Garden: Volunteers will gather from 9:30 a.m. to noon to weed and rake the trails and landscape at the park at 1010 Plum St. SE. Meet at the side entrance to the park. Parking is available at the Lee Creighton Justice Center, 900 Plum St. SE. The city is now asking volunteers to sign up for work parties online. Prior to arriving, visit volunteer.olympiawa.gov and click “Join” on the volunteer work party you would like to attend. All volunteer work parties are listed under “Opportunities.” Information: 360-753-8365 or email parkstewardship@ci.olympia.wa.gov.

South Sound Sierra Club: Please join the club to hear Mike Ford, director of the Conservation Biology Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center. He will explain the history, current patterns and population of salmon and steelhead. Join us at 6 p.m. at the Mekong Restaurant, 125 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Come early to order food at 5:30 p.m. Information: contact Phyllis Farrell at phyllisfarrel681@hotmail.com or go to https://www.sierraclub.org/washington/south-sound-group.

Thursday

History Talks at Schmidt House: “Historic Rails to Modern Trails at Tumwater Falls Park” is the topic of this free noon-hour presentation on the new Deschutes Valley Trail extension of the Thurston County trail system. City of Tumwater Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Denney will talk about the trail which will soon be built upon the historic Olympia Tenino Railway grade through Tumwater Falls Park. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater. Free but donations are appreciated. Information: Contact Don Trosper at 360-786-8117 or history@olytumfoundation.org.

Dedication of new science center at Saint Martin’s University: Saint Martin’s University will dedicate the new Father Bede Ernsdorff Center at a 3:30 p.m. ceremony. This new science facility will house the Father Placidus Reischman Department of Natural Sciences, as well as mathematics, faculty and student research spaces, and teaching labs and classrooms. Building tours and light refreshments provided. Park in the Baran/Spangler Hall parking lot I. To RSVP or make inquiries, call 360-438-4366 or email Special.Events@stmartin.edu.

Public Hearing on West Bay Art Crossing concept plan for public art: The Olympia Arts Commission will hold their spring retreat from 4-8 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Room 100. As part of the meeting, at 7 p.m., the Arts Commission will conduct a public hearing for the West Bay Art Crossing public art concept by project artists Linn McJunkin and Milo White. The meeting is open to everyone, but particularly for residents in neighborhoods closest to the site: NWONA, West Bay Drive and Burbank Elliot. The West Bay Drive Art Crossing is part of a larger city project to place public art deep into Olympia’s neighborhoods. The project Master Plan is available at olympiawa.gov/artplan. Information: contact Stephanie Johnson at sjohnson@ci.olympia.wa.us or 360-709-2678.

Friday

Women United’s Power of the Purse: Power of the Purse is an evening of philanthropy hosted by the United Way of Thurston County’s Women United. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia. Funds raised support Women United’s current priority, providing resources to families with children who are currently homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. Power of the Purse raises funds through ticket sales, a live auction and a dessert dash. Tickets are $100 each and include a hosted bubbly reception and family-style dinner. Seating is limited. Sign up at https://www.unitedway-thurston.org/power-purse. Information: RNandyal@unitedway-thurston.org.

Timberline High School presents “The Wizard of Oz:” Performances of the iconic story are at 7 p.m. May 10-11 and 16-18 in the school’s theater, 6120 Mullen Road SE, Lacey. Tickets are $7 and $10 and will be available at the door 45 minutes before curtain time. Website: https://www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/Page/21007

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