What’s Happening for May 15

In this 2017 photo, a security officer stands on steps at the entrance to Western State Hospital in Lakewood. Western State’s CEO will be speaking in Tumwater Wednesday.
In this 2017 photo, a security officer stands on steps at the entrance to Western State Hospital in Lakewood. Western State’s CEO will be speaking in Tumwater Wednesday. AP file photo


Nakba Day Observance Activities: Tent-style placards will be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Capitol Campus lawn near the Tivoli Fountain. The placards are inscribed with names and information about the Palestinian villages destroyed during Al-Nakba. Talk with local Palestinian-Americans and Rachel Corrie Foundation volunteers about the history, the Right of Return, and the current situation in the Middle East. Then, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, Miriam Taqieddin and Gerri Haynes will lead a program called “Defying the Walls that Divide Us.” Taqieddin is a Palestinian-American who is a student at The Evergreen State College; Haynes has traveled to Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon one to three times a year since 1993 with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Olympia Design Month event: Olympians for People-Oriented Places will present a program called “Design for Living: Residential design and neighborhood texture” at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Hatfiloh’s social hall, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. Planner Thera Black, architect Roussa Cassel, historic preservationist Michelle Sadlier, and green building expert Chris van Daalen will discuss the sometimes subtle factors that influence our experience of place. Free.

Value-Added Food Processing Workshop: Learn about licensing for food processors and food processing facilities, available processing facilities in Thurston County, and WSU Extension research on the market opportunities for value-added fruits and vegetables at this workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. The presentation will also include a look at processing kitchen requirements, using the Fairgrounds Heritage Hall kitchen as an example. Light refreshments will be served, and registration is free. Please RSVP to Jennifer Post at 360-470-2609 or jenni.post@wsu.edu

Thurston County Mainstream Republicans: The future of Washington’s Western State Hospital will be the topic for Dave Holt, Western State’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), from noon to 1 p.m. at the River’s Edge restaurant at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive. A Q&A will follow his presentation. Admission is $3. RSVP to Dorothy at 360-456-2992 or email borck.gretchen@gmail.com


Olympia Heritage Month Celebration: The Olympia Heritage Commission invites the public to the celebration at the Capitol Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia. Mayor Cheryl Selby will present the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards, followed by feature screenings of historic film footage of Olympia and “Coast Modern.” Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

New to Medicare seminar: This workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon at the senior center at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Staff and volunteers trained by the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner will cover how to apply for Medicare and options available to people going on Medicare. No registration necessary. For individual appointments or to speak to an advisor, call 360-586-6181 ext. 134. Limited, two-hour parking in city lot on Columbia Street across from center.

Understanding Hypoglycemia: Diabetes and pre-diabetes have become a national health concern, with an understanding of how hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) must be regulated in the prevention and management of diabetes. “Understanding Hypoglycemia” will be the topic of the Diabetes Support Group meeting from 1-2 p.m. in the Ellinor Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital in Shelton. The meeting is open to anyone affected by diabetes or pre-diabetes, friends and family members of those managing the condition, and anyone with an interest in learning more about diabetes and its prevention. Information: Contact Debbie McGinnis at 360-427-7332.

Olympia’s Third Thursday: The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth in the US Bank parking lot at Fourth and Washington from 4-7 p.m. The block party runs in the lot runs from 6-9 p.m. and will open with music by Lakota Dorris, followed by Broadway Olympia Productions and New Born Babies. Our Table is the featured restaurant at the party and they’ll be serving up fresh food sourced from local farms. The event also will feature a Friends Night Out fundraiser. Purchase a $15 passport and then visit the list of participating businesses where they will stamp your passport and give you a unique gift. Proceeds from the sale of the passports go to Community Youth Services.

Meaningful Movies Olympia: The featured film is “Resilience, the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.” The screening at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim and Natalie Slovak of the Family Support Center. The event is at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St., Olympia. Admission is free.

Rachel Carson Forum: The Master of Environmental Studies Student Association at The Evergreen State College is hosting the 30th annual Rachel Carson Forum from 5-9 p.m. in the Communications Building, 2749 McCann Plaza NW, Olympia. This year’s theme is the Power of Community Science and features a community science networking event, hands-on workshops, and keynote presentations by Daniel Hull from Nisqually Reach Nature Center and Susan Berta and Howard Garrett from Orca Network. The event is free and open to the public; parking is $3. Information: www.evergreen.edu/mes/rachel-carson-forum


SPSCC’s 14th annual Student Art Exhibition: South Puget Sound Community College will host the 14th Annual SPSCC Student Art Exhibition in its gallery at the Minnaert Center for the Arts. The exhibit’s opening reception is from 6-8 p.m.; the exhibit will be open to the public through June 14. The exhibit is curated by the college’s art faculty, and features outstanding student creations from studio classes in the 2018-19 year. Works include ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, mixed-media, 2D and 3D design exercises, and sculpture. A continuous slide show of student work is included in the exhibition. Admission is free.

Olympia Musical Theatre show: The theater company opens “Three Days of Peace & Music,” which will run through Sunday. Featuring Kids in Concert and the Olympia Musical Theatre Singers, and directed by Troy Arnold Fisher, it’s a singing homage to 50 years since Woodstock and the opening of the musical “Hair.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. at the Port of Olympia Plaza. Bring your chairs and a picnic and don your hippie clothes. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted.

Olympia Design Month closing event: Olympians for People-Oriented Places will close its Design Month program with “Envisioning Architecture: Four architects present the buildings that influence their work and vision for Olympia” at 7 p.m. in the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way. There will be a reception prior to the presentations.


International Military Band Concert: This free Armed Forces Day concert will honor the service of World War II veterans who will be in attendance. This year’s concert will feature the NADEN Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, the 15th Field Regiment Band of the Royal Canadian Artillery, the U.S. Navy Band Northwest, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, and the 133d Washington Army National Guard Band performing a variety of musical styles, from 1940s swing to marches and patriotic selections. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washingotn St. SE, Olympia. This is a free, non-ticketed event and doors open at 6 p.m.

Sip, Savor & Stroll: The Olympia Downtown Alliance is again organizing this community progressive dinner where attendees meet local chefs, brewers and restaurant owners and get a peek behind the curtain of Olympia’s culinary scene. The event runs 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $55 at http://downtownolympia.org/Event

Olympia Youth Chorus concert: The chorus’ concert theme is “Road Trip,” with music about life’s journeys, travel and more. Music begins at 3 p.m. at Mountain View Church, 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. More than 120 young singers (ages 5-18) in five choirs will perform. Purchase tickets online at brownpapertickets.com, or at the door. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and children 3 and younger get in free. Information: www.OlympiaYouthChorus.org.

JBLM Armed Forces Day celebration: Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open its gates to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the base’s annual Armed Forces Day celebration. This year’s celebration will take place at JBLM Main’s Cowan and Memorial stadiums. There will be sports events, carnival rides, military history displays and reenactments, displays of military aircraft, vehicles and equipment, live music and entertainment, a climbing wall, and craft and food vendors. Guests without an installation access pass should enter Lewis Main through the DuPont Gate off Interstate 5. All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection, and everyone 16 and older must present a government-issued photo ID. Information: JBLMArmedForcesDay.com or http://www.jblmmwr.com.

Great Plants at Great Prices sale: The Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County is conducting its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dirt Works Demonstration Garden inside Yauger Park near the intersection of Alta Street and Capital Mall Drive in west Olympia. Volunteers will be there to help customers choose the right plants and other items for their landscape. All proceeds go toward continued support of Thurston County Washington State University Extension Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter community outreach projects. Information: 360-867-2163 or https://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/

Quinault Spring Craft Fair and Bake Sale: Artists and craftsmen from around the Olympic Peninsula will be featured at this annual event hosted by the Lake Quinault Community Circle. The fair will be at Lake Quinault School, 6130 U.S Highway 101 in Amanda Park, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On display will be a variety of hand-crafted jewelry, woodwork, arts, photography, gifts, and crafts reflective of the Pacific Northwest. Wild honey and home-made baked goods will also be for sale. Information: contact Angela Sowards at 360-640-8953 or sowardsangela@gmail.com

Saturday and Sunday

Lacey Spring Fun Fair: The 32nd annual fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Saint Martin’s University campus in Lacey. Admission is free, and the festival includes Kidsworld; two stages with entertainment; vendors offering food, commercial goods, and arts and crafts; free pony rides; a free circus train; a car show on Sunday; and a lip sync battle at 2 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.laceyspringfunfair.com


Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia Spring Concert: Music Director and Conductor Cameron May concludes his first season with SOGO at 4 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The program for the Conservatory Orchestra includes familiar pieces by Mozart, Elgar, and Sibelius along with Plog’s Triple Concerto for Trumpet, Horn, and Trombone featuring Carter Rowell, Emma Tranum, and Ian Rigg. The Brass Choir, directed by Greg Allison, will feature traditional brass fanfares. Also appearing are the Debut and Academy Orchestras. Tickets are $7-16, with those 6 and younger admitted free. Purchase at http://www.washingtoncenter.org or at 360-753-8586.

Animal rescue event: Participating TCC and Wireless Zone stores across the country are partnering with local animal rescue organizations to host the first Rescues Rock event at 1 p.m. to promote pet adoptions and collect supply donations for the organization. The first families to adopt a dog and cat on site will receive a pet supply kit from TCC which includes a rescue car magnet, drawstring bag, collar, leash, food scoop, toys, treats and a bowl. The Olympia TCC is at 1200 Cooper Point Road.


Open house on Legion Way and Franklin Street improvement projects: The city of Olympia will host an open house from 6-8 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E., on the street improvement projects on Legion Way and Franklin Street. The event is an opportunity for the public to see what is planned for these two downtown streets and to provide feedback on the projects. The Legion Way project will provide bike lane connectivity from Water Street to Franklin Street and will feature a raised intersection at Washington Street. The Franklin Street project will resurface the roadway from Legion Way to State Avenue and will include bulbouts at intersections, new sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and street tree replacement.

Author visit with Sarah Eltantawi: Sarah Eltantawi, a local author, scholar of Islam, and professor of comparative religion at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, will discuss and sign copies of her book "Shari’ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria’s Islamic Revolution" from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. The program is for adults. Information: 360-352-0595.


Stop the Sweeps March to City Hall: Just Housing and other advocates for the homeless plan to rally at 5 p.m. at Isthmus Park, 529 Fourth Ave. W., then march to Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E., at 5:30 p.m. to speak at the 7 p.m. City Council meeting. The group opposes the city’s practice of sweeping camps of homeless people off of public property, arguing there is still not enough safe and appropriate shelter space available.

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