What’s Happening Meetings
Stonecroft’s Christian Women’s Connection: The monthly luncheon is at noon at Panoram’s Gallery next to the Seventeen 51 Bistro and Restaurant, 1751 Circle Drive SE, Lacey. The program includes Chico’s Fashion Show and The Last Hour saxophone quartet from Olympia Gospel Outreach. The inspirational speaker will be Natasha Wills, who grew up in Vietnam. The cost is $16 which includes lunch, coffee/tea, and music. For reservations, call Sylvia 360-943-0627.
SPSCC Student Film Showcase: This free screening begins at 7 p.m. at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. No tickets required. The quarterly program includes works by SPSCC’s film students.
WSU Extension Service Whole Farm Planning Course: The 12-week course begins Tuesday evening and runs weekly through Aug. 27. The course is designed for people looking for ways to enter farming or expand their expertise in raising livestock, growing a grain crop, producing fruits or vegetables, or beginning a shellfish operation. The course will be at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey, and will include guest lectures from local farmers, field trips, and classroom instruction. Sign up online at https://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/agriculture/cultivatingsuccess/
Olympia Senior Center Community Cafe: From 5 to 7:30 p.m. facilitators Sara Thiessen and Steve Byers will lead participants through conversations about what’s possible in the Multi-purpose Room A at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Questions can be directed to Thiessen at 360-586-6181 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is free and open to the public. Register online or call 360-586-6181.
Thurston Investment Network to Host Business Pitch: The Thurston Investment Network (ThINk) is a membership-based network of local investors – a matchmaking service akin to the popular TV show, “Shark Tank,” only here in Thurston County. ThINk members have now invested in five local businesses for a total of over $300,000. On Wednesday, the community is invited to attend an information session about ThINk. Those that join the network can stay on to hear two local businesses make their pitch. The event is at 3 p.m. at the Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation at SPSCC’s Lacey Campus, 4220 Sixth Ave SE.
History Talks at Schmidt House: The final program of the season will feature Master Rosarian Gary Ritchie speaking about “Heritage Roses and the Centennial Rose Garden” at noon at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity. The rose garden will be open for visitors throughout the day. Free, but donations are appreciated. Information: Contact Don Trosper at 360-786-8117 or email@example.com.
Evergreen Graduation: The Evergreen State College will honor its class of 2019 graduates in an outdoor ceremony on the campus’ Red Square from 1-4 p.m. The celebration marks its 48th commencement since the institution’s founding. More than 1,000 Greeners will receive their diplomas. To get visitors on and off campus for the ceremonies with minimal disruption, Evergreen Parkway will be closed from approximately 3-5 p.m. The temporary closure will be at 17th Ave. northbound and at Kaiser Road southbound to allow exit from the Evergreen campus at the conclusion of commencement.
Friday & Saturday
Rochester’s Swede Day: The annual Swede Day court coronation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St. SW in Rochester. Members of the court are Emily Morris, Anna Johnson, Jessyka Ritzman and Makayla Williams, all juniors at Rochester High School. Homemade strawberry shortcake and refreshments will be served, and all past royalty are invited. On Saturday, the Swede Day parade takes place at 11 a.m., following a pancake breakfast put on by the American Legion. A traditional Swedish lunch of meatballs, potatoes, coleslaw and shortbread will follow with a small plate for $5 and a large plate for $8. Hamburgers, hotdogs and soda will also be available. The grand marshals of the parade will be Susie Hawes and June Gelvin, longtime residents and volunteers, particularly with Rochester’s Community Closet.
Olympic Air Show: The annual air show hosted by the Olympic Flight Museum at the Olympia Regional Airport is themed Aviation in the Movies, and will feature aircraft with cinematic association from World War II, Vietnam and contemporary films. Aerobatic demonstrations from museum aircraft include the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, and the P-51D Mustang, American Beauty. The West Coast Ravens Demonstration Team also will be a featured guest. Additional event features include a World War II encampment, a beer garden, food and merchandise vendors, and a variety of youth activities. Information: http://www.olympicairshow.com or www.olympicflightmuseum.com.
SPSCC commencement: South Puget Sound Community College will celebrate more than 1,400 graduates at the 2019 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. at The Evergreen State College’s Red Square. The event marks the first commencement collaboration between SPSCC and Evergreen. The college will award 1,887 associate degrees and certificates, as well as 269 GEDs, totaling 2,156 awards. The student speaker for the ceremony will be Tawni Andrews, an adult student earning her Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. The processional will be led by the Clan Gordon Pipe Band.
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation Choir spring concert: Directed by Troy Arnold Fisher, the vocal group will perform at 7 p.m. at the church, 2315 Division St. NW. Olympia. The program features a wide repertoire of music. Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted.
Talk about the Port of Olympia with Commissioner E.J. Zita: Learn about the Port of Olympia, its fiscal responsibilities and its environmental mandate for protection and remediation at this meeting with Zita at 7 p.m. at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152, west side entrance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meeting presented by the Protect the Environment Team of Olympia Indivisible.
Hispanic Roundtable’s 2019 Community Summit: This second annual event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Capital Region ESD 113, 6005 Tyee Drive SW, Tumwater. Guest speakers will be Jorge L Barón, Dr. Carlos Gil, Carlos Mejia Rodriguez, and Alejandro Sanchez. The event is designed to provide an opportunity for agencies, organizations, individuals, and service providers to build networks and partnerships to better support the Latinx Community in Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, and Pacific counties. Courses in cultural humility and responsibility will be offered (CEUs available). Organizers will provide updates on the latest immigration issues facing the state. Register online: https://bit.ly/2IkVUi0
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