What’s Happening for June 15


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.

Southwest Washington Fair Association Barn Bash: This fundraiser to benefit youth premiums – the funds paid out to young people who compete in the fair with their animals – offers country music and dancing, food and beer, and a silent auction from 7-11 p.m. at the green 4-H barn at the fairgrounds, 2555 N. National Ave., Chehalis. Tickets are $10 in advance at the fair office (cash only) or at Brownpapertickets.com. Tickets at the door are $15. This is an all-ages event. Information: 360-740-2655 or www.southwestwashingtonfair.org.


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


Free tax workshop: Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the state Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Revenue, Room 114A, 6400 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. Attendees receive a workbook and reference guide to Revenue’s rules and regulations. Information: 800-647-7706 or register on Revenue’s education webpage. Or contact Revenue’s Rick Stedman at 360-705-6624 or rickst@dor.wa.gov.


Lacey City Council On The Road worksession: The Lacey City Council will host a “Council on the Road” worksession from 6-8 p.m. at Salish Middle School, 8605 Campus Glen Drive NE. The event provides Lacey residents an opportunity to meet and engage with Lacey City Council members and learn more about the community. The event will begin with a meet and greet session from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by presentations on road construction projects and development updates, and a community conversation about homelessness. Information: PublicAffairs@ci.lacey.wa.us, 360-491-3214, or ci.lacey.wa.us/Council-on-the-Road.

Thurston County meeting on proposed amendment to Asphalt Recycling Policy: Thurston County’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department will hold a public information meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, to provide information about a report related to the Nisqually Subarea Plan asphalt recycling policy. The report, a literature review conducted by Herrera Environmental Consultants, is now available at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/comp-plan-cp11-home.aspx. The proposed policy change would amend a single policy within the Nisqually Subarea Plan, removing language that prohibits asphalt recycling there.


The Olympia West Lions Club used book event: Starting at 9 a.m., books will be on sale at Haggen’s NW Food store in west Olympia. All proceeds will support Lions project of sight and hearing conservation, diabetes prevention and childhood cancer. Information: Call Garth Holmes at 360-943-3843.

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