What’s Happening for July 20

What’s Happening in the South Sound

Take a look at the plethora of events and activities for families and kids around the South Sound.
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Take a look at the plethora of events and activities for families and kids around the South Sound.


Lakefair Grand Parade: The annual parade begins at 5 p.m. and runs north on Capitol Way from 20th Street to Fifth Avenue, ending near the bridge. The event kicks off with pre-parade festivities at 4:45 p.m. to get the crowd warmed up. Find more information about all Lakefair activities and events at https://www.lakefair.org/events

Junior Ranger Adventures: Have a kid interested in all things nature? You might have a Junior Ranger on your hands! From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. kids ages 6 to 9 can join Park Rangers and Stewardship staff on fun adventures at three different parks. The day will include a nature walk, wildlife observation, fun activities and a picnic. At the end they will earn a Junior Ranger Badge. Transportation and supervision included. Registration required. To sign up, or for more information, visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/olyparksartsrec/Activity_Search/junior-ranger-adventures/6285.

49th Annual Patio Sale at Panorama: The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1554 Boulevard Park Lane, 1751 Circle Lane, and 4011 14th Ave., all at Panorama in Lacey. New to the Patio Sale this year are The Emporium, offering unique or more upscale merchandise, and Christmas in July.

Saturday and Sunday

Capital City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament: The competition runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will feature games on 27 courts on the Capitol Campus. Organizers estimate a crowd of 5,000. Information: https://www.capitalcity3on3.com/


Lakefair wraps up with fireworks show: The Grand Finale Fireworks display takes place over Capitol Lake in Olympia at approximately 10 p.m. It can be viewed from Heritage Park, Deschutes Parkway, the Capitol Campus or anywhere with a view of the lake. Free.

Backpack giveaway: TCC and Wireless Zone stores are teaming up to donate backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. The giveaway will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the TCC store at 1200 Cooper Point Road, Olympia. The store is donating up to 200 backpacks, and backpacks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information: www.TCCRocks.com


Westminster Tiny Home Village information meeting: Westminster Presbyterian Church proposes building a temporary site to house 8 to 10 people who are homeless south of the church on Boulevard Road. The village would consist of eight 8-foot-by-12-foot tiny home structures, a bathroom and refuse facilities, and a 16-foot-by-12-foot kitchen. Case management would be provided by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). The informational meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the church at 1925 Boulevard Road SE. If you require special accommodations to attend and/or participate in the meeting, please contact Community Planning and Development Department 48 hours in advance or earlier, if possible, at 360-753-8314 or cpdinfo@ci.olympia.wa.us.


Center Stage Awards & Gala: This fundraiser for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts is at 5:30 p.m. at the center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, and will include a cocktail hour, full dinner, the Excellence in the Arts awards ceremony, a live auction, and entertainment. This year’s fund-a-need will raise money for the latest gold-standard audio equipment. Tickets are $145 and are on sale at 360-753-8586 during Box Office hours, or online at www.washingtoncenter.org.

DAV/RecruitMilitary JBLM Veterans Job Fair: This free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and military spouses will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. To register, go to http://bit.ly/JBLM072519

Timberland Regional Library Community Check-In: The library system has drafted a Strategic Plan and has planned a series of meetings to collect feedback from library patrons throughout the region. This meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Tumwater Timberland Library,7023 New Market St. SW. Information: https://www.trl.org/2019-action-plan

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