What’s Happening for Aug. 15

What’s Happening Meetings

Let your voice be heard through community and council meetings, workshops and public hearings.
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New to Medicare seminar: Learn the basics from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. No registration necessary. For individual appointments or to speak to an advisor, call 360-586-6181 ext. 134. Staff and volunteers trained by the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner will cover the eligibility and application process for Medicare and options available to people going on Medicare. Limited, two-hour parking in city lot on Columbia across from the Center.

Little Red Schoolhouse school supply distribution: Supplies, backpacks, and socks and underwear will be distributed free to all Thurston County families in need at Komachin Middle School, 3650 College St. SE, Lacey (IT route #64) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. At 7:55 a.m. each family on site will receive a number and get an approximate time for admission. Each child will be able to choose a backpack filled with school supplies (based on individual school lists) and a gently used or new coat, socks and underwear. Families should plan on spending several hours – the event is usually crowded. No proof of financial need is required. Information: http://www.redschool.org/Distribution.php

Meaningful Movies Olympia: “The Most Dangerous Year” – about the anti-transgender legislation that swept the nation in 2016 and was met in Washington state by a coalition that fought to protect the civil rights of children – will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregational building at 2200 East End St. A panel and conversation will follow. Free, and all are welcome.

Groundbreaking for Lacey’s new fire station: Lacey Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.at Station 34, located at 8407 Steilacoom Road SE, Olympia. A ground breaking ceremony for the new Station 34 will be held in conjunction with the meeting. The public is welcome. Information: Call Fire Chief Steve Brooks at 360-239-8593, go to www.laceyfire.com, or search Lacey Fire District Three on Facebook.


Three Magnets fundraiser for Interfaith Works: The downtown Olympia microbrewery is hosting El Profe’s Pepper Beer Pachanga from 6-10 p.m. to raise money for Interfaith Works and its programs to combat homelessness. The event will feature other local breweries such as Headless Mumby, Whitewood Cider, and Top Rung, who will provide their takes on pepper-infused beers. There also will be pepper-infused gelato from Sofie’s Scoops, salsa from Olympia Salsa, a pepper-eating contest, and tacos from head chef Frank Magana. Rosin Jaw will provide live music. Tickets are $45 per person. Three Magnets is at 600 Franklin St SE. Information: https://three-magnets-events.myshopify.com/products/el-profes-pepper-beer-pachanga


Olympia Pet Parade: Superheroes will be the theme of the 90th annual Pet Parade starting at 10 a.m. at Heritage Park and winding its way to Sylvester Park. There’s no need to register ahead of time. Just show up wearing a costume with your pet, ready to march through downtown Olympia. Free. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in a variety of categories; judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Park, so arrive before then and line up in the appropriate category (small dogs or floats, for example). After the parade, free ice cream and goodie bags will be distributed to participants at Sylvester Park. Just want to watch? Parade marshals will be on the route before the parade begins to help you get situated. Participants and parade watchers are encouraged to donate pet food for Concern for Animals, a local non-profit.

Tumwater Artesian Brewfest: The 7th annual brewfest will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course driving range and will include beer tasting, music, activities, food and fun. Nearly fifty Pacific Northwest brewers will attend. “Keys on Main” will perform two sets of their interactive dueling piano show. Washington State University Extension will be in the Bring Brewing Back tent, offering a tasting of four beers made from barley grown in the Chehalis Basin, part of a research effort to identify barley varieties best suited for craft brewing and distilling. Tickets are on sale via Facebook or the Brewfest website for $25; tickets at the gate are $30. Event parking is $5 per vehicle (cash only) and benefits Special Olympics. Information: 360-754-4160 or www.tumwaterartesianbrewfest.com.

The American Legion Post 3 100-year celebration: The Legion will celebrate 100 years of service to veterans at 1 p.m. at the Capital Campus by the Tivoli fountain. The American Legion Band will perform and there will be displays about the Legion’s history in Olympia. Public welcome.

Priest Point Park Volunteer Work Party: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteers will continue with restoration work, including mulching around the still-developing, young native plants. The park is at 2600 East Bay Drive NE. Directional signs will be posted inside the park; the group will gather just south of the playground. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring a reusable water bottle. An adult must accompany youth under the age of 14 and all youth under 18 years of age must have an online waiver signed electronically by a parent/guardian. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to park and sign in. Visit http://volunteer.olympiawa.gov/ ahead of time to sign up for work parties.

Saturday and Sunday

Westport Art Festival: The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Westport Marina Promenade and will offer art, music, food, and fun. More than 50 artists and vendors will participate. Information: http://www.westportartfestival.org/ or on Facebook. Information: wafestinfo@gmail.com.


Community check-in on Timberland Regional Library’s draft strategic plan: Timberland Regional Library is looking for community feedback on its draft 2020-2022 Strategic Plan at a meeting from 6-7 p.m. at Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W Alder St, Shelton.

Thurston Conservation District open house with Executive Director candidates: The Conservation District Board of Supervisors invites the public to an open house with the final three candidates for Executive Director. This is an opportunity to meet the candidates and fill out comment cards for Board consideration. The meeting will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Conservation District offices, 2918 Ferguson St. SW, Tumwater. Candidates will briefly introduce themselves and then there will be time for informal conversation over coffee and cookies. Thurston Conservation District Supervisors will collect and consider staff and public input regarding candidates prior to their interviews Aug. 22. Information: Contact Nora White, nwhite@thurstoncd.com or 360-754-3588 ext.105.


Last Music in the Park concert of 2019: Ethan Tucker and his acoustic roots music will close out the Olympia Downtown Alliance’s Music in the Park season with a free concert at 7 p.m. at Sylvester Park at Legion and Capitol. The ODA is offering complimentary “Take out Delivery Service” where you can order food from a participating restaurant and the ODA will text you when your meal is ready. Sylvester Park is a state park and no alcohol is allowed.

LBA Woods volunteer work party: From 9:30 a.m. to noon, volunteers will dig out invasive Himalayan blackberry in the eastern section of the park. The group will meet near the LBA sign in the upper parking lot at 3333 Morse-Merryman Road SE. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy, and bring a reusable water bottle. An adult must accompany youth under the age of 14 and all youth under 18 years of age must have an online waiver signed electronically by a parent/guardian. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to park and sign in. Register in advance at http://volunteer.olympiawa.gov/

Thurston County Mainstream Republicans: The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the River’s Edge Restaurant at the Tumwater Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive, Tumwater. Admission $3 per person. Lenny Greenstein, who is running for Lacey City Council, will talk about local primary election results, and state and federal elections results will be presented by Lila Mowatt, executive director of MRW Alliance. RSVP to Dorothy at 360-456-2992 or borckgretchen@gmail.com

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