Springwood Parcel (formerly Zabel’s Rhody Garden) Volunteer Work Party: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteers will continue efforts to restore the site to its intended state. The parcel is at 1500 Springwood Ave NE, but parking is only allowed on Devon Drive NE. After parking, follow the signs to the entrance. Meet just inside the gate. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy. Volunteers are encouraged to 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. Visit http://volunteer.olympiawa.gov to sign up, then click on the work party you want to join.
Tumwater High School all alumni and staff reunion: The gathering will happen from 3-9 p.m. at Sherman Valley Ranch, 8824 Sherman Valley Road. All alumni, students, staff and children/grandchildren are welcome. There will be a potluck, games and live music by Backlash. Cost is $5 per person. There are limited RV spots for $10. Information: LouisaTHS75@gmail.com or www.TumwaterHighAlumni.com
Corvettes Racing for the Cure/Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Be part of the event by riding along in a sports car running a road course going twice the legal speed limit from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Ridge Motorsports Park, 1060 W Eells Hill Road, Shelton. Suggested donation for a ride-along is $150, but any donations are welcome. Helmets will be provided for passengers. Information: corvettesracingforthecure.com
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour: At 1 p.m. you can attend a presentation followed by a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant. See how LOTT cleans wastewater and the steps taken to protect Puget Sound. Tour participants must be 10 years old or older and wear closed shoes. Gather at LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia. Information: 360-664-2333 or www.wetsciencecenter.org
Delphi Craft & Swap Meet: McLane Grange sponsors a monthly fundraising event to help keep this historic organization afloat. Stop by for coffee and shop over 15 vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New and pre-owned treasurers are on sale the second Saturday of each month, April through November. Coffee is free to shoppers, and parking and a bake sale are available. Donations of baked goods benefit local families in need. And to sell your art, crafts or pre-owned treasures, contact Eladice at 360-866-7254 to reserve a table. The McLane Grange is at 931 Delphi Road SW. Information: Mclanegrange.org
Fall Photography Walk with Meredith Rafferty: The Nisqually Land Trust invites you to bring your camera (or use your phone’s camera) to capture the fall colors and beauty of the Nisqually River shoreline on part of a 500-acre block of conservation properties along a very dynamic stretch of the river. Rafferty of the Olympia Camera Club and a Land Trust Site Steward will guide the walk from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; participants will visit a gravel bar on the mainstem of the Nisqually and Rafferty will share photography tips and insights. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-photography-walk-with-meredith-rafferty-registration-70070756519 to receive directions. Questions? Call 360-489-3400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph Munro leads trail walk: The former Washington Secretary of State will lead a walk on the 2-mile, mostly flat trail that was named after him. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 218 Overhulse Road, Olympia. (It will end there as well.) Munro will talk about the projects McLane School students have completed along the trail over the years. Refreshments will be provided before and after the walk.
Puget Sound Energy electric car ride and drive: PSE will host a free, community-focused electric car ride and drive event in the Capital Mall parking lot between the Century Movie Theatre and REI from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to test drive a variety of electric and hybrid cars, and PSE staff will be available to answer questions. Dealership staff will be available to answer questions about buying or leasing an electric vehicle and provide information on specific vehicle models. Test drives are free and on a first come first served basis. Drivers must be 21 or older and show a current driver’s license and insurance card. RSVP for the event on the Electric Car Ride & Drive Facebook event page.
Saturday and Sunday
Kayak for a Cause fundraiser: This Molina Healthcare of Washington-sponsored event raises money for the Shelton-based Kara Lynn Foundation to increase awareness about epilepsy and other neuroglial disorders and to raise funds for children and families affected by those health conditions. During the three-day relay, approximately 15 participants will kayak 500 miles in the South Puget Sound. It begins on Friday in Union (at the boat launch at 5101 Highway 106) and end Sunday in Olympia. The events run from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and are open to the public. Information: http://www.karalynnfoundation.com/
Happy Hour for Housing featuring Kayley Hill from The Voice: From 3-6 p.m. at Rhythm & Rye, you can hear live music from Nashville’s Kayley Hill (who competed on NBC’s The Voice). There will be food from Barb’s BBQ, drinks, raffles, and a live auction for song requests. Admission is $35, or $75 for a VIP meet and greet. All proceeds will go to Quixote Communities, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing housing and supportive services to people who are homeless. Rhythm & Rye is at 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Information: 360-791-8999 or email@example.com Get tickets at www.quixotecommunities.org/events
Sharing Near-Death Experiences: Lacey/Olympia NDE Forums (an offshoot of Seattle International Association of Near Death Studies) will be offered from 3-6 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Presentations are free, everyone is welcome. An NDE guest speaker will be featured at each meeting, followed by questions and stories from those attending. Kimberly Clark Sharp, founder of Seattle IANDS, will be the September speaker. Information: email Jackie Huetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
History Talk about Saint Martin’s University: “Nothing Worthwhile is Easy: An Early History of Saint Martin’s University” will be the topic of a talk by Father Peter Tynan, chaplain of Saint Martin’s University. At 5:30 p.m. in the Lacey City Hall Council Chambers, 420 College St. SE, Tynan will share the early struggles of the school and how it overcame prejudice, economic realities, and unrealistic expectations as it has grown over the past century. The talk is part of a history series hosted by the Lacey Museum. Information: LaceyMuseum.org
The State of Hope in Thurston County: Research shows that hope is the single best predictor of a person’s ability to thrive and flourish. In 2018, Hope Thurston collaborated with Dr. Chan Hellman from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa to measure, analyze and establish a “Hope Score” for Thurston County. That score will be discussed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the South Puget Sound Community College Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The event will include beverages and hors d’oeuvres. There is no cost to attend, but organizers ask that attendees RSVP at http://thurstonchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/the-state-of-hope-in-thurston-county-7443. Information: www.thurstonthrives.org/hope-thurston/
The League of Women Voters of Mason County: The league is having its first meeting of the program year from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Olympic College Shelton’s Johnson Library, 937 Alpine Way. The program will be discussion of “For the People Act”with speaker Katy Crabtree, a staffer from Derek Kilmer’s office. Information: 360-427-9351 or email@example.com
Doctors Without Borders traveling speaker series stops in Olympia: This speaker series explores the work of Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization and discusses the challenges of bringing life-saving medical care to the most dangerous and remote areas of the globe. Aid worker and mental health officer Karen Stewart will make discuss her experiences in the field at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW, followed by a Q&A session.
Springwood Parcel Volunteer Work Party: Volunteers will gather from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the former Zabel’s Rhody Garden at 1500 Springwood Ave. NE to help restore the garden. Parking is only allowed on Devon Drive Northeast. After parking, follow the signs to the entrance to the parcel. Meet just inside the gate. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy. Volunteers are encouraged to 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. To register, visit http://volunteer.olympiawa.gov
Wisdom & Chocolate event at Saint Martin’s University: Melanie Matthews, CEO of Physicians of Southwest Washington, will speak at 7 p.m. about innovations in health care as part of a speaker series designed to connects attendees with nationally known entrepreneurs and business leaders who share what they have learned throughout their careers. The event in Saint Martin’s Worthington Conference Center is free and open to the public. Registration and information: https://thurstonedc.com/event/wisdom-chocolate-speaker-series-on-wednesday-sept-18-2019-at-7-p-m/
Ahead of the Curve exhibit opening: The exhibit, which coincides with the National Suffrage Centennial in 2020, celebrates the pioneering spirit of some larger-than-life women and the little-known stories with big impacts on Washington state, the nation, and beyond. The project spotlights 20 trailblazing women, including former Superintendent of Public Instruction Josephine Corliss Preston, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst and former Gov. Christine Gregoire. The public is invited to the exhibit opening at 3 p.m. at the State Capitol. Information: https://www.sos.wa.gov/legacy/
New to Medicare seminar: Trained staff and volunteers will provide free, unbiased help with Medicare choices from 10 a.m. to noon and Olympia Senior Center. 222 N Columbia. No registration necessary. For individual appointments or to speak to an advisor, call 360-586-6181 x134. Staff and volunteers are trained by the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
Diabetes Support Group: Diabetes Wellness Center will host a Diabetes Support Group meeting. The topic is “Reducing Risks: Labs.” The group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Room of Mason General Hospital, 901 Mountain View Drive, Shelton. Information: 360-427-7332.
Olympia World Affairs Council Lecture Series: “Journey to Arabia: An Ethnographic Portrait of Labor Migration in the Indian Ocean World” will be the topic of the first lecture in the 2019-2020 series. Free and open to the public. Lecture begins at 7:30 pm at the South Puget Sound Community College, 4220 Sixth Ave. SE, Lacey. Information: www.olympiawac.org
Meaningful Movies Olympia: The film will be “Transfigurations – Transgressing Gender in the Bible,” a one-person play featuring trans-gender Biblical characters from the most widely-read Bible stories. The screening will be 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist building, 2215 Division St., Olympia (parking at 2200 East End St). Discussion will follow the film. Free.
The Chehalis River Basin Land Trust pub talk: The gathering will be from 6-8 p.m. at the River’s Edge, 4611 Tumwater Valley Road, Tumwater. Patrick Schults, a WSU Extension Service forester, will share current trends and new ideas about healthy forests. A free adult event; light refreshments provided.