What’s Happening for Sept. 17


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 gammwill@msn.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.

Friday and Saturday

Meditation practice: Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into experience with others. The session runs from 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Olympia Friends Meetinghouse, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. Chairs provided or bring your own cushion; bring a lunch on Saturday. Previous meditation experience is helpful, not required. Cost is a freewill donation to support the teachers. Information: metta.org

Friday through Sunday

Women of the Woods: This women-led rewilding retreat will be at Camp Singing Wind in Toledo. Headliners are Lyla June, a public speaker, poet, hip-hop artist and acoustic singer-songwriter of Navajo and Cheyenne lineages, and Bibi McGill, a DJ, producer, musician, and yoga instructor from Portland. Sessions will be held on art, healing, sustainability, and connection with nature. A land blessing will be performed by the Cowlitz Tribe and an equinox celebration will be held Saturday evening. Music, yoga, and hiking with goats will also be a part of the retreat. Tickets are available on a sliding scale. Information: www.gathergreenevents.com.


Elks’ Oktoberfest: The second annual event from 5-10 p.m. is hosted by the Olympia Elks Lodge #186 at 1818 E. Fourth Ave, Olympia. Hamhocks, schnitzel, rouladen, and brats with the traditional fixings will be served along with live music, a balloon artist, traditional dancers and more. Wear your best traditional Oktoberfest outfit. Family friendly. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets on sale at http://www.elkslodgetix.com to benefit the lodge.

Chehalis Flying Saucer Party: The Lewis County Historical Museum, 599 NW Front St, Chehalis, launches a brand new festival celebrating Kenneth Arnold’s historic UFO sighting in 1947. The event includes special museum exhibits, talks by distinguished UFO researchers, flying saucer-themed arts, musical acts, food, and old-school science fiction movies at the Chehalis Theater. Arnold’s granddaughter, Shanelle Schanz, will speak and show never-before-seen documents belonging to her grandfather. Admission is $55 for VIP event passes with access to all six speakers and the speaker panel, all movies at the Chehalis Theater, and the Lewis County Historical Museum exhibits, plus a $10 food/drink ticket, an event T shirt, and goodie bag. Prices for individual lectures are $10. Tickets can be purchased at https://chehalisflyingsaucerparty.brownpapertickets.com/ Information: www.flyingsaucerparty.org. Proceeds benefit the museum.

Meet an Arabian Horse: Arabian Horse Association Members will share their love of the Arabian horse and promote riding programs, horse ownership and other activities from 1-3 p.m. at N Joy Arabians, 10401 Evergreen Valley Road SE, Olympia. Free and open to all. Information: http://www.arabianhorses.org/horseday or https://www.facebook.com/events/434570637150075/

Lake Sylvia State Park Fall Festival: The 10th annual festival will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the state park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano. It begins with a pancake breakfast, followed by trail races, live music, an artists market, food vendors, historic talk, kayak paddle, vintage games and arts and crafts. A free shuttle will run from Simpson Elementary School, 519 Simpson Ave W, Montesano. Those who park at the park must have a Discover Pass. Information: fosls.org/ or on Facebook.

Olympia Women’s Suffrage Trail Walking Tours: The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum are presenting walking tours along “Olympia’s Women’s Suffrage Trail” beginning at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia (Capitol Way between Legion and Seventh) starting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each tour will last about an hour and requires considerable walking. Attendees will receive a map at the beginning of the tour. An interactive map and other information is available at olympiahistory.org and www.suffrage100wa.com.

Thurston County Republican Party Annual Picnic: The picnic is planned for 3-6 p.m. at Woodland Creek Park near Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE. Enjoy last days of summer, make new friends, and learn more about the party and what it stands for. Hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks provided; bring a side dish to share. Children welcome and playground nearby.

Hypatia-in-the-Woods equinox fundraiser: Enjoy music, munchies, and a silent auction from 3-5 p.m. at Walter Dacon Winery, 50 SE Skookum Inlet Road, Shelton. Music will be provided by Dulcimer Friends. Advance tickets are required since admission is limited. They can be reserved by contacting Aileen Miller at 360-701-7699 or mirzarene@comcast.net. Tickets are $20 and include light refreshments and three wine samples. Hypatia-in-the-Woods, a Mason County nonprofit, offers residencies to women in the arts, academia and entrepreneurship.

Autumn Homesteading Faire: Rocking Chair Ranch in Rochester will host an “Autumn Homesteading Faire,” presented by The Rochester Homesteading & Self Sufficiency Group, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11020 Independence Road in Rochester. The event will include demonstrations, education, food, vendors, cider pressing and more. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/516837888858571/.

Madison Scenic Park Volunteer Work Party: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteers will remove English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and other non-native plants that are choking out the native vegetation. Sturdy work boots/shoes a must! The park is at 1600 10th Ave SE. Limited parking available. Meet inside the park by the large walnut tree. 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. Sign up at http://volunteer.olympiawa.gov

Harvest Potluck: GRuB’s Victory Farm is hosting its inaugural Harvest Celebration & Potluck from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the farm, behind the Thurston County Food Bank’s up-and-coming Lacey Distribution Center at 7027 Martin Way E. GRuB will be grilling; bring your favorite sides and desserts or just your appetite. Vegan and vegetarian options available. There will be yard games and gardening technique demos. A work party will follow from 1-3 p.m. Information: Contact Beau@goodgrub.org, Jennah@goodgrub.org or Laura@goodgrub.org.


Nisqually Land Trust Annual Meeting & Salmon Bake: The event will run 4 to 7:30 p.m. and dinner will feature grilled Nisqually salmon, accompaniments, and dessert. There also will be a no-host bar and a raffle. Capacity is limited, so registration is required. Suggested donation: $10 per adult. Location will be provided upon registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-meeting-salmon-bake-registration-69068859819

South South Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. at Heritage Park in Olympia, followed by an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and the two-mile walk at 10:30 a.m. This is a family and pet friendly event, and the walk route is fully accessible. It is free to attend; however, participants who donate or raise $100 or more will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt. Information: contact Roxy Robertson at rorobertson@alz.org or 206-363-5500. To register, visit alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900.


New to Medicare Presentation: This gathering will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW. Free; no registration necessary. The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program provides free, unbiased and confidential help with Medicare choices. For more information, call 360-586-6181 ext. 134. SHIBA staff and volunteers are trained by the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

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