OysterFest: The 38th Annual Skookum Rotary event that includes the West Coast Shucking Competition as well as lots of music, tastings, vendors, and more runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. north of Sanderson Field, 250 W Sanderson Way, Shelton. Admission is $7, but kids younger than 7 get in free. Information: www.oysterfest.org.
Fall Plant Sale: The WSU Extension Service and Native Plant Salvage have been hosting an online plant sale that features hardy native and water-wise plants. Pick up plants and shop in person for last-minute deals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a west Olympia nursery (directions provided upon ordering/inquiry). All proceeds support the Native Plant Salvage Foundation and its efforts to educate on how to protect water and habitat. Information: www.nativeplantsalvagefoundation.org. Please direct questions to email@example.com.
Intro to Lichens: Nisqually Land Trust site steward Crow Vecchio will present an introduction to lichens from 10 a.m. to noon during an indoor “field trip” at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll learn how to identify some of the more common species in the Pacific Northwest, go “hands-on” with a variety of specimens, have a chance to look at lichen structures through a microscope, and learn more about how they figure into the health of the environment. Registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-lichens-registration-72134017789.
Democratic Study Group at Panorama: The group is hosting its annual Issues and Candidates Forum from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium (lower level), 1835 Circle Lane SE, Lacey. It will include candidates for contested positions for North Thurston Public Schools and Fire Protection District No. 3 in Lacey. State Rep. Beth Doglio, D-Olympia, will discuss Referendum 88 and Initiative 967. Free. All are welcome. Information: 360-438-5454
Open House on Mullen Corridor Improvements Project: Construction on a mile-long stretch of Mullen Road between Timberline High School and Carpenter Road is slated to begin in January. Thurston County is inviting the public to learn more about the project during an open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Timberline High School Commons, 6120 Mullen Road SE, Lacey. The county expects the two-year project to have significant impact on travel in the area. Large sections will be reduced to a single lane during construction.
Thurston Chamber candidate forum: Join the Thurston County Chamber for its annual candidate forum and reception to meet candidates running for public office from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hotel RL in west Olympia. The event will feature a moderated discussion with the Port of Olympia Commissioner candidates and the City of Olympia Mayoral candidates. Other candidates running for public offices in Thurston County will be at the candidates reception at 11:15 to meet and mingle with community and business leaders. Cost for the forum and lunch is $35 for general admission, $25 for prepaid Chamber members, and $30 for members at the door. Make reservations at thurstonchamber.com.
Sierra Club South Sound meeting: The regular dinner meeting will be at Mekong Restaurant, 125 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Order food by 5:30 p.m. for meeting at 6 p.m. Information: contact Phyllis Farrell, chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.sierraclub.org/washington/south-sound-group
DSHS Mobile Community Service Office visits Union Gospel Mission: The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile Community Service Office is coming to Olympia from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Union Gospel Mission, 413 Franklin St. SE. Staff with the mobile unit will do application interviews for food, cash and select medical assistance as well as yearly eligibility and mid-certification reviews. Staff also will answer any questions on active cases and about services.
Free noon hour History Talk at Schmidt House: The topic is Thurston County suffragists with historian Shanna Stevenson. She will present the history of women’s right to vote in Washington, including local women who played a major role in the movement, as well as the pioneering women political leaders of Thurston County. The program is presented from noon-1 p.m. at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity. First come, first seated. Information: Contact Don Trosper at 360-786-8117 or email@example.com.
South Sound YMCA Zumba with All Men Instructors: Anyone can join in the fun with the all-male exercise crew from 2-4 p.m. at the Briggs YMCA, 1530 Yelm Highway SE, Olympia. The Shelton Centennial Lions Club organized the event to raise funds for their capital campaign for the Shelton YMCA. For $20 you get entry plus a bottle of cold water and a raffle ticket. Photo booth available. Information: https://www.zumba.com/en-US/event/view/zumba-master-class-all-men-zumba-for-the-y
Screening of “Labor Wars of the Northwest:” A century ago, Northwest cities roiled with labor unrest, strikes, and gunfights, but none more so than in Lewis County where on Nov. 11, 1919, the Centralia Tragedy drew attention nationwide. That cauldron of radicalism and violence is chronicled in the documentary “Labor Wars of the Northwest,” showing at 2 p.m. at the Chehalis Theater, 558 N. Market Blvd. Tickets are $7, but free for students with identification. Following the film, Northwest historian David Jepsen, who wrote and edited “Labor Wars,” will lead a discussion and answer questions. Information: 360-748-0831.
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