Wednesday (Oct. 21)
Candidate forum: Candidates for port commissioner and the Olympia School Board will talk from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. A Q&A will follow the prepared remarks. Information: 360-352-0595.
Candidates: Gateway Rotary will host several candidates at upcoming meetings. Gateway Rotary meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, 4411 Martin Way E., in Olympia. Olympia City Council candidates Judy Bardin and Jessica Bateman are guests.
Actor BD Wong at SPSCC: South Puget Sound Community College opens its 2015-16 Artist and Lecture Series with actor BD Wong at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Mainstage, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Wong’s lecture, “All the World’s a Stage: From Exclusion to Inclusion,” traces his journey from rejection and self-hatred to embracing his multiple identities. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and the event is free to all SPSCC staff, faculty and students. Tickets will be available at olytix.org or by calling The Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office at 360-753-8586.
Olympia Zine Fest: The inaugural event bursts on the scene with a panel discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. A variety of events will follow throughout the weekend in downtown Olympia. The panelists for the discussion include V. Vale of RE/Search Publications; author Imogen Binnie; and Milo Miller, founder of the Queer Zine Archive Project. They will discuss independent publishing. The event takes place after library hours; no other services will be available. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together, a community reading program, and is free and open to the public. Information: 360-352-0595.
Bush home open house: The Historic Bush Homestead Excavation open house celebration will be from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Coach House, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. Enjoy appetizers, drinks and desserts while listening to short presentations about excavation results. View artifacts and historic photographs. Public welcome, no reservations needed. Information: email@example.com.
Benefit for Nickhole Arcade: The Rockabilly Mafia Dolls are hosting a fundraiser for Nickhole Arcade, who was recently diagnosed with a severe form of MS and is unable to do the job she loves, tattooing. Entrance fee is a $5 minimum donation. The event, which includes music and an art auction begins at 8 p.m. at the Olympia Eagles 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Those under 21 are welcome to join until 11 p.m.
Washington State Archives Month: Throughout October, the Washington State Archives and its Southwest Regional Branch in Olympia are hosting a free open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 1129 Washington St. SE, in Olympia. Visitors can learn how to organize and maintain personal electronic records, discover what sorts of records can help with family history research, and see some amazing collections in the State Archives. State Archivist Steve Excell will be available to help visitors with family history research questions. Guided tours of the facility also will be given. Information: 360-586-1492 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Capitol walking tour: State Capital Museum staff presents a history of the South Capitol neighborhood, followed by a walking tour. Tour participants should gather in the Coach House, 211 21st Ave SW, no later than 1 p.m. No reservations. $3 donation. Information: 360-753-2580.
Lamplighter tour: Hear tales of the past from Tenino and Bucoda with a tour of Forest Grove Cemetery, 18011 Northcraft Road SE, Tenino. Dessert and cider are included. Advance tickets available at The Ironworks, 224 Sussex Ave., or pick up from Boy Scout Troop 14. Tickets are $7-$9 adults, $5-$7, children 4-17, $5-$7 Seniors. Family rates available. The event is a fundraiser for Troop 14.
Benefit auction: Numerous antiques and projects — including dressers with and without mirrors, buffet upper cabinetry, church pews, and press back chairs — are just a sampling of items available from the estate of John Hill at an auction benefiting Toys for Kids Plus. It kicks off at 11 a.m. at 171 Insels Road, Shelton. Preview begins two hours before the auction. Information: Debbie Hill, 360-482-4235 or 360-490-4988 or Sanford and Son Auction, 253-272-0334.
12th annual Denim & Diamonds: A fundraising event presented by the Karen Hilburn Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, will be at 4 p.m. at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union. Tickets are $50 per person with all proceeds to benefit women in the community needing assistance to pay for the diagnoses and treatment of breast and cervical cancers. Dress is casual, with denim and diamonds optional. Reservations are required by Sunday by calling 360-427-3623 for tickets. Information: masongeneral.com/hilburn.html.
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