Local Author Series: Saving Nary, by Carol DeMent. Exploring the losses, loyalties and secrets held within families broken by war and genocide. 10:15-11:30 a.m. Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Information: 360-586-6181 or SouthSoundSeniors.org.
Campout in Priest Point Park: Join the Great American Backyard Campout at Priest Point Park on Saturday through Sunday. Campers will learn camping basics, including outdoor culinary skills, how to set up camp and kids activities. Participants can check out equipment, and most meals are provided. Register by calling 360-753-8380. $20 per person (children 2 and younger free).
TED Talk with Sara: Looking from the Outside In: The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world. We will look at prison from varying perspectives. 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Information: 360-586-6181 or SouthSoundSeniors.org.
Lacey Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert: 6:30 p.m. concert, fireworks at 10:15 p.m. The event has been moved to Rainier Vista Park. ci.lacey.wa.us.
Tumwater Fourth of July: The community’s 25th annual parade starts at 11 a.m. at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street. ci.tumwater.wa.us.
Artesian Family Festival and Thunder Valley Fireworks Show: Music, games, food and fireworks, 6 p.m. at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Free, but parking is $10. ci.tumwater.wa.us.
Panorama Republicans: Speakers will be Michael Waite, candidate for state treasurer, and Phillip Yin, candidate for lieutenant governor. One-hour meetings are open to all and begin at 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium on the lower level of the Quinault apartment building, 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey. Information: email Ron Bax at email@example.com or call 360-438-5641.
Adult Swim: Science of Eats: Hands On Children’s Museum offers playtime for adults from 7-10 p.m. The late night event for adults 21 and older is a chance to sample local bites and booze and learn about the science behind the foods we eat. Entomophagy is focused on edible insects and their nutritional benefits. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event. One free drink is included in ticket price. For tickets and information, visit hocm.org/adultswim.
Private garden tour: Open for one day only when the WSU Mason County Master Gardener Garden tour will showcase six private gardens in the Union area. The gardens are in the Alderbrook neighborhood and along Highway 106. Gardens will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Addresses and directions will be in the tickets, available at Lynch Creek Floral, Tozier’s Hardware, Brilliant Moon and the Shelton Farmer’s Market (Sat. 9-2 only), all in downtown Shelton, and Hunter Farms and the Union City Market, both in Union. Tickets are $12 or two for $20. Proceeds benefit WSU Master Gardener programs. Call 360-426-9845 for more information.
Summer Guided Tours of the Schmidt House: Free guided tours of Tumwater’s historic Schmidt House are led by Bob Crim, who for 60 years has been the caretaker of the house and grounds. Tours are the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. Group tours also available by appointment. The tour requires negotiating stairways to three floors and the basement. Donations accepted. Call 360-786-8117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot or to arrange a group tour.