2016 Summer Lecture Series: This week’s lecture: Medicine Creek Treaty, Cynthia Iyall. The free lectures are held Wednesday evenings during July and August, 7 p.m. in the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, off Interstate 5 at Exit 114. Attendance is limited to 100, and seating will be issued starting at 6 p.m. The entrance fee is waived; the visitor center will be open until 7 p.m. and again after the lecture. For more information, call the refuge office, 360-753-9467.
Music in the Park: Olympia’s annual free concert series kicks off with the Randy Linder Band from 7-8 p.m. at Sylvester Park.
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, 2 p.m. in the Quinault Auditorium 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey. Information: email Ron Bax at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-438-5641.
Trauma training report: Olympia residents Dr. Leyla Welkin, Evan Welkin and Federica Faggioli will present their international project to support trauma training for refugee workers in Europe and Turkey. 7:30 p.m. at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. A question-and-answer period will follow.
A Midsummer’s Ice Cream event: As part of the second annual Lacey Days celebration, Lacey’s history museum is offering free ice cream while supplies last, from 5- 8 p.m. Volunteers will make oral presentations and set up craft stations for kids. The Lacey Fire Department is bringing its antique 1945 Seagraves fire engine, and there will be musical entertainment. 829 Lacey Street SE, open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment by calling 360-438-0209.
Private garden tour: Open for one day only when the WSU Mason County Master Gardener Garden Tour will showcase six private gardens in the Alderbrook neighborhood and along Highway 106. 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 (Saturday 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.
Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce South Sound BBQ festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Huntamer Park. Admission is free. The Coors Light sports garden is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Included are local barbecue competition, a chicken wing eating contest for teens and adults, and a tribal salmon challenge. Information: 360-491-4141.
Skookumchuck Grange barbecue and auction: Silent auction will be 3-4 p.m., and a live auction follows. Proceeds will fund Grange operations, Tenino school programs such as “Words for Thirds” in which third-graders receive dictionaries and FFA scholarships. Steak dinner 3:30-5 p.m. $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and military, $10 for children ages 6-10. People 5 and younger and older than 100 are free. 5345 Skookumchuck Road SE, Tenino. Information, 360-264-2480, 360-264-2494 or visit the Grange on Facebook.
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. First Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Group tours are also available by appointment. The tour requires negotiating stairways. Donations accepted. Call 360-786-8117 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot or to arrange a group tour.