Capital Lakefair: The annual festival based at Olympia’s Heritage Park kicks off Wednesday with rides, fair food and live entertainment, including the ROXY FM Battle of the Bands from 6-8:30 p.m. on the main stage. Battle of the Bands features local high school students and recent graduates.
Summer Lecture Series: This week’s lecture: “Adapting to Change: Climate Impacts and Innovation in Puget Sound.” The free lectures are held every Wednesday evening during July and August, 7 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, off I-5 at exit 114.The entrance fee is waived for those attending the lectures. The visitor center will be open. Information: 360-753-9467.
Lacey in Tune: The Olympia Jazz Senators will perform big band music at noon Wednesday at Huntamer Park, 629 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey, as part of the city’s weekly summer concert series.
Music in the Park: Olympia’s annual free concert series continues with country act The Olson Brothers Band, 7-8 p.m., at Sylvester Park.
Thurston County Commissioner candidate forum: Candidates for Thurston County Commissioner District 1 will gather for a forum from 6-9 p.m. at the Tenino Middle School gym at 301 Old Highway 99 N., Tenino. Candidates Jim Cooper, Diane Dondero, John “Hutch” Hutchings, Allen Miller and Jon Pettit are seeking the seat that’s being vacated by Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. The field will be winnowed to two candidates in the Aug. 2 primary.
Rochester High School All School Reunion and Potluck: Noon, with doors opening at 10 a.m. at the Rochester Middle School, 9937 US-12. Beverages, plates and utensils provided. Short business meeting at 1 pm. An optional $4.39 donation is welcomed.
Cocktail Party & Garden Open: Savor handcrafted cocktails with native plant infusions created by Katie Rains, and enjoy live music by Daven Tillinghast, from 5-8 p.m., at 1524 Giles Ave. NW, Olympia. A $25 ticket includes entry, hors d’oeuvres and one drink. Nonalcoholic drinks will be available. Buy tickets or learn more at NativePlantSalvage.org. The Garden Open will feature a low-water, high-style urban oasis designed by Susan Tuzzolino.
PC & J and The Percolators: An evening of musical innovations at the Lacey Timberland Library, 7-9 p.m. All Timberland Regional Library programs are free. The Lacey Timberland Library is at 500 College St. SE. Information: 360-491-3860or TRL.org.
Rochester High School 50th reunion: The Rochester High School Class of 1966 is celebrating its 50th reunion. There will be an informal meet-and-greet from 4:30 -7:30 Friday at River’s Edge Restaurant, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive, Tumwater. There is no fee to attend. Optional food and beverages available. The reunion dinner and celebration begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. Saturday, at the Lucky Eagle Event Center, 12888 188th Ave SW, Rochester. A deluxe buffet dinner will be served from 6-8 pm. Cost is $24.25 each, inclusive. Classmates not registered for dinner are welcome to arrive at 8 p.m. Call 360-701-3359 for information.
Olympia Horseshoe Pitching Tournament: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Yauger Park, 3100 Capital Mall Drive SW, Olympia.
Patio sale: The Panorama Benevolent Fund fundraiser on the Panorama campus, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Follow the signs just past 14th Avenue On Sleater Kinney Road Southeast. The sale supports programs and services for the Panorama community. Information: 360-438-5953.