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The Olympia Downtown Association invites you to Downtown for the Holidays -- a day filled with fun and entertainment. Most activities are centered in and around Sylvester Park. Take the family and enjoy the day. There are free electric trolley rids; free horse-drawn wagon rides; from noon til 5:00, there are photos with Santa at the Olympian Hotel; the Holiday Parade on Capitol Way is at 3:00; Derek Nelson performs at 4:15; and the Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 4:30 at the Sylvester Park Gazebo. It's all happening Sunday from noon til 5:00 in Downtown Olympia.
The South Puget Sound Community College Concert Choir and the Puget Sound Community Choir come together to fill the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts with Sounds of the Season. Sounds of the Season combines band and multiple choirs to harmonize on holiday hits. In addition to the concert and community choirs, the St. Martin's University Chorale is also lending their voices, and the Washington American Legion Band is joining in. The concert begins at 7:00 the evening of Wednesday, December 3rd, on the Minnaert Center Main Stage. Tickets are free. Donations can be made at the door. More information is available online at or by calling 360.596.5507.
You're invited to a community renewal open house. Join the Olympia City Council, fellow citizens, and property owners for a Community Open House to learn about the proposed Community Renewal Area (CRA) and to provide feedback to the City Council about the proposed CRA. Olympiaís downtown is the urban center for the region supporting arts, entertainment, businesses, and government resources. While Downtown Olympia is an active and vibrant place, many feel that it's not fully realized its potential. The City is exploring using a CRA as a planning tool to help get some properties that are eyesores transformed into productive use. Two identical sessions are planned in the Olympia City Council Chambers at City Hall the afternoons of Wednesday, December 3rd, and Thursday, December 4th, from 4:30 to 7:30 each day. Visit for more information about the CRA.
Lacey Parks and Recreation invites you to the annual Lighting of the Christmas Trees. It's an old-fashioned ceremony complete with caroling, hot cocoa and coffee provided by Olympic Crest, and a special appearance from Santa and his helpers aboard the Santa Mobile. Donít miss the animated Santa display. It's happening from 6:00 to 6:30 the evening of Thursday, December 4th, in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square. To find out more, contact Lacey Parks at 360.491.0857.
Register now to walk, run, or stroll in the third annual Jingle Bell Run. It's a holiday-themed 5k race on Saturday, December 6th, on the Saint Martinís University campus in Lacey. For the first time, participants have the choice of registering as teams. A team is composed of three or more people. People of all ages may participate and age group awards are being presented. Pre-registration ends next Friday. Finish-line celebrations, featuring Christmas cookies, cider and cocoa, immediately follow the races. All proceeds benefit Saint Martinís Athletics. Parking is free.
It's the Griffin 6th Annual Shopping Extravaganza. Be a part of a day of fun and shopping. There are over 40 different vendors from your favorite companies and local artisans. See local businesses, artists, handmade crafts, unique creations, and even an onsite massage therapist. Play Booth Bingo to win a prize. Stop by the silent auction tables to bid on fabulous packages including baskets and merchandise from local businesses and artists. Donít miss the tasty treats at the bake sale. It's happening at the Griffin School Gym (6530 33rd Avenue in OIlympia) from 10 to 4 Saturday, December 6th, Kris Marshall and the Roxy Road Show are there from 10 to 1.
It's the Hawks Holiday Happening Gift & Craftfair, a River Ridge High School Band Fundraiser. The craftfair is an annual fundraiser with vendor and other fees going directly into the student accounts to cover costs of Band uniforms, fieldtrips, etc. It proudly features over 175 talented local vendors offering a unique mix of specialty items, including: home dťcor, apparel, accessories, jewelry, novelties, pottery, fine wood work, glass, soaps & lotions, candles, pottery, gourmet foods, toys, and other one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and art work. In addiition, students host a concession stand and a silent auction. Admission is free. There are hourly free door prize drawings. There's plenty of free parking. Plus there is free entertainment throughout the day featuring local bands & choirs. It's happening Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 to 4:00 at River Ridge High Shool. Find out more by clicking here.
It's the Olympia Lighted Ship Parade. You're invited to throw some lights on that boat of yours and join the parade. It's happening the evening of Saturday, December 6th, starting at 6:00. This year's theme is Nautical Noel. The parade goes out in front of Anthony's then proceeds out along the east side of Budd Bay to Boston Harbor and returns along the west shore of Budd Bay back to the Olympia Yacht Club. For more information, call the Olympia Yacht Club at 360.878.2340.
You're invited to this year's Eagle Kids Magical Christmas Party. It has something for kids of all ages. There are arts & crafts, games, entertainment, raffle giveaways, treats, and pictures with Santa. It's all aboslutely free and open to the public. It's happening from noon to 4:00 on Sunday, December 7th, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Ballroom at 805 4th Avenue in Olympia -- at the corner of Plum and 4th. For more information, call the Olympia Eagles at 360.357.3722.
Crime Stoppers of Thurston County announces the 2014 Reindeer Run -- a certified 5K course along the waterfront on East Bay Drive. In addition, there's a free one-mile Candy Cane Run sponsored by the Hands on Children's Museum. Awards plus post-race food includes cookies, hot cocoa, coffee and tea. It's happening the morning of Sunday, December 7th, at the Hands on Children's Museum on Jefferson Street in Olympia with registration and bib pick-up starting at 7:30, the one-mile at 9:00 and the 5k at 9:15. Register online at For more information, call 360.701.4519.
The Senior Action Network and Hanson Motors have their annual food drive underway. The drive benefits Senior Services for South Soundís Meal on Wheels Program, the Senior Nutrition Program and the Senior Meal Program. Through December 8th, take your non-perishable food items to Hanson Motors in the Olympia Auto Mall. Cash donations are also being accepted and they'll do the shopping for you.
The Tumwater Downtown Association and Tumwater Parks and Recreation present the 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. It includes games, holiday crafts, performances by local and school choirs, and, of course, the lighting of the tree. Santa arrives on an antique fire truck after the ceremonial tree lighting at 5:00 to share his joyful laugh and spread some holiday cheer. It's happening the afternoon of Saturday, December 13th, from 2:00 til 5:00 at the Tumwater City Hall & Headquarters Fire Station.
It's a Girl Scouts Winter Wonderland Craft and Food Bazaar. In addition to wreaths, candles, purses, organic cleaning products, and many handcrafted items and commercial vendors, there are pictures with Santa. Take your kids out for a picture with Santa, then a fun craft session at Santa's workshop and end with some shopping for their families in the Santa shop. It's happening from 10:00 to 6:00 on Sunday, December 14th, at the DuPont Girl Scout Center at 1000 Davis Place in DuPont.
It's mid-December of 1958 and the Stardust club has been hired to host a hurry-up wedding reception for a mysterious couple. Itís a race to beat the clock, further complicated by the arrival of a social worker looking for a fugitive from a foster home. And sheís pretty sure sheís looking in the right place. But the show must go on, and the gang sings and dances some of the greatest rat pack and rockíníroll songs of the era in their search for holiday magic. Harlequin Productions presents The Stardust Christmas Commotion. This is the nineteenth year of the South Soundís Stardust Christmas tradition. The show runs Friday night through December 31st at the Historic State Theater on 4th Avenue in Downtown Olympia. For tickets and more information, see
Capitol Little League 2015 Spring Baseball Sign Ups are underway for players 4- to 13-years-old. Registration forms and online registration are available now at In-person registration is happening at the Comfort Inn in Tumwater on January 10th, 17th, and 24th -- those are Saturdays -- from 10:00 til 2:00 each session. For more information, see
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