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There's a veterans suicide awareness fundraiser this weekend. It's A Brighter Day With Ink, hosted by the Washington Chapter of Modified Dolls. It's a tattoo and vendor fair fundraiser with tattoo artists, vendors, raffles, snacks, and baked goods. All of the proceeds go to support Stop Soldier Suicide. It's happening tomorrow from 9:30 to 8:00 at the VFW Hall at 2902 Martin Way in Olympia. Find out more about the organization at StopSoldierSuicide.org.
Extra law enforcement is out in force patrolling the roads during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over patrols. This year, officers want drivers to be as aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs as they are of alcohol. According to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately one-third of drivers in Washington were drug-positive. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over patrols continue through September 5th.
Harlequin Productions presents The Last Five Years -- an award-winning musical by multi Tony-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. The Last Five Years features only two actors and tells the story of the rise and fall of a five-year relationship between Jamie and Cathy. Add the breathtaking musical score, and the result is a powerful story of love and loss. It runs through September 10th. See it at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Tickets and more information are available at harlequinproductions.org.
Gateway Rotary presents the 4th annual Brats, Brews, and Bands Festival. This year it's at a new location -- The Hub at Woodland Square near the new Ricardo's on 7th Avenue behind Fred Meyer. Enjoy broiled brats, bubbling brews, and bodacious bands. Your $10 cover charge and all monies earned support local charities, Get tickets and find out more at BratsBrewsAndBands.com. The 4th annual Brats, Brews, and Bands Festival is from 1:00 til 10:00 on Saturday, September 10th.
Get set for the Morningside Ride. Follow clues and answer questions as you drive from Olympia High School to the Lucky Eagle Casino. At the end, the team with the most right answers wins. The theme this year is Morningside Goes to the Movies. Teams are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie characters. This family-friendly event concludes at the Lucky Eagle with a Rally Brunch, short program, and awards for winners and best costumes. It's happening Sunday, September 18th. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 at Olympia High School. The Rally Brunch is at the Lucky Eagle from 11:00 to 12:30. Tickets are $80 per 2-person team and $30 per additional adult passenger. The Rally Brunch only is $25. There's a $10 meal for those under 12. Learn more and register at morningsideservices.com. Proceeds support Morningside's High School Transition Program.
It's the 3rd annual Cider Swig -- The Greater Peninsula Cider Festival. It's in Gig Harbor at Homestead Park from 11:30 to 5:00 Saturday, September 24th. In only its third year, the Cider Swig has become one of the largest cider-centric events in Washington state. With 28 cideries from Washington and Oregon lined up, expect nearly 100 cider varieties offered at the fun-filled regional festival. To keep you entertained, five area bands are performing on two-stages throughout the day. Admission is free to all festival areas except the Cider Garden, where entrants must be 21 to enter. For tickets, log on to here. For more information, visit gigharborfoundation.org or call the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation at 253.514.6338.
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