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Habitat for Humanity of Mason County is hosting its second Upcycle! Block Party. Upcycling is when you take something old and use it to make something completely different and new. Itís a great way to learn how to reuse resources. Demonstrations are being held throughout the day. At the party, there are a host of donated items for silent auction. This family-friendly event is happening today from 10:00 to 3:00 in the parking lot of the Shelton Habitat Store at 1826 Olympic Highway North. There's live music, food, a garden shed raffle, activities for the kids and lots of information on how to upcycle. For more information, call the Habitat for Humanity office in Shelton at 360.426.8134.
The Mason County Historical Society presents their 18th annual carshow. All makes and models, classics, rods, trucks, and motorcycles are invited. It's happening tomorrow from 8:00 til 3:00 in Downtown Shelton. Judging at 10:00. Trophies at 2:00. Registration fee is a $10.00 minimum donation. All proceeds benefit the Mason County Historical Society.
The Aqua-Nets are doing a dance party/fundraiser for the Olympia Film Society at the Capitol Theater. The guys are filming the show for their new website. It's an 80ís dance party complete with radical raffles and a photobooth. You're encouraged to go dressed in your most fab 80ís garb and tear up the dance floor. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00 next Saturday night. General admission is $20 plus online service fees. Tickets are also available at the box office. The mezzanine lounge is open for those 21 and older. The Olympia Film Society presents Drama on the Dance Floor. Find out more at Proceeds go directly toward supporting the Olympia Film Society.
Olympia's Poet Laureate is seeking submissions of poetry for an upcoming anthology publication titled I Hear Olympia Singing. Poems should reflect your unique experience and vision of Olympia's past, present and future. Submit up to three poems to Just paste poems into the e-mail. Submissions are being accepted through July 15th. For more information about Olympiaís Poet Laureate Program, call 360.709.2678.
Harlequin Productions presents The Magical Mystery Midsummer Musical. After years as a rock musician and songwriter, Harlequin Musical Director Bruce Whitney began composing music for theater when his sister-in-law, Linda Whitney, invited him to score a production of Shakespeareís Macbeth in the Summer of 1988. Since then, he has composed music and song for over 30 productions. He has musically directed every Stardust Christmas show since 2001 and nine original summer rockíníroll celebrations. This year, Harlequin is celebrating his 30th anniversary in theater with a show that features his music performed with the magic of illusion, singers, dancers, and aerial artists to explore the mysteries of inspiration. The Magical Mystery Midsummer Musical runs through July 21st at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia. More information and tickets are available now at
It's the 16th Annual Historic Montesano Car Show. There are over 40 awards, dash plaques and goodie bags to the first 200 cars. It's happening in Montesano -- between Olympia and the Washington coast. It's happening Saturday, July 21st. Registration starts at 8:00 in the morning. The show runs til 3:00. Entry fee is $20 or $15 with a donation of a non-perishable food item. All proceeds are donated to the Montesano Food Bank and several other charitable organizations. Find out more at the Historic Montesano Car Show Facebook Page.
The ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with area high schools, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. To find out how to become involved with ASSE, go to or call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1.800.733.2773.
In celebration of our communityís brewing history, the City of Tumwater and the Tumwater Downtown Association are hosting Tumwaterís 6th Annual Tumwater Artesian Brewfest. Fifty Pacific Northwest brewers are attending this yearís festival as well as several cideries, one local winery, and two local distilleries. There are also a variety of community booths, a wide range of food options, and vendors with beer-related products for purchase. Contests and activities such as super-sized beer pong, a helicopter golf ball drop, and beer stein holding contests are included, as well. It's all happening from 1:00 til 8:00 the afternoon of Saturday, August 18th, at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Tickets are on sale now. Advance tickets $25, $30 at the gate. Military and designated driver discounts available. Event parking is $5 per vehicle and benefits Special Olympics. For more information, contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation (360.754.4160). More details available online at
The Tumwater Farmers Market runs weekly from 10:00 to 2:00 on Wednesdays through September. It's at the corner of Capitol and Israel. This year there are more prepared food vendors which makes the market a delicious lunch destination. You will also find a larger variety of farm fresh produce.
It's back. To reduce peak demand during summer months, the City of Laceyís mandatory alternate-day watering schedule for yards and outdoor landscapes runs through September. Lacey water customers with addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) may water Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. Those with addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, and 8) may water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday is a non-watering day for everybody. The watering policy allows for limited exemptions. You must contact Lacey Water Resources to get an exemption. For more information, contact Lacey Water Resources (360.491.5600).
Does your non-profit group or organization have an upcoming event? Want some help getting the word out? Simply send us the information as far in advance as possible. Include the basics (who, when, what, where, and how). Be sure to include how to get more information. In addition, include a contact person and phone or email (indicate whether these are to be released publicly). You can email your information to, FAX it to 360.236.1133, or mail it to 2124 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, 98506.