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The Olympia Fire Department presents its Summer Fire Safety Movie Spectacular from 10:00 til 2:00 Saturday at the Capitol Theater in Downtown Olympia. The fire safety event includes an 11 o'clock showing of Disney’s Planes, Fire & Rescue. Cost of admission is just $1 or a donation of a non-perishable food item. Cash proceeds go to the Olympia Firefighters Civic Foundation; non-perishable food items go to the Thurston County Food Bank. Meanwhile, on 5th Avenue outside of the Capitol Theatre, people can learn about fire safety while touring fire trucks, meeting Olympia firefighters, and enjoying free ice cream and giveaways. Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey the Bear are also on hand for autographs. The mission to remind everybody about fire safety at home and in forests as the Northwest camping season kicks off.
Help kick off Lacey's 50th Anniversary year-long celebration at the City of Lacey's Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert. This year's concert features British Export and The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. Roxy's Jerry Farmer is the emcee for the evening. Family activities, spectacular fireworks, great music, and food vendors. Bigger, better, brighter, and in a new location this year. It's happening Sunday night from 5:00 to 11:00 at Rainier Vista Community Park.
The City of Lacey is turning 50, and you're invited to be a part of it. Whether you're an individual, part of a group, or a Lacey business, you can take part. Fifty years ago, Lacey incorporated when private citizens, business people, and community leaders partnered together to claim an independent civic identity. Join Lacey for its yearlong celebration. It kicks off Sunday night with the annual Fireworks Spectacular. Then enjoy three other signature events and a host of festivities large and small, from community picnics to 2-day festivals. The City of Lacey 50th Anniversary Celebration. To find out about all the anniversary events and to learn how to be a partner, see the City of Lacey website.
The City of Tumwater is hosting its 29th annual Independence Day Parade. The parade is Monday starting at 11:00 in the morning. The parade starts at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street, moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road, turns west (right) onto Israel Road and continues past City Hall, ending up at the Linderson Way / Israel Road Intersection. After the parade, get set for the Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show -- the biggest and best fireworks festival in the county. It's on the Tumwater Valley Golf Course driving range. There's music, food, games, and a lot more. Event gates open at 6:00 and the fireworks show begins at 10:15. Festival entry is free. Event parking is $10 a car. To find out more, contact Tumwater Parks at 360.754.4160.
Sign up now for the first ever Tour de Lacey bike ride. Sponsored by the Gateway Rotary, it's a community ride that begins and ends at Lacey’s Huntamer Park. It's to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and to increase awareness of the amazing parks & trails in Lacey. There's a 44-mile, 14-mile, and 8-mile ride with a 3-mile option for families and beginning cyclists. Tour de Lacey also features Safety Town -- a closed course for small children with balance bikes or training wheels. Returning riders can enjoy the South Sound BBQ Festival, a free community event with live music, a beer garden, commercial vendors, and fun kids' activities. It's happening Saturday, July 9th. Find out more at
Harlequin Productions presents Little Shop of Horrors -- the classic musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The show runs through July 24th. One of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time, this sci-fi and comedic horror musical features an electrifying 1960s-inspired pop/rock score. Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1960 B-horror satire of the same name and inspired the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. See Little Shop of Horrors at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Tickets and more information are available online at
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington is hosting the Annual BIG Swing Golf Tournament and the very first Little Bunco Bash. Sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the events are Friday, July 29th, at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club. Proceeds raised go directly to fund professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships of volunteer mentors and children facing adversity. The BIG Swing Golf Tournament begins at 10:30 and concludes with a banquet and awards ceremony. Individual golf registration is $125, which includes lunch and dinner, and the use of a cart with another golfer. Registration for a team of 4 is $750, and includes lunch and dinner for all participants and two carts. To register, visit The Little Bunco Bash takes place from 1:00 to 3:00. Participants play the dice game in teams of two. Registration is $50 per person, and includes appetizers, one alcoholic beverage, and the chance to win some fabulous prizes. To register, visit
The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in Downtown Olympia on Saturday, July 30th. The Landing Day events are happening at NorthPoint at the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. The tribe expects some 18,000 people to attend and witness the landing of more than 120 canoes representing more than 50 tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. From July 31st to August 6th, the canoe journey events move to the Nisqually Indian Reservation. For additional information, contact the Port of Olympia at 360.528.8005.
The Olympia Symphony Orchestra presents Festival on the Capitol Green -- A 10th Anniversary Celebration. This annual concert is now the highest attended music event on the capitol grounds -- it's becoming an Olympia tradition. This year, it's expanded for the 10th anniversary to include collaborations with other local arts groups; SOGO, Ballet NW, Olympia Choral Society, Bon Odori Dancers, Oly Flamenco, Pinniped, Samba OlyWa, and the Olympia Highlanders. There are also food trucks, face painting, children's games with prizes, and much more. This is a free event and appropriate for all ages. It's happening the afternoon of Sunday, July 31st, at 1:00.
Lacey Parks & Recreation in association with the Friends of the Timberland Regional Library presents the Children's Entertainment Series. This week's show features Ian Dobson and a steel drum dance party. Dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music in this highly interactive rhythmical journey. The program is interactive, with the audience participating throughout as they learn about musical innovations such as steel drums, the hambone rhythm, and the cha cha cha dance. The show is Tuesday night at 6:30 in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square. It's free. Food vendors are available. Take along your own seating. For more information, contact Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360.491.0857.
Lacey Parks & Recreation presents the Lacey in Tune concert series. Free entertainment for all ages. This week's concert is Wednesday and features the 133rd Army Rock Band Full Metal Racket. The show starts at noon. Food vendors are available. Take along your own seating. It's happening in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park. For more information, contact Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360.491.0857.
Lacey Parks and Recreation presents Lacey in Tune Movies at Dusk. Spread out on the lawn and enjoy a great movie under the stars on the giant 18-by-18 foot screen. The movie starts at dusk. First up, on Saturday, July 9th, enjoy the PG-13 rated Jurassic Park. Take along your own snacks or purchase them from the concessionaire. Also take along your own seating. It happens in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park. For more information, contact Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360.491.0857.
The Olympia Downtown Association presents Music in the Park. This year's concert series kicks off next Wednesday night with the classic rock of The Randy Linder Band. Free concerts Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 in Sylvester Park in Downtown Olympia. Find out more here.
It's the 2016 Books by the Bay Seaside Celebration, a benefit for the South Sound Reading Foundation. Best‑selling author J.A. Jance and award‑winning mystery writer Glen Erik Hamilton are on hand. There's dinner and drinks, mystery themed activities, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, author talks, and a book signing. It's happening from 6:00 to 10:00 the evening of Friday, August 12th, at Olympia's Waterfront Port Plaza. Tickets are $50 to $55 and include dinner and drink tickets. Tickets are available at
Forests, Farms, Fish & Fun. Save the date for the Capitol Land Trust's 16th annual Summer Gala & Auction. It's from 5:00 to 9:00 the evening of Saturday, August 13th, at Ralph and Nancy Munro’s Triple Creek Farm in West Olympia. You're invited to celebrate what the conservation of Forests, Farms and Fish does for our community, and what educational opportunities and fun in nature can do for children and adults. Event proceeds benefit conservation and outreach programs. Contact to sign up.
Lacey's alternate day watering schedule is underway. Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers through September. If your address ends with an odd number (i.e., 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9), you can water Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. If your address ends with an even number (i.e., 0, 2, 4, 6, & 8), you can water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday is a non-watering day for all Lacey water customers. For more information, contact Lacey Water Resources at 360.491.5600.
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 Proceeds support Morningside's High School Transition Program.
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.