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COMMUNITY EVENTS
The City of Lacey invites you to the Mayor’s Gala tomorrow night from 6:00 to 11:00 at the Saint Martin's University Marcus Pavilion. The event is a fundraiser for the Lacey Veterans Services Hub. It features the Aspire Middle School Jazz Band, live dance music with Crème Tangerine, a social hour, a three-course locally sourced meal, a dessert dash, a silent auction, inspiring speakers, and more. For more information, and to purchase individual Gala tickets or for table purchases, see CelebrateLacey.com/Mayors-Gala. The Lacey Mayor's Gala is a part of Lacey's year-long 50th Anniversary celebration.
Spring Arts Walk in Downtown Olympia is this weekend. Explore the creative and spirited arts community of Olympia and help celebrate the 54th Arts Walk. Arts Walk is the largest festival of this type in the region -- an unparalleled opportunity to embrace the arts and meet the artists. Arts Walk brings together 115 businesses and over 400 visual and performing artists in Olympia’s historic Downtown. The Spring Arts Walk also includes the Procession of the Species. It's all happening tomorrow night from 5:00 to 10:00 and Saturday from noon til 8:00. The Procession is at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. For more information, contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation (360.753.8380).
Get set for Co-opatopia 2017. It's a celebration of all that co-ops bring to our community. There are games, entertainment, food, prizes, and more. It's a free, family-friendly event. It's going at 5th Avenue and Adams Street in Olympia Saturday afternoon from 2:00 til 7:00 during Saturday Arts Walk.
The City of Lacey is inviting all STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math -- related businesses, clubs, schools, and organizations to take part in the 4th Annual STEM Fair. The fair provides an opportunity to share your mission, engage the community, and increase environmental education and awareness. The event already includes a robotics competition, air powered rocket launches, TCTV’s interactive iPad studio, interactive LEGO® activities, and displays & demonstrations by Thurston County and neighboring-county students. It's happening Saturday, May 20th, at Huntamer Park in the heart of Lacey. The Lacey STEM Fair is presented by the City of Lacey, North Thurston Public Schools, Puget Sound Energy, Acme, TCTV, the River Ridge EV Club, and 94.5 Roxy. Click here for event details.
Soroptimist International of Olympia presents the South Sound Exceptional Woman awards banquet. The banquet's purpose is to honor women who help their organizations -- internally or externally -- and make our community a better place. The banquet is the evening of Friday, May 5th, at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club. Doors open at 6:00 with the awards banquet starting at 7:00. For more information, email ssoundexceptionalwomen@gmail.com.
The YWCA of Olympia invites you to the first-ever YWCA Racial Justice Summit: Intent vs. IMPACT. This multifaceted event engages our community in deeper dialogue and understanding about the experiences of People of Color in Thurston County and beyond. Workshops give participants a chance to explore their own personal work and potential skills to strengthen the community through fostering deeper awareness. It's happening at South Puget Sound Community College in the Student Union Building all day -- from 9:00 to 5:30 -- Saturday, May 6th. Registration is $75. It's $60 for students, seniors, and veterans. Need-based scholarships are available. Find out more at YWCAofOlympia.org.
Plans are in place for The Mason County Forest Festival Goldsborough Creek Run & Walk hosted by Centennial Guild. This year’s event is in honor of Kristi Armstrong, a charter member of the Guild who passed away unexpectedly this past year. It's happening Saturday, June 3rd, and features a 7-mile Run/Walk, a 2-mile Run/Walk, and a ¼-mile Junior Jog. Friday, May 12th, is the deadline to register for the special rate of $20. Runners, walkers, and junior joggers are all welcome. Pre-register online by going to runsignup.com and typing in Goldsborough Creek. For more information, visit the website at MasonGeneral.com.
The Olympia Garden Club presents the Secret Garden Tour. It's a self-guided tour of seven private gardens in and around Olympia. It's happening from 10:00 til 4:00 on Saturday, May 13th. Tickets are $20. After May 11th, they're $25. Tickets and more information is available online at olympiagardenclub.org.
Be a part of the annual plant sale to benefit Adopt-A-Pet. It's happening from 9:30 to 3:00 Saturday, May 13th, in the parking lot of the Shelton Our Community Credit Union at 2948 Olympia Highway North, next to Denny’s. You'll find annuals and perennials for spring planting as well as houseplants, beautiful hanging baskets, and yard art. Adopt-a-Pet is an all-volunteer, non-profit dog shelter at 940 East Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, contact the Adopt-A-Pet office at 360.432.3091.
Harlequin Productions presents Present Laughter written by Noel Coward. The irrepressible wit and style of Noel Coward sparkles in this romantic comedy set in 1938 in the London flat of popular and pampered actor Garry Essendine as he confronts his mid-life crisis. Garry has ten days to prepare to travel for an extended touring commitment in Africa. But a series of hilarious events involving women threaten to drive him to distraction before he can make an escape. It opens next Thursday night and runs through May 27th at the State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Present Laughter from Harlequin producations. Find out more at harlequinproductions.org.
The City of Tumwater is planning this year's 4th of July celebration. Tumwater's 30th Annual Independence Day Parade is on Tuesday, July 4th, with the throwback theme: Like Totally ’80s! Tumwater Parks and Recreation is seeking entries for the parade. They're also seeking convertibles (and their owners) to escort dignitaries in the parade. For a parade entry form and more information, call Tumwater Parks (360.754.4160) or visit ci.tumwater.wa.us/parade. Entry deadline is June 19th.
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 krxy@krxy.com, FAX it to 360.236.1133, or mail it to 2124 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, 98506.