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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Washington State Emergency Management Association, FEMA, and others alert you to the Great Shakeout Earthquake exercise. The exercise initiates this morning at 10:20. This continues to be the largest earthquake exercise ever conducted worldwide. Be aware that many government offices and businesses are evacuating during the exercise. Use extreme caution if you're driving. Practice Drop, Cover and Hold On procedures. Find out more at
Thurston County Public Works invites you to the Less Is More Film Festival. It's a free evening of films highlighting local and national efforts to reduce our impact on the environment, and bring attention to the many ways we can all make a difference. The film festival showcases feature length films and shorts on everything from food waste, to clothing recycling, to living a zero-waste lifestyle. It's happening at the Capitol Theater in Downtown Olympia tomorrow night. Doors open at 6:00. The show starts at 6:30. For more info, contact Thurston County Public Works at 360.867.2282.
Harlequin Productions presents a timeless romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The show runs through Saturday. See it at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Tickets and more informatiuon available now at
It's a huge garage & estate sale for charity. It's hosted by the Thurston County 4-H Dog Project. You'll find tools, toys, art, household items, garden items, clothes, CDs, videos, books, and much more. It's happening Sunday from 9:00 to 4:00 at Dogwoods Canine Play & Stay at 5706 Keating Road in Olympia. For more information, call 360.352.1306.
Get ready for Beatles Sunday at St. Mark Lutheran Church. You're invited to hear and sing your favorite Beatles songs during the 8:30 and 11:00 services Sunday morning. Everybody's welcome. St. Mark is at 2109 College Street in Lacey.
Thurston County Medic 1 offers free CPR training at the South Bay Fire Department every other Wednesday evening starting at 7:00. The South Bay Fire Department is also looking for new volunteers to join. Feel free to stop by the fire station for a tour and learn more. You can find out more by calling 360.704.2780.
Soroptimist International of Olympia presents LUNAFEST. It's a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. It's not a gender specific event. Everyone's welcome. This unique festival features nine short films by women filmmakers, covering topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. All proceeds benefit the Olympia Soroptimists and the Breast Cancer Fund. It's happening at South Puget Sound Community College Saturday, November 12th. Doors open at 4:30. Find out more at
The residents of Providence Mother Joseph Care Center are hosting their 25th annual Holiday Bazaar. It's Friday, November 18th, from 10 til 4 at the center at 3333 Ensign Road in Olympia.
It's the annual Cool Jazz/Clean Water Fundraiser. It raises money for the local youth summit, buys new and rebuilt band instruments for five local school districts, and helps with new water systems in third world countries. It's happening Saturday, November 19th, at the Washington Center of Performing Arts in Downtown Olympia. During the day -- from 10:00 til 4:00 -- jazz bands from South Sound High Schools perform. Then, in the evening from 7:00 til 10:00, there's wine and beer tasting, a silent auction, music by the Olympia Jazz Tentette, and appetizers to complete the event. Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Thurston County. Find out more at
River Ridge High School Band Students are holding their hugely successful Hawks Holiday Happening Gift & Craftfair. It's one of the largest craft fairs in Thurston County featuring over 165 talented local vendors offering a unique mix of specialty items and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and art work. It's happening on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:00 to 4:00 at 350 River Ridge Drive in Lacey. Entry is free. There are hourly free door prize drawings, and plenty of free parking. There's entertainment throughout the day featuring local bands & choirs. You can also get a free digital family photo taken with the band's very own Frosty the Snowman. This is an annual fundraiser for the band students to cover costs of Band uniforms, fieldtrips, and more.
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.