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Harlequin Productions presents Little Shop of Horrors -- the classic musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The show 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 harlequinproductions.org.
SideWalk's second annual Holes for Homes golf tournament is Friday. It benefits their mission to end homelessness in Thurston County. SideWalk has helped to place over 550 people into permanent homes in the last three years. Enjoy a summer day at Tumwater Valley Golf Club and help SideWalk reach their goal of housing 300 more people in 2016. For more information or to register for the event, click here.
Every August, Tumwater Parks and Recreation presents Screen on the Green: four movies at the outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Movies are shown on the first four Friday evenings in August. Seating begins at 7:30 and the movies begin at dusk. To find out more, call Tumwater Parks & Recreation (360.754.4160).
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 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 swwabigs.org/BIGswing. 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 swwabigs.org/events/Bunco.
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 next Saturday. 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 the 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 Vikki Gasco with ventriloquism and magic. Vikki has been entertaining live audiences with singing, dancing, and acting since she was five. An award winning ventriloquist, Vikki delights audiences nationally as well as internationally with her unique blend of drama, magic, education, and audience participation, exciting young and old alike. 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 music from Motown to Maroon 5 from The Eclectics. 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 Saturday nights. Spread out on the lawn and enjoy a great movie under the stars on the giant 18-by-18 foot screen. Get there early to enjoy a great concert at 7:00. The movie starts at dusk. This week, enjoy toe tappin' country music from Missy G followed by the G-rated Aladdin. 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 week's show features Gypsy jazz from Swing 49. 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 BrownPaperTickets.com.
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 capitollandtrust.org to sign up.
Tumwater Parks and Recreation presents Screen on the Green. It's at the outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. The first movie in the series Friday, August 5th. It's the PG-13 rated Ant-Man. Seating begins at 7:30 and the movie begins at dusk. It's fun for the whole family, and admission is free. Go early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River's Edge Restaurant or take your own picnic, as long as you abide by park rules. To find out more, call Tuwater Parks & Recreation (360.754.4160).
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 morningsideservices.com. 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 krxy@krxy.com, FAX it to 360.236.1133, or mail it to 2124 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, 98506.