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Buster Keaton's 1926 masterpiece†The General is a seamless combination of silent comedy, action/adventure, romance and historical epic. Itís an amazing feat of precision filmmaking that still shines nearly 90 years after it first hit the screen. Chicago experimental pop band Quasar Wut-Wut decided to write a new score for The General. The former film school students took their favorite silent movie and ran away with it. The band is performing its original score utilizing the Washington Centerís Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ. The evening is a great opportunity to hear this legend of musical history on the Mainstage. It's all free and you are invited at 7:30 Saturday night at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Olympia. For more information, contact the Washington Center Box Office (360.753.8586).
It's the Friends of the Lacey Library Used Book Sale, Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd. Become a Friend for exclusive access to the Friday pre-sale and get red-dot books in all categories (mystery, fiction, non-fiction and more) at half price. With the already low prices -- $1 for hardbacks and trade paperbacks, and 25-cent children's books and mass market paperbacks -- these red-dot books are a steal. You can join for a membership fee of $5 an individual or $10 a family for the pre-sale. Admission is free for the regular sale on Saturday. It's all happening from 1:00 to 4:30 Friday afternoon, and 9:30 to 4:30 on Saturday. To find out more, contact the Lacey Timberland Library.
It's the third annual Olympia Brewfest. Attendees receive a souvenir mug and six tastes, choosing from over 30 hand-picked, Northwest breweries. Additional taste cards are available at the event. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Designated drivers' tickets are only $5 and they get all the root beer and water they can drink. Proceeds support the Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Incubator. It's coming up Saturday, August 2nd, from 1:00 to 8:30 at the Port Plaza in Downtown Olympia. Find out more and purchase your tickets at
The 2014 Thurston County Fair opens next Wednesday and runs through Sunday the 3rd. Enjoy the food, fun, history, and heritage at the county's signature summer event. It's guaranteed to be family friendly and Fun for the Whole Herd. The fair is open 10 til 10 Wednesday thru Saturday, and 10 til 8 on Sunday. Next Wednesday is One-Buck Wednesday. Can Hunger by supporting the Thurston County Food Bank. Admission for all ages is only one dollar with a non-perishable donation (per person) for the Thurston County Food Bank. Thursday is Kidís Day. Admission for all kids (14 and under) is just $2.00. It's all happening at the Thurston County Fairgrounds on Carpenter Road in Lacey.
Lacey in Tune is back for its 20th year. Lacey Parks and Recreation presents lunch-time concerts in Huntamer Park Wednesdays at noon. Food vendors are available at all performances. Take along your own seating. This week, enjoy Jaspar Lepak. She's a folk/Americana songstress whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. In the heart of Lacey, at Huntamer Park at 7th and Woodland Square Loop.
Lacey Parks and Recreation presents their Outdoor Cinema Series -- Movies and Music -- Saturday nights in Huntamer Park. Spread out on the lawn and enjoy a great movie under the stars. Get there early to enjoy a great concert at 7:00. Movies start at dusk. Take your own snacks or purchase them at the park. This week's concert features David Correa & Cascada with Latin guitar world music. This week's movie is the G-rated Elf. Movies and Music in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park. For more Information, contact Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360.491.0857.
Take a ride. Make a difference. All riders and cruisers are invited to join the 6th annual Thurston County Combined Fund Drive Motorcycle Ride & Car Cruize. The ride takes you on a scenic journey through Thurston and Pierce Counties, where you can visit with numerous charities at stops like Cycle Tire Warehouse, Leftyís Burger Shack, and NW Harley Davidson. Collecting passport stamps at each of the stops earns you a chance to win prizes at the barbecue lunch provided at the Lucky Eagle Casino. All registration donations benefit Thurston County area Charities. You're encouraged to take individually wrapped snack items for the Thurston County Food Bank's FORKids Backpack Program. Grab your partner, friends, and co-workers. Sign up today. Get a free event T-shirt with paid registration by the 31st. The ride starts at 8:00 the morning of Saturday, August 16th, at the Tumwater Costco. Get more information and register today at
Looking for free fun for the whole family? Tumwater Parks & Recreation presents Screen on the Green outdoor movies at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Gates open at 7:30. Movies begin at dusk. Admission is free. Go early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River's Edge restaurant or take along your own picnic. Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited. This year's first presentation is Friday, August 1st, and features the PG-13 rated The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. For more information, contact Tumwater Parks at 360.754.4160 or go online to
It's Music in the Park 2014 featuring free evening concerts. This week features The Kim Archer Band and their soul and blues music. It's at Sylvester Park in Downtown Olympia tonight. UPDATE: This week's performance is at the Washington Center from 7:00 to 8:00. It's brought to you by the Olympia Downtown Association. Find out more at
The City of Lacey's alternate watering plan is now in effect. Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers through the end of September. Water customers with addresses ending with an odd number (i.e., 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) can water Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. Addresses ending with an even number (i.e., 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8) can water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday is a non-watering day for all Lacey water customers. For more information regarding the alternate day watering policy, contact Lacey Water Resources at 360.438.2687.
Planning to party this summer? Under the age of 21? Itís never okay to drink and drive. The Party Intervention Patrol is cracking down on underage drinking in Thurston County plus compliance checks are being conducted -- cracking down on sales to underage drinkers. Target Zero Thurston Task Force is supporting extra local law enforcement to reduce the number of alcohol related collisions and the number of underage alcohol sales in our area. Be safe. Be smart. Learn more at
The Shelton Farmers Market is open. Get local organically grown fresh produce, delicious baked goods, seafood, leather goods, hand crafted planters, yarns, soaps, jewelry, plants and more. The Market is now accepting EBT, debit, and credit cards. Open from 9:00 to 2:00 Saturdays through the end of September on 3rd street behind the post office in Downtown Shelton. Visit them online at
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nationís leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. You can help by taking part in the Out of the Darkness Walk. When you walk, you join efforts with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSPís vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives. There's no registration fee to take part. Everyone is welcome to walk -- any participant five years or older is required to register. Each particiipant is asked to set a minimum fundraising goal of $150. However, donations of any amount are accepted and no one will be turned away. The South Sound Walk is on Saturday, September 27th, starting at Marathon Park in Olympia. Check-in is at 8:00 that morning. Register online here. Learn more here.
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.