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COMMUNITY EVENTS
Here's a fun way to help TOGETHER and their mission of advancing the health and wellbeing of young people. It's the Hats Off to Together Road Trip edition annual fundraising gala. Presented by the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society. Enjoy delicious regional foods and refreshments, bid on cool silent and live auction items, learn more about TOGETHER's programs, and have a lot of fun. Register now for this 21 and over event at watogether.org/HatsOff from 5:00 to 8:00 Saturday evening at the SPSCC Lacey Event Center. Sponsored in part by 94.5 Roxy.
The Capital High School Dance Team, The Cougarettes, are hosting a dance competition. Dance Teams from across the state are participating and performances are all day. It's happening at Capital HIgh School in West Olympia Saturday afternoon starting at 1:00. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students, and free for 5-and-under. Funds raised are used for team expenses to attend competitions. Find out more by emailing CougarettesCHS@gmail.com.
The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County is looking for nominations for the 2018 Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award. The award annually recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment and provided extraordinary leadership in promoting civil discourse and civic harmony. Established in honor of the DRCís Founding Director, Evan Ferber, the award is being presented at the Dispute Resolution Centerís annual fundraiser The Toast on April 15th. Everyone is encouraged to submit nominations. Submission deadline is Get more info at MediateThurston.org.
Because of Winn Dixie author and Newbury Award Winner Kate DiCamillo is in Lacey for Lacey Loves to Read. It's a community-wide reading initiative. DiCamillo's other books include The Magician's Elephant and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She's speaking at a free Community Reception at 7:00 next Thursday night at North Thurston High School's Koval Center at 600 Sleater-Kinney Road. Find out more here.
It's another GIANT Rummage/Estate Sale with all kinds of household, yard, sports items, clothing & accessories, books & music, seasonal dťcor, crafts & sewing items, antiques and collectibles, and more. There's also a Boutique featuring retro, funky, trendy & vintage clothing and accessories for men & women. Proceeds help support Thurston County Crop Walk, Thurston County Food Bank, Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity and more. It's happening at First United Methodist Church at 1224 Legion Way in Olympia from 9:00 to 4:00 on Friday, March 2nd, and from 9:00 to 3:00 on Saturday the 3rd.
Parents looking for an alternative K-5 program within the Olympia School District are invited to attend an Information Night at Lincoln Options Elementary School. At the informational meeting, parents can hear first-hand from teachers about what makes Lincoln Options unique. They can learn more about the school program, philosophy, and parent involvement. Enrollment Information Nights are being held from 6:00 to 8:00 the evenings of Tuesday, March 1st, and Wednesday, March 7th, in the school cafeteria at 213 21st Avenue in Olympia.
First Responders (police & fire from local agencies) play a basketball game vs. The Soldiers from JBLM. The AUSA DuPont/Steilacoom Subchapter of Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter the Association of the United States Army is hosting the 3rd Annual Hoops For Heroes Charity Basketball Game. This is the rubber match. Each team has won one previous contest. Bragging rights hang in the balance. It's happening at 6:00 the evening of Thursday, March 8th, at the Pierce College Gymnasium in Lakewood. It's all to raise funds to support soldiers and their families at JBLM. Donations are accepted at the door.
Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, colors, cultures, and customs from around the world. It's the City of Lacey's Ethnic Celebration -- a free event featuring a wide variety of groups excited to share their culture and heritage with the next generation. There are three stages of ongoing dancers, drummers, and bands. There are about 50 different vendors and resource booths as well as hands-on activities for children and live demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. It's happening Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00 to 6:00 at Saint Martin's University's Worthington Center & Marcus Pavilion in Lacey. For more information, contact Lacey Parks and Recreation (360.491.0857).
The South Bay Fire Departmentís Firefightersí Association announces their 40th annual CRAB FEED. The menu includes fresh crab (butter & cocktail sauce), spaghetti, garlic bread, cole slaw, soft drinks, water, and coffee. Adult tickets are $30; $10 for children. Get yours at the South Bay Station at 3506 Shincke Road in Olympia. The CRAB FEED is happening Saturday, March 10th, from 2:00 to 7:00 at the North Olympia Fire Station at 5046 Boston Harbor Road.
Studio West Dance Theatre is hosting the 10th Annual Dance to Make a Difference Charity Gala. This year, all net proceeds are being ill be donated to the Family Support Center of South Sound which provides support for homeless and low-income families in the South Sound Community. The gala is Saturday, March 10th, at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC. The reception begins at 6:00 and includes a light dinner, wine, and live music. A Silent Auction is being held during intermission. At 8:00, on the main stage, it's a performance featuring dance companies from across the Puget Sound. Tickets are available through the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Box Office or online here.
Wee Love Learning is a non-profit child care center created to serve children of all socio-economic levels and ethnicities. The purpose and goal is to ready children to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. Because their current enrollment finds DSHS funded families making up to over 70% of their enrollment and because DSHS pays less than private paying families, they find they need to create alternate funding in order to continue providing for the children. That has led them to create various fund-raising events. You are invited to participate in one. It's the Wee Love Learning Dinner & Auction Saturday, March 10th, at 6:00 at Wee Love Learning at 1835 Cooper Point Road in Olympia. Tickets are $20 each and are available here.
It's the Capital High School Booster Club's annual dinner and auction fundraiser. This year they're celebrating Spring Break -- Cabo Style. Wanna get away? Find your shorts and flip flops and enjoy the party. All the proceeds support WIAA activities at Capital, including band, choir, debate, cheer, dance, drama, and sports teams. The dinner and auction are being held the evening of Saturday, March 24th, from 5:30 to 10:00 at South Puget Sound Community College. Seating is limited. Tickets are on sale now. Find out more at CapitalBoosterClub.com.
The Olympia Little Theater presents a quirky romantic comedy for all ages -- Butterflies are Free. Itís 1969 and young Don Baker, blind since birth, has made a bid for independence by moving to his very first apartment in Manhattan. Then he meets his new neighbor, a free-spirited, wannabe actress. Things are going great until his mother appears wanting him to end his experiment and come home. When Mom and neighbor meet, neither is thrilled and they disagree strongly about what is best for Don. However, Don may have some ideas of his own. Butterflies are Free runs March 9th through the 25th at the Olympia LIttle Theater at 1925 Miller Avenue in Olympia. Tickets and more information is available at OlympiaLittleTheatre.org.
This summer, more than 300 teenagers throughout Washington are hitting the road to pick up litter and protect the environment with the Ecology Youth Corps. Applications are now being accepted for summer EYC work. Those chosen typically work on a crew near their home, and earn $11.50 an hour for a four-week session in either early or late summer. EYC has more than 30 crews across the state, so most young people will be able to begin and end their day at a location near their home. You can apply online and also find schedules, crew locations, and other information here. Applications are due by early April.
Since 1985, the annual Thurston Economic Development Council Business Awards Gala has honored local businesses and the important role they play in supporting the economic health of our region. The 2018 event is happening Friday, April 20th, at the Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. The award categories are: new business, small business, non-profit, and corporate employer. Nominations come from within the community, and winners are announced at the event. Find out more at the Thurston Economic Development Council website.
The INSPIRE Womenís Business Conference was created for forward-looking women business owners and business leaders in our community. These women seek to increase their knowledge to overcome challenges they face in business, build their confidence with new skills, effectively communicate value to their customers, and bring innovation into their organizations. Register between now and April 2nd to recieve $10 off your INSPIRE registration. Save even more by registering your friends and co-workers at the same time. The conference is Wednesday, May 2nd, from 8:00 to 2:00 at the Center for Business & Innovation at 4220 6th Avenue in Lacey. Parking is free. For more information, email info@wcwb.org or call 360.464.6050.
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.