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The Olympia Wooden Boat Association announces the 37th Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair. It's happening Saturday and Sunday -- Motherís Day Weekend -- at Percival Landing Park in Downtown Olympia. Saturday's hours are 10:00 to 6:00, and Sunday's are 11:00 to 5:00. All types of craft are on display: wooden boats including power, sail, row boats, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes. For more information, directions, or boat and vendor applications, visit the website at Always held on Motherís Day weekend, take Mom and the family to the free, fun-filled Boat Fair. is hosting a Military Job Fair at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event is open to transitioning military, Veterans, military family members, as well as civilians. A mix of Fortune 500 and local military-friendly companies are taking part. Job seekers may register at the door, Attendees can also pre-register at It's happening Thursday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the American Lake Conference Center at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The Lacey S.T.E.M. Fair returns, bigger and more exciting. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This free, award-winning, event showcases school clubs, hobbyists, and businesses from all over Thurston County, sharing various S.T.E.M. related projects, demonstrations, and activities that captivate all ages. Highlights this year include the robotics demonstrations, air-powered rocket launches, a solar powered ducky dash, drones, military robots, interactive Lego activities, and more. It's happening from 10:00 til 3:00 Saturday at Huntamer Park in Lacey. For more information, call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360.491.0857 or visit the cityís website at
It's a special evening program, Paul Newmanís Story: The Importance of Philanthropy in America Today. The program features Newmanís Own Foundation President & CEO, Bob Forrester, a close personal friend and philanthropic advisor to Paul Newman. Newmanís Own Foundation has distributed more than $460 million to charities worldwide. The program is the evening of Wednesday the 11th from 7:00 to 8:30. It's preceded by a reception from 5:30 to 7:00. It's all at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Olympia. Tickets are $50 for general admission, $40 for seniors, and $15 for students, and are available now through The program is sponsored by The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound.
Start early and stay late in Downtown Olympia. It's Girls Night Out. Purchase a goodie bag for special gifts and discounts at 50 shops and restaurants. Shop, eat, and play all day -- from 10 in the morning until 8:30 at night -- Thursday the 12th. A reception follows at the Washington Center from 8:30 to 9:30. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Downtown Welcome Center. Get more information at Girls Night Out is sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association.
The 12th Annual Bluegrass from the Forest is at the Shelton Performing Arts Center and High School Campus. Artists include Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper from Indiana, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley from Nashville, Seattle's North Country and The Blackberry Bushes, the Green Mountain Bluegrass Band from Salem, and the South Sound's Runaway Train. In addition to those performances there are showcases, a banjo contest, jamming, open mic sessions, vendors, and workshops. RV and tent camping is available on site. It is happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday -- May 13th, 14th, and 15th. is Friday through Sunday, the 13th through the 15th. Tickets are available online at Tickets are also available in Shelton at Pro Build, Tuppers Floors, Olsen Furniture, and Heritage Bank; at Music 6000 in Olympia, Mitchellís Lumber in Belfair, and at the Shelton/Mason County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets also available at the door throughout the weekend. Presented by Kristmas Town Kiwanis.
Get great plants at great prices at the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County Plant Sale. You'll find great plant picks, ornamental evergreens, shrubs & trees, berries & veggies, native plants, planters, garden art & accessories, and more. It's all happening Saturday the 21st from 9:00 to 4:00, at Dirt Works Garden at Yauger Park in West Olympia. For more information, visit or contact a WSU Master Gardener at 360.867.2163.
Free CPR classes are coming up at the South Bay Fire Department. Classes are scheduled Wednesday evenings at 7:00. To learn more and to get signed up for a free CPR class, call Medic 1 at 360.704.2780. Interested in a higher level of training and service? The South Bay Fire Department is accepting applications for volunteer Firefighter/EMTs. All training is provided free to those selected. To learn more about volunteering, call 360.491.5320.
The Lacey City Council is seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community. Eligible candidates should be 16 to 18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or the urban growth area. The term of office is for one year (from September to September) with the option of serving an additional one-year term, if desired. The youth representative is appointed by the Mayor. Applications are available in the Career Center of any North Thurston high school. Applications can also be downloaded from the City of Lacey's website.
Thurston County is now accepting Text-to-911 service. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers in the South Sound can now send a text message to 9-1-1 in an emergency. Texting to 9-1-1 is new. It's intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak due to an emergency, as well as individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. Some tips: When texting to 9-1-1 for an emergency, the first message should be the location of the emergency and the type of emergency help needed (police, fire, or medical). Keep text messages brief and concise; using full words. Stay with your phone and be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker. Text-to-911 service is not yet available state-wide but here in Thurston County, call if you can, text if you canít.
The City of Tumwater is putting together this yearís 4th of July celebration. The 29th Annual Independence Day Parade is happening Monday, July 4th, starting at 11:00 in the morning. This year's theme is Make a Difference. Tumwater Parks and Recreation is seeking entries for the parade. They're also seeking vehicles (and their owners) to escort dignitaries in the parade. For a parade entry form and more information, contact Tumwater Parks at 360.754.4160. Entry deadline is Monday, June 20th.
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.