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Colorful dragon boats and a record-breaking 48 local, regional, and international teams of paddlers -- including two teams from China -- are descending on Olympia for the 10th annual Saint Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival. It's a celebration steeped in rich, cultural traditions, exciting racing, and fun activities for the whole family. In addition to the races, there are Chinese traditional art demonstrations, culinary delights, martial arts performances, and music. It all starts at 9:00 this morning in the Port Plaza of Olympia near the Marine Terminal. The day-long celebration is free and open to the public.
You're invited to Arts Walk in Downtown Olympia. Celebrate the arts in our community. Experience visual and performing arts in over 100 businesses by hundreds of artists. Special features include hands-on family activities, demonstrations and impromptu street performances. It's wrapping up today from noon til 8:00. The Spring Arts Walk includes the incredible Procession of the Species. It's happening this afternoon at 4:30. For artists, art lovers and the art curious, Arts Walk in Downtown Olympia. To find out more, call the City of Olympia at 360.709.2678.
The South Sound YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day helps kids stay active and keep learning. The South Sound YMCA’s Briggs Community Branch is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. The day features activities such as free bike helmets with size fittings, water safety, kid’s fitness demos, and fun ways to incorporate positive nutrition changes to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. The South Sound YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is happening at the Briggs Y today from 11:00 to 2:00. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. For more information, call 360.913.0337.
The East Olympia District 6 Firefighters Association is putting on its 29th annual Firefighters Breakfast. This all-you-can-eat pancake feed also includes hash browns, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. It's $6 for adults and $3 for children under ten. In addition, association volunteers have acquired some incredible raffle packages. Raffle tickets are a dollar apiece. Proceeds help support the fire victim fund, help needy families in the district at Christmas, buy backpacks and school supplies for needy school children in the district, and sponsor the annual firefighter awards banquet. Not only will you get a great breakfast, but the firefighters will also give you a tour of the station, the fire trucks, and other equipment. It's happening from 7:00 to noon tomorrow at Station 64 at 9530 Old Hwy. 99 (about 2½ miles south of the Olympia airport). To find out more, contact District 6 at 360.491.5533.
Are you a military veteran? Are you a business owner in Washington State? Did you know that the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has a business certification program? By certifying your business with Washington State, you may be eligible to do business with Washington State Agencies, receive an interest rate reduction on your business loan, and you'll be letting the public know your business is veteran owned. For more information, visit or call 1.800.562.0132.
Thurston County's Secondhand Safari Community Garage Sale and Reuse Fair is back. You'll find over 100 vendor booths with something for everyone. There's food, entertainment, and a free book exchange. It's happening from 8:00 til 3:00 next Saturday at the Thurston County Fairgrounds on Carpenter Road in Lacey. Admission is just a dollar. Rent a booth. It's $40 for a 10X10 covered booth; $25 for a 10X10 outdoor booth. For more information, call the Fair Office at 360.786.5453.
The Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary presents their Silver Tea and Silent Auction. Entertainment is being provided by the Capital High School Choir. You'll find tea cups with homemade cookies, and floral teapot arrangements for sale. Funds raised support The Salvation Army and our community by buying shelter mattresses, bed linens, kitchen equipment, and more. Funds also support Summer Camp Scholarshhips and Back to School Shopping Sprees. It's happening next Saturday afternoon starting at 2:00 at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center at 1505 4th Avenue in Olympia. For more information, call the Salvation Army at 360.352.8596.
The Olympia Garden Club invites you to explore the six gardens they have chosen for their Secret Garden Tour. It's a self-guided tour which enables you to discover and explore six secret garden locations in and around the Olympia area. There are unique quilts, music, and art from local artisans at each of the gardens (weather permitting). Advance tickets are available for $15 per person through May 7th. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event for $20 per person. Find out more and purchase tickets at The tour is happening Saturday, May 9th. Proceeds are being used for the club's work with the Olympia Parks Department to maintain the Priest Point Park Memorial Kiosks, Annual Arbor Day Celebration, Teacher Grants, Civic beautification and education programs.
The Family Support Center of South Sound presents a Mother's Day 5K with a free one-mile kids run. It's a fun, family-friendly, time-chipped 5k over a USA Track & Field certified course with the free one-mile kids run. Parents are welcome to run with kids and the event is stroller friendly. There are awards for the top overall male and female finishers by age group. It's happening the morning of Sunday, May 10th. It starts and finishes at the Hands on Children's Museum. It's a fundraiser benefitting the Family Support Center of South Sound, a local nonprofit serving families and children in need. It's also a Mother's Day celebration. Find out more at
The Olympia Wooden Boat Association proudly announces the 36th Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair. All types of wooden boats including power, sail, row boats, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes are on display during the fair. Handmade items from local artisans featuring artwork, pottery, wooden décor, jewelry, clothing, homemade food products, and many more nautical-related items are available. When the family gets hungry, walk through the International Food Alley booths offering traditional burgers, seafood, international choices, along with tempting desserts. It's all happening Saturday, May 9th, from 10:00 to 6:00 and Sunday, May 10th, from 11:00 to 5:00 at Percival Landing in Olympia. (It's always held on Mother’s Day weekend, so take Mom!) For more information, directions, or boat and vendor applications, visit the website at
The West Olympia Farmers' Market is opening for its fifth season at 4:00 the afternoon of Tuesday, May 12th. The market is in a new location this season. You'll find it at 1919 Harrison Avenue in the West Central Park. Hours are Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 til 7:00 through mid-October. The West Olympia Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and debit transactions. For more information, email
It's a Plant Sale to benefit the WSU Master Gardener Program and the Thurston County Master Recycler Composter Program. You'll find plants of all kinds available in limited quantities. In particular, you'll find landscape shrubs/trees at excellent prices. They need good homes. Composting classes are at 10:00 and 11:00 with advisers available all day. In addition, garden themed items are available including but not limited to steel plant supports, hypertufa planters, compost sifters, tools, and more. It's all happening from 9:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, May 16th, at Dirt Works Garden in Yauger Park in West Olympia. Find out more at mgftc.
Here's an idea: Have lunch at the South Puget Sound Community College restaurant, The Percival Room. They're open for business and there's lots of talent in the kitchen. They serve great food Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 12:30, they take reservations, and also cater to large parties with an extensive menu. On the menu, you'll always find a crispy pecan and tabasco fried chicken breast with whipped potatoes, slow stewed greens and red eye gravy. You can also enjoy the Clipper Burger -- a fresh house ground sirloin, with Tillamook Sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, and caramelized onions, arugula, and a Dijon aioli on a brown butter toasted brioche bun. Other than that, it's a revolving menu according to the seasons. For more information, visit them here or call 360.596.5404.
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.