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The Pierce County AIDS Foundation presents Dining Out For Life 2018. Savor a meal. Save a life. Dine out at one of the South Sound's generous restaurants and a portion of your bill is donated to support people in our community affected by HIV. Itís the tastiest good deed youíll do all year. Dining Out For Life is here in the South Sound today. For a full list of participating restaurants, see DiningOutForLife.com/SouthSound.
It's a pre-Arts Walk volunteer work Party. Olympia Parks Stewardship staff along with the Downtown Ambassadors and Clean Team are joining forces for a Downtown beautification project from 8:00 to 11:30 tomorrow morning. This pre-Arts Walk work party is focusing on picking up litter, painting, and providing some TLC to the downtown streets and alleys. All ages are welcome. Tools, gloves and refreshments are being provided. Just meet at the entrance to SS TJ Potter Alley between Hot Toddy and Popinjay on Capitol Way. The approximate address of the alley is 412 Capitol Way. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. To sign up, or for more information, contact the Downtown Liaison at 360.570.3798 or mrentfro@ci.olympia.wa.us.
Over 50 local and regional teams are racing for the gold at the 13th annual Saint Martinís University Dragon Boat Festival. Some 5,000 spectators are anticipated to cheer the racers on. You can also enjoy cultural performances, and browse the booths along the boardwalk. Booths are offering food, fun and cultural arts and crafts. It's all organized by Saint Martin's University and admission is free. It's happening Saturday from 9:00 to 4:30 at Olympia's Port Plaza. For more information, including where to park, visit stmartin.edu/dragonboat
It's Arts Walk weekend in Olympia. Whether youíre looking for a rich arts tradition to share with family and friends or innovative experiences that will engage your mind, body and soul, Arts Walk has something for you. Spring Arts Walk includes the Procession of the Species. Arts Walk features 156 artist listings, 92 registered venues, and 40 scheduled performances throughout Downtown Olympia. Many of the downtown businesses and organizations transform their spaces into creative hubs filled with art, demonstrations, and performances. In the streets and sidewalks you'll find pop up performances and places to connect around almost every corner. Things get rolling tomorrow night from 5:00 to 10:00, and continue Saturday from noon til 8:00. The Procession of the Species is Saturday afternoon starting at 4:30.
The Sons of the American Legion, supporting Boy Scout Troop 110 and Cub Scout Pack 110, are putting on a Beef Brisket Dinner and Dessert. It's just $12. There's also an auction including a getaway to Lake Chelan, building materials, yard art, plants, and much more. It's happening Saturday night. Dinner is from 5:00 to 7:00 with the auction set to start at 6:30. It's happening at the 40 et 8 Club at 113 West Cota in Shelton. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Roger Miller at 360.490.2616.
They're getting set for the 31st annual Lacey Spring Fun Fair. It's at Saint Martinís University. Please note that this free family festival has been moved back to the third weekend in May. It's happening Saturday & Sunday, May 19th & 20th. There's Kidsworld with free activities, two stages of entertainment, arts & crafts, (back by popular demand) free pony rides, a free circus train, inflatables, a ferris wheel, there's a car show and a lip sync battle on Sunday. Organizers are accepting applications now for vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and lip sync battle contestants. Find out more at laceyspringfunfair.com.
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. The conference is Wednesday 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.
You're invited to the Centennial Station 25th Anniversary Open House. The Centennial Station Volunteers invite you to the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Olympia-Lacey Centennial Amtrak Station. There's a brief program recognizing volunteers, donors, and supporters. There's also a diesel locomotive cab simulator, and displays from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad, the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum, the Kitsap Live Steamers, the Olympic Model Railroad Society, and more. There are even refreshments. It's happening Saturday, May 5th, from 10:00 to 1:00 at 6600 Yelm Highway. For more information, contact Bob Moorhead at 360.561.7015.
Join the Hunger Walk at Capital Lake's Marathon Park. Take your family, friends, and neighbors to help raise funds for Senior Services' Meals on Wheels and The Community Kitchen's feeding programs. Itís a great cause and good exercise. It's coming up the afternoon of Sunday, May 6th, at 3:00. For more information, email petere@ccsww.org.
The Kristmas Town Kiwanis Club presents the Bluegrass From the Forest Festival. It's the 14th annual event. It's happening May 18th, 19th, and 20th at the Shelton Performing Arts Center and High School campus. In addition to the four main multiple-band shows, the Bluegrass From the Forest Festival offers numerous activities including Master Workshops, a Banjo Contest, Chick Roseís Youth School of Bluegrass, Mandolin Tasting, Marvís Slow Jam, and much more. Check the line-up, get tickets, and find out more at BluegrassFromtheForest.com.
The South Sound Alzheimer's Council serves families in Thurston County impacted by Alzheimer's and other related dementias. Their 2018 annual conference is coming up. The keynote speaker this year is Peggy Sarlin, a career reporter with a special interest in health and wellness. Her first book, Awakening From Alzheimer's, explores alternate remedies to Alzheimer's treatment through interviews with doctors, family members, and social workers. The conference is Friday, May 18th, from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Lacey Campus Events Center of South Puget Sound Community College. A $25 donation is suggested. Find out more here.
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is bringing the South Sound Green Tour back to Olympia. This is a free-to-the-public event. The tour is restarting after a six year hiatus. For two days in May, people around the South Sound get to meet, speak, and celebrate with some of the locals who are actively working for a better future. You have a chance to view and visit sustainable remodels, retrofits, new buildings, landscapes, and community gathering places. The Olympia Green Tour is on Saturday, May 19th. The next day, Tacoma holds its first ever Green Tour. Find out more at the Northwest EcoBuilding website.
The Western Washington air show season kicks off on Father's Day weekend at the 20th annual Olympic Air Show hosted by the Olympic Flight Museum. The show features aerobatic demonstrations from museum aircraft. The museum is also exhibiting helicopters from its collection. Military aircraft and displays are represented from most military branches and eras from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Additional event features include a World War II encampment with authentic military vehicles and uniformed personnel. It's happening Father's Day Weekend -- June 16th and 17th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit OlympicAirshow.com.
It's the Downtown YMCA Farewell Celebration. The Downtown Y on Franklin Street has served our community for over 100 years. Join in the celebration of its rich history with a night of memories, speakers, artifacts, and historical photos. It starts at 5:00 the evening of Wednesday, May 23rd. Then get set for the Plum Street YMCA ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 the morning of Friday, June 1st. On Saturday, June 2nd, from 9:00 to 1:00, take your family and friends to the Plum Street Y for a fun filled day including food, music, class demos, kid-friendly activities, raffles, tours, and more. Find out more at southsoundymca.org.
Harlequin Productions presents the Pulitzer Prize Winning Three Days of Rain. A year after he disappeared on the day of his father's funeral, Walker Janeway returns to New York and takes up temporary residence in the unused space where thirty-five years earlier his father and his father's late partner, both architects, lived and designed the great house that would make them famous. Scouring the space for clues to the tortured family history, Walker discovers his father's hidden journal. The show opens May 3rd and runs through the 26th at the historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Tickets and more information are available at harlequinproductions.org.
The Tumwater Farmers Market runs weekly from 10:00 to 2:00 on Wednesdays through September. It's at the corner of Capitol and Israel. This year there are more prepared food vendors which makes the market a delicious lunch destination along with a larger variety of farm fresh produce.
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.