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Celebrate Downtown for the Holidays in Olympia this weekend. The festivities are Sunday from noon to 5:00. Santa photos, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Apple Tree Productions Kids' Theatre preview in the Hotel Olympian, free trolley rides, Jason Hogle guitar and the First Christian Church Bell Chime Choir at Batdorf and Bronson, the Gingerbread Village at the Washington Center, the annual Holiday Parade at 3:00, the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Sylvester Park at 4:00, and Twinklefest Lighting throughout Downtown. Join the Olympia Downtown Association in celebrating the kick-off of the holiday season Sunday.
It’s SideWalk’s Gingerbread Village. As part Olympia’s annual Downtown for the Holidays celebration, the Gingerbread Village at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts has become a favorite. It's a chance to see a stunning variety of gingerbread designs, created by teams of community members. From 11:00 to 3:00 Sunday, the houses and castles are available for viewing. View and vote ($1 per vote) on one-of-a-kind creations to benefit SideWalk’s mission to end homelessness in Thurston County.
The search for cover art for Arts Walk is now underway. The Olympia Arts Walk selects one artist for each Arts Walk event (two artists per year) whose artwork is featured on the cover of the event map and in event related publications. A jury panel recommends two artists -- one for spring and one for fall- - to be commissioned by the City of Olympia to each create a new, original work of art for the cover of the Arts Walk 2018 maps. Artists 18 and older who have officially participated in Olympia's Arts Walk within the last two years are invited to submit images of current work. Official participants are ones that have been listed in an Olympia Arts Walk map individually or in a group show. The selected artists will each be awarded $600 to create a new work. Application deadline is Thursday the 30th. Apply online. To apply, fill out an online application at the City of Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation registration site by clicking here.
It's the Hawks Holiday Happening Gift & Craftfair. River Ridge High School Band Students are holding their annual fundraiser for the band students, with vendor and other fees going directly into the student accounts to cover costs of Band uniforms, competitions, and more. One of the largest caft fairs in Thurston County, this bazaar features over 165 talented local vendors offering a unique mix of specialty items and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and art work. To help raise much needed money, students are hosting a concession stand in conjunction with the craftfair and are also holding a silent auction. Entry to the event is free, there are hourly free door prize drawings, and there is plenty of free parking. There is also free entertainment throughout the day. It's happening Saturday, December 2nd, from 9:00 to 4:00 at 350 River Ridge Drive Southeast in Lacey. Find out more here.
Boy Scout Troop 48 is holding their Annual Santa Breakfast. Start the holiday season with a family and community tradition of over 30 years. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee, and juice. Santa is there so take along a camera. A collection bin for Toys for Tots is available for you to drop off a donation. It's happening the morning of Saturday, December 2nd, from 7:30 to 11:30 at First United Methodist Church on Legion Way in Olympia. Tickets are just $5 per person or $20 per family. Those under 5 are free. Buy tickets from a Troop 48 Scout or at the door.
Introducing Give Local. It's a new crowdfunding campaign to inspire local giving in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. Give Local features over 40 non-profits that have received a grant from The Community Foundation. Each grant only provides a portion of the amount requested by each organization. The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound invites you to help fund these community projects. Visit thecommunityfoundation.com today through December 13th to make a secure online donation.
Ballet Northwest's The Nutcracker returns to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Olympia's holiday favorite for over 30 years is back at The Center with breathtaking new sets. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum fairy, Nutcracker prince, and an epic battle beneath the Christmas tree. The production features 200 dancers. Tickets are on sale now through the Washington Center Box Office. The Nutcracker at the Washington Center December 8th through the 17th. Find out more at washingtoncenter.org.
It's musical holiday charm by Harlowe Reed. Harlequin Productions' annual celebration of American pop music for the holidays. Set in December of 1961, The Stardust Christmas Fandango is the twenty-second in the series that has provided delightful holiday entertainment for all ages since 1994. A small Greenwich Village nightspot, the Stardust Club is home to a group of striving performers and musicians who struggle to keep the doors open while negotiating their personal lives, romances, and Big Apple career moves. The roller coaster events of the mid-twentieth century may keep them off balance, but Christmas still brings out the best in everyone. The Stardust Christmas Fandango is a holiday gift for all ages. It opens the 30th and runs through the end of the year at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia. See harlequinproductions.org to find out more.
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