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This Labor Day Weekend, the Olympia Kiwanis present the 42nd annual Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tugboat Races at Percival Landing & Olympia's Port Plaza. Throughout the weekend, Lenny Lekanoff from televisions Deadliest Catch is on board the Harbor Days tug, the Galene. There's entertainment all weekend. You'll find over 250 booths, activities for the kids, and lots of food. Tour tugs and other historical boats. It's free for the whole family. It kicks off Friday night from 5 til 8, continues Saturday from 10 til 7, and wraps up Sunday from 10 til 6. Go to for more information.
Adopt-A-Pet is again holding their fall yard sale this Labor Day weekend. The annual fundraiser helps with the costs of daily operations of their dog shelter. This sale is always a bargain hunter’s dream. It's at 940 East Jensen Road in Shelton Saturday from 8:00 til 3:00 and Sunday from 9:00 til 3:00. Adopt-a-Pet is a non-profit dog shelter, run completely by volunteers. For more information, contact the Adopt-A-Pet office at 360.432.3091 or email
Olympia Area Square Dancers are again offering a free Introduction to Square Dancing. Couples, families, and singles -- anybody 10-years-old and up -- are welcome. A 10-week series of lessons begins on the 17th. The free introduction is the evening of Thursday the 10th at 6:30 at Lac-A-Do (Doe) Hall at 1721 46th Avenue in Olympia. For more information, call 360.352.2662 or visit
Join the Washington Center for the Performing Arts as they celebrate the neighborhood. They're are closing Washington Street between 5th and Legion for a block party with live music, food, and friends. You'll find family fun and entertainment. Head on out and dance in the street, try a new restaurant, and explore a shop you haven't been in before. The Washington Center is also celebrating 30 years of presenting live performances with a sweet treat. Make sure you stop by. Rock around the block the evening of Friday the 11th starting at 5:00.
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by being part of the Olympia Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. The walk is Saturday the 12th at Marathon Park in Olympia starting at 10 in the morning. To register, donate, or learn more, visit or call 888.333.2377.
The Capital High School Cougarette Dance Team invites you to an evening of good food, great fun, and fantastic auction items. You have a chance to bid on a week in Maui, New Year's in Vegas, an iPad, Seahawks and Mariners tickets, and even a piano. It's all happening the the evening of Saturday the 19th starting at 6:00 at SPSCC. Tickets are on sale now, $40 each or $75 per couple. Call 360.970.5876, email, or visit them online here.
Harper Lee is back in the news and back on the bestseller lists. Now Harlequin Productions presents a play based on the original Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. Be advised that Harper Lee’s provocative novel includes accurate and frank use of the racially-charged language of the time period. This use of language remains and helps serve the story as a bold and honest depiction of racial injustice in 1930s America. This celebrated adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird runs through Saturday the 12th at the Historic State Theater in downtown Olympia. Tickets and more information is available online at or by calling 360.786.0151.
Ballet Northwest is holding open auditions for roles in the company’s upcoming 31st Anniversary production of The Nutcracker. The auditions are happening Saturday the 26th. at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center. The auditions are open to the community -- boys and girls, men and women. The only requirement is that dancers are eight-years-old by August 31st of this year. Ballet Northwest is a community-based performance group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. No previous dance experience is necessary to audition, and dancers from all dance studios are welcome to audition for Ballet Northwest’s Nutcracker. The Nutcracker cast averages two hundred dancers. Performances take place in December at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia. For more information on auditioning for The Nutcracker, visit
Thurston County Target Zero has teamed with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and every law enforcement agency in Thurston County to keep alcohol and marijuana out of the hands of minors. They're doing hundreds of compliance checks -- at bars, gas stations, grocery stores, you name it. If you work at a place that sells alcohol or marijuana, remember, it’s never okay to sell to someone under the age of 21. Be safe. Be smart. Learn more at
The West Olympia Farmers' Market is open for its fifth season. 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
The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission publishes all contributions and expenditures for each campaign. Washington's disclosure laws are some of the strictest in the country. Follow the money. Go to
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