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Non-profit organizations in Washington have a number of responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they may owe. Unlike other states, Washington nonprofit organizations don't have a blanket tax exemption at the state level. To help, the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free live webinar for nonprofit organizations. It's happening Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. You'll learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection, and record-keeping requirements that may apply to your activities. To register, send an email with your name, the organization's name, a phone number, and email address to NBOWebinar@dor.wa.gov. The registration deadline is tomorrow.
Start your holiday shopping at the Friends of the Lacey Library used book sale. The Christmas books are out of their boxes for your perusal Saturday from 9:30 to 4:30. Become a Friends member and beat the crowds with an afternoon preview sale tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:30. To find out more, contact the Lacey Timberland Library.
Take a field trip to your own community animal shelter this weekend. Animal Services is taking part in Pawsitive Alliance’s Third Annual Statewide Shelter Open House Event, an event that spotlights animal shelters all across Washington State and the homeless animals in their care. Stop by Animal Services at 3120 Martin Way in Olympia Saturday from 9:30 to 4:00. Find out more on the Pawsitive Alliance website at pawsitivealliance.org.
It's the 33rd Annual Oysterfest. Skookum Rotary of Shelton presents the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship & Washington State Seafood Festival at the Fairgrounds in Shelton. You'll find oysters, wines, microbrews, live music, and so much more. Admission is just $5, and kids under 6 are free. Oysterfest is Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00, and Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00. Find out more at oysterfest.org.
It's three celebrations in one ... and much more. It's New Market Homestead Cider Sunday. Take your apples and pears from your overburdened trees, and jugs, and the Tumwater Middle School Homesteaders will do the pressing for you for just $3.00 a gallon. Enjoy Thurston County Through The Decades, from 1875 to 1900 with a series of events highlighting each quarter century of Thurston County History. And celebrate Thurston County's Birthday with birthday cake and other refreshments and a coloring contest with prizes. There's a ton of stuff for the whole family to do. Find out more at tumwaterhistoricalassociation.org. It's all happening from 10:00 til 4:00 Sunday at Tumwater Falls Park.
Every week, over 2,000 children in our community receive help from the Thurston County Food Bank. You can help children and families receive fresh, locally grown food, by attending the Healthy Foods, Healthy Futures reception sponsored by Puget Sound Energy. Join First Lady Trudi Inslee, local gardeners, educators, and other food bank supporters at the Washington State Governor’s Mansion Tuesday afternoon from 5:30 to 7:00. Learn more at thurstoncountyfoodbank.org. Neighbors helping neighbors for more than 40 years, the Thurston County Food Bank.
Lacey’s Rampage at the Rac is back. Lacey’s 5k obstacle run for people who know how to have fun is Saturday, October 11th. Entry fee is $35 per person. The RAC is on Steilacoom Road in Lacey. At the Rampage, you can expect to crawl through a mud pit, scale a cargo net, run up a hill of sand, careen down a giant slip and slide, high step through a field of tires, crawl through a giant tunnel, weave through a web of ropes, jump over fire, and more. To register, contact Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360.491.0857. More information can also be found online at the City of Lacey's website.
Olympia Family Theater proudly presents its 2014-15 season opener, Busytown, featuring musical fun for the whole family. Busytown is always buzzing with activity. Busytown the Musical gets at the question on everyone’s mind: What do people do all day? The busyness continues through October 12th. Performances are at their new location at 612 4th Avenue in Downtown Olympia. Single tickets, as well as full and partial season subscriptions, are available online at olyft.org or by calling 360.570.1638.
The Ninth Annual Tumwater Marching Band Festival is Saturday, October 11th, at Tumwater High School. Prelims start at 9:30. Finals at 5:00.  Admission is $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. Children under 12 are free.  Check out 14 bands from around the northwest as they take the field and perform elaborate maneuvers to stirring music and vie for the Frank Minear Sweepstakes Award. More information is available at tumwatermarchingbandfestival.com.
Fall is here. Join the celebration of the season at Nature Nurtures Farm. Enjoy live music, savor hot cider and other treats from the bake sale, pick out a pumpkin, and win some wonderful items in the raffle. Kids can make collages, or other fun crafts at the art table, pet the bunnies and chickens, try out the Apple Slingshot, and more. This is a fundraising event, held on location at the farm, that invites families to meet all the animals, feed the alpacas, make new friends, and celebrate the season while supporting the mentoring program for at-risk youth. Admission is $10 per person, children four and under are free, and parking is free. Dress to be outdoors and in a barn -- boots, coats, and umbrellas are recommended. It's coming up from 10:00 til 3:00 on Saturday the 11th at Nature Nurtures Farm on Delphi Road in Olympia. Find out more at naturenurturesfarm.org.
Gearing up for Halloween, Harlequin Productions presents a haunted improv show with their celebrated improv comedy troupe, Something Wicked. The Nightmare Before Improv is Something Wicked's annual Halloween spectacular. Those brave enough to attend can expect frighteningly funny Halloween-themed improv comedy, a costume contest, and an evening of ghostly delights. You're encouraged to go dressed up and join the fun. Prepare to laugh yourself ... to death. The show is at 8:00 the evening of Wednesday, October 15th, at the Historic State Theater on 4th Avenue in Downtown Olympia. More info and tickets are available at harlequinproductions.org or by calling the Box Office at 360.786.0151.
A big turnout of alumni from up and down the west coast, from the first class of 1972 to recent graduates, is expected for Return to Evergreen. It's a once a year opportunity for the Evergreen community to enjoy a day of engaging sessions and celebrate the Evergreen experience. The daylong event is happening Saturday the 18th. It offers alumni and friends networking and social opportunities, and a wide array of morning and afternoon programs facilitated by alumni and faculty teams. After the event, many are enjoying Evergreen’s annual Harvest Festival, specials at partnering Olympia restaurants, campus tours, and Red Square festivities. Full details and registration available online at evergreen.edu/return.
The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for its 2014 awards. Each year the Chamber’s membership votes to award the Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Nominations are open to the entire community and may be submitted to the Chamber office via email or through the website at sheltonchamber.org/awards until Friday thee 24th. The 2014 award winners are being revealed at the Annual Awards Gala on Friday, January 16th, at Little Creek Casino Resort. For more information, contact Heidi McCutcheon at heidi@sheltonchamber.org or call 360.426.2021. You can also visit sheltonchamber.org/awards.
What’s the only day of the year that is 25 hours long? The first Sunday in November when Daylight Saving Time ends and we set our clocks back an hour. Lacey Parks and Recreation invites you to celebrate that extra hour by being part of the Turn Back the Clock Race. Sign up today for a 10K, 5K, or -- new this year -- a half marathon. All courses begin and end at Rainier Vista Community Park in Lacey. For more information and to register, log on to clubolyrunning.com.
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.