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It's the Friends of the Olympia Library One Day Sale of Books at the Olympia Timberland Library at 313 8th Avenue in Olympia. It's happening from 10:00 to 4:00 Saturday. There's a Friends of the Olympia Library members only pre-sale in the morning from 8:00 to 10:00. Hard cover books $1.00, trade soft cover books $1.00, paperbacks $.50, childrens' books $.50. Holiday books, LPs, CDs, coffee table books, and sets are priced as marked. It's for all ages & most interests. Join or renew your membership at the door. All proceeds benefit the Olympia Library. Find out more at
The Olympia Choral Society presents Hallelujah featuring members of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. This concert showcases movements of Handel's beloved Messiah and a set of John Rutter carols. All performances feature free admission -- early arrival is encouraged. See the concert Friday night at 7:30 and Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30. Also Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. It's at the Koval Center at 600 Sleater-Kinney in Lacey. Donations are gratefully accepted to benefit the PARC Foundation of Thurston County.
Get set for the Reindeer Run to benefit Crime Stoppers of Olympia/Thurston County. It's a certified 5K race course along the waterfront on East Bay Drive. Registration fee includes a beanie hat for pre-registered participants and jingle bells for runners shoes. There is also a FREE Hands On Childrens Museum Candy Cane 1-mile run following the start of the 5K run. The run is Sunday the 18th. Registration is underway now at South Sound Running. You can also register here.
It's another Holiday Hoops Clinic from South Sound Roots Sports Academy. Area basketball players from 2nd through 12th grades are invited to have fun and learn from knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaches. It's happening at St. Martins University on Saturday the 17th. Second through fifth grades from 12:30 to 3:00, then from 4:00 to 6:00 for 6th grade and up. The cost? It's just $20 -- Boys and Girls Club members are free. Find out more and register at
The clock is ticking for local middle schoolers to sign up for the Thurston County MATHCOUNTS competition. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle-school coaching and competitive mathematics program. It holds its local bee-style competition in February, and the deadline for schools to apply is Friday the 16th. Schools can sign up online at or download a packet and mail in their registration.
The South Sound Estuarium invites you to celebrate the Puget Sound at their annual Turn of the Tides Festival. It's happening Saturday the 17th from 11:00 to 3:00. This free event includes fun activities for the whole family, as well as local artists, storytelling, a festive hot cocoa station, local author Nikki McClure (at 1:30), musical guest Pinniped (at noon) and more. Free admission to the Estuarium is included in the event, so bundle up and take the whole family. The Estuarium is downtown at 309 State Avenue. For mre information, email or call 360.915.0773.
It's a holiday musical for all to enjoy. Harlequin Productions presents The Stardust Christmas Enchantment by Harlow Reed. This production kicks off Harlequin's 2017 Season. It's the 21st installment of Harlequin’s highly popular tradition of original musicals set in the Stardust Club in Manhattan, celebrating the season with song, dance, and laughs. The show runs through the end of the month at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Tickets are available at
They're doing it again ... and you can, too. Lacey Parks and Recreation presents The Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day -- Sunday, January 1st of 2017. Festivities start at Long Lake Park at 2790 Carpenter Road at noon. Join fellow enthusiasts in this chilling ritual of bringing in the New Year. Enjoy campfires, music, hot cocoa and coffee -- culminating with the plunge at 1:00. Or stay warm and dry on shore and cheer on the swimmers. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Lacey Parks at 360.491.0857.
The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties is a local non-profit that, for the past 43 years, has been providing free, anonymous, and confidential 24-hour crisis phone services to callers in the community. They're on the lookout for volunteers to attend their upcoming winter training. The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties is seeking volunteers to be part of their team. Training is provided and starts Friday, January 6th. For more information see the website at or call 360.586.2800.
The 14th Annual Father-Daughter Dance is transforming Capital High School into A Night in Never Never Land. It's happening Friday and Saturday -- Jaunary 27th and 28th -- from 6:00 to 9:00 each evening. Each magical night is filled with music, dancing, raffle prizes, and ice cream for girls ages three and up and their dads and dad-figures. Corsages are available and you can capture the evening with a photo. Tickets are $35 per couple, and $15 for each additional daughter, and are available online at It's sponsored by the Capital High School Parent Organization with proceeds benefiting the graduating class of 2018.
Looking for health insurance can be overwhelming. Get free, confidential help from CHOICE Regional Health Network to get coverage right for you. Open enrollment runs through January 31st. A CHOICE health insurance navigator can help you through the process and see if you qualify for financial support. Visit or call 1.844.446.4367.
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.