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The Dragon Boat Festival returns. The ninth annual Dragon Boat Festival is at Olympiaís Port Plaza next Saturday. Itís a festival celebrating diversity and culture featuring community vendors, local performers, and the famous dragon boat races. Beyond the races, there are traditional Chinese art demonstrations, traditional lion dances, and ethnic music and martial arts performances. Saint Martin's University proudly hosts the event with the cooperation of the Washington Dragon Boat Association. Find out more here.
It's a 3-in-1 Fundraiser. Help support Crime Stoppers of Olympia and Thurston County. Shredding of documents is being offered. Donations are being accepted. You can also recycle computers and electronics -- computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, TVs, cell phones, stereo equipment, and other small electronic devices. No household appliances. Again, donations are being accepted. You also have the opportunity to recycle and donate new or gently-used books, CDs, and DVDs. The resale of donated items helps fund library programming on behalf of the Lacey Timberland Library. It's happening from 9 til noon next Saturday at Saint Martin's University's Grand Staircase.
The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary cordially invites you to the 2014 Silver Tea & Silent Auction. There's entertainment from Entertainment Explosion. In addition, homemade cookies and teapot floral arrangements are for sale. The funds raised support The Salvation Army Shelter by buying mattresses, bed linens, kitchen equipment, laundry appliances, and more. It's all happening starting at 2:00 Saturday afternoon at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center on 4th Avenue in Olympia. For more information or advance tickets, call 352.8596 Ext. 111.
The East Olympia District 6 Firefighters Association is putting on their 28th annual Firefighters Breakfast. The all-you-can-eat pancake feed also includes hash browns, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children under ten. In addition, they've acquired some incredible raffle packages. Raffle tickets are $1 each and are available in advance or at the door. This breakfast is the Association's only fundraising effort and proceeds go to help support their fire victim fund, help needy families in their district at Christmas, buy backpacks and school supplies for needy school children in the district, and sponsor their annual firefighter awards banquet. The firefighters will not only cook you a great breakfast, but will give you a tour of the station, the fire trucks and other equipment. It's all happening from 7 til noon Sunday morning at Station 64 on Old Hiway 99 (about 2-and-a-half miles south of the Olympia airport). For more information, call District 6 at 491.5533.
Lacey Parks and Recreation announces the Lacey Spring Fun Fair Grand Parade. The parade route begins at Woodland Square Loop and College Street, and proceeds along Pacific Avenue, past Saint Martinís University, and concludes at Pope John Paul High School in Lacey. Individuals and groups who would like to participate in the parade are encouraged to apply. All entries are being considered -- a diverse assortment of floats, marching bands, community groups, and entertainers is desired. To apply, complete the parade entry forms available at and submit to the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department. The deadline to enter is 5:00 the afternoon of Friday, May 2nd. The parade is on Saturday, May 17th, starting at 6:00. For more information, call Lacey Parks at 360.491.0857.
The City of Lacey is revamping The Alternative Energy Fair into the new Lacey STEM Fair. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This regional event is Saturday, May 3rd, from 9:00 to 3:00 at Huntamer Park and youíre invited. Highlights include the Lacey Grand Prix Electric Car Rally, robotics competition by STEM pals, air-powered rocket launches, TCTVís interactive iPad studio, an airplane built by Bush Middle School students, displays and demonstrations by students from schools from throughout Thurston County and beyond, and businesses sharing how they use STEM. The Lacey STEM Fair is presented by the City of Lacey, North Thurston Public Schools, Puget Sound Energy, Acme, TCTV, the River Ridge EV Club, and 94.5 Roxy. More information is available on Lacey's website or by contacting Jeannette Sieler by phone at 360.438.2631 or by email at
The Olympia Wooden Boat Association proudly announces the 35th Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair. All kinds of wooden boats are on display including power, sail, row boats, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes. Handmade items from local artisans feature artwork, pottery, wooden dťcor, jewelry, clothing, homemade food products, and many more nautical-related items.†When the family gets hungry, walk through the International Food Alley booths offering traditional burgers, seafood, international choices, along with tempting desserts. There's even a childrenís boat building booth on Saturday. It's all happening at Percival Landing Park in downtown Olympia on Saturday and Sunday, May 10th and 11th. For more information, visit or send an email to The Olympia Wooden Boat Fair is always held on Motherís Day weekend. Take Mom and the family along to this free, fun-filled fair.
This spring, Ballet Northwest is proud to present Tchaikovskyís timeless Swan Lake at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Seventy-five local dancers grace the stage. You have a chance to experience the classic masterpiece highlighted by striking costumes, splendid staging, and exquisite sets. See Swan Lake at The Washington Center the weekend of May 9th, 10th, and 11th. Performances are at 7:30 Friday night, at 2:00 and 7:30 on Saturday, and at 2:00 Sunday afternoon. For tickets, call 360.753.8586 or order online at This production is sponsored in part by 94.5 Roxy.
Concern for Animals is offering $3 spay procedures for 120 female cats on Wednesdays through May 14th for Thurston County residents that qualify. In cooperation with Animal Care Veterinary Clinic, they're offering $3 Spay procedures for up to 20 female cats each Wednesday. This program is made possible through a grant from the The Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies to help control the feline population in our community while easing the financial burden of pet owners. Proof of low income and residence is needed to qualify. For more information, contact Concern for Animals at 360.456.8176.
Register for Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Spring & Summer classes, camps & programs now. Registration for all camps, classes, trips and other programs is now open. Call Olympia Parks at 360.753.8380 for a brochure or check it out online at
Just in time for boating season, the Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge returns to Swantown Marina. The BoatSwap offers opportunities to buy and sell new and used boats, marine gear, and accessories. Both commercial and private vendors are invited to exhibit and sell their wares. You can shop and browse the boats and marine displays, watch and taste at the chowder pots, and enjoy music and family entertainment along the waterfront. Find out more at the Port of Olympia website, or by calling the Port at 360.528.8005. The BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge is from 10:00 to 3:00 Saturday, May 17th.
It's a summer science camp called Camp Invention. It's operated and directed by certified teachers. It's a week-long science camp at South Bay Elementary School on Sleater-Kinney in Lacey. This is an engaging, hands-on science camp. During the week students are inspired to build original prototypes, create a personalized motor power vehicle, and take apart electronics to build a pin ball machine. The camp is for first- through sixth-graders. It runs from June 23rd through the 27th. Sign up at Scholarships are available.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, the Crime Victims Advocacy Network wants to help you. Victim Advocates provide crime victims with support, referrals, and advocacy in a compassionate, proactive, and empowering manner. CVAN offers information and referrals for victims of identity theft, assault, robbery, vehicular assault, survivors of homicide, residential burglary, theft, DUI injuries, hate crimes, and vulnerable adult abuse. All services are free and confidential. Call toll-free, 24 hours a day, at 1.866.711.2826 or visit online at Crime Victim Advocacy Network; serving Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, and Pacific Counties.
Planning to party this summer? Under the age of 21? Itís never okay to drink and drive. The Party Intervention Patrol is cracking down on underage drinking in Thurston County plus compliance checks are being conducted -- cracking down on sales to underage drinkers. Target Zero Thurston Task Force is supporting extra local law enforcement to reduce the number of alcohol related collisions and the number of underage alcohol sales in our area. Be safe. Be smart. Learn more at
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