Community Calendar - Upcoming Events

FREE!  Tis Huberth Art Show:  See the solo art show by Tis Huberth in Steilacoom! The artwork, abstract in nature, triggers the imagination through the use of multiple layers of paint, ink, collage and other materials, creating expressive paintings of visual depth. Monday-Friday through Friday, August 31st. Steilacoom Fireside Gallery, 2301 S. Worthington St., Steilacoom.

Belfair Alzheimer's Group:  Join a monthly support group if your friend or loved one is struggling with Alzheimer's! Caregiver groups meet in Belfair every third Tuesday, providing a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who provide care to someone with memory loss. Tuesday, August 21st, September 18th, October 16th, 1-2:30pm. HUB Center, 111 NE Old Belfair Highway, Belfair.  360-621-1110 

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Won't You Be My Neighbor?":  See "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," where filmmaker Morgan Neville looks at the legacy of Fred Rogers. As the nation changed all around him, Fred Rogers stood firm about the importance of protecting childhood, advancing his own radical kindness and elevating the level of how people treat each other. Tuesday-Thursday, August 21st-30th. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670

Tumwater Farmers Market:  The Tumwater Farmers Market is in full bloom! Totes, t-shirts and more will soon be added to celebrate this local staple, and their ever-expanding variety of items includes refreshing salsa, crisp produce, unique wool crafts, beautiful flower baskets and much more! Wednesdays, 10am-2pm. Capitol Blvd. & Israel Rd., Tumwater.

FREE!  Tumwater Riverwalk Tours:  Join friends and a historian and take an informative 45-minute walk along the Tumwater waterfront! See the cascading waterfalls, walk the trails, and get spectacular views of the Deschutes River as you learn about the Olympia Brewing Company and much more Saturday, August 25 and September 1 at noon; and Thursday, August 30, September 6 & 20 at 5pm.  Outside of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation in Tumwater Falls Park, Tumwater.  360-943-2550

Olympia Harbor Days:  Olympia Harbor Days is the South Sound's favorite maritime festival! Enjoy the tug boat races, live bands on two stages, a salmon bake, beer garden, kids activities, shopping and much more. Find out about the cruise from Tacoma to Olympia, too! Friday-Sunday, August 31st-September 2nd. Percival Landing, Olympia.  360-556-0498

GET TICKETS NOW!  If I Were Me... I'd Know What I Want:  She wanted to go to an Alice Cooper concert but entered a Dairy Princess contest instead. Can you tell the truth while living a lie? Come to Pamela Ziemann's one-woman show and let her help you find your voice! This acclaimed artist has been described as "brave, gutsy and evolutionary" - learn how to be creative and boost your confidence! Friday, August 31st, 7pm. Triad Arts Theater, 102 Yelm Ave. SE, Yelm.  360-458-3140 

Olympia Alzheimer's Association Support Group:  Join other Alzheimer's caregivers in a monthly meeting providing support for family caregivers and friends of those with memory loss! The Washington State chapter of the association seeks more research to reduce the risk of dementia through brain health. Next is Thursday, September 6th, 1-2:30pm. Capital Medical Center Rainier Room, 3900 Capital Mall Dr. SW, Olympia.  360-819-3642 

REGISTER NOW!  Tacoma Dog Run & Pool Party:  Take your dog for a two mile run and then the Pooch Pool Party awaits! Register one or two dogs now for the run, which is directly followed by the pool event - there are also two pool parties later in the morning (tickets available at the gate for those). Saturday, September 8th. Stewart Heights Park/Pool, 402 E. 56th Street, Tacoma.  253-305-1022

Christmas In September:  It's Christmas In September, hosted by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association! Get an early start on holiday shopping with multiple craft stalls - there will also be food vendors on hand and live music by Daze Pazt in a day of fun and excitement. Win a 2018 Harley Street Bob! Saturday, September 8th, 9am-2pm. 8000 Freedom Lane NE, Lacey.

FREE!  Gifts for Grandma & Grandpa:  Young people are invited to the WET Science Center to make gifts for grandma and grandpa! On the day before Grandparents Day, kids can create a personalized card or a piece of art that will be handmade and perfect. FREE! Saturday, September 8th, 10am-4pm. WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  360-528-5742 

Color Collections at Museum of Glass Family Day:  Welcome the colors of fall by visiting "Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from the Museum of Glass Permanent Collection"! Find the number of colors in this terrific artist's work and then create your own! Art educator Jennifer Adams will be on hand, and there will be a performance by a local square dancing group, Young Bunch! Saturday, September 8th, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Tacoma Little Theatre's Opening Gala:  Celebrate Tacoma Little Theatre's 100th season with an opening gala and silent auction! This special fundraiser will be filled with fine drinks,  hors d'oeuvres and entertainment. Attendees will also get to take a sneak peek of the seven shows for the Theatre's new season. GET TICKETS NOW! Saturday, September 8th, 6-9pm. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I Street, Tacoma.  253-272-2281

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Emperor's New Clothes" at Olympia Family Theater:  Olympia Family Theater's "Let's Play" series opens with "The Emperor's New Clothes"! Designed for the youngest theatre goers, these shows are performed in the brighly lit lobby and feature local, beloved actors. Wednesday-Sunday, September 12th-16th, 10am. Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia.  360-570-1638

REGISTER NOW!  Out of the Darkness Walk:  Join a quarter of a million people from around the nation in a fundrasier for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! Register now to walk in Olympia's Heritage Park to raise awareness and funds that will save lives. Saturday, September 15th, 10am. Heritage Park, 330 5th Ave. SW, Olympia.  212-363-3500 

GRuB Volunteer Day:  Help care for the GRuB Farm! Seniors, veterans and families are invited to sustain this great Olympia place for sustainable, organic agriculture, which also teaches citizens about agriculture law and policy. Work for a few hours and receive a delicious lunch! Saturday, September 15th, 10am-2pm. GRuB Farm, 2016 Elliott Ave. NW, Olympia.  360-753-5522 

FREE!  Sloths!:  No creature in the animal kingdom is as chill as a sloth! Do they really sleep 18 hours a day? How slow are they? Can they swim? Take in a presentation or just come and hang out like a sloth and enjoy related arts and crafts all day. Saturday, September 15th, 10am-2pm. WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  360-528-5742 

ARTrails of Southwest Washington:  If you've ever wanted to witness artists in action, the ARTrails of Southwest Washington tour is for you! Spend the weekend in Lewis County and start a self-guided tour at Centralia's historic train depot while nearly 50 artists will open their studio. Watch them work and talk technique with the artists! Saturday-Sunday, September 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd. Centralia and Chehalis.

Moon Festival In Tacoma:  Tacoma's Moon Festival celebrates traditions and culture from China, Japan, Spain and Cambodia! From the dazzling costumes and singing of Chinese Opera to steel band and flamenco rhythms, Tacoma's immigrant traditions will be on display! There are kids activities, arts and crafts, music food options from dumplings to burgers. Don't miss it! Saturday, September 15th, 1-7pm. Chinese Reconciliation Park, 1741 N. Schuster Parkway, Tacoma.  253-330-8828 

Half Night to Benefit PiPE:  Come to McMenamins Spar Cafe for "Family & Friends Half Night," where 50 percent of the proceeds go to PiPE, Partners in Prevention Education, serving homeless, young survivors of violence! Enjoy delicious pub fare and refreshing drinks from 5pm to closing in a special night that benefits the community! Monday, September 17th, 5pm  McMenamins Spar Cafe, 114 4th Ave. East, Olympia.  360-357-6444 

FREE ADMISSION!  Tacoma Third Thursday:  The Museum of Glass celebrates Tacoma's "Third Thursday" with glassblowing demonstrations and displays Thursday, September 20th, 5-8pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Chinese Warriors of Peking:  See juggling, acrobatics and live stage combat with the Chinese Warriors of Peking! Set druing the Ming dynasty, it's the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the Chinese capital of Peking. GET TICKETS NOW! Thursday, September 20th, 7pm.  Rialto Theater, Tacoma.  253-591-5890 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel - The Exhibition:  Experience Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel from a new perspective! This exhibit recreates an absolute masterpiece and makes its only Washington stop at the Tacoma Armory! September 22nd-October 14th. Tacoma Armory, 1001 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma.  253-591-5890

FREE!  Down the Drain and Then What?:  What happens to the water that goes down the drain? Celebrate Septic Smart Week by learning about wastewater treatment and the importance of clean water. There will be a presentation and arts and crafts, followed by a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant. Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shows. Saturday, September 22nd, 10am-2pm. WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  360-528-5742 

FREE! GET TICKETS ONLINE!  Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day:  Take advantage of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 22nd! Go online to get free tickets to museums, zoos, and cultural centers across the United States, including free admission to Tacoma's Museum of Glass. Museum Day represents a national commitment to access, equality and inclusion.  Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750

GET TICKETS NOW!  Zonta Club Cabaret:  Take in a special night of cabaret with the Zonta Club of Olympia! Patrons will enjoy dinner and spirits and catch a cabaret revue with all the trimmings! Funds earned by the club support the community and Zonta International, which focuses on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. GET TICKETS NOW! Saturday, September 22nd, 5:30pm. Little Creek Casino & Resort, Shelton.  360-339-3269 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Bountiful Harvest Dinner & Auction:  Attend the "Bountiful Harvest Dinner & Auction" and help the Homeless Backpacks organization! There will be a champagne reception, a silent auction, a plated dinner, and a dessert & live auction - all to provide food for the hungry and give at-risk children the chance to focus on their education and success. GET TICKETS NOW! Saturday, September 22nd, 6pm.  Lacey Community Center.  360-412-3191

REGISTER NOW!  Landscape Photography In Shelton:  Get photoraphy tips and more at the iconic Bayshore Preserve! Photography expert Bruce Livingston will answer questions about camera settings, panorama, tripods and more. Bring a iPhone or DSLR, but to get the most out of the class, bring a camera with manual or semi-manual controls. FREE, but registration required! Thursday, September 27th, 6pm. Bayshore Preserve, Shelton.  360-943-3012 

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Corduroy" at Olympia Family Theater:  The Olympia Family Theater's new season starts with "Corduroy"! Youngsters will love seeing the beloved bear lead a delightfully destructive chase through a department store as he searches for his missing button. Along the way, "Corduroy" is an enduring story about true friendship. Friday-Sunday, September 28th-October 21st. Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia.  360-570-1638

FREE!  Salmon Sunday:  Honor amazing salmon by creating artwork at the WET Science Center! Commemorate this special time of year where local salmon are finishing their long, tiring journey and returning to their home streams to spawn. Make fish prints, a salmon button or hat and more. FREE! Saturday, September 29th, 10am-4pm. WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  360-528-5742 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Stephen Stills & Judy Collins:  See two legends of American music, on tour together! Stephen Stills & Judy Collins are rock and folk icons, performing live and celebrating over 50 years of enduring friendship and music making. Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Shoshana Bean:  Broadway veteran and "Hairspray" cast member Shoshana Bean comes to the Washington Center! Known for her visceral and heartfelt vocals, Bean's "Spectrum" show moves through haunting original songs, new workings of contemporary hits and beloved classics. Thursday, October 4th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts. 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia.  360-753-8586

REGISTER NOW!  Nakaseeta 5k Walk/Run to Help African Students:  Help rebuild dormitories at a school in Uganda by taking part in a 5k walk/run for Hope Restored Christian Ministries! Proceeds will benefit the Nakaseeta Christian School while uniting the community in a day of fun and exercise. There will be a raffle; smoked cheese and jerky will be provided; and children under 12 will be admitted free! Saturday, October 6th, 9am. Yelm Middle School, 402 Yelm Ave. W., Yelm.  360-480-9126

REGISTER NOW!  Up With Down Syndrome Buddy Walk:  Join the Up With Down Syndrome one-mile Buddy Walk to promote acceptance and inclusion of Down syndrome and raise funds to support the Down syndrome support group! It's a heartwarming event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Registration free, donations appreciated. Saturday, October 6th, 9am. Lacey Fire Station #34, 8407 Steilacoom Rd. SE, Olympia, WA 98513 .

GET TICKETS NOW!  Keb' Mo' in Olympia:  Since the 1990s, Keb' Mo' has cultivated a reputation as a modern master and performer of American roots music! This four time Grammy award winner and singer-songwriter-guitarist combines blues, folk music and more into one engaging whole. Thursday, October 11th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  We Banjo 3 & Skerryvore:  See Irish and Scottish music in a lively "Celtgrass" performance! Irish Band We Banjo 3 and Scottish group Skerryvore team for an evening of rock, folk and Americana in a show that's likely to get your boots stomping. Friday, October 12th, 7:30pm. Rialto Theater, Tacoma.  253-591-5890 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Film Focus: "Hocus Pocus":  Take the kids to a Disney Halloween classic movie! "Hocus Pocus" is sure to entertain everyone, as it's loaded with bewitching laughs and an outrageously wild atmosphere that will delight filmgoers of all ages. GET TICKETS NOW! Sunday, October 14th, 3pm. Theater on the Square, Tacoma.  360-591-5890 

GET TICKETS NOW!  National Geographic Photographer Vincent J. Musi:  Join photographer Vincent J. Musi as he taps into his inner Dr. Doolittle with a National Geographic Live show! He will share stories from his encounters with some extraordinary animals, including exotic pets, a bonobo with a 300 word vocabulary, and a crow that makes and uses tools. Tuesday, October 16th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  360-753-8586 

REGISTER NOW!  Thurston County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk:  Make strides against breast cancer in Thurston County! Form a team and join the 3 to 5 mile Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that raises funds for American Cancer Society breast cancer research and recovery programs. Saturday, October 20th, 9am. Huntamer Park, 629 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  253-207-5145

GET TICKETS NOW!  BodyVox at Washington Center:  All Hallows Eve comes to life with BodyVox! See this astounding group of dancers, ghosts and zombies in a dance theater performance like no other! It's delightfully creepy and a must see for the entire family! GET TICKETS NOW! Thursday, October 27th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Tacoma Opera - "Lucia di "Lammermoor":  Don't miss Donizetti's tragic masterpiece "Lucia di Lammermoor"! In the foggy atmosphere or Medieval Scotland, the pure and passionate love between Lucia and Edgardo emergies - a love like that of Romeo and Juliet which was too beautiful to last and too dangerous for their families. The climax of the opera is graphic and with majestic music. Sunday, October 28th & November 4th at 2pm, Friday, November 2nd at 7:30pm. Theater On the Square, Tacoma.  253-627-7789

GET TICKETS NOW  Broadway Olympia - Rocky Horror Musical:  Experience "The Rocky Horror Musical" in the flesh - presented live and onstage by Broadway Olympia! The real-life version of this campy B-movie classic continues the wild ride of the film rendition and makes a deep impression with the music, too! Wednesday-Sunday, October 31st-November 4th. Wednesday-Saturday 8pm, with an 11:55 (midnight) performance Saturday, November 4th and a 2pm matinee Sunday, November 4th. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670 

GET TICKETS NOW  Capitol Steps In Olympia:  Grab one hilarious evening of political satire as the nationally-acclaimed Capitol Steps return! Digging into the headlines of the day, the ensemble's deft skits and song parodies put the "mock" in democracy. GET TICKETS NOW! Saturday, November 3rd, 7:30pm Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Vanya & Sonia and Masha & Spike:  See the family comedy about siblings - with all the warts! Christopher Durang's "Vanya & Sonia and Masha & Spike" gets into dysfunctions among brothers and sisters in a touching, raucous play that is pure joy from start to finish. GET TICKETS NOW! Thursday-Sunday, November 8th-25th. Rialto Theater, Tacoma.  253-591-5890 

FREE!  Veterans Day Remembrance:  Remember U.S. Veterans at a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda! Veterans and citizens will commemorate the end of WWI at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Please RSVP to have your loved one remembered at the event. Sunday, November 11th, 11am. Capitol Rotunda, Olympia.  360-867-1839 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Hip Hop "Nutcracker":  The Hip Hop "Nutcracker" is back by popular demand! Kurtis Blow brings his imaginative re-imagination of Tchaikovsky's timeless music and it's also the opening night of the newly renovated Pantages Theater! GET TICKETS NOW! Thursday, November 15th, 7:30pm.  Pantages Theater, Tacoma.  253-591-5890

GET TICKETS NOW!  Seattle International Comedy Competition:  Olympia hosts the Seattle International Comedy Competition! Come laugh with up to ten comedians, who will face off with short, humorous sets while judges decide who moves on to the next round! GET TICKETS NOW! Thursday, November 15th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Jane Lynch Christmas Show:  Kate Flannery of "The Office" joins "Glee" stars Jane Lynch and Tim Davis in a classic holiday performance! Catch a show of big band holiday music plus numerous funny and touching moments Friday, November 23rd, 7:30pm. Pantages Theater, Tacoma.  253-591-5890

FREE!  Tacoma Christmas Tree Lighting:  Join the community for the Christmas Tree Lighting in Tacoma! Meet at the corner of 9th and Broadway for this annual event, sing carols and have photos taken with Santa. FREE! Saturday, November 24th, 5:30pm. 9th & Broadway, Tacoma.  360-591-5890 

GET TICKETS NOW!  The Greatest Showman Sing-Along:  Put on a costume, grab friends, and get ready to belt out tunes, whether you're a karaoke superstar or strictly a shower soloist, at "The Greatest Showman Sing-Along"! Co-sponsored by KXXO Mixx 96.1! Sunday, November 25th, 5pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia.  360-753-8586

GET TICKETS NOW!  Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol:  Take the kids to see "Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol"! It's the heartwarming Charles Dickens classic onstage, where Ebenezer Scrooge learns a lesson in Christmas cheer, thanks to Tiny Tim and his best friend Charlotte. Friday-Sunday, November 30th-December 23rd. Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia.  360-570-1638

GET TICKETS NOW!  Six Appeal In Olympia:  See the world class vocal ensemble Six Appeal! The group combines musical prowess and sharp musical timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. Six Appeal takes audiences on a journey that spans multiple decades and genres of music from classic oldies to current chart toppers and catchy original songs, too! GET TICKETS NOW! Tuesday, January 8th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  The Wizard of Oz:  Take the whole family to the new, lavish production of the timeless "The Wizard of Oz"! Audiences young and old will be dazzled by its brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with the breathtaking special effects. GET TICKETS NOW! Wednesday, January 16th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Flora & Ulysses:  Can a squirrel change the human heart? That's the question raised in "Flora & Ulysses," a great introduction to the theater for children! The Kate DiCamillo book adapted for the stage comes to life in a setting full of quirky characters and bursting with heart. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. GET TICKETS NOW! Friday, February 1st-17th. Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia.  360-570-1638 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Tacoma Opera - "Rape of Lucretia":  See the dramatic chamber opera "The Rape of Lucretia" at Theater on the Square! This violent act was behind the rebellion that eventually led to the overthrow the Roman monarchy, and it's been adapted with compassion by composer Benjamin Britten, who came up with moving music and an acknowledged masterpiece. Sunday, February 3rd & 10th at 2pm; Friday, February 8th at 7:30pm. Theater on the Square, Tacoma.  253-627-7789

GET TICKETS NOW!  Hundred Dresses:  "The Hundred Dresses" is a tale of bullies and bystanders and sends an important message to youngsters! The story of Polish immigrant Wanda Petronski and the classmates who tease her evolves into a poignant tale of an unlikely friendship. Recommended for ages 7 and up. GET TICKETS NOW! Friday-Sunday, March 15th-31st. Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia.  360-570-1638 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Tacoma Opera - "Elixir of Love":  See one of the sweetest and sunniest comic operas ever written! "The Elixir of Love" is about a country farm hand named Nemorino who falls desperately for a farm owner's daughter, Adina, and then gives up everything he owns to buy a mysterious "elixir of love" from a traveling salesman. The story is full of unexpected twists and turns and the music is perfectly suited to the story. Sunday, April 7th & 14th 2pm, Friday, April 12th at 7:30p. Theater On the Square, Tacoma April 7th; Performing Arts & Events Center, Federal Way April 12th & 14th.  253-627-7789

GET TICKETS NOW  Go, Dog, Go!:  Like a pop up book that comes to life, "Go, Dog, Go"! is a musical, fun world for the smallest theater fans! Don't miss the amazing physical comedy, amusing acrobatics and magic music. Recommended for all ages. GET TICKETS NOW! Friday-Sunday, May 10th-June 2nd. Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia.  360-570-1638