Community Calendar - Upcoming Events

"The Music Man"  "The Music Man":  The award-winning musical is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation! See this funny, wicked, warm, romantic and touching Meredith Wilson play, which has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. Friday-Saturday (plus a 2pm Saturday matinee), June 15th-July 7th, 7:30pm. Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor.  253-851-7529

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.

REGISTER NOW!  4-H Summer, 4-H Kids:  Warm up that green thumb and become a 4-H Junior Master Gardener! Youth ages 6 to 12 are invited to learn to design, plant, grow, prepare and eat veggies. Kids who attain a Junior Master Gardeners certificate can show off their garden and produce at the Thurston County Fair in August. REGISTER NOW! Tuesday-Friday, June 26th-29th. Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Lacey.  360-867-2157 

FREE!  Lacey Children's Entertainment Series - Harmonica Pocket:  Join Harmonica Pocket for a “Lacey In Tune” musical adventure! This early evening performance marks the return of the summer series that will delight kids of all ages. Free! Tuesday, June 26th, 6:30pm. See or call 360-438-2631 for more information. Huntamer Park, Lacey . 

FREE!  Lacey in Tune - Full Metal Racket:  Take in a lunchtime concert with Full Metal Racket! This band from the National Guard will play many rock favorites. Bring a lunch or purchase concessions. Free! Wednesday, June 27th, 12-1pm. See or call 360-438-2631 for more details. Huntamer Park, Lacey. 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Shawn Colvin In Olympia:  Grammy winner Shawn Colvin returns to Olympia! The singer and songwriter of "Sunny Came Home" has released 11 albums and a whole catalog of great songs full of empathy, tenderness, and a searing sense of humor. Wednesday, June 27th, 7:30pm. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670 

VOLUNTEER!  Veterans Volunteer Day at GRuB:  Veterans can volunteer at GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) and help sustain this Olympia organic farm! Thursday, June 28th, 10:30am-2pm. GRuB, 2016 Elliott Ave. NW, Olympia.  360-753-5522

FREE!  World War I Talk:  Find out how World War I affected Thurston County! Historian and lifelong Olympia resident Jennifer Crooks will explore how the conflict in World War I influenced life in the county from a social, cultural and economic perspective. Bring a sack lunch. FREE! Thursday, June 28th, 12pm. Columbia Room of the Legislative Bldg. at the Capitol, Olympia.  360-902-8880 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Summer Intermezzo:  Join the Tacoma Opera for its "Summer Intermezzo"! It's an evening of song and stories with opera director Noel Koran, who will sing American classics by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael while sharing his stories of being an actor and a singer. Enjoy food and wine, too! Thursday, June 28th, 7pm. The Weatherly Inn, 6016 N. Highlands Parkway, Tacoma.  253-627-7789 

FREE!  What's Up with the Steh-Chass?:  The indigenous name for Budd Inlet and the lower Deschutes watershed is the Steh-Chass! Join Salmon Defense and the Squaxin Island Tribe to learn about the area's history at this opportunity to work together and heal our waters! The public is invited for chat and pizza. FREE! Friday, June 29th, 6-8pm. The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia.

GET TICKETS NOW!  '80s Dance Party:  Travel back to the 1980s and support the Olympia Film Society! Dress in your most fab '80s garb and swing to the Aqua-Nets, who will perform hits and jams from the era - and will be filming for their next music video! Saturday, June 30th, 8pm. The Capitol Theater, 205 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670 

FREE!  Lacey Fireworks:  A fireworks and music spectacular will excite the whole family on July 3rd - the day before Independence Day! There will be country music from the Olson Brothers and then pop music from the Fun Addicts before a fireworks display at dusk to knock your socks off. Tuesday, July 3rd, 5pm. For more details, see or call 360-438-2631 Rainier Vista Park, 5475 45th Ave. SE, Lacey. 

McCleary Bear Festival:  There's something for every age at the McCleary Bear Festival! Live music, over 50 food vendors, kids activities the parade on Saturday (with MC Ty Flint from KXXO Mixx 96.1), and the Bear Claw Derby on Sunday are just some of the festive elements of a grand weekend! Friday-Sunday, July 6th-8th. McCleary.  360-495-3667

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Beauty and the Beast" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse:  Step into the enchanted world of "Beauty and the Beast"! This modern Broadway classic has played to over 35-million people in 13 countries and the stage version includes all the beloved songs you remember. Friday-Sunday, July 6th-29th. For more details, call 253-565-6867. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma. 

FREE!  Lake Kapowsin Appreciation Day:  Take the whole family to "Lake Kapowsin Appreciation Day" and celebrate Lake Appreciation Month! The first freshwater aquatic reserve in Washington is a local treasure and the public can participate in a variety of activities for all ages. Saturday, July 7th, 10am-2pm. 29405 Orville Rd. E., Graham.  253-845-9770 

FREE!  Stream Bug Spectacular:  Discover the bugs in the streams of Thurston County! The "Stream Bug Spectacular" gives participants a hands-on bug lab all day! Take alternative transportation like carpooling, transit or biking to the session and win a prize!  FREE! Saturday, July 7th, 10am-4pm. WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  360-528-5742 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary:  Fifty years on, "Yellow Submarine" is still a joyous movie experience! See the landmark animated classic whose art direction by Heinz Edelmann brings a non-stop parade of wildly different images and techniques. And it features grand music by the Beatles, who travel a seven sea journey, make peace with the Blue Meanies and restore love to the world. Sunday, July 8th & 15th, Saturday, July 14th. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670

REGISTER NOW  Junior Explorers Camp:  Junior Explorers activities continues with the 9 to 14 age group! It's a great way for kids to grow mentally, physically and socially while refining a sports skill, exploring the outdoors and learn science and engineering. Register now! Monday-Friday, July 9th-13th. Sprinker Recreation Center, Tacoma.  253-798-4104

FREE!  Lacey Children's Entertainment Series - Norman Foote:  Bring the kids to a lovable show of kids’ music and comedy! Norman Foote will entertain, bringing smiles and outright laughter in another “Lacey In Tune” concert Tuesday, July 10th, 6:30pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631

FREE!  Lacey in Tune - Mark Kroos & Two Neck Guitar:  See guitarist Mark Kroos at the next "Lacey In Tune" lunchtime concert! Kroos evokes deep feelings with his musicianship and interprets everything from Bach to "Dueling Banjos," where he plays two parts of the "duet" by using the two necks of his guitar Wednesday, July 11th, 12-1pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.

Senior Day at Lakefair:  Lakefair is the place for seniors on July 13th! There will be performers, activities, food and raffles at the "50+ In the Park" event, with two $500 grand prizes to be awarded. Twenty seven businesses who focus on helping our seniors will provide information and resources. Friday, July 13th, 9am-2:30pm.  Heritage Park, downtown Olympia. 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Lea DeLaria In Tacoma:  Experience Lea DeLaria in "A Man for All Seasons"! The actor, comic and jazz musician, known for her role as Big Boo on "Orange Is the New Black," brings a no-holds barred comedy performance to the Rialto for Tacoma Pride! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tacoma Rainbow Center. Friday, July 13th, 7:30pm. Rialto Theater, Tacoma.  253-591-5894

FREE!  Art & Treatment Plant Tour:  Stop by the WET Science Center to make art and learn about water treatment! Attend a program about how LOTT cleans dirty drainwater at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant! Participants must be 10 and over and wear closed toe, closed heel shoes. FREE! Saturday, July 14th, 10am-4pm. WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  360-528-5742 

Flight of the Bumble Bee:  Family Day at Museum of Glass is all about bees! Create a test tube art piece that will be installed in the community interactive display, learn about Mason bees, and enjoy the Synergy Dance Company performance! Saturday, July 14th, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

FREE!  Lovey James In Lacey:  The next "Lacey In Tune" features American Idol contestant Lovey James! Hear James sing vibrant versions of today's hits and, of course, songs performed on American Idol Saturday, July 14th, 7pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.

FREE!  Historic Sites of Eastern Thurston County:  Retired educator David Shipley will talk about historic sites and markers in Eastern Thurston County! He will present a slideshow and participants will be given directions to take their own driving tour of the sites after the lecture. Bring a sack lunch. FREE! Tuesday, July 17th, 12pm.  Columbia Room in the Legislative Bldg. at the Capitol, Olympia.  360-902-8880 

FREE!  Ventriloquist In Lacey:  "Lacey In Tune" brings ventriloquist Vikki Gasko Green to town! Take the family to experience Green's unique artistry, and bring blankets and lawn chairs for your comfort Tuesday, July 17th, 6:30pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Melissa Etheridge In Olympia:  A Melissa Etheridge show is more than a rock concert - it's a transformative experience! See the outspoken singer-songwriter-guitarist, known for ther powerful and confessional songs, in a full-throttle performance. Tuesday, July 17th, 7:30pm. The Washington Center, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

FREE!  Lacey in Tune Darren Motamedy Noon Concert:  Enjoy a summer's day with "Lacey In Tune" and Darren Motamedy! The saxophonist plays steamy smooth jazz and it's a great way to spend the lunch hour - bring a sack lunch and a comfortable chair Wednesday, July 18th, 12-1pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-468-2631 

FREE!  Tacoma Third Thursday July 19th:  Bring the whole family to the Museum of Glass for a night of fun. Activities include demonstations of glass blowing, displays, food and the gift shop. Thursday, July 19th, 5-8pm Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St. Tacoma.  253-284-4750

FREE!  Justin James & "Jumanji":  Enjoy a double bill with a performance by Justin James and then the movie "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"! "Lacey In Tune" presents the comedy hypnotist, followed by the film, which is rated PG-13. Bring a lawn chair and blankets. FREE! Saturday, July 21st, 7pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

REGISTER NOW!  Ultimate Frisbee Camp:  Kids 10 to 17 can get together for the "253 Youth Ultimate Frisbee Camp" through Pierce County Parks & Recreation! Take part in the first of two camps and learn to skillfully toss and catch frisbees, a key part of life at the beach! Monday-Friday, July 23rd-27th, 9am-3pm. CCRP Playfields A&B, 9850 64th St. W., University Place.  253-798-4141 

REGISTER NOW!  Minecraft World Camp:  Register now for the "Mining & Crafting In the Minecraft World" camp! Kids ages 6 to 13 will get a week's worth of instruction and fun - a great summer afternoon activity! Monday-Friday, July 23rd-27th, 2-5pm. Frontier Park Lodge Side A, 21718 Meridian Ave. E., Graham.  253-798-4141 

FREE!  Inspirational Speaker Cheri Jackson:  TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, presents inspirational speaker Cheri Jackson! She will talk about her remarkable weight loss of over 115 pounds at an open house that will include refreshments and prizes. FREE! Monday, July 23rd, 5:30-7pm. Mills & Mills, 5725 Littlerock Rd. SW, Tumwater.  360-352-2681 

FREE!  Unicorns Believe: 

Bring the entire family to "Unicorns Believe"! Jenuwin and her band put on a dazzling show while teaching kids how the various instruments make musical notes! Bring blankets and comfortable seating. FREE! Tuesday, July 24th, 6:30pm. 


Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

FREE!  Jimmy Vegas Band:  "Lacey In Tune" continues with the Jimmy Vegas Band! See this terrific ensemble playing many of your favorite hits throughout the years in this lunchtime concert. Bring a lunch and comfortable seating. FREE! Wednesday, July 25th, 12pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

FREE!  Beatles Tribute Band:  Don't miss British Export as this Beatles tribute band lights up "Lacey In Tune"! The timeless sounds and songs of the Beatles will be followed by the movie "The Incredibles" at dusk. The film is rated PG. Saturday, July 28th, 7pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

FREE!  Glass Fest Northwest:  Celebrate glass art in the Northwest! "Glass Fest Northwest" will bring together 35 artists in glass, jewelry, printing, and woodworking with glassmaking demonstrations and a world of activities: music, hands-on activities, plus food and drink. Purchase something from a vendor and receive free admission to Museum of Glass! Sunday, July 29th, 11am-5pm. Outside Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

REGISTER NOW!  Junior Explorers July 30-Aug. 3:  The Junior Explorers Camp continues with another round for ages 9 to 14! Kids can try new experiences and grow mentally, physically and socially. Explore the outdoors, improve a sports skill and more while making new friends. Register now! Monday-Friday, July 30th-August 3rd. Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma.  253-798-4104

REGISTER NOW!  Musical Theatre Camp:  Kids ages 9 to 14 can take a two-week Musical Theatre Intensive Camp through Pierce County Parks & Recreation! The training covers a variety of skills in the performing field and is a great way for youngsters to expand their social skills. Monday-Friday, July 30th-August 10th. Dance Theater Northwest & Chambers Creek Regional Park, Tacoma.  253-798-4104 

FREE!  Creature Teachers In Lacey:  See creatures up close and personal at "Lacey In Tune"! Kids will have a ball as "Creature Teachers" bring exotic animals to the park and hope to spark an appreciation of the natural world! FREE! Tuesday, July 31st, 6:30pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

FREE!  Kaitie Wade at Lacey In Tune:  "Lacey In Tune" brings vocalist Kaitie Wade to the stage! The singer-songwriter will delight country and pop music fans of all ages in a special lunchtime show. Bring a lunch and comfortable seating or blankets. FREE! Wednesday, August 1st, 12pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Books by the Bay" Gala:  Help the South Sound Reading Association in a night of celebration! Enjoy fabulous food and champagne, a silent auction, live music by Pinniped, authors like Nancy Pearl & J. Ryan Stradal, literary games, Raise the Paddle, a raffle and more - all for literary programs that reach low income families. Friday, August 3rd, 6-9:30pm. Olympia Golf & Country Club, 3636 Country Club Drive NW, Olympia.  360-790-8913 

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Best Little Whorehouse In Texas":  See "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas," the tale of small town vice and political side-stepping! Follow the rise and fall of the bordello known as the Chicken Ranch as politicians, football teams and more clash against Watchdog, who focuses his righteous indignation on the institution. Friday-Saturday, August 3rd-25th, 7:30pm (plus a Saturday matinee at 2pm). Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson Street, Gig Harbor.  253-851-7529

FREE!  "Sway" Dance Party & "Black Panther":  Bring the family to a dance party, followed by a movie at "Lacey In Tune"! The "Sway" dance party is all about today's music and will be followed by the film "Black Panther," rated PG-13. FREE! Saturday, August 4th, 7pm (movie at dusk). Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

REGISTER NOW!  More Ultimate Frisbee Camp:  A second week of "253 Youth Ultimate Frisbee Camp" brings kids ages 10 to 17 together! Improve your skills tossing and catching this simple but perfect invention in a week of fun and socialization! Monday-Friday, August 6th-10th, 9am-3pm. Register with Pierce County Parks & Recreation. CCRP Playfields A&B, 9850 64th St. W., University Place.  253-798-4141 

FREE!  Not-Its Concert:  The kids will howl and parents will love the Not-Its in concert, too! "Lacey In Tune" welcomes back the energetic kids rock band for a fun show. Bring comfortable chairs and blankets. FREE! Tuesday, August 7th, 6:30pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

FREE!  Danny Vernon's "Illusions of Elvis":  "Lacey In Tune" winds up another successful season with Danny Vernon's "Illusions of Elvis"! See the tribute show honoring the King of Rock'n'Roll with this wonderful performer. FREE! Wednesday, August 8th, 12pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Park SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

FREE!  President Truman's Olympia Visit:  Learn about President Harry Truman's visit to Olympia in 1945! Steve Jones, who worked as an attorney for the Washington State Senate, will take a lighthearted look at Truman's vacation here, complete with spies, late night poker names and presidential shenanigans in addition to photos from the Truman Archives. Bring a sack lunch. FREE! Wednesday, August 8th, 12pm. Columbia Room of the Legislative Capitol Building, Olympia.  360-902-8880 

Paley Parade at Museum of Glass Family Day:  Time is running out to see "Complementary Contrasts: The Glass & Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley"! Take the whole family to view this moving and unique steel and glass structure and then create your own mini sculpture. There will also be a performance by the YMCA Dance Troupe! Saturday, August 11st, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Brew Five Three in Tacoma:  Tacoma's Beer & Musical Festival features samples from more than 35 Washington breweries and cideries! "Brew Five Three" includes food trucks with a variety of delicious flavors and live music, too. Saturday, August 11th, 1-8pm. On Broadway between 9th & 11th, Tacoma.  253-591-5894 

FREE!  Tacoma's Third Thursday at Museum of Glass:  Families love "Third Thursday" at the Museum of Glass! The next event includes activities for every age group, including glassblowing demonstrations, displays and a chance to see what's in the gift shop. Thursday, August 16th, 5-8pm. Museum of Glass,1801 Dock. St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

Tumwater Artesian Brewfest:  The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest celebrates brewing history! Enjoy beer tasting, music, activities, food, and a great time that includes an interactive dueling piano show, super-sized beer pong, a helicopter golf ball drop, and more. Saturday, August 18th, 1-8pm. Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater.  360-754-4160

REGISTER NOW!  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

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 

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 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 

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!  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 

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 

Alzheimer's Volunteer Recruiting:  Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver! The Alzheimer's Association is looking for volunteers in Tacoma and a volunteer facilitator. Volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources and continuing education opportunities.  Throughout Tacoma.  1-800-848-7097