Community Calendar - Upcoming Events

GET TICKETS NOW!  "The Pillowman" at Tacoma Little Theatre:  "The Pillowman" is gripping drama and intrigue that challenges the audience's way of thinking! This viciously funny and disturbing tale is about the content of a fiction writer's stories, which started resembling real-life murders. Friday-Sunday, April 20th-May 6th. Tacoma Little Theatre.  253-272-2281 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Adventures of Tom Sawyer:  Mark Twain's incomparable classic "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" comes to life onstage! Featuring the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, and the cold shivers following an adventure gone wrong, "Tom Sawyer" celebrates all that is grand and glorious about childhood! Friday-Saturday, 7:30pm (plus a 2pm Saturday matinee) April 13th-May 5th. Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor.  253-851-7529  http://www.paradisetheatre.org

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Catch Me If You Can - The Musical":  Based on the hit film, this comedic, incredible true story about chasing your dreams is enhanced by high-flying, unforgettable music. Friday-Sunday, April 6th-29th. For more information, call 253-565-6867. Tacoma Musical Playhouse.  253-565-6867 

GET TICKETS NOW!    "Talley's Folly" at Olympia Little Theatre:  "Talley's Folly" is the story of an unlikely love! The tale of Matt, a Jewish immigrant accountant, and Sally, the daughter of a Missouri garment factory dynasty, is a romantic family drama. April 27th-May 13th (Thursdays-Sundays).  Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506.  360-786-9484  http://olympialittletheater.org/

FREE!  Olympia Arts Walk & Procession of Species:  Arts Walk returns to downtown Olympia! Thousands will gather as businesses and organizations transform their spaces into creative hubs filled with art, demonstrations and performances. Free! Friday, April 27th 5-10pm & Sunday, April 28th noon-8pm (Procession Sat. at 4:30pm) Downtown Olympia.  360-753-8384  http://www.procession.org

GET TICKETS NOW  Pancake Breakfast:  It's an all you can eat breakfast to benefit Thurston County District 6 Firefighters Association! Have pancakes and all the great and hearty things that go with it in a filling morning of fun. Adults pay $7, children $3. Sunday, April 29th, 7am-12pm. East Olympia Fire Station, near the Olympia Airport.  jaimieleighs@comcast.net 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Shadow Theatre Fireflies:  Now this is action theatre! See "Shadow Theatre Fireflies," where acrobats and tumblers create machines, animals and trees as well as human characters with their bodies. It's breathtaking! Sunday, April 29th, 3pm. Pantages Theatre, Tacoma. Broadway Center, 253-591-5894

FREE!  Walk Tacoma's Japantown:  Take a guided tour of Tacoma's historic Japantown and relive the glory days of the neighborhood from 1880 to 1940! Two authors will take citizens on a trek through Nihonmacki, known as Japantown Saturday, May 2nd, 5:15-6:30pm. Japantown in Tacoma, starting at Union Station (South 17th St.).  http://www.downtownonthego.com

Women In Corrections Job Fair:  Interested in a career in corrections? Interested women can take a workshop, attend the job fair, and learn from the women in this profession! Corrections work entails paid training, career advancement, and great pay. Wednesday, May 2nd, 6-7:30pm. Thurston County Correction Facility, 3491 Ferguson St. SW, Tumwater.  360-709-5969  http://www.co.thurston.wa.us

FREE!  African American & Latinx History:  Author Paul Ortiz will talk about his book that explores African-American and Latinx history in the United States! Ortiz shows that nations of the "Global South" birthed democratic traditions in America. Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:30-8:45pm Olympia Timberland Library.  360-352-0595  http://www.trl.org

FREE!  Karen Fraser at Schmidt House:  Join Karen Fraser for her reflections on 51 years of public service in Thurston County! She will talk about local historical and cultural developments during over four decades as an elected official. Bring a sack lunch. Free admission! Thursday, May 3rd, 12-1pm. The Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater.  360-943-2550 

Lacey STEM Fair:  The STEM gathering celebrates science, technology, engineering and math! Youth and adult attendees of all ages can participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations with businesses in a day of shared vision and a chance to increase environmental education and awareness. Saturday, May 5th, 10am-3pm. Huntamer Park, Lacey.  360-438-2631  http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Spaceballs" at OFS:  Worth viewing again and again, Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" is back on the big screen! See this parody of '70s and '80s space operas like "Star Wars," "Planet of the Apes," and more. Hilarious and a cult classic, "Spaceballs" is best seen in a room full of fun seekers. Friday, May 4th, 7pm Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670  http://www.olympiafilmsociety.org

Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour:  Take the tour of Historic Homes of Tacoma! See Haddaway Hall and five beautiful houses in North Tacoma! Docents will be in each home to give a history of each dwelling. Saturday-Sunday, May 5th-6th. Advance tickets at Tacoma Historical Society, Pacific NW Shop, Stadium Thriftway, Columbia Banks in Fircrest & 21st & Pearl. Day of: Bethany Presbyterian Church, 4420 N. 41st St,.  253-472-3738  info@tacomahistory.org  http://www.tacomahistory.org

REGISTER NOW!   YMCA Spring Run:  Do good for your body – and have fun doing it - while helping kids reach their potential through the YMCA! Register today for the YMCA's Spring Run – a chip-timed certified 10K, a two-mile neighborhood run or walk, and a non-competitive ½ mile kids' run Saturday, May 5 from the Capitol! All proceeds benefit YMCA youth development programs. Register at the Downtown Olympia or Briggs Y or online, www.southsoundymca.org!

Lacey Amtrak Station's 25th Anniversary:  Volunteers at the Centennial Amtrak station in Lacey invite you to their anniversary gathering! One of three stations funded solely by volunteers, this festive open house will celebrate 25 years of accomplishments. Saturday, May 5th, 10am-1pm. 6600 Yelm Highway SE, Lacey. For more information, call volunteer coordinator Audrey Skaugseth at 360-870-4700.

GET TICKETS NOW!  Little Shop of Horrors:  "Little Shop of Horrors" runs for the first time onstage at the Lakewood Playhouse! This simple love story of a boy, a girl, and a man-eating plant tackles fame, fortune, and even the intent of global domination. Friday-Sunday, May 5th-June 24th. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW.  253-588-0042  https://www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

GET TICKETS NOW!   Dixie's Tupperware Party:  "Dixie's Tupperware Party" is theater and...stuff! Join Dixie as she travels around the country, throwing Tupperware parties with outrageously funny tales and free giveaways for the audience, who get to participate. Sunday, May 6th, 7:30pm. For more information, call 253-591-5894. Pantages Theatre, Tacoma. http://www.broadwaycenter.org

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Harry & the Hendersons":  "Harry & the Hendersons" is a trip! Join George Henderson (John Lithgow) as he and his family discover what they think is a dead Sasquatch. But "Harry" soon awakens, and while the family becomes fond of him, they soon begin to fear for Harry's safety. Presented by Marshall Middle School's Citizen Science Institute. Rated PG. Sunday, May 6th, 1:30pm. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670  http://www.olympiafilmsociety.org

FREE!  Women Poets In Lacey:  Adults and teens can join three women poets from Washington for a special evening! The state's Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna plus Emily Van Kley and Dawn Pichon Barron will be reading as well as facilitating conversation on fostering an appreciation of poetry in our lives. Monday, May 7th, 7-8:30pm. FREE! Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Olympia.  360-491-3860  http://www.trl.org

GET TICKETS NOW!  David Archuleta In Olympia:  David Archuleta was a television favorite in 2008 and brings his exciting live show to Olympia! The runnerup of "American Idol" has placed first in numerous national contests and continues to deliver strong and passionate vocal performances. Wednesday, May 9th, 7:30pm. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670  http://www.olympiafilmsociety.org

GET TICKETS NOW!  Reunion Fantasy Beatles Tribute:  Imagine that the Beatles were back together, performing their many classics and solo songs, too! The "Reunion Beatles Fantasy Tribute" moves through the music to the laughter and stories that were part of the original experience - one amazing night of fun. Wednesday, May 9th, 8pm. Rialto Theatre, Tacoma.  253-591-5894  http://www.broadwaycenter.org

GET TICKETS NOW!  “La Cage Aux Folles”:  Presented by the SPSCC Drama Program, “La Cage Aux Folles” is a moving display of music and dialogue – and the set design, costumes, and makeup add another layer of excitement Thursday-Saturday, May 10th-19th, 7:30pm. South Puget Sound Community College Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia. Tickets available from the Washington Center for the Performing Arts at 360-753-8586. See www.spscc.edu for more details.

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Cinder Edna" at Olympia Family Theater:  You've heard about Cinderella, but what about the next door neighbor, "Cinder Edna"? While both have cruel step-relatives, Cinda Edna doesn't believe in fairy godmothers and is determined to make her own luck in this spirited story. Friday-Sunday, May 11th-June 3rd. For more details, call 360-570-1638.

YouthSound Joins Heartsparkle Players for Playback Theater:  The Heartsparkle Players are collaborating with YouthSound for Playback Theater! YouthSound, a state program that promotes the power and importance of youth voice, will join with the Heartsparkle Players, who ask the audience to tell moments from their lives and then re-create them with movement, dialogue and music. A donation is suggested but no one will be turned away. Friday, May 11th, 7:30pm Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia.  360-943-6772 

FREE ADMISSION!  Wooden Boat Fair:  "The Olympia Wooden Boat Fair" is boats and much more on Mother's Day Weekend! A ton of boats of every type will be on display, as well as the International Food Alley, local artisans with artwork and jewelry plus live music - everything from rock to Celtic. Free admission! Saturday-Sunday, May 12th-13th. Saturday hours 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Percival Landing Park, Olympia.  http://www.olywoodenboat.org

Family Day at Museum of Glass - “Mama Mia”:  Mesmerize your mother by creating a sculpture of her made from recycled materials! Session will be guided by local artist Jennifer Adams. Additionally, Tacoma School of Arts choreography class will perform student-directed pieces inspired by current exhibitions in two shows Saturday, May 12th, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. For more information, call 253-284-4750 or visit www.museumofglass.org

REGISTER NOW!  Run for Mom:  Run for your mother … your grandmother … every mother … in the name of supporting families and children! Start your Mother's Day by running in the Family Support Center’s Mother's Day 5k at the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia Sunday, May 13 at 7:30am. Proceeds support local families and children in need. Prizes for top runners! Register now at www.fscss.org

GET TICKETS NOW!  Kip Fulbeck at SPSCC:  Don't miss Kip Fulbeck's powerful message for people who identify as multi-racial! The professor, a pioneering artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker, was a winner at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival. Thursday, May 17th, 7:30pm. For more details, call 360-596-5200. South Puget Sound Community College, West Olympia

REGISTER NOW!  Tumwater Community Summit:  Participate in the Tumwater Community Summit concerning homelessness and poverty! Dr. Donna Beegle, president of Communication Across Barriers, will speak about her mission: "Fight poverty, not those who live in it." There will be breakout sessions for citizens to discuss several topics related to the poverty and homelessness issue. Thursday, May 17th, 5-8pm. Tumwater Middle School, 6335 Littlerock Rd. SW, Tumwater.  360-754-4120 

REGISTER NOW!  South Sound Alzheimer's Conference:  Attend the South Sound Alzheimer's Conference and meet author Peggy Sarlin! Salin, whose first book was titled "Awakening from Alzheimer's," is the keynote speaker at this event uniting community members affected by family members with dementia and Alzheimer's. Friday, May 18th, 9am-4pm. South Puget Sound Community College - Lacey Campus Events Center, Lacey.  360-438-1833 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band:  Musicians around the world have covered the Beatles, but never like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band! These brilliant musicians infuse bluegrass and jazz into a spectacular mix that also contains a tinge of classical in their celebration of this timeless Beatles album. Friday, May 18th, 7:30pm at the Washington Center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $25, $32 and $42. For more details, call 360-753-8586 or see www.washingtoncenter.org 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Weepies:  The Weepies concert celebrates 10 years together! The group led by a husband and wife team is known for mesmerizing, layered harmonies and soulful, emotional lyrics. Friday, May 18th, 7:30pm. For more details, call 253-591-5894. Rialto Theatre, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma

GET TICKETS NOW!  "My Fair Lady" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse:  Songwriters Lerner & Lowe transformed George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" into the music theatre classic "My Fair Lady"! It's an irreverent story and what songs ... including "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "On the Street Where You Live." Friday-Sunday, May 18th-June 10th. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave..  253-565-6867    

Bingo de Mayo:  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at "Bingo de Mayo"! Those 21 and over are invited to dress in festive clothing to win prizes, enjoy games, fabulous food and a full bar! Proceeds will support the activities department at Senior Services for South Sound. Friday, May 18th, 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.  360-407-3967 

Child Mental Health Services:  Olympia Therapy and Hands On Children's Museum are bringing child mental health services to the community! Olympia Therapy offers specialized strategies in child mental health care, including art and play therapy! You can help build your child's confidence while you nurture their creative skills, build trust, and manage emotional and mental health. Tuesday, May 22nd, 6pm Hands On Children's Museum, Olympia.  360-357-2370 

Women of Note Concert:  Come to the "Once Upon a Time" choral concert! "Women of Note" conductor Elizabeth Berndt has mined women's choral literature for real stories influenced by natural, social, and political events worldwide to create a compelling performance that is inspiring and captivating. Thursday, May 24th, 7pm & Sunday, June 3rd, 3pm. Shelton High School Performing Arts Center & St. David's Church, Shelton.  shannapel@yahoo.com  

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Macbeth" at Tacoma Little Theatre:  "Macbeth," one of Shakespeare's most acclaimed works, Macbeth's guilt, fear, and paranoia cause him to accelerate his need for power, which leads to a violent downfall. Friday-Sunday, June 1st-17th. For more details, call 253-272-2281.

"The Music Man"  "The Music Man":  The award-winning play "The Music Man" is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation! See this funny, wicked, warm, romantic and touching Meredith Willson musical, which has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. Friday-Saturday (plus a 2pm Saturday matinee), June 5th-July 7th, 7:30pm. Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor.  253-851-7529  http://www.paradisetheatre.org

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Suite Surrender" at Olympia Little Theatre:  The story of two feuding Hollywood divas! See the onstage performance of two rivals who show up with their entourages for a USO benefit and discover that they're assigned to the same suite in this screwball World War II farce June 8th-24th (Thursdays-Sundays). For more information, call 360-786-9484. Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE  . 

Family Day at Museum of Glass - “Busy Bees”:  Make the world a friendlier place by making bee-friendly seed balls while the Young Bunch troupe perform modern and traditional square dancing in the Grand Hall Saturday, June 9th, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. For more details, call 253-284-4750 or see www.museumofglass.org

FREE!  Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra - "Young Talents":  Regional soloists make the Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra something special! At this concert, the music of Mozart and Schubert from their teenage years will be performed, as well as the exciting finale: Ravel's "Bolero." Free refreshments will be served during intermission. Monday, June 11th, 7:30pm. For more details, email PNCO@live.com or visit www.pncoa.org . Centralia College Corbet Theatre 360-670-6955

GET TICKETS NOW!  Ira Glass in Tacoma:  Spend an afternoon with Ira Glass in "Seven Things I've Learned"! The acclaimed radio host and performer delivers a unique talk using audio clips, music, and video from his life and career Sunday, June 24th, 3pm. For more details, call 253-591-5894. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.  http://broadwaycenter.org

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. Huntamer Park, Lacey. See www.ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-438-2631 for more information.

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. Huntamer Park, Lacey. See www.ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-438-2631 for more details.

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. Rainier Vista Park, 5475 45th Ave. SE, Lacey. For more details, see www.ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-438-2631

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  http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/events

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  http://www.paradisetheatre.org

Alzheimer's Association Seeking Volunteers in Kitsap County:  Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver! The Alzheimer's Association is recruiting volunteers in Silverdale, Poulsbo, Bremerton and Port Orchard. They will receive training as well as ongoing support and continuing education opportunities in order to help their fellow citizens affected by Alzheimer's. 800-848-7097  http://www.alz.org

Sponsor a 2018 Senior:  Sponsor a high school senior in 2018 and make the community better! Kids who don't graduate from high school are 347 times more likely to become homeless and more likely to get in trouble with authorities. Contribute to the North Thurston Education Foundation! Thurston County.  360-790-6548  http://www.ntef.org