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  • Eagles E-mart Thrift Shop:

    The Olympia Eagles E-mart thrift store is a not-for-profit store run entirely by volunteers in support of local and national charities. They have a great selection of clothing, household items, furniture, electronics, audio/video, toys and games and much more. Check out their weekly Special Sales!

    They are located in the basement of the Olympia Eagles building at the corner of 4th and Plum in Olympia. Entrance is on the Plum Street side of the building with lots of free parking in the Eagles Parking Lot 

    Hours are 11am to 5pm Thursday through Sunday.

    Thursday-Sunday 11am-5pm
    E- mart Thrift Shop, Olympia Eagles basement, 805 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501

  • REGISTER NOW! Self Help - Dealing with Grief:

    If you're ready to deal with the grief of being widowed, divorced, or separated - there is help. As a faith-based organization, Beginning Experience offers men and women the opportunity & skills to build deeper self-respect, cope with the pain of loss, and move into the future with renewed hope. Join them on a weekend away for a lifetime of change, October 3-5 in Lacey. Call for more info and/or brochure. Chris: 253-223-2645 or Pat: 360-878-9325

    October 3rd-5th in Lacey


  • Olympia I-5 Traffic Advisory:

    The State DOT is asking drivers to avoid driving on I-5 in Olympia over the weekend of September 19th-21st. A critical bridge expansion project could bring major traffic backups on northbound & sounthbound I-5 and nearby US 101. For details, see Allow yourself additional time.

    Weekends of September 12-14th, 19th-21st
    I-5 near Capitol Lake, Olympia

  • Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show:

    BigShowCity Performing Arts presents the Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show.  A evening of variety entertainment, with a little something for everyone, hosted by locally renowned storyteller Elizabeth Lord.


    Show runs two weekends: September 19-21 at 8pm, September 26-27 at 8pm, and Sunday, September 28 (Youth Friendly Show) at 4pm.  Late shows on Saturday 20 and 27 at 10 pm. Tickets are $15-$25 at the door or in advance at  Appropriate for ages 16 and up, special young audience show on September 28. Doors open half hour prior to show time.

    Sept. 19-21 & at 8pm, Sept. 26-27 at 8pm. Late shows Sat. 20 & 27 at 10pm. Sun., Sept. 28 Youth-friendly Show 4pm.
    Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia 98501

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None":

    One of ten strangers trapped on an island resort is eliminating the others, one by one. Whodunnit? "And Then There Were None" is a terrifying mystery, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic "Ten Little Indians." Friday-Sunday, September 12th-October 12th & Thursday, September 11th ("Pay What You Can" preview), 18th & 25th. Shows at 2pm & 8pm - see website. Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood. For information and tickets, call 253-588-0042 or see 

    Thursday-Sunday, September 11th-October 12th 2 & 8pm shows - see website
    Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "The Addams Family - A New Musical":

    Based on the 1960s TV show "The Addams Family," this new musical details the sometimes eccentric characters, who are unaware that people find them frightening. The hilarity ensues when Wednesday Addams falls in love with a man from a respectable family, and two very different sets of relatives meet for the first time. Friday-Saturday, September 19th-October 11th, 7:30pm. Sunday, September 21st & 28th, 3pm. Special dinner treatre Saturday, October 4th, 6pm. Paradise Theatre, 9911 Burnham Rd. NW, Gig Harbor. Purchase tickets online at or call the box office at 253-851-PLAY (7529).

    Friday-Sunday, September 19th-October 11th, 7:30pm (Fri.-Sat.), 3pm Sunday
    Paradise Theatre, 9911 Burnham Rd. NW, Gig Harbor
    253-851-PLAY (7529)

  • Hat and Glove Drive for Washington Fire Victims:

    Nearly 600 households have been affected by the Carlton complex wildfire in Eastern Washington. Victims of the tragedy are in dire need of hats and gloves for the coming harsh winter months. Support them by donating new men's, women's and children's hats & gloves - all sizes needed. Lacey Presbyterian Church is heading up a drive for new hats & gloves throughout September.

    Click here for drop-off locations:


    throughout September

    360-789-0343 or 360-491-7722

  • Volunteers Needed for Family Support Center's Homeless Shelter:

    The Family Support Center is looking for compassionate and energetic volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, their 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. They have a wide variety of shifts and needs to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. Their needs are expected to grow as the colder months approach; join their amazing team now! For more information, contact Katherine at or 360-628-7343 ext 1

    Volunteers needed now!
    Downtown Olympia
    360-628-7343 ext 1

  • FREE 24-HOUR HELP! Crisis Clinic and Youth Help Line

    Help is a phone call away! Volunteers are available around the clock for confidential and anonymous support and for information and referral. Call the Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties or the Youth Help Line! Crisis Clinic 360-586-2800; Youth Help Line 360-586-2777.


    Crisis Clinic 360-586-2800, Youth Help Line 360-586-2777

  • BUY TICKETS NOW! GRuB's Harvest Soiree:

    A farm to table feast to benefit GRuB with local veggies, local ciders, and local brews, plus a silent and live auction. It's Saturday, September 27th from 4-8pm.


    You are invited to come to the table with GRuB to share a meal grown with love, prepared with love, and shared with love. By coming together for a family-style meal, you will experience the joy and art of being together, at the table, and in community. GRuB is a local non-profit that inspires positive personal and community change by bringing people together around food and agriculture. Alongside the family-style meal, there will be works of art from local artists and artisans featured in our silent and live auctions.

    Limited tickets are still available for $100. For more information call (360) 753-5522 or visit

    Saturday, September 27th from 4-8pm
    Albee's Garden Parties, 4127 20th Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502

  • REGISTER NOW! Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament:

    Register now for the Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament Friday, September 26th. The proceeds of the tournament go to programs that support soldiers who come home from war with PTSD.

    PTSD is commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It’s what led to the death of a soldier named PFC Kyle Marshall Farr in 2009.  From that death was born Race for a Soldier and a new meaning for PTSD:  Permission To Start Dreaming.

    Kyle’s mother, Leslie Mayne, experienced the civilian version of post traumatic stress after the loss of her son.  There was no bringing Kyle back but there was a way to honor his life and Leslie found it.

    With the help of countless volunteers, family and friends, Race For A Soldier, a half marathon contested in Gig Harbor, WA, was started in the fall of 2011.  It widely exceeded expectations, drawing 1,500 runners in both 2011 and 2012, even more in 2013, and has contributed over $100,000 to date.  These contributions were split among organizations that are helping soldiers recover from war and readjust to life back home.

    In order to increase the scope of awareness and funding for this important cause, last year they introduced a new event:  Swing For A Soldier, a golf tournament to help soldiers with PTSD.

    Friday, September 26th at 9:30am (shotgun start)
    Eagles Pride Golf Course (Ft. Lewis)

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "Blithe Spirit" Comedy at Olympia Little Theatre:

    Noel Coward's comedy "Blithe Spirit," where the spirit of a man's dead wife is summoned and brings chaos to the widowed husband and everyone around him, opens the 2014-2015 season at the Olympia Little Theatre in their 75th anniversary celebration. Buy a season ticket package now and save $2 per show!

    Friday-Saturday, September 5th-September 27th, 7:55pm; Thursday, September 18th & 25th, 7:55pm; Sunday, September 14th, 21st & 28th, 1:55pm. Opening weekend tickets are $10 ($2 student discount). Call 360-786-9484 for tickets or get them online:

    Fri-Sat. Sept. 5th-27th 7:55pm; Thurs. Sept. 18th & 25th 7:55pm; Sun. Sept. 14th, 21st, 28th 1:55pm
    Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave., Olympia

  • ARTrails of SW Washington:

    If you've ever wanted to watch artists in action you'll love the ARTrails of Southwest Washington Open Studio tour Sat. & Sun., September 20-21 & 27-28. Sixty artists will open their studios for you to watch them work and talk technique. Start your self-guided tour at the Exhibition Gallery in Centralia's historic train depot. It's a once a year opportunity to experience creativity and beauty up close. Go to for more details.

    Sat. & Sun., September 20-21 & 27-28
    starts at Centralia's Historic Train Depot, 210 Railway Ave.
    (360) 736-1082.

  • Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention:

    When we work to protect children from abuse and neglect, we not only reap the benefit of a healthier, happier child, but we also benefit as a whole community. Studies have shown time and again that protecting our children from abuse, neglect, and domestic violence today means they are less likely to have problems with addiction, employment, mental illness, and more.


    Do You know a child who is being abused? Call the DSHS 24-hour hotline at 1-866-363-4276.

    For Parents: Olympia Crisis Clinic 24-hr hotline 1-800-627-2211

                     SafePlace 24-hr Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Hotline 360-754-6300


    You can also visit these links:

    For info about child abuse prevention and family support programs, visit Family Educaiton & Support Services at

    To learn more about DSHS Child Protective Services and other programs protecting children, go to

    For a list of emergency service contacts and other resources, go to the Thurston County website at and click on the link under the heading about Child Abuse Prevention

    To learn more about the Thurston Thrives initiative, visit




  • Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually:

    Art history enthusiasts will love the Crafts of the Past Visiting Artisan Program! View various works designed in the 1800s, participate in crafts including Native American basket-weaving, metal engraving, botanical illustration and more! A different artist is featured each weekend.

    September 20 and 21


    Victoria Anderson
    Anderson had her first experience with making a cyanotype photographic print as a child with a kit she got from a science store. As a college student, Victoria explored the process more deeply, learning to make her own photo-sensitive paper and fabric. Cyanotypes use ultraviolet light (e.g. sunlight) to create a photographic image, and were one of the earliest forms of photography to appear in the mid-1800s. It was quickly utilized to make images of plant specimens. Guests will have the opportunity to make their own prints of leaves, buttons, or lace.


    September 27 (Saturday only)

    Gardening Crafts in the Heritage Gardens

    Members of the Fort Nisqually Gardening Guild will demonstrate traditional garden crafts such as making wattle fencing, hurdles, and cloches. The craft demonstration complements the Fall Garden Festival, based at the Point Defiance Pagoda. The Fort Nisqually Heritage Gardens are featured in the Fall Garden Festival tours.
    This time of year, the gardens at Fort Nisqually are giving up a cornucopia of delicious fruits and vegetables. Plums and apples are ripening on the trees. Wheat and barley were recently harvested. The heritage gardens represent the Forts original 1850s gardens. The historic gardens were much larger -- approximately one-and-a-half acres. The Hudsons Bay Company trading post grew as much of their own food as possible. In 1839, anticipating the decline of the local fur trade, HBC formed the Puget Sound Agricultural Company (PSAC), based at Fort Nisqually. By the mid 1850's HBC had laid claim to over 160,000 acres of land in south Puget Sound, most of it used for the raising of sheep, cattle, and horses.
    For more on the Fall Garden Festival visit
    Note: Admission to Fort Nisqually is free for Tacoma residents on September 27 (proof of residency required). It is also Smithsonian Magazines Museum Day Live! and a ticket for free admission for two is available through .


    Saturdays & most Sundays through September 27th
    Fort Nisqually, 5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma 98407

  • Chase Garden Open for Tours:

    Chase Garden is open for tours every Wednesday-Sunday from April-October 10am-3pm. Admission is $5. April: Native woodland wildflowers. May: colorful groundcover meadow and rhododendrons.  Enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Rainier. There are also plants for sale!

    Wednesday-Sunday 10am-3pm through October 31st
    Chase Garden, 16015-264th St E, Orting, WA 98360

  • South Sound Estuarium:

    Enjoy weekends at South Sound Estuarium, the marine life discovery center. See saltwater creatures in three aquariums, explore the marine exhibits, and look under the microscope to view the building blocks of marine life. Saturdays-Sundays, year round, 11am-4pm.  Admission/donation requested.

    open year round Saturdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm
    South South Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia, WA 98501
    360 754-7371

  • FREE! Build A Bike:

    Have an old bike that you need to get rid of? Have a bike that you want to fix up or find parts for? Build A Bike is a community resource for all things bike related! They have workstations, tools, bikes, and bike parts for all to use. They also accept donations of bikes and bike parts. So whether you're looking to build a bike, fix a bike, or get rid of one, Build A Bike is here to help! Sundays noon-4pm

    Sundays noon-4pm
    Next to to Pitstop Market on 18th (near Boulevard Rd), Olympia

  • "Cruising for the Sound":

    Have a blast in a three hour cruise south of Puget Sound aboard the luxury yacht My Girl. Get a marine education, enjoy good company, great food and a no host bar in an annual fundraiser for South Sound Estuary programs. Sunday, September 28th, 2-5pm. Leaving from Port Plaza dock. South Sound Estuary Association members $50/person.  Non-members $65/person. 

    See south Puget Sound from the water! Enjoy a wonderful day with new and old friends!  Good Food! Marine Education! FUN!

    All proceeds benefit South Sound Estuary Association, (a 501(c)(3) environmental education non-profit, programs - Beach Naturalist, South Sound Estuarium, Pier Peer!  

    Reserve your space. Go to

    More information: , click on Benefit Cruise

    DEADLINE TO GET TICKETS - September 27, 2014, no age restrictions


    Sunday, September 28th, 2-5pm
    Aboard the yacht My Girl, leaving from Port Plaza dock, Olympia

  • Shelton Community Open Mic:

    Shelton Performers Unite put on an Open Mic every month for singers, musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Piano accompanist available (bring music). Family environment; children welcome. Refreshments provided. Every third Sunday of month 6-8pm, Shelton Presbyterian Church, 1430 Shelton Springs Rd., Shelton 98584. For more information, contact: Vincent Anderson 360-239-2683

    Shelton Presbyterian Church, 1420 Shelton Springs Rd., Shelton
    Vincent Anderson, 360-239-2683

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Traditional Music Ambassador Carlos Nunez In Olympia:

    Carlos Nunez will connect his native Spain to traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany in a dazzling traditional music concert. An amazingly versatile instrumentalist, Nunez has recorded and performed with everyone from symphony orchestras to the legendary Chieftains. Sunday, September 21st, 7pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia. Tickets $16 & $32, $14 & $30 for seniors 65 and over.

    Sunday, September 21st, 7:30pm
    Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia