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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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  • Master Gardener Training:

    WSU Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide our community with sound, science-based gardening advice. Prospective Master Gardeners take a class to learn the most current gardening information and help make a difference in the community. To see if the WSU Master Gardener volunteer program is the right fit for you, join them for a pre-orientation session. Applications will be accepted until class is full or December 31st. Pre-orientations: December 5th at 10:30am, December 11th & 17th at 4:30pm.


    Preorientations: Dec. 5 at 10:30am; December 11 & 17 at 4:30pm
    Thurston County WSU Extension Office, 5033 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia
    carltoc@co.thurston.wa.us thurston.wsu.edu/gardening

  • Get a Heat Pump, Receive a State Ecology Grant:

    Get a heat pump or clean burning natural gas appliance and qualify for funding through the Washington Department of Ecology! Thurston County residents can replace pre-1995 certified wood stoves and more and receive from $1,200 to $1,800 toward purchase. Funds are available first-come, first-served. Through Wednesday, December 17th (or sooner, if funds are expended). Call the Olympia Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) at 360-539-7610 or visit www.ORCCA.org for more information.


    Through Wednesday, December 17th
    Thurston County
    360-539-7610 www.ORCAA.org

  • GET TICKETS NOW! The Christmas Revels - Celebrate Winter Solstace:

    Celebrate the Winter Solstice in an Italian Renaissance setting! The wonderfully crazed Tony Curry returns to the stage, along with Renaissance instrumentalists, traditional dancers, the Seattle Brass Ensemble, adult and children's choruses. Saturday, December 13th, 2 & 7:30pm; Sunday, December 14th, 1 & 5:30pm; Tuesday, December 16th at 7:30pm; Wednesday, December 17th, 7:30pm. The December 13th 7:30pm show will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $17, $28, $32. Call 253-591-5894 or see www.broadwaycenter.org for details.


    Saturday-Wednesday, December 13th-17th (various times)
    Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma
    253-591-5894 www.broadwaycenter.org

  • REGISTER NOW! Tacoma Jingle Bell Run!

    The next race in the Run the Parks series is the Jingle Bell Run at Wright Park on Wednesday, December 24. This holiday event is a family favorite and a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle while spending active time outdoors.
     
    Jingle Bell Run is a popular event that traditionally sells out. This year, to accommodate more participants, the event has two start times. The first wave begins at 10:30 am, the second begins at 12 pm. Participants can sign up for the time they find most convenient.
     
    Registration is only $10 per person for the 3-mile, chip-timed event. Costumes are welcome. To learn more and sign up visit  MetroParksTacoma.org/Jingle/


    Wednesday, December 24th, either 10:30am or noon start
    Wright Park, Tacoma
    joseg@tacomaparks.org 253-312-9254 MetroParksTacoma.org/Jingle

  • 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. www.crisis-clinic.org

     




    Crisis Clinic 360-586-2800, Youth Help Line 360-586-2777 www.crisis-clinic.org

  • Historical Christmas Island:

    Come to Maytown, the Bethlehem of Thurston County, and see the Christ child! www.maytownag.com. Click on the Christmas Island link for pictures, information, and directions. Display will be lighted daily from 5-9pm through December 27th.

    In 1959, Olympian artist Leonard Huber, teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce to create a life-sized figurine Christmas display. With the help of the Army Corps of Engineers and Fort Lewis, the Nativity was placed on a barge in the middle of Capitol Lake.  It was later shown at South Sound Mall in Lacey, where it remained as a community tradition until the early '90s. Pastor George Coley and his dad brought it to Olympia Metro Church on Puget St in 1998 for several years. In 2012, Pastor George reopened the historic scene for visitors in SW Thurston County, at the Maytown church, about 1 mile E. from exit 95 off I-5.


    display will be lighted daily from 5-9pm through December 27th
    Maytown Assembly of God, 2920 Tierney St SW, Olympia
    (360) 584-9746 maytownag.com

  • "Fantasy Lights" at Spanaway Park:

    Experience the Northwest's largest drive through event - "Fantasy Lights"! Over 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights have been delighting families for two decades. Thursday, November 27th-Thursday, January 1st. $14 per vehicle. Half price nights ($7) on December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th & 10th.

    Click here for $3 off coupon.

    DIRECTIONS: From I-5, take exit #127 onto Highway 512 heading east. Take the second exit, turn right onto Pacific, and go 2.7 miles to 152nd or Military Road. Turn right and Spanaway Park is ½ mile on your left. 253-798-3330.


    Thursday, November 27th-Thursday, January 1st, 5:30-9pm
    Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresesmann Blvd. S., Spanaway
    253-798-3330 www.piercecountywa.org/parks

  • Native Plant Sale:

    Interested in attracting wildlife into your backyard, landscaping with water-wise native plants, or building a rain garden? Claim your beautiful native plants today at Thurston Conservation District's online Native Plant Sale!  Order your low-cost native plants now through January 30th at www.thurstoncd.com/store.

    Online orders are in bulk.  Order pick-up is on March 5th, 6th and 7th at the Thurston Conservation District office from 8:30am-4:30pm.


    Order your low-cost native plants now through January 30th!
    pick-up orders at Thurston Conservation District, 2918 Ferguson St SW, Suite A, Tumwater
    360-754-3588 www.thurstoncd.com/store

  • FREE! OPN Celebrates with Poetry Books for Kids:

    "Seasons Readings" with the Olympia Poetry Network! You are invited to donate a children's poetry book to area children. The book should be unwrapped and can be for any age - infant through teen. Members of the OPN board will share favorite winter and holiday poems, and there will be an Open Mic Wednesday, December 17th, 6:30-8pm. For more information, call 360-701-2030.


    Wednesday, December 17th, 6:30-8pm
    Traditions World Cafe & Folk Art, 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia
    360-701-2030 www.JoanneClarkson.com

  • The Stardust Christmas Commotion:

    It's mid-December 1958 and the Stardust club has been hired to host a hurry-up wedding reception for a mysterious couple. It’s a race to beat the clock, further complicated by the arrival of a social worker looking for a fugitive from a foster home. And she’s pretty sure she’s looking in the right place. But the show must go on, and the gang sings and dances some of the greatest Rat Pack and rock’n’roll songs of the era in their search for holiday magic. This is the nineteenth year of the South Sound’s Stardust Christmas tradition!

    November 28-December 31, 2014, Thursday-Saturdays 8:00PM, Sundays at 2:00PM (plus a 2:00PM matinee on Christmas Eve and a 7:00PM performance on New Year's Eve)

    $39 General, $35 Senior/Military, $25 Students/Youth under 25, plus $15-$20 Rush Tickets 1/2 hour before curtain

    TICKETS: (360) 786-0151 or www.harlequinproductions.org


    November 28th-December 31st
    State Theater, 202 4th Ave E. Downtown Olympia, 98501
    (360) 786-0151 www.harlequinproductions.org