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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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  • DONATE TODAY! Drexel House Photography Club:

    Drexel House, an emergency shelter for Olympia's poorest and most vulnerable population, is seeking monetary or single-use disposable camera donations. This free photography club gives members a chance to share their perspectives through visual art with the greater community. Using various photography techniques, participants each shoot several rolls of film and choose among their favorites to become larger prints at Olympia's Arts Walk. Donations will help with the cost of developing film and printing prints. Donate by October 1.

    Drexel House, 604 Devoe Street SE, Olympia
    360-753-3340, extension 9,

  • Thurston County Fair!

    TCFairBanner2014It's fun for the whole herd at the Thurston County Fair Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3! All the rides, food, animals, displays, and workshops you remember, plus exciting local music (see below) and the special Savor South Sound (see below)!

    Enjoy the Live & Local Concert Series at the Thurston County Fair!

    Wednesday, July 30 - 5pm
    Artesian Rumble Arkestra
    Thursday, July 31 - 7pm
    Red & Ruby (Food Court Stage)
    Brittany Kingery (Main Stage)

    Friday, August 1 - 7pm
    The Blackberry Bushes

    Saturday, August 2 - 6pm
    The Brown Edition & DBST (Main Stage)
    Yodelady (Food Court Stage - 7pm)

    All concerts are free with fair admission and open to fairgoers of all ages!

    Also returning this year is Savor South Sound, a two-day tasting event highlighting over a dozen local wine, beer, and cider producers. In addition, this year’s Savor will feature local shellfish and farm-to-table tastings organized by WSU Extension Thurston County. Tickets to Savor are just $10 (plus admission to the fair) and include a commemorative Belgian-style beer glass and five tasting tickets. The event is located at the Gazebo Green near the Food Court stage and takes place on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 from 5 to 10pm. (Savor is a 21+ event.)


    New events in 2014 include up close and personal displays and presentations by Predators of the Heart in front of Heritage Hall. You can visit with all of the feathery, furry and scaly friends all five days at the Thurston County Fair. New on Saturday, August 2 is the Tattoo Art Contest where local tattoo artists will have their skill and artistry on display and cash prizes on the line. Also new in 2014 is the Rescue Pet Roundup on Sunday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hicks Lake Barn. Come meet all of our furry friends who are available for adoption.


    There are also several fan favorites making a comeback this year at the fair, including:


    ·         One Buck Wednesday on July 30, when admission is just $1 per person when you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Thurston County Food Bank. Tons of other $1 deals are featured inside the fair.

    ·         Kid’s Day Thursday, July 31. Kids 14 and under pay just $2 for admission, and carnival armbands that get you unlimited carnival rides for the day are buy-one-get-one free for your buddy. Don’t forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair!

    ·         Military Appreciation Day is Friday, Aug. 1 Active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission to the fair with your military ID. Just present your military ID for lots of other military deals inside the fair.

    ·         Author’s Corner is back in the Sharp Building will once again feature local authors selling books, greeting fans, and autographing everything from children’s books to crime dramas.

    ·         The Antiques Appraisal event is back on Friday, Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. in Heritage Hall, when a professional appraiser will evaluate collectibles and antiques provided by local residents.

    ·         The Thurston County Commissioners Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfast is free with fair admission. Join us on the Gazebo Green on the east side of Heritage Hall.

    ·         The annual Animal Market Sale will be in the Hick’s Lake Barn on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.

    ·         The annual 4-H Equine Western Games begin early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.


    Wed., July 30 - Sunday, August 3 (Wed.-Sat. 10am-10pm, Sun. 10am-8pm)
    Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey, 98503

  • 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

  • REGISTER NOW! NOVA Discovery Camp:

    NOVA School Discovery Day camp runs August 4th-8th. Enroll your student (entering 4th-6th grade in fall of 2014) in a variety of classes: Mosaics, Survival Spanish, Video Game Design, ZenDoodling, Rock Band, Silkscreen Printing, Movie Making, Science Alive and more! There are morning (9am-noon) and afternoon (1-4 pm) classes. Class sizes are limited so enroll now. 

    Monday-Friday August 4th-8th 9am-4pm
    NOVA School, 2020 22st Ave. SE, Olympia

  • "Fiddler on the Roof" In Tenino:

    Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre presents "Fiddler on the Roof" Thursday-Saturday, July 24th-26th and July 31st-August 2nd at 7:30pm. Sunday, July 27th is at 2pm. Tenino High School Commons. Tickets are $12 for Adults and $10 for Students and Senior Citizens and are available on For further information, call 360-264-4498.

    Thurs.-Saturday July 24th-26th and July 31st-August 2nd, 7:30pm. Sunday July 27th show is at 2pm.
    Tenino High School, Tenino

  • VOLUNTEER! Sunrise Park Work Party:

    Park Stewardship continues efforts on the west side to bring back color to Sunrise Park! Join fellow volunteers in trimming back vegetation along the entrance and front parking lot as well as painting the park entrance sign. Wednesday, July 30th, 9:30am-12pm. Sunrise Park, 505 Bing St. NW, Olympia.


    Wednesday, July 30th, 9:30am-12pm
    Sunrise Park, 505 Bing St. NW, Olympia

  • 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

  • Regal Summer Movie Express!

    Summer Movie Specials at Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters, United Artists

    Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!

    Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Search for a theater in your area to see where the Summer Movie Express is playing. Dates vary from theater to theater. Dates shown are for Regal's Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX in Lacey.

    2014 Movie Schedule for Regal's Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX in Lacey:

    • Week 1 (June 24-25, 2014)
      Hotel Transylvania
      The Smurfs 2
    • Week 2 (July 1-2)
      Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
      The Pirates: Band of Misfits
    • Week 3 (July 8-9)
      Arthur Christmas
      Despicable Me 2
    • Week 4 (July 15-16)
      The Lego Movie
      Free Birds
    • Week 5 (July 22-23)
      The Adventures of Tintin
      Rise of the Guardians
    • Week 6 (July 29-30)
      Kung Fu Panda 2
      Madagascar 3
    • Week 7 (August 5-6)
      The Croods
    • Week 8 (August 12-13)
      Walking with Dinosaurs
    • Week 9 (August 19-20)
      Mr. Peabody & Sherman
      Rio 2

    Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am
    Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX, Lacey & other participating Regal Theaters

  • FREE! Tumwater Riverwalk Tours:

    Free guided walking tours along the Deschutes River in Tumwater will bring life to Tumwater’s pioneer era. The walking tour is approximately one half-mile and lasts one hour. It follows gently sloping paths along the river, crosses bridges, and descends stairs to the lower Tumwater Falls. Additional Riverwalk Tours are scheduled every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am through September and can accommodate 25 people, first-come-first serve basis. Presented by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.

    Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:30am through Sept. 26th
    Starts at Tumwater Falls Park office

  • FREE! Author J.A. Jance in Shelton:

    Best-selling Northwest novelist J.A. Jance will talk about her newest book, "Remains of Innocence," in an event suggested for adult audiences. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The program ends after normal library hours. Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30-7:30pm. Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder Street, Shelton. Free! For more information, call 360-426-1362 or visit 

    Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30-7:30pm
    Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder Street, Shelton

  • FREE! Music In the Park - Carrie Cunningham & the Six Shooters:

    Don't miss the hot sounds of summer every Wednesday at Sylvester park. Carrie Cunningham & the Six Shooters perform country music in the live music series. Free! Wednesday, July 30th, 7-8pm. Sylvester Park, Olympia.


    Wednesday, July 30th, 7-8pm
    Sylvester Park, Olympia

  • Summer Lectures at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge - Wolves of Washington:

    The 2014 Summer Lecture Series titled, "Exploring Our Diverse World" features a variety of talks on environmental topics. Michelle Tirhi, district biologist for Thurston and Pierce Counties, will speak about "Wolves of Washington." Wednesday, July 30th, 7-8pm (seating issued at 6pm on a first-come basis). Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Auditorium.

    Wednesday, July 30th, 7-8pm
    Nisqually National Wildlife Visitor Center Auditorium