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Saturday, April 18, 2015
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  • Olympia Little Theatre Presents "Laughing Stock":

    A funny and genuinely affectionate look at the magic that lies at the heart of the theatrical world.  When "The Playhouse," a rustic New England summer theatre, schedules a repertory season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley's Aunt, predictably, confusion ensues. Follow the well-intentioned, but over-matched company from outrageous auditions to ego-driven rehearsals through opening nights gone disastrously awry, to the elation of a great play well-told and the comic and nostalgic final night of the season. March 27-April 19, 2015


    Friday, March 27-Sunday, April 19 (Thu.-Sat. 7:55pm, Sun. 1:55pm)
    Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave NE, Olympia 98506
    oltadmin@olympialittletheatre.org www.olympialittletheatre.org

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "Evita" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse:

    Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject "Evita," a dynamic, musical masterpiece. Through music both haunting and exuberant, "Evita" is as an arresting theatrical portrait as the woman herself. Friday-Sunday, April 10th-May 3rd. Friday performances are at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm (with 2pm matinees April 25th & May 2nd) and Sundays at 2pm. Call for tickets at 253-565-6867 or visit www.tmp.org for more information.


    Friday-Sunday, April 10th-May 3rd
    Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Avenue, Tacoma
    253-565 www.tmp.org

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "The Fox on the Fairway" at Tacoma Little Theatre:

    A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and '40s, "The Fox on the Fairway" is filled with mistaken identities and over-the-top shenanigans. Don't miss this charming and madcap play about romantic love - and a love affair with the game of golf. Friday-Sunday, April 17th-May 3rd. Call 253-272-2281 for times and tickets or visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com


    Friday-Sunday, April 17th-May 3rd
    Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 North I Street, Tacoma
    253-272-2281 www.tacomalittletheatre.com

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup:

    washingtonstatefairspringfairKick off the spring with the Washington State Spring Fair! The whole family can enjoy a petting farm, swifty swine racing pigs, retro gaming, a monster truck show, KidZone with Brad's World Reptiles, Northwest Living & Garden, plus food, live entertainment and fireworks. Thursday-Sunday, April 16th-19th. Thursday is food drive day for the Puyallup Food Bank and Friday is Military Appreciate Day. Hours: Thursday (Free Kids Gate Admission, 0-18 years) 2-10pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-8pm. Call the 24 hour hotline for more details at 253-841-5045 or visit www.thefair.com 


    Thursday-Sunday, April 16th-19th
    Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup
    253-841-5045, info@thefair.com www.thefair.com

  • REGISTER Puyallup Walk for Diabetes Awareness:

    The District 19C Lions Clubs will have a fundraiser 5K walk for Diabetes Awareness on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The money raised will be used to fund diabetic retinopathy education programs; three-day diabetic emergency preparedness kits; and scholarships for diabetic kids to go to Camp Leo. Register online by April 19th.
     

    Register online for $22.25 to participate in the event.  Shirts are avaialbe for an additional $12 and need to be ordered on-line no later than April 19th. Shirts will not be available to purchase on the day of the event. They would like people to register to walk no later than April 19th so that they have a better idea as to how many people will be participating in the event. https://www.databarevents.com/lionsclubwalk


    Saturday, May 2nd 10am-2pm
    Bradley Lake Park, 531 31st Avenue SE, Puyallup 98374
    253-302-9527 https://www.facebook.com/events/1541615516105108/

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "The 39 Steps" at Lakewood Playhouse:

    The recipe for "The 39 Steps" is part Monty Python, part Shakespeare, part Alfred Hitchcock! It's a comedic treat with just the right dash of mystery, with one actor playing the hero, one actress playing three women and two clowns playing the other 150 roles. It's adventurous, intriguing with a few bits of naughtiness. Thursday-Sunday, April 16th-May 10th. Thursday-Saturday performances at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm (no Thursday show on May 7th). Call for tickets at 253-588-0042 or see www.lakewoodplayhouse.org 


    Thursday-Sunday, April 16th-May10th (times vary)
    Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood
    253-588-0042 www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

  • FREE! Marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contest:

    Make characters out of the well-known Marshmallow Peeps Easter candy and place them in scenes from your favorite literature! Create a diorama - a three-dimensional scene in miniature - and enter this unusual and fun contest. Entries accepted Thursday, April 16th to Thursday, April 23rd. Two optional diorama-making workshops: Wednesday, April 8th, 1-5pm and Friday, April 10th, 3-7pm. Call 360-352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org for details.


    Entries accepted Thursday to Thursday, April 16th-23rd
    Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia
    360-352-0595 www.TRL.org

  • Home & Garden Show in Centralia:

    The Home & Garden Show in Centralia is everything grownups are looking for to spruce up their home! Kids won't be disappointed, as the Kids Zone and magician Jeff Evans' appearance will be highlights of the event. There are featured speakers, food, raffles and free parking. Friday-Sunday, April 17th-19th. Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Tickets are $2 adults, $1 children and $5 for a family up to five persons. Call 360-748-8885 or see www.chamberway.com for more details.

     


    Friday-Sunday, April 17th-19th (Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4)
    Northwest Sports Hub, 701 Allen Ave., Centralia
    360-748-8885 www.chamberway.com

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "The Glass Menagerie" at Paradise Theatre:

    Don't miss "The Glass Menagerie"! Paradise Theatre presents the classic play about a frustrated writer, a nagging mother - who is often lost in memories of her southern Belle past - and a sister. All three of them are greatly affected by the painfully shy sister's "gentleman caller"! Friday-Sunday, April 17th-May 2nd. Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 3pm (Special Dinner Theatre Saturday, May 2nd, 6pm). Tickets are $20 adults, $17 senior-military, $10 main floor ($2 more for mezzanine seating). See www.paradisetheatre.org or call 253-851-PLAY (7529) for tickets.


    Friday-Sunday, April 17th-May 2nd (times vary)
    Paradise Theatre, 9911 Burnham Dr. NW, Gig Harbor
    253-851-PLAY (7529) www.paradisetheatre.org

  • REGISTER NOW! Bicycle Commuter Contest:

    Join the Bicycle Commuter Contest as participants will bicycle to work, school or to do errands throughout the month of May and report their activity for prizes! The annual contest encourages and promotes bicycling in Thurston County to the tune of 1,500 participants.. Call 360-705-5874 or see www.bccblog.com for more information. Register online at www.intercitytransit.com 


    throughout May
    Thurston County
    360-705-5874, dgreen@intercitytransit.com www.bccblog.com

  • REGISTER NOW! Rochester Scholarship Association 5K Walk/Run:

    Enjoy a 5K run/walk on Saturday April 25th at Rochester High School to benefit the graduating seniors' scholarship fund. Individual and Team categories. Fun for the entire family! Register at http://www.rochester.wednet.edu/Page/1318. Deadline for registration including a t-shirt is April 15th. Participants may register the day of as well but no t-shirt is guaranteed. Registration fees are $30 for an individual and $100 for a team of four; student registration fee $20, student team of four is $60. Late registration is $40 for all.


    Saturday, April 25th (registration 8am, run 9am)
    Rochester High School, 19800 Carper Rd. SW, Rochester
    360-273-8734 http://www.rochester.wednet.edu/Page/1318

  • Oliver! A Production by Aspire Middle School:

    Aspire Middle School for the Performing Arts presents the musical "Oliver!" based on Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" Friday, April 17 at 7pm and Saturday, April 18 at 3pm and 7pm. Students $5, adults $7.


    Friday, April 17 at 7pm & Saturday, April 18 at 3pm and 7pm
    James Koval Center for the Performing Arts, North Thurston H.S., Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Olympia
    360-259-4571

  • FREE! CrimeStoppers Shred Event Fundraiser:

    Dispose of sensitive documents in a special shredding event to raise money for Olympia-Thurston CrimeStoppers! Computer and electronic devices can also be dropped off for proper recycling, in addition to gently used books, music and moveis. Since 1991, CrimeStoppers has recovered more than 1.8 million dollars in stolen property. Saturday, April 18th, 8am-12pm. This is a free service, although donations to CrimeStoppers will be gladly accepted.


    Saturday, April 18th, 8am-12pm
    Saint Martin's University Grand Staircase, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey
    360-709-3073 www.crimebusters.org

  • POSTPONED! South Sound Women's Day:

    POSTPONED! CHECK BACK FOR REVISED DATE! Find out about professional & community growth for women in a day of networking opportunities, inspiring speakers and more! Sponsors & vendors will have activities to lift your mind, body & spirit. South Sound Women's Events strives to promote female leadership in a day designed to celebrate YOU! All of the speakers & session descriptions are available at www.soundsoundwomensevents.org. Tickets are $75 per person & include a fabulous lunch by Elyse's Catering.  

    Keynote speakers include Marilyn McKenna "How to Eat Like it Matters" and Natalie  Danielson "Laugh Out Loud, Laugh Often!"


    Postponed!
    South Puget Sound Community College, Mottman Road, Olympia
    360-866-3638 www.southsoundwomensevents.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 2 from the Capitol! All proceeds benefit YMCA youth development programs. Register at the Downtown Olympia or Briggs Y or online, www.southsoundymca.org! 360-357-6609


    Saturday, May 2nd - registration 8am
    Capitol campus, Olympia
    360-357-6609

  • REGISTER NOW! Adventures in Boating Certification Class:

    The Tacoma Maritime Institute is instructing the Washington State Boating Course "Adventures in Boating" for boaters who need their State Boating Card. Register now! This class will be held on Saturday, March 21st and Saturday, April 18th (your choice). On the water training after the class is also available. Fee for classroom materials is $25 per person. All boaters over 14 are required to have their State Boating Education Card this summer. Don't wait until the last second. To register for the class please contact Boatingedguy@yahoo.com or call 253-536-4494  


    Choose either Saturday, March 21st or April 18th 8:30-5pm
    Midland Community Center, 1614 99th St. E., Tacoma
    253-536-4494 / boatingedguy@yahoo.com

  • Downtown Olympia Cleanup:

    Make downtown Olympia a nicer place with just three hours of work! Join others and have fun sweeping, weeding and cleaning together. Enjoy a free, delicious lunch and then go home knowing you made a difference in your downtown. Saturday, April 18th, 9am-12pm. Check in at 8:30am at the Olympia Press Building (behind McMenamin's Spar Cafe & Bar - access off Capitol Way) and enjoy coffee and doughnuts. Lunch follows the work at 12:15pm. Call 360-357-8948 to sign up or see the Downtown Olympia Association's Facebook page.


    Saturday, April 18th, 9-12pm
    Olympia Press Building (check-in), 115 State Ave. NE, Olympia
    360-357-8948 www.Facebook.com/OlympiaDowntownAssociation

  • FREE! Olympia Residents - Saturday Drop-Off Site:

    Olympia residents can recycle any non-appliance and clean scrap metal every Saturday, including holiday weekends. Yard debris and traditional recyclables are accepted - all plastic must be removed. Saturdays through November 21st, 9am-2pm. See www.ci.olympia.wa.us or call 360-570-5837 for details.


    Saturdays through November 21st, 9am-2pm
    City of Olympia Maintenance Center, 1401 Eastside St. SE, Olympia
    360-570-5837 www.ci.olympia.wa.us

  • Big Home & Garden Show In Lacey:

    The Olympia Master Builders' BIG Home & Garden show is information and fun for all! Professionals in home related fields will answer questions, and there will be kitchen demonstrations, a dog house competition, food, live music and all kinds of activities for the kids. Free parking. Saturday-Sunday, April 18th-19th, 10am-6pm each day. Regular admission $5 (kids under 12 free), half off for seniors on Sunday. 

    Click here for $2 off coupon!


    Saturday-Sunday, April 18th-19th, 10am-6pm
    St. Martin's Marcus Pavilion, 5000 Abbey Way, Lacey
    360-754-0912 www.omb.org

  • REGISTER NOW! Learning to See Reality Clearly:

    "The Magical Play of the Mind: Learning to See Reality Clearly" is a half-day course and afternoon Buddhist retreat in Olympia Saturday, April 18 with Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Wangpo.
     
    Our mind is much more involved in creating our world than we might think.  This daycourse and afternoon retreat will focus on developing a practical understanding of how to meditate on the true nature of reality, emptiness.  
     
    Normally, we tend to grasp at things far too concretely, and this grasping underlies all our tension, anxiety, and frustration.  By contemplating Buddha's startling and profound teachings on the ultimate nature of reality, we can begin to let go of our misperception of how things exist.  When we recognize the dream-like nature of reality, our mind becomes peaceful, flexible, and creative.  Ultimately, we can achieve permanent freedom from suffering.
     
    Class $25, retreat $5 per session, or $30 for the whole day.  For students and seniors:  Class $15 or $18 for the whole day. 


    Saturday, April 18 (course 10am-1pm, retreat 2:30-3:30pm and 4-5pm)
    Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, 211 Legion Way SW, Olympia
    360-754-7787 http://www.meditateinolympia.org/the-magical-play-of-the-mind-learning-to-see-reality-clearly

  • Olympia Norway Day:

    The Olympia Sons & Daughters of Norway are presenting the "Norway Day Festival" and it's fun for all! Enjoy food, music, vendors, displays and much more. Saturday, April 18th, 10am-4pm. Call 360-259-0924 or see www.olympianorwayday.com for more information.

     


    Saturday, April 18th, 10am-4pm
    Thurston County Fairgrounds, Expo Center, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey
    360-259-0924 www.OlympiaNorwayDay.com

  • Explore, Create & Learn at Living History Day:

    Experience springtime as it was in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually! Families will enjoy games, churning butter and meeting the fort's chicks & chickens, while there will be re-enactments of cooking, yard-spinning and blacksmith hammering. Northwest horticulture expert Marianne Binetti give a garden talk at 1pm. Saturday, April 18th, 11am-5pm. Event admission is $5-8, children 4 and younger are free. For more information, visit www.fortnisqually.org or call 253-591-5339.


    Saturday, April 18th, 11am-5pm
    Fort Nisqually Living History Museum at Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
    253-591-5339 www.fortnisqually.org

  • Waste Less Food!

    The average family wastes more than $130 a month on food they don’t eat - and this has a huge environmental and social impact. The Tumwater Timberland Library will have a presentation on ways to waste less food in your own kitchen. Take-home tools and information provided. Free! Saturday, April 18th, 11am-12pm. Call 360-943-7790 or see www.trl.org for details.

     

     


    Saturday, April 18th, 11am-12pm
    Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater
    360-943-7790 www.trl.org

  • REGISTER NOW! Bowl for Kids' Sake in Olympia:

    Raise money for Big Brothers & Sisters of Southwest Washington and then attend a bowling party to celebrate the fundraising for a great cause! Form a team of 4 to 6 members and when the fundraising is complete, enjoy free bowling and pizza. Register your team via the website. Saturday, April 18th, 12pm. To learn more or to register your team, visit www.swwabigs.org/bowlforkidssake 


    Saturday, April 18th, 1pm
    Westside Lanes, 2010 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia
    360-943-0409 www.swwabigs.org

  • Eagles Open House and Membership Drive:

    The Olympia Eagles present an open-to-the-public membership drive and all-ages open house! Live music all day and dancing at night with the rock band Pumphouse. Saturday, April 18th, 1pm-12am. Pumphouse plays at 8pm. For more information, call 360-970-5550.


    Saturday, April 18th, 1pm-12am
    Fraternal Order of Eagles, 805 4th Ave, Olympia
    360-970-5550 www.olyeagles.wix.com/21club

  • Marine Debris Pickathon!

     

    Earth Day is right around the corner! Learn about marine debris and what you can do to prevent it from the WET Science Center. View water samples from the North Pacific garbage patch, dissect an albatross bolus and filter microplastics out of personal care products, create your own "Refuse Single-Use" challenge card - then join the Pickathon cleanup event on the waterfront. Saturday, April 18th. Workshop starts at 1 p.m., Pickathon runs from 2-4 p.m. Call 360-664-2333 or see www.wetsciencecenter.org for more information.


    Saturday, April 18th, 1pm
    WET Science Center, 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia
    (360) 664-2333 www.wetsciencecenter.org

  • FREE! Marine Debris Pickathon:

    Earth Day is right around the corner! Show your love for Puget Sound by learning about marine debris and what you can do to prevent it.  Look at water samples from the North Pacific garbage patch, dissect an albatross bolus, filter microplastics out of personal care products and create your own “Refuse Single-Use” challenge. Then, grab a grabber, lace up your shoes, and join the Pickathon – a cleanup event that allows you to walk Olympia’s amazing waterfront while keeping debris out of the sea! Contact Pacific Shellfish Institute (psi@pacshell.org) to help organize your own Earth Day cleanup event.  Workshop starts Saturday, April 18th at 2 p.m., Pickathon runs from 3-5 p.m.


    Saturday, April 18th 2pm
    WET Science Center, 500 Adams St NE, Olympia 98501
    360-754-2741/middleton@pacshell.org www.pacshell.org http://www.pacshell.org/debris-education.asp

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Masterworks Choral Ensemble's "Songs of the Sea":

    Ahoy, mateys! Hoist that main and sail on down to see the Masterworks Choral Ensemble performing "Songs of the Sea"! They'll be performing "Beyond the Sea," "Sea Fever" and songs about sea creatures, such as "Seal Lullaby," "Calypso," and more in an enjoyable evening. Saturday, April 18th, 7:30pm. Tickets are available through www.mce.org (the Masterworks Choral Ensemble website), or by calling the Washington Center at 360-753-8383.


    Saturday, April 18th, 7:30pm
    Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia
    360-753-8383 www.washingtoncenter.org www.mce.org

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "A Streetcar Named Desire":

    The Evergreen Playhouse presents Tennessee Williams’ American classic, "A Streetcar Named Desire," directed by Shane Rivers! Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/  or at the door (cash or check only). Friday-Sunday, April 10th-26th, Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Starring Danielle Rivers as Blanche DuBois, Rich Garrett as Stanley Kowalski, and Michaela Hickey as Stella Kowalski.  Featuring Mark Pendleton, Scott Middleton, Duncan Eastman, Alene Stewart, Reva Rice, Courtney Simmons.

    Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for general admission. For more details, see www.evergreenplayhouse.com 


    Friday-Sunday, April 10th-26th (Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm)
    Evergreen Playhouse, 226 West Center Street, Centralia
    Shane Rivers/Shanerivers7@comcast.net www.evergreenplayhouse.com/