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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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  • 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

    Wednesday, December 24th, either 10:30am or noon start
    Wright Park, Tacoma 253-312-9254

  • Stone Carver Keith Phillips to Speak:

    Master Stone Carver Keith Phillips will bring an illustrated talk, "Carved In Stone: The Art & History of Tenino Sandstone" to the Schmidt House. Phillips will follow the presentation by answering questions and displaying his tools and samples. Free admission, donations encouraged. Thursday, December 18th, 12-1pm (doors open at 11:30am). Call 360-786-8117 for more information.

    Thursday, December 18th, 12pm (doors open at 11:30am)
    Historic Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater

  • Historical Christmas Island:

    Come to Maytown, the Bethlehem of Thurston County, and see the Christ child! 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

  • "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

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "A Year With Frog & Toad" at Lakewood Playhouse

    The whimsical "A Year with Frog & Toad" follow two great friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four fun-filled seasons. It's a show suitable for the entire family! Thursday-Sunday, December 11th-21st, 7pm (Sundays 2pm). Also, Wednesday, December 17th, 7pm. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 children. Call for more details at 253-588-0042 or see

    Thursday-Sunday, December 11th-21st & Wednesday, December 17th, 7pm (Sundays 2pm)
    Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Tacoma Symphony & Chorus' "Messiah":

    Handel's inspiring oratorio, "Messiah," gets its only complete South Sound performance with shows in two locations! The Tacoma Symphony & Chorus will inspire the audience with the famous selections "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" and the beloved "Hallelujah Chorus." Thursday-Friday, December 18th-19th, 7:30pm. 

    Thursday-Friday, December 18th-19th, 7:30pm
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Gig Harbor (Dec. 18th) & St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma (Dec. 19th)

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "Barefoot In the Park" at Olympia Little Theatre:

    Free-spirited Corrie and buttoned-down Paul move from romance to tension in their marriage, which is further complicated by a surprise visit from Corrie's widowed mother. Enjoy the jumbled emotions in Neil Simon's classic romantic comedy! Friday-Saturday, December 5th-6th; Thursday-Saturday, December 11th-13th & 18th-20th (all 7:55pm); Sunday, December 14th & 21st, 1:55pm. 


    Fri-Sat December 5th-6th, Thurs-Sat Dec. 11th-13th, Dec. 18th-20th (all 7:55pm) plus Sunday, Dec. 14th & 21st (1:55pm)
    Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia

  • 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

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