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Friday, November 28, 2014
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  • GET TICKETS NOW! "How the Slug Stole Solstice" at Olympia Family Theater:

    Called "alternative fare" for those who may not celebrate traditional Christmas or Hanukkah, "How the Slug Stole Solstice" is a delightfully wacky holiday presentation for young people (recommended for ages 5 and up). Season tickets and flex passes available. Friday-Sunday, November 28th-December 21st.  Call for times or more information at 360-570-1638 or see

    Friday-Sunday, November 28th-December 21st (various times)
    Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E., Olympia

  • Coat Drive at Tumwater Auto Spa:

    Donate any new or gently used clean coat to the Little Red Schoolhouse and get $2 off a car wash of your choice! Needy youth in Thurston Country will benefit from your gift - last year, over 3,000 students received coats and school supplies from the organization. Friday, November 14th to Sunday, December 14th. See the website for details:

    Friday, November 14th to Friday, December 14th
    Tumwater Auto Spa, 6040 Capital Blvd,, Tumwater

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "Annie" at the Paradise Theatre:

    "Annie" has been in continuous production since debuting in 1977, great entertainment for the whole family! The stage musical adds the hope and cheer of the Holiday Season with a cast of 33 local artists - and one loveable dog! Friday, November 21st-Saturday, December 13th. Friday-Saturday shows 7:30pm, Sunday 3pm. Special Dinner Theatre Saturday, December 6th at 6pm. See website for specific days and times: Or call 253-851-PLAY (7529).

    Friday, November 21st-Saturday, December 13th (7:30pm Fri.-Sat., 3pm Sunday)
    Paradise Theatre, 9911 Burnham Dr. NW, Gig Harbor
    253-851-PLAY (7529)

  • Little Red Schoolhouse Project Black Friday Sock Drive:

    Help your school-age neighbors by purchasing socks for the Little Red Schoolhouse Project on Black Friday, when prices are at their lowest! Drop off the socks at five different Timberland Bank locations November 28th-December 15th. Donate Monday through Friday in Lacey, 1201 Marvin Rd. NE, 9am-5pm; Olympia, 428 Washington St. SE, 9am-5pm; Panorama, 1751 Circle Ln. SE, 9am-4pm; Tumwater, 801 Trosper Rd. SW, 9am-5pm; Yelm, 101 Yelm Ave. W, 9am-5pm. 

    Friday, November 28th-Monday, December 15th

  • Get a Heat Pump, Receive an 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 for more information.

    Through Wednesday, December 17th
    Thurston County

  • Thurston County Fair Holiday Bazaar!

    Skip the Black Friday madness this holiday by slowing down and savoring the sights, sounds, tastes, and locally-made treasures at the Thurston County Fair Holiday Bazaar.
    The bazaar is your chance to shop local and give local this holiday season, with hundreds of handcrafted gifts and goodies available from local crafters and artisans. Youre guaranteed to find something special and unique that will be perfect to giveor to keep! The Holiday Bazaar is a fun event for the whole family, and free admission and free parking also make it affordable.
    The 2014 Holiday Bazaar will be open Friday, November 28 from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, November 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Holiday Bazaar shoppers are also encouraged to spread the holiday cheer by bringing non-perishable food donations for the Thurston County Food Bank, and to donate gently used winter coats and clothing that Community Youth Services will share with Thurston County families and young people in need. 


    Friday, November 28 noon-5pm and Saturday, November 29 9am-5pm
    Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd., Lacey 98503

  • Lewis County "Shop With a Cop" Program:

    Lewis County residents are encouraged to nominate children they feel would benefit from the "Shop With a Cop" program. On December 18th, deputies will take children Christmas shopping, many of whom are in need of a positive relationship with law enforcement as well as financial assistance. Applications available from the website; deadline is Friday, November 28th. See the United Way website for an application: Call 360-748-8100 for more information.

    Application deadline: Friday, November 28th
    Lewis County United Way

  • 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

  • PSE Recycling Donation Program to Benefit Food Lifeline:

    Help feed hungry Northwest families by donating your old fridge or freezer for a $25 rebate. Decide to donate that rebate and Puget Sound Energy will match your contribution to raise $50 for Food Lifeline. Your appliance donation can provide 200 meals for those less fortunate! Offer ends Monday, December 15th. Puget Sound Energy, 2711 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia. Call 1-877-309-4754 to schedule an appliance pickup or visit

    Offer ends December 15th
    Puget Sound Energy, 2711 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia
    1-877-309-4754 www.pse/recycle

  • REGISTER NOW! 5K Reindeer Run & 1-Mile Candy Cane Run:

    Register online for the certified 5K "Reindeer Run" and a 1-Mile Candy Cane Run! Awards and refreshments after the race - there's also a costume contest, all at the Hands On Children's Museum. Sunday, December 7th, 9am (registration at 7:30am). Register online at or In-store registration at South Sound Running, 3405 Capitol Blvd., Olympia. For more information, call 360-701-4519.

    Sunday, December 7th, 9am (registration at 7:30am)
    Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia

  • "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

  • Salmon Viewing Opportunity:

    The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail is the south Puget Sound’s premier spawning Chum viewing interpretive trail.  This half-mile community gem includes 11 viewing stations with interpretive signage & volunteer docents to assist visitors in viewing tens of thousands of wind chum salmon spawning in their natural environment. 

    This year the Trail is open Saturdays & Sundays November 1-30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Veteran’s Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Trail is available for pre-arranged field trips Monday through Friday November 3 through November 28.  For more info: 

    Open Sat.-Sun. Nov. 1-30 10am-4pm plus Tuesday, Nov. 11 & Friday Nov. 28
    West Old Olympic Highway, between Olympia & Shelton
    360/412-0808 X 107 /

  • Santa Pictures to Benefit the Think Small Project:

    Enjoy the holidays by having photos taken with Santa while supporting the Think Small Project! Illusion of Grandeur will take the photos - packages start at $25. Friday, November 28th, 12-3pm.

    Friday, November 28th, 12-3pm
    Crystal Creek U-Cut Tree Farm, 23604 SE 192nd St., Maple Valley
    253-617-0000 /

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "A Little Princess" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse:

    "A Little Princess" is the story of a beleaguered girl with an unbridled imagination! Young Sara is separated from her father and the kindhearted Africans who helped to raise her, and is sent to boarding school in London, where she manages to turn a drab institution into one of magic and mystery. Friday-Sunday, November 28th-December 21st, 8pm (Fridays), 2 & 8pm (Saturdays), 2pm (Sundays). Get details by calling 253-565-6867 or see

    Friday-Sunday, November 28th-December 21st, 8pm (Fridays), 2 & 8pm (Saturdays), 2pm (Sunday)
    Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Avenue, Tacoma

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "Little Women" at Lakewood Playhouse:

    Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" is not only timeless - it's for the entire family! The play will be performed on the Lakewood Playhouse stage for the first time in 14 years. Seating is first come, first served. Friday, November 7th-Sunday, November 30th, 8pm (Sunday shows are at 2pm). "Pay What You Can" nights are at 8pm on three Thursdays: November 6th, 13th and 20th (Actors Benefit Night). Call 253-588-0042 or visit for details.


    Friday-Sunday November 7th-30th, 8pm (Sundays 2pm)
    Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood

  • 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