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  • GET TICKETS NOW! Washington State Fair 2014:

    This year's Washington State Fair features more activities and fun than ever! Thrill to the 360 Degree Tour, free stage entertainment, races, exhibits, fireworks every Friday and of course, food galore. Eliminate transportation costs via Pierce Transit and get tickets in advance at great savings. Friday, September 5th-Sunday, September 21st.

    Friday, September 5th-Sunday, September 21st
    Washington State Fair Events Center, 110th 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup

  • REGISTER NOW! Self Help - Dealing with Grief:

    If you're ready to deal with the grief of being widowed, divorced, or separated - there is help. As a faith-based organization, Beginning Experience offers men and women the opportunity & skills to build deeper self-respect, cope with the pain of loss, and move into the future with renewed hope. Join them on a weekend away for a lifetime of change, October 3-5 in Lacey. Call for more info and/or brochure. Chris: 253-223-2645 or Pat: 360-878-9325

    October 3rd-5th in Lacey


  • GET TICKETS NOW! South Sound Board Game Convention:

    Don't miss the 3rd South Sound Board Game Convention with four days of family fun. Take part in open gaming, play-to-win games, raffle prizes, contests, a huge game library and a silent auction. $10 per day, $25 for a full event pass. Thursday, September 18th-Sunday, September 21st. South Sound Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd., Olympia. See or 

    Thursday, September 18th-Sunday, September 21st
    South Sound Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd., Olympia

  • Olympia I-5 Traffic Advisory:

    The State DOT is asking drivers to avoid driving on I-5 in Olympia over the weekend of September 19th-21st. A critical bridge expansion project could bring major traffic backups on northbound & sounthbound I-5 and nearby US 101. For details, see Allow yourself additional time.

    Weekends of September 12-14th, 19th-21st
    I-5 near Capitol Lake, Olympia

  • Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show:

    BigShowCity Performing Arts presents the Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show.  A evening of variety entertainment, with a little something for everyone, hosted by locally renowned storyteller Elizabeth Lord.


    Show runs two weekends: September 19-21 at 8pm, September 26-27 at 8pm, and Sunday, September 28 (Youth Friendly Show) at 4pm.  Late shows on Saturday 20 and 27 at 10 pm. Tickets are $15-$25 at the door or in advance at  Appropriate for ages 16 and up, special young audience show on September 28. Doors open half hour prior to show time.

    Sept. 19-21 & at 8pm, Sept. 26-27 at 8pm. Late shows Sat. 20 & 27 at 10pm. Sun., Sept. 28 Youth-friendly Show 4pm.
    Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia 98501

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None":

    One of ten strangers trapped on an island resort is eliminating the others, one by one. Whodunnit? "And Then There Were None" is a terrifying mystery, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic "Ten Little Indians." Friday-Sunday, September 12th-October 12th & Thursday, September 11th ("Pay What You Can" preview), 18th & 25th. Shows at 2pm & 8pm - see website. Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood. For information and tickets, call 253-588-0042 or see 

    Thursday-Sunday, September 11th-October 12th 2 & 8pm shows - see website
    Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "The Addams Family - A New Musical":

    Based on the 1960s TV show "The Addams Family," this new musical details the sometimes eccentric characters, who are unaware that people find them frightening. The hilarity ensues when Wednesday Addams falls in love with a man from a respectable family, and two very different sets of relatives meet for the first time. Friday-Saturday, September 19th-October 11th, 7:30pm. Sunday, September 21st & 28th, 3pm. Special dinner treatre Saturday, October 4th, 6pm. Paradise Theatre, 9911 Burnham Rd. NW, Gig Harbor. Purchase tickets online at or call the box office at 253-851-PLAY (7529).

    Friday-Sunday, September 19th-October 11th, 7:30pm (Fri.-Sat.), 3pm Sunday
    Paradise Theatre, 9911 Burnham Rd. NW, Gig Harbor
    253-851-PLAY (7529)

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "An American In Paris" in Centralia:

    The Fox Theatre Restorations group is showing Gene Kelly in An American In Paris as part of their film series. Fred Beeks will add to the event by playing the Fox Theatre organ before each screening. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Historic Fox Theatre. Saturday, September 20th, 2 & 7pm.  Admission is $8, $7 for members, and $20 per family (three to four persons). Tickets available at Book'n'Brush in Chehalis, as well as Debbie's Boutique, Holley's Place, Hubbub and Santa Lucia Coffee in Centralia.

    Saturday, September 20th, 2 & 7pm
    Historic Fox Theatre, Centralia

  • Hat and Glove Drive for Washington Fire Victims:

    Nearly 600 households have been affected by the Carlton complex wildfire in Eastern Washington. Victims of the tragedy are in dire need of hats and gloves for the coming harsh winter months. Support them by donating new men's, women's and children's hats & gloves - all sizes needed. Lacey Presbyterian Church is heading up a drive for new hats & gloves throughout September.

    Click here for drop-off locations:


    throughout September

    360-789-0343 or 360-491-7722

  • BUY TICKETS NOW! GRuB's Harvest Soiree:

    A farm to table feast to benefit GRuB with local veggies, local ciders, and local brews, plus a silent and live auction. It's Saturday, September 27th from 4-8pm.


    You are invited to come to the table with GRuB to share a meal grown with love, prepared with love, and shared with love. By coming together for a family-style meal, you will experience the joy and art of being together, at the table, and in community. GRuB is a local non-profit that inspires positive personal and community change by bringing people together around food and agriculture. Alongside the family-style meal, there will be works of art from local artists and artisans featured in our silent and live auctions.

    Limited tickets are still available for $100. For more information call (360) 753-5522 or visit

    Saturday, September 27th from 4-8pm
    Albee's Garden Parties, 4127 20th Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502

  • REGISTER NOW! Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament:

    Register now for the Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament Friday, September 26th. The proceeds of the tournament go to programs that support soldiers who come home from war with PTSD.

    PTSD is commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It’s what led to the death of a soldier named PFC Kyle Marshall Farr in 2009.  From that death was born Race for a Soldier and a new meaning for PTSD:  Permission To Start Dreaming.

    Kyle’s mother, Leslie Mayne, experienced the civilian version of post traumatic stress after the loss of her son.  There was no bringing Kyle back but there was a way to honor his life and Leslie found it.

    With the help of countless volunteers, family and friends, Race For A Soldier, a half marathon contested in Gig Harbor, WA, was started in the fall of 2011.  It widely exceeded expectations, drawing 1,500 runners in both 2011 and 2012, even more in 2013, and has contributed over $100,000 to date.  These contributions were split among organizations that are helping soldiers recover from war and readjust to life back home.

    In order to increase the scope of awareness and funding for this important cause, last year they introduced a new event:  Swing For A Soldier, a golf tournament to help soldiers with PTSD.

    Friday, September 26th at 9:30am (shotgun start)
    Eagles Pride Golf Course (Ft. Lewis)

  • GET TICKETS NOW! "Blithe Spirit" Comedy at Olympia Little Theatre:

    Noel Coward's comedy "Blithe Spirit," where the spirit of a man's dead wife is summoned and brings chaos to the widowed husband and everyone around him, opens the 2014-2015 season at the Olympia Little Theatre in their 75th anniversary celebration. Buy a season ticket package now and save $2 per show!

    Friday-Saturday, September 5th-September 27th, 7:55pm; Thursday, September 18th & 25th, 7:55pm; Sunday, September 14th, 21st & 28th, 1:55pm. Opening weekend tickets are $10 ($2 student discount). Call 360-786-9484 for tickets or get them online:

    Fri-Sat. Sept. 5th-27th 7:55pm; Thurs. Sept. 18th & 25th 7:55pm; Sun. Sept. 14th, 21st, 28th 1:55pm
    Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave., Olympia

  • ARTrails of SW Washington:

    If you've ever wanted to watch artists in action you'll love the ARTrails of Southwest Washington Open Studio tour Sat. & Sun., September 20-21 & 27-28. Sixty artists will open their studios for you to watch them work and talk technique. Start your self-guided tour at the Exhibition Gallery in Centralia's historic train depot. It's a once a year opportunity to experience creativity and beauty up close. Go to for more details.

    Sat. & Sun., September 20-21 & 27-28
    starts at Centralia's Historic Train Depot, 210 Railway Ave.
    (360) 736-1082.

  • Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually:

    Art history enthusiasts will love the Crafts of the Past Visiting Artisan Program! View various works designed in the 1800s, participate in crafts including Native American basket-weaving, metal engraving, botanical illustration and more! A different artist is featured each weekend.

    September 20 and 21


    Victoria Anderson
    Anderson had her first experience with making a cyanotype photographic print as a child with a kit she got from a science store. As a college student, Victoria explored the process more deeply, learning to make her own photo-sensitive paper and fabric. Cyanotypes use ultraviolet light (e.g. sunlight) to create a photographic image, and were one of the earliest forms of photography to appear in the mid-1800s. It was quickly utilized to make images of plant specimens. Guests will have the opportunity to make their own prints of leaves, buttons, or lace.


    September 27 (Saturday only)

    Gardening Crafts in the Heritage Gardens

    Members of the Fort Nisqually Gardening Guild will demonstrate traditional garden crafts such as making wattle fencing, hurdles, and cloches. The craft demonstration complements the Fall Garden Festival, based at the Point Defiance Pagoda. The Fort Nisqually Heritage Gardens are featured in the Fall Garden Festival tours.
    This time of year, the gardens at Fort Nisqually are giving up a cornucopia of delicious fruits and vegetables. Plums and apples are ripening on the trees. Wheat and barley were recently harvested. The heritage gardens represent the Forts original 1850s gardens. The historic gardens were much larger -- approximately one-and-a-half acres. The Hudsons Bay Company trading post grew as much of their own food as possible. In 1839, anticipating the decline of the local fur trade, HBC formed the Puget Sound Agricultural Company (PSAC), based at Fort Nisqually. By the mid 1850's HBC had laid claim to over 160,000 acres of land in south Puget Sound, most of it used for the raising of sheep, cattle, and horses.
    For more on the Fall Garden Festival visit
    Note: Admission to Fort Nisqually is free for Tacoma residents on September 27 (proof of residency required). It is also Smithsonian Magazines Museum Day Live! and a ticket for free admission for two is available through .


    Saturdays & most Sundays through September 27th
    Fort Nisqually, 5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma 98407

  • REGISTER NOW! South Sound AIDS Walk!

    Sign up now for the South Sound AIDS Walk Saturday, September 20! Your support will help Pierce County AIDS Foundation provide compassionate and comprehensive AIDS prevention and support services for friends and neighbors living with HIV/AIDS. The South Sound AIDS Walk – it’s more than just a walk! Register today at

    Saturday, September 20th 9am registration
    Cheney Stadium, 2502 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98405

  • FREE! Back to School Immunization Clinic:

    Students entering pre-school (age 3) through age 18 are welcomed at this free immunization clinic. No registration required, but students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Open to all students, not just Group Health members. Bring immunization records if available. Saturday, September 20th, 9am-12noon. Group Health Cooperative, 700 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia. No exemptions or waivers will be issued; immunizations are available on a first- come, first-served basis.

    Saturday, September 20th, 9am-12noon
    Group Health Cooperative, 700 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia
    Sue Poyner, 360-867-2551

  • Rainier Community Garden Weekly Work Parties:

    Are you interested in learning to garden, don't have gardening space of your own, or just want to give back to the community? The Rainier Community Garden invites you grow fresh vegetables as a collective group and donate a portion to the food bank! Every Saturday 9am-noon starting June 14th, 2014

    Every Saturday 9am-noon
    Rainier High School, 308 Second Street West, Rainier 98576
    360-528-0923 /

  • Saturday Drop-Off Site:

    The City of Olympia's drop-off site for scrap metal, yard debris, and traditional recycles is open every Saturday. Many items can be recycled at no charge, including clean scrap metal, paper, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic bottles, while there's a small charge for other materials. See the website for rules and information. Saturdays 9am-2pm to November 22nd, 2014. Maintenance Center, 1401 Eastside St. SE, Olympia. For more information, contact: Kim Johnson 360-570-5837

    Kim Johnson 360-570-5837

  • Summer's End Lacey Car Show:

    Vehicles from every era - from a 1906 Holsman Horseless Carriage to a 2013 Tesla - are part of the Lacey Car Show. Enjoy lunch, games & activities, live music, or enter your car in competition, as entries will contend for 50 different awards. Proceeds will go toward local emergency response agencies. Saturday, September 20th, 9am-3pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey. Free admission. The cost to enter a vehicle is $20 at the gate.

    Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey

  • FREE! 2014 Tacoma Maritime Festival:

    Celebrate the Tacoma Maritime Festival! From the tall ships, to quick & dirty boat building, to tours of the waterfront and lots of activities in the Kids' Zone, there will be something for everyone. As always, admission is free. Saturday, September 20th 10am-6pm and Sunday, September 21st 10am-5pm.

    Saturday, September 20th 10am-6pm & Sunday, September 21st 10am-5pm
    Thea Foss Park & The Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma
    (253) 617-7172

  • 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

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Museum of Glass Red Hot Gala:

    The Red Hot Gala is the Museum of Glass' largest fundraiser of the year, with silent and live auctions throughout the night, a gourmet dinner with internationally celebrated artists, glassblowing and a live music performance with Portland-based Rags & Ribbons. Funds raised will help artists and regional students alike. Saturday, September 20th, 10am-5pm. Auctions, silent auctions and music starts in the evening. To purchase tickets, visit or call 253-284-4708.

    Saturday, September 20th, 10am-5pm (auctions & music in the evening)
    Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Family-Friendly Concert with Caspar Babypants & Recess Monkey:

    Two northwest "kindie rock" performers with national acclaim play a family-friendly concert. Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey dazzle with upbeat and humorous music that little ones - and their parents - will thoroughly enjoy. Saturday, September 20th, 10:30am. Rialto Theater, Tacoma. Tickets are $12, $17 and $22. Call the Broadway Center Box Office at 253-591-5894.

    Saturday, September 20th, 10:30am
    Rialto Theater, Tacoma

  • South Sound Estuarium:

    Enjoy weekends at South Sound Estuarium, the marine life discovery center. See saltwater creatures in three aquariums, explore the marine exhibits, and look under the microscope to view the building blocks of marine life. Saturdays-Sundays, year round, 11am-4pm.  Admission/donation requested.

    open year round Saturdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm
    South South Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia, WA 98501
    360 754-7371

  • "Cruising for the Sound":

    Have a blast in a three hour cruise south of Puget Sound aboard the luxury yacht My Girl. Get a marine education, enjoy good company, great food and a no host bar in an annual fundraiser for South Sound Estuary programs. Sunday, September 28th, 2-5pm. Leaving from Port Plaza dock. South Sound Estuary Association members $50/person.  Non-members $65/person. 

    See south Puget Sound from the water! Enjoy a wonderful day with new and old friends!  Good Food! Marine Education! FUN!

    All proceeds benefit South Sound Estuary Association, (a 501(c)(3) environmental education non-profit, programs - Beach Naturalist, South Sound Estuarium, Pier Peer!  

    Reserve your space. Go to

    More information: , click on Benefit Cruise

    DEADLINE TO GET TICKETS - September 27, 2014, no age restrictions


    Sunday, September 28th, 2-5pm
    Aboard the yacht My Girl, leaving from Port Plaza dock, Olympia

  • FREE! Dream Interpretation for Beginners:

    Why do we dream? What do dreams mean? Bring your experiences and your questions to this introductory class on dream interpretation presented by local expert Paula Otano. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. Saturday, September 20th, 2-3pm. Free program, ages 18 and over.








    Saturday, September 20th, 2-3pm
    Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. SW, Tumwater

  • GET TICKETS NOW! Poetry and Songs for the Wild:

    Four poets who speak for the preservation of wild places join kids in concert, a book sale, food and refreshments in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. There will also be a slide show of protected wilderness areas in our state. Saturday, September 20th, 2-5pm. Sponsored by Polly Dyer Cascadia Broadband - Great Old Broads for Wilderness.

    Tickets sliding scale $10-20 each, available at

    Saturday, September 20th, 2-5pm
    The Women's Club of Olympia, 1002 Washington Street SE, Olympia

  • GET TICKETS NOW! An Evening with Rick Steves:

    Rick Steves' lectures, guidebooks and TV shows have helped millions not just to enjoy their travels but become better citizens of our planet. Steves shares how the other 96 percent of humanity sees our nation and how his activism has grown from his experiences. After the lecture, he will answer questions and sign autographs. Saturday, September 20th, 7pm.


    Tickets can now be purchased for $10 each using promo code FFO (for Friendship Force of Olympia) at or at the Washington Center box office 360-753-8586.


    The event is sponsored by the Friendship Force of Olympia, part of Friendship Force International, an exchange program for adults and families. Established in 1984, the Olympia club is celebrating 30 years of travel and hosting. There are almost 400 Friendship Force clubs in 60 countries around the world. Travelers stay in the homes of families and enjoy a program of events planned by the hosting club. It’s a great way to see the world and come home with the best travel souvenir ever, new friends. Friendship Force ambassadors travel with an open mind and heart. The club is nonpolitical, nonreligious, and noncommercial. Groups of 10 to 20 people travel to the destination city for a one week homestay. They welcome new members. For more information see

    Saturday, September 20th, 7pm
    The Washington Center, Olympia