Community Calendar - Upcoming Events

Tumwater Farmers Market:  The Tumwater Farmers Market is in full bloom! Totes, t-shirts and more will soon be added to celebrate this local staple, and their ever-expanding variety of items includes refreshing salsa, crisp produce, unique wool crafts, beautiful flower baskets and much more! Wednesdays, 10am-2pm. Capitol Blvd. & Israel Rd., Tumwater.

GET TICKETS NOW!  Little Shop of Horrors:  "Little Shop of Horrors" runs for the first time onstage at the Lakewood Playhouse! This simple love story of a boy, a girl, and a man-eating plant tackles fame, fortune, and even the intent of global domination. Friday-Sunday, May 25th-June 24th. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW.  253-588-0042

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Cinder Edna" at Olympia Family Theater:  You've heard about Cinderella, but what about the next door neighbor, "Cinder Edna"? While both have cruel step-relatives, Cinda Edna doesn't believe in fairy godmothers and is determined to make her own luck in this spirited story. Friday-Sunday, May 18th-June 3rd. For more details, call 360-570-1638.

GET TICKETS NOW!  "My Fair Lady" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse:  Songwriters Lerner & Loewe transformed George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" into the music theatre classic "My Fair Lady"! It's an irreverent story and what songs ... including "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "On the Street Where You Live." Friday-Sunday, May 18th-June 10th. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave..  253-565-6867

FREE!  Food & Waste Composting:  Turn your yard waste and food scraps into compost! Learn how to make a rich soil amendment for your garden in this free workshop - no registration necessary. Tuesday, May 29th, 10am. Dirt Works Demonstration Garden, Yauger Park, West Olympia.  360-867-2097 

FREE!  Dorothy Wilhelm History Talk:  Columnist and radio-television personality Dorothy Wilhelm is one of the most requested return speakers at the Schmidt House. She and the Olympia Tumwater foundation's Don Trosper will interview each other about local history legends and will bring entertaining stories to the audience. Free, but donations are accepted. Thursday, May 31st, 12-1pm. The Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater.  360-786-8117 

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Macbeth" Live at Tacoma Little Theatre:  In "Macbeth" - one of Shakespeare's most acclaimed works - Macbeth's guilt, fear, and paranoia cause him to accelerate his need for power, which leads to a violent downfall. Friday-Sunday, June 1st-17th. For more details, call 253-272-2281.

Maritime Gig Festival:  The Maritime Gig Festival in Gig Harbor has something for everyone! There's a fun run, parade, live music performances, a children's festival and scores of food and drink choices! There's a car show and a yacht festival tour, too! Saturday-Sunday, June 2nd-3rd. Downtown Gig Harbor.  253-851-6865 

Yard Sale:  Find items you've been looking for at a yard sale and help construction of a church get started! Choose from a variety of clothing, furniture, art and more at the event to raise funds for Life Pointe Church, who are looking to purchase land or a pre-existing building. Saturday, June 2nd, 8am-4pm. Timberline Baptist Church, 6628 Mullen Rd. SE, Lacey. 

FREE! RSVP!  YMCA Celebrations:  Celebrate the downtown YMCA's new location on Plum Street in Olympia! On Saturday, June 2nd (9am-1pm), see the new digs and enjoy class demos, food, kids activities, raffles, tours and more! Please RSVP. 505 Plum St. SE, Olympia .  360-357-6609 

REGISTER NOW!  Boating Safety Class:  Register now for a boating class being offered in Lewis County! Mandatory classes for citizens born after January 1, 1955 who wish to operate a vessel with a 15 Horse Power engine or greater will take place at the sheriff's office. Saturday, June 2nd, 9am-4pm. Lewis County Sheriff's Office 1st Floor, Law & Justice Building, 345 W. Main St., Chehalis.  360-740-2713 

REGISTER NOW!  National Trails Day Celebration:  Celebrate National Trails Day with a celebration and work party! The event will honor the work of Senator Karen Fraser and takes place at the bicycle roundabout. Light refreshments will be provided, as well as gloves and tools. Call to pre-register. Saturday, June 2nd, 10am-1pm. 3811 Pacific Avenue, Olympia.  360-753-8380 

FREE!  Olympia Comics Festival:  Comics enthusiasts can have a whole day of fun at the Olympia Comics Festival! Featured guests are "Trump Tweets" cartoonist Shannon Wheeler and sci-fi artist Farel Dalrymple. Open to the public and FREE! Saturday, June 2nd, 11am-5:30pm. Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia.  360-705-3050 

Canoe Families Celebration:  Celebrate members and volunteers associated with the Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup and Skokomish River Road canoe families! There will be free canoe rides, drummers, storytellers and artists demonstrating weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. There's a salmon lunch available, or hot dogs and s'mores. Saturday, June 2nd, 12-4pm. Deep Lake boat launch area, 12245 Tilley Road South, Millersylvania State Park, Olympia.  360-902-8635 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Nature Nurtures Farm Fundraiser:  "It Takes a Light the Way" is the theme of the Nature Nurtures Farm fundraiser! The gala will feature live music, food, drinks and a live and silent auction to support this important organization. Win a trip to Hawaii! Saturday, June 2nd, 5pm. South Puget Sound Community College Student Union Building, Olympia.  360-709-9769 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Eagles Songwriter Jack Tempchin in Yelm:  Singer-songwriter Jack Tempchin will play in Yelm! The author of "Peaceful Easy Feeling" for the Eagles and "Slow Dancin' (Swayin' to the Music)" for Johnny Rivers is on his 45th anniversary tour. Cindy Alexander is the opening act Saturday, June 2nd, 7pm. Triad Arts Theater, 102 E. Yelm Ave., Yelm.  360-458-3140 

Women of Note Choral Concert in Shelton:  Come to the "Once Upon a Time" choral concert! "Women of Note" conductor Elizabeth Berndt has mined women's choral literature for real stories influenced by natural, social, and political events worldwide to create a compelling performance that is inspiring and captivating. Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm at St. David's Church, Shelton.  

FREE!  Alcohol Ink Tiles Workshop:  Learn how to use colorful alcohol ink to create a decorative trivet or coaster! All materials will be provided at this free event at the Olympia Timberland Library. For adults. Monday, June 4th, 5-7pm. Olympia Timberland Library.  360-352-0595

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Suite Surrender" at Olympia Little Theatre:  The story of two feuding Hollywood divas! See the onstage performance of two rivals who show up with their entourages for a USO benefit and discover that they're assigned to the same suite in this screwball World War II farce June 8th-24th (Thursdays-Sundays). For more information, call 360-786-9484. Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE  . 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Craft Beer & Wine Fest:  The Craft Beer & Wine Fest will bring thousands to Vancouver, Washington! There will be beverages, tasty food, handmade goods, art, games and live music performances, including Gold Dust, the Fleetwood Mac tribute band with a Stevie Nicks impersonator! Friday-Sunday, June 8th-10th. Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-7pm. Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA. 

FREE!  Wonderful Wurlitzer:  Join community members for a sing-a-long to celebrate the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ! Restored by Crow, it has been a part of Olympia since 1924, and Sharon Stearnes will take the audience through popular songs, musical and American folk songs. It's a family event and it's FREE! Friday, June 8th, 7pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.  360-753-8586

REGISTER NOW!  Family Fishing Day:  The Family Fishing Day features live music, food vendors, displays and so much more! The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will stock the lake with rainbow trout for this fishing event, and Panhandle Lake Camp representatives will be on hand to engage with. Saturday, June 9th, 9am-4pm. Panhandle Lake Camp, Shelton.

REGISTER NOW!  YWCA Racial Justice Summit:  The Racial Justice Summit will offer workshops, discussion, caucusing and spoken word performances! Panelists will speak of anti-racist accountability and there will be a point of engagement for everyone: people of color and white anti-racists, who will work as a collective to dismantle racism in our community. REGISTER NOW! Saturday, June 9th, 9:30am. YWCA, 220 Union Ave. SE, Olympia.  360-352-0593

Family Day at Museum of Glass - “Busy Bees”:  Make the world a friendlier place by making bee-friendly seed balls while the Young Bunch troupe perform modern and traditional square dancing in the Grand Hall Saturday, June 9th, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. For more details, call 253-284-4750 or see

Olympia Ramadan Soccer Tournament:  Support community unity and attend the Rachel Corrie Foundation's Olympia Ramadan Soccer Tournament! Enjoy two matches and then the fundraiser and Community Iftar Meal, an opportunity for South Sounders to build relationships with Muslim neighbors by breaking fast together for Ramadan. Saturday, June 9th, 3-10pm. Chinook Middle School, 4301 6th Ave. NE, Lacey.  360-754-3998

Oly Bingo Night:  Dress in multi-color attire for the next Oly Bingo Night! It's a night of "Over the Rainbow" color fun, with a prize for best dressed, a delicious dinner and those famous Jello shots! Proceeds will benefit Activities Department for Senior Services of South South. 21 and over. Saturday, June 9th, 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia.  360-586-6181 

FREE!  The Great American Read:  Join the "Great American Read" and choose a winner from 100 books! Find a personal connection to the 100 books that will be shared in this diverse selection that encourages audiences to read more often. For adults. Saturday, June 9th, 11am-1pm. Lacey Timberland Library.  360-491-3860

FREE!  Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra - "Young Talents":  Regional soloists make the Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra something special! At this concert, the music of Mozart and Schubert from their teenage years will be performed, as well as the exciting finale: Ravel's "Bolero." Free refreshments will be served during intermission. Monday, June 11th, 7:30pm. For more details, email or visit . Centralia College Corbet Theatre 360-670-6955

Health Fair for Seniors:  The Health Fair for Seniors brings resources and products to seniors, their caregivers and their families! There will be speakers, short classes, food, a raffle with great prizes, plus Broadway Show Tunes from Naomi Morgan and "Brain Games" with Linda Terry of the Seniors, Teens and Elders Project. Friday, June 15th, 9am-1pm. Lacey Community Center, Lacey.  360-491-1765 

"The Music Man"  "The Music Man":  The award-winning musical is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation! See this funny, wicked, warm, romantic and touching Meredith Wilson play, which has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. Friday-Saturday (plus a 2pm Saturday matinee), June 15th-July 7th, 7:30pm. Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor.  253-851-7529

REGISTER NOW!  Madison Mad Dash:  Run a Mad Dash or walk to raise money for the Madison Elementary PTO! Register early for this 5K run or walk and save - register at! Saturday, June 16th, 8:30am. Heritage Park, Olympia.

GET TICKETS NOW!  Bark Tacoma:  Join the "Bark Tacoma" 3k walk and find the best secret spots to take your pooch! It's a fundraising event where dogs can participate in competitions, an obstacle course, and more! A limited number of tickets are available. Saturday, June 16th, 9-11am. Fireman's Park, 909 A Street, Tacoma.  253-682-1734

FREE!  Benefit for 5XL Shelton:  Don't miss the barbecue to kick off the summer and help 5XL Shelton, the organization that feeds pets in our community! Have food and drinks and bring your well-behaved fur baby! FREE, but donations are gladly accepted. Saturday, June 16th, 11am. Walker Park, 2400 SE Walker Park Rd., Shelton.  360-358-8290 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Celebrity Basketball with Seahawks Players:  Don't miss celebrity basketball with members of the Seattle Seahawks! Raise funds for local youth and military families - besides at least three Seahawks past and present, comedian Monica Nevi will be on hand, with more celebrities to be confirmed. Saturday, June 16th, 11:30am-4pm. Timberline High School, Lacey.  360-412-4860 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Masterworks Choral Ensemble - Broadway's Villains & Heroes:  Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents a delightful evening of songs featuring the brightest and most sinister characters from musicals like "Sweeney Todd," "Wicked," "Annie," "Hairspray," and "The Sound of Music" Saturday, June 16th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  360-753-8586 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Olympic Air Show:  The Olympic Air Show adds even more to Fathers Day weekend! See aerobatic demonstrations and races from museum air craft and special guests, plus a beer garden, food, activities for youth and merchandise. Early hotel reservations are recommended. Saturday-Sunday, June 16th-17th. Olympic Flight Museum at the Olympia Regional Airport, 7637 Old Hwy. 99 SE, Tumwater.  360-705-3925 

FREE! REGISTER NOW!  World's Largest Swimming Lesson:  Tens of thousands of people around the globe participate in "The World's Largest Swim Lesson" and children in Olympia can do the same! Swimming is a vital life-saving skill and children ages 1-12 can take one of three swim lessons that are 30 minutes in length. FREE! Thursday, June 21st, 10 & 11am, 1pm. The Evergreen State College Rec Center.  360-867-6000

FREE  Museum of Glass Third Thursday:  Take the entire family to the Third Thursday at Museum of Glass! Enjoy free admission an all the great things about the museum: demonstrations, displays, food and the gift shop. FREE! Thursday, June 21st, 5-8pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Upcycle! Block Party:  Come to the "Upcycle! Block Party" and support Habitat for Humanity! There will be live music, food, a garden shed raffle, kids activities and a world of information about upcycling, while the silent auction will include many great donated items. Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-3pm. Shelton Habitat Store.  360-426-8134 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Ira Glass in Tacoma:  Spend an afternoon with Ira Glass in "Seven Things I've Learned"! The acclaimed radio host and performer delivers a unique talk using audio clips, music, and video from his life and career Sunday, June 24th, 3pm. For more details, call 253-591-5894. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.

REGISTER NOW!  Eco Explorers Adventure Camp:  Kids in three age groups are invited to the Eco Explorers Adventure Camp! The first is for ages 5 to 8 and it's a great way to experience new things and grow mentally, physically and socially by refining a sports skill, exploring the outdoors and learn science and engineering. Register now! Monday-Friday, June 25th-August 3rd. Sprinker Recreation Center, Tacoma.  253-798-4141

REGISTER NOW!  4-H Summer, 4-H Kids:  Warm up that green thumb and become a 4-H Junior Master Gardener! Youth ages 6 to 12 are invited to learn to design, plant, grow, prepare and eat veggies. Kids who attain a Junior Master Gardeners certificate can show off their garden and produce at the Thurston County Fair in August. REGISTER NOW! Tuesday-Friday, June 26th-29th. Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Lacey.  360-867-2157 

FREE!  Lacey Children's Entertainment Series - Harmonica Pocket:  Join Harmonica Pocket for a “Lacey In Tune” musical adventure! This early evening performance marks the return of the summer series that will delight kids of all ages. Free! Tuesday, June 26th, 6:30pm. Huntamer Park, Lacey. See or call 360-438-2631 for more information.

FREE!  Lacey in Tune - Full Metal Racket:  Take in a lunchtime concert with Full Metal Racket! This band from the National Guard will play many rock favorites. Bring a lunch or purchase concessions. Free! Wednesday, June 27th, 12-1pm. Huntamer Park, Lacey. See or call 360-438-2631 for more details.

GET TICKETS NOW!  '80s Dance Party:  Travel back to the 1980s and support the Olympia Film Society! Dress in your most fab '80s garb and swing to the Aqua-Nets, who will perform hits and jams from the era - and will be filming for their next music video! Saturday, June 30th, 8pm. The Capitol Theater, 205 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.  360-754-6670 

FREE!  Lacey Fireworks:  A fireworks and music spectacular will excite the whole family on July 3rd - the day before Independence Day! There will be country music from the Olson Brothers and then pop music from the Fun Addicts before a fireworks display at dusk to knock your socks off. Tuesday, July 3rd, 5pm. Rainier Vista Park, 5475 45th Ave. SE, Lacey. For more details, see or call 360-438-2631

REGISTER NOW  Junior Explorers Camp:  Junior Explorers activities continues with the 9 to 14 age group! It's a great way for kids to grow mentally, physically and socially while refining a sports skill, exploring the outdoors and learn science and engineering. Register now! Monday-Friday, July 9th-13th. Sprinker Recreation Center, Tacoma.  253-798-4104

FREE!  Lacey Children's Entertainment Series - Norman Foote:  Bring the kids to a lovable show of kids’ music and comedy! Norman Foote will entertain, bringing smiles and outright laughter in another “Lacey In Tune” concert Tuesday, July 10th, 6:30pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631

FREE!  Mark Kroos & Two Neck Guitar:  See guitarist Mark Kroos at the next "Lacey In Tune" lunchtime concert! Kroos evokes deep feelings with his musicianship and interprets everything from Bach to "Dueling Banjos," where he plays two parts of the "duet" by using the two necks of his guitar! FREE! Wednesday, July 11th, 12-1pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.

Flight of the Bumble Bee:  Family Day at Museum of Glass is all about bees! Create a test tube art piece that will be installed in the community interactive display, learn about Mason bees, and enjoy the Synergy Dance Company performance! Saturday, July 14th, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

FREE!  Lovey James In Lacey:  The next "Lacey In Tune" features "American Idol" vocalist Lovey James! Hear James sing vibrant versions of today's hits and, of course, songs performed on "American Idol." FREE! Saturday, July 14th, 7pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.

FREE!  Ventriloquist In Lacey:  "Lacey In Tune" brings ventriloquist Vikki Gasko Green to town! Take the family to experience Green's unique artistry, and bring blankets and lawn chairs for your comfort. FREE! Tuesday, July 17th, 6:30pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-438-2631 

GET TICKETS NOW!  Melissa Etheridge In Olympia:  A Melissa Etheridge show is more than a rock concert - it's a transformative experience! See the outspoken singer-songwriter-guitarist, known for ther powerful and confessional songs, in a full-throttle performance. Tuesday, July 17th, 7:30pm. The Washington Center, Olympia.  360-753-8586 

FREE!  Darren Motamedy Noon Concert:  Enjoy a summer's day with "Lacey In Tune" and Darren Motamedy! The saxophonist plays steamy smooth jazz and it's a great way to spend the lunch hour - bring a sack lunch and a comfortable chair. FREE! Wednesday, July 18th, 12-1pm. Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey.  360-468-2631 

FREE!  Third Thursday July 19:  Bring the whole family to the Museum of Glass for a night of fun. Activities include demonstations of glass blowing, displays, food and the gift shop. FREE! Thursday, July 19th, 5-8pm Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St. Tacoma.  253-284-4750

Glass Fest Northwest:  Celebrate glass art in the Northwest! "Glass Fest Northwest" will bring together 35 artists in glass, jewelry, printing and woodworking with glassmaking demonstrations and a world of activities: music, hands on activities, plus food and drink. Purchase something from a vendor and receive free admission to Museum of Glass! Sunday, July 29th, 11am-5pm. Outside Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750 

REGISTER NOW!  Musical Theatre Camp:  Kids ages 9 to 14 can take a two week Musical Theatre Intensive Camp! The training covers a variety of skills in the performing field and is a great way for youngsters to expand their social skills. REGISTER NOW! Monday-Friday, July 30th-August 10th. Dance Theater Northwest & Chambers Creek Regional Park, Tacoma.  253-798-4104 

REGISTER NOW!  Junior Explorers July 30-Aug. 3:  The Junior Explorers Camp continues with another round for ages 9 to 14! Kids can try new experiences and grow mentally, physically and socially. Explore the outdoors, improve a sports skill and more while making new friends. Register now! Monday-Friday, July 30th-August 3rd. Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma.  253-798-4104

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Books by the Bay" Gala:  Help the South Sound Reading Association in a night of celebration! Enjoy fabulous food and champagne, a silent auction, live music by Pinniped, authors like Nancy Pearl & J. Ryan Stradal, literary games, Raise the Paddle, a raffle and more - all for literary programs that reach low income families. Friday, August 3rd, 6-9:30pm. Olympia Golf & Country Club, 3636 Country Club Drive NW, Olympia.  360-790-8913 

GET TICKETS NOW!  "Best Little Whorehouse In Texas":  See "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas," the tale of small town vice and political side-stepping! Follow the rise and fall of the bordello known as the Chicken Ranch as politicians, football teams and more clash against Watchdog, who focuses his righteous indignation on the institution. Friday-Saturday, August 3rd-25th, 7:30pm (plus a Saturday matinee at 2pm). Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson Street, Gig Harbor.  253-851-7529

REGISTER NOW!  Dog Run & Pool Party:  Take your dog for a two mile run and then the "Pooch Pool Party" awaits! Register one or two dogs now for the run, which is directly followed by the pool event - there are also two pool parties later in the morning (tickets available at the gate for those). Saturday, September 8th. Stewart Heights Park/Pool, 402 E. 56th Street, Tacoma.  253-305-1022

FREE! GET TICKETS ONLINE!  Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day:  Take advantage of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 22nd! Go online to get free tickets to museums, zoos, and cultural centers across the United States, including free admission to Tacoma's Museum of Glass. Museum Day represents a national commitment to access, equality and inclusion.  Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.  253-284-4750

GET TICKETS NOW!  Zonta Club Cabaret:  Take in a special night of cabaret with the Zonta Club of Olympia! Patrons will enjoy dinner and spirits and catch a cabaret revue with all the trimmings! Funds earned by the club support the community and Zonta International, which focuses on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. GET TICKETS NOW! Saturday, September 22nd, 5:30pm. Little Creek Casino & Resort, Shelton.  360-339-3269 

FREE!  Veterans Day Remembrance:  Remember U.S. Veterans at a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda! Veterans and citizens will commemorate the end of WWI at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Please RSVP to have your loved one remembered at the event. Sunday, November 11th, 11am. Capitol Rotunda, Olympia.  360-867-1839 

Alzheimer's Volunteer Recruiting:  Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver! The Alzheimer's Association is looking for volunteers in Tacoma and a volunteer facilitator. Volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources and continuing education opportunities.  Throughout Tacoma.  1-800-848-7097