Community Calendar - Upcoming Events
FREE! Holy Week Organ Concerts: Hear Easter, Lenten and Holy Week masterworks at the Holy Week Concerts! Several organists will be featured at these concerts at the sanctuary at the United Churches of Olympia. As this music will be played during lunch hour, the public is welcomed to bring a sack lunch while taking in the music. Monday-Friday, March 26th-30th, 12:15pm. United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. SE, Olympia. For more information, call 360-520-5468 or email email@example.com
“Diary Disclosure”: Come hear adults from Olympia read from their hilariously embarrassing adolescent writings! This is a 21 and over event, with suggested donations going to a non-profit. Arrive early for the drink specials! Tuesday, March 27th, 7-9pm. The Brotherhood Lounge, 119 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Email DiaryDisclosure@gmail.com with questions or call 360-352-4153 for more information.
FREE! The Sory of Auschwitz Survivor “Henry” at Timberland Libraries: Hear the story about Polish champion swimmer Henry Zguda, who survived three years in Auschwitz as a Catholic political prisoner! Author Katrina Shawver wrote the story of “Henry,” who ultimately prevailed in a horrifying situation and eventually lived the American Dream; she will talk about his journey. For adults and teens. Tuesday, March 27th, 6-7pm at Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder Street, and Wednesday, March 28th, 7:30-8:45pm at Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave. SE. For more details, visit www.trl.org or call 360-352-0595.
GET TICKETS NOW! Stephen Petronio Company at Washington Center: One of the most proclaimed and provocative dance makers comes to town! The Stephen Petronio Company puts new music, visual art and fashion together in a modern landscape for the senses - it's a night of emotion and stunning style. Thursday, March 29th, 7:30pm. Tickets are $32, $47 and $64 and available by calling 360-753-8586. Or visit www.washingtoncenter.org
GET TICKETS NOW! "Peter & the Starcatcher" at Lakewood Playhouse: See "Peter & the Starcatcher," the neverland you never knew! This wildly theatrical adaptation of the best selling novels by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson playfully explores greed, despair, friendship, duty and love. Friday-Sunday, March 30th-April 22nd. For times and tickets, call 253-588-0042 or visit www.lakewoodplayhouse.org . Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, 253-588-0042
FREE! Tumwater Easter Egg Dash: Kids 3 to 10 will have a blast at the Tumwater Easter Egg Dash! Over 20,000 colorful eggs will be scattered across the grass, filled with candy, toys and prize coupons. There will be fast and furious fun for three age groups. Bring a basket or bag and pose for photos with the Easter Bunny! Free! Saturday, March 31st, 11am. Tumwater High School. For more information, see www.ci.tumwater.wa.us or call 360-754-4160.
FREE! EGG DASH! You bring the baskets ... KXXO & O Bee Credit Union will supply over 17,000 prize- and candy-filled eggs for kids 2 to 10, including grand prize bikes and helmets for all four age groups Saturday, March 31 at 11am sharp for the O Bee Credit Union Egg Dash at the Regional Athletic Center Soccer Field #1 (artificial turf, no mud!) at the northeast corner of Steilacoom & Marvin SE in Lacey.
FREE! REGISTER NOW! Stream Bug Spectacular: Join Stream Team at the WET Science Center Saturday, March 31st to discover stream bugs. After a brief presentation at 2pm, use your best identification skills to explore live stream bugs from McLane Creek. Bug lab all day. Free! Register ahead at www.streamteam.info . WET Science Center, 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia, WA 98501, firstname.lastname@example.org www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
REGISTER NOW! Medicare Meeting In Poulsbo: Residents turning 65 soon are welcome to a Medicare presentation at Olympic College! Register now for the “Welcome to Medicare” class. If unable to attend, contact the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor program. Saturday, March 31st, 10am-12pm. Olympic College, Room 105, 1000 Olympic College Way NW, Poulsbo. See www.insurance.wa.gov/statewide-health-insurance-benefits-advisors-shiba for details or call 800-562-6418 to register.
FREE! “Olympia Eagles Easter Hunt”: Ages up to 12 can take part in the Olympia Eagles Easter Egg Hunt! Be there early as the event starts at exactly 2pm on Easter Sunday. All ages will hunt at the same time for 21,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Of course, the Easter Bunny will be visiting! Free! Sunday, April 1st, 2pm. Priest Point Park, East Bay Drive, Olympia. For more details, call 360-349-6837.
Caspar Babypants at the Capitol Theater: Bring the whole family to a live show from Caspar Babypants! The twice-nominated singer-songwriter covers snowmen, fleas with dogs, butterfly truck drivers and much more in a show that is influenced by everyone from Ella Jenkins to the Beatles and Beethoven. The Seattle-based artist is playing to benefit Apple Tree's special needs showcase. Monday, April 2nd, 4pm. The Capitol Theater, Olympia. Tickets are $8 general admission and Olympia Film Society members, $5 for kids 12 and under, free for babes in arms. For more information, see www.olympiafilmsociety.org
Literary Peeps Diorama Contest: Create a scene from one of your favorite books by using Marshmallow Peeps! Create primary characters vivid, colorful scenery in a crafting session sure to be fun for all. Submit your entry by April 13th and vote from April 14th to the 26th. The awards reception is Friday, April 27th! Group crafting day is Tuesday, April 3rd, 3-7:30pm. Pick up rules and entry forms at the library's information desk. Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave. SE. Call 360-352-0595 or visit www.trl.org for more details.
FREE! Carriage Museum Talk: Hear from the director of the popular Northwest Carriage Museum! Jerry & Laurie Bowman will talk about the 52 beautifully restored horse-drawn vehicles from the 19th Century – wagons, a stagecoach, a hearse and buggies. Free, although donations are appreciated. Thursday, April 5th, 12-1pm (doors open at 11:30am). For more details call, 360-943-2550.
Todrick Hall - The Forbidden Tour: Catch the incredible singing, acting and dancing that has made Hall a YouTube sensation and a collaborator with many of today's stars! The live show features a new storyline with new songs, costumes and sets. Thursday, April 5th, 7:30pm. Pantages Theatre, Tacoma. Tickets start at $19 and are available by calling 253-591-5894 – or see www.broadwaycenter.org
GET TICKETS NOW! "Catch Me If You Can - The Musical": Based on the hit film, this comedic, incredible true story is about chasing your dreams and is enhanced by high-flying, unforgettable music. Friday-Sunday, April 6th-29th. For more information, call 253-565-6867. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 253-565-6867
“High School Musical Jr.”: See Apple Tree Productions’ “High School Musical Jr.,” based on the original Disney Channel movie! This exciting musical is loaded with stunning choreography and will be a hit with the entire family. Saturday-Sunday, April 7th-8th. 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday. Tickets are available in advance at www.olympiafilmsociety.org or call 360-754-6670 for more details.
“Cabaret,” the Tony award winning musical is about the entertainers at a club in Germany before World War II whose lives are quickly changing. The show's songs rank among the most memorable of all time, including “Cabaret” and “Maybe This Time.” Tuesday, April 10th, 7:30pm at the Pantages in Tacoma. Tickets start at $55 and are available via www.broadwaycenter.org or by calling 253-591-5894.
GET TICKETS NOW! "The Center Salon" at Black Box Theater: Catch an intimate evening of music, theater, literature and art! Local and regional masters of visual art, the written word and music will share their experiences as artists and interact with you - the audience. Friday, April 13th, 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 and available from the box office at 360-753-8586. See www.washingtoncenter.org for more details. Washington Center Black Box Theater, Olympia, 360-753-8586
“20 Years of Heartsparkle Players”: The Heartsparkle Players are celebrating 20 years of performances! The remarkable spontaneous collaboration between the Players and their audience is also a teaming with community organizations, raising funds for needed projects. Donations accepted – no one will be turned away. Friday, April 13th, 7:30pm. Traditions Fair Trade, 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia. For more information, call 360-943-6772.
BUY TICKETS NOW! “Beercraft” Adult Swim at Hands On Museum: Adults can have a blast at the Hands On Children's Museum at the “Beercraft” presentation! Find out about the art and science behind craft brews while enjoying beer tasting and activities. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Get tickets early, as this event always sells out! Friday, April 13th, 7-10pm. Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. For more details see www.hocm.org or call 360-956-0818.
“Sustainability Expo” In Tacoma: Join hundreds of local organizations, businesses and community members in celebrating everyday opportunities to create a healthier and more sustainable South Sound community! There will be food, free screen printing, a mini farmers market, green architecture exhibits, electric bikes and more! Saturday, April 14th, 10am-3pm. Greater Tacoma Convention Center & Tollefson Plaza, Tacoma. For more information, see www.cityoftacoma.org/sustainability or call 253-591-5172.
“Flight Squad” Basketball Team in Tumwater: It's basketball and hijinks! The Peter G. Schmidt Elementary PTA brings Flight Squad, offering Harlem-style basketball featuring slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines, for a fun-filled evening. Proceeds will aid students and outreach and assistance programs. Saturday, April 14th, 7pm. Tumwater High School Gymnasium, 700 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater. Tickets are $10 per person – children five and under free. Tickets available at www.pgsbasketball.brownpapertickets.com or call 360-709-7200.
Masterworks Choral Ensemble - "Hidden Musical Figures: Women Composers": From the 12th Century to the present day, women have created classical music of the highest level. Masterworks Choral Ensemble will present a concert with the work of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and contemporary, and Northwest composers Karen Thomas and Dr. Gloria Swisher Saturday, April 14th, 7:30pm. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia. Tickets are $22 (plus a $3 service fee) and available by calling 360-753-8586. Or see www.washingtoncenter.org
GET TICKETS NOW! "The Merry Widow" at the Rialto: Celebrate the Tacoma Opera's 50th anniversary with performances of "The Merry Widow"! This Viennese bon bon will be sung in English with English supertitles. Saturday April 14th, Friday April 20th, Sunday April 22nd. For tickets and information, call 253-591-5894. Rialto Theatre, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma, 253-591-5894
FREE! Estuaries - Earth's Treasures: Join Puget Sound Estuarium for the final Discovery Speaker Series of the 2017-2018 season Thursday, April 19th 7-8:30pm to hear presenter Eric Wagner share with us why estuaries are so special and why is it important to work to protect them. WET Science Center, 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia, WA 98501
“Spring Bazaar”: It's a spring bazaar with proceeds benefiting Providence's Resident Council fund! Find all sorts of terrific gifts – or treat yourself! Tables are available for vendors. Friday, April 20th, 10am-4pm. 3333 Ensign Rd., Olympia. Call Penny Hyers for more information: 360-493-4634.
GET TICKETS NOW! "The Pillowman" at Tacoma Little Theatre: "The Pillowman" is gripping drama and intrigue that challenges the audience's way of thinking! This viciously funny and disturbing tale is about the content of a fiction writer's stories, which started resembling real-life murders. Friday-Sunday, April 20th-May 6th. For more details, call 253-272-2281.
“Booty Bash”: Join the Rotary Club of Parkland Spanaway at the “Booty Bash”! This evening of fun and fundraising for the community includes dancing, so come dressed in your favorite pirate getup! Saturday, April 21st, 5:30-9pm. McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Get tickets are information at www.surrenderthebootybash.org
“Relay for Life” Fundraiser: Have a delicious Mexican dinner while helping Relay for Life's Team Cameron Forever! There will be a silent and live auction to enable the team to raise more funds for cancer research – they have raised over $120,000 since 2012! Saturday, April 21st, 6-8:30pm. Washington Land Yacht Harbor at Harmony Hall, 9101 Steilacoom Rd. SE, Lacey. Tickets are $20 – contact Tami Philamalee at 360-701-2576.
“Tacoma Guitar Festival”: See demonstrations by six-string technicians, plus performances by bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth and musicians who have played with metal-music giants Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson Saturday-Sunday, April 21st-22nd, 9:30am-5pm (Saturday), 10am-4pm (Sunday). Tacoma Dome. Event tickets are $15 a day, or a two-day pass for $25. The first 200 guests through the door both days receive a complimentary package of guitar strings. Free parking at the Tacoma Dome. Get tickets at www.tacomadome.org or call 253-593-7622.
OMB “Big Home and Garden Show”: Olympia Master Builders' “Big Home and Garden Show” is for grownups and kids alike! There are kitchen demonstrations, building and garden professionals to talk to, and activities for kids – including a bounce house! Find out about projects to benefit Concern for Animals and more! Saturday-Sunday, April 21st-22nd, 10am-5pm. On Saturday: A Kids' Lego brick building contest – check-in is at 11am. St. Martin's University Marcus Pavilion, Lacey. For more details, call 360-754-0912.
FREE! “Parenting Tools Lecture”: Join parent coach & educator Emily McMason for a Parenting Tools lecture! She will address discipline and how parents can keep their cool and transform those difficult moments into something they can navigate with less stress. Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30-8pm. SPSCC Lacey Campus, 4330 6th Ave. SE Room 186, Lacey. For more information, see www.familyess.org or call 360-709-2000.
GET TICKETS NOW! Las Cafeteras Perform In Olympia: Las Cafeteras create an amazing East L.A. sound with brilliant music and a community-focused political message! Combining Afro-Mexican rhythms and inspiring lyrics, they tie together traditions and music from a concrete jungle in remarkable ways. Thursday, April 26th, 7:30pm. Tickets are $15, $29 and $39. For more details, call 360-753-8586 or see www.washingtoncenter.org
GET TICKETS NOW! "Talley's Folly" at Olympia Little Theatre: "Talley's Folly" is the story of an unlikely love! The tale of Matt, a Jewish immigrant accountant, and Sally, the daughter of a Missouri garment factory dynasty, is a romantic family drama. April 27th-May 13th (Thursdays-Sundays). For more details, call 360-786-9484.
REGISTER NOW! “Race Against Trafficking”: Register now for a 5k “Race Against Trafficking”! Put together a team of family, friends and co-workers and win a prize for the largest team. A T-Shirt is guaranteed for those registering by April 6th. The event is Saturday, April 28th, 9am.The race is at Mountain View Church, 940 Israel Rd., Tumwater. Entry fee is $34 for those registering April 7th-27th, $39 day of event. Youth 17 and under pay $10. Register at www.TraffickingPrevention.org/TCCAT
“5K Color Run”: Take part in the 5K Color Run at Rochester High School! There will be awards in multiple age brackets, with all proceeds going to scholarships for graduating seniors at Rochester High School. Saturday, April 28th, 9am. Rochester High School, 19800 Carper Rd. SW, Rochester. Get registration forms at www.sites.google.com/view/rochesterscholarship or call 360-273-5534.
Plant Sale: Olympia High School's Freedom Farmers are having a plant sale! Purchase beautiful plants helping the summer internship program, which provides farm fresh vegetables to Olympia School District cafeterias, City of Olympia summer lunch programs, and Safeplace. Saturday, April 28th, 10am-2pm. Olympia High School, 1302 North St. SE, Olympia. For more details, call 360-596-7000.
Veterans Resource Fair: The Veterans Resource Fair continues a mission of empowerment for our servicemen and women! The fair, sponsored by Nine9Line, provides veterans and their families information on housing, dental services, education programs and benefits – positively affecting more than 12,000 lives. Saturday, April 28th, 9am-3pm. Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D Street, Tacoma. www.nine9line.org
GET TICKETS NOW! "Shadow Theatre Fireflies": Now this is action theatre! See "Shadow Theatre Fireflies," where acrobats and tumblers create machines, animals and trees as well as human characters with their bodies. It's breathtaking! Sunday, April 29th, 3pm. For more information, call 253-591-5894. Pantages Theatre, Tacoma
REGISTER NOW! SUPPORT OUR YMCA! 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 5 from the Capitol! All proceeds benefit YMCA youth development programs. Register at the Downtown Olympia or Briggs Y or online, www.southsoundymca.org!
“La Cage Aux Folles” returns to Olympia after a decade! Presented by the SPSCC Drama Program, it's a moving display of music and dialogue – and the set design, costumes, and makeup add another layer of excitement Thursday-Saturday, May 10th-19th, 7:30pm. South Puget Sound Community College Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia. Tickets available from the Washington Center for the Performing Arts at 360-753-8586. See www.spscc.edu for more details.
Family Day at Museum of Glass - “Mama Mia”: Mesmerize your mother by creating a sculpture of her made from recycled materials! Session will be guided by local artist Jennifer Adams. Additionally, Tacoma School of Arts choreography class will perform student-directed pieces inspired by current exhibitions in two shows Saturday, May 12th, 1-4pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. For more information, call 253-284-4750 or visit www.museumofglass.org
RUN FOR MOM! Run for your mother … your grandmother … every mother … in the name of supporting families and children! Start your Mother's Day by running in the Family Support Center’s Mother's Day 5k at the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia Sunday, May 13at 7:30am. Proceeds support local families and children in need. Prizes for top runners! Register now at www.fscss.org
GET TICKETS NOW! Kip Fulbeck at SPSCC: Don't miss Kip Fulbeck's powerful message for people who identify as multi-racial! The professor, a pioneering artist, spoken word performer and filmmaker, was a winner at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival. Thursday, May 17th, 7:30pm. For more details, call 360-596-5200. South Puget Sound Community College, West Olympia
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 www.museumofglass.org
FREE! “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 www.ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-438-2631 for more information.
FREE! “Full Metal Racket” In Lacey: 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 www.ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-438-2631 for more details.
FREE! Lacey Fireworks: A fireworks and music spectacular will excite the whole family in Lacey on July 3rd! 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 www.ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-438-2631.
FREE! Norman Foote in Lacey: 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. For more information, see www.ci.lacey.wa.us/events or call 360-438-2631 for information.