Popular Rain Garden Workshop Helps Protect Water, Home

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Learn how to help protect local waterways and Puget Sound while also preventing storm drainage from harming your home. A free workshop will provide all the details needed to build a "rain garden" in your yard to create an attractive feature to manage polluted storm runoff and make habitat for birds and butterflies.

This how-to workshop will be offered on Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 8:15 p.m., with an optional hands on plant-design activity from 8:15 to 9 p.m. at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia.  Each participant will receive detailed information about designing and building a rain garden, as well as a free full-color handbook and beautiful poster.

The workshop is free but registration is required by visiting www.streamteam.info or calling the WSU Native Plant Salvage Project at 360-867-2167. This workshop is co-sponsored by Thurston County Water Resources, Stream Team, and WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project.

Mini-Golf at the Library

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us at the Tumwater Timberland Library for an exciting game of mini golf. Each player will putt through 9 holes. Stop by the library starting April 3 to get your free ticket and tee time. Program paid for by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. The library is normally closed at this time and will only be open for this event.

Arbor Day Celebration

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Children and families are invited to celebrate Arbor Day at the Tumwater Timberland Library by making some simple tree-related crafts. While supplies last, the City of Tumwater will also give away free tree seedlings and other Arbor Day memorabilia.

Poetry Reading @ Orca Books: Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen, reading with Olympia poet Tim Kelly

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 7:00pm

A very special poetry reading at Orca Books, co-sponsored by the Olympia Poetry Network. This is a FREE event. Orca books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Elizabeth Austen, a Seattle-based poet, performer and teacher, and Washington's Poet Laureate for 2014-16, will read from her book Every Dress A Decision.

Elizabeth spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre and writing poems. A six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America led her to focus exclusively on poetry.


Photo credit: John Ulman

She frequently teaches the art of poetry aloud, believing that “something magical is possible in a performance that doesn’t happen anywhere else—something electric, immediate, and entirely ephemeral…an exchange between performer and audience that is fluid and a little bit dangerous.” 

Olympia poet Tim Kelly, author of "Toccata and Fugue" and "Extremities", will also being reading from his work.

SPSCC Community Orchestra Concert Sat March 21st 7:30PM

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please join us for the SPSCC concert on March 21. The orchestra will perform music by Bach, Schubert, Respighi and Copland.

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are $10 general admission. Tickets also available online at OlyTix.org, or by calling the Washington Center box office at (360) 753-8586.

We are a multi-generational orchestra made up of community musicians, teachers, and students enrolled in the college. Our exceptionally good and fun conductor is Charles “Chip” Schooler, a 30-year veteran of teaching music at Timberline and Olympia high schools.

The 2nd Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm


The 2nd Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival is Coming to Harlequin


Visit with J.A. Jance

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
NY Times Bestselling author J.A. Jance will discuss her work and her newest book, "Cold Betrayal," the latest thriller in her Ali Reynolds series, and will take questions. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is cosponsored by SPSCC and the Friends of the Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater Timberland Libraries. LOCATION: The Minnaert Center for the Arts on the campus of the South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia. At this venue, parking is free and no tickets are required.

Something Wicked has a Slumber Party

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Olympia’s silliest group of improv maniacs is back with a new show! Join the fun as Harlequin Productions’ acclaimed improv comedy troupe Something Wicked takes the stage in Something Wicked has a Slumber Party. Sometimes slumber parties have gossip stories, sometimes they have scary stories, but on Wednesday March 18th, Something Wicked’s slumber party will be chalk full of wild and hilarious improvised stories!

Come dressed in your PJ’s and receive a voucher for ½ off a concessions item of your choice!


 Featuring special guest standup comedian Morgan Picton!

 WHO:         Harlequin Productions presents Something Wicked

 WHAT:       Something Wicked has a Slumber Party

 WHEN:       Wednesday March 18,2015 from 8:00-9:30 PM (end time is approximate)

 WHERE:     The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

Olympia $15 Minimum Wage Campaign

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:45pm - 2:30pm

From today's inbox (a little late to really be useful... but at least you know it's happening.)

Olympia workers and community supporters
launching campaign for citywide $15 minimum wage

TODAY, low-wage workers from Olympia will gather at Sylvester Park, march to Olympia City Hall and call on their local government to pass a citywide $15 minimum wage law and advance workers rights in the city of Olympia.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 in the City of Olympia

Low-wage workers from Olympia, joined by local community supporters, launch a campaign for a citywide $15 minimum wage law.

- 1:45 pm: Gather at Sylvester Park: 600 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501

- 2:00 pm: March to Olympia City Hall and then rally for $15: 601 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501

Workers and supporters will carry signs and banners reading “Olympia: it’s the wages” and “$15 for Olympia”. Follow along online at #oly15.

Supporters of the Olympia $15 campaign include Working Washington, SEIU 775NW, WFSE/AFSCME Local 443, SEIU 1199NW, and UFCW 21.

More information:

33% of Olympia’s workers are paid less than $15/hour, according to an analysis of Census data.

Eight of the ten fastest-growing jobs in our economy pay poverty wages of less than $15/hour — jobs like food service, retail, and homecare.

Half of the population of Olympia are renters, and median rent in Olympia is $904/month. It takes a full-time paying $17.38/hour to afford that rent level at standard affordability calculations.

Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington: 206-227-6014, sage@workingwa.org

Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard" at Evergreen

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

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