Community Calendar - Upcoming Events

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 & Lowe 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    

Child Mental Health Services:  Olympia Therapy and Hands On Children's Museum are bringing child mental health services to the community! Olympia Therapy offers specialized strategies in child mental health care, including art and play therapy! You can help build your child's confidence while you nurture their creative skills, build trust, and manage emotional and mental health. Tuesday, May 22nd, 6pm Hands On Children's Museum, Olympia.  360-357-2370 

FREE!  Opioid Overdose Prevention:  Help those who suffer from opioid addiction and their friends and family affected by it! Meet with a representative Mason County Public Health, who will address the issues, answer questions and provide Naloxone kits. FREE! Tuesday, May 22nd, 7-8pm. North Mason Timberland Library, 23081 NE State Rt. 3, Belfair.  360-275-3232 

REGISTER NOW!  Older American Conference:  "Engage at Every Age" is the theme of the Older American Conference! Seniors can take workshops on interacting with the health care system, legal issues, cyber security, driver safety, situational awareness and more. Free, but pre-registration is required. Wednesday, May 23rd, 8am-1pm. Silverdale United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale.  360-337-5700 

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.

Donate Blood In Lacey:  Donate blood and help save lives on May 23rd! Regular blood donations are needed to build reserves for emergencies. Two forms of identification are required at check-in - donors who are 18 and under must meet certain height and weight requirements. Wednesday, May 23rd, 1:30-7pm. Olympia Ambulance, 1205 Ruddell Rd. SE, Lacey.  800-733-2767 (1-800 RED CROSS) 

FREE! RSVP!  YMCA Celebrations:  Celebrate the downtown YMCA's old location and then the new one on Plum Street in Olympia! On Wednesday, May 23rd (at 5pm), visit the Franklin Street Y with a night of speakers, artifacts and historical photos. On Saturday, June 2nd (9am-1pm), see the new digs and enjoy class demos, food, kids activities, raffles, tours and more! Please RSVP. 510 Franklin Street SE (May 23rd) & 505 Plum St. SE (June 2nd), Olympia .  360-357-6609 

Women of Note Concerts 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. Thursday, May 24th at 7pm at Shelton High School & Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm at St. David's Church, Shelton.  

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

Plant Sale at Animal Services:  Come to a huge plant sale and help SNAP (Spay Neuter All Pets) of Thurston County! All proceeds will go help local residents spay or neuter their cats and dogs - get there early for the best selection. Saturday, May 26th, 9am-2pm. Animal Services, 3120 Martin Way E., Olympia. 

BUY TICKETS NOW!   Bowling for Bowels:  Take part in "Bowling for Bowels" and help defeat Crohn's Disease and Colitis! There will be bowling for adults and children, and raffle tickets that can be purchased or won by getting a strike - prizes include tickets to the Museum of Glass, the Rainiers, and free meals and treats! Saturday, May 26th, 12pm. Westside Lanes, 2200 Garfield Ave. NW, Olympia.  541-944-3004

FREE!  Sunday Maritime Memorial Service:  Remember the U.S. men and women lost at sea! All are invited to a waterside memorial service at a special Sunday event put on by the Thurston County Veterans Council. There will be flowers provided for this formal ceremony - please RSVP if you have a family member to be honored. Sunday, May 27th, 1pm. Click on link for other Memorial services around state: Percival Landing, Olympia.  360-867-1839 

FREE!  Memorial Day Service in Tacoma:  All are invited to a Memorial Day service in Tacoma! Brigadier General James S. Moore will be the featured speaker and VFW Post 10018 will provide a light lunch. Monday, May 28th, 11am. Click on link for other Memorial Day services around state: War Memorial Park, Sixth & MacArthur Streets, Tacoma.  http://www.tacomahistory/org

FREE!  Memorial Day at Capitol Rotunda:  Honor the men and women of the American military at a Memorial Day ceremony! The Capitol Rotunda is the place for the event, which will feature speakers, a band, as well as local Boy and Girl Scouts. Please RSVP to have a family member honored. Monday, May 28th, 11am. Click on link for other Memorial Day services around state: Capitol Rotunda, Olympia.  360-867-1839 

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 

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 

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 

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. 

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

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!  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!  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

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!  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

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.

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 

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 

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

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

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