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It's back again. The Capital Food & Wine Festival is a yearly, non-profit fundraiser featuring more than 100 regional wines, dozens of beers and hard ciders, local restaurant favorites, and three stages of live music. It's a delicious, feel-good community celebration with proceeds that benefit the Saint Martin's Alumni Association's student scholarships. It's tomorrow from noon to 9:00 at Saint Martin's University's Marcus Pavilion in Lacey. Advance tickets are $15. It's $20 at the door. Ticket includes admission, $5 scrip and your choice of a wine or beer glass. See for more information.
Harlequin Productions presents a quirky comedy written by Theresa Rebeck --The Understudy. Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for a Broadway production, Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned light board operator and her own careening feelings about both actors and her past. Will the show go on? The Understudy runs through tomorrow night at the Historic State Theater in downtown Olympia. Tickets and more information are available at
SideWalk presents Love for a Change. It's their annual fundraising gala to end homelessness. The evening features red carpet photography, cocktails, raffle prizes, and a specially prepared meal. SideWalk is an evidence-supported, volunteer driven, local non-profit working to end homelessness in Thurston County. They’ve successfully helped secure housing for more than 800 people experiencing homelessness in the past five years. Last year they also launched a Veteran Advocacy Program that has successfully housed 60 homeless veterans. Choose to help SideWalk and get involved in this awesome community event. It's happening Thursday night from 6:00 til 9:00 at South Puget Sound Community College. Check for more.
Be a part of the Earth Month Rally coming up on the Capitol steps here in Olympia the afternoon of Saturday, April 1st, at 2:15. Hear the Governor's Earth Month Proclamation, help raise a 12-foot Earth Flag in front of the Capitol, and stand together to declare: One Day Is Not Enough. Earth Month is a community-driven campaign to engage the entire month of April as a period of heightened education and participation in causes devoted to the care of our home planet. Find out more at
The Washington Department of Ecology is now hiring for summer work with its Thurston and Pierce county Ecology Youth Corps crews. Since 1975, the program has hired more than 12,000 Washington teens, offering them work experience, a summer job, and the chance to preserve our state's natural beauty and protect the environment. Teens chosen for the youth corps work 7.5 hours a day, Monday through Friday. They'll will work one of two, four-week sessions:June 26th through July 21st, or July 24th through August 16th. Participants earn $11 an hour and will be based with a crew located either in Tacoma, Puyallup, or Lacey. Applicants must be ages 14-17 by their first day of employment. Applications are due by Monday, April 3rd, and are available through area school counselors and online here.
It's Tumwater’s 21st Annual Easter Egg Dash. Over 20,000 colorful eggs are nestled in the large grassy area behind the stadium at Tumwater High School. Excited youngsters can collect eggs filled with candy, toys, and prize coupons. Take along a basket or bag to carry home the treasures. The Easter Bunny is on hand for pictures. It's happening Saturday, April 15th. The dash schedule: ages 3 and under at 11:00, 4- to 6-year-olds at 11:15, and 7- to 10-year-olds at 11:30. This is a free event. For more information, contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation.
Soroptimist International of Olympia presents the South Sound Exceptional Woman awards banquet. The banquet's purpose is to honor women who help their organizations -- internally or externally -- and make our community a better place. The banquet is the evening of Friday, May 5th, at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club. Doors open at 6:00 with the awards banquet starting at 7:00. For more information, email
Plans are in place for The Mason County Forest Festival Goldsborough Creek Run & Walk hosted by Centennial Guild. This year’s event is in honor of Kristi Armstrong, a charter member of the Guild who passed away unexpectedly this past year. It's happening Saturday, June 3rd, and features a 7-mile Run/Walk, a 2-mile Run/Walk, and a ¼-mile Junior Jog. Friday, May 12th, is the deadline to register for the special rate of $20. Runners, walkers, and junior joggers are all welcome. Pre-register online by going to and typing in Goldsborough Creek. For more information, visit the website at
Does your non-profit group or organization have an upcoming event? Want some help getting the word out? Simply send us the information as far in advance as possible. Include the basics (who, when, what, where, and how). Be sure to include how to get more information. In addition, include a contact person and phone or email (indicate whether these are to be released publicly). You can email your information to, FAX it to 360.236.1133, or mail it to 2124 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, 98506.