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It's Books, Brownies & Beans time again. This is an enormous sale of thousands of gently used books, as well as audio books, CDs and DVDs of all types and genres. Typically, over 10,000 books are available at the start of the sale. Enjoy live music, fresh baked brownies, and a hot cup of coffee as you peruse the wide selection. Proceeds benefit the homeless population of Thurston County. The annual Books, Brownies and Beans Used Book Sale is from 9 to 4 tomorrow at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 2315 Division in West Olympia. Find out more at ouuc.org.
Pie Fest '17 is tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Olympia Center. Enter the pie baking contest. There are categories for 6-12, 13-18, and 19-and-up. Enter pies from 10:00 to 11:30. Eat slices for $3 or 3 cans of food. Bid on winning pies in the live auction. It's put on by the Olympia Pie Bakers Guild to support Senior Nutrition and The Thurston County Food Bank. Contest rules and more information is available at olypie.org.
The Thurston County Fastpitch Association is a recreational fastpitch softball league. They're now accepting registration for the 2017 Spring Softball Season for girls aged 6- to 15-years-old. Registration closes next Friday. Practices begin in March and Opening Day is Saturday, April 15th, at the RAC in Lacey. For more information and to register on-line, go to thurstoncountyfastpitch.com.
It's a giant Rummage/Estate Sale. There are all kinds of household, yard, and sports items; clothing & accessories; books & music; seasonal décor; crafts & sewing items; antiques and collectibles; and more. There's also a boutique featuring retro, funky, trendy & vintage clothing and accessories for men & women. Proceeds help support things like the Thurston County Crop Walk, the Thurston County Food Bank, the Salvation Army, the Union Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and more. It's happening next Friday from 9 to 4, and Saturday from 9 to 3 at First United Methodist Church at 1224 Legion Way in Olympia.
Yelm's Dollars for Scholars is holding their annual auction at Yelm High School in the commons and Performing Arts Center. Auction proceeds benefit their merit-based scholarship program for graduating Yelm High School seniors from the Class of 2017. It's happening Saturday, March 4th. Doors open at 4:00. Admission is free. There's food and a raffle, as well as silent and live auction items to bid on. For more information, see the Yelm Dollars for Scholars Facebook page or call 360.458.6106.
It's the Expanding Your Horizons Thurston County - STEM Conference for Girls. Expanding Your Horizons is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The Thurston County branch runs a half-day annual conference at South Puget Sound Community College. There are hands-on workshops for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls led by female STEM professionals. Conference admission includes a t-shirt, backpack, book, snack, and all other conference material. There are also various full scholarships to the event, no questions asked. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges by providing them with professional women role models. The conference is from 9:00-2:10 Saturday, March 11th, at SPSCC. Registration Fee is $15. To register and to learn more, visit thurstoneyh.org. You can email questions to register@thurstoneyh.org.
Don't Stop Believin'. It's an 80s-themed fundraiser from the Capital High School Booster Club. It's their biggest fundraiser of the year. Jeans, concert t-shirt, and rock star attitude required. The fundraising efforts provide financial support to develop and enrich all of the WIAA programs at Capital. The Capital High School Booster Club Auction is happening the evening of Saturday, March 11th, at 6:00 at South Puget Sound Community College. Tickets are available now at capitalboosterclub.com.
Sierra Club South Sound serves members in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Lewis Counties. Meetings are normally on the second Wednesday of the month. You are welcome and invited. See the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster movie Before the Flood and join the climate change solutions forum afterwards at the Koval Center at 600 Sleater-Kinney the afternoon of Sunday, March 12th, starting at 1:00. For more information, visit sierraclub.org/washington/south-sound-group.
With captivating amounts of energy, Alex The Zaniac Zerbe moves like a rubber band from one end of the stage to the other. Beatboxing, juggling, dancing, singing, music, and magic are just a few of the things he offers. Zerbe was voted The Pacific Northwest’s Funniest Prop Comic and is currently ranked as Seattle’s 3rd Best Air Guitarist. He's performed everywhere from cruise ships and comedy clubs to prime-time television in three countries. The two-time Guinness World Record holder is bringing his hilarious 60-minute show to The Capitol Theater in Downtown Olympia the afternoon of Sunday, March 19th, at 2:00 as a fundraiser for Olympia Community School. Tickets for adults are $12. Kids are just $10. Grab seats for the whole family at OlympiaCommunitySchool.org.
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 from Thursday through March 25th at the Historic State Theater in downtown Olympia. Tickets and more information are available at harlequinproductions.org.
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 runsignup.com and typing in Goldsborough Creek. For more information, visit the website at MasonGeneral.com.
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 krxy@krxy.com, FAX it to 360.236.1133, or mail it to 2124 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, 98506.