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COMMUNITY EVENTS
Lacey continues its tradition of kicking off the area’s Independence Day celebrations with the Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert coming up Monday night from 4:00 to 11:00 at Rainier Vista Community Park. BBQ, Bands, and Boomin’ Fun is the theme this year. Families are encouraged to take along their own picnics or enjoy savory barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, sweets, and more from a variety of food vendors. Live music is included in the festivities with Joy in Mudville playing Americana music beginning at 5:00, followed by the high-energy SWAY covering the latest hits starting at 8:00. The Fireworks Spectacular launches at 10:00. Admission and parking are free, as are many family-friendly activity booths. A $10 wristband is available for children to enjoy the inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more in the KidzZone. Limited on-site parking opens at 3:00. Complete details regarding traffic detours and parking can be found on the city’s official website here.
The City of Tumwater is once again hosting its Annual Independence Day Parade. The parade starts at 11:00 next Tuesday morning. The parade starts at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street, moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road, turns west (right) onto Israel Road and continues past City Hall, ending up at the Linderson Way/Israel Road Intersection. Then it's the Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show -- the biggest and best fireworks festival in the county -- on the Tumwater Valley Golf Course driving range. You'll find music, food, games and a lot more. Event gates open at 6:00. The fireworks show begins at 10:15. Festival entry is free. Event parking is $10 per car. For additional information regarding the parade or the festival, contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation (360.754.4160).
The 19th Annual Aberdeen Art Walk is coming up. They're now accepting applications for Artists and Vendors. Vendor items must be hand made. They are reaching out to the South Sound and would love to hear from you. To obtain an application visit aberdeenartwalk.com, click on the Artist or Vendor tab and review the qualifications. The Aberdeen Art Walk is coming up Saturday, July 22nd.
Harlequin Productions is staging the musical romantic romp First Date. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? First Date at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Olympia runs through July 23rd. More information and tickets are available at HarlequinProductions.org.
It's Books by the Bay: A Seaside Celebration to benefit the South Sound Reading Foundation. It's an evening under the summer night sky with authors Jim Lynch and Peter Stark, live music with Red & Ruby, food by Ramblin' Jacks, a silent auction, a raffle, and literary games. It's happening at 7:00 the evening of Friday, July 28th, at Port Plaza Park in Olympia. Tickets are available at SouthSoundReading.org, click the EVENTS tab.
Lacey Parks & Recreation presents the Children's Entertainment Series co-sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Timberland Regional Library. It continues tonight with fun family music from Recess Monkey. There are food vendors available. Take along your own seating. Showtime is at 6:30 in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park, at the corner of 7th and Woodland Square Loop.
Lacey Parks & Recreation presents the Lacey in Tune concert series. It continues tomorrow with the 133rd Army Brass Band Brass Patriots. There are food vendors available. Take along your own seating. Showtime is at noon in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park, at the corner of 7th and Woodland Square Loop.
Lacey Parks & Recreation presents Music & Movies at Dusk. It kicks off Saturday, July 15th, with country songwriters The Olson Bros. Band followed by the PG-rated The Lego Batman Movie. The concert starts at 7:00 and the movie follows at dusk on the 18X18 foot screen. Concessions are available. Take along your own seating. It's all happening in the heart of Lacey at Huntamer Park, at the corner of 7th and Woodland Square Loop.
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