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The Tumwater Farmers Market runs weekly from 10:00 to 2:00 on Wednesdays through September. It's at the corner of Capitol and Israel. This year there are more prepared food vendors which makes the market a delicious lunch destination. You will also find a larger variety of farm fresh produce.
It's the South Sound YMCA's Annual Dinner and Auction. Dust off your hat and shine your spurs. They're wrangling a better future. You can help. It's happening Friday night starting at 5:30 at the Capital Events Center. Find out more and get tickets here.
Kokua Services -- a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide individuals with disabilities the support needed to lead full and meaningful lives -- is having its second annual 5K Poker Run/Walk/Roll Saturday at Heritage Park Downtown Olympia. it's kid, pet, and wheelchair friendly. The event is being timed but the winner won't be based on the best finish time but rather on the best poker hand. At registration each participant draws their first poker card, then there are three stops along the course where additional poker cards are drawn. The final poker card is being drawn at the finish line. Prizes are being given out to the top poker hands and there's even one for the worst. It's happening Saturday with day of registration and packet pick up from 9:00 til 10:00. Runners leave the starting line at 10:00, followed by walkers and rollers at 10:15. Awards are handed out at noon. Register and find out more here. For more information on Kokua, visit
The Olympia Elks present their 2018 Oktoberfest. You have a chance to enjoy a Bavarian plate of Bratwursts, Hamhocks, or Rouladen. Each meat dish comes with all the fixings, and the choice to get all three for a family package price (available for two or more persons). A vegetarian plate is also offered. Doors open at 5:00 Saturday night. Live music kicks things off. Activities continue with balloons, face painters, and games for the kids, and more. Proceeds benefit The Seattle Children’s Hospital. It's this weekend at the Olympia Elks Lodge #186 on 4th Avenue in Olympia.
Tumwater Parks and Recreation is again offering Recreational and Competitive Winter Basketball Leagues. Registration for both leagues is open through the 28th. Online registration is available for both leagues. For in-person registrations, visit the Tumwater Parks & Recreation office in Tumwater City Hall, Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 5:00. For more information on Tumwater Basketball leagues, contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at 360.754.4160 or go online at
The Olympia Family Theater's 13th Mainstage Season features five amazing productions that will illuminate your imagination. The selected shows each have a strong connection to literature, both classic and newly written. The five mainstage productions for the 2018-19 season include Corduroy, Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol, Flora & Ulysses, The Hundred Dresses, and Go, Dog, Go. Be a part of the magic. Tickets and Subscriptions are on sale now. Advance ticket purchase is recommended due to limited seating. Tickets are available 24 hours a day at Tickets are available at the box office an hour before each performance. The Olympia Family Theater is at 612 4th Avenue in Olympia. Call 360.570.1638.
Tumwater Parks and Recreation is again offering a Youth Recreational Basketball League. Boys and girls, in grades 2 through 8, who reside within Tumwater School District boundaries, are eligible. Practices are held weeknights in local gyms starting late October. Games run on weekends in November through January. The league focuses on skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. On-time registration fee is $100 per player. Fee includes team T-shirt. After the 28th, the fee is $110. Late registrations will be processed if space is available. For more information on Tumwater Basketball leagues, contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at 360.754.4160 or go online at
The Friends of the Olympia Library present another Giant Sale of Books & Media. You'll find material for all ages and most interests. There are bargain prices: hard covers for a $1, trade soft covers for a $1; mass market paperbacks 50˘, childrens' books 25˘, LPs & CDs for a $1. Everything else is priced as marked. It's going on Saturday and Sunday, the 29th and 30th. Members pre-sale is Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 (you can become a member at the door). The sale is open to the general public Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00, and then Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00. All proceeds benefit the Olympia Library. The sale is at the Olympia Timberland Library on 8th Avenue in Olympia. Get more information at
It's fast, it's easy, and it's free. It's Tumwater's Annual Clean-Up and Drop-Off from the City of Tumwater. Don't dump old pills. Discard them safely. Shred documents to protect against identity theft. If you're not using it, you may not need it. Donate gently used items to one of their partner organizations (Community Youth Services, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and more). Tumwater's Annual Clean-Up and Drop-Off is happening in the Tumwater City Hall parking lot on Israel Road from 9:00 til 2:00 Saturday, October 13th.
October is Conflict Resolution Month. You can help resolve conflict, promote civility, and create peace in our community as a volunteer with the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County. The DRC is a community-based, volunteer-powered non-profit organization dedicated to conflict resolution and prevention in the South Sound. Become trained as a mediator and work directly with people in conflict. Help people over the phone through the DRC’s Resource Line. Assist with community education and outreach efforts. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and upcoming trainings, contact the Dispute Resolution Center or visit
Thurston County Medic One offers Adult Compression Only CPR and AED classes free of charge. This program is funded through the citizens of Thurston County and has trained thousands of Thurston County residents. They'd love to train you. There are several classes a month, most held at local fire departments. Does your Thurston County business or organization want your employees trained on your time? No problem, they'll come to you. The Adult Compression only CPR and AED classes last about an hour to easily fit into your busy schedule. Visit the Thurston County Medic One website, click on the CPR Class Schedule & Locations for dates and times. You can also call 360.704.2790 for more information.
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.