South Sound Calendar of Events May 29 – June 4, 2022
Waterfront Memorial Service: The annual waterfront memorial service will be hosted by the Thurston County Veterans Council beginning at noon at Percival Landing in downtown Olympia. The memorial service will honor soldiers, sailors, marines, merchant marines, coast guards and all those lost or buried at sea.
Love the Oly Shop & Dine week: Participating companies distribute “passports” to customers or they can be viewed and printed via the Olympia Downtown Alliance website. When a customer purchases an item of $10 or more, they will receive a “Love Oly” sticker that will be affixed to their passport. Once a customer has five stickers, they can redeem their passport for a Love Oly gift. The promotional week ends on Sunday. 360-357-8948 or https://downtownolympia.org/
PNW Barn Hunt in Centralia: Head to the Blue Flag at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds at 1909 S Gold St, Centralia from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to see this safe and fun sport. dog competition. The event offers dog owners the opportunity to test their dogs’ skills in getting rid of vermin in farms, barns and crop storage areas. Any dog is allowed entry if it can fit through a tunnel 18 inches wide per ball height.
Remembrance Day Ceremony: Hosted by the Thurston County Board of Veterans Affairs, this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda on the State Capitol campus, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia. The Olympia American Legion Band will perform.
Olympia’s Climate Future — Mitigation and Resilience through Estuary Restoration: This community forum hosted by the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team will feature speakers with environmental backgrounds and provide discussion on the present and future implications of climate change. Restoring estuaries is a way to mitigate climate change and will be the main focus of the forum, which will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Olympia Center: 222 Columbia St NW.
Pun Intended Punslam @Cryptatropa: Pun Intended Punslam is a slam style word game competition. Only 10 stewards will compete in front of judges from the public. The champion will be up for debate. The winner will receive specials. Proof of vaccination is required. Cryptatropa is located at 421 Fourth Ave E in downtown Olympia. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entry on a sliding scale from $8 to $18.
Friday Salsa Dance: Friday Salsa Dancing takes place weekly at Equal Latin Restaurant and Bar. Dancers will be able to dance to a variety of music ranging from salsa to bachata and cumbia. Introductory classes run from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; dance until midnight. COVID policies are available on the website. Sponsored by Oly Dance. Admission is $10. Information: 360-970-9881
Capital Pride: This year’s theme is Resilience & Shine. Artists, performers, nonprofits, organizations and LGBTQIA+ businesses will be at Port Plaza in downtown Olympia from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be 16 local artists and over 30 booths premises at the event. It’s a sober event. Free public event with a suggested donation of $5.
2022 Lacey Rotating Duck Dash: The 33rd annual event has changed location and will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Thurston County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Lacey. 30 winners will be drawn from 8,000 Duck Dash tickets. Information: https://laceyrotary.org/duck-dash/
Smiski at Captain Little: Smiski are collectible figurines that glow in the dark. This event includes Smiski giveaways, a Smiski scavenger hunt, a raffle for a Captain Little gift card, and a visit from a Smiski. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Captain Little is at 121 Fifth Ave SE, Olympia. Information: 360-352-5441.
Trail Day at Tumwater: The Town of Tumwater will be celebrating National Trails Day through a volunteer task force from 9 a.m. to noon at Jim Brown Park in Tumwater. Visit the National Trails Day event page to register as a volunteer. Jim Brown Park is at 535 Bates St. SW, Tumwater.
Little Tides Story Time: Tiny Tides Story Time will be held at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. This is an opportunity to enter the interior of the estuary before it opens to the public at 11 a.m. Attendees can hear estuary-themed stories, explore the exhibit, and feed the animals. Registration is required due to limited seating and registration closes at 10 a.m. the Friday before the event. Price: Admission is $15 for one adult and one child; additional children are $3 each. Puget Sound Estuary is at 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia. Information: 360-915-0773.
JoAnne Tompkins Author Event: JoAnne Tompkins is a writer from Port Townsend. His first book, “What Comes After,” will be featured in this appearance at 4 p.m. Saturday at Browsers Bookshop, 107 Capitol Way N, Olympia. Information: https://browsersolympia.com/events
Tenino Farmer’s Market: The Tenino Farmers Market starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and will continue every Saturday through September. It is located at 213 Sussex Avenue W., Tenino. Information: https://teninofarmersmarket.org/
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