It Can't Happen Here: An Evening of Theater

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join the Olympia Theater Club as it performs selections from the play “It Can't Happen Here", Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffett’s 1936 adaptation of the famous novel. Mirroring the rise of fascism in Europe, this cautionary tale follows the election of a populist demagogue who pledges to return the country to prosperity and greatness. Despite the extremity of his actions, many make excuses and reassure themselves that fascism “can’t happen here”--only to find that they are wrong.

We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Tales from the Parks

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Celebrate the National Parks Centennial Year at the Tumwater Timberland Libary. Hear tales from retired National Park Ranger, Russell Cahill. Reading selections from his new book, "Tales from the Parks," he’ll share some of his exciting adventures in the National Parks during the 1960s and 1970s and discuss how the National and State Parks have evolved over the last century and a half.


We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


Shuruq III - Olympia Arab Festival - October 7-8

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 5:00pm - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 5:00pm

Shuruq III - Olympia’s third Arab Festival - comes to The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, in downtown Olympia, Saturday, October 8th, 11AM-5PM, during Olympia's Fall Arts Walk.  Sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, this fun-packed celebration of Arab culture features music, dance, art, a parade of Arab fashions, traditional Arab food, educational panels and speakers, vendor and country tables, children’s activities, and displays from all 22 Arab countries!  Critically acclaimed music and dance ensembles including the House of Tarab and Jafra Dabke troupe from Seattle and al-Andalus from Portland will perform on the main stage.  New performers include Argan Band (a Moroccan fusion band from Seattle) and Khaldoun Ramzi (Iraqi singer from Kent, Washington).   

Friday evening, October 7, from 5-10 p.m., an Arab Festival Café at the nearby Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural (corner of State and Capitol Way N), will feature Arabic coffee and sweets and a photo exhibit by Irum Sheikh titled Palestinians Envision Life Without Occupation.  

Make Shuruq III one of your Fall Arts Walk stops!  We will focus on the diversity and complexity of the Arab peoples by challenging stereotypes, showcasing Arab arts and performance, and celebrating diversity within our own community.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other cosponsors include Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, Jewish Voice for Peace-Tacoma, Veterans for Peace-Rachel Corrie Chapter #1, G.I. Voice, The Mousetrap Fine Cheeses and Delectables, and generous individuals.

Admission is FREE to the public.

Olympia Solar Festival

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Come to the Oly Solar Fest!!

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come join Generations Credit Union and South Sound Solar in a celebration of renewable energy on Saturday, September 24th! Free admission!

Learn all about solar power and how it can provide much of the electricity your home needs. Interact with solar powered displays, tour several residential solar sites in the immediate area, and attend an informational “Solar 101”, presented by Kirk Haffner, owner of South Sound Solar and holder of a master’s degree in physics.

Plenty of free activities for the kids: giant inflatable slide, face painting, games, and prizes.

Check out a brand new Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf onsite, and learn how economical “driving electric” can be.

And, if you work up an appetite, Barb’s Barb-B-Q will be onsite in case you’d like a bite to eat.

Rain or shine, 11am to 3pm, Saturday, September 24th!

Generations Credit Union
929 Eastside St. SE, Olympia 98501

Tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

October 13, 2016

Experience a working oyster farm with Capitol Land Trust!  Join us as we tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm to learn the history of shellfish growing in the area, the effects on water quality, the impacts of community partnerships and what shellfish are grown and how to harvest them.  Hands on participation is encouraged!  Capitol Land Trust will elaborate on the effects of conservation on water quality and will point out the conserved lands across the way that have been protected by Capitol Land Trust.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
9 AM
Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

This is a free event. Registration is required at

Olympia Zine Fest 2016

Fri, 09/30/2016 (All day) - Sun, 10/02/2016 (All day)

The Second Annual Olympia Zine Fest

Olympia Zine Fest is a celebration of zines and DIY culture. The second year of the fest offers three days of music, workshops, and opportunities to buy and trade zines. It's free and all-ages.

Friday, September 30th
Kick-off event with Guest of Honor, Osa Atoe.
It's a punk show at the library featuring bands whose members also make zines: Spider & the Webs, Dr. Identity, VOG. Hosted by MC Osa Atoe with tunes in between sets by DJ Erika Elizabeth. The show starts at 7pm at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave. SE.

Saturday, October 1st
Tabling Expo with over 70 zine-makers, distros and libraries. 11am - 5pm at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.

Sunday, October 2nd
Workshops, 11am - 5pm, at Obsidian (414 4th Ave. E) and Mixx 96 Meeting Room (119 Franklin St. NE). The schedule and descriptions are available here.

More information is available at

New Year’s Eve at Noon

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Kids can enjoy plenty of playtime, New Year’s Eve crafts, face painting, hats, noisemakers, a FREE family picture, and more! Closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the holiday.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Snowflakes and snow crystals are fascinating and complex. Join us at the WET Science Center for a 2pm presentation about the science of snow, including stunning visuals and hands-on activities, and expand your understanding of the winter wonderland. Plus we’ll make snow crafts and do fun activities all day long! 

Legends of the Land

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

There have always been stories about the origin of the land and the life that calls it home. These ancient stories are powerful and rooted in science. From Salmon Woman to mice hiding in Douglas Fir cones, you’ll hear a variety of stories that come from our local Salish peoples and from around the world that teach respect for nature and the cycle of life. Stories begin at 2pm at the WET Science Center. 

Moss & Lichenology 101

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lichens and moss are found on tree trunks, sidewalk cracks, mountain tops, forest floors – and even Antarctica! How is it that these organisms can thrive in so many diverse environments? Join us at the WET Science Center for a day of adventure and learning as we explore the awesome lives of mosses and lichens and the roles they play in our ecosystems. With common names like Fairy Puke and Golden Moon Glow, who wouldn’t want to find out more about these fascinating organisms? Presentation starts at 2pm, followed by an interactive microscope activity. Moss and lichen activities in the classroom all day.

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