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Sister Spit 20th Anniversary Tour

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

In 2017 the Sister Spit Tour celebrates 20 years on the road, featuring six women artists who offer a critical, intersectional and often humorous lens to issues of feminism, race, size, class, identity, technology, gender and sexuality. Sister Spit is a traveling road show that brings provocative, emerging queer and feminist artists to venues across the US. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

UFOs in the Northwest

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

James Clarkson, Washington State Director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), looks back over 30 years of UFO Investigations in the Pacific Northwest.

The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


Winter Twig Identification Field Course

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 10:00am

Winter Twig Identification Field Course

Sunday, January 22, Choose between a morning class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OR an afternoon class from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Are you interested in adding a new dimension to your winter outings? Check out the "Winter Twig Identification" field course led by the Native Plant Salvage Foundation. Through this “walking workshop,” you will learn the secrets of identifying local deciduous trees and shrubs without their leaves.

The course takes place on a scenic West Olympia trail, where small groups of learners will be paired with local plant experts to learn the keys to identify our native plants species. Cost is $5 per person, with learning materials provided.

For event details and to reserve your space in the class, please email We ask for your phone number, and your preference between the morning or afternoon sessions.

Iyad Burnat - Nonviolent Resistance in Bil'in, Palestine

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Iyad Burnat, a leader of the Bil'in Popular Committee in Palestine, comes to Olympia this week to share his new book Bil'in and the Nonviolent Resistance.

Olympia High School Bearzaar

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

You will BEARly believe all the crafts & antiques available at the 17th Annual Olympia High School BEARzaar this year. Hunt for that special gift at over 160 vendors.

The Raffle Hall has an item donated from each vendor, so you can preview a sampling of what the vendors have to offer. It also gives you many chances to win.

Admission and parking are FREE, although this year, for $5 you can enter at 8:15am instead of 9:00.  We will also be accepting canned food donations for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Make sure to give your cubs a big BEARhug before dropping them off at the Oly BEAR childcare down the Raffle Hall.

Stop by for a bite to eat at the café or warm up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

So, don't hibernate in your cave on Saturday, November 19th.  BEARzaar is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving! You probably won't leave BEARhanded.

Kathy 'kt' Thompson / 360-956-3667


Beautiful Landscape Solutions for South County Yards

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Learn how to create a beautiful landscape that will survive the rocky soils and cooler temperatures typical of South Thurston County areas.  Plant and wildlife experts will show you how to create a custom plan for your yard, select plants for year round beauty, reduce maintenance headaches, conserve water, and attract birds and butterflies unique to South Thurston County.

Reserve your spot in this FREE class by emailing or online at

Location: Maytown Assembly of God Church

Optional Part 2: December 15, 6 – 9 p.m.
Local landscape experts will be on hand to review the custom planting plan you create after Part 1 and help your dreams move to reality.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Olympia Genealogical Society members will help workshop participants gain the skills they need to begin their family history research. Participants should check in at 9 a.m., before the library opens, at the 9th and Adams Exit Only doors to the library in the SE corner of the parking lot. Registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted. Register online, in person, or by
phone at 360-352-0595 beginning Monday, October 17.

"Boys in the Boat" Event with Olympia Area Rowing

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

 Mark Williams of Olympia Area Rowing (OAR) will discuss the sport, OAR, and how a lot of the lessons from the book - "The Boys in the Boat" - are parallel to what they do today. OAR promotes competitive and recreational rowing for adults and youth in the local community, fostering sportsmanship, teamwork, athleticism and camaraderie.

LOCATION: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE

All Timberland Library programs are free and open to the public.

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 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

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