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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

Birds of Prey at the Olympia Library

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue will introduce their education bird, a peregrine falcon, while discussing the natural history of birds and the conservation issues facing birds and their habitats.

Star Trek, Alchemy and Magic @ The Olympia Library

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Come join us at the library for this unique program!  All library programs are free and open to the public.


Speed Gaming

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Love board games? Join us at the Tumwater Timberland Library on Wednesday, August 10 for an exciting new experience! We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Salmon Saturday

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

It’s that time of year – local salmon are finishing up their long, tiring journey and returning to their home streams to spawn. Bring the family in to honor this amazing fish by creating salmon-inspired artwork to take home. You can create fish prints, make a salmon button, stuff a salmon, and more!

The Tardigrade: Microscopic, Indestructible "Water Bears"

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tardigrades (or water bears) are tiny creatures that live just about everywhere: moss, wastewater, hot springs, Antarctic ice, deep-sea trenches, and more. They’re one of the toughest animals on the planet and can survive extreme environments, including the severe cold and radiation of outer space! Hear more shocking facts, see cool photos, and search for tardigrades under the microscope at a 2pm presentation. Water bear crafts all day in the classroom.  

Frustrationless Flyers

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Summer is here, and it’s a great time for kite flying. Bring in the family to decorate and assemble your very own “frustrationless flyer” kite – the easiest kite you’ll ever fly!

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