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Tumwa­ter Santa Mo­bile: The Santa Mo­bile trav­els through Tumwa­ter neigh­bor­hoods each De­cem­ber de­liv­er­ing candy canes and col­lect­ing non­per­ish­able food and cash do­na­tions for the Thurston County Food Bank. Tumwa­ter res­i­dents should lis­ten for the Christ­mas car­ols and watch for the twin­kling lights be­tween 6-8 p.m. – or visit the city web­site to view the full Santa Mo­bile sched­ule, www.ci. tumwa­ter.wa.us/ San­taMo­bile. The an­tique fire en­gine Santa rides has an open cab, so the Santa Mo­bile sched­ule is sub­ject to change dur­ing in­clement weather.


South Puget Sound Jazz Band’s Trib­ute to the Savoy Ball­room: The Jazz Band, di­rected by James Schneider, will fea­ture clas­sic swing tunes from the 1930s and ’40s, fea­tur­ing the Shimmy Shack Swingers, at the 8 p.m. con­cert at The Ev­er­green State Col­lege’s Purce Hall, in Lec­ture Hall 1. Ad­mis­sion is free and tick­ets are not re­quired, but park­ing on cam­pus is $3.

Sax­o­phone Quar­tette

con­cert: Olympia First Chris­tian Church presents The Chuck Stentz Sax­o­phone Quar­tette in con­cert at noon. The quar­tette was founded in 2014 and named for the lo­cal icon of swing. John Beach leads the group that in­cludes jazz sax­o­phon­ists Brad Schrandt, Rudy Draco and Jim Pribbenow. The church li­brary opens at 11:30 a.m. for com­pli­men­tary cof­fee and cook­ies. The con­cert be­gins at noon and lasts about an hour. Ad­mis­sion is free. (Con­tri­bu­tions are ac­cepted for the mu­si­cians.) First Chris­tian Church is at 701 Franklin St. SE. In­for­ma­tion: 360-9438025.

State Capi­tol Tree Light­ing Cer­e­mony: The state hol­i­day tree – this year a 25-foot No­ble fir do­nated by Wey­er­haeuser – ar­rives at the Leg­isla­tive Build­ing’s Ro­tunda this week, and it will make its for­mal pub­lic de­but with the tra­di­tional light­ing cer­e­mony at 6 p.m. Fri­day. The tree fea­tures “Mil­i­tary Bears” dé­cor, in­clud­ing stuffed or­na­ments of bears in uni­forms rep­re­sent all branches of the U.S. mil­i­tary and 7,000 new LED lights, pro­vided by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Wash­ing­ton Busi­ness. The pro­gram is free and open to the pub­lic.


Duck the Malls Hol­i­day Craft­mak­ers Event: The an­nual craft fair hosted by the Olympia Film So­ci­ety runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Capi­tol The­ater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Ad­mis­sion is free for shop­pers. This event is a fundraiser cre­ated to sup­port lo­cal and in­de­pen­dent ar­ti­sans and artists in the South Sound and vis­ual art pro­gram­ming at the Olympia Film So­ci­ety. Pro­ceeds from the bake sale and ven­dor ta­ble fees ben­e­fit OFS.

Tumwa­ter Christ­mas Tree Light­ing Fes­ti­val:

Tumwa­ter Parks & Re­cre­ation’s sea­sonal fes­ti­val runs 2-5 p.m. at the Tumwa­ter Fire Sta­tion and City Hall. En­joy com­mu­nity and school choir per­for­mances, dec­o­rate cook­ies, meet Miss Thurston County 2019 Brielle Bryan, en­ter raf­fles to win prizes, and watch the cer­e­mo­nial tree light­ing. After the tree has been lit, don’t miss the visit from Santa Claus, who will ar­rive on an an­tique fire truck. Ad­mis­sion is free. In­for­ma­tion: 360-7544160 or ci.tumwa­ter. wa.us/tree­l­ight­ing. Na­tional NOW vice pres­i­dent speaks in Olympia: Thurston County Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Women is host­ing this event at 1 p.m. at Safe­place, 521 Le­gion Way, Olympia. The guest speaker will be Gilda Yazzie, na­tional vice pres­i­dent of NOW and a mem­ber of the Navajo na­tion. She’ll talk about miss­ing and mur­dered na­tive women and the con­tin­u­ing fight for the Equal Rights Amend­ment. In­for­ma­tion: https://bit.ly/2OXwsRh and now.org/is­sues or con­tact Linda MalanchukFin­nan at [email protected]­mail.com, 360-357-7272, or face­[email protected]­county.

Cen­tralia Lighted

Trac­tor Pa­rade: The ninth an­nual pa­rade be­gins at 6 p.m. and will fea­ture an­tique trucks, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, con­struc­tion equip­ment, and vin­tage and mod­ern trac­tors, all dec­o­rated with at least 1,000 hol­i­day lights each. The pa­rade’s stag­ing area is in front of Cen­tralia Col­lege on Lo­cust, and it trav­els down Tower and Main streets. Pa­rade en­tries will be ac­cepted through 6 p.m. on Fri­day be­fore the pa­rade Satur­day.For en­try in­for­ma­tion, go to down­town­cen­tralia.org. More in­for­ma­tion: 360827-1609 or cen­trali­ad­own­tow­nas­so­ci­a­[email protected]


Banff Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val World Tour: The film fes­ti­val tour will stop in Olympia for screen­ings both nights at the Capi­tol The­ater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. The shows, hosted by The Olympia Moun­taineers, will be­gin at 7 p.m. Satur­day and 6 p.m. Sun­day, with dif­fer­ent films shown each night. Doors open one hour be­fore show­time. Tick­ets are $15 gen­eral ad­mis­sion, or $26 for both nights. Dis­counts are avail­able for the Sun­day show ($12 for Moun­taineers, mil­i­tary, stu­dents and Olympia Film So­ci­ety mem­bers). In­for­ma­tion: olympiafilm­so­ci­ety.org.


Au­thor talk by Jan Brett: Best-sell­ing chil­dren’s book au­thor Jan Brett will visit Barnes & No­ble on Olympia’s west side as part of her “Rock and Roll” bus tour. At 5 p.m., she will in­tro­duce her new book, “The Snowy Nap.” Barnes & No­ble is at 1530 Black Lake Blvd. SW.

Bring­ing in the Yule

Log: This hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion starts at 1 p.m. at Schafer State Park, 1365 West Schafer Park Road, Elma. A potluck lunch, camp­fire and Christ­mas mu­sic are on tap. Spon­sored by the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia state parks and parks staff. A Dis­cov­ery Pass is re­quired to park. In­for­ma­tion: FOSLS.org or 360789-9953.

Olympia Cham­ber Orches­tra at the mall:

The orches­tra will per­form at 2:30 p.m. at Cap­i­tal Mall, play­ing Christ­mas fa­vorites and “The Eg­mont Over­ture” by Beethoven. Free. The Eso­ter­ics per­form

at St. John’s: Eric Banks and The Eso­ter­ics will per­form as part of the St. John’s Con­cert Se­ries at 3 p.m. Sun­day at the church at 19th Av­enue South­east and Capi­tol Way. The Eso­ter­ics are a Seat­tle­based vo­cal en­sem­ble ded­i­cated to per­form­ing con­tem­po­rary a cap­pella choral set­tings of po­etry, phi­los­o­phy, and spir­i­tual writ­ings. The pro­gram will fea­ture new choral works that ex­plore prayer in terms of the so­lace, fo­cus, and strength in­spired by the nat­u­ral world. The cen­ter­piece of the con­cert is the eleven-move­ment cy­cle “Prayers” by John Gould Fletcher, com­posed by Joseph Gre­go­rio. A re­cep­tion will fol­low the con­cert. A free-will of­fer­ing will be taken, with sug­gested con­tri­bu­tions of $20, or $10 for stu­dents and se­niors.

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