THROUGH DEC. 17
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.
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.
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]
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
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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