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, ci.tumwater.wa.us/SantaMobile. The antique fire engine that Santa rides has an open cab, so the Santa Mobile schedule is subject to change during inclement weather.
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: 360-754-4160 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: bit.ly/2OXwsRh and now.org/issues or contact Linda Malanchuk-Finnan at [email protected]mail.com, 360357-7272, or face[email protected] thurs ton 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 central ia downtown association @gmail.com.
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
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 Seattle-based vocal ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary acapella 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 elevenmovement cycle “Prayers” by John Gould Fletcher, composed by Joseph Gregorio. A reception will follow the concert. A freewill offering will be taken, with suggested contributions of $20, or $10 for students and seniors.
Human Rights Day Celebration & Fundraiser: Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for its annual event at 6:30 p.m. at Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen inside The Security Building in downtown Olympia. The guest speaker is Steffani Powell, an immigration lawyer. The menu will consist of Latinand Middle Eastern-inspired dishes paired with complimentary cocktails/ mocktails. Tickets are $40 at rachel corrie foundation. org.
Stonecroft’s Christian Women’s Connection: The monthly luncheon starts at noon in the Panorama Gallery at 1751 Circle Drive SE, Lacey, next to the Seventeen 51 Restaurant. The program is “Celebrating the Holidays,” and it will feature the North Thurston High School Jazz Choir. The inspirational speaker is Judy Hoff from Marysville, who will speak on “Healing the Hole in Your Heart.” The cost is $16, which includes lunch, dessert, coffee/tea, and music. For reservations, call Sylvia at 360-943-0627 by Dec. 7 if possible.
Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Town Hall:
A town hall to educate the community about local youth substance abuse and prevention will be held at 4 p.m. in the Centralia Middle School Commons, 901 Johnson Road, Centralia. The Lewis County Public Health & Social Services prevention team will share information about the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative, which is designed to reduce underage use of alcohol and drugs, improve academic performance, and reduce juvenile crime. Information: contact Emily Killeen at 360-740-1424 or emily. kil le [email protected] lewis countywa.