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Slow Food Greater Olympia an­nual meet­ing: The group will meet 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to go over the draft of a doc­u­ment that will syn­the­size the group’s be­liefs about food and its role in the lo­cal food sys­tem. It’s also a potluck, so at­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to bring a brunch dish that fea­tures lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. To RSVP and to get the lo­ca­tion of the event, email goslow­[email protected]


Bour­bon-sip­ping and sto­ry­telling with El­iz­abeth Lord: En­joy snacks, sips and sto­ries spun by Olympia’s El­iz­abeth Lord from 6-8 p.m. at Dillinger’s, 404 Wash­ing­ton St. SE, Olympia. Dillinger’s will pro­vide the back­drop, sig­na­ture bour­bon and snacks, and Lord will pro­vide her sto­ry­telling. $25 for food, drink and sto­ries. Pay in ad­vance by call­ing 360515-0650 or re­serve a spot and pur­chase your ticket at Dillingers.

Cli­mate Jus­tice Rally:

Ac­tivists from Thurston, Ma­son and Kit­sap coun­ties will gather from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Capi­tol Cam­pus then make their way to the north steps of the Leg­isla­tive Build­ing. A coali­tion of groups will be ad­vo­cat­ing for a tran­si­tion to 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy, not nu­clear; clean/green en­ergy, in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion/ tran­sit; green union jobs/ hous­ing; pro­tect­ing habi­tats of salmon and or­cas; and re­spect­ing tribal agree­ments. There will be singing and speak­ers.


Pier Peer: Dis­cover the shrimp, squid, seals and other ma­rine crit­ters that live below the pier at Bos­ton Har­bor Ma­rina. Lead­ers from the Puget Sound Es­tu­ar­ium use un­der­wa­ter lights to at­tract es­tu­ary crea­tures to safely scoop up and ob­serve, while vol­un­teer nat­u­ral­ists help par­tic­i­pants iden­tify and learn more about what is found. The event runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring a warm jacket. Ad­mis­sion is $10 for those 13 and older, free for those 12 and younger. Regis­ter in ad­vance through the Es­tu­ar­ium’s page on Face­book.


SPSCC cel­e­brates new Health Ed­u­ca­tion build­ing: South Puget Sound Com­mu­nity Col­lege and the col­lege’s Foun­da­tion will host a cel­e­bra­tion of SPSCC’s ac­qui­si­tion of the Louis Walker Mid­dle­ton build­ing from the es­tate of Olympia phi­lan­thropist An­gela Bowen. The event will be from 4:30-6 p.m. on the first floor of the new build­ing at 2415 Her­itage Court SW, Olympia. As part of the pur­chase agree­ment, the es­tate pro­vided a $1.19 mil­lion in-kind con­tri­bu­tion, mak­ing the gift to the SPSCC Foun­da­tion the largest gift in school his­tory. In recog­ni­tion, SPSCC will des­ig­nate the 24,000-square­foot build­ing as the Dr. An­gela Bowen Cen­ter for Health Ed­u­ca­tion. It will serve as the in­struc­tional home for some of SPSCC’s health ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and be­come the pri­mary of­fice of the SPSCC Foun­da­tion. Mar­garet McKenny

Park work party: From 9:30 a.m. to noon, vol­un­teers will work to pull English holly and other in­va­sive plants that are sprout­ing through­out the wooded area of the park at 311 21st Ave. SE. Meet just in­side the park; street park­ing is avail­able. Peer-to-Peer Sup­port Group for Veter­ans Only

start­ing up: Join this free group that will meet from 2-4 p.m. Wed­nes­days and Fri­days through Feb. 8 at the South Puget Sound Com­mu­nity Col­lege Veter­ans Hub in Lacey. The group is sup­ported by the Na­tional Al­liance on Men­tal Ill­ness and pro­vides a con­fi­den­tial men­tal health and well­ness pro­gram

guided by peer fa­cil­i­ta­tors. The group doesn’t en­dorse any spe­cific med­i­cal ther­a­pies or med­i­ca­tions. In­for­ma­tion: ed­u­ca­[email protected]­mitm.org, 360-493-6021, nami.org/p2p or the NAMI helpline at 800-950-NAMI. U.S. Rep. Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler tele­phone

town hall: The south­west Wash­ing­ton con­gress­woman will host a live hour­long tele­phone town hall at 5:35 p.m. Third Con­gres­sional Dis­trict res­i­dents are in­vited to join to hear up­dates on gov­ern­ment spend­ing, re­gional leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties and to ask ques­tions. Res­i­dents can join the tele­phone town hall by call­ing 1-877-229-8493 and us­ing the code 116365 at any point dur­ing the town hall event.


Plum Street Tiny House Vil­lage in­for­ma­tion ses­sion: In early Fe­bru­ary, a new tiny house vil­lage for 40 home­less peo­ple will open in Olympia. The pub­lic is in­vited to learn more about the vil­lage at a meet­ing at 6 p.m. in Room A of The Olympia Cen­ter, 222 Columbia St. NW. Fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by the Low In­come Hous­ing In­sti­tute, there will be an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to ask ques­tions. Free. Learn about wild abalones: The Dis­cov­ery Speaker Se­ries will host Henry Car­son, re­search sci­en­tist at the state Depart­ment of Fish & Wildlife, who will talk about “The Pin­tos of Puget Sound: A Look at Wild Abalones,” from 7-8:30 p.m. at the WET Sci­ence Cen­ter, 500 Adams St NE, Olympia. Learn about the strug­gles the abalones face, and the work be­ing done to pro­tect them. Free; spon­sored by LOTT and the South Sound Es­tu­ary As­so­ci­a­tion. In­for­ma­tion: SSEA­cen­ter. org/DS. Wil­liamette Univer­sity singers to per­form in Olympia: The Wil­lamette Univer­sity Cham­ber Choir and Wil­lamette Singers will per­form at 7:30 p.m. at Glo­ria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Har­ri­son Ave. NW, Olympia. Choirs from Tumwa­ter and Tim­ber­line high schools will per­form in the clas­si­cal por­tion of the con­cert. The con­cert will open with a vo­cal jazz per­for­mance by the Wil­lamette Singers, fol­lowed by the high school groups and the Wil­lamette Cham­ber Choir. The con­cert is free and open to the pub­lic, al­though a do­na­tion is en­cour­aged.

Lec­ture on Lib­er­tar­i­an­ism: Olympia Demo­cratic So­cial­ists of Amer­ica and Eco­nomics for Ev­ery­one will host a lec­ture by Rob Lar­son called “Why Lib­er­tar­i­an­ism is Wrong” from 7-9 p.m. at Tra­di­tions Cafe. In­for­ma­tion: bit.ly/2D87o7h or olydsa.org.

Olympia World Af­fairs Coun­cil Lec­ture Se­ries: “Mex­i­can Pol­i­tics and Eco­nomics: Past, Present and Fu­ture” will be the lec­ture by Ev­er­green State Col­lege pro­fes­sor Peter Bohmer at 7:30 p.m. at the South Puget Sound Com­mu­nity Col­lege cam­pus, 4220 Sixth Ave. SE, Lacey. Free and open to the pub­lic. In­for­ma­tion: olympiawac.org.

Mean­ing­ful Movies Olympia: “Homes & Hands,” a film about do­ing more with less and how com­mu­ni­ties have adopted models that cre­ate per­ma­nent af­ford­able hous­ing, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Uni­tar­ian Uni­ver­sal­ist Con­gre­ga­tion, 2315 Divi­sion NW. Speak­ers and dis­cus­sion fol­low the screen­ing. Free ad­mis­sion. Do­na­tions are wel­come. Want to sub­mit an item for What’s Hap­pen­ing? Send it 10 days or more in ad­vance, writ­ten in the for­mat you see above, to [email protected]­olympian.com. Pic­tures are ap­pre­ci­ated.

Daily Olympian photo, 1963, State Cap­i­tal Mu­seum col­lec­tion, Wash­ing­ton State His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

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