Saint Martin's graduate Tamara Bellisle of Shelton carries her daughter, MaLeah, 5 months, as she waits with fellow bachelor in social work recipients before the 2016 commencement ceremonies at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.

Saint Martin’s graduate Tamara Bellisle of Shelton carries her daughter, MaLeah, 5 months, as she waits with fellow bachelor in social work recipients before the 2016 commencement ceremonies at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

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Saint Martin’s University commencement: Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller, a Saint Martin’s alumna, will deliver the commencement address at 10 a.m. at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Attendees must have tickets provided by graduating students. Doors open at 9 a.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prairie Appreciation Day Tour: The Stream Team will lead a relaxing walk to see a blanket of spring colors and learn about the delicate prairie ecosystem from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Glacial Heritage Park on Mima Road in Littlerock. The vanpool will leave at 9:30 a.m. from Olympia City Hall, 601 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Angela Winter from Center for Natural Lands Management will be the guide. Space is limited. Register online at

Meet author Frederick L. Brown: Brown will be at Orca Books, 509 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, at 6 p.m. Brown is the author of “The City Is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle,” which won the 2017 Hal K. Rothman Book Prize for best new book in Western environmental history. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free.

Relay For Life Band Night Fundraiser: An evening of dinner and dancing with Laura Lowe & the Mud Bay Blues Band with special guest George Barner will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia. Spaghetti dinner provided by Dirty Dave’s. Doors open 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., music and dancing starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 per person. All proceeds benefit the Harlan’s Homes 4 Hope Relay Team and the American Cancer Society. Get tickets at

Spring Community Garage Sale: The first big treasure hunt of the year is coming to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis. Early-bird shoppers can enter at 8 a.m. for $5. General public sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adult admission is $3, kids age 12 and younger get in free with a paid adult. Parking is free in fairgrounds lots. Food vendors will be serving all day. An arts, crafts, and gifts show also is being held in the Blue Pavilion. Information: 360-740-2655, or go to

Olympia Design Month’s Learning to look at buildings: Investigate beautiful design through a personal lens at this event from 1-3 p.m. at KMB Architects, 906 Columbia St SW #400, Olympia. What elements of architecture inspire you? What inspires others? After a brief overview, there will be a walking tour of downtown Olympia. Bring a camera and build your personal portfolio of Olympia’s downtown gems. This session is open to people of high school age and older. Visual Communications students at Olympia High School can earn course credits. Advance registration is required. Contact Jessicarae Nuñez at

From Geoengineering to Bioengineering — Weather Modification, 5G, ELFs, Nanotechnology, and Transhumanism: Hear from Elana Freeland and Christopher Fontenot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. Free. Refreshments and booksigning following event. Information: 360-480-5527

Sound Sound Opening Day of Boating Season Celebration: This event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. along Percival Landing and the Port Plaza Park in downtown Olympia. The Opening Day Parade coincides with the Olympia Wooden Boat Festival. The Opening Day Parade of Decorated Boats begins at noon featuring both power and sail craft as little as 20 feet and up to 55 feet. Olympia’s Lakefair Court is on the judge’s boat and helps award prizes to participating boats. The parade starts near Port Plaza Park at 701 Columbia St. NW and heads out into West Bay before returning. Information:


Mother’s Day 5K and Kids 1-mile Run: The Family Support Center is hosting this run at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. Registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m., with the kids race starting at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Register in advance at the Facebook page:

Mother’s Day Special at Hands On Children’s Museum: Free admission is being offered to mothers and grandmothers, and special activities are being offered. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can make a tin bookmark for free or an embossed journal for $8, or from noon to 4 p.m., experiment with infused oils and natural scrubs for free, or make a jar of bath salts for $8. Information:

Flute Choir concert in the Rotunda: The Olympia Flute Choir will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Chairs provided.


Justice in Crisis film screenings: “Justice in Crisis,” a collection of Brave New Films shorts, explores some of the problems with the U. S. criminal justice system. The films will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St. NW, followed by a discussion with community experts. This event is being co-sponsored by Justice Not Jails and the Thurston-Mason chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Free.


Stonecroft’s Christian Women’s Connection: The monthly luncheon is at noon at Panorama’s Gallery next to the Seventeen 51 Restaurant, 1751 Circle Drive SE, Lacey. Creative Memories consultant Becky Kulich of Olympia talk about scrapbooking. Vocalist Rachel McMullin will perform, and the inspirational speaker is Donna Morse from Olympia. Cost is $16 which includes lunch, dessert, coffee/tea, and music. For reservations, call Sylvia at 360-943-0627.

Pre-Diabetes Orientation class: Many people are pre-diabetic and don’t know it, nor do they realize how close they are to developing Type 2 Diabetes. Mason General Hospital Diabetes Wellness Center invites anyone with a recent diagnosis of pre-diabetes, or who has scored positive in a pre-diabetes self-test, to attend this free, one-hour Pre-Diabetes Orientation Class to learn about the year-long Diabetes Prevention Program. The orientation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital, 901 Mountain View Drive, Shelton. Pre-diabetes is a higher-than-normal blood sugar level that increases risk for heart disease and stroke. To see if you might be a candidate, take the Pre-Diabetes Risk Quiz at If you score positive for pre-diabetes, call Debbie McGinnis at 360-427-7332.


Nakba Day Observance Activities: Tent-style placards will be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Capitol Campus lawn near the Tivoli Fountain. The placards are inscribed with names and information about the Palestinian villages destroyed during Al-Nakba. Talk with local Palestinian-Americans and Rachel Corrie Foundation volunteers about the history, the Right of Return, and the current situation in the Middle East. Then, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, Miriam Taqieddin and Gerri Haynes will lead a program called “Defying the Walls that Divide Us.” Taqieddin is a Palestinian-American who is a student at The Evergreen State College; Haynes has traveled to Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon one to three times a year since 1993 with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Olympia Design Month event: Olympians for People-Oriented Places will present a program called “Design for Living: Residential design and neighborhood texture” at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Hatfiloh’s social hall, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. Planner Thera Black, architect Roussa Cassel, historic preservationist Michelle Sadlier, and green building expert Chris van Daalen will discuss the sometimes subtle factors that influence our experience of place. Free.


Olympia Heritage Month Celebration: The Olympia Heritage Commission invites the public to the celebration at the Capitol Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia. Mayor Cheryl Selby will present the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards, followed by feature screenings of historic film footage of Olympia and “Coast Modern.” Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

New to Medicare seminar: This workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon at the senior center at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Staff and volunteers trained by the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner will cover how to apply for Medicare and options available to people going on Medicare. No registration necessary. For individual appointments or to speak to an advisor, call 360-586-6181 ext. 134. Limited, two-hour parking in city lot on Columbia Street across from center.

Understanding Hypoglycemia: Diabetes and pre-diabetes have become a national health concern, with an understanding of how hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) must be regulated in the prevention and management of diabetes. “Understanding Hypoglycemia” will be the topic of the Diabetes Support Group meeting from 1-2 p.m. in the Ellinor Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital in Shelton. The meeting is open to anyone affected by diabetes or pre-diabetes, friends and family members of those managing the condition, and anyone with an interest in learning more about diabetes and its prevention. Information: Contact Debbie McGinnis at 360-427-7332.

Olympia’s Third Thursday: The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth in the US Bank parking lot at Fourth and Washington from 4-7 p.m. The block party runs in the lot runs from 6-9 p.m. and will open with music by Lakota Dorris, followed by Broadway Olympia Productions and New Born Babies. Our Table is the featured restaurant at the party and they’ll be serving up fresh food sourced from local farms. The event also will feature a Friends Night Out fundraiser. Purchase a $15 passport and then visit the list of participating businesses where they will stamp your passport and give you a unique gift. Proceeds from the sale of the passports go to Community Youth Services.

Meaningful Movies Olympia: The featured film is “Resilience, the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.” The screening at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim and Natalie Slovak of the Family Support Center. The event is at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St., Olympia. Admission is free.

Rachel Carson Forum: The Master of Environmental Studies Student Association at The Evergreen State College is hosting the 30th annual Rachel Carson Forum from 5-9 p.m. in the Communications Building, 2749 McCann Plaza NW, Olympia. This year’s theme is the Power of Community Science and features a community science networking event, hands-on workshops, and keynote presentations by Daniel Hull from Nisqually Reach Nature Center and Susan Berta and Howard Garrett from Orca Network. The event is free and open to the public; parking is $3. Information:


SPSCC’s 14th annual Student Art Exhibition: South Puget Sound Community College will host the 14th Annual SPSCC Student Art Exhibition in its gallery at the Minnaert Center for the Arts. The exhibit’s opening reception is from 6-8 p.m.; the exhibit will be open to the public through June 14. The exhibit is curated by the college’s art faculty, and features outstanding student creations from studio classes in the 2018-19 year. Works include ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, mixed-media, 2D and 3D design exercises, and sculpture. A continuous slide show of student work is included in the exhibition. Admission is free.

Olympia Musical Theatre show: The theater company opens “Three Days of Peace & Music,” which will run through Sunday. Featuring Kids in Concert and the Olympia Musical Theatre Singers, and directed by Troy Arnold Fisher, it’s a singing homage to 50 years since Woodstock and the opening of the musical “Hair.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. at the Port of Olympia Plaza. Bring your chairs and a picnic and don your hippie clothes. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted.

Olympia Design Month closing event: Olympians for People-Oriented Places will close its Design Month program with “Envisioning Architecture: Four architects present the buildings that influence their work and vision for Olympia” at 7 p.m. in the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way. There will be a reception prior to the presentations.

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