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Community Spotlight — November 2023

Native Art Exhibition

October 16 – December 30, 2023.

Past, Present, and Future: Showcasing Roots of Indigenous Artists
The Evergreen State College Gallery, Daniel J. Evans Library This show is dedicated to Veterans past and present.
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM, and by appointment.

Native Art Exhibition: Chehalis Baskets

November 13 to December 8, 2023.

15th Annual Native Art Exhibition: Honoring the Hazel Pete Legacy: Chehalis Basketry
South Puget Sound Community College, Fuller Gallery
The exhibition highlights traditional and contemporary basketry woven by the Hazel Pete family. Hazel Pete was a 6th generation weaver from treaty negotiation times in western Washington – 7th, 8th, and 9th generation weavers will be featured in this exhibit.
Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM — 6:00 PM.

Interfaith Sacred Meal

November 19, 2023

Resetting Our Sacred Table: An Annual, Autumnal Celebration of Community, Culture, and Music
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia.
Presented by Interfaith Works. We will welcome and celebrate the Nisqually Indian tribe as central contributors. Our theme this year is about story, and how our stories draw connections between us and help us relate to the journeys we each are on.” Free to the public. Family-friendly event.
2:00PM — 3:30 PM.

How to be a More Effective Activist

November 21, 2023

The Olympia Observer Meetup
Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia.
If you’re an activist, advocate, lobbyist, journalist, or otherwise concerned citizen – come learn practical techniques you can use to move issues you care about while networking with your peers across disciplines and policy areas.
Doors open for  refreshments and drinks at 5:00 PM. First presentation and discussion at 5:30 PM.


November 24, 2023

Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia.
The South Sound Story Guild invites you to a concert of oral storytelling action packed with folk tales, personal adventures, literary tales and historical stories! Told without notes by tellers from the storytelling guild.
7:00 PM — 9:00 PM.

YWCA Youth Program

December 1, 2023

Monthly Youth Night: Ice Skating!
Friendship Hall at YWCA Olympia.
First Friday of every month. Movies, workshops, game night, dance parties and more…! Contact YWCA for registration form and location.
5:50 PM — 8:00 PM.

Bad Girl Makeover Market

December 2nd, 2023

Maker market featuring local artists
The Olympia Armory, 515 Eastside St. SE
A market for people of all genders who feel cute. Featuring tarot, and vintage and handmade wares.
12:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Olympia Toy Run

December 2, 2023

46th Annual Toy Run
Sears in South Sound Center, Lacey, 98503
The Olympia Toy Run is the First Saturday in December and “It’s All About the Kids.” Bikers will gather at Lacey’s South Sound Center and Ride to Marathon Park, Downtown Olympia. Entry is a new unwrapped toy or $10.00 single, $15.00 couple, and only street legal bikes are allowed.
9:00 am — 2:00  pm.

Cultural Bazaar

December 2, 2023

Cultural Bazaar
ASHHO Cultural Center, 5757 Littlerock Rd. SW #4, Tumwater (across from Tumwater Costco)
A great way to spend the day supporting your community and celebrating diversity. So come out and enjoy the food, the music, and the art!
Every first Saturday through May.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Olympia’s History

December 9, 2023

Blacks in Thurston County, Washington 1950-1975: A Community Album
United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Thurston County. Dr. Thelma Jackson talks about her book, the result of a 10-year project. It is a collection of 55 short biographies highlighting the experiences of Black individuals in Thurston County.
2:00 pm.

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