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Community Spotlight — Spring 2023

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Krystal Two Bulls, Women’s Day Speaker.

March 8, 11-12:30 on zoom.  Krystal Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne water protector who is co-executive director of Honor the Earth (with Winona LaDuke). Two Bulls has opposed coal mining at Northern Cheyenne and an oil pipeline at Standing Rock. She is an Iraq War veteran and active in About Face: Veterans Against War. She headed the LandBack project of NDN Collective, and has been outspoken for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women The Evergreen State College  For more information, contact “Taking Back Empire” faculty Savvina Chowdhury and Zoltán Grossman.

The Centennial Accord

Public forum on Thurston Area Tribal Nations and the Centennial Accord, Thursday, March 9, 6:30 – 8 pm. In person at the Olympia Center and on Zoom.  Hear from Tribal leaders and from the Governor’s Office. To learn more about the Accord, review the History and What We Learned chapters in the Study of Thurston Area Tribal Nations on the LWVTC website. Copies of the agreements are available here.To join by zoom, register in advance at

First United Methodist Church

Annual Rummage-Estate Sale. Friday March 10, 9am – 3pm, Saturday March 11, 9am-2pm. The United Women in Faith, Olympia First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way, Olympia.

Medea Benjamin

“Ukraine and the Threat of Nuclear War,” Monday March 13,10 am, at the Ground Zero Center.

Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK. Her book War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict, will be available for sale. A potluck lunch then a demonstration at Bangor Trident submarine base in Silverdale will follow her talk.

Heartsparkle Players Playback Theater

Stories of Inspiration and Amazement, Friday, March 17, 6:30 pm. Public Performance featuring the Thunders. Traditions – 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia. Suggested Donation – $10-20 (No one turned away).

Locals Only Film Festival

Call for entries, deadline April 5, 2023.  A short festival of films made in the PNW.  All genres welcome.  Audience choice winners receive laurels and showings at the 2024 Olympia Film Festival. for more info.

South Sound Sierra Club

Community/member  meeting to work on local environmental issues, Wednesday, April 12, 6 – 7:30 pm. Come at 5:30 to order a meal. Mekong Thai Restaurant, 125 Columbia St NW, Olympia. Meets second Wednesday every month.

Dirty Fuels Task Force.  Meets the third Thursday every month. For more information and details

Ruth Sawyer,,  (503) 741-9103

ASHHO Cultural Center

Bazaar and Resource Fair. March. 4, April 1, May 6.  Starts at 11. Half-mile walk with Erin Jones and community members interested in making a change. Music by Choro Tomorrow and Parfait Bassale. Plus soul food, crafts, community. More details and vender applications at or visit

Timberland Library StoryTrails

Walk a trail in Decatur Woods Park while you read We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch. Family friendly interactive facts and questions. Choose your own time in March. For other book-connected trails look up Timberland Regional Library.

Headless Mumby Brewing Company

Book Fair March 18. We’ll have a wide selection of books and merch available at the book fair hosted by family friendly, locally owned Headless Mumby.

Street outreach pop up

Thursdays from 1 pm to 2 pm. Hot meals, water, gear including sleeping bags, tents, tarps and more.  At the side parking lot next to 711 State St.  All ages, including anyone unable to access CYS services. A power source (first come first serve). Referrals to community programs.


Tend Teacher Training: Wild Spring Greens, Tuesday, Mar 28, 9am – 4pm. Embrace the gifts of spring! Taste edible greens including nettles, dandelion, chickweed, wild lettuces, salmonberry sprouts, violets, and big leaf maple blossoms. Bring outdoor gear, a notebook, and a basket or bag for harvesting. The curriculum includes plant identification tips, sustainable harvesting techniques, nutritional values, medicinal uses and recipes. Or volunteer to help build raised beds for people this Spring. Contact to learn more!  2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia. More events:

Glen’s Parallax Perspectives

“Smart Strategies to Organize for Peace and No Nuclear Weapons,” New in March. Fresh insights on ending war and eliminating nuclear weapons. Watch this and other Parallax Perspectives interview programs on Glen Anderson’s blog,

Lacey Public Library

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn.  10:30 – noon, daily through May 3. Play group for children 0-5 with their caregiver. Story circles, songs, interactive games, art activities. Flexible arrival and departure times. Lacey Library, 500 College St SE

Wild Grief

Family journey campout. Friday, June 9, 12 pm  –  Sunday, June 11, 4 pm.

Lewis & Clark State Park 4583 Jackson Highway Winlock, WA. review the FAQs.

Teen day hike. Saturday, ZJune 24, 10:30 am-4 pm. Teens only, about 5-mile hike with skilled leaders. Meet in Olympia and vanpool to trailhead. Wild Grief makes space for sharing in nature for children and adults. All programs are free of charge, and camping supplies are provided.For more info, Programs are open until filled. More programs and info at

South Puget Sound Community College

Sunday in the Park with George, May 26 and 27, 7:30-9:30 pm, Student musical performance; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Main Stage (Bldg 21). Tickets at

The Thurston-Santo Tomas Plant Sale

Giant plant sale, order online May 3 – 7.  Volunteer work parties – dig and pot, through the end of March. See more about the plant sale in this issue of Works in Progress.

Olympia Library

Teen Tech Tutors. 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4:30-5:45 pm. Drop-in with your computer, phone or other device and work with a knowledgeable and patient teen volunteer to solve problems.

Climate Action

The Tree Action Group works on making stronger local ordinances to protect trees, promoting and participating in the planting of more trees as a carbon sink, and educating the public to why trees are part of the climate solution.  For information contact

American Indian Day

May 13 – so proclaimed by Ronald Reagan:  “In recognition of the unique position and contribution of the American Indian peoples to our Nation, the United States Congress, pursuant to House of Representatives Joint Resolution 459, authorized and asked the President to issue a proclamation designating May 13 as American Indian Day.”

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