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Special events

Tree lighting ceremony.

Friday, December 1, 5 pm

Capitol Building Rotunda.

Olympia motorcycle toy run

Sat, December 2.  Gather at South Sound Center at 10 am, take off at 1 pm.   

Contribute toys for run at Obee Credit Union, 400 Cooper Point Rd SW, or  Generations Credit Union , 929 Eastside St SE. Toys will be delivered to Salvation Army at Marathon Park, for them to distribute.

Hawks Holiday Happening

Saturday, December 2, 9 am to 4 pm

Gifts and Craft Fair, River Ridge High School, Lacey.  

Chinese Arts Performance Fundraiser

December 2, 3 – 4:30 pm, Korval Performing Arts Center, Thurston High School, 600 Sleater Kinney Road. $15, $10 for children.

Capitol Holiday Walk

Sat, December 9, 2pm.  

Tour Capitol Campus starting at the West Campus. Capitol Volkssport Club.  Free.

Christmas Under the Canopy

Sat, December 9, 7:20 pm, tree lighting and holiday concert by St. Martin’s Chorale, Outdoors next to Kreielsheimer Hall at St. Martin’s University   

Free events at  WET Science Center

Sat., December 9 and 16. WET Center, 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia All at 2 pm.

Discovering Octopuses (9th) and Snowflake Science (16th).     

Reception for the Nobel Peace Prize

Sun., Dec 10, 3 pm. Museum Coach House, 211 – 21st Ave SW, Olympia.

 Gathering with refreshments and music by Dusty Rhodes, Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Annual Winter Holiday Peace Vigil

Sat. Dec 16,  noon-1pm.  Percival Landing by the Kissing Statue.

Everyone invited. Music from Artesian Rumble Arkestra, signs by FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation). Post-vigil sharing hot drinks and soup.

Downtown Ducks

Sat., Dec. 16, 9 am to 12 pm, Marathon Park.  

Identify duck species at Capitol Lake.  Black Lake Audubon Society, contact Burt Guttman,

De-Escalate Washington

All month until December 18, collect signatures for I-940, for better police training and better standards for police accountability. Pick up petitions and drop off signatures at United Churches, 110 11th Avenue SE   Sponsored by Olympia SURJ

Holiday Hotline:  

Text SOS to 82623 and SURJ will support you in conversations about race and other difficult matters with family members you don’t see very often.

Spirituals for the Season

Sun., December 17, 2 pm:  Capitol Building Rotunda.  Free.

Congressional Recess

December 18-29.   

Federal Legislators potentially back in their districts.  Lobby them about the disastrous federal budget, the poor choice of federal judges, lack of leadership on climate change, backward motion on endangered species and many other serious, urgent matters.

Traditional Polar Bear Plunge

Mon., January 1, Campfires and music, followed by a plunge in the lake at 1:00 (brrr.) Long Lake Park, 2790 Carpenter Road SE.  


Also check our Facebook page for later additions to this calendar.


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