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Community Spotlight — April 2022

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A Length of Rope

April 8-10.  shows beginning at 8pm.

312 Columbia St. NW, Olympia Airbound Arts

Ariel Schmidtke performs contemporary circus art in collaboration with String & Shadow. Information and tickets at

 The Paper Moon

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays thru April 24

String & Shadow Puppet Theater, 612 – 4th Ave

A magical, original story created by a troupe of performance artists with giant puppets, masks, elaborate costumes and fantastical pop-up sets, music, and narration. Recommended for age 5 and up.

Sign Language on 4/9.  Spanish Night 4/23.

Sliding scale fee at every performance from 5$ to $35.

Information and tickets at

Koresh Dance Company

Presented by The Center

Saturday April 16th at 7:30 pm

Hailed internationally, is a production of tender, joyful, passionate, and humorous interpretation of the paintings of Henri Matisse. Dancers are described as “technically superb” by their poster.

Ticket pricing: PR $57 A $45 B $35 C $25

Thurston Santo Tomas Sister County Plant Sale

2022 11th Annual Plant Sale and Scholarship Fundraiser

Online sale begins April 28. Pick up plants April 29, 30, May 1

Organic produce, flowers, trees and more!

Donate or read testimonials of past Nicaraguan university students: Visit  the TSTSCA Facebook page or email to be added to the sale mailing list. Recurring donations of 50 dollars a month are also an option. Donations also accepted by mailing checks to TSTSCA, PO Box 561 Olympia WA 98507.

Wild Grief Summer Programs

Applications open through April 30

Introducing this year, the Family Journey Campout, a program for families suffering a loss with children under 13. This three-day weekend campout is all costs included. If accepted, families will hike, play and connect with other grieving families at the Lewis & Clark State Park Group Camp.  Other programs such as Teen Backpack and Day Hikes are open to teens of all ages. or 


Drive Electric Earth Day EV Car Show

April 30, 2022 – 11:00 am

Olympia High School faculty parking lot

1200 North Street SE, Olympia

Have you considered transitioning to an EV? Gas prices got you pondering making the switch? On Saturday, April 30th you can learn all about electric vehicles from people who own and drive them at the Drive Electric Earth Day EV Show. Interested in how greening schools can make the transition to clean transportation methods? Come see the new Olympia School District electric school bus!

The EV Show will be from 11am- 2pm at Olympia High School in the Faculty Parking lot southwest of the main school entrance. Google Mapping will get you to the right place if you enter 1200 North Street SE, Olympia

This event is sponsored by Thurston Climate Action Team and the Olympia High School Climate Action Club in cooperation with Drive Electric Earth Day. Drive Electric Earth Day is presented by Plug In America, the Electric Vehicle Association, the Sierra Club, and EVHybridNoire.


Winter Bicycle Challenge

All-weather riders in Thurston County surpassed all previous records for participation in the Winter Bicycle Challenge! 362 riders covered nearly 29,000 miles riding on a total of 2800 days during the shortest month of the year. IT awarded 30 prizes in weekly random drawings. Stay tuned for exciting news about the Bicycle Commuter Challenge coming up in May!


Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT)

Volunteer Opportunities

DERT is a community which intends to share their passion of environmental restoration and protection, building ways for cities to coexist with thriving ecosystems. Offering volunteer programs, community forums, education of the benefit of estuaries, as well as accepting financial contributions.  Detailed information about their outreach event, kayak patrol training, sedimentary sample collection, lab work and volunteer application at

Join The Mycology Club!

Mushroom, botany, and long walks through nature are all offered through this community group.

Sharing Time with Elders Project (STEP)

Talk to Elders on Zoom: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 11-12pm

STEP is bridging generations through powerful conversations and sharing stories that connect family, community and culture. Learn to talk, listen, and lead while volunteering and sharing meaningful moments with elders and other young people. Welcoming all races, genders, and abilities, join over zoom, create art projects/ cards at home, or participate in events like The Elders Project: Native Elder storytelling and writing. Volunteer, listen and share your stories documenting them is into booklets. or invite the Grandparent Panel to your group or classroom.

More information at, on Instagram @Projects or at (360) 480-1894.

Thousand of Free Chestnut Trees

In an effort to create resilient local food networks, sequester carbon, promote healthy watersheds, and increase biodiversity the Many Trees Project, Build Soil, and the Olympia Vangardens is donating to neighborhoods, schools, community gardens, reservations, churches, parks, induvial, and more. Sign up at or visit

Black Rose Anarchist Federation

No work without protection! Demand It!

The Black Rose Anarchists Association provides information and resources which provide agency to workers who seek proper COVID-19 protections.

Presented by Olympia Lamplighters

211 4th Ave E Olympia

Free Night

Every Tuesday from 5-8pm

Throughout the month four themed nights proceed in order, Game Night, Artist Hangout, Darn it All and Stitch, and Writers Tea (bring a mug). Donations are encouraged to support the activities but not required to participate.

Queer Dance

1st Saturdays 8:30pm until Midnight.

Dance the night away and celebrate the queer experience with changing DJs and within the community.


Women of Color in Leadership Movement

Monthly Potluck Brunch

Second Saturday of Every Month from 11am-1pm

816 Adams St. SE, Olympia

WCLM’s intention is to build a safe place to share and discuss experiences, issues, and events which uniquely affect black women. Including topics of sexual, emotional, and physical health and happiness, reproductive rights, and other issues concerning these life choices.

(360) 352-8526

LGBTQ+ Youth Support Group

Youth led; peer supported!

Every Wednesday from 5-7pm, 112 State Ave NE, Olympia

All LGBTQ+ Youths ages 12 to 21 are invited to discuss their week without judgement, gathering community to provide continued support.

(360) 888-4273 or email

Free Hot Meal! 7 Pear Community Diner

Tuesdays from 4-5pm

1000 Cherry St SE Olympia

A safer space for our community, hosted by Olympia Food Not Bombs, Family Support Center, and the Safety Advocacy Strategies Team, which denounces racism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism within their services and beyond. With vegan and vegetarian options included.

Path/ Peer Pathfinder Drop in Hours

Every Tuesday and Thursday 11am-2pm

1011 10th Ave SE Olympia

Providing case management, supplies, and aiding the ID process, as well as a free phone! Offered to those experiencing housing insecurity, mental health issues, or opioid drug use disorder.

(360) 451-5044

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