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Community Spotlight — December 2022

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Cougar Theater at CHS

Dec. 1-3 and 8-10, at 7 pm. “The Game’s Afoot” – a Christmas mystery! Tickets $8 – $10 on line or at the door. 2707 Conger Ave., NW, Olympia. Next, look for CHS “Dramafest” Feb. 9-11, 2023, showcasing student one-act plays.

String & Shadow Puppet Theater

Dec. 9 – Jan 8, 2023. Fri. at 7, Sat. 3 and 7, Sun. at 3. ”NYX and the Long Night,” A play of delight and diversion. Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave E. For tickets call 360-576-1638

Center for Responsible Forestry

Dec. 10, 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Legacy Forest Summit: Watersheds and Ecoregions, Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St., NW. Register www.c4rf/legacy-forest-summit Everyone welcome.

Rosie’s Place

Drop-in Mon – Fri., from 12-3, lunch, movie, hang-out. Ages 12-24

Overnight stay from 9pm – 8.30 am. Ages 18-24. Connect for food, shower vouchers, clothing, shelter, counseling, medical care, hygiene supplies, and more

LOTT Treatment Plant (!)

Dec 10, 10-4pm. From deep underground to high mountain peaks, look to water and how it moves around the world. Water-inspired crafts and games all day. After a 1 pm talk, discover how wastewater is cleaned. You must be 10 or older and wear sturdy closed shoes.

Traditions Fair Trade Café and Events

Dec. 16, 7-9:30 pm. The Lowest Pair, dual banjos concert with indie folk performers Kendl Winter & Palmer T Lee. Call 360-705-2819 for tickets and dinner reservations.

Dec. 21, 6 – 7:30 pm. Featured poet and open mic every Wednesday at this favorite spot for poetry and conversation.  Sign up at 5:30, or just come by. 5th & Water Street, downtown Olympia,

South Sound Progressive Alliance

Dec. 17, 5 – 7 pm. Join this public meeting to learn about SSPA organizing principles, debrief the midterms and look ahead to 2023. Everyone welcome. For Zoom link and location go to

Jan. 14, 5 – 6 pm. “The Future of Policing,” Join in to discuss community responses to policing from reform to abolition. Zoom link and location at

Olympia Lamplighters

Dec. 22, 6 – 8 pm.  Figure drawing class with live models – Thursdays every week.  Must be over 18 for the class. Check for more information and activities at

Orca Books

Jan 8, 2023, 5 pm.  “The American Surveillance State,” David Price will talk about how US government agencies target dissenters for surveillance. There will be lots of time for a Q&A! Orca Books Cooperative, 315 – 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.

Brotherhood Lounge

Jan 17 and Feb 21, 7 – 9 pm.  Story Slam. Tell your story, listen to their story. Jan. theme: “alcohol.”  February, “hidden.” 119 Capitol Way. $5-$15. Hosted by Elizabeth Lord. Half of proceeds to NW Abortion Action Fund.


Consider participating as a short-term host for high school students in N. Thurston and Tumwater Schools.  The program matches unaccompanied students with host homes to help high school students experiencing housing instability. The program offers wraparound support and guidance with the goal of helping students pursue educational goals, develop, and strengthen life skills, and eventually graduate from the program into stable independent housing. For more information email

Glen’s Parallax Perspectives

Dec. 2022. Mondays at 1 :30, Wednesdays at 5, Thursdays at 9 on Cable channel 22 airs the interview program, “Change to a truly peaceful foreign policy.” David Swanson, Exec. Director of World Beyond War and Campaign coordinator for will be Glen’s guest discussing problems and solutions in US foreign policy.  For more

The Evergreen State College

Jan. 25, 2023 at 11.30 am.  Climate talks. Professor Sarah Ray will present her work from a “Field Guide to Climate Change: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet.”  This existential toolkit for the climate generation is part of a TESC series on climate open to the public. Purce Lecture Hall 1 at the TESC campus.

Feb. 22, 2023 at 11:30 am. Professor Kari Norgaard will give a talk that integrates climate emotions, denial and Indigenous climate justice and everyday life, building on her longtime work with the Karuk tribe in Northern California.  Purce Lecture Hall 1 at TESC

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