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Community Spotlight — Fall 2023

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Olympia’s Hidden Histories

Sat. October 7, 10:00-11:00 am –  Public launch of three new walking tours at the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural (Capitol Way and State Ave.) Port Shipping and Trade: Rising from the Sediment – Port Militarization: “Whose Port? Our Port!”- Port and Fossil Fuels: “Water is Life” The tours can be viewed at

Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural

Sat. October 7, noon – 1 pm. Rededication of the mural by the Rachel Corrie Foundation and Art Forces’ Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project.  Artists, activists and community members will speak about the mural’s past, present and future. There will be a staffed table throughout Fall Arts Walk.

Harvest Festival

Sat, October 7, 10am – 3pm. Seed and Recipe Swap, pie contest, cider pressing, live music. More! Thurston Conservation District annual community festival. South Union Grange, 10030 Tilley Rd SW #860, Olympia

Orca Recovery Day 2023

Sat, October 14, 10am – 2pm. Join TCD and the City of Olympia to help remove invasive species at Squaxin Park  (formerly Priest Point Park), 2600 E. Bay Dr. NE, Olympia. Sign up to volunteer here

Visioning and Art in the Forest

Sat. October 14, 1:00 – 3:30 pm. Sarah Folden shares her perspective on climate justice, as an indigenous person and member of the Cowlitz Tribe. She will offer a painting workshop respecting the cultural significance of salmon and their life-cycle, honoring art and its connection to place.  All workshops facilitated by Carrie Ziegler, Earth Art. Squaxin Park (formerly Priest Point), Shelter #2,

2600 E. Bay Drive NE, Olympia.

Punk Rock Flea Market

Sun. October 22, 12 – 4:00 pm. Cheap, weird, hand-made, secondhand, art, etc. Accessible but no entry without a mask. Olympia Armory, 515 Eastside St, SE. Questions:

Books, Brownies & Beans

Sat. October 28. 9:00 – 4:00 pm. Massive in-person book sale plus brownies, coffee and music. Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Works, ASHHO Cultural Community and OlyEcosystems. (To donate books for the sale, contact Susan at  Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St NW, Olympia.

Women’s Liberation Book Club

Fri. October 20, 6 pm. Book club will be discussing Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. “Her prose is incisive, unflinching and lyrical, reflecting struggle but offering messages of hope.”Meet at Orca Books,   315 5th Ave SE Olympia. Copies are available to pick up, or order online.

Headless Mumby Brewing – 5th Anniversary Party

Sat. November 11, 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Help celebrate Headless Mump’s anniversary with food vendors, live music and raffle prizes throughout the day. Headless Mumby is a family friendly establishment so all ages are welcome.  232 Division ST NW, Olympia – near the intersection with Harrison Ave. See you there!”

Bridge Music Project

October 9 – November 27.  8-week in-person workshop in which young people 14-20 will learn to write and perform their own original songs. The Bridge Music Project uses music and mentorship to give youth tools to deal with life challenges. Detailed information and application forms are at

Glen’s Parallax Perspectives

“How to communicate your issues to the general public.” Thurston Community Media cable channel 22 three times every week in October.The program provides a wealth of fresh insights and practical methods to communicate your message effectively. Watch any time on Glen’s blog on (

TOGETHER! Host Homes Program

Host Homes is a short-term housing response that matches students living on their own with hosts in the community. It provides proactive case management support to both students and hosts. Hosts make a big difference in a student’s life and form lifelong connections. To find out more, contact Host Homes Director, Tami Mason Lathrop at (360) 280-3286 or via email at Or visit TOGETHER! online at

Olympia Free Clinic

The free clinic offers general medical, mental health, psychiatric and reproductive and gender care to uninsured and underinsured adults at no cost to the patient.  To speak with someone about getting care, call 360-890-4074 or walk in to the clinic at 520 Lilly Rd NE, Bldg 3, from 5-7 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Information about additional walk-in hours is on line at The Olympia Free Clinic.

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