What’s happening this week around Thurston County

Sunday, May 28

Waterside Memorial Service: Thurston County Veterans Council is presenting its annual Waterside Memorial Service at noon Sunday, May 28, at Percival Landing Park, 217 Thurston Ave. NW, Olympia. The ceremony will honor soldiers, sailors, marines, merchant mariners, Coast Guard and airmen who were lost in battle or buried at sea. All are welcome.

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day ceremony: The annual Memorial Day ceremony remembering and honoring those who have died in service will occur at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building on the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. All are welcome.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony: Vietnam veterans and the Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club will conduct a ceremony at 12:20 p.m. at the Vietnam War Memorial on the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. All are welcome.

Tuesday, May 30

Lattes with Lisa and Leatta on the RFA: Olympia City Council member Lisa Parshley and Tumwater City Council member Leatta Dahlhoff are hosting a discussion about what the community wants and doesn’t want regarding fire/EMS services in Olympia and Tumwater. The event will run from 9-11 a.m. at the ASHHO Cultural Community Center, 5757 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. The goal is to identify solutions. All are welcome. Beverages available for purchase.

Wednesday, May 31

Day of Champions track & field event: This free, all-volunteer track and field event specifically designed for K-12 students with special needs takes place starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31 at South Sound Stadium, adjacent to North Thurston High School, 4201 Sixth Ave. NE, Lacey. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of North Thurston and North Thurston Public Schools, about 300 volunteers will staff events for more than 300 NTPS participants. There is no on-site parking for spectators, but free shuttle bus service will be available from the Capital Christian Center parking lot on Martin Way at College St. between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 to 2 p.m. when the event is finished. For more information, contact event chairperson Karen Schoessel at 360-701-9856 or

Thursday, June 1

Experience Olympia & Beyond Annual Meeting and PopArt Party: From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, support the celebration of Thurston County’s creative spirit at Experience Olympia & Beyond’s annual meeting and PopArt Party at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. The event will feature the vintage sound of Music De-Lite, local aerial performers from Wings Aerial Acrobats, and a group art project. Food will be provided by Olympita, The Oysterboys of Perkins Family Farms, Jerk N Tingz, and Simple and Delicious Donuts, with adult beverages courtesy of Budd Bay Café. Admission is $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

Friday, June 2

Uncaged Art Exhibit panel discussion: A panel of local organization representatives will talk about what Olympia residents can do about the plight of children and families crossing the border into the United States. The event will be at 6 p.m. at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E. The panel will include Kindra Galan, Educational Director of CIELO (Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia); Dianna Torres Angulo, President of the Hispanic Roundtable; Diana Perez, TOGETHER’s Community Schools Program Manager for Tumwater schools; and members of the Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance. Admission is free.

Saturday, June 3

Drops & Watts: Many people know about the importance of saving water and energy, but few know about the direct connection between the two. Take a 1 p.m. tour of LOTT’s LEED Platinum-certified green building and find out about its sustainable features. Related activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the WET Science Center, 500 Adams St NE, Olympia. Admission is free.

St. John’s final organ concert of the season: St. John’s Episcopal Church at 19th Avenue and Capitol Way in Olympia will present church music director Susan Bloomfield-Spangler for the final organ concert in the season celebrating the completion of the Schlicker organ. The concert will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3 and is entitled “Love Never Fails,” featuring organ music composed by queer and female composers such as Dame Ethel Smyth, Samuel Barber, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Florence B. Price. Bloomfield-Spangler is a multi-faceted musician with talents as organist, pianist, vocalist, choral director and teacher. Admission is by suggested donation of $20 and all proceeds benefit the music program at St. John’s.

National Learn To Row Day: Visit Olympia Area Rowing and have some fun on the water. Tour its boathouse, learn the rowing stroke on an indoor rower, and get on the water in a boat. Admission is free, but OAR asks participants to sign up in advance for a 1-1/2 hour slot between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, June 3.

2023 Lacey Rotary Duck Dash: Lacey Rotary will host 34th annual event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. The event will include a Duck Dash ticket raffle, music, kids area, vendors, car show, food and beer garden. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Ducks are $10 each.

Sunday, June 4

Oly Town USL Soccer Doubleheader: The women’s team will play at 1 p.m. against Capital FC and the men will play at 4 p.m. versus United PDX, both at South Sound Stadium, 4201 Sixth Ave. NE, Lacey. Single tickets are $12, double-header passes are $20 and kids 12 and younger get in free. Tickets are available at

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