Thurston County weekly events calendar for Oct. 2-9


Sunday, Oct. 2

Visioning and Art Workshop in the Forest: How can artists and change makers spark and sustain a creative revolution in Thurston County to create a thriving future? Soak in the sites, smells, sounds, and textures of the forests within Squaxin Park, and dive into the transformative power of art from 1-4 pm Sunday at Squaxin Park Shelter #3 (formerly Priest Point Park), 2600 East Bay Drive NE , Olympia. Contact Carrie Ziegler at Carrie@thurstonclimateaction.org for more information. Register on the city of Olympia’s website.

Oysterfest: Eat fresh seafood and watch the Half Shell presentation competition at the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club’s Oysterfest from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 8 to 17, and kids 7 and younger get in free; parking is free too. OysterFest is held at the Port of Shelton’s Sanderson Field, a half mile north of Shelton, west of US Highway 101, in Mason County.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Fall Ball for toddlers: Boogie down from 2-3 pm Tuesday at the Tumwater Timberland Library’s fall dance party. This free event is recommended for children ages 2-6 and their participating grown-ups. The library is at 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater.

Thursday, Oct. 6

History Pub at Heritage: On Thursday, former Olympian reporter and columnist John Dodge will give a history talk on the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, a storm that killed dozens, injured hundreds, damaged more than 50,000 homes, and leveled enough timber to build 1 million homes. The event is at 6 pm at Heritage Distilling Co., 4200 Capitol Blvd. SE, Suite 104. Presented by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, in partnership with Tumwater Parks and Recreation. Free admission.

Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8

Olympia Fall Arts Walk: The full, festive Arts Walk experience returns from 6-10 pm Friday and noon to 6 pm Saturday throughout downtown Olympia as local shops, art galleries and pop ups transform their spaces into creative hubs filled with art, demonstrations and performances. Admission is free.

Olympia Quilt Festival: For the first time, seven local quilt groups and one weaving group will present a grand showing of their talents at three separate locations: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1601 North St. SE, Olympia; Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE, Olympia; and Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St NE, Lacey. Admission of $10 gets you in to both shows at the churches; the library show is free; kids 12 and under also get in free. On display will be quilts of all sizes and styles, as well as hand woven items, wearables, home decor, and dolls. Get your scissors, knives or tools sharpened at the Good Shepherd show. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm both days. For more information, email pennydolls@aol.com with “quilt show” as subject.

2022 Boo-Coda Ghost-Tacular: Visit Bucoda in south Thurston County during October for a month of spooky fun. On Saturday, SambaOlyWA Brazilian Dance Troop (dressed in skeleton costumes) will perform and sing some spooky songs at noon. A Hearse Procession and viewing will take place on Main Street immediately after the dance performance and will be led by the Tenino High School Marching Band playing New Orleans-style funeral music. Admission is free. The town also hosts the Boo-Coda Haunted House in a 1939 gymnasium owned by the town which is believed to be haunted. It will be open from 7 to 11 pm Friday and Saturday at 403 N. Nenant St.; cost is $13 general admission, $20 VIP ticket. More info about festivities is at https://boo-coda.com/.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Thurston County’s 170th Birthday Celebration: Thurston County will celebrate its 170th birthday from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday at Heritage Hall at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. The celebration, known as Heritage Day, is hosted by Thurston County’s Historic Commission. Activities include cake & soft drinks; a presentation about the new self-guided walking tour the “Walls Tell Stories,” and sandstone monument at the Brewery Park; a sneak peek at the upcoming play, “The Hotel Olympian 100th Anniversary Grand Extravaganza”; and presentation of the annual Heritage Grant Awards. Admission is free.

Arbor Day Celebration: Each year, the City and its partners host a variety of Arbor Day events to celebrate the forests and plant new trees. Gather at Squaxin Park (formerly Priest Point Park) at Picnic Shelter #4 from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday for a free plant giveaway, ceremonial tree planting, kids’ activities, and more. More information can be found on the city’s website.

Octopus Day with Pacific Shellfish Institute: Celebrate World Octopus Day and learn how you can protect water quality for the creatures that call Puget Sound home. Staff from Pacific Shellfish Institute will be on hand at the WET Science Center in Olympia as part of the Sound Science Stewards Sticker Program. Create octopus-inspired crafts from 10 am to 4 pm at the WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE.

Mason Benson Center Craft Bazaar: This annual bazaar will take place from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday at the Mason Benson Center, 5971 E. Mason Lake Drive West, Grapeview, in Mason County. There will be 30 tables hosted by artists offering a variety of wooden pieces, home decor, precious stone jewelry, soaps and lotions, photography, scrapbook albums, door wreaths, stained glass, stuffed animals and a variety of fabric art. A raffle will raise money for the Mason County Food Bank. Hosts will serve homemade scones 9 to 11 am, followed by homemade hot lunches for $6 from 11 am to 2 pm; desserts served 9 am to 2 pm

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