Calendar of events in and around Thurston County Oct. 30-Nov. 6


Rhone “Elsa” Rydholm, 4, Luka “Mummy” Jaeger, 6, and Axel “Vampire” Rydholm, 6, snack on candy as they jostle between businesses in downtown Olympia during a a sleight of hand in 2015.

Olympic archive photo

Sunday October 30

Free Olympia Town Center Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt: Cheaters or caterers who come to downtown Olympia between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 will find more than free goodies. Businesses participating in the “Unicorns and Narwhals” pre-Halloween event will also be giving away entries to a treasure chest filled with prizes and gift certificates. A unicorn or narwhal figurine will be hidden in each participating location. Once a ride or caterer finds it, they will receive a registration form for the Treasure Chest Drawings which will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Archibald Sisters, 406 Capitol Way S., Olympia. For a list of “Unicorns and Narwhals” prank or treat locations, visit contains the contest rules and more details.

Remembrance Day : You are invited to join Interfaith Works in a memorial service for those who have passed through Thurston County in the past year but whose remains have not been claimed at the coroner’s office. This short interfaith service at 2 p.m. Sunday will be held in person with an online option at Mills & Mills Funeral Home and will feature reflections from a regional faith leader, music and reflective readings. The funeral home is located at 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. Go to for more information.

The Olson Bros Group at Schilter Family Farms: The Olson Bros. Band will play the start of the fall season at Schilter Family Farms from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy the farm and live music, and since it’s Halloween weekend, don’t hesitate to wear a costume. Get tickets online or buy at the door. The farm is located at 141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE near Exit 114 off Interstate 5.

Monday October 31

Halloween at Harlequin: Harlequin Productions Hosts One-Night-Only Halloween Event Featuring a Local Author Jim Lynch shares chilling new news and actor Bradford Farwell brings Edgar Allan Poe to life in local playwright Bryan Willis’ adaptation “Edgar Allan Poe – The Poet’s Journey.” The show begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. General admission tickets are $25.

“The Phantom of the Opera” with organ accompaniment: St. John’s Episcopal Church launches its 2022-2023 Organ Series with a Halloween screening of the classic 1925 silent film “Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney with improvised organ accompaniment provided by Nathan Jensen . The film will start at 8 p.m. Monday. Donations accepted at the show will be used to support St. John’s Music Program. The church is at 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia.

Halloween festivities in Saint-Benoît: Halloween games and treats will be offered from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the foyer of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St., Lacey. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, November 1

Morning Mixxer at Anthony’s home port: Join the Thurston Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Anthony’s Homeport Olympia for the Chamber’s monthly Morning Mixxer. Morning Mixxer is free and the host provides hot coffee and delicious bites. This monthly event is a great way to meet and network with new business contacts. All participants are eligible for great door prizes.

Scan-A-Thon of Olympia’s Indie Music History Project: Join the Olympia Indie Music History Project team, the Olympia City Heritage Commission and the Olympia Timberland Library in their quest to document, preserve and present the history of Olympia’s indie music scene at the end of the Twentieth century. From 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, bring in all photos, flyers, zines, and other ephemera from Olympia’s independent music scene between 1980 and 2002. The collection will be shared with the Olympia community and beyond. For more information, contact the research team at [email protected] and [email protected] This event will take place at the Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, after hours, and no other library services will be available.

Wednesday November 2

Public hearing on critical areas: The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday to accept public comments on proposed changes to TCC Chapter 17.15, Critical Areas of Agricultural Operations, and TCC Title 24, Critical Areas Ordinance. , to create a conservation planning option for new agricultural uses. . Existing and ongoing agricultural uses would not be affected by the proposed update. See more detailed information about the proposals, how to comment, and the full text of the proposed order at the project webpage. The meeting will be held in Room 280, Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia or on line. Those wishing to testify should appear in person or virtually at the November 2 meeting; or submit written or email comments no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 to Ashley Arai at [email protected] or Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development at Attention: Ashley Arai, Community Farm Program Manager, Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, 2nd Floor, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Thursday, November 3

Mapping of Puget Sound: Plug into the Puget Sound Estuary facebook live or join through Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, to hear more about Brian Footen’s goal of mapping the Puget Sound coastline. Footen co-founded and is now executive director of EarthViews Conservation Society, which works to advance the preservation and protection of lakes, rivers, and waterways by documenting them using images and data — the same immersive mapping that Google provides for streets. To date, Footen has mapped over 700 miles of Puget Sound Nearshore and the project is still progressing. Young people are invited to join the virtual discussion by following the coloring pages related to Discovery Speaker Series topics which will be available for download prior to the event or can be picked up at the Estuarium during weekend hours. .

Friday, November 4

First meeting of the Olympia Sea Level Rise Response Collaborative Executive Committee: The City of Olympia, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance and the Port of Olympia have formed the Olympia Sea Level Rise Response Collaborative to implement the Olympia Sea Level Rise Response Plan. The collaboration’s executive committee includes up to two elected officials from Olympia, LOTT and the Port and is chaired by City Council member Dani Madrone. The collaboration will meet virtually at noon on Friday, November 4 to receive a staff briefing. Register to attend the meeting and register to provide public comments. Written comments can also be provided by 11 a.m. Nov. 4 to [email protected]

Mario Kart “Triple D” Tournament: Players who like beer can participate in a Mario Kart Tournament Friday, November 4 at the Wild Man Brewing Gastropub in downtown Olympia. The “Triple D” in the event title stands for Don’t Drink or Drive. The main event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is restricted to ages 21 and up. It costs $15 to enter. The gastro pub is located at 414 Fourth Ave. E.

Saturday November 5

OLY’s Creator Market: Local artisans will be selling wares at a market on Saturday November 5, hosted by Our Local Yarn Shop in Olympia. Products include hand-dyed scarves, yarns, glassware and body products as well as hand-knitted or hand-crocheted items. The event operates 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at 1912 State Ave. NOT.

Discovering plankton with Pacific Shellfish Institute: Did you know that 98% of life in the ocean is drifting plankton? Discover the microscopic world of plankton by observing live plankton under microscopes and learning about the Pacific Shellfish Institute’s Discover Plankton Lendable Kits, available at the Olympia Timberland Library, during an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at WET Science Center. There will also be a plankton bingo and the opportunity to create recycled plankton nets and plankton greeting cards. The WET Science Center is located at 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia. Free entry.

Books, brownies and beans: The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation Books, Brownies & Beans (BB&B) Annual Used Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 5 at OUUC, 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia. Thousands of gently used books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs will be for sale, as will brownies and coffee. Live music will play all day. Proceeds from sales will benefit Pizza Klatch, the Thurston County Food Bank’s “ForKids: Weekend Backpacks” program and the Thurston Climate Action Team. Masks will be mandatory to enter the building.

Salmon Watching at Bayshore Preserve: Witness the annual fall chum salmon run at Bayshore Preserve in Mason County. Volunteer salmon guides will be at the reserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 5-6 and November 11-13 to help answer questions. Record your own underwater salmon videos with Puget Sound Estuarium’s underwater camera technology. Or visit Bayshore Preserve at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 6 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 12. Information on accessibility and parking is available on the Capitol Land Trust website. The Bayshore Reserve is located at 3800 E St. WA-3 N, Shelton.

Sunday November 6

Giants of the Salish Sea — Humpback and Gray Whales: John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Collective will speak at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Puget Sound Estuary, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia. Calambokidis is a senior research biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit research organization based in Olympia. Some of his recent research has included examining the feeding behavior and vocalizations of whales. His work has been covered on shows from National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC and others. Standard admission fees apply: $8/family, $5/individual, $3/youth (18 and under), free with EBT. Masks are mandatory and COVID-19 protocols will be in effect.