It’s a busy time of the year. The autumnal equinox arrives Thursday, also called the September equinox or fall equinox. College and Pro Football are in full swing. Hockey preseason starts this week, and basketball season is just around the corner. There are plenty of pumpkin spice items on the shelves everywhere (I have seen pumpkin spice candy corn, cereal, and potato chips, to name a few). You still have a few days to make it to the Washington State Fair, and if all that is enough to keep you occupied, our local nonprofits also have plenty to offer.
If you are passionate about education, the environment, green jobs, or all three, join Pacific Education Institute as they recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations across Washington State in bringing outdoor-based STEM to life this Thursday, September 22. Whether you’re a teacher looking for great ideas to implement with your students, part of a community-based organization that wants to expand your work with schools, or from a natural resources company seeking to connect career pathways, this event will show you what’s possible when PEI’s FieldSTEM model is fully implemented. PEI’s mission is to empower educators to advance equitable civic and scientific literacy by promoting outdoor integrated, career connected, locally relevant real-world science. For more details, click here.
Nisqually Watershed Festival
The Nisqually Watershed Festival (NWF) returns on Saturday, September 24. Celebrating its 33rd event, NWF is a celebration of nature featuring art, discovery, music, science, and family fun. Among the festivities, there will be live performances, displays from local organizations, walking tours, an Insect Extravaganza, storytelling, and more! Watch a salmon dissection (isn’t that what I do before dinner?), listen to traditional stories, and learn about reptiles and bats. Tour the Refuge trails, make a salmon lifecycle keychain, bring a t-shirt to make a fish print, and get ready for a day of fun! Entrance is free all day! For more details, click here.
An apple a day…
For 30 years, Lions Club in the greater Olympia has sold apples each fall to fund service projects in the community. Thanks to many hundreds of happy repeat customers, the sale has grown from a few boxes sold out of a Lion's carport to a hugely successful fundraiser delivering thousands of boxes of apples each year. The sale is still managed by Olympia Host Lions Club, but today about two dozen Lions Clubs in towns from Poulsbo to Kalama join in to offer their customers fresh eastern Washington apples delivered to their door. Youth groups - like the Olympia area Sea Cadets - often join in to help and raise money for their own projects. However, for every Lions fundraiser, 100% of the funds raised from the public is returned to the community in service projects supported by the Lions. Want to buy a box or two for you - or better yet, a Box for the Food Bank? Just click here to find out more.
Horseshoes, dancing shoes, or walking shoes pick your event
· HeartStrides Therapeutic Horsemanship invites you to Horses Healing Hearts “A Night of Denim and Diamonds” on September 23. HeartStrides is an effective-based Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program that is designed to inspire social, emotional, and psychological wellness for youth at risk, veterans, active military, and first responders. Its mission is to integrate the principles of horsemanship with research-based learning during interactive experiences with horses. For details, click here.
· Wondering what the canopy behind the State Theater is all about? You are invited to Harlequin’s Annual Gala and 2023 Season Announcement on Saturday, September 24! Your host for the big show is Aleksa Manila, who will guide you through our evening with Artistic Director Aaron Lamb’s 2023 Season Announcement Presentation and a live auction. For tickets and details, click here.
Soliciting your ideas
If you know of a nonprofit that is doing something great, celebrating a success, needs some outstanding volunteers, or hosting an event, let me know! This column (aside from a little education) celebrates nonprofits!
Mary Beth Harrington, CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) lives in Tumwater. She travels the country speaking at conferences and to individual organizations articulating issues facing nonprofits. Send your ideas to her at MaryBeth@theJOLTnews.com
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