Only 63 events are in The JOLT's Community Calendar this week! Here are some highlights:
Spring Art Walk, Friday and Saturday, April 28-29
The Spring edition of the Olympia Arts Walk will be on Friday and Saturday, April 28 to 29. The event features 98 participating downtown locations and 225 artists and art groups. There will be a dedicated activity area downtown so expect street closures on the one-block radius around Washington St and 5th Ave. Highlights of the event include the Arts Market, which will feature 33 art vendors, the Luminary Procession by Earthbound Productions, and the awarding ceremony for the Arts Walk Innovation Awards. A list of events and participating businesses is available here.
Annual Olympia Eco-Updates, Friday, April 28, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Participating at the Art Walk is New Traditions Fair Trade, which will host the 2nd Annual Olympia Eco-Updates from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Environmental groups and individuals will be giving presentations about their projects. Come and find out how we can help support them. Participants may also sign up for an open mic to voice their own issues. You can check the list of participating groups here.
Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The South Sound YMCA is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 29. This free, annual event features a variety of family-friendly activities to encourage healthy kids, healthy families, and a healthy start to the summer season. Join the Y at Plum Street YMCA during the Spring Arts Walk to celebrate Earth Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can also visit Briggs Community YMCA for various other activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Independent Bookstore Day 2023, Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Browsers Bookshop is celebrating the 10th Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tacoma writer and artist Matt Kracht will be present to celebrate his latest book, OMFG, Bees! He will be at the bookstore at 2 p.m. for a book talk and to sign his book. Nikki McClure will also be present to display her 2023 original calendar papercuts. Find out more information about this event here.
Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood, Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m.
The first motion picture ever to have a Hollywood premiere, Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood was one of the most expensive films of the 1920s. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts will be screening the 1924 silent movie on Sunday, April 30. The showing will be accompanied by the live performance of world-class theater organist Dennis James, who plays on the historic 1924 musical treasure, the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ. Experience silent films the way they were meant to be seen and heard! Buy your tickets here.
May Day Celebration, Monday, May 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council and the South Sound Labor School invite all working people and families in Olympia and the surrounding area to join them for the May Day Celebration on Monday, May 1. The celebration goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park. Enjoy live music, food, and games. People can also get a chance to hear from notable figures in the South Sound labor community. Read more about this event here.
Hypnotist Ron Stubbs Live, Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
Hypnotist Ron Stubbs will perform at Ricardo's Ristorante Italiano on Thursday, May 4. Ron, together with his wife, Jeanie, a hypnotist in her own right, has performed his "Hypnotic Mayhem Comedy Hypnosis Show" around the globe averaging 150 shows per year for over 20 years before thousands of appreciative standing-room-only crowds and sold-out theaters. Purchase your tickets here.
This Tastes Funny! Comedy and Food Festival, May 5, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Joke Masters Comedy is putting on This Tastes Funny! Comedy and Food Festival, a weekend-long food and comedy festival at the Heritage Room on the Thurston County Fairgrounds. The event starts on Friday, May 5, and will feature two showings: Clean Comedy Night, which runs 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Battle of the Comedians, which starts at 10:00 p.m.
Hundred Days, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Hundred Days by Harlequin Productions will be having its opening night on Friday, May 5, at the Capitol Theater. The show stars local band Sugar and the Spitfires, fronted by Amy Shephard, with Denim Protégé, Jen Grady, and Heather Matthews. With magnetic chemistry and anthemic folk-punk music, show creators Abigail and Shaun Bengson will explore a fundamental question: how do we make the most of the time that we have? Read more about this show here.
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