Happening Locally

These are some of the events happening locally.  Scroll down past the list of recurring meetings to find events listed by date.  Information accuracy depends on the event-sponsoring organization at the time that the information was posted on this page, so please confirm the details at the links provided for each event.

This list was last updated: Sept. 9, 2017 (by JBS)

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Capitol Campus Activities & Events:  https://fortress.wa.gov/ga/apps/CampusEvents/default.aspx

►Thurston County Board of Commissioners meets Tuesdays at 2:00pm.  “confirm dates, time and meeting locations with the Commissioners’ Office at (360) 786-5440 prior to the meeting.” http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/bocc/mtgsch.htm

Port of Olympia Commission meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30pm AND the Thursday before the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30pm. http://www.portolympia.com/301/Meeting-Schedule

Olympia City Council meets “most Tuesday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm, unless otherwise noticed.” http://olympiawa.gov/city-government/public-meetings.aspx

Lacey City Council meets Jan.-Oct.: “on the second and fourth Thursday of each month” and Nov & Dec: “on the first and third Thursdays.”  http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-council/city-council-2/city-council-meetings

Tumwater City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. http://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/departments/mayor-city-council/about-city-council

Thurston County Democrats Central Committee meets the 4th Monday of each month, 7-9pm, with a few exceptions (May, July, Dec). http://www.thurstondemocrats.org/content/next-tcd-central-committee-meeting
LD2 Democrats “meet the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm” http://wa2ndlddems.org/
LD20 Democrats meet on Saturdays of even-numbered months:  http://ld20.wa-democrats.net/
LD22 Democrats will start meeting monthly rather than quarterly.  Details TBD.:  http://www.thurstondemocrats.org/ld22
LD35 Democrats meet quarterly:  http://35thdemocrats.org/ ; FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/111480962257268/

Weekly Peace Vigils in Olympia:  http://www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm
Every Wednesday:  noon-1pm, Sylvester Park (Legion & Capitol Way)
Every Friday: 4:30-6pm, W. 4th Ave. & Water St. 5-6 pm: “Women in Black” Silent Vigil:  South side of W. 4th Ave.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE RALLIES/MARCHES:
Scroll down to the specific date for more information about the local event happening for each.
Sat. Sept. 30:  Olympia Peace Choir’s Peace Walk
SAT. OCT. 14:  Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace

 IN MEMORY of our friend and local activist Scott Brineman who passed away suddenly in February, please donate to Homeless Backpacks, a non-profit “committed to ending homelessness by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.”  You can donate online at: https://commerce.ayt360.org/Compass360WebPortals/eCommerce/org=homelessbackpacks.org/request=donations  or find the address for mailing a check on their website: http://homelessbackpacks.org

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♦ SEPTEMBER 2017 ♦

SAT. SEPT. 9:
● Signature Gathering for I-940 (De-Escalate WA) with Olympia SURJ: 
Every Saturday in September, Olympia SURJ will be collecting signatures for De-Escalate WA I-940.  They will provide support if this is your first time collecting signatures or talking about I-940.  http://www.facebook.com/pg/OlySURJ/events/
● 3-8pm:  “Feast at the Reach” Celebration of the 35th Anniv. of the Nisqually Reach Nature Center: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/257587304721770/

MON.-WED. SEPT. 11-13:  “Closing the Hunger Gap” Conference hosted by NW Harvest at the Tacoma Convention Center:  http://www.facebook.com/events/321553898291317/

TUES. SEPT. 12:
● 6pm (overnight):  Olympia SURJ’s Weekly Camp-In outside Olympia City Hall to Legalize Survival

THURS. SEPT. 14:
5:30-7pm:  House Party for Lisa Parshley for Olympia City Council campaign:
http://www.facebook.com/events/139725426626861/
● 6-9pm:  DNC at the Pierce County Democrats Monthly Meeting.
Two of the WA State Democrats’ elected representatives to the Democratic National Committee, David McDonald and Sharon Mast, will speak regarding their experiences on the DNC and answer questionshttp://www.facebook.com/events/336662953455094/ 

FRI. SEPT. 15:
● 7-10pm:  SafePlace Olympia’s “Speak Out, Speak Up” Gala:
https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E5077&id=15

SAT. SEPT. 16: 
● 10am-2pm: September Repair Cafe Olympia:  http://www.facebook.com/events/845289398968815/
● Signature Gathering for I-940 (De-Escalate WA) with Olympia SURJ:  Every Saturday in September, Olympia SURJ will be collecting signatures for De-Escalate WA I-940.  They will provide support if this is your first time collecting signatures or talking about I-940.  http://www.facebook.com/pg/OlySURJ/events/
5-10pm:  TC Democrats’ Annual Kennedy Dinner.  Indian Summer Golf and Country Club (5900 Troon Ln SE, Olympia, 98501). Tickets must be purchased by Friday, Sept. 8.  No tickets will be sold after this date or at the door. $65 for Members and $70 for Non-Members.  http://www.facebook.com/events/1568075826570843/ For more information and to donate auction items, email Suzanne Kline at suzanne@thurstondemocrats.org

SUN. SEPT. 17:  Constitution & Citizenship Day
● 10am-12:30pm:  South Sound Alzheimer’s Walk at Heritage Park (Capitol Lake):  http://www.facebook.com/events/110575016296679/
2-5pm: 
Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser for Yanah G. Cook’s campaign:  http://www.facebook.com/events/752008101653073/  

TUES. SEPT. 19:
● 6pm (overnight):  Olympia SURJ’s Weekly Camp-In outside Olympia City Hall to Legalize Survival

WED. SEPT. 20:
● 7pm:  Film:  “Walk with Me”
about mindfulness and meditation:  Regal Cinemas in Lacey:  http://www.facebook.com/events/256271128214249/

THURS. SEPT. 21:  International Day of Peace

SEPT. 21-22:  CONGRESSIONAL RECESSFederal Legislators potentially back in their districts. per U.S. Senate’s Tentative 2017 Legislative Schedule: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/2017_schedule.htm ; Days in Session of the U.S. Congress:  https://www.congress.gov/days-in-session

SAT. SEPT. 23:
● Signature Gathering for I-940 (De-Escalate WA) with Olympia SURJ: 
Every Saturday in September, Olympia SURJ will be collecting signatures for De-Escalate WA I-940.  They will provide support if this is your first time collecting signatures or talking about I-940.  http://www.facebook.com/pg/OlySURJ/events/
● 2pm:  “Single Payer School” ONLINE
Healthcare-NOW’s Online Institute for Healthcare Justice.  Our goal is to provide you with all of the health policy expertise, organizing skills, and mentoring you need to become an effective leader in the movement for single-payer healthcare!  http://singlepayerschool.healthcare-now.org/  FB event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/392888484447358/
● 4-8pm:  GRuB’s Annual Harvest Soirée
Farm-to-Table Feast and Auction.  Early bird rate through 7/24:  $75/person.  After 7/24: $100/person. Or a table for 8 people for $600.  Reserve your seat online: 
bit.ly/2017soiree   (GRuB = Garden Raised Bounty:  www.goodgrub.org)

SUN. SEPT. 24:
● Concert Across America to End Gun Violence – Global Sing-A-Long to set a world record!  Sign up and SING at: 
http://concertacrossamerica.org/
3-5pm:  Clark Gilman for Olympia City Council Luau:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1951697591774205/  

MON. SEPT. 25:
● 6-8pm:  Olympia SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) September General Meeting
at the United Churches of Olympia (110 11th Ave SE, 98501): 
http://www.facebook.com/events/214862832376052/

TUES. SEPT. 26:
● 6pm (overnight):  Olympia SURJ’s Weekly Camp-In outside Olympia City Hall to Legalize Survival

● 6-7:30pm:  Lighthouse Forum III – On the State of Education, hosted by the 35th LD Democrats, in Shelton:  http://www.facebook.com/events/327011284402804/
National Voter Registration Day:
  http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

SAT. SEPT. 30:
● Signature Gathering for I-940 (De-Escalate WA) with Olympia SURJ: 
Every Saturday in September, Olympia SURJ will be collecting signatures for De-Escalate WA I-940.  They will provide support if this is your first time collecting signatures or talking about I-940.  http://www.facebook.com/pg/OlySURJ/events/
● 10am-2pm: Thurston County Emergency Preparedness Expo: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/445473189179028/

● 2-4pm:  Olympia Peace Choir’s Peace Walk at Heritage Park (Capitol Lake, 330 5th Ave. SE). http://www.facebook.com/events/252112445281647/

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♦ OCTOBER 2017 ♦

SAT. OCT. 7:
● 10am:  LD20 Democrats Meeting:
Country House Restaurant Toledo, WA (I-5 Exit 59):  http://ld20.wa-democrats.net/

OCT. 9-13:  CONGRESSIONAL RECESSFederal Legislators potentially back in their districts. per U.S. Senate’s Tentative 2017 Legislative Schedule: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/2017_schedule.htm ; Days in Session of the U.S. Congress:  https://www.congress.gov/days-in-session

MON. OCT. 9:  Indigenous People’s Day (Federal/postal holiday, formerly known as Columbus Day)
10am:  Indigenous People’s Day Honoring Our Women at the Capitol.  If you would like to help or support, please contact the Matriarchal Indigenous Sisters and Two-spirit Society (M.I.S.T.S) Earth-Feather Sovereign (earthfeathersovereign@gmail.com) or Noel Parrish (nparrish@live.com): http://www.facebook.com/events/728573420675154/
Last day to update existing voter registrations to be able to participate in the November 7 general election:  http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor/Elections/election_dates.htm

SAT. OCT. 14:
Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace:
http://www.facebook.com/NationwideSolidarityMarch/

MON. OCT. 16:
World Food Day: 
http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/events
Support our local friend and activist Zahid Chaudhry at hearing in Seattle:  Time TBA. Help support our good friend and local activist Zahid Chaudhry who is being threatened with immediate deportation. Hearing is at 1:00 pm in Seattle. We will again hold a rally/vigil before the hearing from noon to 12:45pm. Carpools will be organized.  Background information and what you can do today is available on the July 17 hearing FB event page (http://www.facebook.com/events/249163362255299/) AND these websites:  www.keepzahidhome.org
https://keepzahidhome.org/
http://justice4chaudhry.info/

WED. OCT. 18:
Ballots mailed for November 7 general election:  http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor/Elections/election_dates.htm

THURS. OCT. 19:
10:19-10:30am:  The Great Washington Shakeout:  Statewide Earthquake Drill. 
Practice how to practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On wherever you are on this date and at this timehttps://www.shakeout.org/washington/

FRI. OCT. 20:
General Election Voting Period Begins. 
You have 18 days to mail-in or drop off your ballot!

SAT. OCT. 21:
6-11pm: Homeless Backpacks’s Bountiful Harvest fundraising auction.  Lacey Community Center, 6729  Pacific Ave. SE, 98503.  http://homelessbackpacks.org/calendar/bountiful-harvest/

SAT. OCT. 28:
3-8pm:  Olympia Food Co-op’s 40th Anniversary Party & Annual Meeting. 
At the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St NW, 98501)  http://www.facebook.com/events/1784645198517958/

MON. OCT. 30:
Last day to update existing voter registrations to be able to participate in the November 7 general election:  http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor/Elections/election_dates.htm

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♦ NOVEMBER 2017 ♦

TUES. NOV. 7:  GENERAL ELECTION DAY —  Return your ballot by 8pm today!  http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor/Elections/electns.htm

NOV. 8-15:  World Fair Trade Week: http://wfto.com/events/world-fair-trade-week-2017-0

NOV. 11:  ARMISTICE DAY (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day)
6-10pm:  Concern for Animals’ “Toast for Tails” fundraiser at Capital Event Center in Tumwater (6005 Tyee Dr SW, 98512).  Tickets on sale Sept. 1st ($50/advance; $60/door). http://www.facebook.com/events/500985903581298/  OR http://www.concernforanimals.org/toast-for-tails.php

NOV. 20-24:  CONGRESSIONAL RECESS Federal Legislators potentially back in their districts. per U.S. Senate’s Tentative 2017 Legislative Schedule: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/2017_schedule.htm ; Days in Session of the U.S. Congress:  https://www.congress.gov/days-in-session

THURS. NOV. 23:  Thanksgiving

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♦ DECEMBER 2017 ♦

DEC. 1:  World AIDS Day

SAT. DEC 2:
● 10am:  LD20 Democrats Meeting:
Country House Restaurant Toledo, WA (I-5 Exit 59):  http://ld20.wa-democrats.net/

DEC. 18-29:  CONGRESSIONAL RECESS Federal Legislators potentially back in their districts. per U.S. Senate’s Tentative 2017 Legislative Schedule: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/2017_schedule.htm ; Days in Session of the U.S. Congress:  https://www.congress.gov/days-in-session

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♦ JANUARY 2018 ♦