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Thurston Environmental Voters gathering @ Woman’s Club of Olympia
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thurston Environmental Voters is holding a gathering to support environmental champions in the 2017 elections. This year’s races include two port commission seats, five seats on the Lacey City Council, four seats on the Olympia City Council, and the mayor and three seats on the Tumwater City Council. At the event you can hear from endorsed candidates, learn how to volunteer for their campaigns and make a contribution of any size.

Please RSVP at Thurston Environmental Voters’ Facebook page.

McLane Nature Trails Work Party @ McLane Creek Demonstration Forest
Jun 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Help Stream Team and the Native Plant Salvage Foundation keep the McLane Creek Nature Trail accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Spend a few hours mindfully trimming back growth along the trail, pulls weeds, clear the paths, and enjoy the great outdoors. Snacks and tools are provided, and volunteers will be issued a temporary Discover Pass for this event.

To learn more about the event, click here. Please email to register for this event, and let us know if you will need a temporary Discover Pass for the day of the work party!

Directly following the work party, there will be a Native Plant Walk from 6 to 7 p.m. Join native plant experts to learn the names and ethnobotanical roles of some northwest native plants.

State League of Women Voters convention @ Best Western Executive Inn
Jun 2 – Jun 4 all-day

The 2017 League of Women Voters of Washington Convention is being co-hosted with the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, under the shadow of the Space Needle in beautiful Seattle, Washington.

The Convention will be held Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, with pre-convention activities on Thursday, June 1. There will a host of exciting opportunities for meeting members from other Leagues, education and training. You may also be interested in sitting in on some of the business meetings, while official delegates from the Thurston County League do work on your behalf.

The theme, “Democracy: Must be Present to Win!” captures the bold spirit of LWVWA moving into a new year with a refreshed focus on education and activism. You will come away with tools to come back to Thurston County and work within League to have a tremendous impact on our community.

Convention planners have taken into account the variety of work schedules and financial resources of League members and have come up with flexible attendance options. You may attend all of the programming, the dinners, the social events and caucuses as an interested League Member (observer), and if you have a great League prospect who is not yet a member, you can bring them, too. As well as a full weekend registration, there will be workshop passes and single event tickets so observers can enjoy the whole convention or just the specific events, speakers, or presentations.

For details and to register, check out the state League’s website here.

Birding by Ear — an introductory class @ Grace Community Covenant Church
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Black Hills Audub0n Society will offer a Birding by Ear Class on Friday, June 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This will be a lecture/discussion, followed-up with an early morning field trip — a choice between the 3rd or 10th (or possibly 20th) of June. Their instructor is long-time birder Paul Hicks, who has been birding by ear since high school. The lecture component will be held at Grace Community Covenant Church, 5501 Wiggins Road S.E. Directions will be supplied with registration.

Many birders find birding by ear particularly challenging, yet it opens up a whole new dimension of identifying and enjoying our avian friends. Paul hopes to introduce BBE to beginning birders as well as enhance the skills of more advanced birders. The class will focus on song recognition — not highly technical, but homework and practice will be assigned. Participants are encouraged to bring field guides, gadgets, or apps that they have found helpful.

The class — the lecture and one field trip — is $10 and is limited to 24 to allow for two comfortable-sized field component groups. Preregistration is required. To register, contact education chair Mary Russell at or call 357-6863.

Check out Black Hills Audubon website for the most up-to-date information about upcoming classes.

Big Ideas/Tiny Homes: Visit Olympia’s ADUs and Tiny Houses @ Guidebook Pickup for Registered Attendees: Olympia Coffee Barista Training Center
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Olympians for People-Oriented Places is sponsoring a self-guided tour of 10 accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and tiny houses in and around Olympia. Visit some of these homes and contemplate how your neighborhood might benefit from the addition of these cozy dwellings. Talk to residents and owners about their experiences. And, be inspired to support their growth in our community.

Register ($10) through Brown Paper Tickets. Tour guidebooks will be available the day of the event to registered attendees.

Ivy Removal Volunteer Work Party @ Johnson Point Rd NE, Olympia
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Thurston Conservation District for a morning of invasive weed pulling on beautiful Johnson Point. Tools, gloves, coffe & snacks will be provided.

For more information and to register contact: Dakota Dominguez at or 360/754-3588, ext.110. Precise location provided upon registration.

Sierra Club Monthly Meeting @ Mekong Restaurant
Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm

Order food at 5:30 p.m. for meeting at 6 p.m. Meeting agenda not available.

Native Plant Walk @ McLane Creek Trails
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join experts from the Native Plant Salvage Foundation for a guided plant walk. Come learn the names and the ecological and ethnobotanical roles of our beautiful Northwest native plants!  All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

These walks are a great way to learn native plants, botanize with friends, and enjoy a beautiful afternoon outdoors! Each Plant Walk will begin at 6 p.m. sharp, at the McLane Creek Nature Trail/ lower parking lot.