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Fair Trade Friday @ Traditions Fair Trade
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Forget Black Friday — join Traditions Fair Trade for its first annual Fair Trade Friday. This is an opportunity to hang out in in a cozy atmosphere that includes beautiful, ethical, handmade things surrounded by good friends and a supportive community.

Annual Holiday Tour of Historic Homes @ Olympia
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The South Capitol Neighborhood is the focus of this year’s tour of historic homes, a beloved tradition in Olympia. Admission to the Bigelow House is also included in ticket price, where refreshments will be served, along with a display of quilts, music and holiday decorations. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. Visit their website,, for information on tickets and venues.

Agriculture Education Forum @ Tenino High School Commons
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This forum will explore the questions:

  • What types of agricultural training or education programs would be beneficial to our region?
  • How can Centralia College help the agricultural community meet its training needs?

Be part of a facilitated conversation around agriculture in our region, how to encourage young people to pursue agriculture careers, and how various agencies and partners can work together to meet the needs of the agriculture community.

Centralia College will use the information gathered at this forum to inform decisions about new programs.

From Ice Age to the 21st Century: A History of Thurston County @ Tumwater Timberland Library
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Historian Drew Crooks will explore the fascinating history of Thurston County from far in the past to modern times. It is an exciting story, full of surprises, conflicts and compromises.

Craig Romano on Urban Trails @ Friends Meeting House
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm

The Mountaineers’ Adventurer Series will feature Craig Romano, who will discuss urban trails. the award-winning guidebook author will share a slideshow trail tour around Olympia, Shelton, South Thurston County, and Harstine Island.

His book, Urban Trails, focuses on the trails, parks, and preserves within and around the urban and suburban areas of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Shelton — as well as the area’s rural fringe. Romano shares with readers a variety of trails to beaches, old growth forests, lakeshores, wildlife-rich wetlands, rolling hills, scenic vistas, wildflower dotted prairies, historic sites, and vibrant communities. These trails perfect for easy or all day hikes, short or long runs, and refreshing walks.

Birds of Borneo with Jerry Broads @ Temple Beth Hatfiloh
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In 2016 Jerry Broadus and Clarice Clark joined a birdbanding project in Borneo with long-time friend and (for several years) Morse Audubon Preserve bander, Suzanne Tomassi, who is running a 10-year study and banding project in the Danum Valley in northern Borneo, an unforgettable and remote area with perhaps the oldest rainforest in the world. They were there through SEARRP (South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership and Suzanne’s group, the Borneo Rainforest Project.

Jerry and Clarice’s program vividly portrays the highs (the birds) and the lows (leeches and bad trails with disappearing bridges and slimy mud) and the interesting facilities and accommodations. It’s not the Ritz (though the only other place you can stay in the vicinity is — the very expensive Borneo Rainforest Lodge). We also discuss the available bird books with their competing sets of Latin names for the birds.

On December 14 Black Hills Audubon present bird stories such as of Hornbills (the Chinese have now turned to Hornbills’ bills since Rhino horns have become so hard to obtain) and Swifts with edible nests, now “farmed” and sold in grocery stores. Banders are forging new territory, as there is nothing like the Pyle guides to help them catalog what they’re banding. They take blank bird drawings and fill them in as they go along, basically making the banding guide as they go.

A birder for over 20 years, Jerry is an active volunteer, helping with shorebird and other birding related studies, and volunteering at Nisqually and Malheur National Wildlife Refuges.