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Making Sense of Olympia with David Scherer Water @ Olympia Timberland Library
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Author-comedian David Scherer Water will speak about his book, “Olympia,” which ties local history and present-day phenomena. A book for long-time residents, tourists and newcomers, many Olympians have sent this title to their parents to help them make sense of this unique and weird place. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. This presentation will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

The 28th Annual Nisqually Watershed Festival @ Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

What does it look like to celebrate a watershed? You can find out how the residents and friends of the Nisqually River like to have fun Saturday, Sept. 30. The 28th Annual Nisqually Watershed Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Admittance is free.

The festival “is an annual celebration featuring art, discovery, music and family fun,” according to the event’s organizer, the Nisqually River Council. “This year’s festival will include a number of displays from local organizations, walking tours, the Insect Extravaganza, a salmon barbecue and other great coffee and food options.”

Additional festival details can be found here, which is the Nisqually River Council’s website.

Free screening of ‘From the Ashes’ @ Olympia Universal Unitarian Church
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm

The National Geographic film, “From the Ashes,” captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the Montana coal plant that provides 30 percent of Redmond’s power, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites us to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for the lives of everyone involved, including ourselves.

The free screening is sponsored by Olympia Indivisible, The Sierra Club, Green Sanctuary – OUUC, League of Women Voters of Thurston County, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Thurston Climate Action Team.

Bat Box Building Skill Share @ Skill Share
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

In celebration of Halloween and support of those who go unseen while working so hard to support us all, dwelling in the shadows, October’s Skill Share is bat box building.

Bats love to devour flies and mosquitos (one bat can consume as many as 1,000 mosquitos in one night) and aid in plant pollination too. Not to mention, they are fun to watch as they wheel and dart through the twilight-lit skies.

Some wood will be provided as well as dark stain options. However, you are encouraged to bring wood of your own as well, along with a snack to share.

As you ponder your bat box placement, please consider that they would prefer to be at least 30 feet up on a protected surface (such as the side of your house or barn) with sunlight hitting their box during the day so it gets warm. Although they would roost in trees (between the bark of an old tree and the wood) they prefer to not have their box put on a tree as it is too easily preyed upon there.

You, your children, partners, and friends are invited to this free event. Please no dogs.

Further Reading: Bat box plans and planning taken from:

Farms Forever: Dinner and Auction @ Lacey Community Center
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust for a scrumptious farm-to-table meal, live music by Rooty Toot, and a silent auction full of unique items to please any farm-fan or foodie all to benefit the preservation of local farmland.

Early-bird tickets until September 15: $65 members, $75 non-members. To purchase tickets, go here.

South Sound Food Summit @ South Puget Sound Community College
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day

The South Sound Food System Network is once again sponsoring a South Sound Food Summit, which they describe as a “Celebration of Local Food Culture.” In other words, “this is not just another conference — this is a movement built by people passionate to see the South Sound Food System thrive and expand to ALL people.”

The Summit is a two-part event taking place October 20-21 at the South Puget Sound Community College Mottman Campus. Take part in the Local Tasting Salon on Friday, and be sure to reserve your spot for the Summit on Saturday. Click the link to see what’s in store and get your early-bird tickets by Sept. 20: