Toliva Shoal Race February 21

Also on Presidents’ Day weekend, this special race is part of the Southern Sound Series family activities schedule. It’s a weekend of fun, including the race itself — where up to 100 boats come for the pre­party and the “Down Sound” racing experience that takes them from Olympia to Anderson Island and the Toliva Shoal Buah the next day.

Interested? See www.ssssclub.com

Piefest February 28

Bring two of the same scratch­ made, non­-refrigerated pies in disposable containers — and make sure they look GOOD. Visual appeal is as valuable as taste in these parts!

Want to compete, or just sit back and taste? Find details at: www.olypie.org

Lacey Ethnic Festival March 7

Capture international music and dance on three stages and take in traditions from other lands through demonstrations and displays at this free event for the whole family. Tip: You can also sample exotic flavors and artwork from the food and craft vendors, and kids can explore hands ­on crafts activities. www.ci.lacey.wa.us