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Apple squeeze, oysterfest, candlelight tours, drag racing power tools and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Oct. 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm with No Comments »
October 5, 2012 3:44 pm

Cranking a cider press is more exhausting than it appears as Hayden Mathews, 6, discovers during his turn at the device during the 33rd annual Steilacoom Apple Squeeze. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune)

There’s nothing like good old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed apple cider. Join in the fall tradition at the Apple Squeeze in downtown Steilacoom, 1615 Lafayette St. There will be hand-operated presses, along with a street fair and food. Jugs of cider by Lattins Country Cider Mill will be available plus pony rides at noon, music by Spot the Dog, Steve and Kristi Nebel, and the Alicia Healey Group. It’s going to be a day full of family friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 253-584-4133 or go to

Marvel at creativity and see power tools converted to drag racers compete during the Olympia Power Tool Drag Races at noon Saturday at The Olympia Artesian Well, 415 Fourth Ave E. in Olympia. Free to watch. Go to

Discover life after dark in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually’s Candlelight Tours from 7-9:30 tonight and 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7-$10. Grab them in advance as the event sells out quickly. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is at 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma in Point Defiance Park. For more information, call 253-591-5339 or go to

Oysters, wines, microbrews and live music come together for OysterFest, hosted by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Foundation. The event is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is Washington State’s official seafood festival. Check out the cook-off, exhibits and a food pavilion with nearly 100 items on the menu. This culinary adventure supports about 100 local nonprofit service clubs and organizations. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$10 at the gate. Go to

Carlos Mencia
was studying electrical engineering at California State University, Los Angeles, when a performance at an open mic night at The Laugh Factory encouraged him to quit and pursue comedy. It’s 20 years later and his resume includes Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia,” an HBO special and roles in films “Heartbreak Kid” and “Our Family Wedding.” He will perform at 8:30 Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St.,

Creating a guitar-heavy sound containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock and electronica, Smashing Pumpkins has been performing since 1988. With a new album in release, “Oceania,” the band is touring the country and will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Tickets are $37.50-$47.50 at

Seven-time Grammy Award winner and multiple Juno Award winner Alanis Morissette released her newest album, “Havoc and Bright Lights” this year. She also has made her name in the acting world appearing in “Nip/Tuck,” “Weeds” and “Up All Night.” She’s touring in support of her album and will perform at 7:30 tonight at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $27-$92 at

Carrie Underwood
rose to fame as the winner of “American Idol” in 2005. She has become a multi-platinum recording artist, a winner of several Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award nominee, a three-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist winner, and a two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. She is on her “Blown Away Tour,” which will stop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle. Tickets are $43-$63 through Ticketmaster.

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