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(Almost free) Food: Olympia Food Co-op Get trained to volunteer at the Olympia Food Co-op. Working volunteers get 25% off their groceries, (website)

Art Suppplies: Lamplighters Gallery downtown has a free art supply shelf. (website)

Bicycles: Bike and Bike - Get a free bike or fix your broken one. At Dumpster Values, 302 4th Avenue E.

Bicycles: Evergreen Bike Shop Classes on bike maintenance, Weds at 4 PM. (website)

Books, CDs & Movies: Timberland Library Our library ROCKS! Put popular stuff on hold and it will magically appear, (website)

Clothes & Small Items: Free Store a volunteer run place on the front of the westside Olympia Food Co-op. Hours vary with volunteers' schedules. (website)

Clothes: St. Michael's Clothing Bank Tues & Sat 9:30-11:30 AM, Thurs 6:30-8 PM. Next to St. Vincent de Paul, 1021 Boundary Street SE.

Clothes: Emmanuel Bible Fellowship's Clothing Bank 2508 State Ave NE, near Steele Street NE, third Saturday of every month, 9 AM-Noon.

Computers: OlyGeek - Volunteer and earn a free computer (or buy one for cheap), (website)

Furniture: Furniture Bank of Thurston County At the Olympia Christian Reformed Church. (website)

Herbal Meds: Olympia Free Herbal Clinic Health consultations and no-cost herbal medicines. On 4th Ave, to the right of Last Word Books, room 212. Tues 3-7, Wed 5-7, Th 3-7. mailto:olyfreeherbalclinic@riseup.net

Medical Equipment: Check out the Medical Equipment bank. It's like a food bank only for medical equipment. Everything from crutches to slings to wheal chairs are free, just bring it back when you're done. This is also a great place to donate if you have some old wrist brace or something sitting in your garage. They are open Mon., Wed., and Sat., for just one hour from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. - Medical Equipment Bank (website)

Personal Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies: The Other Bank - At the YWCA, 220 Union Ave SE. Wed 1-3:30 PM. (website)

Seeds: Olympia Seed Exchange - (website)

Various: Circulation Day, Unity of Olympia's annual free swap meet April 16, 2011, 8 AM-Noon, 1335 Fern St SW. If you'd like to donate, call 943-5757.

Various: 2Good2Toss website People post stuff they want to give away for free. A great place to get large items; you may need to provide transportation. (website)


Events: Timberland Regional Library Lots of free awesome events for adults and kids, (website)

Films: Olympia Film Society Volunteer to sell or tear tickets and get a free pass with each shift! Sign up in the lobby. (website)

Live Music: Northern - Volunteer to work the door at this all-ages music venue and get a free pass to see another show, (website)

Theater: Washington Center and SPSCC Mlnnaert Center - Get trained to usher and see events for free while you work, (website)

Theater: Harlequin Theater Get trained to usher and see plays for free while you work, (website)

Theater: Olympia Family Theater Get trained to usher and see plays for free while you work, (website)

Learning & Doing

Choir: Olympia Free Choir Hang out and sing songs with your new friends. Tues 5-7 PM & Sun 4-6 PM, at Northern, 321 E 4th Ave.

Dance: Dance Oly Dance Free dance party, and be on a local cable TV show. 1st Friday of every month, 8 PM. TCTV studios, 440 Yauger Way SW.

Karaoke: Karaoke Oly Sing karaoke on a local cable TV show. 3rd Friday of every month at 8 PM. TCTV studios, 440 Yauger Way SW.

Music Lessons: Old-Time Music Class Learn to play the fiddle, banjo, guitar or other oldtime instruments by jamming with others. (website)

Special thanks to Marcy LaViollette, who compiled most of this list, and who reminds us to be nice to these places, so others may use them too.

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