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Submit events for Nisqually Valley Happenings by emailing reporter Eric Rosane at erosane@yelmonline.com.

Friday, Nov. 29 to Thursday, Dec. 5

• The magical Polar Express will come to life in Elbe, Washington this winter. All aboard The Polar Express, a fun-filled train ride where passengers will be entertained by chefs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to a reading of the Polar Express. It’s the perfect winter getaway for families! Train departure times vary according to each day, so visit www.visitrainier.com or call 360-492-6000 for more information. This even runs daily, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. 

Friday, Nov. 29

• Sonic Funk Orchestra return to the Nisqually Red Wind Casino for another 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. set. Its mix of disco, funk and R&B will have the Coho Sports Pub lit up with a night of entertainment. 

Saturday, Nov. 30

• Support the local economy by shopping locally all day on Small Business Saturday. Make a purchase at any Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce member business on this day and enter your receipts Dec. 2 through Dec. 5 for a chance to win a gift card. 

• Hatha yoga instructor Lee Israel will lead weekly classes at the Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge for students of varied experience levels. Classes are Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Drop classes are priced at $5 and there are no classes on the first Tuesday of the month. These classes are BYOM — bring your own mat!

• Mat Yoga will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your mat, and be ready to stretch in this floor yoga program.

• Restorative Yoga will take place at noon following Mat Yoga at the Yelm Timberland Library. Participants will need to bring supportive props to allow for deep stretching as this yoga provides both mental and physical restoration through full-body exercises. Suggested props include mats, yoga blocks, blankets and bolsters. 

• Sonic Funk Orchestra return to the Nisqually Red Wind Casino for another 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. set. Its mix of disco, funk and R&B will have the Coho Sports Pub lit up with a night of entertainment. 

Tuesday, Dec. 3

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

Wednesday, Dec. 4

• From 10:15 to 11 a.m., attend Family Storytime at the Tenino Timberland Library. Babies and toddlers (ages 0-2) and kids in preschool (ages 3-6) are invited. Music, movement and books for the whole family will be offered. Children must be accompanied by participating caregivers.

• Tenino Timberland Library will host “Lego Club” for kids aged 3 to 11, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Build by yourself or collaborate with others in this free-play, drop-in game. 

Thursday, Dec. 5

• Hatha yoga instructor Lee Israel will lead weekly classes at the Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge for students of varied experience levels. Classes are Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Drop classes are priced at $5 and there are no classes on the first Tuesday of the month. These classes are BYOM — bring your own mat!

• Learn to make your own stop-motion animated film! Kids aged 3 to 11 are invited to the Yelm Timberland Library from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this fun, hands-on activity. Participants can continue the work from a previous session or start a new one every week. Materials will be provided by library staff and no registration is required. 

Friday, Dec. 6

• Children grades 1st through 5th are invited to the Tenino Timberland Library for “Explorers Club: Shadow Play” at 3:30 p.m. Each month, the library will feature hands-on fun that will explored the fields of science, technology, arts and math. 

Saturday, Dec. 7

• Hatha yoga instructor Lee Israel will lead weekly classes at the Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge for students of varied experience levels. Classes are Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Drop classes are priced at $5 and there are no classes on the first Tuesday of the month. These classes are BYOM — bring your own mat!

• Yelm’s annual Christmas Parade will take place 9:30 a.m. along Yelm Avenue. Businesses and organizations interested in being involved should contact the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce at 360-458-6608. Christmas in the Park will take place immediately following the parade at Yelm City Park. 

• Join the Friends of the Yelm Timberland Library at their monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Friday, Dec. 6 to Thursday, Dec. 12

• The magical Polar Express will come to life in Elbe, Washington this winter. All aboard The Polar Express, a fun-filled train ride where passengers will be entertained by chefs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to a reading of the Polar Express. It’s the perfect winter getaway for families! Train departure times vary according to each day, so visit www.visitrainier.com or call 360-492-6000 for more information. This even runs daily, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

• Hatha yoga instructor Lee Israel will lead weekly classes at the Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge for students of varied experience levels. Classes are Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Drop classes are priced at $5 and there are no classes on the first Tuesday of the month. These classes are BYOM — bring your own mat!

• Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Chamber Business Awards 11:30 a.m. at the Yelm Community Center. Nominations for businesses will open Nov. 1 and are available by email. Tickets will cost $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit the chamber’s Facebook page. 

• The Pageturners Book Club will meet 7 p.m. at Yelm Timberland Library for their monthly discussion and book talk. This month, the club will ruminate on the book “While the City Slept” by Eli Sanders. This event is for adults, aged 18 and older, and is free to the public. 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

• From 10:15 to 11 a.m., attend Family Storytime at the Tenino Timberland Library. Babies and toddlers (ages 0-2) and kids in preschool (ages 3-6) are invited. Music, movement and books for the whole family will be offered. Children must be accompanied by participating caregivers.

Thursday, Dec. 12

• The Tenino Timberland Library will host an afternoon of arts and crafts — Crafternoon. At each session, staff will present a new project for attendees to learn and create. All supplies provided and you’ll get to take home your creation. The fun starts at 2 p.m. and will run until 3:30 p.m.

• Learn to make your own stop-motion animated film! Kids aged 3 to 11 are invited to the Yelm Timberland Library from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this fun, hands-on activity. Participants can continue the work from a previous session or start a new one every week. Materials will be provided by library staff and no registration is required.

Friday, Dec. 13 to Thursday, Dec. 19

• The magical Polar Express will come to life in Elbe, Washington this winter. All aboard The Polar Express, a fun-filled train ride where passengers will be entertained by chefs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to a reading of the Polar Express. It’s the perfect winter getaway for families! Train departure times vary according to each day, so visit www.visitrainier.com or call 360-492-6000 for more information. This even runs daily, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. 

Saturday, Dec. 14

• Sonia Pena Studio presents “The Sound of Christmas,” or free live holiday music to help celebrate the season. This event is free to the public and will take place at the Yelm Timberland Library at 3 p.m. Featured instruments include strings, piano, woodwinds and a choir. 

• A live nativity scene will be hosted 7 p.m. at Holiday Park in downtown Rainier. For more information, call 623-696-9769. 

Sunday, Dec. 15

Chris Bush of Twisted Fibers will teach a class on basic spoke-and-weave basket-making 2 p.m. at the Shiplap Shop and Coffee House. Tickets are $55 and can be found online on the shop’s Facebook page. 

Tuesday, Dec. 17

• The Yelm Timberland Library will host the monthly Yelm Teen Library Council meeting, set for 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

• From 10:15 to 11 a.m., attend Family Storytime at the Tenino Timberland Library. Babies and toddlers (ages 0-2) and kids in preschool (ages 3-6) are invited. Music, movement and books for the whole family will be offered. Children must be accompanied by participating caregivers.

• Tenino Timberland Library will host “Lego Club” for kids aged 3 to 11, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Build by yourself or collaborate with others in this free-play, drop-in game. 

• Qi Gong classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Qi Gong is done standing. Gentle, repetitive movements are done in rhythm with the breath to allow the mind and body to relax and release tension. Loose clothing is worn, but no equipment is required.

Thursday, Dec. 19

• Learn to make your own stop-motion animated film! Kids aged 3 to 11 are invited to the Yelm Timberland Library from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this fun, hands-on activity. Participants can continue the work from a previous session or start a new one every week. Materials will be provided by library staff and no registration is required.

Friday, Dec. 20 to Tuesday, Dec. 31

• The magical Polar Express will come to life in Elbe, Washington this winter. All aboard The Polar Express, a fun-filled train ride where passengers will be entertained by chefs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to a reading of the Polar Express. It’s the perfect winter getaway for families! Train departure times vary according to each day, so visit www.visitrainier.com or call 360-492-6000 for more information. This even runs daily, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. 

Friday, Dec. 20

• Tenino Timberland LIbrary will host a Teen Cookie Cook Off Showdown, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Do you have what it takes to design the coolest cookie? Kids aged 12 years old to 18 are welcomed to enjoy the fun. Winners will receive a gift card. 

Saturday, Dec. 21

• Mat Yoga will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your mat, and be ready to stretch in this floor yoga program.

• Restorative Yoga will take place at noon following Mat Yoga at the Yelm Timberland Library. Participants will need to bring supportive props to allow for deep stretching as this yoga provides both mental and physical restoration through full-body exercises. Suggested props include mats, yoga blocks, blankets and bolsters.

• First day of winter got you down? Join Friends of the Library at the Tenino Timberland Library to construct your very own gingerbread house. This gingerbread house workshop will begin at 1:30 p.m. and all materials will be provided while supplies last. 

Thursday, Dec. 26

• Learn to make your own stop-motion animated film! Kids aged 3 to 11 are invited to the Yelm Timberland Library from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this fun, hands-on activity. Participants can continue the work from a previous session or start a new one every week. Materials will be provided by library staff and no registration is required.

Friday, Dec. 7 to Thursday, Dec. 12

• The magical Polar Express will come to life in Elbe, Washington this winter. All aboard The Polar Express, a fun-filled train ride where passengers will be entertained by chefs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to a reading of the Polar Express. It’s the perfect winter getaway for families! Train departure times vary according to each day, so visit www.visitrainier.com or call 360-492-6000 for more information. This even runs daily, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. 

Saturday, Dec. 28

• Animals at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will pounce and play amongst among holiday-themed treats and scenery during the park’s “Winter Wildland” event. Make crafts, sip on hot chocolate, and shop for holiday gifts at the park’s shop. Tickets available online at www.nwtrek.org. 

• Mat Yoga will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your mat, and be ready to stretch in this floor yoga program.

• Restorative Yoga will take place at noon following Mat Yoga at the Yelm Timberland Library. Participants will need to bring supportive props to allow for deep stretching as this yoga provides both mental and physical restoration through full-body exercises. Suggested props include mats, yoga blocks, blankets and bolsters. 

Sunday, Dec. 29

• Animals at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will pounce and play amongst among holiday-themed treats and scenery during the park’s “Winter Wildland” event. Make crafts, sip on hot chocolate, and shop for holiday gifts at the park’s shop. Tickets available online at www.nwtrek.org. 

Wednesday, Jan. 1

• State Park Free Days: Visit and hike for free today at any Washington state park, as a Discover Pass is not required to visit during Free Park days. This event is in celebration of New Year’s Day. 

Friday, Jan. 3

• Take part in Chair Yoga at 10:15 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Come relax as Helen leads us through calming stretches and balance.

Saturday, Jan. 4 

• Join the Friends of the Yelm Timberland Library at their monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

• Mat Yoga will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your mat, and be ready to stretch in this floor yoga program.

• Restorative Yoga will take place at noon following Mat Yoga at the Yelm Timberland Library. Participants will need to bring supportive props to allow for deep stretching as this yoga provides both mental and physical restoration through full-body exercises. Suggested props include mats, yoga blocks, blankets and bolsters. 

• From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., staff at the Yelm Timberland Library will host free one-on-one tech coaching for those that need help with basic computer skills, tablets, internet, streaming, and other services. Seats for “Tech Basics” are limited. For more information and to register, visit www.trl.org. 

Tuesday, Jan. 7

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

Wednesday, Jan. 8

• From 10:15 to 11 a.m., attend Family Storytime at the Tenino Timberland Library. Babies and toddlers (ages 0-2) and kids in preschool (ages 3-6) are invited. Music, movement and books for the whole family will be offered. Children must be accompanied by participating caregivers.

• Join in on Creative Playtime at 10:30 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. This is a playtime opportunity for children, aged birth to 6 years old, to participate in fun activities with a participating adult. Come for the building blocks and Magna-tiles, but stay for the model trains, dollhouses and fun memories. 

• Tenino Timberland Library will host “Make It @ The Library” — two hours of creative activities. This program is drop in, and library staff will supply the engineering and art materials. 

• Qi Gong classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Qi Gong is done standing. Gentle, repetitive movements are done in rhythm with the breath to allow the mind and body to relax and release tension. Loose clothing is worn, but no equipment is required.

Thursday, Jan. 9

• Join in on Creative Playtime at 10:30 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. This is a playtime opportunity for children, aged birth to 6 years old, to participate in fun activities with a participating adult. Come for the building blocks and Magna-tiles, but stay for the model trains, dollhouses and fun memories. 

Friday, Jan. 10

• Take part in Chair Yoga at 10:15 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Come relax as Helen leads us through calming stretches and balance.

• Children grades 1st through 5th are invited to the Tenino Timberland Library for “Explorers Club: Pendulum Painting” at 3:30 p.m. Each month, the library will feature hands-on fun that will explore the fields of science, technology, arts and math. This month, participants will use the planet’s gravitational pull to create colorful works of art on a canvas. 

Saturday, Jan. 11

• Mat Yoga will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Yelm Timberland Library. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your mat, and be ready to stretch in this floor yoga program.

• Restorative Yoga will take place at noon following Mat Yoga at the Yelm Timberland Library. Participants will need to bring supportive props to allow for deep stretching as this yoga provides both mental and physical restoration through full-body exercises. Suggested props include mats, yoga blocks, blankets and bolsters. 

• Ever wonder how the City of Tenino got its name? Local historian Rich Edwards has the answers! Join him at noon at Tenino Timberland Library to learn about the true history of the Stone City and hear about the research that went into his latest book, “The Naming of Tenino.” 

• From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., staff at the Yelm Timberland Library will host free one-on-one tech coaching for those that need help with basic computer skills, tablets, internet, streaming, and other services. Seats for “Tech Basics” are limited. For more information and to register, visit www.trl.org.

Saturday, Jan. 18

• The Rainier Senior Center will host the second-annual Pre-Valentines Day Bazaar, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 623-696-9769. 

Monday, Jan. 20

• State Park Free Days: Visit and hike for free today at any Washington state park, as a Discover Pass is not required to visit during Free Park days. This event is in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

Tuesday, Feb. 18

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

Tuesday, March 3

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

Thursday, March 19

• State Park Free Days: Visit and hike for free today at any Washington state park, as a Discover Pass is not required to visit during Free Park days. This event is in celebration of State Park’s 107th Birthday.

Saturday, April 11

• State Park Free Days: Visit and hike for free today at any Washington state park, as a Discover Pass is not required to visit during Free Park days. This event is in celebration of Spring Day. 

Tuesday, April 14 

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

Wednesday, April 22

• State Park Free Days: Visit and hike for free today at any Washington state park, as a Discover Pass is not required to visit during Free Park days. This event is in celebration of Earth Day. 

Tuesday, May 5

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

Tuesday, June 2

• Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Yelm High School library. The organization helps fund educational opportunities for the district’s graduating class. Come out and learn how you can help support tomorrow’s leaders. 

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