Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Jan. 13


Thursday, Jan. 13

Senior Lunches

The Yelm Adult Community Center will hold its weekly lunches at 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through Fridays. Senior Services for the South Sound operates the Senior Nutrition Program, using the Yelm Senior Center’s commercial kitchen and dining room at 16530 103rd Ave. S.E. in Yelm. Their staff prepares lunches for the Yelm, Tenino and Rochester senior centers and Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors in the area

Food Bank

The Yelm Community Services food bank, at 624 Crystal Springs St. N.W. in Yelm, will hold a food giveaway from 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13. Clients cannot enter the building, and must wait in their vehicles. Staff will have pre-packed carts of food to hand out. To prevent health issues, the usual food sign-in procedures will not take place. Staff will ask the number of people in the family. People who come can only pick up for their own family. Please park in front of the food bank building.

Friday, Jan. 14


The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Family Storytime at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Join the library’s expert storytime providers and other families live on Zoom every Friday for songs, music, movement, books and activities for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Register online at by clicking the event to receive the Zoom link and to get weekly email reminders. Be aware that each individual storytime has a unique Zoom link. When you’re signing in for storytime, make sure you are clicking on the Zoom link for the correct date and time.

Yelm Basketball Game

The Tornados boys basketball team will host Central Kitsap on Friday, Jan. 14. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Yelm High School at 1315 W. Yelm Ave. The Yelm junior varsity and C teams will play beforehand.

Monday, Jan. 17

MLK Day of Service

Powell Pastures Property will host a “day of service” at its property as people plant native trees and shrubs on Monday, Jan. 17. There will be two shifts. One will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the other from 1 to 3:30 p.m. In order to receive directions to the property, participants must register online on

COVID-19 Testing

Bi-weekly COVID-19 testing will be available at the Yelm Community Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17. The testing is for symptomatic patients or close contacts. The Yelm Community Center is located at 301 Second St. S.E.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Dollars for Scholars Meeting

The Yelm Dollars for Schools will host a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Yelm Prairie Christian Center at 501 103rd Ave. N.E. in Yelm. Dollars for Scholars is a fundraising committee that provides graduating high school seniors with scholarship opportunities.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Sip and Paint at Bertoglio’s

Bertoglio’s Pizza in Yelm will host a sip and paint event where all skill levels of artists are welcome. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 and the artwork will be themed after a “lovers tree.” The event is for ages 16 and up. Participants must register in advance because of limited seating. For questions, email


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