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Thursday, Oct. 14
Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its annual pumpkin patch fall fundraiser from Oct.10 to Oct. 31 at Crossroads Community Covenant Church, 1520 Bald Hill Road S.E. in Yelm. It’s open from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Proceeds will benefit both Yelm and Rainier High School Scholarship programs.
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
The Yelm Community Services food bank, 624 Crystal Springs St. N.W. in Yelm, will hold a food giveaway from 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14. 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.
The Tornados boys tennis team will take on Black Hills High School at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Yelm High School tennis courts, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. in Yelm.
Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors will hold a study session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Yelm Community Schools District Office, located at 107 First St. N.E. in Yelm.
Trick or Treat
There will be a “Trick or Treat” offering from 6 to 8 p.m. every night in October at Joe’s Place, 118 S. Main St. in Bucoda.
Friday, Oct. 15
Walk park paths while doing an online scavenger hunt to solve the mystery of the haunted hike at Northwest Trek, 11610 Trek Drive E., in Eatonville, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays in October. There will be a QR code at the entrance. This event is free with admission or membership. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.nwtrek.org.
The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Family Storytime at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. 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 events.trl.org/events/month 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.
The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its Dungeons and Dragons for Teens group from 3 to 5:30 p.m. virtually on Friday, Oct. 15. Face off against orcs, goblins and dragons. The event is intended for teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required online at events.trl.org/events/month, just click the event for details. After you’ve registered, library staff will be in contact with you to let you know the next steps. This event requires a roll20 account and access to Zoom.
Expanded Zoo Hours
Northwest Trek will offer its “Hoot ‘n’ Howl” with the expanded hours of 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 22-23, at 11610 Trek Drive E., in Eatonville. Safely explore the wildlife park at night. Walk the animal paths lit with spooky lights and visit multiple trick-or-treat stations. Listen for nighttime animal noises. The Kids’ Trek nature-inspired playground will be open and lit up for the event. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.nwtrek.org.
The BOO-coda Haunted House will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. It will also be open from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 27-28, and on Halloween during the same timeframe. The event is located in the Bucoda Haunted Gym, 403 N. Nenant St. in Bucoda. There is an admission fee of $13, with VIP tickets being $20.
Saturday, Oct. 16
There will be storytelling by Harvest Moon at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda. Harvest Moon is a Quinault basket weaver and storyteller. She will share Native American stories about the legendary Bigfoot, Stick people and ancient creatures of the Pacific Northwest. The event is free to attend.
There will be a Halloween costume contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda. Awards for several categories will be doled out. The event is free to enter.
A DIY Tombstone Making Class will occur from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 204 S. Main St. in Bucoda. A $5 donation is requested and materials will be provided. Folks will paint their crafts at home.
The “Zombie Dash” and “Zombie Costume Contest” will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 on Seventh Street in front of the Bucoda Town Hall. Age categories are under 8, ages 9-13, ages 14-18 and 19 and over. Awards include first place in each age category and Best Zombie Costume, as well as best boy, girl, woman and man.
There will be a vendor fair from noon to 6 p.m. every Saturday in October at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda. It is the lot between Liberty Market and Joe’s Place.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
The Yelm Lions will hold a meeting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Mr. Doug’s restaurant at 210 N.E. 103rd Ave. in Yelm.
The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Baby and Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Join expert storytime providers and other families live on Zoom every Tuesday for songs, rhymes, movement and stories for babies and toddlers. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Register online at events.trl.org/events/month 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 Dollars for Scholars monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Yelm Prairie Christian Center, 501 N.E. 103rd Ave. in Yelm. Volunteers are welcome.
The Tornados girls soccer team will take on Peninsula High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Yelm High School stadium, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. in Yelm.
The Tornados volleyball team will take on Capital High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the Yelm High School main gym, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. in Yelm.
Thursday, Oct. 21
The Tornados girls soccer team will take on Central Kitsap High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Yelm High School stadium, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. in Yelm.
The Tornados volleyball team will take on North Thurston High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 in the Yelm High School main gym, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. in Yelm.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Tenino Young-At-Heart Theatre presents “Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart” at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda.
The Yelm Eagles will host its annual Adult Halloween Costume Charity Party at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11609 Koeppen Road S.E. in Yelm. DJ Bones will be the disc jockey and there will be raffles, a potluck and a costume contest. Cover is $5 with a costume and $10 without a costume.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Yelm City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at Yelm City Hall, 106 Second St. S.E. More information can be found online at www.ci.yelm.wa.us.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Halloween in Boo-Kowski Park, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 in Wilkowski Park in Rainier. The event will start with a parade of costumes and will offer games, coloring contests, pumpkin carving and a “Trunk or Treat” offering.
Monday, Nov. 8
Roy City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 at Roy City Hall. More information can be found at www.cityofroywa.us/government.html.
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Rainier City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St. W. More information can be found at cityofrainierwa.org.