Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Oct. 21

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Editor’s Note: Events and meetings in this list are compiled by Nisqually Valley News staff on a periodic basis, oftentimes weeks in advance. Email event and meeting submissions to dan@yelmonline.com to be considered. The Nisqually Valley News retains the right to edit submissions for length and style requirements.

 

Thursday, Oct. 21

Scholarship Fundraiser

Yelm Dollars for Scholars will host its annual pumpkin patch fall fundraiser until Oct. 31 at Crossroads Community Covenant Church, 1520 Bald Hill Road S.E. in Yelm. Proceeds benefit both Yelm and Rainier high school scholarship programs.

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, Oct. 21.  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.

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.

Girls Soccer

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

Volleyball Game

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.

 

Friday, Oct. 22

Haunted Hike

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.

Storytime

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Family Storytime at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23. 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.

Expanded Zoo Hours

Northwest Trek will offer its “Hoot ‘n’ Howl” with the expanded hours of 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 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.

Haunted House

The BOO-coda Haunted House will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 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. 23

Vendor Fair

There will be a vendor fair from noon to 6 p.m. every Saturday in October at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda in the lot between Liberty Market and Joe’s Place.

Theater Performance

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.

Holiday Party

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

Toddler Storytime

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Baby and Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. 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.

Public Meeting

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.

 

Thursday, Oct. 28

Club Meeting

The Yelm Lions will hold a meeting at noon on Thursday, Oct. 28 at Mr. Doug’s restaurant at 210 N.E. 103rd Ave. in Yelm.

Public Meeting

Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors will hold a business meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Yelm Community Schools District Office, located at 107 First St. N.E. in Yelm.

 

Saturday, Oct. 30

Halloween Festival

The Boo-coda Family Fun Day will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda. There will be a pumpkin decorating and carving contest with kids and adult categories as well as carnival-style, Halloween-themed games. The event is free to attend.

World Record-Setting Attempt

Participants will attempt to set a world record around the globe for most dancers to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” song as part of “Thrill the World” initiative from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Bucoda Community Center, 101B E. Seventh Street in Bucoda. This event is free to attend.

Halloween Festival

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.

Halloween Dance

The Monster Mash Dance is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Bucoda Community Center second floor ballroom, 101B E. Seventh St. in Bucoda. Kids ages 1-12 will dance from 6 to 7 p.m. Teens ages 13-17 will dance from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Monday, Nov. 8

Public Meeting

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 online at www.cityofroywa.us/government.html.

 

Friday, Nov. 5

Teen Games

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its Dungeons and Dragons for Teens group from 3 to 5:30 p.m. virtually on Friday, Nov. 5. 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.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Public Meeting

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 online at cityofrainierwa.org.

 

Saturday, Nov. 13

Holiday Festival

Yelm’s Smoky Mountain Christmas will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Yelm Community Center, 115 Mosman Ave. S.E. in Yelm, and Yelm City Park. Come and shop from a variety of vendors and get those last minute Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. There will be food and raffles. Santa and his elves will be at the event on both days.  On Saturday only, from noon to 4 p.m. there will be a meet and greet for kids who can take free photos with “Frozen” characters Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf.  On Saturday, Yelm Mayor JW Foster will play his guitar and sing some Christmas songs. There will be a toy drive at the event.

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