Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Sept. 16

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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, Sept. 16

Charitable Event

The Senior Center of Rainier is holding a clothing drive for children that runs from Sept. 16, until Sept. 24. Bring your clothing in bags to the center at 108 Michigan Ave. S. to participate. Any size clothing will be accepted. Clothing that is stained or not wearable will be sent out to be shredded for insulation.

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, Sept. 16.  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, Sept. 17

Storytime

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Family Storytime at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18. 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 trl.org/event by clicking the event tab 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.

Teen Games

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its Dungeons and Dragons for Teens group from 2 to 4:30 p.m. virtually on Friday, Sept. 17. Face off against orcs, goblins and dragons. The event is intended for teens going into grades 6-12. Registration is required online at trl.org/event, 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.

Sporting Event

The Yelm High School football team will have a home game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, against Timberline High School at the Yelm High School Stadium at 1315 W. Yelm Ave. The Tornados go into their first league game after winning their first two games of the season.

Monday, Sept. 20

Reunion

There will be a reunion potluck for 1950s era Yelm High School graduates from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at Wilcox Farms at 40400 Harts Lake Valley Road in Roy.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Club Meeting

The Yelm Lions will hold a meeting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Mr. Doug’s restaurant at 210 N.E. 103rd Ave. in Yelm.

Toddler Storytime

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Baby and Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. 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 trl.org/event by clicking the event tab 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.

Sporting Event

The Yelm High School girls soccer team will host a home game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Yelm High School Stadium at 1315 W. Yelm Ave.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Public Meeting

Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors will hold its business meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Yelm Community Schools District Office, located at 107 First St. N.E. in Yelm.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Vendor Fair

The Yelm Moose Lodge is hosting its “Pop-up Vendors Galore” event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. There will be more than 25 vendors.

Festival

Yelm’s inaugural Fall Harvest Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Yelm City Park. Expect fall-themed fun and games for the whole family. There will be vendors, food options, a band, face painting, pageants and more.

Monday, Sept. 27

Public Meeting

Roy City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 at Roy City Hall. More information can be found at www.cityofroywa.us/government.html.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Public Meeting

Yelm City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Yelm City Hall, 106 Second St. S.E. More information can be found online at www.ci.yelm.wa.us.

Friday, Oct. 1

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Public Meeting

Rainier City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St. W. More information can be found at cityofrainierwa.org.

Friday, Oct. 15

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.

Saturday, Oct. 23

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.

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