Boo-coda Haunted House

At Boo-Coda's "Scary-Nights" Haunted House on Saturday, Mayor Alan Carr (right) dressed as his alter ego Alan "the Mayor of Mad Science Carr, sneaks up on an unsuspecting town councilor, Sherry Shepherd, who is disguised as Scary Sherry "the Cosmic Queen."

Saturday, Oct. 5

Swiss Society Plans 50th Oktoberfest in Frances

The Lewis Pacific Swiss Society will host its 50th annual Oktoberfest at the Swiss Park in Frances on Oct. 5.

Festivities include European nine-pin bowling (the first perfect score of 27 wins $500), pinochle, horseshoe tournaments, children’s activities, Swiss dance lessons, a raffle, silent auction, vendors, crafts and a bake sale. 

A bar and grill is open throughout the day and dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The Blaser Band will play polka music following dinner. 

Prizes and awards will be presented to tournament winners followed by the coronation of the new Swiss Miss. 

Park admission is free. Dance admission is $6 at the door or a $4 Octoberfest button, which can be purchased in advance.

For more information, go to

Country Chicks Fall Market is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. This is one of the largest arts and crafts events of the fall  with more than 40,000 square feet at the fairgrounds chock-full of arts, crafts and so much more. Entry is $6, or $5 with a non-perishable food donation. For more details, email or visit the Country Chicks Facebook page.

Apple Harvest Fest in downtown Onalaska, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrates the harvest and rural lifestyle of this small community with a family-friendly event. The Onalaska Harvest Festival features the Apple Parade, vendors, canoe and kayak races, a 5K run and more. You can take part in pie eating contests and enjoy live entertainment. Kick off the event with their not-to-be-missed pancake breakfast. Info: 

Shop, Dine and Play in downtown Centralia at Girls Night Out, from 2-8 p.m. Cost is $5 for a passport and a goody bag. Starting locations are The Station Coffee Bar & Bistro at 120 S. Tower Ave., and HUBBUB at 328 N. Tower Ave. For more information, call 360-736-4333.

Bucoda Scary-Nights Haunted House: Oct. 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 30, 31 and Nov. 1, from 7 to 11p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, from 7 to 10 p.m. Halloween week. It will be located in the Bucoda Haunted Gym, 403 N. Nenant St., Bucoda. The cost is $12 for general admission and $20 for a VIP ticket.

The Boo-coda Vendor Fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Boo-coda Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Parade and Races presented by Eastside Big Tom, are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5. The Parade of Caskets Race will include teams of businesses, non-profits, schools and government agencies. Friends and families are invited to compete against each other. The races take place on Main Street in downtown Bucoda. The race course is 300 feet long. Casket Race teams must participate in the Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Parade. An announcer will read about each casket race team and zombie group. After the parade, casket race teams and zombie race participants will proceed onto pit row and prepare for the Casket and Zombie Races. For more information, go to

Club Mom Children’s Clothing Bank and Exchange, 1-3 p.m., Centralia Christian Church, 1215 W. Main St., 360-736-7655

Dance, Country Four and More, 7 p.m., South Union Grange, 10030 Tilley Road, near exit 99 off I-5, 360-352-2135

Pancake breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m., Twin Cities Senior Center, $5, 206-948-2979

Open garden, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4162 Jackson Highway, Chehalis

Tenino Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 213 Sussex Ave. W., 360-264-2317

Gather Church’s food and clothing bank is open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at 100 Rock Street in Centralia.


Sunday, Oct. 6

Bingo, doors open 5 p.m., bingo starts 6:30 p.m., Forest Grange, 3397 Jackson Highway, Chehalis

Community meal, 1-3 p.m., Rotary Riverside Park, Centralia, free, sponsored by Jesus Name Pentecostal Church, Chehalis, 360-623-9438

Tenino’s Skookumchuck Grange has scheduled a harvest dinner for noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at the grange at 5345 Skookumchuck Rd. SE in Tenino. The dinner includes roast beef and homemade pies. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $6 for children 6 to 11, free for children 5 and under and adults 100 or over and Tenino firefighters and emergency responders eat free. 

Apple Harvest Festival in downtown Onalaska. Info: On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can take a farm and homestead tour. Come and see what A Simpler Past Homestead does on their farm to grow healthy food. $5 per person or $15 per car load will be charged and go to support the On Alaska Alliance — this rate includes all the other farms and homesteads on the tour. A Simpler Past Homestead is located at 148 Piper Lane, Chehalis.


Support Groups

GriefShare, a video seminar focusing on helping people who have lost a loved one, 12:30-2 p.m., Shoestring Valley Community Church, 104 Frase Road, Onalaska, 360-870-2782,


Monday, Oct. 7

Game Night, Fords Prairie Grange, 2640 Reynolds Ave., Centralia, potluck dinner 6 p.m., 360-918-1356

 Pinochle, 5:45 p.m., Hope Grange, 118 Antrim Road, Winlock, 360-520-0772


Public Agencies

Lewis County Commission, 10 a.m., BOCC board room, second floor, Lewis County Courthouse, agenda available at, 360-740-1120

Chehalis City Council, 5 p.m, City Hall council chamber, 350 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis, agendas available at, 360-345-1042

Centralia Historic Preservation Commission, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 118 W. Maple St., Centralia, 360-330-7695

Lewis County Board of Health, 1:30 p.m., BOCC Board Room, second floor, Lewis County Courthouse, agenda available at, 360-740-1148

Centralia Parks Board, 5 p.m., Fort Borst Park Kitchen 2, 360-330-7662

Mossyrock Fire Department, fire commissioners, noon, main station, 137 E. Main St., Mossyrock, 360-983-3456

Grays Harbor Fire District 1, 7 p.m., Oakville Fire Hall, 360-273-6541

Lewis County Cemetery District 4, 6 p.m., Randle Fire Station annex, 360-494-4031

Napavine Planning Commission, 6 p.m., 407 Birch Ave. SW, Napavine, 360-262-3547, ext. 213



Chehalis American Legion Post 22, general meeting, 4 p.m., 555 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis, 360-740-7889

Lewis County Community Network, 3-5 p.m, second floor conference room, Lewis County Public Health & Social Services Building, 360 NW North St., Chehalis, 206-719-3226

Centralia Bridge Club, noon, Unity Church, 800 S. Pearl St., Centralia, 360-748-1753,

Centralia-Chehalis Emblem Club, 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1732 S. Gold St., Centralia, 360-736-5439

Synergy Networking Group, 8:45 a.m., Chehalis Denny’s 


Support Groups

Grandparents as Parents, 6-8 p.m., 420 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, 360-736-9391, ext. 298 or 1-877-813-2828

Lewis County Breast Cancer Support Group, 5:30 p.m., Providence Regional Cancer Clinic, 2015 Cooks Hill Road, 360-304-8472

Support for mothers, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Bethel Church, for mothers with children pregnancy through 6 years old, sponsored by Chehalis MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), 360-520-3841 or 360-864-2168, email or visit

NAMI Lewis County Family Support Group, 5 p.m., Fiddlers Coffee, 1220 Mellen St., Centralia, upstairs at the big table.


Tuesday, Oct. 8

Health and Hope Medical Outreach, free medical clinic, 5:30-8 p.m., Northwest Pediatrics, 1911 Cooks Hill Road, Centralia, for those whose income is less than 200 percent of the poverty level, 360-623-1485

Square dance lessons, Prairie Steppers, 7-9 p.m., Oakview Grange, 2715 N. Pearl St., Centralia, first lesson free, then $2.50 each, single and couples welcome, 360-748-6948 or 360-273-4884

 Pinochle, 5:45 p.m., Hope Grange, 118 Antrim Road, Winlock, 360-520-0772

Community Farmers Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Boistfort Street, Chehalis,


Public Agencies

Centralia City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 118 W. Maple St., Centralia, 360-330-7670

Lewis County Planning Commission, 6 p.m., Lewis County Courthouse, 360-740-1146,

Square Dance Lessons, Cougar Squares, 7-9 pm, Salkum Firehall in Salkum, first lesson free then by small donation, family friendly fun, all ages welcome, 360-736-8907 or 360-269-7519



Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2200, 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 111½ W. Main, Centralia, 360-736-6852

Rainy Daze Quilt Guild, 6:30 p.m., Twin Cities Senior Center, 2545 N. National Ave., Chehalis, social time beforehand at 6:15 p.m

Two Town Tuners, 7 p.m., Lewis and Clark Hotel, 117 W. Magnolia St., Centralia,

Breastfeeding Coalition of Lewis County, noon-1:30 p.m., second floor, Lewis County Public Health & Social Services, 360 NW North St., Chehalis, 360-740-1234

Mount St. Helens Patchwork Quilters, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lewis County Historical Museum, 599 NW Front St., Chehalis, 360-880-5134

Toastmasters 1290, noon-1 p.m., Hanson Building board room, Centralia College, 360-820-2771

Salkum Community Quilters, 9 a.m.-noon, Salkum Fire Department, 2495 U.S. Highway 12, Salkum, 360-985-0813


Support Groups

Survivors of sexual assault/abuse, 5:30-7 p.m., 125 NW Chehalis Ave., Chehalis, sponsored by Human Response Network, 360-748-6601

Al Anon, Fellowship in Unity, 6-7 p.m., Unity Center, 800 S. Pearl St., Centralia, 360-669-6352.

Second Chance/Lewis County Brain Injury Support Group, 5 p.m., call 360-864-4341 or 360-983-3166 for meeting location

NAMI Lewis County Connection Recovery Support Group, 5:30-7 p.m., Twin Cities Senior Center, 2545 N. National Ave., Chehalis, 360-880-8070


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