Community Calendar: Sept. 8


Optimists to Hold Motorcycle Ride

The Chehalis-Centralia Optimists will be having its eighth annual End of Summer Motorcycle Ride Saturday.

The event offers a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and a lunch at 1 p.m. or whenever motorcyclists return. Both are at Centralia Christian School, 1315 S. Tower Ave., Centralia.

Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Registration is $25 for single riders and $15 for fender fluff. For nonregistered riders, the lunch is $10.

The ride is a fundraiser for scholarship funds, childhood cancer research, sports activities and sponsorship of community events.

For more information, call 360-388-7199, 360-669-3386 or visit Chehalis-Centralia Optimists on Facebook.

Former Park Ranger to Speak at Library

Former national park ranger Russell Cahill will be talking about the National Park Service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chehalis Timberland Library.

The origin of America’s parks goes all the way back to the Civil War and beyond. Cahill thinks it started when a single tree was cut down in California in 1852.

Cahill was a ranger during the 1960s and 1970s, and has written about the origins of America’s parks and his adventures in Yosemite, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii.

Cahill will be talking about rescues, forest fires, bears breaking into a five-star hotel and other happenings.

His book, “Tales from the Parks,” will be available for purchase and signing.

Writers Guild to Hold Conference at College

The Lewis County Writers Guild will be hosting the fifth annual Southwest Washington Writers Conference Saturday in the Walton Science Center on the Centralia College campus.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Simon Wood, the USA Today bestselling author of “The One That Got Away,” “Accidents Waiting to Happen” and “Paying the Piper.” His latest thriller is “Saving Grace.”

Other presenters will include Jordan Hartt, Clare Meeker and Midge Raymond, just to name a few of the instructors who will be teaching about such subjects as flash fiction, collaborative writing, story structure, publishing and more.

The conference has always donated proceeds to local nonprofits, but this is the first year proceeds will go to establish student scholarships at Centralia College.

Registration is open at The cost is $90, or $100 at the door. The student rate is $72, with ID.

The Lewis County Writers Guild meets Fridays at the Station Coffee Bar & Bistro, 120 S. Tower Ave., Centralia. Social time starts at 5 p.m., and the meeting begins about 5:30 p.m.

Lions Club to Collect Used Eyeglasses

On Saturday, the Centralia Lions Club will be collecting old eyeglasses 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at George Washington Park in downtown Centralia.

 The Centralia Lions gather eyeglasses for the Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycle Center in Lacey. The glasses are processed for those around the world who have little or no eye care available.

The processing involves giving them a 190-degree bath, drying them and putting them under a scope to determine the prescription label. They are then stored for sharing with different mission trips from many groups within the community.

This new project of collecting the glasses at the park is an addition to the existing collection points in this area.

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

Karaoke, with Lou Morales, 7:30 p.m., Chehalis Eagles, 1993 S. Market Blvd. Chehalis, 360-748-7241

Dress for Success, Reliable Enterprises, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., New Life Thrift Store, 1757 N. National Ave., Chehalis, 360-736-9558, ext. 149

Coach Train Excursions to Milburn, 1 and 3 p.m., Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum, 1101 SW Sylvenus St., Chehalis,, 360-748-9593

Riverview Train Excursion to Ruth, 5  p.m., Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum, 1101 SW Sylvenus St., Chehalis,, 360-748-9593

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

Open mic Gospel of song, testimony or instrument, 5 p.m., Ethel/Silvercreek Grange, 1624 U.S. Highway 12, Ethel, 360-791-7467

Tenino Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Olympia Street South, (701) 552-3032

Monthly Pancake Breakfast, 7-10 a.m., Toledo Senior Center, 150 Coal St., Toledo, $5, open to all, 360-864-2112, proceeds go to Toledo Senior Center

Pe Ell Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, Highway 6 and Seventh Avenue, vendors welcome, 360-304-9348

Randle Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 115 Hampton Road, 360-520-0327

Inaugural Run for Shelter Obstacle Course Run, 9 a.m., 600 Cinebar Road, Cinebar, fundraiser for Severe Weather Shelter, $35, about 20 obstacles, for information email, to register visit

Hard Cider Express, Mt. Rainier Railroad, Elbe, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 360-492-6000,

Walking Tour, 7 p.m., White Pass Country Museum, 12990 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood, 360-494-4422

Paul Mauer and the Silence, 7 p.m., Jeremy’s Farm to Table, 576 W. Main St., Chehalis, 360-748-4417

Open house, Southwest Washington Dance Center, 437 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis, 2-4 p,m., tour of building, dance studios, 360-748-4789

“Christopher Robin,” 7 p.m., Roxy Theater, Morton, rated PG, adults $9, students and seniors $8, 360-496-0541


Build and Play Saturday, for children age 3-sixth grade, 10:30 a.m., Saturday

Tales From the Parks: Author Talk, for all ages, Russell Cahill, 2 p.m., Chehalis

Patsy Cline Tribute, for all ages, Elizabeth Stierle, 3 p.m., Salkum


Prairie Steppers Square and Round Dance Club, Plus 7-8 p.m., Mainstream 8-10:30 p.m.,  potluck at break, Oakview Grange, Centralia, 360-736-5172 or 360-273-4884

Gluten Intolerance Group of Lewis County, 10 a.m., Providence Centralia Hospital chapel conference room, 509-230-6394,,


Support Groups

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group, 10:30 a.m-noon, Centralia First United Methodist Church, 506 S. Washington Ave., Centralia, 360-628-4980


Sunday, Sept. 9

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

Randle Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 115 Hampton Road, 360-520-0327

Vinyasa and Vino Mini Retreat, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bateaux Cellars, 288 Smokey Valley Road, Toledo, $100,


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, Sept. 10

Canadian Woman to Speak at Women’s Luncheon

Heather Senges, from Vancouver, British Columbia, will be discussing “Travel in Strange Places” during a talk at a women’s luncheon Monday.

The luncheon will be at noon Monday, Sept. 10, at the Church of the Nazarene meeting room, 1119 W. First St., Centralia.

Also on the schedule is a fashion show by Dress Barn.

Admission is $10. For reservations, call Kay, 260-269-2449, or Mary, 360-748-8718. .

The luncheon and program are sponsored by the Centralia-Chehalis Christian Women’s Connection.

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

“Christopher Robin,” 7 p.m., Roxy Theater, Morton, rated PG, adults $8, students and seniors $7, 360-496-0541


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

Lewis County Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-7 p.m., Providence Regional Cancer System — Centralia, 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

Tuesday, Sept. 11

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

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

Square Dance Lessons, 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

Community Farmers Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Boistfort Street, Chehalis, 360-740-1295

Free coffee and lunch, for truck drivers, 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Scatter Creek rest area on I-5 north of Centralia, sponsored by Washington Trucking Associations and sponsors, in connection with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, 253-236-3549

Composting Basics, 6-8 p.m., Chehalis Timberland Library, sponsored by WSU Lewis County Extension, 3600-740-1212

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, 360-740-1284,

Lewis County PUD Commission, 10 a.m., PUD auditorium, 345 NW Pacific Ave., Chehalis, 360-748-9261 or 1-800-562-5612

Greater Chehalis Food Bank, annual meeting, 9:30 a.m., 750 SW 21st St., Chehalis, 360-736-890 


Teen Writing Group, for teens, 5 p.m., Centralia


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

Rainy Daze Quilt Guild, 7 p.m., Twin Cities Senior Center, 2545 N. National Ave., Chehalis, social time beforehand at 6:30 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

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, 360-237-4082, 360-269-2531

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

Grateful Girlfriends, support group for women experiencing cancer, 7-8:30 p.m., Centralia Nazarene Church, 1119 W. First St., 360-748-9508 or


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