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Thursday October 14
Yelm Dollars for Scholars will be hosting their annual Fall Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser October 10-31 at Crossroads Community Covenant Church, 1520 Bald Hill Road SE in Yelm. It is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Yelm and Rainier high school scholarship programs.
The Yelm Adult Community Center will hold its weekly lunches from 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday. Senior Services for the South Sound operates the Senior Nutrition Program, using the commercial kitchen and dining room at Yelm Senior Center, 16530 103rd Ave. SE in Yelm. Their staff prepare breakfasts for the Yelm, Tenino and Rochester senior centers and meals-on-wheels for homebound seniors in the area.
Yelm Community Services Food Bank, 624 Crystal Springs St. NW in Yelm, will be hosting a food giveaway from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 14. Customers cannot enter the building and must wait in their vehicles. Staff will have pre-packaged food carts to distribute. To avoid health problems, the usual food connection procedures will not take place. Staff will ask for the number of people in the family. People who come can only pick up for their own families. Please park in front of the food bank building.
The Tornados Men’s Tennis Team will face off against Black Hills High School at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 at the Yelm High School tennis courts, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. at Yelm.
The Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors will be holding a study session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 at the Yelm Community Schools District office, located at 107 First St. NE in Yelm.
There will be a “Trick or Treat” offer from 6 pm to 8 pm every night in October at Joe’s Place, 118 S. Main St. in Bucoda.
Friday October 15th
Hike the park’s trails while on an online scavenger hunt to solve the mystery of the haunted hike at Northwest Trek, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday in October. There will be a QR code at the entrance. This event is free with entry or membership. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nwtrek.org.
The Yelm Timberland Library will be holding its Zoom Family Virtual Story Time at 10 a.m. on Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16. Join the library’s expert storytelling 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 on the event to receive the Zoom link and receive weekly email reminders. Note that each story hour has a unique Zoom link. When you log in to story time, be sure to click the Zoom link for the correct date and time.
Yelm Timberland Library will be holding its Dungeons and Dragons for Teens group from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. virtually on Friday, October 15. Face off against orcs, goblins and dragons. The event is aimed at teens in grades 6 to 12. Registration is required online at events.trl.org/events/month, just click on the event for details. After you register, library staff will contact you to inform you of the next steps. This event requires a roll20 account and access to Zoom.
Extended zoo opening hours
Northwest Trek will be offering its “Hoot ‘n’ Howl” with extended hours from 5 pm to 9 pm on October 15-16 and October 22-23 at 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. Explore the animal park safely at night. Walk the animal trails lit by spooky lights and visit several treat stations. Listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals. The Kids’ Trek nature-inspired playground will be open and illuminated for the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nwtrek.org.
The BOO-coda haunted house will be open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays October 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. It will also be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 27 and 28 and on Halloween during the same period. The event is located in the Bucoda Haunted Gym, 403 N. Nenant St. in Bucoda. There is an entrance fee of $ 13, with VIP tickets being $ 20.
Saturday October 16
Halloween Story Time
There will be Tales by Harvest Moon at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm on Saturday, October 16 at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda. Harvest Moon is a Quinault basket maker and storyteller. She will share Native American stories about the legendary Bigfoot, the Stick people, and ancient creatures of the Pacific Northwest. The event is free.
There will be a Halloween costume contest at 2 pm on Saturday October 16 at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda. Prizes for several categories will be distributed. The event is free to enter.
A DIY headstone making class will be held from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, October 16 at 204 S. Main St. in Bucoda. A $ 5 donation is requested and materials will be provided. People will paint their crafts at home.
The “Zombie Dash” and “Zombie Costume Contest” will start at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 16 on Seventh street in front of Bucoda town hall. The age categories are under 8, 9-13, 14-18 and 19 and over. The awards include the first place in each age category and the best zombie costume, as well as the best boy, girl, woman and man.
There will be a Vendor Fair from noon to 6 pm every Saturday in October at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda. This is the lot between Liberty Market and Joe’s Place.
Tuesday October 19
The Yelm Lions will be holding a meeting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19 at M. Doug’s Restaurant at 210 NE 103rd Ave. at Yelm.
Storytime for toddlers
The Yelm Timberland Library will be holding its Zoom Virtual Story Time for Babies and Toddlers at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19. Join expert storytelling providers and other families live on Zoom every Tuesday for songs, nursery rhymes, movements and stories for babies and toddlers. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Register online at events.trl.org/events/month by clicking on the event to receive the Zoom link and receive weekly email reminders. Note that each story hour has a unique Zoom link. When you log in to story time, be sure to click the Zoom link for the correct date and time.
The monthly Yelm Dollars for Scholars meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Yelm Prairie Christian Center, 501 NE 103rd Ave. at Yelm. Volunteers are welcome.
The Tornados Women’s Soccer Team will face off against Peninsula High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 at Yelm High School Stadium, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. at Yelm.
The Tornados volleyball team will face Capital High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 in the main gymnasium of Yelm High School, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. at Yelm.
Thursday October 21
The Tornados women’s football team will face Central Kitsap High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 at Yelm High School Stadium, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. at Yelm.
The Tornados Volleyball team will face North Thurston High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 in the main gymnasium of Yelm High School, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. at Yelm.
Saturday 23 October
The Tenino Young-At-Heart Theater presents “Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart” at 1 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm on Saturday, October 23 at 114 S. Main St. in Bucoda.
The Yelm Eagles will host their annual Adult Halloween Costume Charity at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at 11609 Koeppen Road SE in Yelm. DJ Bones will be the disc jockey and there will be raffles, potluck and costume contest. Coverage is $ 5 with a costume and $ 10 without a costume.
Tuesday October 26
Yelm City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 26 at Yelm Town Hall, 106 Second St. SE.
Saturday October 30
Halloween at Boo-Kowski Park will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 at Wilkowski Park in Rainier. The event will begin with a costume parade and feature games, coloring contests, pumpkin carving and a “Trunk or Treat” offer.
Monday, November 8
Roy’s municipal council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 8 at Roy’s town hall. More information can be found at www.cityofroywa.us/government.html.
Tuesday, November 9
Rainier City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 at Rainier Town Hall, 102 Rochester Street West. More information can be found at cityofrainierwa.org.