Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for March 16


Thursday, March 16

Swing Into Spring Fashion Show

Iron Works Boutique and Sandstone Cafe will present the “Swing Into Spring 2023” fashion show on Thursday, March 16. It will feature personal wardrobe stylist Lisa Fischer. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, and the show starts at 6:15 p.m. at The Kodiak Room at 235 Sussex Ave. in Tenino. Buddy Price will perform music and dinner will be catered by Sandstone Cafe. Tickets cost $40. They can be picked up at Iron Works Boutique at 224 Sussex Ave. W. in Tenino. For more information, call 360-870-2715 or 360-264-5228.

Food Bank

The Yelm Community Services food bank, at 624 Crystal Springs St. NW in Yelm, will hold a food giveaway from 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 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.

Rainier Elementary Registration

The registration period for kindergartners for the 2023-24 school year at Rainier Elementary School is open. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2023. Parents and guardians can pre-register their future kindergartner online at Click on the registration link to fill in the form. Staff from the school’s office will contact parents to confirm interest in their elementary program and will review the registration process and paperwork. For more information, contact Rainier Elementary School at 360-446-4020.

Saturday, March 18

Yelm Amateur Radio Group

The Yelm Amateur Radio Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. The group is a nonprofit organization that provides testing for licensing related to radio, as well as an interest in amateur radio. The group meets on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 206 Third St. SE, in Yelm.

Tuesday, March 21

Taste of the Prairie: Masonry Cafe

On Tuesday, March 21, visit Masonry Cafe in Yelm from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Yelm Dollars for Scholars. Masonry Cafe is located at 105 E. Yelm Ave.

Thursday, March 23

Prairie Point Quilters Guild Meeting

The Prairie Point Quilters Guild hosts its meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The meeting takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rainier Senior Center, 108 Michigan St. S. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join the group for its meetings.

Wednesday, March 29

Taste of the Prairie: Pizzeria La Gitana

On Wednesday, March 29, visit Pizzeria La Gitana from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Yelm Dollars for Scholars. Pizzeria La Gitana is located at 309 E. Yelm Ave.

Saturday, April 1

Yelm Easter Egg Hunt

The Outpost Church and Yelm’s parks and recreation department will host its second annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 1. There will be 30,000 eggs people can collect at Yelm City Park. Kids who are 3 years old and under will hunt for their Easter eggs at 11 a.m., followed by kids who are 4 to 6 years old at 11:15 a.m. Kids between the ages of 7 and 10 will hunt for eggs at 11:30 a.m. The event is free to attend.

Sunday, April 2

Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast

The Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge will host its Easter egg hunt and breakfast on Sunday, April 2. Breakfast lasts from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Children who are 12 and younger can eat for free, while the price for others is $7. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m. There will be free opportunities for photos with the Easter Bunny. The lodge is located at 1117 W. Yelm Ave.

Saturday, April 8

American Legion Easter Egg Drop

The Yelm American Legion will host its second annual community helicopter egg drop on Saturday, April 8 at their location at 16733 103rd Ave. S. in Yelm. Breakfast will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. for a $7 donation. The rest of the Easter festivities will begin at 11 a.m. The event includes face painting, games, a petting zoo, different vendors and the highly anticipated helicopter egg drop. 

Easter Sale and Egg Hunt

Traveling Treasures will present its Easter sale and egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge at 1117 W. Yelm Ave. Egg hunt times have been set for different age groups. Kids under the age of 2 can start egg hunting at 11 a.m. Ages 3-5 will follow at noon, ages 6-10 at 1 p.m., ages 11-5 at 2 p.m., and ages 16-18 at 3 p.m.

We Love Rainier Easter Egg Hunt

We Love Rainier WA will host its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 2 p.m. The event will be held at Wilkowski Park. There are five different times set for different age groups. The first group, ages 0-4, will begin their hunt at 2:10 p.m. Ages 5-7 will begin their hunt at 2:30 p.m., while ages 8-11 will hunt for Easter eggs at 2:50 p.m. Ages 12-17 can hunt for their Easter eggs at 3:10 p.m., while adults (18 years old and over) can participate at 3:30 p.m. The event is free.

Friday, April 14

Family Game Night

The Yelm Parks and Recreation department will host a family game night from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 14 at the Yelm Community Center at 301 Second St. SE. The event will feature board games, interactive games and yard-style games. People are also encouraged to bring their own games as long as they are appropriate. The event is free to attend. Dinner will be available for purchase from a food vendor onsite. Kids under 16 need to have a guardian present.