Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Nov. 18

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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, Nov. 18

Christmas Toy Drive

Pop Up Vendors Galore will accept new toys during a drive that is currently ongoing. Toys can be dropped off at the Nisqually Moose Lodge, at 1117 W. Yelm Ave. in Yelm through Thursday, Dec. 18.

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, Nov. 18. 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, Nov. 19

Storytime

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Family Storytime at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20. 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 events.trl.org/events/month by clicking the event 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 3 to 5:30 p.m. virtually on Friday, Nov. 19. Face off against orcs, goblins and dragons. The event is intended for teens going into grades 6-12. Registration is required online at events.trl.org/events/month, 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.

Holiday Fundraiser Sale

“Cookies with Kahne: Nighttime Stop and Shop,” will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 and from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Loftus residence at 411 Volesky Drive S.E. in Rainier. “Kahne’s Woodworking” will be there to raise funds to send holiday care packages to troops overseas, along with Scentsy and a jewelry shop. The event will feature cocoa and cookies

Theater Performance

The Standing Room Only theater company will present “The 39 Steps” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 at The Outpost Church, 102 E. Yelm Ave. in Yelm. The church is the former location of the Triad Theater. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, and $15 for students, military and seniors. They can be purchased online at m.bpt.me/event/5270319.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Club Breakfast

The American Legion Post 164 hosts a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 16733 103rd St. in Yelm.

Orchestra Concert

The Olympia Chamber Orchestra will transport Yelm into their world of music for a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Yelm Community Center, 16530 103rd Ave. S.E. in Yelm.

State Football

The Yelm Tornados will be competing in the state quarterfinals against Marysville Pilchuck High School at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Yelm High School Stadium, 1315 W. Yelm Ave. in Yelm.

Tuesday, Nov. 23

Toddler Storytime

The Yelm Timberland Library will hold its virtual Zoom Baby and Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23. 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 events.trl.org/events/month by clicking the event 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.

Public Meeting

Yelm City Council will hold its council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Yelm City Hall, 106 Second St. S.E. More information can be found online at www.ci.yelm.wa.us.

Public Meeting

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

Thursday, Nov. 25

Club Meeting

The Yelm Lions will hold a meeting at noon on Thursday, Nov. 25 at Mr. Doug’s restaurant at 210 103rd Ave. S.E. in Yelm.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Tree Lighting

The city of Rainier will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 in Holiday Park. Santa will hand out stockings to kids. There will be Christmas caroling and more. For more information, go online to www.WeLoveRainierWA.com or visit the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weloverainierwa.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Holiday Gift Market

Rainier’s first Holiday Gift Market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Rainier Chapel, 206 Binghampton St. S.E. in Rainier. People can take a selfie with the Grinch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and stroll through town on a cookie crawl from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, go online to www.WeLoveRainierWA.com or visit the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weloverainierwa.

Holiday Walk of Hope

The 2021 Rainier Second Lantern Walk of Hope will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Wilkowski Park.  Family and friends will get together to take a walk on the trail while holding lanterns. Save your Halloween costumes and wear them again at the event. Bring a list of bad things that happened this year because at the end of the walk there will be a fire pit to put the list into. Enjoy a delicious hot drink and cookies while celebrating the essence of the event.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Holiday Festival

Yelm’s annual Christmas in the Park event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Yelm City Park, at 115 Mosman Ave. S.E. in Yelm.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Choir Concert

The Yelm Community Christmas Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12  at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 10423 Clark Road S.E. in Yelm. All are invited to come and sing praises unto God in celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Monday, Dec. 13

Public Meeting

Roy City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at Roy City Hall. More information can be found at www.cityofroywa.us/government.html.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Public Meeting

Rainier City Council will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St. W. More information can be found at cityofrainierwa.org.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Holiday Gift Market

Rainier’s second Holiday Gift Market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Rainier Senior Center, 108 Michigan Ave. S. Folks can enjoy a special story time with Santa at 1 p.m. and go on a kids scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go online to www.WeLoveRainierWA.com or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/weloverainierwa

Vendor Fair

Pop Up Vendors Galore will host a vendor fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Nisqually Moose Lodge, 1117 W. Yelm Ave. The pop-up event will feature Santa Claus, who will hand out raffle tickets to the kids for the toys collected in the organization’s toy drive.

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