Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Nov. 24


Friday, Nov. 25

Holiday Market

Stroll and shop at the Kodiak Room in Tenino as 30 local artisans sell gifts, decor and treats. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27. The Kodiak Room is located at 225 Sussex W. in Tenino. 

Black Friday Bazaar

The Black Friday Holiday Bazaar will take place at the Rainier Chapel from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Free gift wrapping will be available. Many of the items will be sold for $10 or less. 

Saturday, Nov. 26

Holiday Meal

Yelm Prairie Christian Center will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 501 NE 103rd Ave. The center also offers free to-go dinners on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at their location. 

Monday, Nov. 28

Rainier Senior Center Lunch

Head over to the Rainier Senior Center for lunch every Monday and Wednesday for home cooked meals and soup. Soup is served at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. The center is located at 108 Michigan St. S. in Rainier.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Tree Lighting

The Rainier Christmas tree lighting event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Holiday Park. There will be music and fun for all.

Friday, Dec. 2

Yelm Tree Lighting  

Yelm will hold activities on the first day of its Christmas in the Park event on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Yelm Community Center at 302 Second St. SE in Yelm. Starting at 5 p.m., people can take pictures with Santa Claus. At 6 p.m., the Christmas tree and water tower will be lit by the Master of Merriment, which will be followed by a self-guided tour of Yelm City Park during the Cocoa Trail event from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will pick up all the elements they need to make cocoa at home. There will also be a Snow and Glow Dance Party from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Christmas in the Park

Yelm will hold its second day of its Christmas in the Park event on Saturday, Dec. 3. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be free goodies for kids provided by local businesses and organizations at Yelm City Park at 302 Second St. SE in Yelm. People can also listen to live entertainment from the bands and choirs at Yelm Community Schools. 

Christmas Bazaar 

The Lacamas Community Center will host its Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. There will be two buildings full of craft items for sale. Kids will be able to make crafts for free. The Lacamas Community Center is located at 32113 Eighth Ave. S. in Roy. For more information, email 

Tenino Winterfest

Tenino High School will host its longstanding fundraiser during its winterfest event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The bazaar features many one of a kind artists, direct sales, live entertainment, Santa, lunch and a gift wrapping session. The high school is located at 500 Second Ave. W. 

Yelm Amateur Radio Group

The Yelm Amateur Radio Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. 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. 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Lantern Walk of Hope

Rainier will host its annual Lantern Walk of Hope on Dec. 10 at the Rainier High School gym. The event starts at 3 p.m. Walk through a trail lined with trees with your notes of hope and stay warm and dry. There will also be other activities when the walk is finished for a fun-fill afternoon.

Fundraising Breakfast

The Yelm Senior Center will host its fundraising breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. It costs $8 per person. The breakfast includes biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and bacon, waffles, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and milk. The fundraising breakfast takes place on the second Saturday of each month. The senior center is located at 16530 103rd Ave. SE in Yelm. 

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Yelm Timberland Library will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. All are welcome to attend to support the library and the programs it provides. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at Yelm Timberland Library at 210 Prairie Park St. NE.

Monday, Dec. 19


The Rainier Senior Center hosts bingo at 10 a.m. on the third Monday of each month. The center is located at 108 Michigan St. S. in Rainier.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Winter Solstice Walk

Celebrate the shortest day of the year at Cochrane Park with a Winter Solstice Walk from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Dress warmly for the candlelit walk along the trail. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. Participants will be given glow sticks to help light the way.