What's Happening: State football, Christmas Parade, Tree lighting


Thursday, Nov. 30

Family Storytime

Join the Yelm Timberland Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. every Thursday for family storytime. The event includes music, movement, books and activities for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. The library is at 210 Prairie Park St. NE in Yelm.

Friday, Dec. 1

Yelm football vs. Bellevue – State Championship

Yelm football, 13-0, will play the Bellevue Wolverines, 10-2, in the 3A State Championship game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. Yelm qualified for the state championship by defeating Eastside Catholic, 7-0, in the 3A state semifinals, while Bellevue advanced after beating O’Dea, 21-17.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Christmas Parade

The annual Christmas Parade, hosted by Yelm Chamber of Commerce, is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 2. Line up for the parade begins at 8 a.m. at Yelm Cinemas. Those interested can register at https://www.facebook.com/yelmchristmasinthepark/ or contact the chamber at 360-458-6608.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Bigelow House Museum Tour

The Bigelow House Museum offers regular escorted tours on the first and second Sunday of the month at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Entrance fees are $5 per adult, $4 for seniors and students, and $2 for children. The museum is located at 918 Glass Ave. NE in Olympia.

Monday, Dec. 4

Gingerbread House Contest and Food Drive

Yelm City Hall is hosting a gingerbread house contest and food drive. Staff is asking for creations to be dropped off at Yelm City Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. There are three age categories and all the houses must fit on a 12-inch square base. Community members can stop into City Hall to see the creations and can bring canned goods or non-perishables to vote for the best gingerbread houses. Voting will take place during normal business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 to Dec. 14. The food donations will be redistributed to local food centers.

Friday, Dec. 8

Holiday Tree Lighting

The annual City of Roy Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Roy Community Center, 122 Third St. E. The tree outside Roy City Hall will be lit around 7 p.m. There will be treats, refreshments and the opportunity to get a photo with Santa Claus. Business owners who would like their business to participate should email Michael Malek at RoyCityHall@CityOfRoyWA.US.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Yelm Cinemas Toy Drive

Yelm Cinemas is hosting its annual toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 9 and is hosting a free movie to celebrate. The movie theater asks for a toy or art supply donation to donate to Yelm Community Services to give to youth within the community. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and a screening of “The Polar Express” will be shown at 10 a.m.

12th annual Lions Club Christmas Store

The Yelm Lions Club invites the public to its cabin across from Yelm Middle School on Saturday, Dec. 9 for its annual Christmas Store. Kids under 12 are free to select a gift for each adult in the household, while the entire family can enjoy a free pancake breakfast. The event will last from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

SRO Radio Show presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

The SRO Radio Show Players return for two showings, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Outpost Church in Yelm as the group presents the “It’s a Wonderful Life” radio show. The movie has been recreated into a “radio show” that will be brought to life with Foley Artists creating the sound effects. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased on srotheater.org.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Morning with Mrs. Claus

Yelm Parks and Recreation Department will host Mrs. Claus from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, as she leads a craft exercise, story time and cookie decorating. A breakfast buffet will also be available. Pre-registration is required, and children need adult supervision at the event. To register, go to https://lf.yelmwa.gov/Forms/MrsClaus.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Winter Solstice Walk

The City of Yelm Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the annual Winter Solstice Walk from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Cochrane Memorial Park, 10236 Mill Road SE. The department invites participants to walk throughout the candlelit Cochrane Park to celebrate the shortest day of the year. At the end of the walk, participants can enjoy a cup of warm apple cider.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Coach Strand’s Final Home Wrestling Dual

Yelm’s wrestling program invites the community to celebrate legendary head wrestling coach Gaylord Strand as he coaches his final home dual as the program’s head coach. This season marks Strand’s 50th year as the Tornados head coach. The event is set to begin at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, as Yelm will wrestle Bethel Bison. At the conclusion of the dual, community members can join former wrestlers, coaches and current athletes in celebrating Strand’s career with speakers, presents and food.