What's Happening: Watershed festival, Dog Days, high school sports


Thursday, Sept. 28

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.

Yelm Football at North Thurston

The Yelm Tornados, 4-0, will travel to South Sound Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 28 to face the North Thurston Rams, 2-2, on Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and tickets for the contest can be purchased at GoFan.co.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Tenino Farmers Market

The Tenino Farmers Market, situated in Tenino’s downtown historic district on Olympia Street S, will host its annual Saturday market on Sept. 30. The farmers market features flowers, baskets, vegetable starts, baked goods, farm-fresh produce, USDA meats and more. The market takes place every Saturday through Sept. 30. The market sale on Sept. 30 will conclude the season during pumpkin day.

Yelm Farmers Market

The Yelm Farmers Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at a new location: in front of the Yelm Police Station on McKenzie Street.  The markets are scheduled every Saturday until Sept. 30.

34th annual Nisqually Watershed Festival

The Nisqually River Foundation is hosting the 34th annual Nisqually Watershed Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Free parking and a shuttle service is available at 2548 Hogum Bay Road NE, Olympia. For more information, go to https://nisquallyriver.org/festival/ or look for the event on Facebook.

Dog Day of Summer

The City of Yelm’s Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to bring their “furry best friend” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Yelm City Park for the “Dog Day of Summer” event. The event allows dogs to cool off and enjoy the splash pad, while meeting other four-legged companions. All dogs must remain on its leash and under control at all times. There will be photo spots for owners to take photos with their animals.

Yelm High School Class of 1980 reunion

Yelm High School’s class of 1980 will reunite beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at Mr. Doug’s Restaurant in Yelm. The itinerary includes a 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. social cocktail hour, 6 p.m. dinner, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. there will be a DJ, awards, a photo booth and more. RSVP for the event on Facebook or on Classmates. For people who don’t use either, event organizers have asked that they call or text Dana Couthran at 360-791-5833 to let her know. $10 will be collected at the door, from classmates only, to cover expenses.

Wednesday, October 4

Coffee With a Cop

Residents are invited to attend a Coffee with a Cop event with Yelm Police Chief Rob Carlson and Assistant Police Chief Tillman Atkins from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Shiplap Coffee House, 112 E. Yelm Ave. The event is part of the National Coffee with a Cop Day, which brings officers together with their communities to connect over coffee. This is a no-host event. People will purchase their own beverages.

Sunday, Oct. 8

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. Northeast in Olympia.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Fall into the Holidays Bazaar

Emanuel Lutheran Church is set to host its “Fall into the Holidays” Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the church, located at 206 Third St. SE in Yelm.

Fall on the Farm

Celebrate the grand opening of the Silo Shop with Wanderlust Cupcake Co. in its “Fall on the Farm” event. Join Wanderlust Cupcake Co. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Wanderlust Cupcake Co, 4800 Skookumchuck Road SE in Tenino.

2023 Mayor’s Cup Mario Kart Tournament

The City of Yelm is hosting the 2023 Mayor’s Cup Mario Kart  tournament beginning at 12 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Yelm Community Center. Participants can register for the event at https://lf.yelmwa.gov/Forms/MayorsCup, and registration costs $20.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Spooky Cookies Decorating Workshop

The City of Yelm’s Parks and Recreations Department will host its Spooky Cookies Decorating workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Oct. 17 at the Yelm Community Center, 301 Second St. SE. The class is for beginners or those who are curious about what decorating cookies is all about. Register for the class at https://lf.yelmwa.gov/Forms/CookieDC?fbclid=IwAR0MMCljwfpLjv3qtv9JNhlJTlI0GLe5DfkQAelOe17MHvmS3A_yMsOy4JI.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

College, Career, Apprenticeship, Resources and Education Options event

The Yelm school district is hosting a Career, Apprenticeship, Resources and Education Options event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Yelm High School. It is an opportunity for people to ask key questions and help students and adults of all ages seeking personal paths in education, training  and employment. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Spooky Trail at Cochrane Park

The City of Yelm’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Spooky Trail” at Cochrane Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 750 Mill Road SE. The park will transform into the “spookiest park in Yelm” for the event, and families are invited to walk the trail and see “spooky” elements added throughout the trail. Admission to the family-friendly event is free.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Tomb of Terror Haunted House

Yelm resident LaDonna Hockaday is hosting a “Tomb of Terror Haunted House” from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at her house at 17335 East View Lane SE in Yelm. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/574174171007762/.

We Love Rainier “Halloween Trunk-or-Treat”

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., join ‘We Love Rainier’ on Oct. 28 at Wilkowski Park in Rainier for the organization’s “Halloween Trunk-or-Treat” event. The organization invites residents to attend the park for an afternoon of games and activities for all ages, food vendors, a “spook-tacular” dance, trunk-or-treat stations featuring candy and surprises and much more. Participants can dress up in their favorite costumes for an afternoon of family-friendly fun.

American Legion “Trunk-or-Treat”

Yelm’s American Legion Post No. 164 will host its third annual “Trunk-or-Treat” event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the post, which is located at 16733 103rd Ave. S. According to the group’s Facebook page, the American Legion implemented a nationwide Halloween safety program for young trick-or-treaters in 1972.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Tomb of Terror Haunted House

Yelm resident LaDonna Hockaday is hosting a “Tomb of Terror Haunted House” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at her house at 17335 East View Lane SE in Yelm. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/574174171007762/.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Celebration and Concert

To celebrate Veterans Day, the City of Yelm’s Parks and Recreation department is hosting a Veterans Day celebration and concert at the Yelm City Park. The event will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. More details about the event will be released in the future.