Community Calendar: Alliance Open Golf Tournament; ARTrails Opening Gala Reception; Tenino Railroad Day; Mexican Independence Celebration


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Business After Hours

Sept. 15 at ToledoTel, 183 Plomondon Road, Toledo; 5 to 7 p.m.

Bonanza BBQ will be providing food and drinks will be available. Raffles will be held at this networking opportunity.


Economic Alliance Skills Competition

Sept. 15 at Riverside Golf Course, 1451 NW Airport Road, Chehalis; 5:30 p.m.

The event will be open to the public and include thousands of dollars in prizes. There will be three competitions for longest drive, a chipping contest and a putting course. The cost is $100 to enter all three competitions or $50 per category. Entry includes two raffle tickets and a drink ticket. There will be music, appetizers and two “no host” bars. The raffle prizes are a stay at the Ilani Casino’s “new” hotel and dinner for two at Michael Jordan’s steakhouse. Call 360-748-0114 to preregister.


Alliance Open Golf Tournament

Sept. 16 at Riverside Golf Course, 1451 NW Airport Road, Chehalis; 8:30 a.m.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the shotgun starting at 10 a.m. There will be four sponsorship options ranging in price from $500 to $5,000. There will be a four-man scramble that includes lunch, prizes and raffle tickets.


ARTrails Opening Gala Reception

Sept. 16 at the Historic Train Station, 210 Railroad Ave., Centralia; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

ARTrails will be hosting its 20th Annual Studio Tour at its opening gala reception. The public is invited to come see the exhibition gallery, meet artists and enjoy food. The event is free and open to the public.


Tenino Railroad Day

Sept. 17 at the Tenino Depot Museum, 399 West Park Ave., Tenino; 10 a.m.

Festivities will include a ribbon cutting for the reopening of the Tenino Depot Museum’s caboose, historical exhibits and activities revolving around the railroad, local vendors, food and live entertainment, including a performance by the local Seattle band Seastar.


Mexican Independence Celebration

Sept. 17 at Klickitat Prairie Park, 125 W. State St., Mossyrock; 8 a.m.

The celebration will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Mossyrock Assembly of God Church from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be bike races at 10 a.m., a parade at 12 p.m., tug of war games at about 1:30 and a greased pole climb at 2:30 p.m. DJ music will be played in the afternoon and evening by Rafaga Cosena. Fireworks will be shown at dusk.


Mussel and Lamprey Workshop

Sept. 17 at Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to join fish and wildlife biologists to learn about freshwater mussels and lamprey in the Chehalis Basin. Look for the Stream Team booth. This event is free and open to all. For more information, email


Jimmie’s Espresso 11-Year Anniversary Pop-Up Market

Sept. 17 at Jimmie’s Espresso, 200 S. King St., Centralia; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free admission event with drink specials served all day. A pop-up vendor market will be present.


ARTrails Exhibition Gallery

Sept. 17 through 25 at Historic Train Station, 210 Railroad Ave., Centralia; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibition gallery will be open daily with studio tours on the weekends of Sept. 17 and 18 and Sept. 24 and 25. The exhibition gallery and tours are free and open to the public.


Chehalis Flying Saucer Party

Sept. 17 at Lewis County Historical Museum, 599 NW Front Way, Chehalis; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

VIP tickets are available for $65.59 (including fees) and will include access to speakers Vince Ynzunza, Shanelle Schanz, Bob Antone, Joanne and James Clarkson, Maurene Morgan, Liminal Earth and Greg Long. Also included in the VIP ticket are a pass to a classic flying saucer film at McFiler’s Theater; 20% off food at McFiler’s; an event T-shirt, goodie bag and event poster; access to an exhibit on the influence of flying saucers at the Lewis County Historical Museum; and a one year membership with the Lewis County Museum.


Historic Borst Home Museum Open House

Sept. 17 at Borst Park in Centralia; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

An open house will be held at the Historic Borst Home Museum. Jean Bluhm will speak at 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Church. Bluhm has met several members of the Borst family and has written multiple books on the family.


Dia De La Independencia

Sept. 17 at the Transalta Common at Centralia College; 2 to 6 p.m.

A free latino cultural event featuring traditional dances, mariachi and free food. There will be various activities for children, such as balloons, face painting, a movie and more.


Cornhole and Sausage Fest

Sept. 17 at Dick’s Brewing, 3516 Galvin Road, Centralia; 1 to 8 p.m.

Only individuals ages 21 and over may attend. Early registration is $30 per team while day-of-event registration will be $40 per team. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the cornhole tournament will begin at 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to benefit the Rob Fuller Scholarship Fund.

50th Class Reunion

Sept. 17 at Riverside Golf Course, Chehalis

The W.F. West High School class of 1972 is having their 50th class reunion. Send RSVP, address changes, etc., to Debbie Elder Kelley at


Senior Fall Prevention Week

Sept. 20, 21 and 22 at the Twin Cities Senior Center, 2545 N National Ave, Chehalis; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Information will be available from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20; Wednesday, Sept. 21; and Thursday, Sept. 22. Speakers will give talks at 11:30 a.m. on each of those days. Dr. J. Dolezal will speak on Tuesday, Donna Feddern of the Lewis Mason Thurston Area Assistance on Aging on Wednesday and Dr. J. Wiley on Thursday. Fall prevention materials will be provided.



Sept. 24 at the United Methodist Church, 16 S. Market Blvd., Chehalis; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A free pet fair will be held in the parking lot of the Chehalis United Methodist Church. The event will feature free professional pet photography by Beast Friends, Blessings of the Animals Booth, local vendors and free fun activities. All well behaved pets are welcome. Pets are not required to attend, come and celebrate the animals in the community.


Adna Grange Potato Bake

Sept. 24 at the Adna Grange #417, 123 Dieckman Road, Adna; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The fee is $7 and includes the potato, a multitude of toppings, salad, beverage and dessert.


Olympic Club Oktoberfest

Sept. 24 at the Olympic Club, 112 N. Tower Ave., Centralia; 1 to 10 p.m.

Olympic Club will be having a party to celebrate Oktoberfest with live music featuring Cavort Celtic from 1 to 3:30 p.m., The Pine Hearts from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Waking Bear from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at noon and all ages are welcome.


Adna Grange Bingo

Sept. 24 at the Adna Grange #417, 123 Dieckman Road, Adna; 3 to 6 p.m.

The doors will open at 3 p.m. with games held from 4 to 6 p.m. Raffles and concessions will be held. $5 for three cards.


Keepers of the Faith Gospel Music Concert

Sept. 25 at Mt. View Baptist Church, 1201 Belmont Ave., Centralia; 3 p.m.

The Keepers of the Faith, a gospel music group from Puyallup that has been active for over 20 years, will be playing at a concert at Mt. View Baptist Church in Centralia. The group, which consists of five vocalists, has a unique style that brings together “deep south island flavor, a taste of oldie but goody and the soul of saved men and women in the genre of Southern Gospel Quartet Music.”


Work Party

Sept. 27 at the Chehalis River Discovery Trail, 1545 Goodrich Road, Centralia; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Chehalis River Basin Land Trust will hold a work party to remove invasive plants from areas near the trail. Water, snacks and other cold drinks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring their own bottle for water, dress for the weather and bring sturdy work gloves and footwear. Gardening tools will be available but volunteers are welcome to bring their own hand tools. Prospective volunteers are asked to RSVP by emailing or by calling the Land Trust office at 360-807-0764. When RSVPing, volunteers are asked to specify their name, contact information and number of people in their party. 


Lewis County Hiring Fair

Sept. 27 at the Centralia Outlet Mall, 2000 Haviland St., Centralia; 12 to 4 p.m.

Job seekers may attend for free. The employer application fee is $50 for members and $100 for non-members.