Community Calendar: Chehalis Flying Saucer Party; ARTrails Exhibition Gallery; Historic Borst Home Museum Open House


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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 were previously available for $65.59 (including fees) and included 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 was 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.

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.

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

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.

Vet to Vet Cafe

Oct. 6 at the Toledo Senior Center, 150 Coal St., Toledo; 9 a.m.

Meeting the first Thursday of each month, this informal gathering of veterans is the work of a partnership between Assured Hospice and the Toledo Senior Center. For more information, call 360-864-2112. 

Autumn Market 

Oct. 6 through 8 at The Shed, 516 Spooner Road, Chehalis; Oct. 6: 4 to 8 p.m., Oct. 7 and 8: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The announcement for the event announced the market will sell “pumpkins, gourds, rose hip wreaths, signs, candles, potpourri, antiques, primitives, farmhouse inspired decor, she shed crafty cocktail infusions and much more!” Shoppers can also visit Hickory Sticks at 283 Rogers Road in Chehalis at the same times for “another great autumn market.”

Harvest Market

Oct. 8 at Jester Auto Museum, 321 Hamilton Road, Chehalis; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to come shop with over 50 vendors and artisans. The event is hosted by Gemini Events. 

Parkinson’s Support Group

Oct. 13 at the Church of the Nazarene, 1119 W. First St., Centralia; 1 p.m.

Held on the second Thursday of the month, this support group is made up of people who are living with Parkinson’s disease and family members. Come share ideas, support each other, learn together and build community. For more information, contact Stuart Bailey by calling 360-807-4336 or by emailing For more information and resources about Parkinson’s disease, contact APDA Northwest by visiting, emailing or calling 206-695-2905. 

Brown Mortuary Pumpkin Decorating and Costume Contest

Oct. 22 at Brown Mortuary, 812 Westlake Ave., Morton; 1 to 5 p.m.

Pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided for participants. Prizes will be awarded for best pumpkins and costume categories. Snacks will be provided. 

Night of Magic

Oct. 22 The LOFT, 547 NW Pacific Ave., Chehalis; 6 to 9 p.m.

The Lewis County Seniors Board will be hosting this event to benefit senior programs and enrichment opportunities. The event will include a professional magic show by the magician Jeff Evans, a catered dinner, silent auction and a “dessert dash.” General admission tickets will be $80 each while VIP tables are available for $700. VIP tickets include a table reserved for your group, “table magic” performed tableside and drink tickets for the on-site no-host bar. Tickets can be purchased at