Community Calendar: ChehalisFest; Lintott-Alexander Park Benefit Party; Paint Night by Joan and Sue’s Art Classes


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July 26 to 31 in Downtown Chehalis

ChehalisFest, normally a single-day event, will return this year for a week of activities culminating in a street fair and car show on July 31. Week-long activities will include a scavenger hunt, sidewalk sales and games at participating shops. Find more information at


Paint Night by Joan and Sue’s Art Classes

July 29 at the Morton Moose Lodge, 102 1st St., Morton; 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Paint your very own masterpiece. The theme of this paint night is “Great Catch.” Find tickets for $35 at Snacks and drinks provided.


Lintott-Alexander Park Benefit Party

July 30 at Lintott-Alexander Park, 1101 Riverside Road W, Chehalis; 5 to 8 p.m.; RSVP at

The Chehalis Foundation will host a “Party in the Park” to raise funds for repair and maintenance of the Lintott-Alexander Park. Entrance is $50. This event is already fully funded by a foundation donor, so 100% of the proceeds will go to the budget for the park.

Attendees can enjoy beverages, appetizers, activities and music.

Call or text Jenny Collins, executive director of the Chehalis Foundation, at 360-508-6572.



United Way Annual ‘Power of the Purse’

Aug. 3 at The Barn on Jackson, 3605 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis; 4:30 p.m.; Tickets must be reserved at

United Way Lewis County hosts this event to celebrate the power of women who support the community. Single tickets cost $50, a table for eight costs $500 and includes the company/host name on display. This year’s event will feature a raffle of purse packages and accessories, the presentation of the “Woman of Distinction Award,” appetizers by Joy’s Once Upon a Thyme and more.


Health & Hope Free Clinic Train Ride Fundraiser

Aug. 6 at the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum, 1101 SW Sylvenus St., Chehalis; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; tickets at

Ride the steam train for $40 to support the local Health & Hope Medical Outreach free clinic. “Lap-sitters” ride for free.


Bagpipes at Pioneer Church

Aug. 7 at the Historic Borst Home Museum, Centralia; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In celebration of the newly built Pioneer Church and to honor the Scottish heritage of Mary Borst, bagpipe hymns will be played in a two-hour program with a brief history preceding each tune. This event is free.


Free Concert

Aug. 8 at the Tenino Quarry Pool; 1 p.m.

The Olympia Symphony Orchestra will perform a mix of patriotic and Americana songs inside the drained Tenino Quarry Pool kiddie area. The concert is free to attendees, who are encouraged to bring their own seats and umbrellas for shade.


Morton Loggers Jubilee

Aug. 13 to 15 at 451 Knittles Way, Morton

Back for the 78th time, this event celebrates the history of loggers in Morton with a parade, lawnmower races, a pageant and logging show competition featuring axe throwing, tree topping, pole climbing and many other categories.

Visit for more information.


“Seussical Jr. the Musical”

Aug. 13 to 15 at the Evergreen Playhouse, 226 West Center St., Centralia; Friday and Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Tickets at

Theater Of The Arts Discipline (TOAD) presents “Seussical Jr. the Musical.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and under.


Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival

Aug. 13 to 15 at Kemp Olson Memorial Park, Toledo

California bands Central Valley Boys and Crying Uncle will headline. Others featured at the festival will be Oregon’s Fern Hill, Kentucky Sky from Idaho and Olympic Peninsula ensemble FarmStrong. The event will also include workshops, open mics and a “band scramble.” For more information, visit

Southwest Washington Fair

Aug. 17 to 22 at 1909 S Gold St, Centralia

The theme for this year’s fair is “Let’s All Go To The Fair.” The fair opens each day at 10 a.m. On Tuesday through Thursday, closing time is 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, it closes at 11 p.m. and on Sunday it closes at 7 p.m.

Concerts, contests, a rodeo, local talent, vendors, fair food, carnival rides and a petting zoo and more make the fair Lewis County’s most popular event.

Learn more at


14th Annual Back-to-School Dash

Aug. 21 at I-5 Toyota, 1950 NW Louisiana Ave, Chehalis; 9 a.m.; register at

The Back-to-School Dash 5k run/walk proceeds go to scholarships for local students. Sign-up is available until 15 minutes prior to the event, but registration online ensures participants will receive a shirt. For a whole family, registration costs $50. It is $25 for an individual and $15 for a student.


Friends of the Winlock Library Book Sale Fundraiser

Aug. 28 at 300 NE 1st Street, Winlock; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Books will be sold by donation. Proceeds will go to the Winlock Timberland Library. Call 360-785-3461 for more information.



Community Potluck

Sept. 11 at the Lincoln Creek Grange, 1500 Lincoln Creek Rd, Rochester; 5:30 p.m.

A free potluck with a grange meeting to follow.


Obstacle Course

Sept. 11 at 600 Cinebar Rd, Cinebar, WA; 8:30 to 11 a.m.; For tickets, go to

Bethel Church and Hunttings Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Forest will host a 5k obstacle course to benefit the Lewis County Gospel Mission. Funds raised will go toward an addiction recovery program, employment resources and on-site counseling for mission guests.


Nursery and Orchard Farm Tours

Sept. 11 at Burnt Ridge Nursery, 432 Burnt Ridge Rd, Onalaska; tickets and more information at

Several events will be held throughout the day including tours, fruit sampling and a question and answer session.


Pioneer Church Open House

Sept. 18 at the Historic Borst Home Museum, Centralia; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This open house will celebrate the numerous donors and volunteers for their help in building the replica Pioneer Church at Borst Park. This is a free event.