Community Calendar: Lavender and Lace; Business After Hours; Mexican Independence Celebration; Cornhole and Sausage Fest


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Centralia Business Owners Weekly Coffee

Sept. 9 at Dawn’s Delectables, 204 N. Tower Ave., Centralia; 8:30 a.m.


Southwest Washington Writers Conference

Sept. 9 and 10 at Centralia College

Jeff Wheeler, a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of almost three dozen fantasy novels that have sold over five million copies, will share the lessons he’s learned at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference. On Friday, Wheeler will teach “Worldbuilding 505: Stop Living in Your Head and Start Writing the First Chapter” and “The How of Creativity.” The classes will be followed by a panel of published authors and Seattle’s Chris Werner, editorial director at Brilliance Publishing, who will discuss “Bringing Your Stories to Life: The Ins and Outs of Publishing.” On Saturday, Wheeler will keynote the conference and teach two workshops, “The Five Questions (aka Wowing the Editorial Board)” and “Understanding Amazon.” On Saturday, attendees will be able to choose three workshops out of 18 offered. Topics will include “screenwriting, marketing, websites, novellas, memoirs, mystery, powerful prose, writing for anthologies, short stories and book covers.”


Lavender and Lace

Sept. 12 at the Church of the Nazarene, 1119 W. First St., Centralia; 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Amy Jerome from the Toledo Lavender Farm will be present while Donna Morse, a retired R.N. and Nursing Instructor will share “The Tooth will Set You Free.” Potential attendees are encouraged to invite a friend and make an early reservation. For more information, call Kay at 360-269-2449 or Val at 360-748-4722, or email The luncheon and program is sponsored by the Centralia-Chehalis Christian Women’s Connection.


SWW Rainy Daze Quilt Guild

Sept. 13 at Twin Cities Senior Center, 2545 N. National Ave., Chehalis; 6 p.m.

Social time begins at 6 p.m while the program and meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome.


Business After Hours

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

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, “great prizes” and raffle tickets.


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.


Cornhole and Sausage Fest

Sept. 17 at Dick’s Brewing, 3516 Galvin Road, Centralia; 2 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.


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


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.


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.”


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.