Community Calendar: Polar Plunge Fundraiser; ARTrails of Southwest Washington Workshop; Starlit Night Paint


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Preschool Story Time

Jan. 6 at the Toledo Community Library; 1 p.m.

Story time will resume on Thursday, Jan. 6.


Polar Plunge

Jan. 8 at Mayfield Lake; 9 a.m.

The Lewis County Icicle Brigade’s Polar Plunge is a jump in Mayfield Lake to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics Washington. To get involved, visit


ARTrails of Southwest Washington Workshop

Jan. 8 at the Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library, 400 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis; 11 a.m.

Learn to navigate the ARTrails jury process and more information on ARTrails, which will host its next studio tour in the spring. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. For more information, email

Riverside Fire Authority Meeting

Jan. 12 at Station 2 headquarters, 1818 Harrison Ave., Centralia; 5 p.m.

These meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.


Workgroup for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Jan. 12 at the Jenson Memorial Event Center, Veterans Memorial Museum at 100 SW Veterans Way; 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This class is hosted on the second Wednesday of every month until May by Reliable Enterprises and Lewis County Public Health and Social Services. Topics include preparing for graduation and other transitions, social security, employment supports and more. Register by calling organizer Shawna Haller at 360-520-9299 or email


Lewis County Cemetery District #1 Monthly Meeting

Jan. 12 at the cemetery office, 407 Cowlitz Road, Winlock; 7 p.m.

These meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month.


Starlit Night Paint

Jan. 13 at the Morton Moose Lodge; Doors open at 5:45 p.m., Event from 6 to 8 p.m.

The lodge will provide a drink and snack for this paint night. Themes and planned designs will allow painters to either follow along or paint outside the lines. For tickets, visit


New Years Market and Craft Fair

Jan. 15 at the Jester Auto Museum, 321 Hamilton Road, Chehalis; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event by Gemini Events and Design will host over 50 vendors. There will be free parking and free admission.


Civil Air Patrol Open House

Jan. 15 at 1215 W. Main St., Centralia; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All are welcome at this event to learn more about Civil Air Patrol and the organization’s programs including aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. For more information, email or visit


Crab Feed

Jan. 15 at the Packwood Community Hall; Doors and bar at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m.

This is an annual fundraiser by the Packwood Improvement Club for the Packwood community.

Tickets are pre-sold at $40 per person. Purchase tickets at Packwood Spirits, 13402 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood. For questions or donations, call Elise Barker at 360-304-1545.

Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

Jan. 21 at Hotel Washington, 545 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis; Social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.

Reservations per person cost $50, or groups can sponsor a table for $350. RSVP by Jan. 17 by contacting the chamber at 360-748-8885 or by visiting


Cat Show

Jan. 22 and 23 at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1909 S. Gold St., Centralia; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A cat show will be held at Blue Pavilion. Admission is $4 for adults, $6 for groups or families of four and $2 for seniors, vets and students. Over 75 “exotic feline beauties will be posing for judges” and competing for awards, according to a press release from And a Mouse Cat Club, the event host. Parking is free and there will be animal toys, beds and other supplies for sale.