Community Calendar: Thanksgiving Meals; Christmas Island; Santa Parade


The Turkey Trot

Nov. 25 at Thorbeckes Wellness Center, 91 SW Chehalis Ave., Chehalis; 8 a.m.

Walk, run or trot in this 5K hosted by Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP that begins at Chehalis Thorbeckes. Register for $20 at any Thorbeckes location.

The cost for immediate families of any size is $35, and comes with two shirts plus $8 per extra shirt.


Drive-Through or Delivery Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 25 at Centralia Community Church of God, 3320 Borst Ave., Centralia; 12 to 4 p.m.

Delivery is also available, call 360-669-0743. Free loaf of sweet bread while supplies last.


Thanksgiving Meal

Nov. 25 at Gather Church’s walk-up window, 100 S. Rock St., Centralia; 2 to 5 p.m.

Free meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie. To volunteer, call 360-827-0264.


Friday Night Bingo

Nov. 26 at the Packwood Community Hall; Open at 6 p.m., first game 6:50 p.m.

Light food will be available for purchase. State indoor COVID restrictions will apply.

Christmas Island Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 27 at Maytown Assembly of God, 2920 Tierney St. SW, Olympia; 6 p.m. 

Christmas Island, a life-size nativity scene, will be lit up during this ceremony and remain free and open to the public from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. every evening following until Christmas. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights there will be goodies and warm drinks available.


‘The Shed’ Christmas Market

Dec. 2 through 4 at 516 Spooner Road, Chehalis; Thursday 4 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wreaths, trees, signs, candles, antiques and farmhouse inspired holiday decor will be sold.


Onalaska Volunteer Fire Fighters Association Bazaar

Dec. 3 and 4 at 1733 state Route 508; Onalaska; Friday 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa will be there at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Christmas trees, wreaths and bazaar items will be available for sale. For more information, contact Kim Lawrence at 360-880-5736.


Downtown Centralia Christmas Celebrations

Dec. 3 and 4 on Magnolia Street; Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Friday, the Holiday Makers Market will be at the Lewis & Clark Hotel, 117 W. Magnolia St., Centralia. On Saturday, the market runs all day. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and their reindeer from noon to 3 p.m. Hay rides available on Magnolia Street from noon to 4 p.m.

The Grinch is also set to make an appearance. Find more information on Facebook at "Centralia Downtown Festivals Association."


Winlock-Vader Food Bank Drive n’ Drop

Dec. 4 at the corner of Front and Fir streets in Winlock and the Vader Assembly of God Church at 302 Sixth St., Vader; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drive up and drop off donations.

The highest priority items are personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries. Monetary donations can also be made. The food bank can purchase food for as low as 10 cents per pound. For more information, call 360-880-7122.

Breakfast With Santa

Dec. 4 at Moose Family Center, 1400 Grand Ave., Centralia; 8 to 11 a.m.

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, applesauce, juice, coffee and hot chocolate will be served at this fundraiser for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Santa will arrive at 8:30 a.m. Suggested donation for adults is $7, children ages 4 through 12, $4. Free for kids under 3. Wreaths for sale by Lewis County Work Opportunities. Bring your own camera.


Friends of the Winlock Library Book Sale Fundraiser

Dec. 4 at 300 NE First St., Winlock; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds support the Winlock Timberland Library. Sales by donation, change cannot be made. Attendees are asked to please wear masks. Call 360-785-3461 for more information.


Acoustic Music Jam

Dec. 4 at the Adna Grange Hall, 123 Dieckman Road, Chehalis; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Washington Old Time Fiddlers will be hosting their monthly acoustic music jam free and open to the public. Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, go to or call 360-791-5185.

Book & Bake Sale

Dec. 4 at the Greater Toledo Community Library, 241 Cowlitz St., Toledo; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This sale raises funds to help the library. There will be book signings by historian and Chronicle columnist Julie MacDonald and science fiction author Jake Blake from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Santa Book Sale

Dec. 4 at the Chehalis Timberland Library; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come to the library before or after the Santa Parade and browse hundreds of donated books at low prices. All proceeds are used to sponsor library events. Masks required.


Winter Market

Dec. 4 at 176 NE School St., Chehalis; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit before or after the Santa Parade for vendors selling local handmade items such as jewelry and herbal products. For more information, visit @naturenurturefarmacy online.


Santa Parade

Dec. 4 in downtown Chehalis; begins at 11 a.m.

The theme for this year’s parade is Peace on Earth. Space is still available for entries at $20. Register online at or call 360-748-8885.


Packwood Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 4 and 5 at the Packwood Community Hall; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hand-crafted items from local vendors including baked goods will be sold. Lunch available both days. For more information contact Laurie at 360-496-1217 or Martha at 360-496-1519.


Centralia Ballet Academy’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 4 and 5 at Centralia College’s Corbet Theater

Showtimes at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. All tickets are $23 (plus $2 fee). To order, visit or call 360-623-9010 for more information.


Lewis County Cemetery District #1 Monthly Meeting

Dec. 8 at the cemetery office, 407 Cowlitz Road, Winlock; 7 p.m.

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


Breakfast With Santa

Dec. 11 at the Adna Grange Hall, 123 Dieckman Road, Chehalis; 9 to 11 a.m.

This breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and a drink costs $6 for all ages. Kids’ meals will include a craft and a visit with Santa.


Lighted Tractor Parade

Dec. 11 in historic downtown Centralia; begins at 6 p.m.

Vendor applications are now open at Visit @CentraliaLightedTractorParade on Facebook for more details.


“Escape to the Land of Sweets” from The Nutcracker Ballet

Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19 at Centralia College’s Corbet Theater

Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. the week of Dec. 16. This performance will consist of all of Act Two from the ballet and a brand new opening act. Call 360-748-4789 for ticket information or visit