Community Calendar: United Way Annual ‘Power of the Purse’; Antique Fest ; Train Ride Fundraiser for Health & Hope Free Clinic; Chehalis Gambler 500 Poker Run


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United Way Annual ‘Power of the Purse’

Aug. 3 at The Barn on Jackson, 3605 Jackson Highway, 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.

Antique Fest 

Aug. 6 to 8 in downtown Centralia; 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Outdoor vintage flea market. Antique appraiser George Higby will appraise antique and vintage collectibles for $5 per item.   

Train Ride Fundraiser for Health & Hope Free Clinic 

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. 

Chehalis Gambler 500 Poker Run

Aug. 7 and 8 at the Veterans Memorial Museum, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This Gambler 500 event will feature two days of events, trail cleaning, raffles, camping and fundraising for the Veterans Memorial Museum. Call the museum at 360-740-8875 or email for more information. 

Bearcat Base Race 5K

Aug. 7 at Thorbeckes Wellness Center, 91 SW Chehalis Ave., Chehalis; Race at 9 a.m.; registration form at

Thorbeckes Athletic Club is hosting a 5k run/walk and silent auction on Aug. 7 to help raise funds toward the Chehalis Foundation’s $450,000 goal for the baseball field at W.F. West High School, including a new astro turf field.

Morton/Mineral All School 50-Year Reunion, Classes of 1970 and 1971

Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Morton Elementary School gymnasium; Registration open at 10 a.m., program begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12 p.m.

This reunion will honor the classes of 1970 and 1971. Admission is free, lunch costs $10. A high school tour will be held at 3 p.m. The school will stay open all afternoon for visiting. Visit the “Morton Mineral All School Reunion” page on Facebook for more information. 

Bagpipes Fiddles at the Replica 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 with a brief history preceding each tune. Fiddles will play at 11 a.m. This event is free.

Hot Hoggest Nights

Aug. 7 at Boss Hogg’s BBQ & Catering, 109 E. Walnut St., Winlock

Car show at 12 p.m., awards and pinup at 5 p.m., sockhop then karaoke at 8 p.m. To register, visit or call 360-560-9107.

Boistfort High School Classes of 1970 and 1971 50th Reunions

Aug. 8 at the Boistfort gymnasium/lunchroom, 983 Boistfort Rd., Curtis; 12 p.m.

This annual Boistfort alumni potluck will celebrate the 50 year reunions for the classes of 1970 and 1971. All former graduates, classmates, community members and teachers are invited for an afternoon of food and reunion. Student yearbook pictures from those classes will be on display. The Alumni Association will provide table service, coffee and punch. Attendees are asked to bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. For more information, call 360-291-3796.

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. 

August Business Forum: Live Debates

Aug. 12 at O'Blarney's at the Gibson House, 221 N. Tower Ave., Centralia; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly business forum. This iteration will be similar to July’s business forum with candidate debates. There will be Centralia Port Commissioner District 1 candidates, Chehalis Port Commissioner District 2 candidates and Chehalis City Council Position 1 candidates. The forum begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and networking. The verbal debates begin at noon and will conclude at 1 p.m. Cost of admission is $5 and the cost of admission with lunch is $17.

Chamber of Commerce Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for The Juice Box

Aug. 13 at The Juice Box, 216 S. Tower Ave., Centralia; 4 to 5 p.m.

According to the Chamber: “The Juice Box is a brand new, family-friendly beer bar. Get your weekend started the right way and come welcome Centralia's newest bar to our community!”

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. 

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