The Community Farmers Market in Chehalis is in full swing with two weekly markets this year. Boistfort Street welcomes you on Tuesday from 11am-4pm and Friday nights from 4pm-7pm with an assortment of seasonal foods and artisan specialties. The market has great food and free wine tasting on Friday evenings.
The Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatics Center is open for Summer swimming. Open swim is Monday thru Sunday and is $5 per person. Adult Lap Swim is Monday thru Thursday 7:30am-8:30am and is $3 per person. The pool is at 401 SW Parkland Drive in Chehalis.
It's almost back-to-school time and the Centralia School Supply Drive is now underway. You can drop off new backpacks, pens, pencils, calculators, notebooks, paper and other school supplies at the Centralia City Hall at 118 Maple Street, or Althauser Rayan Abbarno at 114 West Magnolia Street. Monetary donations can be made to the Centralia Community Foundation.
The Friends of Noah Markstrom have announced a fundraising event for this 5-year-old boy who has been battling brain cancer. On August 17th at O'Blarney's Restaurant there will be a raffle, music, dinner and silent auction for Noah. More info at 360-807-4581.
The 2018 Rodeo and Wild Horse Race is coming to the 109th Southwest Washington Fair, Saturday August 18th at 6pm. There's bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping and much more. An exclusive VIP reception will be held before the rodeo in the Sertoma Beer Garden.
The annual Hub City Car Show is coming to Historic Downtown Centralia on Saturday, August 25th 9:00am-4:00pm. Come out for entertainment, a Friday BBQ, an open cruise, the "Brick-It" Car, awards, t-shirts, prizes and games and much more. PLUS we will be giving away our 1975 Corvette Stingray!
LOVE INC of Centralia will host a Family CARnival on Saturday August 25th 11am-2:30pm at the Harrison Square Presbyterian Church parking lot in Centralia. There's a vintage car show, a giant inflatable slide, kids games, food and fun. Suggested entrance donation is $5. More information at (360) 736-9996
You are invited to learn to Square Dance with the Prairie Steppers on Tuesdays from 7-9pm, starting September 11th. Your first lesson is free, then it's just $2.50 per person. It's all taught by nationally known caller Don Wood at the Oakview Grange, 2715 North Pearl Street in Centralia. Wear comfortable shoes. More information at 360-273-4884 or 360-736-5172.
Lewis County Head Start is now welcoming applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Head Start is a free preschool for children ages 3 and 4, to cultivate school readiness and social and emotional development. Complete your application online at lewiscountyheadstart.com or call 360-736-1696.
The Twin City Senior Center in Chehalis hosts Acoustic Bluegrass Music the first Saturday of each month. All-level jam sessions are from 2pm-5pm. Dinner is served at 5pm and Open Mic is 6pm-8pm. More information at 360-520-7281.
The Toastmasters' Mighty 1290 Club of Centralia/Chehalis invites you to be their guest at one of their weekly meetings. Toastmasters was created to help people gain confidence through public speaking and leadership development in a friendly, supportive environment. Meetings are held every Tuesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the Hanson Building Board Room of Centralia College. Come see how Toastmasters can help you! More info at 360-820-2771.
The Cowlitz Prairie Grange hosts Music, Open Mike and Dancing the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month starting at 7pm. Admission is a donation at the door and food is served in the kitchen by members of the grange. More information at 360-864-2023.