News Next Door: Aug. 7


Pierce County Fire District 23, will be hosting a fire department open house and community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Station 87 at 29815 State Route 706 E., Ashford.

The open house will include: a free medical mobile, free blood pressure checks, educational booths, games for the kids, a landing by an Airlift Northwest helicopter (weather and operations dependent) and more. If you're interested in being a blood donor, contact Lt. Scott Beason to get on the schedule. The district is looking for at least 20 volunteers to help with blood donations at an especially critical time of the year for Cascade Regional Blood Services. Visit for more information.


The Eco Explorer’s Club is run by a local scientist in a community engagement program with the Bethel school District to provide outdoor experiences for children to explore nature and science.

Eco Explorer’s schedule: Aug. 14  – Nisqually Delta’s estuary; Aug. 21 – Mount Rainier’s Nisqually glacier. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick up and drop off location Graham Kapowsin high school. Age group 3rd grade to 8th grade. Cost $40 per day per child. Please call or text 253-691-2218 to reserve your child’s position today. Ask for Norm or Carol. Adult volunteers who drive their own car will increase our enrollment capabilities. Adult volunteers who drive their own car will be able to bring additional siblings at a reduced rate. They are a nonprofit organization.


Everyone is welcome to a picnic At Glacier Park Saturday, August 17 from noon to 4 p.m. Food, drinks, music, games, prizes provided by six local churches. The theme is "A Life of Joy." Parking is available at OLGC Catholic Church. If you have any questions, contact Dorothy at 360-832-2574.


The Graham-Kapowsin Community Council, in concert with the Graham Community Network of leaders and organizations, is sponsoring their Free Food Friday program for all those in need at two sites in Graham through Aug. 30 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 22419 108th Ave. E., and Shadow Pines/The Ridge Mobile Home Estates, 90th and 226th, south of 224th, from noon to 1 p.m. You may also donate non-perishable food and fresh produce for this program at these two sites. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to a local family or person in need.


The Eatonville Family Agency, a nonprofit charitable organization, supports and runs the only backpack program in the Eatonville School District, which feeds around 100 children each weekend for the school year. To participate, volunteer or donate visit the agency at the Eatonville Community Center at 305 W. Center St., in Eatonville or call 360-832-6805 for information.


This is a faith-based 12-Step Recovery Program. We invite you to be our guest at one of our weekly Celebrate Recovery meetings every Tuesday evening. The group offers childcare. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., worship will take place at 6:30 p.m., large group time is at 7 p.m. and small groups are at 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Steve Hallberg at 360-303-7038 or check out the website at to learn more.


The Bethel High School 40th reunion from the class of 1979 will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at Frontier Park Lodge at 21718 Meridian E. in Graham. Contact Kelli Mayne at 253-985-0844 or visit and search for the event.


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