News Next Door: Dec. 4


Ready, set, go... decorate... Let’s rock Eatonville streets. Pick up your registration for the store decorating contest at Eatonville Community Center  Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The 16th Annual Tree of Honor is sponsored every year by the Eatonville Day Break Lions Club and is located in Nevitt Point, at the north entrance to Eatonville.  First lit with gold lights to symbolize Lionism, lights are changed to purple lights as people, groups, or even pets, are named by those wishing to remember, honor, or show their love in some way.  A $10 donation per light goes to support the local community.  Certificates can be provided to make a unique Christmas gift. Names of honorees are published in The Dispatch and posted at the Eatonville Post Office until after the New Year. You can purchase a light on The Tree of Honor and add a name several ways: Contact Donna Bowers at 253-318-2895, Jackie Hollingsworth 360-832-2416 or call the Eatonville Family Agency at 360-832-6805.


The City of DuPont's Santa Supper will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2300 Golf House Rd, DuPont, WA 98327. Cost: $15 per person. Tickets must be purchased at City Hall.


Join us for advent services at noon or 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 4-18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 22419 108th Ave E., Graham.


Come support the Eatonville High School Band and come to this year's 2019 Santa Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the EHS Commons. Enjoy buttermilk pancakes, a jolly hot cocoa bar, free photos with santa and homemade holiday crafting for the kids, all while the EHS Band entertains with festive Christmas music. Tickets will be available at the door. Adult: $10, and children/seniors (65+): $7.


The Mineral Presbyterian Christmas Arts & Crafts Show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the church. The event will feature handmade items by local artists. There will be a raffle to benefit Mineral Food Bank. There will also be complimentary refreshments available.


The City of Dupont's Santa Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2300 Golf House Rd, DuPont, WA 98327. Cost: $15 per person. Tickets must be purchased at City Hall.


The City of DuPont's Letters to Santa event runs from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the DuPont Historical Museum: 207 Barksdale Ave, DuPont, WA 98327.


The City of Dupont's Tree Lighting Event begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at - Ross Plaza: 1500 Ross Loop, DuPont, WA 98327.


Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, the toy shop for kids and tree lighting event will proceed the 6 p.m. Christmas Parade. Registration, route details and other event information can be obtained at About U Salon or Eatonville Community Center.


The "Delightful, Delicious, December Luncheon" will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at United Methodist Church in Yelm. Cost: $10. Reservations required by calling Linda at 253-341-2301 or Judy at 360-458-0510. There is complimentary child care available. upon request. The event features the Yelm High School Choir and special speaker Joanne Sheehan on "Life Signs-Warning Bumpy Road."


The upcoming Dogwood Garden Club meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. at the home of Crystal Dorsey. We'll be celebrating the holiday season by collecting food for the local food bank, enjoying a fun gift grab and sharing a potluck lunch.  If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Diane Mettler at 360-832-1745 or Mary Bewley at 360-832-4910.


The third annual Interfaith Community Christmas Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 13612- 224th St. E., Graham. This event will feature an assortment of different faith traditions, with Christmas as a common link between them all. Help minister to the needy in our Graham Community by bringing a non-perishable food item to donate at the door.  All donations going to "Harvest House!"  Please open the attachment for details of time and place.


The toy drive in the sleigh at Center Street Junction is on now through Dec. 17. The antique sleigh will be brimming with toys for kids in Eatonville, from very generous donors. There is also a coat rack outside the Center Street Junction store, froa coat drive to benefit those in need in the community. In addition, Christmas dollars, unwrapped toys and food donations can be dropped off at the Community Center by Dec. 17 as well. Food baskets and toy distribution is set for Dec 16-19. Please call the agency at 360-832-6805 or come in and sign up if you need a Christmas basket.


The annual Graham Business Association Scholarship Auction Planning Committee will soon be in full swing. Save the date: Friday, March 6, 2020, for the annual GBA Scholarship Auction.  As Kelley Boynton mentioned last year that the auction this year is going to be bigger and better than ever! Folks can get involved in a financial capacity, or by offering up items to auction.  Visit or call 360-832-2451 for more details.


Career Day at Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy is scheduled for March 24. The school is trying to cover the following career paths: health and human services, science and natural resources, career and technical education, business management/administration and fine arts (to include culinary arts, music, etc.). Those who come to represent should be able to speak about their job role, the benefits and challenges of the job role, and the nuts and bolts of the work they do (i.e. salary, retirement, health benefits). Deb Noble Perry is looking for contacts of people who would be interested in participating and setting the stage for the future generation as they grow and develop through the education system and beyond. Email


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. Become a guest at one of the weekly Celebrate Recovery meetings every Tuesday evening. The group offers childcare. Dinner is at 6 p.m., worship is at 6:30 p.m., large group time is at 7 p.m. and small groups are at 7:30 p.m. Call 360-303-7038 or visit to learn more.



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