News Next Door - July 24, 2019


Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Ft. Lewis Shooting Range. Free to all youth 15 and under No cost to use the range, free use of shotguns, free shells and free lunch provided to all. Bring the youths and the organizers will provide them with an opportunity to learn safe firearms handling along with the chance to fire shotguns at clay pigeons. Trap fields will be open, and a safety briefing will be provided to the kids and parents. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and pop will be provided. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your kids! All must attend a safety briefing before the handling of firearms. Sponsored by the Western Washington Volunteer Pheasant Releasers and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. For more information, call Bill Ostrander at 253-847-3979 or The Adventure Center at 253-967-8260.


July 29 - Aug. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The theme is ROAR Life is wild. God is good (an African adventure experience). Suitable for ages 5 through 11. Tanwax is located at  36417 Mtn. Hwy. E., Eatonville. Register online at https// or visit for more information.


The 48th annual Eatonville Lions Club Arts Festival offers entertainment for the whole family in the scenic foothills of Mt. Rainier. Held the first full weekend every August (Aug. 2-4), the Eatonville Arts Festival offers over 100 artisans from across the country, live entertainment, as well as food and a beer garden. ALL proceeds from the Eatonville Arts Festival help the Lions Club to continue donations of eye glasses and hearing aids for those who cannot afford them, donations to the American Diabetes Association and Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), school scholarships and many others. Visit for more information.


Enjoy the beauty of our natural areas and learn how collaborative conservation is making a lasting difference in the Nisqually Watershed. The Nisqually Land Trust is sponsoring nature walks. All walks are free but registration is required.

One of the scheduled walks is the Nisqually Community Garden Tour with the Nisqually Indian Tribe from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Visit to register and learn more. Another walk is the Forest Succession: An Ohop Creek Restoration Walk with Site Steward Crow Vecchio from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Aug. 17. Visit for mote details.


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 third grade to eighth grade. The cost is $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 and will be able to bring additional siblings at a reduced rate. Eco Explorer’s Club is a nonprofit organization.


Everyone is welcome to a picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at Glacier View Park. Food, drinks, music, games and prizes will be provided. 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.


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