News Next Door: Sept. 11


To begin the fall season, the Dogwood Garden Club’s Sept. 12 meeting will be a road trip to the Windmill Garden Center in Sumner. A presentation on the topic, “Creating Containers For the Off Months,” will be given. The business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., with lunch to follow at the Windmill Bistro. Those interested in joining the group may contact Diane Mettler at 360-832-1745 or Mary Bewley at 360-832-4910 for more information.


The Bethel High School 40th reunion from the class of 1979 will be held from 6-11 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.


Mountain Community Co-op will have its annual General Meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, located at the Methodist Church next to the co-op store, 185 Mashell Ave. N. Everyone is welcome to attend and get to know the members of the board. This is a great time to learn more about the co-op and all that it encompasses from the store, to the garden and the community outreach just to name a few. Current co-op members will have the opportunity to vote for new board members, and the organization is currently seeking new board members. For those who are enthusiastic, community oriented and believe in co-ops, now is the time to become a board member.


Eatonville Dollars for Scholars is excited to begin planning for class of 2020 scholarships at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in room 129 at Eatonville High School, south hall. Those who have any questions may call or email Sarah Boettcher at or 360-832-3943.


Start the day right with the Graham Business Association’s Networking and Breakfast event at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at The Lodge at Frontier Park on Meridian in Graham. The program will be on business disaster preparedness. Visit or call 360-832-2451 for more details. At Oct. 16’s meeting, there will be a presentation on SBA lending.


Tickets are now available for the first South Sound Democrats event, the Rosa Parks/Eleanor Roosevelt Champagne Brunch, for which a pre-event reception will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Pacific Lutheran University ‘s Chris Knutzen Hall. The event is a joint fundraiser sponsored by multiple Pierce County Legislative Districts. With a live auction, powerful community leaders, including Erin Jones, former assistant state superintendent, consultant and inspirational equity instructor; state legislators; U.S. Congress members; and Hilary Franz, state commissioner of public lands, among others. Tickets are $50 for the reception at 10 a.m. and $50 for the brunch at 11 a.m. Visit tickets or Yanah Cook at 360-786-8838 for more information. PO Box 181, Eatonville, is also available for   correspondence.


The 11th annual Bethel Community Day at run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Graham Kapowsin High School at 22100 108th Ave. E., Graham. Admission is free. Come dress as a superhero to march in a 10 a.m. parade.


Eatonville Middle School’s Fall Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Eatonville Middle School. There will be a variety of activities geared toward family fun, with the opportunity to give to others. Bring garden produce, food for the food for Eatonville Food Bank, old eye glasses, medical equipment and wheelchairs, as well as clean and unused medical supplies. For more information and vendor applications, contact Tina Schmidt at 253-677-2479.


ForeverGreen Trails is pleased to announce that the Annual Pierce County Trails Conference will be held from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. The annual conference will be held at the Environmental Services Building, located at 9850 64th St. W., University Place. It is the premier gathering of trail users, supporters, advocates, designers and builders in our region and this year’s theme is “Sustainability & Stewardship.” Conference registration costs $35 and includes dinner and access to a silent auction. Visit for more information.


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