News Next Door: Mineral Lake Fishing Derby slated for April 22-23

The 30th annual Mineral Lake Fishing Derby will take place from 12:01 a.m. April 22 through 11 a.m. April 23 at Mineral Lake Lions Den Campground, 113 Front St. East, Mineral. Prizes will be awarded for first through fifth places. There will be a beer garden, food trucks, music and vendors, plus a free KidsZone trout pond and prizes for children. People can register for the derby or purchase raffle tickets during the event at the American Legion Building, 108 Front St. East, the Lions Den Campground or the public boat launch. Pre-registration, April 21, is required for people who plan to fish by boat. All anglers 15 or older must have a valid Washington State fishing license and valid state-issued ID. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult with a valid state issued ID. Go to for more information.

Eatonville Junior Cruiser 2023 season registration open

Registration is open for the 2023 Junior Cruisers season. Flag football is available for kindergarten through first graders. Tackle football is open for second through eighth graders. Sign up at through April 30 to receive an early registration discount. The organization will provide jerseys, shoulder pads, padded pants, helmets, chin straps and practice jerseys. Players keep their game jerseys. Conditioning starts in July, and practices start in August. A jamboree and weigh-in is scheduled for Aug. 27. The first game of the season is Sept. 9.

Check the Facebook page,, for updates. Contact Alicia Sullivan, 206-218-8600,,,, or with questions.

The Eatonville School District does not sponsor, nor endorse, this league or events, nor does it assume responsibility for it.

Columbia Crest hosting open house and showcase slated

Families are invited to attend the Columbia Crest school open house and showcase event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 26. Families can meet teachers, see the campus, enjoy refreshments and see learning featured in the arts, STEM, yoga and more.

The school is also enrolling preschool through eighth-grade students for the 2023-24 school year. Students may ride one of the direct buses that picks up children as far as Graham and near Roy.

Learn more about Friends of Eatonville Library 

The Friends of the Eatonville Library operates as a fundraising group to assist the Eatonville community.  Primarily, it does so by accepting books and other donations and conducting book sales during the year. All of the funds are used to supplement the various library programs that enrich the local community.

To learn more about the group, contact Mike Eaton at 253-310–7709 or reach him in person at the library any Friday.  There is no obligation. Application forms to join the organization are available at the library.

Alcohol Anonymous meetings offered

Alcoholics Anonymous is available for people who have a problem with alcohol. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, noon Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at the corner of Carter and Rainier.

Alanon help

Alanon is available to help people struggling with a loved one’s drinking. Call 425-830-0314.


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