Celebrate New Year’s Day with a hike at Lake Sylvia State park

MONTESANO, Wash. – The 3rd Annual “First Hike” will hit the Lake Sylvia trails at 1 P.M. this Wednesday. Remember to bring your Discover Pass for all day parking, or carpool to the 2.5-mile hike along Sylvia Creek in Montesano.

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Nice dogs on leashes are allowed, the event is sponsored by the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks group.

“First Day Hikes are a great way for families and individuals to enjoy, appreciate and support their Washington state parks,” said Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director. “We’re thrilled to participate in this nationwide effort that encourages Americans to get outdoors from the very beginning of the new year. This is a way that families can create a new memorable New Year’s Day tradition.”

Hikes are Washington state parks are scheduled as follows. Participants of all ages are welcome, unless otherwise noted:

Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island: Discover winter flora and fauna on Camano Island, and enjoy views of Saratoga Passage during a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at the welcome center near the park entrance at 1 p.m. A free shuttle is available to return hikers to the Cama Beach State Park welcome center after the event.

Camano Island State Park on Camano Island: Hike on West Rim and Cross Island trails at 1 p.m. for a two-mile trek from Camano Island State Park to Cama Beach State Park. Meet at the Lowell Point kitchen shelter. A free shuttle is available to return hikers to Camano Island State Park after the event.

Deception Pass State Park in Oak Harbor: Participants have two hiking options at Deception Pass. Hike out to North Beach on Discovery Trail at 10 a.m. Then either return on the same trail for a two-mile hike, or continue to Goose Rock Trail for a view of Strawberry and Ben Ure islands on a three-mile trek. The hike starts at Cornet Bay Retreat Center; meet there at 10 a.m.

Ebey’s Landing State Park on Whidbey Island: Explore Bluff Trail at Ebey’s Landing State Park within the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. Meet at 10 a.m., at the picnic tables just beyond the parking lot on the way to the trailhead. Participants of all ages are welcome, though small children may need assistance. On-leash pets are allowed.

Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island: Hike a full two miles along Bluff Trail, or enjoy a shorter, ¾-mile walk that includes views of North Puget Sound and historic military structures. Meet at 1 p.m. in front of the park museum. On-leash pets are welcome. The park museum is open on New Year’s Day.

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend: Take a stroll up Artillery Hill and walk through multiple coastal defense bunkers for a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the “Memories Vault. Those unfamiliar with the park may wish to arrive 30 minutes early and ask for directions at the Coastal Artillery Museum, located next door to the park office. Children ages 10 years and older are welcome. Those who want to explore the bunkers are advised to take along a flashlight.

Goldendale Observatory State Park in Goldendale: This event starts with an evening hike, followed by a stargazing session in the Observatory, led by the park’s interpretive specialist. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in the state park parking lot. Pets on leash are welcome.

Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano: Hike along Sylvia Creek/Forestry Trail while learning about area logging history, wildlife and plant life. Meet at 1 p.m., at the day-use area parking lot. On-leash pets are welcome.

Lake Wenatchee State Park near Leavenworth: Snowshoe on North Lake Loop for a one-mile excursion of moderate difficulty. Meet at 10 a.m. at the North Park Sno-Park. A Seasonal Sno-Park Permit and a Special Groomed Trail Permit – or a One-Day Sno-Park Permit and Discover Pass – are required for vehicle access to this event. Sno-Park permits are available for purchase online at parkswa.reachlocal.net/winter. Participants must be 10 years of age or older to participate. Please leave pets at home. Snowshoes are required.

Millersylvania State Park in Olympia: Walk or run 3.8 miles of fitness trails through Pacific Northwest old-growth forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at Kitchen Shelter 1. Participants are asked to leave pets at home for this one.

Mount Spokane State Park in Mead: Snowshoe along Trail 130 for a 2- to 4-mile, round-trip hike. Meet at 10 a.m. at the snowmobile parking lot. A Seasonal Sno-Park Permit and a Special Groomed Trail Permit or a One-Day Sno-Park Permit and a Discover Pass are required for vehicle access to the event. (Purchase Sno-Park permits online at parkswa.reachlocal.net/winter/) Snowshoes are required, and pets are allowed, as long as they are on leash.

Nolte State Park in Enumclaw: Explore the forested 1.25-mile-loop around Deep Lake at this 11 a.m. hike through the Green River Gorge. Meet at the state park parking lot. On-leash pets are welcome.

Riverside State Park in Spokane: Take the swing bridge over the Spokane River for a hike on the Bowl and Pitcher River Trail. Participants will see the unique basalt rock formations cut by the Spokane River known as the Bowl and Pitcher. Meet in the Bowl and Pitcher Swinging Bridge parking lot at 1 p.m. Participants should be prepared for any weather conditions; snowshoes may be required. Pets on leash are allowed.

Twanoh State Park on Hood Canal: See the interior of a Puget Sound coastal forest on a 2.25-mile hike. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the park office in the lower parking area. The trail may be muddy; boots or weather-proof shoes are recommended.

Wallace Falls State Park in Goldbar: Hike on Woody Trail to Middle Falls for a 2.3-mile journey to multiple waterfall viewpoints. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Wallace Falls Trailhead. Pets on leash are welcome.

For more information about specific First Day Hikes at Washington state parks, visit parkswa.reachlocal.net/events. The First Day Hikes program is part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes national initiative organized by the National Association of State Park Directors. The nationwide event first started at Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass., more than 20 years ago. The National Association of State Park Directors and America’s State Parks strives to promote and advance the state park systems of American for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy. For a second year in a row, all 50 state park systems are participating in the First Day Hikes program. For more information about hikes across the country, visit www.americasstateparks.org.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit discoverpass.reachlocal.net.

Celebrate New Year’s Day with a Washington state park hike

Hikes are Washington state parks are scheduled as follows. Participants of all ages are welcome, unless otherwise noted:

• Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island: Discover winter flora and fauna on Camano Island, and enjoy views of Saratoga Passage during a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at the welcome center near the park entrance at 1 p.m. A free shuttle is available to return hikers to the Cama Beach State Park welcome center after the event. 

• Camano Island State Park on Camano Island: Hike on West Rim and Cross Island trails at 1 p.m. for a two-mile trek from Camano Island State Park to Cama Beach State Park. Meet at the Lowell Point kitchen shelter. A free shuttle is available to return hikers to Camano Island State Park after the event.

• Deception Pass State Park in Oak Harbor: Participants have two hiking options at Deception Pass. Hike out to North Beach on Discovery Trail at 10 a.m. Then either return on the same trail for a two-mile hike, or continue to Goose Rock Trail for a view of Strawberry and Ben Ure islands on a three-mile trek. The hike starts at Cornet Bay Retreat Center; meet there at 10 a.m. 

• Ebey’s Landing State Park on Whidbey Island: Explore Bluff Trail at Ebey’s Landing State Park within the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. Meet at 10 a.m., at the picnic tables just beyond the parking lot on the way to the trailhead. Participants of all ages are welcome, though small children may need assistance. On-leash pets are allowed.

• Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island: Hike a full two miles along Bluff Trail, or enjoy a shorter, ¾-mile walk that includes views of North Puget Sound and historic military structures. Meet at 1 p.m. in front of the park museum. On-leash pets are welcome. The park museum is open on New Year’s Day.

• Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend: Take a stroll up Artillery Hill and walk through multiple coastal defense bunkers for a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the “Memories Vault. Those unfamiliar with the park may wish to arrive 30 minutes early and ask for directions at the Coastal Artillery Museum, located next door to the park office. Children ages 10 years and older are welcome. Those who want to explore the bunkers are advised to take along a flashlight. 

• Goldendale Observatory State Park in Goldendale: This event starts with an evening hike, followed by a stargazing session in the Observatory, led by the park’s interpretive specialist. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in the state park parking lot. Pets on leash are welcome. 

• Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano: Hike along Sylvia Creek/Forestry Trail while learning about area logging history, wildlife and plant life. Meet at 1 p.m., at the day-use area parking lot. On-leash pets are welcome. 

• Lake Wenatchee State Park near Leavenworth: Snowshoe on North Lake Loop for a one-mile excursion of moderate difficulty. Meet at 10 a.m. at the North Park Sno-Park. A Seasonal Sno-Park Permit and a Special Groomed Trail Permit – or a One-Day Sno-Park Permit and Discover Pass – are required for vehicle access to this event. Sno-Park permits are available for purchase online at www.parks.wa.gov/winter. Participants must be 10 years of age or older to participate. Please leave pets at home. Snowshoes are required.

• Millersylvania State Park in Olympia: Walk or run 3.8 miles of fitness trails through Pacific Northwest old-growth forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at Kitchen Shelter 1. Participants are asked to leave pets at home for this one. 

• Mount Spokane State Park in Mead: Snowshoe along Trail 130 for a 2- to 4-mile, round-trip hike. Meet at 10 a.m. at the snowmobile parking lot. A Seasonal Sno-Park Permit and a Special Groomed Trail Permit or a One-Day Sno-Park Permit and a Discover Pass are required for vehicle access to the event. (Purchase Sno-Park permits online at www.parks.wa.gov/winter/) Snowshoes are required, and pets are allowed, as long as they are on leash.

• Nolte State Park in Enumclaw: Explore the forested 1.25-mile-loop around Deep Lake at this 11 a.m. hike through the Green River Gorge. Meet at the state park parking lot. On-leash pets are welcome. 

• Riverside State Park in Spokane: Take the swing bridge over the Spokane River for a hike on the Bowl and Pitcher River Trail. Participants will see the unique basalt rock formations cut by the Spokane River known as the Bowl and Pitcher. Meet in the Bowl and Pitcher Swinging Bridge parking lot at 1 p.m. Participants should be prepared for any weather conditions; snowshoes may be required. Pets on leash are allowed. 

• Twanoh State Park on Hood Canal: See the interior of a Puget Sound coastal forest on a 2.25-mile hike. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the park office in the lower parking area. The trail may be muddy; boots or weather-proof shoes are recommended. 

• Wallace Falls State Park in Goldbar: Hike on Woody Trail to Middle Falls for a 2.3-mile journey to multiple waterfall viewpoints. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Wallace Falls Trailhead. Pets on leash are welcome. 

For more information about specific First Day Hikes at Washington state parks, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events. The First Day Hikes program is part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes national initiative organized by the National Association of State Park Directors. The nationwide event first started at Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass., more than 20 years ago. The National Association of State Park Directors and America’s State Parks strives to promote and advance the state park systems of American for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy. For a second year in a row, all 50 state park systems are participating in the First Day Hikes program. For more information about hikes across the country, visit www.americasstateparks.org. 

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. 

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

60,000 large rainbow trout stocked on westside, part of WDFW’s “Fall into Fishing”

WDFW’s “Fall into Fishing” promotion is a response to anglers’ requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities in Western Washington.

“Twenty-four Puget Sound lakes have already been stocked, with more to follow this month,” said Donley. “Then, at the end of this month, Southwest Washington anglers get in on the action with our second-annual ‘Black Friday’ promotion, the culmination of our Fall into Fishing program.” 

Donley said that in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the department will stock more lakes for Black Friday, including six in Southwest Washington and one each in Jefferson and Mason counties in the Puget Sound region.

“Our Black Friday event offers great opportunities for anyone – including beginners or anglers returning to the sport – to wet a line to catch a stringer of big, hard-fighting trout,” said Donley.

To participate in Fall into Fishing or the Black Friday event in Southwestern Washington, anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2014. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state.

For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/

Anglers parking at WDFW water-access sites are required to display on their vehicle the WDFW Vehicle Access Pass that is provided free with every annual fishing license purchased. The passes are transferable between two vehicles. Anglers who use Washington State Parks or Department of Natural Resource areas need a Discover Pass. For more information on the pass, visithttp://discoverpass.wa.gov/

Before heading out, anglers should check fishing regulations, which are available at license vendors and on WDFW’s webpage athttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Timberland Regional Library November Calendar for Grays Harbor

Ongoing library programs: Story Times

 

Readiness for reading and school, positive experiences among families and friends, and growth in the connection between libraries, learning and joy: these are some of the objectives of library story time programs for children from birth to Kindergarten. Following are the regular story time program series being held this season at local Timberland Regional Libraries.

 

Preschool Story Time

 

For children ages 3 to 6. Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in.

 

Hoquiam Timberland Library: Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., October 4-December 13

No story time November 29

 

Family Story Time

 

For children age 6 and younger and their families; all ages are welcome. Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games.

 

Elma Timberland Library: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-noon, September 3-December 17

 

Story Time Anytime

 

Stop by the library anytime during open hours, and ask the librarian for a story.

Amanda Park Timberland Library: September 3-December 31

 

You-Choose-the-Time Story Time

 

Call the library to arrange the date and time you want, for a birthday party, sleep over, no school day, play group, or special event; call for a custom program created especially for you.

Elma Timberland Library: September 3-December 31

Ongoing

 

E-book Help, for adults and teens. Sign up for a hands-on help session and learn how to check out e-books and e-audiobooks with the library’s Overdrive download service. Call the library to arrange a hands-on tutorial session. Aberdeen Timberland Library, 360-533-2360

 

One-on-One Computer Instruction, for adults. Learn basic computer use, the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, the library catalog, or library databases, check out books on your e-reader, and more. Call the library to make an appointment with a staff member.

Hoquiam Timberland Library, (360) 532-1710

Oakville Timberland Library, (360) 273-5305

 

Aberdeen Timberland Library presents Remix the Masters, October 1-May 31, 2014 for teens. Let your inner artist shine. Each month learn about a different artist and create a small art project inspired by their art. Pick up your do-it-yourself kit at the library early in the month as supplies are limited. A different project will be available each month through May. For more information call (360) 533-2360.

 

Oakville Timberland Library presents Watercolor & Acrylic Painting, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for adults. Bring your art supplies and join others on Wednesdays for painting and fun. Instruction will be provided. Check out some of the library system’s thousands of books, DVDs and videos on the arts. For more information call (360) 273-5305.

 

Friday, November 1

 

The Friends of the Montesano Timberland Library will hold a book sale Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will be held in the library meeting room. Please enter at the back of the building. For more information call (360) 249-4211.

 

Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month at the Library, November 1-30 for adults and teens. A writing adventure: to churn out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. No judges or entry fees, just a whole lot of fun. The Westport library is presenting events for novel writers throughout November. For more information call (360) 268-0521.

 

Saturday, November 2

 

Amanda Park Timberland Library presents Schafer Bros. Logging Film and Book Signing , 3-4:15 p.m., November 2 for adults. LOCATION: Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 S Shore Rd. Peter Reid, a member of the Schafer family, will show recently restored films of 1926 logging operations of one of the largest lumber businesses in the Northwest. Following the 45-minute film, Mr. Reid and Barbara Seal Ogle will talk about their recently released book, “Schafer State Park.” The book was published in celebration of the Washington State Parks System’s 100th anniversary. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information call (360) 288-2725.

 

Montesano Timberland Library (W.H. Abel Memorial Library) presents Basement Bargains Fall Book Sale, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., November 2 for all ages. The Friends of the Montesano Timberland Library will hold a book sale Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library meeting room. Please enter at the back of the building. For more information call (360) 249-4211.

 

Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: Author Talk, 1-3 p.m., November 2 for adults and teens. Local author Darrel White will talk about the process of writing and publishing. He will also share an excerpt from his book, “Skunk Cabbage and Chittum Bark”. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Westport Library. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.

 

Tuesday, November 5

 

Hoquiam Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 7-8:30 p.m., November 5 for adults. Join in a discussion of “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. New members are always welcome. Stop by the library to request a copy. This event will be held after library hours. For more information call (360) 532-1710.

 

The Friends of the McCleary Timberland Library will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 5 at 11 a.m. in the library meeting room. Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend. For more information call (360) 495-3368.

 

Thursday, November 7

 

Oakville Timberland Library presents Tribute to Patsy Cline, 6:30-7:30 p.m., November 7 for all ages. LOCATION: Oakville Middle School Gym, 103 School Street, Oakville. Southwest Washington’s own Elizabeth Stierle will present her tribute to American country and pop music singer Patsy Cline. Stierle sings some of the best-loved songs Cline recorded, illustrating the singer’s development as one of the first crossover artists from country to pop. She’ll be accompanied on guitar by her husband Paul, a team also known to regional fans as “Buck and Elizabeth.” For more information call (360) 273-5305.

 

Westport Timberland Library presents National Novel Writing Month Author Talk: Eileen Pinkerton, 1-2 p.m., November 7 for adults and teens. Eileen Pinkerton, author and library staff member, will read an excerpt from her latest novel, “Utopia, Oregon.” Ms. Pinkerton will discuss her process of writing and the “National Novel Writing Month” experience. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Westport Library. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.

 

Saturday, November 9

 

Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: South Beach Writers Group, 12:15-2:15 p.m., November 9 for adults and teens. You may bring an excerpt of your poetry, short story, blog, novel or other writing to read to the group. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Westport Library. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.

 

Monday, November 11

 

All Timberland libraries will be closed Monday, November 11 for the Veterans Day holiday. Libraries will resume regular schedules Tuesday, November 12. For more information call 1-877-284-6237.

 

Tuesday, November 12

 

Aberdeen Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo Write-In, 4-7 p.m., November 12 for teens and adults. National Novel Writing Month writers, you’re almost halfway there. “Come Write In” to the library for a quiet place to continue working feverishly on your NaNoWriMo novel. Snacks and caffeine will be provided. For more information call (360) 533-2360.

 

Oakville Timberland Library presents Fairy Tea Party, 10:30-11:30 a.m., November 12 for children. Discover the enchanted world of the fairy folk. Dress in a fairy folk costume and enjoy a magical fairy tea, stories, games and activities. For more information call (360) 273-5305.

 

 

Wednesday, November 13

 

Aberdeen Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 2nd Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., November 13 for adults. Join other community members in discussing “To Say Nothing of the Dog” by Connie Willis. Call the library at 533-2360 or stop by to request a copy of the book. Everyone is welcome to attend even if they have not read the title.

 

Elma Timberland Library presents It’s a Fancy Nancy Soiree, 2-3 p.m., November 13 for children 3-9 years. Inspired by the Fancy Nancy books. Soiree is French for a party, so wear your fanciest attire. Hear a Fancy Nancy story, make a fabulous craft and join in other related activities. Enjoy refreshments, provided by the Friends of the Elma Timberland Library. For more information call (360) 482-3737.

 

Thursday, November 14

 

Elma Timberland Library presents Ninjago Party, 2-3 p.m., November 14 for children grades 1-6. Based on the Ninjago book and television series. Unlock your true potential. Learn your Ninjago name, run a training course (like Kai), use your robot claw to protect others (like Zane) and build and knock down mountains (like Cole). Earn a Master of Spinjitzu certificate for completing each trial and following the rule of the ninja. For more information call (360) 482-3737.

 

Friday, November 15

 

Aberdeen and HoquiamTimberland Libraries present “Catching Fire” Teen Lock-In Event, 6-10 p.m., November 15 for Hoquiam and Aberdeen teens. LOCATION: Hoquiam Timberland Library, 420 7th St., Hoquiam. Aberdeen and Hoquiam teens can celebrate the Hunger Games trilogy and the movie release of “Catching Fire” at the Hoquiam library by dressing as their favorite characters, registering as a Panem citizen and practicing for the games. A viewing of Hunger Games, the movie and snacks end the event. Register at either the Hoquiam or Aberdeen Timberland Library. For more information call (360) 533-2360.

 

Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: Mid-Month, November 15 for adults and teens. Check in with a librarian, show your word count, and pick up a reward for all your hard work. This event is part of the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.

 

Westport Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion – Readers Group, 11 a.m.-noon, November 15 for adults. Read or listen to “Edible Stories” by Mark Kurlansky and join your friends and neighbors in a discussion. For more information call (360) 268-0521.

 

Saturday, November 16

 

Aberdeen Timberland Library presents Chautauqua of American Fiddle Tunes, 2-3 p.m., November 16 for all ages. Kick the holiday season off with a hoedown. Musicians Brad Pinkerton of Westport and Pete Martin of Seattle perform old-time music in traditional American fiddle-tune style. The Friends of the Aberdeen Timberland Library will provide refreshments. For more information call (360) 533-2360.

 

Aberdeen Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 3rd Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., November 16 for adults. Join other community members in discussing “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker. Call the library at 533-2360 or stop by to request a copy of the book. Everyone is welcome to attend even if they have not read the selected title.

 

 

Tuesday, November 19

 

Elma Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 6-7 p.m., November 19 for adults. Join in a discussion of “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin. Books are available for check out at the circulation desk. For more information call (360) 482-3737.

 

Thursday, November 21

 

The Friends of the Elma Timberland Library will meet Thursday, November 21 at 10 a.m. People interested in joining an active group of library supporters are encouraged to attend. For more information call (360) 482-3737.

 

Montesano Timberland Library (W.H. Abel Memorial Library) presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 6:30-8 p.m., November 21 for adults and teens. Join in a discussion of “West of Here” by Jonathan Evison. New participants are always welcome. For more information call (360) 249-4211.

 

Saturday, November 23

 

Aberdeen Timberland Library presents Nature Play: Cycles, 10:30-11:30 a.m., November 23 for children 3-9 years. Families play and learn together. Join in a nature play program where families read stories and experiment with hands-on activities. For more information call (360) 533-2360.

 

Tuesday, November 26

 

The Elma Timberland Library Board will meet Tuesday, November 26 at 6 p.m. This is an advisory board which assists in developing long-range plans for library services in Elma. Monthly meetings are open to the public. For more information call (360) 482-3737.

 

McCleary Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, 3-4 p.m., November 26 for adults and teens. Join in a discussion of “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn. Everyone is welcome to join any or all discussions. For more information call (360) 495-3368.

 

Wednesday, November 27

 

The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees will have a public meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 27 at the Timberland Regional Library Administrative Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information call 1-877-284-6237.

 

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29

 

All Timberland libraries will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All libraries will resume regular schedules Saturday, November 30. For more information call 1-877-284-6237.

 

Saturday, November 30

 

Westport Timberland Library presents NaNoWriMo: TGIO, 1-2 p.m., November 30 for adults and teens. Thank Goodness It’s Over. Finishers and non-finishers alike are welcome to celebrate their word counts. Winners–those who reach a word count of 50,000 by midnight Nov. 30–can pose with a finisher’s certificate for the library’s “Writer Hall of Fame”. This is the final event in the Westport Timberland Library’s National Novel Writing Month program series. For more information call (360) 268-0521.

Schafer Bros. Logging Co. film screening & Schafer State Park book signing

In 1924 the family donated the land—including a large stand of old-growth timber—that would become the Schafer State Park. Located north of Elma, Schafer State Park is both a state and national historic site and offers examples of 1930s craftsmanship from the Works Progress Administration. Buildings in the park are constructed from native stone.

 

Reid and Ogle will discuss the park’s history and future. Their book includes more than 200 vintage images and history from pioneer days to the present. Its publication celebrates the 100th anniversary of Washington State Parks. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

 

Reid is a former clinical program director at Stanford Law School and is currently chair of the Washington State Parks Foundation. Ogle, a photographer who focuses on nature and state and national parks, is retired from the Palo Alto School District and St. Martin’s University.

 

For more information, contact the Amanda Park Timberland Library at (360) 288-2725 or visit www.TRL.org.

Sheriff’s Office offering boater education coarse

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Montesano Fire Department, will offer a boater education course for Washington boaters. This eight hour course provides boaters the basics of safe boating for recreational boaters.

This course was developed specifically for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by members of the GHC Sheriff’s Marine Unit. The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating manual and exam will be provided at the class. Pre-register by e-mailing brussell@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2013 from 8:00 am until 5:00 p.m. at the Montesano Fire Hall, 310 E. Pioneer, Montesano, WA. Boaters of all ages are invited, however class size is limited to 30 students on a first come-first serve basis.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, All boaters born on or after January 1, 1955 are required to carry a Boater Education Card when operating a boat on Washington waterways. Tickets are now being issued to violators. The law applies to operators of motorboats of 15 horsepower or greater. Boaters born before Jan. 1, 1955 are exempt from this law. Cards cost $10.00 and are good for a lifetime.

For class information, contact: Deputy Brad Russell at (360) 580-7634 or e-mail to brussell@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.  

For information on the Mandatory Boating Safety Education Program, visit online at www.parks.wa.gov/boating.

WDFW to stock western Washington lakes with large rainbow trout this fall

WDFW’s Fall into Fishing stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/oct0413a_fish_plants.pdf . For up-to-date stocking information, see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/ .

“Last year’s Black Friday event was very successful,” said Donley. “We decided to repeat it and also significantly expand our fall stocking. As always we encourage anglers to get out and enjoy the abundant fishing resources available to Washington residents, and we encourage everyone to get family and friends involved in the sport of fishing.”

To participate, anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2014. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov ; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state.

For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ .

Anglers parking at WDFW water-access sites are required to display on their vehicle the WDFW Vehicle Access Pass that is provided free with every annual fishing license purchased. The passes are transferable between two vehicles. Anglers who use Washington State Parks or Department of Natural Resource areas need a Discover Pass. For more information on the pass, visit http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ .

Before heading out, anglers should check fishing regulations, which are available at license vendors and on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Washington state parks remain open – Federal shutdown does not affect state parks operations

In the meantime, visitors are encouraged to visit the Washington State Parks web site, www.parks.wa.gov, to learn about parks, trails and activities available to enjoy during the fall season. 

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com. 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov. 

Campfire ban lifted in Washington State Parks

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Washington CoastSavers Partner with Operation Shore Patrol

Along with Washington State Parks and the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association, participating groups include the Callam Bay-Seiku Lions Club, Discover Your Northwest, Olympia Coast National Coast Marine Sanctuary, Olympia National Park, and Surfrider Foundation. You can sign up for the beach cleanup of your choice by visiting online at www.coastsavers.org.

The Tribal nations of the Quileute and Hoh along Washington’s coastline also support and participate in tribal beach cleanup events during this event. 

To learn about additional International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup events in Washington, send an e-mail to wa.coastcleanup@comcast.net. 

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.