OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet in Olympia for its regular meeting this week. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at
OLYMPIA – Washington State Parks announces Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20 are the first of 12 “free days” in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass
The Washington State Parks Department plans to move forward with a public meeting next week to discuss the future of the Seminary Building at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore.
MONTESANO, Wash. – The 3rd Annual “First Hike” will hit the Lake Sylvia trails at 1 P.M. this Wednesday. Remember to bring your <a title="Discover Pass" href="http://parkswa.reachlocal.net/dpgift/
OLYMPIA , Wash. - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the first day of 2014 with First Day Hikes, an event available at select state parks on Jan. 1.
In the spirit of the new year, Washingtonians are encouraged to start 2014 with a healthy hike and connect with the diverse natural resources and recreation opportunities found at state parks across Washington on New Year’s Day. Fifteen state parks are offering guided hikes ranging from interpretive strolls through military batteries and Puget Sound coastal forests, to snowshoe walks in the Selkirk and Cascade mountains. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the parks for the event.
“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.”
OLYMPIA – With tens of thousands of large rainbow trout recently stocked and more on the way, Puget Sound and Southwest Washington anglers can cross an early item off holiday wish lists.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has now stocked most of 33 Western Washington lakes scheduled to receive a total of 75,000 large rainbow trout by Thanksgiving.
Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be very good throughout the winter months at all of these lakes.
“Most of the trout stretch 12 to 17 inches, but some tip the scales at 5 or 6 pounds,” said Donley. “These are very nice trout, and they’re ready to be caught now.”
A list of these lakes – as well as the department's recently updated stocking plan for Fall into Fishing and Black Friday – is available for viewing at http://1.usa.gov/1gusSdq. For up-to-date stocking information, see the department's weekly catchable trout stocking report athttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.
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
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.
Local library hosts Peter Schafer Reid and Barbara Seal Ogle at Lake Quinault Lodge Sat., Nov. 2
QUINAULT, Wash. - At its peak in the 1920s, Schafer Bros., one of the largest lumber businesses in the Northwest, commissioned several movies of their operations. The films were recently restored and Peter Reid, a member of the Schafer family, will show them and discuss the history of the company. After the film, Reid and Barbara Seal Ogle will talk about their new book, “Schafer State Park.”
The presentation, introduced by Amanda Park Timberland Library staff, will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 at the Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 S Shore Rd., Quinault, 98575.
The Schafer brothers, Peter (Reid’s grandfather), Albert and Hubert began logging in 1893 on the family homestead six miles upstream from the mouth of the Satsop River. By the 1920s the Schafers were running one of the largest logging, milling and shipping concerns in the Northwest, employing about 3,000 people.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the Mandatory Boating Safety Education Program, visit online at www.parks.wa.gov/boating.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - As part of its new "Fall into Fishing" promotion, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish hatchery crews began stocking 33 Western Washington lakes with 75,000 large rainbow trout in October.
Fall into Fishing stocking efforts will continue into November leading up to WDFW's second-annual "Black Friday" fishing event on the day after Thanksgiving.
"We're launching Fall into Fishing in response to requests from anglers to increase year-round trout fishing opportunities in western Washington," said Chris Donley, inland lakes program manager.
Three lakes in King County - Morton, Green, and Meridian - have been stocked, as well as Silver Lake in Snohomish County.
"Meridian, Green, Morton, and Silver lakes should provide excellent fishing opportunities this weekend and throughout October," said Donley. "But this is just the beginning. All fall, anglers can expect 12 to 17-inch trout as well as some 5 to 6 pounders at many Puget Sound and southwest Washington lakes."