August 31, 2023
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2023 • August • Bizz Buzz

Rep. Peter Abbarno – Update

Peter Abbarno, District 20 Representative, was the featured speaker for the July Business After Hours. He provided a recap of the 2023 legislative session, including an update regarding the WA Cares Fund – a new long-term care payroll tax that began last month. Since this tax directly impacts both employers and employees it has become an unpopular bill with *62.92% voting to repeal it in November 2019. During the 2023 session, Abbarno put forward House Bill 1011 to repeal this new tax. Unfortunately, the bill did not receive a hearing. For those wanting more information and updates visit Abbarno’s website at peterabbarno.

*Advisory Vote No. 20. November 5, 2019. results. advisory-votes-advisory-vote-no-20.html

Look for our FREE Studio

Guides in local merchants’ shops, libraries, the Chamber

of Commerce, and other locations around our towns. These beautiful Guides have

the new maps to the FREE artists’ studios that will be on the

Studio Tour.

The artists are now busy working on their art to show at their studios. ARTrails is gearing up for its 21st Annual Juried ARTrails Studio Tour on September 16th & 17th and September 23rd & 24th.

Get ready for a road trip!

Gather a carload of friends, share the gas, find your favorite pieces of art, and discover Southwest Washington. Following the Studio guide map will take you all over beautiful Southwest Washington, through the region’s historic communities and meandering along back roads.

Centralia Open Bible Church and The Potter’s House

Announce First Annual Clay Fest

This is an event for the whole family. Come join us for the Clay Fest on Saturday, September 2nd from 10am to 5pm @ Centralia Open Bible Church/The Potter’s House at 902 Alder Street Centralia, WA 98531. This will be an annual mostly outdoor event in cooperation with Jan Nontell’s vision to help develop Centralia as an arts district. Clay Fest offers the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of pottery; from traditional to sculpture by local artists.

There will be a potter’s wheel and hand building demonstrations by regional clay artists (my bio and site – Jan Nontell with ARTrails will be there as well. I am a veteran ceramic artist, potter, sculptor, and also the new pastor at the Open Bible Church. We will be renaming the church and already have the DBA “The Potter’s House” and launch that on that Saturday.

We will also launch ongoing free Potter’s Wheel/Clay Classes for the community as an arts community outreach. The signup will be at the Clay Fest. We are retrofitting the church shop as the clay shop. There will be 7 potter’s wheels, a large electric kiln, slab roller, and lots of clay tools and equipment that will be a part of this arts community outreach primarily funded by donations. The first lesson is entirely free after that students will be responsible for paying for clay, firing, and glaze.

Come out and enjoy the beauty of what Washington clay artists have to offer.

Centralia Outlets

New Brands Opening at the Centralia Outlets!

We are happy to announce Columbia Sportswear will soon be opening a new location at the Centralia Outlets. Visit our website and sign up for our emails to get future scoops!

Back to School shopping starts now! Even if you are not in school, it’s a great time to find new fall-style inspirations to add to your wardrobe rotation. Find great layering pieces like polos, button-ups, sweaters, and cardigans to mix and match at Polo Ralph Lauren Clearance, Gap Factory, and Aéropostale. Ward off upcoming cooler temperatures with new denim, flannel, and jackets at Pendleton, Volcom, and the Eddie Bauer Outlets. For sportier looks, shop for leggings, hoodies, tees, and shoes at the Nike Clearance Store, New Balance, Hanes Brands Outlet, and Under Armour. Shop The Children’s Place for back-to-school children’s essentials like backpacks, school uniforms, shoes, and clothing.

Don’t forget to accessorize your style with fun jewelry, hair clips, makeup, and more from Claire’s. Shop the Centralia Outlets and save BIG on the Name Brands you love. Visit our website at www. or follow us on social media to get inside peeks

Chehalis United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church is excited to announce the celebrations of animal appreciation and the love for each other.

The first event will be located at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum and will be held on Sept 30th, 2023, from 10-4. This is a free family fun event about the animals that enrich our lives. There will be a blessings booth, vendors, pet adoptions, parades, free pet photos, and much, much more. Join us and share our love for all of God’s creatures.

Next on November 3 and 4 at the church, located 16 S. Market Blvd., in Chehalis, we will be hosting Mint City Market and The Best Bake Sale ever. This is our annual Bazaar with our favorite crafters and artisans all in one place for you. Let us help you find that one special gift, to show someone you love them. Remember to check the bake sale for pies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. All great ideas to show appreciation and affection to someone special in your life.

As always, our doors are open every Sunday for church and the office is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 3pm. Come in to visit for a coffee, a chat, or a great sermon!

The Evergreen Playhouse Announces 64th Season!

The Evergreen Playhouse has two invitations for you this month!

We are excited to announce our 64th season for 2023-2024 We open in October with Murder on the Orient Express, followed by James and the Giant Peach, Almost Maine, Nunsense, Noises off and The Addams Family Musical.

Have you ever thought about performing onstage? We invite all aspiring thespians to come to our General Auditions for all of the above shows, August 14th & 15th 6:30-8:30 pm.

Get more information and sign up for a slot on our website: EVERGREENPLAYHOUSE.COM/ AUDITIONS

We also invite your business to become a Sponsor partner. Each level of sponsorship offers advertising in all of our playbills and posters for the season, as well as complimentary tickets to use or share as an incentive gift for your employees or customers. Sponsorship ranges from $150.00 – $2000.00, a range to fit every budget. Reach a new demographic in a creative way! For further information go to EVERGREENPLAYHOUSE.

Health & Hope Medical Outreach Annual Fundraiser

An Evening of Music Featuring Ted Vigil’s Tribute to John Denver

Friday, August 11 from

5:00 – 8:3 pm, $25

Owl & Olive, 4680

State Route 6, Chehalis

This is an evening listening to great music in a beautiful setting all while raising funds for Health & Hope Medical Outreach providing patient advocacy, hope, respect, and quality care in a Christ centered environment.

Lewis County Seniors Announce 2nd Annual Poker Run

Lewis County Seniors is excited to announce the 2nd annual Poker Run. This event will be on September 16th, 2023.

The Poker Run consists of participants visiting all of Lewis County Seniors locations, including the thrift store. Each location will have themed activities, finger foods, as well as a raffle basket. Individual sites will compete for best theme, decorations, and costumes; as well as most tickets sold. The event will end at Twin Cities Senior Center where we will host a bar-b-que, silent auction, draw raffle winners and have a fun after party.

Registration is open for our second annual Poker Run. 1st , 2nd and 3rd place trophies, no host BBQ at Twin Cities senior center at the end of the run. You can get a card at each center and the thrift store. Possibly 7 cards and you pick the best five for your hand. All proceeds go to support Lewis County Seniors programs. A 501 3 c nonprofit. This is a great Family Fun event driving across our beautiful county. Each site will have themed food and activities. Every entry will receive a Dash plaque. Join us to have a fun-filled day and help our seniors all at the same time.

Nature Nurture Farmacy Offers Enchanted Herbal Evening at Alucinor Farms

Join Nature Nurture for an Enchanted Herbal Evening at Alucinor Farms on Saturday, August 26th to Support their Community Health Center.

This magical event will be full of delicious herbal cocktails and mocktails, tasty food from local farmers and chefs, music, games, fun, and a sense of community. Plus, alpacas! All tickets and sponsorships support the non-profit mission of building community health through herbal medicine, sustainable food cultivation, and empowering education. Reaching the goal of $20,000 will allow Nature Nurture Farmacy several things. It will allow Nature Nurture to continue partnering with other practitioners in downtown Chehalis. To grow the Community Access Program (which offers a sliding scale for health care services for those in need) and to start a scholarship fund for nutrition classes, which feature produce from local farmers.

Nature Nurture Farmacy is also seeking prizes for a raffle, silent auction, and a live auction. If you are interested or if you would like additional information, please call or email.

Contact: info@ or



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The Paula Burrows Team Lewis County Update

Brokered by eXp Realty, the Paula Burrows team is a full-service real estate team led by managing broker, Paula Burrows. Our team of expert agents are committed to your real estate goals and we enjoy being a valuable part of our local communities!

Lewis County Residential Only Stats (Jan 2022 – Nov 2022):

Total Sold – 1,144 properties!

Average Sales Price – $422,704.00

Percent of List Price Received – 99.8%

The numbers above show that it is still a great time to buy and sell in our area!!

Call (360) 520-4810 or visit www. with any questions regarding real estate and your home’s value!

(Current as of December 01, 2022.

All data from Northwest Multiple Listing Service)

PRO Tech Painting: Lighting and How It Affects Color

Did you know that artificial lighting plays an important role in how we perceive color? Both natural and artificial lighting alter the look of a color with varying temperatures. The paint color itself does not change. Rather, the reflected light bouncing off the surface changes the look of the color. As you might have noticed even in your own home, warm lighting gives colors a more yellow or orange tone while cool lighting seems to give colors a more blue reflection.

One tip for selecting a color is to get a sample from your local paint store you might be thinking of and paint small areas on many different walls to see what the natural light and the artificial light does to the color throughout the day.

Contact Pro Tech Painting for all your residential and commercial painting needs @ (360) 643-9773.

Quiznos Toasty Selections and More!

Located at 136 W. High street next to the Gap outlet store in Centralia.

Quiznos has great toasted sub sandwiches. Visit Quiznos today for a bread bowl, which is currently on special. You have the choice of broccoli cheese or Chili.

The little sub shop that began in 1981, still has the same bold ideas that we had in the beginning. We believe that your food should taste great and that we should use only the highest quality ingredients to create your perfect lunch. You can also get them delivered while supplies last. MMMM…TOASTY

Rainier Eye & Vision:  More Than Meets the Eye!

Dr. Mary Ferris and Dr. Angela Loeb opened Rainier Eye on June 19th located at 145 S. Market Blvd, just south of downtown Chehalis. It’s the newest addition to eye health professionals in Lewis County. Their practice is open to people of all ages and features technology to make the experience comfortable and comprehensive for patients.

“We believe that patients should not only be comfortable but have access to tools that help us preserve their eye health,” said Dr. Ferris. “Eye exams are more important than most people realize. When examining the retina, your doctor can see brain tissue, your vascular system at work, and indicators of auto-immune disease.”

Rainier Eye has digital retinal imaging to help our patients understand their eye health and how it contributes to their overall health. Conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, lupus, and even brain tumors can be detected with this imaging.”

Drs. Loeb and Ferris encourage residents to come by and see the new facility.

“We’re here to support the community with additional eye health resources and create a

welcoming environment that meets the needs of each patient,” said Dr. Loeb. “We look forward to getting to know our new neighbors and being part of the growing healthcare network and, most importantly, be a great resource for eye care in Lewis County.”

Appointments can be scheduled at or by calling us at 360-506-5544.

Strange Lands

Your psychedelic, spiritual, pagan head shop located at 531 N. Tower Ave, in Centralia. Open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.

Master Gardener Foundation of Lewis County

WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners

Join us to learn about the difference between culinary and medicinal herbs as well as how to preserve them.

Identifying & Drying Herbs on August 5th @ 10am, Fort Borst Park Demonstration Garden Located by the Historic Borst Home.

Creating a Food Forest on August 19th @ 10am, Salkum Demonstration Garden at the Salkum Timberland Library. Learn how to grow a Food Forest! Combine fruit trees, shrubs, berries and perennial fruits and vegetables following Mother Nature’s designs. You will have a greater variety of food in a smaller space than a standard backyard garden or orchard.


Plant Care in a Greenhouse/Poly tunnel on August 26th @ 10am, Fort Borst Park Demonstration Garden Located by the Historic Borst Home. Learn the tricks for basic set-up and maintenance of a greenhouse or poly tunnel to grow plants year round. Workshop includes a tour of the Master Gardener Greenhouse at Borst Park in Centralia.

Pre-Registration is required by 3pm on the Thursday before the workshop. For more information, contact Jason Adams, Program Coordinator, WSU Lewis County Gardeners at 360-740-1216 or Jason.Adams@

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