December 6, 2022
This Issues Topics:
AMSOIL • ARTrails • Berg Marketing Group • Bitchin’ Britches Boutique • Bizz Buzz • Centralia Outlets • Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum • Health & Hope Medical Clinic • Letters to Santa • Nutcraker • Paula Burrows Team • Recycling • The Evergreen Playhouse • WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners


Well hopefully you have an image of how AMSOIL is different from other lubricants.  It is engineered, it has no impurities.  As an engine, transmission or gears move it generates heat!  An engine can produce enormous heat.  One of oils responsibilities is to transfer that heat away.  Since oil is exposed to extreme heat the additive packages are boiled away and becomes varnishes and sludge in the engine.  That is why we are told to change our oil every 3000 miles.  What is left is basic crude oil like it came out of the ground!  Remember, AMSOIL is like bb’s, they slide and flow together and around each other.  Crushed rock doesn’t, its rough edges generate resistance and heat.  AMSOIL isn’t affected by heat like other lubricants.  It doesn’t boil the additives and gum up the engine.  That is why it is guaranteed in your engine for extended drain intervals.  Because it is more slippery it takes less horsepower to make RPM’S!  Consequentially better fuel efficiency! With turbochargers AMSOIL can withstand the intense pressure and heat generated with them as well.  So, we have turbo protection, heat resistance, more horsepower available, better fuel efficiency!  Call me at 360-304-8595. Mike

Call to Artists!

ARTrails is seeking new member artists! We challenge you to challenge us!
When it comes to the Best of Lewis County, ARTrails comes to mind. After all, we jury in and accept some of the very best artists in the county for our Gala and Studio Tour.
When the Best of Lewis County 2022 came out, and the top three artists were tattoo artists, ARTrails members began to brainstorm: Why not try to engage tattoo artists to jury and join ARTrails? Why not try to include other alternative arts as well as our traditional fine art and crafts?

How do we attract more and varied artists to ARTrails? What fine art forms are represented in Lewis County?
So, artists out there… including tattoo artists, stone carvers, gourd artists, lace makers, to name just a few…. Excite our Jury! Our jury is enthusiastic about seeing new work both traditional and alternative and we encourage new membership.

What does it take to jury into ARTrails? 5 high quality photographs of your work executed in the last two years, a completed application form and $10. That’s it. Go to to the “Join Us” page and join us!! You don’t need to have your own studio to participate in the Studio Tour, we have many locations and studios to show your work. Application deadline is February 1, 2023.

Jury Workshops: Come in to talk to ARTrails’ artists and find out about the jury process. Visit the Steamboat Landing in Toledo on Saturday January 14th , 2023 at 10:30. Sponsorships available for the financially insecure.

¿Es usted un artista que vive y trabaja enel suroeste de Washington? Si es así, ARTrails invita a unirse a su gira anual de studio. Información y de las aplicaciones [email protected]

Berg Marketing Group 

Can you believe it is December already? Our tradition growing up was in December to send a Christmas letter to all our family and friends and let them know how the year has been. It seems that this has gone astray since social media has kept us in the loop 27/7. But there is a part of me that truly misses that connection. So, here is our letter to all my family and friends, which is all of you.

In January, we moved into our new location on the corner of Marsh and Mellen St. moving toward a full-service marketing company including custom apparel. It took a few months to truly gain the flow of walk-in customers, employees, and our production flow. The next step of course was a sign to let folks know we were a business! So, we did it! A sign was installed, a grand opening was scheduled, and a Ribbon cutting was held on November 15th. WOW! The support we have had from the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce, our community, Immanuel Lutheran Church, our family, and friends have been incredible.

Your support in our small business is supporting our dream and we cannot thank you enough. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas. – The Bergs

Bitchin’ Britches Boutique

Hey Y’all, not sure if you have heard but Sparkles N Spurs Boutique changed its name to Bitchin’ Britches Boutique! It is very exciting to see a trademarked brand that we developed become the name of our store! Now that we have covered that news, let’s talk about the month of December! For the month of December, we will be featuring a HUGE giveaway! For every purchase you make, your name goes in to win a BIG prize! We will also be featuring our Bitchin’ Bucks, so for every $100 spent get $10 in Bitchin’ Bucks. This makes a great incentive to come and shop locally for some Bitchin’ holiday gifts. We have CUTE arrivals for Plus, Ladies, Juniors, Boots, Shoes, Stocking stuffers, purses and so much more. As always you can shop online at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum

Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum Presents “Santa’s Grinchy Christmas Train”

“The Grinch Stole our Tracks!” We’ve decided to “Blame the Grinch” for stealing away our tracks. Since we can’t take our train to the North Pole this year, Santa and the Grinch will come to celebrate “Santa’s Grinchy Christmas Train” On the Train — At the Depot!

This well-loved event will be held beginning November 26 until December 18 on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Although this is a non-moving train event (due to track damage), The Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum invites your family to enjoy the excitement of the day while enjoying candy canes, cocoa, and cookies. Your family will have a chance to get pictures with Santa and the “Grinch” at the Depot. Tickets are available online at, $16 each, kids 2 and under are free. Private Groups up to 20 have an option to reserve our private business coach for $500. Space is limited to one group per time slot. Please email [email protected] to request more information. This option is best suited for families, friends, or business groups. 

Please arrive ½ hour prior to start time. Free parking available.  Information and reserved seating tickets are online only:

Passenger Coaches from the 1920s provide indoor seating, however they are unheated.

Health & Hope Medical Clinic

“Health & Hope is a non-profit, Christian based, medical clinic that provides Free medical care to qualifying residents of Lewis County. Staffed entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to “Christ-centered care”, the clinic is open each Tuesday evening at the Northwest Pediatrics building. Health & Hope is currently seeking volunteers with a variety of skills-medical experience not necessary. There is a great need for bilingual interpreters and reception staff.  

Please also join us as we host our annual Holiday Bazaar December 3rd at Centralia Community Church of God. Shop crafts and handmade goods from local vendors. It’s a great way to get some holiday shopping done! “

Holiday Savings on Name Brands

Holiday Shoppers find incredible savings on their favorite NAME BRANDS here at the Centralia Outlets. Look for deals on shoes and boots at Famous Footwear, or athletics from New Balance, Under Armour, and Skechers for the whole family. 

Look for customizable and heartfelt gifts at Christian Outlet or great stocking stuffers from Bath and Body Works and Claire’s.

For the outdoor enthusiast visit Eddie Bauer and Volcom for special gear and check out Pendleton for soft wool blankets and coats. Don’t forget Kay Jewelers and Coach if you are looking for something extra special on your gifting list.

Bring a friend and make it a day of shopping, and savings, at all your favorite brand-name stores. Still not sure what to get that special person on your holiday list? Don’t forget to pick up a gift card or two just in case.

The Centralia Outlets offers a variety of name-brand stores to help you shop for great gifts this holiday season. Stores will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 25th until Christmas Eve. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep informed of special sales and new products, or to see a full list of stores, current store sales, and coupons, please visit our website at

Letters to Santa Mailboxes in Downtown Chehalis

Experience Chehalis, Book ‘N’ Brush, and Totally Pawsome have teamed up to bring local kids a little extra magic during the holidays with a new “Letters to Santa” program.  A Santa Mailbox, located inside Book ‘N’ Brush and Totally Pawsome will be installed the day after Thanksgiving, ready to receive Dear Santa letters filled with the hopes and wishes of children of all ages and addressed to the one and only Santa Claus!

A few helpful notes:

  • The return address on the letter must be legible to receive a response. No postage required!
  • Child’s name needs to be clearly printed or it will be addressed to “my friend.”
  • Volunteer elves try to ensure timely responses from Santa, but return times may vary.
  • Original letters to Santa will not be returned, and all contact information is kept confidential.
  • Please keep in mind Santa does not address a child’s gift request.
  • Please be patient.  Volunteer elves put their free time into making this happen in the spirit of the holidays.

Letters “mailed” by December 12 with a return address will receive an answer from Santa by way of the “elves” of Experience Chehalis.  We thank Book ‘N’ Brush for purchasing these beautiful mailboxes!

The Evergreen Playhouse

The Evergreen Playhouse, Centralia is pleased to announce our new membership in the Chamber.  We welcome the opportunity to showcase our productions in a new way. This is our 63rd season offering quality productions at your local community theater.

Our next show is the classic Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, just in time to set your mood for the holiday season.  This musical classic is guaranteed to leave you humming classic tunes like “Blue Skies” and “How Deep is the Ocean”. Performances are the first three weekends in December. Check out our website for showtimes, tickets and volunteering opportunities. 

Our upcoming shows are the drama, The Diary of Anne Frank, a farce in Lend me a Tenor, and the magical fantasy adventure of Tuck Everlasting. Senior and Student ticket pricing is available. Our concession area is well stocked with beer, wine, soft drinks, candy and always fresh popcorn! Come celebrate the season with us. 

Bring this article to any performance for a free non-alcoholic drink and small popcorn. 226 W. Center St. in Centralia.

The Paula Burrows Team brokered by eXp Realty

The Paula Burrows Team brokered by eXp Realty is a full-service real estate team specializing in residential, multi-family, condo, farms and equestrian, vacant land, plus many more property types. And we service all of Washington State! When you choose to work with us, you will receive support from our entire team, not just one agent. We believe it is important to provide our clients with an extremely high quality of service. Because of that, we have a full administrative team behind our agents to help make them more available for you and your needs. Our Managing Broker, Paula Burrows, has over 16 years of experience in real estate with the last 8 years being a top producer in our local area. Our team strives to provide this great service with integrity, ethics, and honesty. We also believe it is important to build relationships with as many people in our communities as possible. Whether you are buying or selling real estate, our team is here to help guide you every step of the way! Call (360) 520-4810 for any help you may need with your real estate related goals!

Southwest Washington Dance Center

Southwest Washington Dance Center’s performing company, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble, will present the 25th Anniversary production of “The Nutcracker”.  The ballet will take place in the “state of the art” Corbet Theatre, on the campus of Centralia College, on December 16, 17 & 18.  Performance times are 7:30 pm on December 16 & 17, 2:00 pm on December 17 and 1:00 and 5:30 pm on December 18. 

Many area businesses and individuals have contributed to making “The Nutcracker” a success. As a 501 (C) 3, SWDC appreciates sponsors that contribute to the production.

Ticket prices are:             


$16.00-Seniors 62+, Military and children, 18 and under

Tickets are available online at or by calling the Dance Center. SWDC is at 437 N. Market Blvd. in Chehalis.  After December 11th, tickets will only be available online, at the box office of Corbet Theatre on the campus of Centralia College from the hours of 2:00-7:00 pm or by telephone.  All seating is reserved. For information regarding the “Escape to the Land of Sweets” visit the web site at or call 360-748-4789.

WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners

The WSU Lewis County Extension Office is located at:  James Building at the corner of Main and Cascade Ave.  Located there is a free Plant Diagnostic Clinic.  The Plant Clinic is staffed by university trained Master Gardeners.  The clinic is open on Monday through Wednesday from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.  You can also submit your Plant Clinic request electronically by going to  On the home page click on Plant Clinic located on the sidebar. 

At anytime of the year, you can enjoy our four demonstration gardens that are open for public viewing and they are located at:

Borst Demonstration Garden is located in Borst Park in Centralia.  The garden is located next to the Historical Borst Home and Schoolhouse. 

Providence Place Demonstration Garden is located at 350 Washington Ave SE, Chehalis. 

Salkum Demonstration Garden is located at the Timberland Library in Salkum on US Highway 12.

 Southwest Washington Fair Demonstration Garden is located within the SWW Fairgrounds by walk in gate. 

For more information about the Master Gardener Program please call Jason Adams at 360-740-1216 or email:  [email protected]

Recycle Christmas Trees, Holiday Lights & Styrofoam 

Do not know what to do with your live Christmas trees or broken lights after the holiday? RECYCLE them at the Annual Christmas Tree, Holiday Lights and Styrofoam Recycling Event held December 26th thru January 8th, 10 am to 4 pm daily at the lot next to the Transfer Station, 1411 S. Tower. Please remove all decorations and tinsel! No artificial or flocked trees will be accepted! All decorated, artificial, or flocked trees may be disposed of at the Transfer Station for a fee. Wreaths and garland must be free of wire, decorations, and ribbon. Styrofoam must be clean with packaging material removed. This event is free to the public; however, donations are gladly accepted to the WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter and Master Gardener programs. Donations are used to provide free educational programs within Lewis County.

If you are interested in Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling solid waste and have a willingness to use your knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact within our community, consider becoming a WSU Master Recycler Composter volunteer! Contact Jason Adams, Program Coordinator, (360) 740-1216 or e-mail [email protected]. for any questions.

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