November 7, 2022
This Issues Topics:
American Red Cross • AMSOIL • Bizz Buzz • Blue Skies Drones • Centralia • Centralia Outlets • Centralia Point • Centralia School District • Chehalis • Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum • Lewis County • Master Gardener's • November Bizz Buzz • Quiznos • shop local • Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble • WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners • Zero Free Waste Workshop

As cooler temperatures settle across western Washington, the American Red Cross Northwest Region urges everyone to safely heat their home by following critical steps to avoid a home fire.  

Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths, with most occurring from space heaters. Overall, home fires account for most of the 60,000-plus disasters that the Red Cross responds to each year across the U.S. In the Northwest Region, home fire responses are 23% higher during cold months than warmer times of year.   

Follow these safety tips and visit for more information:  

  • Keep children, pets and anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment. 
  • If you must use a space heater, never leave it unattended. Place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor. Don’t place it on rugs and carpets, or near bedding and drapes.  
  • Plug space heater power cords directly into outlets — never into an extension cord. 
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.  
  • Never leave a fire burning in the fireplace unattended.  
  • Have furnaces, chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves inspected annually by a professional and cleaned if necessary.

In the last two articles we covered the difference between AMSOIL and other synthetic lubricants.  I ended the last article with a description of how AMSOIL is designed and how petroleum oil is different.  Now let’s look at ‘other synthetics’!  The third jar, crude oil and bb’s mixed in!  I think you can visualize the difference here! The crushed rock doesn’t clump as bad.  The bb’s help prevent that! This is what a highly refined petroleum product is.  It has more of the waxes removed and some more additives put into it.  As a result, it does run a little better than a 100% petroleum product.  But let me ask you a question.  Today’s equipment is highly engineered to run at its peak and optimal performance.  Why are you putting an inferior oil or one that is a little better in your equipment and expecting it to maintain performance?  A vehicle is most likely the second or third most expensive investment behind your house.  However, putting an inferior lubricant in it is slowly killing the internal parts. Next month I will explain some benefits of AMSOIL. Call me at 360-304-8595!  Mike

Thinking about Christmas?  The new DJI AVATA FPV drone lets you fly around inside and outside just like you were flying in a pod racer!  Wear the goggles and you are in the driver’s seat.  Useful for fun flights or even for real estate and work.  The AVATA is small, light and lets you create high quality video such as a fly through your business, like the Juice Box.

Flown with the DJI AVATA using the motion controller.

Think you can’t get through the holiday without spending a fortune? Guess again! Find the best sales around at Centralia Outlets and save big! Retail therapy can be helpful in relieving upcoming holiday tension and stress.

Shop Kay Jewelers Outlet because “Every Kiss Begins with Kay” or purchase a St. Jude’s teddy bear to help support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Aromatherapy Stress Relief fragrances are available at Bath and Body Works or perhaps a new Coach bag may fit the retail therapy bill. 

Popular name-brand clothing and shoes can be found at Chico’s, Eddie Bauer, Famous Footwear, New Balance, Pendleton, Polo Ralph Lauren, Skechers, Under Armour, and Volcom. 

After Thanksgiving shoppers will have the opportunity to support local artisans by visiting the indoor Holiday Farmer’s Market open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 18th.

Special Holiday Mall Hours:

Day Before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 23 : 10 am to 7 pm

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24 : CLOSED

Black Friday, Friday, Nov. 25 : 9 am to 8 pm

Saturday, Nov. 26 : 9 am to 8 pm

Sunday, Nov. 27 : 11 am to 7 pm

To view a full list of stores, store hours, and store sales please visit our website at

At Centralia Point Assisted Living And Memory Care, we value the trust you put in us during this next stage of you or your loved ones life. Our community offers a variety of modern day amenities with a touch of home. We offer a variety of services and activities to help our seniors age gracefully, adjusting to individual changes needed as you age while maintaining a safe and comfortable environment.  

Centralia Point offers a variety of room sizes to maximize comfort and simplify navigation. Our Assisted Living units now have kitchenettes and upgraded kitchen appliances. We offer Private as well as Companion Secured Memory Care units designed for comfort, and privacy for bathing and personal care needs. We offer memory care residents ample lighting and open activity spaces as well as a secured courtyard so they may enjoy a fresh breath of morning air. Our qualified staff will give you peace of mind with an environment that is quiet while providing around-the-clock personalized care, and family is always welcome with open arms. 

We are open daily for tours of our building and offer our guidance as you take this next step, so give our Community Relations Director Maleigha Romines a call at 360-623-9951 to schedule yours today. We cannot wait to meet you!

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

The Santa Holiday Train is a traditional family favorite and this year everyone is invited to attend Santa’s Grinchy Christmas Train. 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, The Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum invites your family to enjoy the excitement of the day while enjoying candy canes, cocoa, and cookies.  Help your little ones write letters to give to Santa as he strolls through the decorated 1920’s passenger coach. Sing favorite songs while you and your family wait for their personal visit with Santa. Watch carefully as a certain “Grinch” lingers nearby to try and steal your fun away. 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. This family fun event is brought to you by the Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum and is a fundraiser for the organization. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon. Information and tickets are online only:

Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble

25th Anniversary Nutcracker Ballet Lewis County’s Original Nutcracker

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:   $24.00 – Adults 

      $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 Theater 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.


Hi, This is Tina from the Centralia Quiznos. We have 2 new sandwiches made with prime rib. Come check it out. Order online at and HAVE IT DELIVERED!!!  Open 10-8 daily.


WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners

Washington State University (WSU) Lewis County Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers who have completed a 12-month WSU based training course.  The program has year-round enrollment open to everyone! 

Now is a perfect time to advance your gardening knowledge.  Gardening is both rewarding and therapeutic!  For more information about the program or how to become a Master Gardener, visit or call Jason Adams, Master Gardener Coordination at 360-740-1216 or [email protected].

At our annual Advanced Education Conference that was held at the end of September, Don Enstrom was named Washington State Master Gardener of the Year.  This is the third time in five years that this award has been bestowed to WSU Lewis County Master Gardener.  This has never happened before in the 49 years of WSU  Master Gardener Program in Washington State.  The previous WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners who were awarded Washington State Master Gardener of the Year were:  2018 – Bob Taylor and 2020- MaryJo Christensen.

Zero Free Waste Workshop

Join us for our FREE class on Zero Free Waste Workshop. Lewis County residents and businesses disposed of 95,372 tons of waste in 2021. To make that number more relatable, this amount equals the weight of 477 Blue Whales! Find out how you can help make that number smaller this year. YOU can learn how to reduce the amount of food you throw away and Recycle Right.

Discover simple steps to practice waste reduction and reuse every day. DIY lesson: make your own toothpaste so you do not have a tube to discard. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 Via Zoom. Please pre-register for the class: 

Have too many leaves in your yard? The WSU Master Recycler Composters of Lewis County is hosting a Leaf Exchange November 5th and 19th from 10 am to 4 pm, in the lot next to the Lewis County Transfer Station, 1411 S. Tower. Bring your bagged leaves or pick up bags of leaves for garden mulch. Clean Styrofoam will also be collected! Interested in helping our community Recycler, Reuse and Repurpose? Join the WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composters! Contact Jason Adams, Program Coordinator, (360) 740-1216 or e-mail [email protected]. for any questions.