Community Announcements 03.05.14

Town Crier

Grange planning craft sale for March 29

St. Urban Grange will be hosting their annual Fabric, Crafts & More sale on Saturday , March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The grange is located at the corner of Sargent Rd. and N. Military Rd., in Winlock.

This is an opportunity to clean out your stash of fabrics, yarn, notions, collectibles, etc. that you no longer need, use, or want. Do you have a craft you would like to sell? Mark your calendar and reserve a table now for this opportunity to clean out what you don’t use or add to your new, or continuing interest.

Tables are a $20 donation, which benefit’s the Veterans Quilt Project sponsored by St. Urban Grange.

To reserve a table or for more information, contact Chris at (360) 785-3366 or Cheryl at (360) 951-3500.

Tickets on sale for elk hunt raffle

Ticket sales for the Dave Sherwood Memorial Scholarship Elk Hunt raffle will began March 1 at selected locations across Lewis, Thurston, and Cowlitz counties. Ticket sales will be limited to 500 total.

For each $25 ticket, you will be entered into the raffle. The winner will be allowed to hunt for a big bull elk (minimum three-point) on TransAlta Centralia Mine lands. The hunt will take place during the modern rifle general hunting season in November.

The drawing will take place on Aug. 4 at the Hanke House on the Centralia College campus. All proceeds will go toward a scholarship in Sherwood’s name at the college that is administered by the Centralia College Foundation.

The winner is responsible for buying a Washington state hunting license and tag, and will be accompanied by a TransAlta representative during the hunt.

Tickets can be purchased by cash or check through either Sandy Yanish ( or at TransAlta’s main office in Centralia. To buy a ticket using a debit or credit card, you need to go to the Hanke House at Centralia College, located at 401 Centralia College Blvd., or call (360) 736.9391, ext. 290, or email 

Community Garage Sale booths available now

The annual Spring Community Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 5, at the Southwest Washington Fair & Expo Center.

350 vendor spaces, covering  nine buildings, will be available for sellers to set-up. Vendor spaces are either 10’x10’ or 9’x12’, depending on which building, and come with one table, 2 chairs, and vendor gate passes. Space rent is $35 until March 5, then $40 until April 4, the day before the sale. All vendors must pay and register before April 5. No spaces are rented on sale day. Set-up is Friday, the day before the sale, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Only registered, paid vendors are allowed on the grounds Friday.

Early-bird shoppers can enter on sale day, Saturday, April 5, at 8 a.m. for $5. The general public can enter from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $1, ages 12 and under are free. Parking is free in fairgrounds parking lots. 

According to Gale Sobolesky, the Southwest Washington Fair & Events Manager, “This sale has grown to become highly anticipated every year by the sellers and the shoppers. We started out 9 years ago with just 30 vendors in one building. Last spring, we advertised 350 vendor spaces and ended up renting out over 460 spaces. It’s a huge treasure hunt and people love it. They stay and shop for hours on end. It’s important for people to realize that events like this help support the local fair and this facility in the interim season. We’ve found that these community garage sales are also a way to really help folks who need an inexpensive avenue to sell their items and raise money.”

Sellers at the community garage sales get the advantage of thousands of shoppers, a widespread advertising campaign, and not having strangers come to their homes. The popularity of the event has led to both a summer, and fall dates for additional sales. 

For more information on the April 5 Spring Community Garage Sale, including how to register, call the fair office at (360) 740-1495 or go to